Thursday, August 28, 2008

I have taken the next two days off work to tidy the house and pack bags.

We have a family coming to house-sit, to look after the animals and plants; therefore I am being a little manic with the cleaning. I have even pulled out the fridge and stove to clean behind them. I would hate our guests to get any nasty surprises.

This week the whole internet/blogging thing has been very frustrating... something to do with me using up all the download quota on a TV show (cough...cough). And now we are running on dial up speed.
I have been stopping by to read and catch up on your lives, it just takes a looooong time. Click on a link, and then go and make a cup of tea sort of thing, and maybe all the pictures will be loaded by the time I return.
I'm sure the hotel in Hawaii will have a computer so I can blog away to my heart's content.
PS: Hello to my reader from Scotland. I don't know who you are, but I can see that you drop by via Rachel's blog. Do you have a blog too? I could come and 'visit' you.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ooops... I left my camera at school
I tend to carry my camera with me all the time now. It is a regular piece in my handbag.
To my horror I realised I had left it on my desk at school. Aaaarghhh. So I am camera-less all weekend.
You will had to put up with slightly blurry phone shots.
We had dinner out last night to celebrate Sylvia (MIL) and Ruth's (MIL's twin sister) birthdays.

There appears to be a lot of wine!
And I have figured out how to add something to the end of each post, so you don't have to copy and paste it each time. (Thanks for your tip Laurie Anne)
On the Setting tab choose Formatting. If you scroll down to the bottom there is a field labelled Post Template. Add any html script in there.
I used this site to generate my little piece below.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Adding a Signature

I found a free way to create a 'signature'.
What I have not worked out yet is whether I have to add it to the edit html after every post, or is there an automatic way of doing it.
Any ideas?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Taronga Zoo
Today I went on an excursion to Taronga Zoo with some of my students.
This is the zoo found on the harbour in Sydney.

I thought I would show you some photos so you can catch a glimpse of one of our local attractions.

Definitely a shot for the overseas market.

As is this.
It is an echidna, another of our native animals.

Corroboree frogs - an endangered and poisonous little creature.

Mountain goats and a fabulous background.

Sumatran tiger - a neighbour to our shores.

My favourite animal of all.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I have just finished reading Tim Winton's latest book.
If you know me, or have read my blog for a while, you would know that I love Tim Winton's stories.
His writing is vivid and honest; and yet, for me there is a gentleness to it.
Below is a clip of Winton briefly talking about his writing, and then reading a part of Breath.
If you have never read any of his books before, go out and find one.
The first I read, and possibly my favourite, is Cloudstreet. A great Australian story and a good place to start.

Tim Winton reads from 'Breath' from Virginia on Vimeo.

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Joan as Police Woman

I have recently discovered the music of Joan Wasser.

Have a listen. I'm sure you'll like it. (You'll have to stop the other music in the sidebar that too much work??)

And check out the cute player!! I saw one on Monkey Giggles and needed to try it out.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's Almost Over
My week that is.
It seems to have been a long one.
My job share partner took some long service leave to go skiing*.
It was a good week to be away, as parent/teacher interviews were scheduled, which meant several long days.
Friday afternoon drinks were greatly appreciated! (A highlight of the week really, now that I am spending more and more time at work.)

*She rang on Wednesday afternoon to tell of her unfortunate accident on the slopes, which is going to possibly require surgery, and definitely lots more time off school.
This means that I will continue to work full time for the next couple of weeks.

Last night Lauren had 5 friends over for a sleepover party.
We managed to get all the girls to sleep by 10.30pm, which I thought was pretty good.
However, one of them had set an alarm clock, which began its hideous beeping around 5.17am this morning. So the whole house was awake again with shrieks, as a very loud game that involved the phrase, "Cannon ball coming!" being shouted out, followed be loud thumps. One can only imagine... I hid under the doona trying to ignore it.
Then, by 6.30am, they were all putting makeup on.

There was a slight overlap as the girls were collected, and various members of my family began arriving for lunch.
This time it was the family's turn to celebrate Lauren's birthday.
And it was a beautiful day to sit in the Winter sunshine.

Zawadi, my parent's new dog, was interested in Zac's bowl of chips.

The cake.
Zac and Brad
Rosie & Stephen

Tomorrow it all begins again.

The week, that is.

There is a lot of washing to get through before Monday though...

Saturday, August 09, 2008

I probably should have been watching the opening ceremony...*
but there were too many other things to do last night.
I had not caught sight of Knox and Vivienne yet (have I been living under a rock this last week?).
That was a priority. Sorry China.
My legs needed attending to.
Have I mentioned I'm off to Hawaii soon!?!
Some major deforestation happened after their hibernation during for Winter.

And I really needed to finish this book.
Of course, I spent some time sobbing in the bath afterwards.
Apparently it has been made into a movie.

And I laughed til tears rolled down my cheeks (again) reading this blog.

*We did record the opening of the games, and I will watch it later with the kids (it finished after 1am in Australia).

Friday, August 08, 2008

You have got to be kidding!! Earlier this year I posted an old article on how to be a good wife.
This one was sent to me this week.
Obviously written by a man.
There are so many things I could say here... and I began to, but soon realised that I was going to go on and on. Therefore, I'll let you scoff and choke on whatever you are eating as you read on.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Cupcakes and Homework
As a teacher, I don't like setting homework.
It means extra marking, and I think kids need a break.
Go outside children and ride a bike. Read a book. Water the garden. Explore.
But it is the policy of most schools that homework needs to be set.
I shudder when I think of some of the projects I gave my classes before I had children of my own. (I'm so sorry!)
Oliver's class' theme this term is Jungle Animals.
His homework this week - cook some 'jungle animal' food. Then draw and label the ingredients etc. There needed to be enough for all the class to try.
We went to our favourite cupcake book and chose lions.
It was a whole family event last night.
We had a production line going, with each person have a specific task.

Now, here is a book recommendation. It has become my kid's favourite book to pour over when choosing what they might like for their next birthday.

I bought it via Amazon. I was buying the Martha Stewart cookies recipe book (because you American ladies seem to have the most amazing cookie recipes, and I wanted in!!), and Amazon suggested I may like this one too. So of course, I couldn't help myself.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

6 Unspectacular Things About Me
(too easy Kelly - I could think of many more!)
Kelly meme-ed me (can that be a verb?!?).
The Rules
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

1. I have a corn on the inside of one of my little toes. It hurts a lot in Winter when I have to wear closed in shoes, and I dig it out every now and again.
2. I often fart in bed.
3. I sometimes hide from my children in the bathroom (probably normal, rather than unspectacular).
4. I don't understand grammar, and I am supposed to teach it each week (gerunds, subordinators, etc.).
5. I love scabs (the coagulation of bodily fluids, not the strikebreaker - enough said).
6. I drink too much wine.

I am going to tag:
Heather, one of my best friends in real life, and a fellow blogger.
Anthony, an Australian friend living in Minnesota now.
Justin, another Aussie friend, this time in New York.
Amanda, because it is about time she posted something on her blog!! (Love you Amanda)
Jennifer, one of my favourite bloggy friends. &
Mary, a new bloggy friend.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

You are the Sense of Sight

You are a very observant, detail oriented person.

You are able to take in a lot of information at once.

You often see things that other people never notice.

You have a good eye for design and aesthetics.

You love to be surrounded by beauty - natural or not.

When you imagine how something should look, you see it clearly in your mind.

Monday, August 04, 2008

David, one of my uncles, took these photos of my kids with John at my sister's wedding. I thought that were such happy photos of Lauren and Oliver with their grandfather.
I must have them printed as a reminder for the children in years to come.