Thursday, 19 January 2017
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
There are so many unwritten blog posts filling my head at the moment, I'm going to try to get them out and on here. Last week was the first week back at work for us I was keen to settle into a new and more organised routine, and it went well, but on Sunday I managed to tweak my lower back and I've had a locked joint pinching on a nerve. So this week has been less successful...
On Friday night I was very fortunate to get to see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, I've seen them a few times before, but given everything this was a rather different experience, one which has stayed with me a bit. You can read about the concert and see some videos here. I have been listening to the new album a lot over the last few months, mostly walking to and from work and have gotten a lot out of it. One thing I have found since having a child is that I really miss that time at home and playing whatever music you like, and as loud as you like. We play music for Elroy all the time, either children's music or our music, but as I prefer slightly more melancholy music, I don't play it often. That part of me, that makes me feel like me is missing. I really recognised that after Friday night. I'm going to have to start taking Jerry for longer walks in the evening, I'm sure he won't mind.
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Elroy: It's been emotional. He has been emotional, poor thing, we had a busy last week of the holidays and I think he missed his regular routine. Bed time was a nightmare. I think it was a bit of a relief for everyone to return to regular programming. We are noticing everyday his language expanding and he remembers so many book titles, even I forget, but he knows. He remembers names and instruments and people.
Jerry: He's emotional, he's upset and disappointed. We took his beloved (and most revolting) couch away. I feel terribly guilty because it was his bed, and he truely loved it. Loved the fact that he could sit there and watch things happening outside and bark without having to move, literally from the comfort of his own couch. But it had to go!
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Sunday, 1 January 2017
This week has flown by, I had a list of rather dull but necessary things to do this week, but all I've done is clear out half the pantry. Instead we have been going for the odd walk, talking Elroy to the acquatic centre, visiting bruny island, catching up with friends and having a bit of quiet time too. It's fair to say that 2016 has been a bit of a difficult year on a number of levels, I think personally it has been challenging, working part time and being home part time and not feeling like I'm achieving much in either space. I've also struggled a bit health wise and have not pushed myself when stuck in ruts. So my hope for next year is to create better routines, take more time for myself (I think this will have flow on benefits), and appreciate just how fortunate we really are.
The biggest thing for 2017 will be renovating the house, our builder is due to start in a few weeks and it's going to be exciting and challenging. I think we may also have a rather strong willed toddler on our hands, so that will be fun!
A few favorite things from 2016:
Day: I loved Elroy's first birthday party, that was so much fun to plan and bring together
Month: January, before I went back to work and we had a lovely summer month together
Book: A Year Between Friends
Song: Glass Eyes by Radiohead - I can't say why but I listed to it a lot
Album: I'm showing my age, but Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool, the Avalanches Wildflower and Paul Dempsey's Strange Loop album were favorites.
Concert: there was a spate of concerts in the third quarter of the year and that was it... I really enjoyed City Calm Down
Tv show: Master of None
Movie: I don't think I went to see many films this year (must change that this year) most were on netflix but I enjoyed Echo Park
Thing: I loved having tea in my Katia Carletti mug and Matt gave me a beautiful bowl from Lightly
Blogs: It feels to me that there are few blogs around in the traditional sense any more, but two that I read all the time and love is A Cup of Jo and Sonya Gee Curran's Sonnie and Share
Dish to cook: my cooking has been abysmal this year. I completely lost interest in cooking. I must change that, hopefully a new kitchen in the second half of the year will help. Matt on the other hand has taken on many lovely Nigel Slater recipes
Thing to do: take a walk with our little family