Starting Anew vs. Starting Over

As referenced in my last entry, It has been quite some time since I walked this path.  There was a time when I posted fairly regularly, and at least checked and replied to comments when that’s all I had the time to do.  After writing again yesterday, it became apparent to me that I missed having an outlet to write, I’m very, very rusty at it and there’s quite a lot to do around here before I can really get to it.  I’m working on that last point at the moment, but it seems at a snail’s pace.  At least I’m not starting from scratch; I can start fresh from where I left off, more or less.

In many ways, that’s exactly what it was like a few months ago when I started playing again.  It wasn’t hard to pick WoW back up, but there was some housekeeping and catching up that needed to be done.  If you’re interested in that small journey, read on…

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The Longest of Resurrection Timers

Well, it sure has been quite a while.  Three and a half years ago, I thought that I would be able to spend more time playing World of Warcraft, but alas, that was not the case.  I didn’t really have the time, raiding was not going well and worst of all our server had become very imbalanced (10:1). My guild transferred servers, and in that process I was replaced as guild leader.  The latter was understandable, but hurt nonetheless.  I played sparingly from that point forward and eventually quit the game by the fall.

I completely distanced myself from the game, including any thoughts of blogging.  For that, I humbly apologize to any who might read this, and even those that don’t.  It never sat well with me that I just gave up the blogging, but I didn’t really want to face the fact that I had quit something that had been such an important part of my life for several years.

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Proof That the Mrs. Wants Me to Play More

Another post already !?!  I know, right?  Well, something cool and actually WoW related happened today that I had to share…

Today, the Mrs. and I celebrate 5 wonderful years of marriage.  We exchanged our gifts this morning.  Her gift made it apparent that the side of me that is Sam isn’t going away anytime soon:

Again, I wouldn’t expect numerous or lengthy posts from me in the near future, but clearly if she’s this supportive, I should be back eventually.  Oh and for those of you who are wondering, the 27 is my lucky number, and it goes on any jersey that doesn’t already have one.  It’s not my age (unfortunately), but is related to my birthday, coming in 17 days….

– Sam

Greetings From the Other Side, a.k.a Fatherhood

I know it’s been an awfully long time, far longer than it should have been.  For that I do apologize.  I have not, however, been nearly as lazy as I have been busy.  Also, I clearly still have a pulse, though exercising that pulse to write hasn’t happened. What did happen, you ask?  Well…

Not too long after my last post, my wife, who was 8 months pregnant at the time, was put on bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy.  about a month after that, I was at work when my phone rang, and she told me that they would induce her that day.  That actually didn’t happen until the next day, and several hours and a C-section later:

 Ava was born.  As advertised, it was one of the greatest moments of my life.  I thought the expression “you can’t understand until you have kids” was pretty trite but it really is true.  I’m looking forward to (and dreading, in some cases) finding out what that expression will mean to me in about 20 years.
Anyway.  I knew that raising my little girl was going to take a lot of my time.  Although I wasn’t too far off on how much time it would take, I didn’t take into account how much sleep I’d be losing.  I don’t think that I’ve slept in once in the last few months, and I think the opportunity to do so isn’t going to present itself any time soon.
What all of this means is that I barely have enough time currently to play WoW, much less write about it, though I’m certainly not complaining.  I would say that I went from playing 15-25 hours a week to 3-6 hours a week, and that’s more out of necessity than dislike of the current content.  On that note, in Cataclysm, I would say that being a much more casual player really limits what you can get out of the game, and that’s quickly draining my interest, a.k.a,  I can only level a toon so many more times before I go insane.
So with all of that, I’m not sure where WoW is heading in general, or for me.  I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon, but I’d be lying if I said that I still have the same drive to log on that I once did.  I will be taking an official break from writing about it, partly because I never considered myself an expert on being a Rogue and I’m certainly much farther from being one now than I ever was.  Also, I really just don’t have enough time.  I’ve written this whole post with my daughter asleep in my lap, so I had to multitask just to get this out there.  I’ll leave you with this for now:
I’ll get her trained up, and Ava can game herself soon enough.  For now, I bid you farewell and hope that , time permitting, I’ll be able to write again soon.  It’s been fun.
– Sam

Requests, Ideas and Life

This post will be a this and that update of sorts about things I’m planning to discuss about WoW and things non-WoW.  For those of you more interested in the latter, we’ll start there.

The Blog:

Yea, I’m still here, and actually getting to work on some of the stuff I should have already finished.  For instance, the Baby Rogue: Cataclysm post was about three paragraphs from finished a month ago.  I’m still getting requests for help with a few areas, most notably gearing and reforging.  I expect to cover those in the near future, but I’ll probably work on the leveling 10-85 guides first.  If there are any other topics that you might want covered, feel free to post it in the comments, and I’ll do my best to get to what I can.  That said….

The Life:

I’ve recently made it through the holidays and then survived Snowmeggedon here in Atlanta.  My wife is now 8 months pregnant with a baby girl and we’re expecting around the middle of March to be pretty busy.  Whether or not that means I’m writing more or less at that point is anyone’s guess at this moment.  It really depends on how much time I still get to play and if I can type a lot while watching the kiddo.  You might be hearing more about downing the diaper boss than clearing raids at that point, but I’ll make a concerted effort to keep up to date with the wide world of Roguery too.

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, and is on the right track for an awesome 2011.

Cheers,

– Sam

Just a Short Funny…

I replied to a comment on the site today, and it didn’t show.  I noticed that despite the correct information being entered into the comment form, I wasn’t logged into WordPress.  At that point, I logged in and noticed something:

I, the writer of the blog, got my comment flagged as spam.

Now, that’s just funny.

– Sam

Teachin’ the Teacher

Sorry for the lack of updates.  As many of you know, I’m a teacher, and that normally wouldn’t keep me from posting as often as I like, but currently, there’s much more going on.  I’ve been blessed with my first student teacher, and that means extra time spent at school and after.

For those of you who may not quite understand the concept of student teaching, its when a college student who is majoring in education goes to a school to work with a mentor teacher and their students.  Mine will be here until Dec. 7th (convenient timing for WoW), but she’s doing a great job, so it will likely be bittersweet to get that extra time back.

Something else most of you aren’t aware of is the fact that my wife and I are expecting our first child in March.  Things have been a bit crazy around the Tempus household in the last several months, and that only seeks to get more crazy (and very exciting) tomorrow when we find out whether it’s a boy or girl (If squirt cooperates, that is).

As for the blog and WoW, I’ve been working on the write up for my all-purpose combat spec, and I’m in the process of penning the leveling guides, so I’ll get those out when I’ve got some extra time on my hands later in this week and next.

– Sam