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Exploring life experiences at home and beyond – Destination Happiness


Ways to enjoy a swimming pool and ensure others do too (?) !!

I decided although I like to wear the newest style clothing and hair, keep up to date with music and can tell you the latest Kardashian gossip with the best of them, there is still a hidden ‘old’ gene that surfaces every now and then. I think it was surfacing big time when I was sitting poolside at a resort and while I wrote this. 🙂

1. If mum is sitting on the pool edge in her pretty bikini, well styled hair and make up, don’t jump in the water there. Instead walk the 10 paces to the stranger who is also sitting poolside, also has perfect make up and hair and is enjoying her quiet time. Jump right in there, creating a splash that won’t splash far enough to wet your mum.
2. Signs don’t apply to men. Don’t let the ‘No Diving ‘sign take away your fun. To maximise your fun, ignore those empty spots poolside when choosing your spot to execute your dive. Choose less than 30 cms from the lady sitting quietly poolside relishing in the peaceful water gently lapping over her feet. Select the lady who is enjoying the fact that she no longer has to do the ‘watch the kids safety’. Step as close as you can, bomb into the water. If you really want it do it well stand up after the dive ( yes the water is only shallow) then do your most splashiest duck dive. Very impressive.
3. Children need to practise their swimming strokes every opportunity. You have invested many dollars in those lessons and where better to practise the fast feet kicking. The best method is to do it pushing out from the beach area of the pool. More often that not the beach swim out is only used by one or two people. They are sitting there using the area as it is designed, to sit in the water without disturbing others and enjoying the sun’s rays dancing on the soft water lapping around them. Sit back on your deck chair and bellow ( oops use soft tones) at your children, “Do It again!” “Go back to the edge and kick harder this time!” This will buy you time without the kids . Those sitting close by will enjoy watching your children have fun and listening to your exquisite instructions, not to mention being covered in water splash. Another suitable venue for this activity is near the swim up bar as well. All those drinks being carried away can be made more tasty with a good splash of chlorinated swimming water.
4. The lady staring out at the water , saying nothing, enjoying the vision of palm trees swaying , music of a solo guitar player singing ‘her’ music,is just waiting for you to bring your baby over to splash right up close, and not to mention you engaging in loud cute baby talk and yes, splashing. Nothing cuter than someone else’s baby in a baby float that keeps floating to her and knocking her legs. What fun would the empty area of the pool be for this activity? No , close range to another is the preferable place.


5. Don’t just bring a float to the pool. Bring a huge ( decent size) float then ride it close to others floating in the water. Up close those floats look even more impressive as they glide past a face , pushing glasses from the face of the plastic float free person. Don’t bother with a verbal apology, no, respond with a simple splash wave as enjoy your hands help you paddle on.
6. Bring a decent size ball ( talking regular football size of course!) to the pool. Stand the person who is least likely to catch the ball near the person who is standing and / or floating in the pool carefree. Purposely ignore the empty expanses in the pool. Have the strongest tosser hurl that ball so it skims the water creating a perfect splash – yes in the face of unsuspecting swimmers. This can only be topped in greatness if the player who didn’t catch the ball does some hectic water thrashing to reach the ball.
Most of all, always have your interactive pool fun as far away as possible from the empty parts of the pool…and your mum. Choose an unsuspecting stranger instead. 🙂

Have you any other examples of where others involve you in their fun at the pool ?


Thanks Don! You are Awesome!!

I was ‘awarded this Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award by a blogster (is that a real word or one from ‘my’ dictionary??) Don Charisma. I have adopted him as my mentor …basically I lurk around his blog picking up tips, ideas and having a laugh. You would probably enjoy his blog too. I don’t consider it an award – rather a challenge!



Section 1: Directions for you to accept the Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award (challenge)

   1. Display the Award on your Blog.   TICK

    2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.                                                               TICK

    3. Present 8 deserving Bloggers with the Award.   TICK

   4.  Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded  with a comment. TICK

    5. Write a word or phrase about yourself for each letter of the Alphabet.  TICK


Section 2: A word or phrase about myself for each letter of the Alphabet

Against having to walk far

Blacky is my cat

Can’t cook



Fast thinker

Great friends

Hamilton Island favourite place on the Earth

I thought this would be easy…but its not!

Just love eating out

Keep collecting ibooks

Learnt Basic ( very , very  basic ) Italian – Favourite phrase “Il tavolo è marrone”  hardly a catch phrase!

Masks scare me so Halloween is nightmarish to me

Never enough hours in my day

Orange will never be the new pink IMO


Queen of quotes and analogies


Sheldon is my dog

Terrified of clowns

Urban dweller

Very determined

Want more than I ever get

Xcited now I can see the finish line J

Yesterday is today’s tomorrow! (as queen of the quotes I needed to get one in some how!)

Zonked after a long work week


Now to find 8 blogs to pass on this challenge.

1    http://justalittlebackgroundnoise.wordpress.com/


3   http://fivedegreesofchaos.com

4 http://www.musingsofthemisguided.com



7 http://pattisjarrett.wordpress.com/

8 http://pinkbutterflies-blog.com/



Liebster Award


So, just as I witness the kids in my class do – the not so subtle, chest puffed up with hope-hand up, pushing past others to be the one waving close enough to knock the chooser to the floor- there I was , hand up asking to be selected for a Liebster Award. I’d googled it and it looked like a fun activity. I was so excited when the one with the award (thank you Jody 🙂 ) chose me as a recipient (possibly just to get some air space from my demands lol). Jody’s blog is http://countesschrystobel.blogspot.com.au . Looking through her blog I realized just how simplistic my blog is. But, I aim high and with each blog I read I’m learning and beginning to make decisions about how I want my blog to be. Oops – I digress- how unusual for me haha!

So, what is a Liebster Award you may be asking. I shall save you the google! Firstly Wikipedia didn’t have a page for it. There is a BLOG AWARD general page but this award seems overlooked. However as there were many, many pages of blog writer award winners I made the call that bloggers don’t create Wikipedia pages…who’d have guessed that? Anyway, I’m using the information discovered in other award winners’ blogs . It seems it originated in Germany and is awarded to new bloggers (or those with less than 200 followers- yes! 200! Definitely me at around 18 followers (thank you friends, randoms 🙂 ). It’s not an actual award one can frame or use as a paperweight but a chance to share a little about you and your blog. On receiving the award, the red carpet walk is your own blog where you glide through 11 questions set you by the nominator, then you select 5 – 11 other blogs and provide them 11 questions to answer. Hmmm didn’t think that through did I! I have advertised on blog sites but as of yet no –one has offered themselves up. Oh and don’t forget to thank your nominator !

So here goes ….

1) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I love living in Australia and wish to stay here but in a home overlooking the marina on Hamilton Island. It’s a picturesque, relaxing place, yet still at the gateway to the rest of the world via serviced regular short flights to capital cities then on to ports beyond. I know for sure my kids would make the effort to visit me here often no matter where they lived too (very important ).

2) What do you love most about your life right now?

I love that my relationship with my kids has grown from being a parent to now being a friend. We all have our own lives but we interact well.

3) What are you carrying around in your handbag at this time?

My handbag is a scary place. Not always the place I feel comfortable in slipping my hand into with no fear lol. Funnily enough, just last week, I blogged about my bag (on a cleaner than most day I must say https://travellingmacs.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/a-peek-inside-my-handbag-if-you-dare/ Today I peered in it again and amidst the regular essential items (junk haha) and I saw yesterday’s banana ( recess was too busy to eat)….ugghhh

4) Do you remember what prompted you to begin blogging?

I have always liked writing. A few years ago we traveled to outback NSW. I decided to blog as a way to share our holiday adventures at that time with my family and a few friends. I enjoyed writing it and on return decided why should just my friends have to read my rambles and so put it public online.

5) An interesting fact about your ancestry?

One of my relatives came to Australia on her dead sister’s passport and my great grandfather has just a father on his birth certificate and a wife that beared him children but just seemed to have disappeared.

6) Your favourite colour is? Why?

My favourite colour is turquoise . I’m not sure as to why. I do recall though getting Derwent coloured pencils in a tin to start kindergarten and that colour was just so beautiful. I remember wanting to remain forever on the SRA Reading level (NSW reading scheme) at turquoise level because I could use this pencil to colour in the graph each time I completed one of the colour cards. My bridesmaids suffered this when I got married and my kitchen bench tops are turquoise as was the initial colour of the inside walls of my home. Yes, many of the accessories remain in turquoise tones J

7) Summer or Winter?

Summer – I like the length of days, I have never been a fan of the dark in any fashion really. And, now I finally have air conditioning fitted through my home so I have the cool option without the dark. And I can enjoy ice cubes filling my glasses.

8) How would you spend $2 million?

Pay off my debts and buy a house each for my kids.

9) What is your favourite skincare / makeup product and why?

Sorbelene! Plain , ordinary, buy it at Woolworths , sorbelene. It cleans off make up, prevents facial wrinkles (least has for me ) is a great moisturizer under my make up and it costs next to nothing.

10) A character trait you have?

I’d like to think I’m animated and communicative. I think I tell a good story (I never have 1 its always 55, its never warm..its sizzling haha – hey I don’t stretch the truth I just have outrageous experiences lol).

11) What are you enjoying on television at present?

I’m not a big TV fan. I grew up with a TV oriented dad who seemed to have control of the old styled remote control ( dial on the television). Then I married an addict who superglued the remote to his hand, such that even if I manually changed channels his remote did the override function. But having said that I just finished watching Wentworth (oh no!! not returning until 2014) and I like the lifestyle channel on Foxtel and will mindlessly watch toddlers in their quest for tiaras, teens having babies, and those embarrassing bodies (so embarrassed they share them with the world haha)

If I ever find some bloggers to pose questions to, the questions would be…

1. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

2. What is the last book you read?

3. Name 3 of your strengths and weaknesses.

4. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose and why?

5. What sound do you love?

6. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

7. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

8. What do you miss most about being a kid?

9. What is your favourite dinner?

10. Are you afraid of swimming in the ocean and why/ why not?

11. What is your idea of a dream vacation?

So, if you’ve read all this and would like to join in and meet the criteria please leave your name in my comments section.

And now I nominate….DRUM ROLL….LOUDER DRUM ROLL…


And … https://www.facebook.com/Because.Everything.Counts

as a Liebster Award winner…. CONGRATULATIONS