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22 December 2015 @ 01:24 am
Sydney may be trying to kill us, but there is an upside!  
Did I mention our house was hit by lightning?

We've been having Exciting Weather here recently. So far this month there was the epic storm that didn't actually end up flooding the river, so I left work early for nothing, but did wipe out our phone and router and scared the bejeezus out of the cats when lightning hit either our house or as near as makes no difference. Rusketus ran around for ten minutes afterwards looking for the source of the big boom to see if he needed to fight it or run away from it, bless.

Then we had the tornado, happily not damaging us, though sadly taking out a lot of houses not far from here, and then this week has been heatwave, with last night so unbearably hot practically no-one could sleep, though I really shouldn't complain because in South Australia it has been 8-12 degrees hotter all week and people are literally dying. Also, half the country is on fire again and we are not.

Today, I had to unplug the spare router because we had electrical storms, and the house's safety switch, which I have learned WILL cut out power in time to save almost all the electrics, is no help if you're also plugged into the phone line.

As a result, my plan to spend my first proper holiday day reading erised fic was thwarted. I did go to the new hairdresser. I asked if she could lighten up my ends enough for us to make them pink as I was tired of having vertical stripes in my hair and wanted to go for horizontal ones instead. She assured me that would be fine. I now still have my old two light-blonde vertical stripes, with no dark-brown filling in of their tops as I had requested and a caramel balayage over the bottom ten inches of my hair because as it turned out the answer to 'can you get the lowest six inches of this hair this light?' was in fact 'no.' I had pictures and everything!

It's not bad, it kind of looks nice and grown-up if you don't pause to wonder why there are two light-blonde stripes amid the caramel. But I was after ridiculous and punkish, without having to listen to the death metal of my usual punk hairdressers.

I'm going to have a think about what to do next. Happily, there's enough hair that the answer could even be chop that lot off and start again.

And now there is no more lightning, the rain is making my garden very happy! If only I'd remembered to throw some fertiliser around this morning …
tudorpot: Moose ehtudorpot on December 21st, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's hot. We get electric storms frequently, I have all my elactrics on surge bars which have spots for phone lines, you should be able to get them in Australia.
l.m.incandescent on December 22nd, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
Wow, that is a lot of crazy weather!

I'm so intrigued by your hair. I don't think I can quite picture it, but it sounds wonderful!
Jaeenchanted_jae on December 22nd, 2015 03:43 am (UTC)

Stay safe!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 22nd, 2015 09:00 am (UTC)
Give it a month, we'll have plagues of locusts yet ;-) (Not entirely joking, it's happened here twice in my time)
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on December 22nd, 2015 04:29 am (UTC)
Hearing about your weather makes me stop whining about my grey rainy days. Nothing exciting here….just blah.

Your hair sounds most intriguing.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 22nd, 2015 08:59 am (UTC)
Mad, mad weather. Though today was nice, cool and wet. Luverly!

It's a bit too sensible grown-up fashion hair for me. Where I went wrong was in trying to go from girly punk hair to slightly grown-up hair. I should have plumped for one or the other!
Metal Dog5metal_dog5 on December 23rd, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was quite warm here in Adelaide, but thankfully it was a dry heat. Not so sure we'll be as lucky on Christmas day; expecting 37 and showers. On the day the tornado hit Sydney, my friend who lives a few suburbs away from me, had half of the roof ripped off by a whirly whirly. Tornados, cyclones or whirlys; who knew a bit of wind could cause so much damage?

What a bother about the hairdresser not getting the colour right. otoh, it could be the beginning of a new trend ;)
kayokokayoko on December 25th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
Deadliest place on earth, indeed.

Woah, I love all the cool things you're doing with your hair.