Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Rubber ducky

Last week I went onto the Lush website and treated myself.

Lately I seem to be bath-mad. I love long hot soaks in the tub, reading a trashy-mag and completely zoning out in my own little world. I guess you could say its my kind of meditation. Part of what I love about my soak is getting out smelling like a walking potpourri-pot, so I invested in some yummy smelling bath fizzer thingys and soap. They arrived today and I'm dying to soak my achy muscles in the tub. With product names such as 'Butterball, Lemony flutter butter and Comforter bubble bar' I almost want to take a bite... (would be seriously fizzing from the mouth if i did!)
We might live in the middle of nowhere, but having the Internet is like having a department store next door... you just need patience, since most things take around a week to arrive.

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I went to Kal yesterday for a work meeting, stayed overnight, went to another meeting today then came home this arvo. I gymed yesterday morning before leaving and have had a day off exercise today. My legs and butt are pretty sore from Sunday- and I looked like a Nanna climbing the stairs at the hotel we stayed at ... ouch...oooh...ouch. The girls I went with thought it was hilarious. I don't feel a bad as I thought I would though, and I'm planning another Lewie-session tomorrow. Gotta get my legs ready for skiing, yeehaar.
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I've heard a few rumours (gotta love a small town) about the job I applied for. The main one being that another person applied & was interviewed, and that person was 'over-qualified'.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing??
Anyway, I'm not too concerned, just wish I knew either way...waiting to find out sucks!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Dips n Polls

Hey... notice the new 'Poll' thingy by Blogger? What fun. Please vote, I'd love to know if there are any scrunchers out there.

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I had the most amazing gym session this arvo...awesome, inspiring, king-of-the-world kind of stuff. Its been a while since I felt that empowered after a workout.
Pity I won't be able to walk tomorrow... or lift my arms to brush my hair... or sit down...

Trainer-Lewie put me through the wringer. I sent him an S.O.S text yesterday as my enthusiasm had been waning and I needed a boost. He suggested a training session with him which consisted of him kicking my arse... doing 5000 squats, lunges, dips (god I HATE dips... unless they are the kind you goop up on a corn chip) pushups...blah blah. I cursed him the whole way through our 90 minute workout .. 'Lewis... you SUUUCK...Owwch!' while he had this evil grin on his face. Anyway, despite the pain I loved being pushed to my limit by someone who is a hell of a lot fitter than me. Will have to do that more regularly.

Lets see if I'm so keen tomorrow after the muscle aches set in.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Baking for the boys

I just made biscuits.

No..not the human variety... for the doggies!

We've run out of dog treats (bribes) and there are no shops open here tomorrow. Yes they could go without... but I've a night off and a day off tomorrow, so I Googled 'Dog biscuit recipe' and by golly, it's magic...up popped a kazillion recipes, one of which I kind of (...give or take a few minor things) had all the ingredients for!

Mmm, interesting mix of carrot, flour, beef stock, Paprika, Parsley and bran.
(Dogs will be poopin' well me thinks)

Taa Daaaa.
Some of the finished product. The boys (K9) are impressed.
Note to self: I must remember to let husband know they are for the DOGS... although it might be more amusing if i don't mention it.
Tempting - I must say.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

a scarf and some soup

Husband went to Kal today, he had a day off and one of his mates was going for the day so he bummed a ride. He bought food (oh glorious food - -fresh fruit n vegies and exciting...not-available-in-Leo stuff like soy milk and Yoplait yoghurt and crumpet bread and Sprite zero) ...anyway what was i talking about? Oh yeah, he went to Kal, and he bought me a surprise! Yeah...gotta love that. A groovy knitted Roxy scarf, i've been wearing it around the house like an excited pre-schooler since i got home from work, mmm nice and snuggly and soft. Will be perfect for the snowy climate of NZ.

He also bought what looks to be part of a pig... which is nicely nestled on the shelf in the fridge. A 'smoked shank' (sounds like something illegal) is what it says on the label. He's informed me he's making 'Ham Hock and cabbage soup' tomorrow.
Its not the pig-foot I'm worried about... its more the cabbage. I can't seem to remove from my head the thought that poor Charlie Bucket's family lived on cabbage soup before they found the golden ticket and got to take over Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. I have always thought cabbage soup sounded terrible, so I'm hoping that by adding a pig hoof it'll jazz it up a bit.
I'm sure it'll be great, all those hours watching Food Channel on Foxtel must teach him something! (maybe I should tune into it?)

No exercise for me today... but my house is clean. Is that a fair trade?

Midget gets back tomorrow from her European travels...yay!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Short circuit

Phew, it's OVER! puff puff.

I rarely get nervous, but today I felt awful! Which is daft really because I'd done lots of preparation and I knew the interview panel reasonably well.
But I just couldn't get my answers out smoothly... Ummm, ahh, ummm *pause* ahemm... and I was like that for the whole 9 long questions! F A R O U T!! My brain just kind of froze and didn't seem to be processing what was in my head to my mouth.

Anyway, it's all done and dusted now. Apparently we won't find who the successful applicant is for 2 -3 weeks - I'll be zooming down snow covered slopes by then... swooosh.

Whatever happens I gave it a go. Next time I have an interview I'm going to drink a quadruple shot of vodka before i go, to get the brain-mouth circuit warmed up.


PS - I took Savoury muffins yesterday. They weren't too bad, and I've had no poisoning reports as yet. (Oh except for my boss who was horrified I'd 'hidden FUNGUS' in them!! -mushrooms..yum)

Emesis bag required

It's interview day.
Can't wait til its over.


Monday, July 09, 2007

A lunch date

Some Health Service bosses are coming to town tomorrow for a meeting. They're having lunch at the hospital, so we've decided to all 'bring a plate' and make a party of it (?? yeah.. I'm sure it'll be rockin).
Problem is... I don't know what to take.
I usually take some kind of creation involving eggs (zucchini slice or quiche thingy). But someone else is doing that... the cook usually makes homemade sausage rolls and sandwiches.
Any suggestions??

(Remember -my cooking skills are limited to a basic pre-kindergarten level)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Interview spew

We just booked our flights for another holiday! Yahoo. Husband and I seem to live holiday to holiday, his happiness is determined by having something to look forward to, so if a holiday is partly planned and booked, then he'll have a smile on his dial :o)


Hong Kong 9 nights, Singapore 5 nights.
Nice... need to look for hotels now.

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I got a job interview! Yeehaar.

I know its a 'means to an end' but now I'm really shitting myself. The one thing in life that I absolutely dread is a job interview (interrogation). I will have 3 people on the panel (jury) determining my worth (sentence).
1115 next Wednesday.


I've been instructed to go in 30 minutes before so I can read the interview questions.

Huh? Thats weird. When I read them... can i take notes?? If i take notes can I take them into the interview and refer to them?? Does that mean the questions are going to be ridiculously hard-and thats the reason they give you 30 minutes....because it'll take you that long to interpret them??

*Vomit's again*

I can't wait for it to be over.

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Husband and I had a day off together yesterday. We got all dressed ready to go for a motorbike ride, only my bike was D E A D. Not even a whimper of a noise from the motor once the key was turned & ignition button pushed. Silence. Zero signs of life. Squat.

So we (well husband and his mate... I pretty much watched & did nothing) spent nearly two hours trying to get it going. Push start, jump start, push start again. Call for back up. Still no life.

The battery is now being charged and we've postponed our ride for a few days time. Thats if husband doesn't secretly sell my M'bike before then, he was cursing and swearing when killing himself trying to start it "Thats IT... I'm putting for sale notices up this ARVO..."

Aww a sorry sight - she's hooked up to the car for a jump start.

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My gyming and eating has been going pretty good. I'm still following Lewies weights program and adding a bit of cardio in as well. It's nice to be doing something different. I've just done an early morning gym session with JB, so now I'm free to relax and do whatever I like tonight after work.

What a great feeling!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Each week, the Sunday Times has a feature article on the back of the 'Home' magazine that shows photo's and lists some random persons' favourite things. I love it, and it's the first thing I look for when I read the Sunday paper. Why It's on the back of the Home liftout I'm not entirely sure. I'm not even sure why I find it that interesting, maybe because what each person lists as important to them is always quite different.

Anyway, I've decided to make my own (since the Sunday Times obviously doesn't seem to have my contact details...)

My Fave things... in no apparent order..

1. My boys!

Husband, Diesel (Brindle) & Murphy (white). what would i do without them? Life would be so boring and filled with a lot less love! (but my house would be much cleaner and have far fewer fur-balls on the floor).

2. Bears

I have always loved teddy bears. when I was young I had so many covering my bed and I insisted on sleeping with all of them. My Dad used to joke that I'd have to sleep on the floor to make room for them. I still love the classic old-style bear and husband will often surprise me with one. The small brown one 'Buttons' is very treasured because Wayne had him hidden at home, waiting for a moment when I needed cheering up. It worked a treat and I'll never forget how sweet that was. (Aww shucks!)

3. My Art room

This is the equivalent to my Dads shed - a place to hide away and find complete relaxation. Its a mess - it always is, no matter how organised I try to make it, but thats okay. I know where everything is (sort of). The mess factor is the reason I get a whole room dedicated to what husband refers to as my 'art crap'. If it wasn't contained to one room, I'd have half finished projects scattered all around the house. He figures its just easier to sacrifice an entire room to my hobby. Unfortunately my Art room isn't quite as exciting in a rental house when we lived in our own place in the city my art room had bright orange and pink swirls painted on the walls. and a wall painted in magnet paint so I could stick magnets all over it. I'm not seven years old... I swear.

4. Useless Nick-Knacks

I love random things like this colourful vintage wind-up duck. When you wind him his hat twirls around and he pedals the bike. My Mum would call it a 'dust-collector'. I love pretty much anything that's colourful.

5. My Jewellery

Husband buys me nice jewellery. I think he has great taste.... white gold and diamonds...Nice.
When it comes to diamonds, quality is better than quantity. I just love my bling.

6. Gadgets

I'm a gadget geek. By 'gadgets' I mean anything electronic that can be programmed or played with! I love new gadgets... figuring out what they do and how to use them. I love to have the latest and greatest. The one gadget I'd love but haven't got is a laptop of my own. At the moment that would be top of my geeky-gadget-wish list.

7. Iced Coffee

Of course this has to be on my list!
I'm seriously trying to give it up tho.

8. Ma 'n Pa's house and Tom

See this bright red lounge? I am at my most relaxed laying on this. Its at my Mum and Dads house in Walpole and If I'm there it means I'm visiting them (which I love). I spend a LOT of time on this lounge when I'm at their place -- snoozing, reading mags, watching TV, chatting to Mum and Dad. I love it, it's my 'safe place' that I go to in my mind whenever I'm stressed or scared.

I love this photo because not only am I on the red lounge, but I've got my beautiful nephew Tom on me playing.
9. Photo's
I love photos. I take photos of pretty much anything and everything (Nooo...really??). This is a cork board I made that is on the wall in my house. I pin up my fave photos and change them around every now and then. I have a terrible memory especially of holidays, so by taking loads of photo's it help to keep my memories alive. I love looking at old albums - reminiscing.

Monday, July 02, 2007

A darn good snooze

Its raining, its pouring, the old man is snoring...

All of the above is true.
Its been raining all night (yeehaar..finally!), pouring gallons into our rain water tank so we thankfully don't have to drink the revolting town water, and husband is still in bed...snoring!

Me, I'm up ready to face a morning shift and I'm bright-eyed and bushy-tailed because I've had (wait for it)... TEN hours sleep!!!
I went to bed last night at 8pm. I was exhausted I'd had a busy day - an early morning gym session (5am), a morning shift, home to wash the doggies, do laundry, vacuum and mop the floors, put laundry away... blah blah. I was so tired I had to force myself to keep going until 8pm, I really wanted to dive in to bed at 7pm with FatCat.

Well, I'd better stop prattling and go to work...

*heads out the door cheerily whistling*