Unrelated photograph of a roof and sky. I don't know why [she swallowed the fly, perhaps she'll die].
1. I am supposed to be doing my tax today (the mister did his ages ago and is getting more than impatient that I haven't done mine. He is keen to go to the accountant? Sheesh). Before I start doing my tax I need to take children to school (check), go to the vacuum cleaner shop to purchase new bags and filter (check), and go to the op shop to purchase art textbook for Son #1 (fail, they always have a copy but not today. They did however have a Roget's Thesaurus [because I only own two copies], some dark green wool fabric, some lovely navy blue silk/linen fabric [score!], a bag of wooden beads, three pleasing balls of yarn, a beautiful pair of David Lawrence woollen pants, and three woollen jumpers [Esprit, Country Rd and Cue] because even though it's 33C it is never too early to prepare for winter, right?)
And now I need to blog. But tax soon! Right after I have some lunch, and make dinner and bring the washing in. Loo needs a clean too, better do that first. And upload unrelated photographs for my own amusement.
Unrelated photograph of an art exhibition at our local library. Check out the mudbrick walls - much neater than our mudbrick walls.
2. I still can't find my book notebook, in which I record all the books I read and the audio books I listen to. Most frustrating. I wanted to do a 2008 recap. Here's a taster anyway ... Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen were both absolute highlights of my literary year. So too In my Father's Den by Maurice Gee, several things by Philippa Gregory and Tracy Chevalier, and I re-read The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers which was even better the second time. Helen Garner's The Spare Room was spare and touching and made extra real by hearing her speak at work (a sort of In Conversation event that I attended). Sandra Gulland's Josephine Bonaparte trilogy - magnifique! An Equal Music by Vikram Seth, Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos and People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. I didn't think much of the rather scattered structure and unlikeable characters in Kate Atkinson's Emotionally Weird but have loved everything else she's written. Actually that last one was this year not 2008 so just consider it an early addition to my reading round up post due some time around 31st December 2009. Ok, I think I can get away without a full 2008 list now, reading back over that paragraph! I did read some beauties. A few duds too, but I won't bother recording them here.
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3. This morning on the way to school we stopped at the end of our street to say hello to the miniature horse and her little baby who is several weeks old by now. The foal is smaller than our dog! Also, it bites.
Again with the relevant photographs
4. The tooth fairy is once again failing to achieve optimal productivity outcomes. See previous benchmarked figures, noting that four nights of no-show will result in performance objectives rating of Traffic Light: Red.
Unrelated photograph of cattle accoutrements (I think) in the country.
5. Weasel words are awful, aren't they? Currently at my place of employment, we have staff who are "surplus to needs" [redundant], and "staff separations" [in which they are sacked]. A friend of mine who works in the health system reckons their bureaucrats talk of "negative patient outcomes" [deaths]. We have a wonderful list in our tearoom full of CorporateSpeak terms like "knowledge gradient" [some students are higher up the class than others], "robust discussion" [shitfight in a meeting], "paradigm shift" [when the government/senior management changes the policy and everybody scrambles to get on board and fight for the money] and my recent personal favourite ... "decanting". As in, tossing people out of their office and putting them somewhere far less convenient and generally within whiff of the gents' loos. Also, as noted in the comments, "knowledge transfer". Which is of course TEACHING.
Random train. See the workman climbing onto the track with a bucket of water? Why?! Who knows. You go, Connex! No sophisticated technology for our infrastructure, eh?
6. Craft Weekend this Friday night until as late as I can possibly string it out on Sunday afternoon. At a house by the beach which will be excellent as Saturday is supposed to be
Ok, tax time.