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Some Centrelink staff are ROOLY STOOPID...

AAAAARGH!!!

I applied for a pensioner education supplement earlier this month to help me pay for course costs of my Cert. III in Children's services.

The eligibility criteria for this supplement include being an Australian citizen, recieving a pension payment (or other eligible payment), studying full time (or an agreed upon part time load), and studying an eligible course.

I fill all these criteria, so liked my chances of getting the supplement.

So, then today I get a letter stating,

We cannot pay you Pensioner Education Supplement because it is not payable for Masters or Doctorate studies.

First thing that sprung to mind was that the site says "some Masters courses" are eligible, so that statement is immediately incorrect, but MOREOVER, the course I'M doing is not a Masters OR a Doctrate degree.

Yeah, so obviously there was some kind of mistake and I called up their offices to discuss this error. The lady on the other end of the phone then informed me that because I'…

15 months old...

After the untitled, un-worded blogpost below (which was actually just me sending Luey a pic of a hat he could have from our local shopping centre - if he liked it, that was, and he did, so I got it), I thought I'd better post a proper blogpost...

First of all, it's currently 11.26pm, so obviously I didn't get to bed by 10pm tonight either. I had forms to fill in for Bryn's Kinder interview on Friday, and for my course which starts on Monday... For these, of course, I had to sign and date stuff, and that's when I realised today Ari turned 15 months.

So, I thought I'd give an update on my... my... well, I guess I have to comes to terms with it, my TODDLER...

He's been walking for five weeks now, since just before Christmas. These days he runs more than he walks. My suspicion that he's be another "runner" like Luey were confirmed this past week when I took him with me to visit my parents in Adelaide. Now, you see, Erik and Bryn were both very …

The first month of the year nearly over...

They say time speeds up as you get older... I must be getting very, very old!

I thought I'd check and see how I'm going in reference to my rules for 2010 and 101 list...

Rules for 2010:

Achieved :- #3, #6, #7 and #9

Still plan to achieve :- #10

Haven't had the opportunity to do :- #8 (there are no Sabbats in January)

Have completely dropped the ball on :- #1, #2, #4, and #5

So my overall score for January is about 60% (as long as I paint a canvas in the next few days, which I reckon is very doable, and taking into account the rule that doesn't actually apply to January).

The ones I've dropped the ball on:

bed by 10pmbreakfast each morningdrinkiing 8 glasses of waterwalking 10 000 steps a day These are all very achieveable, so I fully plan to have a much better overall report for February!

101 List:

I can cross off...


#15 and #57... By the end of January I may be able to add a couple more, tho...

So, January has been productive to a certain extent.

Next month is the beginning o…

What the reader brings to a book...

I've just had the most rip-roaring discussion about Twilight on Twitter! I'm all jazzed now!

I was NEVER going to read Twilight. First of all because I tend to shy away from books and movies that many other people rave about. Hearing too much about a book or a movie before reading or viewing it usually puts me off. I don't feel like I can come to the book or movie with an open mind, particularly if it's been raved about because then I tend to be far too critical of the book or movie to enjoy it - it's my rebellious streak, you see.

Then Dave's mum gave me the first two books in the Twilight series. She'd read them (she's 81) and thought I might like them. I don't particularly like the Vampire genre. Was never a fan of Buffy or that other Buffy spin-off. Had no interest in seeing "Interview with a Vampire" when it came out. I did watch and like, "Lost Boys" but somehow not because of the Vampire aspect.

So, anyway, with the …

Holidaze...

Only 17 days left of the holidays.

You know, I had to look that up! Maybe not seem like a big deal, but usually during the Summer holidays, since the boys started school that is, I could tell you at any time just how many days and hours it was until the kids went back to school. Mostly, I've "endured" school holidays more than "enjoyed" them. These holidays have been different. At first I just thought it was because I'd somehow matured, or maybe the boys had matured, to a point where I wasn't constantly feeling on edge with the kids around 24/7. I thought it might be because I was being kept busy with the eye operation, followed closely by Christmas, and then sorting some stuff out in this house. I thought it might be because Bryn is about to start kinder this year and there is stuff to organise, as well as me starting my course, with stuff to organise for that. I thought it might be a number of things.

Then yesterday morning I realised what actua…

The neverending task of household management...

I'm forever trying to find better ways to keep our home running more or less smoothly with a minimum of effort (hmmm, I wonder if that is any good for my waistline, but let's not dwell too long on that thought...).

I really don't like visual mess. Being very short sighted probably plays into it, but I'm also a visual person and I need visual order to feel peaceful. I like the flow of the house to be practical and also convenient, so I'm always on the look out for areas in the house that aren't "working". I can usually tell they're not working because stuff piles up in those places, either because the stuff is being used at a distance from where it belongs (and so people aren't inclined to put the stuff away once used) or because the place where the stuff is being used is too cramped...

So, anyway, recently I realised I wasn't doing a lot of my writing work because the books I should be referring to were in the study, and the study has mor…

My life as a drill sargeant...

So, I mentioned in my last post about having many comments flung my way about "all the kids" while out shopping the other day.

I'm not really used to it, to be honest. Usually my status as a mother of four boys is hidden to most of the public because most of the time the older boys are at school, or Dave and I have a natural tendency to split them up for errands. This is easier for several reasons:

We don't take up as much space when there are only 3 or 4 of us out at once... I'm quite aware of the "causing a road block" phenomenon a family of 5 or 6 can create when walking down footpaths or through shopping centres as a group.I don't have to keep track of as many people. Even those of my friends with two kids will know that there's always ONE who wants to lag behind, or "go look over there, just for a second"... Constantly having to turn around to keep track of three walking kids is a pain in the neck.It's quieter. Seriously. …

A Charmed Life...

Feeling a little down today, so just wanted to remind myself of the charmed life I'm living...

When I was a young girl all I wanted was to have a loving partner and a house full of kids. For many years I was deeply, deeply concerned that this would not be my life. I feared that I was so unappealing that no man would ever want to spend the rest of his days with me. The fear was unfounded. I have a fantastic partner. He's rough around the edges - a self-described "grumpy old man", and he doesn't buy me flowers for no reason (or for any reason, for that matter, except once way back in the day...)... But he's kind and caring and protective. Oh, and he's intelligent and interesting (ok, so he sometimes has a tendency to tell a story the long way around, but mostly, he's very interesting to talk to)... I certainly have a house full of kids! I was reminded of this several times today when the kids and I went shopping. We don't often go out all to…

The new era of independance.

So this morning Erik and Luey took their first steps out into the big world unaccompanied by an adult.

This has been on the horizon for a while, and was probably overdue, but you know how it is with your first, you just don't feel quite ready to take a chance on them being able to handle the responsibility until, well, until your hand is forced (for many of us).

My brother and I were running errands for my parents and walking outselves to school from at least 8 and 6 years of age, if not earlier.

This route was where we walked to school before we moved to another school and took the bus...

And this route is where we walked to our local corner shops or shopping centre to run errands.

Both those distance are longer than where Erik and Luey walked to this morning.

We always hear how dangerous it is for kids out in society without adult protection but recent research suggests that crime rates these days are lower than they were when we were children. So, lately I've been concerned abou…

Up, up and away...

Been meaning to blog about this for a while but it's so hard to get a good photo - especially when I only ever seem to try on my phone, LOL...

Ari decided to start walking a few days before Christmas. At first it was just a few steps between bits of furniture but over the past two weeks his confidence has built and in the past 4-5 days he's just taken off, mastering cornering and carrying stuff while walking, and even attempting (unsuccessfully) to run.

Because he's a bit of a shorty (74cm, the height of your average 10 month old) and doesn't have much hair to speak of, it's kind of funny to see this little "baby" traipsing around the house.

Now, of course, he believes he should have the right to just follow his brothers about anywhere they go! In theory, if we had a nice level patio leading out from the back door, that would be great, but out exits to this house are all about steps and lead to bumping, uneven surfaces. He had his first go at navigating t…

Things to do, thngs to do!

First of all, Happy New Year!

And what a year it promises to be. The first thing that struck me yesterday was that it's only a month now, and our world with go completely loopy with schedules. So very, very different from when I started this blog just about 4 years ago. Back then I had three kids and no schedules. No school, no kinder, no uni course. Dave was working but was about to be made redundant and it would be 5 months before he found more work. I was able to glean stress from the schedule free existence nonetheless, and some would say BECAUSE of the schedule free existence. Truth be told I like to be busy, not crazy don't-know-what-I'm-doing busy, but I like to have things to do, stuff to move onto and on from.

And so we have finally landed in 2010 and what's a busy woman to do but write lists, really?

I like a good list. In the past I've written lists for lists sake, but I can't really afford to do that any more... So here are my first lists for …