It’s already Saturday! Second last day of the holidays to boot! Now I have to think what I’ve been doing…
Wednesday – Hosted a unit writing meeting here for a new undergraduate teacher librarian course that ECU look to be implementing as part of their school of education. This is a pretty big thing because presently in Australia, one can only become a qualified TL by post-graduate studies, so it’s something I’m delighted to be in on the ground floor of. I’m also pleased to see it will come under the Education umbrella, because library studies are often part of the computer or information science branches, which means a very different thing. Was a very productive meeting with two very knowledgable and interesting women.
Thursday – We started out with haircuts for the big kids, progressed to buying school shoes for the big kids, then braved the first day of the Target toy sale. I had seen that they had a good deal on DSi consoles, and I must have been in the right mood, because both children scored a new one. Am proud of myself that we bought nothing else though! We then made our way to Mandurah for lunch with the Battersby clan (sans Father Battersby), along with Sarah Parker (sans kids!). Was a most pleasant couple of hours. Bub was pretty knackered by the time we got in the car though!
Friday – My final work(ish) commitment of the holidays – took myself up to the State Library for the WA Premier’s Book Awards judging conference. A room full of learned, avid readers, particularly my fellow YA and Children’s judges (Mif, past CBCA and current Aurealis Awards judge, who I’ve been working with online for some time and have met in person a couple of times; Judi J, who was CBCA judge last year and someone I’ve been communicating with online for a while; and Bev, bookseller extraordinaire, who, even though she’s local, I rarely see!). The conference was good, with some very pleasing results (sorry, you’ll have to wait until September 30 for those!) but it was quite funny to see all the other judges disappear afterwards while me and the team swanned off to lunch together, for more mad book yakking :) Was great. Dropped Mif to the airport afterwards, then made the mistake of not checking my Perth Traffic twitter feed before merrily heading home down the Kwinana freeway, which slowed to a crawl backed up on Roe, before a dead stop for ages halfway to Rockingham. A 50 minute trip turned into three hours. Lucky I had podcasts to keep me company! If I’d only stayed on Tonkin, I would have been home for a couple of hours kid-free time! Ah well. Thanks Writer and the Critic and Galactic Chat for keeping me company!
Saturday – Managed to get a relatively early night last night (desperately needed, and sorry to Helen for cancelling plans) which turned into a relative sleep in this morning, when the baby didn’t wake until after 7! Nice. Discovered that husband’s red eye flight was horribly delayed last night due to fog in Melbourne. My phone had updated and locked the SIM, which I didn’t realise meant no incoming calls or messages! Oops. Ah well, he got there in the end, although I’m pretty sure today would have been a write off for him.
We had a home open this morning. It’s not good that I like the fill-in agent better than our regular one (who’s on holidays) is it? Ah well. Starting to consider alternatives to selling – the market is just dead. Of course, we’ll make a decision on that and we’ll probably get an offer the next day! Still thinking, anyway.
And that’s me up to date. I’m feeling pretty chuffed that I’m keeping up my reading/reviewing/judging commitments, as well as having some reading for fun time. And squeezing in a bit of Doctor Who as well :) Hmmm, sounds like a plan for tonight – ironing in front of Doctor Who on the big screen – love my new cables!