Ratshag is back!

Well, dust down the old blog and celebrate the news! Ratshag is back! That has made my day… hell, made my month… even year!

Happy Seph is happy.

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Four years on……

… and I still miss you so very much Dad.

I still play WOW.

I still collect pets.

I’m not with my bear any more… he moved on.

Our cub is likely to move on soon – you would have been so proud of your grandchildren.

He has an offer of a place at Oxford. I can’t believe it!

She is turning into a lovely lady.

They miss you very much too.

I don’t blog very much any more. I’m working full time and looking after the kids mostly on my own is quite tiring and time consuming.

I am learning Tai Chi – it fits with the new expansion and my general approach – take your time, relax and be at peace.

I hope you are at peace.

All the things I wrote in the past 3 years still count…


The time we had, Dad,
Wasn’t nearly enough
To pack in an entire
Lifetime of love.

There are so many questions
That I need answers to,
But now that you’re gone
There’s no way to ask you.

But there are still photos
To remember you by,
Each time I look at them,
I still want to cry.

They say grief is easier
to bear as time goes by,
But the doesn’t stop me
from wondering why?

Why my dear, dear dad
Was taken so soon,
When he was my guiding star,
My sun and my moon.

There are no answers
To a question like this,
So I’ll cherish your memory,
And mourn the years we’ll miss.

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Rare pets are like buses…..

… you wait ages for one, then 3 come along at once! Click to show bigger.

Curse you Lady RNG.

Interesting guild chat too 🙂

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WOW Progress Battle Pet Score

This evening I discovered the WOW Progress Battle Pet Score… Woot!

It would seem that I am doing quite well.

After today I now have all the wild pets either uncommon or rare. This makes me happy.

Next step levelling them all up….I have 5 at level 25 at the moment. Need to work on getting at least one of each type to 25.

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Stuff … to empty my head

My head is full of a cold. It’s also full of things that I feel like saying. But I’ve not got round to it. I just can’t work up the energy. I can’t work up the energy for much at the moment. I don’t want to be doing dailies. I want to be playing with friends and having a giggle. I’ve been managing to do my Tillers and Anglers rep. They are OK. I don’t often have to kill many things. I get cute rewards. I have a doggie on my farm ….

and a mushan called Miss Fifi.

I know I should do the cloud serpents because there are pets at the end, but it’s all so busy and full of people fighting for mobs, to tag things, to race to pick up eggs, to rush in and grab something when it’s taken me 10 minutes to clear my way in – I just can’t face it.

I have been pet battling. Well, not so much pet battling as obsessively collecting my 400 unique pets (and more now – I have all that I can get for now by battling), then changing my mind and deciding I need at least an uncommon variety of each pet and going round gathering again. I think I am now down to only needing 10 which I should manage over the next few days.

I am not enjoying killing things. My love is of healing. When I tried that it was damn hard. We did a HC. I felt rubbish. I have a severe confidence loss again.

I am hoping that it’s the weather that is getting me down and when I get used to that I’ll feel better.

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One Week In Pandaria

Well. It’s lovely. It’s beautiful. It is stressing me to bits again. Everyone is rushing off to 90 and I am not enjoying levelling. I’ve gone shadow as an off-spec, but I can’t play it very well and it feels like it takes me ages to kill things. Also, every other time I’ve had to level I’ve had Barkie (my husband’s druid) to level with. Now we have separated and he isn’t playing it’s not quite the same. I’m pottering along and am a couple of bars of 87, which I don’t think is that bad, until I look at everyone else.

I am caught up in pet battles – capturing one of each pet available in a zone is my current addiction. I am up to 317 pets and need to level some up a bit more so that I can take on the harder zones. I am somewhat frustrated that one pet I wanted only spawns in the summer so I can’t get it until next year, but hey ho – I’ve been in that situation before with fishing. I can wait!

This quest did make me giggle though – me serene? Ha!

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Preparing for Pandas

Everyone on my blog list seems to be getting ready for MOP.

THIS is what I am doing….





… yeah – NOTHING!

No taking time off work.
No preparing to be up all night.
No clearing out of bags.
No stacking up on mats to craft lots to beat the AH moguls.
No reading up on everything.
No making lists.
No stacking dailies to get ahead of the game.

It is bliss!

I am calm.

I am ready.

I know nothing much.

I’ve seen that there are various pet classes to battle with
I’ve seen that there are JC and Engineering mounts
I’ve seen some glimpses of far away places.
I’ve watched the trailer.
I’ve read a few bits about the new hunter pet tracking.

I am looking forward to a new adventure in a strange new land…..






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I’ll lead the raid … let’s have a ‘Crappy Alt Raid’

This is how my thought process went last night.

  • No raid leaders about so if I want to raid I’ll probably have to lead
  • Wonder if my guild friend will help me
  • Not enough people to do a HC raid
  • Not in the mood for healing
  • Fancy playing Hunter
  • She’s not geared yet for LFR
  • Muahaha – I’ll lead the raid, make it a bit of fun and call it the ‘crappy alt’ raid so I can take her for a boost through normal DS

Well, something like that anyway!

It wasn’t until after the raid that I realised just how completely crappy she was….

This was her AskMrRobot saved gear….

I think in all her glory she was about iLevel 362 (helped by including some dodgy stuff in her bags). I’ve only really been playing her to collect pets and potter about. I’ve been dragged through a couple of dungeons with guildies.

I didn’t have anything gemmed or enchanted, I had no flask or food, no clue what pet to take, but bugger it – I was going to try and to have some fun.

We only had 8 guildies about, so dragged in a couple of friends who really didn’t have a clue what they were letting themselves in for. Basically it was a ‘bring who you want’ raid. Raid leading is hard for me when I am trying to keep people alive. Last night was hard for a whole host of other reasons…

  • I’ve not done dps in a raid since I was on my rogue in BWL
  • I didn’t really know where most of stuff I was supposed to be hitting was, or was coming from.
  • I forgot to take growl off my pet
  • I forgot to re-apply Hunter’s Mark a lot
  • I was worrying about my blog post of yesterday
  • I was hungry
  • I was trying to tell a healer what to do and he wasn’t in Mumble
  • I was feeling responsible for being crap
  • I was concentrating SO HARD
  • I had a gazillion whispers

Things that went through my head…

  • Targetting things is hard
  • Where are the drakes to the side of the boat?
  • Argh! Sapper!
  • Where does the elementium bolt come from?
  • What do you hit when you don’t need to hit the amalgamation any more until it is ready to die?
  • Does a pet jump across the platforms too?

I had a blast! I giggled a lot (pure embarrassment). I was the only ‘Hunter, Warrior, Shaman’ and 3 pieces of tier dropped – shame. Nobody had to feel bad about any ‘oops’ moments because we didn’t care!

We had some fun with Zon’ozz since his balls were all over the place – so much that we got the achievement for bouncing them lots!

We wiped once on Ultraxion – not sure why, but probably my fault for missing the button that for some reason didn’t count down like it does when I’m healing.

We also wiped once on spine (Yay – another achievement – Stood in Fire!) because something died when it shouldn’t and so we all did too. I have no clue! I just tried to hit stuff and not to let my pet run amok.

I think I had the wrong pet out, but Loque is such a pretty pet isn’t he? He’s called Hobbes. My hunter is called Calvina. We love transmogging.

I LOVE Calvin and Hobbes.

Anyway. We killed all the things and I think most people had fun. Nobody seemed to be grumbling too much anyway.

I got to do the whole of DS wearing green legs and a green ring! I went and bought my bits and pieces and spent some justice points and tada – I got the ‘Superior’ achievement too! Job for tonight – gem and enchant it all. Also, buy food and flasks.

So now I look MUCH better and all of a sudden have a iLevel of 374 – well, 350 equipped, but meh.

Thanks guild for indulging me. It’s OK though – I am NOT going to suddenly go dps. It’s too hard and I am complete fail at it, but once every so often I think I can have a go 🙂

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Would you like some whine with your rant?

OK, so I am fed up. It’s so hard having a blog that most of your guildies read. Last time I tried to say something I got asked not to upset the boat by potentially naming people. I said then I was thinking about starting another completely private blog where I could vent my frustrations, but THIS is my blog. THIS is where I rant, smile, laugh, share my addictions, etc.

It is a year today since I joined my guild. I had prepared a lot of notes about the year I have had, but recently I’ve been getting itchy feet again. I don’t want itchy feet. This guild is so close to being the perfect place to me, but right now it feels like a sinking ship.

This is going to be a ‘say what you and other people are thinking’ sort of post where I get off my chest everything that I’ve thought about or people have talked to me about. It isn’t going to be ‘nice’, it is likely to hurt and for that I apologise, but I have to get it out.

We have a GM, who works a lot away. He is currently absent and nobody seems to know where. I have asked if anyone knows where he is, I have emailed him, I have heard nothing. I am actually quite concerned – how would any of us know if something terrible HAD happened to him?

He has 5 officers. One has been pretty much absent from the game for 6 months or so. He contributes nothing. He popped in and did a bit of PVP last week but other than that I don’t see that he contributes to the guild in any way at all. Another one has been very busy with a new job. He pops in once or twice a month, occasionally leads a raid, but is so far behind in his game play that he isn’t really ‘leading’ the raid. There are two who founded the guild. They are lovely people but neither has the time or inclination to actively run anything for the guild or raid lead.

So – for most of them, I am not sure what they do as officers other than remember the old days and the start of the guild. Maybe that is sufficient and I am being too picky. But for 4 out of the 5 officers to not really do much it feels a bit ‘off’ to me.

The last one is left to try to keep it all together, as well as run a very stressful antisocial hours job. She tries to encourage the other officers to do stuff, but I don’t see that she gets much support. Her boyfriend has been running our raids, but he has more study to do and is tired a lot more than previously and so isn’t up to running 3 raids by himself a week.

I have offered to help as much as I can, but I am not very good at ‘new raid’ leading. I can rally people to do old things and ‘play’ stuff, but new content leading is not for me. I am more than happy to fish, cook, craft or farm things though. I ran an alt raid last week because it was about the only way I was going to get a raid.

I know MOP is coming and people will be back.
I know people are fed up of DS normal and LFR.
I know we could do more and that there are several who want more. A colleague’s guild went to DS HC for the first time this week and killed 4 bosses on HC. We could do that.

I know I’m being irrational…..

but … I miss the fun I had in raids, the reaching for the cake or the mind bleach, dependent on the situation. I miss achieving things together.

We have someone in the guild who is killing it. I can’t mention any more because this person probably reads my blog too. It is something the officers and GM should deal with but are not. It could drive people away. It certainly makes me want to play elsewhere. I don’t like feeling like this. I don’t like blogging about this. I wanted to blog my nice happy ‘I’ve been here a year and it’s fantastic’ post, but how can I do that when I am looking at other guilds and wondering. I feel bad about wondering because this guild made me enjoy and relax with WOW again. It made me play alts. It made me get into mogging although I think I would have done that anyway – it certainly encouraged and enthused about it!

How do you tell your guild to buck up, take notice, wake up and smell the coffee? …. you blog about it at 2 in the morning because you can’t sleep for the worrying about it. You hope that those who CAN influence how it goes also actually WANT to. You hope that they are not simply happy to let it bumble along going nowhere. If they are then it isn’t the place for me. For someone who doesn’t like change as much as me, I think actually I don’t like stagnation even more.

I hate hormones, I hate not raiding, or doing stuff as a guild, I hate trying to work out how to shift even MORE gold than I’ve shifted before if I do end up moving AGAIN. I hate that I now have 8 characters here that I would want to move…..


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My Guild … and Monty Python

Today I am delighted to read that the Darkmoon Rabbit has arrived in WOW. Everything about this rabbit is in homage to Monty Python, who I absolutely love. I went hunting for some quotes to embellish my guild forum post telling folks about his presence and how one day I will need to get the pet.

I was also thinking about what to post to celebrate my year in Enthusiasm and as I read about the bunny, the more MP quotes I read, the more I realise why I love my guild. They all fit us so much! So here are a few little ones I couldn’t pass up. All credits to Monty Python etc.

To my Guild friends – I love you all 🙂

For our poor, maligned Guild Master trying to exert his leadership over us and facing adversity (gnome mages) at every turn…

Theanorak: Old woman.
Coltoon: Man.
Theanorak: Man, sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there?
Coltoon: I’m 37.
Theanorak: What?
Coltoon: I’m 37. I’m not old.
Theanorak: Well I can’t just call you “man”.
Coltoon: Well you could say “Coltoon”.
Theanorak: I didn’t know you were called Coltoon.
Coltoon: Well you didn’t bother to find out did you?
Theanorak: I did say sorry about the “old woman”, but from behind you looked…
Coltoon: What I object to is you automatically treat me like an inferior.
Theanorak: Well I am king.
Coltoon: Oh, king eh? Very nice. And how’d you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers. By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.

Theanorak: I am your king.
Alquiel: Well I didn’t vote for you.
Theanorak: You don’t vote for kings.
Alquiel: Well how’d you become king then?

[Angelic music plays… ]
Theanorak: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Theanorak, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

Coltoon: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Theanorak: Be quiet!
Coltoon: Oh, but you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.
Theanorak: Shut up!
Coltoon: I mean, if I went ’round sayin’ I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away.
Theanorak: Shut up! Will you shut up!

[Theanorak grabs Coltoon and shakes him.]

Coltoon: Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I’m being repressed!
Theanorak: Bloody peasant!
Coltoon: Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That’s what I’m on about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw him, Didn’t you?

For all the ladies in our guild – who are VERY naughty…

Daineiara: You must spank her well, and after you are done with her, you may deal with her as you like… and then… spank me.
Sherise, Alquiel, Xethi, Moraith, Minona, Windsong, Optica, etc….: And me. And me too. And me.
Daineiara: Yes. Yes, you must give us all a good spanking.

Daineiara: And after the spanking, the oral sex.
Dilbert: Well, I could stay a bit longer…

[Dillbert the Chaste is being seduced by an entire guild full of young women]

Dywen: We were in the nick of time. You were in great peril.
Dillbert: I don’t think I was.
Dywen: Yes, you were. You were in terrible peril.
Dillbert: Look, let me go back in there and face the peril.
Dywen: No, it’s too perilous.
Dillbert: Look, it’s my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.
Dywen: No, we’ve got to find the Holy Grail. Come on.
Dillbert: Oh, let me have just a little bit of peril?
Dywen: No. It’s unhealthy.
Dillbert: I bet you’re gay.
Dywen: Am not.

For Baxtoor, the rogue who kidnapped me (sadly absent currently)…

Guild: [singing] He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp. Or to have his eyes gouged out and his elbows broken. To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away. And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Baxtoor. His head smashed in and his heart cut out. And his liver removed and his bowels unplugged. And his nostrils raped and his bottom burnt off. And his penis…
Baxtoor: That’s enough music for now, lads.

Guild: [singing] Brave Baxtoor ran away…
Baxtoor: *No!*
Guild: [singing] bravely ran away away…
Baxtoor: *I didn’t!*
Guild: [singing] When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled.
Baxtoor: *I never did!*
Guild: [singing] Yes, brave Baxtoor turned about, and valiantly, he chickened out.
Baxtoor: *Oh, you liars!*
Guild: [singing] Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat. A brave retreat by brave Baxtoor.

Raid tactics discussions:

Theanorak: What happens now?
Hipokrat: Well, now, uh, Dillbert, Dywen and I wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the rabbit, taking the mobs by surprise – not only by surprise, but totally unarmed!
Theanorak: Who leaps out?
Hipokrat: Uh, Dillbert, Dywen, and I. Uh, leap out of the rabbit, uh and uh….
Theanorak: Oh….
Hipokrat: Oh…. Um, l-look, if we built this large wooden badger –
ALL: Run away! Run away! Run away! Run away!

And to tie it all in with the Darkmoon Rabbit. Here we are facing a boss for the first time:

Ironthunder: There he is!
Theanorak: Where?
Ironthunder: There!
Theanorak: What? Behind the rabbit?
Ironthunder: It *is* the rabbit!
Theanorak: You silly sod!
Ironthunder: What?
Theanorak: You got us all worked up!
Ironthunder: Well, that’s no ordinary rabbit.
Theanorak: Ohh.
Ironthunder: That’s the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
Dottiee: You tit! I soiled my armor I was so scared!
Ironthunder: Look, that rabbit’s got a vicious streak a mile wide! It’s a killer!
Dywen: Get stuffed!
Ironthunder: He’ll do you up a treat, mate.
Dywen: Oh, yeah?
Dottiee: You manky Southern git!
Ironthunder: I’m warning you!
Dottiee: What’s he do? Nibble your bum?
Ironthunder: He’s got huge, sharp… er… He can leap about. Look at the bones!
Theanorak: Go on, Barosu. Chop his head off!
Barosu: Right! Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew comin’ right up!

[after Barosu is killed by the killer rabbit]

Ironthunder: I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn’t you? Oh, it’s just a harmless little *bunny*, isn’t it?

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