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Nothing ventured: nothing gained


It’s been a while since I sat down and written down my thoughts. I must try to do this more often. I enjoy writing and like to read so this is one reason I decided to begin my venture on WordPress. It could lead to some good insight for myself as well as broaden my horizons. I could meet some new people who are interested in things that I am interested in or even educate myself or them into things that they never even thought of so that is why I decided to call this post Nothing ventured: nothing gained.

I would like to think that I am an open-minded person. I try to treat others the way I expect to be treated. Sometimes I fail epically but for the most part, I at least try to do the Aussie thing and give things a fair go or a try. I always also seem to take the road less travelled. Robert Frost is a great poet and that line I had to take from him because it fits me very well. I will do something and then once it’s accomplished, I will see there was an easier way to do it.

A great example of this is when Adam and I went to Auckland to collect my prospective spouse visa because it had been approved but I had to collect it offshore. Since I am the only sighted person in our relationship, I had to navigate us around not knowing the city without a car because the week before I physically lost my driver’s license from the states (I lost my wallet) and failed the driving test in Australia because I rushed myself through it because Adam was standing waiting for me to finish and no one had led him back to a seat. In hindsight, I think it was a good thing because trying to drive in a car on the opposite side of the road is a daunting task especially when you are not used to driving a manual which is what was booked for us by our travel agent. We were trying to do the sightseeing stuff so I thought a nice walk up Mt Wellington would be something nice to do. We take a bus and get dropped off. I am walking us up this mountain and getting pretty tired. I am seeing a path to get up there but we have to keep having a break because I am out of breath. Adam is fine no huffing or puffing just contented to follow my lead. I am looking at cows and wondering why the hell I have thought this could be fun. We get to the top and explore the landmarks when what do I see? A sealed road and parking lot. I felt like an idiot. When I had gotten to the top, I had such a feeling of accomplishment. Poor Adam had to put up with me pissing and moaning about how strenuous the walk was when there had been an actual road to go up. When we go down the easier path, I discovered a Wendy’s. The American franchise not the Australian ice cream place so we opted to get Frosty’s as a reward. This is a pattern I seem to fall into very easily. I have countless examples to supply but this one came to my mind first.

There is no shame in doing the more difficult of two things. I find that I seem to feel more accomplished. It may not be true for everyone but for me I enjoy it more. It makes me feel more alive. There are times when I do choose something easier if there are time constraints but for the most part, I will choose the more difficult option. I think Adam is the same way too which is why I believe we make such a great team. I hope to let you know more about our partnership as time goes by but for now I will close with nothing ventured, nothing gained because that’s something I feel I live by.

Grady and Mitch


Grady and Mitch.

Grady and Mitch


2012-12-19 07.57.58Grady and Mitch

These are two of my dogs. Grady, the mixed breed of Australian Cattle and something… some sort of terrier? My hubby swears he’s rabbit and if you were to see him jumping around in the scrub you would swear Adam could be right. Mitch is the yellow labrador being used as a bean bag. I could write about their escapades when I run out of things to discuss. Hope you like the two dogs!


My nephew, Dan Koval, would probably be all over that!

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Vicious Circle I am in


Excuse me for my silliness but I have just spent almost an hour typing up my about twice, maybe even three times. I certainly thought it was going to be a tad eaiser but I must be having a truly bugger of a day. I don’t really think blogging should be that hard but today must be the exception for starting a new trend. I had did one for google but I am not really known there so I thought wordpress might be a tad easier.

Someone thought my blog on guide dogs was just common sense, well, of course it was but a lot of people seem to not have much common sense when it comes to guide dogs. I have seen their reactions when they see a dog. I have heard their silly comments about how remarkable the dog is and how fortunate the handler is for having such a beautiful dog or they speak directly to the dog instead of the handler.

I know this blog now is sounding like a rant and quite frankly it is because I am finding myself going round and round in a vicious circle. I feel as if I am suffering motion sickness and I am not even in the back of a moving vehicle. Grrrr! Let’s see how this one works out now!

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