Sunday 3 January 2016

Our family has an unreasoning love for Wet’n’Wild Sydney so this year we bought season passes for Andrew, V, and me. New Years Eve was our second visit of the season. A was at daycare — her daycare’s usual enrolment is 120 children, and on the 31st 30 showed up — so it was the first time there that one adult wasn’t tied to a pre-water sliding child. It’s also the first season V has passed 120cm in height, which means he is tall enough for all but two rides. And it went pretty well! V is patient enough now … Continue reading Sunday 3 January 2016

Wednesday 30 December 2015

And down came the rain. The storm of early December was slightly exciting fun, standing with an excited baby watching the rain swarms fall in the street light. The storm of the 16th a bit less innocent fun. The forecast was bad and the sky gloomy when I dropped V at school for his very last day of kindy ever; I wasn’t surprised the end of year picnic was cancelled. In fact, if it hadn’t been cancelled, I probably would have put him back in the car and taken him home. But they had a day of games in the … Continue reading Wednesday 30 December 2015

Thursday 10 December 2015

For the first four years of parenting, I had a lot of weeks alone with V while Andrew did work trips at the rate of four to six weeks a year. This year I compressed maybe a year and a half’s worth of revenge into seven months: two weeks away in April, two weeks in August, two and a half weeks in October albeit with the penance of flying back to Australia to spend six nights here in between trips. Which means I feel all grumpy about this week with three nights of after-work socialising built in for him. Do … Continue reading Thursday 10 December 2015

Thursday 26 November 2015

My main goal in being unemployed right now is to not launch entire new projects or businesses and so far I’m being very successful in restricting myself to a zine and maybe a eventually forthcoming short series of podcasts. But the zine — a very small run for a group of friends — was fun and not very hard. I like this trend of fun and not very hard. Next in fun and not very hard is my Christmas cards. Zero businesses launched and not counting! We’re building up to Australia’s all-in summer, compressing what the US, say, has to … Continue reading Thursday 26 November 2015

Thursday 5 November 2015

It turns out to be hard to write about what you’re doing when a big part of what you are doing is looking for work. But I can say that I set a new family record for short intercontinental trips. Little did we think Andrew’s three nights in Japan last year would be improved upon within the year, but I spent two nights in San Francisco in October. And a night on each side flying diagonally across the Pacific Ocean, of course. I didn’t especially want to be back in San Francisco so soon after August; San Francisco’s still dust … Continue reading Thursday 5 November 2015

Sunday 13 September 2015

After a tough month for all kinds of sad and difficult reasons, the obvious thing to do is to do something physically and psychologically challenging, something at which I progress slowly, fail regularly, and against which my comparison point is Andrew, who is both absolutely more skilled and progresses faster. So I was thrilled to open September with our intended-to-be-annual snow sports trip. Yeah, that was sarcasm. It went surprisingly OK, after it started exactly that promisingly. After a super difficult day at home, we got up to pack for a week in an hour with both children awake and … Continue reading Sunday 13 September 2015

Wednesday 26 August 2015

I went to San Franciso a month ago this Friday, for the final stages of planning the Ada Initiative’s shutdown. The first morning I woke up there to the news of Nóirín’s death. I wrote “Nóirín was also one of the strongest and bravest people [I] will ever have the privilege of knowing” that same morning and that’s everything I want to say. So, the only thing about that trip that makes sense to tell is some images. Staying in the Mission and being in the sun in the streets full of trees and brightly painted houses finally made San … Continue reading Wednesday 26 August 2015

Tuesday 14 July 2015

We survived our second school holidays; suddenly V is halfway through his first year of school. And by “survived” I mean “he spent 5 days a week at vacation care rather than 5 days a week at school”. The big impact on my life was needing to walk into the school grounds in order to sign him in in the mornings, required by vacation care and not by school proper. The vacation care centre is even on the school grounds so really the change was minimal, other than that he got to go on excursions most days. The school ought … Continue reading Tuesday 14 July 2015

Sunday 28 June 2015

We’ve had our used moving boxes picked up, and we’ve returned my overdue library books from Glebe. We’ve hung the pictures we haven’t seen in three years because the previous place didn’t have hooks. There’s things we aren’t on top of (at least two lights need electrical work) but on the basics we really are moved in now. We had our housewarming party last weekend. That and my then-missing photos hard drive motivated the bulk of the box unpacking. I like to occasionally have parties and invite a huge number of people that I know. In lieu of culling the … Continue reading Sunday 28 June 2015

Monday 8 June 2015

Moving house is an exercise in unlearned helplessness and assumptions. For example: evening, an Esky sitting on our kitchen bench, having transported some of the intermediately perishable contents of the fridge. I asked Andrew if he’d unpacked it. He gave me a strange look and pointed out that he had been sick all day. But, but said my hindbrain… unpacking the Esky is… an Andrew job? The kind of thing that Andrew thinks to do? I’d thought of purchasing the thing, then bought it, then brought it home to be packed. Once I’ve provided the tools, apparently the execution is … Continue reading Monday 8 June 2015