Friday Five

Absent for a week? What’s been going on?

Well, there’s been plenty happening around these ways

  • My brother got rushed to hospital on Wednesday with a fever, vomiting blood and other nasty symptoms. Doesn’t seem to be meningitis, thankfully, but they’re still trying to figure out what’s wrong with him. In the meantime, he’s missing all his exams (he’s in his second to last year of high school) and also missed out on picking up a university level prize for economics (Mum must be pleased that at least one of us has some aptitude with “logical” subjects).
  • We’re all moved in! We just need a few more things – some kind of shelf or cupboard to fit into this cubby in the kitchen that we can perch the microwave on (the fridge was too big to fit), a coffee table for the lounge, perhaps a bedside table and I’d also like a lightweight portable dining set that we can put outside but still bring indoors. It’s great having a garage and waking up to sun streaming in everywhere – our old place faced west and was surrounded by trees/fencing, and despite being insulated, the ranchsliders were always dripping with condensation in the morning.
  • I heart Orcon, our internet provider, and have had no problems with them to date – but the move has been one huge hassle. It was meant to be same day and seamless, but here we are a week later and still no internet or phone. First they told me they were waiting on Chorus/Telecom to do something with the lines, then told me the order had been mistakenly put through as “change of plan” rather than “change of house”, and THEN the plan I was on would now cost me an extra $10.71 a month (a special partner discount through my now former employer). So that’s where we’re at.
  • As a result of the move – truck rental, new fridge, food, mini-housewarming BBQ with a few friends and family (plus the lack of broadband at home) our finances are a shambles. I don’t even want to think about it. I’m keeping up with the bare basics through surreptitous logons to my internet banking at work, but I cannot wait to get connected so I can get back into the swing of things.
  • I will breathe a sigh of relief later next week once certain deadlines are over. But don’t get me wrong; I’m still digging my work, and I’m grateful for it – that I’ve always had an idea of what I wanted to do, that I was both good at it and enjoyed it, worked towards my goal and been lucky enough to have amazing opportunities come my way . I tell you, there’s nothing more depressing than talking to people stuck in the Monday-Friday drudge. It would be fine if they had some semblance of plans or dreams or aspirations, but simply hoping to win Lotto is not going to get you anywhere.


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