the neighbour who thinks he’s a karaoke god.

I’ve had to add a new number to my address book…. on both of my cellphones. NOISE CONTROL. Around 3am on Saturday morning, I woke up to my neighbour’s extremely loud stereo. I have no objections to his ear-damaging antics until about midnight, but this was ridiculous. And I swear if he ever does this again… all friendly neighbourly relations will be thrown out the window.

By the time I got to work, I’d been awake for seven hours and felt like I’d been hit by a bus. Thanks to the coffee I don’t normally drink and general wonderings about a command performance, I didn’t really sleep well last night either.

I wonder if I hand him one of my CD’s, would he play it next time?

Or would he appreciate a pair of stereo headphones sneakily stuffed into his mailbox?



Well my first attempt to cook dinner in my oven for others went well. I only smashed a glass lid, turned on the wrong element, fished eggshells out of the mixing bill and switched the oven on a bit too late. At least I didn’t burn it :).

I’ve been trying to decide what to tackle first. There are so many things that I want to do! A lot of the immediate things have been furniture-related. I managed to get a bigger TV off my sister and all of the kitchen cupboards are now back on the cupboards. There are a couple of things I really want to do in the lounge, like remove the shelf which my phone + wireless router sit on (and replace it with something more functional), as well as this cupboard which is attached on the wall.

One thing that has bugged me is the TV reception – it’s not that great. So I’m getting SKY installed in a few weeks (I wanted a bit of time before I had to pay the connection fee)…. and that means for the first time in over two years I’ll be able to watch TCM whenever I like!

Now for my next mission… to get at DVD recorder for all of those fabulous old movies.

Not a domestic goddess

I officially became a homeowner on Wednesday November 15, but I moved in 5 days before that. Well the bank owns more of it than me. At least the sale is done… it was extremely stressful for me.

So far I’ve been a lousy domestic goddess. Actually the word klutzy comes to mind.

– I’ve been told I’m a hoarder. I got rid of a few things but now I want to get rid of more. I may become a trademe addict after all… something I’ve wholeheartedly tried to avoid.

– On moving day I managed to lock myself out of the house. Luckily I didn’t have to wait long but it doesn’t stop me putting my housekeys in my peg basket .

– I still don’t know how I managed to switch off the hot water on Tuesday. I was having visions of thousand dollar hot water repair bills in my head until I realised all I had to do was switch it back on.

– I only have a 50% success rate at DIY. I managed to get the ugly paper towel rack off the wall but the old toilet seat will not come off.

– I’ve either undercooked or overcooked every meal I’ve made so far.

– I’ve lost my keys and wallet one million billion times over.

Hopefully next week will be better!

Slowly freaking out.

I’m almost a homeowner.  And it’s driving me nuts.

My sister and I found a tiny little flat that I can afford by myself on my salary.  The housing market has just gone crazy here in the last couple of years and I’ve felt squeezed out of it to an extent.  The vendor accepted my offer, the bank has approved finance and it’s with the lawyers now.

And all I keep thinking is that I’ll be poor… I’ll be poor…

Now for my next mission: to snare cool housewarming gifts.