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Kamalia is TEN years old today!

In the first year of this blog, I made a post when Kamalia turned three in which I wrote:

When BTH and I were dating, he told me about this game he liked to play called World of Warcraft. He showed me the gameplay one night; it was a month or two after the release of the Burning Crusade expansion and he was leveling his Dwarf Paladin in Terrokar Forest. I remember quite vividly the strangeness of the warp stalkers and noticing that the male and female blood elves (at Firewing Point) had different death animations.

After we got married, we spent a month playing through Final Fantasy III together before he got me started on World of Warcraft. I wrote in my journal that night, or perhaps the next day, about having created my first character in this new game I was playing with my new husband — which is why I remember Kamalia’s “birthday” at all. I didn’t make note of, and therefore don’t remember, the dates upon which I created any of my subsequent characters.

BTH created an Undead Priest to level with my Tauren Shaman, but when I got stuck on some early quests, he brought in his level 16 Tauren Druid to help me out. Eventually I decided that I liked questing with the Druid better than with the Priest. By the time we got to level 70, the Dwarf Paladin had been abandoned and the Tauren Druid had become BTH’s new main. He wanted to try out tanking with his Druid, and hasn’t looked back since.

We’ve had a lot of fun playing this game together over the past three years. I’ve gotten a lot more involved and interested in it than I ever thought I would at the beginning — the world just has so much to explore, to see and to do. I don’t know if I have another three years worth of interest in the game in me, but I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can!

Well, here we are seven years later, and Kamalia (and her entourage of family and friends) is still a big part of my life. It’s been a grand ten years. I don’t know if I have another ten years worth of interest in the game in me — or even if the game itself has another ten years of longevity left in it — but I’ll keep right on enjoying it for as long as I can!

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As my current primary banker, it fell to the Underpowered Death Knight to attend the Auction House dance party. She took all of her favorite party clothes and changed outfits at intervals throughout the day.

Things started out a little slow.

Sometimes the dance floor was definitely the safest place to be.

It was fun to be the only Tauren in the house while I was wearing this outfit!


That white leaf version of the Cenarion Spaulders on the Blood Elf in the background comes from the Ravenbear Disguise — a toy I have, but have never actually tried. Now that I know what it does, my Druid will want to use it to augment a Transmogrification kit someday. She has coveted those shoulders ever since she first met with Morthis Whisperwing for the Swift Flight Form quest chain.

I saw fewer bunny ears than I might have expected.

The Underpowered Death Knight looks pretty drunk in this selfie — rather appropriate for her costume of the moment!

Although Mystery Kegs and other forms of brew abounded, however, she hadn’t actually partaken.

Then this happened.

So I popped my Jewel of Hellfire, too…

…which scared away all the other Tauren at the party.

Why does the female fel Eredar face have the same kinds of seams in it as the Titan Computer Console faces in the Tribunal of the Ages?


reference image from Wowhead

Someone put down a Moonfeather Statue
It was a MOONKIN MASH!
It was an OWLBEAR SMASH!




I saw several people wearing the new Winter Veil suits, but I think I might have been the only Gaudy Sweater in the crowd.

I loved seeing these two low-level characters catching the spirit of the fun and hanging around at the party for awhile.

I considered wearing this hat with a Tuxedo, but this is so much more stylish and eye-catching, dontcha think?

Despite this event triggering whenever you entered the Auction House from far enough outside —



— people were continually complaining about the absence of the auctioneers and wondering where they were supposed to go. More than once, I spoke up reminding the poor confused people that Orgrimmar also has auctioneers in Goblintown, Trolltown, Taurentown, and the Valley of Honor.

An Alliance raid paid us a call, but they couldn’t stop the funk.

Rainbow Generators were very popular all day long, but this is the most I think I ever saw going at once — and certainly the prettiest formation!

Somehow it wasn’t surprising that the most populous race for the race calls always seemed to be the Sin’dorei. Fortunately, they are so tiny (compared to the Shu’halo) that a lot more of them can comfortably fit on the stage.

Tauren have the most fun, though!

A sweet end to the day!

A very serendipitous selfie snap that I couldn’t replicate if I tried! Though I had been dancing next to that handsome fellow in the guard costume deliberately 😛

Previously: the Underpowered Death Knight and the Doomsayers

Next: the Underpowered Death Knight and the Doomsayers’ return

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I’ve updated the image links in my posts about the earlier Volunteer Guard Day and Spring Balloon Festival micro-holidays.

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Yesterday’s Emissary quest was Suramar. When Kaelinda turned it in and opened the box, this fell out:

It’s even a class and spec-specific item, not just a generic all-around utility item!

That’s my third Legion Legendary item (as player, not character), and so far, I’ve gotten all three of them from Suramar Emissary caches.

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Lookie what’s coming in Patch 7.3! Squeeeeee!!!!!


Preview images & info from Wowhead

I have wanted a flower circlet headpiece for a long time. I wonder how we’ll get them? I hope it’s not something ridiculously complicated like the pink hippogryph and all that other secret stuff in Legion so far. They’d be appropriate for a holiday such as Love is in the Air or Noblegarden, but I’d like to be able to Mog with them year-round, so I hope they’re not associated with one of those holidays. Maybe the Darkmoon Faire? That would be a good venue for this sort of thing to be a new reward.

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A balloon is filled with 18.75 L of helium at 22 C and 642 mmHg. The balloon is released into the atmosphere and rises to an altitude of 10000 m, where the pressure is 200 mmHg and the temperature is -50 C. What is the volume of the balloon at this altitude?

The Spring Balloon Festival micro-holiday has stories associated with it? And new views of the world, too! I couldn’t pass that up.

The eight balloon rides were all so different, for being variations on the same basic concept — and I loved the pseudo-interactiveness of the NPC dialog. I also thought it was fun and very refreshing that the three people didn’t all have to be the same faction. One of my balloon rides had two Alliance and one Horde (me), another had two Horde and one Alliance.

Here are a few of my favorite screenshots from the event. (more…)

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Last fall, when BTH & I found out that we would be adopting, I negotiated a parental leave agreement for this semester that involved me teaching just one class — organic chemistry — instead of my usual load. I would take two weeks completely off when the baby arrived, during which time a colleague (who is also my Dean) would teach the class. For the once-a-week three hour lab component of the class, I would attend the first half-hour and get the students going, after which my Dean would “babysit” the students for the rest of the course.

Yesterday afternoon, for their Lab Final, I gave my students an assignment to use the chemical knowledge that they have developed over the past two years of studying chemistry to a) extract pigments from spinach, raspberries, and blackberries and b) use those pigments to dye hard-boiled eggs. I told them that I wanted to see pretty pictures of the results in their lab reports.

My Dean joked that instead of taking pictures, they should show me the eggs by hiding them in my office — with each student’s grade being dependent upon how cleverly they hid their eggs.

This morning, I walked into my office and saw this:


I burst out laughing. They actually DID it!

The rest of my morning was lost to finding the rest of the eggs:










I remembered that there had been sixteen eggs, but after I found these fourteen, I searched and searched all over my office and just could not find the last two.

When I went to class, my students were amused at my tale of how they had caused me to thoroughly waste my morning. They told me where to find the fifteenth egg:

The sixteenth egg wasn’t actually in my office. It was still in the lab because the student was trying to intensify the color by soaking it overnight in the dyebath he had prepared. He went and got it, to complete the set:

The eggs dyed with the natural pigments really quite nicely, especially the ones dyed with the blackberry pigment mixture. The really brightly colored eggs, however, were done with standard food coloring, which we keep in the lab for a handful of lower-level experiments.

I love my OChem students (and my boss)!

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As a Thing To Do Together for his Christmas vacation days off from work on Friday and today, BTH carried me through the Return to Karazhan. On Friday, he ran me through the Mythics at the beginning of the attunement quest chain, and this evening he ran me through Mythic Karazhan itself.

We wiped at least once on every boss, but it wasn’t always due to my inexperience or just-barely-good-enough gear (I’m currently at 850-something). We wiped and wiped and wiped on Shade of Medivh because we had a DPS who couldn’t stand still when Flame Wreath was cast… eventually BTH kicked him. We wiped quite a few times on the final boss, too, because I am a total klutz with fights that have crazy movement requirements.

But eventually we succeeded — hurrah!

The first half of Mythic Karazhan is familiar enough to be comforting and different enough to be interesting. The second half of Mythic Karazhan, though — wow, that place is so trippy! The upside down parts, running on the ceiling… those twisty hallways… the distorted Gamesman’s Hall… I took a lot of screenshots, but not a lot with my UI turned off, just sightseeing. I did go back in after we finished it, though, to get some pictures of this stunning new chamber in the Library:

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I noticed this a few days ago — the Mage Order Hall has Winter Veil decorations!

After I noticed that, I quickly cycled through my other characters’ Order Halls to see if any of the others also had Winter Veil decorations. But no, none of them did — not even the Rogue place, which is also in Dalaran.

Clearly, the devs love Mages best 😉

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Because I tend to spend Sunday afternoon and evening doing Transmogrification photo shoots, picture processing, and posting to character outfit pages, I might as well make a general post the same day of any outfits that aren’t part of some themed Transmogrification collection that I’m working on.

Rivermane Shaman

Mountain Throne Coif (N), Burning Sky Pauldrons (N), Sanctified Frost Witch’s Tunic, Tol’Vir Hereditary Girdle, Lightning-Infused Leggings, Grips of Fierce Pronouncements, Furbolg Medicine Totem, Loa-Binder Disc, Rivermane War Harness
For some reason, I think this furry parka-like version of the folded hood helm doesn’t look quite as silly as the original Warlords version of the style. Maybe that’s because I’m rather fond of Jale Rivermane, who inspired this outfit.
Pherian gave me the idea to use the Rivermane War Harness as the perfect finishing touch for this outfit concept — thank you!

Lady Firehawke

Firehawk Hood (N), Mantle of Closed Doors (N), Fire-Gizzard Robes, Gem-Inlaid Velvet Cinch, Ritual Gloves, Landfall Satin Treads, Dungeoneering Guide
This kit happened because Felo’melorn needed to be used in combination with this hat. Although I’d like this hat better if everything below the maroon roll wasn’t there, I do love that long elegant firey plume.

Crimson Veil

Bonechewer Shoulderguards/Hidden shoulder, Primalstorm Breastplate, Burning Blade Devotee’s Cinch, Mystic Sarong, Blacksting Gloves, Sandals of the Insurgent, Eternally Folded Blade
The problem with the Mystic Sarong is that although it matches the Sandals of the Insurgent perfectly, it also mostly covers up how perfectly it matches them. Setting her to dancing seemed like the simplest way to produce an easily observable range of motions that might allow me to capture the design of the sandals and the design of the kilt in the same image.
Additionally, the matching chestpiece, the now unobtainable Polychromatic Visionwrap, is cloth.
I debated whether or not to use shoulders with this kit. It feels more properly Demon Hunter-ish to leave them off, to better display her tattoos, but I also really like the way the outfit looks with the shoulders included. So as with the previous kit, I spent some time with the shoulders on, and some with them off.
This kit also seemed like a good opportunity to use the more elaborate of the Sin’dorei-themed blindfold designs.

Frosty Dragonsworn

Pauldrons of Conviction, Chestguard of Salved Wounds, Clear-Eyed Waistguard, Truesteel Greaves (3-670), Schooner-Savior’s Grips, Insubordination Boots*, Hailstorm
Now that I’ve made sets with the three colors of these pauldrons for the Underpowered Death Knight, I need to make some for my Paladin — who actually did the work of farming them up — and my Warrior. The challenge — and the fun part — will be to make them distinctively different in class-appropriate ways.

Today was also a supremely lucky day for fishing — both of my characters who’d been trying to get fancy fishing poles got the ones they wanted today!

Now if only the devs would make fishing poles Moggable, so that I could Mog over that creepy floppy murloc skeleton when I get the Underlight Angler

If any of you, my dear readers, have kits that you’d like to share, I’d be happy to add you to the show! Just email me your picture(s), along with a list of the items in the outfit. I don’t regularly check my blog email, though, so if you’ve sent me an outfit, please make a comment on the most recent Sunday Mog Show post so that I know to check my blog email for your contribution.

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