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I don't believe in Friday the 13th, maybe I should...

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Piercings

The time has come for the next round of piercings. Now that I have longer hair and can use it to mask some new metal, I'm itching to get some more facial bling. Here is what I'm thinking about.


The double medusa (upper lip) because I'm not entirely happy with the position of my current medusa now that I've had it for a while. I would like it closer to my top lip - also because I'm wanting to add another piercing and it looks better with an upper lip. So, I'll get the second medusa and retire the first one.


This is a forward tragus, and it is the piercing I'll be getting tomorrow. There are two kinds, one uses a piece of jewelry that looks like an upside down staple. The second uses a 'banana bar' which is a curved barbell. I would prefer the former, because I like that flat against the skin jewelry, but it requires different instruments to perform apparently. I checked with my brother and he has a banana bar above his brow (another place a staple s…

Performance review...

I've been working at this job for almost a year. I can't believe how fast it has gone. Today, I have my individual performance meeting. These meetings are par for the course, really, they happen about six monthly, but this one is making me a bit nervous in so much as it is only three weeks until my temporary contract is up. I've talked to other people who are getting up to the same date or have passed that date already and it seems there is no contract for beyond the initial twelve months. For some reason I thought there was.

I think I'm in good stead. I think I've done a lot of good in my role. It can be slow going at times and sometimes I'm unsure as to whether I'm actively engaging the people I want to engage or promoting the organisation. I guess it's a bit of both.

Promoting the organisation is a long game and I may personally not see the results of doing this. The problem with that is not being able to show direct results from my activity. At the …

The corrupt banking system...

A few months ago I made the mistake of transferring the rent into our Bpay electricity account. I immediately rang our bank to see if they could reverse the payment. They said they could but it would take six weeks to reach my bank account. We're talking hundreds of dollars here, a fortune for people on low income. The different between being able to pay the rent or not.

The bank person told me I would be better off contacting the electricity company and getting them to refund the excess. So, I rang them and they said they could do and I'd have the money back in my bank account in ten business days. Two weeks without that money. Luckily, our rent wasn't due during those two weeks.

It was an ordeal and I could not understand how it would take two to six weeks to have funds refunded when we live in a technological age and in the end it's just numbers on a computer. Actually, while I'm on the topic, why do transfers between banks take so bloody long as well? Or cashin…

Bring on the weekend...

It's Wednesday, but because tomorrow is the last day of the work week before the Easter break, it feels like Thursday. This week has felt quite long. I can't account for it in so much as I'm getting good sleep (for me). Since going back on low carb, my energy has been higher in the late afternoon, so I haven't been having those 6-8.30pm naps I've needed for nearly a year now. This means I've been getting to bed between 10.30 and 11pm.

And yet, I feel tired and can't wait for Friday (the new Saturday).

I always feel a bit embarrassed when I start looking forward to Friday, or a holiday. I am so very, very grateful for this job. I want to just want to be here all the time. I definitely don't want to complain about working. I realise no one enjoys their work as much as I aspire to enjoying my work. but I feel like I really shouldn't explain given what a gift it has been to me to have work - and full time work, at that.

I've known people who want th…

Waiting on the NDIS...

I had my planning meeting about five weeks ago now. I've heard a variety of reports about how long it takes to process submitted plans. Anything from one month or six months. I guess the more complex ones will take the longest.

Mine isn't complex. The things I have asked for are care and upkeep of Harlem who is part of my core needs (this would include food, insurance etc.). I've asked for funding for a gardener and a cleaner (gardener fortnightly, cleaner weekly). Also, a personal trainer - that is, someone to come to the gym with me to assist me in using the facilities (machines etc.). Also that my Mobility Allowance be continued under the NDIS (the Commonwealth is discontinuing the payment through the disability pension).

So, it's fairly straightforward.

I'm really wanting to get into a gym. If the funding for this is approved, it would make a big difference in my health and fitness. As the money has to be used or it will not be continued in the next plan, there…

Visitng Iceland, among other places...

Do you remember me writing about how I can save a bunch of money this year, enough to take the boys and me over to Iceland? Well, this is still true, only I wonder... Would it be completely awful of me to just take Lukas? You see, I have the opportunity to go see a lot more of Europe, and while it wouldn't cost me that much more, the thought of trying to wrangle Bryn and Ari as well is a bit much.

I could take them the following year, if it came to that. Or at least Bryn.

I'm wondering how much Ari would get out a trip to Europe at this point. How much would he be able to take in and remember? Is it something I should wait until he is older to do? He really, really hates missing out.

If Lukas didn't want to go, I could take Bryn, but again, would he enjoy or appreciate going to Paris, or Venice, or other places. I would be very interested in going to Auschwitz, but would that be way too much for him? Or maybe it would be a very good lesson in gratitude? I don't even k…