Mrs has directed that the iMac comes to Canberra with me – surprised actually, I hadn’t expected to be allowed to do that, hence all the other plans.
So I’ll take the iMac and the NAS, and the PS3. The router can stay here as a colleague rightly pointed out, when you sign up for a new internet connection (as I will need to) you’ll get a router anyway.
Am having to move everything back to the NAS though… a small pain. And that leaves them with no library here so I will need to install a serious sized HDD in the PC here to put the iTunes library on….. well maybe just the kids movies would be required. That’d fit on the SSD currently installed.
Might still get another screen for Canberra and perhaps look at getting the PC later. With the OSX changes to multiple desktops, having 2 x 27″ screens would be pretty awesome. And the PS3 can be the TV through the other one when needed. With the money saved, I can look at an Adobe subscription, a WoW subscription and a new pushbike.
OH! I have actually found a place that meets all of my need and want list and much of Mrs list too. I have a double garage, its a few minutes from work. She has a nice modern townhouse with a couple of bedrooms, and somewhere for the kids to go play nearby. Moving day is in a couple of weeks. But I won’t be living there until next year.
A bunch of dad things have kept me off the computer so not much gaming going on – in fact I don’t think I’ve played since my last post. I did travel the other week and discovered that my Borderlands Save game is stored locally, not on the server. I didn’t feel like starting a new character so that didn’t work out.
My friend passed the old Heroes show to me. I remember watching some of it years ago, I thought I had watched a fair bit. Turns out I watched half of season one, and the first episode of two.
Been engrossed in that in my spare down time – that means less to talk about on here. Sorry
It had to happen eventually, its the nature of my employment that we move occasionally. I’ve been pretty lucky managing to stay in Sydney for almost 10 years. But my luck has run out, and I’m being relocated to Canberra after Christmas.
On the plus side, its sort of a promotion and an unexpected positive career move. On the minus side, we are quite settled here in Sydney, with Miss 6 enjoying school and friends and Miss 3 in a nearby childcare. Mrs has been working steadily at her job too, and would like to stay. And then there’s the house we are currently building…..
So from a home situation, we’re a bit undecided what arrangements we might go ahead with as there is a strong desire to remain in Sydney, while I work in Canberra and commute home as often as I can.
Big strain on a family, living apart, but so is living somewhere we don’t like – not that Canberra is bad, it’s sort of my home town, but like I said, we’re pretty settled here.
So stay tuned as we decide which direction we head in.
Just a quick note. Had my surgery today. Seems to have gone well but I guess the doc will tell me in the morning. I haven’t had a crash, or other accident. Developed a hernia about three months ago.
So fixed hopefully and I can get back to my forest running and my riding, and playing with my kids again without concern.
Once it heals of course
Miss 5 completed her first year (Kindergarten) in school this year… amongst the reading, writing and maths she also learnt that a snack should be left out for Santa and his reindeer, so they’ve piled off to bed but not before some milk, cookies and an apple were left out.
Not sure how all the reindeer are going to split one apple, but never mind. Maybe Santa will share his cookies?
Merry Christmas everyone. (yes I know I said it a couple of posts ago as well)
This is way off topic… but I’m so proud of my dad.
He’s now 68 and today he’s just finished this bike race… the Whaka 100. Its a 100km single track mountain bike race held annually in Rotorua, NZ. It took him 9h 47m (he planned on 10h). I don’t think he won, even in his age group, but that doesn’t matter to me (or him I imagine).
I can’t guess how tired he is right now, but that’s an amazing thing to do. Awesome work dad
We made it home. The girls were great sleeping almost the whole way home. I’ll go back through some of the older posts and add some more photos but apart from that, the holiday is over.
Of course that will have to wait until our phone line and subsequently the Internet connection gets fixed. 😒
Update: almost 2 days later, and still no phone. Okay so the first day was a Sunday, but still!
We’re all checked out now. Just have to wait until late evening for our flight. We’ve discovered the Children’s Creativity Museum which is like a giant interactive imagination experiment for kids and is very cool. Great way to kill a few hours with the kids in central SF.
Then it’s the 14 hours of flight and home.
And then it’s trying to remember how to play MWO and learning the new stuff in WoW. Don’t think the MWO is open yet so won’t post about it. And my mail order Mists expansion could be a week or two delayed. At least the crowds in the start areas will have died off somewhat by the time I actually get in there.
The kids are asleep beside me as we hurtle through the sky. New York is well behind us now and we’re headed to our last stop, San Francisco. I could actually update this as we go as the plane has wifi on board. Of course you pay for the privilege but it’s pretty amazing never the less.
Not sure what we finished up with in NY. Tried some more food, I managed to have a hot dog in NY, a pizza in NY and NY cheesecake, so that’s some things I always wanted to do. There are so many places to eat. Some expensive (like the lobster paella we had) some not.
We stumbled across a market that took over 8th Ave from 42nd to the park. Apparently, like the Darkmoon Fairie used to, it pops up all over the city. I made it to the USS Intrepid museum. You might know it from Will Smith’s I Am Legend, where he tees off from the back of an airplane. It’s a WW2 Aircraft Carrier that is also a Air & Space museum. Here I managed to see a Shuttle, the Kennedy Space Centre is still waiting for theirs at the moment.
NY was nice to see, but I’m not sure we’d be back. I loved Central Park, but I’m not a shopper so didn’t really care for that. Mrs thought the prices were high after Outlet shopping in Vegas (previous trip to US) and Orlando. She also didn’t really like the busy nature of the place. I hate to think how cold NY could be in the middle of winter!
So we’re off to SF for a rest, any last minute shopping, before the last stretch home. SF is more appealing to us than LA, just didn’t really like LA last time. And a better paced place, it’s kinda like Melbourne.
Still in New York at the moment. We have a couple more days before we head to our last stop in San Francisco.
We’ve been doing a few touristy things so far. We visit the World Trade Centre site and Memorial. Miss 5 got very curious about the big holes and all the names and what it was all about. I explained it in simple but didn’t shy away from the fact that they are all dead people. She also asked about the flags, photos and other stuff that people had attached to some of the names. When I explained they had been put there by friends or family who missed their dead friends, she said “I miss them all too.” very cute and touching comment.
She has asked me to repeat the explanation several times since, so she is definitely moved by the whole thing.
Moving on, we headed over to Liberty Is to visit the Statue. Still closed for renovations for its 125 anniversary so you can’t go in, but you can walk around the base. Big, but actually smaller than I thought, and not as imposing on the harbour as I had always thought.
We’ve done a couple of bus tours, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge (and back) and celebrated the now Miss 3′s birthday at Hard Rock Cafe. She did get a little scared when the waiter called for the whole place to wish her Happy Birthday! But she enjoyed her ice cream
Not sure what we have planned for the next couple of days. Any suggestions?
Waterfalls at WTC Memorial
Statue of Liberty
Massive sandwich at Carnige Deli
Part of the Guggenheim, sure, but also the building that Agent K chases an alien up at the start of MIB, before he joins MIB.