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Every time someone new adds me to their Friends List, I think I should write something. I feel bad knowing that they've added a dud. =)

Not too much up with me lately. Work is work. Lots of progress being made. Sometimes, that's an uncomfortable place to be, but we need it to learn and grow. We SO need this.

In non-work, we're looking at houses again. It seems to be a seller's market right now where we are. Houses are being snapped up almost as soon as they're being listed. All the ones we looked at that I quite liked, I didn't like enough to want to buy. There were so many "if only this" or "if only that". There was a log-cabin-ish style one that I really liked, but the nicer/newer renovated bedrooms were on the wrong floor for me =P

In other non-work, I'm still playing WoW. There is still a stigma to it and people still make fun of the fact that I take it semi-seriously. Everything I do, I take at least semi-seriously, so this isn't an exception. I've found that there's usually a jolt of realization in their eyes when I say, "you wouldn't be making fun of me if this were a sports team."

The Brother-in-Law Boy and his fiancée are on a competitive dragonboat team. They practice a few nights a week. I've seen him do weight training on his own time on non-rowing nights. I don't hear anyone making wise cracks about their rowing addiction. =)

My Enhancement Shaman is still raiding new content though. Usually people will do the 10-man Normal Ulduar raids first, then the 25-man Heroic Ulduar because it's harder. But I've nearly downed the last boss in Heroic and never set foot in Normal.

I was invited to my first 10-man a few nights ago and I was dinging achievements everywhere... the guildies were aghast that I'd never been in a 10-man Ulduar ever. =D

We've downed General Vezax on 25-man, but didn't get to Yogg-Saron. One of our mages went on ahead to take a peek though and with Yogg's HUMONGOUS aggro radius, actually pulled. In a few minutes, we all went insane. LOLOL XD There's an anti-dicking-around timer. If you don't start fighting properly within a few minutes, everybody gets Mind Controlled and ROFLstomps each other.

I'm middle to low on the damage meters and I'm trying to figure out what's wrong. My personal Damage Per Second is increasing a little, but my damage rank in the same fight among the other 24 people is decreasing.

I was reading some online discussions and other similarly geared Enh Shammies worldwide seem to be able to do about double the damage that I am. I'm suspecting that I have gear equipped that's not actually an upgrade for me, even though they seem to have better stats. It has to do with the combination of stats I have. Anyway, I've stopped disenchanting old gear now until I use new gear for a good long time to watch my performance in the new piece.

I'm sometimes surprised that I'm still being invited to raids actually. I had understood that I was always just filler DPS because they didn't have enough people. We did a guild merger and recruited more people so we're usually not lacking in people to form the 25-mans every week. *shrug* I just show up on time, keep quiet, do what I'm supposed to, try to learn the fights, learn what gear is an upgrade for me, roll when I'm supposed to, and generally try not to fail.

There have been times when I thought, well screw it, if they stop asking me to go because they think I'm stupid, that's fine with me. But last night, I was given gear even though I didn't win the roll for it. They told the guy who won the roll that I show up consistently every raid night and he doesn't, so they gave it to me. =)

I started a leveling a Hunter (The Huntard). For a subset of the animals roaming around the in-game world, you can tame them as a combat pet. They will fight alongside you and respond to your commands, being fed, being healed and use abilities you choose for them.

At first I just wanted to play with the animals. Then I read about some rare animals in certain places and at certain levels. It became highly motivating to get to that certain level to find and tame that certain animal for a pet. =D

But you can only have up to 5 pets at a time. 4 in the stable and one running around with you. I've had to say good-bye to many. =( I've changed the name now, but my huntard's original name was "Sybrine" and I named my first battle-kitty "Giffon". I got some in-game whispers that "zomgdatSOcoolmang". =D But no, I have not read any Nick Bantock bestsellers. I think I should though, it sounds interesting =)

My first real taming challenge was the Ghost Sabre in Dark Shore. The draw is that he's always ghosty and translucent, even when he's not stealthed =)

It's deep in enemy territory, but not a bustling quest area. But that aside, his appearance is a rare occurrence, so you have to persist for a while at it. The folklore around it is that he's a white sabre spirit and sometimes, when you pick up little cat figurines in the area, there is a small chance that it will disturb the spirit which will attack you. When he finally appears, you have to be lucky enough to not die while he's swiping and clawing at you before you finally finish the taming.

The other challenge was Uhk'loc, the blue-skinned gorilla in northern Un'goro Crater. He has a knock-back attack which interrupts the taming spell. So, not only is he biting and punching you, he also throws you back a few feet. You'll end up dying before you finish the taming in time. I did it on my first try with my back to the cave wall and a double Freeze Trap. =)

The Huntard is such a princess. She's provided with all the money, buff food and all the help with mats and resources from the Shammy. =D And now I'm farming for 6800g for her flying lessons plus whatever her epic flying mount costs.

I can't wait until she's lvl 80 so she can do her own damned dailies and make her own damned money. =D

I've also minimally tried some of the other classes. The Warrior Girl and Death Knight Girl are somehow not as much fun for me and the Priest Girl is HARD at lower levels =P



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Jul. 3rd, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Husband wants to get into photography together now. =D That could be interesting =)
Jul. 3rd, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
"you wouldn't be making fun of me if this were a sports team."

True words. I'll have to use this metaphor more.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yup. And when they start on the whole "paying a monthly fee to play", I tell them that I've actually watched my savings climb.

I don't go out as much, so eating out and general buying shit I don't need with real money is much more limited. Spending is limited to USD$15/month which is max CAD$18/month. Where have you ever seen a gym membership or any kind of activity cost like that?
Jul. 4th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Hehe. WoW is fun! I don't have as much time to raid as seriously and as much as I did during the previous expansion, so I'm just leveling toons up now.

Priesties and Warriors are hard to level up at the lower levels, and it used to be even worse before they buffed those classes! I'm glad that those two classes were my first toons. If I'd leveled other toons before those two, I doubt I'd have realised how easy I had it on the other ones!
Jul. 4th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Do you have one 80 of every class yet? =D

The husband is getting there. 4 x 80s and two more in the mid-70s. =D

I'm scouring the heirlooms for something to help the priest =D I tried doing the Jame's Horde Leveling Guide but I'm so weaksauce that it's not working out =P
Jul. 4th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
@__@ Geez! No, I only have 2 80s, my priest and a shaman. I did max out my mage and my warrior (as well as the priest) during Burning Crusade, so both of them are in the early 70s.

I haven't played seriously since September of last year because I was in China with a 5 year old laptop that didn't support WoW stuffs and I'm also busy with school and Real Life stuffs now too.

As for your priest, for pure PvE, the heirloom staff from Dalaran would be awesome for her, as well as the cloth shoulderpads (plus more XP!). I don't know what all's super good any more, as I haven't kept up over the past year, but honestly, anything with crit and spell power is win until you hit 80. ;) Are you shadow? Holy?
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
I'm going Shadow for leveling. I might try Holy after a while. I have the dried out wild animal head shoulderpads! =D And I usually go for a trinket.

Maybe I'm spoiled by the hunter because she could take on mobs several levels above her. The priest can barely handle mobs her own level. Named/special mobs have to be at least 2 below her =P
Jul. 4th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I miss WoW. Robin and I were raiding BC content pretty heavily, but quit 10 months before the expansion... then came back to at least get to 80, but it's just not the same when you can't raid, can't even do 5 man content.
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Aw, you should start playing again. Did you quit before or after Achievements were added?

Most content is puggable and you can get good gear from just doing the Argent Tournament dailies. Even some of the faction rewards are pretty good =)

If you come back though, you may as well wait until after Patch 3.2 comes out. All Heroic instances, lvl 80 10-mans and 25-mans all drop Emblems of Conquest (Conquest > Valour > Heroism badges). So, I think that means you won't have to do raids to be able to get tiered gear.
Jul. 6th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
we tried. We've been trying since... February? Jersey is decked out in the best purples an 80 can buy, except for headpiece (I'm running around looking like my head is in a bear trap, with the headpiece from ZA). We've been grinding rep, occasionally doing 5 mans (I think I've managed to run 5, total, in the past half year), and I've even done a pug 25 man.

But at this point, without a raid schedule that works for us, I've only been logging on to check my Oracle egg. 15 bucks a month for an egg?

Even if we didn't have to do raids to get tiered gear, it would not be the same. So much of WoW for us was the raids. And not just pug raids... we're spoiled. We know what it's like to play with other min/max'ers, and won't settle for less anymore. It's hard to find players like that who are not in hard core raiding guilds, who would stoop to raiding with us (we have no set schedule and can't get raid more than once a week).
Jul. 7th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
A helm from ZA? Seriously? There isn't even an upgrade from Northrend quest rewards? Wow, Blizz really messes gear up sometimes... I was using a lvl 70 totem until Ulduar =P

> It's hard to find players like that who are not in hard core raiding guilds, who would stoop to raiding with us (we have no set schedule and can't get raid more than once a week).

Oh, yeah... I hear ya =P
Jul. 5th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
"you wouldn't be making fun of me if this were a sports team."

I like that and it is so true! That statement holds true for just about any non-sport-related activity that a person is passionate about and gets sneered at for it.

Can't relate to the WoW stuff, but it sounds like you are enjoying it a lot. Good for you!
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
It does! Sports seems to be a base model/analogy for a lot of concepts =)
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
I should unfriend and refriend you to make you write more! =P
Past level 10 or so... as soon as you can do instances, Priest Girl should be a breeze. You'll ALWAYS be dragged into each and every instance and all you gotta do is keep people aliiiiiiive.

I stopped WoWing a couple years ago. Way too much of a timesink. Mostly XBOXing these days =)
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I should unfriend and refriend you to make you write more! =P
Yeah, I've been given a few Priest tips that I could try. Wand everything down, don't bother with Shadow Word: Pain, keep my shield thingie up. I might give it another go =)
Jul. 10th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
you can be a good writer. You got talent.
Keep writing!
Jul. 15th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Re: you can be a good writer. You got talent.
Thanks =)
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