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Thursday, June 6th, 2013
9:48 am
*insert witty comment later*
Caitlin turned 5 last Friday. I know. Tempus Fugit and all that. Walking her to the bus stop I told her about the day she was born. Seems like only a moment ago.
She's absolutely loving school. There have been a few minor problems, but her teachers and Rod and I are working on them and seeing improvements all the time. Her schoolwork itself is coming along in leaps and bounds. To think she went to school not knowing how to read or write and now she's reading picture books to me and signing her drawings with her name. She's 15 months younger than some of the other kindy kids and I did wonder if we did the right thing sending her, but I knew in my heart she could cope and now she's proving it.

I'm on the school P&C as the fundraising coordinator and I work in the canteen once a week. It's great to be a part of such a wonderful school and to see the money raised by activities going to worthwhile things.

I'm also part of the local branch of the Lantern Club (raising money for deaf and blind children) I made 10 dozen scones and assorted cakes and slices last week to help with catering for a local antiques fair. Just been elected Vice President of the club.

Still on the committee of Caitlin's old preschool as well and have just put my hand up to another organisation trying to put together a Expo next year about Simple living-- homemade, handmade, sewing, cooking, sustainable living etc.

Not to mention looking after the house, the family and the chooks, garden etc.

My calendar is chockas and I'm loving it.

Oooh forgot to mention my desire to start sewing little things with an eye to having a stall every now and then at local markets.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
9:36 am
Ramblings
It's been ages since I dumped in here, and now I'm dumping again.

I've been selling Avon for around a year. I like it, I like looking at the catalogue and finding bargains.
I was told to try leadership so I thought I would. Big mistake. It is totally soul crushing to stand in a shopping centre and hassle people to join, just so i can meet "targets" Promising them free stuff and all this great stuff whilst knowing that I was lying.
So I told my boss I quit. I tossed and turned all night, hating myself. Not to mention trying to figure out where I was going to get the money to pay for all the free stuff. Yes, all the free brochures for representatives that I sign up, I have to pay for. And that is how Avon makes 7 billion dollars a year.

I wanted my free time to be about me, so now it will be. I will still sell Avon, but just to 10 or so people, I'm not catching buses and trains all over the country, just to sell a $2 shampoo.

I'm going to start making things to sell at local markets. Placemats etc. things that I can do quietly when Caitlin is at preschool and then when I have enough I'll take them to a local market. I have a few other ideas, but for now I'll start small. And best of all I'm working for me.

And extra bonus I don't have to wear a pink shirt to do it. So, if anyone who reads this is even thinking about Avon, for the love of God...run.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
8:49 pm
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
8:02 pm
Writer's Block: Tearjerkers
Dead Poets Society
Friday, October 28th, 2011
1:48 pm
Family
I have never really been part of a family that had dramas. There were arguments, people came and went but through it all the 4 of us (Mum, Dad, myself and my sister) just sailed on. We dealt and we moved on.

It wasn't until high school that I had friends from "broken" homes and once again I never saw drama.

And now I find myself in the middle of a group of people that run on drama. Everything is blown out of proportion and the only dealing mechanism I have identified is to completely ignore the problem and hope it'll sort itself out.

i can understand this from children but when I see it in adults I just want to slap some sense into them. Younger members of the family are full on drama queens, prone to posting vague statements on FB and then saying "Oh it's nothing" when I did make the fatal mistake of asking.

I'm not playing anymore. I'm blocking some from my life and the rest will get nothing more than casual civility. I don't need the headaches anymore. I'm tired of tying myself in knots trying to make everyone else happy to the detriment of my own happiness. This decision may very well hurt Rod in the short term and I'm sure he'll hear an interesting set of events from someone else, but I know what I did wasn't wrong and I will not feel guilty. Hopefully without bad influences Caitlin's behaviour will improve as well

On a positive side I don't have to worry about Christmas presents for a lot of people either :)

Current Mood: bitchy
Sunday, September 25th, 2011
6:19 pm
Writer's Block: BFF
I don't do best friends. I like all the people I like equally. I'm still in pretty close contact with friends I made over 20 years ago.
Monday, September 5th, 2011
5:38 pm
Writer's Block: Killer Queen
Fat Bottomed Girls. It's just an awesome rock song and it's a little naughty. And a lot ironic I guess
Saturday, August 20th, 2011
5:11 pm
Writer's Block: A literary masterpiece
Well I read her Shakespeare before she was born, then I started building an amazing library--Winnie the Pooh; Beatrix potter; Roald Dahl; Enid Blyton; Where the Wild Things Are; hundreds of Little Golden Books; Nursery Rhymes. We read at least 10 stories a day :)
Friday, July 15th, 2011
2:30 pm
Writer's Block: Subtitles please
I don't think there should be any American remakes of films. Are subtitles too difficult for Americans? Or can they just not come up with an original movie anymore?
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
7:30 am
Saturday, June 18th, 2011
5:45 pm
Writer's Block: Band on the run
Mull of Kintyre. I just like it.
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
5:29 pm
Pondering food
I made Steak and Kidney pie the other night. Rod basically inhaled it in. He even had leftovers the next day...which he doesn't do a lot anymore.
This got me thinking about food I used to make that he liked. So next week I'll be revisiting a few old favourites:
Jambalaya
Lamb shanks
Schnitzels
Steak Diane
and either lamb or pork ribs

Let's see what happens
Saturday, June 11th, 2011
6:45 pm
Writer's Block: Talk of the town
Stephen Fry. I could live in that man's mind forever.
Monday, May 23rd, 2011
7:50 pm
Friday, April 29th, 2011
5:45 pm
Writer's Block: The Royal Wedding
Spare key to our house, if they ever need to get away from it all.
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
5:29 pm
Writer's Block: Available: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with hot and cold running chills
Yes, the ghost of a murdered person is hardly going to want to harm anyone. I could help them move on and give the house back some happy vibes
Monday, April 11th, 2011
2:16 pm
Rant.
Came here to get it off my chest.
A friend of mine is thinking of doing a course. It's a 10 week course in mosaic. I thought it sounded interesting, so I had a look at the page of the lady doing the course. Her stuff is gorgeous. So I enquired about doing a course, thinking I could get a lift with said friend (yep, guess where this is heading)
Friend today decides she's either only going to do a couple of lessons to pick up the basics or just learn from a book.
So if I do the course, I'm going to be stuck without a lift and either having to get Rod to drop/pick up... hence meaning he can't have a beer when he gets home and he'd have to bring Caitlin with him or having to get a taxi, which is about $20 each way.

Grrrrrrrrr. I know my not driving is probably a pain, but I would have given her petrol money and we could have mosaiced together. Now I may not get to do the class.

Current Mood: annoyed
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
3:32 pm
Writer's Block: Homeword bound
Coastal castle,wall to wall bookshelves, huge kitchen.
Thursday, March 24th, 2011
5:31 am
Stuff
A few weeks ago, we went down to the markets in Penrith. There was a stall selling clothes. They also had a table of 2nd hand clothes. My friend found a little Adidas track suit jacket that would suit Caitlin. We had a look and couldn't see anything else, so I went to pay for the jacket. The lady said there should be 2 whole tracksuits, so we went to look. The lady and her partner looked but could only find 3 pieces. She figured someone had stolen the other jacket. When I got home I went to wash the clothes and all 4 pieces were in the bag. Too many people must have confused the counting.
Yesterday I went back down to Penrith, found the same stall and gave the woman the extra dollar. She couldn't get over that someone would be that honest.

In other news I won $100 for filling out a survey, Rod has got a full size upright piano for Caitlin and life is just generally moving along nicely :)
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
6:04 pm
Writer's Block: A super debate
I had to google Green Lantern, but I choose that. Not only are the powers spectacular but they are more intrinsically linked to the morals of the character using them.
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