Back home to the cold

We’re back home to Melbourne and it’s bloody cold! For two weeks in Thailand we set the airconditioning to 20 degrees and thought that was deliciously cool. Now we’ve got our heaters running just to get *up* to 20 degrees in the house.

Apparently while we were away it was nice, dry weather but since we’ve returned it’s gone back to rain and cold. Guess we carried the rain with us as the rains in Bangkok started earlier than expected about when we arrived. Hmmm – wonder if we can test this by taking a holiday to a desert area :)

I have a few entries to complete about our time in Phuket and back in Bangkok, including snorkeling, elephant rides, tailored clothing and still more bowling. I’ll get around to finishing them this week – plus loading a few photos (no, really! :) )

It’s good to be home again although I could do without the cold. I managed to last 4.5 hours at the office on Monday before my relaxed, happy “freshly vacationed” feelings were destroyed. Given the general “fun” on this project, I’m surprised it took that long. Oh well – incentive to start planning the next trip I guess…

Home Rennovators – aaarrrggghhh!!!!

For the past two months the guy downstairs has been rennovating his apartment by himself or with a couple of friends to help. This included knocking out a wall. It’s taking so long because he’s doing it on weekends only (except for the final bit of wall-destruction where he had a builder come through mid-week.

Fortunately the really nasty bits (using a mega-drill to gouge out the floor, etc) were done mid-week, but for most of the past 10 weekends or so, we’ve had pounding, drilling, hammering and so on from downstairs.

So much for quiet rest at home.

Thus, I say to you, if you’re contemplating DIY home improvements, seriously consider instead shelling out the $$$ and getting someone to do it all in one week working Monday to Friday. Trust me, the extra $$$ you spend to do it will be more than offset by the respect and happiness of your neighbours…