Wednesday 16 August 2017

I wish I could get rid of this cold I have. It’s been hanging around for over a week and I’m so fed up with it. I don’t feel really bad or anything, but it’s a chronic runny nose and vaguely sore throat and slightly sore glands in my neck, and none of it is very much fun.

It was a very quiet day today, with Troy gone to the office. I walked the kids to school and did some grocery shopping and housework, picked them up from school…just the usual.

I watched a couple of episodes of American Horror Story Hotel and did some knitting this afternoon. I’ve started the scarf for Triauna, and so far I really like the pattern. It feels a bit odd knitting it in 4ply yarn after using 8ply for the other scarves though – I think it’s going to be a beautifully soft, lightweight scarf when it’s done, but it’s a change from making a much chunkier, cosier scarf. Soren actually wore his new scarf today, both walking to and from school…I think it’s safe to say he likes it. He also really likes that he and Luna dog match, ha ha ha.

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Tuesday 15th August 2017

We are becoming real Ballarat people now – yesterday was all sunny and about 18 degrees and we were all taking our jumpers off and marvelling about how warm it was. Then today was freezing cold and rainy again, and everyone was just ‘eh, back to normal’. No big deal.

Jericho really didn’t enjoy swimming yesterday, as this morning he tried to tell us he didn’t feel well and couldn’t go to school. Poor kiddo. However it was pretty obvious that “not feeling well” was really “dreading having to go to the pool”, so off he went. Swimming today went better though, and he was feeling a lot better about the whole thing this afternoon. I’m honestly not sure why he is so against it – he’s a reasonable swimmer and has never disliked it before.

I also had Soren in tears this afternoon, because he has too much homework and it’s all too hard. I snuggled up with him on the daybed in Troy’s office (seriously so comfy – it has two foam mattresses on it so it’s so soft and cushiony!) and we talked for a while. He’s doing well at school and is making some friends, but he’s not as comfortable with his teacher as he was with Hayley, and he’s also having some trouble with the boy he sits next to. I haven’t heard about him before, but this afternoon Soren was crying about it a little bit- he said that this boy always has to be the smartest in the room and he got mad/made a fuss at Soren when he didn’t know where China was on a map and when Soren couldn’t read his handwriting. Actually, once Soren told us about it he cheered up and then he told me that he calls this boy the Living Thesaurus, because when they were all supposed to write down a word about tadpole eggs nearly everyone in the class wrote ‘slimy’ and this kid wrote ‘repulsive’. That made me laugh a bit, and I really love how resilient Soren is, that to cope with this kid that he doesn’t like he just has a private, humorous view of him and moves on. We did suggest to him that he could talk to his teacher about this boy not being terribly nice to him and ask if he could swap seats, if it keeps bothering him.

I spent the rest of my birthday giftcards at Spotlight on towels today. I was going to get another set of fancy sheets, but they were no longer half price so I couldn’t pay that much for them. Instead I bought new towels for Troy and I, since we have been using the same towels for eight and a half years. And I know it’s been that long because we were given them after Soren was born, when Jean had to use our regular towels to clean up the car that he was born in! Anyway, I just wash them and dry them and put them right back, so I do mean that we’ve been using them daily for that long. However using them every day means that you don’t really notice them wearing out, until today when I bought new towels that are so thick and fluffy the old ones feel a bit like tea towels!

I also bought a piece of gold cardboard to make Soren a golden ticket, since he has decided to dress up as Charlie Bucket for the book week parade. That’s got to be one of the simplest costumes ever- he can wear some raggedy pants (does he have anything else?) and a scarf and hat and hold onto his golden ticket and it’s all good. I told Jericho that he really should choose a costume that involves a long grey beard, since he has such a fabulous one from last book parade, ha ha ha! He didn’t want to be Zeus again, so he’s going to have a trident and be Poseidon. If I can get some sea shells or something for his headpiece that holds the beard on (it’s got leaves on it, for Zeus) then we’ll do that too. Sea shell necklace perhaps? We’ll see.

I also bought some yarn for the Rosalie scarf I’m going to knit, but I had to get 4 ply because they had no white baby 8 ply – Spotlight is so crap with yarn sometimes!

Troy’s mum and dad have to come back early from their holiday. Nana has been in hospital (she had a fall a week or two ago) but now she’s been assessed as needing high care and so she can’t go home to her unit. I don’t know, it’s not unexpected but it’s still just really sad…I mean, one day she’s at home on her own, the next day she’s in hospital, and now she has to move on to a whole new environment. And being realistic, an environment she is very unlikely to actually want to live in. I’m sure it will all turn out fine, and she does need extra help, but in a lot of ways it feels like a depressing way to live out what is left of your life. But perhaps this is just me feeling morbid and unhappy with my own aging? I don’t really know.

Monday 14 August 2017

My phone fell out of my pocket on the way to school this morning and smashed to smithereens. It was definitely not the kind of crack you can just put up with til your contract runs out and you can get a new phone – it was the kind of shattered that you don’t want to touch because of the likelihood of glass splinters in your fingers. I took it to ‘the iphone guy’ to get the screen replaced. I didn’t even know you could do that, but fortunately Troy enlightened me. It was horrifically expensive, but compared to the cost of a new phone it was really the only thing to do.

I waited until Troy’s lunch break to take the phone in so that he could come with me. We’re still finding out what’s around here, so we left the phone and took a walk through Bridge Mall and around that end of Sturt Street. I really love being able to actually do things like that on Troy’s lunch break – he takes an hour, and with everything being so close to our house we can go off and do some errands and hang out a bit.

We forgot Jericho had swimming today. Apparently we weren’t the only ones, and the office lady said she had a whole list of people to call. It doesn’t make me any less hopeless that other people forgot too, but it’s nice to know I’m not the only ditzy one who forgets these things! Anyway, I got Jericho’s towel and bathers and took them up to the school so he didn’t have to miss out. Not that he would have cared if he’d not been able to go – he was pretty unenthusiastic about it in the first place, and this afternoon he said that it wasn’t that much fun.

Sunday 13 August 2017

I slept in today and it was so good! A good thirteen hours sleep really does wonders.

It was a really nice, relaxing Sunday too. Troy had been shopping in the morning and we had pies and sausage rolls and little triangle pastries for lunch. I watched some House Hunters, and that other show about flipping houses, while knitting Soren’s scarf. It’s coming along quite well – garter stitch is pretty boring, but it’s also very relaxing and at least it works up really quickly. It also seems I’m in a scarf knitting sort of phase, since I made my own and am now doing Soren’s, and I’ve just promised to make one for Twilight Girl. I found a pattern to make the scarf that Rosalie wears in the cafeteria scene in Twilight, and so of course I had to make it for Triauna! I can’t believe we’ve been messaging online for five years now, that’s nuts.

We all went to the Gardens late this afternoon too. It was a lovely sunny day, and it was good to get out of the house and go for a bit of a walk. We played Pokemon Go and walked through the gardens and along the lakeshore, and the kids played on the playground for a little while. I like doing things like that- it’s a really low pressure and relaxing way of spending time together.

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Saturday 12 August 2017

I’m watching a movie version of Anne of Green Gables that was made last year – I never even knew about this! I haven’t watched very much yet, but so far I think Martin Sheen is not as good as the old Matthew Cuthbert, but the girl playing Anne is adorable.

We’re watching it on SBS On Demand, which we only just learned has movies. Last night Troy picked West World, some old movie about a robot theme park out of control – I think I’m going to be much happier with Anne tonight.

Emma and Jericho played hockey this morning. They didn’t win, but they both played pretty well. Troy said Jericho was doing some good tackling and the coach said, “He’s a little gun, isn’t he?” and then he won the movie ticket for the best on ground, so that was excellent.

Troy borrowed Dr Strange from the movie machine (it’s a Blockbuster one – I didn’t even know that Blockbuster still existed in any form) and everyone watched that. There are not too many movies that everyone in the family are interested in watching, so it was really nice to have everyone snuggled up in blankets together. I was a bit meh about the movie, but the kids and Troy liked it.

Troy and I went out shopping in the afternoon, continuing my quest for comfortably fitting bras. Fingers crossed that I’ve got what I need and can just forget about the whole miserable experience. Although to be fair, once the miserable experience of buying them is done, wearing new bras is always nice.

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Friday 11 August 2017

I continued my quest for the perfect bra today and ugh. I did not think I could be more unhappy with my body than I already was, but going to Myer and having the sweet but clueless bra fitting girl eventually say, “Um, I don’t think we have what you need,” took any remaining bit of self esteem I had and shrivelled it up to dust.

Surprisingly I managed to not cry, and instead reasoned that since I already felt so low it couldn’t get any worse and so I went straight to Bras N Things. The girl there was kind and efficient and very helpful – I left with one bra and a bra extender, which seems to fit reasonably well. It also cost $70, so I will now have to take that size and head off to somewhere cheaper and get a couple more. But yeah, overall…shit.

I was tired today too – my happiness at having Troy back home lasted only until we went to bed and he went to sleep and started snoring. Seriously loud snoring that rolling him over did not stop, and which made it impossible to fall asleep. Eventually I gave up and came out to the lounge room and watched House Hunters International (they were moving to Australia!) until I fell asleep on the couch. So I’m very tired now, and I hope that I fall asleep before Troy does tonight! Although I have a cold, so perhaps that means I will be the one snoring and keeping him awake?

Emma and Jericho’s hockey is at 8.15 tomorrow morning. That’s so early, and it’s going to be SO COLD. It’s funny though, I forgot to say last time they played, but the uniform shirts for this team have collars and when Jericho was given one last week and put it on he said to me in very impressed tones, “We’re playing formal hockey here.”

Thursday 10 August 2017

I slept on my new sheets last night and they were so nice I’m quite tempted to go and spend the rest of my birthday money on a second set so that I can always rest in luxury.

I went shopping this morning, to buy new bras. I even measured myself so that they would fit, but I’m not convinced that it’s right – it fits right when I am standing there, but feels a bit weird when I’m moving around and the underwire feels a bit pokey in my armpit. I don’t know, basically the whole experience made me unhappy.

While I was shopping I also went and looked at picture frames, as we’re planning on doing something decorative to the wall in Troy’s office. I decided to buy some but they were on a high shelf and after I’d lifted down the three I wanted, another one fell off the shelf and hit me in the head and then the arm as it fell to the floor! It actually hurt quite a lot, and although the person behind the counter came over to help me, he was also not doing a very good job of not laughing. Seriously, why do these things always seem to happen to me?

I also bought Troy new underwear, because my life is super exciting like that.

Not too much else going on today. The kids are all cruising along, which is nice. Emma and Jericho had hockey training tonight, so I was in and out with that. They’ve been given loaner shirts to wear to the games for the rest of the season (which is only a few more weeks I think) since everyone has personalised shirts and they only order once a season.

Troy got back tonight at about 7.45, which is good. It’s better when he’s home. Even Jericho commented today when he got home from school that it feels weird to not have Troy in his office.