Roma’s Glendale

March 2, 2015 · 2 comments

chicken caesar

So, I would have liked more dressing on this caesar. And anchovies. But it was lovely and the chicken moist and well cooked.

eggs bebedict

The eggs, they oozed. That is a good think I’m told.

coffee

Strong coffee.

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Speers’ Point Park

March 1, 2015 · 0 comments

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I love the new playground, as well as the cafe (despite being a salvos venture) at Speers Point Park!!!

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$6 smoothie

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Ice Coffee

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Coffee coffee

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Whee!!

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Sushi Bay TRAIN!!!!

February 28, 2015 · 0 comments

We had AMAZING fat cut salmon at Sushi Bay the other night

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Chunky and melty in the mouth and oh so amazing.

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Two lots of takoyaki happened.

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Roe!

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Something filling

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Chicken and floss

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Mmm black

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The edamame for digestion.

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Om nom nom

$12.95? AMAZING

Bones Bakery
http://www.bonesbakery.com.au/
Shop 5, Waratah Shopping Village, Turton Rd, Waratah NSW 2298
Phone: (02) 49675131

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Tim Minchin’s Bitch

February 26, 2015 · 1 comment

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See? He owns us now!

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Aside from owning us by playing my faves…. Thank you so much for the estranged HS friend who gave me the tickets cos he couldn’t make it. We LOVED it. And I know I pay back music karma with tix – with Garbage and Amanda Palmner gig/s…….

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And yes, I loved Woody Allen Jesus

And

White wine in the sun…… I cried to that one….

Fuckin’ encores!

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Mulling over a few things today, prompted a little by the welfare reform report and various opinion and news pieces generated by it, along with discussion by friends about the good and the bad of the proposals and their potential to help and hinder those needing support.

I also, just now, realised that it’s been over 3 years now since I’ve had full time work. On the back of huge issues from anxiety (and a not yet diagnosed personality disorder) I resigned from my last full time work – a twelve month contract – in February 2012.

I spent six months kinda looking for work, not sure if I was ready, and then picked up two part time gigs – a 17 hour a week contract and some casual private practice work – around September.

I juggled these, having my first hospital stays, for 12 and 18 months respectively, resigning from one due to my crazy levels of stress around it all, and then was “let go” at the end of 2013 from the other, due to erratic performance, all strongly influenced by my difficulties managing my anxiety and stress and general erratic behaviour.

I’ve been lucky enough that my ex insisted on my saving money, and having that to fall back on the first gap period, and also receiving or separation settlement at the start of my current blank period. Which also aligned with my sister’s suicide attempt, so I had bigger issues to focus on rather than my own for the start of 2014. Helping her and her kids stay healthy took to fore, and I could justify my blase attitude to reentering the workforce. It was “ok” because I was helping someone else and not just myself.

I started looking at work again mid year. Applied for some things, confident that I could talk my way into them, like I had in the last positions…. but my past failures were starting to weigh me down. Initially, it was always framed as them having someone else, who had more experience, or lived in the area already, and that was okay.

Then I started to see jobs I applied for being re-advertised, and being told that I’m just not operating at a senior enough level for their position. When they re-advertise by don’t call or email you first? That’s the worst.

So, I got on “the dole” in July. Meeting my requirements, applying for any speech or related job I could find, local or not.

Then bringing it back, realising that I probably SHOULDN’T move away from Newcastle anyway, or at least not too far. This is my home. My safe home base.

So I broadened what I was looking for, but haven’t got a foot in. I get the occasional speechie interview still, on the back of my apparent experience and well written applications. But that’s as far as it goes.

I’m still seeing a psychologist weekly, though that will end soon. I have a need to help family and others – I can’t help myself. And I doubt that I’m anywhere near capable of working full time even if I do get a gig doing something mind-numbing let alone something with responsibility like speech or as a carer. So I always wonder on why, if all I’m gonna get to is part time work, then why are my requirements for Centrelink all assuming that I’m able to job search or complete tasks and courses full time?

I’m told I will be reviewed and possibly offered more support along these lines, like access to courses for free or something. But the poor girl who has my case is stressed and overworked herself (and shares my diagnosis!) and there is so much just ticking off done. I don’t get any money in for the company being university educated I should be able to fend for myself. It’ll happen, but I’m just happy to get out of there rather than have to dredge up crappy things when I’m in a good space in order to beg for more help.

I don’t know where I’m going with this. I just wanted to ramble and say that it’s hard. Yes, people tell me to get a retail or hospitality job to fill in time, but they’re just as hard to break into as any industry, and I always get the thanks but no thanks, along with the assumption I’m gonna pick up and leave on them.

Oh, and I tried to get a role volunteering with at risk kids, but one of their eligibility requirements was not having been hospitalised for a mental illness in the last 3 years. They said I could get a clearance letter from a psychiatrist, but that’s all too hard right now.

So..
here’s my cool possums. They are awesome. The live up in my roof and we give them apples each night. If we forget, they rattle the gate for attention.

Possums with apple

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Wiseman’s Ferry Wanders

February 24, 2015 · 2 comments

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A burger from Spencer…. always a delicious start!

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Stop right now thank you very muvh!

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Happy Year of the Goat!

February 20, 2015 · 0 comments

Why not celebrate with a takeaway coffee from Playing the Goat at Charlestown?

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Certainly makes the long waits at the Centrelink across the road more bearable!! (Spent way too much time on the phone to them lately! But got there!) The coffee is yum!!

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Playing the Goat
12/338 Charlestown Rd
Charlestown NSW 2290
0413 564 459

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500 likers GIVEAWAY!

February 16, 2015 · 4 comments

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Hurrah! I finally reached 500 likers on my Facebook page!

To thank you, I’m giving away a bundle of 10 items from Daiso because I love the place, valued at $28, to the person with the bestest asnswer as to why they keep coming back to the little lioness.

Enter via to Google Doc below, and I’d love it if you’d tell your friends!!!

xxxxx

Entries close at the end of February.

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smirnoff wine coolers

These drinks do taste nice, the passionfruit is just like an alcoholic tasting passiona, but I’m a little bit cynical about the reasons to not use vodka in your drinks and instead make a wine based cooler, ESPECIALLY if you are, like, an international vodka company like Smirnoff. When the federal government raised the “alcopops” tax to try to stop teenagers getting wasted on stolli lemon ruskies, a bunch of wine based, and thus less tasty, but cheaper and still prone to be drunk by teens, came onto the market. And kids learned to drink wine other than Passion Pop, in order to still get drunk under or just on age without breaking the bank. And they kept buying UDLs, because they like them.

… but there needed to be an acknowledgment that that simply raising taxes on pre-mixed alcohol products was a ridiculous strategy to try and cure society‚Äôs inebriated ills. In isolation, it was a cynical measure that insulted those who do not have an issue with alcohol consumption, particularly the consumption of pre-mixed products, and one which was simply shifting the focus of binge-drinkers onto straight spirits and wine-based products.

Bradley Woods
CEO Australian Hotels Association (WA), May 2013

So, I’m pleased that these drinks have evolved now to a point where they’re drinkable .. ie no weird taste or aftertaste, and just taste like their vodka and mixer equivalents, like Passiona, Lemon lime solo and something berry sweet… and I quite like these ones. But I’m still a little cynical about the whole idea of “taxing” the kids out of the drinking game by just upping the mixed drinks tax.

Oh, and they’re pretty potent for their RRP of $14.99 for 4 (from small bottlos only)

smirnoff electric citrus wine cooler standard drinks

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