Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Sometimes you just have to laugh

After much effort that has gone into procuring a replacement TV of equal value (see the blog post here)  I was sent this joke.  I had to post it because I think I have found my next burglar alarms.

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said,

'Jesus knows you're here.'

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze.

When he heard nothing more , after a bit, he shook his head and continued.

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard

'Jesus is watching you.'

Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice.

Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot.

the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that he is watching you.'

The burglar relaxed.
'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?'

replied the bird.

the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?'

'The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'

Now I feel much better.  There is always someone worse off than you.

Wordless Wednesday 25 November

Welcome to another Wordless Wednesday.  The photo says it all.  I even had to scrapbook it.  I love it so much.

Here is the page I did with this.

The credits can be found here at Nuts4Digi 

Monday Menu 23 November

Now is the time more than ever that I need to make the menu plan.  I am tired and can't wait for the end of the school holidays.  I can't wait for my grumpy children to get a chance to sleep in and relax, for the festive season to be over with so we can slow down life and enjoy the summer break.  None the less late here is my menu

Monday   BBq chicken and veges.

Tuedsay  Crock pot - my special throw together recipe.  Always tastes good.

Wednesday  Leftover chicken and noodles day.  Throw together all the left overs with some flour and an egg.  Meat vege and noodles.

Thurday  steak and vege.  BBq style.  So easy and no demanding my time.

Friday  Homemade pizza.

Saturday.  It will be leftovers again.  DS2 is having a birthday party and I am sure we will be all food out.  If you get my drift.

Sunday.  Easy day.

Roll on the last 15 days until the holidays.

Project 365 weeks 43 and 44

I know I have been a bag blogger life is just getting ahead of me at the moment.  Here is the last installments of Project 365

week 43

The credits can be found here at Nuts4Digi

week 44

The credits can be found here at Nuts4Digi

I am just hanging in here to finish this project.  I plan on getting it printed out.  Looking for a great place to do this in New Zealand.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Monday Menu 16 November

Here is my Menu for this week.  I am starting to fall back on a few of my favourites as I am getting tired.  It is heading towards the end of the school year.

Monday   Spaghetti Bolignaise

Tueday Meatballs and Spaghetti

Wednesday  Frozen meal as there was one left after last weeks effort at using all the pre made meals

Thurdsay  Chicken and Rice Salad

Friday  Homemade Burgers

Saturday  Roast Meat and Salad

Sunday  Cold meat vege and salad.  Thank goodness for summer and easier meals

Have a great week all

Monday, 9 November 2009

The Low Life that Broke into my House.

I am grumpy.  Some low life kicked our front door in and took our TV.  I know that it could have been much worse, we could have lost a lot more, had damage and worse but .....  Now my space feels violated and my safely compromised.

My husband is away with work and I am at home alone with the children.  I wonder now if the low life will be back for more so I am busy making sure my computer is backed up and any other temptations are out of sight.  Who knows what else might go.  My husband is not back from his long haul trip until Thursday so fingers crossed nothing else will happens.

So here is the space for the TV

Here is the temporary fix for the front door.  All I can say is that the door is quite dated and door knob is broken.  We were not going to replace it but now we have to get a new front door as this one is broken and we really have little choice but to replace the knob.  That was not in the budget.


I hope that they do not come back as I could not go through this a second time while DH is away.  Wont his txt message give him a surprise when he lands in Hong Kong latter tonight.

So to the low life that came uninvited into my house and stole from us.  I hope you enjoy our TV.  I hope you put the money you make from it to good use and don't waste it on meaningless life activities such as feeding a habit. 

Monday Menu 9 November

Welcome to my Monday Menu.  This week I am trying to use up the leftover and frozen meals in my house.  They are accumulating and need using so the menu will be an easy prepare.

Monday.  Frozen Pie and salad  of course it wont be frozen when we eat it.

Tuesday  Leftover chicken with homemade chips and peas

Wednesday  From the freezer sheppards pie and frozen mixed veges

Thursday  More of yesterdays with more veges.

Friday  Hamburgers

Saturday  Cranking up the bbq and having a traditional bbq with the children.

Sunday Any leftovers.

I will be all frozen mealed out by the end of the week.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Wordless Wednesday 5 November

I know it is Thursday but I did not know what time zone the Wordless Wednesday blog was in so here I am participating on a Thursday. Next week it will be a Wednesday.


Wednesday, 4 November 2009

My job

Since we have returned back from living in Brunei I haven't really had a job. Well actually since McKenzie was born and she will be 9 next month. The reasons have been simple. While in Brunei we had no financial need for me to work making it the perfect environment to live while our children were pre schoolers. Since we have been back in New Zealand money has been much tighter but I have said that I have not been able to work because of Hayden, because of Andre as he was not yet at school etc etc. Okay I had a list of excuses and it was full and comprehensive.

Perhaps I was persuading myself that I couldn't run life and work, perhaps I was just trying to get on top of how life had significantly changed for us or just maybe I was good at making up excuses. Whatever it was, it was not until the middle of 2007 did I first go and do a little day to day relief teaching. I am a Primary School teacher. I only worked when DH was home and only when a school rang me. I was not proactive at all. Just enough to get out of the house every now and again.

2008 arrived and I saw that if I worked an average of two days a week I could cover the groceries and a little more. I was really contributing but staying on top of life.

This year saw our car enter its final stages of time on the road. It's our everyday family car and costing us more to keep on the road than is worth. So I took a deep breath and decided to try and work everyday of term 3. It took a lot of organising what with how to get children to two different schools and after school care for Hayden (and that is not easy) and all the winter sport after school to manage on my own when DH is away working.

Luckily I worked about 9 out of every 10 school days of term 3, all in the aid of a new to us car. This was exhausting but needs meant that I needed to be dedicated.

This term is the final push for the cash. I had taken on one permanent day till the end of the term. Then I was offered a classroom of new to school 5 year olds until the end of the year. Newly set up class. I boldly took the job. I have to say that I must have been either very brave, very blinded by the $$$$ or simply stupid. I am now in the position to pull the cash out and go car shopping starting next weekend. As for the class I am tired. I haven't worked so hard for a long time. The after hours stuff is enough to keep me busy until mid night every night this term. I guess that it is all for the greater good.

I don't know what I will do next year. Hopefully the day to day stuff maybe a day or two more permanent, who knows. Just let me survive this term and have holiday, another bonus of me working.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Monday Menu 2 November

I am late with with but my plan has been in place since Sunday.

Monday My fabulous mother made me a freeze meal. So thats tonights surprise.

Tuesday Fajita

Wednesday Mince meatloaf potato and peas

Thursday Crockpot based on my own recipe, tomato based

Friday Tuna (tinned) Hamburgers

Saturday Lamb Wrap

Sunday leftovers.

It is nice easy weeks so that I can survive while my DH is away.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Working and much more.

I have been a slack blogger of late. Life has had me really busy and my husband has been home. Yes. I blog mainly when he is away and he has just gone away on a 12 day trip Auckland (home) Hong Kong London Hong Kong and back.

Life has thrown a lot our way in the last couple of weeks. Firstly everyone, except me, got a bad gastro bug. McKenzie really only caught the 24 hour variety, DH and Andre caught the 4 day bug and of course Hayden and this bug do not sit nicely together. In fact this is the bug that cause the brain atrophy all those year ago. Of course it is not the identical bug but you know what I mean.

I must say once Andre fell ill we tried really hard to sanitize our house etc etc but without fail. By the Saturday morning about 10am, Hayden was showing all the symptoms of a vomiting bug. I quickly finished mowing the lawns and had a shower, as you do in these situations, dragged the hospital bag out of the cupboard, checked the list twice and off we went. Now I know that it might see strange that I took time to finish were I was and have the shower but I have been caught short in hospital no shower, bag anything for the night and I did wonder if we were going to be admitted.

Middlemore hospital is our closed and with open letter in hand we are allocated a bed. By now Hayden is showing all the signs of dehydration but I know he has a port a cath so not a problem. Instant access to a vein so fluid can be administered. Alas not to be. This hospital rarely has to deal with such technology so two hours later discharged and sent to Starship Hospital down the road.

By now it is 2pm and the following 6 hours entail plenty of IV fluids, blood tests etc etc while still in ED. Surprise surprise we are sent home. Hmmmmm it is to good to be true and by 9am the next morning we are back at hospital, his consultant is called and by 930am we know a night in hospital is in store.

Much more of the same...more fluids, blood tests and anti nausea drugs. By 4pm finally we are in a ward, an Orthopedic ward no less, in isolation. More fluids, blood tests more more more. At least isolation means a room of your own and I get a bed not a mattress on the floor.

Sunday is now well on its last hours and the nurse has woken me 5 times before midnight. (I am due to start a new job the next day does she not know this.)

Monday morning and the vomiting has stopped but now the other end is going. Haydens electrolytes are still well out of kilter and I have to ring my new job and say I am going to be late, persuade my ill husband that hospital is a good place for him too so I can go to work for half a day.

Finally at 7pm Monday Hayden is home with a medical plan and the bug.

Nothing like a little drama in our life.

credits can be found here at Nuts4Digi


Isn't it funny how life sometimes is imitated. Children can be caught imitating their parents both the good and the bad. Sometimes I think that children can provide their parents with a timely look at ourselves and other times are really something to smile about. I took these photos of Hayden, even though life has given him many challenges to overcome, he was busy imitating Dad in the bathroom.

The credits are here at Nuts4Digi

I smile because I know that the back of the shaving cream will be the closest that Hayden will ever get to holding his own shaver, because the imitation really was just done perfectly and the power of observation should never be under estimated no matter what the cognitive capacity is, and finally it was just one of those perfect father and son moment.

Here's hoping there will be many more.

P365 week 41 and 42

It is just incredible to think that I now only have 10 weeks worth of photos to scrap. I find that I am now thinking about how I will get my book published and bound for prosperity and if there is anything about 2009 I should photograph for further reference. I anyone can think of anything that would be great to look back on and should include post a comment on my blog.

Anyway on to the pages.

week 41

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week 42

The credits can be found here at Nuts4Digi