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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

week in the life: sunday

more great inspiration from ali today:
(well, when i realised i was several days behind and went to her blog)

Why did I take this photo? What's the story? How does it add to the overall story of this week in our life? Or simply, why did I want to take a moment of my life to record this? 

it was late on sunday night when i read this, so i took the remaining photos with ali's words in mind.
i lost my way a little with this project - for 2 reasons:

IT disruption on Wednesday which kind of stopped me in my tracks and threw me off my groove; and the weekend.  like thursday, i was busy just 'doing' and i forgot to take pictures.

i'm particularly happy with the blogging aspect of this project.  after sorting through photos, using the templates and journalling some of the photos - basically planning out my album (i'm up to wednesday.  it's now the following wednesday), i found i was inspired to write more about certain photos.  some may already be going in the album and have words that go with them.  some only ended up on the blog, but there was still a story to tell.

i decided not to overthink the fact that some of the stories will be online and some in a 'real world' album.

i took 65 photos today: 25 on the canon, 40 on my iPhone 

WHY: because i rarely have to ask | because she works well with/around others | because she may not have this job next year and i want a picture of her in her uniform


WHY: because, although we're big rugby and all blacks fans, we're not so dedicated to get up in the wee small hours to watch a game.  thank goodness, this game was played in chicago and on tv at 930am in the morning.  very civilised indeed.

WHY: because watching 'you tubers' playing games is a 'thing'

WHY: because moe loves tash and tash loves moe

WHY: because if there ever comes a day when he doesn't drool anymore, i want to remember when he did

WHY: because my friend is renting a house near here and i don't know when i'll next get to enjoy this view | because although our country is surrounded by 15,000km of coastline, none of it should be taken for granted 

WHY: because we haven't all been able to get together for MONTHS and it's precious when we do

WHY: because birthdays are special and need to be acknowledged

WHY: because his projects change over time 

WHY: because in a couple of months our sunday night dinners will be 'minus' katelin

WHY: because Tash wants to earn some extra cash and folded this laundry

WHY: saturday paper.  untouched, but i'd miss getting a morning paper if it wasn't delivered

WHY: because our fridge has been rather empty in the 3 weeks since we got back but Clive and Tash went to the supermarket today.  those two should not shop for groceries unsupervised...

SID - when we got home from our trip, he was significantly thinner.  the girls were busy with their individual studies and pursuits and there wasn't a sucker at home during the day (me) to let him in and out - and in again - to eat all the

WHY: because it was this late before i realised that i hadn't got myself in the picture today, and rather than rest the camera on the windowsill, i took ali's advice (again), and tried a different angle

WHY: because it was so sweet of my mum to buy this for us (as she bought one for our 25th wedding anniversary) and i need to get the photos i've sorted for it printed

 WHY: sid loves to keep me company in here
he'll lie here, or on top of my keyboard, or at my feet

cats are random

  WHY: because 3 new big bang episodes were available that we hadn't watched.  so we did

the family that watches big bang together, stays together ;)

Week in the life: saturday

As I lay in bed this morning, a blog post formed in my head based on what I could hear:

when i woke at 7:44, the first thing I heard was the coffee grinder. "Will that coffee be for me?" i wondered.

i heard our almost 18 year old arthritic and very cranky cat patsy meowing outside the girls' rooms to be let in.  they won't - either because they sleep through it, or they simply don't want patsy sleeping on their head.  which she will do given half a chance.

i heard the cat door flap open and shut.  i didn't hear moe 'announce' his arrival all the way down the hall, so i guess it's wednesday.

i hear purring then the soft footfall of paws on our thick duvet.  yep, it's wednesday.

i hear the purring get louder as she gets closer to me.


i hear the 'uh oh' of clive's text alert.  i'm guessing its Chris checking up on their ride plans today.  they're going 500km to their mate Mark's weekender up the line in prep for their 1000km ride next weekend.

what a trio those 3 make:

Clive 6 months post-ruptured aorta
Chris 9 months post-2 broken legs; and
Mark 5 months post-hip replacement

when clive arrived with my morning coffee shortly before heading off, i said they needed to come up with a name for their 'gang'.

"i'm thinking the 're-generators'!"

i heard tash's bedroom door open, then the toilet door close [then open again].  i heard her shuffle out to the family room (i'm assuming to retrieve either her laptop or laptop cable), then heard her bedroom door close again.  she's injured and not training right now, so is enjoying not having to get up at 5am four mornings a week.  that all changes next week, so enjoy it hunny!

is it a 'mother thing' that we're the only ones in the house that can identify every sound? 
i think so.

i eventually got out of bed at 11:16
i haven't done that in a long time and it was kinda nice!
all i have planned today is housework, but the sun is shining and i suggest to my very practical 18 year old that we skive off our chores, gather up the rest of her sisters and go have lunch at the beach

this is how the conversation went:
me: hey, let's skive off our housework and go eat lunch in the sun
mikaela: orrrrr, we could blat out our housework and have a late lunch

practicality won out.  smart girl that one...

we went to beach babylon on oriental parade which is a firm family fave.  katelin had her 21st there and we always seem to get the same table in the corner (which has ample room for us) - even when the place is packed!

from there we went to COSMIC where katelin got an industrial bar in her ear.
as an act of sisterly bonding, they're all getting piercings (and as a gift to each other for christmas/before katelin heads back to san fran to live)

Tash is the only one who needs parental permission, and it's not like she's getting her eyebrow or lip pierced.  i trust her judgement.  clive of course hates the idea, but don't all fathers hate the thought of their perfect little baby girls 'mutiliating' their bodies?

finally to Tash's room
i'm going to do a scrapbooking layout about that room
actually, in the past i've attempted to take a photo every day for 2 weeks, from 'that one day it's clean' until 14 days later when housework day rolls around again, but i think i'll use the pics from this week.

WARNING: if you're squeamish, you might want to scroll past 'at pace' through the piercing photos...

i took 63 photos today; all but 2 of them on my iPhone 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

week in the life: friday

today i didn't really have anything planned
i figured the more time i have at home, the more time i have to spend on getting.things.done
- like this project, and sifting through 3722 trip photos.  ok i did that already and now i have to sift through 3052 and create a 'highlights reel'

oh to-do list - how you taunt me...

yosemite - you're full of bugs.  my mouse doesn't work and this photo sharing business is causing us big headaches!  I was catching up with some friends on the sunday and wanted to have trip photos to show my friends

so - 

in an extraordinary act of discipline, i sat at this computer until it was done.

i started at 925am and finished at 1058

thank goodness i had a hearty breakfast first!
if there's one thing that IS constant around here, it's breakfast with this guy
wouldn't miss it for the world

did i mention that he makes it?
and the coffee too

the flyer he's reading is from JB HI-FI
he loves to leaf through it (while i click away in his ear)
we haven't had a speaker in the kitchen for a while and i think he's checking out what's available

halfway through the morning my friend sherin called and asked me over for lunch
she's making muffins.  yes please!!!

how cute are these sitting in her window?
 i can report that for the 2nd year in a row, we had not single one trick or treater up our way

i guess it's become the preserve of those that live on the flat!

Tash was a litte grumpy:

i'm too old to trick or treat and too young to drink!!!

make muffins faster please - i'm hungry!!!


while we were overseas, sid found a new place to sleep
i guess our bed was no fun to sleep on if we weren't in it!

but oh my - that's 6 weeks worth of fur - clive will have fun vacuuming THAT up tomorrow!

a couple of snaps from around the house:
HALF of Tash's perfume stash in the girls' bathroom

selena gomez on the left and marc jacobs lola on the right
i don't remember wearing 'proper' perfume when i was that young

the wobble board
leaving it out reminds me to work on my balance and help strengthen my sprained ankle
i think it's been 6 weeks and it's still feels so weak - ugh

when we lived in the states i had one of those double wide fridge-freezers, AND the sides were exposed - magnet heaven.

can you spot any new ones from places far away?

quiet time in her room on her new phone
Tash bounces between her room and out in the family room with us
she needs her fix of people

mikaela on the other hand is happy to spend hours alone in her room

 but hey - if there's a free ticket to see LORDE in concert, i'm there
cya mum!

clive's been on a couple of rides this week already in preparation for a 1000K ride this weekend but i haven't managed to get a pic of him either coming or going

it was late in the day before i realised that i hadn't got myself in any pictures today, so took the opportunity to set the camera up on the counter while we watched the netball

i read on the message board today about the difficulty some participants have getting their family [willingly] into pictures.

as you can see, i have the opposite problem!!!

in this one, i'm being told off by my child for not 'acting natural' (in the photo above)

my family ladies and gentlemen!

we were watching our netball team, the silver ferns (who have had an AWFUL run lately), play england.  we won.  yay!

today i took 58 photos, 27 of which were on my iPhone