Winter’s log, earthdate 201510.15

Late again, as usual 🙂 Never mind – my favourite eldest daughter was over today, and she’s only just left! We had a good day – I still haven’t been able to do my treadmilling as I haven’t had time to get to the x-ray place, so that gave us extra time to watch a new series we started watching today. It’s called “The Librarians” and is quite a fun show – light and frivolous entertainment, if you will! I’m told that it was the original inspiration for the later series, “Warehouse 13”, though further investigation indicates that “The Librarians” was aired after “Warehouse 13”, another excellent little piece of fun and frivolity, ended (although the two shows have absolutely nothing in common, except for the retrieval and neutralising of mysterious and magical artifacts which wreck mayhem and chaos if left in the public purview! 😉 ) We watched six episodes today – the first two “pilot” episodes, and another four – and were well entertained for the afternoon! 🙂 She also brought with her one of those new “adult” colouring books, which seem to be becoming increasingly popular. They come in various “flavours”, from figures, to plants, to insects and nature, to absolutely gorgeously drawn and printed mandalas, like the one she brought with her. I’d absolutely love to try my hand at colouring some in, but they’re so beautiful that you feel quite daunted – what if you went over the lines? Or smudged it? Ruined it?! It would almost be a crime to mess them up, they’re so lovely! I look at them and say to myself “I’d love to do one of those… but my eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be, and my colouring pencils are a bit on the “scratchy” side – I’d probably only make a mess of the picture…” and put the book back down:/ But… one day I might dredge up the courage to try one – who knows? 🙂

Before Lee arrived this morning, I did a small amount of Rifting, and was still playing when she walked in – of course, I was working with one of my new Primalists, and Lee started bemoaning the fact that she’d just re-opened her World of Warcraft account, and that the next expansion of “Star Wars: The Old Republic” was due out in a month or so – and besides, although Rift is a very good “Play for Free” type game, if she wanted to try out a Primalist she would have to buy the “Primalist Pack” – about $60-odd. I suppose I could let her create and try out a Primalist character on my account, on one of my less populated shards… but then her husband Neale would blame me if she really liked it and decided to not only re-open her old Rift account, but to buy the upgrade as well! (then again, I am his mother-in-law, and as such, I suppose I do have a reputation to maintain… 😉 ) Still, we’ll see what happens – if she does use my account to try out a Primalist, I’ll have to sit and watch her play – it’s been many, many years since I used to sit and watch her play games like Everquest, Diablo 2 (and III!)  and World of Warcraft, yelling out things like “Look out behind you!”, and “Quick! Take a pot! – Oh… too late…. you died…” and generally learning my way around MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online role-playing game) by observation. After about two years of that, I decided to try playing myself. My first foray was as a “Mule” in Diablo II – as a way for Lee or Julian to carry extra goods – the game was much too fast-paced for me to survive, so I sat back in the camp and minded the store! 🙂 Then I tried World of Warcraft, and took to it like a duck to water, and I suppose I played that for about eight years… and when Lee discovered Rift, I migrated over to that. At first I hated it – it was a lot faster than World of Warcraft in some ways,  but eventually I found my niche as a Mage, rather than the Hunter/Beastmaster that I’d played in the past, and soon I dropped completely out of WoW, as did Julian. I’d managed to get into the Beta (pre-release) version of Rift in early 2011, and soon after it was released in March, Julian joined me in Telara, so we’ve both been playing Rift for four years now. Curiously, Julian has started dabbling in World of Warcraft again – and I must admit – I am tempted! 😉

Unfortunately, it’s that time again, so…

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So here I am, back again 🙂 I came back intending to go on with this, only to find that the router had crashed (don’t ask! It’s technical!) so I had to sit around and wait for Julian to get it going again – I didn’t want to start writing again in case everything fell over and I lost everything (though WordPress does backup drafts every eight minutes or thereabouts, so I would have had something to go on with) One day I might have another look-in at WoW, “but that day is not today!” 🙂 For the moment, I’ll stick with Rift, though I must admit I always have my eyes and ears open for news of any new MMO games.

Weigh-in this morning. Was quite spectacular! Dr. B. had told me to only take one anti-fluid tablet in the morning, and one at lunchtime, and the results were… unexpected? Yesterday I weighed in at 71.5kg… this morning, I weighed in at 70.7kg! I do not expect to do this again, but am looking on it as merely a quick way of shedding the fluid that those ‘orrible little pills made me retain – almost a whole kilo’s worth! I just hope I don’t bounce back too violently from that enormous drop! Unfortunately it hasn’t reduced the swelling in my feet very much – maybe Dr. B.’s right, and the swelling is due to the arthritis…

I’m not sure what’s happening tomorrow – I probably should go and get those x-rays over and done with so that I can get the results, and, Dr. B. permitting, get back to my treadmilling! My lovely favourite eldest daughter was wearing some new socks today (they’re Bonds socks) the design on them made them look like she had them on inside-out (she didn’t) but what interested me the most was that the toes appeared to be extremely thick and “felt”-like – ideal for… ? Walking on a treadmill! 🙂 I shall have a look around to see if I can find them online – failing that, I shall have a look in DJ’s – they seem to have a lot of Bonds products in their “intimate apparel” section. Lee said that she got her socks from the Bonds shop at Chadstone, but didn’t recommend that we go there because of all the building going on (they’re expanding, yet again!) No fear of that though – Julian issued a very solemn oath many years ago that he would never again go to Chadstone Shopping Centre (because it’s too big) and since then he never has… However – those strange, inside-out-looking, extra thick-toed socks, cannot hide from me in my quest to find something suitable to wear on my feel whilst treadmilling! I shall hunt them down, and they shall become a trophy worthy of wearing on my tootsies! (I hope!) So tomorrow, maybe I’ll go and have those two lots of x-rays taken – or maybe I won’t… and if possible, I shall try to get some Rifting in. We shall have to get in touch with Clarke again too, as he didn’t drop off that laminate sample, and I want to see what it looks like! And that’s really about it from me for tonight – do drop in again tomorrow night to see how my weight behaved – will it go down some more, or will it have swung the other way and gone skyrocketing back up again? Will I have had my x-rays done and be back on the road towards treadmilling again? My foot really does feel a lot better – in fact, you’d never know that it had been so painful… except when I flex it! Then it hurts like blazes, so maybe I do have a stress fracture… :/ And… will I get the chance to do any Rifting? Well, you can find all of those things out tomorrow night, but until then, please bee good, remember that the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary, and don’t forget to drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep cool – or warm, depending on the weather, but most importantly, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂