Wednesday, November 30, 2011

30/november - and run (30 days of thankful, day 02)

Today Bren and I went to Ipswich on the train. What I think is ironic is that just inside the train station, there are vending machines everywhere. It's hard not to buy a drink or a snack from there. Then as soon as you get on the train, there are signs every where - "no food or drink to be consumed on train". I could see 4 of these signs from where I was sitting, without even trying. Sneaky, yes.
Also today on my adventure, while Bren and I were running late for the train, I saw a claw machine - one of the giant ones. I couldn't resist, even if it meant missing the train. I am not in any way trying to promote these awful things, seeing how much money I spend on them, but today I won! For the first time in my life, all those failures paid off.
I think I will name him Humphrey. 

Thirty Days of thankful Day 02 - I am thankful for my home.
Tonight on Today Tonight or A Current Affair, whichever show it was (I always get mixed up, they talk about the same things more or less) they reported about families who have no where to live throughout the holidays. This is a festive season, and these poor people are homeless. Obviously it does not just occur at this time, and it is always serious - but I think it would be amazing for them to be able to wake up on Christmas morning, not in the back of a car or in a rubbish house not suitable for animals, much less humans - a real home.
I don't live in a mansion, very far from - but it is a roof over my head, there is no denying it. There's nothing wrong with it, and it is terrible that some people can't afford a sheltered place to stay. My heart goes out to these people and I wish them the very best. A home is a home, there is not one person who does not deserve even that.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

29/november - the story of your life (30 days of thankful, day 01)

I really hate being home alone. When I hear one little noise I freeze and strain my ears to the max to either figure out what it was or wait for the signal to climb into my closet if it sounds like footsteps.
Tonight I started noticing little noises while home alone - little sounds that help make up the night. The filter in the fish tank, silly birds outside that don't understand what sleep is, cars at the bottom of the hill that I live in. Even my dog contributes by growling at passer-bys.

I was meant to start my 30 days of thankful last night but I stayed at friends house.
So today will be the beginning, let's hope I don't miss days due to laziness.
Day 01 - I am thankful for my mother.
She is such a brilliant person - she cooks me food when I work overtime at work, she knows how to text, she likes fish because they don't make much noise. She's pretty cool. I know some people are unfortunate enough to have lost their mothers and I admire those people, really - I don't know how I would react if anything happened to my mum. She has to wake up at 5am most mornings to go to work to have money in the house. Which is crazy, and unthinkable, but she does it. She doesn't quite understand Facebook, which in ways I probably appreciate, and she can put up with my father, so kudos to her. Today she praised me for hanging the washing out the 'right' way. I love my mum.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

27/november - and the hero will drown

Dad decided to come in before with a party popper and pop it in my room. Normally I would get grumpy but I am too tired to even function properly.
Today on a road trip with my boyfriend and his lovely parents, we played I Spy while waiting in roadworks. I haven't played I Spy for years so it was... Different. I remember when I was much younger, instead of saying "I spy with my little eye something beginning with (letter)" I would say a colour, because I hadn't learnt letters. I'm surprised I even remember that. That was back in the days where I would play the game that goes "What's the time Mr. Wolf?" and Red Rover. I miss little kid games, I don't even know what kinds of games little kids play these days.

My birthday was seventeen days ago. It's sort of tradition in my family on someone's birthday that we buy a Freddo Frog ice cream cake instead of a real cake. Generally the cake is eaten by the next day. Seventeen days later, I just finished the last piece. Since my sister moved out and my brother may as well have, things are different. Food just lasts longer.

One last thing before I pass out from sleep deprivation. The song "When We Stand Together" has the lyrics 'when we could feed a starving world with what we throw away'. This line really got me thinking. I have it so easy here in Australia. There's a roof over my head, I have a bed to sleep in at night - that's already more than what a lot of other people have. I have food always at the ready and my clothes are cleaned for me. My life is handed to me on a silver platter. I complain about stupid things when really, I have no right to complain about anything. I have a lot to be thankful for.
Tomorrow I will start something that I saw on another blog that I follow, called "30 days of thankful", over a month listing the things that I am thankful for in my life.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

26/november - ain't no rest for the wicked

For a long time there was a promotion for Mars/Snickers where you could win a free chocolate if you opened your wrapper and it said winner. I lost track of how many of these that I bought that lost. I was devastated and determined to win. I would have bought at least 15 or so before I won, and by the end of it I was so sick of them that I gave them away if they lost. So always. When I finally won a bar, I stopped buying them. The promotion ended about a month or two ago. Imagine how I felt when yesterday I got a chocolate bar out of a vending machine and it was a winner. An expired winner.

Fish sleep, apparently. Which I suppose is fair, I want my sleep my fish should want their sleep too. But it scares me when I look over and my fish is not moving at all. So I go over and talk to him until he wakes up. Which is probably very rude, but he'll get over it. He's a fish after all. I have two fish. Quibble and Tibbler. Try saying that ten times fast.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

24/november - the (after) life of the party

Yesterday electricians came around and installed ceiling fans in my house. It wasn't until this morning that I realised that they had also installed a double power point socket in the bathroom, meaning I can have my hair dryer and straightener plugged in at the same time. Words do not express the excitement.

On my birthday, Bren bought me Sea Monkeys. Seeing as I was deprived as a child, I have never owned Sea Monkeys. They are amazing. Think of the most brilliant thing ever, and they're nearly as brilliant as that. I've had them for nearly two weeks now, and some of them are getting so big! I'm just scared of killing them.

Do gummy bears go bad? I bought a container of lollies from Seaworld and decided instead of powering through them I would make them last, but about a week after having them I tried a gummy bear and it tasted awful. The container is air tight, and I wasn't even aware gummy bears could go off. Maybe I'm just imagining things.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

9/november - about a burning fire

The other night I couldn't fit the tomato sauce back in the fridge, so I decided to look through for out of date food to throw out. I cleared out an entire shelf of out of date mustard, olives and pickles, mayonnaise and more. Some were from 2008. I am the first person in three years to clean out our fridge.
I then went through the pantry and up until then I did not realise that noodles can even go out of date. Then I found the secret stash of noodles I had kept in my room for if we ever ran out and even though they were only a few months out of date, they tasted horrible. I had to throw out my beloved beef noodles.

A few years ago on my birthday, I got a lava lamp. But it's not like most lava lamps, filled with 'lava', it's full of glitter. Pink glitter. It's a lame version of a lava lamp, just like Edward Cullen is a lame version of a vampire.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

5/november - masterpiece theatre III

Whenever a smoking ad comes on, my Mum (who has smoked all of my life) mutes the TV. I really hate that. Because obviously the ads get to her, which is why she mutes/changes the channel, but it's the fact that she still won't quit. I understand it's difficult to quit. But so worth it.

This morning Mum told me that when I was little, there were no strangers - just friends I hadn't met yet. I would talk to absolutely every body. Not even close to shy.
One day, while we were selling raffle tickets outside of Crazy Clark's, it was my birthday. I was telling anyone who went past that it was my birthday, and one woman liked me so much that she actually went into Crazy Clark's and bought me presents. Just little things, but I had never met her before and she spent money on me. Shows how great of a kid I was.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

3/november - come what may

Something I hate very much is stupid, overly dramatic reality TV shows, where it is so obviously scripted. There is one on right now and even though I have absolutely no idea what is happening, the entire way through is tense, dramatic music. No matter what the scene.
One of my biggest guilty pleasures is the show Pretty Little Liars. Not a reality show, but a teenage drama. It has an okay storyline, pretty dodgy acting and a really boring sound guy who plays the same songs over and over, I swear. Absolutely every minute is tense music, or silence. Even if nothing exciting is happening.

I love sweat pants. They are the most comfortable pants in the world, and if they were less tacky in public I would wear them all the time. Even through summer.
Maybe. Queensland summer plus sweat pants could probably lead to heat stroke and a lot of other problems. This is the time of year where I want to move to Antarctica.

Apparently there are deserts in Antarctica and in The Arctic. Ice deserts. I was never even aware these existed until recently in science.
"Antarctica is a continent of ice. To the south of this dry continent is the Antarctic Desert. The Antarctic Desert is a desert because there has been no rainfall or snow there for over 100 years, this makes the Antarctic Desert the driest desert in the world."
Who would have guessed? Apparently, not me.

My Mum is lazy and had cup noodles for dinner. She did it wrong! She's eating them out of a bowl, not the cup, and she said she hates the noodle forks and she's eating it with a metal fork. We are unrelated, probably.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2/november - holdin' it down for the underground

This morning I was watching Bear in the Big Blue House, one of my favourite shows when I was little. For a start, that bear is absolutely adorable! Secondly, the songs are still pretty cool, and I'm too old for little kid shows. It's actually really embarrassing watching children shows now days because they are ridiculous. This is one my best friend absolutely hates, having two younger siblings - Five Minutes More. I agree. It's pretty horrible. When I have kids they will watch Bear in the Big Blue House. 

Tonight at work (I make pizzas, and I get paid to do it, how cool is that?) I had my first angry customer (I haven't worked there very long). He was angry because our receipt printer wasn't working and his business wanted it for tax reasons or something. He looked down on me and spoke very rudely to me to the point where I got my manager. Apparently, so I found out later, he was not rude to my manager at all. How awesome are people? 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

1/november - the fourth drink instinct

Today at the local $2 shop, I found 'Instant Mash' - packaged mash potatoes. This is what Wiki says:
Instant mashed potatoes are potatoes that have been through an industrial process of cooking, mashing and dehydrating to yield a packaged convenience food that can be reconstituted in the home in seconds by adding hot water or milk, producing a close approximation of mashed potatoes with very little expenditure of time and effort.

Is it just me who finds this rather disturbing? Are people really so lazy that they can't make their mashed potatoes? I actually can't think how someone could find 'Instant Mash' appetising. It's just wrong. Mash your own potatoes, people.

What really annoys me is the ratio of skinny shapes to fat shapes in one's average box of Shapes. When I take a handful, I want to be able to create a Shape's train and I just cannot do that when I have 50 skinny shapes and 2 fat shapes. I shouldn't eat Shapes before dinner.