2015 weeks! #12: pyjama time and other things

2015-03-30 22.06.46Sebastian has been doing woodwork this term and this is the result – a new dice box!

2015-03-31 16.50.15Temporarily felled by virus I spent Tuesday on the couch.

2015-03-31 18.44.31Pizza, food of the gods. Especially when sickness makes most things unattractive.

2015-03-31 19.11.39My birthday flowers were still holding up pretty well.

2015-03-31 19.11.51Zachary doing some more cello practice. He does seem to be enjoying it and I rather like the sound of the cello around the house.

2015-04-01 12.23.26Meetings at Parliament House. Found it full of graduates.

2015-04-01 19.09.50Some Family Munchkin in the evening.

2015-04-02 08.13.27Walked Jude to school for choir. These walks are always filled with interesting conversations.

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Beers with the boys from Capital Carnage for team bonding activities. This year I am benching with both the Dishonour Rollers and Capital Carnage.

No better day than Good Friday to pull out the old duplo and get creative.

Went to dinner at Jackie’s where her garden was looking spectacular and everyone helped out with the preparation.

Jude discovered that maybe he too was interested in jewellery making. Here he is modelling some of Jackie’s work.

2015-04-03 20.09.38An Easter at home is an excellent time for reading and new pyjamas. I finished Bring Up The Bodies which I think I enjoyed even more than Wolf Hall. Really engaging as a story, although perhaps a little bit less of the inner life of Cromwell.

Dinner at Steve and Shell’s on Saturday night. Always good to see the twins and their many moods.

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Time for the Easter Bunny…

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Jude decided to tease his brothers, but his spelling could be improved.

2015-04-05 12.09.42And on a quiet Easter Sunday the boys and I did some home interval training. Our collection of weights is slowly increasing. It is quite fun with the boys, and they keep me honest when I want to stop doing pushups after only 15 seconds or so!

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2015 weeks! #11: birthday, planes and jelly things

2015-03-23 06.58.07A surreal sight to begin the week as I fly out of a foggy Canberra morning to Sydney.

2015-03-23 12.19.17We had a day with folk from Vietnam and the Philippines to kick off our big capacity building program – helping to increase capacity in the area of industry engagement in skills development and the development of occupational standards. It was a great day and I’m looking forward to seeing how the project develops.

2015-03-23 14.45.20We got to do it from my favourite meeting room in Sydney.

The early morning meant I needed the help of fizzy caffeinated beverages and chocolate to maintain my focus for the day though.

2015-03-23 17.29.46We had an official dinner, so stayed the night in Sydney – here is the compulsory hotel window view.

I managed to get some exercise in at the pool up on the 15th floor or so. Great view while swimming.

2015-03-23 18.43.53Then one has to be enormously grateful for flattering hotel bathroom lighting at times.

2015-03-24 12.35.42Home again Tuesday, sitting in the back row of the plane. Since switching departments the travel system still hasn’t connected my frequent flier number to my bookings and so I am ending up in all sorts of odd spots on the planes.

2015-03-24 19.47.44Tuesday night scrim night!

Wednesday was my birthday, so James and I went out for breakfast together to the Cupping Room which is handily close to my new building.

2015-03-25 10.52.59The other James in my life, my friend and EA, had lovely birthday flowers for me when I actually got to work.

2015-03-25 11.23.06I also deployed my excellent new notebook that Jasmin had given me.

2015-03-25 11.27.28Zac used his fabulous new jewellery making skills (with much support and labour from Jackie) to produce an excellent birthday gift for me.

For my birthday dinner we went to Red Chilli the Sichuan hot pot restaurant in Civic and ate hot pot. It was a lot of fun.

2015-03-25 19.47.23We followed it up with dessert at Mr Frugii where the boys had a long chat about icecream flavours with the icecream maker.

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George came and sat on me to say happy birthday.

2015-03-26 18.38.25Natasha sent me a wonderful box full of fun things for my birthday.

2015-03-28 10.29.26And my mother sent me Bad Feminist to my delight.

Andrew gave me a new Arkham Horror expansion so we tried that out Thursday night and actually managed to defeat Shug Nigguroth in a straight up battle.

2015-03-27 06.38.07Friday was another dawn flight in the back row – this time to Melbourne for a day at the airport. Federalism keeps the Tullamarine Parkroyal in business I am sure.

2015-03-27 07.45.44It was actually cold enough to be the first #yourtightsatwork day for the year.

2015-03-27 12.31.46 HDRAnd I wore another birthday present – my lovely earrings from Rachel.

Saturday night was Dishonour Rollers Team Bonding night at Terror’s house. There were jelly shots and jelly beans and derby strategy talks and then the night ended with vast amounts of alcohol being drunk in the pool after midnight.

On Sunday morning, Jude, Zac, Zac’s best friend Sienna and I joined Shelby, Jo and Jo’s grandmother for some Mary Poppins action. It was well done and rather fun. I thought they did a particularly fine job with the staging of “Supercalifragilistic”. We had icecreams had half time and enjoyed it all a lot.

Afterwards the kids and I wandered up to the new LSR Manhattan and had after-show treats.

2015-03-29 16.51.43Went to assist at DHR training in the afternoon (and was very relieved that there were enough people there I didn’t need to get on skates). The way everyone worked, you couldn’t tell there had been excessive alcohol consumption the night before.

2015-03-29 18.32.05I was pleased to have a civilised hair of the dog post training though.

2015-03-29 20.37.56And then there was a lot of eating and World Cup final watching to end the week.