Archive for July, 2012

Gold Dragon finally! (Dragonvale)

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Took about 20 tries, but there he is 🙂

On the bright side, I brought up my metal dragon amount to near 50. It just took way too long to get the gold. Other folks got it on the first or second try… took me about 20, maybe more. I lost count at some point. Metal and fire was the combo I used, although I’ve heard other folks had success with brass and fire or chrome and scorch. I got a whole bunch of brass dragons in my attempts. Sure, it’s annoying, but each is worth about 1 million coins, so it’s actually a good way to get a lot of coins relatively fast.

Another way to get coins, jewels, and XP is to get the racetrack. It’s actually pretty fun; you choose which dragon you want to race, and they’ll compete against other dragons. All sorts of goodies to be had if you end up in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. My husband has gotten pretty addicted to the racing bit. Works for me because I get to reap the rewards 😀

Really easy chicken recipe for the crockpot… honey garlic chicken

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Set it and forget it… that’s my mantra. And, the great thing is you don’t even have to defrost the chicken, so long as you can get it out of the package.


  • chicken parts (thighs, legs, or breast work well)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper


  1. place chicken in crockpot
  2. mix all remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over chicken
  3. set on low for 6 hours

Super simple. You can either shred the chicken with the sauce, or take it out in whole pieces. It’s very moist and tender, compared to oven baked chicken.

Enjoy 🙂

Puerco Pibil in the crockpot is a great thing

July 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Tasty stuff.

It took about 7 hours on low, but the pork came out so tender. I was in a cooking mood so it was an epic event combined with Charro beans, rice, and a nice Mandarin Orange cake for dessert.

Delicious. And the best part is, the oven didn’t have to be used for the Puerco Pibil. The house stayed cool, and cleanup was a breeze.

Cooking is one of my ways of decompressing after a hard work week these days. The other is working up a sweat at the dojo. Good times.

True Blood Panel at Comicon 2012 – possible spoilers and some hand walking

July 16, 2012 Leave a comment

I really wanted to go to this panel to bask in Askar’s wonderousness, but alas, already took my vacation time for the summer. My favorite part in the video was listening to Kristen Bauer (Pam) talk about how hard it was to do the scene when Eric releases Pam, because there’s genuine love behind their sometimes hateful relationship. I got pretty misty-eyed watching that scene last week also, so there’s that.

Least she gets to keep Fangtasia. It was cooler with Eric around, no doubt about it.

I wasn’t going to do this, but… here’s the Season 5 preview trailer from Comicon. Spoilers abound, so beware:

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Is that what’s good on the streets now? (a little bit of an update)

July 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I haven’t been posting as much lately apart from a few Dragonvale updates here and there. Mostly the reason has been the fact that for the past month or so I had been studying for my comprehensive exams for my master’s degree in I.T..

Here’s the skinny for those thinking about getting into a master’s program of this type: it’s a lot different than undergrad. More work, way more stress, and a whole mess of group projects. Then, after you finish the classes and manage to get decent grades (can’t get anything less than a B in the core classes or it doesn’t count), you are still expected to take four comprehensive exams (no multiple choice here, folks) AND complete a master’s project with a faculty member as sponsor/advisor.

Now, I do have to give credit where credit is due… some students fly right through and finish in 2 years. But, then there are those of us who work full time and can’t take 10-12 hours a semester. In summer no classes are offered aside from the project and a self study option, so if you don’t get the classes in the fall or spring, you gotta wait to finish.

I just took the comprehensive exams in Java, Database, Networks, and Principles of I.T. Passed the first three, not the fourth. That bums me out a bit, but I have another chance to take the exam again in the fall for that section. Getting the first three out of the way is the best part for me. I spent about two weeks holed up at my local library, using vacation time to study for the exams. Some of the classes I had taken 2 or more years ago, the others I had just finished by this spring. Let’s just say there was a gap that I had to overcome to remember the concepts from the earlier classes.

The advice from the professors who were going to grade the exams: Study everything. No formal review, no tutoring, nothing. I was on my own. I guess in a sense that made passing the exams that much sweeter, because aside from one quick chat with a prof, I didn’t have much help preparing.

It’s been a helluva struggle. My poor husband was getting stressed out watching me get stressed from studying all the time. I feel bad for that, but that’s how he is. If he sees I’m upset he gets upset for me. He’s good people 🙂

So, now I can relax somewhat until the fall semester starts. I have a few more electives plus a project to complete, and then I will be done.

Working out  has been a godsend for me to get through the stress and anxiety of preparing for the exams. I’d spend the day studying, then by nightfall I’d be either at the dojo practicing bearhugs and Kung Fu forms, or in my room pushing more weight with Pump Revolution. After a session of either, I felt more relaxed and ready to take on the next day of studying.

Really and truly, the best advice I got from folks I knew who finished their master’s program was the following: For the comprehensive exams, when studying treat each day as if you were at work. Study 8-5, take a lunch break, and then after 5 knock off and do what you normally do to de-stress from a typical work day.  That’s the only way you can cover 4 classes’ worth of material in two or three weeks.

So, that’s my personal update/soapbox speech about graduate school. This first weekend post-exam I plan to spend some time in the kitchen catching up on lost time cooking, and really enjoy my free time once again. No more writing code, no more subnetting, and no more designing Entity Relationship diagrams. I’m done, y’all! 😉

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Moon, Ruby, and the brand new Malachite (Dragonvale)

July 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Isn’t she a beauty? Cold + Lightning finally yielded the elusive Moon Dragon.

Here are a couple new ones. Pollen is another new one but I haven’t tried for it yet. The popular combo for Pollen is Metal + Flower.

Brand new little guy (Malachite). Metal + Flower combo worked for me.

Chrome and Scorch is the only combo that can be used to get this beautiful dragon. She’s fiesty too, evidently 🙂


Dragonvale is fun, but once in a while, I do get annoyed with having to wait for the 24 and 48 hour dragons. Rubies come in handy, but the trick is to not waste them on too many Poison dragons when trying for the rare ones. But remember… they do cost actual money, not Dragon Coins!



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