Thursday, 22 December 2011

Surprise Rat

I would like to announce the unanticipated arrival into my life of a small white rat. I say unanticipated because I did not set out with the design of acquiring a rat, or any pet for that matter, but somehow I have!
It all started with the invite to a bbq. One of my housemate’s colleagues was having a bbq and, like the good friend she is, my housemate didn’t want to leave me on my own for an evening so took me along too. It was a fairly quiet night of socialising and meeting new people. I enjoy meeting people here as it’s nice to have a break from the student life. I think I was the youngest there and the age range went up to mid-30s which makes for slightly more mature conversations. Well not that much more mature as we still got tipsy and talked about anything at all but its nicer wine you drink while you’re doing it. We had a really nice bbq with the best steak I have had in years! It was soooo amazingly good. Oh and they made little brownies and decorated each one with a strawberry and icing so they looked like little Santa hats!

Where was I? Oh yea, rat. So earlier that day the host of the bbq had found two small rats in her garden. They seemed domesticated and were happy to be handled so she assumes they are lost pets. She scooped them up into a big plastic box and was going to poster the neighbourhood the next day to see if anyone claimed them. But over drinks that night she said that if anyone wanted them and they weren’t claimed then they were welcome to them, and me, having had about 3 glasses of rather nice sauvignon blanc, instantly volunteered to take in the little homeless rats. Didn’t think anything of it the next day but then we got a text saying that the rats hadn’t been claimed did I still want them? I said when I came here I would take every opportunity that came my way so I agreed to take these rats.

The next day I went over with our empty recycling box with some shredded newspaper and a shot glass of water in the bottom.  These are rats, they won’t care that they are technically in a bin. I was a little concerned that they would be a boy and a girl, not that I have anything against rat couples but I do have something against millions of rat babies. So I was intending to see what sex they were when they were there and take both if they were both boys or both girls and take one if they were one of each. But when we arrived we were told that “the quiet one” had passed away during the night. So no problem with breeding if you’ve only got one rat! The one that was left was a little albino boy rat so I took him home.

On the way home we discussed names and toyed with the idea of Ted or Barney (from how I met your mother) or Leonard or Sheldon (from the big bang theory) and as Sheldon is such a great character we decided for Sheldon. So officially he is Sheldon but mostly he is called Shely or Rat.

New Cage
Today I went shopping for him and he has a new fancy cage! It’s got a little house for him to sleep in and 2 floors and a tunnel and a wheel! To be honest its cooler than my own house. I live in a bungalow with not a tunnel or wheel in sight. He is very happy with his new home as it means he can see out too! However he isn’t so keen on the nutritionally balanced, vitamin enriched rat food I bought him. Previously he has been eating little bits of whatever I am eating. So far I know he likes tomatoes, cheese, peanut butter on toast, and sausages. Wasn’t keen on celery, carrot or strawberry though. Silly rat.

My other housemate came home today too, I had forgotten to tell her that I had adopted a rat in her absence and I was a little worried about what she would say. I don’t think she’s over the moon with the idea but she is happy now he has a proper cage. She even held him earlier! Well, kinda, she held his first two paws and then decided she didn’t like it, but its more progress than I was expecting at this point!

I have no idea what I will do with him when I go home. I will look into importing him home but that probably needs vet checks and injections and lots of expensive things like that so I might just have to find someone that wants a lovely pet rat.

But its funny how the world works isn’t it? It hadn’t occurred to me at all to get a pet while I was here but now it’s happened nearly accidentally I’m very glad it has. Its silly how happy getting this rat has made me, I have been showing him off to friends back home on Skype and some of my friends here have come round to visit him already! Because honestly, who could say no to this face…

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Aww, I'm in demand!

This is my first blog post that was requested. I was like aww, I’m in demand!  Ok so it’s Sunday evening which means soon it will be Monday morning. Eugh, Mondays. What is it about Mondays? Monday is at least a short day for me. I will work 9-6 and probably hit the gym afterwards. Then come home and eat awesome ice cream cake. Now I know I can’t eat ice cream so this is a soy-frozen-dessert alternative. I made it myself! It’s awesome. I’ll put a picture in tomorrow when it comes out the freezer but its layers of chocolate sponge with ice cream in between. Nom nom nom. Well it’s got a little bit of normal ice cream in it as I ran out of soy-frozen-dessert but hopefully I won’t die. Death by cake does sound fun though.

Where was I? Oh yea; Mondays. So Mondays aren’t that bad really. Tuesdays I work 1pm-11.30pm, so it’s nice to have a lie in and wake up, have lunch and get ready slowly. But this week we have this new study going on so I have to be in for 10am. This makes for a very long day. Usually Wednesday I do the same as Tuesday but this new study needs me to be there (yay I’m important, boo I don’t get my lie in. shot myself in the foot there didn’t I?) so Wednesday and Thursday I’m back to 9-6 and because I’m only paid for a certain number of hours a week I then get Friday off. Now I’m excited about this week because usually when I get Friday off it’s because I have worked from 11.30pm Thursday to 7.30am Friday so I come home and sleep through my Friday. But this time I actually get a day where I’m awake! Not sure what I am going to do with it but I hope I can do something good.

Christmas shopping at markets
I might end up Christmas shopping. I finished shopping for my family yesterday and today I sat and wrapped all the gifts up and tomorrow I will have to stand in line at the post office and post them off so that the get to the UK on time. I’m excited about them. I wish I could be there to see them open them. It’s going to be odd without my family this Christmas. More to the point it’s going to be odd without the cold this Christmas! Mind you it’s cold at the moment. I’m in long sleeves and long trousers! And for December in Sydney that’s pretty rare. Everyone was like oh you won’t be able to stand December, it gets to 40 degrees, well ha! I think we are the ones dealing with it the best because this is like September in the UK maybe?

My Christmas plans are a bit sketchy still. Since there’s no one here I have to see over the Christmas period I can do what I like really. At the moment I think I will spend Christmas day on bondi beach. See which celebs are about. My friend Cecile sat next to Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire the other day. I doubt I will see anyone amazing but just some friends, a cold beer and a bbq will suit me fine. That’s another thing about being here. Everyone wanders round with booze on the streets, as long as it’s in a paper bag its cool.

I think I will probably miss a big roast dinner but we had thanks giving dinner the other night which was similar. Kait cooked and there were so many pies! We had roast turkey and potato pie and sweet potato mash and broccoli casserole and pumpkin pie and apple pie and it was all very yummy. We are still eating the left overs!

Where did I get to last time in my catch up? 13 wasn’t it? Well, have another mini update:

Week 14:
Sculpture by the Sea - Who left the tap on?
Our interim reports were due in this week. This is a paper explaining the company and our job in 2000 words. It’s harder than it sounds! But I got that send off, in the post because fhms won’t take an electronic copy (?!) Oh and that weekend was really good as we went to Sculpture by the Sea which is a big art exhibition on the coast. I enjoyed it a lot but I think me housemates just went for the sun and to be by the sea. Also that week it was the Newtown festival. For those of you who know it are a bit like Leamington peace festival but about 10 times bigger but still crammed into the same amount of space. I loved it. I bought another ring and I got a big henna tattoo put on me by a lovely Indian lady.

Newtown Festival
Week 15:
This week started well as it was photo time at work. They send out Christmas cards to all the patients with our pictures on so everyone needed an individual photo and then some group shots too. As soon as the photographer heard that I had experience with photography I was stolen for the morning and I basically did her job for her. I don’t think she had been a photographer very long so this may have been her first professional job. I talked her out of having the group shots inside under some rather harsh halogen lighting and instead the group shot was done in the garden around a bench. I can’t do anything about the individual shots which were all taken inside with office lighting against a magnolia wall but you can’t fix the world. Hopefully they will use the outdoors shots.

Week 16:
This week we had Georgie's birthday night out which involved organising everyone being in an “I <3 SYDNEY” t-shirt and some akubra hats! It chucked it down with rain but we still had a really good night.

Week 17:
This is last week. Not a lot happened actually. I had to be the guinea pig for some new equipment we got in work. This involved having electrodes put on me and things up my nose and pretending to snore. It wasn’t the most lady like thing I’ve ever done but anything in the name of science!

Oh also Eloise’s mother has arrived. She is staying with us for a week and then her, Eloise and Katrina (Eloise’s sister) will be jetting off around Australia and returning for Christmas day. So that’s fun.

Only two more weeks of work! I have a lot of work to do in those two weeks but there are also some fun things planned like the work Christmas party where apparently everyone gets a bit gazeboed. Georgie's real birthday is coming and Gareth (Georgie’s boyfriend) is coming to visit. I haven’t got any plans, I was going to be in New Zealand, then I was going to be on the gold coast then I was going to Thailand but its all not happened. Oh well. Next plan is cairns in Jan. ill let you know if that one actually works!

Ok well that’s enough of a post for now. I’m sure ill post again soon, about either Christmas or New Year’s, which is a big thing here, so ttfn!