The Mystery Bloggers Award

Jennifer Paetsch from Little Monster Girl nominated me for The Mystery Bloggers Award.
I know these blogger awards things are popular with some and not so much with others. I think they’re helpful to share a little link love and it’s nice to know that fellow bloggers think of one another.

The mystery bloggers award image which looks like a foggy forest at dusk Gary Lum
The mystery bloggers award

The deal with The Mystery Bloggers Award is:

  1. Post the award logo/image on your blog [see above].
  2. Thank whoever nominated you and give a link to their blog ✓
  3. Mention the creator of the award and give a link as well✓
  4. Nominate 10–20 deserving bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their blog ✓
  5. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; including one weird or funny question ✓

So, thank you, Jennifer, very much. I reckon you’re my best friend on social media. You’re a constant friend and I love your work. Please check out Jennifer at which has links to her other artistic work especially her “Little Monster Girl” and “There’s Something Wrong with Everyone” comics. Jen has also started a channel too Check it out.
This award was created by Okoto Enigma and you can find her blog here.
I’d like to nominate blogger friends who write comments on my blogs Yummy Lummy and My Thoughts and Stuff

  1. Kris from Around the Corner
  2. Rebecca from A Lover’s Musing  NSFW
  3. Sarah and Choppy from Travels with Choppy
  4. “Just Me” from Silent Fall
  5. Mabel from Mabel Kwong
  6. Irene from Irene Design 2011
  7. Spencer from Live2EatEat2Live
  8. Ana from Ana Calin
  9. Jules from Jules Rules Blog
  10. DeBorah from A Fiery Spirit


My five questions are:

  1. What is your favourite food?
  2. What one word describes you best?
  3. How do you define friendship?
  4. What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
  5. Do you like the smell of your own farts?


Now to answer Jennifer’s questions:

  1. You found something in a drawer you forgot. What is it and what is it for?
    A fob watch. It’s a watch, it tells time. I’m not sure I’ll ever use it because I always carry my iPhone with me.

  2. Favourite day of the year?
    06 June because on 6 June 1859 the colony of Queensland was established.

  3. Cake or death?
    Cake. I want cake every day.

  4. Do you prefer spicy, sweet, or savoury?
    Spicy, I really like spicy foods. I don’t like them really spicy, but I like my food to have some spiciness to it.

  5. How many pets have you had in you life and what were they? Tell us about them!
    My first dog was Trixie. She got hit by a car when I was a toddler. I had a pet fish when I was five. I can’t remember it’s name. I accidentally killed it by overfeeding it. When I was a teenager we had a bird, Sandy. I accidentally killed her when she broke her leg and she had faeces stuck to her because she couldn’t walk and I pulled too hard and prolapsed her cloaca. Between 1993 and 2005, we had a Golden Labrador Retriever. His registered name was Staphylococcus aureus. He answered to Staph. He was a beautiful dog.

Please check out all these blogs I’ve nominated.

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Easter chocolate! Workplace generosity Part III Chocolate!

Easter chocolate for the win people. Workplace generosity again I hear you exclaim! I know right! Who knew it would be possible that in three days I’d be receiving more food gifts. Forst there was the Portuguese tart and then there was the bacon.  Check out what I did with the bacon tonight in my food blog Yummy Lummy.

Today I got top deck eggs, two chocolate bunnies and an Easter egg.

Easter chocolate goodies. More workplace generosity. Gary Lum
Easter chocolate goodies. More workplace generosity.

Even better, today was a short day. We got to finish work at 3 pm. Now we have a four-day break over Easter. I understand Australia is pretty unique in offering Monday as a public holiday too. In fact, we have an abundance of public holidays. So many of them you have to wonder about the effect of them on our economy. Not that I’m complaining. I love a long weekend.

In my opinion, there are really only two dates we need to observe nationally, they are Australia Day and Anzac Day. I reckon if people want to observe a religious period they should take it off as part of their allocation of recreation leave. I’m not convinced we need a holiday for the Queen’s birthday nor do we have to have a day off for labour day when I’d prefer to work to demonstrate the value of labour. Yeah yeah, I get it, leave a comment about it if you like.

Why do we need a family and community day in Canberra? How bloody stupid is that? It’s as stupid as Canberra day. Rather than these pointless public holidays, I reckon we should have a long weekend every month except April and January. In April, Anzac Day is sacrosanct. It should be observed on the day.

On Australia Day, if someone made a decision to change the date to 1 January, I’d accept that. I know it’s controversial, but it’s easier to make peace than maintain the rage.  I’d arrange January so that either side of 1 January there would be an extra two days off. That way if people want to observe Christmas they can but on their own pay and then everyone can have a multiday celebration of Australia becoming Australia’s federation. When we become a republic, Australia day should incorporate that too and remain on 1 January.

I know these views will be controversial and if I ever become President of Australia, I will campaign on a platform of a long weekend every month except April and three days in January when it’s often a quiet period anyway.

Would you vote for me?