Just me

Posts about me, my family and friends (yes I have some), Seymour the Wonder Cat and his not-so-trusty sidekick Norman the Newbie Cat and life in general, both online and offline

We have a bed!

BigSave have given up on waiting for the manufacturer to get it right and have given us a base to go with the be we bought so FINALLY, we have a bed. A usable bed.

They’ve also had the side rails on the bed frame shortened so that now, Norman is no longer in danger of falling through the gap at the end of the bed.

I’m sure we’ll all sleep easier knowing this.


How time flies …

Where have the past few weeks gone? I’ve been a wee bit slack about posting here over the past few weeks but to tell the truth, not much has changed:

  1. Seymour the Wonder Cat remains unimpressed by the arrival of Norman the Newbie Cat;
  2. Norman the Newbie Cat remains is still growing like a furry, four-legged mushroom;
  3. The bed still hasn’t arrived. But it’s due to be here next week. We’ll see;
  4. Time marches on. My son will be 22 next week … how did that happen?


Time flies like an arrow but fruit flies like a banana.


Sick of the spammers …

… so have added Captcha to the comments system. Sorry to the non-spammers out there.


Update: A decade and a half

So, it’s my wedding anniversary today … 15 years. I’m not sure what that one is. One year is paper, 25 silver, 50 gold etc. Maybe 15 years is the Taser anniversary.

Anyway, my secret to a good marriage? A good life insurance policy. It keeps him on his toes.

UPDATE: So I now know that the 15-year anniversary is either watches, or if you follow the more traditional option, crystal. Thanks Dan.  But why can’t it be something good, like the tequilla anniversary?


Ready, aim …

Is it wrong that I really, really, REALLY want one of these uber-slingshot things?

I suppose the fact that I’m not going to buy one is a sign that maybe I’m growing up. Or maybe it’s just that I know I’d not be able to help myself and would use anyone and everyone for target practice. It would make the morning news meetings interesting though …


Stan’s the man

Aussie Idol winner and Kiwi lad Stan Walker has been on a tour around the country recently and made it to Invercargill for a concert on Thursday night.

I was a bit worried I’d be the oldest person there but as it turns out, his fans are many and varied and I certainly wasn’t the wrinkliest Stan fan in town!

Anyway, Nadine and I were impressed with his voice and enjoyed most of the concert (opening act was a bit … well, boring. And screechy)


A timely reminder

With the awful events happening in Christchurch, now is probably a damn good time to think about survival kits.

We all get loaded up with good intentions from time to time (usually when there’s been an earthquake) and say we’re going to put one together but few of us do. So stop procastinating!

The September 4 quake last year gave many a push to get moving but just in case you don’t have one, here’s the list of recommended items from the Civil Defence website:

  • Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
  • Radio with spare batteries
  • Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes.
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Pet supplies
  • Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for your emergency toilet
  • Face and dust masks

Check all batteries every three months. Battery powered lighting is the safest and easiest. Do not use candles as they can tip over in earthquake aftershocks or in a gust of wind. Do not use kerosene lamps, which require a great deal of ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.

Food and water for at least three days

  • Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)
  • Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
  • Water for drinking. At least 3 litres per person, per day
  • Water for washing and cooking
  • A primus or gas barbeque to cook on
  • A can opener

Check and replace food and water every twelve months. Consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water for prolonged emergencies such as a pandemic.


Still here … just busy

It’s been a chaotic week, with the massive earthquake in Christchurch.

It’s heartbreaking seeing the image of a city I’m so familiar with in ruins. And knowing that so many are suffering right now.

Christchurch is my second favourite place in New Zealand (hey, I’m a Southland girl born and bred so there’s nowhere that will take the No 1 spot from my home town) and it’s almost unbelievable that this could be happening.

I say almost because like so many others, I have friends and family in the middle of all that suffering: many of them have lost homes. Several are injured. At least one has suffered a worse loss.

Right now, the death toll is 145 and expected to grow considerably.

It’s been a long week for those of us in the media, bringing the news of what has been happening to a nation that is in shock. However, as tired as was by the end of the week, I’m sure it was nothing on the weariness being felt by those who are currently digging through the rubble of what is left of inner-city Christchurch in the hope of finding survivors.

Sadly, that hasn’t happened for more than three days.

However, while we’ve all been disgusted by the actions of those who have stolen emergency power generators and attempted to loot businesses hit by this quake, it’s worth remembering that those scum-sucking fucktards are very much in the minority. For the most part, Cantabrians have been supporting one another and doing all they can to help those who are in need: including so many ordinary every day people putting their own lives on the line in an attempt to help the trapped and injured in the minutes immediately after the quake.

And the rest of New Zealand has also rallied around, donating cash, clothes, food and manpower.

And it’s also good to see that people have managed to retain that down-to-earth Kiwi way of looking at things, like Don’s neighbour in the video below. I’m sure that (like me) you’ve seen so much footage of devastation and destruction that it’s hard to get your head around it. Here’s something that might just make you smile. It’s new reporting, Kiwi style.


It’s hot, Norman’s insane and the moths are invading

Ah, another day in paradise. Today started out foggy and dreary. Have you ever wondered if fog is just a cloud that was too fecking lazy to get up in the morning?

But I digress. After a chilly-ish and dampish start the day ended up pretty good. Very good in fact. Probably even hotter than yesterday.

And now, at nearly 10.30 at night, it seems to be getting hotter.

Norman the Newbie Cat seems to magnify her attacks of insanity as the temperature. It could simply be co-incidence, but it could also be heat-related. We’re sitting in my home office right now, I’m trying to type as she does laps around my desk chasing moths and Seymour the Wonder Cat sits on the windowsill with a look of disgust on his face.

Pretty normal day all round really.


Dear Cheap Designer Bags …

please feck off. I don’t know why but I’ve suddenly been inundated by spam comments from designerbagss.org (the not linking was on purpose, I really don’t want anyone going to their site because they are hairy arsed pirates of the interweb, however if you’re looking for someone to sign up for gay porn sites or a goat-appreciation society, it would appear DESIGNERBAGSS.ORG@domainsbyproxy.com is the email addy used on behalf of the registrant).

As you were …



Jillian "George" Allison-Aitken

I live in the deep south of New Zealand, where smelly dairy cows are taking over from sheep in the livestock stakes. My hometown is the small but perfectly formed city of Invercargill, which is also the hometown of the original boy racer, Burt Munro. Find out more about me here.


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