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The Month That Was

// June 27th, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Kids, Life, Study

Well, June was a bit of a write off in terms of blogging. I had end-of-semester exams which pretty much took up every spare moment. The physics exam went pretty well I thought, but calculus was a nightmare! An hour and a half is not enough time for an examination!! I didn’t finish it and am pretty sure that I failed, unless everyone else did really badly as well. Never mind! There’s got to be one paper that you are severely tested on, and Calculus is definitely mine. If I have to repeat it at summer school, so be it.

Yesterday I slipped over on a piece of Lego (thanks, kids!) and whacked my forearm really hard on the wooden arm of the sofa. It really fracking hurt and was very tender, so I got Jan to take me to the hospital, just in case. Embarrassingly, it didn’t even hurt by the time I got there (after having ice on it on the way there!) The doctor was very nice to me though. It is still very tender today and gets a bit sore if I use the computer for too long. Still, I predict a full recovery!

Excited this weekend about my first weekend with no studying for a long time! It’s my Aunt Deborah’s 60th birthday and we are going out for a big family dinner tomorrow night which I am very much looking forward to. We even have a babysitter! Also we are going to see Kung Fu Panda tomorrow morning – Archie has been looking forward to it for about two months and watching the trailer on the internet at least ten times a day. Should be good!

Latest Phoenix Vid Is Very Amusing

// April 10th, 2008 // 43 Comments » // Culture, Kids, Life

Here’s the latest video from my brother Sam’s band The Phoenix Foundation. Gosh his beard is getting rather bushy! It is an ace video though. How did they get Will to agree to those tiny tiny shorts?

Buy their album Happy Ending! It is a work of GENIUS I tells ya.

While we’re on a YouTube kick, Archie has just mastered using the computer and is a genius at cruising YouTube finding WEIRD SHIT. Here is his current favourite clip:

That boy is going to need his own Facebook page soon.

Little Dragon

// February 29th, 2008 // 32 Comments » // Kids, Life

Taekwondo Harry #1

Harry has signed up for preschool martial arts classes. We’re hoping it will teach him a bit of self control and discipline, not to mention having lots of fun kicking things. He’s going to Little Dragons Taekwondo. I went along for the first lesson and it was so cute! A great female instructor who was wonderful with the little kids. He got a free uniform and he is very proud of his white belt. Next lesson tomorrow morning – I will post some pics of him in his uniform. [Updated 3 March with uniform pic!]

Post-Emigration Update!

// February 22nd, 2008 // No Comments » // Kids, Life

Uniform Archie #2We’re settling in pretty well in the new land. In some ways it’s like we’ve never been away! The new house is a ramshackle beast, very roomy, set amongst a tangled jungle of weeds and exotic plants. I spotted a blue tongued lizard yesterday near the letter box but it quickly vanished into the undergrowth. There will definitely be some lizard hunts! On the downside, the landlords seem a little reluctant to spend any money fixing a couple of glaring issues (dishwasher doesn’t work, flooding in hallway when it rains). If we could get those sorted out, it’d be damn near perfect!

Archie has started at his new school, Marrickville West PS. All going well so far though he is only attending 2 hours a day over this transition period. It should start increasing soon. Harry is lucky to have found a spot for two days a week as there is a real shortage of preschooler places in the Inner West. He’s going to a child care centre which is a little more pricey but he can attend longer hours for those two days. We’ll see how it works out.

I have been working pretty much as usual, though as we haven’t had teh internets at home, I have been travelling into the city to a desk kindly loaned to me by a mate in Kent St. It has been great being in the hustle and bustle but the commuting is a bummer – either a half hour walk to the train station and then another half hour on the train; or a fifty minute bus ride, standing up most of the way. Still gotta suss that out, there must be a better way! Finally we have teh internets now so I am setting up shop in the basement room.

The BeastHave been enjoying all the stuff Sydney has to offer such as Ikea, much fun with the gays (Fair Day and Mardi Gras Parade coming up), slow traffic and the Marrickville Metro. Haven’t really caught up with any of our mates here yet but that will come now that we are finally settled!

Oh, and we have a nice new car nicknamed “The Beast” (or sometimes “Shrek” as it is large and green). It’s a 4WD Mitsubishi Delica van, seats seven, all the seats fold up to make it a van, or fold flat so you can sleep in it. We love it! But have to pick our parking buildings carefully as it is very tall – doesn’t fit in a 2m high gap.

Classic Harry Quotes (15 Oct 2007)

// October 16th, 2007 // 46 Comments » // Kids, Life

Funny FaceUpon leaving kindy:
“Mummy, that teacher is not a very good singer.”

Upon getting in the car:
“Can we listen to Uncle Sam’s song that starts with the beautiful fairy music?”

Upon being put in his room for time out (as heard through the door):
“What will I do if she opens the door? I will kill her! But then I won’t have a mummy. Yes I will, because I have TWO mummies! Mummy is my mummy, and Ma is my…. I don’t know what she is… Ma is my naughty mummy!”

That last one is channelling Gollum! He is talking a bit about killing at the moment, hoping it’s just a phase and he is not the next Ted Bundy.

Like Mother, Like Son

// October 9th, 2007 // 9 Comments » // Kids, Life

Yesterday Archie walked in the door from school, put Prince on the stereo and then sat at the kitchen table to read “Habitat” magazine. He is a rather unusual six year old! He discovered an old Prince compilation of mine and it’s currently his favourite. It is pleasant after the unending rounds of Bob the Builder and other tv themes that were popular a week ago. And luckily he’s non-verbal so he won’t be repeating the lyrics to “Erotic City” or “Irresistable Bitch” in the school playground… hmm…

Tooth Fairy

// October 8th, 2007 // 9 Comments » // Kids, Life

Archie's Paypal buttonThe tooth fairy has visited our house for the first time! Archie has lost one of his bottom canines. It was wobbly for a while and then it popped out – no doubt with a little help from Jan who was obsessed with wiggling it. It seems rather freaky that all his teeth are going to drop out one by one… eep!

In other news, Rebecca has spotted that Archie seems to be the face of an Italian Down Syndrome site. Flickr has all sorts of odd knock on effects!

Ratbag Drummer Boy

// February 22nd, 2007 // 31 Comments » // Kids, Life, Obsessions

Divil's Music

Sam sent me this pic of Harry having a bash over Christmas. What a rocker!

Archie is going great at school, apart from being sick for 50% of the days so far. Hopefully that is just a temporary aberration, he is back now and raring to go.

I have just discovered Threadless and am obsessed, though as yet unable to afford any of the t-shirts. Why don’t you buy one and that’ll get me $3 towards my own! Or even better, just buy me one of these cos you love me… or this one… mmm there is nothing like a good t-shirt!

He’s Off!

// February 14th, 2007 // 61 Comments » // Kids, Life

Archie on his first day of school:

First Day At School!

He is very excited!

Archie’s Big Day

// February 13th, 2007 // 36 Comments » // Kids, Life

Archie finally starts school tomorrow (after a week long delay while the school found a teacher aide for him). He is very excited! And we are very nervous…. Here’s hoping it all goes well! What a momentous day!

Another momentous day is not far off, the annual Jems Oscar bash! Invites will be sent out shortly so keep 26th Feb free.