Well, more of a tremor really, but it was freaky. It happened around 11.30pm and I was sitting at my desk with the headphones on. When I felt the desk shake I thought David had come in and knocked it as he was passing. But when I looked around I couldn't see him - that's when I freaked out. I couldn't figure out what would make the desk shake like that. I started looking through the house for David and found him outside. He said he'd heard a loud noise and felt shaking. It spilled his coffee, which was on the table of the outside setting.
Then one of my friends on FaceBook messaged me and said there'd been an earthquake. Before you knew it, FaceBook was full of people talking about the quake/tremor and, unbelievably, two different groups sprung up and one had 3000+ members within the hour. There are already t-shirts. Yeah. But you know, if not for FaceBook, Twitter, etc, I still wouldn't have known what happened. When it first happened, we turned to the news channel to see if they were reporting on it, but there was nothing. Even now, almost an hour and a half later, there's been no word on Fox News. If it had happened in Sydney we would have heard all about it by now. Pheh!
Well, I hope that's all the excitement for tonight because I'll be heading to bed very soon!
I got my hair done yesterday and finally gave in to my hairdresser's years of suggestions that I try foils. Bad move. My beautiful red hair! It's caramel and blonde :( Okay, maybe not that bad but I think it looks bland. It used to have some vibrancy but now...bleh! I am so so tempted to go to the shops once they open and get an at-home colour to put in and zing it up a bit. Although, from past experience that's probably not such a good idea.
Also, back? tummy? I don't know which of you is responsible for the pain I woke up in and continue to be in, but stop it. Now!
Work tomorrow and then a day off on Tuesday. If someone else knew how to do the billing at work, I could have had Monday off, you know, if I'd actually remembered to apply for the day off - hehehe. Next month is definitely train-the-paralegal-how-to-do-bills month.
Happy New Year and all that!
It actually crept up on me this year. I was on the computer at the time and wondered why the hell people were letting off fire crackers. Durr!
All in all, a good holiday season. We had Christmas afternoon at my house, with all my family here except my sister who lives in Mt Gambier.
New Year's Day was spent at my youngest sister's house. She has a pool which was handy given the heat we'd been having. All the kids there had a fantastic time.
Previously mentioned sister who lives down south in Mt Gambier was in town for a visit and came by yesterday. We had lunch with my mum and another sister. Youngest sis was busy and couldn't make it but we had a wonderful time. Again, the three kids present (D's two boys and my sister's daughter) had a great time playing together.
And after such a good day yesterday, I had a terrible headache all day today, and all I wanted to do was sleep. Annoying since I miss spending that time with D's boys.
Meanwhile, I've been back at work one week and already am being pissed off by my paralegal and her princess ways. Guess for now I'll suck it up, but come the end of January, if my name isn't on the list of those getting a pay rise, I'll be seriously looking elsewhere.
We went in and saw mum tonight. I really hate looking for a park in the city on Friday nights :( Then there was a 20min wait before we could go in but finally they finished whatever they were doing and we were allowed in.
I think my first reaction was that I wanted to cry when I saw my mum like that - all those tubes everywhere and a great hulking incision down the middle of her chest. But it was such a relief to see her looking so well, too. She was a bit confused about some things, but we were warned about that and it was to be expected. But she had colour in her face and was alert enough to have (brief) conversations. We stayed as long as we could but mum got tired so we left.
Meanwhile, just because my life can't ever go smoothly. This was supposed to be David's weekend with his boys but he rang me just before 5pm to tell me they hadn't arrived. Usually they would be there between 3.30-4.00pm. So he'd rung their mum and asked where they were. She beat around the bush and said that something had turned up today and he'd find out about it on Wednesday. W.T.F? I don't know what game she thinks she's playing all I know is that once again she's broken the agreement that was put in place by the mediator. I guess we will have to wait to see what Wednesday brings. I'd already asked for that day off from work so I could catch up on my major computing assignment. Work hasn't agreed to it yet, but it would work out well if I can have that day off. I can only cross my fingers and hope work says yes.
Still tired and pretty bloody angry, now, too.
Mum had her operation today. Thank god! I rang just before midday to see if it was worth my while to pop in and see her before surgery (or being sent home, whichever came first) but they said she'd just been taken down to theatre. So I was understandably worried when I rang the recovery unit just after 5pm and mum wasn't there. I headed down to the hospital and was told she was in the ICU. So we went up there and were told she wasn't out of theatre yet and we should come back around 8pm. They gave me a card with two phone numbers on so I could ring before going back in.
Back at home I spoke with one of my sisters who'd also been in touch with the hospital and had been told mum had just been brought in from surgery and to ring back around 9.45pm and speak to mum's nurse. By the time we'd done the shopping and had dinner it was 10pm so I rang and was told that mum was sedated and on a breathing machine, and that tomorrow they'd take her off the machine and begin to wake her up.
So, I guess the bottom line is that she's doing as well as could be expected given what she's been through. I will go to the hospital tomorrow night and maybe see mum, even if she can't see me.
I'm glad the op is done, and can only hope that mum will on the improve soon.
Very tiring day.
Well, mum is in hospital again, just like last week. She is scheduled to have her op tomorrow, just like last week. She's "second cab off the rank" just like last week. Let's hope that's as far as "like last week" things go. I can't be there this time, which pisses me off, but I will hope to get down there at lunch time if she hasn't already gone into theatre or...you know :(
*fingers crossed for this time*
Oh yeah, and lecturer? I had the relevant Limitation dates on the memo I didn't realise you wanted me to s-p-e-l-l i-t o-u-t f-o-r y-o-u. I will remember that for the exam, though. >:-[
Today mum was booked in for her heart operation. She was finally admitted yesterday after being bumped off the list around 6-7 times by now. Her operation was scheduled for 12.30pm. I'd taken the day off work to be there and one of my sisters had done the same. So, the last thing we expected when a guy who was the epitome of a surgeon (green scrubs, mask around his neck, etc.) walked into the room, was to hear him say, "now, I'm just the messenger." Yep, 15 minutes before her operation, my mother was told to pack her bags and go because there'd been an emergency and they couldn't do her operation after all.
Fair enough, it's the public health system after all. However, my mum was in a hospital bed, all psyched up and ready for this major surgery, which she'd been told 6-7 times previously would go ahead, then didn't. She had a bed in ICU waiting for her after the operation. She was in line to go into surgery right after the first operation of the day had been completed, so instead of bumping someone, say, at the end of the day, they bumped a woman they'd already bumped numerous times before. Sitting in a hospital ward watching your mum cry from frustration is not an easy thing to do.
It took way too long to get out of there and would've taken longer if we hadn't hurried them up. Best of all, mum's scheduled to do it all again next week ::very pissed off::
We took the kids to see G-Force today which they enjoyed. What I didn't enjoy was the cost :( For 2 adults (with concession and student passes) and 2 kids, plus popcorn and a drink for the kids, then icecream afterwards, you're looking close on $100. And I thought taking them to the Beachhouse was expensive! Still the kids enjoyed the day which is the most important thing.
Saw mum tonight (took back her sewing machine) and she mentioned that she's been blacking out of late. 0.0 So when I asked her where was the monitor we bought for her so she can get help in an emergency, she said it was on her bedside cabinet. Fat lot of good it will do there! She's seeing her doctor next week so long as the hospital doesn't come good with its appointment for her heart surgery. It hasn't so far, so there's a good chance it will be cancelled again. Mum said that if it is, she will tell them to forget it. She's sick of being given a date only to be told she's been bumped for a more urgent case. Public hospitals - what can you do? I see this and it makes me rethink wanting to ditch my private health cover. Especially since I was diagnosed with diabetes in August :( I guess I should keep paying that hefty private health installment each month.
I've all but completed my litigation assignment. I have a couple of things to tidy up, but nothing major. In fact, the assignment was much easier than I thought it would be, so much so I'm scared I've missed something >.< Now, to get my computing portfolio started. I foresee another weekend spent doing nothing but freaking homework.
But I am looking forward to visiting with some dollie friends on the Halloween weekend. I will definitely have at least the Saturday off so I can finally get in some doll fun. I refuse to think how much I've spent on dolls lately. Too scary!
I also bought a lawnmower yesterday. It was ex-rental, but it looks really butch and tough enough to deal with the front and back yards! I cost me over $100 more than I wanted to pay, but then I was being pretty stingy with what I was allowing for a decent lawnmower, so yeah...
Scribblenauts is great fun for the kids, especially if you want to spend all your free time answering, "How do you spell ." Or trying to figure out how to solve a puzzle they can't figure out. (Hello, handy-dandy walkthrough!)
Right now, I have some ironing to do ready for work next week :P
I've done a semester's worth of work in 5 days - yes, I'm an idiot for leaving it this long. So now I just have the Portfolio to do and a month to do it in, but I will make a start on it soon because it's labour-intensive. I've also made a good start on my litigation assignment - whee!
Back to work tomorrow - I might be grateful for the break!