I really enjoy One Stop English for teaching resources.
BUT it has the clunkiest and most time consuming audio downloading system that I’ve ever encountered.
Click on the audio track and wait for it to load on the page, then wait for it to buffer, then right click to save and then finally download. And you can only do one track at a time. If you do try and do more than one they ALL just hover there – indefinitely, as far as I can tell.
The time consuming part may be because of internet download speeds but it is still annoying.
The Chibi has all her wheels.
The AA dude was really nice and, as anticipated, he had to drive me up to the garage because the tow truck couldn’t get into my road, and the Chibi was parked in as usual so he wouldn’t have been able to get her onto the truck even if he could get into the road. Streets in Obz take special maneuvering and consideration.
Though I did find out that the garage does call outs – next time there is a car situation and it’s not an emergency I’m calling them first. I’m still not happy with the AA either way. The SA AA in fact. The UK AA responded to my tweet and tried to help me, they couldn’t because, you know, different countries and all that – but they tried harder to help me than the local guys.
Ultimately, I think phoning the AA in Jo’burg for a problem in Cape Town is useless. When you talk about Obz to people in CT, they’re all like ‘traffic’, ‘parking issues’, ‘narrow roads’, ‘car drama’. When you say Obz to a caller centre guy in Jo’burg he doesn’t have these thoughts because he don’t know. Also, peak hour calls to Jo’burg are pricey.
I’ve also chained the spare to the car so hopefully this drama is avoided in the future. Now onward with my calm life.
I like a simple life – I strive toward a simple life. On the whole I have a simple life – I have my job, my house and my hobbies.
But sometimes everything goes wrong.
The Chibi has been playing up a bit recently. I’m not a car person but I love the Chibi – reliable, cheap and zippy. Even so, I did delay in taking her to the garage for cash flow reasons – cars are always expensive – ALWAYS~!
And she was expensive but it was necessary work that should get me many more years. But when the mechanic returned her, he rode over some glass and punctured the front tire. He kindly offered to swap it but the spare wasn’t there – it had been stolen. And recently because when I cleaned the back after I finished the paving in the back garden round mid December. I remember seeing the spare – I even cleaned round it. So engine sound but the Chibi is still not going anywhere.
As a paying member of the AA so I called them up but there was nothing they could do at that time because it was after 17h00 – fair enough. They did offer to store the car in a safe location till morning but seeing as I was actually at home and the Chibi was parked in her usual parking space I declined.
I tried phoning before I went to work but they weren’t open yet – roadside assist that has office hours.
Usually I don’t work in the afternoons, but I agreed to some afternoons for some extra cash to pay for the car. This meant that when I got home, it was later afternoon. I called the AA again and was told that a truck would be round in 60 – 70 minutes and the garage closes at 17h00 – things were on track. At 16h30 I called to see what was happening only to be told that it was 120 – 150 minutes, not the 60 – 70 I had been told. So now 16h30 way too late to do anything else in CT traffic, the Chibi still sits outside with a flat.
AA subs, mechanic, peak hour Jo’burg calls (4 in total), time wasted, stress – ALWAYS EXPENSIVE.
I blog about manga a fair bit, and mostly about Bleach – a manga I don’t know if I like or not. And I’m going to do it again.
Without question Bleach has some fantastic characters and Tite Kubo can really put together an awesome scene, for example !SPOILER! http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/561/19 !SPOILER! But, in general, the story telling is bad.
Do I like Bleach? I cannot answer with a simple yes or no.
But I can say I love Renji.
Ulquiorra as well.
On Friday 17 January I didn’t go to work because of a migraine. It was a bad one and I spend the entire day in bed in the dark. The entire day. Roughly 12 wasted hours where I could have done other things – productive things, unproductive things but things could have been done. The pain continued through Saturday and only really let on Sunday evening.
As I lay in the dark on that Friday I thought of all the things I could be doing – reading manga, playing piano, cleaning the house, sewing etc. Then I got to thinking about the most complicated thing I’ve ever made, then the most time consuming. Ultimately I decided I had had enough of wasted hours.
So… the plan is to cut out coke and added and super refined sugars. Pick up on the healthier food and train more regularly. I don’t think it’s good to cut out things completely – I believe in cutting down. Drastically if needed, but not cutting out. I’m not drinking coke but I’m still having my random cup of coffee.
Week one was pretty bad – I wanted coke ALL the time. I wanted it more than when I was drinking it. I also wanted sweets – piles and piles of sweets. My tea tasted terrible with only two sugars – what the hell man!? Everything made me angry – unspeakably outraged. And I was TIRED!
Week two was better. I only wanted coke when I saw it and my sweet craving was tempered by meat – though I’ve always chosen meat over sugar. I’m still irritated with everything though. Week two also had the added bonus of a tooth infection. I was less tired but didn’t feel particularly great either.
Tomorrow is week three which is hopefully going to start with a tooth extraction and get better from there.
The only one who is pleased at the moment is Shackleton – he’s getting a walk almost everyday. Makes a little dog happy.
I’m currently watching a couple of new shows – The Musketeers which I am thoroughly enjoying, and True Detective. I was unsure of True Detective but I like it. I was really excited when I came across Black Sails but it’s not really that good. The characters aren’t really convincing, but I really liked the music. Also added swears words doesn’t make a character sound tough and no nonsense – I was disappointed with the whole thing.
I’m also working my way through Zelda: Spirit Tracks. I’m enjoying this as well. I play it mostly while I’m waiting for the train which is kinda funny for me.
But the point of this post – I’ve noticed when I’m in pain [not migraine pain] I don’t like to watch TV instead I prefer playing games. It’s all I want to do, but I don’t – I go to work and study like I should.
Adulthood – a strange mix of obligation and freedom.
For the first time in my entire life I’m suffering from hayfever. What a nightmare!
So I’ve come up with two plans of action – one, vacuum everyday and two, hang my blanket out every morning [cat sleeps on my bed]. In addition, I’m attempting to cut down my caffeine and sugar intake. Not cut out – that’s too drastic and I don’t think cutting something out completely is a good idea. I still want to enjoy my life. I hoping this all leads to less pain in my face and head, which will leave me with more time to do the things I do.
I recently bought myself a 2DS, it’s really quite cool and I’m enjoying it. One of the games I bought was The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks, and despite having a train on the cover I thought it was something to do with music. But it’s to do with trains which is so much better – I love trains and I’m a train driver (actually an engineer but I drive trains). And my little train has a cannon~! Which I also love.
What I’m not enjoying is how long it takes me to figure out rather simple puzzles. When I bought my GBA and played FFI and the Minish Cap as I saw things I could see what to do. Now, not so much. It’s been a while since I played anything other than Final Fantasy on the PlayStation and simple things are really eluding me. Luckily there is the internet and walkthoughs which save me from tantrum like rage.
I’ve become completely hooked on Adventure Time. I’ve had to stop all other things until I’ve caught up. While waiting for the last few episodes I have some time to do something else and seeing as I can’t watch Adventure Time at the moment I shall blog about it.
The show is so random I can never tell what’s going to happen, and they’re only about 10 minutes. Some of the stories are straight up weird and others can be really sad. It’s an odd mix that I enjoy. Enjoy…? Addicted to, I should say. Not only are the stories different but the language as well – totally algebraic.