19 August 2014

Snickers And Me

Me and Snickers have hit a bit of a rough patch. 

Snickers has always been one of those dogs that will bark whenever he hears a noise or in particular people - it has gotten worse.  One of our neighbours is landscaping their backyard so, there are tradesmen working all day making noise which makes Snickers bark.  When no one is home, you can't yell at him to tell him to stop so I'm sure it drives the neighbours crazy.  The other week I was home on a day I wouldn't normally be and I could hear him barking from my bedroom so I went outside and yelled "Snickers come here".  He walks over slowly with his ears and tail down because he knows his in trouble but as soon as I walk away his back barking at the fence again. 

After about the fifth attempt of going back outside and yelling at him I ran out of patience!  My throat was too sore to keep yelling at him so I grabbed the hose and turned it on so only a little bit of water was coming out of it.  It was just enough to start flicking water at him.  It made him stop for a bit and then he started barking again but this time I lost it! I grabbed the hose and started chasing him around the backyard trying to wet him with the hose. 

It would have made a great funniest home video clip.  I would've been the one everyone would be laughing at - the idiot running with the hose!

On Sunday my friend was making cupcakes for the RSPCA, I on the other hand was having lots of fun washing my clothes.  I put my clean clothes from the washing machine into the washing basket and went to the verandah to hang them up as it was too  wet to hang them on the outside lines.  Snickers came out of his house excited to see me.  I gave him a hug, rubbed his belly and filled up his water bowl.  I picked up my first item of clothing from the basket and hung it up.  I turned around to see Snickers urinating on my washing basket with my clean clothes in it.

I really wished he understood what I was saying when I screamed "You're lucky I'm not sending you to the RSPCA".  He might be better behaved in future. 

12 August 2014

Real Stories, Real People

"Frugality, I've learned, has its own cost, one that sometimes last forever" - Nicholas Sparks

I once read a quote from a celebrity that said, "I believe to be happy you have to spend more than your means".  I'm very good at spending my money but not so good at saving it.  An example of me saving is when I go to the cash register at Myer and they tell me the dress I'm purchasing is another 30% off the sale price.  When this happens I'm overwhelmed with happiness and feel like giving myself a pat on the back for a job well done.  As you can see being thrifty is foreign to me so I love when I  get to hear stories about thrifty people.  

My colleague at work loves a bargain, if you want the best price on something you just ask him.  He loves a discount no matter how small.  He was going to travel an hour and a half by bus to Grill'd to get a free burger worth $14.  The only reason he didn't was because we told him he was mad.  Would you travel that far for a burger?

My friend dated a girl who had this roommate; the lengths the roommate went to to save money will amaze you!  She thought panty liners were too expensive so she decided to make her own from material.  She would also dry them in the lounge room.
She also had a two square toilet paper limit regardless if she was doing a number one or two.  How is that even possible I don't know?  Is it a brilliant idea or too extreme?
I remember the day I was getting my nails done when one of the customers started talking to me about her workplace.  She worked with a lady who liked to share stories on how she always got the best price.  Her local ice creamery has a 10% off ice cream when it rains.  She was meeting up with her friends on an overcast day and wanted to take a tub of ice cream over to her friends place.  She was late to catch up with her friends because she waited till it started sprinkling so she could get 10% off which came to a saving of under 10 cents.  Do you think your time is better spent with your friends than waiting for it to rain?

29 July 2014


My lounge room consists of four walls.  On one wall there are windows with long curtains, a television in the corner next to the fire place.  In the middle of the room there is a rug and a coffee table that sits on top.  On one side of the room is the lounge which I've been lying on for the past three and a half days, trying to recover from a bad case of tonsillitis.  I don't remember the last time I was at home for three days in a row!   I don't like to be cooped up - this hen likes to roam the streets and take in new scenery while socialising with other hens. 

At the beginning I thought I was living the dream, yeah I was unwell but turning off my alarm and going back to sleep on a rainy morning instead of commuting to work by train is my idea of heaven. 

I never wear track pants; I do own two pairs and one of them I've never worn. For three days you couldn't get me out of track pants. My days revolved around what shows I was going to watch and the only time I moved was to hold the remote to change the channel.  I thought if this is what retirement feels like, such a shame I'm not retiring anytime soon.

Also the great thing about sick days is that not only do you get to catch up on a week's worth of MasterChef re runs, bad midday movies and 90210, it allows you to do things like wrap birthday presents you have been meaning to wrap for quite some time and activate your new credit card that has been sitting in the envelope on the table for the past week. 

I got into a daily routine.  Wake up around 10am, shower, drink lemon honey tea, watch TV, eat soup, take tablet, drink lemon honey tea, watch midday movie, roll over on the couch and watch some more TV.

To my surprise I really got into Family Feud, it airs weeknights on Channel 10 at 6pm.  I wouldn't normally be home at this time and I don't like game shows.  

There are two teams made up of four family members guessing the top answers people gave in a survey.  If you get the top answer and decide to play on and you get three wrong answers, the opposing team just needs one right answer to win the round.
I would guess answers and get excited when I was right; I then started day dreaming about being on the show and thinking about what family members I would take on the show with me.  I had a thought, "why can't I go on Family Feud?".  So I went on Google to find out how I could apply to go on the show when this voice in my head said "What the fuck are you doing? YYou need to go back to work".

So readers, what do you do to occupy yourself when your sick? Have you watched Family Feud? Does staying at home for a period of time make you go crazy?

7 July 2014

Our Relationship With The Sun

In winter there are a few things that I am certain of; I'll spend all of winter either feeling tired or hungry, keeping warm will be a struggle and I'll get sick at least once.  This winter I've already managed to get sick and ended up in the waiting room of the doctor's surgery.  I had a blood test and it turns out I'm vitamin D deficient.  

I was shocked with the diagnosis! I thought I had a pretty close relationship with the sun but apparently not close enough!  I spend time in the sun; in summer I occasionally sunbake to get some colour in me, I will lie in the sun during the hottest part of the day baking away. I do wear sun screen, but I know I shouldn't be sun baking for hours during the hottest part of the day if I don't want to get skin cancer.  I also walk outdoors a bit but I do work inside an office 5 days a week from 8:30 to 5pm.

After doing some research, it turns out that nearly a third of Australians are vitamin D deficient.  I won't go into detail about what illnesses vitamin D is linked with, what I will say is it is important we get enough of it. 

In summer you need 6-8 minutes in the sun but in winter 40 minutes in the sun is recommended to get your daily dose of vitamin D.  To spend 40 minutes in the sun during winter seems impossible, as when it's not raining or windy it's bloody freezing!! I'm usually covered from head to toe in layers of clothing during winter; how the sun is going to get me? 

My doctor advised me I can also get vitamin D from fish and dairy products. 

So readers are any of you vitamin D deficient? Do you also struggle getting enough vitamin D?  Are you afraid to spend too much time in the sun?