April 23, 2006


while watching 'biggest loser' Australia, which has people from Australia competing to lose weight and trainers from USA, I just came to realize that some names are pronouced differently in Australia then it is in USA. Never thought of this before. And strangly enough, even though I have lived 3 years in Australia and only 1 in USA I still use the american way of saying some things. No wonder I have to repeat myself so much..

April 16, 2006

photo of the week

its easter and the tradition in my family is to make yellow hard boiled egg. I tried with eggs that were already brown, i guess it works better with white eggs, but just look really carefully on the picture and tell me you see its a bit yellow - right...

poor baby...

Originally uploaded by dynamitt.
my husband has been sick all week, pretty misrable has he been. Here is a shot from where he is giving himself a steambath to clear things up.

Im just glad that he is back to normal self now.

whee to me

I manage to go 4 times this week, and I still love it :) Usually swim 500 m, but today I did 30 laps. With some help from my husband I found out that I swam 690 meter today! Pretty proud of myself. Wanna get it up to 1 km and then work on my speed.

so right...

April 9, 2006

how old?


Begin with age 79 years, the average global life-expectancy based on ten advanced societies.

01. Where is your ancestral home?

..... United States of America = minus 2.
..... Austria or United Kingdom = minus 1.
..... Canada or France or Italy = 0.
..... Australia or Singapore or Sweden = plus 2.
..... Japan = plus 3.
Enter zero if your homeland is not given.

02. Gender. Female = plus 1. Male = minus 2.

03. Do you have an annual physical exam?
Yes = plus 3. No = minus 3.

04. Grandparent lived to 85-plus? Add 2 for each long-lived grandparent.

05. Do you volunteer on a weekly basis? Yes = plus 2. No = minus 1.

06. Do you live alone? Yes, minus 3. No, 0 points.

07. Are you able to laugh at, and learn from your mistakes. Yes = plus 1. No = minus 3.

08. Do you have a confidant who listens to your problems? Yes = plus 1. No = minus 2.

09. Daily neurobic (brain) exercise: puzzles, games, learning? Yes = plus 4. No = 0.

10. Daily aerobic exercise: swimming, jogging, biking? Yes = plus 3. No = 0.

11. Eat balanced diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains? Yes = plus 2. No = minus 3.

12. Do you smoke a pack of cigarettes daily? Yes = minus 4. No = 0 points.

13. Live with, work with, or have friends who smoke? Yes = minus 1. No = 0.

14. Do you "yo-yo" on and off diet fads? Yes = minus 5. No = 0 points.

15. Own an inter-active pet (dog, cat)? Yes = plus 2. Passive pet (goldfish) = plus 1.

16. Left-handed = minus 1. Right-handed = 0.

17. Men Only: For every inch of your height that exceeds 5'8", minus six months.

18. Are you a religious person, and do you practice your faith? Yes = plus 2. No = 0.

19. Women Only: For each childbirth add .25 years (3 months) to your score.

20. Use stress management (meditation, quiet time, spa)? Yes = plus 4. No = minus 3.

21. Walk to work? Yes = plus 2. Ride to work? Yes = plus 1. Drive to work? Yes = minus 3.

22. Cosmetic surgery? Once per decade = plus 5. Minus 1 for each additional per decade.

23. Do you fear the uncertainties of growing old? Yes = minus 2. No fear = plus 1.

24. Substance abuse? Yes = minus 6. Shared use of substances = minus 3.

25. Sexual promiscuity (multiple partners, STD risks)? Yes = minus 6. No = 0.

26. Engaged in long-term, relationship of trust and mutual respect? Yes = plus 5. No = 0.

27. All friends same age as you? Yes = minus 2. Age-mix of friends? Yes = plus 1.

28. Written specific life goals and completion timeframes? Yes = plus 1. No = 0.

29. Family history of cardiovascular or cancer prior to age 50? Minus 2 per occurence.

30. Family history of obesity, diabetes, chronic depression? Minus 2 per each occurence.

Your score is an estimate of how long you can expect to live. A score less than 79 years is a "wake-up call" alerting you to take positive action. Long life isn't the result of smart genes and dumb luck. In fact, 80% of longevity is based on lifestyle, not genes. Living to be 100 depends on five factors: genetic inheritance (good genes give you a good head start), outlook (meaningful lives last longer), diet (you are what you eat), aerobic exercise (a fine-tuned engine wears better), and mental fitness (use it or lose it).

According to this quiz I will be 98 years old... guess I just have to wait and see.

April 8, 2006

just updating

on what had been going on in my life lately. I did not get my wishes granted the other week, my husband has still not been able to get a job and no visa yet. But we have an appointment with the immigration office on the 26th and if things goes like I hope he will be granted a visa that same day - which should also make it easier to get a job.

I have been trying so hard to be updated with all my paperwork for work this year, but is seems like this is a part of my job I just can not do... I have been pretty good, but still there are things I'm lacking behind on. A little pat on the back though; I started way late with the 3 monthly reports (the day before they were due) but even so I was the only one of the room leaders which manage to finish them on time. But now ofcourse I'm behind in some of the other things... Can't win I guess.

This past week has been a bit crazy. On tuesday I had to call my husband and ask him to bring me new shoes and socks. Why? Well one of the girls has figure out how to undo her nappy... so she did a big poo and then undid her nappy and left in on the floor. It was the time between lunch and the kids getting ready for a nap so it was pretty hectic and I ofcourse mange to step in the poo.... Oh well I guess thats just one of the quirks of my job...

The temperature here has dropped a lot. I dont think I ever will understand the weather here. Its close to 30 degrees on day and the next its 15 degrees, so we get autum with a 'bang' sort of. Trying to remember why I complained when its was 42 degrees... so cold now.

Planning to go swimming today. I really enjoy it, but have to wait until 2 pm when there will be som space for me in the inside pool. Im not swimming outside in this cold weather even though the pool is heated to 27 degrees. After I have been swimming I need to do some paperwork...