Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Day 8 - 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 08: A song that you know all the words to 

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

This song kicks arse and is so much fun to sing along to! A little while ago I was talking about this song at work and one of my workmates didn't know what it was. After I recovered from the sad fact that somebody had been living life without Bohemian Rhapsody in it I made it a mission to find it on Youtube and show it to her. Turns out she did know what it was, she just didn't know that's what it was called. Luckily.

Anyway enjoy and sing along!!

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx


No More Exams!

Well my exams are over for another few months and I have about a 6 week break from uni too so I have been celebrating my new found freedom by taking Bayley to Perth to Scitech and AQWA and neglecting my 30 Day Song Challenge! Woops! I will get started on that again shortly.

Have you been to AQWA? This is the second time we have gone and it is just fantastic! I love the Shipwreck Coast exhibit where you stand on a little conveyor belt that takes you under the aquarium. Bayley also loved it despite the noisy school groups that were there on the same day. Going to places like AQWA, Scitech and the zoo, I always expect there to be school groups and as annoying as they can be you always just have to remember that they are often on a short time frame which means if yo hold back and let them go ahead. You can often avoid running into them again. That is what we did with great success! We also had lunch at the cafĂ© there and I had a surprisingly delicious burger, with a homemade beef patty and all! 

Scitech wasn't as great as I remembered when I was a kid but I think it was more because Bayley isn't quite old enough to appreciate most of the exhibits. He loved the obvious ones, that moved or made noise but subtle changes like light globes turning on he wasn't as interested in. We will definitely take him back again once he is a bit older though because if he is anything like his father and stepmother he will develop an interest in that sort of things eventually! If the dinosaur exhibition comes back any time soon we will be there with bells on!

Uni break means I have a few little projects I want to get a start on. I am taking up a second Polercise class, hopefully it will help keep me active and fit over the dreary winter months. I have just ordered some more hair clip supplies and have bought some embroidery supplies too. I am getting crafty! Lastly I am ordering an Italian language book so I can teach myself/maybe go to classes with Tegan. I am going to be a busy little bee!

Song challenge post to come, I am not going to do every day that I missed, I'll just do a few. Oh and I am on the lookout for a good list of must see movies. I found one but a lot of the movies on it seemed like they may have just been there because they are old and not really because they are good. I also want to watch every Marilyn Monroe movie! So please feel free to hit me up with some suggestions. They don't have to be cinematographic masterpieces. Just something you like, and maybe tell me why you like it.

Thanks friends!!

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Day 6 and 7 - 30 Day Song Challenge

I had an exam today. Auditing. I had been studying for it all week, it is a very dull subject. I think I went well in the exam, we'll find out soon enough! Now instead of studying for my Friday exam here are my next two songs for the song challenge!

Day 06 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere

La Copa De La Vida - Ricky Martin 

The FIFA World Cup was played in 1998 and this was the official theme song for the event. The same year I went to Bali with my family and this song was being played everywhere. Every street corner had this song blasting, I heard it about 20 times every single day for the two weeks we were in Bali. We went to Waterbomb park and the guy pushing us down the slide was even singing it! So this song always reminds me of Bali. 

Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers

Oh if I remembered this song a few days ago it would have made my least favourite song. This song is an assault on your ears. It is so bad. What makes it even worse is that it reminds me of when I was young and used to go out to Monkeys and Fitzgeralds and this song would come one and every drunk bogan in the place would stamp their feet along to it and I would have a moment of clarity where I questioned why the hell I was out with these people. I bet they still play it now even though it was released in 1988 and has only gotten shitter with time.

Please enjoy!!

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Day 4 and 5 - 30 Day Song Challenge

I missed the challenge yesterday because I was studying till 1am and then basically passed out in bed. So tired! Thankfully I have finished the bulk of my studying now so I can sort of just relax. Can't wait till exams are over! I have so many plans for my mini break. 

Day 4 - A song that makes you sad 

Mad World - Michael Andrews and Gary Jules 

This is the cover version of the Tears For Fears original and featured in the movie Donnie Darko. When I read the challenge for today I had trouble thinking of a song, then I decided to interpret the task a little differently. This song doesn't make me sad because it invokes some kind of terrible memory. It makes me sad because, dear god, this is one of the most depressing songs on the planet. You could be the happiest person alive and then this song will come on the radio and it will send you into a slump faster than a sack full of dead kittens. It is so dull, I don't care if it is some kind of musical work of art. It makes me want to slit my wrists.


Day 5 - A song that reminds you of someone

Mr. Jones - Counting Crows

This one was easy! This song reminds me of my best friend Jarryd. I do not know exactly why this became our song, I know that it was one of the CD's that was on constant repeat where we worked together at Vat. Jarryd is off living the dream in Bristol so we obviously can't catch up as much as we used to so I love when this song comes on the radio or shows up on my computer playlist. never fails to put a smile on my face and bring back awesome memories. Love you Jarryd!

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx


Friday, 10 June 2011

Day 3 - 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 03: A song that makes you happy 

Today was a pretty easy choice for me. This song is fantastic. It was my favourite song when I was a kid and I have always loved it. It is so fun!

You may also remember The B-52's doing another version of this song for the Simpsons. (apologies for the crappy video it is the only one I could find)

They also did this. Which is just awesome. Oh B-52's I love you!

The B-52's - (Meet) The Flintstones from booboobay1 on Vimeo.

Enjoy the videos

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Day 2 - 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 2 - Your least favourite song

Yesterday was a complete no brainer. I barely had to think about it because Walking After You has been my favourite song for so long. Today however... I dislike so many songs that choosing one in particular is very hard. I don't like anything by Black Eyed Peas, I dislike hipster music, I think Chris Brown is revolting and OH MY GOD I THINK I JUST THOUGHT OF IT!!

I have to go try listen to it and see if it's the right fit.

Here we go

Lonely by AKON

I have written before about my dislike for creeper AKON. I cannot stand this loser and this is the first song of his I heard and my intense dislike for him started here and has only grown stronger and stronger.

The theme for this hideous song is "I am a revolting jerk who cheats on my girlfriend all the time and treats her like shit. Now she got sick of being treated like a doormat and left me. Boo hoo!"

I am sorry for making you listen to this horrible song. You don't have to push play though.

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx

*if I get an email from Amazon saying someone bought this shit I will be so disappointed at the world

Dear someone more informed than me,

I have a few questions about this live cattle export debacle. 

There has been a lot of drama about this lately, sparked by an episode of Four Corners investigating the treatment of Australian Cattle in Indonesian abattoirs. I didn't see it because I do not like any form of Current Affair shows. The episode started a huge debate which has now resulted in Prime Minister Julia Gillard putting a total ban on cattle exports to Indonesia. A ban that could last up to six months.

I don't agree nor disagree, I am not informed enough. However, I can't help but worry that this decision is going to cause a whole lot of pain for almost every stakeholder (other than the actual cows) in this matter. I am not completely convinced that an outright ban is the answer.

Firstly, now that thousands of cows are not being exported to Indonesia, and on such short notice. What are the farmers doing with the cows now? What about all the cows that were already at the docks, about to head off? Who is looking after them? Are they being trucked back to the farms? Are they being sold elsewhere? Do farmers have other places to take these cows or are they just going to be killed locally? If they are staying in Australia do we have the capacity to process all this extra cattle? Can our farmers afford to house and feed all this extra cattle?

Now, what about the abattoirs in Indonesia who are doing the right thing? The ones who are up to standard? An outright ban means that those guys lose out. What if Australian cattle were their only commodity? Are they going to be able to stay open for up to six months without processing anything?? What about the people who work there? Are they all going to lose their jobs now? It is quite easy for us, sitting in our houses, watching our flat screen tv's to see mistreatment of cattle and be outraged and demand that it be stopped. People in Indonesia however, are generally a lot poorer than us. Can they afford to lose their jobs? Can they afford the fact that the cost of beef in Indonesia is now going to sky rocket?

Is this really going to help fix the problems that the cattle industry has in Indonesia? Is there a solution other than this ban? Have we tried education? Can we not send a few people over to Indo and teach them a little about slaughter etiquette? Of course education may not be the problem at all, money is the more likely culprit. Can someone invest some cash into improving the standards at these abattoirs? Has this already been tried and failed?

I would love to hear your opinions on this issue

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx 

Dave hates Glee too

A little extra reason to love Dave Grohl other than his ace band.

This article here

Glee sucks

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

30 Day Song Challenge

Have you seen people posting on Facebook about the 30 Day Song Challenge? I have seen a few friends doing it and I wasn't going to jump on that bandwagon but now that I am actively procrastinating about studying for my exams I have decided to do it!

As well as post on Facebook I am also going to post on here, because it will make me come here every day for a month and also because I can write more on here than I can in a Facebook status.

The list for the challenge is here so it would be super cool if any of you reading this want to play along with me! Let's start!

Day One - Your Favourite Song

Walking After You by Foo Fighters

This has been my favourite song ever since I heard it. It is from the 1997 album The Colour and The Shape. I love it so much, it is just beautiful. This is a live version so you can all see how kick arse Foo Fighters are live. Foo Fighters are also my favourite band. They are so good. Dave Grohl has such a lovely voice, I think if I ever met him in real life I would just ask him millions of questions requiring long winded answers just so I could listen to him speak.

Please enjoy it!

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx

Friday, 3 June 2011


On New Years Eve 2010 I wrote this post towards the end of the post I wrote the following

So everyone, this rollercoaster has finally slammed its way to the end of the track. Who is ready to strap in and go for another ride? Fasten your seatbelts every body, 2011 is going to blow your mind! Be safe, be smart, be strong, have the ride of your life!

Without a shadow of a doubt, 2011 has lived up to that prediction. The last few months for me have been traumatic to say the very least. I feel like I have been hit by about eight buses and three semi trailers. I have been an emotional train wreck. I have lost a load of weight and I would love to attribute that to increased exercise and better diet but I think it is more a case of me having no will to eat for about three weeks or so.

I can't go into detail about what happened and what is still happening. It isn't only my story to tell and the people who need to know do know. I guess this post is less about telling you all what happened and more about how it made me feel. So, apologies if it all seems a little ambiguous. To any friends and family reading, I would appreciate it if you didn't put any details in any comments you choose to leave on this post. Thanks.

I sort of dropped off the face of the planet for a while there. Nothing seemed relevant anymore. I couldn't blog and I could barely use Twitter or Facebook, I couldn't even use 750 words and nobody even gets to read what I write there! The only thing I could think about was what was happening. It haunted me through my waking hours and wouldn't leave me alone when I slept. Just when I got it out of my head someone close to me would bring it up and ask me questions about what was going on. There was a point where I just wanted to curl up into a little ball and fall asleep till it was all over.

Unfortunately when the shit hits the fan you can't just look the other way and twiddle your thumbs till it is over. So I had to get on with life and try make the best of a terrible situation. In the end I had an amazing moment of clarity and came to an obvious conclusion, being angry helps nobody and nor does playing the blame game. To get results that were in the best interests of who mattered most we had to put everything else aside and work together. Which is what we did. We aren't out of the woods yet, but I think we are at least loitering around the edges and I feel more positive about the situation. The most important thing is that we are all getting along.

I am trying to move on with life. I feel like I have grown up a lot in the last few months. I am trying not to be as judgmental, though sometimes I slip up (badly) but I am trying! I have learned not to take the people I love for granted, I have an amazing family and an amazing bunch of friends. My friends and I don't catch up as much as we used to, my two best friends in the world are in Canada and the UK, still as soon as they saw things go downhill, every single one of them reached out to me and to you guys I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. If it wasn't for the support you all gave me I would never have survived this with my sanity intact. You guys helped to keep me strong and I love you all dearly.

I don't know what is going to happen from here. I do know that whatever hurdles are thrown my way I have the power to over come them. This is what life is. It isn't meant to be easy, it is meant to be a challenge, we are meant to face adversity and fight, sometimes we win, other times we lose and sometimes it's a draw but we always learn from it and that my friends is the whole point. Look for the lessons, they will lead you home.

Love you all

Carrie xoxo xxxx