Steady progress on the garage annex. I leveled another section but ran out of cinder blocks (having used 100ish, total).
Going the other way, I've capped some of the cinder blocks and built stairs to get at the terraces behind. The near shelf could probably be used for a few high-use tools (drill, driver, sawzall) and maybe the backer could be a magnet board with open-end wrenches and drill bits.
Wood storage is near the ceiling but across from the door (for easy removal of long beams). I used server pallets to create vertical sections so I don't have to stack boards and reshuffle every time I want the bottom one.
For Valentine's weekend Jes and I went to the Safari Park for their overnight glampout. The vday theme was kind of unnecessary, but the benefit was that it was an 18+ event, which is especially important with tents in close proximity.
There's an early AM tram ride, some close-ups with armadillos and such, and a few peeks behind the scenes.
The camp site is close-ish to the lion area, so you get to hear the occasional roar throughout the night - though the near side of the lion area is a wall of plexiglass so the sound is somewhat distorted. Seeing the cats just before feeding is like seeing a 500lb vicious Kafka before breakfast.
I used my Safari Park recovery day to finish off Frozen Wilds.
Overiding the bear dudes is pretty fun.
Monster Hunter World
J, Derrick, Mark, and I have gotten a few more MHW sessions in. And our palicos have done a few not-at-all-adorably-named tailrider safaris.
I had some 35mm exposures left over from the wedding so, lacking anything specific to shoot, I put the dog in the murder room and then walked around the canyon.
La Cronut Water
Not to be confused with cronuts. You're welcome, civilization.
After a couple of months, Monster Hunter World is finally out of beta and flying off of store shelves.
A dozen hours in, I still have very little understanding how to properly play the game. It has a bunch of everything - equipment, crafting, collectibles, stat boosters, etc. Most importantly: online co-op.
The garage annex
Or, as it will hence be known, the murder room. Well, maybe if I stucco or paint the cinderblocks it'll look considerably less intimidating. More likely, I'll be exhausted enough from all of the cinder block hauling and cement pouring that I'll put everything away in my new shelving area and it'll just look semi-murdery.
Rather than make a billion hardware store runs for cinder blocks, concrete, and gravel, I paid the $70 delivery fee and had it forklifted to me. Best idea ever. Having done half the area, I'm most of the way through the masonry supplies. But I have terracing going back to the crawlspace, so it should be a considerable amount of storage.
The Frozen Wilds
On to the Horizon DLC. Well, sort of. Horizon sessions tend to be more involved, so with all the manual labor I haven't made much progress.
As the name implies, this one takes place in a mountainous, snowy environment. The story is fairly straightforward at this point: Aloy must investigate a pillar of smoke that may have to do with a machine/AI gone wrong.
Of course, the people up here use a completely different currency from the main game. Likewise most of the machines cannot be overridden (yet). I didn't want easy street, but it'd be nice to have some advantage to completing so much of the main game.
There are some puzzles that are a little more geometric and interesting than crank-the-knobs.
For those short sessions, there's still running the Warframe sorties. I've had a lot of fun with Banshee Prime. The Harrow quest was frightening but kind of meh.
We did a draft at work last week, 2x Rivals of Ixalan and 1x Ixalan. It was a good combo, though having seen no Rivals, I didn't know what to go for. I ended up wanting to build my deck around an awesome white dino and a blue/red enchantment that would help mana fix. But it's hard to go dinos without green.
So yeah, four color draft deck. I told myself it'd be okay since I nabbed a bunch of dual lands and had some treasure generation and such.
Remarkably, after seven matches I hadn't once had an issue with not getting the right color mana. The deck was sort of bleh, in general, but I managed to go 4-3 overall.
I have a few cards on the way for some new EDH decks. In the meantime, Ixalan left me with some tribes that I wanted to make decks for, but keeping it chill 40-card style.