Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A tale of secrecy and one narky bank lady


The other day my bank account was looking a little sad. Ok very sad.

I decided to cheer it up a little by stopping a couple of reoccurring bill payments that I've set up. I like to be on top of all bills so I pay some money on almost every bill that we have (the ones that allow it) fortnightly so that when the actual bill arrives we owe little or nothing on it!! Huzzah!






I digress from the story...


So some bills are well in advance so I log into internet banking to "skip" them this fortnight.

Now Mr Hausfrau and I have a joint bank account but the bill payments are set up on his internet banking login.

While logged in something went wrong and I couldn't see if the bills were skipped.

I rang the bank. Even though it's my bank account too she couldn't talk to me about it as the payments are on Mr Hausfrau's log in.

Mr Hausfrau came home from work and I rang the bank again. Mr Hausfrau had her on loud speaker with the laptop in front of him

Bank lady - Can I please confirm your name and date of birth
Mr Hausfrau - Mr Hausfrau and blah blah blah
Bank lady - Can I have your internet password
Mr Hausfrau - blah blah blah

Mr Hausfrau then explains the situation.
The bank lady tells him that he can see that online and explains how but says she'll check anyway.

I start to log on to check what she was telling us and we are locked out.
The bank lady hears us talking.

Bank lady - Is that your wife trying to log in on your internet banking?
Mr Hausfrau - yes
Bank lady - That is not allowed. No one is allowed to know your log in details.
Me - I'm just typing for him while he is on the phone.
Bank lady - Am I on loud speaker?
Mr Hausfrau - yes
Bank lady (insert narky voice)- That means your wife has heard our whole conversation and heard me ask you for your password. Your account has been compromised.

WTF? Are you for real lady?

So Mr Hausfrau took her off loud speaker (our phone is loud, I can still hear everything anyway) and the call continues without anymore issues. We have access to our internet banking again and the payments had been skipped. All is well in the world again....

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So obviously she was only doing her job. The call was probably being recorded and she had to say that. The first lady I spoke to wasn't so narky though!

So I ask you...

Do you know your partners bank details, PIN, passwords etc. etc. etc. or do you keep them "secret" from each other?
 
Surely I'm not by myself with this? Geez Mr Hausfrau and I even changed our bank card PIN numbers so they're the same so we don't have to remember too many numbers!!
 
Tell me we're normal!
Or was the bank lady right to chastise us???






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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!





Friday, 22 February 2013

FFS FRIDAY - The First Edition

What better way to whinge about my week than to link up with Sarah over at Dear Baby G with my first edition of FFS Friday!

What's FFS stand for I hear you ask? Come closer and I'll whisper it.

For Fuck Sake





Last Saturday I went to an open water swim session held by the people hosting the Women's Triathlon. No FFS

The water was the choppiest that the trainers have EVER seen it. FFS

Since I've only just gotten over my inability to swim I chickened out and didn't swim all the laps. FFS

I got pretty pissed with myself afterwards. FFS

Took myself to the gym and held my own little triathlon (7km ride/3km run/300m swim) to make up for it. No FFS

My knee is starting to hurt like a bitch when I run. FFS

Sunday morning Mr Hausfrau tested out his new bike and we went for a ride. No FFS

Sunday arvo I started to feel like crap. FFS

Monday morning I woke up sick. FFS

Tuesday morning I woke up sick. FFS

Tuesday my Princess BF turned 13! No FFS

I felt old. FFS

Tuesday night PrincessBF accidently smashed my laptop screen. FFS FFS FFS

Wednesday Mr Hausfrau was paid but it wasn't what we were expecting. FFS

Got a $500 tax bill. FFS

No money for much this fortnight. FFS

Didn't look like I could enter my next tri in time. FFS

Did it anyway. No FFS

2 minute noodles for dinner this fortnight. FFS

No birthday present for me next week. FFS

No money for wine. FFS

Have some in the wine rack. THANK F&$K












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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!


Fitness Freak Friday - Week 4 - the one where Mr Hausfrau finally joined me in my quest to be fit and fabulous!






This week saw Mr Hausfrau joining me for exercise. About time! Hmmm, no that's a bit rough. The poor bugger works 6 days a week, over 60 hours, and doesn't really have time for much else!

So when he suggested that he'd liked to take up riding with me I jumped at the chance! His new bike was ready for collection  last Thursday (Happy Valentines Day honey) so we got to test it out this week. Sundays will now be "Sunday Ride Day". A ride  with a stop for coffee and brekky sounds like a fabulous idea to us!



Friday
5km run on the treadmill

Saturday
Open water swim session held by TriEvents WA for the upcoming SunSmart Women's Triathlon

Disappointed with my effort at the swim so took myself to the gym and held my own little mixed up tri

7km ride
3km run
300m swim

Sunday
A nice slow paced 13km ride with Mr Hausfrau along the Swan River. Just for him to "find his wheels" and get comfortable with his new bike and the gears. So happy that he suggested he would like to start riding with me!  Just need to find a nice route now with a cafe for breakfast before the ride home. 
If you're a Perth person and know of a nice place that's bike friendly around the river let me know!!

Monday
Sick
No exercise - unless you count a little walking to and fro - oh and exercising my fingers on the keyboard last night.
 

Tuesday
Brick session in the gym. 7km ride then 3km run

Body Balance class


Wednesday
1km swim

(350m freestyle, 300m pull buoy, 350m freestyle. 30 second rest in between)


Thursday
1km sprint to warm up

Weight session
2km run
Followed by a big stretch session in the steam room
 

Are you part of #OperationMOVE yet?? No? What are you waiting for??? Get your body moving!!!

What did you do this week???
Does your partner exercise with you??













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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

{Wordless Wednesday} Insert lots of swear words here

 
Swear words were used. Many of them.
 
 
Linking up with Bree from Twinkle in the Eye and Trish from My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday
 







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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!



Tuesday, 19 February 2013

ATTACK OF THE GREEN EYED MONSTER - or the lesser known title of "Why I'm likely to be bitchy to Mr Hausfrau in March"


By now you all know why I'm the Aussie "Hausfrau" don't you??

No?

Ok here's the low down!

Mr Hausfrau is German. I'm Australian born and bred. I'm married to him. I'm The Aussie Hausfrau.

haus·frau  

Noun
  1. A German housewife.
  2. A woman regarded as *overly efficient.


*I'm pretty sure they screwed up with point 2. I'm definitely NOT "overly efficient"

Get it now? Haus is German for House. Frau is German for Wife/Mrs/Woman

Hausfrau = House Wife 

Phew. I'm glad we have that sorted.




So if you follow me on Facebook you may remember a couple of weeks back I was "Sipping on French Champagne and celebrating Mr Hausfrau's awesome news"

Well the lucky bugger **won a trip to Germany through his work! Sans me!!! That part I can handle, you know, 'cause it's a "work trip" and I'm a supportive wife and all that crap. BUT while there he's taking an extra week or so off and will be off to visit MY Schwiegermutter (Mother in Law) and MY Schwiegerbruder and his family (Brother in Law) AND MY Schwiegervater and family (Father in Law) AND I'M AS JEALOUS AS ALL BUGGERY!!! 


IT'S NOT FAIR GOD DAMMIT!! 
*breathe*



(Yes yes, it's his family. I know. I know. But I love them like my own!)

We had plans of me meeting him over there once his "business trip" is finished but alas, it just ain't doable. Things don't line up with kids v's their Dad taking them v's school holidays v's my Mum being off work.

So off he flys in 4 weeks time off to the land of beer and pretzels. Without me. For two weeks. Without me. By himself. Without me.

I'm thinking many a fight will be picked in the lead up. By me. I'm good like that.




In the meantime I'm milking it. Most conversations start like this. "Hey honey, you know how you're going to Germany soon. Can you please (insert whatever I need/want here)"

I'm also making a list of everything I want need brought back.

1. Black Forest ham. The real Black Forest ham.
2. A million gazillion pretzels
3. German beer and wine. At least 2 cases of each.
4. Wurstsalat. Lots and lots of Wurstsalat.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.



On the positive side. Guess who gets full use of the remote control and the entire space of the king size bed for 2 weeks?? ME! It's going to be fanfeckingtastic.

Now, if I can just stop that green eyed monster from roaring so much!



Would you be jealous too??
More importantly - can you think of anything I can add to my list?














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**As much as I'm super jealous I am also super duper proud of my spunky man. He won this trip because his car dealership was the 3rd best (for his brand) in the whole wide space of Australia for 2012!! Please also know that this is all written in jest. I'm not a cold hearted biatch and Mr Hausfrau read all this before it was published. Tongue in cheek people, tongue in cheek ;)

If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!




Linking up with Jess from Essentially Jess for #IBOT


















Monday, 18 February 2013

What to cook when you feel like crap! Also known as Mexicano Salsa Chicken or Slow Cooker Lucky Dip!



Autumn. She's a comin' (That's Fall for my Americano peeps or Herbst for my *ahem* fellow Krauts)

With Autumn comes the start of AFL season for PrincessBF, and the loss of my Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings to footy training.

This is where my old faithful slow cooker comes in handy.

With Autumn comes the onset of the cold and flu season and other crap.

So when I woke up this morning still feeling like death warmed up, knowing that Monday afternoons are now taken up with PrincessBF playing specialised Basketball for her school, I decided to break out the slow cooker early and throw together some bits and pieces to free up my evening. What better than to come home from basketball to a cooked meal!

Let's call this...... Mexicano Salsa Chicken. Yeah sounds boring but I barely have the energy to type let alone think! Oh by the way - totally doped up on antihistamines at the moment so excuse any mistakes.


Mexicano Salsa Chicken


I have no measurements - I totally just threw in what I had in the fridge and cupboard!

Chicken breast (you could use tenderloins or thighs) chopped
Tin tomatoes
Jar of Medium Salsa
Packet of mexican seasoning (only need half a packet)
1/2 red onion - chopped
Some grape tomatoes that were on the way out
1/2 a capsicum I found at the back of the fridge - chopped
2 sticks of near wilted celery - chopped
2 small carrots - sliced
Sea salt flakes and black pepper to taste






Throw it all in.






Mix.





Set and forget. 6 hours on low (you could also go 4 hours on high)

I had planned to serve it with rice. Came home from basketball to put the rice on only to find that I didn't have any!!! Doh! Not to worry, Mr Hausfrau and PrincessBF had theirs with jacket potatoes and RandomBoy and I have some pasta left over from last nights dinner.

Complements all round to the chef. That'll be me!







Do you have a slow cooker? Use it? Love it?














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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Fitness Freak Friday - 3rd week's a charm






Huzzah! I worked out why I failed with actually posting last weeks Fitness Freak Friday on Friday! I was trying to post Fridays workout at the end of the week but since I tend to ti the gym of a night time on some Fridays clearly I don't get a chance to post it.
So, Fitness Freak Friday will now run from Friday until Thursday.
Tada!


Friday
5.3km run on the treadmill

Saturday
6km Walk



Sunday
1.2km swim


Monday
1km elliptical thingymajig warm up in just under 5 minutes.
Super setted *weights session. 5730kgs lifted.

2km sprint on the treadmill.
5 minute cool down walk (500m)



Tuesday
Body Balance class


Wednesday
Body Pump class followed by
Pilates

Thursday
Took the day off to drink Champagne with my Valentine





*Weights - in case you're interested in what weights I do. Currently this is my routine.

Set 1
Three sets of each alternating between the two
20 x 30kg Leg Press
20 x 26kg Lat Pull Down (Wide Grip)

Set 2
Three sets of each alternating between the two
20 x 17.5kg Lying Leg Curl
20 x 10kg  Chest Press with Dumbells

Set 3
Three sets of each alternating between the two
20 x 6kg Shoulder Press with Dumbells
20 x 7.5 Tricep Rope Pushdown

Ab work out
3 x 25 Bicycle Kicks
3 x 1 minute Plank Hold

Are you joining in on #OperationMOVE? No? Pop on over to Kate Says Stuff and check it out!

What did you do this week???













You can also follow me on
Twitter | @AussieHausfrau
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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!