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Goodbye July...

This was the view out of my kitchen window at about twenty to six tonight... It got me thinking that it was the last Sunset of this July month for 2007 and that it was a calender month that many of my friends will not be sorry to see the end of. The saying goes, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight..." which means that when the Sun casts a gorgeous red Sunset, like this one, it is heralding the coming of a gorgeous Sunny day the next day... Let's hope this bodes well for the month of August!!!

For me, the coming of August is a wonderful thing! Bryn turns two at the middle of the month, and towards the end of the month we should be hearing the wonderful news of the arrival of baby Juniper!!!

As well as this, August is the last month of Winter, and so it just HAS to get warmer, and the days will get longer and brighter, and with that I'm expecting that warm Spring breeze, scented with Jasmine that will lighten everyone's heart!!!

So, Goodbye July, and a warm w…

Today's To Do List...

Clean kitchenGeneral tidy upDry clothes that are in washing machineFill in Sports clinic formCheck homework for this weekSort readings into foldersGet cheque for sports clinicMail form and cheque
If the weather clears up this afternoon, then walk down to boys school with Trojan and pick them up. (Weather didn't clear up until 3pm, by which time I was already on the bus up to the school...)
Have also

Swept floorsOrganized for old fridge removal
Folded Bryn's clothing from the linen basket and put them away

The Simpsons Movie...

Took the boys to see The Simpsons Movie today. This was Bryn's first ever movie experience, and so, of course, he managed to fall asleep in the ergo, on the tram, on the way down to the cinema. He woke about 1/2 way through the movie and Dave was holding him at the time and his eyes were apparently like plates! Then he spotted me, and want to sit on my lap, where he sat back and very placidly watch the rest of the movie!!! Erik's first movie was Thunderbirds Are Go! (the old movie, before the Thunderbirds revival movie), Luey's was Nemo (also by Pixar like today's movie)...

Anyway, he seemed to like it...

When the movie finished a bunch of kids went and stood right up in front of the screen so the lettering went over their bodies - they would have been aged 8-12, believe it or not... Erik and Luey, of course, had to be part of that action, and it freaked Bryn out to see the lettering roll over their bodies, he kept calling out, "Luey stuck! Erik stuck!" h…

Iambic Monometer

So, at some point I have to actually START my studies. I've been reading about poetry in the past couple of days, trying to get some basics understanding of the terms and so forth. For the first weekly exercise (which we submit monthly for assessment), I have to write a poem, any style, any length on the subject of poetry... Now having read all the exercises I know I have to do this very exercise at the end of this unit, to so the lecturer (and I) can compare the two poems and hopefully see a progression...

So, I chose to write in Iambic (walking meter, Duh-dum) monometer, so one Iamb per line... This is what I've come up with...

I'm tense
I write
I think
This stinks
Two beats
Some Rhyme
Might work
This time
Challenged
All new
Yearning
Must learn
To write
With style
A verse
A theme
It seems
Too hard
No Bard
Am I
Poems
I like
To read
To hear
Not write
I fear
That gene
I lack
It seems


So, there you go, my first ever attempt at "real" poetry... Please remember th…

Adelaide Trip Part II

More from the trip... Now, my parents don't actually live in Adelaide, but rather, in the Barossa - a really beautiful part of Australia packed with vineyards and small touristy town jam packed with antiques and handcrafted items for sale...

Here is Bryn have his morning Cheerios...

Then out into the unfinished garden on a gorgeous day! My parents have just finished building their house and are now in full swing doing the garden. While we were there the front drive was being paved, and by now the back has probably been fully paved as well. I'm planning a trip back there in January with all three boys and by then the backyard should be fully landscaped...

It was also divinely warm while we were there, on the Saturday it was 20 degree, which explains the overexposure of my shots - the lighting in SA is quite different to that in Melbourne, the sky is wider and bluer and the sun shines with white hot light!

Firm friends chasing each other around the stacks of bricks...

Fetch Jac…

Adelaide Trip Part I

ARGH! I took too many pics on my trip to Adelaide!!! I've promisd *a couple of* people I would post some pics, and that's fine, I LOVE posting my photos (only being a tiny bit narcissistic here), but gawd it boring chosing pics, and shrinking them and then waiting for them to load up here etc...

I've been so run off my feet with one thing or another this week too, so haven't had spare energy to blog.

But here are a few from the 100s I took. These are from the first day, and therefore are all but the last one taken at Mum's work - my new Uni - a gorgeous place for taking photos. Of course the subject of each photo is invariably Bryn (because he's just so adorable to me!)...

My grubby faced boy!

Hiding Hi-5 angel (he thought the flower the angel is holding was the Hi-5 handprint, so kept calling it Hi-5, LOL) in one of Amma's (his grandma) books...

Putting the springy legged sheep and the Hi-5 angel in his home-made "bus" (aka storage tray of some de…

Regimentation...

Well, I was going to come in here and post Part I of the trip to Adelaide photos... Unfortunately, photobucket is down for maintenance, so that'll have to wait...

But luckily I have other stuff to blog that doesn't require photos...

I'm now all enrolled in my Masters and was supposed to start study on Monday, of course, on Monday, I was in Adelaide, so not much studying was happening. That's ok though because as it turned out two of the lecturers didn't have all their notes ready for distribution! So, the Semester has been put back one week...

I spent last night devising a timeline of assignments (as they have to be mailed in, and so I need to have them ready a couple of days BEFORE the due date). It's going to be full on, and that is with me only doing three of the units for the first half of the Semester. I was advised to start the fourth unit at the beginning of next term, which I thought was because the head of the department was concerned that I might ha…

Do I even have the right to...

Ok, more pics of Bryn sleeping, yeah, maybe I'm obsessed, or maybe I'm just thrilled with how he happily sleeps all evening on the couch, instead of waking several times because he's cold...

Last night when we transferred him to the bed, he got very angry (at the cold) and yelled for about 10 minutes inconsolably, then finally fell asleep, about 30 minutes into his sleeping a bubble of giggle popped up out of this mouth, it was SOOOO cute, made me giggle too. 10 minutes later another bubble popped out - I think he must have been dreaming about playing witht he boys, because it was the same giggle he giggles when he's got Luey chasing him around the dining room table...

Anyway, to the title of this post... Today Erik lost a great toy that his best friend from school gave him for his birthday just two days ago. Erik had wanted to take it out of the house to show off, and I had warned him he might lose it (he is prone to losing stuff when out - yet another thing he's…

"L" is for Learner...

Don't you just love piccies of sleeping bubbas? Here is the littlest man of the house fast asleep on the couch, because after many weeks of wakings we've decided he is just too cold in the bedroom by himself before we come to bed - it's only about 4 degrees in there...

Kate F, if you're reading this, that brown stain abover Bryn's head is the nearly 5 year old stain from the time Erik and Luey decided pouring treacle on our, then, brand new couch was a superb idea... We washed a lot of the treacle out but it always managed to seep back up and out of the sponge in the couch, so the couch has long needed a proper dry clean - we're waiting till all our kids are past the "condiments on furniture" age...


So, today marks the end of an era in Dave's and mine relationship... Namely the era of me NAGGING him to get his Ls so he can start taking lessons to FINALLY get a lisence. 10 long years of hounding and nagging, and whinging and bitching... My GODS …

Bryn's Bird Boy Buggary Begins...

You can recongise a Bird boy by the charming way he bats his long lashes at you on a bus or a train, smiling coyly, but never dropping his gaze.

You can recognise him by the glint in his eye as he plans and then executes his dasterdly deeds, mostly aimed at amusing himself, but if they amuse others then bonus points are awarded on the ledger...

You can recognise him by his angelic face, that butter wouldn't melt expression on his gorgeous face, that lulls you into a deeply disturbing sense of security that you seem to be endlessly kicking yourself for letting yourself be tricked into.

Ah, yes, Bird Boy Buggary is legendary!

Bryn has recently made it clear that he is well and truly a Bird boy! He has honed his button pushing skills with his brothers and had Erik in tears the other day because he refuses to stop trying to hug Erik while Erik was desperately trying to create his latest drawing masterpiece.

Bryn also has Luey's number and can entice Luey into a game of round the dinin…

"Pearport"

After all the deep emoting, I thought I'd post something a little lighter in tone.

Bryn's been showing us some new things lately... The other day I spent most of the afternoon playing various board games with Erik and Luey; Spellbound, Ludo and Crazy Ludo... All the games involved throwing a dice and counting places to move "forward" on the board... To our great entertainment, Bryn kept nabbing the dice , rolling it, and counting "One, two, three, one, two, three!" I'm pretty sure he was just mimicking, but he totally understood what we were doing, and moved all our pieces appropriately on the board, funny little man!

The other story is from today. I was feeding him this afternoon, as you do on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and I said to him, "Oh, we're going to visit Amma and Grandpa Lester the week after next! We're going in an airplane, won't that be fun!" He came off the boob and exclaimed, "Airpane, Pearport!" This …

So, I think I'm suffering from existential angst...

I joked the other day that when Bryn throws tantrums Dave doesn't consider them tantrums but claims Bryn is merely writhing in existential angst... LOL, well, after last night's post, and the crisis I was feeling over the ability to choose to do my best to follow an ideology, something I've done countless times in the past decade or more, but then feeling the weight of the responsibiity of the choices I make, as well as a sense of meaninglessness about those choices in the scheme of things, I'm now thinking that I'm basically just curling up inside my own existential angst...

Which shits me really because I don't consider myself to be that way inclined. I'm usually quite happy to just expect my best of myself with whatever resources I have at hand.

I'm thinking this has to be some sort of hormonal imbalance again.

Of course, I'm constantly struggling with my hormones, because basically I'm a hormonal mess much of the time. I have periods of bein…

Ideology

I'm all but ready to ditch ideology altogether.

It's all too hard... There are just too many ways to be "getting it wrong"... Too many ways I need to try to be "bettering myself". It's exhausting, I tell you! There is no way I can ever be good enough, conscientious enough...

I read about people boycotting everyting; companies who develop vaccines, companies to develop formula, companies who use toxic plastics, companies who dabble in slave labour, child labour, unethical business practices.

People don't consume products made in china, products containing chemicals, products that aren't organic.

Consuming anything new is bad, I totally agree! It's adding to all the overconsumption around us, the endless landfill, depletion of natural resources, the erradication of 100 of natural species of plants and animals around the world every year.

Then there are all the words we shouldn't use, all the words that oppress women (wimmin), and minoritie…

Ok, excuse me while I whinge...

ARGH! Why? Why is it that I always get to be the nag and the bitch???

It's school holidays, and I'm more determined than at Easter to stay on top of it and not have the kids getting too bored, so actually pull my finger out and interact with them, rather than bury myself in my computer. Partly, this is also for Bryn's benefit because he gets so out of rhythmn anyway with them home, but if they're "bored" they want to put on the tv or mess with him and that upsets him more.

This plan was based around the idea that I would be relieved of sole entertainment responsibility on Mondays and Wednesday and I could get out of the house with Bryn and get a break for both of us, but wouldn't you know it THIS week had to be the week Dave gets extra work at work.

On Monday he says to me, "You remember I told you last week I have to go into work today?"

Well, no, I didn't remember that. He assured me he told me, but seriously I'm sure I would have rem…

Just a few incidentals

Here´s Squidgy boy getting into some noodles. We were a bit mean, actually, usually we break the noodles up into small bits, but so much was ending up on the floor that on this occassion we didn´t and so he had to struggle along sucking up one or two at a time, check out the concentration!!!

Here´s the boy playing his electronic organ... Easier to turn it on with my toe than bend down to turn it on...

Whoo hoo!

Dig that beat!

And then today the legally blind woman in this house assaulted her sons´self respect be inflicting yet another homemade hair cut on eat of them. At least they´ve got a week and a half for it to grow out a little before school starts again...

My but they do have gorgeous head shapes don´t you think?