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Dear Blog...

I'm sorry I've not been paying you much attention, I've been busy! 

I've thrown out my soy decaf cappuccino days 

and life of computing, 
for a double espresso and life of commuting.

Thank you for all your letters of concern regarding my work induced
It's clearing up nicely thank you!



It's a bloomin' good job that my return to Australia last month
saw me like some Whirling Dervish domestic goddess
It's not like that now, and again we've run out of milk!

Those first few weeks back from trialling Mr Wren's retirement plan 
of enjoying European summers, 
I called it market research, 
he calls it  'swanning off round the world', were flat out!

If you look carefully you can see our blue Metro trains!
Everything that could be fixed and mended was,
 even the dog, who to be fair, did have an ear infection!
 He carries on like such a pork chop when we take him to the vets, 
wagging his tail at the receptionist but trembling, shaking...



Anyone would think I'd just said 'can you put him down', 
rather than 'can you check his ears?'.

Poor love, he knows that when ever they check anything, they seem to put a thermometer up his jacksy, and he howls, the indignity...

Luckily we took him to the beach this weekend to help him forget!



So back to me as a Domestic Goodess:
 cleaning, washing, repairing everything!! 

It was so short lived, we have to remember...

First it was the car. 
Ermm, it appears I shouldn't have been so snotty about the length of time they took to get the parts for my "emergency" recall, as at the service they found I had some bald'ish tyres, brakes needing attention, 
and a contaminated air conditioning filter.

Oops..

It's so boring spending money on cars...



I have always preferred the worst car in the school car park 





... but a nice holiday in the diary!



I do need to have a car that works at the mo, 
as we've been in the middle of on-off industrial action on our transport network. We are lucky in Melbourne to have many options for public transport;
 trains, buses, trams. 



The transport strike meant I worked from home. 
Woah that was a really relaxing day, I got a lot done. 
Not to mention the two hours more in my day without commuting time!



Last week I worked from home too
I went to Hong Kong for a long weekend, so home was my hotel room.

On the way to the Airport, I took my first Uber Taxi.
 I had a lovely chat with the driver & it was a bargain.
Daughter No 1 got up early to help me with my Uber booking,
that way she and I both got a $25 discount.



The biggest commute of the week
was the overnight 'red eye' flight back to Melbourne. 
We landed at 6.30am and was in the office by 8.30am!

Happy Hols!


Thank you to all the lovely hosts, please come along and join in the fun!









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