Work is going well. When I started there was a lot of extra, long days, overtime and crunching. We've expanded a bit since then and it's relaxed a bit. Enough that I feel like I can reclaim some hobby time again! I can't wait for the new challenges facing us later in the year. Oh, and I just celebrated my eighth year with the company in April. One of the cool things is I'm just up the road from Blizzard's main campus so I have the awesome pleasure of having lunch with friends from time to time and I can frequently pester Josh on my lunch hour and steal a hug or ten when it's been a rough day.
I think the biggest change with the move was my gaming habits and content creation (or lack thereof.) I don't find myself holed up at the PC as much these days. I'll be the first to admit games for me are an escape. I don't need to escape as much from reality these days so I'm still coming to terms with how I want to stay involved in the gaming community and consume games for my own enjoyment. This has had the largest impact on the type of games I've played recently, and more importantly the amount of time devoted to them. If anyone reading this has stuck with me during this monstrous hiatus--THANK YOU-- I don't even have the words for how kind and understanding that feat is. I know I've left a trail of disappointment in terms of streaming and content over the last year and a half. I'm constantly plagued by my own poor time management and with the little time I have free due to the massive changes in my work schedule I'll admit I've been selfish with it and spent it away from the computer. That being said, it's not that I've wholly stepped away from gaming, I still dabble in all of Blizzard's titles (Congrats on the successful launch of Overwatch!) at the forefront. What draws me in lately is things I can play alone on my own time or from mobile, largely Diablo III and the seasons and Hearthstone has finally sucked me in after weakly poking at it since beta. Warcraft will always have a place in my heart, I love the game and the content, but lacking the hours I used to devote to it and a consistent raiding schedule I am still struggling to find my place in Azeroth not-raiding. Though I've stepped away from streaming much, I miss it; I'm still trying to find a schedule I can commit to. The podcast went by the wayside toward the end of last year as everyone's schedule changed and the four of us couldn't commit to another time slot simultaneously. I still have a presence over at BlizzPro, albeit small, but I did make my first appearance as a media representative in Seattle for the second Heroes of the Dorm contest!! It was awesome and that experience has really set my mind ablaze to dive back into the community and start contributing again as something other than a little-known Twitter personality and that-girl-who-bakes-a-lot-of-cookies. There's a million things I want to do, but I really need to settle on one or two and go after it.