A while ago I followed in someone’s footsteps and posted a stream of consciousness. I thought I’d try it again. With a lot of changes going on around here lately, I have had a lot on my mind. We have finally moved from a unit to a house and given our 5 year old the back yard I’ve dreamed of him having – a huge one, with plenty of room to ride his bike, his scooter, play…and so far it has lived up to every expectation. It’s also completely drained our finances. It always seems to come back to money with us. Well, to spending money. Along with moving expenses – bond, removalists, etc. – we needed a new outdoor setting and a new BBQ, since being in a unit we didn’t have those things. And even though we are only renting and didn’t buy, we’ve still had several trips to Bunnings over the last two weeks for one thing or another. Oh, we also needed to buy a lawn mower – no need for one of those in a unit after all!
So we have spent the last two weeks on school holidays and adjusting to our new “home”. There hasn’t been much of a routine, and Nick has thoroughly enjoyed having somewhat free range of the outdoor area. But in just a couple of days, school is going back, gymnastics and tennis lessons will start again, there will be homework – more serious than the first semester. I wonder how much time we will be spending here at home.
Nick wants a puppy dog. I wouldn’t mind a dog. The Mechanic has no interest in having a dog, but I think it would be good for Nick. On the other hand, I come back around to asking “how much will we be home?” I don’t want to be that house that has the dog at home on its own barking its head off all day. I also don’t think it’s fair for a dog to have to spend so much time on it’s own, although there’s sufficient outdoor area for a dog and undercover area also in the case of bad weather. But it is so much more responsibility! Not that we “get up and go” anywhere right now, but the thing is, we could if we wanted to! And if we did get a puppy, what kind would we get? I’d rather an older one that is already at least semi-trained, but there is something special about having a dog since it was a pup.
We have told Nick he can’t have one for 6 months, which would take us to a couple of months before Christmas. So we are going to have to see how things are going by then. I still have to get through his 6th birthday party, getting my permanent front tooth, and quite a few more uni papers and exams before I can even start to think about it! Yet here it is, invading my stream of consciousness. It’s funny, as its not even one of the many things that (I thought) had been on my mind!
We will be entertaining over the next couple of weekends, and I can’t wait to share our new space with friends. I think after that though I’d like to just have a few quiet weeks where we don’t have to do anything around the house or have people over. I cooked a hot breakfast for 7.5 people for Easter and it was quite hectic. Easter isn’t even that big a deal in our house. I have seen pictures on FB and IG of people who put flour down in the shape of bunny paws and left chocolate from the Easter bunny. It is nothing like Christmas for us, which is a far bigger deal with “Santa” and the reindeer etc. Nick didn’t even seem perturbed that the bunny didn’t come over night last night. He got heaps of chocolate Friday and he was more than happy with that.
I find it interesting that as a generally non-religious country, we put such an emphasis on Easter and Christmas – two of the most religious holidays you could get! I have friends who readily admit to not having the time/desire/interest to go to church, yet they’ve had their Good Friday Fish, Sunday roast, the Easter bunny came overnight last night, and this weekend is all about “Easter”! We have chocolate, but we don’t go overboard for this holiday, even though my husband and son are both technically Catholic. Gosh, we can’t even get the Twice-A-Year Catholic thing right!
In any case, in true Aussie fashion, the husband has enjoyed a 4-day weekend, and I have enjoyed the benefits of living in a country where public holiday = double time and a half pay. It’s win-win for everyone!
How did you spend your Easter? Do you like writing a stream of consciousness?
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT for the first time in too long.