Feeling Mostly Human
I guess for better or worse the second day of medication trick worked again. Round about the time I took my fourth dose of prednisone I started feeling more or less human again. Today I am feeling significantly better, but I am going to try not to push myself terribly hard. The goal will be to simply take things slow and do what I can. I got out long enough to go to the grocery store yesterday, as my wife suggested I get some vitamin C in me… and simply walking around long enough to gather up a few items damned near killed me. So here is hoping I can successfully navigate my way to work and back home again.
I want to take a moment real quick to thank all the folks who have been constantly checking on me. I log in each morning to a barrage of “feeling any better yet?” and I have to say it makes me feel really damned lucky to have some awesome friends. This has legitimately been the worst I have felt in a really long time. Largely I have kept people in the loop so they don’t expect miracles from me during this period of time. I missed the raid on Monday completely, and barely made Tuesdays. Time will tell if I make it through today with enough energy to be able to make the one tonight. Largely I figure there is nothing I do in any of them that could not be missed for a week if I absolutely had to. Mostly right now I am dreading going back to work after being away for a day and a half. But I will struggle through with at least a feigned smile.
Hards for Cards
We have decided to copyright the term “Hards for Cards” because while it sounds a little rude… it accurately describes what we largely did last night. There are many ways to earn triple triad cards. The two primary ways revolve around either repeatedly dueling NPCs hoping to get lucky, or repeatedly running dungeon and raid content… also hoping to get lucky. I have to say though, given the two options I would far rather run the dungeons and raids, because at least then I am also gaining tomestones. I started off solo queuing for Trial Roulette, giving me a random assortment of whatever trials that folks seemed to be running. For the most part all of the primal trials have a chance of dropping their Triple Triad card equivalent. Before long we had a small team of us running Trials, and towards the end of the evening a full eight man. Through all of the content I ran last night I managed to get the Ultros/Typhon card and the Good King Moggle Mog card… which are both far better cards than anything I had managed to earn through an NPC Triple Triad duel.
The other big accomplishment last night was through through an influx of tomestones from all the random trials… I was able to purchase the 110 weapon for my last 50. Granted I have a slew of classes that I have yet to level to 50, but as of now I have 110 weapons for WAR, BRD, DRG, WHM and as of last night PLD. This also means that since all of my gear is currently WAR/PLD that both of my tanks are sitting at ilevel 116 which makes me pretty pleased. I am not sure how much action my paladin is going to actually get however, since I have a definite preference towards the warrior style of tanking… but I would like to at least bring it out of mothballs now and then for duty roulette. I really need to psyche myself up to tank more for the duty finder. The community is pretty great most of the time, and there is really nothing but my own anxiety keeping me from doing it. I just greatly prefer tanking for friends… and last night I tanked several instances and really enjoyed myself. I just need to push myself to do it more with strangers, considering I would definitely not mind the constant gil bonus for queuing as a tank.
The Little Things
I have essentially bankrupted myself in World of Warcraft purchasing all of the heirloom items that I had access to, but had yet to pick up. The majority can be purchased in the museum in Ironforge, however a handful can still only be purchased on the guild vendor. Thankfully these have all had their cost lowered to the 500g for the level 60 step. In the course of picking up the last few items I noticed a doodad for sale on the vendor that I had not seen before. The item was called “Garrison Guild Banners” and did precisely what the name said. I think this is probably a testament to just how few heroics I actually ran in this expansion given that apparently you get one from an achievement earned by completing all of the heroic dungeons. I am guessing it is upper blackrock spire that I never actually completed. The item was cheap, 100g but man has it added a lot of enjoyment to my garrison.
Another little thing I can check off my list is that I finally have the level 2 Menagerie unlocked. I was never one of those people that really had much issue with the fact that the Pet Menagerie was essentially a dead spot in my Garrison. I simply never had leveled a pet to 25, and as a result was not able to participate in the quest used to unlock the Menagerie in the first place. I always felt kind of bad that as much as I like mini-pets… that I had not really spent much time playing WoW Pokemon. However with the 6.1 patch they introduced a simple quest that allows you to earn an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone… which in essence boosts one pet from level whatever to level 25 the current cap. This is available to every level 100 character you have with a tier 3 Garrison, so I managed to build a team of three level 25 pets shortly after logging in on Tuesday.
I did no research at all, and instead went with three of my favorite pets… which is a fact that I am sure will make my life more difficult. I went with the Terrible Turnip largely because its special ability should make the capture of pets more easy… which is the main reason why I wanted a level 25 pet in the first place. After that I chose to level my next two favorite pets… Mini Thor from the Starcraft II Collectors edition, and Murkalot which was a Blizzcon bonus item. Currently the team makes me happy… but I doubt I will be wrecking much face anytime soon. If nothing else they should allow me to power level additional 25s with greater ease. With my heirlooms, and my new pet army… I am poised to start working on my Horde alts. So that is likely going to be one of my many downtime activities in the near future. In the meantime… keep being awesome readers, and I will see you all tomorrow!
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