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On March 9, 2010, I made my first post as a WoW blogger.

Wrath of the Lich King was winding down and Cataclysm was on the horizon; that first post mentions plans I was making in anticipation of the coming changes of Cataclysm.

I had a few long-term WoW goals back then, and, over the past decade, I’ve accomplished them. I raided (in LFR) with a healer of every healing class during Mists. I got a Horde character of each of the existing classes to the level cap in Mists, Warlords, and Legion. I pushed an Alliance character to the level cap at the end of Cataclysm so that I could play the Alliance side of the pre-Mists events at Theramore; that character continues to be the only Alliance character that I actively play.

The introduction of LFR and Transmogrification in late Cataclysm revolutionized my WoW game. The upgrade of Transmogrification with the Appearances collections in late Warlords changed it further. The “Things my [Class] Wears” and “Sunday on the Promenade” series of posts have become this blog’s core content.

Once upon a time, I thought that when this big milestone occasion arrived, I’d put together something elaborate and special. Real Life has gotten in the way of that, however.

I landed my dream job; BTH and I bought a house and adopted two children. My blogiversary is now greatly overshadowed by its proximity to my older child’s birthday. The past couple of academic years have been rather rough and I’m running on the edge of burnout in my job — and that general exhaustion has propagated a feeling of being on the edge of burnout in keeping up with the “Sunday on the Promenade” series here on the blog, as well. So this small post of simple acknowledgement will have to do.

Here’s to TEN YEARS!

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Love Is In The Air, and the flower crowns can now be Mogged year-round, so I just had to log on for just long enough to do this:

Thanks, Blizzard, for making my wish come true!

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I’ve been looking forward to this year’s Lunar Festival for months — ever since the questchain to make the flower crowns Moggable year-round was datamined on the Patch 8.2.5 PTR. I didn’t spoil myself about it, and my favorite part of it was the graphics and flavor text for the different flowers that had to be collected to make the permanent version of each crown. I am excited to be able to use the flower crowns during Love is in the Air, Noblegarden, Midsummer Fire Festival, and anytime at all!

Blood Moon

Crown of Eternal Memorial, Gladiator’s Wyrmhide Spaulders, Vest of Flowing Water, Feral Cord, Gloomtalon’s Spare Kilt, Rapscallion Boots, Talon Guard Staff
It must be the gloomy influences of Nazmir, Drustvar, and Darkshore that made Kerisa want to go dark for her Lunar Festival outfit this year.

Everlasting Efflorescence


Crown of Boundless Courage, Cenarion Spaulders, Chestpiece of Malorne, Vine Waistband, Clefthoof Hide Leggings, Forest Leather Gloves, Forestlord Striders, Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak, Staff of the Verdant Circle
There were several different items that I wanted to be in this kit — the flower crown, the leafy shoulders, the staff, the kilt. Sometimes I have an idea for a group of items to put in an outfit and just can’t get it to work, so I was glad that I was able to find other pieces that pulled this outfit together quite nicely.

Eversong

Crown of Infinite Prosperity, Robes of the Battleguard, Buccaneer’s Pants, Kavan’s Forsaken Treads, Phoenix-Wing Cloak, Scarlet Filigreed Doublet, Rod of the Blazing Light
This kit for Kaelydia owes a great debt of inspiration to Syrco’s “Macedonia” outfit.

Edelweiss

Crown of Everlasting Fortune, Mooncloth Robe, Warm Blue Woolen Socks, Decalcified Elven Spear
I can’t claim any originality for this outfit; it’s in a Blizzard Watch header image that the writers often use when discussing holiday item Transmogrification. Nevertheless, I’d been wanting to make it when Lunar Festival rolled around again, and it occurred to me that it would look even more stunning with blue hair. The original outfit uses the Staff of Divine Infusion, but DKs can’t use staves.

Tideshaper

Crosswind Shoulderguards, Circuit-Linked Chainmail, Girdle of the Scroll-Sages, Kilt of Rolling Thunders, Fletcher’s Nimble Grips, Battlebound Treads, Spell Axe of the Farseer, Tideguard Bulwark
The turquoise color of this chestpiece suggested pairing it with this kilt. I’d kind of like to have a Kul Tiran Shaman to wear this outfit. Maybe after I’ve recruited them, I’ll race-change Kjerstin…

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This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

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From the Patch 8.2.5 patch notes repost on Wowhead:

Embark on an adventure around Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms to complete the Rite of the Moon and help an old druid bless her Staff of Moonflowers. In return, she will enchant your flower crowns so they never die, and you can transmogrify them year-round!

This is something that I’ve wished for ever since the flower crowns first appeared in patch datamining. I’ve mentioned it here on my blog multiple times, and I’m pretty sure that I put it in the Suggestion Box in the game, too.

Of course, I’m not silly enough to think that it was my suggestion alone that prompted this addition to the game — I’m sure many other people suggested it, too, and probably there was a post in the Suggestion area of the official forums to rally support for it.

Thank you for listening, Blizzard! ❤

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New shirts? That only require some running around the world to get? I wasn’t going to pass that up!

I chose Kerithian to collect the new shirts because she has Nice Shorts, cool sneakers, cute ponytails, and access to the Emerald Dreamway (which gives her almost as much mobility around Azeroth as a Mage).


Shirtsi’s Cloth Shirt


Threads of Tirion


Selis’ Silk Shirt


Shuurt’s Precious


Jade’s Lovely Shirt


Tia Shortsleeve’s Short Sleeve Shirt


Gild’s Crewneck

My favorites are the black one from Outland and the yellow one from Northrend — though the one I have the most immediate Mog idea for is the Kirin Tor one from Draenor.

Because I ended up not being able to log on until well after my server had switched to nighttime lighting, I was very grateful for the Jar of Sunwarmed Sand!

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Kregga got her first Nightfallen Paragon cache last night.
And what should be in it but the Leywoven Flying Carpet! At last!

I’ve wanted this mount partly so that my Tailors can have a complete collection of all the Flying Carpets —

— and partly so that my characters who aren’t Tailors can have a Flying Carpet, too. I’ve particularly wanted this mount for Kaelyla, who has a whole array of violet-blue mounts lined up on her right action bars 😀

I’m not going to try for any of the other Paragon rewards — getting this one was frustrating enough — so my Death Knight, Monk, and Paladin are now headed back to Thunder Bluff to hang out “at home” until I want to do Battle for Azeroth — or some other type of Legacy content — stuff with them.

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**Kermit flail**

This is what my Kul’Tiran Mage is going to look like… just as soon as I manage to get Kaylynda leveled… and through the Alliance War Campaign… and Exalted with the Proudmoore Admiralty…

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