Archive for December 2003


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Blah blah Christmas blah

27 December 2003

We had a great Christmas!
Lots of family, fun and food.
But I was ready to collapse by the end of it!

We had a quiet Christmas Eve at home.
I glazed ham and made a yummy potato salad.

Went to Church on Christmas morning.
Had a BIG Christmas lunch there.
Went to our relative’s house in the afternoon.
Played boulle in the backyard.
Paddled in the inflatable pool.
Ate an even bigger Christmas dinner.
Plus Christmas desserts.
Pulled crackers.
Exchanged presents.
Knocked apart a Santa piñata.
Ate chocolate and other sugary shite.
I was terribly full and tired by the time we left.

Now, I have 4kgs of ham leftover.

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Callum 8 months (with 6 teeth!)

16 December 2003

Callum and I had a pretty awful weekend.Callum’s 5th and 6th teeth cut through, and he was the grumpiest and crankiest little kid ever!

Usually he’s pretty independent. He would spend hours just crawling and climbing all over the place. He likes to explore the shelves, cupboards, rooms, behind couches and tables. He likes following the cat, shuffling through the junk mail, sliding the chairs around. And as long as I’m in the same room keeping an eye on him, we’re both having a pleasant day doing whatever we need to do.

He also sleeps about 2-3 hours in the late morning. And 1 hour in the late afternoon. So I get heaps done during the day!

But good lord, since Friday, he was in so much pain – poor thing. He didn’t sleep at all during the day. He whinged and blubbered and cried all day. He wouldn’t let me out of his sight. He wouldn’t even let me stand up to get something. He just wanted to cling onto my leg. Or sit in my lap. Or have me cuddle him. Or hold him. Or bounce him up and down while he grizzled and grumbled. All day!

My husband was on a scuba diver rescue course all weekend. So it was really hard work on my own. I was pretty down.

By Monday – just like that – things were back to normal. I was very relieved. I took him out to Nedlands for lunch and he was the happy little kid bouncing on everyone’s knee again. Thank God!!

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Farewell 45

13 December 2003

Mike, Wes and Christian had a party to bid farewell to their groovy house in Kensington. There were lots of people, food, alcohol and second hand furniture for sale. I bought Mike’s food processor for $20. What a bargain.

It was great fun – even though I didn’t get totally trashed like everyone else. I spent the night drinking girly drinks (ie. cranberry juice) and found myself with a red-cordial kind of jittery hyperactiveness.

^ Mike made a bunch of us jump up and down like loonies in the kitchen. I am jumping in the photo – just not very high.

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The Christmas Tree

12 December 2003

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Web Industry Christmas Party

9 December 2003

Port 80 (Web Industry Association) Xmas Party at the Velvet Room.

^ Me looking very drunk between James and Mike.

I had fun! My baby was with my mum, and my other baby was at a meeting. I knew 8 people. And I met 4 new people. It was nice to catch up with old buddies too. We talked about facial hair, star gazing with telescopes, and the effects of washing your hair with lite beer vs. full strength beer.

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Jewellery Party

8 December 2003

Yesterday I went to an Earring Christmas Party.
Bought 2 earrings and a necklace for $63. *So happy*

She makes all her jewellery slightly different, so no one ever has the same combination of beads and things. I love it! Originality is indeed a great thing. I love unique and quirky things. I spent ages looking at all her great designs for earrings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets, pendants. I felt a strange mix of envy, respect, inspiration, appreciation, jealousy and pride. I felt that I could do the same, if not better.

I’ve always had a crazy desire to be a fashion designer. I guess I have the design skill and eye to design my own clothes and jewellery. And I’m secretly envious of people who can be bothered to get off their ass and start their own company and sell their creations. But I don’t think I have the capacity to be committed to something like that. I’d get bored.

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Weekend Laziness

6 December 2003

I’m too lazy to write anything substantial about my weekend… so I’m just going to share some pics I took a few weeks ago.

^ Callum and I were playing a crawl-under-the-cushion game. But he was too interested in eating leaves.

^ After a while, he got bored and started head-butting the cushion from underneath. He’d make it fall on top of himself, let out a very girly squeal and then start to crawl with the cushion on his back – like a turtle. It was very funny. I guess you had to be there.

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5 December 2003

I was at the old house to say farewell. I took a video record of the place, watered the lawn, and… yes, took one last picture of myself in the dirty bathroom mirror.

Seeing the empty house made me a little sad. It was so hollow and echoey and not ours! But I’m ready to move on. And besides, new memories will be made.

As I shut the door behind me for the very last time, I stood on our porch. I gazed off across the road into the park and had one concern on my mind… I hope the new owners don’t notice where I left a hot iron on the floorboards!

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4 December 2003

It’s Thursday morning. Callum’s taking his morning nap.
I’m sitting in our new office looking into our new garden.
It’s been three days since we’ve moved in, and I feel as if I’ve been here for years. I just feel so relaxed and at home.

There’s so much space! I’m not used to it. Walking from the lounge room to the toilet is a huge trek across the house! Mind you, it’s not a huge mansion. It’s a small 3 bedroom x 2 bathroom duplex.

The use of space and overall layout of the house is superb = small, but feels big. The lounge room is away from all the kitchen/dining noises, yet it’s big and open enough for all kinds of activities. The bedrooms are a great size and are tucked away from the rest of the house. The office is a dream! It’s like another living area away from everything. The enclosed patio is great! Nice big outdoor/indoor space for mosquito-free summer BBQs. Yay.

The backyard is magical! It’s like you walked into a scene from The Secret Garden. When I find my digital camera I’ll post some shots. It doesn’t have a lawn though. And I like a little bit of lawn. I might get my husband to dig up some plants and put some lawn in. I like the idea of the kid(s) rolling around on the grass, pitching tents and running through sprinklers.

The kitchen is a bit small. Being my mother’s daughter, I would’ve liked the kitchen to have a little more bench space, cupboard space and pantry space. How else will I become the cooking machine I was destined for? Oh well.

So yes, it’s three days after we’ve moved in. We still have to buy some shelves for the office, so we have boxes lying all over the place. And stuff temporarily sitting here and there. It’s a nightmare when trying to find something.

Ok, I have to get some quotes for installing air conditioning. We want to get it in before the peak of summer arrives!!