Awesome Navi is Awesome

So since Navi is such an awesome person, she writes poems for people when they do things for her.

 

Here was my poem for commenting on her blog-o-versary post:

 

<3

A bitch, she tells me, self confessed

Yet mellowed now with age

I wouldn’t change a single thing

I’ve yet to see her rage!

We laugh at all the dirty jokes

We giggle at crude pics

She understands my need to vent

And need a bitching fix!

 

Navi you are the best!  Thank you so much I love it! <3

Ha! Snuck one in on you! Sneak increased to 65!

Thought I’d closed up shop huh?  HA!

I guess in a way I kind of did.  Lack of game playing, lack of time, lack of motivation, etc.  You name it I has it!  Honestly I’m not even sure why I am writing this post now.  Other than I am kind of “blah” at work right now and just felt like rambling.

Today is my two year anniversary with Slice.  Feels like longer.  Which is a good thing I think. :)  I do love the booger so it works out.  Even if he rants and raves in Engrish on his site.  It is part of his endearing character.

Let’s see, what have I been up to?  Lots and lots of Skyrim.  I shit you not.  I rarely log into ToR, maybe two or three times a week I will log into WoW, but I play Skyrim almost every day.  Most of the time I am just randomly running around exploring and killing stuff.  Or stealing absolutely everything I can get my hands on, all while in plain sight of the person I’m stealing from.  I haven’t unlocked the ability to sell stolen goods yet so any awesome weapons or items that should fetch a high price I just store in my house.

My house.  It is an awesome thing.  I only have the first house you can buy in Whiterun.  I haven’t done enough in other cities in order to get another house.  I purchased all of the decorations right away (mostly because I had a lot of gold due to my constant stealing and exploring, mostly exploring) and set things up to look nice.  The first cabinet in the living room has all of my crafting mats.  If I ever get around to leveling my smithing it will be a glorious thing.  As you walk towards the kitchen/dining room there are the stairs that lead to the top floor, behind those stairs are a bunch of barrels.  One of the barrels allows you to store stuff in it.  This is where I keep my food.

My favorite thing to steal is food.  The main reason behind this is I will use it.  Goblets, plates, bowls, etc, might look fancy smancy but they just take up weight in my bag and aren’t worth the bother of stealing them.  In fact every time I accidentally steal something like that it gets stored in a cabinet in the house I stole it from.  I just wish you got more health points out of food.  Eating a cooked mammoth snout shouldn’t give me 10 health points but a loaf of bread only gives me 2 and have them weigh the same thing!  I recently looked in the barrel and each type of food numbered in the 100s.  Yeah I like to steal food. >.>

Moving on!

Turning right from the barrel is a hutch with a drawer.  This is where I store all the books I couldn’t fit in the bookshelves.  I also have some spell books and spell scrolls.  I had 4 shelves in my ENTIRE house.  Each shelf holds like 10 or so books.  At first I was just dropping them and trying to pile them.  Well that didn’t work out too well.  You can’t exactly place things all nice and neat in this game.  So I finally gave up and stuck everything in the drawer.  Next to food, stealing books is my 2nd favorite thing to take.  Slice always makes fun of me because I am always stopping to read and take books.  At first it started out with me just wanting to read the lore of the world then I realized that they were sneaking in some skill ups in books that previously didn’t have a skill up.  I’ve even found books that start quest chains.  So yeah, I read EVERY book I come across even if I’ve read it or have it at my house.  I think I have like 5 or 6 copies of certain books.  Some books are definitely more popular in certain areas of Skyrim.  Others are just popular everywhere.

Turning left from the book cabinet takes you into a small side room.  My alchemy table is here so I used the chest conveniently located on top of a bookshelf to store my alchemy reagents.  I mentioned above that  I like to explore all over.  While I am out in the world I pick EVERY SINGLE THING I CAN.  That is usually why I’ve been exploring so much.  I’ll find a plant I can pick and I go off in that direction and then I’ll see a butterfly that I can catch and start chasing it.  Then I’ll see a deer or a fox and I will hunt it.  The next thing I know I have discovered a random cave filled with bandits!  Time to kill and loot!  So yeah, the chest has a ton of stuff.   I haven’t done much with alchemy short of making healing potions.  I printed out a list of every reagent and what each one can be used to make.  I just go down the list and take out the ingredients for healing potions and then make a mass quantity of them.  It works out quite well.  Plus I usually have a supply of random ingredients when random quests ask me to bring them things.  Right now I have a quest to bring a heart to this blacksmith.  Apparently he needs blood to make daggers.  Yeah I don’t ask questions I just give them what they want and take their gold.

If you turn left from my chest o’ ingredients you will see my alchemy table.  On the table is a bag.  I keep every potion I find/steal in this bag.  Some of them are worth a LOT of gold to the right person.  Unfortunately most are stolen so I really can’t sell them.  I find it is just easier to store everything in there and if I need a random potion to cure a disease or poison I just look in there.  I have some pretty cool ones.

When I start playing I usually will head out to a specific place to quest.  While I am questing I will get distracted and find new places to explore/loot.  Once I finish a dungeon I fast travel back to my house and just unload EVERYTHING.  Then I save and go right back and do the same thing.  One quest chain had me leave and come back like 5 times.  There was so much metal to smelt down that I quickly exceeded my weight capacity.  The positive side is I now have like 300 bars of dwarven ingots to level my smithing! :D

Going upstairs you see two rooms.  The smaller room belongs to my servant.  They call her a housecarl, but it is still a servant.  For some reason she likes to spend all of her time eating at the table in MY room and lecturing me when I move stuff around in my house or if I have my weapon drawn.  Um no bitch, I am the boss.  Part of me wants to take her out with me when I go adventuring just to get her killed.  ANYWAY.  In my room is a chest.  I store everything else that I didn’t mention before in here.  I have really cool weapons that I don’t use (I’m currently using a bow and a 2 handed hammer and wear heavy armor) and NICE armor that is a different weight.  For those of you not in the know, you can wear cloth, light armor or heavy armor.  There are so many things in here that could bring in so much gold, if I ever bothered to sell it.  Right now I’m sitting at over 20k gold and have nothing to spend it on.  Who needs to spend gold when you just steal everything you want?  Am I right?

I have around 90 hours played and I am only level 31.  Is that a bad thing?

Finally!

So I bitched yesterday on Rep’s blog that I hadn’t gotten an invite to the Beta yet.  I had been checking my account status every morning since they announced invites had gone out.  When I got home I checked my account for something completely unrelated and lo and behold!  I had a Beta invite!

 

I had started the download right away but it was making Slice lag out in TOR so I stopped it and planned to have it download while we slept.

 

Before bed I logged in to start the download again and BOOM!  Diablo 3 Beta invite!

 

Woot Woot!! :D

Rambly post is Rambly

I keep meaning to write a new post but I just have been slammed at work.  It is funny because I am really not all that busy at home, but I just cannot write there.  Maybe it is the desk situation.  Not sure.

Now that I have internet access at work again I have gotten caught up on almost all the blogs I read.  I know that I missed a bunch (google reader only holds the last 30 days worth of posts) left over from when I first moved but I am not really all that worried.

I’ve toyed with doing the whole 20 days of posting or the then and now posts, but ultimately I think I am just a bit too lazy.  I wanted to chime in about the bitchiness of people causing problems in the blog-o-sphere, but since I don’t particularly like that person it would be very one sided and probably get me blackballed (like I’m not already at this point) so I guess I can keep my mouth shut.

Yes it is possible!  Bite me!

I’ve been lucky with my first midwest winter.  I think we had a total of a week of snow for the entire winter.  I think the longest stretch the snow lasted was 2 days.  I keep joking that this is just Ohio messing with me.  Luring me into a false sense of security with this “mild” winter weather and making me think this is how winter is.  Just so it can laugh at me when the next winter is nothing but blizzards and ice storms.  I know how things operate!

My new job is going splendidly for those of you who are curious.  I am awesome, as per usual (I tell my boss this every day btw) and rocking the place.  Other than the older lady (who is a bigger bitch than I could EVER be) everyone here is pretty awesome.  I do feel short though.  My boss and the Jr. partner are both well over 6 feet tall.  The other office guy (who is my age) is like 3 or 4 inches taller than me too.  Even bitchy old bitch is almost 6 feet tall.  I’m 5’5″ 1/2 and I feel like a midget!  Totally not cool.

I had intended to start working on my dorf warlock over in Crits N Giggles, but Slice decided to quit his Mass Effect 3 addiction and start playing TOR instead.  We have our Sith Inquisitors that we are leveling together that we hadn’t been playing because he never wanted to log in to level.  He would log in to run flashpoints with the boys or to level another alt, but he didn’t want to level our toons.  Me, on the other hand, only wanted to level my inquisitor, not any of my alts.  So it was kind of a catch-22 for us.

Luckily Adoe had told me about the Hunger Games trilogy and I started reading it.  ZOMG I loved those books.  I can’t want for the movie (opens 03/23).  Slice even said the movie looked cool.  As with all book to movie translations, I know it won’t be as good, but frankly I don’t care.  The world was so rich and enthralling so even having a little bit of it available to view is pretty awesome.  If you haven’t read the books, seriously give them a look.  Just make sure you have all three with you because the author likes to end the first two books as cliffhangers.  Thank goodness for my kindle!

When I first starting playing TOR I created an evil pureblood warrior.  Sorak kept picking on me and saying that I wouldn’t ever get her to 50 because she is melee and I “hate” melee.  This is completely discounting my DK and rogue that I have leveled.  Yeah I “hate” melee Sorak.  /sigh  In any case I got her to 23 before Slice and I started on our inquisitors.  Since then she kind of sat there because I fell in love with my force lightning weilding sweetheart (did I mention that she is lightside?).  Slice still says that I am kind of a bitch in game.  Hey man, the way I roll is all snark and mean comments then light side option!  All the while grumbling that I couldn’t pick the dark side choice.  I will admit to picking some dark side options.  Usually to kill an NPC that I couldn’t stand.  At that point I didn’t care if I got dark side points, that bitch was dying!  I got laughed at for that too.

Anyway, Slice was needed to run flashpoints with the guys so I dusted off my warrior again.  I was determined to get her a speeder because the quality of life increase is AMAZING.  This meant I had to level her to 25 AND make sure I had the credits.  It costs 48k to get the training and the mount.  Now I had the credits originally before I picked up the inquisitor.  I was saving them for the warrior’s mount.  Then when the inquisitor hit 25 I sent the money to her.  This left me kind of broke on the warrior.  I’ve been making my money in that game by selling greens/blues I find while questing and doing slicing jobs on my warrior.  Unfortunately when I stopped playing my warrior, I stopped doing crew jobs more than once a day (if that) add to that the slow funneling of credits to my inquisitor, and I was broke.  I think I went from like 60k credits (which isn’t really a lot, but a decent amount for a lower level toon) to about 20k.  Training right now costs me around 2.3k an ability.

So off I went to level and get money.  The funny thing is I started having fun.  I had switched out my dps companion for the healer and my downtime dropped off.  Now I was able to go from mob to mob without worrying that I was going to die.  Even if I get low I pop a healing stim and keep going.  He eventually will get me healed up.  Plus he is pretty good looking so I am enjoying getting affection points with him.  Although it is really funny to see him get all awkward when I flirt with him.  Fun times!

I did manage to get the warrior to 25.  I had just enough credits to get her the mount and the training.  I ended the night with about 500 credits.  Luckily I had sold something  when I logged back last night to be able to afford sending the crew out.  Right now I am hoping one of the mission quests I have on the AH will sell so I can finish buying my training skills.  I am still waiting for the quests to start giving me more credits.  I don’t think my inquisitor is getting all that much from them either.  She is 37 and has to save up for the next training skill and mount that comes at 40.  I think the mount is 25k but I am not sure on the training price.  I do know she is sitting at just under 50k, but her training skills are about 13-14k each.  At one point I had to borrow some credits from Slice in order to get the new ability when I leveled.  Yeah it was kind of sad.

All in all I think things are going well.  I’m back to having fun online.  For a while I was seriously burned out.  I didn’t even want to be on my computer.  It was a struggle just to log in to raid on Tues & Wednesday.  It makes me glad that I am enjoying playing again, at least in one of my games.  I haven’t found it back in WoW yet.  Maybe when beta for MoP starts I will find the fun again.  It isn’t even the lack of friends playing because I would go off and play alone lots of times.  It is just the feeling of doing something I have done hundreds of times before and just being tired of it.  TOR is a nice change.  Something new for now.  I am sure that once I go through all the planets for the third time I will be feeling the same thing.  For now though, I am going to just sit back and enjoy the new ride.

Belated update

So yeah sorry for the radio silence. Since I moved to Ohio things have been a heck of a lot different than they were before. Up until recently I had very limited internet access at work. Now that I am at my new job I might be able to swing a post here and there. Things have been pretty busy here though.

I guess I should back up a bit.

When I moved to Ohio I originally got a job through a temp agency. It was in the AP department of a large corporation in downtown Columbus. I was originally hired to be an AP clerk as temp to hire. Instead, I was put on email bitch and scanning bitch duty. This meant that for 8 hours I was printing emails or scanning documents. A trained monkey could do this job. Something I related to anyone who would listen to me. The AP manager kept telling me that she had to wait until they allowed her to hire someone new before she could move me over to the actual AP work all while going on about how their system was so outdated and it just takes forever to train a new person.

I was making much less money than I needed to be making, I had almost an hour long commute, both ways, and I was absolutely miserable. I didn’t outright quit because some money coming in was better than no money. I kept applying to other places and just hoped that I could get something new soon.

After about 2 weeks into the temp job I had an interview with a landscaping company to be their bookkeeper. While it wasn’t financial planning or insurance, it was something I could do and know I would do it well. I *thought* that the interview went really well but when I didn’t get a call back from him on Thursday for my 2nd interview, I figured I didn’t get the job. Two more weeks went by and suddenly here he was calling me back for a 2nd interview. I went in, showed the office manager that yes, I do know how to use Excel and QuickBooks, and then waited to hear back from the owner. This time he called me back fairly quickly and asked me how soon I could start. Since I was still temping, and hating it, I told him I could start Monday (it was Thursday) but that I would need that Thurs & Fri off (for Thanksgiving) since I already had plans. He said yes and I started cleaning up my desk area so I could leave on Friday and never look back.

Now as a disclaimer I have never just left a job. I always give notice. I felt so guilty just bailing on the company since I did like the people I worked with, but I just couldn’t take one more day of that job. You don’t go from running the show to being the lowest grunt on the totem pole with people who shouldn’t be in charge lording it over you. Yeah my guilt didn’t last for a long time. I had it for a bit, but not for too long. To this day I don’t answer calls or emails from the temp agency.

Thus began my career as a bookkeeper.

Short lived as it was.

It took me all of 1 day to discover that my new boss was a nut job. I am fully convinced that he is bi-polar, especially when I was informed of his family history of the disease. The operation manager described him very eloquently: “He will tell you to paint the trucks red. While you are painting them red he will change his mind and tell you to paint them blue. After you finish painting them blue he will get mad at you for painting them blue because he wanted them red and obviously you didn’t listen because he told you explicitly that he wanted them red.”

So yeah that was my new job.

The work wasn’t hard and it was close to home, but the money was again, just not there. While I was making the hourly rate I needed, I wasn’t getting full time hours. It came out to just a little bit more money than I was making temping. Add to everything else the crazy that was my boss, I just wasn’t happy. Now I was in a better position than I was at the temp job, but not by much. I knew that I had to find another job, but I had gotten so depressed I had all but given up on finding work here where I would be happy.

Then lo and behold I got a phone call out of the blue.

Prior to moving to Ohio I had interviewed with an insurance agent based out of downtown Columbus. He seemed to really like me and sounded like he wanted to offer me the position for when I moved. Unfortunately he needed someone to start October 1 and I wasn’t even leaving CA until October 10. So I was justifiably bummed. The job sounded like a perfect fit for me.

Well luck was on my side.

Every semester the insurance office gets a new intern from OSU Business school. The intern for the Winter semester decided that she didn’t want to come work here so they were short a person. That is when I got called.

It was definitely out of the blue. I had been trying to figure out a way to leave the landscape company without causing problems when this fell on my lap. Over the course of about three weeks I had two more phone interviews and two in person interviews before I was given an offer of employment. I gave my two week notice (which went about as well as you would imagine) and agreed to help out on Saturday until the new person gets on her feet.

So now I am at the new job and loving it. It is similar enough to my job in San Diego that I know what I am doing yet different enough to where I am enjoying the new challenge. I have been crazy busy though. When I started I was thrown in the middle of about 20 different projects and I am still trying to make heads & tails of them all. I am very confident that once I get caught up to speed on everything that I will have everything flowing nicely. All in all it is a really fantastic position. Definitely a career move for the better.

Now onto the world of games!

I had been burned out on WoW for quite some time. I still log into raid every week because Sorak & Slice would kill me if I didn’t. It really isn’t because of TOR either. Yes I am playing TOR and enjoying it immensely, but I don’t even log in to that game on a daily basis. I think a large part of my burnout is due to not HAVING to log in every day to talk to Slice. Now that I live with the bugger I don’t HAVE to log in to a game to spend time with him. I could just be in the same room with him and we’re cool. We have our date nights and spend quality time away from the computer/TV so I don’t HAVE to be playing a game with him every day. Honestly, it is refreshing to not have that pressure on me.

SR killed Deathwing a while back and just got our 2nd kill last night. Afterwards everyone agreed to run a fast Firelands run to get me some more embers. I had been sitting on 158/250 and ended the run with 183/250. So about 4 more runs should do the trick for me to finish my staff. Then Arv and Van can get their pets. :D

In TOR news – I started out with a Sith warrior (pure evil baby) but Slice decided that he didn’t like his bounty hunter so we decided to level Sith inquisitors together. For the first time we are actually sticking with it. We don’t level these toons without the other person. The problem has been either he will want to level and I don’t or I will want to level and he doesn’t. It has been a vicious cycle and we are stuck at like 23. Not even half way there. In the mean time he has started leveling his bounty hunter again and I started playing the one I created.

When I installed the game I created one of each class, partially as a name holder and partially so I would already be in the guild. I didn’t originally have any plans to level the alts until I had already finished leveling 1 toon. So much for that idea. So now I am enjoying the bounty hunter. This toon is going to be a self serving character. She will go light side or dark side depending on the situation, usually if money is involved. If you are willing to pay her, she’ll help you.

For example: There is a quest on the starter planet where this elderly couple ask you to get some charged power units so they can sell them for food. They lost their jobs when the rival Hutt took over the factory they worked at. They told me they would give me everything they had in order for me to bring them back some units. While you are in the factory getting ready to charge the units a guy runs up to you and tells you that the rival Hutt will kill his family if another person steals energy to power the units. He asks you to not charge the units. I gave him the option to pay me to switch sides and instead he started whining about his family. Um no buddy, credits or GTFO. So I told him no and went on my merry way. He THEN started bitching about “what will we do? where will we go? we have no credits to run!” blah blah blah. Not my problem buster. You didn’t pay me to make it my problem. I then took the charged power units back to the elderly couple who gave me a green quality chest piece. They were super happy because the four units I brought them would keep them fed for months. Go me!

Slice called me a horrible person for that. Uh no. Not everything has to be pure buddy.

I think the best part about leveling these toons with Slice is he HAS to choose the dark side options and I HAVE to choose the light side options. When we made them that is how we decided to roll with them. It is hilarious to see me get pissy cause I have to pick light side and the same for him.

Makes for good times let me tell ya!

So I don’t know how often I’ll mention SW on here, since I’m really not playing WoW, but it shouldn’t turn into a SW blog. If it makes you feel better my inquisitor is specced into DoT damage. :D

As for my Screenshot Friday posts, I haven’t been taking pictures in TOR nor have I been playing WoW, so I haven’t had anything new and/or pretty to share. So I’ll put it to you: If I take pictures in TOR would you guys like to see them?

Anyway, if you haven’t already, go over and wish Rep happy birthday!

Heroic Baleroc down! – SR goes 2/7 heroic

Well normally I would have a screenshot of our heroic Baleroc kill BUT someone had me turn off my addon that takes those pictures for me (Multishot if anyone is curious) to see if it would help my computer out.  Alas it didn’t and thus I have no picture.

 

So yeah SR is now 2/7 heroic and moved up from #12 to #7 overall on the server.  We’re pretty excited.

 

I got into town on Saturday night and it has been one crazy thing after another.  Most of it is personal drama but it happens.  I have two pretty awesome job leads, one which I REALLY want and one I would only take if the one I wanted told me no.  At first I wasn’t worried about finding work once I got here then I get here and the jobs showing up on Monster just kind of died.  I had stopped using Craigslist while I was in CA because the jobs listed there wanted me to start yesterday and frankly that just wouldn’t work with me still in CA.  On Tuesday Slice reminded me to check out Craigslist and BOOM 2 interviews for the next day.  I also had an interview with a staffing agency (it pays to have a back up!).

 

Yesterday was interesting.  It was pouring rain for most of the day.  As I am sure you are aware, Southern CA isn’t exactly known for its rainy weather.  Finding my way around with my horrible hand written directions wasn’t too too bad.  I made it to each appointment with plenty of time AND I found my way home.  So all in all I count that as a success.

 

I am still unpacking and trying to make this apartment look nice.  Slice teases me about being such a “good little housewife” and Sorak dared to say I was just like him, a housebitch.  /sigh  Trust me, once those boxes are unpacked and everything is where I want it then I will go back to my lazy ass ways.  The lazy don’t change people.

 

Because I love you all I am going to leave you with an awesome video I’ve been watching.  Yes I know that it is probably cheesy but frankly I love this song and the video made me cry.  So :-p

 

2 Years of babble!

That’s right.  Today marks 2 years of my babbling in your ears.  Things might have slowed down over the past year but I’m still here.

I am hoping that I will be able to come back later today to update with a much longer spiel for you all.  I mostly wanted to get this in here before I forgot like I did last year.

I have to do all the things!

Much love to Hyperbole and a Half for the awesomesause phrase stealing I did.  Is it really stealing when you give them credit afterwards?

Eh who knows!

ANYWAY!

I have sooooooooooooo much personal stuff going on (that I can’t talk about just yet, and if you know please don’t bring it up in the comments) and add to that my normal game time stuff equals one stressed warlock.  My biggest thing right now is just getting everything organized so that I can get it done in the correct amount of time.

Plus I am very lazy, like seriously lazy.

Trust me, it’s bad.

Take Monday night (yesterday).  Every other Monday (or so it is supposed to be) is the alt T11 run.  We try to get people in who don’t normally raid with us and the main raiders bring their alts who need gear.  As I mentioned before, it is supposed to happen every OTHER Monday but it has happened the last 3 Mondays.  We can blame Arv for that one.  He set one up last week for his buddy who just joined us.  This means that if I join in on the alt run then I have 3 days in a row where I can’t get anything done at home.  With all the new stuff piled on my plate I just cannot raid on Monday anymore.  Normally this isn’t an issue because we will usually have enough people.  Unfortunately Slice likes to bring me instead of asking other guildies who didn’t sign up.  One day he will understand that I am not like him and don’t like to raid 24/7.

Some days I almost feel like I want to sit out on our normal Tuesday/Wednesday runs but then I remember about my awesome staff of awesomeness and how I wants it precious!  So I suck it up and come raid.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE raiding with my guildies.  We always have such fun and it is worth it to come raid.

Unless I don’t eat before/during the raid, then I am a HORRIBLE MEAN BITCH who HATES EVERYONE and all that jazz.

It apparently got bad enough that Sorak even now reminds me to eat something before the raid. :D

Yes he really is a sweetheart, when he isn’t being a brat.

Things are really looking good for SR right now.  We are 6/7 in Firelands and should be able to get Rag down soon.  As of this afternoon I am 22/25 embers for the first quest chain.  We have been EXTREMELY lucky with our ember drops.  I think we have only had 1 or 2 bosses who didn’t drop an ember for me.  I haven’t really done a whole lot of research into the quest chain because I kind of want to be surprised about what happens.  I know that Slice has read up on it and he tells me that I have at least 2 more long collection quests.  I know that we will be doing this for a while so I am not super worried.  At the worst I will finish up the staff in an alt run when we are on the next tier, but finish it I will!

Slice was asking me the other day if I have found a fight in Firelands that I don’t like.  Honestly I like all of them.  Rhyolith might be a big pain in the ass (at least until they nerfed him to hell and back) but I still liked the fight.  As of right now (since we haven’t seen all of Rag) Alysrazor is my favorite fight.  I love all aspects of it.  I’ve flown and I’ve been on ground duty.  Yes it seems like a crazy fight, but it really isn’t tough at all if you just look at it piece by piece.  I think my favorite part about it is being able to cast and run at the same time.  I love not losing my shadow bolt casts when I have to move for a brushfire.  Being useful with interrupts with my puppy is pretty awesome too.  On those few times when I get to fly (Zuggie usually is flying because he is a fire mage)  I get SUPER excited when I get the crit buff from the 25 ring hit.  It lets me know that I am being good with hitting rings.  This fight has so many little things that make me happy so I just can’t pick one.

What I can’t seem to understand is why all the stuff I need drops off Domo and Rag.  It almost feels like half my BiS stuff only drops off those two guys.  Since we are such a pally/priest heavy raid I will be the last person to see my 4 piece T12.  Which isn’t that bad when you realize I am getting the awesome staff of awesomeness but by the time I get the staff, T12 will be almost done.  Oh well.  It does drive me nuts when other people are always bitching that they get that particular token to drop every time and no one can use it anymore.  It is like rubbing salt in the wound!

Funny thing happened in gchat last night.  They were running the T11 alt run (which I skipped) and apparently Atramedes dropped the shoulders.  Now in case you aren’t aware, Lyssi’s last blue item was her shoulders.  I was raiding and downing bosses in Firelands with 346 shoulders because no cloth ones dropped and anytime the token dropped off Cho’gall it was given to someone else.  The worst time was when it was given to someone who ALREADY HAD purple shoulders.  I was so mad that night.  Anyway I digress.  It was last week I think that Rhyolith dropped the mage clone shoulders.  Zuggie wasn’t there so I was able to snag them!  Apparently Sorak wasn’t paying attention that night because he had Grom link the shoulders that Atramedes dropped to taunt me.  The joke’s on you Sorak!  I laughed and congratulated Grom then linked my 378 shoulders in gchat for Sorak to see when he couldn’t understand why I wasn’t upset.  Good times!

I take back what I said above about him being a sweetheart.

Last weekend I rocked out on my mage, this weekend I was hooked on my baby lock.  Not much has really changed from where I left her off last, at least playstyle/spec-wise, but I was really hooked on leveling her.  The purpose of her leveling has been to experience the new leveling experience in the old world.  I went through the new plaguelands, the revamped Badlands (I got to punch Deathwing in the FACE!) and then this weekend the Swamp of Sorrows and half of the Blasted Lands.  I had done the other half of the Blasted Lands quests on PPP so I don’t think they are that much different for Alliance.  I will probably finish them out on the baby lock anyway.  The baby murlocs are just too cute not to.

I have already started thinking about the next toon that I want to level.  I have several ones that are just sitting there with rested XP and yet I have this urge to make a Draenei Paladin.  I had one that I loved over on Skywall and she doesn’t look like she will be dusted off ever again.  I also want to make a Worgen.  I’m not sure what kind of Worgen, but I need one.  So yeah, too many alts and not enough time!

I need a vacation so I can just play WoW for a week.

Yeah like that’ll happen >.<

Failmage returns!

Ahhhhhh, the glorious return of failmage!  Sometimes you just forget how much fun you can have blowing things up with fire. :D

 

My poor failmage got moved from Bloodhoof over to Skywall when Slice transferred his priest to play with Choice.  She spent the last months of Wrath farming herbs and making a killing on the markets on Skywall.  She did so well that I was able to get Slice a chopper for his birthday.  Times were good.

 

After Slice left Skywall and went back to Drak I stopped logging into failmage.  With no one playing on Skywall anymore there just wasn’t a reason to check on her.  I got caught up in the new and improved SR and just left her to rot.

 

Fast forward to this weekend.

 

Slice originally moved his mage over to Winterhoof to play with Rep’s Alliance guild; Sorak also followed and brought his rogue over.  Both of them are now raiding regularly with Crits.  I made a dorf lock and had been regularly leveling her to eventually be a back up raider for them.  I wasn’t in any rush though.  I love raiding, but I don’t know how well I would do with 4-5 nights of raiding a week.  Sometimes 2 nights is too much.  The lock was more just to be helpful than anything else.

I was leveling the baby lock on Friday night (punching Deathwing in the FACE!) and something got me thinking about failmage.  I’m not sure what it was but I started thinking that I should transfer her over to Winterhoof because nothing was ever going to happen on Skywall (despite our guild there) and if I was going to see the Alliance version of the new Cata zones any time soon it would probably end up being on Winterhoof.  I still have Millea over on Bloodhoof but I don’t really want to move her.  She is still a member of Echo of Fate and I kind of like knowing that I still have one toon left in that guild.

Since I was getting paid after midnight I had to wait until Saturday to set up the transfer.  I logged over to failmage and OMG all the crap she had in her bags.  She had tons of Wrath-era food (mostly fish) and other type stuff.  Like her bags were full of Wrath crap.  Not even stuff that could be sold for leveling.  Funny thing though, she has over 1800 JP left over from the end of Wrath.  This is, of course, awesome.  I cleaned up all of her crap, mailed off a bunch to my bank toon on Skywall and made the transfer.

 

I get to Winterhoof and Rep whispers me on Real ID “WTF 80 mage?” and promptly invites me to the guild.  Slice isn’t online yet so he has no idea what I’ve done.  Sorak is online but he decided to ignore me.  It isn’t like he isn’t on Real ID or anything, but I digress.  I usually start out in Hyjal then go to Vashj’ir afterwards.  I decided to start her out differently and send her straight to Vash.

Ok!  No problem!  I was in IF (I preferred it to SW prior to Cata) so I mount up on my mount (wondering the entire time why my bronze drake is greyed out) and hit the space bar to move up.

WTF?

/sigh

She didn’t have old world flying.

To make matters worse she had to get it in SW.

Good thing she is a mage huh?

I ported over to SW and had to run (*cries*) all the way over from the mage tower to the flying trainer.  Stupid SW and the stupid canals.  I finally get my flying trained and life is good!

I had yet to see SW as Alliance since Cata dropped.  It is actually really cool looking from the air.  Org was completely rebuilt so it was set up with flying around as the norm.  SW wasn’t.  You really feel like you are doing something special when you fly over it.  A part of me still can’t get over the fact that I can fly over the entire town and I don’t have to run through all the stupid canals and arches.  I have to catch myself when I start running on the ground.  It doesn’t help that my mount of choice is the Headless Horseman’s mount.

I was good and did remember to train my professions.  Found out that I was not maxed in first aid.  So I bought a bunch of Frostweave (man that stuff is expensive) and quickly leveled it to Cata levels.  I listed most of my Wrath stuff in the hopes of selling some of it (borean leather scraps sold, wtf?) and making back some monies.  I was sitting at under 100g after doing all of my training (and buying stupid expensive Frostweave) so I wanted to get back to a comfortable level.  I knew that questing would net me some good money so I headed out.

The intro to Vashj for the Alliance is quite different from the Horde version.  The little snippets of conversation from the NPCs is really neat.  You really get an idea of what their stance is.  One of the things I enjoy about playing both sides is seeing the different verbage on the quests.  It might be the EXACT SAME quest as you get from the other side but the what the quest says is completely different.  I’ve said it, others have said it, and it is still true, you just cannot get the full story without seeing both sides.  So seriously, if you haven’t leveled one faction or the other, do it.  Just to see the other side and understand the whole thing.

Right now the main thing I am looking forward to is the Alliance side of Twilight Highlands.

 

While I am merrily questing away Slice comes online.  I whisper him with “hi” (not on Real ID) and he says hi back.  I can tell he has NO clue who I am.  I give him a few then whisper him “and in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . .”  LOL about 2 mins later you can see the lightbulb go off.  I laughed so hard.  He was all “In my defense I haven’t seen this name in a while.”  Excuses, excuses!  By this time I was already 81 and working my way towards 82.

I decided that I was only going to do the quests in Vashj up to unlocking the Earthen Ring Quartermaster then I would head out to Hyjal.  I had already replaced about half of my gear (she was in 4 piece tier 9!) and was already seeing a difference in how things were dying.  Now don’t get me wrong, I had already pulled a few failmage moments.  First was when I started questing in Vashj with my chef’s hat on.  I couldn’t understand why I was dropping in health so quickly and why NOTHING would die.  I just assumed it was because of my fail gear from Wrath.  Nope!  Failmage strikes again!  I honestly didn’t even know until I saw that I had a helmet as a reward and I was mousing over to see the stats.  Yup!  Chef’s hat.

/sigh

 

I already kind of fail because for some unknown reason I default to spamming Pyroblast when I am being hit in the face by a mob.  Yes this is stupid, yes I fail.  Trust me I know.  To this day I have yet to learn the mage class.  It isn’t like I didn’t level her from 1 to 80  in my fire spec (which I totally did) or that the spec changed (not really all that much from what I remembered) I just suck at mage.  The biggest thing that throws me off is Scorch; more specifically being able to move and cast Scorch.  It messes up my groove.  Moving is supposed to STOP my casting of the wrong spell, not ALLOW it to go through.  >.<

No I haven’t accidentally pulled with Scorch when I tried to stop it.  No, not me!

/facepalm

All things considered I really did end up having a blast.  Luckily I had the full rested (2 1/2 levels worth) XP bar and I was able to get to 82 (98% to 83) on Saturday night.  I dinged 83 on Sunday afternoon (when I woke up) and have since moved on to Deepholm.  I haven’t had this much fun leveling in quite some time.  Even with this being my 5th time through the Cata zones, doing it as Alliance has just enough of a change of flavor that I am looking at it with a whole new view.  Good times will be had!

 

As in the past, failmage will NOT be raiding.  I did a random dungeon (I got VP, I am kind of shocked it wasn’t Stonecore) and wasn’t doing too badly.  I wasn’t number 1 by any stretch of the imagination but I held my own.  Especially against that stupid hunter who couldn’t even trap correctly.  BTW when someone is assigning CC targets and says “banish one and freeze another” you DO NOT freeze the banished target.  ESPECIALLY when the targets are marked.  Stupid huntards.

I guess I just got spoiled by all the good hunters in my guild.

 

Anyway, failmage will not be raiding.  She might do some randoms here and there, but probably not.  She will be a farm bot to make me monies.  Without a tailor to feed I can use her transmutes to feed my need for gold.  Once I hit 85 on her I will switch the focus to the baby lock.  I need her inscription skills to pay my bills!

Hmm, looks like I just might be playing Alliance a bit more than planned.

 

Oh!  A funny thing happened on Friday night.  Zerl (whom I also have on Real ID, seriously who don’t I have on there?!) saw that a bunch of us were on Winterhoof and decided to roll a toon to play with us.  He made a baby pally to which Sorak teased him about being pink.  Note that Sorak is playing on a female toon, but I digress.  Apparently he ALSO transferred a toon over to Winterhoof.  I guess he had a level 70 (or 71, can’t remember) rogue on another server collecting dust and decided to bring it over to the Alliance side.  He had been debating on if he should bring it to Drak but ultimately decided on having a higher level alt on Winterhoof.  THEN as he was there on his rogue and I was there on my mage, Tel logs in on his hunter and Zari logs in on his priest.  We were just missing Arv, Zarm and Zug.  It was too funny!

ZOMG she was playing WoW!?!?

I’ve had a crazy last few months.  I have been busy, stressed and just feeling like I was about to burn out.  As I mentioned previously, I hadn’t really been playing much.  I had essentially quit running dungeons.  I wasn’t farming.  I really didn’t do much at all.

That kind of changed up on Sunday.

Saturday one of my friends had a baby shower so I went home to visit and join in on the fun.  The original plan was for me to spend the weekend at my mom’s house.  Well the shower ended at 4 and I just decided that I was going to drive home and relax for the rest of the weekend.  This meant that Sunday would be free to do whatever.

I woke up pretty early on Sunday (7:50 am >.< but I didn’t roll out of bed until 8 am) and just popped down on the computer.  The previous night I had run a few troll dungeons with guildies (I was really close to getting my tier chest) to which they all gave me flack for actually being in a dungeon.  I think both Slice and Sorak whispered me (while in a raid mind you) because they were in shock to see me in ZA.  /sigh  It does happen from time to time boys!

So anyway, I woke up and logged in.  I got my normal stuff out of the way then went to do the JC daily.  Just my luck it was the stupid Elemental Goo.  Normally this isn’t a problem for people, but my DK was only 76 (he dinged 77 that day) and can easily die to the mobs.  Luckily Rep was online and I asked her sweetly to come help me kill stuff.  The daily complete I moved on to the MF dailies.  Lyssi was just missing one Lieutenant and one guy from the bombing run.  So I went through and knocked out the dailies so that I could see if what I needed was there.  The last Lieutenant was up so I knocked out that achievement.  Unfortunately the guy I needed for the bombing run wasn’t up.  So I am one person away from having a snazzy new title!

Afterwards a few other people had come online and I asked if anyone wanted to do a heroic.  I pulled up Lyssi’s dungeon finder just to see that I was 30 points shy of capping.  Wait, what?  Yep.  Apparently killing 5 raid bosses, 1 reg heroic and 2 troll runs had me almost capped out.  That kind of put a dent into my plans.  Oh well no biggie!  I will heal!

I popped over to PPP snagged the 359 healy staff out of the gbank (yay for me!) and snagged Rep on her DK for some regular heroics.  While I know I can heal the troll stuff, I’d rather not so I just did a bunch of regular heroics.  For the rest of the afternoon Rep (sometimes Zari and Doz joined us) and I ran heroics.  We had some good runs and really didn’t have too much of a problem with people.  We got lucky early on and ended up with a tank from one of the top guilds on our server.  Most of the people in his guild are pretty nice and he was a good guy.  We did several dungeons with him and had fun chit chatting.

A few times I just queued up alone, even though there wasn’t a satchel.  One of those runs put me into heroic Vortex.  I was grouped up with 4 people from Cenarion Circle, two were from one guild and the other two were from another guild.  It was kind of funny.  They were a great group.  The tank wasn’t hard to heal and the dps didn’t stand in bad or cause problems.  All in all it was one of the best 5 man PuG runs I had ever had the pleasure to heal.  Thanks guys for making it fun! :)

Speaking of 5 mans.  The other night (I think Thursday night) there was a Call to Arms for healers so I switched over and queued up.  I got Deadmines.  I hate this place.  Not because it is hard but because it is so damn long.  We zone in and there is a male cow pally tank, an undead warlock, a belf hunter and a cow DK.  The tank runs in, gets hit by the cannon in the first doorway and promptly runs around the corner so even if the dps had gotten in the cannon it wouldn’t have done us any good.  No biggie, I kept him alive and barely kept the DK alive.  As we started moving forward the hunter ran off in the other direction and started dying.  Now I wasn’t going to chase him while the tank was in front of me dying to his overpull (he was NOT geared enough to pull the way he was) so he ended up dying.  Before anyone could react he dropped group.  Ok no biggie, we’ll get another dps in quick enough (this should have been a warning).  We get to the first boss and picked up another hunter, this time a troll.  First boss is pulled and no one moves out of the bad.  I have adds all over me and I am apparently the only one who knows you have to keep moving and dodging the bar of fireballs.  Of course the tank couldn’t be bothered to move or pull the adds off me.  I manged to keep everyone alive until the end when I lost the DK, but at that point I was on fumes.  I sat down to drink after the pull and typed in chat “Man you guys take a ton of damage.”  Apparently that was the wrong thing to say because after the loot roll the tank dropped.

/sigh

We all sat around waiting to move into the next room once we got another tank.  A few minutes went by and we get a male belf pally.  He starts clearing trash but no one frees the monkeys and people are taking a TON of damage.  So I quickly do what I can and start freeing the closest monkeys.  Now as anyone who has ever run this dungeon knows, you turn right and proceed that way through the tunnel.  This tank went left, into the dead end portion of the tunnel.  Did you know that at the very end of the tunnel there is an entire room full of those monkeys?  Yep an ENTIRE room.  The moment I saw those monkeys I immediately started freeing them because we would have DIED if I hadn’t.  After the last mob was killed I moved over to the CORRECT tunnel and luckily (for me) the tank followed me and started pulling.  Now you know those guys that throw the axe to the head, well he pulled all 3 at once.  So you can imagine how much FUN that was.  He then ran in and pulled the boss along with the trash (oh joy!).  Again we down the boss and I managed to keep everyone alive except the poor DK (who had died to trash already) and was on fumes AGAIN.  I whispered the poor DK and told him I wasn’t letting him die on purpose.  Found out that the DK was an alt and their main was a healy priest.  Heh.  We then moved into the next room and the tank pulled 2 groups of trash.  Despite my best efforts there was just too much damage.  I lost the tank and the DK.  The warlock and the hunter were able to finish up the trash that was pulled and I rezzed the dead.  We finish clearing the trash and get to the foundry room.  While I am asking if anyone knows how to drive the reaper the tank leaves.

WTF?

So we are again sitting there waiting for another tank.  The DK says that he can try to do it but had never done it.  I explain what he needs to do and eventually we get another tank.  Another male cow pally.  Seriously here?  For a moment I thought it might be the same one we had at first (the names were similar) but it wasn’t.  We re-buff and he starts clearing the trash.  No one gets into the reapers that we defeat. /sigh.  Eventually we start the boss encounter.  The fight is going well until close to the end and I lose the warlock.  He hadn’t moved from the edge of the ledge and had no where to run when the boss did his harvest thingy.  As I was trying to find his body, the tank dropped.

Seriously?!!?!

So again we are waiting for yet ANOTHER tank.  Luckily it wasn’t a very long wait.  The dps and I were joking that we were getting a new tank for every boss.  We finally get another tank and it is a female belf pally.  Oh look guys pally tank #4!!  I piped up in chat “lucky pally #4!”  She goes into the tunnel and starts pulling trash.  She got out of LoS for me and as I was running to find her I got those stupid swirling blades so I was trying to not hit everyone else AND still heal her.  It didn’t go so well and she dies.  Then one by one everyone else dies.  It was our first wipe of the run.  Considering some of the problems we’d been having this was pretty awesome we hadn’t wiped yet.  I run back (the tank and warlock don’t bother to release which I hate) and start rezzing people (mass rez FTW).  Once the tank is rezzed she drops.

>.<

Here we are sooooooooooooo close to finishing this horrid dungeon.  At this point I was NOT dropping.  I was going to get my damn satchel.  The dps weren’t bad, just kind of noobish.  We weren’t doing anything that would have stressed out a tank enough to drop.  So I have NO idea what the problem was.  After what seemed like our longest wait yet, we get our 5th tank, a druid.  Yay! No more pallies!  This guy was fricken awesome!  We started telling him about our pally tank woes and he was laughing up a storm.  I never checked his gear so I’m not sure how well geared he was, but he was by far the easiest of the 5 tanks to heal.  As we are running in to the ship I get a whisper from the hunter that he is going to drop and that it isn’t my fault.  I replied back to him that we were almost done and to just hang in there.  He stuck around and we made our way up to Ripsnarl.  Surprisingly enough that fight went VERY smoothly.  Cookie went over well despite no one but me eating anything.  The gauntlet was started and immediately someone died.  I stayed there and rezzed them.  I think it was the poor DK (I swear that guy’s armor HAD to be close to broken by the end of the run).  We get through the first 2 guys then face the Mario room.

Now anyone who knows me knows that I die to this room almost every single time.  Knowing this I stayed in the back and waited for everyone else to get through.  Sure enough 3 people died right away.  I rezzed them and then started making my way through.  The DK died again as I was running through.  Shockingly enough I made it through alive!  I never even got hit!  I was so proud of myself.  We moved on and started on the rest of the encounter.  Things went VERY smoothly.  Then at the end during Vanessa’s final explosion the poor DK stood next to her still trying to DPS her down and was killed.  We all laughed and looted the bitch.  I whispered the hunter and said “aren’t you glad you stayed?”  He whispered back with a yes and a smiley face.  We all said goodbye and wished each other well.

I opened my satchel on Lyssi (in case there was a pet or mount) just to find out it was a stupid int flask. /sigh

ANYWAY! Back to my original story!

I took a few breaks here and there.  I didn’t cap out PPP but she did all of the regular heroic dungeons that she could for the week.  All she has left are some trolls (which I will only do with guildies) or raiding.  We have a T11 run planned for tonight.  I will bring her in to heal then switch her for Lyssi on Cho’gall.  Lyssi is still rocking blue shoulders!  So I just might end up with 2 VP capped toons in one week.  Crazy talk I say!

When I came back from a small break Slice and Doz were PvPing on their DKs.  I whispered Slice asking if I could join them.  He said sure as soon as the BG was done.  I switched to Lyssi and popped over to her PvP spec and gear.  I made some crafted stuff for her and purchased what I could with the honor and JP I had.  She also had some pants that she won from the TB boss.  So she is rocking the crafted set bonus and the season 9 set bonus.  I think I am at around 1800 resil.  I know that isn’t all that much but it is enough for starting out in BGs.  Most people don’t even bother getting the crafted stuff.

Now Slice has been doing arena with Adoe and Zug and is ALL decked out in gear.  Doz has been grinding BGs on his DK so he is decked out too.  The three of us were in vent and just started chain running BGs.

It was so much fun!

Normally I die in BGs a LOT.  Like seriously a LOT.  It is like people see a warlock and HAVE to go after them.  It almost feels like we are the most hated class in there.  The few times I did arena I was the first killed, every time.  Now I am NOT a good PvPer.  In fact I am pretty bad at it.  So it just astounds me when I am the first to die.  I almost want to tell them that I couldn’t kill them even if I tried.  But oh well.

This time around I actually lived for most of the night.  Even when I was separated from Slice I survived.  The resil I did have was awesome.  I was getting stunned by rogues/warriors/DKs and I lived!  I got out of their stuns, fear bombed them then dotted the fuckers up.  All while running away.  I seriously love soulburn!  I can instantly get my VW out and bubble.  Best thing ever.  I was even doing fairly good on the boards.  I wasn’t capping or anything like that but I was protecting the flag carriers (in those BGs that have them) and defending flags and just generally creating havoc everywhere I went.

It was a blast!

During one WSG we were faced against a team that had 1 healer.  Our flag carrier had no opposition.  It was kind of sad.  Doz and Slice were actually fighting in the middle because that was the only place the other team was actually at.  Most of them were in blue PvE gear.  I think Slice had like 2 guys on him and they couldn’t kill him.  It was kind of funny.  When I got bored of following the flag carrier and doing nothing I joined them in the middle and just started killing people.  A few people tried to kill me but Slice kept me alive.  They didn’t even bother going to him.  Silly people.

Afterwards I jumped on my roguelette and opened up the MF dailies.  There are patterns and gear for her to earn.  I think Rep was shocked I was doing the dailies on another toon.  She said something about how she couldn’t even do them on her Alliance toon.  I dunno, I actually like the MF dailies.  They are quick and easy.  The funny part to me about getting gear for my rogue is I still have no clue how to play her.  If I can’t kill the mob in the first few hits it just becomes a matter of who can survive longer.  Maybe one day I will learn how to play her.

So yeah that was my Sunday.  A few times I was asked what I did with myself and who I was.  It’s cool though.  Gotta keep these boys on their toes.  Can’t have it where I am too predictable. ;-)

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