Friday, November 28, 2008
I have had this post sitting in my box for over a week. I guess you could say it has been marinating there. Or waiting for me. Or I don't really know what.
I finished this book almost two weeks ago and still haven't stopped thinking about it. I can't remember the last time I had a book have a similar effect on me.
Its haunting. Its heart warming. Its funny. Its smart. Its one of those books that makes you want to keep reading so you can see what is going to happen, but as soon as you hit the end you can't believe its over. I was sitting at Maggio's cafe drinking a coffee with tears streaming down my face trying not to look like a total dork while I was finishing the book.
I would recommend this book to ANYONE. I am thinking of buying this so I can read it again and again. I think it will most likely become a classic at some point. If I can get Emmalee into reading at some point and Andrew past the point where he doesn't balk at seeing too many words on a page, I would definitely have them read this at some point.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I took Becki up a few minutes early to experience the 'controlled chaos' that is their dances. Was quite cute. Both kids looked very pleased to see her there.
Now she has gotten to see them in their uniforms and in regular 'mufti' or dress up clothes -- buzzing with energy. After school let out, Emmalee got the chance to show Becki around her classroom and the science rooms (which I could see how proud Emmalee was to do!)
As the class mom, I felt that I was slacking on my duties by not knowing that (which I had incidentally inquired of last year's class parent and got no answer). So, I went home after coffee and made a batch of mini brownies with m&m's to take into school for Mr. Court.
Made it up to the school in time to hit the class just before lunch and got the kids collected and got them to sing Happy Birthday before they got to partake in a mini brownie and then run off to lunch. Hopefully made Mr. Court's day!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
So, I made an appointment for a pedicure and a manicure at a salon in Cammeray this afternoon. I took a brief nap, got up in time for a quick bite to eat at Maggio's.
When I got to Maggio's, I smelled this amazing smell. It was their pasta of the day -- prawns, chilli, bacon and tomatoes. So, it tempted me and I succumbed. It was worth it.
Then I wandered over to body essentuals for my appointment. I was surprised to find to ladies ready to work on me. One to work on my feet and one to work on my hands. I am not used to that -- never had it done that way before. Quite a pampering. Quite a pampering.
It had been over a year since I had my last pedicure (last time was 100 days before Christmas 2007) so I think I was well due!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I am sitting here on my bed. Plugged into my laptop computer having just transferred my pre-paid mobile phone service from Telstra to Virgin Mobile because I think I understand they have cheaper rates (we'll see). I have my i-pod plugged into a speaker recharging deck listening to quiet relaxing music on the nightstand next to me.
I am blogging about the internet and how it has saved me countless hours of shopping and standing in lines and possibly hundreds of dollars in postage. How could I possibly mean that??? Well, my pretties... I just finished a 1/3 of my Christmas shopping in two fell swoops on Amazon.com. Gotta love that super saver shipping. By shopping early I can afford to use the slow shipping and get it for free. Got one-two-three-four-five of our USA relatives basically finished up. Got a few things shipped off to Hawaii for mom and dad to pick up and bring on their last leg over when they can add an additional 20lbs to their bags each. You know, up to what they can fit next to the Crisco they have to bring back for me!
So, now I have only a few more US relatives to finish up. You know who you are -- you don't have Amazon.com Wish Lists. They are easy to create. They give us overseas people ideas of what everyone likes and make it much easier for us to shop for you. Hint Hint!!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Ever since Gramma Millie has gotten here, Emmalee hasn't been able to get enough of her. After pizza tonight we rushed the kids into their jammies. Then all seven us of piled onto the couch to watch a bit of Australia's funniest home videos. Still no where as funny as the American version, but laughable nonetheless.
Emmalee has been glued to her great-gramma's side. From reading in bed, to working on crosswords to trying to figure out soduko. They are together an awful lot. And Emmalee is just eating it up. With a really large spoon. I have to say Gramma is enjoying it on her part too.
I took Becki, Jim and Gramma to the fish market for a viewing of the 2nd largest live auction of fresh seafood in the world. They didn't get to actually see the auction, but they saw quite a bit of fresh sea food. I can say honestly that Becki enjoyed it – Gramma seemed to blanch at the sight of the gutted and beheaded octopus. Jim was not that impressed (other than saying it was more seafood that he has ever seen in his life!)
After a take-away lunch from Doyles, we headed over to Paddy's Markets. Jim needed to pick up some t-shirts and trinkets for his grandkids. I thought that was the best place around to get cheap stuff.
Jim found exactly what he was looking for. Got all the gifts he needed. Gramma even bought a few little souvineers. (I'd elaborate, but I don't know for sure how many people on his side of the family might read it).
|From Paddy's Market|
But before we walked thru the shopping markets, we stopped at the produce section run by the asian merchants in the areas. Gramma went back and forth from one table to another looking at the fruits and the veggies. "Look at the size of that celery!" What in the world is that fruit? Is that a fruit or a veggie?? Whoa! I think she could have spent hours there if we didn't have a time frame. Very funny, but I would say she is enjoying herself.
|From Paddy's Market|
Monday, November 10, 2008
Movember (the month formerly known as November) is an annual charity event held during November.
At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo, raising money along the way to benefit men's health - specifically prostate cancer and male depression.
|From Starting Mo-Vember|
So, Jim is doing his part to help raise money and awareness. He has offered up $25 for each of his team members who maintains a furry rodent on his upper lip/chin for the month of November.
Unfortunately for my poor, sweet Jim, he is plagued with the blonde haired man's dilemna. When he lets his 'beard' grow, its just looks like not much of anything. Except a bit of reddish fluff. And this photo is 10 days in. It has fully grown in, but needs a bit of shoe polish or mascara to fully deepen the color for him. I can honestly say its not for lack of trying though!!! Its just good that he can take the ribbing from all our friends with such good nature!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Which means I am finally getting off my butt SLOWLY (thanks to the headache and lack of motivation) and clearing the dust bunnies/wombats off the floor and moving beds around the house.
Funny thing is I have emptied out the art room to make room for Gramma Millie who will be sleeping on Emmalee's bed. And today I moved Emmalee's bed into the art room. And got E to mark Dec 12th on the calendar for when G&G are visiting -- the 1st set of visitors she KNOWS about. And she doesn't suspect a thing. Go figure. She is all excited about getting to bunk up with Andrew. Now the trick is to get her room in shape for Becki and Jim. Make sure there is room for their bed to be put up sometime before Monday. No problem -- we hope. Just have to convince her to part with or pack up most of her junk/treasures. She is even more of a packrat than I am. Karmic payback is quite a pain.
STOP LAUGHING MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
An Exploration Of 'The Migraine Brain'
Neurologist Carolyn Bernstein, co-author (with journalist Elaine McArdle) of The Migraine Brain, estimates that 30 million Americans suffer from migraines — and that most sufferers don't realize they have the condition. Bernstein discusses the causes of migraine headaches and offers suggestions for prevention and treatment.
Bernstein is a professor at the Harvard Medical School and is founder and director of the Women's Headache center at the Cambridge Health Alliance.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Four Tuesdays ago, Emmalee decided to try out Girl Guides. That is Australia's version of Girl Scouts or Brownies. She has a friend named Minty (Short for Araminty) who had been going, so she knew someone and the school counselor suggested it might be a good activity for her to get involved in.
From the first meeting, she was hooked. I could barely get her into bed after she came home from the meeting. (It runs from 6.30 - 8pm -- a little late for a school night for my taste, but I am willing to bend a little since she is growing up -- UGH!) And her feeling about it haven't changed a bit!
In fact, now that I have paid her dues and ordered her uniform - she is getting ready for the sleep-over/camp-out where she will make her 'promise'. Quite a big deal for a little girl!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
So, we ventured over there and found Watson's Bay at then end of a point on the wharf. Not hard to do. Very cute area. Found a parking spot. Found the original Doyle restaurant. Found the wharf that did take-away and found a table right away. Got Jim a Doyle's beer and lots of water. a Five piece fish, chips and salt and pepper calamari. We packed all the fish and calamari away and left some of the chips. But did a number on it all. Think Andrew did the best job on it all! I think he had three pieces of fish total!
After they finished eating they had a quick play on the beach before I had to physically(almost) had to drag them away to go home and get ready for bed and finish a Christmas card drawing for Jim's work.