Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Not house by Christmas - MAYBE Shed by Christmas

OK - Nick says that he didn't say that we'd be in by Christmas - but he definitely said something about Christmas - maybe it was that the shed would be up. Actually I'd hope for it a bit before then as we want to be able to move everything into it when we go flatting. That's assuming that this sale goes through. I'm just enjoying not having to have the place tidy for open house for a few weeks. Although it seems like I spent half the weekend cleaning anyway which has aggravated my back again. Lots of arrivals in Christchurch at the moment: Jenni just got back from a 2 year OE to the UK and we had her for dinner on Saturday. I made a tarte tatin which I'd been wanting to try for ages. It came out pretty OK except that I left it in the pan too long to cool down which meant that it stuck a bit. Becky and the tribe arrived last night. I haven't seen them yet but its going to be cool having them around more. Finally Racheal has scored a job at Lincoln and will be moving back sometime too. So lots of moving going on.

Friday, October 19, 2007

OMG permit's in - they want to start next week

Well, after having told everyone that its takes months and months to get a permit and that we'd be lucky to be in before winter we've just heard that they have the building permit and want to start laying the foundations NEXT WEEK. We haven't even been to the designer yet because we thought that we had lots of time and now Nick wants me to decide about roof colour before Tuesday!!! And that means that they're about ready to start on the shed too. EEEK - we might not need to look for a flat at all - we might just be moving straight in - that's assuming that the house sale goes through OK. Otherwise we might HAVE to get bridging finance. They're talking about having us in by Christmas - I can't see that myself, but possibly before Canterbury Faire. Off we go on a shopping spree - need to decide colours, tiles, carpets, toilets etc etc etc - its crazy, but should be fun. Also - Jack's looking very cute and Lad's looking magnificent.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

House offer

We've had, and accepted, an offer on our house. It's all conditional of course and their current house is in Rakaia so selling it possibly isn't a sure thing. Anyway they have 4 weeks to get a sale and if they do we'd be settling in mid December. It was going to be the last week in November but that's the week that I'm going to be in Wellington for the National Digital Forum. Nick's had a quick look at flats in the western suburbs and it looks like Hornby might be our best bet, Upper Riccarton and Yaldhurst being a bit pricier. But we'll see.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Chocolate Therapy

I've been telling everyone about this but apparently moderate amounts (45g) of dark e.g. high cocoa solids chocolate (which is what I like anyway) has been shown to be an effective treatment for the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME.

"Professor Atkin said he was very surprised at the strength of the results. "Although it was a small study, two patients went back to work after being off for six months.""

Naturally I've taken to this new treatment immediately. Also I'm well through my physio and its really helped a lot. I have an appointment in a couple of days to get some swiss ball exercises as we're concentrating on strengthening my lower abs but my posture's improved a lot and I can now lie on my back without hearing my spine clicking as it realigns. I'm also back at the gym... so in general I'm on a bit of an upswing physically. Work's OK but I've just gotten my new laptop set up which is cool and I'm off up to Wellington in November for the National Digital Forum which should be interesting. Also a good chance to catch up with Isaccs and others so I will stay on for the weekend to give me chance to see people. Terrible weather today - hail, heavy rain and I wouldn't be surprised if inland has seen snow. It was so windy overnight that we're going out to West Melton after work to check the fences. Hopefully the boys and girls are still where they should be.