#068 | Update My Will

I put this one off deliberately because a will is basically made null and void when you get married, so it seemed pointless to update my will before that.

My will needs are actually more basic now than what they were prior to being married.  My previous will was written when I had my son and I needed to ensure that he would be cared for financially and physically/emotionally in the event of my untimely death.  So that one was quite complicated as I didn’t have a spouse who would take immediate care of this.  As a result I have life insurance, death and disability benefits through my superannuation and several other ‘back-up plans’ that have been in place to take care of my son if for some reason I no longer could.

So for my update, I went the really simple option.  $25 and I was done.  I could even specify what preferences I had for my funeral, such as my wish to be cremated and to have buddhist influences for my funeral in preference to a more traditional ‘christian’ ritual.  It’s quite a weird feeling thinking about ones funeral, I wouldn’t say it scared me, or worried me, just a little odd.

Glad to have that one ticked off my list!


#051 : Go Skydiving

I’ve wanted to go skydiving since I was about 18.  At that time I dated a guy that was a bit of an adrenalin junkie and so I think very early on I got an appreciation for the high one can get when taking a bit of a risk.

I’ve put it off for no other reason than money, a sense of responsibility to my son and just generally procrastinating.  But I sat in bed last weekend and thought, jeez if I don’t go now the sense of responsibility will only get worse with marriage and more kids…. so it’s kinda now, or never.

So within the space of 48 hours I had researched and chosen which place I was going to do it and booked it for today – Sunday 18th January, 2009.  I drank a little too much yesterday, so despite getting to bed early, the nervous energy coupled with a mild hangover played havoc with my stomach this morning, but after a Gatorade and a shower, we were set to go.

Bizarrely, I was not nervous once we got there, at all.  Just pure excitement running through me.  Even when we got into the tiny little plane, I still didn’t start shaking or sweating or get butterflies.  I thought that if ever I was to be nervous it would be the plane ride because I hate light aircraft.  There was another girl jumping in the same load as me and she was shitting her pants.  She kept staring at me saying, why are you so calm?!  haha.  She screamed the whole way down.  She was the last to jump, but the first on the ground, probably because her tandem partner just wanted her off him!

There were three of us in total jumping, all tandem and I was glad I went second only so that I could see the first guy fall out of the plane – that was awesome.  Getting ready to go, pulling your feet out of the plane and hanging in the door there waiting to go is the only time I was a little scared… but you get no time to even think about it before you’re suddenly spinning around above the earth and coming into freefall (220km per hour!) and lapping up every second of the 40 seconds of plunging towards the earth.  It was in a word, INCREDIBLE.

I could just go again and again and again.  In fact I can’t wait to go again because now that I know what to expect, I think I will be able to appreciate the freefall more – it was just over so fast!

Thanks to Melbourne Skydive Centre for incredible service – it’s a credit to them that I was so calm about the whole experience and enjoyed every moment of it.





#016 | Swing Set

This was my son’s christmas present, which I had to stealth out of the house for on December 24th, hide it in the car until he went to bed and then bribe all our mates to come over and help us set up in the dark of night so that it would be ready in the morning as the grand finale to our morning of gift giving.  My son’s reaction was worth every bit of the effort, as is the amount of time he’s spent away from the TV playing outside since!

swing construction
Adam and Spook (with our dog as the engineer) begin the set up.


Bringing in the reinforcements

My son’s reaction upon noticing the new structure in our back yard…

#098 | Get A New Passport…

australian_p2sml… for me and my son.

Well this one is half complete.  I applied for my new passport today after many false starts, need of new forms because I moved house before I got off my arse and submitted the old form, and delays beyond my control… it’s done!  Thank goodness because I have just spent a month planning the honeymoon of a lifetime and it would be extraordinarily sad if I left this any longer and risked my chances of going!

I was always planning on applying for my son’s passport at the same time, but as we are planning on working through all the logistics required to change his last name as well… I thought I should wait until after that was done in 2009.

Then I might be able to work on #018 and #012.

Tick Tick Tick goes my pen…

Another two things to cross off my list!  Been a while since I could say that; between work, life, the wedding preparations and being a mother, I’ve not really had much of a chance to think about it.  Yet in the last 48 hours I have struck these two things off:

#040 | Declutter – sell or giveaway 101 items

I had a garage sale in my front yard on Sunday after two weeks of going through cupboards (and spare rooms) and pulling out clothes and toys and bric-a-brac, old furniture we didn’t want anymore, items from photoshoots we had no use for – all of which just took up so much space!  So what we didn’t sell yesterday (and we sold $300 worth), we gave to the Salvation Army.

The best bit is, this year we weren’t planning on buying gifts for each other at Christmas time, as we’re saving for the wedding and our house purchase next year.  But I told Adam I thought we should split the money we made at the sale and use that to buy each other gifts.

#046 | Take a swing dancing lesson

This was SO MUCH FUN!  Adam came with me, which made it even funnier because he’s a little awkward with the steps.  But I really got into it, I had too much energy and was bouncing around like a little kid.  I have always wanted to learn to swing dance, but never really gotten off my ass to learn.  This scene in Swingers always made me think it wouldn’t be too hard to learn:

Now that I’ve been once, I just want more more more more!!

Elephant-Sized 101 Update

Lots has been going on and I feel like it’s time for a massive update.  Even if only to get my own head sorted.  I am really enjoying my 101 things in 1001 days challenge, especially since I reinvigorated my list.

So to recap, the things I have managed to achieve and cross off as ‘done’ are:

001 | Write my mum a gratitude letter
003 | Get engaged
015 | Take my son camping in a tent
017 | Bake my son a birthday cake from the AWW Kids bday cakes cookbook
021 | Fly a kite with my son
028 | Start a social tennis group (which has been on hiatus over winter, but about to make a comeback)
029 | Do a fun run
030 | List 101 things that make me happy
035 | Touch my toes without bending my knees
037 | Read Change The Way You See Everything
039 | And this week I completed 6 weeks without meat, alcohol, cow’s milk products, wheat, caffeine, sweets and more!!  Very glad it’s over but I feel bloody fantastic.
041 | Sent anonymous gifts or flowers
043 | Visited Tasmania
052 | Visited Phillip Island
053 | Participated in Earth Hour
056 | Made a cheesecake from scratch
060 | Did We Are What We Do for 60 days
062 | Wrote a budget that I am sticking to very well!
065 | Paid off my personal loan debt
067 | Created an education savings account for my son, which has over $2,000 in it already
069 | Hired a cleaner…. but she quit so I need to hire a new one!!
070 | Replaced all my old underwear
072 | Got my teeth whitened
073 | Bought new jeans
085 | Read the 4 Hour Work Week
096 | Bought a decent BBQ
097 | New dining chairs
099 | Get a digital video camera
100 | New shelf in my laundry (in a house I have now moved from!)

30% down!!  Very excited to have reached the ‘3s’.

#099 – Buy A Digital Video Camera

Well, this wasn’t one of the things I was expecting to cross off my list this weekend.

But when my fiance calls me and says “do you know anyone with a digital video camera?  I can give them $500 to come film a job I am doing tonight”… I kinda went “Ka-CHING!  Free camera!”

Well not quite free, but my out of pocket is a mere $188, so I am fairly cheshire cat right now.

It’s a Sony DCR-SR45 with a 30GB hard disk, hybrid recording (HD or SD), built-in zoom mic, 40x optical zoom / 2000x digital zoom, 2.7″ touchscreen panel and it’s about the size of my hand!

Super spesh.