Winter’s log, earthdate 201603.02

Ho-hum, late again! But… that’s because my favourite eldest daughter came to visit me, so that we could chat and watch TV shows together 🙂 She went in to uni this morning and joined a whole heap of clubs and what-nots, and her teachers (?) say that she’s on-track to do an Honours degree, or to get her Master’s degree next year, as this is her last year of her Bachelor’s degree course, and both types of degree would require her to write a Thesis on her chosen subject… er… I hope I got all that right! (I probably didn’t, and if so, blame Google, not me! 😉 ) Before Lee came over this morning, I dealt with all Wynterthyme’s Followers, then proceeded to work with Arisnoë, who is now in panda-monium prone Pandaria. She’s been able to find her first Flight Point (but she can’t go anywhere because she doesn’t know anywhere else to fly to – yet!) and a nice, comfortable Inn, where she’s now Hearthed herself, as there’s a very handy Portal to Orgrimmar close by – and so far, everything’s going according to plan. Unfortunately I can’t fly in Pandaria until I’m level 90, and boy, do I miss just being able to zoom straight up into the air, to see the lay of the land, and be able to find places easily, instead of getting lost amongst the impassible hills and gullies, and trying to make my way down lethally steep cliffs and around mountain ledges! Oh well, I dinged level 86 yesterday – only four more levels to go! And when I do get to level 90, I should be able to get to Draenor – where I still won’t be able to fly until I’ve done a whole lot of tiresomely difficult quests, and jumped through numerous deadly hoops! Still, I’ll have my Garrison to keep me occupied, and maybe, with a bit of mutual help, Mouselet, Wynterthyme, and Arisnoë can all get their Draenor Flying Licences together – unless Blizzard, in their infinite wisdom, decide to make it easier to learn to fly in Draenor, once the new expansion comes out. And pigs might learn to fly, too! :/

This afternoon my favourite eldest daughter and I watched one episode of “Supergirl”, and one episode of “The 100”, where things are starting to get very complicated indeed! The new Chancellor is a bit loopy and is determined to kill any and all “Grounders” (people left behind on Earth that survived the nuclear holocaust) because he’s convinced – and has convinced most of the people from the space station – that the Grounders will kill them, if they don’t kill the Grounders first! Of course, it’s not true – currently there’s a very uneasy and fragile “truce” between the two groups, but the wholesale slaughter of the Grounders by this new Chancellor is making things very difficult indeed. In the meantime, there’s the equally loopy ex-Chancellor, who has found an AI (Artificial Intelligence) – “thing” – (for want of a better word!) which manifests itself as an extremely shapely and attractive young brunette, in a tightly fitting red dress and red stiletto shoes… This AI construct somehow alters a person’s brain chemistry, removing all physical pain and mental suffering – and now, apparently, it’s removing memories, too! Of course, this “pain-free” and blissful life makes the AI’s offer of “salvation” very attractive to an awful lot of people – but this AI is looking for something – something perhaps hidden deep in the programming of the crashed space station’s computer system? Lee and I are both very suspicious of this rather gorgeous AI – what exactly does it want, and more importantly, why?! I wish we could get hold of more episodes, instead of getting them doled out, one episode per week! After that we watched the first couple of episodes of Season 2 of another of Marvel’s comic-book turned TV-series, “Agent Carter” (loosely based on the “Captain America” story-line) We also have about six episodes of another of Marvel’s TV series, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, but we haven’t watched those yet… maybe next week… 🙂 Actually, I don’t know if we’ll be able to watch anything much next week – Lee’s back at uni, but she’ll be over here on Monday afternoon – too late for watching anything though. Still, it’ll give us a chance to grab hold of some more Shannara Chronicles, I hope, for the following week! 🙂

Food stuffz: last night for dinner we had a beautiful piece of steak – King Island fillet – and it was cooked to perfection! We also had green beans, half a tomato, and the last of the “sea salt and cracked pepper” chips (of which we must get some more!) I had the second of the three figs, and one of the apricots for dessert, which left one fig, and one apricot for tonight. For lunch today I had a wrap – made with the basil pesto hummus, some of the quinoa tabouli salad, some Halloumi cheese, and sandwich ham. I only managed to get one treadmillathon in today, because my favourite eldest daughter was here – according to her, I really only need to do half an hour, three times a week, on the treadmill to get as much exercise as I need – well, so she says, anyway – she thinks I over-exercise… Well, I missed out on my second walk yesterday, because the accountant was here, and I missed out again today, because my very favourite eldest daughter was here… but tomorrow, I should be able to get both walks in, so… we’ll see how things go! For dinner tonight we had the rest of the hamburgers that Julian had made the other night – the mixture made a dozen, and he cooked six of them the other night, and froze the rest, which we had for dinner tonight, with ordinary old chips, green beans, and half a tomato. The remaining fig, although ripe, was very small, and so was the remaining apricot, so I had a low-fat yoghurt as well (alright, so I was greedy!) so I guess we’ll see what the scales say tomorrow! 😉

Weigh-in this morning. Was good – I think… I went back down three points – from 63.1kg to 62.8kg. I have my next appointment with Dr. Y. next Wednesday, and I’m confused – I don’t know whether I want to be under 63kg or over it! I know my “end goal weight” was going to be 70kg, because that’s what Dr. Y. thought my weight should be – but I wanted to get down to 65kg, so that I’d have some “wriggle room” when I hit Maintenance. Then finally, on the morning of November 28th last year, I did get down to 65kg, said “Hallelujah”, went on Maintenance, and started eating “normally” again. Then to my great surprise, and quite a bit of consternation, instead of going back up towards 70kg, I just kept going down – in fact, I’ve zig-zagged and see-sawed my way between 65.5kg and 61.8kg ever since! Now, as I’ve been saying for the last couple of nights, I don’t know whether I should start eating voraciously, to try to get somewhere closer to that 70kg marker, or whether to just shrug my shoulders, keep on going the way I am – not getting too worried if I “splurge” occasionally – but keeping an eye on my weight and more-or-less letting my body settle wherever it wants to – as long as I never go over that 70kg “ceiling”. I think that the latter is probably the most sensible thing to do… Oh well, I hope so, anyway. Julian thinks I should collate the whole diet trip in a spreadsheet, as I haven’t really kept a diary of my progress, just my daily graph sheets. It’ll be a bit fiddly, but it could prove interesting… I’ll think on’t! 🙂

Well, tomorrow is going to be hot again – and our air conditioner is playing up. Julian’s first job tomorrow morning is trying to locate a technician to come out to fix it – our only other options are to (a) melt, or (b) keep moving my Dyson Bladeless Fan around from room to room as needed, which will be a bore and a chore, but definitely better than melting! I have washing to fold and put away, and a lot of running around Draenor and Pandaria. Hopefully the house won’t get too hot before we can get the air conditioner fixed – we’ve got all the windows open at the moment to try to get it as cool as possible before tomorrow… :/ Anyway, once again that’s about it from me for tonight – don’t forget to drop by again tomorrow night to find out if we melted or survived, and whether we’ve had the air conditioner fixed or not. Learn whether my weight “jumped” for joy at not getting a second treadmillathon for two consecutive days, and also how close Arisnoë is to level 90 and a Garrison of her own. There’ll be lots of news and interesting trivia for all of you, so make sure you don’t miss out! 🙂 Until then though, please continue to bee good, remember that we choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them, and don’t forget to keep cool – or warm – depending on your inclination, to look after yourselves, and to always drive carefully – but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Winter’s log, earthdate 201603.02

  1. In order to fly in Draenor, you need to earn the (meta-)achievement “Draenor Pathfinder”. There’s good news and bad news about that.
    1) You only need to earn it once. Once you’ve got it, all of your characters will be able to fly in Draenor from the moment they set foot in there (ALL of them regardless of the server, so long as they’re on your account.)
    2) There is no PvP involved (thank fuck).
    3) It is exceedingly tedious
    4) only level 100 characters can get all the sub-achievements for the meta-achievement. Most notably the reputation requirements.
    5) There will probably be a few weeks of doing dailies to meet the reputation requirements – but you only need to get those reps to revered not to exalted. Some of those reputations require a group – BUT! It is possible to do them without a group if you just jump in and help other people with certain elite mobs. It is also possible to BUY the reputations (by buying Medallions of the Legion), but those are grossly expensive because they’re quite rare drops. (I think they’re somewhere in the vicinity of 4-5k gold, and give you 1000 rep with every Draenor faction, though if you have a level 3 trading post you earn 1200 rep.)
    6) As you’re levelling through Draenor, make sure to pick up every single “hidden” treasure you find! You need to find 100 of them for the meta.
    7) do as much of the quest and exploration sub-achievements as you can when levelling. Chances are, though, you won’t have finished them all and will have to continue to quest by the time you reach 100.

    My advice? You and Julian should try to do as much of this as you can while you’re levelling, and stick together to do the dailies when you’re 100. Not every sub-achievement needs to be done on the same character, but each sub-achievement can only be done on one character (not sure if that makes sense – basically if the sub-achievement is “do all the quests in X zone” you can only fill the requirement on one character. You can’t do some of the X quests on one character, and some on another. Likewise, the 100 hidden treasures must be found all on the same character – you can’t have say Wynter get 50 and Arisnoe get the other 50).

    Get an addon that marks the location of rare mobs and hidden treasures! It makes life SO much easier. (And if you ever come across a treasure that you can’t get at because it involves a jumping puzzle or the like, move on to another one. There’s more than enough treasures around Draenor to skip the really difficult ones.)

    If you want to fly in Draenor, go for it now. Don’t wait, they won’t be nerfing this any time soon, if ever.

    I hope this helps. 🙂 If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them. 🙂


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