Friday, November 11, 2011

That awkward moment when you move house and break your ankle

Ok, so I know it's been AGES since I last posted - like, 6 weeks or something. So very, very slack of me.

So I guess I better update you all on what's been happening with all of us.....

We got the house we applied for which I mentioned in my last post.  So very thrilled!  But of course, then the craziness of packing and moving ensued.  We did the move ourselves with my Dad driving the rental truck down to Melbourne.  As fate would have it, it poured with rain on the day we moved out of our house. Never want to do that again!  The drive down was uneventful and the kids were well behaved - I wasn't sure how they'd go with it all as they'd never been on such a long road-trip before but they handled it very well.

We arrived in Melbourne, went to the real estate agent and signed our lease and picked up the keys and spent the rest of the day unloading all our worldly possessions with the help of some very dear friends who were so very kind to help us out.

The day went well and smoothly.  One of my friends offered us a lounge-suite to us for FREE - can't say no to a freebie so my Dad and I went out to her house (about an hour away) late that afternoon with the truck to pick it up.

I picked up a couple of the lounge cushions to take them out to the truck and soon learnt a very valuable lesson....uneven ground plus thousands of dropped gumnuts plus a pair of thongs makes for a very painful fall.

Yep, I slipped and in the process dislocated and broke my right ankle.....just what I fucking needed.

The ambulance was called, the green whistle was administered and my dear friend had the great idea of taking a pic of me too (God love her - when I saw the pic on FB it made me laugh so much, but that could have been the morphine LOL).

I won't bore you with all the hospital details but to cut a long story short, I fell on the Thursday night, I had the operation to put in a couple of plates and oodles of screws on my ankle on Monday afternoon and I was home on the Tuesday.

Open cast and big bag of ice to keep the swelling down in the days before they operated

I find this really cool and fascinating and then I start freaking out about how there's half a hardware store in my leg

So then I was hobbling around on crutches which I haven't done since I was 5 when I broke my leg and I reckon it sucks a whole lot more than it did back then. I hate the bastards, so now I'm using my desk chair as a makeshift wheelchair while I scoot around the house (thank God for tiles!). I've also got an old lady stool for the shower and a toilet frame around the loo - so lovely *sigh*.

But I've been taking it all in my stride. The Husband is still home with us all and helping out heaps and some dear friends have been helping out and visiting me too so I don't go too insane.  The kids have been great and Master 8 has been really awesome at being my little helper.

Thanks to my amazing amount of clumsiness I've also been given a new nickname.  "Marti" doesn't quite cut it anymore so I've now been dubbed "Gutter Girl" which I think is hilarious. Hey, that's what friends are for LOL.

I had a hospital appointment on Wednesday to have the old cast removed, stitches taken out and a new cast put in in whichever colour I of course I chose purple....

Quite comfy and stylish and functional, yes?

So, in a nutshell, that's what has been going on with all of us lately....great timing of course. I'll fill you all in with some more details in further posts over the next couple of weeks.

If you've ever had a stupid stack or broken something I'd love for you to share it - so I don't feel so vertically challenged!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's on like Donkey Kong!

So I did a mad trip down to Melbourne on Friday to look at houses for our move. I flew back home on Saturday night and I was absolutely knackered!!!  I saw so many houses I've lost count.  But we've got an application in for a place that would be perfect for us - so fingers crossed!!

Going back down to Melbourne only reaffirmed why we think it's a great idea....

1.  It just looks so much nicer than Sydney

2.  The roads "work" there and actually look like they've been laid out with some foresight in mind.

3.  Most main roads are 80kph - as they should be in Sydney, but are not.

4.  The people are lovely and very welcoming (except for one property manager I met who was "one of those" who are totally full of their own self-importance - I haven't applied for that property out of principle).

5.  The airport is easier to figure out than Sydney's airport.

6.  The houses are just so much cheaper!!

7.  What can I say? I just love it down there.

I can't wait until we're there. We're starting countdown mode with ONE MONTH exactly until our move.

Bring it on!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Zits, Babies and Stuff

Pure laziness personified :D

Fuck I hate these freeze frames.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I'm a princess about toilet paper

I consider myself a pretty down to earth kinda person. I'm not all about frills and flowers and girly things. I don't mind things being a bit rough and ready.

Except when it comes to toilet paper, dunny rolls, loo paper, TP - whatever you want to call it (just don't call it "toilet tissue" - cause that's just weird)

I hate cheap and nasty toilet paper and hate wiping my bum with anything that resembles sand paper.

So when I was given the opportunity to review Kleenex's Cottonelle Toilet Tissue (it's not "tissue" dammit, it's just paper!) I jumped at it.  I'd do anything to feel that silky softness on my nether regions.

Now, I'm not going to regale you with my toileting habits - I have slightly more class than that.

Let's just say, it's pretty awesome - strong (nothing worse than when you get a finger that pops through - YOU know what I mean), smells pretty and it's nice and cushy so I found you need less squares than some other brands (so it lasts longer too).

Funny though that even though it's so awesome, no one else in this house will change the roll when it's empty.  Soooo wish it could automatically do that for me.

But anyway, when I received our parcel I actually READ the packet first - does anyone actually do that?  I don't. But I did.

The first thing I noticed (after the super-cute puppy dog) was the World Wildlife Fund logo. On the back it tells me that it's "sourced from sustainably managed forests and plantations".

I think that's pretty good - I'd like to know WHERE from though (I can be a bit of a fair-trade nazi, so I like to know where things come from and that the workers are well-treated).

I also noticed that they have a little mention about their contributions to Guide Dogs Australia and it gives instructions on how to make a donation.  I like that :).

After my perusal of the packet while drinking my morning coffee I thought it was time to rip this sucker open and see what we could do with it, other than the usual use for toilet paper.

So I enlisted the help of Miss 3 and we got to work.

First we built a tower. The pack had 8 rolls in it so I assumed we could make a pretty good tower.

It lasted about 10 seconds before it fell over.  Safe to say, don't use toilet paper as building supplies.

Then we set it up as a bit of a bowling game.

That didn't quite work either - unless we used a bigger ball. And I just don't let big balls in the house (I'm the only one with big balls allowed).

Brainwave! Use it as a pillow like that kid does in the TV ad!

Doesn't she look comfortable?  Erm, maybe not.

So I tried a suggestion that was on the pack and wrapped Miss 3 up like a Mummy.  As I wrapped it around and around her I started having visions of how this could be the perfect restraint device in keeping Miss 3 under control so she doesn't break all my stuff.  How could it fail?

Um, it did.  So, no, you can't use this toilet paper as a restraint device either.

And it made a heck of a mess to clean up.

To sum up, Kleenex Cottonelle toilet paper is pretty darn awesome as toilet paper, but it sucks at building towers, pillow substitutes or restraining 3 year old girls.

This post is part of Product Talk by Nuffnang and I was not paid for this post. I was sent the product in exchange for a review.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - I fell for it, again

He said he emptied the dishwasher.

He didn't.

Did he think I wouldn't find out?

I'm linking up with Trish at My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesdays :)

My Little Drummer Boys

Monday, September 12, 2011

The weekend wrap-up

Ok, so I didn't post on Friday.  It was a crazy day where I was desperately trying not to pick my fingernails off one by one in my anxiousness of meeting my big boss.

I'm happy to say though, I SURVIVED!!!  She was lovely and it was fantastic to meet her.  There's now some great ideas floating around for Birth and we're hoping they can make it an even better place than it already is :).

Saturday - The Husband took the kids off to the School Fete for a short time where they loaded up on lollies and showbags and then he brought them home and dumped them on me to deal with the sugar-induced hyperactivity.  We also got changed around the sleeping arrangements and I finally have my bedroom back!!!

So Miss 3 and Master 22mths are sharing a room, and Master 8 and Miss 6mths are sharing a room.  They're kinda shoe-horned in there, but it will do for now until we move at the end of next month.

Because of the move around, Miss 6mths is now in a cot - finally!!  She took to it really well. This week's plan is to start on Operation Un-Wrap.  Fingers crossed it goes well.

Saturday night - THE SWANS WON!!!!!!!!!!!  (Can't say I feel quite as confident for this Friday's game against Hawthorn - but I'll be waving my flag anyway!!)

Sunday - The kids and I spent the day with my parents while The Husband stayed home and studied for his Big Test at TAFE tonight.

All in all, a quiet weekend for us.  Trying to enjoy it while I can, because it's usually around this time of year that our weekends get REALLY busy.

How was your weekend? Do anything interesting?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Putting it in perspective

Sometimes life might get you down. You fall down, feel like shit and can't get back up again.

Well from now on, when I feel like that, I'm gonna look at this guy. Just to remember that I haven't got it so bad after all.

Borrowed from a friend's FB :)
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