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The gift-giving battle plan

Wednesday, 26 March, 2014

I mentioned earlier that Christmas was hugely stressful for me last year. I also mentioned that I would blog about my battle plan for buying Christmas presents, which helps to reduce some of the stress that Christmas brings. Then I realised that Christmas present-buying is really part of what I do about present-buying for the entire year, so to call this post “The Christmas present battle plan” wasn't quite correct. So anyway, here I spell out how I handle present-buying throughout the entire year.

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Pine Nut (at birth)

Thursday, 13 March, 2014

(Feel free to skip this post: I'm just going to blather on about my second labour in excruciating detail, which, I realise, will interest some people and not others. But I felt like writing it all down was an important thing to do—not just for me and my processing of the whole event—not just for Pine Nut who might want to read about it in future years—but also because good birth stories are important: apparently a lot of women these days are afraid of childbirth because often just the scary birth stories get shared around when they get pregnant. [NB This has NOT been my experience.] Hence sites like Tell Me a Good Birth Story. [Thanks Annelise for the link!] Also, if you're interested in more about this, this interview with Lucy Perry is fascinating—and not just because she started off not wanting to have children and then became a birth attendant. Finally, apologies for any errors: once again, I'm writing this quickly so I can get it down before I forget.)

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Working update (January 2014)

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

Since I did December last week, I thought I should also move onto January.

(Note to self: label your posts with the year, otherwise there will be too much of an overlap in the blog database.)

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Working update (December)

Thursday, 13 February, 2014

It's February, so here's the recap of December (obviously ;P).

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Pine Nut (at around 34 weeks)

Thursday, 23 January, 2014

Pregnancy #2

Part of me feels a twinge of unreasonable guilt that I haven't written more about this pregnancy (in comparison to my last pregnancy, which I chronicled at 18, 24, 31 and 38 weeks). But then a lot of it has been the same so I'd just be repeating myself.

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Managing money for freelancers

Saturday, 11 January, 2014

Happy New Year, beloved blog readers! Thank you for persevering with me—especially through the long periods of silence. Now that Christmas and New Year's are over and life is sliding into the new “normal”, I am keen to return to blogging semi-regularly and have started lining up ideas for future posts.

Today's post is about money again—a perennial topic on this blog, if you haven't noticed as I try to find ways to become more informed and less ignorant about money and how to handle it. As my actuary friend says, it's amazing we don't get taught more about money and how to handle it while we are young, given how much we use it in the day-to-day. Even this Berenstein Bears book we bought Astrid for Christmas doesn't really help with the whole “managing” side of money. (Plus its final solution has to do with checkbooks and who uses a checkbook anymore?!)

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Working update (November)

Sunday, 08 December, 2013

It's December, so here's the recap for November.

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Rites of passage

Friday, 22 November, 2013

This is the six-page comic that Nathan Seabolt and I put together for the Sydney Comics Guild 2013 anthology. The theme was “the locked door”. I think the anthology is just going to be digital at this stage, but if it goes into print, I will be sure to post something about it here.

(NB If you're having trouble viewing it at the tiny size, go to my Flickr set to view larger versions of each page.)

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Working update (October)

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013

I feel like October was a bit more productive but perhaps going to GRAPHIC made me feel that way. Certainly it was a bit harder because I didn't have my regular childcare slots for the first week or so because the email scheduling service I was using got a server upgrade and then, for some reason, stopped working altogether. And then there was the usual domestic and church tasks requiring my attention. (The church stuff was mostly to do with women's ministry, which I am quitting next year because that, in combination with Music Time, is too much for me.)

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Working update (September)

Monday, 18 November, 2013

Since we're well into November, I should probably do an update. September was pretty much a write-off, creatively speaking, as well as August: it was the month that two sets of grandparents were out of the country and I focused most of my efforts on toilet training (and staying sane throughout toilet training) and other domestic bits and pieces. Oh, and a few volunteer jobs for church. And then the final week going into October was devoted to having a bit of a family holiday.

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