Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Nursery rhymes

Stardate August 18, 2010

I spend alot of my time right now listening to or reciting nursery rhymes. In fact, considering my eldest is now 19 and I'm still at it, well let's just say I've spent some time thinking about this.

I do understand that some of them have history behind them, for example, Ring a ring a rosie is about the bubonic plague, but really some of them are just downright disturbing!

A few years ago poor old Noddy and his mates had to have their lives overhauled due to various issues relating to political correctness. Baa Baa Black Sheep became Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep- even though there's no such thing as a rainbow sheep. But what about these other songs and rhymes that are sung to babies and small children on a daily basis across the world?

What about poor old Humpty Dumpty? All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again...though I don't fully understand the role of a horse when performing microsurgery myself. So in short, Humpty fell off a wall and died.

Sing a Song of Sixpence, a pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. When the pie was opened the birds began to sing...What? They were alive when they were put into the pie? To get a decent crust on a pie it would need to be at about two hundred degrees for at least twenty minutes- not that i'm a cooking expert-but it would be fair to say that the pie- and the birds- would have been in the oven for a good while at a decent heat.

Jack and Jill went up the hill...Jack fell down and broke his crown. That would be his HEAD!!! Not his ankle, not his wrist, not a metacarpel, but his head. Nice one.

Poor old eency weency spider was subject to drowning every time it rained, because he either hit his head so hard the first time it affected his memory...or maybe spiders have the memory of a goldfish. And whilst on the topic of spiders, poor arachnophobic Little Miss Muffet has to put up with the pesky spider whenever she tries to eat her lunch.
Where are the RSPCA in all this? I'm actually surpised that PETA and its associated loonies haven't picked up on these.

Some of them it's not so much the cruely to animals, but the encouraging of not so good behaviour. Diddle, Diddle Dumpling my son John, went to bed with his stockings on. One shoe off, and one shoe on...sounds like old John's had a big night. How many of us have woken up in that predicament after a night out on the town?

What about the poor baby in the cradle in Rock a Bye Baby? Seriously who leaves their baby in a cradle in the top of a tree that's not stable? Anyone got the DOC's phone number? Oh and we might as well tell them about Georgie Porgie who kisses girls and makes them cry but runs away when the boys come out. There's something going on at home there.

And don't get me started on Hey Diddle Diddle. Whoever wrote that was taking some seriously good cold and flu tablets.

Is it any wonder some people are so mixed up?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Chidcare Quandary

Stardate Wednesday August 11, 2010

Gee entropy, quandary, 2 big words in as many days..........

So often when the topic of finding childcare is raised, people will tell you that they had to put their child's name on a waiting list- or multiple waiting lists- as soon as conception was confirmed.

Though I do vaguely remember someone on the news (or was it A Current Affair?) this year telling us that we're all mad and that there is no shortage of places at all. Maybe we should all be prepared to go the extra mile- or ten- to put our children into the available places.

Hmmm, what to believe?

Well I put my twins (now 20 months) on a childcare centre list. Don't ask me when, I just know that I did. (The plan was to have A baby, have a year at home then find a job, but  the best laid plans...).

Well, the childcare centre rang a couple of weeks ago to say that some places had become available for the terrible two.

Now this was quite convenient as I had just started working, in a very part-time position. however at the time of the phone call I was trying to develop an hour-long Power Point presentation, so my reposnse was "I'll take a day!!"

Their first day was meant to be last week, but they were both sick... probably caught it when we went to have a look the week before. So I all ready have a bill and my highly productive day didn't eventuate.

Now, as I have basically created my presentation all I need to now is present it. The sessions, however,  will be happening in the evening, when the childcare centre is shut.

So now I'm in a quandary. I can't afford to use childcare if I'm not working, but what if I give it up and then get a job?

Decisions, decisions.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Fish

Oh, and while I think about it...check out fish at the top of the screen!

Move your mouse around near them and they chase you.

Click your mouse and you'll drop some food for them.

I know, I know....small minds, but hey, whatever works :)

Bank Fees

How does a bank justify charging a $16.50 'Transfer Rejection Fee?

It's not like someone had to run back and forth between the banks to try to deposit the money!!!

Now I'll probably get a letter in a couple of days telling me that my account is overdrawn by about...oh ...let me see...$16.50. And that will cost another $20!!!!