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Time for action...

Found out today that Mum has a diagnosis of ADHD. This comes as no surprise to us, but for some reason I feel relieved. I guess it just confirms that my symptoms are probably 'really' ADHD, rather than 'a complication of an abnormal brain structure'. Also, it means I'm probably right to have concerns about two of my boys. So, now I need to get a referral for one boy and for myself. I'm going to 'wait and see' with the other boy because he is still young and may be within normal parameters for his age group. So, there you go.

Turning four...

Ari turned four on Saturday. This was the first year where he was fully aware of the significance of his birthday and had been counting down to the day in months, then weeks, then days since about July...
Every day for the week prior to his fourth birthday, he would randomly announce, 'It's my BIRTHDAY!' - alternatively, the pouty version when he wasn't getting his way, 'But, it's my birthday...' Finally, on Saturday morning he announced his birthday and we could all tell him it certainly was his birthday! Two days later, when his Amma asked him how old he was, he told her he was '5-ish...' - it seems the count down to his next birthday has already started...
We were a bit worried he wouldn't have much in the way of presents this year, but somehow I managed to juggle the books and in conjunction with a well timed sale, he didn't do too badly after all! My apology for the crappy standard of these photos, I've all but given up using my Ca…

PhD application update.,,

It has now been 8 weeks and 4 days since I submitted my PhD application. It has also been 7 weeks since the second of my two referees submitted their referral for my application and I received an email confirming my application was complete.

As I've mentioned before, I also applied for a scholarship at the same time. Scholarship applications close on Wednesday next week.

Because I applied for both, it seems my application is on hold until the scholarship round has been assessed and so I was told not to expect a response to my application until December. This is very frustrating because I ticked the box saying I would like to do the degree regardless of my scholarship application outcome (which I now strongly believe will be negative. I have questioned applying for a scholarship at all, in hindsight, due to the level of applications and my complete lack of peer reviewed articles or academic research - outside my Masters, which doesn't really count).

Anyway, so I was waiting. Im…

I Heart My Body 2012

A year ago I participated in my first 'I Heart My Body' meme. I said back then that I've long loved my body, especially for its physical strength. That has not changed in the previous twelve months!

Last friday I was honoured to have a series of photos taken of me by emerging photographer Michael Griffith and I had a ball! The poor guy was trying to get some serious, even angry, shots of me (he plans to work with actors doing head shots among other things) and I was just having so much fun I couldn't get the smile off my face for more than a second at a time!

I do love my body! To me, my body is all about luxury; it's smooth and soft and generous. I love to adorn my body with body-art created by my brother - I know not everyone is into tattoos, but to me they are beautiful and they contrast the texture of my skin in a lovely way and so I really enjoy them.

So, now I'm going to bombard you with a few of the shots Michael took last friday - he is opening his busi…

Bugger You, Jack, I'm All Right...

I went to great seminar on early literacy yesterday - it was wonderful to have something for those old synapses to snap over, I have to say.

There were three or four speakers, but the one who stood out to me was Tony Wilson. I had never actually heard of him before, though it seems he participated in Race Around the World back in  and has since then been writing children's books.

He was speaking about how literacy begins, and particularly how it begins before children actually get to school and start learning their ABCs. He said studies had been done which showed that language acquisition and vocabulary developed in early childhood supports the development of text based literacy. He said, it has been shown that children of higher educated parents tend to hear an average of 2200 words per hour, whereas child from lower socio-economic households (he said 'parents on benefits' but I'm assuming he means parents of lower end-point education) only hear 600 words per hour on…

I miss her...

I was up until 5am this morning with insomnia. Partly because I'd slept so long yesterday morning, partly because I also fell asleep while putting Ari to bed yesterday evening.

I both love and hate being awake during the night.

I love it because the house is quiet and I can watch trashy television like Happy Days and The Love Boat (I love The Love Boat) and Charmed, and I can think. It is so much harder to think these days with four kids in the house and stuff to do and the Grumpy Old Man around all the time...

I also hate being awake at night because I can think. I always end up dwelling on how life is, and how I wish it was and mistakes I've made - or that the Grumpy Old Man has made, and of course the frustrations of not being able to make the kinds of changes I feel I need to make to be happy.

In the wee hours of this morning I found myself going back over my blog. I've been writing this blog for almost seven years now. Reading my early posts I sometimes wonder if I&#…

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Awareness Week...

Ends today.

I've been aware of it all week, but haven't had the heart to write about it until today.

I was alerted to a great Canadian website earlier in the week and it brought my own diagnosis home again, as well as my concerns regarding having Erik diagnosed. Since then it's been sitting there on one of the channels of my brain, but I haven't done anything with it.

You see, my diagnosis was never conclusive. Partly because it happened twenty-one years ago when ADD was still a new thing and people weren't really sure what it was - what to include in the diagnosis and what to exclude from it. The fury over medicating the symptoms was white hot back than. It's still glowing hot now, but I think it is far more accepted than it was throughout the 1990s.

People still consider ADD and ADHD to be a pseudo-syndrome.

Some people still don't really believe it exists.

And yet, this week I read on that site a description of the experience of ADHD symptoms that I'…

Emerging Artist Award for Erik...

A few weeks ago I posted that we had discovered Erik would not be eligible to hang his painting in the school's annual Artist Fair Camp Show Exhibition - a professional art exhibition held annually at the school. This was right before the school holidays and so we were not able to contact anyone during the following two weeks to see if Erik could be given special consideration to hang a canvas in the exhibition despite not being sixteen years of age yet.

Last week the Grumpy Old Man wrote an email to the head of the Art Show Committee explaining that Erik had been looking forward to exhibiting this year and had been working on a canvas for several weeks already when we discovered the change in eligibility criteria and that his ability is far beyond his years - so despite not being sixteen, he certainly had artistic skills of a sixteen year old.

We waited but didn't hear back. On Tuesday night this week I discovered there had been an Art Show Committee meeting that evening - ha…

NaNoWriMo - Take Two...

Limbo is still my residential address for now, so I've decided that in the grand tradition of limbo and purgatory and the 'waiting place', I would set myself a challenge to pass the time until I know my fate.

This time last year I was very excited to announce that I had signed up for the National Novel Writing Month challenge for November. Like every starry-eyed newcomer I had visions of churning out a masterpiece of forty thousand words in just thirty days.

Well, a master piece it was not.

In fact, in the end I only managed between 3-5000 words (if you include the 1500 words I lost because I didn't back up my work - as my favourite uncle likes to mind me, always back up!).

My big problem was that I didn't have a defined plot. I sort-of, kind-of knew what I wanted to write and where I was going with my characters, but that wasn't enough to get me past the first obstacle of 'what now?'

The 'What now?' challenge faces every writer somewhere along …

Get out of the house... And then what?

I just got back from grocery shopping. I hate grocery shopping. I feel 'in the way' at the deli asking for 5kg of chicken, 6 schnitzels, 5 chicken wings, 1.5 kg of marinaded drumsticks and 250g of shaved ham all in one go, but the thought of having to grocery shop more than fortnightly is even more painful.

We get in there, shop, get out and get a cab home.

I guess, what makes this worse for me is that this is the one 'outing' I can count on every fortnight. This is literally the second time I've left the house this fortnight. The other time was on Tuesday to take Erik to the optometrist. Again it was a cab there, the appointment and a cab home.

The solutions is, of course, that I need to get out of the house more.

That is a lot easier than it sounds.

We've been so-very-good with our budget in recent months, trying to live within our means and also save for Erik to start high school. We need money for his fees, the laptop hire, uniforms, books and the first sch…