Xanthe’s little bob is the cutest thing ever, and I am going to keep that ponytail for ever and ever. Learning from the mistakes of my past, I will be dipping the cut ends in super glue to keep it all together (I once cut off my ponytail and it all fell out of the rubber band and wah).
Briar didn’t even want a haircut until she saw what Xanthe looked like. Having much thicker hair I advised Briar to keep her hair slightly longer than Xanthe’s, and thankfully she was happy with the end result.
"Having short hair is fun, Mum!" Almost makes me want to cut all my hair off too.
Edited to add: I’m looking forward to angry anons judging me for posting photos of an unrestrained child .
I got tagged in a thing by going-my-way so I’m going to do it, but I’m not going to follow any rules about tagging because that’s how I roll (actually it’s because I’m lazy).
Name: I’m stuck on the first question. I have a “real” name but it’s not really my name in my mind. Nickname: Fern; my dad calls me Beetles Birthday: August 11 Gender: Female mostly Sexuality: Comes and goes Height: 178cm Timezone: +12hours GMT, whatever that means Time and date where you are: August 27th, 7:07pm Average hours of sleep a night: Seven or eight Last thing you googled: NZ timezone Most used phrase(s): Mostly I yell my kids’ names and swear swear swear. First word that comes to mind: Blah. Last thing you said to a family member: I know it wasn’t you. Place that makes me happy and why: Standing on my deck because it’s looking all clean and lovely at the moment and there’s a big tree right beside it that’s full of pink blossoms and we’ve had a huge group of tuis hanging out in the tree all day for weeks and there are bees buzzing all around it and it’s just so nice, it makes me feel lucky. How many blankets do you sleep with? Usually one, but because it’s been warmer and we haven’t had the fire going I’ve added a second blanket to get me through the next month or so. That sounds really weird. Favorite beverage(s): Lately I’ve been drinking water and smoothies, so let’s go with them. Last movie you saw in theatres: Frozen. I don’t get out much. What do you plan on learning? How to crochet, how to read tarot cards, how to be better at life. Piece of advice for your followers: Don’t do any of the shitty things I’ve done.
I am so excited for spring it’s not even funny. I have been putting hours and hours of work into our gardens and backyard, and I am determined to have a decent vege patch this season. The kids are keen to help out too.
Yesterday the Love NZ/Vote Green hoodie I ordered a couple of weeks ago finally arrived. I ordered a large and it’s too big but you can bet your ass I’m gonna wear that thing to death. I’m not one to force my political views down other people’s throats, but I am one to passive aggressively wear suggestive clothing every day until the election. Read the hoodie. Do as it says. You know, if you want to.
Maurice is the most tantrummy kid I’ve ever had and it’s driving me crazy. He screams and throws himself on the floor approximately one hundred thousand times a day. I’m not convinced I’m cut out to deal with this sort of behaviour.
I’ve been watching Nigel Latta’s documentary series religiously, which has basically left me feeling shocked and fearful for five weeks straight. Next week he’s talking about sugar, which leads me to my next point.
We’re working on cutting out sugar. I already know that it’s as addictive as cocaine, and the kids and I have been consuming way too much of it. I’m not saying we won’t have anything sugary ever, but right now our dependency on the stuff is spiralling out of control (as is my weight and emotional wellbeing). We’re back to buying 100% pure maple syrup and raw honey and we’re using those as supplements in baking. I really want to stick to it this time.
I’m also cutting back on caffeine. No more Coke, obviously, but I’m also limiting myself to one cup of coffee a day (first thing in the morning because hello). I actually feel better for it; less aggressive somehow. I’m also sleeping a lot better. Who could complain about that?
I’ve been working on my book for the first time in months. I’m trying not to get lost in the negative emotions that arise through reliving the past, but we’ll see how it goes. I imagine it’ll be full steam ahead for a few weeks, and then I’ll have to take a break for another month or two. Baby steps.
Xanthe’s BFF turns five on Monday and will be going to school. I have no idea how Xanthe is going to cope because the other week, when the BFF was away sick for two days, Xanthe reverted to screaming and crying and begging me not to go when I dropped her off at kindergarten. Whoever made up the rule that children should leave all their friends behind to start school the day they turn five should be executed. I mean, I couldn’t cope with a dear friend suddenly disappearing from my life, so why do we make small children go through this?
The roaming dog on my street has stopped roaming since the council paid its owners a visit. I was happy until a different dog from a different address began roaming in its place. Yesterday it ran at the kids and me, barking its head off. I was just trying to walk my children to school. We should be able to do that without being afraid. Much anger towards irresponsible dog owners.
I feel like I should be making a bullet point about Briar, but nothing is coming to mind and it’s quarter to eight and I still need to get dressed and make the girls’ lunches and get Maurice dressed and deliver them to school on time. So I won’t. But she’s still here, kicking butt because she’s awesome and I made her.
On Thursday I went to Auckland to meet with my mentor and after I met with my mentor I met up with Hannah ( hannahkittencat ).
Let me just say that Hannah is the best, and I am really glad she is my friend. Do you know what we did? We met at a cafe and then aimlessly wandered the streets. When it started getting cold and dark we sat in my car and talked and somehow it was the most fun I’ve had in a really long time.
I would also like to point out that the first time I met Hannah she wasn’t pregnant, and then a week later she was pregnant and if that doesn’t prove that I am her lucky charm then I don’t know what will. But it’s true. Fern = Lucky Charm 4 Hannah.