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Achievements and Things…

Well since it’s the end of the expansion, this is of course the time wherein a lot of people scramble to finish long outstanding achievements.  I’ve actually managed to finish several the last few weeks.

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Spending my game time this week working on capping as many toons as possible.  Since the 100% valor buff goes away on the 10th, I figured it would be a good idea… and even if I can’t do much, I should be able to upgrade weapons for everyone!

 

Wildstar – sounds interesting but I can’t really spend the money for another game AND the subscription.  Subbing to WoW and SWTOR didn’t work out well [mainly for Star Wars] but it was a one time deal due to the hubby getting a significant bonus just before.  I miss being part of the hoopla but then again, I’ve heard through the grapevine that everything is gated, so I’m not overly interested in playing vanilla again.  I played Vanilla WoW already.  I enjoyed it for what it was and while I have my own concerns about WoW, going back to the beginning isn’t really my ideal either.

 

We’re back at Garrosh on our raid team and we’re looking promising at this point.  It’s going to take a few weeks but I have confidence we’ll get him soon.

 

Oh I finished questing all the zones on my Azuremyst 90s :)  That netted a pretty good bit of money!  I’m also one toon shy of finishing Glorious! [all the panda mainland rares] which has also netted a fair amount of money and materials.  I’m debating whether I want to put the time of that into offserver alts but I may run a couple of them through… just depends on how long the wait is till the next expansion.

 

I likes lists… I get things done better and more if I have a list to check stuff off.  So yes, I have a weekly list of raids to run for mogs and things.  And I have a list of goals for before Warlords of Draenor.  [It’s actually the last post!].  I really appreciated the encouraging responses!  I’m glad to know others have their own lists.  I’ve had people tell me that making a list for a game is just silly but I think it’s smart.  It can help your focus in game.  I mean it’s not like I don’t make lists for real life stuff [which is why hubby suggested I make lists for in game].

 

I hope the alliance chopper wins.  I do have horde toons if the horde one does.  Frankly I think they need to end up putting both in game and not wait on the second one because otherwise you tick off half the base or close to it.  And if they wanted a true vote of which one was “best”, I’d have said you’d put both in game.  I voted alliance because that’s where my main is and that’s where I want another free mount.  Now I prefer the look of the alliance bike too [though I think a front wheel would look better] but I would have voted alliance regardless.  Sorry Horde – I do think your bike looks pretty sweet too.

 

 

These are in particular order priority wise.

1. Farm the dinosaur bones for the Bone White Raptor Mount – only got about 300 of them, just need to do a few grindy sessions for it.

2. Finish Archaeology achievements – at least the collect x of this that increment up to 20.  I’d like to do the Pristine one too if possible.

3. Beat Brawler’s Guild – Am stuck on Hexos.

4. Beat the Celestial Tournament and get all the pets from it.

5. Level all rare pets to at least level 10.

6. Get the Turtle Mount [it’s been on the last two bucket lists with no luck!]

7. Craft the engineering mounts

8. Get the drakes from Vortex Pinnacle and Stonecore

9. Get the 55 rep achievement for my bank guild [only a couple short]

10. Clean up the toon quest log and banks before WoD

11. Try and finish out the mog sets that I’m still missing pieces from.w

12. Warlock Green Fire Questline

13. Get Invincible.

This is one of the recipes I got from Awesome Restaurant Quality Recipes at Home, though the post is either gone or no longer public or somesuch.   This one was specifically credited to Trina Hansen and Brooklyn Castillo.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce [perhaps use a little more to suit taste]
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
pepper and salt to taste
5 flour tortillas [the larger ones]
shredded cheddar cheese
sliced tomatoes
yellow mustard

1. Brown the ground beef in a large skilled and drain.  Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, dried onion, salt and pepper to the beef and simmer for five minutes.

2. Sprinkle shredded cheese down the center of each tortilla.  Add a few heaping tablespoons of the beef mixture on top of the cheese.  Spread some mustard on top of the beef along with some slices of tomato.

3. Roll up tortilla burrito-style and place wraps on preheated indoor grill.

4. Grill wraps for about five minutes until cheese is melted.  Cut on diagonal and serve immediately.

This is definitely kid friendly – our son gobbles them down, though he doesn’t like tomato so we leave that off of his.  It doesn’t seem like the small amount of ingredients you put in the beef would flavor it much but they really do.

 

Shortcuts and Alterations:

1. Brown the ground beef in advance or make the mixture in advance.  We’ve done both and they work just fine with this meal.

2. We don’t actually use an indoor grill [we don’t have one] but we use the broiler on the oven, so it’s like 2 minutes or something]

3. Make sure you don’t overload the tortilla as that’s very easy to do.

4. Although we haven’t tried it, you could add in some chopped pickles [Ven hates them] too but that’s for you to experiment with.  I suppose anything you’d like on a burger you’d likely like on these.

 

If you have a recipe you’d like to send for us to try and possibly be featured here, feel free to send me a note at Askevar@gmail.com   I’m actually hoping this can turn into a kind of blog recipe swap.

After trading recipes with a couple friends, I got the idea of posting a weekly “Raid Night Friendly” recipe.  It would be something relatively easy to fix that Ven and I have tested.  Very few of the recipes will be our own creations but most of them are not from any cookbook I’ve seen but word of mouth, grapevine or via facebook.  I get a number of my recipes from a facebook group titled “Awesome Restaurant Quality Recipes at Home”.  I’ve had a dud out of there but most of the recipes we’ve tried are absolutely fantastic so I definitely recommend joining that group!

I think I’ll debut the column tomorrow and post it every Friday. :)  Friday seems like a good day :)

I’m Still Here

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I hate that but Real Life reared it’s head this past month in a very real and scary way.  First of all, a month ago, my father in law had a stroke.  He survived and just came back home this past week and is improving every single day.  He still has some loss of movement in his right hand/arm/leg but it’s coming back little by little.  He lives an hour away from us and the hospital he was in was about an hour and 40 minutes away so a lot of traveling ensued.  We even had to cancel a raid which hasn’t happened in years but I have the best raiders who are incredibly understanding – I mean Real Life comes first!

 

And then last week there was a shooting outside our house – something unheard of for our neighborhood, and thankfully no one was hurt… it’s just really disturbing to have that happen twenty feet from where you’re sitting in the living room.

 

One of the brightest spots this past week was receiving a pet from my friend Navi who literally made my day.  It was an expected and welcome Dragon Kite – level 25.  I named it Rawr.  It seemed appropriate and it CHANGES COLORS.  SQUEE!!!  And as you can see from the picture below is that I also got my Hearthsteed which I think is just GORGEOUS.

 

Rawr

 

Anyway, I’ll get to more posts later… I have quite a few in mind – including the new Diablo 3 expansion and the new game Heroes of the Storm which is in technical alpha at this point.  Ven and I were lucky enough to get invites.

What Would Make You Stay?

Over dinner the hubby and I had a discussion about a thread I’d found on the forums.  It was yet another thread complaining about tanks leaving LFR – presumably one of the reasons being that they’d already killed the later bosses in a section.

 

So I asked him “What would entice you to stay?”

 

His answer “Give me personally max determination on any bosses I’d already killed.  I could help the kill be assured and go faster.”

 

For me personally, short of having friends in the raid or an assured specific mount/pet/10k plus gold, I don’t really know what would.  But I thought that was a neat idea.

 

And this is all presuming that the ability to choose In Progress or Fresh raids is out given the LFR changes Blizzard made when people were queue fishing.

 

Would a max determination self buff make you stay for the last boss you’ve already killed?  What about wiping the slate clean and giving you another roll at loot off that boss if you remain?

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