Good Friday, starting a holiday weekend, and a very long one at that.
Apparently Good Friday should be a day for miracles, or the start of miracles, or something like that. We had our own today, where the previously dormant lawn mower, that has refused all activity in the last three months, finally decided to work this morning, for no apparent reason.
So with everything else closed, today was an excellent day for housework action, and I moved nearly all of the now insanely high grass. We’d done the front a while ago (well, Dad brought over his mower and did it for me!), but the back had gone nuts. No one else can see it, so we’d left it, and it had literally become several feet high in places.
But I became the man possessed today, and powered through tonnes of green stuff, in what could seriously be seen as hard work. But it felt good!
And finally, we have a backyard again, and despite the fact that the yard really is terrible and bizarrely uneven, at least the grass is nice and short again, and we can use it, and the kids can use it, and it has some real function. Next stop, making the garage the new “office”.
As in difficult. It’s all good really, but sometimes small children can just drive you nuts.
Alex is getting really frustrated with not being able to communicate with us properly… we want to try some more sign language just to help him out with that.
And Alex seems to have killed my mobile phone, unbelievably enough (he took off with it and it ended up soaking wet… I think he might have dunked it in the toilet). The poor old thing was nearly five years old, I was looking to get it replaced in a few months anyway, but now I might have to rush that… and maybe get a plan. Maybe an iPhone?
Will seems frustrated with a lot of things, but is also just very silly at times as well. That’s mostly to be expected for a kid a month off five years old, but his silliness is very deliberate.
Anyway, the best thing is that their bad behaviour is only a small part of the time. Most of the time they really are great kids. We got some professional pics back today of them that we got done a few weeks ago, and they’re just beautiful. I’ll definitely put a version on the site when we get the digital disc in a few weeks.
It’s still nearly all good
It appears that now is a good time to get into the property market. If you have a job, and money for a deposit (or access to it), of course. Interest rates are low, the market is kind of low… and if you pick the right neighbourhood, your weekly repayments can be barely higher and sometimes even the same as rental costs, which are ridiculously high right now…
Of course, this is only vague speculation in a personal sense, even if everyone else is doing it. I went out with my brother this morning to look at an apartment he might buy. He’s in the market now, being in a rather different position to me. Starting small of course, but good for him. We checked out the place, and he liked it but will keep looking.
If I get into this, it will be something much bigger, but still surprisingly manageable, though there’s a million hurdles to encounter for the initial startup and deposit.
And yes, this has partially come from having a hideously bad real estate manager, and a somewhat poor house to live in (again), and wondering if right now we can do better. Still such a long way to go, but maybe…
I seemed to spend most of today cleaning the house. I don’t really mind that at all … as long as it isn’t too repetitive, it’s a nice feeling, to get your “mansion” clean and liveable. The kid’s room got a final makeover and cleanup, though there’s short odds on that lasting long. The loungeroom is looking good, so good that we were able to put up the Christmas tree tonight. That sits in a perfect place in the corner of the room. Better than the setup last year, that’s for sure.
Had the usual Daily Show marathon of last week’s shows tonight. Seemed on a definite upswing from just after the election. It’s like they wondered for a week or two what they’d do wth Obama, until they realised it doesn’t always have to be about the President. Just cause Bush gave them so much material doesn’t mean that Obama is the only place to get material going from now. And you can’t escape the feeling that the disaster economy is also going to give them lots of material… it’s like the worse things are, the more there is to laugh about.
I realised, and I hope the Daily Show staff have, that they’ve had it way too easy with Bush these past eight years. Comedy has been literally handed to them, week after week. I think it will be good for them to have to look with more imagination at what’s in the news, rather than have Bush just bring it all for them. And that’s something they’re joking about now, and will until Obama takes office. It’s a whole new world for The Daily Show, but I think they can handle it.
Only interrupted that marathon to watch Californication. It’s fanciful in some ways, and really romantically sweet in others. I admit I enjoy it largely because of its “ode to writing” aspects, but it’s romantic as well, and when you figure you’ve found the right person yourself, a similar story appeals. Plus, it’s got a lot of hot naked women, and it’s damn funny too And isn’t Natascha McElhone just perfect in it?
Late now… did manage to watch a Daily Show marathon including the election night special. Magnificent stuff!
Have found however that writing on the weekend, at home, seems far less easy, even though I should be loaded with free time for it. But I guess I’m loaded with more distractions too.
Hmmm… will have to see what I can do there.
A funny thing is watching Alex dance and slide across the wood floor, deciding he has to avoid the vacuum cleaner at all cost when I’m cleaning the room. He was laughing the whole time, and knew it was funny too.
A funny thing is watching Will partially imitate the Haka before the League test (Australia won easily, naturally). He really only clapped and waved his arms around, but I like that he found it interesting.
A funny thing is how Will’s really taken to singing Wiggles songs all the time now. I mean, it’s adorable, but it’s funny too. And he seems to be interested in playing cricket, which is not unexpected, and should mean much fun too…
A funny thing is that I cleaned up heaps of the house today, unpacked most everything in the main rooms, and generally made large parts of the house quite clean, which is odd, and funny, given it’s only been a couple of weeks since we moved in (last house it took months). But I like this place more, I think.
Nice day, hope to see more.
It’s amazing how you can go shopping, think you won’t spend that much, but then spend lots, but then realise that it was all necessary anyway.
We bought a bunch of new house things. It’s always how it goes — when you move there’s always a whole list of things you need that you either didn’t have before, lost, or just need to replace. It’s of course reasons 6,234,563 why having to move house a lot is a bad thing. Here’s hoping we can avoid it again for a couple of years at least.
I bought new shoes — again, something I’ve put off for several weeks, if not months. Was wearing an awful old pair of shoes last week, structurally fine and look fine, but feel terrible. My feet have spent most of the week with a patchwork of band-aids. New shoes, reasonable decent ones but well priced. Hopefully they’ll last a while.
Had a decent grocery shop — can hardly argue with that. Need to eat and all that. It wasn’t Aldi, but it was surprisingly good value.
Will had a great time on the playground there, as he’s had a few times each week. The shopping centre playgrounds are useful things for the harried parent, especially if there’s a coffee shop next door Will loves the chance, and he screams louder with joy than any other kind there.
Watching a marathon of new episodes of The Shield tonight… till really late. Some serious Vic Mackey bad-assery as they hit the home stretch of the final season. Brilliant stuff.
The moving is officially over. Did the last bit of cleanup today and gave the keys back to the real estate office. Still lots of unpacking here, but looking for more normalicy anyway.
So we have quiet mornings and some afternoon trips and chores, and room cleanups. Normal stuff. Could do with that right now.
Note: My old laptop is literally falling apart on me… must get office setup!
Yes, still moving, a little. Went to work in the day, and had a fairly terrible time of it. Might write about that a little more, but while there’s so many problems there, I need an attitude alteration as well (for my own sake–the job be damned.)
But I spent the evening doing some moving, still. The shortest stretch in a week though, because there isn’t much left now, thankfully. We’ve got an extention until Saturday, and there’s just a few things to pick up, and a lot of cleaning/garbage removal to do (which is important because we don’t want to have to pay someone else to do it.) Wasn’t too hard, and I was back home by 9.30pm (way better than the last few days), so we even had dinner at a saner hour as well.
Checked out the season one finale of “Life”, which I’m really liking. It’s an exciting cop show, but it’s oddly off-kilter and metaphysical in a really interesting way. Damian Lewis doesn’t get talked about like Hugh Laurie in House, but he’s another interesting English actor doing interesting things as the lead of a US show, playing an odd character. And I prefer Life to House, but that’s at least partially because I’ve always preferred cop shows to medical shows.
Just think… the moving will all be over soon…
Back at work today (despite the not-quite-finished moving status), and feeling pretty crap. Quiet day, everyone else is on deadline here, leaving me to struggle with the same old shit that I always have to deal with, with the same ridiculous problems that have no chance of being solved, it would appear.
I am really just becoming the poster-child for work-hating these days. And the problems are just so systematic and built into the situation — they’re not easily changed. It’s ridiculous.
Or maybe I’m just still exhausted. I mean, I know I’m still exhausted. Whether or not that is creating my rotten mental state, or just emphasising it, remains to be seen.
Barrel of laughs today, aren’t I?