Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi 3/4

The ones I've done are in Blue.

51. Visited the Great Barrier Reef. & one of the places I’ve seen reef sharks & nemo & all his uncles, aunties, cousins etc....

52. Listened to Kevin Bloody Wilson. Unfortunately yes. I think I can still recite part of Santa You C*** where’s me F#cken Bike.

53. Killed a Cane Toad. Haven’t seen one yet let alone squished one

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre. We had one in the town I went to high school, although I think it had closed down before I went to high school. Mum & Dad used to take us in our jarmies.

55. Have read and own books by Australian authors. Yes & Yes. Big fan of Gabrielle Lord & Melina Marchetta amongst others – love reading books set in Melbs or Sydney.


56. Visited Adelaide. Yes. We did another trip just to Adelaide & stayed in a caravan park by a river. I was still in primary school

57. Know the story behind “Eternity”. (Google has not enlightened me so, no idea!)

58. Been camping. Squillions of times. Love me some campin’. Last time was in the middle of winter a couple of years ago in the Wombat State Forrest - we were lucky it didn't snow!

59. Visited Brisbane. Brisvegas! Yes. A friend of mine lived there for 4 years I went on a holiday to visit her! She’d just changed from an auto to a manual car & was having major problems with hand break starts & had to drive to work in a very roundabout way to avoid doing one. I gave her lessons on that & she taught me to reverse into her very step on an angle driveway where you felt as it the car was going to fall over on it side.

60. Been in an outback pub. My sister lived across the road from one for a while. The publican would pull down the blinds & we’d party on well after closing with the locals. Fun times.

61. Know what the term “Waltzing Matilda” actually means. (I’ll say no, because I couldn’t remember & had to google it to remind me)


62. Gone whale watching. We did the whale sharks at Ningaloo 2007. Super cool. You can't scuba with them, just snorkel. While we only saw the one for about 60 seconds, having a juvenile whale about the size of a bus swim head on towards you then veer off past was incredibly amazing!!!

63. Listened to Slim Dusty. Not a huge fan, but everybody knows a pub with no beer!

64. Own five or more Australian movies or TV series. (probably not)

65. Sang along to Down Under. Saw Colin Hay acoustically at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March this year – sang along then........ I come from a land down under, where women glow & men plunder, can ya hear can ya hear the thunder? Ya'd better run Ya'd better take cover.....

66. Have stopped specifically to look at an historic marker by the side of the road. Could never drive past the dog on the tucker box without stopping; or the giant crab thing in SA; & i'm a sucker for old country cemetery's.

67. Eaten a 4′n’20 pie. Yes & there are far far far far far better meat pies to be eaten in Aus.

68. Surfed at Bondi. Never been to Bondi :0(

69. Watched the cricket on Boxing Day. only on Teev.

70. Visited Hobart. Haven’t been to Tasi yet, but it’s pretty high up on the list. Waving to Wanna!!!

71. Eaten kangaroo. Love me some peppered roo fillet on mash with a red wine Jus.

72. Seen a quokka. If they are the birdies that live on Rottnest Island, then yes

73. Visited Canberra. Yes. Another family road trip. I was in charge of the map & we went around & around & around in circles. Even when I wasn’t in charge of the map we still went around & around & around in circles.

74. Visited rainforest's. Another cuz of mine lives in Port Douglas & I’ve been lucky enough to visit her a few times & explore the Daintree. Last time was on our honeymoon in November last year.


75. Used a Victa lawnmower. I don’t actually think I have. We had a lot of grass as a kid & had a ride on mower for as long as I can remember. It went faster backwards than forwards. I think our current push mower is not a Victa though. I’d go & check but it’s been at the repair shop waiting for a part since before Christmas & we’ve loaned one from a friend who has a gardener who brings his own mower!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi 2/4

Part 2. I've done the ones in BLUE

26. Gone skinny dipping. :0)

27. Done a Tim Tam Slam. But not since I was in high school at my Grandma’s. We didn’t have biscuits at home & I’m not really a big fan of sweet stuff. Give me a BBQ shape any day!

28. Ridden in a tram in Melbourne. 3 or 4 weeks ago when Wanna was in town

29. Been at an ANZAC day Dawn Service. Not yet

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. Too many to count. Love them to the max.

31. Held a wombat.
Rubbed ones tummy while the zoo personage held him!


32. Been on a road trip of 800km or more. Yes. In 1 week. Do not like sitting on my arse looking out the window all day every day.

33. Seen the Great Australian Bight in person. Yes! Mum & Dad took us across the Nullarbor (via the flinders ranges) when I was around 14 years old. I actually remember getting out of the car to see! We were in a tan Toyota Tarago & camped until we got to Mum’s brothers in Perth.

34. Had a really bad sunburn. I’m usually good so good at sunscreen peeps ask me where my tan is when I get back from holidays. The last time I got burned was on a long weekend on the gold coast around 2002. Lordy I was burnt! So burnt I couldn’t manage underwear.

35. Visited an Aboriginal community. We had a small community about 7 kms from our farm. I remember going there when I was in primary school.

36. Seen a red back spider. Yes, but it wasn’t actually under the toilet seat. One of the guys bought one back from a job in a glass jar!

37. Have watched Paul Hogan. yes - chuck another shrimp on the Barby mate.

38. Seen Blue Poles in person. Since I had to google it to find out what it is, I’d say no!

39. Wandered barefoot in the bush/outback. Yes! Gotta watch out for snakes, sticks n stuff

40. Eaten Vegemite. Had Vegemite worms for smoko today

41. Thrown a boomerang. It never came back, damn imitation boomerangs

42. Seen the Kimberleys. Not yet.

43. Given a hitch-hiker a lift. Only ones I’ve known!

44. Been to Perth. Twice

45. Have tried Lemon, Lime and Bitters. Yep. Have a bottle of bitters somewhere!

46. Tried playing a didgeridoo. I’ve had a go of a friends in his own home as it’s not cool to play in public if you are a chick.

47. Seen dinosaur footprints. We have dinosaurs? How is this aussie???

48. Eaten Tim Tams.

49. Been to Darwin. Not yet

50. Touched a kangaroo. Last time was this January at Potoroo Palace Merimula with my niece & goddaughters - lots of pats for all.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi 1/4

k. I saw this around bloggie land last week & have stolened it (the blogger said we could so feel free to use too!). I'm splitting it into 4 parts so I don't bore you all brainless with my running commentary!

"Here is a list of Aussie things". The ones I have done are BLUE. I'm not entirely all these things qualify you to be Aussie though!

1. Heard a kookaburra in person. Heaps! We didn’t have any on the farm where I grew up, but been camping loads & bush walking. A friend who lives in Merimbula hand feeds them mince off his balcony. Love them!

2. Slept under the stars. Many many many times. Love to sleep under the stars next to a campfire. Much better than sleeping in a tent. Unless it is raining of course!

3. Seen a koala. On one of those camping trips when I was around 6 & my little sis was around 4, we were playing in the playground before breakfast when a Koala sauntered past right in front of us. I said "You pick it up & I’ll go & grab Mum & Dad & the camera”. Everyone in the caravan heard her shriek as the cute cuddly Koala scratched her as she tried to pick it up! Ooops.

4. Visited Melbourne. (live here).


5. Watched a summer thunderstorm. Many a time. One of my favourite smells is rain on the warm earth & freshly cut hay. We had a little swimming pool & it was fun to swim around in the heat & watch the storm roll in.

6. Worn a pair of thongs. Yes, but I gave up wearing them when I was 8. Can’t stand the toe wedgie. I’d much rather bare feet.

7. Been to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock). Sadly No.


8. Visited Cape York. Again Sadly no. The highest up I’ve been is Cape Tribulation last November. Plumbing Boy hopes to do a dirt bike trip there in the next 5 years & is quite keen for me to learn how to ride & go with him.

9. Held a snake. I think I touched a carpet python with my index finger. That’s about as close as I’ve managed.

10. Sang along with Khe San. "her legs were often open, but her mind was always closed" I remember sitting out the back of a church hall with my girlfriend & a six pack after the pub had shut teaching her the words. We sang that tune a LOT of times that night!

11. Drank VB. See above. Vitamin B, the Very Best – I wonder if I can find the photo of the pyramid of VB cans we made on the mantel piece of a rental house I lived in many moons ago! These days I’m a bit of a beer snob prefer naturally brewed stuff like Cascade or imported stuff like Heineken or Stellar or preferably a good Red.

12. Visited Sydney. Many times. The last was 2 years ago to go to the footy with my cuz. Go Cats. We won :0)

13. Have seen a shark. Too many to count. I like to scuba dive. Have only really seen reef sharks. Hoping for a Hammer Head this year!

14. Have used Aussie slang naturally in a conversation. Bewdy mate, no wuckers. All the bloody time.


15. Had an actual conversation with an indigenous Australian. I went to primary school with a couple of part indigenous kids; then worked at a pub across the road from some commission housing in Fitzroy, so had plenty of interesting & some not so interesting conversations with some indigenous Australians. They weren't all pissheads.

16. Eaten hot chips from the bag at the beach. This one is a bit of a strange one. I though fish n chips in Australia came wrapped in white paper. Well they do in Victoria if you get them from a fish n chip shop. You usually only get them in a brown paper bag if you by them from a milk bar or a take away joint that’s NOT a fish n chip shop. No to the bag, yes to the paper!

17. Walked/climbed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (not yet)

18. Used an outside dunny, and checked under the seat before sitting down. Bloody oath, my cousin’s had an outdoor dunny & a red back spider issue; I also lived in a rental that had an outdoor dunny.

19. Seen Chloe in Young & Jackson’s. Yes

20. Slept on an overnight train or bus. from Exmouth to Denham WA 2007 on a greyhound bus.

21. Been to Sydney’s Mardi Gras (not yet)

22. Have gone bush-bashing. Yep. Learned to drive in a ute in a paddock.

23. Taken a sickie. Not for a long time though. But I do recall being so hung over I had to ring in sick one day.

24. Been to see a game of Aussie Rules football. Friday 21st May 2010 Cat's V Collingwood with my cuz from Sydney. Carn the Mighty Cats!

25. Have seen wild camels. We have wild camels? I’ve seen wild goats will that do!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Precious

Plumbing Boy has headed up to the country tonight so he can go for a bike ride tomorrow that is 2.5 hours from home - so he doesn't have to drive for 5 hours tomorrow. So I'm home with the furball, which is completely OK.

I've hired some movies, as I generaly do on a Saturday night when we are home, but when he is not here, I usually choose ones I don't think he'd be into. Perhaps this time I'm wrong.

I've considered this one a few times; & decided tonight was the night.

Precious.

Has anyone out there seen it?

What did you think?

Half a bottle of red & I'm feeling pretty blessed with my own life. I'm also feeling fairly depressed, lacking in compassion, humility & a shit load of other stuff. I know it's only a movie, but this shit happens.

Luckily I'm watching the serious one first.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Who put the Dogs out.....

A Friday funny for ewes all.......

Who Put The Dog Out ...

A couple was going out for the evening. They'd gotten ready, all dolled up, but just needed to put the dog out when the taxi arrives. However as the couple walked out of the house, the dog shoots back in the house.

They don't want the dog shut in the house, so the wife goes out to the taxi while the husband goes upstairs to chase the dog out. The wife, not wanting it known that the house will be empty, explains to the taxi driver: ' He's just going upstairs to say good-bye to my mother. '

A few minutes later, the husband gets into the cab. 'Sorry I took so long ' he says. 'Stupid b!tch was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out! Then I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching and biting me as I hauled her arse downstairs and tossed her in the back yard! She better not shit in the vegetable garden again! ' The silence in the cab was deafening.

Have a good one peeps!

PS Carn the Catters!!!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lost & Found

I have become addicted to True Blood. My niece was going to loan me the books next school holidays, however another friend (a grown up!) said the TV series was really good, so last weekend I hired series 1. Love it. Luckily for me (& depressingly for plumbing boy) series 2 was on the shelf when I returned series 1, so he is in for more vampire action this week. Poor lad. I'm really not sure what the attraction is, but I'm lovin' vampire Bill!

I've been completely daft this past week. I lost the charger to the digital camera. As we use it as a tool for work, I had to order a new charger. I KNEW the old one would turn up if I ordered one. Of course I found the lost one not 5 minutes after the new one arrived in the post. Then of course do you recon I could find the fucking battery??? I searched on & off all day Friday & thought I'd wait til Tuesday before having to hang my head in shame & purchase a new battery as well.

Today, when I was sorting a weekend to catch up with a mate, I needed to check my footy fixture to see if my Dad would be visiting for the footy that weekend. The fixture was not in its usual place. Light bulb moment. Where ever that bloody fixture is the battery will be with it. 5 minutes later, Bingo!!!! Battery is now charged & I'm only feeling slightly less like an idiot! I could have just kept my mouth shut & not told anyone, but I laugh at other peeps for doing shit like this so why should I not give you all a giggle at MY stupidity.

It looks like my planned trip to the gym is off tonight. I have a crew of plumbers (including plumbing boy) who recharged a fire service they'd been working on all day. They'd packed up & where just about to leave the job @ 5pm when it blew sky high. Not happy Jan would be the understatement of the year. I'm not expecting them back until very late.

They will be very wet, very cold, very hungry, very tired & very cranky. The least I can do is stay & open up the gates for them when they get back. Me, I'm gunna crank up the heater, pop my feet up on the desk & drool over another epp of True Blood. Shhhhhh don't tell the boss!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Random

I used to see a bloke walking around the suburb I live in. He always walked like he was running away from something: moving really really quickly, like he couldn't stop. He always wore tracky daks, runners, a flanny & a beanie. Summer or winter, it didn't seem to matter. Every time I drove or walked anywhere from home, there he'd be, out on the street, walking like his life depended on it. He looked to be in his mid 50's & I'd often wondered what his story was & why he walked so fast. He was a pretty lean sort of a bloke so it wasn't to loose weight that's for sure. He reminded me a bit of the road runner!

About a year ago, I noticed he wasn't around any more. I think it was 6 months before I saw him again. He was out on the street, only this time he was walking slowly, with a walking stick. Obviously one leg, possibly his ankle was very painful. Again I wonder what happened! Was he in an accident? did he trip & break it? did he develop a horrible disease?

On the weekend I doing the public transport thing & saw him. I assume it was his house I walked past, as he was in the front yard shuffling towards the front door in his slippers. He still had on his beanie, flanny & trackies. I gave him a big smile & a G'day. He barely smiled, just nodded & his eyes were filled with sadness. Sigh. I felt really sad for him.

I was catching public transport as plumbing boy had the car & had gone dirt bike riding as often happens these days on a Sunday, leaving me without proper wheels. I can take his plumbing truck to do the groceries or to the gym, but he doesn't like me going further afield. I caught the train to Yarraville & met up with my friend T to see SATC2. Overall it was quite disappointing. Nowhere near as good as the first film, just not enough material/ story line. I still had a few laughs & some of the fashion (I thought) was just ghastly!

After the film, we caught up with a couple of friends; one who's brother's band was playing so we went to see them first. They play instrumental (as in no vocals) surf music & were really good! Very entertaining! The bass guitarist got up on the bar at one point. They are all older blokes (50's?) & it was a bit of a family gig (5 - 7pm). There were too very cute kids (with ear plugs) rockin' it out up the front copying the guitarist's moves. Went out for dinner elsewhere afterwards & had as bit of a boogie on the dance floor before coming home. Was really good to catch up with these peeps & my dance partner was in much need of a boogie.

Work has been out of control. EOFY is generally a busy time for us, but this year has gone crazy! We've also managed to blow up 2 printers in 2 weeks. The second one was yesterday when I was in the middle of doing the payroll!!! I spat it like a 2 year old & cursed like a fucking trooper. The new printer is due in today thank God. Plumbing boy said to just buy another one. After struggling with one printer for the past 2 weeks I will be more than happy to nick out today & get a budget one just for me! The one on order is a HP multifunction laser fax, print, scanner. I already have a scanner so just want a laser print/fax. Yeah. Riveting stuff.

Has anyone out there sold on Ebay? That is something we are going to tackle as soon as I can get my shit together. Been saying that for 6 months, but it is going to happen soon. I suppose like everything, you learn by doing it, but if anyone has any words of advice, they will be muchly appreciated.

On the weekend while on phone duty, I had client call up enquiring as to getting some work done on Monday which in Melbourne was a public holiday. I ran through the prices with her, as you would expect, it is more expensive on the weekend & public holidays than standard business hours. Without giving away our pricing schedule, I'll use an analogy. OK, so to buy the dress today on a public holiday, it will cost you $300-00. If you want to buy the dress tomorrow during business hours, the dress will cost you $150-00. What do you think the client asked me next?

Do you think it will cost more today, or tomorrow????

God help me.