Monthly Archives: November 2011

A bit exciting really

This afternoon I received a call from the school I had the phone interview with yesterday, inviting me to fly to Launceston (at their expense) for a face-to-face meeting and look around the school. Wowsers! How very grown up, I must say! 🙂 This naturally led to a bit of stress as I had to first get husband to come HOME from Tasmania, which meant first trying to actually get him on the PHONE (no mobile service on site or at home, only on the road, and they’re working such long days) but all sorted (he’s now booked for Sunday), and I’ve booked flights. Means a full day travelling on Tuesday, as flights to Tassie are ridiculously timed, but is much quicker on the way home Thursday, which is good. Sadly means I can’t go to the WASLA dinner on Tuesday night, which I was really looking forward to (my library assistant Lee is the recipient of the WA Library Officer of the Year, and the dinner is partly to celebrate this, and the WA TL of the Year, my friend Brenda Clover) as well as the AISWA Libraries AGM on Wednesday, and probably the last WASLA meeting before THAT AGM (on Thursday). So suddenly my busiest week of the month turns into a travelling week instead! How quickly life changes…

Interestingly, I’m also out of school on Monday as I’m going to the Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre with a lovely group of kids for a full day workshop. My 15 official work days is down to just 12 (the last day is the staff break up/Christmas party). TWELVE DAYS OF WORK LEFT! Eep!

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I have finally accepted that things are a bit stressful right now. There are lots and lots of deadlines, and lots of things happening, and until I bite the bullet and book in an uplift date for moving, I can’t continue on with a bunch of other stuff that needs to be organised. After interview today, I’m now waiting to find out if I’m the best candidate for the job in Launceston, before I can commit to finding somewhere to live once we move, so that’s another limbo area. And there’s stuff going on with school that’s making me feel unhappy, and, well, just feeling a bit down all together, with everything. Have seen very little of my husband for the past several weeks, and am forking out money hand over fist to babysitters/childcare, as well as relying very much on the generosity of friends in this area, so I can meet my commitments. And I’m STILL waiting to find out what (if any) refund we’re getting for tax (which may or may not resolve some stress immediately). And of course, Mum is always pretty near to the top of my thoughts. So you know what? I think I’m just going to go have a hot bath with a good book, and worry about it all tomorrow.

Time to bring out the mantra: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” And have a cool cloud photo – taken outside our house this afternoon. I quite like a bit of cloud watching, and I’ve never seen anything like this before. Nature is amazing really.

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New Who in conversation: Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel (S02E05/06)

Watching New Who – in conversation with David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely

David is coming to New Who for the first time, having loved Classic Who as a kid. Tehani is a recent convert, and ploughed through Seasons 1 to 6 (so far) in just a few weeks after becoming addicted thanks to Matt Smith – she’s rewatching to keep up with David! Tansy is the expert in the team, with a history in Doctor Who fandom that goes WAY back, and a passion for Doctor Who that inspires us all. We’re going to work our way through New Who, using season openers and closers, and Hugo shortlisted episodes, as our blogging points. Just for fun! We have already talked about:
“Rose”, S01E01
“Dalek”, S01E06
“Father’s Day”, S01E08
“The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances”, S01E09/10
“Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways”, S01E12/13
Season One Report Card – David, Tansy, Tehani
“The Christmas Invasion”, 2005 Christmas Special
“New Earth”, S02E01
“School Reunion”, S02E03
“The Girl in the Fireplace”, S02E04

“The Rise of the Cybermen” / “The Age of Steel” – Season two, episodes five and six
The Doctor – David Tennant
Rose Tyler – Billie Piper
Mickey Smith – Noel Clarke

I thought the early part of the first episode was notable for Ten’s high school nastiness to Mickey in the beginning of the episode (and really, throughout). Although perhaps there’s some change in his attitude as the two-parter progresses.

David would have been pleased to see the return of Pete!

Yes, I think this is an uneven story in some ways, but it has some great moments in it and the return of Pete (and departure of Mickey) make it worth us paying particular attention, even if it wasn’t Hugoworthy.  It’s in many ways Mickey’s story, the one where we see him come into his own, not just as a hero worthy to travel in the TARDIS, but one independent of the Doctor, whose future lies elsewhere.  I was sorry to see him go so soon because, as with Jack, it felt like the threesome crew were being given short shrift, but happy to see him find his future.

Pete gets plenty of time too, and it’s so cool to see him return, albeit another version of himself. Goes to show that in Doctor Who, there’s no such thing as never say never again.

It was great to see Pete back, but his role didn’t have the same weight to it as it did in “Father’s Day”. Of course, that was going to be a hard act to follow! Was it just me who found his farewell to Rose a little odd?

Yes, I think Pete of Season One is definitely a different man, and of course the main difference is that he is actually Rose’s father, whereas this one really isn’t.  I did like that it made it clear that, whereas old Pete was a bit of a loser in the making money department, that’s not the only measure of a man – otherworld Pete certainly doesn’t seem any happier, for all his wealth and power. Continue reading


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The week got away again

It’s been a pretty busy week. Nothing new really, but it’s kind of been up and down, which makes it more noticeable. Mum seems to be coping fairly well with the first week of treatment. I guess a lot of it is settling into the routines, figuring out how things work, and getting to know the staff (which of course, she is). Dad’s reading all the literature they’re given and spending his days at the hospital. I think they’re both going to get bored! But the treatment is underway and that will have its own problems. We wait and see now.

Work has been a bit frustrating but that’s partly this time of year. Trying to get things tip top for when I leave, as well as work as normal during our busiest term – only about 18 work days left! Time flies.

Also frustrating was receiving a quote for moving that was significantly higher than expected. Had planned to book it in and then being able to make firm plans, but now have to start looking at different options again. Bah.

I have an interview for a very good job in Launceston, which is nicely surprising – via Skype on Thursday. No idea what that will entail really, so just going to do my best there!

Have had some nice socialising this past week as well – we surprised Alisa with a congratulatory get-together the day after she returned home from her World Fantasy Awards win. She wasn’t well, but hopefully didn’t mind too much 🙂 Have also had visits from Lyn and the kids, and two families of the kids’ friends, which were also lovely. Nice to be social.

And looking ahead to the speedy approach of the end of the year, next week isn’t too bad (have CBCA AGM to attend), the week following is madness (starting with Master Eight’s birthday on Saturday, then something almost every day that I have to somehow get to!), and still more meetings the week after that. Social and work calendar becoming full!

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Family update

I spoke to Mum this evening. After two days of chemo, she still sound (and says she feels!) fine. Dad reckons the drugs are making her high 🙂 She says there’s five different drips feeding into her, with a bunch of different stuff. The hospital is lovely, and the nurses wonderful. She has an 80+ year old room mate who she has, naturally, befriended. My friend Michelle (sister of my bridesmaid and longtime family friend) lives and works right near the hospital, so has of her own accord taken Mum & Dad in hand – she’s taking Dad shopping for shoes on Saturday and is looking forward to Scrabbling with Mum. I’m very grateful she’s there. Mum’s mission is to find Michelle (a gorgeous thirty-something lawyer) a nice doctor to play with 🙂

Mum told Master Eight what was going on this evening. I’ve kind of been avoiding it, because my kids are pretty soft and I wasn’t sure how they’d deal. Had a good talk with them both at bedtime then and I’m sure there will be more questions, but hopefully neither gets too upset.

I feel pretty useless, being here, but have started to make plans to spend a couple of weeks there in January, en route to Tassie. Wish I was like my auntie (Mum’s sister), who flew up from Sydney today JUST FOR THE AFTERNOON!!! Brilliant 🙂

In all, sounds like she’s in good spirits so far. I know the effects of the chemo may change that, but I’m glad it hasn’t happened yet.

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