Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pretty Darn Happy :D

Hello All!

How might you be this fine and wonderful day? I'm (as the title says...) pretty darn happy. Our new manager and old friend, Steve, arrives today. :D We now have the most awesome pharmacy team ever.

I'll write more when I can sit still... and also whe I have more news ;)

Good evening, dear friends!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Full time job :)

Today, Monday 20/06/11, was rather busy... Lots of people coming in wanting service and a listening ear. I don't mind at all. I love my customers, but just not when I have ten billion other things to do! I found out recently that we have been double charging for a few nursing home/hostel patients, and a few that we haven't been charging for. Not my fault, I'm still working out mistakes made by our former intern. Also trying to order medication summaries and current prescriptions for the correct medications and doses. But the end product is worth it: effective communication and a good working relationship with my friends at the doctors' surgery, hospital, nursing home and hostel.
Here's an example of what a pack looks like, although more often than not, there are a heap more tablets in the blisters!:

I will be glad when it slows down a bit, but so long as I'm getting paid, I don't mind! And most of the customers are friends of mine (it kinda happens like that in small communities... most often you're related to a lot of them too) so it's great to see 99% of them. Then there are the other 1%... I won't even go there!!!!!!

In the world of the V8 Supercars, it was a tragic loss to the Fords on Sunday. But Craig Lowndes (Holden) did come second so it wasn't so bad. (Just had to put this info in for Ingrid, she's a Ford girl... True story.)

Well, I'm about run out of things to blub on about, so I'm going to say 'bye for tonight and go make myself a cuppa.
Have a lovely evening everyone,

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Kathy dear's birthday, and Father dearest's birthday yesterday (of course)

I decided that today would be a good day to make a post wishing my sister a happy birthday for today, and Dad for yesterday. :) My Dad turned 41 yesterday (don't tell him I told you, huh?) and thinks that he's old.

Kath turns 17 today (she doesn't mind too much if I tell you...) and feels about the same as she did yesterday when she was still sweet 16. Surprising, no?

Every year, either on the 17th or 18th of June, Dad's mum will tell us the story of the day Kath was born. It's becoming a family tradition. "And I can just remember when he said, 'Mum, what will I do with another girl?' But the next day we came up to visit Kathy in hospital and he was holding her like a little porcelain doll." Yup, family tradition for 16 years and counting!

Another piece of news is that I finally got my hair cut! It's not quite like the photo in my previous post, but more like the one below... Except it's not red, LOL. It's so much easier to wash, and style, and wear all day. :)

I'm now working full time, and loving it. (I went from working about 20 hours a week one week to working 38-40 hours the next week.) We are so busy now with the new owners, and there is so much work to do that we need to employ more staff. One more week until our managing pharmacist arrives. I can't wait! Ingrid and I have worked with Steve before, and we do make a good team if I say so myself ;)

Anyways, it's time I got off the computer.
Until next time,

Monday, April 11, 2011

dizziness :P

Dizzy is a weird feeling, not one that I really love. During the last week or so, I've been really dizzy and feeling faint, light-headed. I tested a blood pressure monitor today and found out that my Blood Pressure is 101/87. One very low, and the other a bit high... Problem found! Now to Solver it. (Don't worry, Aussie joke. Solver paints. "Problem Solvered".) Any suggestions?

Just watched "Men of Honor". Great movie. One of my favorites. Except for the swearing. I have a lot of faves ;) like, "The King's Speech". "Pride and Prejudice". Then BBC one with Colin Firth. "Come What May", "Fireproof".

I found my next hairstyle. I scare my hairdresser! She gets nervous when I say I want to cut my hair short! So I'm taking the next step, really short. Here's a picture... Carey Mulligan.

Isn't she cute? :) I've been trying to get my courage up to do something like this for a while, and when I did some research on it, I found her. She sort of looks a bit like me (I mean, hey, if you stretch your imagination far enough I look like Mr. Squiggle.LOL.) so it might just work. :)

Goodnight all. Sweet dreams.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Juice, weekends and a slow combustion stove.

Hello dear friends :)

We are currently enjoying beautiful weather, my favorite time of year. I've already told you that before, though. Temperatures are about 20-25 degrees Celsius. Which means it's perfect for a jumper in the mornings ;) But most important, this time of year is when we start lighting the fires. We decided it's still not cold enough for our big, beauiful heater. The one in the loungeroom with a lovely, big door that you can see the fire through. But I must admit that it does put out a lot of heat and we really don't need it yet. (We most definitely will need it in a month or so, though. So I'm not too sad about it.) So we lit our old, old slow combustion stove. I love this thing. It makes everything cooked in it taste so much better. You can leave a roast in there all day and when you take it out, it's all falling apart and perfect. Yum... I love this part of winter! Except for the chopping wood bit..
I can't find a picture of ours, so I Googled it. I only found one photo that's similar. Not exactly the same but similar.

Last year sometime, Ayala was sick all the time. She got every single cold or flu that went around and was never well. She was also tired all the time and no matter how much she slept, she never got over it. The doctors thought it was chronic fatigue, but I don't think they ever proved anything. So, while we wasited for them to make a decision, Mum bought a juicer and started juicing all the fruit and vegies she could find. This was to get all the vitamins possible without taking all the vitamin tablets around. For months we had at least 1 glass of juice a day. Some of the juices were really yummy, others weren't. We took a break for a while, then about a week ago, when everyone was sick, Mum said, "That's it! Juice time again!" So she's been making all different variations. They all have apple, carrot and chilli in them, but they often have other things too, like cucumber and celery. The not so nice ones have spinach or chicory in them. This morning's one was really nice, but it felt like you were a fire breathing dragon afterwards! I think there was 1 too many chillis in there... Burn that cold out! It's good ;)

I love my weekends... Slow, steady, home weekends. Usually. My weekends consist of feeding poddies, a bit of housework, studying, maybe cooking, etc. Lately it's been helping Dad build the shed. But no matter how slow your weekend is, before you know it, it's Monday again. :P How do you guys spend your weekends?

I've got to go, enjoy your weekend!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Latin at work. Amongst other things.

Well, in the course of my 3 1/2 years working in pharmacy, you get to understand different Latin abbreviations. Such as the directions written on prescriptions by the doctors. Now, I'm doing my wound care training, and all the different parts of the skin are in Latin. Oh, I love Latin! It makes something feel very important :) An example: Stratum corneum = the outermost layer of the epidermis. So basically, the very outside of your skin. It's great. Adds just that extra dimension of interest. Anyways, enough of that...

Ayala came back home for the weekend. (as I'm pretty sure I've already told you!) It was so good! I love her so much, and she's been gone for 2 months.

Ok, so the previous 2 paragraphs were written about 2 weeks ago... I've tried writing a few posts, then get interrupted and don't get back to finish them. So I'll attempt to actually publish this one.

I'm not feeling so crash hot at the moment; my cousin, Abby, gave me her flu :P Lovely! Thank God for the invention of Cold and Flu tablets :D And Mum's cooking. Yum, yum. Soup and fried mush (last night's left over mashed potatoes with steakettes and onion). Pretty good tucker even when you don't feel like eating.

The Man From Snowy River bush festival was on once again this last weekend. I didn't see much of it, but there were thousands of people in town. It's one of the few things that brings our sleepy little town to life. We got so busy that the 3 places that sell diesel (the caravan park, Mildren and Coysh and McLean's') sold out. That's pretty amazing.

Feeding the poddies has become an interesting adventure in the last week or so. The big ones can now lick my chin, so fighting them off is quite hair-raising at times. They can be really rough. And they have EXTREMELY SHARP FEET!!! The little ones are really sweet. I promise to put some more photo's up someday soon. Photos don't really do them justice, though.

Enough rambling for now, I've finally got most of the news down...
Enjoy your day!
With love,

Friday, March 18, 2011

Photos :) (finally!)

Our faithful old dog, Liz.

Part of our farm in spring. And some moos.

Bugsy! Well, her real name is Tikvah, but we call her mum 'Boogie' so she's 'Bugsy'.

This is a view through the bush of what the countryside is like. There are a lot of valleys and there a lot of bigger valleys and river flats, but other than that, this is pretty typical terrain. Other than this photo was taken in the middle of summer in the middle of a really bad drought! It's actually a lot prettier than this.

And this is what the bush is like behind our place. This is why we have such bad bushfires. So much undergrowth and dry grass. This is why the DSE does fuel reduction burns every autumn. This part of the bush is actually really damp (this photo WAS taken in the middle of the drought!) so it hasn't burnt in anyone's living memory.

Poddy calves. :D

Jerse. Isn't she beautiful?!

Now, these of the calves aren't the bestest photos ever, they're just for identification purposes, but I'm going to try get down a bit later in the day to take some nice ones.

Until next time!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A few of my favorite things... (updated!)

Now we all know this song, and this morning when I was making my coffee, I thought to myself, "Coffee is one of my favorite things." Instantly, I could nearly hear Julie Andrews singing, "When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad. I simply remember a few of my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad!" How many of you now have the song stuck in your head?!
So, I thought, "What are a few of my favorite things, and why?" Now, I have a lot of favorites, but they're mostly confined to warm, comforting things; hot showers, coffee, spag bol. Lots of blankets on my bed! But then I have a few other strange ones: walking around shearing sheds and cattle yards (now I know that if you're from the city, you'll be thinking, "That's pathetic! Why would someone want to look around a smelly old shed or dirty yards?" I can't really explain it, but I guess when you're used to it, it's a familiar thing. Also it's incredibly interesting to look at the whole set up. Especially if the yards or sheds belong to someone else!)

So the previous part of the post I wrote about 2 days ago, and I haven't been back to finish it. And then when I thought, "I'll finish that post!" I accidentally publish it. Oops! Ah, well.

I think Autumn is definitely here. I'm glad... Autumn and spring are my fovorite seasns. Mostly because of the temperature and the colours. Around here in spring, everything is a vivid green and all the fruit trees dotted around the hills are covered in either white or pink blossoms. Autumn I love because there is still a hint of summer, but there is a bit of chill in the air too. And the trees in Corryong go an awesome colour! It's just a tad chilly sitting at the computer. And there is a thick blanket of fog sitting on us in the early mornings. Lots of dew, and the trees (well, the deciduous ones anyways. I know that not all people know that eucalyptus aren't deciduous) are turning, changing colours. And the DSE (Department of Sustainability and Environment) are burning off (fuel reduction burns) the national parks. A lot of people complain about all the smoke in the air, but I love it. It makes it feel like autumn. I do like the fact that you have to wear a jumper outside in the mornings! I have to sit down one day and put some photos up here, but I just can't find the ones I want!

I have to go, my older sister, Ayala is coming home tomorrow so I have to go get things a bit organised. And of course, studying! ;)
With love,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Boomerang, Charlotte Ritchie

This song is a lesson I'm still trying to learn, unfortunately. I'm getting better, but I do tend to say things without really thinking. Bad habit :P but still trying to break!

Talk is cheap no matter what you say,
You're gonna reap tomorrow what you sow today.
So don't take too lightly your deeds to men,
'Cos the winds of justice will blow again.

Hey watch what you're doin'
Watch what you say!
That boomerang's comin' back your way.
The harder you throw it the farther it flies,
It might hit you harder than you realise.
You gotta play by the golden rule in this game,
or you won't be ready for the boomerang.
Watch where you're throwin' that boomerang.

Don't point your finger at what others do,
'Cos there's three just like it pointing back at you.
You know, a little bit of love goes a long long way,
You might need a little back on a hard up day.

Hey watch what you're doin'
Watch what you say!
That boomerang's comin' back your way.
The harder you throw it the farther it flies,
It might hit you harder than you realise.
You gotta play by the golden rule in this game,
or you won't be ready for the boomerang.
Watch where you're throwin' that boomerang.
-Charlotte Ritchie

So my happenings today were slightly exciting :) I sent off my Diabetes unit of my course! Yay! It was really interesting, I would like to learn more about it. So after this, I have Woundcare (there's some gross bits in there, like puncture wounds and protruding objects. I have the most interesting job! lol) and another 5 books, then my traineeship is over! I think they're something like, asthma, complementary medicine (another BIG book...), men's and women's health, market and promote pharmacy services area, and pregnancy and maternal health. Then I am DONE!!! :D Whoo! I can't wait. I hope to have them all completed by May. So lots of hard work, but it'll be worth it. I have been working at this course (nearly a university course) for about 1 and a half years. It will be good to have it finished!
The other happenings were that Mum and Dad got their first batch of poddy calves for their contract rearing business. The little poddies are so cute! I'll post some photo's soon.

I just realised I have to update my 'about me'...
Gob bless,

Monday, March 14, 2011

Apologising (once again!) for not writing...!

As my title says, I am very sorry. I am not at all constant writing here, and I should be.

I as just reading over my blog, and was realising how depressing my blog was! Always complaining, not very encouraging at all. And I don't think any of it made any sense what-so-ever if no one knew me. Must have been retty boring for anyone to read it!

Well, on to news... I am now the oldest at home. Ayala (my older sister) applied for a job in Sydney as a nanny. She got the job, and moved up in the first couple of weeks of the new year. So since about mid January, I've only seen her once. But she's coming home this weekend!!! I'm so excited :D Then I think she'll be back down for the MFSR festival (Yes, I know. It's been a year already!)

In May, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound is coming to Australia. I really hope we can go to the concert. The theme is A tribute to the Cathedrals. Should be pretty good :)

Interesting things are happening at work, but just what I can't say at the minute. I'll post more about it when I actually find out. Well, for one, my boss is pregnant. She's due in August. Not sure what date.

Anyways, I have to go. I told Mum I'd make an apple cake. I haven't yet started... to busy looking at blogs! And studying of course. LOL.

Gruss Gott! <3

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I haven't been writing a lot lately. I never have anything to write about... Really boring, lol. Been working, and studying (but still getting a bit behind!) Work has been really busy, and we don't have enough staff :P
I can't wait 'til summer!!! When it's nice and warm and we can go swimming and stay out 'til late. I'll also have my P's (Lord willing) so I can go places when I want without having to wait for everyone else :) and I can take my friends and my sister's and brother different places! I can't wait!!! And I don't have to worry about catching the bus or catching lifts everywhere.
I'll try write more soon :D
xoxox Sarah

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wow! I got an award... Thanks, Kathy :)

Wow! My first award... Amazing! LOVE YOU, SIS!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog. Thank you so much, Kath!

2. Copy the award and paste it to your blog. DONE

3. Tell us seven interesting facts about you.

4. Pass the award to around fifteen wonderful bloggers you've discovered. (Or as many as you can think of because I don't know if I can think of 15!)

5. Contact your nominations and let them know they've won.

Ok now for 7 things... I don't know if I can think of 7, lol!
1. I can be random. Only sometimes, though. The rest of the time, I'm just plain weird.
2. When the first fog (and frost) of the year comes, I get really excited :)
3. I love cows!!! (on and off the dinner plate.)
4. I don't like sheep, except on a dinner plate.
5. I used to want to be a vet. That idea got old real fast when I realised that I would, in the course of my career, have to put animals down.
6. Surgery is fascinating.
7.I love talking to people!

There we are, that wasn't as hard as I thought it would be :)

Now I tag Kate Lynn and Rachel.

Good night!
God Bless,