Tap Tap… Is this thing on?

18 02 2012

It’s certainly been a long time since I’ve graced the cyber pages of my blog.  So long in fact that I had to stop and think how to update it.


Let’s just say that I’ve been busy.  Travel, surgery, healing, life, oh, and Facebook.  That thing is a little distracting, and sort of becomes a blog or social commentary in itself.

First up.  The passing of Whitney Houston, a tragedy, her music has amazing memories for me while growing up.
May she finally be at peace

Moving on, today is also the eve of Seattle’s Red Dress Party, an annual fundraiser that sadly wasn’t annual at all last year, but is finally happening today.
This one night, where everyone who attends MUST wear a red dress, takes a lot of planning and organisation, just to attend.  So weeks worth of work (months actually) will be realised this evening.
The mantra is “Go Big, Or Go Home!”  I’m going HUGE! 😉
This should be fun.
Pics may or may not follow, but if we’re friends on Facebook, there’ll definitely be some on there.

Happy Weekend to You All! 🙂


It Gets Better, or at least, It Gets Different

10 10 2011

I’m extremely fortunate in my life to have made some amazing friends, one of them, I met just a couple of years ago.
A very talented individual, but a wise and caring one also by the name of Lily Armani.

Some of you may have heard of the "It Gets Better" program created by Dan Savage and his partner Terry.  This program was created in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay. Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens’ lives will improve.

Lily had something to share for this program, and share she did.  Lily is no stranger to adversity and has a very positive approach to it.

Granted I’m biased, but truly the video she has made as her contribution for this program is a powerful and moving one, and I don’t believe it’d be overstating things to say this, but I’m sure if it’s seen by the right people, the people who need this message in their lives, it could save lives.

Watch it for yourself, and please share it with others.

Lily Armani–It Gets Different

To Lily Armani, you’re an absolute inspiration, and as always I wish you the best of everything. Keep bringing joy to the masses lady and may as much joy as you bring be bestowed back on you! xo

Fable of the Hedgehog

3 08 2011




Fable of the hedgehog 
It was the coldest winter ever.  Many animals died because of the cold.
The hedgehogs, realising the situation, decided to group together to keep warm.
This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen.
So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.  Wisely, they decided to go back to being together.  They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth that came from the others.
This way they were able to survive.

Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.

The real moral of the story……

Heart Melting…

1 08 2011

Here is a great story without a word being said apart from the dialogue at the end.
It may even bring a tear to your eye…















The German tourist jumped into the icy waters and saved the dog.

Upon climbing back onto the bridge he checked the dog out, and told the owner that; “Zer dog is ok and vill be fine.”

She asked the German if he was a Vet.

He replied, “Vet?  I’m fucking SOAKED!”

Hello? Is there anyone there?

16 06 2011

*tap tap*

Well it has definitely been a while, and I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed the break. A break that was initially only supposed to be a couple of days but became that, and a whole lot more.

Not a whole lot has happened in the time that I’ve been away.

The things of note have been that I’ve finally been given the all clear with my heart, and pending losing some weight that I gained while I was ill, all is back to normal, and if I can continue improving over the next 12 months I’ll be able to stop taking all medications. Hooray!
So no transplant, or surgically implanted defibrillator. Definitely good news.

In the not so good news department, a couple of weeks ago our dog Dolce was diagnosed with Lymphoma. It’s pretty advanced, and due to the excessive costs and no guarantee of a success, we’ve decided against putting her through the trials of Chemotherapy.
So we’re spoiling her rotten, giving her prescribed drugs each day to keep her comfortable and enjoying what time we have left with her.

So far she’s oblivious to her own illness, and completely enjoying all the extra attention and treats. It’s all about her quality of life for now, and that she’s getting.
She’s had pride of place in the front seat of the car today, gallivanted all around Seattle, made Mark sit in the back seat while she continued to enjoy sitting “shotgun” and now, in the wee hours of the new morning, is snoring up a storm on her mat after scoffing down yet another treat.

Oh, and she’s recently had solar powered air conditioning fitted to her kennel for additional comfort.


So, I hope you’ve all been well. I’ll attempt to be a little more diligent with my blogging habits, but I’m not making any promises.

I must say though, I have missed my “chats” with my silent audience.


Shameless Self Promotion

10 03 2011

Going by the calendar, and ignoring the timezone, it’s my birthday today.  38!  Woohoo!

So far I’ve had an amazing day, and utterly enjoyed all the well wishes from my friends, a perk of being active on Facebook.

Thank you to everyone, I’ve had an amazing day.  The only thing that could have possibly made it more perfect would have been having my Mum, sister and nephews here.

Love you all!

Inlaws in Seattle

7 03 2011

Mark’s brother Adam and his wife Nicole landed in Seattle this afternoon for their first ever visit, and while they’re a little exhausted from their trip, we’ve already whisked them off for dinner, a drink, a scenic view of Seattle at night and now we’re all home again and relaxing.

Mark’s excited to have his big brother here. Smile