But in my off-time I had the chance to do a few cool things. I was invited to help clear SoO on normal difficulty, which is one step harder than Flex. We did great! I was present for the first 7 bosses, and was ranked well in healing, usually near the top if absorbs are counted. A big shout out to the folks at Genetically Superior for offering to give me a shot.
I got a 553 ilvl staff off Galakras, which is a level of loot I never even expected to have. After 2 upgrades, that's a 561 weapon! I have a few new good lessons learned about healing on this network, which is notorious for hopping routers without warning, therefore disconnecting all connectivity. This almost always occurs in the middle of a boss fight.
In other news, I transferred my pandaren toon over to blood elf, primarily for raiding and transmog reasons. I like the pandaren character model in theory, but in reality it looks awkward on most mounts, terrible in most good transmog sets, and the area consumed by the player in the middle of the screen is less than ideal for healing. My first 7 years, I played an undead character model when healing, and never had to deal with large character types crowding out my monitor before.
Oh, and I finally got the achievement in ICC10 I've been working on for 3 weeks. Check out the new look of Smooge. Notice the subtle glowing skeleton death dragon mount: