What to do about the video screen? :( Do you run the TV or not? It's fun to have some background noise, but even the least plot-type stuff we have dominates the room. Some things make the evening more fun, but it's not as social...but it IS community, which is important...I dunno, what's the balance there?
Whines has built stadium seating in our living room, a raised couch platform. Clever boy :) It got quite a workout.
Things are a little bit doldrummy right now, like life's in an eddy. We just bought a house, so maybe that's enough change for one year.