Thursday, 15 August 2013

Having A Great Time

Just to let you all know - we are having a great time in Tasmania !! The weather hasn't been all that fantastic but it hasn't stopped us doing anything we wanted to do.

Tomorrow we are off to Hobart.

I will get around to reading blogs when I can.  Take care everyone !

Have the best day !

TFTD : You are never dealt a hand you can't deal with.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Things I Know

I cannot believe that it is already Friday - I think I say that just about every week !!!!  This week certainly has flown by but I think that is because TODAY I GO ON LEAVE for 3 whole weeks !!!  To say I am a little excited would be an understatement.

So, what do I know this week - 'cos it's Friday and the day I link in for TIK with the lovely Miss Cinders over at The Miss Cinders.

- I know that I feel like a little kid today.

- I know that A gets home this afternoon.

- I know that I am so looking forward to our time together as I am feeling quite dis-connected from him at the moment.

- I know that having him work away from home for 4 weeks at a time sucks bit time.

- I know that there are some amazing projects going on around the world that I want to be part of when we get back from holiday - this is one of them  I have run out of addresses for people for Project Brighten Someone's Day and this is something that really appealed to me.

- I know that I would love to have more money to be able to loan more money through Kiva.  I currently have 6 loans on the go - as fund are repaid I am using that money to fund more loans.  It's amazing how people are able to use really small loans to improve their situation in life.

- I know that I love the blogging community I am part of.  My readers / commenters are so valued.

What do you know today ?
Why not link in with Miss Cinders ?

Have the best weekend - I'll be posting when I can but am not going to make any promises about how often.  Life is for living and I would rather be present with A while we are away than worrying about blogging.  I am going to try to schedule a few posts for while I'm away - hopefully they will post OK.

TFTD : You are good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, strong enough. Believe it and stop letting insecurity run your life.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thursday which means it's time to link in for Thankful Thursday with Francesca of Francesca Writes Here.

This week I am thankful for my work colleague.  There are only two of us in the office apart from the two directors and she only works four days a week (lucky lady !!!) - but we have so much fun together.  It actually makes going to work a pleasure.

She is slightly older than I am and has way more children - some older and some younger than K.  She has some very different views to me about 'stuff' but that doesn't seem to matter to the two of us.  We get along so well and have so many laughs.  I can't think of many days when we haven't found something to laugh about.

Thank you K for all the wonderful times we have at work !!  Thank you for being such a great friend.   I'm going to miss you while I am away (even if right now you are luckier than I am !!! LOL)

I am also thankful for music - music that I enjoy - like One Republic's Native album !!!  I am really enjoying listening to this and am thinking about taking it away although I'm not sure if A will like it quite as much as I do.

There is a line in the song called Preacher that goes like this :
"He was a million miles from a million dollars
  But you could never spend his wealth."
That is exactly how wealthy I feel lately - a million miles from a million dollars but still, so very wealthy.

Have the best day !!

What are you thankful for ?
Have you linked in with Francesca ?
TFTD : A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you that it will start to feel like one. Time spent living is time worth appreciating.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


Before I talk about our holiday I just want to mention that I lost 4.6kg in two weeks since seeing the dietician !!! Clearly, along with the stupid medication I was taking, I was just eating too much of the 'good' food and not exercising enough.  Dare I say it really is energy in vs energy out that has made the difference.  But, as much as I was putting on 4-5kgs a week some weeks, losing it at the anticipated (dietician's anticipation not mine) 500g a week, seems like such a long, slow process to me.  I know I just have to do what I can and while we are away, that is all that I can do, because, as she has said, life is for living !  If I can stay the same while we are away, I will be happy.


Well, it's getting closer and closer - A's return from Townsville AND our holiday in Tasmania !!!!  Only 3 sleeps until A is home and then another 3 sleeps until we leave.

We have booked some of our accommodation - first night in Launceston at Village Family Motor Inn which does sound a little dodgy but looks OK for one night.  They do have electric blankets which may or may not be a requirement depending on how my hot flushes are going !!!!  Then on Tuesday we drive through to Cradle Mountain and spend the night at Cradle Mountain Chateau which includes a spa bath and free breakfast (although I know there is no such thing as a free breakfast because it is actually included in the price of the room !!!) the next day.  I don't know if I want it to snow or not - I had all the right gear for snow in NZ but having put on so much weight, none of it fits so I am having to make do with what I have.  I guess at the end of the day, if I am cold, I will just have to buy something from somewhere local !!!

From there we drive through to Strahan where we are staying at Driftwood Strahan Villas  with a private patio (although it will probably be too cold to sit outside !!!) and a spa bath (clearly we were feeling very flush the night we made all these bookings !!!!) for 2 nights and going on the river cruise on the day in between.  Apparently the road from Strahan through to Hobart is very windy and very picturesque so we don't want to be driving it in the dark after having been on the cruise all day.

We get into Hobart on Friday, in time for the Salamanca markets on Saturday.  We are staying at St Ives Motel (which doesn't have a spa :( but does have free wi-fi and satellite channels) and have booked in for 4 nights at this stage.  There is so much to see and do in Hobart, or using Hobart as our base, that we haven't booked accommodation any further than this because we may land up staying another night or two.  Accommodation from here on with be on and as and when we find where we are and what is available.  Hopefully I will be able to deal with this as well as I did in NZ.  Being the queen of organisation when it comes to where I am going to sleep, I am not too keen on waking up in the morning not knowing where I am staying that night !!!

From there we are looking at driving up the east coast, probably as far as St Helens and then across to Launceston.  From there we want to take, what looks like a teeny tiny road that goes down the middle of Tasmania to Melton Mowbray, then join the 1 back up to Launceston, where, depending on how much time we have, we will spend a few days with that as our base before we leave to come home again.

And, because it's Tuesday, I'm linking in with the lovely Jess from Essentially Jess for #IBOT.

Have the best day !

If there is anyone from Tasmania or who has been to Tasmania
 and can recommend things to see or places to stay,
please would you leave a comment or mail me
 with anything that you think would be good to see.

TFTD : The biggest obstacle you'll ever have to overcome is your mind. If you can overcome that, you can overcome anything.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Things I Know

Linking in with Miss Cinders for Things I Know today - because it's Friday - YIPPPEEEEE - the best day of the week !

- I know that I am excited about finding some perfume that I have been looking for for years, last night - so excited I bought both bottles they had in stock !

- I know that I am excited about going on  holiday in 10 days (only 5 work days left !!)

- I know that I am nervous about meeting Jackie on Sunday for lunch but I also know we are going to have a great time.

- I know that I am finally getting back into the whole exercise routine and am starting to enjoy it again *fist pump*

Have the best Friday and an even better weekend !

What do you know this week ?
Why not share it over with Miss Cinders ?

TFTD : Refuse to ruin a perfectly good today by thinking about a bad yesterday.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Thankful Thursday


Joining in with Francesca from Francesca Writes Here for Thankful Thursday because, while things have been very up and down for me lately, when I sit down and think about it, I do have so much to be thankful for.

- I am thankful for having A home for two weeks instead of one week even if it was largely due to medical issues.

- I am thankful that I only have to get through seven more days of work before I am on leave.

- I am thankful that we are able to afford to go away on holiday.

- I am thankful that K is old enough to stay at home and look after the house and the dogs.

- I am thankful for my folks and BIL/SIL who all live close enough to us so that if anything goes wrong at the house, K is not totally alone.

- I am thankful for the sun when it comes out because it means that the rain is staying away for a while - I don't recall having such a wet winter in all the years we have been here.

- I am thankful that we have had such a mild winter.

- I am thankful for a job which, while sometimes can be a tad boring, also gives me some challenges every now and again.

- I am thankful for all the comments I received after I was bemoaning the fact that I only do 20 mins exercise a day from people who do less than that - thank you so much !!  It made me realise that I really shouldn't knock my 20 mins a day because it definitely is better than nothing !!

Have the best week e.v.e.r. !!!

What are you thankful for today ?
TFTD : Life is a pencil. Erase those memories that BIND you to sadness, and write new ones that will manifest the wonders of your existence.

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