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Well, that was the holidays

While I know intellectually I’ve achieved a fair bit these holidays, at the same time it feels like the two weeks have absolutely flown by and I can’t quite believe I have to go back to work tomorrow. Luckily I love my job, so it’s not actually a huge hardship, but boyoboy, I needed that break!

IMG_9852So what HAVE we done? Well the holidays started out with a very social weekend thanks to the Aurealis Awards (I storified them here) and lots of catching up with visitors to town surrounding that. We then spent a lovely few hours on the first Monday having a barbecue with friends out at the Cotter Reserve, which we’d never been to before. But after that, other than (twice) daily swimming for the kids, I spent several days decompressing. For a while there, I just couldn’t focus on anything – I couldn’t finish a book, or even an episode of a tv show! I feel like it was a ridiculously busy term, and even though I enjoyed the work I was doing, what with finishing two books to bring out in March and April on top of everything else, plus Swancon over Easter (and a weekend work conference the week before that), I was just fried. I did very little during the first week but read books and hang out with the kids. I had really hoped to meet up with a few people for drinks, but I had trouble even dealing with emails for a few days, let alone real human interaction.

However, by the beginning of the second week, I started feeling a bit more normal. I went to see Cinderella with Miss 9 (it was, hmm, nice. Yep, that’s about it) on the Monday when husband was (far to briefly) home. Master 2 was at daycare each day still, and Master 5 had daily swimming lessons for the holidays, which got us out of the house nice and early each day. He had a teacher to himself too, which was great! M9 had regular squad the first week each afternoon, but three half day stroke clinics Tues/Wed/Thurs of the second week, so we spent a fair bit of time shuttling back and forth to the pool.

I had some goals for the break, and I’m actually pretty pleased with what I got done.

  • cleaned bathroom ceiling (took about half an hour after I put it off for several months!)
  • cleaned bathrooms
  • cleaned out and sorted all the kids’ cupboards
  • cleaned up kids’ bedrooms
  • sorted out bookcases and displayed pewter and crystal at last
  • completely finished washing/folding/ironing AND putting everything away
  • organised 2013-2014 tax for accountant (at LAST)
  • sent out a bunch of books to purchasers and reviewers etc
  • set the ball rolling for some new publishing projects
  • facilitated playdates for children
  • watched an AWFUL lot of “television”
  • saw Avengers: Age of Ultron (with the bigger kids)
  • rebuilt the FableCroft website
  • read a bunch of books
  • started the process to call for judges for the 2015 Aurealis Awards, and worked on a few things behind the scenes
  • spend an awful lot of time on Twitter and Facebook
  • hung out with the kids

There was probably more, but that’s what I can remember!

IMG_9804And now I’m back to work for what will probably be another busy term (they always are!) but should be lots of fun too. I have a staff retreat the second week back, which will hopefully keep my batteries charged. Once more unto the breach!

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The holidays are over, and what have we done?

Well, for starters, I spent SEVERAL DAYS driving several children across three states. We left on the first Wednesday of the holidays, and surprised Mum & Dad by turning up on their doorstep, which was fun. Then my husband decided he didn’t need to be in Tassie after Saturday, and I thought “Ooh, good opportunity to share the driving!” so he flew up to Toowoomba. Which mean I drove 3 hours to collect him, then 3 hours back. Which was fine, because I thought, well, instead of leaving Tuesday as I’d planned, we could stay the extra day then just do the trip in one day on Wednesday. HA! No no, instead, he says “Why don’t we go to Byron Bay and visit Marty & Kath? Today.” So we packed up the gear and drove to Byron Bay, and stayed Monday and Tuesday nights with them. Thing is, it’s about as far from Byron Bay to Canberra as it is from Miles to Canberra, so that was an extra day’s travelling tacked on. And THEN he says, “Oh, and I’m taking a new vehicle back to Canberra for the business.” So now do I not only have an extra day’s travel, I ALSO NO LONGER HAVE A CO-DRIVER! *sigh* I still love him though. Anyway, so all that meant instead of getting back to Canberra on Wednesday, we got back Friday late afternoon. Which THEN meant I lost those extra couple of days I’d planned to work. Ah well. I got a fair bit achieved, including some more boxes unpacked today, all the washing done and the kids’ rooms cleaned. Plus some edits and a few other bits and bobs. Not as much as I’d hoped, but enough I don’t feel I wasted the holidays!

 

  • Edits for many, many stories. Announce and advance a couple of other projects in the works. Apply for a grant. (all FableCroft things) – got a bit of this done. We published Tansy’s first collection of essays, 50 Roman Mistresses and are almost finished with another collection as well, which is great. Got started on edits, and announced the tables of contents for INSERT TITLE HERE and PHANTAZEIN.
  • Interviews for a blog project. Done!
  • Write about eight zillion reviews (books and TV). – Erm, well, we did publish one Doctor Who review and two Eddings Reread reviews. Though I had many many more to do…
  • WA School Library Journal layout. – let’s not speak of this.
  • Application for Google Teacher Academy in Sydney. – half done, but not advanced since going away.
  • Sort and dispose of several boxes of toys. – Nup.
  • Catch up with friends. I can claim a little of this, but they are QLD friends, rather than Canberra ones! Really missed seeing some of our new local friends. Will have to devote some weekend time to that! Did get a cuppa with Donna yesterday, which was nice!
  • Paperwork/tax stuff. – ahem. No.
  • Keep up with emails – Not too bad!

It could have been worse. It could have been better. If we hadn’t gone away, I would have got loads more done, but you know what? We had fun. And the kids would have been bored staying here! Hopefully next hols they’ll have some friends they can spend some time with here, but I think we made the right choice.

 

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Keeping me honest

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My holiday plans kind of went askew, because I decided to drive up to Queensland to spend a few days at Mum & Dad’s farm. The kids are having a ball, and though the temperatures are pretty frosty in the mornings, the sun is gorgeous! Master 1 is spending hours at a time outside, playing with the dogs and wandering the yard. Master 4 has decided he can’t be shown up by the baby and has overcome his concern about the dogs and also playing nicely, AND he caught the first fish of the holiday, much to Master 11’s disgust. Miss 8 spent the day at work with Granna on Friday being helpful, and has adopted one of the dogs as her personal friend. Master 11 has been fishing and bike riding with abandon and he and Grandpop have just disappeared to an offsite fishing spot, so he’s super happy. Of course, two days of driving (more than 1100km) and another two days of driving still to go home again has enshortened my break somewhat, but I’ll keep plugging away!

In the interests of keeping me honest, here’s my holiday list again, with a WHOLE POINT ticked off!

  • Edits for many, many stories. Announce and advance a couple of other projects in the works. Apply for a grant. (all FableCroft things)
  • Interviews for a blog project. Done! Well, the first part, anyway :)
  • Write about eight zillion reviews (books and TV).
  • WA School Library Journal layout.
  • Application for Google Teacher Academy in Sydney.
  • Sort and dispose of several boxes of toys.
  • Catch up with friends. I can claim a little of this, but they are QLD friends, rather than Canberra ones! 
  • Paperwork/tax stuff.
  • Keep up with emails – already struggling with that, but please bear with me! Actually, I’m happy with where things stand for this, despite the blow out of travel days. 

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School holidays

It’s school holidays and I feel like I’ve kind of fallen off the internet in my mad efforts to get ALL THE THINGS DONE in the two week break before ploughing back into my full-time and full-on job. I’ve spent most of the first few days cleaning, washing clothes (had to wash two boxes of clothes that got damp – luckily discovered before any damage was done!) and unpacking/moving boxes around. Also managed to get my hair done today (at LAST) and the kids got haircuts yesterday too – all looking very smart now. So, what else do I plan (hope) to achieve before school goes back?

  • Edits for many, many stories. Announce and advance a couple of other projects in the works. Apply for a grant. (all FableCroft things)
  • Interviews for a blog project.
  • Write about eight zillion reviews (books and TV).
  • WA School Library Journal layout.
  • Application for Google Teacher Academy in Sydney.
  • Sort and dispose of several boxes of toys.
  • Catch up with friends.
  • Paperwork/tax stuff.
  • Keep up with emails – already struggling with that, but please bear with me!

Sure, that’s doable, right?

 

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Still here!

I’m just going to list the things I’ve been doing instead of blogging, because that might explain why I haven’t been blogging…

  • Marking university assignments and sessional tutoring (two different universities).
  • Writing a subject for Charles Sturt University’s new Masters degree.
  • Reading approximately 8 million books on a deadline for CBCA Book of the Year Awards.
  • Wrangling Aurealis Awards judging.
  • Publishing several books since October.
  • Edited final copy of WA School Library Association journal for 2013 (plus reporting for AGM).
  • Organising birthdays for several of us and Christmas at home for us and a bunch of friends.
  • Trying to maintain a semi-organised and clean house of six people.
  • Maintaining an active social schedule for the children…
  • Applying for several jobs. Failing to get shortlisted for a single Tasmanian one (Tas-mate-ia…), but getting flown up to Canberra for an interview for a fantastic position in a lovely school and being offered the job on the spot. No, we aren’t moving at this stage – I’m going FIFO while David is house-husband!

And probably other stuff I’ve forgotten because I’ve been too damn busy!

Goals for the next four weeks before I start my new job:

  • Sort out and cull the zillions of boxes still not unpacked.
  • Tidy out the kids’ rooms & cupboards.
  • Find a small studio/bedsit/unit to live in while in Canberra.
  • Edit forthcoming FableCroft novel.
  • Sort out (with Tansy) Cranky Ladies pitches for FableCroft.
  • E-publish final Glenda Larke novel in the Isles of Glory trilogy.
  • Finish the final touches on the unit writing for uni.
  • Hang out with kids.
  • Read more CBCA books.
  • Wrangle shortlists for Aurealis Awards.

That should do it!

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