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I haven’t been subscribing to Blizzard Watch at all (and I only recently subbed up to Patreon for From Draenor With Love) but I was recently reminded that BW subscribers at a certain level will get a coloring book. I kind of want the Blizzard Watch coloring book. I’m not sure that I’m willing to pay $25/month ($300/year) — more than I’m paying for World of Warcraft itself! — for it, though. If the coloring book reward was in the $10/month tier (approximately the same as the game itself), maybe I’d feel a little better about subscribing at the coloring book level.
ETA: So, I bit. I *have* been considering subbing to BW ever since they launched, I just hadn’t gotten around to doing it. I signed up at the $25 level, and after I get my Noxychu coloring book and a few months have gone by (maybe enough to have donated $100 total), I’ll drop down to one of the lower pledge levels… if I remember.

Today I gave my organic chemistry class an exam. The exam is in two parts, an in-class part and a testing center part. Before class started, I was telling my students that even though I can’t grade the testing center part until Monday (because they have through Saturday night to take it), I might grade the in-class part tonight because my husband is out of town on business, so I wouldn’t have anything better to do except playing computer games or reading a book. They asked, “what computer games?” When I told them, World of Warcraft, a handful responded, “oh, I play/have played that game!” Then, when they hadn’t managed to complete the in-class part by the end of the class period, I decided to let them take it home over the weekend, so I don’t have any exams to grade tonight, after all.
It would probably not be a very good idea, from a professional standpoint, though, to tell them “I’m Kamalia on Bloodhoof, Horde-side; let’s run some dungeons sometime.”

I will be happier if Legion doesn’t come out in June than if it does. This past week, I found out that I’ve been accepted to both of the summer organic chemistry pedagogy workshops that I applied to attend — one in the first week of June, the other in the third week of June. For me, I think it would be best if Legion comes out right at the end of July, when I’ll have a week or so off between the end of the summer term chemistry course (which I will be teaching, and will need subs for the two weeks in June when I’ll be gone) and the beginning of fall semester in mid-August.

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I’ve collected Breyer model horses on and off ever since I was a kid. For about a decade, I’ve wanted some proper display shelving for my collection. I got some GNEDBY CD towers from IKEA for my 1:32 scale horses last summer, but I still wanted a bookcase with glass doors for my 1:9 and 1:12 scale horses. Now that we’re living in a house that we own, I decided that it was time to get one. On Wednesday evening, I went to IKEA and picked up a BILLY bookcase and the matching OXBERG doors. I assembled it that night, then spent Thursday evening filling it up.

You might wonder why the lowest nine shelves of 1:32 scale horses seem to all be the same sculpture. It’s one of my favorite sculptures in that scale because it’s a non-standard pose and has a great sense of motion. I collected as many of the original (factory) finish variations of that sculpture as I could while I was in my most recent intensive model horse collecting phase (about a decade ago). At that time, Breyer was producing a “paint your own horse” kit that featured this sculpture. I bought two or three dozen of those kits and painted up them up to represent all the horse colors and patterns that I knew about. I painted several of them in fanciful colors, too.
While I was in my horse-painting phase, I also painted several other 1:32 scale sculptures. I have more little horses than actually fit in these shelves, however, so when it came time to choose who got to go on display and who went in the toybox, the ones I’d painted myself tended to get priority for the shelves. On the larger scales, I painted the bright chestnut 1:12 scale horse on the right of the top shelf of the big bookcase as a portrait model of Secretariat, and I had a lot of fun with the 1:9 scale zebra foal in the bottom shelf of the big bookcase.

There are a handful of sculptures in Breyer’s current 1:9 scale line that I’d like to add to my collection. I don’t know where I’d put them, though, because I don’t want to consign any of the horses currently on display to to the toybox!

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apropos of nothing

The very best thing about this Christmas was that we got moved into our new house. The second best thing was this:

My sister gave us a nine-week-old kitten. He is everything a kitten should be.

What was the best thing about your Winter Veil/Christmas/other IRL winter holidays?

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Winter Veil is here, and once again, Kamalia’s Garrison is more decorated for the season than my IRL house is.

It was a pleasant surprise that my Garrison had a minimal level Winter Veil decor already when I logged in yesterday, even before I went to do any of the holiday dailies.

I enjoy Christmas and like to decorate it, and ordinarily, I’d have started putting up decorations on December first. This year, though, BTH and I bought a house in October. We’ve been waiting on some renovation work to move in, which has been hindered by BTH having to travel for his job for a couple of weeks recently. In the meantime, we’ve been carrying carloads of stuff over to the house, and the things that have already been moved included my boxes of Christmas decorations. So I haven’t got any Christmas decorations put up at the house we’ve been renting. We’re hoping to officially move next Monday, though that may or may not actually happen. Maybe I can get some Christmas decorations & our little artificial tree put up on the 23rd or on Christmas Eve… Next year, I hope to finally be able to get a real Christmas tree.

In addition to moving and the normal holiday season family activities, one of BTH’s sisters is getting married this Saturday. So we will be pretty busy! Because Real Life is so hectic this year, I’m not quite sure how much time I’ll have to play the holiday quests over the next week or so. Thus, yesterday I used the Merry Supplies from all three of my characters with level 3 Garrisons to decorate Kamalia’s Garrison with the Ball of Tangled Lights, Imported Trees, and Old Box of Decorations. I didn’t get the Winter Wondervolt, but I did promote my Winter’s Helpers and Tiny Snowman to Favorite status in my pet journal for the season, so that they can spawn from the Menagerie. I might be able to add decorations to my other characters’ Garrisons later; for now, I wanted to make sure that Kam would get all the decorations she wanted. I should try to send a set of decorations to Kaylynda the Human Mage… Winter Veil is one of the times of year when I like being Horde the least, because the Horde Winter Veil trees are so ugly…

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It’s Thursday. Because I don’t have my 8:30 am class on Thursday, I don’t have class until 11:30 am. I consistently have trouble motivating myself to do anything productive on Thursday mornings, even though I always have a list of things that I could be working on. Furthermore, it’s the end of the semester and I am tired, so I’m having even more trouble than usual concentrating this morning.

This particular Thursday morning, reports from the Godmother and Matt Rossi on their experiences in the Legion alpha are making me wish that I could be at home leveling alts, getting them ready to go acquire their Artifact weapons and establish their Class Halls. Now that the Underpowered Death Knight has reached level 100, I can let the Hunter and the Monk fall over the finish line, and then I want to push the Mages (both of whom are currently questing in Talador) through. After that, I’m not sure which alts will go next.

After I brought the Rogue out of retirement in anticipation of playing as an Outlaw in Legion, the Warlock eventually managed to persuade me to let her return to her Garrison, too. The Warlock doesn’t want to be left behind at a lower level than the Demon Hunter will be upon completing her starting experience…. Such sibling rivalry my characters of the classes I prefer the least have!

I’m quite intrigued by the appearance of a Fishing Artifact in the Legion alpha. I think it’s pretty cool that we might get an Artifact fishing pole to make fishing in the Broken Isles more entertaining! Which reminds me, once the Hunter gets to level 100, she’ll need to put in some quality time fishing so that she can get Nat Pagle to join her Garrison team…

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Decorated with dozens of glowing carved pumpkin lanterns — imported at great expense from Azeroth — the Garrison looked very cheery.

Kamalia’s Garrison is more decorated than my IRL house this year. This is about as far as I go with Hallowe’en decorations at home —

— and I didn’t even get that much done this year. Although I thought about pulling my few decorations out from time to time during the month, I never quite managed to get around to actually doing it.

I’m not much of a Hallowe’en person; I prefer the “autumn celebration” aspects of the holiday to the “facing our fears of death and mutilation” aspects. I like the dressing up part, too — though cosplay allows one to do that all year round, if one so desires.

I’ve done the Draenor/Garrison Hallow’s End dailies three times. Once to get the “Ghostly Glow” package for Kamalia’s Garrison, once to get a Seer’s Invitation, and once to get a second Ghostly Glow package to send to my DK for her Garrison. I sent the Seer’s Invitation to my Druid (she’s fascinated by the Arakkoa), but when she used it in her Level 2 Garrison, nothing happened. So my DK will hang onto the pumpkin package until she reaches level 100 and can upgrade her Garrison to level 3.

I will be doing the Winter Veil Draenor/Garrison dailies more often, though, because I want almost all of those decoration packages and may want to send some to alts, too.

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holding myself back

Here we are in what are definitely the waning days* of Warlords, and I still have only one level 100 character.

I can’t even complain about it being a side-effect of all the evenings I spend working instead of playing due to my job, because I could have had at least two more characters at level 100 for quite some time — if I hadn’t been deliberately holding back on questing with them.
My primary Monk is at 53% through level 99 from diligently doing Practice Makes Perfect, augmented by herbing in her Garrison and character XP missions.
My Hunter is at 69% through level 99, with most of her XP having come from pet battling, mining in her Garrison, occasionally doing the Fishing Shack daily, and character XP missions.
Neither one of them has done any questing in Draenor beyond completing Frostfire Ridge.
I have held both of them back from doing the Pinchwhistle Gearworks/Salvage Yard quest chain partly because they won’t have a third small building spot until they get to level 100 anyway, partly because I thought it would be nifty to get them to level 100 mostly from dailies, and partly because I’d had the thought, since before Warlords launched, that maybe this time around I should let my Alliance Mage be my second character to 100.

Unfortunately, my Human Mage isn’t cooperating very well. She’s always had a mind of her own, and after I got the Underpowered Death Knight her Shado-Pan hat, she decided that she needed to go get hers — my Human Mage was my last character to reach level 90 before Warlords, and by that time I was so tired of the Pandaria reps that I only barely managed to push her through getting her Farm fully expanded. When she left Draenor to return to Pandaria, my Human Mage was halfway through Talador, having done everything but the Auchindoun and Shattrath questlines. She’s only been doing the Shan’ze Dao set of Shado-Pan dailies, though, so it’s going a bit slow. After she gets her Shado-Pan hat, I may or may not be able to convince her to come back to Talador instead of going off to do the Divine Bell questline and the Kirin Tor Assault on the Isle of Thunder. For whatever reason, she hasn’t been utterly charmed by Yrel — perhaps I’ve been inadvertently spoilt too much on events that will happen later in the Alliance storyline, thus diminishing my desire to pursue it just to see what happens next? Or maybe I have screenshot fatigue from trying to screencap everything because I know I’ll probably only go through the Alliance stuff once…

The Underpowered Death Knight is now at 74% through level 96 from working with the Serpent Riders. Since I took her to Frostwall, I’ve begun to contemplate letting her be my second level 100. Wouldn’t that be funny, my character who usually lags far behind the rest, being the second to the finish line? With Hallow’s End about to start, she will gain about a level over the next fortnight from doing the holiday dailies. Getting her that last couple of levels will then be as simple as flying around Draenor looking for the purple glow of treasures…

* Regarding the moose mount: I am sad that it won’t be widely available, but getting it is so far out of my reach that all I can do is shrug and say, hey, that’s $25 I can spend on Christmas presents, or joining 2YC3, or the third book in Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart series, or something, instead of at the Blizzard Store. I’ll just be over here hoping that a less-elaborately-outfitted, less-supernaturally-glowy version of the moose mount will be available through a rep grind in Val’sharah.

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