Sunday, November 09, 2008

It's raining in Johannesburg

It's been rainy and cold in Johannesburg since Friday. Normally I love cold, dismal weather (seriously, I'm not being sarcastic) but not when the power's out. Because it means I can't have tea!

Yesterday, a vast section of the city had no power. We were unfortunate to be part of the affected area. It lasted nearly an entire day - went off yesterday 9:25 and only came on around 3 or 4am this morning.

Can you believe my laundry was about 5 - 10 minutes from done when the power went out? Very annoying.

So what did we do?

Well, my cleaning lady was here so she did everything she could without electricity (no ironing or vacuuming) and so did I.

  1. packed lunches and breakfasts for the week
  2. went out for lunch and supper & enjoyed lovely, long conversations with Dion
  3. bought a Rod Stewart CD (and a Ricky Martin one) and picked up my tickets for the concert
  4. read, read and read some more
  5. went to church
  6. completed my tax return (South Africans, the deadline for manual submissions is 21 Nov)
  7. did some goals planning for next year
  8. finally registered to vote after 3 text messages reminding me to do so
  9. analysed a survey I did recently for my mailing list
  10. made lots of phone calls to catch up with friends

see the temperature in my car? 14.5 degrees (winter weather!) and clearly I was listening to the Ricky Martin CD :)

Today's been laundry, laundry and more laundry and of course, lots and lots of tea!

On the bright side, I am super focussed so am flying through my computer stuff :)

P.S. Get ready for the show me your desk challenge on Wednesday. Mr Linky will be up at 8am SA time (1am EST)


The little old mom who lived in a shoe said...

I can relate to liking dismal days. Rainy, cloudy, snowy, windy days inspire me. I seem to be most creative on those icky days that make other people grumpy. :)

Rona's Home Page said...

We have a housekeeper who comes in once a month. I have her do all the deep cleaning and laundry. She charges $75 for 3 hours and yes, she does a fantastic job!
I love showing off our home after she's done.

Marcia said...

How LOVELY to meet people like me, Jenny! I’m also most energised when the weather’s cooler.

Rona, yesterday she cleaned all the windows beautifully. I literally clapped my hands in glee when I saw them (she was delighted too :)) You are right - it is SO worth it!

Janet Barclay said...

It always amazes me how much I can get done when the power (or even just the internet) is down. Maybe it would be a good idea to plan occasional "computer free" days in the office!

Rona's Home Page said...

I'm so pleased with work. Our assistant manager found her online. My Corporate Manager was so impressed that she now cleans all our new self storage property apartments, before the couple moves in.
You have a beautiful weekend. And thank you for your kind words.