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5th December

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My favourite place to shop Imaage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Galleries_Victoria.jpg
Kinokuniya in Galleries Victoria is my favourite shop. It's in the Sydney CBD so it's probably fortunate I don't get there often!! It's a Japanese bookshop. I don't often buy actual books anymore since I bought my Kindle, but this shop has an awesome range of books.

But it's not the books I go for most of the time, it's the stationery section. They have lots of cool pens, notebooks & other stationery that I love. I probably have way to many pens, but always find just one more I like. I also like the Japanese craft & drawing books they have there. 

The kids section is pretty awesome & is in the section where the main front window is in the photo!

Can't wait to get back & see what I can find next time I'm in Sydney!


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4th December

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With my own two hands


I make books, well notebooks really. I've made some traditional books, but these glue bound ones I make from various things are my favourite to make. I started off using photos & some instructions I found on the net & then went from there.

Inside the books are mostly recycled pages, the backs are made from cereal boxes. I collect clean McDonald's brown paper bags & anything similar for the spines.

T2 is a brand of tea here in Australia that comes in cool boxes. The angel is a Christmas card, 5 Seeds is a Cider brand. The train was a series of postcards my hubby got as promotional stuff. I'm always sizing up boxes for their notebook cover potential.


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3rd December

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At work


This is part of my work area. I work in a high school as a Technology Support Officer (TSO). This position was introduced a few years ago into high schools in our state (New South Wales). The federal government provided money for the states to introduce 1 to 1 computer schemes for students in Year 9 - Year 12. 
The way our state did this was to allocate a netbook to each student in Year 9 which when they finish Year 12 they take it with them. As well they put wireless infrastructure into each high school, employed part & full time TSO's, provided teachers with netbooks & training.
I've worked at the high school in various roles on & off since I came here 18 years ago - even though I first came as a teacher. This job really interested me so I applied & got it. 
Mainly my job is to look after the laptops. It's mostly not difficult - just general trouble shooting after they are handed out each year. Our school is relatively small, so I don't have a lot…

2nd December

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An Accomplishment

SJ is in Kinder - well for another 2 or so weeks anyway (she was asking today when she won't be in Kindy any more). She's been doing well at school, though most of what we hear is about what she's been doing at recess and lunch...
Yesterday she asked to draw on the whiteboard we have in the kitchen. She was asking how to spell words - Christmas, Narrabri, Royal Far West. But I was suprised when she showed me the whiteboard with the first sentence on it! She went on to write 2 more. And while they weren't perfect it was really good to see that she has been learning something at school! 

Her other accomplishment - participating in her dance recital with no dress rehearsal! She was away with us so wasn't able to go to the final rehearsals.
(Royal Far West is a children's service for country kids. Our oldest has Down Syndrome & we have had difficulty accessing speech therapy etc for her. So we take her to Royal Far West for a week of appointments.…

1st December

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The Trees
We're in summer now, so the spring flowers are pretty much finished. If they weren't before they will be after the heatwave of the last couple of days!!
This is a ponytail palm my hubby got a long time before we got married. It was originally in a pot  indoors until he planted it out.
It's apparently unusual to have one with so many 'ponytails' & so many flower spikes on it. Pretty much every year we get at least this many flower spikes. Sometimes more - it depends if we've remembered to remove the dead ones from the previous year. Occasionally one of the branches rots - another one shoots up to replace it.



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November 6th

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Means of Transportation
My car is my main means of transportation. It's an ordinary run of the mill sedan that's getting a little old. We've had it since 2000 when it was 2 years old. It's done a lot of kilometres over the years, mostly travelling to & from Sydney. Before my hubby got his crewman ute it was our main family car.
I didn't do a lot of driving long distances until the last few years. This year I've driven heaps more than usual. Partly due to work, partly visiting family & partly due to our oldest daughter being involved in a dance group in Sydney. I'm finding the driving not too bad actually - except for one section of road (I've been driving the same road alot) that for some reason just makes me sleepy! Caffeine!!

I don't usually drink energy drinks, but needed it for this trip! I'd already had coffee & coke earlier in the day. I was driving our oldest daughter halfway to Sydney to be picked up by my brother - she had anoth…

November 5th

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Seasonal Produce

Lots of things are in season at the minute since we are in spring, rapidly heading towards summer! Mangoes & strawberries are the favourites in our household. Later in summer there are cherries & briefly lychees - I love summer fruit!
But it's what's in our garden that we've been slowly eating. Slowly because we have to wait for it to grow! Well except for the lettuce & chillies. We had 10 beans the other day that I had to divide up amongst us. The purple thing is a capsicum & it was fairly small so that was 1 lunch for hubby & I. The tomatoes are showing lots of promise, but still green. 
We planted a punnet of lettuce not realising it was a bitter variety which we're not exactly fans of. So we have plenty of that + 1 non bitter lettuce plant - I try & mix the two hoping the kids don't notice! And the chillies are my hubbies - two plants with heaps of flowers & maturing chillies.
On top of that we have beetroot & spring…

November 4th

My Best FriendNo photo today. My best friend is careful about what is posted about her family on the net & I respect that. 
We have been friends since Year 7 -- we think... We can't seem to remember exactly when we met, only that we ended up in the same classes in Year 8 & Year 9. Amazingly we were mostly allowed to sit together in class even though we spent a fair bit of time chatting - well it seemed that way anyway. Years later our English teacher told us she didn't mind that we talked because I would help my friend in class. What I didn't know (until much later) was that she hadn't learnt to read until she was in Year 4 & often struggled with it.
I still remember where we were when I told her & my other friends my family was moving away - in the upstairs corner of the library amongst the Asterix comics we would read each morning before school started. We stayed in contact though, writing letters, ringing & occasionally visiting.
During Year 8 we ha…

November 3rd

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A Meal

My Grammy's rissoles & gravy has to be my favourite meal. Fortunately she talked me through how to make them before she got dementia. I was living here & she told me over the phone - no quantities mind you. I'd made them a number of times before accidently working out the 'secret' ingredient! Turns out salt is what makes it taste soooo good. I've made a couple of minor changes - they have to be gluten free so I use rice crumbs & cornflour instead of bread & plain flour. Also Gram would grate the onion, but I don't like doing that so try & cut the onion as fine as I can - actually I don't mind the chunky onion. I always hope there are leftovers (not very often) so, like Gram, we can have rissole & gravy sandwiches the next day!


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November 2nd

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On My Computer
On a Friday afternoon at work -- NOTHING! My job involves supporting technology at school, hence more than one on my desk! It's always good to get to the end of the week. Even though as soon as I get home I will more than likely be sitting in front of my own laptop!!

At home I do some paperwork (I'm loving Shoeboxed at the minute!), but mostly alot of surfing the web. Facebook is usually open in a window to chat to friends & play a few games. Since I started digi scrapping alot of time is spent finding & downloading digi scrap freebies & working on layouts. Throw in some family history research, viewing missed episodes of favourite shows, emails & photo editing (just to name a few things) -- really don't like to think about how much time I actually spend on a computer each day!!


Cider Time

Nice to relax with at the end of the week. We don't drink much, but cider is our favourite. We're always finding new ones to try. There's a limited…

Baby Stella

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This photo was taken the day after she was born.


30 Days of Lists - Day 3

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30 Days of Lists - Day 2

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Goals for this Month
Make our bed everyday Drink more water Finish 30 Days of Lists!! Make some books Start a vegie garden Get 10 Digital Scrapbook layouts finished


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30 Days of Lists - Day 1

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In case you can't read my writing:

I am a Lister because....

My memory is shocking
I procrastinate too much
I like the visual reminder of what I need to do
I can dump my brain onto paper and not worry about forgetting anything.





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Backyard Campfire

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We decided one Sunday to have a backyard BBQ & campfire. As well as having fun we’ve been cleaning up down the back as well!

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Ten Pin Bowling.

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This was the first time we had taken the kids Ten Pin Bowling - they have played it lots on the iPod & the Wii. Elizabeth had been with Camp Jono this year. She was very chuffed to win the game!

ANZAC Day 2012

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Mt Kaputar 04

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Mt Kaputar 03

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Michael & Uncle Dave

Mt Kaputar 02

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Mt Kaputar 01

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We went to Mt Kaputar on Easter Saturday. We hadn't been for quite a while. It was nice & cool up there as usual! We had went for a walk then had lunch. The kids love walking in the bush. Elizabeth loves looking at maps & showing us where to go.

Elizabeth at RDA

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I’ve been working on some digital scrapbooking in Photoshop.  It’s been fun!