Showing posts with label Real Life (What's That?). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Real Life (What's That?). Show all posts

Monday, June 4, 2018

One Crisis At a Time

Earlier in the year, I made a commitment to posting at least two times a week on this blog.  I did very good with that for a while, and it all went down the toilet.  One day my PC was working, and the next it wouldn't boot up.  Like at all.

I do have some computer training, but after doing some basic troubleshooting, I found I was getting impatient and annoyed and I just didn't want to do it anymore.  So I passed my PC on to a PC repair shop and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

I called them and harassed them a bit.

Then I waited some more.

All they kept sating was they were trying different things, parts were being shipped, yadda yadda yadda.

This went on for two months.

Eventually the guy admitted he had no earthly idea what it could possibly be.  He had replaced the motherboard, the connectors, the power supply, everything he could think of, to no avail.  He returned my dead PC back to me (at no charge, lucky for him, because I would have been LIVID if he had charged me) and I got started looking for a new PC repair place who might be able to figure out the problem.  So I found someone in my area who does a pickup service and he took my PC around 7 that night to work on.

The dude calls me the next morning and says he figured out the problem.  It was my graphics card the ENTIRE time.  I wanted to literally slam my head into a wall.

So I just RMA'd my shiny, still relatively new EVGA 1080.  I now await the arrival of the replacement.  Without the graphics card, the PC boots up fine and dandy.  I cannot for the life of me understand how such a simple issue could not be figured out in two months.  I just can't with people sometimes.

So in those two months I've been stuck with my laptop, which cannot play any games made post-2001.  I shit you not, the processor is that bad.  It's a pretty new laptop and I paid for the extra graphics card option, but the processor is just so awful.  I have not been on WoW, I have not been doing pet battles, or doing any work on my website at all.  Typing on the keyboard of the laptop also makes my wrists hurt really bad.

So, my new graphics card will be coming in soon and then I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Number 8

As the title may vaguely suggest, this is a mostly filler post to round out my monthly post count goal.  So I thought I'd do some little updates.

Firstly, the sidebars of the blog have gotten much more action recently as I've been putting up affiliate links.  Do I think I'll get any meaningful income from them? Nah.  But do I feel like a real accomplished blogger having them there? Fuck yes I do.

I also added a pet battles section up in the top menu bar, to as as somewhat of a repository for the pet battle posts I'm gonna be publishing.  You may have already noticed me starting to post some strategies for pet battle achievements and such.  My game is in somewhat of a lull right now, so I've been going back and doing some stuff I never got around to this expansion, like mount runs and pet battles.  I thought I'd document the process, for views posterity.  I've been somewhat frustrated with my raid team lately, so I've taken a step back from raiding with them and have found some extra free time on my hands.

I'm planning a lot more pet battle posts, including strategies for almost every long pet battle achievement there IS.  But really, Family Familiar is an absolute BITCH.  Each quest comes up completely randomly like not even once a week, like less than once a week.  And you can only do one pet family per that quest, and once you complete the quest you can't fight them again.  There's 10 families and like a dozen trainers for that quest!   It's absolute garbage.  What's worse is I can't even retest my strategies to see if they're repeatably viable.  It's trash.

As far as other future content goes, I'm going to be updating my ever-popular Girl Cave posts with my new desk setup (now 90% cooler).  I'll also be writing some cool new guides and reviews, so look out for those.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Repping the Horde IRL

The Battle of Azeroth cinematic shown at Blizzcon really inspired my inner Hordie.  I loved how it featured Sylvanas in all her banshee glory, and her cry of "FOR THE HORDE!" sent chills down my spine.  It actually made me feel pride in my faction, even though I've never really bought into the whole faction pride thing too much.  It made me want to rep my faction more.

So I took to Google to find some cool wallpapers to replace my D.Va ones.

I made this one my lock screen.  I love it.

This one is now my home screen (yes I keep it tidy).  I love how the lock screen is simple but still very descriptive, and it flows into this dark and foreboding home screen of the Dark Lady looking right at you with her red eyes.

I actually already had this phone case so I dug it out because I knew it would fit my Horde/Sylvanas theme perfectly.  I got it from here.

My final touch was to download the audio from the cinematic and find the spot where Sylvanas yells "For the Horde".  I clipped it to just a few seconds of  the just that audio and I made it my text tone.  Now whenever someone texts me, my phone yells "FOR THE HORDE!" in Sylvanas banshee voice.  My phone makes me feel like a badass now.

Besides that, I also have the Horde racerback tee that was on the Blizzard gear store a while back, but it's gone now.  For a long time I'd wanted to get a Horde symbol tattoo but I just never had the money for it.  I would like to get it maybe pastel rainbow, and more stylized or "chibi"-ish than the traditional Horde symbol tattoo.  If anyone wants to design that for me, that would be awesome.

How do you rep your chosen faction?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My New PC and Desk Set-up (aka The Girl Cave Part 2)

A long while ago I did a post describing my desk setup.  At the time it got a lot of attention, but looking back on it is so cringe!  I now have a desk setup I am much happier with.  Of course, it will never be perfect.  There will always be something to tweak or change, but this is the best I've felt about my desk setup since, well, ever.

girl gamer room tour setup pc gaming white purple pink

Here's an overview of what it looks like.

girl gamer room tour setup pc gaming white purple pink

We'll start from left to right.  The desk is from a company called Merax and I got it on Amazon.  Actually I got almost everything from Amazon.  The legs of my desk are spraypainted lavender.  Of course, like in the first desk setup post, my remote is close at hand.  My monitor is from HP and I have the same Logitech keyboard.  I also have the same Bondidea N86 mouse, which I love.  Unfortunately, it doesn't come in pink anymore.  I got my Sailor Moon mousepad from a seller on Amazon.  I wish it was a bit brighter and the edges are slightly frayed but I still love it.

girl gamer room tour setup pc gaming white purple pink

I got the purple vase from a garage sale, and I am so in love with it.  I always keep fresh flowers in it.  These ones I got and I wanted to be surprised at which color they turned out to be.  Next to it is a book I'm reading now and a to-do list pad on top of it that I got at Wal-Mart.  I am one of those people who loves to-do lists.  Next to that is my pen holder I got from Amazon that has in it my Sailor Mercury pen, my Ravenclaw pen, a couple other random pens, my scissors, and my Skullcandy earbuds.  Next to that is a little stand that I keep my phone on.

girl gamer room tour setup pc gaming white purple pink

Above that area on the wall I keep my controllers tidy with stick-on wall hooks I got from Amazon.  On the top is a Wireless Windows XBox controller that I sometimes use when playing compatible games on my PC, then below that I have a pink wireless PS3 controller from Rock Candy, then below that I have my white PS4 controller with decals from DecalGirl on it.  Below that is my Skullcandy wireless gaming headset.  Next to that on the board is a calendar I got from a gift shop, and some random notes and stuff stuck in pins next to it.

girl gamer room tour setup pc gaming gargoyle gecko faerie dragon

Finally, on the edge of my desk is the cage that my gargoyle gecko lives in.  I go days without seeing him.  Sometimes I don't even know if he's alive so I check.  Above that is my Brightwing plush.  Next to the cage I keep a water bottle and a spray bottle since it's just handier to keep it there.

girl gamer room tour setup pc gaming faerie dragon white purple pink

Below my desk is where my PC lives.  I LOVE my PC.  I built it myself and named it Faerie Dragon.  The case is a white BitFenix Prodigy which I spraypainted the handles and added a different front cover that fit my color scheme more.  The decal on the front is from RedBubble.  In it are an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080, Intel Core i7-4790, 16 GB of ram, a Gigabyte Z97N WiFi motherboard, Western Digital 1 TB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 OS.  The filing cabinet, with the handles spraypainted, is from Amazon.  The USB hub stuck to the side is also from Amazon.  I have an audio extender cable coming out of the side, stuck to the side of the desk with a cable clip.

As you can tell, the cable management is much better this time around compared to the previous post.  Some products I love for managing cables are cable clips, cable tie mounts, simple thin zip ties, thick reusable zip ties, and mounting tape.  I got most of the tips for managing my cables from a YouTube channel called TechSource, which was super helpful.

I obviously have other things I sometimes have on my desk, like my transmitter for my headset, my XBox controller receiver, and my external disk player, and stuff like that, but I hate clutter so if I'm not using it, it gets put away.  This iteration is definitely less cluttered than it was in the first post.  I really prefer it this way with such a clean and simple look.

This post contains affiliate links.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Guide for First-Time Con-Goers!

Convention season is now underway!  While it's an exciting time, those of us who have attended a few know some insider tricks that newbies may not.  Above all, remember to have fun!  There is no point in going if you don't have fun.  Here is my list of tips I wish someone had told me before my first convention.

This post was inspired by a request made by someone from, who requested me to write something for Vegas's own LVL UP EXPO.  I am NOT getting paid for this.  I just thought it would be fun to write!   For those attending LVL UP EXPO, check out the Vegas travel deals page for great money-savers!

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1. Shop around for hotels.  There will usually be a discount for whichever hotel the convention is in, but many nearby hotels will also have discounts for congoers and shuttles to and from the hotel.  Make sure to hit up the con's website for a list of hotels nearby that will have con discounts.  You could save a lot of money for an hour of work.  Don't splurge too much on a hotel because you probably won't be spending that much time in it anyway.  You'd probably rather spend that money on a plushie anyway right?  Also consult your friends to see if any of them wanna tag along so you can split the cost of the room.

2. Make a packing list.  Don't just throw things in your bag and hope you brought the essentials.  Make a list of everything you want/need to bring, and don't be afraid to add to it.  The smart thing to do is start your list a week or so in advance before you pack, and add to it over the week.  That way you're less likely to forget anything important.  You do NOT want to have to Google the location of a gas station nearby just to buy a phone charger at two in the morning.  My advice to is to make sure you remember your money, and credit/debit cards, your I.D., and any insurance/health cards, clip or rubber band them so they're together, and keep them on you at all time.  You never know when you might fall drunken down the stairs and need to hit up an ER.  Also make sure you bring clothes, hygiene items (don't be that stinky guy in line at the food booth), chargers, any electronic you wanna bring like your phone or laptop, and any cosplays you need to bring.  Also don't forget your medications if you take any.  That being said, don't bring anything super expensive.  You never know what could happen and you don't wanna be out a $2000 laptop because you lost it in the hotel.

3. Plan your trip to a T, but don't be afraid to deviate.  Cons usually post their programming weeks in advance, and some even have apps to help you plan out your personal schedule.  Make sure you consult this information so you can efficiently go from one thing to the next and you don't miss  out on something you find interesting.  However, don't be afraid to do something different than you had planned if you see something cool.

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4. Make sure you consult the weather gods.  You never know what might happen weather-wise.  I always bring a sweater even if it's super hot, and a skirt and shorts even if it's super cold.  Make sure to Google the weather conditions for the days you'll be away.  It's always good to bring at least one pair of sneakers even if it seems like flip-flop weather, and an umbrella even if it's super dry.  You never know what the weather has in store for you!  Also make sure you are dressing comfy.  You will do a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must.

5. Don't spend all your money right away!  Make sure you look around to see everything you may want to buy and where it is.  Prioritize the things you really want with the stuff that might just be kinda cool to have.  Also don't buy things you don't have room for.  Don't go buying a dozen plushies when you don't have a shelf to put them on, or no wall space for the 6 posters you bought.  Put some serious consideration into your purchases or you may experience some buyer's regret.  On the last day of conventions, items are also usually on sale at the vendors so if there was something you have your eye on but don't really need, see if it's discounted on the last day.

6. Read the rules.  Make sure that badass sword that is essential to your cosplay is even allowed.  Many cons will not allow real weapons.  Be sure that everything you want to dress up as is allowed so it doesn't ruin your plans.

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7. Don't go crazy buying food.  I know, it's tempting to go to the fancy hotel restaurant or that cool place across the street, but trust me, it isn't worth it.  That fancy overpriced food will last an hour, but the plushie you could have bought instead will last a lifetime.  If the vendors are selling cool expensive Japanese candy, just make a note of what it is and price check it on Amazon.  It will probably be cheaper, though as previously stated, it will likely be discounted on the last day.  My first anime convention a girl I was with bought a bunch of boxes of Hello Panda at a discount on the last day of the convention!  Just eat whatever food is in the consuite or is free at the convention, plus cheap stuff like McDonald's.  You can go back to eating healthy when you go home.

8. Don't be a dick.  Make sure you are practicing hygiene so the people around you don't suffer.  Always ask permission before taking pictures of people in cosplay.  For the love of god, just because a girl is wearing something skimpy does NOT mean she wants you to grab her ass!  Just be nice to everyone else so it's a good experience for everyone.

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9. Get there a bit early.  It's a good idea to get there a bit early, maybe even the day before the con.  This is a good idea because you can explore and make a mental map of the hotel or convention hall so you're not so lost when you're trying to get to that anime screening in 4 minutes.  Cons will also usually post maps online.  Study them, grasshopper.  The cons I've went to even had maps on their mobile apps for easy viewing.  It's also a good idea to get the the registration area early, before the throngs of people show up.

10. Don't be shy.  This is a great way to meet people just like you.  Go to the room parties, go to the panels, watch the anime screenings, compete in the tournaments even if you're super bad at the game, hit up the rave later!  This is one of my biggest regrets.  When I've gone to cons I am always too shy and I don't make a single friend.  Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with someone you don't know.  You could make a great friend.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Taking an Anime Detour

Sup.  Been a while huh?

Lazy. Busy.  I could make a bunch of excuses, but what's the point in that?  Let's get to the meat!

This past weekend I attended Anime Detour in Minneapolis.  It was glorious.  It was a perfect weekend of gaming, anime, and ramen.  I came home $500 poorer.  Mostly I bought posters, but I also bought a couple shirts, a pencil case, a sleeping mask, and a sword.  Yeah, I bought a pink katana.  I'm going to mount it on my wall, above one of my stuffed animal shelves.  I also bought some PS3 games I've been wanting to get.

Since returning from Detour, I've been binge watching AKB0048.  I didn't think I'd like it because it has such an odd premise, and I don't like ridiculous animes.  I won't be writing a review on it because I think watching an anime just for fun and watching it to review are different.  I've just been watching it for fun and if I was to review it I'd have to watch it again with my "review glasses" on.  I'm already on the second season.

On the gaming front, I haven't been spending a super lot of time in WoW.  Mostly I've been logging in, doing garrison stuff, and doing auctions.  I'm steadily making gold.  I've been spending a lot of time playing other single-player games.  Lately I've been revisiting a childhood city builder favorite, Pharaoh.  I'm trying not to use any cheat codes, and beat the levels myself.  I think it's more rewarding that way.

The school semester is almost over, and with that there will be more posts as I have more free time and my brain space isn't taken up by academic stuff.  I may also begin working on my YouTube channel.  I have one and I made the art already, but I haven't made any videos for it.

I also am planning to preorder Overwatch soon.  I have been paying off doctor bills, but next month I'll finally have my doctor bills paid off and I'll have a little bit extra money for funsies.  I did play in the last open beta weekend, and I'm super good.  Ok, that's a lie, I'm poop.  But it was fun, and I do enjoy playing Widowmaker.  Unfortunately, everyone plays Widowmaker.

Blizzard also recently announced Blizzcon 2016.  Part of me is excited, and the other part of me is like... "What more could they have to talk about?"  We already know all the shabazz that's going to be coming out, so what's the point of Blizzcon?  I hope they have something awesome up their sleeves.  If they don't that's going to be a big waste of money, because I'm definitely buying a virtual ticket again this way.  I guess if nothing else I'll get a cool pet.

Well that's the end of the stuff I wanted to talk about.  Watch this space for cool new stuff at some point int he present or not present future.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sick Days

Things have been pretty quiet lately.  There's a few reasons for that.

I threw out my back (yeah, I'm only 23 and I have back problems).  I was pretty much on bedrest for a week.  And now I'm sick.  It's been a bit of a shit show, and I still have to keep up with my 5 classes I'm taking.

It's been kind of hard to balance everything.  Lately I've been feeling a lot of burnout, and all I wanna do is play Zeus and watch TV.  I've also been watching a lot of Netflix.  I watched the new Land Before Time movie because... I can.  I had all of those movies on VHS back in the day.  I also watched Jem and the Holograms.  It wasn't THAT bad.  I tried to watch this Chinese film called The Assassin but I just couldn't.  I got halfway through and nothing was happening at all.

There's a LOT of good shows on this season.  A lot of new ones.  Here's a list of things I'm watching.  Just because.

1. Hell's Kitchen
2. Supernatural
3. Teen Wolf
4. The Magicians
5. Recovery Road
6. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
7. Real Housewives of Potomac
8. The Shannara Chronicles
9. Shadowhunters
10. Pretty Little Liars
11. New Girl
12. Lost Girl
13. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
14. The Originals
15. The Vampire Diaries
16. Project Runway All Stars
17. Grimm
18. Scandal
19. How to Get Away with Murder
20. Teen Mom
21. Girl Meets World
22. Real Housewives of Atlanta
23. Teen Mom OG
24. Family Guy
25. Vanderpump Rules
26. Dance Moms
27. Criminal Minds
28. Bring It!

My god I have a problem.  But when I'm sick, I just wanna curl up on my bed with my dog and watch some trashy reality television.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Miscellaneous Ramblings

This isn't gonna be a post about anything in particular.  You know how YouTubers sometimes sit down and ramble in front of a camera for 20 minutes about just whatever pops into their head?  This is gonna be like that.  But in text.  So automatically about 35% less interesting.

I haven't been playing a lot of WoW lately.  My raiding team is having roster issues so we're on a bit of a hiatus until we get some more good people.  What keeps happening is we have an abundance of healers but not many good dps.  I've decided to start gearing my shaman as ele.  I haven't played my shaman much and when I did it was resto, but I think ele shamans do look pretty cool.  They're like druids, but with rocks.  And stuff.  It's a bit of a slow start.  Good PUGs are hard to come by.

I also think I'm gonna start my transmog collecting extravaganza in anticipation of Legion.  I don't much transmog collected but there are so many good places to find sets I wanna get a head start on it.  I'm terribly obsessive about keeping my banks clear so I have plenty of slots to hold gear until Legion drops.  I'll also be looking out for mounts while I'm at it.

I finally collected the last pet I can buy for my pet collection.  All the ones now that I don't have are from achievements and whatnot.  And I now have about 15 or so pets that are still not 25.  That will be easy to rectify, if I can make my lazy butt get up and do battle trainers.

In non-WoW news, the game I've mostly playing is Zeus: Master of Olympus.  It's an old-school citybuilder based on ancient Greece.  It's one of my favorite games.  I just discovered the wide world of user-created campaigns to download.  I'm having a lot of fun with it.

zeus master of olympus

I kind of want to start making Let's Play videos for my currently-inactive YouTube channel.  It's just a small case of cold feet.  I think I may want to start out with Lethis since I've already played it so it may be a bit easier to talk about.  After that, I want to start whittling down my Steam list.  I have so many games I haven't played.  After Lethis, I'm thinking of playing Magical Diary and making videos and a review about that.

Time is a bit scarce lately though.  I'm taking five classes this semester.  That's a big workload.  I'm taking them online so mostly it's a lot of reading more than anything else.

So right now I'm starting to binge-watch all the Pokemon movies on Netflix because they're being taken down in February.  I hurt my back again so all I have is time for the next few days while my back heals.  My left hip and my lower back right above my tailbone is where it hurts the most.  I can't even stand up straight.  At least it's a good excuse to ask my mom to do things for me, like make me grilled cheese.

So that's what I've been doing.  I'll be finishing my Resto Druid raiding guide probably in the next week or so.  Since I haven't been raiding as much I haven't gotten the screenies or been doing the mechanics to keep the strategies in my mind.  Until then, see ya.

PS: If you're in the US, don't forget to caucus!  It doesn't matter who for.  Just be involved!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Retrospective

2015 retrospective
I feel like 2015 has been a year of growth for me.  Thought I'm not exactly where I want to be, I am making progress toward trying to be the me that I want to be.

Things I have accomplished this year include:

1. Working out some of the kinks of this blog and posting on it regularly.

2. Making it through a whole year of school.

3. Getting on medication for my stomach troubles instead of just trying to muddle through it on my own.

4. Finally starting to see a therapist.

5. Having a regular job the entire year.

6. Paying off my medical debts.

7. Going to a convention and leaving home for 3 days without having a panic attack.

8. Finally getting around to painting some of my furniture, putting up shelves for my plushies, and generally making my room feel more 'me'.

9. I completed IntPiPoMo and Blaugust.

10. Found a guild to raid with for the foreseeable future.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but this is what I can think of.

I feel like 2015 was just the first step, however.  It will take more work for me to be in a better place emotionally and mentally.  For 2016, I would like to accomplish some things.  This isn't exactly a list of resolutions, because I think resolutions should be more like steps and not end results or you won't ever get them done.

But these are some things I want to do:

1. Read more books.

2. Watch more anime.

3. Play more games.

4. Get healthier, physically and mentally.

5. Get my driver's license.

6. Start a YouTube channel.

7. Save money.

8. Stop spending money on fast food!

9. Continue to post regularly.

10. Make more friends.

I don't think my goals are too lofty.  It's going to take breaking them up into steps to achieve the end result, and it may not even happen in 2016.  It may take longer, but I think as long as I make progress, it's okay that it isn't perfect.

Happy New Year.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Housekeeping and Updates

Hello, it's been a hot minute hasn't it?  I have been very busy with school and haven't had a super amount of time to play video games or write or really do anything but school stuff.  I do have some posts floating around though.  I will be writing a review for the anime Log Horizon so be looking for that.

You may a have noticed a few small changes on the blog.  I've tried to add a few jangles and dongles to make it a bit prettier and more user-friendly.  I added a favicon that's like a little version of the Sprite Darter in my profile icon.  Images on the blog will now have a Pinterest Pin-It button pop up when you mouse over them.  I just installed Intense Debate as my new comment system.  To make navigation a little easier, I redid my tags so finding a post on a specific topic should be easy now.

Unfortunately, when I redid my tags a few of my posts somehow re-posted themselves as new, so... yeah.  It is what it is.  Not gonna stress over it.  Watch for new posts coming down the pipeline and if you have any suggestions with anything else I can do for my layout, I welcome it.

The Risks of Being Unsociable

I'm not a particularly social person.  I tend to keep to myself, in real life and in Azeroth.  The only time I interact with people the majority of the time is while raiding with my guild, which I tend to avoid because I'm not very happy with the raiding situation in my guild, but I do sometimes raid with them.  When I do, I always enjoy the banter and conversation.  They're good people, just... not good raiders.

I rarely talk in dungeons or LFR groups.  I just stay quiet and let things happen, and this late in the Blackrock Foundry, most people thankfully seem to have a fair grasp on mechanics so I don't have to rage at anyone.  It's always the quiet ones with pent-up anger.

I enjoy doing things by myself and avoid voice chat like the plague.  I like watching TV or YouTube or listening to podcasts while I play.  Everything is so automatic now that it doesn't really affect my ability to pay attention to both tasks.  If I do group with people, it is usually for simple things like doing dailies or taking of an NPC in someone's garrison.

Sometimes I wish I was better at making friends, but that's just not who I am.  My inability to make friends is in real life and WoW.  I've tried to get some of the few people I know into WoW so I can get some RAF rewards, but no dice so far.  Everyone who has a vague interest in gaming already played WoW and has since quit and has no interest in coming back.  I think that's a risk you run with a game this old, but it has aged pretty gracefully.  I looks good for its age.  People who can't get people to try WoW usually buy the Battle Chest when it goes on sale and use it to RAF people, but even though it's so cheap, I can't justify the expense right now.  Maybe around Christmas I'll pick up a few battle chests so I can get the mounts.  I'm about 5 or 6 mounts away from 200, and I know there's another 50 after that for the next achievement.  It's so daunting.  And I've never had very good luck with rare drop mounts.

So I suppose I'll keep doing my solo play, and run old instances trying to pick up those stubborn rare drop mounts.  Wish me luck.

The Girl Cave

Blaugust Day 21

Blaugust 2015

So, this is where the magic happens.  I'll go from left to right and say what all my gear is and links to where I got it.

My left desk is from Wal-Mart that I got a few years ago.  I don't know what model it is but I think you can still get it.  It was less than 100$.  It's a little unsturdy but it's lasted through a lot of abuse.  I kind of want to repaint the top.

girl gamer setup desk pc

My keyboard is a Logitech and I was in love with it from the time I saw it.  I had a black one that was the same model but just a different color, and I literally paid extra to buy my new one because it wasn't in production anymore.  You can probably get it on eBay.  I prefer wireless peripherals because I'm pretty cord-phobic.  Next to it is a remote for my TV.

My monitor is an HP, featuring a wallpaper of Sinon from Sword Art Online.  I have pink sticky notes on it because I love sticky notes, and perched on top of it is a Logitech webcam.

My mouse pad is just a puppy with headphones that I randomly got at Wal-Mart one day, and my mouse is a Bondidea N86.  I LOVE this mouse.  It comes is pretty colors (I cart around a blue one is my school bag for use with my laptop), has 5 buttons which is plenty for me, and it's wireless.  It's very responsive and you can turn it on and off to make the battery last a good long while. It's the perfect size for my small hands.  I did have a Razer Naga Epic wireless mouse but I hated it and bought another one of these to use with my PC.   That's how much I love this mouse.

The little pink clock is one I've had for years and years.  I truly do not remember where I got it, it's so old.  There's usually a bottle of Mountain Dew next to my monitor.  In my drawer I just have little things like tape, envelopes, batteries, stuff like that.  Under it in the nook is a container for discs, because my older games are on discs.  Behind it where you can't see is a USB hub with my cable for my wireless headset plugged into it, my external hard drive (a 1 TB ADATA), my X-Box controller receiver, a flash drive, the dongles for my keyboard and mouse, and my webcam.

And now the crown jewel of my desk setup: my PC.  It's custom-made from Cyberpower PC because if I tried to put it together myself because I would have broken something.  Here's the specs:

Case: Red Bitfenix Prodigy
Hard drive: Western Digital 1 TB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Processor: Intel Core i7-4790
RAM: 16 GB something or other
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97N-WiFi
OS: Windows 8.1

girl gamer setup desk pc

Onto the next desk!  First is a stuffed Beanie Baby (remember those) that I use to hold my Skullcandy headset.  Next to it is just a little holder with a few pens it it (yes that's a Ravenclaw pen because I'm totally a Ravenclaw), scissors, my Skullcandy earbuds, a bookmark, my iPhone (which is absent because I took the pictures with it), and next to it a thing of sticky notes with my authenticator on it.

Usually my laptop is up in the closet but when I'm working on something on it it's on this desk.  This desk I also got from Wal-Mart not too long ago because I needed more desk room.  My laptop is a HP Envy 15 inch that I got new last year for school, but I may trade up for a gaming laptop in the next few years.  Next to it is a blue version of my other mouse and a mouse mat that I believe came with the mouse.  Lastly, in the corner is a little mirror I use to put in my contacts and do makeup.

My wall has a few things on it.  Taped to it is a sheet with a list of what pets give what buffs for hunters because I cannot remember that crap.  Next to that is a checklist of the stuff to do daily/weekly in WoW because I LOVE lists.  My pin board has a WoW calendar, appointment cards, and a receipt telling me about my library books that were due years ago that I swear I will read and take back.  Last on it is a sheet listing my bills so I know not to spend 50$ the day before a bill is due.

I love my desk and the setup.  I do want to get a legit L-shaped desk sometime but this is good for now.  No I don't have 3 monitors and a shit ton of crap on my desk like a lot of gamers do ("You only use wireless peripherals, you're not a real gamer!" -,-)  but I like how I have things set up.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

The Week in Review

My first week of school has come and gone.  The beginning was absolutely shitty but it's gotten better. My dog is doing better now, after getting her medication for a few days.  I have my classes arranged so I'll always have Friday off and at most 3 hours of class any other day.  I'm one of those people who gets antsy when I'm not home.  My room is my happy place.

Game-wise, I feel like it's been productive.  I finished up Draenor Pathfinder (courtesy of Medallions of the Legion) a couple days before the patch came out, and let me tell you it's nice to fly.  I already picked up the new pets from the rares in the non-instanced version of Highmaul.  I went around killing them for a few circuits but when no pets dropped I ended up just buying them.  I'm a big fan of instant gratification.

I was feeling productive so I decided to get a couple more things done.  I finally got my ass out to Vash'jir to finish up that zone.  I had about 30 quests done so I had 100 more to go.  It took me a few hours but I got it done and FINALLY finished up the Loremaster meta.  Unfortunately the tabard is butt ugly.  Because I had no need for it anymore, I uninstalled Grail and Loremaster.  I have way too many addons, and some of them have a very specific purpose.

I decided to go out to Dalaran and see if I could knock out Higher Learning, but I only found 1 book.  I looked to see which treasures I still need from Pandaria and it turned out I have them all already so I uninstalled the Pandaria treasures addon too. So now I'm down to 55.  It's nice to downsize isn't it?

*I edited my review of Lethis - Path of Progress, reflecting a comment made by a dev.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Day of Shit

Yesterday was the first day of the new semester.

It was not a good day.

I had all intentions of making it a good day.  I showered and scrubbed myself and shaved the night before.  I washed my bedding and cleaned my floor.  This stuff doesn't really have anything to do with school but it gives me a fresh mindset and having a clean environment just makes it easier for me to think.

I went to be nice and early so I'd be bright eyed and bushy tailed for class the next day.  It was not to be.

My chihuahua is 20 years old and she kept me up all night whining and screaming.  I was about ready to lock her in the basement.  Earplugs did not work.  I tried letting her out and feeding her, and then I gave her some dog aspirin and nothing helped.  So yesterday morning I took her to the vet.  He said her heart isn't beating like it should, her shoulders and back legs are shot, she has arthritis, and probably dementia.  He prescribed Tramadol and Previcox for her and pretty much the only thing that can be done is just make her comfortable.

I was afraid he'd suggest we put her down.  I really hope the medication helps.  But after that I had class at 12:20 so I went to class, tired as all hell, and sat for three hours.  The whole time I was yawning.

I feel like yesterday was a big fuck you from the universe to me.  I tried to make it a good day.

Right now my chihuahua is pacing around crying even though I just gave her a dose of pain meds.  It's hard to watch her.  I've had her since I was about 6.  She was my best friend when I didn't have any human ones.  It's just sad for me, like the end of an era.  An era of sleep.  An era of coming home and being greeted by my little girl.  Even though I still have 2 other dogs besides her it's not the same.  I'm scared I'll wake up and she'll be dead.

So I got home, went to bed, and didn't get up until 4 am today when I heard her whining again and gave her another dose of her medication.  I feel helpless.  What the fuck else am I supposed to do?  I have another class in an hour and a half and I'm a little sleepy but I got like 12 hours of sleep so I have higher hopes for today.

Today patch 6.2.1 drops in WoW.  I'm excited about it.  Flying will make life easier when in Tanaan and getting to pet tamers so that'll be good.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Balancing My Lives

Blaugust Day 29
Blizzcon 2015

Something terrible and beautiful is about to happen.  I start school on Monday.

I have mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, I enjoy having something to do that sort of stimulates my brain, and forces me to interact with others since I tend to be a homebody.  On the other, I have crippling social anxiety, car anxiety, and I don't do well under pressure, so... yay.  I need a therapist but it's hard to talk to people about my issues.

My academics suffered a lot last year.  I almost lost my financial aid because my grades weren't high enough.  This was a combination of performance anxiety, anxiety in general, skipping class a lot, and avoiding work to play video games.  It's going to be really important from here on in to do my school work before I play video games.

It's really hard for me to balance my life because of all my issues.  My mental state teeters from... semi-normal to completely unhinged.  I really do like school though.  I love making lists and goals and accomplishing things.  It's good for me to get out of the house and interact with people even though it makes me really nervous.

I've made the semester as easy on myself as I can.  I'm taking 4 classes.  I have Friday off, and I'll never be on campus more than a few hours the other days of the week.  Only 2 of my classes are on campus.  I love sitting in the library working on schoolwork, even though the library is loud.  It's a community college so the computer lab is like right in the middle of the library.  It drives me crazy.

Also the school has like... really fucking good food.  I'm not a picky eater at all so that helps.  AND I can get bottles of Mountain Dew at school for $1.50, while at a store they cost like 30 cents more.  What the fuck, consumer America?  What the fuck?  The school's chicken rice soup is the best soup you guys.  The best soup ever in the history of soup.  And the loaded potato.  Okay all the soup.

So I do have some things to be excited about.  I just have to be careful about balancing it all.  I'm sticking to a strict get all my work done before getting on the computer rule.  And no raiding Mondays or Wednesdays since I have an early class the day after.  I really want to succeed.  I think I'm the only one in my way.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This Is How You Spend $200 in Less than a Week

Steam.  Most of us have a love/hate relationship with it.  We love that it sells us cheap games and has the annual sale. We hate it because it sells us cheap games and has the annual sale.  Case in point.

irresponsible gamer steam sale

Most of these I bought during the Steam sale last month.  I bought the gold editions, season passes, and DLC for the games that had them.  Holy shit I need help.  Excuse me while I go talk to a therapist about fiscal responsibility and learning to control myself.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

On the Spot

You know how you always have plenty to say, until you're put on the spot and told to say it? That's how I feel right now. I remember before starting this blog and jumping headfirst into it, I had lots of thoughts and things I wanted to say, things I needed to get off my chest about gaming, feelings I wanted to express. It seems all those things I wanted to say before have poof, gone from my head.

I guess I'm not actually USED to actually having an outlet for these thoughts, they seem to be swim around in my head for a little while then disappear after a little bit. Now I supposed I'll have to grab and hold onto them. I do quite like writing lists though, so a list of potential blog topics could be beneficial for me to maintain. Sometimes things just come to you without really think about it.

Like this post, for example. I was thinking about how now I have no idea what to write about, so I figured, why not write ABOUT not knowing what to write about? It's a good way to get the creativity flowing. Let the words out and the ideas will follow. I do have a few posts in mind already; it's just a matter of writing them. But before I do that, I think I'll start my list now.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Obligatory Introduction Post

I feel like it would be kinda weird for me to just jump into blogging without some sort of introduction.  Kinda like how you don't just go up to someone on the street and talk to them without at least telling them your name. So here it is, the obligatory introductory post.

super mario noob gamer

Real-life wise, there's not much to say. I'm a boring 21 year old girl who plays a lot of video games. I live with my mom and 13 year old brother, and 3 dogs.  I work as a dietary aide in a nursing home, which basically means I'm a lunch lady.

world of warcraft blood elf mageMy gaming life, however, is much more interesting. From a very young age I played games. My elementary school had those cute candy colored iMacs, and in our free time they let us play on them. Mostly I liked to play Bugdom and Oregon Trail. My grandparents also always had a PC and my grandma would buy me the corresponding Jump Start game for whichever grade I was in. I also played a Barbie detective game, but let's not talk about that. I'm also very fond of city building games like Pharaoh and Zeus, Zoo Tycoon, and the Sims.

world of warcraft blood elf death knight

My grandparents also had a Super Nintendo. I'd play Super Mario on that. I remember I could never figure out how to get past Bowser's first castle, so when I go to it I'd just go back to the beginning of the map and start over. I know, what a noob. My aunt had a Nintendo 64 and I looooved playing Super Mario World. I remember thinking how it was such an absolutely pretty game. I also have a PS2 that I don't play too much, I mostly use it to plays DVDs.

world of warcraft blood elf hunterMy first MMO was Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst. I was in total awe. I can play a game, and other people around the world are playing it too? At the same time? OVER THE INTERNETZ?!?!?! Mind. Blown. I played that game for a while. Then I started playing City of Villains and City of Heroes. I played those off and on for years and really enjoyed them. I've played a few other MMOs a little bit. Flyff, Tera, DaDO, Rift, just started trying out Wildstar.

world of warcraft troll druidBut WoW. WoW is my crack. I started playing WoW a few years ago, about during 4.2. My first 85 was my blood elf mage. I'm a Horde girl at heart. Leveling her, I did not get the whole rested xp thing so I'd log her out wherever I decided to stop. People would say log out in an inn, log out in an inn and I was like 'wtf whyyyyy'. No one told me so I never did. I know. What a noob.

world of warcraft blood elf priest
What's with all these blood elves?
I got into raiding a little with my guild, leveled my second 85, my restoration druid and current main. I love my druid. She's my baby. I also play a hunter, holy priest, and blood death knight. Right now I'm looking to transfer servers and get into a good heroic raiding guild. Until then, I'm just playin my games.