With so much actual WoW playing going on, I almost forgot it was Wednesday. Actually, I’ve pretty much lost track of the days. I do know tomorrow is New Year’s Eve.
So anyway, I’ve been leveling my priest a lot, even taking her into a dungeon or two to heal. And she’s been doing pretty well, until she got to Northrend. And then, it all fell apart. But I’m learning, and not just about being a healer, but about being a tank and a dps-er too. Being a healer gives me a completely different perspective on the game. I am usually at a distance from the action (so as not to incur damage) and can see what everyone is doing. I can now tell good tanks from bad ones. Good tanks can take a lot of damage and don’t let anyone else take damage. Bad tanks are often not geared well enough to sustain the damage and/or can’t control the mobs. I have more bad tank moments than good ones myself. Good tanks also pay attention to what’s going on, being aware, for example, when their healer is out of mana. As a healer, I can also see when a dps pulls aggro, attacks the wrong mob, etc. When the healing is going smoothly, I am just in a better position than most to see all of this. So, now when I switch back to dps, I’m aware of what I need to do to make the healer’s life a little easier (and the tank’s). And when I tank (a rarity, but it actually happened today), I do the same.
I think everyone should play a few different roles, so that they have a better understanding of how everything works. Go try to tank or be a mage or a priest. It might mean that you don’t yell at the tank once you realize how hard it is to do. More importantly, it will probably mean that you play your own role better. And you can help others as they learn, making suggestions that are specific to the situation with an understanding of various roles.
This is a dictum easily applied to life, of course. The saying “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” is one of many related to empathy/sympathy, but more importantly is the idea that one really tries to see things from another’s perspective, both so that one can understand that person better, and so that you can see your own position better. It doesn’t mean agreeing with the other person or approving of them, but understanding where they come from.
We have been completely slothful over the last few days. Barely anything resembling work has occurred around here. I’ve thrown in some laundry, made a couple of meals and we’ve tried to keep the chaos at bay by shifting piles of stuff around. I’ve spent a lot of time playing WoW, mostly with the knowledge that soon there will be much less time to play. We’ve played several board games and we’ve been to movies. We’re about to venture out to eat and spend our gift cards. We’re also picking up food for a New Year’s Eve fondue meal.
Though I’ve seen the news, even taking the time to watch Rachel Maddow last night, it’s been nice to be away from it. And I’ve poked my head into my feed reader, but mostly I’m just not paying attention. And it feels pretty good.
The real world will invade soon enough. For now, I’m hunkered down with unhealthy snacks and beverages, ignoring the outside world.
For those of you celebrating, I hope you’re having a wondering holiday. And I hope everyone is having a peaceful and joyful day.
It’s Winter Veil time in WoW, which means achievements and general frivolity. Here, for example, are snowmen dancing, which is part of the Frosty Shake Achievement. You can also dress up in Santa gear, get presents, and drink egg nog. You can also have virtual snowball fights! I’m almost done with my Winter Veil achievements, just waiting for the gifts on Christmas day!
A couple of sites are giving away pets and other items as part of the holiday season. WoW.com is having a Twelve Days of Winter Veil giveaway. The current gift is one of the new pets, the monk or the panda. WoW Achievements is having a 12 Days of Grunty giveaway. They’re giving away . . . gruntys, which are little murloc marines. Who doesn’t want one of those? They’re on day 11, so you only have a couple more days.
In game, you can also buy wrapping paper and give gifts to your friends. It’s very festive! If you’re looking for a virtual gift for me, I can always use titanium ore. It’s a girl’s best friend!
What I want to do today is be a slug, but instead I’ll be doing more work in preparation for being a slug later this week. I have plans to go work out since I’m likely not to after Wednesday of this week. I also have last-minute grocery shopping today, getting a few more things for our holiday dinner. Our traditions have remained mostly the same, though they’ve morphed a bit as the kids have gotten older. We no longer have to tiptoe around the Santa issue, though we do still hide the “Santa” gifts and they appear under the tree by Christmas morning. Our gifts are going in two directions–both larger and smaller. Either the kids want something big and that’s all they get or they have no big thing and they end up with lots of little things. It used to be lots of medium things, from us, Santa, and relatives. Relatives are likely now to give money or gift cards instead. But some things remain the same. Here’s our traditions:
- Christmas puzzle. We have one going, almost halfway done.
- Dinner on Christmas Eve. This is usually relatively formal, with the good china and silver coming out. This year’s menu: ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls. Warm brownies wit peppermint ice cream for dessert.
- Champagne on Christmas Eve and mimosas on Christmas morning. This is a new one for us, started a couple of years ago. The other two come from my family.
- Christmas cookies. Used to go to Santa, of course, but now we eat them.
- Each kid opens a present on Christmas Eve. I won’t say what they are, in case the kids are reading, but this is always a fun tradition.
- Christmas movies after dinner. Often A Christmas Story. Sometimes National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (which we’ve already watched this year). Sometimes White Christmas or A Christmas Carol.
- French toast on Christmas morning, made by Mr. Geeky. This is when I get into serious slug mode. All *my* work is done–the shopping, the cooking, the decorating–and Mr. Geeky takes over.
- Stay in our pajamas until at least noon. Mr. Geeky’s family was off going to various family celebrations by 9 a.m. The first year we did things “my way,” he said, I don’t know why we didn’t always do this. It’s great! He’s been trying to convince his family to adopt this tradition for years. So far, it hasn’t worked.
What are your traditions?
The kids have 2 more days of school left. Yes, you heard me. Two more days. They are in school right up until the 23rd. The same was true last year and the year before. They got out on the 22nd one year because it fell on a Friday. They return on Jan. 4th. They’ve been known to return on the 2nd–the 2nd, people! My memory of winter break before college are fuzzy, but I seem to recall having two full weeks off. Usually, the extra time came at the front end of the holidays, with us getting out around the 18th of December and returning just after the new year. My mother recalls similar schedules. Our kids get a mere week and a half. It seems silly for them to be going to school this short week. Would it have been so bad for them to have had their last day on Friday. It would give them more time to kick back and relax, to travel to visit family, etc. Given that we had over 20 inches of snow over the weekend, it seems even more silly that they were in school this week. What are your kids’ breaks like? Do they get more or less time? How long would you like for winter breaks to be?
Several other people, disappointed in having their Haloscan comments disappear, have moved their blogs. Phantom Scribbler notes that comments have gone the way of the do-do bird, thanks to platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I have never gotten a huge amount of comments, as some bloggers have. Compared to Phantom’s Whining Wednesday and even to many of Laura at 11D‘s posts, I was hosting an intimate dinner party compared to their big tent affairs. And that’s been okay with me, though I do like having conversations better than standing on a soapbox. One thing Facebook and its ilk can’t capture is a conversation around someone’s idea or commentary. A blogger writes something and people have things to add. Other people come along and add not just to the original idea, but the new ones. The original post is more than it was, thanks to the additions of the people who contributed. I remember struggling to find a way to post recent comments on the sidebar because I wanted to highlight that conversation. Sure, it was a way to say, “Hey, people actually read my blog!” but more than that, I saw as an invitation for people to contribute, to participate in the conversations that were already going on.
It’s been interesting to be a part of this phenomenon from nearly its beginning. When we all first began, we commented a lot because there weren’t a lot of us out there. We had no one else to talk to. Now, there are blogs and/or commnets associated with nearly every major publication and broadcasting company. There are places like the Huffington Post for people to turn to for blogs on every topic from politics to entertainment to the arts. People do comment there and at the New York Times, and at The Washington Post, but they devolve quickly sometimes and/or they sound like the call-in radio callers, some of whom sound like they could have their own show and some of whom you know you don’t want to run into in a dark alley. Compared to that, commenters here and on other blogs I read had the feeling of running into old friends at the grocery store. Oh, there’s Wendy and Janice and bj and Grace and Phantom and jo(e) and Susan and Elizabeth again! Hello, how’ve you been? What’s new and interesting in your world? I think as long as it feels like that. As long as people want it to be a kind of camaraderie, comments will linger. There may not be as many of them, but they’ll be there just the same.
P.S. I’m still hoping to find a way to import comments here. We shall see.
We’re being pummeled by snow right now, but it looks lovely. I stocked up on food and drink yesterday (along with a million other people, most of them over 70). I’m hoping to get out into it later and build snowpeople and maybe go sledding. It would have been nice to have this for Christmas, but maybe it will linger. I don’t much like cold, but I love snow.
Anyone else out there getting this storm?
I know normally Friday Fun involves funny cats or stick figure drawings, but to me, playing around with new platforms is fun. I’ve had hosting for a long time now and just set up this new domain and installed WordPress. Took me about ten minutes. No, really. Though I can poke around in the innards if I want, I don’t have to, and that’s what I like about WordPress. I’m looking forward to having more options here, to being able to change the look when I want to, to generally have more control. So yippee!
So, my comments are gone. Haloscan was bought out, and, unfortunately, they want to charge for their comment system. So I exported 7,456 comments, over five years’ worth of comments. All the old posts have no comments now. I think this one will have comments–we’ll see. And all that crap under recent comments–no clue. Sigh. It was a good run. We’ll miss you Haloscan.