Thursday, August 17, 2017

Top Ten Thursday: Movie quotes

Top Ten Thursday and thanks to Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom we're listing our top ten movie quotes. This was nearly impossible as there are so many great quotes that I could have done a top fifty very easily. Shockingly I've not included any from Monty Python, Forest Gump, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, The Usual Suspects, and I could go on.

I could have done a whole top ten from just two movies that I love, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Princess Bride, but I've manage to restrain myself and only put in a couple from each. Lets see what you think of my selection.

1. You killed the car. (Ferris Bueller's Day off)

2. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it? (The Princess Bride)

3. You can't handle the truth. (A Few Good Men)

4. There are those that do not believe that a single soul born in heaven can split into twin spirits and shoot like falling stars to earth where over oceans and continents their magnetic forces will finally unite them back into one. But, how else to explain love at first sight? (Don Juan De Marco)

5. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic. (Sleepless in Seattle)

We've reached the halfway point - what do you think? Any of your favourites yet? The next quote is just for my beloved, as it's from his favourite movie of all time, Bladerunner (I've never seen it), and apparently this is one of the great quotes from the film.

6. I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die. (Bladerunner)

7. We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all. (The Breakfast Club)

8. I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. (When Harry Met Sally)

9. As you wish. (The Princess Bride)

10. Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

Now I want to watch all those films again. Do you have movie quotes that you love and are the first thing you think of when you think of that movie? Do you have quotes that you use for your own life situations that are from a movie? Before you go, pop over to Tamara's blog, Part-time Working Hockey Mom, and see what my fellow bloggers have come up with.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and watch your favourite movie this week.

Pamela & Ken

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Street Art of Melbourne

On our recent trip to Australia we spent three wonderful days in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. Ken had never been to Melbourne and I hadn't visited for about 23 years. One of the things that I really wanted to do whilst we were there was to check out the street art as I love how what used to be taboo is now such a mainstream form of art that people come from all over to see.

Two of the laneways that we explored were Hosier Lane and Union Lane - both still have the cobbles under foot and every bit of space is covered with paint - in some places there are many layers of art and you have to step back to appreciate what was there and what is there now. Here's a selection of the art that stood out for me.

Around the streets of Melbourne there are also interesting art installations that you suddenly come across - love this purse that is lying in the street. People were sitting on it to listen to the buskers that were nearby.

These three shoppers are in the middle of a street which really made me smile watching people walk through the middle of them - I love art that is tactile and not behind glass, away from the people who want to enjoy it. You maybe can't see in this photo, but someone has put a half smoked cigarette in the first man's mouth.

Around a lot of the CBD in Melbourne there are anti-terrorism blocks to stop attacks by vehicles. Have they been left as boring grey blocks - NO!! These blocks have brought out the very different artistic talents of the people of this fabulous city. Here's a selection of the blocks and the art on them.

This was my favourite one, as it's so simple but it states such an important belief that would be wonderful for us all to live by.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at just a small sample of the street art of Melbourne - if you're ever in Australia, make sure Melbourne is on your list of places to visit. I'll leave you with this beautiful cat in one of the lanes.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and take time to appreciate the unusual beauty of wherever you live this week.

Pamela & Ken

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Top Ten Thursday: Back to School


This blog contains dodgy hairdos and glasses that are so big they should be illegal - you have been warned.

This weeks top ten Thursday is those things that make going back to school smoother, either for your child or thinking back to our own school days. As I don't have a child and can't remember those first days of each year, I'm going to look at school in general. Thank you to Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom for another interesting top ten. (In the group photos I've put a pink diamond on me in case you couldn't pick me out).

1. Marriage: it's important to remember that marriage proposals and acceptances made when you're six years old are not legal and binding, otherwise I'd be in a marriage with a man and a women.

2. Listen Carefully: One day in cooking class I used the wrong flour to make a tea cake and as a result my cake came out looking and feeling like a hockey puck. The teacher, Miss Johns, took great pleasure in showing the rests of the class what happens when you use the wrong flour - I have a distinct picture in my head of her flipping my hockey puck cake back and forth between her hands.

That's me on the left - do you think the caption is a prediction of the future?
3. Get involved: I'm the first to admit that I'm not sporty, but I found my niche in music and playing the flute in the school concert band. I wasn't the best player, that was the two girls to the right of me, but as second flute I got to play the parts that were for the oboe and used to drive everyone mad at Christmas by always wanting to play Frosty the Snowman as that has a great oboe part in it.

4. A sense of belonging: when I went to highschool from the first day you were put into a homeroom group that you were part of for the four years. We met at the start of each day to do attendance and had the same teacher for the four years as well. Mine was Mr Davis, woodwork teacher, and he was wonderful. When I started the older members would help us navigate what to expect in school, and at the end of my four years I was able to do that for the younger teens in our group.

5. Follow your beliefs: in my third year at highschool we met with careers advisers about our future decisions. I sat with the lady and explained to her that I was going to be a nurse. Her response was, 'why would you only want to be a nurse when you could do so much more like be a doctor!!'. That has stayed with me throughout my career and I always make sure people know that actually being a nurse is a wonderful thing and I wouldn't want to have done anything else.

6. It goes quickly: When you start highschool it feels like an eternity stretching out before you, especially if you were as shy and awkward at school as I was, but blink and it's over. The future lies ahead, whatever that may be.

Me and my cousin both sporting great hairdos in our final yearbook

7. People surprise you: in years 9 and 10 I was one of only two girls in our science and maths classes. Myself and Suzanne decided to do a study on mice reaction times in a maze and were constantly getting harassed by the 21 boys in the class for being silly. One Monday in winter we came back to school to find the heating had gone off at the weekend and the mice were nearly frozen to death - I wish I'd had a camera with me to photograph the big tough boys standing on tables around the room near ceiling heaters, bringing our mice back to life.

Year 11
8. Perceptions: how you are in school is not real - teenagers see what they want to see and cliques become more important than what's real. Don't worry if you're not popular, or if you feel like you fade into the woodwork and are not seen by others - that's not real life and the future is yours to grab hold of and explore.

Year 12
9. True Love: teenage crushes are a normal part of school life and even though it feels like it, your heart isn't actually breaking in half when the person of your affections ignores you, or worse, laughs about your adoration. The thing that used to really upset me was when the guys I thought were cute would ask me advice on how to get one of the more popular girls attention (much as I wanted to I didn't give them bad advice).

School Yearbooks
10. Success: at the end of all the hours or study, school activities, embarrassment, and awkwardness there is an end point. Hopefully you will get a job, and even if it's not what you planned initially, you can always change it in the future. I left school half way through year 12 to do my nursing training, and after three years I did what I'd always said I'd do (from age six), I graduated as a nurse. As you can see I also graduated as the wearer of the hugest glasses ever (well it was the 80's).

What about you? What advice would you give someone about making school easier? Before you go pop over to Tamara's blog, Part-time Working Hockey Mom to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and take a look at some of your own old photos to see how dodgy your own hairdos were.

Pamela & Ken

Friday, August 04, 2017

Flashback Friday: Washington DC 1991

In 1991 four young nurses decided to travel to the United States for the holiday of a lifetime - six weeks exploring all that America has to offer (or maybe just a small part of it). It's a very big country and it was quite amazing seeing things that we'd grown up with in TV shows and news programs.

We went to many states, starting in the west (California) and finishing in the east (New York). There were two bus tours as well as a few days of our own exploration time in LA, New Orleans, and New York, and it would take a very long time to tell you about it all. For today I've chosen just a few photos from one of the days we had in Washington DC on our second bus tour. This tour was quite challenging as we were the youngest by quite a few years, and when we booked it we weren't told that the tour guide would explain everything we were seeing in about five different languages, usually leaving English until last, which meant we were about two blocks past whatever he was describing.

I was really excited to visit the Lincoln Memorial as it's such an iconic image (and yes that is me in front of President Lincoln). Unfortunately there was scaffolding up when we visited so we couldn't see the writing which is on the wall behind him: 'In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.' The statue is nineteen feet tall and was opened in 1922.

The Lincoln memorial has featured in many films and TV shows over the years and I've included two of my favourites - Legally Blonde 2 and In the Line of Fire, both with scenes at the memorial.

One of the wonderful things we did during our time in America was visit Arlington National Cemetery which is for active service personnel, veterans and their families. The cemetery covers 624 acres which is huge and now there are more than 400,000 people buried there.

When we visited they told us how many funerals take place there every day, and at the time I just couldn't believe the number - probably because I was only in my early twenties, but on checking the website it is correct. During the week there are between 27 and 30 funerals every day!!! On a Saturday there are between 6 and 8 funerals. That number just boggles my mind.

Of course one of the most famous graves in Arlington Cemetery is that of President John F Kennedy who was assassinated in 1963. At his grave site there is an eternal flame which was lit by Jackie Kennedy and Robert Kennedy during the funeral, and around the area is carved the words of one of his most famous speeches. JFK, the 35th president, is one of only two presidents buried in Arlington cemetery, the other one is William Taft, who I'd never heard of, but he was the 27th president of the United States.

Our lovely tour guide didn't really take us to the White House, but this is my shot I took as we drove past in the evening - thank goodness it is so lit up otherwise you wouldn't have seen it.

Hope you've enjoyed this very brief visit to America's capital. Until next time, be good, stay safe, and have a fabulous day.

Pamela & Ken

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Top Ten Thursdays: Better Person

This weeks top ten Thursday is very, very difficult - I'm still not sure what I'm going to put as I start typing this. Thanks to Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom, this week we're listing the top ten situations where we were (or wished we were) a bigger person. Standing up for ourselves or someone else, speaking up instead of chickening out, getting out of our comfort zone, stepping up to the plate, you get the picture.

Love this quote - it's such an important thing to remember but sometimes the fear gets in the way. There are lots of things I could share here but several are probably still confidential (work related) and others where I don't want to upset anyone - tricky, tricky situations.

1. When I was 17 I had a letter read out on the Australian version of Sixty Minutes. The week before there had been a story about a Tasmanian who was famous in the arts, and he basically implied it was a good thing that he had left Tasmania as it was not a place for creative people. I wasn't going to let that stand so sent a letter correcting that assumption and standing up for my fellow Tasmanian's - I wish I'd kept a copy of it as I can't remember what I wrote now.

2. There were many times in Saudi Arabia when I wish I had of spoken up, but at just 23 I was in fear of being kicked out of the country for being rude to the locals. I learnt the art of biting my tongue a little too well.

3. The times I did speak up in Saudi were usually when my Filipino colleagues were being insulted by the patients or their relatives. By the end of the year I could give as good as they gave in Arabic - I wasn't letting anyone call another nurse a dog and get away with it.

4. I began nursing in the 80's when HIV/AIDS first reared it's very ugly head. I remember we had several patients with suspected HIV who were treated like they were going to wipe out the entire population, which really upset me. We had one man in with confirmed HIV and I remember seeing another nurse put gloves on just to go near him, so I spoke up and made sure that when I touched him, unless absolutely necessary, I didn't have gloves on.

5. There have been a couple of wedding related incidents which I can't really talk about, just to say that one I did speak up and the wedding got cancelled which I think was for the best, and one where I didn't speak up enough, the wedding went ahead, and the marriage ended after a year. When it comes to friend's relationships it's really difficult as it can make or break the friendship as well.

6. I have been a witness at an employment tribunal in the past and the best advice I was given was to pour myself some water and then have a drink every time I got asked a question so that I took my time answering. The fact that I nearly spilt the water as I poured it because my hand was shaking so much is beside the point, as the method worked very well. I got involved because I believe that doing right when it comes to patients is the most important thing for a nurse. (Out of ten witnesses I ended up being the only one to take the stand and the persons case got thrown out). 

7. Sometimes being the better person is about keeping your mouth shut, and there have been too many times to mention when I have had to do this. I can't say what they are as that would mean I'm no longer the better person.

8. Similar to above, letting go of anger and forgiving someone that you perceive has wronged you is definitely being the better person but can be really difficult. This is one that I'm still working on for a few things in my life. I know that it will make me feel better if I let things go, but the feelings can be quite long lasting.

9. One morning when I lived in Sydney in the 90's I was watching the news and a Tasmanian politician who was being interviewed stated that Tasmania should bring in mandatory blood testing for anyone coming to Tasmania to keep out HIV and also implied about keeping out homosexuals. I quickly got out my trusty pen and paper and wrote to the local Tasmanian newspaper, and despite a slight bit of censoring they published my letter which basically said that Tasmania should screen for bigots who were ruining our state. I really, really don't like discrimination and will always try to stand up against it. (again, I didn't keep a copy and really regret that now).

10. Sometimes just being nice to a total stranger can make you feel really good about yourself and that can be something as simple as letting the person with less groceries than you go ahead of you in the checkout aisle. Being nice to shop people, buying a hot drink for a homeless person, or even just letting a car out into traffic - all can help you have a better day for being the better person (and imagine how good you made the other person feel).

Whew, made it to ten. What do you think, do you find it easy to be the better person or have you had too many bad reactions to your responses? Before you go, pop over to Tamara's blog, Part-time Working Hockey Mom, and see what my fellow bloggers have come up with.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and try and be a better person this week.

Pamela & Ken