March 23rd, 2009


St. Patrick's Day Party, March 2009

It was a pretty good party.

A little on the small side--we had about 25 people show up. We had a much higher contingent of Apple folks than usual--8 or so. I hope they return for future parties. We had fewer SCA folks than usual, though.

We had a small musical contingent, which overlapped with the Apple folks in a happy way.

I felt very pleased with the food results, but that may be happy accident more than perfect planning. (In particular, a few of the people who usually bring food did not.) Here's what I remember of the spread:

- A small Giant Eagle veggie tray. About half eaten, or less.
- Soy-flaxseed tortilla chips and salsa. All eaten.
- A large (the $16 size) sausage and cracker tray. Mostly eaten.
- Corned beef, brought by Lori's mother. I thought this would not be eaten, but it was completely eaten.
- Lori's mint chip brownies. Mostly eaten. The leftovers were eaten at my office the next day.
- Lori's Irish Cream cupcakes. About half eaten. Also eaten at my office the next day.
- mini potato pancakes (from a frozen bag) with smoked salmon and sour cream. This was a really tasty dish, and quite easy. Mostly eaten.
- Spinach Artichoke Squares. About half eaten, which is surprisingly low for that recipe.
- Rice Krispie treats from Lori's aunt. About half eaten, but they keep.
- Orange-flavored cookies Lori had made for her sister's wedding. About half eaten, the rest eaten at my work the next day.
- Gingerbread in a shamrock shape, served with a whiskey sauce. This was a fabulous combination, and just about all the gingerbread was eaten. Unfortunately, I made about twice as much whiskey sauce as the gingerbread required, and I used up most of our whiskey doing so. We did run out of whiskey.
- Crab dip, brought by Lori's sister. Mostly eaten, I think.
- A salad brought by another guest. Little eaten, I think.

(When I brought the brownies, cupcakes, and cookies to work the next day, it happened that other people brought in store-bought cookies and store-bought brownies in as well. But even though Lori's cupcakes were in the fridge and the other cupcakes were out in the open, Lori's brownies and cupcakes got eaten in preference to the store-bought ones.)

[WoW] The Naming of Devilsaurs

I've been thinking of playing Mazumok again. The rationale is a little twisty, but it goes like this:

- I haven't done Borean Tundra, Grizzly Hills, and Zul'Drak with Marendyn.
- If I cruise through them at 80 before doing them with other characters, I'll enjoy those zones less, and I'll be less likely to play other characters.
- Also, I could spend my useless Stone Keeper's Shards on heirloom shoulders to increase Maz's xp gain.
- So I'll play Maz through those zones to have more fun with them.

(There's a flaw in this plan--instead of getting the pvp shoulders, I'll get the pve shoulders with Emblems of Heroism. So my shards are still useless.)

One of the inhibiting factors for me, though, has been the question of naming my devilsaur. (It's silly, but it does matter to me. I've also been slowed down by trying to get the devilsaur's stompiness right.)

A friend had used the great name Gorynych for a devilsaur, after a Slavic dragon. I liked that name, and I was considering asking him for permission to use it. But I looked at the Wikipedia entry, and the multiple heads and fire breathing seemed more apt for a core hound.
But six Wikipedia links later, I found a mythical monster that seems to fit a devilsaur well. I'll name my devilsaur Kasai.