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Ice Cream And Chocolate Sauce

Dear Mum,

It was great to speak to you and ToF this afternoon, hope the car service doesn’t cost too much!

Deanne dropped Joshua off this morning, even though she’s still under the weather. I got my running gear on and went to the park, it’s a few weeks since I ran so I took it easy and didn’t do the usual 1.5k, then 0.5k alternating run and walk, I just ran until it was too hard and then walked until I could run again. It still only took me about 46 minutes to get round the lake, so that’s not too bad.

I got a call from a colleague of the recruiter I went to see yesterday, to ask if I was interested in a role for iiNet, who supply our internet and phone line. I figured it couldn’t do any harm so said “why not?”

I did some bits and pieces of work and washing but the day flew past and it was soon time to pick Josh up. He came out of his class wearing a stethoscope he had made this week. He looked so cute, but sadly I wasn’t able to get a picture.

He had a snack then we played in the garden, after which we Skyped you. When we finished the call Josh watched a bit of TV and I finished making tea, bolognese. I also got a call from Olive, who was worried because she hasn’t heard from Julie since they went on holiday. I told her the reception is bad in the places they’ve been, so we’ve only received the occasional text and not too many phone calls.

After which I also got a Skype from three of my old colleagues, Rich, Steve and Nige, who seem in fine form. Skype really has made a big difference to emigrating, as I’m sure you are aware with two sons in different continents to that which they grew up in. It was great to see the guys again, although I didn’t find out much about what’s going on there because it mainly seemed to be me talking about what’s happening here. We’ll do it again though.

Deanne arrived home and we had dinner followed by ice cream and chocolate sauce as per the picture, then I put Josh to bed. He had the book he got out of the school library today for his bedtime story. Surprisingly about a dinosaur.

Tomorrow is Joshy Daddy day. No idea what we’re doing yet, although I think we’re going to do some reading practice with the “ABC Learning Eggs” I’ve signed up for. don’t know what they are or how they work but they’re meant to be pretty good so I’ve heard.

Love

Dan

Chocolate Sauce Face

Chocolate Sauce Face


Back Online…Again

Dear Mum,

Well, our internet is back up and running, no thanks to iiNet! They had told us that a technician had looked at the local exchange on Friday, after we had lost our collection along with half of Perth on Thursday morning. However today a proper technician from Telstra was sent to look at the issue, and rather than coming to our house and finding there was a fault he called me (at exactly three o’clock, just when I should have been picking Joshua up, but I can forgive him that as he fixed the problem) and said he was working on it.

About an hour later the missing two lights on the right hand side of the router came back on and everything started working again. The nice techie said that it was obvious that no one had done any work at the telephone exchange and that it could have been fixed much earlier if anyone had done so!

iiNet tried to call me but failed to get through, as we were busy talking to the Telstra guy. I will however be calling them up tomorrow to ask them to ensure we get the five day’s worth of money taken off our next bill, as well as an apology for the anguish, plus some kind of reimbursement from the time I’ve lost working on Rich’s project. Mostly just an apology for their appalling customer service.

Anyway, we’re back on and so we can Skype and I can apply for jobs and do some actual work again. Hooray!

Apart from the whole lack of internet we had a really nice weekend, on Saturday we went to Julie’s house, just to say hi on our way through, then headed over to Olive’s house, as we hadn’t seen Deanne’s Nana for a few weeks. As well as eating…a lot…Joshua mainly played with the toys he had taken over, as well as some of Olive’s things like a torch that was in her sitting room.

On Sunday we went to Scitech and investigated the new fairground exhibit, with a hall of mirrors and games of chance and such like. Joshua also finally agreed to try the planetarium, which was really good. It started with a girl presenting some information about our galaxy and the constellations, then flew to outside the galaxy and showed you how tiny a part of it the constellations we can see actually are. Then there was a film, narrated by Rupert Grint, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter fame, and it was about life on other planets. Joshua was a little disappointed that the show didn’t have any actual aliens in it, so we had to explain that humans haven’s actually met aliens yet!

Today when I dropped him off at school he started playing with some Lego. While he was doing so his little friend Penny arrived, came up to him and handed him an envelope with his name on it. He opened it and it was a beautiful print of her feet, covered in purple glitter and with Joshua’s name written on it. She was really proud of it (and so she should have been) and Joshua was really impressed. It’s really good that Josh has some friends at kindy, because we were worried about how he would make friends when we arrive in Aus’. But apparently we needn’t have done so!

This afternoon, because Deanne left early to pick the boy up we went to the bird hide in the park. It was great and we were out about an hour, Josh scooted and Deanne and I walked. It was great but also quite tiring.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot. We are attempting to stop the thumbsucking! we have tried a number of things but eventually settled on painting a mixture of coffee and cayenne pepper on to Joshua’s thumb before he goes to bed at night. It feels a bit like child abuse, but Joshua has embraced it with aplomb and asks for his thumb to be treated so he doesn’t suck it. It’s got a thumbs up (sorry)!

Tomorrow is another day and I have a bit of catching up to do with various things so it probably won’t be very exciting to write about, but I’ll let you know when it’s happened.

Love

Dan

Working, thank goodness!!!

Working, thank goodness!!!


Not Happy

Dear Mum,
A short one tonight, I’ll explain why.
Yesterday morning there was an internet outage that affected Optus, Vodafone and iiNet (they’re our internet provider).
My mobile phone and the internet were both out of action for the whole day. Got up this morning and my mobile worked again, but the internet was still down.
It’s now 8pm and I’ve spoken to iiNet twice, they are saying it’s most likely a problem with something at our end and want to charge us to send out a techie to look at it.
I told them that we didn’t cause the issue and aren’t paying for it, however they can’t send someone out until Monday afternoon. Which means no internet until (at least) then! So no Skype this weekend, no blogging (I’m making an exception tonight), no email, no web and none of Richard’s work.
Not happy!
Love
Dan


Dinosaur Day

Dear Mum,
Another busy day today. I dropped Josh off at school then drove to the iiNet office/shop-front in Subiaco and they took about half an hour to swap the broken power supply unit of the TV box for a new one. I was slightly worried that whatever had blown the PSU might have fried the actual recorder too but thankfully after getting home and plugging it in everything worked as it should do!
I spent a good percentage of the day doing a cover letter for a job application that looks pretty interesting, even though it’s in Mount Lawley which is a bit of a hike. It’s another Uni’ job but more of a leadership one than the others I’ve been for. Haven’t finished yet but well on the way!
I picked Joshua up, arriving in time to hear a dinosaur book being read to his class. On the way home he told me that his teacher had got a couple of the names wrong. When I asked if he’d corrected her he told me that he had, a few times! I wish I’d heard that.
We went to the library to drop his books and Pooh DVD off, as they were due back tomorrow. He picked a couple of new books, one of which I’ve taken a picture of because he chose it all by himself and we’re never going to read all of it before it’s due back, and another Winnie The Pooh DVD. Then we headed home so I could make tea and he could watch the new video.
Tomorrow Deanne is dropping Joshua off at Kindy, so I think I’m going to go out for a run, if if isn’t heaving it down with rain.
BTW, you’re absolutely right. We do need the rain. However what I’ve worked out is that the rain isn’t just constant, like in the UK, you get a lot of dry patches, then small but incredibly heavy bursts of rain. Which means that you can’t hang the washing out, as it’s never dry for long enough for the clothes to finish drying before it rains again and everything is soaked through. It’s okay though as we seem to be managing to dry stuff on the airers.
Love
Dan

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Push Me Daddy

Dear Mum,

This morning Deanne went out to a craft fair in Perth so Joshua and I had some Daddy/Joshy time. We got dressed, played with his Play Dough, did some stickering, then we went to the park and Joshua cycled a circuit which took in a large portion of this side of Bibra Lake. He goes fast enough for me not to be able to keep up with him now, but when there is an incline he keeps asking for a push to get him going again. When he gets far enough away from me he stops, turns round and shouts “take a picture Daddy”. So I have about ten pictures of a tiny dot in the middle distance.

After lunch Deanne and Joshua made some bran flake cakes and then, because we’ve had such a busy week with a few late nights for Joshua we spent most of the afternoon letting him watch TV shows. However, due to the fact that the power block for our TV box has blown he had to watch them on the laptop rather than the TV. This meant I had to teach him how to navigate the ABC4Kids website, start the videos and make them fill the screen. He learnt worryingly quickly! He’ll be better than us in a year or twos time I suspect.

So tomorrow I’ll be heading to Subiaco, where the iiNet shop is, and swapping our power block for a new one. I also need to pop to the bank to pay some money in and probably do some other stuff I’ve forgotten about. It doesn’t seem like it should be Monday again already!

The picture is of the pile of Teddies Joshua left by the front door. When I asked him what they were for he said that he was going to take them to Nana’s house when it’s Joshy/Nana day this week.

Love

Dan

Teddies

Teddies


iiNet Day

Dear Mum,
I dropped Josh off at daycare, then not long after I got home a nice man turned up, to deliver a big parcel containing our new TV box.
I was quite excited to get it but there were a number of unforeseen (but hardly unexpected) issues setting it up.
First of all there was a special plug thing to connect the box to our router, so I had to go to Masters (like B&Q, to Bunnings’ Homebase) to get an extension lead. Once home I discovered the thing couldn’t talk across the network so had to call iiNet to get them to do some technical magic at their end. On the second call I actually managed to talk to someone who knew what they were doing and it worked.
Then I had aerial problems, which I had to rely on my common sense to figure out, so that took a while! That was most of my day today.
The picture is from the sitting room towards the kitchen, dining room on the right and Joshua’s play room at the back.
Tomorrow we have Julie and Rick coming round for tea.
Love
Dan

Open Plan

Open Plan