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Saturday, March 26, 2011

La trochita

Saturday morning, my dad made fresh bread and we got ready to go to ride the steam train La Trochita. Joaquin loves trains and is in awe of La trochita. It was a very cold morning so we knew it would be cold at Nahuel Pan station where the train stops.
La trochita 26 March 2011
Abuelos La trochita 26 March 2011
Joaquin looking out window La trochita 26 March 2011
Wagon  La trochita 26 March 2011
Joaquin La trochita c
Esquel in the backgroundFrom La trochita c
From La trochita a
Curva del huevo La trochita b
Casitas Nahuel Pan Station
casita Nahuel Pan station
The four of them Nahuel Pan Station
Nahuel Pan station abuelos y J
He sat with his Abuelo and I sat with Mum and Zalia.
abuelo y Joaquin La trochita b
Zalia La trochita b
Abuela y Zalia La trochita
The scenery is beautiful, it changes so much, from being flat in Esquel, then crossing el Arroyo Esquel near where my parents live, then riding up the big hill, and the scenery changes again with big mountains everywhere, the majestic Nahuel Pan and the snow-peaked cordilleras in the west. Then as it leaves Esquel behind it travels along the plain and I love this bit the best, the Patagonian steppe with its beautiful dry vegetation and expanse. The colours are gorgeous and I love it. It looks almost velvety to touch.
Caballos near Nahuel Pan La trochita b
Caballos near Nahuel Pan La trochita d
Near Nahuel Pan La trochita
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Joaquin on La trochita going back b
Zalia was well behaved on the train, she wanted to look out the window and so did Joaquin. Joaquin really adapts well and knows where he is going and where he has been. He knows there are bridges to cross and mountains to pass, he remembers when he was a little one 17 months old and we took him walking on La Trochita Track.

Friday, March 25, 2011

paintings, illustrations

I do not know why I am blogging about this. Just something that has caught my eye, made me think, made me feel, made me cry.

I was mesmerized by this drawing from Illustrator Tomer Hanuka recently made this beautifully tragic piece for Newsweek.


"As Japan reels from the tsunami, archeologists claim to have discovered the lost city of Atlantis, a fabled place built--like much of the world--in the cross-hairs of nature," Newsweek says.

"The idea was to keep the focus on the human peril aspect of this primal threat looming above civilization since the dawn of time," Hanuka says of his illustration.

He also has this beautiful illustration.


It reminds me of Frida Kahlo and her haunting and tragic painting titled "Henry Ford Hospital" or "The flying bed"
In 1932 Frida suffered a miscarriage and was in the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and paints herself lying on the bed after her loss.
Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Henry Ford Hospital, 1932. Oil on metal. 12 13/16 x 15 13/16 in. (32.5 x 40.2 cm). Collection Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Mexico City.
© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

More about that painting here

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dia de la Memoria 24 de Marzo

Today is a public holiday in Argentina, el Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia.
It is 35 years since the beginning of the Dictatorship. I still do not really know what it means, all I know is that it is a public holiday, a day to remember. To remember those who were innocent and removed from their homes, the children who never saw their parents, the parents who never again saw their children. My brother and I were lucky, my parents were lucky, we survived, we escaped, we left the country. Many were not so lucky, 30 000 people were killed and are missing.
We went to hear a talk in Esquel, at a little plaza, there were a few people who talked, and a plaque was reveled to remember a 22 year old Medicine student from Esquel who studied in La Plata and went missing. He went missing in April 1977. His family were there to remember him. I had Zalia in the ergo asleep.

El día 24 de Marzo se conmemora en nuestro país el Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia. Esta fecha fue establecida en el año 2002 por Ley de la Nación N° 25.633, cuyo artículo 1º establece: “Institúyese el 24 de marzo como Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia en conmemoración de quienes resultaron víctimas del proceso iniciado en esa fecha del año 1976″.

El Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia es el día en el que se conmemora a las víctimas producidas por la última dictadura militar que gobernó el país, autoproclamada como “Proceso de Reorganización Nacional”. Se conmemora anualmente el 24 de marzo en recuerdo del mismo día de 1976, fecha en la que se produjo el golpe de Estado que depuso al gobierno constitucional de María Estela Martínez de Perón, dando inicio a la dictadura militar.

Por Ley de la Nación Nro. 26.085, sancionada en marzo de 2006, el día 24 de marzo fue instituido como feriado nacional en la República Argentina.

Hoy, en las vísperas de cumplirse 35 años de aquél trágico episodio, se están ultimando los detalles de los actos que son organizados en las distintas provincias por diversas organizaciones de Derechos Humanos. El acto central tendrá lugar en Santa Fe.

Fuente: Telam
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Autor/es: Derechos Humanos, Día Nacional de la Memoria, feriados nacionales

24 de marzo de 1976
El Golpe Militar

Todo terminó a la una de la madrugada del 24 de marzo de 1976 cuando el general José Rogelio Villarreal le dijo a Isabel Martínez de Perón: “Señora, las Fuerzas Armadas han decidido tomar el control político del país y usted queda arrestada”. O todo comenzaba. Es cierto: el país no estaba bien. Había inflación, crisis sindical, violencia y una sensación de ingobernabilidad absolutamente real. Pero lo que se iniciaba esa fatídica madrugada sería peor. Asumía el control del país una Junta de Comandantes en Jefe integrada por el teniente general Jorge Rafael Videla, el almirante Emilio Eduardo Massera y el brigadier Orlando Agosti. “Control del país” significó, entre otras cosas, disolución de los partidos políticos y del Congreso, anulación de la libertad de prensa y expresión, reemplazo de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, supresión de toda actividad política y sindical, entrega económica. Y, fundamentalmente, muerte. Una pena de muerte disfrazada para “quienes causaren daño a medios de transporte, de comunicaciones, usinas, instalaciones de gas o agua y otros servicios públicos; para los que contaminaren el agua, los alimentos y las medicinas; para los que causaren daños con explosiones o incendios; para los que sean sorprendidos infraganti y no acaten las intimaciones, o se enfrenten con las fuerzas de seguridad", pero en realidad significaba para todo el país que no acatara las órdenes, por más irracionales que fueran.

Comenzaba el mayor genocidio de la historia nacional. El terrorismo de Estado ocupaba los sillones. El plan de exterminio estaba en marcha. La Argentina, los argentinos, nunca más serían los mismos.

Entrega económica
El golpe de marzo del 76 puso en marcha un proceso económico liberal de redistribución del poder y la riqueza. De la mano del Ministro de Economía José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz, proveniente de la más rancia aristocracia porteña y hombre de confianza de la banca internacional, se implantó la reducción del déficit en base a las privatizaciones y la transferencia de los gastos a las provincias. La economía se “modernizó” abriendo las puertas a la importación, lo que obligó a la industria nacional a competir en un plano de absoluta desigualdad. El modelo de Estado benefactor, que propugnaba el Justicialismo, y las propuestas nacionales y populares cedieron por la fuerza ante la imposición del antecedente inmediato del neo-liberalismo.

La prensa muda
Comunicado N° 19 del 24/03/76
“Se comunica a la población que la Junta de Comandantes Generales ha resuelto que sea reprimido con la pena de reclusión por tiempo indeterminado el que por cualquier medio difundiere, divulgare o propagare comunicados o imágenes provenientes o atribuidas a asociaciones ilícitas o personas o grupos notoriamente dedicados a actividades subversivas o al terrorismo. Será reprimido con reclusión de hasta diez años, el que por cualquier medio difundiere, divulgare o propagare noticias, comunicados o imágenes, con el propósito de perturbar, perjudicar o desprestigiar las actividades de las Fuerzas Armadas, de Seguridad o Policiales”.

Monday, March 21, 2011

At home in Patagonia

It has been raining today. Joaquin went to preschool early (He starts at 8am and gets up at 7.30am). He always is tired, he had a late night last night, watching the wiggles on the ipad.
I am trying to get someone to look after J and Z while I do work on the computer. A sort of Nanny. There are a few adverts in the local newspaper but I find the girls who advertise do not really have experience, are not professional and are a bit young. I called two girls who could not come over to meet me or talk about the job as (These are the excuses) a) it was raining and b) one came over but could not find the address even though I gave her the address so many times over the phone. She sent me a txt message that she got lost and then when we called back she was talking about a bridge (don't need to cross a bridge to get here). In the end she was 19 and a bit young.
A finally called another girl (she is 31 and she showed up later in the evening, even though it was raining and even though I wanted to make it the next day. She has experience, she has a 15 year old daughter, and seems to be very with it.
So we will see how this goes.


I have been inspired by many blogs and I have put them on my blog list.
Also found this kids edition magazine.
Sweet Paul Magazine online Kids edition


Photos around the house (my house in Patagonia)
Bedroom
bedroom

Joaquin and Zalia's wardrobe
j and z clothes cupboard

Kitchen
kitchen

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday

It rained early this morning. So the ground was a bit wet when we got up.
We woke up and my dad went and bought us some facturas. I had them with a nice hot cup of cafe con leche. We had to go to vote today for the new Governor of Chubut and intendente of the city of Esquel, I could not vote, even though I have my new DNI.
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facturas domingo
Joaquin ate two (he loves the ones with Dulce de Leche).

After voting, (the females vote in one school, the males in another). My dad went home early and made a tomato pasta sauce and bought some chicken ravoili and we had them for lunch. This is Seb's last day, he is going back to Cordoba tomorrow. I will miss him so. I am sure Joaquin will miss him a lot especially since he has taught him a how to play soccer. Zalia too will miss him.

New shoes

My new shoes came in a nice pink box.
pink box

ta daaa
black leather boots new
Another new pair
pink leather shoes front
pink leather shoes side

Zalias new pair
zalia new shoes

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday in Esquel

Today being Saturday we did not do much. Joaquin has been tired and slept better last night. Zalia still got up and would not sleep from 1-3am. She bf a lot and was a bit upset when I put her back in her cot. I left her there, she cried for a while and then I got her up and bf her again. Finally she dozed off at 3am. I was so tired. Thankfully we all slept in till 8am. Had breakfast, Joaquin seems better, no fever. Zalia ate all her porridge and toast and Joaquin his cornflakes and toast. It was a bit windy last night and the last few days it has snowed on the mountains. Nahuel Pan is all white and out towards the Andes the tips of the tall mountains are white.
Zalia did sleep well today, 2 sleeps, easy to go down, one before lunch in the morning, one after lunch. While Z had her morning sleep I was able to get some work done on my paper and feel good I have advanced a little bit.
Z ate well at lunch, milaneza and mashed pure and corn. She really is a good eater, eats everything and a lot of it. She is growing and is very active all day. She loves to dance to music and moves her bum to any beat she hears, very cute. Joaquin had corn (cut with butter) and milaneza. We also had a lovely salad with lettuce and brucula for my mum's vege garden. Also the first tomato has finally grown.
After Lunch while Z slept, my mum cleaned the kitchen and I afterward wipe the dishes and sweep. Joaquin played zombies on the ipad with Seb and then we had a long talk while Joaquin watched Thomas in spanish and then Dinosaur train came on in Spanish too.
We had afternoon tea at around 6pm. Toast, and yoghurt and mate. Z and J have toast with cream cheese and yoghurt and Z also had half a banana. She has started to point at people and at things she wants. She wanted the banana and was pointing to it so we could feed her more. She really knows how to communicate.
After this Seb and Joaquin went outside and played soccer for over an hour. Joaquin was running around a lot even though he is meant to be recovering. The weather was great, quite warm but gray skies. Joaquin also had a really good run around yesterday when Dante came over in the afternoon to play. They play really well together even though there is nearly 2 years difference in age. Joaquin is learning a lot of spanish and speaks to Dante in Spanish or tries to.
I then at 7pm bathed Z, She is much happier today, not so many screams. She enjoyed her bath, playing after her bath with her doll and some other toys while i made pasta and veges for dinner. Both J and Z ate well, Z really ate a lot of pasta and wanted to pick the pasta bits herself out of the bowl. When it was time for bed mum helped by putting Z down for her sleep (after a bf and a bottle and I read to them both a little book). It did not take long for Z to fall asleep ( i think she is back to her old self) and I read J a book and gave him some milk. He started coughing a bit. I fell asleep with him at around 9.30pm and at 10pm he started coughing and ended up vomiting in his bed. I changed him, and we went to my bed. In the end my parents came over, Seb bought me some pizza for dinner and Joaquin was up. The pizza was quite delish, considering it was shop bought. I have not been having dinner lately as we have a big lunch during the day. I usually have a yogurt, or fruit or a tiny bit of Joaquin's left over pasta. But i am trying to lose some weight before I get back to Sydney.
Anyway after all this excitement Joaquin ended up falling asleep at about 11pm. Hopefully he will sleep in tomorrow morning. I spoke to J on skype, he was a bit green after his big night out in Randwick without kids. I am glad he got out though, He said it has been raining quite a bit in Sydney and when there was a small gap in the weather, he walked to Randwick and met up with some friends at the pub.

Friday, March 18, 2011

what i did this week

What I achieved in the week

Finished writing abstract
Did some research for abstract
Sent abstract
Payed conference at the bank
Organised and payed for Joaquin's swimming classes
Bought Joaquin sneakers 90 pesos (about $25 aussie)
Bought a pair of pink leather platform shoes and black leather boots for me (got a discount total $180 aussie).
Anyway I finally sent it, payed for the conference,
Bought Zalia pink baby sneakers 40 pesos ($10 aussie)
Worried and was shocked about what Has happened with Japan earthquake, tsunami and fear of radiation after nuclear reactor problems.
Getting organised with bathing and feeding kids without Jas around (but have a lot of help with parents and Seb).
Picked up my new DNI (Documento Nacional de Identidad) with change of address (cost me 160 pesos to get new DNI and new Argentinean passport and change of address). Its baby blue and was made with 100% Argentinian resorces, it comes in a booklet and a card format. Very happy with how quick it took to get. My passport has not come though.
Trying to organise J and Z citizenship. Have to get their birth certificates translated and that may mean getting them stamped in Buenos Aires by the Colegio de traductores publicos. Very long process after that.
Had a few conversations and discussions with my parents and Seb.
Had a lovely afternoon going for a walk down the river. There is not much water as it has a been a dry summer. But Seb carried Zalia in the ergo, and Joaquin, mum, Bondi the dog and Joaquin's little friend Dante had a nice walk. It was after 6 when we got home, still daylight but the moon was already rising above the mountains. I showed Joaquin and his friend how to search for fossils, both were finding things on the ground and asking me if that was bone or a fossil. Joaquin was running and climbing like crazy and very excited being with his friend and walking in Nature. It was lovely.

Friday and I am exhausted

Its been a bit hectic without Jas over here in Patagonia. we really miss him and I feel a bit strange without him. The weather is changed and it is cooler. Mum and Dad's garden though is still very green and the trees all have their leaves. Joaquin was sick Thursday and Friday so he did not go to swimming lessons or preschool. I enrolled him for swimming lessons and also checked out the pool. Here in Argentina to use the public pool you need to visit the doctor at the pool who sits you down (in swimmers and thongs) and checks to see you don't have fungi on your feet, or tummy, and opens your mouth to see if there are no cavities. (Mind you I may have to visit the dentist while here as i Have a sore tooth). Zalia stayed at home and Joaquin was very excited to visit the pool. It was weird for him to get him ready to swim (changed him into swimmers in the female toilet) but just visited a doctor (or nurse) who was hidden away in a little room adjoining the toilets. After seeing the doctor Joaquin asked "Can I swim now?" He will have lessons with Maiza twice a week Tuesdays and Thursdays and it cost me $125 pesos for the month which is roughly $55 aussie.
Joaquin has been good but missing his daddy. He is having fun with his uncle Seba and learning to play soccer. Seb says Joaquin plays soccer well for a three year old. He also has been playing Zombies on the ipad with Seba and used to be scared of the zoombies but now loves to play. I think he may be a little bit obsessed. He has a bit of temperature now and did not go to preschool. But my parents were out shopping and ran into his preschool teacher Seno Lily (they call the teachers senorita but mostly seno which is short for senorita). She asked about Joaquin and how he was going and said she missed him and told my parents how gorgeous he was.
Friday midday we took Joaquin to the doctors. We went to see a female pediatric doctor who dad knew (well dad knows her husband who is also a pediatric doctor). She was very good, checked Joaquin out, said it was probably a cold or virus, but ordered a throat swab which in the end turned out negative. She gave me iboprofen for his temperature and told me to give it to him if it was high and he felt unwell, He was saying his throat hurt or more his neck hurt at the front. But the doctor was impressed at how good he behaved, how tall he was and how much he weighed seemingly he looked thin. He is 108cm and weighed over 18kg. She was very professional, told me he was congested and perhaps will begin to cough as he had to release the congestion some how. Joaquin seemed a bit sick and I think he had a fever. Regardless he is eating well. The dr said to keep up a lot of fluids.

I also asked the dr to look at Zalia, she squirmed so much and cried when the dr looked in her ears. She told me that she was very active (yes I know and a handful but I love her to bits).
Zalia knows when she is visiting a dr and observes everything and really tries to get out of being checked. She was fine though. I asked her if it was normal that Z screams and cries a lot, she said
yes every baby is different, and that i probably noticed this when she was born". Yes when Z was born, she was a very good baby, quiet, slept well, ate a lot and no crying. She started to screech one day when we were in the apartment in Coogee, I think around the 6 month mark, she was in her cot, trying to sleep, it was night time and she was scared and heard Joaquin cry as he did not want his dinner and was getting in trouble. Since that day she really screams at the top of her lungs (very highly and loudly) when she wants something or things do not go her way.

Zalia has been good too, though not sleeping that well at night. She either has a bit of a cold, or the house is too hot with the gas heaters on, or she is going through a developmental growth spurt. She is awake for the last few days from 1-3am. Well she tries to sleep but wakes crying, I bf her and she does not want to put in her cot (normally after a night feed she goes back into her cot and sleeps by herself). She is very upset and does not want to sleep in her cot, nor be held, nor sleep in my bed. She is happiest having a feed. During the day she is ok, she eats a lot (of everything), not sleeping too well during the day- still on two sleeps but a bit shorter. Seb and Mum have been helping putting her down for her day sleep. I have been busy trying to finish an abstract to send to a conference and have been stressed and procrastinating a bit.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Joaquin after Jardin

Joaquin being picked up after preschool in Esquel
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He has to wear a green uniform which is a long top with buttons that is bottle green with red pockets. It was especially made for him by a lady that sews school uniforms. We went to her home, she measured him and said it would be 80 pesos (20 aussie dollars) and would be ready in a week.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Photos Jas and Zalia

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Jas and Zalia

Zalia at 10 months- Esquel updates

I am trying to get organised now that Jas is back in Australia. It is really hard as he is such great help, we miss him so. I miss snuggling up to him in bed and miss him when that dreaded dinner "grumpy" time comes around. When J and Z need to be bath, fed, and Z breastfed and Joaquin read to. I need to start reading more to Z. She is such an active and bright little baby. Very much with it, she wants to be held a lot though however is crawling and being independent.
She has a strong personality and really knows what she wants. My life is going to get extremely harder the older she gets. She is also full of beans and very very active, does not stop moving or baby talking. Has started saying more words not just da-da but with other constants like Pa and La and she when I copy what she says she continues, she has a lot of rhythm and loves to sing with the little sounds she makes.
So at times it has been stressful. I have a lot to catch up on, to do, but my parents are great and help out so much. My mum does not stop all day, I do not know where she gets her energy. I on the other hand have to start exercising, and sleeping better as I can not sleep much. Luckily last night J and Z slept well, in their little room and Z slept through the night and had a three hour afternoon sleep yesterday.

Joaquin is also very good and doing well with new friends, loving his preschool and fitting in well. Yesterday we had a parents meeting so I went at midday and it was to tell me that Joaquin's class (4-5year old salita) will now split and there will be the 5 year olds and the 3 and 4 in anther class with another teacher Seno Graciela (his other teacher Seno Lili was so nice and sweet and always looked out for Joaquin).
Anyway there is a little girl in his class who is 2 days older than Joaquin, so she is moving to the next class with him. I think that is better so they can concentrate on doing things more age appropriate and he may learn to write his name and not bother the older kids with english words. He is learning a lot of spanish too.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Passport renewal

Today Friday I woke up at 6 to get to an appointment at 7am to get my passport and DNI renewed. When i got there with the taxi, I was told I needed my birth certificate so I grabbed the "waiting number" (everything is done with a numerito here, you get a number and wait your turn until your number is called). My number was 12, I went outside rang my dad and then a taxi by chance pulled up, I had told my dad to find my birth certificate and in the end I caught the taxi (disco music blaring One Night in Bangkok)and my dad waiting outside the house and gave me my certificate. The registro civil office was packed with people waiting for their numbers to be called, to get new documents, to get married, to get their new born babies documented. I had gone the day before (also a lot of people lining up in a small little room) and was told to pay in the post office and then come back the next day at 7am. Luckily my parents were able to get Joaquin up for preschool, feed him breakfast, get Z up and take Joaquin to preschool. I am lucky to have my parents to help me out.
In the end I was finally attended to at around 9am and it the passport application was all done digitally, i was the second person in Esquel to get their passports done digitally. It will take 20 days so i was quite impressed, no more black ink on fingers for finger prints, no more bureaucracy, no more waiting in big ques and not knowing what will happen, it is all done digitally. I am also trying to get J and Z Argentinian citizenship so lets see how that goes. Cross my fingers!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

saying goodbye

Today Jas left to go back to Australia. I am staying here. He caught a plane to Buenos Aires and I have been sad ever since. It is hard to say goodbye, not to cry so I can be strong for Joaquin and Zalia. We have had a beautiful time and lovely last couple of days camping at the national park that is 2 hours away and enjoying nature.
I love you Jas and miss you so much already. I have so much to do these next few months and time will go so quickly and then we can see each other again.
te quiero mucho, te amo mi amor. take care

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the family saying goodbye
jas and joaquin saying goodbye
zalia cara

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Joaquin va al jardin

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We have decided to start Joaquin at a preschool here. Yesterday was his first day. Classes are either morning 8.00am to 12.15 or afternoon 1-.5.30pm. We have him in the morning class, and drop him off at 8am. He is the salita de 4-5 (4years to 5 years class) even though he is only 3 and 1/2 but he is taller than the other kids. So we have literally thrown him in the deep end of the pool, classes every day in the morning, all in spanish, no one he knows, and everyone that is older than him. But you know what, he is doing very well and quite happy already. His teacher Senorita Lili says he is doing very well, speaks in english but will get a hang of it. They do have english classes there and the teacher told me he thought it was a little strange he understood everything but no one else did. So hopefully he will do well and pick up Spanish and then I have to get off my lazy bum and speak to him in spanish. When i drop him off he is a little clingy and I stay with him while the kids all go to the main hall and sing a song to the Argentinian flag. Today in the assembly they even mentioned there was a new kid called Joaquin and everyone clapped and so did he. After the assembly his class got to stay in the hall and do sports, the sport teacher told me he is doing well and understood everything he had asked Joaquin to do. I am extremely proud. When the sports teacher came up to me I told Joaquin I was going to go home and he said ok, and I gave him a big kiss, he kissed me and said I am good mummy and ran off. I waved goodbye and he said bye and seemed happy. Makes my heart sing knowing he is doing ok. He is very mature for a little boy, in a strange country, strange people and languages and strange culture. His teacher is nice, here everyone kisses you hello and are very affectionate, I think he likes that as he always wants hugs and kisses. Later i will take a photo of his uniform and post it.