Yep, so I’ve been a bit slow on the update. I’m super way behind on the book meme, but other things have taken priority!
We went to Sydney for a five day visit. The primary purpose was for me to attend the Australian School Library Association’s national council meeting (I’m the state association’s Publications Councillor). As it coincided nicely with husband’s time off, we decided to make a family trip of it. We arrived mid-afternoon Wednesday last week and my hubby immediately buggered off with his mate (and the two older kids) while I had to endure the trip from hell with my aunt and her two revoltingly feral grandchildren (I’m pretty tolerant, but these brats were PINCHING my baby in the car and wouldn’t stop!). I then "enjoyed" the company of the ferals’ mother (my cousin) and her husband at their beach cottage for dinner (I shouldn’t be so nasty, but this is my least favourite cousin in the world…). My husband and Master Seven were notably absent (at hubby’s best mate’s place, where they sensibly stayed!), but Miss Four sort of enjoyed the company. I was very glad to get home that night!
Hubby picked us up the next morning to head out to the Western Suburbs to see his aunt, cousin and Nanna. Nan’s 80 next year and we haven’t seen her since our wedding, over five years ago, so it was great to see her (and the other rellies). Also nice to meet a few more of hubby’s family, as I’d only met a couple previously. Thursday night saw us all at dinner with hubby’s buddies from the old days – noisy, lots of stories, and lots of fun. Was very interesting meeting so many of the old crew – have heard a lot about them, and they are just like he always described them!
Friday was a peaceful morning, then lunch at the cafe on the beach in South Curl Curl. Beautiful day, kids ran amok on the beach, we were joined by my other (slightly more normal), which was nice. Then it was time to head into the city – what a dramah! The loaner car we had wouldn’t start, which meant we were about half an hour late getting started… which meant we hit the traffic. Two and a half hours with three kids in the car, to do a trip of 15 kilometres. Gah. I ended up being on time for the meeting that started at 6.30pm, but instead of having the nice hour or so to settle in, organise dinner, do some washing and so on, I rushed out and had to leave the family to it! Hubby’s aunt and cousin spent the evening with hubby and the kids, which was nice, but meant a very late night for all. My meeting wasn’t too bad in length, but by the time I got back to the room, grabbed something to eat, did the washing and all, it was after midnight.
Meeting began early on Saturday – hubby and kids stayed in the hotel room all day (I have NO idea why!) and I meetinged all day. I won another ticket to Neil Gaiman on Twitter at about 4ish (love my wireless modem!) and immediately called (who called back eventually!) to take with me (I’d BOUGHT my ticket the previous week, almost in disbelief that such an event was on while I was in the right city!). She’s done so much for me, and FableCroft, over the past few months (proofer extraordinaire!) and is so much fun to hang out with, so I was delighted she could (change her plans) and join me! We had a lovely chat before and after the show (so much so that she missed her last bus!) and the show was also brilliant. Was a great night.
Meeting again in the morning from 8 (urk) – didn’t finish til 1pm either, but then we headed straight out to the Northern suburbs again for a family organised picnic in the park. We did get beautiful weather the whole time we were in Sydney, and it was a lovely afternoon, despite nutty semi-relations. Ended up back at hubby’s best mate’s for dinner, and the boys got on the drink, so got driven back to hotel and left him to it. He doesn’t get much of a chance to hang out with his friends, and I figured he was owed it! After all, I have a week in Melbourne to look forward to 🙂 I packed up as much gear as I could while the kids were sleeping, and managed to get us all out of the room before 9am – left the luggage with the hotel and took the kids to brekkie, where hubby met us. We then headed over to Darling Harbour. Miss Four was disappointed that the Ferris Wheel wasn’t operating, but we went to the Sydney Aquarium instead, which was fun (also briefly ran across and her other half – this is the second time we’ve crossed paths in Sydney when there for completely different purposes!), and then a trip round on the monorail before heading back to hotel to catch shuttle bus.
Didn’t have the great seats with bassinette on the plane this time, but I think we had the only spare economy seat on the plane, so bub got to sleep quite peacefully for a good part of the flight. I really like travelling on Qantas, gotta say. M7 was happy, cos Iron Man 2 was the movie! All kids travelled pretty well, which was good. Home about 7.30pm – everyone pretty much straight to bed and even I only stayed up long enough to get bags ready for the next day!
Hubby left at 4am to go back to work, and we were out of the house by 7am to head to Perth to the judges’ meeting for the WA Premier’s Book Awards. Enjoyed meeting my fellow panellists, and making the decisions – very pleased with the results. Came home to have M4’s best friend for the afternoon (a whole week away!!), but I still managed to snatch a nap with the baby!
Wednesday meant a child health nurse visit – yes, I officially have an enormous baby (but proportionally so)! Visited the printer about merchandise specs, and took M4 & bub to story time at the library. I spent most of the afternoon working on publishing stuff (mailouts and merchandise). Thursday the baby slept most of the day, so I decided he really needed the doctor, where we went today. I’m not 100% either, and it’s making me tired as well, so glad I went – doc prescribed antibiotics for him (fluid on lungs), so hopefully that’ll sort him out.
Today has been fairly peaceful otherwise. Am not getting anything done that I should, but ah well! Made failed cookies and great muffins to take to M4’s kindy friend’s house this afternoon. That’s about it! Might finish off the trip photos before I pick the kids up 🙂 Never ends…