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Friday, February 13, 2009

Around the home with Joaquin

A day in my life

Today was probably one of the few days I can remember having so many different emotions running through me.
On Wednesday I had to have seven (yes you read that well) sharp fine needles in my soft sensitive neck.
The doctor kindly asked me if I was sensitive and needed anaesthetic.
I replied
that I was not sure
Then he said sternly
Well it depends on your pain threshold.

I replied after thinking for a second if i wanted to be a martyr or a weakling.
I think my pain threshold is a bit high since I suffered more than 10 hours at home during my contractions on no drug relief and then went to the hospital and was 8cm dilated (well that is a lie Jas kindly offered me panadine every 4 hours).
Anyway it does not matter what you tell them, they stick the needles in and tell you as they are sticking it in "Slight sting". Yes it is true a slight sting like a mosquito bite, but I hate mosquito bites. What really hurts more is the bruising afterwards and the humiliation of walking around with round little band-aids stuck on your neck as if I was bitten by a vampire or had a bad mark from a hickie left by Jas. I would rather have had a sign of my forehead saying "I have had 7 needles in my neck, so please fell pity for me".
Anyway Jas must have felt pity as we went to have sushi afterwards at Bondi Junction at the Sushi train. I do not know what the waitress scream out in Japanese when we enter the joint or leave. I think they are all shouting in unison "Here is another naive customer going to eat our food and pay us good money and thinks it is all traditional Japanese sushi but we also have fried chicken bits and deep fried calamari and dim sims on the train which are obviously not..."

So this morning my neck was feeling better, but I was very anxious to face my fears, to face the doctor, to get my reults. So instead I went to the gym. I am a sucker for punishment but this time instead of running 8km on a bloody treadmill, I did Pilates and it made me feel a bit better, taking my mind of the possibilities and making me think of the pain in my backside and stomach from the pilates exercise. Anyway I finally made it to the doctors, got the results from the needle tests on my thyroid nodules and thankfully they are all clear. So now I can think about the possibilities of having another baby. How cool is that. Sure I have to get a lot of tests done before hand, like any woman, rubella, chicken pox, etc.. but I don't mind a bit of blood being taking out from my arm every now and then.

Drawings of how I felt on Wednesday from my moleskine

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Victoria fires

We are all very shocked about the the Victorian Fires on Saturday. Especially the incredible loss of life. These fires touch me deeply as my brother was living on Stromlo Mountain at the Observatory when the Canberra fires came through. He lost his car and parts of the University house he was renting was burnt but he was lucky to get out with his girlfriend. I think now in retrospect he was very very lucky, the houses next to his on both sides and across the road burnt down and the whole mountain pine plantation burnt down plus some telescopes and buildings at the university 100 meters away. I was living in Stromlo at that time but was in Sydney working.
I can not believe people think they can calm or fight the fires with low pressure gardening hoses and buckets. The fires are intense and fierce, I think the authorities need to tell people that now based on the ferocity of climate change and dry conditions and over population when fires hit one must learn to let go and leave your home in time.

As a paleontologist and zoologist I really feel for the animals and bush during this time. I remember the kangaroos I would see moving slowly outside our home in Stromlo days after the fire was out.

This photo was taken at the Victoria fires and I think must make us all think a little about what has happened and how we can avoid it next time. Back burning and awareness must surely have something to do with the answer!

Please, donate if you can, to the Red Cross appeal. or 1800 811 700
I know the red cross and salvation army helped us a lot during the Canberra fires and we even received hand made blankets and quilts from people in Australia.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

baby inspirations

I just found out one of my close friends is pregnant and I would love to be pregnant again...soonish..
I love this dress, the Sass Black smock to wear while you are pregnant or not.
It is very stylish and from Baby's got style and is only Au $29.95 but has sold out.

You can learn how to build your maternity wardrobe here at Bonds. For more inspiration on dressing during maternity visit My daily style blog, by Mireia, a spanish blogger with modelish looks and a lot of style and with her son Bruno on the way any day now or has already arrived.
How cute are the baby clothes from Baby's got style.
Some are from the Australian brand Bonds are organic and I love the storage cases only $11.95 each from Baby's got style.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I would like to get wooden stamps and very much inspired by The Write Start writing workshop that is set up for her little son. So inspirational, so much love and art. So he learns to write letters.

More stamps
stamps by Fine Little Day

Stamps at Etsy
Self inking stamp from Letter girl at Etsy
Love this stamp by Craftpudding

I love the idea of using stamps to teach children how to write and be in touch with letter as see in The Write Start blog

And I love the writers workshop for little hands using a pigeon box filled box full of wonderful artistic tools for little hands.

colours around my home

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ikea part 2

Here are more things we bought at Ikea.
These are all things that we bought for our 19 month old son Joaquin. He loves trains and calls them trens (in spanish).
I like the fact that Ikea caters for children and the toys are made of wood albeit pine and made in china. The trains run really smoothly on the wooden tracks and he spends hours every day playing with them. They are never put away and reside on our living room floor.
Hopefully one day if we live in a country house Jas can make some wooden toys out of scratch with his wood making skills!
MÅLA Felt-tip pen/ stamp assorted colours $1.95 / 6 pack
MÅLA Brush, set of 6 $4.95
LILLABO 3-piece train set $4.95 / 24 cm
LILLABO 20-piece basic set train multicolour

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Arrived Friday afternoon to Barrington. Had a fabulous time. We even saw a platypus swimming in the creek at dusk and had freshly caught grilled trout. Delish!
Barrington Tops NSW‎
-31° 51' 23.90", +151° 34' 16.31"