The week that was…week 44: the finger of fete…or something like that.

2013-10-21 07.59.58Sebastian’s team’s victory meant he got to go to school wearing his team shirt and his medal. He was pretty proud.

Warning to the squeamish – finger photo below.












2013-10-21 09.51.57Went back to see the plastic surgeon to have the finger checked out. It looked like it was healing well so was sent away with instructions to get the dressing changed every two days. So some significant portion of the week was spent at the doctor’s surgery, getting dressing changed or just waiting about.

2013-10-21 10.45.39I liked my welcome back to the office. They really do know me.

2013-10-21 13.24.52And of course, being hopeless, I got lunch on my nice white bandage the very same day I got it. Whoops. But it is hard to not have that finger get in the way.

2013-10-21 18.33.38The cat being comfortable.

2013-10-22 15.30.14And the favourite sitting spot of the birds outside work.

I got to enjoy the sculptures of Ainslie while waiting to go to the doctor’s.

2013-10-23 15.22.33New bandage! At least I could bend my finger now a bit.

2013-10-23 08.07.21Sebastian got his NAPLAN results and seems to be doing OK. His persuasive writing has crept up from year three so he got less of a hard time from his parents who both earn a living from persuasive writing.

2013-10-23 18.46.03Wednesday night was Dishonour Roller training and we struggled to lay a track right.

2013-10-24 08.09.11On Thursday I was back to the usual routine of walking Zacky to school early for choir.

2013-10-24 17.18.21And there is nothing like an unexpected opportunity for a quick beer after work.

Saturday was super busy – we had assessments for swimming lessons and then it was off to the Turner fete where we bumped into Steve and Shell and Fritha.

I then had a baby shower to attend before heading off to our bout. Sebastian took the fuzzy photo.

2013-10-26 20.21.35And after a bout, and an after party, and a long week back at work, I had a very relaxed Sunday, except for the washing. And watching small boys play Candyland.

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A Good Day to Skate Hard: Dishonour Rollers versus The Force

2013-10-26 20.21.26The best fun we’ve had losing – that certainly summed up last night. We knew that last night’s bout against S2D2 was going to be really tough and the team had worked hard in the lead up to be prepared to play both our best physical and strategic game. Preparations had been made more stressful by the fact that our planned merby double header didn’t come off – SMASH! who were going to send some guys up to bout just didn’t have the numbers free to come and so we had to quickly reorganise to have a roller soccer game instead.

Anyhow, when the match came we were ready. It was such a close game, so hard fought with the lead changing a number of times. Everyone worked really hard but I have to give a special mention to Lasseration who jammed her heart out and seemed to be on every time there was a power jam. We were leading into the final jam, which only happened because S2D2 called a time out. Then they forced a cut on poor Reaper (who played brilliantly all night) and we couldn’t hold them up for long enough to win. Final score: 145 to 152. But what a finish. And so exciting. best of all – so much fun. I think everyone on both teams had a great time, and the game was played with such good spirits all round. As usual the best bout photos are found elsewhere – Steve Craddock already has a great album up. So the photos below are my various impressionistic snapshots.

And the after party was won by karaoke, again.

Snapshot: sleeping styles

2013-10-21 22.09.53It is a little bit distrubing to find a child with two blankets over his head and his feet hanging out of the bed, fast asleep. I am not sure I could sleep like that.

The week that was…week 43: fingers and minds

2013-10-14 10.50.56So started the week back at Canberra Hospital. I must say that the greatest pain experienced during this entire episode came when they attempted to remove the bandage from the night before. Worst. Pain. Ever. After some crying and screaming I got a local anaesthetic, after which all was fine. They told me then that all the theatres were booked out for the day so to go away and come back the next day. If you want to see the finger in all its gory detail from that morning, you can look here.  James and I went to brunch.

2013-10-14 16.37.11Some reading got done.

2013-10-15 09.46.45Back at hospital the next morning after some maneouvering child care arrangements. Many thanks to everyone who lent a hand over this period – Paul, Rachel, Jackie and particularly Andrew who got to our house at 6.40am so we could get to the hospital on time.

After being subject to the horrors of day time television during the morning, I went into theatre around lunchtime. I woke up a couple of hours later, numb finger and no visible graft site – they told me they used skin already on my finger and stretched it. Anyway, after proving I had recovered sufficiently from the anaesthetic James took me home.

2013-10-16 14.20.34Jude had had to go home from school sick while I was being operated on, and the next couple of days involved he and I hanging out at home, doing not very much (although I did end up doing two teleconferences from bed).

2013-10-16 20.02.37I did manage some social interaction on Wednesday, and finally some wine, but had to go to bed early after our first game of Arkham Horror.

2013-10-17 19.28.23I also went outside to see the pretty sunset on Thursday night.

On Friday both Jude and I were well enough to leave the house, so I walked Jude and Zac to school. Sebastian was off for the first day of the Australasian finals of Tournaments of the Minds – opening ceremony, fun excursions.

I must admit I don’t think I had fully recovered from the trauma of the week, because when I got home from my walk to school and back, I burst into tears when I discovered Zac had left his lunch on the bench and I had to walk back to school to take it to him. He was a little shamefaced when I arrived in his classroom, but not much.

2013-10-18 10.13.13On Saturday Sebastian had a whole day of ToMs competition. Jude and Zac played with ships.

We went and saw Sebastian’s team give their presentation in the afternoon. Despite the fact that Sebastian had had to come home sick on Friday with something similar to his brothers, he was over it enough to get through Saturday on some panadol. Their presentation went well and their structure achieved all that it needed to achieve.

We then went back home until the presentation at the AIS that evening. It was a nervous wait for results, made worse by the fact that the organisation of the ceremony was terrible and the whole thing took nearly three hours – rather longer than the 45 minutes advertised. Thank goodness we had left Jude and Zac at home with the D&D crew.

But in the end it was worth it – Sebastian’s team got “Honours”  – essentially they were runners up in their category (and the winners were New Zealand). So much excitement and pride. Only one other ACT team got an award – also Honours and that was a secondary school team. And now he still has something to aim for – being winners next time! Throughout the Tournament of the Minds process it has been great to see how hard the kids have worked on it and how well they have been sheparded by Clive, Sebastian’s class teacher.  Well deserved.

2013-10-19 20.42.58When we finally got home, it was time for some more D&D.

2013-10-19 22.26.05James prepared us a very special Sunday squid lunch.

2013-10-20 14.15.26They it was time for everyone but me to make felt repairs to their skating gear.

2013-10-20 15.34.41Ah, spending Sunday evening watching scrim and training isn’t quite as much fun as taking part. Hopefully I will be back on skates reasonably soon.



Gardening update #3

2013-10-20 13.47.52The radishes and carrots are growing strongly while the rocket is a little slower. The pumpkins have also emerged. Sebastian and I checked the radishes today and they are probably another week away from being.

2013-10-20 13.38.58Sebastian prepared another garden bed and considered transplanting some self spread strawberries, but in the end we decided to plant some more radishes and carrots.

Gardening update #2

2013-09-28 15.05.49Thanks to Steve And Michelle, the plants survived our absence at the coast, and thrived.

Sebastian and I decided to separate some of the radishes, so we also engaged in some (relatively) successful replanting.

The week that was…week 42: all sorts

2013-10-07 10.58.26A sleep in and a good breakfast was needed by everyone after our weekend at ERRD. We then decided to check out the beach before heading Canberra-ward and the end of our little trip away. It was a bit on the windy side though.

Back in the real world, it was time for another visit to the hairdresser.

We also partook of Schnitzel Night at Edgars where the boys were excited to see the ultrasound of the twins-to-be.

Whenever I ride my bike to work, I have to cross through the bus interchange to our offices. Canberra as a big government town is probably less diverse than many of the cities in Australia. So I love the bus interchange because it is one of the places one sees Canberra at its most diverse, particularly as people wait for the bus home. I like to think we aren’t all white anglo middle class people here.

2013-10-10 17.36.33With the weather getting warmer there was no excuse not to get on my bike for a morning ride. And it was beautiful out there.

2013-10-10 07.33.40Had a slightly frustrating day at work on Thursday, so it was lovely to come home to a receiving line of small boys with rose and drink in hand for me.

2013-10-10 17.49.55And what better to follow than a delicious 1998 Noon Eclipse.

2013-10-10 18.41.16Sebastian spent thee week at the Questacon Technology Learning Centre making things and finding engineering solutions. He seemed to really enjoy it so he may get to go again! Anyhow, it did mean getting him out of bed in the morning.

2013-10-11 08.00.06On Friday Jude and Zac spent the day hanging out with James and came to visit me for lunch.

2013-10-11 12.39.082013-10-11 13.00.45We also bought some new outdoor wheels and bearings.

2013-10-12 11.04.18….so on Saturday afternoon there was some skating around Garema Place with other Varsity folk to advertise our next bout on 26th October.

2013-10-12 13.41.42Saturday night it was Steve’s birthday dinner out at Mezzalira. Lovely company but i was a bit underwhelmed by the food…but perhaps I chose poorly.

2013-10-12 19.43.12 2013-10-12 22.39.55Sunday had the highs and lows of derby. Extremely nervous, i completed my orange star test – orange star level means i can bout publicly. In my first attempt at doing 10+ laps in two minutes i fell which was totally shattering. but i recovered myself, did the rest of the test passing all the other elements and so I got to try my laps again. And with the encouragement of the whole League, made it comfortably. And so got my star! This has been a huge journey for me, from barely being able to stand on skates at the beginning of last year…

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After testing and training we had scrim. I was having lots of fun, and then i fell and got my finger caught in the wheel hub of a fellow skater and…argh. My finger got ripped open and it was off to the hospital. It hurt like hell, but Sebastian and James looked after me, and it got bandaged and I got the good drugs. But with the news that I would have to have it operated on, the next week was clearly going to be different to previously expected!

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