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Iceland...

I'm in the early stages of planning a trip to Iceland for Luey, Bryn, Ari, and me at the end of this year or early next year - it might be early next year because I wouldn't want to leave Dave on his own for Christmas. Dave won't be going because he doesn't like the idea of flying, but also because of his mum. He can't just leave the country for a month and leave her on her own, especially over an Aussie summer with the heat we've been experiencing lately.

The reason I'm planning this now though is that I feel the boys will not internalise Iceland as a part of themselves if they don't go during their childhood. Luey is already at an age where going there will be basically the same as going to any foreign country for a visit. I'm hoping though that Bryn and Ari will be able to feel their roots in the country. I have mentioned the trip to Erik, and his first reaction was to say there was no way he could afford to go as he's putting all his money i…

Saving...

Almost two weeks into the year. So far, still no unnecessary spending. It's been, not a challenge exactly - but, eye opening. The number of times I've thought, 'Oh that looks good, and it's pretty inexpensive, too.' or 'If I had that I could get rid of...'

I've checked myself each time, but seriously, the impulse is very strong to be on the lookout for something new to buy. It really highlights for me how far my shopping impulse had gotten out of hand.

Meanwhile, my savings have increased, which is what I'd hoped they'd do. It means going out this weekend to get Bryn completely ready to go to high school is easy. I'm looking forward to paying off all the boys fees at the end of the month. I don't have the funds just yet, but then the school offices don't open until the 29th anyway. I'd really like to be in the office on the 29th to pay those fees off. I can't remember if the high school uses Eftpos or if I need to bring cash …

Let me tell you a story about marriage...

Dave and I have been happily married for 19 years, in November it'll 20 years. Now you're probably wondering why I crossed out the word 'happily'. Don't worry, we're not splitting up. It's just an idiosyncrasy of mine to be plain about the reality of things. I'd say we've been happily married for something like 16 years of the past 19 years because there have been patches that just weren't that happy. We went through a particularly rough patch back in 2003 which lasted at least a year. The rest of the time has been a couple of months here and there. Marriage is very rarely a storybook thing.

But that's not actually what this post is about. It's about how over the years, through the thick and the thin of the marriage, you get to feel like you know each other quite well. You know each other's great attributes and then there are those things which sometimes make you wonder what exactly attracted you to the other person. Sometimes those …

Do you really think they'd be here if they had a choice?

Another day and yet another segment on some show on TV about the 'This is my country, not theirs' mob. On this occasion, it's in the US, but it could be Australia, or Britain, or any number of European countries. In this specific segment a man is quoted saying that this is his race's culture and that they have put blood, sweat, and tears into the country and the 'others' can't just come and take over.

Well, first there is the obvious argument, that the country wasn't his race's in the first place. They themselves came and took over from the original inhabitants of the land. This is also true for Australia, of course. Secondly, the 'new people' have always been a combination of immigrants from all around the world - as with Australia, going right back to the beginning (the Dutch came here before the English).

But there is a third thing these 'Conserve our culture' warriors just can't see. The new 'invaders' don't WANT …

Slipping away...

It's silly really. It's just anxiety misbehaving again.

Last year was so momentous and towards the end of the year I started bellyaching about 2018 being able to live up to the high benchmark set by all the awesomeness I got to experience in 2017. So far, it's been very quiet.

Last night I was trying to get a little perspective happening. Today is Tuesday the 9th of January. Let me repeat that, if only for my own sake, the NINTH OF JANUARY. We are a whole nine days into the year and I'm stressing over momentum? This is the problem with overthinking and anxiety. I tend to make a bit too much of nothing.

There are two personal projects I was hoping to hear back about in the last week before Christmas and nothing happened. I know I was run off my feet that week and a lot of what I needed to get around to didn't happen. I came back from leave yesterday, and obviously had a bit of catching up to do. Many of my colleagues aren't coming back until next week. So, why w…

Why do we need new phrases when the old were working just fine?

On the train in to work this morning I heard that phrase which really just scrapes its way along every nerve in my body.

'Moving forward...'

Its a business term which has crept into the language of non-business conversion.

The phrase is clunky and awkward - wouldn't 'Going forward' be less harsh in everyday conversation? It also disregards the old 'In future' which is a whole syllable shorter and easier on the tongue.

The question is why has this business phrase has been taken up by people outside of a business environment? Personally, I think people use it to sound smarter - or should I say more knowledgeable? I think people feel they have more authority if they use language outside of every day speak. Just like the use of slang in young communities separate them from the herd (deuce doesn't mean the same thing to my sixteen year old that it means to me, think two, number two... Yeah, you've got it), I think some people think using business jargon …