Winter’s log, earthdate 201503.03

I actually managed to get a fair bit done on Rift today – for a while, anyway, and then things went a bit “wonky” on line –  f’rinstance, after killing a mob in order to get a quest item from it, that quest item was taking up to 6 seconds or more to start sparkling, leaving you to think that the “whatever it was” wasn’t carrying that quest item (it does seem to happen a lot – have you any idea how many animals are running around Telara with no brain? or only one eye?) and I wasn’t able to send mail – it was as though there were massive lag spikes, but it wasn’t lag… Apparently I wasn’t the only person having problems with these lag-like symptoms… Julian did too, when he logged on to see if he had the same problems (which he did) so he suspected a newly installed patch gone wrong. I tend to disagree – there’s been no patch or update – yet, anyway. Let’s see what tomorrow brings! I’d just managed to get Persha up to level 20 and was busy “tidying out her backpack” and trying to send bits and pieces off to Hialeah (the Auctionator and GB Overflow Mistress), and it kept telling me “Mail Delivery failed”. So rather than continue banging my head against a brick wall, I logged off and did some graphic work for about an hour – and when I got back on again, all was fixed! So I finished tidying up Persha, mailed her water breathing necklace off to the next lucky character to be dragged, kicking and screaming, all the way up to level 20. This time it’s one of my two male characters, Nuha (pronounced “Noo-Har”) – he’s a great big blue-skinned Bahmi who looks like a cross between Genghis Khan and a Genie. I managed to get him up two levels in the time I had left this afternoon, and with any luck, I might even get him up to level 20 tomorrow – if the Rift “engine” doesn’t chuck another wobbly, that is! :/

On the graphical side of things, I’ve been doing a bit more experimenting with zodiac signs, but I’m not happy with the fonts (dingbats?) I’ve got for them – there’s a few others I want to get, but I have to see if the download site is “safe” *sigh* Oh! I just found out that one of them is, anyway – oh, and so is the other one – ‘scuse me while I go download… Right! Got ’em! 🙂 I’ll have fun with those tomorrow! 🙂 Where was I? Oh yes, I remember… so I’ve been, and will continue to be, splitting my time between Rift, and a zodiacal (is there such a word? Never mind, there is now! 😉 ) project I’m working on. No, not just for this blog, it’s for “something else”, which I may, or may not tell you about when it’s ready (it depends on how well it turns out!) I’ve also been toying with the idea of picking up my paintbrush again – it’s been many, many, many years since I did any actual painting with oils and brushes – part of me would like to, but the other part of me says “stick to what you do best! stay with the digital painting! It’s a lot less messy, too!” so once again… it’s not so much a matter of “will I? or won’t I?”, it’s more a matter of “should I? or shouldn’t I?” Besides, we don’t really have the room here for a “studio”… We’d really need to move to a bigger place… I’d be able to draw/paint a lot more animate things (faces, horses, cats, trees, plants…) which are a lot harder to do digitally. Decisions, decisions… :/

And on the writing side, the next Episode of “The Adventures of Darth Carla” will be up by the end of the week, if anyone’s interested…

Weigh-in this morning. Still no third Stair Walk – yet! I’m going down in one point increments – I was down to 101.2kg this morning – I dread to think what it’s going to do tomorrow! Still, as long as it’s going down, even in only one point steps, it’ll stave off the third Stair Walk for the nonce. Poor Julian, I feel for him tomorrow morning – he’s having a scan done – fasting! – so no cup of tea, and no breakfast for him… and the scan’s not being done until midday!

My favourite eldest daughter went to see her Cardiologist today – she has to have another ECG next week, and she has to do a “Stress Test” (to see how the heart behaves “under load”) I had one done a couple of years ago, but as I couldn’t do it on the treadmill, mine was done chemically (so I wasn’t allowed to have caffeine for more than 12 hours! That in itself nearly killed me!) Lee has done a Stress Test too –  on a treadmill – about a year or so ago, and she was really on the point of collapse after that (actually I was scared silly at the state she was in after the test, and she’s put on more weight since then – I think her Cardiologist is bloody stupid extremely unwise to make her use the damn treadmill again!) So we’ll just have to wait and see what the results of his scan, and her Stress Test are, next week… *sigh* No wonder I’m going grey!

So drop by again this time tomorrow night to find out all the latest – my gold-leaf-like nail polish is still looking good – after the dark inky blackness of the other one, this one looks almost anaemic! I can’t wait to see what the red one looks like, next week! 🙂 I’m hoping that my favourite eldest daughter will be able to come over this Friday, as she won’t be able to get here on Thursday (the new entertainment unit is being delivered on Thursday, but because we don’t know what time it’s arriving, Julian won’t be free to go and pick her up until after it’s been delivered – and that might not be until the afternoon!) so if she’s coming over, it’ll have to be Friday… I’ll let you know if my weight behaves itself or not, and whether I’ve had to resort to the third Stair Walk or not – so, until this time tomorrow night – bee good, stop being naughty (at once!) and stay safe! ciao, all! 🙂

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