Welcome, Isten hozott, Dobrodosli
The year 2006 started with the warmest night I can remember. I don't think the temperature went
below 35 degrees, and it certainly didn't in our bedroom upstairs.
Then there was another extreme heatwave after that. This is the first summer when I feel that the
heat was too much (especially the nights-apparently greenhouse gases do cause this sort of evening
out of temperatures) and are considering installing an air conditioner. Maybe it is a sign of
getting older? Am I less fit than ever? Scary thoughts...
Zoe has started her first year in Wheelers Hill High School. Second day they were off to a 3 day camp, and when they were back, the friendships have already been established. Not a bad way to go!
She has also gone back to her first love (gymnastics) whereas Timi has continued with dancing (she's loving it too), jazz balet and this year classical balet as well for the posture. Looks like both of them have found their passion, which is very cool.
You know how Timi can be annoying and wanting a hug all the time? Well, Zoe made a picture to remember
Beata has started to work to 3.30pm most days (instead of 5pm) which has made an enormous difference
in the quality of our lifes. This is the first time ever we have chosen willingly to give up some income
since we've started out in New Zealand in 1991 and it feels great, like we have arrived in a
different phase in our lives.
I've got my hand on some fantastic literature, list!
The biggest find has been more Noam Chomsky, whose books and films (a 6 Gb collection torrent is downloadable, search on torrentspy.com). I've thought a lot about the underlying assumptions that allow people to have such divergent views on sociological issues...but it was great to find someone so knowledgeable as Chomsky and to be on such a similar wavelenght as well.
In fact there has been a bit more to our personal development.
In March we celebrated Timi's 10th birthday.
Also in March, at my parent's place we've recorded the song "What would I do" written by Zoe and Timi a few years ago. Have a listen to the song here .
I have shown Zoe how to do some HTML. At first she resisted, but when she saw that it is not that hard,
plus realised that her friends also have personal homepages, she got very interested. That weekend she kept experimenting,
and soon came up with her first page here . Timi, while I was teaching Zoe, has positioned herself strategically behind us, and
unbeknown to us, picked up every word as well. Of course, her creation didn't lag far behind here .
In...ummm...April, I think, we hatched a plan. We'd rent out our house (furnished, if poss.)
and live in a small apartment until early next year, thus saving up some money...then hit the
air corridors around the world and travel for a few months with the girls. Big OE for the little
ones and a little refresher from work for the big ones. It was very exciting when our house turned up on
"For Lease" page of the real estate agent's web site...one step closer to the dream!
The realtors must have made a mash-up using Google Earth, as we were able to zoom right in
from the air...we quickly checked out which neighbour has a swimming pool... :)
In May we've got a call at work...G.G., our dear friend is going to Scotland...we go back a long way, G.G. and us. Somehow, independently of each other we always turn up at the same countries. But hang on, does this mean we're heading to Scotland as well? Oh, no...Anyway, we've met up, I took his Magnat AR6 speakers off him (I love that brand, this is my third pair I own currently) and wished him well. I can't believe we won't meet again! (Or is this just Pavlov's reflex?)
Also in May Dad sold the big truck, got a small ute instead...downsizing, maybe semi-retirement is not that far away...
Timea had a fantastic opprtunity (got in on a bit of a lottery) to go to Somers camp, a 9 day (!) camp run by the Department of Education near the tip of Mornington Peninsula (www.somerscamp.vic.edu.au/). It was mighty cold, and most kids came back with a good dose of cold but the activities more than made up for it!
Zoe had a gym "compo" in July, where she hasn't done as well as she could have. To make matters
worse, a certain "Natasha from Chamford" cleaned up. To cap that, we kept teasing her "I'm sure
Natasha from Chamford would eat her dinner" or "We're sure Natasha from Chamford keeps her room
more tidy than that". It was really funny then, when one day, when she got her math test
back with the best result in class, and she exclaimed "Beat that, Natasha from Chamford"!