Oh, hello blog, this is what you look like…I remember you!
I have been thoroughly overwhelmed of late. University assignments, children going back to school and now the rain. Again.
It has been raining non-stop since Monday and looks like it is set in until Wednesday next week. We have had storm warning after storm warning and looks like there will be extreme weather events in the next few days. Welcome to South East Queensland, bring your gumboots and wet weather gear! There have been news broadcasts of people attempting to drive through flood waters, tourists playing tennis on flooded tennis courts and children rescued from raging torrents.
Here at Chez Vix, we are safe and away from the flash flooding. Roads are closed all around us and the poor neighbours had a tree split in half and squash their car. It’s wet, wild and woolly. Fun times. The gloominess is getting to me, I do not do well with this weather.
Here are my top stress-busters , mental notes and conversations for this week:
- Get out of your pyjamas and force yourself to take the children to school. Brush your hair.
- Smile and say hello to everyone, even though you look like a wet, absent-minded crazy woman who just got out of her pyjamas.
- Get out the slow cooker and serve dumplings with everything. Satisfied bellies in wet weather = peace and quiet.
- Dumplings are a new food group, you can put anything in them. Left over ricotta is a winner, ask The Princess, she doesn’t like dumplings but ate these ones.
- Keep one room tidy. Pick a room, clean and tidy it and retreat there when you feel overwhelmed.
- Do not think about the electricity bill as you are shoving another load of washing in the tumble dryer. Just get the washing done.
- Star eating breakfast for once in your life. In fact, start eating properly. Crackers and fruit are not a nutritious diet.
- Drink more water than coffee.
- Do not think of looming deadlines for assignments and massive reference lists piling up. Do not even think about the Case Study for next Semester. Just keep plugging away daily and worry about the 5000 word count when you finish. Cull is a lovely word, short is not.
- The children will have everything they need for school by next week and so will you. The term ‘catch-up’ was coined for a reason.
- Playing Uno with Master 6 is a study break NOT procrastination.
- The clutter on the bench and piles of paperwork will find a home after your assignments are finished.
- The back to school expenses are astronomical but don’t the children look lovely in their new school uniforms and shoes? We can grocery shop next week ( see #4: Dumplings are a new food group).
- Laugh. Keys locked in the car and holding a torch in the rain for hubby ( while in your pyjamas) at 1am so he can break in IS funny. No one saw you. Only crazy people are up at that time. And shift workers and people who are shift workers and have locked their keys in the car. And you.
- It’s amusing, not sad, that there are still Christmas decorations laying around the house.
- Do not lament about children leaving home – they come back.
- Make pancakes for breakfast this weekend. Bieber loves pancakes and his girlfriend just broke up with him.
- Realise that you should have done Bachelor of Education Primary with all the extra schoolwork help for The Princess. Could have got a credit on that alone.
- Rejoice that you have dodged Homeschooling once again.
- Do not feel bad when you have been caught repeating yourself, or forgetting conversations with Red. It evens out the times when he has ignored you and dismissed your words.
- Hearing ‘I love you’ or ‘Mum, we can’t take you anywhere’ or ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’ cancels out all the bad stuff. I do try. Sometimes I get it right. Other times I break things and spill food on my clothes.
- When Bieber says ‘Wow Mum, we’ve been having all the foods I like’, smile. It’s golden.
- Stop watching late night TV. Laying in bed, staring at the ceiling is more entertaining.
- Remember to take your phone off silent before bedtime. Alarms will not wake you up with no sound.
- Plan to do one nice thing for everyone in the family each week so that they feel special, including myself.
I was a tad disappointed that Denise or Bruce Morcombe didn’t receive Australian of the Year 2012 after everything they have been through and their tireless energy and support for other parents of missing children. Congratulations to Geoffrey Rush, another great Queenslander and a fan-bloody-tastic speech. I wonder who wrote it.
Happy Australia Day to all my fellow Aussies. Stay safe and dry to all my fellow Queenslanders.
- Heat and flooding rains for Australia Day (news.ninemsn.com.au)
- Celebrating the Australian Day (covellifashion.wordpress.com)
- Rush takes top honour (theage.com.au)
- Service marks anniversary of Qld floods (news.theage.com.au)
- Queensland floods ‘to worsen’ (news.ninemsn.com.au)
- Queensland Floods Jan 2012 (Pictures/Videos) (passionateaboutpets.wordpress.com)