Vindaloo against violence

>> Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tonight all across Melbourne, and hopefully Australia, Australians have united in having Indian for dinner.  Tonight we have been encouraged to have a Vindaloo against Violence, so that is what Dave, Jana, Sam and I have done.  I am not really sure if it is going to work, but I guess I have done my bit so we just wait and see.  I had only really heard about the event through church, although after we had already eaten our dinner I also heard a little bit about it on the radio, so I am not sure how well publicized it was, but it did seem as if the Indian restaurant was a little busier than usual for a Wednesday night, although I probably wouldn't know, because I only ever have Indian when I go out with others...and I think I have recorded each outing to Indian in my various blogs, because it is so rare.  In fact I only recall having Indian 4 times including today, once at Lyndel and Brad's because they thought it was about time Dusty and I tried it, once with Dad in China, and twice in Bendigo, for a christmas break up and tonight.   

Its not that I don't like Indian food, its just that I never crave it like I do Italian or Chinese...  I am not sure why, I just never do. Anyway, it was delicious and I really should have it more often, because I do actually like it.  

Oh and I have been following through on my promise to try new movies, tonight I have seen Shutter Island, which is a bit of a thriller and definitely not something I would have picked if I was going by myself, but I really liked it, it was clever and a little scary, but I didn't even jump, scream or cry...go me!  

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!



>> Monday, February 22, 2010

Good news... I have good news... I finally have the complete set of McLeod's Daughters, all in the right type... it's amazing, its wonderful and it looks soooooo good. 

How did this happen?  Well one I found at big W (season 5), but the rest...all through the magic of ebay!  I am not really sure why I didn't try this sooner, I mean it was perfect, I even got some ones that are brand new.  I think what held me back was that I had perviously been burned by ebay, when trying to complete my colection of Disney DVDs, without waiting for the ones that were stuck in the Disney vault, and I ordered what were described as brand new, never been opened DVDs of Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King, but it turns out what the seller failed to mention was that these copies weren't the nice original Disney ones, they were copies, right movie, but just not the same.  But thinking I was getting the real thing I spend way too much money on them...and now because I still wanted to watch them and something was better than nothing I have two pirate copies of the movies and I am still waiting on the real ones that are stuck in the vault.  

However, I learned from my little disappointment and gave up on ebay for a while, but when it dawned on me that perhaps ebay would be full of McLeod's discs, I decided that it was worth one more try, although this time I would ask questions and make sure I was getting exactly what I wanted.  So Thats what I did, I got season 4 & 6, opened but never watched from a nice young mum, I got season 7 from a girl in country Vic who had just watched it once and I got a brand new, unopened copy of season 8 from an ebay based DVD store.  So right now I am one happy camper.  And the best bit?  It didn't cost me a fortune, in fact, it was probably cheaper than if I had got them all from the store.  So now my collection is complete and they are proudly displayed on my mantle...check it out...

Oh and yes, if you want to you can come and watch McLeod's with me...   

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!


New Car

>> Saturday, February 20, 2010

Well today, with the much appreciated help of Mum, Dad and Davo, and after much stress and money budgeting and test driving and stressing and budgeting and stressing today I put a deposit down on a new car... Today I ordered my new Kia Rio.  Sure its not the most glamorous of cars...I mean its not a Ford...but I am super excited about it and I can't wait until it comes....but I really will have to wait because it is going to take forever.

Being slightly paranoid, I decided that because I was getting a small car I wanted it to be as safe as possible, this meant getting the curtain airbags installed, which meant that my new car was now a factory order.  So it turns out that it takes a really long time to get a factory ordered car in and so I won't actually get my car until mid to late May, which feels like forever away!  The other thing that has to happen, is I need my good old Saabie to hold up until then...Saabie is staying strong and holding in there, but I think that we might be cutting it fine.  I think that due to my climate control issues, I will have to start packing extra clothes and stuff to keep me warm as the Castlemaine winter starts to set in as heating is no longer an option.  

Nevertheless the new car is ordered...its coming and it is going to be awesome... Here are some facts about my new car that I am excited about (and yes I know some of them are lame):

1. Its small and cute2. Its blue...3. It only uses 6.9L/ cheap cheap4. It has a CD player - this is a massive step up from my tape deck
5. It has a drivers arm rest

6. It has air con that works

7. It has windows that work
8. It has a 5year unlimited km warrenty
9. Did I mention that its small and cute and blue?
10. It has a plug for my iPod
11. It has bluetooth for my phone

12. It has curtain airbags
13. Its a rare gem, coz it turns out there just isn't that many Kias in Melbourne...yet
14. The ignition is in the regular spot... as apposed to the center console ignition I currently have
15. It has a drink holder made for 1.25L bottles...just in case I am really thirsty16. I will no longer have crazy big blind spots
17. It won't put my oil warning light on every time I turn the corner

18. There is no 'void' between the driver and passenger like in Dave's car

19. It will enable me to park on Dave's lawn again...coz it's got a little button nose, and little bottom

20. Its mine

So now I just wait and wait and wait... but while I wait, I will enjoy my last drives with Saabie and think about important things like...What I will name my new car??? 

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!


Boys at Cell

>> Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This year my cell group at Bendigo has grown...we finished last year 4 members strong...then we went back to 3.... at our first cell for the year we were up to 6 (although only 4 were actually there)...and this week we were joined by the boys group as they are studying the same things as us so the group has pretty much doubled. 

I really enjoyed the girls group last year, but I have also missed the male opinion, so it was nice to have some guys there tonight.  I guess its not something that I have ever really thought about too much though, whether or not I want boys in my cell group...I suppose it doesn't really matter...its really about how the group works together and being able to share and grow together... I think it will be good to have them there...

Well I guess this was a pretty pointless did seem important when I started writing...but now that its done...  

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!


My Valentine

>> Sunday, February 14, 2010

I am so super spoilt sometimes its not funny!  And because I am a princess and a little obsessed with romantic comedies, I LOVE VALENTINES DAY.  I know for most people its just another day, but I love it!  I love the gooeyness, the cards, the flowers, the little messages in the paper and of course I love the fact that its a great excuse for a Date.  So this weekend, this valentines weekend I have been in Sydney with Dave and it has been sooooooo super lovely.  I have seen Wicked (yes, again), I have seen Sydney Harbour for the first time, along with the bridge and the opera house, and I have also been to see Top Gear the stage show, complete with fireworks and I haven't really had to spend a cent...I am just super super spoilt.  However, I did think that this weekend there might have been one valentines surprise.  In fact I was pretty much convinced! 

Leading up to this trip away, I had a number of people tell me that they thought that maybe Dave was going to propose... In fact, before I left Mum even gave me her blessing if he did... and when I thought about it, it did seem very like Dave... I mean Dave is a a bit of a romantic and so Valentines Day seem appropriate, He was taking me to Sydney, we were staying at a fancy hotel, he took me to see both Wicked and Top Gear, we went to my favourite Chinese restaurant, had lots of delicious food but... the weekend is over and my left ring finger remains naked... so I guess it wasn't quite my time.   

Now for those of you that are panicking about the fact that I shouldn't be sharing this on the internet and that Davo might get offended...don't stress, because Dave was also aware of 'the signs' so to speak, and on Friday night before we headed off he told me that it wasn't going to happen this week, so that I wouldn't be disappointed or waiting all weekend, which is kinda nice I guess, but it has left me wondering what he has planned for me...and us.... But I guess now we just wait and see...

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!


Thanks Jess

>> Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tonight I had the pleasure of having Dusty, Jess and Brad up to visit. Last time they came up I got a little embaressed, because all around my house I have photos, but to my shock Jess brought to my attention the fact that there were no photos of her. Now some of you may say big deal...but it is, because I even had a picture of Jacob's ex girlfriend still up and they were only together for a short time, Jess has been part of our family for like 4 or 5 years or something crazy, so as you can imagine, I felt really bad, and of course Jess and Dusty didn't want me to forget.

So this time, when I knew they were coming, because I hadn't had anymore photos printed, I told Jess to bring a photo with her so that she could go on the wall. So today Dusty, Jess and Brad drove up from Melbourne during the day and made it to my place and made themselves at home before I got home from work. So being a good sister-in-dating I sent Jess and sms just to remind her that she should bring a photo with her... and this is the response I got in response...

"Oh u don't have to worry about that, I have it covered! Have a lovely day at work and we will c u later on!!!"

Being a little cheeky at times, Jess' text made me a little worried, I started to wonder what exactly she meant by the fact that she had it covered and what I would find when I got home. I thought that perhaps she would take down all the photos and replace them with ones of her, or maybe even just replace some of the photos, with the same photo of her and Dust, but what happened was definitley unexpected. This is what I found when I got home:

Yep lots of little photos everywhere, and one massive photo of jess right above the fire place. Classic, so thanks Jess, I think I have enough photos of you now, and yes you can stay on the mantle. Although Dave did tell me that he feels like you are watching him while he sits on the couch doing nothing now, I think it makes him feel guilty about being a slacker.
I guess that's just all part of the adventure!


Climate Control

>> Monday, February 8, 2010

Its just getting worse...seriously,

Today, its really really hot in Castlemaine, so I get in the car, which has been in the sun all day and think its ok, seeing as I can't make the air con work any better, or put the temperature onto supper cold, I will put the windows down to get some air through... As the window goes down, it makes a strange noise and then begins to go down on a very very strange angle.  In fact, because I was a little too panicked at the time I have drawn this picture of what was happening for you in paint...which I have a particular talent in: 

As you can see, it is not normal, and it can't be good...  So because there was also a storm moving in, I pulled over to try and fix the window before it started to rain. In the end, I had to lift the window up and put it back in the right now it is shut...and it won't get opened unless absolutely necessary.  Although it does mean that the climate control in my car is now significantly reduced...I know now have either air con on, or air con off.  I think its time to seriously look at a new car...sorry Saabie   

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!


# 60 - Test Driving

>> Saturday, February 6, 2010

So after the efforts of my car yesterday, I have decided its time to start looking for a new one, so today I spent my day test driving cars, which means I can now cross # 60 - Test drive a car off the list. 

This was the first time I have ever test driven a car, and I tell you what its a little nerve racking!  I mean, I am not the most confident drive at the best of times, but now I am in a brand new car, that doesn't belong to me with a guy I don't know in the passenger seat who wants to ask me all these questions while I am driving, its full on.  Thankfully I had Davo in the back to answer the questions so that I could concentrate. 

I did have the opportunity though to go without the sales guy at one of the show rooms, so before Dave and I headed out, we took this picture as proof that I had been test driving cars...Its not super flattering...sorry.   

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!


Falling Apart

>> Friday, February 5, 2010

So only just a week ago I wrote a little blog about my car, and how I feared it was the beginning of the end, well... after tonights efforts, I am sure the end is near...

Tonight I got stuck at the same servo, at the same time with my car...and this time the same RACV man as last week, told me little Saabie did need a new battery.  The thing is though, this would have been fine, if that's all that happened, but it appears that this was just the beginning.  As I drove home, I decided it was getting warm in the car, so I attempted to adjust the temperature, only to have the dial fall off in my hand, with the inside bits of the dial all broken... only another small thing I know...but still.  I am beginning to get scared about touching things incase they fall off. 

At least for now I still have widows and aircon, although I must admit the air con isn't super strong...but at least it is there.

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!



>> Thursday, February 4, 2010

Saabie and I have been on another little adventure tonight...this time we made out way across central Kilmore.  Why would we make this trek... to visit my friend Pez. 

The trip itself was actually quite nice, because unlike the trip to Melbourne, it was only on the boring freeway (which I love coz it takes much less time, but is very very very boring to drive) half of the way.  Instead of just freeway, I actually got to see things, like bush land and farms and even some small towns.  I really love just going on these little adventures, it makes me appreciate the things that God has made for me rather than just bypass it all. 

Anyway, it was heaps nice to catch up with Perri in her little cottage in Kilmore, her little house is much like my little one in Castlemaine, except she has a lot more rooms, all small, but more than one.  One of my favourite rooms though at her place is the toilet...where my knees can almost touch the door in front of me when I am on the toilet...crazy. 

Now we are both semi city girls living in the country, for work...leaving our boyfriends behind and carrying on.  Its nice to be able to share my experience with someone else and know that I can share what I have been through and that it might actually help someone.  Of course its always nice to hang out with good friends, even without a reason. 

I guess that's just all part of the adventure!

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