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Fuel prices

When I'm reading one of the LJ communities, I often see complaints about the price of gas. A few years ago it was over $3 a gallon in some places.

I have to say, buh? I don't understand what the complaints are about. Our petrol prices here are around about $2.50 a litre at the moment. Convert that to gallons, and you're paying about $10 a gallon.

I realise there are a lot of other factors, like minimum wage in the US being about half of ours (we're at $16.50 an hour) in some states but your sales tax is usually around 7 or 8 percent, whereas our GST is 15 percent. On everything. I think there are exceptions to the sales tax in some states.

Our PM is right. NZ customers are being fleeced, but when she takes a look at the books, she really needs to remember that a huge part of the cost is taxes. So the government is one of the ones doing the fleecing.

Yeesh. It's no wonder I can't afford to buy my own food when everything else is so damned expensive.

It's been a while

It's been nearly two months since I posted anything. I just wanted to let you guys know everything's ok. Read more...Collapse )


Does this make me an awful person?

My mum is seriously ill in hospital with complications from emphysema and COPD. I have been thinking the past couple of days that I should mentally prepare myself but also thinking that if she wants to go, I should let her go. As painful as it is and as hard as it would be to lose her, I hate seeing her in pain. My brother, I think, may not be ready to face it.

We lost our dad 20 years ago to cancer (20 in September) and that was tough enough.

My stepdad is a mess. He tries to pretend he’s fine but I know he’s not coping. He will never be able to cope without her.

So so am I a horrible person for thinking I should let her go? 



I was interviewed on Access Radio, a community radio station. On a show called Cityscope about my story. Look for the session dated 22 June. 


If you want to hear it but can't access it, try access radio manawatu, shows, then cityscope. Or this link: 


 I have already asked a few people and I am asking again. I really need help with the book project.

Read more...Collapse )Pathways Out of Depression

As a preview - Pathways Out of Depression

A couple of people have seen this already but I thought I would show you what I intend to have in my book. I am not going to post more excerpts. If you are interested, I am willing to show you what I have written, but not everything. I still have a lot of research to do, so please bear that in mind.

I posted the introduction to my writing blog: Introduction
Hi guys,

I know it's a lot to ask, but I am hoping you guys would be able to help me out with donations to my book project. Money raised will help with costs of gathering stories and promoting the book.

I think this book is so important, not just for New Zealanders, but for everyone who is going through depression, or who supports someone with depression.

The donations go through a crowdfunding platform called Boosted. The link is here: Boosted - Pathways Out of Depression.

I'm not sure if you will be able to get access if you're overseas, but it's worth a shot.

Writing Tally

I haven't done one of these in ages.

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My birthday present

I think I mentioned in a previous post I would say something about this.

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Rant about glasses

Sorry for the two posts in one day, but this is bugging me.
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