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. 😀

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. 😀

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!