Mind vacation

Before anything else, I’d like to greet everyone a happy new year! We’re back from our Kiwi holiday (photos and a recap to be posted soon) and we’re back to work as well. My brain’s still on vacation mode and is still struggling to accept the fact that it’s now 2006, that I’m living in a house full of unpacked boxes and that I now have to allot more than an hour travel time to get to work. Oh, and then there’s also getting back to work. I think my brain did a spring cleaning during the holidays and decided to forget everything that’s connected to work. I feel like I have to re-learn just about everything!

On the home front, we were horrified to see that the rockeries in the lawns around the house is now home to numerous weeds. And not just weeds that you could easily ignore, one of them got so tall that it reached up to my mid-thigh! So off we went to Bunnings and picked up some weed killers. I was so excited to see if they would work that I sprayed them on the weeds the next day, without checking the weather. As luck would have it, it rained after a couple of hours! The treatment need at least 6 hours of no rain to be effective so note to self, check the weather update before I spray more of the treatment on those pesky weeds this weekend.

Then there was also the acquisition of a new vacuum cleaner. Since the move, our old canister-type Nilfisk has been dying after a few minutes of sucking out dirt from the carpets. Although it starts up again after a few minutes, stopping to let it cool down could be annoying. We’ve been eyeing the Dyson DC14 Origin because hubby, who does most of the vacuuming, wanted an upright model and perhaps the way it looks appeals to the geek in him. Before the purchase, the salesperson at Myer was pushing the canister-type Electrolux range because he said they are quiet and that we won’t have problems reaching hard-to-reach areas like under the bed or sofa. We went for the upright Dyson anyway.

I tried using the Dyson cleaner the next day and quickly learned that it is quite heavy (I had to use both hands to lift it) and noisy (I felt like I needed to use ear protection). The thing also seem to be in danger of tipping over when the wand is being used. However, it looked like it was a good enough cleaner and sucked a lot of dirt out of our carpets. And yes, it can’t get under the bed or sofa and we had to do some fiddling with the wand the attachment to get the job done. Perhaps we should have considered a barrel-type Dyson instead? Unfortunately for us, Myer would not accept an exchange on this type of purchase and we’re stuck with the upright Dyson for now. Oh well, it works well anyway and doesn’t die out on us in the middle of a clean-up. Another note to yours truly, make sure to consider all aspects of the job before purchasing the tool and check the return policy of the store before buying.

Another major purchase that we’re planning at the moment is a set of bookshelves from Ikea. We’ve done all our measurements and have been to Ikea twice to check the merchandise in their showroom. Only thing that’s preventing us from buying them is the finish of the wood that we would be getting. We like the oak veneer for the shelves but we need to match the TV unit to it because we’re planning to put them together in the biggest room in the house. Thing is, the only TV unit that we like was in a medium brown finish and won’t go with bookcases made with an oak veneer finish. Not wanting to later regret such a big purchase, we agreed to wait and have a think about it.

Another thing we’re looking at is acquiring a dishwasher while there are stocktake sales in stores everywhere. However, we haven’t had the time to research the current models yet and would have to do it soon. So much to do, so little time.

Meanwhile, my brain’s still not catching up and is constantly urging me to catch more sleep. If only…

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Published in: on January 5, 2006 at 8:18 am  Leave a Comment