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The Marital Art Of Bin Ninja

A how to guide

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Barbra Anne Kariko - February 4, 2016 - 7:16 am

If caught you say you had noticed their bin had been bumped sideways and you were straightening it for them.

MirandaW - February 4, 2016 - 7:29 am

Freaking hilarious!

Bailey - February 4, 2016 - 7:44 am

😂 I have the funniest picture in my mind right now!! Also, you seriously just blew your cover!!!

Bron - February 4, 2016 - 10:14 am

So funny!

Kerrie - February 5, 2016 - 10:21 am

Some councils give you an extra bin if you have a large family. Not sure what constitutes “large” though. I do this all the time and have never, to my knowledge, been busted yet. I start with the bin furthest along the street and work my way back towards home. Ive only had a dog encounter once, just after I’d dumped suspect black bag, so pretended I was on my evening walk. Poor unsuspecting neighbour apologised over and over for his dog’s poor behaviour. I felt so badly for him I almost incriminated myself.

Meghan - February 7, 2016 - 11:55 pm

Hah, great tips, Sensei!

An App I Really Think You’ll Want

Miss21 has already used this app when something worried her – Izzy’s eyes had a funny colour on the edges. App recommended a phone call to a health care professional and they sent her some information. Brilliant. This is a sponsored post for healthdirect

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Anonymous - February 3, 2016 - 12:47 pm

I’m more concerned about your unread messages than your emails

Bruce Devereaux - February 3, 2016 - 3:55 pm

Most of them are me trying to find where I’ve put down my phone.

KezUnprepared - February 3, 2016 - 4:06 pm

Wow, this is awesome. I will definitely download it!

Anonymous - February 3, 2016 - 7:26 pm


Bruce Devereaux - February 3, 2016 - 8:50 pm

For ‘Good’ ? lol

Ben Hurley - February 4, 2016 - 5:38 am

Sounds great

Bailey - February 4, 2016 - 7:40 am

Sounds like a great app!
I’m thinking you may need to employ an email secretary!

Michelle - February 4, 2016 - 3:57 pm

What a great app. I saw this earlier when I googled the phone number for health direct but didn’t actually look at the app itself. I wondered how useful it would be. After reading your review I downloaded it to my phone and had a proper look at it. It really is great, very helpful and easy to follow. Thanks for your review. :)

Michelle - February 6, 2016 - 7:47 am

I use the HealthDirect phone line all the time with young kids. This app is great as I can bypass all of the waiting time and long introductory messages and get straight to the assessment. Thanks for promoting this worthwhile topic :)

Anonymous - February 9, 2016 - 3:58 pm

My type a personality type isn’t coping with the u read emails and messages 😆
But I love the article, very important!

Tracey Finally Read Those Posts

Tracey was lying beside me, propped up on her elbow, staring into my eyes so purposefully I wondered if maybe I was about to get lucky…

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cathy - February 1, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Sending all my love to you both Tracey keep getting stronger xoxo

Trudi - February 1, 2016 - 10:14 pm

You both I have known for many years, either having been involved in theatre or our Thursday night Karaoke at the RSL… I count you both as being some of my oldest friends. :)

When I first learned Tracey of your health situation I was literally in shock! You were always there with one of the biggest smiles of anyone in Gympie, and Bruce our occasional meetings in town.

I am extremely relieved that you have pulled through Tracey, you have a unique family there.

If you both are in Brisbane any time soon would love to catch up over a coffee.


Donna - February 1, 2016 - 10:23 pm

Happy endings do exist. Many blessings to you all.

Bruce Devereaux - February 1, 2016 - 10:26 pm

Trudi, it would be lovely to catch up with you :)

Kylie - February 1, 2016 - 10:29 pm

Thank you for sharing… I’ve cried and laughed with you on this journey, everyones strength in this has been inspiring.

KezUnprepared - February 1, 2016 - 10:53 pm

This post is just so beautiful and every bit as moving as what you wrote while Tracey was in ICU. I can only imagine what she felt reading it all.
I think she’d agree you did amazingly and I can only imagine how much love and reassurance those kids need. You are both such great parents and role models – in time they’re going to be just fine. They know you’ve got their backs more than ever now, even if they are still anxious (understandably).
I hope you grow old together and get as wrinkly and (more) batshit crazy with age as possible.
Lots of love to you all x

shirley - February 2, 2016 - 12:50 am

Love to you both. We all hung out for Bruces updates . Feeling his every word. Thank you yet again for this update so loving and caring you both are. Best wishes to you both and your beautiful family. We are all blest for knowing yous god bless

Julia Avis - February 2, 2016 - 2:40 am

I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt I lived it with you.. hanging on every positive and dreading a negative. I don’t know you both that well but your struggle changed me and reminded me to live each day to the full. The little wave Tracey gave me the other day made my heart smile…. the only way is up xx

Wendy - February 2, 2016 - 6:52 am

I am so glad you shared Bruce as it made me realize of how hard it must of been for my hubby and kids when l was so sick over 24 years ago. …(do not pass go….Go straight to jail (hospital) in Brissy.) Not a big fan of monopoly anymore. Our lives have never been the same since, but we have one another and a big love that can never be broken.

Tracey we are so overjoyed that you woke up and are now right back where you belong with your family and friends. Thank you Bruce for sharing.
It was a pleasure to pray for you and your family and l thank God for answered prayers.

Dan - February 2, 2016 - 7:14 am

Hi there, I followed your journey and actually read quite a few posts while on night duty as an RN in an ICU. I have shared your story with our nurses in an attempt to empathise with a patients journey and also the importance of looking after the families of the person laying in that bed fighting for their life. I will share this also with other families who might Benefit from your story. Thanks so much, this blog will help more people than you know xx PS we all breathed such a sigh of relief for Tracey when she finally made it out of ICU!!

Ria - February 2, 2016 - 7:44 am

It’s was a journey so many of us followed . I laughed n cried throughout and when all started looking Ok. I laughed n cried again. Keep getting that strength Tracey. And never let go of that crazy living caring dude ur married to. Xxx

Bailey - February 2, 2016 - 8:07 am

You guys are beautiful!!! But this post gave me tears again!! So great to have you home Tracey!!
I wish I had an ICU diary for my daughters, and sons time in there. I was a jelly like mess in the corner (milking room), and don’t remember a lot.
And I think your blogs are an awesome resource for other people. Good thinking Dan!

Coral perro - February 2, 2016 - 9:00 am

Hi guys, so glad that you are getting stronger Tracey. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you throughout your ordeal. Keep strong. Bruce, you are the best. All our love.

Jess - February 2, 2016 - 11:21 am

It must be totally surreal for her to read. I can’t even imagine the emotions. Devastating moments with such a wonderful turn around. You are all such strong people.

RACHEL - February 2, 2016 - 5:39 pm

You are both amazing the love for each just oozes out when you write the love for your children is incredible i hope they look back on this blog when they are older and realize how incredibly lucky they are