Brrrr, its a bit chilly

Yes, it’s cold, I might even have to put some jeans on.

All of you in the Northern Hemisphere, up to your necks in white global warming, are probably thinking:

“Ha, yeah right, you’re in Perth, I’ve watched some cricket (ok, it’s pretty unlikely that any Americans would say the last bit as cricket is as foreign to them as baseball is to the rest of the world) – it looks pretty warm down there”

Ok, I’m being a wag, I’ve just had the old crappy useless evaporative air conditioning unit replaced with a new big monster one and it’s a bit efficient.  Perhaps a bit too efficient for its own good.  Jay is sitting at the desk in a one woman huddle, pretending it’s all fine.  Being a hot person  (I know, you all want me, right?) like I am, this chill suits me just fine!

We all took the doggy for a little walk along the beach (yup, the one that, I have to remind all of you repeatedly about) at the end of the road.  I think the dog actually took the girls for a walk, rather than the other way around

Anyway, with all these digs and jibes at your chilly snowy weather, what I’m really doing is setting you up for some photos to give you all some Christmas cheer, so here for your viewing pleasure, are the dreary surrounds of suburban Waikiki.

And Piper, as special as ever.

I know, its a hard life.

Ok, for balance, there are some downsides – being 40C hot in a suit is no fun and it might rain tomorrow for a bit.

There, happy now, snow people? :p

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stormy

we’ve had some really muggy days this week and last night we had the mother of all thunderstorms.

It was rumbling and grumbling away as we went to bed and then at 2am we were woken up with an almighty bang, shaking the whole house. Must have been a really close strike or sheet lightning right overhead – I’ve never heard anything quite so loud.

Dog and big un’ came in shortly afterwards, timid dog and teenage tears – we quickly whipped around the house unplugging computers and modems and stuff before waiting it out for 30 mins. A violent rain front came in, thundering off the windows and overpowering the drains in seconds and then that was it – the storm moved away and peace was restored.

We had another one this afternoon as its been 30 degrees + and muggy. I’ve been working at home and listening to massive thunder rumbles across the bay all afternoon. There are some huge thunderheads (sadly its too hazy for a good pic) to the west over the ocean right now – we’re probably in for another treat once the sun goes down.

In other news, we got our tax returns done today and all I can say is – wooooohooo!! Thanks Mr Accountant, you’re a star 🙂

sunshine and friends

Its been miserable here lately, raining almost every day for the last 4 or 5 weeks.

Its not supposed to do that, I’m sure someone in immigration said when I first arrived here that the sun always shines. I mean, how am I supposed to “throw another shrimp on the barbie” if its under 3 feet of water?  And as for “where the bloody hell are you?”  well, I’m over here, under cover, sheltering from the pouring rain.

But today, we have sun.  And its pretty warm too.  Well, its not actually warmer than any other day really, it just feels it as the sun’s out.

I had a long chat on Skype to one of my friends that I used to work with at BEA/Oracle this afternoon (Hi Christie, if you’re reading this) – was really ace to catch up – its been more than I year since I last saw him – not sure if I’ve spoken to him since either – but it seems like yesterday since we were last nattering.  Awesome.  I do miss my old work crowd, there were a really good bunch of guys.  So, here’s to you, ex-BEA friends!

I love Skype.  Its the best damn invention ever and I still cant believe its free to make calls like this – I would have thought that skype would have started making small charges (and to be honest, I wouldnt mind paying either, its so useful) but actually very little apart from the quality has changed over the years.  So yeah, chatting away – it seems to UK is still functioning without me, but I’m glad everyone I used to work with seems ok, a little battered by the recession, but basically ok.

So, back to the sunshine. What am I going to do with it?

Sit outside with a nice glass of red wine and relax, thats what 🙂

ttfn.