Monthly Archives: December 2011

Another week down – not quite three to go!

I was a bit horrified on Friday to realise that by that time in three weeks, we would be gone. An awful lot still to get done between now and then, but I think I have everything booked and ready to go, in the right order. Had the electrician on Friday to install three new fans and a powerpoint (but will need to get him back as I’m not happy with the finished job on one fan). Tick. Sold old TV and one piece of Miss Six’s furniture yesterday, and the BBQ during the week. Tick. Got Christmas photo done. Tick. Went to my school’s family Christmas party on Friday afternoon (it was the first social thing we did when we came to the area, so this was our fifth one!) followed by the kids’ school Christmas concert (disappointing compared to last year, but at least the weather was nice). Tick.

The kids also got their reports on Friday, and I was particularly delighted to see such an improvement in Master Nine’s, compared to mid-year – he really took on board the discussion we had after that, and made a huge effort to improve. Miss Six got a great report too – smart little cookies my kids!

We had a lovely day with SF-friends as a little farewell for me yesterday (see previous post) which is the second of three farewells I get! I have the best friends, and in many different areas of my life. I’m grateful for them all, and will MISS THEM!!! Mustn’t think too hard about the fact I won’t be within easy driving of them anymore. Must not.

To keep my mind off that, here’s Master One in his Santa hat 🙂





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Cake decorating maestro Terri

I have the most wonderful friends. Spent a lovely afternoon yesterday with Terri, Lyn, Kathryn, Ju, Alisa and Chris, Nick and Amanda, Sarah and John (and kids) at City Park, enjoying beautiful weather, awesome food, great conversation and a couple of drinks, all in honour of me deserting them 🙂 I really enjoyed it and was glad they could all come. Thank you all for being there!

Terri, being her marvellous creative self, made gorgeous cakes, which I present, with awe, below.  Continue reading


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A lovely birthday-ish weekend

I’ve had enough of productivity for the day but while I’m waiting for the iPad to sync some episodes of Fringe Season 3 for me to watch in bed, I figured I may as well update!

Friday was a lovely day from beginning to end. Was spoiled rotten at work by my wonderful staff, receiving lovely presents, a fantastic morning tea, and had a very peaceful day (helped in part by the excellent birthday helium balloon they got me, which sang a boppy “Happy Birthday” tune whenever you whacked it – was brilliant because sometimes whacking something was needed, then you got smiley because of the tune!). This was followed by a bit of a stressy afternoon as a minor car accident meant rearranging the evening plans, but it all worked out (and luckily no-one was hurt – poor Cheryl’s new car the only victim) and we ended up at a marvellous Greek restaurant in Fremantle which was both delicious and fun! A MUCH later night than I’m used to these days, but very lovely.

Saturday we were up early (thank you Master One *sigh*) and at the shops by 8am, followed by visitors for the whole day – Lyn came sans kids, but this was more than made up for by one of Miss Six’s friends (whose dad came and went but was happy to sit and chat with all the ladies when he was here!), two of Master Nine’s mates, and four kids with a friend from the kids’ school and HER mum! The weather was perfect for lounging by the pool, which we did with much abandon! Ate delicious food and drank tea and wine at various intervals – just what I needed for the day!

Sunday we had Miss Six’s friend again from 8am til 2pm, so that made her happy. I managed to tidy up nice and early (including a second load of dishes from Saturday and ALL the washing since Thursday, which dried in about half an hour in the hot and windy morning we had!) and then hook into some sorting out of stuff. Packed up more books from the bookcase (have finally bitten the bullet and decided that I need to accept the only reading I’m going to fit in before the move is CBCA related!) and put up the $20 optic fiber Christmas tree I got at Coles yesterday (in lieu of dragging out all the usual Christmas stuff – I just couldn’t face having to pack it all up again the day after Christmas, on top of EVERYTHING ELSE that has to be packed!). I also finished another box of CBCA reading (a week early still – no idea how!) and sent the report off. Caught up on the inbox. Had lots of cups of tea. Felt productive!

The weeks ahead are filling up rapidly – meetings and get togethers and school commitments and appointments to get house ready for renting – busy days ahead, so if I’m a bit quiet round here, that’ll be why 🙂

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Too long between posts

But so much to do, and blogging just doesn’t seem to be a priority right now. Still, we’ve done some stuff so here’s a quick update.

I finished slushing for Apocalypse Hope (working title) and should be ready to announce the TOC by mid-December. And another project too, that arose very unexpectedly because of a story from the slushpool! More on that as soon as I’ve finalised some details 🙂

Work is pretty hectic. I have seven days of work left (six really, as the final day is the staff Christmas day). Lots to get done, even more to try to have organised to make the transition of leaving a smooth one. Many frustrations and a bit of sadness involved.

Today I got to have the family part of my birthday as husband is back to work tomorrow. So I got pressies (earrings, a bracelet & perfume) and dinner out this evening. We also went for a drive to Enjoy our beautiful views of the setting sun over the water – we’ll miss it! I’m a little afraid of what tomorrow will bring – my staff are wonderful at spoiling people but not in the least known for their restraint!!

What else? Well I’ve booked all the stuff for our move, including the cleaning etc that has to be done to prepare the house for rental. I’ve also booked our flights to Queensland (no floods this time please Mother Nature?) and then to Tassie. We have dates and deadlines, woo!! I’m selling some bits and pieces of furniture (kids beds, BBQ, old TV, Miss Six’s shelves and drawers) so if you’re in WA and interested, let me know!

I’m also having a MASSIVE MOVING SALE at FableCroft, with huge discounts on all books, with the best bargain being ALL THE BOOKS for just $35 inc postage – you’ll not top that 🙂

Hmm, what else? Reading continues for CBCA with many big fat YA books in these last few boxes, making a mockery of my chuffedness at being quite ahead a couple of weeks ago! And we’re in the last few weeks of being open to entries for the Aurealis Awards – don’t forget to enter your eligible works!

I’m sure there’s more but I have not the brain to think of it!


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