I was surfing the net (a new concept to me as old computer wouldn't let me) and started looking up blogs, blogs and more blogs, blog tutorials, template sites, font sites rah rah. Found the simply fabulous site (see button on sidebar) and was scrolling through Lena's pre-made templates and found this. It looked so pink and girlie and so not appropriate for a mummy blog really but hey a change can't hurt for a while. I downloaded it and tried to install it but had trouble so emailed 'Lena' and she kindly offered to do it for me. I therefore wasn't sure when it would appear - what with her being over in the states and working doing shitloads of template projects.
I also thought that I might be able to scrap the perky young thing sitting on the couch with her laptop and replace it with picture of offspring. Turns out I might need a tad more html skills to sort that out. Ah well, in the meantime she can at least inspire me to get off my lazy ass and start exercising, or failing that purchase a yellow chair. Besides, the download cost me six dollars so it is here to stay for a while. Apologies to those of you who just came to see the gaijinwife header photos. In return I promise to post more pics of children, twat husbands, twat husband's car parked in various pachinko parlors, Granny K, rural Japan and probably not but you never know your luck, one or two of me.
I plan on adding some Japan related links to my sidebar so if you would like me to link you please let me know, or if I link you and you would rather be cut in half with a chainsaw then also let me know.
So, today was mum's 61st birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM.
We had a bit of a text fest this morning and then I rang after her treatment. She was just about to have lunch and then go shopping for some bling (I would say it is hereditary but you all know its just a thing us girls have to do from time to time). She sounded well enough but said lately the chemo has been making feel quite a lot like she's pregnant - that morning sickness thing where the thought of various foods and even the smell puts you right off and you spend the day feeling like you might chunder but don't actually manage to.
I found out a few things I hadn't known - first, this current six weeks of radio and chemo isn't the end of the first round chemo plan. I think she gets a break when this six weeks is over but then she has four (or was it six) hardcore chemo weeks with three weeks of nothing in between each one to let her body get its strength up to do it again. I'm starting to freak out again. The ex-kindy head at one of the kindy's I visited all the time on JET got cancer. She did bouts of chemo and then stronger doses for six months and six months after that I was at her funeral. I don't know what kind of cancer she had or at what stage they caught it but fuck, for a while there I thought trying to surround mum in positive light or whatever might magic it all away.
The other thing was that at the end of October mum's WHOLE family are congregating at the family crib (bach?? holiday cottage??) in Oturehua near Dunedin. This of course means all of our family I think. I hadn't heard about this. The family crib (which we used to holiday at thirty plus years ago, which mum and dad had their honeymoon at (dad got penumonia) and at which my little brother's ashes are sprinkled) was getting a bit rundown. The current owner (my uncle) was played the cancer card and now he is doing it up as one of mum's wishes. There will be marquees, there will be music, there will be fireworks, there will be a rocket (my uncle's hobby is putting kit-set ones together and launching them - quite big - could possibly attach Ryu and he could well fly with it about 100 meters into the air) there will possibly be a huge bonfire which will possibly mean there will be a fire-engine, there will be family, there will be friends and there will be good times.
If you were me, would you, taking into account you aren't a fuckin millionaire and therefore can't afford two more trips this year, want to take the family home to the huge family gathering down in the South Island - or would you vote for Christmas at home in Napier with just the family family?? We can't afford to take all five of us home anytime but we will 'suck it up', go into debt and do it because we just have to but seriously can't do it twice :(
Shame really, I so liked spending close to three hours in the toilet playing silly buggers with Ryu and the mirror on the twelve hour flight home last month.
Anyhoo, sent mum big bunch of flowers at the unit with clear instructions that if flower smell (she said some strong perfumes made her feel sick) was too strong that I wouldn't be offended if they got given to the postman - they are now in the communal lounge area the house has.
I wrote a list today - I quite like lists but haven't done one for a while. Shame on me. They are just fabulous. I wrote quite a long one thinking I wouldn't get it all done. Wham bam and thank you mam. Everything completed. I definately wouldn't have gotten that much done if I didn't get to 'tick a box' after each task was completed.
I do believe 'crack open a cold brewskie' was the last thing on the list.
Time to tick that off.