Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Excited and spirited

It's not often I look at my horoscope but as there wasn't much of interest in the news today, I had a quick peak. I liked what I saw so today I am a believer in the stars - tomorrow who knows...

"You feel excited and spirited, infused with an extra dose of impulsive, can-do energy. There's a new beginning in the works, one you can feel in your bones. If you've met with some opposition recently at work or at home, it's no matter. You're determined to make it happen this time. That shouldn't be hard, either, because you are coming at the world full-force, and no one has to wonder about your agenda. Get ready to take some great strides today."

Saturday, 30 June 2012


I thought being mum to 3 kids who do a lot of activities was bad. Try adding in a husband who can't drive for the time being. Nightmare!!

Friday, 29 June 2012

Surgery and DIY don't mix

Jon has surgery to repair a fractured thumb yesterday. The surgery went well and he had a good nights sleep.

His thumb is in a plaster cast and it extends to his elbow.

Now, as a good wife I was more than happy to help him out with everything he needed to do. Having only one hand for at least a week was going to be challenging for him. So, cooking, cleaning, making cups of tea etc, I was totally prepared for.

However, him choosing to fix a roller blind to a wall this afternoon, with my help, I was not prepared for! I didn't sign up for this!

This evening, he admitted as he asked for the pain killers that perhaps doing DIY within 24 hours of hand surgery was not a good idea.

I didn't say I told you so. I didn't need to. We've been together so long that he knows what I am thinking. It's just that earlier today he chose to ignore me.

Oh and an aside, his cast looks like a boxing glove. It's not pink but I like pink.  :)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Busy busy

I'm not really sure where the last few weeks have gone. I am really busy with work, that is a good busy but sometimes I just don't get a minute to even think.

That has got to change. I just haven't figured out how yet.

I am in the process of starting up two more businesses as well as growing this one. I have taken on a trainer to work with me in my personal training business and am looking for another trainer to cover my area too which will free up some of my time to work on the other businesses.

The new businesses are still in the health and fitness industry. I'll write more about them later.

In addition to all that my kids are doing more and more activities outside of school which requires me to become a taxi driver more frequently.

I know this has been mentioned before and I did drop back their activities so now they only do one each, it's just that they are so good at what they do that the time required to train and practice has increased.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Grans funeral is today and I'm really sad not to be there with my family. 

Although I'm obviously very sad that I've lost my gran, it has raised the issue again of us living so far away from the rest of my family. 

Living here is fantastic, we love it. Australia has enabled us to have such an amazing lifestyle and I really don't want that to change. When all is well with family back home I am very happy here, however when things aren't I struggle with it. 

A whole host of emotions are raised, including jealousy and guilt. 

Sadly I can't see the situation getting any easier as my immediate family ages. 

So, what can I do?

Until I'm truly in that situation I won't know exactly how I feel but in the meantime I need to increase my income and savings to a point where I can afford to visit the UK regularly and see my family in good times. So that I can visit when times are not so great. So I can drop everything in an emergency and travel there. 

Earning money and feeling like I deserve to earn a higher income is an issue for another day. 

Today I'm thinking of the wonderful lady that was my gran. The lessons in life that she taught me and my family back home who are dealing with all the practicalities of the day xxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Music tuition, the lost book and manners

We recently cancelled our sons music tuition. Why? Truth be told he didn't like his tutor, he wasn't getting what he wanted from the sessions, so I called to cancel. And why not? At $35 per week, I wanted to make sure he was getting what he needed. Fair enough I thought.

Not so the tutor. She wanted paying for the full term as per her contract. I haven't signed any contract, I suggest you go away and think about what you want to say to me, I said though that's not what I was thinking!! My recount here doesn't even nearly do justice to how rude she was to me. For anyone unsure, rudeness is quite unnecessary in my book!

Talking of books, we had borrowed one from her and it (quite rightly) needed returning. No problem there. The problem came when she kept hounding me by text message about the book. Does she not know that the post does not deliver on weekends?

In my haste to rid her from my life, I made an error on the envelope and I sent it to the wrong address. I sent it two doors away.

Damn! What to do now? Jon said in not so polite terms, "Ignore it." But I couldn't, I have to do the right thing. Two wrongs don't make a right. We borrowed it, we had to return it.

Another issue, I found the book online, it costs $5. All this stress (and it was stressing me) over $5. Five dollars, seriously?

After going into the post office, calling the Dead Letter Office and more harassing text messages, I wrote to the address that I sent the book to.

Yes! Result, she called me and she still had it. Well, she retrieved it from the bin. She then delivered it to the correct address for me. Some people are wonderful.

I am happy, the book has been returned, the tutor has not messaged me once since, not even to say she had got it back.

Oh well. Time to move on. We can't all have manners. Can we?

Friday, 25 May 2012

Goodnight, sweet dreams

Last night, my Gran closed her eyes for the very last time. Good night, sweet dreams. Love you so very much xx