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7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol 72)

1
We have a bat living in our rafters.  Late every night the bat swoops about the house eating the mosquitoes.  I had to dodge the bat in the hallway the other night, and after lights are out ‘he’ has taken to swooping quite low over us as we lie in bed.

2
The R key on my keyboard has died, this is soo annoying.  I use a laptop in conjunction with a larger keyboard.  PC was laughing as he watched me the other morning, keying on the keyboard and reaching upwards to the laptop to key in the R.  He said I reminded him of an organ player.

3
It is currently kerbside pickup time in our town.  As I drove home today craning my neck to ‘find a bargain’ I reflected on the report PC heard recently.  Apparently Australians love to pick up a kerbside bargain and boast about it.  Sounds about correct to me. 

4
I’m back on an Australian fiction history binge again.  Last night I had a fascinating discussion with my brother about history and misinformation.  We were talking about ‘the facts’ I had read in a number of sources, about an incident that had happened in his area of Australia, according to Bro the ‘old timers’ up there say it is simply not accurate.  A bit like ‘Whispers,’ ‘everyone’ now regards it as ‘truth’.

5
Last week I asked for suggestions for a blog name change when the baby comes. Deanne suggested
Family at Misrule
A Fortunate Life
Sun on the Stubble
Longtime Dreaming
I like these, but… would anyone outside of Australia recognise these as distinctly Australian?

6
Talking names I am getting quite desperate as we have only 4.5weeks tilll the baby is due and no name if we have a boy!!!  Koala is holding a baby name challenge, we are searching for an unusual saint’s name.  Any suggestions?

7
I’m still struggling to read picture books daily to my little ones:(  I’ve tried a few different approaches to motivate myself, but I don’t make longterm progress.  I’m wondering if I actually made a list that “We will read x, y and z” it will help in accomplishing my desire.  What works for you?

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11 Comments

  • Pieces of Sunshine

    Reading picture books: I don't have a voice which lasts, so older siblings often read to the younger ones. For a season my husband would read picture books (library ones) to the youngest two every day after work as a way to reconnect.

  • Jennifer Gregory Miller

    Let's see. I make sure we read before bedtime a few picture books. That way I ensure we get it done.

    I am no help for names, for the baby or the blog! I wouldn't recognize your blog if you changed the name.

    I never knew there was a different British spelling for curbside! Learn something new everyday!

  • Deanne

    I have been looking out too, but I haven't found anything worth stopping for, except the other day when at the beach I found the bench I have been looking for, but I would have had to leave a couple of kids behind in order to fit it in the car so hubby said no go!

  • Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website

    #3 sounds like the makings of a new Aussie meme to me: Kerbside Bargains with Erin! LOL

    How EXCITING to be choosing names for blogs and babies!

    As for the blog title, I would not recognize those suggestions as specifically "Australian"…but, that's just me :))

    How about:

    Down Under
    Awesome Aussies
    8 Aussies and Their Mum
    ('course, that kinda leaves out dear PC)
    At Home Down Under
    Awesome Aussie Adventures
    Homeschool Outback

    And now for "interesting" boy Saint names:

    Isadore
    Cassian
    Adrian
    Ammond
    Romulus
    Alban
    Aodhan (pronounced: ay-den)
    Eamon (pronounced: ay-mon)

  • amy in peru

    oh bats. shoot, we had bats too, but only momentarily inside… for the most part they lived, and I say they because they were legion, well, they lived in the rafters above the ceiling, if that makes sense. I did not like them.

    and my 6 key is literally retarded… I have to hold it down extra long before it clues in. urgh. I have to always be aware when I'm entering a long series of numbers for example if it has a 6…

    I like that name above Aodhan (ayden)… yes.

    the blog names you mentioned do not strike me (the non-australian) as particularly australian, in fact, I would have had no idea they were australian if you hadn't mentioned it… but the ones in the comment above mine sound more aussie.

    🙂

    With 13 years of CM experience, you are a huge help to the carnival! I do hope the cm carnival can be a big help to you as well!! please do continue to participate as often as you can! 🙂

    amy in peru

  • Erin

    Oh wow, some baby names AND blog names:) considering all, lots of interesting suggestions.

    Pleased to report I read 4 picture books today! I think I may have found my secret.

    Kerbside & curbside, how interesting.
    Yes, I may have found a new career, spotting kerbside bargains:)
    Mmm did you consider the kids could have walked home?;)

    I'm glad I'm not alone in disliking bats inside. Oh Amy, you made me smile, I'm trying to write a post for your carnival, but it is not flowing too well. Still I would like to participate more.

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