Looking for Luck

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Woody wakes up early and Noah does his very best to discourage him by saying you can't watch any TV, eat your breakfast nicely, get dressed, and you have a few projects to do. Woody happily said yes to everything and just got on with it.  He was just an absolute joy.

When I got up Woody had made all sorts of meals with plastic food and was serving things up, rearranging plates and generally being a fabulous host.  He was radiating sunshine.

He had painted little gift boxes for his preschool teachers and we popped a homemade scone into each as a gift for the teachers.  He was super excited about this.

Noah and I get ready and Woody waits patiently for us.  We get to preschool and Woody wants to carry the presents and he cannot get in there quick enough.  He rushes straight up to Miss Cassie and she makes a giant fuss about how great it is.  She asks Woody lots of questions about how to make scones and how he painted the boxes.  Elwood grows big and tall with pride.  A lovely moment.

Elwood warns me he is going to miss me when I go.  We say our goodbyes, Woody gets upset, runs to Miss Cassie, and we look back as we leave the gate and he is fine.  Happy actually.

So we head home, inhale coffee, and I get on the phone to Telstra to sort out another error in our billing.  They solve it.  I am happy.  I hang up.  And realise it is not right.   Grrrrrr.  So now, I will be doing it all over again tomorrow.  Damn you Telstra and your inability to get things right on the 1st 2nd or 3rd go.  Eeeejits.

Then thinking I am now cross, so in for a penny, in for a pound, we look at our finances.  Really, not good.  We need to be working (what a surprise?!).  We have a strategy to sort our finances in the short term, so we don’t dwell on it and crack on with more positive stuff.

I plan on doing some housework later, so I start by downloading an audio book.  Procrastinating?  Me?  How dare you..

Noah has spied a new job online so applies for that and I get cracking on the writing the blurb for the website.

This takes longer than I expect but is also enjoyable and rewarding.  We chalk that up as a win. Noah and chat about this and make some changes and feel very positive.

I make a superb lunch and we feel better for having food in our stomachs.

I tidy up and I should really do the housework.  I am running out of time, but I do have enough time I could at least do both the bathrooms.  But frankly, I have lost interest in so I browse though the library books I have got out to see which I need to read first.  I laugh my head off at one called 'I used to be a good mum before I had children’.  Definitely on the reading list!

I get things ready for a cooking project for Woody when he gets home and we head out and pick up the little fella.  We see him at preschool before he sees us and he is very happy.  We chat hang about for a bit and chat to the teachers and hear that Woody has had another terrific day.  He joined in, was well behaved, and seemed just to enjoy himself.  I ask him how his day was and he said he had a bit of a sulk.  I check with the teacher, and he did not.  This kid is taking me for a ride.

We say the usual big round of farewells, and head home.  Woody eats his left over lunch and we cook Leonie’s Anzac Slice.    We play, I make some dinner, the fellas eat, and I tidy up.

Woody gets ready for bed, and we read together and then Woody ‘reads’ on his own and doses off.

I get stuff ready for tomorrow, unexpectedly get really annoyed about Telstra again, and then prepare to finish off copy for the website.

Noah spies a new job which has just come up online, so he applies for that.

I know we are lucky people, in a lucky country, but if you guys could just spare us a little extra luck so we get an income (we’ll obviously work towards this too!) – we’d really appreciate it.

Love from us. x
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Tracy on

Sending you lucky thoughts (keeping some back for our house, but all the spare is for you guys) xxx

Sally on

I'm loving the upgrade to iPhone it makes reading your blogs so easy. Im loving reading your blogs, it makes me want to write my own, I don't think however tales from harlow would give such interesting reads! Already I'm noticing the theme that your days start with woody waking early ;-) it sounds that he is getting on great, and you fill his days with fun activities. How cute Is he taking in 'treasure' boxs filled with yummy's for his teachers! Mae took great delight in telling all the parents how her teacher Danielle started a fire making pancakes, and everyone was screaming and the bell went off... And it was really cool!... Danielle was shamed. Think Mae needs to have a chat with woody, and learn it might be better to treat teachers rather than publicise their errors.
We too are trying to formulate plans, which might involve seeing what benefits I can claim while I look for work. I'm assuming it probably won't be enough, and I foresee a tough financial year, but also am not getting consumed with worry and remaining positive (or it might be avoidance?). I don't even know what work to look for... But that's a different story and one that will take a while to solve.
Of course, we can spare some wishes for you guys, I really hope something happens for you soon to give boost all round, and start gaining financial security. Until the next time best wishes and pots of gold at bottom of rainbows for you

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