Winter’s log, earthdate 201503.18

Yes, tonight is tonight, not tomorrow morning 🙂 I did manage to spend a bit of time with Rift today – got Embercat up another couple of levels – she’s level 18 now – only two more levels to 20 (it’s almost like counting down my weight losses!) I did get a bit caught up this morning though – first with writing last night’s blog, and also with making a few minor adjustments to the text size on that wallpaper thingy I made yesterday. Kompozer, the “free” WYSIWYG* editor I’m using for editing the HTML for the wallpaper’s page, is truly abysmal – it makes the excruciating HTML that Front Page (the previous WYSIWYG editor I used to use) look like sophisticated coding! At least with Front Page I could actually follow it enough to go in and correct its clumsy mistakes – trying to make head nor tail of Kompozer’s HTML is like trying to make sense of jigsaw pieces with no identifying colours or pictures! Well, OK, it’s not quite as bad as that, and one day, when I’ve got a lot of time on my hands and I’m feeling bored enough, I might (might” being the keyword!) have another look in and try to sort it all out. The problem this morning was the text size – it was a bit too small. Now when you’re entering text size you can generally put in a number, like – very simplistically, “text size = 4”, and when you’ve finished with that size you just put in “/text”. With Kompozer, all you have is a small capital “A”, meaning make the text smaller, followed by a bigger capital “A”, meaning make the text larger, but instead of the sizes going up in increments of one size, it goes up in increments of two and a half sizes, so you either have text that’s too small, or text that’s too big. Now I know I can change that – I can put in the “text size =” value and make the text exactly the size I want – but it’s almost impossible to know where to put it because there’s so much – pardon the French – “merde” (look it up, if you must!) – in the way that it’s very difficult to know where the real HTML is, and what’s just leftover junk from where you changed something that the program didn’t overwrite, but just added on to the end of the line. In fact, there aren’t any lines, per se, just a lot of what appear to be truncated bits of HTML. If you do try to organise it into coherent lines,  as soon as you enter the preview pane to see if what you’ve done looks alright, the edit window where you were working reverts back to the crazy and disorganised truncated lines.  The point being that it can certainly be tamed and edited correctly – but who’s got the time and the enthusiasm to wade through all that mess! It works the way it is (even if the text is a little larger than I wanted) so that’s the way it’ll stay… for now…

We tried a new tea after lunch today – we get our tea from Tea Leaves in Sassafras – we used to drive all the way up there, but it’s easier to shop online now. They have some really great flavoured black teas – have a look at the teas they stock from the link above – we’ve tried most of them at one time or another, but we usually get our favourites, plus one or two small ones just to try. We tried one of the “little” ones at lunch time – we’ve had it before, many years ago, but decided to see if it had improved any. It hadn’t. It was the Chilly Chocolate tea – the chocolate was still too bland, and you still couldn’t really taste any chili. I don’t think we’ll try it again… The one I’m drinking tonight is Granny’s Apple Pie, and although they have another Black Apple tea, this one is quite nice. We might get it again, but I don’t think it will become one of our “staples”, like the Ginger Berry, Honey Ginger, Cranberry, and Almond (Almond is my absolute favourite! But then, I love anything with almonds in it, and I especially love almond essence!) So if you’re into flavoured black teas, Tea Leaves is the place to get them from – oh, and they also sell coffee, too! If you’re into flavoured coffees, they have some really really nice ones (including Almond, and Amaretto!)

I stopped Rifting about 3.25pm because I had to go and do my nails – I was sorry to take off that lovely, luscious, ripe, red raspberry one, but it was getting very tatty around the edges (it was only the one coat…) and now they’re a beautiful, glistening, scintillating kingfisher-peacock blue! I hope all this typing doesn’t wreck them…. Remember that Photoshoot thing wot we got from the Vets? Julian rang up and booked yesterday – we’re still not sure if we’ll go through with it though… I hate being photographed because I always look horrible in photos – I only know of three photos that I actually look quite nice in – one has gone for good, one is hidden away in a box here somewhere, and one has been lost (thank goodness!) So I dunno… we may go through with it, we may not – it’s in April, anyway.

Weigh-in this morning. Was quite exciting, at first! I got on the scales, and they went down to 98.9kg! Then as I always do, I hopped off, and hopped back on again, just to see if it was “correct weight”… You know what? The wretched scales went back up to 99.1kg! Only one point down from yesterday 😦 I tried it a third time – to see if it would relent and go back to the 98.9kg that it came up with first. Nope, it was firmly set on 99.1kg. *sigh* Well, there’s always tomorrow… :/ well, at least I didn’t stay the same, and I went down, and not up… 🙂

So that’s about it for tonight – stay tuned for the next installment of “Life Chez Nous” 🙂 I’m not too sure what’s happening tomorrow, apart from my Warfarin blood test first thing in the morning. I suppose that once again, it’ll be up, weighed, dress, sprint for the stairs, back, change, over the road, have my blood taken, come home, breakfast, resume life as normal… other than that… I dunno… However! The mysterious Plan A present still hasn’t arrived, so it might come tomorrow! And I’ll certainly be getting some Rifting in – and… who knows? I may shed 24kg in one foul swoop! Highly unlikely, unfortunately – but never fear, there’ll be lots of news waiting for you this time tomorrow! So until then, bee good, stop doing that! and above all… stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

*WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get

Winter’s log, earthdate 201503.17

Well, this is a first! I’m writing last night’s blog this morning! Normally in the evenings, I finish up in here around 4 – 4.30pm, gather my bits and pieces, deposit them in the lounge room, and by 4.45 – 5.00pm, I’m on my way for my last Stair Walk of the day. When I get back, I go back to the lounge room, put my feet up, have a cup of coffee (if one’s in the offering, and it usually is! 🙂 ) and read, either until the ABC1 news service at 7.00pm, or, during the week, until 6.00pm when I usually watch The Antiques Roadshow – it’s often very interesting, and you can see some amazingly beautiful and curious objects. It’s also on ABC1, and worth a look-in if you’ve nothing better to do around 6.00pm during the week. We have dinner and watch what passes for news these days (most of which I wouldn’t bother to call newsworthy!) which brings us to 7.30pm. We record a lot of shows, especially if they’re on any channel that has ads, and watch them later, but we only sit in front of the TV until 9.30pm – then we’re off back down here to the Den, and our beloved computers. That’s when I usually write my blog. However last night I was chatting to a close friend who needed to talk, and I felt that they were a bit more important than a blog, so I left this until this morning.

Yesterday, I thought I’d have a whole day of Rifting, almost to myself, as Julian had to play Taxi driver for my favourite eldest daughter, who was going off to have that horrible stress test on the treadmill. I started Rifting, but… what with worrying about Lee and her stress test, and my silly wallpaper-desktop-thingy niggling at my brain, I just couldn’t settle in Rift. Instead, I went and worked on the desktop thingy, and it’s finally finished and up! I gave up on the green and cream with pink flowers theme, and found yet another Chrome theme – this one’s from Diablo III, which we’ve played (well, himself has played it – I sit and watch – it’s just a trifle too fast paced for me, with my inability to touch type!) In fact, we’ve played all the Diablo games, and they are very well done, and the music, by a guy called Matt Uelmen, is some of the most beautiful and poignant music I’ve ever heard – I’d play the game just to listen to the soundtrack (which you can buy, and which we’ve got) Anyway, this Chrome theme is based on Diablo III (from memory) and it’s basically a textured, yellow-brown, sandy, ancient parchment-y sort of colour, which I think I’ve managed to match quite successfully in my wallpaper background, and the decorations I’ve used are from an Art Deco font I have, called Augsburger Ornamente Regular (no, I don’t know how to pronounce it!) It all looked quite good, I’d even worked out the text colours, so I saved the file (as a .jpg image) and put it into the HTML file. When I had a look at on screen, it looked terrible! Everything looked far, far too big, the graphics, the title… awful! The trouble is, I couldn’t switch back to the old one until I’d fixed all these “anomalies” – I’d been in a bit of a hurry to get everything finished, you see, and I thought that I’d copied and renamed the original to “old_name of file.htm”, but I hadn’t copied it first. I’d only renamed the ruddy thing – easy enough to rename it back again, but I’d changed it and saved it, so there was no going back from there – well, Julian could have restored the original from the nightly backup, but quite frankly, it wasn’t worth the effort. My mistake, my responsibility to fix it. It wasn’t hard to re-work the graphics and text – just time-consuming. I’d made the mistake in the first place because I’d hurried things – karma caught up with me and made me spend the saved time fixing the problem – divine retribution! 😉 All fixed now, and looking quite nice… but I tell you what, I’d better not change my mind about that Chrome theme in a hurry! 😉

In the meantime, my favourite eldest daughter had finished her stress test on the treadmill, and although so breathless that she could hardly stand, and trying to cough her lungs out as well, the Cardiologist pronounced her heart present… no, he said there was absolutely nothing wrong with her heart, it’s fine, and very healthy, and that he doesn’t have to see her again – which is absolutely wonderful news! So the two episodes where she went to hospital with chest pains weren’t heart attacks, or anything else to do with her heart, and probably more stress related… But she still has to lose weight!

Weigh-in yesterday morning. I went down another two points to 99.2kg… which was good! Ahhh… if only I could do that every day! Dieting would be so much more fun if you could go down two – or even one – point every day! But alas, that’s not how it works, more’s the pity! I was pretty sure I’d go up this morning, or stay the same… (Sorry, but you’ll have to wait for tonight’s blog to find out if I did or not! 😉 )

So, here it is, this morning, and I’ve almost finished last night’s blog 🙂 I didn’t even check my Auctions or Minions last night, so I’ll have plenty to keep me busy today, and lots to tell you all tonight! I have to do my nails at some stage today – this lovely red is starting to look decidedly ragged around the edges. I thought I’d use the kingfisher-peacock blue Inglot nail polish this time – it should go nicely with both pairs of new slacks (with pockets!) Size 20… I still can’t believe it… I’ve lost 35kg since August 2014 – which is quite good, but I still have another 24kg to go… *sigh* the light at the end of the tunnel just receded a few kilometers…  I will get there though – it’ll just take me a few more months, that’s all 🙂 The “Plan A” present was tracked at having left Sydney on Monday – so maybe it’ll arrive today – that would be exciting! I’ll let you know tonight – whatever, it’ll be a very well-traveled present by the time it gets here – from Arizona to Toronto, back to Arizona, then to some other place in the USA, on to Sydney Australia, and now, hopefully, on to Doncaster Melbourne! It will have been “en route” for over a month! I’m dying to find out what it is, and I’ll bet all of you are, too – but don’t worry, I’ll let you all know as soon as it arrives 🙂 Anyway, that’s about all that happened yesterday, but as I said, there’s heaps to do today and I shall tell you all about it tonight! So until then, bee good, don’t forget to pat the cat, and above all… stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂