Wednesday 1st April 2015

I was a responsible adult today and went and renewed my license. The children came with me, and since the Vic Roads agency is in the library they wandered off to look at books while I did what I had to do. When I went to find them Emma and Jericho were playing a game of chess on an extra large chessboard, so I let them finish that. It was lovely, they both knew how to play more or less, but they helped each other remember everything and were both very gracious about playing and winning/losing. (Jericho won).

I also finished doing my Working With Children Check application and my application for a second period of being a provisionally registered teacher. They’re both done in the sense that they’re all filled out and printed and in a nice little pile with the documents I need. Tomorrow I have to get everything certified and have the stat doc signed, and then pay and lodge the WWCC at the post office.

I’ll go down to the office tomorrow morning to get all that done (very conveniently all the accountants can certify documents and Steve is a justice of the peace) and then go to the post office and do that part of it. I’m also going to buy a postbag send back the camera lens as well. Then all my immediate responsibilities that are stressing me out will be taken care of. (Apart from talking to Emma’s psychologists, I’m avoiding that, but I did reschedule her orthodontist appointment today.)

After we’d done my license and the chess game we went to the supermarket and bought things for lunch. The children (okay, Nicholai and Jericho) were being so annoying, that at one point I just said to them, “I get it, you don’t like each other. I don’t care. Just stay away from each other!” Then these two old ladies laughed and one of them said to me, “Don’t worry, it might improve when they’re eighteen and twenty!”

Nicholai dobbed himself in about being on his electronics when he shouldn’t have been this morning. He was talking to me about sport (big surprise) and he told me that Grandma had sent through the footy tips so he’d be able to start doing that. I was just, “Hmm…wait, how did YOU know that Grandma sent that email?” (Since I’d received it at about 10pm last night.)

Emma and Jericho went to hockey training tonight. Emma’s doing really well and enjoying it a lot I think. Her coach told her she was his best student tonight, so of course she liked that. It doesn’t surprise me though, she’s good at listening and following directions.

There were only three kids from Jericho’s age group there today, so they each got a coach to themselves. This would have been great for Jericho- although he enjoyed it when he went to training a couple of weeks ago he’s very anxious about the idea of playing on a team and him not being good enough. A bit of one-on-one should help him feel more confident in his skills, and then we just need to work on him feeling comfortable as part of a team. He’s definitely going to develop the skills in time, and he’s currently eight and in an under 10 team, so he’s really not expected to be any kind of expert yet!

I also got my new camera lens. I was almost too scared to use it, because everything has gone wrong, but I did. It was so, so good.

Project 365-2015: Day 090

Project 365-2015: Day 090 – Walking the Warburton Trail.
Jean, the children and Luna all walking along the Warburton trail this morning. Jean and I have been doing it in segments on Tuesdays, so we thought we’d take the kids along today. Once the children got over the fact that we were not walking TO anything (“What do you mean, we just walk for a while and then turn around and walk back???”) they actually enjoyed themselves, and it was a nice sort of laid-back outside activity for us all.

Tuesday 31st March 2015

I still felt like shit today, but hopefully all my medication is back on track and I’ll feel better soon. Despite all the reeling dizziness and periodically feeling like someone was electrocuting my brain, Jean picked up the children and I to continue our march along the Warburton trail. We didn’t go as far of course, but considering how little stamina my children have for such activities, they did really well. No one whined, and they all carried drink bottles, and apart from one skinned palm, a scratch on a leg and a prickle in a finger that had to be removed, no one got hurt. I think they even had fun.

Jean bought them all McDonalds for lunch (so she bribed them to behave themselves on the walk and I don’t even care) so we got that on the way home and then ate it here. After lunch I showed Jean all my project 365 photos which was lovely- she’s always so impressed and complimentary.

(And speaking of my project 365 and photography, I received an email saying that my lens package has been dispatched. I checked the tracking info and it’s in the city- I might get it tomorrow.)

Jericho’s theatrics are hilarious. Today while we ate lunch he was telling us that he’d put a cricket in a metal tin out in the backyard and he thought it should be his pet, until he carried out his plans to put Godzilla in there too and make it a gladiatorial arena. Jean told him that was a terrible plan, and then all indignantly he threw up his hands and exclaimed, “Well, if you think I’m terrible to crickets you should see what Mum does! She releases the chickens to go after them like hounds! Lives were lost!”

Project 365-2015: Day 089

Project 365-2015: Day 089 – Ecao Candle.
I finally put my mantlepiece back together today. Only four months since I took everything off it to put up my nativity sets for Christmas! I took the nativity sets down at the end of December, but the mantlepiece has pretty much stayed empty except for birthday cards since then. But today I pulled Rama and Sita and the photo frames and the Korean marriage ducks and the silver Balinese elephant and the candle plate out from under my desk and put them all back. This candle is one I was given by Emma and her friends, with a thank you letter for being a supporter of their candle business (ie, I bought them wax, lol). It’s such a girly girl candle though- it’s pink, purple, smells like flowers, and has glitter on it. I love it.

Monday 30th March 2015

Today sucked. Just in so many sucky ways, that basically aren’t even important but I’m idiot and everything upset me. I spent half the day crying. I have apparently messed up my medication AGAIN and my teaching registration has lapsed and I don’t have a working with children check, and I don’t have a regular working camera lens, and and and…

This is stupid. It’s getting me nowhere. Let’s just leave it that I am a monumental idiot.

The day wasn’t a total lost cause I guess. I’ve ordered the lens from somewhere else, and only a few hours later my order status was changed to ‘awaiting dispatch’ so that’s a promising start. The three younger kids went over to Grandma and Pop’s house to play with their cousins this afternoon, and came home tired AND showered clean, so that was a bonus. And I got my period today, which made me feel like shit, but I also haven’t had it for like two months so I suppose at least I have it now? And we had pizza for tea, so I suppose there are a few nice things.

Project 365-2015: Day 088

Project 365-2015: Day 088 – Pedro
My beautiful old-man dog, Pedro. We got him when he was four months old (the same age as baby Nicholai was at the time- what were we thinking???) and he’s thirteen years old now. He doesn’t see or hear so well and is awfully wobbly on his legs, but he’s still a sweetheart. I don’t know how much longer we’ll have him to be honest, and I’m going to be very sad to say goodbye.