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Finally got my Fit Bit

Got my fitbit up and going.

Boy have I missed it. I know they say that the info is not reliable and all but I think of it in a different way. I try to use it to inspire me, to get moving. Drink more water. Work on my sleep.

I chose the fitbit Alta with out the heart rate feature. The Alta is more compact. Its like wearing a bracelet. The main reason I chose the Alta was for the feature if you sit for too long it gives you a nudge to get up and move. 250 steps in 1 hour is what they say is average. You can set it for however many hours you want to have the nudge during your day. I have 13 hours, from 8 am to 9 pm.

I kept the water widget also to try and get me back to drinking more water.

I got it in black but I can buy other bands as I feel a need for a change.

Doing the Adelaide City to Bay in a few weeks. My personal best is one hour 7 minutes.

Time to get healthy again and get moving



Self Pity Party

Besides brain freeze, meaning writers block, yesterday was a day of self-pity. I am my own worse enemy.

I knew becoming a writer was a lonely job but at times is it wrong to wish for some feed back?

to really be successful at this I need to really work at it. Get my name out there. So, why am I holding myself back from it. I keep setting myself up with plans but I can never seem to get things going in the right direction. It can work, I can make this work but what am I so scared of?

I just looked at my web site, which I need to work on and update. I published a book last year under my pen name and that is not even there.

There are times where I just feel so lonely and have no clue how to fix things. Just wishing that I felt like i Had some support would be better than nothing. I hate this feeling and at times I let it get the better of me.

I have all the control to make this happen, I just have to do it.

So, what is holding me back?

Is There Anybody Out There?

I wondered that the other day. I was having one of those times wondering if anyone was there or was I really alone in this journey called life?

One of my jobs is being a carer to hubby. You would think at times it might get easier but it actually get harder. This winter has been really hard on him, hard on me also but I find myself on my own that bit more now. sure its frustrating and all. There are days when I wish I could pic up the phone to call someone to have a little counselling session with.

I looked up something about getting some help being a carer and they only offered 6 sessions. Seriously? Only 6. Caring is an ongoing job and there is not much help along the way out there. Hubby is still able to be independent most of the time. There are those days though, that he needs the help or would like me closer to home.

I use to think I couldn’t live alone but after this, I have figured out that I live alone in alot of ways already. Being forced to become self-sufficient really changes you and gives you plenty of challenges. You discover how strong you truly are and that you can find your way. Company is nice though at times. It’s hard though when you really need a cuddle or two and no one is there.

To keep from going around the twist (driving myself silly) I created my job, becoming a writer. It doesn’t pay much if anything at times but I love what I do. Have even published a couple of books. I have sold a few copies but nothing to write home about. I work my arse off and at times I just wish someone would notice, just a bit of positive feedback would go along way but some people just don’t get it.

Well, time to create some positive and get back to this journey called life. Gotten refueled at this rest stop and time to get on the back on the road.

See you at the next rest stop


New Project in the Works

Hubby and I have a new project in the works.

Since we have become cruise nerds and are planning for more trips, we want to pass on stuff that we have learned to those who are just starting out.

We had so much fun on our first cruise and are saving to go again.

More coming your way

Harry and Meghan — Royal Wedding Stuff

With the news of the royal wedding it was finally something positive. I know people are tired of it or don’t like the royal family or whatever but its positive and I think a needed change. Of late the news has been depressing, Phil and I have not watched most night because of all the negative.

It’s taken a bit for Prince Harry to find the right woman for him. She is 3 years older and is stunning. He sees some wonderful stuff in her, wonder if he sees a bit of Diana in her. Meghan is already adapting to certain royal things as they are making appearances. It’s good to see her getting on the kids level as she chats to them. Think we might see more of a wardrobe change, but I think you will still see her come through. She has a great eye for what works well for her.

I am not sure if I could give up my life as Catherine has done and Meghan is starting to do. It was the Queen who wished for Will and Harry to date as long as possible so, the girls could see what life would be like if they did marry into the family. I read with Cate they took great care not to make mistakes that was made with Diana. From what I read the press almost cost Will and Catherine their relationship. I am happy that she decided it was worth it.

Been watching video from Will and Cate’s wedding. Remembering those little things that they shared with us, the kiss on the balcony. Will driving the decorated Aston Martin back to Clarence House, for a clothes change for the evenings events.

Can’t wait for Saturday to see Meghan’s dress. I heard that it was a pair of Australian designers that got the nod but we will know soon.

I’m a little sad that things with her Dad going go London didn’t work out. My first marriage it was very important to have my Dad there and all. I heard that her Mom could give her away and even Prince Charles could. Meghan could walk the aisle alone but I can’t see that happening.

Phil and I will be having what we call a nibbles dinner and have a bottle of bubbly ready to crack on Saturday night as we settle in to attend the wedding.

With everything going on in the world its time for some happy.

Just Stuff

Writing this with the “Dear Evan Hansen” sound track playing.

Thursday here and emotions have been hard.

Reminders that life is fragile, life can change in the blink of an eye.

I got to talk to a mate of ours who doesn’t have much time left. The damn cancer is winning.  I found a dragonfly pattern in crochet and I finally got a baby blanket started. I’m making it in her honour. Hoping to remind people to make sure to take the time and enjoy life.

the lady I did knitting for , her health has declined. She made a comment that really caught me off guard. “I’m no good to anyone.” I tried to reassure her that she was.

I must admit, I have felt that way myself. I think that was a lot of self-doubt letting get the better of me. I am my own worse enemy, not giving myself the credit I deserve.

Its been the last couple of years that finding those things helped me to see that I really am pretty cool. I have done things in my life I never thought I would get to do, had dreams come true. Have gotten to meet people, publish books, go places that I never dreamed of.

Sure life has thrown me my share of curves, some big and at times I never thought I would find my way though. Other times, I managed, no clue how but I made it. Just doing what needed done. Not stopping to think. I call that survival mode.

To quote Even Hansen:

“Dear Evan Hansen, today is gong to be a good day and here’s why, today your you and that’s enough.

When you get out of bed tomorrow jsut remember, Today is going to be a good day, because your you and that’s enough

Dear Benj and Justin

How can I say “Thank You” for what you do.

As I write this I have “Dear Evan Hansen” playing, It will get me through my day, to be honest its gotten me through alot of my days since I discovered the track.

I saw the Greatest Showman twice and cant wait for it to come on DVD here in Australia.

As Keala said in an interview, and I totally agree with her, you 2 take us to that place past narrative and find your way to my soul, to give that courage that I really am OK, or that I’m not alone. (You will be found is playing now)

Keep doing what you do, we need the musical more than ever these days, it’s not corny to be happy now. You help us find that bit that we didn’t know was missing.

Growing up I called myself the “Ugly Duck”. Yes, I am my own worse enemy. After seeing Greatest Showman, hearing Keala and discovering Dear Evan Hanson, “This is Me” and Dear Evan Hansen:

Today is a good day, this is me and that’s Enough

Watching to see what you do next because I cant wait.


Greatest Showman — Music

Sometimes a song or a score  is written that creates so much of an impact that it takes a life of its own on.

That seems to be what Benj Pasek and Justin Paul do.


The music for this show is amazing to say the least but it was Keala who described that Benj  and Justin writing coming from a place that they can reach to get past the narrative, helping everyone connect.

The Original song was written for the Oddities to sing, but Justin and Benj decided to write This is me was written for Keala. the boys took their inspiration from her. You can watch the video on You Tube of the work shop and what happened when Keala stepped out from behind the music stand.

Head of Fox walked up to Keala after the workshop and said “I don’t know who you are but your staring in the movie”

Emotionally Raw — some how Benj and Justin go beyond the narrative to connect us with music. They boys had no clue how many lives they have touched with Greatest Showman, Dear Even Hanson.

Music is a big part of life. At times, the sound track can even make or break the movie.

The soundtrack to this movie, at least for me, I have been able to find self courage. (I know its been there but I am starting to trust it more and more) I have been more accepting of who I am, with my faults, I am OK.

Being different is OK, Life would be boring if we were all similar.

Dear Justin and Benj:

How can we say “Thank You” for writing such an amazing score.

I grew up on the classic Hollywood Musical, finding for those couple of hours, I was sharing the same experience as others in the theatre.

You may be young in your career but your writing is something amazing. you tap into that place that is helping those who need to hear your work.

I know this might be wondering a bit but how do I say thank you for giving myself (and friends) the gift of being able to stand on our own and that maybe the world is OK. At least in our corner of it anyway.

I know this was a risk before La La Land and Dear Even Hanson, but it was worth it. My copy of Dear Even Hanson is getting a real workout. It gets me through the day.

I cant wait to see what you do next. I know it will be amazing

Thanks Again

Cricket and many fans of The Greatest Showman









Greatest Showman — My Take on Why it Worked — Background


“No one ever made a difference, by being like everyone else”

P.T Barnum



2009 — Where were you?

Slumdog Millionaire was best picture at the Oscars

The last live action musical was 23 years ago called “Newsies”

Reason I’m asking you that,  it’s the year pre production started on the movie. Listening to Hugh Jackman and Michael Gracey in interviews, talking about Hugh’s passion of making this movie, his research and trying to convince people to take a chance.

Michael Gracey, (with his trademark beanie)  who gave 8 years of his life to this project, whose vision was stunning. He turned down a lot of other projects during that time, a few that went on and got made. Michael had been Hugh’s director on a commercial when they originally met. Michael’s vision, his attention to detail, was beyond anything in my book. Every part of the movie mattered, not just the sets but all the little things, details that made each scene, or song that much better.

Michael  even worked with Benj Pasek and Jason Paul to create the most amazing sound track. (reading the comments, the kids under 10 are asking for the sound track to be played over and over.) Hugh said its a good song if you wake up the next morning and the song is till in your head. The boys started writing for the project in 2013 (Argo was the best picture from the Oscars) The boys went  on to write “Dear Even Hanson” in 2016  (which you need to listen to, it will change you), they won the Oscar for “La La Land” also in 2016

Keala was on Broadway and picking up the workshops as extra money, in 2015 Keala had a minor role in the Meryl Streep movie “Ricki and the Flash”


Why did I tell you all of that?


I wanted to show you a bit of why it took so long to get to us, the public. For some reason the suits of the studio’s where not sure that they wanted to take a chance on this. The movie was slow getting started, the reviewers didn’t know anything. The movie started catching on turning out it was a place we could go to shut out the outside world for a couple of hours. Word of mouth is great advertising. I don’t know about anyone else but I walked out happy, finding some confidence to take on my part of the world.

I think we just need some positive in the world today. At times the world can be so overwhelming, hard to figure out whats gong on. Those of us who hide from the world, at times are more alike than we understand. This movie gives us a family of sorts.

Head to the theatres if you have not seen the movie. Hubby and I are going again. Hugh tweeted again that if there is enough interest they will send out the sing a long version again. Call your local theatres, show them that you want to have the experience of the sing a long. (they are so much fun. I went, hubby got upset with me for not getting him a ticket but I will get him one when it’s out again)

Maybe this was the right time Greatest Showman was supposed to be made?


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