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Sep. 2nd, 2013

09:10 am - We has a house! I took pics of it!

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Huh, so that was a weekend. Saturday = lifting heavy things, bathing, sleeping. Sunday = lifting heavy things, painting, cleaning, being rescued by awesome friends and taken to get food, sleeping. And now I'm back at work. But we have a bedroom and a kitchen and most of a lounge, and a lot of boxes. I can find my work clothes and managed to improvise a comb this morning.

The apartment is empty and clean and the dings in the walls are fixed and painted. This was my job yesterday as Dr Wheel stayed home and sorted out our living space. I ended up having to do some artistically-challenging work on the stairway wall because apparently Cack Green is not really a colour. I improvised by using a coat of Aspiring (a kind of muddy olive which was the right hue but too dark), and then light drybrushing of Willow Brook (seriously, who names these things?) until it was light enough. Dear landlords, please paint your house standard colours, otherwise you make life difficult for anyone trying to do repair work. *gnng* And then I wrote on the lids of the various tins of paint so that the next person will know what wall to put them on.

Anyway, it's done. Bye bye, central city living, hello suburbia.


First, the burly men. We ended up getting four guys to help move, and it still took three hours to load the truck. This is because moving out of an apartment involves elevators and alleys and trolleys and relaying stuff between all these places. This was the last thing to go in the truck:



It's the YoT's bed base, which is a king single (and still not long enough bloody hell). Yes that guy really is holding it up with one arm while he waits for the truck to be ready. O.o

At the other end, with its drive on access, it took half an hour to unload. By the time we finished it was 6:30 and not quite dark. We ordered pizza, bathed, and crashed. But for some reason at 3am my body decided it had had enough of that sleep malarkey, and *ping* I was awake. I hung in there trying to go back to sleep till 5am but eventually I gave up and got up. And took a pic of the view:



And then I watched the sun come up, and took another pic of the view:



Neither of these really do it justice. You can see east out over Evans Bay and Maupuia, a slice of the harbour entrance, and the Orongorongos way over in the distance. You can see north across the harbour to Petone and Horokiwi, and you can see out to the west over towards Highbury and Mt Kaukau on that side. It's really quite something. It's going to be noisy in a nor'wester, but think of how fast our washing will dry! And if we lose ours, someone else's will blow in pretty quickly, right?

We figure that to have a flat section and a view like that, this house must have been one of the earlier ones built up there. And it's art deco styled on the inside, so that'd be what, 1920s/30s? It has a lot of space and may be interesting to heat, but it's insulated top and bottom and gets a LOT of sun. I am looking forward to having a LOT of sun. So are my plants. I hope they don't all turn into little piles of ash with the sudden change.

Anyway, I can't remember who but someone wanted to see the art deco ceilings. Here is a picture of the one in our bedroom:



It reminds me of a dragon for some reason. Dr Wheel says it reminds him of Bioshock. Happy thinks it looks like a demon summoning portal. Each room has a different one, including the hallway. Evenutally I'll get around to taking daytime photos of them.

Meanwhile, there is a pair of etched glass doors between the lounge and the kitchen, which have this motif on them:



We think it's supposed to be a peacock. tieke was amazed at the *ahem* artistic licence that had been taken with its anatomy, and Dr Wheel thought maybe it was a turkey that was trying to work out what that thing was that had suddenly sprouted out of its back.

But there you go. Art deco. It's interesting, and quirky, and just quietly I kind of like it.


Who am I kidding? I love it! The bathroom is big enough to swing a cat in, there is sun and a garden, and Dr Wheel is noticeably brighter already. Many thanks also to vernacularity and grist for lending their time and vehicles to the transportation of delicate stuff. And my hat off to the YoT who worked two late evening shifts while all this was going on. I haven't seen him since Saturday. I think he's still alive..

Also, we have new internet, which means a new name for our wireless network. We have been Illuminati Disco Squad for a couple of years, so it was time for a change, and this time Dr Wheel did the picking. While setting it up he noticed that someone nearby had named theirs GCSB Surveillance Van No 8. We are allowed 2 wireless networks on our plan, so now we have GCSB Surveillance Van No 21 and NSA ipv6 Help Desk. Just making their job a bit easier...

La la la.

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From:pombagira
Date:September 1st, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
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"GCSB Surveillance Van No 8" i wonder if that is not someone we know.. cause i am sure that i saw that sugestion of naming your wirless connect that flash through one of my social networks... maybe it was on twitter...

*laughs*


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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Bahahhaa! It's definitely evidence that at least one of our neighbours is like-minded...
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From:anna_en_route
Date:September 1st, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Your house looks amazing, and if you feel like a nice morning you can amble down to work via central park (there's nothing quite like a bit of a bush walk before work)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I plan to walk as many mornings as I can. I timed myself this morning and it took exactly 30 minutes from home to work, so if I leave 5 minutes earlier I can dawdle!

I likes me a morning walk. Less keen on chugging back up that hill. Occasionally maybe, but I suspect the very good bus service to Kingston will be my staple way of getting home.
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From:nick_101
Date:September 1st, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Looks like a great place. What an awesome view!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
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It is lovely. Sadly the last couple of days have been too cold to get out on the deck and really enjoy it (also - busy), but come summer we'll be out there.

Dr Wheel was making noises about a barbecue and everything! O.o
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From:subtle_haven
Date:September 1st, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
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That is a ridiculously gorgeous view...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 1st, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I know right? I keep thinking "Wait, only rich people get views like this!"
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From:prelley
Date:September 2nd, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
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Beautiful! Congrats!
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From:labelleizzy
Date:September 2nd, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
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spiffing place! I look forward to seeing more.pics as you get around to taking them!

PS: be gentle about introducing your plants to lots more sunshine... they don't adapt very quickly, and oddly, can get sunburnt pretty easily.

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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
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True. The last couple of days we've been getting sun during the day and near-frosts at night. Poor plants.. I relocated the more tender ones indoors but still, it must be a bit of a shock.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:September 2nd, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
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Hilariously I know who runs GCSB Surveillance Van No 8, and can now pinpoint your location more accurately.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 07:34 am (UTC)
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*eyes you suspiciously*

ORLY?
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From:meathiel
Date:September 2nd, 2013 07:07 am (UTC)
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Wow ... I envy your view ... amazing.

The house looks nice, too. Hope we get to see some more pics?
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Yep, there will definitely be more pics. ;-)
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:September 2nd, 2013 09:53 am (UTC)
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That view is stunning! I thought we'd done well with our move to the rural, but holy moly.


Renaming the internet is one of the best bits of getting new internet. We were Skynet in our last house. Unfortunately, the internet man set up our name, and so it's just something like Virgin Media 648361 or something stupid, and there are like three other neighbours with Virgin Media, so they've got near-enough identical names. My laptop fortunately auto-finds it now, but I don't know what the network is to connect my phone to it.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure the internet has instructions on how to rename it. I know it's possible but I've never done it so unfortunately can't just go "Here, do this!"

And yeah. Wellington has a lot of great views because it's such a hilly city surrounding a harbour. But this one is particularly spectacular.
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:September 2nd, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
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Wow, the view is fantastic!!! And I'd love the etched glass. That one looks like a turkey being speared by a large umbrella, but oh well, it might be a peacock.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
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I quite like it too, and it's a source of amusement! ;-)
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:September 2nd, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
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Amazing view! I like the art deco ceiling and I kind of like the "peacock", except that yes, it does rather look as if it's staring in surprise at the thing sprouting out of its back! It's different though, and I like houses that have some unique touches rather than being carbon copies.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
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This one is definitely unique in its decor. Prior to moving, the landlord painted the sills and I'm quite grateful because they were Bright!Turquoise and somewhat painful on the eyes..
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From:m_danson
Date:September 2nd, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! Congrats.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Dr Wheel is sleeping better already. ;-)
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From:danjite
Date:September 2nd, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Lovely place, view and people.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Why thank you, kind sir. ;-)
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From:meri_sielu
Date:September 2nd, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Lovely house :)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
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It really is. We don't own it so it doesn't have that satisfaction, but it definitely feels good to be in after living in an apartment.
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 3rd, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Ooooooh ,looks great and what a view!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 3rd, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
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I R EXCITE
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:September 4th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
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Congrats!
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From:kehleyr
Date:October 14th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
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What a view... gorgeous!!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 14th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
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It is awesome. I'm not used to having a view so I find myself staring at it quite a lot. ;-)
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