Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Post it Tuesday #17

The last week has been hard. My litany of complaints is no different than anyone else's ... definitely more boring. So I won't go into details.

The specifics between us all might vary, but it's the same old stuff: I'm just so tired ...though

On the days when it's awful quiet in the other room. not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
My husband had a few days away and I missed him.
My kids wore me down as I tried to accomplish anything.

I failed


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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Many helping hands

My dear friend Tiff @Three ring circus has set a goal to raise money for John Hunter Hospital Children's ward. In particular the Medical ward where her daughter, Ivy has spent a large part of her 4 yrs. Tiff wants to buy the 'parents' sofa beds and the nurses a new fridge.

Team Ivy

Ivy's condition is especially tough on her parents who are 'required' to stay for extended periods at the Hospital. Of course any parent would stay willingly even if it means sleeping on the floor but if we help Tiff & Team Ivy reach their goal ...they won't have too.

I was a registered nurse who worked over 12yrs in another Children's ward of a local hospital . Not many of our inpatients had extended stays.Many parents still opted to stay even if it was for one night.
It made my job easier not having to worry about comforting distressed , unwell crying toddlers & babies . Instead being able to concentrate on their medical/nursing needs.

The support parents and other carers provide to their children while in hospital is crucial to their emotional and physical wellbeing.It helps with gaining children's co-operation and a quicker recovery.

We only had a few basic, saggy, fold-up beds or the floor or if they were lucky two lounge chairs.I would struggle sometimes to first find & drag together some chairs to make them as comfortable as possible. Most nurses do what we can ...with what we have.

By providing parents/carers with a comfortable sofa bed it ensures that they can stay with and comfort their child during what can be a very stressful time for a family.

I had reason to stay with my son, Joel, overnight 3 weeks ago in Westmead Children's hospital. It wasn't practical to have a sofa bed in the Accident & Emergency dept so I had a chair & a blanket from midnight till 4.30am (while we waited for a bed on the ward) - it does not give restful sleep (not that I am complaining-just saying).

In the ward was provided a pull out lounge, sofa, bed and I got a few precious hours sleep. I needed it. I was very grateful. I can't imagine having to stay for an extended period without getting a decent sleep ...but parents do.

So I am asking you to go first to read Tiff & Ivy's story or just go direct to the everyday hero link here.

Your donation $ will go straight to JHH , even $5, $10 or ? counts or you can dig deeper . At the moment it is being matched dollar for dollar by Ivy's Dad's employer, Canon .
The support in just over 24hrs has been amazing ~ the goal is $5000.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Post it Tuesday

It's been a long week since last Tuesday ...I am weak ;)

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Monday, 22 March 2010

I just remembered

duct tape is great for hair removal and other acts of torture

... why my hubby won't let me use the duct tape on the kids !

Once upon a time hubby was a member of the sound & light production crew that set up the weekly services at the Church we attended. The use of duct tape (known also as gaffa tape) was popular and they had access to dozens of rolls .

On his buck's night DH's ingenius mates decided to wrap him in duct tape (probably stole it) .They bound his hands, legs (...onto bare skin) & clothes in it. They also covered him in egg & flour & ? .

Duct taping him to a tree in the local park too. After that (or before) they pushed him blindfolded, onto a train , skinning his shins when his leg slipped down between platform & train, pushed him off at another station, they tortured him with a heap of other mean acts ...including driving him around in the boot of a car. Finally , they dumped him, more ducted taped up, outside his mother's home , where he lived.

She of course was horrified ... when she ripped cut & peeled off the duct tape , she also took off a layer of skin and a large amount hair off his legs, backs of his hands etc ...seriously he was a mess. He was left with some very raw skin patches ....thankfully it wasn't the night before our wedding but a week before.

I don't think his 'mates' (mostly in their late teens & early 20's) realised what they did. He was a little shocked but never said too much about it ...

I thought it was very stupid and dangerous ... first I cried when I heard. ( It was so horrible he wouldn't tell me the entire truth least I go after them ...because I got very ANGRY).

He recovered enough to marry me the next week =) and I calmed down ;) .

PS On the subject of train stations. Yesterday I saw this at Kim's @All consuming and I think it's brilliant & fabulous so I'm sharing it too. I love this song. I was singing it all day.
Here is the NZ version it's great too !

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Sunday, 21 March 2010

101 Uses for Duct tape - minus 90

"Duct tape is like the force: It has a dark side and
a light side and it holds the universe together."
- Carl Zwanzig

  1. Tuck ...Tape Make sheets for children, it keeps them feeling all snug and in tight all night. Did I mention SAFE !
  2. Make a door ...an entire roll can be used in place of a bedroom door to keep 'someone' in for hours.
  3. Mute function for noisy humans ... apply horizonally to mouth.Make sure that the surface you are sticking to is clean and dry... and leave an air hole.
  4. Seat belts that will really keep the kids still and their arms in.
  5. Use in the dining room to keep them in their chairs, stop them getting up and down during the meal and to miminise swinging feet from contacting each other.
  6. Teach squabbling children to get along ... it should take them hours to get apart - since most of us don't own handcuffs.
  7. Plumbing save ... Tape toilet paper roll onto the holder.
  8. Remote Control holder ... tape it up high so kids can't reach and tape the batteries in too.
  9. Grocery saver ...use it on the pantry door & the fridge. In vast quantities and you'll lose weight too.
  10. Stop them doing a bolt in the supermarket and annoying others ...since you can't leave them in the car tape them to your trolley.
  11. Time out ...tape yourself in the bathroom and sit on the toilet for 5 mins , or maybe take an extra hour in deep foamy bubble bath .Remember a frosty glass of the grape. Caution ...make sure children are secured safe first see #2!
Oh sunday morning, once I loved you , now you mock me ...
I hope my humanity will return after my 2nd cup of tea and breakfast (since it is too early for wine).
P.S. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
P.P.S No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

Just kidding ...now where did I hide the duct tape ?

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Today is the day

Uh oh I screwed up ...does anyone still play screwup Tuesday ?
I should have checked more carefully - having too many windows open at once
Multitasking #FAIL

(seriously this is the email reply I got back today)

only 29mins to go but who is counting ...though 'POOH' has kept you quiet for last 20 mins ! ...
what you fell asleep at 4.30pm !

...What I learned on twitter this week in

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