Things

Getting stuck in a queue to leave a carpark is made almost fun with the Mika CD. It is positively festive if you start dancing behind your steering wheel and entertaining fellow motorists.
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I think I’m falling in love with Grover more and more each day. He is positively edible.
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Jasper does not stop singing. Ever. The song on constant rotation at the moment is The Farmer in the Dell. This has replaced Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, which he has pretty much been singing continuously anytime we’re in the car since for probably the last six months. This had replaced him humming the Star Wars theme, which he’d been humming since he was about one. I’m not making that up. In fact, when he was about 18 months we watched one of the Star Wars movies for the first time in a few months (after they had been on continuous rotation for the previous oh, YEAR) and he came running to see it and did a whole body sigh, as if to say, “so that’s where that blasted tune came from”. He also has a sense of rhythm.
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Felix does not stop talking. Ever.
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Oscar is very preoccupied and very tired. The tiredness comes from being near the end of the school year and the weather getting warmer. He is vague and listless. The preoccupation is because Grandmama is not here.
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Mum went in to hospital on Tuesday and had her hip replacement surgery yesterday morning. She’s in a monumental amount of pain and they only just moved her on to pethidine today (she can’t take morphine and they’d put her on something else that was clearly quite useless). The surgery went very well though, so now the recovery just has to begin.
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While I am experiencing all those normal concerns for her and just trying to not get anxious and worked up about how I’m going to care for her as well as all the boys when she comes home next week, it is absolutely glorious having the house all to myself. Not having the running commentary on my life, the drop-ins, the questions and all the rest is just delicious.
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I turn 35 in two days. Just in case you wanted to know. I’m going out to dinner with friends to Chef’s new restaurant. I am giddy with excitement, such is the appalling state of my social life. I have half a dozen bottles of sparkling shiraz to get us started. I hope that’s enough…
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In Year 3 at Felix’s school the kids can join the training band. They had a information session with the band and bandmaster the other day that we went along to because I’m doing all those things you do when you’re a stay-at-home parent. I was almost praying he wouldn’t choose the trombone or the saxophone. I hate both with a passion. Today he announced that he’d like to play the trumpet. I am so so pleased. I played the piano, clarinet and bassoon when I was at school and after playing the clarinet for two years desperately wished I’d chosen the trumpet instead (it didn’t even occur to me I could change instruments). Trumpet players are cool. (I’m just a little bit sad he didn’t choose the french horn.)
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Most of my Christmas shopping is complete. I made a special trip to Chatswood today (on the way home from seeing Mum) to go to hell Lincraft, only to remember once I’d parked and unloaded two children that it wasn’t there anymore. What makes this even more pathetic is I did exactly.the.same.thing. last year. I found some good boxes to put goodies in for the boys’ teachers at The Reject Shop but am still desperate for cellophane bags and old-fashioned blank labels (you know the ones – sort of manila folder colour with a hole to thread through some string so I could tie them around the jars of preserves etc). I know. Just know I’m going to have to do hell Lincraft and purgatory Spotlight tomorrow. God finds my discomfort in such hallowed crafting halls deeply funny.
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I really need to make the Christmas cakes and peach jam.