Good Morning Tuesday/Australia Day!

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Marguerite, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    G'day, folks! Happy Australia Day!

    It's been a scorcher today, the weather bureau says it got to 32 C (that's just on 90 F) but we're certain it was hotter than that. Tomorrow is forecast to be cooler again with possible storms (the good old southerly buster) but it should still be plenty hot enough to get to the beach.

    With mother in law just home form hospital and still very frail, we had difficult child 3's birthday gathering at her place. It was a smaller gathering with easy child & SIL1 gone back home to Canberra (where it has been even hotter, and those kids have no air conditioning!).

    The kids arrived in time for lunch. easy child 2/difficult child 2 arrived first, swearing at the tourists slowing down the drive. It took an hour or more for a drive that should only be 20 minutes. I tried to ring difficult child 1 but they were already caught in the same traffic. I grilled some lamb sausages and lamb chops at our place then took the cooked meat down to mother in law's place. husband had made a salad. The aim was to only heat up our house with cooking, not mother in law's too. Her oven pumps hot air back into the kitchen - not good on a heatwave day. Australia Day is often celebrated with backyard barbecues, we often cook lamb. It's the day when Governor Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet landed to found Sydney and to claim Australia for Great Britain (as terra nullius, which was a bit naughty as the place WAS inhabited at the time).

    We played Wii Sports Resort and then Wii Winter Olympics most of the day - you HAVE to try the 100-pin bowling! The older kids have invented a fun game - you play 100-pin bowling to lose. The fun of this, especially for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) kids, is to watch the domino effect of pins falling. We had a ball!

    We had to turn the oven on to do a lamb roast for dinner, but by then the air conditioning was working well.

    I grabbed the chance to get a bit of sun in the late afternoon. I had planned to just go back home and sunbake for about an hour or so on our deck, but I decided instead to scoot to the beach. It was 4 pm, I figured most of the tourists would have gone home. Not so - the place was packed like Bondi Beach! My usually almost deserted little beach was overloaded so there was little room to move. I got in, had a bit of a swim (really, my first real swim of the season, my hips have been too sore in the cool water). The water temperature is up to 24 C (75 F) so it was very pleasant. Aussie flags everywhere - on umbrellas, bikinis, towels, worn as capes, one flag even flapping at the back of a surf ski. I saw that one capsize, a couple of people ran to help him right his surf ski. I think he lost his stubby of beer, though. Idiot - you can't paddle AND drink beer!

    I didn't stay long. There was nowhere to sunbathe, so I headed back home. The sky had briefly clouded over anyway. As I was leaving, more people were arriving. I suspect there's a lot of partying going on there tonight. The rest of the larger beach is like a small fairly open bay, it was full of boats moored everywhere. One good thing about swimming at a crowded beach - you are fairly safe from shark attack, the sharks are spoiled for choice. I'm always a little more nervous if I'm the only person in the water.

    So now the kids have gone home, difficult child 3 & I are back home while husband is staying with mother in law until she's in bed. We'll do this for a while until we have some alternatives in place. We need to keep her safe especially until she recovers from this fall.

    School is back tomorrow. A new school year. I also want to plan in some beach time tomorrow, plus I have to see my physiotherapist. Trouble is, I usually feel ghastly after a physio session, it kills my plans to get to the beach. But fingers crossed - tomorrow is not a public holiday, so there shouldn't be any tourists there. Tourist season should definitely be over by tomorrow.

    Enjoy your Tuesday, have a good Australia Day wherever you are.

  2. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    Morning all,

    Marg, Happy Australia day to you & yours. Fingers crossed mother in law will gain strength as she heals.

    kt is up & moving (I have to say she's been doing this on her own for the best part of a week now) - ready for the bus.

    Plumber is in today to fix the leak in my basement. I have some cleaning to do as the staffing team comes to my house tomorrow for a kt staffing/risk management mtg.

    However, once kt leaves I'm back in bed to snooze until a decent hour 10 or so. My body is so tired right now.

    Have a good day - I plan on it.
  3. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    :cutie_pie: Good Morning All!

    Marg, glad to hear that you had a good holiday.

    Linda, hope you get your rest in before the cleaning frenzy!

    Our secretary ordered the dot matriz tax forms in error and I didn't realize it until I was ready to print last thursday. She called me Friday and said that Staples and Office Max were out online! I will go by one of the retail stores this morning as I would like to get those done today. I've an IEP meeting Thursday, so I won't have a lot of time at the office.

    I hope your Tuesday is a good one!


  4. crazymama30

    crazymama30 Active Member

    Marg--It is 32 farenheit here right now and snowing! We love the Wii too--easy child is really into Super Mario Bros and I love Wii sports boxing. I am at the professional level, but have to watch how much I play. I did it for 3hrs a couple weeks ago and pullled the muscles in my upper back!

    Linda--I think that for a easy child or difficult child that it is an amazing accomplishment if they can get themselves up and moving for school. Hope the staffing goes well.

    Sharon--Hope you can find those tax forms.

    I finished filing our taxes, refunds from state and federal!! The advantage to being low income is tax returns. I will be able to get caught up on several bills and get a new laptop and maybe a new desktop. I am so excited. My laptop now works, but the battery does not charge and the power cord is wonky so I have to tape it in. Once the laptop heats up the tape slipps and the computer just shuts off. Very frustrating.

    Today is appointment today. therapist for me and Occupational Therapist (OT) for difficult child. husband has a dermatologist appointment---don't think I will go to that one, I am tired of going to doctor's appts. easy child has been sick again, so we will see if she can make it through the whole day at school. She sees an allergy/asthma doctor on thursday, maybe he can get to the bottom of what is going on with her.

    To all who may have snuck in, have a great day!
  5. Fran

    Fran Former Site Owner

    Happy Australia Day Marguerite!!!