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Friday, April 11, 2014

cummins gym club western rump and red dinner with a good and services auction, and other things

I am totally zapped and sooo looking forward to school holidays. I've had a bunch of things on my plate that have finally come to fruition and now I've time to take a little breath.

I've been very involved with the gym club's Western Rump and Red Dinner which included a Goods and Services Auction. I am so very pleased to say the whole night was a resounding success. Damien Mrjden catered for over 90 people, the guests bidded for over 30 auction lot items, which in turn raised over $11 000 for the night. $8055 from the auction and the remainder from the dinner and bar after expenses. The funds raised are going towards the monies needed to build the new purpose built training facility at the old basketball courts at the town oval.

From all those people I've seen since the dinner, they ALL say what a fantastic night it was, lots of buzz, great food, great music and what a great way for people to support the club.

The relief I felt once the night was under way and things were swinging along so wonderfully, was immense.  I hadn't realised what a weight on my shoulder it had become until the next day and to hear the positive feedback, was incredibly heartening.

I've also been studying and have undertaken extra gymnastic training to be a MAG (men's artistic gymnast) Intermediate Coach. This has included a number of internet hours study, and a trip to Adelaide for face to face training. At the moment, I'm about to begin a number of hours being mentored by a Port Lincoln MAG coach in the Lincoln Club. I need to submit a video of a lesson that I have planned, executed with the gymnasts, and self critiqued, for examination by GYM SA, to gain my Intermediate coaching ticket.

I'm also coaching 5 boys to take to Port Lincoln, Country Champs in Adelaide, and the Port Pirie comps this year.  They are the most motivated bunch of kids and they are so keen to train. That's a huge help.

Sean and I have a trip to Adelaide next week for the day and as soon as we land back in Lincoln, we are heading straight to the Lincoln Gym club, for my mentoring and for Sean to have some coaching by someone else other than his Mum.

I've had a 3 month commercial photography project finalize this last week. That's been quite fun, and its been great stress outlet for me.

I've been asked to explain/teach my post production workflow from Camera, Bridge, Camera Raw and into Photoshop for an upcoming Camera Club weekend away in May. I've been making notes already for that. And as Kym will be seeding, the kids will join me at the weekend away by the sea.

I've had a photograph of Tumby Bay Jetty feature on the cover of the newest Tumby Views Magazine. My first cover and a glossy too  :D   whoop whoop.

I should be charging my accountant in 3 minute increments for the amount of work I've been doing for him lately, instead of the other way round haha.

I've had a scrapping brief to complete last week, and I'm super stoked with that.

I'd love the time to scrap more than I have, but right now I feel far too drained to be creative.

My Mum's not been well, and I've really struggled to find the time to spend helping her. Or the 'want'.  Lots of past history there.

We've swapped Footy/Netty clubs this year. We've made the shift from Ramblers to United Yeelanna purely and simply for social reasons for Annie. All her close friends are Eagle kids, and she was miserable at Ramblers. Didn't mix with her team, didn't want to go the Club, didn't want to stay at Footy during the day, and sit in the car to read/hide in her book.  I've been a Rambler for 34 years, but I'm not that one-eyed to put myself in front of the kids needs. So we have made the shift. She has really come out of her shell and we've been so welcomed by the club. Sean has a couple of Rambler boys who have also come across to UnitedYeelanna as mates, and he has fitted in fairly easily.  First whistle is tomorrow and the kids are keen.

I've Kym's 2 sisters and their families coming over for Easter, so I'm about to madly clean house and attack the garden. It's looking like great gardening weather for the next few days, thank goodness.

So with everything that's been going on, or about to happen, I haven't been here for the last week or so, and that unusual for me.

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