And then this happened....
Internet, SSG Manor has found its Wifi. And not before time. It's probably more a reflection of me rather than than just the fully networked world we live in but seeing my modem flicker green and my cordless phone blink contentedly next to it represents the final step to our having Really Moved In to SSG Manor 2.0. Sure we need a clothesline, someone to come over and prune that unruly hedge (again) and a car port of some description but readers, we're finally connected to the rest of the world in a manner that's far more cost effective than relying on my mobile phone allowance (which I've already breached by 21% with 15 days until my next billing cycle begins).
The last few weeks have seen me go on a kind of technology detox as dictated by the amount of data remaining on my mobile plan. On the positive side, I've been social networking much less than usual and (I like to think) going for quality over quantity with my posts shares. The negatives have been mostly work and personal admin related. Being a part timer at work, sending emails and reading up on things from home has been one way I've managed to keep on top of things on the days I'm officially in. You have no idea how insanely excited I am to be sending my next work handover email from my laptop rather than trying to two finger type it on my iPhone with its autocorrect that's less intelligent than Apple might have lead me to believe.
With SSG Manor 2.0 up and running in a technology related sense, I'm looking forward to doing all those things I took for granted in my life before I lost my wifi. Cooking recipes from my iPad, online shopping from the sofa, reading the paper in bed on those luxurious mornings when Toddler SSG is having a sleep in and I'm not actually in a rush to get a head start on the working day.
I know I went on a bit a few paragraphs ago about how being without wifi had curtailed my online shopping but essential purchases had to be made and then picked up from the post office because for some reason, Manor 2.0 always looks unoccupied to the postie despite Toddler SSG putting his newly expanded vocabulary to good use at the top of his voice in the kitchen...
The good thing about new nephews is that you get to buy Wedgwood 'First Christmas' carousels all over again. I was too quick, just looked online again and they're $10 off what I got them for last week. For some reason, these ornaments weren't online at Myer or DJs this year but I have heard that they are in store and selling fast. Anyway, I got mine from the Wedgwood online store and have even managed to post out one to my Perth Nephew.
I know. I. Know. Activewear.
I've been such a loud advocate for the cheap and cheerful at Big W, Cotton On and Mix Apparel for years now but I got sucked into the orbit of Planets Lorna and Lulu. So many justifications.
- I'm getting on a bit and need the exoskeleton like support and figure flattery Lorna and Lulu seem to guarantee with each pair of their tights you buy.
- Cost per wear will see my new miracle tights practically pay for themselves. On my days off, there's no time to change after working out, it's go, go, go all day with the toddler and the house until dinner time. Invest most in what you wear most, as they say.
- I'm a tiny bit motivated by the positivity behind Move, Nourish, Believe. Just a tiny bit...
Goes without saying that I'm officially Team Lorna, then. I did try Lulu Lemon tights on the other day but their gym gear doesn't fit me as well as their yoga stuff. The 7/8 lengths are a bit long on me, the legs flare out a bit too much at the calf and the designs just don't seem to work with the tops I already own.
Besides working well with what I already have, Lorna Jane also has a points for purchase loyalty system. They also have excellent phone support should you stuff up your online order. The lovely person I spoke to was able to correct my order before it shipped over the phone in one quick call.
Now that I've got my new tights, I've done a bit of a cull of my old and saggy gym wear and I'm positive that my Lornas are going to make me LOVE burpees and push ups tomorrow....