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Last weekend we had out little road trip to Dubbo.
My mum flew down the night before and came along with us for the trip.
The drive from Sydney to Dubbo was a long one. We stopped for lunch along the way to break up the drive (~5.5hours).
When we got to Dubbo we stayed in a Big 4 Caravan park, in one of the cabins. Funnily enough the cabin was on ‘Emma Street’ 🙂
The park had its own water park which Emma loved. The water was cold so after 30mins of swimming she was turning blue, but insisted she was fine and wanted to keep swimming.
The highlight of the trip was the Dubbo Zoo. We rented a golf cart (you can drive your own car, or rent bicycles) to take around the circuit.
We’ve been to a few birthday parties (kids). Emma has resumed her ballet classes. Although this term she is more interested in doing her own dancing moves, rather than paying attention to the teacher. Luckily the teacher has more patience than us.
Emma’s Russian lessons continue. I think she has passed me in her understanding of Russian. Это бред!
In non-Emma news. We’ve renovated our bathroom and our kitchen. Both very nice and modern. And two weeks ago I crashed my 12 year old Toyota Corolla 🙁 Nothing serious, but due to its age the insurance company wrote it off. So we have purchased a used Nissan Pulsar as its replacement.
Next week we are taking a long weekend and will be driving to Dubbo to show Emma the Dubbo Zoo.
So we recently renovated our kitchen. And the microwave we had, while still working, was looking very tired. It was white and the white plastic had changed colours to the old yellow colour. Time for a new microwave.
We went to Bing Lee and purchased a new Sharp microwave. This was on a Saturday.
On the Sunday Julia went to cook some microwave popcorn. Emma and I were watching the popcorn in the microwave, nothing was happening, we were waiting for the popping to start. Then suddenly it exploded. Luckily the microwave door remained closed. The popcorn packed had been on a dinner plate. The plate had bounced up into the roof of the microwave denting it, and broke in to shards, some of which stuck in the door of the microwave.
We took at back to the Bing Lee store and advised when them what had happened. The store manager was rude and aggressive. He said the machine looked fine, nothing wrong. This despite the roof being collapsed. Then he said we must have cooked the popcorn wrong. I asked them to get the machine checked for faults. He said they would charge us $70 for the inspection.
A week later still no information. I called them and was told the machined was checked and was fine; I asked for a copy of the report. Another two weeks pass and no report. I chase them several more times and eventually get a single page document, with the single line “Unit appears to be working ok”.
After discussing with Julia I decided to call Woolworths. Because if I heard that someone had been hurt by this, and I’d not reported it, I’d feel bad. So I call Woolworths and explain that I’d purchased popcorn from them, the microwave had exploded, and ‘apparently’ the microwave was without fault. Woolworths were really good about it. They took all my details. I still had the popcorn packet so gave them those details. I got a call the next day from the person in charge of nuts and snacks saying if I didn’t get any updates to please escalate with them. I also got a call from the manufacturer of the popcorn. Over the next week they did some tests on the same batch of popcorn. They couldn’t find any problems. But as a sign of good faith about their product they offered to re-emburse me for the cost of the microwave AND the service fee that Bing Lee charged. How great is that.
In summary; don’t go to Bing Lee. They suck.
Emma was sick recently with the flu. She’s still got a cough but is mainly ok.
She passed it on to Julia who is now sick. So far I’ve escaped the flu germs.
I’m trying to teach Emma about choices, and how she can’t have everything. We went to the local shopping centre and we were going to buy Emma a juice. In the shop we looked at a stall that was selling knitted things. She said she wanted a finger puppet. I explained she could have a finger puppet, but it would mean she couldn’t have juice. She was ok with that. I bought the puppet and she was happy. Then we went into the shop to get a few groceries. ‘Daddy can I have a juice?’. I explained that she made the choice to not have juice, but instead have the puppet. “ok Daddy’ she said, bottom lip quivering, tears starting to roll down her cheek. I bought her the juice. I dont know if she doesn’t understand choices, or if she knows exactly how to wrap her father around her finger.
Daddy/Daughter outing – We went to see Disneys Frozen on Ice. Frozen is Emma’s favourite movie and she is always singing the songs.
Brunch in a cafe – who says you can’t have a smartie cookie for brunch
Emma often asks to help with jobs. I got her rinsing bottles for recycling.
Last month we all went to a church wedding. Emma thought the bride was a princess 🙂
She loves her new kitchen from Ikea.
Emma tired 🙂
Emma go have a nap. “No I’m not tired”. Proceeds to lay down on the loungeroom floor.