Saturday, March 31, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
The Éowyn challenge is used by many Tolkien fans to help them to become fit. I'm at the end of day two on the path to Rivendell. Your milestones along the path can be noted at the shield database, although this interface is a little quirky. There are a number of online support groups, and you can check where you are on the path, thanks to a tool provided by Barrow Downs.
My new pedometer is fantastic - it's an Omron HJ-133 which can be worn around the neck, slip into a pocket or even left in a bag. It is rather pricey (about AU$60), and does not have the traditional belt clip. The safety clip is quite unusual, but works very well. I am getting quite accurate step counts, which the other two cheapies I tried didn't manage. Definitely a good purchase!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I place a deposit tomorrow, luckily there is one bus line between our current place and the new place, even if the two houses are almost at either end of the route. Obviously the paperwork will need to wait, but the agent and landlord seemed happy with that.
It will mean some changes... public transport to work for both of us (it's almost directly at a station - so convenient) which will help my language learning no end. The length of time needed for me to get to work on PT in the worst case will be dramatically reduced.
I will be able to drop into a tai chi studio on the way home from work, but no more hydrotherapy pool access.
There are more (evening) restaurants/take away places nearby compared to the current place! Don't know if they are any good though.
It won't be any harder to get to Monash Hospital for the new round of neurological investigations (I think they need to test if I have a brain), it will take longer of course.
The agent seems to be good, organised and to care about the state of the place before handing it to us. They are part of a chain, so may have standards to abide by.
I will not be sorry to see the back of my current agent/landlord. I'll also not be sorry to hear the end of the freeway traffic which is bugging me awfully at all times. We were inside during a Saturday at the new place (the hills are busy on the weekends), with the back door open when a train went past, the noise level was less than our current place with everything shut!
We get the keys mid-April, and return our current place at the start of May. We'll have about two weeks to move into the new place before I move out to house-sit for a month (May)! I won't be there to settle the cats in properly :-\
Unfortunately there are loads of work deadlines in April and May for projects that I'm leading, so I can't take a bunch of time off to pack/move/be here for maintenance/cleaning/etc. Also need to shop for some new furniture to replace some rather dead pieces!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Osteo suggested a diagnosis avenue to pursue for my numb/tingly/painful hands (and feet). Why the neuro didn't suggest it, I have no idea.
We knew there were possums living in the lounge room wall - it looks, or rather sounds like one has moved to or a new one has taken up residence in a new wall after a fight inside the roof cavity last night. Of course, it has to be my bedroom wall. This house is so badly built - there is a hole between the original house and the extension that was left open to the roof cavity and the top of the wall cavity. When we moved here, only birds were inside the wall. Now it looks like multiple possum families are in the roof and throughout the walls. Of course, agent hasn't responded to our maintenance request yet.
Keep fingers crossed for us - we applied for a rental house on Tuesday. I should know by the end of tomorrow if we get it. I'm alone until the end of the month, the kitties are already pining and wanting attention the entire time that I'm home!