Conversations with friends: The beauty of keeping it short

I am limping, guys.

I’m on a slow dongle (settle down) that’s giving my laptop some pissy lame excuse for “internet connection” while we swap providers. I hereby solemnly declare…..

TPG, I promise, we will never leave you again

We left them at Christmas time because Steve grew indignant that we couldn’t get ADSL2+ here with them (they took their time rolling it out) so we changed providers. WELL. Hasn’t that been haphazard, to say the least? Let me just say, I know why their plans were so cheap. Down-time was a lot higher than what we’d previously experienced with TPG.

Now we’re moving back to them and changing a few other home services around as well. But this interim period is going to be around twenty days long. I reached 50% of my limit in a DAY, folks! This does not bode well for blog posts (or visiting yours).

So please know that’s why I’ve gone quiet. Bad timing, really, given that Blogopolis is just around the corner. I can’t very well keep up with what you’re all doing. Ack. Ah well, can’t be helped. If you think there’s something monumentous that I haven’t commented on…. fill me in if you see me on the day. Yes?

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Now, to me being a winner:  No, really. I won something! From the very delightful and amusing Megan Blandford (she Writes Out Loud…). Thanks so much, I was very surprised to win the Coles Myer voucher. And very chuffed.

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I have a cold. I feel like shite. That is all I can say about that.

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My baby girl turns five on Wednesday. As with many of her milestones (and all of her birthdays), I am heading into the strange bittersweet balance-dance of being happy for her, proud of her (and us) and thinking about Ella. Not sad, not anything really. Just… holding her in my awareness more, I guess.

The other day, Lolly had a dear friend over. They played joyfully for five hours straight and both had eyes standing out on stilts when she went home. During the afternoon, I was doing dishes while the girls sat at the kitchen bench eating sandwiches.

I heard my daughter tell her friend, totally unrelated to anything they were nattering about.

“Before, in the hostibool, I had a sister. And her name was Ella. But her heart was a bit funny, so then she died in the ground.”

I didn’t turn around. Didn’t weigh in at all, although I listened keenly to how her friend would respond. Lolly tends to throw this in at moments that don’t seem to fit. But they do to her. And this is what I respect about her and the friends she will no doubt gravitate towards and learn to keep – for her friend merely said, “Ah” with a half-interested, half-”this-sandwich-is-yum” tone.

Simplicity, people. Simplicity is what I need to get back to. And ADSL2+.

So, I will see you when and where I see you! If you’re wondering where I am, just imagine me under my pile of tissues, stalled by my grossly underweight data usage cap and struggling with my own self-imposed project to “keep it simple.” Mark my words, though, I WILL be back with birthday cake photos some day soon.

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