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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:53 am

Even, in a city I know and grew up in, I feel a definite low level of anxiety when I have to go out in traffic. For a long time I could still hear the sound of impact and metal crunching when passing the spots where my cars were totaled. I'm becoming more of a homebody as time goes by or plan a bunch of errands for one drive.

I empathize with you on healing damaged joints. My ankle still has tiny bit of swelling , although I trust it completely, now. It still feels like a small balloon of water is taking up space there in the center of the joint. It's been a year and a month since I tore stuff. I think of it as the body taking it's time so it can do a stellar job of knitting us all up stronger than before.

Good to read that all things are progressing positively. Good to read your grip strength is great. Hope you land that job!
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Post by The Walrus on Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:36 am

I did plow through the list, although I didn't finish it. Sad

This morning I was giving the yard a once over for dog poo as the yardman had just arrived. No poo but I found a dead bird...and then the yardman said "There's one over here too, but it's alive." Apparently the two nestlings had been pushed out of the nest by their larger sibling. It seemed pointless to put the live one back in, so I took it to the vet. They said they would give it immediate care and find a long term carer. I hope the little creature does okay. That's a rough start to life.

We had a very busy weekend, very social. On Friday night we went to a church dinner, a play on Saturday night, and Sunday was a greyhound party. The greyhound party was an absolute blast. The rescue/adoption organisation invites everyone who has adopted a grey and all the foster carers also. It is held at a great venue - a very large fenced area, and an indoor event hall for meals. Imagine 30 greyhounds racing around together, collapsing in exhaustion, racing around again...repeat a few times. Then when the dogs are completely knackered the humans have a BBQ and the dogs snooze under the tables. The foster carers get to see the dogs they socialised into pets and we all get to know each other. A great time was had by all! The sad thing is that the organisation may be disbanding. The couple that does the lion's share of the work is retiring. They have given their all for several years and are both having health problems. No one has stepped forward to take their place. What a shame if it ends!

Last week I woke up with a mysterious pain in my heel, and both calves very tight and sore. Absolutely no clue why. I hadn't run for three days, so that wasn't the problem. I have been very busy with who knows what - most errands, paperwork, etc. The pain persisted for a few days and then vanished as quickly as it appeared. So weird.
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Post by ONTARIO on Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:42 am

Sad both for the baby bird and the possible end to the Greyhound rescue. As a lover of dogs I see the importance of rescue and all of the wonderful work they do.

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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:04 am

Sounds like a very fun weekend. It is sad about the rescue possibly closing. As I read that I thought to myself, maybe TW could help keep it open. Not that you could do it alone, but might be a different kind of job to consider.

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Post by The Walrus on Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:21 pm

I could help in a small way, but it is completely volunteer run and I need a paying job. Also I don't have the expertise - I only know a little about these animals and their needs, and I know nothing about the human element i.e. the trainers.  

This morning the ants are back.  Over the weekend one of the not fun things we did was ant eradication.  We thought we had them licked, but we were wrong...grrrr.

Sleep? What sleep?

4 h 46 min
Awake 36 m
REM 27% 1h 26m
Light 5% 2h 41m
Deep 39m

I couldn't go to sleep for any money last night. I went back to my old night owl ways and tackled some admin that was in dire need of doing. Finally went to bed at 12:45 AM, up at 6 AM. I treated myself to a second cup of coffee.
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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:12 pm

Wonder what was in the air last night. Me, you and Pedi and who knows who else had trouble sleeping.

I see about the rescue.
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Post by Pedidoc on Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:04 pm

Maybe we are all cosmically linked and know when the other is awake. Very Happy
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Post by Meant2Move on Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:08 pm

I was awake too. Good to know I was in fine company!
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Post by perennialpam on Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:19 am

I'm always awake at either 4 or 5 a.m.

Perhaps someone who came to the greyhound gathering will step up. You never know.
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:04 pm

So weird we were all awake when we should have been sleeping! I'm going with the cosmic event theory. alien

And so -plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose - it seems that Dream has a new contract in Canberra! We're going to the nation's capitol! In the short term things are terribly complicated but in the long run they are very, very good. Yesterday afternoon I was roaming about in the mall looking for ant eradication and cleanup items in a desultory way when my watch buzzed (modern way of saying my phone rang). Dream told me in his roundabout way that he had just received a very important phone call and basically he has received an excellent posting for most of next year. Lots of loose ends need to be tied, but it is all in the works and I am very, very, very excited. Luckily we have a very good friend in Canberra, and he is a very social person with a large network of friends himself and will be able to help us settle in.

This has lit a fire under my bum to finally get my diet cleaned up (I'm talking to you, Sugar) and get some weight off. There will be social events!
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Post by tomi1000 on Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:08 pm

Your life has certainly changed since moving to Australia! What fun and exciting things are happening!
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Post by Rig D on Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:35 pm

Good to hear that Dream has landed a new deal. Hope this one will last, even if the initial period is for around a year. Time to move again
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Post by The Walrus on Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:08 am

No, it will only be for a few months as that is the nature of the work, but he is ready for retirement anyway. He’s only done this last bit of work because he acquired an expensive wife Wink

We’re even more excited today as the process has moved along and is becoming real. So exciting!
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:35 pm

Wow TW your life certainly is an adventure. How far is Canberra from where you are now? Guess you won’t be renting your friends home now, but moving instead. Hopefully you can find another good PT when you get there.

So, did you ever hear about the job you applied for? Won’t matter now though I guess.

Good luck!
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Post by The Walrus on Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:41 pm

It is, isn't it! I have been reflecting on our good fortune. Dream is over the moon as this contract came with a lot of high praise from people he respects. I, of course, am bursting with pride even though I can take no credit at all. Very Happy Well, maybe a little credit. Dream is quite thoughtful and notices things that many don't, and he told me that he would probably not have been as successful were it not for me and my home cooking and the dogs for exercise, allowing him to live healthily while still working very intensely. I am happy about that!

Canberra is about a five hour drive, not too far. We won't be renting the lovely bungalow now, but hope to find something as nice. Our current plan is to come back here as we love the area, but pretty much everything is up in the air as you might guess.

I haven't heard about the job, which is really annoying. They must have made a decision by now, and it is quite rude of them to not inform me. It's not hard! An email or a text would do. And yes, it doesn't matter now. But there will be more opportunities in Canberra.

Well, a million and one things to do -
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Post by The Walrus on Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:36 pm

Sleep has been short! I'm just too excited.

6 hr 15 min
Awake 16% 1h 9 m
REM 26% 1 hr 57m
Light 49% 3h 38 min
Deep 40 min

Up before dawn!
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Post by Meant2Move on Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:46 pm

Very excited for you and the new opportunities. How cool that in your move to a new country you get to live in a few different places rather than just visit briefly.
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Post by Vh67 on Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:04 am

I am glad that you are so excited about this! I love exploring new places.

I agree with you on not letting unsuccessful candidates know when they hire someone else but it seems fairly common these days.
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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:31 am

I think it is wonderful that Dream got this opportunity. I'm also glad you're excited about it. Lots of new experiences in your future.

When I worked in HR I would always contact those with whom I had called in to interview. It shows a lack of courtesy to not call back someone that you asked to take time out of their schedule to come in to interview.

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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:35 pm

All exciting stuff. Happy to hear the move isn’t very far away. Far enough, but not like the last one.
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Post by Pedidoc on Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:52 pm

Here is hoping that you find the perfect place for humans and greyhounds.
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Post by perennialpam on Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:01 am

So exciting to hear. Something new all the time in your world.
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:24 pm

The Walrus wrote:...am bursting with pride even though I can take no credit at all.  Very Happy Well, maybe a little credit.  Dream is quite thoughtful and notices things that many don't, and he told me that he would probably not have been as successful were it not for me and my home cooking and the dogs for exercise, allowing him to live healthily while still working very intensely.  I am happy about that!

He sounds a gem and definitely a.....Dream. Happy for you both. Excited for you as you continue to explore this new country form various home bases.
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Post by The Walrus on Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:19 pm

Well, I finally heard about the job and it was a no. I’m sad even though it would have been quite awkward had they offered it. But I will have loads of ops on Canberra.

We’re having a few days holiday at a dog friendly resort in a rainforest! It is wonderful! No mobile signal though, so you won’t hear too much from me.
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Post by ONTARIO on Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:54 am

Oh, the rainforest dog-friendly resort sounds intriguing. And no mobile sounds heavenly! Enjoy every minute!

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