It's been a really long couple of months...I have not had an easy time of it... hence my long silences...but I feel a little more like myself today.. its been a long time coming...

So what have I been up to?

Well one thing about being laid off, you have plenty of time to game. :)

I have played a ton of Age of Conan. I am almost to cap, which makes me sad. In a game like Age of Conan, one that require a great deal of grinding, making alts can be painful. I am not of a mind to do it I don't think. I have made one, but I rarely play it since I find the repeating of static grinding so mind numbing.

I have also been playing a lot of Lord of the Rings...

Why you might ask?

I was accorded the honor of getting to visit Turbine Headquarters last week. (For more on my visit to Turbine, please listen to DDOCAST Episode 94)It was an unbelievable experience and one I still can't believe I got to experience. After looking at all the art work and meeting people in the office, I couldn't resist giving Lotro another try. I am enjoying the heck out of it and I have a friend from AOC who has been running me through some of the content and showing me around. I have having an absolute blast :)

I am preparing to welcome my sailor home, move and say my6 wedding vows. A friend posted the vows below on her blog. It totally explains the OMG factor to Navy my Navy girlfriends enjoy a giggle... to my civilian friends maybe this will explain my crankiness from time to time :)

Navy Wedding Vows

Dear family and friends, we are gathered here today in the
sight of God and
the Department of the Navy, to witness this exchange of vows,
and see the love
that these two dedicated, loving people have for one another.

"Wilt thou, __________, take ___________ as your dependent, to
dwell together
in so far as the Department of the Navy will permit? Wilt thou
love her, comfort
her via the postal service, E-mail, or over the phone, make sure
she knows where
the commissary, Exchange, and church are, and what pier your
ship is docked at
and your department telephone number (so she won't b other the
Messenger of the
Watch on the quarterdeck) the day she arrives, wherever you are

"Wilt thou attempt to tell her more than 24 hours in advance
that you will be
pulling out for two weeks or more, beginning the next morning?"
This especially
applies to the years you will live in Virginia,
California,Washington State, and

"Wilt thou ____________, take this Sailor as thy wedded
husband, knowing that
he is depending upon you to be the perfect independent Navy
wife,running the
household as you see fit, taking part in established Navy
traditions even if no
one can explain them anymore, and being nice to the Captain's
wife? (though she
may remind you of your new mother-in-law.)"

Furthermore, you understand that your life with your husband
(little that you
may have together) will not be normal, that you may have to
explain to your
children, not once, but twice, and more often in the same day,
that mothers do
have husbands, and that children do have daddy's, and that the
picture of the
man on the refrigerator is the same individual who tucks them in
at 2200 hours,
long after they are asleep. This Sailor is their daddy, who
loves them very,
very, very much.

"Wilt thou love, respect and wait for him, preparing and
mailing his favorite
cookies (including some for his shipmates) and pictures of
yourself and the
kids, so he can remember what you look like? And last but not
least,always pick
him up at the pier when the ship pulls in (or the day after if
he is in the duty
section) and put on the outside of your door a 'Welcome Home'

"I, _________,Take thee_________ as my wife, from 1900 to 0430
hours or as
long as allowed by my duty section leader and the Captain
(subject to change
without notice), for better or worse, earlier or later, near or
far, and I
promise to lo ok at the pictures you send me, but not until
after my watch is
over, but before I turn the lights out in my rack. I will also
send a letter or
E-mail (if I am allowed access to a terminal), if time permits,
and if not, to
somehow, some way, make the time by sleeping even less than
operational tasking

"I, _________, take thee,_________as my husband, realizing
that your comings
and goings and 0530 musters are normal (although absurd to me)
and part of your
life as a Sailor. I promise not to be shocked or taken by
surprise when you
inform me that, although we've just arrived at our new duty
station, we will be
leaving within the month because of a detailer mistake or a CNO
priority billet.
Yes, I'll have you as my husband as long as while your are away
my allotment
comes through regularly, that you leave me a current power of
attorney and the
checkbook at all times. I am a family member and proud of it,
dependent upon
myself and my resources. Although I miss you when you are away,
I know I can
handle whatever comes across my path and make you proud."

Now then, let no man or woman put asunder what God and the
Department of the
Navy have brought together. The Navy hereby issues you this
independent woman, knowing that she'll be an asset not only to
your marriage,
but also to the mission of the United States Navy, which is, as
you all know, to
remain in a high state of Readiness. By the authority vested in
the Bible,
elaborated in the regulation and subject to current directives
concerning the
aspects of marriage in the Navy, you are now a Sailor with a
Dependent. Best
Wishes and good Luck.

I am out of here to watch a movie. Game On.