Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Moving, Packing - oh isn't it fun! - NOT.

Well, I have some news...
Trent was offered a job up in good ol' Toowoomba (it's a job he has wanted for some time)... So we are now doing a quick move up there... (moving a whole house in like 2 weekends!!) We are planning too (if everything works out all good) to rent with my sister and the Man-rat until about September when maybe we will have found a place of our own.
This is a really good thing for us, we get to be closer to my family and Trent will hopefully enjoy his job and Toowoomba is just a nice place...
So with the good comes some bad; this means as we are moving into more of a "town" area, we must say good-bye to Grace & Tres' our two lovely goats. So one of our friends has found them a home & hopefully they'll be very happy there... But we will miss them - especially Gracey-Lou; who is very, very social (I almost think she thinks she is human!!)!
Anyway I have now the very FUN task of packing our whole lives into boxes... argh - one task I HATE. So much to do & so little time... So I thought I would just keep you all updated...
Trent & I are moving from Ipswich to Toowoomba & hopefully it will be another positive step in our lives. It'll be sad not being close to our family & friends down here but it's only an hour away & we are hoping to catch up with everyone for a dinner before we head off...
Anyway; the boxes are sitting in the lounge waiting to be filled... (I've only done most of the kitchen & the lounge - that leaves a study, guest room, spare "junk" room, bathrooms & our bedroom/ensuite/walk in robe & laundry to pack!!!) ARGH - the stress of it all...
We will very much so miss our lovely home, we really loved it here.. & how peaceful it was. :(
Duke and Daisy new "yard mate" Oswaldo!
Dino & Brutis Mishkas new "house mates"!
Our new house mates - Noodle & Man-rat!
The two family members we have to say good-bye to! :(
She is such a cool goat & so wonderful to photograph!! <3

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Top 5 fav' things!! Paddy, luck, clean sheets & karma. LOVE them all!

Wow I have finally found a spare half hour to try and throw together a quick blog... Having the new “baby” – Paddington has definitely decreased my spare time (I will do a blog update on him this coming week!)... So I thought I would do a top 5 favourite things this week...
1. The good news about being able to keep Paddington – he is so lovely. (Curious as to what my “baby” Paddington is... read all about here)
2. On Wednesday night thanks to the HOT30 Countdown I won a Wii sports pack (comes with a Wii consol, controllers, a game & nun chuck things!! I think this is so damn awesome – I have been planning on getting one for my birthday in September ( I really want Wii fit!). So now this saves us money (more for the wedding) or I could possibly just get a really decent camera for my birthday instead...
3. Clean sheets – I love clean sheets. This week I washed my flannelette sheets and all my bedding and WOW they are just so damn comfy – I never want to get out of my bed. These sheets are like a plaid design and I got them with a gift voucher from our engagement party at Pillow Talk. As well as that I aired my new doona (a gift from my Nin also an engagement gift or perhaps a 21st gift...) either way my bed is definitely a top favourite this week, just for being so damn comfy.
4. Oh just a small fact, on Friday I won a 50” Plasma HD TV!! YAY for me!! Once again thanks to the HOT30 Countdown. After I won the Wii I was entered into the major weekly prize draw & well I won. Listen to it here... This is totally VERY awesome for us, we were planning on getting a new T.V (we have one, but it's not the best nor is it one of those fancy ones that pick up the new channels), but couldn't really fit it into our budget; so now once again that saves us some money!
5. Karma; it made me see a lot this week. People tend to believe that every choice made in life, defines exactly who you are. Weather it was a choice 10 years ago or yesterday. I believe that if at any stage of your life you made a choice that wasn’t one of your most proudest and you acknowledge it - & I don’t mean to the whole world, but to yourself you admit that it was dumb or a little silly or entirely fucked up; you will be fine. Your life moves on; you don’t keep getting “punished” for it. But I think you get heavily rewarded for doing good things in life. When you lead a life of mediocrity, you cruise along, not really being out there doing any good, maybe making some average life choices – your life tends to be mediocre and average. But when you strive to be happy in your life – with whatever you do, you try to do good things and you be a decent and good person; you see the rewards. So lead a good life expect greatness, lead a mediocre life expect mediocrity. I’ve found this from personal experience. This was bought to my attention after some “friends” I guess you could say were a little pissy about my “luck” (see point 2 and 4)... That I don’t deserve what I get in life? That “good things only happen to bad people”. Well, I think we get what we deserve. I by no means think I am a bad person, I haven’t always been the best sort of person but I’ve never been a bad person. But I try not to think badly of others (which is hard when I tend to have a whole list of people who don’t love me!), try to do good things and do what I feel is right. Now I am no saint; I get mad A LOT (ask my family!), I yell and get cranky (you could say I have perhaps a “bad temper”) and I am by no means at all perfect. But I try my best and think God (or whoever controls our fate/lives) see’s and acknowledges that. So I really do think karma has a lot to do with life and what you receive. For example I think me making this effort with Paddington is quite a good deed (this little guy is hard work – but it’s so rewarding & I really do love him!) and I’ve strive to be a good person (really, I do) & I got rewarded. Believe what you will, but this is my belief system. I think God (or whoever) see’s the effort people make and see’s them acting honest and decent and repays them. It’s pretty simple. Either that or I am just damn lucky! :)
If you have faith, it'll happen... just have patience. Holly Madison
Tweeted that just last week! For those who don’t know she was Hugh Hefner’s number 1 girlfriend throughout most of the Girls Next Door series (yes perhaps you don’t think she maybe very wise, but I think she is just great!!)
Give out your best to the universe & it will be returned by even greater means. Everything is controlled by karma. – This one I thought of all on my own!
Until next time lovelies – stay safe and live your life how you wish to be rewarded. Act and think great and you’ll receive greatness! (damn I am just full of quotes aren’t I!)

Now for some pictures that make me smile... (I obviously have 1000's but this is a quick selection...)
Ok here are two of my fav' funny pictures - the squirrel one is my desktop pic -
This is my sisters new pooch - "Ozie" or as I call him "Oswaldo" - I baby-sat him on Saturday for a few hours (lucky my dogs are nice and love him!)
This picture is a sneak peek from my time in Melbourne (I know I'm late!) but a blog on that is coming!! PROMISE!


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Introducing you all to Paddington Melon.

So there has been A LOT of speculation and assuming with the word “baby” and “bindy” this past week and a half. Possibly because of my endless Facebook status updates saying my “baby” is doing well/this and that... Well it is true; I do have a baby... Not exactly what you think though...
Paddington is real he does exist, in the form of a baby, but a baby “Black Pademelon” or “Swamp Wallaby”. So I was never lying; I always was truthful. I am in fact his legal guardian now. If I wish to I can keep him in my care for roughly another 6 months (or until he reaches 5kg), then he will become a part of a slow release program out at Warwick. Paddy came into our care by Trent finding his Mother on the side of the road (dead from an obvious car accident)... He saw its little tail flopping about/hanging out of the pouch, so he pulled over to see what state the baby was in. He was pretty average in condition. But we got him the right formula and teats/bottle (thanks to my Mum for her help there). And started feeding him, toileting him (baby macropods need their cloacae stimulated/massage so they go to the toilet after their feed and not all over the house!) and caring for him. Just today I was finally able to get out to the president of the “Ipswich Koala Protection Society’s” house and meet her and introduce her to Paddy. I was a bit unsure as to whether or not I would be able to still care for him (as there are many rules and regulations regarding wildlife care) but she showed me how to properly care for him (she was quite impressed that I knew how to do most of this already!) and gave me the registration form for Trent and I to become a member of the “I.K.P.S”. So now we are officially “registered wildlife carers”. YAY; this means I can legally care for Paddington as well as almost any other Australian Wildlife excluding koalas, fruit bats and echidnas. So Paddington is officially my little adopted son. He is about 8-9 months old (which means he would’ve just been starting to hop out of Mums pouch), he is fully furred (this makes caring for him so much easier) and he weighs 1.2kg! I am very happy and excited to have him. And trust me it’s not all fun like “oh I have a pet Skippy” it’s damn hard work. 5 feeds a day, toileting, caring for a nocturnal animal and making sure all his needs are met and he is safe 24/7. Pretty damn exhausting, I guess its good preparation for a baby; even though I think a baby will be easier to care for. I’m pleased to be a part of the “I.K.P.S”, it gives me the possibility to if I want care for other injured/young wildlife and conservation with our native animals is something I am quite passionate and interested about. I also think it is a very rewarding hobby. A hobby is what it is. I receive NO money or form of payment, no member of the “I.K.P.S” does. It’s fully self funded; so in order to care for Paddington, I need special teats, bottles, formula, food, old towels, pillow cases, heat pads and TONS of tissues (for toileting)...
Paddy is a really lovely little guy. He skips after me and he makes the strangest little calling sound (I will try and record it one day to let you all listen!) He loves snuggles in bed with me and chasing/punching/jumping on Mishka (Mishka obviously isn’t a fan of these activities or being pushed aside from being the baby of the family). Over this past week I’ve grown quite attached to him as I think he has to me, but I know a slow release program in the near future is the best possible outcome for him. We are very happy to be given the privilege to be able to care for and love him until he is ready for this next big step in his life and I really pray he makes it (as the carer explained to me, sometimes they are fine and just randomly die for unforeseen circumstances that sometimes can’t be prevented). Obviously I will be keeping you all updated on his progress. And we pray he goes really well!
The first day I got him!
Looking out the window.
He loves jumper snuggles...
Feeding time...
The VERY GLAMOROUS job of toileting Paddy.
Paddy in his basket
BIG feet
Trent feeding Paddy
Skipping in Nikkis yard.
Mishka haning out with Paddy. (one of the moments Paddy wasn't trying to kill poor Mishka!)
Paddington & I
A big rat sleeping on my bed
Snuggles... Trent really likes him.. A LOT!
my camera obsessed swamp wallaby Paddy!!
Kisses for Mumma
His feed for tonight...

Well that's your introduction to Mr. Paddington... Isn't he just lovely. Well I think so. And if you a curious about the name we named him "Paddy - Melon" (pademelon)... But he needed a formal name - Paddington!!..
Anyway - hope no one is too disappointed that I really didn't have a real baby. That will be hopefully next year... LOL...
Night all. x