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9 days left

7 Apr

I know, I know, we haven’t blogged in a while. I can’t say we have great excuses but working lots and exhaustion seem to be the most credible right now.

OK, quick catch up – my lovely wife is 37.75 weeks pregnant today and we have just 9 days left until our due date. but as most of ya’ll know – they could arrive any time between now and three weeks time. lately we’ve been more keen than ever to know who is in there. do they have hair? will their eyes be green like ours? will they love softball and music and painting? will they be cheeky or shy? most importantly, will they love nacho sunday as much as we do??? I sure hope so…

shan has been feeling really, really good. especially this last week since finishing work. after spending two days doing nothing but watch tv and sleep, she was like a new person. all refreshed and ready to take on labour. As the week has progressed her back has started to hurt a bit and her hands and feet are still swelling, but nowhere near as bad as when she was sitting at her desk all day.

so yeah, the last few weeks have been really busy:

civially unionised

the Civil Unions Bill was passed in Queensland and on February 23 Shan and I were the 8th couple to register our relationship. We got to do a few pieces of media which we both enjoy. my background in PR and media relations makes dealing with the media an easy task for us, so when we get the opportunity to speak out on behalf of GLBT people and families, we take it.

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our civil union article in the courier mail

In the lead up to the Qld state election, we were invited to attend and speak at a breakfast organised by the Qld Council of Unions. The QCU has taken a very strong stance on the marriage equality debate and we were very honoured to be involved. they made this little video:

The LNP has since won the state election and one of their election promises was to repeal the civil unions bill, if it is possible. we’re very much hoping it is not possible. We interviewed for an article with the largest newspaper in the state a few weeks ago and that feature will run in about 3 weeks. we’ll have a son or daughter by then 🙂

+1 photos

our friend, kristen, offered to take some us+1 photos. i take so many pictures of Shan that we hadn’t really considered getting professional photos done, but I am so glad we did! Below is a sneak peek, but you can check them all out here: http://paperfoxstudio.com/blog/portraits/suzanne-shannon/ or check out the awesome slideshow: http://paperfoxstudio.com/slideshows/suzanne-shannon/

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love, love, love - our +1 photoshoot 🙂


in case you didn’t hear – my softball team won our GRAND FINAL!!! it was pretty much the greatest day ever! Not only because we won but we hadn’t beat the other 3 teams in the final all year, we only got into the finals by 0.39 points AND because I hit my first home run. We were down by 8 when we went up to bat at the bottom of the 1st and the first two runners got out. I was third batter and, well, this is what happened: grand final softball home run. We ended up winning 16-12 in 2hours/6 innings.

the winners! Redcliffe PCYC Women's B Grade 2012 softball champs!

the winners! Redcliffe PCYC Women's B Grade 2012 softball champs!

baby stuff

We’ve been busy getting the final few things ready for bub’s arrival. the room is now fully stocked with stuffed animals, disposable nappies (for the first few weeks), and last weekend shan and I built a bookcase/toy drawer from scratch. we settled on a design the night before, hit up Bunnings in the morning and got started Saturday afternoon. It took a day and a half and cost about $150 in materials. I think we did pretty damn well!

Well, I guess that’s us caught up. I’m sure my wife will remind me of something i’ve missed right after i finish so i might be updating again tomorrow 🙂

Zanne x


D.I.dYke project 2 – tile the kitchen

6 Jan

So Christmas rolled around recently bringing with it 10-14 days of perfect renovating time. There’s only so much you can do in a weekend (around softball, social life, family, sleeping, smooching…) so on the first day of our holiday we decided it was time to tile the kitchen.

When we first installed the kitchen 12 months ago, funds were tight so we went for a lino black and white check floor. Within weeks the floor was marking up and even ripped when we installed the fridge and dishwasher, so it was quickly decided we would rip it up and tile… eventually.

Well, eventually finally arrived.

didyke tiling kitchen 1 - ripping up floor lino
day 1: pulling up the lino floor – luckily it came up fairly easily
didyke tiling kitchen 2 - lino ripped from installing the dishwasher
lino ripped installing the dishwasher
didyke tiling kitchen 3 - floor beneath lino
bare floor beneath lino
didyke tiling kitchen 4 - preparing the floor tile adhesive
preparing the floor tile adhesive – getting the mixture and consistency right is the key to putting them down and making them level
didyke tiling kitchen 5 - tiling ingredients
tiling ingredients – adhesive, clean water, mallet, trowel, level, adhesive scraper
didyke tiling kitchen 6 - tiling the floor black and white check
tiling the floor black and white check – using tile spacers to get them even and ensuring each one is level with those around it before moving on
didyke tiling kitchen 7 - cutting tiles using a 30 dollar cutter
cutting tiles using a $30 cutter
didyke tiling kitchen 8 - start of day two finish floor and do splashbacks
start of day 2: finish floor and do splashbacks
didyke tiling kitchen 9 - dining room
dining room – before
didyke tiling kitchen 10 - my gorgeous assistant
everyone needs a gorgeous assistant!
didyke tiling kitchen 11 - tiling the splashback using large sheets of small tiles
tiling the splashback using large sheets of small tiles
didyke-tiling-kitchen-12 - splashback done in dining room
dining room – after
didyke tiling kitchen 13 - kitchen tiling done
kitchen tiling all completed
didyke tiling kitchen 14 - white grout mixture
day 3 – grouting – white grout mixture
didyke tiling kitchen 15 -before and after grout
before and after grout
didyke tiling kitchen 16 - grouting the floor with dark grey
grouting the floor with dark grey (charred ash)
didyke tiling kitchen 17 - grout the floor
smearing the grout into the floor
didyke tiling kitchen 18 - filled larger gaps at the side with grout
filled the larger gaps at the side with grout
didyke tiling kitchen 19 - done
day 4: cleaned all the excess grout off and the kitchen tiling is done!

D.I.dYke project – kitchen table

21 Nov

so we finally had a whole Sunday at home – no christmas shopping, no catch-ups. waking up knowing we have a full day to work on projects is the best!

today was meant to be all about finishing off the toilet (we’ve not have a toilet door for a year – I know!) but we got to talking about the kitchen table and that evolved into another project. unlike the toilet door, we did actually have a new kitchen table but after living with it for a year we realised it just wasn’t practical, especially with a baby. it was round and took up too much space. plus, it was a glass table top on metal legs and it shook with every little bump. baby.. drink.. bump.. not ideal.

we had a desk from ikea which shan had been using for her art desk, but had lately been packed away in our room. it was a plain white top with saw horse legs. we decided to upcycle the desk into our new kitchen table.

after renovating an entire house together, shan and i have realised we think very differently. we also explain things very differently. so it has become a regular habit for us to think we’re on the same page with a project, only to get to Bunnings and begin buying things and realise we’re wayyyy off base. classic example happened with the desk:

shan’s was thinking: we build a substructure under the desk – a rectangular frame the legs attach to, which then gets attached to the botom of the desk. like this…

shan's idea
shan’s idea

i was thinking:  we attach four legs to four pieces of square wood. we attach the wood to the desk. like this…

zanne's idea
zanne’s idea

after discussing this in the wood section of Bunnings, we agreed to give my idea a go first as it was simpler (…cheaper).

and so the project began:

1.put on a tool belt wooo! in the tool belt – level, pencil, measuring tape, ruler, screws, iphone.

2. we bought a small piece of pine for about $4. I cut it into four squares using the circular saw. not the easiest tool to cut wood like this with but i didn’t find out my father-in-law owned a drop saw until after i was done with the table.

3. measured up each piece of wood and drew where the legs would attach to. then pre-drilled holes into the square pieces.

4. screwed the sqaures to the legs. we bought pine legs which cost us $1.50 each.

5. after i screwed the squares on, shan realised they were too long so i trimmed them.

6. my love then sanded them back, ready for painting.

7. painting took place in our backyard using spray paint. after running out of paint half way through the first coat we realised maybe buying one can wasn’t enough. shan made another trip to the hardware shop and was red flagged at the counter buying several cans. apparently a pregnant 30 year old woman buying spray paint with her mother is highly suspicious. hoodlums.

8. as it was a hot day and spray paint dries fast, we were able to screw the legs to the table in the evening.

9. et voila! the finished product. pretty ace hey?! i like that the spray paint doesn’t cover all the marks and imperfections in the wood.

Total cost: about $22.


— zanne.