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Let's talk about passion...

I've been hearing a lot about passion recently. Well, for years really. I talk about it a lot myself, with my kids. I find myself imploring my teenagers to find their passion, and being somewhat frustrated by their seeming lack of passion for anything much other than sleeping or their laptops.

Now, if they were using their laptops to research topics they were passionate about, I wouldn't mind so much, but mostly they use them to watch content, or play games. I guess I could try to convince myself that they are passionate about movies, music, and gaming, but I know they're most or less just passionate about escape. Sleep is escape, movies, music, and games are also escape.

The other day I had one of those 'out of the corner of your eye' moments. It's a Doctor Who thing. Sometimes we don't see what is right in front of us until we look at it passively out of the corner of our eyes.

I am not passionate.

Neither is the Grumpy Old Man.

So, why are we so investe…

Teens boys...

Our Lukas turned 14 yesterday. I'm feeling very aware that birthdays lose their magic a bit in your teens. When you're little birthdays seem to hold endless possibilities, but by the time you're a teenager, you know the limitations better. He received a few things he had asked for, and we had cake and ice-cream after dinner, but of course the rest of the day was just a regular school day, and in high school there aren't announcements about your special day in class. Lukas doesn't like to draw attention to himself, so that didn't bother him. But at some level I felt like I wished I could make it more magical for him. Growing up is hard when you're a mum!

With Lukas turning 14 yesterday and Erik turning 16 in ten days time, I really do feel like a 'teen mum' now. On the one had, we gave Lukas a gift card to a cool little shop call Off Ya Tree, which sells all the cool stuff . 'Cool stuff' includes things like glass bongs, tees depicting h…

Half Day at New School...

Bryn and Ari went off for their half day at the new primary school today.


We turned up early and waited in the foyer for the Monday morning staff meeting to conclude. Then the assistant principal walked us down to the Ari's class which was in the same building. Ari hovered around Dave's legs as he met the teacher, but seemed more or less okay, if a little shy. She took him to put his bag in a cubby, then took him into the class where he was immediately greeted by a group of girls (7 and 8 year old girls love Ari because he's so little cute). We told him we were taking Bryn to his class and would be back. In hindsight, it might have been better to take Bryn to his class first because we kind of disappeared and Ari had no idea where Bryn's class was - more on that in a minute.

So, then we walked Bryn over to his class. He got to put his bag in, and the teacher told us she had books and pens etc. for him but he would need a pencil case. She asked if he had a book with him…

Recognition and Data Entry...

The university's disability resource centre is working to get me a more time to complete my PhD. The liaison officer I met before I started this degree, the one who has been on extended leave (and was replaced by a bunch of toothless tigers) is BACK! This DLO is more of a can-do person. As far as I am concern ALL disability liaison officers should be can-do people. If you did a Google Search for Disability Liaison Officer and you came across this blog, then hear this, if you don't have a can-do attitude, if you aren't burning on the inside to ADVOCATE for people who are marginalised in society, then don't become a DLO because you'll just be letting people down.

So, anyway, the DLO working on my case now is actually doing her job, which is both refreshing and reassuring!

So, we're seeking either that I can go part time for the rest of my degree, but retain a work station which is usually only allocated to full time candidates. Alternatively, that due to the cons…

Bring on November!

I'm wishing my life away again!

Life is predictably hectic right now. Bryn and Ari are finishing up at their old primary school on Thursday next week, Bryn's teacher has arranged a farewell party for him; a pj party with a pg movie, which is lovely. This teacher was his teacher for prep, grade 1, grade 2 and now grade 4. On Monday next week Bryn and Ari are spending half a day at the new school. Lukas' birthday is also on that last Thursday.

I'm desperately trying to get this first chapter of the thesis finished, but I seem to be missing the mark. It's back to square one in the meeting with my supervisor tomorrow where we will, once again, go over the contention for my thesis, the contention for the first chapter, and the supporting arguments for that first chapter. I probably have 80% of the chapter written, but I really need to clean it all up so it runs smoothly. As well as this, in July I need to fix the back fence of our property so the dog is secure, set up …

I've lost 50lbs so far this year!

That's right folks!

Since the first of January, I've lost 50lbs! I don't usually mark my weight in pounds, I'm definitely a kilo person, but 22.7kg just doesn't have the same ring to, hahaha!

I realised the other day I haven't been updating the weightless journey on the first of each month. It's not that I had given up on the whole shebang, certainly not. I think it's more that I just haven't been preoccupied by losing weight the way I have in previous attempts.

I had a look back at 2006 when I lost a whole lot of weight, mostly through exercise and a low fat diet. I started on the 1st of January that year as well (this seems to work well for me, despite it being a bit of a social joke that people start weightless attempts as a new years resolution). By the 15th of June, 2006 I'd lost 16.8kg - which, by the way, I think is pretty awesome. By that stage of that year I was also walking 5-10km a day. This time around, I've lost, as I said, 22.…

Clarity...

It's been a big week. 
On Monday morning, I was picked up at 8.30am and driven to the Guide Dogs Victoria campus in Kew for a three day introduction to guide dog handling. It was intense. On the first day I remember being shocked at about 11am when I realised we hadn't even had lunch yet, we'd already done so much!
I didn't walk the dog on the first day. That day was all about meeting my temp dog, Ziggy. I waited in my room and he was brought to me, and then we were left alone for about half an hour so he could get used to me. Ziggy was quite aloof and that was a bit hard for me because I'm something of an animal magnet. Dogs and cats love me and usually I get an enthusiastic greeting right off the mark even from animals who have never met me. Ziggy was not going to be won over that easily. So my first lesson was, 'Don't take it personally, I just don't know you.'


Still and all, he was very willing to please and quickly to follow all my commands. I…