Monday, December 24, 2007

Oh Christmas tree.....

You Should Have a Pink Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of friendship and sharing.
You're happy as long as you're spending time with the people you care about.

You are passionate about the holidays, and that start of the holiday season makes you very excited.
You sometimes go a bit overboard in your celebrations. You just can't help it!

Passionate, easily excited, sweet, giving, love, friendship, sensitive, caring

Your pink tree would look great with: More pink!

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: The Muppet Christmas Carol

What you should bake for Santa: Rice krispie treats with red and green food coloring

Sounds about right to me!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

And in the blink of an eye...

Bill left. Actually, the terror forced the issue, by opening the avairy when G was cleaning it out. But, Bill FLEW away, so I feel great knowing we rescued him.

In other news - did you know it's christmas eve tomorrow?? This past week has been utter chaos for me; and all of a sudden, we're at christmas eve. This weekend has been the most enjoyable (and stress free) for the past month.

We took Riley to a peadiatrician yesterday. Kinder have mentioned the lack of fine motor skills and their nessecity for 4yo kinder. They think he has a problem; I think he just doesn't like drawing. But hey, I couldn't NOT follow it up.

So, we're at the pead and I'm pretty quiet. I want to know what HE thinks; not vice versa. So, he evaluates Riley, asks a few questions and then tells me that HE doesn't feel that it's a huge problem - and just gave me some tips on how to promote these types of activities so that he might want to practice them. So, I was rather chuffed that my intuition was right. He's a behavioural specialist too, and comes recommended by heaps of people; so I'm relieved.

The terror is very lucky to have his mouth at all - Friday night they are running around like maniacs - the terror trips and smashed his face on the base of our bed. 4 teeth have gone through his lip. I panicked (I'm SO not good with blood, let alone mouth blood) - but he's fine. He has a HUGE fat lip though.

I feel as though I can take a big deep breath and RELAX. Finally. So I am enjoying it.

In the garden; we've had not much chance to get outside lately because it's been RAINING!!! OMG how much it has rained. I'm stoked because I put 2.5m of mulch down on the front garden, and dug in all these water holder things too; so they all would have got a big drink before we go away. My neighbour will water whilst we are away, but it's nice to know that nothing should die.

If I don't make it back here, I just want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS. Best wishes for 2008 - I hope it brings everything you want of it and more.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Meet our new friend

Bill. We found Bill on the side of the road. He seems perfectly fine, but does not seem to want to fly. Nothings broken and he's eating fine; but now I don't know what I should do with him.

I really think he was someones pet. He's almost tame, he's at home in a cage; he's already whistling and eating/drinking etc - he's only been here 2 days!!!

We'll see what the next few days bring and I will make some calls as to what we should be doing with him. I don't really want to give him back/let him go until I am sure he's going to be ok. There is no way I could just let him go if he can't fly.

In the garden I had a rather impressive picking....

As far as G's work goes - we're off to court. So the money that he should be getting for his entitlements is now considered some sort of savings type thing. We can't touch it, we may not even ever get it, but to get it, WE need to instigate legal proceedings. Yay for the legal system.

Christmas is only 7 more sleeps. I'm so excited. We're off to see the Myer Windows on Wednesday, and all the other Christmassy things the city has to offer. The kids will love it. I'm sure we will too.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Human Nature

Completely astounds me. I am at a loss to understand how some end up so bitter and twisted. I mean, I get it, but how does one go through life with such a sense of entitlement, arrogance and selfishness?

G is having a wonderful time with his work of late. I get so very angry at the injustice of it - I think that is why I have been feeling so fragile of late. I called a long term girlfriend on Monday afternoon sobbing for Australia - it certainly goes to show that everyone has a suprise or two up their sleeve.

I feel much better now; I think the swinging between happy, sad, angry (and boy, angry was there) and utterly helpless has worn me out. I feel things completely. I'm not ever just "a little" anything. I'm either so happy my head spins, or I am so angry that I can barely breathe. Feeling so many different emotions in such a short space of time is what is exhausting me.

It's all fixable; we are going to get what we should be getting without a doubt. If it's not sorted by Friday, we start court proceedings. And every hour that he doesn't get his entitlements - leads to more compensation by the courts.

But I am in the world of "you don't know who you're messing with" and "I'm just being a prick because I can" - and it's so not me. I am uncomfortable with the feelings I am feeling because of this person.

How does one get to a point in life where they are Amoral? Where that feeling in their gut when they are intentionally nasty doesn't make them feel the slightest bit ill? Or that they lay awake at night feeling badly for what was said/done?

Jenn darling, I am fine. Jules PM'ed me her number on Monday, and after reading the few PM's that I got; I just bawled. Having a good cry helped; I felt much better afterwards.

The cyst of hate that was growing inside me has burst and I feel 110% better for it. A day in the garden always helps too. And the fact that I have gotten snow peas from my seeds pleased me immeasurably.

Regardless of what happens; to let this incident ruin Christmas would just be wrong. So, onwards and upwards. Being right and doing the right thing HAS to stand for something - if that is not the case, I cannot believe it. If it's not, the world has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Curve balls

Life throws them at you nearly constantly. It is how you react to them that is the key. Generally, my life is pretty mundane - it is defined by days, not dates and with regular monotony, the same rules apply.

Yesterday was completely out there.

My father is an electrician and at present, we are in the throes of completing one of the biggest jobs we have ever done. Wonderful - I guess. If you care about that sort of thing.

Anyway. The job is scheduled for changeover on Saturday. Meaning the entire thing must be completed and finished. Which works great - except when the power authority loses paperwork and hasn't picked up what they NEED.

So, saving my father from a nervous breakdown, I trek off to geelong with 2 bits of wood (they really are important bits of wood apparently). Instead of preparing my munchkins breakfast, I am stuck in a traffic jam due to an accident.

But I got there, and got home and I felt I had saved the day. I decided that I was going to get all the things done that I needed to - as in write off Wednesday and have Thursday completely all mine. I haven't been in the garden for awhile, and after the torrent of rain we got on Monday, things really need tidying up.

We also had some friends around yesterday too, which was very nice. Dinner was simple; cold chicken and the last of the spinach from the garden. I don't know why it's gone to seed so quickly, but I aim to grab some seeds (if I can find them!!) for later in the year.

So, that will be my day today. A day spent pottering around, playing ball with the kids; with not one iota of committment.

I might even wrap some Christmas presents.

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

It's December...

My favorite time of year is upon us.

Many people that I know get stuck in the frenzy that is Christmas. Being an organised chick, I am pretty much already organised. Not so much because I have spent hours of shopping for useless things for people; but because I have seen things throughout the year that I just [i]know[/i] xxx will love; so I have purchased it then and there. Some, I have even made. Not many, but a few.

Now all that is involved is wrapping them and writing a message to them. I buy cards for every person we give gifts to (I also send out recycled ones), just to write a short note telling them how wonderful I think they are. Because, to me, that is what Christmas is about.

It's about long days and warm nights, catching up with friends over a leisurely lunch, dinner or even at the park. It's for watching the kids faces light up with delight when they see the Christmas decorations.

It's the excitement that comes with the postie each day felt by you and your kids. It's the end of another year; a time for new beginnings to be paved and a time for summarising your year.

It's about waking up on Christmas morning and seeing that small little face light up with both delight and pure shock, all at the same time. And not knowing quite what to do. Seeing loved ones and laughing, and reminding yourself that this is what life is supposed to be.

I hope you all have a wonderful lead up to Christmas. For me, it's just as delightful as the day itself.