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The appointment this morning was stressful, but because of the whole having to meet a new person and trying to understand what was going to happen next.

I’m with a Disability Employment Services provider which means they can help me in more tangible ways than the regular Job Services Australia people could – especially since I was a “level 1″ who was supposedly quite capable of doing it all myself.

So, I have a new contact there, we spent an hour going through my history and what made me flake out at my old jobs, and thinking about what sort of work I want to get into, both short term (this year) and longer term. I have to mull over whether SP is what I want to get back into or not, and related fields that might suit me better now and in the future. I totally know that I still want to work in some sort of disability related field, but what and with who is not certain. I said flat out no to hospitality, though :p If i was stress, I wanna get paid well for it!!

I no longer have to make 10 contacts a fortnight about potential jobs, nor do I have to take that list into Centrelink at their whim. I still have to go to Centrelink now and then to prove that I’m alive or something, and tick the boxes online. They put me as capable of 15 hours work a week for now.

Oh and I also get pharmaceutical allowance and a pension card with my Newstart. Rich, baby!

No front desk just a video phone to call them to let them know your here
No front desk just a video phone to call them to let them know your here. There were three seats, so it is also the waiting room area…

Yeah, the entrance to the office was weird, impersonal, and totally crap for people with phone phobias! Fortunately that wasn’t me, but it did add to my already heightened level of anxiety and confusion when I wasn’t able to immediately be reassured that I was in the right place at the right time and I wasn’t just imagining things.

So, I think I’ve FINALLY calmed down from it, let’s see how this all goes – I go back on the 30th.

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So, there is a time. A time where I type under the cover of darkness, a time where I hide away.

There is another time.

One where I proudly proclaim that I am a Pastafarian Minister. One where I ask you, why is my religion NOT so special and precious and holy as yours? Why isn’t my GOD, created by the prophet Bobby Henderson, as cherished and LOVED as that Jesus you talk of? Why not, as they are all as ridiculous as one another?

So

Bow forth, if you want to be blessed. And join me on Facebook.

I will bless you with his noodly appendage.

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meat pie with fountain good choices tomato sauce

There’s nothing like a meat pie with tomato sauce. And I’m always happy to try new sauces on my pies and in my dishes, so when it was suggested I try the new Good Choice sauce range from Fountain, I was more than keen. Products with no “added” sugar are all the rage now, and the Fountain Good Choices sauces either have no sugar – like the Gluten free Soy sauce which has 50% less salt than Fountain’s regular soy sauce – or are sweetened by the apple puree and Natvia (which I’m not usually a fan of to sweeten things like drinks or baking, but I couldn’t taste it in these sauces).

Fountain Good Choice Sauces Range

The range includes a Tomato Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Sweet Chili, “Hot” Chili (which wasn’t as scary as I thought….) and the Soy Sauce. All are naturally gluten free, and on their own taste quite like their equivalent “normal” range sauces.

So, let’s use them in something!

beef chow mein

A few weeks ago, I made a Beef Chow Mein from my Hello Fresh box, so I thought I’d tweak their recipe a little and use a few of the sauces I was sent, along with what veges were on special at Woolies (which, incidentally, is where you can buy these Fountain sauces online or in store)

Beef chow mein

As pictured, the ingredients are (roughly) as follows – this will serve about 6 people. I went overboard, but the leftovers were appreciated by all, including my cat – see the picture at the bottom of this post!)

Ingredients
200g rice vermicelli noodles
500g lean beef mince
1 red onion – diced
1/4 red cabbage – roughly chopped
1/4 green cabbage – roughly chopped
handful green beans – ends cut off and halved
bunch broccolini – cut into 2 cm pieces
1/2 bunch spring onions – thinly sliced
lashings of canola oil
2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 tablespoons Fountain Good Choices soy sauce
1 tablespoon Fountain Good Choices Hot Chili Sauce (it needed more…. probably 2 for me, 3 for most other people!)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt
Fountain Good Choices Sweet chili sauce and soy sauce, to serve

Method
1. Place noodles in a heat-proof bowl with boiled water and some salt for 5 minutes. Drain, rince with cold water, then chop roughly with scissors – set aside for later.

2. Heat a splash of oil over high heat in a large frypan or wok. Add the red onion and begin to fry. Once it starts to soften, add the beef mince, and keep poking with a spatula to separate it out into crumbly bits and it is cooked through. Stir through the 5-spice with a tablespoon of water. Remove the mince mixture from the pan and set aside for later (to save space on the bench and washing up, I just dumped this on top of my resting noodles, along with the chopped spring onions – that way I mixed those three all together before re-adding them to the stir-fried veges later!)

3. Combine the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, hot chili sauce and soy sauce in a mug

4. Heat some more canola oil over mid-high heat (about 7-8) and add in the cabbage, broccolini and beans, toss around a bit in the oil, then pour the sauce mixture from #3 over it. Keep tossing for about5 minutes until the veges are cooked to your liking. Re-add the beef, noodles, and the spring onions and stir to combine.

5. Divide the yummy noodles and veges into serving bowls (be wary, this stuff is filling and you can ALWAYS go beak for more). Serve to your guests with spoon and fork, and offer sweet chili sauce and extra soy sauce for them to add to taste (+/- the hot chili sauce, depending on your audience!)

Enjoy with a lovely glass of red, or a local ale!

Parson's Paddock ShirazMurray's Angry Man Pale Ale

cat eating noodles

Oh, and share with your cat!

Edit: ooooooo so Mum just told me she loves the BBQ sauce – she and Dad had it with Kanga Bangers (Kangeroo Sausages) and she loved it!

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If your garden is anything like mine, it’s blooming all over the place, and fruiting something shocking…

We have a tonne of passionfruit about to come in

Some very late tomatoes.

mint

kaffir limes

rhubarb

Rosemary

oranges

And mum and bub poss LOVE it!

Mum and bub possum

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A soothing cup of tea

April 10, 2015 · 0 comments

Tense therapy session on Wednesday because we ended up writing the letter for my “job Capacity Assessment” with Centrelink that I had yesterday. Yes, the assessment went well, reaffirmed my love of Occupational Therapists. and I’m going to be going to a new Job network/ Disability provider next week…. One that is all into aka specialises in people with mental health issues. I also got a rating of being capable of
only” 8-14 hours of work a week. Given I’ve not worked full-time in over three years, this is a relief to have on my record. A relief to be honest and say that I really wanna be a a speech pathologist again, but my mental health issues are holding me back.

Oh we got the coolest coffee cups from Playing the Goat across the road from Centrelink. Tawny frogmouth!!!

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So, when I got home from that, I went for my first cup of tea for the year. Dilmah.

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Oh, and did you see that I got ordained? *grins*

(that certificate is NOT A4, so if anyone can help me fid a frame to fit it – US sized I guess- I’ll bless you with 2 minute noodles)

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Thanks Target.

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My cat is skeptical. He doesn’t like change, and that include when things get cleaned ;)

Dettol products to review

Dettol personal hygiene products have always been a part of my life. As a clumsy child, I’d often have my scraped knees and elbows tended to with cotton wool soaked in “Dettol” (there was only one kind back then!). I have a handy tube of antiseptic cream now that I used on my kitchen accidents (seriously, who let me use graters and peelers and, oh gawd, knives? It’s not safe I tell you!)

Dettol
There was only one Dettol when I was a kid. Me and the royal family got disinfected with the same stuff ;)

So, I got to try a bunch of lovely scented Dettol products for the home. There was two forms of the surface cleanser – the ready-to-go wipes and the spray bottle. Then there was the body wash, and the handy little hand sanitiser. A combination of citrus for scent, lime for flavour and Dettol for effectiveness.

Cleaning up the kids table

THIS is daunting. Cleaning up the kids’ table with it’s coating of food and art, oh and cat fur. A little bit of elbow grease and the Dettol wipes…

Clean!

And then it’s clean? Yay!

Filthy dettol wipe after cleaning the kids table with dettol wipes.

The filthy wipe. So much gunk!

To clean

Perhaps this desk, with VAST playing in the background to inspire my cleaning (I then switched to Pendulum, which was more inspiring).

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Yes, I can do this!

clean desk

Cleared and clean desk

and

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A beautiful kettle and stove!

Citrus splash

Mum loves the Citrus Splash ProFresh body wash. She tells me it helped clear us a skin infection she had awhile back, while helping her stay “fresh” when she couldn’t use deodorant. Bruce tells me it cuts through his greasy self after a day working on the cars. I like it too – not as strong a citrus scent as I’d like, because too much citrus is never enough, but it’s a really effective cleanser :)

dettol hand sanitiser

Last but not least, there’s the handbag sized hand sanitiser. Admittedly I used much more of this when I was working (children are gross) but should start carrying it around again… Dries quickly, leaves that lovely “alcohol fresh” scent ;)

Giveaway Time!

Would you like to try these four products? I have one set of these to give away. To enter, just let me know one way you might use of of these products. The “best” answer (creative/funny/accurate/pitiful) will get these to try themselves. Australian addresses only. You can enter more than once if you so choose. Entries close Midnight Monday 13th April.

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Yeah yeah, we had a woeful last quarter and blew the match to Sydney, much to my mother’s delight.

Sydney Swans v Essendon Bombers Round one 2015 bears

But SO good to see my boys back on the fields, and James Hird back in control.

Bring on 2015!

Who’s your team?

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On first encounters.

April 3, 2015 · 0 comments

Throughout my life, I’ve often clashed initially with the people I go onto having great respect for and good relationships with. I know it’s because those people are like me in many ways – stubborn, smart, idealistic and saying what she thinks. So I’ve learned to not write people off after the first few encounters. Some of you know who you are ;)

At the other end, there are the pretenders, those who lie their way through encounters, almost trying to trick you into thinking they’re someone they’re not. That they are nice, or agree with you on everything. Sure, agree with me on everything, but because I have great ideas, rather than cos you’re a little suck up.

Anyway, just musing this rainy Good Friday,

And loving my (Mum’s) herb scissors.

Still in love with these herb scissors

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Seriously it is.

Happy Zombie Jesus weekend!

I love yous all!

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