This post is probably really boring. Just so you know. You have been warned. Feel free to pass it right on by…unless you want tips on how to make the most delicious ham in the world. Then you should probably read it.
I have really been looking forward to this past week and the one that is in front of me. Mostly because it meant I had some much needed down time. In fact, I’ve had even more than I expected this week as we were able to do our first set of mount achievements in just one night. Which subsequently means that we should be able to do our second mount achievements on Sunday in one night as well. And that means that after this Sunday I won’t have another main raid for a full week.
I strongly suspect that by next Sunday I will be chomping at the bit going “is it time yet?” as I feel the shakes of raiding withdrawal. But until that time I’ve been taking advantage of the opportunity to step away a bit. Read the rest of this entry »
So I have no idea where this picture came from (if you do, let me know, as I’d love to credit it!), but I saw it on Twitter today, and found it amusing. Since things have been a little heavy around here the past few weeks, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit by sharing!
Also, I am still working on the last three parts of my UI project. I had intended to record the next part this past weekend, but somehow managed to catch the plague, and spent the majority of the weekend horizontal on the couch. I should, however, have the next one up this weekend. :)
I know that it’s been very quiet here the past week, but there was so much to do at Blizzcon I just didn’t have the time to throw up even the shortest post! Anyhow, now that I’m back at home with a mostly function brain, I thought that I’d give you some of my thoughts on what we learned and what I did over the weekend. One thing that I am not going to do in this post, however, is go over what are very early stages of the new druids talents or talk about what Blizzard should, or should not, have done with the next expansion. To the former, I think it’s far too early to even feel panic. I’m not thrilled with what I saw in much of the druid tree, but I’m also not going to decide that the world is ending for my class over a five minute mock up that I saw of my new talents. It just doesn’t seem the best use of my time.
Anyhow, let’s get on to talking a bit about the con, should we?!
Every year one of the best things about Blizzcon is getting to meet new, and old, friends. Honestly, for me, Blizzcon is more about the people that it is anything else. They could have announced the Hello Kitty meets Thrall expansion, and I’m not sure it would have changed my Blizzcon in the slightest. The people are amazing. I love the meet ups, I love the random runs ins on the street. I love that the guy where we had dinner the last night came over sporting a Horde Tattoo and thanked us for being awesome. There is just something magical about the environment in Anaheim that weekend, and 100% of it has to do with the people that are there.
I did not get to run into everyone that I wanted to over the weekend, but I did get the chance to chat with some truly amazing folks. And of everything else that happened during the con, it was the connections that I got to make that were truly the highlight of my trip! I got to chat with the Flavor Text ladies, Pewter, Hamlet, Jasyla and the Apotheosis gang, Lissana, Oestrus, Ophelie, Lodur and Tart and the list just goes on and on. I didn’t even include in there the time I got to spend with my guildmates or other favorites that I have in the community! If I wasn’t watching a panel I was looking for someone to chat with. It was truly an amazing experience. Read the rest of this entry »
So one of my guildmates found the following comic over at Dark Legacy Comics yesterday and joked that “today’s comic was you, Beru”. So I went over to have a look at it. And do you know what? It is a pretty accurate representation of the progression of my emotions as we go through our Heroic Rag raid nights! Enjoy!
If you enjoyed the comic, I encourage you to go and check out their other comics and leave feedback!
So, Brade has been spending roughly half of his raid time lately as a moonkin. His feral heart bleeds. In fact, I was able to capture him in his feral habitat unnoticed one evening as he was ranting about how those scratchy chicken feathers give him a rash!
However, don’t fear for me, because the drama llama stepped in to soothe his angst!
It’s a good thing I had flight form to get to safety! :)
For my birthday, Brade bought me a new camera. Since he’s very much “it’s your day”, I got to pick all of the activities that we did, and I thought we’d test out camera today at the zoo. The trip was actually inspired by a guildmate who had recently gone to her local zoo and was very excited about it. Since we had some time off to celebrate my birthday, and I’d never been, we decided we’d check out the Woodlands Park Zoo. It turned out to be a ton of fun. The day was beautiful, and we spent over five hours walking around and enjoying all of the exhibits. I even got to feed a giraffe! Sadly, however, I learned that the life on my camera battery is about 4 hours, and so I missed some really great stuff at the end of our trip. I’ll have to remember to get it next time!
Anyhow, since it was so much fun, and I took a ton of pictures, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites (you can find them after the page break). If you’d like to see them all you can view them here – just note that some are better than others as I learn to use my new toy :) Read the rest of this entry »
As the title hints, today’s musings are going to be somewhat picture oriented. Partly because I’m in a picture sort of mood, but mostly because I had all these screenshots lying about for a post, and instead of making a million posts, I figured I could wrap them all up into one :)
Many things have happened since we spoke last week! First and foremost being that we had extra time in our raid week this week to finish up the last of the achievements that most folks needed for the Glory of the Cataclysm Raider meta. We still have a few more to trudge through for folks, but the majority of our raid team walked out Wednesday Night looking a bit like this:
Glory of the Cataclysm Raider
We also found the time this week, after several sub-10% wipes, to knock out heroic Rhyolith. In fact, we went in last night and nailed it so quickly that I regretted our “warm up” on Beth’tilac, as it meant that we didn’t get the opportunity to start Hard Mode work with her. So it goes! Gives us a full raid night to circle back for some of the last few achievements folks need for the T11 meta – and I’m OK with that! Oh, and here’s the video of our kill. I may or may not have used Walk This Way as the music for it. Don’t judge! I found it hilarious.
I have spent enough time with the encounter in learning it that I feel comfortable enough to go ahead and work on a video guide for the fight, so you should see that here in the near-ish future.
Heroic Rhyolith Video (guide incoming soon!)
Oh, and before I forget. Guess who got the fire kitty staff from Fandral last night? That’s right! THIS TREE!
I’m still trudging through my dailys each day. I can’t say that I’m overly thrilled by them, but I will tell you that the other night when I opened up the Druid of the Talon dailys Brade and I had a good bit of fun doing the achievements together. The kicker of this whole daily mess is that I don’t need anything from them. But being the pet collector and odd, fun thing fanatic that I am, I find myself obligated to trudge through them to get my toys. Although I have yet to expand past doing them on anyone but Beru.
Speaking of dailys. Guess who I found in my Setheria’s roost quest group the other day? None other than EJ’s Gurgthock himself. When I noticed I hollered “OMG I HAVE GURGTHOCK” to Brade – and then we both took a few minutes to explore his extremely creative attire while having a good laugh over the whole thing.
I wonder who his tailor is.
On My Hands
They are still bothering me quite a bit, sadly. I’ve been back to the doctor about it again, and they ran blood work for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I haven’t received the results from those tests yet (someone remind me to call the damn doctor and find out what is taking so long), but I remain on the quest to improve the pain on my own. You all may recall that I purchased a new chair awhile back – and it’s wonderful. I absolutely love it. And while it did solve some of my posture and back pain from extended time spent in the chair, it did not, unfortunately, alleviate all of my hand pain.
And so I continue to make improvements to my home office to try and help. This past weekend I altered to top of my desk so that I could attach a keyboard tray. While I know that it’s better ergonomically for me, the jury will remain out on if it makes it less painful for my hands. I am truly at the point that I’ll try almost anything if I think it will help.
On Non-WoW Activities
I am going to tell you all something that may make you think less of me. Brace yourselves.
I am completely, 100%, addicted to The Glee Project on Oxygen. I’ve always been a Glee fan, but I am seriously loving this show, I can’t even tell you. I have my favorites and my least favorites. And every week I cross my fingers that my favorites don’t get selected to be removed. It’s silly, I know, but it’s a lot of fun and a good way to wind down after a long night of Sunday raiding!
Non-Glee related, I am still working through the first Song of Fire and Ice book. I think I’m about half way through and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Even though I watched the HBO series and know what’s going to happen, I still find that the author’s writing is page turning and at times I have a bit of a hard time putting the book down.
And because I can, have a cute picture of my dog.
How was your week?