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Flying Joshua

Dear Mum,

A fairly normal start to the morning for Joshua, he brought a few books into our room and I read them to him before we got up and had breakfast. He got dressed as I showered then we packed his bag and headed out for school.

Deanne meanwhile was heading to the doctors to have a mole removed, a fairly standard procedure over here. However as she got to work her back started hurting worse than it had the other week, so she’s booked herself in to see someone about it tomorrow. The poor thing is in the wars at the moment!

At school Josh did some puzzles with Ella, they seemed to be having fun so I left them to it and came home to get on with some housework and then some grid-reference finding for Rich’s science project.

I got a message telling me Josh’s books were due back at the library on Friday, so I packed and took them with me to collect him this afternoon. After dropping them off and picking some new books, one of which was about ancient marine creatures rather than dinosaurs for a change, we walked over to the playground near the library.

He particularly enjoyed the flying fox, which he grabbed on to, asked me to swing him half way along the track, then dropped seven feet into the sand and laughed his head off. It was so funny he did it a number of times, which was when I took the photo.

I also got an email from the new boss asking if I can start on Friday. I said yes! Although I still have another appointment with a recruitment consultant tomorrow afternoon, which I figured I’d go to anyway as it was already booked.

Dee’s back appointment is in the afternoon, so I’ll go along for some moral support. Bob picks Josh up from school tomorrow so there will be a bit of to-ing and fro-ing to coordinate all our movements.

Love

Dan

Flying Fox

Flying Fox

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Holy Job, Batman

Dear Mum,
Great to talk to you today. As you know I now appear to have become the proud owner of a shiny new job! Which is rather exciting. However I’ll wait until after I’ve started on Monday before I write any more on that!
The big day that Joshua and I had yesterday involved a trip to the Rio Tinto Naturescape, then the Synergy playground with the animal sculptures. I’ve chucked a bunch more pictures in the Dropbox, let me know when ToF has downloaded them.
Last night was the writers group meeting. A few new people came along and we all had a good old chat about the writing process, so I got to talk quite a lot about the Snowflake Method that I used to plan my novel.
Today Josh was at daycare, I dropped Deanne off at work afterwards, as she isn’t well enough to drive yet, and then came home and worked on a job application. Which I’m not sure if I’ll finish now, although I probably should as it’s quite an interesting job.
Tomorrow we have to go buy a few things, including s birthday present for Alice, who’s party Josh is going to next weekend. Apart from that, no particular plans.
Although it’s in the Dropbox ones, I’ve put in a photo of the boy from our day out yesterday anyway, ’cause it’s a good picture.
Love
Dan

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Futurama

Dear Mum,

Deanne took Joshy to kindy this morning, so I could set off to CentreLink at half seven. It opens at eight but if you’re not there on time it means you might have to stand in a queue for half an hour before they even let you sit down to wait to see someone. I managed to get my account sorted out and was home by about ten to eight, which was lucky because Deanne was standing inside the fly-wire door, stuck, as she couldn’t get the latch to turn. It opened fine once I put the key in, think it might just need an oil, so we’ll get some when we shop next time.

They got there in time anyway, so I spent the morning looking at jobs and doing applications and stuff. The only reason I mention Futurama is because they are showing them a few nights a week on one of the channels over here, so I’ve been recording them and watched a couple over lunch time, while eating my cheese and salad sandwiches and an apple.

Deanne sent me a link to a job which looks really good in the afternoon and so I filled in an application and sent it off, before collecting the boy from kindy. I think I mentioned, when we Skyped, that he’s been hugging people a bit too vigorously, so his teacher is giving him a stamp every fifteen minutes when he’s refraining from full body contact with other kids. So the picture below is of his arm today, which was apparently quite a good day!

Had leftovers, plus a cauliflower gratin that Julie sent us home with yesterday for tea. Very nice. It’s Joshy/Nana day tomorrow so I might go for a run again in the morning to try and get me motivated for a day of jobbing again!

Love

Dan

Joshua "Nine Stamps" Ladle

Joshua “Nine Stamps” Ladle


Bingo, I Mean House, I Mean…Oh, Whatever!!!

Dear Mum,

A BIG day today! Joshua and I got dressed and headed out towards Deanne’s old school on his bike. He is so confident now, as you can see by the nonchalant way he’s not looking where he’s going, although still a bit lazy and asking me to push him more often than is strictly necessary. We got to the school and he rode around a bit, then parked his bike and played on the playground, pretending to be animals – giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys, etc. We stopped for a snack and a drink and played a bit more, then he cycled home again.

After lunch we packed ourselves up and headed for the hospital at Fremantle for my diabetes appointment. I was a little worried Joshua would get bored and be naughty but he sat and ate a packet of biscuits while we were waiting, introduced himself beautifully to the nurse who weighed and measured me. Something he has only really picked up in the last couple of weeks, before that he mostly ignored people who spoke to him.

When we went in to see the doctor (I felt very old because she must have been ten or fifteen years younger than me and a consulting endocrinologist) I gave Joshua his Dinosaur Search And Find book and he sat quietly in the chair next to me, looking for and counting the animals.

My actual appointment was fine and my control seems to be pretty good, especially considering I’ve recently emigrated. HbA1c of 7.0 mmol/l and an unusually handy 5.9 when I did a blood test for the nurse. I have to go see them again in six months time, but that’s just standard procedure, and at least I now have all my NDSS stuff signed off so I can get cheap(er) insulin pump consumables.

After we got home I got a phone call from the estate agents, who said that we’ve got the house we put an application in for. I was extremely surprised and called Deanne immediately to tell her the good news. I don’t think either of us can really believe it but it appears to be true. We get the keys on the 24th, I’ll let you know the address in an email sometime soon. Now we just have to sort out getting our stuff delivered there at a similar time.

I picked Deanne up from work at five, as she had somehow ripped the knee on her trousers and didn’t want to have to come home on public transport. This evening she has been out at a cosmetics party, so I’ve been writing thank you notes for Joshua’s birthday party guests and looking up internet providers, etc. for the move.

Tomorrow is Joshua/Nana day so I’m going to get my job application emailed off and look up other house type things we might need.

Love

Dan

Going To The Park

Going To The Park


All Quiet On The Western Front

Dear Mum,
Both my job application and the house rental we’ve applied for should have got back to us today. Neither has done so! Of course people say that no news is good news but that doesn’t make us feel any better.
Of course, as you always say, this find next year we’ll look back and think it wasn’t a problem. But just tonight Deanne and I are feeling a bit down.
However tomorrow is another day, we’re going to see another couple of houses and heading to Garden City with Joshua, so he can look in the ABC store and decide what to spend his $40 voucher on, that he got from Aunty Helen.
We also have some of Julie’s friends and their kids (and grandkid) coming over in the afternoon so it’ll be nice to talk to some people our own age.
Just out of interest Monique, the one our age, is an archaeologist. So at least we’ll have something to talk about.
Attached is a picture of the egg that Bob bought for Josh. It’s been in water since the party and had started to crack when we got home tonight. Intrigued to see how it develops.
Love
Dan

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Classroom Helper

Dear Mum,
Can’t write much tonight as I’ve had a tough day and it’s late.
I remembered, on my way to drop Joshua off, that I was meant to be helping out in his class today. So, completely unprepared, I stayed the entire day and got to help out with some cutting, painting and other classroom activities.
I picked Deanne up from work and we went to look at a house, then this evening I’ve been applying for a job. I’m knackered!
The picture is the one I mentioned ages ago of Joshua’s outline.
There’s a teachers strike tomorrow so it’s Joshy/Daddy day!
Love
Dan

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That’s A Lot!

Dear Mum,

After dropping the little ‘un off this morning I came home and did some washing, followed buy some ironing. Then I got out the laptop and started looking for jobs again. However, not long after I started up the laptop I got a message from Deanne saying she had spoken to the IT guy at work and asked where IT jobs are advertised, one of the places he came up with was a consultancy.

So I headed for their website and had a look at what was going at the moment, rather to my surprise there was rather a good job which looked like something I have the skills for, so I called up the lady whose name was at the bottom of the advert and after a bit of a chat sent her my CV.

She emailed me back, not long after with the full spec’ for the role and asked me to have a look and to let her know if I was still interested. I responded accordingly (I was, in case you weren’t sure!). Then she emailed me again and told me how much the role was offering and if I still wanted my name put forward. I was a little surprised at the number written down, e.g. it was large, however when I came to think about it the role is a one year contract and the skills it’s looking for (which I have) are actually quite specific, so I wrote another email saying the money seemed conversant with the role, smiling to myself as it would allow Deanne and I to seriously apply for a mortgage, etc.

Anyway, that seemed to take up a good part of the day! This afternoon there was a class play date at the little park over the street from the school for Joshua’s class, so I took a snack and some drink and we marched over the road and Josh got down to some really intense playing. Ryan and his mum came over too and a few other people from the class, so it was quite nice to talk to some different mums as I tend to mainly talk to Jane and Emma who are Ryan and Penny’s mums. It’s nice to chat to people as I’m starting to feel part of the school collective now.

After coming home and letting Joshy watch a few episodes of Dinosaur Train we went to collect Deanne. She had been a bit late into work this morning as we didn’t get up when the alarm went off, then came home for tea.

Tomorrow Dee is dropping him off and then I’ll take her to work, so I can pick him up in the afternoon. Apart from that more of the same.

Love

Dan