Day 1149 of retirement

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Saturday 30th March:

Up and off to see our used car man at 10:00am. We had a good look over the car and a long test drive with him.

The car is a:

  • 2003 Mazda 323 Astina
  • 5 Door Hatch
  • 5 speed manual
  • Aircon, airbags & Cruise Control (Big bonus)
  • 1.8L
  • 167,000km (Mostly highway km traveling to work in the country & back)
  • Full service history (With documents) by original dealer (Recently serviced)
  • New tires
  • It is in very very good condition

We left a deposit with the guy and will do the final payment and paper work on Tuesday.

Back to Jo and Dave’s, picked up the shopping list and off to the mall for some supplies.

At 9:00pm we all went for a drive out to Mount Stromlo where the CORC 24 hour solo mountain bike was being held this weekend. A good friend of mine (Ivan) was racing. They started at midday today and finish at midday tomorrow.

We managed to time it just right as Ivan arrived for a pit stop about 15 minutes after we arrived. I managed to have a quick pep talk to him and encourage him on.

Sunday 31st March:

Leisurely morning. At 11:00am I drove over the other side of Canberra and picked up Sandy (Sister) and Brian (Bro-in-law) who are here from Adelaide for the folk festival this weekend.

They came back to Jo & Dave’s for lunch, which was a big pot of Pork Adobo with rice and veggies. After lunch Jo and Dave were off to Thredbo (3 hours drive away) for an overnight Chris Isaak concert. Hence Guy and I were baby sitting Zali for the night (Her first night without parents). Well the afternoon was fine as once we dropped off Sandy and Brian we took Zali for a long drive so she got some sleep. But by 10:30pm Zali was missing her mum. Needless to say we all spent a sleepless night. Zali wasn’t particularly keen on eating or drinking so Guy and I had to improvise as best we could.

Jo and Dave arrived back at 2:00pm much to Zali’s delight (She is breastfeeding).

Monday 1st April:

Finally this morning we managed to get Zali to take a little solid food and (with the help of a syringe) some breast milk Jo had left for us. Then two big long walks with Zali in the pram while waiting for Jo and Dave to arrive. She managed to sleep for 1.5 hours so that was good and I got a good bit of exercise.

They made it back at 2:45pm and Zali got her favorite milk shake drink once again.

We both enjoyed a little recovery siesta before an early evening.

Tuesday 2nd April:

After a bit of a sleep-in I was on the phone to NRMA to organize comprehensive insurance and roadside assistance for our car.

Then off to the bank to get the cash to pay for the car. We caught up with Tristan (Owner) just before midday and completed the paperwork and drove our new used car away (2003 Mazda 323 Astina).

After lunch Jo joined us for a trip to the motor registrar (at the mall) to do the change of ownership. We had a road worthy inspection but were told that it had expired (They are only good for 1 month and it had just expired). So after dropping Guy, Jo and Zali back home I went to a couple of local road worthy inspection garages but they couldn’t do the inspection till next week.

So back home and on the web and found the RTA list of certified inspection garages. On the phone and finally found one (local) who could do the inspection tomorrow at 2:30pm. So our trip back to Sydney is off for tomorrow.

I rang Thrifty rent a car yesterday about dropping the hire car at the Canberra airport instead of Sydney where I picked it up. They told me there would be a $55 relocation fee to drop it at Canberra. We had the car booked till the 10th  of April but they would refund the days not used.

When I ran Thrifty at Canberra airport to check that they would be open, they tried to tell me that the relocation fee would be $250. So after some checking on their system the good lady found my $55 relocation fee, so all good.

Guy and I drove out to the airport, dropped the hire car off and got our refund less the $55 relocation fee.

It was the first good run in our new car (2003 Mazda 323 Astina), which was great. Very happy with our purchase.

On the way home we dropped into Kmart as they had a special on a kettle and toaster. $16 for the two so hot water and hot toast is now sorted.

Wednesday 3rd April:

Up and off to the iPhone store in Canberra to get my iPhone 4S. I decided to go with Apple as they do all the setup for you and being new to iPhone, if I have any issues I can go back to any of their stores for help.

iPhone all sorted and back to drop off the car by Jo’s mall to have a roadworthy inspection carried out so we can get it registered. While that was happening we walked to the mall for a Chai Latte.

There was an issue with the SIM card in the iPhone so I dropped into the Vodafone shop and they fixed it for me then and there.

At 3:30pm we picked the roadworthy inspection and drove to the RTA office and finally got the Mazda registered into our names.

Back to Dave and Jo’s for a yummy dinner and packing ready to leave tomorrow.

Thursday 4th April:

Up and packed our little car to the brim with our stuff and some extra’s (Bedding, Rice Cooker, etc.) that Jo had given us back (We gave it to her when we left 3 years ago).

Arrived in Sydney at 3:00pm after a leisurely trip. First stop was the unit agent’s office to get the keys and check on what cleaning had been carried out at the unit. When Jo last inspected it after the tenants had left, there was still some more cleaning required.

We arrived at the unit and all good. The cleaning had been done so we proceeded to unpack the car.

Then after a hot shower (Shower head needs replacing….Home renovations have started already) it was off to Harvey Norman where we purchased the following:

  • Refrigerator 285L
  • Microwave Oven (25L oven capacity)
  • Washing Machine (Top loader 7.5kg)
  • 46” LED TV
  • Blue Ray DVD Player

A quick trip across the road to Fantastic Furniture and purchased:

  • Queen Bed Package (Queen frame, 2 side tables & a tall boy) for Jordan
  • 2 Queen mattresses (I already have a bed frame in the garage).

So it was a bit of power shopping (2-hours to complete both purchases) but I must admit we did a lot of research online before going into the stores so pretty much knew what we were looking for.

The fridge, washing machine, bed package and mattresses will be delivered on Monday. We brought home the Microwave oven, TV and Blue Ray DVD player in the back of the Mazda.

We had already bought an electric wok, kettle and toaster in Canberra so they were crossed off the list.

Back home to drop off the goodies and off to the local corner store to get some bread, cheese, salami and tomatoes for dinner. We got a bag of ice as well, as our fridge for the next few days is my esky retrieved out of the garage.

So we had our first dinner in our new home sitting in our camping chairs eating off the camping table. It felt a bit like camping really.

Ooohhhhh the only thing we forgot was mugs for our hot cup of tea. We had to borrow 2 mugs from our neighbor who was very friendly.

We have a double thick foam mattress on the floor for now (From Jo & Dave) which is our bed till Monday.

Friday 5th April:

First thing this morning was to organize our house and contents insurance with NRMA now that we are moved in. Then Internode to organize our broadband connection to the unit. It will take a few weeks so I will get a USB broadband stick in the meantime.

Then down to the garage and start the moving of stuff up to the unit. When we left three years ago we packed up all our furniture, crockery and cutlery in the garage for Jordan to use when he moves out on his own.

Well as we have discovered, we have enough stuff for two units. So we are going through it all, keeping the best of the stuff and repacking the leftover which we will dispose of on eBay.

I was buggered by lunchtime but did manage to get all but the couches and our bed frame in. Need Jordan to help with those. Guy spoke to him and we will do the final move on Monday night when he is here.

But at least the kitchen is now fully stocked and we have table and chairs.

Mid afternoon we were off to Warriewood Mall to get an E-Tag from the RTA office there, and do a food shop and stock up the pantry. All sorted and we were very restrained and only bought what we needed.

I also got my USB broadband stick organized from the Vodafone shop.

Back home and Guy cooked up some very nice steak and stir-fry for our first official meal in the new home. All washed down with a cup of tea.

Got the TV setup and all tuned for American Idol tonight so our lives are now complete.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

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