'Mummy, can we go to Memphis?'
Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
290Trip End Nov 20, 2011
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Noah heads to swimming and apparently it is just chaos at the pool and there is (another) swimming carnival today and every child has to be signed in by a parent so there are cars and people everywhere. Woody shares his lesson with one other child, and is by all accounts, super brilliant. Noah loves the lesson and says Woody’s kicking is coming along really well as is his backstroke. Brilliant.
The fellas call in at home to collect me and then we are on our merry way to the beach. It is looking a little overcast, but we are optimists and laugh in the face of clouds
As I get in the car Woody says to me 'Mummy, can we go to Memphis’. Umm, I kind of stutter a bit not sure what I should say. I talk about getting jobs and saving money and then we could go to Memphis. But he wants to go to Memphis right now. He was very taken with the Memphis Museum of Fire and that has fuelled his new obsession with Memphis. I look at Noah for support, but he just looks like he wants to go to Memphis too. Oh man, we really need to be earning....
Another interesting conversation we have had with Woody recently... he suggested that we do not really live in Australia and that we really still live in Billericay. He continued, ‘What if we are really in Billericay and we are just here because we are in someone’s dream?’ He takes me by surprise and I think I look puzzled. He says, ‘What if Isla Bear is just dreaming about us being in Australia, and that is why we are here, but we really live in Billericay.’ I have no idea how to handle this. I think manage to say that we really are here – we certainly paid for flights. I prefer my more straight forward Woody, the one who says, ‘Chips are good for you because they make you feel good’. I get that.
At the beach Woody and Noah work on an enormous hole and I read a book given to me by the Joycees called, Find Your Lightbulb. I have read the book before, and it is brilliant, but I have clearly lost my light bulb since then! So let’s see if I can find that light bulb...
We all have a jump around in the waves. It is such a beautiful day. It is a struggle to leave the beach but we do not want to fry. So, we head home, have some lunch, and make Woody have a sleep. This is easier said than done. In the end, it is easier than yesterday, but it still requires a fair amount of stubbornness on my part. Luckily, I do not have a shortage of stubbornness.
Whist Woody sleeps I take a tentative peek at our finances. I really have to brace myself for this, and sort of only look through one eye at first, just to soften the blow. It is not great, but it could be worse. It is very nearly much worse, but it turns out I have mixed up some dates. Phew. We sort out some direct debits, speak to the landlord, and I update our business records. We are winning. Noah gets on with some work and I do some tidying up and prepare some cooking for Woody.
Woody wakes up very happy and we crack on with some cooking. Woody and I make Leonie’s Anzac slice, and Leonie’s (and her friend Donnas...) Standby Brownies, and cheese and onion scones. Woody and I have a blast and Noah seems happy to be in close proximity to so many snacks.
We have some dinner, plonk Woody in the bath, chat to Jen and then I settle down to watch biggest loser. I am addicted. I did not cry in this episode, this may be a first.
I then watch a Louise Theroux weird weekends about infomercials and watch him break into a sweat trying to sell a paper shredder. There is also someone else selling something using the slogan ‘Emancipated from constipated’. Compelling.
And that is it for us for today. I am going to try and do some work bits and Noah is doing actual work and seeing how much of the baked goods he can eat in one evening. He is doing really well so far...
Sleep tight. x