So as we all know, Carla and Adam got married last weekend (!!).  Stephen and I went down to Knoxville on Thursday (at like 5am) and got back home Sunday afternoon.  I think we both had an enjoyable time!  It was nice.  Here are some pictures.  (Apologies again for what seems like insubstantial blog entries…..but……..)

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Also – sorry to Stephen and Rosa about the picture on the left, but after taking about 10 shots and none of them looking any good, I opted just to keep the picture where they both look bad.  At least that way, no one feels left out.

Top picture is a little moss garden from the trail gardens at UT (which were gorgeous).

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I made four cakes for this wedding, and after one or two snags, I think they all turned out looking pretty good!  And they tasted ok, to boot!

In non-related news, I have started new characters in both Oblivion and Skyrim; both are altmer and both are named Faire Agarwen (Oblivion)/Agarwyn (Skyrim).  Both are mages, as I have never played a pure mage in either game and needed something new to try.  So far Agarwen is only a level 2 or 3, but Agarwyn is up to around level 13 so I’m starting to be able to use more powerful spells with her – and it’s great!  I’m about half-way through the College of Winterhold questline (which is the first one I’ve really focused on with Agarwyn).  Also I spent most of Monday getting the necessary guild recommendations for Agarwen so that she could join the Arcane University.  I left off there right before going off to get the wood for the Mage’s Staff, mostly because I didn’t feel like fighting necromancers.

Anyway, it’s fun, and I’m having fun, yes.  Again I feel compelled to say that I like the character development and leveling in Oblivion better than Skyrim just because it’s more complicated, and you can take your characters in more varied directions than in Skyrim because you can choose more specializations.

Um, anyway.  I’ll stop now.

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I'm a young, childless widow who is trying to figure out the best way to deal with the world in light of my late husband's suicide. It's harder than I ever imagined it would be, but somehow at the same time I am still alive and even happy sometimes.

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  1. Anna Laura, you should totally start to take some time to relax in Skyrim when Murray’s down for a nap – it’ll blow your mind. And Erin, how do you choose your character’s names? I feel it’s one of the most important parts of creating a character, and yours always seem so great!


    1. Well THIS character – the altmers I’m currently playing – are named after the Faire Agarwen, a famed snow elf refugee during the battle between the snow elves and the nords. Well, she’s famous because Calcelmo translated her diary, which is actually pretty sad ( I basically wanted to name her after a character in the series, which is why I chose that name and why I spelled Agarwen differently. So yeah. (But before this, I’ve sorta just made them up….)


      1. Omygosh that’s so depressing. I’d never read that before, but hey – something I’ve always wanted to talk to someone who knows their shit about is this: when did they become Falmer and no longer Snow Elves? Because people talk of “Falmer scholars,” and yet I would hardly consider there being anything to learn much about the Falmer, themselves. And when (and why) did their language change? Is it really an ancient Falmer tome, or an ancient Snow Elf tome?


      2. So my understanding is something along these lines. Before the Nords came to Tamriel from Atmora, Falmer (Snow Elves) largely inhabited Skyrim. Basically once the Nords started migrating to Skyrim, the Falmer weren’t too pleased about it and eventually they attacked (attacked Saarthal first, which was the Nord capital at the time). During this tumultuous time and after, once the Nord victory was obvious, the Falmer looked to the Dwemer for help and ended up going underground to avoid being slain by the Nords. The Dwemer offered to protect the Falmer, but fed them something that eventually made them blind and thereby turned them into slaves basically. Not very cool.

        HOWEVER, it should be noted that no one really knows whether it was mistreatment by the Dwemer, the poison that made them lose their vision, or something else that turned the Falmer into the little terrors they currently are.

        About the language – honestly I don’t know that much. I did find this cool page, though —


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