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Today, I was pondering coming back to the game, and futzing around on alts.  Why?  Well, I had work to do, I was procrastinating, and I used to play WoW when I was procrastinating.  That and I need to stop going out and start saving money, and WoW would let me do just that.

What do you guys think?  If anyone even looks here anymore, I’d love to know your thoughts on the current state of the game, the state of the Warlock, and whether or not it is worth my while reactivating my account, or whether I should just spend my spare time shooting zombies and eating pizza like I have been… or whether I should try RIFT or something (although, really, could I possibly be arsed blogging about a new game?)

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I’ll be away for a week.  May or may not be blogging in that time.  May or may not schedule posts in that time.  All depends on whether this crazy thing that is my life sorts itself out.

You have a hankering for my whining, feel free to read my dreary self on my personal blog.  Or go through the archives and marvel at what a witty, delightful soul I once was.

I’ll still be tweeting from my phone (and from my computer over the next couple of days).  Don’t expect a great deal of cheer sorry – life is still its usual messy and complicated horrible self.  Good ol’ life, the worst raid boss of all!

Keep safe, keep setting monsters on fire :-D

<3 Sar

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imageBTW, Carmen Sandiego has always freaked me out a little.  Why can we never catch her?  Why so much leg, yet so much sleeve and a scarf?  Are you hot or cold, lady?  Do you just not feel temperature, thus enabling you to hide anywhere in the world without feeling discomfort?  And how can you pull off red and orange without looking silly?  Also – WTB those thighs.  Mine are showing distinct signs of ‘too much icecream-itis’.

Where have I been?  What’s been going on?  Why am I not writing?

Well, where to begin.

I’ve spent a small amount of time killing zombies.  The zombies spent slightly more time killing me.  I also seem to have a remarkable talent for shooting my team mates in the back of the head and missing the zombies entirely. 

I’ve been chasing pies like crazy.

I’ve been cursing at the Steam client for not downloading Dragon Age: Origins as fast as I would like.

I’ve been occasionally Huntarding.  I think that word needs to be reworked to reflect massive amounts of fail. 

I’ve been blogging elsewhere, in the hopes of making money.  So far, it hasn’t worked.

I’ve been writing report cards.  The process turns me into my favourite creature – the flailing octopus writer.  If someone can design me a t-shirt with a flailing writing octopus holding several quills and using its own ink, I’ll squee immensely.

I’ve been tweeting excessively.

I’ve been shouting at people in fits of explosive rage.  It’s quite scary, really.

I just haven’t been able to think of anything fun to write about that’s WoW related.  At all.  I think I need to go back to asking you guys for topics.  I also think I might be scaring people off with my constant snark.  Whoops! <3

I’ve also been sleeping lots.  Mmmm sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzz

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Today is ANZAC Day in Australia.  No doubt many of you have read the story on other Australian blogs of the origins of ANZAC Day and what it represents.

Thank you to the countless soldiers who have given up their time, and in many cases, ultimately their lives, to protect our freedom, and to ensure that we can live how we choose. 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

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So, I was going to post about guild leadership and stuff like that… but that has been put off until later in favour of a much more pressing issue

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Hmmm…. I don’t think the rail is meant to bend downwards like that…

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Oh, crap!

All my high heel shoes are now buried underneath my collapsed clothes!

What is the use of having a four door wardrobe if it can’t hold four doors worth of weight in clothing?  FAIL.

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Weekend Random Nonsensical Real Life Post!  Proof of why I should not write at 4am Sunday :-)

When I was growing up, I used to read Dolly Magazine.  My little sister, through the virtue of being younger, was forced to read Girlfriend, until I reached the age where Cosmo and Cleo looked more appealing… then she graduated to Dolly.

Anyway, Dolly used to have a section creatively named “Spill a Secret”.  People would write in and confess their sins, say all the awful or embarrassing things they did, and get a load off their chest while amusing the masses.  At the time they were fantastic, although I am sure that I would now find them hilarious for totally different reasons.

Anyway, in the tradition of ‘Spill a Secret’, I’m going to let you all in on the stuff no one in my Real Life actually knows (except for maybe a couple things I may have let slip at a hen’s night).  Mainly because I want to know if I am a total fruit cake, or if this shit is normal.  And it’s 4am, and my creative juices seem to be lacking.

1.  My clothing will tell you everything about my level of hygiene that day.  Hats, headscarves and large headbands mean that I was too lazy to wash my hair.  Jeans in hot weather mean I couldn’t be assed shaving my legs.  T-shirts of questionable quality mean I haven’t done laundry.  Board shorts when swimming mean I haven’t tended to my bikini line (or, I’m swimming at a school thing and don’t want to scare the kiddies).

2.  Related to that – I totally do the sniff test when I am desperate.  Also, jeans are good until they get that awful greasy feeling, or until you end up trekking through mud.  So you CAN get away with wearing them for a week!

3.  Related to THAT – once, when I was really sick and my nose was blocked, I grabbed clothes out of my clean washing basket in the morning, threw them on, and went to work.  Half way through the day, my nose unblocked, and I realised the cat had stealth peed in my clean washing sometime the night before and I smelt HORRIBLE.  And NO ONE told me.

4.  When travelling for extended periods with little access to laundries, I will do the inside-out underwear trick if necessary.

5.  I actually ate butter that I suspect was off, or almost off, because I was too poor AND too lazy to get new butter.

6.  I sometimes watch bad TV because I am too lazy to change channels.  I watched Grey’s Anatomy for FOUR weeks because it was on, even though I hate it.

7.  I’m scared to ever live with someone because I find farting in front of people to be humiliating.  Burping, however, is awesome (unless they smell).

8.  I once ate a Smartie I found on the floor in my lounge room.  It still looked OK, and I needed chocolate!

9.  I don’t really like my job, but I’m afraid to try and do anything else.

10.  I once kicked a kid out of class because I was cranky and he said I was PMSing.  (OK, so I did have PMS… but they shouldn’t have mentioned it!)  He got 3 detentions where I made him copy information on a woman’s menstrual cycle, complete with diagrams.

11.  I have a disturbing speeding problem.  I’m a good driver, but I find it difficult to do the speed limit on the highway.  This has resulted in MANY speeding fines, and if I get booked one more time in the next 2 years, I lose my licence.  However, I have never tried to get out of a ticket.

12.  While I like to think I am fairly sexually liberated, porn embarrasses me.  Like, unable to watch at all without looking like a beetroot.  Thus, for me, the internet is NOT for porn.  Instead, the internet is where I hang out because everyone is super nice to me, and no one laughs at the fact I like books and video games.

13.  Once, on a bus, some guy let me have his seat.  I thought he was somewhat interested in me or something, until he said that he always stood up for pregnant women.  I didn’t tell him it was only because I just ate a shitload of pasta, because a) I didn’t want to embarrass the poor guy, and b) I really did want that seat.

So, what sorts of secrets do you keep?

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I don’t know what to do!

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I’ve plowed my way through all my classics…

Picture 70got myself cute new shoes on sale…

Picture 71  got tattooed…

Picture 72Played compulsively with my tongue…

Picture 74  I’ve almost exhausted the fun uses of my post-its! (and used way too many of them…)

Picture 75 Drank excessive amounts of coke

Picture 76 Purchased not so cute, strange shoes…

Picture 77 But hey, they were on sale!

Picture 78 Played paparazzi at the Mardi Gras…

Picture 79 And made questionable fashion choices at same…

So am I allowed to start blogging again?

Of course, I don’t know how long I would survive if I just WoW blogged… or Warlock blogged even.  I think it’s a lot more fun when I get to tell you all about my RL mad capers – after all, my RL can occasionally be slightly more interesting than my in game one!  So, if you are more interested in a random mish mash of WoW, Warlock, and Sar-capers… I guess you might see a post from time to time.  If I feel like it.

P.S.  Formatting, you are evil and I hate you.  Please go die now.

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At the risk of sounding like John Farnham*…

The time has come for me to hang up my writing pen (at least, my WoW writing pen), and take a step back from the community.  After a lot of soul searching, I have realised that I simply spend far too much of my time focused on the game and immersed in this online community.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but I have stopped thinking so much about the ‘Real World’, and it has begun to affect things it quite frankly shouldn’t be affecting.

I guess people might have a few questions….

1.  Why you quitting?  That above answer seems kinda vague.

Well, it is.  I don’t really want to go into all the nitty gritty of the things blogging has changed in my life (some for the better, some for the worse).  Essentially, I’ve just decided that it isn’t healthy for me to have my focus lie here, so I am going to drop WoW blogging and spend the (great deal of) time I worked here and in other places focusing on my job and saving some money.

2.  Does this mean you are quitting WoW?

At this point, no, I’ll continue to play the game, hopefully at least until Cataclysm.  I’ll also hopefully feel less obligated to be all serious and mathy about it… hell, I might even spend time on alts rather than my main.

3.  Will the website be staying up?

I am 99.9% sure my hosting dies in March.  At this point, I’ll either pay to keep this page here (probably useless, as there is no relevant info to be found here), or I’ll transfer all the content over to my old free WordPress site and let the hosting expire.  I’ll always keep hold of the name, just in case.  We all know I haven’t done well at quitting in the past, but this time I have a much better incentive.

4.  What did you mean, hanging up your WoW writing pen?

I do have a personal blog, and I’ll continue blogging sporadically there.  I’m not going to link it here, as the writing standard is (unbelievably) even lower than here, and most of the posts consist of me emoing out.  However, it’s not hard to find, I am pretty sure I have links to it here and there on the community, so if you are interested enough to track it down, feel free to have a look.

However, I will be ceasing all writing at this point in time on Destructive Reach, and more than likely Tree of Doom as well.  If I do happen to post on Tree of Doom, it will be without fanfare, and I certainly won’t be expecting readers!

5.  What about your involvement with the WoW Community?

Most of my involvement with the community will also be coming to a close.  I am more than happy for anyone to have a chat to me about, well, anything at any time, and if you want to do so, you can look at my Twitter page for my contact details.  I will probably eventually be withdrawing from the WoW twitter community as well.

As for Blog Azeroth, I am also planning on withdrawing from that community as well.  So, I am hoping that a couple of motivated bloggers want to step up to the role of moderating and helping the BA community.  If you are interested, please please PLEASE let me know.  In this regard I am quite disappointed, as there were a couple of things I was hoping to achieve in the community this year.  However, it will be nice to see new people take on the role and achieve something :-)

So, this is the part of the post where I should do thank yous.  However, I am absolutely terrified of leaving someone out, so I would just like to thank those in the WoW and Blog Azeroth communities who have been so kind to me over the past two or so years, and who have helped me through SO many things.  I’d also like to of course thank every person who reads this blog, and those of you who are kind enough to comment, regardless of whether you have agreed or disagreed with me.  You have all been truly amazing, and I consider myself blessed to have such wonderful people actually interested enough to read what I have to say.

Thank you all again.  It has truly been wonderful fun, and I will miss you all immensely.  Best wishes in the World of Warcraft and beyond for you all.

Love, Sar

*Oh… and who is John Farnham, you ask?  Well, he was a singer in the 80’s and 90’s in Australia, who has probably now made a large amount of money of countless ‘One Last Time’ tours.  I think he has been quitting performing since I was about 10… and is still trekking around doing ‘last shows’.  The man just doesn’t know how to quit.

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Today, my sister and I ditched skiing to spend the daily frolicking in the snow… you know, building snowmen and what not.  Let me just say… we kick ass at snowman building!

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Isn’t that the most awesome snowman you have ever seen?  He even has a cute little hat!  I just want to take him home and install him in my yard… too bad he would melt very rapidly.

Too bad, as well, that it isn’t our snowman.

P1000597THIS is our snow(wo)man, who I have dubbed Queen Pinhead, for the extreme difference in the size of her head and body.  She was a nurse in the war whose arms got sadly chopped off by an overenthusiastic surgeon, hence the arm stumps that you may or may not be able to see. She also has a scarf made out of snow, because my sister and I are arty and clever like that. (And yes, our snowwoman has a melodramatic backstory.  That’s totally normal.)

Right after I took this photograph, my sister kicked off her head.  There is a photo of me holding said head Hamlet style, but it’s on my sister’s camera… and it really doesn’t look like a head at that point.  I look like I am mourning a ball of snow, and it makes no sense.

I also got hit by several snowballs thrown by Japanese in the process of making this snowman.  My sister got hit with none because my fat ass was protecting her.  I took them for the team, damn it!  I think they were targetting the blonde because I was easy to spot.

Today is our last day at the snow, so we are celebrating it by getting well and truly hammered (well… as hammered as one can get off half a bottle of hundred proof Japanese vodka… so well and truly tipsy?), then going to a karaoke bar and making fools of ourselves. 

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P1000601   Me trying to look like a mushroom out of Mario with my sister.  By the time I remembered my sunnies, it wasn’t half as glary.  Figures!  There is also a stupid snowflake RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY NOSE.

/hugs to all!

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Well, the plane didn’t crash (despite the excessive screaming of the psychotic lady next to me who thought it was going to and we were all going to die and blah blah fricking BLAH), and I landed at Narita at 7pm yesterday Japan time.

The first thing I did was find a bathroom, because I really really needed to pee and the last thing I like to use is a plane toilet.  Even when I flew to LA, which was a 13 hour flight, I didn’t go to the bathroom… plane toilets just freak me out, what can I say.  Anyway, in the bathroom there were three toilet options:

1.  Fancy high tech loo: more buttons than a space ship, I didn’t even know what any of them did.  I was afraid to use something that looked like it had more gadgetry than the Sputnik, so I gave it a miss.

2.  Glorified hole in the ground: Um… squat loo?  No thanks, I’m lazy and don’t really like hovering above a hole!

3.  Normal western toilet – huzzah!!!

After that I went to go do the whole immigration/customs thing.  Not sure why, but for some reason you need to get a shuttle from one part of the airport to the other.  Guess it’s marginally too far to walk, so they make you take a 1 minute train ride.

I got through everything ok (although one of the immigration officers started speaking Japanese to me, and then was a little confounded when I couldn’t understand a think he said).  Turns out he thought I must be half Japanese because my middle name, Naomi, is apparently a Japanese name.  Heh.

My sister and her boyfriend picked me up, and we drove around for a bit (it was about 2 and a half hours from the airport to their place), and we grabbed some dinner along the way.  Wasn’t too bad… the meat was super fatty (which was apparently normal) and it made me a little sick, but it was fairly tasty.  I still fail at chopsticks as well, but I should be a master by the time I leave!

This morning I got to try pizzaman and nikuman.  Basically it’s filling in bread… kinda like a hot pocket I guess, but steamed.  Oddly enough, the pizzaman is pizza filling, and nikuman is beef and vegetables.  Now THOSE I could handle eating!

I think we are going to ride bikes around Ashikaga today, and pack to get ready for skiing.  Now, the shower is calling my name, so I best be going!

P.S. – I find it hilarious that my sister now speaks English like a Japanese person, and randomly throws Japanese words in her sentences.  However, I wonder if her and her boyfriend are using it as a secret code to talk around me ;-)

P.P.S – My sister’s boyfriend’s mate arrives tonight I think.  Will be nice to have another ‘Japan first timer’ around!

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