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Friday, December 24, 2010

(ec)Ho (ec)Ho (ec)Ho

Just echoing all the Ho Ho Ho titles out there today :0)

I'm copying off YOU Ute! with an old pic of me @ Christmas.



I recon this was taken around 1975, with my cuz from Qld & my little sis. I'm sure you can guess which one is me! Not very Christmasy I know, but the only I have on my puter at the moment. The reason I know it was taken at Christmas, is because we only saw this cuz @ Christmas, & the frock!

Anyhoo. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas with lots of beers (if that's your thang, if not, wine, sherry, champers, diet coke etc!) & cheer with the ones you like/love!

Be safe! XXOO

Friday, December 17, 2010

When I Grow Up I Want a Pony....

My niece Tess has been saving hard all year & intended to ask for money instead of presents for her birthday (next week) & Christmas to put towards a pony. My sis has been looking for the past couple of months & was struggling to find something within her price range (She was going to pay for most of it with a contribution from Tess). Things were looking grim.

But last week they suddenly they ended up with 2 old ponies for next to nothing - Dusky & Misty. Dusky belonged to a friend of our parents aged 24 & was free (but they paid for a 2nd hand bridle & saddle); Misty came from "over the back fence" of her partner's Dad's for $100-00 + float from Ballarat.

They went & collected Dusky on Saturday; the lady had just been diagnosed with cancer & was upset enough, but having to farewell her daughters pony bought her to tears. The condition of the pony almost bought my sis to tears. It was skin & bones although in a paddock with plenty of feed & was obviously not well. They wormed it that afternoon; when they went to check on him the next morning, he had fluid pouring out his nose & was struggling to breathe/stand etc.

Eventually they called the vet to confirm their suspicions that Dusky was in distress & close to death & there was nothing that could be done. Dusky's heart was failing, fluid was pooling in his extremities & the humane decision was made to put him down. Dad said the owners were not "horse people" but surely you can tell when your pet has obviously declined in health??? I am pretty disgusted that they failed to do something about it BEFORE giving him away.

RIP poor Dusky. Everyone was in tears & a bit heart broken.

Then Misty arrived. Tess said she looks like a unicorn & is sooooo beautiful & gentle & sweet & kind.


Misty is also quite old - early 20's I believe. I'm not sure if this photo was taken pre or post shampoo & conditioner! Yes, they conditioned her mane & tail :0)

I know what Tess will be doing this school holidays! My sis has had a ride & apparently she "goes" pretty well with a bit of a stumble now & then which I am told is quite common in older horses. I wouldn't have a clue about that, but am looking forward to spending a week down there later in January & having a ride myself. Tess is still going to put a marker under the tree where Ottie (her cat) is buried in honour of Dusky.



Last night we decided it was time to stack the wood we split a couple of weekends ago. It had been "tipped" into a pile in the front of our yard & we will need the space over Christmas. We had to chuck it into the back of the Ute & drive it closer to the wood stack, then barrow & trolley it there. This was the last load; add 20% more to the other 3 loads & you have an idea of what 2.5 - 3 cubic metres looks like. Took us 2.5 hours.



This is my first stack - there was probably 2 row's of old wood left from last year. That stack is my chest to shoulder height now.



& my second stack, which had some wood left from last year - about hip height on the right & ankle height towards the left. That stack is my shoulder height now.



This is Plumbing Boy's stack - he had to fit past last years stack with the wheelie trolley so it took him longer. I had the wheel barrow which I could park in the doorway then, hand carry the wood to my stacks. His stack is pretty long & hip height.



This what we had left over from last winter, about chest height, as well as this small stack, knee to ankle high.




I don't think we will need any wood now for a couple of years at least!!! My wrists & fingers are a bit sore this morning & my inner forearms are a bit scratched, but other than that, managed no further injury! Hahaha you can tell I've not got much going on - I'm blogging about our wood piles!!! Sorry!!!

We have our work Christmas Party tonight. I am not as enthusiastic about it as I could be. PB loves it though. He really enjoys having everyone sit at a table together with their respective partners (only 3 partners this year) & having them converse.

I get some new Christmas decorations each year & take them to where ever we are dining & make the table a little more festive.



This year we have new tinsel & baubles & "word" scatters. The Xmas tree & reindeer are from last year.


The baubles have bells in them. I'll probably amuse myself by "jingling" them randomly at people. If I can be bothered I may wear my Santa hat. I'll perk up a bit before then (a quick drink or 2 at home before hand should do the trick) & be suitably enthusiastic & the hostess with the mostest by showtime.

Hope you are all surviving your end of year mayhem & having a bit of fun!

Friday, December 10, 2010

So. Are we feeling the love out there yet? The Christmas Spirit??
I'm not really feeling it myself. I put the decorations up in the office on the 1st of December & this week bought in the Christmas tree I usually have at home.

I figure since I spend more time at work than at home I may as well have it in here until the Christmas weekend. It's a fibre optic one & changes colour.

Although I'm not really sure you can see it in the pictures. It rotates between purple, gold, silver, green, red, yellow, blue etc.
What's on your santa list this year? I've not really given it much thought until now, as our families aren't really doing presents this year. Usually I am the one to push for at least a Kris Kringle. Why bother with a tree if there are no presents to go under it? Plumbing Boy & I don't usually do presents, although he did surprise me last year.

In no particular order Santa, here's what I'd like:
  1. My exercise mojo back.
  2. Sleep. Preferably long sleep in's without the work phone ringing with stupid questions. If you have a genuine emergency, I don't mind, but if you just have a general enquiry, can you please leave it til monday?
  3. While I'm the topic of phones, no more telephone marketing please. ever.
  4. World Peace. Seriously. I'm sick of seeing the evilness on the news of what people do to each other (& to animals). Killing kids, bashing old peeps, blowing peeps up etc etc Can you give everyone happy pills?
  5. Education. Maybe this would help in the world peace dept. Ignorance through lack of education.......
  6. The ability to teleport. Then I could visit some very cool bloggers out there when ever I felt like it! Hell, I could go visit my cuz in Port Douglas or my mate in HK every weekend or so!
  7. Time. Time to lay out in the sunshine on the grass. Time to hang out at the beach. Time to catch up with family & friends more than I do now.
  8. And to not feel guilty about the above & enjoy & live the moment rather than spending that time stressing about the things I should be doing instead.
  9. No more grey hair! I like going to the hair dressers for a cut & colour(s) but I don't like HAVING to go to cover up the greys!
Yes Santa, I know some of these things are a bit impossible for you to do for me but I can only dream.
I've read a couple of things this week that I am hoping will help me get my mojo back on my own.
The first was something Tully wrote the other day -
"and waking up each morning with a commitment to a healthy lifestyle"



The second was an article a friend emailed me from "Glow Fitness". It talks about changing your mind set from someone who "exercises to lose weight or to stay fit" to thinking of yourself as a "Recreational Athlete."
The idea is that you will take your training more seriously & I guess your commitment increases.

I'm not sure that I've ever really been committed to a healthy lifestyle. I've always exercised to lose weight. The only time I've exercised for improved fitness was the 5 weeks before we went on our recent scuba trip & was running.
I can't seem to put my finger on why I am finding it so hard to get back into an exercise head space!

I went to my cousin's gig last Friday night. They rocked!!!! They actually headlined the bill & weren't on til 11.30pm. It was another very late night (didn't get home til 4.30am) & I had to be up at 8.30am to to & help Plumbing Boy with wood splitting. Surprisingly I didn't actually feel that bad. And I didn't actually have to do as much "physical" work helping as I initially thought. At the moment all the split wood it is dumped in the front yard waiting for me to stack it properly - there's around 3 cubic metres so that will give me a bit of a work out.
I really have nothing else, so will leave you will my fur ball sleeping under our coffee table one night last week. Love that cat.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

GIG'S

The gig was awesome.

Truth be told, my mate T & I were kinda groupies to one of the bands. We discovered them not long after they'd formed & pretty much went to every gig thereafter until they stopped playing. T remained friends with pretty much all of the guys in the band, as she went out with one of their mates for around 10 years. Me, I guess I always thought they thought I was a bit of a loser. I know it's stupid & can be quite damaging deciding what other people think about you - but that's how it is; or was, for me.

There weren't as many of the old crowd there as we'd expected; but we had an absolute hoot of a time catching up with the couple who were there. I had a chat to 3 out of the 4 band members who all remembered me by name & have since added me on FB. One left me a really sweet message saying that it was "great to see you & of course T; it felt like a proper Guttersnipes show with you two there".

I was feeling quite spesh after that!

Spiderbait were beyond awesome. I used to go & see them with the Guttersnipes before they were Spiderbait............way back they were Spiderbaby but had to change their name for copy right reasons (I think??). The Corner is such a great venue. We were right up the front in amongst it moshin' (well I was, T was standing back & bit & P was kneeling on the stage). Luckily I was hanging with P's mate who is 6ft+ & kept me safe from the stage divers, crowd surfers & out of control drunks!!! I only got my feet stomped on a few times so all was good. Was drench with sweat afterwards & grinning like a crazy peep!

Didn't get home til 4.30am after waiting an hour for a Cab in the rain! Stayed at T's as she lives a bit closer to the city than I. Was a bit useless Sunday & spent most of the afternoon after T ran me home on the couch. Plumbing Boy was off dirt bike riding so I was left to nurse my hangover in peace. Oh. Except the bit where I had to take his car to the DVD store as he had mine & it ran out of petrol & gas on the way back & I had walk the last 2kms home in the rain. I had a few sound tracks running through my mind then, & most of them involved heavy curse words!!!

The walk did me good though & my headache subsided somewhat & walking up my stairs was a bit easier afterwards. I'd done Pump for the first time in 6 months Saturday morning & my quads have only come good really today. I've been walking around like a bloody cripple!!!! I did a 5km walk Tuesday night & they were OK while I was moving, but as soon as I stopped.......back to cripple land.

My cat got into a fight on Saturday night (or so PB thought he heard) while I was at the pub. When I came home on Sunday, she had licked a patch of fur of one of her hind quarters & on closer inspection had a deep puncture wound!!!! At first I thought she'd been bitten by a snake, but she was well within herself & didn't moan when I touched it & while it looked really deep, was clean & pink. So I've been attacking her with betadine & it's formed a nice scab this morning.

Due to the DOM's from Saturday, exercise has been haphazard, might try a run tonight, then I have extra curricular exercise planned for the rest of the week. Friday night am going to see my cuz's band Mistress Mondays play in Prahran (more moshin'). Saturday PB has some heavy labour planned for me. Friends are getting rid of a heap of sleepers from their garden & have had a couple of trees cut down (they are demolishing the existing house & rebuilding). He's hired a log splitter for the weekend - we have a wood fired heater. My job will be to help load & unload the split wood at each end. It is going to be 30 degrees. I will be hung over. And we are going to a 40th Saturday night. I'll have to try not to fall asleep at the dinner table I recon!!!


PS I'm Lovin' Primal Scream - Screamadelica soooo much right now. 3RRR have been advertising their gig & I downloaded the album yesterday. Way back when I was (as my old man used to call me) a bar maid - we had this CD in the pub. It was a bit of a soundtrack to the couple of years I worked there. Love. Love. Love.