August 25th, 2016
1, I am pleased that the next *Thor* movie is being partly filmed in Australia and is apparently a coffee shop AU where Thor and Loki spend a lot of time choosing lattes together. Good, they need to talk.
2, Ruby made up a song: ‘You want me to say hello to the baby, but they baby is too young. I say hello, the baby says googoo.’ Clearly inspired by the Beatles.
3, Pearl’s NAPLAN results are not nearly as bad as the teacher had warned. I’m very pleased that she did well in reading, since this is a constant pleasure in my life.
August 23rd, 2016
|08:40 pm - Fanfic perpetrated|
Documents from the Out Tray of Hermione Granger, Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (Being Division)
in Archive of Our Own.
August 22nd, 2016
|06:18 pm - Life update|
For once we had a nice, relaxing weekend.
We made costumes for Book Week. Pearl is going as Aslan from *The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe* and Ruby is going as the pink crayon from *The Day the Crayons Quit*.
We did some craft, went to the park and also went to the zoo. All easy and cruisy.
I was able to enjoy the weekend because I spent so much time the week before doing boring adulating. I did the census, filled out my tax forms, paid my rates and water bill and sorted out the children’s letter writing campaign. I anticipate a $65 tax refund which I have already spent on a forthcoming book on the oil paintings of Frank Dicksee, a painter who was technically competent and who was wired into the Victorian id but who is not remembered in the way Leighton or Waterhouse are.
August 21st, 2016
|05:53 pm - Operation Letter Writing is Go!|
I will send out the assignments to you today. Each kid will write three letters and should receive three letters. Your child can write whatever they want, or draw, paint, or send something they’ve made. The idea is to get a pleasant surprise in the mailbox.
I’ve tried to match kids by age.
August 19th, 2016
|01:50 pm - Rio|
Rio has failed to achieve my minimum standards for an enjoyable Olympics. I do not like Australian swimmers saying it is good to beat cheaters; Chinese media saying Australians are all rude because of the convict factor; Egyptian sportsmen refusing to shake hands with Israeli competitors; boxing judges being sent home in disgrace; cameras hurtling out of the air to land on viewers; gymnasts breaking their legs; American soccer players saying the opposition played like cowards; massive Russian doping scandals; ‘journalists’ outing competitors; gold-winning gymnasts being showered in racist criticism from their own side; the darn mascot being shot.
This Olympic was so dire that I have instead been watching footage of the 1908 London Olympics. Now there’s a set of competitors!
(NB: 1908 also had ridiculously petty conflict, such as the Americans failing to dip their flag to the reigning monarch and the British being given a do-over in the sprint. Also, did you know it set the standard for the marathon based purely on where the Windsor Castle nursery was? And it was only moved from Rome to London because Vesuvius blew.)
August 17th, 2016
|11:32 am - 3 Things|
1, I am rereading *HP and the Philosopher’s Stone*. I wonder if Pearl is old enough to read it? She wants to because other kids she knows have. But it does have Voldemort sucking on unicorn blood. And Harry’s dead parents (who spend more time onstage than Hermione’s live parents). And the viciousness of Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia.
2, I am planning to adult like mad on Friday, census, tax, rates.
3, My parents entertained over the weekend and my children were shocked – shocked, I say! – to see the table clear and free of clutter. Pearl very earnestly praised them while Ruby ran around looking at the table and I smothered a laugh.
August 15th, 2016
|06:03 pm - 3 Things|
1, Lovely weather over the weekend.
2, Ruby informs me that she is a ‘fan of bottoms’. She has an ad from Lush showing a whole lot of women with no clothes on facing away from the camera. She wants me to photocopy it so it can go on her wall. I am going to assume this is some typical developmental phase.
3, The electrician who came by on Friday was both competent and cheap. And reassuring! My daughters said I was ‘milking it’ when I demanded sympathy after receiving an electric shock from the outside light. But the electrician was concerned and Western Power wound up calling the strata agents to inform them that other original light fixtures would all need replacing as the earthing line on mine has corroded. About half the units probably still have the original lights. So I have a working light and we’ve warned others about the possible dangers.
August 12th, 2016
|09:55 am - 3 Things|
1, I’ve just started the BBC’s *New Blood*. It’s excellent and a nice retreat from vile reality.
2, I am reading *Milly Molly Mandy* to the girls. They are enjoying the stories greatly, and are also scandalised by the fact that I had scribbled in the book as a child. I keep pointing out that you can tell by the inscription (which does not mention my youngest sister) that I was very young when I did it!
3, We went op-shopping on the weekend and got several jigsaws. I do enjoy working on them with them.
August 10th, 2016
|04:50 pm - 3 Things|
1, I avoided the census fail by deciding I did not have time to do it last night and putting it off. A win for procrastination.
2, I now have all the documents necessary to do my tax. Hopefully there will be a small rebate.
3, Pearl is very much taken with the concept of sugar mice from the Milly Molly Mandy books. I was too, and on my first trip to the UK I bought one. A bit sweet for an adult but incredibly cute to look at.
August 8th, 2016
|05:31 pm - 2 things|
1, We had a great day yesterday, driving out to Bakers Hill to visit zebra. The girls enjoyed seeing the alpacas, but were pretty tired by the time we got home. I got to spend a good five minutes talking to other adults, so that was nice.
2, I amuse myself with my incompetence. I tried to make my shoes look nicer by polishing them. The polish exploded out of the container, with the result that the shoes look great but my hands are coated with ingrained black stains. Net level of professional look achieved probably negative.