emma_in_dream: (Henry Moore)
2017-10-16 06:25 pm
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orthotics

Arrrrrgh, so Ruby's orthotics appointment at PMH will not come up until next July.

I feel a strongly worded letter to the Minister of Health coming up.

Also, can anyone recommend a good, cheapish orthopedics place? The quotes from the private providers recommended by PMH were all around $500 and I was really thinking more like $100.
emma_in_dream: (bucky)
2017-10-14 07:50 pm
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Damnit

I missed the Yuletide sign up.
emma_in_dream: (CaptainAmerica)
2017-10-11 04:29 pm
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WitW

We’ve just listened to the audio tape of *Wind in the Willows*. I had completely forgotten one entire plot line. I remembered Ratty and Mole on the river, messing about in boats under idyllic skies. I had forgotten all about Toad’s manic adventures, essentially all the plot.
emma_in_dream: (trance)
2017-10-11 03:58 pm
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language

The word straight is the longest one syllable word I can think of in English. Are there any with more than eight letters?
emma_in_dream: (steve)
2017-10-09 06:21 pm
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Life

Sometimes I think that we may have a few too many medical issues….


Last week we met with a new paed about Ruby and he went through the list he had summarised from her file. NF1, coeliac disease, late to walk, weak hands, and dust mite allergies.


I had no recollection of her being tested for dust mite allergies. Looking at my blank face he was all, so shall I assume no action has been taken to improve this severe allergy?


Me: I am so sorry – I don’t even remember her being tested. But she has so many tests…

Him: Oh, wait a minute, nope, this isn’t her file.

Me: Really, is there another little girl with the same symptoms as her?

Him: No, most of the file is hers, just not the dust mite allergy bit which was inserted by mistake. Now, did you have any issues to raise?

Me: This sounds ridiculous, but I am concerned about the dark rings under her eyes and her watering eyes. I was wondering about allergies and whether you could run some tests?
emma_in_dream: (Default)
2017-10-05 07:42 pm
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September Books

Elizabeth Peters The Falcon at the Gate 1999
James Herriot Let Sleeping Vets Lie 1973
Ann Thwaite Emily Tennyson: The Poet's Wife 1996
Anna Kyrlova Soviet Women in Combat: A History of Violence on the Eastern Front 2010
Clementine Ford Fight Like a Girl 2016
James Herriot Vet in Harness 1974
Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope, Voices from the Women's March 2017
Agatha Christie Murder is Easy 1939
Mary Grant Bruce Timothy in Bushland 1912
JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 2005
Stephen Fry More Fool Me 2014
emma_in_dream: (Henry Moore)
2017-10-02 06:11 pm
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Royal Show

I very much enjoyed the show. We saw much more than we have previously as the girls are getting to be so strong.


Highlights:


Rabbit pet show – Ruby won second prize.
Pig diving and racing – the diving is particularly cool as they just leap right in.
Dancing dogs – not the highest standard ever but fascinating to watch.
Scout tent – lots of free fun.
emma_in_dream: (Default)
2017-09-28 05:25 pm
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(no subject)

We will be going to the Royal Show on the weekend. Am very much looking forward to the dancing dogs and diving pigs.
emma_in_dream: (Leia)
2017-09-12 06:56 pm
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Afghanistan

My Christmas present was a limited subscription to the UWA library. I used the time to download as much as possible.


The most interesting article I read yesterday was by an American folklorist who visited Afghanistan in the 1960s and tooled around gathering traditional stories about the Anglo-Afghan wars (of the late 1830-40s, 1870s-80s, 1919). He followed the route that the fleeing army took in the 1840s (16,500 people of which about 1,600 were soldiers, of which 1 survived) and asked the local villagers for stories about it. Naturally what he got back was telescoped with the events of the different wars conflated and the story tellers prioritised the doings of the ancestors in the different villages.


I guess what amazes me is that 1, I always forget that for a while in the 60s and 70s Afghanistan was an open society.


And 2, what the heck is the obsession with invading Afghanistan every generation. Look:


1840s, 1880s, 1919, not during the 1940s but they did partition India and Pakistan which impacted on Afghanistan, 1980s (on this occasion from the north not the south), 2000s.
emma_in_dream: (CaptainAmerica)
2017-09-11 06:08 pm
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Threatened Species Day

Another weekend, another total fizzle of a home open. I honestly don’t understand how they work – I advertise, no one comes. How does one sell a house if no one ever comes to the home opens?


Anyway, I have resolved that we have had our lives on hold for long enough. Some stuff has begun to trickle back into the house. Specifically, I could not live without art supplies any longer and went out and bought $180 worth of kit. I’ve brought some of the girls’ toys in from the shed.


We made the most of the weekend. On Saturday the girls went to a friend’s house and played in a mudflat – enormous fun. On Sunday I did some craft and started a song vid. We held our Threatened Species party and made:


Bilbies $14
Turtles $5
Cheetahs $6

The girls had four delightful kids over - great day.
emma_in_dream: (Brookes)
2017-09-11 05:58 pm
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Buckwheat

Buckwheat. Despite the name, it’s not a form of wheat. It’s a gluten free grain – the taste is summarised by my children as ‘yuck wheat’ and ‘suck wheat’.


When I gave the remainder of a bag to my Mum to feed to her rabbits, they would not eat it. They ate the other grains and pushed the buckwheat to one side.


Truly, this grain is a reminder that our ancestors gave up trying to grow some crops, they did so for a reason. There’s a reason why quinoa, buckwheat, etc are niche grains.
emma_in_dream: (Trek)
2017-09-01 05:52 pm
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Harry Potter

I want to read a well written, lengthy piece of fanfic about Regulus Black. I am fascinated by the way he was brought up as a pure blood, embraced Voldemort and then changed his mind and backed away. I am impressed that he stole from Voldemort so effectively that he did not even find out about it til 15 years later.
emma_in_dream: (steve)
2017-08-31 07:35 pm
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August Book

Road to Riverdale Vol 2 2017
Katrina Maes Sell Your Property Fast for More 2010
Andrew Blachut Get More For Your Home 2014
Tanya Huff Valor's Choice 2000
Robert Heinlein If This Goes On 1940
James Herriot Animal Stories 1997
emma_in_dream: (Brookes)
2017-08-28 05:50 pm
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Life update

So, on one side, my hand hurts in a strange rheumatismish way; Ruby has a cold; Ruby has had to have several medical tests in the last week; Pearl fell off the monkey bar and hurt her side; our internet is not working properly; I have to wait around for Telstra tomorrow (4 hour window with no guarantee they will either come or repair the problem); Donald Trump continues to be in power; Malcolm Turnbull continues to be in power; there is no interest in our house at all; without selling our house, we can’t get the other, dear, absolutely perfect house; all the effort put into trying to sell the house means less effort in areas such as limiting screen time, enforcing teeth brushing and ensuring homework is done; work continues to be in upheaval; people at work repeat ‘change is necessary’ like parrots without reflecting that change can be either well or badly managed (or can flow, free form, without management at all, as is the case here); the cost of utilities keeps going up; wages are stagnant; I am very tired of running hard without getting ahead.


On the other side, spring is here; I can dry clothes on the line without using the dryer that turns the house into a swamp; the jonquils in the garden are blooming; the girls have lots of excellent activities going on at school.
emma_in_dream: (Default)
2017-08-24 06:13 pm
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(no subject)

It’s Book Week, a time I have a love/hate relationship with. I hate having to make the costumes, yet love looking at them once made.


This year Ruby and Pearl went in borrowed costumes as all our gear is in storage. Pearl was Harry Potter. Ruby looked cute as a Pokemon.


Ruby very much wanted to be a Lorax and I have promised that I will make a costume for her birthday party (which will be Dr Seuss themed). Surely by then we will either be moved or have resigned ourselves to not moving. Either way, the costume box and craft gear should be accessible.
emma_in_dream: (Default)
2017-08-21 05:53 pm
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dunkirk

Due to the enormous kindness of a friend who took my girls for basically all of Saturday, I got to see a movie after the home open.


I saw *Dunkirk* which was good, but not as good as the imaginary version that *I* would direct.


Nolan interwove three stories to try to show the complexity of the event, bringing them together at the end. This made it a bit choppy – it was night time in one timeline and Tom Hardy was still endlessly flying across the Channel in the afternoon in another timeline.


I say, why stop a three stories. There was tons more that I wanted to see. You could run it chronologically over the days of the operation but show a heap more stories. The poor sods who were selected for the rear guard, for instance, must have known that they were there to hold the line as long as possible with no chance of escape. It was death or imprisonment for them.


I want to know about the people waiting at home. At first the Government tried to hush it up for morale reasons, but then realised that they were about to lose the entire BEF and grovelled for small vessels to rescue people. Pretty much everyone must have been aware that if the army was lost, Britain could expect to be invaded very shortly.


I wanted more of the arguments between French and British troops over who was to be evacuated. And more of the high level arguments between Generals and Prime Ministers in which the British pointed out that all the rescuing ships were British and the French pointed out that the mole to reach them was French.


I wanted a lot more of the action that was going on. Nolan showed an essentially clean beach with one or two corpses and some orderly lines. I believe the BEF dumped in the harbour hundreds of trucks, tanks, and crates of weapons to destroy them before they fell into enemy hands. And I wanted to see more of the clever engineers who jury rigged proto-bridges to allow people to board further out. And the guys who managed to fix the mole after it caught fire. Also, the confusion, as orders shifted constantly about where to queue for best survival and the way stragglers who had lost their mates were shoved out of the queues by troops still in their groups. Also, mostly it was orderly queuing but there were some boats mobbed and overturned; some officers threatened to shoot troops who would not turn back from overloaded vessels.


I definitely wanted to know more about the people who lived in Dunkirk. In Nolan’s version the town was deserted. Was that really the case? I thought this was a very swiftly moving evacuation – did the whole population really evacuate through German lines? It seems impossible.


And I really wanted tons more about the small vessels. Look at the ridiculous names that the little ships had – all Lazy Days yacht names or Ferry no 2 for working ships. Not, you know, fighting names.


In short, I wanted something much closer to a documentary, showing me what was happening all over rather than following a few characters.
emma_in_dream: (Henry Moore)
2017-08-20 06:01 pm
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daily life (alas)

A quick update on the many things happening in my life...

* Endless home opens, each attended by 1-4 people. Is this normal? Even at the bottom end of the market?
* Endless work preparing for the home opens.
* Hideous state of anxiety about what is going to happen.
* When not working, unable to do most of my relaxation activities due to our stuff all being in storage.
* More people filing out the door at work.
* Amused by the fact that apparently the whole of the Australian parliament are ineligible to sit as they can not keep track of their own citizenship status. Hilarious!
* Horrified by the fact that America is lurching simultaneously towards their Civil War II and World War III.
emma_in_dream: (Singin')
2017-08-14 07:40 pm

Mary Martha Sherwood, The History of the Fairchild Family (1818)

Mary Martha Sherwood wrote “The History of the Fairchild Family” in three volumes, published 1818, 1842 and 1847. I read the first book, which is chiefly about the Fairchild children – Emily, Lucy and Henry – realising that all humans are depraved sinners in need of redemption. To quote from the first few pages:

Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild loved and feared God, and had done so, by the mercy of God, ever since their younger days. They knew that their hearts were very bad, and that they could not be saved by any good thing they could do: on the contrary, that they were by nature fitted only for everlasting punishment: but they believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, and loved him for having died for them; and they knew he would save them, because he saves all those who trust in him.

The book is essentially a series of vignettes of the children being instructed on the righteous path. Emily, for example, succumbs to the temptation to eat some forbidden plums: 'no eye was looking at her, but the eye of God, who sees every thing we do, and knows even the secret thoughts of the heart; but Emily, just at that moment, did not think of God.'

Even worse, their cousin Augusta plays with candles after being told not to and is burnt alive. The stakes are high in this novel, because every sin is a step towards losing their souls forever. When Mr Fairchild catches his children quarrelling, he first thrashes them, reciting Dr. Watts's 'Let dogs delight to bark and bite' between blows of the cane, and then takes them to spend the afternoon beneath a gibbet where the rotting corpse of a murderer is hanging. Lesson learned.

The works were massively popular in the 19th century, in print constantly until 1913. There is some evidence, though, that it was not always read as intended. Lord Hamilton wrote that 'there was plenty about eating and drinking; one could always skip the prayers, and there were three or four very brightly written accounts of funerals in it.’

Frances Hodgson Burnett, perhaps a more pious child, states that she read it in two sections, first reading the religious statements because she thought she should and then reading the story for pleasure.
emma_in_dream: (obbit)
2017-08-06 12:46 pm
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Alas

Effort put in to making the house look good - massive.
Pay off - nil.

Number of visitors 0
Number of nosy neighbours 0
Number of passers by 0

I am exceedingly downhearted I can't buy the new house without selling this one and the amount of interest was precisely nil.

Of course, I have apparently selected the world's worst real estate agent who have failed to erect a sign, do not provide home open signs or fliers, put my ads in real estate dot com without the address, etc.

However, I am locked into a contract with them, so will have to persevere. I shall go over the fine print and send them a reminder of all they have not done.

I am hoping the key is advertising and not that no one in Perth is buying first homes. (Surely not?)