Tuesday, 30 April 2013

for IBOT! (because I couldn't think of another title!)

So when considering a topic for this weeks IBOT I couldn't go past discussing a little event that happened over the weekend.....

(*insert side note/disclaimer here - if you know me in "real" life and read this and wonder if I am talking about you, then I probably am but it doesn't mean I love you any less!*)

On Saturday I ventured out to the Mummy Tree Markets - now given the title of said markets I should have gathered that 90% of the stalls would be in fact aimed at Mummies, of which I am not! There was some absolutely beautiful things there and I did still manage to spend some money on some gorgeous jewellery and drool over some wallets and the new Tupperware modular mates with pink lids.....anyway I digress....

There I was with my friend (who is a Mummy so I pushed the pram every chance I got and attempted to claim Clayton's Mummy status! lol) and we were wandering around when all over a sudden BAM! a voice from my past is calling my name... I turn to see a girl I worked with some years ago behind me, rocking a baby in her arms.. So we do the obligatory "How are you?" "What are you up to these days?" "Who's this little fella?" etc etc... and then she asked that question that I just dread in these situations....

"So is there anyone special in your life or are you still single?"
Wish I knew this off by heart so I could recite it to her!

It is at this point that I have one of those visions that you see on TV shows like Offspring where I  start going completely nutso, take her baby off her and give it to the nearest person while I crash tackle her to the ground!! (slightly overreacting much??)...
But instead I say "No no, still just me" to which she responds "awwww Zita, what are you doing?" in this really weird "you are so pathetic" tone....
How do I respond to this? What am I doing??? What am I doing???? Like I must be doing something wrong??? What does this even mean!! So I just shrugged....and then she launched into the....
"oh don't give up, you'll meet someone"
"it'll happen when you least expect it"
"I'm sure he's just around the corner"
"one day you'll be making plans and then all of a sudden you'll meet someone and the next thing you know you'll have a ring on your finger"

I mean serioulsy how many of these bloody cliches could she have thrown into a 5 minute conversation! Have I mentioned how much I hate these phrases.... Every time someone says to me in that tone "You'll meet someone one day"....I want to reply with "Sorry I didn't realise you were freakin psychic!" 

The way I figure it there are only 2 things that are certain in life....

So when people say things like "There's no way you will be single forever you are too amazing" or "There's no way someone like you will be single forever" part of me wants to hug them and thank them for being such an amazing friend and seeing the good in me but then the other part just wants to tell them where to go! 

I think the question that I hate the most is...

"Why are you still single?"

Yep people actually ask that like I know the answer.... I usually respond with "Well if I knew the answer to that I wouldn't be single!" but the real answer is.....
Another one I just *love* is...
"you must be too fussy!"
Like I've got them lining up at the door every day and I am turning them away because they are wearing a green shirt instead of a blue one!!! My usual response to laugh this one of is "I don't think expecting them to be breathing is being too fussy!" 
Let's get real here..... there are people in this world who go through their whole lives without meeting the love of their life, it's a fact! There are people who never marry and live alone all their lives. I'm not going to say that is me because I do like to think that there is still time and I try and be positive as much as possible but I am not going to say it isn't going to be me either because despite what anyone says, no one can guarantee I will meet someone...and you know what.... I will be OK!

The sun will still rise tomorrow....

Having a husband and a family is definitely, absolutely, not gonna lie, something that I want and I am not ashamed to admit that I have cried into my wine glass on more than one occasion because I don't yet have it.....but I know it's not necessarily something I need.... being single for as long as I have been has certainly taught me a lot about myself, the main point being that I am a strong independent woman who can take care of herself and do what needs to be done! (most of the time, and if I can't I can pay someone to do it for me or I am lucky enough to have so many wonderful friends married to wonderful men who can do it for me!)

I love these pics!! LOL....

I am proud of who I am and what I have achieved in my life....would I trade it tomorrow for the love of my life....you betcha! But in the meantime I am focused on being the best me I can be!

Because it's Tuesday of course I am linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT

I am always interested in hearing how people met their signifcant other... so if you have one, how did you meet??

Friday, 26 April 2013

for FFS Friday!!!!

Telstra......... FFS!!!

Am sure I could just leave this post here as I am sure we have all had our own FFS moments with Telstra and if you are not sitting there nodding your head then I envy you!

A few weeks ago....on the 4th April to be exact.... I went to my local Telstra shop to discuss my internet connection as I kept going over my monthly data allowance....FFS

I was told by the 19 year old computer telstra geek that there was nothing they could do and I'd have to wait until my contract expired which isn't until February 2014....FFS

I could get out of my contract if I paid a $200 (or there abouts) cancellation fee....FFS

I returned home and phoned Telstra to see if I could get an increase for the month as I had done this before and was assured I could do it again but was promptly told that that was a one off and I couldn't do it again....FFS

Whilst on the phone he informed me that I could change my internet to a new plan and get ADSL Broadband etc etc, I told him I had already been informed that that wasn't an option unless I paid a ridiculous cancellation fee and he said that fee could be waived.....FFS

So I went ahead and spent a ridiculous amount of time on the phone while they processed the order.....FFS

I received a letter in the mail dated the 7th April saying that the order had been processed and that the bundle would be arriving soon....

On Monday I had my phone switched off from about 7:30am until 12:30pm and when I switched it back on I had 2 voice messages from a local installer from Telstra....FFS

The 8:00am message was to tell me that he would be at my place to install my home phone and ADSL broadband at approximately 9:00am....FFS

Then there was another voice message at 9:06am saying that he was at my place and I clearly wasn't here and I would have to reschedule the installation....FFS

I was NOT even aware that the installation had been organised for Monday....FFS!!!!!!

So then the installation guy rang again at about 2:00pm and I had it out with him and he gave me a Telstra number to call to organise another installation time...FFS

In the meantime my sister had had a look over the paperwork and noticed a little stimulation that "If you took up the offer for a technician to professionally install your Broadband service, a $144 charge for this service will apply"...FFS 

So I rang said number and spent 16 minutes on the phone and was transferred around to 3 different English as a Second Language people (don't get me wrong I have nothing against them but some of them are just SO hard to understand!), only to end up with a lady who could not hear me and kept yelling HELLO down the phone to which I yelled back HELLO....eventually I hung up...FFS

I rang back and got yet another English as a Second Language Customer Service Officer and ran through the whole drama with her again...'I did not take up the offer for it to be professionally installed, I do NOT wish to pay $144, why does it need to be professionally installed?' etc etc...FFS

I also explain to her that installation between 9 and 12 during the week does not work for me as I work fulltime, leave home at 7am and am not home til around 5:30/6:00pm...FFS

She says anyone over the age of 18 can be here but as I explain, there is no one who can be here between those hours, anyone I know works full time....FFS

8 minutes into the conversation she puts me on hold for "3 to 4 minutes" to talk to the 'bundles team' to see if it does need to be professionally installed. She pops back every now and then to tell me she's still waiting and then at the 24 minute mark she tells me that she can't get a hold of anyone in the 'bundles team' as they are closed for the night.....FFS

She tells me to call back in the morning to which I reply...'are you serious?'....FFS

Then she says she starts work at 10am Tuesday morning and she will follow it up and get back to me by 11:00am.... and I waited and I waited... no call....FFS

Lunchtime Wednesday I finally get a call from her telling me that the installation has now been booked for the 14th May, to which I ask what time and she says 'sometime between 8 and 12'.....FFS

I explain A G A I N....that I work full time an hour outside Toowoomba and there is no way I can be home during that time without taking a day off work, which I am NOT prepared to do....FFS

She says, anyone over the age of 18 can be there it doesn't have to be me, to which I explain A G A I N that there is no one who can be here because everyone I know works full time....FFS

(Insert side note....surely  I am not the only one that has had this issue, or do Telstra just think that people are sitting at home during business hours waiting for them!)

I tell her I am on holidays in June so she will have to organise for the installation to be booked then and tell her the dates to which she informs me that an installation date cannot be booked that far ahead and I will have to ring back 15 days before my holidays and book it then....FFS

Linking up with Dear Baby G for FFS Friday


And With Some Grace for FYBF

Thursday, 25 April 2013

to say thanks to the ANZACS

This week's Thankful Thursday post was really a no brainer when ANZAC Day fell on a Thursday.

I am so very thankful for Diggers past and present who serve in our Defence Forces so that I can live in a safe and wonderful country.

My father has been researching our family history over the last couple of years and last year I took him and my mother on a holiday down to Canberra and we spent a day at the Australian War Memorial... it was amazing and I highly recommend it!

Tomb of the unknown soldier

Dad pointing to some ancestors from both his father and mother - they were in the same battalion and would have had no idea that their descendents would one day marry...

Thank you ANZACS.....

Linking up with Leigh from Six by the Bay again for Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

Monday, 22 April 2013

to confess...

Well this Monday it's not really a major confession... most people who know me know that I have crazy hair and most days I hate it with a passion!!

This week Kirsty from My Home Truths asked us to confess our bad hair days! Without dragging up the past and all the horrid hairstyles I have attempted throughout the years I thought I'd share something I tried just recently.

But first....my hair....Long, thick, fluffy, wavy! If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me 'Gee your hair's thick!'...I would have retired years ago. I have so many people tell me that they would love to have my hair and I promptly tell them they'd give it back after a day! I figure hair is one of those things that we all want what we haven't got!

In this song by Sara Evans I think it is so true when she sings...

Well the straight-haired girls, they all want curls  
And the brunettes wanna be blonde  
It's your typical thing,
 you've got yin, you want yang 
It just goes on and on

This is SO me! I wish I was one of those people who could wake up in the morning and put a brush through my hair and it was good to go, wash it and it would dry naturally all soft and silky like those girls on the shampoo ads on telly....ahhhhh girl can dream.

Nope... mine is like a gigantic ball of fluff and has been likened to horse hair in the past! I was once told that I could pull out every second hair and still have a full head of hair. My hair is thanks to my father, who at 61 is confident he will never have to struggle with baldness, he still has a full head of fluff himself! lol....

So with this I am always looking for products and styles to try that might make my hair a little easier to handle. I am one of those people who doesn't handle a hair dryer well, so I usually either pull the wet hair back into a bun or wait for it to dry....(hours later....) and then straighten it, which can take up to 45 minutes..

Anyway over the weekend I caught up with my friend Marliesa from This is Who I am and we discussed a post that Katrina from the Block had on her blog about 'The heatless headband curls' so last night I thought I would give it a go....with somewhat success.

I didn't think to take a before photo but I had washed my hair and then waited for it to dry before I attempted the wrapping of the hair around the band. It was still a little damp but thought that should be ok. I took this one just before bed....

arghhhhh....scary photo!
 So then I slept with that in and here were the results in the morning!

(I hate selfies!)
So not the silky smooth waves like the girl in the you tube clip but while the front section curled quite well, the back was a bit dodgy and believe it or not it was still quite damp underneath at the back. It was a bit crazy fluffy and I just haven't been able to heed the advice of one hairdresser of the past and 'embrace the fluff' and quickly got out my hair straightener and straightened it all out!
ahhh straight....!

Am not sure how it would go if I straightened it first and then attempted the curling but that may have to be a task for another night....

OK, fess up..... What bad hair decisions have you made....?

Thursday, 18 April 2013

for Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for 2 things....

1. This linky! I love Thankful Thursday with Leigh from Six by the Bay as it forces me to sit and think of the good that is happening in my life behind all the craziness...

2. I am thankful for my dear darling friend Tas! Without going into all the details just know that I don't think I could have gotten through the last week without her! Excuse the dreadful pic, it's all I've got (must amend that!)


Check out Leigh from Six by the Bay and find something to be thankful for!

Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

for Wordless Wednesday

Getting to this far too late today! Missed Confessions on Monday, missed IBOT yesterday but was determined not to miss this one!

Guess it goes with the them though.... I started a new job on Monday and 3 days in I am not sure how I feel, I really am loving it but have SO much to learn and really need to do it quickly if I want to be affective. So it has meant that by the time I get home (factoring in of course the hour and a half commute home through countless roadworks) I am absolutely bugger that the thought of doing any of my hobbies is the furtherest thing from my mind, blogging being one of them!

It also got me thinking of what else I have given up lately....

A few years ago my bestie and I did a beginners photography course and I swore it was something that I was going to continue but like everything it has been put on the back burner...

So in the spirit of Wordless Wednesday I will shut up now and share some of my favourite pics from that day...

I am by no means a budding photographer and claim that these are actually any good but it is a passion that I would like to explore more one day...when things settle down (yeah right!)

What  have you had to give up because life has gotten in the way....?

Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday

My Little Drummer Boys 

Friday, 12 April 2013

to jump on my soapbox!

When I started this blog I never intended it to be anything other than the ramblings in my head put out there. Originally what really gave me the kick up the bum to do it was starting the 12wbt as a way of documenting my journey but it has quickly become more than that...

I never intended it to be a place where I would discuss my least favourite subject....politics. But given what's gone on this week in Queensland politics with the Premier's announcements about Education Reform I feel that I must state my case.

I am not a big follower of politics and do not align myself with any political party more than another. I do care about what happens in my state and my country but really think that when it boils down to it they are all liars...

In case you missed it or don't live in Queensland the Premier has announced changes to the Education system that are to come into affect in 2015. He has called it Great Teachers = Great Results, and in a nutshell some of the main points are
  • Teachers and Principals will have annual performance reviews
  • A mentoring system pairing beginning teachers with experienced mentors (totally support this!)
  • Rewards for high performing teachers
  • Encouragement for teachers, principals and deputies to boost their qualifications with scholarships for Masters degrees
  • Deploying 300 high performing teachers, or Master Teachers to where they are needed the most and offering the schools they are at a $75 000 bonus over 3 years.
First of all I love *insert sarcastic tone here* how it's called Great Teachers = Great Results. The Premier stated on one news bullentin that 'Better Teachers will deliver better results'. That kind of implies that teachers are the only thing that impacts on student results. And does he also think that the people working in schools at the moment are anything but great teachers?

I think that there are definitely pros and cons to these announcements. I think that there possibly does need to be some kind of accountability in schools. As a support teacher I worked with some amazing teachers and then, and I'll be honest, I worked with some teachers who I wondered why they were there. Sadly just as there are some dodgy builders, dodgy car salesmen, dodgy doctors, dodgy accountants and dodgy customer service in retail these days, there are some dodgy teachers however I don't think that offering rewards is going to change that, the annual performance reviews might but I wonder how they are going to do this, if it's based on student performance then that is not fair. Do other professions have such reviews? Are doctors, accountants, lawyers have annual reviews for their performance, I don't know?

I don't know, and there has been no announcement about how they are going to determine who gets these rewards or bonus pays. They have just stated high performing teachers. How are they going to determine this? They have also stated that there will be 300 'Master Teachers' deployed to areas that need them most. I can almost guarantee that a lot of these schools will be in rural and remote parts of our very large and sparse state and there will be a lot of areas that these 'Master Teachers' sadly will not want to go. 

I started my teaching career 13 years ago when I accepted a 6 month contract in an Indigenous community over 2000km away from my family and friends. It quickly turned into a permanent position and I spent almost 18 months there. Not everyone would have said yes to this contract and to be blunt I was shit scared. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Since then I have taught in many rural and remote areas in our state and I have found each one rewarding and educational in its own way. However this is not for everyone and not everyone copes with the isolation and challenges that go with teaching in some of these areas. We already have certain rewards and incentives for people to go to these areas, more often than not the teachers that do go to these areas are the young graduates who will go anywhere just to get a job, that's what I did! People who 'do their time' and then move on looking for somewhere more desirable to live and work.

So having said all that, my concern for rewarding high performing teachers is how are they going to determine what's or who's high performing? This year I returned to the classroom for 9 weeks and wow, what a 9 weeks. I missed the initial implementation of the new National Curriculum into the classroom and so had a lot to learn in a short space of time and I can assure you it was FULL ON! So much new work that I had to get my head around. So most days I was at school between 7 and 7:30 in the morning and stayed until 4:30-5:00 in the afternoon and then more often than not worked through til 10:00-11:00 at night as well as putting in a good 3 to 4 hours on a Sunday just to get lessons organised, work marked, resources ready etc etc... Does that make me high performing? If it is then hand me my bonus! lol... Or is high performing determined by student results because if that is the case then you can cross me off your list. How are you going to get teachers to go to rural, remote, indigenous and low socio-economic schools if they know their pay is performance based. Don't get me wrong there are certainly high achieving students within each of those schools but as a whole they perform lower than other schools. You can easily have a class of 25 students where, for example 5 have some sort of learning difficulty, 2 are intellectually impaired, 1 has ASD, 3 that have English as a Second Language, 2 with ADHD and a range of other social and emotional issues and then at the front of all that is a teacher working their absolute butt off to provide each one of those students with the best possible education that they can even though they know that getting each of those students to meet national standards is damn well near impossible. I can't help but think of that saying 'It takes a Village to raise a child'....so it's not just great teachers that are needed to get great results.

The Education Minister in Queensland said in his statement to the media "If you are a compassionate committed teacher wanting to go beyond, we want to reward you for that".....This statement refers to EVERY teacher I know! That's why we are teachers, because we are committed to changing the lives of our students and go above and beyond for them every day of the week! And yet they wouldn't give us the pay rise we asked for but they are now going to find $535 Million over 4 years to help fund these changes.... (but they can't say where from just that it will be built in to a future budget...)

My teacher friends and I have obviously discussed this topic on several occasions at great length and we all agree that giving us more money isn't going to make our jobs any easier, it's not going to change our working conditions. It's not going to change the fact that out of a class of 23 students I only had 6 return part of their History Assessment that involved the students interviewing a member of their family and recording the responses. If it was a choice between more pay or for more resources, newer resources, more teacher aide and support teacher time, heck even more photocopying allowance I would pick the latter every day of the week! Hence I support the Gonski review and urge you to give a Gonski as well... http://igiveagonski.com.au/

I have just realised how long this blog post is....sorry... If you are still with me, thanks for hanging around. This is obviously something that I am passionate about and I am sure we haven't heard the last of this despite the Premier saying "This is going to happen and they need to get on board the train and come along"... Luckily for me there is no train near where I live!

I do believe there does need to be some sort of Education Reform but am not sure this, as it stands now, is the answer.... what do you think?

Linking up this week for FYBF with With Some Grace

Thursday, 11 April 2013

to thank a friend

Regular readers (hehe...I love how I assume I have regular readers!) will know that earlier this year I flew up to North QLD to help a very dear friend, Bec, celebrate her 30th birthday...

Birthdays and age are things that we have discussed many a time over a cup of tea and some chocolate (OK blocks of chocolate....don't judge us!). I am a few years older than Bec and struggled with the dreaded 30th birthday for a few months leading up to it but Bec was one of my many wonderful friends who was there to help me celebrate so I knew I had to repay the favour.

After her celebrations were over Bec wrote all the guests a thank you letter and included a little Life Lesson letter in mine for me and I am sad to say I have only just gotten a chance to sit down and really read it and absorb it...

She found it on the internet and they were written by a lady called Regina Brett, she titled them 45 lessons life taught me and was written the day before her 45th birthday. I think that they are life lessons we could all do with remembering.....

1.    Life isn't fair, but it's still great
2.    When in doubt, just take the next small step
3.    Life is too short to waste time hating anyone
4.    Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch
5.    Pay off your credit cards every month
6.    You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree
7.    Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone
8.    It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it
9.    Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck
10.  When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile
11.  Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present
12.  It's OK to let your children see you cry
13.  Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about
14.  If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it
15.  Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks
16.  Take a deep breath, it calms the mind
17.  Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful
18.  Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger
19.  It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else
20.  When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer
21.  Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special
22.  Over prepare, then go with the flow
23.  Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple
24.  The most important sex organ is the brain
25.  No one is in charge of your happiness but you
26.  Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter..?'
27.  Always choose life
28.  Forgive everyone, everything
29.  What other people think of you in none of your business
30.  Time heals almost everything. Give time, time
31.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change
32.  Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does
33.  Believe in miracles
34.  God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do
35.  Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now
36.  Growing old beats the alternative - dying young
37.  Your children only get one childhood
38.  All that truly matters in the end is that you loved
39.  Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere
40.  If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back
41.  Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need
42.  The best is yet to come
43.  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
44.  Yield
45.  Life isn't tied with a bow, but it is a gift.

Reading through there are some lessons listed here that I have definitely learnt and totally agree with, like number 4, 10 and 25. There are some I wish I had learnt earlier, like number 5! And then there are others that I am not so sure about...

There are times when I am such a fence sitter and totally unsure of what I believe in, I'm not sure I believe in fate, I'm not sure I believe everything happens for a reason but one thing I am certain of, I am so very very thankful that Bec was brought into my life as she has become like another sister to me and I can't imagine my life without her. I met Bec about 6 years ago when we were both teaching at the same school. I am very blessed and thankful that with my career as a teacher I have had the opportunity to travel and work all over QLD and it has resulted in so many wonderful friends.

I am thankful to Bec for sharing these life lessons with me as it has once again forced me to have a look at my life from a different angle...

What life lesson have you learnt....?

Linking up with Leigh from Six by the Bay for one of my favourite linkys... Thankful Thursday

                                                           Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

for Wordless Wednesday

Have been a bit blog absent the last week, that's because I've been lounging in a reclining camping chair at Evans Head doing very very little!

So sad that it had to end........

Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys and Twinkle in the Eye for Wordless Wednesday

My Little Drummer Boys    

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

for a final outfit update

Well I did it......a whole term of not wearing the same outfit twice....

A little hard to see I know but you get the picture!

I am secretly not surprised that I achieved this challenge, I know I have a lot of clothes. Another friend of mine told me this was a challenge I should not be proud of succeeding in..

Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys and Twinkle in the Eye for Wordless Wednesday

My Little Drummer Boys     

Monday, 1 April 2013

to confess...

Hi everyone, My name is Zita and I am a deviceaholic.....

Linking up with Kirsty this week from My Home Truths for I Must Confess Monday

This week our prompt is how many devices do you own & what do you do with them? 

Well as I sit here typing on my laptop with my ipad also in front of me and my iphone on the table beside me while watching my downloaded shows from the internet on my Plasma TV, I feel that I have an addiction...... It's not a new revelation for me, I have known for some time that I have this problem, it's often pointed out to me by family and friends and I joke it off by saying 'there are worse things I could be addicted to....drugs, alcohol' Lol...

I am scared to admit that I can't imagine a time before I had all these devices. They have become such a big part of my life now that I do wonder what I did 'back in the olden days' as my kids at school would say, before all of this became such a big part of me.

I withheld from the iphone craze for as long as I could, I couldn't see the point and what all the fuss was about, but when my mobile phone at the time met with an unfortunate accident at the races I decided to jump on the bandwagon and well, it didn't take long before I was well educated about what the fuss was all about. It wasn't long before I started contemplating adding to my 'I' family, I already had an ipod and iphone so it seemed right to get an ipad as well! 

Gone are the days where a mobile phone is just a phone and used to call people whenever, wherever. My iphone is my calculator, my shopping list, my notebook, my map, my calendar, my address book, my camera, my clock, my alarm, my bank, my tv guide, my email, my shop, my CD player, my weather man amongst many many other things. I now cannot imagine life without it.

Do I think all these improvements in technology have been a positive or negative thing? Truth is, I'm torn... I definitely think it has made my life so much easier. I mean seriously, as soon as I start up my new car all my phone details download to my car and I can make or receive a phone call with the push of a button on my steering wheel, I mean that's just crazy! Am not sure what Karl Benz would make of all this, or if he ever thought it would be possible!

All this technology has made us contactable 24/7 and is this a good thing? Can we ever truly disconnect from the world? I think not... Good thing or bad? I think both. We are connected yet sometimes I think we are so disconnected. Gone is the art of letter writing, deep and meaningful phone calls that last forever, and they are replaced with a quick SMS or a short message on a 'wall'. We have become so reliant on other people also having these devices with them 24/7. How many times have you become frustrated when someone hasn't returned your text within 5 minutes of you hitting the send button?! I know I have!!

Nice to know there are some things that will never change! Lol...

So there you have it I admit, I confess to being an iphone, ipod (x2 shhhh don't tell anyone), ipad, laptop owning pinterest, facebook, instagram, twitter, internet banking, game playing, tv downloading, emailing, itunes using technology device owning addict!!!

Best sign off, my iphone just dingled to let me know I have a new text message, my farm needs tending to on my ipad on Hay Day and am sure there's been some Facebook notifications I haven't read yet!!!.....