Winter’s log, earthdate 201510.20

Hooray and Hallelujah! 😀 I am renewed! Reborn! Made afresh! 🙂 My new Birth Certificate (read: “Certicate”! 😉 ) arrived today! I am now officially and legally Winter! Next step? Change my passport, driver’s licence, electoral enrollment, bank account(s), Medicare (?), joint utilities – well, I’m sure Julian knows which ones need to be notified, anyway – but at long, long, last, I have the name I’ve used on the ‘net for nearly twenty years, and wanted to be “official” for so long! 🙂 Thank you Josh, for goading me into actually doing it properly! 🙂

Well today has been both good (my new name 🙂 ) and bad (my weight – more of that later! *glower!*) and very, very busy! As I said yesterday, my favourite eldest daughter had a Periodontal appointment on Whitehorse Road in Blawyn this morning, which is almost impossible to get to by Public Transport when you live in Glen Waverley, and I had a hairdressing appointment in Doncaster less than an hour later! So once again it was a very early start for us – almost directly after breakfast we had to get ready to leave (well, I did, anyway!) First we went and picked Lee up and took her to her appointment – we got a bit mucked around at the corner of Whitehorse and Union Roads though. There were police and divvy vans in the middle of the road, several empty and stationary trams lined up on the city side of the intersection, Whitehorse Road was closed to traffic for nearly half a dozen blocks, and we caught a brief glimpse of another tram further down the road, sitting at 45° to the tram tracks! I have no idea what happened – and although they were starting to move it, it was still there about an hour later when Julian went to pick Lee up. I wonder if it’ll be on the news tonight? (probably not, unless it was a “flavour of the month” terrorist attack… :/ ) So we saw a lot more of Balwyn than we’d planned, went down a lot of side streets, and eventually came out further down Whitehorse Road, quite close to the Periodontist, where we dropped Lee off. Next we headed for Doncaster, where Julian dropped me off while he went over to our old apartment to have a chat with our erstwhile neighbour (who wasn’t home!) “Meanwhile, back at the ranch,” I made my way to the hairdresser, arrived early (of course!) but was allowed to ensconce myself with a cup of coffee and my kindle. After my hair had been washed, I was quite startled to see my favourite eldest daughter standing there, looking around for me! She’d finished early, and Julian had picked her up and brought her back with him. So although we didn’t get to watch any television, we did get to spend the day together after all – and we probably got to talk more, too! 🙂 Then Julian got back from his meanderings – empty-handed, I noticed – so I said (somewhat wistfully) “I don’t suppose there was anything in the P.O. Box for me, was there…?” fully expecting him to shake his head sadly and say “No…”, but he said “Yes there was actually…” and fished in his inside coat pocket and handed me… an Express Post envelope! Either my new Birth Certificate, or a rejection of the application… Trepidatiously I opened the envelope – there were two pieces of paper inside it. One was a letter (which I didn’t read then) and the other was… my new Birth Certificate! I have to admit – I hugged it a bit! 🙂 The letter, which I read later, was simply to tell me that I now had to go and change my identification details with any and all organisations with whom I did business. Anyway, after I’d had my hair cut, Julian went off to do some shopping, and Lee and I went off to Target, where I tried on a size 14 top (I was absolutely certain that it would be too small, and that I’d need the size 16 I’d also brought into the change room with me!) Well, it wasn’t too small, it fitted me really nicely, so it looks as though I can go and buy some of their long-sleeved, $15 tee-shirts online, after all! My mind is still boggling a bit – even in my mid-twenties, I was a size 16! I don’t think I’ve been a size 14 since I was at school, sixty million years ago! Then we went off to look for the Bonds socks – they did have some, but not the same as the ones Lee had been wearing last week – I bought a couple of pairs of a different sort, because they did have “cushioned soles”. And you know what? As we walked out of Target, right there across the central aisle, was the newly opened Bonds store! So we went in there, and I bought a pair of socks there too, because they had longer tops and felt slightly thicker on the toes and heels. Anyway, I’ll find out tomorrow if I can start treadmilling again or not! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Not! Happy! Jan! I went up! I went from 69.9kg yesterday to 70.1kg today! I don’t believe that it’s “only fluid” (how can it be “only fluid”, anyway! I’m taking two (2!) anti-fluid pills a day! There shouldn’t be any excess fluid to fluff my weight up like that!) it’s not fair! If I was on Maintenance, I’d expect it – in fact if I was on Maintenance, I’d be extremely pleased that it was only two points, despite the fact that I ate that piece of chocolate, or that chip, or that “whatever it was” that I’d eaten because I was on Maintenance! But I’m not on Maintenance, am I! I’m still Optifasting, with the emphasis on the “fasting” part! So… I am not a happy little Vegemite tonight, because of that! (but I am very happy about my name change/addition!)

Tomorrow morning I’m off to see Dr. B., to find out the results of my x-rays, and whether or not I can get back on my treadmill. I think I should be able to – although still quite swollen (in fact both feet are quite swollen – but of course that might be because I was in my much hated shoes for the better part of the day!) although still quite swollen, my foot isn’t sore, even when I stretch it or flex it, so whatever I did to it the other day, it’s all better now! (well, it feels better, anyway!) I’m not sure what’s happening after that – I suppose we’ll come home, and I’ll either hop back onto my trusty treadmill and start climbing small hills again for fifteen minutes, or I’ll hop back into Rift, if I’m not allowed back on the treadmill yet. Did I tell you that I managed to get my Primalist Tallissia up to level 28, and into Scarlet Gorge? Well, I did, and I’ve already done quite a bit there (in Scarlet Gorge) Julian had a bit of a play with his Primalist, and he agrees with me – at the moment, they are far too powerful. No doubt they’ll be “evened out” in the next Hot Fix Update (probably in a couple of days) although they might want to keep them the way they are until the novelty of a new Race has worn off a bit… hmm… I have my next Warfarin blood test on Thursday, I think (yup! I just checked the date – the next blood test is due on October 22nd!) but we won’t go all the way over to Doncaster for it unless the Dry Cleaning is ready to be picked up – we’ll go to the Dorevitch collection centre up near the Vermont South shopping centre, as it’ll be a lot quicker than going all that way for a small vampire bite… My favourite eldest daughter was going to come over on Friday, but as we spent the better part of the day with her today, and she has things to do at home, we’ll take a rain-check until next week – it’ll free both her and Julian up for other matters 🙂 …I haven’t managed to organise things too well this week, have I! :/ I had the appointment at the hairdresser today because I managed to get a cancellation, otherwise I would have gone on Thursday, and I could have had my blood test done the same day, killing the two birds with one stone, so to speak 🙂 There’s the Doctor tomorrow at 11.40am – all the way over to Glen Waverley, then probably a long-ish wait in the waiting room, and by the time we get back home, the better part of the day will be gone – the blood test on Thursday – that should be quick enough, I suppose, if we only go up the road… At least it looks as though Friday is clear – I know Julian has been frothing at the mouth to get into the Office and get on with some of the paper-work he has piled up… Hopefully next week will be a little quieter! 🙂 Anyway, that’s about all I have for you all tonight – do drop in again tomorrow night and find out what annoyances my weight has piled on my head this time, what the doctor said about my feet and the treadmill, and what other fun things we’ve been up to! 🙂 Until then though, continue to bee good, don’t forget that if you don’t do wild things while you’re young, you’ll have nothing to smile about when you’re old, and always remember to keep warm – or cool, depending on the weather, to drive carefully, and to look after yourselves – but most of all, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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