Monday, 31 October 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Google + Most of my updates on Google + are public. I look through the profile of anyone who adds me to a circle and decide based on their content whether to follow back. I love this aspect of both Google+ and Twitter, that following doesn't have to be reciprocal. On Facebook people get so antsy if you delete them or reject their friend request. I have one 'friend' who I deleted for being a moody jerk and that person has tried to re friend me three times. No such problem with Google + !
Get Served: Diary of a Hospitality Worker this is my other blog over on Wordpress. This blog is, obviously, about the exciting trials and tribulations of working in hospitality. It sort of started out as a venting page for when customers bothered me but now I am trying to transform it into something more. There will still be venting but I also want it to be helpful to other hospitality workers and to people in general. I love the hospitality industry, at least the restaurant/cafe side of it that I work in. I have a huge passion for it and I want to make it a better place and I don't want to look like one of those obnoxious waitresses with a bad attitude and chip on her shoulder a mile wide. This blog doesn't get updated as much as I want it to. Less than this one gets updated if you can believe that but I want to change that once we have our own house and I am done with Uni for the year. Give it a read anyway!
I have two Twitter accounts. Well, I guess you could say I have three if we are including my work account. I guess we will.
@CazMinx is my personal account which I use more than any other network account.
@GetServedDiary is the Twitter account for my Get Served blog. I update this from work sometimes so every now and then you get a thought that hasn't gone through my appropriateness filter.
@CafeOneForty poor little Cafe 140 Twitter has only got 14 followers. Probably because not many Bunbury people have jumped on the Twitter train yet. This is my work and most of the Tweets come from me and are connected to our Facebook page too which is why they will often go over the 140 character limit.
Cafe 140 on Facebook you can also go and 'like' my workplace on Facebook if you want to.
Well that is all the relevant and current places you can find me. Hit me up!
Love Carrie xoxo xxxx
Sunday, 23 October 2011
This is the third fatal attack in as many months and as much as I sympathise with the victims, their friends, and their families; killing the shark won't bring their loved one back, it won't make this any less tragic and it will not make the ocean any more safe. There are plenty more sharks in the sea.
All three recent victims were no strangers to the ocean. Kyle Burden was an avid body boarder, Bryn Martin was on his regular swim when he was presumably taken and the latest victim George Wainwright was a diver, in Australia on a tourist visa. These men knew the risks, of course what happened is still horrific but they all knew this could happen. We all know the risks when we step into the water. My Dad used to own a jetski and it was always in the back of my mind when I was out on the ocean that there could be sharks under me and that if I fell off I could be swimming with them. I did fall off a few times and I was VERY quick to get back on. I feel that it is unfair for humans to enter the territory of a predator like a shark and then decide to kill the animal when it is just doing what it is built for. If you knowingly walked into an area known to be inhabited by lions, then you got attacked by a lion, would it be fair to kill it?
Another statistic commonly thrown about when this subject is bought up is the fact that more people are killed in car accidents than shark attacks. Very true. In the month of September alone in Australia 93 people were killed on our roads, 18 of those deaths were in Western Australia. Yet nothing comparably as radical is being done about that problem.
Australia does not sentence death on humans who knowingly, willingly and without any compassion kill other humans. So why give a shark a death sentence for doing something that is well within its nature? Is it going to scare off the other sharks? No. Will it decrease shark attacks? Unlikely.
So why are we doing it? What are the other options? What do you think should be done?
Love Carrie xoxo xxxx
Road Crash Stats http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/road_fatality_statistics/index.aspx
Shark Hunt Order http://www.watoday.com.au/national/shark-hunt-order-over-fatal-attack-20111022-1me0j.html
Shark Victim Farewelled http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/shark-victim-farewelled-in-emotional-paddleout-20110908-1jytm.html
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
This morning I declared to my three year old stepson that today was to be a TV free day. Usually in the morning we wake up and Bayley watches cartoons while I make him breakfast then he eats watching Dora and Wonderpets and the like. Unfortunately it usually results in Bayley taking forever to eat his breakfast and then getting upset about having to shower and get dressed for the day. Now that the weather is finally nice I decided it is high time we both kicked the habit.
Bayley, of course, didn’t take the news so well. There were tears and “whys?” but once his peanut butter and honey toast was ready he had recovered. He went and sat outside with my Dad (Pete) and my Mum (Les) while I made my breakfast. By the time I made it outside Bayley had turned the table into a train and we all had to have tickets to ride. He finished his breakfast in record time and went about ‘driving’ us to various places. He dropped me off at Uni (I literally had to leave the table and hide around the corner) then Pete got off the train at ‘work’ (he also got kicked off the table and had to go down to the bottom garden). When we were ‘finished’ we had to call the train for Bayley to pick us up. When I got back on the train we arrived in the jungle, I was scared and Bayley assured me it was ok and said he would hold my hand, just then a snake appeared in front of us! Bayley picked it up with his bare hands and threw it away from us “it’s ok, it’s safe now” he told us. Les, Bayley and I got back on the train and picked up Pete from work.
Then the train broke down and turned into an airplane. Apparently we were going on holiday and Bayley was the captain. Partway through the flight after making sure we all had our seatbelts on Bayley informs us that the plane has ran out of gas and he has to go fill it up. “How can you fill it up! We are in the air!” Pete, Les and I asked. “It’s ok” Bayley replied “I will just turn off the plane” Obviously concerned we exclaimed “but Bayley the plane will fall out of the sky!!” Pete had a solution “Do you have parachutes?” Les and I were not keen on jumping out of a plane, less so when Bayley replied “yeah I have two” there were four of us, this plane trip wasn’t looking like it was going to have a pleasant landing, then Bayley said “two for the plane”. Right, so his plan was to stop the plane and let the parachutes out so the plane will slowly fall while he fills it with gas then he can turn it back on and fly off before we crash. His plan worked and we had a very smooth landing.
After the plane ride we all had to head off and do other things, Les went to have a shower, Pete and I went to fix the Internet and Steve came upstairs and I sent him outside so Bayley could keep playing on the train/plane. Needless to say, Bayley forgot all about TV and cartoons. With an imagination like that, who needs them!!
After getting showered and dressed and some more hanging out we wandered down the road to have lunch at the cafe down the road that has just reopened after changing hands for the umpteenth time. If it ever comes up for sale again I want to buy it so bad. Such potential, but that is a story for another post. We had a nice lunch, I wrote notes on the service and how I would improve things because that is just what I do when I go out. Then we all walked down to the playground for a while and Bayley tried to climb a few trees, we played chasey, had piggy backs and played on the playground equipment.
We spent a good few hours just wandering around and playing games before heading home then it was time to take Bayley back to his Mums place but it was just such a great day and cheap! All we had to pay for was lunch and realistically we could have just made sandwiches and had a nice little picnic instead. Through Winter i felt so guilty having Bayley inside all the time but I think, sometimes at least it, may have had less to do with the weather and more with laziness. Of course I know that I am not as bad as some people and this isn’t the first time I have enforced a no TV rule but still, today made me even more determined to make changes to the time we have with Bayley. This Summer we will break bad habits and make new good habits. Outside all the way!
Love Carrie xoxo xxxx
p.s. what is your favourite way to spend time with your kids? How do you deal with the wet weather?
p.p.s. at the playground today I was astounded by the amount of little kids playing on the gym equipment they have nearby. Haven’t parents heard the horror stories about kiddies being hurt on them? Do you let your kids near them?