Winter’s log, earthdate 201506.14

*There’s another update on the “As Seen On…” page that I put online this morning, as soon as I saw it. It’s well worth a look-in! 🙂

Sunday in? on? The Plane of Water – well, sometimes it was “in”, and sometimes it was “on”… so take your pick! 😉 Actually, it was mostly “on”, and it all went rather well – I only died once, and Julian didn’t die at all. It was a pretty nasty quest we were on – we had to kill “x” number of this’s, “x” number of that’s…. and two (only two!) of these round floating balls of sheer and utter evil malevolence, each one of which had a trio of fiery, two-headed hound-lizards (well, that’s what they looked like, anyway) to protect them – not that they needed protecting, they were doing a very good job of that all by themselves! Anyway, we’ve done this quest once before, however we failed to remember exactly how we handled it last time, and what strategies we used. It was a no-brainer, really, and we should have known this anyway – pick off the support mongrels and roaming patrols before going for the really nasty one – it’s basic, for goodness sake! So what did we do? We just waded right in with all guns – er, sorry, staves – blazing… and what happened to us? We both had to “Feign Death” several times, I eventually got killed, and I heard Julian’s “very close to death” heart-beat sound quite a few times! (that “very close to death” heart-beat sound means “Take a healing potion NOW, or die!“) However, although I died, I died a hero! er… heroine! I could have run away, and I could have “Feigned Death”, but running away out of their reach doesn’t solve anything – you still have to go back and kill them if you want to move on with the game. Best to “Feign Death”, try and sneak away to heal yourself, or if that’s not possible, resign yourself to dying – it doesn’t last long! 😉 Unfortunately, this re-sets the creature’s health bar, and you have to start killing it again from scratch! This was our second “Big Ball of Evil” that we were killing, and it was slivered! Almost dead! My pet was biting its ankles for all he was worth, and I was using a spell called “Soul Purge”, which drains the enemy’s health and vitality, and feeds it back into your pet, so that it can keep on biting their ankles. You can kill high level creatures with Soul Purge, but it takes quite a long time. You have to weigh up your choices – “do I sit here zapping him with Soul Purge while my pet finishes him off slowly, or do I let my pet take his chances, and hit the evil one with something more substantial?” – bearing in mind that all this time, Mr. Evil One is busily zapping me with every nasty spell and weapon in his arsenal! I chose to Soul Purge (Come on! he was slivered! He couldn’t last much longer, could he?) Unfortunately, he could, and he did! I was pretty slivered too, but I thought “if I can only hold on a bit longer…” Well, I killed him in the end, but I died from my wounds, too. Oh well, “Say la Vee”, as the French say – or perhaps that should be “Say la morte!”? 😉 So we ran around, completing and handing in quests, and Carnage quests, by the dozen… and our experience bar sort-of quivered a little bit, every now and then. Leveling up past level 60 is slower that an ancient and decrepit snail, limping into a head wind! I think I have two and 3/4 bubbles left to ding level 62, and Julian’s not even that far along (I spend more in the Rift Shop, which bumps my Loyalty level up and I get extra perks – like leveling up faster… and riding faster (which I wish I didn’t – I keep running into walls, and riding off cliffs!)) But a good day was had by all – we had a lot of fun, and we even managed to score some semi-decent gear in quest rewards! 🙂 Hmm… I was about to say “Roll on next Sunday!”, but then I thought… It’s Auction Day for the Vermont South place next Saturday – and on Sunday, we’ll either be too damn miserable to want to play Rift – all we’ll probably want to do is just sit around feeling miserable and sorry for ourselves…or we’ll be ecstatically happy, jumping around – too busy to play Rift, as we’ll be planning on what extra furniture we’re going to need (it’s a very big house! Lots of rooms, plus the entertainment deck!) what we’re going to pack, and when, and how soon we should put this place on the market! But I’m going to say it anyway – “Roll on next Sunday!” – as long as it’s going to be a happy one! 😉

I’m not quite sure what’s happening tomorrow – I think we’ll be getting back to house hunting (just in case!) Julian has a small amount of work to do around the place – we have remote switches on some of our lighting – f’rinstance, my desk lighting is on a remote switch – click one button on the remote control, and all the lights go on, or turn off. But those switches are around ten years old now, and they’re starting to stick a little – we do have new ones, but Julian still has to crawl around on the floor, changing them over. He’s also going to have a look at another mailer for me – I don’t trust Thunderbird any more, and I really don’t like The Bat (it’s far too “utilitarian” for me, if you know what I mean 😉 ) so I’ve found another one that’s supposed to be very good – it’s called Mailbird (v2.0) but I want Julian to vet it for me first (so that he can’t blame me if it contains a virus or some sort of malware 😉 ) It comes with a thirty day “Free to Try” version, and if it’s suitable, and I like it, I don’t mind paying for it. I’m also quite busy at the moment with these new frames I’ve been creating, adjustable, so that unless it’s a very narrow header (height-wise!) I should be able to use them on any blog header. They’re quite fun to make, too – even if they are very fiddly!…. 🙂

+————————–+ * Dinner & Television Break * +————————–+

Well, I didn’t really think that I’d get this finished before dinner 🙂 But that’s what happens when I start late…

Weigh-in this morning. A drop of three points took me from 87.6kg to 87.3kg – I hope I don’t pay the price tomorrow with a bounce back! I much preferred it when I was only dropping one point a day (why is the caps Lock key so ruddy close to the “A” key! Grrr! I keep hitting it by mistake!) Still, all I can do is…. weight and see what happens…

I just checked with himself before – yes, it is back to house hunting again tomorrow. What fun! :/ I would like to get some Rifting in as well, though, and maybe make a few more frames, and work on some patterns… the trouble is, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! My favourite eldest daughter will be over on Wednesday this week, because I have a Hairdressing appointment on Tuesday afternoon. I have to admit though, I’m getting quite anxious about this coming weekend and the Auction on Saturday – it’s almost like “treading water”, waiting to see what’ll happen. It’s all very well to understand intellectually that whatever happens, happens, and it’s not really going to be such a very big deal if we don’t get the house – we’ll just keep on looking – it’s not the only nice house for sale – but it’s a bit like Christmas when you’re a child – you know that everything will be great! fantastic! You’ll get your presents from Father Christmas, and not a lump of reindeer poo if you’ve been naughty, as your parents keep threatening – but still there’s that anticipation, that feeling of “what if?” Believing that everything will be as you hope it will be, but not quite believing enough to not be anxious – you know what I mean? Yeah, I’m silly, I know… but… I do wish it was this time next week! And with that admission of childlike hope and belief versus anxiety, I’ll remind you all to call back again tomorrow night to catch up on all our antics and adventures 🙂 Who knows? I might find a much nicer house than Vermont South in my searchings tomorrow! (well, it’s possible!) I might miraculously drop right down to my goal weight of 70kg overnight! (boy! Don’t I wish!) We might win Tattslotto! (except that we don’t have a ticket) Who knows what’s just around the corner! 🙂 But unfortunately you’ll have to wait until this time tomorrow night to find out! 🙂 Until then, though, bee good, let your eyes be mirrors in which others see their most beautiful selves reflected, remember to always keep warm, drive carefully, and to look after yourselves… but above all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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