Shades of Kae

Holiday Ramblings

I have a couple real posts lined up but I keep forgetting to take screenshots for them. Instead I’ll just ramble on about the events of the past week or so.

I’ve gotten plenty of WOW time in. I worked from home for the first half of last week, so I was able to play during my lunch breaks. Then vacation arrived!  I did have to spend this Christmas with my in-laws, which is never quite the same as with my own family, but I got through it just fine. We finally returned home today, and I get to spend all week relaxing in between errands.


I’ve healed a few heroics so far, and they are definitely hard. It’s especially rough when the strategy guides we found don’t seem to provide enough or the right information. We found ourselves coming up with our own strategies and wiping several times. It frustrates me to be unable to save the group, as I had in Wrath. When the DPS isn’t high enough, or the tank fails to pick up the adds, I can’t compensate for it anymore. When I make a mistake, it dearly costs my mana bar, and someone likely dies. It’s stressful, but I prefer it to the mindlessly boring way that Heroics were run at the end of Wrath. I’m not comfortable healing a PUG, but I never really enjoyed that anyways. The only real issue I see is the time commitment. We have a lot of casual players and people with families in our guild that can’t commit to more than an hour of interrupted time, and I’m worried that they won’t get to participate.

Druid forms on camels ftw


Twilight Highlands has some awesome quests. From the beer-filled dwarf wedding, to Alexstraza’s fight with Deathwing, I can’t say I have anything to complain about. I’m sure I’ll be finished with questing on my main soon, and then its off to my various alts.

Alexstraza is gorgeous as always


I’ve maxed out my mining, herbalism, cooking, and alchemy. Jewelcrafting is close – I have an effective skill of over 525 but in order to get the achievements and to show up correctly in the guild pane I have to compensate for my draenei racial bonus. What a pain. I leveled Jardal’s shaman’s inscription quite a ways for him, and got my priest going on her tailoring and enchanting. I’ve made significant headway on fishing as well. I’m incredibly addicted to professions.

Archaeology is one of those soul-sucking professions where you just want “one more” dig site. I haven’t gotten far enough to have made anything awesome, but it is next on my to-do list.


I participated in the 2010 Blog Azeroth’s Secret Santa. It was a little scary to write a guest post, but I enjoyed it. You can find my post over at A Healadin’s Tear. Hopefully I will receive my own Secret Santa post for you to enjoy soon.

As for my own presents this year? The most notable was the Kindle that my husband got for me. Being able to carry around a bunch of books in a slim electronic device is rather mind-blowing. It will make vacations infinitely easier. I also hope that it will help me whittle down my long reading list. Currently I am reading I just finished The Warded Man by Peter V Brett.  Do any of my kind readers have any books to recommend? I typically stick to the fantasy genre, but I will venture beyond if the recommendation is strong enough.

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  1. Kaldor says:
    December 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Kae, For reading, try any of David Eddings novels starting with the Belgariad series. IMHO this is one of the best fantasy novel series and authors to date.

    1. Kaelynn says:
      December 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks Kaldor! I have always meant to try David Eddings – he fills up a good chunk of space in any bookstore. I will make sure to add the Belgariad series to my list.

  2. Barklay says:
    December 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    For fantasy novels–I really enjoyed Tad Williams’ Dragonbone Chair series.
    He also has another series that is pretty good.
    For just straight awesome reading: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. It is really, really good.

    1. Kaelynn says:
      December 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks! I have Tad Williams on my list, but he has so many series that I wasn’t sure where to start.

  3. Tam says:
    January 3, 2011 at 9:12 am


    1. Kaelynn says:
      January 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

      I’ve often wondered which camel is more unhappy. It’s hard to decide whether sharp kitty claws digging into one’s back, or feeling the weight of a large crushing owl-chicken would be worse.

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