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07/01 Direct Link
The cats are not themselves. Blackie didnít eat all his dinner. Pieter sat in the dog kennel and resisted my attempts at getting him out. It is cosy in there but heís not wanted by the dog. He hissed at me. Blackie coughs and dribbles. His teeth look fine. I think the problem may be with his throat. He is much quieter than usual. Pieter has been quiet and his third eyelids have been up after he ate a rat. Whatever problems eating a rat may have caused him, it didnít stop him from catching and eating a bird today.

07/02 Direct Link
I dragged the small dog kennel and little cat house out of the garage this morning and washed off the dust and spider webs. Iíve set them up for the cats so the dog can have his kennel to himself. The cats seem better today.

My career change ideas have included working at Aldi and running a roadside diner. I am adding butler to the list Ė or housekeeper. I donít know that Iíd like to wear a uniform. Oh, why not. I do anyway. The same few outfits rotated. You guessed it. I am reading The Remains of the Day.

07/03 Direct Link
A typical day: wake up at 0600 and listen to the news on 702; walk the dog; shower, breakfast and coffee and walk to train. Various exasperations and fun and surprises at work; eat lunch at the desk. Leave work in the dark and read on the train. Feed pets, change. Cook dinner while watching the news and 7.30 Report. Wash dishes and various chores. Watch TV and knit or fold clothes or read or use computer. Fill hot water bottle. Go to bed. Read for approximately 5 minutes until canít keep eyes open. Wake up at 0600 and listen

07/04 Direct Link
Today I ran up and down stairs all day like some kind of servant. This was because of my change to an upstairs office on Fridays, and the unusually high need of my services in the downstairs office. I prepared the year end reports as instructed, to be told by another party it would be best not to until Monday, as more data may be entered. That wasted an hour or so. In spite of all this, I got through quite a large amount of work. The work scheduling system I put in place a week ago is working well.

07/05 Direct Link
I have spent a lot of time doing griddlers today. I havenít done that for a while. I cut back some plants in the garden. The back has become a jungle and viny moth plants have grown right through to the top of the apple tree. I didnít know they were called moth plants until I looked them up just now. I thought they were chokos, but not the fleshy kind. I had the rust in the car fixed a couple of weeks ago. How good did that feel. The car needs a polish. I have a lot to do.

07/06 Direct Link
I did a lot. I donít know what has come over me. Maybe I am coming out of some kind of tunnelÖ not too sure. I canít see a tunnel but that doesnít mean there isnít one. I stayed home all day. I would have liked to go out and get the Sunday papers but it didnít fit in with everything else. Then I would have had to read them, and I had other things to do, so it was better not to. Iím cookiní dinner right now and have vacuumed and mopped the floor and dusted and bleached mould.

07/07 Direct Link
It is nice when it rains after a dry spell. Itís not the same as when it rains day after day and you canít help but become well and truly sick of it. Today, it hasnít rained for a week or so, and the smell of the rain wetting the concrete and soil is lovely. Thatís what just happened. Big noisy splotchy rain drops fell and had pretty soon covered the ground. My clean floor and clean mat have doggy foot prints across them. Ah, that is the trouble with cleaning, it doesnít last. I gardened this morning before work.

07/08 Direct Link
This morning was off to a fine start with my foregoing of dog walking duties. It is too cold! I feel pathetic, as it isnít that cold. I have known far colderÖ it is all relative. Work was good and flowed along smoothly enough until the very end of the day when I was about to leave, but the issue was resolved. I had some trouble catching a bus as they were all full. I decided to take any bus at all instead of the bus that turns at Norton Street. I was very tired at the end of today.

07/09 Direct Link
I was very tired today, yawning my head off. I failed to get up yet again to walk poor doggy. I heard that he barked a lot today, the poor thing. He also dragged all his blankets out and it rained. I dried one on the heater. He will be walked tomorrow by hook or by crook. I saw a lost doggy when I was walking to the train. He had a collar and was wandering alone. He seemed happy enough. I am sure some kind soul who was not on way to work will have taken care of him.

07/10 Direct Link
I walked my dog today. It was freezing this morning, and I heard yesterday was colder, the coldest days so far this year. I went out to lunch and waited twenty minutes for everyone else. I wonder why this always happens to me. It was very frustrating, they were all late and I was on time. I felt sick in the evening though, and I think it was because of what I had at lunch. I didnít have any dinner and then had to heat something up for my sister and nephew who arrived at 9pm for a few days.

07/11 Direct Link
We shopped for clothes today and did the grocery shopping. I walked the dog just before dark. My sister said it is so cold in the house there might be a ghost, because itís cold where ghosts are. I said ďitís funny you should say thatĒ. My brother pooh-poohed the whole idea. He says itís cold because itís winter. Maybe they are both a bit right. We had a sit down family dinner with table cloth and candles. I knitted some of the beanie and have found a mistake and inch or so down the rib. Iíll leave it there.

07/12 Direct Link
Today we had a walk around the water from Glebe Point Road to the Fish Markets, and I had another walk after that, taking doggie out by the river. We went out to dinner late to Unaís and had coffee at Leichhardt. The days are lovely making it all the more cold in the house. Itís warmer outside. This morning though, itís warm inside as thereís been cloud cover since last night. Rain is due to start tomorrow but it might be sooner. Might have a day at home and not do anything today. Iíve enjoyed these last few days.

07/13 Direct Link
A big fat lazy day with a walk before lunch and out for dinner at brotherís house. The dog and I went into the cordoned off zone along the river. There were no workmen there today. It was good as we had it all to ourselves. We went as far as the next fence with the Ďno entry construction siteí signs then walked back. There is a big gravelled road through the area now for the trucks and other vehicles. I wonder if when it is all finished the current path will be extended further. I like it now, rustic.

07/14 Direct Link
I went in to work early intending to leave early, which I kind of did. I met sister and nephew at markets and we went home from there. I found work depressing. It is busy and I donít like that(!) Depends on my mood I guess. I had to call in a freelancer. My house is a mess from a small boy opening any doors that are normally closed and closing any doors that are normally open, switching on all lights, radios, televisions, and things moved about all over the place. I donít have many places to put things up.

07/15 Direct Link
I had to call in a freelancer today too. Itís WYD and there are other big stories happening. I have walked the dog five days in a row, possibly more if I think about it. I finished a beanie for my nephew that I started late last week. It is very nice. I put a pompom in but Iím not sure I like it. I find pompoms hard to do. He looks cute in the beanie but I havenít seen him in the jumper yet. He is so cute and has learned more and more each time I see him.

07/16 Direct Link
No freelancer required today. I finished work, kind of, and decided to nick off after lunch. My visitors had left when I arrived home. I had fun tidying and putting washing on and putting everything back in place. I didnít walk doggie this morning and he had a treat in the afternoon because he could come back in from the cold again, as in from the other side of the iron curtain. I have an old piece of fence iron to use to keep him out of the house area while kids are here. Heís a cattle dog that nips.

07/17 Direct Link
Today was another busy one. Iíll be glad to get this week over. I am catching up very well and the new system I have put in place is working, keeping things in order even when busy. It seems the system can cope with any amount of incoming work. Iíve been going out for a walk each day to get a couple of Japanese rolls for lunch. I didnít get out for lunch and a walk but bought a rice pudding from the cafť. It was ordinary. By the end of the day I was bloated like a beach ball.

07/18 Direct Link
There was a bit of a shock today at work with a journo being arrested on drug charges in Singapore. I was not a beach ball today, thank goodness. We ordered pizza for dinner and the delivery time was an hour and a half. I had a couple of beers and a glass of red wine. I woke in the early hours of the morning because it was a bit too much and decided to read. The young fellow came in and showed me some drawings and I asked him to make me a cup of tea, which he did.

07/19 Direct Link
A great day with the usual grocery shopping, during which I hardly bought a thing. I didnít need much. I bought a small bunch of flowers and two berry and white chocolate scones. Delicious. The lad found his old soldier dolls in the garage. I took the dog on the promised long walk. We were gone for two hours. It was a perfect afternoon. Back at home I trimmed some front garden shrubs. Iím still on the slow road to catching up on all the let-go household maintenance. The cats stayed in for the night. They are no longer annoying.

07/20 Direct Link
I spent a lot of time on the computer today on time-wasting pursuits. I am hooked on finding eggs in hatchlings. It is completely pointless but I do it anyway. Let no more be said. I walked to the shop to buy the Sunday papers but didnít spend much time looking at them because I was busy wasting time on the computer. I vacuumed and cleaned, so the day wasnít completely without purpose. I sorted through the paperwork which I am behind in. I am still catching up. I still like the laptop even though it is awkward to use.

07/21 Direct Link
For a Monday, not a bad day, although work is still busy, Iíd hoped it would be quieter this week but it is not looking so. I made an appointment to have my hair cut again as it is getting difficult to style. Itís been five weeks since the short cut. I had a meeting with a manager to discuss monetary issues that had a favourable outcome. The lad starts his final term of school tomorrow. Heís not really made any progress on his art major work but Iím not very concerned. Iím sure heíll get himself sorted in time.

07/22 Direct Link
I attended training in MS Office 2007 and Iím looking forward to using it. (I got it later but had no time to install it.) I left work at 5 and had two beers at the pub. I just missed a train so had to wait 20 mins for the next one. It was a painful trip because I didnít go to the toilet before leaving the pub. I just thought Iíd share that. The weather is still freezing and there is rain on the way. I need to get more heaters, or leave the heater on all the time.

07/23 Direct Link
Hair cut at lunch time, styled straight. It looked kind of weird and definitely better without my glasses. Maybe my glasses are too heavy to go with my short hair. The dog has noticed one of the cats is favoured and has started picking on the unfavoured one. Maybe there is another reason. The cats donít seem aware of it. The dog blocks the cat as he tries to move around the house and constantly watches him. I had one beer after work, and went to the toilet before leaving. I watched a lot of TV and did some knitting.

07/24 Direct Link
Iím not as happy with this cut but that was the way before with short hair, sometimes it was a good cut, sometimes not. The end of two weeks of busyness and I have barely scratched the surface of the other work I do Ė other than take phone calls, answer emails and answer the beck and call. Oh well, you get times like this. I skipped walking the dog Ė first time since Friday. I felt like I was getting a cold when I got up too, and wondered if it was because I didnít get out in the fresh air.

07/25 Direct Link
Friday! Friday! Friday! A happy coincidence it starts with the same letter as freedom! In the letter box today there was a leaflet with an invitation to hock the car (hockthecar.com), a furniture catalogue (have I written I need new lounges? With the piping popping out and the insides poking out itís not a want anymore!) and pizza brochures. Iíve ordered pizza for dinner. When I left for work this morning the dog and cat were in the kennel side by side, out of the rain. Cute as hell. I still havenít had time to install MS Office 2007. Bugger.

07/26 Direct Link
I dreamt I was on a work trip. We slept in the car, two in the front seats and I sat in the back with another person (I think a member of my family). One in the front said something about being too depressed to sleep and got out. We all followed and tried to get the talent interested. Next I was back at work and couldnít find my trousers. I said, come on guys, where are they? No one was interested or cared. Suddenly I was wearing them again and was confused as I couldnít remember putting them on.

07/27 Direct Link
Hey I canít believe the weekend is over. They go so quickly. I had book club tonight by the fire at the pub. We didnít see a movie first for the first time in about a year. I intended buying a heater for my room but put it off until after book club, when the shops had closed. Procrastinating! A good thing though as the girls know of a factory outlet and I should go there instead. I need to get a pink slip for the car rego this week. I expect the car to need a new exhaust pipe.

07/28 Direct Link
Itís raining again. It was pitch black at 4.30 in the afternoon. There must have been some sunny breaks because the dog dragged his blankets out under the bushes and they are soaking wet. If he is so smart I donít know why he doesnít figure this one out. For a Monday, work was OK. Work was OK for any day. I went out at lunch time and bought the kid some drugs for his sore throat. He had the day off school. I also bought some chips. This cold weather. Itís freezing and still no heater for my room.

07/29 Direct Link
Work is a fickle beast. Where am I in the guts of it, I donít know. Maybe if people start acting distant and strange it is because of a problem they are having, not necessarily anything to do with me. (Me calling someone strange, yeah!) I have an enormous pimple on my top lip. Iíve had a mask of makeup on it when if Iíd just leave the damn thing alone. List of four major anxieties: 1. getting cancer of the fingers from biting nails. 2. my weight. 3. my boy. 4. my job. AndÖ 5. my lip. It hurts.

07/30 Direct Link
There is nothing like getting a delivery of new yarn to make you feel like getting started on a new knitting project. I spend too much time on the computer. Today, I didnít turn it on (wrote this by hand, in a book). I am not able to get up in the mornings and have missed three days of dog walking. It is very cold in the mornings, in my defence. I took him out tonight. We went to the park and threw a ball and because we were close by called in on my brother and had a cuppa.

07/31 Direct Link
The last day of the month. I am very, very busy at work. It is frustrating. The boy is back at school today and more morose than usual. I think heís worried about his major work. Not started and due at the end of August. Iíd be worried about that if I were him. Iíve been too disorganised to pack my lunch since my sister was here. Iíve been buying it. Whatever. It is hard to get going in the cold weather. My household heating isnít up to scratch. One would think I could afford decent heating, for goodness sake.