OOC – Dental Work, Drugs and Other Fun Things…

July 13th

This is definitely an OOC post and not exactly what I had in mind for today, however, I felt like I wanted to report in and let people know that I am not really a snob and I do talk to folks now and again.

I’ve officially gone seven months without any tobacco products although I will have to admit that vaping has been something I have enjoyed to keep the nicotine shakes away sometimes.   Who knew when you picked up the filthy habit that it was worse than heroine to try to get away from.  I am proud to admit that I am down to level 3 on my nicotine content and can honestly say that I feel tons better.

Just went through a two month period of sheer physical and mental agony that has finally drawn to a close with my dental work.  I never knew that dental surgery could be so agonizing and found out how much I don’t really care for soup and pasta.  Yep, eating nothing but “chunky” soup and various pasta dishes, plus, occasionally a saltine cracker just for the texture if nothing more.  It’s a great way to lose weight, however, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

I had been having chronic sinus infections for the last five years or so and have taken so many antibiotics during that time period that I am truly surprised that I haven’t gotten allergic to some of the more popular meds for that sort of thing.  Anyway, after going through all of that, I had a dental crown break and made the dash to the dentist.  Well, low and behold, abscessed teeth were discovered and an infection from hell that had been there for months, if not years.  At my age, I wasn’t going to spend the money on implants at this point, so, I am now the proud owner of an upper denture.  Not a bad thing for me since I had been wearing a partial or had bridges for the last thirty years, so, the denture wasn’t a total shock to my brain.  I was just shocked that my medical doctor hadn’t discovered this issue long before the dentist did – oh well, I suppose that it was just one of those things that one has to pursue on your own.

I will have to admit that I am feeling a whole lot better since I had the teeth pulled and the surgery that went along with that.  At least I can see and feel a definite improvement in my overall health because I don’t have a infection hiding out and undoing all of the work that I was trying to do to make myself feel better.  Okay, all done talking about personal medical things for now – don’t want to gross anyone out or anything.

Back to World of Warcraft

 

I will have to admit that I am still playing quite a bit, however, I know that I am a bit burnt out on some of the Draenor experience, even with flying.  I have a second Bnet account that I opened on a whim about two years ago and still haven’t gotten the Pathfinder done on that one yet and it’s rather doubtful that I will before Legion drops.  Oh well, I only play World of Warcraft these days, so, it’s not like I don’t have the time to play when I want too.

I have been in the Beta a little bit and I have some concerns with the pruning that they have done on some of the classes and wonder how many of my characters I will finally run through Draenor.  I know that I am very heavy into the Hunter Class and I’m not real sure that I like the new take on that in Legion, seems to have had all of the uniqueness and fun taken away and revamped with some real awful stuff.  I wish they had done a few changes but not a whole revamp of the class.  Sure does make me wonder if Blizzard isn’t going to go console on the game in the future – fewer buttons and less control points me in that direction.  I’ll give it a shot and see how it goes when it goes “live” because you really can’t tell what is actually going to happen until then.  I still have a couple of boosts left over on my main account and my second account, however, I have kind of made the decision that I am not boosting anything until I see how Legion really is because I may find another class that I enjoy almost as much as I do my hunters.

I still have a lot of work to do in Draenor on my mains, however, I’m less inclined to finish that part of it up just to say that “I did it” because most of it has been extremely tiring for me physically.   A lot of my feeling tired is due to the medical issues that we’ve already discussed and right now I just want to play and enjoy the classes as I know them now.

Nope, still haven’t been writing that much and publishing it as you can see on my blog dates.  I had written quite a few things when I couldn’t play, however, after further review – I deleted them.  One shouldn’t try to write creatively when you’re on heavy duty pain meds.  When you’re not on them, you can see the flaws and see that your grammar fell off the cart somewhere on the rocky path of being stoned out of your mind.  I can see how people can get addicted to them though – you lose hours and even days that you aren’t aware of until you come out of the fog.  The hot coffee pot in the refrigerator was the dead giveaway that maybe I should start tapering things off and the reversed sweat pants topped the deal.   I have never been a heavy drinker or a person that takes a lot of heavy duty drugs of any kind, so, my husband found some of the antics I was going through quite amusing – I may never live some of them down.

Speaking Out or Just Talking To Myself…

June 22nd

Yo Book!!

It’s been a while, however, I’ve been rather busy of late and haven’t had a moment to call my own – or so I’m told.  Anyway, I thought I would sit and fucking write for a while because I’m tired of working my arse off for a bunch of ungrateful peons.  Yes, I am talking about my lovely Garrison that I have been saddled with since my arrival in Draenor.  I’m a Ranger, not some paper shuffling clerk and manager of people with IQs that are lower than room temperatures – In Frostfire, that’s pretty damned low too.

I think I am just disgusted because I want to go home to Pandaria and see Romy and the kids.  I haven’t even seen my son yet because I wasn’t allowed to go home for the birth nor was I allowed to go home afterwards.  Seems totally unfair to me because I know that I am not needed all that much here at the Garrison, it can run along smoothly for a few days without my presence.  I will admit that I do have a firm boot when it comes to some of my people that I catch sleeping on the job.

As I do my mandatory stroll around the Garrison each morning, I have chanced upon a few Orcs doing “squats” with their arms loaded with wood and that’s okay, I guess, however, the thing that is really bothering me is the fact that somethings they are standing next to a tree while they are doing these calisthenics.  Now, do I want to know what they are really doing or do they have some incredible itch that they can’t reach with their arms full and they are too stupid to put the wood down?  I’m not even going to ask.

Another thing, the mines.  I was never a miner and I sure never have liked being caves or anything underground.  Now, I have to do the daily inspection and actually take ore samples every single day.  I don’t have a problem with the inspection, however, I have no clue what it is that I am doing with these samples.

I think the goblins have some kind of Union for the people that work in the mines.  They are all identical little female blonde goblins.  I do mean identical, the voices the appearance, and the way that they do everything in the mine.  There are no male goblins down there – do the females really leave the mine at quitting time or is there a quitting time? Oh, occasionally I do have a run in with one of the critters in the mine, a goblin can be standing right next to the critter or even me and they just keep hammering away at the ore as if there is nothing going on.  I know they are hired to do mining and that’s all they are going to do even if it means I’m getting the hell beat out of me, they won’t lift a finger.   All of the male goblins are on the surface in the Garrison doing other chores – I need to speak with Gazlowe about this stuff, I suppose.  It just seems curious to me.  Let’s face it, everything is weird in Draenor.

I’m also running a shipyard.  Why?  What I know about naval strategy and shipbuilding you could put in a thimble and lose it. I don’t like ships, boats or anything other than my fishing raft when it comes to water.  At least I know where all of the Orgrimmar Orcs are being sent – shipyards and Garrisons.  I know that I shouldn’t say this, however, I am really starting to wonder about Orcs – why are there so many and why are we here in Draenor fighting an Orc fight – we’re Blood Elves, Sindorei, why do we need to be kept here indefinitely.  It definitely isn’t because we offer fashion ideas to them or anything.

I haven’t even had time to go visit Fnor’s Garrison for the last couple of weeks because I have been busy getting my people out on patrols and trying my level best to make sure that everything is running as it should.  I hope that if I keep my nose to the grindstone that I will finally convince the higher-ups that I should get permission to go back to Azeroth for a while.  I have heard tales of people that have gone back without permission and all of their properties, money, titles and everything they hold dear were commandeered from them supposedly by the Horde Command.  That’s a bit harsh.

I just know that I want to go see my family.  I know that I miss Romy more than I could even imagine and I want to see my kids.  I just hope they haven’t forgotten me.

 

Fnar Dawnglory

 

 

OOC – Just Thoughts From An Old Gamer…

June 14th

 

Well, I have spent a lot of time bouncing around in World of Warcraft on various characters and just having some fun with them.  Of course, I know that I have quite a few characters and I really feel sorry for some of the people on my BattleNet because I know that I must drive them bonkers sometimes when I do my jumping from character to character.  I still have my secondary account for a little while longer and there aren’t nearly as many people that have that one, which is okay, that’s why I made the second one – for experimentation on different classes and I don’t want anyone to know whom the idiot might be that can’t do squat with a rogue.

I did sit through the Warcraft movie premiere and I will have to admit that it looks great and has me a little bit hyped up for the game too.  I know that I haven’t seen the movie yet and probably won’t go through the effort of attending it at the local cinema, however, with some of the shots that I have seen look awesome.  Can’t say anything about the acting because I haven’t seen it and even if I had, I wouldn’t want to make any statements that would spoil it for others.

I actually went back and resurrected a couple of my old characters that I had deleted years ago and have been having a lot of fun getting them caught up.  Remember when mages had to have tokens in their bags for teleporting?  Yep, still had them in one character’s bags which made me giggle, however, I am totally happy that I had brought him back.

Ah yes, my priest, after so many months of trying to level her and getting her over 50, I finally threw in the towel, however, the towel has been resurrected and I am in the process of learning how to play her again with the way that the spells have changed after all of these years – lots of fun.  I leveled her completely as Holy and now I am running a dual spec with the help from some research on the rotations.  Gonna be fun running that one and I can finally try my hand at healing again.

I will have to say I will be closing down my secondary account in the near future because none of the characters have made their way through to earn Pathfinder.  I have to laugh because it took me close to a year to get flying in Draenor because I could only handle the frustration for brief periods of time before I would bag it and head back to MoP with alts that have kept at level 90.  I actually have quite a few still at 90 because I twinked them so that I could enjoy the full panoramic view of Pandaria to my heart’s content.  Am I going to bring all of them up to Draenor before Legion drops?  Oh, that is so doubtful.  I have a dozen in Draenor currently and I think that is more than enough to make myself crazy with although the flying has helped considerably.

Yes, I do play other classes other than “just hunters” however, I am trying out a few different things with them these days to see what it is going to be like in Legion.  I do have the Beta and have jumped in there a little bit to see what is going on from time to time.  I won’t spend as much time testing this time as I did with the last one and with MoP because I was pretty well burned out when they finally dropped.  I am rather anxious to see what is going to happen with the classes with Legion, it is pretty confusing currently.

Starting off in Dalaran is pretty confusing on a Level 100 character on a class that you used to know like the back of your hand is rather daunting.  If I ever see my character’s face, I’ll be shocked, I’m sure.  I need to do some more research on “what to do” because when I landed, it was so crowded that you just kind of stood there and went OMG.  I’m sure that once I get into it a bit further, it will all make sense.  Right now, I’m just bumbling along and reading chat and the forums to see how things work – just sticking with BM for my hunter right now, however, I’ll try out a few on SUR and MM.

I guess I will have to admit that I have been really surprised at getting invitations to play in Alpha and Beta for the last three expansions, however, I do play a lot. No, I’m not a streamer and it would be hard to sell because I’m a little old person that isn’t all that photogenic.  Besides, my language can get pretty salty sometimes, so, I’m very careful when I’m on Vent. The military side of me sticks out when my ire is raised to a certain level and I hate for it to come out in public.

Past, present and future?  I don’t think that any of us knows exactly how far reaching the changes will be in World of Warcraft when Legion does drop.  Making that adjustment to the classes will be quite the adventure because it appears as though we’ve lost quite a bit of the old continuity that has been a part of the classes since the beginning.  I’m really worried about the hunter class and the specs that have changed so dramatically.  I used to play MM all through Cata when I wasn’t just out questing and enjoyed it quite a bit, not so much in MoP – Survival was my mainstay for raids and instances when I got off my behind and actually went. I haven’t run a single instance in Draenor because of the Proving Grounds and my old hand/eye coordination is not quite quick enough or it might be from the potato that I insist on playing on (can’t afford a brand-new swank gaming machine at the moment).

One of the things that I have been doing is updating all of my computers with Windows 10, including my laptop and I will have to admit that I have been quite pleased with how easily the task was accomplished.  I did have to redo the laptop because the User hit the wrong button at the wrong time and fouled things up, however, it was an easy fix.

I’m also getting back into the mood to write more now because I feel that I need to at least make some attempt at getting back into that again after four years of being on Word Press.  Yes, got the notice in my achievements yesterday and I will have to admit that I was surprised.  Doesn’t seem that it has been that long.  Well, I had better scoot and get some things done around the house before our afternoon rain storms actually start moving in again.

 

Yes, We Are Truly Far From Home…

June 10th

Dear Journal,

It has been quite some time since I have made the time to write things down, however, since the transition to Draenor and all of the responsibilities that seem to have been thrust upon me, there just isn’t time.  How was I to know that I would be put in a position where I would be in charge of an entire Garrison?  I know it makes me proud and sad at the same time – I came here to serve the Alliance and to protect Azeroth from these Orcs that have fallen prey to the diabolical mind of Garrosh.  Luckily, that part is pretty much over.  We have been given reason to believe that the crazed fool is no longer with us, however, his influence has befouled the minds of so many that he came into contact with.  We are desperately trying to clean up the mess he left behind.

I will never fully grasp how Garrosh escaped from Pandaria with all of the guards and protections that had been put into place to make sure that he remained in custody.  Oh well, it’s not something that I witnessed and can only go on what I was told happened.  It seems that treachery has a very long arm indeed and the price has to be paid by many.

Today I decided to run away for a while with my journal and write some of my own thoughts down without having the constant interruptions that I have to deal with at “my” Garrison – still feels funny to think that the place is supposedly mine to manage and deal with.  It’s not unlike the company back in Stormwind, same personnel matters. The usual dramas that you have when you put a group of people together in a fairly confined area in a strange place.

I will admit that one of the main reasons that I came to Draenor was because I wanted to be near my Sindorei, my beloved.  Oh, I know that we’re older, however, I can assure you that the passion still runs as deep as it ever did between the two of us and we have been separated too many times in the past to want to endure it any longer.  Yes, our son, Kaldor, is up here as well and I will admit that sometimes I think it embarrasses him to think that his parent may still have some kind of intimate life going on after all of these years. I almost have to laugh because he has his own Sentinel to deal with and one of these days, maybe, I might be a Grandmother, if Elune wishes it.

I’m very happy that Fnor and Kal are here in Draenor, however, my heart yearns to see my other children and my parents.  I don’t understand this time thing at all and it concerns me a great deal. If you could truly feel time passing, I’d say that it is at a snail’s pace in Draenor, does that mean that the time on Azeroth is the same or what?  It’s all very confusing to me and I can’t fathom if there could be a difference.  Of course, there are mages that will transport you back to Azeroth and the correct time for a fee, however, you still need to get permission from your commanding officers above you to take one of those trips – there are people of higher rank that you have to answer too.

I will admit that I am enjoying seeing things the way that they supposedly existed in my time-line long before I was born.  I dearly love Shadowmoon Valley and Nagrand, although, the creature comforts that I have aren’t there in this time period.  For those of us that have lived in Nagrand prior to coming to Draenor, it is indeed quite the shock and the vastness of the area is wonderful.   It takes time to adjust to these things without getting a little bit confused from time to time with landmarks that should be there and are not.

Fnor laughs about the fact that he has to lean heavily on his map reading to find his way around in some places because his memories of our time tend to over-ride what he sees in front of him.  I can well imagine that he wants to get back to our Azeroth as much as I do.

Amyn

 

 

Nestick’s Adventures…

June 2nd

Dear Journal,

I know that I haven’t written in a while, however, that’s because I have been having some issues.  I was wandering around Orgrimmar and ran into a recruiter that was having people sign up to serve the Horde.  It seemed like a good idea at the time and I thought I would be going to Pandaria, which is where the girls are.  I do miss Hazey and Brianca.

Anyway, I signed the papers and marched along with the group that I was assigned too and found out that where I went was not Pandaria, it was this place called Draenor.  This was not what I wanted at all, however, once you’re here, you’re stuck until you can afford to pay a mage to ship you back to Orgrimmar.  If I had known that I was being shipped to this place, you can bet that I wouldn’t have signed that paper – it’s cold, constantly snowing and there are Orcs everywhere.  I don’t quite understand what we are doing here and I sure wasn’t planning on commanding a Garrison – that’s not my forte at all – I’m a hunter, not some military person.

All I wanted was a way to get to see the girls in Pandaria, I mean, not all of the time but a friendly visit now and again.  I have heard all of these wonderful things about the place and I haven’t ventured all that much out of Kalimdor since I got there.  Sure, I go home to the Undercity now and again to visit with friends that I still have there, however, I don’t think that I will be doing that again for a while.

I did hear that the owner of Morningstar Enterprises is here and I guess I will have to find him and let him know what happened because I don’t want to lose my position with the company.  Oh well, guess I’ll roam around and see what else I can find out about this place.

Nestick

 

OOC – More Adventures In Life and World of Warcraft…

June 1st

Belated Salute to Memorial Day!!

 

Well, I will have to admit that I had a busy long weekend and never left the house.  I know that it is not unusual for me to stay home on a holiday weekend because I just had getting out in the traffic.  Let’s not forget that it was the opening of many of the parks and lakes here in Colorado which means, many a can of beer was downed for those that imbibe.

I decided to take the leap and get busy with Windows 10.  Actually, things went rather smoothly and I am happy with the way that the games perform and it seems as if the performance of the overall machines is a lot better or it could possibly be that “new car” feel yet that hasn’t worn off.  I actually kind of like the OS because it is at least similar to my old faithful Windows 7 on the main screen.  Hey, when you get to be my age, change is a real challenge to the old brain.  I’m actually happy that I waited so late to get the thing installed because it appears as though they got rid of most of the bugs that would have affected my game playing.  The only game that I play on a regular basis is World of Warcraft and it works like a charm with this new setup.

I’m still out there running amuck in Draenor with my multitude of characters that have made it that far.  Life sure is a lot easier since I finished Pathfinder and can zip along if I wish or take my time, which is usually the case.  I will have to admit that the number of 100s that I have is not real impressive as far as the numbers go, however, they are mostly Horde.  I do need to work on my Alliance folks some to make sure that they are at least somewhat ready for Legion.

I’m as happy as can be that some of my issues with my computer cleared up as soon as I made the change to Windows 10 or appear to have been fixed.  You never know if those things are lurking out there and ready to pounce on the very non-tech literate (currently) computer user.  Anyway, I made the transition and it seem okay to me.

As far as playing World of Warcraft, I’m plodding along and alt hopping a lot as is my usual method of play.  I do have two Battlenet Accounts  – my main merged accounts have flying in Draenor and I’m still working on getting that evil beast done on the second.  I may or may not finish Pathfinder on the second account before Legion drops on the second account, however, it’s not like there isn’t going to be time to do it afterwards.

My thoughts and feelings have changed a bit since I started flying around and wish that I could have gotten it much earlier in the expansion.  I don’t know what it is about Draenor that makes me actually physically tired – it just seems never-ending and not much in the way of “Fun”, just a lot more grinding that isn’t all that interesting or it might just be me.  That’s why I am wondering if I will get it the second time on my secondary account at all.

I’m actually getting into the position of starting to write about some of my characters again and get back into the reasons why I play an RP realm.  Of course, I am running around leveling and rarely stop long enough to really get into the RP going on or doing a lot of walkups, which, is going to change here in the next few weeks. I still attend events on the server and take it all in when I can.

Well, happy gaming all of you and I hope to get something written up for my characters in the very near future.

Thanks again for your patience with my writer’s block and for reading when I do actually publish something, it is greatly appreciated.

OOC – May – Reporting Back In…

May 6th, 2016

No, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time writing for my characters of late, I’ve spent the majority of my time playing the game when I have the opportunity to do so.  I will have to admit that I have felt somewhat uninspired with writing stories for my characters since Draenor dropped and the whole timeline thing started.  Let’s just say that it put the kabosh on my fantasy world pretty well. I still enjoy the game and I still play, however, the immersion has taken a hiatus that I may never completely recover from as far as my writing ability.  I liked things that seemed somewhat logical and the lore was a bit more cohesive than what has been presented so far – looking forward to Legion to see if they tie these things back together again.

I finally got my flying all done on my main Bnet accounts, however, I am still working on the secondary Bnet and will get it eventually.  I’m not planning on taking all of my accounts through to Legion just yet because I find that I still have a whole lot more to do in the game that I may never finish as it is. So many achievements to be done on both accounts.  The secondary account is fun because it gave me a way to start completely over with things without having to guess what was actually done on what character.  Some things that are shared really throw things off.

Now, I need to go back and get caught up with all of things written by the people that I normally follow, just haven’t been following it all that often of late and haven’t even used my trusty laptop all that often either.  It seems to just sit there and gather dust until I take pity on it and plug it back in and set about getting everything updated all over again. What can I say?  I will have to apologize for not following things along as I normally do, however, I have been off doing other things that weren’t truly WoW related.  Missed a lot of the storylines and it will take some time to get all caught up with everyone.

I will let everyone know that we have gone from freezing our backsides off to getting toasty warm here in Colorado.  It’s that time of year when you never really know what the weather is going to be like from one hour to the next.   We just had one of the worst heavy wet snow storms last week and now we’re nearing the 80F in the last couple of days.  You can say that the weather in Colorado is never boring.

Take care all and I will catch up with you all in-game sometime, I hope.