Monthly Archive: December 2008

Welcome to the Blog Advent Tour

Today is the 16th day of the Blog Advent Tour and I am honored to be one of the bloggers to share some Pre-Christmas cheer with you.

I am definitely feeling the spirit of the season, as this is the first Christmas I will be spending in the Northern Hemisphere for a very long time. The last five have been spent in Australia, where it is hot and sunny and beachy. Summer is lovely and all, but being Norwegian, I cannot help but feel that Christmas should be spent in the dark of winter in front of a cozy fire. The Christmas bauble of Bryggen here on this page reminds me of my family in Norway who always seem especially far away during Advent.
The Colorado weather is definitely cooperating with my quest for a white Christmas at the moment – we have record low temperatures and snow on the ground. I am thrilled to be able to use my fireplace, my candles, and the outdoor lights! But today, as you take a moment out of your day to think about the Season …

I would like to take you to a different world, where the Feast of Winter Veil has arrived! Yes, on December 15th, the 11 million people who play World of Warcraft saw the arrival of some very festive cheer! Greatfather Winter has arrived in the Dwarven town of Ironforge, getting ready to hand out presents!

I know many people have heard of the online game World of Warcraft, but many of you might be mystified by the whole thing. So I thought it might be fun to share how gamers celebrate the season in the world of Azeroth. For the next two weeks, players can go on quests to find the missing deer Metzen, throw snowballs at each other, or craft special
Christmassy things. My gnome, for example, got this special letter from Greatfather Winter yesterday, with a recipe for lovely Hot Spiced Apple Cider! I also stepped into a funny looking transformer device, and stepped out dressed in a VERY skimpy Santa suit, as you can see below the recipe. I also went and told Santa what I wanted for Christmas (an epic flying mount would be nice!), and visited the present cart in Stormwind.

I’m sure most people would be amazed at all the festivities going on. Every inn in every town also has some people under a mistletoe, and if you kiss them (/kiss), you might get a pleasant surprise!!

As you can see, even the Dalaran bank is decorated with lights and Christmas trees for the Season.

I hope I have shown you a very Gamer kind of Christmas! Of course my real life is also filled with Christmas preparations, decorations, and wonderful nostalgic memories – and I can’t wait to make some wonderful memories this year.

Why not start by visiting another blog on the tour? Today’s other stops are: Stuff as Dreams are Made On and Omah’s Helping Hands. May the joy of the Season overshadow any stress that it also inevitably brings! Merry Christmas!

Meme – Things I have done

So, I read this on At Home With Books. It’s kind of a fun meme – I’m assuming it’s EVER, and not just in the past year.

The things I have done are in BOLD!

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band – well, I sang and whacked a tambourine
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (it was a small one)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty – I think I’ve walked DOWN though
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train – Oslo to Bergen
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (I grew up near a sheep farm)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors – That would be Norway
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language– SOME Spanish — I’d love to do more.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt – I was really young though, I want to do it again
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa – Hopefully in 2010 though 🙂
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted – again, I was young
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling – just snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies – I’ve bought plenty 🙂
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma – they won’t let me 🙁
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant

How about you?