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Too many irons in the fire?

Have been feeling a bit tired lately, both physically and emotionally. Decided yesterday I might be overdoing it on the walking. Have been walking between 40 and 57km a week... So, took a bus yesterday and today instead of walking to or from the boys school. This was after walking 10 km on Monday (was going to walk 12.5 km but by the time I had to go to Tafe in the evening I was physically buggared)...

Also feeling very patchy emotionally though. I feel so easily thwarted at times, hmmm, that's not very well put, what I mean is sometimes it seems to take so little for me to feel like the world is not working with me but rather against me...

Was rabbiting on about this to my counsellor this morning and she pointed out that I have a lot of irons in the fire. I'm trying to learn about photography, already planning my next short course; trying to get back into Writing (bought a Writer's mag today for inspiration, and yes, that did work); Trying to get back into Knitting; a…

Going Fully Manual.

Had another photograph class last night and almost didn't go. Feeling at a bit of a low ebb (then woke up this morning with a head cold and realised why)... Anyway, glad I did go! We were working with tripods. Took a couple of fabulous (in my humble opinion) photos using an 8 second shutter speed (well, actually using "bulb" in the manual setting - requiring me to hold down the shoot button on the camera for the count of 8 seconds)... I had to chosen the aperture (which I found by setting the shutter speed I wanted in shutter preference, then focusing to see what aperture it gave me, then going to manual, choosing the aperture, choosing bulb and then holding the shoot button down for the length of time I wanted). I had to do all the focusing myself, which was actually my biggest challenge, and being that it was dark outside I was really just guesstimating (shooting in the dark, hahaha)...

So, this first shot was hand helding with me oscilating the camera to get the …

Um, don't know what to call this...

I keep meaning to write, every day, several times a day I have stuff to write about. A conversation I had with someone, or an article I read...

Speaking of articles, as many of you know, I read an article about praising children, and how it can have a negative effect on a child's self-esteem, instead of the intended positive effect. Now, I know a couple of you think this is bunkum, but the kind of praise spoken about in the article; praise that is generalised and focuses on an outcome, rather than the process that yielded the out, is the kind of praise I recognise from my own childhood. My parents meant to boost my self-esteem by telling me I was very intelligent, but unbeknowns to them they were actually telling me that because I was so innately intelligent, things ought to come easily to me. This my (intelligent) little mind interpreted as, well if something is difficult then I they must be wrong, I must not really be that intelligent, I must be a fraud. So, began a long car…

Learning to wool dye and new water filter...

Had a fun day today :D!

Katy came over and showed me how to dye wool using powdered food colouring... OMG! Had no idea it was so easy! It's definitely something I could do and would be fun to do as well. I can even do it with the kids around because there are no caustic fumes they might inhale!

Here is Katy having a go at some rainbow dying...



Gorgeous, isn't it!!!


And here is a bit of dip dying, this was even easier!


The wool just soaks up the dye like a sponge!


Instant sunrise, hahaha!


I can't wait to knit with this!

And here is the finished rainbow skein hanging up to dry...

The other thing I did today, was take receipt of the water filter we're trialing for a week... Dave doesn't want to spend the money on this as he is quite happy to drink water from the tap, but I hate water straight from the tap. In this suburb it tastes like crap, ergh! Consequently, I don't drink a lot of water because if I buy a drink it is usually Coke Zero. We spend about 5 dollars a…

Congratulations T!!!!

This story board has nothing to do with this post, I just liked it, it's soooo Buddha-wa!

Got some marvellous news last night from an old friend - she's not old, she just a friend I've had for a while, though we haven't seen each other in ages, since she moved to the country...

Anyway, she was due to have a baby about a month ago, and last night she emailed to say she'd had her baby at 42 weeks, homebirth, and not everything was as expected! Instead of one, there were actually two babies :D! Two gorgeous girls, born healthy at 42 weeks, each weighing 8 pounds and 4 ounces. They're fraternal.

I honestly don't have any other details, hahaha! It had taken her two weeks to write the short email I received - I'm imagining she's one busy lady these days!

The funniest part of the email though was when she recounted how she used to say that if she ever found out she was having twins, she'd have to throw herself of a bridge! She'd already had one so…

Warning! Whinge fest...

There you go, me with a decapitated head...

What I'm trying to show you here is my size 12 singlet tops and pants... Yes, yes, the tops are a tad snug, they're supposed to be snug, probably not quite that snug, but still... Size 12 was beyond my wildest dreams a year ago, and the pants aren't snug (there you go, I'm top heavy too)...

So, these help balance out what might otherwise be a bit of a crappy week...

Why crappy? No reason really, just not feeling very sunny. Having PMS and then AFs eventual arrival at the end of the week didn't help, of course. But I'm just just putting it down to a hormonal funk...


I broke a tooth on Wednesday. I know I need to get it either pulled or capped, but honestly I don't want to spend the money and even more so than that, I DON'T want to go anywhere NEAR a dentist, eeeek! Dentists mean needles and I am needle phobic like you wouldn't believe...

What else... Well, we're still battling head lice here. After …

Kicking some goals

Well, yesterday was one of those rare days, when I achieved everything I wanted to get done. Thie list was only four items long, but each item was a challenge in one way or another.

The List:
Walk 14 kms Get my brows waxedTalk to Luey's teacherStart my photography course
The first one required me walking home from school, back to school, up to my photography course, plus incidental errands... Each leg was fine, it was just staying motivated to start each leg of the walk, and really I found I hate a lot of motivation.

Getting my brows waxed is a commitment I've made to myself in the past year as a way of grooming myself, because for years I let myself go, and there is nothing wrong with letting your brows grow naturally, not shaving, or waxing or whatever, but for me, I found I just feel so much more comfortable and self-cinfident when I've made a bit more of an effort with grooming, it also helps me feel motivated in losing/keep weight off...

I was a bit nervous about talking…

A good friendship blossoming...

Yesterday, Erik went for his first ever playdate at someone else's house, aged 7.5 years old.

I think we were all a bit tense about it yesterday morning because several skirmishes broke out, especially between Erik and Luey. Luey was feeling a bit like he was missing out too, and we kept telling him that he could also invite a friend home from school one day, to which his response was that we should immediately call Liam and have him come over, but I already knew Liam wouldn't be home to call...

At 1pm, Erik's friends mum came over to pick him up. The agreement was that she would bring Erik back at 5pm.

After they left, Dave organised to take Luey out shopping with him, and Bryn and I pottered around the house. I tried to get some knitting done, but my mind kept wandering to what Erik might be doing, how he was coping. I was sure he was having a ball, but I'm ashamed to admit I was very concerned that he might be wreaking havoc "over there". I kept half ex…

Feeling it again...

That feeling deep down that says, you need to make some changes... Could be I like to challenge myself, I like to see how far I can stretch myself, I dunno... Reading the consumption Rebellion blog (in my list) and thinking I too need to have a look at the consumption habit of greed in my life. I know I have greed. I've known this for a while. I try to justify it with the fact that I'm not as greedy as many, I don't have every new gadget on the market, I've never even owned an ipod, LOL... We don't have a car, not that I don't wish we did. We only got a dryer this last six months, and don't have a dishwasher... But I know, in my own way, I have greed. I have enough clothes to clothe 3 women comfortably. The boys have far more clothes than any one child could possibly ever use, and despite the fact that Bryn will inherit CRATES of clothing in excellent condition, I still find myself buying him new stuff just because I think he'd look cute in th…

Playgroup photos...

These pretty much speak for themselves...


















Uneasy...

I'm feeling uneasy tonight, and I can't figure out why...

It has something to do with organising to visit mum in March. I talked to mum this morning and we came to the conclusion that the latter half of March would be ideal. I want to be able to stay 4-6 days if possible, seeing as the air fair costs a bit and mum will be working, so want a chance actually spend some time with her, yk?

Anyway, so trying to organise it with Dave, working around the days he works, and if he can switch a few hours around here and there so he can pick up the kids from school. He's being a bit iffy about it because he doesn't want to mess his employer around much, which I totally understand. He's thinking it might be better during the Easter holidays, but I can't see how, because then the boys aren't in school at all. Also, in the back of my mind is the thought that mum and s-dad's new house won't have any heating or cooling, no cooling I can live with, but no heating…

Watched "The Secret"

It was good. It was heavily peppered with an emphasise on gaining material chattels, but that reflects more the desires of the people speaking on the show than the concept of the Law of Attraction itself.

I had to laugh though. NOT ONE THING mentioned on the "The Secret" is in any way a secret. I think calling it "The Secret" and then producing a glossy Hollywood dramatic enactment at the beginning of the documentary that is reminiscent of "The De Vinci Code" was more a marketing tool than a reflection of the status of the Law of Attraction.

"Ask and you shall receive" is basically what the Law of Attraction is about. That message is one most all of us have grown up hearing and understanding. Yes, there is a need for faith, and yes, faith is sorely lacking in our society today, but the basic notion that a positive outlook on life yields a positive experience of life is simply common sense.

I'm still somewhat exasperated by the focus on havi…

Exahusting Week...

Well, if you're on this page looking for a witty reflection on the state of life inside my head, you'd better come back another time, nothing witty to see here...

This photo of Luey sporting his sparklepox is about as rib tickling as it gets today. I'm feeling extremely worn out, physically, emotionally, mentally - the whole spectrum (too tired to list the rest of the ways I'm tired)...

I'm not unhappy though, so this isn't going to be one of those ranty whingey blogs where I spew malcontent out into the net...

It's been a BIG week! A really big week. One of those weeks you're bound never to forget really. The kind of week it takes weeks to prepare for, a few days to get through, and then weeks to recover from - kind of like Christmas, I guess - or birthdays, when you decide like an imbicile to have three kids in the span of 6 weeks because it fits in with your study schedule...



The boys started school this week, as seen in the sig I made to mark the ev…