Tuesday, 17 November 2009
I have recently been researching the brilliant Spiceworks. One way of raising your position is to write reviews and how-tos, so I wrote this one (They say you should write what you know)
Jimaeth is about to level 72, his skinning and leatherworking continues apace. Myfanawy needs to up her Blacksmithing but where do I find the time?
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Yes, that's right, the annual loot-fest that is Hallows End is upon us.
I've managed to rack up both caster rings, and passed on the sword twice. I do wish the broom would last longer, as it was perfect for my Warlock when she was 70 and could take him last year. Imagine, small female gnome warlock, black hair, pointy hat, broom, black cat pet from Elwynn - Perfect
Anyway, just need 5 more tokens from the tournament to get the caster mail chest for Codnor and he'll be sorted. Then it's chest and shoulders for Myfanawy, melee shoulders for Jimael, and the leather melee chest for Ybby and Jimaeth. Once I've got those I'll have 20% XP boost to all my chars. (Sweeeeet!)
Gangan has died. Charlie's dear and lovely Grandad has gone on, after a major stroke and a short illness. He wasn't my Grandad, but he was the only Grandad I had, hence my lack of posts. The funeral's next week and I'm not sure whether to speak or not.
On a lighter note. Want a holster for my PSP.
Do yourselves a favour, give your family a ring every now and then. Even if they're massive bum-pains, they're still family.
Friday, 2 October 2009
Delicious Chocloate Cake has become my nemesis. I have been knocking out fishing and cooking dailies for weeks now, and everytime I get that crate of meat, it's just meat, and crap.
I'm after this recipe, so I can get this achievement and one more recipe from The Outland Gourmet but that (Lots of rude words) recipe won't drop.
I'll be checking the forums if there are any other ways to get this blasted recipe.
Have fun :)
Friday, 25 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Back from France! Yes, the authorities are amazed I evaded them at all the major entry points, but then, millions of others have, so I shouldn't be much of a shock really.
France was great, our first proper break since buying/ not buying/ buying/ moving house/ getting operated on/ working from home.
Pitou-Charante is quite arid, the cows and the grass are both a suedey brown. The region does have one major draw though - Pineau. This stuff is fantastic. Also, if you get a chance and are in the area, check out Aubeterre-sur-Dronne
France also had the major bonus of having my Dad's nice big iMac and the copy of WoW I installed last time. My main, Drewydd, has taken up fishing, and is progressing at a rate of noghts to a grand old 290 last night. So far I've also ground my cooking and have got that to 408, brewed Rumsey's Rum, caught Old Ironjaw, . I do wish I'd levelled them both at the same time, would make for an easier life. As my bank char, Nubbin, now has an enviable stock of fish and meat, I think I'll do both quicker on the next run, and with the Big Iron Fishing Pole, that should make life a shade easier.
Finally decided to move all my chars to my new guild, The Lions. All my chars, except Nubbin (As she's the sole member of my bank/guild Cold Storage) are now in The Lions. They're a nice bunch, and as they're from all over don't have the cliqueyness of my old guild.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Monday, 31 August 2009
So, after 3 and half decades of avoiding my demise, a fair maiden asked me that fateful question:
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
I hate boxes. The last couple of weeks just involves boxes, pulling flatpack out of them, cutting them up, recycling them, packing them, stacking them, moving them, trying to move around them.....aaaarrrgggh! (sound of carnage in background)
Finally capped out my Drood's alchemy skills. Not getting any quality WoW time until we've moved, and probably only once the garage is converted.
Sorry I'm not updating so often, my life is mental at the moment.
Have fun, speak soon
Friday, 10 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Got the keys to the house, it's great!!! Carpet-washed most of the smell of dogs out, and destroyed the bedroom carpet. Stripped the bedroom walls of the old paper. Slowly starting to look like our home. I even attacked some of the old cracks with filler, and for my showpiece, I fixed the sink myself :)
The Boy slept there today, so he was the first. Curled up in his travel cot and snored aparently. Going back there today for a takeaway, more work, and test the route to the station. The Mrs has a surprise for me, which is slightly scary. Hopefully her friend the builder's been around and the garage conversion will cost half of what he thought.
Just itching to get the garage devided up into my playroom and the Boy's playroom. I'll be putting CAT5 around the house, and a couple of access points, WEP and WPA. It'll rock.
The garden is huge!! The Boy is like a kid in a sweetshop with all the space to run around in.
New guilds - I leave
So basically I'm in 4 guilds. E
What to do?
And after all the effort, my frost mage didn't get Lord Ahune's Staff
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Last night, after much gnashing of teeth and girding of loins, I finally got my swift flight form. How? Simple, bribery.
I offered the raven lord mount to anyone who would accompany me to destroy Anzu if it dropped. Sithis was kind enough to help. It didn't drop, which is a shame as Sithis was a top player and realy cool.
Thank you Sithis, I still intend to help you farm that mount when you want it.
Swift flight form is like having a sports car, and you can do my favourite trick of turning it off and on mid-flight. (You drop like a stone, freaking out other players as you shoot past them - lol)
I jumped guilds with my Druid. My old guild, which I briefly returned to, were their usual apethetic selves, so after asking for help and getting nowhere, I joined a raiding guild. They seem like a nice bunch, and the only reason the haven't helped is the one guy on didn't have the Auchindoun heroic key, so he couldn't.
Next, earn 250 gold to get Cold Weather Flying and tour Northrend at my leisure, and grind some Wyrmrest rep.
IRL - getting the keys to the house tomorrow, so I may be previously booked for a bit. First job, remove old carpets, paint two rooms and remember to take the kettle :)
Thursday, 25 June 2009
This takes me back to my earliest memories of WoW, when I only had Gatherer, and a pick and a dream (The same dream all other miners had, that being 'Fill your immense and will-never-need-replacing 14 slots bags with ore')
I would peruse the wonderful map on mapwow and select the next area to pillage in my search for engineering excellence. Then Wrath came out, and I discovered Carbonite, then they rendered my subscription obsolete
However, due to wanting to print a giant wall mounted map of Azeroth, I stumbled across mapwow once again, and Hoorah, they have a new section, with a new map. It's still brilliant!! I highly endorse mapwow (Apart from the goldfarmer adverts, ofc)
Talking of endorsements, I'd like to thank the ZAM wow websites (Thottbot & Wowhead) and wow.com (Formerly wowinsider.com) cheers guys and girls, keep it up.
BTW, Team Bubblehearth Inc. on Moonglade EU are recruiting, I'm informed by a reliable source. They're looking for officers and class leaders, and lots of druids/ pallies/ shammies.
IRL - The lawyers to the people we're buying the house from have been SO busy hurrying us along that they forgot their search was about to expire. So after being chivvied along by the rest of the chain, we're ready first. However, there is good news, the hapless legal team one step up the chain from us have managed to get an indemnity signed and we should exchange contracts any day. It'll be nice to get a whole night's sleep. This whole fiasco has caused sleep loss, back ache, headaches, the works. My poor boy is teething, the Mrs and I are stressed due to the house, and I'm knackered due to overtime. My boss has been brilliant and given me a shedload of opportunities to make some extra money. Cheers chief :) However, I could use a day off soon.
How do you have an actual day off if you have a girlfriend and a child? I suppose I could take two days off, send the Mrs and Junior away for the day, then Junior and I have the next day letting the Mrs have a well earned rest. Is that fair?
It does mean we'd get the evenings and mornings together, which would be refreshing as opposed to our current setup - I run around like a loon getting ready for work, she makes my lunch, I go. :(
Work is going well, but still afraid of the axeman. In these hard times, no one is indispensible.
Advice to all, keep your head down.
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
Yeah, I know that seems wrong, but after such a fraught weekend, the week is practically a holiday by comparison. We had a short Friday night due to getting back late. Saturday was a washout due to the vendors of the house not coming back to us about visiting to measure up for carpets, take pictures for a paint job and so forth, this caused bickering over the silliest thing. I hope they didn;t get back to us because they weren't actually there. Otherwise, it's just a complete lack of courtesy. After that it was my least favourite activity involved in moving, the
Thanks to the staff at Stratford Station, the journey home was a nightmare. Their definition of 'Flooding' to the stairs at platform 10 was a puddle the size of a hardback book, and about as deep as an omelette. Sheesh! This meant they tied one end of the platform off, no signs further up or any announcements. There was no information when the trains were heading out my way. (Here's an idea, stop making train stations out of the marble-esque material that gets really slippery when it gets rain on it. We're in Britain, it rains alot. Who designs a station that becomes an ice rink the second it rains, and yet knows it's in Britain. Dur! Bill Hicks would have a field day with you.)
After all that, I got home to a promise from our guild leader to help out with a trip to the Botanica in Netherstorm to get the potions book from High Botanist Freywinn. I had dinner and I logged back on and most of the guild was suddenly silent when I asked for help. The guild leader wasn't on. I'm getting the book to make more potions for the guild, and only two guildees even bothered to respond and they were busy. I was disgusted. In the end only my mate Vinny helped out, but it wasn't enough. We needed the numbers or it was wipe-o-rama all the way. Two precious WoW hours completely wasted. I was livid, and hurt. When people need help, I'm there, when I need it, they're all staring at thier shoes and looking sheepish.
Considering a raiding guild that has regular runs at set times.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
On a lighter note: My mage is storming up the cooking skills charts, having doen an Outland and a northrend cooking quest. Quite satisfying. Not sure what to do next, considering levelling my priest so I can make a flying carpet, also, everyone loves an Irish-comedy-theme-named holy priest.
New guild is shaping nicely, and tried to join my Mage in, but they've moved the rights to add anyone by anyone to officers of the guild only. Typically, when you need an officer, they're not about, doubly annoying as my Druid is one of them, and I can't add myself - lol
Here I am, at work, doing the late shift for a few extra quid, such is life. 3 minutes to go, then BK for fries and home.
Yeah, a mage. I know, I know. But that's the char that got the 'skillz' so that one progressed with cooking. Anyway....
Got my 4th Dalaran cooking award, so I went for 'Critter Bites' http://thottbot.com/i43004
I'm pleased and yes, I know it's sad. remember, dear reader it keeps me off the streets ;)
Are these people even vaguely human?
Word to the wise out there: In these tough times, watch your back! Your HR department already is, with a (metaphorical) knife in hand.
Talking of knife in hand, considering moving my rogue to another server, but he does have a one man guild complete with bank and tabs. What to do? I need to be able to focus on my chars, but I have the full compliment on Moonglade, just not sure. I definitely don't want to kill him off.
Monday, 1 June 2009
The Mrs saves the day (Like she always does, bringing a brain to the proceedings and all that) and speaks to the landlady. The landlady is a star and says helps me and I'll help you. Furious lawnmowing and hedge trimming ensues (I'm both a bit crap and a lot lazy at garden maintenance)
'This isn't going to buy baby new shoes' - Off to a local factory outlet with a Clarks in it to get my boy some new shoes, his last pair of sandles chafed his ankles, so sod the expense, decent shoes time. We drive off, the boy and I (Mummy at home getting some well deserved sleep) and 5 minutes later, he's sparko (deeply asleep) in the back seat. I go to 'a certain restaurant' drive through for deep fried cheesy thingies and a strawberry milkshake to let him sleep some more and kill some time. He starts to stir so off we go again, 5 more minutes we've parked and are out. Halfords for red spray (I'm spraying a Dell 1600SC Rover Nightfire Red just for sh*ts and giggles, pictures to follow) then off to Clarks for ickle shoes. He gets measured, runs around like a lunatic, and starts eyeing up pretty girls in the shoe shop (Thassmaboyee!) we come back and order is restored, the queen is once more happy and the sun is blazing, lunch outside and all is well with the world.
Sunday PtII: Violet HoldAnother trip into what I see as a bit of a non-event. Some nice loot, but a bit of a conveyor belt of blue dragonkin and so on. I like Nexus, it's pretty good, and I need to do more instances, I miss instances like sunken temple, proper windy 'You might get lost' type places. Also, what happened to the mountains of grey crap you used to get to pay for your repairs? Odd. I should have a look at Naxx, my 80 DK isn;t that well geared, but that guild has a load of 80s that would just do it for fun, fully loaded with their Naxx and above gear.
Guilds, they're odd things. You have a combination of real people being unreal people and behaving like both. This is just in the nice guilds I am a part of - lol. I've been in guilds with men pretending to be girls as chars (I have some female chars, easier to watch, for longer gaming - see Tombraider developers nots, I'm sure) and some actually pretending to be girl players. Some doing it to disrupt and potentially worse. Some doing it as a roleplay exercise. I suggest if you have a female player come on to you as a char, imagine they're a 20 stone male truck driver. If that floats your boat, then good luck to you. Personally, I always put my shortened name 'Jim' in my guild notes, saves a lot of explaining later.
Awful wakeup to the strains of 'Have we got everything, can you do this, where's my... etc, argue a bit because she always get nervous before a trip anywhere. Throw in no sleep and (bless her cottons) she gets fractious. Throw in my lack of sleep and pig-headedness and you've got a recipe for disaster, then of course mix in one mother in law, with opinions.
So we bundled our gorgeous little boy, my gorgeous but stressed girlfriend and my verbose mother in law into a Ford Ka and began the journey down the A12 to the M25.
So, after a hellish journey to the beautiful weald of Kent... (Traffic for the bridge was a nightmare and what pratt made that stretch of the A21 two lanes into one?) I have SO got to get another car, the Ka is weeny, great to park, but a total bastard to fill with 3 adults, 1 child and all the paraphenalia that goes with the latter. Station wagon/People carrier here we come!.. anyway back on track. I get dropped off at the quadbiking place, and proceed to have a brilliant time. 4 trips out for us all, a little canter, then a bit of bumpy ground, then the long run, then a mad dash through the woods. My SOBIL and his mates are such a nice bunch, and SOBIL didn't know there was a little party afterwards. We all troupe back to his place to see his eyes pop out when he spots that everyone's there. His Dad came down from the north, we brought his mum, My lot (His sister and nephew) his mates from college, work, neighbours etc. A really lovely crowd. I was left in charge of fire, so an epic construction (That had everyone going 'It won't light') was erected and burnt (Ha, it did light!) but not without the help of a lot of blowing and fanning though.
Lots of party food consumed, nice people to chat to, small person to chaperone away from spiky/ electrical/ poisonous things and towards 'Boons!' (Balloons)
Eventually it came time to toddle off home, so we did. A very nice drive back, still cramped, but relaxed and far quicker. *Some* good sleep followed.
More to follow
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
The drive in WoW this week is to improve my professions. My current favourite, my Moonkin Druid, is advancing through alchemy at a rate of knots. However, there is the matter of 'Master of Potions' http://thottbot.com/q10905 which I must get around to doing before I cap, so I figure I need to ramp down the potion making for the time being.
House stuff: Signed lots of scary legal documents and sent a large amout of money to a firm of lawyers (For those of you using a dialect of English, read as 'Attorneys') I've never 'double'-checked a payment 5 times. I was bricking it.
Talking of bricking it, I'm due to get carved up courtesy of the NHS. I'm due for an arthroscopy so I should be able to walk properly soon. That'll be nice, go run and play with my little boy in the park suchlike.
Anyhoo, off for a bit, need to do some work.
Be good, and if you can't be good, be careful!