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The boil water notice has been lifted for Christchurch. It's so nice to be realllllly sleepy and wander into the bathroom and think "I should brush my teeth" and then just turn on the tap and brush your teeth and not get gastro.

Or at least I assume I didn't get gastro. If I do, the Christchurch District Health Board will have some 'splaining to do.

Random things: I changed my view of the Dreamwidth interface from Tropo-thingy Red to Tropo-thingy Purple. It's weird but a very awesome colour. Celerity's cute too but maybe too much of a change for me.
--On Dreamwidth: I like Dreamwidth a whole lot and believe in its goals and ethics and business model, but I don't think it's the One True Way. One of the things I like about it is that the people running it say it's not the One True Way and are supportive of the existence of other ways, including LiveJournal, both in what they say (currently they're suggesting people not import LJ content to DW while LJ deals with the DDOS attack) and in how they design (in maintaining/increasing interoperability). They do take opportunities sometimes when issues arise elsewhere to promote their points of difference in terms of design and ethics, and I think it's valid to see that as smug or opportunitistic though obviously this is not how I see it myself -- I see it as being justly proud of what they've created and as letting people who've been hurt by something know that there's another option out there iff they're interested. But anyway I think there's plenty of room for alternative interpretations and especially alternative choices: a healthy ecosystem is a diverse ecosystem.

My ereader has shipped, woot! I feel like phoning up my parents and saying "Is it here yet? How about now?" Also this morning I got an email from a friend asking for advice on what ereader to get her father-in-law. Guess what thread I pointed her too?

The last couple of days I've felt a bit more stable. I don't think it's coincidence that this kicked in approximately the same minute that my leave request was approved. I really must make it a this year's New Year's Resolution that I'll take leave before I need it, and also try to line up the next bunch of leave shortly after coming back from the previous bunch so I've got it to look forward to when stressed. (Last year's New Year's Resolution was: When sick, take one more day than I think I need. I'm very grateful that I have sufficient sick leave available, and have been sufficiently healthy over all, that this has been possible, because it's stood me in very good stead.)

That said, I do have a touch of indefinable blahs today. Doesn't help that I need to go shopping for socks and warm slippers and also for groceries. --Oh wait, if I go there I can in fact get both from the same mall. Cool. But I am looking forward to my local mall opening again. About four weeks ago they said the supermarket'd open in four weeks. A few days ago (when I emailed them to say ~"Lighting your fluorescent sign while you're closed wastes electricity and is false advertising and means when you do open no-one will know the difference") they told me it'll open in five weeks. At this rate, by Christmas it'll be opening as early as 2013.

(They also said that it doesn't waste that much electricity: "around $280 per month, cheaper than most house holds." I think they overestimate the average household a bit, though it's hard for me to judge as my circumstances mean I'm definitely much under average. Also they seem to have completely missed the remainder of my argument, saying that "we will need the sign on to let customers know we are re-opening" which makes no sense. If you have the sign on when you're open and when you're closed, the only thing it tells customers is "We may be open, or we may be closed, who knows?")

Blah. Don't want to go shopping. I hate shopping.

I need a massage. Conveniently I have a voucher for a massage. Inconveniently voicemail informs me they're currently unoperational - I'm not in the least surprised, given their location (Pilgrim Place - near the CBD - and concrete slab) but oh yeah, I lack all resilience to disappointment. On the plus side they should be back up and running mid-May, which is a month and a half before my voucher expires and no doubt I'll still need a massage; plus there's a place I've visited before which I know is up and running so I just need to get a few seconds of energy and go for the phone again. --Ooh, even better, webform!

...I know what else the problem includes: I've turned exothermic. The last couple of sunny days have been great, but now cloudiness returns. I really must call someone to come look at my gasfire, and hope they can get here before Easter.

I vote spaghetti on toast for lunch. I distinctly recall there being some bread left in my freezer.

ETA: Dinosaur Comics vastly improves weepytimes.

Date: 2011-04-09 12:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rumpelsnorcack
I have a lot of things to say, but I'm about to go and will have to return and say them later.

However - can I just rage a little about the attitude towards electricity shown by this company? I suspect I know which supermarket you're talking about and given where it's situated wasting ANY electricity is almost criminal. I don't care if it's cheaper than households (definitely not cheaper than mine) - we are specifically told on this side of the city to conserve electricity. CONSERVE it - meaning not wasting it on frivolous signs that don't need to be on. Why am I not using my heating when it's cool just so this sign can stay on? That really ... really really really makes me angry! In a time of a fragile service and residents are told to reign it in, these places should bloody well be doing it too - especially when there is no need for the damn thing to even be on, grrrrrrrr.

Oh well, it's not a company I generally use anyway so I will just carry on not using them just with added white hot rage to keep me not using them.

Date: 2011-04-09 04:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rumpelsnorcack
Definitely not just you.

I'm tempted to email them and say that I won't be using any of their other shops if they continue to cavalierly waste the electricity over here. I'm sure their competition will be pleased to have my custom :D

Good luck using small words on them. Let's hope they finally manage to understand.

Date: 2011-04-09 01:28 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Becky here. First, congrats on having the plumbing back, and looking forward to seeing what you think of the e-reader. And never underestimate the stupidity of corporations. Sheesh. You would think that they'd have some smarts about the sign, but no, not much it seems. So it goes...

Date: 2011-04-09 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poetrychook.blogspot.com
Maybe complaining to Orion would help. Or maybe not.
Re the voucher - quite likely they would be willing to extend the period it's valid for. I have a tram and gondola annual pass and have been e-mailed to inform me that they will extend the expiry date so that I get a full year's worth from it (both being closed at the moment. I'm not holding my breath for the tram).
I thought I was doing OK emotionally until today I managed to lock my keys in the car with the engine running. Something I have never done before in thirty five years of driving.

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