It's not one of my better weeks so far. I'm going through one of my accident prone phases again. I've already cut myself twice on the same sharp object (surely once is enough). I fell flat on my face, banging the knee which has still not recovered from the last fall about 6 weeks ago. An hour ago, whilst moving furniture (again) I managed to gouge out quite a large chunk from a finger which has only just stopped bleeding. And it's only Tuesday!
On a positive note, I have found a new dentist. This time in Milas which of course is so much more convenient. I had a check-up yesterday. The clinic is very sterile, and you have to wear protective plastic covers on your shoes before you enter. The dentist was very thorough, particularly in checking any health issues I might have, blood group, allergies etc. I need some bridge and crown work done and an old filling removed and re-done, and a scale and polish. He also prescribed some mouthwash and anti-inflamatories for my gums which are a little sore at the moment.
I intended to have the scale and polish today, but having left the dental clinic yesterday, walked a few 100 yards to the chemist for my prescription, I promptly tripped up the steps and flew head first into the shop (banging aforementioned knee). It was so embarrassing but people were very nice. I couldn't wait to get out of there. So this morning I couldn't walk very well and decided to cancel the scale and polish. It will have to wait until I have the rest of the treatment when I get back from England.
And another modem bites the dust. There was a storm forecast last night so I disconnected the modem and went to sleep quite early. I woke up in the early hours, unable to sleep further so went outside to check the weather. No rain, no sign of a storm. So I decided to connect the modem and log on to the internet.
I had only been logged on for about 10 minutes when, without warning there was a huge flash of lightening, followed by a loud bang. No it wasn't the thunder, although that followed minutes later...it was my modem exploding. This is the fourth modem to have been struck by lightening since we moved here.
Later today my knee was a bit better so Mr A and I went into Milas. I had a hunt through cupboards and found a dongle (such a stupid word don't you think?) which we got free on some deal with TTNet a couple of years ago. At that time it was connected to the Avea service provider, who would send out monthly bills. I wasn't keen at the time, but Mr A was quite excited...he loves freebies, so we signed up with Avea. Sure enough the novelty wore off and even though I asked Avea to disconnect, they kept sending bills. Finally when I refused to pay the last two, they disconnected it.
The Avea shop in Milas has changed a great deal. The people there are much more efficient than those of two years ago.. I wanted to know whether I could reactivate my dongle but on a pay-as-you-go tariff rather than monthly bills. They can now do this. My next question was how long would it take to reactivate. If it was going to take some time there would be little point as we would hopefully have a new modem in the house anyway. They said it would take less than half an hour.
So we sat in comfy chairs, were served tea, while the staff inserted a new sim card into the dongle, phoned to get it activated, then plugged it into my laptop, downloaded the software...and that was that.
Next stop TTNet, to get our modem tested...as we thought...completely dead, so now we have a new one. The problem is that there are so many connection problems in the area that it won't be installed and wires repaired for a day or more.
The dongle is working fine. I can blog, check emails, etc. I can't do some of the things that I normally do but at least I'm connected. It will do for now.