The End is Coming. Finally.

Get thee out of my quiet, lovely, Valley of Wisdom, you Negative Nancy, you!

The end of Warlords of Draenor is coming, Legion is almost here, and it’s about damned time. I have to say, I’m so past ready for new stuff in WoW that I am nearly apathetic to the fact that in 26 days, there’ll be new things to do.

Warlords of Draenor was a disappointment for me in many ways, and perfectly enjoyable in other ways. I, like many others, feel that the devs missed the boat with garrisons. I resented greatly being made to play my supposedly immersive, massively-multiplayer role-playing game as if it were one of those utterly ridiculous Facebook games that makes you spam everyone else’s Facebook feed with requests to join the game just so you can get 5 more resources…I mean, coins. Garrisonville missed the mark with me, big time, to the point where even though I knew how much gold I could’ve been making, I never optimized even one of my 5 level 100 characters’ garrison to rake in the 1000s of gold I saw others hauling in daily.

Lore-wise, I thought WoD really nailed everything during questing. I still haven’t done the Alliance side of the experience, but I thought the Horde side of the experience was amazing. Even now, if I leveled another alt through Frostfire, the cinematic at the end of the zone would give me chills. The cutscene in Talador induced both chills and tears, as well as a fierce desire to eradicate the Iron Horde, Gul’dan, and everything he stood for. I was so excited during questing! Then the end of the questing came and…well. Between there being nothing story-driven and the fact that most of my guild felt the same way, I quit playing WoD about 6 weeks in, for a period of about 4 months. I basically only logged in once a day to swap missions around and do my AH business. I was really disillusioned.

Over time, I managed to get all 5 of my previously-capped toons to 100 on my main Horde server. I also got my second hunter to level 60 and promptly server-transferred her with a faction swap so I could join a guild I had friends in on the Alliance side, in order to pursue my Alliance Loremaster. This is mostly out of a desire to understand the other side of the faction coin; I’ve been such a Dirty Hordie for almost all of my 7+ years of playing WoW. Previously I had only ever leveled to about 31 with a toon on Alliance side, after which point I gave up because Darkshire is goddamn depressing. I used my Legion pre-purchase boost to bring that same hunter to 100, which means I’ll be able to do all of the 1-100 content with ease and then get her to 110, eventually. I’ll always be a For the Horde kind of gal, but I am such a fan of lore, I have to experience it all.

At this point, though (and really, for months now), I’m just tired of waiting for the new content. Next Tuesday will be great, assuming that the Demon Hunter new area isn’t so clogged with pre-purchasers that the lag is too bad to play. I’m interested in the lore of the DHs, too, of course, plus the idea of a new melee class is interesting for sure. For someone like me who took a long, long time to come around to the idea of playing melee at all, that’s kind of a big statement. However, because I’m uncertain about changes to my beloved Beast Mastery, I figure that I need to keep my mind open to the fact that for the first time ever I might enjoy playing a different class/spec more than my usual “BM FOR LIFE” mentality.

Upon consideration, however, I’m actually quite glad that I’m on vacation from August 25-31. I won’t have to endure that last week of sitting in my desk chair, bouncing like Tigger, going “OMG IS IT HERE YET?!”, because I’ll be busy with extremely the pleasurable pursuits of showing off my home state to a highly-anticipated visitor. I return home the day after launch, which means I’ll miss out on some of the awful server lag and maybe the worst of the queues to get online. I’ve never been the one who wants to race through leveling, anyway, so world-first level 110 hunter will not go to me, and that’s the way I like it. I’m going to take my time with leveling, though I may do some dungeons along the way this time around so that I’m not so hopeless about them when I actually reach 110. You wouldn’t believe the flak I’ve taken over the years when I get to max level and tell people in dungeons “this is my first time in here”. Some people are completely incredulous that one would not want to do dungeons as one leveled. It’s never been my favorite thing, but it might be time to shake things up a bit in my approach to the game, to make sure it really does feel new and fresh.

The end is finally coming; bring on the new already!

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Getting back on the path

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I wonder if other people react the same way to this: someone tells you how awesome you are at something, and then you automatically don’t want to do it anymore for fear that you will somehow let them down with your sudden lack of awesomeness at this thing which you were ostensibly great at. That was the catalyst that initially stopped me writing last year; someone told me she loved my blogs and suddenly I had writer’s block. I can’t blame it all on her, because the issue was really my own insecurity. It was like as soon as I knew I had a captive audience, my brain was like “OH GOD, NOW I HAVE TO DELIVER?!” and just noped off to the corner to stick its fingers in its ears with the requisite “lalalala I can’t hear you” mantra.

The thing is, I really did just start this thing to keep myself accountable for my journey, and that was the other thing that failed in the last 7 months. I haven’t been successful at holding myself accountable at all, despite going through periods of real effort at doing so. I got obstinate and surly about the fact that I seemingly (because we really don’t know what other people’s struggles are, do we?) have to work so much harder than others to reach and obtain optimal health. And that ugly asshole, Depression, reared its head for a while too, and because I’m an emotional eater, guess what happened there? Yup, a gain of 25 lbs.

So, now I’m struggling to regain my consistency in both nutrition and exercise, but I blatantly refuse to give up entirely. Nobody else is going to be able to make this happen for me, so if I want it, I have to do it myself. As a result of the reaffirmation of that understanding in my brain, my efforts have to be re-doubled….really, re-trebled if I’m going to get ahead. Apparently sometimes on a journey of 1000 miles, you end up retracing your steps here and there. I suppose that’s something we all should already know; how many of us get side-tracked off of the path to our goals and end up facing the wrong way, or re-treading the same ground we’ve already traversed? I think it’s a part of the human condition, but that doesn’t mean I can’t consciously choose to try to counteract that tendency.

Alright then, here goes. Time for yet another #notestomyself:

Dear Twenty,

It’s time to get your ass in gear and hold yourself accountable again.  You *need * this,  mentally and physically,  to be a better massage therapist,  a better family member and friend, a better girlfriend…a better, happier, healthier you.  So, go. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of everything and everyone else that is important to you.

You’ve got this. I love you, and so do a lot of others. GO FOR IT!



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Leaving the Closet Behind: My Coming Out Story

This is going to be a long post, so bear with me.

The thing that they don’t tell you when you first come out of the closet is that you will always be coming out. I’ve come out so many times in my life, in multitudes of situations. The reality of being non-heterosexual in the current state of our society is that most people still assume that everyone else is heterosexual. My comings-out have occurred in video games, on social media, at the grocery store, with medical staff (No, there is absolutely no chance that I am pregnant. Yes, I’m sure.), in classrooms, at work, driving down the road (it’s hard not to be out to everyone if you cover your car in rainbows like I did at age 21), and in this blog post…and everywhere in between. There’s always going to be someone I meet who doesn’t know that I am a lesbian. Coming out is a perpetual process, and that’s something that each of us who comes out has to come to terms with in his or her own way. That being said, here I present the story of my initial, capital-letters, Coming Out.

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RE: Caitlyn…or, We’re In the Turning Point

I didn’t think I wanted to say anything specific about the Caitlyn Jenner announcement, but I sent out some tweets today that I think sum up my viewpoint very well. It started with this retweet:

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The Circuit of Disappointment: Horde-style

My friend and good hunter buddy, @AlternativeChat, recently drew up a post on her Circuit of Disappointment. This is what she calls the weekly routes she takes to run Legacy content that drops mounts, vanity pets, and much gold…because as we all know, the bosses are rarely in the mood to drop their prized mounts. Since she wrote hers from an Alliance perspective, I thought I’d do some shuffling of the order and draw up a Horde version for myself. Perhaps you’d like to join the two of us in Disappointmentville? Here you go:

Route One:

  • Hearthstone to Warspear, port to Orgrimmar
  • Port to Uldum, fly to Throne of the Four Winds for a shot at Al’Akir’s mount
  • Leave Tot4W and head next door to Vortex Pinnacle
  • Jump on a flying mount up to Caverns of Time
    • Dragon Soul – multiple mounts
    • Mount Hyjal – vanity pets
  • Leave CoT for Mudsprocket (FP in Gadgetzan, or just fly on your own)
  • Visit Onyxia; be sure to handle the whelps
  • Fly up to Ratchet and grab the boat to Booty Bay, then hie thee to Zul’Gurub for a shot at two mounts

Route Two:

  • Hearth to Warspear, port to Orgrimmar
  • Grab the zeppelin to Borean Tundra and get yourself to ICC
  • After failing to get Invincible, you can then head over to Ulduar if you want a shot at Yogg
  • Fly to Utgarde Pinnacle to see Skadi the Useless* and make a wistful attempt at the blue proto drake
  • Then head to Naxx 25 where you’ll feel better by earning lots of gold and hopefully some vanity pets

Route Three:

  • Hearth to Warspear, port to Orgrimmar
  • Take portal to Outland – Hellfire Peninsula
  • Fly from Dark Portal to Tempest Keep in Netherstorm for an attempt on Kael’thas
  • From TK, head to Zangarmarsh, hit Serpentshrine Cavern for patterns and vanity pets
  • Fly to Shattrath and take the portal to the Isle of Quel’Danas for a shot at Sunwell for vanity pets and a certain legendary bow. #huntersarejustawesome #boomdeyada

*this is Alt’s name for Skadi, and I wholeheartedly stand behind it.

It was pointed out in the comments on Alt’s original post that if you set your hearth to Shrine of Two Moons (or Seven Stars for you Allies),  you’ll have portals to everywhere, including Dalaran and Shattrath. However, if your life revolves mostly around Draenor this expac (unlike mine), these routes should work.  Many thanks to Alt herself for the original post, and for her enthusiastic response when I suggested drawing up a Hordie version.

Welcome to Disappointmentville. Enjoy your stay. 🙂

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Dear Ms. Doodles: An open letter regarding creativity, talent, and work ethic

Dear Ms. Doodles,

I am a subscriber to your YouTube channel and a fan of your work. I stumbled onto you via your collaboration with Mike Tompkins for his video for “Not a Bad Thing”, followed the links, and decided that it would be silly of me not to subscribe to your channel.

I am also a former music educator. To put it quite briefly, I studied for nearly 8 years to earn my Bachelor of Music Education (hey, sometimes a girl’s gotta work her way through college). My major instrument was voice, so I am in fact a classically-trained singer, and my creative process and products most often involve performance art of some kind or other, though I also like to play around with my camera, too.

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My Continuing Resolution, or Happy New Year

Nearly two years ago I came to the realization that I was miserable. Professionally, I was going through tremendous turmoil and self-doubt. I was nearing the end of my fourth year of teaching, and I had gained more than 50 pounds in the time since beginning my first year. I was depressed, angry, and completely unhappy with my professional life, and it was coloring everything else in my life, too.

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Making a Christmas Memory with a Child

Yesterday as I was checking my Twitter feed, one of my friends tweeted this out:

It immediately reminded me of the ornament project that I did in Kindergarten with my mom, who was a “Room Mom” that year (remember those?!), and my teacher, Mrs. Weaver.  I told Esme that I would send her the procedure, and as I was writing it up, I figured I’d just make it a blog post.  Enjoy!

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