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Thursday, November 13, 2014

mental wonderings

I was reading Navi's post about creating a Facebook account and it brought about this rather long line of thinking, none of which really relates to Navi's Facebook account but it's what got me started. See, I've had an account on Facebook since 2005, back when only college students were allowed in the cool people's club. Anyway, I was thinking about how my guild made me join their Facebook group and discussion and then gave me crap later for never, ever being on Facebook, posting anything, or using Facebook, ever. I've improved. I now check once, maybe twice a week to catch up on what they've been discussing. But for some reason I found myself considering why I don't use Facebook very often. In the end, my issue is that I like my privacy. When I took the Myers-Briggs personality profile test, I discovered that I was an INFP personality. Basically, I don't open up to others very well. I prefer to keep myself to myself. I don't use Facebook because I do not like the idea of having all these people knowing things about me. I was then hit by the thought about my blog, do I let people know me though my blog? I don't really think that I do. I don't post very often. Usually only when there's some achievement that I completed. I'm more likely to talk about what I do rather than what I think. It's not a bad thing to talk about what I'm doing in game. But I haven't really been doing much in-game and there's not really much to write when all I'm saying is that I managed to complete some task. I'm not too sure I have a point. I know I keep people at a distance. I would like to try and be better about being more personal. This blog is important to me and I would like to be more consistent about posting. I know, I keep saying that and then I'm not, it's about actual doing that rather than wishing that. I'll just say that I'm working on it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

School - Working things out in my mind

I've been pretty distant from WoW lately. But I also know that I've been fairly busy with this thing called a college education. I still can't believe how long it took for me to become an English major but I love it. Sure it's a lot of writing... and more writing... and research but this semester has been a blast. There's a literary conference being held at my school this year and I've been selected to present two papers! One is an analysis of a production of Shakespeare's play The Tempest that was performed at a local theater and the other is a piece of creative fiction. I'm so excited and so nervous about it! But school, in general, has been awesome. I'll admit that I haven't always been the best student. I have struggled though semesters and classes while trying to find the right fit that it still seems so odd to be doing great. I've been working on the school paper and the professor in charge is determined to get me to return next semester. While it was a fun experience, the idea of returning makes me cringe. My advisor told me to feel flattered that this professor thinks I'm doing well but to not feel any pressure to join again. I've also been thinking about the courses that I have to take next semseter. The one is dependent on passing this lit crit class that I'm currently in. My advisor tells me that I have no excuse not to pass it. She's right but I still have that feeling that I'm going to fail. That I'm going to wake up and this semester will have just been a dream. And it sometimes seems so unreal the amount of support that I have. I no longer need to make a regular appointment at the learning center since I've long since gotten off of academic probation but it's a net that I don't want to let go of. And I think it's something that more students should be pushed to do! Maybe not all the time but for big projects, having someone who will discuss stories, help clarify thoughts, go over processes, proofread, encourage, and demand that you meet deadlines helps tremendously. There's a student that I'm friends with who, I sometimes get the feeling that she resents my grades. She's always asking what I got on papers, tests, and whatnot. It's no secret that I go to the learning center once a week. But when we had to peer-review papers and the student who read me handed my paper back and said it was awesome this other student said "of course it is, she took it to the learning center." I don't know how I'm supposed to respond to something like that. It almost made me feel like I had done something wrong. But the learning center is a resource that all students can utilize. But I don't think enough of them do. I think, at first, I didn't like going to the learning center because I thought it made me seem stupid. But than I realized that my terrible grades definitely didn't help my case either. It's hard, sometimes to not be concerned with what others think. But I also know that what I'm doing right now works for me. I love living on campus, in a single room, even if the dorm I'm in is supposedly haunted. I like being able to just roll out of bed, throw on my flip-flops and walk to class. I should enjoy this while I can. This won't be what life is like outside of college. I only have another year of enjoying this. As to what I'll be doing next. Goodness, I have no idea. It took forever before I could decide on a major, how in the hell am I ever going to figure out life after college? Heh, but I have learned how to accept when something isn't working and to keep looking until I find something that does.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Down to the Wire

This weekend my guildies were struck with the realization that challenge modes would be gone soon and since they wanted the phoenix mounts, we had better get to work. We had planned to space them out over three nights. The first night went alright, we got two of the dungeons before finally calling it a night. Sunday, one of our members couldn't show so we didn't get any. That left us with Monday night to get 7 challenge mode silvers. We debated whether to try at first, we knew the realm would be shutting down at 3 pacific time, we calculated out how long that would be and decided that it would be tight, but doable. So we set out on our mission.


And finished with 8 minutes to spare!


It was a wild, crazy, but incredibly fun night. And definitely memorable

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My most expensive AH purchase, ever

There it sat for 25K begging for me to buy it. So after robbing all the gold from all my toons and sobbing over the pain of spending so much gold at once, I now have in my possession a Nexus Soultrader. I feel like I've already sold my soul to get him.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Pets galore

I'm currently obsessed with getting all my pets maxed in health and rarity. I have a long way to go. And these new pets aren't really helping matters. :)

First on my list of recently acquired pets are the celestial tournament pets. I managed to snag the last one I needed this week.


I also finished crafting my two engineering pets: Rascal-bot
 

 


And Pierre

I also found a decent deal on the AH for the darkmoon eye so I had to have it.


One of the regulars who raids with my guild has a guild that completed the challenge modes and I was allowed to enter the guild on an alt, level up, and buy the thundering serpent hatchling for which I'm really grateful.


And this last pet is most definitely not the least pet. I still can't believe I have it. One of my guildies is obsessed with battle pets and he and I have been helping each other out. I ran to booty bay to help him get gold from the horde to the alliance side, ran all over to get the alliance vendor pets, and nagged him into leveling his toon so he could get rep for buying the thundering serpent hatchling. Anyway, I found a small surprise waiting for me in the mail the other day.


SPECTRAL TIGER CUB!!!! I don't think I have enough caps and exclamation points to express how excited I am to have this pet. He's just as gorgeous as I thought he would be.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Start of classes and raiding blues

Back at school and the first week of classes has begun. It's going to be an exciting semester for me. I'm taking Lit, more Lit, and just a little more lit. I'm also taking Spanish, of which I no absolutely nothing.

Anyway, while I don't mind the late nights too much because I don't have early classes, one of the healers from my raiding group has quit raiding with us because he didn't think he could balance the late nights with his early morning classes. While I can't really begrudge him that, it does leave the raid group scrambling to find a replacement for him. It sometimes seems that every time we get a dependable replacement, someone else leaves and the group is left to struggle until another replacement can be found.

We've also had some dissatisfaction with how slow our progress has been. There had been a plan to raid 3 nights but our tank could never make the last night which left us pretty much with just 2 nights of raiding. Considering that the earlier fights take a giant chunk of time to clear, we've had been trying every other week extending the lock out but that hasn't worked to well either. So, last week our raid leader had everyone tell her what bosses we needed and she concluded that for the most part we didn't need anything before Jug. But there were a few who did want some pieces off the earlier bosses and was asking how we felt about just clearing everything on normal up to Jugg and I suggested maybe having a roll before the raid and the winner could pick which extra boss they wanted to attempt. We thought it sounded fair enough and we're going to be giving it a few tries.

Although we're still left trying to find another healer to run with us. And a tank because our tank has recently decided that we should replace him.

Fun times indeed.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Hunter Pet!

I've been giving myself goals of small things I'd like to accomplish and one of those goals is to finish leveling alchemy and herbalism on my monk. I had reached a point where I was in Northrend and the next area that the leveling guide told me to go to pick herbs was Sholazar Basin. I've spent some time out there on my hunter in the hopes of seeing the ever elusive but much coveted Loque'nahak but have never had any luck. I figured there was no way I'd see him yesterday either. As I flew around looking for herbs I didn't even have my rare spawn addons on. I was in a bit of a daze, flying from one yellow dot to another when something strange caused me to take another look at the mobs around me. And than I couldn't believe what I saw. There was Loque'nahak walking calmly though some gorillas. So I did what any other hunter would do. I promptly logged off, logged onto my hunter, threw some pets in the stable so I'd have a spot for taming Loque, made sure I was in beast mastery spec, and booked it for the Northrend portal and to Sholazar Basin while muttering under my breath "please, please, please, oh God, please." When I reached Sholazar I realized I had no idea where I had seen Loque, so I quickly switched back to my monk and verified where the spirit beast was and noticed a warlock was flying near-by. Since he didn't seem to be interested in Loque, I hopped back on my hunter and made a beeline for where Loque was and promptly set about taming him. Right as I was partway though the tame the Alliance warlock noticed me and proceded to land and begin casting. Luckily for me, I managed to finish my tame right as the warlock hit me. Loque and I then proceeded to grind that Ally warlock into the dirt. I was rather excited at the time with my close Loque tame and I had to quickly log onto my death knight for a run though ICC but later I began to wonder if the warlock was trying to guard Loque for someone else. I suppose it was rather mercyless of me to just drop out of the sky and "steal" Loque out from under him but than again, I had seen him first, made it there first, and got the tame off.
 
Now I just need to come up with a good name for him.