Adjusting sleep patterns

Last night we took the first step on what I suspect may be a long journey: readjusting Jules’ sleeping patterns.

We’ve fallen into just a couple of bad habits over the last six months, probably since he got sick and went off his food. Neither are particularly bad habits, but I suspect they’re still going to be tough ones to break, but worthwhile — for us, and for Jules. The primary one is that we’ve been letting him come and sleep in our bed when he wakes up overnight, usually 3am or so. The second, more subtle (but likely related) is that we’ve been staying in his room and reading to him until he falls asleep.

Last night Dee took point: I read to him for ten minutes, then left while he was still awake. For the next FOREVER he cried, got up, threw himself on the ground, wailed some more — and each time, Tough Mummy picked him up and put him back without a word, Super Nanny style. Each time, he wailed louder but for shorter periods, and each time he stayed closer to his own room; in the end, he would walk to the door, then put himself back to bed when Dee came towards him.

Same thing overnight (Dee again; it’s my turn tonight) — he got up, was put back, fought it for a while, stayed in his own bed. Quite a struggle, especially at 3am (and then again at 5am), but eventually he stayed in bed.

And then when I got up at 7am this morning, I saw this:

...more

Happy new year! Good riddance to 2013 and roll on 2014, says I.

We celebrated with the Melrose clan (the Scots) by taking a picnic down to Bicentennial Park for the fireworks display — it’s the park right near our house, so not too far to go and we had a good view of the fireworks from both the Harbour Bridge and in Balmain. We also weren’t the only people with the same idea! Very family friendly: they even put on early fireworks (“fa th’ wee wains”) at 9pm, after which Dee took Jules home to bed. He was kind of over the crowds and noise anyway. It was a pretty impressive show!

We had a few drinks, it must be said, but we also had a stack of sandwiches (Dee) and pastries (Dot) to help even our respective keels. We sat around on a blanket (ooh, which I need to pop in the washing machine! Red wine accident, thanks Rab) and chatted — me picking Andy’s brains on how to prep for a marathon, what kind of nutrition he uses before, during and afterwards, etc. Did I mention I’m running the Sydney Marathon this year? And Andy may fly back for it too (but he’s already run a marathon, so is already much, much more advanced than I am).

2013 wasn’t all bad for me personally, but it certainly had moments that felt like it was never going to end. To focus on the positive:

Some of the stuff I’m looking forward to this year includes:

  • Doing a lot of running!
  • Going snowboarding and/or skiing! (September, maybe?)

So that’s it! I’m going to have a look at the calendar to plan a visit (to Cockatoo, and Bendigo) but in the meantime feel free to update the blog!

...more

Did I mention we got the house in Annandale?

Yesterday I met Kate, one of the owners, and signed a 12-month lease on 301 Nelson Street, Annandale. It’s expensive, but not that much more than we’re currently paying in Belconnen, and we get all the benefits of living close to the city — it’s a 20-minute bike ride! — and a lovely little community. Wide, tree-lined streets; a park just behind us; a child-care and supermarket opening up just down the road; bike paths, off-leash parks, Rozelle Bay. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said how nice an area Annandale is — I can’t wait to move in. Kate said that it wasn’t uncommon to see neighbourhood kids playing together, running in and out of each others’ houses. And that never happens in Sydney!

...more

Glad I won’t have to do this much longer – we got the cottage in Annandale! (Jules decided to wake up an hour after we went to bed, then when he finally settled it was only until 4. I got up at 4:30 – couldn’t sleep with a squirmy baby next to me – and by the time I had my shower he was asleep again. But now I’m waiting for my cab to the airport.
...more

I realised I haven’t actually blogged about a move to Sydney in any detail. Here goes:

I’m currently spending all my time in Sydney for work, while Dee and Jules stay at home in Canberra. They’ve driven over and stayed with me a couple of times, but it’s not really sustainable — we need to put Lucy somewhere, for example, and the last three times she’s stayed in the kennel she’s come back malnourished and often with an injury requiring a vet consult. It’s also easier for me to just be in a hotel, but it makes it hard for Jules to sleep when we’re all crammed in together. So not fun: our sleep suffers, my work suffers, our relationship suffers. So for the last few weeks I’ve just been coming on my own, and while I get a lot done it’s no fun leaving my family: video calls, while good, just are no substitute.

...more

Lots of work for Dee and I this month. I’m in Sydney every week until the end of the month, by which time we hope we’ve got our own place over here and we can just do the move. My deployment here is going pretty well, in that I don’t feel like I’m drowning quite so much (except for the weather — lots of rain this morning, and looking that way for the rest of the week), but there is at least some chance that I’ll be working back in Canberra sooner or later — so the travel may not end just yet.
...more

Roll on 2014

Last night we took the first step on what I suspect may be a long journey: readjusting Jules’ sleeping patterns.

We’ve fallen into just a couple of bad habits over the last six months, probably since he got sick and went off his food. Neither are particularly bad habits, but I suspect they’re still going to be tough ones to break, but worthwhile — for us, and for Jules. The primary one is that we’ve been letting him come and sleep in our bed when he wakes up overnight, usually 3am or so. The second, more subtle (but likely related) is that we’ve been staying in his room and reading to him until he falls asleep.

Last night Dee took point: I read to him for ten minutes, then left while he was still awake. For the next FOREVER he cried, got up, threw himself on the ground, wailed some more — and each time, Tough Mummy picked him up and put him back without a word, Super Nanny style. Each time, he wailed louder but for shorter periods, and each time he stayed closer to his own room; in the end, he would walk to the door, then put himself back to bed when Dee came towards him.

Same thing overnight (Dee again; it’s my turn tonight) — he got up, was put back, fought it for a while, stayed in his own bed. Quite a struggle, especially at 3am (and then again at 5am), but eventually he stayed in bed.

And then when I got up at 7am this morning, I saw this:

...more

Happy new year! Good riddance to 2013 and roll on 2014, says I.

We celebrated with the Melrose clan (the Scots) by taking a picnic down to Bicentennial Park for the fireworks display — it’s the park right near our house, so not too far to go and we had a good view of the fireworks from both the Harbour Bridge and in Balmain. We also weren’t the only people with the same idea! Very family friendly: they even put on early fireworks (“fa th’ wee wains”) at 9pm, after which Dee took Jules home to bed. He was kind of over the crowds and noise anyway. It was a pretty impressive show!

We had a few drinks, it must be said, but we also had a stack of sandwiches (Dee) and pastries (Dot) to help even our respective keels. We sat around on a blanket (ooh, which I need to pop in the washing machine! Red wine accident, thanks Rab) and chatted — me picking Andy’s brains on how to prep for a marathon, what kind of nutrition he uses before, during and afterwards, etc. Did I mention I’m running the Sydney Marathon this year? And Andy may fly back for it too (but he’s already run a marathon, so is already much, much more advanced than I am).

2013 wasn’t all bad for me personally, but it certainly had moments that felt like it was never going to end. To focus on the positive:

Some of the stuff I’m looking forward to this year includes:

  • Doing a lot of running!
  • Going snowboarding and/or skiing! (September, maybe?)

So that’s it! I’m going to have a look at the calendar to plan a visit (to Cockatoo, and Bendigo) but in the meantime feel free to update the blog!

...more

Did I mention we got the house in Annandale?

Yesterday I met Kate, one of the owners, and signed a 12-month lease on 301 Nelson Street, Annandale. It’s expensive, but not that much more than we’re currently paying in Belconnen, and we get all the benefits of living close to the city — it’s a 20-minute bike ride! — and a lovely little community. Wide, tree-lined streets; a park just behind us; a child-care and supermarket opening up just down the road; bike paths, off-leash parks, Rozelle Bay. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said how nice an area Annandale is — I can’t wait to move in. Kate said that it wasn’t uncommon to see neighbourhood kids playing together, running in and out of each others’ houses. And that never happens in Sydney!

...more

Glad I won’t have to do this much longer – we got the cottage in Annandale! (Jules decided to wake up an hour after we went to bed, then when he finally settled it was only until 4. I got up at 4:30 – couldn’t sleep with a squirmy baby next to me – and by the time I had my shower he was asleep again. But now I’m waiting for my cab to the airport.
...more

I realised I haven’t actually blogged about a move to Sydney in any detail. Here goes:

I’m currently spending all my time in Sydney for work, while Dee and Jules stay at home in Canberra. They’ve driven over and stayed with me a couple of times, but it’s not really sustainable — we need to put Lucy somewhere, for example, and the last three times she’s stayed in the kennel she’s come back malnourished and often with an injury requiring a vet consult. It’s also easier for me to just be in a hotel, but it makes it hard for Jules to sleep when we’re all crammed in together. So not fun: our sleep suffers, my work suffers, our relationship suffers. So for the last few weeks I’ve just been coming on my own, and while I get a lot done it’s no fun leaving my family: video calls, while good, just are no substitute.

...more

Lots of work for Dee and I this month. I’m in Sydney every week until the end of the month, by which time we hope we’ve got our own place over here and we can just do the move. My deployment here is going pretty well, in that I don’t feel like I’m drowning quite so much (except for the weather — lots of rain this morning, and looking that way for the rest of the week), but there is at least some chance that I’ll be working back in Canberra sooner or later — so the travel may not end just yet.
...more

Lease signed, were moving to Sydney

Last night we took the first step on what I suspect may be a long journey: readjusting Jules’ sleeping patterns.

We’ve fallen into just a couple of bad habits over the last six months, probably since he got sick and went off his food. Neither are particularly bad habits, but I suspect they’re still going to be tough ones to break, but worthwhile — for us, and for Jules. The primary one is that we’ve been letting him come and sleep in our bed when he wakes up overnight, usually 3am or so. The second, more subtle (but likely related) is that we’ve been staying in his room and reading to him until he falls asleep.

Last night Dee took point: I read to him for ten minutes, then left while he was still awake. For the next FOREVER he cried, got up, threw himself on the ground, wailed some more — and each time, Tough Mummy picked him up and put him back without a word, Super Nanny style. Each time, he wailed louder but for shorter periods, and each time he stayed closer to his own room; in the end, he would walk to the door, then put himself back to bed when Dee came towards him.

Same thing overnight (Dee again; it’s my turn tonight) — he got up, was put back, fought it for a while, stayed in his own bed. Quite a struggle, especially at 3am (and then again at 5am), but eventually he stayed in bed.

And then when I got up at 7am this morning, I saw this:

...more

Happy new year! Good riddance to 2013 and roll on 2014, says I.

We celebrated with the Melrose clan (the Scots) by taking a picnic down to Bicentennial Park for the fireworks display — it’s the park right near our house, so not too far to go and we had a good view of the fireworks from both the Harbour Bridge and in Balmain. We also weren’t the only people with the same idea! Very family friendly: they even put on early fireworks (“fa th’ wee wains”) at 9pm, after which Dee took Jules home to bed. He was kind of over the crowds and noise anyway. It was a pretty impressive show!

We had a few drinks, it must be said, but we also had a stack of sandwiches (Dee) and pastries (Dot) to help even our respective keels. We sat around on a blanket (ooh, which I need to pop in the washing machine! Red wine accident, thanks Rab) and chatted — me picking Andy’s brains on how to prep for a marathon, what kind of nutrition he uses before, during and afterwards, etc. Did I mention I’m running the Sydney Marathon this year? And Andy may fly back for it too (but he’s already run a marathon, so is already much, much more advanced than I am).

2013 wasn’t all bad for me personally, but it certainly had moments that felt like it was never going to end. To focus on the positive:

Some of the stuff I’m looking forward to this year includes:

  • Doing a lot of running!
  • Going snowboarding and/or skiing! (September, maybe?)

So that’s it! I’m going to have a look at the calendar to plan a visit (to Cockatoo, and Bendigo) but in the meantime feel free to update the blog!

...more

Did I mention we got the house in Annandale?

Yesterday I met Kate, one of the owners, and signed a 12-month lease on 301 Nelson Street, Annandale. It’s expensive, but not that much more than we’re currently paying in Belconnen, and we get all the benefits of living close to the city — it’s a 20-minute bike ride! — and a lovely little community. Wide, tree-lined streets; a park just behind us; a child-care and supermarket opening up just down the road; bike paths, off-leash parks, Rozelle Bay. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said how nice an area Annandale is — I can’t wait to move in. Kate said that it wasn’t uncommon to see neighbourhood kids playing together, running in and out of each others’ houses. And that never happens in Sydney!

...more

Glad I won’t have to do this much longer – we got the cottage in Annandale! (Jules decided to wake up an hour after we went to bed, then when he finally settled it was only until 4. I got up at 4:30 – couldn’t sleep with a squirmy baby next to me – and by the time I had my shower he was asleep again. But now I’m waiting for my cab to the airport.
...more

I realised I haven’t actually blogged about a move to Sydney in any detail. Here goes:

I’m currently spending all my time in Sydney for work, while Dee and Jules stay at home in Canberra. They’ve driven over and stayed with me a couple of times, but it’s not really sustainable — we need to put Lucy somewhere, for example, and the last three times she’s stayed in the kennel she’s come back malnourished and often with an injury requiring a vet consult. It’s also easier for me to just be in a hotel, but it makes it hard for Jules to sleep when we’re all crammed in together. So not fun: our sleep suffers, my work suffers, our relationship suffers. So for the last few weeks I’ve just been coming on my own, and while I get a lot done it’s no fun leaving my family: video calls, while good, just are no substitute.

...more

Lots of work for Dee and I this month. I’m in Sydney every week until the end of the month, by which time we hope we’ve got our own place over here and we can just do the move. My deployment here is going pretty well, in that I don’t feel like I’m drowning quite so much (except for the weather — lots of rain this morning, and looking that way for the rest of the week), but there is at least some chance that I’ll be working back in Canberra sooner or later — so the travel may not end just yet.
...more

Sleepless in Belconnen

Last night we took the first step on what I suspect may be a long journey: readjusting Jules’ sleeping patterns.

We’ve fallen into just a couple of bad habits over the last six months, probably since he got sick and went off his food. Neither are particularly bad habits, but I suspect they’re still going to be tough ones to break, but worthwhile — for us, and for Jules. The primary one is that we’ve been letting him come and sleep in our bed when he wakes up overnight, usually 3am or so. The second, more subtle (but likely related) is that we’ve been staying in his room and reading to him until he falls asleep.

Last night Dee took point: I read to him for ten minutes, then left while he was still awake. For the next FOREVER he cried, got up, threw himself on the ground, wailed some more — and each time, Tough Mummy picked him up and put him back without a word, Super Nanny style. Each time, he wailed louder but for shorter periods, and each time he stayed closer to his own room; in the end, he would walk to the door, then put himself back to bed when Dee came towards him.

Same thing overnight (Dee again; it’s my turn tonight) — he got up, was put back, fought it for a while, stayed in his own bed. Quite a struggle, especially at 3am (and then again at 5am), but eventually he stayed in bed.

And then when I got up at 7am this morning, I saw this:

...more

Happy new year! Good riddance to 2013 and roll on 2014, says I.

We celebrated with the Melrose clan (the Scots) by taking a picnic down to Bicentennial Park for the fireworks display — it’s the park right near our house, so not too far to go and we had a good view of the fireworks from both the Harbour Bridge and in Balmain. We also weren’t the only people with the same idea! Very family friendly: they even put on early fireworks (“fa th’ wee wains”) at 9pm, after which Dee took Jules home to bed. He was kind of over the crowds and noise anyway. It was a pretty impressive show!

We had a few drinks, it must be said, but we also had a stack of sandwiches (Dee) and pastries (Dot) to help even our respective keels. We sat around on a blanket (ooh, which I need to pop in the washing machine! Red wine accident, thanks Rab) and chatted — me picking Andy’s brains on how to prep for a marathon, what kind of nutrition he uses before, during and afterwards, etc. Did I mention I’m running the Sydney Marathon this year? And Andy may fly back for it too (but he’s already run a marathon, so is already much, much more advanced than I am).

2013 wasn’t all bad for me personally, but it certainly had moments that felt like it was never going to end. To focus on the positive:

Some of the stuff I’m looking forward to this year includes:

  • Doing a lot of running!
  • Going snowboarding and/or skiing! (September, maybe?)

So that’s it! I’m going to have a look at the calendar to plan a visit (to Cockatoo, and Bendigo) but in the meantime feel free to update the blog!

...more

Did I mention we got the house in Annandale?

Yesterday I met Kate, one of the owners, and signed a 12-month lease on 301 Nelson Street, Annandale. It’s expensive, but not that much more than we’re currently paying in Belconnen, and we get all the benefits of living close to the city — it’s a 20-minute bike ride! — and a lovely little community. Wide, tree-lined streets; a park just behind us; a child-care and supermarket opening up just down the road; bike paths, off-leash parks, Rozelle Bay. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said how nice an area Annandale is — I can’t wait to move in. Kate said that it wasn’t uncommon to see neighbourhood kids playing together, running in and out of each others’ houses. And that never happens in Sydney!

...more

Glad I won’t have to do this much longer – we got the cottage in Annandale! (Jules decided to wake up an hour after we went to bed, then when he finally settled it was only until 4. I got up at 4:30 – couldn’t sleep with a squirmy baby next to me – and by the time I had my shower he was asleep again. But now I’m waiting for my cab to the airport.
...more

I realised I haven’t actually blogged about a move to Sydney in any detail. Here goes:

I’m currently spending all my time in Sydney for work, while Dee and Jules stay at home in Canberra. They’ve driven over and stayed with me a couple of times, but it’s not really sustainable — we need to put Lucy somewhere, for example, and the last three times she’s stayed in the kennel she’s come back malnourished and often with an injury requiring a vet consult. It’s also easier for me to just be in a hotel, but it makes it hard for Jules to sleep when we’re all crammed in together. So not fun: our sleep suffers, my work suffers, our relationship suffers. So for the last few weeks I’ve just been coming on my own, and while I get a lot done it’s no fun leaving my family: video calls, while good, just are no substitute.

...more

Lots of work for Dee and I this month. I’m in Sydney every week until the end of the month, by which time we hope we’ve got our own place over here and we can just do the move. My deployment here is going pretty well, in that I don’t feel like I’m drowning quite so much (except for the weather — lots of rain this morning, and looking that way for the rest of the week), but there is at least some chance that I’ll be working back in Canberra sooner or later — so the travel may not end just yet.
...more

Renting sucks; Renting in Sydney sucks more

Last night we took the first step on what I suspect may be a long journey: readjusting Jules’ sleeping patterns.

We’ve fallen into just a couple of bad habits over the last six months, probably since he got sick and went off his food. Neither are particularly bad habits, but I suspect they’re still going to be tough ones to break, but worthwhile — for us, and for Jules. The primary one is that we’ve been letting him come and sleep in our bed when he wakes up overnight, usually 3am or so. The second, more subtle (but likely related) is that we’ve been staying in his room and reading to him until he falls asleep.

Last night Dee took point: I read to him for ten minutes, then left while he was still awake. For the next FOREVER he cried, got up, threw himself on the ground, wailed some more — and each time, Tough Mummy picked him up and put him back without a word, Super Nanny style. Each time, he wailed louder but for shorter periods, and each time he stayed closer to his own room; in the end, he would walk to the door, then put himself back to bed when Dee came towards him.

Same thing overnight (Dee again; it’s my turn tonight) — he got up, was put back, fought it for a while, stayed in his own bed. Quite a struggle, especially at 3am (and then again at 5am), but eventually he stayed in bed.

And then when I got up at 7am this morning, I saw this:

...more

Happy new year! Good riddance to 2013 and roll on 2014, says I.

We celebrated with the Melrose clan (the Scots) by taking a picnic down to Bicentennial Park for the fireworks display — it’s the park right near our house, so not too far to go and we had a good view of the fireworks from both the Harbour Bridge and in Balmain. We also weren’t the only people with the same idea! Very family friendly: they even put on early fireworks (“fa th’ wee wains”) at 9pm, after which Dee took Jules home to bed. He was kind of over the crowds and noise anyway. It was a pretty impressive show!

We had a few drinks, it must be said, but we also had a stack of sandwiches (Dee) and pastries (Dot) to help even our respective keels. We sat around on a blanket (ooh, which I need to pop in the washing machine! Red wine accident, thanks Rab) and chatted — me picking Andy’s brains on how to prep for a marathon, what kind of nutrition he uses before, during and afterwards, etc. Did I mention I’m running the Sydney Marathon this year? And Andy may fly back for it too (but he’s already run a marathon, so is already much, much more advanced than I am).

2013 wasn’t all bad for me personally, but it certainly had moments that felt like it was never going to end. To focus on the positive:

Some of the stuff I’m looking forward to this year includes:

  • Doing a lot of running!
  • Going snowboarding and/or skiing! (September, maybe?)

So that’s it! I’m going to have a look at the calendar to plan a visit (to Cockatoo, and Bendigo) but in the meantime feel free to update the blog!

...more

Did I mention we got the house in Annandale?

Yesterday I met Kate, one of the owners, and signed a 12-month lease on 301 Nelson Street, Annandale. It’s expensive, but not that much more than we’re currently paying in Belconnen, and we get all the benefits of living close to the city — it’s a 20-minute bike ride! — and a lovely little community. Wide, tree-lined streets; a park just behind us; a child-care and supermarket opening up just down the road; bike paths, off-leash parks, Rozelle Bay. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said how nice an area Annandale is — I can’t wait to move in. Kate said that it wasn’t uncommon to see neighbourhood kids playing together, running in and out of each others’ houses. And that never happens in Sydney!

...more

Glad I won’t have to do this much longer – we got the cottage in Annandale! (Jules decided to wake up an hour after we went to bed, then when he finally settled it was only until 4. I got up at 4:30 – couldn’t sleep with a squirmy baby next to me – and by the time I had my shower he was asleep again. But now I’m waiting for my cab to the airport.
...more

I realised I haven’t actually blogged about a move to Sydney in any detail. Here goes:

I’m currently spending all my time in Sydney for work, while Dee and Jules stay at home in Canberra. They’ve driven over and stayed with me a couple of times, but it’s not really sustainable — we need to put Lucy somewhere, for example, and the last three times she’s stayed in the kennel she’s come back malnourished and often with an injury requiring a vet consult. It’s also easier for me to just be in a hotel, but it makes it hard for Jules to sleep when we’re all crammed in together. So not fun: our sleep suffers, my work suffers, our relationship suffers. So for the last few weeks I’ve just been coming on my own, and while I get a lot done it’s no fun leaving my family: video calls, while good, just are no substitute.

...more

Lots of work for Dee and I this month. I’m in Sydney every week until the end of the month, by which time we hope we’ve got our own place over here and we can just do the move. My deployment here is going pretty well, in that I don’t feel like I’m drowning quite so much (except for the weather — lots of rain this morning, and looking that way for the rest of the week), but there is at least some chance that I’ll be working back in Canberra sooner or later — so the travel may not end just yet.
...more

Life is a dirt highway

Last night we took the first step on what I suspect may be a long journey: readjusting Jules’ sleeping patterns.

We’ve fallen into just a couple of bad habits over the last six months, probably since he got sick and went off his food. Neither are particularly bad habits, but I suspect they’re still going to be tough ones to break, but worthwhile — for us, and for Jules. The primary one is that we’ve been letting him come and sleep in our bed when he wakes up overnight, usually 3am or so. The second, more subtle (but likely related) is that we’ve been staying in his room and reading to him until he falls asleep.

Last night Dee took point: I read to him for ten minutes, then left while he was still awake. For the next FOREVER he cried, got up, threw himself on the ground, wailed some more — and each time, Tough Mummy picked him up and put him back without a word, Super Nanny style. Each time, he wailed louder but for shorter periods, and each time he stayed closer to his own room; in the end, he would walk to the door, then put himself back to bed when Dee came towards him.

Same thing overnight (Dee again; it’s my turn tonight) — he got up, was put back, fought it for a while, stayed in his own bed. Quite a struggle, especially at 3am (and then again at 5am), but eventually he stayed in bed.

And then when I got up at 7am this morning, I saw this:

...more

Happy new year! Good riddance to 2013 and roll on 2014, says I.

We celebrated with the Melrose clan (the Scots) by taking a picnic down to Bicentennial Park for the fireworks display — it’s the park right near our house, so not too far to go and we had a good view of the fireworks from both the Harbour Bridge and in Balmain. We also weren’t the only people with the same idea! Very family friendly: they even put on early fireworks (“fa th’ wee wains”) at 9pm, after which Dee took Jules home to bed. He was kind of over the crowds and noise anyway. It was a pretty impressive show!

We had a few drinks, it must be said, but we also had a stack of sandwiches (Dee) and pastries (Dot) to help even our respective keels. We sat around on a blanket (ooh, which I need to pop in the washing machine! Red wine accident, thanks Rab) and chatted — me picking Andy’s brains on how to prep for a marathon, what kind of nutrition he uses before, during and afterwards, etc. Did I mention I’m running the Sydney Marathon this year? And Andy may fly back for it too (but he’s already run a marathon, so is already much, much more advanced than I am).

2013 wasn’t all bad for me personally, but it certainly had moments that felt like it was never going to end. To focus on the positive:

Some of the stuff I’m looking forward to this year includes:

  • Doing a lot of running!
  • Going snowboarding and/or skiing! (September, maybe?)

So that’s it! I’m going to have a look at the calendar to plan a visit (to Cockatoo, and Bendigo) but in the meantime feel free to update the blog!

...more

Did I mention we got the house in Annandale?

Yesterday I met Kate, one of the owners, and signed a 12-month lease on 301 Nelson Street, Annandale. It’s expensive, but not that much more than we’re currently paying in Belconnen, and we get all the benefits of living close to the city — it’s a 20-minute bike ride! — and a lovely little community. Wide, tree-lined streets; a park just behind us; a child-care and supermarket opening up just down the road; bike paths, off-leash parks, Rozelle Bay. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said how nice an area Annandale is — I can’t wait to move in. Kate said that it wasn’t uncommon to see neighbourhood kids playing together, running in and out of each others’ houses. And that never happens in Sydney!

...more

Glad I won’t have to do this much longer – we got the cottage in Annandale! (Jules decided to wake up an hour after we went to bed, then when he finally settled it was only until 4. I got up at 4:30 – couldn’t sleep with a squirmy baby next to me – and by the time I had my shower he was asleep again. But now I’m waiting for my cab to the airport.
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I realised I haven’t actually blogged about a move to Sydney in any detail. Here goes:

I’m currently spending all my time in Sydney for work, while Dee and Jules stay at home in Canberra. They’ve driven over and stayed with me a couple of times, but it’s not really sustainable — we need to put Lucy somewhere, for example, and the last three times she’s stayed in the kennel she’s come back malnourished and often with an injury requiring a vet consult. It’s also easier for me to just be in a hotel, but it makes it hard for Jules to sleep when we’re all crammed in together. So not fun: our sleep suffers, my work suffers, our relationship suffers. So for the last few weeks I’ve just been coming on my own, and while I get a lot done it’s no fun leaving my family: video calls, while good, just are no substitute.

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Lots of work for Dee and I this month. I’m in Sydney every week until the end of the month, by which time we hope we’ve got our own place over here and we can just do the move. My deployment here is going pretty well, in that I don’t feel like I’m drowning quite so much (except for the weather — lots of rain this morning, and looking that way for the rest of the week), but there is at least some chance that I’ll be working back in Canberra sooner or later — so the travel may not end just yet.
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