Winter’s log, earthdate 201606.01

04.14 pm

Here I am, nice and early for a change – and with not very much to tell you all! We didn’t go out shopping today, either, because we got a late night SMS from our Lawnmowing/Gardening-type person, wanting to know if he should turn up today or not because – let’s face it – it’s not exactly “growing” season, is it! Anyway, he hadn’t been here for a couple of weeks, so we thought that maybe he should do a little bit of a general “tidy-up” around the garden. We thought that we could go out after he’d finished, as he generally comes around lunch time – but what with one thing and another, plus the fact that I absolutely hate to feel rushed when I’m shopping – good heavens! What if I missed out on a really nice handbag, or a nice jumper, or a fantastic bargain, or something, just because I didn’t have time to stop and look! 😦 I’d be most put out! 😡 In other words, I decided that it would be much more betterer if we went tomorrow morning, right after breakfast, when we could take our time walking around, and relax, and not have to miss out on anything because we were rushed! I do have a vague sort-of plan floating around in my scatter-brain – Julian needs one or two new jumpers – everything he’s got at the moment is about two to three sizes too big for him! I need to get some new bath towels – with very few exceptions, all of ours are hand-me-downs from my mother – and a couple of them even date back to her mother! So I want to get some new towels – ideally, I’d like to get Turki$h towels – they’re so nice and soft – and thin! I don’t really like big, thick towels – they’re too big and bulky for my increasingly arthritic-y hands – but the really good Turki$h towels are a little on the expensive side, though you can be lucky sometimes and find them on an “On Sale” table (see what I meant about rushing, and possibly missing out on a fantastic bargain?!) I need to get a proper waterproof mascara – the one that the girl sold be in the Channel shoppe (a) isn’t really brown, it’s a “black/brown”, and (b) it’s not ruddy waterproof at all! It smudges and runs just as much as the other Channel mascara I have does! I tried Googling “brown waterproof mascara” this morning, and it was quite depressing – I was given just about anything and everything to do with black waterproof mascara, but the word “brown” seemed to have skipped their attention, somehow. Oh well, I think it means that I’m going to be doing a lot of foot-slogging from booth to booth, and from little shoppe to little shoppe – the trouble with the big stores like Myer and David Jones is that in a stupid and wasted effort to cut costs and save money, they’ve put off a lot of their staff, and – especially around in their makeup department – only kept about three or four girls on (most of whom appear to be at lunch, or on their break, when you need or want assistance!) to service all of the different little cosmetic booths (kiosks? stalls? shoppes?) The result of this, of course, is that none of them are really familiar with any particular product – they do have a vague idea of who has what and how to use it, but they don’t know how much it is, or even which drawer they’re kept in – so unless you know exactly what to ask for – including the product number – they’re really not much help at all! From my extensive research this morning 😉 I believe that Cover Girl might have a brown waterproof mascara (though it might be only in the US that they have it – none of the sites were terribly clear on that, even though I do append “au” or “australia” to the search field) and I think (hope!) that Yves Saint Laurent has one too – so at least I have a starting point! Talking about Google, remember I was telling you yesterday how I ended up using Google Docs to write up my list of vegetables to plant, and to transcribe that recipe? Well, they have their own fonts that you can choose for your document – and there’s a hell of a lot of them too – including some very nice ones, which being the fontaholic that I am, I immediately decided that I simply had to have! So I went looking for them, thinking that they’d either have been made “exclusively” for Google Docs, or readily available, but prohibitively expensive… imagine, then, my utter delight to find out that not only were they readily available, but free, too! 😎 One is called Architect’s Daughter, and the other one, which is a “family” of three fonts – Delius, Delius Unicase, and Delius Swash Caps – I rather think I’m going to be using them a lot in recipes and lists! 🙂

So we stayed home and I got Phoenìx up to level 43 and a half, I finished off the Western Plaguelands and moved on to the Eastern Plaguelands, which as I was saying yesterday, are equally as horrid and nasty as the Western ones – but I seem to be handling everything that they’ve been throwing at me – and I only died once, which was my own fault because I hadn’t read the quest properly, and I really didn’t have any idea as to what I was supposed to be doing – so as a consequence, I got overwhelmed by vicious, blood-thirsty skeletons, and died! 😐 Hopefully I’ll get time to play a bit more later on – I’d like to get Phoenìx up to level 44 tonight, because I probably won’t get much of a chance to play tomorrow, but I guess we’ll see… Actually I’m just a trifle cheesed-off with WoW at the moment – it must be school holidays or something over in the US, because there are so many people running around that the whole game is bordering on the unplayable! At one point, I had to run through a long tunnel, killing monsters as I went, and collecting some sort of green goo from the dead monsters. Now normally, re-spawns are reasonably quick – especially if the game detects a lot of players in the same area – but today there were so many small groups doing that particular quest that the re-spawns simply couldn’t keep up! It ended up with all those two or three person groups, roughly lining up and running through the tunnel – trying to get a shot in and “tag” the monsters ahead of us first, before anyone else could – then we’d have to stand and fight the monster we’d tagged, while everyone else ran on ahead of you, getting their shots in first – etcetera, etcetera! That particular quest should have taken me about three minutes to do – if not less… (I’ve done it fairly often before with other characters!) today it took me over half an hour, I kid you not, and I was not pleased! 👿

Julian went up to check the mail in the PO Box this afternoon, and to do a bit of grocery shopping – the two turtle-neck T-shirts I ordered the other day had arrived, so I’ll have something to wear tomorrow when we do go shopping, and when he got home, he made a cake! 😀 wasn’t that thoughtful of him! I’m so looking forward to having a slice tonight!

And so on to the good bits! 😉

Food stuffz: Last night we had the lamb leg steaks for dinner – pan-fried in a small amount of onion-infused olive oil and home-grown rosemary leaves, and served on a bed of steamed rice with finely chopped home-grown spring onions and some diced store-bought yellow capsicum mixed through it. It was very delicious! Hopefully we’ll have it a little bit more often! For dessert I had my last Corella pear, and a small tub of low-fat passionfruit yoghurt. For lunch today we had wraps, with the delicious basil-pesto hummus, cold, sliced sandwich roast beef, Halloumi cheese, and red capsicum batons – a little messy to eat, but yummy, all the same! Tonight we’re having the Three Island beef sausages, with chips, green beans, and our usual half a tomato, and for dessert, I’ll have one of the new Corella pears that Julian got this afternoon – if they’re ripe enough – and a slice of cake (*drool*) and if the pears aren’t ripe enough, I’ll have a small bowl of the delicious Coles-brand, very low-calorie Rice Pudding, and the piece of cake! 😉

Weigh-in this morning. Was a bit weird! The scales haven’t done this for a long time! I hopped on the scales – 64.2kg, the same as yesterday. Then, as I always do, I hopped off the scales, then hopped back on them again – just to make sure, you know? They “said” (read: “showed me” – they’re not talking scales!) 64.0kg! I did a bit of a double-take, hopped off, and hopped back on again, for the third time. 64.2kg OK, and one more time for luck – 64.2kg. So, my weight decided to tease me a bit this morning, but I actually stayed the same as yesterday, which is better than going up, I suppose! 🙂

And that brings me to tomorrow, when hopefully we really will go shopping. Jumper for Julian. Towels for me. That “Army-disposal-type store” for socks for both of us! Julian keeps his toe nails nice and short, but he goes through socks like nobody’s business! Just about every night he has holes in the ends of his socks, and we can’t work out why! So I thought we might try the extra-thick hiking and camping socks that they used to sell there – and I could do with some new socks like those for my treadmilling every morning! I think my walking socks are wearing a bit thin, as I’m starting to get blisters again! So, we need jumpers, towels, socks, brown waterproof mascara… and I’m quite sure that I’ll be able to think of a few other things between now and then – but for the nonce, that’s about it from me for this evening! 🙂 However, do call in again tomorrow night, to find out what my weight’s doing this time, whether we got everything on our shopping list, where Phoenìx is up to, and how Flipper, Auric and Dapple are getting along! Until then though, do try to bee good, remember that what we have to learn to do, we learn by doing, and don’t forget to keep warm and dry in this cold winter weather, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourselves… but please, above all, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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