Winter’s log, earthdate 201510.28

Well, it’s just after nine o’clock, and here I am, as promised, with tonight’s episode… What a l-o-n-g day it’s been! We were up at 5.30 this morning for Julian to perform his taxi-driving duties – I suppose I could have stayed in bed, but I chose to get up too – while he was off driving, I did my morning treadmilling extra, extra early! Then I Rifted for the rest of the morning, this time picking up my level 32 Primalist, Tallissia – I thought it was about time that I worked with her for a bit, and I’m happy to be able to tell you that she’s now level 34! 🙂 Julian eventually finished with his taxi-driving chores and came home, and by then it was almost lunchtime! After lunch he took off again – this time to Doncaster, where we had someone coming to buy our old King-Size bed frame. It was our first venture into selling off the old furniture and was largely by way of an experiment, to see how we’d go selling things on Gum Tree (I think! I know it wasn’t eBay!) The woman who bought it had offered to buy it last week, but on the day she was supposed to turn up to pay for it and take it home, she rang at the last-minute (Julian had already gone over to Doncaster to wait for her!) to say that her cat had been taken ill and she had to race him off to the Vet. I’m afraid that Julian was slightly unpleasant to her about that… but… she obviously must have wanted it, because she swallowed all that, and still drove all the way in from the other side of the Black Stump to buy it today! Apparently she already had the Queen Size version of it (she even had photos of it too!) and had been desperately trying to upsize to the King Size version of it for years, but hadn’t been able to find one anywhere! …Or so she said. Now that the bed has been successfully sold via Gum Tree (?) Julian wants to list a few more things that are still in storage… if anyone’s interested I’ll post links to the photos when they’re available. There’s quite a lot to go – cabinets, two dining room tables, a coffee table – and I’m not sure what else. Anyway, I’ll let you know when they’re available…

Then there was the Farewell “do” this afternoon that I really didn’t want to go to. Oh well, it was what it was – a replication of the annual Christmas parties they hold in the front foyer. I think the whole building turned up for it, as well as a few who’d also moved out recently! As I expected, all the ladies brought a well-filled and piled-high “plate” of edibles – some of them very fancy indeed! Squares of while bread with the crusts cut off rolled diagonally around an asparagus spear and tied with a long chive, the ubiquitous cucumber sandwiches, little savouries, brownie slices, pecan slices, and hedgehog squares – all home-made! There were also one of my absolute favourites *sniffle* not home-made, but really the most delicious cookies I’ve ever eaten – my very favourite Subway Chocolate-chip cookies! I absolutely love the taste, the texture, and their “bendiness” – they’re soft, but a little bit crunchy on the outside, they literally melt in your mouth… I saw Julian pick up this cookie, and I recognised it straight away… I watched him bite into it, and saw the way it bent under the impact of his teeth – all in a sort of cinematic slow-motion! I don’t know if I was horrified that I knew instantly what it was, or devastated that they were there and I couldn’t have one, or what! Julian saw the look on my face and immediately tried to eat the rest of it behind his plastic plate… In fact, there were an awful lot of things there this afternoon that I wished I could have eaten – but… I’ll get there, only four more kilos to go, and then I can at least have a bite of each of them and give the rest to Julian – because it’s not that I want to go gobble, gobble, gobble, and have some of that, and some of that, and a bit more of those – I really just want to have a taste, say “Gee, that was nice! Pass the mineral water please!” and leave the rest… I know from experience that things like that usually look nicer than they taste, anyway! Having said that, I can also tell you that I’m starting to collect recipes that we can have once I reach Maintenance – I found a very interesting one yesterday for a “three ingredient fruit cake”, which should actually work! If it is any good, I’ll post the recipe, or a link to it, here… Anyway, we left the “do” around seven o’clock – I was starting to get a bit hungry, having watched everyone eating fairly steadily since 5.30pm, including Julian who only had a half serve of his dinner when we got home. The people at The Ridge, where we used to live, are all lovely people – there was lots of food (too much!), lots of wine, champagne, and mineral water, speeches were made, a toast to my mother, who lived in the apartment before we did, was held, and, I hate to say it, promises were extracted from us to turn up for their Christmas party this year… but that’s a long way off yet! 😉 I did notice something odd tonight though… people either don’t notice, or they forget quickly – I’m not really sure which, but it seems odd to me, anyway. I’ve had the same colour hair for years! It hasn’t really changed for about two years, anyway, and yet… everyone there tonight told me how nice my hair colour was, and didn’t it suite me! Well, when you live with people I suppose you often don’t notice things like hair colour, and when you haven’t seen a person for like, oh, a month? Well, I guess it might just jump out and bite you – a bit. But.. the last time I saw Dr. Y., he said more or less the same thing – he remarked on my hair colour and my glasses! I sort of just looked at him in puzzlement – my hair and my glasses hadn’t changed – they were both exactly the same as the last time I’d been there! Maybe me being thinner makes it look different… I dunno! And speaking of “thinner”….

Weigh-in this morning. Was horrible! I stayed the same again – I’m getting very tired of this! I went from 69.2kg to 69.2kg. I think it’s about time for a bit of downward movement, body! I don’t care if I have to deny you a bite of Subway cookie or not! I’m staying on this diet until I die of old age if I have to, but it’s 65kg or bust! 😦

Tomorrow should be a good day – we’re going off armed with the dimensions of the dining room table to look for appropriate sleepers with which to build our veggie garden beds! Actually, I think we should sleep in a little bit tomorrow morning, to make up for this morning! But we’ll definitely go sleeper-shopping as well! 🙂 On Friday morning the cable man is coming back to install all the network cables, and I have the Podiatrist coming in the afternoon, so hopefully my feet will start to look human again. On Saturday, of course, I’m having my hair coloured, and that’s about as much as I know about our movements for the next couple of days – and that’s about all I have for you tonight, too! 🙂 But there you go – I told you all last night that the blog would be late, but that it would be up before midnight, and here it is – better late than never, eh?! 🙂 Please do drop by again tomorrow night – I’m sure you’ll all want to know if we found just the right sleepers for our veggie garden, and what else the nice nurseryman or Bunnies man told us we’d need for it, as well as how my weight is behaving. I’m sure there’ll be heaps more to tell you all, so don’t be shy and miss out! 🙂 But until then, do try to bee good, don’t forget that the only thing worse than making a mistake is making a mistake and not learning from it, and remember to keep warm – or cool depending on the weather, to look after yourselves, and to drive carefully – but most importantly, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂