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So there is a  challenge going on in the blog universe of World of Warcraft, and I noticed I had been challenged by Syrco Owl.

This is what you are supposed to do:

– Go into your image folder
– Open the sixth sub-folder and choose the sixth image.
– Publish the image! (and a few words wouldn’t hurt, though I dare say I couldn’t stop a blogger from adding a few words of their own).
– Challenge six new bloggers.
– Link to them.

Fair enough, but this made me question something… do people have sub-folders in their screenshot folders? 😮 Because I don’t. I should have, considering I have 4488 screenshots in my folder. And my pc is 1,5 year old. That’s an average of… well, many screenshots a day 😉 I have never been the organising kind in anything I do. I don’t arrange items, clothes or anything else by colour, size or any kind of system. I am a pretty messy person, but I have a good memory so I rely on that when I need to find something.

I used a random number generator to pick out a screenshot, it’s not the sixth, it’s the 1852nd. Close enough?

This was taken ‎6th ‎of December ‎2010, ‏‎23:58:58. That is one minute before Cata release, and everyone were gathered up in Stormwind, waiting for the magic hour. To take up as much space as possible, everyone got on their mammoths. It was an exciting and fun night. I remember some were really tensed, planning on getting the realm first achievement for something, having a plan prepared to accomplish it. And then, after release, several people struggled getting online. There were some raging going on, that’s for sure!

I am passing the Sixth Challenge on to:

Kirina’s Closet

Jinxed Thoughts

A Sunnier Bear

The Grumpy Elf

Totem Forest

Dodge, Parry, Block



Day 8 in Blog Challenge is things you don’t know about me. 10 of them, even! Since a picture says more than thousands word, I found pictures and a few words, in a mix of WoW related things and…well, just me things. Here we go!

 Chez Moi

Day 6-Your desk. Picture and / or description.

My desk is not really a desk. I have a real desk upstairs, but there’s no window there, light is bad and internet connection comes and goes. So I have my little entertainment station in corner of my livingroom, using a table as desk. Most of the colours in my appartement are, just like the clothes in my wardrobe, a mix of white, grey and black.

I don’t have an office chair, but I do have the softest sheepskin in the world, not to mention furry, fluffy pillows.  I also like to keep fresh flowers on desk, smells good and look pretty. I try to keep as little as possible on the desk as too many things lying around give visual noise to me. The wow authenticator is allowed, though.

When I play I like to sit on one of my legs, leaning forward, meaning every time I get up I have no feeling in leg and need to jump around moaning. If I am watching movies or series, I like to lean back with legs up on desk, slacker style.

I like my little shinies, especially my World of Warcraft wireless headset., my G19 keyboard and Roccat mouse. I like how I can change the lighting and colours on all of them, and how I see everything even if I have no lights turned on. I also like how it’s possible to have “gaming gadgets” without it looking too geeky or masculine.

I really like my little corner, good thing, since I spend so much time there 🙂

Liloo swimming in Stormwind lake

I have bags and banks filled up with items I simply need to keep, some for fun, some for handy and some for sentimental reasons. I could make a top 10. At least. But, don’t worry, I wont. For now. If I could only keep one item I would kiss my Piccolo Flute goodbye. I would shard my first epic weapon and wipe my tears on Robe of Insight. All while my Disco Ball would play its last serenade. All this to keep my Hook of the Master Angler, a trinket that turns you into a pirhana!

I was a hunter in my late 30’s and had run out of quests in Strangletorn Vale.  Determined to get to 40, which used to be the magical moment for the very first mount, I killed gorillas. Nothing else. Only gorillas. I killed them all, then looted them and skinned them, and by that time they had all respawned so I went back to killing. Just writing about it makes it hard not to fall asleep. Anyway, it must have been a Sunday since the npc’s announced that the fishing contest had started. I had never heard of this, but decided that I would give the gorillas a break and give it a try. I went from pool to pool and filled my bags with Tastyfish and ran back to Booty Bay, not sure what was going to happen. Well, I won the contest and, slightly confused, I chose the trinket as reward. This was my first trinket ever, and first in row of now many items that are just for fun.

I have tried winning this competition many times later, since I would like the “salty” title on my shaman. Ready in good time, with water walking, fishing outfit and lures, but with no luck. Someone always faster. So must have been very lucky back then. Any items that are special to you in-game?


First 25 man. Shiny BC times.

This was easy and hard at the same time. Easy because I knew exactly which moment it was, hard because I, as you know, like to add pictures to my blog posts, and in this case that meant digging into the screenshots on my old computer. It has been gathering dust in my storage room for the last nine months, but more important, last time I tried turning it on all I got was a disk crash followed by a blue screen and a loud noise. Made me so frightened that I unplugged the whole thing and ignored it. Untill now.

Determined to rescue my screenshot I managed to run a disk repair from safe mode and fixed everything, go me! Only took me 2 hours, 1 red bull,  7 sneezes (Dust. Loads of it) and 756 webpages googled (I now know what Chkdsk is! How amazing is that!).

I found my 440 Mb of WoW screenshots which are now nicely stored on my new computer. The picture above is taken from my very first 25 man raid. It was March 2008, I had a brand new appartement, computer and a guild, all in one week. My hunter skills were not really very developed, and I have to admit, I had no idea what rl meant when he kept telling me to md. Huh? Finally found it in my spell book and proudly cast it on the shadow priest. Wasn’t asked to do it much after that. I freaked out big-time when I was told to range tank one of the adds on Maulgar fight, luckily my fellow hunter, the lovely Solsikke guided me through it and together we ranged tanked as pros.

Gruul himself was also one-shotted, he even had t4 legs for me. I fell in love with the concept of 25 raiding after this night and have been ever since.

Speaking of memories, on old computer I found loads of things I forgot I had. Music, pictures, documents. Even a file with imported files from the computer I had even before that one, some of them went 10 years back. Was indeed a walk down memory lane, some good, some bad. But in either way they made me feel kinda good. Things might not have gone exactly the way I planned and I haven’t accomplished all the things I thought I would, but I am usually happy and laugh more than I cry. Way more!

Lost and found on old hard drives


…in WoW, of course!

My first day in WoW was a lazy Sunday in November 2006. In all honesty, I had already tried it earlier, but only for 5 minutes and it didn’t catch my interest at that time. Then my brother told me he had started playing, and I thought I could give it a second chance. He told me he played on Bronzebeard, so I chose the same realm. My boyfriend back then was a game journalist in a major newspaper, so he got me a copy of the game for free. He also advised me to choose a hunter, since I was “into pets and all”. Well, have to give him right on that one, hunter worked out great.

Liloo and Zelma. One of my first screenshots

Picking race was easier. Fa-, uh sorry, big-boned dorf with power thighs, or long-legged amazon nelf? I was shallow and chose the attractive one. Name was not too hard either. Me, being big Luc Besson fan, one of my favourite movies is Fifth Element. I can’t help myself from saying “chicken, goooood!” every time I eat it and struggle to resist saying “big bada boom” when I hear a loud sound. And, if I am traveling, of course I have to say “Lilo mutlipass. Multipaaaass” while flashing my passport. If you haven’t seen Fifth Element, you have no idea what I am talking about and would probably think I was being very annoying (Although, if you have seen it and do get the point, you’d probably find it annoying anyway). Back to point, good movie, main character named Leeloo. I chose Liloo, and the sexiest smexiest hunter of Azeroth was born.


WoW was my first mmo, means I had no basic knowledge of how to move, jump or what to do in general. I zoomed and tilted my camera up to max so all I could see was the sky, and needed help to make it right. I got stuck in a tree, fell down from a cliff and got lost in a lake. My boyfriend tried helping me, telling me to use WASD keys, which didn’t work for me at all.  I gave him a hard time, asking tons of questions but most of the times refusing to listen. “How hard can it be? Just talk to the quest giver!” “Guest liver? What are you talking about?! Come and show me on my screen!” To keep the peace, I decided to ask my brother instead. These are some of the things he, my brother the wise mentor, taught me:

  • Horde lives in Kalimdor. Alliance lives in Eastern Kingdom. Night elves are stuck on an island in between. Possibly forever.
  • If a player or npc has “??” above its head, means it’s horde.
  • The hearthstone is a rare drop, you are lucky if you get it.
  • A pvp server is a server where you can kill anything or anyone, even players of your own faction. A pve server is a server where you can only kill the opposite one.

Thank you, Chris! 😛 For keeping me in the dark and adding new dimensions to the word “noob”. That being said, my own ideas and assumptions were a lot worse. I thought I couldn’t wear mail since I was female (yeah, english knowledge not always up to date). I had a spirit off-hand and killed all the sheep (critters) I saw in attempt to farm wool cloth. To mention a few things. Still, WoW has never felt more magic or exciting. I enjoyed every minute of it. And I have ever since. Do you remember your first time in WoW?

I read blogs for the person writing, rather than for the information (though of course information is nice too). But for example, I read several druid blogs despite the fact that I don’t play a druid – I just really enjoy the writing and the person behind the blog


Some time ago I decided to do this “20 days of wow” Challenge, which was a really good idea and initiative I think. However, I kinda failed on following up on that, and now everyone else is done with it and, well… I feel a bit too behind to keep it up. That’s why I was happy when sweet Saga made a new blog challenge. This one is also called 20 days of WoW, how about that! I can just sneak into that one and pretend that was the one I was doing in the first place /nod. Saga’s is a slightly different, though, cause it’s more personal and not only about the game itself, more about the person behind the blog, which I thought was very nice.

The first day of the challenge is called “Introduction“, which I will keep rather short since I, in an outburst of narcissism managed to write half a novel on the “about me” page. Guess I can add, (maybe just to remind myself that I do have some more knowledge than shaman healing), I have a strange mix of education behind me, I have graduated from both a French and a Norwegian college, so my exams papers are a nice mess in two different languages which is always fun explaining when I need to use those papers for anything. I have a university degree in film history where I wrote a big essay on the Coen brothers movies (if I need to watch “Barton Fink” one more time my head will explode), I also have a degree in history where I focused on prostitution in Norway during the 1800’s. Some years of veterinairy studies on top of that with random classes of French, Russian and philosophy makes me…uhm? Not much? For the time being I have a job where I do absolutely none of the above. But I am very happy about it!

I am from Norway, born in Oslo, but  have moved around a lot around, some with family and some alone, some in Norway and some abroad in a few different countries. Which have made me, at least I think so, quite flexible and adaptable. Got the brilliant idea of moving to Sweden some years ago, and for the first time I really missed my country, so feels good to be back. I love the place I am living at now, sort of like a green, lush oasis separated from the center of Oslo, but only 10 minutes away.

I consider myself and my life pretty boring, so when people say they think I am fun to be with, I always feel like turning around to see who the hell they are talking to. Of course I play too much WoW, I guess my own wow blog is one of the few places it’s actually ok to admit that. I still enjoy the content, the raids and all the little random things you can do, but of course the main reason I still play is the social one. I really love my guild and  have met many great people through this game, some have come and gone, some have come and gone and come back, some I have met in real life. I was happy when Blizz added Real-Id, and if for some reasons all my contacts should leave wow the same day, that would be the day I quit playing. Hopefully that wont be the case anytime soon, so looking forward to more play time, not to mention creatingmore or less interesting blog posts about it 😉

Ps. All you different people saying I look weird / tired / different in the picture- ARGH! I’m not wearing make-up, dammit! :p

Favourite NPC and why?

Moo. Kaja.

Very tricky one for me, this one. I am not a big fan of questing, so I hardly notice the NPC’s, even less read the actual quest. However, there is one npc that I like more than the others, and that’s because she has a special name. She is a weapon vendor in Ogrimmar and her her name happens to be the name of a person I trust, admire and love so much; my sister. She has been object of my adoration for 20 years and 9 months, which is impressing considering she is only 20 years old. I remember very well the day I was told about the new family member, and even no one at that point knew it was going to be a her, in my mind she was already a she. I used to sing to her before she had developed her ears, telling her about all the things we were going to do when she arrived.

My diary the day she was born

After months of anticipation she was finally born a rainy day in June. She was the prettiest baby ever, with lots of dark hair, big, dark eyes and golden skin. I brought my mum flowers picked from syringa tree in the garden, and still remember the smell of them, the rain and the newborn baby, all at once.

While my brothers and I could fight and argue, she was my living doll to be watched after, I loved changing her diapers, helping out with her baths and play with her. My friends thought she was the most adorable baby sister ever, I couldn’t agree more.

Somewhere, from being a baby, a child and a stubborn teenager she somehow became one of best friends. I feel really close to her, and I don’t think there’s anyone else that got me wrapped around her little finger like her. Even when she mindlessly, at dinner table years ago, burst out with the fact that she saw me smoking outside school and got me in lots of trouble, it was hard to be angry with her. She tends to get into the strangest situations, and even though she sometimes drives me crazy, not to mention she seems to believe I am a personal taxi driver / caterer / bank, I’d gladly do anything for her. We have been on holidays together, shared stories and secrets, and I am so glad that she is…well, that she is just her.

So yes, my favourite npc is the lucky tauren that happens to carry my sister’s name; Kaja.

Happy new year! One of the things I’d like to do more of in 2011 is write more here, so when I came over a “20 days of World of Warcraft Challenge” at Specced for Drama, I decided to grab the opportunity. Since I am not raiding yet, I haven’t had that much to write about, there’s a limit for how much you can write about heroic runs and leveling archeology.

Anyway, first question of the challenge is:

Favourite class and why?

Shaman! Hmm not much thinking required for me here. My blog is called ShammyLove for a reason. So, why a shaman? My first toon was a hunter. Then I made my lock. My shaman was created right after BC release, but it wasnt before I reached level 70 that I actually appreciated it. After starting to heal in heroics, then in raids, I also learned how to play. Well, more or less.I can honestly say, shaman is the class I  find the most fun. Why?


Whatever you prefer the most, throwing electrical lighting bolts and burning masses of lava at safe range, smashing multiple mobs with heavy maces or go crazy with the big heals, playing a shaman gives you all these options. So far, I’m more or less using the same gear in resto as I am in elemental, and it’s nice to be able to go from healer to facemelter within seconds. In Burning Crusade the shaman was mostly about raid healing, chainheal, chainheal, and some more chainheal, but a shaman makes an excellent tank healer as well nowadays. So ok, we can’t tank (anymore. We used to have a taunt, looong ago, did you know?), but we can do everything else, and we do it with style!


Ok, not as much as before, when shaman was a horde-only class, and maybe even less after dwarves now can be shamans too (pfft!). 8 % of WoW players play a shaman, so we are on bottom of class choice together with warlock and rogue. But still, our spells are quite unique, and a mystery to the ones outside our exclusive club. Leveling a shaman is not faceroll, sometimes it can be a pain even, but the end result is worth it.


To start with: There. Can. Never. Be. Enough. Totems. A shaman feels naked without her / his totems, and need to make sure to always keep them up. Before Cataclysm, when paladins used PallyPower to make sure every class got their right buff, every boss fight usually started with off with someone moaning about might, or kings, or wisdom, or, more likely, all of them. Funnily enough, people very rarely moan about missing a totem. Whether this is because shamans are so pro that they would never forget putting them up, or because non-shamans don’t really notice or know which totems they would benefit from, I don’t know. I’m guessing the last.

Just when you thought he was out…he pulls himself back in! Yes, shamans are the only class able to resurrect itself apart from the warlock’s soulstone ofc, but that’s not half as shiny as dying, popping up and nervously hoping no one noticed that you went down in the first place. Very cool. Very shiny.

There’s no place like home: If you are like me and tend to forget bringing something, no need for despair, Astral Recall makes sure you can get home every 15 minute or so. Glyph it and together with heartstone and guild achievement for reduced cooldown on that, and you will never, ever need to worry about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Wooo, Heroism (fine, Bloodlust if you prefer); no reason to even try explaining why this is a shiny. Makes everyone ecstatic. Nuff said.

Other shinies: communication with the spirit world, popping huge flame or earth guys, transforming into wolves, cure magic and curses, enter trances that boosts our abilities.

Crash, Boom, Bang

All the three shaman specs in Cataclysm are so far pretty great to play, sure, the average resto shaman may struggle with mana and can’t afford non-stop casting like before, but we still manage. And both elemental and enhancement shamans are able to do really well dps-wise. We can take our knowledge into Cata and proudly continue to make mobs fear us and fellow party members envy our awesomeness.

So you wanna play a shaman?

Great! What you should remember is that you’ll need to learn your spells and rotation, there’s no press one button – watch the big numbers thing. You also need to have knowledge about other classes, like putting up a strength of earth totem is no use if there’s a dk with his horn in the party, and that the paladin’s blessing of might gives you an opportunity to use your healing stream. You’ll also need to communicate with other shamans in the group to make sure you get maximum out of tour totems.

Like a wise once shaman said, paladins may have their light, but shamans sure ride the lighting! What is YOUR favourite class, and why?

Ps. Passing this challenge on to Tom! 😀