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!

Updates and What not

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
So, somehow, I got really busy.  I've been unable to concentrate on things that aren't work or family.

I have a couple transmog outfits I need to post.  One for an undead rogue and one for a tauren druid.  I don't have all the pieces for the druid one but it's still really pretty!!

In real life, my job has picked up so much that I now have no 'down' time, plus my boss hired me an assistant.  This is wearing on me because my job is really stressful in the slow times, and now that we're so busy I can't remember anything.  I come home and just sit here, watching old sitcoms and doing things for the husband in WoW.  (Yesterday I spent 3-4 hours prospecting a ton of ore, then cutting gems and creating green and blue quality rings and necklaces that I then disenchanted and then mailed to the husband's bank alt so he could sell them on the AH.)

Also, this past weekend, we (my parents, grandmother and husband) drove to Seattle (about a 3.5-4.5 hour drive) for a birthday party.  So not much WoW time.  However, I love PCC (which is a grocery store up there).  They have gluten free cupcakes!!!

I did get to raid when I got home on Sunday evening.  We did some good attempts at Madness and probably would have downed it but someone had to go.

And tonight, I played my baby warrior while listening to Friends.  I know that this is very exciting but I'm so brain dead that I'm lucky I can even play at all.  I'm having job related nightmares!!  However, my warrior is now level 42!  She's decked out in plate now! PLATE!!

So, I'm 1. not dead and 2. still playing.  And now, I'm going to crawl into my bed and pass out.  And it's not even 9pm here!!

The First Raid (tm)

Sunday, February 5, 2012
Last night was husband's and my first raid with our new guild.  It went really well.  However, I kept asking husband if he wanted me to battle ress someone and he kept telling that he's not raid leader.  Took me a couple of those before I stopped asking.  Old habits and all.  We got a couple achievements on the first two bosses.  (Don't Stand So Close to Me and Taste the Rainbow).  3 of us got Taste the Rainbow since we already had the 'hard' one (IE Yellow/Purple).  It was awesome.

The raid leader/guild leader kept swapping people and out for each fight depending on who needed what of that boss.  I think the only people who didn't get sat was myself and husband.  It was alot of fun.  We tried for a couple more achievements but if we didn't get them within 2-4 shots, we moved on.  We made it through Spine and it was fun.  Spine was stressful for me since I had only seen it once but not downed it (no, not even on LFR).  But we one shot it and moved onto Madness.  Which is a messed up fight so far.  I'll get more exposure to it and figure it out though!!

I went in there with 4 piece tier 12, and was given my tier gloves and tier leggings.  So now I'm 2 piece tier 13 and 2 piece tier 12.  Woot!  After raid, the guild leader had his officers make husband and I the crafted bracers (which are pretty much BIS for both of us I think).  So yay!

Honestly, I love my purples and I love upgrades but it was so nice to see new fights.  Everyone was nice and  business-like but also silly too.  But not to the distraction of the raid.  It was interesting to me.  I haven't raided as 'just a healer' or 'just a tank' since Kara days.  Rather refreshing.

I also found an Alliance lantern (the Lunar Lantern) on the neutral AH for 4000 gold bid, 5500 buyout.  I threw a bid on there and 2 days later it arrived in my mail box.  Yay!  Pretty happy about that!  I do miss my horde of miners, herbalists, skinners and all the crafters I had painstakenly leveled up.  (My warrior is a miner/skinner but I'm probably going to drop the skinning for something else. Maybe inscription!!)

For my 2012 in 2012, since I moved to a new server, I have the following things that I'm doing.

I have a new undead hunter (level 11), a new blood elf warrior (level 24), and a orc mage (level 8).  I actually have a ton of level 1's around too but I'm not going to count them.  My Alliance shaman got to level 63 recently. So, that puts my total up to 1861 levels.  And since I'm 'rerolling' on a new server, I've remade a hunter and warrior.  I also have a goblin warlock but I've not started leveling her yet.  This will get me 3 of the my last classes for my 10 to 85.  (My death knight is 1 level away, I'm going to go back to my old server and get her that last level.)

And lastly, @SerenitySaz has put together a Twitter based RealId using old raid running forum for people.  And @vitaemachina has put up a public Mumble server for people to use while running things.  I haven't signed up yet myself (because I'm amazingly shy about things like this) but it's an interesting concept!  Do it!!

Oh. Damnit, I just remembered.  I am working on a rogue transmog set for my old rogue guildie that I have mentioned before.  She's undead and I've got the basics together.  I just need to crank it out!!!

Starting Over

Thursday, February 2, 2012
I've been on Blade's Edge for a couple days now.  I do like it.  People are friendly, my guild seems nice (if a little quiet on weekdays) and I'm enjoying starting over.

I'm remaking my alts.  So far I have Roseria (an undead hunter), Annanda (an orc mage), and a couple other level 1 alts that I need to weed out.  I love making alts.  And I love to level alts.  I'm going to make a blood elf warrior so I can see the starting zone there again.  I really haven't played it since BC.  It will be a nice change of pace for me.

In two days, husband and I capped our guild rep for the week.  It took us 50 dailies, 2 Elders and 2 dungeon runs.  (I was actually done before the dungeon runs, I think.)  However, husband has to build up a ret set for his pally.  (He had been healing with our old guild.)

I'm not good with change.  I'm really excited to be here and to move forward but I miss my friends.  I miss my bestie.  I still see her out of game but I miss seeing her name on my RealId and having the option to send her a message when I want.  I suppose I could text her but that's just not the same.  I've relied on this game to interact with people for so long, I don't know how to do it out of game.

My last post, I cried while writing.  I tried to read it to my husband (the man who doesn't read my blog) but I kept choking up and sobbing.  I finally made it through the post but he had to come stand behind me, with his hand on my shoulder as I cried.  (I don't accept traditional comfort when I'm crying.  I don't want to be held, I don't want someone to talk to me.  I want to be left alone where I can cry/grieve in peace.)

So. Now I'm in a new place, with new people.  I'm hopeful and I'm generally happy.  I miss people but that is normal.  There will be new people.  I need to remind myself that I don't have a set number of people I can be friends with.  I can be friends with more.  It's not like Blizz's ignore list.  I can befriend more then 50 people!

I spent some time reading Cynwise's lastest post.  And I loved it.  This is exactly it.  Cynwise GETS it.  And he has the eloquence to get it through to other people.

Characters weigh on my mind. Leveling characters, especially, but character in general. They take up mental space. They have ... presence, even when they're not doing things. I like having them around, I like having them available, I like trying out new things, but ...
Digital things can take up space.

That's it.  Right there.  My brain is filled with my characters.  Each of them are unique and I feel different when I play them.  My druid is the most comfortable but if I'm feeling sassy, I log my priest on.  Who I'm playing says a lot about my mental space.  It is like a canary in a mine.  You can look at it and be 'ah, she's feeling alone or sad or anxious or happy or sexy'.  I love that.

And now I get to start it over and find out what my new characters will bring to me.  What will my undead hunter be like?  My orc mage?  That baby blood elf warrior?  Who will be my favorite?  And do I really need to decide now?