Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pinged!


So in addition to all the previous items I've acquired to anchor me more to Australia, I have now received my first traffic violation! Instead of being pulled over by a cop, my speeding ticket was mailed to me. Damn those speed cameras! Apparently they're hidden everywhere. And apparently I was going 67 at a 60 mile zone. Crap.

Unlike the US where I could go to traffic school and erase this traffic infringement, there's nothing you can do here. You're given a certain number of points and with each traffic violation, you get deducted a prescribed amount. I don't know what the time frame is, but as long as you don't get down to zero within that amount of time, your license won't get taken away from you. But how it affects your car insurance, I don't know.

But since the car is registered under Hubby's name, I think he'll take the blow this time. And since we go past that camera ALOT, I won't be surprised if we get another violation notice in the mail. Hubby has told me if there are more to come that we need to divide out the damage.

In other news, our pool is finally fully tiled. That means a huge chunk is done and we're ever so close to swimming in it. The next step would be to install the gas heater and the electrical. After that we need to get pool fencing done, have someone have a look to give us the go ahead with some sort of certification allowing us to start filling it. Its a legal requirement in Australia that all pools have a fence around it. So that means before we fence off the pool, we need to replace the fences to our whole property because its falling apart. That way we only need to fence off 3 sides of the pool since one side is next to the property fence. So much to do and so much to spend before we can even fill up our pool! And even when we have the go ahead, with the water restrictions in place, we still need to figure our way around it.

So anyways, in the meantime we'll just enjoy looking at our empty pool. At least the kids have fun running in it once in awhile.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Finally!

So, I've finally gotten my act together enough to sit down and enter a blog entry. It's been crazy since we moved in and I'm just glad I'm still sane and functioning.

There has been endless dramas going on since we officially moved into our new house on December 10. I think the only thing that worked out was being able to move in on the 10th. Everything we thought we had scheduled properly did not work out and there are still quite a number of things that needs to be done in and outside of our house.

We were suppose to have our phone line, internet connection and cable tv done one after the other starting from the 11th. It all went down hill when the phone guy showed up only to tell us there's nothing he can do because the physical phone line was not connected TO our house from the bit that was sticking up from under the ground. He said he is only there to physically connect the line if a ditch was properly dug to our house with the line itself sitting right next to a box that wasn't there.

After he left, the cable tv guys showed up thinking our house was "cable ready", whatever that meant. The lady I spoke to at Foxtel which is the ONLY cable tv company here said our house was but of course it wasn't. So when their people came, they said there was nothing they could do and left! There has been many phonecalls since then with me bordering on being irate, tears and a 3 page complaint letter. To cut the story SUPER short, we finally got cable tv almost one month later and didn't have to pay the reconnection fee.

We got our internet connection a few weeks after moving in but had to "down grade" to ADSL because the lady at Telstra said we were "internet cable" ready as well. Its shocking how much they rely on what their computer says even after being told this house is a brand new one.

We still do not have curtains and blinds in all our rooms. Thank goodness Grandma and Pop gave us their old ones to nail to the wall just so that we could have privacy in our bathroom! We won't get our curtains and blinds installed until just before Valentines! Yes, that is how long it takes. We had to add in the extra 3 weeks everything was shut during the holidays.

So although our house is still a work in progress in many ways, its bizarre looking around sometimes and telling myself this is OUR house. I've sometimes woken up in the middle of the night asking myself where am I. And when I asked Hubby, he also agreed that it doesn't quite feel like home... yet.

But the kids have settled in quite well. We have finally reverted back to their original bedtime at 8pm. Everyone is starting to wake up at a more normal time and hopefully this means we won't be running late every morning when Boy Wonder starts school in a few weeks! We go to the park just across the street whenever I'm not running behind on dinner preparations. Everything is also so much closer now. We even took the tram into town yesterday and that was great! I can't wait for all my friends and family to visit so that I can show them around.

I'm eager to get all our rooms decorated and filled. The emptiness gets to me, but hey, its a work in progress. I'm just glad we're finally home.