Friday, 29 June 2012

puddles



When the rain doesn't wanna stop, all you can really do is write a haiku....

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

It's a hair post people!

I spent a lovely few hours on Saturday becoming blonde again!! Hooray. 


I was a blonde naturally blonde child, a bleached blonde teen. 
I have been a redhead.
I have been a  purplehead (when I worked at Sizzler, there was a complaint that 'The purple haired girl touched her hair, then touched my plate. Apparently that was gross. I resigned not long after that...). 
I have had black hair. I have white hair.
I have had orange hair, yellow hair (clown wig yellow.... not good. Do not make your friends try and dye your red hair blonde in your bathroom sink. It will all end in tears.) 
I have had long hair, I have had short hair. 
I have had no hair. (I shaved my head for my first day of work after being promoted to manager. dumb ass.)
I have had good hair, and bad hair. I have been defined by my hair. I have mistreated and destroyed my hair. 
I am now a grown up lady and I have had grown up lady hair. 
And you know what? 


Hair is awesome. And it's no big deal. Do what you want with it. Dye it purple if you want. Get it all cut off- it will grow back. Wear a wig. Wear a hat. Do whatever you want. 
Have you had a hair disaster? Do you have your natural hair colour? Tell me about your hair!!!

Oh, and I am totally happy with my hair, despite the miserable look on my face in the 'after' pic. That is my rushing to get to work selfie face.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

handing it down


 Over the weekend, my gorgeous Awesome Teenager passed a portion of his huge lego collection down to the twins. Max was a massive lego geek when he was younger, and there are tubs of it under our house, that have been waiting for the boys to be old enough to play with it.


And now they are.
Max got a little sentimental about the handing down.... and  I got a little teary. It was like a tangible, physical representation of the fact that all my boys are moving into new stages in their lives. Max is no longer a child. The twins are no longer babies... It makes me a little sad, but mostly proud. Then sad again. Then a bit hungry. Then tired.....
Max told the boys that a big part of playing with lego was putting it all back in the box when you are finished, so you don't lose any of it (or mummy doesn't suck it up in the vaccuum.....)
When they were done playing, Eli started bossing Jasper around, "OK, put the lego away now. Back in the box. Come on, Jasper." Awesome.
I am now planning on getting Jasper to teach Max how to put his clothes in the washing basket, seeing as they are passing on skills.
I love seeing the concentration on their faces as they play. They get lost in these little worlds that they create. One day they will be rocket scientists. Or ballet dancers. Or architects. Or whatever.
The awesome teenager did find a few bits that we wanted to keep... Han, Luke, Leia and Yoda might have made their way back to his room. Purely for sentimental reasons. And if he does play with them, I am sure it's ironically.
Eli has not been without a piece of lego within clutching distance since the weekend. Even when he is sleeping. Just like his big brother used to be.



Friday, 15 June 2012

A Day in the Life...

Me: So, your full name is Jasper Graham James.
Jasper: And YOUR full name is Mummy Mummy Girl.


I chose to adopt this as my new Superhero name. 
"Here comes Mummy Mummy Girl! She will save the day!!"


A Day in the Life of Mummy Mummy Girl involves:

  • Breaking up fights between rival super heroes
  • Leaping over piles of toys and dirty clothes in a single bound
  • Using X-Ray vision to see that there is yet another seed pod shoved up Eli's nose
  • Making vegemite and cheese sandwiches faster than a speeding bullet
  • Seeing into the future and averting falling-off-stuff disasters before they happen (most of the time..)
  • Using her superior mathematical genius to understand that just because there are 2 of something DOES NOT mean that Jasper gets one too. Apparently is means Eli gets 2

Mummy Mummy Girl's kryptonite is bad children's TV. 
Her Super Power Origin story involves flow charts, wine and comfortable shoes.


What are your super powers?







Thursday, 14 June 2012

Elaine, Me and The New Yorker


SO, Elaine Benes drew a cartoon and it was published in the New Yorker.


I drew a flow chart about Stephen King..... and the link was published on the New Yorker online.  And the Paris Review. And countless other blogs, websites and Tumblrs. In the words of Elaine,


 "GET OUT!"





So, until this week, my most viewed post had, like 450 pageviews. In about 4 months. This has all happened in less than a week. Totally overwhelming. I can't imagine what it would be like to be a super popular blogger who gets numbers like this all the time! Part of me is actually genuinely freaked out about it all and wants to pretend t never happened. Another part of me feels justified to expect a personal letter form Stephen King at any moment. Inviting me to be in his band.

I am totally blown away and so appreciative of every single viewer and every single comment. I have received one marriage proposal and read countless awesome stories of how people started thier Stephen King journey. I even love the ones who say:
 a) I can't be a Stephen King fan 'cos I haven't read the Dark Tower series

 b)  I'm lame and can't spell. 

My answer to these commenters is :
a) (As I said in my comments the other day) Yes, I can, dude. And when I have read them, I will be a SK fan who has read the Dark Tower Series... It's not a competition or a club to be 'qualified for', is it? It's just a bunch of people reading awesome books that they connect with and love. You are all welcome here. Even if you have only read one Stephen King book. Unless it was 'Cell'. I hated that one.... (hee hee.. just stirring the pot there...)

b) watever dood.

I have learned a lot about the internet and about fandom and about passion in the last few days.

I love how quickly things happen- the internet is like one MASSIVE flow chart that just keeps growing and connecting. It's also scary. In a good way. Like Pennywise. He's terrrifying and will probably eat you, but hey, you might get a free balloon out of it.

I love people who love stuff passionately. I love geeks who know their particular brand of whatever back to front and all the way around. I love learning new things and teaching people new things.

I don't like elitism and exclusivity. It's cool to be fanatical, but it's uncool to be superior. If your self worth is attached to making people who know less than you feel excluded, then you're probably a bit sad. 

AND I have come up with a cool new drinking game. Go and read the comments thread on my Stephen King Universe Flow Chart and take a drink every time someone says 'DARK TOWER'. Holy Shitballs, you'll be drunk before lunchtime.

And if you like, you can also check out my other Flow Charts:

So I am totally finished blowing my own trumpet now. 
Hang on, Doodle Doo Doo Doo Doo! Ok, NOW I am finished.

The world is kinda nuts, isn't it?



Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Birthday Weekend

To celebrate the birth of my gorgeous sister, our fabulous group of friends rose through the clouds and descended on Maleny over the weekend.

 

The weather was cold and foggy.
The food was yum.
The wine was consumed. (oh, yes. It was.)
The laughter was loud.
The children were beautiful and well behaved.
The house was full.
Of awesomeness.


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Visiting the Cavern



 This is me. At the Cavern Club in 2008. In Liverpool. The ACTUAL Cavern Club. Yeah Man.


When I stood there five years ago, I was overwhelmed.


I was thinking about my amazing Lovely Husband, who made it possible for me to fulfill that lifelong dream.


I was thinking about how from little things, big things grow.


I was thinking about worlds colliding, about discovering that  all those things you have read about in books, seen on film, that they are actually, totally real and out there. And you can see them and touch them and write your name on them.


I was thinking about two teenagers in Bundaberg, Queensland who fell in love with each other to the soundtrack provided by four other youngsters who started out in this very dingy, brick dungeon of a club. On that stage. Just over there.


And I was thinking about the music that was handed down to me. From those  teenagers from Bundaberg. From my parents. Music that became part of my DNA. Part of our families story.


So, this is my Dad. At the Cavern Club. Yesterday. And even though the pic is a little blurry, I can still see, in his smile,  that teenager: lead singer of 'The Few', boyfriend of avid Beatles fan Judy, young father who introduced his three little girls to music..... 


It meant so much to me to visit the Cavern Club in 2008. And it means a huge amount to me to know that my mum and dad visited the Cavern Club together in 2012.









Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Stephen King Universe Flow Chart

UPDATE: The Stephen King Universe Flowchart (including The Dark Tower Series) has been updated and can be found here

GO! GO! GO!



When I was in Grade 5 (guess I was ten), my friend Tarnya Smyth brought her mum's battered copy of Stephen King's 'Carrie' to school. We broke it into about 4 pieces and passed them around, all taking turns reading each battered section. I told mum about it and she FLIPPED HER WIG and told me to 'Stop reading that book immediately!!' So I finished it.


Now, I TOTALLY do not recommend  ten year olds reading Stephen King books (messed me up good), but this was when my life long relationship with Mr King began. My love for his books is based around his characters. They are so full. I love Stephen King dialogue. I love his sense of humour. And I love the links and connections between the books. I am the kind of annoying person who likes to know the 'In Joke'. So, of course, I MADE A FLOW CHART!!!

My Top Five Stephen King Books:
1 The Stand
2 The Bachman Books (especially The Long Walk)
3 The Talisman 
4 The Dead Zone
5 11/22/63


*** UPDATE @ 11 JANUARY 2013
CLICK HERE to find out details for UPDATED chart coming soon which TOTALLY includes the Dark Tower :-) See what I do for you guys???


Are you a King Fan?