It’s just past midday here in Adelaide and it’s friggin’ hot – the temperature has reached 40+ centigrade in the last three days. It reached 40.5C (104.9F) on Saturday, then 41.5C (106.7F) yesterday. Last night the temperature didn’t drop below 30C – it dipped slightly at 7.26am to 29.9C. I read on the web that it was the hottest night in 110 years!!! Sheesh – I had to get up at 5.30am because I couldn’t sleep in my bedroom. It was just way too hot – I came to my livingroom, turned the aircon on and then continued my sleep on the couch. Somehow I’m glad I’m taking today off, as I would probably look like a panda with dark rings around my eyes and fall asleep at the office! I’m also very glad that I made the decision to install a split-system airconditioner last year – I would’ve been a total wreck had I not done that. At least two years ago when I had a warm night, I could sit in the backyard and turn the sprinklers on so the water would cool me down. However, with the water restriction for the last 1.5 years, I’m not allowed to use the sprinklers at all!
The maximum temperature is expected to reach 43C today – there’s a high chance that we will exceed that. It was already 41.5C at 11.34am. So for the last two days, I’ve been pretty much hunkered in my living room trying to escape the heat. I’m going to take a shower and brave the heat to go to the city though. I still need to get some stuff to bring back to Indonesia for the whole Tanusondjaja clan and the in-laws – talking about a logistical exercise! 2 parents, 5 sisters, 2 brothers, 5 brother-in-laws, 2 sister-in-laws, 18 nieces and nephews. I was tempted to sort of buy stuff for them on a needs basis only and ask them to reimburse the money when I get there. However, I suppose I go to Indonesia only annually, and it seems very miserable if I couldn’t bring them anything as gifts. So, I have been doing some shopping and taking advantage of the post-Christmas sale to bring back some goodies that I hope they will appreciate.
I am very excited to head to the new year as 2007 has been a year that is full of challenges, changes, and energy-taxing periods. It’s strange in a way that most of the people who I talked to mentioned the same thing – they all felt weary after going through this year. It came and went with such a whoosh and what a whoosh it was! I am invited to head up to Golden Grove for Paula and Ian’s New Years’ Eve party but they live quite a distance away from where I live and it will be a major bummer (and expense) to go up there and back using a cab so I’m opting to stay in and have my quiet moment of contemplation. New Year is traditionally a time for me to be quiet and reflect on what the year has been and refocus on the new year ahead. I believe that next year will be my Year of Restoration so I need to focus on that and ask for God’s guidance so that I can fulfill what He intends me to do. I don’t make New Year’s resolution but I do have a habit of asking for a personal vision year after year. This is the habit that I acquired in the early 2000’s when I heard Ps. Jeffrey Rahmat’s sermon in Jakarta. Having a personal vision gives me the guidance for the year so that I can see the milestone after milestone that I reach.
So, if I don’t end up putting another entry in my blog this year –
A HAPPY AND BLESSED 2008 TO YOU!