Level 50 in Wildstar

This evening, I reached level 50 in the massive multiplayer online game (mmo) that I play, Wildstar. It’s the highest level one can be. When I first started playing the game, I don’t think I honestly believed I could reach 50. I’m not that great at video games. They take me a really long time, I get frustrated, and the skills just do not come naturally to me. But I really enjoyed Wildstar and I kept playing it, even if it was only once a week or once every two weeks. And lo and behold, about one year after I got the game, I am level 50!

Tathian_Brightsage.150519.201735.pngTathian, my character, celebrating that she is level 50!

 

She Kills Monsters: A review

On Saturday, I treated Gene and myself to a showing of She Kills Monsters.

I absolutely loved it. I was smiling, laughing, clapping, or cheering almost the entire time.

The play revolves around a recent college graduate who begins to play the Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) campaign that her younger sister (who died in a car accident) wrote. She embarks on an adventure in both fantasy and real life in order to discover who her sister was, and along the way, who she herself is.

I had such a blast. This is definitely one of the best plays I’ve seen. The stage design was amazing. An entire Dungeons and Dragons landscape stood in the back with rocks, skulls, a bridge and a cool sky background. Huge dice, positioned on both sides of the stage, turned to morph into bedrooms and kitchens. The way and speed that scenes changed and how the actors used the props given was brilliant and seamless.

The costumes for the D&D characters were great and the fight scenes (yes, there were many) were even better. Oh the fight scenes, I adore you. All the actors did a fantastic job, their choreography was almost perfect. They had swords, shields, daggers, and other various weapons which made awesome sounds when struck against one another. Those scenes were some of my favorites.

At one point in the production, there was even a dance off. That was pure fun and something I think more productions should have. Eighties song after 80s song played as the actors showed us their moves. We got to see some classics like the lawn mower and the shopping cart. The audience cheered (and booed the bad guys), clapped, and whistled throughout the whole scene.

I especially liked the role that women played in the story. The majority of the characters were female and did they kick some butt! To see these women struggling with their own lives and then going into the D&D world wielding swords and killing monsters was awesome and inspiring. I love seeing strong women, both physically and mentally.

The whole thing was almost magical. The energy of the audience was something I’ve never felt before. We clapped and cheered the whole time. I’m not sure if I’ve ever screamed in a professional production before. I loved it. I was in my element. We need more geeky productions that have strong women roles.

I hope this play comes around again sometime because I would definitely see it again. If you ever hear of it coming to a theater near you, I urge you to go. It’s going to be better and more enjoyable if you know about the Dungeons and Dragons world, but it will still be entertaining if you’re not familiar with the game.

Korean care packages are awesome

Yesterday, Gene and I went down to the post office to pick up a package that Sidney had sent us all the way from Korea. I was excited to open it because she had sent one to Elisabeth and Elisabeth was talking about how great everything was.

It was so much fun opening the box and seeing all the different things in there. That box was FULL!

We now have loads of different Korean snacks, including seaweed rolls, ramen, potato chips (that look like french fries kind of-I like them) and these delicious snack packs (one of which I’ve almost eaten entirely). Not only that but she sent over a lego kit to make Batman, really long, skinny forks, and lotion that is in a container shaped like a banana. It’s so awesome, the lotion even smells like bananas.

Sidney also sent over some buttons that we’re hoping to turn into magnets so we can see them all the time and a lovely pair of Ana (from Frozen) socks! Those may be my favorite thing in the whole box (although the face masks I got too are pretty enticing). There are also some REALLY cute stickers that I cannot wait to find something to stick them on.

I tell you, I think I should get care packages like this way more often! What a selfish thing to say, I suppose, but they’re so much fun to get. I think I’m going to have to send some off to my friends as well to share the happiness. Want a care package? I’ll try to get you one in the next two to three months (I don’t want to over promise). Tell me some stuff you’d like and I’ll see what I can do!

Dinner at Sam’s No. 3

Had dinner at Sam’s No. 3 yesterday. It’s a restaurant I’ve been interested in going to for a while now. I drive by it fairly often and it’s been featured in Diners, Drive-ins, and Dines, an old Food Network show. So when the one reddit couple that goes to the dinner meetups suggested it, I was all down for it.

The first thought I had when we got there? “This menu is huge.” There was page upon page of breakfast items, sandwiches, burgers, Mexican food, and other odds and ends. I am truly not exaggerating when I say the menu was extensive and a bit overwhelming. They had lots of drink options too, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Gene got himself a cherry shake.

I ended up getting a breakfast scramble with potatoes, sausage, scrambled eggs, cheese, and green chili. I had toast (came with the meal) and grits (added side) to complement it. The green chili was spicier than I was anticipating (for some reason I thought green chili wasn’t spicy?) but the meal was pretty good. Next time I’ll try it with their tator tots instead of potato chunks. Their grits were basically perfect too, which is hard for some places.

Their food prices seemed reasonable and the amount I got was plenty. I am interested in going again and trying one of their dinner items. They had a meatloaf melt which sounded really good.

Nice day at home

I worked from home today. My manager told me to since last week was a bit stressful (drama up the ying yang). So I brought my computer home over the weekend and worked throughout the day. It was super nice because it allowed me to get an oil change and buy groceries in the middle of the day. I also did some cleaning and had a bit of fun in between.

Gene and I did not get the house we bid on this past weekend. There were 19 bids so I can only imagine what the highest bid was. We looked at another house this evening but we’ll most likely not get this one either. The house is priced higher than the first one and I don’t want to bid much more than it is already. This housing market is so crazy. I mean, I knew it was going to be like this but I guess I wasn’t fully prepared? I didn’t think there would be 19 offers on one house in a three day period. Another house we were going to see today sold in less than 24 hours being on the market. Insanity. Just gotta keep chugging along and see what we can do.

The snow has pretty much melted from this weekend. Lovely Colorado. I think we’re predicted to have a high of 70 degrees tomorrow. Yay! Maybe I’ll be able to wear a skirt by the end of the month.

 

 

Pippin is always up to something

106 old potato

A couple month old potato

We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately in the Denver area but yesterday we got snow. At one point, it was raining and snowing at the same time, it was quite odd.  Pippin wasn’t able to go outside very much yesterday so Gene ended up moving the couch to see what Pippin had lost back there (so he could have more stuff to play with). Turns out there were a few interesting items in the mix. Most of the stuff was lids but we found my missing USB cap, a battery, and a potato. Yep, an old potato. I remember that Pippin had kept chewing them whenever he could get his paws on one but I had thought I had gotten them all away from him. Clearly that was not the case. I’m thinking we’re going to have to pull that couch out more often. I’m pretty sure he’s already pushed his toy ball back under there. What a squirt.

New toy

New toy

To try to help his energy level, I pulled out a new toy I had been hiding for months. It kept his interest for a little bit (he’s quite difficult to play with). He seems to like the feather toys the most. It’s funny, because this morning I let him out (I’d rather him be outside than him continue to meow while I’m trying to sleep at 5AM) and when he came back he brought a dead bird with him. Such a sweet guy, right? I scooped it up with a broom, dumped it back outside, and went back to sleep (it was now 6AM). Gene thought it was interesting how the day after Pippin played with some fake feathers, he ends up killing an animal with real feathers. Perhaps that’s why he likes feathers so much, it’s realistic.

I suppose I should probably vacuum that area now, maybe even spray some kind of carpet cleaner on it. I’ll get to that tomorrow.

 

Work, houses, and movies

Earlier this week I got to go downtown for some training with work. It meant I got to leave a bit earlier than I normally do, which I love. Since I was only 10 minutes away from Gene’s work I swung by and picked him up from work. I stopped at Trader Joe’s first (which is almost right across the street from Gene’s work) and bought some goodies! I bought some squash raviloi, chocolate covered potato chips, and the must-have, polenta with carrots and spinach. I almost grabbed a box of the bibimbap bowl but wasn’t sure I’d have room in the freezer. I then figured that once Sidney moves back to the States she can make the real stuff for me! Still, if I see it next time I’m there I’ll probably try one.

Yesterday Gene and I looked at our first house to buy. It still feels a bit like a dream. The house was nice and we’re working on putting a bid on it. I don’t really want to give a lot of details but most likely, we’ll get outbid. That’s okay, we knew that was a risk and we’re not in such a rush to get a house that we want to way overbid. I think it’s a good experience and it’ll help us learn the process.

Today we saw Age of Ultron, the new Avengers movie. I enjoyed it and especially liked how some of the more minor characters were given just as much time as the major ones. We already know about Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man, so it was super awesome to get to know the other superheros. I hope the franchise keeps that up. Both Gene and I agree that there could be more women in the movies, though. Granted, that’s basically the case for almost any movie, especially an action/adventure one. And to be fair, as Gene said, the comic books of the past (which Hollywood is using to make these movies) were very sexist. Still, including more women in movies is a goal everyone should have. We can kick ass too (just look at the Black Widow).