Mum – When its hard to find new friends, find some old ones!

One of the biggest difficulties Stay At Home Parents face is the lack of adult interaction, it may seem trivial but at times it can feel quite isolating and lonely, particularly if many of your friends don’t have kids.

I really didn’t have this issue when Cheeky Boy was a baby. We’d have lunches and coffees and mums and bubs movies and spend time at the shops. These are all things that are fine with a baby but quite difficult with a nearly 3 year old. So apart from mundane trips to Woolworths and doctors- we don’t get out much. Most of my friends are working, there’s no mothers group this time around, a lot of my friends from my antenatal classes are working. I don’t even want to attempt interrupting a playgroup dynamic with my boisterous toddler. I think it’s partly why I started blogging. It’s less crazy than talking to yourself.

About 6 weeks ago I was Facebooking during nap time and statuses about birthdays and cute photos kept popping up from the girls I went to school with, many of whom contact is limited to just the occasional like or comment, if that.

I took the plunge and put the call out – who was up for a play and chat??? I got a really positive response. It was great catching up with people that I hadn’t seen for ages – some since the Yr12 formal.

Thanks to all the old friends who came today! I had a great time. It has been an awesome start to the week! Hopefully see you all soon!



Mum – Blue food is not to be trusted

Remember that scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary where Mr Darcy says “if you ask me there isn’t enough blue food”? Well I discovered recently that there is a reason for this – BLUE food is not to be trusted! (If you aren’t familier with the movie reference Google “Bridget Jones Cooking Scene”)

I typically don’t stress about things being “organic” and I don’t scour over packets to check for additives, preservatives and colours. So when my cousin bought Cheeky Boy a cupcake with blue icing and asked if he could have it, I didn’t have a problem – though I did restrict him to a smaller piece (he was already a little sugar loaded from earlier in the day). We proceeded to watch in horror as the icing from a small piece of cupcake managed to get everywhere and be absorbed into everything. Fingers, lips, cheeks and chin all blue. I had blue on my arm and even the dog somehow managed to get blue on his white nose.

Thankfully we were sitting outside, however, baby wipes alone could not contain the mess of blue icing and good old soap and water was required. This meant I needed to very carefully manoeuvre him to the bathroom, willing him to not reach out and touch anything – it was very apparent that this was going to stain. Despite much scrubbing, his fingers and face were still blue, but clean enough that contact would not transfer the colour. A hot soak in the bath got rid of the last bits of blue and I put the trauma of blue out of my mind, at least until the next morning’s nappy showed me that the body cannot process blue food dye.

The other day Cheeky Boy got himself a handful of M&M’s, and within seconds his fingers and lips are blue yet again. It was then that I decided you cannot trust any blue food. There is just something completely unnatural about blue food – nothing grows in that colour. Now before I get a million people screaming about blueberries, they aren’t THAT blue, the skin is that blueish-purpleish colour but the flesh is not blue.

Now Nestle claim Smarties have no artificial colours but until someone shows me how they naturally derive the colour for the blue Smarties, I’m calling bullshit.

-Mrs M



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Nerd/Teacher – Astronomy Picture of the Day

A website that I really enjoy visiting when I am randomly browsing the web is “Astronomy Picture of the Day“.

It is quite a spectacular collections of images taken by astronomers and their equipment worldwide. Each picture has an explanation of what is shown in the picture and some of the science behind it.

I often use these images as a teaching point or a bit of an intro or lesson starter when teaching Space topics in both Physics and Junior Science. It is a great way to capture students attention and imagination.

Here’s today’s picture and the explanation below (from APOD)


The Hubble Extreme Deep Field

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (UCSC), R. Bouwens (Leiden Obs.), and the XDF Team

Explanation: What did the first galaxies look like? To help answer this question, the Hubble Space Telescope has just finished taking the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light. Pictured above, the XDF shows a sampling of some of the oldest galaxies ever seen, galaxies that formed just after the dark ages, 13 billion years ago, when the universe was only a few percent of its present age. The Hubble Space Telescope’s ACS camera and the infrared channel of the WFPC3 camera took the image. Combining efforts spread over 10 years, the XDF is more sensitive, in some colors, than the original Hubble Deep Field (HDF), the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) completed in 2004, and the HUDF Infrared completed in 2009. Astronomers the world over will likely study the XDF for years to come to better understand how stars and galaxies formed in the early universe.


Mum/wife – Where the F— is the remote?!?!?!???

It’s Friday afternoon, as my colleagues know, I get a bit loose with the swearing on Friday afternoon (more so than normal). However with a toddler this needs to be my inner voice.

It’s 4pm Friday, raining, we have been to a million appointments today (not really – 2 per child, but halfway across Sydney) and I’m shattered. Smiley Girl is asleep and Cheeky Boy wants to watch a DVD – awesome! A bit of time just to sit and chill!

One problem – cant find the DVD remote! Our TV/DVD/Foxtel is controlled by 3 remotes and 95% of the time one is not in the obvious place.

So Cheeky Boy and I start looking for the remote and as he is say “Where is the wemote? where? I can’t see him! Weeemote – where are you?” I am thinking “F—, I just want to f—ing sit down, where the f— is the f—ing remote”

Can anyone relate?

***The remote was found – otherwise I would never have written this post


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Mum – Baby fingernails suck

I hate baby fingernails!!!!

Those teeny tiny nails are so hard to cut and little hands don’t stay still ever! There is constant fear that you will slip and miss and clip a teeny tiny finger. This results in bleeding and baby screaming. This happened to Cheeky Boy about two and a half years ago.

If you procrastinate cutting baby nails it inevitably ends with baby scratching gouging their face. This results in bleeding and baby screaming. This happened to Smiley Girl yesterday.

You can’t freaking win! Baby fingernails suck.



Teacher – Maintaining my accreditation

**If this post had a theme song it would be to the tune of REM’s Losing My Religion. It keeps popping into my head as I write the title, random I know, I think the mere thought of the Institute if Teachers makes me a little crazy**

I like to rant about the Institute, I do it often. This is not one of my rants (though it does contain a recap if past rants).

For any non teachers who are still reading, the institute is a government body responsible for overseeing the accreditation of teachers in NSW. You have 3 years after graduating to become accredited (by compiling “evidence”) and after that you must maintain your accreditation every 5 years by completing 100hours of professional development (half in registered courses and half that you do yourself, attending meeting, unregistered courses, reading etc)

My main gripe with the institute is that they haven’t extended my 5year accreditation due to my 2 lots of maternity leave and 18months of working part time. I should have an extension of 3yrs and 1 term. So despite several phone calls, emails and a letter signed by my principal, the institute still say my accreditation period ends in April 2013.

The problem is I am short 40.5 hours of teacher identified PD. Given I am returning to work in Feb 2013, this is going to be very tricky.

I have a plan- firstly pull out my old teachers diaries and log the meetings I went to that covered things like ICT, ESL, G&T etc. I can probably get 15-20hrs there.
The idea for the second part of my plan came from a friend. During my last Facebook rant about the IofT she asked “do you do any professional reading eg blogs, RSS feeds, twitter, journals etc?”. While the answer should have been yes, it’s was not. BUT I’M STARTING NOW!

So I’m going to start doing some professional reading and post my reflections here on my blog.
Now because many of us are stuck in this awesome system – I’m going to help you maintain your accreditation as well. I’ll link the reading and also include the standards that it addresses, so if you read it too, you are also maintaining your accreditation. Teacher collaboration!

Help me out, if you follow a good blog, follow someone insightful twitter or read an interesting article – send it my way!

Stay tuned the first one is going to be about the National Curriculum.