Saturday, April 28, 2007

Braces

I'm getting so excited to get my braces off I can hardly stand it. If all goes well they should come off in a couple of months. I was actually asked if I'd like to get them off on my next appointment when I went on Thursday for an adjustment. I was really tempted to say yes take them off now, but there is one tooth that could use some adjusting still. I'm thinking the tooth may just be an odd shape and won't ever be perfect. It's one of the side teeth so it's not a big deal. So next time I go in and they ask that question I'm going to say hell yeah I want them off.

I just hate that they schedule my appointments so far apart. 6-8 weeks apart they are. I asked them to do 6 weeks. Though I may have to call and reschedule because as it stands now I will be in Atlanta during my next appointment. Maybe I can trick them and have them schedule it a week early instead of a week later.

The first thing I wanna do when I get them off is go see a movie and get a big bag of popcorn with lots of butter smothered all over it. mmmm

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Pear Basil

Who'da thunk this combination of scents would smell good? I guess Jav did cuz he requested it. I found it to be an odd request so I did some looking up on the internet and the only place I could find this was at Crate and Barrel who make a cleaner, hand soap, and hand lotion with that scent.

I was willing to experiment so I made some up and I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. It seems everyone that has come in contact with the stuff is wanting some now. I've sold all my first batch already and am needing to make more to accommodate the flood of requests I'm getting for it. The scent kind of reminds me of pistachio pudding. It's hard to describe but it's a real nice scent.

I'll be selling it in the following quantities:
1 oz jar - $2
2 oz jar - $4
4 oz jar or squeezy bottle - $7
8 oz pump bottle - $10

Let me know if you'd like some. I'll be making more when my lotion bottles come in.

I've also got my new domain up and running finally: www.sultanscents.com

Thursday, April 05, 2007

LOTRO

I was all excited and had high expectations for this new Multiplayer game that is coming out. Lots of old buddies from my AC and SWG days are playing it so it must be good, right? Umm no not quite. I was highly dissapointed in this game.

I pre-ordered the game in order to get in on the beta testing that started last Friday and to get in on the low subscription price of $10/month. I've been playing it a lot over the past few days, getting my elf to level 14 with the max level for beta being 15. Finally last night I decided this just is not fun.... at all and went back to playing CoH. I really thought this might be the game that takes me away from CoH.

Here are just a few of the reasons I do not like this game:
1) The quests are mostly self quests that you can not share in a group. There is a series of fellowship quests but there are not many. You can do self quests in a fellowship if the other person also has that quest. But it can be hard to find a group that has the exact same quests as you do. I spent most of my time playing by myself because of this. I thought the point of a multiplayer game was to play with other people.
2) It takes FOREVER to travel anywhere in the game. I spent 3x, maybe more, more traveling than killing stuff.
3) It's impossible for a low level to team with a high level. In order to team with someone else you pretty much need to be within the same 4-5 levels or you will get pummeled.
4) Each character class appears to start in a totally different town which are way way far apart from eachother so if you want to play with your friends you have to either travel for an hour to get to your friend or you have to start a char that is the same class as your friend.
5) Some of the quests are very vague in where you have to go and you spend about as much time looking for someone or something as you do traveling to get there.
6) Most of the quests are just stupid. The quest I got that finally made me decide to stop playing was one where I had to carry something or other somewhere without running into a "nosey hobbit". Well the distance you had to carry it took about 10 mins, the chances of you running into a nosey hobbit = high. First of all it took me a while just to figure out where I needed to take it because that part of the map wasn't uncovered yet. My first attempt I got almost there and ran into a hobbit so the quest failed and I had to start ALL over again. I ran back to get the quest again and got about halfway to where I needed to go and realized I forgot to pick up the thing I was supposed to be carrying. I swore and said scroo this I'm done and haven't logged back on since.

I wish I had a way to keep track of the time I spent doing various things like traveling, searching, and killing. My guess is 20% killing, 50% traveling 30% searching. You need a lot of patience for this game that I just don't have. I don't know about you, but when I play a game I like to kill stuff. 20% is just not enough for me. I think CoH really spoiled me because it takes almost no time to get from one place to another. You have travel powers that make you fly or run fast or jump high. Plus there are trams that you can get on to instantly go from one place to another and there's even base portals that can take you wherever. And with the addition of the base recall power you can get anywhere in no time at all.

So no, I don't think I'll be playing LOTRO. Sorry old friends, maybe some day there will be another game I will enjoy as much as CoH, I have yet to find it.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Manager

As some of you know, I was considering going into management at one point and interviewed for a position a while back but didn't get it. Later I was given a contractor to manage in my own group and that went alright. I was still undecided if I really wanted to be a "real manager" or not and still am not really sure about it. Well a manager job kind of fell in my lap recently and I decided to take it. It is starting out to be a temporary position but could move into a permanent one. How long it will be temporary is still unknown.

My director move to direct another group that has had an open position for some time so his position opened up and my manager was asked to fill that role (temporarily) so then I was asked to fill the manager role (temporarily). It doesn't appear to be that temporary because they are working on trying to get approval for me to hire a contractor to fill my engineering job and they are changing a lot of documentation to show me as manager, including the company org chart. I probably won't get any kind of raise until this temporary arrangement becomes permanent.

So at the moment I'm working my engineering job and the manager job until we get approval and find someone else to take on my old work. Luckily things aren't too hectic right now so I am able to handle both for the time being. I've gotten a lot of congratulations from people I work with and a lot of mixed feelings because people don't want to lose me as an engineer. It will be really hard to keep my hands off of engineering because I've been doing it for so long and have gotten pretty good at it. I guess we'll just wait and see what happens.