The Footrace Across Azeroth

In one of my more daring moves, I sporadically decided to sign up for the WoW esport variety show, which included a footrace across Azeroth as one of their last events. Somehow, I managed to get in, and that’s how I found myself at midnight (my time) waiting along with a few others to start sprinting away on a level 10 vulpera monk.

It was the first time they had run this event, and there were some hiccups, but I do have to mention that the community was top notch. Everyone was helpful, friendly, and eager to partake. No one was upset at the late start, no one ranted and raved about it not being the smoothest ordeal. We all had enormous fun, and the discord channel was filled with voices of people who are *incredibly* passionate about this game. It made me smile. Of course it could have also been that I was a bit loopy from the almost 3h wait I had subjected myself to, but hey, it was all in the name of fun.

I streamed it over on my twitch channel, and my viewers took it upon themselves to keep me entertained and awake. While I did not come in first place (or second, or third..) I also didn’t come last! I had a pretty good time, and it was just lovely to see everyone come out and discuss what mount they were going to use, how they made their class selection, and a variety of other subjects that I didn’t even know would be relevant. I hope to see more events like this in the future, and I truly hope everyone had a great time. Sleep? Who needs sleep!


That was Terrifying

At around 3am me and my husband heard the most awful screech coming from the backyard. I figured it was an animal, but I had no idea what sort of animal it was.

Turns out it was a barred owl – a baby one. They scream, and they’re terrifying. I knew we had owls around but when you ask me what sort of sounds I expect one to make, it’s more of a ‘hoo-hoo’ type sound, NOT a blood curdling scream.

At least now we know what it was. We have a rodent or something living nearby (found some holes in the yard dug up) so I imagine the parents must be out teaching it how to fend for itself. I hope to see more of them in the future, at least now I recognize the cries!


Why I Blaugust

I’ve been participating in Blaugust for a number of years now – but I always do so on the outskirts. As much as I crave being social, I have a mixture of imposter syndrome, anxiety, and other issues that prevent me from ever REALLY feeling like I’m a part of the group. I lurk, I follow from a distance – and I write. I attempt to write every day, and those days where I don’t write, I backdate it and write extra. I love the feeling of accomplishment Blaugust gives me, and I love being even remotely connected to a group of people who don’t necessarily feel like blogging is on the out. I have three fairly active blogs. This one, my world of warcraft dedicated one (mostly about making gold), and a book blog. Writing my thoughts out lets me speak without interruption. It usually lets me vent without fear of being counseled in my area of expertise (especially when it comes to making gold). It lets me share some creative spark with the world in a process that only takes a few minutes. Sometimes I plan out a concept or idea that I want to talk about but that’s pretty rare.

Why do I Blaugust? Lots of reasons, but the main one is simply to be held accountable (even if it’s false accountability) to write. Making it become habit again in a year of posts that might have been quite sporadic. I thrive on that sort of motivation, and it’s wonderful. It may not be everyone else’ cup of tea, it may put undue pressure on you – which is absolutely not what I’d ever aim for, but for me it works. I’m so thankful to Belghast and others for continuing on with the tradition each year.


Working on my ‘Battlestation’

There is an entire reddit (of course there is) dedicated to people showing off their ‘battlestations’ – their video game set ups. There’s another one dedicated to showing off work stations/computers. Both of these places are almost magical, there are some incredibly creative people out there. I love my little gaming area, but we’re still pretty new to the house, so I haven’t done a lot with it yet. One thing I wanted to do sooner rather than later was to dust off my Huion Pro 16 and have it actively set up on my desk. I do a lot of my drawing on the ipad, but my computer is (understandably) more powerful. I know Clip Studio is going through a shit storm right now with their newly announced PC subscriptions, but there are other alternatives (like Krita) and my usual ‘let’s just pull it out when I want to draw’ was not working. Out of sight, out of mind. I want to make use of the tablet (I just ordered some felt nibs for the pen) but I also hate a cluttered work area.

For now I’ve settled with the picture above. Things are neat and pretty tidy, the drawing tablet is out reminding me to use it, and my stream stuff works pretty well in the configuration I’ve decided on. I do want to mount the sound bar to the wall, and I’d love to get an arm for the monitors, or even wall mount those, but that’s a project for another time.

Now it’s time to learn Krita and see what it can do for me.


Who to Play in Dragonflight?!

I’m torn between playing my druid and my paladin in the next expansion coming out. I love both classes for different reasons, and one of the main reasons I lean away from the druid is a silly one – I’m tired of leather gear. I’ve been playing a monk for many years now, so leather gear is something I’m very familiar with. The look and the collectability of plate is really appealing. That being said, I do NOT enjoy healing on the paladin, and I love healing on the druid. I have also not tanked on either yet, but with envokers coming out I have a feeling that there will be a need for tanks since they are a healer / DPS combination. Right now I end up playing both classes, I farm on both, do my weeklies, and raid (well, LFR only). I’m very slowly leaning towards the paladin as a main and then the druid as my ‘backup’ but I just wish that the paladin felt more comfortable to heal on. Thoughts?


Still Playing World of Warcraft

I know World of Warcraft is still a game that people feel strongly about, whether they have decided to play it or not. I decided that my enjoyment of the game and supporting those who remained to work there was the rout I wanted to go, after I took a four month hiatus. I’m incredibly happy to be back playing, and I have had an awesome time – but not with the latest expansion. I do not really enjoy Shadowlands at all (lore wise I do, it’s gameplay that isn’t appealing to me) but there’s so much other stuff that I’m thankfully never bored.

The auction house just merged (commodities only) region-wide on Tuesday, and there has been huge issues and fallout from that. Right now many items are ‘stuck’ in a pricing loop that no one can get past, making it impossible to buy any materials. Then there was the duped gold, the duped items, and all of the other issues that come with a change of this magnitude.

I keep thinking I should go back to FFXIV – but I have nothing there to entice me long term. I don’t have a community, I don’t know how to make gold there, I can’t run older content for fun (that I know of, maybe this is incorrect) and while there is housing, for some reason I just can’t seem to make the game stick. It feels like that’s a game that is supposed to appeal to me, and for some reason every time I give it a try, it just doesn’t.

In any case, I am enjoying my time in WoW – I have 23 level 60 characters, and while things look very different than they did in the previous expansion where I was 5 boxing, I’m still managing to make gold, and have fun doing it.

Where does everyone else find themselves these days? Are you playing any MMO at all? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!


It Figures

I didn’t see that the floor is actually made up of giant holes, and less than 5 seconds into my fight with the jailer, it was over, because I fell to my death. Of course.


Working on Pets

I finally started crafting the pets & mounts that come from Zerith Mortis. Goodness, you need a LOT of supplies, and there are a lot of different pets. Hopefully I can continue to work on this before Dragonflight releases.


Meal Prep

I’m trying to eat better, and one of my major issues (besides snacking when I’m stressed) is portion control. A lot of times I’m just so busy and stressed during the day that I’ll binge eat whatever is laying around as I come across it. I don’t often feel like cooking, and because I have two littles, one who has very strict dietary requirements it means that I don’t eat very well.

In an attempt at making some time to take care of myself, I went and planned out 5 breakfast/lunch/dinner that I could make all at once and just have for the week. I don’t mind eating the same things for multiple days so long as I enjoy what I’m eating. I made egg & ham breakfast wraps for breakfast, I made a veggie soup & buns for lunch, and dinner is rice & chicken with bell peppers & pickled onion. Snacks? I got carrots and tzatziki. So far (3 days in, I know that’s not much) I’m moving more and I’m eating my prepared meals without snacking outside of it. There are some growing pains, but it’s a work in progress.

Next? I need to work on stress levels, and sleep. Maybe not trying to do ALL the things every single day. That one will take some time. But, for now, this is a start.


Two Point Campus

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was trying out the xbox game pass for $1 this month, and with it came a handful of games that I was eager to try – Boyfriend Dungeon (which I’ve already played) and Two Point Campus. I loved Two Point Hospital (think Theme Hospital), and this game is more of the same, in a different setting. The humour is light and fun, and the game runs smooth. Honestly, for $1 I couldn’t really go wrong. The game pass has certainly already lived up to the hype and the price I paid. Now I’m trying to earn microsoft points to continue the subscription without having to pay a dollar amount, but even if I were paying $10/m I’m fairly certain I’d get value out of it. I tend to buy a few steam games a month, and then I rarely / never play them. While I may dislike the fact that everything is a subscription these days, there are still ways to cut costs.

Anyway, the game was exactly what I needed. Something light hearted, relaxing, and challenging enough to be fun without having to look up guides and information online. You can play sandbox mode, or you can complete the challenges one ‘level’ at a time. The tutorial is very straight forward and built into gameplay, so you’re hands on right away.

So far I love having game choices without being quite so tied down by cost. Even with the games rotating, there’s enough variety and time for me to get what I want before it moves out (so far, at least. We’ll see if this holds up).

In any case, it was a nice relaxing evening, and I can’t wait to see what new games come my way. Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!


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