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Goodbye 2013 - We will remember you fondly!

Here we are on the very last day of the year - it's been a good day, as have many this year!

We had a sleep in followed by a visit to my parents for Icelandic pancakes with sugar, cream and strawberry jam! Yum, yum!

I have just spent a little while giving the blog page a little facelift to usher in the new year - you like it? I decided I wanted to go with a dandelion header because our front yard is teaming with them, and they are a symbol of wish making and wish fulfilment.

We've had such a fantastic year!
I'll do a little round up, but I know I'll forget stuff, it has just been so jam packed with goodness, but here goes…


My parents moved back to Melbourne! This has been a source of much joy! First and foremost because we get to spend much more time with them. All the boys have gotten to know them a whole lot better. It has also meant The Grumpy Old Man and I have a larger support circle. We have people to come and stay with the kids if we need to get out without them,…

Banging your head against a brick wall a.k.a. parenting…

So, I find myself writing a second blog post today - it's been a while since I last did this…

Tonight didn't end so well in our house. In fact, it ended with the Grumpy Old Man and I completely losing our collective shit and yelling, loudly, for all four boys to go to bed, RIGHT NOW!!!

You know what Christmas can be like with kids - well, if you have kids, you'll more than likely know what I'm talking about, anyway.

There is so much excitement. Whether or not you go in for the over-the-top presents and travels here, there and everywhere to celebrate or just have a quiet family get together with a few modest presents, most kids get excited beyond all hope of actually having their expectations fulfilled.

And why wouldn't they? Christmas starts in August these days, I kid you not - we saw our first Chrissy advertising at the end of August this year. By November it's in full swing with the malls all decorated and Christmas carols and songs being played until they b…

Are You and Soufflé or a Fruitcake?

Was talking to mum this morning, telling her the Grumpy Old Man and I are just not the sort of people who need glamour. Neither do we feel the need to look glamourous, nor do we aspire to living a glamourous lifestyle.

To my mind, this is not the same as not appreciating quality or beauty, both of us like to have quality and beauty in our lives, but we're just not the sort of people who need to go out to dinner often, or be seen driving expensive cars or wearing expensive clothing.

We don't get a thrill out of people envying our lifestyle at all. Other things motivate us.

We're very much about turning over ideas in our head, introspection and discourse interest us. We are definitely into social justice and politics, but we're very much left of centre and very much about helping out those who cannot help themselves due to the hand they were dealt. We would still feel the same way even if we were self-made millionaires. Dick Smith is our kind of millionaire, not Gina Rei…

Happy Slacky McSlacker Day!

So, who else joined us in a day of sloth?

The last month has been frantic, hasn't it - or is that just us?

On Christmas Eve we hosted a sit down dinner for nine.


On Christmas Day we hosted a sit down dinner for seven.

We made Icelandic laufabrauð (leaf bread) and I was enormously proud of Erik's effort, especially considering he had never made these before and the patterns can be quite difficult to get your head around the first time!

 I also made chocolate ripple, apple and cherry pudding - pretty, huh? It was so yummy, I wish I'd made two! I think I'll make another for New Years Eve!


We had planned to have a very low key Christmas, present wise, this year due to tight finances. I viewed it as something of an opportunity for the boys to pare back their expectations a little… But then my brother came to their rescue and got them a PS3 and three games - cheeky thing!
Ari isn't coping too well with all the excitement, for three days in a row he's needed a long na…

Humility…

Christmas is almost upon us.

Being a pagan, I do not celebrate the birth of Christ as my personal saviour. That said, I believe, if anything, we can take away from the Christian understanding of Christmas, a message of humility - of a perfect king born in stable who grew up, in all his perfection, to live a life of humility - not judging people for their life circumstance. I feel Christmas is a time to celebrate family, togetherness, and love. All these things require humility, to my mind.

Family can be hard work. I was talking to my mum today (yesterday actually, but at 3am it still feels like it was today) about some of the difficulties of family. Being a blood relation is no guarantee of getting along with someone. Time and again I've seen siblings fight one another with a passion not so much bordering on, as being, hatred. Even amongst my own boys we have an instance of a clash of personalities which breaks my heart. Boys from the same blood lines, brought up in the same home…

Growing older does not necessarily mean growing wiser…

I had a lovely birthday on Saturday. I was brought breakfast in bed by the Grumpy Old Man and the boys and received some lovely presents!





My mum and s-dad came over in the afternoon and brought with them this balcony herb garden for me! This was very exciting for me because I've been talking about starting a herb garden for years - literally YEARS. I've always been a bit intimidated by gardening though, and going into gardening places and selecting soils and plants and pots and so on. According to the labels on the plants I have (from left to right) coriander, oregano, and parsley. I think the oregano taste like mint though.


Check out the look of consternation! Gardening is serious, you know!


While I had the soil available I decided to repot the poor little piece of aloe vera that has been languishing in a bowl of water in the laundry for the past 18 months - and that is not to say it was constantly in water, I watered it twice and let the water dry out completely twice - and …

Another Turn of the Sun…

Today, I have travelled around the sun forty-two times - I am well travelled!

The last turn of the sun has been pretty good on the whole. I was pretty stressed this time last year, but many, many things have improved. We have a car now. We are living in a house without fear of being turfed out suddenly. I am doing the PhD I have dreamed of doing for the past thirty years. Erik has just finished his first year of high school and did so with two As, a B and a host of Cs - which is outstanding for him. Moreover, he made friends easily. I have some answers with regard to his idiosyncrasies, which has helped, though there is still a ways to go. I have been blessed with a great circle of friends, which has only increased this year. I feel appreciated and cared for, and a valuable member of the communities I participate in.

Dave and I celebrated 15 years of marriage last month. I feel blessed that our relationship forges ahead with a strength I could not have imagined. All I wanted, from a …

Drained...

I'm sitting here in my office today feeling completely and utterly drained.

A friend was told yesterday that she has cancer. I am angry. She has four small children, she works incredibly hard, she does not deserved this! No one deserves cancer, but seriously, WTF universe? She so unequivocally does NOT deserve this!

I feel so helpless. I don't know what more to write. Yes, we will offer help. Yes, we will do what we can to ease the pain and the distress and the upheaval, but that feel like a drop in an enormous ocean of craptasicity. This is wrong. This is not how things should be. People who are good and kind and work hard should not get cancer, they should get a pass on cancer.

Meanwhile. Mr14 didn't like that he was not getting to go to Fun Fields or Ice Skating with his mates. Instead he was signed up to do Science Experiments (he likes science, by the way) and Animation for free at school. He didn't like this so he didn't hand in his forms this week.

This morn…

Blogging after 1am - a sure sign of a busy schedule!

Hello my patient little readarinos!

Man, I'm totally dropping the ball on this blogging thing, aren't I? And yet, I'm pleasantly surprised, as I check my stats at the end of each night, to see so many of you stopping by - I hope you're not crossing off days on a calendar until you stop checking!

This time of year is crazy, isn't it?

I put up the Christmas tree on the evening of the 30th of November…


I love Christmas and this year it was so lovely to not have to actually move any furniture. I moved out globe tree to the other side of the lounge room but that was about it.
MIL finally came to visit us at this house! It took some work! We had her scheduled to come over on her birthday on the 24th, but just an hour before she was due to arrive, she cancelled. So we made a big deal of her coming on the 1st of December. I think she enjoyed herself and was happy to see us in a house that fits all of us. I think she coped better with all the kids because really, after afte…