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LARP Character Tribute by Saver

So I’m not sure that it was ever posted here, but I LARP.  LARP stands for Live Action Role Play and involves creating a character and playing them for usually a weekend.  It’s kind of like acting, only continuously for several days and for no audience other than the other actors.  There is no script and so you must really get to know the character you are playing so that you can react to situations as they would.  It is a truly fun and rewarding experience.

Anyway, I was recently at a LARP where the first character I ever created and played died in the game world forever.   Her story is done.  I don’t like associating names with pics or anything (especially in case someone comes to game) so I’m just going to call her Earth Mage because that is what she had become.  But I just wanted to share a sort of tribute to her because she was such an amazing character to play and also because I’ve discovered that when you lose a character that you’ve become attached to it is still saddening.   For those who read, think of growing attached to a really awesome character in a book and then having them die in circumstances that do not leave you with any anger, just the loss.  That’s a start on the feeling.

Earth Mage started as just a lonely little wizard trying to protect her only friend.  Through time she built up some power, gained friends, lost some, and eventually proved to herself and everyone else that she was capable.  She laughed, she cried, and she fought.  In the end, she had made both a great number of friends and many enemies.  Her in-game final walk through town showed her just how much respect she had earned and was the most epic death of a character that I have actually ever seen.  And I very much thank the other players for that.

With all this in mind I would like to share a few photos from her life and should anyone have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments:

Mercy killing

Earth Mage had an interesting start in the town. (She was dead here)

She did her best to guard her friend.

She did her best to guard her friend.

And deal with problems

And deal with problems

And with practice

But with practice

She became respected

She became respected (“Go away now!”)

And had a happy life

And had a happy life

Fighting beside friends

Fighting beside friends

And in the end

And in the end

And in the end

Dying

Dying

Surrounded by Family

“You’re all done now Earth Mage. Rest easy.” -Another player

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Woot! DONE!

Random Thoughts

I HATE this time of year.  With a passion.   To top it all off, I was soooo sure that the college financial crap was due the same day as taxes.  Oops.  Nope.  They were still due on the 15th even though it was a Sunday and taxes were due on the 17th.  AND my daughter had popped off to LARP for the weekend (6-ish hrs away) and she hadn’t done her taxes either.   Did I mention how much I hate this time of year?  Did I mention how much I love Skype?  We pulled some bull sessions on Skype, each working on whatever, able to ask each other, “Do you have this?” or “What do I do here?” just as if we were in the same room.  I love Skype.

Once upon a time I was an organized person.  I knew where all the paperwork was and taxes were filed early.  I want that back.  To that end, I dug out some envelopes and file folders and sorted what paperwork I had found and had done.

They are now in my ‘full of out of date stuff’ file cabinet.  But they are where they should be.

“Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Edward Young

And to march myself forward tomorrow:

“To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.”                                                     – Harriet Beecher Stowe

So here’s to being “great in little things”.

Life At Our House

Last night was one of two spring Concert Band concerts.  We have been listening for weeks to our son say how bad it was and no one was doing well and no one needed to come to this concert, blah, blah, blah.  So we really didn’t tell anyone to come but insisted we were coming, get over it, we’re supporting the band and it’s just us… you get the picture.  Are we allowed to smack our kids over the head with heavy objects?  Because it was one of the best concerts of late (there have been some truly bad ones not too far back), the music choices were great, my MIL would have loved it, and I just want to smack my kid.  So we had our say in the car along the lines that he was being entirely too picky (there were 7th graders and one 6th grader playing with them) and we’re inviting people always from here on in.  He, of course, thinks we’re nuts for liking it.  Sigh (of aggravation).  However, the one ‘fun for everyone’ part was this awesome tie he got for Christmas (I wish I could show you how spiffy he looked, but he doesn’t want to have his face on the blog):

Fur Babies and Other Friends 

The animals were being very uncooperative today about having their pictures taken.  But I did get a lucky shot of Jake stress yawning at me.

Out in the Yard 

Between the weather and the taxes I did not get to play outside this week so far.  But I have bunches of ‘in the yard’ posy pictures.  I even grabbed a couple after dinner tonight.  Here is one of my favorite flowers and the header tonight – Columbine.

Crystals

Did you know Petrified Wood is considered a crystal?  Petrified Wood is fossilized wood.  This is where the organic material has been replaced by minerals, usually agate, chalcedony, or quartz (all crystal material).  The most common sources  are the USA and  Madagascar.  The astrological association of Petrified Wood is Leo and it is associated with the Base Chakra.

Petrified Wood is another calming crystal.  Good for de-stressing and mental balance, it is also good for the bones and can help with arthritis.  It can help access past lives and help look at periods of Time in fresh ways to help with life lessons.  Just holding it in your hand and looking at it is amazingly soothing.  Hold Petrified Wood or place as needed on body.

(I apologize for the flash spot, but I could NOT find a way to photograph this without shine!)

And my mug for tomorrow will be:

Have you guys figured out yet that I like flowers?  🙂

Gone a’LARPing

Random Thoughts

Saver of Bugs is off on a six-hour drive across a couple of states to go to a LARP (live action role play).  At this LARP her character is feline based (I’m not really sure what the correct term is).  So from Friday to Sunday, with roughly 5-7 hrs of sleep per night, she will live in another world.

*****

As the 5 houses vie for power and riches, rumours abound from the frontier.  Rumours of fist sized gems and untold treasures are followed by stories of fur faced terrors, green-skinned beasts, giants, spirit creatures and the undead terrorizing the settlements.  Important as any physical weapon are the spells and magikal abilities of those who inhabit this world.  With the 5 houses scheming and in contention and terrors real and imagined roaming the land,  who truly holds the power of the frontier?

*****

Fun Fact:  Saver of Bugs has always liked saving whiskers.  We don’t know where her original collection, stuck in a ball of clay, went.  Probably ‘somewhere safe’ to never be seen again.  But she did have enough on her dresser to make herself a small necklace/talisman for her character.  It turns out that her necklace incited horror from some who thought she had plucked the whiskers off her cats!  They didn’t know that whiskers are really just specialized hairs that die and shed just like regular hair.  And did you know that cats have whiskers on their paws?  This is one of the reasons cats reach out slowly to touch strange objects with just the very tips of their paws.  They can get a sensory reading from their paw whiskers!  Of course, if the ‘object’ moves or appears threatening, that reach is followed with a nasty slap!

Life At Our House

About  3 o’clock this afternoon I realized that I would survive the sinus migraine and rejoin the living.  With some help from Spider Bait,  I began tackling the week’s worth of laundry in the basement.  The first load in was my sheets so that I could hang them outside to dry.  The sun had come out this afternoon along with a brisk breeze.  So tonight I get to sleep on sun-dried bed clothes.  My whole room smells like sunshine just from the sheets.  We get rain tomorrow, but Sunday is supposed to be sunny.  I may do my monthly bed stripping then and put everything out in the sun.

Guess what I found standing straight up in the grass under the laundry lines?

A Crow’s feather!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Crystals

Just a reminder.  There are many different uses for crystals and also many different interpretations.  What I put here is just a taste, so to speak.

Below is green calcite.  Calcite comes in many colors:  blue, green, yellow, orange, clear, brown, pink, grey, red.  It also comes from many places:  US, Britain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico, Slovakia, Peru, Iceland, Romania, Brazil.  Green calcite here is most commonly from Mexico.  Its astrological sign is Cancer and it is associated with the heart chakra.

Green Calcite is a powerful amplifier and cleanser of energy.  Having a piece of it in a room can help cleanse negative energy.  It is a mental healer.  It can help restore balance to the mind, calm emotions, and help with anxiety and panic attacks.  It is said to be a stimulator for the immune system and can help soothe inflammation.  Hold or place on your body or wear as a pendant.

 Out in the Yard

Grape Hyacinths and Pink Phlox together

Mug For Tomorrow

Sorry for the blurry pics.  Still a bit shaky.

Dear Dorothy: Hate Oz, Took the shoes, Find your own way Home. Toto

PS.  Had to rewrite over half the post after it disappeared.  And why does spell check highlight a word and then say it has no suggestion?  (Grrrrr)

Congrats to Saver of Bugs!

I am beyond pissed at the moment.  This will be my second attempt at this post, because when I attempted to copy/paste something, it gave me 4 copies.  So I went to delete what I didn’t want, and was VERY CAREFUL  to only highlight what I wanted to delete, and WordPress ate the whole bottom half of my post.  When I did a control Z to try and bring it back, it ate the rest of my post.  To say I am seething would be an understatement.  I think tomorrow I’m going to write this in Word and then see if I can copy/paste the whole thing in from there.  ARGH!

Life At Our House

Woot!  Our daughter, Saver of Bugs, was elected President of her LARPing group. While she needs something else to work on like she needs another hole in her head, I am happy for her because LARPing makes her happy.

CONGRATULATIONS, Dearest Daughter!

Today while I was visiting Julie (www.urthalun.com) there was cake commentary.  I recognized the cake, but couldn’t remember the name and I, of course, then wanted cake.  So after digging through my recipes (I really do need to get them all in one place), I found it!  Special Yellow Jello Cake! Yummmm!

And because I can, here is a picture of one of my favorite mugs:

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Hi, Crabbies!

Out in the Yard 

I found out the different headers I put up everyday don’t stay with the post.  If you go back to read something, I’ll be talking about a plant no one can see.  So I’m going to post the full picture down here as well, so it will carry forward with the post.  And soon I’ll be going back to edit the other posts, cause that’s just the way I am.  Today, no yard work.  Rain!  And our header is grape hyacinths.

Random Thoughts 

I was originally going to type up something up about a bike rider I follow who got hurt.  I am an unabashed fan of bicycle road racing.  But it was already late when I got here and then my post got eaten.  I have been trying to get to bed by 12, (which is what it is now, woo hoo).  So maybe tomorrow.  I’m going to leave you with a link to a song my son played for me.  It’s awesome.  I hope you have time to listen.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl9voSKJmEU