Thursday, February 28, 2013

February ... it's a wrap.

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1. I expect to be settling the kids into school, including our exchange student who we picked up from the airport bright and early this morning. Done, although it has been a bit of a slog and there was one week that looked like we might not make it, but I think I'm almost into some kind of groove.

2. Attending lots of school information sessions and other school functions ... I didn't think about the extra lot when we signed on for the exchange. Done. I only skipped out on two out of five parent information sessions because of clashes and have had one on one meetings with each of the kids teachers.

3. Attending swim meets. There are three in February for the Little Girl. One was this morning so Hubby looked after that. Done. She had three meets with her club and the school district competition. Last week's meet was particularly successful, with PB's in all four strokes, she also came out of the school swimming with a third ribbon for her part in the freestyle relay team.

4. Resting my arm. I have tendontitis and need to rest for a couple of weeks, hopefully it heals quickly but I won't be playing tennis. I did rest it but an ultrasound on Tuesday this week confirmed I have a small tear so I'll be heading off to the physio.

5. This month I am trying an experiment in having an internet blackout from 9pm-9am. - I was very bad at this and only probably succeeded half of the time. 

Moving forward on my list I want to ...

6. Finish December 2012 PL layouts. Done.

7. Do the January 2013 PL layouts. No, I've got six pages done but it's a tough month. After editing and deleting I still ended with 152 photos.

8. Talk to the kids about their goals. Done, and I've been able to encourage them on their first steps towards meeting them this month.

9. Keep going with the Roman's Project. I'm up to 20 verse memorised.

10. Work on my bread making. We've eaten homemade bread maybe 50% of the time this month. Unfortunately, after some early positive feedback, The Boy has decided my bread is disgusting (his exact words) and won't eat it but the exchange student and the Little Girl prefer the homemade.

I also need to ...

11. Set up my command central now that we have converted our study to a guest bedroom for the year. We moved all our stuff out of that room but it's spread out around the house now and not very well organised. I saw this wall mounted magazine rack at IKEA and got Hubby to put it up. It's perfect for storing the papers that I want to have easy access to.


 I also cleaned off the desk and sorted through one box of office supplies. I've kept a minimum on the desk and have a box about 10m away in the laundry for all the other extras that I still need easy access to like envelopes, stamps, specialty markers, stapler, hole punch etc.


12. Start planning what we to see in China when we go at the end of March. I've collected some information but need to make some decisions about what to see. Hubby booked our accommodation for Shanghai and Hangzhou this week.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Look Up - Look Down

This post is inspired by Helena. I really like the idea but I doubt my ability to commit to a weekly project. Some days, situations just lend themselves to this prompt which was the case this day. Unfortunately the battery on my camera had run out earlier in the day, right before the Little Girl received her school leaders badge from the principal during their leaders induction assemble (all I can say to that is lucky for iphones) so these photos are taken on my iphone. They're from the 18th and had sat in my camera+ lightbox until now because I took them, then promptly forgot about them.

Um ... OK... I think my new super power is rambling about nothing ... so ...

Look up to smoke billowing across the sky from a grass fire out at Donnybrook ... look down to ash in the pool.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

This week's links ...

1. Sanity Manifesto (**beware auto music**) ... I thought I'd already linked this ... but apparently not. 
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3. These tea lights in apples look gorgeous.

4. 10 Tips for great holiday photos with your iphone.

5. Intro to iphoneography - I find I'm using my iphone more and more so am keen to get some good photos with it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Five of Us :: 2

This is the second instalment in my Five of Us project, where I make sure we have a photo of all of us together each month. This was taken last Sunday by our exchange student. I was keen to get a photo of us all in the pool this month since that is what February is all about and Sunday was our last opportunity to fit it in with Hubby's travel. For this one I gave everyone their instructions and set the camera on sports mode. The kids did two jumps and for once everyone was cooperative ... I guess it helps when it's fun ... although that sometimes makes it even harder to corral everyone.


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I must remember to check the vegetable garden regularly ...

so I don't end up with massive 3kg zucchinis again.

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The beans and tomatoes are flourishing ... I've already sent some beans to the freezer and I think some chutney making is on the cards. We are also getting a steady stream of mini-capsicum in chocolate, red and orange varieties that are so sweet the Little Girl has been taking them to eat in her lunchbox.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This week's links ...


1.  Photo Flags by Cathy Zieske.




5. I'd seen vodka sauce talked up around the web but had never tried it so this week we made this vodka sauce. It was yum and liked by everyone in the family. Highly recommended.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend. It's hot here ... we're going for a swim now ... The Boy is already in his bathers and throwing the pool toys in.


Monday, February 11, 2013

My month in Numbers - January

I kind of fell out of doing these partway through last year but I really love the concept so I'm giving it another go in infographic form with the plan to include them in our PL album this year. You can also pop on over to Julie (the originator) at  notes on paper  to have a look at more month in numbers'.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

This week's links ...


1. List of books for boys.

2. Add video to your project life. Would work as long as the link stayed active I guess.

3. Why tomatoes crack and lots of other helpful information about growing tomatoes.

4. Handwritten fonts. There's some new to me in this list, I really like the only exception and skinny.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In February ...

1. I expect to be settling the kids into school, including our exchange student who we picked up from the airport bright and early this morning.

2. Attending lots of school information sessions and other school functions ... I didn't think about the extra lot when we signed on for the exchange.

3. Attending swim meets. There are three in February for the Little Girl. One was this morning so Hubby looked after that.

4. Resting my arm. I have tendontitis and need to rest for a couple of weeks, hopefully it heals quickly but I won't be playing tennis.

... I began this post on Saturday night and am just getting back to it today (Tuesday morning), it's been a bit crazy round here ... continuing ...

5. This month I am trying an experiment in having an internet blackout from 9pm-9am

Moving forward on my list I want to ...

6. Finish December 2012 PL layouts

7. Do the January 2013 PL layouts.

8. Talk to the kids about their goals.

9. Keep going with the Roman's Project.

10. Work on my bread making.

I also need to ...

11. Set up my command central now that we have converted our study to a guest bedroom for the year. We moved all our stuff out of that room but it's spread out around the house now and not very well organised.

12. Start planning what we to see in China when we go at the end of March.




Saturday, February 2, 2013

This week's links ...

1. Huge list of everyday photo ideas.

2. Instaweather app overlays weather information on your instagrams. (via 356 Days of Donna)

3. And posting this in the knowledge that is totally un-PC but it made me laugh.