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Itchy Feet

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I’m not a fan of standing still. Staying in one place and laying down roots. But I thought that was just a thing I felt when I was young and I thought I would grow out of that. I moved house a crazy amount of times as a teen and young adult. I enjoyed road trips with friends, solo travel to the UK and Europe and a couple of family trips to the USA. I thought I’d find my forever place and settle down when I grew up. Because that’s what you’re supposed to do right?

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I am married with two children and our third on the way and last year we bought a house. In the suburbs. We have a dog and I drive an SUV. This is grown up right? This is settled.

I don’t feel settled. I feel bored and trapped.

It occurred to me recently that I have been searching for a place to settle. A place to call home and lay down those roots, but never actually stopping to ask myself if that’s what I really wanted. I just assumed that settling down would be a happy thing because it’s what everyone does and it seems like the dream – except for crazy eccentric types that wear hemp and travel to weird places and don’t have a fixed address.

It turns out I actually want to be that crazy eccentric type. I don’t want this suburban mum thing that I’ve got going on and I don’t think I ever did. It just happened. It’s like I woke up one day and thought: “how the fuck did I get here? And why the hell am I not in Peru?” I don’t want to wish away my kids. I plan on taking them on my crazy adventures – and the husband of course. Showing my kids the world is one of the best things about travel. But most importantly, there will be adventures. I need that. I want and need a life full of travel.

I would love to travel the world while home schooling my kids. Making our living on the road as we go. Sounds both awesome and terrifying. I don’t think I’m brave enough to do that. I just need more travel, more often and to keep moving. But to also have the security of a home base. But that home base needs to keep changing. And often. Too much to ask? Probably.

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It definitely feels like time to move on again. This suburb has grown stale and I need new things to see and do. I desperately need a holiday and we had a huge New Zealand road trip planned for later this year but you know what they say about the best laid plans… This November, instead of bush-walking/tramping through Abel Tasman National Park, I will be pushing a new human out of myself. So plans have had to change. That New Zealand road trip will happen, just not while I’m in labour. Postponing our trip is fine but I do need something else, and soon.

I’m hoping a short holiday will help with the restlessness because these itchy feet are demanding some movement immediately. Sometimes a weekend away to somewhere new is all I need to recharge and help me get through the next few months of mundane daily life. We have a weekend trip planned for August and I am looking forward to that in a huge way. It’s just a local trip – a five hour drive to the edge of the state. But it will be awesome. There will be a cave tour and much driving and new places to see.

It’s only a month away. I am counting down the seconds.

Also… I really want to find my photos from Europe. Do you know where they are?

 

 

The TV Uniform

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Appropriate TV attire. Johanna Griggs looking gorgeous.

I know I’m not alone here when I say, the moment I do something that my mum would do or say something she would say, is a moment of horror.

Not that I don’t love my mum, I do, I love her dearly. But I’m an individual with my own personality! The older I get the more of my mother comes out. Sometimes it’s simply the shoes I wear. I look down and my mum’s feet are on the end of my legs! This has happened a lot since I stopped wearing ridiculously high shoes and started wearing shoes for comfort. I haven’t yet purchased a pair of white nursing shoes but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. In all fairness to my mum, she is actually a nurse which explains the footwear.

Sometimes her voice comes out of my mouth. Usually when I’m speaking to my children. The kids haven’t noticed and haven’t called me Grandma, so I’m sure it’s all in my head so far. Thankfully.

But today, I started making judgements on clothing people wear on TV. This is something my mum does all the time and something I laugh about. My mum expects people on TV to be dressed accordingly. Her idea of the outfit they should wear is what I call the TV uniform and today Mia Freedman was not wearing that uniform on TV. She looked like she was wearing her pyjamas with floral pants and a stripey top. She was flanked by two women wearing black and white and looking dressed for TV. Mia looked like she’d slept through her alarm and decided to rock the pyjama look instead of turning up late.

I don’t know why I cared. I’ve never cared before. The only time I’ve really disapproved of what people chose to wear on TV is when they wear diagonal stripes that make the TV do that thing that causes wibble wobbles and probably epilepsy and strokes. You know what I mean.

Last night I watched House Rules and I don’t know who dresses Johanna Griggs but last night they got it so terribly wrong (OMG listen to me! Why do I care?) She looked like she was wearing a wetsuit. And not a very flattering one. It seriously was very hideous. How hard can it be to dress Johanna Griggs? She is gorgeous.

I wonder about this new TV clothing criticism part of my personality. Is it a pregnancy thing and will it pass like my craving for strawberry jam with cheese on top, or is it a permanent fixture? It doesn’t sit well with my philosophy of “each to their own” and “I am not the boss of what you do” and “what people wear is not representative of who they are” and something about books and covers and judgment. Sigh.

I need to either quash this new personality flaw or embrace it and start critiquing fashion choices of celebrities like Joan Rivers does. ICK!

The first option is the best choice here. I will now go and write a thousand lines.

“I will not judge fashion choices made by people on TV” or “I will not tweet about Mia’s pyjama-esque morning show attire” or “Stop giving a shit what people wear”. Yeah. That last one should work.

 Linking up with IBOT

#100HappyDays – Week 2

Week two of the #100happydays challenge and I dropped the ball somewhat. Unsurprising really. I suck at daily challenges and it’s very normal for me to stumble this early on!

It’s not that I wasn’t happy on the last three days of the week just gone, it’s just that I was busy doing stuff that makes me happy and I forgot to record and share. I could say some wanker bullshit thing about living in the moment but I wont because that’s wanker bullshit.

Here are the photos I managed to share on the #100happydays hashtag last week.

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8/100 listening to Millar read before bed.

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9/100. Today was hard. The kids were challenging and the dog on his worst behaviour. But I made it through, and at least the last of the autumn trees were pretty.

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10/100. I got to go to an event at the museum by myself! I needed this kid free time more than I realised. Outside in the city after dark!! photos 102

11/100 balloons before bedtime.

Next week’s challenge will be to share a photo every day! Wish me luck.

I hope your week was happy too!

10 Budget Friendly School Holiday Ideas

The school holidays are almost upon us. Do you have anything exciting planned? I never used to plan things much and I enjoyed just winging it… But then I had kids. And then those kids had school holidays and my lack of planning collided with a school holiday in an epic mess of tears and frustration and it was hideous and the kids didn’t have much fun either.

So, I now plan in advance. Not too much in advance, it’s the Friday before the school holidays. I have planned to plan. And this list is the start of my planning for my budget friendly school holidays.

Have a Picnic

OK, it’s winter, I know. But there are still days that aren’t completely miserable and if you have three weather apps on your phone like I do, you can check the weather for a clear spot and pack a picnic and go enjoy the 3 minutes of sunshine available at this time of year. Also, the parks might be quieter than usual with it being winter and all. Wear hats, and scarves and mittens. Take coffee. If all the weather apps agree that the weather is not ever going to be picnic friendly, then have a picnic in your living room. Still fun, and you don’t have to wear mittens.

DIY Movie Theatre

This is a good one for the rainy days of which there may be a few these holidays. Make a movie at home a proper event with printed out movie tickets, popcorn boxes and a darkened room.

Have a party

No one in your family having a birthday over the holidays? Don’t let that stop you! My kids love throwing birthday parties for their toys. You can make this a full day event if the kids make all the decorations and send invitations to all the other toys and help make the party food and cake (can’t have a party without cake! Try this recipe for small servings of chocolate cake baked in a mug).

Visit the Snow

If you are lucky enough to live close to the snow like I do, then a quick drive up a mountain to play in the snow for a short while can be all you need to declare it a snow-day without paying ski pass fees and all that. Otherwise you will need to move this activity into the not so free section with a 4 hour drive and most likely an overnight stay.

Local Library and Malls

Check out what your local library is doing these holidays. They may have some awesome story-time program or book adventure fairy story author visit extravaganza for kids. The local shopping malls usually do something for the kids to lure them in too. Watergardens has a lego thing happening and my small local mall usually has a magician and plaster painting. Check out the websites or Facebook pages of your local mall to see what’s going down.

Stained Glass Window

Home craft. So many ideas that I could make a separate list, but stained glass windows are a favourite. Contact plus cellophane makes instant sticky magic for your windows and looks awesome when that winter sun hits it.

Baking

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Kids love baking and baked goods are delicious. Enough said.

Scavenger Hunt

You can do this in so many different ways. You can give each of the kids a list of items to find around the house, or you could take a walk and find things around the neighbourhood. You could even give each kid a camera and get them to take photos of something starting with each letter of the alphabet. Whatever keeps them the busiest for the longest.

Spray Painting

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I use paper from the big rolls of Ikea butcher paper for this, but any paper will do. Fill plastic spray bottles with watered down paint and then let the kids loose creating master pieces. This is a good outside activity.

Blanket Forts and Camping in.

Why not build a fort or tent out of sheets and blankets. Then you can even pull out the mattresses and camp out in the living room for the night. Because you’ve spent all day with them, why not pull an all-nighter? 

Advent Calendars are not just for Christmas

Make a school holiday advent calendar with a different activity for each day. This will add an extra layer of fun and magic to the holdiays.

You can also make your very own advent calendar just for yourself to get through these holidays. It may include wine on every day. This may also add an extra layer of fun and magic. Good luck out there!