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Chantelle’s Last Weekend of Leave My Life 21 APR 2012

So last weekend marked the end to Chantelle’s week long period of leave, and so we decided to make the most of it by organising a date night, meaning in other words a trip through to Bellville on Friday evening (Chantelle spent the day there with Jess, I simply joined them after work), where we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner with the Montgomery Clan, before leaving Jessie in their capable hands and heading out to Tygervalley to catch the ultimately entertaining and enjoyable date night movie, “This Means War”.

Saturday morning was taken over by the big clash between the Stormers and the Crusaders, and wouldn’t you know it, the first Super 15 game of the season which I can actually sit down and watch, the unbeaten Stormers finally get their first taste of defeat! (Am now seriously considering the fact that I may have been the cause of their loss, and will probably not watch another game for the rest of the season, out of the hope that my abstinence will once again put them on the path of total victory!)

With the game done and dusted, Chantelle and I packed up, bundled Jessica into the car and headed out to Stellenbosch, to pay a visit to Willowbridge Slow Food Market’s sister market, held on the spectacular Oude Libertas wine estate grounds.

The Stellenbosch version of the market is definitely a much bigger affair and certainly one we’d love to be able to get in on, though our experience was slightly soured when Jessica inexplicably decided to vomit all over the grass, just as we had sat down to enjoy a light snack purchased from the stalls. (And once again, it was Chantelle who happened to be holding her when she decided to spew her guts. Like I say, Chantelle seems to have the knack for bringing the worse out of our little one! :P)

Anyway, back home in Gordon’s Bay, we opted for a lazy night off, heading out to Pick ‘n Pay to resupply, before putting Jessica to bed, whipping up some fantastic home made pizzas, and settling down to enjoy the quite intriguing and enjoyable “Limitless” via a rented DVD.

Sunday we took the active decision of, for the first time in weeks, going absolutely nowhere on the day, and instead set about doing a proper spring-cleaning operation of the house, a bad move as it turned out, seeing as I was suddenly forced to race out and replace the DSTV decoder which decided to pack up, Jessica who took a spectacular backwards somersault fall off our bed, and Chantelle who fell deathly sick in the early evening, suffering from severe stomach pain, diarrhoea, and body pain and vomiting. (As it turned out, this bug was contagious, because it knocked me out at 2 o’clock in the morning, resulting in my absence of work on Monday, and then Jessica the next day, who subsequently missed crèche on Tuesday!)

So yeah, it was a good weekend for the most part, but by the look of things, we could have perhaps done without Sunday.

Definitely done without Sunday.

DSTV Decoder Fail – and Subsequent Replacement My Life 19 APR 2012

Sigh. When money is tight, then things always tend to go wrong. That’s just the way the world works it would seem.

Anyway, towards the end of last week, our DSTV decoder (a classic DSD1110 model) started playing up in that it wasn’t changing channels very smoothly and seemed to be struggling to keep up with the buttons pressed on the remote. Nothing particularly sinister and certainly something both Chantelle and I thought would be fixed easily enough with a battery switch in the remote – after all, we haven’t changed the batteries in the remote since we first bought the thing back in January 2009!

However, the batteries swap didn’t sort things out and so on Sunday during our spring-cleaning operation, I took the decision to power off the decoder and then bring it back up in the hopes that this would sort out its nonsense.

Which of course as Murphy would have it, broke everything.

With the power restored, the decoder indicator panel kept basically rebooting itself as it attempted a scan, powered down, and then restarted, and with no output from the AV cables, I had absolutely no idea what was happening on the inside! After confirming the decoder’s failure on the secondary television set, I bit my lip, broke down in despair and phoned up Multichoice to try and figure out a resolution.

Multichoice’s maze of an automated answering system eventually yielded a live operator on the other side, and after confirming that we didn’t have insurance on the decoder, we were given the option of having the unit repaired at the nearest accredited dealer, that being Satellite Doctor out in Somerset West. This would set us back at least R350. Alternatively, we could replace our standard decoder with a newer model, which currently sells for R500.

Based on past interactions with electronics, I decided to rather replace the unit with a new one (which comes with a warranty) than risk a repaired unit which may give out again in the future and which would thus result in more money forked out to get it working again.

(And no, because we still make use of the standard decoder whose monetary value isn’t that high as compared to its HD and PVR brothers, we still won’t be going for Multichoice’s insurance package just in case you’re wondering.)

Right. After a few phone calls I managed to find someone selling the DSTV DSD1131 decoder without the installation package and who happened to be open on a Sunday afternoon – which turned out to be DionWired in Somerset Mall, meaning a breakaway afternoon trip for Jessie and me to go and pick up the new unit, thus leaving Chantelle to continue with her cleaning operation.

One successful pick up and go operation later, I was back in the car, decoder box in hand. A seriously tiny box at that.

Anyway, I got back home, unboxed the thing, marvelled at how tiny the decoder is (even the remote is halved in size!), as well as how they managed to remove every single piece of metal (apart from the connectors) out of the device, resulting in what is a rather light-weight plastic toy – which I’m rather scared of touching lest it falls apart!

Armed with the knowledge that the Multichoice DSTV smart card, from the decoder model DSD1110 upwards, is paired with the device, I phoned up Multichoice, eventually got through to a live operator, and started the process of disabling the old DSD1110 Smart Card and enabling the new DSD1131 Smart Card.

It was at this point that the lady on the line caught me out, asking me to change to channel 108 during the enabling process. Standing there in the office with the decoder in hand, I had to ask her to quickly hold on as I dashed around the house like a mad thing to get the decoder plugged in, switched on and find a remote that worked (the new one was still sealed, batteries and all!) – all accomplished with a distracting, niggly Jessica and a giggly Chantelle in the background!

With the decoder now switched on and throwing up some images on the screen, the operator quickly got everything up and running from her side, and we were left in the possession of a brand spanking new DSTV decoder, in working order, but with a whole R500 less in this month’s budget.

Ouchie.

But at least Chantelle could enjoy Idols that night, so all was good with the world.

Chantelle can’t be Impressed with This My Life 16 DEC 2009

I was just thinking to myself, Chantelle can surely not be impressed with this. Every time she blinks, our lounge is overtaken with some new electronic gadget or appliance, meaning that currently our nice and clean lounge wall is currently blotted out by all of this junk:

my-lounge-and-all-its-gadgets

Surely she can’t be impressed? Just maybe I should hide some of this stuff behind floral prints – what do you think? ;)