Here are a few things I learned while trying to do the Lumby Hard Diary:
*It is possible to get from lvl 62 smithing to lvl 68 with minimal complaining. Not for me of course, but it is possible for others.
*Spottier capes don't necessarily have any more spots than the spotted cape.
*Blood talismans are hella hard to get a hold of.
*Blood talismans are hella easy to sell back for the exact same price.
*No matter how many times you try to make her, Wizard Elriss will NOT turn your new omni talisman into a tiara for you.
*The runecrafting guild is entirely too full for only 3 wizards that have names.
*After getting 1616 total lvl it is funny to not claim the fireworks. Then when people ask about who got the "99" call the mystery person a nolyfing bot.
*Pure Essence gives more runes then Rune Essence. After 50+ trips to the water alter with Rune Essence I would get between 85-95 water runes. 1 trip with Pure Essence I get 101. WIN.
*Sleep deprivation is great.... until you have to get up for work.