Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Xmas Nightmare

I tried to have a pleasant day. I did. It started pretty good, I went to Mother's place and she cooked a lamb roast with little puddings for dessert.
She had to go to work so I left at midday.. As I had 5 hours to kill, I headed to the airport. I watched planes playing with the cameras on the phone. I had the car shut down except the radio.. Around 1500hrs, I decided to head off to work early and give the day guy an xmas present. Went to start the car and it was dead! REALLY? A two month old car can't handle the radio being on for 2 hours??
I tried to push start it alone... Noone helped.. the other people there totally ignored me. Great. I ended up stuck in the dune. BAH.
I rang Nissan road side..they said 30 -45 minutes. YAY. Just in case, I rang work and told them what had happened.
Did I mention that it was raining?
The roadside guy rang me and got directions, rang me again, having gotten lost. He was close.

We (Yes, we) worked on the car. He had to test the battery, but in the hour I had been waiting, I had managed to start the car and get it out of the dune. He had to try to get the battery to fail or I had to get a new one from Nissan. This took ages..  To de-activate the alarm, we had to take the scoop of the turbo off. ARGGHH who put the alarm box under the turbo?? We ended up having to use his jump start kit to fool the alarm.

Ended up at work late and wet through. Least Work was pleasant made possible by the lovely NSW trains lady who arranged food for everyone.

Mother's ham was a hit.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Being social

Spent the afternoon yesterday at the Palms Nursing home to visit my Father-in Law. The Family was already there except for David who had picked me up from the station. Turkey was already on the table.
The staff brought around beers which Karen and I enjoyed.
The entertainment was a lady singing who also acted as MC. I am sure Karen has photos. :-) When she updates her Blog.
edit : Sylvia sent me some photos..



Came home and was exhausted but had to go to the PO as the staff had not given David all of the mail so we had to line up in the Xmas queue. It was worth it as my Note 3 had finally arrived.

Back to Avon. I had along break and this time I am not going to do a territory. I hope it will be easier than last time. More internet access. YAY!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I have been playing with android

?I have fallen in love with an android app.I read about it on Twitter I think, someone mentioned that they had to use a native app and they would prefer Waze. So I looked it up.
Waze is a social network gps app that is rather fun to use but very helpful.
I have used it on my commute and last night was the best test of it.I was driving from home to work in my husband's car which does not had built in gps.
The screen flashed up a warning about a traffic build up that was at stop.Luckily for me as the tail end of the traffic jam was over a crest but I was able stop easily.The idea is you would avoid the areas but in this case read the only route possible.
In the app, you can join groups and you see warnings from that group about local issues and on the freeways, you can see if there Is a police speed trap both hidden and visible.
The app will not allow the driver to type but the icons are big enough to tap safely
(Your phone is mounted safety right?) And you can add your own hazards on the way.
This is an android only app that I would highly recommend especially as the app is totally free.

Google play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.waze

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sigh

I lovely car has been for sale for 3 weeks. I have had a few people ring and email about it and make appointments BUT  stood up every time. Lots of spam and time wasters. I have been greatly upset by this whole process. This year has been crap from month to month. Even looking at the good parts, its overshadowed by the bad stuff and this is just another irritation.
Bad - I have lost friends this year. - One by suicide and two by heart attacks. None by cancer so far but the year is not over.
Good - A friend had a baby and I have been watching her grow through facebook
Bad - David moved away
Good -Dunno yet. Maybe lets just count letting him chase his dream
Bad- Ex-husband lost his father to liver disease
Good - Nil
Bad - Husband lost his grandmother this year
Good - Nil
Bad- Father-in-law is not a well man at all. Was diagnosed with brain tumour (One? More?)
Good - Nil
Bad - Mother selling the farm
Good - She will be free from a huge debt and work load
Bad - Husband's lease expired and car still not sold
Good - He has a new car
Bad - My lease will expire soon and it will cost $5000 upfront to auction
Good - I have a new car
Bad - New Lunatic PM.
Good - Nil to Australia at all
Actually this is the biggest danger to me and my family. One of us stands to lose our job or at least the reason for working.... Pay.
Good - Job I love
Bad - Where do I start?
       - Interfering upper management
       - 600 km from David
       - Hours suck in a major way
       - Payroll officer with an issue re paying people their entitlements
Bad - Sold out all of my leave
Good - Debt is almost manageable.
Bad- I will be working well into my 70s IF I still have a job.

Well I can go on but this will probably count at the highlights of 2013.

BAH

Now spiders are following me everywhere. Mostly Huntsmen like this one but the occasional funnel web turns up, and a few house spiders. Wish they would stay outside away from my hand hold areas. I massaged one by accident recently as he was on the car INSIDE the door. IGH. Soft and furry is NOT what you wanna feel when you open the door. 

I am pining for a dog again. Still need a fence but my friend is not coming down these days to finish it, NOT That I have the money to buy the rest of the panels. UGH. Can 2013 die already please?