Winter’s log, earthdate 201601.06

Oh gosh! Another very late start! :/ My favourite eldest daughter was over today, and I was planning on starting to write this after she’d left – but my favourite youngest daughter rang up just before Lee and Julian took off, and seeing I don’t get many chances to talk to Kate, I sat and chatted to her instead. By the time we finished talking, dinner was almost ready – so – tonight I decided to leave the writing bits until after dinner (and television!) and now, here I am – finally! I’m afraid I didn’t do much of anything this morning – I sat here twiddling my thumbs, waiting for Julian and my favourite eldest daughter to arrive – he’d taken her off for an appointment, and I guess the specialist she was going to see must have over-booked or something, because I was on the verge of calling in a search-party, as it was nearly lunch time when they rang to say they were on their way! They finally arrived, and we spoke a lot about WoW, and the fact that Blizzard had created so many realms (servers) that most of them were severely underpopulated – in fact, I’d never even heard of most of them! Anyway, they had all these practically deserted realms – so they decided to double – and in some cases, triple or even quadruple – them up with some of the more popular (and therefore more densely populated!) realms. I was curious to see which realms had been paired up – with a view of getting a free transfer across if I thought it would be worth it. The thing with those less populous realms is that of supply and demand – the less people (characters) on the realm, the less harvesting and manufacturing will be done, with less materials and crafted goods available on the Auction House, the higher the prices, which leads to fewer goods being sold. This creates a vicious circle which ultimately brings the economy of the realm tumbling. As more and more people lose “money” on a realm, they either get bored and drop out of the game, transfer their characters to a more viable and wealthy realm, or simply desert their characters on the poorer realm, and create new ones on one of the more populated and more wealthy realms. Having satisfied myself that none of the other “merged” realms sounded any better than the ones we’re currently on, I was about to log out of the World of Warcraft website when I remembered about “The Armory“! I’d been meaning to go and look it up for ages, but kept on forgetting – so with my daughter’s help I went and reacquainted myself with this very handy utility! The Armory is a fascinating place – and even though it’s been more than four years since I played World of Warcraft, all of my old characters are still listed and searchable! Amazing! I believe there are aps for it where you can access the entire Armory from a phone or tablet, too! I’ll investigate further tomorrow! 🙂

Anyway, we then retired to the lounge-room where we had lunch and watched episodes of “Supergirl”, and “The Librarians” – both great shows! On Monday, Julian and I are going to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which we’re really looking forward to! We’ll be seeing it at the Glen Waverley Gold Class cinema, where this time I’ll actually be able to eat and drink something (the last time we went to Gold Class I was on my diet and I had to sit there and eat an Optifast bar for lunch!) My favourite eldest daughter and her husband liked it so much that they’ve already seen it twice, and she’s currently reading the novelisation of it! I didn’t even know that there was a novelisation of the movie! I hastily logged onto Amazon and bought the kindle version, which I will read after I’ve seen the movie, and once I’ve finished the book I’m currently reading, Imhotep, by Jerry Dubs (not a bad book – there are another three of them in the series – this is the first – and I’ll  read the rest of them, after I’ve read the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” book! 😉 ) Where was I? Oh yeah – going to see Star Wars next Monday, and me not knowing that someone had written a novelisation of it. I used to read all the Star Wars books that I could, back in the day – it’s a shame to find that none of them are “canon” any more (or so I’m told, by a reliable source! 😉 )

After Lee had left, as I said earlier, I had a nice chat with my favourite youngest daughter 🙂 She got sunburnt last week, which surprised her – she said it was about 10.30 am and she’d only been sitting out in the sun for about fifteen minutes, but apparently she got burnt badly enough to blister and is now happily peeling away! Terry’s mother, who’s so ill, has been sent home from hospital as there’s nothing more that they can do for her. She can’t go back to the nursing home? Hospice? Whatever! The place where she was before she went into hospital, because she’s not well enough and they’re simply not equipped to look after her. She’s moved in with Terry’s brother and his partner for the duration, which is closer to Kate and Terry, and where she’ll get the attention that she needs.

Food stuffz: tonight we had that Persian Lamb Pilaf that I was telling you all about – the one with half a ton of cinnamon in it! Well, it was delicious! You could sense, rather than taste, the cinnamon in it, but it wasn’t overpowering or too much spice – it was very tasty, served with a generous dollop of plain Greek yoghurt, and a little squeeze of lemon juice over the top! I’m very glad to say that there’s at least another two meals of it left (it’s a big recipe!) and I have the feeling that like a lot of rice dishes and stews, it’ll be even nicer tomorrow, either hot or cold, when all the flavours have had a chance to work their way through it properly! For lunch I had another two Ryvita crispbreads with the last of the quinoa tabouli salad and some sandwich ham and tomato slices – no low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta this time.

Weigh-in this morning. I was quietly pleased (amazed, astonished, and nonplussed, but pleased, nonetheless!) as I went from 64.1kg to 64.1kg – that is, I stayed the same! I’m still debating about the walking issue though – I must have misread the time it took me to walk the 3 kilometers that first time, because it took me 53 minutes this morning too, not 43 – oh well, once the logic was pointed out to me: I walk at 3.4 kilometers an hour, so obviously it’s going to take me an hour – or 60 minutes – to walk 3.4 kilometers! So 53 – not 43 – minutes is just under an hour, and 3 kilometers is just under 3.4 kilometers – QED! :/ (maths was never – and still isn’t – my strong point!) However, I still don’t want to break up my day, and do my three kilometers in two sessions – although half an hour isn’t all that long, really… Just enough to stuff up my day 😦 On the other hand, I don’t really want to be mindlessly churning away on the treadmill for almost an hour every morning! A whole hour is a lot to walk in one go, and I’m starting to get blisters on my feet again! (you can all see where this is going, can’t you! I’m busily talking myself into doing two half hour sessions instead of doing a full one hour! Gimme time, I’ll get there – eventually! 😉 ) I wonder if the rice tonight (i.e. carbohydrate!) will make any difference tomorrow or the next day… Oh, and I learnt an important lesson today! Never take an anti-fluid tablet with a hot drink! The hot drink instantly dissolves the tablet in your mouth before you can swallow it, and they taste utterly horrible! 😦

And so to tomorrow! I believe we’ll be un-boxing tomorrow – while I’m itching to get through all the boxes, at the same time I’m feeling a teeny bit resentful that I won’t get any WoW-ing in – the logical part of me is calmly saying “there’ll be plenty of time for that when the boxes are emptied!”, and the selfish, mean and petty part of me is whining “Yeah, but Lee was over today and I didn’t get a chance to do anything!” *sigh* Honestly, what do you do with such a whinging little brat! :/ And once again, that’s about it from me for this evening 🙂 Drop in again tomorrow night though (I promise not to be so late!) and find out if the carbohydrate intake rice had any effect on my weight, how many boxes we managed to unpack, and whether or not I did my walkies in one, or two sessions! 😉 But until then, do try to bee good, remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to drive carefully, and to keep cool – or warm – depending on the weather… but most importantly, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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