Monthly Archives: April 2010

14 Weeks

Well, the sleeping has been pretty good – I was out til after 7pm last night though and I don’t think hubby followed the semi-routine we’ve been keeping (ie: staying up til at least 6.30pm!) which resulted in a 3.30am feed again last night, but otherwise, bub’s been doing well! I’m delighted. He’s a lovely little thing – some days he’ll quite happily lay on his mattress and play with his hands for hours (particularly when his big brother or sister and lying with him). Today he was crying when I was trying to get dressed, so I picked him up and put him on the bed, where he immediately broke into big grins – he remembered the "bouncey bounce" game! Bouncey bounce then evolved into gently pulling him up into a sitting position, mostly lowering him down with a little teeny drop to the mattress at the end – giggles galore! He’s becoming a wonderful time waster. πŸ™‚

The PD on Australian Curriculum last weekend was very good, and we’ve already received the draft submission that has come out of it, which I have commented on and sent back. The family visit was also lovely – cousin’s new house in the hills is in a gorgeous spot. Sad to see Mum go, but we’ll be seeing her and Dad in September. This week has seen me try to start a bit back to a bit of a healthier lifestyle, and bub and I and various children (depending on whether hubby’s home and what they’re doing!) have been going for big walks (which bub LOVES) almost every day. It’s been very nice actually. Also called into my school on Tuesday to let the Deputy know I’m available a few days a fortnight for relief teaching and to catch up with some friends. Other than that, have received three boxes of books for a thing I’m doing (will announce next week, promise!), have a few more reviews done, finished my Andre Norton Award nominees interviews (sadly never received details for two of the nominees, but I was really happy with the ones I got to do), and saw movies! Am now going to go write two more reviews. And I really better start the WASLA newsletter soon…

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Have had a two movies in the last two days (plus we got Avatar on Blue-Ray on Wednesday – two days before release, super cheap from Target!). Yesterday afternoon I took Master Seven to Iron Man 2 in GOLD Class as a bit of a special treat. He really enjoyed the whole experience and LOVED the movie. "Better than the first one – more machines!" says he. I liked it too, but didn’t think it was quite as good as the first. I love Robert Downey Jr in these movies (pretty much any movies he’s made lately actually), and thought Mickey Rourke was pretty good too actually. And War Machine (Rhodey) rocked πŸ™‚ Got my geek on – sorry I missed the Swancon36 showing in Belmont a couple of hours later, but that was just a bit far and a bit late for me! 

Today I took my husband (and the baby – big kids both at school) to see the Australian World War I film Beneath Hill 60 – this was excellent and I highly recommend it. Powerful, sad, funny, frighteningly gritty, and very well put together. The only possible flaw was that the acting was a bit, hmmm, naive? But the actors were very sincere in their naivety, and it kind of worked anyway! I loved it. I will be buying in for my dad for Christmas.

And now despite the three boxes of books I have to read (I have three months – no, not telling yet – hopefully next week I can say!), I also have the telemovie and three series of Battlestar Galactica to watch at some stage. Dunno how that happened – will see how I like it before committing to the whole thing.

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Good baby is good!

Baby slept from 6.30pm to 5am, had a quick feed, then slept til 8.30! Yay! Unfortunately, because of stupid AFL on Ch 7 last night, Bones and Castle didn’t finish until midnight, and I didn’t go to sleep until at least 12.30. Ah well, at least I got more sleep than I would have if he’d kept his previously usual hours!

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KSP Mini-Con Sunday May 2, 2010

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It’s getting better by the day. There will be panels peopled by some of Perth’s finest speculative fiction writers and publishers. You’ll be able to buy a range of books from Fantastic Planet and indie publishers Ticonderoga Publications and Twelfth Planet Press as well as from local authors. And, of course, there are the kaffeeklatsches – but you’ll have to be early to book into those. Numbers are limited.

Just to remind you, the details for the KSP Mini Con are:

Where: Katharine Susannah Writers Centre, 11 Old York Rd, Greenmount

When: Sunday, May 2, from 10:00 am ’til 5:00 pm.

Entry: Adults $5.00 Family pass $10.00

There’ll be snacks and tea and coffee available at a reasonable price.

Here’s the programme:

10:00: Casting Call: heroes, villains and monsters. Hal Colebatch, Toby Coulstock, Liz Grzyb, Bevan McGuiness and Carol Ryles (mod)

11:00: Writing Intensives e.g. Clarions, Writers of the Future: do they work? Lee Battersby, Lyn Battersby, Carol Ryles, Helen Venn and Annette Backshall (mod)
(or you can attend a Kaffeeklatsch on Nanowrimo with Elaine Kemp and Sarah Parker )

12:00: Stuck in the Mud: Writers’ block/painting characters into a corner: Stephen Dedman, Sue Isle, David Kitson, Bevan McGuiness and Annette Backshall (mod)

1:00: Should WA writers use WA settings? Lee Battersby, Adrian Bedford, Stephen Dedman, Juliet Marillier and Russell B. Farr (mod)

2:00: Romance in Fantasy: Lyn Battersby, Satima Flavell, Elaine Kemp, David Kitson and Sarah Parker (mod)

3:00: World Building: Dave Luckett, Bevan McGuinness, Helen Venn and Carol Ryles (mod)
(or you can attend a Kaffeeklatsch on E-publishing with Elaine Kemp and Tehani Wesseley)

4:00: Turkey City Lexicon: Have some fun with overused tropes of SF. Russell B. Farr, David Kitson, Dave Luckett, Ian Nichols and Annette Backshall (mod)

Hope to see you there

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Weight Watch Week 1

I’m going to do this.

Start Weight: 107 kg
Goal Weight: 80 kg
Need to lose 27kg
Would like to meet this goal by September 1, 2010 (Worldcon)
Four months and 1 week. Approximately 17 weeks, approximately 1.6 kg per week.

Bust: 133cm
Waist: 107cm
Hips: 130cm
Thighs: 74cm
Upper Arm: 36cm

Strategies: Eat less! Portion control is important. Eat more fruit & veg. Cut out the crap! Exercise! Take Max for walks on the beach. Take kids for bike rides. Walk to shopping centre for bread & milk etc. Go swimming when David is home.

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