Real Neat :D

I was nominated by Cymre for a Real Neat Blog Award.

This award is actually really appreciated as I have only just come back to blogging after anther hiatus and it is nice to know that someone is reading my blog again.  I have missed the friends I made blogging and I hope to be able to find some new ones.  Thanks so much Cymre for thinking of me!
Here are the rules:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the seven questions your nominator has provided.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and create 7 questions for them.

And the questions I have to answer:

  1. How would you pass the time during a blackout?

During a blackout I would probably start using every piece of technology I have to keep functioning online. I would plug my phone/ipad into my macbook to suck as much power as I could from it and I would likely read one of the many ebooks I keep saying I am going to eventually get to.  Depending on the time of day I would likely do some gardening if there was light because no way I am gardening in the dark with spiders etc.

2.  If you could be any superhero for a day, who would you be and why?

Hmm always a tough one but I would have to go with Scarlet Witch.  I mean she was a witch. She uses hexes and magic.  That is me.  I just don’t get to have red swirly magic shooting form my fingers.

3. What is one thing you love collecting or loved collecting as a child/adult?

I wanted to collect the entire car bear collection when I was a child. I still have 1 of the three I had.  My little sister stole my other two and to this day no one will admit it happened.  I did sort of grow out of it, but I can promise even as a teenagers (and they were not made) I would look up places and see if I could justify buying them.  I still wonder now if it is too late to start collecting.  I loved the idea that there was a bear for everything you ever felt.4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Anywhere – would be Scotland. It is one of those places on my travel plans but I have other places I am going first. I love a lot of things from Scotland and I can’t wait to experience it.  I married a Scottish guy, I love the accent, I adore bagpipes and kilts, I will one day find the Loss ness monster and I would really enjoy learning how to make proper haggis.

 

5. If you could only take one item to a deserted island, what would it be?

Since I am unlikely to pass off my husband as an item (and he would be my first choice of person) I would probably take a book that I could read repeatedly.  This is such a hard question, i mean why would i voluntarily go, is it permanent, is it tropical or rocky? hahaha

6. Who is your main and who do you love playing her/him?

My main is my mage, has always been and will always be.  I love playing a magic user, I like  throwing fireballs around.  I feel guilty if I am not playing her and even guiltier if I get achievements on alts instead of her.

7. Favourite phone app?

I would have to say Instagram or Imgur are on equal par.  I spend most of my spare time scrolling through both apps favouriting images.  I love photography and memes so the two of those apps basically cover everything I love in the world.

Given I am only recently back to blogging I haven’t really got that many blogs on my feed that are not already nominated for this award.  So if you happen to read this post and you haven’t been nominated please consider this my nomination of you.  Just answer the following 7 questions and link back to me so I can start reading your blog.

Questions:

  1. What is the most embarrassing in game thing to have happened to you?
  2. What is your favourite TV show and why?
  3. When you were younger what profession dd you want to me that would never have been possible?
  4. When you are reincarnated as an animal in your next life which one will you be and why?
  5. What is a topic you want to know more about but are too scared to find out about?
  6. The best meal you have ever eaten?
  7. Favourite sports team?

An achievement which has taken 3 years to get done….

You know when you get so wrapped up in life you sort of forget what season we are in, but then because of that you also forget that the season we are in is not the season USA is in?

Every “Winter” I would either forget about or not be subscribed so I could not catch this goddamn annoying pet.  I was fluffing about on my mage when I realised I should get this
Snowy Owl pet now before I forget again!!

I ran off to Winterspring to capture one. Remarkably easy.  Since I was in the area I decided to just go past Felwood and see what my chances were of catching the last elusive pet I needed for the achievement.

I didn’t see anything except rats, so in my frustration I started killing them.  To my surprise I moused over another green paw print on my map and my mind couldn’t understand what I was seeing .

The Minfernal was just over the hill.  I ran over  to it, checked my pets were alive and the right levels and then wouldn’t you know it.  The battlefield was obstructed.  OBSTRUCTED!!  I have not been waiting 3 years randomly camping the spot to have it obstructed.

I kept clicking on him like a crazed person! I was about to go crazy, and then it finally worked.  I was feeling particularly stressed about the situation because what if I killed the thing!

No need to stress.  Look at that!  I am a Zookeeper!!  I am so happy to have this one finally completed.  I am now halfway through the Broken Isles collecting achievement; I am having a tiny issue if managing to kill every Slithering Brownscale I come across instead of capturing them.

I am so happy!!

 

 

Paladin time!!

Finally decided to get my paladin a few levels..so far she has like…1/12th of a level so that counts right? hehehe

She is Retribution and the spec has changed so much i was completely befuddled.  I spent a few minutes working out what was new/changed and then managed to do a gobsmacking 10k DPS 🙂  I felt pretty awesome…..<facepalm>.

I cleared out all of her quests and off i headed.  I picked up this spiky little piece of merchandise item – I love some of the artefact appearances…can we just talk about the flame version (drool).

Sadly I was attacked by a demon monster from hell after picking up this and he was so rude and threatening. I mean is there is any need for the threats against everything I have ever loved. Piece by piece!

 

Can I just say the class hall for Paladins is stunning. It is gorgeous, in a completely different way to the druid hall but just stunning with the lighting and the high ceilings.  I didn’t get to spend much more time in there after completing the initial quest line, but I can’t wait to go back and have a walk around.

Just look at this gorgeous image.

I am off to Azsuna now!

Mage: Class Campaign complete

Well Stage 1 is complete.  So far behind the 8-ball with my characters because of my lack of free time.

I am pretty excited I did this on my mage first.

I feel pretty important now that I can use Archmage as my title, I hope the other billion mages learn to fear and respect me now.  Archmage and all!

Damn straight! I am a little let down that my class gear is not as good as anything else I am picking up, but I am guessing that is because I didn’t do this in the same time frames as everyone else.  Had I done it on time it may have been good.

I also got a new artifact look – sunreaver style.  I adore this.  I really like it in the blue so I may have to unlock that and come up with a new transmog that suits a blue style.  If only I could have blue fire like warlocks have green.  I would be epic.

How sexy is that?!!?  Look at that blade.  It even looks like it is Forged in battle. I am super happy with the new look, I just wish I could unlock something awesome looking for my offhand which looks really sub-par for a phoenix heart.  I have to investigate the many offhand items out there and see if anything would make me happy.

Onto my other toons now, Demonhunter and Druid to complete their class quests.  I am also starting to level my Paladin in the Frostwolves because I really do miss them.

 

Free time again!!

So as most of my usual readers/friends know I do martial arts 3 nights a week (Tues/Wed/Thurs) and I am also studying for a bachelor online.  The last trimester of uni (which finishes this week) I decided to do 2 modules as I would in theory have 3 extra nights to study because martial arts were on extended holidays of Christmas. I was wrong.  The workload was way more than I anticipated.

I basically had no time for anything other than work, study and sleep.   I won’t likely do that again any time soon if I ever want to have free time to play WoW.

So a group of us have decided to do some regular dungeons runs on weekends which again, we haven’t managed to do with my schedule.  Finally this weekend just past we managed to get online for a couple of hours.

We did our first Mythic run “Halls of Valour” with Blikolorie tanking, Nibblepie healing, me and Lominari DPSing and we grabbed some random 5th person.  I might point out, neither Lominari or myself were really geared enough to be in there.  I think Lominari had a gear score of 816 or something and I was only 831.

The last boss was a little…difficult.  We had to do it about 8 times – if not more – and the random pug was really nice about the entire thing.  In the end…we got it done!

We decided to do some more work quests and chase some gear on the map, but headed to the epic world boss quickly first which scored some more gear upgrades for Lominari.  We did a whole bunch of quests and handed in 2 different emissary hand ins.

Do I look like I have a legendary yet? Do you see one on me anywhere? Can you see orange somewhere?

By the time we finished all the quests etc I managed to be on 838 for my ilevel and Lominari is now much more improved at 830.

We could even do some LFR which I am thinking i might do this week just to see what the new raids are like. Only the early raids at this stage but I am looking forward to – and also getting through some more of the Suramar quest line.  We are so far behind on the questing/class halls it is pretty daunting.

Over-watching again

Yeah, I am an addict of both overwatch and WoW now.

I am starting to learn how to play Lucio – a healer.  His is not a direct heal class, he is AOE essentially and needs to be in range for his healing aura to be effective.

I actually quite enjoy playing him.  I manage to get some gold medals with him and even have had some commendations at the end of the matches.  I feel quite proud of myself for that effort since FPS style games are not generally my strong suit.

I am trying to learn how to play D.VA as a tank but it is a little touch and go with success rates. Certainly no medals or commendations on this one, but that is no different to when I was trying to play Soldier 76.

I am still working on the other heroes but am still really trying to learn how to play the game.  Sometimes I feel like I am on point and going well, others i just feel like i am being smashed in the face repeatedly by a sentient brick wall.

Either way I find it enjoyable.  I really do wish I had friends that played though as I think being in a pre-made would make a massive difference to the way you can play. I am also nowhere near good enough yet to have learnt all the shortcuts on the maps and being able to use them to my advantage.

Some teams come in and just seem to steam roll over the top of everyone. It really is impressive.  I am only level 14, so still quite a baby in terms of experience but I am looking forward to spending more time getting better.

I have bene playing more Overwatch than WoW as I am feeling quite stressed and being able to blow people up has been quite therapeutic but more because I can play a couple of games in about 15 minutes and then log off without guilt.

Cooking in Azeroth

I hadn’t realised how long it was since I posted and in fact even played WoW.  I have been neglecting the second love of my life horribly.  Hopefully this post about the third love of my life will make up for it somewhat.

My usual New years tradition (has been for the last 6 years) has been to LAN with some friends and play WoW until the wee hours of the morning.  We normally chase dungeon/raid achievements for mounts etc which is a lot of fun.  This year our usual gathering was not possible so we offered it to another group of friends we played with.  IN the end the thought of having to unpack PCs etc was so unappealing they decided to just come over and play tabletop instead.

We played quite a few different games over the course of the night and had an absolute blast.  It was nice to chill out, have some drinks and just relax. It did feel weird not being in game though, even if we did get to see real fireworks in my local area instead of ingame ones!

What does any of this have to do with cooking you say? Of course having Azerothian friends I had to make something from the cookbook!

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Beer-basted Boar Ribs.  Oh hell yes.  I would make the every weekend if I had the time.

**DROOOOOOL**

They were not hard to make, but it is time consuming as you need to baste the ribs every 30 minutes. You make the sauce first which I wasn’t sure would be enough:

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and then begin to cover the ribs evenly.  This was the first acting they received, as you can see the sauce is quite thick.

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After 3 hours I can honestly say, these are gorgeous. Stunning.  The droves of Ironforge really knew what they were doing when they created this recipe.

The end product looks like something straight from heaven.  We had a couple left over the next day which we had for lunch and whilst they were just as nice flavours the next day, reheating in the microwave game them a slightly rubbery texture (as expected).  I would suggest you eat them all immediately when out of the oven.  Just keep shoving them in until you have finished them!  You will not regret it. Much.

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Legendaries

This is why I don’t log in anymore and why Overwatch is getting my affections WoW!! This!!

I have levelled a few toons to max now and I even did a few emmisary hand in ons each of them. Not a lot granted – I have been slack on that front. But some – certainly more than 1 at any rate.

Lominari gets his priest to max, barely spends any more time on him, logs on randomly  with me the other day and does an emmisary quest hand in – BAM!  Legendary!

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And not only that – but it was a useful one!  You could not imagine the shade of green I turned! Here i am helping him get geared so we can do some LFR and the guy gets a legendary on his first quest hand in.

Look at that lovely little beast. Grats honey!

<hangs head>

Azerothian cooking

I had some friends over tonight to play some D&D, a campaign in fact that Lominari had created especially for the holiday season in which we had to defeat….KRAMPUS!!

It was a great story for his first time writing a campaign. It was funny because he had the absolute worst rolls the entire time – so bad in fact that only 1 of our party took 3 points of damage (2 were a buff as well). Krampus had so much health that the 4 of us added together still would have only had half it health pool! We rocked it!!

Anyway because we all play WoW i decided to try out some of the recipes in my cook book.  I made a few of the sides so there was some variety.

I started with the Wild rice cakes. Everyone loved them; I felt i used too much flour but I will try them again later and see if that was indeed the case.

This is the mixture before cooking. I made so much extra rice by accident that We might be eating it for a couple of days.

I also made the “sauteed carrots” from Pandaria. These were so delicious. 

The picture above has the “zanga caps” as well. I cannot truly explain how yummy the mushrooms are, they would work well with steak or any roast or, well, jus about anything else! I have a small amount left over and plan to have some with bacon in the morning.  You can also see the cooked wild rice cakes in the image below.

For dessert I made “Dalaran brownies”. 

I had to make these with Gluten free flour so I have no idea what they would be like with normal flour; but these were amazing. Dense, chocolatey, soft and fudgey. 

The glaze was so good that one of my guests ended up licking the plate clean of the excess. 


This was just at the beginning of the licking. It was pretty much empty by the end of the night.

So of the 4 recipes i made from the book tonight – all four were well received by my guests. The mushrooms seemed to be the most favoured by the majority but it was a slim margin on the others. 

I really enjoyed cooking these recipes and it has made me want to try out other ones that are not in it 🙂 Maybe I can help with a volume 2?

Upgrading the beast

Sadly my computer has now seen better days.  The last time we did anything to them was 5 years ago – actually closer to 6 now and this means, in terms of technology, they are getting a little long in the teeth.

We initially upgraded Lominaris completely because it was having an issue with just randomly shutting down after about 10 minutes of game time.  Mine was ok though.  I can seem to play WoW for about an hour before it gets too much and just shuts down.  This issue seems to have been made worse by the purchase of Overwatch,

Overwatch allows me to get into the game, pick a toon, get into the skirmish run around for the 2 minutes it takes to get into an actual match and through the countdown timer for the start.  Once the gates open though – BAM shut down!  I can maybe run to the actual defense point but I can’t last more than about 3 minutes. It then seems to take about 10 minutes for my pc to fully load up and the minute I get back into a game I am out again. It is so frustrating!!

So after figuring mine was ok to run a few months longer we were denied!!  Such a shame.

Anyway, I am hoping to have my pc upgrade started tonight (I have to switch the CPU today) and then re-installing all 30Gb of game files. {sarcasm} Joy.  Then I will be back online finally.

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