Self diagnosis: Raid exhaustion
|XT says: "So tired. I will rest for just a moment."|
Don't get me wrong, I love raiding. I love logging in to play with my friends so we can wipe some more on new bosses! And of course, I like shiny loots too, and new boss kills, or even old boss kills with funny incidents occurring that make me cackle like a hyena (lucky I'm not pressing push to talk). I love examining my heals to see how bad I was at keeping harmony up. I like laughing with Bish about those silly DPSers who annoy me and see how long they last when I don't heal them.
But 4 days is a lot. People wonder where I find time to do all those things in WoW - but I don't! Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday are raid days, and Friday is my PvP day. I can't get on WoW before the kids go to bed unless it's the weekend (and then I have guilt because I shouldn't be teaching them how to do my Darkmoon Faire Carnival dailies or making them run around looking for pets that I don't have rares of). I haven't had time to run dungeons or do LFR to max justice points each week. I hardly get to plant my vegies. The only thing I try to do actively is my pet battles, because I like them, but even now I don't feel like doing my tamers anymore! I do still stop to battle every pet I don't have a rare of though.
Dominance Offensive is still on my list of things to do before 5.2. And max my last cooking - if I put more effort into it I would have been done by now. And I would like to relax and fish more so I can get my Nat Pagle reputation up - I was happy to see that the fish also drop from pools and not from just outside pools so I can justify trying to do the rep whilst doing some useful fishing.
I am half wishing we went back to 2 raid groups again. I liked having 3 days of raiding and other days to do my own thing. I can hear people saying "Nobody is FORCING you to raid!" but how can I justify not raiding when everyone wants to go and we are short of healers? There are only 2 regular healers turning up to raid, and with Bladewind (understandably) wanting to spend more time with his young baby, and Gutsy having jack of Pandaria, that doesn't leave many options to sit out. I think if we went back to 2 raid groups I would choose the group that raided 2-3 days instead. That would give me enough time to do all those other things in WoW that I would like to achieve!
Part of the other reason is my morning routine is a little different now, with making sure people eat their breakfasts and have lunch packed for school. Last year it was easier - hubby was home on Tuesdays and kids went to a nanny on Wednesday/Thursday so if we were needing to be away early, they could eat breakfast there. Now I have to ensure everyone is fed and toileted before daycare/school and bags are packed ... sounds just like any other parent with school aged kids, I suppose. But I used to have an extra half hour in the morning when I got up, but now I don't have that time anymore (that was my planting time). I used to see Ayelena, Saunder, sometimes Roshii and some of the Americans at that early hour of the morning - even Saund said he hadn't seen me early in the morning for a while.
|Yes we look cute but we're not eating our breakfast either!|
I guess, as I settle into this new routine, my WoW time will settle as well. But I have to break out of this bad habit of finding extra WoW time AFTER raiding. Going to bed at those crazy hours surely can't be good for me in the long run (though I have been doing that for a while now). However, being busted by Slice at 3am doing rated BGs MIGHT be pushing the boundaries JUST a little...