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Rhyme Time Trouble

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Today has been a busy little day.. Well, not really, but for me it has been. In an earlier post I spoke about my New Years resolutions, about putting myself out there more, and about expanding my cooking abilities. Sort of. Well this week I have really been focusing on getting these things rolling. I have already started on the cooking aspect, and have some new dishes I plan to do some time this week. Nothing fancy, but hopefully they will turn out nicely.

The putting myself out there side of things has had a little kick up the bum so to speak, when I decided to take K to the local library for Baby Rhyme-Time. The Slacker suggested recently that I check out my local library to find out about story time, etc, which I did, and found they had a little half hour class dedicated to singing nursery rhymes. I had booked my car in for some new tires today so I arranged them to coincide so K and I would have something to do while we waited. Lucky the library and the tire place are only about 400 meters away from each other.

When we walked in the door and K saw all the other people there (there were actually heaps of other people, I thought there might be around 8-10 other mums there, but there were more like 15-20!) he freaked out a little, turned into me and held on really tight. He has never been around that many other babies before. We sat down at the back of the room, where there were floor cushions and some chairs set up in a large U, so he had a good view of everything going on. The next half hour we sang some nursery rhymes and did the actions. He did not want me to put him on the ground, but by the end of the half hour he had started to warm up a little and loosened his grip a bit. If we keep going regularly I am sure he will get into it. I didn’t mind it, especially since it is free, but truly, it was kind of lame. I guess I had higher expectations for Baby Rhyme-Time hahaha. I was disappointed though because I was hoping to see some other youngish mums there, but I was most definitely the youngest, most of them looked to be in their 30’s, some even in their 40’s, and one, I’m pretty sure, was the Grandma. If not, well, I feel for her haha.

After that we went and explored the library a little. I had been there once or twice while I was still studying, just to check and see if they had access to any scholar journals on their databases, but they didn’t and for whatever reason I never went back. This time I decided to sign up for a library card. Can you believe I have been here for over 2 years and only just did this now. Crazy. Anyway, I ended up having a nice chat with one of the librarians, which I guess made up for the fact that the Rhyme-Time was full of old mums. Then I borrowed a book for myself from a writer who I used to like reading a few years  ago called Sujata Massey. She writes a series of novels about a Japanese American woman named Rei, who is an antiques dealer in Tokyo, and ends up getting involved in solving crimes, usually associated with whatever antique she is working on. I like her writing because I have always been attracted to asian art, furniture and design. The book I picked up was called ‘Shimura Trouble’, which actually takes place in San Francisco and Hawaii, exploring a mystery around land ownership and Rei’s family, some distant cousin discovered living in the islands. I’m only a few chapters in but I’m enjoying reading about her again.

After our morning travels we got home and I tidied up, wasted some time playing with K, and stealing a chapter or two of the book. Then we headed off to pick up big bro from school, during which K finally decided to pass out and have his nap, which worked out just fine for me since I got to sit in the car while he slept, and read some more.

When we got home, one of M’s friends from a few doors down, Vili, came over and asked him if he wanted to come to a footy club bring a friend day. M was totally excited and keen as mustard to go. I was sweet with him going until I realised it was actually a recruitment day, designed to encourage more kids to join the team, and that I would have to go. After being out all morning I was kinda keen to park on the couch reading until I had to start dinner, but alas, it was not to be. When M’s friend told me how much it would cost to join the club, I was even less keen, but M was a snowball rolling down a hill at that point and for me to stop him from going would have meant catastrophe. Then at the last minute, as I was strapping K into the car, M decided he wanted to go with Vili’s dad in his car. When we got there, Vili ran straight onto the field with his team mates and started training, while M hung back waiting for me. I took one look at his face and knew what was up. ‘Off you go’ I told him.

‘Don’t wanna’ he replied.

‘Why not?’

‘Don’t wanna go anymore.’

He got all shy and shame cos he didn’t know any of the other kids. Their other friend Zavier, who lives in between our house and Vili’s, was supposed to be coming for a ‘taste test’ too but he hadn’t arrived. Vili’s dad ended up taking M on the field and making sure he got introduced to the coach and settled in with the other kids. K and I sat back to watch. Well, I sat back to watch but that quickly turned into chasing after K as he tried to run onto the field, onto the road, across the other field, in the path of the men practising, and eventually stole a ball from a couple of guys who were playing with a 5 year old on a field further away. I think I got more of a work out than M did in the end. Zavier and his mum showed up, watched for a bit, then headed home, without Zavier joining in. They realised that since Zavier only turned 8 this January, he would not be in the same team as the boys, even if he did decide to join. But he was just keen to be doing something with the boys, so he was pretty disappointed. So cute. Vili’s dad said I could go home if I wanted and he would bring M home, but then they started bringing out the big pads and getting the boys to start tackling and barging or whatever they call it, through rows of the dads holding the pads up against them. I stood around and watched for a little longer, then headed home to get dinner started.

When M got home he was so happy, and definitely keen to join. I’m not sure how I will make the $150 joining fee, nor the boots, shin pads, helmet and mouthguard work, but I called his dad to see if maybe he could help out with it. I recently found out how much he makes a week and I figure he can flipping well afford to fork out a whole lot more than he has been! That call didn’t go badly but I didn’t really get an answer either, as he was in a bad mood and on his way to work. Fingers crossed he does pay, and toes crossed that Vili’s dad offers to drive to all the games hahaha!

 

M's first shot at the pads. Vili's dad is standing on the left, with a big cheesy smile.

 

Anyway, hopefully things will work out. And I hope to surprise you guys with an interesting dish sometime this week.

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A-Z of Me

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I came across this post tonight on another blog and thought it would be fun, and a nice little time waster for myself. I would love to see some other people’s answers, too. If you do this, tag me or comment to me or something so I can check it out!

 

A- Make a list of 5 things that are in reach: My mobile phone (or cell for you yanks :p), TV remote, 2 sofa cushions stuffed behind my back, laptop charger

B- What is your favourite holiday? Don’t know if I could pick just one, I have great memories from every one. But one recent trip to spend time with my oldest sister in Vegas definitely stands out.

C- What is your fashion style? I don’t think I have a ‘style’, I mostly wear jeans and tops, or shorts/skirts in summer. I don’t wear much makeup unless I’m going out, and any day I bother to brush my hair is ‘schmick’ day, haha. I wish I could afford to have a style, though! It would be inspired by the inside of Penny’s apartment on Big Bang. It’s so colorful and pretty!

D- Whats your occupation? Right now I’m an at home mumma. Before that I was a destitute student/waitress, before that an international playgirl and before that I worked in admin.

E- What do you hear right now? The ceiling fan making an annoying click, and background music from a movie on TV

F- Who was the last person you hugged? K, who I just put back to sleep. Before that, M, when I put him to sleep.

G- What random song just popped into your head just now? Regina Spektor’s cover of ‘Real Love’ by The Beatles. It’s so beautiful, it’s running on The Biggest Loser ads, which has the potential to kill the song for me 😦

H- What did you do today? Laundry, vacuuming, dishes, cleaned my bedroom, took the boys for a swim, chatted to my mom briefly on skype. Pretty much what I do every day.

I- What was the last text message you received? From one of my best mates, Scotty: ‘I wonder if deaf schizophrenic people still hear voices in their head?’ Hang on he just replied to my reply (‘bahaha wtf where do u come up with this shit!’): ‘Haha a mate sent it to me I laughed so hard, sent it to heaps of people got funny as replies! Yep they still hear voices but they sound funny like deaf people talk, n nah they dont, they just see furious hand signals haha’

J- What websites do you always visit when you go online? CrackBook (of course), GalaDarling, FatMumSlim, Daily Nibbles, PostSecret, Letters of Note, my email account.

K- What is your next big, planned purchase? New front tyres for the Meh-Mobile. Exciting, ya?

L- If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Um, everywhere!! If I had to pick one, it would be to visit my sisters in Hawaii. If it had to be a new somewhere, I think I would go somewhere like the Maldives or Rome or New York, somewhere really luxe and expensive 😀

M- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully I will have a degree under my belt, working at a job I love. M will be 13 and K will be 6, so probably still here in Currumbin because M wants to go to PBC High School.

N- Where’s your tattoo/where do you want one? On my left shoulder, it covers my whole shoulder blade.

O- What are you doing this weekend? My friend Jo may possibly be coming to stay, so depending on the weather, probably beaching it with the kiddies.

P- If you could play any instrument, which one would it be? Hmm, never really thought about this, although the other day I momentarily wished I could play guitar.

Q- Whats the one thing you need the most right now? Some money! Ha ha. So I could spend it on tyres, school shoes, uniforms, and a car service. Exciting.

R- Are you a creeper? I have no idea! Like, as in on FB? No, couldn’t be bothered. I’m a blog creeper, I guess.

S- What is your dream job? I would love to be a travel writer or presenter. Doesn’t really gel with my family and lifestyle though, I couldn’t leave the boys constantly. But I would love to be paid to travel.

T- What’s the last good movie you saw? Hmm… Not sure? I saw Happy Feet 2 a few weeks ago, which was not as good as the first. I guess one recent movie I have seen that I enjoyed was watching Bridesmaids with my little sister last year, we laughed our asses off.

U- What’s your favourite quote? Not sure that I have a favourite, but one I read last week has stuck with me: ‘Live in the present and make it so damn beautiful that it will be worth remembering’ and another one that is sort of similar that I do like but not sure if I would say is my favourite: ‘And above all, be a love letter to the universe’.

V- What is your favourite color? I don’t really have a favourite color, but most of my house is sort of done in a red/yellow/deep brownish maroon color. Starting to think it’s time for a change up though, and if I do change up, was thinking maybe tan/blue or tan/green.. Hmm.. What do you think?

W- Give us 3 styling tips that work for you: Haha. Styling. Ok: Shower every day, Wear deoderant, brush ya teeth.

X- What do you love to do when it is drizzling? It would be my idea of heaven to kick back with a good book and some yummy food and maybe a movie after that, but more than likely I’m kid wrangling.

Y- What inspires you? I love GalaDarling, she is very inspiring, so is Sarah Wilson. Steve Pavlina is also great, he always makes me think (He recently posted on FB: If your website attracts anything less than 1000 hits a day, then my brown rice article gains more traffic than your entire page’ haha). If you want to be inspired, go to YouTube and Look up ‘Seth Godin Purple Cow Moment’. That’s not the actual name of the video but that will fo’sho find it for you.

Z- Why the hell isn’t there a Z? Damn, maybe I skipped one! Oh well. Ya get that.

 

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