Please No Test

I’ve never liked going to the optometrist or the dentist. As a kid, I had a bad experience with a healthcare professional getting too close to my face and it really scared me at the time. Now I’m an adult and I’m still struggling with going to any sort of health appointment that involves getting close to my face. I don’t even really remember what happened when I was a kid but it was traumatic and that trauma has followed me well into adulthood. 

Now that you’ve got this background, I’m sure you can understand my stress when I went to the doctor and he told me that I needed to go to the local optometrist. Bayside doctors take their level of care very seriously and when my doctor noticed that my eyesight was potentially not up to scratch, he told me to book an appointment at the optometrist immediately. Apparently, I might need glasses. This is a nightmare.

I haven’t been to the optometrist in over twenty years. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to cope sitting in that optometrist chair and having the optometrist’s hands come slowly towards my face. I feel a bit sick about it. Am I going to have to get an eye test? In the Bentleigh area, there really isn’t much need to have really good eyesight. Surely I don’t actually have to have an eye test. I can get around with sub-par vision just fine.

Unfortunately, my doctor didn’t give me a choice. He told me that I can’t come back to his doctor’s surgery until I’ve had my eyes looked at by a professional. I guess I could find another doctor but I’ve also been visiting this doctor for several years now, so he knows my medical history really well. 

It should be interesting to see how this plays out. Will I get the eye test or will I find a new doctor? Only time will tell.

Botany Expert Designs

I am a botanist who lives in Australia. I love my job. It’s what I’ve wanted to do ever since I was a young girl, as I’ve always been a bit obsessed with plants. A bit too obsessed, my friends would always say. But who’s laughing now? They’re all jealous of how cool my career is. I get to be surrounded by beautiful plants all day, every day, and spend most of my work day out in nature. Who wouldn’t want that? In fact, I love it so much that I am planning to bring it home.

That’s right, I’m redecorating my house and filling those blank, empty walls, with a whole bunch of beautiful flower wallpaper designed in Melbourne. It’s going to look incredible. There are already a few small touches of my botanical flair in my interior design choices, such as my wooden coffee table, which has engravings of daisies and leaves all over it. Or, even in my bathroom, the knobs on the drawers underneath my sink are just golden carvings of flowers. But I’m really looking to take this a step further.

While most people would shy away from the idea, I actually want to become that crazy flower lady that everybody shakes their head at in the street. I want to smell of flowers everywhere I go. They’re just so beautiful. Why wouldn’t you want to surround yourself with them every single day? I am particularly interested in purchasing some Australian botanical plants wallpaper and sticking it up in my kitchen. I’m going to get the self-adhesive kind, which means it can be applied a lot faster and uses a much more simple process than the traditional type of wallpaper, which is so fiddly. I can’t wait. It’s going to be so much fun cooking Australian delicacies in my kitchen, only to look up and see all the Australian plants stuck up on my wall.

Can’t Help Mum

Why am I always so behind on these things? I feel like I’m catching up only to fall straight behind again an hour or so later. I don’t think I’m cut out for looking after my mum anymore and I’m feeling overwhelmed with the whole situation. I love my mum more than anything, obviously, but looking after her has taken up my entire life. I’m behind at work and I don’t know if I’ll hit the deadline that I’m supposed to. In fact, I’m still working on a project and tracking it to a client that I shouldn’t be because I’m behind and I’m trying to cover it up. That’s all because of my mum. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t stressed.

As sad as it makes me to say, I think I need to consider potentially putting my elderly mother in community nursing. In the Adelaide CBD, there are plenty of really well run facilities that would do a significantly better job at looking after my mother than I am currently doing. It would mean that she could get the care that she rightfully deserves and I could actually do my job in a way that I’m supposed to. That would be really important and good for us both, especially seeing as I’m almost half an hour behind on my work now which is going to be almost impossible to catch up on.

I think I’m going to give the local disability support worker a call on my lunch break and discuss the possibilities of community nursing/care. I don’t know how much it costs or whether my mother would be eligible for care, but seeing as I’m her sole carer and I can’t look after her properly anymore, I have a feeling that I will probably be able to get her into care sometime soon. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

A Minor Break-In

‘So what did they take?’ the detective asked, flicking open a very official-looking notebook with not enough pages left.

         ‘Uh…’ Suzanna glanced around her townhouse, trying to remember what it had looked like before the burglary. ‘I think there was a bust on that mantlepiece. And was there always a book missing from that shelf? Harold?’

         Harold, comfortably reclining in his armchair, still in his slippers, didn’t look up from his newspaper.

         ‘That’s the one you’re currently reading, darling,’ he said, flicking the page.

         ‘Oh right, of course,’ she chewed her nails nervously.

         ‘It’s alright, ma’am,’ the detective said, sounding bored. ‘We can get the information from you later. Now, you say your phone line was cut?’           

         ‘Oh, yes!’ Suzanna swept into the kitchen, picking up the phone so he could hear the flat tone. The detective smiled weakly.

         ‘I would have just believed you, ma’am.’

         ‘Ah, of course,’ she squeaked, clutching at her necklace.

         ‘I can give you the number of a telecommunications contractor in the Melbourne CBD,’ he said, hastily scribbling it down. ‘They can come out and do the necessary repairs.’

         Suzanne accepted it with a gracious almost-bow, pressing the paper against her chest like it was a life raft.

         ‘Look, we deal with this sort of thing all the time,’ the policeman said, closing his notepad and tucking it into his jacket pocket. ‘A couple of young kids, out for a bit of a laugh, find a respectable-looking building and break-in. Only,’ he added with a smile, ‘they tend to wet themselves at the sound of breaking glass and leg it before they steal anything.’

         ‘Really?’ she asked, aghast.

         ‘I can put you in touch with a company that does commercial CCTV camera installation too, if you’d like? I’m sure they’d make an exception for you fine people, of course.’

         ‘Thank you, detective.’

         He smiled and raised his hat in farewell.

      

Palace for Peace

Taking a deep breath, the queen steadied herself against the oaken door. She’d made a promise to herself, to never enter this particular room angry; it was her private, secret chambers, the one that Harold didn’t know about — her sanctuary. She loved her husband, but if he got involved in one more bathroom renovation…

She took another deep breath to counter the sudden spike in her blood pressure. It had been weeks since she’d found the time to relax by herself and she wasn’t going to let anything ruin it. 

With a gentle smile, she swung open the door.

‘Hi honey!’ Harold smiled at her, looking up from the block of timber he was sawing.

‘H-Harold?’ she stammered, physically unable to comprehend what was happening.

‘I didn’t think you knew about this place,’ he smiled at her. ‘I found it a few weeks ago when I was looking at the plans for the castle, and nobody could tell me what it was for!’

The queen’s mouth slowly opened as she glanced around the half-renovated room.

‘Now, I know how much you hate when I get in the renovation spirit,’ he chuckled, ‘so I’ve been coming here, getting that bath tub conversion urge out of my system.’

He fell quiet, beaming as his eyes wandered around the room.

‘I guess you could say it’s become a bit of a sanctuary.’

The queen’s eye twitched so hard she was surprised her eyelashes didn’t fall out.

‘Plus, I just got an amazing quote for a bathtub remodel cost near Sydney, I’ve been dying to tell you about it for ages!’ he laughed. ‘I’m so happy that you’re here and I don’t have to hide it from you anymore!’

His face dropped as he looked at her and finally noticed her expression.

‘What? What could I have possibly done now?’

The queen wanted to yell. She wanted to cry. She wanted to get furious — but she’d made herself a promise.

So instead… she very softly closed the door.

Eco-friendly Consumers

I am absolutely loving the trend of businesses trying to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable in order to get customers. I know they’re just trying to do it to make more money, but if it positively impacts the environment then literally, I don’t care what their motivation is. I’ve been really into protecting the environment for years now and have been trying to get so many people on board. It hasn’t been easy and I’m definitely not responsible for this latest trend towards solar energy and saving the planet, but I’m happy about it.

You know, I won’t actually shop or spend money at any big business that doesn’t have solar panels. For small business, I’m a little more lenient, but they have to show that they’re making some sort of positive impact on the environment for me to shop there. It just doesn’t make sense for me to support businesses that don’t value the things that I value. I’d so much rather pay a little more for products that support the environment than pay for dirt-cheap alternatives that aren’t made in any sort of eco-friendly way. And you know what? I’m not the only one! That’s why so many businesses have started noting how they are helping the planet and why. I really like businesses that highlight the commercial energy storage systems for Melbourne companies that they use. That way I know how eco-friendly their energy storage is. It’s super beneficial as an environmentally conscious consumer!

Anyway, I feel like you’ve definitely gotten the point. It’s pretty clear from this blog post that I love the environment more than anything. I guess you could also say that I love the eco-friendly business trend just as much, but that goes hand in hand really. I’m hoping that a business owner will read this, or someone will share this post with a business owner that they know and it will make a difference in the world.

My app explainer

I have been a technology nerd my whole life. I was that kid in school that knew how to fix every computer and was fifteen and somehow knew more coding languages than the IT technicians who worked at the school. I wasn’t the most academic student, but I absolutely loved mucking around with computer software. By the age of eighteen, I had already made my first RPG game. It may have been incredibly pixelated and was so rough that it ran as if it was a piece of stop motion, but it was still something that I was incredibly proud of. I ended up studying software development and have developed a really great app designed to help people with their spending. This app has been approved by banks and has received awards for its level of privacy and security. It is designed to help shoppers by banking their loose change into a separate savings account. This account is not touchable until you reach your goal. Of course, if times are dire you can always request the money to be transferred out but the whole point of the app is to prevent spur of the moment spending. 

My app has gained much popularity over the last few years, but I would like to find a 2D animation company that can put together an ad that explains the concept. I believe video marketing is extremely important for the promotion of this app as it will give people a rundown of how the app works and the app will stick in their minds better. Plus, a really professional video can help add trust to the brand, which is important as the app deals with people’s finances. I’m searching for the best video production company in Melbourne to help make the ad. It’ll be a worthy investment to help us grow. I have managed to get a few grants for my app as banks are eager to be working with me, so I am inclined to want to reinvest this money into marketing to create a great app explainer video.

4WD in Hobart

We flew to Hobart this morning! My boyfriend’s dad’s long-awaited 60th birthday was yesterday, and to celebrate we have all flown to Hobart for the weekend. It’s a pretty cool way to celebrate a birthday, especially because we’re going to go exploring.

Tasmania is a stunning, and if I may be so bold, underestimated state. Driving through it and exploring is going to be an awesome experience and one that not many people have done before. My boyfriend’s parents have hired cars for all of us to go 4WD. They even had the cars serviced and ensure they all had quality 4×4 tyres. In the Hobart CBD, quality 4×4 tyres probably aren’t needed, but as soon as we get to the outskirts of the city, we’re going to need them. The whole of Tasmania is pretty much a 4WD haven, and I can promise you, my whole boyfriend’s family, myself included, will be out there living our best lives on the tracks. 

I wonder how many in-laws would be willing to hire cars for their kids and partners. I think my boyfriend’s parents may be two of the most generous people in the world. I love my own parents, obviously, but I don’t think they’d do what my boyfriend’s parents are doing… which is completely fair enough. It would cost a bomb to hire five cars, and even more to have every car checked over by an auto electrician close to Hobart. I always knew my boyfriend’s family was well off, but this is the next level.

I can’t wait until we jump in the car and go off on our adventure. We’re about to pick them up from Hobart’s local mechanic and then we will be on our way to the great unknown. Once we’ve had a full day of exploring, we’re going to this famous Korean restaurant which is going to be awesome.

Professional Car Driver

I drive luxury cars for a living. I’m a chauffeur and I take my job very seriously, which means keeping my car well maintained every single day of the year. I drive Raceview’s elite around. The richest people in Raceview never bothered to get their licenses because driving themselves around is ‘for peasants’, as I’ve heard many times during transit. I’ve also seen things that would make most people’s hair curl, but I can never share this information as I must respect the privacy of Raceview’s elite.

One of my job’s main responsibilities is to get a yearly logbook service in the Raceview area. There’s a standard that I must uphold on every trip with every client. By getting an annual logbook service, I help ensure that the quality my clients expect is upheld and that I remain the number one driver of Raceview’s elite. It’s a title that I am very proud of.

I won’t lie to anyone – I’m currently living my dream, but just in a smaller sense. I love driving around Raceview’s richest people, but I want to do more than that. One day I want to move to California and be the chauffeur for the rich and famous. I would learn so much about what it’s like to be famous from them, and it would be extremely cool to know the most powerful people in the country.

To achieve my dream, I’m going to have to prove how good a driver I am and my willingness to do whatever is needed, such as visit an expert mechanic. Close to Raceview, it’s easy for me to visit a mechanic that I trust as I’ve lived in the area my whole life. It’ll be harder for me once I live in California, and I’ll have to get to know all the mechanics in the area to choose the best one. I hope my dream becomes a reality.

Stuck Without Heat

 

I’m angry. In fact, anger doesn’t even begin to cut it. I’m furious. We’ve been under stay at home orders for two weeks now, due to some unfortunate circumstances that are plaguing the world. 

Before the stay at home order, I had a fun trip planned with three of my best friends. It’s the long weekend this weekend coming, the one that I was really excited about and we’re not allowed to go away! How can they even say that? They’re telling me that I have to sit in my tiny, rundown one-bedroom apartment for three days straight when I’m supposed to be away having the time of my life with my friends? My apartment doesn’t even have a working heater! 

How am I supposed to get someone who does heating repairs near Canberra to come and fix my heater when they’re not even legally allowed to? This just sucks. I’ve always been one to follow the rules, listen to health advice and do what needs to be done for the good of the community, but what about my own good? This is turning into some sick joke. 

I just want to go away and have fun, without worrying about the fact that I’m freezing and can’t do anything about it. Did you know the place my friends and I had booked to go to has a real woodfire fireplace? I seriously would have sat in front of it and roasted marshmallows for ten hours straight. 

I guess some things just aren’t meant to be. I’m going to have to suck it up and pay for a ducted heater servicing. In the Canberra area, there are plenty of service technicians around, but I’ve never been able to afford any. I guess I’ll use the refund from my holiday to pay for the technician. This isn’t what I want to do and even though I want to rebel, I know that I can’t.