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I wish I had something to write about but I don’t….



I finished my Christmas shopping in early November, so I haven’t been busy with that and I tell you now, I have not been out partying…


I’ve just been completely caught up with work.  Like, crazy caught up.


After an epic marking session, I wrote about one hundred school reports.  Then there was unit planning for next year, presentation days, student events, excursions…  You get it, right?  Busy.



So between my day at work and collapsing on the sofa every night, all I’ve been able to do is the bare minimum.  And unfortunately, blogging does not fit in this criteria.



Thankfully, the school holidays are around the corner.




So more time to do the things I love.  Ha!

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Robo X

Win-Win With Teenage Nephews


In exactly three days I will be driving south to drop off Man at one of his BFs houses.

He’s going away for a week and he will be taking all his crap with him.  Camping crap that is.


Sleeping bags, tents, cooking equipment, tarps…  Everything that is needed for his Brokeback Mountain experience. Win No 1 – Free Time and de-cluttered shed


The best part about his little journey is underlined fully here.

But here’s some additional information…


Robo is in fact fourth in line, of all her siblings.  The youngest of four much older siblings…


What this means is that I have lots of nephews.  A couple of older strapping but slightly lazy nephews and a bunch of younger, able, eager-to-earn-pocket-money, teenage nephews.



So this is what is happening…



After I drop Man off for his well-deserved R&R trip, I will be returning home with said Teenage Nephews for a sleep-over.  Win No 2 – My older siblings think I’m the best for taking their kids



Aside from the boys unknowingly entertaining my own two kids, day one will be all about popcorn, videos, pizza, swimming and the Play Station.

Day two will be a whole other story…



On day two, Teenage Nephews will be put to work.  Tedious, laborious chores that Man and I simply don’t have time to do.  All three of them will be weeding, cleaning, carrying and moving things around the yard. They will rake, sweep and climb up a tree to chop a certain branch that’s been giving me the shits.  After that, they will vacuum my car.  Win No 3 – I get stuff done.



This is not my house but it feels like this

All these chores will be happily completed for the princely sum of takeaway, free choice at Civic Video and an endless supply of junk food.  They will also go home with an extra twenty bucks each, for being good kids. Win No 4 – Still maintain ‘Best Aunty’ status.



My plan may sound cunning but as you can see, it’s a win-win situation.  The boys are happy, I’m happier and Man will be cheering to return from Brokeback Mountain with a little bit less to do.



So if you have lots of niggly jobs to get done and you have access to Teenage Nephews or any other willing kid, take my advice, these school holidays.  Four ways to win.  Tried and tested.


Let me know how you get on.


You’re welcome.


Robo X

Three yucky weeks

The past three weeks has brought with it a series of episodes that I’d much rather forget.


To those who emailed, thank you so very much for your concern.  I’d heard about the caring nature of the blogging community but never gave it much thought, that is, until I started to receive messages from a few of you. 

It meant the world and it restored my faith in the fact that blogging is, indeed, good for the spirit.  Something I need to keep doing.

Blogging = Soul Food.


So here’s the lowdown on my issues of late:


Issue 1 – My new friend

I have tried to contact her but to no avail. I sent an SMS to meet up and she replied that she was sick.  I rang her on another afternoon but she was preparing tea and didn’t call back.  My intuition tells me that if it isn’t the pressures of the silly season, then she’s not interested in pursuing a friendship.  I will try once again, (I don’t quit easily) but that will be my last attempt. 



Issue 2 – My health

Two scans, two specialists, 450 dollars and a blood test later, I’ve been given the all clear. 

Thank God.

There is a cyst on my ovary but it isn’t as angry as first anticipated.

Complex but benign. 

Magical words.

I need to return in ten months, (I don’t know why it’s ten months), for a follow up scan but thus far, I have a clean bill of health.

As I said, Thank God.



This cyst business made me question a few things and leading up to the school holidays, I can say that changes are nigh.


Slowing Down

 Cliché alert:  I need to take care of myself so I can take better care of my husband and my kids.


Every Mum I know feels compelled to cram as much as possible into every day; activities, chores and appointments combined with endless amounts of driving, not to mention, job commitments. 


For the foreseeable future, (the school holidays, that is and hopefully beyond), I will do less.


I plan on relaxing and enjoying life and my family more than I have of late.


The Pacific Islander kids at my school say, YOLO quite a lot. 

Google tells me this means, You Only Live Once.


 So fingers crossed that this post spells the end to a yucky three weeks. 

 Onwards and upwards.


 Robomum X