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All systems go…

As my pork slowly cooks to become a tender and juicy meal I have sometime to ponder the week that was and the week that will be.

It all started on Saturday when mum and dad arrived back from their overseas holiday. Mr 9 wanted to have a welcome home party so while hubby and I were collecting them, Mr 14 baked a cake. I ‘entertained’ them while the boys went and decorated their house.
To say they were surprised is an understatement, and it was also to celebrate dad’s birthday which he had while they were away.
As a thank you for looking after their house and doing a few things for them I got a cool retro looking tin of Irish toffee. It’s not a problem.

Yesterday, mum asked me to come and see her. And gave me another pressie. Wow. Check out the best PINK bag. Love it. Awesome, thanks mum!! It’s go a zipper and a flat bottom so is more stable and secure. Comfy handles and an inside pocket for the phone. And it was wrapped in to pink a paper. Brilliant!


And so roomy too. This will definitely be a favourite. Camera, iPad and wallet. Easy.

Sunday was spent with mum at the Craft Fair on its last day here in Hobart, – where I spent a few dollars on some yummy craft items, beads and a book – and then hubby and the kids met me at a friends house for a visit while we delivered a car for loan.

This week has been spent too-ing and fro-ing, some training (in a minute folks) and getting ready for a busy weekend.
There is baking (apple crumble and pizza bases) to be done for an afternoon and dinner with friends on Saturday.
Sunday will be a family get together with my sister and her family and parents. The tables have been booked and I shall be taking my camera with the plan to get some cool pictures. For a birthday celebration or two… (Hubby had his this week).
The weather has been cool and a little wet but is clearing for the weekend so fingers crossed it stays that way.

Next week I’ll be back in paid employment for the five days, (hence the training) which means along with everything else, I’ll be pretty tired – mentally more than physically – I know I know, loads of women do this every day. I’ve just had it easy been a SAHM for too long.
A friend is taking a holiday and there will be two of us taking her place. So between 8 and 5 or thereabouts, I shall be busy. Problem. Term holidays start this Friday and hubby leaves for work on Monday morning, so I have to arrange something for the boys. Let’s see. I think there might be dinner to cook and washing to do and Mr 9 will be sorted with a few friends. I hope.
And when I get home, I may not be in the mood to write anything, or I may not even have anything to write.

The second week of holidays though, I have things planned. A movie day where we all want to watch our own thing (Monsters University, Superman and Pacific Rim) the museum which has been revamped and reopened, catch up with a friend or two, and I’m sure there are few other activities we can organise.

It’s the sort of busy where you are ready to drop and then it just keeps on coming. And the only issue I have with this at this point. Hubby has to leave at stupid o’clock. So getting up at 4, off to the airport, home in time to have breakfast (will be required today more than ever) and a (STRONG) coffee then head to work. And Monday is the busiest day of the week. Wondering if anyone has an IV they don’t mind lending me to drip feed the caffeine…..
I’m not too good at getting up that early and surviving, so I hope my second wind kicks in early, 9am would be good.
The one day I want a decent sleep, and woah, interrupted. At least it doesn’t happen every week, and it wasn’t his choice to make it that early, work plans changed that were out of our control.

In between all the nothingness I feel like I’ve done this week I have been watching the remainder of the first season of Arrow. Love it!! (worth it for the eye candy alone) I don’t watch a lot of tele, but this is one I am loving. I’m gonna miss it when we’re done. But I’ll still have Under the Dome and Elementary to keep me going.

And my parting words (as I head out to market tomorrow)

Please don’t make me regret this….


And courtesy of toon camera (more on that another day)


Have a great day 🙂

studio time

I had started another post about exercise and craft but it ended up being full of nonesense and now I have something that makes all that pale in comparison.

You know those times where you are so happy you can’t help the smile that keeps creeping onto your face.  Well I had one of those days today – twice which makes it all the more exciting.

We had our container of belongings delivered and unpacked (by 3 very nice gentlemen, 1 of which was rather hunky, maybe a too young for me, but who’s caring about that) which means I  have my beads – amongst other much needed items – to play with.  I had got to the stage where I mised them so much I was tempted to try another crafty thing to keep me occupied.  Aaargh… what would I do besides beads??  There were a few other things like stamping, or mixed media textile collages took my fancy.  So I  may just add something else.  Plus,  my business name will cover pretty well everything as it doesn’t have ‘jewellery’ or ‘beads’ in the name.  As I type this, I think it is not such a bad idea…. I digress; quite often and usually badly. My head trails off in directions unknown to me most of the time.

The other smiley episode also was confirmed this morning via email.  My husband and I had been looking at the packing shed where my mum has her studio, and dad his old-vintage engines and discussed numerous touristy things that would be suitable for the shed and local area.   I then take another look and say ‘bugger what we discussed, why don’t I use that for my beads’…. we pass that look between us that I think all couples have history of doing and so an email to my parents followed.

Of course, I wouldn’t be writing this if the answer had been no, and this morning on checking my email I got the answer that made me ‘officially excited about my studio’.

So this morning I take some pictures of my loft studio – love how that rolls off the tongue – and tomorrow it is a get stuck in and sweep, stack and tidy.   I will add some pictures later once the area is clear and tidy before the furniture starts being delivered.

But I will say I am very excited about the chance to decorate and design my own space in a way I want it to be, how I want it to feel.  I have visions of large swaths of hot pink and bright white material draped across the walls (covering part of the super sized tarpauline we will use to cover the iron roof), a large brightly coloured print on the wall, (painted by me, cheap and easy) and flowers….

I also need to get my husband to help me build a stand for displaying my goods, 1 each for my studio and in mum’s space downstairs for when there are open days.

While I am here I will thank my mum for being so wonderful and willing to help me out. I love you mum xxoo.

On that note, I will head back to my coffee and choc bisuit wish you all a lovely day.

Keep smiling til next time

Ciao, Jen  🙂