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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..10 August 2012

I had a terribly restless night last night, I have been sleeping in the spare room so as not to make Brian ill and just can’t get used to the bed. Despite that I forced myself to go to work today and now I feel the worse for it. Janet tried to get me to go home all day but I had so much work to do and do it I did, when I left tonight I was right up to date. I hope it was worth it.

Brian got his new car yesterday and tonight I drove it for the first time, it drives quite nicely, but the brakes are a bit touchy. I suppose that happens with a brand new car.

My youngest granddaughter Calais turned 1 today so we had pizza with Melissa and the 2 boys, as well as Melissa’s mother and her partner Steve. I played “Fish” with Bailey for a while and stumped him with my magic card trick, if only he knew. It is a shame that Ryan missed his daughter’s birthday but he is doing what he must for his family.

I am really starting to wilt at the moment so am going to bed. Thank you for reading.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..22 April 2012

I have had a very lazy day today. I went out early this morning to buy Brian’s birthday present, something he had seen at a local market that he mentioned he would like, a concrete lamb. We have collected quite a menagerie of concrete animals over the years so they lamb will not be lonely. He seemed happy enough when he saw it sitting in the garden.

Brian had a nice time in Robertstown, most of the people he cares about had contacted him for his birthday but he was happy to get home as his back was hurting, he still gets a lot of back pain.

He settled down to an afternoon nap and I settled down to an afternoon reading, very relaxing indeed.

Did anyone watch Dancing With The Stars, I think they got it wrong, Brian Mannix should have gone, or possibly Jessica Watson. I did feel sorry for poor Jessica, I had never seen anything so sad as her effort tonight, but then again it takes a lot of guts to go on national television  and be judged so honestly. Good on you for giving it a go Jessica, things can only get better next week.

After DWTS came Bones, can you belive the schmaltz, and their baby was born in a manger, what a load of rubbish. Television has certainly gone down hill, some of these shows that were so good a few years ago have just run their course, even this current season of NCIS is not up to par.

One show that I am enjoying is Revenge which is coming towards its climax, the acting is good, the storyline is good, it will be a shame to see it go, but if the storyline has run its course it is better to end it on a high. I am also looking forward to the return of Downton Abbey, the second best show to come out of Britain after The Tudors which was excellent.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..21 April 2012

The Adelaide Crows notched up another win today, although not as comfortably as many thought. I think GWS just might be a force to be reckoned with under Sheedy in the not too distant future. They do have a lot of talent in their ranks from the other clubs, they just have to meld together.

I have just watched two very different movies the first one Immortals was based on Greek mythology, quite violent, a lot of blood, but I enjoyed it. Then along came Borat, I cannot belive what he got away with in that movie, it was different. I don’t think I will ever get over that fat man.

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For those of you who don’t know today is Brian’s 46th birthday, my partner in life who I could not live without. Happy Birthday Dear! I hope you are having a wonderful night in Robertstown.

I have also rediscovered The Secret this evening, I knew I had a copy but I could not find it until tonight. I am a big believer in this as I have used its teachings in the past to good advantage, I just lost my way for a bit but I am back now.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..20 April 2012

The word superstar is bandied around far too loosely nowadays. It used to be that Jesus Christ was a Superstar, but now we have athletes, and every second person on the current overload of amateur talent shows. What with the way that young people are bastardising the English language, random no longer means random, sick no longer means sick, not to mention wicked which no longer means wicked, do we still have an english language, are the academics taking note and rewriting the dictionary? What ever happened to the Queen’s English?

This brings me to another of my pet hates, older people trying to be young and hip, (is hip still a term used now or am I showing my age), by using today’s jargon. Don’t even get me started on social media jargon, that is a whole other language.

Today has not been a great day for me, I seem to have about one a week. I was feeling quite down in the dumps and very sorry for myself, the power of positive thinking, where are you, come back to me.

Well that’s it for me today, totally random, fully sick, wicked. Lol! (Lots of love, Laugh out loud, Lots of laughs…..Take you pick!)

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..19 April 2012

Son number 3 Blake and his 4-year-old daughter Jade came for dinner tonight. I spent quite some considerable time marinating chicken and preparing a meal that turned out to be absolutely tasteless. The recipe came from a diet book, I am yet to find a recipe in on of these with any real taste.

Other than that it was a nice visit, Jade has so much personality and to see her playing with her Daddy just made me feel warm inside.

Now as you know I am writing a book, the jury is out over whether it is readable, but nonetheless I am writing it anyway. With my new-found confidence as a writer it made me think that just perhaps I may be able to eke out a living as a writer, or at least bring in some extra cash. Enter an advertisement looking for people to write for a living, there was a one-off joining fee which seemed reasonable, so after discussing it with Brian we decided I had not much to lose, just the small joining fee.

Today I joined this website and surprise surprise it is not what it is cracked up to be. Firstly everything appears to be in the USA, secondly you have to “bid” to get any job, similar to tendering not actually bidding as such. Before you can do all this you have to set up a profile for prospective “employers”, and as part of that profile you must have a photo however they do not accept file sizes over 500KB and all my photos are over that.

Looks like I still have to find a job the old-fashioned way!

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..18 April 2012

Not much going on today, I have spent much of it writing. There were no jobs of any interest which is becoming frustrating.

I heard on the news today the Gillard government is going to offer $1,000 to any employer willing to hire someone of mature age, and the average unemployment period for someone around my age is over 12 months, is there any good news?

I am fed up with employment agencies as well, I am registered with three and have not had a single call from any of them.

Brian’s back has not been very good lately he is in a lot of pain again and is ageing before his time, still it could be a lot worse.

We did watch some interesting television for a change tonight, but everything is becoming so hum drum, I need stimulation.

The reunion I am arranging with my old school friends is proving difficult to arrange as well. What started out as a simple idea is not that simple, anyway it will all be worth it to see all those wonderful old friends again.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..17 April 2012

I was up at 7.00 this morning, something unheard of for me lately, as I had to take my granddaughter Caitlin for a blood test. Her mother Kristin had warned me that Caitlin would be kicking and screaming but she took it very well. She sat on my lap and I talked her through it and tried to draw her attention to other things in the room and it worked, I was very proud of her.

In the waiting room was a little girl who was about 3 years old if she was lucky, poor little angel, lucky she was not. It was obvious she is a cancer patient as she had a scar from the base of her neck to about half way up the back of her head. When you see such a small child going though so much you realise how easy your own life really is, why does a child have to suffer like this?

After taking Caitlin home I was sitting upstairs on the computer when I heard something outside, I looked down and there was my 11-year-old step grandson on his scooter coming up the driveway. He is staying with his Nana who was having a coffee with a friend over the road so he decided to drop in, it was a lovely surprise.

I went over the road with him and spoke to his Nana and her friend for a bit and then it was time for lunch as I needed to get a train to meet Brian for dinner at his mothers.

Back home now and feeling tired after my early start so off to bed for me. Bye for now!