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I don’t seem to have all that many fragments to share this week despite having missed the weekly brain-dump last Friday. It must be something to do with being on holidays! Well, the kids are on holidays, the main difference for me is I’m doing all my paid work from home, I don’t have to drive anyone anywhere in the afternoons, I don’t have to argue about homework, and I don’t get any time completely alone. All of which is good except that last bit. I’m starting to get weirdly grumpy and I’m pretty sure it’s the absence of alone time that does it (no doubt Adam will say “Starting?!”).
I spent several hours on Saturday and a few more on Monday standing over Caitlin in her room and helping her clean it up. Yes, it really was that bad. She has now written a list of rules that must be followed by anyone coming into her room and stuck it on the door, it includes the instructions “No food or drink” and “If you use something then put it away afterwards.” Amazing, who’d have thought that might be a good idea!
I renewed my driver’s license on Thursday, having my license expire on Jan 7th has always been a right royal pain in the bum, if it wasn’t having to scrape together enough cash post-Christmas it was having to take all the kids along and being stuck waiting in the interminable queue because it’s holidays time and there’s no school or pre-school. This time the money thing was ok and the kids are old enough to be left at home while I pop up the hill to the Motor Registry – there’s one right near our place – and as it turned out Adam was working from home anyway. The hardest thing about the whole exercise was being told not to smile at the camera, it’s a reflex action, I can’t help but smile! It’s all to do with facial recognition systems needing neutral expressions on faces to work properly apparently – so there you go, the secret to not being identifiable is to grin wildly all the time.
I have a couple of Tribbles. Don’t worry, I’m assured they’re not fertile. One of them is such a sensitive little soul that if anyone raises their voice a little too much in the lounge room it does its squeal and shiver thing. So I’ve taken to yelling at the kids when they’re getting a bit too carried away “Stop it NOW! (which sets the Tribble off) …You’re upsetting the Tribble!” Which has the rather happy effect of making everyone laugh thus stopping the escalating drama in its tracks.
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When the very lovely Richard Tulloch dropped by and left a comment on my post about his play, I clicked through to his travel blog and was instantly hooked. I particularly enjoyed reading about the Pieterpad in Holland, somehow he managed to make walking and biking in a thunderstorm sound almost fun.
And that’s the lot for this week, pop on over to Half-Past Kissin’ Time for more fragmented fun!