life // echidna you not!

… see what I did there!

Look what we saw the other day, roaming in one of the paddocks….

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As far as echidnas (my auto-correct keeps correcting to enchiladas – how unfortunate!) go…. he was pretty cute! 014-kylieclark-082015

Check out that glorious view behind the girls – so lucky!

‘Choc-chip’ the echidna, was happy to be poked gently with a gumboot, until little people were brave enough to gently touch the ‘spikes’ with their fingers! They can get along at a good old pace – those back feet(?) look mighty powerful!015-kylieclark-082015

It appears that the flock of rams were curious too! Apparently you should ‘never show your bum to a ram’, or maybe it’s ‘never turn your back on a ram’ (possibly dependent on whether you are from New Zealand or not…). 016-kylieclark-082015

Have you seen anything interesting or ‘un-you-shuual’ in your backyard lately?

do yourself a favour …

…. and get down to the Docklands on a Friday night during winter, to see the Docklands fireworks display.

I wouldn’t normally dedicate a post to a fireworks display, but the was exceptional! A ten-minute extravaganza that enthralls my children, without any ‘is it nearly done’ noises, is worth writing about!

The Docklands (situated near Etihad Stadium, overlooking some FABULOUS boats), comes alive of a Friday night – buskers, glow sticks/gadgets, music, dancing and fun.

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A true recipe for awesome-ness, especially when you haven’t seen your family for a week (thanks to #nurseyschool).

Get onto it!

life // last week at #nurseyschool

If you have been playing along at home, you will know that I am now, just over two thirds of the way through a Bachelor of Nursing degree.  Yes.  this time next year – I WILL be a Registered Nurse (Div 1).  Hold onto your hats.

I won’t lie, it’s been an incredibly hard slog. Studying full-time, whilst parenting four children, and partnering a husband, AND taking care of myself – it’s super hard work. There have been many tears. Actually – more than I can ever count.  There are a whole lot of sacrifices – by all of us.  We make it work.  We deal with the unwashed washing, the ‘not spotlessly clean home’, the haphazard showering routine, and the incredibly stressed and increasingly (towards assessment time) vague mama.

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger – it makes me a little sad – as I am enjoying the ride, but I am also incredibly excited to see where I am headed, post-degree.

Last week, I attended #nurseyschool – Simulation block.  A VERY ‘full on’ yet exhilarating week of practical learning and assessment.  I study with Charles Darwin University – my degree is online/external – so a part of the course involves SIM placement (each year), where we put a the theory into practice, before setting out of placement, IN. A. REAL. HOSPITAL.

Yes.

CDU has a campus in Melbourne, the lecturers /teaching team, are a wealth of information, and perfectly suited to imparting a vast amount of knowledge to a bunch of inexperienced (actually – many students are already employed within the heath sector as Enrolled Nurses, Assistants in Nursing and the like…), overwhelmed, mostly mature-age students.  Of which – I am one.  Inexperienced. I have zero medical background.  All the knowledge I have is thanks to textbooks, and Mackenzies lengthy ‘medical-career’! The lecturers are very in tune to the needs of each student, and have incredibly high expectations – AND….. they do not hesitate to help the students reach the high standards that are expected, with the perfect amount of fun and frivolity thrown in for good measure.

I embraced the week, both ‘in-school’ and out! I stayed at the Jasper Hotel, and thoroughly enjoyed being without my family. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE them dearly – but let’s be frank – I have ZERO time to socialise, and going out to dinner of an evening, with friends, is pretty much unheard of (not having a whinge – just stating the fact!). I certainly made the most of my time away – jogging the picturesque Tan track, gorging myself at the Wednesday Night Markets, Captain Melville and the most delicious indian restaurant EVER. Let’s not forget the daily gozleme and banana/nutella borek.

My fellow students were all up for a laugh, and we were all exceedingly supportive to each other through the stress of the OSCA (not a statue awards ceremony, but a practical assessment), and fast paced learning environment.  A big shout out to Sue, Matt, Chris and Kim – teaching team extraordinaire, the week could have gone completely pear-shaped without your support!

The photographs that follow depict the ‘out of school’ part of my week – the part where I stepped well and truly out of my comfort zone, and explored the city, socialised with new people (for me, a RARE occurrence), and gorged myself silly!

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“See-you Mum!”

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Check out that corridor – is it just me, or does that say ‘come at me’!!!004-kylieclark-082015

The night-view across the river, post-Tan run!005-kylieclark-082015

Oh – the food!006-kylieclark-082015 007-kylieclark-082015

Thanks for having me Melbourne and CDU – see you again next year!

rebooting…

Imagine how convenient it would be?! CTRL-ALT-DEL on a ‘not so fabulous’ day, or event, or husband (did I just say that aloud…. sorry Wilbur – it’s that 5% of the time only…). 

As we speak, my fifth child (if I don’t count Frank the thermomix and Harry the camera, oh – and Betty the Kitchen AID) – Douglas – my 2010 iMac, is rebooting.  He up and got himself a new hard drive today. Wiped clean of the old shemozzle, and in went a new one. So easy.

Unfortuantely, he is taking his sweet time to reboot (typical male!), 40-odd hours to go – and that was 6 hours ago. He is now sitting somewhere between 16 and 38 hours to go – can’t make his mind up. I am just thankful that he will now operate as specified.

If only rebooting was as simple as replacing a hard drive.  For me – it’s a good few weeks of exercise, sleep and good food. Not having to do the school run also helps.

I just had five weeks to reboot.  you know – get myself ready for another semester of study.  Two semesters to go, then apparently I’ll be an actual nurse – not just a ‘mum-nurse’ – you know – the incredibly efficient band-aid applier, the ‘you’ll be fine, it’s just a scrape’ diagnoser, or even, the ‘have a drink of water – youll feel much better’ therapeutic treater.

It seems that since I am most of the way through my degree, I have all of a suddfen become the unofficial ‘diagnoser’ of the house. 

The other day was a five band-aid day, and that was all before 8am – and only on one child.

Back to my ‘rebooting’ – I am all set for this semester – it’s going to be THE one.  Apparently, the Vice-Chancellor, or Dean or some other spectacularly well-educated person, hands out a ‘very important’ medal to the person with the highest GPA in the graduating class.  Nothing like aiming high – but if you don’t see me for the next twelve months – you know what I am doing. 

Make sure someone reboots me every now and then though – I might need it!

How do you reboot?

today…

Today was one of those days where I wanted to shout out to the world, but wanted to keep it to myself as well!

Confused?

Back to yesterday. Driving to school, a young bloke (driving his girlfriends car), drove into the back of our car. Specifically the big, tough, towball. No damage to our car, but I am tipping his girlfriend will be cross at the damage to her car (no hanky panky for him for a while….). Being my first ever accident, I took all the girls home to have a mental health day. That, and my back and head were sore – and well, I was in tears.  No matter how big or small it was, the girls and I got a jolt, and were out of sorts for the day. 001-mornington-peninsula-photographer

Today – I felt lucky.  Yesterday could have been worse. He could have been driving super fast and pushed us into the oncoming fast traffic. All manner of things ‘could have’ happened – but they didn’t – thankfully.

Today – I went for a run. It was haircut day. I treated myself to a most delicious lunch and a matcha latte (am not convinced that it was tasty, but apparently – ANTIOXIDANTS!). Let’s focus only on the raw snickers bar slice instead.

I sat and gazed at the water. I wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the calm, but also wanted it to myself- so serene it was (until the squawky birds visited). Very calming – just what I needed.

Then I picked the girls up.

sigh.

By the way – my previous post TOP THREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA, was selected as a finalist in the Voices of Kidspot PUT YOURSELF ON THE MAP competition. Exciting yes? The 20 finalists will have their top “TEN things to do in their corner of the world” posts added to the Kidspot blog – so keep your eyes peeled!

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