Friday, 25 March 2022

Taking Stock - March


I felt like I just did one of these posts, but realised it was 2 months ago. The blog definitely makes me see the march of time!

Sipping: I've gone Euro mad and sipping on Tallinn. It's the perfect 'dessert'. Just a little shot to sip on....(from Eurodrinks - not an ad, I just buy from them).

Wearing: Jewellery made from recycled plumbing bits that I got in Hobart last week at the Salamanca Markets.

Wanting: The election to be called so they can start promoting policy. This bombardment of personality is insulting. These people are not our friends. We aren't meant to like them. We are meant to respect them and have faith they will look after the best interest of the population. This has been sorely lacking since before the last election. We need a federal ICAC to make sure, regardless of party, these people are accountable to us, the taxpayers, whose money they spend. Come on, Australia. We need to be smarter than this.

Spot the #WeekendReflection (hint table) and #RubyTuesdayToo

Loving: That the Biennale has started. It's free so I can pop in on the way to other appointments if I'm organised. Discovered the Marys diner in the Cutaway so will try to time my return visit better for lunch/dinner or a drink at the bar. The Animal Orchestra is great but I only had the time for one location. Want to pop back and experience the ocean one at least, if not manage all of them over the next few months.

New Shoes. Nonsensical sensible shoes.

The Wes Anderson-esque travel photography exhibtion and bar at David Jones Level 8. Use it or lose it people.

Hoping: People pay attention to the policy platforms. Was complaining to Mum about the $2500 we are going to have to pay for a colonoscopy this week, that was previously covered by Medicare and she was shocked the rebates had been gutted. Morrison was upfront before the last election that he wanted a health system more like the American one, so how did she not know that? She reads a newspaper every day (albeit The Australian). I am stunned people vote without understanding the most basic part of the platform. How did I know and she didn't? How can we make policy clearer to people prior to the election? Sadly, whatever has been cut - cardiac, hip, shoulder and hand surgeries among others, will probably never come back regardless of who gets in, but I'm sincerely hoping I'm wrong on that. Realistically, start saving. I also did a comparison of my private healthcare because I think the one I'm with is hopeless and after 25 minutes on the phone, the health check guy came back and told me that the one I'm with, and the policy I'm on is actually the best for my family. I can't imagine how this is going to effect people because ours covers barely anything. Yes, it gives you something back but $25-$73 back on a $300 bill is useless. 

Cooking: Not much. In fact, going to great lengths to avoid it. Lockdown really killed that for me....but I did get my daughter this Gudetama macaron in Galeries Victoria. 

Reading: Still reading Violeta and Queer Stories discussed here. Prior to that, I listened to All Saints Hotel and Cocktail Lounge, read by the author (who is neurodivergent and uses minimal editing in the audio). It's an entertaining book but a real insight to see the world viewed through the millennial lens. You can see why they are angry and lost faith in society (and expectations). Parents should read it because the world we see is not the world our kids are seeing. As an aside, my youngest started talking about interstate housing prices yesterday (she knew the average in all the capital cities) because she's never going to be able to afford Sydney. She's 13. How do you deal with that? Apparently, her friends all talk about it. This world weighs heavy on the young.

Thinking: That this formatting glitch needs to fix itself soon because it's doing my head in. Apologies for the visual mess.

Listening: To the happiest beat you'll here at the moment from the ever fabulous Max Frost - and if you aren't following him on Facebook (Insta?) he regularly does songs by one artist in the style of another artist - it's AMAZING. There's no one cheerier on SM to follow! 

Wishing: Covid and the war would go away. Want to stop thinking about it. 

Watching: Sextortion on SBS. Funny comedy out of NZ and feels pretty applicable in this election time....And also Our Flag Means Death is kooky and gorgeously funny. A cast of who's who of the acting world as a bonus.

Appreciating: Being out of lockdown.

Walking: Not as much as I should. But I did get out to my old lockdown 5km radius walk on the weekend and it felt good to see the people about and businesses buzzing. 

Hearing: A lot more F1 talk now that this podcast has appeared. Good to get more in-depth sports chat than I get off the socials. Looking at booking Singapore this year but still waiting on the whole COVID fiasco to decide...If you are wanting entertainment in the Sydney traffic now that Coronacast is weekly, check out the Idiots of F1.

Considering: An OS trip. Thinking Iceland or Japan, trying to work out the when, and just worried about the covid implications if one of the kids gets COVID there - will we be split up? What happens? Husband off to Boston for the marathon so won't do anything until after that, in case that reveals some unexpected hurdle to be managed.

Feeling: Confused about Covid. Going out and doing a lot of stuff but still masking in crowds. Nearly everyone I know has had it or their kids have had it. It seems to be ripping through schools which means it's only a matter of time before it walks in our door. I am very nervous about seeing my nieces' little babies at Easter. I will RAT beforehand but still. It's a concern.

Pining: for my camera to be repaired. It's been 2 months. I really want it for the school holidays!!!

Saving: For the aforementioned colonoscopy. Thanks, Australian voters. Well done. 

This post has turned into yet another downer. Really hadn't intended that. Got a few treats in store this week so I hope my next posts are less angry and gloomy...what's that saying? We can't expect to go through life unaffected by the world?

*I did tell her not to worry about it yet and just enjoy being at school and all the fun things offered, and that things will be different by the time she leaves. But really, I suspect that all fell on deaf ears. What a world we have created. Shame on us (and our parents).

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    1. In the cutaway. The Animal Orchestra in the tent on the Stargazer lawn is FABULOUS but you aren't allowed to take photos. I did and got in trouble because I didn't see the sign.

  2. So much in her Lydia, and all so true! Call the election for goodness sake and stop all this carry-on. It's hard not to be impacted by all that's going on but I do like your new shoes, I have them in orange :) Take care.

  3. I love your new shoes and boy do I agree about the health system spiral. I can't afford to go to the Naturopath anymore nor can I continue to have Bowen Therapy which was the only thing that helped with the pain I suffer. We are still better off then they are in America but these changes are worrying not only for the patients but for the highly trained practitioners that no longer have any clients because noone can afford to go see them! Anyway yes - call the election asap. Hope you have a great week!

    1. I do think it's a real attack on the elderly (retired with no increase in income and more & more ailments requiring treatment.

    2. And i hope you find something to help with the pain. That's terrible if you've had to stop the one treatment that helps.

  4. I hear you re health cover. I recently had the same conversation with my husband after we did a comparison. As for travel, we've booked - NZ in June & the UK in October. I'll be giving the F1 idiots a listen - my boss is F1 mad so this could be a giggle.

    1. I look forward to hearing about those trips. Wondering about NZ. Jealous on the UK. Need to get my head around it all...

  5. Hi Lydia - loved your shoes and feel your pain about healthcare costs. I don't think it matters which govt we have, they were always going to cut back in that area eventually. I'm looking down the barrel at a hip replacement and had to get super duper private health cover because the wait in the public system is SO long now and normal cheaper hospital cover doesn't include joint replacement. Out of pocket with no private health it would be $30,000+ !!!

    1. They cut the medicare rebate on hips too. We had a good system and we killed it. I don't understand what this country is coming to...

  6. I haven't heard of Tallinn so am intrigued.

    I hadn't heard that re colonoscopies. I have private health cover though pay an excess to go to hospital each time but not sure it covers everything it should though I think it's pretty close to the top cover. It's so expensive but then I see what it would have cost my mum to say in hospital for her triple bypass for 2wks last year and realise it's perhaps worth it.

    And yes... bring on the election. It feels like they're already lobbying which of course they are!

    1. They've also pulled out cardiac but not sure precisely what. We have top cover so I'll be interested if it covers any of this procedure this week.

  7. Love your new shoes! I live in America and it seems like each year our healthcare costs go up and up and coverage goes down and down. I am so thankful I had my boys when I did as everything was completely covered and I have now heard it costs thousands to have a baby!

  8. Oh gosh, facing a colonoscopy is bad enough let alone those costs. I had one in mid 2020 and no cost to us. Teachers Health really IS the best, so if you have a teacher relative in the family, you can join. It will be interesting to see what has change for either me or B is we have new procedures in the future. I HATE this current govt so much...out with them!! Thank you so much for linking your blog post up for Life’s Stories my “now” fortnightly blogging link up at Denyse Whelan Blogs.

    I appreciate your support and continuing blogging connections and friendships.

    I will be back with the next #LifesStories link up on Monday 11 April 2022.


  9. I think we are wishing for similar things :-) I'm also confused about all the covid mask wear or not need to wear rules. It seems to keep changing. In any case, it looks like you've been having a great time. Thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeam x

  10. I like your point about politicians not being our friends - we should respect them and have faith in them. It's a good thing to bear in mind when we vote for people. Sorry that your healthcare system seems to be heading the way it is and that less seems to be covered with healthcare insurance. Glad you're out of lockdown and able to get out and about more. It does feel like Covid has been running rife everywhere lately though. We managed to avoid it for two years and then came down with it a few weeks ago. #DreamTeam

    1. Ours haven't done much to earn respect. In fact, as a female, I'd feel pretty unsafe around a lot of them. It's been a pretty atrocious two years here in politics. And then there's the open giving grants to friends and family without an oepn tender process. It's a pretty dismal situation here, and the worst part is the Australian public doesn't even seem to care.

  11. Feeling appreciative of our NHS after reading this! The UK Covid rules have all gone so it feels surreal not wearing a mask in public. Thanks for linking up with #DreamTeam