Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Non WoW: That feeling when you realise you're WRONG

I have lots of moments like that.  And I'm not just talking about that time when I was doing Ultraxion in Dragon Soul and I had to do it in kitty and Fue wondered why my damage was so low, and when he looked at what I was doing, I was using Claw - which was something I used when I was 60 but hadn't really done any kitty since then, and of course everyone laughed at me for being so behind the times when it comes to kitty.

More recently, there's the time when I went to watch the Lego Movie, and in the movie, they said this:

The Man Upstairs: You know the rules, this isn't a toy!
Finn: Um... it kind of is.
The Man Upstairs: No, actually it's a highly sophisticated inter-locking brick system.
Finn: But we bought it at the toy store.
The Man Upstairs: We did, but the way I'm using it makes it an adult thing.
Finn: The box for this one said "Ages 8 to 14"!
The Man Upstairs: That's a suggestion. They have to put that on there.

And I realised that I WAS THE MAN UPSTAIRS.  I WAS PRESIDENT BUSINESS.  I was the villain in the movie - who is always saying "Don't touch Mummy's Lego" or "This Lego is from Grown ups and not for playing with."  And what was really embarrassing was everyone at work who saw the Lego movie said that when they saw the Man Upstairs, that instantly they thought of me.  That I was the big meanie who wont' let my kids play with things that are supposed to be toys.  I'll admit, after that movie I did change - I let my kids play with mummy's Lego and I try really hard not to cringe every time a piece goes missing.

Here's my latest example.  My sister is pregnant and I have a cot that can convert into a single bed.  We had the cot as single bed in our spare room but I was delighted that she could use our old cot.  I dismantled the bed into pieces, found some more spare parts of the bed in the cupboard and gave it to her.  Then her husband told her there were some pieces missing.  I have no idea why, but I shook my head in disbelief.

"Did you LOOK in the bag?" I said.  I had put all the bits and bots into a plastic bag that accompanied the bed.
"He did," replied my sister. "There are some railing things for the cot side missing and two planks and some brackets for the bottom.  I did vaguely remember the brackets and I hadn't seen them, but I was still sure I had given her everything.  I told my husband to go look for the stuff and he told me he looked everywhere and couldn't find anything.

Even my mother was scolding them for not looking properly. With a big sigh, I said I would go look at the cot, thinking to myself that they had domestic blindness.  So I went over and had a look and there WERE pieces missing.  Lots of them!  So knowing what was missing, I went home and looked in the cupboard where I had found the spare parts and emptied it, thinking it must be there somewhere.  Hmm.  Not in the cupboard.  So I climbed on a chair and looked into the top of the cupboard and there was a box hidden behind some bags and wall decorations - a BIG LONG box mind you - labelled "Single bed parts - keep for future use".  Well.  I took it down and looked inside and lo and behold all the pieces were in there.  So I trundled back to my sister's house sheepishly and said I found the stuff and rang my brother in law to apologise and he crowed with delight and said thank you to me for eating humble pie.  I don't even know WHY I thought they would be mistaken in the first place!

You're not listening to me...
Oh and my poor son. There are multiple instances of me being wrong when it comes to him, and I feel really guilty because I'm not sure if he understands when I am saying sorry for being wrong!  With the autism and language/speech delay, I want to try to make sure we listen to him when he's talking but sometimes I don't understand him and he gets really insistent but the more garbled talk he throws out and gets upset about, the more frustrated I get as well!

The most recent one was on the weekend.  We were sitting in my husband's car and my son asked for "Blue plane."  I had no idea what he was talking about.  "There's no blue plane in the car," I said.  "Is it a plane outside?"

"May I have Blue Plane please?" he said, gesturing around the car. I asked my daughter what he wanted. She shrugged and said "Blue plane."  I knew we had no blue plane toys.  "I can't find the blue plane," I said. "I'll find it later?"

"There there!" He said again, gesticulating wildly.  "Blue plane PLEASE PLEASE!"

When I again denied his request there were tears which were pacified by reminding him we were going to go to playground after lunch.

The next day we were in the car again and I enabled the GPS to see where we were going.  "Blue plane!" my son yelled, pointing.  And sure enough, the arrow indicating our position was blue.  And it kinda looks like a plane, or at least a paper aeroplane.

I felt so bad for my poor son who was only asking for a simple thing and got hugely frustrated because we didn't understand him.  Can't be helped, I know, but I really hate misunderstanding him because he's trying so hard to be understood and it couldn't be good for his confidence with me being so dismissive!

But that mortifying feeling of suddenly realising you're wrong - you almost want to go and hide in shame or pretend it didn't happen. I'm not talking about the little wrongs like "Oh, sorry I thought we were meeting up at 1230pm not 1pm", or "Whoops, sorry I thought your name was Fiona, not Angela."  This is more like the fundamentals of your life were shaken up - like suddenly being told the Earth was round instead of flat, or that there is no heaven/hell/afterlife, or that Santa doesn't exist (I'm a mean parent, my children have never really believed in Santa because I told them we bring the presents - Santa to them is like Dora the Explorer or Peppa Pig, something made up that is fun to imagine).  Trying to get my head around letting my children play with my precious Limited Edition Lego is a stomach sinking experience.  I just hope that nothing in Azeroth will be like that - though if I found out that all this time I've been healing wrong on my druid I might just collapse of an apoplexy.

Raiding - Getting better on Thok!

Yay a new raid day, more time to wipe on Thok!

Nothing was a one shot. Wiped once on Malkorok though I feel like that was my fault because I hadn't organised groups so I could see everyone better and my healing felt sloppy.  The second go, only poor Jazz died (she and Nath had switched spots and she took the door spot of doom) and Exray got some heroic warforged love with Blood Rage Bracers.  Then onto Spoils where it took us 3 goes (the Mantid side died once, then Mogu side died once, and third go we killed it!).  No loots for anyone.... which makes me think WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS STUPID BOSS...

Then onto Thok.

I had started the raid a little on the less than shiny happy side because Exray and Aza were telling me that we will not progress on Thok unless we get a third healer.  Aza even offered to offheal on his paladin, but I would rather he DPS'd than healed on an alt when I have healer mains.  And besides, he does good damage. I know he was trying to help but Morz and I really wanted to get this 2 healing.  I think we two were the only ones who thought we had been making solid progress.

So we're getting the bats down, but we're still only getting to 15 roars and Thok's health on our best goes with a transition at 15 is about 68%.  Would like it to be just that little bit lower!  Our 5th attempt was awesome as we got Thok to 14% but I felt like an idiot because I moved out and people died because he didn't transition as I had my panic run away.  The attempt before that Sev and I had been run over by the Yeti and I felt a bit stupid as I moved because I thought "OMG he's looking at me, I need to move, he's going to run this way," but actually I need to look at the eyes on the wall (but who has time to do that when I'm trying to dispel and keep health bars up?? I suppose I could do a keyboard turn to look...)  However, our 6th attempt was amazing as we got to 9%!  Everyone was feeling really positive after that and Morz and I were feeling happy that this 2 healing thing wasn't the impossible task people made it out to be.  Oh, I did have one other minor hiccup... I was telling Morz that I was using my Blackfuse trinket yay and Mana was good (instead of my Thok's tooth) and then when I looked at my gear I realised I had accidentally swapped out my Prismatic Prism of Pride with my Blackfuse trinket... miraculously the two GOOD goes were straight after I fixed my trinkets up.  But shhh....

Aza said later that I wanted to 2 heal it so I could brag about it, and he was right.  But who would I brag to, really?  Nobody would particularly care... though me and Morz would feel pretty chuffed about it!  The only person I could tell is Balkoth and he said to me he never said it couldn't be 2 healed, he just said that it was painful!  And he's right. I tell you, I would LOVE a devotion aura.. and maybe one Hand of Protection as well!

Extended maintenance tonight (6pm-6am AEST) probably means that we can extend and have a couple more goes on Thok on Wednesday (as I'm PRETTY sure nobody had time to kill Garrosh before shutdown).  Who knows how good we'll go when we're all fresh at it!  It might even be even better attempts than before!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I guess I DO have a bucket list!

Over the years I see lots of people listing their "Bucket Lists" or "Things to do before -insert WoW expansion here-" and I never really thought that I would have one, but in the last month I realised I have been slowly trying to get a couple of long term goals.
  • 605 Unique pets
    I have been really lazy with PvP pet battles and I should do it just so I can get that Stunted Direhorn.  I've never been a fan of PvP pet battling because it gets a little bit OLD with the Unborn Val'kyr combinations, but I've decided to just stick to two combos and if they work then cool, if it's straight losses all the time, well I'll just stop battling for a bit.  So far, it's been going well.  I also need to get the Argent Squire on alliance side which means I have to bash at those stupid Argent Tournament dailies.  I'm doing it... slowly.  I haven't quite got the dedication to do it every day.  I also have one last Recruit a Friend (RAF) pet to get... tempted just to RAF myself to be honest.... so sitting there at 602 and at least a few months to go before I get another pet...

  • Herald of the Titans
    I have two toons locked at 80, which is a pain because I still don't have a second 90.  But now that my second druid is 80, I have been slowly bumming around scooping up Ulduar runs where I can so I can do a run, picking up both feral/guardian and caster gear.  Though I would like to do heals since I know that best, but we have a few guildies interested (including Nath, Jazz, Crooked and maybe even Exray) so we might have a group good to go for it if I can get my ass into gear with ... gear.  Usually just trying to hitchhike my way with those people who are going for Mimiron's head (and hanging around for the clear to Yogg) - I may be dead all the time but hey, loot is loot!
  • Going to need Bigger Bags
    Yeah, I'm not going to get this any time soon (maybe not any time ever), but I do go to the Isle and I tend to only kill those mobs I need for the achievement.  Sometimes I drag Aimei with me, who complains at me when I go for the big rock dudes.  Camping does my head in, so the closest I'll get is afk-ing at a rare spawn spot.

  • A second level 90
    It is SUCH A DRAG trying to level without RAF.  My poor Warlock is going through Deepholm at a snail's pace, and Lushnek says to me that we can go to the Timeless Isle at level 85 (though what we're going to do there I'm not sure - I remember dying a lot as a level 90 in ToT gear!).  One of the advantages to levelling there I suppose is that I can work on my Going to need Bigger bags.  And maybe do some herbing/mining as well.  And before you say "Why don't you boost....." I just don't feel like boosting ok!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Navispam - Lurking in Kal's corner

I have been trying very hard to catch a friend online but without much luck but some other bloggers are easier than others!  One of which is Kal, of Kal's corner.

He put nice easy directions on his blog for me to find him and lucky me got it second go.  He was in a Siege of Orgrimmar raid, and I didn't expect a reply but I sent a whisper anyway, saying sorry for disturbing and I just wanted to say hi because I read his blog.  Surprisingly he replied!  And so I waited for him to wipe on finish Galakras.  When he was free he said he had never had a blog reader visit before, and I told him that the toon's name that I was whispering him from was a little misleading (it was a randomly generated name), as it wasn't my real (game) name.  And do you know what he said?

"Oh, I know who this is."


"You must be Navi."

Wow. I'm so predictable.  I told him that I didn't know I was that predictable!  He said that I was known for doing this sort of stuff.  Well, yes, that's true I guess!

So we chatted a little about Galakras, and a little bit about geeks - he told me to go look up The Oatmeal's stuff on Tesla - and then told me the definition of a geek was someone who would give up sex for their passion.  Even footballers can be geeks - if they would rather play football than have sex.  Well that's different way of looking at a geek!

My burning question for him was easy - I wanted to know about his blog- Kal's corner actually has the web address thehunterchannel and he said ages ago his guildies were paying him out about always talking about hunters and so he made a blog so he could spout his hunter stuff there.  These days he's talking about all sorts of random things (not hunters) and he told me that he was thinking of an blog overhaul.  I asked him if he played other games, and he said WoW is his MMO and I got the feeling he would be playing it for some time to come.

When I asked him if he would mind taking a picture with me, he said that he was already dressed for the occasion! Here he is looking spiffy in his Overlord's transmog and Lofty Shield (making him look very Horde-y).

Thanks Kal for letting me visit!  I have to admit that was an easy Navispam!  Plaidelf however continues to elude me, as does Anoukisse!