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miwahni
12 February 2017 @ 07:21 pm
I promised I'd help my sister with the filling-in of a hole left after the removal of a swimming pool from her investment property. It meant shovelling and barrowing soil from the front of the property around to the back. Today was to be the day - and today was also to be 42 degrees C so to say I was not looking forward to it was an understatement. I was seriously concerned that we'd all get heatstroke before we were finished - but someone was looking out for us, because the load of soil didn't arrive! Woohoo!

Instead I planned out more of our trip, and then crashed on the couch to watch The Hollow Crown which was much more enjoyable than shovelling soil.

It's just been so hot, though. I've shaved off my oldest girl, and also took a couple of pedestal fans downstairs to keep the air moving down there. It's the coolest place in the house to start with, and by closing the doors and windows it managed to stay fairly cool (by comparison at least!). Also tipped cool water over the concrete floors, so that the evaporation would help keep things a bit cooler.

We're due for a cool change either tomorrow or Tuesday but it's only expected to drop the temps by around 10 degrees. Ah well, that's what I get for choosing to live in a semi tropical climate.
 
 
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miwahni
06 February 2017 @ 09:48 pm
Had a weird dream right before waking this morning. I can't remember much of it, other than waking up and thinking "wow, who knew?!" In my dream, these two guys - guys that I haven't thought about in years, guys who were in a band together, which broke up in the early eighties and one of whom died over 15 years ago - were a couple. I had no reason to ever think they were an item IRL; Greg had girlfriends and Graeme was married twice. Funny thing, the sleeping brain.

Extra funny- when I went looking for a photo to post here, I found these:

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See the tall guy in white? That's Greg. The guy leaning on his shoulder? That's Graeme, nicknamed Shirley due to his curls. I found so many photos featuring just these two.

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Like that.

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And that. So, 35-odd years after they split, my brain finally picked up on the subtext.
Never said I was the quickest *g*.
 
 
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miwahni
05 February 2017 @ 05:53 pm
Sad news about Peter Capaldi leaving Dr Who - I liked his 12, far better than Matt Smith's 11. I hope that his replacement is as good; let's start a campaign for Rupert Graves!

Am hoping that Moffat's exit from the doctor will leave him more time for Sherlock episodes, assuming the BBC commissions another series.

I have a cold, the first proper cold I've had in ages - thinking back, it would be December 2010 the last time I had one. And of course it had to come on overnight Thursday night, meaning I'll be fine by tomorrow after a weekend of misery.

I'd like a day off work so I won't mind if I still feel under the weather tomorrow. Work has just been doing my head in recently with new rules, and new jobs to be done with each loan approved, but still the same time frame to approve each loan and it's already not an achievable goal so adding extra to it does not help. We've been told that we're about to get a LOT busier but no extra people are coming on board. Reminds me of 2015 - the year that vanished in a flash because I was doing two hours' overtime from Monday to Thursday nights and then backing up again on the weekend. Not this time, though - I felt like I was burning out by the end of 2015 and I'm not getting any younger. Plus I have other things I want to do with my evenings, not work from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Two new books this week, added to my TBR pile - Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, which looks totally relatable,and a signed copy of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
 
 
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miwahni
To start with I have to say that I think our treatment of asylum seekers is absolutely abhorrent and a human rights violation. I don't understand why we pledged to take refugees from Costa Rica but won't resettle the refugees we already have.

Having said that....

There has been a groundswell of dislike among ordinary Australians for the US dating back to the second world war, based on the behaviour of US troops stationed in Brisbane and Darwin (overpaid, oversexed and over here!) In those austere times, there was a perception that the US soldiers were the only ones who could afford the black market nylons and chocolates for the women they wooed, much to the disgust of the Aussie blokes doing it tough within the rules. Not surprisingly in the last couple of days that dislike has swelled. There's a campaign to boycott US-made goods and services - buying Samsung instead of Apple or Google, cancelling Netflix and Uber accounts, and revising travel plans are just some of the activities promoted.

However our governments have long had a close relationship. General Macarthur was stationed in Brisbane during his Pacific campaign - in a building which now bears his name, and perhaps fittingly is now an Apple store. Australian troops have fought alongside the US in Korea, Vietnam, both Gulf wars, Afghanistan and Iraq.

There are US troops still stationed in Darwin, and Alice Springs, while the Pine Gap facility on Australian soil is US-owned. We allow US warships into our harbours, even the nuclear powered ones, unlike our much more sensible neighbours New Zealand who told the US years ago to ship anchor and be gone.

And now Bannon is saying there'll be war in the South China Sea before too long, maybe in the next five years. I'm wondering how many countries would bother sending troops this time, especially as China is a significant trading partner for a lot of the USA's previous allies. Australia? Not if it's up to the ordinary citizens, and quite possibly not if we have a change of government in the meantime anyway, as it was a Labor government who pulled us out of the Vietnamese fiasco. Mexico? After Trump threatened to send US troops into their country to clean up their "bad hombres"? I do hope someone on his team has told him that sending troops uninvited into a foreign country is usually seen as an act of war.

Canada and Germany are feeling less than friendly towards the US at the moment. Perhaps it will be New Zealand who sends troops to help, although as I mentioned before they're a sensible lot over the ditch. Or perhaps the hawks and their fools will be removed from government before they can do irreparable damage to diplomatic relations around the world.
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miwahni
30 January 2017 @ 09:11 pm
My PC died yesterday :-( . It suddenly switched itself off, tried to reboot then shut down completely. It may be something simple, but at its age I'm not going to worry about having it repaired - I got seven years out of it so can't complain. I was expecting it to die sooner or later, and had just finished transferring all of my files onto external drives, so the timing was good, although I didn't get my address book or emails so I'm afraid they're lost forever, unless my son can work his magic and retrieve them. He's been tasked with building me a new machine; in fact I first asked him at the beginning of December, but he's been busy. Now it's become a priority.

Kids came over for dinner on Saturday night instead of their usual Sunday this weekend, so that we could watch the Big Bash League cricket final together. Was fun, but not much of a competition - Perth Scorchers just ran away with the game.

For dinner I made a quinoa and apple salad, and cooked a chicken rolled roast. I'd never made the salad before and I was really pleased with the way it turned out. There was more than enough, too, of both the salad and the chicken, and I had them both for tea again last night and tonight. Yay for not having to make decisions about food for two extra nights!
 
 
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miwahni
24 January 2017 @ 09:28 pm
Every year for Australia Day the Lamb Council puts out a new ad, and this year's is brilliant!

Love when the "neighbours" arrive "choice barbeque eh bro".



Very much looking forward to the public holiday on Thursday.
 
 
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miwahni
23 January 2017 @ 09:52 pm
Such a full weekend and now it's Monday night and I feel as though I haven't had a break.

Saturday was my first judging assignment for my new council, which meant a trek up to the northside of the city, relying on Karen the Navman (navlady?) to get me there. Always have to laugh at her pronunciations - Gympie (with a hard G like Greg) becomes Jimpie while Strathpine is Strathpeen. So I was heading to Jimpie Road Strathpeen, which gave me a giggle at least.

Only a small assignment but I enjoyed myself. Not too sure that the exhibitors would say the same, though, after I withheld awards for two cats which had fleas. Ah well they'll be more careful next time.

Managed to tire myself out, both there and at the gym afterwards, and fell asleep on the couch while watching a docco about Princess Alice, Prince Philip's mother. I was enjoying it, too; will have to go back to watch the rest of it.

Yesterday was a Judges' Association meeting and workshop, where we had hands-on with American Shorthairs and Norwegians, plus a discussion about Turkish Angora which have only recently been recognised in Australia. We were supposed to discuss the Lykoi, which is being imported by a Tasmanian breeder who is seeking recognition of the breed here, but we ran out of time.

I'm not sure about these - I need to look up the genetics of the cat. If it's a recessive gene/s that cause the coat colour and pattern, then I might consider them, but not if it's a dominant. That could result in numerous kittens born without the gene/s, and what are they going to do with those kittens? So research is needed.

A couple of pics, so you can see what I'm talking about:

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miwahni
18 January 2017 @ 09:25 pm
Quickie Book Review - cross posted from Goodreads
So Much OwedSo Much Owed by Jean Grainger

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


It's rarely that I can't finish a book, but I'm 20% through this one and can't move on. I'm just so tired of cliche; the plot, the characterisations, the writing.... I can see a lot of people loved this but it's not for me.





Life's too short for bad books.
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miwahni
16 January 2017 @ 10:05 pm
May I just say that I don't normally drink on a weeknight, but I've just finished watching Sherlock - The Final Problem and went straight into the kitchen and poured myself a glass of wine. With wine rocks, because I didn't have any wine already chilled. That's how badly I needed it.
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miwahni
11 January 2017 @ 09:35 pm
- and already it's the 11th! Time just goes. This is the first time I've been near my journal in a week, what with visitors and new Sherlock episode and then last night I actually joined a gym, first time ever. Tonight was my first session; when I was showering afterwards I was yelling about how great I felt but I know it will be a different story in the morning. I did have fun, though, and am looking forward to going back.

I'll try to catch up with my flist over the next couple of days but please, if there's something I should see just point me to it now, in case I miss it.
 
 
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