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Still under the weather.
June 25, 2007, 3:12 pm
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That’s right. All three of us now are feeling terrible.
We spent a very quiet weekend, pottering, playing cards, playing with Aesop’s trainset and with a nice bit of a stroll to town yesterday afternoon for some fresh air.
Today has been mostly spent in the position you see above: watching dvd’s. I’ve opted out on a few screenings, in order to tidy and to internet-look, but I dare say Abraham and Aesop have watched the hungry caterpillar, the berenstein bears and maybe bert and ernie at least twice each. If any of us were feeling any better, we’d be smart to go down to the shop and get more of a selection, but alas. Perhaps tomorrow we’ll be better enough for Abraham to go to work and for Aesop and I to venture out into the world again.
Did any of you spy the little ears poking up next to Aesop? That’s right! We’ve got a cat! Not particularly by choice mind you..
My mum and dad have gone overseas for 10 weeks, and much to the disgust of my Mother she discovered the cattery place wanted about $7 a day for them to look after Porridge. So while mum loves Porridge very much, there was no chance they were forking out nearly $500 for her to stay somewhere she’d hate anyway. So poor porridge (who might I add has never a very social cat at the best of times..) was uprooted after what I calculate to be at least 8 years of living in one place, and plonked at my house, where feeding is slightly erratic, and a noisy toddler brings her toys to look at, and tries to convince her to ride his bike!
Luckily for us, after a few days of hiding in one of my fabric shelves, she emerged and has joined the family. She’s the friendliest she’s ever been! Cuddling up to me, allowing Aesop to pat her, and pull her tail once in awhile, and snuggling up on the bed to watch dvd’s with him. It’s quite nice actually (despite the coating of fur the house now has), and Aesop loves the company.

So there you go. I’ll certainly not be filling my blog/flickr with pictures of her (or giving her a blog of her own?! Seriously?), but perhaps I’m more of a cat person than I thought!

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June 22, 2007, 5:40 pm
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This morning consisted of three and a half hours of computer time with Aesop sleeping curled up on my lap, like a large cat. While my bottom went numb, and my dressing gown became more and more soaked in toddler snot, sweat and dribble, I started to feel worse and worse myself.
This afternoon has been a combination of snuggled up sleeping, and a horrifically foul mood that only a sick toddler and his also-not-so-well mother could create.

‘I want a dvd!’
‘How do you ask nicely please, Aesop?’
‘I want a dvd!’
‘Where have your manners gone? Have you lost them?’
‘No. I don’t. I want a dvdeeeee.’
‘Do you mean: I want a dvd, please mama?’
‘No. I not. I want a dvd.’
‘ I waaaaaaannnnt aaaa deeeveeeedee’. (reapeatedly for about ten minutes.While I intermittedly ask for some manners.)
Holding my thumping head, I decide to go against supernanny’s strict instructions not to give in.
‘ Okay Aesop which dvd would you like?’
‘Bert and Ernie please, Mama. Thank you very much.’

Aesop is not eating anything except biscuits, had a huge tantrum because I wouldn’t let him drink his milk with a spoon, has screamed the house down each and every nappy change, will not keep his socks on, and will not walk anywhere. And while I feel a little apathy, and enjoying the chance to have some cuddles from a normally ants-in-pants toddler, it’s driving me bloomin’ bananas. Roll on bedtime.

Oh my, I was definitely not gifted with the wonderful virtue that is patience.



June 22, 2007, 5:40 pm
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This morning consisted of three and a half hours of computer time with Aesop sleeping curled up on my lap, like a large cat. While my bottom went numb, and my dressing gown became more and more soaked in toddler snot, sweat and dribble, I started to feel worse and worse myself.
This afternoon has been a combination of snuggled up sleeping, and a horrifically foul mood that only a sick toddler and his also-not-so-well mother could create.

‘I want a dvd!’
‘How do you ask nicely please, Aesop?’
‘I want a dvd!’
‘Where have your manners gone? Have you lost them?’
‘No. I don’t. I want a dvdeeeee.’
‘Do you mean: I want a dvd, please mama?’
‘No. I not. I want a dvd.’
‘ I waaaaaaannnnt aaaa deeeveeeedee’. (reapeatedly for about ten minutes.While I intermittedly ask for some manners.)
Holding my thumping head, I decide to go against supernanny’s strict instructions not to give in.
‘ Okay Aesop which dvd would you like?’
‘Bert and Ernie please, Mama. Thank you very much.’

Aesop is not eating anything except biscuits, had a huge tantrum because I wouldn’t let him drink his milk with a spoon, has screamed the house down each and every nappy change, will not keep his socks on, and will not walk anywhere. And while I feel a little apathy, and enjoying the chance to have some cuddles from a normally ants-in-pants toddler, it’s driving me bloomin’ bananas. Roll on bedtime.

Oh my, I was definitely not gifted with the wonderful virtue that is patience.



June 21, 2007, 11:09 pm
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(picture on right stolen from their myspace)
My friend John (orrr Fatty as he prefers to be called) was in town today, and kindly took me to do groceries and shouted us hot chocolates/ fluffies at our local.
He told me about a girl he’s been seeing who is in the Auckland Roller Derby team.
I remember reading an article about this whole roller derby craze in bust magazine awhile ago, and it struck me as a little weird, but strangely appealing. As violent as ice hockey, but played by women in fishnets and miniskirts. But then I forgot all about it.
John gave me the 2007 calender that the Auckland girls made, and hot damn. If I didn’t want to put on my skates and beat people up before I most certainly do now.
This evening I’ve been googling the different groups and things, and while I’m not too sure about some of the outfits etc,(the whole ‘rockabilly’ look isn’t really my favourite) the whole idea of it is awesome.
There’s just something about really, really tough girls who are somehow, at the same time, really glamorous. It’s inspiring.
It encourages sport and fitness amongst a group of people that might not usually get into that sort of thing, and well.. it must be nice to be part of a group. (oh my that makes me sound so lonely and pathetic.)
So there, another random fact about me: I want to be a roller derby girl!
(If you happen to pop round and I’m hanging out the washing wearing my roller skates that should explain things.)

I know I promised finished crafting today, but alas. I have 11 (yes 11!) hoodies all sewn this week ready for appliques, buttons and labels, and about 8 bonnets in the making, but nothing done and dusted and ready to be shown off.

I do have a question for you lovelies though: What do you listen to most when you’re crafting? My broadband people have kindly raised my bandwidth and I thought to celebrate I’d download some new music to craft to.
Lately I’ve been really enjoying Joanna Newsome, Kimya dawson, the telecom soundtrack (ha! music from the Telecom adverts. Shame.), a mix cd of music sweet Melissa put together for Aesop and I just happen to like almost more than he does, The lolligags (who are an amazing duo, and have an EP out.. go look!), and an eclectic mix of music I’ve gathered over the years (everything from teen-pop to hip-hop and back again). I like music I can sing along to, and music that’s not too ‘thrashy’. So pretty please.. suggest away!

(I’m in a strange mood.. can you tell? And how many brackets can one girl use in an entry? Goodness me. It must be bedtime! Sweet dreams!)



Thrifty.
June 19, 2007, 4:24 pm
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First row (from left to right): THE most amazing thing I have ever found at the op-shops, A fully hand-beaded bag, with the most amazing floral pattern. It has little half beads glued all over it and it’s the most glorious size.. really big! The Bakelite handles have seen better days but the bag itself is near perfect. This one’s going on the wall. It was $1! And then the other three bags I got the same day, also $1 each. The two on either side are a little worse for wear, but they’ll be great on the wall.

Second row: A beautiful, beautiful dress with a lovely crossover back detail. It’s teeny tiny (about a size 8, it wouldn’t even fit on my mannequin..) If I wasn’t completely anti the idea of reselling vintage (sorry ladies who do it..) I’d be making a pretty penny from this one. Then you have jesus and mary. Anyone who’s ever visited the toilet at my house knows I like to have a little ‘shrine’ in there. These two were a great addition at only $2 each. The pink dress is gorgeous. It’s ankle length, backless and best of all.. it fits me! It has little buttons up the front which I love to pieces.

Third row: Two sheepskin collars I picked up yesterday at Mr. Bo. I hope the veggies among us can forgive me, but I’m really loving fur/fleece collars at the moment (only vintage of course..). I don’t know when I’ll wear them, but I do love them so. And a picture that is now hanging in my ‘guest loo’ across from jesus and Mary. I’m not sure what the attraction is but I just liked it. And finally.. not thrifted but pretty cool.. I made a tower (with help from Abraham..) using nearly every single block of lego we own. It’s 3/4s of Aesop’s height and pretty awesome. I think I’m loving the lego nearly as much as Aesop!

So yes… those are the highlights of my thrifting this month so far! Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some made things to show you!

(also, Abraham wrote something for Lyndell too. Just in case you’re interested.)
Thanks for the kind words everyone. It’s nice to be back again, you guys are the best ever.



Thank you and goodbye.
June 18, 2007, 2:57 pm
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Today has been a very, very emotional day.
We heard this morning (thank you Kirsty.) that our beloved midwife, Lyndell Rowan-Gabay, passed away.

I knew from the very moment I spoke to Lyndell on the phone that I’d love her. I had planned to call a list of midwives to see which sounded the most suitable, but I didn’t get further than my first call.
She told me 19 was the perfect age to be having a child, and that she loved vegans. I was sold.
And love her we really did. She was one of the sweetest, kindest, most beautiful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. She was so enthusiastic about her job, and about life. She was always so busy, and often tired from late night births, but never once did she show up to an appointment looking anything other than glowing.
She was wonderfully down to earth, a bit of a hippy even. She’d give me herbal creams for things, homeopathy pills. She wore the most gorgeous long Hawaiian, and pacific print dresses with little shell necklaces.She weighed Aesop in a little floral bag because she thought it was nicer than a nappy. She had long, long hair that was usually worn out and flowing, and she had a big beautiful, genuine smile.

She gave us the best present in the world, a beautiful birth. We really had such a lovely time welcoming Aesop into the world. It was quite long, and obviously very painful, but Lyndell was such a calming presence. She talked me out of my begging to go to the hospital, when I wasn’t willing to listen to anything. She reassured Abraham and helped him to ‘catch’ Aesop, and gave him the reassurance he needed to cut the cord, releasing Aesop in into the world.
I honestly believe without Lyndell’s help and perseverance I would have given up breastfeeding before the first week was out. And I thank her so much for her patience with us while we struggled to get used to our howling little reflux baby.
I stayed in touch with Lyndell after the six weeks of visits, occasionally going to homebirth picnics and meetings with her, and Abraham and I had the pleasure of attending her handfasting ceremony not too long before we left Nelson.
It was so beautiful, and so Lyndell. A hall full of flowers and candles, with a folk music and people she loved. All her friends and family were there, and a lot of her ‘homebirth’ families. She told me she wanted to be surrounded in strong, inspirational women. Well Lyndell, I’ve never met any one that fits that description better than you, and I’m so honoured you considered me to fit into that category.
Lyndell looked amazing. She wore a shocking pink satin gown, with her long hair up and a one piece dangling down her bare back. She took everyone’s breath away when she entered the room. She was so happy, after the ceremony she danced and danced and danced. I felt so privileged to have been witness to such a beautiful thing.
I’ve thought so many times about calling her, after not being able to get hold of her before we left. I’ve thought so many times about how if I ever got pregnant again I’d want to fly her up for the birth. I’ve thought about her so often, and I feel so, so blessed to have met such an amazing soul, and to have had her play such an important part in our lives.
So, thank you Lyndell. Thank you for everything you did for us, and thank you for being such an amazing, beautiful woman. I don’t feel like anything I can write would do how I feel justice. You’ve brought so much life into this world, and been with people through so many hard, and amazing times in their lives. It just seems so wrong that someone so glowing, healthy and young, who has brought so much to so many should have to go so soon. You’ll be sorely missed and often thought of.
Rest in peace Lyndell.



I will survive.
June 16, 2007, 8:41 am
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I’ll be back to blogging sometime soon I hope.
The last few weeks, even months, have been a bit of a grey haze for me, but things are finally looking up. The sewing machine has had a little use (with plenty more planned..), the studying has begun again (albeit very slowly), and the general foggy lack of motivation which comes with a wee relapse of depression is easing up. Thank goodness.
Thank you to everyone who has e-mailled me to check where I’ve been, I really appreciate it. I’ve been without the internet during daytime hours, and trying to limit my time in the evenings. I’ve been debating getting rid of it all together, but I’m not sure I’d cope. Perhaps I should just delete the games? They are, afterall, my real downfall. It seems I finish doing what needs to be done online, I start thinking ‘ I really should go and do this.. or this..’ and then I play four hundred and ninety billion games of internet backgammon (which might I add I’m very good at now. ha.).
Either way, I have loads of things to show you, including the jewel in my thrifting crown, the most beautiful thing I have EVER bought at the opp shops!
I have two days to myself this weekend, so I’ll tentatively guess that I’ll see you all next week!