Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Monday, 29 December 2014
I've always been in awe of the "Little Miss Sunshine"s of the world. Some people progress through life easily with great things happening regularly with life's road being a smooth and trouble free journey. I can understand how these people are able to be happy all the time, but there are also people who manage to have a smile for the world despite their life's ups and downs.
Sunday, 28 December 2014
I am a big fan of facebook. I love catching up on people's news and re-connecting with old friends from school, or youth group or work. I think facebook has a different feel to it for my generation. We use it to share our highlights - children's weddings, Christmas get-togethers, new grandchildren etc.
Facebook for the younger generations is all about "me, me, me" and the minuatae of their lives. I like being friends with this generation but I have "unfollowed" so many of them because I get so tired of seeing what Lord of the Rings character they are, or what colour they like, or what their precious little child is doing on a daily (or even hourly) basis. So my facebook news feed looks pretty lean at times, but what can I expect when I am so uninterested in the triviality of people's lives?
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Everyone has an Archilles heel and mine is the love of chips. I LOOOOOVE chips! I could go to AA and confess to my inability to resist their salty, fatty goodness. But I wouldn't give them up.
Some people have a chocolate addiction, or a coffee addiction or some other gourmet habit but I am unapologetically addicted to potatoes. I will eat them as fries, as wedges, as potato chips, as potato fritters, mashed, baked, you name it I love them.
Friday, 19 December 2014
Last year parts of my life imploded before my eyes. My husband, who I had been supporting financially since his redundancy 3yrs before, decided he didn't want to be married any more and I was looking down the barrel of starting life over again with just my cat and a part time job. The scary thing is that there were parts of that scenario that were strangely appealing.
I read an article recently by Anna Moore that said "if you're fed up with family and work and feel it's time for an overhaul, you could be experiencing mid-life depression. But be careful what you wish for."
Monday, 15 December 2014
I’ve always been a healthy person – fairly robust and not prone to illness in general. I expected that this was the same for everyone and had never heard of the term “depression” until it took a swipe at my family. Pre-Google “depression” was what people got when someone died. I have subsequently found out it is also what people get when their family has a predisposition towards Seratonin deficiency.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Somewhere in my upbringing and also from what I’ve observed in general around me, I expected I would have a husband who worked nine to five and stayed in the same job through several sets of long service leave.
Saturday, 13 December 2014
My first expectation relates to family – I have this absurd notion (that my family refers to as my “Brady Bunch Mentality”) that families want to spend time together sharing happily in each others’ lives - because they have been parented that way.
I have come to realize that my whole world view is based on my expectations of what life should be and how people should behave. This can lead nowhere except to disappointment because I cannot force life or people into the mold I want.
So I have decided to put up a few of my areas of expectations and consider them and see where I can move forward - the next few posts will cover a few of my favourite things - well my favourite areas of huge and probably fairly unrealistic expectations......including family, husbands, health - and maybe a few more (I've already dealt with my friendship issues!)
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
|The dreaded padded tissue box holder|
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
How did this happen? I've become addicted to Pinterest! What started out as somewhere to collect a few apt quotes has taken over part of my life.
I know people who use Pinterest as a place to plan their weddings or compile their catering recipes. Others who have Boards dedicated to outfits they'd look great in or things they want to decorate their houses with eventually. But as for me, it is just somewhere I can put my thoughts and a whole heap of pretty pictures and look at them without them clogging up my computer. There is really no rhyme or reason in what I pin - I just love that it is positive and pretty and I learn something new occasionally too.
Monday, 1 December 2014
|Me with my lovely husband, Ross|
This is a stage of life where our children are independent adults who are thriving in their own lives. Our parents are older and approaching elderly but are still self-sufficient enough to get by with only a small amount of input from us. We have reached a point where we are financially stable and although we don't have piles of money to spare, we are living our lives comfortably and can afford to work less because we spend less. (Retirement is far enough away that I'll worry about it more when it gets closer to reality.)
Speaking of working less, up until recently I worked almost full-time for an orthodontist, but life was passing me by and the work environment was slowly but surely sucking me dry. So, I bit the bullet, quit that life and began looking for balance and a little bit of joy. After a few weeks of rest and refreshment, I found the perfect job working for a medical specialist 2 days a week and a new phase of life has begun.
We have two 'children' - Jared who is 29 and married to Hannah, and Erin who is 26 and married to Luke. Jared is a mechatronic engineer (you'd need to google that to have any idea what it is!) and Erin is a high school English teacher. They both moved to the city to go to university and are happy living in the big smoke and making occasional trips back to check we're still alive.
|Jared and Hannah Erin and Luke|
Please stop by and share your thoughts on any of my posts - I love hearing what people think and appreciate you taking the time to chat. I also have a facebook page and I'm an avid pinner and would love to have you follow me there too.