Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
One of the upsides of Jack being at school is that he and Hamish don't spend enough time together to get annoyed with each other anymore. So although we still have the wrestling (oh my do we have the wrestling) we have far less bickering and the boys are generally really sweet together.
That's me!!! The woman who finds the silver lining *grin*
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
The woman who lives across the road from us is utterly and delightfully quirky (aka mad). She is in her late 60s, I think, and an artist. She lives alone, her husband lives around the corner in another house. Which I think I have mentioned before, sometimes sounds like a great idea.
The other day she invited Hamish and I over for a cup of tea on the chair in the air. I just figured that that was a euphemism. But after the tea was made we wandered outside and there, above her veranda was a deck chair. There was a permanent ladder going up between two sheets of that see through corrugate then a platform built between the beams and bolted on top was the deck chair, with a hole for the umbrella. (Hopefully pictures to come)
Why? Is the first question you may want to ask and I did. To which her answer was "because I wanted to see the view and so I thought why not"
Well why not indeed! It got me thinking why don't we put more passion and creativity into our houses? I mean we all put a lot of those things into the interior. So why aren't we more creative with the structure itself.
When we had our first meeting with our architect he asked me for the things that were on my wish list no matter how crazy so I said:
- Polished concrete floors
- A wall of book shelves
- An outdoor shower
The first two are easy and fairly doable but the outdoor shower (when you live in the inner city) is a bit more tricky. Andrew mentioned that we could just put a shower in the backyard, but that wasn't what I meant. Picture the whole tropical holiday indoor outdoor shower thing and you've got the idea.
When we got the plans back, sure enough there it was. This little courtyard that my shower overlooked and a big glass door that would open out into it. I don't know if it will end up in the final product (if the final product ever actually happens lol) but this little quirk is the thing that I am most excited about. Its the thing that takes our potential home out of the norm and fulfills my little, albeit crazy, dream. Its my chair in the air. What's yours?
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
I'm pretty open about the fact that I see a shrink. I started when Hamish was young and I was verging on post natal depression and still go once every 5 weeks or so. Sometimes I wonder if its time to stop going. But then I'll have one of those weeks where and appointment overlaps with me needing a debrief and I decide for the time being maybe therapy is a good idea.
The thing is I have a love/hate relationship with my shrink. She is not your hugs and lollypops type of therapist. She is hard, she makes me work hard. Sometimes that is exactly what I want. Other times I really want someone softer, more in line with my ideologies who I don't have to explain myself to so much. Truth is though someone that makes me work might not always be what I want but I do think its exactly who I need.
The above picture is a photo of the waiting room. Its awful. It smells old, it has old faded pictures on walls that are painted a colour somewhere between grey and cream, it has talk back radio playing and the newest magazine is from June 2008. It could be the most depressing room I have ever been in. It just seems so wrong to have a waiting room like that in a Psychiatrist office. I mean really if I wasn't already in therapy that room could send me over the edge *grin*
(NOTE: pointless post really but it was written while waiting for my shrink. Do these people ever think that leaving unstable clients waiting might not be the best of ideas?)
Monday, 15 February 2010
Today after school Jack and I went to preschool to get Hamish. Jack saw one of his old teachers that has been away for a while. She was asking him about school.
Teacher: Are you liking school?
T: What are you doing and learning?
J: They are teaching me how to read so that I can read books to other people
That's my gorgeous boy! He is so giving that even learning to read is so he can give to others
(Look he sure ain't perfect, but oh boy does his heart make mine sing)
As for my little one. Of course he is gorgeous and loving preschool at the moment. On the way there this morning he announced loudly to the whole car "I love all my teachers so much mummy, I want to give them a kiss and invite them to my monkey birthday (which is apparently very soon)"
(Is it overkill if I tell you all what a lucky mummy I am again?)
I often feel that I am behind the eight ball when it comes to pop culture. I blame this on motherhood most of the time, but really I didn't give these things a lot of time even before kids. I'd like to though.
But where to start when your this far behind? Where do the people in the know get their know?
Today I decide to blog about what I am currently reading watching and listening to but please note I am, as usual, behind the eight ball.
My external hard drive died a week or so ago so at the moment I am stuck listening to the few things that I popped on my iPod pre its death. Luckily they were my all time favourites and the few new albums I downloaded recently
- Portishead, Dummy
- Kate Miller-Heidke, Curiouser
- The Cure, Greatest Hits
- Clouds, Octopus
- Emilana Torrini, Fisherman's Woman
- Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Live Art
The one good thing about the death of the external hard drive is that the kids movies are also currently unavailable. This means that we are both having to watch less kids TV but also looking at the video store again for kids movies and therefore adult movies/shows as well.
- House (Season 3), the first two episodes were fresh but I have to wonder if that was all the new stuff the show had for us this season.
- Howl's Moving Castle & Spirited Away, these are both brilliant and I'm loving how much both of the kids are loving them as well.
- Buffy (Season 7), an oldie but a goodie I love having something light, trashy and familiar to watch after I have woken up
- Dollshouse (Season 2), I lost the first few episodes that I had downloaded in the hard drive crash of 2010 but luckily it is playing on Foxtel.
-The Vampire Diaries, as with Dollshouse I have lost a few episodes but I'm now back up to where I was thanks to Foxtel
- 10,000 BC, so crap I turned it off after 1/2 hour cause I just didn't care.
- Big Love (Season 3)
- Lastly I have Defying Gravity and some Mystery Theatre 2000 to watch when times are tight. I'm so excited to watch them but I really need some quiet kid free time so I can pay attention to them.
I am trying some new things this year. Firstly I'm trying to catch up on some classics. Secondly I'm trying to get into some of the comics I have been wondering about. Both of which are lots of fun. The following are just the books I currently have on my bedside table.
- Sandman comics
- The Books of Magic comics
- Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monster
- Wonders of a Godless World
- We Need to Talk about Kevin
- American Gods
So that's my last week in a very large nutshell. What are you L/W/R? Anything your loving that I don't know about? Come on people in the know, share the knowing :)
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Friday, 12 February 2010
You might remember the ring that I had to give back because it didn't fit? And then I found exactly the same ring for a few dollars at my second hand trawl? Well today I was given the other ring that I picked. It was in a beautiful little white box and as I went to open it I started worrying that it may not fit. Well I need not have worried it fits like a glove and I absolutely love it !!! Just had to show it off in the bloggershpere (is that how you spell that) oh and it was called a lava ring hence the post subject !!
Thursday, 11 February 2010
- our toilet is outside
- at last count we have 9 separate leaks
- we have no insulation making upstairs hot in summer and downstairs cold in winter
- we have a bathroom with an unsealed brick floor which comes in handy seeing that there is no drainage so when the bath/shower leaks (which it does every time you use it) it just seeps into the bricks over the next few hours.
- the skirting boards don't meet the floor, which makes for an easy pathway for slugs and other crawlies to enter the house
- our front veranda is barely managing to stay attached to the house so we are not allowed to stand on it
- we have cracked floorboards and holes in the ceiling and walls
- there is no where near enough space for two adults two growing boys and two large dogs
And trust me I could continue ...
Recently we got some plans back from our architect. They are beautiful:
- a large open plan kitchen, lounge, dining (seeing we have no dining table this is a huge improvement).
- not one but two toilets. Both inside! one of which is in a lovely bathroom that has drainage and a shower that overlooks the tops of the trees and opens onto a secluded (tiny) courtyard so I can finally have my dream indoor/outdoor shower
- an extra bedroom, so we have a boys room, adults room, play room, and study (at the moment playroom and study are both the same room, not really working for anyone)
- one wall dedicated to bookshelves
- most importantly unless we have picked shonky builders it should be leak free, partially bug resistant and all together more comfortable
The funny thing is as much as I love a good whinge about the state of our house it is still our home. All of the things that get up my nose are still, even after 8 years, just minor irritations. Most of the time I can still even laugh about it.
Monday, 8 February 2010
Me: So are you loving school?
J: (wiggling in bed being a nutter) Yep! And I'm not even scared anymore.
Me: (slightly shocked as he didn't look scared at all) When were you scared baby?
J: A long time ago when you first started telling me I was going to big school I felt scared.
Me: What happened to make you not scared anymore?
J: I realised that all my friends were going to be there then I stopped being scared and just felt excited. I'm really liking school mumma (big grin)
After all the emotions of last week its these type of conversations that let me know, as hard as it was, we made the right decision for us.
Friday, 5 February 2010
Good lord what a week. There has been so much to get used to and process that I feel like I could sleep all weekend just to recover.
Jack on the other hand is doing splendidly. He has amazed me at every turn with how centered he is about this whole process and I can't explain how much that has eased my mind. In fact I haven't cried for two days now which is an improvement compared my teary breakdowns hourly at the beginning of the week.
They have finally figured out the classes and Jacks seems to be filled with lovely children and very caring teachers. All in all the first week has done a lot to ease my mind.
So all that's left now is to get my head around the 9am starts and missing my boy and were in clover.