Thursday, December 27, 2012

Newtonmass and good riddance 2012 you sucked in a major way

I can't bring myself to indulge in the mass delusion that occurs twice a year for a lot of ppl. So I was totally horrified when I was rostered "Not required".
I spent the day alone, just me and the computer.. And baileys.. Eventually I put a chicken on, for something to do really.. David came home from work and Mother appeared from her Xmas lunch with her neighbour. I spent the rest of the time watching Norad track Santa.

Lots of pavalova #desert

David impresses my mother
The Xmas eve tradition of our local Fire Brigade doing the lolly run was a lovely as ever with little kids lining the local streets for Santa to turn up in his vintage fire truck.

The Vintage Fire Truck

Picton's Fire Truck is all dolled up

Did the annual trek to the South/ Eastern Suburbs, we popped in to seen my son. Is so hard to get time with him. No one answered the door. HMM OK so we left to visit some family friends. On the way we saw Fabian's Grandfather on the street buying a ute. We stopped to chat and to my total and complete horror, they had moved without telling me. I had no idea where my 12 year old son was living. I am sure the law requires me to know his location at all times. I know he wanted to go to a selective high school and so I had a fair idea where they had moved too. The conversation I had with Fabian's Grandfather soothed my nerves somewhat but no wonder I had had no contact. It was me managing a break down that I went to Helen's place.
She is a miracle worker, bustling in the kitchen and making me the coffee I needed and the soothing words I needed to hear. David was furious on my behalf, but for now, I was just barely coping.

Putting on my work smile, I walked into a happy family xmas.  I had lost contact with my son and I had to be happy and chirpy for David's benefit.
I think I managed until I stepped on my SIL's toes over some petty crap, and it was all I could do to not walk out and just drive to work. Seriously. I should have just dropped David off and gone home. Now I was at work and dealing with personal issues and work when I get a phone call. Fabian will see me on friday. The first time in almost a year I get to see my own child. He has been so busy and now he starts highschool. I still barely know where he is living. Any parent will know the horror of not seeing their child.
Of course this blog will upset people. I wish it wasn't going to and its not anything that is their fault or about them its on going issues with me and my ex, and his arrangements. I feel I have no one to talk to as I am just afraid of upsetting them. Hence my need to avoid social situations.

Good riddance to 2012. I have lost friends, through death, and the lasting effects there of on their lives, my friend losing her baby, anther lost his wife, a friend lost his life to cancer and another lost his father. If that's not enough my closest friends have drifted away, having their own issues with the crappy year.

In 2013, I stand to lose my husband to his job, he was lucky enough to get his promotion. Encouraging him to chase his dream is all I can do. I am worried as the last time I was supportive of someone's dreams, they were dashed by a change of government. I should just stay under the stairwell at work and avoid ppl.

I hope the rest of you can look forwards to a better 2013. I'll just stay out of the way.

Sylivia's gingerbread house
Sylvia's Gingerbread House 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day 5, 6, 7 and 8

Day 5 

Sunrise was spent at the Point Danger Lighthouse. Again the sun failed to make a great impression, and David and I called it, headed back to bed. The timezone info on the phone is annoying in Tweed heads, as the phone jumps from NSW time to QLD time and back. All for the stupid Daylight savings in NSW. ARGH. Without a battery operated clock its tough to tell what time it is. Mind you, if you just miss Maccas Breakfast, head up the road three blocks and you have an hour left. :-)

We headed north for our traditional trip to Robina Town centre. This started last March when everything kept going wrong with our iphones including a melting battery, so everytime we pass by, we go into the shopping centre. Popped into JB hi-fi but they didnt have stock but I met a lovely lady. We were talking about the Android Samsung Tab vs the Android Samsung Note and both of us came to the conclusion that the Note was a better buy although the Tab was on sale at $309. Saleman thought we were related. HUH. NOOO

David's big surprise was a corner suite at Jupiter's casino. I loved this room. Unlike most on this floor, it has a small Balcony and although all we saw was the monorail, it was lovely to sit outside and read or write stuff. The Kingsized bed was fabulous! So comfy. A large girl needs a large bed.
View from my room at jupiters
Off to Harvey Norman for a super sale, we got the Note, and David managed to get a manfrotto. The salesman listened to my tale of woe about Windows 8 and told me no to buy anything but to come with him and he spent 20 minutes teaching me the basics of windows 8. If only my local Harvey Norman had done this. I was so frustrated at the new Windows OS that I had been using my ipad to do computer work. Now that someone has explained the hidden things to me, I am more comfortable with this new laptop. I have to admit having an SSD drive instead of a plate moving drive is a good thing. It certainly starts quicker.
View from my jupiters suiteI had previously attempted voice usage for windows 8 but I find my typing is quicker and sadly more accurate than voice dictation. We had to return to Harvey Norman as we needed a toothbrush charger and they had them for $28 including a new toothbrush.
Returning to Jupiters, we attempted to shop in the clothing store that advertises 12-24 sizing but the lady had nothing in a 20  and only one item in a size 18 that was the wrong colour and tight. Oh you look great! the sales lady tells me, as I look like a sausage.. She turns to the other lady trying on clothes.. that looks great on you, but the other one is better... hmmm. She wasn't listening about sizing and kept giving me a size 16. AARGHH Why. Shame as the top I wanted was not to expensive and did look great on my (Style wise) Giving up, David headed for the pool.
Jupiters' pool area has a plethora of lizards. Eastern Water dragons are everywhere. You almost step on them, only missing because they move quickly.

Dinner was at a snack place. Everything food wise at Jupiters is expensive. $49 per person for a buffet, $38 for a steak etc etc etc. The snack place was $13.50 for a burger, desert and a drink. Sold. It was quite good too. David headed back to the pool afterwards whilst I took up  residence on the balcony and attempted to journal.

Day 6 

David opened the blinds before 5am, it was bright even before sunrise. The breakfast at Jupiters was excellent value. The juicer and raw fruits provided much amusement for me as I watched people struggle with it. One lady used three glasses and rang her pulp through 10 odd times, then juiced some new juice, mixed it and ran it through again. It took an age and people queued up behind her. She was in no hurry. David went to the pool whilst I headed back upstairs to my most fabulous hotel room to attempt to sleep. I received a call to the room, from D, asking me to come down to the shop level. He had charmed an appointment for me at the beautician's shop. The ladies there were simply lovely. Whilst I got badley needed treatment, David returned to the pool, but I heard him return, judging by the giggles from the other ladies. David was in the front of the shop, in his swimmers, charming everyone there. We talked to the hairdresser, but she was unfriendly and condesending towards my hair so we departed, David back to the pool and I, back to my cave to pack up. I packed most of the stuff up and took it to the car, which, at jupiters, is a trek that required a packed lunch and iced water. The car park is huge and very very hot. It really is like descending into the pit of hell. We checked out on time.

Heading north, the next lighthouse was Cleveland Point. Upon arrived, we saw the old, restored lighthouse, but couldn't find the more mordern one. It simply wasnt there. Curious. Who would take a lighthouse?
We finally gave up and explored the nearby mudflats. Heaps of tiny tiny crabs and part of a shark. Leaving the crabs to eat the remains of the shark, we headed to our next stop, Point Cartwright. 

Point Cartwright sits on a headland with fabulous views. This lighthouse was never manned, which makes the flushing toilet in level 2 very curious. This ligthouse was built in 1978 and was all precast concrete. It has a lamp array instead on the traditional revolving light. On the day we arrived, an Osprey was sitting on the verandah, surveying his domain. Heading back down the hill, we stopped and watched some ships coming in, but it soon got too hot for us, so we drove on. 
Point Cartwright lighthouse

Caloundra lights Caloundra lights on Canberra Tce were next. These two are quite interesting with the older one being moved twice and the newer one having a short liftspan. The small, older was established at Caloundra in 1896 and was the usual Queensland design; a timber frame with metal cladding. It is also the oldest surviving light in QLD.The lighthouse was moved by the Golden Beach Power Boat Club in 1970 to preserve it as it was threatened with demolotion. The old light lived at the club at Woorim Park, rendered in concrete (to preserve it, as it was in poor condition) until 22 March 1999 when attempts to return it to its natural home resulted in its near destruction. LUCKILY, the lantern room was already removed prior to the attempted move. The poor conditon of the tower meant that upon lifting it into the air to load onto a truck, the tower snapped and the building crash to the ground. Also LUCKILY (So to speak) the move had been insured so the old tower was repaired and successfully moved on 11 June 1999. (see Lightouse bulletin May 1999, for the accident and lighthouse bulletin June and July for the removal. Later in 1999, the lantern room was restored and reunited with its tower. 

In 1967, a new signal tower and lighthouse was erected for the Caloundra Harbour was erected next to the old lighthouse on Canberra Terrace. It was both a signal tower and radar station, but the tower was short lived as a lighthouse due to highrise buildings popping up around it, obscuring visibilty from the ocean. Not much of a lighthouse is the ships can't see it. Due to this issue, Point Cartwright was built 14km away and this lighthouse was reduced to a harbour light. . The tower remained as a signal station until 1992 when Harbour light was relocated to an unobscured spot on top of the "Seapoint" units at Wickham Point.
We headed to our accomidation at "the Oaks Oasis". This place is over rated with stars. We had to chase up included wine and the decor is just cold. The place has no nicities that you expect of 4 stars. Still, there was a spa and the beds were very comfortable. 

Day 7
David got up at the crack of dawn and headed out to photograph sunrise at the lights. I thought about gettin up, but decided the bed was a better place for 4am.. Upon his return, much later, we headed off to breakfast. We were mistaken about the food being included in the rate, and suddenly we were out of pocket $48. For the price, this breakfast was lean pickings. Jupiters was cheaper and had a better selection. We would not be eating breakfast here tomorrow. I stayed about the resort for the day and David flitted about from the pool to the room and back. There were teeny weeny froglets everywhere, causing me great joy. I spend ages on the grass with David's 100mm macro shooting these tiny amphibians. 
David finally had enough and dragged me to the headland to watch ships come in, and we had my marine radio that D had purchased for my 40th. A mayday was in progress just as we arrived, a catamaran had overturned with 7 people in the water. The pilot vessel was the first to reach them collecting all 7 then heading off to drop the pilot off at his job in the waiting tanker. The ships all worked together to help these people, and just was well as the marine rescue were a long time after the people had been rescued. AFter all this excitement, David wandered off to shoot an Osprey and its nest and a Pied Butcherbird. 
We stopped at the Hogsbreath cafe for steak, and the waitress changed the ingredients of my cocktail without consultation with me and made the cocktail tastless. Cold rock was our desert stop but by this time, I was too full for my wine and cheese.. Which was a shame as the cheese was awesome. 
Early to bed. 

Day 8 

Caloundra lights at Sunrise
Was a long day for D I actually got up at sunrise to see the sunrise at Caloundra lights and after packing up at the hotel, our first stop of the day was Alexandria Bay, a clothing optional beach at Noosa. To get there is a steep, long descent and I was grateful for the water I was carrying as the day was hot already. David loved swimming in the water and I stayed close to the shade. Leaving I burnt my feet on the super hot sand and the steep ascent nearly killed me. so I was extremely grateful for the aircon in my car. As David was turning at Cooroy, I spotted a light engine idling in the loop line, so we stoppped for a photo or two. 

Things you see in QLD
Arriving at Maryborough, we spied a steam train runnning and small scale trains taking kids for a ride. David shot off to photograph the steam engine and we chased it (in a manner of speaking) to the station where we watched it shunt into its shed. Maryborough station is no longer serviced by train, you have to chatch a coach that takes you to the nearest station Maryborough west 10 km away. the North Coast Railway Line still services EDI Rail (formerly known as Walkers Limited) and Maryborough Railway Station, along with the yard, is used as a storage point for rolling stock before it is sent into service. interestingly, an air raid shelter was built into the station during the Second World War.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Day 4

Pre dawn wake up for a lighthouse at sunrise shot.  Alas, Yamba was overcast and raining. We were disappointed as the morning just became light. No ceremony. Just dark then light .GRR I gave up and decided to shoot the pub clinging to the hill. We turned to after the cameras started dripping with rain to spy a rainbow over the replica lighthouse. COOL.
Breakfast and headed north. We attempted to find the Ballina RTA to register David's car but failed as we had already passed the shopping centre.
The Richmond River Lighthouse was not where we expected it to be, on lighthouse road but David looked up the hill and saw a white dome. AHA! Found it.

Richmond River #lighthouse at Ballina

Onwards to Byron Bay. As the weather has warmed up and schoolies are everywhere, parking was at a premium. Esp at the gate that states $7 per car past this point. David wanted to take fresh pics so he headed up the hill and after a short argument with some tourists, I agreed to double park as the guy I was parking was going to be a while. After a time, a lady turned up and got in her car. As she was taking her time, and other cars were circling, I asked if she was leaving. "I will as soon as I can get the car to Start" OK.. I started her car and yay! scored a park.  Finally I got to head up the hill. I met up with David and we headed for the most eastern part of the country. For once the museum was open so I stuck my head in. Some interesting stuff there, but nothing about tours of the light itself. Off to the lighthouse keeper's cottage which was also open.

Byron Bay #lighthouse
David had beaten me to the shop and he arranged with the saleslady to buy the copies of the two books I had wanted for ages and even had sourced a rare lighthouse map. WOW! :-) Not cheap. It was scarily expensive. As Byron Bay was infested with schoolies we absconded.Next stop was Fingal Head and its lighthouse. This lighthouse is another little lighthouse. One of 5 (well 4 plus the replica in Yamba) Only 7m high. It is accessible through a shady walk past the beaches. Very pretty place with turquoise ocean and white sand. Bush turkeys run around and David spotted a sea eagle in a tree. He headed down the cliff to the rocks and saw two others.
Fingal head #lighthouse

Heading into Tweed heads, we finally found an RTA. :-) Whist there we picked a random hotel from wotif and checked in, only to head off to Point Danger.

Point Danger lighthouse was built in the 1970s and screams 70s. There is no doubting it.

Captain cook memorial #lighthouse obviously built in the 1970s

The beach below the light is stunning. Its calls to you to swim at it.

Trig point? or marking the border on the headland

Too much sun for me, I really need to move to Tasmania. EVERYONE loves the sun and heat and I hate it. I love my aircon. SO Back to the hotel but we left soon after for David to swim at Rainbow Beach. Sunset shots at the Point Danger Lighthouse

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

northern Lights tour day 3

Not our most successful day, the weather beat us most of the time.
The room's bed was so comfortable that when David left for sunrise photos at the hotel's beach, I stayed put. Only when he returned and mentioned breakfast did I move.
Breakfast was the standard you get at any large hotel.
We headed off with blue skies.

When we arrived at David's surprise, the local aero club, but from here, the day's weather stopped playing nice. The Aero club is grounded as the Chief Instructor is not rubber stamped by CASA so they cannot accept joyflights or lessons. Whilst we were there, I was even offered a job. HA!! NO way I would return to flying for a living. Thats not a way to live at all. I was flattered though. :-) Whilst the lady was talking, the weather front hit. I was outside when it hit. The wind was fierce then the clouds followed. Even the skydivers stopped jumping. SO dejected, we headed up to Dorrigo to the railway compost museum. I am not really exaggerating. Some of the wagon there are being broken down by ferns into compost.
Here, David was in his element, but the winds and the rains followed. We retreated to the Dorrigo Antique centre, mostly trash but a few interesting things.. then the pub for lunch.

As we had run out of petrol, and there were no places that took my lease petrol cards, so instead of heading North east, we went back down the hill and found a small place that took starcard. The car has to be fed too.

Lots of driving to get to our first lighthouse that we would access via road. This turned out to be Yamba. There is so much road work that driving for David is a chore. The constant speed changes are a nightmare.

The Clarence head light #lighthouse
Clarence River Lighthouse is a fairly modern lighthouse for this coast. Built in 1955, it was to replace a tiny 1880 lighthouse that was obscured by the building of the hotel a block away and the soon to be built water tower. The little lighthouse was demolished in 1956 but in 1987 the little lighthouse was rebuilt and is in use as a radio station.
A replica of the Barnett #lighthouse built 1987
We hung around Yamba, taking in the fishing bay, the surfers and even watched a sea eagle float on the winds.
Fishing boats #ships #boats
We settled into a family room at the Yamba Motor Inn. Hopefully up for dawn photos at the lighthouse

Monday, November 19, 2012

Northern lights Tour 2012

Packing went well into the night, it didn't help that I was  out cold for most of the afternoon.
3.00 AM alarm,and we were off to north head to see the arrival of Rhapsody of the seas and the Kokomo (yacht).

Rhapsody of the seas arrives in #sydney taken with  #canon M  David drive to palm beach to see Barrenjoey lighthouse.  We were 3 hours early for the first tour but as I was ill, the walk took over at one hour to climb the stairs. Talk about steep. The Weather was overcast and humid, so I sat and watched the Humpbacked whales frolic in the bay. Of course I managed to get sunburnt. The first tour was at 11am, which is ridiculously late in the day. People had been arriving since 9am with children and leaving when they realised that it was 2 hours before a tour.
When the volunteers did turn up, they were disorganized but very friendly. :-) ALas I knew more about the light then they did. :-( Still for the kids it was a great tour and for $5 worth every cent. The Lighthouse keeper's house is being restored. A stunning house with multi million dollar views across Palm beach.

Barrenjoey #lighthouse

After the tour, we had to race to Norah head to make the final tour of the day at 1330hrs. We made it with 2 minutes to spare and Talked to Sue about the Box brownie in the museum collection whilst we waited for Terry to finish the previous tour. This pair are friendly and knowledgable about the building and the history of the families that had lived here. I wandered up to the car to get a film for Sue for her Brownie and a wedding party turned up. A massive burgundy Cadillac Limo. Of course I had to take photo but I had only a film camera with me and for the life of me, I couldn't remember what film was in it. It turned out to be 50asa B&W. OOPS. Oh well David took heaps of photos.
NExt leg was to Nelson Bay for the Inner light and Point Stephen light house.
Port Stephen Lighthouse was now inaccessible by foot. David spoke to the Lifesavers on duty and later the Maritime, Search and rescue ppl about this and it turns out that the sand bar that acted as a bridge was washed away last October (2011) and the last men who tried to swim it ended up in hospital after being rescued. Highly dangerous thing to attempt. The only way to reach the lighthouse was via charter boat or plane. Rats. Foiled by weather.
The inner light is under renovation so also not open but you can visit the museum and tearooms.
Stopped for the night at Marty's at Little beach. This place is comfortable and close to the beach. Its odd though.. there is no phone in the room and there is noone to check you out at 0830hrs, We had to leave the key in the room.
Diner was at the Golf club. The view from the bistro is stunning. We watched golfers dodge ducks and roos as they played. :-)

My view 4 dinner #golfclub

Sunset @ little beach nelson bay
Day 2
Got to sleep in. Was still sick. :-( But D allowed me to sleep in YAY:-) We had breakfast at the local milkbar which was surprisingly awesome.
Headed up the hill to see the WW2 bunker, but it was closed. GAck.
Off to the next spot. David took us to Seal Rocks and Sugarloaf point Lighthouse.
Sugarloaf point #lighthouse
Stunning location. They have the lighthouse keeper's and assistant keeper's houses for let but its $400 plus a week in summer and the traditional off season is called Whale season so its $3700. Geez I can go to Japan for a week for two ppl on a recent groupon voucher for that. AND have spending money as change.
Next up was Crowdy Head lighthouse. This is so cute!! A tiny tower and two store rooms. It was the last of a series of small lighthouses designed by James Barnet, the others being Fingal Head, Richmond River, Clarence River and Tacking Point.

Crowdy Head Lighthouse
The keeper's cottage was long gone. :-( . This lighthouse had only one keeper. it was automated in 1928.
We headed to Tacking point next. Looked the same as Crowdy Head but this little place was automated in 1919 and de-manned in 1920. Poor little lighthouses.
Tacking point #lighthouse
 The weather had turned nasty now, so David cancelled the next lighthouse for this leg. The wind was very strong. Probably just as well. We headed for shelter of the hotel. Tonight is the Opal Cover Resort.  Instead of paying ridiculous prices at the bistro, we headed up the road to the pub for their 241 pizzas. David ordered me a lighthouse pizza. It was actually really yummy.
Where do I start with this?

Sunday, November 11, 2012


the last few days has seen me at Harvey Norman getting overcharged for toys.
It started out Innocently enough...I had to deliver my laptop For Service,so David and I browsed the store.. I discovered, that i could renew my lease at no additional cost to me and replace the older laptop. My older laptop is a year old and was set up for manipulating photos. The problem with it, was, a windows 7 update broke the software. (it was subsequently fixed)

SO, i renewed the lease, and included in the new lease was a new laptop, (solida state windows 8) 16 gb of RAM to be included, a Samsung S 3 and a free playstation for D (We have one already) lappy bag and a wi-fi point thingy. The only things I really got to take home was the doodad, but this is most useful. ($15 for 3 gb, $20 for 6 and $30 for 10gb) the rest were to be delivered the next day being thursday. Rats.

David went to update his amplifier and I ended up with a fancy pants coffee machine.

So the next day, David and I headed back to Harvey Norman. I pre-ordered the canon M in red. but after an hour, nothing had been delivered, so we dejectedly went to lunch via cash converters. OOPS found a Samsung Galaxy Note 1 so I bought that. (At great expense....) SO I finally had a toy. Of course I didn't NEED it. Depression and shopping, a bad bad mix.

Wandered over to mother's place and installed my aldi coffee machine (mother makes terrible coffee) so I could have decent coffee when visiting. (And D some cocoa) It became clear that I had forgotten the water reservoir FAIL.

I actually, in a lot of ways prefer my aldi machine to the new fancy pants one. The coffee in the new machine all seem to be sugared so mostly too sweet for me. Mother was happy as D fixed a power point and she got papers signed. She also became enamored with the Note. (Don't blame her) Will see if I can get a Note 2 for me and she can have this one.

At some point inthe afternoon I snapped and it will all just too much. Plus the weather had turned nasty so David drove me home. I received a call from HArvey Norman at 1714hrs... I was asleep.. BUT they rang as promised. The lappy and the phone were there. SO I Collected the water thingy for the aldi machine and went back to Harvey Norman and collected the two items, then headed to mother's to drop the stuff off so I could leave the car at the station before heading off to work.

Work was busy busy busy. Lots of works trains and light engines for said works trains. Ugh. Before I knew it, it was home time, so I collected my car then broke into mother's place to get my stuff and FINALLY got home. David was up so we opened the laptop package. I cannot get my head around windows 8. ANYWAY we looked at all the specs and the RAM had not been installed as promised. Well half had been. AARGHHH A phone call to Harvey norman and it was credited as a store credit to use on my camera order. :-/


I went to sleep around 10am, waking up at 1930, having not slept all that well so I was exhausted. I had send the Galaxy Note to Canberra so help Karen diagnose her wi-fi issue... so I had the galaxy S3 to play with . Compared to the Note, the S3 is not as good. Wierd... as it is the flagship phone for Samsung.. I would love to trade it for a Note 2. Or maybe sell it. Am I converting away from Apple Iphones?? Unlikely. In many many ways the apple still rules the roost. BEsides I have my belived shift worker's app which samsung has no replacement for.

Mail in Andiord is hyper annoying..BUT the Note is the mega awesome of phone cameras... Truely amazing. I took photos of David's Cicada with the Galaxy Note, the iphone comaprison was colourless and washed out, the harsh light being too much for the IP. IN HDR, the IP is better, but only because the best app is only on apple.

I had been woken up by a call at 1733, from Harvey Norman, my camera had arrived. what?? Was supposed to be weeks! one day. Hmmmm

Headed to work S3 in hand. Used it for a whole "day" still prefer the Note.

Saturday AM had me waiting in Harvey Norman car park to await opening. I headed in and pulled my long suffering sales man out of his AM pow-wow and he was surprised about the camera's fast delivery too. ALAS the adapter had not arrived. I managed to get two 32gb sd cards included and my store credit was on the invoice but David's scrutiny later on reveals the check out lady didn't deduct the $400 FFS How hard is it for this store to get accounting correct??? I was so tired that I never noticed. Am I doomed to be ripped off $400?? The instruction to reduce the cost $400 was there!!! she just didn't do it.

WELL all that aside the Canon M is a cute little toy. Surprisingly heavy for its deminuative size, the shutter goes clunk like it was made of cast iron. The camera had all the EOS menus and even built in HDR, even though I prefer bracketing and manual processing. It shoots RAW, it has a surprising crop of 1.6, the bigger cameras have this crop, I was expecting a higher crop censor.. tracking AF and like the Canon EOS 550 and 6, touch screen shutter. That is cool! I love being able to touch the menu items instead of scrolling endlessly. 4.3 fps is not too shoddy although I have been spoiled by the 7D and the 5d3...I love this camera. I felt sad for Kevin who was uable to source a white or red M, he will have to settle for the generic black one. :-( The read is a beauty. This little cam is also compatible with my GPS (GE-2) and had its own adorable flash. Its so very tiny!

Not ready for work tonight.. fatigue is dogging me but David came home from Canberra early so we had a lovely meal at Indys, Am a fan of Lamb Saag. YUMM!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Lotsa owls turned up...I have now a huge parliament of owls as necklaces...

Oh! And the shirt if a favourite from Sara -Ezibuy.
Survived the troubles.. They did lose my drug test.. But after extensive time in purgatory, they found it after three days. Geez. Considering I didn't need to take a test, just posturing by management to seem to be doing something. I did get some good info from the trainer,so all was not lost.
Got an iPad mini, I was convinced of its usefulness, even though ppl are bleating about its resolution. I love it. Easier to hold & lighter then the iPad but a huge margin. It fits in my handbags, therefore being handier. I was tossing up the idea of selling my iPad 2, 64 gb, when an old friend texted me with an offer. Win! My biggest concern for me is no cellular. Wi- fi only. ugh my poor phone will be my modem for the next few months.
think i still need a full size ipad for my general laptop use...
Hurricane Sandy was amazing to watch, I used my marine watch app to get a wind image which was very telling...

I was shown this Fibonacci spiral made by the hurricane... So very cool.. Maths is simply amazing..

To cheer my week a Russian Zenit arrived..

Which took me a while to get used to. its a camera i will struggle to focus, but its cool factor cannot be denied.
Also in the mail was a complete Yashica 635 TLR with 135 kit.?beautiful camera.

Works well. I was surprised to find that this is older than the Yashicamat 124 that lives in my house. Both are a dream to use.

Spring has arrived, today being over 34°C the city is buzzing with beautiful ppl, so the yashicamat and I did some street shooting.

The perfect street photog camera, modern times have taught ppl that you lift a phone to you eye.. Not look down at it.. Lol

To finish, am the proud owner of a tee-fury shirt..

Very cool!!
Druey popped over for trivia on Thursday last, the steak was excellent, and we lost at trivia.. Eh, we go for the $15 steak anyway! Good to get out. Dressed in work clothes, it was inevitable that I would spill food, and I did . Grr on a favourite scarf.. Mind you, I have plenty of scarves thanks to and the ones I don't love, my mother seems too.. Had a HUGE leopard print scarf.. Suited mother to a tee! (She took some crocs too )
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

oddly calm

I had a feeling of doom yesterday about the changed shift. I knew in my heart it was a bad bad idea... but I did it anyway as I rarely back away from a challenge.

Now I am in the shit and pending investigation  THis could all end horribly for me but I am strangely calm about it all.

Stupid 12 hrs shifts and stupid lazy people who go off sick at the slightest sign of hard work.

Pajama day. Ugh.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Trying new things

Slept for 11hrs after getting home FINALLY on friday. Everything went wrong, even had the acupuncturist cancel on me. Sigh. I gave up and headed for home which was just as well really.
I was supposed to go aout again and go to my Mac Herp meeting but the way the day was going, it was better to stay home, and I declared it pants off and day over. Sometimes you have to quit before it all gets much worse.
Saturday was my favourite, arvo shift, Well better that the constant day work and AM shifts that I have suffered.
My challenge for the day was get a park at Narellan. The acupuncturist had fit me inmidday saturday as she had cancelled on my yesterday. I took the opportunity to return soem clothes that don't suit, find a pretty handbag, and post soem other returns. As I had lost the receipt, I had to content myself with a store credit. Luckily it is a store I frequent.
The accupuncture was just as I had expected. I had some football playing colleagues when I was in the signal box that couldn't speak highly enough of this treatment. I had never found a place to be affordable but here, 30 mins from me is a lady who does it for $45 less HICAPS. I ended up paying $10 cash. She was good enough to explain what she was doing and why and its true! you don't feel the needles until she hit two sore spots that needed help. She offered a thereputic massage as part of the treatment, but when she saw my reaction to a light touvh to my lower back, she understood why I refused. "maybe when your back is better" um.. yeah lets hope.
SO!! after the 45-60 mins of therapy, I could actually move my head almost the full range, something I have not been able to do for ages. (I turn from the waist now) Worth every cent of my $10.
Alas, due to the busyness of a saturday in a shopping centre, I was now late for work.
Managed to pull into the car park at the top of the hour so David (colleague ) was happy. Winning today. :-)
Work was reasonable, not too busy but some stupid arguements occured. 1, from the shunter who had a different timetable to me, and had trains due out hours before I did, and 2, with an old collague who was pondering why he had to be responsible for ARTC area... UM.. its your area of control as Railcorp had the contract to provide signalling services for that line. I was disappointed as I expected more from him.
The dog issue stays in my mind, the owners want him taken if only to the RSPCA. I dont want hm to go to the RSPCA, such a horrible place for a doggie (Or cat or anything) its so militant and cold. :-( ARRGHHH my husband speaks the truth but my head keeps going back to the idea. Ugh.
Sleep came easily around 1am. YAY for late shifts. ALas three more weeks of day/morning shift.
Awake FAR too early. :-( David did some washing and made the bed for the week. Set it up for warm weather, so watch the weather get unseasonably cold. again. Had forgotten to buy fuel last night/this morning, so had to rush to get to get some before work. How frustrating.
Been playing with an app called lightt. uses time lapse to make a movie of you daily life and puts those of your friends in with it. Rather a neat idea.

Friday, October 19, 2012


My reasonable calm day was completely thrown out the window cause the 1112 train was missed. This means a missed contract meeting (still paying) and maybe a missed appointment. I have no car and still need to get back to cbt by 1900. For the want of 2 minutes I haven't get a chance in hell of salvaging this Arvo.
Trouble is, I coulda made it if the RMC wasn't filled with tourists holding up the lift and doors. Poor Mick got a serve causing him to be on the back foot and probably ruined his opinion of me, but I have one train a day that I depend on, and everyone goes home when I turn up early. What a way to start a professional relationship. Geez. Well. Now throwing good money away on appointments I can't get to. >:-/
I feel Ill just thinking about it.

Mother is angry with me, like its my fault... AARGGHHHHH
Shoulda gone off sick.

To make matters worse, I don't have a HICAPS card so will have to cough up the cash for that too. Sigh.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

is a quiet life better

Is a quiet, boring life better than one of ups and downs..?
We have both had major downs, mostly probably due to work commitments... and outside factors beyond our control.

I hate seeing my friends hurting but am totally powerless to help.

Life sux in a major way.

Monday, October 15, 2012

15 October 2012

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15 October 2012


I want a dog. Mostly cause I feel I need an attentive creature to Lmk when ppl are on the property whilst I am asleep. I found a dog. I have been looking on and off since April. Trouble is David doesn't like dogs. Ok. I understand this as I don't like small dogs that serve no purpose. I am also mindful of my absentmindedness and my lack of a back fence.
I do need to walk more too. I have done nothing but sit on my arse for months. This is costing money as I have to buy pants all the time.

So I don't know.
Found a house trained animal that can be in the house and is mostly trained how I like my dogs trained. But no yard for the times when I am not at home.
Can David tolerate a dog? Do I try?

Possibly find it all too hard and give up. Mother tells me what breed to get but what suits her certainly doesn't suit me. Arrghh

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10 October 2012

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10 October 2012

Some ppl shit me. I don't mind friendly debate but when you descend into personal rudness, you have lost. It was a bit like converting Mitt Romney to real life. Ugh some ppl cannot be helped.

On a cheerier note, today was David's birthday. He knew what I had bought him, an iPhone 5 in black as he was there when I ordered it. (Pre-order) we watched it leave the  factory on the 3rd (ugh so much for pre-ordering) and sat a botany dock from the arvo of the 5th to this morning. So David received it today. The post office staff shouting happy birthday as they handed it over. Heeheehee love my post office.
We headed off the narellan to get new SIM card and me get a return on some clothes that didn't suit. I failed to get a full refund as I saw a new shirt so got $60 back instead of $170 FAIL!!
Off to Telstra and because David had a promotional offer, they took it off him :-( why a simple sim swap was made so difficult, I don't know.
As a surprise, (sorta) I helped pay for David to get a remedial massage for his back, and whilst he was occupied, I headed back up Telstra for an otter case. David is notorious in damaging his phones, so this case should help protect his new toy. It have three layers of plastic and a belt clip. It's a massive cocoon.

Dinner at Hogsbreath, just the two of us.. And now I head to work.


Monday, October 8, 2012

5 October 2012

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5 October 2012

So today they called me in for a graduation ceremony. Overtime to sit and eat food?? Ok then... Shame it was in the middle of 4 days off but meh. David was working anyway.
We were assembled in Imad's office from 0800 but had our only task for the day at 11. Went for ice cream at CQ but I decided against it when it was $7.00 for a one scoop cone. I enjoyed the sea breeze whist my colleagues chatted.

Returning to the office, we arranged a present for Steve, taking $75 of my $200 pay. :-( I was not paid correctly, again. This new (to me) payroll officer sux. Really, is it so hard to pay people the correct rate if pay? So short of funds. :-/ unhappy. I send a polite email to him as no payroll officer works on payday.

Hot summery day and here I am In office clothes :-/ sweltering. Guys wandered up for lubricant but I only stayed long enough to be polite. I enjoy their company but I want to continue my days off.

Andrée came in from her holidays to hand us some cool photos.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

30 September 2012

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30 September 2012

Brrr jumped into bed, forgetting that we changed to summer, cotton sheets..

Day was mostly boring, an incident with a train and a shunter made me do a heap of research of who owns what, and the difficulty of this job has now been referred to safety ppl. It's just too hard to contact anyone in charge with all the bloody takeovers and name changes.

The afternoon plan was vodka & cranberry red bull which was late as I changed my mind from family guy to American dad. As I don't own any American Dad, I had to drag poor David to Tahmoor to rent a season.

Saturday night was fireworks In Picton, which I thought would be crap. I was wrong. For a little town fireworks display.. It was darned good. Clinton was there but I didn't see him. :-/

Friday, September 28, 2012

28 September 2012

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28 September 2012

Day work. Came in on the train with Henry and another TC (yes, that hopeless with names. 
The day itself was mostly dull. Almost no trains and the TOA didn't happen. Sigh

went shopping for fat girl's clothes which is confusing and depressing as Country Target (The only store Picton has) has inconsistent sizing. A dress I adored didn't sit (No surprise) but some more dowdy things did. I am miserable dressing like a matron but I have almost no alternative. **Sigh**
Still nice pillows for the red sofa and David got some new clothes which he needs.. We just need to stop hoarding the stuff we have (In case you know)

$500 later, there goes all the money for the fortnight. 

Finished my first solo week

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Finished my first solo week

was luckily with my first solo week, but never got to do a possession. Whilst you all think, isn't that lucky? I have not done one possession in my training. I have no spiel and have a high chance of mucking it all up. Hmm Friday night had a huge shut down and it rang late due to the prep work that I had done, and chased up, not being fixed. SIGH. I requested a fix for incorrect boundaries but no one reprinted the STN. GRR the guy on night shift was hammered. 

I have otherwise been struggling with my dark cloud of doom, but again this is a matter of time. I will eventually get over it. I had stopped my bit D pills and this may have contributed to me not coping as well as I usually do. 

The iPhone 5 was released and I didn't rush out to buy one. I did get D one for his birthday, he knows this anyway, so ppl out there you can buy him some accessories. :-) if you want. I did have the idea of a hotel room in a lovely place but this is prohibitive with the cost of the phone having to be paid.I see int e future, maybe a few phones away that I will have to move to android. THis does not make me happy but if apple wants to play stupid with google then I am sorry but goggle is a superior product in many things and I have a love affair with my google calendar. Google maps are the best out there so Apple, pull your socks up.!!!! 

I have re-installed shiftlife, it seems to be much better than last time I played with it, maybe I wasn't able to dedicate the time to setting it up properly before, but it suits me now. especially with the line rotation feature. Np more individual shift entering. I have only to select the line I am on the the start date and VOILA all my shifts are entered. 

I found an interesting article on the railway closures of the 1960s in the UK. THey resonate with me in the slaughtering of my railway. As our management comes from the UK I suppose this is the him book that they brought over with them? ANYWAY its fascinating reading. 

The re-shaping of the british railway. (Check link works) 

THis quote is true around the world and politicians forget this as they all travel via car from the wiki article. "The closures failed in their main purpose of restoring the railways to profitability, with the promised savings failing to materialise. By closing almost a third of the rail network, Beeching achieved a saving of just £30 million, whilst overall losses were running in excess of £100 million per year. The shortfall arose mainly because the branch lines acted as feeders to the main lines and that feeder traffic was lost when the branches closed. This in turn meant less traffic and less income for the increasingly vulnerable main lines.

The assumption at the time was that car owners would drive to the nearest railhead (which was usually the junction where the closed branch line would otherwise have taken them) and continue their journey onwards by train. In practice, having left home in their cars, people used them for the whole journey. Similarly for freight: without branch lines, the railways' ability to transport goods "door to door" was dramatically reduced. As in the passenger model, it was assumed that lorries would pick up goods and transport them to the nearest railhead, where they would be taken across the country by train, unloaded onto another lorry and taken to their destination. The development of the motorway network, the advent of containerisation, improvements in road haulage vehicles, and the economic costs of having two break-of-bulk points all combined to make long-distance road transport a more viable alternative." 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

So i have lost my diary

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So i have lost my diary

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I have lost my diary, last seen in the kitchen. My last hope of getting my scuba fitted in  is gone with it. I am really upset as I have set many alarms and reminders and still have not managed to get any time to do it. Now the chance is lost. I am even dreaming about the lost chanceits constantly on my mind.

This plus the loss of someone close to me has left my general mood in a funk.. I am teary and testy, and it was this mood of doom that I went to my final exam. ( blogged about earlier) 

Since then, my belove husband, ever supportive, took me on a overnight trip to Jenolan caves.  I had never been there, My schools never did excursions to such places.  The drive was lovely, but the lower blue mountains was seriously depressing.  ( lots of reasons but don't wanna dwell on this) once we were over the other side, on the Mt Vic side, I was happier. I really am it a city girl. I find happiness in large spaces and no people. 

The little Jenolan village was very cute, the restaurant staff are lovely and David and I happily giggled at the stupidity of this blonde girl at the table next to us. She wasn't happy about anything. She ordered a salad but didn't want onion, or tomato or lots of other stuff. From what I can tell, she wanted lettuce on a plate. Just as well she was pretty or her partner would have thrown her out the window. 

The pillows in the rooms are divine!! I even made a pillow nest, and wanted to stay there for the day but David insisted that we get up and get on a tour. The kookaburras laughed at his idea.. It was after all 5am....

Yummy breakfast!! Will hope to return to this hotel again.

We took the orient cave tour, the tour guy was a local who toured these caves as a boy in the 1950s and we enjoyed his comparison of then and now. He engaged the children and made sure that everyone could see the different structures even the little pineapples. My main thought was though, is that the cave tours are too large for the space available. 

We saw the Nettle cave as it was included in our package, but after the Orient, it was less interesting. If we has started with this cave, I would have been much more impressed. The view from the top was fabulous though.

We dashed back to the restaurant for lunch, roast and desert for $15, well worth the effort then headed off for the River Cave tour. Here, I was irritated by the tour guide. Firstly, she arrived late, hurrying us up the myriad of stairs.. She shuffled us into the first cave and all seems to settle down, when she yells at David for taking a photo of me.. Ok.. Hunky, I know this guy. It's ok... She then started to lag behind in time and this made her hustle ppl even faster.  Still, the cave and it's many caverns was lovely but it went on and on.. I was exhausted by the time I got out.  Again my impression was that the group was far too large for the spaces in the caverns. There were many places where I missed her talk or couldn't see what she was talking about! Grump. 

David and I headed home at the point the short stay away reviving us both. A most pleasant drive to Penrith where we stopped for dinner.  We asked about our favourite soup, onion, and hurray!! Some was left over from lunch.  Pays to ask. 

Home and slept for a very long time, almost 12hrs. 

Sunday saw us doing a mega shop when really, we had gone there for 4 onions. Ummm... I set about making my version of onion soup, only to have it explode on me. Scolding hot liquid across my face, neck and chest. It was first aid time. Now I have blisters and scars even with David's careful first aid.  He completed the soup, which was yummy, but the kitchen looked like a monster had vomited in it. Light brown soup spattered everywhere. I think even the lizard copped some. 

Sunday was also my take up shift. I was terrified, as I now was the go to person for issues. Eep. Still It went very well. 

My think geek box arrived. Just as well, as David used the Domo blanket for soothing purposes when I was injured.   If you can buy a Domo blanket, you should get one. Well worth the money.