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My college’s Spring Break is officially next week. Classes were cancelled this week, and I should have spent the time practicing with screencasting and web-conferencing software to get ready for taking my courses online after Spring Break. Spring Fever hit me hard in the middle of the week, though, and I spent an afternoon playing Kinevra through chapters 4 – 6 of the 8.0 Alliance War Campaign and doing the Tyrande’s Vengeance questline instead of working. While doing those things, I was sitting in LFR queue for the second wing of Dazar’alor — trying for the crown, of course. Since she reached level 120 a few weeks ago, Kinevra has also achieved Friendly with both Mechagon and Nazjatar to get the Rank 1 versions of those Essences. Kinevra’s ilevel and Heart level have both surpassed Kamalia’s.

Now with Blizzard implementing double XP gain for the next month, I’m sorely tempted to finish leveling Kerisa, Kaelinda, and Karaelia to 120 instead of doing schoolwork…

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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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checking in

Yeah, deciding last Sunday night after I finished up Mechagon to take this week off from WoW was definitely a good decision, because this week turned out to be a real doozy. I’m still behind enough on my grading that I’d better take this next week off from WoW, too… but then maybe things will lighten up a bit and I’ll be able to spend some time in the evenings leveling alts? My fancy Hearthstone collection will just have to go another year without Peddlefeet’s Lovely Hearthstone, though.

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As it turned out, I just wanted to be Done with Mechagon. I started picking up some of the other dailies on the island. I ended up doing “fill the bar” and passing on “kill three star mobs”, though I’d still do some of the other dailies on a “kill three star mobs” day. I finished the mechaspider mount questline, even though I don’t care for the mount and won’t use it, just for the rep that doing so would provide. A little bit of a boost from the Darkmoon Top Hat last night, and…

If I ever have the whim to do so after Kaylynda reaches 120, now I can go recruit the Mechagnomes.

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Now that she’s finished Mechagon, Kamalia is officially in retirement. I’ll be doing the Patch 8.3 stuff with Kaylynda, or maybe Kaelinda, or maybe Kerisa. I know that I want to at least get the Orthographically Obnoxious Cloak to Rank 5 for the first appearance upgrade. That might be all I do of Patch 8.3 content, though.

This won’t actually be the first time that I’ll have let Kamalia sit out an endgame zone and done it with another character. At the end of Legion, I did Argus with Kiralaira (my Demon Hunter) because it felt more thematically appropriate to do so.

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As I get other characters to 120, I plan to bring them out to Mechagon at least once. I like to have all areas of an expansion accessible for my “major” characters just in case I ever want to use some of the scenery in those areas as a backdrop for a Mog photoshoot.

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I’m teaching four different lecture classes and two different lab classes this semester, and I’m feeling like I’m just barely keeping my head above water. So, now that I’ve finished this goal with Kamalia and I haven’t yet gotten any other characters to 120, I think perhaps I’d better take a bit of a break from WoW — at least for the rest of this week, maybe next week, too — but hopefully not as long as until the end of the semester.

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So I’m sitting here in my office on campus, late at night, working on the last couple of documents for my portfolio for my final tenure review, which is due on Friday.

The sound card in my school laptop, which is five years old, gave out during the spring, so I’d brought in one of my laptops from home to be able to show a video clip to one of my classes as part of my first day spiel. That other laptop happens to have WoW installed on it. So I’ve got that other laptop booted up, running WoW, with all of the sounds turned off except the music, and a character sitting in her Garrison, so that I can listen to a variety of WoW soundtrack pieces while I work without having to actually run about in the world.

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growly face


Between Bedtime for Frances and Bread and Jam for Frances in my childhood, the Redwall books in my tween and teenage years, Hogwarts’ Hufflepuff House in my young adulthood, and attending University of Wisconsin-Madison for my PhD, I have a certain fondness for badgers. This charming fellow is the wallpaper on my school laptop.

Lately, whenever I go to Pandaria, I can’t help noticing the similarity between Growly Badger’s growly grin and the snarl-grin of that imposing Mogu dude on the Pandaria loading screen…

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Objectively, I know that Kamalia should finish up the Horde War Campaign. I’ll need that done to be able to do the Zandalari recruitment scenario (though I don’t plan to roll a Zandalari character) and to get my Tauren Heritage armor. Subjectively, as well as that story is being told, I’m just not enjoying what that story is about, so I keep finding other things to do.

Like grinding old reps with alts.

Or starting to level alts in Battle for Azeroth content.

I’ve played Kaylynda through the Ashvane’s treachery storyline of Tiragarde Sound; she still has the Norwington Estate and Anglepoint chapters to go to finish up the zone Loremaster, plus a bouquet of side quests. I’m contemplating, however, leaving those things aside for awhile and going to play through the main storyline of Stormsong Valley instead, so that she can pick up the transmog appearance from that zone (she already has the Drustvar transmog appearance from the crafted gear). Kaylynda just reached 113.

I’ve played Kaelinda through about two thirds of Zuldazar; she has one chapter left of the main storyline, and then I’m thinking about going to do the main storylines of the other two zones (Vol’dun first, because I already have the Nazmir transmog appearance from the crafted gear) rather than doing all the Zuldazar side quests. She’ll definitely do Xibala, though, because Blood Elves and Nightborne (Oh, the things the Blood Elves at Xibala say about the Nightborne! They are so self-absorbedly oblivious to how the rest of the races of the Horde think the same things about them!). Kaelinda is currently 112.

There are some RL factors at play, too. About three weeks ago, we adopted our second child, also as a newborn. He came several days earlier than expected, so I didn’t have quite as much time between the end of the semester and when the baby was born to get my classes prepared for next semester as I’d anticipated. Thus, in the mid-evening hours when I’ve just gotten our two-year-old put to bed and the baby is also sleeping, I have a choice: do I stay up until the baby wakes up again playing WoW, do I stay up until the baby wakes up again working on prepping my classes for next semester, or do I go to bed and try to get some sleep before the baby wakes up again? I gave myself the first two weeks after the baby was born to just sleep or play, but now that those two weeks are up, work and sleep are winning over playing.

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