Category Archives: blogging

Why do I blog?

Right now, I can’t think of a good answer to this question.  Over the past year, instead of just rambling about stuff that rattles around my brain, I’ve focused on shoes and clothers.  And the occasional recipe.  But I’m not inspired at all.

Tell me why you blog.  Please?


Delurking Week

I’ve been looking at my blog stats (I am obsessed with numbers – I can even work out the run rate in a cricket match in my head) and I’ve noticed that a lot of people end up here, searching for something that I’ve mentioned maybe once.  The most recent searches have all been to do with The Time Traveller’s Wife.  Presumably that’s because the movie is coming out soon (is it?) and people are looking for reviews.  To all those people: sorry.  I haven’t seen the movie and I don’t intend to.  I did read the book though; you can read my largely unhelpful review here.

It seems my post popular post recently was the one about my Prada shoes.  That page gets a LOT of views.  As well it should 🙂

The point of all this is to say HELLO lurker people who never leave a comment.  Be a rebel and say hi, even if you’ve inadvertently stumbled across my little spot on the interwebs and have no intention of ever coming back. Feel free to ask me a question, even.

I promise I don’t bite.

Hypothetically speaking..

… if you were going to think of a new name for a blog, what would it be?

The weekend report

It’s been a busy week in Tracey Land. Not that I’ve done anything terribly exciting.

Sunday two weeks the boy and I went to the Press Club for dinner. It’s named so because the restaurant is in the old home of one of Melbourne’s daily newspapers. The food is greek and wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal, but the service was a little slow. Ah well, I guess you can’t have everything in life. Or do I expect too much?

Last weekend we went and saw the latest Harry Potter movie. Not worth the hype.

I visited some friends of mine on Sunday, who’ve just had a new baby. He’s quite cute but oh the screaming! He only screamed for 5 minutes of the hour I was there and I was ready to scream myself. I don’t know how parents do it. This is why we don’t have children.

Yesterday I had lunch with friends at Fifteen. This is one of the Jamie Oliver chain set up to help underprivileged kids who want to become chefs or get into the hospitality business. An admirable idea. Sadly, the food was a little lacking. I had pasta stuffed with ricotta, spinach and mushrooms, topped with fried sage. I couldn’t eat half of it because it was too salty. And I asked for one glass of sparkling mineral water and they charged me for a whole bottle. Pffft. Now you all know that I like to eat out and I am not averse to paying for a good meal but this place does not deserve the hype. Don’t bother.

Today the boy and I went to see the John Brack exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. I was surprised how many people were there, and also at the number of pictures he painted and drew in his time. I really liked the early work, but not the later stuff. This is one of his pictures that I really like:
Tune in tomorrow for pictures of the nearly complete yard! All that’s missing is the plants and they’ll be done this week. About time too.

Wondering what to talk about

Amazingly, the chocolate chip cookies have lasted more than five minutes and there are still a couple left for me to have with my cuppa this afternoon.

I ended up having Thursday off work as well, I woke up that morning and felt like I’d been swallowing razorblades. Not fun. I did go to work yesterday but my dear boss told me I looked “pale” and sent me home after lunch. Very kind of her. I’m not sure how she knew I was pale since I am sporting a pale look all over these days 🙂 Once upon a time I used to be very tanned but we know that’s not good for you and I have been working hard on the porcelain skin look for years now.

I can’t remember if I mentioned that for my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary in December (and for Christmas), we bought them a holiday. They chose eight days in New Zealand and they have been there for a week now, arriving home tomorrow. I hope they’ve had a wonderful time. I haven’t heard anything so I’m assuming it’s all gone well.

The cold weather has arrived with a vengeance this weekend. On Thursday it was a balmy 26degC, today it will be lucky to make it to 15C. At least we’re getting a bit of rain. Our water storages are at 28% capacity which is NOT good. We have been on water restrictions for longer than I care to remember, hence the dead garden.

The little black cat is asleep under the doona at the moment. She has the right idea!


Today, one year ago, I decided to start my own blog. I’d been reading others for ages but didn’t think I had anything to say.

But I bit the bullet and started this one. Then the blogging bug bit me, and now I have four! Okay, one is actually Huffle Mawson‘s blog but I can write on that if I want – she generously allows me access.

Thank you to my small but loyal band of readers, I thoroughly enjoy reading your comments, and reading your blogs too!

I know the last week has been a lot of doom and gloom here, hopefully things will look up next week.


All week I’ve been sitting here looking at this blog, wondering what to write about. Okay, not ALL week, but certainly for several minutes at a time, several times a day. I have made at least one decision about it: I’m going to do my photo memes on my photo blog. So that’s progress right there.

Last week we all suffered in the heat… it was over 43C (that’s 110F) for three days in a row. On Friday it was 45C (113F). The whole city ground to a halt, we had no electricity, there were hardly any trains running, some morons started a couple of bushfires (30 people lost their homes, just because of some idiot). This week it’s been much cooler – only in the 30’s, temperature-wise – but on Saturday we are expecting 43C again. I never thought I’d see the day when I thought 34C was cool!

Our other cat – poo-face Salvador – has been giving us some problems lately. He’s quite old, about 16 years, and is suffering from dementia, but in the last two months his health has gone downhill quite dramatically. He’s painfully thin – you can feel every knobble in his spine – and has no muscle tone whatsoever. He is unable to jump the back fence any more, is not eating properly (except when ham is involved, that never seems to change) and his liver and kidneys are not functioning properly. He had a vet appointment this morning, but of course disappeared and we had to reschedule. I just don’t know how much longer we will have him around. Oh, and he’s been pooing in bad places, like the wardrobes.

Surely it can’t get much worse.

Just so you know…

…it’s a work in progress.


For reasons I’m still not sure of, I have given in and created a Facebook account. I’m going to give it one month (until the end of January 2009) and if I don’t like it, I will delete my account. I have no idea what to expect, I’ve managed to last 35 years without Facebook so I can’t see how it will help me live my life, but hey, I got onto the blogging bandwagon late too.

Does having to update Facebook mean I won’t have time to blog any more?

Where has the week gone?

I feel a bit special today. The magnificent Turbo left a comment on my blog. I think Turbo is tremendous, and will make a most excellent President of Dogcountry. Check out his blog.

It hasn’t been the best week health-wise. Tuesday after travelling to Ballarat for a meeting I made it back to work in the afternoon with a headache, which just got worse as the day wore on. So I went home and went to bed. That night I missed my mother calling to say that Buckley had been to the vet for his annual shots and had put on 8kg. Now you can see from my previous post that he already weighed 56kg. He is on a much stricter diet now hee hee.

Wednesday I came to work but still didn’t feel brilliant so I had Thursday off. Didn’t do much except potter around the house and make dinner for a friend of the boy’s who came to visit.

This morning I woke up at 4am with another headache, there is far too much of that going on at the moment! I feel ok now (headache drugs are marvellous things) but really, I could do without the pain. It’s a quiet weekend ahead so I’ll have some time to sleep in and relax.

Oh, my new computer arrived on Monday. I am in love!! I will never go back to Windows. Unfortunately I have to use windows at work, but never again at home! It is awesome.