I don't think I've ever gone this long without blogging.
Sydney trip has come and gone. As has the Sanctuary Cove trip (and our 10th wedding anniversary.
Work is slowly getting better, although the consultant they got in to take over the heavy lifting from me is leaving next week for a 4-month stint with an aid organisation to Pakistan. For a risk-adverse traveller like me, it's just madness.
It's now week 4 of term and I have midterms in week 6. All a bit frightening.
I'm slowly managing to catch up with friends again. Slowly.
And most importantly, I'm spending more time with the family again (doing one rather than two subjects helps.
I'm feeling a bit stretched. Like I'm only able to be 50-70% of anything and therefore failing at everything.
Need to find time to exercise, have put on so much more weight.
It's 830pm, the kids are asleep in their own bed, I did a full day's work, went to a Yogalates class, did a 12 min run/walk on the treadmill, dinner is simmering on the stovetop and am sitting down to watch tv and knit, guilt free!
Am on two weeks 'holidays'. Working full-time this week, then off to Sydney to visit family on the weekend, working two days next week, a day at home with the kids and then off to QLD for 5 days/4 nights phew!
One of BD's staff just emailed through pics of her new baby girl and I was quite surprised to find myself cooing over it and thinking if it would be weird for me to give BD some small knitted thing for her (considering I've never met this woman). The poor thing had heart surgery on day 2 of her life, but all is well now.
My reaction to this news is a bit of a contrast to yesterday's. And I thought I was just over babies in general. Hmm.
The kids now have another cousin. It's terrible, I can't make myself feel excited about anything to do with the SiL. I don't see why I have to? All I can think is, well her baby came 9 days late, by caesarian. Rather opposite to what she'd planned, considering her plans included taking him to the family wedding in Brisbane in 19 days time. Even had he come on time, it would have been asking for trouble to expose a 4 week-old to all that. I really do hope she grows up and stops being annoying so I can stop feeling so negative towards her.
Welcome to the world, Benjamin, here's hoping I like you more than I do your mother.
I'm not sure if my heart can take having
such energetic children. WB tripped on a toy and fell into the corner of
our coffee table. There was an enormous gash right between his eyes and
so much blood everywhere. I had to try so hard not to freak out.
Luckily, the local medical centre is less than 2 mins away and open
8am-11pm, even on public holidays. They rushed him straight through to
the nurse who got a doctor. Who examined him, glued the skin back
together and stuck a bandage on it. Which we have to keep and (and dry)
for 4-5 days. Poor WB has been such a trooper.
Yes, that is evidence of a large easter egg.
And the last one for today. BD was really weird and said I'd better not post it because he thinks the SIDS-conscious peeps on the internets would judge me. Because I care what the peeps on the internet think??! She climbed in there herself, rolled into several other positions, and I was sitting next to her the whole time. So judge away.
Slowly, slowly regaining a modicum of control back over life, swotting for school and easing back on work.
I sent BD off with the kids for a playdate today. Add to that the third birthday party this weekend. Best husband ever.
When this is all over with, we're going to stay here at this castle. Saw it on Grand Designs a few nights ago. Kiddies will love it. I will love it.
Carpark at Heide
'Leftovers' Very Colourful Granny in Rowan Handknit Cotton DK. A bit bright. May take some getting used to. I probably won't do this one again, too much yarn. The ripples blankies actually use less yarn and are prettier. And more calming. But some of these yarns were leftover from the very first one I made for WB before he was born, so it was nice to round it out at the other end.
It's BD's grandma's b'day today and his Brisbane's cousins visited and there was a group photo. One of the nice cousins posted this pic on Facebook and tagged the rest of the non-Brisbane cousins.
One of her friends then commented, asking whether that was a maternity dress and congratulations. A little while later, that comment was deleted. Oops.
Speaking of pregnant, the SiL's due date was Saturday. 7 days ago. One of many lessons ahead for her about the unpredictability of motherhood.