Just call me the human pin cushion

I started having regular massages about three years ago. I haven’t been every two weeks for the past three years but I find that life is so much better when I stick to the two week regime. I’ve had a couple of cases of whiplash in my time and my neck will never ever be quite the same. But the massage keeps everything moving comfortably just like oiling the joints of a machine.
After enduring almost two years of treatment for infertility in order to have my beautiful boys I was not keen on the idea of needles/acupuncture and I told them that when I first started having massages. However I was talked into it and the result speak for themselves. Tonight I’ve had treatment for my sinuses and associated headaches and they feel clearer already. If you’d asked me three year ago whether I’d care to volunteer to have needles stuck in various parts of my face I would have told you where to go. But it works. I can walk into that clinic, tell my massage therapist what is going on in my life and he can do something about it. It is mostly covered by our private health insurance and the out of pocket expense is worth it. So even with my income about to becoem more precarious for the near future this is one expense I’m going to keep on having because being able to move and feel comfortable in your own body is just essential.


Haven’t Died. Have been to heaven.

Happy Birthday to me!
Well not for another 22 days officially but I’ve received a wonderful gift this evening. One of my best friends F, who is down in Brisbane from Cairns for a work related course, took me out to the Gold Class Cinema at Indooroopilly for a special preview screening of Julie and Julia. As if that wasn’t good enough in itself There. Were. Party. Bags. and free drinks and a free appetiser. Of course we both needed a serious de-briefing after the movie because it was fantastic so we had “supper” down at the Pig and Whistle.
There was so much to talk about that I seriously need that week in Cairns with F (yes that where E and I are headed in November!) Without giving out too much information we NEED to cook Boeuf Bourginonne while I am in Cairns. We were wondering if this was the first movie with a blog as part of the central plot. We think blogs have no doubt been mentioned on many shows and in movies but not central to anything.
We also talked about this blog and I shared how sometimes it is a challenge to think of the positive in my life which is what this blog is all about hence the title “What Works For Me” but how the very act of thinking of the positive is a good thing in itself. That is especially true now as I am in such a period of transition and change in my life. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the changes and forget the positives.
We discussed who might be reading this blog. I have it in my e-mail signature although not in flashing lights or anything but it goes out with almost every e-mail I send.
So if you are a reader please think about identifying yourself if you are comfortable with that. You could do it publicly in the comments or send me an e-mail at tmcnamara22@gmail.com .
Either way I’d love to hear from you. I don’t have Google analytics or anything very technical on my blog to track who’s visiting although F might introduce me to that while I’m in Cairns. So if you area reader and you don’t want to be identified you won’t. So don’t be worried or anything. I’m just interested.


Some readers may know that A’s Mum had a fall last year and broke her hip. Unfortunately she had another fall on Friday at the casino and has sustained another slight fracture at the top of the hip joint which the the doctor says will not require surgery but needs some extended “rest time”. She has been in hospital for a couple of nights now and will remain there until the drs decide what to do with her based on two sets of x-rays. The boys went to see her with A yesterday morning and A went back tonight and was there when the doctor came around so that was good timing. She really likes her independence and her trips to the movies and the club and the casino so I don’t think she’ll take kindly to being cooped up for too long!
I’ve had a bit of time away from the family over the weekend especially yesterday. A hasn’t had any time off work these holidays and it has been pretty full on with the two boys plus assorted visitors so yesterday morning I took myself off to knitting group at Threads and More (who are now blogging). It seems to have re-ignited my knitting mojo and I’ve been going hard at it since yesterday. There’s a few more squares and rectangles needed before I can start putting together my patchwork top but I am well over half way there so I tipped out my knitting bag to take a picture of all the colours. I’m loving the Noro yarn – as well as changing colour every so often as I knit it is made a blend of 45% silk, 45% kid mohair and 10% lamb’s wool so it feels just delicious!
Then yesterday afternoon I took advantage of the fact that Bowls was not on (for the first week in ages) and I went to the movies to see a “grown-up movie” (as opposed to G-Force which I took the boys and their cousin to and nearly fell asleep in). I saw the remake of “Fame” and I quite enjoyed it. It had good messages about following your dreams and accepting the obstacles that come up in your pursuit of dreams. Life may not always go as planned but you find a way to deal with it and just keep on going. There were some great songs in it and I walked out wanting to buy the soundtrack CD. That hasn’t happened since Bridget Jones!
The dust storms, dryness and high winds have played havoc with my sinuses for th past few days especially today so it has been a quiet day inside for me today – in bed this morning with a bad sinus headache and wielding my “knitting sticks” again this afternoon. The dust seems to have settled (literally) for now so it looks like tomorrow could involve some cleaning projects. The boys will become well practiced at washing my car because they did it last Sunday before the dust storms hit!

Don’t Waste A Day

We’ve just received news that my cousin’s husband who was only 50 years old and in relatively good health has passed away at midday today from swine flu in Vietnam where he was working. We don’t see all that much of that side of the family but in the 25 years or so that he’s been a part of our extended family he was always a really nice, friendly guy with a good sense of humour. It is such a great loss and such a great shock for it all to have gone downhill so quickly. He leaves behind his wife (my cousin) of about 25 years and his son who would be in his early twenties. I simply can’t imagine how they are dealing with all of this. At least they were able to be with him in Vietnam when he passed.
I guess it shows us that no one is immune to disaster and we never know what is around the corner. All our days on this Earth are precious and should have some purpose. I think that is something I can take from this tragedy – never waste a day because you don’t know what is around the corner.

Still Stitching

I finished my Christmas Ornament for September on Saturday night with some serious beading withe seriously thin needle but I am very happy with the results. Just the finishing to be done now. And today I received the first of my birthday exchange parcels from Jenny – a beautiful beaded Christmas ornament! There is a lot of bling going on around here!

I’m Going on a Little Holiday

This is where E and I are going for a week in November. Dh booked our plane tickets today. Squeeeeeeee! D hasn’t been left out on purpose – he didn’t want to miss Prep and his best friend! So I wonder how many readers can tell where we are headed?
One more hint – we will be visiting one of my best friends in the world!

Menu Plan Monday September 21

Monday – Beef Strognaoff in slow cooker – I wasn’t entirely happy with this. I’ve misplaced my slow cooker book and I used a recipe off the net from the Sunbeam site but it was for a larger quantity and it just tasted a bit too bland for my liking
Tuesday – Spaghetti Bolognaise – my 4 year old nephew is sleeping over and I know he likes his “psketti”
Wednesday – Chicken Fried Rice – just with D because E is having a sleepover so that I can take D shopping the next day with his birthday money and without the “advice” of his big brother who would not be able to stop himself giving said advice.
Thursday – I’ll be having a caramelised pork salad from my favourite Vietnamese place at Indooroopilly and boys will have take away something
Friday – Roasted Pork Fillet with Plum Sauce
Saturday – Green Chicken Curry
For my lunches – Brown Lentil Salad with Tuna and Olives – hopefully I’ll get this made for lunch tomorrow
For Snacks – Weight Watchers Mars Bar Slice – which is a “no bake” recipe ideal for the heatwave we are having