I think it’s interesting that even dating is changing because of technology. And I’m not talking about anything too high tech here. Even such simple things as Facebook and social media are changing the way we date. I was thinking about this because I was watching a show on TV where the guy was trying not to research his date online, because he wanted to keep things surprising. I can imagine that it’s pretty easy to be tempted to do that since it’s so easy to do. You just plug in a person’s name in an online search, and there’s a good chance that you’ll suddenly find yourself knowing a lot more about the person.
Another place, I guess, where dating is changing is how we find people to date in the first place. You have sites like DatingNZ.net.nz and more where people can go to find tips on dating, as well as possibly finding dates themselves. In a way, it’s a good thing since it can be hard to find interesting people nowadays.
I think I’ve already had it, when it comes to those things that waste so much time. In the past, I wasn’t really that into doing stuff online because I wasn’t yet familiar with the different processes. I was used to doing stuff in the real world, and so that’s what I continued to do. But, man, it can be such a pain to have to go out sometimes in order to get things done.
So, for example, I used to just basically do the traditional thing when it comes to paying bills. I would make sure that I have the hard copy of the bill on me, as well as the money to pay the bill. Then I’d head into town so that I could make payment. In the past, it wasn’t such a problem. But nowadays, I sometimes have the bad luck to get stuck in a line. And I just realized one day that I was wasting my time in a line, not really being very productive, and not really having all that much fun either. That’s time that I’m never going to be able to get back unfortunately.
So I’m thinking that I should just begin to take more of my tasks and assignments online. I think I’ve reached a point where the interfaces and processes are familiar enough to me, so that I won’t feel lost or caught in unfamiliar territory. So that is true for the task of bill paying. I’m hoping that I can migrate more of that task online so that I can take care of it, even from my own home. No more lines, and hopefully no more wasted time. I also plan to learn more about online money transfer services, online shopping and more, so that I can really begin to benefit from the wonders of the internet.
Now, I’m really not that much of a fan of having carpet covering large sections of the home or the office. Like I said previously, I’d take polished concrete any day. But I’ve been thinking about this a bit more. And I think I’ve come to something of a compromise. Now, usually I don’t like carpet simply because it’s more of a pain to maintain. If you spill something on it, you’ll have to work hard to keep it from staining, or at least try to get as much of the stain out as possible. It can also make it more difficult to move around large furniture. But really the main problem is keeping it clean all year round. A clean carpet is lovely while a dirty one can be quite an eyesore.
But I visited a friend recently and she had quite a lovely carpet thing going on. What I remember most about it is that it was so soft underfoot. It made my feet feel so relaxed. So I’m thinking that maybe carpet isn’t so bad after all. Of course, if I were to install some carpet in my home, I’d probably choose to bring in Christchurch carpet cleaning experts to keep the carpet looking okay. But maybe it’s a small price to pay for that level of comfort and coziness.
One of the mistakes that people make sometimes, when it comes to cleaning, is that they underestimate the amount of strength that the tasks need. This can have some pretty serious consequences. For example, a guy might choose to move around some heavy items in order to clean up an area. Things might be okay at first, when he still feels fresh. But over time, all that heavy lifting and pushing will wear away at him. It could lead eventually to an injury, making it even more difficult to do any future cleaning.
So if you’re someone who likes to clean, or whose job involves cleaning, you need to be honest with just how strong you are. If you realize that you need to get stronger, there are a lot of options for you. For instance, you could look into Crossfit raw strength in Howick training, or something similar. There won’t be any instant changes, but over time, you will feel yourself grow stronger. And as your strength continues to increase, you will find that you can get more done in less time, and with less risk of injury.
I was talking before about how I’m proud of the fact that I can keep a space neat and tidy, even if it’s difficult to do so. One of the things I do to make this happen, is to get used to cleaning things as I go on a regular basis, pretty much automatically. So that means that I set aside a certain amount of time each day, maybe it’s thirty minutes, maybe it’s an hour, to clean a particular part of the house. This is really, really important because it keeps the job of cleaning more manageable. It doesn’t seem like something that’s so hard to do because you’re working on the entire house, room by room, each day.
This whole automatic thing applies to other parts of my life as well. For instance, when it comes to my electronic files, I use USB backup software. It’s a big deal because I only need to set it up once, and then maybe check on it every once in a while. From that point on, the software makes my backups for me each day, without my input. So I save a lot of time, and it gives me a lot of peace of mind.
Living in a rural area as I do, it’s important for me to be able to get good deals on things I need around my property. Water tanks are one item I’m in need of from time to time, and they tend to be pretty hard to source online. So I was pretty excited to find out there’s a website called Grabit Online which sells farm and rural gear online – at big discounts – from tanks to clothes to gumboots.
The last couple of water tanks I bought came from a deal on Grabitonline and I have to say I’m very impressed with them so far. They are sturdy and were easy to set up, and after six months of use I’m yet to run into any problems.
I needed a break recently, so I decided to plan a little trip away. You might be a little surprised to find the destination I chose was Ashburton (actually, if you know me well you’ll know this is no big surprise at all.
My family originates from down there, and many of them are still kicking around. If there’s one thing to be said for our family they refuse to die young. With some of them, that’s a good thing. With others… it’s a bloody pain!
I stayed in one of my favourite Ashburton motels when I was down there, the Bella Vista. They’re a little more expensive than most, but it’s worth it for a little bit of extra pampering when you’re on holiday and it beats staying with my crazy old granny! Love her to bits but the dementia is in full swing!
Recently a friend of mine was complaining to me about all the flies in her home, and I had to confess to her that it was such a relief to hear that I was not the only one. So I asked around all my girlfriends and they all complain about flies. It seems they’re everywhere, and especially in the countryside.
On the positive side, I’m glad it wasn’t because my house is dirty!!! My house is in the countryside and we have so many flies the ceiling looks black. We have hundreds upon hundreds of the things in our living room, and they come back after every time we kill them.
The electric swatter: inefficient but fun
So I’ve had some fun with an electric swatter, zapping them and watching them go up in smoke (terrible smell though). I had more luck with a traditional fly swatter, because unlike the electric swatter I won’t damage the swatter if I hit the wall with it. I can kill about ten flies with a traditional swatter in the time it takes me to kill one with an electric swatter! So the appeal with the electric one is only as a toy – give it to a kid to swat flies for you. I also tried vacuuming them up, which is fun too, but you need to spray fly-spray into the vacuum before you turn it off or they’ll just fly back out again, the little vermin.
So after having to swat literally hundreds of flies and having a new batch come in again, I gave up and decided to deal with it properly. I rang up an Auckland pest control service and they came round and fixed the problem well and truly and its been a week since then and I haven’t had hardly any flies at all, its been great. I should have done that a long time ago.
Well, winter will be here soon, and when winter comes the flies will all drop out of the sky. On the one hand I look forward to that day, but on the other hand I’ll miss the warm weather. I’m glad I did that pest control service, or those bugs would have ruined my summer!
There was a certain point of time in my life when I just gave up on carpet. With all that coal dust going around, carpet was just more hassle than benefit and I’d really just prefer to not have to deal with it. I still have carpet in some parts of my house today – after all, I moved out of my parents home years ago and don’t really have coal everywhere anymore but I still prefer polished concrete to carpet, because it takes the effort out of cleaning up. It looks nicer too, I reckon. New Zealand concrete polishing is really good, the standard of quality is much higher here than it is in other countries, I believe. Some of the better companies that do concrete grinding service are Floorcoat and NZ Grinders, those are the ones I use.
Polished concrete has a nice reflective sheen on it, its almost like having a marble floor! It can really make a place look lovely – much better than normal concrete, thats for sure.
Hi, I’m Becky, and I grew up in the house of a coal miner. That in itself is no big deal I suppose, but it means that I’m an expert in keeping the house clean and tidy. Why is that?
Trust me, I would know, and I’ll explain why:
Growing up with my Dad as a coal miner I often had to deal with my Dad’s dirty footprints that he left in the carpet when he came home from work. Coal dust on carpet is not good. I spent hours researching to find a good carpet cleaner, because otherwise I had to live in a dusty house, and I am something of a neat freak, I confess. So after all that research and the years of comparing different companies I have eventually settled on what I believe to be the best carpet cleaners in Christchurch.
I’m serious. The way I looked for house cleaners would put some Masters students to shame. I know just about every cleaning company in New Zealand and I know how to spot a good one and how to spot a dud. I may be somewhat annoying to live with, but it does make me an authortity in this field.
Anyway, enjoy my blog! More to come in the future.