It’s been a while

Since I did a photo blog.

It hasn’t been that I’m not taking as many photos, it’s more that it’s been too hot to hop on the old computer to crop the photos. (I don’t like the crop tool on paint in windows 7)

Anyway I decided it’s time. So today I’ll look at the butterflies, bugs and golden orb weaver spider. In the days to come there is a fabulous feature on Hibiscus and a lizard.

Into the pics.

And just for Que…. The current Golden Orb Weaver Spider taking up resident in the tree we need to trim but will wait till she moves on to do so.

Have a great start to the week all!

Eureka, and now I have it.

Now I have a feeling you ALL know the email I’m talking about when I say have you read the letter to the feminine hygiene product company who DARED to put “Have a Happy Period” on the backing strips of their Maxi Pads.
I know I got it in an email years ago, but today I had a hankering to read it again but no longer have that email account. So I googled it.

The woman who wrote the letter actually exists. Her name is Wendi Aarons… and just in case you have never had the joy of reading her letter I’ll link and repost here.

An Open Letter to James Thatcher, Brand Manager, Proctor and Gamble
Dear Mr. Thatcher,

I have been a loyal user of your Always maxi pads for over 20 years, and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuard Core™ or Dri-Weave™ absorbency, I’d probably never go horseback riding or salsa dancing, and I’d certainly steer clear of running up and down the beach in tight, white shorts. But my favorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings. Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it is that maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can’t tell you how safe and secure I feel each month knowing there’s a little F-16 in my pants.

Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? Ever suffered from “the curse”? I’m guessing you haven’t. Well, my “time of the month” is starting right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging through my body. Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I’ll be transformed into what my husband likes to call “an inbred hillbilly with knife skills.” Isn’t the human body amazing?

As brand manager in the feminine-hygiene division, you’ve no doubt seen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your customers’ monthly visits from Aunt Flo. Therefore, you must know about the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our intense mood swings, crying jags, and out-of-control behavior. You surely realize it’s a tough time for most women. In fact, only last week, my friend Jennifer fought the violent urge to shove her boyfriend’s testicles into a George Foreman Grill just because he told her he thought Grey’s Anatomy was written by drunken chimps. Crazy! The point is, sir, you of all people must realize that America is just crawling with homicidal maniacs in capri pants. Which brings me to the reason for my letter.

Last month, while in the throes of cramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my body and yank out my uterus, I opened an Always maxi pad, and there, printed on the adhesive backing, were these words: “Have a Happy Period.”

Are you fucking kidding me?

What I mean is, does any part of your tiny middle-manager brain really think happiness—actual smiling, laughing happiness—is possible during a menstrual period? Did anything mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable? Well, did it, James? FYI, unless you’re some kind of sick S&M freak girl, there will never be anything “happy” about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on Motrin and Kahlúa and lock yourself in your house just so you don’t march down to the local Walgreens armed with a hunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory. For the love of God, pull your head out, man. If you just have to slap a moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn’t it make more sense to say something that’s actually pertinent, like “Put Down the Hammer” or “Vehicular Manslaughter Is Wrong”? Or are you just picking on us?

Sir, please inform your accounting department that, effective immediately, there will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I have chosen to take my maxi-pad business elsewhere. And though I will certainly miss your Flexi-Wings, I will not for one minute miss your brand of condescending bullshit. And that’s a promise I will keep. Always.


Wendi Aarons
Austin, TX

So I went looking around to see what else Wendi has been up to and stumbled across her more current blog site… HERE


Looks like I have some catching up to do but I just know I’ll enjoy every minute.

Oy with the system failure

Had to do a complete system restore today. Not happy.

Oh well lets see if I can avoid it from now on.

At least the tech guy was polite and didn’t treat me like an idiot.
K once I have everything back to normal I’ll be happy.

It is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day today. I know it isn’t so in the USA but since I’m here and that dear friend of mine (who is now going through her second bout of Chemo to save her from the cold clammy grasp of death) is in the states it seems only fair to observe both days.

I was supposed to have a fundraiser today and due to unforeseen circumstances that had to be rescheduled, as has the drawing of the winner of the raffle I had running. *sigh* It won’t happen overnight but it will happen.

Fence sitter

We had our romantic night last night.

Dinner, concert and a sleep over at outriggers.

Was lovely (except for the air conditioning and the pathetic pillows)







We did the touristy thing after a dinner in New South Wales. Not a bad rump steak for $9.

Maybe Queensland is the smart state. We don’t do daylight saving and I was reaffirmed as to why we DON’T need it.

It was so warm, and if I was raising kids I’d be trying to get them to bed while it was still light out. It’s hard enough to do it when it’s dark out.

We don’t need no stinking DLS.

The support act for Belinda was Fancesca de Valence.  She’s a Brisbane girl and is just a pretty in person on the outside as her voice and song writing is from the inside. Bought both her albums and I’m going to enjoy them.


Belinda is still rocking the house. Wish I had the chance to have a photo with her, but it was enough to finally hear her sing the song that haunted me through my early years (Heaven is a place on Earth). I can remember as a kid looking at my cousin’s cassette of Belinda Carlisle, thinking, ‘I have never heard of anyone else with the same name as me. She MUST be cool.’

Was glad to head home and I think I’m gonna go grab another nap. *yawn*

Sydney Tour Dates For Marianne de Pierres

Burn Bright Tour – Sydney

Marianne will be touring for Burn Bright in March and I will repost dates as they come to hand. The Sydney evening events are looking like this so far and she’d love to see you all there! I don’t have a time for Kinokuniya yet but the great news is that Yunyu will be part of these three events and we’ll be playing Angel Arias for you. At each event she’ll also be giving away limited edition stickers and other goodies. She’s happy to sign any of her books at these gigs also.

    Sydney Burn Bright Book Tour Leg

Monday March 21

Ultimo Library

Ultimo Community Centre, L1, 40 William Henry St, Ultimo, 200. 4 – 5pm

Wednesday March 23rd

Galaxy Books signing 5.30

Thursday March 24th

Kinokuniya event

Napoleon Day…!!!

I’m looking Fabulous right now.

Napoleon Perdis Concept stores today across Australia raised money for OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS.

Spend $40 or more on products and get a make over… $20 of it goes to OCA.

Too good to pass up and I look so good.

I’m waiting for hubby to get home so I can have him tell me I look like a drag queen. LMAO Oh well. I feel good and I’m happy.

Have brilliant weekend everyone!


Thanks to Kelly at the Garden City Concept Store.
Ph: 33498711 to book an appointment.

Plans gone belly up

My modem is deciding to die slowly. So I get 20 minute bursts where it will work and then it’ll just stop working. *grunt*

Hubby and I are looking into changing Isp’s and it’ll be SO much better when we switch it all over.

Anyway I had this brilliant plan to post a blog from myspace that I wrote about 6 years ago… only Myspace ate my blogs pre-dating about December 2009. Not Happy Jan!

So now I have this instead. Enjoy and have a Great weekend!

The mountain I have conquered

In preparation for Yunyu’s song Angel Arias being released on ITunes I decided I had to figure out how to use the program and may as well get some practice in while I’m there, so on the day I can just click and Squee, not spend hours on downloads only to have to restart the computer for the 50th time and be told I’d loaded the wrong version of ITunes.

Now anyone who followed me over from myspace, knows my history of hatred for anything apple related. Hubby got an Ipod a few years ago and I called him an idiot for the entire 3 and a half months it took him to learn how to put music on the dumb thing… then spent the next six months trying to get him to loan it to me for my bus trips into Brisbane City… which he did once (so I left it on in my handbag and handed it back to him flatter than a toad on the M1 highway. It’s rechargeable)

I then got myself a cheap and chips mp3 player for $20 and it’s still working after going through the wash twice. *cringe* I have no need for the rotten apple.

But I digress.

I have conquered ITunes. Have loaded the incorrect (and then the correct) version, and already run up a bit of a bill downloading songs I never had the chance to own on CD. (Or that I hated every other song on the CD and never bothered buying the EP)

Also HAD to pick one song that really makes hubby cringe at. Shannon Noll… you know the Australian Idol guy… Did he win I can’t even remember?? Anyway about what seems like a decade ago he released a song written by Bryan Adams called ‘Drive’.
It’s your run of the mill testosterone oozing thick-as-a-brick guy song.

The first lines are…

I got a car
I got a big black shiny car
Maybe tonight we can go for a ride…

This I imagine would be accompanied by a slap on the bum or a come hither eyebrow wiggle.

Anyway if you want to know what I mean, I went and searched youtube for the clip. Shot in Hay New South Wales apparently…

Here’s the clip have a great Thursday all!


Waxing Lyrical

We’re having a romantic evening this week. So I’m trying my hardest to not be my usual tomboy for the next few days.

This means cleansing, toning and moisturising, plucking AND waxing *eyebrows*… Ouch!
I’m gonna give myself a mani pedi, and I’ll even try a shine serum in my hair.

I’m okay with being really girly for a while. It can be fun to dress pretty and totter along on deadly heels. However it gets really stressful. So it doesn’t happen often.

Now for a guy, what do you do for a big night out?
Shower, shave, deodorise and dress and you’re out the door. That’s under an hours work.

For a girly girl who is usually rather tomboyish, you really should start days before.
Waxing should never be done on the same day (especially if you go red like I do).

If you’re having a hair cut and colour you should do it a few days before so the blunt look isn’t as prominent and any dye on the skin has a chance to be removed.

Nails have to be done after you’ve styled your hair and done your make up. But you’ll have to leave at least an hour for the polish to set properly unless you’re going to a nail salon… in that case, don’t forget to pay your manicurist before she starts, so you don’t muck them up when you pull out your purse.

Shaving of legs should be done as close to the event as you can, but be careful to not nick or cut yourself… or at least have a good pair of stockings on hand to cover up the mistakes.

Then you have to pick your clothes. Do you want the short black dress or the long bright pink one? Do you want a jacket, if so what colour, what’s it made from, will the cut of the jacket suit the outfit?

Do you want to wear a perfume? Floral or fruity? The one with the gold leaf in it, or not?

Shoes? How high, are they comfortable and will you need band aids in your handbag, and while we’re at it which bag? What will you need to carry with you? Does it go with the shoes? Do you need to have your hands free, or is a clutch purse okay?


So please guys, when we are a little late when getting ready, be understanding. Looking as sexy as we do doesn’t happen in the click of your fingers.

It can be expensive, time consuming and painful.

Now if this was too much information, just keep in mind when she steps out of the room and does a turn in front of you…. COMPLEMENT HER.

If she has to ask you how she looks then you obviously don’t care how much effort when into her appearance. That’s not going to go down well and may start the evening off on the wrong foot.

Okay I’m done, back to your previously scheduled program

The cat is now out of the bag

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On March 7th at 8pm EST, tune in to to join the live podcast interview with Marianne de Pierres and Yunyu on the eve of their dual book and single release.

Her Royal Madness, Yunyu, has produced a stunning single, Angel Arias, written to complement de Pierres’ first young adult dark fantasy novel, Burn Bright. Bruce Moyle and David Quinn from CoolShite will interview them and play Yunyu’s single in a world premiere. Join the fun and win giveaway packs that include both the single and the book!

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