#703 Rediscovering – Material Girl, Madonna

I was doing a fairly mindless task at work today. I mean, it actually does require some amount of brains when you first start this kind of repetitive inventory checking. But at the same time, when you get into the groove, and are just simply pushing lines of content up and down, selecting this and selecting that, another part of your brain is left free to roam…

Whenever I have had to do this task in the past, I have been thoroughly prepared: with my ipod. I bring it in to work, plug it into my headphones, and voila! I have instant entertainment as I am working! It is great in that it does not interfere with my work (note above: mindless task) and at the same time, I am having an awesome time because I have all the music I love streaming into my eardrums as I bop along. Score!

But alas, I am out of practice. Because it’s been a while since I’ve done this job, I’ve also forgotten to get into the habit of bringing the ipod in with me.

Never mind. There is a thing called YouTube jukebox. Type in an artists name, and watch what happens…

I really would have rather preferred a mixed tape of some sort. But as mindless task as it was, I still couldn’t justify constantly selecting and changing artists and songs as I worked along. So I typed in someone that spanned decades and time and genres and styles, and who I knew had a library of music that would keep me busy for a GOOD while. During mindless task.

The queen of pop, MADONNA.

I had forgotten how fantastic her early stuff was. I listened to tracks like La Isla Bonita, Live to Tell, Express Yourself, Into The Groove, Papa Don’t Preach… And then suddenly colleagues were asking me questions and calling me away, and I had to take off my headphones, which irritated me to NO END, and I seriously felt like saying to them “um guys? I am listening to Madonna here, take it easy!”

Acting like they are paying me or something. Anyway.

But the piece de resistance, came when another early track came randomly to play:

You know when it has been so long between plays, that you almost forget that a certain song exists? How much you loved it growing up? How much you still love it because it reminds you of your childhood, another time and place, the early artist, the contradiction in art, the ode to the former artist, the baby-face and baby voice, the men, the 80s tackiness that is so bad it is too good… the PINK? THE JEWELS?

Well I loved this song growing up, and I still do. And I am severely disappointed that it only has 7.3 million YouTube views. Boo! Come on peeps let’s up the Madonna 80s ante here.

Listening to this song today, both at work and then later at home… well it is still a classic. It ain’t gonna save the world with its lyrics, but it will put a smile on your dial and its catchy tune will imbed itself into your brain – just ask Hubbie and baby girl who were repeating it later on tonight πŸ™‚

And after that mindless task, I needed something catchy to embed itself into my head, after all…

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#702 Planned and Impromptu family day

Today was a BIG day. But it was all about LOVE.

Half of it was planned you see, when my beautiful cousin popped over with the recent princess of the family – her daughter – and we bonded all together with baby girl (despite some Diva-esque moments from my little one, still tired from that Wave Pool yesterday!) talking life, family, kids, parenting, and everything else in between.

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And then later on, an unplanned, impromptu visit, by my sister and her family. We threw things together – I made my spicy rice which I have been planning on showing them the recipe for for AGES… the barbeque was turned on, radio up just as high, and there was plenty of laughter and lightness, with a gentle dose of D&M too.

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Like I said, it was a BIG day. I had moments of tiredness, but the great company I was in, the love in the house, and the laughter abounding, inspired me and kept me going.

And one of the best things I heard today? Advice from my 15 year-old nephew. After telling him about my writing and blogs and stuff (I am still letting people know, s-l-o-w-l-y) and expressing some of my deep-seeded fears related to it, he sat next to me and said

“you can’t let your fear of what other people will think or say of your writing, stop you from putting yourself out there.”

And to get such instant emotional support from my family network, filled my heart with such courage, love, and joy.

Don’t you just LOVE family?! I do. πŸ™‚Β β™₯β™₯β™₯

#701 Shimmer & Swim

Like clockwork. A few minutes after we opened our eyes this morning, and baby girl asked me:

“Where you take me today?”

Me:Β A broad smile.

“Do you want to go to a shopping centre…”

“…yeah…?”

“And meet Shimmer, and Shine?”

Pause. “YES!”

Several hours later, and in the words of her fave Nick Jr genies…

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Boom Zahramay! First wish of the day…

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It was sooo darn cute. She has the ‘Shimmer’ dress-up costume, something that for a then recently turned 4 year-old was a big deal, as she had specifically wanted the purple/pink dress-up, NOT the green/blue one. Nonetheless, both genies did get a hug, and she posed ever so sweetly with them.

Following that we headed into the Shimmer & Shine genie-inspired marquee…

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where baby girl got to decorating her very own genie bottle to take home.

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So cool. Mood lighting and ALL. Great idea, and it sure beats colouring in a picture of the two.

After a bit of walking around the centre and some lunch, baby girl was now asking me for ice cream. With our following play date now slightly delayed, guess what happened…

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Boom Zahramay! Second wish of the day…

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LOL. You really need to hear the genies shout out that wish line. Go and do yourselves a favour and look it up. Or better yet…

 

There you go. So bloody catchy, right?

After she had her rainbow ice cream, we headed off to our second destination for the day, being the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre, to meet my sister and nephew for a bit of a swimming play date.

Goal? JUMP THE WAVES.

Baby girl didn’t actually realise how good a time she would have until she saw the centre. Because I had mentioned my sister, she kept thinking we were going to her house to swim in her pool. But no. Her eyes widened and she went slightly insane as she saw what was before her…

The Wave Pool.

And just like that…

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Boom Zahramay! Third wish of the day!

Oh man. It was hectic let me tell you. It was really fun and hilarious too, but also, an absolute work out for me as I tried my damn hardest to keep a crazy 4 year-old water-loving girl on top of the crashing waves around us (and they did CRASH!) while she tried her damn hardest to flop around and be consumed by it all!

I don’t have any photos of the event, because you know, keeping my daughter afloat and all, but here is a photo I found online…

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It was only 100 times more fun than the above picture shows you, and about 1000 times more insanely dangerous too!

By about the 4th wave pool segment (they are about 10 minutes long with half hour breaks in-between) I had worked out my shit with her and was able to keep her much more above water, with subsequently much less drinking of the chlorinated water too. Score for Mum.

What a day! Zahramay…

 

#700 Woah!

Ok! WOW!

I actually was just going to be happy and grateful about relaxing at home and catching up on stuff on a Sunday, something I’m sure I have posted about before in one way or another, but then I came here online and was like, wait, what…???

…700?!

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So today, I am celebrating 700 days of gratitude. Some days are big gratitude, some days are small, but all in allΒ I try, and at the end of the day, that’s all I can do.

And you can do it too πŸ™‚

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Photo by Mattias Diesel on Unsplash

#699 Photos of a Saturday night

They are becoming more and more the norm, but I love them.

Nothing about them is ‘normal’ though – each Saturday night that I spend with my family and friends, is exceptional, unique, hilarious, entertaining, and sentimental in its own amazing way.

Music IS the norm. So is the best company. Everything else alters and shifts, but it’s all the best kind of fantastic which makes these nights so damn unforgettable.

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#698 Meeting Skye and friends – part 2

I didn’t know if I could fulfil the promise to her, so I didn’t say anything to baby girl last night, as I was a bit worse for wear.

But this morning as she came upstairs to find me in bed, and then we slept and chilled some more… when we finally did open our eyes to begin the day properly, she asked me the question she has been asking every morning now since the holidays began, so accustomed to the exciting and unknown response it would bring her:

“Where you take me today Mama?”

I smiled at her. She was lying on my lap upside down, her feet sprawled out in front of us.

“Well… do you wanna go to a shopping centre…”

“Yes,” she already began excitedly. At the very least, in her mind, the shopping centre promised fried rice, babycino and dessert, and some kind of small toy.

I watched her upside-down face carefully, prolonging the moment, and looking at those smiling squinty eyes as I said

“To meet Skye, and Chase?”

I watched her expectantly as my words registered. A long, unbelievable pause.

Or should I say, PAWS.

(Thigh slap! Oh stop it, I know).

“YES!”

It was her first time seeing Chase, the blue 4-legged rescue dog from Paw Patrol, as she had already met Skye in a previous school holiday shopping centre meet and greet. But she was still so happy to see them, although slightly shy and embarrassed too, but really, all smiles.

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And when you see your child like that, so full of joy and excitement to see their small-screen idols, well its pretty cool. It’s hard not to feel the vicarious love and happiness in a moment like that. πŸ™‚

 

#697 Mindful colouring at Mechanic’s

As a busy Mum/Wife/Woman/PERSON, finding time in your day for things that you want to explore, things outside of your ‘box,’ and for things that you just want to indulge in, well they are minute, if actually, NON EXISTENT.

So when I see that I will have a future moment to myself, I try to prolong and make the most of it the best I can.

If I am at the doctor’s office or the hairdresser’s, I bring a book.

And when I am at the mechanic… I bring a colouring book.

I honestly haven’t coloured in for fun, for ME, probably since sometime in high school. I do it on occasion now with baby girl, as she asks me to draw something for her and then we go on colouring Beauty and the Beast, or something like that, together… but nothing just for ME.

Back when it was my birthday, I received a mindfulness colouring book with good ol’ fashioned Derwents – that I was sooo excited about – but that nonetheless remained untouched for months.

Until today.

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Sitting in the mechanics kitchen, I got to work. Leaning on the old European 80s-styled tablecloth, as my car got its much-needed service in the huge garage outside of the room I was in, I found a drawing in the ‘good health’ section, and started small. What started off as just colouring, became something more. The TV was on in the background, ‘ABC news’ so it was pretty serious going with heavy issues and all, but I found myself getting deep in my thoughts as stroke by stroke I filled in the patterns and shapes and lines, still completely aware of my surroundings, but in a deeper, calmer, more meditative place.

The mechanic came to me too soon, as I was nowhere near completing my page. But for now, it was enough. You’ve got to take what you can as a busy individual. It had provided comfort and a different avenue of expression that I am not normally used to, and in turn that gave me creative insight of a different kind.

I’m looking forward to more stolen moments with my Derwents πŸ˜‰