I have a job where….

I get to drive around the city and country with people.

I get to share in people’s interests.

I get to take my model train set in to one house so it’s actually used and it will make one of the guys really happy.

I get to “create” dinners from what I can find in the fridge when the shopping hasn’t been done. Last night I made a FREAKIN’ AWESOME fritata that everyone loved.

I get to use my speechie skills around communicating with people who are a little difficult to understand, along with using my knowledge around mealtime support.

(That didn’t get me out of the Nutrition and Swallowing training though!)

There are trickier things, like showering people, making sure I get meds right, working with behaviours of concern, doing shiftwork, and trying to do sleepovers and maybe sleep.

But it’s totally rewarding. I love where I am right now.

Blow up the pokies...

One for me, One for you – Support Kids heading back to school with Yoobi and The Smith Family

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The Smith Family is one of my favourite Aussie charities – They provide mentoring, tutoring and school supplies for disadvantaged kids around the country, aiming to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.

Educational outcomes for children in Australia often reflect their personal backgrounds and circumstances rather than their potential.

Many factors that influence how well a child will do at school are outside of their control. The socio-economic status (SES) of their family, the education level of their parents, where they live, the school they go to and their cultural identification are all powerful predictors of their educational outcomes.

Children in disadvantaged communities are often starting school already behind their peers. Once at school, the gap is not closing. NAPLAN results consistently show young people in low-SES communities do not perform as well as their high-SES peers across all years in reading and numeracy. The Year 12 completion rates for young people from low SES areas are only 58% compared to 77% for those living in high SES areas.

The Smith Family’s programs increase school readiness and provide support to disadvantaged primary and high school students to close the gap and create greater educational equality.

How daunting must it be to be the only kid in a class without a pencil case and stationery, let alone the other items on ever lengthening booklists, or the teacher sending homework home to kids who don’t have the basics at home?

Aside from donating directly, another innovative way of giving is by purchasing your own back-to-school or back to the office supplies from the Yoobi Australia range that is available through Officeworks nationally.

What Yoobi will do is then match any purchases by giving school supplies to kids and classes that need it. While they are Aussie guys who started Yoobi, they’ve been running the Buy on Give one project in the US for awhile.

Hey look, they worked with Usher!


Miyabi Knife with Cut Limes

My lips were aflame with the first bite. I’d sliced into it with such trepidation, the only sharp knife I had. It was a risk, one I was willing to take for the flavour I was about to receive.

The markets had been crowded that morning. As I swatted away the flies, I found the perfect one.

Handing over my hard-earned, I placed to in my tattered conference bag, in amongst the cheese and grapes.

We were home.

I sliced through you, removing your head, then your tough skin. Finally, I made slices and rough quarters.

I took that first bite, and the acid stung. Piercing my lips, the juices drawing blood.

My first pineapple of the summer.


For Kim.

I made my bed

My old cheap and nasty Fantastic Furniture bedframe has been overdue for replacing for ages, and I’ve finally did it yesterday!

I made a bed

I picked up this wooden frame and four slats for $40 just around the corner after finding it on Gumtree.

I made a bed

It only came with 4 or 12 slats, so it was off to Bunnings to get wood. 2.4 metre lengths of the 70mm x 35mm were the best bet, so I got eight, didn’t run my trolley into anyone and took them home. The pine planks set me back $23.

I made a bed

I made a bed

Some sawing and sanding later.

I made a bed

And the help of an electric screwdriver.

I made a bed

Yay! Solid Bed!