Monday, March 30, 2015

The Reno - Day One

I got home to this tonight.

Let two men in your flat and this is what they do.

My bathroom is being renovated this week. I really hope that they will be finished by Thursday night, Friday being Good Friday and all.

I'm showering at the gym this week.

Teeth are being cleaned at the kitchen sink.

The flat is covered in a fine layer of dust.

I'm playing tag with my lovely tradie, Craig, who turns up when he says he's going to be there, only to give him the gate opener. He leaves it on the kitchen counter before he leaves.

Him and his mate Neil have been hard at work. The floor tiles are new, replacing the dreadful pink ones that were there this morning (I like the grey better)

It's all for the best.

They're going to have to get used to me going to the gym at strange times.

And I must remember to shut my bedroom door tomorrow morning to keep the dust out.

It's going to be a fun week.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Dirty Dozen Meme

Somehow, my afternoon's activities were cancelled, which means I get a bit more time to do the things I like.
 So other than knitting and reading, I'll get my Sunday blog out of the way early for a change.

There are some interesting questions here. Thanks again to Sunday Stealing for hunting out the questions for the weekly meme.

1. This weather is really.....

...wonderful. Warm days cool nights. My favourite. Even managed a 10 km walk at twilight last night which was just wonderful.

 2. You think you've seen it all, you should see me....

...push the sled at the gym. I'm the sled queen.

 3. I'm sure you would still love me even if... heard me sing. It's pretty bad.

 4. I think I have finally realized...

...that people really are as stupid as I think they are.

 5. Since the last time we linked up...

...I've been on a 10 kilometre walk at twilight which really made my day.

 6. I get super embarrassed...

... when I'm quizzed about my non-existent sex life.

 7. I really thought by now...

... they would have deposed Tony Abbott and his seriously bad government.

8. If I thought no one would read it, I would write about...

...what really does go down in Financial Services. It hasn't really changed in 20 years.

9. I knew I was in the wrong place...

... when my boss started to call my darling. A few jobs ago, but it was dreadful.

10. I am so not above...

...putting tomato sauce (ketchup) on pretty much anything savoury.

11. Let's pretend...

... something really nasty has happened to Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne. Can you see the dancing in the streets?

12. Just you wait...

...until we get a proper government. We might be in for a long wait, but hopefully they will clean up this tea-party-like monstrosity that we have at the moment.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Joy of Making Things

Once upon a time people used to make things. People cooked their food and made cakes and they made their clothing and they pretty much made everything.

Then technology took over and people didn't makes things any more. They stopped knitting and sewing and baking and the like. Things were bought, items obtained.

Over the years, things appear to have lost their value as mass production has taken over our daily lives.

Well, I'm of a different era. Being a child of the seventies and a teenager of the eighties, I have my feet in two camps.

I'm a modern woman. I know how to obtain the things that I need. I like nice things too. That's not something to shun.

But I was also raised to be a home maker. Quite strangely, for a modern woman, I love to make things. I love to cook and knit and crochet and my clothes don't get thrown out - they are mended when they get into strife.

Blarney's boys have been told that they're being made a chocolate smartie cake for their birthday until they turn eighteen. I don't give them many things, other than my time, but I will make those chocolate cakes each May. It's my way of showing them that I love them.

When friends have children, I'll move often than not have crocheted them a simple baby blanket. The blankets are always gratefully received. It's just my way of sending love.

So now, I'm sitting on the couch knitting a yellow beanie. I've got the wool for a black one too - it won't take long to knock them up. You see, my niece, Lolly, has just been diagnosed with leukaemia. She's 15. The chemotherapy treatments started on Thursday and in the next few weeks her hair will be falling out. Sensibly, she took the advice to cut her hair short, and she took the liberty to dye it pink at the same time. Her school mandates that hair must be naturally coloured. She won't be back in school for many months, so why not. On the good side of things, they have a very, very good strike rate at curing this type of leukaemia. She will be one of the survivors.

For me. I've never felt so useless in my life. I'm interstate. I'm watching my sister and her family suffering something that could never be predicted, although they are staying strong and positive.

All I can do, other than contact them regularly with messages of support, is to sit on my couch and knit hats in the hope that my niece realises how much I love her and how I want her to get better soon.

Hopefully the beanies will be warn with a warrior's pride. Warn with the knowledge that there is somebody out there who loves her enough to make her a hat to keep her head warm in these hard times.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The I Meme

After a rather fraught week, it's nice that now things have calmed down and there's a really cute meme to complete for this Sunday. Along with making a salad for a barbeque a bit later and doing some study.

This "I am" meme comes from Sunday Stealing once again.

I am... 

Strong, resiliant, kind, intelligent (Gee, never saw myself saying that a while ago)

I want... 

A leather trench coat and a few more hours in the day.

I have... 

Great friends, a good attitude and lots of love in my life.

I wish... 

My niece didn't have leukemia. I wish that more than anything in the world.

I hate... 

Nothing. But I very strongly dislike the Australian Federal Government at the moment. Loathe it with a passion.

I fear... 

That Australia will never recover from this mean, stupid and incompetent government.

I hear... 

That the comedy festival is going to be really good this year.

I search... 

For more time to write properly.

I wonder... 

If the current Australian Federal Cabinet will end up in prison sometime in the future for the atrocities they're committing at the moment.

I regret... 


I love... 

Maow Maow and ice cream and kittens and puppies and literature.

I never... 

Consciously go out to hurt anybody or anything.

I ache... 

After the lunge track of this new release of BodyPump (The chest track is a killer too...)

I always...

Clean my teeth before I go to bed.

I usually...

Touch a copy of the Herald Sun and make the comment "Oh, I feel dirty now!"

I am not... 

Ugly or stupid, no matter how often I was told that as a child.

I dance... 

In the kitchen any time of the day or night.

I sing... 

When driving the car - very loudly and often off-key.

I sometimes...

Freeze gin and tonics in iceblock molds. Yum.

I cry... 

At the drop of a hat during movies.

I am not always... 

On time, but there is a greatness to my lateness.

I lose... 

Patience with politicians who think we should be more like America. America is a great place, but leave America in America thanks.

I am confused... 

At how Christopher Pyne has not been made to resign, effective six months ago.

I need... 

A cuddle. Maow Maow will oblige this afternoon.

I should...

Be studying, but I'll do that once I publish this.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The One Thing Meme

It's 10.30 pm and after a busy day which included a film, the gym, food shopping and getting my tutorial paper in I completely forgot about the meme.

Thankfully it's about one thing.... Thanks to Sunday Stealing as usual.

One Thing .....

 that makes you smile: 


that makes you cry: 

Emotional movies

that you love to do on the weekends: 


that you do for only yourself: 

Put on the limited makeup that I wear most days (eyeliner, mascara and lipstick - that's it)

that you have in your underwear drawer that's NOT underwear: 

Ummm... stockings... it sounds better than a vibrator.

that you do before going to sleep: 


that you do within the first 15 minutes after waking: 

Go to the loo

that's in your purse: 

Lip balm

that you actually LIKE to clean: 

The bathroom

that you DETEST cleaning:

The hard floors (well, floors in general)

that other people would find odd about you: 

That I love ironing. There is plenty odd about me, but the ironing thing baffles most.

that you would buy if I handed you a $100 bill: 

A new DVD/Blue ray player that will play avi/mp4 files on my television. $99 at Dick Smiths (Radio Shack)

that you feel you HAVE to do before you die: 

Fall in love properly.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Threes Meme

I'm procrastinating. There are two things I should do over writing this blog.

Thing one is complete my tutorial paper for school. It's due Wednesday and I've done most of the preparation work - but it's on facing the blank page.

The second thing I should do is go for a swim. I'm sitting on the balcony of my hotel looking over the pool. I can hear the waves. I'm wondering if the pool is heated. The beach may be a little calmer than it was yesterday - I went for my first swim in the ocean in years last night. I found that the experience left me longing for the calm, placid waters of St Vincent's Gulf near my home. Adelaide, you have some of the best beaches in the world. Yesterday's beach was just a little grotty for my liking.

Anyway, here is Sunday Stealing's stolen effort for this week.

Three things.

1) Three things that scare me

The extreme right wing that's overtaken our Liberal Party
Australia's current trend of ignoring anything scientific or not lead by ideology
Compacted crowds

2) Three people who make me laugh

Shaun Micallef
Ross Noble
Tony Abbott (laughing at his delusions)

3) Three things I love

Maow Maow
Ice cream

4) Three things I hate (okay, dislike intensely)

Extreme right wing politics
Huntsman spiders

5) Three things I don't understand

Extreme right wing politics
Why Christopher Pyne is hell bent on turning the Australian education system into an American one, especially when we have one which is fair and affordable and doesn't leave you bankrupt or paying bills for the rest of your life
Why people can't have faith and understand that science has a place as well

6) Three things on my desk

Hair ties
Wrap bracelets

7) Things I want to do before I die

Get married
Have a consistent body mass index of under 30
Live in Europe for at least a year

8) Three things I'm doing right now

Watching Downton Abbey
Writing a tute paper for uni
Writing this...

9) Three things I can do

Quote Machiavelli in a tute paper about the bank page
Make great chocolate cake
Drive a tractor

10) Three things I can't do

Confidently swim in the sea
Confidently tell my left from right (ambidextrous - it's a nightmare - does it matter?)

11) Three things you should listen to: 

Philip Glass's Koyanissqansi serie
The Pogues "Rum, Sodomy and the Lash"
The sound of the sea

12) Three things you should never listen to

Christopher Pyne
Tony Abbott
Joe Hockey (and any other neo-conservative, Tea Party-like arsehole)

13) Three things I'd like to learn

How to do butterfly stroke
The piano

14) Three favorite foods

Ice cream
Roast lamb
Any berries

15) Three beverages I drink regularly

Decaffeinated coffee
Gin and Tonics

16) Three shows I watched as a kid

Hogan's Heroes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The 17 Meme

Another weekend, another meme. So after a lovely day out for Blarney's birthday and a lot of relaxing, here I am relaxing with this week's meme before another long week at work. This week, Sunday Stealing seems to have found seventeen reasonably good questions. So here we go.

Are you a jealous person?

No. Never really seen the point. I get a little envious now and then - then think the better of it. Waste of thought processes.

When is the next time you’re traveling out of state?

Next weekend. Heading to New South Wales to see friends.

Can you write your name in a foreign language?

Yes. I can write my name in Greek. I gather this questions really should be "can you write your name in another script?" as my name is the same in most romantic languages.

When you’re getting ready for something, do you listen to music?

Not normally.

What is your favorite day of the week?

Sunday. I don't have to do much on Sunday. Saturday is pretty good too.

What is something you did yesterday and wish you could’ve done today?

I had a really long lie in yesterday morning. Finally got out of bed around midday. This morning I was in the gym at 9 am.

If you woke up tomorrow and knew/spoke a different language, which language would you want it to be?

Probably French. I speak okay French, but I'd love to be fluent.

What did you last order online?

Some skincare and lipstick on .

Do you have any specific hobbies?

I knit, read, go to the gym and bag our current Federal Government.

What’s a song you recently discovered that you want to tell everyone about?

Nothing to new - as I don't listen to the radio that often the only new music I hear is at the gym. However, I want everybody to listen to The Waterboys at the moment. Went and saw a film on Friday night ("What we did on our Holidays" - best laugh I've had in ages) and this was a part of the sound track.

Favorite fall or winter accessory?

My black, heeled boots and my navy trench coat.

What did you last eat?

Vegetables and rice. Had a big bad lunch so something healthy was required.

Look to your left. What’s there?

Curtains, a window, the scent of night blooming jasmine, a fish factory, my mobile phone.

How long does it take you to fall asleep?

Surprisingly little time - under ten minutes normally.

Is there a TV in the room you are in?

Yes. I'm watching Sixty Minutes as I'm writing this.

What comes to your mind when I say red?

English phone boxes. My hair.

Name something you think is pointless?

Can I make a list? Here you go:

Zuchini (Courgettes - pointless vegetables)
The novels of EL James (50 Shades of Grey author)
Holding grudges
Anything that comes out of Tony Abbott's mouth
Christopher Pyne
The fight for upped Data Retention Laws