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Bad Habits and Flaws

This is Day 11 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

Since things in WoW are pretty slow right now, I thought I’d go back to Saga’s blogging challenge that I started waaaay back in November.

My biggest WoW-related flaw is that I have a tendency to get distracted by certain events in raids.

What events? People dying. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when the death is unexpected, or completely avoidable I sometimes find myself pausing and then I’m more likely to stand in bad things myself. It goes something like this:

  • Player X gets hit by a Lava Wave and gets knocked off Ragnaros’ platform.
  • I say something along the lines of “Did that person really just get knocked off the platform? Are you serious!?!” (insert a number of extra four-letter words into that).
  • I’m too busy hurling curses at my monitor that I don’t see the Magma Trap spawn under me and pop goes the Druid.

Related to this problem, I also get distracted when I have to battle rez someone. I’m usually pretty raid aware, but when I have to resurrect someone during a fight my chance of standing in bad goes up by 432%. This flaw was the worst on fights like Alysrazor – there was always a Lava Spew or a Brush Fire around to catch me while I was running towards the corpse I needed to rez.

Luckily, I think I’ve improved on this front in Dragon Soul, but I still have the occasional special moment where my eagerness to bring someone back from the dead clouds my awareness of what’s going on in the fight. The most recent example I can think of was on Spine. My partner resto Druid got eaten by a mob and the RL called for me to rez her. So I stood in the middle of Deathwings’s back and rezzed – right as he was rolling – and flew off his back. On the bright side, I got a much better view of the fight from where I ended up.

My Favourite Blogs and Websites

This is Day 10 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

(What happened to day 9? Shh…)

I think I’ve talked about my favourite WoW blogs enough. And most of them are in my blogroll, so you can see them there. So instead I will talk about the non-WoW sites and blogs that spend the most time reading.

First, I love to cook and eat, so I frequent a lot of food blogs.

Tiny Urban Kitchen is probably my favorite food blog. Jen does such amazing restaurant reviews that make me envious of all the great restaurants she gets to go to. I love her series of Las Vegas reviews (I <3 Vegas!), and all the reviews she’s done of her hometown of Boston makes that once of the places I really want to travel to.

 Joy the Baker has amazing recipes with great pictures to go along with them that have me salivating at my computer every time she posts a new one. Pickle friesrosemary lime cocktailssalted caramel cheesecake pie. Yum. Beware of reading this site on an empty stomach.

The Pioneer Woman‘s cooking section is amazing. So many great recipes that overuse ingredients like butter and heavy cream…mmm. This site is what first convinced me to make my own crème brûlée, for which I am forever thankful (though my own recipe is better than hers). In addition to making me hungry, this site makes me green with envy. This woman lives on a ranch full of horses and cowboys, she spends her days cooking, taking pictures and blogging. Can I have her life please? (minus the 4 kids).

Other sites I really like:

Television Without Pity – I have a confession to make. I am absolutely terrible at spoiling tv shows. If I PVR something to watch later (which is what I almost always do), I will look up spoilers for the episode before I watch it. I can’t help myself. TWOP is where I go for my spoilers and as a bonus the episode synopses are full of snark. I’ve ruined many a surprise for myself on this site.

Listverse – New lists every day! The lists are sometimes a bit hit-and-miss, but I particularly enjoy the ones about arts and entertainment. Best X-Files episodes, creepiest movie characters, most disturbing novels, doomed cinema romances…there’s a list for everything.

Script Shadow – This site reviews movie scripts and I can’t really explain why I like it so much. I’m not a writer, much less a screenwriter. I have no plans to write a screenplay at any time, but for some reason I really like reading script reviews and writing tips. Maybe it’s just a reflection on my love of movies. One of my favorite series of articles was about the Start Wars movies – it broke down exactly why Empire Strikes Back was completely awesome and Attack of the Clones was complete shit (and looked at the other movies as well).

What are your favourite sites? Have any recommendations for me?

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Me

This is Day 8 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

This one is tough…hard to think of 10 things that most people don’t already know about me that I want to share. Here goes.

1. I’m an only child. Sometimes I loved it, because I got spoiled; sometimes it was a little lonely.

2. I used to be a blonde. I’m definitely not blonde anymore.

Pamela is unimpressed
I seem unsure about why this boy is kissing me.

3. I worked in the game industry for a little while, in QA. When I first got the job, I thought it was amazing. Getting paid to play video games? Sign me up. But it wasn’t all that great. The games I tested…they were bad. I got to play games like  Warpath (a Halo knock-off), Land of the Dead (based on the movie), Playboy: The Mansion (The Sims with boobs – I actually kind of liked testing this one) and the bane of my tester existence, WWII Combat: Iwo Jima. Ugh, that game was so bad (really, read a review if you don’t believe me). What made it worse was that we’d often spend a week testing a single build when we were used to getting new builds every day. I’d often just flat-out refuse to continue to play it and instead go through the bug tracker and point out terrible spelling and grammar in the other testers’ bugs. As you can probably guess, I made a lot of friends this way.

4. I always ask for the same thing when anyone asks me what I want for Christmas or my birthday: a pony. I’ve yet to receive one.

5. I was an offensive backfield coach for my high school’s football team. I ran drills during practice and sometimes called plays during games. I also kept track of player stats. It was a lot of fun. I was never big on playing sports myself, but I was all for telling football players what to do.

6. I like things to be in order. My movie collection and library are organized alphabetically. The clothes in my closet are sorted by colour. I’ve been known to reorganize the shelves in bookstores if I find something out-of-place. This is likely related to number 7.

7. My first job was at Chapters (a Canadian bookstore). I worked there for 4 years. I loved working with books and seeing all the new titles coming out. My customer service on the other hand, was hit and miss. I could be the best employee ever and make all the customers love me, but I could also be downright mean to the rude customers (no, the customer is not always right). I used to do things like announce over the store intercom that people should put their books back where they found them if they weren’t going to buy them rather than leave them in giant pile near Starbucks. Luckily, my managers loved me, so I could get away with that kind of thing 🙂

8. I’ve been fired from one job – when I was 2 years old. I was booked for a Pampers commercial, though I no longer wore them. As soon as the camera started rolling I’d tear off my diaper and proclaim “I hate Pampers!” My mom pleaded with me and tried to bribe me to pretend I liked them for a couple minutes, but I held to my convictions. That put at end to my acting career (though I was in a Mr. Christie cookie commercial previously – I had no problem eating cookies on camera).

9. I love games. Any games. Video games (I’m sure you knew that one), card games, board games. My dad taught me how to play poker, euchre, thousand and cribbage by the time I was about 8 and we used to play them all the time (also Risk and chess – two games which I never, ever managed to beat him at). In high school I played cards every day at lunch – usually hearts.

10. I have a single tattoo. I got it when I was 19. If you know what it is, you win my respect.My tattoo

The Reason Behind My Blog’s Name

This is Day 7 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

When I decided I wanted to make a blog I knew it would take me a month to come up with a name for it on my own. It takes me hours just to make a character name, and I knew naming a blog would be even worse. So I emailed my guildmates and asked them for idea, wanting them to keep in mind that I planned to write about both druids and hunters. I got some interesting suggestions:

  • The Curative Bovine – Jasyla has always been an elf…maybe I should have been offended by this suggestion.
  • Ameliorative Measures from an Elven Perspective – This was the suggestion I got after I pointed out that I was an elf. Since I had to look up ‘ameliorative’ I didn’t think it was the name for me.
  • Hunter and Hunted – Sort of works, but I didn’t like the thought of druids being hunted.
  • Toby and Me  – Toby is the name of hunter Jasyla’s favorite pet. One guildmate suggested I use this name and write half my posts from Toby’s perspective.
  • A Tree by the Brook – This is one I thought of. I like the lyrical reference but since I always hated tree form, I wanted something else.

Finally one of my guildmates came up with Cannot be Tamed. I liked it right away. I thought it fit the druid/hunter angle really well and was cute in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. I no longer play my hunter so the name has lost a bit of its meaning, but I still really like it and can see new meanings in it. I am completely stubborn and always refusing to toe the druid party line on things like tree form and the state of resto, so I think it still fits.

My Desk

This is Day 6 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

Here’s where I do all my WoW playing.

My desk Things that are usually on or around my desk:

1. My purse. That’s where my dozen different lip glosses are. Also, my credit card when I find something I need to order online.

2. iPad – So I can use Twitter or look things up online without alt-tabbing out of the game.

3. Captain James Tiberius Kirk. I won him at a work trivia contest where I was dubbed Geek of the Year. He likes to watch me play.

4. Wine glass. I have to drink wine from a tumbler during raids. Using a glass with a stem results in too many shorted-out keyboards and too much wasted wine.

5. Headphones. I wear my headphones 90% of the time that I’m at the computer, so I made sure to get nice, comfortable ones.

6. G15 Keyboard. I thought the extra buttons on the side would come in handy…but I never use them. I do however, like the LCD screen that shows me when I get a whisper or who is talking in Vent/Mumble.

7. G700 mouse. It has lots of buttons for all my spell bindings and can be used both wirelessly or plugged in. My last mouse was totally wireless and died on me mid-raid on more than one occasion ><

8. I currently have a pretty orchid on my desk but based on my past experience with plants, it is not long for this world.

Not pictured above but usually around:

Charlie under my desk9. Charlie. He likes to sleep by my feet or on the printer beside me while I play. He also likes to chew all the wires while he’s awake, or attempt to knock my monitor over. Bad kitty.


I have to admit, I cleaned up a bit (okay, maybe a lot) before I took this picture. Other things which are usually on my desk but not pictured here include: water glass, bills that need to be paid, unopened mail, scraps of paper where I write my Baleroc healing rotation, phone, assorted USB cables and flash drives…but I wanted it to look nice for the post.

My Favourite Items In Game

This is Day 5 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

My favorite items in-game tend to fall into one of two categories. I either have good memories associated with them or they are things I’m proud of having because they are relatively rare. Here are a few of those things.

Sprite Darter Hatchling

Sprite Darter

I wasn’t too into pet collecting when I started playing WoW. I had a few, but never went out of my way to get them. I found the quest that rewarded this little guy in Feralas while exploring. The quest-giver was a little hidden and the chain was long and required a lot of traveling. When I finished the quests and got the Sprite Darter as a reward, I was quite pleased with myself. The pet’s existence almost seemed like a secret at the time. Plus, he’s cute and he’s got little moons on his wings that match a lot of my druid gear. This is still my favorite pet in the game.

Will of Arlokk

Will of Arlokk

I can’t remember if Will of Arlokk was my first epic in the game, but it was the first epic to inspire loot lust. The stats were great, and I really liked the look of it (yay, snakes!). I remember doing ZG every week, hoping to get it. It would drop…and go a priest. It would drop again…and go to another priest. When I finally got it, it was pretty sweet and well worth the wait. This is the only weapon I’ve ever saved on Jasyla.

Plagued Proto-Drake

Plagued Proto Drake

Wrath of the Lich King introduced raiding meta-achievements with mounts as rewards. This was the first one I got, from doing all the Naxx-10 achievements. I have a lot of achievement drakes, but the Naxx drakes were the only ones that got taken out of the game when the content was no longer current, so I’m especially proud of this one.

Primitive Mantle

Primitive Mantle

Another item that’s apparently no longer available in the game. The Primitive Mantle was a starting item for troll shaman. At the time I got it, I had never played for the Horde before. I good in-game friend of mine rolled a troll shaman, got the Mantle, transferred it over on the neutral AH and gave it to me as a gift. I think it’s pretty snazzy and Jasyla wears it all the time.

My Best Wow Memory

This is Day 4 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

My favorite WoW memory is not something that happened in the game. It happened at an Irish pub. This is where I first met Shtanky, Lvachequirit, Ardhiel, Rundvelt, Loviatara, Shadu and Veztro; the founding members of Arm of Hades. They were at the pub having their monthly officer meeting. I’m generally kind of shy and not the type of person who would sit down with a table of strangers at a pub and talk for 3 hours, but that’s exactly what ended up happening. I couldn’t resist the idea of face-to-face WoW talk. At the time most of the people I played WoW with were people I only knew online. The thought of a group of local friends running a guild and getting together to discuss the game over pints every month was amazing to me. We talked about Karazhan strats, loot distribution and a whole bunch of other game topics and everyone told me I should roll a new toon on Vek’nilash and join their guild.

It took me a while – I wasn’t sure that I wanted to play with 2 guilds on 2 servers – but about a month later, I made a hunter and joined AoH. I got not only a 2nd guild but also a group of really great friends.  Not everyone from first pub night is still playing, but we’ve had a lot of other local people join who have also become good really friends. Since then there have been lots of good times in-game along with a lot more trips to the pub, Rock Band parties, UFC nights, and guild trips to both Missouri and Indiana where I got hang out with a lot of great non-local guildmates as well. And it all started with that one chance encounter at the pub.