OOC – So Many Tasks and Not Enough Time


October 31, 2018

 

Been rather busy of late with RL stuff but that’s how it goes sometimes.   I know that physically I have had a few bad days, however, that’s also to be expected especially at this time of year when the weather is constantly going from roasting your bum to freezing it off. Yep, Fall is not an easy time in the Rockies.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading of late and have been extremely happy with my purchase of a Kindle. Easy to read anywhere and it fits in my purse very easily. I’ve wanted one for several years, however, I have quite an extensive library of hardback books with bookshelves taking up a large part of my loft. Oh well, I still read those too and will continue to enjoy myself. I know that I have read over 20 books since I made the purchase and it really is very relaxing when you don’t feel like jumping around in a video game.

I haven’t played much the last couple of weeks because I’m still making up my mind as to how I feel about the current expansion in World of Warcraft. I can’t recall seeing as many complaints about the game before now and some of them seem to have a bit of validity. I will admit that I have purchased the game for all my accounts and had planned on playing quite a bit more than I have in the last few months. I know that I will keep playing regardless if it is good or not because I still enjoy playing and I still enjoy interacting with people. I know that sounds kind of lame with the way that I have been playing lately. I know that it is hard to just think about walking away for a while, so, mini-breaks can’t hurt too much. I don’t mind running behind the crowd either because I keep hoping that the “bugs” will get squashed before I get there.

I’m turning into quite the casual player of games lately and I don’t really mind it because I don’t like the idea of being forced into doing something that isn’t real fun for me. Most of the time, if I am in the mood to play at all, it will be World of Warcraft because I have been in that game for longer than some people have been born. I know, it’s an addictive game but I’d much rather have that addiction than something else.   Still bopping along in Destiny 2 and having a giggle fest with Call of Duty – hey, I know my reactions are bad when I go “oh crap!” and I’m already dead. It’s fun anyway – good thing I’m not trying to compete with some people that want to be the best of everything.

Oh well, I suppose I should get ready for Halloween – I just won’t comb my hair and put my teeth in – that should scare the socks off the little blighters that coming ringing the bell.

 

See you in Azeroth

 

 

OOC – Health Issues and Reading a lot


September 25th

LOL, it always seems to happen but that’s the breaks at my age. 

Dental work always sucks even if you put it off if you can.  I’ve been dealing with some bad molars (a failed crown and root canal) and a filling that died with it on a second tooth.  Lots of infections and such but I kept putting it off and finally had to do the deed. Ouchy!!   I was saving up some money to get it done and had to deal with it until I could get it done without bankrupting myself.  Got it done a week ago and still having some issues with the refit on a denture, plus, waiting on a new partial.  Funtimes but worth it in the long term.

I have played a little bit of WoW and have tried to get a few issues resolved with some characters that got “damaged” during the last patch.  Contacted CS and that was a sheer waste of time – just need to backup and regroup and not stress about it. 

While I have been dealing with the medical things, decided to do some binge reading and have read a lot of books regarding World of Warcraft, naturally.  Some of them were re-reads because it has been a while, and some were new.   I sure have been using the heck out of my Kindle and enjoying every minute of it. Going back and reading some of the books helps renew my immersion in my characters and makes me reflect on some of my stories as well, which, does make writing a lot easier for me to do – works for me at least.  Even got crazy and got the Chronicles and haven’t even started reading them yet.  I’m enjoying my reading because it’s been a good two years since I was able to really “read” a book with any kind of comfort level with my sight.  Yep, sight is still not as good as it was but at least I can still fumble my way through a book and not have to worry about it that much.

I have always enjoyed playing World of Warcraft as well as reading the books that go along with the game.  I can remember when most of the information we would get about the game was doing the reading on the forums, however, that really hasn’t been the case in the last few expansions. 

Speaking of the forums – if you’ve been reading some of the stuff, please take it with a grain of salt because these are not the people that are happy with the game in some way or other.  If I was a person looking at the game and didn’t have any knowledge of the game and how it’s played, I wouldn’t want to play it.  Sure, there are problems in the game and some of it could have been avoided if Blizzard had listened to the Beta forum people, however, they didn’t listen, and we got socked with a bunch of bugs that were not repaired.  Oh well, I’m sure that it will get resolved and I will continue to do the thing of playing and working my way through – lagging as I usually do. 

I know that the problems always flare up at the beginning of the newest expansion and people get so nasty about it that it always makes me wonder why they are still playing the game if they hate everything about it.  I play at a casual rate and enjoy it even when it’s broken because I know that it will get fixed eventually and I can always go back to it.   People yelling to fire this person and that person seems a bit mean and unrealistic – that’s just my opinion.

I know that I will probably start getting back into the game now that a lot of medical problems have been kind of resolved for the time being and will start feeling better.   I know that I will never feel like I did a few years ago and have the energy or stamina to play for the hours that I used to play.  Hey, it’s reality and sometimes RL takes longer to adult in than it used too.

Still learning my way around on the new computer – ended up having to uninstall and reinstall World of Warcraft and my addons due to having moved the files to the wrong drive. I could not figure out why some of the changes that were being made were not showing up in my files or the game.  What’s an SSD and a regular drive and what does it do?   LOL, there were some of my issues and I plead ignorance, but I think I have it figured out now. 

 

See you all in Azeroth

 

OOC – Reading is good


September 15th

I have wanting a Kindle for a long time and finally got one – hehe, that should be I have a new addiction and I’m enjoying it very much.  It was definitely fun to exercise my mind a bit and get totally immersed in the stories that I read.

Game of Thrones was my biggie and I’m waiting for the new book to be released as well as the final season on HBO.  There are some variables in the series on HBO and the books themselves but I took it all in stride and still stayed buried in the five books for a good read.

Before The Storm – excellent read for me and a light one.  Anything dealing with World of Warcraft is my jam anyway.  Got totally immersed in the story and it does help to know what lead up to the Battle of Azeroth.  My opinion of the game currently isn’t real good but I’ll hang in there to see if it gets better, I hope.

Wolfheart – oh my, just let me curl up and enjoy the moments with Varian again.  He was my hero since the beginning and when he died on the Broken Shore, it definitely took me a long while to get over that.  It’s funny how we always get so involved with some of these pixels but it is a good thing.

I have always been a real fan of World of Warcraft and I will have to say that I have enjoyed all of the expansions even when they were stinkers, however, I’m a bit disappointed with the latest one and I hope it gets better.  I know it’s only been out a month and there have been more than a few bugs and more than a few glitches – what I am waiting for is some “meat” to the story so I can lose my way through the story at least.

Well, back to finish some of my unfinished stories for my poor little characters and some more immersion, if it’s possible, in the game so that I can get the feelings back.  Funny how playing a character in the game can get you involved in their emotions and minds easily.

See you in Azeroth.

OOC – Happy Anniversary in RL


August 31st, 2018

Woot!!  Happy Anniversary to me and my spouse!!  It’s truly had to believe that we have been married for 39 years today.  Time has gone by so quickly and it just seems that we’ve gotten older to go along with it.  It’s quite the milestone for this day and age, however, it took a lot of work and effort to make it happen.

It’s been fun, and it’s been a trial just as it is in any relationship and we’ve had our bumpy spots too.  I know that we’ve raised our family, worked jobs and retired.  Now in the Golden Years is not quite as golden as we would like, however, life is just as it is. I know quite a few people thought that we would never make it this far and we’ve watched them get divorced a few times – that’s okay, it’s what they chose to do.  We’re still here and we might fight from time to time, but it is still a milestone.

I just wanted to share this with my WordPress friends and my World of Warcraft family too.  I don’t think that we are doing anything special today other than the usual thing.  A nice dinner at home and a quiet evening.  Hey, when you get older, it’s easier to take the casual approach to some things.

See ya in Azeroth!!

OOC – Update and getting there…


August 19, 2018

Having so many stories roaming about in my brain and wanting to play instead of writing has been an issue of mine for the last year, however, think I’ll try to do a bit more writing and build up my following a bit more.

Had zero issues with the launch of Battle for Azeroth and have enjoyed what little I have played in the new zones, however, once again, I am still stuck with some of the things in Legion if I plan on expanding my character base a bit with new Allied races.  I will never understand why Blizzard locked everything behind the reputations and will say that I dislike it immensely.  That’s just my personal opinion and nothing against those that have done it – I am always behind these last two expansions.   I don’t think that will change anytime soon because I’m not doing a whole lot to advance myself – toon hopping is not going to make it go faster although it does make it more entertaining for me and I never get bored with it.

I am going to say that I don’t care for the “new” armor – never did like the idea of running around looking like a sad neon sign. So, I will be doing a lot of transmog in this expansion as I level just to keep my immersion going. The super bright gold on the armor makes me feel like I am standing in a cave with a spotlight on myself – not appealing to me at all.  Again, this is my opinion.

All the drama leading up to the launch left me feeling very drained emotionally because I play both Horde and Alliance.  I can see why this was done the way that it was and that was to build up the hype and get more people to join into the hype for the War, however, if left me feeling a bit depressed.  

On the Horde side, I was dismayed and sad to see that the Horde is being touted as the bad guys as usual, however, the genocide was not enjoyable for me.  Both factions have done horrible things in the past and will continue to do so – this is World of WARcraft, after all, not my Little Pony.

At least I am starting to feel like I am going to be able to play a bit more and I’m able to do play a little bit longer at a time.  Having some vision issues again, however, that goes with the age.   Still enjoying the game and I hope that everyone is enjoying themselves.  I’m going to hang out in Legion a bit to grind out the reps but that’s par for the course.  I’m always behind and I get to play at a leisurely pace.

 

See you all in Azeroth.

 

OOC -Just Having A Good Time


July 26th, 2018

I will have to say that I have been having some fun playing World of Warcraft for the last couple of weeks and haven’t really written anything.  Just been busy playing away and trying to get caught up since I seemed to have gotten over my medication issue for now.

I know that I had quite a few characters to go back and re-establish with their classes and tried experimenting with some of them.  I do have access to Beta and to the PTR although I will have to admit that I haven’t been using either one of them lately at all – just trying to make sense out of the current expansion and trying to get set for the new one.  I know that I have spent more time on my computer in the last few days than I have since I got it.  It’s awesome to be able to zip around and do the things that I want without hearing my old computer groaning and dropping the rates down so low that I felt like I was crawling.  It was a real potato and I still have my second computer that tends to run a bit warm, but fans are a wonderful thing.

I finally got brave and took some of my characters off “Twink” status to finish out areas before moving onto the next expansion.  I’ve decided that I am just going to run with them and go where I feel like going.  Trying to level a character or complete some of the achievements in Draenor is darn near impossible now since the mobs hit harder and kill you faster than they do on the Broken Shore.

One of the things about the Battle for Azeroth pre-expansion quests is that the characters must be maxed out, so you don’t end up running a bunch of alts up the ladder.  I know that I had quite a few that I ran up to the 100 level during the pre-expansion stuff for Legion.  It was fun running around and being a part of the Invasions before Legion dropped.  Now I am trying to do the alt catch up a bit too.

Now that I am starting to feel somewhat better, I am finally getting to do a few things in-game and in RL that I haven’t been able to do for a long time.  To be able to sit down and read a book and comprehend what I’m reading is a wonderful thing.

I hope to see you all in Azeroth sometime soon. 

OOC – Things Happen


July 12th, 2018

Well, all my plans for the month of June had to take a hiatus due RL stuff going on and I am going to try to get back into this thing called writing.  I know that I haven’t even spent the time to try to catch up with all the authors that I have been reading for years.   I’m going to take my time so that I don’t get all that stressed out with everything too.  Stress is my bane of existence because if I get too stressed about stuff, I get sick and that is exactly what happened to the month of June.

I know that when I had planned to get stuff done, I was being a bit ambitious and that was my undoing.  Some things you just don’t learn as you get older too – overloading does not make the task enjoyable. I know that I really know how to plan things out and with as much time on my hands since I retired years ago, sometimes I just think that I will have all the time in the world to get things done.  I used to work in an industry where deadlines were your bread and butter and you were judged on your achievements in that area – add in quality of work and that was a bonus.

I know that with the way our weather has been in Colorado, I haven’t had much time or inclination to be spending a lot of time outside in the sunshine.  I know we have broken several records so many times this season that it is almost shocking.  Heat and I don’t get along all that well.  When you get to be my age, there are only so many clothes you can take off before you start laughing uncontrollably.  Gravity is not my friend at this age.    With all my computer equipment being in my loft, it does get warm up there even with AC – heat rises and with lofted ceilings, it likes to heat up and hold it there for a long time.  My skylights are heavily tinted to keep the brightness out of the loft as much as possible because it has gotten to where the super bright lights tend to blind me at times. 

I don’t know why I thought I could get a lot of stuff done in Legion before Battle for Azeroth is dropped on August 14th and I tried, however, being an altoholic does make it a bit more fun.  Sure, I don’t have the new races released yet with the rep grinds and I don’t have flying.  I am just calling a screeching halt to the constant grind I’ve been doing while I’ve been online.  I’ll get it done when I get it done and I don’t have to have all the shinnies that were in Legion either because I don’t really care at this point.  I will do the best that I can and enjoy the time in the game just as I always have.  I know that I think Blizzard can take their Pathfinder requirements and put them where the sun don’t shine because that has taken a lot of fun out of the game for me.  Draenor drove me to distraction and I got it all done, however, it was after Legion dropped that I really started overloading myself with characters.

When Legion did their expansion drop preliminary events, I did run up quite a few characters with it and I’ve been stuck with them in Draenor for the last couple of years because I was busy in Legion trying to get caught up with things.  It’s not so easy to do when you have two computers crap out on you and you must save your money up, so you can get a new rig (which I do have and totally love).  I have several characters in Legion currently and I was mistaken for a long time when I thought that you “shared” some of the achievements and reputations – really put a roadblock out there for me.  I am willingly admitting that I have always used “guides” to find my way through the expansions and with Legion not having that information readily available for deeper research, it has been challenging.  I’ll do what I can when I feel like playing at this point and continue my happy way.

I also have been able to get some new glasses and that has made a huge difference for me because I was struggling with a pair of glasses that really didn’t do it for me sometimes.  I know that I have been reading a lot too – books that I have had a long time and couldn’t seem to get my brain to stay on them for as long as I would like.  When I ready, I am one of those people that likes to lay down and get comfy – which leads to unanticipated naps.  I’m also known for binge-watching television shows that I really liked a lot.  Hey, it’s not a big deal when you can make up your own schedule as you go along.

This was a lot longer than I wanted it to be, however, it is a start in the right direction of writing a little bit.   I will try to get caught up on the reading of my friends’ posts and try to get some character writing done as well – just like last month.  I hope to see you all in Azeroth soon.