Monday, December 31, 2007
we've got a plan and so far we're doing ok (its only 10 am though). yesterday was a weird cool day between 2 hot days. it only got to 25C and was mild overnite. before we went to bed we shut all the doors and windows except the bedroom one. when it started getting warm-ish this morning i shut that. all the blinds are down and the windows are shut now. apparently its 33C outside already. the house is just nice right now. unfortunately our house doesn't have proper insulation so that nice is gonna last only so long but we have a plan for that bit too-- we've booked a flexicar this afternoon and we're gonna go up to lea and jay's to enjoy their pool (and their company. and their air conditioning). then we're gonna come home for a bit to be with the dog (i wish we had proper air conditioning for her sake. we can't actually put her in the back yard when it gets this hot cuz the yard gets even hotter with the pavement and corruganted iron fences). we'll give her a bath (and we'll be soaking her down thru the day since she's too stupid to go in her pool) and once it gets slightly cooler (or more likely, once the sun isn't beating down on the yard anymore) we'll be able to put her out and go to our friends to celebrate the new year.
i just noticed the wind on the weather info page (the circle in the bottom left corner). usually its a bit scribbly but that wind is just coming straight from the north (explaining the ridiculous heat)
Saturday, December 29, 2007
its not even noon and its 35C (39.4 with the wind "chill"). the only air conditioning we have is a portable personal air conditioner. i'm glad we have that though. as long as you sit in front of its blowing air (and keep the water inside topped up) its comfortable. move anywhere else inside or outside and its WAY too hot! i hate running the air conditioner all day but i think as long as i'm home i'm gonna be on the couch with it blowing on me. later on this arvo maybe we can bike somewhere with air conditioning (when the sun isn't so high and burn-y) or take an air conditioned tram to the beach (i think all the trams on our tram route are air conditioned-- i don't think i could handle one that's not when the temp is in the upper 30s).
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
i've been in denial that its "cold" though. i still wore my flip flops all day yesterday and saturday(but when i got home i put my fuzzy socks on). today i decided to not put a regular thickness hoodie on to ride down to brunswick street (and i still am refusing to put shoes and socks on to go out-- i haven't worn shoes and socks in weeks!). i kinda regretted it. especially while we sat outside and drank coffee (and i got an iced coffee cuz i was warm walking up the sunny side of the road to the cafe but sitting in the shade with the southerly wind whipping up the street wasn't nice for drinking iced coffee). now i've been sitting at home for an hour or so and i realized i've been shivering most of that time. i'm finally gonna give in and put fuzzy socks and a warmer hoodie on (and i think i'll wear socks and shoes when we go to the movies tonite too).
Friday, December 21, 2007
all that blue stuff (and the yellow bits) is rain. usually there's just a few patches of blue (if any at all) when i go to that page but there's storms and thunderstorms forecast for most of the evening and thru tomorrow. i think i'll just sit at home with the dog and light my christmas lites and candles since its so dark for 6pm.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
i think i'm still recovering from the flu. i went to work today (only cuz it's the last week this week!!) and felt horrible most of the time. i finally thought to take some ibuprofen 2/3 of the way thru the afternoon-- that helped me feel a lot better but still not great. i tried to go to bed an hour ago but i'm not sleepy. just tired and blah. i think i might try again now.
Monday, December 10, 2007
What kind of soap is in your bathtub?
right now i think its mango. or maybe strawberry. i buy it 5 bars at a time and never pick 2 the same cuz there's so many good scents.
Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator?
What would you change about your living room?
add air conditioning. and get rid of the brown carpet. and all the clutter. and make the window on the west side open-able.
Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty?
we don't have a dishwasher. there's only a couple dirty dishes in the kitchen though.
What is in your refrigerator?
a few different kinds of dip (hommus, red capsicum and a vegan veggie dip thing), lots of chocolate and a few wilting veggies.
White or wheat bread?
wheat (especially ones with lots of seeds in them)
What is on top of your refrigerator?
a lot of dust, a casserole dish, stubby holders, a big bowl. maybe a cereal box too(?)
What is the pattern on your shower curtain (or is it plain)?
i just bought a new one-- white with a pattern of what looks like water drops all over it (i had to get rid of the blue one with penguins all over cuz half the design had come off)
How many plants are in your home?
1. its not doing too well but its alive. its a bamboo plant so it shouldn't take too much nurturing to keep it going.
Is your bed made right now?
Comet or Soft Scrub?
neither. an environmentally friendly, vegan disinfectant and baking soda if i need something to scrub with.
Is your closet organized?
a bit. clothes that can hang are hanging (mostly). shoes on the bottom. junk on top of them. things i don't ever wear but think i might thrown in the top part that i can't see into/reach unless i stand on a milk crate.
Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home?
both. used to be plastic but starting to do more glass.
Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now?
i don't even think you can buy powdered iced tea in australia and only once have i actually gone to the effort to make iced tea from scratch (even though i love it)
If you have a garage, is it cluttered?
no garage. if i had one it would be cluttered though.
Curtains or blinds?
do i have them? which do i prefer? i have those pull down blinds but in the bedroom we have added a thin white see-thru-ish curtain so the neighbours can't see in during the day when the blinds are open (the almost directly face each other about 2m apart) and then we added a big sheet so we can have the window open all nite and the wind doesn't make the wooden part of the blinds bang on the window sill cuz we leave the blinds up now and just use the sheet as a blind.
How many pillows do you sleep with?
Do you sleep with any lights on at night?
it has to be fairly dark but i do have the green glow from my stereo on for an hour while relaxing music plays.
How often do you vacuum?
once a week. more if the dog is shedding lots
Standard toothbrush or electric?
both. electric when i actually have a battery in it. standard most of the time.
What color is your toothbrush?
either green or purple. i can't remember (i just grab it)
Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch?
yep. with big scary looking dogs on it 8) zac bought it last week.
What is in your oven right now?
Is there anything under your bed?
1 small little box (there was about 10 times that amount of stuff and a HUGE amount of dust but that all got cleaned out when we steam cleaned the carpets last week. now it all lives in zacs part of the closet-- he hasn't realized this yet)
Chore you hate doing the most?
washing the dishes. and cleaning the bathtub but zac does that for me.
What retro items are in your home?
i'm not sure.......maybe a few fabric scraps i've scavenged from work but nothing that i can't think of right now.
Do you have a separate room that you use as an office?
nope. the spare room is the music/junk room. the computer lives in the lounge room.
How many mirrors are in your home?
2 2/3. 2 in the bathroom and 2/3 of a mirror in the bedroom
What color are your walls?
cream. very boring cream.
Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home?
wombat. not sure how much she'd protect us. i think she'd use her deep bark til the person was inside and then just jump up on them looking for pats and treats.
What does your home smell like right now?
vanilla-y from my oil burner.
Favorite candle scent?
oceanus. vanilla. cinnamon. citrus. depends on the time of year.
What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now?
What color is your favorite Bible?
the only one i have now is maroon.
Ever been on your roof?
Do you have a stereo?
2-- my nice expensive one that doubles as my alarm clock and the cute little one in the kitchen (a gift from a friend who stayed with us for ages). we also have several non-working stereos in the front room waiting to find somewhere to go.
How many TVs do you have?
1. and 1 4" black and white portable one that we never use. and one other random one that we wanna get rid of. so 3 i guess. we only use 1
How many house phones?
Do you have a housekeeper?
me. and zac. we dont' do a good job.
What style do you decorate in?
Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints?
Solid. we have plaid though and it isn't too bad.
Is there a smoke detector in your house?
1 but it's broken. we have to replace it.
In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you'd grab if you could make only one trip?
wombat. and the photo albums. or the back-up cds of all my photos
Friday, December 07, 2007
unfortunately the little weather graph had some technical difficulties or something so i had to draw in part of the line myself(from yesterday evening until mid-morning today). it was in the mid 30s yesterday. it stayed above 29C all nite until about 7am this morning. it got really dark and gray for a couple hours after that, hit a low of 17C at about 10am then went back up to a temp in the comfortable mid 20s.
heat overnite like that is just wrong. i was kinda glad i was working in the morning instead of the afternoon today. i was already awake long before the alarm went off at 7am. a lot of the kids were horribly grumpy (probably most of them lacking sleep from the heat) but we made it thru the morning. i got to come home at 1 and i attempted to nap with a nice cool breeze coming thru the window but my brain wouldn't stop thinking about stuff i wanted to get done today. it was nice just to lie down in the dark for a while though.
Monday, December 03, 2007
the pics are from zac's mobile from his ride home. he went along the creek the whole way-- it was pretty flooded (he rode thru the flooded over parts in the photos-- even after telling a 12 year old kid standing in the flood how dangerous it was)
this is the bit of the creek near our house:
the water was almost up to the path under the bridge (usually you can see stones sticking out of the water all under the bridge and its at least 2 feet down to the water from the lowest part of the path):
i like the rainfall on the weather chart (the black graph at the bottom)
the pictures below are from webcams on the weather network website.
even though its slightly grey here (with a bit of much needed rain!!) i'm glad i'm not in canada now (although i'd probably be getting a snow day if i lived in vancouver)
here's victoria and sidney, just north of victoria (useless trivia: sidney is the sister city of cairns australia-- it says so on the sign as you drive thru the town to get to the ferry terminal to go to vancouver. zac and i always wonder why cairns. why not syndey australia?) anyway, it looks miserable!
i think this pic is from west vancouver (some of the webcams i really wanted to see weren't working):
surrey (near where i used to live) at the pacific hiway border crossing (not much of a line up today):
burnaby at the sfu campus:
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
a kid at work has organic sultanas (raisins) in his lunch some days. he's very proud of them and a few weeks ago he went up to one of the teachers and said "guess what. i have mechanic sultanas in my lunch!" (instead of organic). she found it pretty funny and instead of correcting him she told him to go tell someone else. now every time we see the little box of sultanas somebody always goes up to him and asks "what kind of sultanas do you have?" nobody ever corrects him though (its our little bit of amusement during part of the day when its usually pretty chaotic. this kid also mispronounces some other words (or just uses a completely wrong word). like one day when his clams were up (glands). he's a funny kid. we probably should start correcting him though otherwise he could end up one of those people that go thru life saying things like libarry and chimley (not so funny when your doing it at 50 or older) and talking about all the 'mechanic' produce at he gets from the shops.
Monday, November 26, 2007
we went to the discount wine place up the road to stock up on some wine (the bottles are only cheap if you get a half dozen-- but you can mix the half dozen). they had a new (well since the last time we went there probably 8 or 10 months ago) beer fridge at the front of the shop. as we were paying for the wine zac pointed out the labatts. on the bottom shelf they had single beers for sale. there was a labatts!! i had to get it cuz it tastes like home (although last time we were there i didn't have 1 labatts or kokanee because i fell in love with all the little microbrews around vancouver and victoria). when i went to pay for it the guy told me that i should try a different beer (some german on or something that i'd never heard of) because the labatts was expensive. zac just kept trying to explain to him that i was canadian, that's why i wanted it (and i'm sure its 50 cents cheaper than the other place in st kilda that sells them-- and a million other import beers from all over the world). i'm excited i can get one for a treat so close to home! basically zac used the analogy of that's like buying a vb for $4 in canada (this coming from the guy who payed $5 for a can of tecate last weekend because it was a mexican themed bar so he wanted a mexican beer-- i'm sure we paid less than a dollar for those in san diego).
anyway, it was my little taste of canada for the weekend. 8)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
look at that wind "chill" (the bottom line):
its almost 39C!!! we're completely out of fruit so i can't make myself some nice smoothies today 8(
i'm ready for a break from all this heat (tomorrow is forcasted for a low of 15C-- yea!!-- and a high of 19C. it'll probably be horrible for my cold (a lot of people get sick in spring and autumn here because of the quick weather changes and your body doesn't know what to do).
Monday, November 19, 2007
we're still a couple weeks away from the official start of summer but already its getting a bit too hot. its worse during the nite when it doesn't cool down (especially when there's no breeze to even blow thru the open windows). tonite its only supposed to get down to 23C (i degree cooler than it is now). the main reason i decided not to call into work sick today (i called in sick friday cuz i couldn't talk or swallow my throat hurt so bad. today my extremely sore throat turned into a cold) was because work has air conditioning (and as of last thursday not just in the 2 rooms the kids are in but also in all the offices so even my tea break is nice now). i'm hoping the forecasts are right and tomorrow at some point a cool change is supposed to come in and then we'll be back to normal mildly cool nites and warm to hot days. now i'm gonna go wet the dog down (again) and search for my amazing cool pack my mom got me (it looks a bit like a small scarf and its filled with those beads that absorb water-- soak it in water for a few min then wrap it around your neck. keeps you a bit cool for ages).
Friday, November 16, 2007
this picture was taken thru zac's telescope with our slr camera. i got bored last nite and decided to pull out his telescope that hasn't been used in several years. i managed to find the moon pretty quickly (only cuz i'd been playing around with denise's new telescope in paynesville and all my o.e. knowledge of telescopes came back to me). i could have got a clearer shot if i'd put the camera on a tri-pod but i couldn't be bothered to do any more set up last nite. maybe when the moon is full next weekend i'll set it all up again and use a tri-pod for the camera.