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It’s Been A While…

13 months have passed since I last blogged here.

In that time, I’ve had a baby; our second son, who turned 1 a month ago. The Small One is a joy – eats well (as is evidenced by his round rosy cheeks and his even rounder tummy), sleeps fairly well (he’s been more or less sleeping through the night for the past couple of months), and is generally a happy baby. He talks and talks and talks (no idea where he gets that from?!) and is so very very loud. He’s very strong – a well placed kick during a nappy change can render me breathless, and he packs a punch with his arms and hands and teeny little fists too. He started walking at 11 months and hasn’t stopped – he now runs, non-stop. And just this week, he started saying “Momma”.

The Big One is now 4 and started preschool earlier this year. He loves preschool and has made some new friends. I can see his imagination growing by the day – he’s always making up stories and using his toys as part of his story-telling. Most of his stories involve Transformers Rescue Bots, in particular Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and the adventures they go on, fighting the good fight in the universe. He’s even more active these days – running, jumping, sliding (as in “sliding into a base” or “slide tackle” style). It’s hard to keep up with him!

It’s hard to believe that J and I have been together now for over 7 years, and that our 5th wedding anniversary is fast approaching. It honestly feels like we met only last year. Which, of course, defies logic as we have a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old. We’ve both been busy with life – him with his job and its ever evolving demands, and me with looking after the kids and the house as I enjoy the final months of my last ever lot of maternity leave.

I know I am so very fortunate to have a job that allows me to take 2 years off work to spend time watching my baby grow from a little lump to a little person. Although circumstances were different with the Big One, when I was forced to take 2 years off work, this time around, I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to stay home. I bear witness to the growing bond between the Big One and the Small One, and the Small One developing all sorts of new skills. Due to the Big One’s illness, we missed seeing the “typical” behaviour and development of a little person between the ages of 11 months to 16 months. The Big One didn’t enjoy eating, or playing, or doing anything really because he was so so sick at the time. He more than caught up after he got better; in fact, he’s one of the more “advanced” kids in his preschool class, even though there are plenty of classmates who are older than him. The Small One is showing us exactly what we missed, and it’s a joy to experience all those “firsts” again, knowing that we have 2 healthy and happy little boys.

As much as I love my boys, they’re not exactly providing scintillating conversations or challenging discussions to keep my adult brain ticking over. So to keep me amused and occupied, I’ve set myself a cooking challenge; to cook healthy and delicious recipes I find on the Internet at various food blogs using fresh ingredients and making everything from scratch, and steer away from my trusted “brown meat, add ready-made sauce and veggies, serve” method. I figured this year is the perfect time to experiment with my cooking, as I don’t see myself having the same amount of time to do a lot of “made from scratch” cooking once I go back to work. This week marks the 13th week of my cooking adventures, all of which I’m blogging about on my new Tumblr blog, Food Oh Glorious Food. I have to say, I’m really enjoying this little challenge, which involves me doing hours of research by looking at many, many recipes, drawing up a weekly menu, and making shopping lists of groceries needed for the week and committing to cooking and using everything we buy. The ulterior motive behind this challenge is to make sure we stick to our weekly budget – money is tight as I chose to take this extended unpaid leave, and the thought of us running out of money a week before the monthly pay day gives me heart palpitations. And the added bonus of this entire exercise is that we are losing weight. Not a huge amount per week, but the number keeps getting smaller.

So if you were wondering what I’ve been up to, head over to Food Oh Glorious Food and check it out! For those who have enjoyed seeing my photos from Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge, I am still taking photos and sharing them on Instagram and Twitter. I may start posting my photos on here again, if and when time allows.

I will be back here from time to time, I hope. Till next time!

Who Am I?

I was born in December 1972 in Hong Kong to an accountant and a high school teacher. The eldest child, I was soon blessed with 2 younger sisters – one in 1973 and the other in 1976. My first 10 years were spent in Hong Kong, surrounded by loving grandparents, a thousand uncles and aunts and a million cousins. In 1983, my father was offered a business opportunity in Sydney, Australia and my family and I immigrated on 3 March, eventually settling in North Epping, a leafy northern suburb of Sydney.

I attended North Epping Public School, where I quickly learnt to speak English and adapted to the Australian way of life. By the time I entered Cheltenham Girls High School in 1985, I had academically surpassed my classmates from primary school, and was rewarded by being one of only 2 girls from my Year 6 class to be placed in the advanced group in Year 7.

In 1990, I graduated from high school with respectable results, but did not enter University straight away. Instead, I worked and studied at TAFE and gained valuable practical and life experiences, which included a short stint in a share house with part time drug dealers and full time scumbags. I worked in a variety of industries, including sports, property, retail, law, finance, education, advertising, marketing, public relations, media, hospitality, entertainment, the Government and the Public Sector.

After 8 years in the workforce, I commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree at Macquarie University in 1999. To maintain a positive bank balance, I combined a full time study load with at least 40 hours of work per week. During the 4 years I took to graduate with a double major in Business Law and Media Studies, I also became heavily involved with the Macquarie University Sports Association (now known as Macquarie University Sport & Recreation). This involvement saw my election to Club President of the Macquarie University Soccer Club for 3 consecutive terms (2000, 2001 and 2002). Between 1999 and 2004, I was also a University representative for Women’s Soccer at a total of 11 regional and national University Games, 8 as a player/manager and 3 as competition convenor, collecting a swag a medals (including 2 gold) along the way.

My voluntary contributions to sports at Macquarie University were recognised in 2002 when I was named the Sports Administrator of the Year. In 2005, I was garnered with an Honorary Life Membership, further recognising my contributions throughout the years.

On 23 April 2003, my proud parents were finally able add to their mantelpiece a photo of me in my graduation gown and black trencher, flanked by my sisters who were veterans of graduation ceremonies.

Since November 2004, I have been happily working for a project management company in North Sydney, mentored by a renowned expert in Business Project Management. After 14 years, this was the job I had dreamt of and longed for.

In June 2003, one of my sisters produced a beautiful little girl who I adore, and on Australia Day 2006, my other sister added a gorgeous nephew to the mix. Only 2 days ago, my niece’s mother announced she is pregnant again, with the new bundle of joy expected to arrive in time for Christmas 2006.

My first name begins with G and is also the name of popular songs by famed artists including U2, Van Morrison and the late Laura Brannigan.

Who am I?

First Entry – Welcome to Blogging

Welcome to The Gee Spot!

Until recently, I never thought I had a need to have a virtual space to share my thoughts. It wasn’t until I reviewed my list of contacts that I realised how many friends and family members I have all over the world, and how lazy I have been with writing to each and every one of them!

Having done the review, I thought an investigation into a personal page was warranted. Just as well then that I have so many different free webmail addresses!

So, here it is – my space – where I intend to contemplate, deliberate, ruminate, cogitate, examinate and debate the facts of life according to Gee. Stay tuned!