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So ,uch going on, I´ll try to order my thoughts under subheadings...

Big week

As the sub heading suggests, it´s been a big week. The last week of June always heralds in the birthday season in our family. First there´s Luey on June 25th, then Erik on july 6th, then my dad on August 4th, then Bryn and my mum both on August 16th, then my brother on September 24th and now Ari on October 27th...

Erik and Luey traditionally have a joint birthday because many of their friends knows each other and so it´s always more fun to bring everyone together at once. This year was extra special as the boys FINALLY got to go to Dark Zone! They´ve been wanting to have a party there for two and half years, since Erik was first invited to another friends party there, but as the lower age limit is 8 years, we had to wait for Luey to turn eight. The excitement has been building all year! I woke this morning with the usual nerves. I´m not great with parties, I worry too much about everyone having a good time and such like. One of Erik´s intivtees wasn´t able to make it and I was stressed that that might somehow throw out the balance and ruin the party for Erik... LOL, of course, I was worrried about nothing. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the boys certainly had a fantastic time, and basically it was a huge success!

I´m so glad that´s over for another year, LOL...

More Party plans...

I´m already thinking about Bryn party in August. I know where I´m going to have it, and pretty much who we´re inviting, now I just need to book it and organise invites (and not leave it until the very last moment the way I did with the boys). Will probbly go for the 15th of Augast, as that is a Saturday. It'll be a bowling party at a local bowling alley (not one of those big chain ones I once worked for, LOL)...

Last night Ari's 1st birthday time and theme came to me and I'm quite excited about it! I'm going to have his 1st birthday on October 31st and have a Beltaine theme with a maypole - so put that in your diary folks!!! Hopefully the weather will be warming up just nicely by then, and about five years ago some friends and I had a Beltaine get together here with a Maypole, and it was fabulous!!! I love Beltaine!

Bronchitiseseses...

We;ve all been sick this last week with Bronchitis. Dave and the boys are all slowly working through prescriptions for antibiotics, but I've taken so many ABs this year already I'm trying to get by without them, dozing up on olive leaf extract and panadeine and sudafed instead, it's mostly working though this afternoon I'm feeling a bit like I'm dragging myself around, and this morning I was in Spotlight trying to source darning needles and ended up coming out of the shop completely empty handed after spending 40 minutes marvelling over merino yarns and not being able to think clearly enough to make a bloody decision about what to get, rofl...

Holidays, or not...

School holidays are here, but of course we've all been home all week (except Erik on Friday when he insisted on going to school)... As as far as holidaying goes, I still have far too much work to do to consider lounging around like some lady of luxury reading books or painting my toenails (though those things might appeal)...

I've basically got to write a minimum of 2500 every day between now and July 10th, so that my first draft is ready when I take it to Adelaide. Other than that we have no real plans for the holidays which suits me to the ground. I might be going out on Wednesday, and maybe catching up with some friends next Sunday, and maybe some other friends at some point, maybe... But nothing set in stone.

Adelaide...

I can't WAIT to get back to the Barossa!!! Visiting mum has become one of the highlights of my calendar and I'm very excited to see the newest developments with the back yard, and to ride in the new car, and maybe get out to Maggies for a picnic lunch, YUM!!! At the same time, I HAVE to have my work done BEFORE then and "then" is only 13 days away, ARGH!

Studies...

LOL, tricked ya! Bet you thought I'd already writen about my studies, but no... I found out a couple of weeks ago that my Uni has just gotten clearance to run a PhD in Creative Writing probably from about midway through next year. I'm completely geared up to get into that degree and finally, FINALLY get my doctorate, whoo hoo! It's a major life goal!

I said about one or two weeks ago that this was part of my five year plan, to get work as a tutor and later a lecturer at a Uni so we can finally afford to buy our own house.

Well, I've been thinking about it some more, and really I need to think about working well before then. I need to start work some time next year. Teaching at a Tafe doesn't appeal, but my only in class teaching qualification is at a tertiary level... Then someone gave me the idea of doing a short course at Tafe to become a Kinder teachers assistant. In many ways that kind of job would suit me to a tea. I already have qualification in that general area, and an interest, and the hours would suit me well with young kids, and not wanting full time, 9-5 work... So, the plan is for a friend and I to do this course together (I'm only not saying who in case she doesn't want it broadcast)... The course is six months long at my local Tafe, hopefully only three full days a week, so Dave can have the boys... At the end of the course I could get a job at the local kinders or creches, of which there are quite a number locally! The huge irony here is that twenty years ago, I'd just decided to move to Australia, and my Nanna put in an application for me to do a childcare course at a local Tafe then, the only reason I didn't get into the courtse was because I wasn't in the country in November that year for the in person interviews... Here I am a full 20 years later applying to do the same course, having done a degree, post grad diploma and almost two Masters degrees in between, LOLOLOLOL,,,

Noise...

There is so much noise in this house atm. Six people, even when they're being quiet, make an extraordinary amount of noise. Just breathing, my decibel app on my phone reads 47 decibels! But when you add to that the noise of a heater fan dying a long, slow, metal grinding on metal kind of death, the decibel reader bounces right up to about 75 decibels! Is it any wonder that my head is constantly pounding and panadeine has become all but a dietary supplement to me these days... The heater people assure us they're coming over on Tuesday to have a look at the heater - I hope they do more than just look at it...

And now, my baby is awake and wants a huggle, so more later...

Comments

Bin said…
I hope you get your heater fixed and I'm glad the boys enjoyed their party :)

I find myself in a similar situation with the career thing in that I am now looking at training for the exact same job I initially had in my head when I started uni out of school. However, I think all the intervening years and training and life experience will only make it much better than it would have been back then.
Sif said…
Well i can certainly agree with that thought with regard to myself! 20 years ago i believed child were blank slates we write upon, and if we "programmed" them correctly they would always be happy, co-operative, consierate, olite little people...

Obviously, that wouldn't have left much wiggle room for being imperfect, amazing human beings...

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