Thankfulness Challenge

November 4, 2016

One of my favorite authors, Faith Blum, is doing a Thankfulness Challenge this month on her blog. Now I’m pretty terrible at having to come up with something every day to fit a specific topic, so I don’t usually participate in these types of things. But I do have something I’d like to share which fits the theme.

I drive pretty much the same route to work every day, even though there are many different ways I could go. Creature of habit and all that. My regular route takes me past a school, which has a 5-way intersection where everyone has a stop sign. During the school year, there is a crossing guard here in the morning. I’ve been going past this intersection for a little over two years now and it’s always the same lady. One morning as I pulled up to stop, I happened to catch her eye. So I smiled and waved and she smiled and waved back. Now, I don’t know her from Adam, and she has no idea who I am … but we recognize that our paths cross daily and so we share this little bit of connection when possible. Some mornings she’s sitting in her car or facing another direction. But at least once a week, we share our little greeting. And you know, it’s amazing how much of an impact that one simple kindness can have on how the rest of the day goes. Just starting off smiling and happy because someone else was smiling and happy and acknowledged you in this way is HUGE. And, sadly, this type of human interaction does not happen often enough these days. We’re too busy being wrapped up in ourselves or our cell phones to notice anyone around us. Try taking a moment to look around you and see if you can find an opportunity to connect with someone else. You will find that your whole attitude changes in that moment.

So, I am thankful for this crossing guard, whose smile and wave set my mornings off with a bright and positive attitude, and thankful that God put her there so that I would have this opportunity.

Holy Cow! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

November 3, 2016

Man, I never thought THIS day would come. I’ve been a Cubs fan for 30 years. Now, I know some of you have probably been fans even longer, and that’s awesome; I’m just pointing out that this is no bandwagon I’m riding on. It’s more of an old, broken down but faithful plow horse that somehow manages to keep staggering along.

I didn’t grow up in Chicago. Heck, there was an entire state between us. When I was about 12, our rural community finally got cable TV. Now, it wasn’t like it is these days. We got about 20 channels. Probably 8 of them were home shopping or paid programming. Out of the remaining dozen channels, two of them were the big networks WGN in Chicago and TBS in Atlanta. A lot of times the choices were limited to baseball on one of those channels, or soap operas. Now I’ve always been a tomboy so the choice there was clear. I have nothing against the Braves, or at least I didn’t at the time, but their broadcasts were a bit bland compared to the eternally enthusiastic fandom of the iconic Harry Caray. So it came to be that while other teenage girls were putting up posters of Tom Cruise and John Stamos, my walls were adorned with the likes of Ryne Sandberg, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mark Grace.

I admit, as I grew up and other things took up my time and interest, I didn’t follow baseball that closely anymore. (I still have my card collection from the late 80’s though.) But I never wavered from the Cubs being my team. Living in Western New York now, it’s not the greatest spot to BE a Cubs fan. I mean, come on, they had to play the Mets in the NLCS last year, and there are plenty of Tribe fans since we’re closer to Cleveland than we are to NYC. But that’s ok. Because right now, everything is awesome. The only sad part is that it didn’t happen while Harry Caray was still alive to see it.

Arrrr … Give Me Da Golds

November 1, 2016

So yesterday Z posted about the ‘new’ Defias armor transmog set that you can get through a quest in Deadmines if you are an outlaw rogue. Check out her post if you’re interested in getting this set, she has a great write-up.

So I wandered over there and stealthed through killing bosses only. But when I got to the ship room with my Green-Wing Macaw out and grappeled up to the Cap’n, this happened.

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Yup, that’s right, I already had all of the pieces! Now, Kroy has been around a long time, apparently even longer than I remember, because he had to have collected those pre-Cata. It’s possible that I got pieces on other leather-wearers or even my hunter now that I think about it. Still, the quest was a blast … I never tire of running around shooting everything with my pistol. And who’s going to complain about 750g? 🙂

Funny story, too, you know how that fire mage I’m playing as my main right now was my Horde bank alt for the last however many expansions? Yeah, well, Kroy spent the better part of his existence as my Alliance bank alt. Neither of them made max level before the pre-Legion demon invasions, and now they are both among the characters that I have already worked on leveling this time! The outlaw fighting style is always what I had imagined for Kroy, so it just seemed like the perfect time for his character to develop.

Also, if anyone needs a Green-Wing Macaw, one dropped for me while I was killing mobs for the quest and I would be happy share it. 🙂

Mythic This

October 25, 2016

I’m back! Yay! Let’s jump back into things.

Oh look. A new quest in my class hall! Meet Khadgar or Kalecgos or one of those K dudes at Azurewing Repose. Cool. *fly out there, talk to Senecgos, get another quest for Eye of Azshara because clearly I have not been there enough times yet* Wait, what’s this? Must be completed on Mythic difficulty. Uh … nope.

That’s ok, I still have this other quest to collect things from three dungeons that I can do on heroic and this week is the Legion Dungeon event so I’ll get those knocked out at least. Wait, what? The weekly is ALSO mythic dungeons only? Seriously. Come on Blizz. Ok, you know what? I have a perfect answer to this.

*goes to level alts instead*

Granted, whatever it is, I’ve already completed the class campaign, so it’s not THAT important. I can do pretty much everything I *want* to do without ever setting foot in a mythic dungeon. I’m pretty content working on Suramar, doing world quests, and leveling my alts. And hey, Karazhan is … oh. It’s Mythic too.

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