Sunday, August 30, 2009

Spring has sprung.

The weather here is so weird. Yesterday was beautiful and sunny and today we've had non-stop rain! This seems to happen a lot here; you just cannot predict tomorrow's weather by today's.

I'm so glad we're finally into September. We have had some really lovely days so far and it's only going to get better from now on!

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We had a big night out last month. The first one in a very long time! We had a ball playing air hockey (I'd love a table for Christmas!) and dancing all night.

From left to right: Deniska (workmate), CJ, me, Michael and Karen.



The next day called for some serious hangover food (Berocca and bacon, tomatoes, eggs and baked beans on toast).



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Michael and I celebrated our second anniversary on the 18th August. I was working all day so we went for lunch at a lovely Turkish restaurant nearby and then had Wendy's ice-cream afterwards.

These are the flowers I told Michael to buy me. :)



I also celebrated by getting my wedding rings re-Rhodium plated. They look brand new again!



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We took the kids to Plaka in Mawson a couple of weekends ago. It was quite expensive but very nice. The food and atmosphere were fantastic. Daniel discovered he really, really, likes sticky date pudding.

I love going out to dinner. I wish we could afford it more often.







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We all spent a bit of time in the garden over the weekend. I got a bit of a shock to walk outside and find THIS though!! I mean, I love snails as much as the next person, but seriously, kids!



They really are kinda sweet.





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Yesterday was Father's Day and we went out to Karen and Phil's to celebrate. Phil cooked a BBQ and the weather couldn't have been better. The only sad part was that Michael was in Tennant Creek. :(

















Karen's Cherry Blossoms are in flower and are just stunning! (I can't take credit for these photos either, Kayla took these)





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I bought Kitty some Cat Grass from Bunnings. She really loved it.



I mean REALLY loved it!



I planted a whole bunch of pansies and petunias as well, but the minute I went inside Chili decided that she had to dig out the ferrets that were quite obviously hiding at the bottom of the pots! She can't help it, it's her nature...but jeeeeez!!!

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Kitty knows she's cute.









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Kayla is doing extremely well at school. Last week she earned the "Hardest worker of the week" award and she was given a huge block of Rocky Road chocolate. She really puts 100% effort into her school work and I'm really proud of her.

I had to return my sexy glasses. I had them adjusted about twelve times and they just got worse. I had the original nose pads removed and replaced with softer ones, but it made no real difference. I had huge indentations on the sides of my nose and it was driving me crazy.

OPSM agreed to let me choose different frames and didn't even charge me for the new lenses (in fact, they refunded me a few hundred dollars because I chose less expensive frames). So I'm giving them a plug here because I was extremely happy with their service.

My new glasses are okay (they hurt my nose a little too), they are just plastic and nowhere near as attractive as the metal ones. But the pain just wasn't worth it. I never would have chosen metal frames if I'd known how god-awful nose pads were!

Michael has been in Tennant Creek for the last week. He arrives back here on Wednesday night, so we'll celebrate Father's Day then. It's his last big job with his current employer as he finishes up this Thursday.

Michael starts his new job at the Bureau of Meteorology on the 14th of this month. He's extremely excited about it and really looking forward to new challenges and a new environment. Working from home all day long has been driving him a little bit nuts!

I've cut back my hours a bit. I won't be doing full days anymore as I'll be doing the morning and afternoon school runs.

So, things are falling into place. We're plodding along nicely. We're in a much better place (geographically, financially etc.) than we were six months ago and it feels great.

Kim xox

Monday, August 10, 2009

A few days off.

Well, I've just had the last 3 days off work (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). I have thoroughly enjoyed it too! It's a little different to a weekend as the kids are at school so I have much more time to myself.

I used my free time to paint. I found this delightful painting online and had a go at doing it myself. I really hope the original artist would be flattered and not try to sue me, as I'm definitely not claiming this as my own work!!

The original, by Laura Milnor Iverson.



My version.



I am quite pleased with the cat. Mainly because it doesn't look much like a cat.



I recently banned Kayla from the computer during the week and was pleased to find that she and Daniel both joined me in painting and drawing on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. The computer was using up all her spare time and producing nothing of any use to anybody!

Here's Kayla with some drawings from the last couple of days.




Arty farty time!



I also cooked my heart out. I really miss those days where you can just cook all day long if you want to.

On Monday I made a spicy chicken and tomato curry...



and the most delicious salad ever.



Yesterday morning I made an orange and poppy seed cake (with no butter or oil, so I could also enjoy it in moderation).





And for dinner last night I made lamb stoba and let it slow cook all day long. (Aunty Gemma, those are cinnamon sticks...not sausages!)



We went to Taekwondo again last night. We currently have to learn a quite complex pattern of moves in order to be graded at the end of term. There are quite a few ways in which the class pushes me outside my comfort zone.

For example, when we make certain moves we must loudly yell "Kia", we must bow as we enter and exit the hall, and at the end of each lesson we must shake hands and bow to each student and say "Kum-sum-ee-da". Last week I was paired up with several strangers and told I had to try to tap them on the top of their heads (sparring)! None of these are things I find easy to do. Not only that, but at the end of the term our grading will be in front of all the other students, something I am honestly dreading.

Comfort zones are boring as hell anyway.

Kim xox

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Another sick kid.

Well, Kayla finally recovered but now Daniel is having his turn. Three days of listlessness, anorexia and frequent napping. Today he finally vomited and is now eating again. His request just now for a chocolate ice cream smoothie was unfortunately denied.

Do our pets know when we're sick? Kitty never snuggles up to Daniel normally.


The chicken soup that made Kayla better.



Blueberries skyrocketed to $12.99 a punnet! I am so relieved they've come back down again. Even so, $4 a punnet still seems steep to me. I must Google how they're grown and picked. There must be a reason why they cost so much.



As promised...photos of us in our Taekwondo gear. Thanks to my regular yoga practice (I believe) my instructor thought I'd done it before and said I had amazing balance.





I love it when light does things like this.



I have spent the last week doing my tax return and application for the family tax benefit lump sum payment. I lodged both online which was no easy task I can assure you! But all is now calm in my household. Things are lodged and I can relax...until the audit.



Love to all.

Kim xox