Winter’s log, earthdate 201511.14

Well, what to tell you today – what to talk about? It’s probably been one of the quietest, laziest days that I’ve had for…. oh, goodness knows how long! Today, I drifted… We really slept in this morning – we didn’t get up until half past eight, which is really late for us because even when we sleep in, we usually get up at eight o’clock (no! eight o’clock in the morning, silly! Don’t be cheeky! 😉 ) Anyway, we slept in late, and had a pretty late start to the day, by the time we’d both performed our morning ablutions and I’d done my morning walk, breakfast was even later! We both dithered around in a bit of a daze for some unknown reason, and Julian, who had a few errands to run, didn’t get started until after high noon! Bunnys was the first off his list, where he went and asked the “people who know because they work there” what sort of soil, and what sort of drainage “gravel” (scoria) would be best for our two – very empty, at the moment – veggie beds. The soil (half way down the page!) is called “Five Way Soil“, and is apparently full to the brim with all the vitamins and minerals that little veggies need to grow up into strong, healthy little morsels of goodness for human beans! 🙂 It will be delivered on Tuesday, after Julian procures a couple of tarpaulins so that the delivery men have somewhere to dump it (hopefully in two separate piles – scoria on one tarpaulin, soil on the other!) We’re going to look into some sort of drip irrigation for the two beds, probably something similar to what we had in Glen Waverley for the pittosporum hedge we planted right around the front garden, because the local Council wanted us to jump through too many extremely expensive and invasive hoops to put a fence up! (Winter wonders if she could have said all that in a few less words… and finally decides that probably she could have, but she had to pad this out as much as possible – because nothing much happened today!) Once we get the irrigation whatever in, then we can start planting! Is it too late for tomatoes, do you think?

While Julian was off organising the soil and what-not, I had culled one character from my secondary shard, Hailol, and re-created her as a Primalist, because I had eleven Mages and two Primalists – anyway, even though you can change your Race and Gender in Rift, you can’t change your Class – the only way is to create one from scratch. So I decided to re-make two of the Mages into Primalists, and I did one of them today. One down, one to go… then I’ll have nine Mages and 4 Primalists to play with – though the only time I play a Mage now is when Julian and I play on a Sunday – and since we’ve been stymied with that stupidly impossible battle at the end (?) of “Into The Wilds”, I’m not even playing her anymore! :/ There has got to be a way around that wretched battle – there just has to be! (I just wish we could find it! 😦 )

So for most of the day I puddled around re-creating Blackrose and getting her to Meridian (because she’s a Defiant) – when I…. re-created… her, she was level 9… Now she’s almost level thirteen, so she’s progressed quite a bit from the snotty-nosed little level 9 Mage, to a fearless and formidable almost-level 13 Primalist! 😉 Next time it’ll be Incantessa’s turn – she’s a level 11 Guardian Mage who will be re-created into a brand-new Primalist – I think I’ll have to change her name as well though… I really think that Incantessa is more of a Mage name… Unfortunately all the names I’d really like to use are already taken! I was terribly lucky to get Blackrose, as it had already been taken on all the other shards… (because I tried to get it on all of them, and couldn’t!) You see, many, many centuries ago there used to be a hacker on my Bulletin Board called “Black Rose” – I always liked his name… he was… “Not Nice”, shall we say, but I still liked the name… 🙂 We had some good names, back then – but I can’t really see me calling one of my characters “Micro Drunks”, “Random Element”, “NMI”… or “Blue Thunder” 😉 (*smirk*) However, I’ve started myself thinking now – maybe I will go back and borrow one of more of those old, nostalgic names 🙂 I could possibly even get away with “Realarticle”, or “Tempusfugit”? Of course, most of you won’t get the references – sorry about that, but it’s one of the allowable sins of old age to reminisce over the “good (or bad! depending) old days” – but for those of you who do get the references, any suggestions? Deep Image? Gargoyle? Great Sage, Equal of Heaven? 😉 For those of you who don’t get the references, but think you might like to, ask and ye shall be told!

Weigh-in this morning. Damn it all, because of this morning’s weigh-in, I’m sure to go up tomorrow! I went down another two points – from 67.7kg to 67.5kg – another three points and I can safely say that I’ve lost more than half of my original weight! And it’s only a little more than two kilograms to my secondary goal weight of 65kg. Should I wait until I’m either right on 65kg, or slightly under to say “Maintenance!”, or do I only have to be inside the 65kg zone, or maybe under the 65.5kg mark? No, that would be cheating, wouldn’t it! I’ll have to wait until I’m either right on 65kg, or as reaching precisely the exact weight very seldom happens, until I’m under it – just a bit – like maybe 64.9kg? By the way, when I do get to 65kg, and cry “Maintenance from tomorrow!” what happens if I go up another two or three points the next day? Does that mean I have to go back on the diet until I get back to 65kg? 😉

Anyway, tomorrow is our “Sunday, Bloody Sunday, in Telara” – will we be able to get past that ruddy Dinosaur-slash-Dragon battle? I very much doubt it, but tonight I might trawl the Rift Forums too – see if a second pair of eyes can find the elusive clue as to how to get past this road-blocking Dinosaur-slash-Dragon! And if all else fails, hug your teddy!  No! I meant if all else fails, we have our two young Primalists to train up! 🙂 Well, it’s almost time for my late-afternoon tilt at the treadmill, and that’s about it from me for tonight, because really and truly, nothing much did happen today – for a change! I’m sure that won’t be the case tomorrow though – for starters, we won’t be sleeping in! We’ll be up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, early! Eager to be off on our adventures in Telara and elsewhere – will we die? (probably! :/ ) Will we get past the reptilian road-block? (probably not! 😦 ) Will I have a lot to tell you all, about my weight and everything else that we’ve been up to since this evening? Of course I will! 🙂 Don’t I always? 😉 (well, except for tonight – but that was because we slept in! 😉 ) So drop around again tomorrow night, and find out all the latest hot goss! 🙂 Until then, though, do try to bee good (no, I’m not going to repeat myself tonight! 😉 ) remember that a few nice words can help a person a lot more than you think… and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to drive carefully, and to stay cool – or warm – depending on the weather… but most of all, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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