Monday, December 27, 2010

Putting Plans Into Action

A really long time ago, back in August, I mentioned the Box Set Exercise Plan. It has taken this long, but I am pleased to tell you that the borrowed treadmill arrived last week and today I put the plan into action. It may not seem much to you, but let me assure you that 30 minutes on a treadmill at speeds up to and including 4km an hour is a rather big achievement for me. I hope to build up to at least three episodes a night, but right now that seems a while off.  This combined with getting back on the Weight Watchers Wagon has GOT to move some kilos, right?

My treadmill and TV set up.  Cat can watch over me and keep me in line.

Today is the one year anniversary of my Dad passing away. I have been trying not to think about it. I had a bit of a meltdown on Christmas Day, but today seems OK. So far.  Not that I haven't thought about him, because I certainly have. Perhaps it was because it was on Christmas Day that I went to the cemetery that means today isn't so tough? Who knows?

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa delivered all that you asked for. We are off to Mildura for a few days, so my already sporadic posting is about to get a whole lot worse. If you are currently on holidays, enjoy the rest of your time off. I vote we start our own political party and campaign for More Holidays and Less Work! Are you in???

Have a drink for me on NYE. I think I might sit with my feet in the mighty Murray River and get completely off my face!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Christmas!

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.  I write this post from my brand new itty bitty laptop that Chyken gave me.  He gave me some other stuff too, and made me think I wasn't getting a laptop.  He wrapped up his laptop, and then made me turn it on.  This was the desktop background...

Apparently it had been sitting next to me for a week!  Cheeky Chyken!

Hope Santa brings you want you want, and that you spend today having a happy time.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Feeling The Love

I was overwhelmed by the response to my last post.  Thank you for the love, for the words of encouragement, the offers of cookies, for telling me I'm brave and for giving me hope that it will get better.  Not to mention the wonderful suggestion of googling 'baboon's bums' when I was feeling sad.  (You know who you are!  Thanks!)

It is so lovely to know that I am not alone in feeling this way.  Well, actually, scratch that, the fact that many of you wrote to me to tell me that you had felt this way before isn't so lovely, it concerns me a bit, you could have told me, I would have understood.  Not that I could have helped.  But a problem shared is a problem halved and all that.  Last time I was 'sick' I was so surprised to find out that several people who I thought 'had it all together' so to speak had been suffering, but had never told anyone, including me.

Why is mental illness such a taboo subject?  We tell our friends and family when we have a cold, or when we are in hospital having our appendix out.  I include myself in this for I haven't been yelling it from the rooftops, the first most of my friends and family knew about how I've been feeling is when they read that last post.  Sure, they probably knew I'd been upset, but I doubt they knew just how bad it had gotten for me.  There are other friends and family who I don't think read my blog, and unless those that do read it decide to tell them, then I guess they might not ever know.  I'm OK with that, one day I might tell them, but perhaps I won't?  I don't need a rousing chorus of  'Why didn't you tell me?' to add to the pile of guilt I've already got going on.

I have been made to feel guilty lately for doing things and for not doing things, for saying things and then for not saying things.  I am trying very hard not to feel guilty.  I have nothing to feel guilty about, I am doing the best I can at the moment and that is all anyone should be expecting of me.  I have taken a giant leap off the Weight Watchers wagon, and right now I really don't care.  I will be getting back on it in the new year.  (By the by, the WW iPhone app ROCKS!!!)

I'm trying to learn that I have no control how other people act, I can only control how I react to their behaviour.  Sure, people can call me names, they can bully me, they can try and blame me for their own issues.  I can't stop them doing any of those things.  I can only control how I respond.  At the moment I am responding by keeping my distance.  And I will NOT feel guilty about it.   No matter how hard they try to make me.

This year has been one of the longest and the shortest all at the same time.  So much has happened.  Both good and bad.  The good news is that we are finally settled in our own Castle.  We are even starting to do things in the Castle Grounds.  I am looking forward to doing more there over my time off between Christmas and New Year.  Chyken and I also have a small camping trip to Mildura planned, that should be fun.

Before all that though, I have to get through the hardest week of this year.  During this coming week I have the following to deal with:

One of only three Christmases I can remember where I won't see my sister on Christmas and/or Boxing Day.
My first Christmas without my Dad.
The anniversary of the last time I saw my Dad.
The anniversary of my Dad's death.

Wish me luck?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Are We There Yet?

So much has been going on, and yet at the same time, so little has been happening.

About six weeks ago, I had a complete breakdown.  (Around the time that Chyken was in hospital with pneumonia.)  The stress of 2010 finally took its toll on me and I have ended up exactly where I didn't want to be, taking happy pills and seeing a shrink.  I'm having huge trouble seeing any light at the end of the tunnel.  While I'm fairly confident I wouldn't actually do it, I have found myself thinking how easy it would be just to drive my car into a tree on my way home from work.  I'm tired of life.  I can't seem to focus on the fact that I have many wonderful things in my life, I can only focus on the shit things.  I AM going to fix this.  It will NOT be easy, but I can do it.  I am a strong person.  It will get better.  I will enjoy life again.  (Perhaps if I say these things often enough they will become fact?)

So, apologies for the crap-ness of the blog of late.  I just haven't had the energy.  It is taking everything I have just to get out of bed in the mornings.  Some mornings I can't even do that.  While I thought I was just having a hard time coping with the loss of Dad last Christmas, the shrink thinks it is much deeper than that and that this is probably Post Traumatic Stress Disorder all over again.  For many reasons, and maybe I will explain that further in another post.  Perhaps I never got rid of it last time?  We'll never know.  All I know is that I have to get rid of it this time, this is no way to live.

It makes me sad that mental illness is misunderstood by so many people.  If I told people I had diabetes or a broken leg, they would be super sympathetic and make loads of concessions for me, but because my illness is mental, I am supposed to just 'get over it'.  People don't understand that a mental illness makes you feel unwell physically as well. 

I.  Am.  So.  Bloody.  Tired.  No matter how much sleep I have, it is never enough lately.  There are so many things to be done around the Castle, and I want to do them, I really do, but I'm so TIRED.  And while I'm really not looking forward to Christmas at all, I am looking forward to the nine wonderful days off work it is going to give me.  I need them, oh how I need them!  In truth, I'd love to skip straight to at least February, but as I don't have a time machine, that's not going to happen.

While I'm here, if you know me in the real world, and I've seemed a bit 'off' lately, (ie: bursting into tears at children's birthday parties) then hopefully this post might help explain it.  I find it a hard thing to talk about to my friends, for fear of them not understanding, and perhaps judging me. (As I typed that, I realised how ridiculous that sounds, my head KNOWS that's not true, but it's taking my heart a while to catch  up!).  Please accept this world wide web version of an apology.

If you, or someone you know is struggling with depression, PTSD or any kind of mental illness, I urge you to go to Beyond Blue. Or call them on 1300 22 4636. You also might like to check out Mood Gym.

There IS help out there, you just have to ask.

P.S. For anyone else like me who is struggling with the current holiday season, please read this post over on a blog that I love... Marriage Confessions.  Katie is a beautiful writer, and this post struck SO many chords with me.  Admittedly, not so much the God stuff, as I am still undecided about God, but the stuff about loss and change.  Her entire website is wonderful!  Check it out!

***edit*** P.P.S Thanks so much to the people that have sent me facebook and sms messages since I put up this post.  Please don't worry about me, I will be OK.  And I love you guys too!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Son Of A Singer

Just a little something that you might enjoy...  You might also see some familiar faces...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The End


We've reached the end of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!  It was fun, yes?  I think so.

Here are the last three questions and answers...

28. Kids say the darnedest things. What is something silly a child you know has said recently?
It's not really recently, but on my wedding day, my godson/nephew was a page boy.  He watched me go into the room to get my wedding dress on, and when I came out of the bedroom he said in a booming voice "Abracadabra!  She's a bride!" 

The Author, in the only dress she owns.

29. What superpower would you most want to have and why?
Invisibility.  I'd really like to be able to be a fly on the wall and see what people really think about me.

30. What is your favourite thing to either cook or bake?
I love to bake cakes, slices and biscuits.  Yum yum yum!  And lasagne.  And Jo's Surprise.  Really I just love to cook!

Bummer, now I'll have to think of my own content for this blog!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flying Traditions

Day 874,582 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge brings us the following questions and answers:

22. What was one of your favorite games or activities when you were a kid?
Fly.  It is a game that seems to be only known and played by students at St Mary's College.  It involved running, jumping and bamboo sticks.  If you didn't go to St Mary's and you have heard of this game, please let me know!  I was also fond of board games and any other non-physical activities.  Not much has changed.

23. What is one tradition that you do with your family?
We eat Red Tulip After Dinner mints at Christmas.  They are getting harder and harder to find though.  If you see them this year, please let me know where I can get them!!

24. You’re leaving on a jet plane. Where are you headed and why?
Ohhh.. Anywhere!!!  But I think top pick would be Europe, followed very closely by America.

25. What is your favorite Bible verse?
I don't really have one.  I like the ones we had at our wedding 'You are the salt of the earth', 'Love is patient and kind' and something about love being like a gazelle.

26. Share some highlights from the month.
The highlight for this month is almost getting to the end of this challenge.  And not dying from pneumonia. 

27. Tell us about a concert you once went to.
Oh Mr Farnham - You are always superb, at every concert of yours I have ever been to.  Amen.
There are only three questions left in the challenge... The end is in sight!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

20 Questions

Shhhh!  I can hear what you're saying... Will she ever finish the 30 Day Blog Challenge?  Maybe I will and, maybe I won't, OK?  I've had a lot going on.  More about that in another post.  Soon.  Maybe.  If I can work up the courage to actually hit 'Publish Post'.

Anyhoo... On to the 20 questions... Play along at Meet Me At Mike's if you like...

1. Sweet or Savoury?

2. Dresses or Jeans?

3. House or Apartment?

4. Shop Online or Offline?

5. DVDs or Downloads?

6. Cocktails or Juice?

7. Chocolate or Strawberry?

8. Laptop or PC?

9. Magazines or Newspapers?

10. Facebook or Twitter?

11. CDs or MP3s?

12. Kids or Pets?

13. Macaron or Cupcakes?

14. Walk or Run?

15. Breakfast in Bed or Breakfast Out?

16. Market or Supermarket?

17. Sourdough or Grainy?

18. Heels or Flats?

19. Late nights or Not?

20. Coffee or Tea?
Here are my answers:
1. Sweet or Savoury?
Sweet.  Sometimes savoury, but almost always sweet. 

2. Dresses or Jeans?
Jeans.  I don't own any dresses except my wedding dress.

3. House or Apartment?

4. Shop Online or Offline?
I hate shopping, but if I have to do it, I would prefer to do it online.

5. DVDs or Downloads?
Downloads, unless it is too obscure, then I buy it. Sugar & Spice is the latest example of this... Matthew Newton before he grew up and started bashing girls.  Too cute!

6. Cocktails or Juice?
Cocktails, if I'm going to consume liquid calories it had better be worth it.

7. Chocolate or Strawberry?
Chocolate.  Unless it's a Freddo Frog.  Although I guess that's both.  Yay!

8. Laptop or PC?
PC.  I long for a laptop.  Chyken says no.

9. Magazines or Newspapers?
Magazines.  Newspapers are so awkward!
10. Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook.  I don't understand Twitter.  There was a time when I didn't understand Facebook though, so perhaps I'll get on board with Twitter one day.  At the moment it seems like Facebook without the fun. I'm willing to admit that this is my perception though, not fact.

11. CDs or MP3s?
MP3's.  (See also question 5)

12. Kids or Pets?
Right now, pets.  Someday, kids.

13. Macaron or Cupcakes?
Cupcakes.  Or normal cake.  Mainly cupcakes.

14. Walk or Run?
Walk.  I do not run.  It is not fun nor is it attractive to onlookers.

15. Breakfast in Bed or Breakfast Out?
oooh... this is a hard one.  I think out, I love Eggs Benedict, and I have not yet mastered hollandaise sauce.

16. Market or Supermarket?
Supermarket, I like airconditioning.

17. Sourdough or Grainy?
Sourdour.  I do not like lumps in my food.  (Unless they are chocolate chips)

18. Heels or Flats? 
Flats, unless I feel like tripping over.

19. Late nights or Not?
Not.  I need about a million years of beauty sleep.

20. Coffee or Tea?
Neither really, more a hot chocolate kind of lass.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Port and Peanuts

I miss you, Dad. 

In no particular order, some of the things I miss are...

* You calling me Jobee

* Your singing

* You calling me on the phone, even if you only ever did it to tell me someone had died

* You sitting in your chair rusting the newspaper

* How the world had to stand still for the news headlines and the weather

* How you would call anything you didn't quite understand 'A load of rot'

* You teaching me things

* How you always thought Sex and the City was 'trash', even though you'd never seen a minute of it.  I think there was an article in the paper condemning it when it first came out and that was enough for you.

* How you used to pretend that you hated it when I cooked lasagne.

* The twinkle in your eye when you were shit-stirring me or someone else.

* How when the cooking was left to you it was ALWAYS chops, boiled potatoes and beans

* Hearing you talk about your childhood

* How you had a glass of port in the evenings

* Buying you peanuts and licorice and humbugs and scorched almonds and the latest Melways

* How you took a chocolate every time the box was passed around, but didn't eat them until later, and
after I had scoffed mine you wouldn't share your stored ones

* How you always disappeared just as tea was put on the table

* How you always had a hanky

* Watching you with your grandkids

* How you always had a biscuit for morning and afternoon tea.  Thanks for eating the crap ones like the Morning Coffee and Nice ones, because no one likes them

* You saying 'Never mind, you'll be right', when I was upset

* You tending my garden.  If you were here you would be helping to make the castle grounds look amazing

* How you accepted me, just the way I am.

I'm even starting to miss your whistling.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

These photos were taken with my iPhone and edited with the 'Instagram' application.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Remember The Bucket List

Cracking on with the 30 Day Blog Challenge then.. orright?

Question 18. What do you feel has been one of your biggest accomplishments?

I'm sitting in it.  We built a house.  Well, actually, that's not exactly true, we didn't actually BUILD it.  We went to a bank and asked them for some money, and then we took that money to a builder and THEY built the house.  We did get to choose the tiles and paint though, and we get to pay it off for the next... umm... I dunno... Forever!  I'm well chuffed.  I'm also pretty proud of myself for finding (in ALL the world) my other half.  My Chyken.

19. Take a photo today and share it with us.

See the blog post below this one and you shall find the photograph you seek.

20. What are 5 things on your bucket list?

I've never really thought about a bucket list.  Here's one I made up, just now. 
In no particular order I want to:
a) Get to my 'goal' weight.
b) Have kids.
c) Go back to Austria London Scotland France Belgium Europe.
d) Learn how to use our fancy pants camera.
e) Own a holiday house by the sea.

21. Share a random high school memory.

I remember lots of things about high school... I remember being excellent at English in Year 8.  There were a few of us that were better at English than the teacher was, so much so that he used to get us to teach the class.  I also remember Mr Hawkey having the scariest sneeze EVER.  If he sneezed in the classroom next to ours everyone would jump.  I remember all the fun we had doing the school plays, which, on reflection, were terrible and I'm sorry I made my family come and see them.  I remember lots of stuff about high school, and most of it is good.

The Author and her Chyken on Honeymoon

In pneumonia news, Chyken is doing much better and went back to work today.  He is very tired, but on the mend I think.  I am still coughing up things all day and night and I have hardly any voice left, but I think I will live.
What's news in your corner of the world?  Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Puddle Jumping!

I'm skipping question 18 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge and moving onto to question 19.  I'll get to 18 later...

19. Take a photo today and share it with us.

Our street is flooded!  So we did the only sensible thing and got in the car and went for a drive.  This one was taken down our street, out the car window, hence the brilliant quality of photograph.  Luckily the drainage seems to be working and no water seems to be headed inside our house.

I love rain!!!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Stylishly Sick?

So, I went to the doctor today and the good news is that I don't have pneumonia.  Yet.  He's put me on some really strong antibiotics and told me that I should start to feel a lot better by tomorrow afternoon.  I hope so, because I haven't feel this awful in a really long time.

Now, onto the next question in the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Question 17: Go to and make or choose an outfit that best represents your style. Post it.

Without further ado, I have come up with this...

Now, I am the first to admit that I have zero style, so I have no idea if these things work together, but I like them all so they are what I have chosen.

What would you choose if you could run amok at

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Well Read

Question sixteen of the 30 Day Blog Challenge

I have no idea how many days this has actually taken me, and I don't care.  I will keep going until I answer all the questions.

Number 16 is: What is your favourite magazine, book and poem?

I don't really have a favourite magazine.  I buy That's Life and/or Take 5 sometimes because they are cheap (for a magazine) and they keeps me busy for half an hour or so.  I also have a friend that writes for them fairly often, so it's good to see what she's been up to.

My favourite book ever is Four Fires by Bryce Courtenay, but I have a looooong list of runners up for this category.  Including lots of other Bryce Courtenay stuff, most of Judy Nunn's books and some of Colleen McCullough's as well.  I also love almost anything that Philippa Gregory has written.  Oh and Pillars of the Earth is another favourite.  OK, I'll stop now.

I'm not much of a poetry fan.  I once wrote one about trees, so if you are gonna MAKE me choose a favourite I will nominate that one.  I don't remember the whole thing, but it started out with 'Trees are green, they can be seen'.  It didn't get any better.

What about you?  What are your favourites?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Musical Memories

OK.  Life has calmed down somewhat.  Well, enough for me to have aenough time to answer the next few 30 Day Blog Challange questions...

Question 13 - What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received? 

"Never try to grow your hair, and stop dying it at the same time."  Thanks to Claire the Hairdresser for this one.

Question 14 - What is the worst advice that you have ever received? 

"Your fringe would look brilliant if you let me perm it!" Thanks to Frances the Godmother and Hairdresser for this one.

The Author, possibly 1992
 Hair not shown actual size

Question 15 - Some songs bring us back to a moment. Share with us a song and the moment it reminds you of.

It's hard to go past the songs we had at our wedding.  I walked down the aisle with my Dad to "You Were There".  Originally performed by Southern Sons.

While we signed the register, the beautiful band Chyken put together for the ceremony played a John Farnham song... 'The Reason Why'.

As we left the church the band played 'Come Back Again' by Daddy Cool.  There is meaning behind this, and one day I will explain it, but I think it deserves a post all to itself.  Soon.

This is our first dance as married people.  It's not the greatest footage in the world, but you'll get the idea.  The song is 'My Baby Just Cares For Me', in this instance it is sung by Nina Simone.

Chyken is home from hospital (he had four sleeps in there) and on the mend.  He's on some pretty scary looking tablets, but they seem to be doing the trick.

I had a complete meltdown last week.  The doctor said I was completely exhausted and severely stressed and told me not to go back to work for at least a week.  So I am at home this week too. 

We'll both be OK... Eventually. 

We have to be, right?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We Interrupt Transmission...

I've had to take a break from the 30 Day Blog Challenge

Chyken was taken to hospital yesterday with severe pneumonia.  He will be OK, but it means a few days in hospital for him and a few days of running around and worrying and sitting in the hospital and not much sleep for me.

I will finish the challenge... Eventually... I promise!

In the meantime, here is a picture of the sign above his bed in the hospital...

We THINK it means, 'High Risk Of Bad Dancing Here!'.  But we're not sure.

Transmission will resume in the not too distant future...  In the meantime, go and read some lolcats, that ought to keep you amused.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Too Cool For School

I've missed a few days of the 30 Day Blog Challenge.  Chyken and I have been very unwell with a snotty virus and the last thing I felt like doing was sitting in front of the computer.  Sad but true.  As a result, I'm going to answer a few questions in this one post, so I can try and catch up.

Question Nine:  What is something embarrassing that happened to you in high school?

At the time, I thought that pretty much my entire high school experience was embarrassing.  I was embarrassed that my mum wouldn't take my uniform up the length that all the other girls had.  I was embarrassed that I had the oldest parents.  In.  The.  Entire.  World.  I was embarrassed that I wasn't one of the 'cool girls'.  I was embarrassed that I lived miles out of town and couldn't go visiting my friends on a whim after school.  I was embarrassed that I never had the trendy outfits to wear on casual clothes days.  I was embarrassed that I wasn't allowed to get a perm until a LONG time after everyone else.

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I can see that all of those things only mattered to ME.  No one else probably even noticed, let alone cared.  And as for being one of the 'cool girls', with the benefit of hindsight I now know several things: 

1) The so-called 'cool girls' were one of the bitchiest group of women I would ever encounter in my life. 

2) The friends I had in high school WERE the 'cool girls',  I just didn't realise it at the time.  I'm not saying that I didn't love and value them, I certainly did, but we did not think that we were the 'cool girls'.  My high school friends are the people that are still my friends today.  They are the ones that proudly stood beside me when I got married.  They are the people that pick me up when I am feeling down.  They didn’t care back then that I didn’t own a pair of stussy pants, and they don’t care now. 

3) Popularity once you leave school does not mean a thing.  I have since looked some of them up on Schoolfriends and Facebook and they are no more 'successful" or 'happy' than I am.  Suck on that, moles!

The Author, age 15
Question Ten: Fill in the blank. Right now I really want ___a winning tattslotto ticket___. 

Now, I know that this is something that almost everyone could do with, but I would make particularly good use of it at the moment.  Being sick is not cheap, even a minor sickness like the virus we have had this week.  I'd also like to pay off some debts we have, including getting a bit ahead on the mortgage.  While I'm at it, we could really use a holiday, I'd love to be able to visit our English friends again and/or to meet some of Chyken's wonderful American mates.

My Lucky Numbers?
Question Eleven:  How was your day?

So far, so good.  I went to work this morning.  It is quiet on a Sunday and not really like work at all.  Had a reasonable nights sleep last night, mainly because Mister Chyken Sweatypants is a sweetheart and took himself off to the spare bed so that I actually got some sleep.  This afternoon we have no plans, we might watch a DVD or two and just generally relax.  I got Chyken 'Storm Boy' on DVD yesterday, which is one of his favourite movies, but I don't think I have ever actually seen it.  Chyken has been off his food (no such luck for me!!!) but hopefully he will be up to eating more than jelly and fruit for dinner and we will have a nice chicken salad.  It is time to get back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon, I've been running just behind it for too long now.

Mister Percival!

Question Twelve:  What is your ultimate comfort food. And yes you can only pick just one.

One.  Really?  Just one?  hmmm... In that case, I choose... Fairy Floss.  We're talking comfort food, not favourite food, which in my book are two totally different things.  Fairy Floss has never failed to cheer me up, and that makes it the ultimate comfort food.  Plus, is is fat free!  Woot!

Food of the Gods!

How about you?  How's your own 30 Day Blog Challenge going?  How have YOU spent the weekend?  What is YOUR ultimate comfort food?  What was YOUR most embarrassing high school memory?  What do YOU really want right now?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An Orchard By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Question Eight of the 30 Day Blog Challenge.

What is your least favorite quote or saying and why?

Well, I like most things, and if it has become a 'quote' then obviously someone likes it and who am I to judge?
OK, you convinced me, I'll judge.
They're not really quotes or sayings, but there are several things that I have noticed people saying that really get up my goat. 

In no particular order they are:
'Of' when they mean 'have'
The incorrect use of they're, there or their.
The incorrect use of you're or your.
People who say asap instead of A.S.A.P. 
People who say 'Orchard' when they mean 'Orchid'.  Stop laughing, this has actually happened in my presence.
People who say 'vicA versa' instead of vicE versa'.

I think this is enough for now.  There is another one, and the word is on the tip of my tongue, but I can't think what it is right now.  I will edit it in when I think of it (probably at 3am, or 5 seconds after I hit 'Publish Post.)  hmph.

Have you started your own 30 Day Blog Challenge?  Leave a link in the comments and we can all check it out!

P.S.  A lot is two words.  Count them! 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tools For Life

Post Seven of the 30 Day Blog Challenge

What is one of your favorite quotes and why?

I think this might be the hardest question for me, I'm not really a quotes kind of girl.  There is only one that springs to mind...

"You only need two tools in life, gaffer tape and WD-40.  If it moves and it shouldn't, use the tape.  If it doesn't move and it should, use the WD-40."

Tools for Life

Not very profound, but perhaps it will prove useful to you at some stage.

Please join in the challenge!  Leave a link to your blog in the comments!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Frankly My Dear...

Day Six of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Question Six is:

Which TV character do you think that you are most like?

This is a hard one, there is a danger of me nominating the person I WISH I was most like, and not the one I actually am like.

It's no secret that I look like Sharon from Kath & Kim...

Magda Szubanski as Sharon Strzelecki

But she's very into sport and I do my best to avoid any form of movement.

So, because I could not come up with an answer myself I turned to my two best friends. 

Gemma said that I was like Shirley Gilroy from A Country Practice.

Lorrae Desmond who played Shirley Gilroy

Because I am 'nice and funny and quirky and I don't take any shit'.  Runner up contender was Phoebe from Friends.  I'm not sure I'm quite THAT ditzy though.

Chyken thinks I am most like Doctor Frank Campion from All Saints.

John Howard as Frank Campion
The reasons are as follows:

* You are sexy, like Frank
* You are sarcastic, like Frank
* You don't mind a bit of power, like Frank
* You have a squishy soul, like Frank
* You have a pretty smile, but you look glum often, like Frank

So, what have we learnt today my lovelies?  We have learnt that I'm not really like any one TV character, and my husband loves a fictional man who likes pink shirts.

Have you started your own 30 Day Blog Challenge yet?  You should!  You will find out interesting things about yourself you didn't know.  Leave a link to your blog in the comments. 

Big shout out to Zette who has joined in already!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Overthunk - 2005 Style!

Day Four and Five of the 30 Day Blog Challenge

Quick answer to Question Five:  If you could re-live one year of your life, without making any changes to it, which year would you choose? 

I have decided that I would go back to 2005.  It was the year I met Chyken, and while it was not a perfect year by any stretch of the imagination (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder anyone?  Anyone???), I think it went a long way to cementing who I am today, and defining our relationship.  If one could be 'grateful' to a year, I would be forever grateful to 2005.

Now, back to Question Three:  (I skipped it, remember?  Oh please try and keep up!!)

What funny thing happened yesterday?

We went to the Melbourne Fringe Festival on Wednesday and saw Kitty Flanagan.  She was great!  The most amusing thing to come out of the evening was that by telling us all about how she is an 'overthinker', I realised that I am one too.

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

Conversation in the car the next day went a little something like this:

Me: Chyken, I think I learned something from Kitty last night.

Chyken: Oh yeah, what was that?

Me: I think there is a possibility I am an overthinker.


I look over at Chyken and he is smirking.

Me: Did you already know I was an overthinker?

Chyken: Well, I didn't know there was a word for it until she said it... But yes, you are indeed an overthinker.

He didn't say the next bit out loud, but I'm POSITIVE he was thinking it "And I love you, just the way you are, overthinking and all that. Don't ever change."

I've thought about it, and I'm not going to.

If you are joining in on the 30 Day Blog Challenge, please comment with a link to your blog!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Super Saturday!

Day 3 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

I'm skipping Question Three which is "What funny thing happened yesterday?" because nothing funny happened yesterday, but I am going to a comedy show tonight, so I'm hoping to get some laughs there.  Let's move on to Question Four, shall we?

What would your "perfect" Saturday look like?

It would start with a big sleep in.  In here. 

This room looks a bit different now, pictures on the wall and stuff, but you get the idea!
Next I'd be woken up with these:

Love Eggs!

I would then spend some time on the couch with this wonderful man! 

We'd watch some of our favourite DVD's. 
We may or may not get off the couch to get food occasionally.
Then I'd finish the day with wonderful dinner out with friends somewhere in Melbourne and we'd go to see a theatre show, preferably a musical.
Now, when can I have a Saturday like this???
If you are joining in on the 30 Day Blog Challenge, please comment with a link to your blog!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Super Strengthy Savoury Scones

Day 2 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Question 2: What do you feel are your best strengths?

This challenge seems a bit like a job interview. My strengths are time management, multi-tasking and team wor....

Nahhhh, seriously? My main strength is talking. And I'm a pretty good cook. I'm also quite handy at pressing bales of wool, or at least I used to be. I'm nifty at putting doona covers in the case with a minimum of fuss as well. I'm pretty generous, and would do almost anything to help my friends and family out if they asked.

Standard on the left and savoury ones on the right

Did I mention I'm a good cook? I am currently eating the above scones that I cooked in my shiny new oven. They are delicious! I made plain ones and savoury ones. Next time I will put more bacon and spring onions and cheese in the savoury because these ones weren't bursting with flavour like the ones my mum makes.

Anyhoo, I digress, back to my strengths. I think I've just about covered them. The only other one I can think of is loyalty. It takes me a while to make friends, but once I make them I tend to hang on to them for a looooong time. Sometimes this turns out to be a weakness, but mostly it's a strength.

If you came here from Meet Me At Mike's... Welcome! I'm sorry I'm not artistic or crafty-like. After I linked to here I went back to see the other links and almost everyone is a crafty person, I am the sort of person that would LOVE to be crafty, but I have absolutely no talent in that area. Sorry! Have a look around though, you might find something that interests you that isn't crafty-like.

Everyone else, have you started your own 30 Day Blog Challenge yet? You should, and when you're done, you should leave a comment here with a link to your blog!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fantastically Flawed

Day One. (I'm doing a 30 Day Blog Challenge!)

Question One. What do you feel are your biggest flaws?

Oh my, where do I start? Does blogspot have a character limit on posts?

* Self-doubt.
* Inability to limit myself to just one biscuit.
* Inability to limit myself to just one piece of chocolate.
* Inability to limit myself to just one cupcake.
* I overeat.
* I bottle things up and then explode over stupid little things that usually have nothing to do with why I am actually mad.
* I expect other people to react to situations the same way I would, and then I am sorely disappointed when they don't.
* At the moment, my hair is pretty flawed.
* I SUCK in interviews. I have no idea how I got any of the jobs I've had in my life.
* I hate exercise.
* I'm reluctant to try new things.

Having said all that, flaws are part of who I am. Perhaps I just need to work out how to make the flaws work for me instead of against?

30 Day Blog Challenge

I'm doing a challenge and you can't stop me. The idea is that you do a post on a pre-determined topic every day for a month.

I stole the idea from Heather who stole it from Sara.

Join in if you want to... Please leave a comment with a link to your blog!

The topics are as follows:

1. What do you feel are your biggest flaws?
2. What do you feel are your best strengths?
3. What funny thing happened yesterday?
4. What would your "perfect" Saturday look like?
5. If you could re-live one year of your life, without making any changes to it, which year would you choose?
6. Which TV character do you think that you are most like?
7. What is one of your favorite quotes and why?
8. What is your least favorite quote or saying and why?
9. What is something embarrassing that happened to you in high school?
10. Fill in the blank. Right now I really want a ___________________.
11. How was your day?
12. What is your ultimate comfort food. And yes you can only pick just one.
13. What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received?
14. What is the worst advice that you have ever received?
15. Some songs bring us back to a moment. Share with us a song and the moment it reminds you of.
16.What is your favorite magazine, book and poem?
17. Go to and make or choose an outfit that best represents your style. Post it.
18. What do you feel has been one of your biggest accomplishments?
19. Take a photo today and share it with us.
20. What are 5 things on your bucket list?
21. Share a random high school memory.
22. What was one of your favorite games or activities when you were a kid?
23. What is one tradition that you do with your family?
24. You’re leaving on a jet plane. Where are you headed and why?
25. What is your favorite Bible verse?
26. Share some highlights from the month.
27. Tell us about a concert you once went to.
28. Kids say the darnedest things. What is something silly a child you know has said recently?
29. What superpower would you most want to have and why?
30. What is your favourite thing to either cook or bake?

I'm not going to promise to post every day,, but I aim to complete it eventually. First post coming up later tonight! (Maybe)

In the meantime, check out our new doorbell!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Lounge Suite Fit For A Castle

While they were in storage for 11 long months, our couches got covered in mould. We were planning on replacing them soon anyway, so this gave us the incentive.

Here are the new ones. I'm in love.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Beginning Of An Era

We're all moved into the Castle, but we have no internet connection yet, and are in a sea of boxes. I was VERY tempted to make a fort like the one above, but I don't have the energy.
Once things are in some sort of order I'll take lots of photos and put them up. In the meantime, here is one I took of the kitchen on handover day.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Happiness is...

...this song!

I rediscovered it today and even though I have had a really ordinary day, I was almost instantly cheered up. I hope it cheers you up too, if you need it!

While I was on the tube of you, I also found this...

And this...

I could go on all day, but I won't.

My amazing sister and bro-in-law are cooking roast lamb tonight, that's gotta make anyone happy, yeah?

The other current source of happiness is this...

It is 'finished'. It is 'done'.

We get the keys tomorrow! Woot!!!

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