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The younger son turned 15 today. Fifteen!

Yesterday, I wondered what I should make for breakfast for him and was tossing up between French Toast and pancakes. I had also bought some crumpets that were on special from the supermarket.

“Do you prefer French Toast or pancakes?”

“Umm….pancakes…?”

Then I remembered his love for Nasi Lemak.

“Would you like Nasi Lemak for breakfast?” I asked.

“Is that even a question?”

Nasi Lemak

 

Lamb Vindaloo for dinner. Forgot to take a picture! It was very good!

Strawberry Cheesecake for dessert.

Strawberry Cheesecake

 

 

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Little Athletics Presentation 2016/17 Season

This has been sitting in my Drafts folder for almost a month! Yikes!

As followers of my blog know, we have been involved with our local Little Athletics club for over ten years now. I put my older children in because I am not sporty in any way, shape, or form so I needed to outsource their physical education.

This season, Mark was once again the President of the club, and I was once again the Results Input person. Our older son served as a General Committee member and our older daughter helped out with entering the sprint results electronically.

Our younger son competed in the U15 age group. I think he only missed one week of competition when he was away at a Boys’ Brigade camp, so he had an almost perfect attendance. That, coupled with the fact that when he was present at Little Aths he competed in every single event, earned him the most points for his age group and he was awarded First Place for the U15 Boys.

Our younger daughter decided not to continue with Little Athletics, turning her time, energy, and focus instead to dancing. My husband predicted that the day would come when she would choose to give up Little Athletics but it was still a bittersweet moment for me. Several times over the season I asked whether she was sure, and each time she assured me she was. “No regrets?” I asked. “No regrets,” she said, firmly.

Benjamin is entitled to compete for another year as an U16; he may or may not continue this coming season, he’s not sure yet. Nevertheless, the rest of us have decided to step down from our various positions.

We’ve had a good experience with the club and, as Life Members, it is not good-bye. We will definitely be in touch and be kept in the know with the club’s events and happenings.

Book Review: Leave it to Psmith

Borrowed the audiobook version read by Jonathan Cecil from our local library.

I like Wodehouse — that is to say, I am trying to acquire a taste for Wodehouse — and I have tried reading several of his books in the past. Sometimes, life gets in the way and I don’t get to finish the book before it is due back at the library.

I have to say, experiencing the book this way was quite enjoyable and rewarding. Listening to an audiobook freed my hands up to do other things, eg knitting. Also, other people could listen and enjoy as well.

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Little Athletics Presentation 2016

This happened last month, but I am only now writing about it.

We have been involved with this club for over ten years now. What started out as a way to ‘outsource’ Physical Education for our home-schooled children has turned out to be a full-on family commitment.

Mark is the President, and no, that does not make me the First Lady.

I am the Results Coordinator Manager. I collect all the results sheets at the end of the day’s events and enter them into the system.

Older son Jeremy served as the Chief of Officials.

Older daughter Susannah helped out at the track field, zapping athletes’ barcodes and aligning that with their track results.

Younger son Benjamin completed his ninth year of little athletics and because he went every single week bar one (he was away at a Boys’ Brigade camp that weekend) and took part in every single event, he managed to rack up enough points to get First Place!

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Younger daughter Elizabeth received her Five-Year Award. As an U9 athlete, she is one of the youngest recipients of the award.

Little Aths Presentation

She also attended every week bar one (Girls’ Brigade camp) and competed in every event, but did not collect enough points to get a placing.

Elizabeth LA Presentation

Our Saturday mornings are now a lot quieter and less rushed, that is, until October when the season starts up again!

 

Doctor Who Scarf

One of the reasons I have not been blogging as much lately is because I have been busy knitting a scarf. A very, very, very, long scarf.

Doctor Who Season 12 Scarf

Doctor Who Season 12 Scarf

I’ve placed a one-metre ruler next to the scarf for comparison. Yes, the scarf is about four metres, or a bit over 12 feet, long. This is the Season 12 scarf.

I got the pattern from here. I decided to go with the “inches” pattern rather than the “number of rows” pattern because I used 8-ply yarn (which is most typically found here) rather than worsted yarn.

The colours were a bit of a challenge to find and match as closely as possible. Ah, well! It is recognisable as a Doctor Who scarf and that is all that matters.

Lizzie with Dr Who Scarf

Ben with Dr Who Scarf

Susannah with Dr Who scarf

 

Trekky Tuesday: Kokoda Memorial Track, Dandenong Ranges National Park

One of my Facebook friends shared this on her wall: 21 Melbourne Walks That Will Take Your Breath Away. It looked good, so I put it on my Pinterest for future reference.

Well, it’s school holidays (Term 2 break) now, and I thought going on the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk would be a fun thing to try. My legs and thighs may be complaining tomorrow, but that’s another story! The Memorial Walk is located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, about half an hour from home. It is winter now, but today’s weather was pretty good. Not too cold, and more importantly, not wet.   Kokoda Track Memorial Walk

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Stupendous Sunday: Happy 13th Birthday

I am now the parent of three teenagers! The days are long but the years are short.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

 

 

Of Odes to Spell Checkers

A response to the ode to the spell checker no name

Happy Pi Day 2015

A once-in-a-lifetime event: March 14, ’15 9.26.53

I ought to be congratulated because this is the first time EVER I remembered to do something for Pi Day!

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

 

Chocolate Cream Pie for dessert

Chocolate Cream Pie for dessert

 

The Problem with Compounds

A couple years ago, Allie from Hyperbole and a Half wrote about the Alot, an imaginary creature she created to help her cope whenever she encounters the “word” alot and she has to resist the urge to correct people. If you have not read that post, I suggest you stop here and go read it now. If you have read it before, it’s worthwhile reading it again.

In case you haven’t noticed, alot happens a lot. I’m not sure why.

Maybe people don’t have spell-check turned on. Maybe they think they know better than spell-check. For example, until a couple of weeks ago, I truly and honestly thought that desiccated was spelled with two ‘s’ and one ‘c’ – dessicated. Yes, I had my spell-check turned on and a red squiggly line appeared under it alerting me about the misspelling. What did I do about it? To my shame, I scoffed and thought I knew better. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I looked at the suggested spelling and was mortified to learn I had been spelling this word incorrectly for years! Had to find all previous posts with that word and correct them!

Maybe they think alot is an alternative spelling. It isn’t.

Maybe they think alot is different from a lot, where alot is used to describe “a large amount” and a lot is used when talking about “a piece of land”. It isn’t

Maybe they are too set in their ways to change.

Maybe they’re like me and the word desiccated, ie, not being able to see the correct spelling even when it is right in front of them.

Or maybe —  it pains me to say this — they just don’t care.

 Alot is not a word; it is two words: a lot. It is always two words.

Still, it must be comforting to be able to create an imaginary creature as a coping mechanism.

Sadly, there is one particular grammar mistake for which I have yet to find a coping mechanism, and that is when compound subject and compound object pronouns are used incorrectly.

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My First World Problem

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