Winter’s log, earthdate 201604.03

05.27 pm

Well, I’m finally here again! Thank you all for being so patient with me! I have no idea what was wrong with me yesterday, it just seemed as though all my words had dried up – and for once in my life, I honestly had nothing to say! The only other time I’ve been at such a loss for words was when my two very favourite daughters were very young – about 5 and 6 years old… and I got laryngitis! A pin dropping onto thick, shag-pile carpet made so much noise that you couldn’t hear me speaking – it was that bad! The kids, of course, thought it was all terribly funny!  I sure they thought that all their Christmases had come at once! Mummy couldn’t yell at them, or tell them not to do something that they jolly-well knew they weren’t allowed to do! I didn’t think it wasn’t funny at all! Oh, I could write things down to try to get them to do things, but although Lee could read – sort-of (because she was six, and took after me – a bookworm!) Kate was only just learning to read simple books – so there was no point in me writing down “Please ring Aunty Shiela and tell her I’ve got laryngitis, and can she come over, please?” because most of those words were outside of Lee’s – at that stage – fairly limited vocabulary! So, for this exercise, you should all consider yourselves to be very young children, and that Mummy had very bad mental laryngitis last night and couldn’t write anything – but she’s all better now, so you can all stop being naughty! 😉

Yesterday I mostly played WoW, this time concentrating on getting Wynterthyme organised, and running her Garrison properly. The addition of the Stables really keeps you running – every day there are at least five or more “quests” to go out and tame more animals, or to train them to behave appropriately when you’re in combat (like digging in their heels and standing firm while you’re attacking and being attacked, instead of running away in a panic – in training horses, it’s commonly called “bomb-proofing”) Some of the taming quests have been damned hard! You have to target and “tag” the required animal, which attaches a thick “rope” to your quarry, which then runs all over the place for up to forty-five seconds (but I can tell you, it sure seems like a lot longer when you’re doing it!) up hill, and down dale! Leaping over chasms, dodging around trees, or swimming off through a school of extremely hostile electric eels! If you can’t keep up, and the “rope” stretches too far, it “breaks”, and you have to start all over again!

Today, instead of doing our usual questing around Draenor, we did something completely different, and so totally civilised, I don’t know why we haven’t done them before! (I suppose probably because we haven’t been level 100 – and pretty much immortal – before!) Anyway, remember how I said ages and ages ago that Julian and I didn’t “do” Dungeons, Instances, or Raids, because you had to do them with a fairly large group of other players, which we didn’t like doing? Well, today Julian thought that we’d try some of the “Cataclysm” Dungeons (“Cataclysm” was the name of the expansion before last, and those Dungeons are for player levels 82 to 85) I was a little bit dubious – I know we tried to run a couple of Dungeons not that long ago, and the mobs just wiped the floor with us – but we went and tried them, anyway… I mean, what was the worst that could happen to us? Sure, we might die – but we’d get better again! 😉 So off we flew into the Cataclysm sunset, so to speak. I think we ended up doing them all! It was so easy! So “civilised”! We even had time to stop and look around, and admire the scenery! You can’t do that when you’re running a same-level Dungeon – you’re too busy just trying to stay alive! We were practically one-shotting everything, even the Big Bad Bosses! It was quite funny, actually – we’d get to the Boss fight, and the Boss would start to go into his (or her) Big Threatening Speech, about how Azeroth was Doomed, and we were going to be squashed like insects, or some such – and one of us (we took it in turns) would take a pot-shot at the Big Bad Boss, and he’d keel over, stone dead, still giving his Big Threatening Speech, as I happily started skinning¹ him (or her)! And so we waltzed through the Cataclysm Dungeons – maybe next week we could do some of the others – I’m not sure if we could handle the Pandarian ones, but we are level 100 now, after all, and… what’s the worst that can happen to us?! 😉

We’ll try to get our Dailies done tonight – I let my oil barrels stockpile up until I had over 3000 of them – I only started sending ships off on Missions again yesterday – and would you believe, I’m running low on oil again?!

And now on to the really important business of the blog 😉

Yesterday’s and today’s salient points:

Food stuffz: from what I can remember, anyway. Friday night we had a beautiful little piece of filet steak, with chips, beans, and half a home-grown tomato (which was yummy!) For dessert, I had the last of my Corella pears (we must get some more tomorrow!) and the very last (and also extremely small!) piece of the Flourless Chocolate Cake 😦 Last night – Saturday – we had chicken sausages for dinner, again with chips, green beans, and half a home-grown tomato (an Heirloom one this time – which are just as nice as the Black Russian ones!) For dessert I had no more fruit left, so I had to content myself with a small piece of Julian’s Banana Cake. For lunch today I had two Ryvita crispbreads, spread with some of my favourite basil-pesto hummus, with cucumber and red pepper batons, sandwich ham, and low-fat Jarlsberg Cheese piled on top of them – terribly awkward and messy to eat, but tasted brilliant! And tonight, being Sunday night, we’ll be having an omelet (yum!) probably with ham, spring onions, tomato, capsicum, and low-fat Halloumi cheese, which I’m looking forward to! I’ll most likely have another small slice of the Banana Cake for dessert, with one of the Dark Cacao Chia Pods (which look a bit odd, and I still think they have a really weird texture and “mouth feel” –  but they really taste nice! 😉 )

Weigh-in yesterday, and today. Is starting to improve a bit. My feet are still puffy, which I’m not at all happy about… However! So on Friday, I was 64.4kg… Yesterday (Saturday) I went down two points, from 64.4kg to 64.2kg. This morning, I went down another two points, from 64.2kg to 64.0kg, so hopefully I’m starting to get back to “normal”, now that I’m not eating chocolate and Hot Cross Buns with a little scrape of butter every day! It should be obvious, shouldn’t it, that if you eat chocolate, heavy desserts, and other such things, every day, that you’re going to put on weight – so why can’t so many people see this, and plan accordingly – Eat your chocolate, by all means – I need a dose of chocolate every now and then (or chocolate flavoured Chia Pods, anyway) but don’t eat (real) chocolate every day! Ditto cakes, and ditto anything that your common sense tells you you’re going to regret! So hopefully tomorrow I’ll be down a little more again – though of course, knowing my body, I’m just as likely to go up again! (*rolls eyes*)

Which once again brings us around to another Monday! I’m not quite sure what’s happening in the morning – no doubt I’ll be WoW-ing again (do I ever do anything else?) and hopefully, this time, getting back to Wïnter and maybe Shekinàh as well – as soon as I finish off the two Stables quests I still have (and then there’ll probably be another five to do!) however, I have caught up on most of Wynterthyme’s ordinary quests for the moment, so… cross your fingers that I’ll be putting young Wïnter through her paces tomorrow! 🙂 And, I’m afraid, that’s about it from me for tonight! Apologies again for last night, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes! Do call in again tomorrow night to find out just what I did get up to, whether my weight is still behaving itself or not, and if I’ve managed to find another cake recipe for Julian to make – because there’s not much Banana Cake left! Until tomorrow night though, please do try to bee good, don’t forget that we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak, and remember to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm – or cool – depending on the weather… but most importantly, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

¹skinning… only where applicable! No humanoids were skun… skinned? in the running of these Dungeons!

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