Weeks! #43: grand finals and other distractions

2014-10-20 10.30.53One of my first tasks for the week was to write a reference for one of the people I have been working with from Korea who was applying for a job at a university. Because it was to Koreans, I got to use my name stamp for the first time.

2014-10-21 19.42.40Boys computerating – because we see a fair bit of that.

2014-10-22 17.28.47I went for an extended fifty minute ride on the way home from work – had meant to do it in the morning, but alarm fails meant I hadn’t gotten up in time. It was the reverse of the ride I normally do in the mornings -going in a different direction it is funny how much the perspective and the view changes.

The boys are now regularly walking to school by themselves – and they even have a neighbour from around the corner who joins them from time to time. It is great because it saves us time in the mornings and it is good for their independence. But I do miss the conversations and observations and the gentle start to the day. Anyway, on Thursdays when Jude and Zac head off early to choir, I am still generally walking with them. Good excuse for it once a week anyway.

2014-10-23 13.15.49Happened to be passing and all pink! I no longer get to see my favourite piece of public art in Canberra every day now that we have moved offices to the other side of Civic. But I still love it.

2014-10-23 14.31.39This is the substitute now – the view from my office window. And here is a storm rolling in.

2014-10-23 17.00.15I missed most of the storm action though because we had to head up to Parliament House for Senate Estimates. Which was running horribly late and I ate way too many of these.

2014-10-24 14.09.44The rabbits of Canberra have become very populous and very bold – they don’t every scurry away anymore when you pass them just a metre away. Well, at least we’ll have something to eat come the Zombie Apocalypse.

Stunning Friday night sunset.

Saturday morning Sebastian, Jude and James were at cricket. Zac and I decided to have brunch at Edgar’s.

2014-10-25 15.09.14Saturday afternoon and it was off to the Canberra Roller Derby League grandfinal. James and I donned our men’s world cup t-shirts for the occasion.

Jude and Sebastian skated in a mini bout before the main games started. They both did well but Jude’s team beat Seb’s.

2014-10-25 15.57.07Sebastian got his toe-stops signed by Bambi von Smash’er – she nearly borrowed them for the game.

2014-10-25 16.01.26-1Zac partook of the wound face-painting as is his wont.

The two games were both pretty exciting and in the end the Surly Griffins had the best walls and managed to take out the grand final.

2014-10-25 20.26.58Jude was delighted to meet Bambi after the game – his very favourite player – and have his photo taken with her. Another thing I love about roller derby is how my boys have a number of women who they admire for their sporting prowess and they enjoy watching women play sport. It crosses over to sports like hockey as well – the boys watch the women play as avidly as they watch the men.

Quiet Sunday – there was a lot of reading going on.

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A year in the life…day 241: Griffs triumph

Here is Jude at the roller derby. It was Red Bellied Blackhearts vs the Surly Griffins. About half our party were for the Blackhearts while Sebastian and I were on the side of the Griffins. James was supporting Team Zebra, the team which never loses. It was a great bout – was totally proud of Dread Herring (Kath) who did an outstanding job jamming for the Griffs, but there was also some really impressive play from Bambi and Legolass for the Blackhearts. But in the end, to the joy of Sebastian and I, the Griffins decisively took out the bout. Hoping to see them in the grand final.