I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet — but the COVID swab from last week came back negative, which is good news. New Zealand saw 41 new cases today, bringing us up to 148 total. Still seeing an increase in cases each day for the moment, but we’re expecting to see the effects of the lockdown start bringing the daily count downward again by the end of the week.

Fingers crossed!

Be that as it may, I’m still sick. Still chugging along, but decidedly ‘meh’. I attempted a short walk last night, and it was a big mistake and ultimately what convinced me I needed to revisit GP for something else to help shake this thing, since otherwise, the antibiotics end tomorrow.

Image break. This one is from Returnal.

That I’d independently decided I needed to go back turned out to be a good thing this time, though. Yesterday evening, the Ministry of Health ‘Places of Interest’ for COVID cases was updated to include a place my team had been a couple of weeks ago, precisely at the time of interest. So now — despite the negative test result last week — I have to go for another test later today.

Overall, I’m fine. Just tired- and the main way that manifests here is indirectly through the lack of gaming activity to speak of. I had a quick look at ManicTime, and it’s looking like this might be one of my lowest gaming hour months ever. Certainly at least, in a good long time.

Which is something of a problem for a gaming blog, let me tell you! Particularly one attempting to post daily.

I did jump into Final Fantasy XIV last night for a little bit though — and completed The Antitower dungeon as part of the post-HW MSQ.

I didn’t expect that outcome. In retrospect, FFXIV has shown me it’s willing to not pull punches, but still. Poor Thancred. Very unhappy.

The other thing it showed me though, is despite the general lack of gaming this month as I use the time to rest instead, and the rebelling against sticking to any of the previously articulated plans — I’m still not done with FFXIV just yet.

I’m less sure I’ll get through all current content before Endwalker hits but I’m also more OK with that, should that be true.


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Nimgimli · August 24, 2021 at 4:10 pm

Those games aren’t going anywhere! Rest up and get better!! Glad the 1st test came back negative and looking forward to hearing that the 2nd one was negative, too!

    Naithin · August 24, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Aye, not pushing it too hard. :) Just come back from having 2nd test done, so should hear in a few days. Test processing understandably under a huge backlog of tests at the moment.

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