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25 January 2009 @ 11:06 pm
my heart was crushed by a former love  
We hosted an Australia Day party yesterday for all the ex-pats in the village. There were meat pies and lamingtons! I don't miss many Australian foods - I guess it's easier for us to adapt our palates to Europe than it would be for, say, the Japanese - but I do like lamingtons. I could also eat Milo raw with a spoon until someone forcibly extracted it from me.

I ended up playing with two small girls (four and six) for hours on end. I think I appealed to them because my default reaction to the world is 'OMG A PINK NINTENTO DS! OMG A CAT IN A TIARA! OMG BARBIE HOW I MISSED YOU!' And, wow, it was exhausting. I never underestimated the work entailed in having children, but I also never appreciated it on a visceral level. I'm either going to hire an army of nannies or end up screaming at my children 'MOMMY NEEDS SOME ME TIME! IN MOROCCO!' at least once an hour. Also, apparently I am good with kids? This is yet another thing I didn't want to know about myself. Sample conversation:

Little Girl #1: I want to go into the living room!
Rachel: Okay, knock yourself out.
Little Girl #1: NO YOU COME WITH ME.

The other one demonstrated her feelings by climbing into my lap at every opportunity, even when I was standing up. Good times.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: ragged wood // fleet foxes
Riakessie on January 25th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Completely unrelated to your post, but I'd like your address please, so I can send you Havemercy (if you haven't read it already). I'm so sorry that I forgot about it until now! :(
Riakessie on January 25th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
If you love it to bits, feel free to keep it. ;)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: realityscoradh on January 25th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
That's so generous, thank you again!
Blindmouseblindmouse on January 25th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, I didn't know you were Australian :-) How long have you been living in ... is it Ireland?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ra sariscoradh on January 25th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
I should probably put it in my bio, actually, but I don't really consider it as important as my worship of the colour pink and bandom. My bad.

I've been living in Ireland since I was eleven, so ... nearly eleven years. Hee.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: I'd tap that ♥scoradh on January 26th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I adored my blonde schoolteacher at the time, too. The fact that I was wearing lace and lots of sparkly jewellery probably helped (or would if I were the six year old).

I assume kids get more self-sufficient as they get older - although my mom still does my washing, oops - but the first three or four years must be never ending.

Edited at 2009-01-26 09:51 pm (UTC)
mrsquizzical: aussiedownundermrsquizzical on January 26th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
yum, lamingtons!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: converse prettyscoradh on January 26th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
peripatetic extemporizationshatoyona on January 26th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
That's so cute! Dude, I totally know how you feel though. Kids are a lot of work! I work at a children's museum, and there are all these poor harried parents running after their toddlers picking up after them and such! But they are really adorable.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ruthenia alba yellow serious girlscoradh on January 26th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
They are too cute, I agree. I just. I think they need about five or six keepers each.
peripatetic extemporizationshatoyona on January 27th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Totally in agreement!
uminohikariuminohikari on January 26th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
XDD They get worse at parties!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: maskscoradh on January 26th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ra pink carp of luckscoradh on January 26th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!!! At one point I took them upstairs to show them my bedroom and, idek, had to go to the BATHROOM and my mom was like, 'What did you do with the kids?' And I'm like, 'What did I do with the kids? What did YOU do with the kids?' By the time I went back up, of course, one was convinced there was a monster behind the door and I had to jump into the dark and scare it away. URG.
kestrelsparhawkkestrelsparhawk on January 26th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
I give
Lamingtons? Milos?

Little girls are very much like cats. They gravitate to those who aren't trying to make friends.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ruthenia alba colour dances bluescoradh on January 26th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: I give
Lamingtons: sponge covered in melted chocolate covered in coconut flakes. DEE-VINE.

Milo is a chocolate powder for making drinks, like Ovaltine.

I pretended they were psychiatric patients, actually. It works well on the world in general.
kestrelsparhawkkestrelsparhawk on January 27th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: I give
Yum, actually -- on the Lamingtons.

I love your solution for dealing with them -- I can certainly see the advantage of pretending everyone at a party is a psychiatric patient. Especially if you also can tell them that you're an undercover investigator from a foreign Government of your choice.
Sereniaserenia on January 26th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
I always half-fill my glass with dry milo, then put the cold milk on top, then eat the milo out from underneath!
And what about Tim Tams?

Yes, kids are VERY hard work! 14 kids under 5 at Elizabeth's party yesterday. Lachlan was traumatised! XD
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Bookishscoradh on January 26th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I ALWAYS do that. And you have to eat it really carefully so that it doesn't all break up and float to the top.

Tim Tams are nice, but you can get chocolate biscuits anywhere. :D

I think I would be too!
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD Brendon's glassesscoradh on January 26th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
For shame! You can NEVER have too many lamingtons! :P
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD Ryan's geetarscoradh on January 27th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
This should merely be regarded as a CHALLENGE.