Our WiFi is playing up this week, and I am feeling grumpy. I have two blog posts on my laptop, and I can't post them. Not even the Personal Hotspot from my iPhone or iPad works. My Best Beloved has been working with my sister's Best Beloved every night to get it all up and running, but so far, no joy. Ho Hum. It is extra hard, you know, because our printer is WiFi accessible as well, and so I can't print. If you use MEP, you will know that that is a crisis of major proportions. Gone are the days of pen and paper in my home, at least - we are very reliant upon technology. Sigh, I'll see what we can accomplish in Melbourne tonight.
In other happier news, we're off to see The Australian Ballet dance La Sylphide this weekend. I did not know that this ballet was the first to have ballerinas en pointe until watching this doco. I do agree that this transforms the dancers into 'beautiful ethereal beings', though. It is one of my favourite ballets. We have reservations first at a modern Japanese restaurant, Saké. I'm looking forward to that as well. Life is good.
Back down on earth, there have been some changes in our Peaceful Home. Cupboard doors went back onto the bathroom cupboards while Jemimah and I were in the US. I'm trying to post a pic, but it keeps crashing the computer, so I'll have to try that tonight in Melbourne as well. Grrr. A plasterer started work on the passageway as well, which is great, because the wall was looking somewhat precarious, and is now safe and straight, if somewhat dusty. It is a pain having all the furniture stacked up in other rooms, but no pain, no gain, I guess. The re-stumpers came yesterday. They're the men who lift up the stumps that the house is built on to make the floors level again. I don't know what they're called in the US, but not that, I'm told. Anyhow, they came. Now we don't have big gaps between walls and floor. That is a major improvement, let me tell you! All this is post-flood work. Would you believe that that is almost three years ago? Yup, 'tis. It won't be long before we can paint and carpet the front half of the house. That is so exciting!! We won't mention the back half just yet.
In maths this week we've been working on Venn diagrams, and trying to represent four subsets of a Universal set in a diagram. It is frustrating, because it is impossible, but really fascinating, as well. Anyhoo, problems like that make maths interesting. We've also read a couple of chapters of The Number Devil, since we can't print off more worksheets. Such is life.
In Oceanography we've been learning about the Gulf Stream, and Rivers in the Sea using The Sea Around Us, our AO6 book. This video was interesting additional viewing this week.
Wasn't Benjamin Franklin an amazing man! I love telling people that my daughter is studying Oceanography. AO is so cool.
Jemimah is also studying Astronomy this term using Australian Backyard Astronomy. She enjoyed having a bit of a browse here and here this week. Both the links were from the website of the book, which you'll find here. We also started reading The Search for Planet X by Tony Simon. Even though Pluto is no longer a planet, we're loving the book!!
In books this week, Jemimah is reading Huckleberry Finn, and our bedtime read aloud is The Bronze Bow. I'm reading All that Happened at Number 26 by Aussie comedienne, Denise Scott. It's okay, but if it weren't a bookclub book, I wouldn't have chosen it. The Surgeon of Crowthorne, last month's book, was much more my style. I enjoyed that one muchly - I really like Simon Winchester's writing style. I'm not sure what hubby is reading. I'll have to ask him. Nothing this week because of the WiFi. That, I'm sure of. Mumble mumble.
Most of the other stuff that happened this week happens every week. Not that that's bad, but you probably don't want to hear about it. Anyhoo, that's enough about me. How has your week shaped up? Come and have a chat!