Friday, February 22, 2013

Not just swimming, diving

My last post wasn't meant to alarm anyone.

Though the dark monsters may nip at my heels from time to time, I haven't lost my sense of humour.

I was kind of posting my tongue-in-cheek version of those posts by amazing people who write about how they did a half-marathon, baked a creative birthday cake, flew to Perth and back, and catered a My Kitchen Rules-style instant restaurant/dinner party all before breakfast. (Not that there is anything wrong with that).

Me, I go for simpler goals.

Get up. Have a shower. Just keep on swimming...

But just to prove I have done more things this week than get up and have a shower, I give you a few of the highlights from my week:

 

 
Harmonie turned 10 and we went to Wet 'n' Wild on the Gold Coast to celebrate ...
 
 
Followed by dinner at her favourite cheap and cheerful Chinese restaurant with friends
 
One of Harmonie's birthday presents was something she's wanted for ages: A guinea pig. They are social animals, so her piggie Twitchy came with her sister Captain Sprinkles for Chase. We also adopted their mother, who has been named Pepper Pig (not Peppa).
 
 
Here they are getting spoiled ...
 
 
Captain Sprinkles, Pepper, and Twitchy


In other news, Chase, whose recent 12th birthday treat of a session at Archerfield Go-Kart Hire was rained out by Queensland's Big Wet, finally got to enjoy his present. He and a best friend enjoyed several sessions of go-karting at the track, in the first rain-free day in ages - lucky us. And thanks to Barry, who shouted the boys to a free slushie at the end of their afternoon.
 
 
Cool dude at the end of his karting sessions. 
 
And the verdict? "Awesome! When can I do it again?"
 
Not to be outdone, Miss Lucy, our pampered chihauhua-pomeranian cross, was very proud to be taken to school during the week to make a starring appearance at Harmonie's Show And Tell. She was a hit, with licks, kisses and pats all round.
 
 
And me? Well, I've been working on my speech for 'My Blog, My Story'. You may have noticed, I'll be speaking at Australia's biggest event for parenting bloggers, Digital Parenting's DPCON13 in Sydney in March.
 
I'm a little nervous (okay, a lot), but looking forward to getting away for a few days of serious blog talk and networking with the brightest and best in Australia's social media pond. And if that means I have to get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, I'll do it, dammit.
 
 
A shower AND make up. For the win.
 
And doing a wee bit of diving into life in spite of myself.


8 comments:

Beck said...

What a busy week you have had, great fun and awesome pics.
You must be full of nerves about speaking at DPCON but I know you will rock it :) I will be there supporting you all the way ! Not long now, looking forward to meeting you xx

Vicky Finch said...

Happy birthday to your babies, and happy birthing days to you! Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow,
Vicky :)

Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

A parent is always busy even when we have a bit of time to ourselves we are then busy looking after ourselves so never ever feel that your never busy for your always are sweetie

Good luck for the speaking at DPCON you will do great and I'm there in spirit holding your hand plus giving you heaps of the stuff below

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Bronnie Marquardt said...

Oh thanks so much ladies, that means a lot!

Char said...

I'm tired just reading all of that. And so, so grateful that my three progeny all have their licences and don't have to gotten to school at any particular time, don't have to have creative and healthy lunches cut and don't have to have the right, clean uniform on. I don't miss school!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Best of luck speaking! I'm sure you'll knock em dead! :D

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FiveFrogsBlog said...

Dropping in from the March Blog Carnival.

Good luck at DPCON13, I'm sure you'll have a blast.