2015 weeks! #8: where the week takes you

2015-03-02 07.57.50We were at school bright and early Monday morning as Jude was off to camp (and Zac had choir). Jude was pretty excited about it.

2015-03-02 07.59.13Sometimes work makes me walk all over town. Had to go to ANU for a presentation. It is a pretty campus.

2015-03-03 12.21.28Of course, too much walking didn’t entirely agree with my feet as my shoes aren’t completely worn in yet.

2015-03-03 13.43.08Scrim night so from shoes to skates. Fortunately the sore toes from the shoes were totally fine in the skates.

2015-03-03 19.50.30One of the people I mentor came to visit with her baby. Fun to hold the baby while dispensing counsel. And such a cute one.

2015-03-04 10.33.32More journeying around town for work – this time up to the Big House for meetings.

2015-03-04 12.28.50And the next day I went a bit further – to our offices in Sydney. I try to sit with my back to the window in this boardroom.

2015-03-05 08.54.12And home again…

2015-03-05 17.11.43Home to some adventuring.

2015-03-05 20.58.28Then Friday came and I wasn’t well and couldn’t get any further than bed for work.

2015-03-06 13.27.06George is always happy to hang out when I am spending a day sleeping and working in bed.

2015-03-06 14.26.38I also got to finish James Bradley’s lovely new book Clade while at home and in bed. I love how James is always drawing links between science and art in his book. It is a sad but also hopeful book, about the changes that could be. Thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in no time flat. Highly recommend.

2015-03-06 15.26.47Saturday morning I was feeling better after a day of rest so it was off to Sebastian’s cricket grand final.

2015-03-07 09.12.39Just when we thought the boys were beaten and that was it, they had to come back for Sunday. James accompanied Sebastian then and while the team fought hard, they couldn’t quite make it. So cricket it done until next season.

2015-03-07 12.25.16Beers at Bentspoke with friends in the afternoon. I tried the raspberry one which was…interesting.

2015-03-07 15.54.11We headed off to the night noodle market for dinner.

It was then time for some laser tag at Questacon which was a lot of fun. Initially when I tried to book tickets they were all sold out, but Facebook came to the rescue. We got to do it twice – once because of spare tickets that I managed to find through friends, and once because one of my staff, Beth, won some tickets and generously gave them to me.

2015-03-07 20.36.34We also checked out the Glowcave at the National Library.

Took #perceptualselfies at the National Gallery

Checked out the glow boats in the lake

2015-03-07 19.40.54Saw nature trying to compete with the other lights of Enlighten

And of course admired the projections.

Sunday I enjoyed a quiet day at home. Small boys played chess…

2015-03-08 15.39.19And I whipped up some laksa for dinner.

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2015 weeks! #3: injury and recovery (and lots of codeine)

2015-01-20 17.49.27So after a couple of weeks of getting myself focused on regular exercise and getting ready for the start of derby training, I pushed myself too hard early Monday morning and managed to do some disc damage to my lower back. I knew I’d hurt it, but I think my muscles and everything were so warmed and stretched after my cardio session (yes, what was I thinking) that it really wasn’t until the end of Monday I realised just how badly injured I was. Tuesday was physio, doctor and codeine, codeine, codeine. And working from home, although having a red hot go at resting in between emails. I tell you, skipping with a rope is clearly the wrong thing to do.

2015-01-19 22.17.51George quite liked hanging out with, or on top of, the convalescing.

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When having back problems, it is important to remember that gin is an excellent muscle relaxant.

2015-01-21 10.48.09So look, I know that going to work when I am actually injured is not an excellent idea and I know I should really just rest and all of that – but I also am in the middle of extra responsibilities and super busy times and it is amazing how much you can cope with on fizzy caffeinated beverages and super doses of codeine. Nonetheless, at times, it was clear that my resilience was rather lower when in severe pain than it is at other times.

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On Wednesday night I gritted my teeth through the pain and we played Sebastian’s D&D version of The Hunger Games. He’d had a bit of a shitty day through no fault of his own, and had done a huge amount of work on the scenario, so we spent some time playing it. He’d done a pretty good job, although there was a lot of focus on food gathering (which I guess would probably be a thing).

2015-01-21 23.45.28At least having to spend some time lying down and resting meant I did get to finish The Peripheral. I really enjoyed it – it reminded me a lot of Virtual Light, but most subtle and clever. Very easy to read and great story with some interesting political and social commentary (as always with Gibson).

2015-01-22 10.06.24Then there was the question of what, of these and other books, to read next (I chose Wolf Hall for a change of pace).

2015-01-22 12.23.31Still school holidays for the boys, and Jude took some time out with lego.

2015-01-22 17.31.19Gin, still a great muscle relaxant.

2015-01-23 11.02.43After being a little less than my most robust on Thursday at work, one of my lovely team, Wendy, brought me flowers on Friday. It is lovely that I have a team who pitches in when needed and without fuss – while I was a bit delicate, they were all willing to pick up extra things and make sure that everything kept running smoothly. With the change in Minister, there have been a few times where one area has had a huge unexpected workload, and other teams have jumped in to help. I’m really proud of my Branch and the way that they are supportive and can pull together and will find solutions that will suit everyone rather than just themselves.

2015-01-24 13.44.41There has been quite a lot of backyard cricket these holidays. The boys will pop outside for a quick round quite regularly.

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While at the Bont International, I had ordered some customised Bonts. The only problem – the sales dude forgot to write down my size. So when James got his shiny new skates, he also sent me through several pairs to size myself. Of course, the worst thing was that for most of the week I couldn’t bend over to try them on. By Saturday I was able.

2015-01-24 18.23.04My back was repaired enough by Saturday to make laksa. Delicious, delicious laksa.

While James was at training on Sunday, I took the boys to Casaurina Sands where we enjoyed some river swimming. It was quite a lovely day, and quite a strong flowing river.

2015-01-25 18.03.08Some more resting after our river adventures, finding Wolf Hall very enjoyable (and comparing the perspectives with those from the Tudors!).

2015-01-25 20.55.32To end the week, games, cheese and roller derby gossip. A most excellent combination with excellent people.

Weeks: #42: things anew

2014-10-13 09.21.30New week, new office, new view. This is the first time for nearly four years that I have actually had a view from my office. And I get an iconic bit of Canberra too.

2014-10-13 09.25.12Of course, there was a bit of unpacking to do too.

2014-10-13 12.35.22Turkish lemonade!

2014-10-13 19.38.58More SkateFit – mostly being tortured by Shorty.

2014-10-14 08.30.18I met this guy at the physio. Physio is a pretty regular part of my life between my dodgy neck and my dodgy hip and all the other dodgy bits in between. I have been going to Atlas Physio for about 13 years now and it is a bit like family.

2014-10-14 09.20.34-1Despite high hopes for continuing good weather, it turned cold and wet this week. I wore my footy shoes walking to work.

2014-10-14 09.37.04I was pretty excited to discover this, but then when I had some I discovered – aspartame. Blergh. Oh well, it can come with me overseas for those times I can’t find fizzy caffeinated beverages and am in need.

Hairdresser before and after.

2014-10-15 18.02.35Had a meeting with the Secretary. She remarked on my phone.

2014-10-15 18.46.49Schnitzel night!

2014-10-15 19.10.46Sometimes Ainslie is a very beautiful place to live.

It was up early and off to the airport – not for me this time, but to farewell Sebastian who was off to Melbourne for the Tournament of the Minds final. We had considered whether one of us should fly down on Saturday to see their presentation and so forth, but Sebastian was more than happy to have his weekend away with his friends and we have travelled so much recently, it was nice to not go anywhere.

Off to see the ballet Thursday night. Was rather fun, though I thought the choreography for the men was a lot more interesting than for the women. But very enjoyable nonetheless.

2014-10-17 13.02.16Played in another work soccer game on Friday – this one was the semi final and we managed to win in extra time, taking us to the grand final. I am not sure that my sporting prowess really lies in soccer, but it is fun to have a bit of a run around in the park at lunchtime.

Cricket season is well started now and Friday evening I got to see Zachary bat in his first ever cricket game.

2014-10-17 19.36.31Afterwards, Jude, Zac and I headed to the Dickson Noodle House for dinner.  Up to the usual standard.

2014-10-18 11.54.29Zac continued his biking practice on Saturday with me and on Sunday headed off on biking adventures with Jude. It has been hard to get him off the bike since then!

2014-10-18 15.17.57Skating started up again on Saturday afternoon and Jude and Zac were super happy to be at training.

2014-10-18 19.16.46Bit of adventuring Saturday night. “Quick, beyond the guacamole, I see the dragon!”

2014-10-19 11.20.44

The weather was beautiful again and so I couldn’t resist a ride.

Sunday afternoon we headed to Pod Playgroud to meet up with Jillie and the mini-Peppers. Lots of fun all round.

2014-10-19 15.57.13Jillie couldn’t resist the acorns.

2014-10-19 16.04.42And then it was time to collect Sebastian from the airport – they hadn’t won, but they had had a good time.

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