Archive for January, 2007

highs and lows

had a phone call today that I thought would be just another ordinary thing that had to be dealt with – a simple attitude of kindness and helpfulness made it an absolute joy. So congratulations Origin Energy – who would have thought Electricity could come with a caring attitude!

On the other hand – why do parenting magazines never have front page stories like ‘how to survive a supermarket trip with 3 kids under 6 AND retain your sanity’ nuff said lol!

January 18, 2007 at 8:12 pm 1 comment

facing reality…

I am being honest today.

I am going to have to put my new kitchen on hold for at least a few months and more likely indefinitely.

Due to the drought the house has been moving and cracks have been opening up. This has been going on for at least the last 5 years and I think it is probably time to actually take it seriously instead of making jokes about the house falling down.

Water restrictions make it a little difficult to follow the advice of an engineer that I sought a couple of years ago but I am in the throws of organising a watering system which will allow me to water the house (only on tuesdays/saturdays between 8-10pm of course) and I am going to measure the gap near my bedroom window which is the worst affected area. I will keep measuring and recording for at least a month to see if it is getting better or worse or staying the same. From all that I have read water won’t be enough though as the gaps are too big and something else will need to be done – but at least with the watering and measurements and THEN a report from an engineer we will have a good starting point.

Last time I looked into this I was given an estimate of $11K to fix it and told that if i got the engineers report (to confirm the quote) I was giving them the job – well bullsh*t mate. I am stronger now and will NOT be taken for a ride (not to the tune of $11K – now if you tell me I NEED a new scrapping toy I am likely to believe you).

Anyway I am not allowing myself to be stressed over this…it is the sensible, grown up thing to do and the decision has been a little too long in coming. Seems it is time to be a grown up (I think reading Ngaire’s blog about being a grown up while I had this ‘new kitchen V house falling down’ argument going on in my head may have helped to ultimately push me in the sensible direction I would have gotten too eventually). It is a good time to do it anyway. The extra $ I had arranged for the kitchen may well be a sounder investment in maintaining the structural integrity of the roof over our heads after all.

So its a little sad but I will keep dreaming of my new kitchen and who knows I may still get it sooner than later. It’s not over til the fat lady sings after all (or til the engineer hands over the report). the 11k could be way off what it will cost. As a ballpark if it costs that much I still need to find another $3 but that is a whole lot better than finding $11 so I have a good head start after all. So just measuring, watering and taking pictures and hoping for the best then will call the engineers in for a verdict and do the sensible thing.

In the longrun I think that if/when I come to selling the house eliminating the big cracks in the brickwork and bent looking walls might do better to increase the value and help sell it than a new kitchen (which does really need doing but I guess in reality is less urgent than the brickwork).

So here’s to being grown up and sensible……and see me wave goodbye to my beautiful new kitchen…..just for a bit

January 18, 2007 at 2:09 pm 4 comments

ok I stopped whinging…

I did truly….man I am a big sook…

I spent the evening whinging about

Owen being sick so not going to daycare tomorrow

Brett being touch and go for daycare tomorrow

It being 39 degrees C blah

my throat/sinus infection

My ex

My home loan issues (long story short credit union have been waiting on paperwork for 1-2 weeks but no one got around to telling me AND the paperwork is just something signed by me and him (not just me) to say we are paying out the existing loan – apparently no one else can pay out your loan without you signing it….just in case anyone wants to pay out mine please be assured I will only be too happy to sign the paperwork)!

it being 38 tomorrow

people ringing me and asking for my husband

but you know with all the carry on about how shitty everything is I overlooked the good stuff that happened today.

Owen did a pooh on the toilet again (without being nagged) he hasn’t really been eating much so hasn’t gone much but he hasn’t had an accident for I think about a week now – and yes he is FIVE and shouldn’t be having them at all but this is still wonderful.

also cute is that when I mentioned that he might stay with me tomorrow and the kids go to daycare he was sad that he would miss Corey and Brett!

So tomorrow if they are feeling ok enough I might treat them to a movie – cause it is a very rare occurance that i have just the two big ones without Corey to do things like that (and lets face it the movies have air con)

January 16, 2007 at 10:13 pm 1 comment

It’s a quarter to two in the morning…

my body clock is sooo out of whack!

I have been up til 2.30ish the last two nights – the first one scrapping (one LO that I haven’t scanned yet still) and the second chatting (not that I could get a word in edgewise) with friends on yahoo!  At least tonight I have been working, a few new ads to put up and they are all done and filed now – well all that I can do has been done for tonight anyway.

Kids had a friend over today….well I rang to see if they were still planning to come and thank goodness I did.  The poor 5yr old boy who answered the phone was a bit distressed and asked me to please bring my kids and come and help because his Mummy was stuck in the bathroom.  He did sooo well for a kid his age.  He tried so hard to unlock the front door but the lock was stiff. In the end I managed to get through a section of fence that looked like it was propped up (it was indeed just propped up and I moved it relatively easily) and he was able to open the back door. His mum was able to tell me then that the door handle (which had fallen off the day before) was on the bar and we got her and her little girl out of there.  Turned out she had been stuck in there for about 2.5hrs and was getting quite stressed out.  Anyway I took her son back home to play with the boys and she came over later with her little girl for dinner (lasagne, chips and salad yum).

Am hoping that as the kids didn’t get to bed til 8.30ish that they may just sleep in a bit in the morning….especially as I am up so bloody late again despite promising myself I would be in bed at a respectable hour (not that 2am isn’t unrespectable – unless you have kids that don’t really know the meaning of QUIET in the morning and think that 7ish is a decent hour to get up and start full on loud playing)!

so tomorrow really am going to go to bed early! really……….

January 15, 2007 at 1:48 am 1 comment

the mansion

we went off to see the Werribee Mansion today. Packed a picnic and the camera and jumped in the car for the whole 10min drive (if you include parking the car and getting everyone out lol). Anyway the kids enjoyed it – especially the gardens which were absolutely awesome (they use recycled water etc on the gardens so that even with the water restrictions they are beautiful and lush and green). Sadly I hardly took any pics especially inside the mansion because as it turns out you aren’t allowed to take prams in which mean I had to lug around 10kg of very active boy up and down stairs etc. On the bright side just before I forked over the whole $14 for us to get in I saw a thing about yearly membership so I spent an extravagant $18 and now we can go as often as we like for the next 12 months! I thought I might go back on a photographic expedition without the kids as well as taking them back just for the gardens and a picnic as they simply adored the circular garden with all the flowers.

and tonight I scrapped! will scan later – I know lazy but come on it is 2am and I only just finished my ONE layout! now I’m off to bed!

January 13, 2007 at 2:01 am Leave a comment

how cool is THIS

you can turn your blog into a BOOK!

January 11, 2007 at 7:41 pm 1 comment

I can climb on the bandwagon too

actually it might be a good way to sum up the year… here goes

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
man where do I start? Had surgery, asked my dh to move out, started running my own business, killed a huntsman, drove to Adelaide with no co-driver,bought a car, cleaned a toilet (ok laugh go on but somehow it was always someone elses job)!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
not sure what they were – probably to lose weight so yes done that …..probably also to get more organised – well a long way to go but am improving
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
no one really close
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5.What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
boys who are toilet trained
7. What dates from 2006 remain etched in your memory and why?
no one date really….its been a big year and so many things happened no one stands out
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Learning to be independent and ironically learnign it is ok to ask for help sometimes too
9. What was your biggest failure?
5yr old boy still not toilet trained….need I say more?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had some major gall bladder dramas but the little trouble maker is gone now!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
freedom – in the shape of a laptop and a car – I can go anywhere I want and take my work with me
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My Mum and my Sister….I didn’t tell them what was going on with me and steve as I thought they wouldnt’ approve of my actions – I was so wrong. They have supported me emotionally and cheered me on each step of the way.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
A bunch of nasty scrapbookers who anonomously bagged people on blogs
and my own frustration and inability to deal with it without yelling sometimes
14. Where did most of your money go?

mortgage, car, computer, internet connection, xmas pressies for the kids……….oh ok and a chunk went to various scrapbooking supply stores

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
xmas with my family
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
hmmm I wish I was a punk rocker
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
happier, thinner, umm possibly more in debt but have more assets too – about the same or better off – certainly with a better outlook!
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
just playing with the kids and walking to kinder – we got a bit slack and drove a lot
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
yelling – oh and cleaning little boys undies (refer above)
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
spent it at mum’s and sue’s in Adelaide – it was sooo good
21. What was your favorite TV program?
actually i didn’t watch tv – well ok a little bit but less than once a week – but i did get gilmore girls seasons 1-4 on dvd and watched that!
22. What was the best book you read?
um didn’t read many this year……….the secret dreamworld of a shopaholic that i got for xmas gave me a good laugh
23. What was your greatest musical discovery of 2006?
ummm not sure here – had a mostly musicless year due ot kids wanting to talk to me in the car and lack of stereo oh and all the cds were pretty much steves so didn’t have any til fairly recently
24. What did you want and get?
a new chance to grab life by the throat and live it
25. What did you want and not get?
a new house
26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 33 and spent it on a scrapbooking retreat
27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
umm actually the fact that i tossed out most of my old black clothes and bought some new ones with actual colours!
28. What kept you sane?
my computer and the friends that live inside it
29. What political issue stirred you the most?

I have actually been very self obsessed this year so while a few things did stir me up I’m not sure I could name them – the lack of tv also meant the lack of news in many respects til i started to read it online
30. Who was the best new person you met?

ok thinking thinking – i didn’t meet too many people this year….but probably Katie – my little brothers girlfriend – ok I only met her briefly but I saw what she has down for my little bro – ie put the smileback in his eyes!

woohoo done….now it best be time for bed!

January 11, 2007 at 12:03 am 2 comments

throw the plan out the window!

I swear I had a big list of things to do today…starting with cleaning up my room and preparing to paint and put the wardrobe up….what did i do…..not a lot! got two ads rolling at top50 and then went shopping! bought some curtains for the lounge room – bargain as ready made curtains that size (3m window) usually sell for around the $169-229 mark so imagine my delight when I found some in a lovely shade of puke brown (rofl actually they look much better up and I am planning to repaint in brown soon). They are actually 180cm wide but got two sets (have sorta attached them into two curtains with the curtain thingos). Anyway I got them for $40! woohoo! and it took me the rest of the day – til now – to gett he bloody things up! still not running properly on the new rail doodad but up and keeping the heat of the morning out!

January 10, 2007 at 11:22 pm Leave a comment

some days….

some days I am on top of everything (oh ok not often)…other days (like today) I wonder what the hell is wrong with me! The kids spent 2 days (1 night) at Daddy’s and by 10am they were driving me up the bloody wall! I had planned to take them out for the day but they were desperate to play with some of their toys that had been left sealed up until Xmas. So we stayed home and tidied the lounge room instead…a lot less interesting and fun but also disparately necessary! Oh well we got it done we played with toys, Brett had an afternoon nap. Tomorrow is daycare day and as it is also going to be quite a warm day I’m thinking that I might try to do something about the state of my room in the morning in preparation for painting and redecorating and then treat myself to a movie in the afternoon. Afterall I realised the other day that the last time I saw the inside of a cinema was 31st December 2005….pretty sad huh?

So I think I might go and see ‘the holiday’ all by myself during the day.

January 9, 2007 at 8:31 pm 2 comments


firstly – I can’t believe that I left out the most important bit of that previous post…so here goes it again…

Some of you will know that I had decided to extend my Christmas visit with Mum and Dad to two weeks.  It is actually the longest time I have spent with them well frankly since I finished uni (so um a decade give or take).  Just before I left I suddenly got a bit worried that perhaps I wasn’t cut out for such an extended visit…that perhaps we would drive each other insane and want out after a week….

I am happy to report that was NOT the case.

I was in tears and I shared the biggest hugs with Mum and Dad (at this point I will add that Dad didn’t help with the tears bit by whispering ‘you’re doing a great job’ in my ear either). Now Owen and Brett were definitely NOT angels during my visit – major toilet training issues still going on with no method of ‘training’ appearing to be having ANY affect at all, and made worse by the startling revelation that apparently Owen at least has no such problems when at Daddy’s house (which I was informed just before we left).  Anyway the support and encouragement, the physical help and assistance and just the love and friendship of my family is amazing and wonderful and I am so truly blessed that I was in tears all the way through Adelaide til we got to the hills…for the first time in years it was time to go home and I wasn’t ‘ready to go’.

So – am I moving to Adelaide?  No.  It surprised me how much my heart would like to go but ultimately there are two fairly big things stopping me at the moment (they may change one day so who knows, I’m not saying never).  Finances – I couldn’t sell this house and buy a new one in Adelaide – that may change one day as my equity in this one rises (or if I win lotto lol). And of course the other one is the kids Dad.  As long as he is living around here then I feel I should hang about for the kids sake – they would miss their dad – they did miss him just being away 2 weeks – that is the longest they have gone without seeing him.

so we might just have to up the number of visits to Adelaide….and maybe one day – just maybe I’ll even rethink the portable/car dvd player.

January 7, 2007 at 12:05 pm 2 comments

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