What Happened on 23 October 2009

Posted in Quick by Sandra on October 25, 2009

Two things happened on that day.

  1. I lodged my application for my de facto partner visa (Subclass 820) at the Dandenong office.

We waited for 3 hours (from 12.30pm to 3.30pm) to see an official, rather than posting it because my current visa would end on Sunday, when the offices weren’t open. After seeing some people who’d arrived an hour after us get called, we decided to ask if we were still in the queue. The lady checked, said we were, then asked me to file a complaint. As I didn’t want to kick up a fuss I started to smile and say that it’s all right, she gave me a very firm look and said that she was serious. The office was affected by the budget cuts and were painfully under-staffed, and every complaint about outrageous wait times would help. When I got back to the seat 5 seconds later, our number was called. Whew!! (I’d certainly submit that complaint, but not till my visa is approved… :P)

  1. The boys escaped – both, even though Zac was present when we got home.

We found a section of the fence knocked off, leaving a gap just big enough so that the dogs could squeeze through. Zac was waiting for us when we got home, but no sign of Dion the dumbo at all. I took Zac and started running up to the shops at Rowville Lake, calling for Dion every other step. The Murloc took the car and drove around. Half an hour later, when I had crossed the road and gotten to the the retirement village, I got a call from the Murloc saying he found Dumbo.

Apparently Dion was streaking up Goulburn Drive in great excitement while Zac had crossed the main road and was looking at Dion from there. A few girls saw Dion and called to their mum to bring a collar because there was a dog who was lost! They managed to get his attention and cornered him, slipping the collar on. They didn’t get Zac though, and we guessed he must have run back home and popped through the gap.


It was certainly a very stressful day for us… I worried my heart out over the visa, then over the dogs. Certainly not keen to repeat such a day… though I do hope that when we call up the real estate agent with the dogs’ story, she will realize that the fence needs a real repair!

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Quickie 2

Posted in Quick by Sandra on October 19, 2009

It’s the tail end of a working day, and the company website is finally up – there’re only two more details I need to adjust, and they can wait till tomorrow. We’ve been working on a marketing campaign for the company in-house, and it has been quite a journey of discoveries for me.

We’ve exploring direct mail as a personal marketing technique. While JD has magick-ed up a postcard, I have grander (and probably impractical) ideas involving sensory mail (specifically, something called a Magic Window) and handwritten letters. However, there is a chance that they might not be shot down ASAP once I spin some story to them about the “good olde days” and the “personal connection” of seeing my scrawl… :) Come think of it, I probably shouldn’t be posting this, but sooner or later the mail will reach the prospective client’s desk and people will know. At least if they ever google for it, they will know it’s being done with painstaking detail and plans. 

We brought the Shihtzu Malteses (Bella and Candy) home yesterday afternoon. We’ve left a load of instructions for the family and hope that they will remember and follow them. We’ve also left our crate (and the bf’s Thailand souvenir towel on which the dogs have slept for 3 weeks) with them, and we’ll be checking back in 2 weeks. Even the family’s noticed the dramatic reduction in Bella’s dominance, and Candy didn’t pee in the house the moment we let her out of the crate, so that’s a good start.

I really hope they get a better life – no dog, especially when bought specifically for a pet-status, should live a life like they did before.

The boys missed the girls though. Zac checked the house for a fair few hours in all of the rooms when we came back without the girls. I think he misses his girlfriend(s)… :)

A Quickie

Posted in Quick by Sandra on October 9, 2009

It’s been ages since I last posted, so here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been up to:

  • Playing Aion (Server: Nezekan)
  • Caring for 2 Maltese Shihtzus of a friend’s
  • Getting the BF’s new office ready (furniture, painting, signs, rent agreements)
  • Preparing for de facto spouse visa application
  • Actually moving into the office! Hurray for work/life separation!!
  • Working on a top secret campaign for the company… :)

Life has been busy to say the least. If anyone thought having two somewhat trained beagles were a challenge to take care of, try adding two Maltese Shihtzu into the fray! And untrained in every way! By the third day we had them for, I told the BF I wanted to kill one of them… or was it both?

I’m blogging from the office right now… I’ve been here for 2 days now. Yesterday while the BF was out of the office, his colleague and I had much fun using our computers to talk. Corny tech pick up lines abound!! (“Oh baby, you make my software into hardware!”) My desk is a mess right now but I assure you, once the boys move the filing cabinet from the warehouse into the second level office, it’d be all neat.

I am absolutely loving how the BF has a clear distinction between work and personal life now. He never used to switch off, but now he can. I’m helping him in the office for a bit doing secretarial work, organizing paperwork, getting research done for our campaign. It’s also making me more productive because I’m not tempted to slack off and play games. I don’t have any games on my MacBook, and frankly I think it is for the best.

If only my mum could see me now… hehehe.

Leaving the office now, got loads done. That makes me happy… I can’t wait to start working in Australia properly!