Mechanostrider Garage – RL Edition

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After getting my driver’s license late last year, I’ve been wondering about what would be the perfect gnome mobile for this gnome. I found the one that has captured my gnomish heart in all it’s glory: The Fiat 500 Abarth.

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It’s a car that’s just my size. But this decision didn’t come easily to me as I was overwhelmed with reviews of “better cars with more practicality”, “reliability issues”, or “get an SUV” instead.

Let me explain something about myself. I have lived in a city my entire life. An american sedan to me is a seriously big car. I nickname SUVs and Minivans tanks. They are huge. And frankly, at some point, they all look the same to me.

For me, driving is a particularly fun endeavour. As a kid, my grandpa let me change the gears as he drove us to school. He popped the hood one day and showed me how engines work and how efficiency of gears change. I don’t know if I understood it all then to be honest (I must’ve been 10), but I thought it was fun as heck. (Incidentally, this was on an old Fiat!) And his love for driving kinda stuck with me.

I’ve to come to embrace what I like about cars and what I need my very first own car to have:

  • It needs to be fun to drive. And mind you, fun is in handling – not necessarily going over the speed limit. If you can have a blast driving your car without 450 HP, that’s the right car for you.
  • It needs personality: Any kind of call back to the vintage cars of the 1960s will bring a smile to my face. I like a car with history. And that’s something I found sorely lacking when I checked out Civics, Camrys, Accords etc. Also partly when my hubby and I bought our first family car, I convinced him to get a Mustang. 😀
  • I need to be comfortable driving it: The Fiat 500 is till date the only car where I’ve sat in it at the lot and felt like I could just drive off in it no problem. It’s small, the seat sits a little higher than the usual cars which is great for me. I swear I felt like I was drowning in the Mustang sometimes.

Haters gonna hate. It’s no different from the gnome jokes I’ve heard all these years when I play my favourite race. So it is with my car. I am going to embrace that despite living in a good ol’ ‘Murrica for a while, there’s a lot of preferences that are very much European inside of me.

PS: About the reliability issue, I called my mechanic Jim to ask him about what he’d seen at his garage. And he said, dont you worry – if you take care of your car, it’ll take care of you. The only issue he saw was when someone never bothered to do oil changes and killed their engine.

Thus begins my journey to get my very own Abarth – either new or used with very low miles (1k ish I’m thinking). I am SO excited!! Now the only decision left is whether to go manual or automatic!! VROOOOOOM!

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A Woof in My Life

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The last few months have been difficult for me. Moving to a new place, family visits, tendinitis that pooped on my piano and gaming … it seemed as though I would never just get time or space to be myself anymore.

It was suffocating as my blogged kinda choked, and the house was mostly silent without music. Honestly, I could feel myself slipping and no amount of positive attitude or optimism was working. Until this little guy came along to light up my life. My new puppy, Nobu (meaning trust in Japanese) is here to keep me on my toes.

My life now revolves around his poop schedule but the love and sweetness he brings makes it all worth it. Much of my blog, as you can tell, will be dominated by puppy cuteness for a little while. I only have time to sneak in gaming when he’s napping – or piano in bursts of a few minutes at a time. This is good because my hands need to heal! It’s amazing though that Nobu manages to make me do just that in an entirely positive way.

Enjoy the pictures and hopefully I’ll have a gaming post coming up soon too!

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Switching it up for a bit…

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I’m switching up my games this summer and will be spending my time in Final Fantasy XIV: ARR. I’m still dealing with my hand healing from tendinitis but I can play FF with one hand ( very slowly but still, yay!). So far I’m having a blast with the story and the slower gameplay seems to be a boon for me. It’s a nice change of pace and scenery all around – and I’m kind of excited about the upcoming expansion too!

I’ll be blogging about my journey at lenalilei.wordpress.com. Feel free to stop by if you’d like to keep up with my lalafell’s adventures! 🙂

A New Platform … and a New Name …

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Things are changing here! I’ve decided to finally switch blogging platforms and move over to wordpress. Couple reasons for this – I’m not a huge fan of blogger’s updated look for one, and since my other blogs are already over at wordpress, it would be nice to have them all at one place, under one author. I’m also going with a new name for the blog since I realised I’ve been writing less druid-specific stuff lately. There’s also the possibility that I might be changing mains in the upcoming expansion and while the thought didn’t seem quite real two years ago when I started The Dreamy Druid, its becoming more and more a possibility now.

The new name is Heals n Heels over at wordpress  – please update your blogroll and continue to read my musings over there. It’s just a new platform and a new name….but it’s the same blog with the same blogger =)

~ Mely

Patch 4.3 is here!

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As always, trailers are one of my favourite parts of patch day and so I was really looking forward to it this morning. I hate to be Debbie Downer but that trailer kind of made me go…..huh? I’m a little disappointed and I’m not sure whether its the trailer or whether I don’t feel involved enough to be scared of Deathwing. The music is fantastic though – and gotta love that font they use. Maybe its just me?