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Showing posts from February, 2014

'Hectic but fun!'

This is how I have described my life recently on a couple of occasions.

On reflection though, I do kind of wonder when the fun kicks in.

I went out with a bunch of friends from Uni yesterday. We went to a friend's house to stuff show bags for orientation week next week. I laughed so much my sides hurt and I was completely exhausted - in a good way - when I got home. I slept like a baby!

This morning I woke up feeling very tired though, very much like, 'Well, it's back to reality now.' I said to the Grumpy Old Man that I feel like I'm working and working but not getting a lot of reward for all the work.

I didn't get the job I interviewed for last week. It was very disappointing. I know I can do that job, I've done the job before, I just wasn't able to convince the employers that I was the right person to hire. I was left wondering if I will ever be able to convince anyone of that. Rejection sucks. Being broke sucks even more!

Today we received the news …

Getting there...

Hello there, spot anything new? No, you wouldn't, of course, but I'm posting this from my brand spanking new Macbook Air 13". It is very snazzy and thanks to accessibility mods, also very accessible. Vision Australia did load a zoom program onto the laptop, but I'm not convinced it is for me - the accessibility on apple allows for a screen-in-screen zoom window, rather than zooming in on the entire screen (which can be very disorienting).

As well as this, I have received a new iPad mini retina to replace my old iPad 2, and much to the boys' delight I also received an Apple TV. Yes, I absolutely do need Apple TV for my studies!

So, now all the technologies are set, I just need a desk to work at on Burwood campus. Last I heard the people in charge thought they 'may' have a room for me in February. That wasn't exactly a promise. I find things move slowly at Uni though - which I find extremely frustrating because I'm not a very patient person.

I applie…

When plain language isn't enough...

So, picture this. A couple driving between errands on a beautiful late summer's day. All four kids are at school, so it's nice and quiet in the car, just the mellow tunes on the radio playing.

Husband: Okay, so you want me to drop you off at Uni next?

Wife: Yes.

Husband: Which campus, Greenwood or Burwood?

Wife: Burwood. Oh did I tell what Mr14 said yesterday... *launches into tale about Mr14's antics*

Husband at conclusion of tale: So, which is it, Greenwood or Burwood?

Wife: I said Burwood, already.

Husband: No, you didn't, you said *feigns weak voice* 'Burwood...'

Wife: Yes, Burwood, exactly, I said 'Burwood!'

Husband: No, you didn't say, 'Burwood!' - if you had said 'Burwood!' I would have known it was Burwood, but you said *weak voice* 'Burwood...' and there would be a thousand men lined up behind me agreeing that unless you say, 'Burwood!', the answer just isn't clear. It's like, 'Well, she said &qu…

Grief and Respect...

Grief is an incredibly difficult phenomenon to navigate.

I have been wrestling with blogging this week because a terrible thing has happened and it has struck me deeply but out of respect for those directly involved I have not known whether or not I could even talk about it.

A friend's child died a few days ago in a tragic accident. This is not a close friend, though I consider her a good friend. I haven't known her very long, but in the time I have known her, she has been a wonderful presence in my life and in the life of my family. She is, by nature, a very encouraging and positive person, a very inclusive person, and so, even though I have only known her a short while, she has made a deep and lasting impression on me and my family.

As a mother of similar aged child, I can barely begin to fathom the utter devastation of losing a child so suddenly, so unexpectedly.

The Grumpy Old Man and I were shocked to tears when we heard the news and our hearts have been heavy every since…

I love my Apple products, but...

I have everything Apple. Well, I will have by the end of this month, anyway.

I will have an iMac, a Macbook Air, an iPad mini Retina, an iPhone, and an AppleTV. My kids have between them a full range of iPods and iPads.

We're well and truly a Mac household - all except the Grumpy Old Man who still loves his PC desktop.

Apple products are very easy to use, very streamline and convenient. Each one of the kids and I have our own Apple IDs because we just love Apple so much...


I am keenly aware that Apple doesn't like to play with the other kids.

Oh, yeah, they have made a lot of their software compatible with non-Mac software. I run Microsoft for Mac on my iMac, for example.

But Apple doesn't share apps with other platforms.

And now it doesn't share some of it's hardware either.

You see, I'm trying to set up a charging station for our 15 devices which need recharging each night. As you can imagine, it's quite a difficult task. However, I had devised …


MUSICa gradual increase in loudness in a piece of music.
"each time the key changes, there is a gradual crescendo" 2.
a progressive increase in intensity.
"a crescendo of misery" adverb & adjectiveMUSIC
with a gradual increase in loudness.
"a short crescendo kettledrum roll"
increase in loudness or intensity.
"the reluctant cheers began to crescendo" I crashed out at 9.30pm last night - I was simply wiped out after this last week.

I woke up at 3am (when the Grumpy Old Man came to bed, I suspect he dozed off on the couch and that's when he woke up as well) and couldn't get back to sleep.

We've come to the end of yet another HUGE week!

Definitely a crescendo week!

After several weeks of school holidays, the time finally came to get back into the world of uniforms, timetables and homework.

This year Lukas moved up to high school and Ari started primary school. I think I must have been carrying a fair bit of …