Sunday, June 26, 2011

And Once Again.....

After spending half the weekend trying to catch up on sleep, then going to netball - not that Darling Girl played coz she was sick but we went just in case not all the team turned up! 

Then I had some fun hanging out with a good friend wandering round shops spending money that I really shouldn't have - but I claim upcoming wedding anniversay & my birthday as excuses!! ;O)

Late night even though we planned to go to bed early on saturday playing canasta with friends - then feeling like crap and sleeping to compensate on sunday - wow look the weekend is gone again.....

But still, I keep getting this song in my head, so I shall share it with you  :OD

But just listen to it, don't watch the video clip - why are they all soo fucken cheesy?!?


This one I like too. I may have posted it before, but I think it's well worth another listen. It just makes me happy every time I hear it.  I'm listening to it now as I write and I keep getting distracted and singing along. Makes me wanna get up and dance around!!  :OD


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Take Two - the Pictorial Version *fingers crossed*

This is me on my way to a meeting on Monday night.

Yeah, I dress up for business stuff.  :OP

and that's my new necklace, but you can't really see it in the pic. 
There's a better one just below here. 

I'm a little distracted at the moment as I'm watching the #eqnz TV3 live stream press conference. I tweeted that you couldn't see the sign language interpreter, and that deaf people outside of the press room were interested. They then zoomed back the shot so he can be seen: I influence the tv!!! :OD
 Hey, again, look up. See the title? Delusional Girl. I wasn't fooling around when I picked the site name, it's reflective  :O)

So here's my wedding anniversary present necklace (and yes. it's an early gift - the best kind!) 

It's pearls, diamonds (probably both fake - but there is sparkle so *shrug* who cares?) And then a chain. 
I love it!!

Then this is Monkey on monday, watching tv. He's still awake, but just really really giving in to the watching experience....  Gorgeous boy.  

Right, which was the next pic? oh yeah, this one......
The one I like to call "argh! no pants! no pants!!"  ;O)
And lastly, yes I am an evil wench. Captain Awesome was home sick on wed. Somehow I ended up wearing all his favourite items. on me. NOT his favs to wear. Let's not make my life any weirder than it already is shall we?                    
 So, we have - the balck singlet top. 

The short floaty skirt (I can do a fair Marilyn impression when I stand over the vacuum cleaner outvent!)

The long stripey socks. Altho to be fair, I think it's actually the combination of the socks and skirt that shows a hint of leg skin when I walk that he really likes.

Also, safety tip for users - when pulling up long socks try not to get your skirt tucked into them. Not a good look.  True Story.

Lastly the boots. How could anyone NOT like the boots???  

And with this vision I tormented the poor soul when he was too tired to do anything about it.   Good Wee Wifey that I am  ;OD

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For you Sis, and you Clare. Well some of it anyways....shit I hate coming up with titles!


A needles pulling thread.

Argh....I have some things to share, but don't know where to start. I have pics. Does that help??

Mostly I got into a groove with this blogging thing, and feel lost when I don't write every other day or so.... even when I sit down at the computer I can't seem to link a coherent sentence together *sigh* 

I'll string a bunch of pics together instead then huh?
Well, I would. But the stoopid webpage isn't working properly. 

Excuse me while I go thump stuff. and swear a bit.  Hell. Who am I kidding?? I'll be swearing a bunch!!  ;O)

*nice elevator/hold music*    Seriously?!   now that's not working either.

bollocks. arse. fuckity fuckity fuckity fuck fuck fuck. 

ok. fine. I'm going to bed.  :O~

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Netball Is A Mission

When I woke this morning, eventually, and looked up out the window I noticed it was raining.

It's Saturday.   

Netball Day.  Ugh.

And especially after the treat of last week's effort at Netball I decided if it's gonna be raining, I'm gonna rug up.

So here's what I wore to the netball courts this morning....
First we have 2 pairs of socks.....    

Then singlet, merino long sleeve, cotton long sleeve & crotchety jumper
Then fleece lined sweatshirt, scarf and coat....
fingerless gloves & fingered gloves. We're not taking any chances here folks!
Tights under my skirt and woollen hat on.

Only to decide just before leaving that'll I'll add a bandana under my hat.

And I'm not even playing!!! :OD

Friday, June 17, 2011

Brain Freeze

In deference to the chilly arse day we are having here today, I give you

Madame Blueberry.


I looked and looked and looked but couldn't find it. 

Now my fingers are stiff, so I'm going.  Sorry.   Sad arse post today.....

Altho I would like it noted I was singing this song coz I was blue = cold.  Not blue = sad.

That is all.   :O(

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Here you have it.....

A mild winter's day.  I had my sparkly heels on, but it's easier to work at home without them. Not that I'm doing any work   :O)

Plus I'll be donning some sneakers later coz I've somehow ended up helping the teacher/coach out with netball practice after school.


and all the while this song keeps popping into my head.

I find myself humming it, whistling the tune.....

the biggest difficulty being that I don't know all the words....

But here ya go. Now it can wander round your head too.

You're welcome  *curtsey*   :OD

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This Is My Life. I Know You're Jealous.

We got home from school, the Tribe of Lunatics poured outta the van and tramped into the house to make with the crazy. 

Then I realised we had to get back in the van.  *foot stomp* Dammit!!

I had forgotten to deliver the Ginger's wee sample to the docs this morning.  The wee sample that spent the night in our fridge.  Since the boy is at school it's hard to catch his pee. It took 2 weeks, and 2 tries to do it. Yeah, that was kinda thanks to me not thinking right and rinsing out the container coz we didn't get a big enough sample the first try.  Good Thinking LTF, it's now not a sterile container. As in contaminated. Which is why we're doing a second sample in the first place. *facepalm*

His aim is good. Praise the lord. Warm pee I do not need all over my hands. Not someone else's pee anyhow.  There's nothing serious going on, well, most likely not. We're just checking.

So we did a Pee Run today.  Betcha can't top that for the ridiculous.

But I read this blog again today coz of the shaking in Chch. 

And as you can see, or in case you didn't wanna check it out, she posts this song. Which is pretty good actually. And a nice timely reminder.  I might even book mark it so I can slap myself with it, when I start feeling all sullen and sorry for myself.

I also got this to sent to me, and I like it. It's not only kinda true (scary and sad) but also quite clever..

Now, I'm off to cook dinner and check out another college (high school) for my eldest.  *GASP* how is he that old already?!?  :O.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ahhhhh, yes. That will do it.

I found my precious *ahem* my library card!! Yes my precious you are safe here with me now. My precious. *strokestroke* 

*head shake* what? oh, sorry. Forgot you were here for a second there ;O)

It was lost for a week, maybe two. Man it felt like longer!! I love my library card. I love that I can get books set aside for me at the local library for only a dollar. I love that I can request books online. I love that I can read a book once if I think it's ok, and again and again and again if I love it, but can't afford to buy it. 

So, yeah was kinda missing my library card for a bit there. It was almost worse than when I forget to put my rings on in the morning *gasp*

What else are the highlights of the last couple of weeks? Coz it's been kinda busy here - altho maybe it's just normal busy with 6 hundred million kids to look after  *LeSigh*

Woot! my socks match my top!! ;O)
I got up to some stuff. Literally.  shhhhhhh!! don't tell OSH but I was up on the roof at Playcentre cleaning out gutters with the firehose.  Fun times.  :OD

This is the early stages. I gave up with this method P.D.Q and climbed up onto the roof, to scoop the goop out with my hands. Yes it was as icky as it sounds. *shudder*  But needs must. 

Then I got the hose right up there and going full blast! That was fun. Not so much the having to be careful that I didn't let the hose go, and let it flick off the roof onto anyone's head, or wrap round my foot and take me with it!! I'm proud to say I managed to have neither of those scenarios happen!! 

And thanks Dad for showing me how to walk on a roof safely. *nod* on the nails, I know.  My little legs had to stretch a bit in places, and I didn't fall thru the roof, so I figure I did just fine. :OD

Pity it was a cold early saturday morning.  

Altho, I did have my bright Playcentre top on, so it was like I was wearing safety gear  :OP

Took a broom up there too, to sweep off all the acorns. No point clearing the gutters out when the damn things are just gonna roll right in there when the wind next blows. 

So, like 5 minutes after I get down from the roof.  :O/

What other mischief have I found??  Well it was kinda wet at netball on saturday. No. I don't play. That's exercise - I'm not that crazy!!  (oi! you be quiet there Captain!!)

Darling Girl plays. I'm that parent on the sidelines. *hangs head in shame* I can't help myself! My competitive beast comes out and I yell encouragement. and stuff. 

I figure at least I keep it positive. And I'm in a groove now, after watching all last year too. At least when Darling's team is winning I will cheer on the opposite team. Usually they are working damn hard and just not managing to score. 

Sadly this hasn't been the case this year, and I find myself a tad frustrated at the wee girls running round, as the new team settles in together......

ANYWAYS. The rain. By the end of the game, when they finally decided to cancel the rest of the days games, we had been out in it for an hour. And we walk home coz we live so close.  This is all good usually, as we can be home in 5 minutes at a leisurely stroll. 

Not so much on saturday, as 7 courts worth of spectators and players tried to exit lickety split thru one gate. Many of them carrying umbrellas.  Not an easy endeavour. Think camel thru the eye of a needle.

Me and Darling decided to "make hay while the sun shone"(sic) and splash in all the puddles. It's not like we could get much wetter by this stage!  I think it took us about 10-15 minutes to get home. and inside took even longer. We have some dinks and dips in our yard that collect water and we were having waaaaaayy too much fun  by now.  

Not even Ginger Ninja looking out the window and telling us, so clearly "now get in the house!!" could get us in without stomping and kicking water at each other in the back yard too first.      
ohh look, there's still a dry bit there on my skirt  ------->

Two last things. 

Ya gotta love a job where it's not only ok to wear cat ears, but you get compliments!!  And I got a random stranger complimenting me on my boots too the same day!!  WOOT!!  nice ego boost  :O)

Yeah, well, it was my awesome boots. But still. *squee* nice! 

Lastly - tonight Captain Awesome reminded me why I call him so....He called the Dynamic Duo to tidy up their toys in the lounge before bed thusly:

"Hey Tweedledum and Tweedledee...!!"   

 *giggle* *snort*  Awesome.  :OD


Friday, June 3, 2011

Dash it all

Off to a first aid course - it's cold!!
Dash it all, I keep wanting to write about stuff, to keep those who are still hanging around reading this blog up to date with the goings on in my day to day humdrum.

But, dash it all, Real Life keeps getting in the way.

Which has been a theme I see evolving from my posts.....hrm, maybe it's life trying to tell me something. 

But, dash it all!! if for the sole reason that I know my brother sometimes finds time to read this, and coz he lives overseas so we don't get to see him much, and he doesn't get to hear about all the crazy things that happen - between me and my kids? we have more than a couple of screws loose!!  So I write with him in mind I guess.  Amongst other peoples.  

Off to work on wed - still freezing out there   :O(
And all you others out there in the ether who think I have something interesting/witty/eloquent to say.....I guess I write with you in mind too.

So here is what's been happening for me this week.... Monkey took off while I was checking emails the other day, he wandered away from the tv where Thomas the Tank Engine was playing and was suspiciously quiet down the bedroom end of the house.  After a while I extracted myself with horrible visions of mess in the big kid's lego, getting into the cd player or any other intriguing goopy things in my room playing in front of my eyes, I went on the hunt to find him.

He's such a honey. This is all he got into.

He was off building himself a track for his trains!! One, two three - everybody say "Aaaaaawwwwwwwwwww"  :O)

He's such a lovely bundle to have at home. Even if he's taken to wanting to be carried instead of walking with me.  *sigh* 

And I thought I would have a respite from trains when SirTalks went to school.  *facepalm*   Deluded, that's me! 

I also got woken by a rather disturbing dream, you know one of those ones that your brain keeps dreaming after you've woken up & shaken it off, then go back to sleep? eeek! yup one of those suckers!  I was dreaming/thinking about being a part of the Playcentre Federation.  The National level of our organisation.

Why is this bad?? Scary might  be a better description.  I know I've been around Playcentre for nearly 11 years now, and kids for a little longer than that, but I feel like I'm still only just learning about the "big time" running of all things Playcentre. I've only attended 2 national meetings, and only one in any type of official capacity. I've done some stuff at a regional level, both in my current Association and at my previous one, but compared to those who have stood for positions at Fed level ( and this is what I was dreaming about - writing the blurb that would be submitted to convince people I was a worthy candidate to stand for a Fed position, on a team that supports the Associations), I'm a baby.  A newbie. The others have been around, and done Fed level stuff before, some for YEEEEEAARS.

Which is not to say I don't have something to offer. I think I do. 

If nothing else I have passion. Passion for Playcentre; for the benefit it is, it can be to children, mums and adults; I know how vital centres are for Playcentre, as an entity, to survive, and not just that, but I wanna see it thrive. I want parents in all parts of NewZealand to KNOW what Playcentre is. For a kiwi initiative it saddens me how few parents, that I have met in my life, know what Playcentre is, let alone the wonderful opportunity it can be for the children's development, but also the adult's growth and learning too! I firmly believe that if more parents came to Playcentre and were able to learn more (about themselves, about children's development, about positive behavioural guidance techniques, about working alongside people of difering backgrounds to themselves), and also benefitted from the support network that is integral to the way Playcentre functions, that a lot of societal problems like child abuse would not be so prevalent.

Which I know sounds like a simplistic view of a hugely complex problem.  

But I have seen it first hand in my family: in my kids, in my husband and in myself.  

I am a better parent because of the help, support, learning and growth I've had since joining Playcentre. 

And I know that for our centres to function, to provide this in our communities, then the Associations, and Federation need to be supporting them. And supporting them well. Especially with the Adminitrative aspect - dealing with Ministries and such, so that the centres can JUST GET ON with the playing and teaching!! And my brain was telling me in the early hours of Wednesday morning that the Assn Support Team wouldn't be able to do this vital job if they don't have a full team. At Conference we voted in all the people who stood for the team - 4 people. At the previous National meeting, we all agreed that the team needed 8 people to do the work without anyone risking burnout.

And I guess my brain figures my Passion and practical experience would make up the difference that I lack in years and years of experience and skills that others may have. And be able to show on paper. 

I don't have that. Or maybe I have some of those skills, but the evidence of it is more etheral.

I also have insecurities - ones that say "who am I to even think about putting my name forward for something like this??"  and "You are such a newbie here, sit in the corner listen & learn. Maybe, MAYBE in 5-10 years you will have something to offer here" 

and "hey you, shush!!"

But Dash It All, I don't wanna see something that I believe in crumble in these changing times. We have had a change in structure coz the old way wasn't working as well, although the philosophy still stands strong the practical running of our organisation has to change as life has changed in the last 60 years. We don't all have the luxury, nor the desire to be Stay At Home Mums - which isn't in itself a bad thing. It just means that people don't have the time, or energy to devote to volunteer organisations that we used to. Look around, it's not just us, others are struggling too. 

And if I have to put my money where my mouth is to do support Playcentre to thrive, then I will. I reckon I can help, and if it turns out I don't know something I'm not afraid to say "I don't know the answer to that, but I will find out and get back to you, ok?"  I wanna continue to learn and grow in my Playcentre journey, in my life. 

Surely that counts for something too?  :O)

 If this is the next step, being part of Federation. If now is the time for it, then I won't shy away. Even though the thought of it excites and scares the shit outta me in equal measures..... *big breath*  
Bring it on!

<-- yay mum for my amazing crotcheted vest to wear at Playcentre and keep warm!! It works too. plus? I won't ever get lost!  ;OD