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Bring Philosophy to the people...

Many years ago, when I first moved to Australia, I found myself in a bookshop hunting for something to read.  This was back when I used to get to read a lot.  Back before my brain got all cluttered with studying and parenting and the interwebz.

I'd been in Australia for only a few months and I was feeling homesick for Norway.  This was during that period of my life when I felt more Norwegian than Australian (despite being born in Australia) or Icelandic (despite being of Icelandic decent and brought up with Icelandic cultural views).  So, when my eyes fell on a book by an author named Jostein Gaarder, I immediately recognized his name as Norwegian and snapped the book up.

The book was titled, Sophie's World.  It was about a girl who one day found a letter in her mailbox from a stranger asking her questions about the universe.  She and the stranger went on to have a discussion about philosophy through which she learned about philosophy from it's roots with Socrates and upwa…

Getting there...

I'm in an emotional hole.  What's new.  It's me, I suck, I know...  What's new.

BUT!

In other news!

I'm going to do it!  I'm going to finish this degree THIS YEAR!

This week, so far I've written 23 500 words.  Tonight, I plan to write another 2.500 words, and then tomorrow I'll finish the final 3000 words.  That's only the second draft, and I'll hand that in early next week after a quick copy edit for a supervisor's review (x2), and hopefully get some feedback when I go to Adelaide the following week.  In the meantime, I'll get started on the exegesis (another 10 000 words), for which I need to do a bit of reading.  After I get back from Adelaide I'll do the final draft and finish the exegesis and hand everything in for the final review by my supervisors by the middle of October.  Assuming there aren't any big issues that need to be addressed.  Everything will then be passed onto my examiners.

A month ago, I was seriously conside…

It's not good... (This is not an Election 2010 post)

It's not good when...


The Sun is actually shining and I still feel bad (the presence of the Sun always lifts my spirits, if it doesn't, that's not a good sign).It's the 22nd of August and I need to have my 2nd draft finished by the 1st of September. (I should mention I've written 11 000 of 40 000 word so far)I feel like I can only manage one thing at a time, and yet four million things seem to need doing RIGHT NOW!The boxes are still out on the back patio a week after I asked them to be removed to the garage.The house seems to fall into a distressing state if I don't clean it myself or nag others to do it.The fridge needs to be cleaned or I swear it might walk out of here by itself.These things seem to be playing on my mind MORE than my thesis.It's so cold, even with the sun out, it's still soooo cold!I want to crawl into bed and stay there.I need to break this cycle.  I think I need to give myself permission to do whatever it takes until the middle of O…

Our Choices, Our Future...

Today is election day in Australia - my Aussie readers will be saying, "Well, DUH!", but I have a rather large readership from overseas, so in case it hasn't reached YOUR media device...  Today is election day.

It's a fairly big deal this time around because we recently - by way of a coup of sorts (though not violent, per se) - found ourselves with a woman Prime Minister for the first time ever.  Today, we'll see if Australia would actually vote for a woman, or so some people are saying...

I, personally, think that will not be foremost in voters mind, and in many ways I REALLY hope it won't be the deciding factor in this election, either for or against, because there are so many more pressing issues to address and we need the best person for the job, not a man or a woman.

They saying it's going to be a very close election, we might even end up with a hung Parliament.  As I'm not personally a fan of the policies of either of the big parties, I find mys…

Some Doggerel for Fun...

Spring Hopes Spring by me (Sif)


Longing open exits
I sniff the air for Jasmine
Logic skims hope's bubble
Sweet scents come breezing in

Bare skin in prickling heat
A pulsing airconditioner
Five weeks is not so long
Still, it feels forever

Miserable today
Time is a fickle foe
Some weeks it moves too quick
Right now, it moves too slow

Come quick, dear Love, dear Sun
Your presence has been missed
Enough of icy cold
I'm really getting pissed!

This dogg'rel verse I write
In hopes to entertain
At least to pass some time
'Til warmth returns again!

A Profound Moment...

Last night I watched the final episode in the ABC series Making of Modern Australia.  This last episode dealt with Australia's religious history, and several religiously inclined Australian's related their progression over the years in their faith.  One couple were missionaries in Papua New Guinea for many years and while there, they had three children.  Their last child, David, sadly died at 7 days of age because he was born during a flood and the parents couldn't get to the medical assistance they needed for him, and the resident doctor couldn't reach them.  Even 50 odd years on, the pain of their loss was raw and close to the surface and brought tears to my eyes.

Several hours later I went to bed.  The thought of this couple's loss came back to me, and I went where no parent ever wants to go.  I started to think about how I would feel if any one of my boys were to die.  I was immediately overcome with deep, agonizing pain which made me quietly cry.  Then somethi…

Under-stimulated Fox Terrier Syndrome...

We used to have this little black and white Foxy named Pete.  Boy was he cute!  Like most terriers, he was pretty bright, excitable and energetic.  Unfortunately for him, living with our family meant living in the back yard and occasionally having a couple of children to play with, but mostly just hanging out with a lethargic (possibly depressed) and certainly traumatized (before she came to us) Afghan Hound!!!
Orissa was magnificent, and had a gorgeous, gentle personality, and mostly we thought she was a dumb a she was beautiful, but in reality she was probably also very bright and like Pete, extremely under stimulated.

Anyway, getting distracted, which kind of leads me to my point.  I didn't realize when I was eight that the reason Pete would obsessively chase a tin can up and down our barren, drought ridden, back yard, was because he was terribly neglected and under-stimulated and his poor bright little mind was desperate for any kind of stimulation.  Back then, we would laugh a…

Photos from Bryn's 5th Birthday (16/08/10)

So, I'm pretty much just going to spam you guys with photos and comments on the photos - they're just snapshots, so nothing spesh, just good memories for us!


The tradition "Boy with stack of pressies at SHOCKHORROR o'clock in the A.M." These do not include the stack of pressies he got at his party the day before, can you see the delirious MORE PRESENTS look in his eyes?  Next year will be such a let down!


"Can I RIP it?" NB.  The half asleep older siblings in the background!  Littlest guy was still tucked up in bed at this point...


Erik just spotted the "kind" of Bakugan Bryn got, and is already planned to try and "swap" with Bryn at some point in the future...


Bakugan!  Little balls of plastic that unfurl into marvelous fighting machines, limited only by the imagination!


Okay, somehow, I totally managed to skip taking photos of the middle present which was a Toy Story 3 lego set called "Woody and Buzz to the Rescue" that B…

My body and birthing...

Hmmmm, forgot to post this last night - must be getting old!

On the eve of my third son's 5th birthday, I have a deep sense of love for my body!

By this society's measure, my body is downright UG-LY!  It's all lumpy and bumpy with more moles than an English lawn.  I have about half a square metre of W-I-D-E deep stretchmarks across my belly and hips from a good 10 centimetres above my belly button down to where the sun-don't-shine.  I'm a fertile ground for cellulite, too.  I could probably survive an artic winter on my excess fat stores.  My boobs, which were NEVER perky and now, kindly hiding the stretchmarks around the aforemention bellybutton.  To add insult to injury, I have a scar where my abs should be thanks to my obstinant gallbladder which needed to be evicted.

So, no, not a body that anyone would want to see in a Victoria's Secret catologue!

All that said, I have to say my body has been AMAZING to me.  In particular when it comes to birthing.  Ok, it…

Thoughts from this week...

It's going to be a super busy weekend, so I thought I'd take a moment to just reflect on this week a bit...

Kinder and School

As I've mentioned a million times, my kids go to school and kinder because they want to go, not because we make them go.  This week has really been a mixed bag with regards to this approach.  On the one hand, I've had a conversation with Erik and Lukas asking them, very seriously, why they want to go to school.  Frankly, Dave and I are finding the whole school situation hard to handle.  There is so much we're just not happy with.  The constant demands coupled with a lack of understanding or support in far too many areas, it's all take, take, take, and then the attitude of "you owe us because we're doing such amazing things for your kids"...  Dave isn't particularly impressed with what passes as curricula at the moment (me, I'm less concerned because I don't see the academic side of school as being particularly im…

Politics, Education, Terrorism, and putting all our eggs in one digital basket.

Yesterday there was a lot of discussion about the two main party's education policies.  I'll say it out loud (and risk losing readers), I wouldn't vote Liberal if you paid me (well, maybe if you paid me a LOT, but then only if Tony Scabbott wasn't front and centre - or in Parliament at all, for that matter).

The Labor Party has put forth two main education policies.  One is the National Education Policy, which I think will certainly help unify Australia educationally and make it easier for students and teachers (and prinicpals) to know what's expected and to be able to move around the country without too much fuss and confusion.  The Labor party doesn't seem to be putting a lot of emphasis on this policy, but it is there...

Their second policy area is called the Digital Education Revolution, and it is this policy that has me thinking that as far as Education goes, the Liberals might actually have the more interesting and useful agenda...

The following outlines …

Thoughts on Breast feeding...

Last week was World Breastfeeding Week.  At some point during that week I took a photo on my phone of Ari having a feed.  I do this all the time because I want to capture how beautiful he is to me when he feeds, but then remembering it was breastfeeding week, too, I posted it to Facebook with the caption, "This is why I breastfeed". The caption meant, to me, that being able to see his beautiful, innocent face and gaze into his eyes means so much to me (especially now that he's a tearaway toddler).  On reflection, it could also have meant that I breastfeed my baby FOR my baby's sake, which is also true.

During World Breastfeeding Week, there was a furor over model Gisele Bundchen calling for a global law forcing women to breastfeeding for the first 6 months of their babies lives.  I don't think making breastfeeding compulsory for the first six months is any kind of solution for the abysmal breastfeeding rates around the world.  Breastfeeding should be done with lo…

Getting into a character's head is exhausting!

I just spent some time googling to try and find someone on the interwebz who looks something like my protagonist.  The model to left is about as close as I could get, though Lily's lips aren't as full as that and she has a proper fringe, not that swept aside look, but the eyes are very similar and the hair colour is right.

I spent a while this morning writing the second draft of chapter four (out of 31).  By the end of today, I want to be finished with chapter 8.  By the end of next weekend, I want to be finished with the second draft.

It doesn't take me very long to write.  I know this story so well now, and I know my characters as if they were family.  I wrote 1200 words in about an hour this morning but since then I've been wiped out!

It didn't help that I needed to lay down with Ari to get him off to sleep for his nap (he falls asleep when he believes you're falling asleep, which is basically when you ARE falling asleep, and that's usually Dave's jo…

Spot the difference

Here's a good, old fashioned "before and after" blog for you!

I've been feeling a bit down and washed out lately due to a range of things going on in my life, not least of all the weather (I'm sure I've probably mentioned that before, haven't I?).  So, yesterday, I decided I needed to take the bull(shit) by the horns and shake off my doldrums.  When I get down, I tend to become apathetic about stuff - including housework - and as um, helpful, as Dave is, there seems to be stuff that the male of the gender so often *just can't see* (I know there are exceptions, but seriously, they seem to be few and far between)...

So, I did a quick whip around with the camera before rousting the troops from their daydreams and getting some order back into the house...  These aren't in perfect order, and they not the best quality, and all the angles aren't exactly the same, but you get the picture...  Befores on the left, afters on the right (I'm hoping you…