Weeks! #7: tough bits, fun bits

2014-02-10 07.13.06Another week started with a ride around the lake.

2014-02-10 08.37.58The electricity people brought a cute little digger into the yard to install a new electricity pole next door.

2014-02-11 10.22.43So this week had some hard hard bits. It was the week before I went overseas as well as the week leading up to a bout – and both of those weeks are busy individually but combined become stupidly busy. On top of that, during the week we discovered that the bar licence for the bout hadn’t been sorted and our usual supplier of bar services wasn’t available, so we had to address that. I also had to tell someone that their job was excess and there was a choice of redeployment or a voluntary redundancy – and this is one of the harder things my job has ever required me to do. I also received a summons to appear as a witness before a Royal Commission. So it wasn’t an ideal week, and there were several very hard days in the middle. Recognising that, the lovely Linda, my EA, brought me macarons one days. It wasn’t that the sugar was the important thing – although that certainly helped – it was that moment of recognition and acknowledgement that the week was hard.

2014-02-11 19.03.41Speaking of derby, in addition to three sets of training and organising last minute things for the bout, we had an ExComm meeting before training on Tuesday. It is a lot of derby.

2014-02-12 08.48.26Fortunately walking to school still provides quality time with the boys.

2014-02-12 11.17.31As well as “coffees” at LSR with James.

2014-02-12 18.21.00But the week required at least one g&t. Maybe two. All that training probably stopped there being three.

2014-02-12 18.40.48My new helmet for my first game as a playing Dishonour Roller arrived on Wednesday. It has been nearly two years since I got my first helmet and I had forgotten how tight the padding can be – so I wore it around the house for a bit.

2014-02-14 15.13.04Cuddles with small boys always make one feel better.

Given I was spending my entire Sunday travelling for work, I left work a little early on Friday and took Sebastian to cricket. Fortunately I got to see him bat and do some keeping before I headed off to training.

2014-02-15 08.59.00Saturday morning Jillie, the captain of the DHRs, and I headed off to Mix 106.3 to spend a couple of hours co-hosting the morning show with Cam the usual host and also Blocker Dutton from the Canberra Times. In the end I think Jillie and I really enjoyed it and it was a great opportunity to get some publicity for our game.

2014-02-15 10.29.37Sebastian finally had bought himself new wheels – but didn’t have the cash for new bearings – so I helped him change and clean bearings and put on his new wheels because…

2014-02-15 15.10.41…on Saturday afternoon the boys had their first junior derby session, ably taken by Bubble from CRDL.

We had to leave them because it was BOUT DAY!
2014-02-15 16.29.12Here I am, all kitted up and ready to go on. As usual will post separately about the bout. It was fun to play my first Dishonour Roller bout and I hope to do it again!

Of course, the worst part was that at one point in the game I fell onto my skate, leaving some fabulous bruising on my bum. This made my Sunday activity – 14ish hours of flights to Ningbo in China – more painful than it otherwise would have been.

And so I ended the week looking out of my window at China, somewhere I had never been before.

2014-02-16 22.03.08



Weeks! #6: back to normality

2014-02-03 07.29.31Started the week with a ride down to the lake – beautiful morning for it. Determined to get just a bit fitter which will help no end with the derby.

2014-02-03 09.45.54And here I am, wearing make up for the first time in ages with my hair blow dried – like a proper grown up, back in the office.

On Tuesday it was the boys turn to head back to school. James and I both walked them to school before heading off to our own places of work.

2014-02-04 09.03.51I went for another ride on Thursday morning and saw my first balloons for the year.

2014-02-06 07.01.56Civic meanwhile was busy being set up for the multicultural festival. As much as Meat On A Stick Day is a big Canberra favourite, I am less keen – too many people, not enough space etc. Haven’t been for years.

2014-02-06 12.16.18Going to training more days than not, on Thursday night I took the merby session – the boys came along for a skate too.

2014-02-06 20.41.23And Friday I wore my new zombie socks to DHR training.

2014-02-07 18.29.31Because derby seems to have completely taken over my life at present, Saturday morning started with workng on the sausage sizzle at Bunnings. These are an excellent fundraiser.

2014-02-08 12.01.00The evening got taken up by D&D.

2014-02-08 20.57.29And to finish the week, the boys and I started a new book – Nightbirds on Nantucket because they are a bit addicted to Joan Aiken at the moment.

2014-02-09 20.12.22

Weeks! #5: more holidays

2014-01-27 09.46.07So Monday morning it was up and out on the water. We put a plastic bag over Sebastian’s foot to ensure he didn’t get mud in his injured toe. This time out on the kayak was much more successful and enjoyable and we went around three and a half kilometres around Crooked River.

Following the paddle, it was pretty much straight down to the beach for some time in the surf.

Sebastian had to sit out to give his toe another day to heal. He wasn’t entirely happy, but did build a miniature village in the sand.

After lunch Sebastian and I went for a long walk along the headland.

And then it was time for the pool…

The boys (including James) then spent some time playing cricket with various other holiday park inhabitants. Quite useful to have a big flat stretch of grass right in front of our cabin.

2014-01-27 17.07.10We headed into Kiama for Thai food and Jude got a Shirley Temple.

2014-01-27 19.00.59The next day started much as the last, except this time it was Jude in the kayak with me.

And, back to the beach – this time Sebastian was allowed in the water to his great joy. Zachary ended up building sandcastles after he’d had his fill of boogie boarding.

We had lunched in Gerringong and bought up big at the surf shop.

And more swimming…

2014-01-28 16.23.14Sebastian decided he wanted to swim in the river, so we went and found a spot near the beach.

And some Unexploded Cow to finish off the day.

2014-01-28 20.19.59Guess what? More kayaking the next morning. With both Sebastian and Zachary.

This was rather more challenging, and after some trials, worked best with me in the front. We all enjoyed the various kayaking trips – there were some great water birds and I even spotted a beautiful blue kingfisher at one point. The small part of the river that went around the back of the camp site was rather easier to negotiate (especially with three) than the main channel which was more tidal affected, but both were fun. The boys seem very keen on kayaking again – and certainly there are chances to give it a go in Canberra.

We had had bacon and haloumi for breakfast first though.

2014-01-29 09.08.12Back to the beach.

This time, it was Jude’s turn to go for a long walk with me. He was entraced by the rocks and the way they had been eroded and, especially, by the rock pools and the life inside them.

It is rather a beautiful spot, Seven Mile Beach.

2014-01-29 14.04.04

Back to Kiama for some excellent Japanese for dinner. It was nice being close enough to somewhere with a few good eating spots.

And the next morning it was time to pack up and head home, stopping off in Kangaroo Valley en route home.

2014-01-30 09.47.25Lots and lots of washing to do of course.

2014-01-30 20.08.21And a lovely Canberra sunset.

2014-01-30 20.05.58Friday was another super hot day so we went to the pool and the boys caught up with friends.

It was then time for the Back-To-School hair cut.

The boys went to Jackie’s for the weekend, and James and I embarked on a derby road trip to the Central Coast – James was reffing in an Outcast-University of Sydney game – I NSOed. Nice to be involved in a game without being in charge!

It was a co-ed game and Outcast came up on top. I made use of the after party to recruit University of Sydney to come and play a coed game against us later in the year.

2014-02-02 08.49.57On Sunday morning, James had researched good breakfast spots, so after a day of fast food we ate well.

While we waited for a message from T-Ref and Sleaze who we were driving, we checked out the Toowoon beach and found a surf lifesaving carnival.

Back in Canberra we were in time for scrim – then it was a chance to sample the delicious cupcakes the boys had made, as well as be fed by Jackie and John. A pleasant end to the weekend and the holidays – before home to bed to contemplate the return to work.