Archive for 2011

After a torrential downpour last night, it looks to have cleared up nicely for Isaac’s birthday in the park. We’re running late, of course – after the work Christmas dinner on Friday night and an Audrey Tatou movie on Samedi, I was wiped out this morning. Lucky for me Dee is so capable – she not only managed our babies (one small, one large and furry) effortlessly, she brought me breakfast in bed AND finished our De Blob 2 game on the Wii!
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From Dee on Facebook:

Thank you all my lovelies for the birthday wishes, I feel much loved! :). I had a brilliant day, slept through the night with Jules, fab present from Glenn accompanied by mud cake for breakky, shopping then lunch at chaddy, then back home to find flowers on my door step (thanks big sis) topped off with pizza and my fav wii game DaBlob2. Dexo

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It feels like it has been a long week this week; I suspect that all the weeks between now and Christmas will feel progressively longer, unfortunately, until we finally breach 2012 (at which point the months will fly by once again — time is relative, but perception more so). It was lovely, then, to spend a little time at home this morning, then meander casually through the day with no deadlines, task-lists or projects.
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What a year. In the last rapidly-accelerating twelve months we moved into our own house, bought the biggest, sookiest dog known to humankind and had a son — although “had” is past-tense and he’s undeniably more of a handful here on the outside! I flick back through the pages here and it’s like taking a trip down memory lane, only it’s via Google Street-View. But it is the next 12 that I’m looking forward to, however: renovating, working hard to diversify, going camping and watching little Jules grow and grow.
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See, we bought a table from Freedom Furniture the other week only to be told a few days later that we would have to wait until 2012 for delivery — and since the original estimate was two weeks, and we’d paid in full, we were far from happy. (Not unhappy enough to cancel the table altogether, mind you: we’d bought matching chairs from a different store after all.) So we ranted and raved to each other, finally deciding to “send a stern letter” via Freedom’s website.
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Tonight we actually agreed on the direction to take our home renovations. Yeah, I think we were both shocked. We’ve been bouncing back and forth over how best to use the space we have: what rooms to keep, which walls to punch through and where oh where to put a proper bathroom. We’ve got two rooms downstairs, and our giant room upstairs, but neither of us was particularly happy with being too far from Jules – so we’d basically resigned ourselves to living downstairs for a while, in the “guest room” with the tiny, tiny ensuite.
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Hey Internets, how ya been? Been a busy couple of months for us, as it turns out. First and very much foremost, we had a baby! Jules Franklin Mason weighed in at 3,686g on the 29th July, 51cm tall and full on beans. (The beans were later removed and we were allowed to take him home.) Almost three months later and it is an ongoing journey of discovery and sleepless nights, as anyone who’s had kids or insomnia can tell you!
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Whilst I wait for a release to build — gotta love being a programmer — I thought I best pen a quick update on the trials and tribulations of our “little” puppy Lucy, who is due to come back from a two-night stay at a specialist vets today. On the weekend she fell at the bottom of the stairs, and while I didn’t see it the noise was an almighty thump and she seemed a bit shocked afterwards.
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We got a floor laid today! Just one of the many, many benefits of being a pregnant woman (*Glenn ducks*) is you can ask for special treatment, like “as early as possible because we’ve got a baby coming”. Dee found the flooring company on Monday and found out that “as early as possible” was before the end of the week! Good stuff! So last night we moved out all the furniture and ripped up the last little bit of carpet, then slept with the mattress on the floor where our dining table should be.
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We had another ultrasound this week, a little check against heart defects (sonographer said it looked fine, but we haven’t had the final confirmation from the doctor yet — not worried). A nice little ultrasound centre in Berwick, and we found out the meaning of “4D scan” when she showed us his face in 3D … and then he moved! Opening and closing his mouth just like a real baby might (and he’s looking pretty baby-like now), it was amazing to behold.
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My “overloading” experiment is over now it’s Friday, and the results are interesting, if not particularly clear-cut. Every day this week I’d intended to: write some FOSS code do 20 minutes practise each of French and (“Mandarin”) Chinese stick 100% to the “Four Hour Body” diet outlined by Tim Ferriss … as you may recall (or as we call it in the 21st Century, “Google”) or read in my previous post.
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As I was making my new week’s resolutions last night, I decided to try setting myself up for failure: making a list of non-trivial tasks and setting myself the goal of doing them every single day this week. It’s overloading, with the view that I won’t have time to think (and question, and worry, and avoid) about what I’m doing — I’ll just have to do it. With that in mind, every day this week I want to:
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It has, on balance, been a rather relaxing weekend. Of course, after yesterday’s power-outage inspired painting session, we got up early(ish) on Saturday with a list of things to do: finish the walls, cook a roast and clean up the work-site in time for dinner with Ken and Mary. A busy, tiring day but a relaxing evening knowing we’re getting close — one more coat on one wall, then white trim on french-doors and wall panelling and we’ll be ready for some floorboards.
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Circa 3pm We’ve just had a heavy downpour of rain and, likely related, our power has gone out. No electricity means no Internet, which means no work — good time to do some painting (while there is still enough daylight) and write a blog-post now I’ve got my blog client working again. We pour out the lighter of the two shades we’re using in our room and start rolling it on — I finished the taping-off during my lunch-break, so it is a pretty quick process to get the first coat down.
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A cold morning this morning, the coldest we’ve had since we moved into our little mountain retreat: the rain woke us, hammering on the tin-roof with unrelenting percusive insistence, even before the Lucy-pup nosed under the covers to tell us, yes, she would like to go out for a pee now please. Cold enough to warrant a fire in the hearth, for the first morning ever — “I should’ve put another log on when I woke up,” lamented Dee, whose bladder-pressing passenger neccessitates many a night-time trip to the bathroom, “kept it going from last night.
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Okay, the new theme is a work in progress. Bear with me.

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The weekend before last we met a pair of enormous Great Danes in a hand-made soap shop on the way home from Bendigo, big as horses and lazily friendly. We’d been thinking about getting a dog, and so once we got home we did some research on the breed: big (of course!) but gentle, mostly inside dogs, sociable with both children and other pets, but without the high exercise requirements of some other dogs.
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This morning’s ultrasound (mostly) confirmed it — we’re having a boy. “And there,” our sonographer commented blithely, “is the third leg!” It took us a moment to decode what she was saying, as she went on to explain that it wasn’t 100% certain but she was pretty sure what she was looking at (we couldn’t tell, mind you). No chance of a closer look, mind you: as soon as she saw it he proceeded to push the umbilical-cord between his legs and cover himself up.
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I think it’s about time I told the world, so if this is the first you’re hearing of it I’m sorry I couldn’t track you down beforehand! Yes, it’s true: Dee and I are having a baby. Of course, she’s doing most of the actual work at this point, but I’m with her (in spirit) 100%, and believe me, if I could carry the cheeky little tyke for a while, I would.
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Sure, it’s a couple of weeks ago now, but I still thought I might jot a quick note about our New Year’s celebrations down the coast at Cape Paterson with Renee and Gerard. It was great to see people, and the weather was plenty hot enough for a dip in the ocean that first afternoon. Lots of food (courtesy of Uthey, then Gerard for breakfast), a little tipple (thanks to Kenji) and a few silly chats — the best way to usher in the new decade.
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