Sister and Bone Doctor had been to Bone Doctor's sister's registry office wedding. Little Jo was flower girl. Afterwards they late lunched at an upmarket Fitzroy hotel. Sister and Bone Doctor did not ask to stay here. Maybe they find it too cramped in our third bedroom, in spite of it having a good mattress, an overhead fan and Bone Doctor usually sleeps on the floor on a lilo that she keeps in our wardrobe. Or maybe they did not want to ask after being very negative about us visiting them in our campervan in October.
Little Jo had a quick bedtime story and went straight to sleep. I awoke at 6.30, got up made myself coffee and went back to bed, but I turned on the computer and opened the 'safe' browser, the one we never use, IE. Ten minutes later, sure enough she was awake and at the desktop. I got out of bed again and gave her a glass of water and went back to bed and used my tablet. At home she is forbidden from getting out of bed before 7.00.
R said at some point, she is like Auntie Andrew. She doesn't sleep a lot.
By 8.30 we were in town looking at the Myer Christmas windows. I now have about 12 Myki public transport cards, most just found. Some came with credit on them but they are all exhausted now, including the child card with a negative 70 cents balance. We had to use Little Jo's registered card. I checked the balance on the latest I had found, and $7 on it. Great to give to a visitor to use. We had breakfast at a cafe. R and Little Jo went to see the gingerbread house display at Melbourne Town Hall, while I went off shopping on my own to buy R's Christmas present and a few other things. By the time I arrived home, R and Little Jo had put up our Christmas tree. God, it was only 10.30 in the morning. As I say, if you have stuffs to do, you've got to get up early.
While Little Jo accepted breakfast at a cafe, the reward was to cross the road to McDonalds for lunch. Bad timing at noon, just as construction workers flooded the place. I was forced to look at so many bare tradie legs, some slim, some muscley, some hairy and some smooth, not that I took much notice. I have gone from being ambivalent about McDonalds' food to downright not liking it and that experience was a confirmation. I had a double cheeseburger, chips and a Coke. The Coke was ok. Little Jo ordered it all on the screen, but she didn't pay for it.
Sister and Bone Doctor arrived a bit after 3pm to collect Little Jo. We chatted for a while. I told them I had two weeks off at Christmas and they asked if we would be coming to visit them. What I wanted to say no, we weren't welcome in October, what has changed? Mother and ABI Brother will stay at Sister's for a week from the 28th. I used that as an excuse and then said we planned to stay at Marysville for a couple of nights while I am on holidays. R's eyebrows lifted, as this was news to him.
Today Sunday, as I am writing, we went to a Christmas dinner at our friend's house, with his partner and his brother and sister in law. Great food and good fun and lots of laughs, but tired again tonight. We find social outings so exhausting now.
Now, the music. When we were in Bourke Street Mall on that Saturday, I heard a busking band playing something. Fellahs, if you were the Saturday morning players in the Mall, I wasn't able to come up to listen to you or donate, but you were great. I really liked what I was hearing and wondered what it was. I Shazamed it with my phone and the results were inconclusive and I was already lagging behind R and Little Jo, with them having turned the next corner. I was not sure if the result was correct as a damned tram got in between my phone and the band.
Once home, I tried da, da, da da da into my phone in the privacy of my ensuite, but Shazam would not recognise it as being tuneful. No surprise there. Score one against Little Jo, she did not know about Shazam. Just as we were about to go for lunch I downloaded a free piano playing app to my phone. Little Jo did not have internet experience at all until she was about 7, but at 9 1/2, she is a digital native. She took the phone from me and very quickly saved her recordings of Three Blind Mice and two other easy pieces. Once home, I tapped away at the piano keyboard on my phone and eventually came up with enough correct, nearly all flats and sharps for the riff notes for Shazam to give the name of the track. I could give you the original, but I don't mind this one played on a harp but there is another harp version and I can't decide between harps, so I give you both. The Bourke Street Mall band played it terrifically.
You think we are very busy socially... Sister and Bone Doctor went to BD's sister's wedding and then for lunch, stayed overnight in a hotel, went to party in Spotswood the next day, picked up Little Jo, went to a Rainbow Family Christmas party late afternoon and then to a dyke 50th birthday party, back to the host of Rainbow family to stay the night and then home in the morning.