Monday, January 14, 2013

What's with Blogger??

Not sure how many people tried to comment on my last post but as you can see there is only 1 comment.  I know others tried so not sure what is going on.  Bit frustrating really but I got some inboxes on facebook about last topic so thanks so much for your input.

I think the best way to handle the drinking is to keep the communication lines open.  She knows I am not happy that she is drinking at parties but as long as she doesn't abuse it, what can I do?

Anyway enough of that topic.  I feel proud that she is not one of the skanks at her school that drink and have sex every weekend.  My mind boggles at some of the things I see on facebook and I am pretty open minded.  These kids don't have any security on their pages and now that facebook lets you see friends commenting on other status, it is so easy to follow links and snoop.  Unbelievable is all I can say.  I'm sure it wasn't that bad in my time as a teenager.

Anyway I have had a great week.  Food has been pretty good.  A couple of bad choices but it has all been tracked and I have been within points every day so the scales will tell me tomorrow night how I have gone.

I went back to work today which I am really not enjoying.  I love the people there but am hating the dickhead customers I deal with on a daily basis.  Maybe I just don't have the patience to deal with the idiots anymore.  I am even thinking about dropping my Friday.  I only work 4 hours on a Friday and we are so close to the cut off for the centrelink family allowances that it would be silly to lose all that extra money.  I will see how we go closer to the end of the financial year.

I'm sitting here thinking I must take down the christmas tree.  Half way through January I think christmas is well and truly over.  I only took the wreath off the front door yesterday.

Puppy is going well although digging madly.  God knows what will happen when the kids go back to school in 2 weeks.  He is going to be so bored during the day, although they are home by 2.30 on Tuesday and I am home early Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  He is learning fast and I can't wait to get him to puppy school to learn some manners.  He gets very excited when people visit and is jumping up on people.  Any ideas how to stop that.  He just won't listen to us.  I heard puppies don't understand yelling.  Much like kids really!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Teenagers!! Who'd have them.

I can't put this on my facebook page for obvious reasons.  Nikki doesn't read my blog but maybe one day when she looks back on this blog she will see why I am a concerned mum.  And I fully intend to give the kids access one day but not now.

So if I get hit by a truck, can someone give Steve and the kids this blog to read - LOL!!

Like I said a couple of days ago, I found some photos that indicated Nikki was drinking.  Not all the time, just parties and New Years.  She has discussed drinking with me as we had an incident last year when she had to throw up on the way home when I picked her up so it was pretty obvious she was drinking.  She was punished.  Not for drinking, but for breaking the trust I had in her.

She is 16, not 17 until October and a lot of her friends drink so there is always drinking at parties and get togethers.  Because she works at Boost, a lot of her friends there are older and can legally drink.

So she now asks if she can have a drink or 2 and as far as I know she hasn't abused it.  She hasn't come home rolling drunk or anything like that.

Anyway the photo I found was of bottles of vodka and the caption left me with no mistake that she was having a drinking session New Years Eve.  We had a party at our place and she invited a friend.  She didn't ask me if she could have a drink and I didn't think anything of it.

Well I found her stash in her wardrobe yesterday.  I didn't go looking.  The phone is in her room and her wardrobe was wide open and it was in clear view.

So this is my dilema.  What do I do?  She is 16.  She has secrets from me.  She is going to find a way to do the things I don't want her to do.  I know I did at 16.  I think 16 is too young to be drinking but a lot of her friends are heavy drinkers from the age of 14 so I know I am lucky in that respect.  She is a good kid.  I don't want her to go behind my back so how do I handle this.

Would love some comments from mums who have gone there or friends who remember what it's like to be 16


Thursday, January 10, 2013


What a lovely day I've had.  Even though the internet is being a dick, I managed to go back and read the first 12 months of my blog.  What a cool thing to do.  It was nearly 7 years ago.  So the kids were 4, 7 and 9.  What a different life to my life today of surviving teenagers and one pre teen.

Life was uncomplicated back then........

Someone reminded me as I was looking back on the photos that there would be fire victims that have lost all their photos.  Luckily in the digital age, we can access them easily.

Food is totally on track.  If anything I'm not eating enough.  I have discovered avocado and have been having it in a sandwich as a spread instead of butter.  I have been so lazy these holidays with my food as well so it's now been 2 days of tracking and being on track.

I'm really looking forward to weigh in next Tuesday.

Anyway just a quickie today.  The catalogues have arrived and I have 3,600 to fold.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Loving Holidays

I don't want to go back to work on Monday.  Seriously, I am over the 9-5 routine and the dickhead customers I have to deal with on a daily basis.  The time off has definitely agreed with me.  I feel much more relaxed and I know when I go back on Monday it will take all of 5 minutes to feel stressed again. But it pays the bills.  Unless I win lotto, it won't change so I have to try and learn to deal with the stress of work.

Something else that has happened in the last fews days is a beautiful online friend (that I have never met but plan to change that someday) has started up a facebook group about financial difficulties and what we can do to turn things around this year.  It has really got me thinking about a heap of ways to save money so that is going to be my focus this year.  It goes hand in hand with the weight loss really.  

My main problem with money is that I go to the supermarket to get one thing and walk out with $50 worth.  Most of that is not needed.  Crap food for myself and the family.  So what I will do is only go to the supermarket once a week.  The only time I can go again is for fresh food only.  That should help with the impulse of buying crap food that I don't need.

I want to come out of this year with some savings.  Not credit card debt as is always the case.  January is catch up and pay off the credit card every year.  

Caught Nikki out beautifully this morning.  Her phone is being repaired and she has been using my phone for instagram.  She has barred me from her instagram account as she says there are some things that are private.  I understand that.  I know she has secrets.  She is 16!!

Anyway I used my phone this morning and there was a notification from instagram that I don't get.  Well of course I was going to look and I got into her instagram account.  It's only photos for those that don't use instagram.  But there were some photos there from christmas and new years parties that I had let her go to with the trust that she wouldn't drink.  Guess what the photos were of.  Alcohol and her bragging about drinking it!!  


Guess who's got some explaining to do when she gets home today.......

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

First Ever Christmas Loss

Well for as long as I can remember!!

My last weigh in was about the 19th December.  Christmas eating and drinking (a lot) and I weighed in tonight to a 500g loss.  Woohoo.

I'm feeling totally relaxed as well and Martine commented on that tonight.  Amazing what a few weeks off can do to recharge the batteries.

I'm going to track on My Fitness Pal and see what this week brings.  I don't know what it is about a new year that brings renewed passion.  Long may it continue.  For those that don't know, I left weight watchers about 9 months ago and followed my leader when she went out on her own.  She is the most knowledgable person I know when it comes to nutrition so I am learning more than I did with ww in all the times I have gone.  An amazing friend Martine and I go to her house for an hour session of talking and working through things.  And all at the bargain price of a ww meeting.

So I need to take advantage of this and prove once and for all that I can lose this weight and keep it off. I am still about 15 kgs from my highest weight which is good but I need to keep going.  I do feel that this year I will make progress.

A Port Douglas and Palm Cove luxury holiday in April is on the agenda for my big birthday that I'm not talking about so I want to lose 20 kgs before then.  Is that possible?

I think this space.

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Wow, I haven't been on here since March 2011.

I doubt anyone is reading but if you are leave a comment pleeaaseeee so I know who's there.

A couple of amazing friends have commented lately about getting back into their blogs.  I don't enjoy blogging or writing really but I love looking back at my online diary.

So with the new year approaching, I am going to continue this journey in life and get back into my weight loss journey.  I am 50 in April and going to Queensland for the holiday of a lifetime and want to be under 100 kgs.  Is that possible?  18 kgs to lose.

I have put on 5 kgs this year which is still ok considering where I was 5 years ago.  But I want to keep going and prove I can do it.

Approaching 50 is a bit scary.  Especially in the health department.  I can't keep putting my head in the sand and think nothing is going to happen to me.  I eat crap and food that has made me this size.  It has to effect my health.

Anyway small steps.  Back to eating from my planner.  That's when I get results.

Say hi if you are around here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

For Chris H

These photos are on facebook but I know Chris doesn't use facebook much. The room is nearly finished. Just have the floorboards to do and then we can start moving stuff in. The photo of our existing family room shows how cluttered we are. So I can't wait to swing open those doors and finally have more room.

My poor neglected blog :(
Life just keeps getting in the way of updates here. I guess that why I prefer facebook. So easy to update on there.
We've had a crazy few weeks. Unfortunately not all good. Bullying has reared its ugly head again but not with Ashleigh this time.
Nikki has been the victim this time. She tries to be friends with everyone and it has backfired big time. She got caught in the middle of some of her friends fighting this week and 2 of these so called friends turned on her and verbally abused her nearly to the point of a physical punch up. Luckily it didn't get to that. The school were great and I got phone calls from the head of the middle school but unfortunately one of the girls father has bikie connections and they are intimidated by her family. In the school's words - 'We just don't know what to do'
This girl has had so many run ins with other kids and she is still there. The school told us they know Nikki is innocent and just got caught up in typical teenage lies and rumours but she has learnt a very valuable lesson. To keep out of things that don't concern her. She can't solve the world's problems as much as she wants to try.
It was Jarryd's 10th birthday last week. I can't believe my baby boy is 10!! Where did that time go. He had a laser skirmish party with 11 friends which was a huge hit. He asked for money because we bought him an ipod touch and he had to contribute some money towards it. Well he got so much money from family and friends he also managed to buy a new ds lite console and the new pokemon game. So he is a very happy boy.
Ashleigh has a part time job at a local footy club. A good friend of ours has taken over the contract to do all the meals on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday so she will be doing some cooking, dishes, taking orders and taking out the meals. She is absolutely loving it and is getting $10 an hour cash in hand. She is saving for a laptop.
Steve is off to Alice Springs again for 2 weeks. He is getting a lot of breakdown work now so the finances are looking a bit stronger. Just as well. The mortgage has sky rocketed due to all the renovations we are doing. He has been offered another job within the company which is a step up and will get him off the tools but it means being the co-ordinator for all the jobs and he's not sure if he really wants to do it. He's asking for a big pay rise and along with the car that comes with it so we shall see. If they come to the party money wise, then it's meant to be.
My weight loss has stalled a bit. I haven't gain but haven't lost either in the last month. I know peri menapause is playing a huge part in that. I had a blood test the other day and my iron levels are way to low again so I'm back on iron tabs and have been told to eat 3 red meat meals a week. Hopefully that will boost things again when I have the next blood test in May.
I've been trying to post a YouTube link of Nikki playing ukele and singing on here but it's not playing the game. I'll keep trying. She is amazing and so many people have commented on facebook. She is so passionate about her music and I am very proud of her because she has never had any lessons. She has learnt to play the ukelele from the internet. She sure doesn't get her music ability from me!!!
Ok maybe blogger doesn't let you link YouTube so if you want to look go to my facebook page or search YouTube for ukelelefreakxo