Winter’s log, earthdate 201603.24

Yay!! An early start, for a change! 🙂 Well, today we had intended to go out early this morning, to do our pre-Easter shopping – but once again, life sort-of got in the way a bit. As it usually does… My favourite eldest daughter had forgotten that she needed to get a new script from the doctor, and as the doctor is quite a long way from their place, she needed a lift… and could we provide one for her, please? So instead of heading out to do our shopping early, we stayed home and took Wynterthyme and Mouselet off to do their 600 barrels of oil worth of Daily questing. We had to go to a different place today – very dangerous! There were “pools” (puddles? lakes?) of toxic green goo down in the bottom of what could only be called “craters”, which made you sick if you walked in it, or fell in it. This toxic green goo was what’s called (by me, anyway!) a “buff-debuff”! That is, if you go in it, you get what’s called a “Buff” – you do an extra 30% damage to whatever you’re fighting, which is good! Unfortunately, it also gives you a “DeBuff” (or perhaps “anti-buff” is a better description) in that you also receive 30% extra damage from whatever hits you, which, of course, isn’t fair! What’s more, these debuffs, or anti-buffs, “stick” to you! Once you get ten of them on you, you die! Horribly! (well, perhaps not horribly, but you do die, and that’s not considered to be good, by most players…) Wynterthyme managed to fall into the goo a few times, and because her jumping isn’t exactly “Olympic standard”, she also managed to accidentally jump into the goo a few times whilst trying to get out of one of the craters! In the end, she had 9 stacks of “debuff” on her – one more, and she would have been dead! Luckily we finished the quest shortly after that, so Wynterthyme was saved from a fate worse than….er… well, she didn’t die from it! But at least we both collected our 600 barrels of oil quest reward – and then it was time for Julian to go and play taxi for my favourite eldest daughter! So while I didn’t manage to accomplish anything much in WoW today, at least we got our rather lucrative Daily done! 🙂

After dropping my favourite eldest daughter back at her place, Julian rang me to say he was on his way home, and to get my shoes on and wait out the front for him, which I did (I can be very dutiful on occasion… mainly just to confuse people! 😉 ) and off we went to Knox City, where we had lunch. After that, we went upstairs to Howard’s Storage World, where I looked for – and found – a very nice little white “tidy” with a swing-lid! It’s quite swish, actually – a sort-of “lucent white”, with a clear perspex swing-lid – it fits very nicely under my vanity unit, and is almost exactly what I was after! They also had those little kitchen sink strainer insets, but they were the wrong sort, with a flexible rubber, “dangle down into the drainpipe” strainer, which was far too big. They said to try Bunny’s for smaller, bathroom ones, which we were going to do on our way home… then we looked around for the usual, ubiquitous Easter Egg and Easter Card kiosks, which always seemed to abound in shopping complexes around Easter time, and would you believe, we couldn’t find one anywhere! Where have they all gone? Sold out before Easter? I can’t believe that! They’re usually around for weeks afterwards, flogging their cut price, left-over chocolate eggs for… err…. for next Easter, perhaps? Anyway, we didn’t quite walk the length and breadth of the entire Knox City complex, but we did walk most of the length and breadth of it, both upstairs and downstairs, and didn’t see any sign of anything “Easter-ish” at all! Most peculiar, mamma! In the end we went to Sweet As to look for our Easter Eggs (mainly because we happened to be standing right outside it when we stopped looking around for the missing Easter Egg and Easter Card kiosks) so at least we have “token” Eggs for the kids! 🙂 We then made our way to the Pet Shop. which is outside, just around the corner from Adairs. We were looking for some fine sand for an incense bowl, which we found, so I’m looking forward to burning some nice incense later on, and I found my fish-net thingy, at long last! It’s not quite as big as I would have liked, and its handle isn’t terribly long, but it should do the trick! 🙂 I also asked the nice young lady behind the counter if there was any reasonably easy way to get rid of excess algae in ponds, fully expecting her to say apologetically that no, there wasn’t… but she didn’t! She said that first we should put up a bit of a sun-screen, otherwise it’ll just grow again, and secondly, there was some “bottled gunk” (she did tell us what it was, but I fergit what she said!) that we had to put in the water, every day for (however long she told us, which I also fergit!) and then once a week after that, to stop it from re-growing. We didn’t get any of this bottled gunk today though, because unless we have a half-way decent water filter system installed, we’d have to siphon the dead algae out – which for some obscure reason, Julian didn’t fancy doing! 😉 (yes, I do know how a siphon works, and I also know that if you’re not careful, you’re liable to get a mouthful of something that you’d really rather not have a mouthful of! Like dead algae…) But at least I have my net, now! 🙂 Well, we were going to be going to Bunny’s on the way home, but by this time my back had almost completely given out and I was in considerable pain, so we decided to leave Bunny’s for Saturday morning and just come straight home so that I could take some Panadol – and we forgot that we needed to get some more toilet paper! Oh well, I think we have enough to last us until Saturday…

Food stuffz: last night we had the rest of the left-over Chicken Provencale, which was a nice as – if not better than – it was the first time we had it! We had it on a bed of steamed rice, rather than with vegetables, and quite frankly, it was much better, served like that! I didn’t have a fig last night, I just had one of the Doncaster Hot Cross Buns – heated up in the microwave a bit this time, and with a scraping of butter on it – and again, it was very nice! Today we each had a Hot Cross Bun – toasted, and with a scrape of butter – for breakfast, and we had lunch at The Shingle Inn up at Knox City, where I had a BLT on Sourdough Bread (they make really nice BLT’s there – they’re not smothered in mayo, and they don’t drip mayo and/or salad dressing all over you when you pick them up to eat them “a la sandwich”) For dessert I had a flattish type of Brownie, which had runny chocolate sauce just underneath the icing – delicious! 🙂 Tonight we’re having lamb wrapped up in little filo pastry “packets” (no, I don’t know what they’re called, and neither does Julian) with our usual chips, half a tomato, and green beans. I’ll probably have another store-bought fig for dessert, unless the one that was hanging over our back fence is ripe enough to eat, and we’ll probably have another of our Doncaster Hot Cross Buns…

Weigh-in this morning. Was a disaster! Oh, I know it’s nearly all fluid – both my feet and my fingers were very swollen last night – and were still a bit puffy this morning! Apparently my body thinks that the weather is going to get very humid! (Oh please! I hope not!) But still, I was quite horrified this morning to find that I’d gone back up from 62.2kg to 63.0kg! Eight points! And I didn’t even eat or drink anything unusual all day! However, I was – and still am – terribly thirsty – and I virtually never get thirsty! I even had a second cup of tea last night, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever done before! Oh well, we’ll see how much more I go up tomorrow, after the BLT on Sourdough Bread, and the Brownie! Not good, with National Chocolate Eating Day around the corner on Sunday! 😦

Anyway, tomorrow is Good Friday, and we’re having Roast Lamb for dinner, with baked potatoes, baked pumpkin, green beans, and our ever-present half a tomato 😛 Hopefully we’ll get a fair bit of WoW-ing in too, because we certainly won’t get a chance to play on Sunday, or even Saturday, because we’ll be busy shopping and doing “other” things! I think we might have to make Monday our Sunday again… Oh, don’t forget! You Must Not Wash Anything On Good Friday! If you do, you’ll wash whoever’s clothes you washed, out of the house (some people say “out of your lives, permanently!”) so… just to be on the safe side, don’t wash anything, OK?! So, after all of that, that’s about it from me for tonight! Do remember to drop by again tomorrow night, and find out just what my stupid body thinks it’s doing, weight-wise, and whether or not we got any WoW-ing in. There’ll be lots of interesting news, and lots of amusing trivia for you all anyway, so don’t miss out! 🙂 Until then though, do try to bee good, remember that the bad news is time flies, but the good news is you’re the pilot, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep cool – or warm – depending on what you’re doing at the time… but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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