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What have we been doing?

ChristmasLunchAn AWFUL lot of socialising! We decided to host Christmas here in our lovely Launceston house, for Tassie friends who would otherwise be on their own – most of our friends here are also not originally FROM here, so we ended up with a good batch on Christmas Day, which was just lovely. I made one meat and one vegetarian lasagne, and with the marvellous contributions by visitors, we merrily ate all day while the kids enjoyed the pool, trampoline and new Chrissy pressies. We put the computers away on Christmas Eve and didn’t get them out until Boxing Day, which was a good move, I think!

Christmas night the big kids and I went with a couple of friends to another family’s property for a fantastic dinner and good company – husband stayed home after overindulging in desserts during the day and to put the little boys to bed early (Master Three was particularly in need of the sleep rather than social life!), but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.

Since Christmas we’ve had several play days, including a birthday party Miss Eight attended on Boxing Day, and chauffeuring children to various locations as well as receiving them here. On the weekend, Tansy, Finchy and the girls stayed over Saturday night and most of Sunday, when we were joined by the extended Flinthart clan for lunch and the afternoon – there are drawbacks to having creative friends, and the inspiration for new projects is one of them! We sent the Flinthart home with a story idea to write and I came away with even more things to do!

NYERemnantsNew Year’s Eve we again hosted a fairly impromptu get together with two other families – this time I said I wasn’t cooking but I ended up deciding my pizzas were nicer than Dominos so while we chatted and imbibed around the kitchen island I made and cooked several which were eaten with gusto by adults and kids alike, so I’ll call that a win. Given we had celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary at lunchtime with a meal at Hogs Breath (new to Launceston!), a lighter evening meal went down well. Oh, and it was certainly nice to relax with friends and watch the kids run riot, as Master Three had a spill off the trampoline (not jumping, but trying to drop the ladder off so the baby wouldn’t hurt himself climbing up!) and we spent a couple of hours in the morning at the Emergency room – a minorish break in the arm, requiring a half cast for a week. The resilience of youth is amazing, as he was literally bouncing after a meal and a nap!

We’re now awaiting the arrival of Helen, Stewart and J, for an overnight (and several day delayed, so we’re very excited!) visit, which will be followed on Friday by a catch up with mainlander Dr Slatter who is travelling about, and no doubt the next couple of weeks will continue to be hectic with child-wrangling in multiple forms. Gotta love a social school holidays!


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So have I said Happy New Year?

Hmmm. Nope. Happy New Year all!

Nice peaceful start to 2009 for us. We were in Bundaberg (arguing black and blue over the fucked i-phone) but then a lovely (if hot) afternoon/evening – caught up with a friend from when we were at Chinchilla who is now in Bundy, and then with old old family friends. Played two games of Scrabble while watching the Tattoo and left about 10.30 to drive back to Poona. Nice to spend some time with Dad and chatted away for the hour and a half back.

No sleep ins with small children but Mum and Auntie Marg and I managed four games of Super Scrabble during the day (200 tiles, bigger board, QUADRUPLE letter and word squares!) of which I won three, and also managed to write and type and send off four reviews to girliejones by the end of the night. Was too bloody hot to do anything else, so we didn’t :).

Yesterday dropped Marg to Hervey Bay airport to fly back to Sydney and Mum and Miss 3 and I headed to Maryborough for shopping (again). By this time the heat had broken to driving rain, and as I was walking from the car to the shopping centre with Missy on my hip and a brolly over my head I slipped on the yellow (safety) paint as you step up onto the ramp to the pavement and she and I smashed to the ground. Have a lovely graze up my shin and knee, and some strange aches today, but no real ill effects for either of us despite a very heavy fall. Maybe the puddles cushioned us! Retail therapy helped 🙂

I’ve bought a bunch of books in the past two weeks, after no purchasing many personally for  absolutely AGES (what with review and judging copies, and getting my buying fix through school!). Picked up graphic novels and a new Robin McKinley (YA and dragons – fun!) at Planet before I left Perth. Found a JD Robb I hadn’t read when shopping on Monday (waited til I finished the new Trudi Canavan – "The Magician’s Apprentice" and reviewed – before I started reading it), and yesterday got a Stephen King collection I hadn’t seen and also The Chaos Crystal by Jennifer Fallon – fourth book of the Tide Lords series which I’ve read the first three of as an Aurealis judge. As I can’t judge the fantasy novel category three years in a row, I figured I needed to get it!

I then decided to follow benpayne ‘s advice and started a Google doc reading spreadsheet. Hey, all the cool kids are doing it!

Today is another quiet one at home – need to clean up!

Hope your New Year has been nice!


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Looking to the year ahead…and back

It’s a lot closer to 2008 in the eastern states than it is here (and a lot further away for you folks in far away places!) but for me, who is about to go to bed, it’s time to reflect.

2007 was one heck of a busy year. In numbers…
Two moves, 
two different states, 
three jobs, 
one pregnancy/miscarriage, 
two issues of ASIM, 
three ASIM Best Of anthologies, 
one Natcon, 
one new nephew, 
two best friends with new babies, 
30-odd books for Aurealis Awards judging,
15 U.N.E. peer supportees,
lots of new reviews,
one child’s broken arm, 
two busy kids, and
a ADHD husband in transit!!! (just sometimes it seems that way 🙂 )
There is more, I’m sure, but I’m a bit weary for thinking.

I don’t really have any resolutions, but I have some aims this year. 
I have already made headway into losing some damn weight, and intend to continue that. 
I aim to do the best possible job I can in my new work role. 
I intend to keep in touch, by phone, email and letters, with friends and family around the country. 
I will NOT study this year, no matter how much I want to. 
I will keep up with my reviewing commitments, and edit at least one issue of ASIM. 
I also plan to submit a story or two around the traps. 
And I WILL make a commitment to saving more money. 

So that’s it. It’s written down. Wonder what will have happened by this time NEXT year?

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