Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Long Break

It's been a long time since I've posted here, much less posted regularly. But I felt the urge to write a bit tonight. I wanted to share something with someone but didn't know who to talk to, so the general internet audience it is.

I raided with my guild in a heroic raid today for the first time in weeks. And I didn't have fun.

Not to say I hated it, or that I was angry or frustrated. I got loot, I was happy about that. But I felt a little out of place. I felt uncomfortable speaking in vent, like I would be judged or commented on. And I felt sad that I had lost what had been my place in that raid. I have had more fun with pugs. This just felt like something to do to pass the time.

I really appreciated being able to come along. I was able to bring my hunter, and get enough gear that I feel comfortable bringing her to my Saturday normals. I don't bring under geared toons to that because I want that run to go as smoothly as possible, and that is people's change to gear alts. But that means that my alts only get gear if I pug it or through garrison missions.

And as I was coming to this realization, my guild leader asked me if I wanted to do mythic bosses with them. Er, yeah. That threw me for a bit of a loop. Here I am, sitting at peace with no longer raiding with them, and he asks me to come back. Truthfully, I have a fluctuating schedule now. I've started my clinical (and last) year of vet school. Every two weeks, my rotation changes. This block is a nice, easy schedule. Out of there by 3 every day, done with the paperwork and homework an hour or two later. It's nice. Some are not so nice. One starts as early as 5 in the morning, and can go til 8 at night or later. And joy of joys, I get that of 6 weeks in the middle of winter, whoo!

But anyways, raiding. I told him honestly: my schedule changes, I can't promise stability in my attendance. If I am available, and they have the room and need, I may go along.

Either way, I wanted to share that with someone. I feel a bit relieved. I've been watching the raids on the streams one of our officers does. But now that I've participated in one, where things mostly went well, and not really feeling much of anything, well... I realized that I'm ok. I'm not unhappy not participating in the raids anymore.

I used to get so mad at people messing up, but now I don't care. Now that they're doing mythic, maybe I'll do a heroic run for the guild in my own time. Probably not, it's rather late in the patch to set up a new raid and I have some very specific things I'd like to go over if I were to set up anything more than a casual normal run like my Saturday ones. But perhaps.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Status Update

It's been a while. School has been busy, but fun. Last week I was on ambulatory rotation, where we go out to the local farms and deal with REAL LIVE animals. This week it was goats and sheep. Our group was amazingly efficient. We knocked out quick physicals on 57 goats in a few hours. Goats are fun. Next week is surgery. I'm a tad nervous about that. I need to practice my sutures again, and everyone said anesthesia has been really stressful. Here's hoping things go well.

On the WoW front, I've stepped back (yet again, but this time for good I think) from my guild's heroic raiding group. I had tried only stepping in as a healer if they were short, but even that was leaving me too frustrated and mad at people. So only heroic pugs for me, and the normal raid where I can tell people to shut up and keep vent clear for calls during boss fights.

I do feel bad when I think about last night's normal raid. I was incredibly tired, and had spent the day at Sandals, an all inclusive resort. So I may have been a bit tipsy and not as calm as I usually am. I snapped at a few people in vent for talking while we needed to call stuff out. But I swear to god some days I really want to take an air horn to vent to get people to be quiet and listen. You can type in chat about why you died during the boss fight, I don't need to hear it in vent while the rest of us are still fighting.

Now I know why I've heard some people say raid leading brings out the angry in them. It is so nice to step back and pug with people I don't feel responsible for, I don't need to watch or offer advice. I can sit back and heal. I think I've done a decent job with the casual group. We're not perfect, and I think I need to go over the rules again. I took the gems/enchants required bit out of the calendar comment because I wanted to put some other stuff in but at a quick glance that needs to be gone over again.

I always feel like good communication of expectations and rules makes things run so much smoother, but for the casual run I don't want to overwhelm people. Somewhere, written when I was incredibly frustrated with the last raid I was a part of before this guild, I have written up my hypothetical raid rules. It takes about ten minutes, if I were to speak it out loud. But it is as comprehensive as I can make it and lays out exactly what I would expect of anyone are I to lead a progression raid.

I really wish we had a website as well as a Facebook page so I could post a truncated version for rules for the normal raid. Things like vent. Because I had someone who wasn't in vent the last 2 weeks who told me it wasn't in the calendar note. Apparently it wasn't clear the first time they came when I whispered them after the raid apologizing for not making sure they were in vent because I wasn't used to new people not having the vent info, that they needed to be in vent. And spamming the info at the start of the raid wasn't a clear enough sign. Even though I doubt people would read it, I could post rules somewhere and then I wouldn't feel like I have to go check up behind everyone to makes sure they know what I want them to do for preparation. I could just refer them to the post and remove people who don't listen. Oh well, a girl can dream.

Here's hoping I can get the last Darkmoon Bunny I need for a friend this week. But since I got really super lucky getting the Voidtalon mount, I don't know what I'll camp next. Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

*cough* It's not February still?

I may have fallen a tad behind on my 28 days of WoW love. Here is the last bit, all in one huge post of screenshots. I'm a bit bad at keeping to schedules sometimes. I've been having a bit of an argument with myself about raiding. I can't seem to stay away and stop being nosy, but being involved leads me to be upset at people when I shouldn't be.

11- I love reindeer. Isn't it adorable?

12- this was part of the legendary for Firelands, the buff gave me flowers following me for an hour. So pretty, I wish I could always have it.


13- What we get up to waiting on raid breaks.
14- I thought this was hilarious, a stag riding a yak. Thses next three are all part of 14, for yaks and druids.




 15- The SELFIE cam, and Pepe. He's so cute and earless to sit on a cat's head for an hour.


16- Achievements with friends. I've gone through these a few times with different friends. The limits of 5 mans, I can't jut help everyone at once. But it's been a lot of fun. And No Ticket is hilarious, always makes me giggle.



17- That's me, healing. Out DPSing my hunter friend because of Heart of the Wild. Go resto druids!


18- Pierre is one of my favorite pets. Though I'm sad he show's up as Pierre and you have to mouse over him to see his name is Desperaux, as in Pierre Desperaux from Psych.


19- 2 of my favorite transoms! My favorite helm for sure, love the feathers . And I love having beer on my shoulders for tanking. I love that gear has both int and agility on it now, in every way except that I don't have different transmog for different specs anymore.



20- Just how pretty WoW can be sometimes (ignore the orc). This is why I sometimes take Glyph of One with Nature and just port around as a druid. I haven't checked out any new WoD locations, I'll have to do that later.


21- This "get off at the next fp" button is AMAZING. I remember the times I would have willingly jumped to my death to get some peace bloom, now I sort of can!


22- Challenge modes! CMS are some of my favorite things to do. We're working on Everbloom right now.  Of course, we start right after the patch got rid of some of the easy skips and made the mage trash harder.


23- I love my garrison <3


24- I won't be keeping the stables, but I love that my mounts can hang out a bit, see the world.


25- Group finder! So nice to have in game.


26- I can turn into a dragon. Who wouldn't love that?


27- The Darkmoon Rabbit's cave. I like that some things are still rare to get. I'm down to 1-2 friends on my "get this for" list. Uncertain, because one friend is also on someone else's list.


28- This is not my picture, but I giggle when I see it anyway. I certainly feel like that sometimes, and save this for times our Facebook page needs it.


So that is my much delayed 28 days of wow love, finally finished.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Not Raiding

I'm officially on a break from heroic raiding. I'm getting too easily annoyed with people over things that don't matter, and I needed to cut something out of my schedule. So heroic raiding is gone! My Saturday normal raids I'm keeping. Those are fun to do, usually. Well, when we're not trying to kill Oregorger anyway. So for a change of pace, we're going to try some different bosses and see if we can start getting tier pieces.

It's raid time right now, and to keep from logging and pestering people about how it's going, I'm looking for distractions. Studying would be the logical one, or looking for apartments in Raleigh for next summer. I've done enough of both of those and now I'm stuck trying to decide if I want to live by a lake, or close to a classmate. The lake is mostly winning, except the other place has a washer/dryer in the unit. And I was sick this past weekend so I kept thinking "I don't want to have to go anywhere to do laundry." If only I wasn't in Grenada and could visit these places! Since those two options are not appealing to me, writing it is.

The Darkmoon Rabbit popped up the other day, and it looks like it hasn't been buffed yet. I think if I see it again there is a chance I could solo it. Which would be awesome, I now have 3 people on my list who need the pet. But it is awesome that I was able to get 10 guildies together and there in 5 minutes to kill it. I do love my guild sometimes.

Challenge modes didn't happen this week. One of the DPS wasn't feeling up to it, and I had a test to study for and didn't really want to find a replacement and still have to go back to the same place anyway for the guy who missed it, assuming we could get gold. My second challenge mode group hasn't even gotten off the ground. One of the people I'm trying to coordinate it with has a lot going on. And he's hardly ever on anymore when I am. He's a friend. I'm happy that things seem to be going well for him. At least, I think so. I feel like I can't ask questions of him anymore to find out. I'm a very quiet, usually private person and I tend to be that way with people until I know how much I can talk and ask and how much they want to hear. It feels like I can't really say much more than generic stuff anymore, since I hardly ever get a chance to talk to him anymore.

PvP is going along. We have a surplus of healers interested in battlegrounds, so I'm considering gearing up my mage. Since I have done nothing with her PvP wise, she has a 10k conquest cap. And the thought of getting there is daunting enough I've been barely puttering around Ashran on her while I make up my mind. I don't know if I have the time to learn to PvP properly on my mage. I really like to be prepared and know my class well, and my mage usually just makes the bags for everyone. I did do some CMs on her last expansion, and did pretty well I thought. But I remember how different it was to go from raid healing to arena healing- all of a sudden I was CCing and using talents I hadn't paid any attention to at all! I don't know if mage will be as big a change.

So that's this week's WoW in a nutshell: not raiding, on bunny watch, and trying to figure out what I want to do about PvP.

Day 10

Day 10 is about my friends willingness to keep banging our heads into walls trying things. Since I can't exactly find a picture that accurately represents things like our numerous raid wipes, or the hours we've spent in challenge modes changing little things, I went with this. First week trying to kill Oondasta! I think we were one of 2 or 3 raids trying. There was a lot of death.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Days 7, 8, and 9

7- The day the dinosaurs came. Every time I say that phrase in my head, I think of this poem. Sorry I didn't crop out the vent in the background first.

8. Fun with stags. Someone in my raid group drops stags throughout the fight. I remembered to add to it this time. Think 4 was our highest. One day we'll get a stack taller than the boss.


9. My water gun! I love it. Someone else helpfully jumped me around on a mammoth while they were helping a guildie out, and I hitched a ride. I love it! Some of my raid- less pleased.



Friday, February 6, 2015

So I did great with starting this in a timely manner. A quick catch-up on the first 6 days of February: 

A reminder that there is an awesome part of the community as well as the people I see in LFR. I was very sad at the demise of WoW Insider, and very happy to see Blizzard Watch rise. btw- not my artwork, think it was Apple Cider Mage. Pretty neat, huh?




2-Continuing with the community theme, the annual Gnome Run! Usually in October, this run supports breast cancer. The sight of so many tiny pink gnomes making the run to Booty Bay is always a blast. The lag is a tad crazy for me, but I enjoy it and giggle at the gnomes the whole way.



3-Friends, new and old. My guild friends (who have been awesome about sharing mount camps- thank you those few people who waited a ridiculous amount of time for Poundfist to spawn, then summoned me!)


And people I meet from blogging- on OLRG shot, from one of the few times I made it. I love doing things with people. More the people than the things.


4- Easter Eggs! These made me giggle so much, I did the nests every time I was fighting Ji-kun that week (a lot- I didn’t have the pet yet.)



5- The odd bugs you get. Sometimes just random, sometimes someone lets the mages loose and they get bored.
I have no clue what was going on, but that's one bada$$ beetle.





6-How you can connect with total strangers over random things. My oldest- and quite possibly first- WoW screenshot, the dragon line-up while a couple of raids waited for their Ulduar run to start. Plus it reminds me of the run to get my bronze drake. Fun times.