The Election

Well, it’s election day and I still have no idea who I’m going to vote for.  I know that I will definitely not be voting for 3 of the 6 candidates for this area but I’m at a total loss beyond that.

Our choices are – Labor, Liberal, Family First, Greens and 2 Independents.  One of the Independents only seems to be concerned about the aged pension (possibly because he is quite old).  The other one wants to focus on using more sugar cane for ethanol instead of sugar.  Fair enough but I really don’t know what other policies he has.  My son wants to vote for the Sex Party!  What a shame that we don’t have a candidate in our area.  We also don’t have a Fishing & Lifestyle candidate and that seems a bit silly because this is a fishing/whale watching/touristy area.

I’m pretty much over the 2 major parties as a whole, but I do quite like Julia G.

If only we had an Australian chapter of the Monster Raving Loony Party!  Might be worth looking into!  hahaha  The party for the disillusioned (or delusional?).

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Photos

I’ve just uploaded a few more photos to Flickr including some more of my daughter’s wonderful work.  She really is very good.

I love this one –

Oh, Happy Days!

A short but very sweet post.  It looks like Torchwood is coming back according to what I’ve read at the Children of Earth site.

I’m trying so hard not to be a tv junkie, but I only watch a few shows that I really enjoy and this is one of them.  Unfortunately, most of the shows I enjoy don’t last very long because they aren’t the ‘vanilla’ commercially popular offerings that run forever.

The Silly Things You Just Can’t Avoid

Life can be pretty silly at times.  A couple of years ago I found out that I’m diabetic.  It wasn’t really a surprise because my father and brother are, as well as my mother’s sister so the odds were against me.  Prior to that I was diagnosed with a type of auto-immune arthritis but nobody has been able to tell me which one so far.

Now I know that diabetes is not a good thing to have but it can be manageable.  Unfortunately, I’m not good with making regular doctor appointments and taking mountains of tablets daily and I’ve found it really hard to adjust as I’ve never had to do it before.  I upset my last doctor so much he kicked me out and told me to find another doctor.  I had no idea he expected me to see him weekly.  It does seem a bit excessive and my new doctor was quite amazed when I told him.  So I’ll be off again on the blood tests/tablets/urine tests etc.

Speaking of urine tests, I did the mother of all urine tests late last week.  24 hours worth of urine, through a funnel into a 4 litre bottle!  It wasn’t fun and it sure wasn’t easy.  Now if that isn’t one of the most ludicrous tests ever, I’ll eat my hat!

At least this new doctor I’m seeing is willing to look further into the auto-immune arthritis by having my blood retested for it, as well as treating the diabetes.

Handy Hint 1

If you buy a new item of clothing and don’t want your husband/partner to find out you can –

a.  Rip the tags off, throw it in with a load of washing and hang it out on the line, then ask your husband/partner to bring the washing in when it’s dry.  Chances are he won’t even notice the new thing because he’ll be too busy grumbling about getting the washing off the line.  If he does notice all you have to do is remind him that it isn’t new, you just haven’t worn it for a long time.  It smelt a bit musty so you washed it.  Simple.

b.  Tell him you’ve had it for months and it’s been squished up in the pile of ironing for ages and he’s forgotten that you bought it to wear to such-and-such’s birthday party (or similar event).  * This one will only work if you do have a pile of ironing that isn’t attended to regularly.

The One-Handled Mower

Why do things break around the same time?  Within the last month we had the washing machine die, and then a week later it was the mower.

The mower didn’t actually die, it was the handle that died.  Snapped right through on one side down near the wheel. Don’t ask me how or why it happened because I have no idea.  It was looking a bit bent at that end for a while so maybe it just decided to give up and end it all.  It isn’t easy trying to push a mower around with only one side of the handle attached and the other side flapping around.  The mower wants to go one way while the handle wants to go the other way, as the attached bit starts to bend in the opposite direction.

I guess it’s time to retire that one.  The poor thing has had a good innings.

Life is Way Too Silly to be Taken Seriously

What’s that you say?  No, it isn’t?  Have a think about it for a minute and you’ll see what I mean.  Remember the shoes that you just had to have because…well, you just had to and they were on sale and it didn’t matter if they didn’t really fit properly because you could stuff cotton wool in the toes or they’d stretch a bit eventually.  How about that great dress that you fell in love with when you were sixteen?  It might have been a bit tight but you knew you’d lose weight and be able to wear it.

I had a wardrobe full of things like that.  Still do.  Now if that isn’t silly, I don’t know what is.

It may be safe to say that an awful lot of women out there have experienced those “I’ll wear it one day” feelings.  And an awful lot of women out there never actually do get to wear the darn things because by the time they do lose the weight for the dress or manage to wear the shoes in a bit so that they can stand to wear them for more than a few minutes, they hate them.  Yep, that’s right.

The thing is so out of fashion it looks like something your grandmother would have worn.

So many big things are happening all over the world at any given moment, and a lot of those big things do need to be taken seriously.  That’s why we need to have some time out to reflect and to have a laugh at the silly things.  Like the ‘life-changing’ pair of shoes or fabulous dress that you couldn’t live without but grew to hate.

Life is like a roller-coaster ride at times but it is the only one you’ve got so make the most of it.