#1983 Birthday countdown

Apt title, considering that gratitude number. ⬆⬆⬆😉😉

It’s officially 26 days ’til my birthday.

And it’s one of those things I’m hanging for, looking forward to, at a time where things can change so quickly and all prior plans can be turned upside down.

I’m spent, I’m tired. I’m emotional, and I’m cranky.

I just want something to look forward to. Something I can safely look forward to. We have stuff planned over the next few weeks, and I keep saying to baby girl “now, that’s only if covid doesn’t go nuts again…”

I’m just over it. And I’m quietly hopeful, crossing my fingers, that my birthday, ahem, OUR birthday, will see out some kind of better plan this year.

Please please please. 🙏🙏

#1884 My little helper

I am so simple lately.

(You might even say boring, but meh 🤷‍♀️)

I hit a wall after lunchtime, I was freezing cold, and then BANG!

Sleep overwhelmed me.

Well I couldn’t sleep, duh I have a child. But I did lay down on the couch, and baby girl brought me her musical merry-go-round figurine to lull me to sleep, and my water bottle and my phone, all within reach.

Awww.

But balance… she oh-so-quietly complained I had to get up and make my coffee, as well as her BABYCINO.

No rest for the tired here. Just as well we have caffeine. 💪☕

#1833 Plum dumplings

I’m like a bull.

Sometimes I get a thought in my head, and I just charge, straight for the target.

Nothing can stop me. No one can distract me.

I won’t be satisfied until I’ve done what I set out to do.

That’s what happened today as I went to prepare, “Knedle.”

Otherwise known as ‘dumplings’ with plums.

I had seen an interesting recipe some time ago, and then when my parents picked all the plums off their trees in their old house before they moved, well we had an abundance of plums, didn’t we…

And I thought, wouldn’t it be great to make this traditional recipe, using homemade plums?

My parents plums?

I HAD TO.

Today, through much effort, I got these done.

I am now satisfied, but I tell you, sooo tired. I feel like I didn’t stop. On a day when I was catching up on so much already, then I started making this time-consuming dish, now I’m just like –

DONE.

I have dessert to last me all week. If anyone wants to swing by, you know what you’ll be eating. 🤣

#1805 Reasons why I love living near the beach no. 3

I feel like all my ‘reasons why I love the beach’ posts have to do with the same thing – convenience.

But it is soooo true.

Today, after the Saturday we’d had, we all kinda couldn’t be stuffed doing anything. Even baby girl didn’t jump when immediately presented with the beach idea.

But realistically, with work and school starting this week, as well as that highly predictable unpredictable Melbourne weather, today was the only good day we could go.

We said an hour, tops.

The water was so nice. The air was still, and so the refreshing water was a beautiful contrast to the warm, humid atmosphere.

It may have even been 50 minutes… and then we were home again. 💖💖

#1774 Finally, I’m wrapped

OMG.

It has taken me all this time, but finally, the presents are all wrapped.

(Except for Santa’s presents… and except for the presents for people that we WON’T see on Christmas day, but shhh).

OMG.

I am so tired. I am on holidays, kinda, and yet I’ve been the busiest I’ve been in a while.

Making gingerbread, doing a huge grocery shop, washing washing washing, OH THE WASHING!

Then tonight, I had to wrap baby girl’s presents… but I had to wait ’til she was asleep, and even then I went to our bedroom where Hubbie was sleeping, so the sounds of paper cutting and sticky tape tearing (it’s so bloody noisy!) was as far removed from her as possible.

I won’t philosophise about how I got here, and why I didn’t get here earlier…

That’s for another day. Another blog post.

For now, I am so exhausted I could almost wrap myself up in Christmas paper and tuck myself under the tree.

YAWN.

#1755 Ice cream and elves

It’s been a long week/month/year/covid hasn’t it?

🤣🤣

Baby girl has pulled the “I don’t wanna go to school routine” on a regular occasion for the last two weeks.

She ONLY has two weeks left.

So today when she finished school, on this bright, still and sunny Friday, where I had also finished work, I picked her up and said “I have a surprise for you…”

And nothing says surprise better than ice cream.

She was rapt. I grabbed a coffee, she her rainbow cup of joy, and we wandered up and down the Main street, transformed into a pedestrian-only zone over summer so to give businesses the best chance ever at reclaiming back all that they’ve lost during covid, with extended outdoor seating space… on the road.

We wandered here, we wandered there. Everything and everywhere at whim. Things are easy when you’re slurping ice cream/sipping coffee.

So, guess what we are now the proud owners of?

OMG, I can’t… I just can’t believe it.

This guy.

Yep. We got a bloody elf on the shelf.

I never thought I’d get one of these. When I first heard of him, it felt like an anti-Christmas sentiment. Being naughty? Playing tricks? What kind of good role model was that for the kids? Weren’t they meant to be nice? How did he tie into the giving and charity of Christmas?

Then I spoke to a friend who said they didn’t have to be ALL naughty. And baby girl came home repeatedly saying she wanted one, because of course half her class has one.

And then I went stuff it.

He looks like a dipshit, sure. Something about his grin just bugs me, rubs me up the wrong way.

But we already know, he is a good elf. Sure, he is a bit cray cray at times (much like the youngest member of our family!) but generally, means well.

Baby girl thinks he’s gonna draw on our faces tonight. I told her hell no, he’s going in the bin if that happens!

I think tonight, I mean I just have an inkling… I think he might end up in the Christmas tree… just you know, climbing and stuff.

Simple like that, adventuring.

LOL. I think I can have A LOT of fun with this actually.

🤣💖🎄😜

#1664 Day 166 of getting there: Disco zooming

Friday’s are great for so many reasons.

So many great things happen on Fridays!

Like… discos.

Even in covid.

They are called online discos!

Baby girl joined about 100 or so of her school mates for an online disco today.

Last year it was in the school theatre… this year, well, via zoom.

But it was still so cute. She dressed up for the occasion, and I connected her up to the big screen to… DANCE!

40 minutes of dancing. 40 minutes of jumping. I was working from the other room, in a meeting, and could hear the tunes filtering through…

DOOF DOOF DOOF.

And then that insanely catchy/funny/irritating, whatever you wanna call it song, “Pump It Up” came on, and I just laughed out loud before walking into the room and dancing near her but making sure to be OFF SCREEN to zoom and her whole grade.

But then she ended up calling me later, because the parents were being summoned! And so I found myseld in my trakkies, next to my dressed up baby girl, doing the hokey pokey.

Ahhh. Hilarious.

And of course, seeing as she’s been missing out on all that school physical activity, guess who was crazy tired afterwards?

And guess who was crazy happy about it?

😁⬅⬅⬅

#1493 All charged up

I don’t know whether to laugh, or cry.

It is all so bloody crazy.

So, two weeks into training of a new job, and…

Worldwide virus hits and begins to shut down everything in its path.

The positive?

We can work from home.

The negative?

We can work from home.

Connecting things up to my desk at home today has been a mammoth task. I have been staring at emails, apps, googling various how-tos, and just generally wondering how the hell am I going to get work done with baby girl at home?

Yep, not just for school holidays… we are forcibly keeping her home as of tomorrow.

You might high five me… or you might do a face palm.

It’s ok. It’s that kind of post, that kind of day.

The setting up at home went to shit initially. My work laptop which was meant to at least keep some charge as I took it home for testing tonight, well it actually shit itself (must have caught on to the toilet paper business) and didn’t want to even fire up when I got home.

Nothing. Totally wiped out.

Until something Hubbie said about chargers got me thinking.

Sure, none of my recent laptop chargers could fit into my work laptop to get it going… but then I remember, oh three laptops ago, I used to have a HP laptop.

My work laptop is a HP laptop.

And guess what I still had?

My HP laptop charger.

IT WORKED!

In your face Marie Kondo!!!! Who said hoarding didn’t pay dividends? (Also my monitor that I was going to give away – but haven’t – is going to come in very handy over the next little while).

I was able to do all my checks (albeit, after HOURS in front of the screen tonight).

I am stressing a bit about all of this. I know my stress is the least of the worldwide concern, and remind myself that this crisis has us all stressing about one thing or another…

There are so many that are losing work from this.

Us? Well we are kind of depended on, and if anything we will have nothing but work to do.

Crapping myself now…

 

#1488 The porch evening break

It has been go-go-go lately.

So after the constant cooking-cleaning-tidying-preparing for the next day was STILL not done, I saw Hubbie sitting on the bench outside and decided…

F*&% it.

I would join him.

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And as tired/cranky/frustrated/achy and EVERYTHING that I was, there was something soothing about seeing a girl in a Unicorn dress, prance across the yard to the fading sunset…