weight loss is slow but it is loss....so hey for me..
Been a busy couple of weeks and am now happily looking forward to a nice long easter weekend followed soon by a week off....even more hey for me. So lots to catch up on..
I am having major hassles with the bank though, getting the mortgage transferred into my name has proven to be a nightmare of a job, after 1st forcing me to clear up my credit cards which took several months, the supposedly easy process has become harder and harder each step with documents I need, then don't need then need again and legal people who want to charge for translations then don't and then do and then don't and now papers I need but don't know anything about as well as insurance I don't have but need to get, all topped off with shockingly poor response from the ban advisor who is supposed to be implementing this simple process.
Its all becoming a total pain and my patience with the advisor at the bank is running out, one more idiotic delay is going to result in a serious complaint to her managers.
The weather here has been shocking as it has back in the UK, very unseasonal, even yesterday as we went out for an end of week drink it was snowing...this hasn't helped my cough much, though am hoping it will be gone soon...just in time for the next cold!!
Not had much chance to record or practice, finishing off the block has taken all my time and making myself available to students usually means everything gets done at the last chance....even on Thursday I had students who were warned to book my time 2 weeks ago, asking to book my time...which was all used up....crazy
But time to get the guitar and bass strapped on and do some work. Both bands are now gearing up for the summer. We have 2 Starrcase graduation performances to get ready for in June, and the Gadgets with our new drummer, Asime, well in place, are now focusing on a proper set list in the hope of doing some pub gigs this summer...so proper practice schedules are being worked out. Some of them at my new fav rehearsal place in Rijsbergen http://www.jackbasspa.nl/
I have to do a little bass playing again with Starrcase since our bass player has taken a short absence...we hope not for too long my bass playing is still quite poor.
Both set lists are shaping up well and we will be practicing the new songs over the coming weeks, I even sing in one of the Starrcase numbers....poor graduates!!
On the home front things are breaking down...the washer and dryer both died last week, I was lucky and managed to revive the washer but the dryer is kaput...The heating and vent system also need looking at, the boiler keeps reporting an A16 error...whatever that means and needs resetting...uncomfortable if you are in the shower at the time. The vent is stuck on number 2 setting even if set to 1, so it looks like a short somewhere in the control cables.. for now I have just unplugged it. I just have to be careful not to let Brenda's burnt cooking set off the alarms :D (I never understand people who eat well done steaks...let along charred to the colour of coal!!!)
All this means expense...added to the normal expenses this month of rates and taxes its proving to be a bit of a strain on the old wallet..no guitar buying for me...and of course a bunch of wonderful bargains are showing up everywhere..
summer is nearly here though, with the warm weather and the nice summer bonus....just in time to bail me out.