Home Sweet Home…

My House, I Say

by Robert Louis Stevenson

My house, I say. But hark to the sunny doves   
That make my roof the arena of their loves,
That gyre about the gable all day long
And fill the chimneys with their murmurous song:
Our house, they say; and mine, the cat declares
And spreads his golden fleece upon the chairs;
And mine the dog, and rises stiff with wrath
If any alien foot profane the path.
So, too, the buck that trimmed my terraces,
Our whilom gardener, called the garden his;
Who now, deposed, surveys my plain abode
And his late kingdom, only from the road.

For any of you who have a friend in game like I do – just a cool, nice person — that is a wonderful blessing indeed. I have a few close friends, but my tiny cottage guild is where I feel the most “home” so far in Azeroth. It’s had a few name changes, but we’ve settled on The Wildings, after the Free Folk in G.R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. No, there is no one fancying themselves Jonn Snow* or Ygritte (yes, it does sound like “regret”) but the idea of just hanging out, slaying a few dragons, and being independent sure is nice. There has been talk of housing/halls for players: the only time I’ve experienced making my own little house in a game is in Animal Crossing. Shush, you. Princess was the pinkiest. I love my little guild, where I am the queen, my stuff is there, and open to all the inhabitants of two humans times twenty of alts. Because of guild rep changes, our little guild has gone from hovering around level four for a long time to now almost level ten in a matter of a few weeks. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even hit level 25 someday, have all the rights and benefits of the larger guilds. I am reminding myself of so many of the changes I wanted have been made to game play — there are challenges, scenarios, and even though the grinds get old, they can be done on our own time, with our own senses of interaction. We can make our virtual homes happy ones.

*Although we all could use a little John Snow now and then.

Theme Song: Game of Thrones opening theme song (yes, this is my ring tone)

Navi and the Moon…

I love where I live. I love the grey, rainy days, the dark fall, the damp, chilly winters, and the mucky, sluggy springs. We don’t get much of a summer – we had a few hot days in August, but it’s pretty mild. But damn, I love to travel, too, and of late, haven’t been as able to jet as often as I’d like. Time and money, friends, time and money. Too busy getting baby birds out of the nest I guess, but my traveling feet are itchy for some new turf.

For instance, two things came across my Internet scope recently:

Gollum is in New Zealand: http://www.kuriositas.com/2012/11/gollum-catches-lunch-at-wellington.html

and Navi’s posts on the eclipse in Australia: http://frostwolves.blogspot.com/2012/11/afk-from-wow-eclipse-2012-day-4-eclipse.html

You have got to check out her amazing photos – her narration is her usual superlative style of making her reader in the moment. I felt like I was there, Navi – if that whole doctor thing doesn’t work out, you have a career as a report/travel writer.

I did a little research on when one might hit the States, and it won’t be for awhile. Looks like the Southern Hemisphere will be the lucky ones for awhile: August 21, 2017 in Kentucky but should be crossing over parts of Oregon, too, so perhaps that’ll be doable.

http://www.moongiant.com/Solar_Eclipse_Calendar.php

But since I am kind of grounded for now, much of my travel is done on the ‘net. One of my favorite feeds is Kuriositas.com : check this out, too: http://www.kuriositas.com/2012/11/blood-ink.html

Theme song: Dark Side of the Moon/Pink Floyd

Robes of Reality

This is dedicated to the real-life responsibilities we all have. This week as we in the States give thanks (yes, I know my Canadian friends – you had your Thanksgiving, but man, no one does it like the States: Hey, thanks for the corn and helping us from starving! Now give us your land!) just take a moment and consider that whatever responsibilities you have are usually tethered to love, family, and friendship.

What are my plans for this Sunday before feasting week? Level Ceniza the Misunderstood to 90, and then go to the grocery store, and then a girlfriend’s house for a make-up party. Could use a new lipstick buff. I have a lot of smiling to do the next few days, and need all the help I can get!