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A short, short story for your enjoyment

The following is a draft of a story mum sent me the other day... I really liked it, so I'm posting it here...

Dream-catcher

by Yr Ham
In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit. He was a quiet, unassuming little Hobbit, with no aspirations beyond his station. His life so far had held few surprises. He had gone about his business gathering dreams from his dream-catcher, spinning his stories with care and passing them on to one of the Muses that sometimes passed by his place. He had never wondered about what they did with his stories, or where they took them. Until now. ‘Now’ had begun when his dream-catcher malfunctioned; at least, he hoped it was the dream-catcher. Stretched out between the needle sharp crystallites that towered above the entrance to his hole, his catcher had begun singing earlier than usual; before light-break. The Hobbit had been taken by surprise – he was usually way out of his slumber-chamber before the first vibrations began. Out, and …

Dave is class helper again...

This time in Luey's class today... We were both a bit trepidacious about Dave going into Luey's class for a couple of hours today because he had felt that earlier this week Mrs A had been giving him the cold shoulder, and I had felt that yesterday when I went to pick Luey up she actually glared at me for making him go back into the classroom to put his raincoat on before going out into the torrential rain (she likes the kids to vacuate the classroom pronto each afternoon, and not linger, but that's too bad, I couldn't have Luey get any more soaked than he was bound to get anyway)...

She was, however, nice enough to Dave this morning. She fluffed advising him not to gravitate towards Luey, she just couldn't say it straight out, and was trying to tiptoe around the subject until Dave ended up just saying it for her - some parents must be uber-sensitive about being told they're not their to spend time with just their kid, LOL...

I was very interested to hear what D…

This from Bryn...

He's just sitting here, reading my laptop over my shoulder (sitting on the dining table, his new fave spot in the house). He spots some piccies of the boys, and points to Erik and says, "Eh-dit!", and I say, "Yes, Erik, and Luey, can you say 'Luey'"... He mouths the "oo" part of Luey and then exclaims, "Dat!" (that)... So, again, he points to Erik and exclaims, "Erik", and then points to Luey and exclaims, "Dat!"...

EVIL school fundraising chocolates...

So, I'm slowly (or maybe not so slowly, but hey, who wants to admit that) working my way through $72 worth of mini Snickers, Mars, Milky Way, Starburst, and Maltesers... 18 small boxes worth... Dave is pitching in too, so I don't have to do all the work myself...

Of course, if we'd had our act together we could have told the school we did not wish to participate in the fundraising effort, and just "donate" (is it a donation when they DEMAND it from you?) $20... But while we were mumbling and grumbling about having to participate at all, we managed to miss the cut off for whimping out...

Of course, the school sends home these boxes with the oldest child, but as our oldest child was busy at home coughing up a lung or two, the responsibility for the massive carton of chocolate fundraising hell fell on Luey's small but surely capable shoulders. In Luey's reckoning, this means the chocolate belongs to him! He assures me his teacher told him he could HAVE on…

Oh, yes you DID!

This is what Bryn is wearing today, and it's rather appropriate considering his antics over the past couuple of days... There is a TERRIBLE parenting book out which sports the title, "The Mighty Toddler", and while I'm not happy with all the strategies for dealing with toddler behaviours found in the book, I totally understand the title of the book!

Bryn has discovered his MIGHTY TODDLERHOOD in the past few weeks! Tantrums I can deal with, he's my first to have tantrums at this age, and thank goodness for that because now I'm much more laid back about it than I would have been with Erik or Luey... What I'd FORGOTTEN about was that "Getting into EVERYTHING" stage that occurs around about now (ok, Amanda, La peaked a bit early on that one, hehehe!)...

In the past 48 hours I've realised what a FALSE sense of security I'd developed since Erik and Luey came to the end of pulling EVERY item out of EVERY cupboard, box and container in the hous…

Pump It Up!

If you're looking for the Blessingway, scroll down the page :).

Got my latest and greatest piece of training equipment today... It's such a simple design, and didn't cost very much at all, and yet it's quite effective. Here's Bryn modelling it for us...


So, now I have the Ab King and this Xing thingy. Basically between the two, I can work all the major muscle groups. For cardio I have walking. I've just decided that if I walk just the half hour walk up to the shopping centre each weekday, that'll be a great cardio workout (it involves hill, and pushing the pram)...

So, with those three elements, I will be able to get some great fitness going! That is going to be my focus for the rest of this year.

Kate´s Blessingway!

Sorry guys for getting this up so late tonight, I had to come home and have a nanna nap, and I´m not even pregnant, like so many of you!!!

Anyway, the very first thing I have to document was the first conversation Jen and I had with Kate this afternoon when we had to ring her to clarify directions after driving as far as we could, quite literally, and realising we´d gone wrong SOMEWHERE... Kate quickly figured out we´d driven too far along a road, and gave us back tracking directions with a cheerful, 'And it´s really EASY from there!' to round things off... As she said that I could help laughing, considering I was looking at the following seen out our front window!

Anyway, us city girls got there, and not even late (ok, 10 minutes late, but that was bloody marvellous considering I was in the car distracting the driver with my verbal diahhrea!)...

Ok, so who was there... From left; Jen, Kate Y, Leah and Laura...


From left; that space on the couch is where I was sitting, but you …

It's all relative...

So s-dad Lester had a conference here in Melbourne on Friday and Saturday, so my parents came down and stayed with s-bro Jason and his wife, Kirsty, and their 8 week old daughter, Sienna (who I met yesterday and am now thoroughly clucky!!! If I was clucky enough before the meeting)...

So, thought I'd record Mum's visit with some photos. Erik, Luey, Bryn and I met mum and Kirsty at KFC, and then the boys and I took mum up to their school for a looksee... Then back home via the corner shop (to pick up some ham for lunch, and for mum to buy the boys a small pressie each!)...

So, here is mum showing Luey some photos of their new house (the laptop is mums)...


Luey with the new car his Amma bought for him...


"Mæðgun", as we'd be called in Iceland - or Mother and daughter! Note, the jaw line, I see my future, argh! Love the twin laptops - we're both cruising the same site, the Uni site she works and studies at, that I'll soon be studying at... Getting the low-…

Check it out! Fast tracking...

Just had a conversation with my mum...

Have been trying to pull together my writing and my transcripts from my previous degrees an what not... Couldn't find the transcript from my Masters - I know I have it here somewhere, REALLY thought I'd put it somewhere safe, but it's not with any of my other stuff... Also, had a squizz at some of my old - and I mean YE OLDE pieces of fiction, OH BOY, I don't even want to go there... Ok, the writing itself isn't too bad, and I can say I was actually pretty impressed with the dialogue in my pieces - I can see why I was always complimented on my ability to reproduce believeable dialogue... But, SHEESH! Talk about romantic, moralistic, idealistic and NAIVE!!! Truly cringe-worthy at times!

So, was lamenting to mum as I haven't exactly focused on fiction writing in the past, um, 10 years... And this is when she tells me her associate had come up with a "plan" for me, specifically for me, that is... Because I don…

It's 90% personality, you know!!!

OMG! The child is obsessed with drawing! He is drawing on everything ALL the time! I opened my laptop before and found he'd "coloured in" my screen with a couple of textas he'd found in the couch cushions (thanks so much Erik and Luey, and don't deny it, ONE of you DID put those textas there, and right now I no longer care which one of you it was...)...

I love that he loves to draw! He comes from a long line of people who love to draw, closest of whom would be his brother Erik, who now reminds me so much of my brother, Michael with the various mythical creatures he creates on a daily basis (Octo-shark and Lightning Eye Boy)...

Why must this child draw on EVERYTHING though, even if he can't see the marks, it doesn't bother him, he just wants to run the tip of the textas, pens, pencils over whatever surface is closest at hand...

But, actually this is not what the title of this blog is referring to...

What I wanted to blog about was how Bryn and I went out t…

Two questions...

Can something NOT physical be taken from you without you giving it up?

Is losing you life the worst thing that can happen, and would it be worth giving up for "a greater cause" (ie. to make a gain for other people, including you loved ones)?

Bryn´s 'A'

Gosh, he's an amazing child!

Bryn has been totally obsessed with "droRing!" lately... He's been drawing on EVERYTHING, walls, tables, the floor, himself... So, we're encouraging him to use the MegaSketcher, much to Luey's disgust (it was a birthday present for Luey a couple of years ago, but he hardly uses it unless Erik or Bryn are wanting it)...

So, I come home from my session today and Dave tells me Bryn has been very busy drawing and immediately Bryn wants to show me "droRing"... So, he's got the MegaSketcher, and is chanting "ABC, abc, abc!" and then he draws this...



The red and blue lines are mine, of course, to show what he drew and how... It looks like an "A" to me! Clever child!

I talked to my therapist today about what I posted about ADHD last night. I asked her if she'd seen the Insight episode and she said she has missed it because she was teaching, but had been discussing it this morning with her colleagues…

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder...

Tonight I watched a discussion on Insight about ADHD, it´s diagnosis and issues sorrounding medicating for ADHD.

I don´t often discuss my ADHD (or ADD as I was diagnosed as having when I was 18, though apparently now there is no distinction made between the two, though adults, and a percentage of children often DON´T exhibit outward hyperactivity), but tonight´s episode of Insight has prompted me to put a few thoughts down on this topic.

The entire disorder is often questioned, and on that count, I will say I can see both sides of the argument. Specifically for myself, I have questions over my own diagnosis because although I experience 'classic' symptoms of ADHD, and as a child exhibit many classic symptoms, I also have an abnormal brain structure, which might also account for these symptoms, I´m sure.

I noted that many of the people on Insight who had experienced great personal success with medicating themselves to combat the symptoms of ADHD seemed to take personal offence to…

Funny Day...

As the title implies, today has been a funny day (and it's not even over yet)...

Have had both the big boys at home today, because they chesty colds haven't improved in the over-a-week period they've had them and yesterday, at school, after a coughing fit Erik was having trouble breathing.

Erik "resting" with his Yugio cards.

Each boy has been confined to his bed for most of the day, with Luey on a mattress in the study, as together they tend to play up... Dave read to them for a spell this morning, and did their readers with them as well. Then Luey chose to have a sleep, and has been asleep for a good three hours now. Erik was quite a bit more restless, and at midday I had him come out for lunch, and we had a chat about how the body heals itself, and how by sitting on top of his doona in his cold bedroom he is making the job of healing himself a lot harder for his body. I told him how VERY sick people in hospitals are sometimes put in a coma so their whole ener…

Boys and school stuff...

Thought this was a cute pic of the boys from yesterday, playing snakes and ladders with Dave (had to, on Dave's insistence, pick a photo that didn't show Dave, LOL)...

Then I thought I'd post this certificate Luey got about two weeks ago. The certificate came as a bit of a surprise to Dave and I as we've seen no evidence of Luey being able to read at all, and aren't really sure what the certificate is referring to, or even if it is a legitimate certificate or just one of those things that get handed out periodically to each child in class as a placebo encouragement.

I recently found out Luey's teacher has a chart up on the white board at the front of the class. It's a "good behaviour in class" chart with each child's name written up and then a sticker is put next to the child's name when they've exhibited "good behaviour" in class. At the time I found out about the chart (when Luey's class had a substitute teacher for a …

Vision board...

Ok, last night I sat down at the dining table with my scrapbooking supplies and made up some panels for my vision board (which might end up being a vision wall at the rate I'm going, LOL)...

This first board is for my daughter, or daughters - I'm open to the possibility of having twins (Kate, if you read this, don't groan, I know I'm naive, but well the way I've been feeling lately, and instant family of five kids might well be worth the hard slog for me).... This one was a hard one to do, and I found myself putting it face down as I worked on the other panels because I didn't want to be in Dave's face about it, but by the end of the evening I had thought myself out of that hole - this is my dream, he already knows that. I have to be honest with him about it. As I told him last week, the one of us who wants their dream more will get it, and somehow the other one will come to an acceptance of that and be happy to support the person with the strongest dream…

I'm in a writing mood, so bear with me...

Ok, so I thought, to get myself out of my doldrums, I'd have a look on realestate.com.au for properties in the area we need to move to in the next six months, or less. I'm looking for these specifics...

Must be within 15 minutes walk of the school.
Must have three good sized bedrooms, or minimum two large bedrooms and a study.
Must have large lounge/dining or a seperate family room.
Must have storage (i.e. a garage or waterproof shed for all our crap, LOL).
Must have good (neat) back yard.

Preferably an airconditioner or ceiling fans.
Preferably a light kitchen with lots of benchspace.
Preferably under $300 a week - though I'm visualising a place we can afford, which might simply mean we're earning more by then.
Preferably managed by the same real estate agency we're with now (one of the better ones we've encountered!).

So, anyway, haven't had much luck finding any suitable place in this area in the past 6 weeks or so of looking. Then this morning I found a GREAT p…

Ruminating on Family...

Dave and I have such different experiences of family. Not as in, his are all negative and mine are all positive, but as in despite the "issues" my family have here and there, there is cohesion, whereas when his family has had issues there hasn't been cohesion, and people have just stopped talking to one another and being in one another's lives.

My family is also a lot larger than his.

So, he can't understand where I'm coming from when it comes to family, which is the base for a couple of our own issues. After watching that DVD last night, I came to a couple of realisations about myself. My identity is very strongly based in my sense of family - I wonder if that is true for everyone, I'm assuming it isn't, but maybe it is? - and particularly in relation to my mother's family, which I feel very strong bonds with.

As I've mentioned before, when I was about 10 months old, I went and lived with my mum's family for about 10 months. This is beca…

Feeling so homescik...

Dave reminded me yesterday that I hadn't watched the two DVDs my uncle sent us last year from my Amma's funeral and the wake afterwards. Tonight, there was nothing on tv, and rather than watching some half-baked movie (The Mexican), Dave suggested we watch one of the DVDs. I decided we should watch the second one, which was a compilation of photos from the wake because I don't feel ready to watch the funeral yet.

I watched the DVD twice. The first time I watched it, it was with excitement, spotting all the relatives I haven't seen since at least 1988, and trying to recognise my various cousins (there are 15 on that side of the family), some of whom I haven't met, some I haven't seen in person since they were three or four (my cousin Inga did come to visit us here when Erik and Luey were about 2.75 and 9 months old)...

There were photos from one of the towns I lived in, though it's changed a lot, and I felt filled with happiness and the fun of seeing old fa…

And the Universe shifts...

Storyboard my me, star element from Lisas "Brand New Day"

I'll be back to write more after I pick the boys up from school...

Ok, back to talk about the Universe shifting...

I finished my Master of Education at the end on 2002, when Luey was 18 months old. I was ready to get stuck into my next degree straight away, but Dave was completely worn out from my studies (ok, I wasn't exactly the easiest person to live with as a student)...

So, I promised I wouldn't do another degree for at least 5 years. So, I'm going to kind of cheat on that promise, as it'll be only 4.5 years since the end of that degree when I start my next degree - a Master of Writing - in July this year!!!

When I did my Theta session on Monday, I revealed that I wasn't ready to have that little girl just yet, but that once I was doing what I was supposed to be doing (other than having children), she would come along without any issues with Dave. At that time I asked to be aligned with the …

The cleaning day...

It rained in Melbourne today, and in the spirit of looking for the positive, I was very happy for the opportunity to stay indoors and clean up! I put on Angelique Kidjo full volume and did the dishes, most of Bryn's clothes, most of my clothes, and some nappies that were growing fur in my dry pail (ick, ick, ick!!!)...

I tidied up Bryn's drawers so now Dave can actually find clothes for his son, and I came to the realisation that if I'm feeling a bit short on cash it's probably because Bryn and I have enough clothing to cloth a small village! As I said to Dave, if I buy any more clothing for either of us in the next 2 years, then I must be COMPLETELY INSANE!!! He just quietly agreed...

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

All this time spent cleaning gave me a chance to mull over something that has been bothering me in the past couple of days... I was watching on of those morning shows yesterday morning, and Dr John Irvine (gosh, I don't like him!) was ta…

Nice things...

Been meaning to post this since yesterday...

The second pair of minkee pants I ordered from Tinyroo arrived yesterday...

Aren't they lovely? So silky soft, and Bryn is such a little bovver boy in them!

But the big surprise was there was a second pair in the post pak! I was a bit confused at first because I certainly had only ordered and paid for one pair! Turns out Jacqui is doing a promotion next week, buy two pair, get a third for free, and she saw fit to extend the offer to my order because I'd ordered two pair this past week - I love them so much! So, how nice was that!!!



The third pair was powder blue, and because I like a bit of flair in Bryn's clothes, I decided to add my own trim of "shark tooth" beads down the outside leg. The beads "clatter" and "jingle" as he walks and he loves them. The pants are a tad long (because I always order a bit of extra length so pants will last, hehehe)...

Clever, aren't I?

The other lovely thing was …

Dave: AKA Classroom Helper Extraordinaire...

Today Dave ventured into Erik's class as a classroom helper. I have to say, he is braver than me! I'm awfully shy about the idea of going into the boys' classes... Erik had let us off the hook early in the year by saying he really didn't want us to be classroom helpers, but just recently he'd changed his mind. Because I have Bryn, who, no doubt would be a distraction in the classroom, I'd said I really couldn't come into the classroom. So, Dave offered to do the job.

I projected a bit of anxiety onto Dave (my own performance anxiety), but you know what? Dave had a ball! I'd thought he might be a bit out of his element, being that he isn't all that into kids, but he REALLY enjoyed himself and has been relating anecdotes to me since I got home! He says, some of the kids in the class were so sweet, he felt if you blew gently on them they're just float away... Some spoke in such soft voices he couldn't possibly hear them, and had to get…

Vic Markets

Ah, today the lovely Jen invited me along on a trip to the Vic Markets. Haven´t been there in 10 years, and honestly couldn´t remember the place at all, but what a treasure trove! I could have spent a couple of hundred EASILY!

Things I would have bought included...

Embroidered linen table runner for the dining table
Embroider silk shawl with Lotus flowers on it, BEATIFUL!!!
Embroidered handbag!
Red leather wallet/purse
Browny/red leather fidora hat - soooo nice!
Painted wooden spiral decoration thingy
LARGE silver jewellry box
Several tops from this clothing store full of those stretchy hippy looking clothes

So many nice things...

So, instead I bought Bryn this el cheapo mechanical "bouncing" Kangaroo, LOL...

Also got some lovely caramels form a lollyshop. Had my first ever Cannoli! And of course, a good ol' chat about everything and nothing...

Poor old Dave called me about 1/2 hour before we were going to leave. He sounded like shit. Has a throat infection, and wanted to know …

My Theta Healing...

So, Sally came along this morning to do my Theta session.

She started by putting some Frankincense on her hands and holding the soles of my bare feet. Got me to breathe slowing and consentration on my heart place (heart chakra)...

After a little while of meditating, she asked me if there was something specific I wanted to work on. I said I was just trying to stay open. So, she says two things came to her; I (meaning me) am extensively self-educated, but also I'm a teacher.

So, we talked about that, me teaching, and also how I needed to trust the process, because I've been held back by the concern that either people wouldn't respect me, or that I wouldn't have the right level of integrity and be projecting too much of myself...

Then she asked if there was any one thing I could change in my life what would that thing be. I said it would be Dave's attitude towards having another baby. Then I said, maybe it was me who needed to change how I thought because I didn'…