Winter’s log, earthdate 201607.20

04.32 pm

I’m really tired at the moment – I created Cynthìa, my little Gnome Beast Master Hunter this morning, and except for a short lunch break, have been playing with her ever since… and I’m totally exhausted! Yes, I know, “self-inflicted”, and all that, but at the moment I just want to curl up and go to sleep… Ah! Julian has just returned from the Cardiologist, where he’s been told that he’s not going to drop off the twig next week, or even the week after, which is very good news! I mean… who’d bring me my cups of coffee, if anything happened to him! 😉 Just to be on the ultra-safe side though, the Cardiologist wants him to have one of those lovely Stress Tests in the near future! I had to have a Stress Test about two or three years ago, but because it wasn’t possible for me to have it on the treadmill, I had to have a chemical one instead, where they keep taking your blood pressure every three minutes, while they pump you full of some sort of stimulant (I suppose it’s a stimulant! I know you’re not allowed to have any sort of caffeine for 24 hours before hand!) that makes your heart and lungs behave as though you’ve just run a country mile at 7 or 8 kilometers and hour in stiletto heels! Ladies and gentlepersons in the reading gallery, I can very truthfully assure you that it is not pleasant! So anyway, he has the delightful experience on the treadmill ahead of him! :/ So, getting back to Cynthìa, I don’t think I’ll mess around too much longer in the “Baby Areas”, though I did want to get a good feel for the “New and Improved Beast Master” build, which I think I’ve more or less done now… One thing that’s surprised me a lot is that before this “pre-expansion patch”, Hunters, of all three persuasions (Beast Master, Marksman, and Survivalist) as well as a couple of other Classes, had to reach level 40 before they could start wearing Mail. Well, that’s changed now, and instead of being clad in Leather gear until level 40, we can all now start wearing Mail from the get-go. This, by the way, is good – but that’s not what surprised me! Before this new “pre-extension” patch, and all the changes it brought with it, Hunters always looked for gear and/or weapons with the highest Agility rating – quest rewards nearly always included an item with a reasonable amount of Agility, and if the quest reward didn’t include an item with decent Agility, then you usually chose the quest reward that had the highest Vendor price! But Cynthìa is level 12, almost level 13, in fact, and although she’s received some rather good quest rewards, not one of them has had any Agility in its specs! In fact, the only items with any Agility specs at all that Cynthìa’s wearing, are her four pieces of Heirloom gear! So, at the moment, I don’t know what sort of gear I should be looking for on the Auction House, or in the menu of Quest rewards! Well, I guess I’ll find out soon enough, when I keep on dying too often! 😉

As for my Blog Project,well, it’s been “having a holiday” today, though that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking about it! I’ll probably try to get a bit more work done on that tomorrow, or maybe Friday… We’ll see! 🙂

And that’s pretty much all I’ve been doing today, so I guess I can now get on to the important part of the blog – the good bits!

Food stuffs. Last night we had plain-old pan-fried chicken, on a bed of plain steamed rice, which had finely chopped spring onions mixed through it. It was really lovely, and I wished that my piece of chicken breast had been a bit bigger! :/ For dessert I had one of the new “Jazz” apples, that I’ve never eaten before, and I have to say that it was extremely nice! I think I like my Corella pears best though… and then I had my small bowl of Coles-brand, very, very yummy, as well as very low-calorie, Rice Pudding. For lunch today I had a delicious wrap, with ham, green capsicum, cut into batons, Halloumi cheese, tomato, and some of the very tasty basil-pesto hummus instead of butter – though this time, I did manage to drop two pieces of the Halloumi cheese… but they fell on the plate, so maybe that doesn’t count? Tonight we’re having the last of the left-over Beef and Stout stew – probably on rice again, because “stews” really need something to soak up all the lovely juices and gravy that makes just about all stews so yummy – and for dessert tonight, I think I’ll have one of my Corella pears, followed by my usual small bowl of Coles-brand, very low-calorie, and totally delicious, Rice Pudding!

Weigh-in this morning. Was quite amazing – I think we were both extremely surprised! I went from 64.7 kg to 64.2 kg – down five points, or half a kilo! Overnight! Why, I have absolutely no idea whatsoever – but I ain’t a-gunna complain about it! I’d like to go down another half kilo tomorrow morning, too…. but I’m virtually positive that I’ll go back up again instead… *sigh* “say lar vee”, as the French say! 😉

And that brings me around to tomorrow – Julian has a few bits and pieces to do, and I expect that I’ll potter around with Cynthìa, and maybe do a bit more work on my Blog Project. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted about how that Project is coming along, and how soon I’ll be able to make it Public, so that everyone can see it, but for now it’s a “Blog Under Construction”! Auric is still worrying us with his “floaties”, not just at night now either – yesterday afternoon while my very favourite eldest daughter and I were sitting watching episodes of “Arrow” and “The Flash”, we couldn’t help noticing that Auric spent more than 75% of his time, up at the top of the tank, totally unmoving, and with his tail just drooping down in the water! Then little Dapple would swoosh by, and he’d wake up a bit and swim around, as goldfish are wont to do, then he’d simply stop swimming and bob back up to the top again, and just… sit there! I really hate it when he does that – it just doesn’t seem “normal” – but then I’m such an expert on goldfish, aren’t I, so what would I know?! I suppose you could say that we are starting to get a little more blasé about it – after all, he hasn’t come to any harm yet – we just don’t like him doing it! He’s eating well, and behaving normally most of the time… so we’ll just keep an eye on him and “play it by ear”. Flipper is her usual self, noisy, demanding, and a regular walking fur shedding machine! Also, she’s now officially the oldest cat that they see, up at the Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital – a really fantastic Veterinary practice that we’ve been going to for almost 40 years! And that’s really about “it” again from me for this evening! Call in again tomorrow night though, to see if my weight did go back up again, how Cynthìa is going, whether Auric still has “the floaties”, and what else we’ve been up to during the day. But until then, please bee good, don’t forget that everyone smiles in the same language, and remember to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry in this changeable weather… but most importantly, please, always remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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