Things to do


Big-P had to be at work early this morning so we were up and about around 7. Because it was just way too early to put on the TV Amelia and I went for a brisk walk in the early morning chill and now we’re back and it’s only 8am! Amelia and I have a lovely empty day ahead of us. Yesterday (sans sleep) I would have said that we have a vile and horrible long stretch of a day ahead of us with nothing to do, but instead I’m going to accentuate the positive (eliminate the negative). In fact, I may not publish this entry until tonight and if that’s the case I am going to write it now as if the day has already happened.

So…

After our customary hour or so of children’s television while i caught up on some client emails, blogs and other good web stuff, we headed out to the Bunnings to buy some herb seedlings and other gardening paraphernalia. For the first time this week Amelia did not grizzle or throw a tantrum whilst sitting in the trolley and I managed to negotiate the parking lot with grace and ease (my two imaginary friends).

Shortly afterwards we came home and after a little morning tea we headed out into the still sunny backyard and I planted my little seedlings while Amelia pottered about in an incredibly pleasant manner watering the garden with her tiny watering can whilst humming and telling me amusing anecdotes (none of which involved me having to play the part of anyone other than myself – I can’t tell you how many times a day we usually hear the phrase “you be so and so” – usually Buzz, a witch or a baby).

Lunch time was a huge success. Sandwiches were eaten with gusto – a whole glass of water was downed and Amelia then suggested that she should perhaps go and have a little nap. (ok, now I am just getting silly). So instead we got in to the car and drove to Wattle Park and ran around for a good hour before deciding it might be time to head home and try making some rock buns which turned out to be a delicious success (thanks Jane!).

All in all a fabulously good day. Tonight we are off to Nic and Jud’s for a super Survivor night – just like the good old days.

— post script: the amazing thing is — my day actually was like this! This morning, as I typed this up, I thought I would be able to add a humorous post script about how in fact we ended up wailing at one another and then watched tv all day – why would today be better than any other day this week? But we didn’t. We really did do all that and more. The rock buns are in the oven, and the seedlings are waving their little heads in the afternoon breeze. Perhaps it’s that amazing fact that people who write down their targets achieve their goals (after all Courtney Love did end up making friends with Michael Stipe!) — either that or it’s wonderful what a difference a full night’s sleep can make.