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Finally found the exhibition of Emu Sky at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday and it was so good! We got there after a 1-degree cold overnight temp and the day was clear and sunny and we enjoyed some sunshine with our lunch.

People have been checking in on H and how she is progressing and she is doing so well with a routine during the week of home school and on the weekends baking or Minecrafting with her friends. In regards to hospital appointments, we have one next week after about a month away from the hospital, it has been so good not to go to any appointments! The great thing is that H has started school on time for Term 3. This also means that I need to stay on top of all assessments each week – let’s do this H with my Google Sheets file to stay on track.

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My friend and I went wandering about the University of Melbourne the other day to find an exhibition. We made the most of it by finding interesting places like the Science Gallery. It’s now back to study time and get organised for my next placement at the end of August. My final early childhood placement. Then I have one primary placement next year with one more subject in between. I have to be super organised as I have two subjects this teaching period, gotta get my head down to get my readings done.

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26th June to 2nd July 2022

All I can say is that we needed that week away and have enjoyed some time for rest and rejuvenation.

We walked 16km on the beach, up and down 197 stairs to see Hopetoun waterfall, looked up high in the treetops in an alien redwood forest, immersed ourselves in a cool temperate rainforest at Maits Rest, and walked along the clifftop above the sea to view the Cape Otway lighthouse, drove to Marriners lookout to see a never-ending coastline, saw a koala at Marengo nature conservation reserve and dipped out feet into the cold surf at Skenes Creek.

Enjoy the pictures as they are wonderful memories of our time away.

Oh and the teens binge-watched Community on Netflix!

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Monday was a day out to explore some art with some mama friends. We enjoyed our time in Hosier Lane with a coffee and then we went to the Light exhibition at ACMI. It was wonderfully curated and we travelled through time with the artworks, a super special show and I highly recommend it. We all decided that we should regularly go out for cultural excursions together, so now I am happy that I have some friends to explore the arts within Melbourne.

Back to the hospital for one last physio appointment and H hit all her baseline targets out the window. She is moving and gaining her strength back again after all that time in hospital. We will be having 3 weeks away from the hospital, yay!!

Guess what I am not a robot – pic courtesy of my friend B.

Well, I am excited that it is nearly time for the holidays and as I write this Friday evening!

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Monday 13th 2022

Holiday – Celebrate is all I can say and it was a day to relax!

Tuesday 14th 2022

Back to the hospital for physio this week and this time it was earlier, yes there were plenty of places to park the car, yay! Later on the day, we had a dentist appointment – H could not attend as she cannot open her mouth wide enough for the dentist so it was just the three of us.

We then went out for a random pub dinner and lucky of us it was burger night, yummo! H joined us for dinner and had to eat her burger with a fork and knife as her pressure gloves would get oily and mucky. Afterwards, we all walked home in the dark along the bike track on the cold, windy night.

Today was the 6 month anniversary of the accident – H is taking steps forward.

Wednesday 15th 2022

It was finally time for the burns clinic and it was chaos mind you. We had an early 10:10 appointment and got in there with a random surgeon as H’s surgeon was out with Covid. We saw her OT and Physio and the Burns Co-ordinator so there were some familiar faces. She also needed photos for documentation so we had to wait for the photographer as the regular photographer was away sick. Lucky for us we were put in a meeting room to watch Finding Nemo.

The good thing for H was that she does not have to go back to the burns clinic for 3 months! I did not get too excited, as we are going back to the hospital to see her OT in about a month. So maybe we might get a 2 month’s reprieve from the hospital if we are lucky?!?

H went off to her friend’s place in the afternoon to get the school work done and they did! I am so happy with their progress and how they can set goals and hit them together.

In the evening I went for a float session and it was so good to just relax in space for an hour, it feels like going on holiday. Such a good thing to do! They stocked mushroom elixirs and I found some Turkey Tail from the Blue Mountains to add to my mushroom tonic collection. I have to say that the medicinal mushrooms have truly been beneficial over the last 6 months to get me through this hellish time.

Thursday 16th June

An early morning appointment with my chiropractor as there is still lingering pain in my lower back. I do have to take care of it! The rest of the day I enjoyed organising my sewing pattern for when I get my projects started. The audiobook I am loving at the moment is Looking Inward by Swami Purnachaitanya – it is perfect for downtime and practice meditation.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 17 18 and 19 June

Saturday I spent time at the Education Summit at the Convention Centre and got my steps in walking there as I had forgotten how bit it is! It was an interesting day as I was hoping to be inspired about education but instead I met some interesting vendors who I would like to work with in the future as they had some resources aligned to what I am interested in. My faves were sustainability and recycling plastics, learning about farm animals at Edgars mission, whole school social emotional training, wonderful open ended carts of fun for the children and realising there is an option for my son to work in the growing games industry in Australia.

Sunday was chill out day and time out with the horses in the cold paddock after lunch. It was so quiet and peacful out there and the horses are just beautiful. Afterwards, it was time for a feast of potato cakes and chips and fish – yummo!

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Monday 6th 2022

A lovely morning walk to my chiropractor who was so helpful with my ongoing lower hip pain and said my hips were out of alignment. I need to go back to see him again on Thursday to experience more pain to sort out the constant pain. I am feeling so much better now and am gaining much more movement, it is incredible when you finally sort out the cause of the underlying problem in your body.

Tuesday 7th June 2022

Our weekly hospital physio visits and it is going really well with H’s physio really happy with her progress. We have a couple more sessions and then it is time to test the walking and running speed baselines from the first week. The annoying thing is that we could not find anywhere to park the car so I created a park from a motorbike car park and went up the lifts to the ground floor. Once we were there there was singing. Little did we know that the Harvard Krokodilloes and a Capella singing group were performing at the RCH. They were so good and we managed to catch their rendition of the little mermaid song. H really enjoyed it and that gave me an opportunity to share with her the show Glee – we shall see if she is keen to watch it!

In the evening it was time to go out and meet my other friend who I have not seen since January when we went over for a sleepover. We went into the Wilds at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for the Rising festival, so much to chat about and catch up on what has been happening in life. For dinner, we enjoyed a vegan meat pie from Smith and Daughters with a lovely glass of red wine. It was the first time I had sat in front of a fire pit since the accident and it was calming to take me back to my camping days back in California. These lovely spangled people are the performance group Discordia with outfits inspired by the natural world they described themselves as sea urchins – check out the whole outfit below complete with a preening rake. A very fun evening out!

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Goodness time for rest as Uni was done and dusted as I handed in my final assignment!

Thursday 9th & Friday 10th June 2022

A session of kinesiology focussing on the next phase in my life towards a plan for when I graduate. As I am somewhat stuck this year due to Holly’s accident and being home to take her to appointments etc. The idea from my kinesiologist is to find primary schools that align with my values and volunteer to gain some experience working with children. So I have been doing my research and making a list to work through over the next 4 weeks while I am on Uni break.

H has her plan in place to finish all her curriculum work for Term 2 with her friend. They have been powering through their work and I will gather the work needed for assessments so they can be ready for the Dept of Education. So far, this plan of home education has been the best thing for her combined with her maths tutoring and counselling.

Saturday 11th

We have been wanting to take the teens out for a walk in nature and the long weekend was the perfect opportunity! It was a quick walk out at Plenty Gorge as H had some muffins to bake at lunchtime with her friend in CA. It was a big morning for them but it was good to see them have a good time out amongst the trees.

Sunday 12th June 2022

Just a relaxing Sunday for the family, it was a typical cold chilly day where we decided to just stay in after some plans to go for fish and chips to Williamstown (now a plan for another day!) My hubby and I went out at night for the last night at Rising to have dinner in Chinatown and see Golden Square – art installations in a car park. Quite a lot of fun until we got rained on! We did find a fun Asian supermarket by the train station I would like to check out further next time we are in the city.

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Monday 30th May 2022

Such a busy morning with a zoom yoga class and a last-minute trip to the myotherapist as she had a cancellation. It was a good thing to do as my back feels so much better now and I can move without too much pain. The yoga and stretching are certainly helping.

In the arvo, I chatted to my friend in California and we enjoyed a Facetime catchup on her memorial day long weekend. A great time of year in CA on the cusp of the long summer break!

Tuesday 31st May 2022

A morning out to the hospital to do 30 minutes of physio for H – starting with her walking machine, followed by stretching, balance and floor exercises. Hopefully, these can be added to her daily ritual of physio face and OT hand exercises. Thank goodness she is homeschooling to fit all of this in the day.

Wednesday 1st June 2022

Over the last few months, we have been homebodies and have not left the house much due to the accident. A strange thing happened when my friend could not go to tickets she had won for Sampa the great at the Forum and she offered them to us. My hubby and I finally went out on a night out together after a very long time. It was the first night of winter and so cold but we left the teens at home and they were happy to see us go out to a gig. I now feel liberated again and know that it is Ok to go out and about and live our lives to the full. Sampa the great was so inspiring and her concert was a joy to experience, we were very lucky indeed!

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2022

Nothing much happened except getting my last assignment finished for Uni for the teaching period! It was a team assignment and I managed to score a super productive team to work with!

Work on Friday and it was a good day with the kids as they are getting used to being at kindergarten.

Saturday 4th June 2022

I had a planned day to go out and finally meet up with my friend who I have not seen in six months and it was so good to see her again. We had a wonderful lunch at Big Esso in Fed square, so many bush food flavours and it was pretty special. After lunch, we went to see the Chunky Move show for the Rising festival and finished the day with a Campari and chat – so, so good to catch up.

H goes to see her cousin’s horse usually on a Saturday and takes him for a walk around the paddock. It was a super cold afternoon and was quite rugged up for her trip out.

Sunday 5th June 2022

Got down and got busy with finalising my assignment!

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23 May 2022

Everyone was out of isolation and back to the groove of things again. We also had someone at the house who was fixing the defects on the build from 2 years ago. Great to see that they are finally happening! I also had a career consult with my Uni as I have lost so much traction with everything this year and it feels like I am going backwards. Which is not far from the truth. I just need to keep studying away and complete my degree very slowly with one subject per teaching period until the middle of next year. H is doing well with homeschooling and enjoying the time learning with her friend. Somehow I feel that home education is a better way to engage the children in their learning at their own pace.

24 May 2022

Morning out to the hospital for physiotherapy at the hospital gym beginning with 5 minutes on the treadmill and then other stretches H has to now add to her daily regime of tasks! At least her physio was understanding and said she did not have to do them every single day. We enjoyed checking out the RCH auxiliary sale with so many knitted hats, blankets, jam and other goodies for sale to support the hospital. I got a colourful chevron blanket, a tea towel, a beanie for H and some jam.

Still, H is getting out and about and going for walks with her friend around the neighbourhood and to the shops.

25th and 26th May 2022

I have been knitting and there is nothing better than knitting a present for someone! My sister wanted a scarf for Queensland winter and I found this beautiful bias pattern that worked so well with these stripes. I sent it to her via express post and she loved it. She showed me her new colourful gumboots that will go perfectly with the scarf, so it will be nice and bright at the Sunny Coast.

Wednesday I woke up and my back was in so much pain. I had a scheduled yoga class (mothers day gift) so I went to see if stretching would help with a vinyasa flow. It was such a beautiful class and it did help with some movement but the pain just shot right up my QL (Quadratus Lumborum) back muscle. So for the rest of the day, I had my hot water bottle and rested while I was slowly completing my uni assignment and falling asleep from the painkillers. In the evening it was much of the same and I took Neurofen to fend off the pain.

Thursday I had my 6-week appointment with my myotherapist. I have had to space them out as my private health budget was spent in the first two months of the year due to what happened to H. So my myotherapist at Urban Leopard said my pain is a muscle spasm. These things happen when your body has had enough, especially with trauma and your “cup has flowed over”. Yep, it does feel like that with coming out of covid isolation on Monday and getting back into life again. There has been so much going on in our lives that my body is telling me to rest. She told me to get some OTC anti-inflammatory drugs to take, plus I need to do light stretching exercises and with some luck (yes I need more of that!) the pain will leave my body in a week or so. I have to say the drugs do work wonders but the muscle spasm on my QL is definitely there when I move in certain directions. I have a lot of reading to catch up on – so that will be me, on the couch with a blanket for the next week or so. Though I still have 6 hours of work tomorrow – I did say I can just read with the children on the couch.

27th and 28th May 2022

Work on Friday and not very exciting but I managed to get through with the Voltaren, thank goodness!

Saturday is a relaxation day as I had to lay low and do yoga and catch up on things. H was up in her room playing the ukelele and chatting to her friends online.

Sunday 29th May 2022

My friend invited us for a Sunday out to Healesville Sanctuary. We had a delicious lunch at Sister Mary Louise cafe and then we headed off for a family day trip to the sanctuary. Since January and H’s accident, we have been homebodies not venturing too far so it was lovely to go out together as a family. The animals had just had lunch and were just chilling around the place in perfect form. A highlight of the day was a smoking ceremony by a local indigenous elder who placed native cherry leaves on the fire and gave everyone there a leaf from the manna gum. Just beautiful! The smoking ceremony is believed to have both spiritual and physical cleansing properties and helps to ward off bad spirits.

I am hoping this trip out on Sunday will be the beginning of more adventures out and about exploring the gorgeous scenery surrounding us.