March 15, 2012

Three Things Thursday – March 15th

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 8:23 am

It’s been another whirlwind week!

This week’s Three Things:

The Good: Movies again this week: but this week was “Africa United” and it was WONDERFUL! Can’t recommend enough!

Sweet, sad and funny. And so beautiful to look at!

The Bad: Big accident down the street from us last night. Traffic stuck for an hour, which is never good. But someone died – which is never nice. Sad…

The Humorous: THIS

March 8, 2012

Three Things Thursday – 8 March

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 9:45 pm

Delving into the quest to find balance between work and study and parenthood. SO glad the part-time option is available! And forever grateful that I taught myself to speed read in primary School!

So this week’s Three Things:

The Good: my lecturer will let me customise my assignment to do an overview of Oral History theory instead of one of the other set ones. Which is way better for me since I have to read up on it anyway to do my thesis, only now I can do it for my grade instead if something else totally irrelevant!

The Bad: went to the flicks to see Gone (Amanda Seyfried’s new movie) and it was decidedly ordinary. Very glad I went on cheap Babes In Arms morning, not worth a full admission fee!

The Humorous: watching my son have his first Daycare Toy Rage over a mini electronic guitar another kid tried to take off him. I know I shouldn’t find this funny, but all that tiny concentrated fury was both unexpected and hilarious!

March 3, 2012

Back at work (and blogging)

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 11:05 pm

I started back at work this week, and at Uni as well (finally doing that honours year!) so I’ll be cranking the brain up and blogging again (though maybe only once a week)

Hope there are still some familiar faces out there!

July 20, 2011

I’m still here!

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 8:53 am

Just a quick note to say – I am still alive! Baby care just seems to take up a lot more time than I thought it would!
I’ll attempt to post more regularly (and not just baby photos….)

I know, I know... we're all unimpressed with the lack of blogging...

April 19, 2011

A very important update… Part 2: the details

Filed under: Children, family, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 7:15 pm

Some people have asked for the back-story behind the arrival of LiberryBaby – with a minimum of gory details, here goes.

Visited the doctor on April 5th. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’ve got high blood pressure and it’s been on the watch-list for the last few months, and it was a little elevated so some tests were requested which came back negative. I was told off for not monitoring my blood pressure regularly, and told to repeat the tests in 3 days time.

The next day, Wednesday 6th, I guiltily checked my blood pressure when I woke up – 151/105. Not fantastic – checked again at about 10am – 153/108. Also not fantastic. About 1pm a third check revealed the same elevated readings, so I phoned my doctor’s practice. 3.30pm she came on duty, returned my call and suggested I go to hospital for observation.

I phoned my husband to suggest he come home, and phoned my mother, who revealed same thing happened to her and that she was kept in hospital on bedrest for a few days. I grumbled at the thought of this, packed an overnight bag, stuck my maternity hospital bag in the car just in case, and waited for hubby to return.

Once he got home, we drove leisurely in and headed down to the pregnancy assessment unit, with me moaning the whole way about how boring bedrest was going to be. We arrived, waited an hour as my doctor’s receptionist had not, as promised, phoned to let them know we were coming, then got to see the doctor who luckily was on call for the evening. She took my blood pressure, felt my stomach. Then dropped a bombshell on us.

“It’s a good night to have a baby. Let’s not risk anything, let’s take you down to theatre now.”

Then in a blur I put on my anti-clot stockings and theatre gown, nodded dumbly at the anaesthetist’s explanations of what was going to happen, waddled down to the operating theatre and watched my husband go off to change into scrubs.  And promptly burst into tears. What the hell? Three hours previous I was watching the X-Files, eating macaroni and telling my cousins that I’d only go to my grandfather’s birthday party if they went. Why was I having a caesarean? I didn’t want a caesarean. I wanted blood pressure drugs and a ride home!

Hubby came back, I finished my cry, we went into theatre. I had my spinal, lay down, and about 30 minutes later I had a baby brought over to me. All of a sudden, with very little effort on my part, and pretty much zero mental preparation on my part, I had a son.

Holy crap…

Anyway, from there it was a hour of recovery and then five days in the post-natal ward, which were kind of crap for a variety of reasons and I don’t feel like whining about now. We’ve been home for just over a week, and it’s still a big adjustment, every day feels like a step forward and a step back at the same time.. Nothing is like it is in pop culture. Nothing is much like it is in the specialist baby books, pregnancy books, breastfeeding guides or mother and baby magazines either. But I love the hell out of my son and we’re making it work so far, so we’re going to be okay.

I am not doing any of this again for a very, very long time…

Let’s finish with another baby shot. Because he’s cute as, and he’s already starting to change his features and the faces he pulls, and I’m taking any opportunity I can to share these early pictures.

If you think he perhaps looks a little goblinoid here, it's okay. We think so too... it's the ears...

March 25, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: Growing Old, Growing Up and Growing Spring Onions

Filed under: Nerds, Science, Scouts, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 3:50 pm

The week that was!

One Good Thing: Happy Birthday to Me for yesterday! (And yep – DID get Sims Medieval! Happy days!)

One Bad Thing: Had my last night with my little Scouts last night for a while – sad thing is. I’ll only be away for a few months (unless I’m making the assumption that six-month-olds give you an hour off a week incorrectly) but by the time I get back many of those kids will have had their birthdays, moved on and I’ll never see them again 😦

One Thing I Learned: There is a spring onion growing in my front garden. I didn’t plant it there. I didn’t use another spring onion and then put the remains in the compost, thereby inadvertently causing a new one to grow. So, how did it get there? And is it safe to eat?

March 14, 2011

Meme Monday – “I see dead people” meme

Filed under: Memes, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 10:41 am

That’s what it’s called, strangely enough. Kalafudra did it a couple of weeks ago…

1. You can travel anywhere in the world; one destination per day from Friday through Monday. Where do you go and why?
Friday: Rome
Saturday: Paris
Sunday: Istanbul
Monday: Disneyland

(There was nothing that said it had to be realistic…)

2. Would you keep a secret from the closest person to you if you thought it was in their best interest?

No – in no small part due to the fact that I’m dreadful at keeping secrets.

3. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you that you have not revealed in some other crazy meme.

I went to five different primary (elementary) schools in 7 years… (don’t think I’ve revealed that elsewhere…)

4. You can have three wishes (for yourself, so forget all the ‘world peace etc’ BS) – what are they?

Better muscle tone and fitness, a perfectly healthy and extremely intelligent baby, and enough money for a bigger house complete with house cleaner…

5. If you could change anything about your living situation, would you?

I would like it far less cluttered. That’s about it.

6. Who is your favorite character from a comic strip? Please post one strip for us to laugh at.

I love Cat from “Cat and Girl

7. Now we have found you dead. What five people do you want to MEET in Heaven?

Presumably they’re to be people I never met before – Shakespeare, Admiral Lord Nelson, Gandhi, Augustus Caesar, and my paternal grandfather. This is, of course, assuming they all went in that direction and not Downstairs…

8. So since you are dead, what will the title of your life story be?

“A Dream of Libraries” – at this stage I think it sums me up professionally, and personally through my habits/hobbies. Of course, that’ll probably all change in a matter of weeks.

9. Word association time! What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see the word pleasure?

A nice long nap in cool soft sheets…

February 25, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: No More Work!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 5:28 pm

This week’s wrap-up is particularly Friday-centric…

One Good Thing: I just had my last day before I leave for an entire year! (And there were many presents involved – some even for me rather than for the baby!)

One Bad Thing: I didn’t get finished the very few things I needed to get finished, because I couldn’t go fifteen minutes today without having someone come past my desk for a long chat about what a wonderful experience I was going to have on maternity leave. As a result I’m less satisfied, and have less completion and closure, than I quite easily would have if people had been slightly more focused on their own work rather than on me…

One Thing I Learned: That even though the little voice in my head is screaming obscenities at soppy, irritating time-wasters, I’m a good enough actress, or at least a good enough colleague, not to snap at any of them and just to smile, be gracious, and listen to their tedious trips down memory lane. I’m sure my Human Being Of The Year medal will be in the post any day now…

January 14, 2011

Flood Update: Friday

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 9:18 am

Power’s back (yay!) but road still under water, so we’re still stuck out here. Thankfully there’s still chocolate in the fridge… hoping to get out to civilisation tomorrow, going a bit stir-crazy!

Went for a walk yesterday down the road at the bottom of the hill (towards the sports club) and so many houses are covered in mud, the streets are strewn with debris. Judging from the marks on the fences the water level would have been well over my head. When I thought about how I’d walked down here a mere 2 days beforehand, it was a pretty almost-tears moment…

January 12, 2011

Flood Update: Wednesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 5:17 pm

Still here, still safe and dry and keeping the floodwaters safely down the hill from us. The creepy thing is that it’s been a lovely sunny day, would have been perfect if not for the constant stream of army and rescue helicopters overhead and the knowledge that our suburb is now an island and we’re stuck here…


For your viewing pleasure/horror, here are the local shops about 5 minutes walk down the hill from me. I shop here probably 2-3 times a week!

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