Winter’s log, earthdate 201607.06

04.02 pm

Oh, aren’t I nice and early this afternoon! 🙂 I didn’t think I would be – even though Phoenìx’s wearing all of her Heirloom pieces, she still seems to have been leveling up a lot slower than she used to! You see, I’d finally managed to make it to level 69, and I was determined to get to level 70, before I logged out for the day! At the rate I was leveling up at that stage, I thought that an ice-block might stand a better chance in the tropics! There was so much flying here – flying there – so much to-ing and fro-ing, I dunno! There was another player going through just barely ahead of me, so they pretty much slaughtered everything in sight, leaving me to wander aimlessly around, loitering with intent – waiting impatiently for the object of my quest to re-spawn, so that I could kill it, so that the person waiting in the queue behind me could wait for it to re-spawn, etc., etc – I’m sure you get the picture! Anyway, about ten minutes ago I finally made it to level 70, and promptly logged out! 🙂 So – now I only have another 20 levels to go, to get to level 90 by the end of August! I dunno – maybe I can still get there, after all!

We’ve not done terribly much today – it’s been far too wet for traipsing around in Nurseries, or going to Officeworks – maybe we can go to Officeworks tomorrow…? We’ll see – we do have to go out after lunch – maybe we could go to Officeworks early, then go on to The Glen, do any shopping that we have to do (and we always seem to have something we need to get!) have lunch there, and continue on our merry way after lunch! That could work…

However, apart from trying to get Phoenìx up to level 70 today, I’ve also been working on the new Header that you see at the top of the page. On Monday I went looking for “seamless patterns” from which to make backgrounds, and I found a whole heap of them over at Brusheezy – I tell you what, paying for a “Premium” membership has paid off handsomely! 🙂 Every time I go there looking for something specific, it doesn’t seem to matter if I find those “specific” things or not – I always find tons of things to download – and sometimes I even get around to using a few of them, too! 😉 You saw one of the patterns last night – it’s a sort of a small “netting” type of pattern, and I’ve used another of the ones I got on Monday in the Header here today. It was in with a whole mixture of Greek borders, but it was a little big, so I smallerated it, and used it above and below the main text. I’d intended to put a border around the entire header, but in the end I couldn’t be bothered putting in the hard work to get it to fit around the corners without overlapping, or very looking odd, because as you can see, it looks smaller (read: “narrower”) on one end. It isn’t actually, it’s an optical illusion, and it would have been quite hard to get it all looking “symmetrical” – so for today, top and bottom only! 🙂

And really, that’s about all I’ve done today, so now I can get on to the good bits!

Food stuff. Last night for dinner we had the very unexciting – but at the same time very delicious – second lot of our left-over Lamb and Harissa Lasagna – and y’know, it does seem to improve it! Keeping it in the freezer and then warming it through when needed, seems to spread all the spices and flavours around the whole dish very nicely! I think we only have another two meals of it left, before we have to go and make another one! For dessert, I had a “bald-kiwi-fruit brown” Nashi pear, which was really nice, and luckily there’s still one of them left in the fruit bowl! These “bald-kiwi-fruit brown” ones really do seem to have a lot more flavour than the very over-juicy, somewhat bland and tasteless, yellow-golden ones! And after that very nice Nashi pear, I also had a small bowl of my favourite Coles-brand, very low-calorie, decidedly yummy, Rice Pudding. Today for lunch I had a very nice sandwich, made with the extremely nice whole-meal bread that’s got the sesame and poppy-seeds embedded in its crust, along with our tasty butter alternative, basil-pesto hummus, and tandoori chicken sandwich chunks. Sandwiches always seem to me to be smaller, but that too, might only be an optical illusion, because they’re more compact, and much more easy to hold and eat, than a wrap! Tonight for dinner Julian’s made the Feta “brine” slurry again, and this time he’s marinated some lamb backstrap in it, along with a nice little sprig of freshly picked rosemary. It handled the chicken so well last time, I thought it would be equally as nice if we used it for lamb too – it should be really delicious, but I’m afraid you’ll all have to wait until tomorrow night to find out how it all went! 🙂 Oh, and don’t forget, the recipe for the Feta “brine” is written up on my “Recipes…” pages for all of you to try – it’s very simple to make and use, too! Tonight we’ll be having the Feta “brined lamb backstraps on a plain bed of steamed rice – probably with either finely chopped spring onions, or fried onions mixed through it, and I’ll have the last of my still usable Fuji apples for dessert, as well as my usual small bowl of the delicious, Coles-brand, very low-calorie, Rice Pudding.

Weigh-in this morning. Was quite startling, and neither Julian nor I were expecting it! (I was quite sure that I’d have gone up this morning!) I went from my second day in a row at 64.3 kg, down to 63.8 kg! Down five points! No, I have no idea why I went down instead of up! Yes, I am pleased, if more than a little surprised! And no, I don’t think I’ll go down again tomorrow, in fact I’ll probably bounce all the way back up to 64.3 kg again, if not even higher! But… I guess that’s just par for the course with my stupid body! 😉

Auric and Dapple were back to their usual selves again this morning – I think they just like scaring us! As I told you last night, Julian changed out 30% of the water again last night, even though it didn’t need it, and the two of them seemed to be pretty happy with that, and Auric stopped “floating”! I’m starting to think that it is just an attention seeking device, after all! Naughty little fishies! However they seem to have stopped lining up bubbles along the top of the water at the front of the Fish House, thank heavens – that was starting to concern me a little! 😉

I’m still suffering the two ear drops that I have to have twice a day – it’s really ikky! It doesn’t hurt or anything, it’s just… ikky! (*shudder*) plus my ear’s still bung – not as badly blocked, but still blocked, nonetheless, and last night it was as itchy as all get-out, right down deep inside it, which I took as a sign that it’s healing, or getting better. Only another five lots of drops to go… :/

And that brings me finally to tomorrow, which I’ve already more-or-less told you about – I’m hoping that we can get to Officeworks, as I do need some folders – and I love going around and looking at everything, because there’s nearly always something there that I simply can’t live without! 😉 Hopefully by Friday the weather will have dried out enough for us to go Nursery shopping again – otherwise we’re just going to have to put on our raincoats, gumboots, rain hat, and any other wet-weather gear that we can scrounge up (what a shame we don’t have any!) And that, gentle readers, is about “it” from me again for tonight! Do drop in again tomorrow night though, to find out just how much my weight bounced back up, what the Feta “brined” lamb backstraps were like, and what I managed to get if we did go to Officeworks! But until then, do try very hard to bee good, don’t forget to save some time to be lazy, because it’s good for you, and remember to keep warm and dry in this wet Melbourne weather, to always drive carefully, and to look after yourselves… but most importantly, please, remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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