Archive | August 2011

Changing this blog…

Welcome to My Daggy Life

In my planning, I’ve been struggling to get excited about this blog. There are things I’ve been wanting to write about that don’t fit with the Down with Supermum topic.

I’ve been trying to work out how things would fit, and the simple answer is this – they don’t!

A while ago I read a post on what to do with a stale blog. I can’t find that post or I’d link to it… One tip was to start again, which is what I’ve decided to do.

I’ve registered www.mydaggylife.com and am just waiting for it to propagate so we can set up the blog.

I chose the name because I am a dag – I’ve never been trendy or popular and don’t seem to do things the way everyone else does. So, welcome to My Daggy Life.

While you’re waiting for the blog to be set up, it would be great if you would head over to my Facebook page and like it. This way you will be notified when the blog is up and running.

Thank you for supporting Down with Supermum over the last few months. I really appreciate the support.

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Doing some planning

Planning for this blog

Over the last few weeks, I’ve got way off the reason I started this blog in the first place. I guess a lot of it comes down to the exhaustion of public transport & everything to do with the accident.

So, I’ve decided to take a few more days and do a plan for this blog.

Since I started blogging back in 2008, I have found that having a few planned days with a theme helps to keep things going. This also means that, for me, when I have some time or get some inspiration, I can easily schedule posts in advance.

I have a few ideas that I’m working on, so watch this space.

I went car shopping today!

My new car... well, maybe!

It’s been nearly a month since my car was rear ended. The insurance company wrote off my car and I’ve been without a car for the past couple of weeks.

I’ve been looking online and getting more and more confused as I really didn’t know what I was wanting, other than a car about the same size as the one I had and I had a budget to what I could afford.

So, today I went car shopping. My brother came with me as he knows about cars. It was an interesting exercise. We looked at a number of cars, but there were only a few in my price range. What finally convinced us was a 5 year warranty, as opposed to a 1 year warranty.

We’ve put a deposit down on a red Ford Laser hatchback, and I should get it during the week, the dealer needs to put in a new battery and fix the radio.

So, our days of going on 8 buses a day will soon be over!

Occasional care – why it’s so important

Occasional care is important!

If you’ve been reading for a while, you will know that I had post-natal depression (PND) following the birth of both my kids. I wasn’t coping. Little things like insisting my 5 day old baby had to have a photo with Santa for his first Christmas (he was born on 18th December), were clear signs that I wasn’t coping.

I was very lucky with my family support in many ways, however there were times when I needed a break and my family weren’t available. So, I turned to child care.

When the boys were over 1 year old, they were in Family Day Care FDC) 2 days a week, but before that, and even after that if I needed it on the days when they weren’t in FDC, I used Occasional Care in different forms.

I used the occasional care at the gym so I could go to a class, and also my church would put trips on, such as going Christmas shopping, and would look after the kids. There was also an awesome Occasional Care facility that I could use.

This was especially important following the birth of my second son when I ended up in hospital for PND. The boys Dad made use of this.

I was saddend to discover that Occasional Care funding was being cut. There are a huge number of Mums who have PND, and much of this is to do with the lack of support. Occasional Care is an invaluable resource for Mums with PND. It is a cheap way for the government to support these Mums.

The other advantage of occasional care is just that – it IS occasional. With other forms of child care you have to book in to set days and commit to that time frame. With occasional care, I was able to ring up and book the boys in when I had a doctors appointment or some other activity where I really couldn’t take the boys with me.

Occasional care is something that is definitely worth saving.

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Eight buses!!

Waiting at the bus stop...

So, it’s day 1 without a car. I finally found the route to get to school, and it was only a half hour bus ride, assuming all connections were made on time.

This morning it took around 45 minutes to get the boys to school, so we were early. It then took me another 45 minutes to get to work, the only catch being the bus didn’t arrive until a bit after 9 o’clock, so I was late for work (I normally start at 9.30am). Oh well, I got there in the end.

By the end of today, I had been on eight (8) buses! Two for each trip! The boys had been on four (4) buses.

It was a bit of an adventure, and one that will be repeated tomorrow, though I have booked the boys into before school care (much to their disgust) so that I can get to work on time.

Right now, I’m exhausted, but glad we made it all in one piece, and things weren’t too stressful 🙂 But still – 8 buses!!!

Get on the bus…

Trying to get on the bus...

If you hadn’t caught up with the news, I was rear-ended a couple of weeks ago. Well, I dropped my car off at the Insurance Assessor this morning, and without a car for a few days.

The boys started a new school this year, so we can no longer a walk to school. I know there is a bus that goes past their new school, but I don’t know what number it is.

So, I’m trying to find out how to get to school by bus for tomorrow morning, then from school to work. Do you think they make it easy??

I have been trying to chart a route from my house to school, and the website is showing it will take at least an hour and 2-3 buses to get to school in the morning!! It takes around 7 minutes to drive to school!

If the government is serious about getting people on to public transport, they could make it easier for people first to find the buses to get where they want to go, and also have more buses that have a direct route.

Oh well, back to the hunt…