A couple of months ago Aza said "Navi, when are we going to have a Frostwolves guild meetup in Melbourne??"
"Next time I go to Melbourne we'll meet up, Az," I promised him. I didn't know when that would be.
Not long after, Jazz and Nath said they would be in Melbourne. I asked them when, and they said that it was the weekend of 12-13 July. They were visiting Nath's sister and it was also Nath's birthday. So I decided THAT would be a good weekend to get down to Melbourne. It was also the last weekend of school holidays - and hubby and kids wanted to come as well.
So, I started organising and telling people about guild meetup. I didn't know anywhere that was good to go except Crown Casino because I was looking for somewhere that was easy to get to, easy to park or get public transport, and also had some restaurant/cafe where they wouldn't mind us lingering or turning up in dribs and drabs instead of a set time. A cafe seemed like a good choice, and so I set Cafe Baci as the location.
And we had a lot of people turn up! Morz even said he would come from the far west of Australia, and HK and myself would fly from Sydney. Sev flew there from Canberra, and a few of our Melbourne guildies went too. Dragonray and Lominari, Sabrehawk, Voros and Zeirah (who has an alt in our guild) also came - Sabre had his sons and they were on the way to the footy - but it was a great turnout and it was fun to catch up. Dragonray and Zeirah both had surprises for me - Dragonray gave me this awesome T-shirt which had "Overlord Naviwugs" with a Frostwolves paw on it (she was wearing one with Scouting pack on it) and Zeirah gave me a druid badge which I put on my top. Yes, I wore my dorky Navimie shirt with my name and blog emblazoned on the back so people could recognise me.
It was a lunch full of nerd talk and WoW talk and I hope nobody was uncomfortable! They all seemed to chat well and everyone was at ease. Yes, we all called each other by our toon names - and we have always been fine with that :D
And I was teased about the amount that I eat. Yes I was grazing all through lunch. And even after everyone had finished their lunch. Tauren portions, you know :P Even though I might be more goblin sized.
|Left side: Lushnek (my son on his lap), Morz, Sev, Lom|
Right side: Navimie, Zeirah, Dragonray, Aza
|Morz, Nath, Jazz, Sev, Navi|
|Navi and Voros, Navi and Sabre|
I can't help myself, I have to take pictures of our food! Here's what we ate listed from top to bottom
- Slow cooked the fried lamb ribs with Apple eggplant radish
- Beef Cheek slow cooked in Soy, Rice Vinegar and Star Anise with Choy and Herbs
- Crispy Duck with stir-fried Gailan, Baby Corn, Wild Ginger and Chilli Paste
- Lamb Shank Sour Southern Curry with Roasted Banana Chilli
- Fried Tofu wok-tossed with Mushrooms, Choy, Green Onions, and Chilli Bean Soy
- Pork Belly with Apple Slaw, Chilli Caramel and Black Vinegar
- Rabbit Pad Kaphrao – Minced Rabbit stir-fried with Basil, Chilli, Snake Beans and Corn
Then we lazed away the evening bumming around in Sev's room ordering room service and watching movies. Did you know that that hotel televisons have special remote controls (as in no input select buttons) as well as no USB inputs so you can't hook up your own stuff to watch? Luckily HK managed to bypass that with one of the apps on your phone that can turn your phone into a TV remote, and we watched some stuff he had on his computer. Heh.
On Sunday most of us are headed home (except Morz who will be going back on Monday) and we're going to do the Aquarium (did think about Zoo but it's too cold for wandering around the zoo). Thanks for a great weekend Frosties! See you all online tonight!
Edit: Ooh Dragonray and Zeirah wrote about our meetup!