I point out that the interesting thing about being LATE is I never got the e-mail notice despite having signed up for it specifically after recieving a late notice in the post the previous time after you didn't send the bill in the first place. The reason I signed up for online notice is to avoid that happening again!
So I said I'm going to go online and pay but if it doesn't work I'll come in later today. Of course it being almost Christmas (French thing - it's all on the 24th... so tomorrow is our party etc.) we're already, like, y'know... just a wee bit busy? So no, I didn't get in today and by the time I got bubs down and got online I can't access their freaking payment system, so who wants to bet I get another charming call early in the morning.
The other really ick thing... I can't get ingredients for my Christmas foods here. There are just some American ingredients that do NOT seem to exist here and there aren't any decent substitutes for. Hence no pumpkin pie. Very bummed about that! Actually have had a hard time finding pumpkin PERIOD, tinned or in pumpkin form. Seems Aussies call all Squash "pumpkin", Pumpkin (sweet, orange halloween type) is also a pumpkin but don't carry it at any stores anyhow and only call weeny yellow type of squash a Squash. Man is that confusing! No Frosted Cranberry Sqares either as I can't find the right kind of lemon jello or the desert topping or the right kind of cranberry-jelly. I've tried various jellies here and it doesn't set up the way I need it to. The desert topping is too liquidy and melts on it instead of staying light-n-fluffy with bits of soft cream cheese. The only cranberry jelly I've found is way too watery, meant for spreading on sandwhiches. I tried to make snickerdoodles, one of the several Christmas cookies I've always made on Christmas... except no Crisco, so where it was supposed to be butter/crisco mixed together I just used butter and it turned out to make mutant cookies.