Well, Word Press has finally decided to behave itself – for now! That doesn’t mean that I’m not getting the hell outta here just as soon as can find a suitable blog host though! I went back and had another look at Tumblr last night, thinking that perhaps one of their “free” template thingies might make it look a little better – but I don’t think that’s terribly likely. Tumblr seems to have one very skinny column in which to write, and the rest is ads or rubbish that I don’t need or want – and yes, I am aware that I can pay for “Premium”, which will take away the horrible ads and logos – or so they tell me – but it’s just going to give me the same stupid skinny column in which to write, and a whole lot of empty waste space that I can’t use! Why is it that nearly all blog templates give you a mingy little column for your text, even when you put all your Widgets in the “footer” area!? Please don’t try to tell me that it’s to accommodate all browsers, all fonts, and all screen resolutions, because the program (or script) they use should be able to adjust automatically Oh well, I’ll keep on looking! I believe that it’s possible to run a Word Press blog from our own host or server – Julian says that we can run one from our file drive, where at least I’d be able to access it without getting cut off at the knees – but apart from that, I don’t know whether it might make things even worse (Visit Counter, access to new Templates, etc., etc.) However, as I said before – I’m still looking! (and whistling Dixie while I’m at it! )
This morning Julian took Mouselet out to do a bit of “general farming”, while I galloped Wynterthyme around Shadowmoon Valley and south Gorgrond, looking for Treasures! This is how these sorts of things usually go, when it comes to these “Farming” type sessions: it took me all morning to find 20 Treasures… it took Julian and Mouselet about twenty minutes to pick up forty of them! I think he’s now finished all his Treasure hunting (I last heard him very smugly crowing “99!”) while I still have about another thirty to go! S’not fair! *pout* Oh well, I’ll see if I can talk him into coming around with me this evening so that I can get the rest of my Treasures… cos I won’t get much of a chance tomorrow – Josh is coming over tomorrow morning and I’m having my hair re-coloured, which always seems to take “forever”, but looks fabulous when it’s done 🙂
Not very much else has been happening around here, though this morning I made the mistake of reading an article in The Age about how the (so-called!) “experts” have now declared that the evidence proving that smacking children leads to everything from diminished learning capabilities and mental disorders, to resorting to violence to solve problems when they become adults, is now considered to be incontrovertible. The thing that got me annoyed enough to send in a reply to this article was the fact that in one breath they’re talking about “a smack”, and in the next, they’re talking about administering “a spanking”. I felt obliged to ask them to please define a “smack”, as opposed to a “spanking” – because if they’re talking about a single, smart, not-too-hard “smack” to the fully clothed backside as doing all this harm to children, then I have to very strongly disagree with them. If, on the other hand, they’re referring to a “spanking”, where the child is upended over the adult’s knee, their pants pulled down, and a series or a succession of hard smacks are dealt to the bare buttocks, then they just might have a valid point. Anyway, to send in my reply to the article, I had to register with their Facebook page – which annoyed me all over again. I know that in this day and age you can’t be too careful about who you allow to write on your Timeline – but what’s the point of sending the latest post on your Parenting Page to The Age, for publication, if you’re going to insist that anyone interested in putting forward their views register on your Facebook page? After all, the person responding to your post has to be registered with The Age, in order to be allowed to reply to any article in that Tabloid – er, sorry, I meant “newspaper”! 😉 Whatever happens, I’ll be quite interested to see if anyone replies to my reply…
And now to some more interesting bits and pieces!
Food stuffz: last night for dinner we had chicken breasts, dipped in beaten egg and then in seasoned flour, then shallow fried in a mixture of olive and canola oils. The trick is in the seasoning you use in the flour! 😉 which is usually an ancient family secret, passed down from father to son, or from mother to daughter, for generations! I don’t know what herbs and spices Julian used (because it’s a secret, remember!) but whatever they were, the chicken was delicious! With the chicken we had green beans, chips, and the ubiquitous half a store-bought tomato. For dessert, I had another small bowl of the lovely Coles-brand, very low-calorie, delicious Rice Pudding, with a few pieces of sliced peaches in natural juice spooned over the top. Julian didn’t make a cake yesterday, he made one today, so we’ll both have a slice of that for dessert tonight. Unfortunately, I think my Corella pears are going to take another day or two to be fully ripe, so I’ll just have to be patient a while longer. Today for lunch I didn’t have another sandwich, I had a wrap, basil-pesto hummus, ham, tomato, red capsicum batons, and Halloumi cheese – very delicious, but also very messy to eat, as everything wants to fall out the other end of the wrap! For dinner tonight we’re having a reprise of the left-over Lamb & Harissa Lasagne with Feta and Oregano – I think it’s the last of it, but I’ll get Julian to make another one soon! As soon as I get the recipe for it transcribed, I’m going to post it, along with a few others 😉 to a new Page I’ll be creating, called “Recipes” – look for it in the top menu, real soon! For dessert we’ll have a slice of Julian’s new cake, which I believe is his version of the mixed peel one that I made last time – and we’ll both probably have a small tub of low-fat fruit yoghurt.
(ow! I was just trying to get comfortable on my chair and I banged my knee on the edge of the desk – *sigh* and another bruise is born! *pout* that’s the trouble with Warfarin – you bruise so terribly easily!)
Weigh-in this morning. Was much more betterer, because I did remember to take my second anti-fluid tablet at lunch time yesterday! So I went from 64.0kg to 63.5kg – down a whole five points! Those anti-fluid tablets are a bit like the proverbial “horse-shoe nail” – so many unwanted consequences arising from such a small moment of thoughtlessness and I’m very happy to be able to report that I did remember to take my second anti-fluid pill today! 😉
So that brings me to tomorrow – as I said, I’ll be starting early and having my hair re-coloured (I can’t wait, cos it’s looking a little faded and “wan” at the moment! 🙂 ) Hopefully my second short cape should be arriving tomorrow too – I got an email yesterday saying that it had been dispatched, and I think it only has to come from Richmond (well, Richmond is where the My Size “Seconds” shop is anyway, so I would presume that their warehouse would be somewhere near by…) But yanno, isn’t it always the way! When I bought that short cape, it was cold, and it kept me nice and warm and toasty, and I didn’t grizzle and complain about being cold while we were watching television that evening – which was why Julian told me to get a second one – and since then, it’s been too ruddy warm to need a cape in the evenings! It’s quite an annoyment! *frown* So anyway, that’s really about it from me for this evening! Flipper is well, Auric and Dapple are also well – it’s fun to see the way they swim over and up to the surface when I come over to their Fish Home – they know my shape, and that that’s the shape that puts dinner in their water, and they get all excited, coming up and blowing bubbles on the surface, waiting for their food! 🙂 For ordinary old goldfish, they’re really very pretty, especially Dapple (s/he’s the smaller of the two) with his or her little “silver dollars” on his or her flanks! Anyway, don’t forget to drop in again tomorrow night, to see how my weight’s going, whether my second short cape arrived, and how my hair turned out! 🙂 Until then though, please try extra hard to bee good, remember that freedom is not overcoming what you think stands in your way, it is understanding that what is in your way is a part of the way, and don’t forget to always drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep cool – or warm – depending on where you are and what you’re doing… but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂