New Name, New Domain, Same Blogger

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Good morning!

I have made a change.  I am dropping the Reluctant off myself and being reborn (in flames?) as Ysera's Daughter.  (So maybe the opposite of Alysrazor.)  You can now find me and all my randomness over at  Thank you so much!


Also, I've turned off all comments since you should now be commenting at my new blog!

Weekend Musings

Monday, April 23, 2012
My weekend was full of real life commitments and my husband trying to cook me.

Saturday, we drove to my mother's and helped her move into her new house.  Well, I didn't.  I spent my day taking care of my adorable 9 month old nephew.  I haven't spent any time with a child like that, on my own, since my sisters (24 and 22) were that age.  So it was really exhausting for me.  I got home at like 10pm and was asleep by 11, where I slept in until 10:30am.

Sunday, I got up, checked to see if Mog Madness results were up, ate breakfast and went into the backyard to start helping build a fence.  I was outside until 4:30pm.  And dear lord, I look like a lobster.  (I live in Oregon, I'm not used to sunshine!)

We logged on for raid but didn't have the people, so we ran dungeons to get our weekly 7 and then people split up.  Husband went to play tennis (at 7pm, because he's insane) and I stayed home, watched Scrubs and leveled my hunter to level 60!  Goal 1 complete!

The results for Mog Madness popped up around raid time, and that was exciting to see.  I got 5th place, but 5th out of 26(?) is pretty awesome!  So yay me!

I then went to bed.  Where my sunburned brain caused me to have dreams that my husband had impregnated his ex-girlfriend and didn't tell me.  I may have yelled at him when I woke up this morning.  I'm still a little mad.  And I don't understand why!!  I should be mad at me!  Stupid brain.

So, to work.  Away ..... !

Mog Madnes - The Final Round

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
As I said before, I made it to round 5.  Yay!  Our assignment this time was to make an 'anti-paladin'.  Honestly, I'm not sure what that means.  Is it a death knight?  That's about as anti-paladin as I can think.  Anyway.  we were supposed to come up with an anti-paladin for one of the Old Gods, either C'thun or Yogg-Saron.  This is what I came up with.

This is Ezili.  She's my brand new death knight that I made just for this round.  However, she's a troll like my other death knight.  I guess I don't like trolls.  I don't know why actually.  I love having them around, I just don't want to be one!  

Anyway. She hears voices.  At first, it was the Lich Kings voice and now, she is drawn to Silithus, where deep in Ahn'Qiraj, C'thun awaits her.

She attends her new lord and master in the finest she has:

On her head she wears the Crown of Anasterian, which drops off Kil'jaeden in Sunwell Plataeu.
On her shoulders, she sports Brackenshell Shoulderplates, which drop off Morchok in the Dragon Soul.
Her back is the Cape of the Brotherhood, which she reclaimed from "Captain" Cookie in the low level Deadmines.
Her chestpiece is the Gendarme's Cuirass that Lord Marrowgar drops in Icecrown Citadel 25 Heroic.
Her gloves are the Gauntlets of the Wretched from General Vezax in Ulduar 10 man.
Her belt is the Runescriven Demon Collar from Hagara the Stormbinder in Dragon Soul Heroic.
Her pants are the Mightstone Legplates which is from a quest in Borean Tundra.
Her boots are the Veteran's Plate Greaves, which you can buy from a vendor on Isle of Quel'Danas.
And lastly, her weapon is Kalimdor's Revenge, which was bestowed upon her by Emperor Vek'nilash in Ahn'Qiraj.

Her weapon sports the eye of her God, showing him everything she fights.  

"Your heart will explode."  ~ C'thun

Holy Crap! Yay and What if ....

Monday, April 16, 2012
So, somehow I have made it into the last round of Mog Madness.  This has been so much fun, I'm very sad that it's almost over.  I'm working on something but I can't talk about it, of course.  So you'll see when I do!

In other news, I managed to gain quite a few levels this past week.  I got my blood elf warrior to 65 via a combo of leveling and having my husband take me through instances.  I'm too shy to do things on my own and my guildies with toons my level have been on vacation for the past week.  I also managed to get my undead hunter to level 53 and a half (as of this writing).  And lastly, I got my goblin warlock to level 13 so she can get matched up with the husband's new undead priest.

That puts my total levels up to 1955, so I'm almost there!  Only 57 more to go!

And that brings me to what I wanted to write about today.  I'm sure some of you have seen that Amateur Azerothian is quitting the game.  And I want to point out that I truly, truly am 100% behind his reason(s).  Now, before I say anything further, I want to say a couple of things.  What follows is MY story.  It's MY plan for MY life.  This is not me saying ANYTHING about what you should or should not do.

I am the granddaughter of alcoholics.  (Stay with me here, it goes somewhere.)  My mother and father, seeing in themselves the potential to become alcoholics themselves, did not drink AT ALL while I was a young child.  It was only until I was 13 that I ever saw a glass of wine in my father's hand.  It was only after I moved out, that I ever saw my mother with a glass of wine in HER hand.  They had decided, before they had children, that in order to raise my siblings and I the best way they knew how, no alcohol would be allowed in the house and they would only drink a little on their date nights.

My parents (being my parents) seemed to me to be normal.  I know now that what I experienced in my early years was not normal.  My grandparents, well, I thought that everyone had grandparents who started drinking at 8am and passed out after dinner.  As I grew, I found myself having issues similar to my grandparents, except not with alcohol, with other things.

When I met my husband, he ran a BBS.  He taught me to type on the computer, he taught me to 'surf' the BBS's, he gave me my own forum (called the Peanut Gallery since he had nicknamed me Peanut).  I was hooked.  When we moved out, we got DSL.  Which back in the late 1990's was impressive.  A 'fat pipe to the net' is what I believe he called it once.

I met this guy through work (I worked a computer repair shop) who got me and my husband into a MUD called Xyllomer.  (This guy became, and is still, one of my best friends.)  I got into IRC and ICQ.  I would wake up first thing in the morning to see who was online in the MUD/IRC/ICQ.  I was constantly chatting with people.  There are pictures of me at family gatherings scowling because OMG THIS IS MY COMPUTER TIME JUST LET ME LEAVE!!

Then WoW came out.  I started to play and it was very apparent to me that this game is my alcohol.  I can not put it down.  I think about it all the time, I talk about it all the time EVEN TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T PLAY!!!!  I didn't realize how bad it got until my husband started to play.  I realized then that if he and I ever were to have children, WoW would have to go away.  Note, I did not say video gaming, I said WoW.  And honestly probably any other MMO.

I am happy here and at the moment, I am not hurting anyone (other then myself), neglecting anyone (other then my husband), or whatnot.  However, I know myself and I know how people with this disease (for I believe just like alcoholism, gambling addiction, drug addiction and eating disorders, this is a disease) lie to themselves that you can do it just a little.  No one will notice.  (To have full disclaimer, I am in a 12 step program myself.  However, I won't tell you which one.  But it is helping me.)

However, as I said in a comment to Mr. Amateur, the husband and I have always agreed that if I got pregnant, we would stop playing.  All for the above reasons I've mentioned.  I remember being snapped at by my drunken Grandmother, I don't want to be the mother that snaps at you while she's raiding/leveling/farming or the mother whose face you only see when she turns around to scowl at you because ZOMG you are disturbing her raiding.

Now, this being said, I have played in the past and currently play with parents whose first duties have always been to their children.  I know that I have never, in the past 7 years ever thought to myself "Geez, where are those kids and who is taking care of them?"  This is not about that.  We've all seen the bloggers retiring from WoW because they are having children or their children are growing up.  That is not about that either.

At this point in my life, I am looking at a life of no children (seriously, who would want to pass on my genetic code?).  So this is a moot point.  But, I love children (not for lunch/dinner) and I like to day dream sometimes.  "What if ...."  I don't play it alot anymore since the outlook is pretty bleak for that.

Now, if you are a parent who plays WoW or any other MMO, I am NOT calling you neglectful or lazy or stupid or whatever you think I'm saying.  I honestly don't even have an opinion on what the average parent does with their spare time.  I know that being a parent is a really hard job and I want to thank you for taking it on.  Earthmother knows I can't do it right now!  This is just what I would do, as I know myself.

So, thank you for reading.  And have a good night.

Round 4 - The Trophy Tabard of the Illidari

Thursday, April 12, 2012
The judges threw us all for a loop this time, requiring that we transmog was is probably the ugliest thing in the game.  (This is not to say I don't have one, I do, on my main.)  However, I wanted to do a transmog for my warrior, so here is what I came up with!

As this is a tabard from the Illidari, I thought it would be fitting if I made this a more 'demon' transmog.  Hence the glowing green and demon helm.  What I used was:

Helm - Warhelm of the Champion - This is a drop from Thorim in Ulduar 25.
Shoulders - Brutal Gladiator's Plate Shoulders (Warrior) from level 70 PVP.  (My blood elf is a warrior.)
Cloak - Shroud of the Highborne from Illidan in Black Temple.
Chest - Doomplate Chestguard from Harbringer Skyriss in The Arcatraz either normal or heroic.
Gloves - Refitted Bruiser Gauntlets which from a quest in Dustwallow Marsh.
Belt - Joseph's Spare Belt which is from a quest in the Eastern Plaguelands.
Legs - Augustus' Legguards which is also from a quest in Eastern Plaguelands.
Boots - Vicious Gladiator's Warboots of Cruelty which are level 85 PVP boots for plate classes.
Weapon - Torn-Heart Axe of Battle which is a quest reward from a quest in Shadowmoon Valley.

Update on 2012 in 2012 and 10 to 85

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I've actually had a chance to play my alts a bit this week as I'm not spending massive amounts of time farming for mogging gear.  (My warrior isn't 85 yet to get the gear I want for her.)  So, I have a few updates for you guys.

I went from level 55 to level 60 on my warrior last night.  She's now in Outlands and ready to rock the clown outfits for the next 8 levels.  Woot woot.  I also managed to get my hunter from level 35 to level 37.  I'm gonna convince the husband to pick up a new toon to level with my warlock, as she's only level 6 right now.

This got my level number to 1921, so only 91 levels left!!  WOO!

On my 10 to 85 goal, I have the following left to do:

60 Warrior, want to get to 70 by end of the month.
37 Hunter, want to get to 60 by the end of the month.
6 Warlock, need to convince husband to play with and then to 20 by end of the month.
84 Death Knight, will get her last level over my vacation in May.

If I make those goals, I'll be almost halfway to my last 91 levels.  I'm thinking I'd like to add another goal, at least 1 Alliance 85 (highest toon is 75 or 76).  However, being realistic, I will then have 10 toons to get to level 90 as well as monk to level.

I wish that Blizzard would put out the launch date for Pandas so I can request time off.  ARGH!!

Onto Round 4 and another heroic kill ...

Monday, April 9, 2012
The results for Mog Madness round 3 went up late on Saturday night and JD let me know before he went to bed that the post should be up within an hour.  (Helps to have one of the organizers in your guild!!)  So I opened up his blog and kept F5-ing it until the desired post popped up.  (His son is adorable and I stared at him for like an hour that night.)

There was some fierce competition and I am honored to say I got 2nd place in this round!  Yay!  For this next round we have to use the Tabard of the Illidari (either green or purple) to put something together.  (Ugliest tabard EVER!)  I have a outfit mostly put together for the purple one.  I'm gonna see if I can put together one for the green one and see how it looks and then decide between those two.

During all this planning and thinking, we downed some bosses in Dragon Soul on Saturday evening.  We did our usual heroic Morchok, then moved onto regular Warlord (since heroic makes me want to weep) and THEN did heroic Yor'sahj.  It was one of those times that we were like "Hey, let's make a few shots at this and then we can just move on and head to Firelands."  I think we did 3 or 4 attempts before it just jelled and bam, first kill.  So now we're 3/8 in Heroic DS!

We did the first 4 bosses in DS on Saturday and then moved to Firelands.  We were helping our resto shaman to get the first part of the staff done, the part where you drop all those things under the bosses feet or whatnot.  So we did that and then helped him get the first part of the staff.  After we did that, we cleared a ton of trash and did Shannox's achievement, Bucket List.  This leaves us with 3 achievements to go for our pretty birdy from Firelands, 2 heroic kills that I know we'll get and Alysrazor's stupid achievement.

Other then that, I didn't log into the beta all weekend, though my husband did.  I worked on my blood elf warrior for a bit, did some actual real life house things (like helped put up a fence in the back yard) and made a ton of food for Easter/my mother in law's birthday lunch.  And while this isn't WoW related, I love to cook so here are the recipes I used for the things I made:

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake (was amazing and everyone loved it and what it was made into)
Strawberry Lemon Trifle (took angel food cake and I can't have gluten so I had to make it myself)
Avocado Deviled Eggs (everyone loved these but I hate hard boiled eggs and I'm never making these again!)
Baked Spasanga (this was AMAZING and everyone ate mostly this instead of the 'normal' food.  I made it with corn noodles so it would be gluten free.  In a HUGE dish, I only had 3 servings left over.  Every single person had some.  So 7 adults and 2 small children (2 and 4).)

So yeah.  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I know I did.  I also got to play my warrior for a bit and she did her 1st dungeon with guildies and also got to level 55!!  Woo!!!

Shared Topic April 2nd-7th: Who are you?

Friday, April 6, 2012
Whilst watching lord of the rings...again... I got to wondering who I was most like/would be like and who my friends would be.
I decided my hubby would someone like Aragon or faramir - honorable, sincere and all round nice guy. This of course always leads me to think about wow and who would be if I could be and I wondered what everyone thought?
Are you more like Thrall or Jaina? Would you wish to be like Lady Vash'j?
Okay.  This is going to be a little exposing for me.  Because I'm going to write about my truest deepest desires for this Shared Topic and this is not something I believe I broadcast out to people.  I'm sure that most people who have spent any time reading this blog or knowing me for a long time in game might have figured this out,  but I'm not 100% sure.

If I could choose to be anyone, I would choose to be two people.  One would be a nurturing, loving, caring motherly person.  What I would imagine Tiffin Wrynn to be actually.  A sweet, caring, loving person who ultimately dies a tragic, completely avoidable death.  The second would be someone unhinged, insane, basically a sociopath.  So, Sylvanas Windrunner.  This is because I've always felt myself to have two sides.  Even before my bipolar was diagnosed.  I was very interested in Kwan Yin (Buddhist goddess of compassion) and Kali Ma from Hinduism in her Destroyer aspect.  I actually have statues of both of them all over my home.  I have the loving, caring, wants everyone to be okay and healthy side, then I have the nuke them all from orbit and let the Universe sort them out side.

If I had to be 1 entity, it would be the Reliquary of Souls.  This creature has 3 faces, one for suffering, one for pain and one for desire.  Most days, it seems those are the only pieces of me I have.  I desire time with friends and family, touch, kind words and looks.  I have mental suffering that I can't put aside, and as I go through more real life things, the suffering gets worse.  And there is the pain of the past and again, more real life.  And like the Reliquary of Souls, when you kill me, I drop no good loot.  (The good loot doesn't exist!!)  (Also, life is pain Highness, anyone who tells you differently is selling something.)

So there we go.  I like to pretend that I have a good outlook on life.  I don't.  All I see are shades of suffering, pain and desire.  I'm fascinated with death, have been since I was a teenager.  In college, I took death and dying classes so I could learn to understand the grieving process.  This has colored my outlook in ways I can't explain.

So, come to Black Temple.  Bring some buddies.  I'm waiting.

Picture from WoWWiki.

Mog Madness - Mail - Round 3

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Yay, it's Round 3!  The goal was to use the Wavemender's Mantle.  Which according to my best friend, who has longed for those shoulders since BC, they don't exist.  But still, I made a valiant effort to get it to drop off my least favorite boss in Black Temple.  (AKA, I ran it on Monday night and I ran it tonight.)  It never dropped, so you get a screenshot series from MogIt.

My story for this transmog is that my shaman heard that Hagara went from being a shaman to being a mage.  So, she found her best lightening colored outfit, threw some water accents on and went in for training.  She couldn't pass the initial tests, as she's not a mindless Twilight Cultist.

So, here we have Kaiakalama, formerly Rokaria.

For her head - I used Techie's Hard Hat which I'm actually using right now as a head piece since I haven't played her since she dinged 85.  This is a quest reward from Twilight Highlands.
For her shoulders - We have the required the Wavemender's Mantle.  This in Black Temple of the Reliquary of Souls.
Her back is the Cloak of Malice, which is a drop off Grand Warlock Nethekurse in Shattered Halls, normal.
Her chest piece is the Sundown Vest, which is a BOE green that drops off low level 80's mobs.
Hands are the Gutrip Gauntlets, these are a quest reward from Mount Hyjal.
The leggings are the Electrified Leggings which is a quest reward from a quest in Zul'Farrak.
Her boots are the Sabatons of the Graceful Spirit, which are the BOE epic, Dragon Soul, quality boots.
I used the Vicious Charscale Belt, which is a BOE that you can get made by a leatherworker.  It's a Cata recipe.
Her weapon is the Vicious Gladiator's Gavel, which is the PVP season 9 mace.
And finally, her shield is Tharon'ja's Aegis, which drops off the Prophet Tharon'ja in Drak'Tharon Keep.

I do want this transmog for my shaman now.  Must be all awesome!! :D

Passed on to Round 3, New Heroic Boss and a Shaman

I found out Sunday morning that I've been passed onto round 3 in Mog Madness.  Woo!  This time it was Towa, my fellow resto druid healer in my guild that told me.  Except I'd already looked at the webpage before I logged on!  HAHA!  I remembered this week!!

So, since there wasn't anything up for the round 3 transmog requirements, I did a few HoT runs on my mage and bitched to my husband that I can't downgrade valor points to justice points.  (This has been an ongoing thorn in my side for about a week now.)  Then the round 3 requirements came out and ugh, they required a shaman.  Towa offered her shaman for me to transmog but that would be hard since she's about 3 hours before me so we can't really do anything together.  I have my 85 shaman back on my old server and a new baby shaman here, so I was torn.

I love actually gathering the gear so I can pose and have companion pets and all that.  Plus put myself in a location that fits the outfit.  So I was talking to the husband about this, as well as my guild, and husband says "Why don't you just transfer her over?"  I blinked a couple of times because this didn't even occur to me.  I was thinking that I'd have to go back to my old server where I don't have any monetary resources and would have to beg, borrow or steal to get what I need.  And while I know my best friends would assist, I don't want to impose on them.

So, Rokaria on Madoran is now Kaiakalama on Blade's Edge.  A very poorly geared elemental shaman.  However, I did use up those extra valor points on bracers and boots for her!  Woo!

And, I'll have you know that I already have all but 2 pieces for my transmog.  I hope I'm unique!!  Those shoulders are going to be the death of me!

In raiding news, Myth downed Heroic Ultraxion last night on our 'last attempt'.  Woo!  Yay us!  I was so proud of us.  It felt so good.  And then, when Madness of Deathwing died, a Maw dropped and BAM!  Karegina is now the proud owner of a Maw!  That made me really happy as well.

I've had this post sitting in my edit pile since the 2nd, so I suppose I should just publish it before it's out of date.  My paying job is insane and I'm finishing this up on my 30 minute lunch break.  Man.  I need a vacation!!

Bastion of Twilight, Betas and Transmog!

Friday, March 30, 2012
I've had a very full week.  I do know that it's Friday but when you consider that most of my playing these days seems to takes place on Saturday night and Sunday, that's pretty impressive.

I have already talked about my transmogging for Round 2 of Mog Madness so I'll not touch on that again.  That took up Sunday before raid and Monday after work.  Then on Tuesday, I tried to do some levels on my warrior but I think I ended up sitting around reading blogs.  I don't think I actually did anything but I know I felt like I was busy.

However, Wednesday was AWESOME!  I went on a heroic Bastion of Twilight run with my husband and a ton of people from Twitter.  It was spearheaded by Oestrus at The Stories of O, whom I've always liked due to her blog name.  I didn't say that.  Shh.  We got heroic Halfus Wrymbreaker down and then did a few tries on the Twins but ended up switching to normal and powering through so we could get down Heroic Cho'gal.  We spent some time pounding away at him and while we didn't manage to down him (THIS WEEK) we'll be heading back in next week to beat at him some more and then ... Sinestra!

Thanks Oestrus and all the Twitter peeps that went!!  Which are the following: @notfurioso @Hempia @Suzushiiro @Gastothetroph @BigPappa707 @gotowell & @tyben.  And my husband, who sucks and isn't on Twitter.

Then, last night a new round of beta invites were sent out and I managed to score one.  I started a download when I got home, but our connection is really bad right now due to the weather.  (We're in flood stage here again.  The area got 4+ inches of rain in 24 hours and it won't stop raining until Monday.)  I managed to finish the download today, got my druid copied over and then stared at the Panda creation screen until I had to leave for work.

I like the way they have changed the creation screen!  That looks awesome.  And that's my first impression of the beta.

As far as more transmog, I made my blood elf warrior a future transmog set.  It's pretty awesome.  I'll not post it, she has to go gather it first!!

Now, time to work in a office that has termites everywhere, a flooded parking lot, a waterfall outside my door and a toilet that's backed up.  Stupid slum-lord landlord!!

Mog Madness - Hunters and Druids - Round 2

Monday, March 26, 2012
As I mentioned earlier, I have made it to the 2nd round, the hunter and druid round.  We have to use either Glaive of the Pit or Marrowstrike.  I was able to pick up the Glaive off Mags my first shot, so yay there!

So, here's a pretty picture of Karegina, my main, dressed up pretty!  I chose to go with the Glaive of the Pit instead of Marrowstrike because of the fire-y effect on the weapon.  I also took the gold on the polearm and used that to put together the accents on the below outfit.  I also used the blue on the polearm as a base color for the general overall outfit.  And I loved the druid-ish markings on the kilt and gloves, so this just fell together.

My items that I'm using are the following:

Head - Ragefury Eyepatch - It's off Hurley Blackbreath in Blackrock Depths.  I picked this up eons ago.  So it was already in my bank!
Shoulders - Splinthide Shoulders - This is off Eviscerator in Blackrock Depths as well.  However, he's one of the bosses in the Ring of Law, which means he has a CHANCE to spawn and then a CHANCE to drop the loot, suck.
Back - Spore-Soaked Vaneer - I got this off Quagmirran in Slave Pens (normal).  That took me like 5 or 6 tries I think.
Chest - Tunic of the Nightwatcher - This comes from Swamplord Musel'ek in The Underbog (normal).
Bracers - Not shown so N/A
Hands - Starlight Gauntlets - Luckily, this came from Hungarfen who is also in The Underbog (normal).
Belt - Belt of the Deep - This is a quest from Zul'farrak, "A Fool's Errand".
Legs - Kilt of the Night Strider - And this comes from Broggok in The Blood Furnace (normal). 

Here are a couple more pictures for full around views:

Round 1 Passed and Various other sundries

I have determined my new favorite way of logging in.  Logging into my guild and seeing "Congrats on making it to round 2 Kare!" from JD of the Amateur Azerothian.  He happens to be in my guild and is an awesome guy (and I'm not just saying that because he's a judge!).  So I ran over to his round 1 finalists post and yup!  There I am!  I was number 12.  Yay!

So, I dug around yesterday morning and came up with an outfit for round 2 which I'm now farming.  (I actually have all pieces but 1, the shoulders.  Those are going to be a PAIN.)  I even got the weapon we're basing it off 1st try.  Woot woot!  I do know I can use a mogging program to do this but I'm going to try to get the outfits together instead.  More fun for me that way :D

This weekend, we took a couple swings at H Ultraxion.  Not nearly as annoying as H Warlord Z.  That makes me want to curl up in a fetal position and cry.  I felt bad because my head wasn't in the game.  I kept trying to focus but my attention was immediately drawn to something else.  And I kept having a hard time with in game depth perception.  When we were doing the Hour of Twilight heroics I was really screwing up left and right.  When I was mage-ing it up, my DPS was really awful.  When I was healing, I just kept spamming heals because I couldn't handle the way things were moving.

It got worse when we went to do Firelands on Sunday.  Drives me crazy when I can't tell where things are.  Go go, standing in the fire!  I spent all day Sunday working on either my warrior's blacksmithing or farming for my round 2 transmog set.  (Because I'm on a new server and ZOMG I NEED CRAFTERS.  Or something OCD like that.)  My warrior's blacksmithing is at 200 right now, so yay.  I can go back out and start leveling again.  She's level 50 now.  I don't know where she was when I left her.  (EDIT: Apparently 48.)

Anyway.  I realized I didn't cap my guild exp last week so now I'm behind the husband.  :( Booooo.  I did get capped last night so yay there.  Halfway to exalted (I think).

And now, I must get to work.  It's been quiet the last few days.  Which is very nice but I think it's going to pick up now.  So, I will leave you with a picture of my office cat.  Who was asleep but the second I started moving around did this:

Happy Monday!

Mog Madness - The Cloth Round! aka Round 1, FIGHT!

Thursday, March 22, 2012
In case you haven't heard, there's a little Mogging contest going on.  The first round ends the 23rd (so tomorrow) and I'm finally getting my shit together for a submission.  To find out more, you can check out:

For the judge's consideration, I have put together a little outfit I call 'Flames'.

My mage, Annanda, is a fire mage.  I am not a very GOOD fire mage, but goddamnit, she's a fire mage.  When she was undead, she was a frost mage, but now that she's a goblin, it's fire all the way baby.

I have a couple different screenshots, but they are all of the same outfit.  I wanted to take a set of screenshots of her in a fire-y environment and then another of her somewhere we can make out the details of her outfit.

Here, we have Annanda modeling for us in the magma fields of the Sulfurion Spire in Mt Hyjal.  She wears stately red, as this is the color of her preferred element.  (If she could tame Rag and lead him around, she probably would!!)

The set is as follows:

Head: Circle of Flame   Epic that drops off Ambassador Flamelash in Blackrock Depths.
Shoulders: Mantle of Tirisfal   Tier that drops off Void Reaver in Tempest Keep (I got these, and my alternate shoulders to both drop today. Wow!)
Back: Cape of the Fire Salamander  Also drops off Ambassador Flamelash in Blackrock Depths (I got 4 of these while farming for my hat!)
Chest: Robe of Evocation  Drops off Jergosh the Invoker in Ragefire Chasm (so easy to farm as Horde, Sorry Alliance!!)
Wrist: Bindings of Raging Fire  Drops off Selin Fireheart in normal Magister's Terrace, I was farming the belt (see below) and I got like 3 of these, didn't realize they were the same design/color as the other ones I wanted, was very nice to have 'appear'.
Hands: Cindercloth Gloves  As I don't have my tailor on my new server, I got one of my guildies (Hi Goro!) to make this for me!  It's a tailoring pattern!
Belt: Cord of Reconstruction  Drop off Kael'thas in normal Magister's Terrace. I finally got this to drop today!
Legs (which you can't see): Trousers of the Astromancer  Drops off High Astromancer Solarian in Tempist Keep
Feet: Coldwraith Boots  This is a BOE green you can get off the AH.
Weapon: Anything with Power Infusion because it glows red sometimes.  (Seriously)
Offhand: Frostbridge Orb BOE that drops Heroic Occulus.  I got like 2 in 3 runs I did in there!!

Pet: Phoenix Hatching from Magister's Terrace.  She was drawn to me because I like fire!!  (Her name is Ember!)

And here are some normal pictures, without fire in the background.

This is something I was going to post anyway, so I'm excited that I can put it towards this!!  Also, I totally got 3 pieces of this all finished up tonight, just in time!!!

Shared Topic March 19th-25th: Killing Knowledge

The last couple of years in WoW have changed the game quite a bit. While it is very easy to jump into the "elite" vs "casual" vs "noob" bandwagon type of discussion, what is causing it I think is a more interesting topic.
Do you guys think that the LFR and LFD kill the sense of community, but taking it one step further; does it also kill the passing down of knowledge?
I know I did learn a lot from reading the web, but even now I get tons of information from my guild. If I have a doubt, I ask the question and most of the time someone knows off the top of their head where an enchant is, or what the best glyph is, etc. I don't take that community for granted, but it was built before there was a LFD. We are together because we did have to take the trek to the meeting stone. Now we have a button that 1 person uses and BAM we are all there. We know why that is cool, but many of the new players really don't know what that really means.
So are the new tools for grouping killing the knowledge sharing?

I sit here, with a root beer next to me, my cellphone open to Twitter next to me and I think about this shared topic.  Do I think that LFD and LFR have killed the community and knowledge sharing that is out there?  In a short answer, No.  In a long answer, Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.  (Okay, bad joke that I heard from an old rogue friend of mine.)

When I started playing, back in Vanilla, I sucked ass.  I did.  There is no doubt about that.  I looked up to other people, but they were also not the 'elite'.  They played because it was fun to just poke around the world.  The knowledge that was shared to me at that time was simple things like "To use party chat, type /p" and shit like that.

Then, during Burning Crusade, I started raiding and thus became aware of other things.  Like WoW blogs and Thottbot (remember them??) and Allakhazam (remember THEM?).  I fucking thottbot-ed EVERYTHING.  I moved to other guilds and started playing new characters.  In my new guilds, no one played the spec that I wanted so I had to learn on my own.  (Apparently incorrectly, but that's a story I've already told.)  I didn't have that community of people that knew things.

I found and fell in love.  I wanted to have Phaelia's little baby druids and I worshiped everything she said.  When she stopped blogging due to her expanding family, I truly mourned but I looked around for other resto druid blogs.  I found elitistjerks during the beginning of Wrath and followed their advice for a while, but eventually carved out my own 'niche' in healing in my guild.

In Wrath, we were a 25 man raiding guild and I believe only had 2, maybe 3, healers when it started.  Between me and my co-healer, my best friend and our resto shaman, we could answer almost every question.  My best friend had a disc priest, the only thing we didn't have was holy pally and we ended up with one of those by the time ICC came about.

However, I was the one people came to with resto druid questions.  If they had healing questions, they would go to either myself or my best friend.  Even people who weren't in our guild would come to us.  It was really weird!!

I never felt that there was a in game 'community' for me to rely on for my questions.  No one played a resto druid when I was starting out or forming my opinions.  I had to search outside the game to get my community.  And oh boy did I find it.

When I made my own blog, BlogAzeroth welcomed me with open arms.  They supported me and let me feel like I was writing TO someone instead of just throwing my thoughts into the nether.  When I decided to become more active in Twitter, I was also welcomed.  I'm very shy (still) but people still respond to me and I have conversations with people all over.  I feel a PART of something.

I'm in a new guild now, one where (for the first time ever) I am healing with another resto druid on a consistent basis.  This was something I never wanted to do.  However, I'm doing it.  I think we have our own healing and gearing ideas but that's okay.  At this point in my healing career, I'm willing to say "Look, I don't heal like you but I'm a goddamn good healer who can keep my shit alive".

I joined the new guild after LFR and LFD were put in.  I still feel a sense of community with them.  They are great people and we fit well together during raids.  I love running randoms with them to meet our weekly guild challenges because they're silly people and fun!

I don't think that advent of LFR and LFD caused a lack of community.  I think the only way it does that is if people only run them alone.  I know my old guild makes a group to go run LFR on Wednesday nights.  I know that my current guild will get 2-6 people together to go run it randomly through out the week.  I love that if we have 4 guildies together, we can pug a 5th from LFD really easily!

Also, in my new guild, we don't have that 1 button that will summon everyone.  We still have 9 levels until we get that, so probably about the time they take that out of the game!!

Many things, left side, handle it!

Thursday, March 15, 2012
I have so many things that I've been doing these last few weeks.  My last post was 2 Mondays ago and life has been rather hectic since then.  The only reason I have time at the moment is that I broke the copy machine at the office and can't do my projects without it!

I am still working on my 2012 in 2012.  I feel a little bit screwed out of time by my husband however.  He keeps sending me stacks and stacks of ore to 1. prospect and 2. use the green quality gems to make jewelry to then disenchant.  (This morning, I had a whole page of mails to do this with.)

However, over the last few nights I've been able to get my baby undead hunter to level 35 and my blood elf warrior to 48.  I also started a new blood elf rogue who is currently level 8 and I had to delete my level 6 orc mage on Blade's Edge because I transferred my 85 to the server.  So what that means is that I'm currently at 1907 levels of my 2012.  I'm 94.78% done.  But I had a huge head start.  Sorry guys!  I think I might be playing the longest of all of you so it's probably only fair that I have that many more levels!!

On my other leveling goal, I have 4 more alts to get to 85.  And I really don't want to reroll a DK on my new server since I'm 1 level away on my old one.  But I'm not sure how I'm gonna get that last level.  It's rather frustrating.  I suppose one night I should just man up, grab the husband and go level.  And then DING and then done.

In other news, in Deathwing's Jaw last week, we found a baby drake.  The Reins of the Blazing Drake dropped and everyone went OMGWTFBBQ.  (Also a Maw dropped!! YAY!  Towa, the other healing druid got it!)  Anyway, our little goblin rogue won the drake and then I took some screenshots of him in Org later.  I'll post them when I have a chance.  Maybe tonight.

And in Heroics, we are down two 3 heroics in Firelands, Baleroc, Alysrazor and of course, Rags.  And for our achievement drakes, we're down to 3 achievements, the Alysrazor one, the Shannox one and the one for kneeling.  (I don't even try for that one. I just stand back.)  So yeah.  I leave tomorrow morning for the weekend and I won't be back until Sunday just before raid so I won't get any of the fun of those this week!

So, yay. Thursday updates!  Woo!

Saturday is Fun Night! Sunday is pretty cool too!

Monday, March 5, 2012
Tonight was raid (as usual) and we all joined together at the appointed time.  We started in Dragon Soul, and got Heroic Morchok.  That was fun.  We almost had him once but he kept throwing his red crystal towards the back of the raid, so we ended up pulling some trash towards the beginning (waaaaay off to the side) and wiped.  However, we got him down the next time and it was awesome and fun.  I got my first heroic piece (the neck) which made me really happy because I'm a huge dork.

We spent sometime working on Heroic Warlord.  Dear lord, that was rough.  I need to do some research on that.  This will be homework.

We also got Minutes to Midnight (achievement on Ultraxion) and Ping Pong Champion (achievement on Warlord).  I think half the guild got the Taste the Rainbow on Yor'sahj that night as well.

Anyway, we cleared through Warmaster, and then had some lag issues for one tank and healer so we called the raid and went to 25 man Naxx for KZ and Saph.  Before that, however, somehow, my guild leader, one of our officers and  our DK spent like 5 minutes chasing me around the deck of the ship.  I laughed so hard that I cried.  The GM and officer both play orcs and they were chasing me with no pants on.  Then our rogue (who is a goblin) was also nude and running around.

I ran them around and around and around the ship, up to the top, then all the way to the back.  It was so fun. Really silly but fun.  I have pictures that the husband took while I was afk.  Apparently they tried to snuggle me.  Or something.  Honestly, I think the pictures look worse then they are.

Anyway, we went and killed KZ and Saph on 25 (me as my mage), then went to OS 10 for the drake (me as my mage) and then did Ruby Sanctum 10 Heroic (me as my druid).  And then, we went and killed Maly 10 man (me on my druid).  So yeah, good times.

On Sunday, we gathered up, finished up Dragon Soul and headed into Firelands.  (I healed Spine but dpsed Madness, then continued to dps through Firelands, until we got to Domo and Rag.)  We got the achievement for Beth'tilac which was a freaking nightmare since our mage kept disconnecting.  So it was me and a shaman on the bottom to kill the spiderlings and I was OOM in like 5 seconds I swear.  Rawr!

So we moved along through Firelands and people picked up transmog gear and other gear.  And I got my heroic shoulders off Domo.  So I have heroic boomkin shoulders!  Woo!

By the time we finished raid, we were all really tired.  So 3 of us finished up the guild dungeon challenges for the week and got us to level 11.  Tonight, I'm going to play my warrior.  Who I've neglected horribly for the past few weeks.  This weekend was another weekend of 'only being around for raids' since I had errands to run all day on Saturday and then on Sunday the husband and I drove to my mom's new house and helped paint the kitchen and living room.  (Which is like half the freaking house.)  At this point, my hands hurt so bad from holding the paint brush I'm amazed I can type and hold a mouse!

And I'd like to take this opportunity to tell my one of my best friend's congratulations on his normal Madness kill!  Yay!!!! :D

Silly-ness and Fun

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sometimes it feels like I have a dark rain cloud over my head.  And that no matter what I do, I'm a whining complaining little bitch that no one listens to.  However, I can be fun and silly a good portion of the time.  (At least I can when I'm not stressed out about work!)

So, fun and silly things that have happened recently...

This last Saturday, we were all gathering up for our weekly raid.  And us druids (there are 3 of us) discovered we were all in Tauren Town and started our usual dance party!

The bear in the left is my fellow healing druid, the bear on the right is our druid tank and I'm the bear in the middle, though my name is not the one that I'm dancing under.  There is another bear standing right there, butt facing the camera.  

So, we start to giggle over vent (we are all women) and soon, people are flipping over to their druid alts to come conga line with us.

By the end, we had quite the little line going.  And I was giggling so hard that I thought I was gonna have to leave the room.

So, that's what we had at the end.  It was pretty funny.  People were flying in just to look.  Good times.

Then, last night, we went out to dinner with our best friends.  It was decided that we'd go and try a bear run in ZA when we all got home.  We did, and we got a bear with like 10 minutes to spare.  So we went back in again tonight.  After the run, I teleport back to Org and while talking to them in Vent, I start running in circles. And that's when I realize that my little moonkin hatchling looks like she's confused and wanting to get out of the circle that I'm making...

So, this is what I do when I'm bored.  I run circles around my pets to torment them.  I also fly loops around Org.  And see how many things I can fit under as a bird.

Anyway.  Those are good things.  And these are reasons I love this game.


Witty Title Here

Monday, February 27, 2012
This is mostly just an update on how things are going in my WoW life.  So, be warned.

On Friday, we had our usual "Farming" guild meeting.  Except that I had farmed up a f-ton of herbs over the past week and filled up our potions and flasks.  Plus, the week before, we'd farmed up a ton of fishies.  So, we farmed exp for the guild by chain running heroics.  So, we got into Vent and chatted while running the HoT dungeons over and over.  My little mage now only has to get rid of all her spirit pieces.  (They were so so so much better than what I had, I took them!)

Then, I spent Saturday at a real life event that kept me out of the house until around 5pm Pacific Time.  Our raid is at 6pm, so I logged on and got ready for raid.  We ended up taking two hours of shots at Heroic Morchok.  We were 3 healing me with me on one side with our pally tank (aka husband), our shadow priest, our rogue and our warlock.  It was difficult but I really feel like we can do this.  I think we got some bad RNG sometimes but overall, I think if we just get things under control, we'll be okay.

After 2 hours, we flipped it back to normal (as we did want to do a full clear) and proceeded to one shot all the bosses.  I want to say that the only deaths we had were on Ultraxion.  Pretty proud of us there.  We finished up DS early (even when with 2 hours of wipes we had) and grabbed a couple people and headed to ICC 10 man.  (I got to take my mage!)  And went through there on Heroic, getting a couple of the acheesements too.  We started with the Frost Wing and then ended with the Frost Wing, since 2 or 3 of us were falling asleep.

Then it was Sunday.  Husband and I woke up, got some breakfast and logged on, only to get asked if we wanted to go do Northrend Heroic dungeons for guild achievements.  So, we headed to ToC and worked our way around.  We managed to do almost all the achievements (except for the achievements were it's "Do X or do Y but not both").  And I got my red proto drake.  (I was 3 achievements away.)

I ended up having to go lay down with a headache before raid but when it was raid time, we started out trying to do some of the achievements.  We almost had the Beth one but we killed one of the drones on the bottom on accident.  Then we went and tried to kill Shannox on Heroic, that didn't work so we flipped it back to normal, and moved on to Lord Rhyolith.  We killed him on Heroic and moved onto Bird lady.  We didn't get any achievements or Heroics from her or Baleroc (but other's got 'Share the Pain', I think?)  But then we downed Staghelm on Heroic.  Then it was off to Rag and we downed him in a couple shots.  And, husband and I got our Avengers of Hyjal.  (Which puts me 1 shy of the Exalted title.)

Anyway.  That was my weekend.  I don't feel like I got a lot of WoW time, since I was really busy outside of the game.  But it was so much fun to do all that.  And the best part?  The guild got level 10 yesterday!  Gonna see if I can round up people to do the BC dungeons tonight.  Those level the guild nicely too.

Also, I am doing this for a guildie, and I figure I'll ask you guys too.  I live very close to an AM/PM.  If you want the WoW cups, please let me know and we'll work out a way to get them to you!

Break ups and Aftermath

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Leaving a guild is a lot like a break up or divorce.

If you've been in a guild for any length of time, you know that being in a guild is a lot like being in a relationship.  There is give and there is take.  Both you and the guild have common goals and dreams.  You spend your time (generally a lot of time) with the guild, laughing, playing, talking.  You generally grow together.

However, sometimes there comes a time when something changes so drastically that the relationship can not continue and something has to give.  Sometimes this is a slow lack of interest on your part, and you end up quitting WoW completely.  Other times this is a violent burst of disagreement, and you find yourself /gquit-ting or being kicked out of the guild.

I don't have a lot of experience being kicked from my guild, but as I watch myself and a lot of others go through a /gquit-ing experience, I feel I need to write about it.

In my case, my deteriorating attitude and the way this made people feel in raids, caused a tense situation in my guild.  And it became clear to me that as much as I loved the majority of my guild, if I wanted to continue to play and allow them to find their own way, I would need to leave.  However, for me, I didn't just want to leave the guild.  Because I was sure I had a reputation, I had to leave the server.  I didn't want to see or hear from anyone who might have seen me acting like a complete ass.  (The first couple of times I saw my best friends, both of whom are officers in my old guild, I was nervous and uncomfortable.  Because I was ashamed of how they saw me act.)

I joined my new guild, made friends, "moved on".  But, as with all of my romantic breakups, I find myself looking back at my old guild, wondering what they're doing and if they miss me.  I wonder what we'd be doing if I was still there.  And I find myself longing to land in Tauren Town (aka Valley of Wisdom) and see my favorite little goblin shaman standing there, ready for a hug.  It's familiar and it was home for many many years.

I'm very happy where I am.  I get greeted when I log on, I'm still 'the new druid' and thus still a novelty.  There's no baggage between me and my new guildmates.  There's just the love of a game.

I don't want to transfer back to my old guild.  The reasons I left are still there and aren't going to go away.  My real life friends, I still see on Saturdays and random nights through the week.  I still whisper them when something cool happens in WoW, and we rejoice in our awesomeness.

However, the nostalgia gets to me every now and then.  And honestly, as with other romantic breakups, when I see them moving on, it's bittersweet.  I'm happy that they have found renewed joy and motivation in the game, I'm just sad that I'm not there to share it.

On fuzzy animals or alts.

Friday, February 24, 2012
I have been dreadfully neglecting my 2012 in 2012 progression.  I have this thought in my head that 'I'm really far along, I can pick it up whenever'.  Which is the first failure.  Then, when I start working on an alt, I end up getting distracted by something and end up logging back onto either my druid or my mage to make a new transmog outfit.  (Which, btw, I got my fire crown for my mage last night!)  That is the second failure.  And finally, I will set myself a 'goal' that I don't need to really meet and then bust my ass for 3 days to do it.  This is the third failure.

However, I do have some questions for readers.  Since bringing my mage over to Blade's Edge, I have had the opportunity to run her through heroics and pick up gear.  I'm apparently 1 point away from running LFR (which is something people keep pointing out) but 3 of my pieces are spirit pieces (I've reforged them to hit and I had 318 greens in those spots before) and 2 are blues.  I want to improve my mage-ry but I'm pretty mage stupid these days (despite playing a mage as my main for most of 2 expansions).  Anna is a fire mage now (she's always been frost before) and I need to L2FireMage.

So, if someone could give me some good mage resources (that aren't elitist jerks) that would be great.

I'm working on getting exalted with Therazane on her currently.  I hadn't even finished the zone before I moved her over here.  And I haven't done her dailies this week because I've been so busy farming herbs.  (3 days of herb farming!  Woot!)  I'll get them done tonight and see if I can get a dungeon run on her too.

I also need to update my blog.  And separate things into old server and new server.  Maybe I'll do that today.  (Work is practically dead today so I'm taking it easy.)  I also have a transmog set to post for my mage.  But I need to get more of the items before I feel I can post it.  So I'll work on that this weekend!!

Yay! Friday!  Freaking finally!  It's weeks like this that I wish I could drink.

A Temporary Tauren Druid Transmog ...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I have been working on a good transmog set for my druid ever since I got my priest all completed.  I'm not done (yet) with the set I'm using (I'm missing the shoulders).  But this is what I've got so far.

Here we have Karegina modeling the very latest in Moonglade fashion.  As you can see, the green of the outfit sets off her reddish brown fur very nicely.

Her hat is the Guise of the Tidal Lurker.  It drops off High Warlord Naj'entus in Black Temple (AKA the first boss).  I picked it up a long time ago before transmog was even talked about.

Her current shoulders are Spaulders of Eternity.  They come from the Minor Cache of the Aspects at the end of Heroic Well of Eternity.  The shoulders I will eventually replace those with are the Veil of Turning Leaves off High Nethermancer Zerevor in Black Temple (part of the Illidari Council).

The cloak is the Mok'Nathal Wildercloak.  It's from regular Hellfire Ramparts, in the chest that spawns when you kill Nazan and Vazruden.

The chest is a Gypsy Tunic.  I found it on the AH for like 2 gold.  Thanks AH!!  It also drops off low level rares and mid-teens mobs.

The gloves are Shardtooth Gloves, which are from a quest in Winterspring.  You actually don't have to start the zone, you can go straight to the camp with this questline!  (It's the quest line for the bears at the 'BBQ pit'.)

The belt is the Fireplume Girdle.  You buy this from the Molten Front vendors.  You have to have the blacksmith, Damek Bloombeard, unlocked.

The kilt is the Giant-Friend Kilt.  It's a rep item you buy from Sons of Hodir (from Wrath).  (It's less then 40 gold.)

Then, I went out to find a green off-hand and mace to match.  And this is what I came up with!

Weapon: Main Hand Mace: Queen's Insignia.  Got it off the AH for like 4 gold.  It drops off high 60's and elite 70's mobs (mostly in dungeons/raids from what I see).

Offhand: Gaea's Scepter  Also got this form the AH for about 5 gold.  You can farm it off low 50's mobs in Winterspring, Silithius and Un'goro Crater.

And eventually, what this will look like with the correct shoulders:

Sexy isn't she?  Moooooooo.

Karegina, Destroyer's End

Monday, February 20, 2012
I went into my WoW weekend feeling excited and hopeful.  Last week, we had come so close to downing Deathwing, I knew that we could do it ... we just had to get it all lined up right and then BAM!  Acheivements.

So, Saturday night, we gather together and start the raid.  We breeze through the first couple bosses, try for an achievement here and there, and stopped at Madness.  We did throw a couple (4-6 attempts) at Madness but it was really late (almost midnight server time, which is also Pacific time) so the East Coasters really had to get to sleep.

During raid that night, the loot council smiled upon me and I was gifted with my 4 piece tier 13 bonus.  So I used my valor points and bought my chest piece.  So I went to bed really late and really happy! :)

Sunday, I got up and did some fishing.  Got fishy feast made up and then went off to my old server and transferred over my mage.  I had thought I would transfer over my priest, however, I neeed my herbalist/alchemist.  So over she came.  I set her to do some quests so she could unlock Twilight Highlands (so she could farm Twilight Jasmine) and managed to push the guild just over the line to level 9!  I also respecced her from transmutation master to elixir master!  Yay!

Then it was time for raid.  So into Dragon Soul we go.  And either 3 or 4 attempts on Deathwing later, we downed him!  My first time and a new title.

On WoW Couples

Friday, February 17, 2012
Hi, I'm Karegina and I have a confession.  I am half of a ... WoW couple.

It didn't used to be like this.  In the beginning, I played by myself.  My husband hated WoW and tolerated the hours I would dedicate to this game.  At the time, I didn't raid.  I leveled alt, after alt, after alt.  None of them were geared well, nor even in gear that matched.  (My Alliance druid had int/spirit gear as well as str/stam gear AND agil/stam gear.)  However, I was having a good time and really, isn't that what matters?

Then, about 2 years (or so) after I started playing, my husband asked me if I would like it if he would start playing.  I squeed and jumped around and we installed the discs on his computer (both Vanilla and BC) and he rolled a gnome warrior.  By now, I was raiding a little in Kara as my human mage.  So, I'd level with him for a while and then flip over for raid.  This went on for a couple months but then a drama bomb was dropped in our guild and our RL best friends started to play.  So, off we went to "my" Horde server and we rerolled Horde.

At first, there was only 5 of us.  All real life friends, all within about 10 minutes of each other.  We leveled to 70 and started to raid.  It was nice because in our group, we had 2 tanks and 2 healers.  Who need anyone else??  As time went on, we ended up leaving our 'starter group' and branching out into different guilds.  However, by the end of BC, we were all back together again in 1 guild.

Throughout Wrath, we raided as a group.  By now, we had us 5, plus a extra dps that we knew from a MUD, my best friend's sister, another dps/tank that we knew from the same MUD and a handful of other people we also knew from outside the game.  We had our own guild, so we could run how we liked, when we liked.  It was very nice for us.

However, everyone had little quirks.  I always wanted to run my first new dungeon with my RL friends first.  Husband didn't care what happened with who as long as he got to go.  Our best friends didn't have quirks that I can remember but my memory is fuzzy.

During ICC, I was facing really bad burn out.  I didn't want to raid anymore.  So I stepped back from raiding and just took a break.  However, I didn't know that husband was also facing burnout and that he was relying on me to help him out while he was running the 25 man raids.  One night, someone made an offhand comment that made my usually placid and calm husband fly into a rage.  He jumped up from his desk, screaming about raid and then stormed off into the living room.  I was on a different server, facing burn out of my own, and did not react well to my husband suddenly screaming and thumping off.  So I did something I shouldn't have.  I logged into WoW and told the guild that they were assholes (or something) and that Husband didn't deserve this and some other things that I can't remember.  Then, I logged off and went to find him.

Turns out he'd punched a wall in his frustration and had fractured his hand.  So, off we went to Urgent Care and we had a long talk.  He admitted he had been relying on me too much and that it never should have gotten this far.  We were there for hours (typical for ER/Urgent Care situations) so we were able to hash everything out.  I came back to raiding, albeit reluctantly, but we finished up ICC and Wrath.

We aren't a couple that needs to spend 24/7 in game together.  After that night, we both realized that we were letting the game get to us a little too much.  This isn't to say we stopped letting the game get to us but we knew that we could talk about it before it got to be too much.

During the whole guild transfer situation, we had hours and hours of discussion.  Would we stay together and try to raid together?  Would we transfer off alone?  Should we even keep playing?  And the big question, will anyone even take the two of us together?  We had been so spoiled with our own guild where we were both officers and he was the raid leader and I was one of 2 and a half healers.

Neither of us wanted any of the prospective guilds we thought about to think that they were getting one good player and one player that couldn't find their ass with both hands.  And the thought that really burned me up was that I would automatically be assumed to be the bad player.  I like to think I'm a good player.  I read up on my class and chosen role.  I bring my own consumables and water.  I have a leg up on people because I have a walking, talking raid directory sitting within 3 feet of me.  So, I get my own research PLUS the research he does.

The guild we landed in has other WoW couples.  And I love it.  The guild is serious about progression but not to the extent of not being fun.  I love seeing our bear druid and knowing that soon her hubby will log on.  I love that our guild has learned that 9 times out of 10, if one of us logs on, the other isn't far behind.

And honestly, I love that my husband can still go do PVP and arenas here.  All those things he did without me, he can still do them now!  I spend hours prospecting ore, crafting rings/necklaces and then disenchanting them.  We do our dailies together, and while the last few days have been different, we generally go to bed at the same time.  (I seem to have a little stomach flu or food poisoning.)

I think that anyone would be lucky to have a couple like us.  Even if I am a little hard to handle sometimes!

It's raining Sixes!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
So, I have been tagged (!!!) to do my first meme.  (Which by the way, I pronounce as Me-Me, much to my husband's delight.  He then makes fun of me for hours.)

Gnomeaggeon started a screenshot thing and it's been going like gangbusters today!  I was crossing my toes and fingers to get tagged myself.  And then the Earthmother answered my prayers by sending Effy of Effraeti's RP to tag me in!  Yay!!

Rules are simple!

  • Go into your image folder.
  • Open the sixth sub-folder and choose the sixth image.
  • Publish the image! (And a few words wouldn’t hurt, though I dare say I couldn’t stop a blogger from adding a few words of their own.)
  • Challenge six new bloggers.
  • Link to them.
So, since my screenshots are not in any order at all (except the order that Blizzard put them in when I take them), I just spent an hour or so slamming them into really loose categories. 

And this is what I came up with.  

This is my darling Karegina, waiting for raid to start just outside the portal for Dragon Soul.  I love trying to land on branches and perching there like a vulture.  Once, I did a mass summon and summoned my entire raid into the branch!!  Some people fell out of the tree and cussed at me, but it was soooo worth it!

As a bonus, I went into my RL images directory and pulled up my 6th folder with my 6th picture and came up with this:

This is the side of my house.  We had to paint it this summer (it went from white with dark red trim to this green with white trim) and I was taking pictures of the finished product.  I painted that door and the trim.  That's pretty much all I did.  I made the husband do the dirty work (with my step-dwarf).  

Now, for tagging people.  Let's see here.
  1. Mia from Chronicles of Mia
  2. Glow from Glow's Branches
  3. Tzufit from Tree Heals Go Woosh
  4. Akaeka from red cow rise
  5. Fannon from dwarven battle medic
  6. Katarnas from Resto is Epic
So, there!  Now my cat is glaring at me so I think it's bed time!!

Transmog: The Undead Rogue Edition

Back before a dragon tied to destroy the world, back before the Lich King was raging, we spent our time in OUTER SPACE!!  And during this time, I met someone who became really near to my heart.  I met her through one of my best friends.  He had a tendency to pick up random people (usually female) and introduce them to our circle of friends.  Out of all of them, I think this particular person has taken up more of my thoughts then any of the rest of them.  And she never even raided!!

She is an undead rogue and I love her.  When we server transferred, I mentioned her a few times (as my one regret was that I was leaving her).  Anyway, enough sappy stuff (Valentine's day WAS yesterday!!).  What this post is about is the transmog outfit she asked me to put together for her.

She asked for a couple things.  Something that looked 'rogue-ish' and not too 'cute', as she is undead and you can see her elbows and knees.  I came up with the above outfit.

The outfit I set out to make was completely different then this one.  However, when I found the helm, I built this set around that.  So, let's get down to the names and places these are from, shall we?

The head is the Helm of AssassinationDrops off Harbinger Skyriss in the Arcatraz.

The shoulders are Nightshade Spaulders. They're a BOE green that you an get off any mid to high 50's mob!

The cloak is Redoubt Cloak You have to do a tribute run in Dire Maul to get it!

The chest is the Eviscerator's Chestguard.  It's a LW-ing BOE blue from Wrath of the Lich King.  

The bracers are the Plague-Infected BracersThis are from the last boss in Heroic Culling.

The hands are Iceborne Gloves It's a LW-ing BOE green from Wrath.  

The belt is the Death-Warmed Belt.  It's a LW-ing BOE purple from Wrath.   (I chose this because there was a skull on it!!)

The pants are Dark Leather PantsLow level LW-ing BOE green.  You will probably find this on the AH for

The boots are Riplash Boots.  This is a low Wrath levels (68-72) BOE green.  Drops off a lot of mobs mostly in Dragonblight, Howling Fjord and Boring Tundra!

The weapons are something extra that I thought looked cool.  She has 2 daggers, a main hand and an offhand.  As a result, you get these ones! (These are from the first step in the legendary quest line.)

Main Hand - Jaded Crystal Dagger  Drops of Selin Fireheart in Herioc Magisters Terrace!

Off Hand - Searing Sunblade You buy it from G'eras in Shattrath!

I don't have actual pictures of her in this outfit, but I did ask her if I could share this with people and she said yes!  And that's today's Transmog post!