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!

Scones and Salmon

Posted in Quick by Sandra on August 19, 2009

Before I begin, allow me to apologize for being an over-sharer.

16 August
06:30 – Got up to pee yet again. This infection is getting on my nerves. I’ve been waking up at 3 hour intervals to relieve myself. I think I even accidentally witched on the bedroom light and seared the BF’s eyeballs. The scream of pain will forever guilt me. Weather’s pretty bad too – noisy, howling winds throughout the night. (At 05:30 I’d gotten up to pee, and was kept awake by Dion’s snores for about 15 minutes… so maybe it wasn’t as loud as I thought.)

Well, it’s Sunday. A weekend. I’d promised the BF to let him wake up to weekend scones, so I might as well get started. Only three ingredients, it can’t be that difficult…

Scones

I’ve been going into the bedroom to check on the BF’s state of consciousness every half an hour since 07:00. It’s now 08:30, and that man is still in bed! I can’t believe it! He says he usually wakes at 08:30 anyway. I think I shall bring in a bit of hot sconey goodness to wake him up.

Grumpy man.

After he realized he wasn’t going to get any more sleep (“It’s my BIRTHDAY!”) I got into bed with him and we had a bit of a snuggle (with the boys too) and discussed how very old I am and how he’s going to trade me in for a younger mail-order girlfriend.

After about an hour he finally dragged himself out of bed and cooked breakfast for me – Duckie’s Scrambled Eggs and Bacon on Toast. It was a leisurely breakfast with two salivating beagles staring at our plates, jowls a-quiver whenever the Heavenly Bacon was visible.

Then we spent the day lounging around at home. About late afternoon I settled down to watch Malcolm in the Middle, and the BF emerged out of his den (his study) to demand that I flick to the two footy matches on during the advertisements. (Carlton won, oh Chris Judd you’re my hero! /bats eyelashes.)

Dusk fell, and we got ready for dinner at Sakura, in Glen Waverley. (“OOOOHHHH JAPANESE! HOW DID YOU KNOOOOW I WANTED JAPANESE!” “Cause, I know! /smug”) It was fantastic – for the first time ever in ages The Breakfast Crew rocked up. There was talk, laughter, dog discussion, games, and an endless stream of business talk from two certain people. I caught myself thinking several times that the BF needs a holiday badly. He can’t ever switch off.

The Breakfast Crew

And the salmon sashimi. Oh how I’ve missed you raw pink salmon flesh…

When I’ve had time to let the fact that I’m officially no longer a teenager, I will post again.

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Miele S5211

Posted in Quick by Sandra on July 23, 2009

I got a vacuum cleaner!

It’s the Miele S5211, a bagged vacuum with six levels of suction (and noise levels). I’ve been hankering after a vacuum cleaner for months now (ever since the BF’s Hoover Bagless 2000w died), and did my research. The Miele is $429 RRP, but we got it (after a haggling for 5 seconds) for $311!

I chose a bagged vacuum because suction power is “renewed” after each bag change. Reviews of bagged vacuums consistently praise their amazing suction no matter how old it is, as long as bags are changed when they’re full. On the other hand, bagless vacuums (like Dysons) tend to lose their suction after a few years. It’s a bit of a hit or miss situation, but why take the risk? After all the vacuuming I’ve done (and believe me, there was a lot of … stuff … to be vacuumed, both in the house and the car) my bag isn’t even 1/5 full yet!

This particular model of the Miele didn’t come with a turbo brush, but I thought that’s fine for now. Unlike in our previous residence, this house has only 1 carpeted area – and that’s the bedroom. The rest is all cold, unloving hardwood… and what seems to be laminated vinyl in the kitchen. A bit of elbow grease gets the carpet clean enough!

So far, I’m working on trying to vacuum the boys with it, particularly Dion as he sheds so much more (visibly, too!) than zlinky Zac. I mean slinky. I need to take a video to explain the zlinkiness. But back onto vacuuming them, yeah, I’m failing. I’ve once managed to get the vacuum cleaner right next to Zac while he was on the couch, but then the BF came into the living room and he took the opportunity to get away.

Just you wait, my slinky shedding dogs…

I’ve had a lot of fun with the vacuum. As I told the BF a few days ago, I was actually trying to think up reasons/excuses to vacuum! That’s a really bad crush on a vacuum cleaner… But hopefully, he’ll serve me for years to come.

Smooth like a baby's bottom.

Smooth like a baby's bottom.

Capri Blue - that's the colour.

Capri Blue - that's the colour.

Up close and ... sigh, I need a macro lens :(

Up close and ... sigh, I need a macro lens :(

I think I might name him.. Mielo! And it’s a he because I refuse to stand for the feminine stereotype of doing housework!

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