Liebster Award
In the comments of my last blog post, the kind-hearted Anou from Diary of a Gnome Spy nominated me for a Liebster Award. I have not been blogging much lately at all but I have been reading Liebster Award posts all over my favorite blogs, so I was completely familiar with it but never expected to see myself nominated. Also very happy that I was introduced to a new blog in the process, as I had not read Diary of a Gnome Spy before but have now added it to my feed. Thanks, Anou.

So the rules are (in addition to my paragraph above) I’m supposed to answer the 11 questions Anou provided me with, provide 11 random facts about myself and then nominate 5 bloggers and write questions for them. Well, I hate to be that person, but I am choosing not to nominate 5 other blogs. I apologize. It’s just that I feel it’s been spread through the community really well by now and one of the reasons my blog posts have diminished is due to time constraints so I am selfishly choosing not to take the time to write 11 new questions and find 5 blogs that haven’t been nominated yet. It’s nothing personal.

My answer to Anou’s questions:

1. Which is your favorite in-game quest line? Like, one you don’t want to miss on any alts as you level up?
Hands down, it’s Gnomebliteration

2. Have you ever just spontaneously started to role play; for example, stood around some tables in an inn and offered to take peoples’ order?
I haven’t ever actually role played in a traditional sense, but I certainly try to avoid running into people or standing on top of people at all. Additionally, all of my different characters do have their own personalities and each dress a certain way and ride specific mounts, etc. That’s probably not typical of people who don’t rp at all, so it makes me think it’s a tiny bit of rp I do.

3. What music do you chose to listen to, to accompany you in your epic battles? Do you play with the game music on? Or do you mute music and play your own in the background?
Weirdly enough, I’m a huge music lover but I don’t play any music while gaming. When I’m at the computer I am usually gaming on one monitor and trying to keep up with Twitter on the other monitor as well as catch up on blogs and news.

4.Were you a gaming virgin before your adventures in WoW, like me? Or had you already played other games, or MMO’s previously?
I was not a gaming virgin as I had played years of console games and I had played a few pc games such as Myst and The Dagger of Amon Ra. WoW was my first ever mmo (because I’m not counting 2 weeks of Runescape).

5. In your opinion, should Worgens have been added to the Horde’s races, or are they suited to be Alliance?
Of course they’re suited for the Alliance… they’re werewolves which means they are humans who become / shape-shift into wolves. The legend of the werewolf is clearly what Blizzard based Worgens off of, further evident in the fact that you can choose to shift to your human form when not in combat. I never have understood why people think they should be Horde. They have to be the same faction as humans

6. If you were brave enough to display your colors publicly, what symbol or quote could someone see stuck to your car’s bumper?
I actually already have an Alliance symbol, a bumper sticker that says “My other car is an EPIC mount” and a bumper sticker that says “My <3 belongs to Stormwind"

7. Say you were an über rogue and could stealth past anything, what would you do/where would you go first?
I’m not certain if this means in game or outside of game, but I’m going to answer it outside of game. I would say I’d use my stealth ability to sneak into Blizzcon because going last year was totally amazing and I’d love to be able to get back there again.

8. Do you have a favorite companion pet out at all times? If so, is it always the same one? How do you choose?
I switch my pets out quite often and each toon will use different pets because of different personalities. Some of my favorites are a sapphire cub given to me by a friend, the cynder kitty given to me by a friend, my sewer rat from Dalaran named Chewie, my Netherwhelp Hatchling because they’re rare, my vampiric batling named Vinnie from Prince Tenris MirkBlood in Karazan

9. What is your #1 in-game pass-time? Auction farming? Transmogs? Being trendy in Trade chat? Exploring old zones? (etc.)
Either herbing or mining while just enjoying chatting with my guildies and friends

10. Is there a piece of art somewhere in game, a sculpture, a painting, that caught your interest and opened your eyes to the tiny details of WoW?
I suppose it would have to be the Darnassus bank since Elfi was my first ever character and that’s the first major city she came to. Once the tree that contains the bank came into view and I noticed it was shaped as a bear and bird, I was totally awed.

11. What real life thing do you tend to set aside for WoW?
Housework

Now it’s time for 11 random facts about me:

1. I am left handed but I wear my watch on my left wrist (and I wear it with the watch face turned to the bottom of my wrist). For some reason people think this is weird. Apparently you’re supposed to wear your watch on the opposite hand because it gets in the way while writing. Even weirder that I wear my watch basically upside down. But here’s something you should know … when you’re left handed the fact that you live in a right handed world and you have to sit in school desks built to support your right hand and use a spiral notebook that’s spiraled on the left side already make it fucking difficult to write. My watch isn’t making it any harder.

I’m glad we could have this talk. Moving on.

2. I’ve been dragged from my house in my pajamas, handcuffed, read my rights, shoved into a cop car and hauled to jail. When I got there I was fingerprinted, mugshotted and actually handcuffed to a concrete bench. If you’re interested in finding out why, you can read the whole story HERE

3. I spent several years in my 20’s writing dark, twisted poetry. It’s probably stuff that everyone else would think is stupid, but I’ve kept them all and I still enjoy reading them.

4. While pregnant with me my mom craved watermelon and ate it constantly. While I do like watermelon flavoring in candy, I do not ever have any desire to eat watermelon

5. Had I been born a boy, my first and middle name were going to be John Denver because those were the first names of both grandfathers. Thankfully I am a girl.

6. In high school I was voted “Most Intelligent”. Hahahahaha. Not nearly as impressive when you learn my graduating class consisted of a whopping 33 people.

7. I cry more for pride than I do for sadness. I can see a dead rabbit on the road and forget about it in seconds but I cry like a baby every time the National Anthem is played or when I watch 1st graders sing a Christmas program, etc. And anything military related? Forget about it, I’m sobbing.

8. I tend to be overly wordy in written forms of communication (not that you guys could tell, right?) but in person I’m pretty quiet and don’t say much. Unless I’m zinging someone with some quick sarcasm.

9. My eyes have changed colors and still do sort of change colors. I was born with blue eyes and had bright blue eyes until my early 20’s when they changed to grey eyes with dark blue around the outside edges. In my 30’s they shifted from grey lined in blue to a sort of hazel. Except mine are flecked with green, gray and blue instead of green, gray and brown like typical hazel eyes. The dominant color seems to depend on what shirt I’m wearing.

10. I’ve never once solved a Rubik’s cube without taking it apart and rebuilding it solved

11. My favorite food is ice cream. Oh, and donuts. Also hamburgers.

Between Wildstar betas and general life busyness, I haven’t been playing as much WoW lately as I’ve wanted to. I still have a whole list of things I want to get done on Elfi and other toons before WoD and while we certainly aren’t getting WoD anytime soon, I’m never going to get my list done at the rate I’ve been going lately. Then there’s the fact that the when I was logged in this weekend, I decided to randomly work on something that wasn’t on my list. I don’t even understand me.

Actually, I do understand me. I’m addicted to finding dark soil. I’ve talked about this before. So even though Morissa only exists to farm ore and make gems for Elfi, I decided she needed to finally become best friends with the Tillers. I popped down to the Darkmoon Faire for my xp buff and spent a few hours happily digging up ruby shards and lovely apples.

Jogu the Drunk was the last one I finished up and once he and I were best friends I accidentally asked him if he wanted to stay at the pond on my farm. I knew it would be horribly rude to immediately change my mind, so I decided to let him go ahead and wander over and I’d tell him later he couldn’t stay. Apparently it’s a good thing I had already planned on asking him to leave because I soon discovered that Suess (my funicular goat mount I won from a contest) did not think too much of having this drunk dude wallowing around in our pond.

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Jogu the drunk

Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but it also makes a screenshot addict very rusty when it comes to capturing achievements. Yesterday I finally dinged 90 on my Night Elf Monk, making her my 4th level 90 (3rd as a Night Elf). I also got “Terrific Trio” because one of my 90’s is a dirty Horde toon. :P

Normally I would have taken the time to zoom in the camera and angle it just right so that the minute the achievement popped, I’d have a nice clear screenshot of the moment to share. But I have gotten so out of the habit of blogging that even though I knew the quest turn in would cause me to ding, I didn’t give a single thought about the screenshot. This crappy screenshot you see here is apparently what happens when I stop considering myself a blogger (multi-shot addon automatically captures achievements for me).

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Thing is, immediately afterwards I wanted to tweet about the ding and when I dug through the folder to grab the achievement picture it made me sad to realize I hadn’t put any effort into it and didn’t have a great photo to share. I knew I needed to sit down, write a post and remember how much I used to enjoy rambling about every silly little thing that happened in Elfi’s world.

I have not yet used my free boost to 90. My plan is to use it on my Dwarf Shaman once she hits 60 to take advantage of maxxed out professions on her. Currently she’s at 55 & now that the Monk’s journey has been completed, I should have a few hours this week to spend running her through LFD to get her to 60 and boost her. I’ve made a promise to myself to be able to share good screenshots of this when it happens. We’ll see if I can be bothered to follow through.

Work stuff is happening fast right now which means blogging is taking the hit. Since I used to be funnier than I currently am and I have some new followers who may not have read the old stuff, I’m going to start tossing out a few throwback Thursdays.

This was originally posted on 07-15-2011. Enjoy!

Welcome To The Firelands (Guns-N-Roses Style)

This is meant to be read (or screamed) to the tune of Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n Roses.

Welcome to the Firelands,
They got ash and flames.
They got all the gear you want
You should go check out their raids
They are the people that supply
All the dailies you may need
They will help you earn some money, honey
And some Marks of the World Tree

In the Firelands
Welcome to the Firelands
Watch it bring you to your sha na na na na na knees, knees
They got what you need

Welcome to the Firelands
You’ll be stuck here every day
If you wanna pwn the noobs you meet
That’s the price you gotta pay
You may be a very special toon
You may think you’re pretty leet
You may think you’re going to steal phat loot
But you won’t get that shit for free

In the Firelands
Welcome to the Firelands
Feel my, my, my hunter’s serpent sting
I, I wanna hear you scream

Welcome to the Firelands
There are quests here every day
You learn to kill certain animals
In the Firelands where we play
If you get enough Marks of the Tree
You’ll be geared up eventually
You can buy anything you want
Could you please buy some for me?

In the Firelands
Welcome to the Firelands
The lag will bring you to your sha na na na na na knees, knees
But they have what you need

And when you’re done you’ll never
Want to come back around, around, around, around, YEAH!

You know where you are?
You’re in the Firelands baby
Somebody’s gonna die
In the Firelands
Welcome to the Firelands
Watch it bring you to your sha na na na na na knees, knees
In the Firelands
Welcome to the Firelands
Feel my, my, my hunter’s serpent sting
In the Firelands
Welcome to the Firelands
Watch it bring you to your sha na na na na na knees, knees
In the Firelands
Welcome to the Firelands
Watch it bring you to your
It’s gonna bring you down
HUAH!

I realize nobody is aware of how special today is to me other than me, but don’t worry… I’m going to tell you. On Jan. 26th of 2013, Elfindale was invited to join BT as a full-time member. WOO HOO. Exciting, right? It is, actually. Because right now, in this guild, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in WoW. That’s saying a lot because I’m a pretty happy person most of the time. Also, my 1st ever guild had 3 or 4 friends irl in it and I became friends irl with several more of them soon afterwards. Trust me, I was happy then. But of course it wasn’t just a guild of friends and there were plenty of other members. Members who caused drama or were never available or didn’t have any interest in being part of a group. I didn’t realize how toxic the whole environment surrounding guilds can be until I dealt with the drama and eventual dismemberment of that 1st guild of friends. Trust me, devastating a person is bad. Devastating a happy person who wants nothing more than to be able to fix things? That’s brutal. It’s crazy to think a video game impacts people so intensely.

No worries about any of that shit now though, cause I’m in the best guild ever. I don’t know if I can really explain why Business Time is so different, at least not without accidentally offending any other guild. Lol. It’s the first time I’ve been in a guild where everyone treats everyone the same and everyone acts like part of a team. We goof off and give each other shit all the time, but there’s never any doubt that everyone actually cares for each other. Obviously I’ve only been here 1 year, so I certainly can’t say the guild has never had any drama or had a less than ideal member in the past. But I’ve never witnessed anything like that since I’ve been here. I keep trying not to say there’s a level of maturity there that I hadn’t found before because of how pissed off that’s going to make everyone else. But oops, I just said it. I’m not trying to troll you or your guild with this post, I promise. But seriously, maturity and respect. It’s amazing.

I accidentally Business Timed, so I am surprised to see how well it’s gone. I had transferred servers in the summer of 2012 and was in a guild on Moonrunner with a friend of mine. Unfortunately, the guild was pretty dead. Not many people logging in and no one chatting. It just wasn’t working out for me. Happy people need to chat. Or something. One day while killing the Sha of Anger in a group, I got a whisper from Vidyala after the fight was over. She was in the same group and had spotted me so she wanted to say Hi. I was obviously familiar with Vid, I mean who the the hell isn’t? I followed her on Twitter and was a fan of her blog posts and artwork. I suppose I sort of knew her guild was on Moonrunner, but I just had never thought about it. We visited for a few seconds after she said hi and then we both went our separate ways. But later that day it dawned on me that if I am not enjoying the guild I’m in I should ask Vid about joining her guild. So that night I DM’d her through Twitter to find out if they accept social/casual members. Apparently it’s dependant on things and I also would need to do a trial period. You guys, this is one of the secrets to having a really great tight-knit guild. Don’t let your membership numbers skyrocket, keep membership around a certain number so everyone is able to get to know everyone and require trial periods to see if the new person’s personality is going to be a good fit. Anyway, I joined BT with an alt for my trial period and in about a week and a half I got approved to become a member. Exactly 1 year ago today. All that brown-nosing I did during my trial really paid off. :P I kid.

When I first joined the guild, I only knew Vid sort of and I had heard of Voss (obviously) but I didn’t know who else was there. I spent most of the first few days of my trial trying to be quiet and out of the way (I’ll admit that’s probably not the best way to let people get to know you). Luckily, that didn’t last long because the whole atmosphere there is just so relaxing. I very quickly began feeling like part of a family and started chatting it up with the rest of them. When I am awake/available during their raid times I love logging into Mumble just to listen to them. It’s amazing to witness how quickly it goes from giving each other shit to complete focused concentration. They have that dance perfected.

I’m thankful I got the opportunity to join this group and meet so many awesome people and now be able to call them all good friends. I’m thankful they’ve taken me in. Most importantly, I’m thankful that Vid has super fast fingers because I only got to go to Blizzcon thanks to her. I had already been in BT over 10 months when Blizzcon happened, so I had long ago gotten settled in and loved my BT family, but actually meeting Vid and Voss, Rhidach, and Tass in Anaheim was the coolest fucking thing. And all the other wonderful bloggers and twitter folks and friends I met too, of course. But I’m talking about guild bonding. I’m a sappy person, so I love that sort of shit even if I am shy. The 5 of us went out for a guild dinner and without even talking about the game it was one of the best things I’ve done in a long time.

Anyway, I could go on for days and days about how awesome these people are. Which means I should end this now. Happy 1 year Business Time anniversary to me. Here’s to many, many more.

<3

Note: I am proudly wearing my guild tabard for this screenshot. I also wear the Artisan Members Shirt but you obviously can't see it.
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Just some random pics of some random things that I’ve been up to this week. Because of the weather I have been working from home a lot, so of course I set my work laptop next to my pc. Don’t tell my boss. :P I obviously am working so I can’t do any questing or dungeons or anything. I’ve just been farming herbs and ore, killing rares I come across, etc. Speaking of rares, I am still not able to kill Eshelon in Townlong Steppes. I start out doing okay and then he casts Rain Dance. I cannot interrupt it for the life of me. As a Balance Druid I have tried Solar Beam (which honestly only seems to interrupt anything about 20% of the time so either it sucks or I’m doing it wrong) which didn’t work and I’ve tried Cyclone which works for 5 or 6 seconds but as soon as it drops he starts his cast again. Makes me rage. I either need some solid advice on how to handle him or just wrangle a friend into going out there with me to stomp him.

Anyway, here’s some of the fun stuff from the past few days.

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Good news, everyone! Well, good news for me anyway. Approximately 1 hour after posting about archaeology last Friday and talking about what a grind it can be, I got my second canopic jar and it contained the Vial of the Sands recipe. So maybe I don’t really dislike archaeology anymore. Between accomplishing the Sandstone Drake and getting lucky with the Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank, I’d say this mostly annoying profession has done me well.

I know some of you love flying around and digging and more power to you. I enjoy fishing even though a lot of people don’t. But for those of you who are still trying to gain some of the arch items and don’t love waiting for a dig in Uldum to spawn, I’d highly recommend just digging in Pandaria like I did and crating artifacts to turn in for Tol Vir crates. The continent you have to fly around is much smaller and while you’re going from digsite to digsite you can still gather current herbs & ore, watch for rares you haven’t killed yet, do some dailies for factions you might need rep with, etc. It’s a great way to work on arch while also staying in current content and doing current things.

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