Thursday, 29 December 2005
Looking forward to going to Kenta with Nikki today. I feel like I haven't had Japanese food for ages so this should be good.
Sunday, 25 December 2005
I got a photo book printed by them and FutureShop's photo processing centre and was told it was pretty good. I had it sent to my mother and she is impressed, although I have no idea what it looks like. I assume it was good!
Easier for me to get it printed direct in Canada and mailed to her than have it done here.
Read more at www.myphotoprinter.net/...
Everyone yesterday was impressed by the Photobook we had done although I am in the middle of creating another one with all the photos from the holiday. I'll also have to put together one for Tassie.
I created a spreadsheet comparison for the different photobooks and definitely the VioVio works out best economically.
Comparison between VioVio, Shutterfly, MyPublisher and YorkPhotos can be found here.
Friday, 23 December 2005
Thursday, 22 December 2005
Yep I have created a spreadsheet for calculating eligibility for the pension in Australia. This calculates based on income and assets and works out firstly if you are eligible for the pension based on the basic tests and then also based on the income using the deeming rules.
Deeming is calculated on savings and other "liquid" type assets including shares and managed funds. This is an amount that the government calculates you earn as income from these investments. It doesn't matter if you actually earn more from those assets than the deemed amount.
I have only created it for Home Owners both as a Single applicant and a Couple.
You can download it from the Geared website. Link is below
Read more at geared.net.au/products....
The only luck we had were some buxus, which I stuck a fallen bit off in some soil and eventually it grew some roots! We weren't even trying to make that one grow... it just happened... thank goodness there are some plants out there that are just low maintenance.
Read more at www.gardenexpress.com.a...
When we do the commune thing -- more about this another time -- I want to have chickens. Once Will and I were driving back from Wollombi and came across one of those road side stalls that sells fruit and veges. Anyway we were out of eggs as well and they had a dozen eggs for sale at $4.00. I thought it was pretty steep but we had no eggs at home either, so I bought them. They were THE best tasting eggs. More eggy than before. Thinking that I had hit on a good thing, I then sought out free range eggs, as we had previously only bought cage eggs (cos we're cheap and I try not to think about those poor chickens) but they weren't as good... so I figure it's because the chickens the eggs came from were more "farm" animals rather than a commercial chicken/egg operation.... so I want my own chooks!One site with lots of info on raising and housing chickens:
Read more at members.webone.com.au/~...
Wednesday, 21 December 2005
Monday, 19 December 2005
Thinking about purchasing an investment apartment in Southport Central's Tower 2... Floor Plan G. It's not the most desireable direction (west) which means it will have hinterland and not water views, but an apartment in that tower should do very well... and a hinterland view will still be nice! Not that we get to live in it in any case.
Finally managed to give Jenny the Bath and Body Works stuff we got her in the US. I'm so glad she asked me to get it for her otherwise I'd never have discovered the shop on my own! Apparently she hasn't even been in a store! If I had known I would have gotten her other stuff, but thought I'd better just stick to what she asked for. Lunch was nice although the service left a lot to be desired! I had a great beef noodle salad. Yum.
Why do salads always taste nicer when someone else makes them? For the Family Xmas lunch I'm meant to bring a salad. I'm thinking a Cobb Salad... now I just have to find a recipe! I may do a cake as well as I have an urge to bake! Prolly a cheesecake.
Rusty and Natasha are coming home for Xmas. That'll be nice to catch up with them. Not sure what we are going to on the actual Xmas day though. Prob just veg. Although I think it'd be nice if Will and I could take the bike/s somewhere local and ride around some trails.
Looking forward to getting my air conditioner. Should be soon although when I checked on the Star Track site no further info other than it's been "picked up" essentially. Since it's the same depot (Sydney) not sure what that means...
Played the new Grow game. (As found on the Jay is Games site.) Great for Xmas.
Hmm... thinking of getting Will a game for Xmas. Nothing big just something for him to open on Xmas day.
Friday, 16 December 2005
Cleaned up my bookmarks... as they were getting very unruly. I wonder what the "normal" timeframe should be between clean ups?
Last night watched some Inital D (Second Stage). Wish they didn't redraw the characters (I assume they changed the artist), as it's been a while since we watched our last episode (keep borrowing those DVDs off someone who keeps buying them :) ) and I lose track of who's who! (Esp those who aren't main characters and just one of the onlooking "racers".
Wednesday, 14 December 2005
At least I got motivated about the Chocolate again. I started up my tempering machine but had a blackout in between. Don't know if it was the humidity of the process of stopping the tempering machine (power outage) that helped seize the chocolate... but I was not happy!
The person I was hoping would be interested in helping me out on the business as a business manager can't do it (or isn't interested but letting me know politely!) ah well... back to the drawing board.
Was trying to update the catalogue on the site (www.customchocolates.com.au) but getting very frustrated! Next time I think I'll go with an easier option to have a shopping cart site! I'll check out the Yahoo shops for the Shop 4 Gifts site and have to look further into doing something for Bargain Hunter. (Sites TBA)
Heard from Rusty today! He's coming home for Xmas. That will be great. At least we'll catch up with him and Nat!!
Monday, 12 December 2005
Friday, 9 December 2005
Oooh, I just played a fantastic online RPG game called Grow. And after a fair number of tries I got it. Lots of fun. I'd hate to work it out first go as it will then seem easy to you. But the basic premise is to try and put the items into the world in the correct order to meet the goal/s.
And if you like, the hint is in the picture (I took a screen shot of the "winning" world).
Those large abbatoir descriptions of how they butcher the meat and how the abbatoirs are cleaned as well as the health dangers of those feed lots have made me realise why people become vegetarians in the US. My concern is what happens here in Australia? Do we have the same problems as in the US with the butchering of meat? I know we still have hormone enduced fast growing chickens. I remember reading or hearing that the increased height and bust size of the younger generations was linked to the hormones in the meat we eat. When I read about the "bigger" breasted chickens it makes me wonder...
Went for a walk yesterday evening. Trying to shed those extra pounds we put on from the US/Canada trip. Have also been riding the exercise each weekday morning for 30 mins (up from 20 mins) so hopefully that helps a bit. Although I'm not walking to the city office now so maybe I'm just even?! I think tonight we're going to attempt to do a bit of a jog around the Oval and then come home and eat dinner.
Thursday, 8 December 2005
Currently I'm reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. I've been meaning to get it since I have heard about it and it spurred me to watch Supersize Me... which I think everyone should watch. I am not too sure everyone should read Fast Food Nation though as it's very scary! I am not even sure if I want to eat any meat. Now I know why a friend of mine who hails from the US became vegetarian! I'm not sure how much of the meat packing industry activities and fast food chain restaurants apply to us here in Australia... thank goodness I limit my fast food intake. Although I do go to Oportos or KFC every so often.
KFC apparently is the best selling fast food in China... and has made both Will and I think what would do well in China if it was a chain. KFC because it's fried chicken makes it quite universal. Is there a rice based fast food chain? (Other than the ones that exist in Japan... and do they really constitute fast food... )