Well its regular now since this is the second time I’m posting on New Years Eve in the lead up to 2008.
Here in Australia its only another half hour (as at the time I begin writing this) until the clock ticks midnight and we say goodbye to 2007. Once again I’m at home as I’m past the age of wanting to go out and party on NYE – it often gets boring and its the usual crowds that go anyway and its way too hot tonight (we had 41C our max today). I’ve got the TV on as they countdown to the fireworks spectacular that will happen in Sydney. It’s kind of funny because we’re actually half an hour behind Sydney so they should already be celebrating midnight now.
2007 wasn’t anything amazing in my books – I’m relating to my personal life here not the world in general. The only good thing was paying off one loan and extending on my home loan so I could get some renovations done. That and my nephew had his first child in October and he and his new family have now returned to Australia and we all spent Christmas Day together.
Resolutions are not high on my list… wait that came out wrong What I mean is that I’m not bothered with making any resolutions as I never follow them through, or I never complete them. I’ve got a “To-Do List” which is probably as close as it will get to being a resolutions list. I guess really I’m just hoping for a good year this year, but I’m not keeping my hopes up high for such a thing to occur. There’s too many problems at work and things that I want to do will not get done because of these particular problems (namely our Director, whom we have no budget for her salary but she’s here for the whole of 2008 and is basically cutting things in order to justify her salary package, so there goes any chance of my reclassification going through). It’d be nice if a new job came up, one where I only needed to concentrate on one project at a time rather than ten at once. The problem with working in the government, though, is that you just go from one problem department to another, just a different set of problems. It’s a little too early to be judging how things will go this year and for all honesty… its just a job.
In other areas of my life, I’m once again going to try and at least do updates that are a bit more regular on a couple of my websites. Wait.. I only have a couple of websites that need updating!! After midnight tonight, I’ll be taking down the Animay forums. No posts since November, and then two of those posts were from me I’d already put up notification months ago about taking it down if no activity happened, and since none has happened well then its coming down. Its just taking up space that I need. On top of that I’ve been thinking about converting the ReBoot Mayhem website to a WordPress site. I can’t be bothered with all the fancy html and php stuff to work with and using something like WordPress would make updating it so much easier. Its just that I’d like it to look more like a site and less like a blog. There is a fan ReBoot website that is built on WordPress, though they don’t use a skin to make it look like a ‘regular’ site. Themes that are out there for WordPress mostly seem to base themselves on a blog aspect rather than a site. There are a few that look like magazine type sites which are pretty cool, though there’d have to be some messing around with the codes in order to make it look more like a ReBoot website rather than a newspaper website. I’ve still got a few weeks to work on that anyway lol.
Its definitely nicer being on holiday from work and the fact that I don’t go back until the 21st January, so its a nice long break.
Anyway, its only another ten minutes until midnight here in Australia. I’m wishing everyone a Happy New Year and I hope you have a great year in 2008! Cheers!
…is a $600 statue of Cloud Strife!!!
Through one of my e-mails from the Australian anime online store of Shin Tokyo, I got news of a new release – Cloud Strife statue from Master Piece (part of Kotobuykia) for $599. They didn’t have a great image of him so I ended up heading over to HobbyLink Japan where they have a much better image of the figure. It’s gorgeous! I want it! Then I saw the link from his page to the one of Sephiroth and I was drooling all over the screen! The Sephiroth statue doesn’t come out till next month but its just as gorgeous and just as expensive lol. Way more expensive than the other pair of Cloud/Sephiroth statues that were released a while back (I think they were around $300AUD each).
Only in my dreams.
Back to reality… my kitchen is finally in. I tell you now, it was a major headache right the way through including during the installation of it, but its all good now. I’m really pleased with the end result. We’re still getting used to the new stuff but so far nothing’s going wrong. And the installation of a brand new, professionally installed kitchen just goes to show what crap they put into your house when you build the basic of the basics. Actually there’s a lot of things that are being pointed out now that is wrong with the house. Crappy carpet; the handles on the taps are cheap crap; the back door is crooked (the floor of the laundry which leads out to the back is what’s crooked); the tiles in the kitchen are crooked; the door handles throughout the house are poorly installed; the paint work is atrocious – especially outside etc. I could go on about the things I’ve discovered about the quality of workmanship on the house – there is none! A lot of people at work were saying “Oh you’ve only had the house for five years! Isn’t that a little early to be upgrading the kitchen?” If they were in my shoes they’d feel the same way. The stove wasn’t even worth keeping as it didn’t work properly. You can’t get anything for the gas hob. The only thing we did keep was the sink lol. Whether I can sell that or not is another issue.
Its only a couple of more days until Christmas. Spending the whole day with my sister’s family as my nephew has just returned from NZ with his new young family. I think after Christmas.. no wait.. after the new floors have been installed will I be able to relax again. And then I’ll only have another two weeks until I go back to work after that!
Woo, its almost holiday time!!
Tomorrow is actually my last day at work before I go on leave. Originally the plan was to work through till Friday and then be off for four weeks in total (go back on the 21st January), however, because I’m getting a new kitchen and they’re going to be installing it on Thursday and possibly (but not yet confirmed) on Friday as well, I need to be home in order to be available for the installer and whoever else that will be there – mostly in terms of dealing with if any problems arise and also to pay for their installation costs. There’s been a lot of problems with this whole kitchen thing but its finally coming to the end of the tunnel and I can almost see the light lol. It’ll be nice when the new kitchen is in – I just hope that no further problems develop.
I’m definitely looking forward to my time off. Most of it will be spent doing more renovations stuff. Ripping up carpet ready for new floors to go down; painting; installing a screendoor on the back of the house etc. And basically just relaxing. I’ll also try and push myself to do a bit more updating on websites while I’ve got the time though I don’t want to spend every day sitting in front of the PC while on holiday.
I had all that bad experience that was posted in the last post in relation to buying a DS and getting some games to go with it. Well the happy ending did come – I went in on the Monday following the little escapade and the guy behind the counter remembered the incident with the ‘forgetting to put an item into my bag’ thing. They even had put the item out the back ready for when or if the customer who lost it would return… and I did! At the moment I have 6 games for the DS. I’ve only got a few games for the PSP too and I’m slowly building up my X-Box 360 titles.
One game I’m currently playing is Mass Affect. Its a really cool game, not the usual type I would play though it did have the magic “RPG” word in its description and immediately my ears prick up when I hear that lol. I’ve just bought another 360 game but have not yet played it. It looks pretty cool and I’ve heard some good reviews and some ‘on the fence’ reviews of the game. Its called Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom. Shame I don’t have an HDTV set but hopefully it’ll still look okay anyway. I also recently picked up Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (for the DS) and Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions (for the PSP). Both are really cool games but again, I only received them last week so I haven’t really had much playing time on them yet. I nearly dropped my jaw when I was in one of our localy Anime stores (ShinTokyo) and there on their game shelves was Crisis Core!!! OMG I want that game!!! Unfortunately its only in Japanese and they couldn’t guarantee that there would be a translation guide out there for me to use, plus considering it was an RPG it was likely to have a lot of text scrolling through it (or at least a lot of talking) and unless I could speak or read Japanese, it was probably not a good idea to buy it. So unfortunately I didn’t buy it I kind of figured it was a bit too good to be true as there has not yet been a release of the game in the US, so I knew when I saw it that it couldn’t have been a translated version. I’m still hoping that they will release it with an English translation (ie whether its a US version or UK version or whatever, it doesn’t matter!). Unfortunately Square Enix have not yet indicated that they will be doing that.
Gidget is doing much better. The pills she is taking are definitely doing their job. She is looking a lot healthier though she is still skinny – however not to the point of being able to feel every bone in her body when you touch her. Her fur coat is looking glossy and its a lot smoother again rather than feeling like straw. She still has a baldish patch from where she had a fight with a flea, but that’s slowly growing back. The vet wanted us to bring her in after three weeks for another blood test and if all was well, we could have her go under the knife and have her thyroids removed. I don’t think we will do that though, I think we will just continue with the pills for as long as she is around. It may be another two years, it could be another ten years or it may only be 6 months, we don’t know, but if the pills keep her healthy and at least give her some quality in life, then that will be fine for me.