Winter’s log, earthdate 201608.31

04.42 pm

Ladies and gentlepersons – at 05.00 pm last night, the much talked about, eagerly awaited, and feverishly anticipated, World of Warcraft Expansion, “Legion”, went live! Understandably, of course, I was online waiting for it to happen!

My very favourite eldest daughter was over for the day, as she usually is on a Tuesday. We sit in the lounge room and watch Dapple and Auric swimming lazily around as we catch up on the pre-recorded episodes from our favourite television series – and a good time is had by all. We usually watch these shows until it’s time for Julian to drive her home, anywhere from five o’clock to about five thirty – but last night, we finished watching our last episode at around four forty-four-ish, but didn’t start another – instead, we made our way back to the Den, where I logged into World of Warcraft, and my very favourite eldest daughter started to make nervous little moves towards the garage door. Gentle readers, perhaps it is at this point that I should remind you all, that it was she who first introduced me to World of Warcraft, back in 2006. I used to sit next to her and watch her play – day in, day out – and in about 2007 I eventually worked up the courage to start playing myself. Whenever a new Expansion is announced, my favourite eldest daughter is always one of the first to put her hand up to become part of the Beta Testing team (and I have been known on several occasions to do likewise!) and she always gets one or more of the “Collector’s Editions” of the game (this time she managed to acquire three of them, for some unknown reason!) so it was fairly understandable that she started making nervous moves towards the garage door as soon as I’d logged into the game. Julian took the hint, and took her home, while I metaphorically sat on my toey Frostsaber Mount in the main square of Stormwind’s Trade Centre, along with a crowd of other anxious players, as we waited for the Big Count Down! “Bong!”… “Bong!”… “Bong!”… “Bong!”… “Bong!”… went the clock in the square, and all over the map of Azeroth, the Invasion points blinked out. There was silence for a whole point seven five of a second, then everyone exploded out of the square, heading out to do their quests to get them all started in “Legion”! Er… including me, playing as Wynterthyme. The initial quest chain was a trifle complicated, so I won’t go into too many details – suffice to say that Julian had to come to my rescue a couple of times – especially when the quest involved jumping! Still, in the end I got through, acquired my brand-new Super Special weapon, and a second Pet. I’d kept on telling my very favourite eldest daughter all along that I didn’t want – and wouldn’t use – a second Pet, and her mouth would turn down and she’d say “But it’s such a sad story, how you come to get her – and she’s really nice!”, making me feel like all sorts of a heel! Anyway, in the end part of the quest chain, you have to fight a really nasty (and extremely tough!) Vrykul (a half-giant) who’s stolen your brand-new weapon. Lucky you has a Titan and a Dwarf, plus their Pets, one of whom is a wolf called “Hati”, fighting with you. Long story short, after a really, really long and tough fight, you finally manage to kill off this Vrykul person and get your precioussss (cough!) your new gun back. Unfortunately, during the fight, Hati, the Titan’s Pet, takes a hit meant for you, and she’s dying… (I think!) you use your new magic weapon on her and she’s cured – or transformed – or whatever, and the Titan gives her to you to help you fight the evil Legion, and so you get your second Pet. Personally, I don’t like the “dog-type” pets (wolves, dogs, foxes, etc.) because they’re always stopping to sit down and scratch! It makes me feel as though I want to give them a good old scrub in a tub of Malaban, or go out and get them a ruddy flea collar! Anyway, I’ve just been reading that there’s a way to alter Hati’s appearance – I’ll let you know what transpires! 🙂

Wynterthyme usually plays with Mouselet, who’s a Shaman, but since Julian’s mothballed him because of the changes Blizzard have made to the Shaman Class, Wynterthyme is now playing with Demelza, she of the “Doing a Demelza” fame – that is, falling off things, and/or into things – usually fatally. Demelza is a Draenei Beast Master Hunter, and it’s quite strange to see us both running along, with both of us almost having twin Pets! 🙂 We played a bit more today, but I think the Expansion will see the return of Wynterthyme and Demelza every Sunday for the foreseeable future! 🙂

So, now you all know the reason why there was no blog last night! Priorities, right?! 😉 and I can now finally get onto all the “good” bits…

Food bits. Last night for dinner we had Outback Spirit Beef Sausages with Bush Tomato, with chips, steamed green beans, and our usual half a tomato, and for dessert I had the last of my yellow Nectarines – and not before time, either! It was just on the point of being too soft! With the Nectarine, I had one of the really nice Dark Chocolate Chia Pods – they’re really weird! They look “sloppy” and as though they’d splosh all over you if you joggled them too much – but they’re not! They’re actually quite viscous, but not at all sticky or gooey, and they have these funny little “bobbles” in them, like eating sago (not tapioca, tapioca is a lot bigger – sago!) It’s a bit like eating strong chocolaty, cool, sweetish, sloppy jelly, made with tiny, edible bubble-wrap! Julian brought home lunch today as he was out shopping later than usual – he got Sushi for himself, and I had a ham and cheese Danish Pastry, half a Jalapeno and tomato savoury roll, et la pièce de résistance, a Baker’s Delight fruit and white chocolate scone! Yumm-o! 😉 (I’ll pay for that when I get on the scales tomorrow morning!) Tonight we’re having Scotch Fillet steak – beef is quite expensive at the moment and Julian simply wasn’t willing to pay a huge premium for not really terribly good quality fillet steak. Scotch Fillet is usually very nice, not to mention tender, but I noticed that there wasn’t very much “marbling” in the meat, which unfortunately can mean a slightly tougher cut of meat :/ I’ll let you know how it goes! I believe we’re having it with all the usual suspects – chips, steamed green beans, and half a tomato. For dessert I’ll have one of my “Eve” apples, if they’re still edible, and an Apple Le Rice.

Weigh-in yesterday morning. Actually, I’ll give you a re-cap of my last few day’s weigh-ins! Here ya go….
Sun: 64.5 kg
Mon: 64.6 kg
Tue (yesterday): 64.1 kg
Wed (today): 64.4 kg

So really, it’s been fairly consistently in the mid 64 kilo range, and I can live quite happily with that! 🙂 However, let’s see what tomorrow morning brings! :/

Flipper is well, as are Auric and Dapple. Julian’s made a concerted effort to bring the PH water levels up to where they should be, and… so far, so good… as with my weight – we’ll just have to play it by ear, and hope that everything’s doing what it’s supposed to do! We’re also keeping a stricter than usual eye on Auric, because of his strange little “fits of the mads”, and because despite changing their feed, and the water, and getting the PH level of the water to absolutely “spot on” – as well as all the other things that we’re doing to and for him, he’s still having the occasional mild bout of “floaties”! Julian has started having his morning walks again, despite still not having made an appointment to see his Physiotherapist, and I’m still doing my 20 minutes on the treadmill, every “after-lunch time”. I have a little radio now though, so I can listen to talk-back shows while I’m walking, to relieve the boredom a little bit. And that’s brought me pretty much full circle to tomorrow, where I have no idea whatsoever as to what’s happening! I guess you’re all just going to have to call in again tomorrow night to find out! 😉 Will my weight have gone back up again? Has Auric had any more “fits of the mads”, or “floaties”? How far have Wynterthyme and Demelza got in the new area that’s opened up with the Expansion? All these questions, and “many, many more”, will be answered for you, right here, tomorrow night! 🙂 However until then, do really try hard to bee good, don’t forget that we should give meaning to life, not wait for life to give us meaning, and remember to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry, especially when the weather forecast says to expect showers, and possible storms – but most importantly, and above all, please – remember to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂