Friday, August 20, 2010

To view or not to view?

Phot of Dirty Job's Mike Rowe & Oscar the grouch from here

I came across this on one of my favourite blogs and it got me thinking. What is your approach to television with your kids?

The Mr is a TV freak, he loves it, even if he is not interested in a show he will watch it. We had a black out (electrical not political!) in summer and he nearly gave himself a stroke trying to figure out how to get TV streamed onto his mobile phone. I do like it but I am not quite so obsessive. I love Australian shows and have to admit to my bit of crap TV. Because we can get radio and music channels through our TV I tend to have those on a lot.

As far as madam goes - when she was small her TV was limited to music shows - before she could walk she knew who John Butler was. As she has gotten older her TV has expanded to include the likes of Playschool and Sesame Street and sometimes a few other ABC favourites. Her favourite at the moment is Dirty Jobs. She is a big fan of watching things that are a little different!

She does not, by any means, sit in front of the television all the time. She is an incredibly active, imaginative, chatty little girl who in summer pretty much lives outdoors. I do believe that sometimes, if used properly, television can be used to educate and inspire rather than kill brain cells. Yes I will put my hand up and say I do use it , on occasion, to give me a breather. Sometimes I just need 5 minutes to make a call, read a blog, have a cuppa, etc.

So I am just wondering how do you all use or not use the television with your kids? If you don't let them watch TV what do they do? To view or not to view...that is the question!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The way Political ads should be....

Lopez Murphy for president - Truth (Upside - Down)

I saw this last night on one of my absolute favourite TV shows - known now, for political purposes as The Gruen Nation - after the Australian election it will be back to The Gruen Transfer.

I wish our political ads were a little more unique and a little less blah

Mind you we do have The Sex Party...this is there ad.......

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Just saying hello

Well it is 11:15pm and I am not quite sure what to do - so when in doubt blog....I guess. It's been one of those weeks where I have wanted so desperately to get on here and write effortlessly some wonderfully witty account of what appears to be my seemingly dysfunctional existence but I couldn't quite find the words. I have wanted to share all the pictures, links and inspirations I have found but didn't quite get there. So here I am closing in on midnight just saying hello.

It looks like the Mr and the Madam have both contracted another 'monkey cold thing' so she is asleep on the lounge whilst I sit vigil at the table typing with endless tea in hand. He is asleep, I am assuming quite happily spread out, without me in bed after working another seven day week. We had a wicked (if I do say so myself) dinner with my friend who moved closer to us a few weeks ago....sometimes grown up conversation over dinner (and wine) about vagina's and the merits of animation (flashy word for another f*&^en cartoon movie) versus drama (flashy for crap tv with characters with great shoes) is just what the doctor ordered.

Other happenings this week have been as follows:

* I am still working on my own business idea. Apparently the 3am ideas I come up with are a little difficult to translate but I'm getting there.

* Finding a job that will allow me to work only when the Madam is at school is a lot more difficult than I thought. I actually called a brothel/escort agency the other day who were advertising for a receptionist. The shifts weren't going to work but it was actually the best conversation I have had with a prospective employer - and the most enlightening one I have had in ages!

* I realised I suck at twitter so instead of trying to converse I will just continue to write random things that occur and hope it makes sense to someone in the universe.

* I have also come to the realisation that I think I need to list/chart everything - I am not a good non list/chart person - I am just disorganised.

* I must be grinding my teeth when I sleep - bloody hurts!

* I realised that instead of freaking out about why the Mr and I are not married the things I actually like is that we are engaged. He asked me to spend my life with him - I said yes. He wakes up next to me, comes home to me and I am still here because we totally just want to be. I know a lot of married people are wonderfully in love but let me have this!

* In case you were wondering, which I am sure your not, but I am sitting vigil at the Madams bedside because when she is ill she sleeps in our lounge (a comfort thing and maybe a warmth thing) and she sleep talks , moves and is a restless sleeper. So it is a little easier to be in the room with her than getting up all the time to check on her.

I don't know what this new week will bring but hopefully a little mayhem and maybe a few laughs would be nice...... have a good one x