Winter’s log, earthdate 201606.18

03.54 pm

Well, here I am at last – once again, apologies for yesterday – we went over to Doncaster, even though Julian was feeling like death warmed up, and to be honest, I wasn’t feeling all that much better! But… we needed to get coffee, or else go without our favourite blend… and I think we’d both prefer to walk barefooted over an acre of broken glass, than to do without our favourite caffeine fix! The Dry Cleaning had to be picked up too, so moaning and groaning, we bundled ourselves into the car, and off we went… Oh, and in case any of you are wondering why I went along too, if I was really feeling so poorly… well, Julian must have been feeling bad enough that he felt he needed the moral support (he was a lot sicker than I was then) and he told me that it would “do me good to get out of the house!” – we could have lunch over at Doncaster, and I’d get to see the newly re-furbished Priceline shop (it’s been “under re-construction” for weeks, and I’ve been dying to see their new lay-out!) so, I tottered into the bathroom and put on some makeup, struggled into my torture devices shoes, and staggered out to the car. Well, we were out a hell of a lot longer than we’d thought we’d be, or had planned on, and by the time we got home, around 3.45 pm. – about thirty minutes before I should have started writing – I was so totally exhausted and dejected that I just couldn’t write. Normally the first thing we do when we get back from shopping trips like that one is have a cup of coffee, but yesterday afternoon we were both so completely spent that neither of us had enough energy to go into the kitchen and make two measly little cups of ruddy coffee! Talk about an acre of broken glass! Anyway, I was too bushed to write anything yesterday, and you know what?! You’re lucky to be getting this today, because I think you could now say that I have Officially contracted Julian’s dreaded lurgi! To quote my very favourite youngest daughter, when she gets ill, “I-feel-like-a-duck-that-is-dying!” 😦 But we must have done quite a bit of running around over at Doncaster – I know we went to lots of different places, and I was doing a lot of just “standing around”, which really aggravates my lower back – because this morning on the treadmill, I was getting pains in my lower spine! That has never happened on the treadmill before! Sure, the blisters on my feet hurt on the treadmill, my arms ache a lot on the treadmill, and even my arthriticky fingers holding the treadmill’s handles ache, but never my lower spine! That usually reserves itself for when I’m, ahh… free-walking – around a shopping centre with nothing to hang onto like I do on the treadmill, if you see what I mean… Oh well, we’ll see how it goes tomorrow – it’s probably all just part and parcel of this dreaded lurgi of Julian’s that I’ve caught, and I’ll be better tomorrow! 🙂 One thing though, while I was meandering around the new and improved Priceline (and it is very much a “new and improved” Priceline, too!) a nice young woman bounced up to me and said “Oh, I love your hair! It’s a fantastic colour and it looks fabulous! I’m a hairdresser, you see, and I keep an eye out for good hair!”, and with a friendly wave of her hand, she bounced off again! It left me smiling 🙂 So Josh, if you’re reading this, your work is still being noticed and admired,  wherever I go – and I won’t even charge you commission for being a walking advertisement for you! 😉 (but maybe you should get some business cards made up!)

Today has been pretty much a nothing sort of day – neither of us felt like taking Xãnthe and Jemimah out – our brains were too fuzzy for that, though we both played a bit of half-hearted WoW – and I got Phoenìx up another couple of levels, and I went and wrote down every single character in the Wynterthyme Account, and every single character on the Tinselfluff Account, and I’ve been putting them in a big chart. I’m not exactly sure why I’m doing this – I delete and create characters pretty much at the drop of a hat – but this time I really want to keep track of how many character each Account has – you’re allowed 50 characters per account – and the Wynterthyme account is going to need at least one or two character slots for when the new Expansion goes live, in August or September, I think – because for the first time you’ll be able to create Gnome Hunters, and I want to make a couple! 🙂 At the moment, the Wynterthyme Account has 44 characters in total, and the Tinselfluff Account has 19 characters, so unless I go completely overboard with character creation between now and when the Expansion goes live, I should have plenty of room to create a couple of Gnomish Hunters! 🙂

And that’s really about all that’s happened to us over the last couple of days, so I can now get on to all the “good bits”! 😉

Food stuff: yesterday we had lunch at the Shingle Inn in Doncaster – it seems to have changed hands, but the food is still as good as it was the last time we were there. I had my usual BLT on Sourdough, but instead of my usual two small éclair-type thingies, I had a chocolate and caramel slice – the same sort as Julian had when we ate at the Shingle Inn at The Glen the other day – and it was really, really delicious! Last night for dinner we had some more of the Three Island Beef sausages, with chips, our usual half a tomato, and peas! Peas! We haven’t had peas for (quite literally!) years! Too much starch/carbohydrate in them, or something… And for dessert, I had my usual – a Corella pear, and a small bowl of that really divine Coles-brand, very low-calorie, Rice Pudding. Today for lunch we had another sandwich made with the very tasty whole-meal bread, this time with real butter (instead of our usual butter substitute of basil-pesto hummus) some very nice sliced sandwich ham, tomato, and cheddar cheese – all very nice indeed! Tonight we’re having the last of the frozen left-over Lamb and Harissa Lasagne, as Julian’s feeling too debilitated to want to stand around messing up the stove, and cooking a proper meat and three veg. dinner – and the Lamb and Harissa Lasagne suits me just fine too, as I feel too debilitated to sit around eating a proper meat and three veg. dinner! And for dessert, I’ll have another of my Corella pears, but I won’t be able to have my usual Coles-brand, very low-calorie, scrumptious Rice Pudding, as I ate the last of it last night 😥 and I’ll have to rough it with a small tub of low-fat yoghurt instead! 😥 Hopefully we’ll be well enough to rectify that situation by tomorrow! 😉

Weigh-in yesterday morning. Well, it could have been worse, I suppose… I have been doing a lot of “eating out”, so to speak… I went from 64.6kg to 64.7kg. Up one point… and, after yesterday at Doncaster…

Weigh-in this morning. Was a bit surprising, for two reasons! The first being, of course, that I had the BLT on Sourdough, which was cut fairly large, actually, and then I had that yummy chocolate and caramel slice, which was just the way I like my slices – thick, and gooey, and rich! And then I had sausages and chips and peas for dinner! The second surprising thing this morning was that when I got on the scales, fully expecting to have gone up at least about half a kilo, they dithered around a bit, as though they couldn’t make up their mind about how harshly to judge my gluttony of the day before, and they finally settled on… 64.8kg. I was a bit surprised – I thought that I would have gone up more than just one point, and I was just about to hop off the scales, when all of a sudden, they suddenly changed their mind and went… back to 64.7kg, the same as yesterday! I clambered off, and then hopped back on again. This time they went straight to 64.7kg, with no dithering or shilly-shallying – so it was either this dreaded lurgi of Julian’s that melted the poundage off the big lunch that I’d eaten, or it was all the walking and standing about that wrecked my back yesterday that kept the poundage off! Hey! Maybe that’s the secret to weight loss, and I should do a bit more walking and standing about, and making my back hurt abominably! 😉 Anyway, this morning I was boring again, and went from 64.7kg to 64.7kg, so that’s good, isn’t it! 🙂

There’s really not all that much to tell you – Julian has managed to get us tickets to go and see the Warcraft movie next Tuesday at 3.30 pm at Century City Gold Class, which I’m really looking forward to, Flipper has been sulking down at the foot of the bed, instead of up between our heads, for reasons known only to her dear little self, 30% of the Fish House water was changed over this afternoon, and Auric and Dapple seem fine. Julian and I aren’t fine – but I’m quite sure we’ll both be all better by tomorrow – and that’s about it from me again for this evening! Do call in again tomorrow night to see what we’ve been up to, and whether or not we were well enough to have our usual Sunday in Draenor, or Azeroth, or wherever, if my weight went up or down or stayed the same (heaven forbid!) and what other adventures, if any, that we found ourselves embroiled in – but until then, please do try very 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 part of the way… and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry, especially in this ultra changeable weather… but above allplease don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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