Friday, December 15, 2006

friday bits and pieces

1. recently i have been torturing myself with this book, called dear charlie. it's a series of letters written by a grief-stricken father whose 13-year-old fresh-faced full of life daughter was hit and killed by a train at a crossing in england. this happened last year, december 3. i haven't finished the book yet but i cry as i read, often, and am filled with all sorts of dreads and fears and catastrophic imaginings. i'm not quite sure why i am doing this to myself. it's like an obsession.

















2. yesterday i found out my little nephew will be entering prep with son of chopper. believe me when i say if there's any chance of being at a kid birthday party with the dad, i'll be there.

3. i keep seeing parents out and about with tiny little newborn type babies.

PLEASE PUT A HAT ON YOUR BABY.


4. we have 2 hours of neighbours to watch tonight. oh, happy, happy friday.

5. i will be working in january. i have two research things on the go. there is a junket in february. i've never really been on a junket before. don't get too excited. i think it's to inverloch.

6. on monday i am going to see borat again. i will be with my mother, my sister and my brother-in-law who couldn't watch the office without putting his hands over his eyes. and found curb your enthusiasm even more difficult. i am going to be torn between concentrating on the movie for all those little bits i'm sure i missed the first time, the layers, and watching the others in my group. i am particularly worried about a masturbation scene and a defecation scene with regards to my mother. everything else will be ok i'm sure. she insists on seeing it, even though i've told her how bad it is.

7. i was most excited to see scallops with roe off in my fish store today. so tonight john and i will be dining on: a dozen oysters each, split half tassie, half south australian. don't eat sydney rock oysters - they are not clean.

then a wonderful spaghetti marinara made my moi with olive oil, garlic, parsley and scallops, rockling and prawns.

i think we'll need white wine as well.

bliss.

8. on tuesday next week, my sister and i are going into the cbd. this will be a pre-wedding festival of dresses, looking at hotel room, looking at the ceremony venue, maybe going to tiffany just to look at the wedding bands, lunch, fun, sore feet, annoyance with the crowds, and perhaps a wee hot chocolate at max brunner's. or is it brenners? what do you think?

9. i'm wondering what to plan for our mega-christmas eve lunch where we have so many people coming we need to break out the trestle tables and folding chairs from event management central (john's parents). last year i did cold roast chicken, lasagne, and salads. i think for dessert we had the double-nut choc torte and perhaps the upside-down pear cake.
any suggestions?

10. my dad told me he is going to burn his diaries. i'm faced with a similar dilemma. i have diaries going back to when i was about 16 or 17. if i stacked them in a pile they would reach my upper thigh? anyway, there's over 20 volumes. i know cause i numbered them. i stopped writing them shortly after having princess, so that was 10 years ago. dribs and drabs since then. there is so much shit in them ("i'm reading the accidental tourist and went and bought gym boots at dimmy's. also tomorrow night we're going to the corner. had a twins souvlaki last night after we were out in carlton. we fit 8 people in the beetle and went back to bbqs galore in richmond for a party. the assistant manager let us in...") but there is also some pretty full-on stuff too. really personal stuff. i am pissed off at the idea of my dad burning his history, but then i'm thinking about doing the same. do i want princess to read this shit? where i say things like: "ali was a fucking idiot today, why do i put up with him treating me like shit, i deserve better." he did this, he did that, etc. so, i said to dad if there are any that aren't too personal but have stuff in them other than:

1. re-run dunlop data tapes; mainframe reels blah de blah, changeover at 0900 hours

2. book car in for service

3. go 20 H collect mail

4. book dinner at tabener's

5. pay po box fee

then i would be very much interested in having them, just because. i know there are secrets in his family, there was whisper of a rape, mention of mental illness, suggestion of stillbirth, but it's all withheld, no one will talk about it. what i need to do is try and somehow engineer a meeting with helen garner. strangely she is related, and i bet she knows shit about my family. i would need to befriend her in a non-stalky manner (possible, yes?) and then extract, pump and relieve her of certain tidbits. i was a born snoop/detective.
i don't like finishing on 11. it's just so a-symmetrical. however, i went to the school principal this morning and reported grand larceny in princess's classroom. on tuesday they had italian day (this is where my silent reader danny katz's ears prick up. my kid's italian day was on tuesday as well, he thinks.)
during the day, classes moved around into and out of rooms. by wednesday it was apparent that no less than SIX girls had been robbed of one of the most highly-valued, top-status possessions an 8-12 year old girl can own.

SMIGGLE STATIONERY.

this morning i noted down the details as princess related them. i took my list to the principal and he indulged me by listening. i wouldn't have made a big deal about it if it was just one thing (princess's pack of 8 SCENTED gel pens) HOWEVER also taken was a pack of 12 highlighters, 3 erasers, loose textas, from tubs under desks, and from inside smiggle boxes which were closed.
the principal is getting back to me.

have a good weekend. eat fish. it's good for you.


42 comments:

I'm not Craig said...

Hi there MG

1. A wise (and quite charming) ladyblogger once told me “I figure we share a tendency to catastrophise about losing our loved ones? I think this is normal, but let me tell you, you don't need to work in family law to be any more susceptible to this sort of neurotic behaviour. Yes, it is neurotic. Stop it now.”

And you were right.


3. Consider it done

5. I went on a junket to Rutherglen once. The location is not important, it is the act of junketing that makes a junket special. Also, Inverloch is lovely at this time of year.

7. This sounds wonderful. I recommend a Chapel Hill unwooded chardonnay with that.

9. We have an excellent recipe for chicken and potato salad. A cobb filled with spinach dip is also highly recommended for such events.

10. Never burn a diary.

MelbourneGirl said...

what on earth are you doing up at that time, INC?

thanks for your comment. i like to think of the parent catastrophising tendency as a form of GC, known as garp complex. have you ever read john irving's world according to garp? everyone's seen the movie, i know, it's good. but the book. THE BOOK. that book was the one that ignited my love, my passion for all things literary and smartly written. garp tends to worry about bad things happening to his kids, two little boys. when a bad thing does happen, it's just so heartbreaking. i should re-read it. not i shouldn't. almost finished dear charlie now. i have to see how it ends.

i told princess this morning that i was reading it. she'd read the back of the cover. she knew what it was about. in the letters the father wrote to his dead daughter, he said that he'd told her a couple of times that if anything ever happened to her, his life would be over. i told that to princess, she told me not to read the book.

"harry potter was making me sad, mummy, so i stopped reading it. you should stop your book too."

i don't have her self control.

oh, and isn't junket a loverly word? not just for its meaning, but the sound.

happy weekend INC.

meva said...

I loved Garp too. And The Cider House Rules. And several others. John Irving writes wonderful people.

Have a wonderful Christmas, MG.

xx

I'm not Craig said...

Hi again MG

I was having a particularly unsuccessful night of attempting to get a small child to sleep for more than two hours in a row. At least I got to read some of your always excellent writing.

The most surprising thing I discovered was that my spell checker had no issue at all with my use of the word "junketing" Surely this is not a real word?

May you and yours have the most lovely of Christmases and only good things in the year ahead.

kiki said...

i don't know about you, but i couldn't stand the accidental tourist.

both the book and the movie nearly killed me

kiki said...

i don't know about you, but i couldn't stand the accidental tourist.

both the book and the movie nearly killed me

Mars said...

8. max brenners... i'm salivating on my keyboard just thinking about the chocolate pizza. try it, if you're not afraid of slipping into a diabetic coma.

9. i'm making chocolate ripple cake. that's meant to be pretty easy.

...i'm noticing a theme.

and smiggle? my friend is a teacher, and she's said that shop is responisble for the most time wasting in her classroom. when i was in year two, it was little-bitty-bins. times have changed.

audrey said...

I completely concur. Put hats on your children, you bad bad parents!

Rosanna said...

That book kills me.

It is sort of like My Sisters Keeper, which I didn't really like - but I kept reading anyway. WHY?

Rosanna said...

PS: I work in a Newsagency. Smiggle is responsible for all the times screaming children have come into the store and I have nearly had to throw myself over a cliff.

BEVIS said...

Sweetums loves his hat - and he looks so cute wearing it, too! He doesn't go anywhere without it. (All this just so you'll tell me I'm a good parent!)

Aussie Rock Chick said...

Hello!

This is the first time I have read your blog...

...when can I come round for dinner??

Homemade Spaghetti Marinara - it doesn't get better than that! Mmmmm....

ARC xo

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