Winter’s log, earthdate 201510.25

It’s been a very interesting Sunday! I thought that we’d probably spend the majority of it in The Wilds, with Mandreth and Sylversong, but I’d forgotten that when we finished up last Sunday, after finishing the last quest on our list, all we were given was the message “To Be Continued”! Apparently we’ve finished up this part of The Wilds, and there won’t be any more until the next patch – hopefully, the next Hotfix Patch (which are uploaded about once a month) I have the vaguest feeling that there was some sort of Community Message about ‘finishing Act 1 in The Wilds’ a while back, and what to do to get to Act 2, but I really didn’t take much notice at the time, and I can’t remember exactly what it said now – I guess we’ll have to go and see if we can follow it up on the Rift site… So anyway, we were left adrift and rudderless this morning – what to do? Perhaps I subconsciously remembered that we’d finished the first part of The Wilds when I was writing my blog last night, and I suggested that we might start off two new Primalist characters, and see what we could do with them, and that’s exactly what we did! We created two Primalists – mine is called Winterwight, and she’s a Vulcanist (i.e. she hurls flame and earth damage from afar!) Julian’s girl is called Warum, and she’s a Warrior – a Primalist Warrior has a really lethal ranged attack (gun or bow and arrow) and when they fight as a Tank (up close and personal-like) they speed up not only their own movement and attack speed, but that of the rest of their party too! To give you just some idea of how powerful Primalists are, it normally takes me, a reasonably experienced gamer, about a day to get from level 1 to level 10 or 11, playing solo. Today, we took our two new girls from level 1 to level 14 – not bad going, when you consider the fact that we had quite a late start (we sleep in until 8.30am on Sundays!) then we sat around and twiddled our thumbs for a bit while we decided what to do, now that all we could do in The Wilds was chase a few Carnage quests (most of which we’d already done anyway) And of course, creating and setting up a new character always takes a fair bit of time! So I suppose, that by the time we “woke up” in the baby area, it would have been close to 11.00am or later… we played until lunchtime, I went on my lunchtime treadmilling saunter, and by the time we got ourselves organised and back to Telara it was about quarter past two! Anyway, to go up fourteen levels in such a short time was nothing short of amazing! We’re still coming to grips with our two different attributes and abilities – quite often I’ll “one-shot” a mob before Julian can send off an arrow (or a bullet – I’m not sure whether he uses a bow or a gun (though it sounds more like a “twang” than a “bang”!)) and just as equally often, he’ll fire off a volley of arrows (or bullets!) before my main weapon even finishes charging up! It’s quite different from playing two Mages, or a Mage and a Cleric, but we’ll get used to it, and I think it might turn out to be our best combination yet! Time will tell, I suppose… I didn’t die today, but Julian did – it was his own silly fault, too! We were both hacking away at a couple of nasties – one was pretty weak and of not much consequence, the other was a couple of levels higher than we were, and Julian…. hadn’t put his healing potions where he could get at them! They were still somewhere in his over-full back-pack! So, he died. If he’d had them to hand he would have survived, because even though this mob was a couple of levels higher than we were, we did have the upper hand! Anyway, I finished the mob off while he resurrected… and put his healing potions where he could get at them! So we had an excellent day, all told, and I’m looking forward to next Sunday to see how we go! 🙂 We have decided, after our somewhat late start today, that from now on we’re going to sleep in on Saturdays, instead of Sundays, as by the time we get organised, I do my morning “Walkies”, and we have breakfast, it feels like half the day’s gone! This walking three times a day is a problem, too – fifteen minutes is fifteen minutes – you can’t make it go any faster… I may have to get up a bit earlier in the mornings to try not to eat into the day so much  – though never fear, I’ll still be doing my three fifteen minutes walk per day, every day! The only things that might stop me for a while is if I’m laid up in hospital (*rolls eyes*) or if I ever have to have my legs amputated – and even that would only stop me until I learnt how to use the prosthetics that would replace them! 😉 My morning walks are the hardest, for some reason, it just seems a lot harder to get my legs churning around in the mornings… my evening walks are tiresome and a [*insert expletive here*] bore – the lunchtime ones the best and easiest – but they seem to take up so much of my lunch break and early afternoon! I don’t know how I can get around that except just be philosophical about the wasted time… except of course it’s not wasted time, is it! I’m keeping myself fit, for a change – it’s just not being spent on things that I’d much rather be doing…

Weigh-in this morning. Yes indeedy, the game is afoot in earnest! This morning I lost that one point that I put on yesterday – from 69.4kg back to 69.3kg again – a real See Saw, Margery Daw act! Up and down, up and down… It really is terribly tiresome… I suppose my ruddy weight will stay the same tomorrow, just to be different and prove me wrong! …may I scream now, please?

Tomorrow our new cleaning lady will start here… She’s supposedly arriving at 9.30am – it’ll be interesting to see how prompt she is! Flipper, of course, will take one look, and flee to the safety of the very back of her “cave” – until said cleaning lady attaches the in-house vacuum cleaner. Flipper will then flee from room to room as though she fears that the vacuum cleaner is pursuing her around the house! Poor Flipper! Some cats don’t seem to mind the vacuum cleaner – one of our old cats, Boo, used to follow our cleaning lady around, from room to room, when she was vacuuming! Another one, Gingee, used to follow the cleaning lady around when she was mopping – he used to like rolling around in all the wet patches! 🙂 Anyway, I hope this cleaning lady dusts things, and does a good job… If she finishes early enough we might be able to get out for a bit. I’m hoping that we’ll hear from Clarke sometime later this week – he’s due to start on my Bathroom early next week! (I can’t wait!) But anyway, that’s about all from me again for tonight – but drop in again tomorrow night to find out how the cleaning lady went, and if I’ve managed to work out how to give myself a bit of time during the day when I’m not either walking, or writing! Of course you’re probably all dying to know what dubious antics my weight will have been getting up to (or perhaps more hopefully, “down” to!) and what else has been happening around here! Well, it’ll all be here waiting for you all tomorrow night, but until then, continue to bee good, remember – never equate education with intelligence; nor intelligence with wisdom, and don’t forget to drive carefully, to keep warm – or cool, depending on the weather, and to look after yourselves, but most importantly, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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