Ah shucks.

I have been feeling like this all day:

Ah shucks

Another year older.


In relation to cinema complaint…

Yesterday after we got our money back due to the caption device drama, my husband was a bit mopey about having to not see the movie.  Bear in mind he already has seen the movie when it first came out on the screens.  I said he could have gone right back in but then again I came with him.  I refuse to see it without knowing what they’re talking about.   He attempted to tell me to “just enjoy the action”. Oh no, he didn’t.  No way, the dialogue is just as important. The PLOT of the movie is in the dialogue!  The dialogue helps one to get it.

Anyway as fuming as I was I told my husband, next movie we put on DVD. NO Sounds. NO subtitles/captions. My husband sits there and smiles while watching the first 10 minutes.  He turns to me and says “it is fine just watching it.”  He can’t be serious.   Well needless to say, I got pretty upset. And to close I said “imagine this was all happening – no sound (well granted I do hear some sound-but to be fair I don’t know what the hell the sounds means) and no subtitles to read, AT THE DINNER TABLE with a bunch of people around you… How would you feel?  That is reality!” 

He restarted the movie, turned the sound back on and the subtitles back on.  I think I catch a glimpse in his eyes of “oh so that’s what they were saying”…

Complaint to Events Cinema

I recently went to the movies. This is my complaint I submitted online to the Indoorpilly location but I would like other movie cinemas to take note:

“I wish to express the difficulty as a hearing impaired patron I faced when trying to access captions during the 3:40pm screening of “Fast & Furious 7” on 9/May/15. First, I noticed the end of the captioning device was loose and spins.  I attempted to tighten it (as I have more than 10 years of experience using the caption device both in Australia and the United States).  Then I noted the cup holders in the movie theatre is smaller than average. As a result the end does not fit in it.  I asked my husband to go make a query about this. Turns out they are all the same size so I was forced to hold the device between my legs and by hand.  Once the movie started after the advertising/previews, dialogue started. There was simply no information or captions coming through.  Keep in mind I did set up to the correct auditorium (4) and set connection. It did read as the caption device “ready”.  I did try again in case.  I connected to other auditoriums just to check. Nothing.  As my (hearing) husband has already seen the movie previously I asked him to do something about it and he did try to connect it closer to the screen then he took off to the ticket desk. He came back with another device and it is still the same result. I decided that enough is enough because I already missed the dialogue in the first several minutes. Both of us returned to the desk and I explained that it is not working. The gentleman attempted to have a look and suggested he try himself so we did walk back to theatre 4 where he and my husband fumbled around with the device. It too did not work. The man suggest he gets yet another device and came back. Tested it, of course not working.  This leads me to believe the signal/code has not been turned on to start with the movie (not the viewing device).   The man suggest we could stay to enjoy the movie or we can get a refund.  I kindly explained that I would not enjoy the movie if I am not getting the dialogue.  “Melinda” at the ticket desk apologised for the troubles and assisted with the refund.  In summary, I want to express it is frustrating to waste the time for your staff to attempt to try to get the equipment (just the caption viewing device) when I have already experienced and changed the equipment twice – and they expect me to enjoy the rest of the movie without the access.  I am a loyal cinema patron who just happens to need the dialogue access in the form of captions. I checked the listings for closed captioned event screenings in and around Brisbane for several weeks to finally find a theatre showing a captioned screening of “Fast&Furious 7″. This is also my first visit to the Indoorpilly location (I often attend Myer CBD, Chermside, and Carnidale).  I would like to come back to Indoorpilly but please look into fixing up the system and how your staff handles difficulties such as this.  Thanks.”

Joy, frustration, loneliness, content

From the first and last entry of 2014 to now, life was a bit of a roller coaster.  Filled with joy, frustration, loneliness, and content.


  • Visit: Mom and Dad celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary with us here in OZ.
  • Driving: A new car I can actually drive.  Laughing when I occasionally flick on the wipers instead of the blinkers. Act normal when I ‘meant to put my purse’ in the passenger side.
  • Contribution: Re-entering the workforce to do meaningful things.  Continuing to attend Yelp events as an Elite. Preparing for changes in the disability sector.


  • Health: Thankfully I have found a good GP locally.
  • Jobs provision: Thankfully I don’t have to worry about it any longer.
  • Anxiety: May have a lot to do with communication and my persona as a ‘know-it-all.’  Still a work in progress.  Maybe writing it out would help – as I tend to create a lot of scenarios.


  • Friends and family:  Oh, how I miss my US friends and family.  I’m frustrated I’m not going to witness Baby Z in Philly grow. I have to take it on the chin and accept it is reality of being an expat.  Thankfully there is amazing technology available.  I am a fan of Glide video messaging.  I like seeing snapshots on Instagram.  It isn’t the same, but it’ll do.  I have slowly expanded a social circle here in OZ, it’s awesome.


  • Us time: It is good to just mellow out and do nothing, we did a lot of that on our Fiji holiday over last Christmas.
  • Books: 2014 I surpassed my goal to read 54 books, and am glad I can share reading time with L.  He is now on his 5th book for this year, a huge achievement.

Stick with it.

I broke my own deal.

I did not stick with blogging.  I let a whole year pass by.

To my loyal subscribers – family and friends: I am sorry.

I cannot make promises, but I will attempt to at least write something.  Wordpress has writing prompts which I may use as a guide — for those moments where I am unsure where to start.   This blog might become random, but it all comes from me.


Happy New Year *2014*

I know, I’m late in passing the greetings to the year.  It is mid-January… better late than never?

So we were able to check off an item from my bucket list:  Celebrate New Year Eve in Sydney.

Now, it was a rather quiet experience, as husband and I opted to have a ‘desk picnic’ in our hotel room – picked up some nibbles and gluten free cupcakes from David Jones’ Food Hall (reminded me a bit of London’s food halls — just a little bit), requested plates and silverware from the hotel, popped some bubbles (no glass, mirror, or window have been damaged).  NYE Sydney Harbour has two ‘major’ firework shows.  The first one was at 9PM, geared towards children and people who likes to be in bed before midnight (I’m one of those).  Our hotel is located just a couple blocks away from the Harbour, so we simply walked a block and half and found a spot that provided us a partial view of the Bridge.   It wasn’t crowded at this time, and after about 12 minutes passed with fireworks going off here and there, it was over.  I had a look of satisfaction and said “That was great, I’m ready to go to bed now.”   DH gave me a look and exclaimed “Don’t say that. You can’t be serious.”     What?  We will see 2014 in the morning – what’s the diff?

But no….. it is insisted to witness the final firework show of 2013 in Sydney.  So I take a nap. Yes.  I was grumpy. (Tardar Sauce is the perfect cat meme of me.)  We venture to the same spot.  Guess what, there’s MORE people.  And of the idiot, drunk, “ooo, look at that”-standing-in-middle-of-road-as-an-ambulance-blasts-its-sirens-trying-to-get-through moron kind.  Fireworks went off, and everyone oohed and aahed (including yours truly, all the while maintaining side-eye glares at some of the folks being *idiots*).  After the show, I happily speedwalked back to our hotel, where we collapsed on our feather-soft king-sized bed and happily said to each other “That was awesome and worth it.”

(We were provided with options to celebrate at the Opera House ($$$$) or book reservations at DJ’ed parties along the Harbour ($$$), or manage the crowds with bookings at a German restaurant in the Rocks area ($$$ + LOTS of Idiots)

We enjoyed a further fantastic few days in Sydney afterwards, even taking in Day 1 of the final Test Match of the 2013-2014 Ashes Series between Australia v England.  Many of DH’s family (and even myself) were doubtful that I’d enjoy the match – so I brought along my Kindle.  Well, I opened it for only a second, read one or two words — the entire day.  Yes, I ended up enjoying the day.  I’m glad we went the first day, because we got to see both teams bat and bowl (Australia bowled the last several minutes).  I understood the rules better now, and now I can say I can hoot and holler with the best of the fanatics as I catch a few minutes on t.v.  (My attention span is too short to watch the entire thing on t.v.)

I’ll be having a cocktail at the beach if we go to the West Indies matches in the future.

Papers and crafts, oh my!

Initially Drafted October 2013:  In the last couple months, I was beginning to get antsy and needed something to do with my time that doesn’t involve cooking (especially since days are becoming warmer these days – a hot kitchen just doesn’t do).  I had noticed a few people posting pictures of snail mail received on Instagram, and wondered how new penpals are found in this digital age.  So I googled for sources to find out how, many searches came up with convicted inmates or school kids.  I am definitely not interested in those.

Fortunately there are a couple worthwhile sites, such as Postcrossing for mostly anonymous postcard exchanges, and Postal Society.  My favorite by far is Sendsomething.net — it looks like a very basic beta site, but it is all password protected.  I loved the concept of sending some happiness in the mail.  So I signed up and began my mail posting journey!


Updated:  I have gained a couple great pen pals.  One is Aussie (near Melbourne) and another in the States (East Coast).   Love writing to them and receiving their letters.   We do a lot of goodie swaps which basically means whatever sticker, scrap paper, stationery good we include.   It kind of inspired me to maybe do something with stationery goods as it is really LACKING here in Australia.    I don’t know what it is but the writing pads they have in a lot of the shops are really ugly and boring (and uninspiring).   When there are good quality and good looking paper, I swear they are upmarketed to like 500% of ‘normal/acceptable’ pricing.   Well that’s Australia.   Maybe I’d do something to make sales via Etsy.com.   We’ll see.

The holidays are coming around and my pen pal writing has slowed down.  Which is fine because we all need the break, I think.   I have been looking at sites and continued to be inspired by Instagram postings, some Pinterest pins too.

Oh, here’s the link to reach my boards:  KJoy’s Pinterest  (I do have a lot of wedding themed boards, which are outdated for me, but I have kept them for now…)