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Time to mingle.

I decided to get out amongst the humans this week. I figured that working from home for this long can’t be good for me, I think I haven’t worn a skirt for around six months, haven’t needed to. My fashion sense has taken a nose dive, but then again have you seen fashion lately? I don’t think I’m doing that bad really. My people skills are dropping though, if I were to have an office job I’d have to stick a post it note on my desk where I can see it all the time that says: Don’t fart at your desk, you are not alone!

Side topic; when will this hideous left over from the eighties, with a hint of the awkward nineties, flouro pattern splooge fest end?! Us red heads are running out of things to wear! Yes I digress.

So anyways, I went out to meet some humans, having decided to volunteer my time to the gallery that will soon be showing some of my pictures (giggity). Yesterday was my first shift. Sure enough the phone rings at midday, and it’s the school. Insert your choice of annoyed looking emoticon here if you will. Of course it’s the school, it has to be the school, because children are born with this sixth sense that informs them when the mother is about to do something for her own wellbeing. A little alarm rings in the back of their mind ‘quick mum is about do something different, you need in on this’. So I make my excuses, leaving a great first impression on my first day and head to the school.

When the teacher called she mentions that she also needs to have a quick chat with me, and I think we all know how much every parent loves to hear that, am I right? Tells me our town cryer has been unwell today. Can you tell I’m not convinced? Back story, the small ones have discovered that all you have to do to get out of class is make the slightest mention you feel sick. The second those words are uttered a call is put into Mum, drop what you are doing parents the kid is totes dying.

I get there, and I have the chat. Turns out it was a surprisingly good one, for once there was nothing bad to report. Enter the sick bay, because the small dying one was not that sick he couldn’t wait while I had that brief parent teacher interview. He greets me and attempts to conceal a smile, he did not succeed. The average for one of these calls from the school is about once a fortnight, and you should hear how hard the teachers try to convince me it is legit. I take the boy by the hand as he skips out the school gate; “Are we going to the shops now?” ahhh no. Again feel free to add your choice of annoyed emoticon here.

Have you ever encountered this? That road block in the shape of a small child each time you attempt to return to some kind of semblance of your previous professional life? Or is just me that has a big faker in the house?

Of course I know this is what I signed up for when I resigned from my much loved job five years ago, and don’t get me wrong I love that I am able to be at home with the kids, and do all that needs doing for my high need charges. It is a super busy life that we lead, but that said, it is super busy and super boring. Mundane even, and I’m not the first one to say that about this parenting deal.

Mum is bored kids, and she needs to get out more. Trust me it is better for everyone 😉
Anywho, onwards and upwards right guys? Next month people will be paying me to take their pictures, and so help me if the school calls, it had better be from the back of the ambulance.

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Local prettiness.

Went for a drive on a sunday, saw some prettiness.

Right mouse click is bad karma dude.

Super bad karma to right mouse click people.

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Taking comfort in the Goulburn cold.

My column from this weeks paper… 

YOU know it’s cold in Goulburn when the car still has frost on the windscreen at 9am.  Travellers from the north arrive wearing shorts and thongs and hop happily out of their cars to see the Big Merino. But before they can prepare to take a selfie in front of our concrete wonder, they realise it is startlingly crisp out there, and make a hasty retreat to their warm car, where you will see them pulling ski gear out of the boot and trying to wear everything they packed all at once, because clearly they must be mere kilometres away from snow here it’s just that cold!

I love it. You feel like cooking warm hearty meals and you finally get some sleep when it’s cold, because you won’t be too hot under all the blankets.

I know many people loath the cold, and I can understand why, but when you think about it there are some really good reasons to like winter. I will give you a few examples…. Read the rest here.

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How’s the serenity?

Today was our last first day. The wee men started school.

All dressed and ready to go, how cute are they?!

That’s a pretty darn adorable photo, if I do say so myself, almost made me rethink sending them both off to school.  I do have a few doubts that the smallest one is ready for it, but then again if an evil plan is afoot he is usually the mastermind behind it. So he’s probably going to do ok.

That meant that today was my first real day off in I don’t know how long, and I have SO much to do. So much I don’t even know where to start.

So you know what I did? I took the dog for a two hour walk. Then I came home and ran myself a hot bath using up all those pretty smelling potions, the ones that people keep giving me because they think I have time to have baths, then hopped in to read and soak. Lucky for me my iPad has a waterproof cover, because I fell asleep in the tub, that hasn’t happened in at least a decade. A DECADE PEOPLE!

I feel rested. The house is a shambles, but fuck it, I feel good.  I might even let the children back in the house this afternoon.

All six at school!!!

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Meet Milo…

Still can’t get over how gorgeous our new dog is. Milo arrived unexpectedly on Christmas eve. I checked my messages at 7, and he was on our doorstep by 11. The kids are in love with him, finally a dog that isn’t lazy!  We’ve already taken him camping with us, he has fitted in nicely. We are so lucky and grateful to have been given him.

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by | December 30, 2014 · 8:52 pm