• About
  • Archives
  • Categories
  • Archive for September, 2014

    More on Facelifts…

    2014 - 09.30

    Well I didn’t get to post a photo the next night, been a tad busy last few days. Anyway, here’s one.

    3 Coats

    Doesn’t show the whole finished room but does give a better idea of how the wall came up.


    2014 - 09.22

    Well the Final Coat is on, it seems to have come up alright. Remember always undercoat! Also the initial facilities are in place. I’ll slip a photo up tonight, running out of time, to work I must away.

    A New Coat of Paint (Coat 2)…

    2014 - 09.21

    Well second coat is on, and unfortunately, it’s going to take a third. Lesson learned: Undercoat! Undercoat! Undercoat! So Lunch, then off to buy another tin, as I’ve got to make sure I have enough for the last 2 rooms when I’m ready to do them. However they will get undercoat!

    A New Coat of Paint…

    2014 - 09.20

    Well started out today feeling like I was in a bit of a hole. I Didn’t sleep well at all last night, and struggled to get to sleep as it was by early hours of the morning. However getting a substantial amount of preparation, and the painting of the first coat done for upstairs, and the downstairs passage & toilet area, feeling like something positive will come out of the weekend.

    Yes it's bright!

    Lounge After First Coat

    Tomorrow the second (hopefully final) coat will go on, and the TV will be mounted on the wall. If I get that much done, and perhaps some more of the furniture moved about, I’ll be happy with the weekend’s activities and productivity. I’m passing on my 4 Drawer Filing Cabinet to a friend, and slipping an old TV unit out onto the Nature Strip as a Free Pickup for someone bargain hunting.

    Anyway I certainly think today will help get that sleep pattern back into shape quick smart.

    A certain Furbag is somewhat bemused by the whole day’s activities given that the house looks like a bomb’s hit it.

    Potholes in the Emotional Road…

    2014 - 09.19

    Feels like I’ve slipped back a little over the last few weeks, but having talked to GP and couple of others who also are on AD’s it’s not unusual to experience a bit of a flat “settling” spot. Anyway I’m going to implement another change to the way I work, and hopefully that will lessen my concerns about the impact of my illness on work.

    I’m putting more efforts into my earlier strategies as well to lift myself out of this bit of an emotional slump.

    From the Shadows to the Icy Desert…

    2014 - 09.16

    Yes, yesterday was hard.

    Today’s even harder…

    Hopefully as the week goes by it will get easier. I feel like I’m walking in a Blizzard, while underneath my feet is a quagmire that is slowly but ever so surely still drowning me in mediocrity and hopelessness. But where is the lifeline…

    Well the best I can come up with is that it’s pay day.

    Slogging on…

    2014 - 09.15

    Well I’d like to say it’s great to be going back after 10 days leave, but the truth is I’m not at all. Best things about this morning so far have been the porridge and the rain. Oh and of course Tiggakat jumping in and out due to the rain within the span of every few minutes. Hopefully once there are a few days under my belt it won’t seem so deflating again.

    Coffee’s just not good enough this morning!

    OS Purge…

    2014 - 09.12

    It’s been a while, but I’m seriously preparing for the removal of the last vestiges of Windows from the Andulain.net domain. I’ve not used my PC for over 200 days now, the iMac 27″ has seen to that. I’m no longer buying games that don’t provide an OS X client as part of their offering. In fact over 1/3 of my games in STEAM have an OS X client. I’ve basically found a solid replacement for all the major applications I used under windows, and most of the smaller ones too.

    My only windows now is a virtual running on virtual box. It’s legitimate of course as is all the software too. But it’s really only there for “others”. I ran into one excel incompatibility between the OS X version and the Windows version on a form for a job application, but outside of that, rarely need anything from windows. On the “odd” time that I feel I “must” use a flash based site, I will use it under the virtual windows now. I no longer pollute my OS X with a flash installation. To be honest most of the time if a site is using flash I go elsewhere now. Youtube also loses out a lot, as I rarely bother if the video wants flash. The VM does perfectly well in the rare instance that I make the effort to watch such a video.

    It’s likely this domain will have moved over to OS X Server before the year’s end. Windows will stay only on the basis of “development” / “test” for occupational education and training purposes. Let’s face it, work provides no training, so the only way to stay current is to provide that myself.

    I’d say after I purchase another external HDD to provide the Store for what used to be resourced from the Windows Domain, it will be migrated completely to OS X.

    Cleaning the Windows…

    2014 - 09.12

    Looking I see that it’s been about 6 months since I last updated. During that last 6 months quite a bit has happened, mainly on the Depression front. Obviously this was the main task to deal with over the last six months, as I was disappearing down a vortex, feeling like I was never to return. I finally bit the bullet and acquiesced on the Anti-Depressants. I must say that’s been a positive choice for me. My GP favours a gradual approach, so I’m pleased to say that outside of the first fortnight, I experienced no devastating side effects. My outlook on my place of work has changed enough for me to be able to function quite positively again. I can get there on a regular basis again. I’ve not had a period of depression that has had me debilitated to the point of not being able to get to work.

    Financially things are getting much better, I’ve had my two big spending efforts for the year, and I’m now back on track to knocking of the last of the debt outside of the house. I’m loving my iMac 27″, and my Tamron 150mm to 600mm lens. Now it’s back to financial responsiblity.

    From a more general perspective life has changed too. Considerably in some aspects. I get up now about 4:40 on a work day, about 5:00 to 5:30 on a “non” work day. Mornings are something I am beginning to appreciate again. In fact if I do sleep in, I’m quite frustrated by how much of my day I’m losing out on now. Overall I’m more social again and am getting out again far more. I’ve been making quite active efforts to keep in touch with people on a regular basis again, and it’s been good to renew some old friendships (yes Papoose that’s you)!

    At home the “maintenance” tasks aren’t appearing so overwhelming now because there’s generally no one else to assist.

    Photography is providing far more enjoyment again. I’ve got some trips planned for some shoots, and there’s a good quality handheld GPS on the list soon. My work has been improving, and my skill set is continually growing. I’m very pleased where that is taking me.