Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pumpkin Pie and Thankfulness.

I'd share with you if I could!
I have been so absorbed by the new expansion that I nearly forgot I had a blog. Today I pulled myself mostly away (I had to check on my followers!) to make Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I would say it was a small affair, but with 7 kids, 2 grand kids, their dad, my husband, my mother and the cat, who needs guests? I have been working most of the day making stuffing (no boxes here!), gravy, and the turkey. I made pies with two of my girls yesterday (from a whole pumpkin, but with the pre made crust dough), and cheated with Hawaiian and ranch rolls the store made and cranberry sauce from a can (because it's not Thanksgiving without the slices of canned jelly). One of the girls made the green bean casserole, and another made the candied yams, while the littlest of my girls wrapped the sweet potatoes in foil. Oh, and I would be a bad wife if I didn't give credit to the hubby for making the mashed potatoes and his famous cherry cream cheese pie.

I finally finished the dishes for the umpteenth time, and got to sit down and eat another slice of pie. While I was washing dishes, I thought about what I have to be thankful for. The usual things came to mind, of course. I have a roof over my head, food on the table, healthy kids, and there are three more than just me working toward keeping this family in toilet paper and electricity. I have a husband who is crazy about me. I'm losing weight, despite my unhealthy WoW addiction., and feel healthier than I have in a long time. Things are pretty good.

Right about halfway through the dishes I started thinking about my friends here, on the internet. I am so thankful to have found a wonderful community of people to share this hobby of mine with. Those of you on my BNet list, I smile when I see you log in. The comments I do get on this blog, though few, are a highlight of my day. Meeting up with fellow gamers once a month at Jose's gives me something to look forward to when these walls start closing in on me. Those of you who blog along with me, I enjoy reading of your fun in game and out. The few times I de-lurk to pipe up on Twitter, I enjoy the short conversations. Podcasters, thanks for being the background soundtrack to my day at work. Pwnies, I think  you are all awesome (still fishing up enough awesomefish to throw your way). I am thankful for all of you!

Happy Thanksgiving, my dear Azerothian friends. I'm going to go get myself another slice of pie, because my plate is empty.

Needs more pie.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Vientos!

I was upset because I thought for sure that I had missed out and that Day of the Dead was over. I was excited to find out that I could still buy the costumes and get the achievements the next day! Del went out and bought all of the costumes, leaving her almost penniless. A few guild mates were trying to finish out their Calavera achievement, so we started trading blows in the graveyard in Orgrimmar, taking resurrection sickness to try and speed things up. Big mistake.

One of the fellas was getting frustrated with how slowly this was going, being that there were at least a few others in the graveyard that were stealing his knockouts. He suggested we head to the Temple of the Jade Serpent to finish the achievements off for everyone. Why in a dungeon? Well, the Temple has a graveyard fairly close to the entrance, and the front area is clear and great for a little sparring. No resurrection sickness = no huge repair bills (though most of us were already seeing yellow and red!). The rest of the time we spent moved at a much better pace.

The costumes are so fun! I especially love the red one. The flower behind the ear of the female character is sweet, even when she's been knocked for a loop.

Whoa.
Better than a rose behind the ear is where the men hold it.

Victor Resendiz, perhaps?

The rest of the costumes are almost as fun with their lucha libre masks.





Ignore the uneven background. I'm not good at this!

I'll bet these look so much better on any other character model. Poor knobby kneed Delgada. She needs a tan and no goblin has figured that out yet!

For the record, Orb of the Sindorei will allow you to change into a luchador costume and will show the look, but the Orb of Deception will not. If you are in a transformation that has a flex animation, even if it doesn't show the outfit you will perform the emote. So far in my limited testing (due to not having quite enough toys!), only the Orb of the Sindorei allows costume changes.

It's been almost a week since I started this, which means I now have to go put away my costumes and find something else to do. Maybe I'll go look for some of the toys I don't have. The expansion is getting closer and closer! What are you hurrying to finish?



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Costume - Wicked Witch of the West.

Thought you were pretty foxy, didn't you?
It was difficult to find anything pure black in the game. Still, I think I have captured the spirit of this nasty old hag, who I am portraying as a troll. I know, it's not too original, because the Wicked Witch in Karazhan is a troll, too. I think mine looks the part, though.  Here's my take on the Wicked Witch.

I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too! 
This is a transmog set.  It is a shame that they won't allow us to use the Farmer's Broom for transmog! Sadly, if you don't already have one of these, it has been confirmed that it no longer drops. Here's the list of items I used.


What do you think? Could she replace The Crone in Karazhan?  Here's a reference picture.

Ignore the silly shadow priest who wouldn't move.
Maybe not, but I think she looks every bit as evil as The Crone. Maybe she could stand in when she gets caught in a rainstorm, melting.

I'll be mostly afk tomorrow, handing out candy, escorting a kid or 3 all over my little town, and the usual work stuff. Happy Hallow's End! 

Halloween Costume - Dorothy

There's no place like home...
This could be a transmog if you can find a main hand that fades into the background. It's all cloth and pretty easy to get, for the most part. Here's the list.



Not as cute and cuddly as the original.

You could use your Egg Basket from Noblegarden instead of the lantern, but then it wouldn't be a transmog set!  This outfit also benefits from having Tito around. All you have to do is collect all the pets in this achievement group to get him, and most can be found on the auction house. This achievement works with traded pets, too, so if you have a friend that has the ones you need, trade them, learn them, and crate them back up to trade back. 

I think I have time for a Wicked Witch Costume, and maybe even a Tin Man. Happy Hallow's End!

Halloween Costume - Glinda the Good Witch.

You've always had the power, my dear.
This is not a transmog set, because the Elegant Dress is a common item, and I left out the belt, gloves, cloak, and main hand items. Still, if you have a costume party to go to in game, this will almost work. Just be sad with me for a moment that the Gossamer Headpiece doesn't let your lovely locks show. Thanks to the magic of GIMP, it works, but not so in game. Here, for reference, is a random picture of Glinda the Good Witch from the original Wizard of Oz.

You had it, all along...

Here's the item list, should you care to try this out in game.


Next, I will attempt a remake of Dorothy, complete with Toto.  Happy Hallow's End!