Winter’s log, earthdate 201609.03

04.57 pm

So I thought I’d give you all a treat, and subject you to viewing my choices of possible backgrounds for this Template, one at a time. This first one is actually the second of the two backgrounds I was telling you about, and is probably the most colourful of the two, and with luck, will remain unchanged until some time Monday, as I doubt that I’ll have time to make any more graphical changes until then…

This morning, of course, I played WoW – and actually went back to my level 50 Frost Mage, Silverhands, to try and level her up a bit more. At the moment she’s questing in a place called “Un’Goro Crater“, which looks like something out of the old “B-Grade” movie, “The Land that Time Forgot” (or whatever it was called!) full of prehistoric dinosaurs, pterodactyls, strange glowing crystals, and even a giant, really, really nasty, high-level Elite, T-Rex! I tell you, you can run… but you can’t hide! He’ll git’ya fer sure! One stomp, and you’re suddenly running back to re-claim your body! :/ Oh, and there are also nasty big gorillas to watch out for! I didn’t play for as long as I’d planned though, because I got totally fed up with not being able to find a path up to a rim-plateau that I had to get to. I know I’m always saying that the game is far too easy – and it is! As far as killing things is concerned, but the game stops being fun for me when I find myself not leveling up, and not gaining experience points, because I’m too busy running around in fruitless little circles looking for something – like a path up a steep mountain side! So listen up, Blizzard, I don’t want easy-peasy bubsey kills, I just want a do-able, playable game! I’ll try going back there again tonight and maybe turn my gamma up a bit – I think part of my problem is that I just can’t see a lot on the screen, when everything from the lichen growing on the rocks, to the heavy shading from the surrounding trees, both blend so well into the rock face that for the life of me, I can’t find a path! I’ve run backwards and forwards, more than half a dozen times, around more than half of the ruddy crater where the path is supposed to be – I’ve even managed to get half way up the cliff – I actually got the text in the middle of the screen saying that I’d “discovered” the particular section of the mountain where I was supposed to be! Then the so-called “path” turned into a perpendicular rock-face again, and once more, jump, run, you name it, I still couldn’t get up there! As I said before… I don’t want “easy”, I just want “playable”!

Tomorrow, as I’m sure you’re all aware, is Father’s Day – so we, as the curious creatures that we are, have decided that our Father’s Day will be next Sunday, and not tomorrow! After lunch today I headed off to do my treadmilling, and then we went out again to pick up some more medicine for Flipper, and to get Julian his prezzie for tomorrow – and you’ll all find out what it was then, because if I tell you now, it’ll spoil the surprise for him tomorrow morning! 😉 Next Sunday though, I think we’ll probably go out for lunch somewhere, and Julian will get his presents from my two very favourite daughters (or his two very favourite step-daughters!) then – but tomorrow he’ll get his present and a card from me, before we start running Wynterthyme and Demelza around the Broken Isles!  And that’s really all we’ve been up to today, so now I can get on to telling you all the “good” bits! 😉

Food stuffs. Last night, because of the somewhat large-ish lunch that we’d consumed, we had plain old pan-fried chicken on a bed of plain old steamed rice with some plain old finely chopped spring onion mixed through it, and for dessert, I had one of those brown Beurre Bosc pears (in other words, I had a raw, stewing pear!) and a Raspberry Vaalia “whipped” yoghurt – which although I quite liked it, I won’t bother getting them again!. Lunch today was another delicious sandwich – made with the same sort of whole-meal bread that has all the sesame seeds in the crust – with some sort of chicken sandwich chunks, chopped lettuce, the delicious butter substitute we nearly always use – the basil-pesto hummus – and a small sprinkling of the Lemon and herb Dukkah that we had the other day – and it was most delicious! 🙂 Tonight for dinner Julian is making the Lamb & Harissa Lasagna with Feta and Oregano that we love so much – I’ve just been out to the kitchen, following all the delicious cooking smells wafting through the house, and had a teeny little taste-test of the lamb and harissa mixture – this brand of harissa has just a wee bit more of a “bite” to it, so I think it’s going to be just about perfect! …I can’t wait for dinner… 😉 For dessert I’ll be having one of my new yellow Nectarines, and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt.

Weigh-in this morning. Well, I said it wasn’t going to be pleasant, and it wasn’t. I went up from 65.0 kg to 65.5 kg, which is fair enough, after our lunch yesterday (though I really can’t see how there could have been a whole five points worth of weight in those few chips and the very thin-ish slice of Orange-Clementine!) Anyway, that’s where I’m at now, and it’s going to have to come off again. It will have to – or I’ll have to go back on the Optifast diet, which I’d really, really prefer not to have to do! I guess that – just like me – you’re all just going to have to weight and sea…

And here we are again – back full circle to tomorrow again! Flipper is still “nesting” in the doona, and leaving copious amounts of grey “fluff” all over the bed! Seems that “Sumer Is Icumen In” – or spring is, anyway – and Flipper is very happily exchanging her nice, heavy winter fur coat for her nice, light and airy summer one – and what’s more, she’s very generously letting us take care of the debris! It took absolutely ages last night to dust the doona down before we could go to bed! I’m wondering if it would be worth pinning an old flat sheet to the top of the doona – we’d have to un-pin it from the doona every night, and carefully fold it (and all the loose fur in it) up – for shaking outdoors the following morning, before re-pinning it to the doona – but at least I wouldn’t be running around the bedroom at one thirty in the morning, chasing random drifts of fluff that have fallen off the doona whilst I was brushing it down! Mmm… it does sound like a lot of extra work though, doesn’t it… I think I’ll think about it some more… Auric and Dapple are still behaving themselves – thank heavens fish don’t shed their scales all over the place at the change of the seasons… or maybe they do, and we just don’t notice it, because they fall to the gravel at the bottom of the tank and sort of – bio-degrade? Anyway, that’s about “it” from me for tonight! Do drop in again tomorrow night, to find out if we did decide to try out the “sheet solution”, how we went in WoW, and whether we died or not, and what further punishments my body decided to inflict on me for my truly gluttonous behaviour yesterday – or in other words, how much more did I go up! Until then however, please at least try to bee good, remember to live out of your imagination, not your history, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry, even when you don’t think it’s going to rain… but most importantly, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂