Thursday, October 22, 2009


My sister came home complaining about how hard to use those new self-serve checkouts are. I have been using them most visits to the local Coles and find it quite easy after having the lady stand there and guide me through it the first time I used them.

last time I was at Coles I didnt want to use them though...In fact I am now having a kind of ethical aversion to them.

These are my reasons

1. Isnt the point of Aldi being cheaper that Coles etc does things for pack your bag, check you out. When Aldi first started this was the idea-no choice, pack your own stuff and they dont supply a bag. So these days Coles are about to make you pay for a bag, make you check yourself out, and they are removing half of their products too so we have to buy that You'll Love Coles shit.

2. No human interaction. I am already loner enough, take away my shopping interactions and I may as well start talking to myself in the shops!

3. Will Coles kids lose their jobs? Even though most check out operators are as useless as a fart in the breeze they still are doing a job that so far needs doing.

4. Those machines screw up and leave customers swearing at them and acting like little children having a tanty at the checkout. I dont really like swearing or adults acting like pathetic little weiners when something wont work and having a go at the service person trying to help.

So despite the convienience and the time saved (I am way more efficient than the real check out peoples) I choose to now avoid using the self service checkouts. And Coles will have me complaining at them if the 12 items of less checkouts are left unmanned (as they were when I was last there).

Monday, October 12, 2009

Aldi Finds

My partner started the Aldi obsession. He is constantly at Aldi checking out the current special buys and buying most of his groceries there, the catalogues are always in his car and he is always report different purchases to me.

I think their sausages are the best, other than that I dont really go there enough to keep on top of what the real bargains are; the special buys that dont sell that aldi mark down.

To know these I have to rely on what Andrew is telling me..."there are so many of X left, and they are $20 off" etc.

My first purchase at Aldi was a Rowing Machine, and boy do I love it. When I had a back injury and couldnt use it I was really down...

I didnt buy anything at Aldi for ages after that, then recently I need a postal and pigeon scale and Andrew suggest their nutrition scales...They work a treat (as long as they are on a level surface!), they are p to 5kg too, so my post and pigeon (he needs weighing once a week) are all taken care of.

My latest buy is the cat scratching post that I bought as a Bird climbing thingy! it was just $20 compared to about $50-$80 in the pet stores. The birds so far are afraid of it but they will get used to it, probably need to hang a stack of treats off of it!

Monday, October 5, 2009

So Much Time, So Little To Do! Strike that, reverse it!

I imagine at this time of the year almost all of us are having this same dilemma- So much to do and so little time. October is here, its nearly Christmas and I'm having all these great ideas for new things to make but just not getting anywhere as there are the normal things to keep on top of and designing takes a hell of a long time.

My current plan is to tackle 1 or 2 things at a time, and write all ideas down! They may seem quite dodgy ideas in a month or 2 anyway!

Meanwhile I did make an awesome 2 headed chicken, see the picture with this post and the etsy listing.