Sunday, May 31, 2009

5000 question survey part 3

Part Three
201. Put these creatures in order from what you would least like to be reincarnated as (1), to what you would most like to be reincarnated as (10) assuming reincarnation ended up existing AND you were given a choice.caterpillar, house dog, wild dog, vulture, male human, female human, oak tree, rock, manta ray, dolphin
1. female human
2. dolphin
3. manta ray
4. male human
5. oak tree
6. house dog
7. wild dog
8. caterpillar
9. rock
10. vulture
202. What do you feel unworthy of?
God’s forgiveness
203. Would you rather be remembered for having done something for humanity or being a really nice person?
having done something for humanity
204. Which do you value more: science or intuition?
205. Your best friend and your significant other are in the hospital at the same time with the same ailment. Who do you visit first?
206. Does the universe revolve around human beings?
No- God
207. If you are no longer a virgin, do you wish you still were?
208. Who is your favorite poet of those who are alive right now?
209. What is your favorite song from the 90's?
‘If I could’ by 1927
210. If you were in alphabet soup what letter would you be?
211. Do you believe in fairies, ghosts, aliens, angels, dwarves, elves, etc.?
I believe in God, Angels, Satan and Demons212. What makes you want to be someone’s friend?
Similar interests, warm personality, honesty213. Do you troll around the Internet harassing people anonymously for fun?
214. Have you ever seen the movie A Man Who Fell to Earth?
215. What is your favorite line from a movie?
I’ll be back
216. What's your favorite video game?
Miss Pacman
217. Have you ever taken something that wasn't yours?
218. What is one phrase people say that irritates you?
Trust me
219. You allow strangers to read your diary, but would you let your parents read it?
220. Hot steamy bubble bath or quick in and out shower?Hot steamy bubble bath221. Are you allergic to anything?
Lavender, dust, and some pollens222. What is your favorite Terminator movie?
no 1
223. What is your favorite fast food?
224. What would someone have to do to get you to never speak to him or her again?
dunno I’m pretty forgiving
225. Would (or have) you ever whip someone or be whipped by someone in bed?
ewww no way
226. Have you ever said 'I hate everyone' and really meant it literally?
no – hate is a horrible word
227. Why do some people want to get more money than they could ever spend?
they worship money. It has become their god. They feel as if money can protect them from anything bad every happening to them
228. Have you ever won a carnival fish?
229. Did it live more than a week?
230. What's the best sounding accent a person can have?
231. What's the most boring thing you've ever read?
telephone book lol
232. Do you prefer buttons or touch screens?
233. Do you think there is a lot of similarity between the Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings series?
no no no
234. Would you consider yourself to be naive?
235. Which of your friends is most likely to go to jail?
not even thinking about it
236. What is the smallest amount of money that could be in a public toilet that would make you reach in and grab it?
depend on how clean it is
237. Would you ever wear real fur?
no238. Arachnophobia or Eight Legged Freaks?
239. What are your feelings about police officers?
they do a very difficult job and should be respected
240. what is your favorite line from a song?
don’t have one
241. Is fifty dollars a lot of money?
242. Do you like the band Front 242 ( )?
243. Would you rather have fame, money, or self-satisfaction?
244. What's your middle name?
245. What is the absolute limit, the craziest thing you would do for a million dollars?
pick my nose in public
246. Are you good, evil or neutral?
I try to be good
247. Should ebonics ( ) be considered a language?
248. What color is your bedroom?
very pale blue
What color would you like it to be?
deep purple
249. When are you planning to move to a new home?
250. If you added up the cost of everything in the room with you, approximately what would it come out to be?
$5 000
251. Do you blow your nose in public?
252. Do you want to follow in your parent's footsteps?
253. What is the coolest web site you know of?
my blog lol just kidding
254. Which cartoon would you most like to see turned into a movie?
255. Of the following, which word best describes you: enthusiastic, fair minded, generous, helpful
fair minded
256. Can you eat with chopsticks?
257. Could you tell real money from counterfeit?
258. What do you think about school uniforms?
that’s life
259. What ancient civilization would you most like to visit?
King Solomon’s time
260. What would make a great new Crayola color?
giggling grape
261. If an art project is created with the intent of getting rich and famous, does that cast doubt over its significance as a work of art?
262. If you became president, whom would you invite to sing at your inauguration?
Rebecca St James
263. Who is the greatest philosopher of your country?
264. If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?
good question
265. Is it as easy to make you happy now as it was when you were a child?no266. Who knows, or your parents?
267. What instrument would you like to be famous for playing?saxophone268. Children fill its lungs completely with air. Adults breathe in a more shallow way, not filling their lungs completely. Why the change?
bigger lungs maybe also kids need more oxygen because they are growing
269. Would you have sex with a stranger for one million dollars?
no way
270. Are you completely in control of your body?
Are you completely in control of your mind?
I wish
271. Which is more romantic: an expensive, glittering bouquet OR flowers that were hand picked as they grew beside the parkway?
hand picked
272. Do you know yourself well enough to understand why you feel the way you do?
getting there
273. Which do you do more often: let movies, songs and books put your feelings into words for you or put your feelings into words by yourself?
274. Do you believe celebrities when they are endorsing a product?
275. What kind of movies do you wish were made more often?
Christian themed
276. Does fashion matter to you?
a little
277. Should politicians be held to the same legal standards as everyone else?
278. What do you get in trouble for the most?
talking too much
279. Should parents spank their kids?
It should be the parents choice
280. What is your worst daily habit?
281. If you had your choice which one TV show would you have canceled?
The Simpsons
282. Do you like the taste of sweet or salt?
283. Are you very precise about what words you use to describe your feelings and thoughts?no
284. What do you feel the most guilty about?
disappointing my mother
285. Do you meditate?
on God’s word
286. Can dreams be visions, or do you feel they are always random images?
they can be messages from God
287. Do you try to write/say what you are feeling in a true and simple way?
288. The thief _______ that everyone steals.
What verb would you fill in the blank with?
289. What's the most incredible experience you ever had?
I was out walking once and I felt that God was telling me to run. I am definitely not a runner but when I did I felt this awesome connection with God and it felt like I was flying.
290. Are you ever afraid to write/say/think how you feel?
most of the time
291. Do you write/say/think it anyway or become intimidated and try to avoid it?
bit of both
292. What is one thing you can't do?
play the saxophone
293. Do you like movies starring Charleton Heston ( )?
294. Are you gentle?
295. When do you feel the most raw and vulnerable?
when I pray
296. Are you trying to find yourself?
297. Where are you looking?
to God
298. Are you sometimes afraid of being honest because you are afraid of hurting people's feelings?
299. What would make you a stronger person?
a better relationship with God and better self esteem
300. What book would you like to read sometime soon?
too many

Saturday, May 30, 2009

500 Question Survey part 2

Part Two
101. What does happiness/joy feel like physically?
A gentle warmth all over
good butterflies in your belly
like you’re getting a hug that no one else can see

102. List five people you love starting with the one you love the absolute most.
A Jesus
B Jason
C Xanthia
D Sebastian
E Mum

103. How many movies have you gone to see this month?
104. If you could have 3 wishes...but none of them could be for yourself, what would you wish for?
1. That everyone would accept Christ as their saviour
2. Everyone would have a safe place to live
3. No one would ever have to go hungry

105. In what ways do you relax and de-stress when you are really tense?
spend time with friends

106. How much money would it take to get you to drive to school naked in the springtime and get out of the car?
I wouldn’t do that for any amount of money

107. Have you ever killed an animal?
Yes – cockroaches, spiders and I guess I’ve stepped on ants

108. Have you ever lost someone close to you?
Yes – my husband’s nana

109. What do you think of cloning?
So so wrong

110. Do you read or watch TV more often?
watch TV… but love reading all the same

111. With all this talk of terrorism going around are you willing to sacrifice rights and freedoms for increased safety?

112. What is the punishment you would come up with for Osama Bin Laden if you caught him alive?
Life imprisionment

113. Have you ever named an individual part of your body?

114. Have you ever been on the radio or on TV?
yes Radio when I did work experience at the local radio station as a teenager

115. Have you ever won a lottery, or sweepstakes?

116. Have you ever won a contest or competition?

117. Do you like to watch The Joy of Painting show with Bob Ross (check out this link if you don't know who he is. Also please note me if you notice the link is broken) )?

118. Do you know what your grandparents and your great grand parents did for a living?
My Dad’s parents were sugar cane farmers and my Mum’s parents were dairy farmers.

119. Is there anything really interesting in your family history?
Don’t think so

120. Is there anyone you trust completely?
I want to say God but I have trust issues. I’m learning to trust him better though.

121. Have you ever lost someone without having the chance to say goodbye?

122. How do you feel about women in politics?
No different then men in politics

123. Would you rather have an indoor Jacuzzi or an outdoor pool?
Indoor Jacuzzi

124. What things are you interested in that you study or read about on your own?
Faith, prayer, counselling, craft

125. Would you consider yourself to be intelligent?
yes126. Would you consider yourself to be wise?

27. Have you ever given or received a lap dance?

128. Have you ever spoken to a homeless person?

129. Would you ever creep into the subway tunnels to go exploring?

130. If you could add 70 years to your life but only by making some random person die 70 years sooner would you?

131. Can you finish any of the following lyrics? A: Nothing to kill or die for... no ideaB: Late comings with the late comin' stretcher... no ideaC: I could make a film and make you my star... no idea

132. Were you ever with someone while they died?

133. Would you rather be a world political leader or a rock star?
rock star

134. Have you ever given someone a love letter that you wrote?

135. Have you ever sent someone a surprise though the mail?

136. Are you looking forward to any concerts right now?

137. Of all animated movies, which is the best one you've ever seen?
Kung Fu Panda

138. What are the best bands or songs to listen to while driving?
Planet Shakers, Rebbeca St James, Audio Adrenaline

139. What do you think is the most amazing thing that anyone has ever accomplished?
inventing the airplane

140. What could a member of the opposite sex do to impress you?
declare their love for me in a public forum

141. About how many emails do you get a day?
How many of those emails are junk mail?
80 maybe
How many of them are forwards?

142. What's your favorite thing to do online besides write in your diary and hang out at this site?
play games

143. Do you believe Kurt Cobain ( ) killed himself or was it a conspiracy?

144. Have you ever thought about hitchhiking across the country?

145. Who would you bring with you on this kind of a road trip?
My husband

146. Of the following, which word best describes you: accurate, bold, charming, dependable

147. If you are single, at about what age do you think you will be ready to settle down and get married? If you are married, how old were you at the time?

148. Do you often wonder, when you say goodbye to people, if it is the last time you will ever see them?

149. What movie are you most looking forward to seeing when it comes out?
Nothing comes to mind.

150. What is your quest?
To become more like Jesus and to help others

151. What is louder and more annoying: 200 adults talking or one four-year-old screaming?
four year old for sure

152. Do you believe the stories about planes, boats and people mysteriously disappearing into the Bermuda triangle?

153. Who are you the most jealous of?
Those who find prayer easy. Although I would say I’m really jealous. It’s just I aspire to be like them

.154. What is the happiest way you can start your day?
A sleep in, a good cup of tea and a yummy breakfast

155. Do you ever have moments where you feel like everything is all right in the world?

156. Who thinks that you are offensive?
A lady at church has told me that she think I’m too in people’s faces but I’ve asked others if they think that and they didn’t so I really think it’s her issue not mine.

157. If you had to teach a class in something, what would you be able to teach people?
How to scrapbook,knit, crochet, make teddy bears

158. Have you ever had a spiritual experience (an experience that cannot be explained by science)?
Yes – I had an experience one night where I kept waking up feeling someone trying to straggle me but no one was there. It didn’t go away until I prayed.

159. Do you believe that this experience was truly mystical or do you think there is some scientific explanation for it, only you don't know what it is?
I believe that I was under spiritual attack

160. Do you get offended easily?

161. Would you still love and stay with your signifigant other if he or she had to have a breast or testicle removed?

162. Do you believe in fate or free will?
free will

163. Do you believe that only boring people get bored?
I hope not or I must be a very boring person

164. Can life change or are we all stuck in vain?
change is always possible

165. What changes are you afraid of?
all of them. I hate change even good change. I don’t know why.

166. Are you a day person or nocturnal?
day person

167. What one CD could you listen to for an entire week (no mixed CD’s, it must be an album)?
Probably any of Rebecca St James’ albums

168. Which is worse, working in retail, food service, or an office?
Food Service

169. What's the coolest job you ever had?
working as a vet nurse for a cat specialist

170. What is one central idea that your thoughts seem to come back to?
I need to grow

171. Have you ever wanted to be an actor/tress?
when I was young

172. If you had the power to control one person and make this person do anything you wanted for a whole day, who would you pick and what would they do?
Husband and he could wait on me

173. What star sign are you and what is your sign like?
not into star signs

174. Did the Blair Witch Project scare you?

175. Are you in constant fear of death?
Not anymore

176. Does fear of death keep you from building a life?
used to

177. Do you like all your movies to be in wide-screen?
don’t care

178. Are you a fan of any comic books?
used to love the Green Arrow

179. At what age did you attend your first funeral?

180. What do you smell like (lotion, cologne, sweat)?

181. What are your greatest sources for wisdom?
the New Testament and Proverbs

182. When you were little, where did your parents tell you babies come from?
My parents told me the truth

183. What is your favorite band?

184. What's the best cheesy 80's song?
Oh Mickey

185. What's the best kind of movie to see on a date?
Romantic Comedy

186. Do you like to sit in the front, middle or back of the Movie Theater?

187. Have you ever been inside an abandoned building?

188. Under what circumstances would you agree to work for free?
For God, for animals, to counsel others

189. Candles or strobe lights?

190. Do you think the Lord of the Rings movies are true to the books or did Hollywood change the story too much?
not sure. Husband says they changed it alot

191. When you see a stranger on the street does your first reaction lean towards thinking of this person as a potential friend or as a potential threat?
threat unfortunately

192. Is it natural for human beings to fear and distrust each other, or is it cultural?

193. What do you really want to buy?
a video camera

194. You have to choose. Would you be happier marrying someone rich for their money or living in the streets and subway tunnels with someone you love?
love always comes before money

195. If someone wanted to understand you what book could they read that would help?
personality plus

196. Do you think it’s odd that Americans have freedom of religion and yet call themselves 'one nation under god'?
I guess so.

197. In what sense are you a minority?
I’m Christian

198. Are you anti social?

199. Do you photograph well?

200. Do you think that human beings would survivor through a nuclear winter?

Friday, May 29, 2009

5000 Question Survey

I found these questions at . I thought it'd be fun to answer them. There's 5000 all up. I wonder how far I'll get.

Part one
1. Who are you?
I am Jo
I am 35.
I am a mother to Seb(10) and Xan(8).
I am the wife of Jason

2. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you?
1. I am a Christian.
2. I am not perfect.
3. I am growing.

3. When you aren't filling out 5,000 question surveys like this one what are you doing?
Doing housework, Playing Chains on the computer, writing, reading, playing with Scoubis, knitting, having cups of tea with friends, going to church, helping kids with home work.

4. List your classes in school from the ones you like the most to the ones you like the least (or if you are out of school, think of the classes you did like and didn't like at the time). Film and Television

5. What is your biggest goal for this year?
To prioritise my life, make plans and stick to them.

6. Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I want to have an organised house, be involved in women’s ministry, be working in a job I enjoy and have chickens and and vege patch.

7. What stage of life are you in right now?
Mid 30’s whatever that means. I guess I’m at a stage where I really want some concrete direction in my life. I’m definitely in a period of emotional growth. I’m learning why I am the way I am, what things have affected me from my childhood and how they’ve affected me. I’m growing spiritually too. I’m still learning to trust my heart with God…But I getting there.

8. Are you more child-like or childish?
Childish unfortunately.

9. What is the last thing you said out loud?
Kitty Cool (one of my cat’s names)

10. What song comes closest to how you feel about your life right now?
Open the eyes of my heart by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

11. Have you ever taken martial arts classes?
Yes a couple of classes in High School

12. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same?
Better very slowly

13. Does time really heal all wounds?
Yes…but only if you allow it.

14. How do you handle a rainy day?
Sometimes I get depressed… other times I just love to curl up with a book.

15. Which is worse...losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights?
Losing your luggage would be worse because holiday light are easily replaced.

16. How is your relationship with your parents?
Pretty good with my Mum. I wish we could share our walks with God on a more intimate level though.
With Dad not so good. He is so frustrating. It’s definitely better than when I was young but it could be sooooo much better.

Will you miss them when they are gone?
Yes Yes Yes

17. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you?

18. What is the truest thing that you know?
That Jesus is the son of God and that through him we can all have salvation.

19. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Doctor, Vet

20. Have you ever been given a second chance?
Yes… God is forever giving me second chances.

21. Are you more of a giver or a taker?
Taker probably

22. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind?
I try to.

23. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?
When I fell down the stair and bruised my tail bone and possibly cracked my vertebrae.

24. What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you?
When I was date raped.

25. Who have you hugged today?
Both of my kids and my husband.

26. Who has done something today to show they care about you?
My friend Belinda came round to have a cuppa and a chat.

27. Do you have a lot to learn?

28. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?
A To play the saxophone
B To play the piano
C To not loose my temper

29. Which do you remember the longest: what other people say, what other people do or how other people make you feel?
How others make me feel.

30. What are the key ingredients to having a good relationship?
Faith in God, trust, honesty, compassion, friendship

31. What 3 things do you want to do before you die?
A Swim with dolphins
B sky dive
C visit another country

32. What three things would you want to die to avoid doing?
A denying Christ
B touching a snake
C hurting someone

33. Is there a cause you believe in more than any other cause?
Anti Abortion

34. What does each decade make you think of:
The 19..
20's: Charlston
30's: dunno
40's: roaring
40’s: dunno
50's: rock n roll, Elvis
60's: hippies, peace sign,
70's: weird clothing, mini skirts
80's: Maddona, fish nets, Cindi Lauper
90's: Computers, got married, became a Mum
2000 (so far): 7/11, Bali Bombings, Tsunami, had a daughter, accepted Christ into my heart
2010's: future, growth, uncertainty, ???

35. Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why?
90’s because I finished school, left home, met my husband, got married, had my first child.

36. What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song?
Teddy Bear by Elvis

37. What country do you live in and who is the leader of that country?
Australia – Kevin Rudd

If you could say any sentence to the current leader of your country what would it be?
Kevin in every situation ask yourself What Would Jesus Do.

38. What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night?

39. What Disney villain are you the most like and why?
The ugly sister’s from Cinderella because I’m probably still too needy and a bit lazy at times too.

40. Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout?
I was a Girl Guide for less than a year.

41. If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat?
Fly…I have a fear of water

42. Why is the sky blue during the day and black at night?
Some to do with the light from the sun hitting the ocean at daytime and a night black is just the lack of light.

43. What does your name mean?
I was named after to of my aunties who died in a car accident before I was born.
The meaning of the name Joanne is God is gracious

44. Would you rather explore the deeps of the ocean or outer space?
The depths of the ocean

45. Word association What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:
Air: breath
Meat: cow
Different: me
Pink: purple
Deserve: me
White: black
Elvis: dead
Magic: wrong
Heart: love
Clash: bash
Pulp: paper

46. If you could meet any person in the world who is dead who would you want it to be?

47. What if you could meet anyone who is alive?
Joyce Meyers

48. Is there a movie that you love so much you could watch it everyday?

49. You are going to be stuck alone in an elevator for a week. What do you bring to do?
Laptop, books, notebook and pen,

50. Have you ever saved someone's life or had your life saved?
My uncle Bob saved me from drowning

51. Make up a definition for the following silly words...
Fruitgoogle: the act of eating breakfast while searching the internet
Ambytime: the time it take to build an ambulance
Asscactus: a donkey shaped prickly plant

52. What was the last thing you made with your own hands?
A cup of tea

53. What was your favorite toy as a child?
A yellow teddy bear

54. How many TV’s are in your house?

55. What is your favorite thing to do outside?

56. How do you feel when you see a rainbow?
happy, peaceful, hopeful

57. Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true?
Don’t think so

58. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader?
Yes but I would never again.

59. What is your idea of paradise?
being face to face with Jesus

60. Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like?
Yes… perfect. Read the Bible if you want to know more

61. Do you believe in Hell?

62. What one thing have you done that most people haven't?
tried to eat a cane beetle

63. What is the kindest thing you have ever done?
gave money to some people from the Solomon Islands so that their daughter could visit them.

64. Are you a patient person?

65. What holiday should exist but doesn't?
Jesus Day

66. What holiday shouldn't exist but does?
Queen’s Birthday

67. What's the best joke you ever heard?
Can’t think of a specific one.

68. Where is the most fun place you have EVER been?
Dream World

69. Is your hair natural or dyed?
Dyed black with Blonde foils

70. Do you have any deep dark secrets or are you pretty much up front?
I have secrets.

71. What is under your bed right now?
Dust bunnies

72. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home?
Go home

73. If you drive do you frequently speed?

74. What is the world's best song to dance to?
Never Stop by Planet Shakers

75. What song was on the last time you danced with someone?
Too long ago to remember

76. Do you prefer Disney or Warner Brothers?

77. What is the first animal you would run to see if you went to the zoo?

78. Would you consider yourself to be romantic?

79. If the earth stopped rotating would we all fly off?

80. What is the one thing that you love to do so much that you would make sacrifices to be able to do it?
Be creative

81. If you (and everyone) had to lose one right or freedom, but you could pick which one everyone had to lose, what would you pick?
the right to get pregnant before marriage…don’t know how that’d work though.

82. If you had to choose would you live on the equator or at the North Pole?
North Pole

83. Would you rather give up listening to music or watching television?
Watching TV

84. What do you think makes someone a hero?
being willing to sacrifice everything for another human being

85. What cartoon would you like to be a character in?

86. Name one thing that turns your stomach:

87. What was the last thing you paid for?
Some groceries

88. Are you a coupon clipper?

89. Get anything good in the mail recently?
My keycard

90. Which would you rather take as a gym class...dancing, sailing, karate, or bowling?

91. In Star Trek people 'beam' back and forth between different places. What this means is they stand in a little tube and their molecules are deconstructed and sent to another tube somewhere else where they are reassembled. Only problem is when the molecules are deconstructed the person is dead. When they are put back together it is only a clone that has all the dead person's memories. So... Is the person who gets beamed the same person on both ends?

92. What insects are you afraid of?
wasps, bees, praying mantis

93. If you could print any phrase on a T-shirt, what would it say?
Trust God

94. What's the most eccentric thing you have ever worn?
Too many to say

95. If you could pick one food that you could eat all you wanted but it would have no effect on how much you weigh, what food would it be?

96. What are your parents interested in?
Mum – Bus trips, fishing, craft, sewing, horses
Dad – computers, stamp collecting97. Have you ever caught an insect and kept it as a pet?
Yes – lady beetle

97. Have you ever caught and tamed a wild animal?

98. What is more helpful to you, wishes or plans? I tend to wish more than plan but plans are definitely more helpful

99. When do you feel your life energy the strongest?
When I’m worshipping God

100. You are spending the night alone in the woods and may bring only 3 items with you. What do you bring?
Mobile Phone

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Teenage Marriage Dreams

Hi all,
I decided to post an answer to a prompt I got from another group. It really made me think and to realise just how grateful I really am for the life I had been blessed with

Prompt:When you were a teenager, what did you think the person you would marry would be like? What influenced that? Did you end up marrying someone like that?Oh I was a total hopeless romantic. I wanted romance, flowers, moonlight dinners....and all that. I dreamt of a dashing black haired man sweeping in and solving all my problems. I thought if I just found the right guy that life would be perfect.I guess what influenced it was my lack of relationship with my dad and also all the bullying I went through at school. I wanted someone to love me unconditionally and to save me from my tormenters.My husband is definately not the romantic type. He can cook though which is a bonus. He does love me unconditionally and he was a safe place for me to fall. He came into my life just when I needed him. I was at the lowest of lows and it scares me to think what would have happened to me if I had continued down that destructive path.But even though I love my husband dearly and he was my knight in shining armour in my time of need...we fought alot for a long time and at time we were only together for the kids. It wasn't we accepted Christ into our lives and we sought God to provide all our needs that we could truly learn to love each other the way God intended. Luv and Hugs Jo

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Have written anything since last week. Oh I am such a slacker. Well lets see...I'll go through the days.
Jason took me and the kids to Maccas for breaky. Yummo. We haven't done that in ages. We were going to go garage slaing too but there wasn't much on. We did go to one near Belinda and Andrew's place so we dropped in there after. Poor Belinda had to do a runner. She was still in her dressing gown. We hung our there for a while and then went home for lunch via town where we picked up some pies. Oh I also went into King Kong to try to find a stress ball for Seb. I read that it might help him to focus if he has something to fiddle with. Well the only stress ball I could find there was a booby shaped one. I AM DEFINATELY NOT GIVING MY TEN YEAR OLD ONE OF THEM. Anyhow I also came across some scoubi strings. They were big here about 3 years ago. There must be coming back in. I got some. Now I can't stop doing them. Must be OCD. LOL. Took me ages to work out the starter knot though. Now I feel stupid coz it was so easy.
Later in the afternoon we went back to the Humphries. Jason helped Andrew clear some trees and Belinda and I chatted and crafted. She's doing a x stitch and I've just started a scarf for Xan. Now that mine is finished that is. We ended up having dinner there.
Still obsessed with scoubis. Went to church. Came home. Went to the nursery. I got some herbs to plant and Xan got a plant to look after. Jason went over to help my niece with some songs on the guitar that she is playing for Youth group.
Jason got obsessed with chopping down trees today. He spent most of the morning clearing. After we went into town. We went to the library and I found some books to read on ADHD. Got the kids some readers too. Went to the Christian bookstore. Found an appropriate stress ball. Got sheet music for Hillsong Kids Super Strong God for Xan and another Hillsong album with Hosanna on it. My favourtie song. Got a mixed worship CD too. Then we had to do the bank stuff. Got a payout amount for our personal loan and had a bank cheque drawn up. Glad to have that out of the road. Sorted out some problem with our new account. Our keycards should arrive soon. We made an appointment to sort out other stuff next week.
Did grocery shopping.
After school the kids and I went to the doctor. I've decided it's time to go off my 'happy pills' aka anti-anxiety/anti-depression meds. I start on a weaning dose on Sunday. Spoke to the doctor about Xan's wasp allergy. He gave me a script for cortisone tablets. She has to take that and the phenergan tablet if she gets bitten again. If it get worse we can consider a course of vaccinations but it's a longgggggg course and until we know how bad the allergy will get we can't risk it. As for Seb the doctor gave me a referal to a pediatrian at the Base Hospital but we'll probably still be waiting a few months to see him. But we simply can't afford to go private.
Xan had her 2nd singing lesson. She's probably going to do 'One Way' by Hillsong Kids for the Eistedford. Shalyn wants her to sing it at Zone in a couple of weeks too.
Went to Ladies Group. Found a chess club for Seb. He went after school. Seems like he really enjoyed himself. We were slack and got Pizza for tea. I was feeling off colour. (hope I'm not getting a tummy bug) Jason took Xan to Girl's Brigade.
What have I done today so far. Housework....housework...housework...mostly. Booked an appointment at the vet to have Happy fixed...Don't think he'll be too Happy about that. LOL. Still have heaps to do. I need to pot my herbs. Life Group is tonight. Hope I'm not too tired.
Well that's about it.
Luv and Hugs
God Bless

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Teacher's strike ended yesterday, but they're not saying they won't strike again. Xan didn't go to school though because she wasn't well. She was coughing heaps and was all achy. Just a bad cold I think. Was still feeling a bit off myself.
We are both feeling alot better today. Xan went to school. Her class are going to the show on an excursion today so she was really excited about that. I've mainly been catching up on boring stuff like housework today. Still have some to do, but I really need a break. My sinuses are going crazy. Guess it's all the dust I've been stirring up.
I've been thinking alot the last few days. I've realised I still need to work on balance in my life and what's best for me to be focusing on at the moment. I had thought that study was near the top of the list can't be and that took alot for me to admit. I guess because I keep going around and around this merry go round of studying and not studying. Thinking I'm ready then stuffing things up. Well the truth is I just can't balance the other things in my life and study right now. I'm going to take a break of at least a year and focus on balancing everything else. I'm definately getting things more organised at home. The house is fairly clean most of the time rather than fairly messy most of the time. I'm starting to learn to take time out to develop closer friendships...I really found trusting others very hard for a long time. I need to focus on my kids more. If you asked them I'm sure they'd say I spend enough time with them. I have a great relationship with both my kids which I am so grateful for. But I want to spend more quality time helping them with their school work, doing family devotions and playing games with them. Another thing I'm very interested in is Women's ministry. I was asked to organise some fellowship events for the women at our church and I'd also like to get a craft group going at church since so many women enjoy craft. I think that this is something I need to be doing and I want to be doing. But....the most important thing that I've let go is my relationship with God. I really need to improve this. I think I allowed study to take the place of my time with God. I guess maybe because I thought since I was studying Old Testament Intro that it was okay. Well it wasn't okay. I've always had trouble praying. Low self esteem issues mainly. I want to work on this. Learn to talk to God. Make him my best friend. Someone I trust wholeheartedly. Someone I can lean on when I need to. Someone to share everything with.

Luv and Hugs
God Bless

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Teacher's Strike

Tuesday 19th May 2009
There was a Teacher's strike today. It's the first one since I left school. They want more money. Now I'm first to agree that teacher's deserve to get paid more for what they do but this is not the time to be demanding it. We are in recession. If the government give them more money then it will come out of something else which will probably mean a loss of jobs somewhere. That's my 2 cents worth anyway.
Well the kids couldn't go to school. Jason decided to take Seb to work with him. Seb loved that idea. Today is Ladies Group at church so Xan came with me. Xan's still not looking real well. I don't feel to crash hot either. We had lunch out at church.
The afternoon was fairly quiet. I tried to nap but it didn't quite work out that way.
We decided not to send Xan to Girl's Brigade tonight. Her cough sound horrid. Couldn't find the vicks either. Have to get some tomorrow.

Guidance NOT

Monday 18th May 2009.
Jason's day off today. Dropped the kids off to school. Xan wasn't feeling well but didn't want to miss her violin lesson. I let to let her teacher know to call me if she got worse. Saw Seb's other teacher too and gave her the information regarding innatentive ADHD. She's going to find out how long before he can see the Guidance Counsellor.
Jason and I went over to clean Pastor Dav's house. He's paying us of course. It was pretty grotty. We worked for about 1hour and 1/4 each and got a fair bit done. He only wanted us to do 2 hours between us. We are cleaning every two weeks. I think it'll take a while to get it up to scratch. Dav has a dissabled man living with him so I sort of expected things to be quite grotty.
After that we went over to Belinda and Andrew's place for a visit. I asked Belinda about the Accountablity Partner thingy. She said she'd think about it.
Jason and I stopped at Sauers' Pie for lunch. It was nice just to sit and have lunch with him. Kinda like a date.
Saw Seb's teacher again when I picked the kids up. Apparently there's a shortage of guidence counsellors and it could be another year before he gets seen. His teacher agrees that it sounds like Innatentive ADHD. I'm going to see my GP. See what we can do privately. We definately don't think he needs Medication. It's just not that seriously. His teacher recommended that I research about it on the net and look for techniques to help him. He's interested in joining a chess club so I'm looking into that. The reward chart has captured his interest too so we'll see how that goes too. I'm so glad that he has supportive teachers that are willing to work with me.

Sermon got me thinking

Sunday 17th May 2009
Can't believe I was awake at 6am. I hardly slept last night. I set my alarm to wake me at midnight to give Xan her meds but I was so worried that it wouldn't go off or I'd sleep through it that I couldn't sleep. It wasn't easy getting Xan to take her tablet either. She wouldn't wake up. Probably because of the medication she was given at the hospital. I ended up lifting her up a bit, poking the tablet into her mouth, getting some water in too and rubbing her neck. Guess my time as a vet nurse was quite useful. I finally got to sleep some time after 1am. Yet I still woke up at 6. How annoying.
Jason got a lift into church earlier because he was worshop leading today. I didn't expect to get there for Zone and had planned on getting there by 10.30 for the 2nd service. Xan and Seb had other ideas. Neither of them wanted to miss Zone. Xan was still quite dizzy form the meds but she managed okay.
The sermon today hit hme alot. I realised that I really need to work on my relationship with God more. My relationships with other believers have definately improved. I did realise that it would be a good idea to have an accountability partner. I'm thinking of asking Belinda if she is interested. Prayer is really hard for me. I read the book "The Shack" and I was taken aback by this one woman's habit of caming God Papa. My first thought was that I could never do that. My second thought was that I wish I could. I struggle with even calling Him Father. It all goes back to my relationship with my earthy Dad. I know that. And I know that God is the perfect Father who won't let me down's still so hard. My greatest wish is to have an intimate relationship with my Papa God.
Other happening of today. Snoozed this afternoon. The Humphries came around for dinner.

What a Day.

Saturday 16th May 2009
I woke up fairly early this morning. Jason had the Men's Breakfast here this morning and Xan and I were going garage saling. Didn't really find much at the garage sales. Xan bought a doll and I got an orange stuffed frog for Seb's collection. I also found a cute little stuffed lamb that I couldn't resist and a couple of scrapbook albums, a 6 by 6 and an 8 by 8. We went to River then because they had ladies boots on sale for $33. Got a high heeled black pair, a new watch and two scarves (black and white).
The rest of the morning and most of the afternoon was pretty quiet. I picked up Mum about 3.30pm and we went to Station Square. I needed to get some veges for dinner and some cardstock to make up this new reward system. Mum came around then. She was supposed to be staying for dinner but that changed. Explain that later. Mum and I went for a walk around the park and then I started getting organised for dinner. I asked Xanthia to take some rubbish down to the recycling bin. While she was down there she was bitten by something. We later found out it was a wasp. I immediately gave her a phenergan because she had a bad reaction last time she was bitten. 1/2 hour later I was ringing 13 Health because her finger(where she was bitten) had swollen and she was starting to get some hives on her stomach. As I was talking to the nurse the hives spread all over her body. The only part they weren't was below her knees. I dropped Mum home and rushed Xan to the hospital. They took her straight through and gave her some more medication and put her in a cool bath. They said that if I hadn't given her the phenergan her throat would have probably swollen. It was a really scary experience. The medicine they gave her worked really fast and we were able to go home 2 hours later. I had to get up in the middle of the night to give her another dose of phenergan and she had to have 3 more doses the next day.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cuppa, Chat and Craft Morning

Hi there,
Don't know what to talk about today. Bit of a blaaaah day in some ways. Good in others though. My friend Belinda came around for our Friday morning cuppa, craft and chat. We missed last week coz she was busy. I enjoy our chats. I worked on my scarf a bit more. Then I ran out of wool so worked on the granny blanket I'm making for our bed. We chatted about all sorts of stuff. Life in general. Her MIL who hasn't been well. She's doing better which is good. Also talked about kids. I was telling her about the issues we've been having with Seb. I came across website when I was looking for info on Reward Systems. It was actually about Innatentive ADHD which I'd never heard about before. This is the site He seems to match the symptoms. I don't want to label him at all. I dunno. I think I may talk to the school counsellor or maybe our doctor or both. Guess I'll see what happens.
I'm planning on sorting out this reward system by this weekend. Should be a big job. I'm going to put it all on a large chart with pockets for the tokens at the bottom. I'll let you know how it goes.
Everthing is achey again today. And I'm ultra tired. Thinking I need an early night. I want to go to Garage Sales again tomorrow so I have to get a decent rest. I don't want to hang around the house in the morning. Jason has the Men's Breakfast here tomorrow. Soon be not around.
Went out for a bit when Jason got home from work. He had to get stuff for the Men's Breakfast and then he took me to Lincraft and I got that ball of wool for my scarf. Can't wait to finish it. I want to wear it on Sunday. I also got some wool to knitt Xan a scarf too. I think she's pretty happy about that.
Although she's not too happy right now. Her friend, Arrabelle was meant to be here at 4pm and it's almost 4.30 and she hasn't arrive. Considering she was meant to only stay until 5pm...I dunno what's going on. Maybe she'll get here soon and just stay while her Mum and I have a cuppa.
Well I gotta go. Things to do and all.
Luv n hugs
God Bless

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Xan's Ladybug project

We've finally finished Xan's ladybug project for school. Yippee!

My scarf progress

This is my scarf I'm working on. I need to get another ball of wool. It's really soft. Canit wait until it's finished.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday 13th May 2009

I am so sleepy right now. We were supposed to go to Life Group tonight but both Jason and I were way too tired. I didn't sleep well again last night. My darling son's alarm clock went off at midnight...he had moved it and forgot to reset it. I was not a happy camper. I just kept waking up every hour or so after that. Planning on a good nights sleep tonight though I hope. I went to the back specialist today and he put my back in. He told me to take some pain killers with a muscle relaxant in it for the next couple of night at least coz my back was very tight. Those tablet knock me out good so I should sleep pretty heavy. I did 7 laps of the park today too so my body is in desperate need of a rest.
I've had a fairly full on day really. I spent most of it trying to plow through Psalms. You don't realise how long it is until you try to get through it all in one day. I read 1-43 then I gave in and listened to 44-109 from the Audio Bible we have. It gave my a chance to do some knitting. I'm making myself a scarf. I'll have to take a photo of it. I'll try to remember tomorrow. I'm back to reading it now and I'm at 133 or 4. Anyway I plan to finsih it before sleep tonight.
We got a phone call from Seb's teacher today. She's not happy with the amount of effort he's putting into his work. I'm going to see her tomorrow afternoon I think. He can be so frustrating. He's actually very bright but refuses to apply himself. We are thinking of trying a reward system to try to get him to concentrate on his work more. We're thinking of a token system where he earns tokens for good behaviour and good effort and then he can cash them in for rewards, Of course we'll have to do it for Xan as well. I think we also have to come down harder on privilages too, such as computer and playstation time. Right now I'm too tired to really think about it in too much detail.
Time to go now....before I nod off.
Luv and Hugs
God Bless
Oh and it's stopped raining yippee

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It's raining, it's pouring

Tuesday 12th May,

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring.

I have a sore itchy throat, and aches and pains

So I didn’t sleep real well last night

My nose is runny, my face feels funny

My muscles feel like I’ve been in a fight

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring.

On Mondays now hubby doesn’t work

Thought we’d pull down the tent yesterday

Cleaned and dried it on hands and knees

Then the rain blew that plan away

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring.

Woke up this morning, drowsy head

Kids are still tucked up in their beds

Dreaming of sunshine, but it’s raining instead

I want to go back to bed

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring

Son won’t get up and I’m in a state

Decide it’s not my fault if he’s late

Kids’ have to walk to school in the rain

Umbrella’s too small so daughter complains

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring

Sitting and working on my granny rug

Want to be in bed, snug as a bug

Got to get some housework done

Try to think of someway to make it fun

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring

Big brother drops in for lunch with me

Caffeine craving, cup of tea

Doesn’t work, feeling slow

Little nap, no, no, no!

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring

Got to get some study done

Wondering where my brain has gone

Learning about Lamentations

Can often lead to big frustrations

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring

Vacuuming, mopping,

Wash the clothes

Where the energy comes from

Nobody knows

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring

Well I mustn’t fell down

And I mustn’t feel blue

Because I still have so much

I have to do

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring

What would I do

Without my PDA

I love to use it

To plan my day

But as I look at all the To Do’s

Too many things, it don’t seem right

Oh well get it done with a smile

And to bed early tonight

It’s raining, it’s pouring,

I wish that I was snoring

Remember that God’s with me every day

Helps to brush my cares away.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday 11th May 2009

I have been without the computer for most of today....and I! We took it over to my brother's this morning so he could put in our new hard drive. Actually I guess you couldn't call it new anymore because I bought it 12 months ago. Hey I know I'm slow and slack. My brother is also getting the kid's computer back up and running too. I'll be so glad when that happen. 4 people and 1 computer can get difficult to juggle.
I got another 5 laps of the park done today so I am quite proud of me. I think that means I'm up to 24 laps now. I would have got more done today but the weather and the kids were against me. Weather because it kept raining off and on, and kids because they were fighting this afternoon and DS had a major attitude. He wasn't too impressed when we refused to take him to karate tonight because of his behaviour. Perhaps he'll think first before doing that again.
That's about it for me today. I'm off to make my version of S'mores. Milk Arrowroot Biscuits, choc chips, marshmallows and a microwave. Yummo.
Luv and Hugs
God Bless

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Mum's Day

Today is Mother’s Day so Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there. Had an early start again this morning. Would have loved a big long sleep in but it was not to be. DH was doing an item at church today and had to be out there by 8am for practise. I miss having two cars. I got a cup of tea and a nutragrain breakfast bar in bed. The kids came running in with plenty of hugs and kisses. They gave me a Chris Tomlin CD, a bookmark, hand decorated clothes hanger, a pink lunch box and pink measuring cups. After a mad rush to get ready we headed off to church. I dropped DH and the kids and proceeded to Maccas for breakfast. My Mum’s Day treat for me.
Got back to church in time to watch some of the practise then head off for Zone (our Sunday School). I was only planning on staying for the beginning bit and then going to hang out in the Chill Out room. They had plenty of teachers today and I’m a floater usually. But as I was passing Girl Zone (girls – ages 12-15) they called me in so I joined them for the lesson. I had filled in for their teacher last week. They must have enjoyed it.
Church service was next. It was really nice. There were chairs set up around tables and yummy food on each table to snack on. We had three different women speak and Pastor Rob. I loved DH’s item. It was Mountain of God by Third Day. He truly has a beautiful voice. A friend of mine also did an item. She was great too and it was good to see her get past her shyness to stand up there.
I have been thinking about getting DD singing lesson but couldn’t really afford it at the moment. A teenager at church who sings offered to give her some basic lesson for free. That’s great, even better because her mum, a friend will bring her over here for the lessons and we can have a cuppa and chat while the lesson is on.
This afternoon was a bit of a veg out. Barbie “Thumbelina” was on TV so I watched that with DD. Had a short snooze too. Did a couple of laps around the park late this arvo. That brings the total to 21laps.
We had chicken nuggets for tea. They were yummo! Would have preferred for DH to cook me a gourmet meal but if you don’t ask you don’t get. Plus he’s not feeling well.
Well that’s about it. I still have to ring my Mum so I’d better go.
Luv and Hugs
God bless

Saturday 9th May 2009

I’m writing this on Sunday so things aren’t as fresh in my mind. Things fade away way too quickly for my liking. Would have written it yesterday but kids and DH hogged the computer. I really miss my laptop at times like that. Although I shouldn’t use that as an excuse really because I could have just hand written something down and transferred it to the computer. Oh well…next time I’ll know better…maybe.
Okay firstly, I walked a couple more laps of the park Friday afternoon so my total is now 19.
I got up reasonably early and went to Garage Sales with DH and kids. DS found a small TV stand with storage underneath for his Playstation 2. DD got some back issues of some kid’s magazines. I got a paper recycling kit and some clothes for me and DD. Then we went into town. I went to the library while DH and kids went to the Christian Bookstore to do some Mother’s Day shopping. Borrowed some craft books out for myself, found a few fairy novels and ladybird books for DD (she has a project to do for school) and DS came and got a few novels too. Went home then.
After lunch I took the kids to their school fete. It was a touch dull so we got some fairy floss and went home. Oh I bought a cute little bag and a bookmark before we left. After that I had to go pick up my Mum from town. She is in a craft group and they had a shop open for the two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day. It was closing up and I had to get her gear home. My mum doesn’t drive so I was the taxi this time. Mum insisted I stay for a cuppa. Normally I would have been happy to stay but I really wanted to get some walking in. Oh well. More to do another time.
We had my niece’s 21st birthday party at night. It was an interesting event. My brother and sister-in-law are not together because of his involvement in a church which is really a cult. He did not attend the party which was sad. The rest of my family was there and lots of people from our church. I was a really good night all up.
Well that about all from Saturday.

Friday, May 8, 2009

8th May 2009

Howdee all,

Think I’m getting or perhaps already got a cold. I feel kinda yucky today. I’ve also been a bit testy too. This morning I couldn’t find my purse and I was freaking. I was sure I’d put it in my bedroom but it was nowhere to be seen. The kids were being mildly annoying and I ended up swearing at my daughter. Ugh!!! I was so ashamed of myself. Swearing is something I find detestable. I used to swear a lot I admit but I thought I’d finally broken the habit. I spoke to my daughter after school and apologised for my behaviour. I am so grateful I have such forgiving children. Oh and I forgot to mention…I found my purse. Somehow it had ended up in the bottom of my church basket.
Did a bit of web surfing and found a heap of free printable stationery. Saved some and printed off some for me and the kids. Took up most of the morning. Usually on Friday morning I have a friend come over for a cuppa and we sit and chat and do whatever craft project we are doing at the moment. But she couldn’t come today. So I guess that excuses my lengthy internet time.
DH was home early from work today. He was home by 1pm so I took advantage of having the car and went out. I went into lincraft and bought some wool for this rug I’m crocheting. Then I went to the Christian Bookshop to get a Mother’s day pressy for my Mum and a 21st Birthday pressy for my niece. For Mum I got a book called Australian Stories for Women and for my niece I got a pretty lilac bible cover. I hope they both like them. Then I went to BigW to buy a new kettle. Ours died this morning and then I nearly burnt myself trying to pour boiling water into a mug from a saucepan. Lastly I filled up the car with petrol. Oh I grabbed a few grocerys too.
Anyhow the kids are home from school now and I think DH want the computer soon so I’d better finish up.
Oh as for my walking progress I have walked around the park 17 times so far.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Maryborough Fitness Challenge

Hello peoples of the world. Thought I’d better write something. I’m tired….thought I’d let you know. Don’t know why. Maybe it’s all the exercise. Evil exercise. Actually I don’t think that. Exercise is evil at all. I really need to get fit too. This month I’ve entered the Maryborough Fitness Challenge which is raising money for High School Chaplaincy. A great cause I must say. My two kids are getting involved too. My goal is to walk around my local park 100 times this month. I usually try to walk the dogs around once a day. So I’m going from maybe 30 times a month to 100 times. I think I can do it. I hope. Please pray for me. I so want to get healthy. I am determined this time. And I think I’ve found out that exercise is the key for me. I’m really not a diet person….it really is just die with a t on the end for me. Plus I really hate being told what to do so being told what I can and can’t eat is just out of the question. I’m not hugely overweight anyway. I only want to drop a couple of dress sizes. I also want to strength by back. I have slight scoliosis and my back goes out regularly. I also may have cracked my vertebrae when I fell on the step just after Christmas. This is giving me a lot of grief at the moment. I’m not looking for sympathy at all. It’s just a fact I have to deal with. Well anyhow I have to go and get some more things ticked off my To do list. TaTa Loveys.