The beginning of 2019. What a bitch. The first day of a new year is one that's supposed to be filled with happiness and new hopes, not hallucinating Go Jetters and Paw Patrol episodes. It's not supposed to start like this!
I'm typing my first blog of the year with my nose like a waterfall, so I have tissue shoved up it to stop it running everywhere, it's been like that since Monday. I keep changing the tissue, don't worry. I've used so many tissues, Kleenex are opening another factory.
My brain is also pulsing like I have a headache, but no pain. So after all of this illness, and getting patches of sleep, nothing solid because I can't, I think I'm off work again. I was only off for a week with a massive cold just before Christmas, and I went back still poorly. Maybe that was my mistake?? Anyway, it's back and even worse. At least the hallucinations have stopped, that's about the only good thing now.
What's worse about being ill and being off work. Not just losing money, that's why we do it, but in this case it's something else. I just got a new job role, just now, started this week. So I'm letting them down, but with the work I do, there's no way I can go in. Most companies don't understand that people do actually get ill though, it can't be helped, we're only human.
Because I can't exactly do much other than watch TV and use my laptop, I'm going to write this blog about the farce that's my employment and a quick natter about board games. This will take some time to write but I'm not able to sleep, so sod it. Let's go...
I applied for a new job within the company I work for. Can't say too much because they have notices everywhere stating that we have to be careful what we put online. Funny that, pinning things up with warnings, especially considering that their Twitter feed has employees within work all over it, and I'm pretty sure most of them don't know they're on Twitter connected to the company. I know I wouldn't be pleased.
Anyway, I applied for this job. I heard nothing for weeks. I enquired with HR if they even got it, which didn't mean a great deal. Then a couple of weeks before Christmas, I got an interview. Yep, I went to work and found out there and then I was having it, so 4 hours notice. I didn't think the interview went that well, but I found out a few days later, just by passing the manager of the department I was trying to work for, that I had got the job. First I heard about it, in fact, they wanted me to start 4 days later. If I hadn't have seen her by chance, I wouldn't have even known. I asked my manager to sort it out because it was short notice, and asked to start on 2nd of January. New year, new start. Makes total sense, and it also gives them time to send me the contract.
Then I was off work with this damn cold. Tap nose, weak, felt like utter crap. Made for a God damn awful Christmas. A week later, still with a really bad cough and only feeling about 65% active, I went back to work, mainly to find out why my contract hadn't been sent and find out what the hell was going on. I confirmed I was starting on the 2nd of January, which I was happy with. The next day, I goes to work, still feeling crappy, and they told me they wanted me to start on the 29th of December. Now I was half alright with this, but again.... AGAIN! Short notice. Less than 24 hours notice and I'd be starting my new job. It was going to be my last shift of the week so I decided to agree, and get a heads up of my new job role. Still, no contract available!
I went in to work, learnt a few things, everyone was really nice. There's a ton of stuff to learn but I'm quite excited about that. But the one niggle was about the contract. When would I get it? Will I actually agree with the terms and conditions on said contract? Well, it's still in question because I still haven't got it!
Today is the day I was supposed to start in my new department, and yet, here I am with no contract to sign. Everything about the process from applying, the interview, the notice they wanted me to start, the notice they gave me to actually start, and the fact I still have no contract. It's been a farce from the beginning!
I doubt very much I will be able to work tonight, unless they want my nose and eyes dripping everywhere. Even then, I don't feel strong enough to leave the house, let alone work for half a day. I do feel sorry because I'm the sort of person who hates letting people down. Being ill at a time like this, really bad. I can't do anything about it though really, like I said, I'm only human. Being off twice in three weeks though, they'll probably decide to give me a warning or something. Yeah, Happy New Year!
We were supposed to have a Game Day today, that had to be cancelled because of this cold or flu, or whatever it is. For one, I really don't feel up to it. Second and most importantly, I don't want to give this to anyone else.
I'll tell you something. Me cancelling a Game Day, trust me, if anything confirms I'm ill, it's me cancelling a Game Day. We were all looking forward to it, and again, I'm feeling more gutted than ever about letting people down.
We did have a Game Day on New Year's Eve to finish Game Day for 2018. That's when my nose started running and I began to feel weak yet again. It wasn't until the evening when the dam broke. I really must stop talking about the activeness of my poorly nose! Shut up Tony, for God's sake.
Right, so, we had a Game Day, it wasn't anything amazing, it pretty much ended up being me verses my niece and nephew. It was too loud, and kids will be kids. We only just managed to fulfil the rules to make it an official Day, and we also got 4 brand new games added to the list. That's always nice. I feel like buying Operation now. Screw Monopoly Junior though, I own that and it'll always be a bad idea for a game.
My Niece won the awards, the Day ended, and then it was time to relax for the evening with a cup of tea. Well at least I thought I would. It ended up being Lemsip, cough sweets and Vicks. At least we started to learn Dead Of Winter, and even in that my dog died.
The last award for Game Day in 2018 was supposed to be nice, gold and shiny. Had it made for a while and this was a good opportunity to put it up for a win. Because of a conversation with my Niece though, I ended up making an award with poo on it. There's nothing original about the perler poo, pixel poo, Hama poo, however you'd like to name it, but it did end up being won by the person who's fault it was. Yep, good win.
There was some dodgy games going on. The Operation game I played, and lost at, well if it weren't for my son and nephew running all over the place, and constantly knocking me, I might have done better? The buzz happens, you have to pass the tweezers to a child, even if it wasn't fair. My other excuse is, I have a cold... and I like it when kids don't whine, so pass them the bloody tweezers!
Monopoly Junior was as dodgy as ever. I went third, and because of some unlucky dice rolls, I didn't even buy a single property. My bankruptcy ended the game pretty fast, which I'll never complain about because I hate Monopoly Junior.
We did get a few games of Top Trumps Match: Harry Potter in, that wasn't too bad. I don't think there's any skill in that game whatsoever, but it's a nice looking game.
2019 is here then. It has to be better than last year. I doubt I'll get run over again, but knowing my luck, I'll get hit by a meteorite instead. Oh well, I get injured again, it'll mean more Game Days while I'm recovering. That's what happened in March last year when some dickhead knocked me off of my bike and ruined my back for 2 months. Gaming helped a lot, thanks to friends and family for the support when I needed it most.
So what's happening with games this year? Loads. I'm off to the UK Games Expo in May for the first time. Dedicated board gaming convention. Hoping to play a bunch of new stuff, should be good. I'm off to the London MCM Comic Con a week before as well, only for a day. The whole thing combined with other plans... Adventure Week 4. That's something we do every 2 years, and it's always been in May.
There should be quite a few Game Days, and now I've got Game Day Online up and running, I'm sure there will be quite a few of those too.
I've typed a lot, I've sneezed a lot, and I've deaf again. Even after going on and on here in the biggest blog I've written in years, I'm still dreading laying down for sleep. The tablets don't seem to be working this time. I hate taking tablets! No point in going to the Doctor's either. They just say I should carry on with what I'm taking. Have you tried getting an appointment with a doctor these days? It's impossible. If you go with something like this, they look at you as if you're stupid.
Okies, time to post this and replace the fluids I lost while typing this up. I'm so out of practice writing blogs. I don't think they should be this long. It's longer than a book!
Remember folks, keep gaming, keep happy, and keep away from me while I'm diseased.
Here's my dead dog in Dead of Winter. Bloody useless hound!!!
I've just had this week off work, booked it a few weeks ago, the plan was simple. Relax, family and friends time, and plenty of games.
On Wednesday (3rd October), Alison and Jodie came round. We played some epic games as we had a Game Day. We finished our Guild Quest which started back in May. One of the last games was Catan, always a pleasure to play, but this one was over 2 hours long. Alison won nicely, but I have to have a moan. I sat there for an hour as the dice ignored me. It's one of those placement games and it's right at the beginning of the game that matters. I wish I'd put my settlement in another location, but you just don't know how the dice are going to be. The robber was heavily active in this one too. Bloody number 7.
We started a Ticket To Ride league, Caroline won the first game. The Ticket To Ride franchise is going to play a big role in Game Day leagues from now on. Once we finish this, we're going to Europe. After that, who knows? We'll be doing a new place every league. My friend Ewa should be hopefully joining us next year as well for future leagues since I brainwashed her in to playing the game. We just have to wait until our kids go to school, more time then to game.
The funniest game was Codenames. Caroline and Jodie took on me and Alison in two games. The first game was looking bad for us, and in the end we could have won if my final guess was correct. Of course, it couldn't have been any worse, I found the assassin. The second game, Caroline and Jodie were having the same issue, and they had a final guess to either win or the lose the game. Caroline only went and picked their final winning card. Talk about two nasty games of Codenames, well for our team at least.
Caroline won the Game Day award and then she had to play against Jodie at a quick game of Black Jack for the Guild award, which Jodie won.
Thursday was bit of a relax day. We took Maverick out to a kids activity place where we used the slide a lot, and kicked some footballs about, I had more fun doing that in a closed off area than Maverick. Hehe.
Friday, we took Mave to see his cousin's. He had a lot of fun, and I forced a Game Day on them. I wasn't sure how my bro and sister-in-law would manage seeing as it was their first time doing votes and stuff. Felt like I forced it on them a bit. But they enjoyed it, introduced Yahtzee to Game Day, as Matthew plays it a fair amount with me. Caroline won the Game Day again and I got the Guild. A really good day.
Saturday, got a few odd jobs done and then went to Ewa's house so Maverick could spend some time with her kids, and I could show her and her husband Carcassonne. We also played a game of Ticket To Ride. Ewa has learnt well, that or her tickets were amazing. She beat us all. Good games, company, and cake.
Good holidays always have to come to an end. It was a nice few days where I didn't have to go to work. Now I'm planning some awesome things for my birthday next year. Got to start looking at Adventure Week 4 next year as well.
Next week is Game Days 48, 49 and 50. Three in a row. I'll blog it after it happens, but these are going to be awesome.
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