Winter’s log, earthdate 201606.26

05.05 pm

Here I am, fresh from Xãnthe’s new Garrison! 🙂 Yes, we made it to level 90, right on schedule, and then, with rather an unseemly haste, we proceeded to ditch all the brand-new Pandarian quests we’d just accepted, and high-tailed it back to Orgrimmar, to take the rather handy-dandy Portal there through to the Blasted Lands, and our passage to Draenor! Yayyy! Once you actually pass through the Dark Portal, the quests that take you from the Blasted Lands all the way through to Draenor are the same for both the Alliance and the Horde, but once there, things suddenly become very, very different! Having done quite a few “passages to Draenor”, with both Alliance and Horde characters, I think I can safely tell you that the Horde experiences and quests are a lot harder and more fraught than their equivalent Alliance experiences and quests – no doubt about it! Anyway, there we were, just setting up our brand new Garrisons, when we got sent out on dozens of quests – well, it felt like dozens of quests, anyway – while our Little Fortress in the Wilds was being set up and organised for us. Being able to fly from the get-go this time was a true blessing! When Arisnoë first arrived in Draenor, flying wasn’t available to any of my characters – Wynterthyme still had all the fancy Reputation Requirements to get, and all the convoluted quest hoops to jump through, before flying around became more than just a glint in our collective eyes! But this time? If we needed to hack and slash our way through bands of bloodthirsty savages to get to the top of a mountain, in order to pick up a book of poetry for some quest giver? No problemo! We could just fly over all the bloodthirsty savages, and almost land right on top of the book of poetry! Easy-peasy! 🙂 (Note: there was no book of poetry to fetch down from a mountain top, I simply used that totally fictitious scenario as an example of how much easier questing is when you can fly!) We both leveled up a bit more – we’re now level 91, and nearly 3/4 of the way through to level 92, and I’m really looking forward to next week’s little bash! 🙂 Julian died once, in the middle of a very tough (a recommended three-man quest!) Boss fight that we’d picked up from a “Wanted” Poster, but immediately self-rezed and continued fighting, and eventually we did get that particular Boss down… And I also died once! Not my fault though (well, maybe it was – I didn’t have to let Jemimah fly me back to the Garrison!) We were flying back to our respective Garrisons on Julian’s passenger-carrying dragon, and I’d said to him (Jemimah) “Fly low, because I’ll probably get jettisoned as soon as we cross into Garrison air space!”, and sure enough, I was! All would have been well, but the point at which I got jettisoned was on the edge of a very, very, high cliff! Julian thought he was low enough, and had enough space between us and the edge of the cliff – however flying tandem like that, I’m further back on the dragon’s neck, and when I was jettisoned, I fell, just barely missing the edge of the cliff, and of course I just continued plummeting, down… down… down… all the way to the bottom of the cliff, whereupon… I fell over, and died! :/ But that’s alright – I got better! 😉

We slept in this morning – the only day of the week where we give ourselves an extra half hour of nice warm doona – and when we got up, the sun was shining, and it looked as though it was going to be a beautiful day – so there was a bit of discussion as to whether we’d sacrifice our WoW Day, and go Nursery-hopping to get things to plant in our veggie beds, and so forth – but WoW won the day, and if the weather isn’t too terrible, we’ll go and do our plant shopping on Wednesday morning – so please cross your fingers for us, and if all goes well on Wednesday, we shall be forever grateful to you all! 😉

Julian has to go to the Dentist again tomorrow… He had a root canal filling done about a year and half ago, and that tooth has never really settled down again since – though he says (trying to sound as hopeful as possible!) that “perhaps it’s the tooth next to the one that had the root canal!” Well, we’ll see, but in the meantime, he has to go to the Dentist again tomorrow afternoon, and see what’s up with that part of his mouth! On Tuesday, my very favourite eldest daughter will be over, and the Nice Man who owns my Treadmill is coming over to give it a quick service, as it’s been here for a bit more than ten months! (I can hardly believe it! Me! Lazy old Winter! Has walked 2 kilometers a day, at 4 kilometers an hour, on a treadmill, for a bit over ten months! Whoever would have thunk it! I certainly wouldn’t!!) Actually, to be perfectly truthful, when I first got the treadmill, I was walking on a flat treadmill for twelve minutes a day, at about 2 kilometers an hour – and as I started getting a bit fitter, I started increasing the slope of the treadmill (it’s an adjustable one) the speed at which I walked, and the length of time that I walked. The treadmill is now as steep as it will go (on setting “10” – but please don’t ask me what the angle is, coz I don’t know! Actually, I’ll ask Mr. Nice Man when he comes on Tuesday, and tell you all on Wednesday, how does that sound? 😉 ) The treadmill is set at its steepest angle, and I’ve been walking at 4 kilometers an hour for months, now… Mondays to Fridays, I do 2 kilometers. On Saturdays and Sundays I do slightly less – I do 1.55 kilometers, just as a bit of a break. Flipper, Auric and Dapple all seem to be well, and apart from a ruddy blocked up left ear as a legacy of my brand of the dreaded lurgi, Julian and I have largely recovered from our rather miserable head colds. I wonder if I can take Sudafed now that I’m not taking blood pressure medication? (apparently “they don’t mix well” for the patient!) I must remember to ask Dr. B. next time I see her! And that’s about all the news for now, so I’ll get on to the good bits, shall I? 🙂

Food stuffs: Last night we had the chicken that Julian had marinated in the “Feta Brine” over night. We had it on plain steamed rice (which had a bit of very finely chopped spring onion mixed through it) and yes, the Feta-Brined Chicken is most definitely a “Keeper” recipe! It was absolutely fantastic! Next time we’ll have it with proper vegetables, but we wanted to see what it was like, just “plain”, with nothing else to distract from the way it tasted. I’ll try to get that, and all the other recipes I’ve promised you, up on my “Recipes…” page as soon as possible, I promise! For dessert I had one of my Corella pears – again, a trifle over-ripe, but still very edible, and a small bowl of the scrumptious, Coles-brand, very low-calorie, Rice Pudding. Today we had wraps for lunch, with basil-pesto hummus, Halloumi cheese, (commercial) sandwich-slices of roast beef, small dark green capsicum from our veggie garden, sliced into batons, and roughly chopped, bought spring onions (at least I think they were bought!) It’s very strange, you know – sometimes wraps are very hard to eat without making a mess everywhere, and sometimes they’re perfectly behaved, and don’t spill out all over the plate (or floor!) Today’s wrap was one of the former… and I fear that I “spring onioned” on the floor, a bit… 😳 Tonight being Sunday night, it’s Omelet night – I love omelet nights – they’re always different, and they always taste great! 🙂 Dessert will probably be the same as last night’s, with a Corella pear, and a small bowl of the Coles-brand, very low-calorie, yummy Rice Pudding.

Weigh-in this morning. Was good, for a change! 🙂 I hate it that I’m probably going to die of old age without ever finding out why my body does what it does with my weight – and the fact that there never seems to be any rhyme nor reason for the way it fluctuates! (*Winter gives an exasperated “huff!”*) Anyway, this morning I went from 64.9kg to 64.6kg – down three points! But don’t worry, it’ll probably be back over 65kg again tomorrow! :/

And that brings me once again to tomorrow – with Josh coming over in the afternoon, and Julian having to go off to the Dentist again 😦 However, apart from those two things, I have absolutely no idea what’s happening tomorrow – I’ve been working hard with Phoenìx, but tomorrow I think I’d better spend a bit of time with Jadzìa, my new Horde “Dedicated Banker” – she’s got a lot of hard work ahead of her to get things set up properly, but we’ll see how we go, because I still want to get Phoenìx to level 90, and properly Garrisoned, before the new Expansion on August 30th! And that’s really about “it” from me again for this evening! 🙂 Do call in again tomorrow night to find out whether my weight went up or down, if I worked with Jadzìa or Phoenìx, and how Julian got on at the Dentist! But until then, please continue to bee good, remember to never ruin an apology with an excuse, and don’t forget to always drive carefully, to look after yourselves, and to keep warm and dry, even on the coldest and wettest days… but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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