Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry christmas everyone...

Despite the dog tearing down the Christmas tree and un-wrapping all the beautifully wrapped pressies...

Despite the fact that I have to be on-call for work on Christmas day and can't have a drink until after 4pm...

And despite the fact that I swore off doing Christmas things "because no one else cares about Christmas as much as I do" (insert dramatic stamp of foot and pout here)...

I have found myself signing Christmas songs all day!!!

For a Jewish kid I sure do know a hell of a lot of Christmas carols!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!
May your day be special, whatever you do.
And, may Santa be kind to you all!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hate it...

*Warning!! Complete and utter rant about to start now.*

I have come to the conclusion that I hate my job.

I hate, hate, HATE it!!

I hate my boss.

I hate my staff.

I hate my hours.

I hate my clients.

And I especially hate the fact that I have no work / life balance.

I feel like I'm being totally taken advantage of and I'm the only one in the team who pulls their weight.

I hate trying to convince staff to do shifts.

I hate having to come in and cover for staff who don't answer their phones when they're on-call, especially on the weekends.

I hate being called at all hours of the day and night for anything and everything, even when I'm not on-call.

I hate feeling unsupported by my colleagues.

And I totally hate the fact that I have to be on-call on Christmas Day, potentially threatening a what should be a lovely day with my husband and close friends, good drink and good food.

Bah humbug to you all.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I'm doing some Thematic Photographic earlier in the TP week this time.

This is Massil, a beautiful, quiet and shy child, from a village not far from Woollu's family.

On this day in December, 2006, Massil was trying to stay quiet and not giggle as I took her photo during an open air church service while we were visiting the island for Christmas.

For more info about Thematic Photographic, stop by and visit Carmi and check out some of his teriffic writings, and beautiful photos.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Ok... I'm jumping on Carmi's Thematic Photographic bandwagon, and posting my own photo to match this weeks subject, which is "bright".

This photo was taken at a farewell party for a friend earlier this year.

It captures the vibrancy and warmth of the night.

It's amazing the fleeting fire patterns that the camera can catch!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Kids stuff...

I thought I was too tired to do anything yesterday.
All I wanted to do was sit on the couch with the fan blowing straight on me and watch DVD's to distract myself from the stinking heat.

When my friend's daughter called me asking if I wanted to go to the beach with her and her mum, all I really wanted to do was blow them off. Find some nice way to make myself sound busy so that I wouldn't have to get up off my arse.

But after hearing this little voice filled with school holiday boredom (already!!! Only 3 days in!!!), I reluctantly agreed to trawl through my bedroom to find my swimmers somewhere underneath the piles of clean washing waiting to be put away, and the dirty washing waiting to be washed.


After stopping off at the supermarket, where it's inflatable pool toy time of year, and arming ourselves with a couple of inflatable rings and a few soft drinks, we drove on down to the beach and spent a couple of hours just floating away over the waves.

SOOOOO good!!!

To think that I live on an island and haven't been to the beach for ages.
What a crime!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

From my leg to my neck in 3.3 seconds... A tale of medical woe...

So I went back to the real world and eneded up staying longer than expected!

The whole clot business turned out to be a non-event (after scans and specialist visits), but then, mid conversation, the specialist noticed what is apparently a goiter in my neck (RANDOM!).

I had no idea it was there.

One thing led to another and I ended up being injected with radioactive stuff (bring on the superpowers!) to check for abnormal function in a nodule that was found on my thyroid!!

Most convoluted non-illness ever!

Anywho, everything is all good and we even managed to squeeze in a few cool things like a trip to the zoo, and on the ferry, and into the city, and the museum, and shopping...

Boy, can my man SHOP! It puts me to shame!!

Now I've gotta go earn some $$ to pay off that credit card!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Murphy's Law strikes... #1 (because it will continue to happen over and over again)

I'm due to return to Oz on Wednesday.

Only for 2 days.

Woollu (sweet husband of mine) is supposed to be coming with me on what will be his first trip on a "big plane", his first time out of the country, his first time seeing traffic lights... Ok, you get the point, there will be a lot of firsts.

It's going to be special!

So, of course, something has to go wrong and spoil all the fun.

I discovered yesterday what appears to be a clot in one of the superficial veins of my leg. My leg looks like someone has wrapped a blue chord around it like a maypole because the vein is so congested!

The implications of this discovery is that I may be banned from flying, and if I am allowed to fly I will need to have injections in my tummy, and take tablets, and wear compression stockings (in sweaty tropical heat!), and will have to go to the doctor in lieu of going shopping in the big smoke!!!

Murphy's Law strikes again!

Addit: Just had my first injection in my tummy and boy did it hurt! That's gonna leave one heck of a bruise!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas trouble... not Christmas cheer...

I have decided that I'm firing my dogs.

I'm taking them back to the island dog store and getting new ones... preferrably ones that pay attention to what's going on around them!

I can open the back gate, walk up through the garden, whistling and chatting away, up to the house, up the stairs on to the back porch, and open the back door and get inside before they appear, wagging their tails and with looks on their faces that say "Gee Mum, where have you been?".

Useless so and sos.

Woollu (my husband) discovered this morning that someone had tried to get into our house last night by tearing the flyscreen on the back window that looks on to the verandah and breaking one of the glass louvres.

We asked the neighbours if they heard anything and one of them said he heard glass break at our place while he was watching the news last night (which means that it was after 7pm and dark outside). He came outside and started calling out but no one answered and he didn't see anyone... except the dogs who had been sleeping under the house the whole time!!

They are definitely sacked!

Nothing was taken luckily. The hole in the screen isn't big enough for anyone to have gotten through. We figure the glass breaking and the neighbour investigating frightened whoever it was off.

The people who call themselves "the authorities", are saying that there has been an increase in theft and break-ins around The Capital in the lead up to Christmas, with people looking for money and things to sell, and items to keep and give as Christmas presents.

The hypocrisy of such a thing happening in a country that prides itself as standing on Christian values, and the dichotomy that is created by the mix of poverty and consumerism, can be both disheartening and intriguing, and certainly gives one food for thought. One can only wonder if lessons will be learnt by those destructive people who see fit to steal from children, hard workers, and families who have just as little.

As for us, we've learnt our lesson.

We're now looking out for another dog.

Preferrably one that barks!

Monday, November 17, 2008

A new name... A new face... A new blog...

It's been a long time since I've blogged... more than 12 months in fact.

Due, in varying ratios, to lack of time, third world internet, and a lack of things to write about, my last blog sank beneath the pacific waters to lie dormant, like an old volcano.

But I've decided now that it's time to assume a new identity and get back to blogging.
To share with people the idiosyncracies of my weird and wonderful world.
To rant and rave.
Bitch and moan.
And to celebrate the things and people that make me enjoy life!

Despite the third world telecommunications, I'm back with a vengeance!