July 30, 2006

Demands, demands

Melbourne has decided to turn on some sunshine for the weekend. We've had three or four beautifully sunny days in a row. Still cold but almost cold without an edge like an early spring day. Which probably means that things are about to turn and we'll have a month of freezing cold, rainy, windy, gloomy days just to remind us where we live but for today, the sun is shining and you don't need 10 layers of clothing.

News on the writing front is still slow. A fortnight working more hours than I care to think about in the day job (though they were productive hours) have rendered the girls into a state something approaching tired three year olds. They're whiny, they need a nap or five and they want to be entertained. Friday was my day off and sleeping, reading (apparently they required a Daemon fix) and lounging were high on the priority list. Yesterday they wanted to do something fun and pretty so I wandered around the quilting and craft show sucking down colour and creativity. Some of the quilts are just gorgeous...as much as the thought of teeny tiny stitches does make me kind of worried, I'm kind of leaning towards giving it a go one day. I like the idea of playing with so many colours...so now there's something new on the list of things to try when life gets slightly less crazy aka after the book is done, after work calms down, after conference! Then I can haul the sewing machine out of exile and see what happens.

I'm hoping the combination of friday and yesterday are enough to coax the girls into doing some actual work today (though there is still a large vote for napping going on). We'll see. After lunch perhaps.

July 22, 2006


Here's the thing about being sick and having time off work at the busiest time of year. It comes back to bite you. It's not like anyone else actually does the work for you.

Net result, this week I have more than made up for the days off last week. Sigh. And I'm not done yet.

Needless to say, on the writing front, well, I remember there IS a writing front but that's about it.

So move it along, nothing to see here....zzzzzzzzzzzz.

July 14, 2006

A good day

I have spent most of this week coughing and spluttering and fighting off the same virus that about 60% of the people in my office seem to be suffering from.

Net result - Wednesday and Thursday largely involved sleeping or lying on my couch.

This morning (my day off), I am feeling a bit better. Yay.

Plus it has been a great day.

1. I found out I finalled in the Clendon Award, run by the Romance Writers of NZ. This is a great comp, so I'm very chuffed to have finalled again.

2. A very nice man came to give me a quote on a skylight to transform my poky dark must-have-the-light-on laundry into one where I could see. The quote was in my price range and he installed it on the spot. Voila...I no longer feel like a mole in a cave while trying to do laundry. On the minus side, I can now see all the cobwebs in my laundry.

3. I bought a digital camera and it arrived today. It's a Canon Ixus 55 and I'm still figuring it out but here's an initial effort - the orange cat saying "Mrrrrowwww".

So far the grey cat is clearly saying "WTF? Why did you wake me up" in all her shots so we shall come back when she's in a more supermodel mood.

And now, more sanding of window frames.

July 08, 2006

Wax on, wax off

Well, paint on, dirt off. It's amazing how grubby windowframes can get! And blinds but I'm not washing them. They will be binned when the new ones arrive....yippeeeeeee.

Sugar soap has been applied, sandpaper has been used. Now I'm off to buy tickets for Pirates tonight (mmmm, Johnny) while everything dries properly then I shall be back to mask and paint.

And um, no. Book still not done. Maybe painting will inspire me.