Monday morning after a two week vacation really hits hard. I woke up at 5:45 am, drove to work in the dark, swearing under my breath when I realized it was negative 7 degrees outside. Piles of emails later, and my fuzzy brain is trying to figure out what the heck I was doing before I left.
Not 15 minutes passed before a co-worker stopped by, pestering me with questions about something he really should be able to handle himself. Just like with WOW, the amount of time someone has spent in game, or in their career, does not equate to skill. Sometimes life really needs a /ignore.
But I’m sure everyone else is feeling the same way this fine morning, and I should be grateful I was able to take such a long vacation. You don’t really want to hear me whine.
I didn’t do any sort of review of 2009, as I’ve only been blogging since the end of November. I’m not much for New Years resolutions either. But there are a few things I’m looking forward to this year, both in game and out:
- Leveling my alts: I have a level 30-something Prot Paladin on Alliance side, and a level 30-something Priest on Horde side. There is also a baby mage I intend to work on eventually. I’m really excited to explore other classes (and roles). The LFG tool will allow me to play these alts in a group early on and understand their true strengths. I’ll also get to see the classic instances that I skipped over when leveling before.
- Cataclysm: Who isn’t excited about this? There’s so much to discuss about this that I’ll save it for future posts.
- Battle.net: I discussed this in a previous post
- Spending time with friends in game: I’ve made a lot of good friends on Kael’thas. Despite the fact that the new LFG tool makes it possible to play the game solo, I really would rather spend the time with people I like. I hope to continue to build these friendships and get to know people better.
- My Wedding: In October, Jardal and I will finally be getting married. We’ve already been engaged for roughly 1.5 years (nearly as long as I’ve been playing WOW). This will probably have some effect on my blogging as the date approaches. We’re also going on a two week honeymoon to Europe!
- New Job: The company I’m with has a rotational program. Typically a person in this program spends 18-24 months on a team before moving on. I’ll be right up against that 24 month mark before I get to leave this team. I’m very excited/nervous about the transition, and I have no clue where I’ll end up. But it has to be better than where I’m at now, right?
- Writing: I’m very excited to have an outlet to expand my writing skills. I’ve always loved writing, but lately it’s fallen by the wayside. I hope that I can find the time and the inspiration to begin writing some fiction in addition to blogging.
- Other Games: Yes, I’m planning on cheating on WOW a bit this year. My backlog of games-that-I-want-to-play has grown so large that I fear it will topple over and bury me if I don’t get started on it soon. I’m currently in the midst of the Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Dragon Age Origins, and Lost Odyssey. I’m going to try to force myself to break the habit of sitting down on the couch and opening up WOW immediately. There are other worlds to explore! I may even play around with SWOTR.
Happy 2010, everyone!