Monday, 31 December 2007

Simple'ology Course on Blogging

I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

My Wine Style – yummmmmm!

Kick-off some conversation. Fire-up your senses. Your personality matches the most sophisticated and idolised wine-style: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Connoisseurs love your subtly and complexity. But most of all they love your originality. You have a capacity for structure, depth and clarity that allows fresh and unique characteristics to burst forth.

Your Strong Points:

  1. Your chutzpah
  2. Spontaneity and naturalness
  3. Staying power

Careful you don't:

  1. Lose your cool
  2. Under-value friendships
  3. Get possessive

What my business is all about and what I do!

What is a Virtual Assistant (VA)? "A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a business owner who works from their own office providing professional support, services and skills to their clients via phone, fax and internet based technology.
Partnering with a VA reduces stress, protects cash flow, eliminates administrative hassles, and enables business people to find the success they originally set out to achieve.
A VA is your right hand person helping you to succeed in your business. The irony is you may never meet your VA as odds are they live nowhere near you!"
Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA) Virtual Assistant DefinitionThe Largest Global Meeting Place Online for Aspiring and Successful Virtual Assistants

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Christmas and 2008 around the corner!

Beautiful Curvaceous Bali Dancer
Who can believe it? Where has the year gone?
I can't believe how fast this year has gone, and that here we are around the corner from 2008. There I am today wandering around our local Westfield Shopping Centre - Marion, - (believed to be the largest shopping complex in Adelaide according to Wikipedia) watching, looking at all the Christmas decorations, the children sitting on Santa's knee, the older kids hoping for the latest technology in their life, and just amazed at how fast this year has flown!!
I can't believe that this time last year we were planning our trip to Bali. We were planning to stay at The Bounty Hotel and at The Kumala Pantai - the best fun I have ever had with my dearest friend, from Perth. And here we are a year on, planning to put up the Christmas Decorations and do the Christmas thing!! So is it just me, or is it the same for everyone? Does it seem that as we get older that life flows faster? Why is that? What changes about the world - is it the axis changing - is it the clock moving faster, or is it just plain us not wanting to admit we are in fact just running so we can keep up with the Jones', to meet society and its expectations of us?
Anyone wanting to comment please do so? I will be back to finish this deep and meaningful - just gotta go fall into bed! Night everyone.

New Garden, New Business happening Yay!

This is going to be a quickie!!! Wow the thoughts that statement conjures up!!
Just wanted to quickly pop in and update all news on the Western Front - HOME that is!! But it is 0230 and I am exhausted and want to pop off to bed.

However for my dear friend in the US - you know who you are - I just wanted to post some piccies of my progressive front garden I have put in in last few weeks!

Along with that I have been busy getting together final costs and answering a few of my own questions about my new business "The Office Realm Beyond"- my work as a Virtual Assistant.

So to my dear friend in the US here are my piccies of my garden, and I will come back later today and get more done!

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Exciting developments

Well I have had a terrific week, developing my new business plan and what I am going to be doing from home. I am so excited, and at the same time incredibly busy!
My daughter and I moved into a new place just a little over 2 months ago, it is a small 3 bedroom homette within walking distance from the coastline. At night I can watch the sun go down from my kitchen window.
When I first saw the place I just knew that this was a place that I could be happy in. It isn't huge but it meets all the things I need in a home. Our last place was only 2 bedrooms, with a bathroom that would be mistaken for thinking that it was only an ensuite bathroom, with just a shower and the loo. This gorgeous little place has a separate bathroom with a gorgeous bath, AND a shower, as well as that we now have a separate toilet!!! Who would think that someone could get excited over a separate toilet!!! BUT you see my daughter has a boyfriend now, and it was getting hard if I was in the shower and he wanted to go to the loo, or vice versa.
So I am going to try and post some photos on my blog of the before and after of my kitchen!! It is going to be a work in progress for awhile, which along with that I am still unpacking- I am being very ruthless - Garage sale is planned for next week or two - boy don't we hoardI I could change my name to Bower bird - you wouldn't be wrong!!
Well better go back to my work, hopefully I will figure out how to include the pictures and you will get to see the advancement of my little place.
Along with all of this I am trying to do my taxes - don't you just love doing that stuff!!! And tonight we put our clocks forward an hour - lose an hour's sleep all in the name of daylight saving - so don't forget people.
Bye for now

Friday, 26 October 2007

All In The Name of Beauty!!!

Tonight I have sat down to do some work - something I really should be doing!!! But figured I could spend some time just relaxing before I got into it!!

So, me thinks I will go do some research on waxing - self done at home how-to!! You know - surely I can do this myself, after all why pay someone to see my "bits" when it would be far less undignifying to do it myself!! So my research leads me to this fun website, well at least I thought it was purely going to provide me with some information to help - after all summer is coming and I so want to be respectable for it!!

Well, read below and then see how you feel about home waxing: it certainly had me rolling on the floor and conjured some big pictures!!! THIS IS NOT MY WORK - This is posted on the following website,

A Tragedy of Wax

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours: "Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet."

So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom. It was one of those "cold wax" kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off. No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!!)

So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them t together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. ("Cold wax," yeah...right)!

I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull. It works! OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet.

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my vagina and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (Yes, it was a long strip)

I inhale deeply and brace myself....RRRRIIIPPP!!!!

I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!! Vision returning , I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip.

CRAP!!! Another deep breath and RRIIPP!! Everything is swirly and spotted. I think I may pass out...must stay conscious...Do I hear crashing drums??? Breathe, breathe...OK, back to normal.

I want to see my trophy -- a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip!

There's no hair on it. Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX???
Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip. I touch. I am touching wax.CRAP!
I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped up on the toilet? I know I need to do some thing. So I put my foot down.DAMN!!!!!!!!

I hear the slamming of a cell door. Vagina? Sealed shut!.... Butt?? ...Sealed shut!I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself "Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!" What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right??? *WRONG!!!!!!!*

I get in the tub -- the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the scalding hot water. Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax.

So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cement-epoxied myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!! I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has somesecret of how to get me undone.
It's a very good conversation starter - - - -

"So, my butt and who-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!"There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, "

Are we talking cheeks or hole or who-ha?"She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box. YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.

While we go through various solutions. I resort to scraping the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better then to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!

By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.
My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!!

The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, but I really don't care."IT WORKS!! It works!!"

I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair....THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. No thing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point.
Next week I'm going to try hair color......Anonymous: Forwarded by email
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Saturday, 23 June 2007


Hi there everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know that I have found a wonderful online travel blog. You can add and save to it whilst you are travelling, and then print it out when you get home!!! Certainly saves work when you scrapbook!!
So here is the link to my new travel blog: At the moment it has a couple of photos and not much else.
I am going to gradually add to it with all of my trips over the past few years, as well as piccies. So if you get a chance and either travel, or are interested, have a look and set one up for yourself.

See Ya

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Heading off to Bali, January 2007

Can you tell how excited I am? I am seeing a friend I haven't seen for two years, kept in touch via phone since we last met in Bali 2 years ago!! This time we are all travelling together, so this is to be a holiday I WILL REMEMBER!!!

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