So I am a idiot. I will get to that in a moment. I moved further along in my progression of UVHM by restoring the beacon finally. I only died once, so I was pretty happy about that. I got back to Sanctuary and avoided picking up any of the side missions b/c I would need that later on down the road.
I did the birthday party with Clap, and moved on to meeting Mordecai at Wildlife Preservation. I made my way to Natural Selection Annex thinking I was going to farm the loot midgets. Jack released all the animals, and that went as expected, and I walked in the room to open the first box, and nothing happened, the same thing happened with the 2nd and 3rd box. I then realized that I forgot to talk to Tannis, and there would be no farming on this trip.
I thought about running all the way back to Sanctuary and talking to her, but decided that I would end up going after Bloodwing next time.