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Monica

July 8, 2014

I didn’t post last week. Oops! Well, I’ve mentioned before that it’s the busy season at my work. And it’s about to get busier, since this little gal just went on exhibit yesterday.

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On top of that, I have some other IRL things going on that are taking up a fair bit of my free time. I can’t say what just yet but I’m sure I’ll have something to say about it later!

As far as games go, I’m logging on to raid. And uh … well, that Sims3 addiction hasn’t let go yet. And I still have a few games from the Steam sale to check out.

So I’m still here, not going anywhere! At least not for long.

Happy New Year

January 4, 2013

I am back. Ok fine, I’ve been back for a few days, but I had to raid two of the last three nights and didn’t get my pics from vacation uploaded until last night, so you just had to wait.

Yes, this is pretty much off-topic. Deal with it. :)

So I went on a cruise with my parents and my brother and his girl. We left from Ft. Lauderdale…

Ft. Lauderdale

on this huge ship, Ruby Princess.

Ruby Princess at Princess Cays

Our first stop was at Princess Cays, on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. There is no dock there large enough for a cruise ship, so we were transported ashore using the lifeboats, which they call tenders.

Tenders transport us to Princess Cays

We spent Christmas Day at sea, then docked at St. Maarten/St. Martin. It is half Dutch, and half French. Well, not quite half … the Dutch side is 16 sq. mi. and the French side is 21 sq. mi. We docked on the Dutch side, along with 5 other cruise ships! It was a very busy day for Philipsburg. The rest of the family went shopping while I went horseback riding!

Me and Wende

We even got to ride in the sea.

Me and Wende

The next day was St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands. I went to Magen’s Bay to the beach with my parents.

Mom and Tom at Magen's Bay

I found a nature trail there and got to see a few interesting things.

St. Thomas

We caught up to my brother before getting back on the ship.

Mom, James, and Brooke - St. Thomas

Time to move on. All aboard!

Ruby Princess in port at St. Thomas

The final day was Grand Turk, in the Turks & Caicos. This one was my favorite, partly because the island is home to all of these wild donkeys.

Grand Turk

They were once used to help harvest salt from the sea, but once the salt trade dried up (har har) they were all set free and allowed to roam the island freely.

harvested salt - Grand Turk

They are rounded up in early January and kept all together at a sanctuary for part of the year, because there is not enough food and water to sustain them naturally. The island gets very little rainfall and has sparse vegetation.
Grand Turk

Dinner on the ship every night was one of the highlights of the trip. We had a four course meal at the same table every night, same time, same waiters. Here I am surrounded by hot Filipinos … hey, it’s just like being in SR!

Russel, me, and Joel

So now I’m back to 30 degrees, snow, and wind. But I did kinda miss my internets. And my pet battles … I got a scourged whelpling last night! ^.^

Ok next post will be back to WoW stuffs.

SR in Real Life

July 16, 2012

So, this weekend I went to visit Slice and Lyssi. Sorak was in the same state they are in on business, so I swung by and picked him up on my way there.

We got there Friday late afternoon, and we all piled into Slice’s car and went to Quaker Steak & Lube for wings. Sorak ordered some Atomic level stuff that no one else would touch. Friday night a few of Slice’s friends came over. First they taught me how to play Magic in preparation for Saturday night’s draft, then we all played another card game called Bang! that Sorak brought with him. Oh yeah, and we had these awesome enchiladas for dinner that Lyssi cooked.

Saturday morning Lyssi cooked breakfast for us, and we watched some netflix … then we decided we’d better get moving if we wanted to go to the zoo. Compared to our zoo here, the one in Columbus is huge. We were there four hours and didn’t see everything. But what we did see was pretty cool. Here are some of the things we saw:

Druid Tank (Brown Bear)

Brown Bear

Hunter Tank Pet (Black Rhino)

Black Rhino

Future MoP mounts! (Red-naped Crane)

Red-naped Crane

Wild Asians (Slice and Sorak)

Slice and Sorak, Got him with his mouth full.

Puma

Puma

Cougar

Me

Koala
Koala

Other Koala!
Lyssi

A bat at one of the flight paths in Forsaken territory (Large Flying Fox)
Large Flying Fox

It was pretty hot and humid. It had looked like rain, but then the sun came out. Bleh. So we spent a lot of time in line to refill our drinks, like Lyssi and Slice are doing here.
Lyssi and Slice getting refills

It was a lot of walking too, so Slice and I sat down whenever we could.

Me and Slice, Columbus Zoo

Not sure how much fun the boys really had, but Lyssi and I really enjoyed seeing all the animals.
Lyssi and me, Lyssi and me

Wow this is getting long already. Anyway, the coolest part at the zoo was Stingray Bay, where you can stick your hands in the pool and actually touch the stingrays. It wasn’t the best spot to get pictures though.

After the zoo we grabbed a bite to eat, then went to the home of the guy who came over the night before for our Magic tournament. I had no help at all on the drafting part, and I must have done ok, because they said my deck was pretty solid. I did have advice on what plays to make for the first two matches though.

Here we are doing the actual drafting.

Magic draft

And during actual play. Sorak really looks like he’s concentrating here.
Playing Magic

This is Slice’s brother making a play in his match against me.
Slice's bro

And here it is my turn as I decide what play to make.
Playing Magic

Slice and Sorak both kicked my butt good, but I finished with a record of 5-4 so I think I did pretty ok for my first time.

Sunday Lyssi cooked us breakfast and we hung out watching tv, then played a board game and went out for Korean BBQ before Sorak and I hit the road. We all had a great time.

Out With a Bang

March 9, 2012

I’ll warn you in advance, this is totally off topic. But hey, it’s my blog, I can take a detour once in awhile, right? I want this down somewhere so I can look back at it later and remember.

Last night of bowling league. I’m averaging 151, my personal best game is 184, my high series is 535. My goal for most of the season has been to throw a 200.

186 – nice game

191 – so close. Started the game with 9/spare for three frames and then my shoe stuck and I hung it over the gutter. I picked it up, but if that had been a strike instead of 0/spare, or even another 9/spare …

202 – it came down to the 10th frame. I had to strike to get it. It felt so awesome.

So that works out to a 579 series.

Guess I’d better find a new league. It would be a shame to quit now.

Then I wake up this morning and look out the window to see big, beautiful, heavy, wet snowflakes falling and a layer of snow on the ground and my car. Woohoo! Snow makes me happy. Wednesday made me grumpy. It was 60 so it was crowded and very busy at work. (60 is like, 15 to my friends in Canadialand). What? I’m supposed to be excited when it’s 60 and upset when it snows? Well, I never have claimed to be normal.


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