Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Erin's birthday...

Erin turns 15 today and becoming a young lady before our eyes.

We celebrated with cake and gifts and she tells me she had a good day.

I am particularly proud of this cake, we made it together yesterday and had fun building this rainbow masterpiece.

 Trying to get a smile out of Erin these days a bit harder than building the cake.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wet holidays...

Erin's first day of her 3 week school holidays and I had to go into the city for a forum.

Not any old forum but the 10th anniversary celebration of Transfusion Nurses in Vic/Tas health services through the Blood Matters program.

I had agreed to make a poster of my own achievements and it was well received. I had a lot of help from the graphic designer in our marketing dept which sits within the IT department. I felt a bit silly on the train and walking the city streets carrying the large cardboard tube.

I did get to start another book on the train, and I have realised why I havent done much scrapping might be due to the fact this book is the 27th for the year. No wonder my recent eye test showed a slight deterioration in my vision. 'Address Book' is by Jane Clifton and is about the 34 houses she lived in during the first 60 years of her life, quite well written and I'm enjoying it thus far.

Also I had booked up on Foxtel the telemovie called 'Sisters of War' and watched it the other day. Such a good story which was based on true accounts of 2 women caught up in terrible circumstances in New Guinea during WW2. I was sobbing by the end and keep thinking about their stories. See it if you can but keep your hanky close by.

I am having the next 2 days off with Erin as she turns 15. Today while I was gone she died her hair black as she has been nagging to do and did a good job. No mess left behind and because she has so much thick hair and I only bought one pack, her hair looks black without the whole 'goth' effect. Tomorrow we will make a special cake to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday and then I have to go back to work.Hopefully we will get to do a few things on my regular days off.

If I was a school nurse I could have the same holidays with her.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


maybe this cold weather is sapping my creativeness. Or my ability to write blog posts. Or maybe it is just that nothing very interesting is happening.

Work has been fairly busy and consistent. I am attending the 10th anniversary forum since the Transfusion Nurse role was created. I agreed to submit a poster outlining my achievements in the role since 2008. A few months ago that seemed like a harmless request and in my usual style I left it almost to the last minute to create it. Thankfully we have a graphic artist employed within the 'marketing' department and he has been extremely helpful with the creative ideas which have deserted me at the moment. The A0 size poster needs to be ready for next Monday and Rob assures me he will send it off to the printer...tomorrow.
I have also volunteered for a position on a working party with the Health Dept. When I got the agenda for tomorrows first meeting I was very daunted by the others in the group. I hope to be able to have some intelligent contribution but I am not confident. I think I will be in waaaay over my head.

50% of us felt the tremor last night, I was one of them. It was quite startling.

On a bright note I found an actual real-life scrapbooking shop in Ballarat. I was at a loose end on Monday and googled the Yellow Pages to see if a bricks & mortar store was nearby. Since our local shop closed its doors I have really missed browsing the aisles of an actual shop. The other shop that was not too far away (Werribee) has also closed and if Mornington was a bit closer I'd love to get lost in Paper 2 but that was 4 hours of driving I couldn't be bothered with. So I was surprised when I came across The Imagination Factory in the listings. I was a bit trepidatious as I travelled there wondering if the store would be any good and was thrilled when I got there and it was WONDERFUL!
The store was loaded with stock and I had a lovely browse and picked up the odd thing or twenty. As I said to Tracey while on line shopping is good there is nothing like picking up some new paper and seeing things up close. I'll still shop at Chandon in Geelong when I'm down that way but this new find sparked my enthusiasm. I'll share the goodies as I use them.

Look at that, I didn't think I had anything to say.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Queens birthday...

Today has been a public holiday for us. Nice to have a bonus sleep in but it always throws our routine off.  Instead of going to tennis and guitar lessons and school, Erin has been studying for exams that will happen over the next few days.

I have been recovering from another bout of mastitis and am booked for a mammogram on Friday to see what's going on. Haven't breast fed for a loooong time but I dont want the girls to let me down now.

I completed 3 more layouts but am not entirely happy with one so I am going to add a bit more before declaring it finished.

number 21

number 22
I have 4 to finish so am feeling on top of this challenge at the moment.

It has been very cold and wet lately so it was nice to sweep up the leaves in some sunshine today. We did not venture out on the bike today even though the sunshine was enticing, we heard on the news tonight a pillion died in a crash with a car nearby on a route we often take. Our thoughts go out to that family whilst remembering to be careful following our passions.

Monday, June 4, 2012

What to do...

when its raining cats and dogs, raining buckets, raining like we might need an ark.

Scrapping of course, between dashing in and out to the library, school, work for a short while and the shops. I managed 3 more layouts but it has been way too grey to capture them.

So I am caught up with one layout a week, with more ideas swirling around in my head. Hope to get  more done while I am in the mood.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Goodbye May...

First day of winter!

But we have already had scarf and coat weather. And needed our umbrellas. And had the heater running hot.

When the first day of winter is sunny and mild what does that mean for the rest of the season?