Winter’s log, earthdate 201511.15

It’s been a great day today! I think we even managed to sleep in a little bit, before arming ourselves for the Telaran fray! 🙂 We didn’t try to battle that horrible Dinosaur-slash-Dragon today – we went straight in with our two ambitious young Primalists, and I thought that they acquitted themselves very well indeed! We almost literally bounded up levels – four levels, to be precise, each! 🙂 We quickly finished off in Silverwood – unfortunately we had to give a whole section of it a miss because we were ridiculously too high level for that area – it is the first and sort-of “quasi-training” area of the game, and Primalists are just a wee bit… over powerful? We quickly moved on to glorious, delightful, downtown Gloamwood (I really think a more appropriate name for it would have been “Gloomwood“, as it really is terribly dank and gloomy!) We killed an awful lot of giant spiders… massacred a whole lot of horrible little Goblins… jumped off an extremely tall tree (into water) for an “Achievement” award… Julian died once when he got overwhelmed by giant queen fire wasps (or something! there were a hell of a lot of them, whatever they were!) whilst trying to close a Fire Rift (I didn’t die at all this time! 🙂 Yay me!) All in all, though, we had a great time and were very pleased with the way the young’uns coped with it all. During the “lunch break”, I managed to transfer one of the Hailol girls to the last available spot on Seastone, so that I could create my extra Primalist in her place, Anyway, I’ve now created her (male, this time!) Primalist counterpart, Blyce (pronounced “Bl-ice”) that I’m looking forward to leveling up. I’m not sure what’s happening tomorrow, but hopefully I’ll be able to get him up to level 15 or thereabouts, which will mean that I have a full, working shard again. I’m also going to have a bit of a problem with Seastone, which is now, unfortunately “full”. I have thirteen characters languishing there that I know not what to do about… Seastone is the PvP shard where I’ve been transferring “unused” characters that I don’t want to delete for various reasons – mainly because I like the name and don’t want to run the risk of losing it if someone else thinks of it too – or because the character has a lot of unused (and non transferable to any other character!) experience boosting potions. This has got to be the most inane reason to not delete a character that I don’t use, and probably never will! You see I have this really weird habit of “saving up” these miraculous potions – for what? In case I need them later on? Rubbish! They’re supposed to be used for low level characters to move on to the (supposedly!) more exciting higher levels more quickly! I have about three level 65 characters, and another four or five characters between levels 50 and 60… and all of them have full, intact, never opened – not even “only driven to Church on Sundays”, of experience-boosting “Troves”! So Winter, don’t give me that ridiculous “but I might need them later on!” excuse, because it just. doesn’t. wash! The other reason about not wanting to risk losing the names is a valid one though – as long as I have a character with that name, if I want to re-use the name I simply delete that character (stripping and salvaging anything worthwhile that they might have first, naturally!) and quickly create my new girl and give her that now “available” name. I think the odds of anyone else trying to use that name in the extremely short time that it’d be “free” for someone else to grab and use would have to be something like 7,000,000 to 1! (Winter coughs delicately: But… isn’t that how you got two of your names? “Blackrose” and “Daenerys”? They were “unavailable” for ages, and then all of a sudden, you got them? I bet someone was spitting chips that day! ) Well, you can be audaciously lucky sometimes, I suppose 😉 So I think I’m just going to have to bite the bullet, and delete all the characters – that I don’t suppose I’ll ever use or play with again – with all their precious Troves (oh! It hurts! it hurts!) , and only keep the characters if I really can’t bear to part with their names (*sigh*) The problems of being an alt-o-holic! :/

I’m not sure who’ll be turning up tomorrow – I know Paul will be, though at this stage we don’t know what time, because he may be sent off to pick up materials and supplies, like… tiles! and glass bricks! and timber (huh?? timber? why?) Then again, I thought Clarke was supposed to be showing us the bathroom taps he’d got/was getting for the shower and the vanity unit (I hope they’re matching!) sometime this weekend, but we haven’t seen him – maybe they didn’t have what he wanted in stock (that’d be right – he was going to Reece’s! :/ ) Never mind – I’m sure we’ll find out all about it tomorrow… or the next day… :/

Oh dear… I fear It’s “that” time again! :/

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Weigh-in this morning. A little disappointing, really – I went from 67.5kg, to 67.5kg! Yeah… I stayed the same! :/ But I did increase the adjustable incline on the treadmill this morning! It has ten angles of inclination, from flat (1) to “pretty steep” – sorry, I have no idea what the angle at setting (10) is, but if it’s the next one up from where it is now, then it could easily pass for “pretty steep”, OK? I thought I’d been on setting (7) but apparently it must have been (8) because when I adjusted it up to the next notch this morning, I was quite surprised to see a (9) when I pressed the “display level” button! Anyhoo, I’ve left it there, and it is quite a bit tougher – however I also checked the distance walked, and calories burned after each session today, and seeing as I do eighteen plus minutes, three times a day, it works out to about 5.1 kilometers walked per day, and about 366 calories burnt per day (doing the walking, anyway – I’m sure I burn a few more calories than that during the day – or I hope so, anyway!) So I guess that walking about 5 kilometers a day has to be doing me some good… We’ll see if I go down a bit more tomorrow morning – or if I go up (I’ll cry if I do!)

Tomorrow Julian has to go off and get some tarpaulins for the delivery men to dump the special soil and gravel (scoria) on, and I hope that Terry has left his wheelbarrow here, and a shovel, so that Julian has something with which to transport the stuff from the tarps on the … front lawn??!! into the back, where the forlornly empty veggie beds are. Hopefully it won’t rain – though according to the weather report tonight, next week is going to be quite hot – so I’m afraid I don’t think I’ll be out there shoveling soil and gravel! I think I’ll help by staying safely inside and researching drip irrigation systems! 😉 I’m most anxious to see what the next stage of the bathroom renovations is going to be, too! Everything, including a lot of concrete flooring has been pulled out, so I can’t think that there’s going to be much more demolition done – apart from the window, which will have to come out, be made less deep (from top to bottom only, I hope!) so that there’ll be room for a towel rail under it. Actually, Clarke did tell us how glass brick windows are made, and it made sense at the time, but surely it’ll all have to be made in a day, for security reasons? (I mean, we don’t want spiders and other two-legged creepy-crawlies getting in at night while we’re asleep, do we!) And won’t there be a gap in the brick wall outside where the window is going to be raised up a bit? That’ll have to be patched up somehow, too… I wonder how long it’s all going to take… Sorry, I’m not really well known for my patience! 🙂 Anyway, once more that’s about it from me for this evening – I’m sorry about the delay, but… Sunday nights is what Sunday nights is… we even stopped playing Rift a little earlier than we usually do, too. Never mind, as I think I said once before – better late than never! 🙂 However do drop by again tomorrow night, to catch up on all the bathroom renovations news (do I still have a window? Will the spiders be able to get in?) and also to find out if walking up a steeper hill is doing anything to “encourage” my weight loss! Until tomorrow night though, please bee good (you know why! 😉 ) remember to learn the rules so you know how to break them properly, and don’t forget to drive carefully, to keep cool – or warm – depending on the weather, and to look after yourselves – but above all, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂