My plans for Alt Appreciation and Dress Up! related leveling and doing anything at all with my 90s this week were stymied when my home internet connection fritzed out on Tuesday afternoon. I’m not sure exactly when it happened; I turned my computer off for a couple of hours, and when I came back, my internet was gone. I tried resetting the router. I tried power-cycling both router and modem. I tried plugging my laptop directly into the modem with a network cable — still no connection, so the problem seemed to be in the modem, not the router. We then discovered that the land-line phone was out, too, so it’s taken awhile to get the problem fixed because BTH has had to call the telecomm company from his work. It would be nice if the problem was taken care of by this evening, but I would not be surprised if it wasn’t. I am writing this post from the chemistry department tutorial/computer lab.
As much as I have fretted at being unexpectedly internet-less for the past day and a half, it has in truth been good to have a bit of a break from WoW. I read the last of my library books on Tuesday night. I spent yesterday drawing in Photoshop, working up my earlier sloppy sketches for an image concept I’ve been thinking about for some months into clean lineart. My wrists, elbows, and left ring finger — the one I use to spam “2″ — have needed the rest. Around the time that Cynwise wrote about wrist RSI forcing him to retire from WoW in early summer, my wrists also began feeling rather sore. I staved off further injury by keeping them bandaged for a few weeks, and I continue to bandage them intermittently whent they start to feel sore again. More recently, I’ve started to feel a little of the same sort of elbow pain that Cadistra described in her recent WoW, Eh? update when I hammer 1 and 2 while pulling weeds and wrestling wild crops at Sunsong Ranch. I’m not quite sure what would be the best preventative therapy for that (other than not playing WoW or drawing for awhile) — perhaps an elbow brace? Furthermore, my arms are unusually sore this week because I beat whipped cream for a fruit salad and egg whites for an angel cake by hand, with a wire whisk, for our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner this weekend (we are living in a company-furnished apartment, and they did not provide a mixer). So really, it has been a good thing to have an enforced break from the game.
I just hope it doesn’t go on for too very much longer.