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Bank Holiday

Dear Mum,

So today was a bank holiday, sadly Deanne had to go in to University for a lecture this morning, but on the bright side it meant I got a day with my boy!

Our weekend has been rather crazy…Saturday was really busy (for Joshua), because of the bank holiday Joshy didn’t have gymnastics today, so he went to a make-up class on Saturday morning. Of course he also does swimming on Saturday afternoon, so by the end of the day he was absolutely bejiggered.

Sunday was Julie’s birthday, there was a family gathering at a nice café/restaurant in Fremantle for lunch, the food was great and, unusually, there was a whole load of vegetarian food on the menu (thank you Julie). Unfortunately we were too full for pudding, but we have to go back because they had the most fantastic selection of (enormous) cakes. We’ll take you there when you visit.

Today Josh and I had our final trip to Scitech before our passes run out. Josh and I got ready at the same time this morning, in that he had a bath while I showered, he dried himself off and got his clothes ready and on. He helped me pack our snacks and lunch, then we set off. We were the second people through the door so he got to choose what to do first with no competitors. We played on just about everything, and Joshy had a fantastic time doing experiments, watching puppet shows and making and testing things.

I’ve included a bunch of pictures to make up for the dearth of posts recently, however they’re more or less all from this weekend. I’ll try and remember to drop some others in the Dropbox when I get a chance.

Anyway, life seems a bit more sorted now, I need to get on with a music review so I’ll write in a couple of days when I’ve finished it.

Love

Dan

Drawing at the Café

Drawing at the Café

The Slide we Discovered at Point Walter

The Slide we Discovered at Point Walter

A Climbing Wall

A Climbing Wall

Arriving at Scitech

Arriving at Scitech

Making a Flyer

Making a Flyer

Flying a Flyer

Flying a Flyer

Topographic Fun

Topographic Fun


Only Tuesday

Dear Mum,

Well the Adventure World party was great. Joshua made us go see the dinosaurs first. Then we went on a little roller coaster, which was for kids but still ended up bruising my leg and making Josh laugh the whole way round.

As we headed back to our stuff to get changed we bumped into Clayton, Penny and Lillian, who were going on the waterslide. After getting our bathers on we also went and did the same. It was really fun but Joshua didn’t like the bit at the bottom where I had to try and keep his head above the water, with limited success. Apart from that he thought it was brilliant.

We then went back to the dinosaur bit and Joshua spent some time going down the youngsters’ water slide there and then doing it again. Deanne made us a fantastic picnic and we spent some time eating that before having another wander around and look at stuff, before getting Joshua’s present (a pillow monkey thing) and grabbing his free ice cream before we came home.

The next day we went to Scitech and saw the new exhibit, about gardens. They’ve also moved a lot of the things around and set up a few new things. The picture is of an electronic face that you could move around on screen and then convert into expressions on a real robot.

Joshua also played in the building section before we went, which is the other picture.

Last but not least, I don’t know if you’ve seen the below video yet but I got quite excited when I saw it.

Love

Dan

Robot Face

Robot Face

 

Joshua the Builder

Joshua the Builder

 


Dinosaur Discovery

Dear Mum,
Just a quickie as I’m tired out.
Scitech was great, Joshy loved it! In the dino’ bit he got to dig for fossils, make a fossil and look through some dino’ poo.
The picture was taken before we watched Titans of the Ice Age on the big, curved screen.
The rest of the day was spent playing with all the experiments.
I’m at work tomorrow.
Love
Dan

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Spelling Mi-Scitech

Dear Mum,
Been to my writers group tonight so not a long one, as I need to be up for work in the morning.
Josh and I spent most of the day at Scitech. He had a great time, and I did too! We built things, did experiments, played science-y games and generally did lots of fun things. I did, however, point out that one of their displays contained a spelling mistake, can you see it in the picture?
I made a kind of country pie for tea and then went out to chat about writing. Another good day.
Love
Dan

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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


Sci-Trekkers

Dear Mum,
After Deanne had left for work today Joshy and I read a couple of his books, then got up and played for a while before cooking some sausage rolls then packing them, along with some other food and drinks. After I showered we grabbed the bag of supplies and drove to Scitech.
It was almost eleven when we arrived so we sat down and ate some lunch, then got on with some scientific investigation and engineering. Joshua was particularly interested in the big interactive water wall today, it’s a huge screen with a cartoon scene, that you can draw lines on to direct the water. You can fill up things like water tanks and solar heating systems, then empty them out again.
He also waited ages for a turn on the pneumatic message sender. Once he got his turn he spent a couple of minutes carefully writing the note, as per the picture below, then jumping up and down on the seat which blows air through a pipe, to move the message canister to the other end where I was waiting.
We got home around three and Josh watched Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (again!!!). Deanne had sent me a link she had happened upon about setting up your own IT support business. And it got my brain chuntering, so I decided I’d have a go. I’ve already set up a website and am going to order some business cards as soon as I get a chance. I’ll post the site up here when I’ve got it all ready for action. I figure I have skills which people need and I have nothing to lose, so I may as well have a go!
Tomorrow is, as yet, unplanned. Although Joshua has mentioned the Zoo. But I’ll wait to see what the weather is like before we decide.
By the way, I’ve dropped a few more photos of today in the Dropbox, so get the Old Guy to download them for you.
Love
Dan

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Back Online…Again

Dear Mum,

Well, our internet is back up and running, no thanks to iiNet! They had told us that a technician had looked at the local exchange on Friday, after we had lost our collection along with half of Perth on Thursday morning. However today a proper technician from Telstra was sent to look at the issue, and rather than coming to our house and finding there was a fault he called me (at exactly three o’clock, just when I should have been picking Joshua up, but I can forgive him that as he fixed the problem) and said he was working on it.

About an hour later the missing two lights on the right hand side of the router came back on and everything started working again. The nice techie said that it was obvious that no one had done any work at the telephone exchange and that it could have been fixed much earlier if anyone had done so!

iiNet tried to call me but failed to get through, as we were busy talking to the Telstra guy. I will however be calling them up tomorrow to ask them to ensure we get the five day’s worth of money taken off our next bill, as well as an apology for the anguish, plus some kind of reimbursement from the time I’ve lost working on Rich’s project. Mostly just an apology for their appalling customer service.

Anyway, we’re back on and so we can Skype and I can apply for jobs and do some actual work again. Hooray!

Apart from the whole lack of internet we had a really nice weekend, on Saturday we went to Julie’s house, just to say hi on our way through, then headed over to Olive’s house, as we hadn’t seen Deanne’s Nana for a few weeks. As well as eating…a lot…Joshua mainly played with the toys he had taken over, as well as some of Olive’s things like a torch that was in her sitting room.

On Sunday we went to Scitech and investigated the new fairground exhibit, with a hall of mirrors and games of chance and such like. Joshua also finally agreed to try the planetarium, which was really good. It started with a girl presenting some information about our galaxy and the constellations, then flew to outside the galaxy and showed you how tiny a part of it the constellations we can see actually are. Then there was a film, narrated by Rupert Grint, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter fame, and it was about life on other planets. Joshua was a little disappointed that the show didn’t have any actual aliens in it, so we had to explain that humans haven’s actually met aliens yet!

Today when I dropped him off at school he started playing with some Lego. While he was doing so his little friend Penny arrived, came up to him and handed him an envelope with his name on it. He opened it and it was a beautiful print of her feet, covered in purple glitter and with Joshua’s name written on it. She was really proud of it (and so she should have been) and Joshua was really impressed. It’s really good that Josh has some friends at kindy, because we were worried about how he would make friends when we arrive in Aus’. But apparently we needn’t have done so!

This afternoon, because Deanne left early to pick the boy up we went to the bird hide in the park. It was great and we were out about an hour, Josh scooted and Deanne and I walked. It was great but also quite tiring.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot. We are attempting to stop the thumbsucking! we have tried a number of things but eventually settled on painting a mixture of coffee and cayenne pepper on to Joshua’s thumb before he goes to bed at night. It feels a bit like child abuse, but Joshua has embraced it with aplomb and asks for his thumb to be treated so he doesn’t suck it. It’s got a thumbs up (sorry)!

Tomorrow is another day and I have a bit of catching up to do with various things so it probably won’t be very exciting to write about, but I’ll let you know when it’s happened.

Love

Dan

Working, thank goodness!!!

Working, thank goodness!!!


A Grand Day Out

Dear Mum,
Joshua and I set off at about nine and after a couple of sat-nav detours got to SciTech at just after half past.
It was surprisingly busy to say it was a school day, mostly because there were a bunch of schools visiting as it was a special day with presentations and things to do for older kids. However that didn’t stop Josh from running about like a mad thing and making full use of all the facilities.
I think the best part of the day was when we were in a “Dinoshadow” show, which consisted of a guy doing shadow puppet stuff with dinosaurs and fossils. The bloke was trying to segue into a bit about the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs and asked the kids “why can’t we see any dinosaurs today?” And after being quiet throughout the rest of the show Joshua shouts out “because they turned in to birds!” It was brilliant, I was so proud 🙂 Slightly wrong footed the presenter though!
I’ve attached a few pictures of the day as there was a lot to do.
Love
Dan

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Joshua writing me a message to send through the pneumatic message tube.

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Joshua doing his own dinoshadow show after the real one.

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His favourite experiment, make your own ball run.

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Making volcanoes and lakes out of light.

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After his nap in the afternoon. He probably wouldn’t have woken up for tea if I hadn’t gone in to get him.


Talking Rubbish

Dear Mum,

Well, today was the big day..but I’ll get to that in a bit. I dropped Josh off at daycare and he was pretty cool about it. It’s taken longer for him to get comfortable with daycare than kindy, but I guess he only goes there once a week so that’s not really a surprise.

I didn’t do a great deal more revision for the interview this a’vo as I decided I’d stuffed as much into my head as I could fit without it exploding in a shower of IT. So instead I did the washing up and some washing and hanging out of clothes I’d set to wash before I took Joshy in.

At half one, about half way through Star Trek, The Next Generation (I think I may have spent too long at home!) I got changed into my trousers and shirt, packed my tie in my bag and headed out carrying my jacket. The temperature was somewhere around 30° so I wasn’t going to wear everything or I’d have arrived as a damp mess.

I got there in about an hour and ten minutes, so quicker even than when I tried it last week, I got myself dressed up and then had a couple of minutes to kill so I read the job-spec’ and did a blood test (then had a couple of Jelly Babies as I was 4.6mmol/l and didn’t want to drop during the interview). After which it was time to go in.

The guy who met me seemed nice and had only been in the job a matter of months, his other colleagues arrived after a few minutes and hadn’t been working there much longer. It sounds like there was a big re-org’ about a year ago so a good percentage of the people there are new-ish.

I don’t really know what to say about the interview itself, I think I did okay on a few of the questions, quite badly on one and no idea about the rest! The bad one was one I should have nailed as it was asking the difference between a risk, a threat and a vulnerability. You would imagine with my working history and my encyclopaedic knowledge of the English language that I’d have done pretty well at that, but I stumbled and stuttered through and don’t think I actually did a very good job of addressing the question. Still not to worry! 🙂

When I got home Deanne was making tea, the trip back had taken about the same amount of time as getting there so with a bit of polishing I could probably get it down to about an hour…if they actually thought I was okay and decided to offer me the role! She had taken Joshua to the library to return his books and DVD and get some new ones, so he was watching a DVD of Winnie The Pooh when I arrived.

We finally received our Scitech tickets yesterday so I think Josh and I are going to go there tomorrow to play on the exhibits and have a picnic.

Love

Dan


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!