I played for about an hour Sunday night and got about 1/3 the way through 19. I found myself outside Orgrimmar and did some lowbie quests that didn’t give any XP, but in 20 minutes I got about 2,200 Orgrimmar rep. Not bad.
I also lucked out and got the Recipe: Elixir of Giant Growth from a pirate south of Rachet. On the next mob, it dropped again. This is probably what I’ll be using once I level Alchemy. I haven’t really figured out if the +8 strength is better, or the +4 Agility from Elixir of Minor Agility, but that is also a rather rare drop so I’ll try to figure it out if I ever see that recipe.
I’m at the point where I really need to address my bag situation. I’m filling up with armor/weapon pieces for Enchanting and herbs for Alchemy. I have about 80 Light Leather so I have quite a way to go to get all the mats for Leatherworking (which I could then dump and start DE’ing all that gear when I take up Enchanting). I thought about stopping now and just doing the grind, but I’m going to go ahead and get to level 20 for the sake of being 20, even if it means I have to dump a few pieces of green armor out of my bags.