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I decided that if I was to blog about all of my successful antics, I should also blog about my epic failures… and so… here you go. The Basket Fail.

On Wednesday, I spent my day with a friend. The plan was to watch some musicals and do some fun Pinterest projects that we probably would never ordinarily bother to try….! I had found a link to ‘weave a basket out of newspaper‘ and thought it would be fun.

I could not have been MORE wrong.

We started out well, making the base and it looked awesome… But then………. It all went Pete Tong.

As we began to try and build the basket up, we could not for the life of us work out how it was supposed to go! At one point, I recall saying ‘Come on Jo, we are intelligent women with DEGREES, surely we can work out how to weave a flipping basket?!’. It would seem not…. apparently it takes intellect greater than that of a Nurse and Teacher!

4 and a half hours, a great deal of irritation, frustration and pure annoyance, later…. The basket was a pile of mess.

Really and truly, I have never been more frustrated. And I must confess, 2 days later i’m still rather cross.




If anyone has had absolute success with this project, please dear goodness write me a better set of instructions and pictures so I can finally crack the code. Thank you!


90536 <–  How it was SUPPOSED to look…..


IMG_20130404_155356<– It started out so promisingly….

IMG_20130404_155820<– But alas… It was not to be….

IMG_20130404_155602 <– And even the paper decided to taunt us about our failure…! ‘So near and yet so far’ It speaks truth.






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Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion..

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:-
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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