So the last few months…

Well everyone while I’ve been not blogging a fair bit has happened…

  • I completed my 2nd Masters degree…4 long years of doing 2 subjects a semester is over…now I was planning on having a break and not studying for a fair while, if at all…except I have to do studies in Religion this year.
  • I’ve still been losing weight…I’ve lost over 43kg (over 95lbs) since the start of 2015…so in 13 months!!!  Oh and before you ask I will put a photo up…later though, this is a relatively quick post before going to bed.
  • I happened to run into Novak Djokovic whilst walking down a laneway in Melbourne a couple of days before the Australian Open started!!!  Yes I definitely got a photo of him.
  • I went to the filming of Masterchef and saw Nigella and then went to see her talk at a different event.
  • I decided rather randomly to buy a new car.
  • I’ve had my first ever sporting injury as part of the whole losing weight thing…which has been the world’s most annoying injury!!!

Well it’s been a while

Sorry blog world…it has been a while since I’ve been on here and it’s been a rather busy time with work leading up to Christmas and then holidays and now it is almost time to go back to work, only one day of holidays left.

But My Kitchen Rules is back tonight…in about 17 minutes in fact.  So just a quick post now to say I’m back and a couple of more post will appear tonight and tomorrow…about life in general and MKR and the holidays where I went to the filming of Masterchef!!!

I’ve decided to join blogloving…let’s see what happens.

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Daily Prompt…Be the change

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Be the Change.” The prompt is: Be the Change: what change, big or small, would you like your blog to make in the world?

Well…..I’ve said this right from the start.  This blog was created for me to say stuff, it’s not really written with any audience in mind and basically it’s just the ramblings from my little weird world and the things that it encounters.

Sure, if people find it interesting that’s great, but really it is a way for me to say my bit and get a lot of it out of my head, but if it challenges you to think about the world that is not necessarily the world you live in then that’s good.

Take from it what you will.

Quote year that was

Well given that 2014 started with a bang…especially in terms of this blog and has then had a few bumps and hiccups…both life and this blog it is time I think to get back into the swing of things.

So here’s what my crazy, somewhat hectic 2014 looked like.

In a nutshell I moved from Country Town at the end of 2013 and moved to Country Town 2.0 during January.  Before that though I managed to meet my favourite footballer as well as a great chef or two and sweat at the Australian Open.

I learnt about the drought and what life is like for farmers and had the luck of getting bogged after not a huge amount of rain…it’s all the drought’s fault and I experienced all the animals that the bush provides, even when they’re inside your house or right outside your front door, and managed to only flatten a couple, including a massive lizard.

I travelled around Australia a bit, up and down the eastern states with the drive from Melbourne to Country Town 2.0 and then holidays in the Gold Coast for the AFL and then on to Cairns flying over a cyclone to get there…well that was a slightly bumpy ride, then the Gold Coast and Brisbane for the next one to catch up with friends and then to go to the rugby union and Sydney for the next one to see The King and I at the Sydney Opera House and see Strictly Ballroom as well as to go to the Robbie Williams concert as well as the Justin Timberlake concert before coming to Melbourne for Christmas, as well as a trip to Sydney for a night to go to the rugby union…as one does.

I went back into the classroom full-time with a class of my own and they taught me plenty.  I learnt about pigging, I learnt about bulls and poddy calves and bull-riding and they gave me plenty of laughs as the year went on.  I also learnt that when I’m told “Miss he said the K word” that they actually meant the C word…but hey, who am I to argue with that???

I worked, I studied, I watched a bit of tv…and blogged about it, who knew that me writing my views on reality tv would be so popular, but hey…people seem to like reading about Masterchef, MKR, When Love Comes to Town and all that sort of stuff…not that I’m complaining at all.

But now it is time to bring on 2015, thanks for the memories 2014.

2014 in review…so this is what WordPress thinks of my year

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Christmas gifts

So I was reminded the other day that I haven’t been posting often…strange how life gets in the way, between teaching and studying there hasn’t been much time left for anything…but there is just a month until the school year is over here in Country Town 2.0 and then it is the Christmas holidays.

That brings me on to Christmas…I like to think I’m easy to shop for, however if I want something I will buy it.  Simple as that.  I find it easy to shop for most others.  Actually I managed to get my Christmas shopping done in under an hour from the comfort of my couch late one night between uni readings…nothing like being easily distracted…and yes it was done online and delivered thanks to Australia Post.

But I’ve also been having discussions about extended family and Christmas and gifts.  Now I’m pretty basic when it comes to Christmas…give me a great dessert for breakfast, yes it is not normal, but I am in no ways normal and I’m happy.  Offer me roast turkey, a massive glazed leg ham or a huge plum pudding and I am in no ways happy.  Sorry but I’ve tried turkey and didn’t like it, ham and I are never going to be friends, only passing acquaintances and as for a massive plum pudding, give me one without a huge dose of alcohol and without peel and I may enjoy it.  As for gifts…what the heck to you buy a person you haven’t seen in 10 years, or only seen once in 10 years, or never met???  Gift cards sound good…well if I can spend them during the Christmas holidays then I’m happy, otherwise not overly…if they’re iTunes gift cards I definitely won’t complain.  As for magazine subscriptions…well my iPad has too many different magazine subscriptions on it from around the world for me to probably admit to having.

Anyhow…here’s what I think are some good Christmas gift ideas…and in saying that they’re not necessarily things that I would want for myself…actually some of them are things that I already have.

Donna Hay – The New Easy…the signed copy is currently $39.99 at her website – click on the image to go there…seeing as I love Donna Hay I have this, as I do many of her books and it is as spectacular as you would expect

The Kitchen Starter kit from Donna Hay – currently $129.75 on her website – click on the image to go there…I somehow won this set at the start of the year and LOVE it!

Dessert Divas cookbook by Christine Manfield – image from – currently $62.99 at – click on the image to go there

framed coral seafan from Raw Treasures – priced from $76 up depending on the size – click on the link to go to the webpage…I have one of these in a white frame and LOVE it!!

Glasshouse Fragrances candle – Montego Bay – Coconut Lime – from their website – click on the link to go there. This size is $39.95…now I’m not a floral type person at all, but love the freshness of this candle

Kikki-K cute small gift pack $29.95 from their website – click on the image to go there

Spineless Classics poster – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory full book text on a poster – $75.00 – click on the image to go to the website…I got this for my birthday and LOVE it!!!

T2 – T24U Tea Kit – $18.00 from their website- click on the image to go to the website…they have so many good teas…the creme brulee tea is especially great!

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