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03 November 2013 @ 09:11 pm
Counting down the sleeps  
Even though I gave four weeks' notice, this coming Friday is my last day at work and then I'm off to New Zealand for a couple of weeks. I'll be away over my birthday so son and girlfriend took me out to dinner last night for a special early birthday celebration.

Dinner started with potato and fetta perogies with crispy onion strips and chive sour cream, while for my main I had the 250gm Tasmanian grass-fed sirloin which was served with mashed potato and asparagus, with a mustard jus adding a bit of heat. I don't often eat meat because it often has an unfortunate side effect but that sounded too delicious to ignore. (and so far so good, too!)

We didn't worry about dessert because the kids had brought a birthday cake over to my house, but we didn't head straight home after the meal. Instead we did the rounds of the local car yards - fun. When I lived in Coffs I'd do this about once a week, as the car yard strip was within a comfortable walk from home, and I always enjoyed it.

Started packing today, and already I've changed my mind about half the stuff I've packed. No doubt by the weekend I'll have totally replaced everything that's currently in my bag.

And some really exciting news - my sister had her first open day for her house yesterday, and they accepted a contract on it today. Her move to Queensland just got one step closer!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
moonlightmead on November 3rd, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Have a splendid time in New Zealand! And I hope you can sneak in a second birthday celebration too.

And yay for travelling sisters - I can definitely understand the excitement there; I hope you see lots of her now!
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on November 4th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
I certainly expect a second birthday celebration! *g* Can't possibly let the day go unmarked. On the day in question we're travelling from Hamilton to Wellington via a train which apparently has a glass roof, so that should be pretty spectacular.
I absolutely cannot wait for my sister to move up here. She's bought a house three doors down from mine; how good is that?!
moonlightmead on November 4th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
A glass roof? Wow, is that for scenery viewing? Low-flying birds with colourful underneath parts? Baking the passengers? (Bet it's hot under it!)

For a couple of years I and my sister lived two minutes' walk from each other, and it was wonderful. Have lots of fun with her!
miwahnimiwahni on November 5th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, for scenery viewing - although the vid I just found doesn't actually mention the glass roofs. I'm sure I saw it in a brochure though. Anyway, have a look here for a bit more detail about the train and the landscapes that we will pass through.
moonlightmead on November 6th, 2013 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, that looks absolutely beautiful. Have a wonderful, wonderful time!
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on November 3rd, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)

Well this all sounds really great what with the lovely birthday dinner and the great trip in the offing. :D

Also, last day of work in sight? \o/

miwahni: Random Computer says nomiwahni on November 4th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes and yes - a pretty marvellous week, really. To be honest I wish my boss had walked me on the day I handed in my notice, because I am totally unmotivated and am only going through the motions this week. But I noticed that even at my least-motivated, I still had a much better week figures-wise last week than 75% of my team did. Everything that I'm doing now though is getting coded to my offsider so he may as well be taking it all the way through....