My epic gaming vacation of 2012

So yes, a couple of weeks ago I took four days off work (May 15 -18) so that I could stay home and play Diablo 3 when it was released. And yes, I woke up at 3 a.m. to play it as soon as the servers went live. (Well, I was supposed to wake up at 2 a.m., which is actually when they went live, but I slept through my alarm.)

And it was glorious. Each subsequent day I woke up about 8 a.m., played for an hour or so, then went downstairs and made myself a strawberry-banana smoothie in the blender, and then went back upstairs to resume the game. I paused again around 1 p.m. and got something to eat while watching trashy TV (usually America’s Next Top Model, because there isn’t shit on TV during a weekday) for about an hour, and then I was back to the game.

I ended up beating it after about 30 hours of gameplay, I think. But I made sure to explore everything; I didn’t rush through the game just to finish it. I’m glad I took the time off, too… no matter how many people gave me sideways looks when I told them I was taking a vacation to play a video game. Hey, you have your hobbies and I have mine.

Oh, and for those who are wondering, I did make sure to shower every day before Ian got home (except Friday, but it was my birthday so cut me some slack for showering at 7 p.m.).

I guess it means you’re old when you’d rather spend your birthday at home reading, surrounded by cats and your husband on the couch, rather than out partying. But that’s what I wanted to do, so I did it.

And now I’m 33.

Diablo 3 is finally here

May 15: It's finally here by MeganMorris

I haven’t blogged here in a while because I’ve been extremely busy—mainly at work, but that means I’m a lazy pile of bones in the evenings when I get home, and the weekends have been filled with cleaning, errands and, of course, video games.

Which brings me to what I’m so excited about this week. After beta-testing it for months, Diablo 3 is finally out! Today! The servers went live at midnight PDT (which was 2 a.m. here on CDT), and despite setting an alarm to wake up and play right at 2, I slept until 3. But I did get up and level my Demon Hunter to level five, about halfway through what I’d played through in the beta. Currently I’m at level 13, I believe, which was the highest level you could take your character in the beta.

I’ve been so, so excited about this game, and since I’d been waiting on it for what, 12 years? I decided to take some vacation time to play it. (Yes, I realize how incredibly nerdy that sounds, but shut it. Who says vacations always have to mean traveling somewhere? This is cheap and relaxing. And fun.)

So I went into work yesterday to wrap up some deadlines I had, and then I’m taking today through Friday off to play Diablo! Friday also happens to be my birthday, and I figured the timing was too good to ignore.

I’ve played a few quests past where the beta ended (The Skeleton King, for those who know what I’m talking about), and I’m really glad I took this vacation. The game is epic, and so far has it has not disappointed. I’m glad I’ve got some time to really explore it without feeling the need to rush to get through as much as I can before the weekend’s up. I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of that in the coming weeks, but for now, I’m just having fun with it.