Being “cheap” takes time …

I realised (following prompting) that once again I’d neglected this blog.  My main problem is a combination of poor time management and being “Yorkshire” which, together with having the attention span of a cocker spaniel, combine to make having a good chunk of time to write anything vaguely readable a bit of a challenge.

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In effect, we’ve had lots of expense over the last few months that I’ve spent vast amounts of time trying to reduce to a minimum.  We’ve ordered a new car to replace the one that we’ve had for about 15 years and now is developing its own version of old age  – most problems for which the garage can’t find an easy solution.  We’ve had a computer that needed replacing, and a graphics card on another that also needed replacing – new school uniforms to buy (yet again!  grrrr), a college to sort out and decisions to make over what to do during the summer school holidays.

Being proudly “Yorkshire” originally, where the folk are renowned for having “short arms and deep pockets” (ie, they don’t like spending money!), I’ve spent huge amounts of time scanning the internet for various deals, vouchers, cash-back offers and doing research on all options.

We’re also, of course, in the growing season – admittedly here in the North of England it started off fairly late with the sun only deigning to appear within the last few weeks – so we’ve been harvesting and trying to work out what to do with a variety of home grown food including strawberries, raspberries, white currants, rhubarb and new potatoes.  We’ve also now got beetroot, two different types of beans, peas, courgette, salad leaves, sweetcorn, tomatoes and squash growing, that we’re hoping have had a suitable boost over the last couple weeks of sun.  Because looking at the current weather and the forecast that may be all they’re going to get!

I’m trying to make an effort to be organised .. I regularly write myself lists of things to do, I have a Google calendar that syncs up to my computer and phone that is chock full of things we need to do on certain days, together with “tentative” events that I know need to be done, but haven’t firmed up when, yet.

In between all that, I’m having to do the usual housework and tackle an ironing pile that just seems to grow of its own accord.

There is usually something wandering around the internet that talks of someone who starts off their day with just one thing to do, yet in the process keeps finding other things to do – finally reaching the end of the day and realising that one thing – it’s still waiting to be done.  That’s usually me, only there’s never only ONE thing!

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The Needs of the Many

I’ve not written anything for a looong time.  I’ve jut not had the time.  In theory, what with me only working part time, term times, I should have bags of available time rattling around, just waiting to be filled.  But either I’m just really bad at time management or somehow I’ve managed to fill that extra time with “stuff”.  I also know that in order to write anything here, I need to devote a decent sized, uninterrupted block of time and that just doesn’t seem to happen that often.

My brain is basically a shopping list full of things that have to be done.  Most of it is highly mundane – some of it I’m avoiding (ironing, again!) – and most of it just never ends.  It might get dealt with “for now” but then it just drops a bit further down the list waiting to sneak it’s way back up again.

This week, for us, it’s half term.  The schools are off and therefore I’m off work.  I tend to use this time to help catch up on stuff that’s been lurking on the list for a while, but also things that are more difficult to arrange during term time – stuff that requires the kids to be involved.

Unfortunately, so far this week, most of my time and concentration has been focussed on the guild.  And not in a good way.  I was hoping to sneak in some time to just learn to enjoy playing WoW again.  Recently it’s just felt like a job – logging in, doing maintenance (keeping the roster tidy, website up to date, guild vault sorted), trying to plan and organise raids, being online enough to be approachable if needed whilst getting dailies done.

A few weeks ago I bought the Legion upgrade and I’ve had that big “level up” button just waiting for me to select a character to boost.  I’ve just about settled on one, but despite that, so far it’s taken me two weeks to get to that character only once to start looking at it again.

Yet one person in the guild seems to be needing my time devoted to him.  This one person has had more of my time and attention over the last few days than my own kids.  For which I feel really bad.  And rather annoyed.

This one person has somehow been involved in virtually every problem that has happened in the guild over the last 18-24 months.  The amount of hours that have been devoted to dealing with “problems” that looking back on, weren’t actually massive problems until this one person got involved, is completely stupid.

Admittedly some of the problems that he has brought to our attention have been a slight problem – but the old adage “mountain out of a molehill” springs to mind.  There was no reason why spending a few minutes dealing with them would not have sorted them out.  Yet once this person gets involved, they suddenly spring into a size out of all proportion – things happen, people leave, drama occurs, massive amounts of time and effort are put into dealing with them.

Our guild prides itself (or tries to) on being an inclusive guild.  We cater to the casual player, the casual raider, the player who has never raided but would like to give it a go.  We base our whole rulebook on being nice to others, considerate and honest.  Being able to utilise common sense, being a grown up and knowing what is right and wrong, and speaking to an officer if there is a question or problem that relates to the running of the guild or raids.

Over the last year or so, this ethos has been increasingly more difficult to honestly use as our strapline – seemingly because of one person.

I have no proof that this one person has CAUSED problems, but the past speaks for itself.  He is either someone who has a remarkable knack for attracting and growing little seeds of a problem into something big without even knowing it, or it’s happening deliberately.

In virtually every other way, he has been an asset to the guild.  He organises events, takes part in events, helps out with advice to others and takes part in guild chat.

191026-johnny-awesomeBut he also has an ability to rub people up the wrong way – not a day goes by when he will say something that subtly puts someone else down or suggests that he is better than someone else.  I suspect at least one person recently has left because they could no longer deal with this, and several other people have alluded to it in passing.

He causes problems by either trying to avoid them, even when he is involved in them, or by sending us a little “oh just to let you know” message where someone else has spoken to him about something, and then he decides to pass that information on.  But he’ll do it in a manner that makes it impossible to act upon – vague information that “some people” are having “some problem”.  He views himself as the guild information gatherer, where in fact he appears to be gathering little snippets of chat, sometimes not even directed at him, focussing them and making them into something they’re not.

Even when drama has been dealt with and over for some time, he still likes to quietly tell people all about them, re-writing history so that he’s the victim or the bystander that just somehow got dragged into things that he couldn’t control.

But as I said .. I have no actual proof – I have hearsay and huge amounts of circumstantial evidence stacked up, but no one event is enough cause in itself to say “enough is enough”.

But we are getting to the stage where enough IS enough.  WoW is a game that should be enjoyed by all.  I realise that as I’m in the position I’m in, a certain amount of “non-fun” things need to be done, however, this one person is sapping my will to do any of that – which I’ve just realised is actually horribly disrespectful and unfair to all of those people who actually do enjoy the game, do enjoy being part of the guild and the events we organise.

We’re getting to the point where, unless this person grows up very rapidly, can look back at what has happened and be TRULY honest with themselves, they’re going to have to go. There is only so much leeway we can give in the hope that it finally dawns on them.

Because I still can’t believe that one person can deliberately cause this many problems yet still want to stick around, so my only conclusion is that they just don’t realise – that perhaps they have such an inflated view of themselves that they just cannot believe it has anything to do with them.

But it is causing problems for the guild as a whole, and for the officers and myself specifically, together with anyone else caught in the middle.  And I’m losing the patience to wait for the time when they understand their role in everything that has happened.

Until they can truly understand and be honest with themselves about their role in past problems, they’re not going to be able to control themselves to prevent it happening again in the future.

I feel I have some responsibility towards this person in order to help them understand what they want and need from the game, and how they interact with others, but there is only so much I can do, or am willing to do, especially when it has such a large impact on the guild as a whole.

And the needs of the guild as a whole outweigh the needs of the one person.

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Dieting, Dieting sites and losing weight …

So … I’m overweight.  I’ve been overweight for years and years.  It didn’t happen all at once, it kinda crept up on me.  Initially I blamed the washing machine for shrinking my stuff, or Christmas (or any other special event) for putting on a little extra.  I had friends who were heavier than me and seemed happy, and decided that it didn’t matter what I looked like, as long as I was happy.

But there’s the thing … overall I was still generally happy, but I was restricting myself more and more as to what I would and wouldn’t do – the heavier I became, the less active I  wanted to be … I didn’t want to go out, because I didn’t want to show how exhausted I was when I walked up that little hill; I didn’t want to go shopping because I struggled to find clothes that fit; I didn’t want to wear short skirts or short sleeved tops because I didn’t want to show off my arms and legs … and this was all compounding the weight gain.

I was overtaking heavier friends, or they were losing weight, and I  was getting more depressed about it .. and then I’d eat to make me feel better.

Then a few things happened at once.

My husband, who likes to watch cookery programmes (a form of torture, if you ask me!), started watching a series by the Hairy Bikers, who were a couple of overweight cooking “celebs” who loved their food, who decided to lose weight by cooking more healthily; we came into a little bit of inheritance about the same time as our dishwasher died and flooded the kitchen, so we decided to get a new fitted kitchen; we decided to get the garden done at the same time, and had some raised beds put in, and space for a greenhouse (which we’re still to get, because, well, we’re tight, and greenhouses are expensive!).

Prompted primarily by the Hairy Bikers, we decided to follow their recipes together – we set ourselves targets, made the decision to weigh ourselves regularly and note those weights down, and to try to stick to a calorie controlled diet.

I have to stress at this point that we’ve tweaked the idea of “diet” in order to fit in with our lifestyle, and decided that simply “going on a diet” would not work for us … certainly not for me.  The concept of a diet for me seemed to be that you ate less, ate a restricted diet, until you got to your target weight, and then you went back to how you ate before.  You’d pay for a gym membership and spend weeks sweating buckets, then get to your target weight and stop.

But I didn’t want to do that – I wanted a “diet” that would be for life .. something that didn’t cut out all those nice things completely, that had space for cake, wine, chocolate, crisps and all the nice stuff, that didn’t require me to completely change my life, I didn’t want to be getting up at silly times in the morning to go jogging, spending hours on treadmills .. basically, I didn’t need a “diet”, I needed a change in my attitude towards food … otherwise I knew that, at some point in the future, I’d simply give up on the diet and go back to where I was before.

So .. we’re on our own version of the 5:2 diet .. 5 days a week we try our best to stick to the calorie counting.  The other two days, we let ourselves relax and eat (and drink) what we want.  Although I have to say, as the months rolled on, we still generally stick to the right foods on our two days “off” – we just tend to add a few glasses of wine into the mix!!

Because of the kitchen and garden refurbs, I enjoy spending time in the kitchen now … which is probably just as well, considering the amount of stuff we grow in the garden … we had only three raised beds put in, but boy, they produced a lot of food – and all of it healthy and low in calories.

I’m not losing the weight fast … and for a few months around Christmas time I hit a kind of plateau, although that seems to be dipping again now … but I am losing it fairly steadily.  I see people who say they’ve lost 3 stone in three months and feel a little jealous, but even thought my way is slow, the weight is dropping off and I am feeling much better.

The thing that prompted me, really, to write this post, is the amount of “clubs” out there that want a subscription for joining, and helping you diet.  I’m a bit “tight” when it comes to money .. if I see it and want it, I try to ask myself if I actually need it, and if there is a decent free alternative.  Obviously there is a reason for people paying month after month for diet clubs – and I can kinda understand it for those where you actually turn up on a weekly basis, get weighed, see presentations, mingle with others in the same boat .. but I really don’t understand paying for an online service.

Because we’ve become such fans of the Hairy Bikers Diet books, I’ve “followed” them in a few places, and received an email a while back saying they were putting together an online diet club and would I be interested … it would have forums, recipes and various weight tracking tools.  I liked the idea so, when it launched, I was straight there to sign up .. only to realise that all this stuff was locked behind a subscription service.

Well .. I’ve already paid for the books, use them regularly, so I’ll just bide my time for those extra recipes .. no doubt at some point they’ll stick them all in another book – and I’ll probably buy that.

The rest of the stuff … well I’ve been using a free site for quite some time called MyFitnessPal … it has the forums, the tracking tools .. it even has an app you can use on your smartphone to help you track calories (zap the bar-code and it’s automatically entered into your daily log, for example).

I just feel a little saddened that people, who no doubt are already making plenty of money off their TV shows, public appearances and books, seem to feel it’s fine to exploit those who really just want to get fitter and healthier … surely this is something that should be freely accessible to all?

So .. in conclusion … thanks for the kick up the bum I needed to get going, Hairy Bikers, but bigger thanks to MyFitnessPal for providing the means to track it all, for opening my eyes to how certain individual foods are stupidly bad for you, and providing the tools for free … big thumbs up 🙂

Steelseries – WHAT is going on?!

Okay .. due warning .. rant incoming!

Steelseries had a sale on several months ago, so I treated myself.  I bought a keyboard and a couple of gaming mice which had decent reviews, looked really cool and, once they were in the sale, within my price range (which is pretty low).  The only way I could justify getting the keyboard was by making it a birthday present .. so when it arrived, it got given to my husband to wrap and keep until my birthday about a month or so later.

They keyboard was a SHIFT keyboard bundle .. it has a standard keyboard “base”, and then two removable keysets .. basically keyboards that fold into 3 when not in use, or clip into place on the base.

Well, my birthday arrived, the keyboard was opened up and excitedly installed .. only to realise that I’d somehow ended up with a US version.  It was my own fault .. I had just assumed, buying a keyboard from a UK shop (okay .. their online UK version of their shop, but still ..), that I would be getting a UK keyboard.  I paid in UK currency, to a UK storefront, to be delivered to a UK destination … I don’t go into a local shop to buy something and double check if it’s going to work in this country … I just assume that, as it’s being sold in this country, it will.

Anyway .. I immediately sent Steelseries an email through their website, asking if it was possible to either exchange the whole bundle for a UK version, or just the keyset.

I waited days with no response .. so after 5 days I sent another message, just asking them to respond.

Nearly a WEEK after that .. so almost two weeks in total, I finally got a reply.  Telling me that they didn’t have a US keyboard in stock (yes .. a US version?!), but also telling me how to set my operating system up to use a US keyboard.  *sigh*

So I replied the same day saying they had possibly misunderstood my original request, and attempting to put my request in plainer English.

Then waited.

Another week went by.  I sent another “chase up” email.

Two weeks later, I have finally received another response, now telling me they don’t have a UK version either.  And that, hey, if I bought my keyboard within the last two weeks, I can have a refund!

So .. two things .. firstly .. how can the manufacturer of a keyboard NOT have a UK version of the keyboard when I know that they sell a UK version of this keyboard in a local IT store not 10 miles from where I live?  I could order it online right now, and collect it from the store tomorrow.  Unfortunately I’d have to pay non-sale price and would end up with an extra base .. but if I could afford it, I could certainly do that.

Secondly .. a refund only available within 14 days of purchase?  Notwithstanding the fact that this was bought as a gift and wasn’t even unwrapped until the 14 days were well up, it’s taken more than 14 days for them to even reply to me properly!!  You can see, in their ticket system on their website, the full list of correspondence, from start to finish, complete with dates .. and yet they still seriously tell me they can only refund within the 14 day timeframe?

I’m seriously unimpressed with Steelseries.  I’d always viewed their products, from a distance, with a kind of awe .. looking forward to the day when I could use them.  Not so impressed now.

Not only is their customer service laughable .. but to be honest, I’m not even that impressed with the gear.  Perhaps it’s just a matter of getting used to the keyboard (and of course it doesn’t help that it is a US layout, so the odd character is in the “wrong” place), but I have had several problems with the mouse too … in fact, over the years, I’ve had a whole bunch of “gaming” mice, and none have them so far have lived up to the old Logitech I used to have.  Perhaps when companies specialise, they lose touch with the basics (buttons that work consistently would be a start!)?

Perhaps they view this as the price you pay when you can’t actually afford full price?  I thought we were getting a really good deal when we bought this bundle .. at the time it was less than £30  – if I bought it on Amazon today, it would cost almost double that (and yes, now I’m double checking the obvious, but that’s for a UK version).  Perhaps I should tell Steelseries where they can buy the US and UK versions, as they’re obviously having stocking issues …

Runner Bean Chutney

DSCF3417We bought some runner bean um .. seeds? beans? to plant this year – along with most of the other things we bunged into the ground, it was a massive experiment.  We’d never grown them before and really didn’t know what to expect.  Well .. we had a rough idea as my Dad grows them regularly .. but its a different pole of beans growing them and tending them yourself, as opposed to looking at his huge contraptions draped in green stuff.

I bought a bunch of canes and basically made up some sort of framework for them to grow up, but my Dad had mentioned he’d only had less than half of his beans come up, so I thought I’d increase my chances and plant double what I needed.  I hadn’t realised I’d bought the bean/triffid cross variety …

They went mental.  You could virtually see them growing.  They got to the top of the framework I’d built and, even when I’d snipped the tops off, they still kept going up (apparently they can keep growing from below and push the tops up).  I probably missed a few tops too, because every single bean sprouted and it got difficult to keep track.  On the plus sides … we’ve not had ANY need to buy beans this year.  The flowers are lovely and the bees have been in buzzy heaven.

On the down side .. I’m really not THAT keen on runner beans – I prefer French Beans .. only at the time I hadn’t really worked out the difference!

Anyway .. one of the recipes we discovered early on (my sister-in-law had made some from her crop the year before) was this chutney … it’s gorgeous.  It’s sweet and spicy with just enough crunch.  It goes really well with ham, sausages, pork pies and various sandwiches such as cheese or bacon … we’re regularly discovering new ways to enjoy it!  Which is probably just as well, considering the crop we’re getting!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp cardamon seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 120 ml vegetable oil
  • 225 g sugar
  • 100 ml white wine vinegar
  • 750g runner beans, topped & tailed and chopped into fairly small chunks
  • salt & pepper

Method:

  1. Soften the onion, garlic and spices in the vegetable oil for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and vinegar and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the beans and simmer for 30 minutes.

I would recommend starting off with about 1kg of beans, as you reduce the weight when you top n tail.  Also .. for those larger beans, I tend to use a peeler to run along the edges to remove that “stringy” bit you sometimes get.

I cut mine into fairly small chunks .. perhaps 1cm long … but it doesn’t really matter .. it is down to your preferences.  Just remember that it still needs to be easily used later!

This makes around 3-4 standard jam jar sized jars.  Pack the beans down well, and fill any gaps with the liquid left.

Enjoy 😉

Spiced Beetroot and Orange Chutney

One of the things I mentioned recently was a glut of extra produce we’ve had in the garden this year.  It has been the first year we’ve grown more than a few tomato plants and a few bits n bobs, so we were (still are) complete novices about how much different plants grow and produce.  I guess some of it depends on technical things like soil conditions and weather, etc, but we have learned quite a bit this year about different vegetables in particular – and we’ve also had to work out what to do with what we’ve grown!

Personally, I’m originally a “Yorkshire lass” – and do try to stick to those values as much as possible, mainly because they make sense to me .. primarily to try to be canny with my money and not to waste stuff.  That has lead us to trying lots of new recipes and spending hours researching what we could do with all this extra food.  Chutney is one of the main things with a lot of stuff, and so far we’ve made three different types – green bean, green tomato and beetroot.

They all have different things going for them and all have distinctive flavours and textures .. but currently my favourite (perhaps because I only just made it yesterday!) is the beetroot one.

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As far as time taken is concerned .. it takes less time than green tomato chutney (last time I made that it was a whole day job!), but more than the bean relish (about an hour, including preparation).

It is one of the most gorgeous smelling chutneys … it reminds me of Christmas … all those spices and orangey goodness.  Yummm 🙂

So … for your delectation, should you have a glut of beetroot, here is the recipe I used:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ kg raw beetroot, trimmed, peeled and diced (wear gloves!)
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 3 eating apples, peeled and grated
  • zest and juice 3 oranges
  • 2 tbsp white or yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed
  • 1 tbsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 700ml red wine vinegar
  • 700g golden granulated sugar

Method:

In a preserving pan or your largest saucepan, mix together all the ingredients well. Bring to a gentle simmer, then cook for 1 hr, stirring occasionally, until the chutney is thick and the beetroot tender.

While the chutney is cooking, prepare your jars by running through a short hot wash in your dishwasher. Or wash thoroughly by hand, then put in a hot oven to sterilise for 10-15 mins. Once the chutney is ready, let it settle for 10 mins, then carefully spoon into the jars and seal while still hot. You can eat it straight away but it will be even better after a month. Will keep for up to 6 months in a cool dark place. Once opened, refrigerate and eat within 2 months.

A few tips that may be of some use … remember to cube the beetroot into “chutney” size chunks; I’m really not very glove friendly, so I simply used some barrier cream on my hands (and allowed to be absorbed) before chopping.  It didn’t stop my hands getting coloured completely, but it certainly prevented the worst of it and, less than a day on, there is no sign of any staining left.

We had a little bit left over, so we had it, still warm, with a beef stew and some mash, and it was gorgeous 🙂

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Slacking … again

Yes, I know. No excuse. Well, I’m going to make some anyway … but first …  I got a surprise visit from Navimie of The Daily Frostwolf. Apparently she’s been stalking me for a while, but I’m a hard woman to track down 😛

Unfortunately I’d just gone into an LFR with a couple of guildees when she contacted me, so I was conscious of her sat waiting for me to finish, but things were going smoothly and I get very little chance to run LFR’s due to work and other real life stuff – as well as our normal guild raid night(s) etc.  Unfortunately things started going downhill when we lost tanks, then people forgot the tactics (or got distracted *eek!*) … so when we wiped on the last one, and one of my guildees (who also happened to be my OH (erm … Other Half .. for those not in the know!)) had to leave to fulfil his duties as a taxi service, I left too.  Massive apologies to the remaining guildee who I’d forgotten about!!

Anyway, we managed to have a brief chat before she had to go off to work, and I got to show off my new pet:

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She also gave me a talking to for not updating my blog 😛

So … what have I been doing to keep me away from blogging?  Hmm .. gardening (is that a bit sad to confess to?) is one of the main things.  Not that the actual planting of seeds and tending them took a huge amount of time, but we splashed out and had some raised beds put in the back garden, and we perhaps overdid the produce .. so we’ve been frantically trying to eat it all!  We grew: potatoes, beetroot (3 types), courgette, salad leaves, turnips, runner beans, celeriac, garlic, sweetcorn, leeks, strawberries and raspberries.

This little lot was all collected on one day …

DSCF3547So we’ve spent many hours trying to work out what do to with them all .. the beetroot, beans and courgette have all gone bonkers.  The beans especially have grown triffid-like, to the point where their “wigwam” has buckled under their weight and we’ve had to prop it all up in a Heath Robinson method.  It has survived through several very windy days and nights, torrential rain .. we’re just waiting to see if the onset of winter will finally kill them off, or if we’re going to have to go in with machetes!  On the plus side, the bean relish is lovely, only takes 30 mins to cook, and can be eaten straight away 😛

I spent an entire day one weekend making a silly amount of spicy green tomato chutney .. I won’t know if it worked for a few months though.  In the next week or so, the remaining beetroot is getting the same treatment.  If we find enough jars 😛

Other than that .. it just seems to have been a constant round of housework, shopping, ironing, filling in various forms, birthdays and trying to fit in a bit of relaxation on the computer as well.  Oh .. my printer died as well, so I had to do some research on buying a new one (which is brilliant, by the way .. new Canon Pixma IP7250 – it actually prints out photographs that look like I’ve had them developed “properly”.  Well chuffed 🙂 )

Kids are happy too, as it means their homework doesn’t look quite so bad anymore.

When I have had time to get into WoW .. well, one day a week, minimum, is raid night.  Three nights a week I can only spend an hour or two maximum on, on an evening (sometimes manage to sneak on during the day though, for an hour) .. the remaining three evenings are taken up with LFR, helping guildees or just farming.  I have soooo many projects half finished it’s just not funny any more.  I had set myself a project of making the various engineer mounts prior to having to save for the new Golem one, but only got two of the oldest done.  I’ve been trying to collect all the pets, and have nearly all of those tameable from the wild, but still many many to go that drop off bosses, etc.  I’ve also been trying to collect mounts, but I’ve only managed to make a half-hearted attempt at farming Kara and Auchindoun.  Then of course the Timeless Isle turned up … *sigh* …

I’ve just started to attempt the Celestial Tournament – mainly because I really want those cool pets, but it has made me aware that there are still a lot of pets that I seem to need, that I haven’t got to level 25 yet …. so back to BBB’s method of levelling them.WoWScrnShot_101113_085501

I’ve also been having a bit of a play with my User Interface.  The default one had been annoying me for a while .. I think primarily because of those graphics either side of the spell bars at the bottom.  Icy Veins had been pushing people towards Elvui, so I had a crack with that, and it is a really nice interface … immensely customisable but not particularly pretty.

I’ve been toying with the idea of trying Spartan UI for a while – I first considered it years ago, but at the time I just couldn’t get it to look right on my fairly small monitor.

I’ve upgraded my monitor (probably more than once) since then, and I spotted it on a screenshot elsewhere recently and was reminded of it again.  I looked into it, but found that the original authors no longer seemed to support/update it.  However, someone does seem to have taken it over, so I’m giving it a go.  I’m having a couple of problems with it, which primarily boil down to not being able to set how I like the layout on one character and then being able to copy that over to another.  For example, I tend to offset the interface slightly to the right, so I have more space for my chat window.

Sure .. there is the “copy profile” option there, but it doesn’t seem to work.

The other problem I’m having is almost the opposite .. sometimes when I sort the bars out for one character, it affects the location of spells, etc, on another.  So still trying to break it in, at the moment.

I would also like to be able to use my standard key bindings as I did with both the Blizzard and Elvui interfaces .. in that those buttons on the bottom left row were assigned to numbers.  I have done this, but I suspect that, in SpartanUI, the “bottom left” bar from the other interfaces is actually the “top left” .. meaning that when another vehicle bar pops up I can’t use my number buttons any more for the vehicle buttons.  And another thing .. in pet battles, the SpartanUI disappears, as it should, however, it is still there when I’m on my farm weed wrangling … ?

I guess I’m just going to have to spend more time staring at my screen scratching my head ….