Happy Thanksgiving and Blogoversary!

26 11 2009

I wanted to wish all of you out there on the interwebs a Happy Thanksgiving!¬† I hope you’ve managed to avoid the family you don’t get along with and are enjoying entirely too much food with the family you do get long with ūüôā

Today is also the 1 year anniversary of my first post on this blog!¬† Thanks for reading and helping to keep me sane (I know, that’s debatable!) over the past year.¬† It has been a pleasure writing this blog and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.

Enough of the sappy stuff.  Go eat yourself silly!  Speaking of which, what are you doing on the computer on Thanksgiving Day anyway?

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A (Mostly) Finished Project

24 11 2009

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately.¬† I’ve got a TON of projects pulling on my time and mental capacity.¬† Here’s one that I hit a major milestone on last night!

 

The top is finished, tonight I’m going to sandwhich with batting and backing fabric and finish the edges.¬† The quilt is 72 inches square (so sort of queen sized).¬† It’s a much belated wedding gift for a family member.





Some Additional Details

9 11 2009

I wanted to add a few details to my last post¬†to answer a few questions I’ve gotten.

  • Game Version: We’ll be playing 4th Edition D&D
  • Race/Class restrictions: I’d like to keep it to the options in the first Players Handbook but if someone really wants to play something from the PH2 I won’t object
  • Alignment restrictions: Good, Lawful Good, or Unaligned.¬† At this point I’m not really interested in running an Evil alignment game.
  • When we’ll start:¬† I think it’s a good idea to wait until after the holidays to get this thing rolling.¬† Starting right in the middle of everyone’s busy season seems like a plan destined for failure!¬†Plus I know several people that are participating in NaNoWriMo (I have no idea if I spelled that right) so you won’t have to worry about interrupting your writing ūüôā

I’ve currently got 3 players: Tami, Byrd, and The Hubby.¬† There’s room for more, if anyone else is interested please let me know!





Calling All Geeks

6 11 2009

I mentioned a while back that I had an interest in playing D&D.¬† I had kind of given up on the idea since I don’t know anyone around here who plays or might be interested in playing.¬† Then I read this yesterday from Gabe over at Penny Arcade and thought that sounded like a perfect solution; play by email!¬† I haven’t thought through all the details and logistics yet, I thought I’d see if there was any interest first.¬† I’ve never played D&D before so I thought it might be fun to get a group of people together who haven’t played before or maybe haven’t played 4th edition, though I won’t turn anyone away ūüôā

So, how about it?¬† Who wants to put their RP hat on and go have an adventure?¬† If you’re interested send me an email at pvillegirlblog [at] gmail [dot] com!





Welcome BBB Readers

4 11 2009

First off, thanks John, you doubled tripled quadrupled¬†my previous record for page views in a single day by linking to me!¬† Not sure if that’s an indication of how many readers you have or how few I have ūüôā

Either way, if you’re comming over here from The Big Bear Butt Blog, thanks for clicking through, I hope you stick around.¬† Since you’re probably here because of the raffle, I’ll point you to the Crafts In Progress page up at the top to see pictures of the scarves I’m working on for the raffle (I’ll keep posting more pictures as I work on them).¬† Also up there are my Finished Projects, the current standings and rules for my Movie Trivia Game, and a few short stories I’ve written.

Unfortuantely this isn’t a WoW blog (though I used to write one) so if you don’t find anything of interest here I understand.¬† As the tag line says, I mostly write about whatever crosses my mind: movies, books, crafts, and anything shiny that distracts me from work.¬† If you like what you see there’s an RSS link up there, feel free to add it to your reader of choice!¬†

I hope you all participate in the raffle, cancer research is a cause near and dear to my heart.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Julie and her family, thanks John and all the Shide Devils for organizing this charity drive.





Book Review: Riddle Master Trilogy

3 11 2009

Riddle MasterIn a land where wizards have long since vanished, Morogon, Prince of Hed, is confronted¬†with a challenge much different from¬†that faced by Hed’s land-bound rulers before him.¬† Although he wants only to rule and work the land of his birth, Morogon¬†must search out a very different destiny – given to him by the stars imprinted on his forehead since he was¬†born.¬† He must wander strange, foreign lands full of untamed magic in the form of riddling wraiths, mysterious harpists, a lost crown, a magical sword, and an all-knowing High One who rules over all.¬† But in his quest for a new life for himself and his people, he must face great dangers – not only to himself and his people, but to his promised bride, his land, and his very way of life…

The Good

The Riddle-Master trilogy was definitely¬†a good read.¬† The characters are very real.¬† Morogon¬†and Raederle¬†are a couple I really enjoyed reading.¬† All of the supporting characters were well written, even the villains (and you don’t really know who they are until the end anyway) are understandable if not likable.

The action moves along at a nice pace, though I’m glad I read the trilogy in a single volume, the cliffhanger at the end of book 1 is a doosie!¬† The story is intriguing.¬† At its heart it’s a coming¬†of age story, though it’s definitely high fantasy with a battle to save the entire realm.

The No-So-Good

There wasn’t anything truly bad about this story but there are¬†a few downsides.¬† The story is hard to follow at times.¬† The main characters are riddlers, they put pieces of the puzzle together to figure out what happened¬†and why.¬† Sometimes¬†the author expects you to do the same which means remembering lots of little details.¬† She doesn’t tell you anything twice and you kind of need to remember everything for it all to make sense.¬† This makes it a good read for a vacation where you can read the whole¬†thing in a relatively short amount of time!¬†

You can tell this was the author’s first novels, and the second and third are leaps and bounds¬†ahead of the first book.¬† I think the best way I can put it is that it’s lacking in polish.¬† You don’t really understand why Morogon¬†and Raederle¬†love each other¬†so much, when you get to the final¬†battle at the end it’s kind of anti-climactic, you get the big reveal¬†of who the good and bad guys really are and bam, Morogon defeats them.¬† It kind of makes sense when you know all the little details but it doesn’t flow well.

Summary

I’m going to give this one 3 *’s.¬† It was a good read, just not great.¬† Pick it up at the library or used book store.

Trivia

Guy 1: Why do this?
Guy 2: Why not do it?
[Guy 1 shakes his head]
Guy 2: Cause yesterday I walked out of the joint after losing four years of my life and you’re cold-decking “Teen Beat” cover boys.
[pause]
Guy 2: Cause the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet and you bet big, then you take the house.
[another pause]
Guy 1: Been practicing this speech, haven’t you?
Guy 2: Little bit. Did I rush it? Felt I rushed it.
Guy 1: No, it was good, I liked it. The “Teen Beat” thing was harsh.





Hitting the Pocketbook!

2 11 2009

As you may or may not know, the Race for the Cure here in Austin was yesterday.¬† Unfortunately I was laid up in bed and was not able to walk.¬† I almost met my goal of $200 (it’s not too late to donate, I’m $25 short of my goal).¬† Breast Cancer is a disease that, at least it seems to me, touches more lives than it doesn’t.¬† This is evidenced by recent events in the Shide Devils, a World of Warcraft Guild that¬†a couple¬†of my fellow bloggers are members of.¬† They have set up a donation site and raffle for their guild member who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.¬† I will be donating a couple of hand made WoW themed scarves to the raffle.¬† If you would like to donate/enter the raffle you can follow the above link for more information.

I hope you can help out in some way with this cause.¬† If you aren’t able to, please get yourself and/or the women around you checked for breast cancer.¬† “Early detection is the best protection.”¬† For more information on breast cancer and self-exams you can visit the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s website.