Saturday, December 5, 2015

This week's links ...

1. I'm going to make this Triple Layer Christmas Icecream Pudding (with some changes to make it more boy's birthday appropriate) for The Boy's party tomorrow.

2. This Christmas printable may have been needed over the last few weeks.

3. Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline: How to set up and organise a journal. Indexing themes is such a good idea.

4. December Reflections. A list of daily prompts with relaxed options for joining in.

5. All the goodness in the world.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Around here ...

There is temporary fence around our courtyard garden after Riley made several fishing expeditions, ripping out a couple of water plants and pulling out the newly planted bamboo that replaced the first lot he pulled out ... he's pretty proud of himself.

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We had a tapas dinner in the city care of a super early sound check for the orchestra before presentation night. The Big Girl, Hubby and I went to dinner with another couple while The Little Girl did her thing.

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The Bounce party has been postponed until February and replaced by afternoon tea and a swim this Sunday because of a broken toe.

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Which also means The Boy will not be able to do the year 6 dance at his graduation next Monday or dance at the disco later on that night.

The countdown socks are filled with treats ...

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and the Christmas Tree is up.

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All three kids finish school next Tuesday but The Big Girl has not been required at school this week, making the most of it with two parties and too much ipad ... and we may have ventured to Westfield to watch The Mockingjay Part II.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

This week's links ...

Sandwiching my blog writing in between The Little Girl's swim meet this afternoon and The Big Girl's basketball game early this evening ...

1. I'm currently halfway through making Italian Meatloaf for dinner. I hope the kids don't realise but I threw some wilted radicchio that needed eating into the mix.

2. What is grid journaling.

3. This visual journal page is so much fun.

4. Free printable Chalkboard Christmas prints.

5. Printable game for New Year's Eve.


Friday, November 20, 2015

and so it goes ...

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 another year and The Boy is 12.  It was pancake cake and nachos for dinner. Money deposited in his bank for a present as well as something to unwrap (I was pointed in the direction of this fun Steve Jobs biography by this post ... where I'll be returning for future gifts.).

He's the kid that sees all the possibilities and none of the consequences. We're trying to help him keep one toe on the ground without ruining him.

Only a few more weeks of primary school to go. High school next year. He's excited. I'm nervous. Even he admits he's organisationally challenged.

But before that he'll celebrate with a birthday party at Bounce Inc.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Melbourne to Alice springs Roadtrip: Day 11 Kings Canyon

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays.

My day began with a trip to the general store to pick up milk. Yeah there was no milk. They would be getting some more in on Thursday ... after we had left. There looked to be 3 carrots, two apples and lots of frozen sausages in the fridge. So the lesson is, don't expect to pickup supplies at Kings Canyon ... and that includes diesel ... they were out of that too! They did have some freshly made sandwiches though. The kids decided they would do with salad wraps as we had run out of chicken, but I was a little tired of wraps for lunch after 10 straight days so I picked up a couple of bacon and lettuce sandwiches for Hubby and I.

 Today was the day to tackle the Kings Canyon Rim walk, a 6km walk that starts with 500 steps to the top of the canyon.



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The track then follows the rim passing through a variety of landscapes and with spectacular canyon views.




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  Being scared of heights I do not like steep drops ... or metal fences that pass over them ... 

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About halfway into the walk there is another set of stairs. You can either descend halfway down, cross the bridge and go up the stairs on the other side or continue down into the Garden of Eden.

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Don't skip the garden.


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Once back on top of the rim, but heading down the opposite side we stopped for some lunch and the boys climbed one of the rock domes.

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It wasn't long until we were descending back to the car park.


The afternoon was spent lazing the afternoon away at the resort. Followed by dinner at the restaurant which is actually pretty good.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This week's links ...

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My desk the morning after the midnight deadline for my essay. I had to take the Little Girl to pickup an award at her school sports presentation night before getting back home to cut 400 words from the essay. About half of that is now on the floor next to my desk after I pushed it all off so I had enough space to catch up my work. Clean up will be happening soon but first some links.

1.  We have a foam roller and I credit it with helping me stay running ... I roll my IT band everyday I run. Here's 11 self-massage techniques.

2. 15 Tips to improve your drawing skills.

3. Free Brush Style font (email subscription required).

4. Simplifying your digital life.

5. The value of remembering ordinary moments.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

This week's links ...

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 My morning run, long the beach between Pt. Lonsdale. and Queenscliff.  My longest run since I picked up running after my month long break, 8km.

Here's some links for your weekend ...

1. How to raise seedlings.

2. How to Use Evernote to Reduce Paper clutter.

3. BBQ Sauce. I've tried a few different BBQ sauce recipes, may give this one a go.

4. A Season to Gather Happiness.

5. Not doing it all.  Just do the things that matter most to you.