some progress…

The estate agent I spoke to is good!  I met her when I went to an open house a while ago and she has rung me a couple of times to see if I’m ready to let her come look at the house (Ok I might have mentioned it wasn’t in a fit state for me to let her in). I keep putting her off.. The other day she rang and talked timeframes. We want to be in our new home for Xmas – thats the aim. But close to Xmas would be good as it means minimal disruptions (and me not having to drive from from new house to 2 old schools til end of term).  So she says hmm and looks at her calendar and tells me that she is coming at 11am on 13th July and no excuses will be accepted!  Ok some people might think that sounds pushy but I laughed – it is most probably exactly what I needed….well that and Lee coming over here more often perhaps.  The kitchen was in a dreadful state but is now heaps better and I can see most of the loungeroom floor, I even got around to hanging the new curtains I bought about a year ago in the loungeroom!  Best of all when HE told Brett and Corey that they had to clean up their room they actually did it (mutter, mumble, grumble why wouldn’t they do it for me?????).  Owen now has a working power point and blinds on his windows.  This weeks mission is to finish the kitchen and get moving on the laundry.  I will reclaim this house by the 13th July deadline…..meanwhile I will keep up at uni too.

life is good 🙂

Jude

June 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm 1 comment

Life is a funny adventure

wow I have been so very slack about this blog so here is a quick catch up on my life right now…

Firstly, I’ve now been off my antidepressants for 3 weeks – I clean forgot to take them for a week and a half and then suddenly realised that I was still feeling good…great even…so I’m off them and its all good.

Which leads me to the next bit…I’m happy. Yes I have days when the kids drive me nuts, when I get overwhealmed by housework and knee high grass, when I’m stressed about money or broken down cars or life in general…..but overall I am happier than I can remember being in a very long time.

The boys are going along nicely although Brett seems to think the world has it in for him at the moment – I do hope that improves soon.  He had a horror week last week but I have decided the best thing is to start fresh this week and hope we can improve things.

Lee and his son Ryan came on holidays with us up to Loxton and Adelaide for a couple of weeks.  Was great to be able to introduce my man to my family – was even better to see that they all got on well (never really doubted that they would)!

I have finished another unit at unit (intro Indigenous studies unit) – still awaiting marks of course for the last two assignments but the first do I did well so should be all ok.  I’ve also just (yesterday) started my new unit – Psychology of Wellbeing (positive psychology) which sounds really interesting and I am looking forward to getting stuck in (who knows maybe I can find something to help with Brett’s attitude to life in the learning materials).   It’s my first level 2 psych unit so will be interesting to see if I can maintain my good grades.

This next couple of months I will be on a mission to get the house tidied and some repairs/maintence done too as we are looking at some massive changes to our lives….a new home and two additions to our family (Lee and Ryan).   So hoping to see a big FOR SALE sign going up in a few months time – ideal time for the move would be at the end of the year as there is a good chance that the kids will have to change schools.

So there you have it life is good (mostly) and I am oh so blessed and happy!

 

May 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm 1 comment

What happened to the holidays?

School is back tomorrow!  What happened to the holidays? They flew right past so quickly!  So just so you all know that I’m still in the land of the living here is a quick summary of what we got up to….

Ditched the playroom and gave Owen his own bedroom – still getting them all cleared out of crap and sorted….new curtains/blinds will hopefully be up in a week or two.  I still need to replace Bretts broken tallboy (Corey opened the drawers and used it for a ladder and broke it).  Owen having his own room also led to another plus – he has his own dirty wash basket and has now (for a month) been responsible for doing his own washing, so far he hasn’t run out of clean clothes….am proud of my boy.

Discovered that I actually CAN start a lawnmower….bought one – it’s orange and it is pretty easy to start and doing a good job…am gradually taming the overgrown grass and reclaiming my yard.

Saw lots of Lee and his son Ryan over the holidays – mostly at his place. Not having enough seats in the car means we can’t just hop in the car and hit the road…

And the exciting news – yesterday I found an ad on gumtree selling a dickie seat for $200 – a good one with 2 seats and retractable seatbelts. Am going to pick it up on Friday morning and then it will be fitted into the back of the wagon and we will have wheels and be able to go places all 6 of us!

Uni is plodding along – 4 weeks left til the exam (assignment due on Monday week) not enjoying this unit at all (info systems) looking forward to the new one (aboriginal culture).

 

February 1, 2012 at 8:29 am 3 comments

Time flies when you’re having fun

Life is insanely hectic…

I have 3 kids going to scout group camp on the weekend (Corey will be invested as a Joey on Saturday at camp) and I’ve agreed to go and help in the kitchen…yes clearly I’m insane (especially as it was meant to be my kid free weekend).

So before camp I have to organise 3 costumes with the theme ‘wildlife’ for the dress up evening.  Owen wants to be a penguin – not too hard will sew a white front onto his old harry potter robes, pull the bottom in a bit and add flippers.  Corey wants to be  a bat – have sewn black fabric onto a black (ok navy really) windcheater along the side seam and up the arms, in the morning I’ll trim them into batlike shaped wings (or so they will look when he holds his arms out).  And Brett – not to be difficult or anything wants to be a turtle – but insists that the shell has to be big enough for him to fit in!  Well I cut up an old laundry basket (the big tall kind) and covered it in some old white curtain lining I found in the sewing box and added a tail….cut out some arm holes. Tomorrow I need to add some shoulder straps to hold it on and paint it (while I’m waiting for chrisco to be delivered)…… at least I’ve managed it (or will by the time I’m done) without spending any money!

Meanwhile I have exams starting on the 28th November which is alarming.  I am behind by at least 2 weeks with both my stats unit and my psych unit and simply not confident that I can pull off good grades this time around….please do what you do – say a prayer – send out a vibe or something….something that keeps me motivated and clear headed so I can concentrate on the study I need to do to get through the next couple of weeks!

and then there is that man in my life….yes he is still there…my boys met his boy (who is a month older than Owen) and they all want to see each other almost as much as I want to see him and vice versa!  It feels good…it feels comfortable and yes there is that elusive fireworks…that feeling that they are never far from your thoughts…the smile when the phone beeps cause it is most likely an sms from him.  I keep thinking that I should be alarmed about the speed of things and yet I’m not because it feels good, it feels right….and yet at times I find the fact that I’m not alarmed alarming in itself if that makes sense….who knows if these things are supposed to make sense at all right? so, because I have little choice, I am just going with the flow and letting whatever will be ….be, and hoping for the best.  He makes me laugh, he makes me smile, he can cope with me being a stirrer and he can stir back just as well…so there’s hope….

like I said…life is crazy right now….fun….but crazy!

November 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm 1 comment

I’m informed it is time for an update….

so here it is….

ok where were we…..

on fireworks….it wasn’t happening so let it go…..then a couple of weeks ago I met someone new, we chatted easily all afternoon it was comfortable….I went for a DVD night…we spent a lot of time together on the weekend…its still new but it feels good so far.

Owen and Corey had birthdays this weekend. Corey had a hungry jacks party (with about 15 kids) and Owen had a Wii party at Dads (with his 3 mates)….we have had an explosion of toys!

Looking forward to catching up with Mum and Dad on the weekend in Bendigo but lots to do before then including an assignment due in 2 weeks on my birthday….don’t want to be up all night stressed that day so must get a wriggle on with it.

so sorry it’s a brief update…but it has been (as always) hectic – looking forward to going back down to one unit again after exams in early December.

 

October 25, 2011 at 11:58 am 1 comment

a quick update…

Things are travelling along, house/yard is still a disaster but…

Uni – two new units just started (full time again for the next 13 weeks)today officially.  Intro to Psych 2 & Analysis of Variance (another stats unit).  I am actually really looking forward to them and have down the first two weeks work for psych already (they opened the units up over the weekend so I had time to get a headstart).  The first essay for psych is about online friendships so really keen to get stuck into it (the hard bit will be leaving out personal experience and only including stuff from peer reviewed papers)!  Have done my research and had a pile of articles printed and binded ready for me to start reading and highlighting and scribbling notes in the margins!

Owen – had an update with his teacher and the Austism group co-ordinator at school today. He is travelling well but we are going to look at getting him on a mental health plan. We’ve had increasing aggression at home – nothing alarming but it was suggested we get onto it a bit early as life gets harder for kids with aspergers going into the next couple of years so wouldn’t hurt to have a visit or two with a pscyhologist to help with things along the way.  His teacher is most impressed with his manners and general behaviour though so thats great.

Brett & Corey have parent teacher interviews next week.

the fireworks? well maybe there is more than first thought as an SMS brings a smile to my face….will take it slow and see how it goes but so far so good.

are you impressed…two updates in the space of a week?

August 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm 2 comments

Do we need fireworks?

it’s a question on my mind recently….It’s very early days but I’ve met a man recently and being with him is nice, its comfortable, relaxed and warm but then I come home and I think…but there is no fireworks does there need to be….is safe and warm and comfortable enough?  just a thought….early days…will see how it goes for now….but if there is anyone out there still reading this very occassional blog….what do you think?

August 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm 2 comments

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