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Yesterday was a day of hospitals.

I got to the Royal Women's at 8:45 with Seamus in tow and we were shocked to be seen straight away! A midwife called Nova took us into a small room where she took my blood pressure, weighed me and asked a million questions, most of which I knew the answers to, some of which I got flustered at but Seamus knew the answers to, so that was fine. We then waited over an hour (that's more like the public health system we all know and love know) for the obstetrician, who was a lovely Englishwoman called Susan who took us through more questions and gave me advice on who to see (she is referring me to Social Work and Psych because my history of depression predisposes me to post-natal depression) also took my blood pressure, felt my tummy and discussed but did not look at my nipples.

I also got a show bag! It's called a Bounty Bag and is given out by the hospital, it contained samples and pamphlets and that sort of thing, apparently I get another one next visit. I went downstairs and signed up for childbirth classes at the info centre and we were done.

By the time we finished up it was 11:15am and Seamus was well and truly due back at school, so we walked up Flemington road for a bit then he went to Uni High and I walked to the Royal Children's Hospital to get something to eat (food in the Women's massively expensive, same at the Royal Melbourne around the corner, the kids hospital has a MacDonalds were I knew I could sit for a while.) I ate my pretend food and then wandered slowly back to the Royal Melbourne (we're so lucky to have the three major hospitals so close to each other) via a park where I sat and went through my showbag to string things out.

I arrived at the Royal Melbourne at 12:45 for a 1pm appointment and again was shocked when I was seen straight away (beginning to think yesterday was a charmed day) at the Respiratory Lab. There are apparently issues with being pregnant and suffering from severe asthma, I've already had to stop taking my regular preventer because it's unsafe for Sprocket, and the safe version is no where near as affective, so they're running some tests and looking at ways to control my asthma better and watching to make sure I am not in the 1/3 of women whose asthma gets significantly worse in pregnancy (please cross fingers for me!)

So the nice lab guys made me breathe through a tube, hold my breath, breath quick, breath slow, do the respiratory hokey-pokey and turn about, then I was allowed some Ventilon which made the whole world a nicer place, then I had to do all the tests again and I showed a 24% improvement, so we know Ventilon is good for me (it's just bad that I use as much of it as I do.) They also did a skin allergy test which showed to my delight that while I'm very allergic to dust (Seamus has promised to give the house a turning out when he's on break) I'm not allergic to dogs and cats, at least not enough to show up on this test. This makes me very very happy.

I finished up at the Melbourne hours earlier than I thought I would, so walked to [profile] vivienne_aster's nearby flat and we went to Errol st for some food and beverages. It was great to catch up and great to look in the Errol st op-shop which had some really great baby clothes in bright colours, definitely going back there when they've replenished their stock. That reminds me, I really want to get to Brunswick Savers to look at their baby stuff, as I think there might be donations from funky parents there too.

Eventually I bad Kate adieu and walked back up Flemington road to the ultrasound place opposite the hospitals where I met Seamus again we got to see Sprocket! Sprocket was almost dancing around, not staying still for an instant, which was charming for us but annoying for the radiographer who wanted to get specific shots and every time he got the camera in place Sprocket moved. Finally Sprocket got in a position that was absolutely no good at all and promptly fell asleep. I really hope this isn't indicative of Sprocket's future compliance. It took about an hour and a half for the dude to get all the shots he needed, and I got poked and prodded and rolled a lot in trying to get Sprocket into a better position, which, combined with the drive home through rush hour traffic, meant that when I got home I headed straight for the loo and lost my lunch :-( Oh well, Seamus went and got me a yummy dinner to compensate.

All of that combined meant I slept really well last night, I managed to sleep six hours straight which is good for me at the moment, and then get another three hours after I'd gotten up and eaten breakfast. This means that I'm nice and rested today and actually not feeling to sick, so looking forward to picking Seamus up from school and driving up to the mountains with him for a weekend away to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, which is today :-)

In summary: big day, but all important things that needed doing, Sprocket is fine and I've been married a year, hurrah!
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We've known about Sprocket for about two months now, we found out early because I had to go to hospital with what I thought was appendicitis which turned out to be pregnancy- (not-a-very-funny-story because at the time it was on the cards that as I was in so much pain it might have been an ectopic pregnancy and we had a nail-biting few days before we discovered it wasn't.) Anyhoo, so we've known for a while and have been slowly collecting things in preparation for Sprocket's arrival.

Inventory:

Pram/Stroller- bought from a family down the road for $200. Seamus looked it up online and brand new just the stroller itself was $700, and this one comes with the bassinet to turn it into a pram for the early months, a rain cover, a toddler seat and sundry other snap on things to make life easier, all up new it would have been over $1000 so we feel pretty good about paying $200. Currently being stored in the garage, we'll have to work out something with the furniture to fit it in the house later.

Cot- bought from Ebay for $50, only one previous tenant who vacated it aged four (it turns into a toddler bed) so we figure we'll get a lot of use out of it. Currently in pieces in the study, which will eventually become Sprocket's room.

Cloth nappies- bought from another lady down the street (there was a baby boom around the Kensington area 3-5 years back, great news for us as everyone is getting rid of their stuff now!) 24 bamboo/organic cotton blend nappies, 8 PUL covers, 1 wool cover, 2 nappy buckets and a roll of nappy liners for $300. That sounds a lot, but a single nappy brand new is $30 (covers can be up to that much too) and cloth nappies are actually more absorbent if they've been used previously, so it's a great deal.

Clothes- 2 jumpsuits/onesies, a cardigan, a t-shirt, some legging type-things, four pairs of socks, one waterproof nappy cover for swimming. Picked up from op-shops and Ebay, all second hand, all natural materials (except the swimmers, but that was never going to happen) I have discovered that op-shopping for Sprocket is much more fun than op-shopping for me, there are more hideously cutesy clothes to laugh uproariously at (Lisa and I found a jumper today the exact colour of vomit with flowers on it, I guess so when baby chucks up it won't show?) and no need to feel ashamed when going into the change room and finding one is slightly larger than one thought. In fact, no need for the change room at all! The only issue is convincing the sales assistants that I really DON'T want pink and would prefer minimum blue, and that I like nice, bright colours for the baby. The other great thing about opshops is the prices, in an opshop I think the most I've paid for an item is $3, whereas brand new those clothes are PRICEY. All up I've spent about $20 on clothes not including postage for the Ebay things (the postage is the sole reason I'm not going to stick with buying Ebay clothes, it's just not worth it.)

Nappy Bag- Brought on Ebay for $10, now not sure it's big enough

And now I'm about to go out to visit the lovely lady who sold us the nappies, because she emailed me that she found a big bag or assorted baby "stuff" and did I want it for free? Hell yes!

So far we seem to be pretty organised. I want to get things early so I can start saving for when I'm not working (especially as there will be a period where I'm not working and Seamus is still at uni working part time, yikes!) The major things I want to get are:
a change table
a rocking chair
a night light/lamp
A car seat (this will be the only item we get new- or from someone we know personally, and as I can't think of anyone who has a car seat and would be ready to give it up I guess we'll be buying new)
a clothes dryer (for nappies in winter)
an Ergo baby carrier
a bigger nappy bag
a bassinet (for sleeping in our room while tiny- we both thrash around in bed way too much to be comfortable co-sleeping)
a port-a-cot
a swingy-hammocky thing (to keep Sprocket amused while we're cooking/cleaning/hanging nappies on the line)
more clothes

All you parental types or those with small nieces and nephews, anything useful I've forgotten? Anything we really don't need? We're going to the Baby and Kids Market when it comes to Coburg at the end of April, so hopefully we can pick up quite a lot of second hand stuff there.

Baby

Mar. 25th, 2011 10:18 pm
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Finally breaking my lj silence to bring you all some news:

I'm having a baby!

No, not right now, in October. I'm very very happy about it, when I'm not being sick (hyperemesis is a bitch) (hyperemesis= really really bad morning sickness that lasts all day and doesn't let you keep anything down- can result in a trip to Emergency to get an IV drip in.)

I have a million things to say about this, the first one being I AM SO SORRY TO EVERYONE I'VE FLAKED ON FOR THE PAST THREE MONTHS- THIS HAS BEEN WHY! I really wanted to go out and make candles with [personal profile] notalwaysweak and soap with [profile] sharnofshade and catch up with all the people I was meant to catch up with and go out with and all that, but I've been either sick, asleep (pregnancy is surprisingly exhausting this early on), at work or all three. I hope you all forgive me now you know why I've been a flake.

What else? I'm due in October, we're not finding out the sex of the baby, the baby is currently being refered to as "Sprocket" or "The Sprocket" by us. [profile] mc_shamo and happy and excited and will hopefully be nealry finished his degree when the baby comes, so we'll have a few months with both of us mostly home (Seamus still working part time) to look after Sprocket, which will be good.

It feels so good to finally be able to tell the world about this. I've been feeling a little isolated because so few people knew and apart from this big bit of news I felt I really didn't have much conversation. Also I don't like lying, even by omission, so I feel much more relaxed now.

Yay! Baby! Yay!
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Just a quick post to say I aen't dead, just busy, sick, working, overwhelemed and have not much to say, basically in that order.

Still reading and commenting, though not commenting as often as I should.
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Found this on The Age website, made me lol.

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Yoinked from [personal profile] clappamungus's Facebook page. It's pretty accuraate, except apparently Tasmania is getting flooding now too.
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From Monay to Friday this week [profile] mc_shamo and I escaped the city and drove down to Shorem, a very small town on the Mornington Penninsula (on the other side from Dromana and Rye, facing Western Port) It was awesome. Unfortunately we forgot the camera :-(

Highlights:

-Rescuing a tiny native fruit bat that had got itself trapped in the house. (Well, Seamus rescued it, I screamed a lot, and then rang the wildlife people for advice.) (In my defence it had been all curled up and hanging from the blind near the ceiling, we thought it was a. either a spider or moth and b. very dead, so discovering when we turned the blind that we had disturbed an alive bat was a bit of a shock!)

-Discovering that Seamus' uncle's house (in which we were staying) had an extensive veggie patch and small orchard with a BLOOD PLUM TREE!!!

-Eating lots and lots of cheese at Main Ridge Dairy and Red Hill Dairy.

-A really excellent lunch at the Red Hill brewery (excellent beer too)

-Shepherding ANOTHER bat out of our room at 3am- no idea how it got in. This bat was not as sick as the first one and was much more fiesty and terrifying (it flew at me while I was in bed, it was in ARM's REACH and ANGRY!)

-Amazing chocolates from Flinders

-Feeding and cuddling animals at the Moonlight Sanctuary and running into JayJay and Evil Sarah from choir who were working there.

-Visiting lots of farm gates for apples, cider, strawberry drinks, ice-cream and occasional friendly dogs.

-A relaxing evening at Penninsula Hot Springs, soaking and enjoying their version of Turkish Baths

-Having to come to a rather quick halt while driving to allow a mother duck and her ducklings to cross the road unharmed. VERY cute.

-Making pizza in the kitchen while looking out the big bay windows and watching the rabbits play in the garden (Disclaimer: Yes, I know, they are pests and vermin and probably the very worst thing to ever be introduced to Australia environmentally speaking. The garden at Seamus' uncle's place looks really British, has a rolling hill behind it with an English style wood and actually has the Irish flag flying, so they didn't look like pests in Australia, more like cute little furry things that went hoppity hoppity over the grass and most importantly WERE NOT BATS. I know, I know, they're horrible environmental disasters, they're just darned cute ones.)

-A fabulous lunch (I sense a theme here) at Heronwood, the property owned by the Diggers Club (an Heirloom fruits/veggies/plants gardening club), followed by a walk around the property and finally joining up as members as we've meant to do for over a year.

-A refreshing dip at Dromana beach just before heading back to Melbourne (the one day it was actually warm enough to swim on our so-called beach holiday- but I think we filled the rest of our time very well anyway!)

I'm so glad we did that. Thanks to the Magee family for lending us the house and thank you [personal profile] rin_tin_tin and Cat for minding our house and garden and cats so we could get away.

I want more of those chocolates...
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I'm quite sleep deprived. For some reason after yesterday's overnight shift I couldn't get to sleep at all, even though all the sleep I'd had was forty minutes or so around dawn when I'd fallen into a light doze. I gave up on trying at 1pm (I'd been in bed since 10am)went downstairs and made blueberry jam with the berries we'd got at the farmer's market, and made chilli con carne to freeze and take away with us tomorrow, I figure we'll have better things to spend money on than going out to eat, so I want to bring with us as much as possible in an eski.

The lovely [profile] cows_might_fly called me in the afternoon, she and [personal profile] clappamungus are back from Sri Lanka safe and sound, which was a relief as I'd gotten mildly concerned at the footage of floods there. We had a really nice talk, it was great to sit and chat with someone on the phone, it's been ages since I did that with anyone but Mum.
Then [personal profile] nearlyalegume's family dropped by, sans Amy but with her old cat run, which will live in the garage until we get back. I showed Amy's mother and sister around the front of the house, apparently they'd been kept awake by a hoon the night before, so the idea of a house that does not front on to the road had some appeal. (I didn't mention the occasional drunken foot traffic, since it really is occasional. I did mention that it's nearly impossible to get take-away delivered.)

After they left I finally felt tired enough to try sleeping again, and I managed to get an hour in before Seamus came home from work and woke me- not his fault, I was sleeping on the couch downstairs because the bedroom gets all the afternoon sun, so he could hardly avoid waking me when he came in. For some reason though once I was awake I couldn't get back to sleep. We had dinner and watched some tv, before I decided at 9:30pm to give sleep another try. I finally dropped off around 10:30, unfortunately my alarm went off at 11pm so I could get up, get dressed and come back to work!

Despite the lack of sleep, it was a lovely day, and when I get home from work I'll sleep while Seamus prepares the house and packs the car, then it's off to Shorem for five days, whee!!
I'm now caffinated and sugared up, but I'm pretty sure it'll all wear off around 3am, so here's hoping it's quiet tonight, or at least if not quiet straightforward with nothing out of the ordinary so I can work on autopilot if necessary.
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Tomorrow due to two good friends being especially good to me I will be receiving apricots and strawberries to play with!

I plan, with Seamus' help to make dried strawberries and apricots, strawberry coulis to put on top of the yoghurt we make as dessert and apricot nectar for yummy apricot chicken and veggie roasts in winter. Mmmm, yum!

I'm getting a move on with my plans to learn to sew this year too. I can't yet afford to get the sewing machine serviced, so I'm working by hand right now. I have a skirt which I bought almost two years ago and have worn maybe three times since then. I bought it in the first place because it reminded me of an apron my mother had when I was little. (This is the skirt if anyone is interested- last worn for the croquet match at my Hen's afternoon) and I need an apron now. So the other night I unpicked the seams and seperated the front (keeping the waist tie) from the back, hemmed the front and cut a square to cover my chest from the back. Now all I need to do is hem that, cut some neck ties and put the whole thing together. That can happen the next time I have a night at home, possibly Friday, as sad as that sounds.

And now, back to work. Trying to not eat until 8pm, otherwise I get home after midnight absolutely ravenous. Just 35 mins to go... but hungry...
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-Pay off (then possibly destroy) our credit card.
-Learn to sew
-Continue finding ways to make our house as green and frugal as possible- without compromising on enjoyment (just finding different ways/things to enjoy)
-Save $1000 towards a house
-Organise a mid-year holiday someplace warm(er)
-Attempt the eight week meditation program for depression
-Keep the garden producing year-round.
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WOO-HOO!!!

I get New Year's Eve off afterall! Swapped my shift, am working until 4pm! Yaaaaay!
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I don't know if I've ever blogged about my mother's family Christmas traditions before, and as work seems to have FINALLY calmed down I thought I'd take the opportunity.

My maternal grandfather is Lithuanian and we follow many of the Lithuatian Christmas traditions. I am actually not sure how much is Lithuanian and how much is just our family now.

We celebrate on Christmas eve, not on Christmas Day.

We used to go to my grandparents house, but this year we have started going to my aunt's instead and Grandma and Grandad are getting a bit too frail to host.

We arrive around 4:30pm and have drinks and snacks while my cousins and I all catch up with each other since that last time we met (usually Father's Day in September.) We put the Christmas presents under the tree, when we were younger Grandad used to cover all the presents with a bedsheet and tell us if we even peeked a fairy would make them all dissappear.

At about 6pm my grandfather brings out a piece of whole, flat-bread, like a communion wafer. We say a prayer and he breaks it in half and gives half to Grandma, who breaks it in half and gives it to someone else, and so on until everyone has broken bread with everyone else there. This is meant to symbolise family togetherness, and also meant to symbolise forgiveness for any fights or disagreements during the year, so that the Christmas table will be one of peace (in theory...)

We have dinner. Dinner is 13 dishes (to symbolise the people at the Last Supper.) All dishes are cold and biblically meatless (so seafood is okay.) This is a Lithuanian tradition that translates very well to Australia!These dishes change from year to year, but some are always there, including a traditional Lithuanian fish casserole that is AWESOME, tiger prawns, hard boiled eggs, rollmops and rice salad. This year for the first time I was allowed to contribute. I made what I make for Dad's side when we get together: a cold roast vegetable salad with spiced cous-cous and pomegranate. Everyone seemed to like it and my fussiest cousin went back for seconds- the only thing she had twice! So I was happy.

After dinner we congregate in the loungeroom and all the grandchildren (and Seamus as a grandchild-in-law) stand in front of the Christmas tree and sing carols (no carols- no presents!) I think we've improved over the years, we know most of the words now, don't get so distracted, and some of us can even harmonise.

After carols Grandad used to sit under the tree and pass presents to the grandkids, who would deliver them to the adults before falling on their own pile with glee. Grandad can't get under the tree anymore, he now walks with a stick, so my cousin Emily took his place and my younger cousins handed out the presents. Seamus and I did very well, we got wine, dvds, bunning vouchers, pot plant pots, a beautiful windchime and lots of other things besides.

Now looking back on it I like that as a kid we had to wait til the very end for presents, it prolonged the enjoyment.

The rest of the evening is spent in conversation, with platters of fruit and Pfeffenusse (sp? ginger biscuits) and coffee.

And now I am off upstairs to have my Christmas lunch with everyone else at Air Ambulance today, Merry Christmas everyone!!
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Hooray! Only one phone call all night!

My plan for today is to go home at 8am when my shift finishes and get some sleep. In the afternoon I'll load up the car with presents and drive to my parent's place, pick up my brother and we'll convoy it down to my aunt's place. This is the first time Christmas Eve will be at my aunt's place in Frankston instead of my grandparent's place (they are getting too old to host)so it's a change, hopefully a good one. Seamus will be taking the train from the city after he finishes work and I'll pick him up from the station. Hope the traffic is not too bad!

Then tonight we'll leave a little earleir than usual and get back to Kensington hopefully by about 11pm at the latest. Then straight to sleep and up early in the morning for work, which I'm really hoping will not be too depressing. We're having a Christmas Lunch, that should be fun.

After work I'm driving to Brunswick to see Seamus' Mum quickly and pick him up, then we're heading to his uncle's place in Balwyn for an hour or so before heading home for MUCAAS Christmas Dinner and Wind-Down, and I'll definitely need it by then!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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I love the fact that in Australia the Christmas season and cherry season coincide. We may not have sleighbells in the snow, we may need our eggnog iced, or drunk VERY late at night, we may view the traditional hot Christmas lunch with horror, I may be getting more and more jealous of some of the cooking blogs I read, but damnit, cherries are here and yummy and a deep red and like the scent of sunscreen and pine needles will always say "Christmas" to me.

On Friday [profile] mc_shamo and I drove to Castlemaine and it's surrounds in search of cherries. Unfortunately the inclement weather of late has meant that although it's cherry season the glut usually experienced around Christmas won't happen. Quite a few of the places I'd planned that we'd visit were closed. However, the silver lining for me of all this is that at Peelers Family Orchard in Harcourt they were willing to sell me a box of water-damaged cherries for $18. This box would have held about 8 kilos of cherries (for overseas readers and those who don't buy cherries, at the moment in shops cherries are ranging from $10 to $17 a kilo) I was stoked. We bought the box plus a kilo of eating cherries (only half a kilo made it back to Kensington, and we may have been a little sticky and had red stained lips by the time we got home) and then headed to the Maldon Cherry Farm where they were also experienceing difficulty with the rain but had a few varieties for sale. We bought a bag of the firmer, less sweet cherries and a bag of sweeter cherries (which I actually think had less flavour, kinda wish we'd just bought two bags of the firm ones) and after a detour into Maldon itself for scones, cake and coffee and to pick up a cherry stoner we called it a day.

At home we moved the coffee table out of the lounge, then [profile] mc_shamo turned on the television and dvd player while I got an old towel from upstairs. We put the box of cherries on the towel and got out two large mixing bowls. I started de-stalking the cherries, keeping my eye out for ones too bruised to use or mouldy (I was actually surprised how few there were I had to chuck) and Seamus de-stoned them, putting the stones and stalks in one bowl and the cherries in another. We continued like this while having a West Wing marathon until about 3am, with me getting up periodically whenever there were enough cherries and making jam, in the end we had 17 jars of the stuff. I've earmarked a jar for each of our relatives to whom we usually give presents, which takes us down to 7 jars, which should see us through to the next cherry season.) I also had a brainwave when I realised just how MANY cherries we had and spread about 3 kilos of them out in our food dehydrator. It took over 24 hours but we've ended up with about 500gms of dried cherries, which are like cherry-flavoured sultanas.

Yesterday, with West Wing still rolling (as I said on Facebook, I think I had dreams about the defecit last night) I de-stoned the firm cherries we'd not eaten and put them on a foil covered baking tray (and there was a little bit of "one for me, one for the tray, two for me, one for the tray" going on I admit) which I put in the frzer. After two hours they were frozen solid, I picked them off and put in a freezer-safe container. Apparently they keep quite well like this and can be used to make cherry sorbet or cherry sauce in winter. I then de-stoned the sweeter but less firm cherries and put them in a large jar with some sugar, over which I poured brandy. This will make both cherry brandy and liquere cherries, ready in about 3 months, perfect in about 6.

There is now about half a kilo of cherries in the fridge for eating and that's it! The rest have been disposed of in what I hope are yummy, yummy ways.

And after all that, I forgot to bring any fresh cherries to work with me. You'd think I'd be cherried out, but no. So I guess I'll have my orange and just think about cherries until I get home.
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-Woke up with no voice after yesterday's 16 hours of sleep deprived hell at work
-Revived over husband-cooked breakfast, strepsil and asproclear
-Walked to the primary school and, after a long queue, voted
-Decided it was too muggy for coffee and too early for sausage
-Crossed road to Scout Hall
-Bought raffle ticket from nice scout mother who was my teacher in year 7 (Religion I think, neither of us could remember)
-Picked up the Christmas tree we'd pre-ordered from the scouts (actually, [profile] mc_shamo picked iot up, and carried it home too)
-Got home, placed tree in stand with water, put it in the most attractive position and plan to try to ignore it until Wednesday when we both have the day off work and will put up the decorations
-Drove to Icehouse
-Skated on my BRAND NEW ICE SKATES! Seamus gave them to me for my birthday. I was lots of fun, but breaking them in will take a while. I'm going to try to go back once a week until after Christmas to break them in before I take any lessons. Anyone who would like to come with me it would be great to have company!
-Went to CostCo across the road for a cheap lunch, then bought a beautiful hand made gourmet Christmas pudding, a proper one that has "Best Before 2013" on it. We'll probably have my Dad's family around to our place before Christmas as I'm working Christmas day, and that is afternoon tea sorted :-)
-Came home and got dinner together than headed off for work!

Day off tomorrow, I plan to sleep, do some housework, sleep, bake, sleep, sleep, sleeeeeep...
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I missed a few Gratitude days, the be honest Monday and Tuesday were kind of downer days, mainly because of work. I think once Seamus is working full time as a teacher I will start looking for the sort of job that doesn't expect you to have no sleeping pattern.

It is my birthday today, I am 27 years old. 27 seems a very respectable number. So far being 27 has involved being picked up from work just after midnight by [profile] mc_shamo, and receiving from him:

1. A bottle of pear cider, or perry
2. A box of chocolates from Koko black, my favourite
3. A very lovely card with
4. A picture of my real present (that will be ready next week) which is MY OWN SET OF ICE SKATES!!!
5. A (few) kisses and a ride home

Then we sat up talking until 1am when I remembered that although I have today off Seamus did not, and had a 7:45 start time, so I declared it to be bed time and have only just woken up.

Now my plan is a stroll along Smith St, then lunch, then deciding where of the many options Seamus has given me to go for dinner. Desert, apparently, will be back at Koko Black as Seamus noticed they had several of my favourite things on the seasonal menu. Creme Brule, lemon meringue pie, blood orange sorbet...yum...
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17. I'm grateful for relaxing nights with friends over for dinner.
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16. I'm grateful for my husband's enthusiasm

Pictures of our veggie garden, cut for size )

Wish us luck! And if you see anything drastically wrong THAT CAN BE FIXED please feel free to comment! (If it can't be fixed then tell us in four months when I'm bemoaning the lack of success, right now I's rather not have my parade rained on :-P)

Next step, properly erecting the bird netting!
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13. I'm grateful that we're financially secure enough for the occasional unplanned spend.
14. Considering how truly dreadful I feel today I'm grateful I have sick leave.
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This morning I got to sleep in until 9am. Seamus and I both had the day off. We breakfasted together and then hit the garden. We recently bought a bulk lot of mixed vegetable seedlings, so this morning we planted most of them out in containers while listening to the whirring of helicopters overheard and highlights from Mozart's operas playing on our stereo. We now have tomatoes, capsicums, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, butter beans, chillis, basil, lettuce, carrots, silverbeet and onion in the back yard. We're very raw beginners, but I'm sure out of that we'll manage to grow SOMETHING!

Planting out took a few hours and we got quite dirty as we were using a mixture of cheap potting mix, very expensive potting mix and the compost in the bottom tray of our worm farm. Our timing was great, just as we finished the last of the fiddly jobs the rain that had been spitting on and off turned into a downpour, so we ran inside and watched with glee as our seedlings got a soaking.

We washed our hands thoroughly and I got on with baking our bread for the week while Seamus prepared lunch. We had a "couch picnic" which included pate, goat's cheese, crackers, olives and the mulled wine jelly I made a few weeks ago. After lunch we sat at the table and talked about anything and everything while we prepared the box of artichokes we'd bout at the Farmer's Market for pickling and cut up old fruit for the food dehydrator (which is the best toy EVER.)

After that we went upstairs for a few hours and ended up falling asleep. We woke at 6:30pm and I got dinner together while Seamus attacked the weeds in the front yard. I'm rather proud of the meal I made; baked salmon on a bed of pureed potato, parsnip, pumpkin and garlic, with a small green side salad. We decided we'd had such a lovely day it warranted champagne and got out the last of the bottles we were given for our engagement, a 2003 Chandon blanc de blanc, yum.

Now I'm still sipping said champagne while Seamus does the dishes, then we'll either play some chess or watch Love's Labours Lost in which case I'll make popcorn.

Yay! Seamus just voted for Shakespeare, so popcorn it is!

All in all, I have to say:

12. I'm grateful for the best Cup Day I've ever had.

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