Winter’s log, earthdate 201608.19

04.26 pm

Yes, I’ve changed it yet again! OK, so I’ll try and live with this one for at least 24 hours – no promises though! I dunno – the last Template I used (last night) is “alright“, I suppose, but you see, that’s the problem! It’s just… “alright“! Not good, not really good, not “this is the One!” – just… “alright“… *sigh* I’m not really happy with the underlining on this one – you all know me, I like to use a lot of italics and underlining – I write the way I talk, and really, the underlining on this Template doesn’t so much empathise a word, as make it look like a semi-trailer has left a whole lot of ruddy skid-marks under it! Anyway…

This morning I worked diligently on my young Mage, Silverhands, who is now almost level 31, and is happily swanning around the Cape of Stranglethorn, doing some minor questing there for the Explorer’s League! I left her near the Banking Chambers and the Neutral Auction House in beautiful Downtown Booty Bay, shortly after lunch time, where no doubt I’ll be meeting up with her again this evening (if I get this finished in time!) I had expected to have a lot more trouble playing “Clothies”, because I’ve always played Beast Master Hunters, who of course have their faithful Pet to go in and do the Tanking for them, whilst all I have to do is stand back and twang arrows, or bang bullets, at the nasty mobs… but so far, I haven’t had any troubles at all, with my Shadow Priest and my Frost Mage! I’m still wary though – basically I’m putting it down to my low level so far, and the fact that the mobs I’m encountering are also low-level and therefore not too hard to put down. I expect the going will get a lot tougher as I rise slowly up the ranks and start meeting up with higher level, and therefore much tougher, mobs – which is one of the reasons why I’m quite happy to choof-off to the next “zone” before finishing off the one I’m in! I don’t know if it’s the way Blizzard have planned it, but by the time I pass the “half-way” mark on my Experience bar, the mobs seem to either get weaker and weaker – or else I seem to be getting quicker and quicker, using less “shots” in my “shot-rotation” line-up to bring the mobs down – and so I’m usually only too happy to be moved on to something with a bit more meat on its bones, so to speak!

I went and counted up the characters on my Wynterthyme account last night, and it seems I have another three characters that I can roll… Hmm… so far I have 3 Beast Master Hunters on Saurfang: two Gnome “players”, Ellevienne, and Dulcineà (whom I play with Julian’s Frost Mage, Tourbillon and who is also a Gnome!) plus one “spare”, the Guild Mistress and Auctionator, a Night Elf Beast Master Hunter who stays in Darnassus and organises all the Banking and Auctioning. Then I have my two Shadow Priests (or rather “Priestesses”) Piubella, a Night Elf, and Viverra, a Draenei. So far though, I only have the one Frost Mage, Silverhands, who’s a Night Elf, so… maybe I’m a little unbalanced… (Oi! I heard that! …I much prefer the term “eccentric”, thank you!) I meant, that with only one Mage, when I have two of everything else, that perhaps I should – even things up a little? by creating another Frost Mage? that’s all… (Oo-er! I must start thinking of clever names with no accents or strange characters in them! I think I’ll make her a Gnome… or maybe a Blood Elf…)

This afternoon I started “sifting” through these wretched Templates again – trying this one… and that one… and another one that I’d almost forgotten about (so many Templates, so little time!) and this one drew the short straw – that is, I was running out of time! So as I said, I’ll try and live with this one for at least the next 24 hours – after that? *shrug* Chi sà? I really do wish I could alter the parameters of some of these Templates! Some of them are very nice, they just need a wee bit of “tweaking”, here and there! With this one, f’rinstance, I’d make the text column a lot wider, and make the underlining less… obtrusive! Because apart from those two rather glaring flaws, I’d probably be reasonably happy with this Template!

Anyway, that’s about the extent of my exertions today, so I suppose I should really get on to all the “good” bits! 😉

Food stuffs. Last night for dinner we had pan-fried lamb backstraps on a bed of rice that had some spring onions finely chopped mixed through it, and as a side dish, Julian surprised me with a plate of papadums, and a small dish of a really nice, spicy Lime Pickle! Very delicious! (for the record, I had two papadums, and about two teaspoons of the Lime Pickle!) For dessert I had an absolutely delicious “bald-kiwi-fruit” brown skinned Nashi pear, and one of my new favourites, the Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt! For lunch today we had wraps – with basil-pesto hummus, tomato, Halloumi cheese, ham, and yellow capsicum batons (this time I did manage to drop a rather large piece of Halloumi and basil-pesto hummus on the plate! Clumsy me!) Tonight we’re having one of our “experimental” recipes – Lamb and Rosemary Shepherd’s Pies with Roasted Garlic Mash from “taste.com.au magazine” wot I get… I’ll let you know what it’s like tomorrow night, but I can tell you that it smells wonderful! For dessert tonight I’ll be having an apple (Julian got some new, smaller apples this afternoon, but I’m not sure what kind they are – I’ll let you all know that tomorrow night, too!) and another of the Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurts.

Weigh-in this morning. Was another bitter disappointment! Why??!! I haven’t eaten or drunk, or nibbled, or partaken, of anything that I shouldn’t have – and for goodness sake, if two ruddy little papadums and two teaspoons of spicy Lime Pickles is going to make such a difference, then I bloody-well give up! I’m not going to live on bread and water for the rest of my life to avoid a rise of one point in my weight! I went from 65.1 kg to 65.2 kg this morning (and that’s after going from 64.4 kg to 65.1 kg, the day after eating a peculiarly fat-free roast beef dinner the night before!) Gaaah! I’ve had it! I’ve absolutely had it! I’m truly sick to death of all of this! Bugger my weight! I’ll eat what I want, when I want, and damn the torpedoes – er, consequences!

And that brings me round to tomorrow again. I’m not really sure what’s happening tomorrow – knowing us, probably more of the same! Flipper is currently being her usual noisy self because Julian is in the kitchen cooking, but she wants him in here, on the couch, patting her! 🙂 But she’s been a good girl, and eaten most of her dinner, so I’ve given her back her bowl of pussy biscuits (kibble) Dinner is very important for Flipper because it’s the only way we can get her to take all her medication! For some strange reason, where most cats will run away very fast from anything that they even vaguely suspect contains “foreign bodies”, like drops, or medicine, Flipper actually loves it! (Once upon a time, many centuries ago, I tried to “drown out” the taste of a teeny-weeny little pill in a whole tin of mushed up sardines, and the damn cat wouldn’t go near it! Hmm.. or maybe the cat just didn’t like sardines…) Anyway, Flipper loves her medicated food (and gets suspicious of it if it isn’t medicated!) but occasionally she’ll have a fit of the “Vera-Vague’s” and forgets why she’s in the Library with a big bowl of… er… something that isn’t water? and so she doesn’t eat her dinner (even though she’s been walking around wailing dolefully that “I’m hungry! Where’s my dinner!”) when that happens of course, she doesn’t get her medication, and ends up in a pretty bad way without her anti-arthritis tablets and blood pressure pill – so we take her bowl of pussy biscuits (kibble) away (because she tends to go and fill up on those instead of her dinner!) until she’s had enough of her dinner… And really, that’s about “it” from me for tonight – do drop in again tomorrow night – if only to see if I’ve changed the blog Template again! Of course you’ll also find out about lots of other things, too, like what my weight did, what the Lamb and Rosemary Shepherd’s Pie was like, and whether or not it’ll be a “Keeper” – and what we got up to during the day! Until then though, do try very hard to bee good, remember that the greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry in this sudden cold snap… but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂