Saturday, September 30, 2006

The flora for this year is....

It's very strange how one or two trees/shrubs leap out - they are different from year to year. This year it's broom, which is currently in full bloom and has a really strong sweet smell. I think it's vying with the wattle for the brightest yellow flowers this year. I wonder why I've never noticed it before!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


I should have been an architect. The number of houses I have seen in the past three weeks that have serious design faults is astounding. There are showers that I can only just stand in (and I'm not that tall!); drawers over a meter deep going into under the house; a downstairs teenage 'retreat' with beams that even I could bump my head on; a laundry off a bedroom (albeit large enough to be a family room), an 'inside access' door from the garage through a child's bedroom; a floor to hip height, person wide air intake in the middle of the main loungeroom wall; a security system panel placed high on a wall above stairs (yes, you could easily fall down the steps or not reach it if you were short); daylight showing between the carpet and the skirting board; brand new units with one single power point in each bedroom; a stove placed into an old fireplace, such that the overhang was halfway over the stovetop (with no extraction system installed); and many more weird and strange layouts in the hunt for the next rental house.

As you can probably guess, we didn't get the rental we applied for, which was extremely disappointing - it is still by far the best house we have seen (in about 30odd now). The search is physically and emotionally draining (not that I had any drain-able reserves left of either).

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Crash, sick again

Quick random update.... before crashing, sick.... Fingers, toes, eyes and everything else crossed - hope to hear back this week about a rental application. Agent, house and accessibility to both of our workplaces is good.

 Enrolled in the JLPT4 in December... now need to study really really hard to feel that I will pass without just scraping through.

I think I have ear infections - my balance has been completely shot for over a week, sinuses, cheeks and jaw are killing, and I've had a bad fever off and on.

Yesterday's ridiculousness with cars while househunting has left me really run down - but I probably won't get to recuperate this week.  My health and non-transportableness means I don't keep in touch as I'd like to.

Pan's Labyrinth looks fantastic! Something to look forward to in the new year.

Podiatrist agreed with neuro - there are definately neuromas in my feet. Hopefully new insoles with metatarsal 'lumps' will nicely space the bones in my feet, so they stop squishing the nerves. The normal arches will support my ankles better and help the sciatic.

Side note, neurontin seems to be loosing effectiveness and increasing side effects, or perhaps it's just rundown-ness.

 I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of McDonalds' mocha frappe - I hadn't eaten there (apart from fries) for well over 5 years. I shall have to try the strawberry one, mmm.

Anyhow... crashing now in order to have some hope of being workable tomorrow....