I'm really getting into this holiday lark! Okay we are not quite there yet because the whole family has not finished work and entertaining an eight year old daughter can be pretty challenging in this day and age of expecting to be entertained 24/7. But unusually it takes me a good week to unwind and get out of work mode and this is the first time I have stopped prior to Xmas!
Yesterday we hit Orana Park and had a good look around. I have not been there for many years and we had a great time.....feeding rhinos, feeding Cheetahs, Lion cubs and then there was the coolest flying fox. Not often in this day and age you see them. Complete with suspect hand rail as you climb up on it!
But Caetana must have had about 30 goes on it whooping and screaming as it hit the tyre at the other end. Now that is what life is about.....a bit of activity with an element of danger. Try and beat that Playstation 2 or Mr Wii!
Of course the previous day there was the visit by two school friends playing for the day (pictured above), there has been the plaster of paris modeling....first one was a disaster (horses head fell off) but we nailed it yesterday. I'm glad I did the grocery shopping earlier in the week so we can avoid the city madness and the almost "end of the world" mentality. I mean supermarkets are only shut a couple of days (if that) yet people are stocking up for weeks! What is that about?
It is always a fun time of year and I guess having little people around always makes it extra fun! Now we just have to prepare for santa to arrive.......just like a courier delivery but for some reason he does not use doors and arrives in the middle of the night.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
It has been a full on year. Lots of change and challenge and more than few cliffs to peer over and try to select the best business path down. Everyone in business probably feels like this right now.....it has been a tough year all round.
I'm now looking forward to next year being more fun, more productive and full of opportunity. Before I face that there are a few weeks relaxing with my family. Time to do some things of interest at a slower pace. Reading, sleeping, eating, fitness, hunting, Harley riding, farming, time with friends.....and the odd beer!!
Time to chillax!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
All week Caetana has been planning the tree, making a fairy for the top of it (involves cutting 2 million bits of paper and sprinkling glitter everywhere with glue and stuff). She has completed her Christmas shopping, wrapped them all and they were out next to where the tree was planned to stand. So get the tree we did, installed it is and cool it looks and it will be an ongoing tweaking of decorations! Ironic given that I have not even considered for one second what I will buy for anyone and in fact my "Christmas brain" will not kick in until after the 18th of December when I knock off for the year! Normally I knock off the day before so there is little time for action.
The logistics of Santa is quite fascinating and I'm sure as parents you have had to work with Santa to keep things believable to savvy kids who can use "Google Earth" and phones, use Sky and study everything from space to whales at school. I'm not sure how long our wee girl will believe in the red jacketed, overweight, elderly do gooder, but it's fun whilst it lasts!!
As parents you have all those difficult questions to work through so here are a few tips for those entering the questioning age with kids;
- Hows does Santa get down every chimney in the world over 24 hours? Hmmm....time zone & planning honey! He has all day to work on this and follows the daylight around the world! He also plans all year for this and is very very organised. (and does nothing else!).
- How does he fit all the presents onto one sleigh? Good point but he obviously has to shrink them. Naturally a kid does not know much about transport logistics e.g. bulking out vs weighing out, scale, tonnage etc,so you can get away with this!
- Are the deer you shoot the same as Santas? No his are reindeer so quite special (but probably just as nice stir fried) and can fly (without wings).
- How do they fly? This is a very good point and to be honest where the whole story really unravels because it is bloody ridiculous isn't? How can a deer fly....she has a point! So stall for time here, change the subject or use the old "I am not a liberty to disclose that information." (The old military secret approach) or "Ask Mum/Granddad/Teacher." (Try and outsource this one!). The teacher seems to know every other thing in the world so perhaps she can have a crack at explaining that!
- How does Santa get in through the fire if it is a log burner? They are left open and if not he has a sky hook that can open the door from the outside. He also shrinks (ties in with shrinking presents so he can fit them on the sleigh) in size so he can jump down tiny chimneys.
- Why is Santa so fat? Lack of discipline and physical exercise (Mum is a personal trainer so that is her field!). Reality is Santa is a normal older inactive person who eats a crap diet.
Having a little person who believes in fairy's and Santa is something I never really gave much thought to before but it is quite a special time in your life as you see the joy on their face and the laughter it generates. So despite the hard times and the fact it does not last forever, you do have to enjoy your kids while they are this age. We all know the world is a big complex, fast moving nasty old place and the longer we can keep it simple the better.
- How does he know if I have been good all year? Dad lets him know.....or... "he just knows!" ( Your teacher dobs you in.....thats a goody!)
I personally think the whole Santa thing is a bit of a crock. Logistics of moving all that freight aside, the air traffic control coordination that would be needed, there is the fact that Santa would get taken down by an F18 (over the USA) under the new terrorism alert regime, the fact he potentially could fall victim to a hunter (as per my picture) or an over protective father hearing a noise in the middle of the night. There is the question, why would santa want to do this year in year out into his old age? Tearing around the world delivering presents to good little scone grabbers is great (and impressive) but it is never going to be easy!
All I can say is it is something that is pleasant, fun and shouldn't be analyzed in detail. It should be enjoyed until the time your kids lie in ambush and catch Santa (Dad) in the act of filling stockings....exactly as I did as a kid! At least it shows you how good your father is at talking on his feet!
You just have to be one step ahead of the little buggers and enjoy it!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Now this situation with Eric Brady in the NZ Herald today gets me steamed up (link)! I know I have written about it several times (see my last) but for those who haven't seen it here is a snapshot;
- World War 2 veteran (aged over 80) walking out of RSA to get in car.
- Fit strong, tough guy blindsides him whilst in car and proceeds to brutally beat him senseless.
- Amongst other things knocks teeth etc around.
- Eric recovers and gives a bit of verbal in the media about this coward.
- Eric slowly recovers and gets over it whilst thug is pampered & fed in jail (and probably gets counseling).
- Eric fronts up to get his teeth done and you guessed it.....bingo....ACC does not cover it!
How ridiculous is this? Here is hoping the minister gets this sorted. I am no fan of ACC but come on can't we look after our elderly and veterans?
Would the prisoner get it covered if this happened in prison to him?