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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

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Soup

Dear Mum,

We had a nice relaxing day today. The morning was spent playing with Play Dough, making cubby houses with blankets, the sofa and the glass table and putting on some washing, etc.

Bob arrived  at our’s at lunch time, I’d made some bread in the bread machine and we defrosted, mixed and warmed up a couple of soups we had in the freezer that we’d made a week or two ago. It was very nice.

After lunch I helped Bob sort out a couple of things on his laptop, which he’d brought over with him, first of all was having a quick look at his wireless, which was giving him gyp, then I showed him how to digitise his CDs, I did one for him and walked him through another, so he would remember. He was going to listen to the MP3s on a pen drive on the way home.

After Pops left we headed to the park with Joshy’s bike, our neighbour saw when we noticed the tyres were flat and lent us a pump. The tyres have obviously been that way for a bit because as we were going round the lake Josh was cycling almost faster than I could run after him. We’re going to have to pick Deanne’s bike up from Julie’s house so we don’t lose him.

I took the picture this afternoon while Joshua was playing with his net toy bag thing, putting his toys, and himself into it and then pouring himself out again.

We’re having lunch at Julie’s tomorrow, apart from that no real plans, may go to the zoo if we have a chance but depends on how long lunch takes us.

Love

Dan

Josh In A Box

Josh In A Box


The Big Clean Up

Dear Mum,
After dropping Joshua off at kindy I came home and looked round the house for a bit, trying to decide where to start the big clean up operation after yesterdays three boy playtime at our house. There were toys everywhere!
There were also blankets strewn around the various bedrooms, blankets which should have been in the sitting room over the back of the sofas for when Deanne gets cold.
There were also a number of dishes from the various cakes and biscuits which were made for the occasion.
After everything was back in its rightful place I hoovered up the dirt, sand and dust that the boys had inadvertently tracked in from the garden.
It didn’t actually take all that long and once I’d sorted the cleaning out I made some lunch and got on with some job hunting.
I made soup for tea. Deanne was going to do a mushroom stroganoff but she’s feeling a bit under the weather (a cold, I think), so I chucked a small percentage of the enormous pumpkin Bob bought over last week in a pot and boiled it until it was ready.
This evening Dee is sorting our money spreadsheet out and I’m watching Top Gear, as per the picture. I wouldn’t be but there really isn’t anything else on!
Love
Dan

Yay, Top Gear

Yay, Top Gear