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October 26th, 2011 at 03:50 am

Ahh, it has been a little while. Update time.

I have had my head in the sand re: our finances lately. I do not have the motivation to track our daily expenditure again. I have not done this in over a year now. Funny thing it though, we are SO much better now, than we were then. Hardly any needless spending during the week ('Oh, I'm thirsty, I'll buy a drink...') and we do not buy a lot of things these days, generally.
Perhaps I should? It might be good to see. Maybe even give myself a little surprise...?

AGAIN still no luck on the job front, however I received an email stating I am on the shortlist for a job at a local supermarket. Not exactly a career opportunity, but with studying, it is actually something I want: a no-think type of job. My main aim is to secure as many hours as I had at the bakery (30 p/w) and then RESIGN from the bakery.

It is sad, but I have been daydreaming about it. Yes! Actually imagining it in my mind, (embarrasingly, I do this a couple times a day) the day that I resign...

I am pretty sure, that is an absolute sign that I should be leaving. Big Grin

Just had my older sister stay a night and two days with me. I have not seen her for over two years as she has been living in the UK. She is quite depressed as she has left 'the love of her life' over there and can't find a single way to get back there. (He will not get married - nor will he visit her in Australia). I didn't want to say anything, as the memory and pain is still fresh, having only been back for two weeks, but he sounds like he is not worth it... He wants to work and live in the same place he has grown up in. His plans next year are to climb some big trees in california with his friends (redferns? or something?) and he wants to keep doing what he is doing (he is a tree surgeon). I feel bad for my sister, she is so upset at having to leave him, but at the same time I hope she will realise that if he is not willing to even change a tiny bit of his life for her, then maybe he does not love her as much as she loves him. Or, is just being selfish.
But, that's just me. I would put love over pretty much anything. Life does not always work out how you expect it to.

So, that's kind of sad Frown

My younger sister has taken it upon herself to move out of home (she is 16 but thinks she knows everything there is to know). I visited her yesterday, with my other sister and younger brother. The place she is living is TERRIBLE. She does not even have any sheets on her bed! (My mum said she tried to give her some and she said she had some - obviously too proud at the moment) She shares a room with a guy she goes to school with (they are just friends) and they pay $190 a week for a little room, use of a washing machine, bathroom and kitchenette. It is just horrible. There isn't even a light in the kitchenette.

I am not overly thrilled at having her living with us again (she is a messy hormonal teenager, what can I say? added onto the fact that we hope to have a baby next year...) BUT, I can't stand to have her live in such a place. I sent her a text message and said that if she wants to leave there for ANY reason, she ALWAYS has a place here, and if she decided she wanted to be here long term she could always rent, for less than what she's paying there. UGH.

I give it another month. She has been there two weeks. I think she needs some time, and then she will realise it is not something she wants to do. Once the novelty of having no one telling you what to do wears off, she will realise it's really not all that great.

My friend has asked me to help her make wedding cake toppers (the edible kind made out of modelling icing). It seems like a good opportunity. I feel bad though because this friend always leaps into everything head first, and I cannot afford to shell out money for something I'm not really sure about. She has not asked me for any money though, and has bought everything herself. She wants me to decide if I want an hourly rate or a piece rate, and how much I want. Sigh. Is this really something I should be deciding? She seems to think it's 'our' business and she keeps talking about 'splitting everything down the middle'. It is so confusing. I don't actually know what I'm doing! And she has a tendancy to do things the hard way (ie handcutting something out instead of using an icing cutter). Anyway. We'll see how it goes. I just don't know if this is something serious, or if she's just asking me to do it for her so she can give me some money and not feel guilty about what happened at our work. (She was the friend who was employed full-time when I lost half of my hours at work).
We will see. She apparently has a lot of orders. But she is terrible at the business side of things, and doesn't want to learn anything either. She is the type to say 'I don't know anything about business' and then when you try to tell her she will just not listen. You can see that in her head she is telling herself she doesn't know, so she should not even try. It is extremely frustrating.

In other news, my dogs killed a goanna the other day. It was the day my sister came over to stay. I did not have time to remove it from their kennel before I had to get her from the rtain station (they like to find dead things and put them in their kennel - weird, weird dogs) so when we got home she goes 'WHAT is THAT!?' with a horrified expression on her face.
Naughty, naughty, naughty boys.
A possum and also a bird have, at different times, crawled into our yard after being attacked by a neighbours cat and passed away. With the possum, they sat next to it until I came home and then whined until I went downstairs to investigate. With the bird, well, Jed decided it was his new best friend and took it into his kennel, and rested his head next to it on his blanket. Would have been cute if it wasn't a dead thing...
Not sure about the goanna though. Perhaps it attacked them, or perhaps they were being territorial. They are Jack Russells; it is their instinct. Either way, I feel really sad for the goanna, they really are beautiful to look at. (If you don't know what it is you should google it, they're amazing creatures).

Healthwise, I have to get an iron test today or tomorrow. Fingers crossed my levels are up!
I have not lost any weight that I wanted to, and in fact have put more weight on. I feel fat and bloated, and my clothes are tight. DH makes it harder because he is going through a junk food & chocolate phase. Keeps bringing home copious amounts of chocolate that he finds on sale. ARGH. It is infuriating. (I am the type that will not eat it if it is not there... but if it IS there, well, that's another story altogether...)

Well, I should get going. I have an accountants appointment then time to study for my data analysis exam next week! EEEEK.

8 Responses to “updates.”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    Redwoods in Cali. Big Grin
    Your poor sisters! They're lucky to have your support and to talk to.

    Yup, JRT like to catch and kill things because that's the "job" they were bred for (a long time ago.)

    Had no idea what a Goanna was - cool!
    Good luck with the job stuff, school stuff and health stuff. Smile

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Phew, a lot going on! I so relate to not being able to resist junk food once it finds its way into my home. At least your Christmas etc. holiday season is warm weather, right? All the late-year holidays combined with cold weather here in the U.S. just make me want to eat, eat, eat bad-for-me comfort foods. Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Xmas, then New Year ... I'm definitely in my "danger zone" right now.

  3. baselle Says:

    Good luck with your sisters - I think they both were overrun with the "wouldn't it be nice if..." and the "if" turned out not to be nice at all.

    My DH does the same thing - brings food that won't help his weight situation any. Tree nuts like raw almonds or very lightly salted macadamia nuts(roasted and salted don't work as well) are really rescuing me from the junk food. And its really strange - nuts are high in fat, yet I eat a small handful of them when needed and lose a bit or maintain.

  4. dmontngrey Says:

    I knew what a goanna was! I love lizards. Big Grin Can't imagine finding one that my dogs had killed though.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Whitestripe--I hate having junk food in the house. If it is not here I definitely won't eat it, but if it is, I almost get the mindset of "If I eat it all, it'll be gone and won't be in the house so I won't be tempted to eat it anymore," which is even worse than indulging a little. Ugh.

    Baselle--Cashews or walnuts work well for me in controlling that sort of thing. I think it's because nuts have protein, carb, and fat in them in a decent balance so it works well to keep the sugar cravings at bay.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I had never heard of a goanna before!

  7. whitestripe Says:

    it is the beginning of summer here now, so strawberries, mangoes, pears, peaches, bananas are all in season. I have been having fruit salad for dessert lately and it is working! Big Grin

  8. Jerry Says:

    I also had to google "goanna" Smile. Sorry to hear about your sisters' troubles. It does not sound like that guy in the UK is worth a lot of time or worry, not that this will lead to any less heartache for your sister, of course. And the younger one, well, there is never any insurance that a 16-year-old will make wise decisions, but good on you for being there in case she needs you. (Which, let's face it, she probably will!) Good luck with everything!

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