Winter’s log, earthdate 201610.26

04.24 pm

Yes, I am still here… though you could be excused for thinking that I seemed to have fallen off the edge of the planet… er… world… giant tortoise?… whatever it is this week! 😉 I know I’ve not written anything since Saturday night, but I’ve sort-of been a bit busy… and also a bit lazy. However, shall I start off with Sunday, and our fun day of “Wynterthyme and Demelzae Break Heads in the Broken Isles”?

We had a good day – Saurfang is definitely a much more betterer place for going around and breaking heads in than Quel’Dorei! Much less competition! We got through a fair bit, and picked up a fair amount of loot, although we did die… several times, in fact! The first occasion , and the true highlight of the day, was totally inexcusable, and completely our own fault! You see, we had to do a certain number of things in an extremely hostile area – the first time we entered it we very nearly got creamed, and had to beat a very hasty retreat – then, after a conversation with our handy-dandy quest giver, we were given a very clever disguise, and so were able to just waltz on in and get whatever-it-was that we had to get. A few of the guards in there had devices that enabled them to see through our disguises, but as long as we avoided them, we were free to just go about our questionable questing business unmolested… until we saw a Silver Special Boss mob! “Shall we?” said Julian/Demelzae, with a devilish gleam in his/her eye “Why not!? What could possibly go wrong?” grinned Winter/Wynterthyme. We knew that the minute we attacked this mob (any mob within that area, actually!) that our disguises would be rendered null and void, but as this mob was in the middle of a small island in the middle of an ornamental pond, we thought that we should be safe enough – as long as we didn’t use any AOE (Area Of Effect) attacks, like “Barrage”, which sprays bullets (or arrows) every which-way, and which might, just possibly, and entirely accidentally, hit one of the mobs currently neutral to us because of our disguises! In fact, we’d spent most of our time in that area, constantly reminding eachother not to use “Barrage”, or “Multi-Shot” (two of a Hunter’s most potent attacks against multiple mobs, I might add!) So, being all too aware of the possible consequences of our actions, we sauntered benignly over to the small island in the middle of the ornamental pond. “Well, hello there, what can I do for you?” smiled the Silver Special Boss mob, completely taken in by our disguises. “Snarl!” said our Pets as we attacked him – and then all hell broke loose because (a) the small island was a lot closer to one side of the ornamental pond than we’d realised, and (b) when one of the other mobs who was close enough to the island to be affected by our sudden attack on his “boss”, and came to his assistance, we both panicked and forgot about our “do NOT use Barrage in here!” rule, and went in, all guns blazing! Bullets flew every which-where, numerous previously neutral mobs rushed in to the attack, and we were both taken down in very short order. “Well!” said Julian/Demelzae “we could have handled that a lot better, couldn’t we!” I nodded mutely. In fact, if we’d just kept our collective heads and proceeded with our original plan to take the Silver Special Boss mob down, we could have easily handled him, as well as his “too close for our comfort” assistant! You know, we might even have been able to get away with it if only one of us had used “Barrage”, though it would have been very hairy, but with both of us – and from different sides of the two mobs – using “Barrage”, we pretty much hit every mob between us and next year, completely “shredding” our disguises, and very rapidly getting us “deaded”! :/ We ran back and collected our bodies, re-arranged our disguises, recalled our Pets, healed up, and had another shot (pardon the pun!) at the Silver Special Boss. Successfully, this time, and we didn’t even draw the attention of the near-by mob who’d come to his Boss’s assistance the first time! We cobbled our disguises together again, and triumphantly rode off, hand-in-hand, into the sunset (metaphorically speaking), with both of us waving a happy goodbye to all the once again neutral mobs on the way out. 🙂

Sunday “good” bits:

Food stuffs. For lunch we had my new invention, BCTs (Bacon, Cheese, and Tomato! 😉 ) on sourdough bread (toasted!) and I can officially declare them a rip-roaring success! I have a feeling we’ll be having them quite often, from now on! 🙂 Dinner was, of course, our “traditional” Sunday night omelets – which once again were totally delicious! There was tomato, more of my favourite Cheddar/Tasty cheese, green capsicum, pre-fried chopped onions and bacon in them, and yes, I suppose I did have a fair amount of bacon that day, but – it’s yummy, you know? For dessert I had two of my white Nectarines, and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt.

Weigh-in on Sunday morning. Was a bit better than Saturday’s weigh-in, I can tell you! I went from 66.7 kg (Saturday) to 66.4 kg (Sunday)

Monday was another WoW day for me – our cleaning lady was here in the morning, so I sat at home and soothed poor Flipper when the vacuum cleaner threatened to gobble her up (she’s terrified of two things – neither of which has ever hurt her or done anything nasty to her – going to the Vet, and the vacuum cleaner – not necessarily in that order! She also hates people whistling… I think it hurts her ears) Julian went out and did some shopping, but other than that, it was a very quiet day! Josh was over in the afternoon, and thanks to his expertise, my hair is still looking pretty good even though it’s now Wednesday!

Monday “good” bits:

Food stuffs. As Julian went out “around lunch time” because the cleaning lady was over, he brought lunch back with him – so I had a half of two different types of savoury rolls, and one of the totally scrumptious Baker’s Delight fruit and white chocolate scones. For dinner Julian cooked a recipe I’d found in a “New Idea” magazine (of all places!) that I’d bought as a magazine equivalent of “Junk Food”, however I thought that this particular recipe looked pretty good! It’s called “Dijon and Lemon Pork Steaks with Pumpkin Mash”, and let me tell you that it’s most definitely a “keeper”! It was delicious! The recipe called for 4 x pork scotch fillets, but scotch fillets can be very “fatty” – especially pork ones, so I’d told Julian to get the straight pork fillets instead. He bought two (pork fillets) cutting each fillet in half, then “butterflied” each half – that is, he cut them horizontally, but not all the way through – just enough for each piece to open up, a bit like a book? Anyway, the method paid off, and they were really nice! If you’re very good little Readers, I might even bung the recipe up for you all on my “Recipe” page! It was a little “odd” to be having mashed butternut pumpkin instead of any sort of potatoes, but it went well – and as I said, it’s a definite “keeper” recipe! For dessert I had one of my Corella pears and a dark cherry CHOBANI yoghurt.

Weigh-in Monday morning. Quelle surprise! Despite all the bacon on Sunday, I’d gone from 66.4 kg to 66.2 kg. Of course – I didn’t expect it to last…

Tuesday was a fun day, as my very favourite eldest daughter came over! As usual, after sitting in here and discussing the world’s problems for an hour or so before retiring to the lounge room and the television, we once again came to the conclusion that really and truly, everything should be left to us to sort out – we’d make a much better job of things than our current crop of no-hopers world politicians (well, it’d be damn hard not to do a better job, wouldn’t it! *Winter scowls at all current world politicians*) I tell you what – we’re both hoping that the new season’s of our favourite shows will be starting up again soon – because as much as we like “Arrow”, and “The Flash”, it’s starting to get to the “and it’s lovely Rice Pudding for dinner again!” stage… But we had a lovely day – unfortunately though, by the time she went home, I didn’t really have enough time to write anything!

And so on to Tuesday’s “good” bits! 🙂

Food stuffs. For lunch we had wraps, with Cheddar/Tasty cheese, chopped lettuce, red capsicum, ham, and our favourite butter substitute, basil-pesto hummus – very yummy, if a little “messy” to eat! For dinner last night we had Beak & Sons Wagyu Beef Sausages – unfortunately they haven’t updated their site, because I could only find a link to their “traditional” beef sausages, so you’ll just have to take my word for it – but they were very nice indeed – a little more “dense” than normal sausages, and they were easier to cut without “tearing”, too! With those we had a mixture of steamed (frozen) peas and (frozen) home-grown and totally organic leeks from our last “harvest”, chips, and because we’d run out of tomatoes, we had steamed carrots instead (not our home-grown and fully organic ones, though there’s still a lot of them still in the veggie garden!) For dessert I had my last two white Nectarines, and an Apple Le Rice.

And so to today! Last night the latest WoW Patch went “live”, so I was quite interested to see how it would pan out – as it was, I spent most of the morning updating all my Add-Ons! (extra programs to enhance some of the “default” WoW functions, which usually leave a lot to be desired!) Oh well, I’ll have to wait until tomorrow, to give the new Patch a really good “go”! As most of you know, we’ve been trying to get hold of some new “decor” for Auric and Dapple’s Fish House, as they’ve nibbled their current plastic plants down to, in some cases, long, thin filaments, which makes them look horribly “hairy”! Anyway, we’ve ordered some more, and they should be arriving “soon” – but the main rock formation piece with fish hidey-holes in it that I wanted for the centre-piece wasn’t available from the place we’d ordered the other items from, so I went hunting to see if it was available elsewhere… Google informed me that the Pet Stock store up at Knox City had them – so we went all the way up there to get one. They didn’t have any, and couldn’t (or wouldn’t?) get one in. They did, however, have a very nice alternative “log”, with plants on it…. for $84.00! Now, as I’m sure you all realise – we love little Auric and Dapple a lot – but even so, $84.00 is just a wee bit too much to pay for a plastic fake log, with plastic fake sword-fern fronds hanging off it! *sigh* Back to the drawing board! We did get a pretty deep red leafy plant (plastic, of course) and a fake plastic “rock” decoration thingy, that should hold the air hose to the aerator rock down better than the lumpy piece of white quartz that’s currently doing the job – it’s slightly smaller (alright, it’s a lot smaller!) than the nice, big, frond encrusted $84.00 fake plastic log that we wanted to get, but… that’s the way the cookie crumbles, sometimes!

Dinner’s calling to me in dulcet tones… Back soon…

09.29 pm

Well, it’s not exactly “soon”, but I’m back anyway! 🙂 We had lunch at the Shingle Inn at Knox City, and by the time we’d finished, and done a few other small errands and arrived home – it was almost time to start writing this! So much for today, so now I’ll get on with the latest “good” bits! 🙂

Food stuffs. Today, as I mentioned above, we had lunch at the Shingle Inn at Knox City. I had my usual – a BLT on sourdough, a yummy, gummy, gooey chocolate caramel slice, with a lovely almost crunchy biscuit base, almost a whole inch (2 to 3 cm?) of thick, luscious, creamy caramel, and almost a full ¼ of an inch (at least 4 mm) thick “slab” of milk chocolate on top! A really-truly “Slimming Biscuit”, from the days of yore! All that washed down with my usual “long black with a small jug of skinny milk on the side”!  Julian had a chicken and avocado “french pancake”, complete with every restaurant’s excuse for a “side salad” these days, and a rather nice looking wedge of New York Cheesecake, with a tall mug cappuccino to wash it down. Needless to say, neither of us was terribly hungry tonight, so we shared a light-ish dinner of a single pan-fried chicken breast, on a “cot” (a whimsical euphemism for “bed”!) of steamed rice in which some finely chopped spring onion had been mixed. While we were up at Knox City, I went shopping for some “proper fruit”, which I found at the fresh food market. I bought some very nice looking peaches, some yellow Nectarines (at long last!) 2 loquats – one for Julian to try, because I don’t think he’s ever had one, and one for me, because I haven’t tasted one since I was about eleven years old, and I wanted to see if they were still as nice as I remember them being. Lastly, I bought two – only two, because they were so big – brown Nashi pears. Tonight for dessert I had one of the peaches, and it was really, really nice – just at the right stage of ripeness for eating, and a Vaalia Lemon Creme yoghurt.

Weigh-in this morning. Well, all things considered, I was fairly pleased with my weigh-in this morning! I went from 66.4 kg yesterday morning… to 66.4 kg this morning! I stayed the same – however I’m sure to be up again tomorrow after my somewhat heavy “dessert” at the Shingle Inn today! :/

And now I’ve caught you all up to date! Tomorrow will probably be fairly quiet – my very favourite eldest daughter has a double dental appointment, and Julian will be chief Taxi Driver, so I’ll either spend the day WoW-ing, or catching up on my Survivor Australia episodes. Once again tonight, Flipper hasn’t eaten very much of her dinner (but then I was a little tardy in removing her beloved pussy biscuits!) but hopefully she’ll eat a bit more of her dinner before we go to bed tonight… Auric and Dapple are getting all excited about their new furniture, and are frolicking around, demanding to know when it’s going to arrive – and really, you know what? That’s about “it” from me for this evening! Do call back again tomorrow night to catch up on all the news – like: did my weight go up a lot, or only a bit? Whether or not I WoW’d or watched Survivor Australia, and how my very favourite eldest daughter fared at her dental appointments. Until then though, please try hard to bee good, remember that by swallowing nasty words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his (or her) stomach, and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to keep warm and dry – especially if you’re going to the Melbourne Cup – take an umbrella – but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂