(Continued from Part 1 …)
Hello, blog and blog readers! I've missed you. Hope you've missed me!
December is the month when everyone looks back over the year, and although I'm not the sort to enjoy doing that (I find it kind of annoying, actually), it's still mildly interesting to take a step back and think about all the stuff that's happened this year. It was a big year: afternoons writing with Guan came to an end (*sob!*); I gave birth to Saski and got caught up in baby stuff; after writing a bunch of manuals about how to do things, I was relieved from my Music Time duties (along with pretty much everything else I was doing at church, so now I just rock up, unencumbered by rosters); I sold my old car, got our new car fixed and serviced, and swapped cars with Ben (so now I drive the one he used to drive and he drives the new one); I entered the Dairing Art Yarn Challenge Competition in April (I submitted two entries, but I suspect they weren't really “arty” enough for the judges); we went to Hong Kong in September for my brother's wedding (which meant researching accommodation, applying for passports, writing packing lists and doing as much preparation as possible so that travelling with an infant and a toddler would be as smooth as possible [it was]); I organised a big birthday party for Astrid that involved more than family on the guest list; and I tried to stay on top of the housework/admin/calendar/baby things to the best of my ability to prevent the wheels falling off everything. (It's amazing how having another child further immerses you in domestic life …)
And there's lots of stuff I'd like to write about what it's like to move from one child to two, but that's not the purpose of this post: the purpose of this post is to note the writing stuff—that is, the stuff that I regard as being my “work” away from … err … work (that is, domestic labour).
Obviously time has been limited this year. Nevertheless, the following still managed to happen:
Please forgive the random topic; I've been trying to blog about this for a little while in the corners of time that I have to do stuff like blogging. (This post was made possible by my in-laws being here today to give me a little break!)
Last year I had a bit of a mini meltdown. As you may have noticed, I am a planner (as opposed to a spontaneous do-er or whatever you call such people), and I had a plan for the next five years that went something like this:
Oh dear: I have not blogged in three months!!! I haven't even done a working update since January! Obviously I've been a little busy, but anyway …
Yesterday Paul and I finalised the interior and cover art for Part 1 of our graphic novel, Eternal Life, and sent it off to our printer. The cover looks like this:
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.
(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.)
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.)
It's February, so here's the recap of December (obviously ;P).
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.
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?!)
A way of funding writing in the future: pitch and idea and get people to support it.
Place where you can hire play equipment for parties, etc.
How to recalibrate the home button on your iPhone.
Unsolicited manuscripts accepted by Pan Macmillan with certain conditions.
Thought Balloon is a group blog in which the writers tackle a new theme every week? month? with one-page scripts. This URL is for their Phonogram ones.