Sunday, February 21, 2010

Australian Geography Lesson and FAQs

Q&A's About Australia That You Always Wanted to Know!

These were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a great sense of humour (not to mention a low tolerance threshold for cretins!)

Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV; how do the plants grow? (UK).
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around, watching them die.

Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A: Depends how much you've been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney - can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it's only three thousand miles, take lots of water.

Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay? (UK)
A: What did your last slave die of?

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia ? (USA)
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Aus-tra-li-a is that big island in the middle of the Pacific which does not... Oh, forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross. Come naked.

Q: Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)
A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia ? (UK)
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is... Oh, forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

Q: Can I wear high-heels in Australia ? (UK)
A: You are a British politician, right?

Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.

Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
A: Rattlesnakes live in A-mer-i-ca which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets.

Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Australia, but I forget its name. It's a kind of bear and lives in trees. (USA)
A: It's called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.

Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia ? (USA)
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? (France)
A: Only at Christmas.

Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
A: Yes, but you'll have to learn it first!

Thanks to Carl and Sue for this!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Week 15

Riker (wearing his giraffe shirt from Grandma Betty) and his proud mama:

Riker playing Max from 'Where the Wild Things Are':

Showing off his strong standing legs:

Super baby with super daddy:

Just hanging out:

My loves:

Lulled to sleep after an evening walk in the Hug-a-Bub:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Love Me - Love My World

Because I'm at my post on the couch and have the following key ingredients available to me...

1 free hand
1 laptop
1 camera
1 USB cable
1 cute baby

...more photos!

And now my glass of water is empty, my snacks have been eaten and the laundry needs to go out on the line. Parenting is clearly a two person job :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mums and Bubs

I've just returned home from an outing with the mums and bubs who were part of our childbirth classes at the Birth Center. All of the babies were due in the month of November and it's been really fun to continue to meet up with them to see how the little ones are growing and changing and to share stories and advice.

Here we have Ellen and Violet, Sarina and Saskia, Amy and Emily, Alice and Jago, and myself and Riker all enjoying morning tea at Tilleys.


Looking very grown up in an adorable outfit from Kate and Simon:

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Riker's First Girlfriend

From the day he met her at my mother's group, Riker has been fascinated by Isabella. No wonder, she's a gorgeous baby with giant brown eyes. Too cute!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Big Boy Bed

Riker just keeps on growing! Last weeks visit to the clinic had him weighing in at 7.5 kilos or 16 lbs 8 oz. That's moving up into the 95th percentile for his age! He's grown out of many of his sweet little newborn clothes and I've sadly had to pack up the outfit he came home from the hospital in...sniffle sniffle. And perhaps most significantly, he has now outgrown his bassinet! The bassinet was lent to us by my friend Beth who slept in it as a baby, along with all of her siblings, her two babies and several of our friends babies. Now it's clearly time to give it back as you can see below. The first photo is from about two weeks old:

And this photos is from about 12 weeks old (I'm a little behind on my blogging :)
Notice he's wearing the same outfit too. It's about due to be packed away as well...

What a sweetie!

And here he is in his new bed:

Now we don't have to hear his hands and feet whacking the sides of the bassinet at night anymore! Strangely enough, that never seemed to wake him up though!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Many Faces of Riker

Sometimes it takes a lot of patience to get a good photo of a baby and if you want to capture a smile without the blur of arms and legs waving around you've got to be quick, lucky AND patient. In the meantime, you end up with hundreds of photos but when reviewing them find that they are all indeed rather cute.

I wanted to show off Riker in his new Nubunz cloth diapers but I couldn't pick just one:

For those of you who can't get enough of RikerCam, I've included a slideshow of many of the photos I've taken recently that capture his range of expressions.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Adventures in Canberra

Grandpa and Grammy McMillin have gone home and we're settling somewhat back into our usual routine. We had a terrific time with Brian's parents during the three weeks that they were in Australia and we certainly kept ourselves busy. Here's a list of all of the sights we saw (that I can remember) and I won't even begin to list of all of the restaurants we patronized! We did all of this despite a lot of down time for napping and nursing!

National Botanic Gardens
Australian War Memorial
Murrumbateman Wineries
Telstra Tower
Old Bus Depot Markets
Canberra Glassworks
Gold Creek Village
CSIRO Discovery Center
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Parliament House
National Film and Sound Archive
National Library of Australia
National Museum of Australia

Did I forget anything?

Here is a nice photo of Grammy Jan and Riker giggling at each other:

A brolga at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve:

Carl, Jan and Riker at CSIRO Discovery Centre:

Riker and I at Bondi Beach. His first trip to the ocean and he slept entirely through it! I was planning to at least dip his toes into the ocean but he just wouldn't wake up!

The whole little family at Bondi:

Carl and Jan, thanks for making the trip to Australia to meet Riker. We love you!