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22 April 2012 @ 09:57 pm
I think it's due to rain this week.  
I didn't let that stop me from cleaning my car inside and out though. We've had so many rainy days forecasted lately, and I had put my car off for so long because of it, but I couldn't stand it any longer. So it's washed, chamoised, (is that a word? Used a chamois to dry it off) with windows polished inside and out, tyres blacked, vacuumed through, and the dash and other hard surfaces dusted and coated with a protective liquid. Looks like new again! I'll need new seat covers soon as they're starting to look a bit ratty around the edges; not surprising, as I bought them for my previous car.

Anyway. Prior to that, watched the V8 telecast from NZ, only to have the satellite feed drop out two laps from the end when the reigning champion was all over the rear bumper of the lead car; by the time the feed was restored the race was over and the victor was doing celebratory burnouts. They did later replay the last two laps so we could see how they played out, and they were the most exciting part of the whole race. If I'd seen them live I'd have been on the edge of the chair and shouting at the tv.

Back to work tomorrow. My boss stopped by my office last week for a bit of a chat, during which I mentioned how tired I was of having to fight to get anything done - she suggested I start taking some long weekends as I have more than enough holiday time booked up. Could do, I suppose; I have 13 weeks long service leave still available and over 9 weeks annual leave, with only two weeks actually booked to take. I'm going to Darwin in June for the V8 Supercars at Hidden Valley, a track I've always wanted to see, and then I have a friend coming to stay for a few days. I'd like to head off o/s again next year, and that will take 4 - 5 weeks lsl but that's all I have planned. Hmmm, the long weekend idea is starting to sound better and better....
Current Mood: tiredtired
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on April 22nd, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Long week-end are lots of fun (as long as you don't use them to do "house work" stuff!)

I used to have a compressed work week in the last few years of work : 70 hours worked in 9 days, which gave me a Friday off every 2 weeks.

It's a great idea...

In other news? We got 5 cm of snow yesterday-today here (it was 25 cm north of here). After having temps near 30°C Monday last ;-/

Spring? What's that?
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on April 23rd, 2012 11:00 am (UTC)
One Friday off per fortnight would be brilliant! I currently work a 75 hour fortnight and squeezing that down to 9 days might be a bit awkward, but in conjunction with my accrued time... I think I'll settle for one a month though.

Weather here has hovered around the 30 degree mark for the last few days, odd for this time of year - about as odd as you still getting snow I guess!
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on April 23rd, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
75 hours in 9 days would be a bit too much ;-(

We're having a snow storm this morning, and I have an appointment this morning to put the car on its summer tires ;-(

Your icon made me dream...

Edited at 2012-04-23 11:22 am (UTC)
miwahni: random ulu-roomiwahni on April 23rd, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
Made you dream? Mate you'd hate it here. Overnight winter temps can get down into single figures sometimes, while spring, summer and autumn daytime temps are usually mid to high 20s. I thought you had a thing against warm weather *grin*
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on April 23rd, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
. Overnight winter temps can get down into single figures sometimes, while spring, summer and autumn daytime temps are usually mid to high 20s. I thought you had a thing against warm weather *grin*

I do, I do!
I didn't mean I'd move down there... But a vacation... during your winter?
Might be nice ;-)
miwahni: Random Snowflakemiwahni on April 23rd, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah you'd probably enjoy that. And if it still got too warm for you, you could always head down to the Snowy Mountains, where it does actually snow in winter.
Merlin Pendragon: sga - Moonlit Atlantismrlnpndrgn on April 23rd, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
One day. Maybe...

The one drawback of retirement : lots of time, less money :-(
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- THINK -- PONDERSdraycevixen on April 22nd, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)

I'm trying to remember the last time I cleaned my car... no wait, it'll come to me. *g*

The long weekend plan sounds fantastic.
miwahni: random newcarmiwahni on April 23rd, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
I really feel guilty if my car is dirty, especially as it looks like a new car when it's clean. I just resent the time it takes to do it.

Long weekend plan would be good, if I took one a month I think. When I'm not at my desk I'm not writing business, reducing my chances of reaching my target. Just increases my stress levels in another way!
sunray45: Bev B'day 2010sunray45 on April 23rd, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
What a bummer that the satellite link failed at that crucial moment. So you went and took your frustration out on cleaning your car, but I bet it does look good. *g* How many aches and pains did you have this morning? Creaking around like an old creaky thing? :D

That'd be great to have long weekends. I always thought 2 days off were not enough after a hard week, but then I'm lazy like that. *g*
miwahni: V8 whincup leftmiwahni on April 23rd, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
Oh god how could you tell?! My right arm and shoulder have been aching all day! Really not good. Boo hiss to the satellite link though. I couldn't believe it - changed channels to check if it was my tv, or just channel 7.
I see you dragged out your shiny Vodafone car icon to use. Rather appropriate - the bit of race I missed was Jamie Whincup monstering the back of one of the FPR vehicles.