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The Oscars got it wrong once again

As I know many fans of “The Greatest Showman” were disappointed in the lack of nominations the movie got from the Oscars, it is still playing and still blowing people away. the movie is the #1 sound track and Keala tweeted the morning after the Oscars “This is Me” was #1 on iTunes.

It’s time the academy came out of the dark ages and created a category for musicals and comedy’s. With the world so full of crap now, why can you, The Academy understand we want stories that are uplifting, encouraging and that empower.

We, the fans have watched all the extra You Tube video’s that we can find, that give us the behind the scenes of what it took to get this movie made. 7 years, Hugh had finished the movie “Pan” and started to work shop this movie.

Justin Paul and Benj Pasek had started on this long before “La La Land” (peaked at #2)  and Dear Evan Hanson (peaked at #8) were holding on for the ride of a lifetime. Peaking at #1 when the film opened December 20th.

The roll of the beard woman was written for Keala. No one else could have delivered the performance and the vulnerability in the video workshop, spoke volumes to all of us who have that moment of being so scared to stand up and go look “I’m here and Like it or not I’m not leaving”

How can we the fans ever say “Thanks” to the cast and crew for making this movie. For the voice it has given those of us who felt we had no one.

Can’t wait for the DVD to come out. Hope they will put in the complete workshops of Keala and Hugh, we want to cheer with those who were in the room getting to see all of this fall into place.

I know your out there, lets smash all records for first day release of the DVD.

I cant wait.


This is Me

It has taken a life time to feel comfortable in my skin and I have been working on being accepting of this im part to help from a song from Greatest Showman called “This is me.”

The movie tells the story of P.T Barnum with Hugh Jackman in the lead role,  how the start of the Barnum and Bailey circus came to be. P.T had a unique view on the world and everyone no matter what you looked like have a place in the world.

By the reviews I knew it would be good, well, anything with Hugh usually is. I love musicals and this was an original score, taking 7 years to get it made.

“This is me” was one of the final songs written a week before the final workshop.

By the end of the scene in the movie I was in tears, every word Keala Settle (bearded women) sang,  I could relate to. If you don’t have a voice yet, let this song be your voice.

I don’t have doubts about who I am. Its taken a life time to finally be OK with who I am. I am bruised and battered but here I am.

Now it’s your turn, You are here for a reason, be proud of who you are. Don’t let them bring you down. Break the barricades down. Beat your own drum. (dance like no one is looking)

Good see the movie, there are special “Sing a long” shows this coming weekend here in Australia. I have my ticket and I cant wait to go. Phil downloaded the sound track, and It gets played quiet a bit.

Here is the scene from the movie:

Dr. George

How do you describe him in one word — you don’t

I discovered Doc George over on Periscope. He had that great calm voice, that put you at ease. You could ask him anything and he would explain it in such a way that you got it.

Anytime you felt down or a negative would creep up on you he would give you suggestions to keep that negative at bay and find the positive you need.

Find the positive, its hard to do that now but I think it is what he would want us to do

When someone passes we all struggle in how to remember, well with George we would remember him how he was. That calm voice in the storm. George even held talks when he was riding his bike.

Thank you for all the time you spent with us. Teaching us the tools we need to be the best we can.

Because we knew you, we have been changed for good.

Welcome to 2018

I don’t know about you but the new year slapped me on the back as it ran past me.

Time to get my butt in gear and make those new years plans. Good and bad.

A bout of depression slowed me up for the last of the year. I didn’t get nearly the amount of work done that I was planning on. The new year and getting rid of some baggage is helping to lighten the load.

Being organised is my goal at this point. Taking it a day at a time and just feeling productive is my daily goal.

The 2 big projects in my life, writing and my knit/crochet life.

My blogs have gone quiet for a bit but I am trying to get the consistency back on track. That is the key to getting my career back on track. Also writing the squeal to my first novel.

The other consistency I need to get better at taking care of myself. Drinking more water, taking care of my face, watching what I eat. Just over all, feeling better. Trying to get rid of that 10 kilos of cruise weight still hanging around. Back to running might be a good idea.

I had some time with a life coach, one of the things she suggested was to take a block of time for me. That was over a year ago and today it still going strong today. We even have date-night (even during football season we still date once a week) and Phil has his own blocked out time.

The biggest job is sorting out the positive and ignoring the negative.

Indians vs Royals with win #22 on the line

Weavers Sports Desk/Fox Den Sports

The Kansas City Royals are out to be the spoilers to the Indians winning streak. Before the game it was on hold at 21.

Josh Tomlin in the office for the Indians vs Jake Junis for the Royals

*Top of the 2nd saw the Royals on the board when with runners on 1 and 2nd Moustakas hit into a double play getting Hosmer home for a 1 to 0 Royals lead.

*Home half of the 3rd Cleveland finally gets on the board when Almonte doubled to deep right. Lonnie Chisenhall singled to right getting Almonte home for 1 all game.

*Top of 6th saw the Royals take back the lead when, with Cabrera already on base, Hosmer doubled to left getting Cabrera home for a 2 to 1 Royals lead.

*Bottom of the 9th with the streak on the line, Mejia hit for Gomes and Gonzalez came in to run…

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Make a check list — From our experience

What I am sharing with you is from the experiences that Phil and I have had traveling.

*Once you have decided on the trip, make a checklist of everything you need to do. From passports, to travel insurance to registering with smart traveler. Passports should be at the top of the list because they will be the longest to get back if you are getting your first one or just renewing.

*This trip is a domestic one so passports are not needed. Photo Id is enough so Phil has his driver’s license and since I don’t drive, but I have a proof of age card.

*Travel insurance – We looked at alot of policies. Comparing prices and for how long we would be gone. We chose Qantas travel insurance. Basic policy, we got a quote which is always good. You need to read the fine print through in what they cover and such. I also took out a baggage policy, which was separate but we were fine making that choice. We hold Qantas frequent flyer cards and we got a good deal and you get points also for making the purchases.

*Take time to read about the ship that your going on to get familiar with it. We also looked up on You Tube. With the 3 day cruise we are taking there is a formal night. So we have packed a gown for me and a suit for Phil. Most of the food is included in the cost. For us there is one restaurant which will cost extra if we decide to go. Some cruise lines have drink packages. Carnival have the bottomless bubbles. We figured out for 2 of us for 3 days it will cost us 50.00(australian dollars) (7.50 per day) Our only cost should be alcohol.

*Medication – this is a biggie and you need to spend a bit of time here. We taking just enough to cover our days plus a bit extra. The doctor said we didn’t need a letter listing our medication since it’s a short domestic trip but if it had been overseas, she would’ve written it. Put your meds pouch or whatever your packing them in, in your carry on. If you put them in checked baggage you will most likely lose them. Pack unopened boxes or pouches.

*Carry On Luggage – In this bag you want the bare necessities. Swim wear, sunscreen, fresh change of clothes. Your main suitcases won’t get delivered til later after you have set sail. My makeup bag in this case with tooth brushes. (so you can freshen up after getting settled.)  Camera’s and charging stuff is also good to put in this bag. Don’t forget your sunglasses. extra memory cards for camera’s and phones.

14 days to go




It’s Time for a Holiday

Phil and I decided months ago it was time for a holiday. The big question was where to go. We wanted some place new that neither of us have been, and seeing friends was out. This trip is for us.

Phil has never been on a cruise, so the decision was made. Off on a cruise but it was trying to find what would fit our needs the best.

I have been on Carnival before in the USA and it was time to give them a try here.

With limited expenses we settled on a 3 day. All food and activities are included. We just had to work out airfare.

We are flying with QANTAS, only paying for 1 way, using what points we had saved up to take care of the other way.

We also weeded through the mess of travel insurance.

Over the next couple of weeks before we depart for some sun and fun I will share with you some of the things that we had to work through.

It’s 29 days and counting.


My mate Craig needs your help

With Phil and I in the photo is Jamie (beard) and Craig.


At 1 time or another in our lives we come in contact with someone who suffers from Depression and or Anxiety.  It could be a family member, someone  you work with or you have gone through depression yourself.

Each year here in Adelaide is the City to Bay fun run. You can walk or run for fun or you can do it to raise money. My Crow brother Craig is raising money for BeyondBlue. It is a great community who do a lot to get the word out and give help to those in need.

The above link is to Craig’s City to Bay page, please stop by and make a donation to help him reach his goal. I know that Craig will make the distance, let’s help him reach his goal. He has another goal involving some of his Country Music mates. Help Craig get them to open their wallets also.

Go Craig, you got this.

It’s Been Awhile

I know its been ages since I checked in but with lots going on quite a few things have gotten put on the shelf.

Hubby and I are still making banners for the Adelaide Crows. This past weekend was round 17, including the girls season we have made a total of 24 banners. Once had 1 week off during the season.

I finally published my first novel and it has been well received. More info soon on that front.

The knitting and crocheting have got me as busy as ever. Way to many projects on the go and not nearly enough time.

The writing has been slow but its time to get it back in dear, getting inspired through events and I need to get it on paper, well the computer screen.

Working on the final steps of a trip for September and to be honest I can’t wait. some real time to disconnect and recharge.

More soon

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