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The One With Odds and Ends

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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The Archaeology Update Post: So This Happened

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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Fun Times With Friends

Last month I was thrilled to receive an email from a dear friend who I don’t get to talk to very often these days. It was an email addressed to a group of a us that had all ran together back in the day on various servers, in various guilds & even in other games. She was suggesting we pick a night to plan to hang out together and catch up with each other and just have fun. What an awesome idea. To make things simple, after everyone chipped in some suggestions, it was decided we would do some sort of level 1 gnome race through Azeroth because even those of us who had left WoW for good could roll a new toon for free and participate.

December 14th was chosen as the date and Mumble server information was shared. I was so excited and couldn’t wait for the 14th to get here. I missed hanging out with this group of people and the occasional tweets and random gtalk chats with a few of the members just wasn’t enough. Being able to spend a couple of hours in Mumble would be brilliant. Unfortunately, as the date approached, my company holiday party ended up being that same night. Holiday party starting at 7pm, naked gnome race at 8pm. So I had to split my time a bit between the two and I went to the holiday party from 6:30pm (yeah, first one in the door trying to get my time in) to approx. 08:15 pm and then arrived back home and logged into WoW and Mumble to join the gang at about 8:30ish pm.

I had told them beforehand not to wait on me, so when I finally joined they had gotten their gnomes over to Kalimdor and were racing to the Dire Maul meeting stone. Most of them were in Stonetalon Mountains when I arrived so I ended up rolling a Night Elf real quick to sorta catch up and I headed that way.

Yep, I was the last to arrive at the meeting stone but they didn’t have to wait on me more than 10 -15 minutes or so. There wasn’t a lot of screenshots because there were so many deaths and different routes being taken not a lot of us were grouped up together. Especially me, bringing up the rear. But just talking to these guys in Mumble and laughing together and making fun of each other … it was awesome. It did my heart some good. It was a brilliant idea & I am very grateful I got the chance to participate.

Here’s a screenshot of some of us at the meeting stone. It should be easy to spot the beloved brat who initiated the email and was our fearless leader. Just like the old days. She’s so amazing she just hovers above us all. Lol. Good times. Great friends. Loved it.

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Then on Sunday evening I happened to be in the right place at the right time and was invited to join my guildies Supp and Ulla for a little time spent working on specific achievements through Heroic scenarios. They were trying to complete specific ones they were missing & needed a warm body to queue. I have done heroic scenarios maybe only a total of 15 times and most of those were on my Troll, so I just followed along and didn’t worry about trying to complete certain objectives. Of course, when you’ve barely done anything and then you’re in a group doing very specific thing, achievements will happen. Thanks again for the fun times, Supp and Ulla. I really appreciate it.

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The One Where I Do Something Classy

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I had mentioned at the beginning of the month that I’ve been working on leveling a Night Elf Monk to help my guild earn the Stay Classy achievement. Well last night I finally got to 85. It’s been a really fun project in terms of seeing some new people around helping and being able to run some low level stuff with guildies. But it’s also been personally rewarding for me in ways I’m not even sure I can explain. Truly, I cannot explain it. I keep wanting to say something about proving I can set a goal and stick with it until completion … but that’s not something I have trouble with irl and I already have 3 level 90′s in game. So I’m not sure why this character makes me feel proud of completion. Hmm. Anyway, it was rewarding and I’m very proud of it for many unknown and/or ridiculous reasons.

The monk and I have had quite a journey & I am going to be sad when she hits level 90 and just becomes a profession mule for me. She was way more fun than the DK and I feel like I play the monk better than the DK. Maybe I’ll try to fit in dungeons and scenarios with her once or twice a week. I’m not even through leveling her and I feel like I miss her already. Lol.

But now the achievement is … uh … achieved… as far as my participation is concerned and I won’t be spending the majority of my time on her. I must get back to working on improving Elfi in the hope she may one day be a viable Flex option. So I want to use this space to leave a condensed version of the fun we’ve had together.

I started out so innocently in the forests of Teldrassil:

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But I immediately ventured out into the world to offer my assistance & I was a pretty quick learner:

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Eventually I got to where I was kicking a lot of ass:

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And I can’t even count how many beautiful things I saw along the way:

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I made sacrifices when necessary & stayed where I was needed:

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I elbowed my way through the masses to make sure I got my fair share:

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I’m proud to say I did not merely survive, but learned and gained and improved and contributed:

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And now I have stepped foot onto new ground & though I will be slowing down a bit in my adventures, I know there are many wonderful things ahead of me:

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It’s been a lot of fun. I am glad Business Time allowed me the opportunity to contribute. Now maybe I will convince myself to start seriously working on the handful of alts I have created and never touched. A monster may have been created…

The One Where I PVP

Tuesday night I decided to take a small break from leveling the Monk and do a bit of SoO LFR. This resulted in me accidentally earning 3000 valor (cap valor weekly? wut? I can’t do it in months :P) and completing the “A Test of Valor” achievement for Prince Wrathion.

Huh. Look at that. I accidentally advanced in the legendary questline. Might as well keep going, eh? So I decided to keep going. This is riveting stuff, yes?

Anyway, as you know, the next steps were to do some PvP battlegrounds and kill that one dude at Domination Point. My adorable friend, Grace, was just a tiny bit ahead of me in this questline so she had already killed him and when she saw I was at that point she immediately volunteered to meet me over there and help me get the kill. Which I was completely grateful for even though it made me stupid. Which means that I knew where Domination Point was but my brain hadn’t processed exactly who I was looking for. I’m someone who needs a few seconds to process. But instead I immediately headed that way so I wouldn’t inconvenience Grace by making her wait on me. Big surprise – the fact I didn’t stop to get it in my brain what I needed to do actually ended up being more of an inconvenience to her because I flew straight in there trying to hurry and of course I got shot out of the sky. Then it took me forever to work my way around and find my body. The more stupid I was in-game, the more panicked I became about being stupid which, of course, resulted in me being more stupid. I am not someone who experiences much anxiety but for some reason, trying to not be stupid in front of my friends and guildies in-game is the leading cause of anxiety for me. And it always backfires.

Moving on, Grace killed the dude for me. Lol. Next stop – the battlegrounds. I did Silvershard Mines that night and the Alliance won the first one I joined. Well that was easy. Can’t wait to do the Temple in the morning after work.

When I did queue for the Temple of Kotmogu the next morning, things did not go as smooth as the Mines did. The Alliance was sucking it up, big time. My 3rd time in we lost by 2 points which was extremely frustrating, but not nearly as frustrating as losing by 1000 points or more every other time. Ugh. It’s like no one understood the whole point of the battleground. Carry an orb around as long as you can. As soon as an orb is returned, go grab the fucking orb. I didn’t think it was that hard but most people seemed to be more worried about killing Horde rather than watching orbs at all. /shrug. Maybe I’m the idiot here. Either way, paying attention to the orbs got me several achievements as I ran the place over and over. Finally, on like my 35th visit, I got a team that dominated. We had all 4 orbs within the first minute and stood in the center bunched up with healer’s healing us while we kicked the ass of any one who came near. It was a flawless victory where the horde had less than 100 points. So weird how smooth that run went. And, it meant I had my victory and could be done.

Interestingly enough, I actually enjoyed the Temple a lot and I might consider getting some PvP gear and do that one when I get bored.

With that stuff out of the way, I completed “Chapter II: Wrathion’s War” and my journey towards the cloak continues. Now I’ve got to LFR enough to gather 20 Secretes of the Empire and spend some time on Thunder Isle to gain rep with the Prince.

But I’m going to put that on hold for now and get back to the Monk. I have 20 levels to go to do my part for the guild achievement. I still expect I’ll be the last to hit 85, but hopefully I’ll have it done in just a few days.

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The One Where I’ve Been Monking Around

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My guild recently realized we weren’t too terribly far away from earning the Stay Classy achievement and opening up a new bank tab. So the challenge went out to work on some alts if we were interested. Since I am not tied to a toon that has to stay valor capped & raid ready, I knew I should have plenty of time to help so I jumped right in. One of the combinations we needed was Night Elf Monk so I claimed that one as quick as I could. She’s my 4th Night Elf on this server and my first ever monk.

I chose the WindWalker DPS spec and I must say, even though I always claim to hate melee classes, I’m having a lot of fun with her. Am I good at playing her? Doubt it. Am I enjoying playing her? Absolutely. Way more than I expected. The list of what was needed to get the achievement was posted on 11/14, less than 3 weeks ago, and even with an extended 4 day Holiday weekend away from home and making sure I don’t completely ignore my main, I’ve managed to get my Monk up to level 63 (at time of writing). Of course, the 9th Anniversary xp buff could not have happened at a better time; all of us that are helping get these toons up have really benefited from that.

While the Monk herself has been fun, I think the best part of this whole thing has been getting to spend time with some of my favorite Twitter folks who decided to join the guild as social members for the purpose of helping. We’re all leveling pretty quickly and it’s fun to log in and see so many alts all around the same level. I’m lucky in that I’ve got the Monk buff for an hour a day and this is my home server so I have heirlooms – it amazes me that some of these awesome Twitter people are leveling so fast without having any money or heirloom items on this server at all. I’ve tried to offer my money to help them buy new gear, keep up with repairs, etc., but no one will take it. I suppose I should have expected that since you have to be a special kind of crackhead to agree to come to a new server and start a new toon when you have your own stuff you need to keep up with too.

Now that the Anniversary xp buff is gone I am starting to pressure myself to make sure I continue to level as quickly as possible. I’ve been hanging in there around the same level as most people so far, but I am not normally a fast leveler. I get too easily distracted and find myself standing idle quite a bit. But I certainly don’t want to be the person who we’re waiting on for 2 weeks to finish up the achievement. It’s no big deal if I’m the last to hit 85, someone always has to be the last. I just don’t want it to be a situation where I’m the last by a lengthy amount of time.

I will say, leveling up by just running dungeons as fast as the queue will let you has not been as boring as I expected it to be. Maybe that’s because I’m only running each dungeon twice before I’ve levelled away from it. Lol. Now that I’m in the mid 60′s things will likely slow down and I’ll start to get sick of the same ones over and over. I did run Hellfire Rampants 5 times last night & The Blood Furnace 3 times. I’m sure you could tell by the always recognizable weapon in my screenshot that I had been in the Rampants a few times though. The only thing I’ve not been able to do correctly is keep up with two professions. I’m doing skinning and leatherworking and I’ve been making myself stay up with skinning because there’s almost always something to skin in the dungeons. Leatherworking has fallen behind though as I’m not gathering enough of a certain type of leather before I start gathering the next level higher. I suppose if I’d break down and spend some money on some leather I could catch up pretty quickly, but if I’m going to have to do it with money then there’s no difference between doing it now or catching it up later.

Okay, I guess I should do less talking and more leveling. I will be sure to update you once I hit 85 (for the achievement) and 90.

The One Where I Was Sick But Not Too Sick

Sometimes you have to call into work sick even when you don’t actually feel too terrible. Those times are called weird and very not cool stomach issues. So what do you do on those nights when you feel guilty because you called in sick but are wide awake and full of energy? That’s right, you cuddle up in the recliner with a quilt your grandma made for you and you read a good book. Until you realize you have too much energy for that, so you pick up the laptop and you work on pet battles while still cuddled up in the recliner. Then you get up and get yourself some ice cream and do more pet battles. Later, as you realize you would actually be off work at this time, you get up and actually sit at your computer desk and queue for a bunch of scenarios on your horde toon that needs some gear. Because we all know as soon as the hour you would get off work has passed, there’s nothing to feel guilty about any longer and you are free to move about your house normally and stop cuddling up with a blanket like a sick person.

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The One Where I Finally Got My Turtle

Surprise achievements are the best achievements! I was fishing up some Jewel Danio in front of Mogu’shan Palace Sunday evening when I finally fished up my first Sea Turtle Mount. Yay, me! I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get that thing.

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