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1 hour ago, KittyFit90 said:

Its hot....very hot 😞 42 today, 41, 42 and 44 by Friday...hate summer😡

I've probably never been in a place that has over 25 degrees... I cant imagine the pain. 

On the other hand you can travel to northern countries, and then you can freeze. 

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Friday is now going to be 45 with strong winds! The fire service have declared a 'Catastrophic Fire Danger' warning for most of South Australia. For those from Europe or other wet places here in SA its very dry and if a fire gets going in bushland with wind then its impossible to put out, they can burn 1000s of square kilometers over several days and usually only get put out by rain. Between October and April we have a total fire ban here, which means no campfires, burn off etc under any circumstances. Under the catastrophic warning the fire service recommend that anyone in a bushfire area leave home the night before as they consider any home in a fire area undefendable under any circumstances. (some people in fire areas have modified houses, ie no fire prone materials, independent power sources and high pressure hoses/sprinklers to defend their houses but these only go so far, as some found out a few years ago when they stayed to defend their homes but died in a fire). These fires can move very fast if you get caught still at home, you can get cut off from roads out and to top all that off Eucalyptus trees are extremely flammable! Even though my house is in the outer suburbs of Adelaide, I am within the fire risk area as there is bushland literally at the back of my house.

So I think I'll spend Thursday night with my parents and keep an eye on the situation. Oh and Thursday night is going be a low of 32... oh dear😡

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Sadly one person lost their life in a fire that started on Friday, several firefighters have also been injured and my thoughts are with them. Lucky for me the fire was in a different region to where I live, so I'm all good. Sad news the week before Christmas.😢

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On 12/21/2019 at 5:01 AM, KittyFit90 said:

Sadly one person lost their life in a fire that started on Friday, several firefighters have also been injured and my thoughts are with them. Lucky for me the fire was in a different region to where I live, so I'm all good. Sad news the week before Christmas.😢

I don't really see much about the Australia's fires in the Finnish media, so I don't know much about what is going on, but it looks terrible either way 😕 

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Well in short its been a dry winter and so far a hot summer, put those two together and its bad. Some fires in NSW have been burning for months now and unless it rains they won't stop either. Imagine national parks half the size of Finland with highly flammable scrub, no rain for 2-3 years (yes thats true some places currently ablaze haven't seen any drops for several years) 40+ degree heat with strong winds and roads which are barely accessible to even 4wd trucks and you can see why theres little that can be done. The fire in South Australia has killed 2 people now and destroyed about 80 homes, several towns are cut off and last I heard the residents were rescued by the army helicopters (my partner has flown a few supply drop missions for the RAAF too). Meanwhile our esteemed prime minister (total d**kwad) has gone on a tax payer paid holiday to Hawaii, general opinion on that is for him to stay there and not come back...ever.

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I'm here, though coughing like crazy thanks to the smoke haze hanging over Adelaide. The fire that started the week before chrissy is still going, the day before yesterday it jumped a containment line but they got it back under control within 24 hours. Problem is that tomorrow is another catastrophic fire danger day (43 degrees and windy) but there is rain coming for the weekend yay! We've been lucky here in South Aussie, the fires in NSW and Victoria are shocking...if anyone is interested there is a frightening video of a fire approaching a coastal town with the residents cowering on the beach. Just google 'Bateman's Bay fire' and you'll find it. Some of our volunteer firefighters have been on duty for over 100 days...and our pm thinks 6 grand compensation is adequate, what a turd!

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Sad news, my sisters house has been lost in Victoria. Ellie and her husband left well before and are safe and sound in Melbourne but they lost their small farm and 2 horses to a fire. One positive out of this horror is that a lot of Australians are finally accepting the effects of climate change and are willing to act on it now, our PMs lack of leadership and empathy has made a lot of people who voted for him very very angry. If the opposition can get a vote of no confidence through parliamanet they will win a landslide and we can finally have a proper climate/environment policy.

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My nephew (who is 6 years older then I am) who is a Major in the army engineers is now in NSW fighting the fires, I am terrified for him. He and all the others are true legends. Oh and for context the area that has been burnt is now the size of Belgium, unless it rains that will double...or triple. Probably no reasonable expectation of rain until April...oh dear.

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Btw if anyone wants to help out https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-new-years-eve

 

My partner and I have just registered to share our home with a family who have had to evacuate or lost theirs. Anything anyone can do or give no matter how small will help immensely as our Federal Government refuses to declare a national emergency which would allow massive aid funding to go out.

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Hells Bells...kids are so chaotic!!! Had a lady from Victoria arrive this morning with a 4 and 6 year old girl to stay with us for a few weeks (their house is gone in the fires and the husband has stayed behind to help with cleanup in the areas burnt out), jeebus I've already had to clean the wall (crayon), clean the second bathroom (bathtime) and calm my poor old dog down who has had her tail and ears pulled and a doll hat put on her (lols). My whine to my partner resulted in her telling me "told you so, was your decision to sign up to host a family and now you gotta deal with it", this from a person who is barely home as it is and I found out has volunteered for extra duty over the next few weeks, ***** is such a cop out.:classic_angry:

 

Though I reckon this experience is going to re-affirm my long held belief that I am totally unsuitable to have any children of my own haha:classic_biggrin:

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Still (basically) only me and KittyFit here.

If any of you lurkers are reading this message, then feel free to tell where are you and why haven't you said anything 😁

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Yay I'm going grey:classic_angry:

Been having my missus pull them out for a few years now, tonight she said "pointless babe there are too many, either dye it or accept it"...thanks sweetheart just the perfect way to ease the pain. Since I refuse to dye my hair I guess I'll have to accept it. I'm not even 30 yet! not fair.:classic_blink: My partner is 34 and blonde and her hair is shot with grey, but you can hardly see it, mine is dark brown and they show up like hi vis lights.:classic_angry:

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Taking my house guests down to the paleontology lab today, the little girls are so excited to see real 'dinosaur' bones (they are not dinosaurs as I have tried to explain to no avail we have megafauna fossils which are mammals around 10,000 to 500,000 years old and Ediacaran period which are 650+ million years old and are things like jellyfish and primitive vertebrates). Gonna do a bit of a show and tell on the samples which are hardy enough to be taken out of boxes and handled. Methinks the giant kangaroo bones will be the most popular, they are huge :classic_biggrin:

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Is it a bit late for Happy New Year? Guess I've grown up, never really have time or the obsession to be here anymore.

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Back to work Tuesday, sucks a***. My boss told me today that I'm working .5 on formal teaching hours (ie lecturing) and making up the rest of the .25 with lab analysis and specialist teaching (postgrad supervising and assisting on field work). Just what I wanted :0 So pleased!!!

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I need a new smart watch, took way too long today to set up all my class reminders (i forget to turn up to my own lectures etc if I don't have an alert, once I missed an entire days worth because I got fixated on an interesting fossil in the lab...got a right bollocking from boss for that one)! Has anyone had any experience with the latest line of Samsung smart watches? I refuse to use Apple devices as I don't feel like adding a zero to the price just for the brand logo...I don't really need a fitness tracker as I'm seemingly determined to remain chair bound and overweight or so my partner tells me.:classic_blink:

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On 1/14/2020 at 9:58 PM, UP100 said:

Still (basically) only me and KittyFit here.

If any of you lurkers are reading this message, then feel free to tell where are you and why haven't you said anything 😁

I don't have anything to say. :classic_rolleyes:

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So my house guests have been offered a rental property back in Melbourne through their insurance company. They are leaving on Monday morning. So glad to see them gone tbh, not that they were bad but the girls have gotten really really annoying (probably my infinitesimally small patience has worn out already) and their mum...well I think she privately is a bit homophobic. Have spied a few little dirty looks when my partner has been kissing me or what. Megan hasn't said anything though (my partner loves to jump on it when people get irked by us, helps to be 6"5...she even gets agro at blokes) so maybe I'm seeing things that aren't there. My poor old doggie will be able to relax, poor thing is pretty much hiding from the girls most of the time.

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Days like today make me sit back and think....jeez I've got the best job ever. A morning in the lab doing cataloging, so relaxing and fun (yeah yeah I'm weird as) a lunchtime meeting with my boss where he checked over my course materials (I'm teaching one intensive and 4 undergrad topics...though only 2 per semester) all good there. Back in the lab for the afternoon and a lovely walk home at 4pm (takes 30mins through bushland). Life is good to me these days 🙂

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I've given in...after months of badgering I have caved into my partners wish for me to join her trekking in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. I have until November to get fir for a 17 day trek in some of the roughest terrain in the world. I don't have to carry a pack (which is good cos my back is bad from horse riding injuries as a teen) but the days are going to be between 25-35 km and some big descents. 

This is all very unfair as I'm barely 5ft and i literally have to take two steps for every one my partner takes (shes 6"5 which is gigantic for a woman!!!) I have flat feet, a bad back and absolutely no willpower or stamina. So... my PT (my partner) is got some work to do lol. I reckon I need to lose 5 kilos to start with, improve my eating habits (bye bye cupcakes) and walk every day to work instead of taking my car (I'm lazy, its only 20 min by foot). Top it all off with after I agreed she said to me 'it'll be a piece of cake, we'll breeze through it trust me" haha like fun...damn being married to a military officer whose a fitness obsessed giant.:classic_blink:

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