Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sorry I Haven't Been Around

No excuse for my lack of blogging lately, except that I have been a little too into T.V. and video games.  I really need to write up how absolutely brilliant Heavy Rain is.  If you have a PlayStation 3, then you really need to play Heavy Rain.  And don't just stop half way through the beginning because you can't get a handle on the controls right off.  The story is well worth it.  I promise you this.

As far as T.V. goes, Netflix Instant Watch has consumed me.  I really need to give it a rest.  I am currently blasting through Torchwood and almost done with season 2.  When I have finished up through what is on Instant Watch, I will share with you how much I enjoy the Doctor Who spin off.  The best way to describe it is Fringe + Doctor Who.

I will try to catch everyone up on those two subjects and more come next week.  I may have time tomorrow between packing, but I am not going to make any promises.  I will be spending the weekend in Florida for my baby brother's high school graduation.  Everyone congratulate Matthew on making it!  Now that I know I can blog on my phone with the new app, I will be sure to let y'all know just how sunny and wonderful Florida is.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Battle for Booty Bay

When Cataclysm came out, a lot of things with vanilla Warcraft got reset.  The quests were a big one.  It makes sense because a lot of the quests had changed due to Deathwing and other events that occurred during Cataclysm.  This was great for someone like me, who was at a halt with much of my reputation grinding.  With the Timbermaw reset, I was able to go from almost Revered to Exalted in just a few hours.  The Steamwheedle Cartel was another story. . . .

For those who are not familiar with the Steamwheedle Cartel, I will try to explain.  Goblins have been an active race in World of Warcraft since the beginning, even though they were not a playable race until Cataclysm.  Before then Goblins were pretty much the go between and safe houses for Horde and Alliance.  In other words, they were neutral.  The Steamwheedle Cartel has 4 major cities in the game- Gadgetzan, Booty Bay, Ratchet, and Everlook.  Some of these cities have neutral auction houses, where Alliance and Horde can sell goods across factions.  (This helps in my quest for vanity pets.)   The cities also have quests that help raise your reputation with the Steamwheedle Cartel.

Back to my story.  I was on WoW the other day and I didn't feel much like farming for pets or taking the time to run  through a dungeon.  Instead, I decided to pick up where I left off on the post Cataclysm quests in Booty Bay.  I had been stagnet with my Cartel reputation for a while.  One of the nice things about grinding for a faction with so many cities is you get more of an opportunity to gain reputation points.  But unlike rep grinding for the Alliance, where I started out Friendly, the Steamwheedle Cartel starts out Neutral.  I had gotten up to the high end of Honored/low end of Revered with the Cartel's major cities when I ran out of quests and just kind of stalled and gave up.  After the other day I can now say I am straight Revered. 

The quests I had been working on in Booty Bay had me infiltrate the Bloodsail Buccaneers.  They are an opposing faction to the Steamwheedle Cartel.  Every time you kill a member of the Bloodsail Buccaneers you loose 25 reputation points with them, while only gaining a few for the Cartel.  Before Cataclysm you never had the opportunity to play double agent, so this was pretty fun.  Towards the end of the quest chain a large battle erupts as Worgen pirates attack Booty Bay.  These are some screenshots of the big battle.

I step outside and the city is burning.

A giant ship pulled right in.

Zarena is protecting the men folk.

Weeeeeeeeeee!  I'm a swashbuckling heroine!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Happy Anniversary

As I made it quite obvious, Sunday I celebrated one year of marriage with my main squeeze.  (Or should I say only squeeze?)  We didn't do anything too fancy, mostly because we are saving up for everything else happening this summer.  Mike made a lovely breakfast.  It wasn't as elaborate as his usual creations, but it was still delicious.  I wish I had taken a picture of the bagel sandwich.  Then we watched the original Planet of the Apes.  I know it isn't the most romantic movie out there.  Thing is, I am not super into most romance movies and the hubby really doesn't care for them either.  We thought about going to the theater, but I don't want to see Priest and he doesn't want to see Braidesmaids.  I had never seen Planet of the Apes before, and I have to say I really enjoyed it.  After that we had lunch at Olive Garden.   That has been our default restaurant since forever, I think.  We ended the day with some World of Warcraft followed by Full Metal Panic.  All in all it was a great day.

I did have a conversation with Mike that lead to today's comic on Nickelbeer.net.  For the record, I was not fishing for compliments.  I genuinely feel like I am really out of shape (as I have mentioned on here before) and I am just disappointed in my lack of motivation when my mother isn't around to push me.
It didn't go down exactly like that, of course. . . but it wasn't that far off.  I actually enjoy his sense of humor because it helps me from dumping on myself. :-)  While on the subject of my husband's comic, I would like to ask a favor of my readers.  I am always trying to spread the word of Nickelbeer and would love your help.  Please "Like" Nickelbeer on Facebook.  Maybe even show the comic to your friends and get them to "Like" Nickelbeer on Facebook as well.  I would like to see him get 50 fans by this Friday.  Thanks guys and gals!

Monday, May 16, 2011

WoW Screenhots

My Draenei orphan from Children's Week.

I love how it looks like she is burning in the fire.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

One Year of Marriage

On May 15, 2010 Mike and I became husband and wife.  We have known each other since our early 20s and in that time we have shared what almost feels like a life time.  We started as friends.  I remember when we first met.  My friend, who many know as Dyogenez, was having a Jacon after party at his place as per the norm.  I talked a friend into traveling to Orlando with me so I could go, but I don't remember why I didn't want to drive solo.  Once there, my friend Katie told me the guy she wanted to introduce me to was at the party too.  That is when I met Mike.  At the time there were no sparks, but I was a very different girl then.

The months went by and we became pretty good friends.  One of our mutual friends was in a long distance relationship at the time and would need to make trips between Daytona and Tampa on a fairly regular basis.  Her boyfriend would pick her up and I would take her home.  On the way back, I would stop in Orlando and crash at Mike's place so I wouldn't have to drive so much.  He was always the perfect gentleman and I began to really look forward to our visits.  Then drama happens as it always does and we started to loose touch on and off.

Flash forward to AFO (Anime Festival Orlando) some time later.  Newly single, I dragged a few friends and my brother with his crew to the con.  It is really funny to think about it, because when I saw Mike something clicked.  I say funny because he looked exactly like when we met, or so he says, but it was like seeing him for the first time.  I wanted to spend time with him, but I found myself a little shy since we were no longer as close as we used to be.    I had a plan, though.  I sneaky plan!  I asked his friend Richard about all of us getting lunch together.  He declined because he already had plans. . . "But you should ask Mike about lunch, he is right over there."  I don't remember if those were his exact words, but it was close.  Later that night we had our first kiss. :-)

From there we started a long distance relationship.  Our first "date" was my cousin's wedding.  Some time later we discussed getting a place in Orlando together, which turned into pushing the date back and moving to Seattle instead.  Our first time really, truly alone for any length and it was the road trip to our new home in Seattle.  I was so sure that we would have problems being cooped up for that long together, but we didn't.   We grew even closer.  And the our second Christmas in Seattle he proposed, which is the video at the top.

I didn't see Mike for about a month before the wedding.  He had just gotten the job that has us now living in Virginia, so he came out early to start it, look for an apartment, and get all of our things unpacked.  I spent most of that time in Seattle with our roommate Siolonda helping clean out our old place and move her into her new one.  The last week before the wedding I flew to Florida to be with family and get some of the final touches done.

The wedding was amazing and our Disney World honeymoon was the first real vacation we had together.  I am truly grateful for all our friends and family who made the wedding and all that came before it possible.  I know it may sound silly, but I have no regrets in life. . . nothing I want to change. . . because I'm afraid if I changed even one little thing I might have missed out on him. 

The card I am reading at the beginning of the proposal.

Inside the card.
Dinner with friends to celebrate the engagement.

At Kobes with Ashley, Jeff, James and others.

For the wedding, I had future hubby design a lot of the things like our Save the Date magnets and the wedding programs, while I got our invitations from Vista Print.  Our wedding colors were pinks and purples.  We got the domain "ourbigmistake.com" for our wedding website, though not everyone got the joke.  I really wanted a Mad Tea Party theme so we could have a crazy cake and we had tea pots as center pieces.  The bouquets were ribbon flowers from Lunatiger, which I still have.  Another theme was photo booths oddly enough.  It wasn't on purpose.  We just had many photo booth pictures of us over the years, so we incorporated it into the wedding website.  One of the best surprises of the wedding was that his parents actually rented a photo booth for the wedding!  Our first dance was Digital Love by Daft Punk and the cake cutting song was Still Alive from Portal.  The DJ was very nice about finding all the specific songs we wanted, like the Ninja Rap by Vanilla Ice and a few of the songs from Labyrinth (just to name a few).
Our Save the Date picture is from a photo booth.

I thought this design fit with the feel of the wedding.

Rehearsal dinner.  Ruth, me, Jen, Krista.

The impromptu rehearsal dinner after party.

Thank you to Ashley for use of the condo.

Candid shot day of the wedding.  My mother, McKayla, and I.
My dear friend, Matt, walked me down the isle.

My cousin, John, officiated the ceremony.

My mother in law made sure they left the butterflies up.

McKayla, Krista, Jennifer, (Matron of Honor and his big sister), Sarah (Maid of Honor and my little sister), me, Mike, Adam (Best Man), Eddie, Tony, and James

I actually fell in love with the ceremony location because they had a playground.
I love how relaxed this looks.

The boys were so excited about those glasses.

I really love how this one came out.

Nom Nom Nom.

Strike a pose.

Friday, May 13, 2011

New Stranglethorn Quest

Voodoo Zombies

They look so silly with their giant masks.

This troll was going on and on.
Just a random pic of my rogue because her eyes look so crazy.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Busy Summer Starts Soon

After talking to a friend last night, I came to the realization that I have plans every month this summer.  Not to say that my summers are usually boring, but I normally don't have a major event planned for every month this far in advance.  Not even when I regularly attended anime conventions, which I really do miss.  It is just a bit weird because I really haven't asked for any real time off work since I started my current job.  Next time I see my boss I am going to bring up all the dates just to make sure.

It all starts this Sunday, which I already have off.  It will be my first wedding anniversary.  It is hard to believe I have only been in Virginia for a little less than a year.  We don't have any huge plans for Sunday, though.  In fact, we already have better plans for our second anniversary.  Weird, huh?  Just with everything going on this summer, neither my husband nor I wanted to spend a ton of money on one day.

The first weekend in June I will be traveling to Florida with my mom for my baby brother's graduation.  It crazy to this my baby brother is graduating from high school.  I still remember when he was five years old.  Originally we were only going to be away for 3 days, but an Aunt is throwing him a party and some other events are going on so we are extending the trip by a couple days.  One of the nights we have nothing planned and my mother is insisting I use that time to see friends.  Not that I am complaining, since I am missing my Ten Year High School Reunion that is the weekend before.  When did I become so old?

My birthday is in July and my little sister is going to come up and visit with my niece.  My sister and I were never very close when younger, but that has changed as we've grown.  She was my maid of honor last year.  I am really excited she is coming to visit.  Because she was pregnant/raising a new born while I lived in Seattle she was never able to see me out there.  I am really looking forward to showing her the apartment and around town.

August is going to be a gathering of my husband's extended family.  He has a lot of cousins around our age and I have never really had the chance to get to know them.  I first met his extended family two years ago at his sister's wedding.  They were all so very lovely to me, but there was a bit of chaos because it was a wedding.  I saw even less of them last year because the wedding was mine this time.  Weddings are busy and you don't get near the visitation time you want with everyone when you are the bride.  This will be a nice bonding experience.

I am most excited for September.  This year will be the first time I attend Dragon Con.  We already have our flight and hotel booked, and just last night hubby bought our passes.  I have wanted to attend Dragon Con for years, but something would always get in the way.  For starters, it is my mother's birthday weekend.  Plus, it is the same month as Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) and I could never afford two trips to Atlanta that close together.  Then I was in Seattle which has PAX the same weekend. . . and if you are west coast you should attend PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) at least once, because it is amazing.  Anyways, I am just really super excited about this and can't wait.  It will be a great chance to party with friends I haven't seen in a while.  :-)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

LoLs for You

There were some happy moments before they were slashed to death.

Bored and don't feel like writing, so here are silly screenshots I have taken while online.  Except the picture above.  I took that one when shopping one day.