Weeks! #4: holidays

2014-01-20 12.31.16A week off! Actually, two weeks off! Starting slowly, the boys and I spent Monday mostly at home – though we did have a walk to the shops.

Getting pocket money made Jude and Zac go for immediate ice cream purchases, while Sebastian ended up checking out new wheels on line.

2014-01-20 13.10.49It is good to be at home – bare feet and shorts.

2014-01-20 15.02.40Sebastian made mango creams for dessert. Perfect for a summer’s day.

2014-01-20 15.27.02My excursion out on Tuesday was to the hairdresser.

And holidays mean lego time! perfect now the boys have their own room for lego and games and tv following the summer’s house rearrangement.

2014-01-21 16.53.13-1A post-physio treat of lunch at Cornucopia.

2014-01-22 13.15.13We also went for a visit to Sarah’s and the boys got to catch up with Ryan and Imogen.

Wednesday night really seems to have become Arkham Horror night of late.

2014-01-22 20.06.16Time for the real holidays to begin! Off to the Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park near Gerringong for a week. Hurrah!

2014-01-23 12.45.50Ready for some beach time.

..and some pool time

…some general hanging about time..

..beach food

…and the boys of course were fans of the jumping pillow – in small doses.

2014-01-25 13.01.32Sebastian got very enthusiastic about the opportunity to go kayaking, so we gave that a go too.

2014-01-25 10.50.22The problem was our timing – we chose to go out when the tide was low and this meant we needed to push the kayak a bit more, and got stuck in the sand a couple of times. All this would not have been the end of the world, but that on one of these occasions Sebastian managed to cut his foot on an oyster shell in the mud – and when we stopped to look at it there was a lot of blood and it looked quite nasty and eventually the mother in me decided it should probably get checked out and treated. Fortunately it didn’t need stitches but it did need cleaning and antibiotic cream and the doctor advised that Sebastian should stay out of the water for a couple of days – news which was received with much chagrin – displayed here when he and I went on a walk together.

This is also what you do when you get bad news apparently – take comfort in a blanket and a movie.

2014-01-25 16.16.58On Sunday we had a day away from beach holiday activities – we drove up to Wollongong for a day of derby. It was a coed event with pot luck teams – James was reffing his first games and I was playing mine. I also ended up benching for two coed games – although I played in a all girl game. It was a lot of fun – the floor was quite strange and because I had benched the game before I played I didn’t have time to really warm up. So for the first part of the game I really didn’t feel like I had a lot of control. Eventually I got into it though and was reasonably happy with my game. I was especially happy to have managed to push Shortstop – one of Australia’s best players – out twice! I guess I will feel more relaxed after playing more games, bound to get better!

We ended the day stopping in Kiama for some delicious Vietnamese food, before James fell asleep on the couch back at our cabin (he reffed two games) and I wasn’t far behind him.

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Weeks! #3: selfies, heat and derby

2014-01-13 11.02.36Here I am. Monday morning in the office. At the moment I am participating in the 365feministselfie project which means you might see a few more selfies this year. Reclaiming the image of myself wrinkles and grey hair (as featured above) and all. Trying to be creative about it though – no one wants to see my face every day!

2014-01-13 18.04.35A week of super hot weather – a g&t is in order after riding home from work.

2014-01-13 21.04.51Monday night the boys came back. We were too busy having hugs to take photos when they actually got into the terminal.

2014-01-14 09.26.11Wore my new dress to work – perfect for another super hot day.

2014-01-15 18.33.20Here is Zac insisting we do kissy faces together.

Time for Arkham Asylum Wednesday night. Sebastian was delighted to be allowed to play with the grown ups.

2014-01-16 12.15.28One of my Directors stumbled on a cache of fizzy caffeinated beverages of the Red Bull variety, so naturally she gifted them to me. I rather like the Red Red Bulls – cranberry!

2014-01-16 20.40.44This week I went to four lots of training – Tuesday, Thursday merby (as trainer), Friday orange star and then Sunday training + scrim. With temperatures nearing 40 degrees for all but Sunday, it was a very sweaty week.

2014-01-17 13.59.56At least the hot weather meant I felt justified in trying out the new gelati place in Civic. Yummy. Expensive but delicious.

2014-01-17 21.15.06Friday saw a full moon on a hot night.

2014-01-17 22.25.02More gelati – this time as a post-training snack.

2014-01-17 23.40.28Jude was sleeping rather oddly in the heat.

Sebastian has got the hang of preparing himself nice lunches.

2014-01-18 16.09.01A visit from Steve and Shell, Fritha and the twins was a welcome Saturday afternoon treat.

2014-01-18 16.28.49I think George might be considering a musical career.

2014-01-18 17.56.40Clouds on Saturday! Very welcome after the week of heat. The smoke haze was less attractive.

2014-01-19 13.05.56Pre derby training changing of wheels. The floors where we train had been relacquered over Christmas, leading to the floor being super sticky. Harder wheels required.

2014-01-19 20.39.06Copter, now from Brisbane City Rollers, also with Team Australia, who was actually the person who drove me to my first (and many subsequent) derby trainings when he was still with VDL, was in town so touch a merby training session and then all of training on Sunday. Afterwards it was time for some pizza, beer and derby-talk. An excellent end to the week.




Boys love babies!

2014-01-18 15.31.25The twins came around to visit us and the boys were very excited to meet them for the first time and get to have cuddles. I think everyone got a turn with everyone!

It was also nice to see the lovely Fritha!

Weeks! #2: exercise, food and alcohol

2014-01-06 17.41.24So Monday afternoon we put the boys on a plane to Adelaide for a week. Fun for them, and a different sort of lifestyle for us for a week. Started with James and I heading to the pub for burgers and beers for dinner.

2014-01-07 07.42.04With no one but myself to organise in the mornings, I didn’t have to get up super early to go riding. I decided it was a good time to re-institute morning bike rides.

2014-01-07 11.56.44My first red folder of the year turned up at work – this week work started to more resemble normality.

2014-01-07 14.18.26One of my Directors brought me back a present from his trip to Japan. I was most chuffed.

2014-01-07 12.16.54James and I headed out to lunch at his new favourite locale.

2014-01-07 18.41.06After work, it was our first derby ExComm meeting for the year.

2014-01-07 19.28.11I came home to lovely steak with lovely lovely wine. And a lovely James.

2014-01-08 12.47.03Wednesday lunchtime Jasmin and I took advantage of the pleasant weather and quieter office to go for an hour long walk down to the lake and back.

2014-01-08 18.33.17Wednesday night it was my second derby meeting for the year – getting together with the new team support crew to talk about the year ahead. With beer.

2014-01-09 07.51.36Another early morning ride Thursday – this time I pushed myself a bit harder and rode a bit further and went a lot faster than I had on Tuesday. Hopefully I can continue to improve.

2014-01-09 10.59.17Here is my first selfie in my contribution to the 365 Feminist Selfie project. In the office, You might be seeing more of these across the year.

2014-01-09 18.06.47More beer! James came and met me for a post work beer and then we grabbed laksas for dinner. Going out is a lot cheaper, and somewhat logistically simpler when you are minus children.

2014-01-10 14.29.28There was a request on Twitter for geeky office photos – here is my computer with River Song and policy humour and fortune cookie predictions.

2014-01-10 17.54.58Friday evening we caught up with Steve for drinks and dinner. I didn’t feel in a beer mood, so went for something less predictable.

George spent some time on Saturday attempting to defeat the Dark Side.

2014-01-11 09.59.25James and I went down to the lake for a skate. This was not an entire success. My shins really hurt getting back on skates initially, and then my brain freaked out when we went to go over a bridge. My brain still suffers from a lack of belief about my skating ability and a fear of catastrophic injury. Anyway, we skating the foreshore for an hour and I skated 7ish km so it wasn’t all bad. I guess it is just a matter of continuing to work on the outdoor skating and trying again.

After some tasks at the hardware store, James and I rode into Braddon for lunch at Autolyse. Very delicious.

We then rode over to see Michelle and Steve and (almost more importantly) the twins who had come home the previous day! Tasman even woke up so we got to see eyes for the first time. Hamish slumbered happily through much handling.

2014-01-11 17.59.36We ate in on Saturday – lobster, scallops, salmon. Delicious!

2014-01-12 14.20.56-1Training started back Sunday – it was incredibly hot and we sweated lots but it was excellent to be back into it. I did have to execute a super fast change afterwards…

2014-01-12 19.08.03And then it was off out to dinner at the Parlour Room for Andrew the younger’s birthday. Very pleasant – even if James and I drank a lot of water to rehydrate!

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Weeks! #1sh: ends, beginnings and lots of pool time

2013-12-30 10.18.23Swimming lessons started the week before the year ended and week 1 of the new year began. The boys were enrolled in swimming lessons for every day during the week I decided to finally recommence the fitness approach I had planned since being in India but which had been delayed by respiratory illness of doom and so spent the duration of their lessons doing laps. All the boys are now happy to swim in the big pool after their lessons, so much splashing about.

We wandered to the pub for lunch with the parentals as it was the last day of their visit to Canberra.

2013-12-30 16.29.10Then Jude and I, who had both received a copy of the Shakespearean version of Star Wars, did a reading for everyone’s entertainment. I believe it was the scene where Obi Wan and Luke both get to know each other. Much applause – and Jude was surprisingly good at reading Shakespearean language aloud.

2013-12-30 16.40.15It was then goodbye to Nana and Poppa though the boys were to see them again in almost exactly a week – plus flying time.

That evening, accompanied by a nice glass or two of rose, we introduced the boys to Unexploded Cow – one of our very favourite games. They took to it with enthusiasm and much mispronunciation of French town names.

More pool time. More chances to try out the various effects on my phone camera.

2013-12-31 13.52.24Sometimes, post pool, all you want to do is have a quiet read.

Or Andrew comes around with many small plastic figures and you spend the afternoon painting.

Or making smoothies.

2013-12-31 15.56.56Or, if you are me, folding clean laundry.

New Year’s Eve was spent at Rachel’s house where we got to consume sausages and pavlova all created by Beryl, Rachel’s lovely KitchenAid. While all the sausages were fabulous, the duck and pork ones always stand out. It was a pleasant but low key end to the year.

2014-01-01 11.14.56The boys were in the pool again the next day, but I decided that, after an evening of more than several drinks, I was happy to sit this one out.

We had been slowly rearranging the boys rooms over the last week or so, so that Jude and Zac moved into one room, Sebastian moved into Jude’s room and Sebastian’s room is transformed into a boys’ retreat. This involved much sorting of books and toys and bookshelves.

2014-01-01 18.03.24James cooked us some wonderful roast pork with fabulous crackling for our first dinner for the year.

2014-01-02 09.00.04The next day it was back to work for me – I took my lunch in my new lunch bag from my lovely sister.

2014-01-02 14.13.34And at work tried out some of the tea I got in Korea – fabulously papaya-y.

2014-01-02 20.20.50We tried out playing Heads of State that night which, while entertaining, seemed overly complicated in its game mechanics to no particularly useful end. Also not entirely balanced.

2014-01-03 18.11.31The end of the week saw us celebrating with one of our favourite sparkling reds for no reason but that we could.

2014-01-03 19.35.18And I was excited to get my Sons of Anarkitty t-shirt, bought before I started watching. I am addicted now. Sadly, somehow I must have mis-ordered and the t-shirt is about three sizes too big, but it will still get some wear! It is too cute not too. I do like Sons of Anarchy though – even if I must admit some of the addiction comes from the fact that Jax is so charismatic as the central figure.

Saturday morning it was back to the pool – the boys had been Thursday and Friday of course, but it was a return to laps for me.

2014-01-04 18.04.59It was the last day of swimming though, so we got the advice about next classes for the boys.

2014-01-04 12.22.48Fabulous to see the evidence of Summernats on Lonsdale Street. Not.

The boys toys were put into boxes – some of which are ready to find new homes.

2014-01-04 16.30.26I went and visited the new twins, Hamish and Tasman, who Shell had so cleverly produced, in the special care unit at Calvary. Lots of sleeping like babies. So small!

It was then off to dinner at Sage for Jasmin’s birthday with pre dinner drinks outside at Mint. The food was good but not very interesting. Drank a fabulous Spinifex red though – the Bete Noir. Well worth it.

2014-01-05 10.31.28On Sunday the boys played with their newly rediscovered Go-Gos – the advantages of tidying and reorganising bedrooms.

Then Fritha came to visit and play for the day while Steve was at the hospital with Michelle – we managed to tire her right out!