Not a Party Girl

With my birthday coming up next week, the barrage of inquiries have started.  “What should we do for your big day?”  “Where are we eating?”  “What do you want?”  etc.

These quickly get replaced by “suggestions” of things to do, eat, etc.

And those quickly get replaced by massive amounts of exasperation over what I really want to do and my less than receptive acceptance of all the “suggestions” I’ve been given.

Sure, I bet that all sounds a little petty, but trying to make a big to-do over my birthday doesn’t really make me super excited or happy.  Because at the end of the day, when it’s all over, I’m usually sent on a guilt trip for doing anything at all.  And no matter what I pick, it isn’t really for me in the first place.

Getting a bunch of suggestions saying “We should go bowling for your birthday” or “Let’s play Mini Golf for you birthday!”  It sounds fun, but I know my dad has a bad back and always hurts after bowling.  Besides, if I go bowling, I want to do more than one game.  And no one wants to go into the arcade.  And after activities like these, it’s a lot of “That was so expensive.  Geez,” moments.

When it comes to dinner, it’s similar.  Let’s recommend all these fancy restaurants that cost a whole bunch that you would never go to in the first place, then complain about it afterwards if you do go.  I’m not really interested in the food at those places.  They’re all choices that others would rather go to and usually do frequent.  But if I suggest a place I’d like to go, I get chastised for it being a place I can always go to.  Isn’t that the point though?  It’s supposed to be my choice?  Regardless if I go there on my own?

Heck, even my choice of cake was ridiculed when I was asked what type of cake I’d like.  (Ice-cream cake over regular cake, because I don’t really like frosting, but chocolate with minimal frosting is good too.)

For the record, what I did decide to do this weekend has me pretty thrilled.  Cooking out with the family and playing Cards Against Humanity while having a few beers before band practice.

Give me great conversation, music, and fun at home rather than an extravagant outing any day.

Poetry Corner: Burning Bridges

Burning Bridges

I will stand at the edge of the bridge
holding a pack of matches
just shy of an eternity
dealing out second chance after second chance.

But when enough is enough,
I’ve been pushed too far,
And that line as been crossed again,
For the last time,
I won’t just burn the bridge down.
I’ll torch every construction company
and search and rescue crews
To ensure that there’s no hope of coming back
from that pile of rubble we’ve created between us.

Druid Magic

It’s possible my brain is trying to over think things, but it was running around and in the mood to be creative, but hit a bit of a snag.

How did the Gilneans become Druids?  Could they always be druids or did the magic manifest in them as a result of the stress of what was going on in the world?

It’s a question I posed on Twitter and haven’t really received an answer back about yet.

In Vanilla WoW, there was the Scythe of Elune quest.  It spanned both continents and told about a Scythe that created the curse that led to the Worgen and we can’t forget Shadowfang Keep with Argul and his experiments.  The Sons of Argul that were our first glimpses of the Worgen.

Fast forward to Cataclysm, Lore has changed a bit.  Just as the land.

I’ve always just assumed that with Deathwing sending the land into upheaval and that the shamans had already noticed something was terribly wrong with the elements, it’s possible the magical energies shifted and Gilneans realized they could tap in to it.

But thinking about it this weekend, that doesn’t make much sense.  The Shattering of Azeroth thanks to Deathwing doesn’t happen until after Gileans change and the Alchemist gives them the potion to be able to control their mind while being a Worgen.

Since we start the zone able to cast druid spells like Wrath, did the ability manifest to combat the growing curse of the worgen?  Or did we always have these abilities and didn’t know it?

Someone mentioned the night elves came and gave it to us, but that doesn’t fit either since they weren’t there at the beginning of the zone.  They start to show up halfway through and help us gain the two forms so we can switch back and forth, which they did do through Druidic arts, but by this point, we’ve been learning about how to be a druid for awhile.

Even more convoluted lore, in the Paragons book, Greymane illudes to the fact that he’s the reason for the curse becoming rampant as he used Argul to make his wolf men to combat the scourge invasion.  So if we gained abilities to deal with conflict, wouldn’t the Gilneans have gained these powers earlier?

What do you think?  How did the Gilneans become druids?  Even further, how do you think all the races became their classes?  Are magic users just born with it?  Or can they develop new skills over time?

Druid musings

Some friends and I have been talking about Role Play the last few days.  And that of course means my mind has wandered into the land of “What would Silent do?” Or Druids in general.

How do Druid’s sleep?

Wailing Caverns showed Naralax in his elf form tossing and turning.  Elves I imagine don’t have too much of a problem crawling into a bed and falling asleep.

Worgens?

Once human.  Cursed with a form they couldn’t shift out of until the elves helped them but can’t actually fight or cast unless in Worgen form…

So are they comfortable sleeping in human form?  Worgen form?  How awkward would that feel?

And Worgen Druids?  Shifting through many forms.  What is the most comfortable?

I’m thinking my own Druid, who can’t even comprehend the Gilnean woman in the mirror if she isn’t in Worgen form would probably be just as uncomfortable crawling into a bed in an inn as a Worgen.  After all, we are a little awkward in our build. (Where is my tail?!)

That means that bear or cat at the footboard or on the carpet, that’d be me.

Yes this is where my mind wanders.  It’s curious about odd things.