- Sydney, Australia
- member since July 1, 2013
Wow, this is too freaky! We didn't find out the sex of our first baby either, but decided to find out 2nd time round, as Liam was all excited about his "sister," Suzy (he was into Suzy Cato, children's entertainer at the time), and we thought it might be a good idea to prepare him for the possibility of a brother. Our baby was a boy, as it turned out, and we did tell Liam after the scan. He didn't take it well, and insisted we choose a girl's name "just in case." And we settled on Caitlin!!!! Once Paddy was born, though, Liam was besotted....until they got older, and completely loathed each other!!! That lasted a while and I had all but given up on them bonding, when suddenly they did. It came about as Liam became more independent and wasn't around much. They seemed to miss each other and all was well for a few years :) This year, however, Liam is pretty busy with skating, work and study and they seem to have grown apart again. It's sad, as he will be gone next year, but I guess that's how it goes with a larger gap. I hope that in time they will become closer as Paddy matures. Liam is very protective, but they're just at very different stages :(
Are your Liam and Tara good mates?
Hey, what do you like to read btw?
Wow! You have a Liam too? Don't suppose you have a Paddy??? How old is your Liam? Mine is 17 and Paddy is 13.
Actually the Sept was the scariest, since it was in the middle of the night and we'd never experienced one before. For Paddy, though, Feb 22 was pretty traumatic. (He was on a bus with his classmates in the central city right where a church came down and was lucky enough to be unharmed, though many in that spot were and two people were killed inside the church. He was 10 at the time and it did take a while to get over it (nightmares etc). But onwards and upwards!!!
So TAFE is like a Polytech? Or like a Uni? Adult students or school leavers? Sounds good :)
Welllll, what to say about Christchurch atm? Not the city you remember, I'm guessing. Since the quakes, it's a bit of a barren place with vacant lots as far as the eye can see in the central city. Demolition is ongoing, the rebuild slower than expected. To be honest, I'm ready to leave, even having hung in there this long! We do have a University here, but many programmes have been cut due to quake damage and lack of funding. Our city is the very definition of the ripple effect, sadly. My eldest is off to Uni next year, but vows he will be anywhere but here. I don't blame him, as he's looking to do History, Classics, English, etc and Arts have been hardest hit. Given that I'm not a "sciency" type myself, I find this pretty soul destroying for the future of Chch, where the Arts are always struggling for $$ anyway. I'm sure you feel the same as an author/illustrator. Anyway, Liam is planning a conjoint degree, probably in Akl or Wgtn - Law (decided) and probably Commerce (not yet decided).
What does TAFE mean?
I'm studying through NZIBS (New Zealand Institute of Business Studies) based in AKL. I completed 2 writing diplomas through them as well. Great courses with strong business component as well as the writing side. All very well to be creative, but then what, right?
On a more positive note, I'm sure Chch will be beautiful again and I have all the memories you speak of (especially the very romantic punting in my youth!! LOL), but if you're planning a visit, I recommend you hold off a few years (despite what our Tourism council might say). Anyway, it's my home and although I spent years in Japan, I did return here with no regrets, and my family is here, so all good :)
Looking forward to seeing what you're reading. Hope you enjoy this site. Forget facebook, this one is my fave!
Welcome to shelfari Paul! I just love it, and spend wayyyyy too much time on here chatting and browsing people's shelves. Where do you teach art, btw? I'm studying photography this year, though had to take a break due to my husband's epilepsy so I could drive for him (long story), but back to it next week. I also love writing and hanging out with my family. I'll give most books a go, though I'm not patient (a chapter at most to hijack my life) and I'm not keen on non-fiction as a rule or sci-fi/fantasy.
Hope we can be shelfari friends :)