TM, I hope your back feels better in time for the trip. We've got some of those 'real' dinosaurs in Sydney right now, at our Australian Museum. I'm going to find out how much it costs and maybe take difficult child 3 into the city. After the museum we could go to Hyde Park (nearby) and have a game on their giant chess set.
by the way, we have a suburb of Newcastle, north of Sydney, called Toronto. BF1 went to school there - he assures me that the local Aussie pronunciation is "Tronna".
SW, glad you had a fun July 4. The New England trip sounds lovely.
Christine, I hope easy child does well with the cheerleading tryouts. Has she seen "Bring It On"? My girls love that film.
It's cold and windy again today, the clothes on my line were tangled badly, several lines wrapped round each other. easy child 2/difficult child 2 went to work but looks and sounds sick still, from this cold. BF2 is fighting it off, difficult child 1 sounds ghastly but has left to visit girlfriend. I told him to take himself to a doctor - I hope he remembers.
I may have to go out tomorrow for more food supplies - I'm running out of MEAT and with so many growing males in the place, I won't have much luck turning them vegetarian.
husband ordered a new Akubra hat - his old one is falling apart. These are the classic Aussie bushman's hat but they're made from rabbit felt and the city store that used to stock these rang me to apologise; they now have a "no fur" policy. I asked them if this policy applied to fur from feral pests, which is WHY Akubras are made from rabbit fur. They said they'd make more enquiries and get back to me. Maybe I should have brought a brushtail possum skin Davey Crockett hat back from New Zealand! Several hundred NZ dollars, though... and no brim.
I had a solid talk to difficult child 1 about the problems of "channelling" girlfriend, adopting her views, her belief system etc without question or reasoned thought, then inflicting it on us. While I won't challenge girlfriend's views, I won't stand for it in the son I taught to THINK. I'm hoping some of it sunk in - there's another chapter and verse of this talk needing to be done next time I see him. Getting religion is one thing; insisting that everyone else agree with every other minor viewpoint, plus see him as a perfect and virtuous human being is quite something else. I'm going to look up a few verses on the value of humility... besides, he has to follow what HE believes, not what he thinks someone else does.