Monday Links & Other Random Internet Things …

Hello everyone … Monday’s are always hard … especially this one as I’ve been given the green light to start on site in Abu Dhabi perminently as of tomorrow … so spent most of my day sorting out filing and packing up my desk … not best pleased about it … but I knew it was coming and to be fair I’ve had longer in Dubai than I had originally anticipated since starting this new project …

This last weekend has been really productive … atleast on the home repairs front … Perry fixed all the lights in the spare bathroom … there was only one light bulb out of three that worked and turns out some shoddy workmanship was to blame … so he spent most of one evening up in the ceilings rewiring stuff to get it all working again … better than it was when we moved in … He’s also fixed a few of the lights in the other bathrooms too … which is great as they were always really too dark …

As an added bonus Perry managed to download the manuals for our AC thermostats to see if there was  way to get them to work properly … they have never worked how they were supposed to since we moved in … its supposed to be that you set the temperature and the AC comes on till it hits the temp and then turns off … coming on again whenever it needs to in order to maintain it … sounds simple enough … but ours never did that … it was literally on or off … and the only thing we could control was the strength of the air blowing out of the units …

It made it really annoying as sometimes it would be too warm when going to bed so we’d turn it on … only to wake up in the morning and the flat would be freezing … I also have similar issues with leaving it on during the day wondering if its going to end up being too cold for the kittens … etc … anyway so after reading through the manual Perry realised that the units had been installed but never programmed … they had been running on their default setting for the last 2-3yrs and no one had ever set it up correctly …

After abit of tinkering around with the units it appears he has managed to get it all sorted … turns out the thermostat isnt broken (like the previous tenant thought) … this isn’t a problem unique to us either … another family we know in our building have said their thermostats never worked … so it looks like no one ever bothered to set up the systems properly … and you know what? … this doesnt even surprise me …

To round off the weekend … we managed to get the Golf registered and Perry made a scrumptious Paella for dinner …

Right well moving on to the point of this post … below are a bunch of stuff I’ve been enjoying this week in the online world … as always if there is something interesting/random/etc you’d like to share then please leave a link in the comments section below …

  1. I made THIS 3 bean salad for lunch this week … plus a few extra bits …
  2. I also tried the Peach Parfait Recipe from THIS … didn’t have the right kind of oats but it came out really yummy nonetheless …
  3. These SCIENCE WORLD ADS in Vancouver looked like fun …
  4. THE EVERYDAY SEXISM PROJECT … working toward something ending sexism … especially in the work place …
  5. 25 SOCIAL RULES I LEARN’T THE HARD WAY
  6. 10 THINGS WE DID BETTER AS KIDS … so true …
  7. MAGIC SAUCE RECIPE that I plan on trying soon …
  8. Some amazingly SURREAL PHOTO MANIPULATIONS
  9. FIVE HEALTHY SNACKS YOU’LL NEVER SEE IN A VENDING MACHINE
  10. BIBLE BELT CONSERVATIVE SPENDS A YEAR UNDERCOVER AS A GAY MAN … a very interesting read
  11. Tips on making your own VEGETABLE STOCK
  12. The proposed LONDON ‘LIDO LINE’ COULD ALLOW COMMUTERS TO SWIM TO WORK … awesome idea but not sure how practical it all is … certainly quite a few logistical problems that jump out when reading … but nice to see people thinking a bit more daringly about these things!
  13. THIS little pairing is so adorable …
  14. 30 GREATEST MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF BATHTIME … number 12 is a personal favourite of mine 😛
  15. 45 BEST PICTURES OF SCARED BROS AT A HAUNTED HOUSE OF 2012 … Halloween is just round the corner … and these photos made me chuckle … numbers 24 and 28 are particularly funny to me …

Thats if for now …

Till next time …

Mina X

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