Everything but the kitchen sink.

Here’s some updates since the last time I posted.

We still don’t have DSL. We’re in the “waiting for Telstra” stage, and as soon as they get their act together, Internode is going to contact us and we’ll get the rest of the servers over here. And it’s still painfully slow using a modem. Ugh.

In the “why didn’t I think of this before?” category, I made pancakes this morning on the barbecue. Because there’s this huge flat plate on it (two of them actually), and so I can do six pancakes at once instead of one at a time. Which really cuts down the cooking time, and they don’t get cold so quick, except I didn’t realise at first that I’d need to run it hotter than we do for cooking meat. But now I know, so next time it’ll be real quick.

We got a ladder today. So now Darrin can get up in the roof, and run cables (as soon as we buy some, probably next payday), and he can put all his maps away now in the top cupboards in the bedroom.

We now have a soap dish and a towel bar in the laundry, and we’ve taken the screen off the window in the laundry so we can run the hose from the washing machine out on to the lawn (because if we run it into the sink, the floor drain backs up).

We still have apricots falling off the tree.

Gas cooks quicker than electric. Some of you probably already knew this, but I’ve only ever used gas ovens in other people’s houses, and home ec in high school. Our oven is probably older than both of us put together, so it needs to be lit manually, but it does the job.

I have the new Fleet Farm calendar.

The cats are mostly adjusted to the new house now. Biscuit still jumps a bit, but he always did anyway.

We can now walk in the shed. After Darrin brought home tables from work last week, it was just piles of stuff, and then the other day he organised it so everything is around the walls.

And…umm…oh yeah. I bought bananas yesterday for the first time in about a year. No way was I going to pay up to $15 a kilo for them. Now that they’re back to around $5 a kilo I’m willing to buy them again once in a while.

Think that’s pretty much it. But I’m sure I’ll think of something else after I hit “save” and kick myself for it. Ah well.

Note to self

Stop pigging out. Your belly and your baby are now big enough that they’re starting to compress some of your major organs such as your stomach. If you keep stuffing yourself with food at every opportunity to do so, Christmas or not, you’re gonna make yourself sick.

They don’t mess around…

Four days living in the new place and we’ve already had a visit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Which reminds me, we HAVE to get rid of that doorbell before the baby arrives, because if we don’t, I’m gonna go postal on the first person who rings it and wakes the baby up….


I just went to a staff lunch at the school with Darrin, and I ate WAY too much….

Anyway, so I’m here using the school’s fast internet catching up on some of the websites I visit regularly. And I thought I’d post another update on things.

Got our address changed with a few places in the last couple days. Got our first mail at our new house – a Christmas card and a letter from the conveyancer. Got some extra bookshelf supports, because we’ve run out. Got a cheap phone at Big W so we don’t have to pay Telstra an extra $2.99 a month just to use their phone – it’ll pay for itself in 10 months. Got some taps to (hopefully) let us connect the washing machine in the laundry room, because there aren’t any there yet, just the ones for the laundry sink. They don’t quite look like what I thought they would look like, so I hope the lady who showed them to me was right. Anyway, I always keep receipts for things like that at least till I know they’re working, and longer if they have a warranty. Got about 20 boxes of books put away last night, and all the empty boxes are stacked on one of the chairs in the lounge room. Darrin got the computers we brought along all connected again, so although we don’t have DSL yet, we do have a network, and we can use our media box, and play our music, watch our movies, get to all our personal files. And we’re borrowing a power point tester to check all the points in the house, particularly that one I tried using for the fridge the other day.

And did I mention the apricots? They’re very tasty. I had four of them this morning. Might have to get a net for the tree though so the birds can’t get to them so easily. And this is a DRY year – one can only guess what the fruit would be like if we’d had plenty of rain over winter.

Okay, so now I’ve read all my websites & everything, so I’m bored. Off to find Darrin and distract him from work. 😉