Posted by: k | January 26, 2010

Tuffy Love

For a little while now, Mum’s been half-heartedly considering a little dog. She did say, as did I, that when Snuggles passed away, we wouldn’t get another dog. Quite often we talk about him, and all the antics that he used to get up to. We agreed that we miss him more as time goes by.

With all the medication Dad’s on, he sleeps a lot. I mean, A LOT. As in, he sleeps all night, gets up in the morning, maybe watch tv for an hour or two, then fall asleep in his chair. Then he’ll go and lay on the bed and sleep for another 3-4 hours, before finally getting up having dinner, watching some more tv, and then go back to bed and sleep all night again. Mum gets lonely – it’s totally understandable.
(Dad has since copped a serve about sleeping TOO much – in essence sleeping both their lives away, and he’s a bit better with it now. He won’t lay on the bed during the day anymore!)

So Mum gets lonely. She volunteers at the Salvation Army; the welfare centre down the road. During December and January it’s 5 days a week, but normally it’s just one day. I think this is when she started thinking about another dog. Most days it’s like living alone with the amount of time Dad sleeps!

Then Mum’s best friend got a new puppy for Christmas – and she was jealous. Mega jealous.

This is when I made up my mind – I was going to find Mum a puppy for her birthday. Prerequisites were that it had to be a small dog with short hair. So on Sunday, Matt and I started looking. We went to a pet shop. They had an adorable Pomeranian/Papillion cross puppy, exactly the same breed as Snugs was – but this puppy was $900. OUCH.

Bearing in mind that Mum’s birthday is the end of February, I wasn’t intending to get one straightaway. I just wanted to have a look to see what was out there, and maybe see what would be coming in soon. That was when Matt suggested a trip to the RSPCA. So off we went. Just looking, we said. And we found one poor little puppy, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell cross. He was eight months old, and looked pretty cute. We filled out a form, went into his pen, and played with him for a few minutes. I told Matt that Mum would like this puppy.

We left, as once we said we were looking for a puppy for someone else, they wanted to meet the prospective owner. We had some lunch – and I rang Mum and said we were coming to pick her up… and had to admit that we were bringing her to look at a puppy. (Can’t get anything past my mum… seriously.)

We came back with Mum. She got a bit upset saying she felt guilty for thinking about replacing Snuggles. There is no way that Snugs could ever be replaced.
(Matt said she’s replacing me instead, since I’ve moved out of home and all.)
She met the puppy, had a bit of a play, and, well…

Here he is. Meet Tuffy:

We didn’t pick the name, it was given to him by his previous owner who also surrendered his brother, apparently named Scruffy. The RSPCA told us his previous owner had gotten very ill and couldn’t take care of him. They also told us that he was very timid and didn’t like strange people, and kids were probably a no-no.

I feel good for adopting him for Mum, and knowing that I’ve made a difference for this little guy instead of picking something in a pet shop.

He’s very loving – but we have a feeling that he was mistreated. He will come if you call him, but he will only come to you from the side, not front on. If you reach down to pat him, he cowers a bit until he trusts you. He’s constantly wanting food too – although I’m not sure if that’s just a puppy thing. Bearing that in mind, he’s a great dog, and already house trained!

Mum’s falling in love with him, and Dad’s pretending to ignore him – although I did see him throw a couple of Maccas chips on the floor to him!

It does feel strange to me seeing this little dude running around, he is on Snug’s stomping ground after all. But I’ve done good. And Mum got her present a month early, that’s all!


It’s been roughly two weeks since I gave up the soft drink. I was hoping I’d be over the cravings by now, but OH GOD, GIVE ME A CAN OF COKE AND SLAP ME HAPPY, I’m not. I want it. I want it BAD. Matt is also struggling, which is only making me feel a little better. I’d be laughing my ass off at him if I wasn’t in the same boat. Oh yes, we’re in the boat, up the creek, without a tasty, caffienated, fizzy beverage to reward us for getting up there without our paddle.

The irony of it all is, we’ve both gone without before, and weren’t phased. This time, we can’t handle it. Damnit.

In other news – I have a new dining suite:

Dining setting. Is hot.

It’s awesome. And smaller than our previous table. And doesn’t need a tablecloth. Oh, and it only cost me $250.

I also have an announcement to make. I briefly touched on it when compiling my 2010 List, but haven’t gone into too much detail. After deciding that I need to make myself accountable, I’m putting it out there.

I have committed myself to doing the Bridge to Brisbane in August. The 4.5km race, not the 12km. And I’m aiming for my ultimate goal, to run at least HALF of it. I’m not a runner. Hell, I couldn’t even really say I was a walker. But I’ve decided I’m just going to get off my butt and do it. This month I’m working on getting up to, and maintaining, 10,000 steps a day. I’m doing pretty well at the moment, my average is just over 9,000 steps a day, so I just need to keep plodding along for the next 12 days. In February I’m going to start the Couch to 5K program. I’ve tried to do it before, but this time will be different. I’ve told my trainer I’m doing it – and it’s her job to nag me to death about it. I know I’ll do it if I have to answer to her. The program is set out over 9 weeks, but my trainer has suggested aiming for 12. Then I’ll have a few months to work on speed, and then I’ll be just about ready for the run. I’m shitting myself, but I need to prove to myself that I can do this!

The above all ties in nicely to my unofficial matra for this year – no holding back! If I want to do it, I’ll find a way.

Posted by: k | January 10, 2010


The house is now officially void of soft drink. It has been for a few days.

I am struggling. I really want even just ONE glass of coke!

It’s no good for me, I know. After hearing all the different ways coke is used – a colleague said she uses it as a head lice treatment on her kids! – it makes me wonder what it does to your insides… but I still want to drink it! I’m an idiot… I stopped drinking it for about 6 weeks solid last year, and then starting having the odd glass with dinner, which then snowballed, as it does.

Considering that coke is also my only source of caffiene as I am a non-coffee drinker, maybe that’s why I’m finding it extra hard.

Matt is taunting me, waiting for me to crack. I’ve already made the bet with him though, and I’m too stubborn to give in! I will NOT be the first to give in to the urge, I refuse to let him win, even if it kills me! (And at this stage, it could be a possibility.)

I am drinking only water, milk, and the odd glass of sugar free mineral water with some ice.

I will survive! And I’m going to win this damn bet… although 6 months seems a long way off!

Posted by: k | January 2, 2010

Shiny Happy Person

We’re two days into 2010 – and both days have been sunny. It’s been nice, considering it’s been raining for the last week or so. I’d like to think it’s more than a coincidence.

I’ve almost caught up with all the washing. We have a dryer, but I don’t like using it. Clothes and towels just feel so much fresher when they’ve been dried outside in the fresh air.

My cooking skills are set to improve also. I’ve started a program (it’s not a diet, okay?) which requires a lot of food preparation. I’m bound to get better in the kitchen! Right now I have a pizza base in the oven – I made it from scratch, yay – and when it’s ready I can add the toppings. I made it on New Year’s Eve and even Matt was impressed!

Speaking of Matt, he has decided to do two things this year – give up drinking alcohol and soft drink. Neither of us are big drinkers alcohol wise, which is good. It’s pretty funny that we each decided separately on the soft drink, though. We’ve struck up an agreement where we will finish off what soft drink is in the house, and once it’s gone, we won’t replace it. I’m enjoying the last few days of my Coke and lemonade… I’m going to miss it, but I’ll be better off without it!

Off to finish making this pizza before I burn it!

Posted by: k | January 1, 2010

The year where I will rule the world.

The new year has arrived.

I’m feeling cautiously optimistic. (As well as suprisingly NOT hungover, considering last night I drank enough Fruit Tingles to empty a 2 litre bottle of lemonade!) I’ve got a few big things planned for this year.

I’m going to be studying. Doing nails is something that I’ve thought about on and off for a couple of years. It’s something that interests me, but something I never investigated.
When my redundancy was announced last year, I decided to go for it. I’ve got nothing to lose, really. I get a qualification out of it. Doing the course opens up a chance to change careers and even work for myself, which is something I would love to do.

There are a couple of other things that I’m hoping to kick ass at this year – staying debt free (unless I suddenly decide to buy a house, which I can’t see happening!), finally kicking my soft-drink habit, and being organised. Being organised is a bit of a broad one, including things like making cards and gifts well in advance, keeping a diary with appointments and the like, and working out and sticking to a budget.

I haven’t set myself a massive list to do – what I have picked, I know I can get done if I apply myself. That’s what it’s all about this year folks, applying myself. Last year, in hindsight, was a bit too much sitting around letting the world go by – this year I’m going out to conquer it!

So here it is: My List for 2010. If you want to see how I’m doing during the course of this year, you’ll find it under the page “What’s She Doing?”

Posted by: k | December 30, 2009

2009 – The year that was

After seeing that the lovely Alyndabear and Katie have already done their years in review, I thought I’d do mine too.
This is now the fourth time I have done yearly reviews. If you’re curious, here’s 2006, 2007 and 2008.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Moved out of home, got made redundant, and completed an 8 week boot camp, to name a few. I do believe that 2009 was also the year that I experienced my first hangover.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn’t do too badly. There were a few things that I would have liked to do but couldn’t due to unforseeable circumstances. I’m nearly finished working out what I want to do next!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My cousin and his wife had baby #3 in February. He’s gorgeous!

4. Did anyone close to you die? Matt’s mum passed away from an inoperable brain tumour in August – three months after diagnosis.

5. What countries did you visit? We had plans to visit the South Pacific, but unfortunately didn’t make it due to Matt’s mum falling ill. So, none.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? More faith in myself.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? August 27th: Matt’s mum passed. November 6th: my last day at work before being made redundant.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Matt’s mum was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, I moved out of home, and I got told I was being made redundant, all in a 6 week period. My achievement? Not falling into a screaming heap like I wanted to.

9. What was your biggest failure? Getting too comfortable with where I was in life, I guess. Not expecting the unexpected, perhaps?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I got a whopping migraine and a bout of gastro back in May. I felt like utter shit for a week and a half.

11. What was the best thing you bought? In September and October I did an 8 week boot camp. I was going to chicken out, but I went to every single session. As a reward for finishing it, I bought myself a new iPod nano and had this engraved on the back: “The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret.”

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Matt’s. He’s had a rough trot this year, poor thing. But he handled himself better than I thought he would. I think he even surprised himself.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My pathetic brother-in-law who took us for a ride and is now back using speed. (Long story.)

14. Where did most of your money go? Setting up house and keeping the bills paid and mouths fed!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Moving out – it was hard, but very worth it.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? Any one of the songs from Paramore’s new album Brand New Eyes. Love it all!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
(a) Happier or Sadder? I’m not sure yet. A lot of things happened this year and I’m still trying to sort myself out.
(b) Thinner or Fatter? I put on a few kilos… as I seem to do every year… sigh. It’s going to change!
(c) Richer or Poorer? Richer, thanks to the company who decided I was no longer required. I have invested wisely!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? I wish I hadn’t relied on my job so much for my social outlet. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made some awesome (hopefully lifelong) friends, but I should have gotten out more. When I lost my job I felt even more stranded than I possibly would have if I’d made the effort.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Putting off the inevitable. Procrastinating doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, it means you’ve got less time to prepare!

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2009? Being our first Christmas out on our own, Matt and I had a barbecue at our house on Christmas Eve. Christmas lunch was with Matt’s eldest siblings, and Christmas dinner was with my parents.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009? I was already in love, but like everything else this year, there’s been ups and downs.

22. How many one-night stands? Never had one.

23. What was your favorite TV program? I enjoyed MasterChef, which wasn’t something I thought I’d get into!

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I don’t hate anyone. I may dislike the odd person, but I can’t be bothered putting effort into someone that I feel negatively about.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? I can’t really say I discovered anything new.

27. What did you want and get? A new iPod.

28. What did you want and not get? My first proper holiday.

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Monsters vs Aliens. I love kids movies!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I worked all day, unfortunately. Then I went out for dinner with Matt and my parents, which was nice. I turned 22 – I’ve heard it’s all downhill from here.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I don’t know, to be honest. This was a shitty year, and I don’t think anything could have made it more “satisfying”.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? I think I started showing a little more leg this year. I got into wearing dresses.

33. What kept you sane? My friends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I don’t pay much attention.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Watching the inauguration of the new US president. That’s history right there.

36. Who did you miss? I miss seeing my parents every day. I don’t really have an excuse though, I only moved 2 minutes away!

37. Who was the best new person you met? I need to get out more. I can’t even remember if I’ve met anyone new this year! How sad.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. If you want something bad enough, go for it. An opportunity will present itself.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “And I won’t look back ’cause there’s no use, it’s time to move forward”  Paramore – Feeling Sorry

40. What are your resolutions for 2010? The main one is to become a qualified nail technician, and see about going in a different direction career wise. I have a few others, such as trying to become a better cook and running a 5k.

Posted by: k | December 28, 2009

Is It New Years Yet?!

My Christmas tree and all the associated festive garb is coming down tomorrow.

I’m over it.

Actually, to be over it, one would have to have been into it in the first place – which I wasn’t.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day themselves were okay. Matt and I had our first Christmas Eve bbq. Christmas Day was relaxing. I got up at 8am because I was hungry, had some breakfast, and went back to bed. I only got up at 11.50am because we had to go to the in-law’s for lunch. Christmas dinner itself was beautiful, as always. Mum did the usual and laid it all out. Roast beef, chicken, pork and all the hot vegetables as well as ham off the bone and lots of salad.
(We don’t eat turkey.)

But I wasn’t interested. I didn’t feel Christmasy. Neither was Matt, which is very understandable considering this was his first Christmas without his mum. We’ve also had a lot of drama going on with one of Matt’s brothers, but that’s a very long story. It was hard for him, and for me.

And so I’m more than ready to pack up all the decorations. I felt bad about doing it before New Years, until I visited my parents and learned that Mum had all of her stuff packed away on BOXING DAY. She wasn’t into this year, either.

Matt’s going back to work tomorrow, so it’s the perfect time for me to get it done and get the house organised. I’m also doing it while he’s at work because he usually keeps the birdcage where the tree currently sits. I hate having the birds in the house – they make too much mess, and considering Matt told me last week he saw mouse poo in the kitchen, well, the birds definitely aren’t coming back in the house. I’m going to put my bar there instead! Once the furniture’s moved, conversation over. Does anyone else do this to their partners?

I’m going to leave you with a photo of the present Matt opened from me on Christmas Day. He didn’t find it very amusing at all – actually he threw it on the floor where it sat until I put it in his spare room – but if you can’t laugh at yourself, then more fool you. (Besides, I, along with everyone else that knows Matt, thinks it’s bloody hilarious. And true.)

The Incredible Sulk.
Posted by: k | December 19, 2009


Yesterday was my birthday. It was pretty good.

I did have to work all day – I arrived to find a card and hole-punch confetti on my desk. I’d only mentioned my birthday in passing, and considering I’ve only been on contract there for five weeks, it was a nice surprise! I didn’t work my arse off, but I did what I was needed to do. We all had Red Rooster for lunch, and then I put on my iPod and tried to tune out the fact that I was still working!

After work I headed home and got changed, and then we went and picked up my parents and went out for dinner. It was nice and relaxing, not too loud, and then we chilled out a bit at my parents place before coming home.

Present wise, I got two new charms for my second Pandora from Matt, a stereo from my parents which plays CD’s and also directly from my iPod, and a nice bunch of flowers. One of my friends swung by during the day and left a card and a small present in my letterbox. I unwrapped my present and found this little guy:

His name is Aka-Oni, and he is a Watchover Voodoo Doll. His little card says he is to help “kickstart your life, give you courage and confidence to get things done”.
I think he’s gorgeous! I love little quirky things like this guy… right now he’s hanging off my handbag.

This time next week, Christmas will be done and dusted for another year! Tomorrow I have to do some grocery shopping and pick up the last bits and pieces we need for our Christmas Eve barbecue. All my presents are bought, I just need to wrap them and put them under the tree. I’m looking forward to a nice, quiet Christmas and a week and a bit off work!

Posted by: k | December 15, 2009

More Money, Please.

I’ve been lying awake at night thinking about what money is coming in and what bills have to be paid. The nail course that I got the enrolment forms for months ago and haven’t sent back – the course that needs to be paid for. The car registration that’s due in 5 months. The freshly delivered electricity bill which is due on New Years Eve. The week and a half off over Christmas which I don’t get paid for. The rent that’s due next week.

Part of the problem is having to adjust to being paid weekly. Sure, monthly pay sucks, but once it’s in your account, you know that’s all you have to work with until the next month. One lot of rent, two lots of grocery shops, etc. Weekly pay means hanging onto money from one week so there’s enough next week to cover something.

The irony is I’m being paid more now per month than I was before, if I add it up. Not a lot more, but enough to cover a fortnight’s grocery shop if I used it wisely.

I know I need to sit down and work out some kind of budget. I’ve never done it before, and I don’t know where to start. At the beginning, you say. Yes, but exactly where is that?
I’m thinking I should count how many weeks are between now and the item that’s due, and then figure out how much to hold out of each pay so it’s paid for.

It’s my birthday on Friday. I’m going out for dinner with Matt and my parentals, which will be nice and low-key. My birthday always means winding down to Christmas and the end of the year, so although I’m not overly excited about my birthday itself, I’m looking forward to the wind down.

Posted by: k | December 11, 2009

Christmas is the new black.

This Christmas is my very first one in my own house, so I’m mega excited. Not only did I have my very own new tree to put up, but I got to go out and buy all the decorations too. How excitement!

Our family thing is to put the tree up on December 1st. This year the 1st was a Tuesday, and there was no way I was putting in a full day’s work, going to the gym, and then coming home and putting up the tree. So we put it up a few days early, on November 28th.

Here is my new tree (squee!) in all its glory:

Can you notice how my tree is different to the others?

It’s black. Yes, I have a black Christmas tree, and I love it. It may seem a little strange, and honestly, if I had kids, I wouldn’t have gotten it, but I just love that it’s different. It’s an adults tree. This year it’s decked out in black, silver and blue. I was going to do red, but changed my mind. The black decorations are a little hard to see in this pic, but they’re there!

I took a couple of closeups, because I’m a photo whore budding photographer:

I love my tree, and this year I want to have a really nice Christmas – after the shocking year we’ve had, I think we deserve it!

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