We have had the most incredible Autumn weather here in Canberra this week. There is no season in all the year so beautiful with kaleidoscopic colours, so radiant with the freshness of the breeze or as glorious with a gentle warmth in the air, it is a lovely time of year.
We had to wind our clocks back an hour, daylight savings came to an end. It is so delightful to wake up to see the sun waking and rising also. However, it is also just a little melancholy that the sun disappears behind the horizon that much earlier.
This was the last week of Term 1 at School, it has gone so swiftly, has been so incredibly busy and filled with many academic challenges but at the same time it has been enjoyable, as you know, going to school is important to me.
We have already begun to look at our next unit of work for Sports Science; which is technology and Sports, this is not just about computer technology but also technology in areas of equipment, playing surface and clothing. I think that this unit of work is going to be extremely fascinating.
In Maths we are doing Statistics Work, doing cumulative frequency tables and graphs as well as box plots. Once you understand how to do it, it is quite easy to master.
For English we had to do our presentations for our Money Matters Unit. I did a video presentation based on a current affairs type show for teens where I interviewed 'Steve' who was actually Jarrett who had just got his first job. We discussed how he went about getting it, facts about tax file numbers, superannuation, employment conditions and pay rates and saving the money he would earn. 'Blair' who was Nalani, was an expert from The Australian Taxation Office, giving advice on tax file numbers. It was tiring putting it all together but I was really pleased with the finished product. The next thing to do is to read The Lord of the Flies, I am fortunate enough to have it on CD so I can listen to it rather than trying to read the extremely small print in the novel.
I had my wonderful physiotherapy appointment as usual. Kaitlyn is so fantastic, she worked on my neck which has been terribly painful, then she did a little on my back and finally my foot. She used the voltaren gel with the ultrasound again, this gives it some relief for a while.
Apart from school and physiotherapy I have been helping Nalani study for her exams, doing a little knitting and some Sudoku puzzles.
Now for some exciting news from a fundraising perspective: Jarrett has decided to run in the City2Surf this year, not for himself but to assist me in my fundraising efforts. The race itself is a 14km run along a challenging course in Sydney, including the famous 'heartbreak hill'. It is on the 11th August and Jarrett has secured a Gold Entry place. He is running as part of Team Kids to raise those so desperately needed funds for The Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation Brain Tumour Research Fund. It would be so wonderful if he could raise a huge amount of funds, it is so important that one day a cure is found. The race for Jarrett will be challenging, just as the journey is with a Brain Tumour. This is the link to his hero page -http://www.fundraise.city2surf.com.au/Jarrett_Anthoney90.
Please consider supporting him, you are also welcome to share the link. I believe that together one day we can make a difference to the lives of children and their families who receive the devastating diagnosis of a brain tumour.
I feel so blessed also because I have been sent during the last week the most rainbowiffic and beautiful 'Rainbows of Hope'. Helen from Hugs' n Kisses organised this extra special surprise and fundraising initiative for me. People have sent me the magnificent rainbows with a $5 donation to go to the Brain Tumour Research Fund. I have hung the rainbows from a shelf in my room and each morning when I wake and every night before I go to sleep I see them and they fill my heart with hope and love. Thank you so very much to Helen, Christine, Annette, Marilyn, Janine, Lo and Liz and family, your kindness is astounding and I am so humbled by what you have done and will treasure those rainbows always.
|The splendiferous 'Rainbows of Hope' that people have sent to me. I will treasure them always.|
In Footy Tipping I have now slipped one behind Nana, who has now taken the lead. Pop is still a little behind but he is very analytical in his picks so as the season goes on he usually catches up. Poor Benji Marshall is out with a toe injury, the Tigers will miss his extraordinary style of football but I guess if they live by my saying of 'You Have to go Through a Storm to get to a Rainbow', they will find an inner strength to pull through this difficult time.
If you see someone this week that is not smiling, share your smile with them, not only to brighten their day but to also create happiness in every ones lives.