December 2017 Screenshots

I did some end-of-year cleaning in Star Wars: The Old Republic and I’m down from 13 different characters to 8, one of each class.  And I have 4 of them all they way through the story that is out so far!  Only 4 more to go now.  First I had to re-roll my Jedi Consular to keep the appearance I like best but switch to the advanced class I like better.  I was able to get her from level 1 to 53!

From Padawan (above) to being Barsenthor of the Jedi Order (see below)!

I also had to choose which of my three bounty hunters to keep, I ended up keeping the one I like to call the ‘Lisa Frank of Bounty Hunters’.

Lastly, I got a new hairstyle and outfit for my Sith Inquistior and got her through the story all the way!

Currently Reading:

Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey

June 2017 Screenshots

I bought some Star Wars comic books in June and realized I missed Star Wars: The Old Republic.  I leveled my Sith Warrior up to the level cap and got her through all the story finally!

Then I went back and ran my main character, Trooper Jaihn, through the Iokath story chapter that came out recently.

Lastly, I started working on getting my first Bounty Hunter through all the story up to level cap.

Lastly, the Steam Summer Sale is going on this week and I bought Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.  I’m enjoying it so far!

Currently Reading:

X-Wing: The Bacta War by Michael A. Stackpole, I’m really enjoying re-reading the X-Wing series and enjoying all the details that I understand now that I have read the X-Wing comic book series!

New Blog Direction

Sooo…I started this blog just to record my artistic/crafty adventures but I have been broadening the scope for a while now to include personal and family updates. For an introvert, it is kind of hard to find the energy to keep both a blog and a facebook profile updated so I decided to delete my facebook account. It means I spend a lot less time on the computer, which is a good thing. Facebook took a lot of time out of every day and I was getting tired of weeding through ads and social/political debates to see the family or friends pictures and updates that I really cared about. I’ll miss seeing all the niece and nephew pictures but I am already enjoying the change.

On another note, yesterday we all went to my parent’s house for Thanksgiving along with my brother and his family. It was a great time with good food and fun games! I always love Thanksgiving because it reminds me of how much we have to thankful for, big and small. I asked Vesper what she was thankful for and she said, “God.” It is so wonderful to see her learning more about God and how He is already a big part of her life! Another thing to be thankful for.  🙂

Today, the day after Thanksgiving, is the day to put up the tree! Nana (my mom) and my niece, Elise, came over this morning to help us decorate! I forgot to take pictures while they were here, but Vesper was kind enough to pose with the tree:


It turned out beautiful and crowded with ornaments as usual! Now I am debating whether I should risk putting presents under the tree early or not. With toddlers in the house you never know what will happen!


And I love having the tree in front of our big window this year! Lots of thanks to my wonderful husband for helping me figure out the furniture moving and lugging in all the Christmas boxes from the shed! The kids are very excited to be able to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and read all the Christmas books again.  And they love playing with their nativity playset.


Current Reading:

Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle – The first book in the Austin family series which is my absolute favorite series by this author, closely followed by the Wind in the Door series. If you have not read any of them yet you really should!

The Moon by Night by Madeleine L’Engle

Waiting for Delivery…

I got to the zipper step on the Elsa dress and realized that I had an invisible zipper but no invisible zipper foot for my sewing machine…  Thankfully I was able to find one for a pretty good price on Amazon and order it with Prime two-day shipping.  So for the past two days I have been reading during naptime instead of sewing, not such a horrible thing.   And I practiced an elven hair-do to go with my Tauriel outfit, it turned out pretty well I think.  🙂  Here is a quick picture I took, gives you a little bit of an idea what it looks like.  I just did a couple braids to pull most of my hair back, except for pieces of hair in front of the ears, of course.  Next time I’ll try to get my husband to take a picture to show the rest of it, it is more fun when you can see my naturally pointy ears (or mutant ears, as my Dad has called them).  😉  Also, notice the N7 hoodie, extra points for people who recognize where it is from.


The sewing machine foot should get here today so I can get back to the costume.  After the zipper I will just need to sew on the sleeves, iron on the applique snowflakes and hem the skirt.  Almost there!

In other news, I really need some new bookcases!!  The book hoard is overflowing again…this time with non-fiction books.  My in-laws found a treasure trove of books at a flea market, mostly on the Civil War as well as some coffee table type books on animals and the World Wars.  The History major in me is really happy while the organizer in me is wondering where I will put them all!?!   If I ever get the urge to write a research paper I have all the books I need to write about Abraham Lincoln or battles of the Civil War now…maybe once the kids are in college I’ll do that.  😉  Between potty training, pre-K homeschooling and keeping up with housework I don’t really have the brain power for research right now.



And….only 32 days until Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out!!  Good thing all my current sewing projects will be done by the end of this month.  I’ll be a little busy for a while once the game comes out.  There will be 30 mounts to find and a castle to decorate!  And saving the world of Thedas or something like that, but there is an empty stable to fill first, priorities, you know.  😉

Books read since last post: 

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Firewall by Diann Mills

Without a Trace by Colleen Coble

Into the Deep by Colleen Coble

Fatal Judgement by Irene Hannon

Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon