#Blaugust2019 – Creator appreciation – Artists

The writing ideas for this week are about appreciating people who create content. Things I like watching, buying, seeing and being involved in. I thought it might be cool for me to break down into categories but who knows. I may be out of steam by the end of a few posts.

Today I am going to link to the artists I adore for your enjoyment.

Sam Flegal

This was the piece I saw of his first and it just captured me entirely. I bought a print of this one and framed. I adore this painting.

I adored this so much I commissioned him for a proper painting. All the way from the USA. Cost me a packet but I love it!

Danny Beck

He used to work for Blizzard on Warcraft and I somehow found him via someone. I loved his really cute “”monsters and hamsters” theme. Reallly gorgeous. He was apparently bringing out a book but I am not sure what stage that is at. I should follow that up soon.

Wendy Ortiz

I found her randomly on instagram I think one day. I love her work. It is mystical, earthy and a little morbid. I love it.

Glenn Arthur

This guy draws hummingbirds in all his pieces and I would probably own about 4-5 pieces if I didn’t have hubby rolling his eyes at my art purchases.

I have this print of his.

Peter Mohrbacher

I adore the angel series. Yet another artist I would buy prints off if I could. It makes me sad I don’t live in the USA where I could visit these guys at their conventions and buy pieces. His work is absolutely stunning. One day I will own one or two of his work.

Well that is a short list of some of the artists I adore and love and follow. Who do you guys like and watch? What art pieces do you own?

#Blaugust 2019 – Fright Night

We had a night out with some friends to see “A midnight Visit, which is a warehouse converted into various rooms with different themes and actors doing Edgar Allan Poe scenes.

Some rooms were creepy as hell and others were a little meh. I felt a little creeped out in the streamer room and i loved the tell tale heart room.

We weren’t allowed to take photos in the rooms to ensure the entire thing wasn’t ruined for others. This was our group before we went into the actual event.

We had a chance to take a picture with wings, this is hubby 🙂

This is me with my wings, nowhere near as cool as hubby.

It is in Melb for another few months and worth going through it if you are into a goth kind of dream state with Edgar Allan Poe inspired themes.

#Blaugust2019 – Mental health

This is a trigger warning for the below on multiple fronts. Proceed with caution.

This was a post I was deciding if I should post or not and if it has gone live, I obviously decided against my better judgement to let it go public. It is one of those stigma breaking things I need to get used to being open about.

I make no bones on this blog about my feelings and struggles with PTSD, rape culture and the ups and downs of my temper. I try and not post about it a lot because I use WoW as an escape from my head. People don’t need to read about all that stuff from me – there are plenty of other popular people out there who talk about their struggles openly. My issues stem from nearly being murdered and ignored during my rape.

Recently though, maybe the last 2 -3 months, I have been slowly spiralling a little into some of the darker parts of my brain. The hard part of this is I only have my husband to turn to because he knows the depths to which I have sunk in the past and how hard I work through things now to not go back there. I say it is hard, but I mean for him, he is the one who has to cope with my tears, temper and sadness. I carry the guilt of burdening him with my craziness.

There are a multitude of little things which is contributing to my current state of feeling worthless including a reduction in exercise, me feeling like I am always the one reaching out to others but noone reaching out to me or people not responding to questions IRL and over social media. They build up and come in waves, some days I don’t notice, other days even the smallest thing sets off my negativity and tears.

Two bigger events which are weighing me down are relating to people wanting to use my online handles/website because they are starting something new. In my head, they will re-write my history/my name and my mark will be erased (granted it isn’t a large mark but these are long standing parts of my life). No one really understands how much devastation I am feeling about either situation. Yesterday was the culmination of months of angst, hurt and fear and I just couldn’t stop the tears for hours.

Ultimately I wake up every day, I go to work, I smile I do what needs to be done for the day, I go home, cook dinner, smile, laugh and then whilst watching TV or playing WoW spend the rest of the night in my head trying to correct the negative self talk into positive. It is exhausting to constantly be telling myself I don’t suck and people do like me and wanting to overwrite every facet of my life isn’t bad, when everything fibre of my being is screaming the opposite. I just need to keep swimming through these periods so I can come out the other side alive.

This was a hard post to write especially when most people have no idea about what I am going through. I don’t ask for help or talk about how I am feeling because I was mocked publicly by others when I was clearly in recovery and actively seeing a therapist. I want everyone to believe I am ok now. So thanks for reading this if you did, I am sorry for anything I do or say which seems over the top.

#Blaugust2019 – VR and PS4

I tried “Beat Sabre” for the first time months ago at Sian and Michael’s place. Since then it has been a game I could not get out of my head and one I wanted to buy. Hubby and I even spent weeks pouring over all the VR options and prices to determine the best possible option for us given we had alienware laptops capable of handling VR we were mostly swinging towards the HTC Vive.

Then Ben and Oui confirmed they were going to move to Melb and we decided to put our purchase on hold as they had a PS4 with VR. I was happy to save ourselves a couple of thousand bucks in the short term to wait a few months and then see how much we actually used the VR.

I have watched so many videos for beat saber and been hanging to get back into, Michael has told me many times to just come around and play it. But I think I would feel like a crack addict getting a hit, so have patiently waited.

Sunday night though, after the guys had done some unpacking and setting up of bits and pieces. Ben fired up the PS4 and I was super excited. I jumped into Beat Saber with happiness.

Some random image not mine 🙂

I played in easy mode for a few songs and was not finding it much of a challenge, but I wanted to get back into it slowly. Since it would have been impolite to monopolise the entire PS4 Hubby and Ben did a couple of sings as well. They both did it at harder levels than me and did exceptionally well. The motion sickness was there, but tolerable, when I was playing but watching other people play was really difficult when they moved their head. I will have to be ultra careful with this one.

We then decided to have a few goes at “Just Dance 2019”. I have seen this at PAX almost every year and have wondered how to play it because everyone looks like they are having a lot of fun. Now I know, I might have a shot this year.

I was doing very well, even when I was following the wrong person on screen for an entire song ..OOPS!! There was some very weird dancing animations though, this frog being the main one in my opinion.

But I was getting “Superstar” pretty often which Ben was surprised at because he didn’t even know it was a thing – I was surprised as well because it didn’t feel like I was going particularly well.

I was very very very sore the next morning because we had been playing for about 3 hours but I was having so much fun!!

I can’t wait to get home and play some more beat saber!!!

#Blaugust2019 – Dragons?

People may not know me well enough to know my slight obsession with dragons. When I mean slight I mean, I own a lot of dragon items in my house, my character names bar a couple all start with Dragon, I love all lore relating to dragons.

I can’t remember when I was first made aware of them as a mythological ideal, but I was a teenager when I started to consider them part of my life and started to collect them around me.

I see them as both fierce and tempestuous with intelligence and loyalty. A lot of my opinions of dragons comes from the magical world of Pern, mixed with Tolkien and various other books and mythological sources. I hope not to sound like a crazy but I see them in the shape of the clouds and in the shape of trunks/bark on trees, I take it as a great sign for the day when I see them.

I adore them, in all their fiery, scaly and inconsistent behaviours. Part of the reason I adore WoW so much is I get to ride around on dragons all day and collect dragon mounts. I don’t like having to kill them at all. But I get to ride so many different types of dragons I can’t understand why I would play any other game. I am not kidding when I say this next part. I sometimes just spend time in game flying around on my dragons doing nothing but just flying on them and admiring it.

I have always wanted a tattoo and there was never a doubt in my mind about needing a dragon. I still don’t have said tattoo and unlikely I will ever get it, but if it ever happens it will be a dragon. If anyone ever questions what they should buy me for a present I can guarantee them anything with a dragon theme will always be appreciated.

There is something about their size, grandeur and mythology which pulls me in and makes me feel part of them. Anyway, there you go, something you know about me now is my love of dragons!

#Blaugust2019 – Times they are a changing

So when this post goes live, our friends Ben and Oui, may have started their journey to move from Sydney to Melbourne.

They were planning on leaving “early” to start their drive but I have no idea if they will actually manage it.

We met them at PAX 2014 for the first time through Michael and Sian and we have developed a great friendship. We have spent a lot of time with them since (both IRL and in Azeroth!) and every year at PAX we try and convince them to move to Melb.

I never actually thought it would happen, but omg it is! They are going to live with us to get out of the rental trap and save for their own home. Melb still has something amounting to a reasonable housing market when compared to Sydney.

I am excited for them and I hope they have an easy drive down, not sure if their stuff will arrive before them or not. It is such a massive change for them and their lives and hopefully will only be positive for their future.

#Blaugust2019 – First ever blog post.

This was a post idea on the discord channel and I thought it would be a good one to investigate. I went all the way back to my actual first post ever. 5th Feb 2003.

I remember the story of my blogging so well. I was working at MLC in North Sydney and my friend Minxi and I were at lunch in the Greenwood food court. We were sitting down talking about life and she mentioned she was “blogging” on this site called Livejournal. I said what is blogging? Like a virtual diary which people can read and you can have friends and join communities. It blew my mind!! We spent ages talking about it at length and I jumped on the bandwagon pretty soon afterwards.

When people would start commenting and offering support and advice and reflection on their own issues I knew I had found something I absolutely adored. It looks like I stopped writing there consistently in about 2010.

My first ever WoW blog post was June 13 2009.

It was on my original wow blog called “Arcane Ramblings” which no longer exists publicly, but I did move all my old posts to this blog so they would show a collective history. I am missing a few and I was working on importing them but I got sidetracked and never finished.

Reading over my early blog posts (both personal and WoW) I don’t think anything much has changed. I still make a metric tonne of typing mistakes, I still have bad punctuation and grammar and I still waffle on incessantly about inane things. I do feel a little nostalgic reading back, but I guess that was why I started writing. So I could remember the feelings, the good and bad times, the silly things happening in my life as well as the major ones. I really enjoy the interaction with other people.

So where did you guys all stat, did you have a livejournal? What was your first ever blog post?

Where did I go?

So yeah, things got super crazy! I got lost in some timey whimey vortex and here we are. 4 months since my last post…seems incredible to me.

I have been taking screenshots with the intentions of posting them…maybe I will post a small collection in the next couple of days as gallery so you can see all the things I wanted to talk about 🙂 A mini catch up of sorts .

The guild struggled after the announcement of the new patch to continue pushing content, so we stalled at Heroic Mekkatorque for numbers. We just couldn’t get people online to even run raids. This makes me super sad, because I would have loved to have completed AOTC with them. We just need a little focus from people and we would kill things, I know we would.

We went to NZ for 3 weeks in May, which was cut short by my Mother in Law getting deathly ill. So we spent another few weeks having to go back and forth between Wodonga and Melbourne to ensure she was ok.

Then one of our good friends returned to WoW and we did everything we could to get him to 120 by running dungeons, questing and LFR to get him geared as well.

In between all of that, I started a new job and my focus mentally has been on doing the best I can, but it takes a toll on mental reserves in the evening and our friends Ben and Oui officially decided to move to Melbourne. Since they will be staying with us we have been trying to clean out the rooms for them with moving furniture and our junk around the place. It has just been super hectic in our personal lives. My blogging has taken a back seat because it was just not possible to get it all done.

I feel like I have some breathing room now, so I hope to start posting more!! I am sorry to everyone for just disappearing!!

The Xpac Killer

I feel they need an actual name. Like The Punisher or Green Goblin.

Xpac-in-ator….The Destroyer of Raids….

The boss who comes in early, can’t follow the timers in DBM and then causes wipes randomly throughout the attempts.

Worst designed boss ever….or maybe it is brilliantly devious?

Since the announcement we have managed to pull together a handful of raids for Antorus. We just don’t have the numbers since getting the achievement/mount and full clear. We have had people move onto new guilds as well <cough> no comment <cough> and desert those of us left behind 🙂

I haven’t helped that with my new job, I am getting home at about 7pm and shovelling food in and then realising the time 7.20pm and then freaking out and running upstairs to log into the game.  Only to find like 4 other people on. Ooooops!

I don’t mind it to be honest, it gives me a chance to settle into an entirely new routine.  To be fair I haven’t even been online in the last fortnight either. I am just tired and having to tank mythics/raids is extra tiring and I need to pay attention to all the things.

I am hoping to get back into it this week though, I have a bucket list I would like to complete and I would like to help guildies complete things they have on their bucket lists.

I am week 3 of the new job so I am starting to feel like the routine is coming together a little bit.  This makes me happy and allows my energy levels to sort of stabilise.

I do enjoy raiding. I love it.  But I am missing karate so much. I am still not sold on raiding in the new Xpac as I simply want to be doing my martial arts on Wed/Thurs.  Why does everything have to be on Wednesday  nights – there is also a Zumba class I would love to do as well.  Someone pick a fucking Tuesday please :p.

Anyway how are other guilds going at the moment?  Is raiding dead for you guys as well now?

 

 

Life and auctions

My posts are going to be a little erratic over the next couple of weeks, I will try and reduce how much so, but I have started a new job with longer hours and more travel.  This requires a period of adjustment which I just didn’t think about all that much until I realised how much extra time it would take.

I spend 12 hours away from home now instead of 9 and let me tell you, those 3 hours may not sound like much but it seriously cuts into your home and WoW time.

With that in mind I have been focused on starting to play the auction house…badly…at the moment I am just selling everything I can and trying to ensure I scan the AH daily for prices.  Let’s face it….the only real reason I am doing this is I am another person who has lost their freaking mind over:

It is a freaking dino….I want one – but $4 or $5 million is not an easy feat at all…and both Drew and I have to have one so that is only a meagre 10 million I have to make…hahahah

My starting gold across all of my toons was just on $130k. I have started doing class hall missions on my toons that involve gold – that is my focus. The bonus gold on those is almost 2k on some missions.   I do plan on starting to do as many WQ involving gold/consumables as possible as well, across as many toons as I can handle but I am not sure I have the time to be honest. (Which is why I only have 130K and not more! Time poor sucks).

I have been making gold on the AH though and now that I have to make what I want to sell I won’t be seeing a mailbox full anymore…I have run out of mats 😀 But my banker toon started at $3000 and I am now at almost $35,000.  Likely this weekend I will start buying things to disenchant for mat value or buy out and resell.  We shall see though.

How are you guys making money to get the mount everyone is talking about?

 

My set up

After fixing bits and pieces post-KL I decided to start my pet project to make our pc gaming room more ‘geek’.

We have, for the longest time, kept saying we needed to make our home feel more like us yet we just don’t seem to get round to doing it. I have so many posters languishing in postage tubes and plastic that haven’t seen the light of day in the years since their purchase.

One being this lovely poster from “Porco Rosso” one of Drew’s favourite anime’s by Studio Ghibli. It is so old now though it is hard to find merchandise for it.

I promise it is hanging on the wall straight! I am just bad at photos 🙂

I also have moved some of my Chibis in there – I need to buy a couple more frames – which I am hoping to do next weekend.

This of course brings me to my LED obsession! Not that I have one but I promise if I could have LED light bulbs I would have them in here as well.

This is what my room looks like with our corsair keyboards and my LED strip which rotates through colours.

My seat is on the right – closest too the window. How awesome does it look when the lights are off?!?

Behind us we have our little geek case. Stuffed toys on top with Warcraft/Cthulhu/Dragons/Mario Kart represented. It also contains comic books and other random bits and pieces. Below these section are two boxes one holds all the extra crap you have in pc rooms like cables, spare mice/keyboards etc etc and the other box holds just generic things like boxes/manuals etc.

I have more planned but it is definitely a great start to the change over! I just wish I had more time and money!

IRL Ding!!

It is my birthday today.

Another year older and another year addicted to my favourite game.

I wish there was something you could do in game on your birthday which gave you a random mount or pet based on the ones missing from your collection. Like a spin the wheel or once off mini boss dungeon.

I have plans this weekend to have dinner with some of the best people I have ever known at such a hyped up restaurant (Mjolner) I am losing my mind in excitement.

It is also Drew’s birthday in 7 days so the dinner is for both of us to celebrate! I plan on taking photos but I also plan on drinking so it may not happen.

I have one of my presents already which is a kickstarter for one of my favourite books Green Rider. I am so excited and happy. The second present is apparently a million times better but is late for arrival. I have no idea what it is but Drew says it is amazing.

I hope you all have a fantastic day I know I will be just chilling out 🙂

Shared: Topic 34: What is your favourite pop culture reference or easter egg in the game?

It always brings a smile to my face when I stumble across a NPC name or flavour text that points to a show or person I recognise from the real world. It also makes me wonder how many more there are that I’ve missed.

For our latest challenge topic, we want to know:

What is your favourite pop culture reference or easter egg in the game?

Ok, so I may have cheated a little with this one.  When you have been playing the game for so long there are always things you forget about.  Whilst trolling through sites trying to remember what easter eggs are even in the game, I found this page which lists a fair amazing amount of them. It is actually pretty funny just reading through them, sort of like remembering old friends.

However the ones I really remember enjoying at the time were all the Firefly related ones, so much so I levelled my shammy about 5 level farming for the pet.

  • In Zangarmarsh, the engineering Grandmaster K. Lee Smallfry <Grand Master Engineer> is a reference to the character Kaylee Frye, the engineer on the show. Her dialog includes the word “shiny”, a common adjective for “good” used on the show.

  • The non-combat pet [Captured Firefly] has the flavor text “Still flying…” which is a line from the show.

  • During Brewfest, one of the beers you can purchase is Mudder’s Milk, which is from the episode ‘Jaynestown’.

  • The reagent vendors in Ogri’la and the Lower City are named Mingo and Fanty, after the twins who engage Mal to perform the robbery from Serenity’s opening sequence. While these characters in turn are references to thugs from the 1955 The Big Combo, the NPCs more likely reference the former.

  • [Strange Engine Part] and [Broken Engine Part], which are fished randomly from pools of Steam Pump Flotsam in Zangarmarsh, bear the description: “It reads ‘Capissen 38’ on the bottom.” This is a reference to Kaylee Frye’s line in the film “Serenity:” “Don’t ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine, they fall right out of the sky.” [Strange Engine Part] starts an Alliance quest that you turn in to K. Lee Smallfry.

  • In the Sun’s Reach Harbor, the Innkeeper Caregiver Inaara <Innkeeper> is a reference to the Companion character Inara Serra, a character portrayed by the Brazilian-American actress Morena Baccarin. Her face and outfit looks also very similar to the series’ character.

 

I didn’t know about this one from the list:

Robin Hobb

  • The name of the tauren at the Nesingwary Safari in NagrandShado ‘Fitz’ Farstrider, appears to be a reference to the character FitzChivalry “Fitz” Farseer, and possibly also to his mentor Chade, from Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy. In addition to the similar names, Shado wears a wolfshead helm, and FitzChivalry was bonded with a wolf. (As possibly more of a stretch, FitzChivalry was a Wit or “beast magic” user, and seen by some as half-man/half-beast, a possibly fit description for a tauren.)

And as Robin Hobb is one of my favourite authors I am going to have to check it out again because I never made the connection. I might also have to pull the books back out now that I think about it.

 

On a more personal level the following one is really interesting:

H.P. Lovecraft

  • The Black Morass, an instance in the Caverns of Time set in what is to become the Blasted Lands, may refer to Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu”, in which Inspector Legrasse, investigating reports of strange rituals in New Orleans swamplands, is described to have “plowed on through the black morass”. The design of the zone itself closely adheres to Lovecraft’s description of the New Orleans marshes.

Drew loves HP Lovecraft and has always loved Black Morass. It was one of his favourite instances and always compares new ones to the love he felt.  I wonder if he knew of this connection (I am sure he did) or if this is just one massive coincidence for him?  I simply had no idea about the connection and it has me smiling!

I think my absolute favourite though has always been and will always be:

The Goonies

  • In The DeadminesEdwin VanCleef‘s pirate ship’s location inside a cave bears a resemblance to that of One Eyed Willie’s ship.

I had always felt as though that was what it was in reference to and Goonies is one of the best movies ever created (IMHO).  Of course the ships don’t look the same at all but it is a nice thought either way.

 

Other posts for this topic:

Techni”cool” Dad

Ann In Wonderland In Azeroth

Lord of Icecrown

Your Quest Log is Full

Alunaria

Back on Aussie soil :D

For the last two months we were in Malaysia for work and we finally flew home on Good Friday/Easter Saturday.  This is why there has been few posts this week.  I am simply just exhausted from the time zone change, including DST change as well. So I apologise for that! It was a long flight (8 hours) which was delayed 2 hours (with us sitting on the place waiting to take off). We had 2 children which alternated crying for 6 of those hours.

Easter Sunday we then had to drive 3 hours to pick up our cats from Drew’s mum, and back home Easter Monday, which took almost 5 hours due to traffic. Our fault entirely, we normally leave at dawn to avoid traffic but this time we left at almost midday. We won’t make that mistake again.

Just a little traffic

The cats look pretty grateful to be home though which makes me very happy. We were worried we would have to resettle them back into our house, but that didn’t seem to be an issue at all.

Just chilling out

 

The rest of the week we have been trying to sort out why we cannot stay connected to WoW for more than 20 minutes and have been moving my pc to different areas.  I am now down stairs in the dining room and cabled to the modem, Drew suspects the network cards are too blame based on our isolation testing.  We have an electrician coming to quote us on ethernet port installation so based on the price we might get that done or just buy power line adapters based on recommendations of friends who also play WoW.

We are back to work on Friday so honestly, we are just trying to get back into time zone and get some energy built up.  It is proving harder than I thought, but I will start posting again 🙂

To Stream or not to Stream?

To be, or not to be? That is the question—
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them?

I have been toying with the idea of streaming the last couple of weeks, more so since Drew suggested I should get into Vloging.  He really enjoys watching Panser #tradechat and she is enjoyable and fun, but I am not sure the stuff I blog about would be worthy of a Vlog.

I decided to see how hard it would be to start streaming and jumped onto Twitch for a squizz. I downloaded a program called Bebo and started fiddling with it. I would say I was “streaming”in about 20 minutes.  Not so bad really for a clueless nublet such as myself. I put that in quotation marks as flipping between game and software doesn’t really mean I was doing anything other than flying around herbing 😀 But I was sending data into the multiverse!

I remembered Panser commenting about moving to FB live to do her streaming now thanks to Youtube and their change in expectations with vidoes. So I also created a page on FB for Azerothian Life because I wanted to test out the Blizzard live streaming function they had, but I didn’t want it on my personal feed.  I have to test it out with my group and see if it records discord as well so they can be heard on the stream and not just me.

There is a video on my twitch channel of the 5 of us running a mythic 10 in kara however you can’t hear them very well as I had the wrong settings chosen.  I corrected it later and tested it with Ben, so in theory I know how it works.

I didn’t notice any frame rate issues with my laptop when running the stream in a dungeon, so I am hoping to stream on our raid nights, but honestly no idea how that will go.

I haven’t even looked at Youtube based on the Vloggers I watch who have commented on their recent changes making it difficult for people to even subscribe and receive content or be paid for that content.  So at this stage I am tossing up between twitch and facebook.  I also note that because I am an Amazon prime customer I get twitch prime which is nice as well.

Anyway, feel free to follow me on any of these places and let me know what streaming platform you prefer to use or watch!

 

Going Overseas

I have mentioned it previously however my hubby was sent for work to Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia for originally 4 weeks, it got extended to 9 weeks just prior to him leaving (1.5 days prior). He requested I be approved for a week annual leave to come visit him as 9 weeks is a very long time.

Instead, work decided to utilize my training skills and send me over for 3 weeks!! I am so freaking excited!

What this means is I won’t really be playing all that much.  Pet battling/levelling is pretty much all I will be doing as whilst my macbook is pretty new and very good – I don’t like playing WoW on such a small screen for too long. We are mainly just doing world quests to get our rep up with Suramar for the flying achievements.

I don’t know how my hubby is managing to do it without too much complaint.

I leave this Friday – 21st – if all gets approved in time. TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!  I will be over there on the saturday morning at about 7am.

There are a few things we are going to cram into the first week but there isn’t a huge amount to do for people like us who are generally not big shoppers. The larger issue being that on the last 2 weeks I will be on night shift of, as yet, undisclosed shifts.  This will limit me to maybe only having Sunday as a viable tourist day – honestly I don’t know though. I am sure it will very quickly become obvious how much sleep/awake time I will have.

I had toyed with the idea of flying to Cambodia and then maybe even Singapore but I just don’t think I will have time. We want to do Langkwai Island/sky  bridge but even fitting that in might be a struggle.

So – I will update as often as I can and do any blog challenges 🙂 but I hope you all have a lovely couplw of weeks while I am away missing my little babies.

What’s been going on and where am I?

Essentially I have had to step down from raiding with the guild.

To give you an idea why, I have no free weekends between now and July, I have something on every single weekend – including a trip to Adelaide, Wodonga and Tasmania!!  I have a few concerts on and then our yearly cluster of anniversary/birthdays as well.  It is crazy. Especially when in between we have some gardening and house sorting to do so we can put the place on the market – which we are trying to get done at the moment as well.   It has been that solid since the middle of February.

You think I am kidding, but I am not here is the list of my weekends:)

  • 11th April – Hubby is on call so I am doing some photography shoots possibly – weather permitting
  • 18th April – going to a friends place for dinner and spending the night
  • 25th April – friends coming to our place and spending the night
  • 2nd May (my bday) – meeting friends in the city to help run his show both days possibly (photography maybe)
  • 8th May – Backstreet boys concert, Hubby’s bday the next day
  • 16th May – Adelaide
  • 23rd May – Eurovision Party
  • 30 May – Ice hockey
  • 6th June – Hubby has lodge
  • 13th June – Glenn miller Orchestra for M-I-L bday present (going to Wodonga to pick her up and take her home)
  • 20th June – Tasmania
  • 27th June – free at this stage

Top top it all off I have Karate every Tuesday and Wednesday nights now. Funnily enough the raiding on Wednesday worked quite well as my karate finishes at 8.30 and is only 20 minutes away so I generally get home just in time to jump online for raid – if not about 10 minutes late.

So trying to raid Mon/Wed/Thur from 9-11pm and having to be out of the house at 5.30am every morning at the moment is pretty hard. Last time I let myself get too run down I had shingles for 2 weeks so I want to really avoid that.  Whilst I can generally be around for raid, I don’t have time or focus to be online for all the other things you need to be around for like doing daily quests, garrisons, farming crystals or doing Challenge modes etc.  I just don’t have the ability to be a great addition to the team.

I need more time to practice playing arcane, I need more time to make money so I can make all the changes I want to make to my gear, I need more time.  I just don’t have time.  I don’t have plans to stop playing entirely and I may join in on the casual raids, but at the moment I can’t commit to main team raiding.  Just ask the hubby about the tears when I made that decision. I cried for about 3 days whenever I looked at my computer or the login screen.

I am not sure how often this will be updated now, but I will do it as often as I have anything of interest to blog about :)

Non WoW: Eurovision!!!!!!

This weekend is Eurovision!

By the time this post is live, I will be waiting for the Grand Final to start and I will be likely completely excited and bouncing around the house like a crazy person.

I have been obsessed with Eurovision for a little while now, because my husband – bless him – decided to start supporting my lunacy and having a good time when we watched it together.  This increased my obsession from secretly reading sites and information so full blown dress ups and excitement for the weekend in May when my life just gets to exciting for words.

Friday – also my hubbies bday is the start of the finals, with half the contestants attempting to get through to the grand final, Saturday night is the second half, and then Sunday night is the deciding round with all the winners from Fri/Sat singing it out for top spot.  The country that wins is where Eurovision is hosted the next year.  I spent most of the time aviding social media on Sunday though as someone alway blurts out who wins.  I also get crazy with twitter and facebook – so if you follow my twitter – I consider this a warning…I tag everything though, so I am pretty sure you can mute a tag??  Use it :p

Anyway the entire point of this is that I will be not be around this weekend at all, I will be sipping rum and coke on the lounge enjoying the spectacle and awesomeness that is Eurovision!

I cannot tell you how excited I am!!

Eurovision-Song-Contest-2014

Lom’s Birthday

We have another birthday today!!

My gorgeous, wonderful, smart, funny, sexy, patient, caring and loyal husband to be exact.

This is just a quick post to thank him for all the years we have spent together and I look forward to many more!  I hope you have a fantastic day sweetheart – both in and out of Azeroth!WoWScrnShot_031814_152257

I see you!!

I see you!

pvp us

Apparently i am lazy in game as well….

Thela gave me a beta key to Everquest Landmark as my prize for winning the month of April, and so I figured I should get into it and have a go.

It seems to be a pretty time intensive game – to start up a little plot of land anyway, and I know it is a closed beta so there are some issues, but I am not entirely sure how well it will sit with me for a game over time.

I have been slack and not taken any pictures, I might try and get some tonight before the post goes live – so if there are pictures below – you know I remembered to do it!!

Firstly, there is absolutely no guidance in game as to what I am supposed to do.  It has always been a pet hate of mine when you log into a game and get no idea of what you are supposed to be doing.  I don’t want to play a game but spend half the time reading sites and watching youtube videos to understand basic gameplay or basic goals.  It took me over an hour to find on the various wikis that the reason I couldn’t claim land was because I didn’t have a flag and then more time figuring out I had to actually make said flag.

claim flag

This was after me spending time running around miles from anywhere to find land I could actually claim…I then had to get all the way back to the start…grrrr…

portal

Anyway, aside from that little hiccup, I am spending most of my time mining resources and logging and collecting things I need to make my little plot grow.  I am currently trying to locate some plain wood, but I may be in the wrong environment to do so, I have to switch to another area and try and find some more trees. This little issue is preventing me from making a forge at my site and so I need to do it asap if I am ever going to have any hope of building up – I don’t want to have to keep running back to the main area.

plain wood

 

The mining is pretty fun I have to admit, you get to dig right under the ground and make long tunnels in the ground.  I have been enjoying just seeing how far down some veins of minerals go.  It is slightly boring though as you just sort of hold the mouse button down over the place and it just keeps going.

Mining

digging

in the hole

Like all city building games though – you have to gather before you can start doing anything exciting, and so I just have to get through this boring period of gathering.

Once I had gathered enough for a flag to claim my land, I started building a little bit of a wall, however, I have been unable to figure out how to make the wall out of anything other than dirt.  I am guessing – I need to build my forge and other components before I can start making fancy walls.

my plot

My plan is to make a sparkling castle out of gems and gold.  Well that’s my plan – no idea if it is even possible, so far I have only seen a few gems, aquamarine and tourmaline, but I am hoping I get more variety later so I can continue to make my walls sparkle 🙂  The game says I can build anything I can imagine….so…let’s see if I can ….

my building

I have discovered though I don’t like having to sit there and gather myself – I am lazy, I want peons or serfs to do it for me, I like logging in and having all the resources I need just given to me for their work.  I don’t want to actually resource gather myself!

Let’s see how we go anyway…see how much of a building I can develop.