Lazy days

Today was a lazy day.

Kid1’s tennis team made the semi-finals last week but, alas, lost. Her netball finished a couple of weeks ago. So no sport today. So no getting up to be out of the house before 9am. MotH also had no work on. So we all took the opportunity to have a slow day, though we enjoyed it our different ways.

MotH and I were up by 7.30am – our body clocks are difficult to switch off. It was lovely though to enjoy our morning coffees and not have to rush anywhere.

MotH whipped out to get the morning paper, while I curled up with my knitting and watched, of all things, Pollyanna. I am truly a sook at heart.

Kids 1 & 2 ventured from their respective slumbers after 9am, and joined me on the couch. At various stages I moved to put another load of washing on, or to hang up the towels & linen outside (but under cover) to take advantage of the beautiful morning.

Lunch was pancakes with maple syrup – a delicious luxury that we only enjoy about once a month at the very most.

Then, while the kids pottered (tv, computer, crafty things) and MotH watched the football, I snapped up the opportunity for a nanna nap. What bliss.

While this has been indeed a lazy day, I have also managed to get four reports finished for work – leaving 3 to be finished by Friday. This is a fabulous feeling – it removes a lot of stress from the coming week.

It has been a lovely day, and tomorrow promises the same as Kid2 has a bye in soccer. Not sure I’ll be able to adjust to work on Monday ūüôā



Slow Sunday

It’s been a slow Sunday.

Kid2 played soccer this morning, but it was MotH’s turn to take her. I could stay in my pjs and ever so slowly address the mountains of laundry and tidy the house. I also put the bolar blade & spuds on, in the slow cooker.

Then Moth and Kids 1 & 2 disappeared to the footy this afternoon, and so I had some time to myself.

I watched Hachi, and then caught the end of You’ve got mail. Very lightweight stuff, which allowed me to knit at the same time.¬† I’m knitting a large jumper, in black 8 ply, and it’s taking FOREVER. I am determined to finish the back tonight though.

Overall, there has been no stress today – mentally, physically or emotionally. It’s the way I like my Sundays. Lovely.

Harry & his mates

Geez, I hit Friday night and almost forgot to post as a part of #blogjune. It is has been a truly hectic day, as the last day of a full-on hectic week.

The main aim tonight has been to chill out, so when we (kids1 & 2 & moi) realised Harry Potter 1 (.. philosopher’s stone – shouldn’t need to even say it) was on we got ourselves ready. PJs on early, drinks and nibbles at hand, and for me the knitting was pulled out. We can all watch HP 1 – 7 as many times as the best of them, and never tire of it. I know there are many of us out there too – Miss Sophie Mac¬†and Bookgrrl to name at least two.

¬†To me it is the side characters that add so much. I so adore the Weasley twins, Neville, Luna &¬†Seamus. They so consistently provide warmth and¬†humour throughout the movies. And I want to live in the Burrow. I know I’m a grown-up, but I still do. As Harry says ‘I think it’s brilliant’. However I am not as obsessed as some. After a bit of digging, I found this¬†post with the most fabulous pictures of a gingerbread burrow – now that’s dedication. In comparison I have but a warm fondness for things HP.

Movie Meme+

Thanks to @Katejf for meme, as am totally exhausted and brain not working. Today’s been the first day I’ve felt well, so after a couple loads of washing I weeded the front garden. Then an opportune phone-call from a close friend lead to an afternoon of tennis, followed by lots of gossip. Have to start the dinner soon, and know that after dinner I will not have the sun-burnt energy to blog – a meme is an excellent way to keep up with #blog12daysxmas without expending too much energy or grey cells.

Top 25 Box Office of 2010

(as of December 13, 2010)

  1. Toy Story 3 ($415M) seen and now own it – Love it and both predecessorsÔĽŅ
  2. Alice in Wonderland ($334.2M)  want to see
  3. Iron Man 2 ($312.1M)  
  4. Eclipse ($300.5M)  
  5. Inception ($292.5M)  
  6. Deathly Hallows Part 1 ($259.2M)  seen and loved, again like all predecessors.
  7.  Despicable Me ($250.3.7M) seen it Рenjoyed.
  8. Shrek Forever After ($238.4M)
  9. How to Train Your Dragon ($217.6M) seen it, and watched it again recently via Foxtel Box Office – enjoyed.
  10. The Karate Kid ($176.6M)  
  11. Clash of the Titans ($163.2M)
  12. Grown Ups ($162M)
  13. Megamind ($140.6M)
  14. The Last Airbender ($131.6M)
  15. Shutter Island ($128M)
  16. The Other Guys ($119.2M)
  17. Salt ($118.3M)  
  18. Tangled ($117.2M) want to see
  19. Jackass 3-D ($116.8M)
  20. Valentine’s Day ($110.5M)  
  21. Robin Hood ($105.3M)
  22. The Expendables ($103.1M)  
  23. Date Night ($98.7M)
  24. Due Date ($95.4M)
  25. Sex and the City 2 ($95.3M) seen it – and blogged about it: Old and Orange

I have seen only 5, which¬†doesn’t surprise me. I don’t get to the movies much. I generally catch up with the movies I wish to see when they hit Foxtel. So the flip side of this meme is the movies I finally saw last year,¬†which were released the year before:

Based on Box Office Mojo’s top¬†40 for 2009


1                   Avatar $749.7M

2                   Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen  $402.1M

3                   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301.9M

4                   The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296.6M

5                   Up $293M

 6                  The Hangover $277.3M

7                   Star Trek                                                                      $257.7M

8                   The Blind Side                                                           $255.9M

9                   Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel  $219.6M

10                 Sherlock Holmes                                                      $209M

11                 Monsters Vs. Aliens                                               $198.3 M

12                 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs                        $196.5M

13                 X-Men Origins: Wolverine                                   $179.8M

 14                Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian        $177.2M

15                 2012                                                                              $166.1M

16                 The Proposal                                                             $163.9M

17                 Fast and Furious                                                       $155M

18                 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra                                   $150.2M

19                 Paul Blart: Mall Cop                                                 $146.3M

20                 Taken                                                                           $145M

21                 A Christmas Carol (2009)                                       $137.8M

22                 Angels & Demons                                                    $133.3M

23                 Terminator Salvation                                              $125.3M

24                 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs                  $124.8M

25                 Inglourious Basterds                                              $120.5M

26                 G-Force                                                                       $119.4M

27                 District 9                                                                      $115.6

28¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It’s Complicated¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† $112.7M

29                 Couples Retreat                                                       $109.2M

30                 Paranormal Activity                                                $107.9M

31                 Watchmen                                                                 $107.5M

32                 The Princess and the Frog                                    $104.4M

33                 Public Enemies                                                         $97.1M

34                 Julie & Julia                                                                 $94.1M

35¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† He’s Just Not That Into You¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† $93.9M

36¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† $90.5M

37                 The Ugly Truth                                                          $88.9M

38                 Up in the Air                                                              $83.8M

39                 Knowing                                                                      $79.9M

40                 Hannah Montana The Movie                              $79.5M


Actually I didn’t do much better, though I had expected I would. Obviously I’m not a movie gal.


Today has not been a good day, due to illness. The lurgy I’d been fighting since last Thursday has¬†found new¬†form and once again¬†claimed my energy and spirit – hence, I have spent most of the day in bed. Though we has already earmarked today as a lay day, I hadn’t anticipated it being as useless as it was.

The kids have been great, amusing themselves with jigsaw puzzles, a bit of painting and some cookie creations. And for some reason, the movie of the Grinch, which appears at this stage to be running on a loop. Asked why it is STILL on, the only reply is ‘we like it’.

It was not favourite when it first cameout, and Kid2 used to be scared witless by it. I still remember managing one of her nightmares, and wondering why she was so scared of the ‘French’. It took me sometime to make the connection to the Jim Carrey green creature, and so¬†we actively avoided the movie for a number of years. Apparently¬†both kids¬†like it now – enough to watch it over and over and over.

Unfortunately I see similarities between that green fiend and the illness that has beset me. I can see the Grinch inside my head, turning the headache screws with glee, jumping up and down on my sinuses, and setting of firecrackers in my throat. So, as the title states, I am over-Grinched. Back to bed.

Missing the finale

I missed June 30 – the last day of #blogeverydayofjune. Of which I missed 4 days. But I’ve been busy – the school holidays distracted me.

So this is what I’ve done since June 25 when everything went haywire:

  • finished some reports at work that are due July7
  • drove to Rye for girls’ weekend (Fri & Sat nites)
  • went to Peninsula Hot Springs – lovely!
  • helped amuse 2 8mo babies (who accompanied 2 of the girls for the w’end)
  • Sunday drive home – loads of washing from the week just gone
  • Monday appointment for Kid1 – who also appears to have some issues with Scotopic sensitivity ¬†(Kid2 assessed earlier this year)
  • attacked and cleaned up toy cupboard – stuff moved on to charity, including old furniture
  • removed all videos – bygone era stuff
  • tidied photos and photo albums
  • day trip to the snow
  • visited the Titanic exhibition at Melbourne Museum – would recommend! but a lot of the type is hard on the eyes (high glare & darkness issues, and red type on black b’ground not good)
  • pizza at the Casino
  • tagged by brother’s computer and music equipment before it’s all pulled apart for the move (i.e. marking all cords and where they go)
  • watched Toy Story 3 – I so loved it! I am a huge Jessie fan.
  • trip to hairdresser for Kid2
  • attacked and cleaned my warddrobe, clothes drawers, shelves and shoes
  • tripped and remade all beds throughout the house

And now I rest (a little bit). It’s been a very busy week, and some of the stuff has been fun while other stuff¬† is the things I don’t find enough time to get around to on¬†the average weekend.

I’ll end this with the moment from Toy Story 2 when Jessie stole my heart:

SATC2 – old and orange

Saw SATC2 last night – suitably with a gaggle of gals. I have always been a SATC fan, from the early days so could not not go. However, I have to say it was not their best effort.

Storyline was weak. Even in SATC terms. At least in the series and the first movie, each lass had her own story (shallow as it may be) but in SATC2 storylines disappeared completely, and it appeared to be more an advertisement for Abu Dhabi.

And I’m not quite sure what happened to the fashion sense. While Carrie and the gals have been known to wear some odd ensembles, the sequins and trash glam they don on holiday is more the apparel of transvestites or ’80s disco queens. Though keeping in character with the series, they do save the most atrocious for Miranda.

But most horrifying of all – when did they get old?? and orange?? Way too much¬†spray tan – even Big.¬†Others that I saw the movie with thought it was great – ‘they’re keeping it real’. Crap. Absolutely nothing else was¬†real, so why on earth would showing the women’s real ages be the one factor where they would allow reality to kick in. I realise now that it’s my issue – denial (note: previous post was on nip&tuck). I regularly (read daily) watch repeats of SATC on Foxtel, and my mental images of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte & Samantha are stuck in the late ’90s to early ‘oos. In comparison, they are older. I’ve just missed seeing the aging process over the last few years.

Big, though, was still Big. Mmmmmmm. I’m not an Aidan fan – most will side with one or¬†the other (very¬†Edward vs Jacob). ¬†For¬†me, Big wins hands down.¬†

And I did laugh, out loud. Which is why I love SATC in the first place.¬† So, while it’s certainly not in keeping with the same quality as previous showings, I did still enjoy the movie. Just would not recommend it except to diehard fans (like me).