Winter’s log, earthdate 201603.31

01.34 pm

It’s the end of my lunch break, and I’m feeling… freed, somehow – because I’m no longer tethered to Easter Eggs and chocolates! That’s right, I’ve just eaten my last two Easter Eggs – one small Lindt one, and one medium-sized Haigh’s one – I’d actually opened up the Lindt one last night, and taken a healthy bite out of it, when Julian yelled at me “Don’t eat that now!” – something about eating that much protein? carbohydrate? whatever! so close to going to bed – apparently it prevents you from going into ketosis, or something. Mind you, most people don’t go into ketosis when they go to sleep at night, in fact it was my understanding of ketosis¹ that it only occurred when your body started to burn body fat instead of ingested carbohydrates and proteins – like I was when I was on the Optifast diet (in fact I think I was pretty much in a constant state of ketosis while I was on the Optifast – and I probably stayed in a state of almost permanent ketosis, for a lot longer than is considered wise, or safe, by most doctors – but hey! It did the trick, and I’m still perfectly healthy! 😉 ) So in glum disappointment, I put the Lindt Easter Egg back in the plastic box that I’d been storing it in, and left it until this morning. I opened up the Haigh’s one about ¾ of an hour ago, and now it’s all gone too! 🙂 Now I can start having Ryvita crispbread and low-fat ricotta cheese, and start concentrating on shedding some of this Easter Weight! Ahhh… once we’ve finished off what’s left of the Flourless Chocolate Cake, that is – which should only take two or three nights. I’m not counting the Banana Cake as that wasn’t “Easter fare”, and I don’t think it’s nearly as “fat producing” as the Easter Eggs and the Flourless Chocolate Cake. We’ll work our way slowly through the Banana Cake when we’ve finished the FCC one – and besides, most of the Banana Cake has been frozen, so we can eat it as slowly as we like, without it going “off”! 🙂

Anyway, I’m back off to WoW – we did our “Oil Dailies”, so I now have enough barrels of oil to at least send a couple of ships out on Missions…

More later –

¹Ketosis – paragraph 2 is the pertinent part – so in this case, ignore paragraph 1, unless you’re Diabetic…

11.05 pm

Back again – after a rather grueling day getting used to having Stables in my Garrison! Well, Wynterthyme’s Garrison, then – I decided to swap my Dwarven Bunker – which took Garrison Resources and turned them into interesting Armor and Weapons upgrades for my Followers – for about the only useful Building that would fit in its place – the Stables! The main advantage of having the Stables is that you develop the ability to interact with “thingz” without dismounting. Gentle Readers, this might not seem like a Big Deal to you, but I can assure you, it does to us players! If you’re galloping around the countryside and see a tree that you can cut down, or a herb that you can pick, or a dead animal that someone else has looted but not skinned – normally you have to dismount to cut, pick, skin, or loot, and because mounting isn’t “instantaneous”, this can get terribly irksome! You still have to dismount to fight (or shoot at) something, but other than that, you can stay on your ride and just lean over to do whatever it is you’re doing, except, as I said, for fighting. The Stable Masters do give you somewhat weird quests though – “Here! Take this special lasso and capture a Young [insert name of strange animal here] Don’t let it get too far away, and just follow it around until it’s Tamed” – so there you go, tethered to this weird-looking animal, charging around the countryside, following it, and dragging a bit of a train of killer wolves and whatnot behind you, for I suppose… oh, up to a minute? a minute and a half? Then, all of a sudden, the tether vanishes, the animal stops running, the train that was following you disappears into thin air, and hey, presto! one of the Stable Masters materialises in front of you and walks off with the newly tamed [insert name of strange animal here] It’s all very simple, really… Anyway, I’ve been using my hard-won Garrison Resources to buy sacks of Smuggled Gold, which, as their name suggests, are full of… gold! What’s more, opening up these sacks to get the gold is counted as “looting”, so I’m steadily creeping closer to the 2,500 gold I need in order to upgrade my Storehouse (read: “Banking Chambers”) to level 3. I only need to loot another 400 gold… *sigh* Of course, I still have to become “Exalted” with one of the Draenic Factions in order to upgrade my Trading Post to level 3 (which will mean that I can start building an Auctioneer, so that I don’t have to go back to Stormwind if I want to use the Auction House! Won’t that be très cool!? 🙂 ) and in this particular case, I just might die of old age first! :/

Food stuffz: last night we had beef sausages, chips, green beans and half a tomato, and for dessert, I had one of my Corella pears, and a small-ish slice of the beautiful Banana Cake that Julian made yesterday afternoon. This morning saw us back to our normal breakfast of Uncle Toby’s VitaBrits, 200g extra bran, half a sliced banana, and 200 ml of low-far A2 milk, as all the Hot Cross Buns have been eaten (*cry*) until Easter next year, and for lunch I had a sandwich featuring the extremely nice Coles-brand multi-grain bread, with tandoori chicken sandwich chunks. Tonight we had pan-fried lamb backstraps, with steamed rice and finely chopped spring onion, half a home-grown Black Russian tomato – which was delicious – a tiny bit “tangy”, plenty of “flesh” to it, firm, but juicy – mmmm! 🙂 and green beans. For dessert I had another of my Corella pears – I think it must have been that the first one I ate wasn’t quite ripe, and that was why the skin tasted a little bit “bitter” – because the one I had last night, and the one I had tonight, were both very nice, and not a bit bitter! We also had a very small slice of the Flourless Chocolate Cake, and I could see when Julian was putting the rest of it away that there’ll barely be enough for another slice each tomorrow night – so that’s almost all out of the way now, too! 🙂

Weigh-in this morning. Still horrible – and what’s more, my feet haven’t been this swollen for quite some time! :/ So, while I thoroughly enjoyed Easter, and will definitely repeat the enjoyment next year, I’m very glad it’s over for this year! I went up from 64.1kg yesterday, to 64.5kg today! Four points! Dreadful! At this rate, I will be reaching for the Optifast again! :/

So there we go – that’s about all I have for you tonight, but do drop in again tomorrow night to see what’s been happening around here, how my Garrisons are going, and if my weight’s still going up – or maybe it’ll start going down again now – who knows? Until tomorrow night though, please do try to bee good, remember – don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how! and don’t forget to always drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep warm – or cool – depending on the weather… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂