Thursday, 17 May 2007

It's RAINING, it's pouring . . .

And yes, the old man's been snoring. After having been laid up all week so far with a NASTY stomach bug, I think he deserves some serious rest too. It all started on Thursday apparently. Charlie caught PT to work and had a normal day. Started feeling crook on Friday, was tired on Saturday but well enough to cook for Leo and Joanna who came for dinner (they and I are all fine, by the way). Sunday he did some more knees up running around activities and Monday he looked like death warmed up so he stayed home from work. Tuesday he was worse, and managed to drag himself to the doctor (luckily it's only a few blocks from our house, I wouldn't have wanted him driving too far in his condition!). Turns out he's practically dead with a blood pressure of 106/50 . . . So he sent me a message asking me to come straight home from uni (after my Biochem prac) and when I got there, I promptly turned around and went to fill his prescription! Four tactical nukes in the form of some very serious antibiotics later and he seems to almost be himself again. But Wednesday and today have been spent asleep on the couch. We'll see how he pulls up tomorrow.

So yeah, it's been raining cats and dogs today. It would be the day I didn't take my brolly to uni (because it was clear and sunny when I left this morning!). Luckily I drove today as I wouldn't have wanted to be waiting on the bus stop, in the rain, wearing a white shirt :s No jumper 'coz of the nice weather, see? :D

I took some photos as proof!
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket If you look closely, you can see the raindrops on the washing line. Guess who had washing out?! The ladder is up because Cujo is all in favour of climbing onto the roof to sun herself and not being able to get down. She doesn't much like the rain though!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket One of the three plants that are actually growing in our backyard. I don't count the plum or casurinas because they're well established . . .

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Another of our plants that are actually growing. The fence is there to keep the chooks off as "Milton the Monsterior" is the only truly green thing they can get at in the yard.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket We may actually get some lemons this year! Although I think I'll have to attack it with the steel knife (when I have a steel knife!) to encourage it to grow some more first.

In other news, our oldest cat, Lottie, passed away last Saturday. She was about 23 and had outlived 3 owners! She's been off colour for a couple of days, and we went out shopping in the morning, came back in the afternoon and she was dead under the Jag. She'd had a good run though.

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RIP Lottie
1984 ~ 2007

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Yes, we're still alive out here

Man, I really need to do more regular updates on here, or I'll forget what's been happening!

So, uni has been MAD as we come towards the business end of semester. I had a Biochem test the other week and passed, so that's a bonus. I'm finding it interesting, there's just SO MUCH STUFF we have to know. But I've upped the study roster to include more hours, so I think I'll cope OK.

For Entomology, we had to make a bug collection with 15 orders and 25 specimens in it. I managed, only by buying a stick insect (order Phasmatodea) from the petshop and killing it. I felt really bad about that, he was kinda cute. Here's some photos of the (almost) finished product (before the stick insect went in):

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Major thanks to Mum and Charlie for helping with the bug collection! And getting excited about the project when I just couldn't :D

I've also had prac write-ups for various subjects coming out of my ears, so I'll be knuckling down over the weekend to knock those off. I had a couple of days off this week with a dodgy ear infection, so I managed to cover a couple of them and get a little crafting time in too. I made something for a swap I'm involved in on the Crafster forums but I've given my partner the link to my blog in case she wants to find out a bit more about me, so I can't post pictures until after she receives it.

Chuck started a new job back at the beginning of April and is having a ball! He's working for a company that he used to work for back in about 2000, and is now getting to do al sorts of interesting management and ideas and infrastructure stuff. He tells me there's no sitting around the office being bored like his last job! I'm not entirely sure of everything he does around the place, but I'm happy that he's happy.

Our 2 year anniversary was back a couple of weeks as well, so we went out for dinner, but the real treat that I'd organised didn't happen until last weekend. We went to see Cirque du Soleil's Varakai which was awesome! Although they try to make the show have something of a storyline, and I couldn't follow this one as well as I could their "Quidam" which was on telly a few weeks ago as well. I think this one had something to do with Icarus and A Midsummer Night's Dream and Under the Sea - it was odd, but good. We went to the matinee which was a nice change too.

That's about all for now, I have to go to uni and do another prac at 10am, so I'd best get going!

Oh, and I forgot to mention that we finally laid Lucy to rest yesterday as well. She's now lying peacefully next to Umberto at the Kew Cemetery, so it was a bit of an emotional afternoon here. We're doing ok and I suspect things will get back to normal fairly quickly now.