Wednesday, October 31, 2007

SheFinally Did It!

After nearly 30 years of abuse, my mother in law has finally left my her partner.

On Monday night she refused to sign yet another credit card application so that he would have money to go overseas to meet his Philippino mail order bride. (Not that he'd ever admit that's what she is, but we've SEEN the emails!) He went apeshit. Smashed up the kitchen, threw glasses at her and W and threatened to kill her.

The cops were called and he took off. An AVO has been taken out and the police made him cancel his travel plans. He was meant to be flying out in a fortnights time you see. So, no money, no nookey, trouble with the cops and more tantrums.

All of this culminated yesterday with W (eldest son) organising alternative housing and D (youngest son) organising manpower and trucks to move them with. They were unpacked in the new house by tea time last night leaving him with only a bed, a fridge, one telly and kitchen gear for one.

So he gets home late yesterday afternoon, finds the house cleaned out and rings her to say "I'm sorry, I don't want you to leave, I didn't mean for any of this to happen, I just wanted the children gone" He wants her to kick out her two children who are at home and not have any contact with the 3 that aren't. Fair enough to kick the two out of home on the surface, they are adults after all....... but this isn't about them sponging, this is about him being terrified that one of the no longer intimidated by him children will start to influence her away from under his control.

This may be it. I'm hoping this is it. I'm praying this is it. But at the same time I have to advise hubby and his siblings to be cautious too. They are desperate for their mother to get away from their stepfather/father, but are looking at this only through the eyes of the child of a battered woman. They don't understand why she stayed so long. They don't understand why she was so desperate to hang onto her house. They don't understand that after having her identity slowly but surely stripped from her that house is the only solid thing left that defines her. They don't understand that she has been manipulated by this man for nearly 30 years and is still vulnerable to him. They don't understand that battered women often go back and sometimes need a few trial runs before they actually go and stay gone. They don't understand that they can't make decisions for her right now, no matter how screwed up her thinking because until she owns the final decision to leave that it will never really be over.

I wouldn't wish what I went through with my ex on my worst enemy, but ........... how do I put this?......... if some good is to come from the hell I went through, I'm glad it is this, that I can support my husband through this and hopefully help him and his siblings understand a little of what their mother is going through.


My pelvis finally decided to unlock and I now have movement. And not a moment too bloody soon either. I shuffled into the kitchen late last night to get a drink only to discover that my kitchen is trashed!! There are bowls and saucepans sitting out from SATURDAY! My nice pretty water glasses are smashed as things have just been dumped in the sink on top of them and I won't even try to guess what all the food was clogging up the sink. Apparently we only scrape plates in this house if I am actually watching!! I was ropeable! Will still need to rest up and be careful for a few days, but the pain is GREATLY reduced already and I seriously need to be able to do some bits and pieces around here.

I also had to go to the doctor's to get some scripts refilled today. Turned out it was quite lucky cos I had CJ up till 4 this morning with a fever, headache and sore throat. Gave me a bit of a fright. She hasn't been that sick since she was a tot. The doc confirmed my guess, just a virus, not much to be done except paracetamol and rest. We had just made it out of the chemist from replenishing our supplies when TJ got flushed and grumpy. He was home from school too as he had a headache last night and I thought a day at home might help him kick whatever was making him off. Looks like he's got the same bug.

So......... we made one last pit stop at Woolies for lemonade and a new dvd, and the kids are now both settled in the living room watching 'The Rise Of The Silver Surfer'.

I'm hoping that they might have a nap. I could sure use one!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

So I'm Lying In Bed This Morning And.........

hubby gets up and wanders out the back to have a ciggie then checks on TJ getting ready for school (yes wearing my dressing gown) when CJ, who is not feeling well, comes into the room, jumps in hubby's side of the bed and snuggles in for the morning.

Needless to say hubby was less than impressed. I told him that he'd obviously forgotten the 15 minute rule - if you are out of bed for more than 15 minutes you are up and forfeit all bed rights.

So he starts mucking around walking in and out of the bedroom growling at the bednapper daughter. At one stage he comes running in the with insect spray yelling about a cockroach being in the bed. I tell him its a pink cockroach in its dressing gown. She informs me that she's a breast cancer cockroach!

He give up after that! LMAO

Monday, October 29, 2007

TJ's Messy Eggs

TJ decided tonight that he wanted his eggs "messy". In TJ's language that means scrambled.

I explained to him that he had to simply crack two eggs into the frying pan, then keep stirring them while they cooked. He asked if he then had to put them in a bowl to "smoosh them up" . I explained that no, the stirring while cooking would do that for him. So off he goes to cook his eggs under his sisters supervision.

Except that he wouldn't let her supervise! So every couple of minutes he was in and out of my bedroom (still stuck) asking me were his eggs cooked enough yet. Mind you he was bringing the frying pan, the egg flip and the egg rings with him every trip. Not sure why we needed the egg rings, but they make great bracelets!

Hubby has not long gotten home and asked me about the mess in the frying pan. Quite frankly, I told him, I'm surprised there isn't egg from one end of the house to the other!

Menu Plan Monday

It's that time of the week again......... sigh..........

No I can do this. I. Can. Do. My. Menu. Plan.



Monday - Eggs on Toast

Tuesday - Hawaiian Pizza!
Baking - pikelets

Wednesday - Shepard's Pie and Salad

Thursday - Steak & sweet potato salad
Baking - Cinamon Tea Cake

Friday - Fish and Chips

Saturday - Snags and Mash with veges
Baking - Chocolate Slice

Sunday - Rissoles, potato wedges and veges

Cinamon Tea Cake

60g Butter or Margarine
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Essence
1/2 Cup Castor Sugar
1 Cup of Self Raising Flour
1/3 cup of Milk
1 Egg
1 teaspoon melted butter
Cinamon Sugar to taste

Soften butter/margarine and beat into castor sugar. Add vanilla essence and egg and beat well. Alternate adding portions of milk and flour, beat until smooth. Pour into small round cake tin or loaf tin and bake in moderate oven for 25 - 30 minutes.

After turning out from tin, brush melted butter across top of cake and sprinkle with cinamon sugar. Let cool and enjoy!

Head over to Laura's for more menu planning inspiration!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Sleepover!

God have mercy on my soul......... I have 5 giggling gooses of girls gallivanting around my backyard in boxers and singlets with purple and pink glow stick glasses on their faces!

They have stuffed themselves on chips, lollies, sponge cake with jam & cream filling, pikelets, more lollies, hotdogs and hot chips. TJ long ago hit overload as was convinced to go to bed before he had a meltdown. Hubby has been intermittently turning the back lights off and scaring the beejezus out of the girls for his own amusement.

I decided that while I couldn't exactly do much being stuck in bed that I would make each one a pair of earrings as a take home treat. Of course two of them had to pick out their own designs which has taken the better part of an hour lol These are some of the earrings I made for the girls.

Oh and I heard the most interesting version of "These Boots are made For Walking" the girls were singing it as "these boobs were made for bouncin' and that's just what they'll do, one of these days these boobs are going to bounce all over you" It was pretty much at that point that I decided that perhaps being stuck in bed for the duration of the party wasn't such a bad thing after all!

Friday, October 26, 2007


Apparently I've done the norti thing and mentioned the "c" word........ Christmas! lol.

I must admit though to freakin myself out a little last night. I was sitting here thinking "well its CJ's b/day so its only 8 weeks till Christmas" then I thought "oh shit! I'm getting operated on in 4 weeks so need to be ready WAYYYYYY early"

I've taken stock today and its not as bad as I first thought.

All of hubby's and the kids gifts are either ordered through Chrisco/Castle or on layby. I only have one niece, one nephew and parents left to acquire gifts for. One set of grandparents disapprove of us spending money on them and the kids are capable (with minimum supervision) of making chocolates and I can give CJ a small embroidered banner to make without much difficulty. The two sets of grandparents on hubby's side only ever get photo's from us so I just have to pick some and get nice prints made up. My parents........ well......... I'll think of something I"m sure! lol A voucher from the local second hand book shop for my dad and something crafty for mum. As long as I've figured out what I'm making before my op, I'll be able to get it done while I"m resting up after.

The tree we usually put up the first weekend in December. Given that my op is a few days before we'll just put it up a week early. I'm also going to drag out my boxes of stuff so I can figure out where I want things to go. I figure that sitting in bed giving orders to others about where I want things still counts as resting! lol

I just need to make a plan so that all the big jobs are taken care of before my op or by someone else. As long as I get some kind of plan together I think it should all be pretty smoothly.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Oh Crap!



I need to get organised. Double Crap!

Time to take inventory and make some lists

CJ's the Birthday Girl

Its your birthday, its your birthday and we want to say, many happy, many happy, returns of the day.

Well that's the birthday sone they sing at school.

I had to laugh, CJ came complaining that some of the boys in her class were cranky at her for not bringing in birthday cake to share.... I would've thought they'd be getting a bit past that by their age! lol 10 & 11 year old boys are funny creatures

Part of her present was a Pandora's Charm Bracelet. She REALLY likes it. I'm so pleased! Now if I can just con DHubby (non affectionate form today) into buying one for me for Christmas I'll be a happy chicky!

We had a pretty good afternoon despite my being sore and laid up again. Mud cake makes everything better. I'm managing to move a little today, so we aren't postponing her party. We will be doing easy party food like party pies, sausage rolls, cocktail frankfurts etc though to keep it simple and easy. She is having 4 friends for a sleepover in a tent in the backyard. I figure if they are outside there is less chance of my hearing them giggling all night! lol

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Menu Plan Monday on Wednesday

Yeah yeah, I know its not Monday and this should've been posted days ago! Bite me!

Monday - Spag Bol

Tuesday - Snags and homemade chips

Wednesday - Roast Chook and vege

Thursday - Snags and something or other

Friday - Rissoles and Vege

Saturday - Party food

Sunday - More Rissoles and vege

Dunno what I did to myself the other day, but I'm back in bed again. Sigh. AND to add insult to injury my shirt slipped up giving me too much heat from the hot water bottle so now I have blisters as well.

Last night about midnight, I was hoping to be able to get myself a glass of freakin' water and ended up stuck in the kitchen, not able to get back to bed, so had to call out to CJ to come help me. Poor girl must've been keeping an ear out for me cos she was there in two seconds, helped me back to bed, reheated my hot pack, got me a glass of cold water, tucked me in and went back to bed. She had bags the size of tasmania under her eyes this morning, so stayed home from school and bummed around with me watching dvd's all day. This child is a legend! She absolutely rocks!

S0 this weeks menu is all stuff that the kids can cook themselves if need be. I just hope I'm back on my feet by sat for CJ's party, but if I'm not, we have a plan B to have it next w/e instead and she's not upset at the idea at all. God luv her!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Gosh Oprah has some Stooooooooopid Guests!

I think I over did things. I'm sore from my neck to my knees. Doesn't feel like I've thrown anything out, just sore muscles. Really REALLY sore.

So as a result I'm lounging around in bed today watching telly. Jenny McCarthy is on Oprah. She says that kids with autism can recover. Huh? thinks I. Recover she says. Just like someone in a bus crash recovers. She then goes on to explain that autism is a result of vaccination shots. Way to go Oprah! Way to convince millions of viewers that the parents of autistic children haven't bothered to rescue then and "bring them out" AND that vaccinations cause autism. I suppose the 'peace from the divine' during her son's cardiac arrest should have set off some warning bells. I don't know an awful lot about autism, but even I could see that this woman is a complete nutter.

She was talking about giving "hope" to parents of autistic children. All I saw was her giving the majority of them a slap in the face and opening the door for more crackpot theories

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tit for Tat

So the other day I'm on the phone to the zone office with L our admin person. She was having one of "those" days and accidentally called me by the resigning secretary's name - P. I had a chuckle to myself about how frazzled L was, but didn't think anything more of it......... until the captain starts calling me P instead of Bettina.

Finally when I get him to explain why, it turns out that L was talking to him later in the day and was worried that she may have offended me by calling me the wrong name. The fella's thought this was a great joke. They started calling me "P" every time they talked to me after that. Then it became "P2" in honour of my status as the second secretary.

But I got the last laugh. They didn't think it was quite as funny when I started calling them all by the names of the old executive members!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Are We There Yet?

We were all sitting around at the back of the station tonight watching our various spawn cook tea on the BBQ, when the ex captain shows up to have a sticky beak. He calls the captain over to have a "private chat" and expresses some concern that other members are still angry at him and holding a grudge.

We've only had one training night since reforming last week and he's already come to that conclusion? I could understand him raising that kind of concern if after a month or so people weren't talking to him and he wasn't being included in brigade activities, but after just one week, one training night and one job in which he was asked to participate, he had decided that some of us are angry and grudgeful? Makes you wonder who's not giving whom a go.

It's a bit of a joke really. The fact is that most of us are quite beyond hurt or angry. The level of ridiculousness has left most just plain old tired. Tired of bullshit and crap. The real issue here is trust and that is something that may take quite some time to rebuild.

The Freakin' Secretary RESIGNED!

The newly appointed secretary/treasurer of our newly formed brigade only lasted 7 days. On the 8th day she resigned! So the executive held an emergency meeting and decided to appoint a replacement. I found out a few hours later........ AFTER they had confirmed it with the bosses from the zone office.

The phone call went something like this.........

the captain:- "Bettina?"
Me: - " Yes Brian?"
the captain:- "P. has resigned"
Me:- - "oh"
the captain:- "guess what?"
Me: - "what"
the captain:- "you're it"
Me: - "I am?"
the captain:- "yep congratulations"
Me: - "asshole"
the captain:- "bahahahaha"

She hadn't done much except for typing up last week's minutes and checking the PO Box. So, yesterday I had to sort out what the bank needed to open the new brigade account, collect signatures, find minutes, make a new letter head, write letters, close store accounts, open new store accounts, chase the other exec members for more signatures, order enough meat to feed God only knows how many people for 3 days, create new sign on sheets and try to find some contact details for members so we could organise crews. All this while being shit-stirred mercilessly by the fella's.

This morning I spent trying to figure out what office supplies I needed to set up the office how I would like it, and how I was going to file/sort paperwork etc, all without the benefit of being able to see what was in the filing cabinet as the keys had been lost. Three hours, much more shit-stirring and $400 later I have a fully stocked office, the kitchen supplies are replenished and there is enough food in the place to feed a small army. Only then did one of the guys finally break into the filing cabinet for me to discover that I didn't need 1/3 of the stationary I brought. Keys are very handy things. So are bolt cutters.

Its been quite a funny day actually - some executives from the old brigade were 1st class hoarders. We have been finding equipment, supplies and uniforms all over the place in padlocked lockers with no keys, hidden in cupboards, and shoved in boxes. I have a feeling that its going to take us quite a while to get an accurate picture of what exactly is in our station.

I think I'm on top of the secretary side of the job as of this evening, although mid afternoon if one more person had asked me just one more question I would have happily stuffed their head in the filing cabinet and set it alight. At that point I came home for a couple of hours to just sit in the cool quiet, enjoy the chatter of my children and clear my head.

Tomorrow we start to set up our financial record system. Fortunately I have a qualified book keeper on hand to help with that. By far the biggest job is going to be to sort and archive the 13 years worth of paperwork from the old brigade. We have been finding paperwork stashed all over the station too. It will be a bit-by-bit-over-quite-a-few-months job methinks.

But the thing that makes me smile, the thing that I'm really really proud of the past two days............... my washing is done, dry & folded, the dishwasher is packed and the sink is shiny!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Busy Week

Well its a busy week this week.

It all started Monday night with the first official training night of our new brigade. Has me absolutely perplexed why some people jumped up and down wanting the night changed so they could be there....... it was the same usual suspects in attendance as always. lol

Had some errands to do yesterday and then today have spent the day at the station cleaning and clearing out the stuff from the old brigade. Then another meeting tonight to organise crew for the next few days.

The local Aero club is hosting a fly in this weekend. They are expecting 300 or so planes and 2000 or so people. We are providing fire protection for the event so need a crew on standby at all times as well as needing an extra person or two manning our station as it is the command centre in case of emergency during the event as well as providing the pilots with a place to shower etc during the weekend. So its all hands on deck till Monday when they all go home again. Hopefully some of us will get a flight for our efforts! lol

I was given a mission today. The mission, and I did choose to accept it, was to locate and acquire an adequate supply of toilet paper without actually paying for any! lol I did quite well. I raided the Fire Control Office and came back with 4 commercial size rolls of toilet paper, plus as an added bonus a bag full of RFS wristbands and yo-yo's. I wasn't quite sure how the yo-yo's would be used for wiping our butts, but told the FCO that we'd figure out something! Perhaps we can trade them......... go into the school and tell kids that we'll give them a yo-yo for every roll of dunny paper they steal from home and bring in to us! lmao

I'm quite enjoying myself right now. This is a part of the job that I really really enjoy and after having a break for a few months I'm finding myself quite eager to get back in the swing of things and quite thankful that I can.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Body Declutter

Last year I got a bit of a shock when after having a pap smear I was called back in for an appointment. I was told that I had an abnormal result. I was told it was a CIN 3. I had surgery within 4 weeks to remove it.

I recovered from that quite well, but started having hormonal problems 6 months later. My cycle got so out of whack that I ended up anaemic and slept this winter away. My husband told me that I'd "gone whacko" and the kids used to hide from me during the worst of the mood swings. When my GP started me on hormones I also had acne the likes of which I had not ever had even during the peak of my adolescent zit production!

So, three months, may tests and quite a few iron tablets later, my gynecologist tells me I have a pseudo poly cystic ovary disorder which means in a nutshell that I'm not ovulating properly and its throwing everything out of whack, including my weight.

Basically I have two options a) a hormone implant that he doesn't feel confident of being able to place because of the awkward position of my uterus and scaring from the operation last year that I would need a general anaesthetic for anyway or b) a hysterectomy which will stop the hormones, control the anaemia, help me lose weight and take my risk of further cancers from "very high" to "practically zero".

Let me see......... I choose.......... tick tock tick tock......... b! So I have 6 weeks to say goodbye to my uterus. I'm thinking of throwing it a farewell party the weekend before my op.......... do you reckon that will count as decluttering body clutter? lol!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - tonight we had eggs on toast
Baking - Date Loaf & Honey Rice Bubble Slice

Tuesday - BBQ Chicken, chips + Salad & hot bread rolls

Wednesday - Chicken Pasta Bake (Freezer Meal) + Cabbage & Sweet Potato
Baking - Tea Cake & Cheese Scones

Thursday - Sausages + Cheesy Potatoes & Peas, Corn

Friday - FFY (Fend For Yourself)
Baking - Chocolate Cake & Pikelets

Saturday - Lamb Cutlets + Potato Fritters and Salad

Sunday - Spaghetti Bolognaise

Thought I'd share one of our favourite slice recipes.

Honey Rice Bubble Slice

4 cups of Rice Bubbles
1 cup of Coconut
1 cup of unsalted Peanuts
120 grams Butter or Margarine
4 tblspns Honey
1cup Castor Sugar

Combine Rice Bubbles, Coconut and Peanuts in large mixing bowl.
Gently heat Margarine, Honey and Castor Sugar in a saucepan until melted. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally (be careful if you don't stir it will bubble over). Poor over dry ingredients and mix through.
Press into slice tin and allow to cool and set. Cut slice and store in an airtight container.
Doesn't usually last long enough in our house to need refrigerating, but does keep well in the fridge.

For more menu plans and recipes visit Laura

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I'm Ready!

Their uniforms are ironed and waiting on the ends of their beds. Their lunches are made and sitting in the fridge. Their shoes are shined. Their bags are packed and waiting near the door.

I am soooooooo very ready for school to go back tomorrow! lol

I love my kids. And I love spending time with them. And I love school holidays. I love the break in routine. I love not having to be anywhere. I love being able to make the day up as we go along.

But today, I am just ready for some "alone time" and tomorrow...... I shall have it!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sandpaper People

We all have sandpaper people in our lives. The term I'm using might not be one you are familiar with, but you know who I'm talking about. "Those people". You know? The ones that rough us up a little whenever they open their mouths.

I call them sandpaper people because while they do rough us up a little with their backhanded compliments, poorly worded jokes or inappropriate comments, they also take off some of our rough edges. They teach us to be a little more tolerant, a little more patient and to be a little quicker to overlook careless words that previously would have caused us to explode or at the very least offended us and left us stewing in our own juices.

But I think the worst of it is that even when you do eventually blow up at them they always reason it away. "oh she's just stressed about blah blah and taking it out on me as usual". It's never something they did, they are just the convenient scapegoat for our mood swings. I guess its half true. I do tend to blow up at my sandpaper friend when something else in my life is going crappily, but that doesn't mean that she's not unintentionally insulting the rest of the time, just that I am better equipped to overlook it when everything else is going well.

I still have to wonder sometimes........... how long till she runs out of sand and is just plain old paper? And will that be before or after I try to choke some sense into her with my bare hands?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Day of Sirens

There are quite a few different sounds that a fire tanker siren can make from long wails to short yelps.............. and my son can imitate them all quiet well.

So well in fact that I have been known to wander into the living room to see what he's watching on the telly that has sirens on it or to turn our scanner up to sticky beak at whats happening around town only to find that it's actually TJ in his bedroom playing out a disaster of epic proportions on the road mat that covers most of his bedroom floor.

There have already been a few disasters this morning. I hope they take a break mid afternoon so I can have a short nap without dimly recognising the sound in my sleep then bolting awake waiting for my pager to go off! Don't laugh. It's happened before!

I keep wondering though............... will he be a fireman or a firetruck when he grows up?


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Drama Thursday

I'm feeling like I'm a bit of a drama queen at the moment, but I don't mean to be. Honest I don't. Things just seem to be happening around me lately.......... Sigh.

This time it's my own family's turn to exhibit their dysfunctionality.

Today my brother J picked an argument with my mother. When she drove off on him before he'd finished his rant, he decided to follow her home. Luckily that wasn't where she actually went, because he had a little tantrum and trashed the house. God only knows what he would have done had he been able to find her. He then took his rage for a drive around town and caused some havoc elsewhere as well.

My brother is a drug addict. At the moment he's using and at the mercy of his addiction. Most likely a combination of marijuana and amphetamines or possibly heroin. He's also mentally ill. So the drugs transform his normal quirky behaviour, quick temper and secretiveness into full blown conspiracy theories, rages and paranoia. The police were talking about having him scheduled (committed to a mental ward for evaluation) tomorrow if he isn't acting a bit more rationally in the morning. I hope they do. I hope he gets some help this time for his head space and not just his addiction.

The Pantry Terrorist!

TJ the pantry terrorist in on the rampage!!

The past few days he has eaten

* breakfast - full bowl of cereal
* 2nd breakfast - another full bowl of cereal
* Lunch - a sandwich
* 2nd lunch - another sandwich
* afternoon tea - hoards of bickies and fruit
* late afternoon tea - an apple if he can con one out of me
* dinner - whatever we are having plus seconds
* desert - iceblock or icecream
* supper - bowl of baked beans

He's either having a growth spurt or is actually a hobbit child in disguise!

My fear is this - if he eats like this during a growth spurt at age 8 how on earth will I every manage to keep enough food in the house when he's in his teens???

Perhaps I should change his name to Tomwise Gamgee!

Inaugural Brigade Meeting

Our inaugural brigade meeting was held last night to open our "new" brigade. It was certainly very interesting indeed. They attempted to fill positions with supposedly neutral people, but didn't have enough so had to balance it out between the warring sides. Two of the neutral people were interesting decisions in that one of them is old friends with one side and the other is despised by that same side. ........ so I guess it all balanced out in the end lmao! It will also be very interesting to see how the new secretary/treasurer manages to do her job next year when she resumes full time uni in Canberra.

Hubby and I are off the hook job wise. I'm quite thankful for that, but he's a bit ticked. Understandably so too. He's more qualified than two blokes who were put in for positions and had tried to stay neutral through the BS earlier this year. Unfortunately I was a prime target and him being my husband, I can understand why they didn't want to put him in. Not fair, but that's life.

Anyhow, I have my gear back, have my pager back, I have permission to upgrade my licence to drive the tankers and apparently hubby will be getting a station key at some stage so we are set to go for the coming fire season which looks like being a doozy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


I've noticed this past week or so on one of the television stations between 11:30 and midnight there are adds encouraging children to ring 000 in an emergency. The characters on the add look like they include a fairy, a superhero, a magician, the kangaroo from the hooley dooleys and some purple weird eared creature from teletubbies or some such strange programme. Its an OK add. I'm sure little kids would like it.

My question however is this............. how many toddlers do they think sit up watching telly at that time of night? Wouldn't the advertising dollars be better spent in the morning during ....... hmmm lets see....... the shows the kids actually watch?

Methinks someone dropped the ball..............

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


CJ has done it this time!

She actually bloody did it!!




Monday, October 8, 2007

Little A's Disaster

One of the parents from our Little A's club was working at our shed over the weekend putting in tracks for a new roller door when a welding spark hit a high jump mat and ignited. The building and all the athletics gear are pretty much a right off and the club has NO money to replace the lost equipment.

Somehow I don't think that we'll be right to start the season next Thursday let alone host the Zone Championship Carnival the first weekend in December without some kind of mad scramble for funds and equipment over the next few weeks.

What a bit of rotten luck!!

TJ and the Shower

The past few weeks have seen the rise of a perplexing and frustrating phenomenon. TJ (now 8) has decided that in the interests of keeping his showers quick that he shall turn it on while he undresses, then turn it off while he redresses into his pj's without actually hopping under the water. Apparently if I am not going to allow him enough time to thoroughly soak the bathroom while playing cars for half an hour under the running water then he isn't going to be clean. At all. Ever.

Some nights I have had to send him back to the shower 3 or 4 times before he will finally hop in and actually wash himself. He would be quite happy to forgo showers altogether and pj's and just wear the same clothes all day, then sleep in them at night too for weeks on end I am sure.

Having already used the "if you don't start washing yourself I'll have to bath you like a baby" to no avail I am now unsure of what mother's barb to pull out of my arsenal next. Have no fear though, it will come to me. This is not Miss Lou that I am dealing with - I have so far always come out on top with the other two!

Menu Plan Monday

Well actually, I did a little more than just menu planning today. I started taking a full inventory of my pantry. I know that Flylady Leanne suggest we have a perpetual pantry list, but I don't think I'm up to being that organised yet. I did however like this idea for organising my pantry from MeckMom! I often buy things I already have because I didn't see it on my shelf or miss something that I needed again because I didn't see it or saw an empty packet and didn't realise I needed it. Not sure how I'm going to organise my inventory list yet, but I'll come up with something over the next few weeks I'm sure.

Anyhow the menu plan for this week is.........

Monday - Chicken Schnitzel with Sweet Potato & Salad

Tuesday - Takeaway

Wednesday - Shepard's Pie (freezer meal x4)

Thursday - Rissoles with Potato & Mixed Greens

Friday - Beer Battered Fish with Chips & Salad

Saturday - Sausages with Mash & Salad

Sunday - Roast Chicken with Roast Veges, Peas & Corn

The freezer meal is one that I can make extra of that will freeze nicely for hubby's meals while on the road through the week.

I also need to include on my shopping list for this week snacks for school for the kids & healthy snacks for me. I really should pick a day to do some baking. I'll have a think about it.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Predator

You know that sound that the alien out of Predator makes? The clicking sound? I know how they make that sound. I know this cos my hubby can make that sound with his teeth. Apparently making up things to do with your new teeth is what truckies do when on the road so that when they return home they can drive their families nuts. And I don't mean a little nuts, I mean stark raving loony want to smash his teeth with a hammer nuts!! I sincerely wish that he would go back to picking at his toenails.

I guess my message today, dear friends, is that teeth are for chewing not making sound effects with. You just never know. One day that advice could save your false teeth from a hammer.


Just as I was thinking about putting on a dvd while hubby watches the car racing, he comes tearing into the bedroom and flogs off with my dvd player so he can watch a dvd in the living room. (The dvd player from out there shit itself the other day). I told him he was being rude and he took it anyhow.

So then his dvd wouldn't work. He fiddled with it for ten minutes and couldn't get it to play. lmao. So then he brings the dvd player back. I wait 15 minutes put the dvd on and it plays straight away!! lmao

Serves him right for pinching it on me!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Dressing Gowns

I have got to get hubby his own dressing gown. When its a bit chilly and he wants to go outside for a ciggy he steals my pretty pale blue with stars all over it dressing gown. I wouldn't mind him wearing it except for the ciggy smell and farting in it. Still its nice that he's confident enough in his masculinity to just pinch it and wear it at will. I'd be a tad worried if it was any other item of clothing though! lol

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Chocolate Helps!

I'm sitting listening to the musical (to my ears) sound of TJ vacuuming while teasing the cat and eating some chocolate. Yes, some may say not to tease the cat, but I say if he's in the way of me seeing the monitor or trying to walk on my keyboard or sitting on the mouse then he deserves everything he gets. Besides. It's damn funny!

I've really been craving the chocolate this week - not an uncommon occurrence for me at 'that time of the month'. I've actually eaten 3/4 of a block in the past 4 days which is quite a lot for me. A block can often last me a month or more (providing no one else finds it). Maybe not the healthiest form of self medication, but at least its better than cigarettes right? But damn it all, if it wasn't so choc full of chocolatey goodness that makes me feel better than I wouldn't crave it. So its the chocolates fault you see, not mine................

Can I Go Back To Bed Now?

Please?? The day has gots to be better if I start it again!!

I woke up with a sore arm (dunno why) and a headache (my sinuses are gunked up again).

Then, I'd only been up for 20 minutes this morning when TJ broke the dvd/set top box. It wouldn't work cos he had it on telly not dvd so he then pressed every button multiple times and seems to have fried it! It was only 6 weeks old!!

Hubby is in Ballarat so can't fix it for me!

The forecast for a cooler day must be off - its already 3 degrees warmer than yesterday. (but at least the damn wind has dropped)

The electrician showed up unannounced while I was in the shower to look at the air con unit which is stuffed only to then hop in his ute and take off without saying a word, so I have no idea whats wrong with it, when he'll be back or when it might be fixed.

Then on top of that my periods (not going to stuff around with phrases like "a friend" - tis no friend of mine!) arrived with a vengance this morning and I feel like crap. I'm just hoping the mood swings don't kick in full force or I really might just kill someone by the end of the day. Which reminds me that I'd better go put that gyno appointment I made 8 weeks ago on the calender.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Battling the Bulge

hmmmm we got up to 32 degree's today. What the hell happened to spring? Did we "spring" over it straight into summer? AGAIN? Oh well at least the pool is open now so I'll be able to get into some kind of exercise routine again.

Mostly I think due to my recent bout of anaemia leaving me with the sleeping habits of a new born infant, I have put back on 7 of the 10 kilos lost last summer. So starting weight 117 kg. Goal by Christmas to be back at 110kg. Then we'll set a new goal. I was really hoping to be down to the hundred mark by the end of this summer. Guess we'll see how we go.

I'd better start taking my meds again tomorrow. That might help.

Yay Me!!

I got this weeks grocery shop down to $160 instead of the usual $250! Hubby wasn't terribly impressed with not being able to just chuck anything he spotted into the shopping trolley, but that's the price he's going to have to pay if we are finally going to take control of our finances.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Taking Deep Breaths

Had a phone call from the ex. He's looking for dates that I received correspondence from his lawyers who buggered us around something shocking with negotiating a new custody/access agreement so that he can write a letter of complaint. Sigh

And because he's complaining he's refusing to pay the final bill. Sigh.

And because he's not paying the final bill his lawyer won't hand over the documents to lodge with the court. Sigh

So I still don't have an agreement in place after months of being harassed over it by both him and his lawyer.


And apparently its all my fault because I wanted advice from my own lawyer to stop him from trying to screw me over. Again. Like he's been trying to do for the past 3 years. Which he now point blank denies ever trying to do.


Now where's my axe got to?

Monday, October 1, 2007

What do Cats dream about?

Anyone who has a dog knows that they dream. Its not uncommon to see a sleeping dog move its legs or even make the occasional yelp while in the throes of doggy sleep but have you ever seen a cat do it?

I first noticed it last week while stuck in bed. I was reading one afternoon when his front legs started moving around. Tonight I'm trying to get settled for sleep and my furboy starts singing. Yes singing. Eyes still shut, still curled in a ball and singing. You know what I'm talking about? That almost musical meowing they do when calling the ladies.

Who knew??

Three Wise Women

Three Wise Women...

You do know what would have happened if it had been three wise women instead of men, don't you? They would have asked for directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought disposable diapers as gifts!

Menu Plan Monday

So lets see how this menu plan monday thingy goes.

Monday - we ended up having frankfurters, chips and vegie's cos it was quick and easy.

Tuesday - Sausages, potatoe, mixed greens

Wednesday - Spag Bol & Salad for hubby and kids Chicken & salad for me

Thursday - Fish, Potatoe Bake, Cabbage, Carrots

Friday - Home-made hamburgers

Saturday - Stirfry beef & vegies

Sunday - Roast something and vegies.

Decisions, Decisions!

My fire brigade has always been a place of tension. Always. I've been there 12 years and even it its good times there is an undercurrent of nastiness just waiting to bite. Earlier this year those tensions finally bubbled over and rendered the brigade completely dysfunctional. The end result being a split in the brigade and our zone team manager making the decision to close it down. So the shed was locked up, everyone had to hand their gear in and we weren't meant to be doing anything with the service.

Last month there was a public meeting to discuss forming a new brigade. All members of the previous brigade were invited to apply to join the new one and the zone team will be appointing the executive members instead of holding an election. Any members thinking that they would like to hold an executive position were invited to write application letters as if applying for a job. Unfortunately a few months break was not enough to cool some tempers and loosen some grudges.

I wasn't going to apply for anything. I'd be happy to take on a job if need be, but am not interested in the target for my back that will come with it. I've copped more than my fair share of shit over the past 6 months and was hoping to steer clear of it from here on out. However some of my fellow members asked me to please put in for the secretary/treasurer job as they have little confidence in the only person that they knew of who was putting in for it. I don't want to let them down either and realistically I'm still going to cop shit anyhow so....what to do what to do ...... how to put in an application letter saying "I don't want the job, but I'll do it if I have to cos I was asked to & there aren't that many people to pick from" but without sounding put upon, arrogant or flippant lol

I think I've done it and I think I've made it quite clear why I am applying. I just hope that the powers that be will also step up once the new brigade is formed with the new executive installed and stop letting the ones who make the most noise get away with blue murder!

There is another meeting to formally open the new brigade and announce the new executive next week. It will be interesting I'm sure.