Friday, April 23, 2010


I've been very busy this past couple of weeks with stuff I can't really talk about here, more reasons for lack of blogginess.

I went to a gig last Friday night upstairs at Revolver. The bouncer asked me for ID! Bahahahahaha I think it was the 2 x 19 year old's I was with. I did ask him if he really wanted to see my ID & he gravely held out his hand. I said "you're just flattering me now, but thanks!". My cousin James' band was relaunching themselves under a new name "Mistress Mondays" & were headlining. They filled the band room which was awesome. They are sounding better & better all the time (indie funk rock). My cuz, the guitar rock god!!!

They also have a support tonight in the front bar at the Espy - for all you non Melbournites, that is a very good thing! I was hoping to talk Plumbing Boy into going as he's never seen James play live, however he's not too keen saying he's got a lot of work to do tomorrow. They are on at 9.15 - 9.30pm, I recon we'd be home by 10.45pm. Although he's been up at 4.30am every morning this week (going to sleep at 8pm) just to catch up on paper work!

Maybe I can talk him into going to a movie & having dinner with me at least. We were supposed to be going to a show Sunday arvo (Tex Perkin's in the "The Man in Black - The Johnny Cash Story") then late dinner, but he's going dirt bike riding instead & won't be back in time to make it into the city before the show starts, & will be to wreaked to come out afterwards for dinner, so I've had to find myself another date! It's a long weekend here, so was looking forward to a night out with a sleep in Monday; wont be the same without my man :0(

James sister Jax is supposed to leave for her Europe trip next Friday but her flight has been canceled due to the Icelandic volcano. She's been quite stressed due to having connecting accommodation & flights. Still no news as to when her flight will be. I suspect I will be spending some time with her this weekend helping her cross off the "too hard" tasks on her list. Her parents are overseas so not much support available to her. It's her first solo trip (going with 1 friend, no parents) & will be gone for 4 months so there are tax returns & car servicing to consider amoungst generally figuring out what to take to tide you over for 4 months!!!

I've been on a bit of a "no booze" campaign this week. I usually have a couple of large glasses of red wine every night. I haven't had a drink since Saturday night. I was ready for one last night, but stuck to my water. I will be having something tonight, depending on where I am & what I end up doing! I do feel better for it though, woke up this morning full of beans & bouncing off the walls. I think I will have to do more of this!

I've not been to the gym either! We've been really busy at work & that (plus the other stuff I can't really blog about) & have kept me away from it. Tonight however, I plan to go & again tomorrow & maybe even Sunday! This is our one weekend out of about 6 where we don't have to answer the plumbing phone 24/7. This means no talking to customers while huffing & puffing on the treadmill! I plan to make the most of it!

It was supposed to be 27 degrees here today. It is warm, but the sky is grey & it feels like rain. I like warm days with BLUE sky. Grey Sky's just make me depressed. Looks like I've really got nothing else to say considering I'm blogging about the bloody weather.

Hope you all have a marvellous weekend & don't forget to spare a thought for the Anzac's on Sunday. Lest We Forget.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Getting to know me/hate me

From Mr Memphis

1. What is your occupation right now? Office Administrator & General Dog's Body.

2. What color are your socks right now? Black

3. What are you listening to right now? Rod Stewart on the radio. Time for Itunes. Better. Now we is listening to the Ironweed Project. Mmm MMmmm Mmmm gunna get a little dirty..........

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Lunch: toasted sandwich with mayo, left over roasted sweet potato, ham, cheese, mushroom, spanish onion, semi dried tomato's with LOTS of chili sauce, on the side.

5. Can you drive a stick shift? We call them Manual. Indeedy do I can.

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? A lady from the local Water Authority chasing up the status of a job - dude has a burst fire service & instead of fixing it 2 years ago (when we originally quoted the repair), has been using his neighbours water & of course finally the neighbour cracked it.

7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yup. Even though it wasn't exactly sent to me. I stole it, on invitation. Of course.

8. How old are you today? Nearing the end of a decade.

9.What is your favourite sport to watch on TV? My football team, especially when the game is close & more importantly when we win. I shout a lot during the game.

10. What is your favourite drink? Red Wine/Vodka, but not mixed together.

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yep. I have red streaks at the moment. My niece thinks I should change them to purple. I'm not convinced.

12. Favourite food? Too many to mention. I love food, cooking, eating. Italian, Mediterranean, Asian. it's all sensational. Even love a boring old lamb chop with tomato sauce. Ooh & Vegemite toast. See. I'm just not that fussy!!

13. What is the last movie you watched? Dirty Dancing - Havanah nights.

14. Favorite day of the year. Holidays!

15. How do you vent anger? Curse. A lot.

16. What was your favourite toy as a child? Don't really remember many toys. My sister & I had dolls but gave them hair cuts much to our mothers disgust! I think I preferred to play with my cat, the dogs or calves (grew up on a dairy farm) OR the haystack. They are a tonne of fun. Until you make a tunnel that goes so far into the haystack & you get stuck. And a bit claustrophobic. It's not so much fun then.

17. What is your favourite season? I like them all! Winter for cool boots & jackets; summer for swimming, short skirts & singlets; autumn because you're a bit sick of summer by now; spring coz you're sick of winter by now!

18. Cherries or Blueberries? So long as they weren't pre packaged, I'll have either.

19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? In Steve's words "Fuck yes, why the hell bother emailing someone if they're not going to email you back?"

20. Who is the most likely to respond? (to this) nobody

21. Who is least likely to respond? (to this) everybody

22. Living arrangements? Shed dweller.

23. When was the last time you cried? Watching "Hachiko" a movie about a dog based on a true story (in Japan) where the dog's master died & the dog met his train every day for 9 years waiting for him to come home from work (he died waiting). Damn G rated tear jerkers.

24. What is on the floor of your closet? My closet doesn't have a floor. I have a wardrobe that you cannot walk into. It has drawers under it. In the drawers are stuff like socks, underwear etc.

25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending to? as per Steve "I am not sending this to anyone. I'm posting it online"

26. What did you do last night? My cousin's grocery shopping, after spending the afternoon in the emergency ward of the hospital with her, then driving her home. She had such a severe spasm in her back at work yesterday she got carted off in an ambulance. Too bad she can't remember the hot ambo, the ride in the ambo nor who changed her into a gown. High as a kite. She's much better today thanks & resting nicely at home. At some point she will go & fetch my wallet which somehow I managed to (stupidly) loose in the carpark of grocery shopping joint. Lucky she lives in a posh suburb & it was returned including all cash & cards. If I'd done the same thing at my local, my life would be in ruins!

27. What are you most afraid of? That the card(s) will not be in my wallet on its return. That & senility (my own)

28. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburger? SPICY

29. Favourite dog breed? So long as I don't have to scoop the poop or listen to them yap I don't care; therefore I'd have to say OTHER peoples dogs are just fine. Malamutes are pretty cool though.

30. Favourite day of the week? Saturday!

31. How many countries have you lived in? Just one.

32. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds

33. What is your favourite flower? Pink Oriental Lillie's.

Monday, April 12, 2010

From the Mouths of Babes

Jax & I headed off to Warrnambool Friday night. It's nice to be frequently chauffeur driven these days! Jax has had her drivers license for a year now & has great car & loves to drive it. We also took Tess my 10 year old niece home as she'd spent a week with her Dad in the city.

As always when she comes home from her Dad's, she's got a bit of attitude & is a bit of a smart ass. She babbled happily most of the 3 hr drive keeping us well entertained most of the time. The first time we didn't understand what she was saying to us, she called us a pair of "Douche Bags". It was so completely unexpected that both Jax & I burst out laughing. I'm not really sure how appropriate it is for a 10 year old to use that expression, but anyhoo.

Later she was regaling us with a story about how her Dad had been telling her stories about when she was a baby. "Do you know they gave me a Mohawk when I was a baby? I so wanted to be a cute baby, but no, I was a ranga with a Mohawk". At this stage Jax almost drove off the road & we both almost wet our pants laughing! Where on earth does she hear this stuff!

The purpose of our visit was to see our 94 year old grandma who recently moved into a nursing home down there. Jax is off on her Europe trip in 3 weeks & will be gone for 4 months. The visit went well & luckily for grandma we were still there when the doctor decided she wanted to check out her big toe. The nursing home she is in, backs onto the hospital & you can follow the rabbit warren passages to traverse between.

We helped the nurse get Grandma into a wheel chair, then accompanied her (my sis & Tess as well) over to the casualty ward of the hospital. She had a bucket load of puss beneath that toe & it was a pretty horrid time for Grandma. I think her entourage really helped - extra hands to hold & peeps to see her settled back into her room.

At one point she got really hot & we scrounged up a water bottle between us & made a makeshift fan out of paper while the nurse had gone off to get antibiotics. I think Grandma probably would have fainted or thrown up if we hadn't been there to assist. We helped get her safely back to her room & onto the bed. Footy on, remote in hand, cuppa tea & biscuit ready & hit the road.

The trip back was uneventful & we spent the last 1/2 of the drive singing along to Frank Sinatra, which beat the RnB that had been playing prior (sorry Jax!).

It's up to you New York New York!!! Back in Warrnambool, our only night club played that tune every night at 3am (closing). Those of us who were still standing, &/or capable, would for line up, arms around each others shoulders & do the leg kicks singing(?) along. Everytime I hear that song I think about that dodgey old night club.

Speaking of the olden days, quite a few peeps from my high school have recently joined FB & as was inevitable, a reunion is now in the planning. Some of the FB posts have been entertaining, some even a little bitchy. Gawd help me. Now. If anyone I know from high school reads this, now is the time to fess up & tell me ya hear????

A ranga with a Mohawk! She doesn't even have red hair.