Monday, October 18, 2010


I just found out I am working NIGHT SHIFT on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. 

I must have really pissed someone off :-(

Added on 25 November: Just found out I am also working night shift through New Year too.
Double :-(

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Topsy-turvey is how I feel at the moment. I have been busy moving my daughter home from the city where she has been living for the past two years. My poor little 1490cc car has done several round trips - 1,000km each time, and fully laden on the return journey.

The furniture removal truck I had ordered would only take 20 cartons in addition to the furniture, you see, hence my having to transport everything else :-(

The final trip was last Monday. Bearing in mind it is late spring (almost summer, in fact) I was horrified to encounter this on the long mountainous and winding and climbing stretch of road that traverses two mountain ranges:

I was not best pleased at this development. However, the timing was good because the snow plough and grit truck had not long been through, so the road itself wasn't too bad. Lucky for me since I didn't have chains and would have had to turn back otherwise.

The return journey was also harrowing. The snow had gone, only to be replaced with gale-force winds. By the time I arrived home my arms were aching and tired from fighting the steering wheel for 4 hours straight. I was very glad to have a fully-laden car for that trip as the extra weight helped combat the winds.

What seemed like a thousand cardboard boxes were flattened and put out for the recycling truck today, and suddenly the house seems to be returning to order. There is still a lot to do, but just getting rid of the boxes has had an enormous visual impact.

Oh, and by the way, my daughter brought these with her:

Her baby rats, Heidi and Audrina.
And daughter is making her presence known to the poor, long suffering dog too:

Poor, poor Otter. So humiliating.

On a brighter note, I have my bed to myself again since daughter's cat has abandoned me and returned to sleeping on her bed.

Sweet, sweet LEG ROOM again!