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Tea At Nana’s

Dear Mum,

Snuggles went out first thing this morning but hadn’t come back by the time I went out to drop Joshua off at Nana’s house, which meant I had to drive back to let him in before I could go to work. I called out the back door (which is where I took the picture) and the laundry door, but he was nowhere to be seen. So I decided he could stay out for the day and opened the front door to get in my car. He was sat outside the flyscreen miaowing and wanting to be in, so I gave him a stroke on the head and went to work.

Most of the morning I was logged onto a server trying to get their internal website to work. However it proved too much for me and I had to pass it over to Jason to look at. In the afternoon I went to somebody’s house to look at a hard drive that was failing, but it turned out to be beyond repair so I had to take it back to the office to try and copy the data onto another one.

Got home at spot on half five and changed, then Deanne picked me up and we went to Julie’s for tea, a roast dinner, very nice, followed by a sticky date pudding with ice cream and then some chocolate cake. Think I may need a run tomorrow! Olive was there too and Joshua, obviously. The poor little thing (Josh, not Olive) was tired out and I think he’s feeling a bit peaky. He was quite clingy and wanted to sit on my knee and cuddle me between courses, we were a bit worried he would want to come home with us after seven weeks of no Nana, but he went for his bath and got in to bed without any worries. We all got a kiss and a cuddle, then he went off to sleep.

Tomorrow is a free day so I’m going to work on Richard’s project, need to pick Joshy up in the afternoon so Julie can go out to bowling in the evening.

Love

Dan

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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!!!


Lunch At Nana’s House

Dear Mum,

Just a short one as it’s getting late.

More Play-Doh (I’ve been spelling it wrong all this time, who knew!!!) this morning, followed by getting ready then heading out to Julie’s house at about midday for lunch.

It was very nice and we all had a good time, Joshua’s favourite bit seemed to be burying himself in covers on the sofa, seems to be a bit of a theme at the moment. I completely forgot to ask Olive if any of the Lucks had been involved in the first world war, like you asked. Sorry about that, If I see her again before the talk I’ll try and remember.

Tomorrow I have to set off early to go to CentreLink to update my details as their computer system has messed up my records, so I can’t register as a jobfinder, etc. Which I should probably have done ages ago anyway!

But now bed time.

Love

Dan

Joshua, On Nana's Sofa

Joshua, On Nana’s Sofa


Job

Dear Mum,

Today was an interesting day! I set off to Bob’s house at about ten o’clock this morning after popping into the post office to copy my driving licence for a house rental application. I arrived at his house at about 10:20 and hung around as I was expecting him to get back from work at about half past.

Anyway he calls me up at about half past and said he was just about there. I waited for a while and then got another call, it turned out he had come to Julie’s house and I had gone to his, half an hour away!!!

Anyway, he came back and we had a quick drink then set off to Harvey Norman, which is the equivalent of Curry’s/PC World in the UK. He had already told me his budget and was expecting just to get a laptop for what he had suggested, but we ended up getting a laptop, a new decent screen, and a case. He also got himself a new wireless transmitter thing so he can take it away with him and get internet access, when he goes down south etc., on the laptop and his phone.

However after we got home and opened the boxes up I realised that the guy in the shop hadn’t checked if there was an HDMI (video for the monitor) cable in with the monitor, so we had to go back and buy one of those too. Still under budget and haggled down a bit! Oh yes, I forgot to say the wireless internet thing is a bit like buying a phone contract and when Bob tried to buy it it turned out his driving license (which he needed to prove his identity/credit rating) is out of date and he has applied and paid for a new one but not received it yet. So we had to go back to his house to get the receipt from the renewal before he could get the wireless dongle.

Anyway we got home and cleaned up his old PC and the desk it all sits on, then got everything out and plugged it all in. Then we waited…and waited…and waited, as the wireless doo-dah was meant to take about four hours to come on-line. After four and a bit hours we got bored and called up his provider and I talked to them and it turned out the password that the guy in the shop had given us was wrong. The bloke on the phone changed the password and gave it to us and after that it was all fine.

I left Bob’s at about six and got back home for 6:30-ish, Olive had come over for tea and it was just being put out when I got back.

I have, up ’till now, left out the most exciting bit of the day. Which is that on the way home from the computer shop (the first time!) I got a phone call from one of the employers I’ve applied for a job through and have been offered an interview next week. The funny thing is that this job was advertised about  month ago, so I’m wondering if the other roles I’ve put forward for will take as long to get round to their short-listing, anyway exciting times 🙂 

After that it was bedtime for Joshua and now it’s just about bedtime for me.

Love

Dan