Archive for November, 2010

Football Week 12

Monday, November 29th, 2010

It’s a fight to the finish between Rich and Gabi. Arizona wins – it’s Gabi! San Francisco wins – it’s Rich!

Thanksgiving 2010

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Civilization Five

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Sid Meier’s Civilization has been my favorite game of all time. In one fell swoop, it encapsulates all of the strategic games I ever played as a teenager, along with its own brand of historical recreation and enactment.

I was very excited by the advent of Civ 5, as I have been for all of the Civ reincarnations. It was a let down. Gabi and I both played it a couple of times, saw the relatively dumbed-down interface and options, then started new games of Civ 4. Very upsetting.

On a blog note: sorry for not updating more this Fall. Life has gotten a little busy here at the Steussy Ranch. Nothing I’m willing to broadcast about yet, but I hope to bring everyone up-to-date sometime in the near future.

NFL Week 10 – Tom Williams wins!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Another tough week to pick winners. Kudo to Gabi for having a perfect score on the morning games (followed by a perfectly awful score for the rest of the day’s games). Tom really pulled into an early lead and kept it. It doesn’t matter who wins tonight, the week belongs to Tom. Congratulations!

Camilla and Aaron: the Middle Children

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Camilla received two awards at school last week. One was for perfect attendance. Clearly not something to encourage, since it means you’re likely to go to school sick. So why encourage it? The school is paid by the state (rather poorly) based on daily attendance. So they want to encourage it in their enlightened self-interest.

Camilla also received a Citizenship award, with no explanation. Not sure what this means. Did she receive an award for getting perfect math scores for three months? No. Did she receive an award for reading above and beyond the level of a kindergartener? No. Did she receive an award for knowing her multiplication tables up to 12 and being able to handle multi-digit multiplication? No. I find something wrong with this picture. But I’m proud of her, and you can quote me on that.

Aaron continues to grow and mature. He’s doing a lot of it on his own, while we spend time worrying about Daniel’s homework or Veronica’s new teeth. He went to the garage one day and fished out an old bicycle. He pulled it out himself and started to ride it. Eventually, Gabi set up Camilla’s old bicycle for him, putting the training wheels back on. He loves it.

And a quick note on the neighborhood. Over the past two or three months, two families with small children have moved in. We now have six new kids ready to play, all about our kids’ ages. We had a situation last night when one group of two kids showed up at the door asking to play. Unfortunately, their Mom came moments later, complaining that they had left the house without permission. Oops. No playdate last night!

Veteran’s Day

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Miami Pass, 1942 or 1943. Robin and Calvin go to war.

Our thanks to all the veterans out there. From our family, only a few have the title.

NFL Week 9

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A bad week. And I had such *good* choices. Who else bet low on the Jets against Detroit? But Minnesota won, San Diego won, the Jets won. Bottom of the pool this week.

Congrats to Cally! She is the clear winner going into the game tonight. And week 10 starts the Thursday night games. Football, three days a week now!


Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Just felt like putting this up again. Play. Really. It’s simply great. “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.”