Aldonza refreshens her To-Do list

Some times things build and the pile gets so big, it's easier to ignore and let it fester.

Time to pull the band-aid off.

To Do List

  1. Make a To Do List (X)
  2. Check off the first thing on the To Do list (X)
  3. Realise you've already accomplished two items on your To Do list! (X)
  4. Reward yourself with a nap (In Progress)

Kallixta has been happy in Draenor, running around and doing things, some new some old.

But once Aldonza got her Garrison up, she wouldn't leave it. She's sent her four followers out, but her cowardice had returned and she wouldn't budge.

Aldonza'd log in, clear some old missions and start new ones with her four followers, but now they're all Level 100, but only with only four it goes slow.

Under Kallixta anything-but-subtle coaching, the Mage returned to her roots and is leveling via Pet Battles. She can teleport to the Shrine, run the circuit of top Trainers, and level at least one pet to 25. She can port to Kalimdor and excavate a few Archaeology sites. She can port to Dalaran or old Shattrath or any number of places at the twitch of her fingers. I forgot how fun and easy Mages have it.

We have 67 pets at level 25. There are a bunch of rares waiting their turn and a handful of hopeful non-rares. Actually, I still have 4 level 25s in need of stoning, but I keep forgetting. I see the Molten Corgi, Frostwolf Ghostpup and Soul of the Forge in my queue, which also remind me I haven't been collecting the newest pets.

Obviously I have some decent teams for all the current Trainers in her circuit, but I think I'll solicit suggestions on folks favorites among the newest pets. Have you a Draenor Pet that you think should be a regular?

I was looking for a response video for Matty about the thug raccoon problem I have and found this. Don't be put off by the Hangul! These 3 boys are Americans (The Raccoon Boys!) that were competing in a Korean "Idol" contest and sing in English. My son was disappointed they didn't win.

Bridal Music

Yes, this is not a Warcraft post.

When we got married, over thirty years ago, our musical selection was limited to what the organist knew and was willing to play. If you weren't a big fan of Mendelssohn or Wagner, too bad. It didn't matter if we were geeks.

My daughter had no such limitations. Since she severely disapproved of Wagner, she knew she was looking for something else anyway. As she and the groom were both geeks of the first order, here is what they selected

The Minister and Groom entered to the Final Fantasy I Theme:

Processional of Bridesmaids:

Procession of Bride, skip to 1:04


At the reception, the first Dance of the couple was the Star Craft parody, SCV Love Song.  It was NOT my favorite: Banelings.

Any suggestions on what YOU might have used in a wedding

Picking up after 100

There have been interruptions. Despite the distraction of my daughter's wedding, I'm reporting a better than average participation in a new expansion.

  1. I hit 100 on 12/14, one month after the Expansion Release. As I was only playing on weekends, and not for long stretches even then, I was happy with my progress. I was not the quickest in my Guild, but I managed it before anybody dinged an Alt.
    Ding with Yrel

  2. I managed my Minions well enough that I had a good selection of Munificent items ready when I dinged and Turbulent soon after. 
  3. I max'd my Mining and Blacksmithing quickly and smoothly with a iLevel 630 Steelforged Greataxe ready by 11/29, when I dinged 98. I've since improved to Stage 3, iLevel 660. I've been prepared to craft other items, but haven't needed it so much yet. 
  4. Despite dinging, I returned to Nagrand for the Plainsthunder gear I could pick up. My rings were dragging my iLevel down, so I went after a treasure ring that needed a little special jumping.

Treasure location
This allowed me to have an iLevel 620 average right away. Again, this might not impress anybody except me. Kallixta was ready for Heroics sooner than I've ever had before.

It was at this point that even my weekends were no longer available for more than an occasional visit to managed missions. Actually, while this was all I could manage, I felt more engaged for the pittance of time allowed. I did manage to help my Guildies, typically when someone wanted assistance in tackling a tough rare.

The Saturday after Christmas, Matty sent out her OLRG notice and I looked over at my family, all taking a break from frenetic activity. I asked and received indulgent smiles. Yes, I could take the evening off to Raid the new Molten Core! I explained my excitement to my son-in-law. He was a Vanilla Raider (and BC and WotLK) and had helped me through MC my first time. I think a few others can understand my excitement and pleasure this achievement gave me. It was a real raid and it took us hours and more than a few wipes. My family was helpful and I only needed to run and let the dogs inside once. I EARNED that Crown. My DPS wasn't near or below the tank except on the fight I died early. I might not have been in the Top Ten, but I wasn't embarrassed
OLRG in the Molten Core
Note: In general, Disco gets a bad reputation, but on the plus side the times allowed for Rock and Pop fans to discover Jazz! Let's hear a bunch of Scots teach us a thing or two with 'Pick Up the Pieces' from 1977

Off Out and Around

Kallixta was finally finding her balance between doing everything herself and delegating to her followers. She realized that there were just some things you couldn't expect others to do for you.

Like cleaning fish.

And everyone knows you want to have the dwarf go underground, so Kallixta had to go to Kuuro's Claim herself. She wasn't going to tell anyone that despite being a dwarf, she wasn't all that comfortable below ground level. It probably had something to do with spending a lot of her youth with the Wildhammers. It usually came up when she had to explain why she got along with the Dark Iron Dwarves so well.

Still, she found her love for the Artillery Tower reassuring her dwarveness and love for things that go 'boom'. Wait, gnomes like that, too? Actually everyone intent on Conquering Evil should appreciate tools that accomplish them quicker, like that Steel Tusk.

Of course, now her followers have expectations. She isn't just 'One of the Gang' anymore, so her armor can't be just anything Off-The-Shelf.