Winter’s log, earthdate 201608.25

03.40 pm

Well, here I am – sorry about last night, but by the time I’d finished watching the two episodes of “Australian Survivor” (I’m still not sure whether it’s “Australian Survivor”, or “Survivor Australia”!) it was almost dinner time, and I’d run out of time – so all you lucky people out there get to read two day’s worth of my trivia, instead of just one day’s worth! (Ah! I just went and looked it up – it’s “Australian Survivor”! Yayy me! 🙂 ) As usual – it seems to have begun to be my usual practice now, anyway – I now seem to play WoW in the morning, do my treadmilling after lunch, then either work on one of my millions of current projects, do something graphical (as I did today! I made a rather stunning new Bookmarks wallpapery-thingy!) or catch up with a show that neither Julian or my very favourite eldest daughter are interested in (f’rinstance, “Australian Survivor”) until it’s time to start writing this. As I think I mentioned the other day – I was going to watch “Australian Survivor” on Tuesday afternoon, because my very favourite eldest daughter wasn’t going to be over (she’s coming tomorrow!) but the blog Template and Header that I’d only made the day before – in a hurry – were just sooo atrocious that I decided to fix that instead, and watch “Australian Survivor” on Wednesday (yesterday) instead – which is what I did. So… after nearly three hours solid of “Australian Survivor”, what did I think of it? Well, for starters I can tell you all that the person sent off by Melbourne’s newest Tabloid, “The Age”, to write up a revue on it, was either having a very bad day, was bored stupid, had just had a debilitating fight with his/her girl/boyfriend, or simply didn’t understand the mechanics of that sort of show in the first place – I mean, no-one expects the participants to be totally truthful with eachother, or to make alliances that they intend to keep, the whole way through the show! They’re there for one reason, and one reason only – scratch that – they’re actually there for two reasons, the main one being to win a lot of money – the other, of course, is that they enjoy pitting themselves, physically as well as mentally, against other players – and I like watching them do so, and observing the sneaky, and sometimes (alright, very often!) downright dishonest things they’ll say and do to advance their own cause! They help eachother and co-operate with their “Tribe”, just enough to get by, but if they think that they might win themselves some “brownie points” by being extra helpful, or extra nice to someone, then that’s what they’ll do. It’s a fairly complicated game, but I just love watching their maneuverings and manipulations to stay in the game for yet another day! Personally, the thought of exhausting myself on a daily basis, participating in physically challenging (and sometimes even dangerous!) contests of stamina and strength, existing on a diet largely made up of very small amounts of rice, beans, and any crabs or minute tropical fish they’ve managed to catch in the surf just off their beach “camp”, fills me with absolute and utter horror! “Camp”? Ha! What “camp”! No proper shelter from the heat during the day, or the freezing temperatures during the night, sitting around in the pouring, tropical rain until all their skin turns “pruney” – plus lots of other privations, far too numerous to list here – for what?!  A measly $500,000 AUD! At least the American Survivor’s Grand Prize is $1,000,000 US, and I suppose that’s almost worth playing for… almost, but it’d take three or four – or even ten times that much, to even get the momentary thought of participating to enter my mind, let alone cross it!

But (to me) it’s trashy, amusing, astounding (to see what some people will do, and the lengths that they’ll go to!) so I think I’ll keep on watching it! 🙂 Roll on next Sunday and Monday night! 😉

As you all know, I’ve been playing with my new-ish Mage, Silverhands, and she’s getting on relatively well – she’s now level 45! However, both Julian and I had one more “Free Boost to Level 100” available… Julian still has his… It took me a while to decide, but in the end it boiled down to a choice of either having to import one of my level 100 characters from Quel’Dorei, or rolling another character on Saurfang and instantly boosting them up to level 100. Importing a character costs real-life $$, so…. I rolled my last character for my Wynterthyme account (until I kill someone off, of course!) Again, it took me a while to decide what Class to roll… I’ve been doing quite well with Piubella, my level 24 Shadow Priest, and even better with Silverhands – but for such an important “jump”, in the end I decided that rather than having to grapple with new, high-level spells that I was totally unfamiliar with, I’d probably be better off rolling a Class that I was familiar with – a Beast Master Hunter – and bring my Priest and my Mage up the old-fashioned way, step by step, and level by level… so last night I rolled Nehanda (yes! Another name with no “funny letters” or strange accents! 😉 ) and boosted her up to level 100! As they say in all the best Classics, “so far, so good!” 🙂

And that’s what I’ve been up to for the past two days! Now, having cleared all of that up for you, I can now get onto the “good” bits! 😉

Food stuffs. For lunch yesterday we had a ham, cheese, and tomato Toastie (which are just sooo delicious! Mmmm!) and for dinner last night we had some rather “different-looking” sausages – or at least the packaging was different. It was terribly “nothing to see here – move along!” plain and boring, and the brand is called “Farm Foods” – when you Google them, it’s quite interesting to see that (a) they appear to be a re-branded “Home Brand” type of sausage, (b) they’re a Coles and/or an IGA line, and (c) they also encompass lots of other so-called “brands”, like “Heston Blumenthal”, and “Outback Spirit” – which you’ve all heard me mention by “name” more than once or twice before! Well, these particular sausages are “Farm Foods Beef, Pepper, & Barossa Valley Shiraz Sausages”, and as I said before, they were absolutely delicious! Really, really yummy! We had them with chips, steamed green beans, and our usual half a tomato… for dessert I had one of my Corella pears, and while it was quite nice, it’s becoming extremely obvious that the end of the pear season – both the Corella and the Nashi, anyway – is about to end. I also had one of my Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurts… Lunch today was a sandwich made with the new “I got the wrong loaf!” whole-meal bread (without all of those nice sesame seeds in the crust! 😦 ) with the usual basil-pesto hummus butter substitute, sandwich-sliced chicken, and some freshly sliced red capsicum – I tell you, using that basil-pesto hummus as a butter substitute makes so much difference to the taste of sandwiches, it’s a wonder people are still using butter! Tonight for dinner we’re having the leftovers from Monday night’s “One-pot Spanish Chicken and Rice”, which I’m really looking forward to, and for dessert I’ll probably have one of the Apple Le Rice thingies…

Weigh-in yesterday morning. Wasn’t very good at all! I was very disappointed 😦 On Monday, I was 64.6 kg, and on Tuesday, I went down to 64.3 kg – which was terrific! Then yesterday, my body decided that Tuesday hadn’t happened at all – it was just a fragment of my fevered imagination, and I went back to good-old 64.6 kg! 😦 Not fair!! I really hate it when my body teases me like that! The weight gain – overnight (*glare*) was too much to even be said to be “within the margin of error”, either 😦

Weigh-in this morning. Will wonders never cease?! This morning, when I reluctantly and gloomily stepped up onto the scales, guess what I saw! No, you’d never be able to guess – I’d better tell you… I’d gone from 64.6 kg…. to 63.8 kg! I’d gone down 8 points! Almost a whole kilo! Overnight! Now, anyone would think that I’d be pleased, wouldn’t they – anyone would be pleased with results like that, right? So, am I pleased about going down so much overnight? In actual fact though, the answer is “No!” (gasp, shock, horror!) “Why ever not!”, I hear you all yelling… Well, you see, in a sort-of a way I am pleased that I’ve gone down so much, but by the same token, I know that a drop like that is going to produce a correspondingly big jump back up again, either tomorrow or the next day! :/ Remember what I said about “Swings and Roundabouts”? Oh well, we shall just have to weight and sea…

This morning when I got up I went into the loungeroom to pull up the blind, turn on the Fish House light, and to check on Dapple and Auric. Usually, first thing in the morning, they’re pretty much still asleep, and only swim fish-zombie-like around with no real rhyme or reason. When they open their eyes (yes, I know their eyes are always open!) and spot me, they immediately think “Food!” and come swimming over to see if I have anything for them to eat – which I usually don’t, because Julian’s the one who feeds them in the morning! Anyway, they swam over this morning, hoping for food, and I stood there for a bit, chatting to them and giving them their morning “pat” behind the glass, and Dapple, my dear, sweet little Dapple! My cute and friendly little boy, started biting the tip of Auric’s tail! Auric “jumped”, and hastily moved out of the way. Dapple followed him, and nipped him on the tail again! Auric was getting a trifle agitated, and Dapple wouldn’t leave him alone! This went on for a bit – I called Julian, who thought that if he fed them, it might distract Dapple, and I hastened off to the bathroom. When I came back into the bedroom to get weighed, Julian had changed his mind about feeding them to distract Dapple from eating all of Auric’s long, floaty tail, and he said they were behaving… This afternoon, after I’d finished my daily treadmilling, I went in to see how they were doing, and as usual, they were half dozing, half swimmering around (I caught them having an afternoon nap yesterday, too!) but, also as usual, as soon as they saw me, they came over – probably expecting food (yes, Julian did give them their breakfast this morning) and when that food wasn’t forthcoming, Dapple started nibbling Auric’s tail again! I told him off, and gave him a lecture about eating Auric’s tail, but just like a naughty little boy, he took absolutely no notice of me, so I “humphed” in annoyance at them, and came in here to finish off my lovely new Bookmarks-wallpapery-thingy! I have no idea why Dapple’s taken to nibbling Auric’s tail – but we’ll have to keep a close eye on them – I don’t want any injuries, and I definitely don’t want to have to separate them! They’ve always got on so well together, too… :/

And that brings me almost full circle to tomorrow, which should be a good day – my very favourite eldest daughter is coming over, and Josh is coming over to colour her hair for her, and then no doubt, we’ll sit and watch some more episodes of “Arrow”, “Flash”, and I think we have some episodes of “Agent Carter” – but I might be wrong about that… anyway, that’s about “it” from me for this evening! Do call in again tomorrow night, to find out how Lee’s hair turned out (she’s having purple and blue!) what my weight did, or didn’t do, and whether Dapple is still into biting Auric’s tail! Until then though, please try very hard to bee good, don’t forget that it is the trouble that never comes that causes the loss of sleep, and remember to look after yourselves, to keep warm and dry, even when the weather forecast says it’s going to be fine, and to always drive carefully… but above all, please remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂