Some blog posts almost write themselves. I sit down with a vague idea in my head, and very soon the post is there, complete and finished. Other posts, not so much. Like the one I'm trying to write now about our year of Living Science. It is not a difficult subject - I know what we've been doing and why, what books we've read, and how we've done it, but I just don't seem to be able to get it together onto the page...or screen...as it were. Part of the problem, I think, is trying to include too much, and so I've tried coming at the post from different angles - the philosophy, the booklist, the whys and the hows, but still...nothing.
In the mean time, we've been working hard to finish up AO6 Term 2, attending the ballet, celebrating a wedding anniversary, reading some terrific books, and planning a family holiday. All of which may be slightly more interesting than science anyhow. Maybe.
All this to say that I'm still here, and I still love you, and eventually I'll get our AO6 Living Science down for you to read. Right now, though, I'm going to give myself permission to just have a chat to you. I'm going to try writing about something different. Maybe that will work. Who knows?
There is still an Expidit shortage right around Australia, and so we are no further on with our lovely library. I'm sitting in there right now, though, glass of Sauv Blanc at my elbow, and Kenneth McKellar on the stereo. That's a voice of my childhood. You can listen along with me if you want:
We've been getting quotes on things like restumping and plastering. How exciting do you think my life will become when we start repairing the house! It is getting closer, and I can't wait!!
In other news, we've had to net the Kitchen Garden to protect it from those marauding possums. Grrrrr. They don't seem to care for the lettuces and coriander, but the silverbeet, peas and broccoli are having a really hard time of things. I planted some carrots today. Hopefully the possum will think they're coriander or something that he doesn't find yummy. We've been cooking our pumpkins up into big pots of lovely soup. Pumpkin soup is our very favourite.
We've finished a few books, and started a some new ones. Jemimah finished Animal Farm today. What interesting discussions we've had about that. She's currently reading a pre-publication version of a new middle school book about Princess Catherine (aka Kate M.) She was asked to review it by the author, and she is feeling delightedly special to have been asked. I'm reading and being exceedingly challenged by Francis Collins' The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Hubby is reading Dying for a Chat by medical oncologist Dr Ranjana Srivastava. See what an eclectic family we are? We're still reading Swiss Family Robinson, and we're just about to start Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Eothen: Traces of travel brought home from the East, by Alexander William Kinglake, God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew, And Karalta by Mary Grant Bruce are also in the book bag. All are good.
I've been interviewing at work - something that I find quite interesting. How do you imagine me as part of an interview panel? I sort of play friendly cop. Sort of. We have two positions available, and were getting pretty close to having decided, I think. Next comes training. Somehow, that's not so fun.
In a little over three and a half weeks Jemimah and I will be in the USA. That is rather surreal. We're visiting California, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. Disneyland is on the itinerary as well, of course. Ahem. I was 11 years old when I last visited America, the same age as Jemimah is now. I hope her memories are as pleasant as mine are. Tipping is terrifying me. Does anybody have some tipping tips for me? Aussies don't tip, you see, except for exceptional service, and I am really scared I'll get something thrown at me for giving the wrong amount.
Well, I think I've run out of interesting things to tell you, and I really should go and cook dinner. Chicken, spinach and feta risotto. That's what we're having. You?
What would you like me to talk to you about? Maybe I can find a topic that doesn't distress me as much as Living Science. That would be very good. In the mean time, thanks for being my friends.