Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
boy 1: a cowboy!
boy 2: (thought for a minute first) an astronaut so i'll be all the way up there and then you won't be able to get me (they had been playing a chasing game before this conversation).
girl: i'm gonna be pregnant!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
next on my list to try is vegan nacho cheese from happy herbivore.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
flipping thu the spider section of the book the only one that has a red spot like that is the redback (i always thought they were bigger and most of the time they're completely black not black and brown-- although they can be brown).
then i noticed the bottom of her abdomen-- she (i assume she's most likely female-- apparently males are rarely seen):
she's got the hourglass so she's a redback. she'll be re-located later today (most likely across the road).
i always thought redbacks hung out in dark areas. i guess not.
Monday, September 22, 2008
something is wrong with wombi. for a week she's had a bit of ear irritation and we were gonna take her to the vet for that. now it seems to be her mouth (don't know if its connected to the ear issue or something separate). she's going to get it checked out this afternoon. she didn't go to sleep until 4am this morning because she was so uncomfortable. she slept on our bed most of the nite, moved to the floor a couple times and re-adjusted her position about 80 million times (i was awake for most of them). we can't tell if her jowl is swollen or if its a tooth problem or something else. she seemed ok for a bit this morning but she just isn't quite herself (she still eats though--just slightly slower and more cautiously). poor girl.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
VEGAN. for the people. for the planet. for the animals.
it's almost 12 min long but its really good. i've been thinking a lot more about taking that step from vegetarian to vegan. i decided earlier this week i'm no longer gonna buy cheese. we can afford cheezly occasionally and i'll just learn to eat less of it. i'm still gonna buy my free range eggs for now and i'm gonna make more of an effort when we go out to eat to find vegan things on the menu (i usually end up going for something really creamy and cheesy when we go out). there really isn't any reason to eat dairy other than convience when we go out (at home we can easily make a vegan version of any food).
Friday, September 19, 2008
looking at the readers' comments in the age article there was a lot of support to try to remove the coaches sooner from a very dangerous high cycling volume area and other things that could be done to help make cycling thru the cbd safer and encourage more people to ride. next i went to the herald sun site. the difference between the readers of each of the papers (which i knew already) is shocking. the first half dozen or so comments (and more throughout) just state ban the bikes! do they not think what would happen if those 2000 people each hopped into their cars and decided to drive along with the already ridiculous traffic (or even using already overcrowded public transport)? yes there are idiot riders who do dangerous and illegal things but most cyclists are not like that (and the ones who are doing illegal things should be fined more often). some of the comments were completely ignorant drivers who actually have no idea what the cycling rules are (saying its illegal to ride 2 abreast and hold up traffic-- its actually completely legal when there is more than 1 lane of traffic and is often safer to take up a lane than to be pinned next to parked cars while cars try to unsafely pass the bike rider in a narrow lane).
what happened yesterday was pretty horrible but hopefully it'll make drivers and cyclists think more and be more aware of other road users and hopefully out of this tragedy swanston street (along with other major bike routes) will be made safer in the near future.
with my birthday money i bought myself a couple cookbooks i'd been wanting for a while:
i've already tried a few recipes from each (i think they arrived in the mail on tuesday). eat, drink and be vegan is really good for gluten free vegans (i work with one) cuz she has a HUGE amount of gluten free recipes including lots of muffins, pancakes and other normally wheat flour recipes that she's done using lots of different types of flours (spelt, oat, chickpea). i'm gonna have to try some of those ones. la dolce vegan! has a lot of sarah's own creations as well as recipes others have sent her for the book. soooo many good things to choose from in there.
when i went to download the pic of the cookbooks i discovered some pictures of wombat from earlier in the week on the camera.
the lazy beast in (our) bed:
yawning sleeping beauty (a little like the wolf in grandmother's clothing):
lazy one taking over the couch:
she's only supposed to be on that brown mat on the couch but that rarely happens. she'll start there and take over the couch when we get up or if the mat is on the couch and the other half is free she'll go for the other half. she does love that mat though-- she won't go to bed without it now. she has this new bedtime thing going where if she goes into bed but that mat isn't on her cotton covered big foam bed she'll just stand and stare at her bed and wait for you to get the mat and put it down then she'll happily curl up on it. i'm trying to teach her to get it herself.
Monday, September 15, 2008
2 days ago we were wearing t-shirts (well i was, zac still insisted on his flannel shirt) and flip flops and we've slept with the windows open the past 3 nites. now it's not even 7C outside with the windchill. snow is forecast for the hills outside melbourne tonite! this is pretty much how it was when i arrived here 5 years ago (and my first words as we left the airport were "it feels like winter!"-- but we had just come from summer in canada and then a week in san diego). come back spring!
crazy to think 5 years ago i arrived here on a 1 year working holiday visa, moved into a share house on brunswick street, had no job, very little money to my name and wasn't sure how long i could go without a car. now i have a nice 2 bedroom house (rented), a dog, a husband, a good job with people i like, permanent residency and no reason to own a car.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
when i was in grade 3 my teacher taught us to identify australia as the continent shaped like a scotty dog's head (with a slightly deformed ear). i thought everyone knew that australia looked like that. apparently not. zac thinks i'm crazy. i did find a couple random websites that mention it but that's all. look at the comparison though:
pretty similar. the fact that this country looks like a dog head (and that they have some of the coolest animals like koalas, kangaroos and platypus-- what's the plural of that???) always made me interested in this country and i wanted to come visit (then i met zac, came here and stayed). i definitely looks like scotty dog though.
Friday, September 12, 2008
it got to the mid 20s today!!!! apparently its the warmest day since anzac day (april 25). unfortunately the warm spring weather usually means strong winds. i went out this morning in the 60km/h winds (on my bike) because i thought the winds would only get stronger in the afternoon. it took ages to bike the 2km to the shops and back. the poor dog was freaking out all morning because the wind is the scariest thing ever. she finally calmed down when i turned on the vacuum cleaner (which she's usually scared of but i think she preferred that sound over the wind-- she kept close to it as i moved thru the house). fortunately the wind died down a bit in the afternoon so she had a good sleep. i wish i'd gone to the shops in the afternoon though.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
after freezing in line i wandered around brunnie street and got coffee and came back home. i had a bit of cold remedy tea left in a pot so i put it on the stove. i forgot about it and went back in the kitchen several minutes later to see our stainless steel pot (a wedding gift) was now very yellowy/brown. i took the lid off to discover there had been a fire in the pot (which was very dry with a few clove embers)!! fortunately the fire was contained to the pot but the pot is now very black and burned on the inside and yellow on the outside. i'm now airing out the house and soaking the pot. hopefully i'll be able to get it back to a usable state.
Monday, September 08, 2008
more nectarine blossoms:
a flower from the neighbours yard. i forgot my boss's birthday was friday (i was busy preparing early birthday things for my co-worker who's birthday is today and i'm not at work). i ended up grabbing my favourite wine bottle vase i painted and a flower from the neighbours yard during my lunch break and bringing that in for her (project for today: paint myself a new wine bottle vase-- first step is to finish the almost half bottle of wine. probably should have breakfast--and maybe lunch-- before i start) the photo doesn't do this flower justice. the colour is almost florescent. i'm sure they're a weed but they look amazing when the entire side of the freeway is covered in tiny bright yellow dots
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
wombat on the ride up:
(she looked pretty similar on the ride back but her eyes were closed-- it doesn't even look like a comfortable position. i think she just likes to be able to face forward)
happy dog on the beach:
proud dog and her seaweed:
me and my pup:
Friday, September 05, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
bob*: why didn't we do show and tell after group time? are we doing it after lunch?
me: do you remember what [the teacher] said at group time today?
(she said we'd probably do it before we eat)
me: what did she say?
bob: she said that today is the first day of spring
me: um, yeah but what did she say about the show and tell?
bob: look-- its my darth vader ship. its flying
i gave up on the conversation at that point. lego made into star wars stuff was obviously much more important than his question about show and tell