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So…. I am working relatively diligently on the next installment of Casual Guilds…. but I just can’t quite get into it at the moment.  What with the silly season catching up to me, the stress of still trying to organise a house (Moving on the 19th of January, the agency who organises the accommodation is closed until the 5th, and I still haven’t heard anything about a house… fun times), trying to squash in a trip to Bourke before I head to Melbourne for a week… yeah, it’s all catching up to me.  Not to mention the small fact that I just can’t seem to bring myself to level past 78.  Very odd indeed.

I have been level 78 now for, oh, two weeks at least.  I log on, I contemplate doing a quest… and just can’t be bothered doing it.  I am sure that my guildmates are beginning to think I am moderately insane – heck, I am starting to wonder if I am myself! – but I can’t level.  It’s almost like a weird block is there preventing me from hitting 80.  Even the most casual of casual players I know have caught up to me and are poised to race ahead.  I really don’t know what it is.

So, what have I been doing instead of levelling?  I have to be doing something in game, right?  Well.. I have done the Christmas quests…. tried to do some BG’s to get the achievement (and spent more time cursing at the screen than anything else while doing so), levelled cooking a little… run out of snowflakes to throw at people for other achievements, danced like a snowman, and put off doing the bombing run.

Dancing as a snowman was probably the most time consuming part of the whole thing.  I parked my butt in Lagcity, donned my outfit, and waited…and waited…. and waited.  Finally, someone came up to me and said they would put their costume on if I gave them a snowball so I could get the achievement.  Sounded fair to me… until I tried to open trade.  Well… duh – the snowman costume is a stun effect, so you can’t trade while wearing it.  All good, I’ll just click the buff off me… or not.  What?  I can’t  click it off!  I can’t move to get it off?  I am stuck as a snowman forever!  Oh woe is me.  What a fate, to be a snowman in the middle of Dalaran for all eternity.

Of course… it was just a UI issue.  I have known for a while that one of my mods was interfering with the ability to click off buffs, so I just had to turn them all off.  Still, it was annoying!  At least I got the achievement though… and randomly got surprised with ‘Tastes Like Chicken!’.  Yay!

Other random crap which has gotten on my nerves:

  • People mounting over the presents… stupid jerks
  • I hate double demerits!  Everyone is driving so slowly because they are scared of being booked – 20kph under the speed limit is NOT necessary people!
  • By the time I got to the sales there was hardly anything left, which means all my towels are mismatched.  Entirely my bad, but annoying nonetheless
  • I got my brother a guitar for Christmas.  Unfortunately, at this point the only thing he knows is the chorus to Smoke on the Water.  It gets tiresome after a few times.  Silly me should have given it to him right before I moved out

Well, hope you all had a great holiday season.  I promise that installment of Casual Guilds is incoming… tomorrow perhaps?  Yes, I will get to it tomorrow, I swear!

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My constant companion and closest friend has finally given out on me. My gaming experiences will never be the same. I have lost the most integral part of how I use a computer.

My Mouse.

She’s Dead.

The mouse that was gifted to me by a boyfriend, and possibly one of the most thoughtful non-gifts I have ever received. It was thrown to me with a gruff ‘eh, I have a new one now… take it’ which disguised the pleasure I am assuming he had in giving it to me. She was battle scarred, beaten and bruised, but this just added to her character, and as I added my own marks and dings she became my own. We trekked through Azeroth together, levelling and wiping raids with the accidental nudge of the auto run button it had on the side. She cushioned my hand as I twisted and turned my way through endless runs of Scholomance and Stratholme, right clicked on COUNTLESS boars in Hellfire, and mined her way around the world.

I fear that I have taken advantage of her over the years I had the enjoyment of her company. She has been dropped, thrown, sat on, trodden on and most every other possibility that a mouse could have. The frustration of dying and wiping and repeating the same mistakes over and over was taken out on my blameless mouse. She has hurtled across the room at horrific speeds, slamming into walls and floors, and then performed her duties like nothing had ever happened. Very forgiving, is my mouse.

She has had no real mat until the end of her days, when she got a CE mouse pad. Whether this attributed to her demise, I do not know. All I know is that she was unable to charge herself any more, and thus, she has passed.

Farewell, Beloved Mousie. God Speed.

On a serious note, this is the closest I can see to my beloved Mousie. The model I have is far too old to be on their website, since she is at LEAST two years old. I have had her for 2 years, and she was a bit old then. My upgrade? Probably a new version of the same mouse. I do love my Logitech devices. I am tempted to splurge on the shiny shiny Air, but it would be next to useless for gaming (much more suited for media applications etc), so I would buy the Revolution anyway.

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Just sharing some happy snappys from the release day!  The Flickr thing below has all the photos I took on the day, including some photos that I took along the way because I was bored.  They show the riveting scenery along the freeway, and then the stupid traffic in Sydney, and a couple from the actual release.  I know this post is a few days late as well… the internet where I was staying was completely borked and evil.

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The Trip

I left for Sydney after work yesterday, which made it a rather long day. The trip took about 3 hours altogether, not including a stop along the way.

13112008020 I had to grab some snack food to hold me until dinner. I’m sure TJ would have approved. The Frozen Coke unfortunately didn’t stay frozen for too long – it was a boiling hot day and it melted faster than I could drink it. My lil buzzbox vehicle has no air conditioning, so it was like an oven.

Of course, when I got to Sydney the traffic was incredibly snarly. I looked at my watch as I excited the freeway and noticed it was right on 5 o’clock. Dang. The trip through Sydney (about 20km to where I was going) took almost as long as the trip down the freeway (well over 100km). My poor clutch foot was dying, and the car didn’t get out of second gear for most of the time.

Fortunately, by the time I arrived in Sydney I still had plenty of time to catch a fast nap and have some dinner.

The Event

All in all it went very smoothly. EB opened their doors at 10pm to allow people to pay for their pre order, so when midnight hit we just had to show our docket and pick it up. This gave us lots of time to sit around. I was disappointed at the lack of conversation between the people who were waiting – everyone basically stuck in their little cliques and didn’t talk to anyone else. I was shocked that a couple of people brought their very young children – I suppose it would be difficult to get a sitter on a Thursday night, but the kids didn’t enjoy it too much.

There weren’t as many people apparently as there was for the Burning Crusade launch, which could explain the lack of free pizza.

By 12.30 I had a CE in my hot little hands!

14112008046P.S: Anyone who asks me if I am pregnant in the photos gets slapped silly!  No, I am not pregnant – just getting fat!!  People keep asking me when I am due, and it’s getting annoying.

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Real Life BS getting in the way of posting ticks me off. So, instead of a proper post (again), you get a picture that a guildie found (afraid I don’t know the source, any one who does, let me know). Going to also be a struggle to get a post done tomorrow now. Let’s just say my life can get absurdly complicated sometimes – to the the point where an absurdist play would look normal.

As for the picture – yes it’s political. No, I am not saying this was necessarily my point of view. Actually, I think I kept my politics out of this blog surprisingly well for someone who is so politically opinionated. All it did was make me chuckle.

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Firstly, I haven’t posted since I got back since I am waiting on a certain slacker friend to put up the photos of the trip so I can put them up.  After all, the world NEEDS to see photos of myself and my friend posing with the statues at the War Memorial.  Yes, I did lick a ‘soldier’s’ foot.  No, it wasn’t tasty.

OK, so the trip!  Well, the first portion of the trip (Newcastle to Bathurst) went fairly smoothly.  Night driving, which made going through Sydney an absolute cake walk for the most part.  No traffic, not many red lights… easy times.

Unfortunately, I am one of those people who has trouble navigating at night.  At least, I do if I have only travelled that particular route during the day.  Well, I missed the turn off to the motorway and took the wrong one (which takes you IN to the city, not out of it!)  Here is my crude drawing to help you understand:

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I was meant to take the ‘Mountains’ road, which was small, narrow and had a 50 sign on it (somewhat perplexing for a motorway), so I accidentally took the ‘Sydney’ one (which is directly afterwards, large and inviting, and has an 80 sign).  Whoops!  Oh… the pink stuff?  That’s smog.  I don’t like Sydney.  The red car is me, obviously (Imagine it with 2 gorgeous blondes ;-)… or one gorgeous blonde and myself.  Either way).

Well, in the process of getting back on the road I was meant to be on, I got in somewhat of a kerfuffle.  When I am in a kerfuffle, I get a bit confused, and do silly things… like run red lights.  On the plus side, it was only one red light… half a red light really, since it was a red arrow… and there was no oncoming traffic.  I still feel completely stupid though.  And we had to pay the toll – TWICE!

Well, we hit Bathurst at midnight, stayed up chatting for a little, then went to bed.  That was that day’s noobishness over.

I got up Friday morning, and proceeded to finish the assignment I had that was due that day.  Yeah, I know, I am lazy.  Should have got it done before.  Oops.  Since I am such a twit, I was a bit concerned that I would forget my assignment or something, so I made extra sure that I had it.  Of course, this was after the fun attempt at stapling it – it was about 50 pages long, and too thick for all the staplers.  So, I kinda jammed it all together, and sent it off with a note:

‘The wonderful people in the School of Education Office,

You may have noticed this assignment is falling apart.  That is because it is REALLY BIG, and so needs a REALLY BIG staple put in it.  If you could do that for me, I would be eternally grateful.  To the point where I may even consider giving you my first born, if need be.

Thanks a million!!’

Yes, yes, that is exactly what I wrote.  I am sure they liked it.

I sent it off, felt very relieved, and we jumped in my friends car and drove to Canberra (3.5 hours).  When we got there, we started unpacking, and I was lifting bags out of the boot when I suddenly noticed something was missing.  Namely, my suitcase.  While I was finishing that damn assignment, the others were loading up the car.  Stupid me forgot that my friend did not have anything in the boot of my car, so it wasn’t checked.  My friend Sarah thought that Megan’s bags were mine, and Megan thought Sarah’s bag was mine.  Eeesh.  Of course, idiot me didn’t even check that my bag was in there.  Needless to say, the first place we went was to the local shops.  Thank goodness Friday is late night shopping in Canberra!  I do love shopping… although by the end of the night I was slightly hyperactive (probably from eating FOUR bags of lollies along the way), and was trying to run people down with my shopping trolley.

The rest of the trip was fairly uneventful(ish).  The GPS navigator got us lost, and we drove around in circles because it kept ordering us to drive down footpaths, and turn right at ‘no right turn’ intersections.  I hit my head on statues at the War Memorial.  I also bit my tongue at the Carillon.  I set a new record at Questacon, thus proving that I really AM perfect, despite my stupidity – they have a machine where you have to hold a button in for 15 seconds (guessing how long it is, not timing it).  The old record was 14.998.  I got 15.000!  Whoo hoo!  The first thing everyone asked me was if I cheated.  Of course I didn’t!  I got a photo of me with my new record as well, but I didn’t get a prize :(.

I also really enjoyed Cirque du Soleil, where I brought a clown nose, got kicked in the bottom several times by the person sitting behind me and nearly was sick while watching the contortionist.

On the final night we played Monopoly, since we were too lazy to go out.  I once again proved I had the worst luck in the world – I only made it around the full length of the board twice in the first 45 minutes, and when I did make it I landed on the Super Tax and had to give up my ‘you passed Go’ money.  I got put in jail 5 times!  I somehow managed to NOT come last… still don’t know how that happened.

On the way home we nearly ran out of petrol, which was interesting.  That also meant we had to stop at a petrol station with the Worst Toilets in Australia – think no soap or handtowel, smelly, and FULL of bugs.  Made me glad I had my own hand cleaner stuff in my bag.  The woman who worked there was also really rude, and two of their bowsers were stuck together with duct tape.  Never going there again!  I did the two drives in the one day on the way home, which meant I was in the car for over 8 hours.  Needless to say, I was pooped.

So, that is the story of my adventure.  Photos will be posted… eventually.  When Sarah gets them to me!  I would have had my own, but no suitcase = no camera, and no phone charger.  Bah.  No real lasting repercussions, apart from my GIANT credit card bill!

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Just so you know, this is why I have been lazy blogwise.

1. I am a pig. A very messy messy pig. This means that I do have to clean up occasionally.

Don’t believe me?

Evidence A: My bed. As you can imagine, I have been sleeping in a very very tiny ball.

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Evidence B: My floor! I found about 4 broken CDs and CD covers where I had dumped clothes on them, then stomped on them… oops

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Evidence C: The bag dumping ground – I am one of those lazy people who drops their stuff right inside the door when they get home and then doesn’t think about it at all.

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As you can probably imagine, going through all that took me basically all day. Then, I headed out for my birthday dinner, which was very tasty :).

2. Thanks to Siha’s fantastic post on Inscription, I was inspired to gather all my herbs so I would be ready for the patch. So time consuming!

3. I brought the rest of the books in the Twilight series (by Stephenie Meyer) on Thursday. This of course meant I had to read them all!!

4. I’m lazy, plain and simple. There will be more actual proper posts (especially rants!) coming soon, I promise!

I leave you with this reflection – herbing all day is a pain in the patoot.

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As you may or may not be able to tell from the above picture, I am sick. Bleurgh. I put it down to a conspiracy on the part of my brain – it is trying to escape through my nose. At least now I understand why I was constantly thirsty at work yesterday! I am certainly looking forward to tomorrow (the only day this week I can have off without causing disaster of epic proportions). On the bright side, I get to explore a whole new method of classroom management – coughing and sneezing on the kids ’til they shut the heck up.

However, this does not dampen the ‘NEW SHIRT!’ mood. Probably not the best shot to show it off, but hopefully most of you recognise it, as it was designed by one of my most favourite bloggers.

Anyhow, don’t expect anything good over the next couple of days. In fact, don’t expect anything coherent. Love you guys!

P.S – I hate the curtains in this room as well. If this were MY house, they’d be long gone! It is the study though, so it doesn’t have to look great or anything.

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1. I made muffins. They were tasty.

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The brown ones are Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownie Muffins, while the white ones are White Chocolate and Macadamia. I had to post pictures since someone didn’t believe me about the muffins. There was 12 of each… I was hungry. Well, I only ate 3… I gave some to the girls at work.

2. Despite eating the afore mentioned muffins (and TWO large slabs of lasagna) , I could squeeze into my comfy short shorts when I got home from work.

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Yes, I was literally jumping for joy. You know how those first sunny days of summer just make you happy? Well… I was happy. I also did not mean to decapitate myself in the shot – I was just too lazy to dig out the tripod.

3. I made another crappy video

Since you all love to hear me babble so much! Well, truth be told, it’s because I was too lazy to write much. I think I yabber on about the sunshine, Sar’s guild situation, and cocktails. Took so long to upload that I no longer remember.

4. I get to watch the football tonight and drink the afore mentioned cocktails while eating pizza.

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Go Roosters!!! If they lose, I am sure the cocktails will cheer me right up!

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I am sure that you have all seen the news that the content patch is fast approaching. Unfortunately for me, I have done basically no preparation for the content patch, and am falling rapidly behind my goals. So, instead of doing fun stuff like raiding or instancing this weekend, I am going to be frantically racing around Azeroth gathering herbs to level my Inscription up on Hermia super fast. At least I do not need to ditch a good profession to pick it up – I’m just ditching skinning, which will give me a little more motivation to level up my Hunter, since she is a Skinner/LW.

In other news, something nice happened today – I was basically guaranteed a job for the next school term. Huzzah! Paid work! it’s not full time (3/5 days one week, 4/5 the other) but it’s a heck of a lot more than I get now. It also gives me a long weekend every weekend, which is just awesome. Very very nice indeed… The only condition is that I pass my internship, although it doesn’t look like I am going to fail (seeing as they have offered me work, they must be relatively impressed).

Unfortunately, I don’t have much more to say – time to go and get ready for a night out with some friends. Hopefully something a bit more interesting tomorrow.

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Just so you guys know, there wont be a great deal of posting this weekend. Lots of ‘Real Life’ stuff has cropped up, and I am in the middle of managing about 10 crises, so… yeah. It seems like fate chose THIS weekend to have the whole world turn upside down.

One major thing which has happened is that some of this real life drama has unfortunately had to spill into WoW. I decided that it would be best for me to leave my guild, just in case it did cause problems in the future. While there are no problems at the moment, I just wanted to ensure that this would continue to be the case. It was difficult to leave, but it was a friendly farewell and I do wish them the best of luck. It is going to be hard adjusting to not being in a raiding guild, and they have already said that they wanted me back, but I just don’t think it is the best idea right now.

As for me, well… I don’t know what I am going to do. I could go out guild hunting, or I could take the opportunity to take a bit of a break and leave Sar unguilded for a while. It is certainly a tough decision, but I am just going to take things as they come. I figure something will force my hand eventually!

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