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: