Friday, December 11, 2009

Life goes on....

It's been nine days since my last post. Those nine days flew by just like that and I sometimes wonder where did it all go. We've been mostly homebound the past week, going out only for short trips to the supermarket, coffee shop, restaurants and a few times to the mall on weekends. I've put on hold C's art and capoeira classes this month so that gives me a bit of a breather from having to chauffeur her for this class, that class. Also, because we'll be going on holiday next week and the following week is Christmas, I didn't relish the idea of having to pay a full month's tuition fee when she's only attending half month's worth. Music lessons are status quo however, although the past two weeks, piano has been postponed due to the teacher going on holiday.

In between, C and I have been working and playing. I've been trying to 'instil' the idea of 'work hard, play hard' in her. Of course she has no problems with the 'play hard' part but when she's not in the mood to work, that's when she starts grumbling about the 'work hard' part and says that this motto is only mine, not the family's, and that I'm trying to impose "everything you want only, only your way all the time"....

Anyway, I managed to get her to do a few pages of Malay language and math exercises in workbooks leftover from this year's 'home learning' supply every other day or so. Work is interspersed with play of her latest craze of Facebook games. Thanks to daddy's intro of such games to her, my Facebook account now carries two games, Cafeworld and Petville. We don't allow her to set up her own FB account as she is too young for social networking so she only plays games on FB using my account under our supervision. Prior to Petville, it was Fishville. But later when she saw Petville and wanted it, I said she could on condition that she gave up one. So Petville has replaced Fishville while I'm also 'looking after' her Cafeworld on her behalf. I find these games real time wasters. They could be fun initially and like any other game, rather addictive. I hear of some people even setting alarms on their mobile phones to remind themselves when their virtual food is ready to be served so that their cafe biz does not make losses from unserved food rotting and going to waste....talk about being addicted, or worse still, 'kiasu'....

Apart from TV, reading, playing with her toys and games, I've also managed to get her to practise her musical instruments, the piano especially, more consistently. Been giving her a bit more room with the drums since she had just completed her exam.

As for me, I've managed to write my quota of articles for my fortnightly 'column' and submitted them early to the editor so that I don't have to worry about looming deadlines when I'm on holiday and celebrating Christmas, and then preparing for school re-opening....

So with all this supervision of the child, and household affairs, that leaves me with little time alone, compared to normal days where I have the mornings all to myself. Although the household routine is not much different between schooldays and holidays, I at least get the mornings to do everything in peace and quiet without having to look over my shoulder or shout from the top or bottom of the staircase to check on C. And the past week has been more tiresome because C somehow decided to sleep in every morning till about 9.30 or 10.00am, having a slow, leisurely breakfast which eats into nearly lunchtime, thus having late lunch which eats into nearly teatime resulting in late dinners and later bedtimes -- the vicious cylce.

While there's always the grand plan to pack more 'educational and structured' activities to 'further enrich' the kid, I've just about given up on those ideas. If I were to pursue it, it would mean more headaches sourcing for ideas, materials and spending more time which I don't have (No, I don't think I'm being selfish, just lazy!).There's always the alternative of signing her up with all those school holiday programmes offered by very entrepreneurial people out there but that means having to fork out large sums of $$ and extra time and energy to ferry her up and down to those places. And I don't think she'll lose out very much at this age if she didn't participate in certain activities. So que sera sera-lah.

Being focused with all these has left me sort of 'brain dead' when it comes to blogging about more interesting stuff, current affairs, observations and quirky thoughts and opinions. That's why this blog has been rather dry lately, with just narratives and accounts of our routine life. E still wakes in the mornings to get stuck in traffic getting to work, and gets home past dinner time. I still do the laundry, cook, and care for C and Rusty, Facebook, and write, but surfing the net, blog hopping and reading online news has reduced quite a fair bit without the opportunity to sit at the computer uninterrupted.

So there, our past nine days has gone by. Next week would probably be similar with the exception of having to get ready for a six-day, most likely activity-packed trip outstation visiting children's attractions and a few generations of relatives. Thereafter upon returning home, it will be Christmas with E's family tradition of getting together on the eve, going to mass and staying up for late (or rather, early morning) supper and opening presents. It's the once-a-year opportunity for the kids to stay up and go to bed only in the wee hours of the morning. I know for sure by Boxing Day I'd be totally drained.

That leaves us with one last, final week before the new year 2010 and when C goes to Year 2 at school. Wow, time indeed flies. And life goes on.

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