Merry Christmas Home

IMG_0199 (1)Christmas is coming. According to Miss 6 its 14 days away.

I come home permanently in 7. How cool is that! The last 2 years have been hard in some ways, but admittedly, having a whole week of man-cave ness has been cool. Riding and mountain biking and gaming, even heading out to movies that Mrs Mab didn’t want to see was easy.

But coming home to my family and to my awesome new house is better. One of the puzzles though is just fitting some stuff back in. We have a big house with a lot of storage, but we have gone from a double+ garage (it had a couple of metre extension at one end) that could fit 2 motorcycles and 2 cars and a pile of stuff. To our new house which has a slightly larger than usual single. We don’t have 2 bikes though we do have two more bicycles….

So we have a bit of a puzzle, like a grown-up jigsaw puzzle. Fit one car, 2 sets of racking, 4 bicycles and a motorcycle in….

Can it be done….

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Oh, I forgot the lawnmower…..

Well it looks like yes, but I’ve got to build something to get the bicycles up on the wall. It has a 3m ceiling so there is plenty of room. At the moment they stack on the lawnmower and around the edges. It’s pretty tight right now. I can ride the bike in and out, and all my jackets etc are hanging neatly just to the left there.

There are a couple of boxed up things to move out of there once I get home properly.

Moving has started..

I’ve started moving things to Sydney. It’s only about a month before I finish up in Canberra and there is no real reason to keep a bunch of stuff in Canberra now.

First up was the computers. Got them set up now. The NAS is stored in the hallway cupboard that the network switch is. Keeps the noise down in the Study here. The desks have cable runs along the back underneath, so it’s all nice and tidy. With no gaming at the moment I also switched over to the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse so even less cables about.

Study set up with the Mac and screen from Canberra. PC to the right (smaller screen)

Study set up with the Mac and screen from Canberra. PC to the right (smaller screen)

Seems to work well so far. For the rest of the month I’ll use my iPad Air and the iPhone in Canberra, that is plenty of internet for there. Still have my broadband connection so watching Netflix and stuff on TV or iPad will be ok.

I also took the PS3 up and connected into the amp downstairs.

One of the coming weekends I have to move the bike and then the mountain bike. Moving the Daytona is going to be a little complicated as I need to drive up, get back to Canberra without taking the car (bus, train, ride with mate) and then the following weekend I ride up. Worst case I have organised to ride the bike on the last day and get the car delivered.

Telstra.. you almost sorted it

So on 2 July Telstra actually got it right. Well at least mostly. Almost 3 months to the day, they managed to line up a phone number they issued me and the physical connection to the house so that the Tech could actually connect the two and hence us.

I got home on Friday and set up the ADSL and…. we’re back on the Internet.

I also set up the switch so that all of the ports in the house are connected (there’s 13 and the modem/router is only 4 port). Initially this was troublesome as the default Switch IP was the same as the existing Modem/Router IP. It also forgot everything I set it up with when I unplugged it the first time. But eventually I had it on a different IP and the entire house was live with ethernet and wifi all connecting to each other and the internet

TVs asked for updates, phones could AirPlay to the Amp it was a wondrous weekend. I still need to go around and actually ID all of the ports, but I have enough leads to have them all connected at the same time.

I said Telstra almost got it right. Well in the throes of screwing it all up, they made up a new contract, without my consent and created a whole new account and email address for me. I’ve fixed the first one, and will have to live with the second. They also sent me a new modem.

They also decided that I wasn’t entitled to the Federal Service Guarantee fees as there was a “Extreme Weather Event” in my area. Its one of the ways they get out of paying this fine and after checking with the Ombudsman they may have something. Scum, but not a surprise.

But I have internet and so Mrs can watch her TV shows. And you know what they say about Happy Wives…..

Back to the Books

I finished uni in 1997. Obviously I’ve done (sometimes intensive) work courses since then, but I’m back into university study again. This time, a couple of units via distance learning.

Distance learning has changed somewhat. Now there are forums and recorded lectures with slides to read. References and other resources all online. But its still online, and out of hours.

This should be somewhat easier for me as I’m home alone during the week. All that gaming and Netflix time has been absorbed, but at least I don’t have kids running about. (Though I still have long calls with family catching up and even helping with homework**) At least for the 5 nights during the week anyway.

Two long weekends has put me somewhat behind though.

So what am I studying? Well out of my comfort zone for one. Australian History starting from the first days of colonisation. Mostly new stuff to me, being an immigrant. But I also see some long standing “truths” are not, which is fascinating.

The other is also History, but starts at the Big Bang and covers, well, everything until now. At the moment its Astronomy and Astrophysics and the like. Later it will be Geology and then History and Biology and more. Interesting subject.

Certainly fills my evenings up. I hope to be a little caught up next week??

** Helping with the homework is tough at the moment, with no internet at home. Two months since we moved and probably a month more before it’s fixed. You’d think we moved to the middle of nowhere, not 75m down the street in the middle of Sydney.

Back to School

I’ve decided to do a couple of papers through distance learning. Just paid the other day. I think the start date is in a week or two (actually I really better look that up)

Why all of a sudden….

I am expecting work to shift me again at the end of this year. In about late June I will find out where they are sending me. I’ve discussed it with management, but the choice is never my own. Management weren’t overly convincing that they will send me back to Sydney so I can rejoin my family.

So a contingency plan is required. The study is part of a plan. …

Kind of out of my funk from the last few days. I’m feeling very broke (car repairs) and want to get out and ride (short cold wet winter days oh, and work) so letting off steam is a bit hard. I’m not sure I’ll be right out of it until the decision for next year is made.

What else has been bringing me down.

One of my closest friends father died the other week too. I didn’t know him too well but whenever I dropped around to their restaurant he would cook up some great food and make sure I was stuffed full before I left. Obviously tough on my friend and her family. I made it too the funeral which was nice.

Hence not a lot of posting, just not into it at the moment. Like gaming. Still not playing anything. I should bust out the PS3 games and get stuck in.

Unhappy Thoughts

I occasionally wonder during suicide prevention awareness training at work, what could drive people to be in such a place. After the total mess I feel like today, I can see in some cases it would only be a few steps away.

Yes, total mess today. Going to cook dinner and go to bed I think. Things always look better with a full belly, a good sleep and some sunshine. And a ride too.

Tired, Busy, Distracted

Too much on at once. Been distracted.

Unsubbed WoW, but missed it by two days so the account is still live.

Work… busy busy. Haven’t had a break for about 8 days.

Moving house soon. Still trying to finish it.

Daytona in service waiting for parts. Really really want to ride her. Miss the VFR still :(

MTB going well though. Getting fit, losing weight, enjoying the challenge.

Can’t sleep.

Back home… for a moment

Bye Bye Hawaii :(

Bye Bye Hawaii :(

Hawaii was pretty nice. The weather was awesome the whole time, but sadly halfway through I got a cough that developed eventually into a bit of a flu. Didn’t ruin the holiday but did put a damper on some things. Mrs Mab still shopped a lot and even I picked up some clothes!

Trip home was thankfully uneventful, but my blocked sinus could have spelled trouble. The pressure in my ears took a long long time to equalise completely after we landed. This can be real trouble if you burst eardrums or the like, but during the descent I was able to ease some of the pressure using every trick I know to stay uncomfortable but not painful.

At home for a few days before I was called into work. That was annoying and left the house in a bit of a state. Mrs Mab has worn herself out trying to sort things this week while I am away.

Home again tomorrow to take some pressure of her.

Traveling Again

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Not in cold Canberra or even mild Sydney at the moment. Touched down in Hawaii for a week. Nice and warm here and our view is pretty good.

Half thinking of renting a bike one day but not really sure about that. Didn’t bring any gear so it’s a Long shot. But I’m hoping to get a look at a couple shops to get some gear. Tiny part of me hopes for a specific Dainese pants I’m looking for but not expecting much in the way of cold weather touring gear here.

My girls have put some orders in for Lego (it’s not LEGOS so PLEASE stop using that term) and it’s such a great toy that I’m happy to oblige. The hours they get building stuff is really cool.

Anyway a few days here enjoying the sunshine before it’s back to early spring at home.