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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:18 PM
Sharna - hope Aidan is better soon, sounds terrible
You girls were so chatty yesterday and I was so busy, busy again today too so no time for a long reply.
Posted 13 March 2011 - 02:10 AM
Natty - thank you SOOOOO much for the soaps!!! Got them in the mail yesterday like you predicted. Just had to open the box straight away when I got home from town (even though I should have been putting away shopping first) I got such a high from getting it and felt really special and pampered, thank you! They are so lovely, especially the Honey one with bee hive inprint on it, love it!!! Also using the Salt Spa bar with eucalypt and tea tree, it's great! They smell so delicious, and knowing that they're all natural and hand made, wow, must be a bit of work for you, Nat, well done and what a great idea! What made you think to get into making soaps?
I have a heap of stuff to organise for Tyler's 5th birthday party coming up so might not be in here for a bit.
Take care girls, hi to EVERYONE and hope your weekend is going nicely for you!
Posted 13 March 2011 - 03:52 PM
Boring old weekend here.
Just been chilaxing. Sick of not being able to lift anything or go anywhere too far.
Made the girls some kites and they're outside playing with them now. Funny how something that looks pretty dumb to an adult thrills a child. LOL.
Did a hot lunch for the girls with a peach cobbler so going to do an easy tea.
Missing Paul, by time he comes home he will of done a 20day hitch. Too long, though when he's home I can't wait for him to go back...rofl!! Men, can't live with them, can't live without them.
Annika - I hope Tylers party goes well for you. Childrens parties are hard work but so much fun on the day. Glad you liked your box. I'm getting better at making the soap but its taken some time. I hope over the next few months I can get some good saleable soap going. I have always loved handmade soap and am a Lush Soap addict from way back. It was Mands, from the group here, that inspired me to be brave enough to give it ago whe she made a batch of goatsmilk soap ages ago. Its easy to make soap but quiet hard to make soap that looks good enough to sell and is safe enough.
Hope everyone is relaxing over the weekend. I miss our groupie chat. I know everyone is busy with committments but I still miss everyone especially at the mo when I can't do much.
Take care my lovlies.
Posted 13 March 2011 - 10:04 PM
Sorry been up in Noosa for the weekend. We scattered my Grandma's ashes today out in the river so had a quite emotional day.
Will try and come in tomorrow and write more.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:43 AM
Nat - I will reply to you about your beautiful soaps when I get a chance.
Bec - I hope saying goodbye to your Nana in such a way brings you some peace. My Aunt took my Nana's ashes to Vic with her and is going to scatter them down there.
Hi to everyone else.
Aidan has been really unwell this weekend. Congested, wheezy, high temps and cutting his two top teeth at the same time. Has made for a very very tired house and mummy. He is on ventolin every 3-4 hours. Poor little man. I am taking him to our GP today for a follow-up. We spent 5 hours in Logan Hospy ED on Saturday morning as he was in respiratory distress. They all think it is moderate croup bordering on bronchiolitis. He is a bit better this morning but still needs the ventolin.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 12:49 PM
Sharna - how is Aidan doing now? Any better? Yeah it was a nice thing for us all to do as a family and we scattered the ashes of Grandma's 2 dogs in the same place so they are now all together. We had a drink and all said our last goodbye. Hannah still has no teeth and no signs of teeth on the way! Ethan had 10 at her age!
Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:17 AM
Bec - what a hard day for you with your grans ashes. Are you applying for your job?
Sharna - hows Aidan doing?? Croup is a shocker. Josh suffered badly with it as a toddler. Ending up in the ER on several occassions too. We used to keep redipred in the fridge all year round especially once we moved to qld and being so much further from a hospital. Ihope he improves for you. Have you tried having the vapouriser on with just steam whilst he sleeps. I found this a big help with josh. Though being a nurse I'm pretty certain you have everything covered..lol.
Hi to all our other mummies and bubbas.
Mands - how did u get on with your aircon?????
Me - Hmm.... The gyny nurse has put me on bed rest again due to ...TMI swelling up there. I've clearly been over doing it and got a big lecture down the phone. Its hard when u feel good mentally and physically but you have to lay down and rest. Sending me brain dead.
Hope everyone enjoys there day.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 10:54 AM
Nat - thanks for the kind words. Aidan is a little better today. GP couldnt hear the wheeze yesterday but he still has a really chunky cough. His sleep is shot to sh*te also. Oh well, on the mend slowly it seems. After my gynae proc I found I was over doing it also. Add to that chasing after a toddler and being 32 weeks pg... eeoouucchh! Gravity is a killer.. haha. Lying down will help the healing also. Just do as you are told!
Bec - what is happening with the job?
Mel - how goes uni life? I am secretly a little jealous of you. I LOVED uni. I meant to comment earlier about your contact hours/study hours. I had 36 contact hours in my first year of nursing but didn't need to put in 36 hours of home study. You will find a good balance between the subjects you need to spend more time on those that you are able to keep on top of with just a bit of review. Remember that tutes and practical classes are reinforcing what you learn in the lectures and you dont always need to spend alot of time reviewing your lectures. You are a terribly smart woman and I really think you will find nursing an easy degree. If you need any help.. please ask. Haha. I am not tooting my own horn but I did, erm, extremely well at uni (nerd alert!) and can help with proofing essays or exam prep or clinical prac.
Mands - how are things honey? How's that lovely bump of yours?
Catch-up? When is good for everyone. It may have to be on a weekend as Bec and i work opposite days during the week.
Gotta go do some housework while little man is asleep.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 11:17 AM
Sharna- I'm glad to hear that Aidan is getting better. I remember the first time I ever heard the croup noise, it was my eldest and so scary.
Mands- Has the house situation been resolved?
Mel- I agree with Sharna that u will find nursing easy. It wasn't difficult at all when I was doing it. The only thing that people (who actually tried) ever failed was human biol. We did human biol classes with everyone who was doing a health science degree.
Just found out yesterday that our uncle only has 6 weeks left. He got a skin cancer cut off his neck 2 years ago and apparently he has been sick ever since but his wife only found out last week. He is a doctor so was able to prescribe pain killers for himself and nobody new anything about it, not even his wife.
Edited by Fabulous, 15 March 2011 - 11:29 AM.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 11:58 AM
Ros - that is sad news about your Uncle. Are you close to him and his family? Some people feel they are doing the best by their family by hiding it all from them. Thinking of you all at this time.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 12:47 PM
Ros - thinking of you and your family. I agree with what Sharna said about some people keeping things to themselves to save putting others through it.
Sharna - thats good that Aidan is on the mend, hope his sleeping improves aswell. How old is he now? Solids etc etc???
Nat - hope you can try and rest some more to give you time to heal. I know that sometimes I get a bit of a weird feeling down there and I think that is still the 3rd degree tear causing issues.
Job - I am going to apply but still working on my resume, going to a friends tonight to get some help with it.
I am thinking of moving the kids to a different daycare as I keep having minor issues and not happy with it! Yesterday when I picked them up Ethan was in wet shorts/undies and I took him to the toilet to change him and he sat on the loo and did a huge wee so not sure how long he was in wet clothes. Also they wrote on his daily page that he ate all his morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea but came home with an apple, grapes, museli bar and 3/4 of his sandwhich!
Posted 15 March 2011 - 01:11 PM
Ros I am sorry to hear about your uncle. What a shock.
They have fixed it to our satisfaction by moving a couple of ducts to different locations and are putting in extra shelving FOC.
Bec Our kindy does that with the boys food sometimes. What other care options do you have near you? Did you end up applying for that job?
Sharna Hope Aiden recovers quickly. My bump is growing well. He is LOA head down unengaged but has a nice strong heart beat as is pretty well behaved in there. He doesn't like it if I sit forwards as I squash his feet and he kicks up at me.
Nat You will just have to rest. In a month when you are going like a mad person again you will want to rest
Annika Enjoy Tylers party. I am trying to organise Will's 4th birthday party. I have to do all gluten free plus his good buddy can't eat eggs or tree nuts, so trying to do a gluten free, egg free nut free party . And it has to be lightening McQueen
AFM Had gastro on the weekend and slept 5 hours during the day and well at night . I got cramping whihc then started my uterus off so quite uncomfortable on top of the nausea. All good now.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 03:18 PM
Ros, that is awful news. Just awful. Is it your mum or dad's brother? I'm sure Doctors are terrible about looking after their own health. Here they are saving lives (potentially) of others and they ignore their own warning signs. I hope that, like some, he outlives the prognosis for longer than expected. Are you taking it ok???
Thank you for the vote of confidence on my studies We do Bioscience with everyone else doing a Health Science degree also. It is difficult, but I enjoy it, so I think I will do ok. Some of the other subjects though.......!
Bec - I don't really know if Tom eats his food at kindy or not.... That's pretty bad I guess... They've never told me that he doesn't eat, so I guess I assume that he does. They don't have a "daily book" as such. He has a portfolio, but that is mainly for photo's and write up's of what he's been up to.
Sharna - I remember a few nights where is was "that close" to taking Tom down to the ED in the wee hours of the night. As you know, we keep redipred in the cupboard here too. And I'm not afraid to use it. Although I read somewhere that it shouldn't be used more than 3 times a year? Does that sound right? Not that we have had to use it all that often here. I hope you are all feeling (and sleeping) better soon. There is nothing worse than a sick household
Thanks for the offer of assistance with my study. I think I will be ok - I do need to do a bit more study though. I'm actually ok with the BioScience. It will be difficult, but I enjoy it so am happy to study it. We have one subject this sememster called "Diversity & Health - a Multicultural perspective". That is the one I will struggle with. The first Assessment is a reflective journal. I'm just not very good at "self-reflection" and underlying deep, meaninful reasons for why I am the way I am. It will be a tough one I think!
Mands - I had gastro last week too. Awful. It was the second time in a month. I actually went and got a "sample" taken as I wondered if it could be something more (giardia etc) with having it twice. I get results tomorrow. It was nasty though. Lasted about 4 days and the bloating and nausea were horrible.
I remember being in Thailand when I was about 29 weeks pregnant and having "the runs". Not due to food poisoning or anything, just the change in water and food etc - it always happens to me (I have a sensitive digestive system!). But I remember getting really intense braxton hicks and worrying about the nausea/runs having an effect on bubs. In the end, all was well.
Nat - it's so easy to over-do things when you think you are fighting fit and rearing to go. I think us women are bred like that! LOL. Try and take it easy though. It will be a faster process in the long run if you do.
Ok, better go and pick up Tom from kindy. Chat later ladies.
PS: Hi Nat!
Posted 15 March 2011 - 03:25 PM
Just reading will come back in later for personals.
My GF is coming over to help me with my boredom issues.
I've gone brain dead.
So sorry to hear of your uncle Ros. Not good news.
Posted 17 March 2011 - 06:19 AM
Hi everyone - I am up early and the kids are still asleep so might have a decent amount of time to write
Mel - Yeah I remember doing some of those 'personal' type subjects at uni and they were my least favourite! I might be able to help with the science type stuff ( not that you will need help as your a smart cookie! ). Ethan has the same portfolio thing at daycare too but we get given it at the end of the year.
Mands - how are you going? Cannot believe it is so close to the end of your pregnancy, it goes so fast!
Sharna - how is Aidan? Getting better I hope.
Nat - have you been resting?
Ros - how are going with the news of your Uncle? How is the family taking it?
Annika, Amanda and anyone else I missed - Hi.
Daycare Issues - I am going to see how they go on Monday and go from there. I can try other daycares around if I need to. I would also like one that supplies food as it takes me ages to get them packed/organised on a Sunday night.
AFM - well I sent off the application for the job last night so now just to wait and see! I have not done an interview in over 6 years so will be so nervous if I get one.
Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:51 PM
Child free day here, not that I got to enjoy it. Car broke down at the traffic lights but luckily I was able to coast along a couple of hundred metres where I found a safe spot to pull off the road. It was only 1km from home so I walked home with Jack and am waiting for them to call back with a tow.
I'm not close to our uncle but it's still sad. He is a heart specialist and did practice what he preached, he jogged all of the time and had a low fat diet. The skin cancer was behind his neck so I guess he couldn't see it. He was early 60's but liked his job so has been working pretty much full-time which I imagine kept his mind off the cancer. I can't imagine how his wife and kids are feeling.
Mands- glad the house has been sorted. That would have stressed me out.
Bec- good luck with the job. All of the daycares that I have visited provide food. I don't think I could bear to make another packed lunch. The worse thing I have had happened at daycare was with my eldest, I came to pick him up and he was playing with his hands in the toilet. We have the daily book where they detail all of the food eaten, nappy changes etc. At our current centre the carer gives us a daily verbal rundown as you pick up your child which involves food eaten and sleep hours. They didn't have any childcare rebates/fee assistance 13 years ago when L was going so I think we have it so much better these days.
Nat- I hope you are being a good girl and resting. I hope I don't need any surgery anytime soon because I don't know how I would manage it. At least now adays sick leave can be used for carers leave. I remember DH once getting hassled by some w*n*er boss when I was unexpectedly admitted to hospital and he had to take 1 day off work to care for our kids.
Mel- oh your poor thing getting gastro last week for 4 days. That sounds like a horror story. The only good thing about getting gastro is that it's normally gone within 24 hours.
Sharna- I hope Aidan is back to his happy self.
Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:05 PM
Bec - good for you going for that job. Even if u don't get an interview its good pratice to keep your CV up to date. Have u looked into any DC centres yet?? I don't know if I'd be happy if CR was wet when I picked her up...unless of course they were playing outside with wster or something.
Ros - Oh no!!! breaking down sux...big time!! Thank goodness my mum has stepped up to the challenge of helping me. I don't think I would of been able to have the surgery otherwise.
Sharna - Hows Aidan going?? & how r u going?? Is he sleeping a bit better for you. I hope so. I remember all too well what a sleepy mumma feels like. CR really has only just started sleeping properly even at age 2.
Mel- your scedule sounds grueling. Long term gain insight no doubt. Did u get your results from your test??
Hi Mands, Annika, Amanda if your reading and Dylmah.
Me - resting resting. Bored bored. Rather be bored though than have any more complications.
Paul just landed it that he won't be home till end of next week. I could barely speak to him. 22days in total. I think he might b avoiding coming home, well at least it feels like that. I told him I might think about getting a boyfriend to keep me company, I shouldn't have said it but geez!! Enough is enough!! He's only supposed to do 14days. There's always something with that man isn't there!! Anyway whining whining I suppose. I should be gratefull for such a hard worker but money doesn't always fill the void.
CR is at DC and Bell at school so a whole day of rest to myself. I snuck in a batch of soap...naughty I know. I took my time setting up etc and didn't lift or strain anything. It looks and smells devine. Cammomile with ground cammomile flowers in it...... my house smells goood!!! I'll kick myself if I have any swelling tonight.
Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:02 AM
Im here Nat.... Just busy trying to get this business ready for may... Catalogues. paperwork, banks etc etc I pop in during my work just to make sure I havent missed anything then get back to my work hehe naughty i know
Will try pop in tonight for a catch up
Posted 18 March 2011 - 05:05 PM
Bad news on the car front, $5400 for a new engine. We bought the car brand new 4.5 years ago.
Nat- I'm so happy to hear that your mum stepped up to the plate. 22 days is a long time to be away. Once upon a time DH used to work 9 days on 5 days off and I was soo missing him by the end of the 9 days. What does P do for a living?
Posted 18 March 2011 - 07:21 PM
Ros - oh no! That's a lot of money to spend on the car :-(
Nat - 22 days is so long for P to be away :-(
I got an interview :-) Monday at 12.30pm, will have to call in sick for work. I am so nervous already! I have not had one for 5-6 years. Any tips?
Posted 18 March 2011 - 07:40 PM
Just a really quick one from me as I am meant to be starting an essay that is due on Friday....
Bec - A lot of employers use behavioural type interviews these days. I used to help out at the Assessment Centres that Diageo did when recruiting staff, and we used that style. Basically, all you need to remember, is that when they ask you a question, try to demonstrate how you fullfil that criteria. Remember the STAR tool. S,T = Situation or task. A = Actions and R = results. So if, for example, they ask you how you manage conflict in the workplace, it is best to think of a time when you actually had to do that, explain the situation you were in, the actions you took, and the results you achieved. Try to think of things they may ask you that are relevant to the role and think of circumstances in your current role that you could use.
Best of luck!!! It's very exciting! What exactly is the role?
Ros - that's a real sh*tter... What sort of car was it?
Hi everyone else!
Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:19 PM
Thanks for that info Mel. I need to sit and think about it on the weekend and think of my possible answers. The job is part time Laboratory Technician at Cooroy Mountain Spring Water and they make Wimmers Soft Drink too. It is approx 20 hrs a week with flexible hours to suit school, so would be great in the coming years :-) I am trying not to think about it too much as do not want to get all excited for no reason, but if I get it there is so much to think about/organise and stuff :-(
Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:57 AM
Bec - how exciting! I am sure you will do fine, it is good to be a bit nervous it means you will have a bit of adrenaline surging around and will be focussed. Are you a good performer under pressure? I agree with Mel and being able to use examples from previous jobs/experience to explain how you would approach scenarios that they give you. My only other tip would be to read up about the company a little and perhaps understand their mission statement and be able to throw that in there. QI activity questions always get me so know I have a few standard answers that get me through. Good luck!! The flexibility sounds perfect for you.
Mel - what is your essay topic? Are you enjoying uni? Is the Tri this weekend?
Nat - how are you chicky? Resting? Without knowing Paul it is hard to comment on what his motivations for working so long is. If it were Dan and he was picking up extra shifts and doing overtime, I would probably say it would be a combination of earning the money to support the family, and also not having to be as responsible at home. That is my honest answer. Any new soaps lately. My bathroom smells divine with your box of soaps sitting there. Did you get that link I sent you on FB for the company looking for people making soaps?
Mands - hope you are feeling better. Is Danny home at the moment? Let me know when you are free for a catch up. I can come down the coast on a monday/tuesday
Ros - crappy news about the car engine. $5000 seems like alot. I had a little laugh when you said you had a childfree day but then mentioned still having Jack at home. Do you actually get a totally childfree day? That would be my ultimate dream Someday soon hopefully.
Amanda - how goes the business? I am going to a Get Mojo party next weekend that a girl at work has organised. I believe it is party plan also with adult type novelties.
Annika - where are you sweets? All good with your gorgeous boys? How was Tylers party? Any pics of the cake? If I remember rightly you make great birthday cakes.
Dan is up in Cairns until wednesday. He is having a laparoscopic hernia repair and was on the public waiting list. The surgeon is a friend of ours which is reassurring. He is staying with my dad. Haha, I am just waiting to hear how the recovery goes on Monday especially if he needs help going to the toilet or something !!
My mum is down here visiting again as she managed to get some cheap flights. It is nice seeing her and she is going to babysit for me on sunday so i can go out for dinner with my sisters.
Ok, off to make pancakes for brekkie.
Edited by Alis Volat Propiis, 19 March 2011 - 06:58 AM.
Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:51 AM
Sharna - pancakes for brekky, yummo! What do you have on them?
The current essay, well, it's just really a "reflective journal" - so about 800 words all up. So not too drastic. It is for the Diversity and Health unit. I actually find it quite difficult. I have to do a lot of "self reflection" and write a reflective description of my personal cultural identity, beliefs, values, social class & ethnicity. Then describe how it could impact on providing nursing care to diverse clients. It is my hardest subject I think.
Mark is taking Tom swimming this morning so I can do a bit more work on it.
Posted 19 March 2011 - 05:54 PM
Mel I am hopeless at thet type of reflective stuff. I much prefer an essay based on facts/ research.
Sharna Danny is on a blank line so yes he is currently home, but that could change anytime. There is a bit of flying next week so he may get something then. Love for you to come and visit. I have Olly on Mondays and no children on Tuesdays.
Bec Also think of some intellegent questions, so when they ask you if you have any questions you can ask them something insightful about the company or position.
Ros That is crap. What kind of car.
Amanda Good luck getting all your business stuff together.
Nat That is sh*tty about Paul.
AFM went to a wedding at Yandina Station yesterday. It was beautiful. Dad had the boys for the night and they were great for him. Gotta make dinner BBL
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