Monday, April 21, 2014

Skyrim - The Legion

I realize that Skyrim isn't a heavily populated region, but you would think there were enough people to go around. I got to the Legate in Solitude and she decided that I need to join the Empire. Whatever. There's some decent armor and pay in it for me, and the Empire operates all over Tamriel. Maybe if I help out here I can request to be stationed back home. I have to "prove myself" to the legate before she'll sign me up. It seems she wants me to clear out an old fort so she can set up some troops there. Bandits are currently in residence. Maybe I can snag some extra coin from this...

I have really got to invest in a horse or something. Clearing out the bandits wasn't so hard, but walking there and walking back is not exactly my mug of ale. Rikke was impressed, and now I'm decked out in some Imperial leathers, so it wasn't all bad. I did walk in on a conversation between her and the General, though, and it didn't sound like something I want to get involved in. They're going to some tomb to get something called the Jagged Crown. It'll apparently help them set Elisif on the throne, and they don't want the Stormcloaks to get it. AAANNNDDD, here she comes. Looks like I'm going with them.


Another two-for-one day. By now I am on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico. Life is good.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Skyrim - Whiterun

Those brawl-crazed Companions were fighting a giant, and it looked like they weren't doing so well. I got a couple good shots in on him from a distance and they finished him off. One of them approached me and said to go see about joining the Companions myself. I don't know... Coming into a fight screaming and waving an axe isn't really my style, and it seems to be what they're all about.

Ha! The lunatics! Jarl Balgruuf sent me to his wizard who wants me to go BACK to Riverwood, BACK toward the dragon. Not going to happen. I've acquired a bow that's actually worth something and some more arrows and stocked up on supplies, and I am out of here! There's no way I'm going to be able to afford a horse, but there is a cart for hire and he says he'll take me to Solitude for a small price. I can rest easy enough knowing Balgruuf sent some men to Riverwood to help protect them. On my way out one of the families here asked me to help track down one of their men. Seemed easy enough. I snuck into a rival clan's house, stole a book, took it back to the Grey-Mane's, and now they want me to go get the guy! Here's the catch: He's a prisoner of the Altmer. For some reason the Aldmeri Dominion wants him. I don't want to tangle in that. If they have him, he's likely already dead. Like I said, I'm out of here. I'm done with this town and its dead tree and battle-thirsty Nords.


Two for one today. They're pretty short.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I've Tried That - Fairy Wings

My most favorite and popular Renaissance Festival has been my fairy costume. While I just kinda made up the wing process as I went, this is almost exactly how I made mine. Thanks, Mommy Blessings!

Photo belongs to Mommy Blessings
To follow her wonderful tutorial to make some fairy wings for yourself, just Click on This Wonderful Link!

Do you want to see my costume? I bet you do. Here you go!

Here's the costume minus the wings. There are various pieces of jewelry and some belts and tails that go with it.
And here I am wearing it! I'm teaching the hubby to dance the Korobushka.
My wings, though I am not wearing them. This is my sister (in the black) and her friend Sabrina (in my wings).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Skyrim Adventures - Trapped!

Well, it looks like I'm stuck here. There's only one guaranteed way out of Skyrim and there could be a dragon guarding it now. I was on my way south into Cyrodiil when a bunch of Stormcloaks came running out and even more Imperials followed, grabbing anyone they could. They got most of the storm cloaks, some horse-thief, and me. Damn this civil war. I could have been out of the blasted cold and on my way home to Valenwood by now! Instead, I was put out cold, shoved into a cart with the horse thief and a couple other Nords, and taken back up to Helgen to have my head removed from my body. "Who are you? Where you from? Blah, blah, blah." They didn't care. Put me on a list, line me up with the rest, swing of the axe, not their problem anymore. Thank the nine for dragons! My neck was on the block, the axe was in the air, and my winged savior of fire and death swooped in to save the day. Granted, he soon decided I'd make a better snack than adoring fan and tried to eat me. I've run most of the way to Whiterun now, having followed one of the Imperials, Hadvar, out of the dragon's path. He cut my bonds and had his cousin in Riverwood give me some supplies for the road. They offered to let me stay, but I plan on getting as far away from that furnace with wings as I can. I was told to go to Solitude. As far as Hadvar was concerned my crimes were clear, but he's not the Empire. There's some general up north that can clear me for good and I might find some work to pay my way out of this frozen Hell. Hadvar's cousin begged me to go to Whiterun first, though. He wants me to tell the Jarl about what happened and beg for troops. I wonder if I can buy a horse in Whiterun... I don't think I'll make it to Solitude if I have to run. Wait... There's fighting up ahead!


 So here's the deal... I launched myself into Skyrim again a couple weeks ago. I then started getting some free time at work and decided to write my adventures down. They aren't exactly in order; I've changed the order of my actions for a better story flow.

We are following a Bosmer named Larien. She is a skilled archer and is honing her skills at thievery. And she pretty much hates Skyrim.

Expect more of this. I've got quite a bit.

Other upcoming blog posts: Several recipes, a few costumes, and a cruise!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Year in Review

Despite having taken out nearly all personal ramblings several months ago, I feel the need to share this with the internet. This year has been an incredible journey.

In January of 2013, I had been "laid off" for 3 months and unable to find a job. The owner of the store I managed sold it with no warning and my job was gone. My husband worked part time for a movie theater, but it wasn't quite covering everything. There had been hope of better work in Tulsa, but nothing had panned out, and we were sinking fast. The last of our money was spent on a trip out to see Josh's family in Colorado and on rent. When we got home, we were broke, broken, and I was sick. The rest of the world might have survived the End of the World, but ours was about to implode.

I spent a day driving around the city applying for everything I could (except McD's. NEVER AGAIN!), and on my way home Josh called. One of the doors that had been slammed in our face on the Tulsa thing was open, and JD (we'll call him that, anyway) had made sure that no one else could walk through it this time because he wanted Josh. DONE! We jumped on that, and 2 weeks later moved in with my parents. A month later (February now) we were still with them, and things had been wrapped up with the complex we were living in.

We were, by government standards, homeless. Mail for us went to my parents' and everyone knew we were staying there, but our names were not assigned to any sort of dwelling place.

That was February. I was still unemployed, but Josh was bringing home nearly double what he had been making in OKC. We were able to get our student loans in deferment and could finally start living again. Saving people, hunting things. Saving money, getting back on track.

In May I picked up a part-time job near Tulsa. In June we moved into our own apartment in Tulsa. In July I got bumped up to full time. Things were getting better.

But now? In February 2014? We are able to do for a friend what my parents did for us. We have booked a cruise. We are paying extra on our debts. And I just moved into a position at work that's higher than the one I was in. In just over a year. Things have changed so drastically from where we were a year ago that I almost can't believe it. I've been dancing around at work and at home from the sheer joy that God has brought us and all the blessings He has given us. I know what life is like at the bottom of the ladder. We were there for 2 years. I also know that it is not impossible to climb up.

Ok. I'm done.

Monday, August 26, 2013

I've Tried That: "Woven" Friendship Bracelet

Raise your hand if you made friendship bracelets as a kid. *raises hand* Mine were the spiral macrame bracelets with just 2 threads. I had a pink one and then a purple one. These are much more cool! Up to 7 different colors in one bracelet, look awesome as wrap bracelets, and hold charms relatively well.

And they're easy! The only things you'll need are: 1) A small piece of cardboard, and 2) Several different colors of embroidery thread.

This is small enough to fit in your purse or pocket, easy to pick up, and you won't forget your place if you put it down. I ended up taking it to work to do in my downtime.

Monday, July 22, 2013

I've Tried That: Indian Shisha Embroidery

This isn't a matter of working or not, but rather a matter of "can anyone do it?"

Shisha is the Hindi word for "little glass" and Shisha Embroidery is embroidering little pieces of glass (mirrors) to something. Here's what it looks like:

Photo belongs to Emily of Joyful Abode
My mom saw this picture on my Pinterest board and decided I needed to try it on a stocking swap she was doing with her quilt guild (lots of fun, that little project). My first one looked like crap, but the second and third ones looked pretty good.

The verdict:
Yep. Anyone who has at least a beginner's embroidery skill level and the ability to follow a picture tutorial can do this. Don't expect the first few to look this awesome, but don't get discouraged, either. It's fun and it looks really cool. I plan to do this around the bottom of an apron, actually... When we get the house unpacked and squared away.

Joyful Abode - Tutorial: Indian Shisha Mirror Embroidery