Pandemic Dangers and Bloody Axes


A grey, rainy day.

I took a long lunch break with my wife. She wanted to look at some chairs to put on the balcony outside our bedroom. We also grabbed some lunch through the drive through. Probably the closes thing we've had to a date since the stay at home order was put in place.

It was also probably the first time I've gone shopping in 2 weeks. Maybe 3-4 weeks since I left the car to go inside a store. Maybe kinda risky behaviour given my comorbidities, but we were masked and gloved up.

Speaking of that, at the building supply store all of the employees and masks and gloves on. Well, masks were probably 80-90% properly been used. With a spectrum from bandanas to what might have been N95's.

We did our shopping and headed home.

My spouse and youngest made chicken pot pie for dinner. The kind with a full pie crust. The crust was ok, it could have been better. The youngest is still learning the ways of baking and how recipes might not turn out like you want or leave something to be desired.

After dinner we played Fire and Axe: A Viking Saga, second edition. This is easily one of my top 5 if not top 2 games I've played. In fact, among the gamers that I have played it with it is among their top games as well. Lots of replayability, lots of ways to try to win, and lots of fun.

My youngest has never failed to get the Bloody Axe bonues when we've played it as a family. She got it the first time she played the game and I think she might have one that game. Naturally, she's been trying that ever since. It has served her well. In fact, she won tonight's game with a little luck to help her score double points for a city she raided.

Lots of fun even if it kept the kids up way past their bed time on a "school night", or what passes for such during a pandemic where elearning is now what we do.

And with that, time for a snack of some Wheat Things, or as I have been calling them: 20th century ship's biscuits. I am not ashamed to say this box had a best buy date of 2018 and they still taste no different than a fresher box. I'm not too surprised given that 18th century ships biscuits, aka hard tack, could keep for at least a year in barrels. Modern sealing wrapping and sealing techniques along with some preservatives can go a long way. I think being baked to a very dry state helps, like it does for hard tack.

Night y'all.

Stay safe out there.