How are ya today meme

I chuckled at the title of this week’s meme, thanks to Sunday Stealing; it’s nice to be asked.

  1. Okay, here we go. How are ya today?  Been better, been worse.  I saw this Emily McDowell instagram during the week, which kinda sums it up at the moment.
  2. Have you ever been so happy you felt invincible? I don’t think I’ve ever felt invincible. 
  3. Would you ever refer to something as ‘bitter sweet’? Parenting – yeah that’s how I’m feeling today.
  4. Is there a person in this world you don’t think you could ever figure out?  Loads, starting with myself!
  5. When was the last time you were freaked out?  This afternoon when my son wandered off. I ‘lost’ him for 30 seconds and was moments away from bursting into tears, while tearing shreds off every person between me and him.
  6. Do you learn from ‘every’ mistake you make? No, I wish I did.
  7. Do you sometimes think that you’re too nice? Yep.
  8. Is there something you’re dying to tell someone? No, most people know what I’m thinking 😉
  9. Do you think you have a unique name?  I don’t think so, but I’ve always had to spell my name out, and I made sure my son had an easy to spell (but uncommon) name.
  10. Do you usually try to find the good in people? Yes, usually to my detriment. 
  11. Do you look back on embarrassing moments and laugh about them? Once I stop blushing, as they STILL embarrass me.
  12. Have you ever laughed just to save yourself from humiliation? All the time.
  13. What are you doing in 2 hours? Eating roast chicken dinner
  14. What is the last thing you ate? Grilled fish and a potato cake.
  15. Do you love your job? I really like my job, but I couldn’t say I ‘love’ it.
  16. When is the last time you showered? This morning after swimming lessons.
  17. Who is the last person you texted? My sister
  18. When is the last time you were in a hospital? As a visitor, about a month ago.
  19. The last time you went out to eat, what did you order?
  20. Do you tend to have a lot of those moments where you forget something that you wanted to say?
  21. How long have you known the last person you text messaged? about 34.5 years – her whole life.
  22. Will this week be a good one?  Any week can be a good week, if you set your intention to not let anything get to you.
  23. Anything happen to you within the past month that made you really happy? Yesterday, I took my son to see progress on our apartment, and we were able to get inside and have a look around – getting close now!
  24. Do you prefer to take showers at night or in the morning? In the evening, to wash the day away.
  25. Have you been to New York City? Yes, my favourite place in the world.



Ology meme

It’s been a long week, and I’ve made it to Sunday night! I must say, I’m not really in the mood to be blogging tonight, and here we are, so a win for me.  With thanks again from Sunday Stealing.

What is your least favorite salad dressing?  
Most, I prefer my salads naked.
What is your least favorite fast food restaurant? They all have a time and place. I’m not a huge fan of McD’s, but McCafe with a playground is sometimes heaven-sent for tired mummies.
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Flowerdrum in Melbourne was divine, and so it should be for the price!
What food could you eat every day just to “get along”? Huh? not really sure what this question is asking.
What pizza toppings would make you hurl? Anchovies 
What is your favorite type of gum to get off your shoe? None

Number of contacts you’d never let your significant other see on your cell phone? No significant other, so none!
Number of contacts in your email address book that are exes?  One
Do you judge others about the wallpaper on their computer? Not so much the wallpaper, but the number of ‘easy to find’ shortcuts/documents.
What is your favorite technology from the past that is now obsolete? Wrist watch. Been meaning to find mine, just coz it’s pretty.
Do you have stuff on your computer that you’d never want someone to see? Yep.

Are you right-handed or left-handed?  Righty
Do you like your smile? Yes, one of my best features
What’s your best feature? Er, see above
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Tonsils, wisdom teeth.
Which of your five senses do you think is keenest? Hearing.
When was the last time you had a cavity? Couple of years ago.
What is the heaviest item you lifted last? A friend’s couch when I helped them move a few weeks ago.
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? No.

If you could, would you wanna know the day you were going to die? Oh good question. No, I don’t think I would.
Is love for real? Some love is.
If you could change your first name, what would you change it to? I always wanted to as a kid, but now I really like my name.
What color do you think looks best on you?  Bright colours; coral is a fav at the moment.
Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?  I don’t think so.
Have you ever saved someone’s life?  No.
Has someone ever saved yours? Not in an emergency situation, but I’m sure if I was born 100 years ago, I wouldn’t have made it through postpartum months.

Would you walk naked down a public street for $100,000? Sure
Would you cut off one of your little fingers for $200,000?  Nope
Would you never blog again for $50,000? Sure
Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000? Well, I’ve said I’d walk down the street naked and magazines have photoshopping, so yep.
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? No way!
Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?  I haven’t watch TV for 2 year, so I’d like to know where my $50K is please!

What is in your left pocket? No pockets.
Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house? Both 
Do you sit or stand in the shower? Seriously? Stand.
Could you live with roommates? I do.
How many pairs of flip flops do you own? About 3 
Where were you born? Melbourne, Aus
Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Do speed cameras count? Last November. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? I wish I knew.

Friend you talked to? My sister
Last person you called?  My brother-in-law
Person you hugged? My bubba nephew

Number? 17
Color? Purple (today, anyway!)
Season? Autumn

Missing someone? No
Mood? Tired
Listening to? Prince, The Hit/B Sides (concert Tuesday night, hence purple my fav colour at the mo!)
Watching? My computer screen. 
Worrying about? pinched nerves between ribs causes shortness of breath, which happened to me last Tuesday night.  It’s still a little painful and I’m not sure if/when it will happen again.

First place you went this morning? Swimming lessons
What can you not wait to do? Prince concert (two more sleeps!)
What’s the last movie you saw? Zoolander 2 – so very funny.
When was the last time you got caught cheating? Never
Now that the survey’s (or meme) done what are you going to do? Bedtime now. Night night.

Carry a tune meme

What a great weekend! Very happy to be finishing with this, via Sunday Stealing.

Do you own a tablet of any kind? Yes, an iPad mini that’s about 3 years old.

What’s something people always assume about you that isn’t true? I’m not really sure – I’d happily be enlightened! Maybe that I’m always busy…

On a scale of 1-10, how much do elevators scare you? 2 for a normal elevator, 8 for a glass-bottomed elevator.

When you’re upset, do you vent to people or do you keep to yourself? If I’m truly upset, it will be silent treatment

Have you ever watched a meteor shower? No

Do you tend to put things off until the last minute? Work yes, I need a deadline. Other things, no.

How do you react to random strangers suddenly trying to make conversation with you? I’m always up for a chat (unless they look slightly deranged)

Do you have a lucky number? My family always pick 11 when doing tattslotto numbers – I have no idea why. I like to think it’s because I was born in the 11th month.

Would you go out to dinner with Oprah? Absolutely, especially if she was paying

Did you ever play sports? I played basketball for about a term at school.

Do you feel guilty if you throw food away?  Very. I like to think because I have a dog, I don’t waste as much, as she always gets the left-overs.

Do you think you could make it as a baker? No. My brother-in-law was an apprentice baker and tells horrible stories of coughing up white flour.

Are you one of those people who are wearing scarves with everything? Really? people are doing this?

Have you ever been in a castle? Yes, saw and visited some fabulous castles while holidaying in Wales, years and years ago.

When you were little, did you ever play with Playdoh? Yep, homemade by mum. It was the saltiest thing she ever cooked.

Would you rather write a mystery or love story? Mystery. There’s more to it

Tell me about your worst fashion mistake: So many to mention. One of my first work outfits: red power suit. Short sleeved with massive shoulder pads.

Do you hate it when people smoke around you? Not really, happens so rarely these days.

How are you wearing your hair right now? Wild and free. Driving home this afternoon, I had my sunroof open and the windows down, so it was all over the place!

When’s the last time you were sick? I had a day off work around april last year – as a contractor, that’s a big thing! I can remember being horribly ill when my son was around 12 months old – we were both so ill for about 12 hours and thankfully my mum was able to help us.

Would you rather have OJ or milk with your breakfast? Milk, as I usually have museli or a green smoothie

What were you doing thirty minutes ago? Eating dinner

Do you own any school related clothing articles? I still have my last school dress, signed by my whole class

Would you rather call people or have them call you? I would love people to call me, mainly because it’s usually me doing the calling.

Can you carry a tune? Nope.

Who was the last person who unexpectedly texted you? Just scrolled through my texts: no unexpected ones there, as it seems I start the texts too.

Who do you text the most? My mum.

Laundry day meme

So, this blogging thang is still happening! Not as much blog writing done this week as I would have liked, but quite a lot of blog thinking, which I’m happy about.

Here’s this week’s meme, via Sunday Stealing

  1. Do you know any couples that have been married for a very long time? Still alive? My grandparents were married around 60 years (can’t remember if they made it to 60 before Pa died).
  2. What are you tired of people telling you? I can’t really think of anything. If people are telling me stuff, it means they’re talking to me and taking notice of what’s going on in my world. If anything, it would be “I really like your hair curly” which I, of course, hate and only wear curly when I can’t be bothered ‘doing it’.  Even then, I try to take the compliment, ’cause you never know when the next of those will come along!
  3. Which type of ice cream do you prefer? Homemade – it tastes so much better.
  4. Do you have a little sister?  I do! And I read this gem the other day 11 reasons your little sister is your biggest blessing.
  5. What was the last movie you watched on TV? You mean according to a TV executive’s schedule? No idea – at least 4 or 5 years ago.
  6. If the internet was not available right now, what would you do instead? Reading a book.
  7. Do you complain a lot? I think I complain a normal amount.
  8. Name a movie that your favorite actor is in. I don’t have a favourite actor. I was sad when Alan Rickman died, and I watched Harry Potter #7 last night in his honour.
  9. Do you like your toes? Sure – plenty of body parts I’d change before I’d change my toes.
  10. Would you rather go to an authentic haunted house or an ancient temple? Temple.
  11. Have you ever had champagne? Did you like it? Er, yes.
  12. Are there any seashells in your room? No
  13. What was the reason for the last time you went outside? To put out chickens into their coup. 
  14. Do you like fruity or minty gum? Minty fresh
  15. Are you looking forward to any day of this month? Yes, going to see the touring Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the middle of Feb! 
  16. What was the last graduation you attended? My mum’s. We both graduated with BBus within 6 months of each other.
  17. Do you rummage through the $5 movie bin at Walmart every time? Most times.
  18. What day of the week do you usually do laundry? The day the basket is full.
  19. Do you like using air fresheners? I use scented candles.
  20. Are your nails ever painted red? Frequently. 
  21. When you were a baby, did you have a favourite blanket? No.
  22. Ever been on a cruise? No, I think it would be an ‘easy’ holiday, once that pesky seasickness is under control.
  23. Would you rather go to Alaska or Russia? Russia.
  24. Strawberries or bananas? Strawberries in a glass of champagne, although I have a banana most days in my green smoothie.
  25. Are you wearing socks? No
  26. When was the last time you went to the mall? This afternoon. I returned a faulty shoe rack, and spent a gift voucher I received for Christmas.

Feisty 25

A Sunday meme, which usually means thanks to Sunday Stealing (I can say “usually” since this is the second time…)

Feisty 25 (guessing our list generator is StateSide)

  1. Do you like to see it snowing outside?  I never have, but I would love to. A White Christmas is among the top 5 on my bucket list.
  2. Do you tell your family you love them enough? Can you ever tell your family you love them enough? So no.
  3. Do you like getting jewellery or do you not wear any?  I like wearing jewellery and my last piece I bought for myself.
  4. Do you watch a lot of NFL football? Only one game a year and I wish we had the US ads televised too.
  5. Have you ever used the word ‘lame’? Still do.
  6. Are you/Were you in a band? If so, what was your band name? Nope, no musical ability whatsoever.
  7. When is the last time you went to the doctor?  Couple of months ago for my annual check-up.
  8. Do you own any shirts with a peace symbol on it? Nope.
  9. Would you ever go to Japan? Yes – I was thinking today it could be a good place to take an organised tour with my son.
  10. What was the last thing you went to Walmart for? I’ll substitute Kmart – a totem tennis set for christmas gifts
  11. Ever gotten in a car accident? “Gotten in” hmmm bad wording, I haven’t been in a car accident either (touch wood)
  12. Have you ever been in a choir? Nope, see #6
  13. Do you like the color of your eyes? If not, what color would you want them? I like that they change colour depending on the weather.
  14. When was the last time you went ice skating?  Seattle, USA, January 1994.
  15. Do you like to brush your teeth? Sure.
  16. Have you ever had a surgery? Tonsils, Wisdom teeth, and some post-baby stuff.
  17. Do you look older or younger than you actually are?  I’ve been told I look about 5 years younger! *happy dance*.
  18. When is the next time you’ll be up on stage? Isn’t the world my stage 😉
  19. Where did you spend your last birthday? Work, then dinner at the local with my family.
  20. What is the last show that you watched a full episode of? Archer; awaiting S7 (and the episodes only go for 20 minutes!)
  21. Do you know anyone who lives in Utah? Nope.
  22. Is there anything you need to work on doing soon? I need to repaint my bedside tables. Plus work on some of my own blog topics.
  23. Do your feelings get hurt easily? Yes.
  24. Do you, or do you know someone who has taken karate lessons? I’m sure my brother did as a youngster.
  25. Were you ever a boy or girl scout? Nope: hasn’t stopped me from being one of the most prepared and organised people I know!



I know, it’s been a while. And I’m not at all happy with my creative progress. In fact, I’m still asking many of those same questions.
So here goes. Again.

This year meme

A bad habit I’m going to break: Overthinking. The Anxiety Toolkit is my next ‘to-read’ book.

A new skill I’d like to learn: Meditation. I’ve done Yoga over the years and I’d like to improve this, plus add meditation to the process. It’s ‘my yoga practice’ because even if you’ve done it for years and years, you can always get better with practice.

A person I’d like to be more like: Me a couple of years ago, when I didn’t worry so much.

A good deed I’m going to do: oh, I have to think about this one – it’s been a bit inward looking so far.  There will be a lot of donating to charity when we clean my nan’s place. Plus purchases from charity stores/receiving gracefully for my place when it’s ready.

A place I’d like to visit: a music festival. I’ve never been to one and would love to share the experience with friends.

A book I’d like to read: Many!  Only a few weeks ago, I’ve rediscovered my love of reading and have already read two books this year. Goodreads Reading Challenge accepted (25 books for me this year). With Book Group books (12) plus some other recommendations (lay ’em on me), I think that’s quite achievable after not reading for a couple of years.

A letter I’m going to write:  to Santa on E’s behalf (and I’m sure I’ll sneak in a mummy request!)

A new food I’d like to try: I am SO looking forward to cooking my first roast dinner in my own oven in my own apartment!

I’m going to do better at: I like this one, as even though I think I’m doing pretty good right now, we can always do better.  I’m going to do better at continuing what I start.  I’m a ‘opener’ according to Gretchin Rubin:  I love starting new projects, (er, you may have read a blog post or two 18 months ago and none since) and need to do better at keeping the momentum going.

With thanks from Sunday Stealing (and yes, I know it’s not Sunday, and a little late in January to set yearly intentions, but better late than never!)

The first…

It’s been on my mind for a while now to start a blog, but where to start? What’s not been done by someone else? What topic to choose? Blog your passion; ‘follow your passion’ is crappy advice. There is no right or wrong. Just start.

So here goes.

Thanks to Princess Pandora for pointing me to Sunday Stealing: my starting point.

1. Outside my window… 

It is dark (9:45pm Sunday night), but I can see some twinkly lights in the distance

 2. I am thankful… 

For many things: the usual (my son, my family, my dog), my current employment status, but mainly for making it through the toughest year of my life, intact and sane.

 3. In the kitchen… 

There are probably dishes to be done.

 4. I am wearing… 

My pjs

 5. I am creating… 

My first blog post

 6. I am going… 

Strong, so far

 7. I am reading… 

Course materials for my grad certificate, although in 2.5 weeks this will be a VERY different answer!

 8. I am learning… 

Formal learning, my grad certificate in Change Management. Informally, being a single mum, politics of new job, how to re-connect with friends after studying, navigating WordPress.

 9. I am pondering… 

Things I shouldn’t two weeks before my studies finish… I should be studying, not thinking about blog topics, houses, dating or permanent jobs.

 10. A favorite quote… 

“And the Buffy staked Edward, The End”

 11. One of my favorite things… 

Getting a massage – tis the first thing on the to do list after assignment is submitted.

 12. A few plans for the rest of the week… 

Study, writing, during the week and then 3rd birthday celebrations on the weekend

 13. A peek into my day…

Today started with a rare sleep-in, then we went out for brunch. My son (who isn’t a spewer) vomited as soon as we sat down at the cafe, but then demanded bread. We ate brunch, did some grocery shopping then came home. After a little quiet time, the E hit the wall. Some Panadol administered and he went to sleep for two hours (who knew when bedtime tonight would be). I did a computer back-up and blog searching. He woke up and chirped “I feel better now mum”. A sandwich and apple for him, pumpkin soup and a slice of left-over pizza for me was dinner. He had a bath, pjs, then a few stories: didn’t drink his bottle, but not surprised since that’s what triggered the vomiting this morning. He was surprisingly asleep by 9:15 and I won’t be far behind him.