Friday, October 19, 2007

Busy, Busy...

Since I've started back at work, I really haven't been as productive as I'd like. Even though Thomas has settled in so well to childcare, it has been more difficult than I'd imagined for me to switch back into work mode, and I find my thoughts often wandering back to him, worrying about him or just missing him.

That cheeky smile - how could I not miss him?

My current position involves a lot of research and writing (I'm supposed to be writing a book). I've been doing the research: lots and lots of reading, but it has been a real struggle to force myself to start writing.

Anyway, since I've been procrastinating rather badly, I now have several deadlines looming and I really need to get into gear and do some work from home, as well as at my office. It is almost a relief that the adrenalin has finally kicked in, and I'm starting to panic a little - at least that should give me the motivation I need to sit down and write.

So I really shouldn't be blogging or crafting for a couple of weeks (and if you see me here, tell me to get back to work!)

See you soon...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy 1st Birthday - twice!

Thomas has just turned one, and managed to score two birthday parties. I had a busy time making the cakes.

First we had a pre-birthday party at Thomas' childcare centre.

All his Gumnut friends sat around in highchairs while we sang happy birthday many times.

Thomas didn't know what the fuss was for, but at least he enjoyed the cake!

Then we had his actual first birthday party in Sydney - a picnic in the park.

We were having such a nice time catching up with friends and family that we didn't do too well taking photos. Luckily we remembered to take a photo of the cake just before it got cut up.

Thomas wasn't very smiley, but did pretty well being passed around all afternoon.

Happy Birthday Thomas!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Long weekend

It has been a busy long weekend - and a sociable one for us - we had friends over for drinks, and the next day we learnt to play poker, and all wore silly hats. Thomas sat on my lap and checked out my cards. I don't think he has a very good poker face - that must be why I kept losing. I'm glad I convinced everyone to indulge me in a game of Pictionary, I'm much better at that (if I do say so myself).

On Sunday night we went out for dinner for Warren's birthday, just the two of us, alone and unaccompanied by our little one, for the first time since his birth - two other dear friends volunteered to babysit . It went really well, and Thomas didn't even stir while we were gone.

Then we went to Floriade yesterday afternoon - its a Canberra flower show thing. I thought Thomas might appreciate the flowers.

I think he appreciated this one a little too hard.

But look at that innocent face - no it couldn't have been him.

Not the most flattering photo, but a happy one nevertheless.

The flowers were very beautiful, especially backlit by the sun.

Today I did a five minute sewing project, to cover the awful cushion of our cane garden chair. We found the chair on the street years ago, and it is quite nice to sit on outside, but it is now looking very disreputable.

I had been meaning to make a proper cushion cover, but settled for just a drawstring circle. This is the underside. It literally took less than five minutes to cut a dodgy circle and turn under and stitch a casing for the cord. Elastic would have been better if we'd had any - I'd use that next time.

And the finished cushion. Lucy gave it her stamp of approval.


PS Thanks so much for the lovely comments on the wedding photos, I still love looking at them. (To answer Rachel's daughter's question, I didn't wear sensible shoes - and my feet did get a little cold in the snow. Boots would have been a better idea, but white boots might have been a bit too ABBA for me!)