Birthdays and wodka

Wow what a night!!

So we headed to our friends place at about 6:30 and I didnt stop drinking until 3:30am….so, far too many hours spent drinking…

I stayed on vodka all night to prevent any ill affects from mixing drinks. It was a bloody awesome night to be fair.

We caught up with some people that we hadn’t seen for a while and met some new people; I forgot how filthy some people can be when they get a little drink into them!!

We finally got to bed at about 4am and slept this morning until 10am….I felt very seedy and could barely manage movement this morning; which hubby was enjoying immensely – too many drinking jokes for my liking! Hubby drove home because I couldn’t….I am going to sleep really well tonight!

Wodonga drive!

We are heading to Wodonga today for our best friends 30th birthday!!

We are about 40 minutes away at the moment and hubby just took over the driving as I was getting tired…

Should be a good night; BBQ and drinkies 🙂 I have been saving money since about October to cover the petrol costs….lol but we did it in the end!

I might write more later but it will depend in my availability 🙂

What a fucking shitty week…

Not for me, but for my friends in Sydney…There seems to be far too much hurt happening and there is nothing I can do about it to help them except offer support via email and phone etc.

One of my besties in Sydney let her mum just over 4 months ago, now her step dad has just passed as well due to cancer.  Her brothers have now lost both parents within such a short period and I just have no words to express my sorrow.

The painter at work lost his dad 6 months ago, and 2 weeks ago, lost his mum as well.  He also lost a brother last year.

Another friend in sydney lost her sister earlier this year and has just announced she and her husband of 12 years are separating due to differences. They have 2 children and she is moving back to her parents place in another state.

Another friend in Sydney has advised she s seeking fertility advice as she and her husband are having issues falling pregnant.

And to keep it going, another friend in Sydney has just lost his mother – 2 weeks ago and that is obviously still very fresh for him.

I lost someone this year that wasn’t overly close to me on a personal level, but on a religious level she meant a great deal to me as she was the introduction to the path I now follow.

These last few months have been horrible for all my friends and I just cannot understand how it can happen to so many people at once.  When summed up like this I just feel so completely horrible that I am not on the phone with them and attempting to make them feel better, but what do you say to someone who is dealing with this kind of raw emotional output.

I just wish I was closer to these people, both territorially and emotionally so the support I offer could be useful….

Bah humbug

I haven’t really been writing much lately, because I just seem to have nothing worthwhile to say 🙂 The only really noteworthy thing that has happened is the bank stuffed up and sent our renewal visa debit card to our old address, someone nicked it out of the mailbox and then proceeded to use it:

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Someone get me in the time machine – i lost my weekend??

WOW!  It just disappears so quickly!!

I had a huge weekend and I am sooo tired now…I feel like I need a holiday 🙂

So my mum was going to drag the entire brood up to my place for a lunch/afternoon thing and I was pretty excited to be hosting..however I didn’t get to make anything overly exciting as I knew the kids were having issues adjusting to the aussie food.  IN the end a BBQ with some salads was the most non offensive food I could figure 🙂

We learnt some things, the kids liked my coleslaw; also avocado’s and cucumbers.  So mum has a few more things she can serve them without too much fear of being shot down!

The short version of them finally eating though – my mother waited over 4 hours for the hire car she was supposed to pick up at 9.00am.

We had a plan they would get to our place by about 11am, then would stay until about 4sih; i figured anyway – I had advised mum that hubby had organised a dinner thing for us and we had gotten our wires cross as sometimes happens – however I knew mum didn’t like driving at night especially in a forgein car so I figured the timing would be fine….of course nothing does go to plan…they didn’t get to our place until nearly 2.45pm…ouch…so we stuffed them full of food and then booted them out at 5.30!!  LOL

I do feel slightly guilty about that, but under the circumstances it was all I could do.

The kids are terrified of my animals, they eventually managed a pat or two…that will certainly have to be corrected if I am ever going to babysit them for my parents…HAHHAHAAH  maybe!!  Don’t get your hopes up mum!

Anyway, the family left, hubby and I stuffed everything into a bag ad then left the house as well – probably before my parents had reached the freeway 😀  We then had an absolutely awesome evening and at about 9.30 I just crashed and had to be taken home to go to bed!

One of our friends, currently living in Warnambool, came round at about 10.00 and crashed at our place so she didn’t have to drive home again.  It was so nice to catch up with her as we just don’t see her enough.

Then Sunday morning we had a massive breakfast with our friend and it was 1pm before she left and before we even noticed that it was that time.  We spend so much tme chatting that it just gets later and later 😀

of course once she pottered off home, I had to do some housework…YUCK!!!  I am seriously thinking about the maid idea 😀 I really am!!  I am also seriously considering buying a dishwasher as well after the dishes on Saturday 😀

All in all I am bushed but in a very nice way, spent lovely weekend with both family and friends – what else can you ask for?

Modelling? LOL

My bestie in Sydney, is having a modelling day with some gorgeous women…and I have been invited…I am wondering whether I can pull it off?  I have never been very photogenic and I am not very comfortable in my current state, however there is one major reason why I am even contemplating this….

to be able to show off down the track.

My friend is a fabulous photographer – she says she still needs to learn to play with shadows (whatever!!) but even without that she manages to capture people on film so beautifully….(not just people, but that is the focus of this shoot). I am a terrible people photographer…I am much better at landscapes and nature….she is amazing…that picture with S on the chair…REOW!!  Still sticks in my mind…I wonder if I can convince her to let me get a print of that….mmmm there’s a thought…would be a great bedroom shot…..above the vanity mirror….maybe I should take my camera and take shots of everything that is non person related 🙂 that os my talent…HAHAH

anyway, tangent there….

I would be able to look at these photos and feel sexy I am sure, but it also means in say 12 months, I could ask her to do more shots of me (hopefully skinnier) and then more again later, that would chart my progress so to speak.  They could show the internal change as I am sure it would be possible to see a change in expression over time with regards to be comfortable in front of a camera….

Either way I am honoured to be invited and I really hope I don’t chicken out at the thought….

The other thing to note about this shoot, and I really want to support her with this, is because this is the first one since her mother passed and I think it shows she is getting her footing back into something resembling normal life and I want to be there to support that.

devastated :(

My new bed was supposed to be delivered today, but i got a phone call saying it has been delayed until Monday now ….I am soo devastated…I have spent the last 3 weeks so looking forward to having an actual good nights sleep and it has been torn away from me for more time…CRY  heehhe

Anyway, at least I am getting a new bed I suppose 🙂  Happiness at that thought.

Work has been good, travelling along and nothing overly exciting happening, in all honesty it is just dad doing all the work and so I think in some ways he is less stressed about it, as he is not worried about all the rework and broken stuff.  Anyway step mum is back on board, completely recovered and I am trying to get her to understand the usefulness of putting everything on computers, I may be slowly winning that battle but won’t really know until a couple of months have passed and I can show her all the awesome reports the system can run to show her how the company is actually doing.

I have barely spoken to my mum since the family came out, just that few times that first couple of days, and then pretty much radio silence.  I am not worried about it, but I am just trying to give her a chance to settle into a new life.  The kids and John also have to get used to so many things I did not want to be always over there etc.  They have all started school and well, will be on holidays now, but I didn’t want to be in the way.  I will try and catch up with them in the next couple of weeks, but we have just been so busy lately I have barely been able to stop and catch up myself.  Mum sounds so much happier and although I am sure there are other worries on her mind like money and job hunting with/for John etc, I am pretty sure that is better than worrying about them being killed.

So, I am not entirely sure where our days go, but, well I have this chest infection, so it has knocked me around for 2 weeks, and hubby was on call the other week, we have friends over on Tuesday night, hubby has gaelic on most wednesday’s (i come home and study), he was also attending one of the local scout halls as a leader on Thursday nights, (which I also use as study nights) and the weekends we have been going out together and just window shopping or going for lunch places etc and ejoying each others company really.  It has been a great time for us to just re-connect.

Hubby is sick now, I think I gave him my chest infection – or some variation, so he is unhappy with me at the moment..hehehe  OOPS!!! Hopefully he won’t be quite as sick as me though – he tends to have a very quick time of colds/flus etc; good immune system in action.

I picked up a passport application the other day, and I have to go and get some photos taken so I can have someone sign them for me.  I am thinking of either taking hubby to hawaii or japan now.  Knowing how much hubby loves Japan, it would be awesome I think, but given their recent turmoil, not sure if it is safe and financially viable etc.  The airfares are certainly cheaper to Japan at the moment, but that doesn’t mean hotels and normal costs will be lower.  I am going to have to do my homework over the next couple of days.  We have to make a flying trip to Wodonga in the next few weeks as well, to get some paperwork signed and certified for hubby’s mother, so we can get his british passport – it is, after all what I married him for…just the passport…LOL  then once we have all that sorted out I can actually start saving and looking into everything.

The credit card will be paid off in the next month and after that savings will commence for a trip of some description, then it will just be a matter of trying to get time off work for both of us for early next year….since I have no idea where I will be working at that point, it may be difficult to organise everything straight away, but I will see where we are at job wise when I start thinking of booking the flights etc.

Enough rabbiting on from me, going to do some study now…maybe….lol

Sydney

Sydney. What can I say? 🙂 I think I really do love this town!

We stayed at a best mates place for the first couple of days as previously mentioned and we caught up with my other best mate and his boyfriend.

Spent a massive day walking around the CBD, looking at shops and eating then coffee etc, was very cool. I have missed them a lot 🙂

We had an awesome dinner cooked for us on Sunday night and I made tiramasu for desert. But the beef and guinness stew was delicious! We also met a really nice girl called sara and hubby was a little surprised at how similar me and get were 🙂

Also have managed to meet up with Carolyn and her partner, Tim and his partner, Trevor and Gabby (all on separate occasions) and somehow we are not yet insane! Partners I had never met before either!!!

I have spent a bucketload of time driving around Sydney to pick and drop off and meet up and to be quite honest I am fucking exhausted 🙂 I think Sydney drivers are nuts and just as unpredictable as Melbourne drivers, however – Sydney drivers STILL know how to merge onto freeways and that is awesome!!

Currently I am standing at the train station waiting to head into the city with and lunch with shannon as we are not going to see her again before we leave for Melbourne tomorrow! I am going to miss her immensely.

We have plans for this evening as well in which we will be catching up with even more friends and hopefully not having too late a night – we have to check out by 10 am!! Lol

Heading back to Melbourne tomorrow and I really don’t know how I feel about it, I really have enjoyed being back here and I have enjoyed catching up with everyone, but is that because it is a holiday? If, for example, we did move back here, would we fit into our friends lives anymore or would we barely see them? Would I find a job, would we be happy with renting again, etcetcetcetcetc
🙂

Train is here now, so I am going to sign off for thr moment! Have a great day everyone!