Bra-blems (Problems with bras) Part 1 – How to put on a bra


How do you put on a bra, What?!

Don’t be crazy, we all know how to put on a bra, or do we?

Here are some tips to help you get to bra bliss.

When you get a new bra, wear it on the loosest hook so when the back band stretches you can make it tighter.

Don’t forget to adjust your shoulder straps, tighten them occasionally to make sure the are firm and supportive.

Try the scoop & swoop, get your boobs in the right place by gathering each one into the cups as you pull back the wire.

How to put on a bra

For some women, trying to hook the back strap of their bra is a daily frustration. If you are unable to hook your bra in the back, there are lots of other options available.

Some Easy Close Bra Styles

A front closure bra has a clasp or hook and eye between the cups instead of at the back of the bra. This type of bra is easier to put on and take off for many women. Another easy close option for women with smaller boobs is to wear a bralette.

Bralette

A bralette is a stretch bra with no hooks or closures and is also known as a soft bra because it usually doesn’t have wire or a foam cup and easily pulls over the head.

These extra soft styles are fantastic for women who are uncomfortable in traditional bras or for ladies with a smaller bust who don’t want to add to their size, this comfy alternative is great for lounging on the weekend or anytime that you want minimal coverage and support. Bralettes also make great gifts because they are typically sized small through large instead of by bra size. A bralette is also a great choice when you are pregnant or breast feeding.

However, one problem with front close bras and bralettes is that the back band size can’t be adjusted. If you wear front closure bras, ensure you wear the right back band size so that the bra is supportive. All bra back bands will stretch over time, so you may want to buy your bra a little tighter so that they will last longer.

Another trick for difficulty clasping a bra, is to put your bra on backwards (by hooking your regular bra in the front) and then turn it around to the correct position.

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What to wear to work tomorrow?


I always organise my wardrobe for tomorrow, tonight before I go to bed, when you get up at 4.30am, you need to be organised.

At the moment it is hard to know what the weather is going to be like the next day, one day it’s very sunny and quite warm, the next it’s blustery and cold, so it’s hard to decide on what to wear for a full day going straight from work out to dinner in the evening.

Gabriella Fratini black dress with zips on pocket & black leggings      Gabriella Frattini

Gabriella Frattini black dress with zips on pocket and black leggings

Given the early morning departures to work, I don’t put my makeup on until I get into the office, I moisturize and put my Nude by Nature air brush primer on and when I get into the office I put my makeup on, I wear a scarf and slippers and have my blankie on for the long haul (nearly an hour on a good day) and hope that we don’t get stopped by anyone. So the outfit that I select has to work through the cold morning in the car, walking the little girl around the park in the wind and or rain and then also be smart enough to meet with clients during the day, and some evenings take me through dinner out before going home to bed.

Generally if I wear leggings and a tunic, I will put on a a thermal skivvy, scarf, and a jacket, but then as the day wears on, the jacket and scarf comes off until the sun goes, down and then I have the jacket and scarf to put back on for the cool trip home. For winter, I love to wear boots, long, calf length and ankle, depending on the outfit, they keep my feet warm and are quite smart looking, however, when I am in the car, I take them off and put my slippers on as I find it too uncomfortable to sit with the heels on, even if they are relatively flat.

I have started a program for 30 days of style, you have to add something different for each day, today’s style item is wear a statement necklace, well today, I felt that my statement was pearls, so along with my string of pearls, and drop pearl earrings, I wore a magnetic bracelet with pearls.

Tomorrows challenge is to wear something that has been in my wardrobe for years, well the Gabriella Frattini tunic shown in the above picture has been in my wardrobe for at least 3 or 4 years, I didn’t wear it last year so this is the item I have chosen for this challenge,

Thermomix Degustation – Grainger Style


The idea started last year when I commented to one of my friends that I haven’t used my Thermomix as much as I should.

Terry, my friends husband said that they would invite us over one free weekend to have a Thermomix dinner, however 12 months on and we still hadn’t organised something.

Thermomix. Receta MiniMagdalenas

Thermomix. Receta MiniMagdalenas (Photo credit: chocolatisimo)

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So I thought I might have another Thermomix dinner party with a few friends, after mentioning to a couple of friends, it has now turned into a Thermomix Degustation dinner, Grainger Style.

One of our friends sells the machines, so I asked Margy what she thought of the idea and she thought it was fantastic, so I mentioned my idea to a few more people, ladies who don’t have a thermie, and they too were excited.
The general consensus was great idea, so I decided on a date 12th April (Terry & Marina were on holiday until 11th and so were Diane & Coleman) and we have other friends going away on the 16th, so the 12th was the date.
I sat down and went through the Everyday cookbook (the new one), wrote down a whole list of recipes that I thought we could cook easily.  I was short a few, so rang Margy and asked her to give me some ideas.
Between the 2 of us we came up with a fantastic menu for our degustation.  By this time, I had loads of people asking if they could come, due to space, unfortunately we had to limit the numbers to 28.  Including Greg and myself after the invites and responses we have 25 attendees.
We decided that we would have our dinner party at the club (MOFSC), however, I won’t go into details, but the powers that be decided to put up too many  roadblocks, in my opinion unwarranted, (they obviously did not want us to be there), so now we are having it at our house.  Since starting this, we have had that many people ask if they can come to the next one, so hopefully if everything goes well tomorrow, there will be plenty more to come, but we will have to limit the number to 25 if we have a sit down meal.
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Greg set up all the tables and chairs last weekend, cleaned the windows and is generally being a good sport about the whole thing, given that he does not think much of the thermie.
I have spent this last week sorting out menus, ingredient lists and quantities, emailing all invited and asking for donations of food, that we require small quantities so that we  don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy stuff especially if we only need 50g of something.
I cant believe how generous everyone has been, I think that everyone has donated something to the mix
We now have 6 machines coming, wow!! I am sure it will be a fantastic evening.
We wanted to create and cook a large variety of food to be able to utilise the machine as much as possible, hence the degustation.
I have sorted out a few of the pantry items,both out of my pantry and some of the invited guests have given me their donations early.
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Table cloths, table settings, the table pretties (balloons & marshmallows) organised by Shelley and Marina, meat by Margy, groceries by Greg & Lee, thermies, and accessories by Marina, Shelley, Margy, Lee, Michelle and Julie, name place  settings by Maxine,lots of donations from all of the other ladies.
Thanks girls.
Our menu for our inaugural Thermomix degustation :-
Cocktails
Midori Splice
Strawberry Daiquiri
Peach Bellini
Tropical splice daiquiri
Home made lemonade
Appetisers
Sundried tomato dip
Herb & garlic dip
Capsicum & sundried tomato dip
Chicken liver pate
Foccacia – dukkah
Pizza Bianca
Entrees
Chicken Valute soup
Pumpkin feta zucchini field mushroom
Herbal chicken hors doeuvres
Arancini with saffron aioli
Mains
Chicken Valute meal
Lamb rack with port sauce on mashed potato
Beef stroganoff & mashed potato
Curry chicken & rice
Mushroom risotto
Desserts
Sweet chocolate & strawberry pizza
Lemon coconut pudding
Simple almond cheese – dairy free ricotta cheese with quince paste
Sticky date pudding / butterscotch sauce & custard
Fruity berry dream

Life can get in the way sometimes.


Life can get in the way sometimes. It certainly did in our family.

On the 16th of November, at 6.30pm, we were on our boat in Dawesville tied up with 3 other boats ready to stay overnight when we got the dreaded phone call, Greg’s mother had been taken to Peel hospital with a suspected stroke and we had to untie the other boats tied alongside us and head back to Mandurah as fast as we could so that we could park the boat, drop the little girl off and go and pick up his father and take him to the hospital.

Mum was in Peel Health campus for nearly 2 weeks, what an absolute nightmare!! Unfortunately her stay was a nightmare for all of us,  every time we called the hospital, we were given conflicting info, there didn’t see to be any consistency with anything, she was told that she could leave on several occasions, she’d get dressed and then someone would come and tell her she had to stay. One thing that I must say is that the nursing staff were absolutely fantastic in their treatment of her, however, every other aspect of her stay, was deplorable.

On the Tuesday, 2 days after the stroke, the hospital had a social worker visit her in her  ward, she gave Mum a  on having an ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) and advised her that she should organise it asap.  Given that she was in hospital, I took the form and said I would follow this up. On phoning the Peel ACAT service, I was advised that the hospital MUST request the ACAT referral, I contacted the hospital and asked when this could be booked and was told that they weren’t going to request one, until she was ready to be released, the bottom line was that they didn’t request one until I started jumping up and down and complaining to anyone who would listen. Luckily, I went to the city with my mum to have a high tea  with my daughter in law and one of the ladies who also attended works for a company that is associated with aged care, she put me in touch with someone who was able to rattle some cages.

We also tried to get an ACAT assessment for Dad, sadly, this was also a drama.

While all of this was happening, we realised that Greg’s father was not doing too well either, he was forgetting things that we had said a short while before and it was consistent.  On the following weekend, we had arranged to pick him up from his home and take him to visit the hospital when we found that he was missing, he had told a neighbour that he was driving to Fremantle hospital and that he had moved in with Greg & Lee, (they were going to move in with us but not until after Mum had come out of hospital.

When she was finally ready to be released, they lost her medicine list, and her file, they FORGOT to do a INR (Warfarin test) on her in the morning, so we had to stay at the hospital for another 2 hours until firstly the paperwork was found and secondly wait until someone was able to come and do the INR test. They phoned us at home later that evening with the results, and which tablets she was to have.

After she was released from hospital, both of them, their cat and their dog moved in with us, this is when the not so fun started.

While struggling with the dementia, we had serious issues with getting  his diabetes and insulin levels correct, luckily we were able to phone health direct for advice, that however was a nightmare!!! trying to help someone else, privacy and all that, tough luck if he had been dying.

We finally got the ACAT assessments both booked for the same day it turns out Dad has Alzheimer’s and advanced Dementia so we got a double whammy. The ACAT is extremely important, we found that without having the assessment, we were not able to organise any care either in the home or in a facility.

Well the ACAT was been done,  we were able to start organising some in home care for them both, well true to our NOT good luck, there were NO available high care packages in our area so we had to look for an alternative, residential care for Dad as neither Mum, Greg or I are able to cope with his care as he we work full time and his needs were more than we could cope with. I started applying for any residential care in the whole Perth area as I had tried in Mandurah / Rockingham area with no beds available.

After applying to over 30 facilities to find initially respite for Dad, I was starting to get very depressed after working a full day at work, then coming home and having people and other animals in our home and getting constant negative responses. We haven’t had anyone living with us for nearly 10 years now so it was a huge adjustment. I had received responses from about 25 facilities by either phone or email ( during those weeks my left ear got so sore from constantly being on the phone) and I was starting to think that Greg and I would not be able to take our annual (and very needed) break, I received a call from a facility in Carlisle at 9am and the woman was lovely, when she told me that unfortunately she couldn’t help me, I burst into tears and said that was just the way our luck ran, she told me that she would ring around their other facilities and see what she could do for me. By 1pm, I had all but given up hope, when my mobile rang and it was the care facility in Mandurah and the best thing was that it is just over the road and round the corner, only a 10 minute walk from home.

It was obviously meant to be, well Dad has now been placed in care, just around the corner and unfortunately this will be his new home, while Mum is going to stay with us until she feels that she needs to go into care herself.

Dealing with Centrelink on their behalf has been an absolute NIGHTMARE!!!

My mummy has been extremely helpful with this process as she has had a great more time to be able to research things for me, so I would like to send an enormous thankyou to her for all of her support and help through this very difficult time. I completed all of the forms for Centrelink to be able to act on their behalf and change their details. The documents were signed 27th November and hand delivered by mummy (after waiting for 2 hours in the Centrelink office) on Monday 2nd December, I received a response from them 6th January advising that some of the paperwork that was included in the bundle of paperwork handed in (I have taken copies of all of the paperwork included in the bundle handed in as there were several documents for both Mum & Dad, and I don’t trust people to do their work properly.

I spent more than 5 hours dealing with Centrelink on the phone and online on Tuesday trying to sort out this stuff, on hold for 40 minutes before being answered and then another 30 minutes before I was able to speak to the supervisor. When I eventually got to speak to her thankfully, she was very helpful.

This post might seem like nothing but a huge whinge, but there are two things that we have learned from all of this is that it is NEVER too soon to have an enduring power of attorney in place as in Greg’s dad’s case it was too late, we now have to go down the path of guardianship and administration which is done through the courts and takes more than 8 weeks, and we would not willingly put anyone through what we have been over the last few weeks, and that in a blink of an eye Life can get in the way of all the things that you love.

 

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Today’s funny


THE NUN AND THE HIPPIE
A hippie gets on a bus and spies a pretty young nun. He sits down next to her, and asks her: “Can we have sex?”

“No,” she replies, “I’m married to God.”
She stands up, and Gets off at the next stop.

The bus driver, who overheard, turns to the hippie and says:”I can tell you how to get to have sex with her!”

“Yeah?”, says the hippie.

“Yeah!”, say the bus driver. “She goes to the cemetery every Tuesday night at midnight to pray,
So all you have to do is dress up in a robe with a hood, put’ some of that luminous powder stuff in your beard, and pop up in the cemetery claiming to be God.”

The hippie decides to give it a try, and arrives in the cemetery dressed as suggested on the next Tuesday night.

“I am God,” he declares to the nun, Keeping the hood low about his Face. “Have sex with me.”

The nun agrees without question, but begs him to restrict himself to anal sex, as she is desperate not to lose her virginity.

‘God’ agrees, and promptly has his wicked way with her. As he finishes, he jumps up and throws back his hood with a flourish.

“Ha-ha,” he cries. “I’m the hippie!”

“Ha-ha,” cries the nun. “I’m the bus driver!

 

Today’s funny Friday 16th August 2013


A WOMAN’S POEM

Before I lay me down to sleep,
I pray for a man, who’s not a creep,.
One who’s handsome, smart and strong.
One who loves to listen long,
One who thinks before he speaks,
One who’ll call, not wait for weeks..
I pray he’s gainfully employed,
When I spend his cash, won’t be annoyed.
Pulls out my chair and opens my door.
Massages my back and begs to do more.
Oh! Send me a man who’ll make love to my mind,
Knows what to answer to ‘how big is my behind?’
I pray that this man will love me to no end, And always be my very best friend.

A MAN’S POEM

I pray for a deaf-mute gymnast nymphomaniac with huge boobs who owns a bar on a golf course, and loves to send me fishing and drinking. This doesn’t rhyme and I don’t give a shit.

Today’s Tuesday 30th July 2013


Chinese Honeymoon

A Chinese couple gets married — and she’s a virgin. Truth be told, he is none too experienced either. On the wedding night, she cowers naked under the bed sheets as her husband undresses. He climbs in next to her and tries to be reassuring:

“My darring” he says, “I know dis you fus time and you berry frighten.
I plomise  you, I give you anyting  you wan, I do anyting  jus anyting you wan, you say.  Whatchou wan?” he says, trying to sound experienced, which he hopes will impress his virgin bride.

A thoughtful silence follows and he waits patiently (and eagerly) for her request. She eventually replies shyly and unsure, “I wan ……  numba 69.”

More thoughtful silence, this time from him. Eventually, in a puzzled tone he queries……… “You want… Beef wif  Broccori.”?

 

Today’s funny Wednesday 17th July 2013


The doctor said, ‘Joe, the good news is I can cure your headaches. The bad news is that it will require castration. You have a very rare condition, which causes your testicles to press on your spine and the pressure creates one hell of a headache. The only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles.’ Joe was shocked and depressed. He wondered if he had anything to live for. He had no choice but to go under the knife.

When he left the hospital, he was without a headache for the first time in 20 years, but he felt like he was missing an important part of himself. As he walked down the street, he realized that he felt like a different person. He could make a new beginning and live a new life. He saw a men’s clothing store and thought, ‘That’s what I need… A new suit…’

He entered the shop and told the salesman, ‘I’d like a new suit’. The elderly tailor eyed him briefly and said, ‘Let’s see Size 44 long.’  Joe laughed, ‘That’s right, how did you know?’ ‘Been in the business 60 years!’ the tailor said. Joe tried on the suit it fit perfectly. As Joe
admired himself in the mirror, the salesman asked, ‘How about a new shirt?’ Joe thought for a moment and then said, ‘Sure.’ The salesman eyed Joe and said, ‘Let’s see, 34 sleeves and 16-1/2 neck.’ Joe was surprised, ‘That’s right, how did you know?’ ‘Been in the business 60 years.’ the tailor said.

Joe tried on the shirt and it fit perfectly. Joe walked comfortably around the shop and The salesman asked, ‘How about some new underwear?’
Joe thought for a moment and said, ‘Sure.’ The salesman said, ‘Let’s see Size 36. Joe laughed, ‘Ah ha! I got you! I’ve worn a size 32 Since I was 18 years old.’ The salesman shook his head, ‘You can’t wear a size 32. A size 32 would press Your testicles up against the base of your spine and Give you one hell of a headache.’

New suit – $ 400.00 New shirt – $ 75.00 New underwear – $ 10.00 Second  Opinion – PRICELESS

 

Today’s funny Saturday 13th July 2013


TWO DIFFERENT DOCTORS OFFICES

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits weeks to see a specialist then gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.

The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.

Next time take me to a vet .

 

Today’s funny 12th July 2013


well it’s not exactly funny but I am 5o today, so my blog 5oplus is now accurate.

Two dwarfs

Two dwarfs go into a bar, where they pick up two prostitutes and take them to their separate hotel rooms.

The first dwarf, however, is unable to get an erection.
His depression is made worse by the fact that, from the next room, he hears his little friend shouting out cries of “Here I come again. ONE,TWO,THREE UUH!” all night long.

In the morning, the second dwarf asks the first, “How did it go?” The first mutters, “It was so embarrassing. I simply couldn’t get an erection.”

The second dwarf shook his head. “You think that’s embarrassing? I couldn’t even get on the bed!!”