Seriously though, go support Mrs Jelly. She has mummy brain like me. We need all the help we can get ;)
This is the Doctor Who: From Script to Screen exhibition which has been running there. Despite being only 5, Gracie is a bit Doctor Who fan and Kendo and myself both really like it too so we wanted to see this. Gracie wasn't too sure about the lifesize costumes - 'cause Cyberman are SCARY! but she really enjoyed getting to see the TARDIS and some of the other props and stuff from the show. Here's a couple of pics from our day:
Egg trying to get a closer look at the Beagle space probe exhibit. Eek!
Gracie and the TARDIS
Kendo, Egg and the TARDIS
Grace and K9 (she loved this!)
Egg and K9 (clearly not reading the "please do not touch the exhibits" sign!!)
Exterminate!! This is as close as Grace would get to the Dalek (can't say I blame her, without the magic sofa cushion to protect her).
Egg and the Cyberman (this is Egg's "scared" face, pulled especially for the photo).
There was also a great planetarium show all about space travel (Grace loved the seats that lie all the way back and the fact that the screen was on the ceiling).
On Sunday Gracie had 2 (count 'em) birthday parties to go to so MIL and SIL took her for the first one (while I was off being pampered and having a trial run of make-up for a friends wedding in April (Grace and I are bridesmaids). When she'd got back from the second party I was bending down to take her party shoes off and managed to do something to my back to aggrevate the sciatica. Cue the big pain and much ouching from me. So, that's put pay to anything else really going on around here.
A lovely card and this voile draw string back with a packet of cute vintage buttons and containing this:
FOUR fat quaters for this gorgeous, yummy, yummy fabric. It's from the Arcadia by Sanae range for Moda and it is just lovely. The note from Jana said it is one of her favourites and I can see why. I totally love it. Jana - you've spoiled me! Thank you. Now I have to think of something to make with it - but it needs to be something for ME so I get to keep the yummy goodness for myself. I'm thinking maybe a new bag for Spring. I might even play along with the mystery bag sew-along that Jana is running, that would be quite fitting.
As far as crafty projects go, I've been working on whipping this up. Well, actually, whipping implies some amount of speed, and there are Octogenarian's speedier than I am this week, maybe carefully stirring would be a better description? I'm making this anyway:
Which is round, and crocheted and monochromatic, and will be revealled in all it's glory should I ever manage to finish it. Which I hope I will.
That's it for now I think, except to say that my motormouth Sister-in-Law has started a blog, so you could go over there and give her a blogland welcome, if you'd like. Although, I'm not sure I should encourage you to be nice to her, she did call me loopey. Hey! I resemble that remark Auntie Yan!
I’m struck this week by how easy it is to get so focused on just getting from day to day that you* forget about the bigger picture. When you* have small children they take up so much of your brain capacity that it’s difficult to stop and remember things are actually going on in the world outside your metaphoric four walls.
Getting through life on a practical level these days is so exhausting. Times are tough on everyone. You’re working hard (if you’re lucky enough to have a job still) to pay for the basic things we need for living – put a roof over your head, food on your table, clothes on your back. When you’re not working you’re home looking after the things you’re working to pay for – watching the kids, cooking meals, doing laundry. It’s easy to get lost in this treadmill and to forget that if you* don’t stop to pay attention to the world once in a while that you’re going to miss your life passing you* by.
Things are going on while you’re distracted by the mundane. Good friends are planning weddings and the start of new lives. Other friends are saying goodbye to old lives and moving on to new pastures. If you’re too focused on battling the day to day you* can miss the fact that you* need to be paying attention to these things. That maybe you* should be doing more to help. Then you* have to apologise, because before you* know it you’ve been unintentionally crubbish and haven’t done what you* should have done.
It works the other way too though. The things you’re hyper focusing on. It can be like holding a balloon. You’re concentrating so hard on keeping things together, on holding on, that if you* don’t let up the focus a little you* could squeeze that bit to hard and things will explode. Maybe you* need to learn to let go a little.
I think it's about the balance. It's nearly the end of February and I haven't picked my One little Word for 2009 yet. Last year's word was Simple, this year, I think my word will be BALANCE. I need to work on the balance in all aspects of my life. In balancing my focus, balancing my time, balancing my energy. Things are out of kilter and balance needs to be restored.
Sorry. I’m waffling now.
There are something’s you could/should do this week.
You could/should pop over to here, and here and here and help out with this great cause if you can.
You could/should go say “Hi” to this lady who is back in the land of blogging – hurrah!
You could/should wish this lady Good Luck with her interview.
You could/should send some ~~~~Get well vibes~~~~ over here for the arm versus pavement injury.
Stuff has been going on here. I have my shiny new car (no photos yet, I haven't gotten that far), I have the worse sciatica flare up I've ever had in. my. life. OUCH! I have a severe case of startitis and no signs of the finishing disease anywhere in my future.
It'll all be good come Friday though. We're going here for the day. There will be cupcakes and cups of tea and crafty talk and reminders that the internet world is a fabulous thing - because sometimes you find a kindred spirit out there.
Still waffling. Ah well. I'm all done now. As you were.
* obviously by “you” – I mean me, just in case that wasn’t quite clear ;)