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O Is For Octopus

Just a quickie tonight ’cause I’m tired from running round the lake today!

Spent most of the day looking through scientific papers and writing down grid references, say hi to Rich, Ana and Jasmine, by the way.

Went for the aforesaid run at about lunchtime, got back, had lunch and then did some more work. After that I went to pick Josh up from Julie’s house. The poor thing has a bit of a cold and so was a bit cry-ey over dinner and bath-time, even though he had some Calpol. In the car on the way home he said he had an itchy throat, poor little boy.. I’ll check on him before I go to sleep to make sure he’s okay and doesn’t have a temperature.

Made Fajitas for tea, quite nice but I need to put a bit more of the spice mix in next time, we got it in a spice jar, like the ones you get for e.g. herbs back in the UK, so it needs some fine tuning.

I may possibly have a few days off the ‘blog, as we have a lot to do around the house in preparation for the move in a week’s time, but I’ll write when I get a chance.

Will try and speak to you, Dad, Rich, Ana and Jasmine over the weekend.

The picture is the lollipop Josh made at kindy this week for the letter O, we were very impressed by his colouring in!

Love

Dan

O Is For Octopus

O Is For Octopus

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Science Fair

Dear Mum,

Deanne decided early on today that she wasn’t well enough to join us for any activities, so I tried to make her as comfortable as I could and then got Josh and I sorted for the day.

Our first outing was to view a house in Leeming, maybe a little over our ideal price but the estate agent told us that the market is slow and we can probably get away with low offers. The house was really nice, not dissimilar to our current place but much (much) closer to Joshy’s school. I’m looking at a couple more on Monday and will then decide what we’re going to do.

We headed home and I showed Deanne the video I made on my phone of the place, she just about managed to turn over in bed to look at it, the poor thing, and agreed that it looked a very good house.

Then Josh and I went shopping and bought some things to top up the cupboards, including some cartons of real orange juice with straws for Dee to drink while laying down, and a couple of jelly mixes, one of which you can add 200ml of a juice of your own to flavour it. Joshua decided he’d like to try one with apple juice. After which it was time for lunch, so we all had cheese sandwiches, Deanne and I toasted, Josh’s just bread.

After eating the two of us drove to the train station and went into Perth. It’s National Science Week over here at the moment and there was a science fair on in the cultural centre, which is near the museums. We saw the end of the Scitech show, which involved putting liquid nitrogen into a big tube of warm bubbly water which then shot a spout of foam in the air. When that was over there was about an hour before the next “act” so we went and looked around the WA Museum for a while, inspected the stuffed animals then looked at the fossils and the reproduction prehistoric fish.

We headed back to the stage area where Bizircus were just setting up. They were a science and magic act, if you can get your head round that. they did magic tricks and circus-type tricks, which they explained with physics and humour. It was very funny and Josh as absolutely transfixed after their first trick, which was the bloke making the woman hang in the air. I asked him if he could figure out how they did it and he said no, I agreed that I couldn’t either and it was pretty clever. The only thing that bothered me was that the guy looked and acted a lot like Glenn Robbins, who is the bloke that plays Kel in Kath and Kim, and Russell Coight in All Aussie Adventures that ToF and I used to watch, so I had trouble separating him from the characters I’ve seen on TV.

Josh had an ice cream before we left and we watched a bit of the Naked Scientist, who is an English bloke who just answers science questions posed by kids. The “naked” is because he doesn’t use any props or e.g. Google to get his facts, they are all in his head. However Joshua did say that he was expecting him not to be wearing any clothes!

I grabbed a Vanilla Diet Coke on the way back to the train station, then we went home to check on the patient. Deanne was okay, but still unable to do anything very much. Josh asked if he could do some of the Maths Seeds, which are the numeric version of the ABC Reading Eggs he has been doing. He seems much more proficient at the maths ones than the English ones, and he’s not too bad at the English ones! He continued doing those from when we got in at five until I had finished making soup for tea at about half six, he loves them.

This evening I watched the rest of a film I have been doing in shifts called Aeon Flux which, upon reaching the end, made no more sense than it had done at the start. Good effects but a loony story!

Tomorrow we have nothing planned, although there is another science and sustainability thing on, somewhere near Canning Bridge I think, so we might go to that. Deanne is Skyping Rich in the afternoon, as she has a few questions for him about an upcoming interview she has been invited to.

I liked the picture of the earring you sent, looks a little tarnished but practically good as new for 1,600 years old! Deanne likes the sound of the tea and we hope the finger isn’t hurting too much.

Sorry for the long mail but it’s been an exciting day.

Love

Dan

Science Fair Ice Cream

Science Fair Ice Cream


1,100 Papers

Dear Mum,
Joshua was raring to go this morning when I dropped him off at daycare. He almost ran off to join the other kids before I’d got a kiss and a cuddle! Which is good because even up to a couple of weeks ago he was still a bit clingy.
I got home and got on with my downloading. I have now been through over 1,100 lines of the spreadsheet and so have less than 400 to go. Another day of two and I should finish this first bit of the work for big bro’.
Skyped you before collecting Joshy, he mentioned a new friend called Aiden, so I assume that might have something to do with his earlier keen demeanour. Then we waited for a visit from Julie, who arrived with some home made pasties, half a vegetable pie (which I heated up with some veg’ and gravy for tea), half a lemon meringue pie and half an apple cake. Apparently she had been in a baking mood!
Thankfully it’s the weekend now. We’re going out tomorrow to get some presents and cards for the twins’ birthday on Wednesday, then drop some books back at the library.
In case you’ve been wondering about how The Snugs has been settling, in I took this picture to show you that he appears pretty happy. I don’t think it’ll be too much longer now before we let him adventure out into the big wild Aussie world.
Love
Dan

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Running Dan

Dear Mum,

Nothing to report today really. Josh is staying at Julie’s again tonight so Deanne and I are doing various bits and pieces of things.

I spent more time downloading scientific papers today and also managed to fit in a load of washing and a run round the lake, which took me almost exactly 40 minutes this time, so a bit slower than the last one but I was trying a few different speeds and running/walking distances just for fun. I actually felt quite comfortable running at a fast speed so might try that next time and see how far I get before I conk out!

No picture tonight as I forgot to take any today, although I did get a shot of Snugs sitting in the sunlight inside our bedroom, but the contrast was really awful, so I stuck it on Facebook where it doesn’t really matter!

Joshy/Nana day tomorrow too so I’ll be getting on with more downloading and job hunting.

Love

Dan


Rain, Again

Dear Mum,

Nothing particularly exciting happening today. Dee dropped Joshy off at kindy so I started downloading stuff for Rich’s work first thing. Briefly stopping to get the rain in when Deanne called to let me know there was a severe weather warning in place for some serious precipitation.

The day went past pretty quickly, it’s amazing how time flies when you have a specific task to work on. I stopped for lunch at about midday and watched the first half of a Top Gear, then went back to work.

At two pm I finally decided to get dressed, yes I know, it was the height of laziness but I was in my pyjamas and dressing-gown until then, I figured I didn’t have anything in particular to dress for, so why dress. Thankfully it was chucking it down so no one came to the door while I was working.

I headed out at half past two to pick up Joshua from school, it was still raining and so when I had parked the car I took the picture to show you what winter looks like in Perth. I took the boy’s raincoat and an umbrella, although it was a bit like a chocolate fireguard under the circumstances. However Josh didn’t get too wet on the way back from his classroom to the car, so it was worth it I guess.

I had a chat with Penny’s Mum, Emma while I was waiting for Joshy to come out and she said they were going to have mash with gravy for tea, I thought that was a spectacularly good idea considering the cold, wet weather, so I made potato and sweet potato mash, slice and veg. It was just the right thing for the weather.

Deanne is making some kind of iced brownies at the moment, she’s still in a baking mood, which is nice. I’m watching Attenborough’s Life in Cold Blood at the moment, then tomorrow is Joshy/Nana day and Joshua has decided he’d like to stay over at Nana’s house again, so it’ll be another quiet night for Deanne, Snuggles and I.

Love

Dan

 

Rain, Again

Rain, Again


Scooter-Saurus

Dear Mum,

I was expecting a bit of a relaxing day today. I was somewhat mistaken!

Although to be fair Deanne and I heard Joshy come into our room at about seven this morning, but we weren’t really awake and he went back to bed, not getting up until about ten past nine. Which was a pretty laid back start to the day.

We had breakfast and got ready, then went to a playcentre called Tumblers, which Joshua had been to with Nana and asked if he could take us. We had offered him the choice between that and Sci-Tech, and he chose that. It was really good, in a leisure centre along with a big pool and water slide, a library and a few other odds and ends. We’ll probably pay for a day pass at some point and go do the pool, the slide and the playcentre. It’ll be a little bit like being at Centreparcs again.

We got home and heated up a few of my sausage rolls, they were very tasty, the picture is of Joshua eating one of them. In fact they are so good I would strongly recommend you try them, they are pretty easy to make (after all I can make them) and I’m sure you’ll have most of the ingredients. The recipe is here. While we were eating them Joshua watched an episode of Walking with Monsters, the one with a Siberian Scutosaurus in it from the start of the Triassic period.

After lunch Deanne wanted to do some paperwork so I agreed to Joshua’s idea to take his scooter to the park. He hasn’t used the scooter much so was a little unsteady at first, but he insisted we go to the playground we were at yesterday and actually managed the two or three kilometres there, and the same back after we had finished playing there. I tell you what, I’m not sure I’m going to manage my run this week, as two five kilometre runs has put a real crimp on the muscles in my legs.

By the time we got back it was nearing five and so Deanne made some wedges and slices for us and nuggets for Josh. I threw a salad together. I put a film on for Joshua, he started watching the Wallace and Gromit movie, The Curse of the Were Rabbit, but made me stop it because he got scared of the bits where Wallace was turning into a big rabbit. His hands shook and he looked really frightened, I felt quite bad. I’m pretty sure stuff like that didn’t affect me when I was little, but then I guess I was the youngest of four boys so was exposed to a lot more inappropriate movies than he has been. I was wondering about watching Star Wars with him, but think I’ll have to watch it myself first to make sure it’s okay for his delicate sensibilities.

He ended up watching Toy Story 3 while we ate, which he was much happier about.

I bathed him and then he asked if Deanne could help him dress and read him his story. We’re watching Silent Witness at the moment. Tomorrow I’m going to start working on the stuff Richard has sent me through. I shan’t say what I’m doing for him as these scientists are all a bit careful about not revealing what they are doing before publication.

Love

Dan

Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls


SciTech

Dear Mum,
No accidents today, you’ll be pleased to hear!
We got to SciTech at about 11 and headed down to the far end, where there is a stage and a little kind of theatre-y show with actions (which Joshua didn’t take part in) and some ventriloquism, which he thought was rather good.
After the show we had lunch then started looking at the actual science and technology things. It was really good. Everything there is interactive, so there are lots of things to wind up and make balls go round big metal circuits to show how kinetic and potential energy and momentum all work. Then you could build cars out of Lego and race them down a big ramp to see which design was best, and all sorts of other exciting things for little boys (and big boys) to do.
At 12:30 there was a “bubbles show” which did exactly what it said on the packet. It was pretty good but the girl who was doing the show was trying to rely a bit too much on audience participation from a bunch of 2 to 5 year olds, which made it go on a tad longer than it should have done!
It was also good because there was an area with seats and tables, so you can take your own food and drink, which we did do, and so not have to buy lunch.
We went out for a quick drink, and a bit to eat for Josh. But on the understanding that yes, we would be going back in before we took him home. Then after that we spent another half hour or so, where he played at being a builder and put foam bricks in a wheelbarrow and then built and destroyed a wall and hoisted them up in the air. Then we actually did come home.
Joshua was ever so well behaved and I think we’ll probably actually buy ourselves season tickets, as I could see us spending a fair bit of time there.
I did try Skyping you when we got home but you appeared to be out so we’ll have another go tomorrow.
Love
Dan
P.s. apologies if this isn’t very well spelled or formatted, I’m writing it on the tablet because I couldn’t be bothered firing up the laptop after such a tiring day!