Winter’s log, earthdate 201604.10

05.15 pm

Sunday – and a fun day it’s been too! Last night I changed Arisnoë’s Faction, from being a member of the Horde, to a member of the Alliance! 🙂 And despite what the “instructions” said, I was able to choose my Race, as well as keep my name without having to change any of the letters or accents – so I’m really pleased about that! 🙂 I’m a Human now, and I’m now able to move around in my Garrison without getting hopelessly lost because everything’s so grubby and messy, clumsily built, dark and dingy, and quite frankly, ugly! Alliance Garrisons are much more betterer! 🙂 I didn’t get much of a chance to play with Arisnoë today – I got her into the Guild first thing this morning, and did a quick bit of a tidy-up of her bags and bank at lunch time – the rest of the time Wynterthyme and Mouselet held the Fort – or should that be Garrison now? This morning they did their Stable Training quests, and it’s surprising just how long they take to do! We each had six quests to do – four of those were the same – we both had to kill the same mobs – so we were able to complete them together, and have those “kills” counting for both of us. For the last two though, we had different mobs to kill, and we had to go from one side of Nagrand to the other to complete those, but it also gave us plenty of opportunities to collect ore for Mouselet, and trees (lumber) for me, so it was all good. We sleep in on Sundays, so we didn’t start on these quests until after 10 am – and it took us most of the morning to get them all finished! We also did our Daily Oil quest, and another one, which we ended up doing twice, because I hadn’t picked up the quest when I should have, and Mouselet couldn’t share it with me because it was a Garrison quest. The quest was to kill this giant worm, which looks something like the huge Sand Worms from the movie “Dune”. Has anyone reading this seen “Dune”? If not, go and Google “Dune sand worm”! 🙂 Very nasty! The quest recommends using three players, as this “worm” is a level 101 Gold Elite, and as I said to Julian, “well, we are more or less three players! You, me, and Swipe!” so fully expecting to die a horrible and painful death, we decided to give it a go anyway! So of we trotted, and found our Giant Worm (called “Tremor”) and lit into him. For a level 101 Gold Elite, he wasn’t all that tough, but his worst trick was to disappear into the earth, and summoning groups of what looked like giant lobsters to fight us. These giant lobsters swarmed onto the beach wearing what looked like skirts made of rope netting, which they dropped when they died. It looked very strange… The “skirts” was “pick-up-able”, and we weren’t quite sure what they were for, at first – it turned out that they were to throw over Tremor to stop him disappearing underground, and once we had that sorted out, it wasn’t all that hard to kill him, so after we’d danced on his carcass a bit, we were about to go off and do something else, but as our bags were still full of used Mount whistles, we went back to our Garrisons, got rid of the whistles, and I picked up the “Tremor” quest – then back we went, and did it all over again! 🙂 We stopped for lunch at around one o’clock, and while Julian was making the sandwiches, I tidied Arisnoë up a bit, and sent her Followers off on their new Missions.

After lunch, because Wynterthyme and Mouselet didn’t have any really serious or interesting quests to do (as opposed to the ordinary old “Daily” type quests) we decided to continue working our way through some of the old Dungeons from earlier expansions – the main one which peaked our interest was Karazhan – a Dungeon from “Burning Crusade”, the expansion that had just been released when we first started playing WoW, all those years ago! At the time, Karazhan was considered to be probably the toughest, hardest, and most important “Raid-type” Dungeon¹ in WoW. I only went along on one Karazhan run, and only managed to complete a very small section of it – it was busy, it was hard, and it was very confusing, with so much going on all around you. I was not sorry to leave! Julian did a lot more of it than I did, and he didn’t get more than about half way through it. Some players had a regular weekly Karazhan run organised, and for those involved in them, it was a Very Big Deal! Some of the drops were certainly well worth the fighting and the dying for, too! Anyway, off we went to Karazhan – just the two of us, and Swipe. We waltzed through the place, one-shotting everything, and having a great time! It’s really so good to go through those places and be able to look around at the magnificent art work that’s gone into the construction of these areas – it’s really worth seeing – which you can’t, when you’re up to your eyeballs in bloodthirsty ghosts and monsters! The loot that we picked up – worth your character’s multiple deaths, back then – but totally useless to us now – we Vendored (well I did, I don’t know what Julian did with his!) It was too low-level for me to even think of DE-ing it back at the Garrison, and not having an Enchanter, I didn’t have anyone else who could DE it for me – so I had to Vendor it 😦 After we’d gone through Karazhan like a dose of salts, we went on to do another two Dungeons from the next expansion – “Wrath of the Lich King” – the “Halls of Stone“, and the “Halls of Lightning” – we didn’t have time to do “Ulduar“, the third in that series of Dungeons – Julian says that it’ll take about two hours to do that one, even at our level, because there’s lots of Achievements to pick up there! Ooo-er! 😮 We’ll probably do that next week… We’ve both done the two Halls before – ages and ages ago – and as we were in a fairly large group (there were about ten of us, from memory) we didn’t fare too badly – but today we were actually able to see what the place looked like! I find it amazing that Blizzard go to such efforts to make the interiors of these Dungeons so absolutely splendid and spectacular, because who has time to look around and admire the scenery when they’re fighting for survival! It’s only now that we’re such a high level that we can get into and run these Dungeons with so much ease that we can see and appreciate the work that’s gone into them. Totally fantastic! 🙂

Food stuffz: last night we had beef sausages for dinner (no, I don’t know what brand they were – sorry!) with chips, green beans, and a whole, small home-grown tomato. For dessert I had one of my Corella pears, and a slice of Julian’s Babka – fresh baked that afternoon – with a small blob of low-fat cream. Lunch today was another sandwich made with the Coles-brand multi-grain, seed encrusted bread, sandwich sliced corned silverside, low-far cheese, and shredded lettuce – all extremely nice! And tonight being Sunday night, it’s omelets for dinner, with ham, home-grown tomato, spring onion, and low-fat Halloumi cheese (Julian really does make extremely nice omelets!) And for dessert, another Corella pear, as well as a slice of cake (with a little bit of low-fat cream!)

Weigh-in this morning. Was a bit surprising, actually! I went up two points, from 63.1kg to 63.3kg… it’s gotta be the cake! Maybe I shouldn’t be having the low-fat cream with it… hmm… I might have my slice tomorrow night without it, and see if that helps (I doubt it though!)

Every morning, before breakfast, I walk for half an hour on the treadmill – that’s 2 kilometers, at 3.8 kph. This morning I didn’t. This morning was Sunday, and my back, my hips, and both my arms were really sore – I dunno – maybe it’s the cold weather – though it’s never bothered my joins before! Anyway, it’s not my arm joints that hurt, it’s my arm bones, so I don’t think it’s anything to do with the colder weather – I’m just getting old. Anyway, so this morning I decided that if I walk 2 kilometers a day from Monday to Saturday, on Sundays I deserve a bit of a break, and I’ll only do a half walk – 1 kilometer in 15 point-something minutes, at 3.8 kph, and if my weight goes up half a ton, so be it! *scowl*

So it’s the end of another week – I’m not quite sure what’s happening tomorrow, except that K., our cleaning lady will be here in the morning, and I’ll be seeing Josh in the afternoon. Julian has a bit of shopping to do, and a lot of work in the office and his Commodore 64 Room – he actually got his C-64 up and running the other day, and after finding the right cables, even got a colour display up on the monitor! I’m quite looking forward to hearing the old Commodore games music again after so many years! 🙂 And that’s about it from me for this evening! Do drop in again tomorrow night and find out how things are progressing in the Garrisons, whether my weight went up again or not (if it did, I’ll be having my cake “sans crème” from now on!) and all sorts of other bits and pieces of varying degrees of interest – but until then, please try to bee good, remember that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm – or cool – depending on the weather… but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

¹Raid Dungeon – needing 10 to 20 players – usually more – to complete it. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!

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