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Phew, that was a busy weekend!

Now, usually my weekends (of late) have been about getting as much relaxation in as possible - and then the weekly cleaning routine. You know, beds (I change ours one fortnight and the boys the other fortnight), floors, toilets, laundry, all the fun stuff.

Didn't have a lot of time for much of that this weekend (ahem, toilets and floors did not get done - but they will today, because it grosses me out otherwise). This was because Saturday was all about appointments. It was GP for me because I have painful lymph nodes the size of grapes from a seasonal allergy which causes a horrid rash on my underarms, which I scratch, causing further irritation and in this case infection, oh joy. Then shopping for a laptop (2-in-1) for Bryn, which he knows nothing about, thank goodness. I have to remember to get the thing register for setup, I want to get all that stuff right this year, for once. And finally, getting Harlem washed, which was well overdue.

Sunday, was a write off as well, in so fa…

Discriminatory Public Transport Victoria Policy...

A couple of days ago I boarded a bus near my house. It was a bus I take every weekday morning, but that morning I tripped getting on because the driver hadn't lowered the bus. I told him he really should lower it, but when I exited the bus at the other end, he also did not lower the bus. So, reported the incident to Trans Dev. Then I received an email stating that the driver had tried to lower the bus but the mechanism hadn't worked (why didn't he tell me this?).

And THEN the email said it is Public Transport Victoria policy to only lower the buses automatically if the passenger is in a wheel-chair, or using a mobility scooter. In any other case, it is up to the passenger to ask that the bus be lowered.

Say what?

I wrote back and explained that a person with low vision or blindness is unable to judge the height of a bus, particularly when getting off the bus due to a common condition of not having depth perception. I asked how I would contact someone who I could discuss th…

All things education...

Yesterday, I went onto the high school Compass page to set in a parental leave notice for Lukas and guess what I found. Bryn now has an account! I showed him last night and he was, as expected, completely chuffed. This morning I received an email notice about registering his 'Bring Your Own Device' laptop, so I guess this weekend we'll be laptop shopping. I won't tell him until we're in the shop because he'd be completely unbearable until we finally took him. These are exciting times.

Not to be left out, Ari is only a few weeks away from his first ever school camp. He hasn't mentioned it, so I'm not sure how conscious he is about it coming up. While he is a child who talks non-stop about whatever comes into his mind, if he is worried about something, he tends to keep it close to his chest and we only find out about it if we ask very direct questions.

He did tell us the names of 2-3 kids are school who are his friends now. Two he was certain of and one h…

Shopaholic...

So, this is a real problem for me.

I have decluttered my house and I have committed to a one-in-one-out approach. The one-in-one-out approach sets out to not increase the quantity of a person's possessions. For someone who has just reduced their possessions by half, it is very important to not build up more stuff. I certainly do not want to be repeating this process in a couple of years.

This said, I have a problem. The one-in-one-out approach does not prohibit me from continuing to get new things. I just have to find something of equal size to get rid of. This brings me back to a harsh reality - I remain a shopaholic.

Case in point. Today I'm expecting two packages of scarves. I reduced my collection of 140 scarves, to 15 (possibly fewer). What on earth am I doing buying more scarves? Yes, I will be replacing one with another, I will also be reducing other things to 'pay' for these new scarves. Still, did I need more scarves? No, I did not. The scary thing is, I'm…

Migraines...

I've been suffering an awful lot of migraines recently, of the cluster variety. It has been worse than ever before. The worst I have ever had was about two weeks ago. I think it is my neck causing the trouble. In the car, because of the poof inside my shaper (the undergarment for my headscarves), my neck and head have been pushed forward. As well at that apparently, sitting on the fit ball has worsened the problem, so I'm back to sitting on a regular office chair. I've also got a cushion behind my back in the car seat which allows my neck to be in a neutral position.

Having the Maxalt helps in relieving the migraines, but I have to have one before I can treat it - Maxalt is not a preventer. I have tried a couple of preventers but they cause a brain fog that results in me forgetting how to speak (I'm not kidding) - the medication for the essential shakes actually did the same thing, so it seems neuro-medications don't work well for me.

Meanwhile, I've gone back …

Love me an expo...

I was in my element yesterday.

Ultimately, I'm just very good at sales. My strengths lie in talking to people unabashedly and identifying ways to engage them - my ability to perceive what motivates people really helps with this. It is an odd thing. I'm actually shy with new people, though once I get the lay of the land I come good. Speaking for myself can be difficult because I suffer from foot-in-mouth, and worry about ostracising myself.

But get me to sell something to strangers; concepts, services, things even, and it's like I suddenly lose all signs of shyness. The key is that I have to believe in what I'm selling.

I realised this yesterday when at the expo. I loved it. I found it easy to start conversations with people - Harlem was usually the ice-breaker, people would come over to pat him (he was off harness), and I'd start a conversation with them.

When I got bored of doing that, I took a bunch of our referral cards and went around to the various other stall…