Tuesday, September 9, 2014


On reflection, yesterday was one of those "balanced" days.  It was my RDO or Rostered Day Off.

I tried to be good at the outset by not being "shockingly lazy" as revealed in one of my previous blog posts.  I jumped out of bed, got dressed, opened the front door, looked at the sky, went back for my brolly and went for a walk.  It started to rain by the time I got to the bottom of the street and it continued to pour for the next 45 minutes.  Undeterred, I ploughed on, returning home in soaked sneakers and vowing never to wear those particular gym pants again (they would be the ones with the bell bottoms that have always been a bit too long in the leg for me).  They soaked up all the water in the puddles and made a sickening slap slap sound on my ankles as I "burned" up and down the hills.

Exercise done - tick. Humiliation - done - tick.  Washing yet to be done.

Next - the Dentist.  I am very lucky with my teeth (as mentioned in a previous blog post, my husband says he married me for them).  Will you please stop laughing.  My Dentist did say it is extraordinary what people will say on social media - over-sharing I think he called it.  Hmmm.  Perhaps that is me. Thanks Neil.  Of course I'm very lucky with my Dentist too.  He is very kind and gentle.  But anyway, my point is, I went to the Dentist and luckily nothing too awful happened because I usually go every 6 months.

Dentist - done  - tick.

Then I started to walk up the hill to say "G'day" to my daughter.  She's been sick with the flu (which she caught from me poor possum).  On the way I spied the hairdresser.  The hairdresser that used to be around the corner from where I live and now is next to my gym (that I should go to more often).  I strolled in, on the spur of the moment, to see if they could do me a "do". They could.  Bliss. And do you know they had a massage chair?  What a treat! They also serve bubbles as well as coffee apparently but it was a bit too early in the morning for that and I was trying to exercise a bit of self-control.

Hair - done - tick. Coffee - done - tick.  Massage - done - tick.

I went to say "G'day" to Bel at the office.  She was still a bit sick and pale so she didn't notice my hair.  Oh well.  I gave her my Butter Menthols. Also got to give my nephew a hug and complimented my brother-in-law on his rather dashing pair of glasses.

Mothering - done - tick.  Family - done -tick.

"I'll just pop into the Newsagent" I thought to self "and see if they have Inside History - the cover looked so beautiful.  Just the kind of hat Gran would have liked." (here's a previous post on my Gran with a picture of her in one of her hats).

Then I walked a bit further (are you noticing all this walking?  It's extraordinary isn't it?) to the Kenmore Skin Cancer Clinic and made an appointment for the afternoon.

Home for lunch.  Salmon and salad.

Healthy lunch - done - tick.

Then finished off a bag of potato chips - balance is all important I think, don't you?

Then I sat down to read Inside History.

Then I squealed.

Look!  Family Tree Frog is Number 30 on the list of 50 Best Genealogy Blogs. Oh my goodness.  What a lovely surprise.  And look who the Frog is sitting next to!  All these other lovely blogs.  Thank you Jill Ball and Inside History. You made my day!  Well - year, really.

I love Inside History.  It's such a good magazine. It's all that a magazine should be - for family historians that is.  And this month's edition is no exception.  The Editor seems to know just what I'm thinking or wondering about and also introduces me to a whole heap of stuff I didn't even know was there.  Look!  There's an article on DNA.  I am so close to getting a test done. I think I'll ask for that for Christmas.

I dragged myself back to the clinic for my skin check.  The thing on my nose which has been bothering me for a few months (my husband says I'm turning into a witch) looks suspicious.  So the Doctor popped me on a chair, took a biopsy and I've to ring for results on Friday.  I fear my pointy nose may not be so pointy in future.  My imagination has run riot and I suspect I may have to learn to breathe through my ears and/or bring veils back into fashion. 

Bother the sun.  I knew going outdoors wasn't good for one. 


Caitlin Gow said...

Yayy! I got the digital edition on Friday and saw it and was like "YAY! ALEX!" Congrats lovely lady!

Shauna Hicks said...

Congratulations Alex love reading your blog

Jill Ball said...

I think I heard you squeal from my house.

I have been busting to tell people that they are on the list but have had to keep my mouth shut - you don't know how much that has pained me.

Just one point you are not number 30 in quality - the blogs are listed by category and then in alphabeticla order (can you see the influence of my library background?)

Thanks for all your work for geneablogging downunder. As the quality and quantity of blogs improves the evaluation for the list becomes very nit-picky.

crgalvin said...

Love your post and a well deserved reward. My IH just arrived yesterday so that took care of my evening. :)

Anne Young said...

Congratulations Alex. I hope Friday's test results are OK!

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Caitlin! Yay indeed :)

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Shauna. I'm so glad you like my blog.

Alex Daw said...

Tee hee. Well done on keeping Mum. It must have been difficult. I love the organisation of the blogs - alphabetical, of course! Thanks for always raising the bar and doing all that you do.

Alex Daw said...

Thank you crgalvin. It is a beaut issue isn't it for more than one reason. Happy reading.

Shelley Crawford said...

Woohoo! Well done!

diane b said...

Thank you for giving me a giggle today. Loved your post. Congrats for the blog being a star. You deserve it to. The Mag looks interesting. I wish I had more time to do more but I am happy with the printing of my first book about my family.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Congratulations Alex!! So well deserved, and I enjoyed how you ensconced the story amidst all the tribulations of the day. So pleased to share your company in the list! I'm in the throes of writing my story about this but it won't be as fun as yours ;-) Hope the biopsy is all clear.

Little Nell said...

Congratulations Alex and how exciting! That magazine looks very interesting and colourful; is it it mainly genealogy?

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Anne! Fingers crossed.

Alex Daw said...

Tee hee. What fun huh?

Alex Daw said...

Dear Diane - Glad to be of service. And well done you on printing the book. That's a major achievement.

Alex Daw said...

Hello lovely Pauleen! Glad you enjoyed the post. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Little Nell. I guess the focus is family history but of course it includes history as well.

Ann ODyne said...

Congratulations on your place in that lovely list, good luck with the nose (I wish there was a walk-in clinic near me. I have been prescribed Effudex cream for my sun-damaged face - just Google search and be shocked - but have yet to apply it as the quack knows less than I do.
Am very impressed by your efficient Tick Tick day though.

Alex Daw said...

Hi Ann. Let me have a talk to my colleague at work. She was talking about some cream she used recently. Maybe it was this. Anyway it worked a treat. Makes your face quite red for a few days but you'd never know now.