Winter’s log, earthdate 201604.27

09.43 am

I am so angry with Word Press that it almost defies belief – if I could find another semi-decent blog host I’d be outta here so fast they wouldn’t even be able to see my dust! When I wrote my blog on Monday night, everything was fine – no problems – all hunky-dory – but last night, when I went to write, I found that I couldn’t connect to Word Press – the page kept timing out – so I went and did something else for a while, thinking that everything would be back to normal in a few minutes. Half an hour later, nope, same problem. However, Julian could get to the site – and to my very favourite eldest daughter’s blog, and anywhere else to do with Word Press – it was only me that couldn’t – very strange! At first he thought it must be a “dns” problem (dns = domain name services – Google it, if you really want to know, but I’m too angry to fossick around for the information at the moment!) which does happen – though rarely – and is eminently fixable, but in this case, “fixing” it didn’t do anything – because the problem wasn’t the dns, it was [HEAVILY CENSORED] Word Press! We don’t know what they’ve done (their “Visit Counter” hasn’t been working properly for months!) but I can’t get to any part of Word Press at all, with anything other than Microsoft’s [censored] Explorer – which many years ago I vowed never to use again (it’s a long story for another time – maybe!) so not only have Word Press done something to prevent me from accessing my blog with any other browser than Microsoft’s Explorer, they’ve also made me break a vow, which is something that I will never forgive them for – ever!

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that yes, I am still alive, and no, I haven’t abandoned my nightly ramblings. We’re still working on the problem – I doubt that I’m the only blogger at Word Press suffering their latest debacle – and in the meantime, if any of you out there in Reader Land know of a decent blog host that has semi-decent themes and templates, or will let you design your own, please, please, let me know!

I’ll post this now, but will be back later this afternoon to fill you in on yesterday and today’s events! ciao for now – moi! 🙂

04.34 pm

This is just crazy! I’ve just tried to come back to add more to today’s writing, and once again, Word Press is being – is continuing to be – unresponsive and uncommunicative! It’s taking up to 45 seconds to locate my cursor, and over one minute to load the [censored] page! NOT good enough, Word Press! Today’s the last straw – I don’t really like Tumblr, but I went back to have another look at it this afternoon… and maybe… just maybe, it’ll be workable. It has free Themes as well as Premium ones (I wonder if they’re as expensive as the Premium Themes from Word Press!) When I do change my blog site (because now it’s not a matter of “if” I change my blog host, it’s a matter of “when” I move away from Word Press – I’m just fed up with them!) I’ll let you all know, OK?

Now, what’s been going on around here… yesterday, Tuesday, my very favourite eldest daughter came over, reasonably early, and we fairly quickly retired to the lounge room where we watched one episode of “Supergirl”, one episode of “The 100” (oooer! It’s getting really gruesome at the moment! The “bad” AI has taken over all the adults, another couple of favourites have been killed, and it’s not looking good for our young “tribe” of feisty adolescents!) another episode of “Orphan Black” (which is really an awesome show!) We had lunch, and then watched “Flash” and “Arrow” until Neale arrived to take Lee home – and by then it was dinner time, and that’s when I found out that Word Press had gone to live in la-la land and I got a little… upset with it.

After dinner (and television until 09.00 pm) Julian and I came back here to the Den, determined to start working really hard to get our Draenor Flying ability – and really, we’re doing terribly well! (well, so far, anyway!) There are five parts to it – the first is “Explore Draenor”, where you have to visit a certain number of places in each zone – we have completed this. Second, “Loremaster of Draenor”, in which you have to complete a series of quests in five of the seven zones (well, there’s Ashran as well, but I don’t think it’s a zone, per se.) – we’ve completed that, too! The third task is called “Securing Draenor”, in which you have to complete twelve “Assaults” on Enemy Strongholds around Draenor – we finished that off this morning 🙂 The fourth, which we’re two-thirds of the way through at time of writing, is called “Master Treasure Hunter”, which is in three parts: “Treasure Hunter”, where you have to find ten Treasures from around Draenor, except for the Tanaan Jungle (any Treasures will do – there are no “named” Treasures that you have to get in any of these three quests) “Expert Treasure Hunter”, where you have to find another 40 Treasures around Draenor (except the Tanaan Jungle) to make a total of 50 Treasures, because the first ten Treasures do count towards the total – they’re the “two-thirds” that we’ve completed. The last section is called “Master Treasure Hunter”, which is to collect 100 Treasures from around Draenor (once again, except for the Tanaan Jungle!) and again, the fifty Treasures that we’ve already collected count towards the total, so we only have another 50 to find! The fifth and final part of the grind to get our flying licences in Draenor, is called “Tanaan Diplomat”, and is the part that involves “Reputation”. You have to reach “Revered” status with three Tanaan Factions: The Saberstalkers, Order of the Awakened, and Hand of the Prophet… and as you all know, I finally reached “Exalted” with Hand of the Prophet, the day before yesterday, and was able to upgrade my Trading Post to level 3. Getting my Trading Post to level 3 means that I get an extra 20% to any Reputation that I earn in Draenor, and as I was already “Exalted” with Hand of the Prophet, that was one down, two to go (“Exalted” comes after “Revered”, you see 🙂 ) So we also worked on our Reputations today – so far I managed to tick off Hand of the Prophet, and I’m 71.4% through The Saberstalkers part, and 72.9% of the way through Order of the Awakened, so there’s not too much further to go before we can fly in Draenor! Not only that, but when Wynterthyme and Mouselet earn their wings, all of our other characters will be able to fly in Draenor too, without having to jump through all these hoops!

Anyway, on to the more important bits! 🙂

Food stuffz: yesterday for lunch I had a sandwich with basil-pesto hummus instead of butter, ham, low-fat Jarlsberg cheese, and tomato, made with the delicious Baker’s Delight whole-meal bread (did I ever mention that the crust is covered with sesame seeds? I love sesame seeds!) and for dinner we had re-heated left-over Lamb & Harissa Lasagne with Feta and Oregano, which was perhaps even nicer than it was when Julian first made it, because all the flavours had had a chance to permeate through everything! Delicious! 🙂 For dessert I had a small bowl of Coles-brand, very low-calorie, extremely delicious, Rice Pudding, with four little pieces of “peaches in natural juice”, and the very last piece of my cake (I’d though there was none left, but apparently I was mistaken! There was one piece still left over – not enough for both of us, but which Julian very generously allowed me to have last night – so “Thank you, Julian! T’was much appreciated!”) Lunch today was another ham sandwich – same type of bread – very tasty – with the basil-pesto hummus instead of butter, the ham, and this time the cheese was low-fat Halloumi, which I think is really one of the nicest cheeses you can get! Tonight we’re having chicken – I’m not sure how it’ll be cooked – probably pan-fried, with chips, beans, and the ubiquitous half a store-bought tomato. For dessert, I’ll have one of the Corella pears that Julian got yesterday, if they’re ripe enough, and either a low-fat fruit yoghurt, or some more sliced peaches on top of that yummy Rice Pudding. Julian didn’t make another cake today – we’ve been too busy working on our Draenor flying pre-requisites – but hopefully he’ll be able to make one tomorrow (otherwise I’ll have to make another one! 😉 )

Weigh-in yesterday morning. Was not good. I was most dejected… I went from 63.4kg to 63.7kg – up three points! I have absolutely no idea why – I haven’t done anything different, I haven’t eaten anything different – I guess my body suddenly just… felt like putting on three extra points of weight! I was not happy… :/

Weigh-in this morning. Was terrible! Well, it was partly my own fault, I suppose – when my very favourite eldest daughter is over, and we sit in the lounge room watching television, I don’t usually come into the Den until after she leaves in the evening, and yesterday was no different. And I forgot to take my second anti-fluid tablet at lunch time :/ with quite disastrous results! I went from 63.7kg – which was bad enough – to 64.0kg! Another three points! Well, I most certainly remembered my second anti-fluid tablet today, but it’ll probably take a couple of days to get rid of the excess fluid that I retained by forgetting it – and what’s even more worser is the fact that I go onto those horrible little fluid-retaining pills again on Sunday morning! I’m not happy! 😦 What with the Word Press fiasco, and forgetting that [mutter] tablet yesterday, I’m in a definite “Oh! Woe is me!” mood! *scowl*

Which brings me, finally, to tomorrow… I’m not quite sure what’s happening tomorrow – probably a bit more of the same as today, but not too much, because I know that Julian has a great deal of office work to do, and I’m also hoping that he’ll have time to make a cake. There are a lot of Treasures lying around doing nothing in particular in Shadowmoon Valley, and should be easy enough to find and get on my own (we have a special Addon which shows where all the Treasures are! 😉 ) The main reason we’ve been going around and getting them together is because (a) Julian navigates a lot better than I don’t, and (b) we can both get them at the same time which means that neither of us gets ahead of the other. It’s a type of Farming, I guess, and I’ve never been terribly good at Farming (I very quickly get too bored with it!) while Julian is a real whizz at it – so if he’s going to be “office-ing” tomorrow, I might just mosey around Shadowmoon Valley looking for Treasures – at least until I get bored, anyway 🙂 And that’s about it from me for tonight – I think I’ve pretty much caught you all up to date on what’s been happening around here – but do drop in again tomorrow night and see what we’ve been up to – hopefully I’ll have been able to set something up on Tumblr (or maybe not – last time I tried to organize something on Tumblr I just managed to get totally confused – we’ll see, anyway – but I am, truly, sick to death of Word Press!) Find out if remembering to take my second anti-fluid tablet has whittled my weight down a bit or not, and how much further we have to go to get our Flying licences in Draenor! Anyway, until then, please do try to bee good, remember that any progress that occurs is because some people dare to be different, don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm – or cool – depending on what part of the world you live in… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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