Favourite quote

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
- Nelson Mandela

Monday, April 17, 2017

Family is back for Easter holidays

Miss 18 is back from University for 10 days.
She brought her 1300 page Chemistry book and I've been having a browse through it - quite interesting and got me thinking about "gravity waves" AGAIN.
Of course, I think the scientists saw a gravity tsunami ("I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of QUARKS suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened." in a Galaxy far far away). Waves from my guitar strings or from "the pebble in the lake" tend to oscillate, and as Einstein speculated as too small to detect, hence the need for a tsunami.

Mind you, Flat Earth came up as a topic and,.. well not one to dismiss stuff instantly, but a quick review of how a full moon works, soon put Miss 14 mind at ease and logic won the discussion.

On the lighter side, 
Good Friday when all the shops were shut, my kettle died so Saturday I had to buy another (good excuse for coffee and buying more cat food as that had also run out on Friday)

I had a practice run at trying to look a bit naughty the night before. Even used eyeliner under my eyes to make me darker and more mysterious, Even put on fish net stockings.

    But this is NOT who I am.
Sunday and yet another relaxing day, but as my wife was convinced I still had eyeliner on, hours after scrubbing my face raw on Saturday, I decided to go out make up free.
I did feel very naked and vulnerable but old enough now not to care, even daughter said I shouldn't worry about wearing a wig - hell no, I look old enough with the wig, without I'd look ancient.

Monday - and decided to be a bit more outrageous when going for coffee

Still not liking fish nets and the outfit isn't fooling anyone
So after a coffee and reading the paper, I offered the newpaper to another couple, the 50ish female said "Good on ya mate", I smiled, handed over the newspaper and left.

I sat at the beach for an hour as the sun came up and got changed for my 9.30 brunch with my girlfriend at Columbus Coffee


Brunch took an hour, a very relaxing time before we headed off for a beach walk, watched a few boaties mooring their yachts while other walkers also enjoyed the sunny rays. We chatted about the usual girl stuff and before we knew it, it was time to go back to our normal lives and our great wives.

At home now with the trouble making girls - Only one day in and I'm wish the school holidays would end - no not really, I do love them, especially when their not trying to annoy each other.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Birthday week

Been around the sun 52 times now (can I get of the ride now?)
Birthday went like:-
     Wake up at 6.15 & made wife her regular morning coffee
     Did 8 hours for the boss
     Made a special birthday roast dinner for 8, along with my special cheese cake dessert.
     Walked the dog
     Did the dishes (those that didn't fit in the dish washer)
     10 pm - relaxed for 15 minutes before showering and going to bed.
     11.45 pm - get up and start clearing up the flood waters in the basement/TV room

It's been quite a good week (except for my basement flooding during the rains, keeping me awake with scoop and bucket to keep the water levels down during the night, but hopefully that's over with for a few years now or at least until I can install drains and a sump pump).

Friday- I wasted 2 hours trying to buy a part from the stores division of my company, where they repeatedly didn't "see" my purchase order and after 2 hours it turns out that they stopped dealing with that supplier hence the order not making through their system. If only they had told someone that they had stopped dealing with that supplier I would have known to go direct to the supplier.

Only thing for such an annoying Friday  - go out and have a few glasses of wine, but first a quick visit to the vets to pay a bit more of the dogs operation off.
I'm not sure if the staff even noticed how I was dressed, sure they have seen me in leggings and sports tops but never fully made up before.

Nothing quite as relaxing as sitting on the outside seating of a busy pub, in a busy main street suburban shopping district, having a few glasses of wine, with the warm sun on my bare legs.
 - okay, lets not comment on the hairy eyebrows, something I need to sort out soon :)

Back in to swimming, I made it to the 1,000 meter mark although the fact I've stopped using breast forms has probably speed me up. One day I'm going to buy a nicer one piece swim suit like the women in the "fast lane" at the pools.

One of the ladies there in the "fast lane" has the perfect body shape - I'm so jealous, although being gender fluid means I'll also be happy with a good masculine body shape and it's probably easier than having her shape.

Apart from that, it's just been the regular coffee stops

I hope your week was as interesting as mine

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bugger... So Missed International Transgender day of visibility

Today, at home it was so hot, my bra was soaking up sweat.
So I was only TG for about 20 minutes and apart from sitting on my front porch watching the rubbish truck go by and waving to a couple of neighbours while having my afternoon tea and cake in a light summer skirt, top, sweaty bra (it was too hot for wig or make up)  - I totally missed this special Trans day. 

I've actually spent the day bootstrapping Chemistry in the hope of teaching my younger kids, so to those who made the effort to be visible, thank you for being brave, thank you for being you.

Does being visible yesterday count?


Or maybe the day before?


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Shy on cash flow

So last week, we got a $1,600 bill for the dog to have bladder stones removed, 2 major stones and 18 small stones. Pictured by the pen is the large one in the upper left of the x-ray

Last Friday, was Miss 18, 18th Birthday, last week she was Miss 17 and 18 has always been a big and expensive birthday in our house.

Add to this, it's not a pay week for my wife, so it's going to be a money tight week.
I have put aside funds for me and Miss 14 to do some shooting at the local rifle range as she has never touched a gun before I've decided it would be a good experience for her.

Anyway, so today's adventure was out to the local shopping mall, bypassed  McDonalds as there were some rough looking youths and had a horrible coffee at the mall - I know for next time to just go to my regular McDonalds where the coffee is always nice and creamy. I followed up with a quick shop for some masking tape and saw a really nice top I must have - next pay day.


Monday, March 20, 2017

NZ transgender weightlifter creates history

New Zealand transgender woman takes the weight lifting competition from genetic females, with record breaking (for women) lift.
Now don't get me wrong, I do like the fact she is pushing the boundaries for the transgender people of the world, but to take it in to women's sports is just...

And here is my thinking on it.......

Sports scientist and exercise physiologist Dr Simon Sostaric said if an athlete is transitioning in their 20s or early 30s, "They've already had the benefits of higher levels of testosterone than a female and you're not going to lose that muscle mass in a hurry."

Anyway - just wrong - have you ever seen the NY Giants playing seriously against an under 12 team - No because some thing are just ridiculously unequal.

That's my rant, feeling better now protecting the rights of women in the world.

So last week, I had to do temporary roof repairs and carry 120 liters of water out of my basement.
This week has been stinking hot.

Dog got sick and had an expensive operation
I've almost finished my daughters car bonnet & boot repaint

Finally had girl time this morning, coffee and read the newspaper. Wife doesn't like that I often still have trace particles of make up on when i get home, so today I just had lipstick on (and a blue stubble chin even though I shaved 30 minutes earlier - probably scared the heck out of everyone, but they were all really nice anyway)