Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My real age

Last night I did a real age test and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting it to say I was in my 30’s, since when I did the Brain Age Test on a Nintendo DS the first time I was 34, though the next day I was 21!

According to this my real age is... wait for it.... 24!!!! Yup, so I am apparently my age! I am soon to be 25, and since upon starting my age was 24.9, but my real age is 24, I must be doing something right!

It was really interesting, gave me tips on how to make my age younger and improve my health etc... There is ALOT I can do to improve, which is why I was so surprised at my result.

Oh, well, I am younger and that is all that matters to me.

Check out your real age and post a comment to see how accurate you think it is.

Friday, March 26, 2010

3 more done

So continuing on from my 101 things I have completed 3 more things.

#8 Keep a food diary and it was scary. I eat way too many carbs and I have seen so many ways I can reduce the calories I eat and just eat better in general. I wasn’t overly bad, but it wasn’t the best either, so it was a brilliant eye opening exercise.
#14 Donate to Kiva. They give out loans to people to help them start their own business. I did one small donation, but plan on doing more. The awesome things is once they repay, you can use the money to lend to someone else. So your donation can keep on giving. I LOVE that it will be able to help so many people. I chose a lady who is doing sewing.

#93 Learn 10 things to improve my blogging. I have been Googling and have found some great articles and awesome tips, a few of which I have implemented and more that I will be doing over the next few days. I’ll share once I have done them.

So I am going OK on my list. Hopefully in the next week I will be able to cross off a few more!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

List 101 things I like about myself

1.) I love my eyelashes. They are long and curl up naturally. Perfect!
2.) I love my eyebrows. They are shaped perfectly and I don’t have to pluck or wax them!
3.) I love how I have lots of great ideas all the time.
4.) I love that I had the guts to have my own business in Sydney.
5.) I love that I have published a book. www.26ingredients.com
6.) I love that I know how to cook.
7.) I love that I can sew.
8.) I love that I can drive.
9.) I love my boobs.
10.) I love that I have the Southern Cross in freckles on my thigh. I’m special!
11.) I love that I have travelled to places I wanted to visit such as Hawaii, Las Vegas, LA, New Zealand etc...
12.) I love being blond. Especially my strawberry blonde.
13.) I love that I see potential in people and things.
14.) I love that I know how to find a bargain.
15.) I love being someone people ask for advice.
16.) I love that I had the knowledge to go looking for a buy a house when I knew I wanted one.
17.) I love that I can be very driven.
18.) I love that I am able to motivate people.
19.) I love that I know how to budget.
20.) I love that I am a rare natural blonde (even though it is strawberry blonde, it is still blonde!) with blue (although sometimes green) eyes.
21.) I love that I know how to read.
22.) I love that I am religious.
23.) I love that I am reasonably fit and healthy.
24.) I love that I have dropped 2 sizes since having my daughter.
25.) I love that I can make my kids smile.
26.) I love that I can make my own bread.
27.) I love that I can bake a cake or biscuits from scratch and that people tell me they are better than store bought.
28.) I love that I can ride a bike
29.) I love that I know how to fish
30.) I love having the confidence to follow my dreams
31.) I love that I have been able to hide my depression from most people.
32.) I love that I am like my mother
33.) I love that I am also like my grandmother
34.) I love that I am finically savvy enough to not be broke, but to have plenty for myself and family.
35.) I love that I tried building a website.
36.) I love that my blogs is growing and that I really enjoy doing them.
37.) I love that I have experienced so much in my life
38.) I love that I am a member of a large family.
39.) I love that just because I am part of gen Y doesn’t mean I have the same general attitude we are perceived to have about everything.
40.) I love that I got to experience cheerleading
41.) I love that I have been raised to do things to the best of my ability.
42.) I love that I do not feel the need to have everything NOW
43.) I love being Australian
44.) I love that I am 25.
45.) I love that I have been able to have children
46.) I love that I learn things fast, generally
47.) I love that I can read fast
48.) I love that I am determined
49.) I love that I can type fast
50.) I love that I am good at spelling
51.) I love that I am intelligent in more ways than most people expect me to be,
52.) I love that I am willing to learn new things
53.) I love that I am willing to go up to people and introduce myself.
54.) I love that I can eat chocolate/cake/ice-cream without thinking “This is going to make me fat” (Though I do think it sometimes.)
55.) I love that I have a good general knowledge of English
56.) I love that I have always stuck by the rule “Never say no to the first date”, until I got married, then I said sorry, I’m married!
57.) I love that I can grow plants from seeds.
58.) I love that I have done many things I have been dared to do, despite others thinking I was crazy, like jumping in and swimming a lap of a minus 8 degree pool for $1. I was 12.
59.) I love that I have a better sense of direction than my husband.
60.) I love that I can help my sisters.
61.) I love that I know where to look things up when I need to know something.
62.) I love that I can make a meal even when it looks like we have nothing in the cupboard.
63.) I love that I try to be punctual.
64.) I love that I can say no.
65.) I love that I can speak my mind
66.) I love being a qualified hairdresser
67.) I love being a qualified make-up artist
68.) I love being a qualified beautician
69.) I love that I have found the confidence to rid myself of toxic friends.
70.) I love my sense of humour
71.) I love that I am creative
72.) I love that I can solve problems
73.) I love that my hair grows fast
74.) I love my current hairstyle
75.) I have long fingernail beds
76.) I am competitive
77.) I try to be environmentally friendly
78.) I love that I am a risk taker
79.) I love that I am stronger than I realise
80.) I love that when someone tells me I can’t do something I am so much more determined to do it.
81.) I love that I was willing to do a TV free month because it has helped me realise I don’t really like anything on there.
82.) I love that I often see beauty in the little things
83.) I love that I like to spoil people
84.) I love that I have a generally nice and caring nature
85.) I like my height
86.) I like that I was born in the 80’s and am young enough to remember bits of it, but old enough to not have suffered from the fashion of the 80’s and early 90’s too much, other than what my mum dressed me in.
87.) I like that I am becoming more positive
88.) I like that I am becoming confident enough to re-evaluate my whole life and start to accept what is not how I planned and make new plans.
89.) I like that people think I am a good mum, even though I don’t always feel that way.
90.) I like that I can organise things quickly.
91.) I like that I am capable of cooking enough food to feed 50, including desserts in 30 minutes.
92.) I like that I am in a position to help others
93.) I like that I find joy in helping others.
94.) I like that the hair on my legs and arms is blonde too, so it’s easier to get away with not shaving my legs for a few days and that I have never been self conscience of the hair on my arms.
95.) I like that I have always been good at things I have done such as athletics, netball etc...
96.) I like that I am not afraid to ask questions
97.) I like that I no longer feel compelled to forward all those ridiculous emails. They are just emails and it won’t change my luck!
98.) I like that I have been married (well, still am, just working on it)
99.) I love that I am honest.
100.) I love that I am living in the world, but don’t have to completely be part of it.
101.) I love that I am me and there is no one else like me.

101 things

A lot of things have changed in my life in a very short time and looking at my list of 101 things in 1001 days I am unsure how much of it I will be doing and how much of it is relevant to me now. Only about ½ of it can be/will be done, so I am giving myself until the end of May to complete what I can, come up with a new list and donate $10 for everything I don’t complete to charity.

The main thing that has changed everything is separating, as some things were only doable with him and some were for him, such as learning Tongan and now those things are no longer relevant to me.

So for the next 2 months I will be on an intense trip I think, trying to accomplish things on my list. I am quite excited though, because some are things I have been wanting to do for a very long time. It will put a bit of a dent in my savings doing some of these things, but I will feel proud of myself for accomplishing what I can and 2 months gives me a good amount of time to re-evaluate where I am at in my life and what is relevant to me and where I would like my life to go.

I am considering doing it as a list of things I want to do and not have a set time frame, but then it makes me wonder if I will do them. I seem to be very good at procrastinating. I will have a think about it all.

Meanwhile, this week I think I will be able to mark a few things off my list, which is exciting!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

No internet

No internet for 3 days nearly killed me! BUT on the other hand it enabled me to do things that would not have been done otherwise.

I had to go to the shops and get a new modem. Lucky for me, I got a good offer, ended up getting it for free as well as more G each month in exchange for not changing providers. I have 3 months left on my contract and was going to cancel, instead they offered me a 12 month contract (which is really only 9 when you take into account I had 3 months left anyway), with extra’s, so I took it.

When I got home I just had to put my sim from the old modem into the new one. No worries. But wait, where is it? I searched everywhere. The bench, the lap top bag, the bookshelf, on top of the microwave and fridge, under the lounge (that was gross and there was an insane amount of Duplo under there), under the cot, the single bed, I mean EVERYWHERE. I pulled my place to shreds looking for it.

Then it dawned on me, start cleaning and rearranging and you will find it. I had been wanting to swap the sofa be in the lounge and the half of the modular in the bedroom around for ages, but my husband always refused to let me coz he wanted to do it, it was too heavy for me blah blah blah. Yesterday I realised that he has no say. Why have I been leaving it like that for so long. We are not together anymore! So I did it. I was so proud of myself because it was HEAVY. AND I did it with 2 littlies constantly under my feet.

Whilst in the process of moving the lounges I decided to take down the curtains coz they needed to be washed as well. I am so glad I did that, because there, wrapped in the bottom of the curtain was my modem. How it got there, I have no idea, but I found it.

I have also started to recover my lounge (I finally worked out a way to do it) and it is coming along awesomely. I should have it finished by next week to show you all!

So because my 1 year old snapped my usb modem, I was able to rearrange all the furniture, give the house a good clean and do a few things I had been meaning to get done but just hadn’t. So sometimes when something seems bad, it’s a blessing in disguise.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kmart - dangerous situation today.

I will never shop in Kmart again. I had the absolute worst experience in there today, which I have emailed them about, but the damage is done as far as I am concerned.

We went in to pick a diary for my sisters birthday. My daughter ran ahead and fell over in tile glue.

There was a section about 3 tiles wide and 10 tiles long where the tiles had been pulled up and glue was on the floor. There was yellow fencing on one side, but the other 2 sides had a thin strip of red and white tape. It was placed high enough for your average 3 year old to run under without even touching it.

My daughter ruined her dress and shoes. I am grateful though that she did not pick up the lid that was covered in tile glue and try to eat it as it looked like caramel. I am also grateful that she did not pick up one of the tools sitting in a tool belt well within her reach and hurt herself with that. She ended up with glue all over her arms and legs, which would not come off with soap and water, so we have been having fun trying to get it off.

I informed staff what had happened. The one I spoke to couldn’t have cared less. I said maybe they need to block the section off properly so this does not happen again. Another one asked if my daughter was alright, but it wasn’t genuine.

I had to go buy a new dress and shoes for her and when I asked if they could be reimbursed, the staff member said no because there were yellow signs. I am sorry, but they did not section this dangerous area off. They are a family store and that was negligence on their behalf. Yes, if my daughter had stayed with me it would’ve been fine, but the fact is she is a 2 year old and they do not always listen to their parents. If the glue had been properly sectioned off she would not have fallen in it.

I said to the staff member, that’s not good enough.

With a massive angry huff, she said I have to call the manager. I said that’s fine.

So I stood to the side waiting for the manager to come down. She came down with 4 other staff members. With the staff member I had originally complained to I now had 5 staff members looking at me like I was an idiot. I also had all the customers looking at me since there were so many staff around me. I felt completely intimidated and wanted to cry. Stupid, but that is how this situation made me feel.

The manager gave me a $15 gift voucher and I took it because I just wanted to get out of there. I had deliberately picked the cheapest dress they had for $13 and the shoes my daughter had on were marked down to $8. So all I was asking was for $21 to cover the $29.95 dress and $19.95 shoes my daughter had ruined because of them.

I was even glared at as I left the store by the original staff member I spoke to.

I cannot believe I was treated so poorly. If the manager had come down by herself I would have asked for the replacement value of what I had in my hands, but I felt so intimidated by the other staff there I just wanted to go. That I am sure was her intention.

NEVER again will I step foot in that store. I do not care if they have things I want for less than elsewhere. With that sort of treatment, they do not deserve my money.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Last Night

I have had an interesting night. For the last 3 days (now 4), my 1 year old has been spiking temps of 39.5C. I have been able to get it down, then it’d go right back up an hour later.

Yesterday we went to the Dr and he was concerned about temp, if it didn’t go away to go to hospital.

So I went to hospital at 8pm last night. We waited about 15 mins to talk to the nurse coz you have to see her first. We were the only ones waiting but it still took 15mins. We then sat for 1 hour waiting, which was extremely good. I was expecting like 4 hours at least.

They were very busy in the paediatrics area, so it took a while before anything could be done for us, but that was ok, as my daughter wasn’t convulsing or anything.

We got home about 6am. She has 2 infections, different meds to take and we got 3 hours sleep, including her all night. The nurses and Drs were fantastic and I am so grateful for their help. They were all really friendly and explained everything really well.

There are a few more tests to run later, an ultrasound today and things, but it’s all looking good so far and she’ll be fine in about 7 – 10 days.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Toxic Friends

I am sure everyone has some of these. I guess they are kind of like frienemies. I am having a bit of trouble at the moment as I have been “friends” with someone for a long time and at the start of this year I realised this friend was not good for me so I tried to cut contact, without them noticing too much.

My problem is I see them every week and I currently can’t do anything about that. I haven’t taken them off my chat site yet either, as I do not want to rock the boat too much.

I am realising more and more though that this person is toxic for me. They gossip a lot and it makes it hard for me to look at other people I know the same way. She is really good at getting me riled up about different things which I realise AFTER I have left her. She pours her heart out to me regularly about different things and I try to be nice and console her and offer advice when asked.

It is a one way street though and I tested that this week. She has been emailing me a lot in regards to her most recent relationship and it’s falling out. She is divorced and so I told her a few things about my situation and basically asked her advice. She ignored the email. I know she got it and chose to ignore it because of something she said today.

After pouring telling me a whole bunch of things about said relationship again today, she proceeded to bag out people we associate with and when I hinted there was something I wanted to talk to her about she said she had to go. I was leaving at the same times, so instead of coming outside (I knew she had an appointment to go to) she waited inside until I had put both my girls in the car and started to drive out of the car park.

It might sound like I am really upset about it, but I’m not. I’m glad things happened like this today because I now feel comfortable scaling back contact further. I will no longer be replying to her emails and things, and I no longer feel I have to.

I am sure everyone has or has had people in their lives who they thought were friends until the stepped back and looked at the situation and realised they are toxic friends.

We started out as great friends and I am grateful for her help earlier in my life, but I feel now this relationship has runs its course.

I am at a point in my life where I am culling everything, clutter in my house, friends who aren’t really friends and focusing more on my girls and myself, the things that are important to me.

Friday, March 12, 2010

101 things - #62 completed

I have completed #62, Create a website and I will NEVER do it again! I HATED doing it, it was crap and I ended up getting someone else to do it for me once I had finished, basically coz it was crap. I’ve done it now though, so I can cross it off.

So I have now done a grand total of 3!! Many are in progress and will be the whole 1001 days, but at least I’m getting there. I have another 3 that will be crossed off next week hopefully, which will bring my total to 6! Woot woot!

I have lost a lot of momentum on this project due to a lot of personal things going on in my life I guess that’s why it’s 1001 days and not 101!

I know I won’t complete everything on my list because priorities change and interests change. I am OK with that as long as I complete most of them. Some of them are things that have been on my list of things I want to do for 10 years! Can you believe it! Seriously, I should’ve done it by now!

Friday, March 5, 2010

More suprises



Yesterday I got a surprise. My husband shouted me to a spa pedicure at a local beauty salon. It was very relaxing despite the story my therapist told me about her cheating ex and why they broke up.

I got another surprise this morning.


I dashed out my door to take out the trash and get the washing coz it was starting to rain when I found a lovely bag of tomatoes from my neighbor sitting on my door step. They don't like to know incase the kids are asleep or we've had a rough night so they just leave notes and surprises. Isn't that nice?

The world would be a better place with more neighbors like mine.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

101 things - 2 completed, lots half done.

This is the 3rd time I have tried to do this post. My internet has been playing up and is frustrating me. I know 2 is not a big achievement. I have lots that I am in the process of doing, but since many of mine are for the duration of the 1001 days, I wont be able to mark them off until the last minute.

I have completed my no TV month #16. It was not as hard as I thought. There is not a single show I miss or really wanted to see. I didn't think I watched that much TV, but I knew it was still a time waster of mine. I am surprised how much more prouctive I have been with other things since TV was not an option. I used to go days without watching it and now really see no need to switch it on. I did let my daughter watch some DVD's, but no TV shows. Advertising is not relevent to her age yet, but it is interesting how much better I feel without seeing advertising regularly.

I also completed #66, my vision board. I was going to post a picture, but decided not too. I have it hanging in the bedroom where I see it everyday. It is simple and is based on 3 things, my ideal body, travel I want to do and my book which comes out very soon. It has my aims for the next 12 months. I am visualising them reguarly and am extremely positive. I am also actively doing things to enable my goals to come to fruition.

I am exercising to get to my ideal body and we are saving for a house still. My husband is going to fix a few things on our house in Sydney this weekend so things on my list will be marked off soon.