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Recipe – Potato Soup

October 29, 2011 4 comments

It’s rainy/snowy/windy here today, so the Twittersphere started pondering good food for a crappy weather day. We all settled on soup, and I tried to come up with a recipe that I could cook with my (meager) collection of ingredients on hand. This recipe is one that’s been the family for years and is something my mom makes regularly when the weather turns cold! Enjoy! -M

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Margarine (I use butter)
  • 2 cups Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups Chicken Stock or Broth
  • 2-3 cups Water
  • 1 cup Half & Half
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 3-4 tablespoons Chives, chopped

Process

  1. Melt margarine in large pot. Add and saute potatoes. Add parsley, onion, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add chicken stock and water. Reduce heat to medium and cook 10-12 minutes.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 18-20 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, mix half & half and flour until all lumps dissolve.
  5. Pour mixture into soup, stirring to prevent lumps from forming. Simmer 30 minutes.
  6. Before serving, stir in sour cream and heat through. Top with chives.

Serves 8-10

Categories: Recipe, Twitter

BlizzCon Wrap Up — Sorta…

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Hai!

Just sticking this out there to let you know that I’m still alive <.<

BlizzCon was a blast and I got to spend it with some incredibly fun and gifted people–I couldn’t have asked for a better trip! Being able to sit with some of my favorite bloggers and Tweeps and talk definitely was a shining highlight of my trip!

I’m currently working on Halloween Trick or Treating on Raz while I cross the US. I could blog my thoughts, but honestly, I’m still recovering from BlizzCon, lol!

So instead, you get my Soon ™ post! I’ll be compiling all my thoughts on the impending changes for 5.0 in the near future, but it will probably be midway through the week before I really get a chance to analyze what was said.

Hope that everyone who is returning home from California is experiencing safe travels, and I’ll see you all soon!

Categories: BlizzCon, Paladin, Twitter, Warcraft

BlizzCon 2011 – Mists of Pandaria, First Impressions

October 22, 2011 1 comment

At this point, this is all old news, but I still wanted to capture my thoughts and experiences with the newly revealed WoW expansion!

As many are aware, the fourth expansion to the World of Warcraft universe was announced this morning at BlizzCon: Mists of Pandaria. The feeling in the room was mixed–some were excited, some sat there in shock–I think Twitter did a valid job of capturing the shocked reactions around me–the majority of the commentary on Twitter being “are we being trolled?”

While I feel that the WoW universe is getting a bit crowded with it’s elves, werewolves, and now apparently, pandas, to each their own!

I took some time this evening to play through the starting zone for the Pandaren, and…well, I was impressed. I rolled a Pandaren Monk (I wanted to try the class out), and Mal rolled, what else? A warrior. The characters moved very fluidly in their attacks–Mal commented to me that the warrior movements were incredible to watch and that he would definitely be leveling (yet another!) warrior  when the Expac releases.

The zone and music were absolutely beautiful! I actually spent a lot of time just checking out the scenery and enjoying the music that was playing as I quested. Questing was fluid and gave you a good chance to use your abilities–though honestly, I’m not quite sure what abilities I needed to be using and when (I picked up some “finishers” and I should have taken more time to read the tooltips to understand their usages), but that ties into me wanting to make sure I’m performing to the best of my ability, and day one with an Alpha build *just* might be pushing it a little bit!

In all, it was a very beautiful and enjoyable zone to quest in. Will I play a panda? No. Will I play a monk? Possibly, but I enjoy my Paladin way too much to want to learn a new method of tanking as a Brewmaster! So have no fear, my blog will remain Paladin (prot/holy) centric for the foreseeable future!

BlizzCon 2011 – Charity Dinner

October 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Thrall, by Glenn Rane

Hello from BlizzCon! My BlizzCon experience started out much better than some–simply for the fact that I didn’t have to take on LineCon 2011 to get my badge!

Instead, I was able to sit in the lobby and enjoy the company of members of Enveloping Shadows: Rhidach, Antigen, and Ildara, in addition other guildies! I also am able to say that I had a drink with the amazing mathematical genius of the Paladin community: Theck! It was an absolute blast and the members of ES are an incredible group of people to hang out with!

Once their hotel room was ready, we parted ways, Ant and Rhi heading to the WoW Insider party and myself and Mal heading to our room to get ready for the Charity Dinner that night.

The dinner was lovely (I spent more time at the bar than I did eating, this came back to haunt me later), and I was able to speak with several members of the WoW development community!

I did get one on one time with Greg Street, Ghostcrawler! It was at the charity dinner that he broke the sad news to me that the developers would not be discussing the upcoming tanking changes that he had highlighted in the ongoing Water Cooler sessions. *sad Raz moment* I thanked him for his efforts and the open lines of communication that he has strived to maintain with the WoW community, while dealing with the absolute bottom of the WoW community that inhabits the forums.

I also got to speak with Mike Morhaime, who was a fun and energetic individual who is completely devoted to the growth and development of Blizzard. It was very refreshing to see a company President so in touch with his employees and it was readily apparent that he loves what he does.

J. Allen Brack was absolutely hilarious and incredibly honest to speak with regarding WoW in general! He told me that he was greatly impressed by my lore knowledge and my interest in the characters who inhabit the World of Warcraft universe! I also got to speak with his father, who is also a WoW player and currently working on Dragonwrath for his guild!

I got to speak with Chris Metzen and apparently my husband is the new “Red Shirt Guy” after that discussion! I didn’t realize it would be so easy to stump Chris regarding his own lore! We spoke to Chris regarding Sylvanas’ character development and inquired if we would see closure on Syl in Cataclysm or if her character would continue to develop through the next expansion. Chris confirmed that we shouldn’t expect resolution to the Plaguelands situation with Sylvanas and Koltira (damn!) in this Expac. He also confided that Sylvanas scares the shit of out him–and that she’s more batshit insane in his mind than Garrosh is. He actually fears Syl more than Garrosh! We stumped Chris on our inquiry about Lillian Voss. Apparently she has been completely forgotten as an NPC in Chris’s eyes! I felt that I should have gone and gotten Mal a red polo after that discussion!

Once we stepped away for the evening, we headed down to the Hilton lobby, where the parties were just getting started. I got to spend some time with Aldous and Sniz from TTGF, and even managed to draw Dee out of her hotel room after she had spent the entire day on a plane! There was a lot more alcohol consumption and there was a great picture that hit Twitter of me laughing so hard about something that I fell flat on my butt at our table (we were standing, not sitting). All in all, I’m sure Sniz is now very concerned about one of the guild’s tanks and her apparent sanity (or lack thereof).

Once Aldous and Sniz departed, and Mal chose to go to bed, Dee and I got to sit and talk Firelands (ick) and lore (yay!) for what resulted in several hours. Apparently during our discussion someone fell into the fountain in the bar and we both missed it!

I was gifted some of Dee’s lovely sketches (SHEEEEEEEPS!) and she even hand delivered popcorn cheese to me (which I’m staring at as I type this).

Anyway, it was a great kick-off for BlizzCon, and it made sitting through the first day of panels VERY difficult because I was up so late (and maybe partially hung over, but I’ll never admit to that)!

More to come on panel discussion, assuming I don’t fall asleep as I’m typing this!

BlizzCon 2011 – The First Boss

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

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First boss of the morning, the Starbucks line.

I’ll be Tweeting pretty much until my battery dies, so follow me @wowmiri for updates. If I’m not drinking, I’ll crank out summaries of the day in the evening.

Categories: BlizzCon, Twitter

The Countdown to BlizzCon

October 17, 2011 2 comments

Home Base (for the next 6 days)!

Hello from sunny California!

I started my BlizzCon trip today, departing the NoVA area early this morning and arriving in beautiful Anaheim this …morning. Time changes kick my butt!

Some observations:

  • Gingerbread iced chai ROCKS
  • Airline food is amazingly good – especially if you’re in the first row of the plane <.<
  • Starting your morning with Bombay Sapphire will enable to you sleep for a good part of your flight
  • Time changes kick my butt – I really want to go to sleep right now, and it’s not even 6p – I’m also starving right now
  • I either have great priorities, or I have issues – BevMo has an INCREDIBLE selection of booze – definitely a good first stop!

That being said, I’m here, and I hope you enjoy the picture to go with this post–at this moment I’m too lazy to go outside and take a picture of the convention center, so instead you get my “mission control center”: leftover lunch, a gin and tonic, and my laptop, all set up in my hotel room.

Lots of fun stuff went down while I was thousands of feet up in the air–apparently there were some amusing Twitter discussions, Rades shared his newest blog post regarding Fabulor and his “achievement evening.” And apparently I got featured today on WoW Insider. Let me tell you, I wasn’t expecting that!

So, if you’re a new reader, welcome to my..uhh… *rubs back of neck and smiles uncomfortably* home on the web. This blog is sorta my amusement–you’ll find some serious stuff, like my  boss strat guides, my humor regarding guildies and my main character, Raziel, and just anything else that pops into my head.

So…uhhh….welcome to the mayhem? =)

BlizzCon 2011

October 14, 2011 7 comments

It's COMING!

BlizzCon sometimes feels like returning home after a long absence. Not the geeks, but Southern California in general. I’ve lived on both coasts, and have found that I have happy memories of both locations. It’s been 15 years since I last lived in California, where I hung out at Lake Mission Viejo, went to Knotts Berry Farm, and shopped at South Coast Plaza. One of the joys of returning for BlizzCon is that I get to visit all my old haunts–restaurants (that still exist!), malls, and stores that take me down memory lane.

Mal is slighly amused each time we return–I always have a list of places to eat at and shop at, and I drag him all over the area reliving those years. It just so happens that these visits always coincide with BlizzCon (I have no need to be in SoCal otherwise anymore, my clients are all based around me in the DC Metro now), but flying in on Thursday and departing early Sunday morning never gave me a chance to go everywhere I wanted to go!

Fast forward to this year! We decided to make BlizzCon a vacation! Flying out to California on Monday, spending a couple days shopping and hitting places like Disney (Mal’s never been), and then kicking off BlizzCon with the Charity Dinner on Thursday night, which I’m GREATLY looking forward to!

Miri’s BlizzCon Plans

If you’re not familiar with food options that aren’t fast food in SoCal, I provide a list of my favorites:

  • Tortilla Flats – The FOUNDERS of #TACOTUESDAY!
  • Ruby’s Diner – Great burgers and shakes, avocado burger FTW!
  • Claim Jumper –  Oh god, so much good food!
  • Peppinos – The ORIGINAL Peppinos restaurant! Italian food that makes you sob in happiness!

For shopping I always head over to South Coast Plaza, but the Anaheim Garden Walk is close to the convention center and has lots of chain restaurants (PF Chang’s, Cheesecake Factory, M&S Grill, etc.)

I’ll be at the Hilton Anaheim for my stay, where I always stay for BlizzCon, so if you want to visit, I won’t be too far away!

Where to Find Booze

This is more for me than anything >.> But…if you want to know the closest places to get wine and hard liquor, I give you my findings:

  • BevMo – Wine/Hard Liquor – Closest to the Convention Center AND you can tell them what you want and it’ll be ready in an hour. Hell yea!
  • Costco – Wine/Hard Liquor – Closest to the Convention Center. Glad I’m a Costco member!

BlizzCon Party List

Parties that I’m aware of (so far):

  • WoWhead, WoWInterface, WoWInsider Party @ the Tangerine Grill & Patio at the Anabella Hotel – Thursday starting @ 5p
  • Twisted Nether Meetup – Bar Louie @ Anaheim Garden Walk – Friday @ 9p
  • Invite Only – Curse BlizzCon Party – Hilton Anaheim, 2nd floor – Friday @ 8p
  • BlizzCon After Party (with Blizz employees in attendance!) – Hilton Anaheim, Lobby – Saturday @ BlizzCon wrap
  • Hotel Guests Only – BlizzCon After Party (with Blizz employees in attendance!) – Hilton Anaheim, Pool Deck – Saturday @ BlizzCon wrap

NOTE: If you know of others, shoot me a note on Twitter or stick it into the comments and I’ll update this post!

Tweeps Attending BlizzCon

The following Tweeps have identified that they will be at BlizzCon. If you aren’t following them already, you’re probably missing out on fun and a chance to meet great people!

NOTE: This list is in progress as I get more responses! So, keep checking back in!

Looking forward to having fun! If you want to get together, shoot me a DM on Twitter or stick a message to me somewhere and I’ll get back to you!

Paladin Transmog 101

October 14, 2011 8 comments

Let's just say weapon drops have been going poorly...

Oh Paladins, you either love or hate your armor. You’re either vehemently opposed to skirts, you hate shiny armor, or combination of the above.

Paladin armor has had highs and lows, but with 4.3, we’ll be able to make sure we look exactly as we wish with Transmogrification!

I started playing right before the Burning Crusade, and didn’t start raiding until the summer after release. I remember all the Paladins in guild clamoring about the recolored Judgement and running those instances for the items (hell, every once and a while I rediscover a print-out from BC that Mal had done at work of the drop locations of the Judgement armor–where it is now, I have no clue, but we always get a good laugh out of it when we find it). And then I got to stare at our Paladins in Tier 4 (awful), and Tier 5 (even more awful). I honestly don’t remember the Tier 6 gear in our raids, I just knew that I was jealous of Paladins with their halos when all I had were eyeballs on my shoulders (the joys of being a hunter).

Anyway, having swapped mains (twice) since BC, I’ve always been wanting some of the specific Tier sets for my own RP purposes. Now, I don’t play on an RP realm, and it’s pretty much limited to me derping around in a major city (usually at the bank or something), but it’s me being me, so, I want the armor.

Well, with the announcement of Transmog, I immediately kicked into high gear to gather ALL THE SETS. And now my bank hates me so much. Between my normal gear sets (Holy, Holy PvP, Ret, Avoidance and misc. pieces that I swap around), my Transmog gear, my holiday stuff, and the fact that I’m an enchanter/JC? Let’s just say I can’t wait for void storage either…

Anway…let’s talk Transmog!

Finding the Transmog Building

The peons completed something! /cheer

Apparently this is the hardest part? People were so lost on the PTR that some made macros answering the “where’s the transmog building?” question. Either way, hit M and make sure you’re where the arrow is on the map pictured below:

It's right HERE!

If you aren’t there, then you aren’t at the Transmog building! That simple!

Once inside, you talk to the Transmog vendor and get a window that looks like this:

Before Transmog

And then you drag all the armor you’re replacing into those slots. They’ll get a sparkly purple border (as seen below) to let you know that you’re transmogging to that item. Watch your cash total up at the bottom (with weapon/shield it’s about 300G, at least it was for me), click Apply, and go check yourself out in your hot looking new/old gear!

After Transmog

Paladin Transmog Options

I’ll be honest, I’m rather lazy with regards to weapons/shields. Pretty much for me, the Bulwark of Azzinoth wins hands down, and when it finally drops for me (insert string of curse words here), I’ll be using it like it’s the last shield to ever exist. I’m a nutcase that loves swords, so, my goal is to always have a sword with me–I haven’t honestly explored much in the weapon options simply because (insert string of curse words here) I’m still looking for the Bulwark and armor right now. Weapons are sorta down my list of needs at this time. <.<

But, without further adieu, I give you my picks for Transmog (and all of these sets in some various form are shoved in my bank right now):

The Original Plate Skirt: Judgement (Tier 2)

If I didn’t start this list with Judgement, I’d probably get beat down by the greater WoW populous, so here it is!

Hands down a beautiful set, the original plate skirt for Paladins. If anyone has a weapon/shield pairing idea, stick it in the comments! I haven’t even thought a moment about it honestly!

(NOTE: I didn’t put a cloak into this outfit simply because male belfs in skirts is pretty epic–there’s a reason I have my cloak turned off with my T12… That being said, I won’t  be displaying cloak with this outfit, so you’re on your own for cloak finding. :>)

The Halo: Lightbringer (Tier 6)

The set I always dreamed of having (and now do!) was Lightbringer. I cared more about this set than I did Judgement, and I suspect that Tier 6 will be my go-to set for Transmog on Raz. I’m going to Transmog gear the way my old GM changed his hair style/color in Wrath (every raid it was different and we raided 4 nights a week…)!

I mean really! It’s got a HALO for christ’s sake! My current Twitter icon is based off of Tier 6, but the observant ones will notice that the halo is crooked on Raz’s head (much to his amusement and frustration)–this is a running joke about Raz not being a good Paladin (not in the sense of “wow, Miri sucks at being a prot” but as in “Raz is a jackass who doesn’t follow this ‘Light‘ nonsense”). So there you have it, a tiny look into Raz’s character development from an RP standpoint (lol).

Dark Sunwell

The dark Sunwell set was actually alerted to me by Rhidach on Twitter the day that the Transmog news hit the web! Since then, the set has really grown on me, and I’m currently finishing up gathering it for stockpiling. It will probably be something I’ll swap to for Prot when I get tired of being sparkly.

Dark, not really what you’d expect a Paladin to be wearing–but that makes me like it that much more!

Light Sunwell

And last but  not least, the light Sunwell set. This is definitely going to be my Holy gear transmog! It captures the purity and goodness of a Paladin (which really isn’t me OR Raz, but I like what it implies–proof that looks can be deceiving, at least when it comes to Raz and his personality) and the colors are pretty amazing.

I went with the purple cloak just to offset the light colors. Thank Rades for talking me into high contrast colors yesterday!

Getting to this point…

So this blog post has actually been weeks in the making, I’ve been just so damn slow at finding the time to piece it all together. Transmog is SRS BZNS, and apparently it results in me spending waaay too much time with the WoW Model Viewer and Photoshop, and results in some funny stuff, as I’ve shared below:

Cloaks, Round 1

And then there was Round 2, after feedback was gathered from Twitter!

Cloaks, Round 2

Which resulted in some humor for encroaching on cloaks that apparently a sassy mage wanted <.<

Raz is told NO (this is normal)

And then the final round of cloak evaluation:

Cloaks, Round 3

Once you realize that this was me evaluating cloaks just for the dark Sunwell armor, you can tell I needed something to do yesterday (no, not really, it was me avoiding work).

Transmog Resources

  • Icy Veins Cloak Transmog List – Great weapons list too, just start digging–they are updating almost daily with visual guides, which I adore because I want to look, not click!
  • The Visual Roleplay Gear List – Great breakdown of item sets and where to get them!
  • WoWHead Guides (lots of good stuff here, just start digging through the oodles of information that the WoWHead staff have been feverishly working to compile!

The one thing to remember about Transmog is that it can be as serious (like mine) or as funny as you want it to be. Enjoy!

Categories: Kiri, Paladin, PTR, Twitter, Warcraft

Miri’s a Slacker!

October 13, 2011 7 comments

Silvermoon City

Yes, I *have* been working on some blog posts, and I’ve been failing to deliver on anything that I promised last week. Trying to get ready for BlizzCon, get raids done, and all my Transmog stuff. I spent today debating the finer points of cloak coloring and pairing with armor sets before dashing off to raid.

SO…once I get done with customer meetings tomorrow, I have NO RAIDS to run (aside from BWL), so I will finish up the Transmog blog post I’ve been gathering artwork for. Yes, it’s sick, and yes, it’s hilariously fun.

But…lots of posts inc.

And as an apology, I give you a header pic that I did last week when I was mentally crashing and was using Photoshop as a way to unwind. Twitter has seen it so far, but I’ll stick it in here–it’s for that “woah” post I still need to write…maybe while I’m on vacation…

Categories: Fail, Twitter, Warcraft

Introspection

October 4, 2011 2 comments

~*~

Having an emo evening at my PC. Not quite sure what’s up, but it’s been a weird night. The end result was me getting nothing done, rolling another alt (this time a warlock) and just…wandering around the Blood Elf starting zones. Something will come of all the pics I took, I’m not quite sure when it will all take shape, but it won’t be my “normal” writing.

Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing the gallery, I give you: Introspection.

–Miri

Categories: Warcraft
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