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.

Cyrodiil, since no one really wants to hear me talk about it

I had been planning to leave work at 4:30 yesterday and head to Beaman Park immediately after, where I was going to do the Henry Hollow loop plus the shortcut to the Ridgetop Trail/red clay heart attack hill……..but I ended up running over an enormous screw which embedded itself deeply into the tread in my front tire, so had to go get that fixed on my lunch break (by “fixed” I mean I had to buy a new tire), and decided to get my alignment done and oil changed while I was at it.  All that put me over lunch by about an hour, so no leaving early.

Later at 5:00, when I was getting ready to do just the Henry Hollow loop, I realized that I’d forgotten socks.  Soo I decided to scrap the park and just go home to mow the lawn instead.  Which I did, and I also straightened up the patio and my front stoop area, which both look much better.  Now I need to get some plants for all my empty pots.  I kind of want to start bonsai-ing.  Anyway.  Also washed my car after I finished mowing, which was so long overdue that I can’t even really remember exactly when I washed it last.  I don’t think it happened last summer at all.

So after the outdoor productivity, I came in and made dinner (those veggie burgers from Costco are the shit), and played Oblivion.

I know, I know — I should be making more stuff for my Etsy shop instead.  I know.  Buuuuut, I mean, I had a really good time in Cyrodiil, so I don’t really care.

I had left off in the middle of a Mage’s Guild quest – trying to fight vampires as a Warlock (my latest title).  MAN that was a nice cave to clear, because they all had really sweet weapons and armor.  I am primarily an archer (imagine) and no one really had any arrows, but there were plenty of daggers/maces/short swords/claymores for me to take and sell.  Most were elven or glass, but a few were ebony or daedric.  Was pretty sweet.  I sold most, but kept the glass cuirass to enchant and start wearing.  Way nicer than the Kvatch armor I HAD been wearing!

After killing all the vampires, I went back to the Arch Mage but he didn’t have much to say about it other than telling me he needed to meet with the council.  So I decided to go do more of the main quest, and sacrifice my Sanguine Rose (other two daedric artifacts that I had were too nice to give up – Azura’s star, and the skeleton key…).  Also went to Bruma and helped close another gate.  I upped my difficulty because I’m level 20 at this point and remembered that I had lowered it A LOT a while ago, so figured that I should stop playing with training wheels.  Weeell, the preset difficulty is still a pain in the ass, so now I’m about half-way between 0 and 50 (where 100 is the most difficult, and 0 is the easiest).  It’s just no fun to play if everyone is killing me all the time, or if it takes like 5 arrows to kill skeletons.  Sheesh.

Oh and I also retrieved Tiber Septum’s armor last night.  This guy is well-known as Tiber Septum, but he is also known as Talos (a fact that I had to be reminded of).  So cool.  TES lore is amazing.  I have decided to read all of the books from now on.

It was so rainy-looking this morning on the way to work.  I wanted to stay home and deep-clean the house, with a bunch of candles and music.  Ah well.  Too bad.  Maybe later.  I mean eventually at some point in my life there will be another rainy day when I can stay home and clean.

Entry. Another one.

It’s been a slow day so far, and I’m bored.  So, blogging.  Which I haven’t been doing so much lately because I just haven’t had that much to write about, I guess.  Or maybe because I have a better outlet for getting things out of my brain lately (hanging out with Stephen and sending Katie about a million FB messages every day)….not sure.  Either way, I doubt this will be a very interesting entry anyway.  Proceed at your own discretion, as usual.

So today have been thinking about how much I’d like to get away from town for a little bit.  We (Stephen and I) had talked last month about renting a cabin and spending a few days holed up in a state park, reading.  It got put on the back burner but I’m trying to light that fire again today, because I just really really really want to get out of town.  I adore the idea of renting a cabin because it means we can sit around and read or write or draw or paint or hike all day, and not worry about expending energy by being around other people.  Not that I dislike expending energy that way — just that, well, I dislike it sometimes.  Like when I’d rather be holed up in a cabin reading a book.

Anyway, have been doing a little thinking about what to bring, what kind of food to make, etc.  It’s fun, but as long as I don’t even know if we’re going for sure I figure I shouldn’t count my chickens before they’ve hatched…..

Also been thinking about what to make for dinner tonight.  I’ve decided on pork chops (with a beer/ketchup/brown sugar sauce), mashed sweet potatoes, and fried apples.  And…if Publix still has the salted caramel gelato on sale, I’m getting some of that to go with leftover fried apples.  Mm.  I keep thinking about whether I should put something green in this meal or not, but that almost seems like overkill.  I don’t know…maybe I’ll get some asparagus too.

Have been in the mood to watch the Elephant Man lately, so if Stephen doesn’t object I’ll probably strongly recommend that one.  It’s depressing but good, and goes with the weather of late.

Oh, also.  My shop is out of Skyrim bags yet again, and doesn’t seem to get any hits when I don’t have apothecary’s satchels listed.  Hmph.  I’m shipping two off today — the two I made about a week ago.  Not a bad turn-around at all!  Though I think I only have enough leather left to make one more satchel.  Need to hit up the leather store again, I suppose…..  This is 8 sales total, btw – and 9 if you count the camera bag.  Not too shabby, eh?

So last night I stayed home and played Oblivion.  I know, I know.  I could be doing other, more productive things with my time.  Buuut….it’s still my first play-through and even though I’m finally up to level 15, there’s still SO MUCH I don’t know!!  I decided that Martin was getting on my nerves, so I returned him to the Priory and then we went to whatever that secret Blade fortress is called.  I happened upon another gate to Oblivion while I was hopping back to …the Imperial City, maybe, but was out of arrows so decided to buy more before venturing onto the plane.  Made it back to the Arcane University, for some reason that I’ve forgotten, and accidentally stole something from someone there.  I swear I didn’t even mean to steal it – my thumb slipped or something.  I need a new controller.  But I was immediately caught and my Mage Guild key and privileges were suspended.  Ugh.  So I spent the rest of the evening finding 20 damned dragontongues and 20 damned redwort flowers.  Took forever, though I finally did find enough to get my member benefits back.  Gah.  What a pain.

The connections between Oblivion and Skyrim can be so cool sometimes.  Like I just found the 4 volumes of some Mythic Dawn commentaries, and was reminded that the museum in Dawnstar also has the same 4 volumes in a display case.  Probably not the SAME volumes, but maybe since #3 and #4 are so “impossible” to find (per the bookseller, but I was able to find them in about 10 minutes).  TES lore is so, so cool…..

Anyway.  So that’s what I did last night.  It was very relaxing and pleasant.  I recommend TES games to all you people.  Seriously.