Last night was stormier than I can ever remember here in Auckland. Today driving around completing errands, I saw quite a few broken branches and fallen trees. As I typed that I think I need to say “by Auckland standards” because there are other people in New Zealand who still haven’t had their electricity reinstated after this weather bombed the country.
My plan for Sunday was to run three errands - quick local stops to get a few purchases done - then back home to put my feet up on the coffee table and noodle around on the internet while the tennis from Melbourne played on the television.
Sounds great huh?
Day didn’t go to plan. Oh the errands happened, but they took so much longer than planned that by the time I got home it was so late it was time to start thinking about dinner.
Errand One: BYOD
Two of my grand daughters are at the stage of their school life where they are required to bring a computing device to school. We bought the elder one a Chromebook at PB Tech’s big sale. Isn’t it amazing that we can buy laptops that connect to the internet for ~$300. Oh sure we can still spend kagillions on computers if we want to - but we don’t have to to access the Internet. The old iPad will be my younger grand daughter’s device for school. It’s an older iPad so we bought her a blue-tooth keyboard for it and she’s one happy little clam.
Errand Two: Royal Doulton
We have a homewares store here in New Zealand called Briscoes. It’s known for it’s constant sales and cheap house accessories. Kind of uncharacteristically though, it stocks the Royal Doulton 1815 range. I have a few pieces and really like the range so wanted to pick up a couple of cereal bowls. Get in; get out - that was the plan. As I made my way to the counter with my new bowls, I took a detour past the Jamie Oliver boards and tapas collection and noticed a battered box on the bottom shelf. It was an open, hammer box with Jamie’s pasta maker inside. Turns out it was a display model so reduced by 60% so now I have a new pasta maker!
Errand Three: Supermarket
Thank goodness this was an “in and out” errand. I had a list - I stuck to it - and it didn’t take long at all.
Now it’s late in the evening and I’m updating you on my Sunday while Superman vs Batman is on the TV.
Last week was a low energy, poor health week for me. I had a few days off work due to a sore throat and general sickliness. I’m feeling good now, looking forward to work tomorrow and for the week. It’s the last week of our sprint so it’s heads down and focus on getting our stories completed by next weekend.
I’m not sure I could have made this update any more uninteresting actually. Other things happened during those errands, and when I sat down to tell them to you I was sure you were going to enjoy reading. But it seems my energy isn’t where it needs to be, so I shall say good night instead.