An experienced driver

I swear sometimes my car feels like it is my lifeline. I use it for absolutely everything. I use it to get to and from work. I use it to take the kids to school. I use it to drive my parents around. I use it to do the grocery shopping. I use it to visit friends. I used to be such a nervous driver, particularly when it came to parking. Now that I’ve had about fifteen years of experience driving every day, driving now feels like a task that is second nature to me. I hardly even have to think while doing it. Well, until the other day. The other day I was driving on a busy main road and noticed my car was stalling. It was odd. Things started getting really slow. I had no idea what was happening so I decided to do my best to pull over on the side of the road. I really didn’t want my car breaking down in the middle of the road and causing an accident. I called up my husband to ask him what he thought might be happening. He predicted that the battery had died and I’d need it replaced. I had no idea where I could get a car battery replacement near me. Luckily I have a membership that covers roadside assistance and they were able to come by and help me.

It did take a little while for the roadside people to come by but when they did turn up they informed me that they couldn’t simply replace the battery on the side of the road. In the end, it was decided that my car would need to be towed to a mechanic near Underwood. I’m hoping the battery replacement is something that can be done in one day, but I know sometimes it’s hard to be so sure. All I’m happy about is that I managed to pull the car over safely without getting into an accident or getting myself stuck in the middle of a busy road.

Loving vintage cars

I absolutely adore vintage cars. There’s something about them that just screams ‘unique’. Back in the 70s, you’d be able to recognise your friends just by their car. The sounds they made and how the car looked were some key defining features. Nowadays cars look like a dime a dozen. There’s no defining quality. My dad had an old vintage car that used to roar! He had this car for decades longer than he should have but I won’t complain, it was a cool looking and sounding car. The engine could be heard from miles away. I remember when I was a kid and he’d pick me up from school. I’d always know when he was nearby as the engine would rev as soon as he turned the corner. I’ll never forget the look of shock and disgust on the other parents’ faces. It was absolutely priceless. I wish my car had some sort of character like that. Instead, if my car is roaring or making loud noises it’s simply one of many signs my car needs a transmission service. These vintage cars were made like tanks too unlike the cars from today. If my dad’s car hit something, his car would leave unscathed. My car reversed gently into a parked car the other day and now my whole tail-end needs looking at.

In saying all this, of course, there are some luxury cars that I absolutely love. I saw one the other day that had a leather interior and gloss wood panel interiors and it was beautiful. If I ever get to a point where I have some extra money to throw around I think I’d look into modding my car up to have leather interiors and wood panelling. I think that would be a job for a mechanic. Morayfield won’t know what hit them when they see me driving around in my loud car with my pimped up interiors. My car will look like one of those ones that you see on those custom car shows on TV. It’s amazing seeing how they transform cars.

Hybrid car feelings

I have really mixed feelings about hybrid cars. There are quite a few disadvantages to them. First, they have less power. If you’re someone who loves being able to get a bit of a responsible rush when driving, a hybrid car is not for you. Hybrid cars operate with a twin-powered engine which means the gasoline engine which is responsible for power is much smaller than that which is in a normal car. My second issue with the hybrid car is how expensive it can get. They’re expensive to buy and then they can be expensive to maintain. I suppose a big part of this is because there is a shortage of hybrid car mechanics near me. Another big issue with hybrid cars is that in the case of an accident, the high voltage battery within the car can become increasingly dangerous and then there’s a whole different issue surrounding how to dispose of these high voltage batteries.

I really hope my above thoughts don’t put people off from hybrid cars as they do have a lot of positive qualities. They’re very environmentally friendly as they run cleaner and have better gas mileage. While these cars are costly, they do come with a lot of government incentives and tax benefits. I assume it’s because the government wants to encourage people to purchase cars that are better for the environment. To make things more affordable, you need to find a cost-effective mechanic. Lockleys has one if you live in the area. Hybrid cars are also built from lighter materials which means it takes less energy to run these cars. Actually, as the years go on I actually think cars are being made out of lighter and lighter materials. I was in my friend’s 1970s Ford the other day and it was made out of metal panels! That’s another thing about hybrid cars, they’ve got a very futuristic look. I’m still not sure if I’ll buy one just yet but I won’t rule out the idea.

History of braces

An attractive smile and healthy teeth has been considered desirable for many years and in many cultures. History shows that there have been numerous ancient civilisations that would create makeshift primitive forms of braces to help with the alignment of crooked teeth. Some would even use braces on corpses to preserve straight teeth in the afterlife. The ancient world would often use materials such as gold, catgut, and metal to create braces but over the years the materials civilization would evolve to include the likes of steel, wood, ivory, brass, copper, silver, steel, and platinum.

Historians believe the four ancient civilisations to use braces were The Egyptians, The Ancient Romans, The Ancient Greeks, and The Etruscans. Fast forward to the modern era, we have Christophe-Francois Delabarre to thank for the invention of modern braces in 1819. The French were responsible for the constant evolution of dentistry in the 1700s. Advancements included custom mouthguards and wisdom teeth removal as a means to manage overcrowding, but it was Delabarre who invented a woven wire to be worn for an extended time over the upper and lower teeth. His invention had the intent to straighten teeth overtime and became the precursor to the braces many of us have had at some point. 

For a long time braces were chunky silver things that turned us all into metal mouths for decades. That was until 1997 when the invisible clear plastic retainer was envisioned by Zia Chishti. This retainer became what we know today as Invisalign and although it was invented in 1997, it was not available until 2000. There are now many orthodontics clinics near Bayside which now have the knowledge and skill to start giving their patients braces and Invisalign options as a means to straighten their teeth. 

Thanks to this invention we are seeing a lot more people get braces later in life as they no longer need to feel embarrassed or worried about the stigma associated with having braces. Invisalign allows a subtle way for adults to straighten their teeth without compromising overall appearance. 

Flowers and Heat

 

For some reason, all my potted plants keep dying. I’ve been taking really good care of them—at least, I think I have. I’ve been giving them water, lots of sunlight and a heap of love. That’s all they need, right? So why won’t they last more than a week or so in my house? It’s so frustrating. When did this all start? Well, it wasn’t that long ago. Perhaps a few months. It was probably around the time that I got help from that business offering ducted gas heating repairs. Melbourne homes are fine for growing plants. I don’t understand why this wouldn’t be working.

Surely it doesn’t have anything to do with the temperature in my house. I like it really hot during the winter, so I have the heater blasting all day (hence why I had to get heater repairs). And I’m not talking hot like thirty degrees. I’m talking about Arizona-in-the-summer hot. It’s like a desert in my house. Now that I think about it, flowers don’t really thrive in deserts, do they? I guess my love of heat and my interest in flowers aren’t going to complement each other. Perhaps it would have been better if I never had that service from the best ducted gas heating technician Melbourne had to offer. I’d be cold, but at least my flowers would be doing alright.

I can’t believe I’ve done this to my poor flowers. Does this make me a terrible human being? They trusted me to help them thrive, but I’ve betrayed them. It would be like if my fiancee took me on a romantic walk along the ocean cliffs, and I viciously decided to push her from the top, down to the sharp rocks below. I’ve essentially done that to my beautiful flowers. I don’t know if I can ever forgive myself for doing something so horrible. If flowers go to heaven, I hope they can somehow find it in their cells to forgive me.

Brother’s car squeals

I met this girl a few weeks ago and she is honestly one of a kind. She has these gorgeous green eyes and flowing red hair. We had our first date the other day. Currently, she lives with her family a few suburbs out of the city so I insisted that I come and pick her up with my car. Unfortunately, leading up to the date my car had a few tyre issues so I had to take it to a garage for repair. My brother was kind enough to lend me his car for the evening. This was a great idea up until I realised that his car was in no condition to be driven.

For starters, I couldn’t hit the brakes without there being a loud screeching noise. To top it off, when I arrived at her parents’ house the screech was so loud I sounded as if I was some hoon doing doughnuts on their front lawn. Her father came out of the house and scolded me until I said that I was there to pick up his daughter. Boy, was that an awkward first encounter. No doubt he thought I was some loser. On the upside, she was happy to see me. She mentioned the noises were signs that my car might need a brake repair. I informed her that it’s my brother’s car and he’s slack with those sorts of things. She laughed. Apparently, her brother is the same.

The date went so well. We had a really lovely meal and then went to a comedy night. She’s such a nice and genuine person. When I dropped her home she seemed so grateful for the dinner and lift and thanked me probably five times. I can’t wait to see her again. I also can’t wait for my brother to sort his car out! He told me he’d been avoiding taking it to a garage because he didn’t want to wreck his warranty. I told him that all he needed to do was find an Adelaide mechanic for logbook service.

His warranty won’t be affected.

Far away office

It’s that time of year again when your car struggles with inclines, there are strange noises every time you turn it on, it stalls at every red light, and your dashboard light starts flickering like it’s in a disco. When these things happen, you just know that your bank account is going to take a hit. I tend to be one of those people who stay on top of getting their car serviced. It helps that I have a Queanbeyan car service mechanic that I trust. I’ve called him up and I will be taking my car over next week. 

 

I’m not too sure what is causing the problem with the car at the moment. I assume it’s just a wear and tear issue given that I drive this car every day. My office is an hour away from home and I’m driving in peak hour traffic. Given the circumstances, it’s only expected that my car wears out quicker than most. At least it’s still under warranty and I am entitled to a logbook service.

 

I haven’t told anyone this but I am looking for employment closer to home. This hour drive there and an hour drive back is absolutely killing me. I have to wake up super early and by the time I get home, I feel wrecked. Plus, the amount I am spending on petrol is ridiculous. I’m starting to think it’s not worth it. When I first took this job I lived closer to that area but my wife and I moved out here to be closer to her family as they can help us with our son when both of us are at work. I don’t like to complain too much about how the move has inconvenienced me as far as my commute to and from work. I really don’t want to sound unappreciative and I don’t want my wife to feel like it’s her fault when it’s a decision we made together. I’ll keep you all posted on the job hunt but somehow I don’t think it will be easy.

Keep cars safe

Owning a car is like having a pet. You need to feed it with fuel, find somewhere safe for it to stay at night, try not to wear it out, and take it for trips to the mechanic to check everything is ok. If the transport system was more convenient where I live, I honestly think I would just rely on catching the train and bus everywhere. However, I do suppose there are a lot of flexibilities that come with having a car. The first is you don’t have to rely on a train or bus schedule to get you where you need to be. Train and bus schedules aren’t always reliable and if you need to catch multiple trains to get somewhere your plans can easily be screwed if a train gets cancelled or delayed. I’ve had that happen a few times. Actually, the more I think about it I’m starting to realise that I don’t like trains at all. Give me a car any day!

I guess I need to book in for a car service. Bankstown is an area that makes me heavily reliant on my car so I really do need it to be running in top condition. On the weekends I also drive my car for a rideshare company for some extra cash. As I’m a university student, all the extra bits of money I can acquire definitely help. I’m studying engineering at the moment so it’s not like I can be a freelance engineer to make cash. This is the only job I can actually do for now. Part of the rideshare company’s regulations is that we have a car that is running smoothly and safe for all customers. My car has been having some brake and clutch problems over the last few days so I need to get it sorted before the weekend. The weekend is peak time as a rideshare driver as that is when people are needing lifts to and from friends houses, drop-offs at parties, and pickups from clubs. 

Regretful Air Conditioning

My boyfriend of almost four years is leaving me to follow his dreams. How can I begrudge him of that? Him leaving hurts so much though. I had to sit back and smile when he went to Canada on exchange and now I have to sit back and smile after he leaves me for two years. The thing is I don’t have any choice. I can’t be the girlfriend that stands in the way of what he wants or he’ll resent me forever. My hands are tied unless I break up with him, which I don’t want to do.

Ever since he found out that he got into the uni of his choice two weeks ago, he’s been obsessed about it. He keeps talking about share houses and making sure that I’m comfortable when I visit. He promised to get air conditioning services in Canberra every month before I come to visit, and I just had to smile and pretend that I didn’t want to cry. He was doing the right thing by trying to make me feel better, but it didn’t really help. I love a nice cold air conditioner just as much as the next person, maybe even more, but I love my boyfriend more. I don’t want an air conditioner, I want a boyfriend who lives in the same state as me.

If you can’t tell, I’m really struggling with this. This is my personal blog and if I’m being honest, it’s the only place I feel like I can safely vent without seeming like a bad girlfriend. I wonder how poorly people would think of me if I told them I didn’t care about my boyfriend owning air conditioner installation in Canberra, if it meant that he wasn’t going to be around.

People tend to view those who stop other people following their dreams really badly. I don’t want to be viewed badly by others, so I guess I’ll just be sad for the next two years straight.

Symbolic Shell Earrings

I’m going to be honest, I’m not totally sold on the whole earring making idea. It seems like a lot of effort and I don’t know enough about colours or design to make them look good. The ones that I saw at the market yesterday were stunning, and it would take me the rest of my life to make earrings that look that good. I told my daughter this and she rolled her eyes. She said ‘Isn’t that the exact reason you’re looking for a hobby anyway? You want to find something to do for the rest of your life?’. I hate when she’s right. 

And so, even though I don’t know if I want to be a part of the Melbourne made earrings scene for the rest of my life, I told my daughter I’d give it a go. My husband is really on board with this, he just wants me to find something that makes me happy. That’s what I want too, so even though I’m sceptical, I hope it’s this. 

My daughter and I are going to go shopping together for supplies next week. I love spending time with her and so I’m looking forward to it. It’s ironic actually that I spend the entire workweek looking forward to the weekend, only to dread the idea of an eternal weekend in less than a year’s time. Our brains work in mysterious ways.

I’m going to buy a lot of shells to make shell earrings with. I feel like shell earrings are something that will never go out of style, and I’d be happy to wear them myself, so it doesn’t matter if I make heaps and never sell them. The ocean has been a big part of my family’s life, and I think my daughter and husband will appreciate the symbolism of me choosing shells to decorate my earrings with. 

I’m getting a bit more excited about the project.