Friday 27 March 2009
Sunday 22 March 2009
Thursday 19 March 2009
Kirstin, Malcolm and I headed off to Warren and Tracy for our celebrations and when we got there the door had the most adorable welcome "Happy St Patrick's Day African people" which her girls had made - really smile worthy and heart warming stuff - thanks!
Upon entering the house we were greeted with orange, green and white balloons AND curly green and silver shiny streamers strewn about - Tracy really went to town! It was an awesome day, the sun shone the kids all played in the garden and we sat around chatting, drinking wine (okay I was designated driver so I had ginger ale!) and enjoying each others company. We all brought our own meat and a salad contribution and in typical SA fashion by the time we had all eaten the serving table still had enough food to feed us all over again!
At around 18h30 we headed home and collected Jess along the way and then had a quiet evening at home...so quiet in fact that I was in bed by 21h00...
Monday 16 March 2009
Having said that, for once I am actually not in the mood for a big night but I also know myself fairly well so that may still change! For now I am heading to the lunch room where we are being treated to food from Diep Noodle Bar - saliva glands are activated!
Ooooohhh and no work tomorrow!!!! YAY.
Saturday 14 March 2009
We won the game 3-1 and I was thrilled as it was imperative that we won to keep our place in the league. Sadly next Saturday is our last game of the season, I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone, but at least I do have summer hockey and two tournaments in May to look forward to.
Last year I was still relatively new when we had our home tournament and spent more time off the pitch than on, which I was more than happy to do because I was a weak link so to speak. But I must also admit that I made up my mind there and then that by 2009 tournament I would be playing more and watching less.
This year I think I may actually get a bit more pitch time and will be a lot more useful when I am playing! No matter what I have improved and am very proud of my achievements so far.
I arrived at the school where they were playing and was rather confused by the kits running around the field. We do not play in green and to the best of my knowledge the juniors do not wear purple and yellow, I don't think...
A call in to my friend then - "W do the juniors wear a different colour kit to the seniors?" a hesitant "no" is the response and then.."Sunday Natalie the game is on SUNDAY". Up shot is that I now know where I am going tomorrow, I had time to do my grocery shopping and spend the morning at home with the family. Down side was cancelling the 10h30 movie tickets to see Marley and Me with the girls tomorrow! But as we are always looking for the POSITIVE it was a painless procedure and we are going to a noon show. All is well that ends well.
Thursday 12 March 2009
Wednesday 11 March 2009
I got to work and spread the enthusiasm, which was hardly difficult as Dublin and its residents certainly come alive when the weather cooperates as it did today, 15C - have not had temps like that in so many months!
I got my letter confirming my permanency and then I got a text from Wendy confirming the that my services will be required for the U16 tournament over the Easter weekend. Wow, what an utterly fansplendific day!
Monday 9 March 2009
It has been a long frustrating and very rewarding journey and today I was made permanent. I feel very privileged to have a job and am really pleased that I am now part of the furniture!
I played back, but had to push forward too and after 15 minutes I was exhausted, serves me right for skipping so many hockey practices lately!
We all played brilliantly, including me – I even managed to defend a long corner that came in at waist height and used my stick like a cricket bat to stop it from getting to target, the umpire decided not to blow on the illegal height so I was relieved that my aim was good on that occasion!
After the game we discovered that the clubhouse was closed and stood around in the car park chatting for a while. I got invited to a fundraiser for the U16 hockey tour, a dinner at the club on Saturday night with live music – a good cause so of course I said yes.
On Saturday morning I got up and started cleaning and then had to pause and go and have breakfast with a friend at Howard’s Way, luckily it is a short stroll from home. We had a great chat and delicious breakfast and then it was home again to get stuck into more housework. I had also decided to go up to the club at 15h00 as the men’s first team were playing in a big match and a friend from work was going to be up there. I took jess along and we had a great time, the match was brilliant and we won
4 – 1.
On Saturday evening I found myself helping out in the kitchen, well dishing up salad and cutting bread to be precise, and during all this activity it emerged that Wendy still needed an extra person to chaperone the team on their tour over the Easter weekend. Ever the eager beaver I said that I would happily help out if they were stuck. I am not sure if they will definitely need my services but if they do I will be going on tour (all paid for) to look after a bunch of 15 year olds, should be a blast!
On Sunday Emily arrived with her chef hat, apron and oven glove – TOO cute and we baked a chocolate cake together, well she decorated I did the baking and then she helped clean up – by licking out the icing bowl. I do NOT know how the child was not ill after all the rich icing she ate and she managed a piece of cake later too!
We ended the weekend with Kill Bill 2 (awesome movie, she sure can kick ---) and an early night!
Friday 6 March 2009
Tonight I get to run around on the hockey pitch and play a match with my favourite people, the Vets - which usually means a glass of wine and very decent conversation follows.
On Saturday my intentions are to send Malcolm off with the girls to do some school shoe shopping, it is about time he got to enjoy trying to find shoes for Kirstin. What with her narrow mismatched boats it is always charming. While they do that I will put on my sweats, tie up my hair and get stuck into the house...I think!
On Sunday Em is coming over and I get to bake with a 5 year old - has to be chocolate as it is all she eats, as far as cakes go, and then we will take our creation to her house and have a tea party with her mom. What a fab weekend I have coming my way!
Thursday 5 March 2009
Tuesday 3 March 2009
On Sunday my youngest favourite daughter had her friend over and the three of them sat at the dining room table on their lap tops playing Sims, healthy - I think not. Guess I had better get a grip.
EM has set a challenge which sent me scurrying to my old photo album and this is what I discovered, I LOVED mud. Yes there are MORE pictures at different times and scarily often I am covered in mud, as you can see my baby sister is following in my footsteps...if it ain't mud it's nudity, old fashioned briefs and bikinis - signs of a warm climate upbringing I guess!