THeRe'S An AnGeL On My ShOuLdEr...
Saturday, May 29, 2004
I got my car back yesterday. I'm not a happy little vegemite. I haven't yet had a really good look at it, because it was raining, but so far a couple of things are glaringly obvious. Like that fact that the paint is the WRONG COLOUR!!!! Blind Freddy could see it I'm sure. Colour matching, my arse!! Then there issue of the panel matching, or rather, lack of it. I'm quite sure I could have done a better job myself..& I'm being deadly serious!!!!
My head hurts. I KNEW this would happen. Now I'll have a battle on my hands to get it all done properly. & this time I'm NOT paying for a hire car. I don't care who does, but it won't be me!!
I have a headache. I don't need this.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The latest on Jet
Jet is MUCH better. The antibiotics have worked a treat. The abscess is almost gone & his appetite has returned. His coat is looking better than last week, thanks god, as he looked like a mangy alley cat. I saved $400 & the vet will have to find someone else to fund his next trip to Europe.
The latest on my Car
I get a phone call on Monday morning advising that the repairer has found some further damage to the 'skirt' & that I wouldn't be getting it back Tuesday. It would be ready Wednesday the 26th. Then I get a phone call today. I was away from the phone so it took a message. The same message that I got Monday, but telling me now that the car won't be ready until FRIDAY!! What the..????? I called back & told them that that is what I was told on Monday & asked why they would need 4 days to fix it. I asked her to check with the repairer as it all sounded a bit sus. She phones back. Apparently on hearing of the extra damage, their assessor wanted another look at it. Then I was spun some drivel about the bonnet. It would appear that they tried to repair the bonnet & the assessor wasn't happy, so they now have to replace it. Hence the extra delay. Still, I have to continue hiring the rental (because I DO need it) & that has now run to more than $300 which is the money I had for paying the electricity bill. Grrrrrrr
Had a good, but busy weekend. Lots of driving & I'm exhausted. Off to bed in a minute for me. Especially as I have to be up with the sparrows in the morning. Work is interesting at the moment, but I'll fill you in on that later. I'm starting to write gibberish....
Friday, May 21, 2004
It never rains, it pours.
Took Jet off to the vet yesterday. He has an infected tooth. My poor baby. The vet was all ready to rip it out today, under a general anaesthetic. What he failed to mention was that this procedure was going to set me back $500!!!! WTF??????? Worse still, they wanted payment in full when I collected Jet. Sure, I have spare cash laying around, doesn't everybody? Apparently they must, because they seemed quite taken aback when I told them I couldn't rustle up $500. "we accept credit cards' the girl says tersely. Well, good on ya, but it doesn't help me, because I don't have a credit card! I tried to explain that I had just had a car accident & that I had to use the money for my HUGE electricity bill to pay for car hire. Nope, didn't give a hoot. Poor Jet could keel over for all they cared. As much as it pains me, I had to resort to the 'economy' treatment which was antibiotics and eye ointment....& a hundred less dollars in my bank account. God I'm sick to death of being broke!
After my trip to the Vet, I met a girlfriend for coffee. She had news apparently. I asked if she was pregnant, even though the chances of that are remote. Like me, she is not particularly maternal. No, she wasn't pregnant. Phew! that's a relief! She tells me to keep April 9th 2005 free, because she's finally getting married!!!!!! About bloody time I said! She & her partner have been together for 10 years. Also, it will be her first marriage, and she'll be 39. That date is also my Mum & Dads 50th Wedding Anniversary & they will get an invite too. How cool. No, I'm not a bridesmaid, thank god, but I will have fun doing the girly thing & picking out a dress. That will be a challenge in itself. She wants something in black or forest green & she's somewhat 'vertically challenged' & a little on the cuddly side. & people think that I'm 'Goth'???? Well, I don't have purple & black hair......I'm happy for her. She said I was looking good. Happier than I had been in quite a while. I was pleased that I did & felt good that it was noticeable.
I miss my car!! I want it back...NOW!!!! It won't be ready until next week, Monday or Tuesday apparently.
I've been tweaking my '100 Things' and will probably continue to do so as I think of things to put on it. I don't know whether I should replace items, or try for '200 things'??
Isn't Adelaide a small place? I was up at Tea Tree Plaza last night when I bumped into Dida and her man. It's nice to put a face to the name finally.
Thursday, May 20, 2004
My philosophy on life is pretty simple.
Life is not a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways,
thoroughly used, totally worn out
and loudly proclaiming...
'F#@k, what a trip!'"
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Be careful whose toes you step on today, they might be attached to the arse you have to kiss tomorrow
I think whatever infliction Drama Queen has, it must be contageous. I have no idea what to write. I'm not sure whether it's because my head is empty, or so full of crap, I can't decipher any of it well enough to put into words. I do apologise therefore if none of the following makes any sense at all.
I'd like another weekend please. Though it ended well, I spent most of it working on my last assignment for my Graduate Diploma. The assignment was crap, as usual. For some reason I struggled with the subject. I'm not even sure why. Perhaps it was just my state of mind, but I don't think the fact that my subject co-ordinator was less than helpful improved matters any. He was one of these types that would deduct marks, but not qualify why. How bloody frustrating! In a way, now that I have finished, it's all a bit of an anti-climax.
Saw Troy over the weekend. See it on Tightarse Tuesday or wait for the video/DVD. Read Danny's review for a bit of a heads up on it.
I've noticed that the wonderful Cat is in 'poetry mode' at the moment. I've always wanted to be able to write poetry. I wrote a poem in high school (eons ago) about the druids and stonehenge. I thought it was pretty damn good at the time. I don't know where it is though. If I ever find it again, & still think it's reasonable, I just might post it.
Came home tonight to find that my elderly cat Jet has a swollen left eye. I shall bathe it when he comes back in. Hopefully he won't need to go to the vet. That's the last thing I need at the moment.
Over in my '100 Things' I mentioned that I have only had one car accident (yep, that recent one) providing you didn't take into account the time I hit my gate. Well, I thought, considering my car is being repaired at the moment, if that damage comes in at less than the excess (with it being my fault), I may as well have it done too. I got the quote today. I nearly died!! $940!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it! Needless to say, I probably won't have it done! The rest of the damage came to $4,300. Everyone was surprised, expecting it to be in the $8,000 range.
Work was a bit odd today. My new boss started. HOORAY!!!!!! He's actually my old boss, the one that was there when I first started in SAPol. He's a top bloke & one for whom I have a great deal of respect. I think I really need that at the moment. The 2IC who was acting in the position couldn't run a bath, and though he's a nice bloke generally (if you don't mind his perfect wife, perfect kids, perfect life being rammed down your throat 24/7) I have very little respect for him. With being a bit stale, the combination was disasterous. Hopefully I might now find a new lease on life.
Oh, and just to clarify something on my last post, because I received questions, I'm not interested in dating my friend Paul, I'm quite happily un-single thanks, I'm trying to set him up with my friend Sandy. Wish me luck. It'll probably be a total disaster!!
Off to find Jet.......
Saturday, May 15, 2004
I'm pissed off. Why? A number of reasons I think. It hasn't been a good week, as you all know but why is it that people think it's perfectly OK to treat you like an idiot? Maybe my head is just running away with itself again. I dunno. I bloody hope so.
I'm playing cupid on Friday night because I'm at a bit of a loose end, but that's another story! Anyway, I made arrangements to catch up with a mate of mine that I hadn't seen in quite a while for dinner or a movie etc... On more than one occasion, he has been my guardian angel & got me through some tough times emotionally. However, I thought it might be a tad uncomfortable since the dynamics of our relationship changed, albeit quite a while ago now, so I've asked my friend Sandy to come along as well. Sandy is single, as is Paul, but a big chicken when it comes to making the first move. It's really not that hard is it? Anyway, with three opinionated people around the table, two of which generally always think they are right (& I'm not one of them) it should be an interesting evening. Better than the alternative anyway.
Well, I'm doing a fine job of avoiding the assignment. Though I have done some, I have also done the food shopping, hung the washing, had something to eat, repaired my boots & cuddled the cat. I think better in the afternoon/evening anyway.
Is it me, or is it f*#cking cold???
This is going to be a scatterbrained post, so bear with me huh?
I have another assignment I simply MUST do this weekend. However I can see myself doing absolutely everything to avoid it. I might even cook. I'm not allowed to help at my 'home away from home' - it's so frustrating! If I can figure out how my oven works, I might whip something up.
Just been looking at Ebay. Why do people think they are going to sell boob tubes & halter tops in this freezing weather? HELLO!!!
The latest on my car is that it won't be ready now until the 25th instead of the 21st. Damn, Damn, Damn! Now I have to hire a car for longer & spend money I don't have. Grrrrrrrrrr. I have a nice little corrolla at the moment. It's nice to drive, but the seating is so high, compared to mine, where you were virtually on the floor, I'm finding it hard to get used to. CD player works though, so I'm catching up on stuff I haven't listened to in a while.
I'm thinking of getting acrylic nails. Anybody out there got them? I don't want talons, just something neat & not too long. I have a bad habit of picking at my cuticles when I'm stressed, but I tend not to do it when my nails are nice. I find it so hard to grow my nails though, that invariably, I'm picking at my cuticles more often than not. It might be worth the money. I've always wanted nice nails. All the better for scratching too ;)
My Acting Boss pissed me off this week. Well, moreso than usual. I had to leave early on Wednesday to sort my car out & organised with my boss to take the afternoon off, as I had boggins of hours Time in Lieu up. I had arranged with him to finish off the weekly report ready for Thursday mornings meeting. I arrive on Thursday morning to find that He's off sick & that he didn't touch the report!! There was not enough time to finish it before the meeting either. Not Happy Jan!!!!!! Then I copped flack from The Superintendent, in my absence, on Friday because of it. She went off half-cocked & told a colleague of mine that I should perhaps 'organise my personal life better'. What the???? Unfortunately, said colleague did not inform her WHY the report wasn't finished. So I did. I also requested she keep such comments re: my personal life to herself as they were unwarranted and unprofessional. Not to mention the fact that she knew I had had a car accident. Perhaps I was overstepping the mark but hey, what are they going to do? take a birthday off me? (yes please), ruin my career? Hey, there is NO career path in my organisation! Take away my benefits? Um...I don't get any. They've already taken them all away. Anyway, I think my comments were justified. She should have got the facts first. My colleague however is now pissed off at me because I said something & now he thinks she won't trust him. Maybe so, but i doubt it. Fact of the matter was, she made disparaging comments without first seeking clarification from the source. It's not the first time it's happened, & I'm sure it won't be the last.
Now, what was it that I was supposed to be doing????? Ah, yes, an assignment. Better go then huh?
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Back when I was married and my Ex used to have car accidents with monotonous regularity, we were always able to get a free loan vehicle. It appears that now free loan vehicles are as rare as rocking horse poo! Loan vehicles are generally freely available...at a price. What is the world coming to? Yesterday I made umpteen calls to various repairers enquiring whether they had loan cars available. Many told me that they were all booked in advance. Well, I'm terribly sorry, but I didn't know some silly bitch was going to drive into the back of me & try & turn me into a trailer for the Subaru in front of me! So, those that have had ample time to organise alternative means of transport get the benefit of the very occasionaly free loan vehicle, while those who are innocent & inconvenienced, like me, are left high & dry? What makes it worse is that my insurance company has a fairly good deal with a rental company to hire a vehicle for $25 a day. BUT...and it's a big but...it only applies from when your vehicle is accepted for repair! So, yesterday, today & tomorrow I am without a vehicle because the insurance co's assessment centre is booked out until Wednesday at 2pm. Quotes from my two nominated repairers probably won't be done until Thursday, and a decision may be made on Friday - if I'm lucky. & by then, I might have a loan vehicle & won't need the rental that I need NOW!!!!!! I mean, I'm a busy girl. I've got library books to return, lay-buy's to pick up, food shopping to do......What's a girl to do eh? I suppose I am very lucky that I live close to work & my colleagues don't mind playing chauffer in the company car. I just hate inconveniencing people & I hate being out of pocket as a result of something that wasn't my fault.
Monday, May 10, 2004
I certainly WAS in the wrong lane on Saturday. My little red car is now sitting somewhat crumpled in my driveway.
It was 2pm on Saturday arvo on South Rd when we had to stop in traffic outside the Maid of Auckland Hotel. For some unknown reason, the silly bitch behind me decided she didn't need to & slammed into the back of my car. The force was such that she pushed us into the back of a nice, shiny silver Subaru, who subsequently slammed into a little red Pulsar in front of him. Great! Terrific! Can I have another weekend please? Without the car accident? I know now why people get into fisticuffs as a result of accidents, for when we got out of the cars, which were now causing a significant disruption to traffic, the young girl who hit me says to us "we are going to exchange details aren't we?" No stupid, we're just going to drive away & forget about the whole thing!!!!! She was very politely told by my passenger that perhaps we should remove the carnage from the road first, then exchange details?!?!?!?!?! What a complete ditz! We weren't letting that one get way - after all, it was ALL HER FAULT! Here are some pics of the wreckage that was my lovely sleek little car affectionately called 'the ferrari' Of course, I've now had to amend my '100 Things'
Friday, May 07, 2004
I've lost my phone! I'm suffering separation anxiety!! Arrrgggghhhhhh!!!!!!!
Thursday, May 06, 2004
I read this. Ouch!!!!!!
What about this one. Accused 'got drunk, ate man' Um...sorry Your Honour, but I got the munchies real bad & old George looked pretty tasty. Not surprisingly, apparently George tasted like chicken. What the...?
Went shopping tonight for some 'weekend clothes'. What a performance!!! I kid you not, everything I touched fell from the hangar onto the floor! Now, this is not entirely unusual. It's a bit of a family trait actually. You should see the carnage when all the women in my family go shopping together. Anyway, I didn't find anything. Apart from having champagne taste & a beer pocket, everything seemed to be the wrong colour, the wrong size or contained wool, which I can't wear. Grrrrrrr
Had lunch with my niece, Ali today & finally met Kipper. Kipper is her new kitten. He's absolutely gorgeous. I got lots of cuddles. He's a very attractive white & grey tabby with beautiful big eyes. But he's an absolute ragamuffin, as all kittens are. It was good to catch up & have a good chat without other family around. We talk about all sorts of stuff that would otherwise be 'off the menu' at family gatherings.
Why do I always forget to duck for the curve balls?
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Stolen from Cat who stole it from Miffi
If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
Somewhere with a large peppercorn tree in the garden
What is your favourite article of clothing?
My purple brocade jacket
Favourite physical features?
What's the last CD you bought?
Don't buy them. I burn them. Last one I burnt was U2
Where are your favourite places to be?
In Bed, At my Brothers house in front of the fire, At my BF's place
Where's your least favourite place to be?
Gotta agree with Cat - hospital
What's your favourite place to be massaged?
Hmmmmmmm...massage. Yes please & all over
What time do you wake up in the morning?
as late as possible
What's your favourite kitchen appliance?
What makes you really angry?
dishonesty & Sex Offenders
If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
What do you think of Daniel Cox?
Do you believe in an afterlife?
Yep, sure do
What's your favourite childrens' book?
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
What's your least-favourite chore?
housework - all of it!!
No, really, what do you think of Daniel Cox?
look, I've told you already, I don't know who he is
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
the ability to heal
Do you have a tattoo?
Can you juggle?
not that I'm aware of
The one person from your past who you would go back and talk to?
What's in your car boot right now?
A water bottle, a jigsaw, a Black & Decker Mouse & a few tools.
Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?
Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:
indebted to the Royal Commission for drawing its attention to those deficiencies in its processes that were
Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Without looking, guess what the time is:
Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?
10am - Damn!!
When did you last step outside? what were you doing?
just before 9am - walking from the car park into work
Before you came to this website, what did you look at?
Daily incident updates
What did you dream last night?
Arrrggghhhhh! lots of things, on of which was my work trying to get me to wear a uniform. I never wore one at school, I'm not wearing one now.
When did you last laugh?
this morning, in a meeting.
What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Photo's of crooks
What's the weirdest thing you've seen recently?
What is the last movie you saw (cinema/DVD/tv)?
last part of the Terminator
If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
A house or three
Tell us something about you that we don't know:
I was profoundly deaf until I was 5
If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you change?
Gotta agree with Cat on this one too - delete ego
Do you like to dance?:
yes - but usually with the assistance of a few alcoholic beverages!
Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Sian or Giaan
Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Griffin or Dane
How do you think our product could be improved to better address our customers' needs?
What the? who gives a &$@#?
There's a full moon, blame that if your feeling particularly loopy at the moment!
Anyone wanna borrow my brain for a while? It's driving me nuts & I need a break. It's both a blessing and a curse. Perhaps I should borrow Jessica Simpson's, there's not that much going on in hers is there? & to be totally oblivious for a while would be heaven!
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
This is a lazy bloggers blog today, but these were too good not to share.
In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animals must be female. Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death.
(Like THAT makes sense.)
In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman's genitals, but is prohibited from looking directly at them during the examination. He may only see their reflection in a mirror.
(Do they look different reversed?)
Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a corpse. This also applies to undertakers. The sex organs of the deceased must be covered with a brick or piece of wood at all times.
The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.
(Much worse than "going blind!")
There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the first time... Reason: under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry.
(Let's just think for a minute; is there any job anywhere else in the world that even comes close to this?)
In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. The husband's lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired.
Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England - but only in tropical fish stores.
(But of course!)
In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness the act.
(Makes one shudder at the thought.)
In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, it is illegal for a man to have sex with a woman and her daughter at the same time.
(I presume this was a big enough problem that they had to pass this law?)
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
(Who volunteers for this stuff?)
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
(Is that why Flipper was always smiling?)
The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
(From drinking little bottles of...?)
(Did the govt. pay for this research??)
Butterflies taste with their feet.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
(I know some people like that.)
Starfish don't have brains.
(I know some people like that, too.)
And, the best for last.....
Turtles can breathe through their butts.
(Do you think they have bad breath?)
Monday, May 03, 2004
Was woken up this morning with mega-smooches from my old cat Jet. Awwwww, how sweet. Except, with Jet, it's not. You see, I am allergic to him. Not his fur, but his saliva. So when he smooches me, I come up in red welts. Today he did a real number on me before I woke & I could barely open my eyes. My face looked like it had been splashed with acid & my eyeballs looked akin to shell roadmaps. Used half a bottle of eye drops before I could leave the house.
Work was boring today and I made a conscious effort to steer clear of any disturbing cases. I'm still trying to deal with the one I read on Friday. (Repeat - think pleasant thoughts, think pleasant thoughts).
Mr Rofe resigned today, & not before time too! Incompetent sod. I wonder if Mr Rann will notice that he drives past his new house most days, but it's not Rann he's interested in. That should be interesting. Adelaide is such a small place.
More Rape allegations in the paper today. This time the old rape of a girl in London in '99 by footballer Adam Heuskes. It's been dragged up before, but it's time for more mileage it seems. The victim of the London incident is appearing on Four Corners tonight. Might be worth a watch. I wonder if any more of his victims will come crawling out of the woodwork??????
Time to toddle off & do something useful
Sunday, May 02, 2004
It's been a bit of a strange weekend. I have been haunted by the sentencing remarks of a case I came across on Friday. I considered posting a link to it, as it is publicly available, but it's not something I can recommend reading. It dealt with the long-term sexual abuse of a girl. Sex offences are my 'area of interest' with respect to work. It's an area that needs a lot of attention. It's something I sometimes find hard to deal with in my personal life, as I have a very healthy sexual appetite, but I occasionaly find myself feeling overwhelmingly guilty for that. As a result, I have felt somewhat disconnected from everything and everyone and I've been fighting demons at every corner. Snippets of the remarks came to me in my dreams and resulted in some troubled sleep. Not just concerning that case, but i found myself dwelling on things that obviously aren't sitting well with me. Like being hated by someone who doesn't even know me. It's not something I have had to deal with often in my life. Generally, people either like me, or they are indifferent. Indifference I can deal with. I only know of a couple that have actually hated or actively disliked me. What pisses me off though, is that in both cases, they didn't even know me. Had no idea what type of person I was. Nor were they prepared to give me the benefit of the doubt. It's easy to say 'their loss', but it bothers me. I can't help that really, though I try.
Unfortunately, like others, I couldn't get to Dida's re-housewarming bash. It is my Sisters' birthday tomorrow so the family had a birthday dinner for her on Saturday night. I felt strangely out of place and as if something was missing and as a result, left earlier than I normally would have. Didn't even have alcohol. That should give an indication of what kind of state I was in.
I know I've been neglecting my health of late. My body keeps trying to 'shut down' at around 2pm every day when it has had enough of figting the fatigue and aching bones and joints. My memory, both short and long-term, are also shot to bits at the moment, something I find eternally frustrating. It did this after I had Viral Meningitis in 1990/91. It took months to get over it. I hope I'm not in for a repeat performance, I can't afford to be too fragile at the moment.
Sometimes it's nice to be held tight & told that everything's going to be alright. Sometimes I need that more than anything in the world.
Time to go feed the lions & give them long-overdue cuddles after another weekend of absence.
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