Monthly Archives: June 2010

We shall call it a lovely weekend…

 … in which I socialise and enjoy family time but don’t achieve very much of anything else at all.

We started yesterday with mummy-pancakes followed by a visit to the Hyundai dealer. A visit that was supposed to entail a test drive and some chatting turned into a somewhat extended and rather expensive visit. We will next week take possession of a two year old eight-seater IMAX (which makes me giggle on so MANY levels!). It was also expensive because hubby dropped his iPhone on the asphalt and shattered the screen *sigh* Lucky Twitter came up with a solution to the problem (iPhone doctor in Sydney – about an eighth of the price to replace), and when we got home I found an old 3G phone that still sort of works, which means I don’t have to give MINE up for a week while he’s at work! Oh, and Master Seven lost his third tooth, which is a top front one, and now looks like a complete thug!

From there we went to AquaJetty and all enjoyed a lovely indoor swim – Bub had his FIRST swim (dressed fetchingly in his sister’s old swimming cossie cos I can’t find the boy-ish ones!) and thoroughly enjoyed it! Lucky he’s so chubby, he didn’t get cold at all! He also enjoyed his first shower – he’s only had baths at home, so the pool shower was a novel experience :) Big kids went up and down the slide about a million times – wore them out nicely.

After ducking home to drop the family off I went off to the shops to try to find a post office open to send off iPhone (no luck). Ended up in Target instead and got a super bargain on a new baby thingie – it’s called a "Backyard Bounce Bounce Baby" and it looks kind of like a walker except it’s stationary (which I like). Bub’s feet can push against the inset base to bounce :) Half price! Bargain.

Hubby and Master Seven went to the (very infrequent) Rugby League NRL game up in Perth with Miss Four’s best friend’s older brother and dad in the evening, and bub, M4 and I spent a couple of hours at their place. Packed them home about 7.30pm, and actually went to bed at a reasonable hour! Boys came home about 10.30pm I think – thoroughly enjoyed it, even though they froze!

Today started a bit slowly. Hubby and son were a bit weary after their "late" night (hee, I remember when 10.30 was the time the night BEGAN!), but eventually we bundled into the car and drove to the local rugby field to watch the 9 year old friend from Sat night play his own local game. He’s actually quite good, and very suited to League. Was pretty chilly, and when it started to rain, we bailed. My philosophy is when it’s not your kid, you’re not obligated to stay when it rains! We headed to Mandurah and fleetingly visited  /  and   to drop off Tupperware. Then we ended up at Hogsbreath for lunch (kids free, and nicer than Rockingham’s).

Came home from there to head straight to a Tupperware party (one of the bookings from my party) which was fun. Home again, then off up to Perth to have dinner at one of hubby’s work mate’s place! Turns out it was for his birthday – he wasn’t going to say anything but his cousin was with us and blew the secret! Was very pleasant and big kids were good, even though their kids are 9 & 13 – nice family. Bub was a bit cranky though – think he’d had enough of being out this weekend!

And so it’s now Sunday night and I’m folding washing that somehow got done throughout the weekend, am marvelling at the fact that eating away from home three times in six meals means there’s very few dishes to do, and figuring out what I need to do before bed to make sure tomorrow runs smoothly (I’m working!). And very little else got done. Managed to send off some proofs for Australis Imaginarium, and input all recommendations for the Eligible Works for the Ditmars spreadsheet as they came, and a bit of judging reading. But boy howdy, hasn’t the end of JUNE come around quickly!!

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Week 22

Seems to have been a productive week.   gave me a shock about deadlines so I kicked Australis Imaginarium into gear and have now got the lineup almost finalised. Waiting on a couple of responses, still making a decision on two or three stories, have eight laid out and almost completely proofed. I think my artist fell off the world, which is sad (I had a whole bunch of gorgeous landscapes paintings lined up…) but not the end of the world. After all, I have a beautiful Shaun Tan cover, which delights me :) I’ve also powered through a bunch of my judging books, and am down to my last handful of YA books. Quite a lot of kids ones left, but they take less time and intensity! I worked a half day on Wednesday, and am booked for Monday too. I had a meeting with my principal and have a really good resolution about my return to work when my leave ends in Term 4 (five days a fortnight in Term 4 then three days per week as of Term 1 next year with late starts to accommodate kid drop offs at school – my school ROCKS). 

Master Seven got his report for his first semester of guitar this week, and he’s doing okay. He needs to practice more :) Miss Four is now going to ballet on her own as her little buddy quit, and while she whinges about this a bit beforehand, she is actually doing much better in class (which doesn’t surprise me). Bub is getting better with his hands and has started picking up toys from his chest and wriggling them about in front of him. He’s not been sleeping all that well, but I think that’s the cold more than anything.

Today was the day of blogging – uploaded a guest blog post by Paul Collins about his story in Worlds Next Door, "A Wizard in Trouble". I then formatted and uploaded some more teaching materials to the Worlds Next Door site, and did a special blog I’ve been sitting on for a while (was submitted to an external site as a guest blog post but they’ve not responded to queries and I didn’t want to waste it!) about book covers.

Oh, and Ditmar nominations opened this week! Nominate nominate nominate! Anyone active in fandom can nominate (only members of last year’s Natcon and this year’s – called Dudcon – can vote on the final shortlists though), so go do it! To help you out,
I’ve created a spreadsheet of eligible works – please email me more stuff that’s eligible if you know of it, particularly in the Special and Fan categories, and also any errors!

We went to see Shrek Forever After (in 3D for lack of choice) at the cinema this afternoon which everyone, including the bubba, really enjoyed! He’s very good in movies. He watched from his pram for ages, fell asleep, woke up for a bottle, then watched the rest (quite interactively!) on my knee :)

This weekend I’m attending a Tupperware party on Sunday and then we’re going to one of hubby’s work mate’s houses for dinner. Think I’d better scoot down to Mandurah tomorrow to drop some Tupperware off too, and hubby and Master Seven are off to the Rugby League in the city tomorrow night. Not TOO full up…

Still a lot to do, but working on it :)

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It’s Ditmar time again!

DITMARS: I’ve made a GoogleDoc that includes all the Aurealis Awards entries from 2009, split (mostly!) into Ditmar categories. Figured it was as good a place as any to start. Please email or message me or comment to add more eligible stuff, change the categories (particularly short story to novella), or remove! Feel free to share this link!

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AhAUWipZqrNWdFljalBZWmJwSnc1cTJVT2s0ZnlMLVE&hl=en_GB

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Week 21 (on time for once!)

 I’ve been sick this past three days. And my kids totally stepped up! Miss Four was a legend, playing peacefully or watching telly on her own while I caught a few naps while Bub was napping on Wednesday, when it first hit, and all three of them were so good when I felt so rotten. I’m heaps better today, but got nothing done cos Bub has a touch of it now, and was alternately screaming and sleeping for much of the day. A little frustrating as it’s one of only two days I’ve just got him home, and I usually get lots done, but I completely understand how he’s feeling, poor bub. 

I had planned to go see my auntie, who’s just out of hospital from major surgery, this weekend, but spoke to my uncle and said we’d best not, in case we’re still buggy – big kids haven’t shown any symptoms yet, so whether it’s bypassed them or whether it’s coming is too much of a risk to take! So no real plans now, other than a visit to Miss Four’s best friend’s house on Sunday to meet their new puppy. So might just spend the weekend catching up on washing and ironing etc, and hopefully lots of reading for Australis Imaginarium! And I really need to get some podcasts done. Hopefully will feel up to that tomorrow night!

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Weight Watch

So I suck at this. I hate what I look like and feel like right now, hate that I’ve let myself GET like this, none of my nice clothes fit, and I STILL can’t commit to exercise and cracking down on the bad eating! However, being sick has one silver lining – I’ve lost two kilos this last couple of days. *sigh* Am starting to get some energy back, so will work on getting out walking again. Feel completely blah and feel I might need to resort to desperate measures (ie: some stupid weight loss programme!) when that’s what I’m really trying to avoid, partly because of cost, partly because of non-sustainability. Need a kick in the butt really. 

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