Winter’s log, earthdate 201603.12

Well, another quiet Saturday, though last night was quite exciting! I finally Tamed my Spirit Bear in Grizzly Hills! It was about 11-ish, and I’d pretty much finished playing for the night, and thought I’d just give Wynterthyme a few minutes to look for Arcturis before retiring – on materialising virtually on his spawn spot, I looked around – well, as usual, he wasn’t anywhere that I could see – but then I hadn’t expected him to be – but knock me down with a wet tadpole, neither was anyone else! For the first time since I’ve been looking for this ruddy Spirit Bear, there were no other Hunters hanging around, “loitering with intent”! I said to Julian “There’s no one else around – this would be the ideal time for him to show up, but I bet he won’t!”, and we both laughed, and agreed that because it was such a good opportunity that of course he wouldn’t spawn! So, I stood there spamming my “/tar Arcturis” macro – tap… tap… tap… and watching my nice new gold carriage clock – it was ten minutes to 11 – thinking to myself “I’ll give him another five minutes…” and then “I’ll just give him another five minutes – I’ll stop at eleven!” Tap… tap… tap… eleven o’clock… tap… tap… And then – there he was!! He suddenly appeared out of thin air, about two yards in front of me! And what’s more, he wasn’t “hostile” (i.e. he didn’t have a red nameplate) he was neutral (he had a yellow nameplate) so he wouldn’t even try to maul me during the Taming process! (most Tamable Pets will try to fight you while you’re Taming them – you’d be surprised how many Hunters get killed trying to Tame their Pets!) Anyway, I targeted him, and hit my “Tame” button, and in a few seconds – he was mine! 🙂 So, woo-hoo! 🙂 I now have a rather spooky-looking Spirit Bear for my Pet – I’ve called him “Swipe”, because “swipe” is a bear’s main attack, and I couldn’t think of anything else at the time (well, it was late, and I was tired, so now he’s “Swipe” for the duration – or until I can think of a better name, buy a Certificate of Ownership, and then re-name him!) As for the “spooky-looking” bit, well, he’s clear… er… a see-through-able-type clear, and when he’s running along next to you, or in front of you, you can see his eyes and his teeth – showing through his big, fat, bear rump! It looks really odd… and a trifle “disturbing” (to me, anyway!) So, now all I have to do is procure him for Arisnoë too – I already have her standing primed on his spawn spot in Grizzly Hills, where I’ll try again for her around the same time tonight… hopefully we’ll be lucky again! 🙂

Yesterday Julian was getting all hot under the collar because he was doing a very dangerous and complicated quest in which he was continually getting overrun by mobs and Elites – who kept killing him with monotonous regularity – but he won through in the end and got himself and his Garrison a splendid new harbour and shipyard! So, today, he offered to escort Wynterthyme through this quest, and I accepted with alacrity – I think if I’d tried to do it on my own, as he did, it would have taken me forever, and the language in this room wouldn’t have been pretty! So anyway, we did that before lunch today, and now Wynterthyme has a splendid new harbour and shipyard, too! 🙂 Then after lunch, he had to help me out once again – I had to collect three pieces of a crystal shard, all of which were being held in an Orc stronghold. I knew where I had to go, but I couldn’t get there – yes, I can read a map – but every time I take off in the direction I’m supposed to be going, if there are any hills, mountains, or other obstacles in the way, somehow or other I always seem to get turned around, and pretty soon I realise that I’m running in the opposite direction! It happens every time! I hate it! So, this time was no different – I was getting really narky because I just couldn’t work my way through the obstructing hills and mountains! To rescue me from my growing angst, Julian logged on as me – and of course, never having done this quest before, and not knowing the area at all well – went straight through to where I was supposed to go as though he were galloping along a wide, smooth boulevard, running directly from “A” to “B”! Aaaarrrggghhh! And then it took the two of us again to finish that ruddy quest – I think I died three times, and he died once! Not a pleasant quest! I really hope I can get Arisnoë’s bear tonight – her Garrison needs her tender loving care – not to mention that she won’t get any further with it now until she reaches level 96 – and she’s still only level 92! :/ I really gotta get going with her – she needs more Followers, too, and she’ll only get them by questing (she could buy some, but she doesn’t have enough money – and there ain’t that much gold in the old Horde Guild Bank at the moment!) and I can hardly go questing in Draenor, while she’s hanging around Grizzly Hills in Northrend, waiting for her Spirit Bear to materialise!

Food stuffz: last night for dinner we had the pan-fried pork cutlets, with steamed rice, which had some finely chopped spring onions stirred through it, half a tomato, and some sugar-snap peas. For dessert, I had another fig, and Julian had bought some more of the Coles brand low-calorie Rice Pudding, so we both had a very small bowlful of that – and it was absolutely delicious! 🙂 Today for lunch I had a lovely wrap, with some of our “favourite of the month” basil-pesto hummus, red capsicum batons, sliced tomato, Halloumi cheese, and some more of the leftover Corned Silverside – and I have to say that those wraps are quite sinfully delicious! 🙂 I just asked Julian what we were having for dinner tonight, but he said he doesn’t know yet – so I guess you’ll all just have to wait until tomorrow night to find out what we had! 🙂 I’ll be having another fig for dessert, and either some more of that yummy Rice Pudding, or the last of the Chia Pods – whichever comes first! 😉

Weigh-in this morning. Was a lot much more betterer! 🙂 I went down five points (half a kilo) from 63.7kg to 63.2kg! It probably has a lot to do with the weather – and the fact that my stomach was making squelching noises yesterday – whenever my stomach gurgles a lot, I usually find that the next day I’ll have lost weight – weird, innit! I suppose it’s probably more coincidental, than the gurgles actually meaning anything – ah! I just went and had a very quick Google about it (actually it was more like a 5 second scan!) and apparently it has to do with fluid moving through your intestine, so that could mean (I suppose) that the stomach gurgles indicate the liberating of some of the fluid that my stupid body insists on hoarding – which of course, would mean that I’d weigh less the following day! I hope. Don’t quote me on that! It was only a very quick, five second scan of two articles I found on Google!

And so, to tomorrow! There’ll be a lot more Delightedly Dashing around Downtown Draenor, by that Daring Duo, Wynterthyme and Mouselet! At the moment I have so many quests in my quest log, that I’m not sure which are “shared” quests that Wynterthyme and Mouselet are both doing, and which are solely Garrison (Building-related) quests – that is, quests that I have to complete in order to advance a particular part of my Garrison. F’rinstance, I need to complete the quest “Legacy of the Ancients” in order to raise my Lumber Mill to level 3. Because Julian has a Lumber Mill too, we can do that quest as a Group, but I have a Dwarven Bunker which I’d like to get to level 3. Julian doesn’t have the Bunker, instead he has a Gem Boutique, which I don’t have, and both of those Buildings have leveling-related quests which will be different from the other. We can still do the quests together as a Group – which would make them much easier and quicker to complete – or we can go our separate ways and do them individually. I also need to get both my Inn, and my Mage’s Tower to level 3, and I think some of the quests I have in my quest log are related to those, but I won’t really know until Mouselet and Wynterthyme sit down to compare notes tomorrow, when we can decide whether to do them individually, or to do all of them as a Group, alternating the quests between each Garrison. Anyway, that’s a decision for tomorrow! 🙂 In the meantime, I really think that that’s about it from me for tonight! Do call back tomorrow night though, and find out if today’s stomach gurgles did herald another drop in weight, or whether I should have read those articles a little more carefully; whether Arisnoë has her Spirit Bear yet, and how Wynterthyme and Mouselet fared with both their Garrison questing, and their “questing in Draenor for Fun and Profit”! 🙂 Until tomorrow night though, please try to bee really good, remember that he who fears to suffer, suffers from fear, and don’t forget to keep warm – or cool – depending on the weather, to look after yourselves, and to always drive carefully – but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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