Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Knew it

Which L.M. Montgomery Heroine are You?
Which L.M. Montgomery Heroine are You?

I'm Anne, although I had a secret hankering after Emily. Who wouldn't want black hair and purple eyes?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

taggy tag tag

MamaCass, consider yourself tagged!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oooh! I've been tagged by Averil!

1. Where is your mobile phone?
Don't have one. Ha! Weren't expecting that, were you?

2. Where is your significant other? Putting our darling child to bed. I can hear her chatting about puppies and the bath as I type.

3. Your hair color? Light brown. It needs a cut.

4. Your mother? Is loving, funny and brave. She's my mothering model and one of my favourite people to spend time with.

5. Your father? Is wise, kind, fair and brilliant. He is the most determined and competitive person I know. Also quite the pessimest, Old Mr Worst-Case-Scenario we call him.

6. Your favorite things? Hmmm, well I do love our new enormous television. How shallow of me. I also love my espresso machine, my Ipod (both gifts from my beloved) and all my books.

7. Your dream last night? I dreamed I left Abi at the park and forgot to tell anyone to look after her and bring her home. Woke in fright to be relieved by the sight of my sweetly sleeping girl on the pillow next to me.

8. Your dream/goal? Right now it's to open my own Montessori child-care centre. Also to raise a happy and healthy family.

9. The room you're in? Our shared study is a small darkish room with a big desk, Husband's books everywhere and an Ukiyo-e print that I love of the Kamo river in Kyoto.

10. Your hobby? Reading, running (well, jogging), talking. Previous hobbies include belly dancing and taiko drumming, just to make me sound more interesting.

11. Your fear? Someone I love dying.

12. Where do you want to be in six years? I want to have completed another degree, either a BEd or a Masters in Education and have started working towards opening my centre. I would love to be a mother of three, but realistically I think it will be two.

13. Where were you last night? Tired, oh so tired after a less-than-perfect day at work. TV helped sooth the pain.

14. What you’re not? As smart as I used to be. My memory has definitely taken a beating since my nightly sleep average plunged dramatically around the time Abi was born (coincidence...?)

15. One of your wish list items? A horse.

16. Where you grew up? In an outer suburb of Melbourne. And here I am in the outers suburbs of Melbourne. How far I've come.

17. The last thing you did? Breastfed my girl her nightly feed and waved her off to bed.

18. What are you wearing? Old ratty tracksuit pants, a black shirt and an almond-oil stained tracksuit top. Hornbag.

19. Your TV? Off.

20. Your pet? A slightly neurotic cat who I forgive everything due to his extreme patience with my daughter. She loves him, but sometimes her love expresses itself in tail-pulling and squeezing.

21. Your computer? Built by my brilliant husband six years ago. Needs replacing.

22. Your mood? Tired. A litle weepy, my period is coming tomorrow.

23. Missing someone? My brother, who is in Rome. A friend in NZ. Other friends I haven't seen for too long. Mothering, working and living so far away is hard on friendships.

24. Your car? Is old and needs washing.

25. Something you’re not wearing? Jewellrey.

26. Favorite store? Borders.

27. Your summer? Smells of sunblock and family.

28. Love someone? My boy, my girl, my family.

29. Your favorite color? The blue of Abi's eyes.

30. When is the last time you laughed? Last night watching the Adventures of Tim

31. Last time you cried? Can't remember. Probably in the middle of one of our bad nights.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A very belated 19 month letter

Darling Pearly Girl,

This letter is very late, in fact I am only just sneaking in a few days before it is time for your daddy to write a 20 month letter.

This month we have had lots of fun together because Mummy had a holiday from work. We went to the Tulip Festival in Monbulk together with some of your friends and you had lots of fun in among the flowers. You and your friend Dylan also enjoyed discovering an interesting bench, the back of the toilets and an old gas cylinder. You weren't so keen on the baby animal farm, although you didn't mind looking at the animals from the other side of the fence. The animal you liked the most was the duck that had a drink of water; you told Daddy all about that duck when we got home by saying 'wa wa' and then making your funny duck noise that he taught you.

Another thing we did was to visit the library for a Teddy Bears' Picnic. You took Mimi, your favourite soft toy cat and had quite a good time, although there were a lot of other children there. You were happy to see your friends Freya and Ryan when they arrived, and you listened to the Bear Hunt story and enjoyed the songs. Mimi participated in a blanket toss game which you allowed for a while but then you became concerned, and wanted to take her out again.

Recently we have been reading some longer books to you and you especially enjoy 'Shoes From Grandpa', 'Peepo' and the Hairy Maclary books. You like the dog in 'Shoes from Grandpa' and the baby in 'Peepo' as well as the lovely rhyming words. Daddy still reads you a story every night and we often read books together during the day, it is one of your favourite things to do.

On a very wet and windy day this month, you and I bravely ventured out to the newsagent to buy some crayons and a sketch book for you. You have done a lot of drawings so far and stuck the stickers that you got at Dylan's second birthday in as well. Play dough is another fun wet-day thing to do; you call it 'Biiisshhhh' (squish), and make sure we get the point by squeezing your hands into fists and screwing your face up as you say it. Daddy says we should make you a sign that says "Gone Bishing" to use when you are busy making balls and squishing them flat again.

As ever, you are a treasure and a joy always. We love you so much, precious one.