The Gaming Mommy

Hello again! Its been a while. I haven’t much time or inspiration to blog, but I had an idea pop up today!

Today, while dropping off my preschooler, I was asked by a fellow mommy about the sticker on my back window. Yes, I have an Alliance sticker on my car and I have no shame about it! Well, when I told her what it was for, she gawked at me like that was the dumbest thing she has ever heard.


“You play video games? How do you have time to do that? I could never do that. Would be a waste of my time.”

Right there, in that parking lot, I became a social outcast.

Now I am an introvert. I am quiet and keep to myself most of the time, but I love to help when I can. I volunteer at any events or activities at my daughter’s school, not just to support her school, but to support her. Today I was just trying to drop my child off so I could go help my mother in law in her classroom. Many of the women I have worked with are very friendly and always greet with ‘hellos and smiles’, but I don’t think many of them know my name or remember my face. I’m used to it though. Being the quiet person I am, I often have to reintroduce myself because I don’t always leave an impression. In my head, its scary to put myself out there!

I don’t know why this lady felt compelled to bash something I enjoy, right in front of me. I don’t do that to other people. I don’t judge people based on what they enjoy doing or what kind of music they like. I think its rather silly. Everyone enjoys something different. What you might find is a waste of your time, I find to be worthwhile. This isn’t the first time I have run into situations like this. I used to hide my nerdy side, until I came to terms with the fact that I am who I am and if someone doesn’t like that, then they wouldn’t be worth wasting my time on.

Now that I’ve joined the gaming Twitter community, I haven’t felt I have to hide my interests and hobbies from other mothers and women in general. I grew up playing video games with my brother, but rarely did I tell my friends about my hobby. They really didn’t even know I was into nerdy things like Lord of the Rings and Star Trek. Even in college, I played the Sims on weekends when my roommate wasn’t there. Playing during the week was difficult, as I was a music major and that meant all my time was spent rehearsing, practicing, going to concerts, or doing that dreaded music theory homework. (That makes me a different kind of nerd lol!) It wasn’t until I met my husband (@dkServal on twitter! Follow him!) that I started playing WoW. This online community allowed me to be myself and not hide something I loved to do! It didn’t hurt that my husband is as big of a nerd as I am!ūüôā

This fellow preschooler mommy won’t get me down though. I may not have much in common with any of them, but I am hopeful that one day I will meet another gaming mommy that isn’t afraid to let her true colors show. I have on the internet, I hope to find one in real life! I know we could be BFF’s!ūüôā

Have any of my fellow blog readers had an issue like this? I’d love to hear about it!


PS: This makes it sound kind of like I don’t have friends, but I do! And they are wonderful! They don’t game, but they do accept me for who I am.‚̧

Real Friends

Recently, I spent an evening in the emergency room with severe¬†abdominal pain.¬† What’s this got to do with WoW, you say?¬† It got me thinking a lot about my online friends.

I received an outpouring of well wishes, concern, and love from many of my guildmates, former guildmates, and (though not WoW related) my What to Expect mom friends on Facebook.¬† From text messages to Facebook messages, I felt that these people, whom I’ve never met in real life, were genuinely concerned for my well being.¬† That’s pretty humbling to me.

Internet friends are true friends.¬† Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.ūüôā



ps: I am feeling about 99% better and probably only had a reaction to some pain medication and a pulled muscle…silly I know!

Priest Week

It’s priest week on Twitter!¬† What better week to start my blogging experience than with my favorite World of Warcraft toon!



This is Lyirica, or me, however you would like to look at it.¬† She is my main everything.¬† And no, she isn’t named after the medicine for Fibromyalgia…she is named after the type of soprano I am in real life,¬†lyrical.

She’s my only level 90 (I know, I’m a slacker, but I just haven’t had interest in my other toons lately).¬† She is holy spec’d and will probably always stay that way.¬† There are just too many disc priests in our raid group for me to bubble the heck out of everything, but I hold my own, most of the time.¬† I know most priests are pro-disc, but I really enjoy healing as a holy priest.¬† Divine Star is a pretty kick ass spell for boss encounters where the raid is grouped up and the changes they did to Divine Hymn for 25 man raids made it a viable cool down.¬† As I have started stacking mastery, my Echo of Light can out heal my circle of healing most of the time (with my fancy new legendary cloak, my overhealing from echo, along with other healing spells,¬†is transferred to a smart heal, when it procs, which makes it even more powerful.)¬† I have definitely seen an improvement in my overall effective healing since I stacked mastery.¬† I am not a numbers girl, so you probably won’t see much math associated with my blog…I make my husband do all the number crunching.

Lyirica came about in late WoW Vanilla in 2006, after my husband (boyfriend back then) introduced me to the game.¬† I created her, because I thought night elves were pretty and I like to keep things alive in most of the other games I played.¬† So I leveled her alongside Serval, who was a warrior back then.¬† I think I got to level 50 before Burning¬†Crusade came out and we continued to level right on through to 70.¬† I joined Sanctuary on LIghtbringer and was there for 6 years.¬† With them, Serv and I were¬†asked to be¬†main tank and healer for 10-man Karazhan.¬† Lyirica was holy until¬†the Sunwell was opened and somehow, discipline became a viable healing spec.¬† I loved disc, with all its bubbles and rapture and such.¬†¬† We continued these roles with the raid teams until MoP was released and our teams fell apart.¬† Luckily, we knew some WoW players (from my WTE mommy group)¬†that told us about their guild on Durotan needing raiders and we were eager to start raiding again.¬† Now we raid with Chi Cerca Trova and I have really enjoyed getting to know all the members of this guild!¬† I came in as a disc priest and seeing that we had two other amazing disco’s in the raid, I switched to holy after almost 4 years.

I’ve leveled other toons up to 85, but none have ever really caught my interest like my priest has.¬†I am always excited to see what new adventures (or achievements) I can¬†find with Lyirica!¬†I’ve always tried to make it my goal to level an army of healers, just so I could try each type of healing out.¬† Slowly, my druid is getting to 90, but that’s another blog for another day.



PS:¬† I’ll have some of¬†this tier gear, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to leave it as is!¬† Worst priest tier look¬†ever!¬† You’ll find me at the local transmogrifier when I acquire the tokens!