20 Weeks & BabyC is a…

This week, BabyC is the size of a: melon (27cm)
How far along? 20w5d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: +2kg
Maternity clothes? yes-ish – I’ve divided my wardrobe into “my belly will keep fitting in this” and “not for very much longer” groupings
Sleep: is a bit rubbish – Dan ended up buying me a ‘body pillow’ so I have something to hug my legs around and rest my belly on
Best moment this week: having our 20 week scan – it all seems so real now! – and finding out BabyC is growing well and is healthy (ten fingers, ten toes, no tail)
Movement: definite kicks in my lower tummy (happening right now, probably thanks to the sugary milk drink I just had)
Food cravings:protein and fresh salad and sweets
Symptoms: getting hormonally emotional over the smallest things!
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: being able to fit into some of my clothes – I keep looking at my stuff and and stuff in shops and having these mini meltdowns 😦
What I am looking forward to: upcoming appointments next week for doctor and midwife, so hopefully get to know more about our little one; continuing with our Calmbirth course; meeting our little one!
Milestones/News: finding out BabyC is a GIRL!!! Attended our first Calmbirth course on Saturday just gone; had my VitD blood test on Friday just gone

2D ultrasound pic of our little GIRL

3D ultrasound pic of our little GIRL
(NB: she kept being uncooperative and looking like Smeagol in 3D,
hence her new nickname!)


19 Weeks

This week, BabyC is the size of a: papaya (25cm)
How far along? 19w2d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: +2kg
Maternity clothes? yes-ish – I bought a new pair of leggings last night (from Trade Secret but Living Doll branded) simply for the wider waistband!
Sleep: is good, hasn’t been broken too much recently
Best moment this week:
Movement: flutters occasionally
Food cravings: Wendy’s thickshakes
Symptoms: starting to need to pee allllll the time again – argh!!
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: Still really wanting a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob*
What I am looking forward to: showing off my baby bump to friends soon 🙂
News: first obstetrician/GP appointment (since moving to Albury) on Tuesday (19w6d) so hopefully that goes well!

How I use my Filofax: agenda

Last week I shared the general setup of my ‘new’ Filofax. I thought that this week I would share how I use my Filofax to track my appointments and daily to do lists.

In the past, I used a Kikki.K daily to do sticky note in conjunction with a monthly calendar. I would upload this to do list to Instagram on a(n almost) daily basis as a form of accountability.

One of the Kikki.K daily to do lists I uploaded to Instagram

I now use a day-per-page diary insert for tracking my daily to do lists. I don’t use the timed aspect of the page, but divide it as follows instead: at the top I write scheduled appointments (highlighted appropriately); from around the 11 o’clock mark, I write my daily to do list (when items are completed, I highlight them in yellow); in the ‘notes’ section I track my husband’s worked hours and pay.

Example daily diary page

I don’t prioritise my to do tasks – I have not found this method of ‘getting things done’ suits me. I know from looking at my to do list (and any scheduled appointments for the day) what needs doing the most and the order these tasks are completed is not so important as their being done by the end of the day.

On a (slightly) longer term, I have found the monthly view the best way for me to track appointments, due dates, and so on since I was a senior in high school (rather than yearly, which can be a little overwhelming for me). I would print out the current term/semester in months on A4 pages, tape them to my wall, and schedule myself appropriately. I would, occasionally, add a weekly planner page  to this system (but I usually abandon this layout quite quickly).

Since starting to use my Filofax regularly, I have continued using a monthly overview (two pages-per-month) to track important dates. I write just the skeleton of the scheduled tasks, as well as tracking my ‘pregnancy weeks’ (the purple numbers on Wednesdays) and the school term weeks for  Girl Guides(green numbers on Tuesdays). I use an Avery sticky tab to mark the current month and cross off each day in the morning.

June 2012 monthly overview

How do you track to do lists?
Do you integrate them into your planner/Filofax?

What is your preferred agenda layout?
Daily? Weekly? Monthly? A mix?

NB: Since I wrote my first Filofax post I have returned to Officeworks (in Albury) to try to buy more 50c Debden diary inserts. However, they are no longer available and are also unavailable online.

My Thesis Journal & Notebook

When I completed my Honours thesis in 2009, my ‘sister-in-law’ advised me to keep a journal as a way of tracking my progress, taking random notes, brainstorming ideas, and so on. I tried this time around (with my Masters thesis) to keep an online journal, but it soon floundered. I found myself constrained by the virtual environment – plus, it was clearly failing at indulging my love of stationery!

My Thesis Journal

Cover (with the starting date for this particular notebook)

After forking out $2 for a composition board notebook* at my local Officeworks (and beginning to feel a little lot like Harriet the Spy) I pre-numbered every page in the book. I also created a grid-style table of contents (which needs updating and rejigging, now I’m a little further on in the process) to keep track of what was where in my journal. I find pre-numbering all of the pages keeps me from tearing out pages that aren’t so ‘perfect,’ thus allowing me to keep a consistent record of my progress, ideas, and notes.

Inside front cover (‘reward’ notice & thesis overview) | Table of Contents

The first pages I have glued in a print-out of my original, online journal

Consistency is also maintained by (trying) not to use white-out in the journal – crossing things out means I can still re-read what was written underneath.

Some things are glued into my journal, including some readings, emails from my supervisor, all of my mind maps, notes from web browsing, etc.:

Some daily notes and print outs from an NGV annual report

Daily notes and supervisor emails

Mindmapping my thesis topic/statement
I find it easier doing this by hand on blank A4 paper

Notes from web browsing (to do with note taking haha)

I keep blank scrap paper at the back of the notebook to scribble quick ideas on (like ‘capture’ pages). I also have an A5 sleeve (page protector) in which I stash random print outs, notes, etc:

Using a notebook/journal as part of the process of creating my Masters thesis allows me a lot of flexibility as to where and when I can fit in some nerd time. When I purchased this notebook, I made sure it would fit in the majority of bags I use which allows me to take it everywhere (including places I can’t easily use my laptop or access the internet).

Writing in my journal at Muffin Break while waiting for Dan to finish work



* I have never seen composition board books in Australia and have always wanted one. Unfortunately, it looks like Officeworks have sold out in store and you don’t get to choose the design/style on the website.

My ‘New’ Filofax

Warning: (blurry) image heavy!

When I was nine, my brother and I flew to the UK (aka the motherland) for a two week holiday with my dad (who was working overseas for a few months). As a gift for my mum (all alone back in Australia), my dad sent us home with a personal sized, dark green Filofax – which  I seem to remember purchasing with him from a large department store, having found it on a square ‘sales’ table.

From that time, my mum always used her Filofax. Religiously. It went every with her throughout my entire childhood and adolescence. Even as I entered university, mum’s Filofax was still a key member of our family.*

So when I asked my mum at the start of this year “How’s your Filofax going?” it was with surprise that I heard that both my parents had been converted to the technological world of the iPhone since their respective retirements: my mother was no longer using her Filofax. Clearly this was the end of an era!!! But also my chance to indulge my organisational dreams of owning a Filofax.

And here it is, in all its 16 years of glory:

The markings inside read “Filofax / Personal Portland / Real Leather”

I’m still playing with the internal schematics of my ‘new’ Filofax but, for now, the (homemade) tabs and contents are as follows:

Tab 1: “Info”
Contains: personal profile (below), general dates (holidays, school terms), notes subsection, and shopping subsection.
The inside cover has a zippered pocket, which usually holds a yellow highlighter and some sticky notes.

Personal profile (including the ever important ‘reward’ statement)

Tab 2: “Agenda”

Being the middle of the year, 2012 Filofax inserts were on super sale at my local Officeworks. I purchased a set of two pages per month, two pages per week, and one page per day diary pages for 50c each (I can’t see this deal online, but it was definitely available at the Albury store). The only thing I ‘splurged’ on were the monthly dividers. I have been using the monthly and daily pages (stashing the weekly pages for later use – if needed/wanted):

Month on two pages
I write things in black pen, then highlight over to define the task/event further
(personal, medical, uni, Guiding, bills, holidays)

Day per page outline as follows:
– Scheduled events (appropriately highlighted) at the top of the page
– Daily to do list
– Bottom ‘notes’ regard my husband’s work

I have daily pages inserted for the current and following month. The rest of the months hold a blank sheet to jot reminders, events, etc. down on so I remember things more easily (baby brain is real, ya’ll!) – a bit like a GTD ‘tickler’ filing system, but more compact.

Tab 3: “OBPA” (or Olave Baden Powell Award)
The cover features my name tags from the last two NSW/ACT state Olave Program conferences

I have a basic overview of my Award progress and key contacts

I printed the Award checklist over two pages for easy reference

Second page of checklist | The current overview of my Award challenges

This section also has two subsections (labelled ‘1’ and ‘2’) to use for the current two challenges in progress (two being the maximum of the seven challenges I plan to work on at any given time).

Tab 4: “Thesis”
I made the cover for this tab from a suitable magazine advert

The ‘research overview’ page for my thesis
Includes info I might need readily on hand (topic, basic outline, my uni info, supervisor details)

This section isn’t yet ‘fleshed out’ – simply because I am still trying to figure out what thesis related items I want to be kept in my Filofax. A running to do list / capture page is behind the ‘research overview,’ and I have allowed two (currently blank) subsections in this tab for later use (probably for recording meeting notes and ethics details).

Tab 5: “Baby” — I haven’t decorated the tab for this section yet (waiting for the next scan!) This section contains a go-to page for my hospital/midwife, doctor (once I find one here!), and a brief overview of upcoming appointments.The two subsections are ‘Lists’ (running to do, shopping, wish list, etc.) and ‘Appointments’ (obvious).

The back cover features six card slots and a longer slot.
I keep general (non-everyday) cards in here, along with ‘next appointment’ cards.
In the long slot I have a pad of pre-punched note paper.

Side view of the main five tabs

View of the top tabs:
“Grocery” (my current grocery list)
“Month” (the current month)
“Today” (…)
“MCP” (‘Midwife Care Program’ appointments and notes)

And just for giggles, here’s Charlie ‘helping’ me with my Filofax.

* Not so much a ‘family member’ was dad’s Filofax, which was boring and ‘executive’ (in comparison to mum’s Filofax which reflected her roles as school teacher / principal, wife, mother, and friend). NB: I’ve also adopted this Filofax (an ancient black ‘Lincoln’) and intend to use it for my (potential) new job – mainly because it is more ‘professional’ looking (and, emotionally, it feels more ‘professional’).

18 Weeks

This week, BabyC is the size of a: papaya (25cm)
How far along? 18w3d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: Weighed today and I was 61.9kg (can’t remember start weight but it was 59 or 60?)
Maternity clothes? not yet
Sleep: is overpowering at times – getting up in the morning is a struggle when you do everything from home and have zero daytime commitments!
Best moment this week: I had my first Midwife Care Program visit today at Wodonga hospital. After a week or two of anxiety (having not ‘seen’ anyone since 12 weeks), I heard BabyC’s heartbeat – and kicking against the doppler (so funny)
Movement: flutters occasionally, and definitely heard kicks at my antenatal appointment 🙂
Food cravings: protein and sweets (today it’s traditional Turkish delight – thanks for putting it in my mind, Daniel!)
Symptoms: None really at the moment. I did throw up yesterday about noon for the first time in ages (I want milk, but the baby does not – dilemma!)
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: Still really wanting a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob* And there was one day I really could have done with ending  the evening with an alcoholic drink 😛
What I am looking forward to: being obviously pregnant to others
Milestones: hearing the baby kicking the doppler
News: Yep. Still a baby in there 🙂

Gallery Visitors of the Future

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I realised I hadn’t posted my MA thesis topic anywhere on my blog. Basically, my thesis will combine two of my major interests: curatorship / public programming in galleries and child development / learning. Right now, the topic is as follows:

Engaging with the Gallery Visitors of the Future
Building relationships with the gallery visitors of the future by encouraging positive gallery experiences for child visitors today: a comparison of children’s programs provided by the National Galleries of Australia and Victoria.

Do you think this is a topic worthy of investigation?

What experiences do you remember of art galleries as a child? Have these past experiences impacted on your visits today?

How do you feel visiting galleries (as an adult) at the same time as groups of children or parents?

Do you take your children to galleries?
What do you think they gain from the experience?

17 Weeks

This week, Baby is the size of a: mango (15cm)
How far along? 17w1d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: no idea
Maternity clothes? not yet
Sleep: is happening, though a little broken – super good sleep last night though
Best moment this week:
Movement: flutters
Food cravings: protein and sweets
Symptoms: lower back pain, apparently because ligaments are moving (it makes bending, getting up, etc. harder than it should be sometimes)
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: I realllllllllly want a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob*
What I am looking forward to: being obviously pregnant to others
News: a bunch of baby gear is arriving today, courtesy of a family friend and via the courier service known as ‘Mum and Dad’ 🙂

ANU Off-Campus Library Service

One of the best reasons for being an ‘off-campus’ student attending ANU is the Off-Campus Library Service* which borrows and then posts my books from any of the ANU libraries! Any package marked “The Library” must mean it’s a good package 🙂

Me and my latest arrival: Tony Bennet’s The Birth of the Museum

* Eligibility requirements must be met and you must register for the service; free postage from the libraries to you, but you have to pay for return postage (thank goodness I visit ANU within my six month borrowing period); includes physical copies of library items, as well as chapter and article copies.

MA Thesis Journaling 12/06/12

This morning I walked from home to Dan’s work (2.5km, with Charlie the dog) and then sat journaling while I waited for my baker to finish work. Below is an edited version of a half hour of writing, muffin, and Diet Coke.

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I went down to the Albury LibraryMuseum during the week to have a look at their exhibition spaces (and, you know, to borrow a nerdy book – which ended up being useless). I managed to time my visit with a group of school kids (and I believe, given their fancy schmnacy  uniforms, they were from a private school). My instant though was “Great. Kids. Totes gonna ruin my nerd times.” and then I mentally had to kick myself for evening thinking such thoughts, given my MA thesis research topic and general interest in museums/galleries (and especially given some recent articles I have read regarding the negative feelings towards youth in galleries). Taking a step back (mentally), I reassessed the situation: were these kids really ‘ruining’ my exhibition experience? Or was it an excellent coincidence? Clearly the gods of museum and art gallery nerdery were shining on me! It was the perfect opportunity to observe, ‘off the cuff’, youth in  a cultural institution:

The exhibition with which these children (and subsequently myself) were engaging with was Frock Stars: inside Australian Fashion Week (Thursday 31 May 2012 to Sunday 24 June 2012, a traveling exhibition from the Powerhouse Museum). Girls and boys were present and actively engaged in the exhibition experience (having more of a ‘hands on’ feel to it, I can see why these kids liked this exhibition more than the ‘traditional’ looking permanent exhibition next door). Teachers and a museum staff member were on hand, presenting hands-on fashion-related activities for the class group to complete (remembering that this group were probably in year 9, so about 14 years old), including, from what I could surmise, the age-old ‘dress someone in a plastic garbage bag’ game, and designing outfits on dolls. It was (nerdily) interesting (for me, not so much the kids) to see the ALM staff-role in this setting, and I intend to follow up on their educational/children’s programming.

The exhibition lent itself to a youth-orientated audience: the theme of fashion, in conjunction with the innovative exhibition design elements (eg. backstage and fashion studio areas were simulated and given an interactive feel), is easily aimed at youth who (presumably) hold a greater interest in the fashion industry that most adults.

But I wonder why this exhibition was brought to Albury. Does Abury LibraryMuseum ordinarily have a lot of traveling exhibitions from the Powerhouse Museum? What is the appeal of the Australian Fashion Week to the general Albury public (given that you must walk through this temporary exhibition to reach the permanent exhibition)? Was the exhibition selected purely as a draw card to a new, youthful target audience?