Monday, September 14, 2009

Laughing, but not out loud...

Ok, my last blog post (from this morning) was not some mystical reference to some great drama in my life, but rather a real life reflection of how bad my ADD is at this moment. I'd started a blog post about being all over the place, mentally, and then I was called away from the computer, but somehow my brain farted and I automatically clicked the "publish post" button...

Last Sunday (a week ago yesterday), Jayne and I took off on our most excellent adventure. We drove to Canberra, stayed at the lovely Pam's house for two nights, joined the wet and enthusiastic Homebirth Rally (which has been widely reported on on the interwebs so I don't need to bore you all with my take on it), and drove around in many, many, many circles! Geez, it was good to be "home" Canberra for a little while! I'd forgotten about the roundabouts though! Pollies do like going in circles, that's for sure!

Like me, Canberra has changed in the past 12 years. She looked as lovely as ever, but her vibe was so very, very different. We walked around Civic on the Monday and it was basically deserted. I had to keep reminding myself that it was just a regular Monday and not a public holiday, wow!

Then we drove to Wollongong and spent another couple of night with the Fantastic Franny!!! The weather was much kinder for those couple of days and it felt amazing to be bathed in sunlight for so much of the day!

Highlights of our stay in Wollongong included meeting up with my nanna and Aunty Lorna, whom I had seen in 12 and 15 years respectively. Now I'm very motivated to catch up with more family, and am really looking forward to Aunty Lorna's promised visit next time she is in Melbourne (any other family who may be reading this is also VERY WELCOME to come visit!)...

Oh, I broke a tooth. Well, the tooth was already half gone, but I woke up in the middle of the night and as I ran my tongue across the back of my teeth this one crown just same away, noice, NOT!!! Luckily, it's not noticeable unless I smile REALLY BROADLY...

We did a day trip in Sydney on the Wednesday and saw the sights. Hence photos below, which include evidence of Ari's first outing in a ring sling (and to think Luey LIVED in a ring sling for the first three years of his life and Bryn partly ring slung for the first three years as well)...

On the Thursday we left Wollongong and headed to Eden for the night. We got there as the sun was setting, so grabbed a pizza and sat up talking about differing life philosophies (spurred by one of KateF's blogs, LOL), and then went to bed. Got up on Friday and spent an hour at the GORGEOUS Eden beach - during which time I decided that at some point in my life I'm going to live by the beach!!! - and then set off to Melbourne, arriving home just in time to give Bryn his bed time Meh and tuck the other boys in for the night!

So, last week was a big week, and tiring as well, it's left me quite emotionally drained and dazed and confused.

On top of the trip, the rally, the meeting long missed family and losing another tooth, there have been other big milestones...

Erik - has been given a position on the school magasine project.

Luey - did a HUGE project on Iceland and received an award for his reading.

Bryn - became COMPLETELY nappy free, day and night.

Ari - sprouted his first tooth (FINALLY, at 10.5 months, hope that means he'll have superstrong teeth = apparently the later teeth sprout the strong the tooth enamel).

Our dear dryer (who served us well for almost exactly four years) died last week, as well, just in time for me to start using cloth on Ari again (had promised myself I would go back to cloth for him once Bryn was out of nappies)...

I have to try and gather my scattered mind tomorrow, maybe do a thorough clean of the house or something and start focusing back on my work. Gotto finish this degree in the next couple of months!

3 comments:

Stitch Sista said...

OK, like wow! I felt exactly like this before blogging...I've been scattered and spacey for weeks now.

Also I had a terrible nightmare when in Canberra that I'd broken a tooth! So I'm kind of freaked out that you actually did!

katef said...

sounds like a fab trip - except for the tooth.. bugger!
And um.. I wrote something about life philosophies?? How deep meaningful and uncharacteristic of me... now I need to know which post!!! LOL

Sif said...

Rofl, Rach about the tooth, maybe you're psychic...

Hehehehe, Kate, it was your blog about M being left out of the girl's room (which him having his own room wouldn't actually prevent from happening, but that's another saga)...

Jayne and I had totally different experiences as children with this (her being an only child, and me having to share a room with my brother until I moved out at the at of 18, and then sharing with him again at age 24 when we both had a short stint back at mum's)...

Our, mine and Jayne's, world view on sharing bedroom and person space is polar opposite :D, so we discussed it, LOL...

Teenagers and the failing parent...