OOC – The Joys Of Not Being Mechanically Inclined


August 16, 2019

I don’t usually procrastinate with things that I need to do; however, I am not known for my ability to put furniture together even with the instructions.  The last couple of items that I have been forced to deal with had no written instructions, just pictures.  Yes, it did give some hilarity when I discovered that some of the pictures had been printed backwards and didn’t do what you wanted it to do.  Oh well, good thing I figured that puzzle out.   I have a very large L-shaped executive desk in my loft that is filled with computer screens’.  I thought that my next best option would be to purchase a small folding desk to get things set up for the return of my Corsair.  If it overheats this time, I’ll be shocked because we’re almost sitting in the A/C vent.

Anyway, I wasn’t expecting the computer back until today or tomorrow and thought I had ample time to get my desk put together and get a few things sorted out or pitched out to the refuse bin.  Well, sweat was pouring and I was hip deep in instructions written in Russian and pictures that my granddaughter could’ve drawn – the doorbell rings and I beat feet down to the door.  Yep, computer got here on Wednesday, a day or two early.

You must understand that I am one of those people that can’t chew gum and walk at the same time without causing themselves physical damage.  Yesterday was the day the Lord Hath Made to Make Me feel silly.  I had this giant box in my living room that was the “folding desk” – well, dunno if they thought that was a joke to try to fold an elephant several times and stuff it in an envelope, however, it took me the better part of two hours to get the thing out of the box. I had box cutters, scissors and my bare hands – that was just for the box.  Well, got the box open and discovered that there was more packing in there than chips in a Lays potato chip bag.  I decided that I would leave that on there while I totally took aim at the stairs and lifted it one step at a time up a full flight of stairs – I don’t think my back and my feet will ever be the same.

Let me explain real quickly that I weigh less than a one hundred pounds and I’m less than five feet tall – that should explain the lifting up the stairs for some of you – plus, I’m 70 years old and your muscles don’t exactly stick with you at this age.  Back in the day before I hit my “Golden Years” I would just have hefted the thing up over my head and trotted up the stairs – old age ain’t grand.

Anyway, finally got the desk in position and got it all set up and then came more fun things – opening the new screen box (box cutter was downstairs and I didn’t want to go back after it), getting the keyboard out, mouse out, getting it all set up on the desk.  Awesome, we’re now cooking along.  Carried the computer upstairs and unpacked that to set it up.  My fun part was trying to locate another power strip to plug all this wonderful stuff into – that’s another story and I won’t go into that.

Got it all set up and discovered that built-in speakers on the display sucked swamp water, so, quickly ordered another set of speakers from Amazon.  Oh, the speakers work but it must be manually done on the display to turn up the sound and all that, doesn’t recognize the keyboard commands.  Those even came in a day early too, what a joy.

Now, you also must remember that my husband is physically challenged and couldn’t help with any of this, so, his suggestion after it was all finished was “Why didn’t you just carry the boxes up to the loft?” – I think I wanted to hit him, but I just smiled and nodded my head and replied, “I just wanted to do it my way.” 

The Corsair seems to be working just fine and the setup is kind of tiny but it’s big enough for what I want to do with it.   Of course, have the newest gaming machine in the place of honor and the potato right next to it.  The Corsair is sitting closer to the A/C vent and the stairs (there is a reason for that if it fails again).  One of these days I will take a picture of my setups and post it when I get enough energy stored up to give the place a good cleanup.  Now, if I have someone over, they can use one of the computers without taking my spot and using my comfy gaming chair.

LOL, I’m not sure why I wrote this, just needed to vent about my adventures of how I put things together.  Many pinched fingers and bruised toes later, it’s done and I’m very pleased with my efforts.  The fun thing is that it is all paid for and I am never going to buy another piece of equipment – that’s the plan, anyway.

See you all in Azeroth.

OOC – Still Having Fun


August 13, 2019

I will have to admit that I was one of those silly people that sat there for quite a while and finally got the names that I wanted to play in Classic.  I do intend to play a bit of it but I’m not dedicating all of game time to that endeavor because I have too many characters in retail to let it just sit idly by.  I’m happy that I got my original names from Classic and I went totally Alliance.  I honestly don’t know how much time I will spend in Classic because I know how it was when it was current, and I have been spoiled by the retail game now.

I did start out playing Alliance back in the day and stayed in that group for roughly five years before moving my characters from IceCrown to Wrymrest Accord.   I might still be on my original server except for five years I played a male character and didn’t use Voice Chat at all until three days before I left the server and the fertilizer hit the fan when they discovered I was female.  Looking back on it now, it is kind of sad but that’s okay.  My son had told me to play a male character and to not use the chat because it was my very first MMO and I wasn’t all that savvy with the internet back in 2005.  To be exact the only game I ever really played was TSO (The SimsOnline) from Beta until they closed the servers – that’s when I went to playing WoW.   I had tons of fun and made a lot of friends on IceCrown or I thought they were friends until they found out I was a female – no one ever asked me if I was female or male and I didn’t bother to tell them.  How well would that have gone over – “Oh, by the way, I’m a girl.”

Moved as Alliance to Wrymrest and found that the RP wasn’t all that grand and couldn’t find a decent guild to hang onto.  My son has always played Horde and had a guild that he belonged too, so, I faction changed (had to earn all my reps again, which I didn’t mind) and that’s where I have been since then.  It’s been fun, made more friends and just kind of settled in on Wrymrest and I doubt that I’ll move anytime soon.

I’m just enjoying my time on the game as I can and waiting for Corsair to ship my computer back after they’ve fixed it.  Yes, I did get another computer and was ready to donate my Corsair to the recycling place when Corsair contacted me and said that they would fix the thing.  So, we’ll see how that goes and how long it lasts this time.  It was a great machine and I loved it until it just went south so fast that I didn’t know what was happening.  Hey, I’m not a real tech savvy person either – I worked on computers when they were room sized.

I know that I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have my WordPress and WoW to keep my brain somewhat functioning.  Tried watching television and felt like I was going to start drooling and felt somewhat brain dead.  Hehe, nope, I’m a gamer, I guess.

I hope you all are having some fun in Azeroth and hope to see you there.

OOC – Start Of The New Year


January 3rd, 2019

I will have to admit that I am not sorry to see 20118 go the way of the great white whale because it was not one of the better years for me, however, I’m still upright and kicking, so, for that, I’m thankful. Had one heck of year in RL with illnesses of my own and taking care of the family was almost overwhelming at times. Ah well, it doesn’t do to dwell on that so much because it just makes me feel very depressed.

I haven’t been playing much in the way of video games lately because my vision is not what it should be, and I don’t know if there is anything that can fix it either. Seems that cataracts are the wave of the future until I can get them taken care of. I can honestly say that getting old hasn’t been a great experience for me, however, I could deal with that, but the vision loss is really disconcerting for me when I am used to reading quite a bit as well as playing on the computer. I feel like the character in the series of Twilight Zone where the fellow wore glasses and his biggest wish was to be able to read as much as he wanted whenever he want and to heck with other people – well, long story short, he broke his glasses when his wish came true – there he sat surrounded by books and couldn’t read a lick.

My situation is much like that character in the fact that I did get my gaming computer, new screen and the whole lot – now, I can play for a bit of time before my vision bothers me too much. Oh, those dreams of getting everything caught up have crashed back to reality and I’ll play when I feel like I can see what I am doing for a bit. Let’s just say that playing solo does have it’s benefits because I know that I won’t be able to run dungeons or things that have a lot of activity for the time being.

I’m still trying to maintain a positive attitude with things being the way that they are, however, I will have to admit that there are times that I get depressed. I’ve tried to stay caught up on the news with video gaming and that is just flat out depressing for someone like myself that has dedicated most of their retirement to gaming.  I am still planning on playing for as long as I can, and I hope that things will get better for me physically so that I can enjoy it again.

I apologize for being such a downer, however, I just wanted to let people know that I may not be as active in reading and writing for a while. I am off to the doctor today to see if he will be able to direct me to a specialist that can possibly help me with the issues that I am having.

 

See you all in Azeroth.

 

 

 

Time For Healing


October 22nd

Dear Journal,

It has been a very long time since I have had the opportunity to write down anything. With everything going on the way that it has – the loss of my home in Teldrassil is one that I shan’t ever forget or forgive.

Never again will I see my little ones playing around my parent’s little cottage and never again will I be able to walk the beautiful halls of the Temple in Darnassus. So many things that have helped create the person that I have become are now gone forever.

At least I was one of the lucky ones that was forewarned by my beloved Sindorei and I was able to get most of my family away from the dangers and to our home in Nagrand. My heart still breaks at the thoughts of so many of our people that were killed with this disaster. So many lives were lost that were needless all because of one woman’s hatred for our people. Another insane Warchief that leads the Horde on her mission of killing anything and everything that stands in her way – even her own people.

I know that the pain that my poor mate endured will take a long time to heal as will my own. Those emotional scars are far worse than a physical injury sometimes. However, we’ve reconciled ourselves to the fact that we will be spending time with our family in Nagrand and Shattrath – all our lives have been torn asunder and have been pieced back together again. We have shared our grief together and have started our healing process – now, we must guard and guide our children through this latest upheaval.

We are trying to make sure that my parents are settling into their new little home in Nagrand as well as keeping them sheltered from things that might upset them about the latest conflict between the factions. I know that they have often wondered why I chose the man that I did, however, they have accepted my choice and have come to love him as one their own even with the differences that he has. I know that we could all be considered traitors to both the Horde and the Alliance, however, one thing that we will never betray is our love of our families.

Our estate in Nagrand is starting to look more like a little village than anything else these days, however, all the people that are living there now are friends and family.   We’ve sheltered many people over the years and we will continue to carry on that tradition – no faction can break the bonds that we have developed with these people – their children have grown up with our own and we consider them all to be an extended part of our family as well.

I did take my Sentinels to the Under City and we did take part in the battle there. It was just amazing how we all fought with such bravery, anger, ferocity and, in some cases, unbridled hatred. I know how our poor King must have felt when Sylvannas snatched the victory from our grasp like a cruel bully snatches a treat away from a child.   I think more of the shock and the horror that I felt when I saw the Horde troops being sacrificed by their Leader *spits off to the side of the desk* as if they meant nothing.

Anduin may never be the same King as his father was, however, I feel that he will lead as he feels is the best for all his people. I don’t think that we will see him sacrifice his people the way that the Dark Lady has shown that she is willing to do. Oh, Elune, how have we all come to this level on Azeroth?

Amynlarae Shadowmoon

 

 

Peace & Harmony


October 1st

Dear journal,

I thought for a time that my heart would break with all the things that I have seen and done since this new conflict has erupted across our lands of Azeroth.  My heart grows weary, not only with age, but with the vehemence that this new calamity has visited upon our World.  Who knew that something of this nature could ever happen to us all?  Who knew or could glean from the Aspects that this would one day come to pass without warning?

So many questions have I asked and so many questions that are still unanswered.  I can’t believe that none of the learned peoples of this world could allow this to happen.  We were joined with a united front to defeat the demons on the Broken Shore and yet, we supposedly thwarted the attacks and came away victorious – only to have it all be struck down by one monstrous blow to our world.

Now it has all dwindled back down to nothing more than avarice and greed for a power that is totally limitless in its destruction of our lives as we know it.  Yes, I have seen enough of wars and battles to last me through several lifetimes and it seems to be a never-ending cycle of hatred that has no true balance to end it all.

I look back on my own life and see that it has been one struggle after another that has left me feeling cynical and filled with guilt at the things that I had no control over.  I’ve seen my youth destroyed quickly as we fought against the Alliance in Kalimdor to fulfill the needs of the Horde and I’ve lived through Warchief that have gone from strong leadership to out and out insanity.  The current leadership brings nothing to the Horde as a whole, just death and destruction without a future thought to what is to become of us if this war cycle ever ends.  Can no one see the rationale that this world is big enough for all it’s people, not just the Horde, not just the Alliance and why must there be an air of having complete control over the people that are striving to live their lives in some manner of normalcy.

I find myself waxing philosophically tonight as I sit here in my quarters, alone and feeling the weight of my age more than I normally would.  Yes, I’m getting up there in age even for one of the long-lived races, however, I think my soul is just getting weary of the turmoil and the constant upheaval that we have been thrown into for all these centuries.   I have been a soldier most of my life and have fought many battles and have led many men and women into battles against impossible odds and have brought the majority of them back from the brink of disaster, yet, I do begin to feel that it may have all been for naught when it is repeated over and over again.

All I ever have wanted is to find a place for my family where we could live in peace and not worry about the political strife that seems to permeate the very air that we breathe.  Yes, my wife is not of an acceptable race by the current policies of the Horde, however, she is very acceptable in my heart as are our children that we have raised.

We knew things would be difficult for us all the days of our lives and for our children.  We held out hope that things would change after thwarting the Legion. To say that we were wrong in our foolish ideals is s true misnomer because we felt that the people of Azeroth had finally seen the Light and had grown enough as a civilized group that we would finally glean the peace that we all desired.

Now, with our world wounded and the strong possibility that none of us will survive the calamity, we’re squabbling like children over things that surely will not matter.  Wealth, greed, power, these are not the things that we were taught to worship as children – that is something that has taken a hold on all of us at some point.  I wish there was some cleric that could explain this to me – our world as we know it may be dying and yet, there is this stupid struggle for power and control.  Should we not be more concerned about curing the ailment of our world so that we can continue our lives with some reasonable harmony?

October 7th

Oh my, I knew that imbibing in brandy when I was in one of my more depressed moods could prove to be a long-winded affair and I was correct in that assumption. Ah well, sometimes I can find solutions to things just by writing them down and hope for the best.

I know that there are times that I really need to muddle through my mind and writing in a journal is one way that I can do it without adding my problems to someone else’s plate.  I know that there are healers and the like that would listen, however, I’m not sure if they could help me with some of the issues that I have to deal with.

At least I have been able to spend some time with my family in Nagrand and we’re all feeling a bit drained and bit undone with all the things that have gone, however, I do believe that we are going to survive it.  If we keep our emotions in check and accept one another for whom we are – all will be okay within the family unit.

Fnor Morningstar

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.