Bits and pieces.

Well, life is never dull.

Yesterday I intelligently included my iPhone into the load of washing that I put on before I went to work. It’s now absolutely cactus. It’s frustrating because I usually hang onto a phone for at least 5 years before upgrading so that I get my money’s worth, but this one is only a year old.

I’ll be going to the Apple Shop in an hour, so if you hear a shriek coming from the direction of Southland you’ll know that it’s me seeing how much a single second’s inattention has cost.

I’m trying to console myself by saying that I’ll be able to take REALLY GOOD photos at Antarctica, but really… they would’ve been just fine with the old camera.

Last weekend I went away with David28 and Evan25’s girlfriends and my two nieces. It dawned on me a while ago that Izzy and Gemma have never had a conversation without the boys being around. That simply can’t be allowed to continue. So I whisked them all away – it was FANTASTIC! Blog post about it HERE.

I’ve picked up 7 week’s of fulltime work at school. It’ll be interesting to see if I like having a regular teacher’s workload (with some periods off but with marking) or a CRT’s workload (working every single period + a yard duty each day but no marking or meetings.) Every now and then contracts come up when people go on Long Service Leave or holidays and it might be a fun thing to do. OR I’ll get to the September holidays and gasp, “Never again!!!”

Preparations for Antarctica in December are coming along. Aldi had a sale of merino tops and some gloves that have different tips on the fingers so you can use a mobile while wearing them. I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing a lot of complaints all over Twitter and Facebook about airlines losing people’s luggage. It seems to be a lot more than usiual.

I’m heavily leaning towards just taking carry-on baggage so that my clothes stay with me. Can you imagine how awful my Antarctic cruise would be without warm clothes? It’s going to be hard enough finding my way around South America with no Spanish, without being half-naked at the same time! Well, that might be overstating it a bit, but you know what I mean.

I still have to buy things like waterproof trousers. The cruise ship supplies a parka and boots for when we go on the ice. I experimented with packing light when I went on the girls’ weekend and it worked out fine, thouggh to be fair that was only for 4 nights, not 15.

I’m also REALLY hoping that I avoid covid, which will be a feat on a long-haul flight. However, if I must get it, fingers crossed that I get it on the way home. Anyway, I’ll be masking up exactly as I do every time I go to work, avoiding taking the mask off when at all possible and hoping for the best. After all, I’m Fortunate Frogdancer!

Dad joke of the day:

Did you hear about the guy who evaporated?

He will be mist.

6 thoughts on “Bits and pieces.

  1. Same issue with our forthcoming twelve day time away. Can we fit our stuffs into a carry on suitcase for that period of time. A couple more shirts than a week away, a few more pair of underwear and socks. I think we can. But going to somewhere very cold is another kettle of fish. I’d reckon you would need to use checked luggage and cross fingers that it won’t go astray.
    My phone is a Samsung 10. I think the next model was a Samsung 20, which I bought for my partner. His phone takes stunning photos, in spite of mine being not bad. You might really like your new phone.

    • I ended up buying the same model phone as the one I washed.
      I figured that if I hadn’t wrecked it, I’d be going to Antarctica really happy with it. Plus it was $500 cheaper than a newer model. 🙂

  2. HI Frogdancer, I tracked you down. You commented on my blog Patchwork and Play but Blogger and WordPress do not play nicely together! I’d love to help you with EPP because it seems we are near neighbours! Let me know if I can help. I am also a semi-retired teacher doing some CRT work. I’d love to go to Antarctica! Best wishes Susan

    • ooo…
      That’s very tempting offer. I really love the look of your Wensleydale quilt. Maybe we could catch up in the school holidays? (I’ve stupidly agreed to work fulltime for the last 7 weeks of term, so my time is limited until then.)

      • Yes, I saw you were doing a block of teaching! Yes, happy to catch up in the school holidays if I am still around. We have been baby sitting an empty school in New Street Brighton but we are moving to regional Victoria soon. Let’s see how our move goes! Email me via my blog if that’s easier!

  3. No dullness indeed!
    Once upon a time I too much the phone through the wash; oh the pain.
    I have never heard of anyone NOT enjoying Antarctica. They always packed heavy clothes and were glad for it.

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