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Blog Prompt – August 15, 2008: Blog Prompt: Today is National Relaxation Day. How do you plan to relax today?

Relaxation is a thing of the past – and hopefully the future, but right now is almost no existant.  Until Mark has his transplant out lives are a merry-go-round of continuous doctors visits – for both of us, lately.

We visit four different hospitals for Mark’s health and treatments. 

Monash Medical Centre for his transplant team visits.  The Alfred – for his peritonial dialysis education.  The Eye and Ear Hospital for the management of his eye problems and cataract treatments.  And lastly, Frankston Hospital Outpatients for his (and my) Diabetes Clinic.

Of course we also have regular visits to the Renal Specialists and then all the counsellor visits as well.

On top of that we have school things for the older kids, and day care for Cailee as well as my visits to physio, doctors and counsellors.  And then of course there’s the new puppy who is demanding as well. *rolls eyes*

I’m really hoping that all of these appointments will eventually fade to once or twice a year when Mark has had the transplant, but who knows? Something else always seems to pop up. 

Relaxation is saved for bedtime.  When I can zone out and sleep like the dead. LOL


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Best Friends?

Blog Prompt – August 14, 2008: Today is Best Friends Day. Who is your best friend and tell why?

I have never had a Best Friend in the traditional sense of the word.  Not someone I could confide in completely, about everything, or even someone I could say, yes – such and such is definitely my best friend.  I have more a variety of friends who I would consider I am very close to.  That I can call at a moments notice and just sit and blab to. 

The first is my eldest daughter.  She and I have had a very special relationship since she was fourteen – we are closer than any of her friends are with their parents.  We can discuss just about anything.  Some things my husband blocks his ears to, or leaves the room for, because he thinks there are things a father (or mother) just shouldn’t discuss with their child.  But Mel and I do.

My second is my mum.  I can discuss a lot of things with her, more so now than when I was younger.  She still see’s me as her child, but no longer a little girl.  Mum would do anything to help me and she knows if its in my power – I will do anything for her as well.  We socialise together too.  And some of my friends have adopted her as their surrogate mother and grandmother. 

I guess with those two alone I can consider myself blessed.

Then the thrid and fourth I can’t place in any particular order, Vicki and Michelle are equally as close to me.  I’ve known Michelle for almost ten years, she has seen me through a lot of things – we go to the gym together and have gotten drunk together on occasion, as well as making friends with people online together. Whereas Vicki I only met three years ago, through Scrapbooking.  She owns the local scrapbooking store and I occasionally worked for her on Demo Days, as well as teach card classes for her.  She and I are very alike in many ways – we can talk for hours and spend most Saturday nights chatting during crop nights.  (Mum will sit at the ned of the table oblivious to half of our conversations because she’s almost completely deaf.)  The three of us will sit companionably and scrap together.

Last, but definitely not least, is Sandy.  I have known Sandy since Melanie first started school sixteen years ago.  So long, and though we don’t see each other as frequently any more, she and I are still close enough to open up to each other about our trials and tribulations.

So, though I don’t have one particular best friend, I consider myself a lucky person, as I have five amazing women I can call friend.  Five women I am lucky to have in my life – and who help make me who I am.

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My Perfect Summer Day

Blog Prompt – July 9, 2008: Describe your perfect summer day?

Hmmm…. perfect summer day?  One that isn’t too hot, and by that I mean one below 30°c.

I hate hot weather and it hates me as well.  From the year we landed in Australia I have had problems handly the weather here.  That first summer, as soon as the heat got above the magic thirty, I ended up passed out in the middle of Main Street.

If the weather is mild, I will enjoy the day and be able to function – housework, taking the kids out for the day, having fun.  But when it goes over, I’m stuffed.  The weather will give me a migraine and totally enervate me so I can’t do much more than flake out on the bed with the fan going.

So basically, any summer day below thirty degrees celsius is perfect for me.


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Blog Prompt – July 8, 2008: What kind of stories do you like best? Tear-jerkers? Happy endings? Unexpected twists? Or all of the above?

It all depends on what type of mood I am in when I sit down to watch a movie.  I can be in a romantic mood when the best movie to watch will be a tearjerker that leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy.  If I’m on edge, I like to watch a murder/mystery type movie where my thoughts can converge on solving the crime before the movie is halfway through.

I love romantic comedies, where the happy ending doesn’t necessarily leave you crying.  Warm and fuzzy, or on edge and puzzling out the ending, it doesn’t matter which, as long as the movie moves along nicely and entertains me.  I have eclectic tastes in movies and music – if the blurb hooks me, I’ll probably end up adding yet another movie to my list of favourites.


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Blog Prompt – June 30, 2008: What I last saw out of my living room window…

The last thing I saw out of my loungeroom window was the washing machine repairman as he backed out of the driveway.  It’s been six weeks since my washing machine died, even longer since I contacted Electrolux to find out if they would cover the repairs under warrantee. 

Today, finally, the guy arrived to make the repairs.  One problem – since the original problem occurred two months ago, the motor has finally packed in as well. So now, another wait, to find out if they will repair this further damage or if I have to pay for it and the repairs. 

I will never buy brand new again after this problem.  If I have to buy a new washing machine I will scour the shops until I can find a decent second hand one.  At least with them you only expect two years or so of use before having to be replaced.  I was expecting at least five years of use from a  brand new one, because I know that these days, no appliance is built to last.

My advice?

Never buy electrolux or westinghouse because their customer service is atrocious and their product sucks.


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Blog Prompt – June 6, 2008: Til we meet again.

Oh boy, what a prompt this one was, it took my breath away.  Things that have happened in the last few days tie in so well with this blog prompt.

I saw him last when I was seventeen, a few months before I joined the army.  He had come down to visit with one of his mates, it had been almost a year since I had seen him, and my heart skipped a beat when he walked into my work that night.  It was like when we had met the first time; I could feel my pulse quicken and my stomach fill with butterflies – but this time there was no chance of romance.  He was purely there for friendship, and I couldn’t pass that chance up either.

Then a couple of years ago I saw his name on the school friends reunited site and couldn’t resist contacting him.  He had never been far from my thoughts throughout the years.  He was the only boy who ever wrote poetry for me, the only boy who ever made me a tape of music – just for me.  And not just music from the radio, but melodies that he had composed himself, piano, trumpet, clarinet – the works.  I still have his poems and photos – we were so young.

And then the other night we talked again.  Over the net, we chatted for a couple of hours about kids, and family and how things had turned out for us both.  He hasn’t changed much, he still makes me laugh.  Our lives have gone on two different paths.

I will always have a special place in my heart for him, and now I think – I know – I still hold a special place in his.


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Blog Prompt – June 5, 2008: Today let’s focus on an experience. Good, bad, indifferent. From the present or from the past.

Oh goodness.  I’m over forty so everything I experience has its good, bad and indifferent sides. *chuckles* 

My first experience of Japanese cuisine?  The good – it tasted great, the bad – wasn’t filling enough, the indifferent – I have to be in the mood to have it, these days.  And the last time I had it, it tasted too fishy.

My first scrapbooking experience? The good – I thoroughly enjoyed learning about what was involved and making my first page.  The bad – too many embellishments and papers and ephemera to choose from. The indifferent – I’m rarely happy with the end results!

My first hospital experience?  The good – I wasn’t in pain after the op.  The bad – I wasn’t told I didn’t have to talk/show the interns the reason for my op – until after they had all crowded around and examined me.  The indifferent – many years and many ops later, I no longer worry about interns learning from me. LOL

I’m actually finding it hard to blog this prompt.  My head is too scattered to focus today for some reason.


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