Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Random questions

  • Why am I trying to pretend that I'm not in a whole lot of pain? What's that about? Why can't I just say to people "yeah dammit my back IS really really sore". nb. I was in a pretty awful car accident on the Freeway in Melbourne last week.
  • Why are taxi drivers freakin' lunatics? With the exception of my special cab guy (Carl), why is it that cab drivers everywhere sense that I'm a nervous passenger and try their best to terrify me with their erratic and reckless driving behaviour?
  • Why can't work be straightforward and predictable for a week? Why can't there be more calm and less chaos just for one week? Surely that's possible.
  • Why is Max so dead set against making friends with boys? *sigh*
  • Why doesn't Max want to be a "big boy"? Why does he fight so hard against going to the toilet, giving up his dummy and today - moving up to the big kids room at kindy?
  • Will Ruby always stutter in times of big stress? I'm hoping the answer is 'no'.
  • Will Ruby thrive at school? Will she love it? Will I be happy or sad tomorrow when she starts?
  • How many more years do we have to be on a car lease? And is it possible to do 10,000kms in 64 days without going completely mental?
  • Will our house ever be presentable every day? Will Ruby, Max AND Mark ever learn to pick up after themselves? AND will Donna (who starts next Monday) be the perfect house cleaner? I hope so.
  • Why am I blogging when I'm in a cranky mood? I know the answer to this one - because life's not always perfect and I don't ever want to fool myself into pretending that it is.

This is the thunderstorm, I'm waiting for the rainbow.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

We believe

It's important to *believe* in something, to state it boldly and throw your beliefs out into the world.

I love Jonathon's manifesto. I think I'll start working on my own manifesto.

I'm having fun with "believe". :)

image is from jonathon adler's website

Monday, January 14, 2008

'There are 3 billion women...

who don't look like supermodels and only eight who do.'

In 1998, The Body Shop debuted a self-esteem campaign, featuring a generously proportioned, rubenesque, doll called "Ruby." I fell in love with Ruby when I saw her in a Body Shop store. She's beautiful. The message, and of course the name, stuck with me.

I want my Ruby to grow up confident, believing she's as beautiful and fabulous as she is. The recent mini drama about Jennifer Love Hewitt being "fat" was ridiculous and infuriating. I wish there was more reality and less hype in the world.

"I believe your most attractive features are your heart and soul" Savage Garden

peace and love

Thursday, January 03, 2008

1, 2, 3 days of photos!

I've taken some more photos today. Amazing.

Here are some pics from today: crazy bucket boy and then some little mini books I created while we were at Noosa. They're just waiting for me to get photos printed now. I'll try to do that this weekend.

peace and love to you today


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What happened on Christmas Day?

It was a big day. Fun, funny, calm, chaotic, peaceful, panicked, relaxing, relentless. Good times. It was a good day.


Hooray for taking photos 2 days in a row. Here are some random pics from around the house this evening. I'm not sure if I can take pics every day for 365 days straigth but I'm feeling pretty chuffed I managed it for 2 consecutive days. :)

Hooray for a Christmas present from Auntie Julie and Uncle Paul arriving today.
Hooray for leftovers.
Hooray for Fifth Leg Chardonnay on sale at Jim Murphy's.
Hooray for the return of my blogging mojo.
Hooray for a reasonably quiet day at work.

About believe: "Success means having the courage, the determination and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be". George Sheehan. Thanks George

peace and love
k xxxx

ps there will be Christmas photos soon, I promise. Although you could check them out on my Flickr page - they're up already. xxxx

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year blessings and new beginnings

Peace be with you.

May 2008 bring you more calm than chaos. More laughter than lassitude. And more love. Lots more love.

I'm feeling quite positive about 2008. I usually feel quite sad and reflective at New Year's but this year feels different. I feel a buzz. A change is coming.

During 2007, my 'one word' was peace. After considerable dithering, my word for 2008 is 'believe'. It's a compelling word for me right now, so I think it will be a good fit. Other contenders were 'challenge', 'dare' and 'leap'.

I'm not sure that I'm quite ready to abandon 'peace' yet though. Perhaps I can just collect words each year, progressively adding one at a time, without ever actually letting any go. Sounds like a good plan.

We talked about our 'one word' over dinner tonight. Ruby quickly settled on 'learn' - which is a good choice given she starts school in 29 short days time. fingers in ears la-la-la. Mark is not decided yet but his one word may be either 'contemplate' or 'productive'. Or possibly both. Max suggested that his could be 'not being naughty'. Ha! Like that would ever happen. So we talked about positive framing yada yada and he's thinking about 'good' or 'try' or maybe even 'toilet'. I should admit that Max was heavily influenced by the rest of us.

I discovered this site earlier today and fell in love with it. I always want to take more photos but am too lazy to lug the camera around with me. But this site has inspired me. I love the photo a day idea. I'll give it a try. Maybe I should just keep the small cam in my bag.

I took a couple of photos today.

a Bangladeshi toran I bought in Eumundi :)

my kitchen word. :) it used to be H-O-M-E, but I've revamped for a new year.

Enjoy 2008. Know that - "there are years that ask questions and years that answer. " - Zora Neale Hurston. Which will it be for you?

peace and love