Sunday, November 30, 2014

Picky eaters

Other people's children's crazy food things are obviously stupid.  Until you have a child of your own.  Then you understand how, in the quest of sanity, you can be tempted to go with the craziness just so that meal time can be over without anyone getting hurt.  It's not a long term plan.  But some days are just survival.  Proof that children can be dictators in the making here.  It gets better...eventually.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ending the week on a high note

It's hard to quantify the amount of ground our family has covered over the last few weeks.  So much happening.  But tonight I've got a moment to sit back and take a deep breath.

I am settling into the new office (it's not oval in shape which is a shame...however it is on the west wing on the building so.....). I had to make my first actual decision today. Hope I didn't mess it up.

The kids have had their end of year school performance nights and the eldest survived their piano exam despite being as cranky as a cat being stuffed into a pillowcase on the way there.

The stand-out moment of the week was picking up the keys to my parents' house this afternoon. It was a very sweet joy to ring my parents with the news that everything had gone through and they were now really and truly the owners of a house of their own for the first time ever.

Yep. Big week.  But lots of things for which to be very thankful.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Locking up little kids

More than 700 refugee kids are currently held in detention in Australia. There's a new campaign coming hoping to put pressure on our government to do better. Truly, we can do better.  It won't surprise any of you that this is close to my heart at the moment.  If you want to join the campaign, you can follow the link at the end of the video.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

'Snakes and Lattes' and other great cafes

I know quite a few friends who would happily lose an hour or two with me at a board-game café. Cool idea.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014


This article in the SMH, tells of a shocking discovery made during a house inspection.  Two potential buyers and a real estate agent were looking at a empty house in Milwaukee, USA.  The house was empty having been put on the market due to foreclosure a couple of years ago.  Upon randomly opening one of the cupboard doors, they found the body of a deceased male in his 50s.  He'd died alone in a cupboard, lying under a blanket, having broken into the abandoned house trying to find a warm place to sleep away from the freezing night air.

So very sad.

But it wasn't that sad fact that gripped me as much as something mentioned later in the article.

Apparently, this gentleman had been without a fixed address for many years and had been suffering from schizophrenia for most of his life. His brother had been looking for him and trying to track him down. He had been treated for his schizophrenia on and off but he often stopped taking his medication.  When asked about that he told a psychologist, "I'm so lonely, and sometimes the voices make me feel not as alone."

And that, my friends, is beyond words.  To feel so alone.

The pace of life


There have been Things Happening (those of you who read A.A. Milne will be familiar with the style of capitalization being used).

Firstly, we are almost at the finish line for buying my parents' new house.  But this last week presented some interesting hiccups that had me scrabbling and waving my power-of-attorney documents around like a lead investigator at a new crime scene. But. we. are. almost. there. I am very much hoping we've jumped the last hurdle.

I have a child facing their first piano exam this week. We are all trying to be super-cool about that so we don't pass on any kind of nerves. I wonder if I'm fooling anyone. Mind you, I have been mighty distracted by other things....

I spent all of last week agonizing over applying for a new job within my current workplace. A job which would take me to full-time.  I'll spare you a full re-run of all of the soul searching involved, suffice to say I did apply.  Then this week I had the job interview.  The night before the job interview, our hot water system stopped working.  For a few hours there it looked like I would go to my interview unwashed.  Thankfully, my genius of a husband was able to fix it. I don't think I've looked at him with such deep, intense affection since that time he rigged up a lead to connect power to my island bench.  Because - pause - I had no hot water - pause - right before a job interview with - pause - all of my bosses.

Anyway, it was a huge relief to wake up the next morning and know there was hot water. I am giving him substantial credit, therefore, for the fact that I didn't stink at my interview and got the job.

I get an office of my own now.  Nice.  Obviously not why I went for the job.  But still.  You have to enjoy the idea while you can before that office is totally inundated with Things I Must Do Soon Or Fail Everyone.

It's also that fun time of the year when we mark exams and write reports. I cranked through the last of my History exams today and I am pleased to report that the end of the tunnel is in sight for reports.  But meanwhile, our older students have already started their 2015 classes and I have two subjects that I've not taught before so my preparation has been about a day ahead of the lessons on average. But I seem to be filling up the lessons with useful stuff so we're doing okay.

I am teaching Philosophy again.  My students are so keen and so much fun. Here's a youtube clip one of them found explaining Plato's idea of the forms.

And they enjoyed watching this Monty Python clip on the nature of an argument - stop at the 4 min mark because it goes off on a tangent from there.

And, well, the rest of the nitty gritty doesn't really seem worth mentioning.  Don't know how this sudden catapulting into full-time working life will affect this blog.  We'll have to see.  
But I thought I should just let you know.  I'm still here.  And it's all good.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas truce

This is one of my very favourite stories of World War I - the 1914 Christmas truce.  Sainsbury's has done a brilliant job with this ad that re-tells the story.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It's daylight saving (singular)

Should have had this up a month ago but it's still funny.  And, Alison, just so you know, my "fix" for videos is totally not working again now.  So I still have no idea.

HT Laughing squid

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bono and Jesus

I like how he says "who is Jesus" is a defining question. I agree.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Shake, baby, shake

Wish I could do this.  Say about half-way through a double Year 8 History.  Just shake it all out.