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Monday, May 16, 2016

Week in the Life: Sunday's Words and Photos

katelin was really happy with the new goalie gear, but not so happy that she let in a goal
final score against the indians 1:1

9:37 | the weight of responsibility sits heavily today
a 6.5 hour shift without a break looms, and while this is surely illegal, a strong work ethic means she knows that the buck stops with her

there's a lot to say about this list, but in brief:
at the completion of this list is a house sale and move – from the place we will have lived for 21 years.  One of us is rushing headlong into it, and one of us can’t yet see through to the other side. 
Right now, we’re looking to buy before sell, and I feel like we’re about to discover the reality of buying in a sellers’ market

11:31 | not too many regular sunday zumba goers here today, so it's just me and tas 
the 'before' was blurry, so the sweaty one it is!

1:37 | my friend who was GOING to come to high tea with me is now quite unwell, so katelin willingly steps into the breech.  after hanging out with Tash yesterday, i was hoping to make some time for katelin and i to hang out soon, and here it is!

2:08 | louis sergeant high tea. yes please

i really wanted to take this glass home - it was so delicate! 

tea just tastes nicer out of a cup like this don't you think?

5:07 | then we're off to the movies
i'm not really a blockbuster fan, but the family thought it'd be pretty rude for them all to go and leave me behind!

8:23 | my pimms cup from sweet mother's kitchen
most yummy creole food
i had the crab dip, chicken chipotle quesadilla and curly fries, although ours weren't that curly, i.e. not blog worthy. not even photo worthy!

conversation at dinner tonight after the movie:

me: full disclosure tash: i wrote on my blog that the pile of clothes in your room would extend out past the end of your bed by the end of the week. i went down there today and it does not.
tash: *smirking* - it's almost as if your blog is public.........!!!

we can't decide who the joke's on:

tash thinks the joke's on her because she ended up cleaning her room where ordinarily she wouldn't
i most certainly feel that the joke's on me because i didn't factor in Tash reading my blog and making a liar out of me!!!

9:08 | what happens when the only group photo you take [all week] is late on a sunday night

hey you

9:47 | last photo for the week
a cuppa and a bit of GN

the last of mikaela's photos from london this week
she's secured a bedsit for 2 weeks - in this converted church!
how cool is that?
she's also found the 'social' flat she was looking for and hung out with them today
how terrifying is that clown tho?
not like any mini golf course I'VE ever been to!!!


9118 steps
went out and left my fitbit on the charger...


closing thoughts on the project:

It’s been a fun week, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it
I’m surprised at how well I’ve kept up, especially since I’m working this time around
I LOVED that Mikaela sent me photos throughout the week
I’ve loved recording snippets of conversation
I really hope I can go back and read some of the blog posts posted on the witl page
I look forward to some inspiration from the group for when I come to put my album together
Excited for day in the life in july to see where we all are then; specifically how much further down the track we are towards our house sale

photos not taken:

i intended to sit with a friend at the hospital on thursday, but due to a scheduling mix-up (the hospitals) she wasn't there
tash wasn't able to play netball on saturday, so there'll be no photos of her game
the high tea i had yesterday with katelin was meant to be with my friend donna, but she had come down with a very bad virus
there wasn't the usual crowd at zumba on sunday, so they won't feature in my album this time
watching the rugby after dinner out on saturday night
food bag delivery which was left outside while we were at the movies


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Week in the Life: Saturday's Words and Photos

"What do you see every day that you often walk right past?"

this really resonated with me today
i note that i've taken photos in the evening of us watching 'friends' 4 times this week.

this morning i look at the tv and say to hubby "when did we switch the tvs over?"

the tv that's currently in here used to be in the lounge and we used to have a slightly smaller tv with a wooden unit under it [here] in the family room.

i figure i'll look at last year's Week in the Life project. nope. no photos.
the year before? nope.

of course i remember the night he switched the tvs over
i was having 'wine on the deck' with friends and i was wondering why hubby hadn't called to see where i was (it was getting late)
he'd ordered the new apple tv and was expecting delivery of it
when i DID get home, i saw the empty packaging in the garage
i knew immediately that he was in his happy place setting it up and had NO idea of what time it was!

it was October 30, which also happened to be the day my youngest finished her last ever day of school.

hubby's meds. 6 warfarin, 1 amlodipine
since WitL 2015 he's dropped one BP med
he's tracking well

8:08 | the rain's stopped, but it's still pretty breezy

8:33 | another saturday, another delicious breakfast cooked by hubby

8:46 | it's still friday in the states, so katelin's work week is not yet done

9:03 | let me iiiiiiiiiiin

9:04 | this is what you get for not letting me in straight away

9:06 | it's possible we've let some bad habits take hold.....

10:23 | me: "Hey, can you take a picture of me cleaning up this plaster dust?"
me: "i don't know why i'm even doing this - they're coming back again next week to paint the ceiling!"

10:37 | no-one can remember what was so funny
...and here's tomas! he was a very engaging young man with a plan to retire at 35
i found it so refreshing to talk to a "Gen Y-er" with such a firm life goal and a vision of how to make it happen

11:14 | my IG caption: "some assembly required, and he couldn't be happier"

his IG caption: I was sold at "some assembly required". That the endeavour ends up with chilled carbonated homebrewed beer dispensed from a temperature controlled fridge is pretty much the best day of my life. ‪#‎engineersex‬

11:54 | making time for my girl
we're heading across town to see "zootopia"
"the boss" (we're huge melissa mcarthy fans here) is suddenly not screening anymore

i chose this cinema because i have some movie vouchers that i won waaaaaaaay back
when i get inside, they tell me i can't use them because they're from the previous owners

ah well. i tried...

it's taken so long to get across town that i'm worried we'll miss the start while we're waiting for our food
we get our food, get into the theatre and the movie STILL hasn't started
next thing a staff member comes in and tells that us every movie requires a LOCK KEY, and there isn't one for this movie

the staff: what else can i show you
the staff: my boss isn't here
me: no, the MOVIE the boss!
tash: mum. there are KIDS here!

a few minutes later he comes back with 2 choices: 
"the jungle book" or "hunt for the wilder people"
considering Tash and I are in the minority, we go with the consensus which is "the jungle book"
there's a mother with a very small boy sitting next to me, so i say "i hear there's a scary part in it". the wee boy instantly reacts and the mother says "don't worry, it's not scary".

LIAR!!! it was scary, and he was scared. not my problem

because we've been "inconvenienced", we can come back early tomorrow morning for a viewing of "zootopia" - FLAG!!!!

...or have these complimentary vouchers

well, will you look at that - i got my free movie after all!!!

3:02 |  off to work
being short-staffed and a mix up with the roster means that she can't play netball today
she's frustrated because her team ends up losing by 1 goal
i'm sad because there won't be any photos of her playing netball in this album 

3:12 | shopping with other people's money - the very best kind!
katelin's excited to play a full game in this new gear tomorrow
i'm excited that clive will be there to take photos!

3:18 | installation complete

so excited to see these two next weekend

5:32 | a snap from Tash
did i mention how proud i am of this girl?

 6:23 | i spot this out the window

7:27 | dinner at a local restaurant with friends
christine and i met 20 years ago when she arrived back from germany with her son thomas
(different thomas!)
it's a friendship that started together 'at the school gate' but has continued well beyond it

christine and klaus haven't seen clive since before clive's surgery (2 years ago!) 
even though christine and i caught up 2 weeks ago (we work across the street from each other now), there's a million and one topics to burn through: what our collective 8 kids are all up to, mutual friends, jobs etc etc

the boys

9:56 | after dinner we head back to theirs to watch the rugby
our team won 29-14

abby's a dog that punches above her weight
that toy is bigger than she is!

a 'signature' photo from these two. i have MANY with the same faces from over the years
they're at tequila joe's for a flat reunion


4586 steps
meh - saturdays are meant to be lazy...