Spent a lot of time last night getting beaten up by the Gil Snapper.  I'll have to come back when I'm stronger.  The REALLY frustrating thing was that I almost defeated it.  I did get the Feather of the Flock and the Ring of the Toad, though.  Will use those when I come back to Giza in the Dry.  I am really enjoying finding out just how much I remember from previous playthroughs.  I'm going to press on with the story for now, though.  Three characters are at Level 28 and the others are at Level 27.  By the time I get back to the Stilshrine, they'll all be at least 28.

It looks as though the plan is for the new PM to sort out the website.  The poor sucker will be buried in that particular black hole for at least 18 months.  To me, that suggests that there will still be stuff for me to pick up, perhaps even some odds and ends to do with the website.  Having someone in this post will also create pressure to employ a developer, tester and BA - at least this is the plan.

After today, I'm off work until 14 August.  The usual plan of 'gaming + cleaning + DS9' will be in operation - with three days in Cardiff thrown in for good measure.  Just hope the weather's a bit brighter down there!

OK, I'm really struggling to find stuff to say so I'm going to stop.  Bye, DW!
 So, I've sung my new(ish) line manager's praises a few times and I'm going to do it again.  It is just SO nice to have someone I feel understands what I'm trying to say AND who has lots of constructive things to say in response.  I also think he's getting as much of a kick out of mentoring me as I am getting out of being mentored by him.  I also think it's come as a bit of a surprise to him, which would only make the kick more... kick-y.

I had my annual appraisal thing (personal development and performance review) with him yesterday, which went very well.  I have some ACTUAL short term and long term goals!  Things I can work towards!  Something that says, 'the way from here to there is via these steps'!!!  After YEARS of treading water, not helped by the lack of interest from my former line-manager (not to mention the three or four before him!), it finally feels like I have a direction.

And yes, I have changed line managers like other people change their socks.  My current line manger is my 11th in 16 years.  Most of them would happily have supported any personal development I wanted to undertake - but I had to identify what I wanted to develop and how.  Only a couple - the current one and one that I consider partly responsible for my current woes but who I loved at the time - have shown any interest in helping with the identification stage. 

I also have to own up to the fact that I'm not a person who takes well to being managed, which was where one line manager ran into trouble; she seemed to think I should respect her and do whatever she said simply BECAUSE she was my line manager.  Er... no...  I do respond well to a leader but, again, only a couple have come anywhere near that description (the same two).

But I am not going to dwell on the past.  We have a plan for moving forward and I am going to embrace it and run with it.
 So, I woke up at the usual time, despite going to bed a little later than usual, but I have done some meditation and read through a chapter of DOAIS - so that has been a good use of my time.

I'm beginning to think about my talk for 2 July on 'my favourite Bible passage'.  One of the problems I have, and I'm going to say it, is that I get really annoyed by people taking verses out of context.  To my mind, the Bible has to be seen as a whole - you can't just take the bits you like or that 'prove' your pet theory. Of course, trying to read and understand the whole thing is more than a little daunting, which is why I hardly ever open the thing at all!  But my favourite passage is one of those that feels like a summary of the whole.  I want to try to get four people to read it - a line each.

I think I'll do a Lectio Divina with that passage sometime this week.  That would be another good use of time.

Today, my plans are to wash the bedding, cut the grass, pop into town, and play some more Blood & Wine.  I've looked at the main quest and it looks as though I'm about half way through - finishing it this week seems VERY possible.  I will definitely do some sidequesting.  Or maybe do some 'work' towards 100% on FFX-2...  It certainly isn't worth starting anything new, although my gaming colleague has offered to lend me KH3 - but the idea of fighting with Disney characters has never appealed to me...

Oh, but I do know what I want for Christmas - Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom.  I love NNK:WOTWW sooo much.  I had a conversation with J about waiting for the price to come down, and in general that's what I do.  DAI, for example, is ridiculously cheap, now, but I don't have the time, or enough inclination, to get it.  I am certainly taking that approach with Horizon: Zero Dawn - it looks like a great game but not enough to make me want it NOW.  I do want it - but not enough to pay £50 (although I did spot it for £30 the other day, so the process has started - but £30 still sounds like a LOT of money).  The new AC game is set in Ancient Egypt, which sets all sorts of reactions off for me - but I'm not even going to consider that at full price.

But there are some games - FFXV (even though it is slightly disappointing - but it was so long since I'd had a new FF game!), FFXII:ZA (*bounces around excitedly*), and NNK2:RK that I know will be worth the outlay, because I'll get my money's worth and then some!

OK, time for a bit of fb nonsense, then I need to get this day started.



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