I am so last week

The total volume of music files on my computer is a BIG FAT ZERO. I’m a bit of a CD purist.

The last CD I bought was Nursery Rhymes for Kids by the ABC.

I’m listening to “Setting Sun” by The Chemical Brothers.

CDs I listen to a lot : Moon Safari by Air. Surrender by The Chemical Brothers. Polyserena by George. Liquid Skin by Gomez. Dizzy Up the Girl by The GooGooDolls. Mezzanine by Massive Attack. Symphony No. 2 by Philip Glass. Eternal Nightcap by The Whitlams.

Desktop

I finally started to clean up my computer this weekend. After three years, I figured it was time to reformat my hard drive. It’s in a shocking state. It’s been chugging like a dinosaur for months.

I’m not exactly a hardcore geek. But I’m always very organised, systematic and FUSSY with my computer house-keeping. I’ve got meticulous file and folder naming procedures. I do complete system scans, defrags, backups every fortnight or so. I also delete any program, file, plug-in or shite that I don’t use often.

I do all this, somehow believing that if I keep my computer running efficiently, I can put off that dreaded reformat c:/
I guess three years is pretty impressive.

I’ve been at it all afternoon and I’m still not finished!

Sean – 11 weeks

Sean has been an absolute darling! He now sleeps about 11 hours during the night. He goes to bed at 8:30pm, has a short feed at 2:30am, and wakes up at 7:30am. I’m very happy!

He’s also wonderful in the afternoons too (when my two year old is asleep). I position his little baby rocker beside the window, and he’ll sit and stare quietly at the trees and sky. Then occasionally amusing himself with his rattle and then dozing off for a couple of hours.

He loves looking at faces. He gives such cute little chuckles – complete with a full body wiggle and punching fists. He also does the whole goo-goo-ga thing that makes my heart melt.

His eyes are still greeny-grey. They are beautiful to stare into! Everyone has been saying that his features are Caucasian and his complexion is Asian. He weighs 5.5 kgs so far.

He’s a very patient baby – happy to sit, watch and laugh at whatever his big brother and I are doing around him.

Also, my latest little pet name for him is Mr. Cappuccino Butt.

Conversations with Kate

Some friends invited us out to a special event at Lamonts in East Perth. It was diviiiine! The food and wine was absolutely incredible! It was a six course dinner, where each dish had it’s own matching wine. At the beginning of each course, Kate Lamont, talked a bit about the food and wine and explained what they were trying to achieve with each pairing.

I thought it was going to be a painfully boring evening – with long speeches and fussy pretentious talk about food and wine.

But I was SO wrong. It was one of the coolest evenings I’ve had in a long time! The atmosphere was completely casual and relaxed – despite the steep prices, fancy location and posh decor. And Kate was so cool. She just walked around to each table, striking up a conversation with random people and going, “So what do ya think?!?!”

Now, I’m not a big drinker. So I have a rather unsophisticated view about food and wine combinations. You know, the whole red wine with red meat and white wine with white meat thing. Furthermore, after I drink half a glass of either, I’m not usually able to tell the difference between red and white.

Anyway, I learnt SO much about food and wine matching.
I was utterly captivated! We were sniffing and sipping, describing the wines as ‘warm tinned asparagus’, ‘lemony caesar salads’, and ‘my grandmother’s wooden sewing box’. All 14 of us were pissing ourselves with laughter the whole night (probably more-so by the end of the night).

Trying to appreciate the wines on their own wasn’t much of an event for me. But my senses were blown away as I discovered how the tastes of quite simple foods can be enhanced by the combination of the wine flavours.

I know this will sound really stupid… but having an evening where someone challenges you to actually stop and think – in detail – about the tastes, textures and smells moving around your mouth, was quite an astonishing breakthrough for me.
I don’t think I’ll ever eat the same again!

Oh and here’s a pic of me looking unquestionably and appropriately drunk (even though I was the designated driver that night), and my friend Ian doing his Wallace
and Grommit impersonation.

Oh oh oh, and we also got to take home a little booklet of all the recipes she served up that night! Woo hoo what a score!

A gentleman already?

My two year old son REALLY likes girls.

Whenever he interacts with kids his age, he’s much nicer to the girls than boys. And I mean MUCH nicer.

He’ll talk and giggle with them. He’ll share his toys with them. He’ll give them flowers, leaves and rocks (?). He’ll let them have their way. He’ll let himself be bossed around. He’ll let them push, shove or snatch a toy off him – without a fight!

And sometimes, he gets completely smitten by them – well, as smitten as a two year old can get. He’ll run around shouting her name. He’ll want to hold her hand. Or want to stand next to her. He’ll make sure she has a piece of cake too. And on the weekend, she got a daisy and I didn’t.

When he’s interacting with other boys, he’s a lot more aggressive, territorial and impatient. He’ll shout, cry and whinge more too.

It’s weird. I’ve always made it a point to teach my son to treat everyone the same, share toys with everybody, be nice to everybody blah blah blah. It’s kinda amazing that kids can tell the difference at this age. How do they know?

I laugh about it in the playground, but deep down I’m praying he doesn’t grow up to be a brainless, hotshot playboy.

Oh and can somebody remind me to delete this post in say, 8 years? I might have a lot of explaining to do when someone turns 10.