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the sound of home

we had a forecast for a tremendous storm this weekend. we didn't get it.
i'm fine with this. we laid in some disaster supplies that we should have had ready anyway (hello, ring of fire) and spent a bunch of quiet time that was pretty great.
i've been worried about C's mental health after returning home from NH. being away from home and having to spend so much time in isolation with his parents and their needy dogs exhausts him on every level. so i bought him Gears of War 4 (which means that i bought an Xbox One S to play it on). we set it up together on Sunday once we knew we weren't going to see any power surges. i know that it sounds a bit odd to say that it's comforting to see him taking headshots and blood spraying on the screen, but it's really comforting to see him taking headshots and hear the sound of a chainsaw parting flesh. (the trademark weapon of Gears is the Lancer, which is a chainsaw rifle. not to be confused with the shotgun axe.)
i also had a lot of peppermint tea and made a practice swatch of the textured stitch for my sweater. i think i'll cast on for real tonight.


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Oct. 18th, 2016 09:55 pm (UTC)
Our Kinect isn't reading 2 players very well anymore, and I suspect that we will use this as an excuse to purchase an XBox One.

How does it compare?
Oct. 19th, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
I haven't really got to play with it yet :)

Setup was slick, the controllers are a subtle update and feel solid, graphics are great. Still getting used to seeing gameplay that looks as good as the cutscenes, and the lack of loading screens. Having to download 54GB to install the game (no disc) was a drag.

We've never had a kinect due to having a small living room.
Oct. 18th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
We all need our de-stressing things, whatever they might be. It's good of you to give him the tools to de-stress :)
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Oct. 20th, 2016 03:12 am (UTC)
Glad C is home and that you're working toward all being well. Love you both.
Oct. 21st, 2016 04:33 am (UTC)
chainsaw rifle...shotgun axe... Well, whatever helps. :)
Oct. 24th, 2016 03:48 am (UTC)
Glad C is home and you're both de-stressing. My C is headed to the East Coast on Thursday. I'm planning to head your way for writing on Sunday.
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