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That was my day yesterday, researching more in-depth on Keto and playing The 12 Labours of Hercules. We started Keto again yesterday, January 2nd, and I found myself wanting to eat just for the sake of … eating … I guess, so I distracted myself by finishing achievements in this super cute little game. I am trying not to buy anymore games until I’ve played more of the ones I already have. I’m assuming I got this game on a sale at some point and wish I’d gotten the others as well. They’re great for distraction and when you don’t want to deal with a super involved ‘break out the notebook so you can keep track of your characters’ kind of game. The graphics are cute, the game play (on some levels) takes a *little* strategy and the achievements come easy. There’s three more games in the series and I WANT THEM ALL! You have to gather resources: food, wood and coin. You need food to keep your energy up for gathering and building. You use the wood to repair bridges and eroded or otherwise destructed bits of pathways so you can finish your tasks. Sometimes you have to free prisoners who, in turn, work for you giving you extra man-power to complete your tasks on time. You also free other Greek mythological peeps who, also, become part of your team. It’s a simple yet, to me, satisfying game to play and it did the trick to keep me out of the fridge!
Since starting this post I’ve had to quiet and play with a crying baby while his mother took a shower, get lunch for 4YO and sit for discussion with one of my kids. This is why I rarely blog anymore … no quiet time to devote to a post.
Anyway, I wanted to talk Keto for a bit. All five of us are doing it but not in the same way. Three of us are doing no more than 20 carbs a day. One is trying to stay under 50 a day and the other is limiting themselves to 100 carbs a day. So! I’m cooking for 20 carbs a day and the other two can do whatever with the rest of their carbs. I’m using a guesstimate on how many proteins I need. I do not know my body fat percentage, nor do I care to if I’m honest (shudder!) so I’m using a min/max based on approximates to determine how much protein I can eat without kicking me out of ketosis (once I’m in it, that’s VERY important). You multiply your weight in pounds by 0.6 to get your minimum and by 1.0 to get your maximum amounts of protein per day. Going under your minimum can cause you to lose muscle and going over your maximum can kick you out of ketosis. I stayed well under (and over!) yesterday so I’m on the right track with both carbs and protein. What worries me is the amount of calories I ate yesterday.
My day end totals yesterday were 1,741 calories, 19.5g (net) carbs and 159.8g protein. If I’d remembered the amount of chili that makes a serving correctly my totals would have been 1,512 calories, 17.25g carbs and 126.8g protein. I wish I hadn’t goofed on the chili because those calories feel high to me. I’ve read calories aren’t the MOST important thing to watch on keto, that following keto properly tends to keep you from overdoing it on calories. But, 1,741? If I want to lose weight, isn’t that a TON? I’m confused and disappointed in myself and, try as I might, couldn’t find a definitive one-way-or-the-other answer on this after at least two hours searching JUST for that answer last night. Frustrating!
Breakfast was a slice of quiche, lunch was (2 servings) of chili and the above picture was dinner: Lazy Keto Chicken and (overly) steamed broccoli. By the way, I’m not sure if my vision is messing up or if I just took a bad picture. I’m changing some settings in my phone and, hopefully, it’ll help. Anyway, I also had three cups of coffee, each with a tablespoon of heavy cream and two drops of liquid sucralose and, after dinner, made pesto keto crackers and ate three of those. I *really-super-badly* wanted a cheddarwurst last night but that would have added another 200 calories, 2g carbs and 8g protein. UGH. I love eating cheddarwurst at night. I really, really, really do! But, not enough to give up my coffees.
I started this post several hours ago. Should have been posted at least two hours ago. Such is life. I have laundry waiting and need to eat lunch. Have a happy!
If you’re not into spoilery information you may not want to read this post because I’m so excited over a new feature in the update, Welcome amiibo, I’m going to talk about it. Actually, I’m going to talk about a couple of new features so, if you’re still reading, consider yourself warned.
I read on Twitter that it was possible to sell your town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and was confused. Since when, and, to be more specific, why on EARTH would I want to sell my town after putting so much work into it? I read about Welcome Amiibo, the update for ACNL and, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, was intrigued. The idea of starting over really does appeal to me. It’s why I have so many low level alts in LotRO, after all. My altism is caused by the urge to start over fresh, have new and maybe different adventures … second chances! The more I thought about it the more I was game, but not until I ran all over my town to find Tex, my all-time favorite resident, and take a picture with him. For memories sake, you know.
Once my decision was made I ran to Tom Nook because I’d read he’s the one who bought your town. He made no offer whatsoever so I ran to Isabelle who also knew nothing of selling my town. If you’re not sure how to sell you do so through Isabelle when you start the game. When talking to her before loading into your town you’ll get the option to “Recreate” or “Delete” your existing town. Choose the recreate option and she’ll hook you up with Tom Nook who will offer to buy your town and your catalog. You can sell your town and keep your catalog but I opted to sell both because I was starting over fresh and, well, I’m an ‘all-or-nothing’ kind of person when it comes to starting over. Who cares if it’s more work? All. In.
I made just shy of 30 million bells for both my town and catalog. I may be starting fresh but I can promise you town building will go much quicker this round! I was officially welcomed as mayor and then ran around to meet my five residents. You must have a rating of 100% in order to get your building permit started, something I didn’t realize the first time. I’d read in the release notes (I skimmed them, really) something about daily quests and MEOW coupons. You’re given 10 MEOW (Mutual Exchange of Wealth) coupons to start with and can earn more via the daily quests system. I have earned a few coupons but I’ve yet to pull up my TPC, Town Pass Card, to see the daily quests. I keep forgetting. The dispenser, or ATM for the MEOW coupons, is right by Town Hall. You use the coupons to buy furnishings and apparel from Harvey and his RV guests in the RV park that’s now in your town. I’ve spent a few coupons already and bought a bunny hood from Zipper T. Bunny who’d come to the RV to sell goods in the off-season. How cool is that?
I don’t know if the amiibo camera is new or not but, when starting your game there’s a list of options after pressing the ‘start’ button (A) and the amiibo camera is in that list. You can take pictures of your ACNL self out in the real world. I was sitting at my desk when I saw the camera so I had to get Ranni on Ciri’s shoulder (yes, people, that’s still my desktop background because I ❤ Geralt!!!) for a quick picture. That’s the only one I took as this isn’t something that interests me, but I can see how this could be fun.
I was busy shaking trees when a text bubble from ??? popped up asking me to find them. ??? was kind enough to tell me when I’d walked in the wrong direction as I looked for them and it took me a bit to finally find the lamp sitting on the ground not too far from me. ??? had me take the lamp to my house so we could talk.
Once inside I interacted with the lamp and Wisp popped out! Wisp can’t stay out of the lamp in this form for very long so he asks that you use an amiibo card and allow him to take the form of whichever card you use. I have an NFC reader (got mine with AC:Happy Home Designer but you can buy a reader separately) and a few amiibo cards so I grabbed Roald, an adorable jock penguin and swiped his card over my reader.
Isn’t he cute? Wisp will grant you one wish daily and give you a few MEOW coupons. I’ve used the lamp twice now, the second time with Isabelle. She gave me the option of asking for a gift or ‘anything else’. The anything else option was a tea set. Not bad. Roald, however, gave me the option of moving in to my town as a resident!!! Oh, and, of course, getting a gift. The gift was a foosball table. ANYWAY. I got to thinking about the option of moving in as a resident. Isabelle already lives in town (Town Hall, assuming she has a cot in the back or something) so, naturally, she couldn’t offer that option. BUT. What about Tex, my most favorite resident in the history of ever??? I could get him back in my town, perhaps, if I had a Tex card! OMG, this blows my mind! Sadly, I don’t have a Tex card and I’m not paying $10 bucks (USD) to get one. I’d pay that for a couple of 6 packs of cards, yes, but not just for a Tex card, even though I love him so.
Tex is in Series 4 of the amiibo cards so I ordered two sets of them from Amazon. There are 100 cards per set so who knows if I’ll get a Tex. Or when. They’re out of stock at the moment. HNNNGGHHH! I’m hoping he moves in to town on his own. My town will most likely be full by the time I get his card!
I have fossils to find, rocks to smack and trees to shake so I’d best be off. If you want a new friend here’s my friend code: 2509-4065-3801. Be sure to leave a comment giving me your friend code as you have to ‘friend back’ in order for it to work. Now, to go work on my town!
I was sitting at my desk late last night holding Doc while watching videos. He was on my shoulder and turned so he could also watch my screen. I looked at him, tired and slightly swaying in my arm, and leaned in to tell him, “You look drunk”. Glued to the video we were watching, he picked up his arm and punched me right in the eye. Hard! It was so perfectly timed I laughed in surprise. He immediately spun his face around and gave me the dirtiest look. I swear, he may only be six months old but, sometimes, I’d swear he understands exactly what I say and do. 4YO, as smart as she is, can be a complete goofball. I was feeding the fish this morning when I sneezed. She spun around and yelled at me, “WHAT’S GOTTEN IN TO YOU??” and left me speechless for a moment. I dunno, dust? Allergies? Maybe it scared her. Who knows.
A few weeks ago (within the last couple months?) I asked Bear, 4YO’s dad, why they didn’t help out much around the house with dishes, household laundry, picking up, … He thought a moment and said they didn’t have to, that I was here. Think I’ve washed dishes twice since then. It struck a nerve pretty hardcore! That said, Britt, 4YO’s mom, has really stepped up and washes dishes several nights a week now. How cool is that? I need to get back to doing chores when they need to be done instead of this hit-and-miss thing I’ve been doing. Mike went back to work in September after being out for over a year and I’m still struggling to find ‘normal’ again. I know it’s there but everything feels like a great big bowl of limbo. I detest that feeling!
Speaking of limbo, oof. We’re selling our house to Bear and Britt. The bank sent an appraiser out to look at the house and property and, whoo_boy, there are things we have to fix before we can sell it to them. The front porch has exposed wood and some of it’s bad wood. This we knew and had planned to replace because it really does need it. When talking to Bear about the porch he said not to worry, that he’d take care of it when he could. The bank says NO. The concrete steps to the porch need work also. One of them is crumbling on the side (and by crumbling I mean the part where it meets the wall of the ‘stoop’ has crumbled away so much you could stick a garden trowel into it easily. When we planned to replace the porch we were going to extend the porch over where the steps are and build new ones. Bank says to fix them. All of this makes perfect sense to me.
The small garage has to be scraped and painted. That one surprised me. The big shock, however, was the big building. When we bought the place people came by just to tell us that building wasn’t built with enough supports for the roof (IIRC) and said it wouldn’t last another year, to not put vehicles or storage items in it. That was over 11 years ago. We even had a tornado come through and it’s still standing. The fact that it’s still there surprises us, too! We’ve been wanting to replace it ever since we bought the house but, money. It takes more than we could spare so it’s still there. I wrote that building off years ago because it wasn’t in our long-term plans. We knew we wanted it replaced before Mike retired but it wasn’t until a year ago that we started giving it more thought in terms of, ‘do we want to keep a building there or move the replacement elsewhere on the property’ kind of thought. The bank wants the big building torn down.
That sucks. It’s November and not the most ideal weather for painting, but to tear that building down now? Ho_lee smokes! Bear’s going to talk to the bank and see if they’ll give him extended time to take care of the building and go ahead with the loan. If not he’s hoping switching from a FHA (?) loan to a conventional will do the trick. I do not understand the difference in these types of loans but I hope this works as long as it doesn’t put Bear and Britt through too much trouble.
The house we were wanting to buy, the one I had my heart set on, is pending sale. It wasn’t my dream house but it had so much to love. A fireplace in a cozy living room. Two bathrooms. Double recessed ovens with a cook top. Glass fronted cabinets with recessed lighting INSIDE in the kitchen. Enough bedrooms so Mike and I could have one of OUR OWN! It’s been over three years since we’ve had our own room!!! Two acres for Mike to putter around on, something he adores more than anything. Dude loves to be out in the yard! Closets! Every single bedroom has a nice sized closet! Tons of built-in storage through-out the house. An enclosed all-weather porch with a big deck out front. A balcony on the second floor out back. A basement for more than just heavy appliances and storage. We wanted to put my consoles, a TV and couch in one of the rooms in the basement. Oh, it was such a sweet house and not too far from where we are now.
Seeing the house was pending sale felt like a gut-punch. Oh wells, on to bigger and better, right? Hopefully this house will be in Bear and Britt’s name soon and we can start working on getting a new one. I really don’t like this limbo feeling at all. I want normal again and I want it fast. We’re getting there, I just need a bit more patience.
… BUT, the game wanted me to think it might not happen! I was close to a science victory and knew it, but was afraid some other civilization would beat me to a win with a religious win. The Missionary game they had going was inTENSE! Germany’s religion was Catholicism, Scythia’s was Islam and Peter, from Russia, went with Eastern Orthodoxy. They sent hordes of Missionaries and Apostles out to the masses! Everyone’s religion, as shown on the name plate for each city, was constantly changing. Most of the week this made me happy and I wanted to see them fight it out because if they were focused on converting all the civilizations then I could focus on Arabia and try to beat them to the science victory I so desperately wanted. The count for who had the most religious followers changed every time I checked the ingame scorecards. Then Scythia lost any chance of winning and started declaring war on both City-States and Germany. Repeatedly. I lost count of how many Generals she managed to acquire. Germany and Russia, however, stoked the fires between them and continued to battle it out for Jesus and I grew bored keeping up with them. I had my own win to make happen, after all.
Then I got the warning Russia was close to victory! I quickly checked the score card and saw that Russia had overtaken Germany and was close to a win. I read that you need to be the dominant religion in every civilization and saw that mine was still a mix of two religions (Russia and Germany) but that most people in my civ still followed the Pantheon I’d started, Divine Spark. Feeling pretty good about that I then reread the alert about Russia’s impending victory and saw it was for a culture win. Culture? Really? I don’t understand that win just yet because, when I look at the score card for it, I see myself having more tourists by number.
If I’m reading this correctly (spent some time this morning staring at it) my tourists to America are FROM America, and those don’t count? I wasn’t doing much to attract them intentionally as I was focusing my efforts on researching tech and launching rockets and pod units into space, but I thought I was doing better with the culture requirements because my numbers were higher. Arabia led the game on Culture, a good half of the game. The first couple of days playing this game, I led in Science, Culture and Score. How Russia came up and snagged the top spot (when it looks like Arabia still has it to me), I dunno.
Either way, Teddy and I worked very very hard to pull out this Science Victory!!! I think I could have achieved this win sooner if I had paid better attention to my research in the beginning of the game. It wasn’t until after turn 250 that I realized I might not be on the path I’d thought I was and had to buckle down if I wanted to win. I ran with five cities (Scythia and Arabia each had, like, a billion and fifty!) and focused my trade routes on science until I started building rockets. Then I switched them to production focus. I had Spaceports in three cities but only used two to build so I focused the other three cities on research grants to try and earn the last bits of research quicker. When my last pod launched and earned me the win, a turn or two AFTER the message Russia was close to winning, btw, I didn’t do my usual victory dance. I was so exhausted I gave a quick thought to just sleeping in my chair so I wouldn’t have to climb the stairs to bed. It was worth it though. Teddy and I both are very happy with our Chieftain progress. Can we do this at the next level (is it Warlord or Prince)? I have no idea. The other civilizations are so intense and aggressive! A win on a higher difficulty would be SWEET!