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Random Smiles...

Things that have made me smile this last week...

Bryn has really gotten into playing with the wooden Thomas set, and actually setting up little tracks and making up stories about the trains...

Bryn has been spending a lot of time "nekkid", while I try to get him to understand what wee is, and where it should go - it's not sinking in by the way, but he doesn't mind being nappy free... So, anyway, one afternoon he wanted to go outside and play, and I said to him, "Oh, you can't go out with clothes on, you'll get burned. You have to get dressed first..." So, off he trotted and came back wearing his Bob the Builder hat, and a pair of Erik's shoes, all set to go outside to play...

Erik hardly ever takes a nap these days, so have both him and Bryn napping at the same time was an amazing photo-opportunity that could not be missed. Bryn had actually been asleep in his bed, but woke up, and I brought him out to the couch to wait while I made him a sandw…

Wondering...

Well, it's not a secret I had my wallet stolen out of my bag (which was hanging off Bryn's stroller) in the middle of Safeway today. Besides losing all my ID and bank cards and concession cards etc. I also had $800 in that wallet. It was payday, and as per usual I'd taken out the daily limit of my account - because I like to avoid withdrawal fees by only make keeping withdrawals under 6 per fortnight.

Anyway, I've told all and sundry about this terrible thing that happened today. This thing that left me feeling somewhat violated but also really upset because we're struggling financially atm...

I received lots of sympathy and well wishes and I know that a number of people were prepared to chip in to make sure my family had food, at least, this week, for which I'm extrememly grateful.

Something else though.

I've had quite a few people wish a good "come uppance" on the thief. I don't know why this has struck me as odd or even maybe a little offe…

Does anyone feel like pitching me a story line???

I'm deadly serious!

It can be ANYTHING, as long as it's for adult (not children, but I don't mean ADULT as in R rated or anything)...

C'mon people, I need an idea!!! I'm going nuts here! I'll buy you a coffee, or a vino, or whatever takes your fancy if you give me an idea that springboards into a story!

Oh, and I need an idea today!

So, how about it!

What would you want to read about if you were looking for a novel in a bookshop???

Two down, two to go...

Ok, I've spent all morning finishing off those editing assignments, and am about to go mail them (express mail) on the way to pick the boys up from school.

Now I need to write a proposal for my thesis novel, as well as a cover letter to a publisher who would be most likely to publish my kind of story. I really need to get to the library and get hold of a Writer's marketing manual (or whatever it's called, they're publish bi-annually). I also need to rewrite and polish my short story and submit it with cover letter to three appropriate publishers.

These last two assignments don't intimidate me as much as the editing assignments did - maybe they should, maybe I'm being naive, rofl!

editnig Editing...

Been working my way up to doing my editing assignments. What a wake up call on so many levels! I now understand why this is the last unit students do before embarking on their thesis... Obviously, it is meant to help the writer improve their own writing by being able to rework drafts, but I think there is a second, more subtle, reason for this unit...

TO MAKE THE WRITER REALIZE WHAT ABSOLUTE DRIBBLE THEY'VE BEEN WRITING TO THIS POINT!

Argh, the very first assignment was to write a 2000 word short story draft with absolutely no edits. After submitting that, the student is then given another students 2000 word short story to editing for structure and copy. Then the student must edit their own, previously submitted, piece. Now that I've read what I'm supposed to be editing this other person's short story for, I've realized the story I wrote was just AWFUL!!! Far too much narrative, a slow, clunky start, it's more like the first chapter of a novel, and not eve…

Ye Olde "To Do" List...

Yes, I KNOW how much you guys love to read my to do lists, rofl!!! It's inspiring reading, isn't it?
Well, my house is falling apart, and I've been saying for weeks that I need to sort it out and basically I've been putting it off!

Well, today Erik is home from school because of the stop work meeing, but Luey had to go because his teacher isn't attending, so I've decided to make use of having Erik here, and have bribed him with pocket money to help me today...

So, today's list is:

Clean the

Kitchen,Lounge,Hall,My room,Boys room,Bathroom,Laundry,and Toilet.Update: Well, as you can see, I actually finished the to do list (wow, has that ever happened before???). Erik single-handedly cleaned the boys room and did a really good job (and it was a really big mess, too, Dave and I had been avoiding it for a week). For that he earned $5, which he promptly spent on Pok√©mon, lol! Luey tried to pretend he was sick this morning so he could stay home and do something to e…

"I couldn't survive if I couldn't drive"

Well, paint me blue and call me Smurfette! I've just read one of the more discouraging threads on a parenting forum, that I've read in a little while.

The question the thread posed was whether people felt they could survive without their car. The VAST majority of respondents felt they absolutely could not because the shopping centre was a 40 minute walk away, or work was an hour away, and there wasn't any local public transport or it was very good.

It seems not to have occurred to these people that in the event of not being able to drive places, they would need to MAKE CHANGES in their lives. They couldn't just lay down and die in poverty (because presumably they'd get fired for not going to work, and couldn't possibly get another job), and starvation (because the only way to do shopping is all at once, and to carry the bags home in your hands, so obviously no shopping would happen)...

Is this what our modern Western society has come to?

Are we so spoilt for cho…

It had to happen... Anti-climax.

Well, I was very excited for about 24 hours, as well as shocked and waiting for the other shoe to drop. I know a lot of people have said it happened so quickly and I was so lucky, and that is very true to a degree.

I was really hoping to get pregnant straight away, but thought perhaps that was asking too much. It had taken one cycle to conceive Erik, but two to conceive Luey and three to conceive Bryn, and so - with me being older and all - I was half expecting it to take four cycles to happen this time, and if not by then, then not at all.

I guess from outside, it looks like I just decided to get pregnant in January and then it happened, but it wasn't like that at all. I decided I wanted another baby shortly after Bryn was born when I had a dream about a wise woman reading my spine - yes, that was a bit strange. She read my spine and told me I had five children. I said I only had three, but had lost two, so maybe that was what she was seeing. She said that wasn't it, she…

The physical evidence!

The top one is from Tuesday and the bottom one is from just 20 minutes ago (and even now it's darker than that, but I took that photo at ten minutes). So now you can see why I wasn't keen to put up a pic of my POAS from Tuesday, it was a "barely there" line, but thankfully it's getting darker, and as it gets darker I'm feeling more and more pregnant too!

I started feeling bits of queazy about 4 days ago, but today it stuck around for nearly the entire day, barring when I ate - this is, by far, the earliest it's ever started. Also, felt "dragging myself around" tired this afternoon - I really need to stay in bed in the morning till at least 7.30 (instead of getting up at 6.15am) and get to bed before 11pm...

Also, am also having bouts of reflux, but that might be due to the sudden introduction of wheat back into my diet...

Ok, I'll stop boring you guys with my pg talk now...