Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Year That Was.

As the year draws to a close, I have been thinking about what a fortunate year I've had. I'm taking many of your leads & noting some of the highlights for me over 2008:


January: Plumbing Boy & I had a once a lifetime trip on the Undersea Explorer out of Port Douglas. My cousin was working on the boat & we decided that she wouldn’t be there forever, figuring if we didn’t do a trip soon, it may never happen. Funnily enough she fell pregnant the following month & her baby girl was born in November. I think Fate was at work here.


March: Annual Port Fairy Folk Festival & a couple of Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows. Tore a ligament in the inside of my heel which has continued to give me grief for several months. Still have to be careful now not to overdo it.


May: went to the Philippines on a 12 night holiday; 5 of which were spent on a diving safari around Coron, exploring World War II wrecks; then on to Boracay Island for some R&R with our good friend from Hong Kong. Despite the average weather, we had a fantastic time & actually caught up on some sleep. It was on this trip that Plumbing Boy & I, while laying on the roof of the boat watching the sun come up one morning decided to get married after being together for 16 years. No proposal, a natural progression in our relationship that we decided upon together. However, one traditional thing Plumbing Boy wanted to do was ask my parents, so I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone for some months. No point rushing these things.


June: Blogger meet in Melbourne where I met Beckie, Chris H, Kate, Jadey, Ash, Catherine, Kathryn, Jac, Suzi & my favourite Tazwiegain Wanna! Wanna & I also went out the night before & had a hoot getting to know each other in person.


August: went to Sydney for a long weekend to visit my cuz & watch the Cat’s V Swans. We won of course & I think it took me a week to recover from all the partying with said younger cuz.


September: my beloved Cat’s made it into the grandfinal, but alas were defeated.


October: Announced our engagement. Finally. My silly season starts every October usually from my birthday. Plus this year lots of family wanted to see us because we got engaged. Went to an 80th birthday party at the Melbourne aquarium; caught up with Wanna again; another friends Birthday BBQ & 4 other family members had birthdays. My darling Jax was in a car accident the week before her year 12 exams. She is pretty much recovered now. Managed to sit all of her exams & got an enter score of 80 point something! Well done & Very exciting as she will get into her first choice of Uni courses.


November: 2 x 40th Birthday parties; Rocky Horror show; too much socialising & not enough exercise.


December: Christmas parties; 3 birthday gatherings; family & friends pre Christmas gatherings; family Christmas & family staying with me for 5 nights; good friend over from Hong Kong. Again, too much socialising & not enough exercise!


In between all of this we were very busy with work in general & most of our staff went on big holidays this year. 1 staff member went to Europe for 7 weeks; another to Thailand for 4 weeks; 2 had 2 weeks in Thailand; 2 had 2 weeks in Qld; 1 had 1 week in Qld. In a small business it makes for busy times with so many people away! We try to coordinate so they are not all away at the same time. That said, looking at all these holidays I think we must be doing something right; that our staff have been able to save & go on fabulous holidays & still want to come back & work for us! Well, all bar one who resigned while we were on holidays.


We have had a really fortunate year & I am feeling extremely thankful thinking back over it. I actually can’t think of anything really bad other than Jax's accident. While it was a stressful time It could have been so much worse & I can't complain. I certainly hope I haven’t used up all my luck.

I hope everyone has a happy & safe new year & that 2009 brings health & happiness & all that your hearts secretly or not so secretly desire.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!


PS was going to add some photo's but bloggers gone all grumpy!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Aftermath

All I've wanted to do for the past couple of weeks is sleep & I still feel the same way!!! My folks arrived Christmas Eve & we ate our risotto watching the Blues Brothers. Mum had never seen the film before; both of us were dancing around the lounge room at one point (me : red wine, Mum: general craziness). Funny Stuff.

Christmas Day went well, no jobs for plumbing boy for the first time in I don't remember how long. The family behaved & no-one upset anyone which was good. I even went to church Christmas morning with my folks which is something I've not done for a while. It was nice to sing a few carols, although I didn't think it quite necessary to sing all 7 verses of one of them especially when it is in such a high key! Luckily I had some lozengers in my bag to combat the vocal strain.

Plumbing Boy went dirt bike riding Boxing Day morning & did a couple of jobs in the arvo (resuced a ladies diamond earring that went down the shower!). My parents, sis (Fi) & I went back over to the the relatives for left overs & played cards for the afternoon; then went on a massive 1.5 hour walk to the DVD store & back before dinner.

Saturday Fi went shopping - she had a list of stuff she was hoping to find in the sales & came home with lots of loot. Ma & Pa helped Plumbing Boy & I clean out plumbing trucks in the morning; then met up with Fi at Knifepoint in the arvo. Plumbing Boy & I headed out to Bentleigh to catch up with some friends who were down from Cobar. We'd not seen then since their wedding last year, so was good to catch up. Had a very entertaining evening being regaled with tales from the outback including crazy emus.

Sunday was very lazy & I did not get out of my PJ's til lunch time; although was still up way to early after staying up way to late! Played some scrabble & cards with Mum, Dad & Fi while Plumbing Boy was out working. Went for another big walk in the afternoon & even got a little sunburn. Sunday night we all took Plumbing Boy's Mum out for dinner for a Christmas catch up.

Yesterday I worked in the yard all day cleaning out plumbing trucks (still going). How many 1/2" compression nuts do you recon a truck would need at a time. Lets say 6 would be plenty. How many do you think I found in the truck I was working on yesterday ? ....................................................................... try 40. I think there were screws in every storage bunk regardless of what was supposed to be in it. I knew that van would be the messiest, so wanted to get it out of the way first. Nearly done. Just have to clean the cabin; wash the window's & exterior & it will be complete. The other two vans we've already cleaned the cabins, windows & washed the exterior. I just need to go through all the stock. Riveting stuff people!

Sorry this post is so boring. Hopefully I'll have something more exciting to report tomorrow. Or the next!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

HO HO HO

Merry Christmas everyone!

I have to admit that I still don't really feel that christmasy yet. Probably haven't been hanging around enough kids! I'd be perfectly happy to crawl in to bed & stay there for a week. I have really overdone the social scene & am feeling a bit worse for wear. I have been eating a lot of steamed veggies though: my body must be craving something healthy! Have not been to the gym at all, but have managed to wear out my high heeled red shoes twice now without too much sufferance! The first time I had a few stabs of odd pain, but went away pretty quickly. After Saturday night I had none!

My friend from Hong Kong arrived in fine form Friday night; as it was her birthday, we had a few drinks. Saturday night we had a proper birthday dinner for her with her family & about 8 others. We ended up doing a bit of a pub crawl around Brunswick & towards the end of the night, she bought a round of tequila shots for those of us who were left (7 of us). She did a toast to me for getting married, & then announced that I was getting married in PD & that we (or those who were left) were all invited! I have no idea where she got this idea from or even if she remembers doing it; but none of the people were actually on the invitation list so I hope there won't be too much of a drama! I'm not that stressed about it - surprisingly. A little amused actually. I am sure the guys wouldn't have expected an invite: I only see them once a year when this friend is in town. Anyhoo.

My parents are arriving from the country tomorrow afternoon & I will cook us a special Christmas Eve dinner (I think it will be risotto with prawns, roasted pumpkin & possibly roasted mushrooms). Christmas morning I have too assemble my desert; help Mum make her brandy sauce; & cook up a 3kg piece of pork. My sister & niece are arriving here around 11.30am then we will all head over to my Aunt's in Canterbury for Christmas lunch. There will be around 12 of us this year. My aunt will cook a massive turkey with all the trimmings. Hopefully no-one will be too cranky & the day will run smoothly! Plumbing Boy is on call so he will go separately in his work truck in case he gets a job. He went to the same house last year that he went to in 2005, just around the corner from my aunt's to do exactly the same job as last time (unblock there drain). He did ask them if they wanted to pre book him for this year or next :0)

Not sure what we will do boxing day or for the weekend: just enjoy one anothers company I'd imagine; possibly a bit of work around the plumbing shed & my sis wants to have a look at the post Christmas sales.

I like to wish you all a safe & happy Christmas, surrounded by those you love & those who love you. Ho Ho Ho........................Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Amazed.

I have been hanging about the office waiting for a client to come & pay her account. She went to work this morning & "forgot" to leave payment with the kids. I truly did not believe she'd show up. She just called me; she was lost. Hopefully she will be here shortly.

Dinner out got changed to tonight due to our fave Indian place being closed on Tuesdays. Whoops. Intead I went to Dan Murphy's & stocked up as well as going to the shopping centre next door. I've only been to it once before (Watergardens) hoping finish my Christmas shopping. I think I only have to find something for my Dad's Santa stocking. I am not supposed to buy for my parents, BUT anyone who stays at my house on Christmas Eve gets a Santa stocking. No ifs or Buts!

I have one birthday present left to find for one of my besties who arrives home from Hong Kong on Friday night (also her birthday). I have been struggling with her gift! What do you buy someone who lives in one of the fashion capitals of the world, who jet sets for work, has a high disposable income & a very unique taste in clothes & jewelry & who does not like to take "stuff" back in her luggage to Honkers where she lives! I did find a book, but that's a bit Ho Hum.

Then I remembered that last year when she was over, 3 of us girls (plus plumbing boy) had a night here where I got out the camera & we took over 100 photo's just mucking about & posing. Some of them are really good, so that is the plan - framed photo(s). Am hoping to find something a bit unique that will fit a large & a couple of smaller ones (have done this before for another friend).

Yippee! My client finally made it & paid up her $$$ although she was 10 cents short. Time to get sorted for dinner me thinks :0)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Babble

Friday nights work Christmas Party went well. Everyone mingled & I was suitably (or unsuitably, depending on how you look at it) plastered. Am pretty sure everyone enjoyed themselves & this year was a nice mix of blokes & chicks. Usually there are predominately blokes & only a couple of us girlys.

Saturday we were woken up at the crack of dawn (or felt like it considering we got to bed at 2.30am) by a customer wanting a job done. We had to leave by 10am to get to the other side of Melbourne to pick up an ebay purchase before 12, then to visit friends in Parkdale for the arvo & early dinner. Our friends have 2 kids, a 4 year old boy & a 2 1/2 year old daughter. The little boy is quite timid, but the little girl is really gung ho & took a shining to Plumbing Boy, clambering all over him wanting him to play with her. The funniest was when she wanted HIM to brush her teeth before bed. Poor lad. Scarred for life!

Sunday was household chores & Christmas shopping. Bah. The shopping centre was feral after the crap weather in Melbourne. Most shops were 10 deep at the counter & had to wait ages for each purchase.

I guess it really is a stressful time of year for a lot of people. I have noticed a fair amount of grumpiness around me - customers all want things done at the last minute, Plumbing Boy stressed trying to get it all done. I am trying to maintain a happy disposition, however the telly marketer who called at 6.30pm last night copped it, after 5 minutes of repeating myself I asked him "what part about everyone has gone home for the night you need to call back during business hours do you not understand".

I plugged in my Christmas tree Sunday morning. It is a really groovy fibre optic one & I loves it. Found the other paraphernalia that has not migrated to office decorations & put them out too. I have started torturing people by playing Christmas Carols in the office & I even wished someone a merry Christmas over the phone today.

No exercise has happened since my excellent walk/run last week. Am feeling like a big fat pudding. Do I need to tell you on Saturday I had a bacon & egg toastie for breaky, a meat pie for lunch & fish n chips for dinner! No bloody wonder I feel gross. It was bad enough detoxing all the booze I drank Friday night without ODing on the grease Saturday. And we are out for dinner tonight. Tomorrow night I really have to get the last of my Christmas shopping done, so maybe Thursday????

Hope the festive season is happily amongst you all & the Grinch's are kept at bay :0)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Are you sure it is not Monday?

Pinjata Santa from Last Saturday Night.

Blogger just ate half my post! Grrrr!!!! Are you sure it is not Monday? My phone has been ringing off the hook today. I am on my own Mondays & Fridays & generally Monday is the day I get no work done & just answer the phone all day; Friday I get heaps of work done because there is no-one here to interrupt me & the phone isn't to crazy. Not today. Perhaps it is a sign that I should not blog at work!


Speaking of work, I am trapped here! We are in a small industrial estate with one road in/one road out. At around 8.30am the fire alarm went off at the factory across the road. We figured it was a fire drill as no smoke. 2 fire trucks showed up though. We just found out there is a massive gas leak & the road is closed! No-one can come in or out for we don't know how long. Luckily a couple of other factory's have rear entrances onto our street & front entrances onto the main road who we know well enough & should let us drive through. The factory across the road has been evacuated & all the workers have been standing out in the rear car park since 8.30am (it is 10.30am as I am typing).


Had a few funny things happen yesterday. As follows are 2 x written quotes from 2 x different customers; then some entertainment from one of our staff members.

“the guy with the funny hair cut knows his stuff. thanks!” (plumbing boy has dreadlocks)

“sorry for the late payment, thank you for your patients”

Staff.

Yesterday afternoon I saw one of my staff members, with both hands down the front of his work pants apparently “rescuing his falling down undies”. Of course when he realized I could see him he quickly turned his back in embarrassment. Mind you, he was standing in the middle of our office/showroom. I had to ask him if he was right & if his “bits” were ok, as I thought he was either removing them or putting them back into his trousers! Then of course I had the giggles for the next hour. When my co-worker mentioned a “slip of the finger” (about keying information into a telephone) I lost it again. Completely. I laughed so hard I cried.

Exercise:

Had a great session at the gym last night on the tready involving 2 minute interval running & walking. I got my running up to sprints & concluded the 60 minute session with a 5 minute jog. I felt great afterwards & even wanted fruit & cereal for breaky this morning.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend where ever you are & that the universe is kind to you :0)

***edit 10.55am, workers back to work & road is open!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stuff.

I did not go to the gym last night. It became clear by mid afternoon I wasn't going to pump anyway, my shoulders were really really sore from Yoga! We had a bit of a "get you dog pose right" session which meant extra for me as I was the volunteer on which Claire showed the class the good & the bad in everyone. I had to hold the position for a long time! Next my business software glitched & I could not (read still cannot) reconcile my banking! Have emailed off my data to support this morning after spending a while with them on the phone late yesterday. The long & the short is that I CHOSE a hot bath & a glass of red rather than the exercise. I also got all that ironing done :0)

My cat caught another mouse on Monday night. She's been averaging 3 a week for some time now. She usually delivers them somewhere between midnight & 4am; mostly they are cactus by the time she brings them up to me & I wrap them in newspaper & bin them. On the odd occasion when they are still surviving, I set them free, keeping Rosy inside. Yeah Yeah I know it kind of defeats the purpose, but I can't stand hearing her slowly kill them & I'm just not up to mousey murder myself. Anyhoo. The one on Monday night was still way to feisty for me to catch (there was shrieking as it ran up the newspaper towards me!), so I went back to bed. I was so tired I went straight back to sleep & thankfully could not hear the poor mousey torture. I woke up to Rosy siting, nay, laying on my pillow with her nose 5mm from my face. EWWWWW Mousey germs & Mousey breath!!!!!! Why is it when she is clean & mouse free she won't sleep with me, but when she's infested with mouse germs she wants to sleep on my head????? Needless to say my pillow case has been wash & pillow aired out.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Day old Smoothie

I love my chiropractor. If anyone in the western suburbs of Melbourne is looking for a chiro, I can thoroughly recommend Tas from Innate Natural Therapy's. I had my monthly adjustment last night. He said that my shoulder blade area was all locked up & enquired as to how my digestion had been & if I'd been feeling bloated. BINGO! I'd been feeling fat & bloated & disgusting for a week. Just figured I'd over done it in the food & booze dept. Tas is doing his post grad or masters (I can never remember which) on the nervous system, & reminded me about how the nervous system affects everything & when my spine is out, the nervous system is blocked & therefore can affect things such as my gall bladder, digestion etc. Tas also unlocked my ankles which will help with my running.

When I arrived at yoga, after my chiro appointment I asked Claire if she knew any poses off the top of her head to help with digestion & gall bladder, any twist will do she said! We generally do lots of twists anyway, so I am feeling a lot better today. Although that said, I just drank the 2nd half of the smoothie I made for breakfast yesterday & now I feel sick. Day old banana, yogurt, LSA, milk & chocolate isn't sitting too well.

I was a good girl & went to the gym Monday night. I walked for 15 minutes to warm up then did intervals of 5 minutes walk & run, decreasing to 2 minute intervals for the last 10 & increased the running speed. Then did a 25 minute cycle. I was on phone duty for work so didn't go to pump. Worked up a mighty fine sweat though. Last night was Yoga & am feeling it today. We did a few advanced moves which challenged me. Our instructor is splitting the classes in to Level 1 & Level 2 next year & adding more classes to the time table. I am good to do level 2 so that means I can still go to the early Tuesday night class & in addition can do the 8am Saturday morning class. It wont finish in time for Pump, but I think 2 yoga classes a week will be beneficial. If I sleep in I can go to pump instead!

Tonight's plan is a walk/run followed by Pump. Thursday night probably a walk/run & a cycle. Same again for Friday night. Friday night is our work Christmas Party so will keep it simple to be home in time to "frock up" & get to the venue a smidge early to set up some Christmas decorations on the table.

My sore throat has subsided, but still feel like I could sleep for a week! Happy Hump day to all & sundry :0)

Monday, December 8, 2008

2 Christmas gatherings down..............

Well. I have been extremely useless in the exercise department despite my resolve to join Miss M & exercise every day that I could. I am pretty sure I didn't go to the gym at all last week & my middle has gone wobbly again. Or perhaps that should be wobblier. It was starting to feel a little toned last week. Alas, gone.

I am about to go for a walk & a cycle even though I've been trying to get out of it (in my head) since breakfast. My throat is actually sore & I am cactus after a very late Saturday night/morning. BUT. Plumbing Boy is working til 11pm ish tonight so it really would be incredibly slack of me to just lay on the couch.


To be honest I canae remember what happened last week other than a lot of work. Big tender due in, end of month debtor invoices, end of month creditor payments, happy christmas flyers for all & sundry.

Cooked Friday night for a dinner Saturday night - I had to bring potato salad & a special desert for a dinner party of 12 adults plus 12 kids. I did feel a bit spesh on the night when the other people who were to bring a desert bought a mud cake from safeway; a mud cake from Leo's; & 4 boxes of streets Vienetta's. Other than the host who made a Pav, mine was the only home made one! It also helps that I like to cook. I may have even blogged about this desert that I created for Christmas last year already, but basically I made chocolate cups using silicone moulds, filled them with a lemony marscapone cheese filling, topped them with a balsamic & blueberry/raspberry brew. I got lots of ooh's & ahh's & requests for the recipe; it felt good! Or perhaps that was the champers!

Sunday was spent with the same friends who hosted the dinner party (we slept over) pottering about their place, laying on the trampoline in the sunshine, hanging a gate, hooking up a pump (well, the boys did the jobs & the girls & the kids did the laying on the trampoline); a bit of Christmas shopping & watching a DVD. It did feel like a bit of a waste of a day, but really, we all need days where we just enjoy being with friends & sharing time & conversation. The ironing just has to wait.

OK, better go & do that exercise :0)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Slack

  • Made it to the Gym Thursday night for a 30 min Walk/Run & a 30 min cycle. I must have worked hard as I was drenched in sweat!

  • Rocky Horror Friday night was excellent; Franknfurter rocked the house. My friend Richard is far more eloquent than I & you can read his review here. We had dinner in China Town first which was also excellent, but the restaurant we went to was a lot more western than I remember. Since when has traditional Chinese food had tinned pineapple in it? They did make us garlic spinach so I was happy.
  • Pump & Attack Saturday: my knee wasn't sore this time & I was able to throw myself a little more into the Attack class. That said, my foot was a little sore even though I didn't do any of they plyometrics, tuck jumps or star jumps. I still need to be careful & build up slowly. I did get invited out for coffee again & went. One of the guys is the instructors husband, so went with the instructor, her hubby & his sister. Usually the Pump instructor goes too, plus the other guy, but they were both away & we had a fill in pump instructor. It was nice to meet some new people; & the instructor outside the gym environment.

  • Unexpected dinner out Saturday night. Was lovely, but expensive. I had a sore head Sunday & did not go to the gym.

  • Nor have I gymed Monday or last night. End of month is busy & especially coming up to Christmas, need to send out all our invoices! We also have a big tender due in today.

  • I do hope to exercise tonight, Thursday, Friday & Saturday!

  • I jumped on the scales Monday night before dinner & was horrified. Tuesday morning I jumped on again & was 3kg less. Must have been bloated & retaining fluid to the max. That big bathroom stop must have helped too! A 3kg fluctuation in 12 hours is pretty amazing though.

  • Wedding - despite my hungover state I did manage to make up a save the date card. The only comment I got from Plumbing Boy was "looks good". I'm going to sit him down on Friday night & give him 2 dates to choose from. More then I guess. Oh. I'm kind of veering away from using a venue at the moment (in my head anyway). I'm wondering if we can hire a house or 2 houses side by side, with beach frontage & a swimming pool & cater for it ourselves. So long as there is somewhere for a dance floor I think this could really work. I know it can be a lot of work, but I am thinking that a casual do is really more our style. Chuck a couple of prawns on the Barby mate..............

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

All Quiet on the Western Front.

Well, kind of.

The 40th Saturday night was a hoot. It was in a function room above a restaurant & they pushed all the tables together & managed to seat 40 of us at the one big table. The birthday boy is a bit of a colourful lad & the speeches were highly entertaining. Made it home at 3am, via a kebab stand!

Sunday was recovery in front of the fire due to the shitty weather. I did a bit more of my knitting project (half way there now!); watched a couple of DVD's & generally had a very lazy day.

Monday I worked from 6.30am to 8pm. Sacrificed going to the gym to tidy up a big project we have completed - needed to get all the variations in so we can get paid. 19 of the suckers in all, although 5 had been invoiced earlier in the project. Plumbers are notoriously bad at doing paper work, so I had to scour the job costings for anything out of the ordinary, unusual size & quantity materials to give me clues on the variations I hadn't already noted down. Fun.

Yoga last night was great. We did shoulder stands. I'd not done them at this studio yet & managed to do it quite easily, although after a minute or so in position, I started to get the wobbles up.

Tonight I am out for dinner & to see my cousin James' Uni Showcase. He is studying at a music place in South Melbourne (not VCA) & tonight the school will be showcasing their years work. Hopefully James will play the RHCP number he did a couple of weeks ago.

Thursday night will be gym - run & cycle.

Friday night - work social club Rocky Horror live show - that will be hilarious! I've never seen it live & am looking forward to it.

Saturday - will do pump & if knees feel OK will stay for attack. Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be my own! Not sure if Plumbing Boy is dirt bike riding or not. We have been invited our for dinner in the city at the Langham, but to be perfectly honest I think I'd rather stay home. We are seeing these friends the following weekend anyway.

Wedding.

Nothing happening there. Plumbing Boy got pounded on Saturday night about not choosing a date. Everyone told me to just organise it & he'll show up. Right. That said, I think I will make up a mock invitation based on PD on the weekend. I want to do a save a date thing before Christmas, or could even send out with Christmas cards. The formal invites I want to do like a menu booklet, with the invitation on the first page, then pages for how to get there, accommodation, activities, itineraries (different ones for different people eg bridal party will be different to everyone else), things to bring etc & bind it all with ribbons. That's kind of how I see it in my head anyhow. It might be harder to actually make it, but will see how I go.

Other than that I worked backwards from the date I am looking at in June 09 for hair cut & colours & realised I will only fit in 4 more appointments between now & then! If we do get married in PD I won't be able to use my regular hairdresser. I was thinking I should do trials with him & take photo's. I suspect Jax could probably do it herself, considering she worked there, & if she has a practice with Alex we should be sweet. I don't want anything too fancy. I want to look like myself & will probably go for a half up half down look. Don't want put pressure on Jax though, although if the hair dresser up their does it "wrong" look out - Jax will not be happy!

Happy Hump Day to you all. Hope it's not too bumpy :0)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Grumble & Grin

Sat down to do a "things I like about Thursday" post, but found I couldn't start til I get the grumble out of the way first!

Grumble...............

1. The shades of grey in the sky today is how I feel. What is it with this weather! We could be back in the middle of winter! It's cold & grey & gloomy. We are going to a 40th Saturday night & the forecast for Saturday is a top of 16 degrees.

2. Feeling like a slug after eating too much for lunch. I didn't really need the home made dim sim on top of my beautiful Chicken Burger as well as the free potato cake. Fatty Boombah.

3. Tiredness. I cannot get enough sleep lately. If I could fit on Miss Rosy's princess pillow (or shove her off first) I recon I could curl up & have a nap.

4. The new Monday night Body Attack class has already been cancelled at my gym so I found out last night! The first week it was advertised it didn't run. Apparently the new instructor won't be available until December. Just in time for the Christmas shut down!

OK That's enough Grumble.

Here's the Grin............

1. 40th Birthday Party coming up on Saturday night. Will be a good opportunity to catch up with some fine people & I am really looking forward to it!

2. Jax is taking me shopping on Saturday for new Jeans (& I need a new top too to wear on Saturday night) hopefully that will be successful & fun! Although I have tried on Jeans everywhere at Knifepoint & they are all just revolting. Or perhaps the jeans are OK, just my muffin hanging out over the top that makes them so gross.

3. That we didn't go to Son of Deep Blue Sea for lunch today otherwise I would have eaten chips as well as the rest! Yay for Deep Blue Sea who do not do burger packs with chips!

4. My muscles today! I can really feel last nights work out - THT followed by Pump. Worked hard in both. THT instructor is just a dag, very 80's, would probably wear leg warmers if she could. The Pump instructor is older again, so you feel like the instructors are more there for you than just the young beautiful people! Dear god. Did I just put myself in the fuggly old people pile???? Best we be knocking that on the head!

5. Knitting! Did I tell you I started a knitting project? Elderly? Me? Now that I have the right needles & the hang of what I am doing, I should be right. Tonight I am starting it for the 4th time! I am supposed to have 32 stitches & ended up with 52 a ball in last time. I am using telegraph pole size needles & had the tension too tight. It will be scarlet red shawl/wrap thang. Will post photo's on completion. I've only ever knitted a scarf before.

6. Kings of Leon. Still loving them.

7. John Marsden "Tomorrow Series". Legendary stuff. Yes it is written for teenagers but I cannot put it down! Just finished book 5 last night. I need to slow down or the story will be finished too soon!

8. Tass, my Chiropractor who seems to have fixed Plumbing Boy's back last night! He'd been moaning about it for a week & finally stated yesterday that he needed to go to a Chiro, so I booked him in & he went. On Tass' recommendation, I am hiring him a Pilate's DVD on the weekend - apparently it will help with core stability for his dirt bike riding. Interesting.

9. Chief Mouser. I am always proud when she's caught a mouse & brings it to show me! Although I always feel sorry for the poor mousy & if they are still alive I try to set the little buggers free. Does anyone else do this??? Last night she punctured it's guts so no luck. Wrapped him/her in newspaper & laid to rest in the bin. Poor Mousy. Rosy was dark & I could hear her rummaging around for ages looking for it.

10. Plumbing Boy. I overhead him telling the wife of the Saturday nights Birthday Boy that we are getting married (I could hear miss Janey shrieking in excitement 3 metres away from the phone); he told her we were at cash converters last weekend & picked out a ring. He makes me laugh every single day.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Kings of Leon

Kings Of Leon Rock!

I’m really into the Kings of Leon this week. Have been loving their “Sex on Fire” single, then heard their new single “Use Somebody” last week & had to go out & get the album. Have had in on high rotation since Friday.

Gymed Saturday morning – the plan was to do a 20 – 30 minute cycle, go to Body Pump, then do a 20 – 30 minute walk with 4 or 5 2 minute run intervals (apparently I have to get my feet, knees & ankles used to running again). I did a 20 minute cycle, then the pump class. The pump instructor was promoting the Body Attack class following & in a split second, I decided to stay. Not sure if it was a good or bad thing. I spoke to the instructor prior to the class & she advised me not to do any of the jumping or plyometrics, just do something low impact. My foot felt OK, but I must have been compensating with the opposite leg because my left knee got very sore! Bugger it. It is still a bit sore today. If I make it tonight I will do Pump & maybe a cycle or walk. Plumbing Boy is quite busy today & has a quote that must go out tonight, so I may have to stay back & do that instead.

There were a couple of guys in the Attack class Saturday, they both did Pump first as well. I was doing a couple of extra calf stretches after the class & overheard one guy call out to the other Coffee? The second guy said you bet, the first guy said maybe beer! To which of course I laughed out loud! Guy 2 said that’s the only reason I come to this class, for the coffee afterward! Would you like to join us? I declined saying I had stuff to do but maybe next time. How sweet! It’s been ages since a random stranger in a gym has been so friendly. It put a smile on my dial.

Wedding Stuff:
Looks like Plumbing Boy is leaning towards our original idea – Port Douglas! We were at friends Saturday night & he mentioned it to them. They thought it was a great idea! Mandy grabbed the paper Sunday morning & was already looking for a 3 night accommodation deal saying they’d leave their daughter with her Mum & have a weekend away to themselves! Such a positive response has helped I think! Their only request was we give them plenty of notice!

I know I shouldn’t worry about the cost to other people, but I had been concerned. If I am completely honest, it’s not so much that some family couldn’t afford it, it is more that they’d begrudge spending the $$$. That said, do I really want them there if that is how they feel???? Then again, I don’t want to make it unaffordable either. I think it is sitting more comfortably with me know knowing that those friends in particular don’t have a problem with the $$$ side of it & are looking at it as a getaway for themselves.

I’d love to have a swish reception, but costs can be pretty dramatic. I’d rather spend the money on the honeymoon. So. I think we have found somewhere that will suit us for the reception. The Combined Club. It is a local club/pub for the sailing/boating community, known to the locals as the Tin Shed. I don’t know if they even do wedding receptions, but my Cousin lives up there & is a member of an associated club so I think it can be arranged. It is like an RSL club, fairly basic looking with your basic pub grub, but has a fabulous outdoor area with a balcony overlooking Dickson Inlet that is perfect at sunset! We actually spent this year’s Australia Day there after my cousin’s paddle comp. Plumbing Boy even entered the broom throwing competition.

Anyhoo. Plumbing Boy is not ready to commit to a place or date yet, so I'll have to wait & see!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Things I Love Thursday

Courtesy of Miss Milo,

1. Grilled Chicken Burger with Chili Sauce! Thursday is the day we buy our lunch at my work, 95% of the time I have a Grilled Chicken burger with lettuce, tomato, mayo & chili sauce & it is very ddelicious indeed! I've just scoffed one now.


2. 30 degree days! 3rd in a row. love the warmer weather.

3. Mango's! I've had 1/2 a mango with a dash of bircher muesli every morning this week for breaky. mmmmmmm

4. Home grown Strawberries. A co-worker bought some in out of his garden yesterday. They were humongous, as well as so sweet & juicy!

5. Home laid eggs from the same co-worker. He's been bringing me in a dozen a week for the past month or so & they are soooooo much better than the shop bought ones.

Anyone would think all I do is eat! Love my tucker!

6. My newly devised company policy to get ride of telephone advertising/marketers (sorry if anyone reading is one). We get a minimum of 10 cold calls every day trying to flog us stuff. Unless they can leave there name & number, we are not interested. Company Policy you see :0)

7. The amplifier in my cat. I swear someone has installed an amplifier in her. She's been purring so loudly! Love it when she snuggles up to me & purrs her head off.

8. Yoga class. Tuesday night. 6.15pm. Rocks.

9. Port Fairy Folk Festival. Ticket offer arrived today. Application already in the envelope with a stamped self addressed enclosed as per instructions for them to send me back my tix.

10. Plumbing boy taking pity on me Sunday arvo & going out for Indian takeaway. I was so hung over. I was going to heat up something out of the freezer, but he volunteered to go so I didn't have to cook. Of course he would much rather have had something out of the Freezer than Indian from our beloved Aangan! What a Gem he can be.

11. Miss Milo's tips on surviving the silly season :0)

Yes indeed! The silly season has begun. I heard Christmas Carols in the supermarket Tuesday night & caught myself singing along!

Monday, November 10, 2008

By Request

Me this morning, looking a bit worse for wear after a big weekend.




Closer

Closer

Closer
While I had my hands on my camera I took photo's of some of the artwork I have in my office I've previously mentioned :0)


"Gary Ablett" carved out of a palm frond by Timothy James Webb




"Michael Mansfield" plywood sculpture by Timothy James Webb


Weekend was huge, spent most of yesterday recovering on the couch. I need another Sunday to catch up! Friday night I went into the city & picked up my ring, Jax met me in there. We came home & celebrated her year end exams till the wee hours of the morning. Saturday night I went to a friends 40th in South Yarra. I hitched a ride with the birthday girl & another friend so left home at 4pm as we had to be over there to help with the pre party set up. Plumbing Boy had a bit of a cold & had a big bike ride on Sunday, so he didn't come out. Luckily, as I arrived home at 4am looking worse for wear. Tonight I've got Jax's brother's end of year music performance at the Laundry in Fitzroy. If I an manage to keep my peepers open it should be fun!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Bamboozled

Nothing like a new piece of electronic equipment to bamboozle the fuck out of me!

Our DVD player died on Saturday arvo. After the shops had shut. After wasting ½ hr in the DVD store, choosing 3 x overnight/3 night/7 night DVD’s & 2 x weeklies coz that’s what you’ve gotta do to get the Friday/Saturday deal. Gotta have the deal!

Saturday arvo/evening TV sucks & I love, love, love my DVD’s! Woe was me. We ended up playing old random unlabeled videos until something took our fancy: a film I’d taped off SBS called “The Boy’s” directed by & staring David Wenham as well as a young Toni Collette; followed by a documentary on “The King" of Television. I think it was filmed & aired not long before he died.

Plumbing Boy bless him took me shopping Sunday arvo for a new DVD player, despite having put a deposit on a RING Friday night (& still being in shock at the price of Real jewelry). We’ve now got a shiny new DVD player/recorder with digital tuner.

Our old DVD player did not come with installation instructions. I kid you not. It had one picture & no words. Such is the quality of the supermarket DVD player. It took me 5 phone calls to our work IT guy to make the old one work.

I’m thinking the new one will be easy to hook up! Unplug the cables from the old player straight into the same ports on the new player & ta da! Done. Sadly not. They were quite different you see. The old player had many cables- 12 in fact to connect it to the TV & surround sound amplifier.

Well. It took me 2 hours to get new one to bloody work. I am not sure if this is an improvement or not, but at least I didn’t have to “phone a friend” this time. Plumbing Boy sat calmly reading his brand spanking 2nd edition of “Modern Hydronic Heating for Residential & Light Commercial Buildings” (dork) while I cursed, battled cables & instructions, & burned my arm on the lamp I needed to contort myself to see all the connections required!

The back of our TV looks nothing like the picture in the big instruction book, but vaguely like one of the possible 5 set ups in the quick instruction sheet. The new DVD didn’t need all the amplifier connections the old one did either, so I only needed 6 cables in total!

I persevered & won the battle! Finally. We now have digital TV too! Very exciting! Although we still don’t have ABC 2 & the other channel 10. Perhaps a project for tomorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tagged

Thanks Miss Milo!

Like you, not sure that these things will be particularly interesting to anyone, but here goes.

1. I also have a banana story! I gave up eating banana's at the age of 4. I can vividly remember the incident. Mum had given me a banana to eat for afternoon tea & I was on the way out with my Dad to round up the calves for feeding. I didn't want the one she'd given me because I thought it would be mushy. I was pretty much told to shut up & eat what I was given. I can remember putting off eating it until Dad must have said hurry up. I was in the paddock & I took a bite. So far so good. The next bite had a big brown mushy patch & I gagged on it, then proceeded to upchuck everything in my belly. Just the smell of them made me want to puke for many years to come. I did not eat a banana again until the age of 36. Now I eat probably 5 a week.

2. I scar easily. I have a massive appendix scar that is 1 centimetre wide (I kid you not) & 8 centimetres long. There are even little dot scars on either side where the stitches were. My neighbour had her appendix out the same year by the same doctor & had your regular 1 - 2mm wide scar.

3. I can play the piano. Fairly rustily now. I took lessons for 10 years, passing grade 4 practical & theory. I have not played regularly since then. Mum sent my piano up to me when they moved off the farm into town. It currently lives in the lunch room at work as we don't have the space for it. One day when have a real house, I will have it tuned & get back into it again.

4. I sleep on the right side of the bed as you look at if from the foot. Always. I decided when I was a teenager in a fit of rage against my Mum that no way was I gonna sleep on the same side of the bed as her.

5. I got stuck in a tree when I was 4. My Dad had to climb up & rescue me.

6. I still eat sunny boys! In summer, & Razz's in particular (the red ones). I loved them when I discovered them as a teenager. Although they are somewhat smaller now than they used to be & I've not seen a "free" since 1988. Our school bus driver Morrey, used to let us off the bus opposite the milkbar on route to the local primary school pick up. A couple of us would race across the highway & over to the milk bar, purchase ice creams/iceypoles & lollies for anyone who wanted them including Morrey, then run the 1/2km round to the pick up spot at the catholic primary school & get back on the bus. Every year we'd get in trouble from our school as you need parental permission to get off the bus anywhere other than home or school. We'd have have to cool it for a week or 2, then we'd start up again: it was Morrey's afternoon tea afterall! I was able to make my Razz last the whole 40 minute journey. I recon if you looked now you'd find a Razz left over from last summer in my freezer!

I'm not going to tag anyone in particular, but please feel free to consider yourself tagged (if you've not already been tagged) & do this if you can be shagged!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Muck Up

I have been watching with interest the muck up day saga that is unfolding in Melbourne at the moment. You can read about some of it here, here & here.

For those who know nothing, from what I have read, at a particular private boys school, some sort of sporting game "got out of hand" resulting in a student receiving multiple leg fractures. This same student had previously been bullied & after this incident the entire year 12 class was suspended for a few days.

The class OR some of the students rebelled in the form of “muck up” by drunken(?) vandalism in the local suburb of Kew allegedly jumping on cars, one of which allegedly received $5,000-00 worth of damage.

I have heard radio interviews branding this year 12 group the “the worst year 12 in 30 years” at the school, prior to the muck up incident.

I suspect we do not have all the facts yet, but regardless of the muck up incident, it does seem clear that there has been systematic bullying towards at least one student at this school, which I certainly do not condone.

It got me thinking about my own year 12 muck up day & how our behavior would have been considered at the time. I have no idea; I was completely oblivious to it. I wonder if today’s kids are as well?

Of our original 63 student intake in year 7, 21 of us made it through to year 12 at my Victorian country high school. The total student population at our school then was around 365.

We were given a stern lecture prior by the deputy principal, head mistress & year 12 coordinator about acceptable behavior on our last day of school. I really can’t recall what they said & I doubt it had any impact on our plans.

I lived a 45 minute bus ride away from school, but stayed in town the night before at my grandfather’s house in preparation. We all dressed up in crazy shorts (some of the girls wore tights underneath) with white shirts & suit jackets. Some of us wore crazy hats as well.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, I've yet to figure out how to scan & edit photo's properly.

This is our year 12 on muck up day. I am centre middle row.

As we were few, we split up to carry out our missions. Some of us went around to our teachers homes & put honey on all the gate handles & fence railings as well as putting vegemite &/or peanut butter under the door handles of their cars.

One of us left a window ajar in a store room adjoining the graphic’s room (I think this narrows it down to about 5 students now!) so that we could break in & decorate various lockers, toilets etc with more steamers & balloons & possibly even a few flour bombs. It was a while ago.

Our crowning glory was stealing our year level coordinators bike which he rode to school every day, decorating it with streamers & balloons before hoisting it up the flag pole in the quadrangle assembly area.


We all met up afterwards at the rotunda in the main street for a chicken & champagne breakfast. The champagne then was more commonly known as spewmante (spumante) or 2 buck chuck & chuck indeed I think a few of us did. I had only just turned 18 & hadn’t acclimatized myself to booze having strict non drinking parents. We then wandered off to school in full attire.

Yes I am sure we made a lot of noise in the early hours of the morning, possibly waking residents. Yes, we probably did display a little drunken behavior. Yes we did break into the school. Yes we did steal a bike. I’m not sure our honey, vegemite or peanut butter stunts actually damaged any motor vehicle or gate.

With all the pressure leading up to exams, I think students do need to release some of that pent up tension. I guess what it comes down to is the morals(?) or sensibilities of the students at the time as to what they do, what boundaries they push & harm the inflict on others. I guess my year 12 muck up day was pretty tame; although we all thought we were pretty clever & sophisticated back then (1988)!

What did you do?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cheezels

We've watched a few episodes of Dr Who on free to air recently, & who should appear, but Captain Jack. I'd never seen an episode of Torchwood before, but had heard good things. I went to the video store on Friday night & what did they have a special on? TV Box sets, $9.95 for 3 nights. What box set did I get? Yes, Torchwood. Plumbing boy was off riding his dirt bike for the weekend, so I hung out with Torchwood a fair bit. I managed to watch all of series 1 & I want more!!!!

Life was somewhat chaotic last week. We landed a large, important, impromptu job Tuesday/Wednesday, that resulted in 70% of our work force being required Thursday, Friday & today, for completion by 4pm today. So far so good. But it required a lot of organisation, hire plant & equipment. Plumbing Boy was quite stressed. Between that & getting him ready for his weekend away, meant little exercise for me. I was on phone duty over the weekend as well (we run a 24/7 business) & our new plumber was on standby. As we were quite busy, I didn't do any exercise then either. I could have gone for a walk, but to be honest, couldn't be shagged.

I took Rosy to the vet on Saturday morning for her annual check up - the poor possum has lost a few teeth. I am such a bad mamma I didn't even notice! Not that I regularly look in her mouth. It seems to have had no effect on her play fighting. It does explain why she has become such a messy eater though - in the last month or so, she's regularly been dropping her food into her water bowl, so much so that I've moved it a foot or so away from her food bowl. The food must be falling out where her teeth are missing! Might have to put a place mat under her bowl if she gets any worse.

On the upside, she's finally lost weight! 300 grams. Every year for the past 5 she's put on weight & Dr Murray has restricted her diet, then she puts on more weight, then we reduce the food again! I was convinced she has another food source. Perhaps she's slowing down a little & cant catch the mouseys as well. She'll be 10 this Christmas. Otherwise, Dr Murray was very happy with my little stray cat.

For those don't know, Plumbing Boy found my cat on an industrial factory site not quite 10 years ago. The workers had caught her & were about to wring her neck. He stepped in & said he knew someone who'd take her. On Inspection Dr Murray thought she was about 6 months old, malnourished & possibly the runt of the litter. After a bit of constipation, he xrayed her to find she's had a break in her back at the base of her tail; possibly from hiding under a pallet on the industrial site. This affected her ability to poop, so she's always been on a preventative diet; but other than that has been very healthy.

She couldn't jump up onto the couch when I took her home - the break must have been fairly recent & still causing her pain. I think it took a full year before she climbed the fence (1.8m) & then another 6 months before she climbed a tree. After that she's pretty much been like your average moggy. I love that damn furball to pieces!!! (sorry all you non cat people!)

I pretty much spent the rest of the weekend pottering about the house. Had a cook up for the freezer - made a big pot of spag bog n veg pasta sauce, then made kind of a lasagna using macaroni pasta & layering it with the sauce, roast pumpkin & egg plant & a bit cheese. I also made lamb curry. It's all in the freezer now as Plumbing Boy brought home a heap of meat from his weekend away that had to be cooked up last night. I think we will be eating coleslaw with wings & ribs for dinner & coleslaw & cold BBQ chicken for lunch for the next 3 days! I turned the chicken skewers into green curry so can freeze that!

Hoping this week will be a little calmer so I can get back into rocktober! Weights tonight, Yoga tomorrow (that will be 3 weeks in a row!!!) & as my calves have recovered from step 2 weeks ago, will give that another bash Wednesday night.

Again, thanks for all your lovely comments on our engagement! I am hoping to go ring shopping next weekend here. I am liking the white gold or platinum, single or 3 setting diamond, not to big though - I want something fairly unobtrusive & dainty. Will have to see how the budget goes :0) Plumbing Boy wants to come too, so that will be interesting. He's still not sure why he has to have a ring himself & why I need 2! Perhaps we don't really need wedding bands as such. Maybe we can exchange cheezels on the day. Whadya recon?