Friday, March 28, 2008
so glad i haven't had to work yesterday or today so i could avoid being out in the rain (and dealing with kids stuck indoors a good part of the day and not properly dressed to go out in the cold when we go out).
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
signing our lives away:
everyone at the ceremony (although i think my 2 co-workers that came up left before this photo-- they drove all the way from melbourne just for the ceremony!)
our immediate families:
the shot my mom wanted to make sure was taken:
the wedding party:
(that's water on the bottom of my dress, after walking along the beach and standing under a pier)
now we have to decide which photo gets enlarged for the enlargement included in our photo package.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
i don't mind the hot days when there's a drop in temp at nite but last nite was just miserable. it was supposed to get down to 23/24C but it didn't even get to 27C until after zac got up this morning. i think i slept about 20 min total last nite. the rest of the nite i spent lying there turning the cooler on and off (i don't like leaving it running all nite, usually i just leave it on til i'm almost asleep and then flick it off and sleep). last nite every time i tried to turn it off i would be too warm before i fell asleep. it also ran out of water sometime in the middle of the nite which makes it act like a fan instead of a cooler so it wasn't quite as effective. then the wind picked up (still a HOT northerly) and the poor dog refused to sleep anywhere but right in the middle of the bed between our heads (she's absolutely terrified of wind). i wish my lunch break didn't fall over rest time at work-- i would be having a great rest at work today. fortunately the temperature isn't gonna get much higher than it is now (which is pleasantly warm) and then the cool change is gonna come later!!! i'm excited for that-- normal autumn weather.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
seems pretty obvious but i think a lot of people forget that. my friend was worried when her baby girl didn't to everything exactly as her books on babies layed things out (not napping, sleeping etc as the book says). several parents of kids at our work (and even us staff sometimes) forget that the children are humans and they have their own wills, agendas and personalities and we can't just expect them to do as we say, when we say. we have a few parents that are VERY particular about how long their children sleep for at rest time (and a couple that constantly change that amount of time). they don't want their child to sleep to long (but some want us to make sure they do sleep and not just rest) so that they can put their child to bed at the exact time that works best for them at nite. its kind of frustrating because at 4-5 years old a lot of them are making that transition from needing a nap to not needing one and they either sleep and then stay up later than the parents want them to at nite or they don't sleep and are horrible to deal with in the afternoon and probably crash on the couch before dinner.
parents need to realize there is a transition time and its a process but it will end. until then it may mean a later bedtime at nite or dealing with a grumpy, overtired child but the child is a person and can't just be expected to follow the agenda of someone else because they aren't programed to do that.
Friday, March 14, 2008
sooooo hot. it barely got down to 25C overnite. the hot, dry wind has been blowing all day (and if you note the column of stats on the left of the above picture the wind "chill" temp is almost 44C!). at some point today the wind is supposed to switch and come from the south (and hopefully drop the temp below 20C overnite). my ride home (all 1.4km of it) was exhausting. usually my speedometer stays up around 22-25km/hr but the fastest i got today was 16km (very briefly). most of the ride was about 12km/h. and it was hard. hot northerly blowing on my face, the very slight uphill slope of the ride, i was dying by the time i reached home. i'm not moving from my personal cooler until the wind changes. tomorrow has a slightly cooler high (32C) but right now they aren't forecasting any days below 30 (and most mid-upper 30s) until mid week next week!!!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
this was zac's christmas/early birthday pressent: spending the long weekend at golden plains festival (the new-- this was only the 2nd annual-- meredeth festival). i had a lot more fun at this than meridith (although that wasn't hard since i spent most of meredith in the tent with a 24 hr flu bug). i like the set-up of 2 full days of music and nothing on day 3 instead of 2 half days and 1 full day at meredith (plus since it was a long weekend i didn't have to get out of work at all). the weather was a bit too warm but we managed (although last year was even hotter and friends that went told us it was a bit too much). got to see some good bands too. nobody really stood out but it was really fun (other than the sound difficulties which we couldn't figure out if they got some guy who had no previous sound experience to do the sound or if it was some kind of equipment issue). we saw ween, sharon jones and the dap kings, the vines, iron and wine, beirut (who kept going despite major sound issues), the dirtbombs, the panics, jens lekman, british india, jay retard, future of the left, jane badler and sir, kamikaze trio, the frowning clouds, the sea and cake. i think we only missed a couple of bands and we didn't stay for the deejays at nite.
if the lineup is good next year i think we'll be back again.
Friday, March 07, 2008
i forgot to mention in the wedding post about all the amazing food. we had the reception at ganesh mandala in barwon heads. unfortunately this really cool vegetarian cafe is closing down at some point this month and they will just be doing take away on weekends and events. their food is AMAZING. we had an entirely vegan menu and even the very avid meat eaters were very impressed with all the food. everything was soooooo good--- and it just kept coming and coming. there was a lot of food left on the tables (it was all done family style with bowls of food brought for each table) so we ended up getting a bunch of take away containers and telling people to load up on left overs if the want it so it doesn't all end up in the bin (laws in australia mean you have to pack your own left overs, they can just give you the container). a bit weird for a wedding but we really didn't want a lot of food waste and the cafe thinks along the same lines (when we went back the next morning to settle the bill the specials menu was filled with items from the wedding too so there must have been a lot left in the kitchen as well). the food was amazing though!!
our cake (pictured above) was also AMAZING. not only did it look really cool but it tasted great-- even better than the actually dessert that came with dinner. it was made by a friend of a friend who does cakes as well as sells tupperware. it was her first vegan cake and she did well (we helped her find a vegan chocolate cake recipe and test it out and then just told her to make it look pretty with blue, silver and ocean-y stuff). if anyone needs a special cake around melbourne let me know and i'll get you her details. she can now do vegan 8)
Sunday, March 02, 2008
wombat was also VERY well behaved in her roll as ring bearer (she even went muzzle free which we didn't plan on doing)
here's a couple photos from my mom and brothers cameras.
me and mom before the ceremony:
newly married (wombat wasn't much into the photos-- the photographer was very excited to get her looking at the camera after getting several dozen shots of her backside):
the band (zac got wagons to play-- our favourite melbourne band). they were amazing!!