Thursday, May 31, 2007


Yes I am a routine man. I like to know what I have to do & when it has to be done, so my current job at Network Couriers works well for me.

I have a set run twice a day, with certain places I go have to every day at certain set times. It's all in my head & I know it off by heart.

So when a customer decides that during the winter they're going to open half an hour later in the mornings, it can be, well, a pain in the neck.

I have to slightly re-arrange the morning schedule to suit, which means I have to do another job, then backtrack. It's really not that much of a hassle, but when you have your jobs set out as 1, 2, 3, 4 & you have to change them to 1, 3, 4, 2 it makes you think more. That's the problem, I don't like to think, I would rather just do it.

How about you? Do you get annoyed when your routine gets messed around, or do you like different things all the time? Too much to think about, gives me a headache, Arhh.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Just visiting

At the beginning of the year Jo & I moved churches. After attending Subiaco Church for more than 15 years between us, we left there in January & started attending Metro Church. This move has been a good one & we are both very happy at our new church home.

We did promise our old church family at Subiaco that we'd visit every now & then though, as we still have some wonderful friends there. Of course now that we have our new baby Chloe, everyone was itching to see her for the first time as well.

So this morning we went along to Subi Church for the later (10:30am) service. As soon as we got there we were surrounded by old friends wanting to greet us & see baby Chloe. Poor Jo spend the majority of the service in the parents room feeding & settling the baby, but thankfully was able to see & hear the service on the monitors.

After the service, we were overwhelmed by more people wanting to catch up with us, which was really good, as we have not seen these people since Christmas. Overall it was an enjoyable morning.

Do you ever go somewhere you haven't been in a while & see old friends you haven't seen? It's always good to catch up with old friends. It can be a chance to reignite the old flame that can start to dim after a while.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Scott's Guestmap

I've created a guest map at for Scott's Simple Life readers. Its interesting to see where everyone comes from. Just click on the map below & follow the directions to add yourself. The map will be added to the sidebar also, so you can see who else reads this blog.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

AFL Footy Tips

I don't usually make a big deal about sport; I enjoy watching the Cricket & over the past couple of years, I have been getting into the AFL (Aussie football league). I support the West Coast Eagles, & also keep an eye on a couple of the other teams as well.

I have not really gotten involved in any footy tipping, but this year I have registered online at Perth Now. I don't really have any special way of tipping a winner at present, I guess you could say that I just pick who I think & then see what happens. I must say though that I think I am doing fairly well for an amaeture so far; after 8 rounds my score is 33.

So from now on I'll share my tips with you. Here are my tips for round 9

Fremantle vs St Kilda - St Kilda

Carlton vs Adelaide - Adelaide

Hawthorne vs West Coast Eagles - West Coast

Brisbane Lions vs Collingwood - Brisbane Lions

Richmond vs Essendon - Essendon

Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans - Sydney

Melbourne vs Kangaroo's - Kangaroos

Port Adelaide vs Geelong - Geelong

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sleepless night

Being a father has it good points & it's bad points. One of those bad points is a lack of sleep.
Last night was one of those experiences.

Being a Friday night & not having to get up early for work the next morning, I decided I would wake up & help Jo with the baby when the time came. Normally she (Chloe) wakes up about 1am for a feed nappy change, then goes back to bed easily for a 4 hour period. Well, this morning she woke at 1:30am as usual, I woke up just as Jo was starting to feed her, so I asked Jo what I should do & did what she asked me. All was OK. This process normally takes about 45 minutes to feed & change.

After having a bit of trouble settling her back into bed, we turned the lights off at around 2:30am. Just when I was drifting off again, the crying started. Jo got up again & gave her a little more feed, then had to change her again, before she threw up. Oh dear!! Anyway, after much frustration due to tiredness, we finally crawled back into bed at 3:15am, got a few hours sleep before she woke up again at 5:30am; thankfully only for a half hour this time.

Fortunately being a Saturday morning, we could sleep in a bit; well 10am is not that late when you've been up all night, is it??
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Friday, May 18, 2007

Stop! Police .....or not

We've all probably been pulled over the boys & girls in blue at some or another. But what about unmarked police cars?

I had this story emailed to me. Check it out & decide whether it is believable or not.

Lauren was 19 yrs old and in university. This story takes place over the Christmas/New Year's holiday break.

It was the Saturday before New Year's and it was about 1pm in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on. Lauren's parents have 4 children (high school and university age) and have always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather wait until they get to a petrol station, etc. So Lauren had actually listened to her parents' advice, and promptly phoned the number 112 on her mobile phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away. She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there was a police car where she was, and there wasnt, and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back-up already on the way. Ten minutes later 4 cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground.........the man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.

I never knew that bit of advice, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a "safe" place. You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them i.e., put on your hazard lights, or call No. 112 like Lauren did. Too bad the mobile phone companies don't give you this little bit of wonderful information.


So, have you ever heard of that number 112 before. Why is it not more known or even made public by the police?? Even though these stories are few, it still makes me stop & think twice, how about you?

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mothers Day

Mothers Day 2007, is just another day on the calendar, or is it a day to celebrate the Mothers in our lives?

We've had an interesting day. this morning at church we had a special Mothers Day treat for all the ladies; not just the mothers, but all the ladies. They all received a red rose wrapped up in a decorated box, then after the service there was a special morning tea. In the afternoon, we went to my sisters house for a family get together. Very simple, but everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the women.

This Mothers Day was very special for us, as we have a new mum to celebrate. Over recent years it has just been my mum & my sister, but now Jo joins the party.

How about you, how do you celebrate Mothers Day? Do make a big deal about it with lots of gifts, or just a simple thank you card with some flowers for your mum. Then poses another question; is Mothers Day being commercialized as with Christmas, or is it actually being kept as a day to celebrate our mothers. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Has there been a Problem?

Have you had a problem viewing the baby photo's? I've had feedback that the link provided in my previous post, didn't work properly. If this was the case for you, then you can view them using the following options.

Either click on the slide show below to view them as a slide show, or view them individually at our photo album. I hope this works better; if not, please let me know using the comments section of this post.

Baby Pictures

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

How does this Work??

All you smart people, how is this done ?

1) Go to the link below. After reading each window, click on the boy in the lower right corner of the picture.
2) In the last window type in your answer in the white box using the keyboard (there is NO cursor).
3) Watch the paper in the boy's hand. You will be amazed . . .
and, if anyone can figure it out, please let me know in the comments section of this post.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Home Time

Well after 5 days in hospital, Jo should finally be able to come home with baby Chloe. There have been some minor complication, which has kept Jo in hospital, but with things improving quickly, she should be home sometime today.

I must say it has been weird & tiring not having her here over the last few days. I have been going to the hospital twice a day to see her & Chloe, & in between visits, doing some basic house work & catching up on rest.

It has taught me allot though, I am doing stuff around the house that I wouldn't do as much of, but have found it to be an enjoyable challenge, knowing that I can keep the house in a reasonable state when I have to do it alone. It has taken up time that I would otherwise use elsewhere.

One challenge is that I am running out of ideas for meals. There are frozen meals in the freezer, & people have offered to help, so it should be alright. I'm still looking forward to having my wife & daughter home though.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

The New Arrival

Yes, she is finally here. Baby Chloe arrived on Saturday afternoon at 2:36pm, 7 pound 2 ounces.

Jo received the phone call at 8am on Saturday morning from the hospital telling her to come in to be induced. The whole process was fairy quick; we arrived at the hospital shortly after 9am, they broke her waters at 10:56am, contractions started about 11:30am & by 2:36pm it was all over. Obviously Jo was very exhausted as was baby, but all the checks were done & we were told all was good.

As for me; well it was a long day & I didn't get home that night till after 9pm. I'm going to the hospital twice a day to be with my two beautiful girls, plus a bit of house work, food, sleep & trying to organize photo's for everyone to see (sorry it's taken so long to get them up, but I'm been a bit tied up); but I'm doing well.

If you would like to see more photo's, please click the image below, & stay tuned for more updates soon.

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Please Don't Call Me

Have you been having those annoying telemarketers ringing you on a regular basis? We've certainly had our fair share. I've gotten to the point now where I actually tell the telemarketer that I won't buy what he or she is selling, because I'm sick & tired of them pestering me.

Relief finally today, with the Australian Government launching a new DO Not Call list. You can register your details including up to 10 phone numbers & telemarketers can receive large penalties if they call numbers on the list.

The funny thing is, is that within 1 hour of the website being launched this morning, the server had already crashed due to the heavy demand. It just goes to prove that the majority of people are fed up with all the calls.

I've just registered our home phone & 2 mobile numbers, so hopefully within 30 days we should be seeing a dramatic reduction in marketing calls. If you want to register your details & put a stop to the telemarketers, just go to the Do Not Call website now.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Ready & Waiting

It seems to be a waiting game at the moment. My wife Jo & I are expecting our first baby any day now.

Jo was due on ANZAC Day (25th April), but 5 days later there is no sign of our little girl making her grand entrance. Jo had an appointment with her midwife last week, & it was decided that if nothing has happened by this coming Friday (4th May), she will have to be induced.

It's all very scary, but at the same time very exciting to see how things are going to come about in the next few days. Be sure to stay tuned for the big news & photo's.

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