March 25, 2013

25/3: Music for Monday...

Howdy! It's a slightly later edition of MFM only due to the fact that I was being extra productive today and you simply can't get in the way of THAT. However it's still Monday here, so I've made it. Just.


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And it's been a good day. I learned something about myself. Many MANY years have passed since I was school age so the daily practice of listening, taking notes and learning is uh, well shall we say, a little on the rusty side? But since I've started this TAFE course, I've discovered my brain really enjoys being pushed out of its comfort zone. Quite a lot, actually. And I GET it, I really understand what I'm reading and that has had the rather pleasant knock-on effect of making me feel somewhat intelligent! I mean, I KNOW I'm no dummy but it's very nice to have validation from the solution section of the module you're studying to see you got the answer right. (I'm studying bookkeeping so there is always a right answer... there are NO shades of grey in accounting!)


But now study for the day is done, dinner has been served and eaten and the Blokes Wot Live Here are now entertaining themselves (thank YOU, Fox Sports) so I'm in serious chill out mode, organising a post-dinner cup of tea and settling myself down to watch another riveting episode of The Walking Dead on my laptop (if you have not seen this show, do it NOW. Seriously brilliant television.)


I must give thanks to Son#2 for inspiring the song choice for MFM this week, not that he'll realise it at the moment. The RugbyBoy is a huge music fan himself but it would be true to say that a lot of his favourite artists are ones I'm not particularly fussed about! However every now and then I'll see a song on his iPod, choices I NEVER would have thought he'd be into. Today's song is one of those. He tells me the category for this is 'Road Trip Music'. And it kind of is. What do YOU think?


Happy Mondays, people x


It's not always easy and
Sometimes life can be deceiving
I'll tell you one thing, it's always better when we're together


Jack Johnson - Better together




March 24, 2013

I'm in a Prickly, Moody State of mind...

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*roars* You know it's going to be one of those days when this sums up your mindset perfectly. *more roaring*


Not five minutes ago I totally demolished a large fruit-filled hot cross bun. It had been lightly toasted in the oven and then slathered generously with butter which melted into a gooey pool of goodness, dripping down my fingers as I stuffed it into my gob. Oh my God. So good. Along with a giant coffee, this has only begun to slake the beginnings of my mercurial mood. I am ALL about the carbs today. In a 'gimme, gimme, get out of the way' sort of style. This hormone-flooded body will not be trifled with when it comes to feeding the menstrual swing and after almost 36 years of dealing with it, now I don't even bother. I'd have better luck stopping my breathing, I reckon.


Last week I attended the Digital Parents Conference in the very posh surrounds of Curzon Hall in Sydney. First time I've ever been to DPCon and it definitely didn't disappoint. There were two very busy days filled with various informative panels with entertaining and powerful speakers. They made us laugh and they made us cry. AND by God, they made us appreciate! And be thankful. We have some incredible writing talent here in Australia and I am awed by their bravery and generosity in telling their stories.


There were also plenty of opportunities to meet new and old friends, which in my view is one of the BEST things about going to conferences like these. It is beyond cool to meet the real person behind the blog and sharing a conversation with them is always a huge highlight for me.


There was one other highlight as well. I won a door prize, much to my surprise and delight! Let me take this chance to send my grateful thanks to one of the sponsors, the fabulous people at Red Balloon. Guys, you have NO IDEA how perfect this prize was for me - currently a hormonal, PMS-suffering cranky-pants woman - I mean, who wouldn't love a large box filled with delectable Max Brenner chocolates? Yummmmm. Instant mood lifter, right there.





Timing is so often everything and today that chocolate has been my SALVATION. Thank you, thank you, thank you!



So how's your mental state today? New York? Empire? Or perhaps more of a Sunday Snooze?

March 18, 2013

18/3: Music for Monday...

Welcome to Monday and the start of another week! It's a busy one for me.


At long bloody last, Autumn is starting to show itself. FINALLY. It was definitely cooler walking the Ninja Boy to school this morning. Not sure if my trusty sidekick, Spencer, actually noticed (he just wanted to GO! COME ON, LET'S WALK!) but I sure as hell did. It's so much more pleasant when you don't have rivers of sweat pouring down your chest by the time you get to the end of the street.


Our high school is a lovely 12-15 minute stroll up and over the hill and across the park. Sometimes the Ninja Boy and I talk, sometimes we don't, but either way is fine by us. Seriously, it's one of the best parts of my day. We reach the school gate and it's a quick hug for me and a pat for Spence and we wave him off, watching as he confidently walks to class on his own. *happy sigh*


On the walk home I turn my attention to the business of the day - what song to choose? It was decided for me after I hit shuffle and I came across this one; I wonder if you know it? It's from the soundtrack of an iconic movie of a free-wheeling generation and very appropriate for the start of the week, in my opinion. My only advice? TURN IT UP LOUD, BABY!


Enjoy your Monday, people.



Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way


Steppenwolf - Born to be wild





March 16, 2013

Out of the blue and into the black...

It gently and quietly occurred to me today, during a brief lull of domestic duties being done around here, that something's missing in my life. Big Time. In a sort-of Marcia Hines kind of way.




Maybe it's YOU.


Life has a strange way of showing you what's really important when you least expect it. Sometimes you get so caught up in the day-to-day stuff, you miss the signs and don't hear the message. I have been distracted and incredibly busy the last couple of months, meaning spare time for writing and general navel contemplation has been in very short supply. It's hard to feel creative when you're mentally under the pump, you know? But you can't keep a wannabe writer down for long so I'm making an effort to be around on a much more regular basis from now on.


To that end, a couple of my regular readers emailed me recently asking if the Music for Monday segments were returning as they really enjoyed starting their week with a song. I'm a music fan from way back too so I'm happy to say they'll be back! As of this coming Monday an actual fact, so keep an eye out.


And in other news, rugby season has kicked in so I'm back to spending countless hours pacing up and down the sidelines watching Son#2 play. And catching as much Super 15 rugby on the TV as I can too. It feels great to be back in the swing of all things rugby. It's like coming home.



So how YOU doing? How're the first three months of this year going? I feel like I'm a little out of the loop here!

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