Sever weather warnings today! Apparently there are only usually a couple of days like this per year, so at least one of them is out of the way now.
I think I need a plan for the rest of the holidays in case the weather is like this again, as most of today was spent eating, building Lego and watching TV (again).
Josh is going to Nana’s tomorrow, as Donna has fractured her ankle and so Julie is flying up to see her on Wednesday and Thursday, before her and Richard go on their seven week jaunt in the caravan.
We did have a couple of trips out today, one to the bank to pay some money in and buy some milk, then this a’vo we went to the local shopping centre and got some matches (so we can light the stove if there is a power cut – electric ignition system for gas hobs), pears for Joshy and some parmesan cheese to make risotto for dinner with.
Don’t know what the weather will be like tomorrow, hopefully not as wet, but I have a couple of things to do, like buying some diabetes supplies which I have to drive into Perth for.
The picture is one which Josh quickly penned in the bank, while I was paying the money in. It’s a very good likeness of Mummy, I was really impressed as he drew it in about half a minute. It would be a bit shocking if he could draw as Deanne and I are both artistically underwhelming in the pencil on paper stakes.
If you send me the address for the Hotmail account I’ll see if I can get it set up to send these posts to! Hope Paul and his enormous family are all okay. Joshua definitely seems to have some natural history genes, but not sure if they have skipped a generation on my side or come straight from Deanne (more likely)!
This morning Joshua and I had some chores to do. First and foremost was taking his library books and DVD back, which we did first thing. He got three more books and another Pooh DVD out and has already watched the DVD all the way through once, then part way through in French (his decision, not mine) and had two of the three stories, one before we collected Deanne this afternoon, one at bedtime.
We also went to the bank to pay in some money Bob gave us, because the man can’t seem to stop giving us money. Not that we’re ungrateful but I hope he isn’t making himself short of cash for our sakes. There was an indoor farm at Bull Creek shopping centre so we had a quick look at the animals, then went to the pharmacy so I could buy some more blood test sticks.
After lunch we had to go to the bank again to get a cheque made out so we could go buy Deanne’s new car. We picked her up from work and went straight to Fremantle so she could collect it, so now we’re a two-car-family and almost have a house (roll on Thursday).
Tomorrow I’m going to take Joshua to the Dinosaur Discovery exhibition at the Museum of WA, it has lots of animatronic prehistoric Australian reptiles and should be a good way to amuse Joshua for the afternoon.
Joshua Doing A Dinosaur Roar
This morning I dropped Deanne off at work so she could get an early start, in order for us to be able to make the four o’clock appointment at the estate agents this afternoon.
After that I headed to the bank to get a large bankers cheque made out, which was for our deposit and first two weeks rent. I headed home and called the recruitment agencies to see if anything had come up yet, which it hadn’t.
I went to Garden City to ask Telstra about getting broadband and a phone line put in when we move in to the house, not as complicated as I expected!
After lunch I sorted out our ID, etc. to take with us, then popped to the post office to post my signed NDSS form, so I can get supplies for my pump.
Finally it was time to pick Deanne up and head to the estate agents. The appointment took about an hour, as the lady had to go through all the paperwork line by line, then get us to initial each bit to agree we had understood it. Eventually we signed on the dotted lines and so now I believe they own us, and probably the next ten generations sired from us!!!
We collect the keys next Thursday and hopefully our container full of stuff arrives the same day.
More of the same tomorrow, I suspect.
I took Joshua to kindy today, which was nice ’cause I don’t normally get to do it on a Wednesday. It meant I got to accompany him to the bank at school and help him pay his $4 in. I played with him for a bit at the start of class but left before the buzzer went off at 9am, he was fine with that. I think he’s finally totally at ease with going, which is good. I heard him having a conversation with his teacher where he was being asked if he could ring the tidying up bell.
Bob picked me up at about ten thirty and we headed to his so I could do some more work on his new laptop. i think it’ll be a few more trips yet before it’s completely sorted, but at least I’m getting a bit of IT practice in.
I picked Joshua up and brought him home, he was pretty tired after his three day week. However Deanne got home early today after an early morning and as we were having our tea Joshua started telling us about his day at kindy. Wednesday is sports day and he had played a few games, one where they stood in a circle and passed a ball around, another which sounded a bit like cricket as they had to lift a bat up and hit a ball with it, then finally some version of basketball. Apparently he was well behaved during sport as he got to move his bee to number two when he got back to class. It’s the first time he’s really remembered stuff about his day to tell us.
Deanne went to the P&C meeting, that’s “parents and citizens”, in case you’re wondering, tonight, obviously I couldn’t as Julie and Rick are away, so I stayed here and did some last minute revision for my interview tomorrow. However I got a text from her just after nine telling me that I was popular. Apparently I made a bit of an impression at the last meeting when I was talking about what they could do with the school ‘blog, or rather what I could do with it! They were saying that I had some really good ideas for the site and what it was possible to do on it, so that made me feel good 🙂
Tomorrow is the big day, first Aussie interview. I’m sort of looking forward to it and sort of bricking it. But I’m sure it’ll be fine.
This morning Julie drove us around a bit, Deanne got her driving license changed to an Aussie one, we went to the bank and activated our accounts, I now have an Australian bank card!!! We also checked out cars, we’re thinking we’ll get ourselves a Hyundai. I’ll drop you a picture when we’ve bought it, assuming we can find a way to get pictures on to Julie and Rick’s computer. Oh yes, we have bought a laptop too, so we’ll at least be able to start sorting our digital lives out properly.
What I didn’t mention yesterday was that Joshua cunningly flushed one of those blue block things that keep the pan clean down the toilet! Rick had a go at cleaning it yesterday but to no avail. So this afternoon after we’d been out, I created a makeshift toilet cleaner out of a wire coat hanger which I stuffed into a small length of hosepipe. However, predictably I had to end up reaching in and sloshing my hand around to try and clear the blockage, which was nice! It took quite some effort and involved several different methods, which I looked up on the internet. Anyway I seem to have cleared the blockage and so we can now safely use the lavatory again. Hooray!!!
We’re off out with Bob for part of tomorrow, Deanne found a little museum north of the river which has a bunch of full size Dinosaur models, along with old stuffed animals, so we’re probably going to visit that.