Out of the Textbook, Into the Cataclysm
About two weeks ago, I sat in my most boring class typing away on my laptop. I generally try not to do that, as I think in classes that aren't taught in a huge lecture hall this is unforgivably rude, but I don't understand a word that comes out of the professor's mouth anyway, so I just sit and type up all my notes. I also like to chat with Fuu, who alerted me to the fact that I had missed the entire pre-xpac event. I missed all the quests, all the Deathwingness, all the limited time boss encounters and such. I missed everything to such a degree, that I don't even know what all I missed because I've been so focused on school.

Sitting there in that classroom, surrounded by my classmates, I actually started to cry.

After class, in the grad student room, as I blew my nose and tried to stop crying, a few of my classmates asked me what was wrong, and I laughed. I told them it was the absolute stupidest thing to bring me to tears, when I think of all the other things on my plate... getting married, moving, exams, thesis, etc. I haven't shed a single tear about classwork this quarter, even after a week of 18 hour stints on campus. But I had so been looking forward to Cataclysm. My friends at school didn't make fun of me, as I expected them to do. One of them shrugged and said she was very much looking forward to a WWF wrestling match on TV, so how could she judge? That cheered me up quite a bit.

Cataclysm was released the day after my Stats final exam, and two days before my Remote Sensing exam (about which I wasn't too worried anyway). Cataclysm was the light at the end of a very long tunnel of all-nighters and papers and labs and grading and everything else that grad school entails. While I have not been posting here on my blog, I have been playing WoW over the past few months while in school... precisely 2 hours every week, on Monday nights, where we finally managed to take down the Lich King 2 weeks before Cataclysm was released.

And now it's the break between Fall quarter and Winter quarter at my university, and I have been glued to my computer in our new apartment, leveling my beloved priest. I do have other things I really ought to do over the break, but all quarter long I intended Cataclysm to be my reward for working my ass off in school for 11 weeks. I managed to pull off straight As (A- totally counts btw) and I refuse to feel any guilt for spending all day long, every day, playing WoW.

It's Tuesday, and for the first time in a very long time, I tried to log in, and I remembered this thing called "maintenance day", and the customary disappointment that goes with such a day. But I'm in a WoW frame of mind, so here I am, for any of you who still have Miss Medicina in your reader, and wonder where she is... I'm here! I'm alive! I'm still around, I promise! Though I haven't been posting, for quite a few very good reasons, I'm still buzzing around on Twitter, though I'm much quieter there than I used to be. I am officially "out of the loop".

It brings me great pain to say this folks but... I have no idea how to heal anymore. Imagine if you had essentially walked away from wow for 4 months, during which all the stats and classes had changed drastically, and tried to come back to it. The only thing I really understand at this juncture is that I have loads of health, but when it comes down to it, no mana. I throw heals on people and it is the perfect example of a drop in an ocean.

In terms of this blog, it is not going anywhere, though obviously its usefulness is much decreased. I'm keeping everything up, all the leveling and newbie healing guides, as an artifact of how our class used to be, because I've always found those things interesting. I am sad to say that until I finish classes this spring, it is highly unlikely I will be able to update any of my guides. They were very time-consuming when I wrote them the first time around, and I have to accept the fact that when I wrote them, I had quite a bit more spare time. If this past quarter is any indicator, I won't even have time to post my random thoughts, or even read my favorite blogs.

I'm so wrapped up in the world of an academic nerd right now that there is little room for the geek to get any satisfaction! So while I may not be blogging these days, I do hope to start again once my coursework is finished.

It is possible I will be changing the title of this blog, however, since I am no longer Miss Medicina... I am Madame Medicina, as of October 15th :)

I miss you all! <3

p.s. Best quest-line ever? Wildhammer Dwarves. Jessabelle wants a man with an arse like an anvil.
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