I think it is for a variety of reasons, chiefly being the fact that I am now well and truly back into my games and spend time on them when I should be writing.
I have definitely turned into a steam addict and my game collection grows by the week (though now Tracey has given me an allowance each fortnight!).
Lately, I have been mainly playing Crusader Kings II (where I am trying my hardest to become the King of Ireland [unsuccessfully] as YouTube recommends to new players), X2:The Threat (I am making my annual attempt at an X:Marathon where I start with X:Beyond the Frontier and progress through X:Tension, X2:The Threat, X3:Reunion and X3:Terran Conflict building my empire before finally getting my hands on X3: Albion Prelude and finally X:Rebirth if my PC can handle it).
As part of her recovery we are walking every day to get her back into shape and exercise her heart, but are also taking the collapsible wheelchair for when she gets too tired.
Tracey walked to the bus stop just using the chair for balance then we jumped on the bus and spent the next twenty minutes being bounced around on the uneven roads which wasn’t exactly comfortable for her.
But eventually, we made it to town and got out our list we had made to ensure we didn’t forget anything. This was the first time we had been in town since before Tracey’s operation and we didn’t want to waste time!.
We got off at the Marlands and entered CEX, where we immediately headed for the Xbox 360 games and picked up Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts for a bargain low price as I had recently had been playing Banjo-Kazooie and felt like retrying Nuts & Bolts after a brief go a few years ago which ended with me trading it in as there were other games I wanted to play more.
After waiting in the queue for a good twenty minutes (don’t get me started on CEX’s queueing issue!) we headed for GAME in West Quay and promptly arrived at the primary reason we decided to go to town rather than just up the road and back:
I had been waiting for this game for over a year and had been saving my Christmas GAME voucher and the points on my card for just this occasion, eagerly snapping up each and every trailer released over the past six months.
The tagline is simple: “The hardest murder to solve is your own”.
I had been toying with the idea for a few years since I heard good things about it from a friend. It just makes a change to play a game now and then that doesn’t revolve around killing or destruction! I can just relax and play this or Banjo if I feel like something different.
To try and deal with the guilt and shame of buying these kids games, we sat in the park and enjoyed some fresh air and sunshine.
After a while we made our way back to the bus and went home pleased with our bargains and an evening of gaming prevailed…
It has been quite a while since we last saw each other, and in that time both of us got married!.
We all had a great time chatting about marriage, games and cats over an iced americano.
After we parted ways, agreeing to meet up again soon, Tracey and I visited Matalan to get her a new blouse, CEX and GAME to window shop (and yes, for me to look longingly at Grand Theft Auto 5!).
After that,we met up with a couple of other friends and went back to Costa for another Iced Coffee and a catch up!.
Finally, we went into the local Buyology store and bought two large boxes to start to store the contents of our kitchen in when it gets replaced (see here) and caused the shelf to collapse when we pulled the boxes out!.
So all in all, a productive and enjoyable day (even if we did scare the shop assistant half to death when the shelf collapsed!).