Thursday, November 27, 2014

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First bath in the new bath
And we are in! We moved back into our place Saturday before last. It was extremely bad timing, with my mother-in-law away, I had a wisdom tooth pulled out Friday afternoon and had a job interview to go to Monday morning. Agh. But we made it through & being in our own place is so much nicer than being squeezed into the granny flat, as lovely as the granny flat is! Lulu is back to sleeping through the night & we are all a little more rested. No internet as yet as there is a problem with the phone line, but hopefully it will be back up and running soon and I'll be back to posting a little more regularly. More soon x

An update and thank you from the Nappy Collective Alice Springs

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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The Nappy Collective collects leftover unused nappies and distributes them to mums in need through local women's shelters. The first collection was held in Alice Springs in late October/early November and we had an overwhelming response. Following the collection, members of the Nappy Collective committee sorted the nappies into sizes and counted and packed them ready for donation.
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We collected over 1000 nappies for the Alice Springs Women's shelter! A big thank you to the Alice Springs mums who have got behind this cause. The Women's Shelter couldn't believe the amount of nappies they received!

A special thank you to our drop points, Juju Beane and Exotiq Homewares, and to our sponsor Taps Tubs and Tiles who generously donated packing tape and boxes as well as covering the shipping costs for our collection boxes.

If you want to get involved with the next collection which will run in February, please head to for more details.
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Aspiration Update November 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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A year ago today we were airlifted to Adelaide for an unrelated condition and while we were there the respiratory doctors investigated the cause of the cough Lulu's had  since she was about 6 months old. After numerous tests and consults with the speech pathologists, they discovered that Lulu wasn't swallowing properly. She was placed on thickened fluids and we were told that this may last for years. 'Most kids won't go to school with it'....

Well, what a difference a year makes! Lulu had a Barium Swallow test a few weeks ago and we were given the all clear. Her swallowing is perfect. As I mentioned yesterday, her immunity has been strong enough to kick the last few infections without antibiotics and we are so delighted that she no longer needs to have thickened fluids. Hooray!

You can read all about our hospital adventure here.

Sick Days

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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My office gallery wall
How does your family handle sick days? We have all had quite a number of minor illnesses over the last two months and this has meant juggling who has time off with Lulu when she is ill, bearing in mind that we've both had time off for being sick ourselves! When I wanted to go back to work after having Lulu, I never thought about having to share my sick days with her or even that she might get sick and that I'd need to take time off. I went back to work for only a few days a week at first and the sick leave days at my work accrue so when we ended up spending so much time in hospital late last year, I had enough days to cover it. What I didn't have though, was sick leave for the rest of the year!

We're really lucky in that Nick works for his mum so there is leeway in terms of medical certificates and the number of sick days he can have off to take care of Lulu. For the first 6 months of this year when I had no sick leave, Nick and his kind mum shared time off between them, with Lulu still getting sick at least once every four weeks. There is a lot longer between illnesses now and she hadn't needed to go on antibiotics to kick the last two respiratory infections, so I think we may be over the acute sickness hump. My sick leave has been restored so I am able to take time off if she does get ill again, but hopefully this won't happen. I have to admit, I do feel a little guilty going to work when she's sick. I never feel guilty when she's well, but when she's sick, it's a whole other story.

How about you? Do you share time off for sick days with your husband/partner or another family member? Do you feel guilty at all? I'd love to hear your thoughts on sick days. I don't know about you but sometimes there is just so much work to do neither Nick, nor I, can afford to have the time off. Gosh things get complicated when the little ones are sick. You do just want to curl up on the couch and cuddle them!

Exercise Stats

Sunday, November 9, 2014

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So exercise? Well, after this post, I hardly did any exercise during winter. Far too cold and dark. Towards the end of winter a new gym opened up in town. I've never really been a gym girl but my friend convinced me to join up and I am so glad I did. I have become a weights girl. I have a program that my personal trainer (who I saw three times at the beginning) set out & I also like going to pump. I try to do 2 pump classes a week and 1 weights program. Plus one attack class a week. It doesn't always end up being that many, but most weeks it does.

How do I fit them in? The gym has childcare! On my Mondays off work, Lulu and I go to the gym. She goes to childcare and I go to pump. Tuesday morning I go to the 6am attack class and then shower and get ready for work at the gym. That way when I get home at 7:30 I'm ready to pitch in to help get us all to work and daycare by 8. Thursday I do a weights program at 6am and Saturday morning Lulu goes to childcare while I do the pump class. She loves the interaction with the other kids for the hour and after 2 years of me exercising without her, she thinks it's so cool that she can come with me.

I have found that I have missed running and so last week I skipped the attack class to run. I was so glad I did, even if it was just on the tread mill. I really had missed it! Do you like running? I bumped into the attack instructor in the locker room after my run & she confided that she can't run. I have to say that this did make me feel a little better about being so uncoordinated at attack! We all have our strengths. Are you a runner? Or are you more of a group fitness type? I'm going to keep going to attack, but I will intersperse it with runs in future. Anyway, so that's what I've been up to fitness wise. How about you?

Frockin Up - Cameo Work Day

Friday, November 7, 2014

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I spotted this print on the Cameo The Label website ages ago. I wanted to get it in a top & I popped in to check with our local boutique to see if they were getting it in. They weren't but they were getting this dress. Since we don't have heaps/any money to spend on clothes at the moment, I took the gamble and waited until the dress came into the store. Australia post then took it's sweet time bringing the new stock in but it arrived Thursday and I hot footed it down to try it on. What do you know it did fit! Often shift dresses don't fit over my hips but this one did. I loved it so much I wore it to work last Friday. Bliss.

Dress - Cameo
Shoes - Birkenstocks
Ring - Black Jewl
Bracelet - Dinosaur Designs

Time Management for House Renovations

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Things are happening! Yay! We have had numerous delays because our house is far too old and quirkily built (well, past dodgy building practices are more to blame than quirks). Our builder, tiler and plumber have spent more time repairing, levelling and making good than they anticipated. The time they have spent on our place has extended into time where they had other jobs lined up which has meant that they have had to do the other jobs and not do ours. I have to say it is pretty sad to see your house empty & lonely for a whole week or so. Yes, the title of this post was a bit of a joke as there are so many things you can't anticipate when you are renovating a house that was built in the 1950s (read no building certification back then) with extensions in the 1970s (building work for this was certified in an amnesty in 2007, never inspected).

But things are happening now. The kitchen went in last week and the laundry was built. It now sits in our lounge room until we can get the concrete slab laid (maybe early next week?) and the toilet and vanity have been installed in the bathroom. This week the painters are in. They have a lot of prep work to patch walls and remove the glue residue from the walls that had the cork. The carpet is being laid on Friday in the bedrooms and hopefully the electricians can work around all this. If they can we may be able to move in this weekend. If they can't then we'll be moving in furniture this weekend and us next weekend.

The take home message? Things take way longer than expected. Also, electricians are reluctant to hang hanging lights near fans. Something about the fans making them swing and causing the lights to flicker. I hadn't thought about at all. Anyway, I'd love to hear about how long your renovation took. Was it longer than expected? I thought ours may be two months and it's now been 3 and a bit. At least we are nearing the end!

Just a Minute in November

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Reading - Daring and Disruptive by Lisa Messenger, who dared to start a magazine when most magazines were closing.

Watching TV - The Mysteries of Laura - so funny

Watching Movies - Frank - a quirky movie about a musician who wears a giant head & a wannabe musician who won't just let things be.

Listening - the new Vance Joy album & I did buy Lulu the Frozen soundtrack a little while ago so that has been on repeat too. I think they made up dances to each track at daycare because she has the cutest choreography for each song.

Eating - Lindt has jumped on the salted caramel bandwagon with Excellence - A touch of sea salt caramel & I just can't get enough of it.

Wishing - we were moving back into our place. Not long now I hope!!

Working - on finishing the house!!

If you'd like to play along, please do and add your link in the comments. 

The Code

Monday, October 27, 2014

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Lucy Lawless as Alex Wisham in the Code
For the past few weeks, every now and then you'll hear someone ask 'are you watching the code?' The Code is a new drama on the ABC. It has a little bit of the outback, in the fictional town of Lindara, mixed in with the city of Canberra and a tonne of mystery. The Sydney Morning Herald describes the Code's plot as 'a slick, smart, suspenseful, hacktivist conspiracy'.

The Code shows a side to Canberra that we wouldn't think was there, a side more akin to Washington DC. The show's writer, Shelley Birse, wanted to show Canberra as 'a sophisticated international city, with a lot going on beneath the surface'. It's what's going on below the surface that makes the Code a little hard to watch at times. I did think our police force had a higher human rights standard, and am hoping that this is only fiction, and not based on some insider knowledge.

One of the best parts of the Code is the relationship between the brothers, hacker Jesse Baker (Ashley Zukerman) and journalist Ned Baker (Dan Spielman). The portrayal of the reality of caring for someone with a mental illness is really well done. Including a character with a mental illness seems to be something that newer ABC shows are doing, with Please Like Me, also confronting mental illness head on. Anyway the Code is a great show, you can catch the entire series (all 6 episodes) on iView now. 
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Ashley Zukerman as Jesse Baker in the Code

Link Love

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Brightly coloured birds at the bird feeder in my Mother-in-Law's garden
What are your plans for this weekend? The tiling at the house has been completed! Yay! This means we are able to get back into the bedrooms and continue with the cork removal. Plus there is dust over a lot of our stuff that was left in the bedrooms so the challenge is to clean it all up and move it out so that hopefully the carpet can be laid later in the week. It's all happening folks!

Catching my eye on the interwebs this week:

A lot of Mindy's wardrobe on the Mindy Project is custom made! Read all about it with the costume designer here.

Oliver Jeffers, one of our favourite children's authors, has released a new short story alphabet book. This will be on our Christmas list for sure! via Brain Pickings

Larapinta Extreme Walk: Supporting women of the NPYWC 

Henry & Co have new homewards range featuring the slogan from the Lego movie via Juniors Design Blog

Have an awesome weekend!
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