Part of the reason that I left Melbourne after a year is it really has no concept as to how to run a good weather show. And my memories of my two (separate) weeks in Adelaide was "don't get weather (and where is the moisturising cream)" and "still don't get weather (but love the music)".
I had to return to Queensland. I mean, sure it does howlers around August and can ramp the temperature up quite well come Summer (or even any other season) BUT it knows how to do it well.
And I really do feel for my Northern hemisphere cousins. I can only imagine how extreme cold must feel.
I made a decision 14 years ago that I don't do Winter and therefore I spent real money on a holiday to the snow because when you make such decisions, you have to do so with style.
I even strapped planks of wood to my feet and maintained a certain verticality while whistling down (gentle) slopes. In fact, with my "fake it until you make it" attitude I even got to the orange slopes, which was just as well as the only other way to return to the lodge was by t-bar, and that is one thing that I didn't manage.
So I was extremely glad I live in Paradise yesterday, because the balmy 28 degrees with a gentle breeze was required for the hours of no electricity while they put up new poles and rewired the corner.
We got notice on Tuesday that there would be no power from 8.30 until 1.30.
Okay, I thought, that is okay and made sure that I made no promises to clients for that time.
Okay, I thought, and immediately slated the housework for the
Okay, I thought, V's home, there are many projects a newly married couple can undertake without power.
We had to scratch the last thought, though - highset house + 4 loads of cherry-pickers out of the window = more effort for housework.
By 11, the office had been reorganised and cleaned of dust. Lots of dust, a few found items and WOW organised shelves!
By 12.30, the floors were glistening and the toilet smelt fresh.
By 1.30 - well, by 1.30 I must admit the rushed tidy up for the rest of the house had avoided the more serious bathroom and kitchen issues, but all in all I was pretty satisfied.
By 2, there were still 4 cherrypickers in the wires.
By 2.30 I was having serious internet withdrawals and leaving messages for the client.
By 3 I was trying on the above empathy for others to dissuade my inclination toward self-woe.
I went out to get 'Salina from the school bus and got to chat to a few workers during the wait.
Apparently Ergon have a habit of being "optimistic" - and their optimism isn't enough for the contracters to work faster. Something about doing it "right" rather than "fast". Fair enough.
Today, twice as much work as slated - still looking for salaries but heck, there is something in sending out invoices and hoping for payment that can make your own bills seem more manageable - and V got a hopeful call for a start some time in February.
Its funny - when things get big and ominous, the smallest reprieve can seem delightful.
I truly hope all of you get some reprieve today - be it weather, financial, health or a combination.