I had people over from (mostly) church last night to watch Firefly, eat pizza, and play games. I played Mare Nostrum, some others played Settlers of Catan. A good time was had by all. It was the first time at Mare Nostrum for me - I was Babylon. It was the first time for Egypt, too. I got a couple guys onto the cities in Egypt fairly early to leach the taxes and Egypt ignored Carthage completely to try to kick me out. Rome ignored Carthage to fight Greece. I was mostly thinking like it was like Risk rather than a "buying stuff to get victory" game. Carthage won because nobody paid attention. At least I took Constantinople. That was fun. I would not mind playing it again.
But that reminds me: it's been a while since I've played a Risk-like game. Risk itself isn't that great without some modification because of the absurd amount of armies you can acquire by the end of the game, but it's fairly fun. Anyway.
Mens sana qui mal y pense. I ran into that line in Auden. Cute. I've been reading a little Auden. I'm almost done with The Tempest, after which I will read Auden's The Sea and the Mirror. The shameful thing is that The Little Mermaid has ruined me: I can't think of Ariel without first thinking of some craptastic animated mermaid. It's not as bad as thinking of a ridiculous turtle every time I look at certain pieces of renaissance art.
I'm reading Auden, I guess, because of some girl. Well, I've meant to read Auden for quite a long time, I've read a bit before and enjoyed him and anybody who's anybody has been recommending him for ages, but this put me over the edge. I'm also quoting random snippets of Eliot: Let us go then, you and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky... I use that almost every time I'm about to go somewhere with just one other person. I don't continue, usually, because I forget the exact phrasing in the moment and it rarely seems appropriate to bring up an etherized patient.
So I read Simon of Space. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it more than working.
I have to go to the gym, get my homework done, and go to Wings Night tonight. I think I will have time for all of those. Or not. If I'm home at 6, I can probably be back from the gym etc by 8:30. Wings Night tentatively scheduled for 9. I don't forecast being productive after Wings. Then again, the HW is already done, it just needs typing.
I need to finish this report. So, off I go.
Oh! I think my tactical clothes will arrive today. I had them sent to my house. Woo.
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