Skip to main content


"Do you know that there's still a chance for you, 'Cause there's a spark in you, You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine, Just own the night like the 4th of July"

Oh hello there! Did you think I gave up? Slunk off to my couch and my wine and my brie? Oh, well maybe I did for a bit. But I'm back. Sucking it up and getting back out there.

Today is Mother's Day (in Australia, is it in the U.S. too?). Rather than sloth away in bed (like I have been doing for the last, oh, 4 weeks or so), I got up at 7:10am and put on the Asics, grabbed the dog and went for a run! I know! What a shock (to my body!).

It was a fair bit chillier than it was last time I ran - so much so my eyes teared up and I ran half the way with tears streaming down my face. Actually, it's not that cold (maybe 11C), but it is significantly cooler than the 25C I was trying to run in a few weeks back. It was very nice once I'd warmed up.

I couldn't run the whole way (I set the app to run 5km) - I had to walk up the steeper hills, but I "ran" 5km! I ran it at a slow 8.49min/km, but I figured I was not there to beat any records. I was actually there well first, because I was overdue for a run, but second, because my dear friend Jodie has been doing the C25K program, and ran 4km in the Mother's Day Classic! Go Jo!!

And I've been reading another book: Running Pink by Deborah de Williams. She ran around Australia to raise money for breast cancer research, so after running my tiny (but significant) 5km, I donated $30 to her cause.

So Maxy and I are relaxing now. I hope I'm back on track and we might even see how much damage I've done on Wednesday weigh-in...

"Cause baby you're a firework, c'mon show 'em what your worth, make 'em go oh oh oh, as you shoot across the sky"


Popular posts from this blog

Pssst...wanna be a fly on the wall?

My Students + Curriculum + Learning Spaces + Real Life = A Day In the Life

This Day is from last week when I thought it was A Day In The Life but it was Learning Spaces instead...probably just as well, because the last few days have not been worth blogging about (or maybe there's a big blog post in there lurking away, but I just can't deal with it right now)...anyway...

This week is the last of our Aussie NBTS posts and a's a long post!! So if you stay to the end, you have done well and earn bonus points.

I think a lot of people who don't homeschool are curious as to what our days look like. Those 6 panel Facebook memes have been doing the rounds, and of course there was a Homeschool one:

He he he!

The night before the Day in the Life: I should preface this Day with the fact that we had a late Night watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It was on TV, but we got out the DVD to skip the ads. I feel that some movies are just a compulsory part of any child&#…

I see...

We've had a couple of interesting weeks here. Video Boy has inherited his mother's shocking vision - he has myopia (commonly known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness). It occurs when the eyes focus light in front of the retina, leading to unfocussed vision.

Close up is usually OK, but distance vision is pretty fuzzy:

For me, even the couple would have been blurry! I was "medically blind" which meant I got my optometrist fees covered by Medicare (yay!).

So, Video Boy has had glasses for a couple of years now - he has broken one pair and then lost the replacement pair (grrr) and so for a couple of months, his world has looked like the picture on the right...and he was squinting to watch TV, read signs, pretty much all the time.
So, we went off to the optometrist last week to get us some new glasses!
The optometrist is up on all the latest research - with Wombat Girl, we bought a software program with special "lenses" and she had to do a practice session…

52 Ancestors - So Far Away

This week's #52ancestorsin52weeks is Father's Day - but of course, it's not Father's Day in Australia, so I'm going to do the theme we had a couple of weeks ago when I was away - So Far Away.

When you first start doing your family tree, it's exciting to see how "far back" you can go with your branches. Until last weekend, the furthest back on my direct line was Benjamin Broome, my 9th great-grandfather born in 1646 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England (grandfather of John Broom in my carpet story), which I thought was a long way back!

Last weekend, I was searching back to see if I could see a link between the Freemans on my Dad's side and the Freemans on my Mum's side (spoiler alert - not yet). Anyway, I was having a search on Joseph Freeman (my 5th great-grandfather born in Gloucestershire, England in 1765) and his wife - Sarah Arkell (my 5th great-grandmother also from Gloucestershire, England, born in 1767). Well, I had her father John…