Monday, June 29, 2009


Oh wow, no blog posts for 2 weeks. That's bad, even for me. We are still in the house of disease at the moment, so there is nothing sanitary to report here folks. Currently I am the only one in good health, well goodish. Better than anyone else here at the moment.



Oh yes. If you are in, send me your details by 10 July (sally(a), I will then send you details of your secret swapper soon after the closing date. The details I need are:

1. Your Name & Address
2. Will you send a music cd, craft or swap item or both?
3. Do you want to receive cd / craft item or both?
4. Are you happy to post your package internationally?
5. Your blog address (if you have one)

If you are uncertain of what this SUPERMEGAAWESOME FUNTIME IS, click here to find the original information. Last swap had 36 folks, this time I am aiming for 136. WHY? Because I like to do things BIG TIME and I like to make RIDICULOUS and GRANDIOSE statements and then FAIL to deliver on them. YES!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

afterthought to the previous post.

Oh, one other thing I hate with going to the hairdresser and in particular a NEW hairdresser. I HATE small talk and I am SHY. Three different people (hairdresser, hairwasher and receptionist) all asked me if I have big plans for the weekend. I hate that question, I HAVE a 7 MONTH OLD BABY AND I AM THEREFORE A LOSER WHO DOESN'T GO OUT. Actually, Ruby is a good excuse. Dr-Mr and I are homebodies and didn't go out that much BEFORE having a baby. Maybe I sound less like a loser and more like one of the cool, hip parental suburbanites. The only place we go to in the evening is the supermarket, pizza shop, bottle shop or the drive-in. I don't know, any combination of those things makes me sound like a complete bogan.

full disclosure. Again.

What's going on right now...

I LOVE this. I love the song, I LOVE the 80s retro styling, the inane words, the beats, I LOVE it all. Enjoy. Let's all get up and DANCE.

Well. I would. I am still getting over this hell ridden cold. It's THE COLD THAT NEVER ENDS, IT GOES ON AND ON MY FRIENDS. I was saying to Dr-Mr last night that it's like it has gotten it's second wind. I am not as COLDY, but I just feel like laying on the floor next to my desk here and having a lay down. Rubes will eventually make her way over here and roll over me and wake me up. UGH. Maybe it's also got something to do with the fact that I also have two wisdom teeth coming through at the moment, don't tell me 32 (almost 33) is too old for wisdom teeth, as they are THERE and ANNOYING.

Anyway, let's talk about POSITIVE stuff. You know what I am loving right now. I have rediscovered it (and I know some of you smarter-than-me folks never lost it) MY LOCAL LIBRARY. We are there at least once a week, mostly for books and cds for the muppet, but they are lending me stuff too. I love that I can browse their catalogue online (like a bookshop) and just mark what I want to borrow and then I walk up there and it's ALL THERE WAITING FOR ME. It's a LAZY READER'S DREAM. You would think I cured something, such is my library enthusiasm. HEY PEOPLE, HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE LIBRARY? IT ROCKS!

Ok, so I don't have a lot of time to read, but I love to read. Do you know what I borrowed to read, which I am typing with some shame, but eh, let's talk about it anyway. They lent me this.

And I.... Liked it. Oh reading it, it's such an implausible story and aimed at 13 year old teenage girls and I smirked at how ridiculous it was (oh and how ABOVE IT ALL I AM... OBVIOUSLY! ahem), but I read it AND the borrowed sequel in... um... 4 days. I AM a super-dooper fast reader, but STILL. Not bad for someone who claims to have NO TIME TO READ. I read during Rube's long naps, when she was asleep at night and happily playing with her toys. No wonder I am tired, I read with a ittybittybook light while Dr-Mr is asleep in bed. Have you read it? I went and bought the other TWO books in the series yesterday. I am way cool and not a loser AT ALL.

Ok, so the lead character is irrisitable to the vampire (you saw the movies, you know the names, let's not taint ourselves here further, shall we adult ladies?) and her smell nearly drives him over the edge to CONSUME her. I kept waiting to see what would happen when her monthly friend came to visit, but it was never discussed. Obviously, I am not the target audience. I think you need to be perhaps prepubescent. I kept waiting out for it, but halfway through the third book and no mention... so wow, they are certainly super absorbent in Forks. Anyway, if you like some escapist fantasy (I always hearted some vampire and wolf stories, Buffy anyone?) check it out.

I cheated on my hairdresser and went to a new one over the weekend. I went to Prahran (yeah, it's a long way but something in me refuses to have their haircut in the outer, outer, outer Eastern suburbs. My nearest hairdresser is called Tre Shique if that is any indication of what I am dealing with) and wow. I forgot what it's like, having lived here in hillbilly land for so long. Anyway, new haircut is good. Having gone to the same (very good) guy for about 4 years, it was time for an update. A photo eventually, if I can shake this SICK pallor.

Rube's has just ripped the cover of the "Encylopedia of Mythology" in half and is waving it about like a flag of victory, so I think I need to go grab her, I think it's time for a stroll in the sunshine. Later! Enjoy the little bit of sun!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I heart The Gossip. And Beth Ditto

Happy Weekend!

Monday, June 08, 2009

second cutest thing to Muppet

Ok, it's a cold, very grey winters day in Melbourne. It's not a public holiday for Universities (or at least the one we work at), so DrMr is at work and Muppet is asleep with her snuffles, but to cheer up any others on this so-called public holiday, I present to you: My Milk Toof

When I was young, I placed my baby teeth under my pillow and when i woke up I'd find a shiny new quarter. But whatever happened to those little teeth? Where did they go? Would I ever see them again?

Many years later, a little tooth was standing at my door. It looked familiar. It's name was ickle. Welcome home, my milk too

You are welcome. I am on the floor foaming at the mouth at the cuteness. FOAMING. AT. THE. MOUTH.

Super-beautiful, patient Georgie...

Has a baby obsessed with him. Apparently, Georgie is fascinating AND hilarious. I tried to take a better photo, but due to the speed with which she tries to pat/grope him, it's all blurred. Georgie very, very gentle with her, but he is closely monitored anyway. I think he is just grateful someone is paying him some attention. He gets daily pats, but not HOURLY as he used to.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

This is post 300 and I have NO FANFARE to share with you. Hello post 300, nice to spend time with you, but roll on 301. I always liked the Odd numbers more than the Evens. Don't you?

Anyway, this has been... a week. Not a bad week, but a week where I have to deliberate between what is possible, what needs to be done, what I WANT to be done and well, what actually WILL be done. I always feel like there must be a BETTER or more PRODUCTIVE way of doing things. I just don't have the time to figure out what that looks like.

Highlights of the week:

Monday was spent with Jules Knoblock and her super-cute babe Stevie. We haven't seen them in ages, so it was amazing to compare how much the babies have grown.

I am back at work 2.5 days a week now, and as we haven't worked out how that .5 day will look like working from home, they were more than happy for me to take her into the office, which worked better than I thought it would, she even managed to have a nap in the dark storage room attached to my office. I have to say that despite how busy things in my life, I would always be very hesitant to leave my job altogether. I like it. I like the people and they have been RIDICULOUSLY flexible and accommodating since coming back. Like RIDICULOUSLY so. I feel like I keep asking for cheeky things that I am going to have to debate over, but they have been supporting me with everything. So grateful. And lucky. Both.

I baked scones yesterday, using this recipe. It was annoying as it only made 7 scones and I DON'T actually believe it is the best ever scone recipe. They were ok. I am always tempted to try the cream/lemonade/flour one, but I think wow, cream AND sugary lemonade, there is an unhealthy relationship. Anyway, fresh hot scones with homemade plum jam, you can't go wrong. Happy to be led to a better kind of scone.

The muppet has another round of sniffles from daycare, which is annoying for her. This round seems to be clearing up far quicker than the last one, so hopefully she is over it soon. She is also sitting up on her own and started her ba ba ba da da da conversations. It sort of goes *squeal*dadadaheyaaahh*raspberry*. Deliciously cute. Oh, she now also has a laugh that sounds like a chicken.

I desperately need a haircut and I am shamed into admitting that I am debating spending the money on either seeing a cutter OR um an Osteopath. I have been having a quite sore lower back this week, which I am assuming is something from post birth, and maybe the way that I pick up Muppet from the floor. I was induced which can apparently lead to a strong "back" labour, and having no drugs, I can attest to the strong back labour being present. Uggghhh... I feel like I am not walking straight up because it hurts bit. I have been trying to walk more and stretch it out. Wow, this sounds worse than I meant it to. Ok. Vanity aside, Oesteo it is. I just wanted to know if anyone knew any exercises that stretch the lower back. Low, low back, but not the bottom.

Monday, June 01, 2009


I was in the local bakery today waiting for a coffee and a very stylish old lady came up to me and started stroking Ruby's head and commenting what a beautiful baby she was. She said to me:
"I never married and never had any children, I imagine it's the most beautiful thing in the world.... is it?"
I told her the truth. "Yes".

The whole thing made me terribly sad. She left before I did, otherwise I would have joined her and put Ruby in her lap.