Is there such a thing? Is there?
I've actually played several more times, stopping before I get to the end. I wanted to see all the various relationships playing out over time. And, in fact, played through ME2 once more just to have a Garrus romance option for ME3. Heh.
The one that proved hardest to complete was the renegade option. Every time I turned my back on a team mate, I felt like such an incredible jerk. I chose not to save Grissom Academy and whenever the news report played as I ran around the Citadel, it reminded me of that decision. Later on, when you encounter the aftermath of that choice, I expected some payoff... and was disappointed.
I felt the weight of the decision all the way, and the emotional impact was tough on me. Anna came across me with tears rolling down my cheeks a couple of times, mainly because of the krogan storyline and what you end up having to do to hold the renegade line. I even stopped playing for several days because I was too wracked to go further.
And yet, I couldn't keep away. :) I had to see how the other Shepards I'd created would find their interactions affected by the various nuances. So on many levels, the game did succeed to draw me in to the relationships. I still see a bunch of flaws in the execution of it, but I'm not as upset as I was the first go through.
Besides, I have other things to do beyond Mass Effect! Srsly!
Yaprakli Baktus. Our knitting group did a semi-knit-along wherein several of us knit variations of the Baktus scarf.
I did mine in a lovely cotton yarn I'd gotten at the Homespun Yarn Party last year. It turned out really well, considering that somewhere along the way I started adding things to the pattern repeats, and completely messed up one of the edges while watching Downton Abbey. :)
Cat Socks! So cute! They're a bit short for me, so I'll probably gift this pair and make another one for myself later. I've loved the little paw on the bottom of these socks ever since I first saw them a couple of years ago. They did turn out fine, just a bit short on the toe, and I'm not willing to undo the ends to fix it. Stubborn lass! :D
But, the biggest news I've saved for last.
Since April, I've done several different yarns. Betsy gave me some plain brown wool; I had roving from Rhinebeck last year; and I'd bought two types of roving at this year's Homespun Yarn Party. All these yarns are spun now!
I bought more roving from DBNY, and am spinning that with Lenny. I'm aiming for 2-ply fingering, which means I need to make very skinny singles and then twist them together. It's so relaxing, and also a lot of fun to see a big pile o'fluff turn into actual yarn-like substances!
And that's the latest news from Baltimore, my friends. Wheeeee!