Monday, May 28, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The war had thrown a bit of a spanner into the works, and sadly, patience is not my strongest virtue. However, I think I was able to bide my time with more calmness and sensibility than usual and now the date has been decided, although many of the details are still rather fuzzy.
We have settled on June 15, after a 46 day engagement. However, please be advised that the ceremony portion will be quite small, so I hope everyone manages to remain unoffended if they do not receive an invitiation.
I am looking forward to this day with great anticipation!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Life has been quite busy for Sir Edward and myself lately. He is still healing from his wounds, but it would appear progress is being made, and for this I am very grateful. He's been occupied with various small building projects to keep himself occupied in his convalescence and I have been keeping busy with my baking.
I apologise for the lack of illustrations, but I think my baking (and building) skills are coming along nicely, with a little extra tutoring from my beloved. While I don't think I have the skills to quite make a cake suitable for a charming person of the opposite sex to jump out of just yet (what a strange idea...a terrible waste of perfectly good cake, but anyhow) I have made up cupcakes, some muffins, cookies and of course smaller cakes. I could do them in many colours, but I'm wondering if I should or just have a note that I can, if the customer is interested.
I've also been busy puttering in the gardens of Davaar and Rosehaven....I do love flowers. They add such a lovely and civilising touch, turning a building from being a house into a home. I found a sundial and an enchanted gazing ball for Davaar. They will give Percy (our pet peacock) something to look at as he wanders about.
Of course, Sir Edward's and my upcoming Handfasting has been quite pressing on my mind as well. I have found the most beautiful dress, which I plan on wearing. It is not a traditional white dress, but I don't care. I love it and I hope Sir Edward will agree when he sees me in it as well. We've also been discussing venues and such....we are planning on a small ceremony followed by a larger celebration after. At this time,we are thinking of having one part in Caledon and the other in Steelhead, which is very fitting. To say that I am very excited is a gross understatement!
There's been a flurry of building in both sims too....Steelhead is in a state of change, new shops appearing, new homes as well. Caledon's Steam SkyCity is being built up and Kittiwickshire is up too, although not wholly. Mr. Abel has told me he will be renovating his family estate there. It seems to have fallen into a little disrepair in his absence. I'm sure it will be a place of beauty and refinement when he is finished though.
I hope this war will be over soon....I am so wanting to get the plans for our handfasting underway and move onto happier things. Patience has never been my strongest virtue! Anyhow, I had best get back to baking if I am ever going to get my shop open. Now to think of a name......
I have been mulling over the war as of late, thinking about some of the things that have happened to those I count among my friends because of it. Many of my good friends are quite heavily involved with this fundraising project, and one person who is very near and dear to me as well. I am rather discouraged with the responses they have had to their efforts and work, to the point where one person has been physically accosted while out shopping in Steelhead.
While I realize that not everyone shares the same point of view on this "war" (and really, isn't variety the spice of life?), I find that the escalation of attacks on these people who have spent vast amounts of their time to arrange, co-ordinate, plan, rehearse and otherwise have given a pound of flesh for this project disturbing. The bottom line is that this "war" (and yes, war is hell, but please....it happens all the time, usually not nicely scripted and following rules of conduct) is to raise money for a noble and worthwhile cause. I am also disheartened at the amount of people who, and pardon my choice of words, are whining that they were a) not consulted on this, b) were not asked to be involved in this c) disagree with this, so therefore it should not happen or d) think they know better than everyone else and therefore should be called in for their "expert" opinion. To my knowledge, no one involved with this war is a 4 star general or a military strategy planner. At the end of the day, this is a GAME. Surely to goodness there are far more pressing issues to be found at hand than these! I feel for the volunteers who have put forth such effort to be called down, ridiculed, belittled and even attacked by others.
I do realise this post is coming off as a bit of a rant, but so be it. Perhaps it is my own experiences as a volunteer in RL that are driving this, I do not know, but I do know that a good way to kill your community spirit and make your volunteers to quit is to critizise them, pick their efforts apart, attack, whine and complain with a self-righteous look upon your face. The ironic thing is, it is usually those same persons who are the first to raise the cry of "There's nothing to do! Why doesn't anyone plan something???"
I honestly don't know if there will be another event of this magnitude in Caledon. Perhaps time will dull some of the hurt and aggravation. I know lessons have been learned from this, but whether the group of people who are behind this venture will plan another is anyone's guess.
I suppose the bottom line is this....if you are one of those people who have been more of a stumbling block than a stepping stone, it's time to take a good look at your actions. Wouldn't more be accomplished if you held your tongue, said some words of encouragement (and really, even something like "Thank you for raising money for cancer" would be great...I'm not asking anyone to start loving war or fights or such...this is about fighting cancer) and then perhaps offered to help, even in a "behind the scenes" sort of way for the next event? I am reminded of something my 4th grade teacher said to us as a class..."When you point a finger at someone else, there are 3 pointing back at you". To those of you who have gamely played along with this, even if you aren't into roleplay, I thank you. This isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I'm sure with some common respect, we can all co-exist together on the grid.
*steps off of her soap box*
That is all, thank you.