Life Update

Things are going well. The weather is hot as hell and my hair is getting too dern long.  Will have to take care of that…<jots a note on his “to do” list>

The house I’ve been living in has been offered to me for a reasonable price, so I’m going through negotiations to buy it. It’ll be my first time as a home owner, so we’ll see if I survive!

Kelly came home from school with ringworm of all things. Man, kids can be nasty, germ vessels sometimes. We’ve been using Phytozine cream after seeing it on Ringworm Be Gone. The Phytozine cream has been working well so far, but apparently it can take a few weeks for the ringworm to go away completely. Until then, we have to change her sheets 3-4 and vacuum 3-4 times a week, which I gotta say is a complete pain.

I finally got around to washing and getting pictures of my Jeep. Now I just have to post it out on the used car sites on the web to see if someone wants to take it off my hands. I wanted to keep it as a third vehicle, but after driving Kelly for a month and seeing a Jeep sitting in the grass costing me $500 a month, I decided that probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do.

Kicking Ass and Taking Names

Ever have one of those days where everything is going right?  You get your work done…you get to play video games a little bit…you even get stuff done that you really didn’t HAVE to do for that day?

I’ve had that day, every day, for the past week and a half! Not trying to brag, but I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.

I used to be happy just because I had a great job and a great girlfriend.  Now I have all that, and I’m kickin’ ass in the rest of my life as well.  Geeze…you don’t hear that ever day, do ya?  Someone actually happy?  I think I’d better knock on some wood… =)

I hope you’re feeling good too. At the very least, hop on WoW to have some fun. I’m Zunrin on Kazzak if you want to look me up.

Trying to Stop Snoring

After nearly 10 years living together, Danielle has informed me that I snore. I’m not sure how or why this hasn’t come up before, but apparently it’s become an issue. So much so that she’s been sleeping in the guest room.

Some people just snore so I’m not sure if there’s anything I can really do about it. But I sure am going to try because it just doesn’t feel right to sleep in separate beds.

I’ve been avoiding dairy because I read that it can cause excess mucus which may contribute to snoring. Not sure if that’s made a difference or not, but I’ll stick with it just in case.

I tried those nasal strips. They didn’t seem to work and were half fallen off by the morning, so it’s probably not worth buying them again.

My next experiment will be a mouthpiece specially designed to stop snoring. I ordered a mouthpiece from www.stopsnorningsleepwell.com and am looking forward to trying it when it arrives. It has good reviews so hopefully it will stop the snoring.

I’m not sure what else to try. Got any snoring tips for me?

Playing WoW Again After a Long Break

I stopped playing World of Warcraft 3 years ago so I could spend more time writing my book. Now that I’ve finished the book (finally!) I can’t wait to start playing again. Worlds of Draenor here I come.

I logged on for the first time in 3 years. I knew it would feel strange at first and that I’d need to get used to it again, but I wasn’t prepared for just how tough it would be.

I don’t know why I was surprised. After all, I did miss at least 2 major expansions. But surprised I was. It felt like a completely new game that I needed to learn from scratch.

I thought I’d share my experience in case you’re also thinking of playing WoW again. By the way, I’m Zunrin on Kazzak if you want to look me up. Here’s what helped me ease back into it.

Patience

You’re essentially a complete noob, even if you’re level 85. Classes, talents, specs, glyphs, mounts and gear have changed. Hell, they didn’t even have glyphs when I played last.

That is A LOT to learn and it ain’t gonna happen overnight. Give yourself more time to adjust than you think you need. If you’re still in a guild, ask somebody to give you a quick run-through of the major changes.

Update Everything

Update World of Warcraft to make sure you’ve got the latest expansions and patches. Then update any addons you have installed.

Half of my addons were broken beyond belief, so it was easier to just disable them all. I figured once I got into the swing of things again I could look at which addons I really needed, activate those and delete the rest.

Check Your Bags and Bank

You might have been at max level when you stopped playing, but you probably aren’t anymore. The epic gear and mats you were saving to sell for big bucks on the AH could very well be worthless now.

I cleared out anything that was obviously useless. I saved the rest until I could do more research. I looked up everything online to see if it was still used or even decent, then I checked everything on the AH to see what the going rate was. I sold all the stuff that wasn’t that great anymore and saved the rest.

Phew. Empty bags for questing.

Consider Re-rolling

If you’re feeling really lost, you might want to set your old toon aside and roll a new char. Once you feel comfortable playing again, you can go back to your old toon and level him.

It takes months of leveling a toon from scratch to really hit your stride. It takes time to learn where everything is in the game, learn dungeon strategies, collect gear and all the stuff that made your old toon so great. So it makes sense that it’s going to take some time to build that back up again.

Starting a new character will get you used to all the new things in WoW. Then, once you’ve got all that stuff down, go back to your old toon so you learn how to play the class again.

Use a Leveling Guide

When someone in my old guild mentioned this to me, I immediately dismissed it. I played World of Warcraft for more than 5 years. I didn’t need a guide!

How wrong I was.

OK, technically I didn’t need a leveling guide. But having one made it so much easier to get back into the game. I didn’t have to waste my time trying to remember where something was in the Northern Barrens while also trying to remember how to play. I turned the leveling guide on and off as I needed to make my life easier.

This is the one I use if you’re interested.

Join a Guild

If you were a higher level, you were probably in a guild when you stopped playing. But chances are, that guild is now stagnant or no longer exists. If that’s the case, find a new one. Getting help and guidance from fellow guild members can help you readjust faster.

I was still in a guild when I logged back on for the first time. What was once a bustling hub of energy and raids was now a silent ghost town.

Luckily an old guild mate logged on when I was on and filled me in. He was in a new guild and had logged onto an alt (in our old guild) to grab some mats. He confirmed it was pretty much inactive and invited me to his new guild.

I’m back!

Friends, the blogging hiatus has ended. I finally finished my book! It took nearly 3 years, but it is done.

Last week I was officially diagnosed with adult ADD. Not exactly something you expect at 43, but maybe that explains why it was so damn hard to write the book. I was very difficult to concentrate and I could never write more than 30 minutes at a time. I’ve been taking medication for a few days and it already seems to be working. I sure could’ve used that when I was writing!

I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you. Let’s raise a virtual pint and celebrate. Cheers.