As you can imagine it’s been a pretty busy few weeks, even the weekend was crazy.
On Friday Deanne went out with the Mum’s from Kindy for an Xmas meal, so Joshua and I went to get some fish and chips, which we ate at the playground at Riverton. During Daycare he had actually taken part in some facepainting (for the first time ever) so I thought I better capture it for posterity, which is the first picture.
Joshua seemed more interested in playing on the playground than eating his chips and potato scallops, but eventually he did take some time out from his busy schedule to have dinner. The second picture is of him looking through the spyglass at the park, this was after we had eaten and we played together for a bit, ho didn’t get to bed until about 9 o’clock.
On Saturday I did what remained of my pre-Christmas, Christmas shopping. I’ll send the UK contingent’s stuff out in the new year. Then I met with Deanne and Josh at the shopping centre at Success, I turned up just in time to stop at Miss Maude’s for a drink and a cake, which was nice. Then we did our food shopping and came home. It was super busy at the shops, but I still have a bit of a disconnect going in my head about Christmas being three days away because it’s sunny and hot!
On Sunday we had an impromptu trip to the Zoo, most of the animals were laying about relaxing, although it wasn’t such a hot day as a few lately, we’ve been up to the high thirties a couple of times. The best picture I got was probably the third one below of the Koala having a bit of a kip.
My final, slightly exciting, news is that I’ve actually got round to publishing my book on Amazon. If you or ToF want it I’ll chuck you a copy of the finished one straight to your Kindles, but if you happen to get a chance tell Rich he can even buy it in Brazil by going to the Brazilian Amazon website and searching for Dan Ladle. The cover of the book is the fourth picture, although I’ve updated it since I did that one but it hasn’t shown up on the site yet!
Rudolph the Red Nosed Joshua
Jump by Dan Ladle
Had quite a good day at work today, I feel pretty settled now and have just been added to the on-call schedule, my first go is in a couple of weeks. A little nerve wracking but I might just actually go to work really early and finish really early. It’ll mean I can go with Deanne to pick the boy up and accompany them to Gymnastics classes.
We had potato scallops and chips for tea, which were very nice. Joshua was very talkative tonight and was coming out with lots of those long, rambling sentences where it takes him five minutes to get to the point. Daddy’s boy!
There was a Halloween disco on at Joshua’s school tonight, but with Josh’s seemingly innate fear of dressing up in public we thought it would be best not to try and force him to go. I feel a bit bad though, because a lot of his friends have pictures on Facebook and it looks like a good percentage of his class went. But I suspect if we’d have tried to dress him up for it he would have freaked out. 😦 Maybe next year!?
We’re doing a bit of shopping tomorrow, possibly buying an outdoor table for the verandah, and possibly going to visit Olive who hasn’t been well this last week. She seems to be better now though.
The picture is of our no longer agoraphobic cat, who has taken to laying in the sun during the early evening. Funnily enough we found a few bits of lizards strewn around in the same area just last week!
Snugs, In The Sun
It was great Skyping today, sorry if I wasn’t making a lot of sense, I did a blood test after I shut the call down and was a bit on the low side. Oops!
This morning, as well as doing a couple of loads of washing and hanging out of clothes, I found a recipe and made some of the leftover risotto into arancini balls, however I only made a couple as I wanted to check them out before I went ahead and used the rest of it. Because we didn’t have mozzarella I used a small piece of cheddar and a bit of sun dried tomato. They turned out okay but the cheese didn’t melt very well, so I took note and planned to make the rest later in the day.
Deanne and I ate them for lunch, Josh had a cheese sandwich. We left Deanne at home to rest her back and I took Joshy to Riverton, next to the Canning River, to have a scoot and a Calippo ice cream. Sadly the café, which served lovely cakes, although we only had a Diet Coke (me) and an ice cream (Josh), was still in the process of being built, so the playground wasn’t finished. However Joshua coped well with this and so we went for a massive scooter ride along the river.
When we got home I made tea, home made chips plus burgers in buns, then raspberry jelly with vanilla ice cream.
I put Josh to bed then had another go at the risotto, making another eight balls, then sharing one with Deanne to check it turned out okay.
Tomorrow I’m helping out at kindy, so another tiring day I suspect.
A mildly amusing aside: Snuggles just climbed on to the bed and sat between my feet as I was typing this and Deanne said, “ah, what’s it like to be a bore?” Then quickly realised what she’d actually said and changed the last word to “adored”! At least I think it wasn’t on purpose!
Some Swans At Riverton
I stayed and played until the start of class this morning. It was Joshua’s turn to ring the bell this morning so it was good to see him getting to have a go, and enjoying it.
I didn’t really do much this morning, I’m a bit unwell with a cold and have been doing a lot of stuff recently, including today!
Bob turned up unannounced at about midday, he was going to come over before picking Joshua up and do some gardening, which we really appreciate, however something had come up at work for tomorrow so he had some stuff to do at home this afternoon. He tried texting me but couldn’t get his text to send, so he drove over to see if I was in, so he could tell me he couldn’t come round to do the gardening before picking Joshua up!!! I just nodded and smiled, then showed him what he was doing wrong on his phone. In any case he actually did go out into the garden with Joshy after school and pulled up a load of weeds anyway.
I went to see another recruitment consultant this afternoon, which was actually quite interesting. I told him all about my interesting and varied career, using the word “interesting” about every other sentence for some reason. He’s waiting to hear back from a company about a couple of suitable roles but I told him I had been offered a role anyway (the one which I start on Friday), and he gave me some advice about that, which was nice.
After getting home Josh and I accompanied Deanne to the physiotherapist, she had her appointment and now has some exercises to do, which have already helped her back quite a lot after being in quite a lot of pain, whenever she moved for most of today. After the appointment it was getting a bit late to make tea so we got chips and potato fritters.
Tomorrow Deanne is dropping Joshua off so I might go for a run, which I haven’t done for ages. I’ll also get on with some of Rich’s work. I’ve also been in contact with a guy from a band who want a singer, their guitarist is away for a month or so but when he’s back they are going to have some try-outs, so that’s quite exciting too.
Joshua Playing In The Garden
I dropped Joshua off at daycare this morning, then went to get some cash out the bank and post a letter. I got home, did a couple of bits of housework then started doing some computing stuff.
I had leftover lasagne for lunch then mowed the lawn, as we still have Bob’s mower. Deanne got home at about four and we went to collect Joshua together then drove to Spud Shed and then Coles to buy fruit, veg’ and a few other bits and pieces for the next couple of weeks.
On the way back we stopped off at the library and dropped off a few books Deanne and Joshua had got out. Deanne had promised she was going to read some of the ones on our bookshelves but accidentally took out about another five books anyway. Josh got a Dinosaur A to Z and a one about prehistoric marine reptiles, which he read in the car on the way home. He asked me to turn round so I could look at the Pterygotas, which is a giant aquatic scorpion-y thing from his Walking with Monsters DVD.
We got chips on the way home as it was quite late so we couldn’t be bothered making tea (always seems to be the way when you’ve just been shopping!).
Bob is coming over tomorrow afternoon and we’re going to the Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle, he’s also collecting his lawnmower, which explains my afternoon activities today!
The picture, plus the title I’ve given today’s post, is because we turned up to collect the boy from daycare and all the kids had been offered face painting. Joshua had decided to be a Rainbow Cat. We were really impressed because any time in the past that he had the chance he wasn’t at all keen on the idea, but today (I’m guessing partly because of peer pressure) he sat there very quietly and waited until the woman had finished. He was very impressed and told us he had been playing at being a Rainbow Cat and also a…kitten. It was very funny.
I took about four pictures in a row, the first two times he said “cheese”, then the third time he said “miaow”, which he thought was hilarious and started laughing, which is the picture I’ve attached.
Busy day today! We got up, got ready then went out to the Triassic Fun Park. Joshua climbed and slid and ran and jumped for about an hour and a half. Unusually, he was relatively quiet in the car on the way home.
He perked up again after lunch. Josh had a cheese and Vegemite sandwich and I had cheese toasties.
We set out again after eating and went to Piney Lakes nature reserve, which is where the three of us were at the weekend. We took Josh’s scooter and he scooted all the way around the park, which is pretty big, plus he stopped to have an investigate around the lake and the little bridges, as per the picture.
My guess would be, we did a good couple of miles, if not more. Then when we got back to the start he wanted to have another quick go on the playground (he’d been on it when we arrived).
We got home and I put him to bed. He didn’t want to go but slept for an hour and a half. He woke up when Deanne got home from work. She made us burgers and buns with chips and peas. We ate in the sitting room while he watched Dinosaur Train.
We’re probably going to the Zoo tomorrow, depending on the weather. It’ll be the first time that Deanne has actually been at work while we’ve been there.
Before bed last night I got my usual round of emails from online job boards and some interesting roles came up. So this morning I checked them out properly and a couple of them were actually quite relevant. I therefore spent a good chunk of today writing a cover letter, thankfully only once because the two jobs were very, very similar. Apart from one is temporary and the other is permanent.
After I finished I sent the letter to Deanne to do a quick copy edit, she did so and sent it back then I fired it off to the two agencies that were advertising the jobs.
One of them just sent a standard email back saying “thanks for the application, we’ll be in touch”. But five minutes after I sent it the other one called me, told me who the job was with and asked me if I’d be okay with having my CV passed on to the employer. I said “yes”!
Having said that, the lady I spoke to said she’d be sending me through the full job spec’ and asking for written confirmation I actually want to be put forward for it and she hasn’t actually done that yet, so I’ll call first thing Monday morning and check up on what’s going on.
Deanne had collected Joshy and they arrived home at about five, we decided we couldn’t be bothered to cook, so went to the local chip shop and bought potato scallops and chips for tea, along with some salad stuff we have in the fridge. We enjoyed it quite a lot, and then Josh had ice cream and chocolate sauce for pudding, after which he asked if he could have some of his jelly from yesterday. He was very hungry today, I think he might be growing again!
We’re doing a bit of shopping in the morning. Not sure about the afternoon but Joshua would really like to go to a play centre so we might have to do that.