Thursday, August 30, 2007

What have I been doing?

I can't believe it's Thursday already. Thursday! This week has flown! So, a quick round-up!

- On the weekend we rode down to the Abbotsford Convent for the Slow Food Market. It was awesome! I highly recommend the nougat. I also bought a bunch of nettles, but then felt too intimidated to actually use them (bad me), so they sat on the bench until they drooped into oblivion. As you can probably tell, I'm feeling inordinately guilty about that. I'll just have to console myself with that fact that while I was sitting at a bench near the market, scoffing a supremely delectable lemon tart, the lovely Felicity came over to introduce herself.

- Thinking about it, I'm not sure I made such a good impression. That's the worst thing about being spotted as you go about your day to day business: when somebody comes up to say hello, you're busted with a really bad case of helmet hair (trust me, it wasn't pretty) and lemon tart all over your face. And stinky coffee breath. Note to self: try to look more pulled together.

- In my efforts to maintain that Plastic Free lifestyle o' mine, I bought myself a Sigg bottle. Best thing ever. It's lightweight and is specially coated on the inside so that your liquid cannot be contaminated, which can be a problem with other vessels over time. I think it's rather cool, even if, to quote a friend, it looks like I'm swigging petrol out of a fuel bottle every time I have a drink. That would explain the odd looks I've been given when I offer Grumbles some water. Oh, the trials and tribulations of being me.

- I just finished reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter. I highly recommend that you do not read this book. It was like a long drawn out soap opera. Too many words to say too little, and predictable to boot. It's a pity, because the premise was good, but the story just plodded on by. I was disappointed that they didn't truly explore the issues and the absolute joys of raising a child with Down's syndrome, instead just focussing on the administritive side of it all, like getting Phoebe a decent education. When the author did elect to mention other concerns and worries, ti felt so token and unexplored. And I'm sure that the parents would have felt more emotions that just guilt. But that's just my opinion. Feel free to disagree!

- On a sunnier note, how amazing has the weather been?! It feels like summer already, even though winter doesn't officially end for another day. I've been possessed with a need to launder anything and everything, as it all dries in a matter of hours. Fabric in my house, consider this your warning: You are not safe from my maniacal desire to clean!

- There's a laneway at the back of our house, and certain people who work nearby often speed along it in their cars, and give you a lot of grief if you happen to get in your way. Never mind the fact that you may be just trying to get your small children into the back door. As I'm sitting here typing with the window open, I can hear one of my neighbours blasting them for their rudeness. Hooray!


  1. Thanks for the heads-up on The Memory Keeper's Daughter. I just picked it up second-hand for 50c but haven't read it yet. No great loss?

  2. I've had my eye on those Sigg bottles for a while ...

    Baby Bunting Warrigal Rd has a heap, right by the counter if you want extra, or a cute kiddy one for Grumbles.

    MMmm - slow food. I've been meaning to get to the Abbotsford Convent for ages actually, for one of their monthly history tours...

  3. Anonymous9:46 am

    totally agree about the memory keepers daughter. I thought the author was lazy in the end and just finished it without any real thought or continuity. rather frustrating to read - and yes, quite shallow really for the issues presented.
    however, disappointed we were away for the slow food event, it was wonderful last time we went - and I love a bit of lemon pie.

  4. you goose! of course you made a good impression - i was star struck :) will email you to catch up

    the abbotsford convent market has now become a must do and the next one is marked on my calendar


  5. and in the interests of public decency i feel i should point out that i didn't get close enough to smell your breath :) i'm sure mine wouldn't have been above reproach!

  6. I've got one of those bottles too. Certainly saves on buying bottled drinks when your out and about - Julia x

  7. hurrah! a fellow despiser of the memory keeper's daughter. i too found it bland, shallow, and predictable. blech. unfortunately, it was highly lauded by others i know, so i had to keep my snarky comments to myself.

    hopefully they do not read comments in aussie blogs.

  8. Oooh, I'm so glad you're still here, and as gorgeous and clever as ever!

    I will check in more often (I kind of slipped out of Blogland for a while).

  9. Well, I *think* I saw you at the market today and you looked exactly like your photos. There was no way I was coming over to introduce myself as you wouldn't have had a clue who I was (and I was hot and sweaty anyway!) My kids and I were sitting listening to the cool ladies playing the banjo and fiddle.

  10. Sigg bottles are the best and very practical if your man tens to chuck things into the back of the car ( they don't break!).

  11. Anonymous1:04 pm

    Nope, didn't like that book either!

  12. OK, next time I see you I'll come over! Did you go to the Skirt and Shirt / Makers' Market at Abbotsford Convent today? I went for the first time (without children!) and had a ball. Some lovely stuff there.


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