Sooooooo close!! Sundays are very limited in game time, but I gave it my best shot. I was grinding away for a while after lunch, and got some help from fellow level 60 guildie, Aurora and her daughter. We were able to complete an orange and 2 or 3 red quests in STV before I had to leave again. The final red quest we completed raked in 8750XP for a very nice chunk of my way to level 39. I got back on around 9:30 and hit 39 around 11pm give or take 30 minutes.
By then, I was getting tired and had fallen asleep a couple of times, but at least wanted to get to 39. I had set in my mind to not give up until I hit 40, though. Reawakened with reaching a goal, and empowered with a new talent, Flurry, I had no problem diving back in to grinding the gorillas. My renewed vigor was rewarded when I discovered how fast they drop with Flurry tripping 2-3 times per fight. Without rest XP, Gitr was getting 1,000 XP every 2-3 minutes. With level 39 being 85,700 XP long, I had a way to go for 40, but I was going to give it my best shot. Before too long, I was falling asleep during fights. Then I was falling asleep on the way to the fight and getting attacked. Time to call it a night. I hearthed to SW and flew to IF for auctioning off my third bag-full of leather and drops. One of my first kills of the night, a 31 Stranglethorn Tiger, dropped me a very nice suprise. A [Black Duskwood Staff] that was my first blue drop on my own. It was completely unexpected, however also completely useless. I debated all night about giving it to a guildie, sharding it, or selling it. Because of my idiocy with buying the rapier 2 nights before, I settled on selling it after offering it to a couple of people. We’ll see how it goes, but the going rate was higher than my rapier.
I WILL hit 40 tonight. I’m leaving work after lunch for an appointment, and the doctor is going to hurt me, so I’m going home after that. It’s going to be hours of play, and I’m going to grind until ‘ding.’ After I hit 40, I’m going to get my mount and train up. I have full rest XP on all my alts. I’m going to start with Zapit, my lvl 14 mage, then Gotr, the lvl 24 rogue, and then move on to little Gitr on Twisting Nether, who is languishing at 13. I really like that guild, too.