Friday, November 30
I’ve come across one company that is apparently the leading provider of shopping cart From what I have read it seems to be a good solution for folk who want to create a business this way.
I can remember when I first looked at information on this kind of software or shopping cart services that I was overwhelmed by all the information and in the early days the high cost of it. E-commerce software has become more comfortable for those of us who are not highly technically educated.
Why have I got interested in all this? Well, I have written a couple of e-books, but I also attended a Workshop on Google Adwords on Monday night, which I found very interesting, and will look to see how I can use my new found knowledge.
And something awful happened on Monday night. I was asked to take some photos at the Workshop. As it turns out, though I had my digital camera in my hand at the workshop, I did eventually get engrossed in the content and forgot to take any photos. And it was there that I lost my camera. I’ve been back to the venue, and the venue for my next meeting, all with no luck. Somewhere I lost my camera.
Gone. I’ve been traumatised all week. I only had a few photos that I had not downloaded, but it’s having to live without my camera that is distressing.
We can claim on insurance, but it is not likely to be processed quickly. I think I’ll have to buy another one.
Meanwhile – I’ll keep exploring the information about adwords and e-commerce. Interested in e-commerce.
Thursday, November 29
I do a lot of sitting because of my writing, and I am slack when it comes to walking. I am keen to do more and probably will when I do my next house sit. I seem to be more inspired when I am on my own.
I've been married for almost 40 years. It is a bit scary to admit that in a way. Extra ordinary so many people say. Which is true.
We are going away to "celebrate" next week. As much as anything it is just to get away from all the pressures we have been under in recent times.
We are planning something exciting next year, and I am continuing my TESOL studies which I hope to finish in the next couple of weeks.
A rest will be good. I'll post information about our proposed destination in a day or so. Meanwhile I am looking for my camera. I had it on Monday night at a meeting - but somehow it did not arrive home with me. I have no idea what happened. I've hunted everywhere - the meeting places I attended on Monday, my car and all parts in between. \
I've put up notices - I've spoken to anyone and everyone that may have crossed my path last Monday. All to no avail. I'm very upset about it.
Tuesday, November 27
I spent several hours walking the neighbourhood putting things in letter boxes. Letters and advertising material. As well I acted as scrutineer for the same gentleman - which required me to attend, with the team from the Electoral Commission to ensure that the voters in nursing homes were able to freely vote. There was little to do but observe, but it meant long days - and in many cases standing!
On election day I was up early and at my "booth" at 7 am, and essentially I was on duty all day, and after the polling booth closed, I acted of scrutineer for the count. All up a 14+ hour day! Boy the old body really felt it at the end of the day. I went to the "after party" but it was depressing. A change of Government was the result of the voting, and many of our party workers were both exhausted and depressed. I went home to rest.
The next morning the body was in severe pain! My legs and feet were terribly painful. I had to get up and pick flowers at the farm. When I eventually returned home, I put my feet up, and about midday poured a glass of wine.
And rested to let the body recover!
Tuesday, November 20
I am no longer working - so I am pleased to have time to catch up with things that I had not done for a while. I've neglected the study - the writing and the TESOL, and I feel like spending time cleaning out the house. Late Spring Cleaning I guess.
In the lead up to an election I always have extra things to do and this is no exception so much of the "spare" time I would normally have will not come about.
I have a to do list for today that I will be glad to tick off. I bought a new printer so that I can print off photos direct from my camera's memory card, but I only had about five sheets of photo paper, so I must replenish my supplies. I was originally looking at purchasing a HP printer that just does photos, but in the end I bought a HP that is also a scanner, copier, and I can still put my memory card it. It worked out cheaper, and if I send in the docket I get a digital photo frame so that I can run my photos independently of the computer.
Sounds like a bargain to me.
As well today I have to purchase my 2008 Diary - which I purchase from Franklin Covey. I have used their diaries for many years and can't imagine doing all I do without the organisation of the diary. I've never attended their training - but use much of their system. I'm already getting dates for 2008 - so it is a must have as soon as possible.
I've got a few other things to do and hope to be back to do some writing and studying early in the afternoon. I'll feel good about it all then.
Wednesday, November 14
I tried to wake him up - but he didn't budge. I waited until most of the other passengers had left the plane before struggling to my feet with him in my arms, and our four bags! It just didn't work. I tried making him walk, but his legs just wobbled and he didn't wake up. All the passengers and crew had left the plane and I struggled from row 22 to the front of the plane.
Fortunately one of the flight attendants saw what was happening and came back to help me. She picked up J, and carried him from the plane. He wrapped his little arms around her (much to her delight) as she carried him up the ramp to his mother.
His mother was hoping that this little fellow would run to her in excitement - but he couldn't even open his eyes. She carried him to the car, and after installing the car seat, he was put in and still didn't move. He remained asleep until 9.30 am the following morning.
Apparently his mother was stricken as she watched all the other passengers disembark - with no sign of the beloved son! She really freaked as she contemplated that we had missed the plane and were stuck in Adelaide. (Why, we surely would have phoned some nearly 3 hours before hand if that was the case!)
To her it seemed like a very long time that it took for us to disembark - and where I was, all alone with a little boy and too much luggage to leave behind it felt like a long time too!
Fortunately all was well. We all arrived home safely without a scratch! But both the little fellow and his grandmother (me) were exhausted. I know it will take a few more days for me to recover.
Tuesday, November 13
I discovered that whenever he was exhausted and wanted me to carry him, if I suggested food, he regained his energy for another hour or so. I was worred about getting him back home - but as it turns out C's son phoned, and offered to drive into the city and collect us! Saved again!
It gaves us some extra time, and we saw the zebras and penguins. The latter was his favourite exhibit. What a day! What excitement for a little fellow.
Back at the house it was time to bath a grubby little boy, pack our bags and try to fit in all the extra things we had bought, have a snack (eat! he has amazing appetite!) and leave for the airport!
C drove us to the airport, and we found our way in, checked in and waited for the time to board our plane. J was still wide eyed seeing all the planes, and knowing that he was getting on board to go home to see his mother, father and sister.
As it turns out we had to walk onto the tarmac and board the VirginBlue from the rear door and there he was walking UNDER the plane, with all the other plans standing around the tarmac. Again he was wide eyed!
Now he's almost a seasoned traveller! He climbs into his seat and puts on his seat belt and prepares for takeoff watching out the window as the night sky darkened. I had hoped he's sleep early on in the flight, but he munched his way through his own snacks and mine, and in the end fell asleep just an hour out of Brisbane!
Monday, November 12
We drove back home - and put him to bed. He took a while to get to sleep. During the night he came into our room and climbed into bed with me - around 2 am - and that was the last of my sleep for the night. He tossed and turned, and kicked me.
I was up at 4.30 am - giving me a couple of extra minutes to get ready. J was sound asleep but when I woke him he was "alive" and rearing to go. So we had a quick breakfast and set off for the airport with one VERY EXCITED little boy.
His eyes widened as he saw all the big planes at the airport and the chatted non stop. We had a short wait before we boarded and his excitement was almost explosive.
We found our seats and he immediately opened his presents. His mother and I had packed little gifts for him. He had most of them open before we took off. He had two books, two toys and a jigsaw puzzle. The toys had small pieces to them and before long a small silver magnetised ball had disappeared.
We purchased cheese and crackers and water on the plane, and he ate most of my cheese and crackers as well as his supply of snacks. He's some eating machine!
He watched as we flew above the clouds, and took in all the new experiences with a shrieking delight attimes.
When we landed in Adelaide we had a long walk - we were offloaded at the terminal most distance from luggage collection, and we had a long walk. A little girl "discovered" J as we were walking through the terminal and tried to hold his hand. He got quite upset - obviously he's not ready to "pick up" women yet!
We found our luggage, and made our way to the taxi for the short trip to meet my parents at the good ship Buffalo (a restaurant) at Glenelg.
Mum and Dad were there and a very excited little boy chatted with them. Volume on very high!
We went straight to their home and he enjoyed their company, and the gifts that Dad had for him.
Later that day we went down to the beach - we had come without swimming togs (swimmers) for him, but he was unperterbed and quickly took off his shirt and trousers and jumped into the shallows in his undies. He had a wonderful time!
Our next trip was to my sister's place - to wait for her to come home from work, so we thought, but she was already there when we arrived!
We had a very tired boy, and after a warm bath and a fish dinner, he was soon in bed, although he kept appearing downstairs with monotonous regularity. He was still too excited to get to sleep.
Saturday, November 3
Friday, November 2
J has not been with me on such a trip, and I haven't seen him for a couple of weeks, so I hope he is a little excited about it. His Mum and Dad are now fretting about the trip - probably wondering if I can manage an excitable young fellow.
Today I will be buying one of those "tethers" so that he will be connected to me - from his wrist to mine! Apparently he is a runner.
I have today "off" - not that I will have nothing to do - but at least I don't have to go to work, and I can do a few things at home that need doing. Housework - it never ends, there is always more to do.
I have quite a lot of writing to do too - so hopefully will get that done, and one more lesson on my TESOL course.
I have applied for a position with a language school here in Brisbane - but have already decided that I do not want it. In part because it is quite a drive away, and it is after hours (6 pm to midnight), so I can do without that. I'm fascinated that such a school operates from Brisbane (and Melbourne and Sydney too, I'm told), and that school children in Hong Kong, sit at their computer complete with webcam, and the lesson is conducted in this way.
I'd be interested (a) if it was closer to home and (b) the hours were more friendly. Oh, well.
Thursday, November 1
And wouldn';t you know, at the same time there are plagues of butterflies around - they are a moth that has in the past gotten into the hothouse and eaten the flowers. We are ready for them.
After picking I had quite a lot of things to do at home - washing in particular, and a bit of housework, and some reading.
On Monday night I attended a "consultation" meeting at Shangri-La Gardens for the Schools of Tomorrow. The State Government has put aside $100 million to cover the costs of redeveloping our local schools (there are 13) and bringing them in line with 21st century thinking. I won't rant on about it here - but I was unimpressed. I'm back again for another meeting on Monday night next, so more nonsense to endure.
On Tuesday I worked again at Bayside Recruitment - pretty much on my own as one staff member was working from home, another one doing training, and then there was me! Quite chaotic at times.
Glad to get home - but had to attend two more meetings. Why do I do this?