Winter’s log, earthdate 201603.08

Oh dear, here I go – this is the third night in a row that I’ve started writing so appallingly late – but, such is life, :/ and as they say in the classics, “better late than being hit in the stomach with a wet fish”! er… I mean, “better late than never”, actually 🙂 Clarke was supposed to be here again this morning, then he messaged to say he’d be late, then he messaged again to say he’d be even later, and finally the doorbell rang – only it wasn’t Clarke, it was Paul! It seems that Clarke is still under the weather, so he sent his “neatest correct entry” instead – Paul! (Clarke had been telling us earlier that Paul had been losing weight, and I must say, he was right! Paul is looking quite slim and trim! 🙂 Perhaps I inspired him… 😉 ) Anyway, the work in my bathroom is at least half done! The shower door has been raised slightly, and a small strip of silicone applied along the floor under it to act as a “dust water catcher” – hopefully it’ll be enough to prevent the water seeping out and flooding the rest of the bathroom floor – if not, it’s back to the rolled up towels again, until another solution can be found. As for my recalcitrant vanity unit drawers, they’re still at “stage 1” – despite all Paul’s efforts today, they’re still not closing properly, and that weird and wasteful deep drawer, with its totally useless sloping base (I still have no idea why anyone would make (build?) a drawer like that – unless they thought it was going to be used as some sort of giant scoop?) has had to be taken back to the Cabinet Maker, to have a proper, sensible, flat base put on it instead, so that it can actually be used for storage, and not just as the glorified waste-paper basket holder that it currently is! Paul also told us that the Cabinet Maker is going to have to come out to have a look at exactly what’s going on with these supposedly self-closing drawers that don’t! So…. that’s where my bathroom’s currently at! “Watch This Space!” 🙂

As for me today, I mucked around with both Wynterthyme and Arisnoë, vainly attempting to get them both set up with a Spirit Beast Pet. Well, Wynterthyme already has one – “Loque’nahak” (please don’t ask me how to pronounce it! Just call him “Pangur Bán“, like I do!) the white “Riddler” cat I mentioned last night. However, I thought I’d take Wynterthyme out to try to Tame Arcturis, the Spirit Beast Bear in Grizzly Hills, because being a bear, he’s a lot stronger and hardier than a cat. So, after a great deal of dithering around and getting side-tracked, I eventually got to his spawn place… only to find three other Best Master Hunters pretty much lined up there, waiting for him to spawn! Two level 100’s, and one level 96! I sat around and waited for a bit, but the bear didn’t turn up – so I left Wynterthyme there and logged off, to go and see if I could find Pangur Bán with Arisnoë. This was a bit complicated, as I had to go from my Garrison in Draenor, to the Sholazar Basin in Northrend. This meant that I had to get myself to Dalaran, where I used to be Hearthed, because it had Portals to everywhere. When Blizzard closed the Portals (*cry*) I switched my Hearth to Orgrimmar, and later on to Pandaria, so getting to Pandaria was easy – but then I had to get myself to that magical Palace/Inn/whatever where multiple Portals, including one to Dalaran, still exist. It was a long, slow, haul, as I hadn’t done much of Pandaria before I fled to Draenor and my Garrison, not did I learn to fly in Pandaria before I left (and the Licence costs 2500 gold, which I didn’t have, and neither did the Guild Bank – so I decided that I didn’t really need to fly in Pandaria, after all!) so I had to “hoof” it. Long Story Short, I died a lot of times, and finally Thuglet had to come and rescue me and fly me to the Portal Palace. I Hearthed myself there, got myself to Dalaran, and flew off to the Sholazar Basin with hope in my heart. In the past, when I’ve hunted this Spirit Beast Cat, I’ve had absolutely no trouble at all in locating him, and he has multiple spawn points. Do you think I could find him?! Not on your nelly! There were, however, numerous people flying about – probably hoping to Tame him, or possibly looking to kill him (there’s an Achievement Award for killing him, you see) So, frustrated beyond belief, I left Arisnoë there and went back to Wynterthyme, who was still waiting patiently in Grizzly Hills. Guess what! Two of the same three Hunters were still sitting there on their Dragons, and the third one was still sitting in the same place as when I left, hours before! Again, I hung about for a while, but there was no sign of the bear, so… I left. All in all, I hunted for those two Spirit Beasts, swapping backwards and forwards between Arisnoë and Wynterthyme, all day – and apparently my little friends in Grizzly Hills did too, because they were still there late this afternoon when I checked back… I’ll try again later in the week – but I’m not feeling particularly hopeful! In the meantime, I’ve dug Pangur Bán out of Wynterthyme’s Stables, and taught him Tenacity, instead of Ferocity. I’ve since gone out hunting with him a bit, and he seems to be able to heal himself fairly well… I really hope I can find him for Arisnoë to Tame! he could make all the difference for her…

Food stuffz: last night we had pan-fried chicken, steamed sugar-snap peas, half a tomato, and a mixture of different frozen chips, and for dessert I had an apricot, my fig, and the Dark Cacao Chia Pod. For lunch today I had a whole-grain sandwich with some basil-pesto hummus and tandoori chicken sandwich chunks – really yummy – and for dinner tonight we had King Island Beef sausages, half a tomato, chips, and Brussels sprout, with an apricot, and a small tub of rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt for dessert. Très délicieux! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Was quite astonishing! I went down seven points, from 63.6kg to 62.9kg! Innat amazing! I only hope I can go down just a few more points tomorrow morning – say down to 62.5kg – that’s a nice “round” number to rattle off to Dr. Y. when I see him tomorrow morning! 🙂 I’m feeling a trifle more hopeful though – I goes up, and I goes down – so maybe I’m now as stable as I’m ever going to get? (unless I go and do something really stupid, like eating a whole box of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts every day for the next six months! – hmm… I have actually thought about doing that, you know… not that I would, of course, but I have thought about it…)

Josh came over today to do my hair for tomorrow – perhaps I should sleep sitting up tonight, so as not to mess my hair up…  but I think it’ll be alright as long as I’m extra careful… So, apart from being as nervous as all get up, I’m off to see Dr. Y. tomorrow morning… and I needed a new referral, which I forgot to get! Never mind – I’ll see if Dr. B. can email it through for me (I think that’s how she did the last one, actually!) What a shame it’s so hot – I would have liked to have stopped off somewhere for lunch, on our way home, seeing as it’s my Birthday an’ all – but we’ll see what happens… And that’s about as far as I’ve got with thinking about tomorrow – after I’ve seen Dr. Y. we’ll just “play it by ear”, as they say in the classics – and so that’s really about it from me for tonight! 🙂 Do drop by again tomorrow night to see how my Birthday went, how I got on at Dr. Y.’s, and did we end up stopping off for lunch somewhere on our way home. What happens in the afternoon will depend largely on how the morning events went – so there’ll be lots of news and interesting bits and pieces for you all tomorrow night! 🙂 But until then, make sure that you continue to bee good, remember that the best teachers impart knowledge through sleight of hand, like a magician, and don’t forget to keep warm – or cool – depending on what you prefer, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourselves… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂