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The Family Bandwagon

Our family is spread out across the country and across the world, and what better way to keep in touch than a collaborative digital journal?

Friday, 30 November 2007

time for an update...

I know I've been slack with the Bandwagon.. I've done quite a bit of stuff since my last post.. wow.. i just had a quick look at my calendar and there's a LOT of updating for me to do. :)

Prague Castle by nightAs I'm sure you all know, I went to Prague back at the start of September (wow, so long ago!). I caught up with an old Uni friend, Alex, and we spent the weekend wandering around the city. I've put up a bunch of photos here. I may have only been there for a long weekend, but I managed to take a LOT of photos. :) Got to make the most of being there, right?! I think I've put comments on most of the pictures, so you can get an idea of what we got up to.

waiting for the CorkscrewHmm.. what else happened in September?

The lab group went to Alton Towers - which is a roller coaster park. I SOOOOOOOO like roller coasters.. I'd never been on one that did loop the loops before - I LIKE IT! The photo here is Luke, Laurent and Vicki, three of my friends from work.

Stuart from Canberra visited and we went to see Xavier Rudd play live (very disappointing on so many levels).

My friends, Paul and Tess (who have recently moved to Huddersfield), had a housewarming party - it was fancy dress with a Movies theme. I went as The Shadow (I'll post a piccy soon). My costume was fairly simple - a black trilby hat, a black cloak (made out of one piece of cheap stretch velvet material), a red scarf and two guns! My friend, Simon, went as Harry Potter but he cheated and hired his costume.

Dayna and BabsOctober was also fairly busy - Gregor came to visit for a weekend, but got sick so enjoyed just relaxing and watching dvds at my house; Max came to visit for a while; Vicki, Laurent and I went to see The Coral; the lab group went over to Sheffield for an evening to celebrate Bex's birthday (the photo to the right is one Vicki took on the night); I went to Birmingham for a day to catch up with Bradley from Sydney; and then it was the Manchester Science Festival.

The festival kept me very busy. It was only one week, but it was pretty full on with Murphy's Law in full swing - including me losing my voice on the Monday evening. I couldn't make a sound on Tuesday, but by Friday it was back (but very husky). Overall, I think it went well - about 1250 kiddies came past Marvellous Magnets, the hands-on magnets stall I put together. I had a couple of days off the next week (recovery) and that was October done.

This post is more than long enough, so I'll leave November for next time.

Someone else's turn now!

Movember Week 4

I found a chair with my face on it! What's with that?

Monday, 26 November 2007

We have a moving date!

Our finance has been finalised, and it also looks like our settlement date will be changed from the 21st Dec to 14th Dec, Yay! We just need to send back the form that we have signed and it'll be official :) Finally we can start organising things like annual leave, a removalist, carpet cleaning ... and start packing everything. Eep! It'll be great to finally be in our own home with a real kitchen, a lounge and dining room (although I can see us still eating in front of the TV Haha!), and a yard with plants! It's quite exciting now that things are moving along again.
So we're going to be very busy and maybe a little poor, but it'll be a very nice Christmas present for us! :)

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Movember Week 3

I'm afraid it's all the untidy stage from here on in. And I'll be very glad to shave it off in December.. it's so hot :(

In other news, why isn't there any other news? Come on guys, I've been posting about the fact that I'm not shaving, surely you all have more interesting things than that to blog about.

Friday, 16 November 2007

I am taking over the bandwagon...

Ok, here's my best shot at Glenn's header naming. If anyone can fill in the blank (or correct me) please do :)

Trin - Lemming
Adam - Halo
Lisa - Commander Keen
Glenn - Wario!
Dee - Mario
Carolynn - Link from Zelda
Nana - A playing card?
Dad - Leisure Suit Larry
Mum - Mrs Pac Man
Jared - Sonic the Hedgehog
Dayna - Kurt Hectic from MDK
Cheryl - Lara Croft from Tomb Raider
Damien - Glenn from the year 2020?

Movember Week 2

Movember week 2 is all about the scowling.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

We have a house!

Ok, so there's still a lot of stuff to be done, papers to be signed and the like, but the real estate agent just called and said Cheryl and I have got the house we bid on! Woo! You can see the place here. Tomorrow we meet the agent and sign the contract. Then we have to get a building inspector in to check it over (the contract is subject to inspection) and our mortgage broker will be sorting out the finance for us.

It's all very exciting and more than a little scary.

Lui Kang Wins ... Flawless victory

It was the London Games Festival recently, so I made a new header to commemorate it - a special prize to the first person to comment and correctly guess each character and/or game. Clue for what I consider the hardest character: google "MDK game".

(I also made it so you click to activate the new headers now, since moving the mouse around was bouncing between different versions.)

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Movember Week 0

Ok, this photo was taken Thursday morning, so here I am clean shaven

And here's an artists impression of how I will look in four weeks

Friday, 2 November 2007

Hey Guess What?

today at school we had a Questacon smart moves demo with francis and sam. i also got the postcard that damien designed and that dayna is on.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Jared Here

Hello it's Jared here. I'm using mum's because i don't have one any more. This Sunday is participACTION day. I also went to the Zone or Zone 3 that was on wednesday with school because we won the come along cup (an award for the class with the least people away).


Hi All,

During Movember (the month formerly known as November) I'll be growin a Mo. That's right I'm bringing the Mo back because I'm passionate about changing men's health and the fight against male depression and prostate cancer. Why...

  • Depression affects 1 in 6 men...Most don't seek help. Untreated depression is a leading risk factor for suicide.
  • Last year in Australia 18,700 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 2,900 died of prostate cancer - equivalent to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually.
  • Men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy of males is 5 years less than females.

To sponsor my Mo please go to http://www.movember.com/au/donate, enter my registration number which is 129338 and your credit card details. Or you can sponsor me by cheque made payable to the "Movember Foundation" clearly marking the donation as being for my Registration Number: 129338. Please mail cheques to: PO Box 292, Prahran VIC 3181. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The money raised by Movember is donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue - the national depression initiative, which will use the funds to create awareness, fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and male depression.