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I've started a new blog over at blogspot, to hopefully provide an occasional snapshot of life for us in Norway. It's easier to upload photos there, hence the move.

Have a look: Australsk
Hi flist, I need you to tell you about a problem I'm having with D's dance school. I'm angry with them and I don't know any more if I'm thinking straight because I'm so mad.

I enrolled D for a dancing exam, at the cost of $45, which was to take place in early August (two days after we returned from a week in Tassie). The initial information just gave the date, and as it was a Friday - her lesson day - I assumed the exam would take place during the lesson time (E dances with a different dancing school and her exam was during her class time). This was the first dance exam D has done so I had no prior knowledge of anything different.

We got back from Tassie on the Wednesday and on the Thursday D spent hours away from school at a medical appointment. On Thursday at about 3pm the dance teacher knocked on my door with the exam information for the following morning - 20 hours notice and the first time I was aware that the exam was to be held during school time, and at a different location.

I was unable to rearrange my life and unwilling to take D out of school yet again, so she did not attend the exam. I was told she'd be enrolled into the make-up exams by the teacher and that she'd be able to do the exam in October. At this time I was told that presentation of a medical certificate might mean some consideration - nothing definite - but that the make-up exam would be the path to take. Given the medical appointment was the day prior I didn't feel that this was an appropriate avenue, and anyway, the physiotherapist has been on family leave since soon after D's last appointment.

When October rolled around and I'd heard nothing about the exam, I cornered the teacher and asked what was going on - she had no idea, and hadn't investigated it - only to find out the following week that enrollments for the exam were well and truly closed and she'd missed out.

Finding out that I was $45 out of pocket by their incompetence, I paid $45 less on this term's fees. Yesterday I got this letter in the mail:

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my responseCollapse )

B wants me to just pay the fees and be done with it. I want to stand up for the principle of the matter and stop them from stuffing around other families in future.

What should I do?
As many of you know, we're most likely going to be moving to Norway in about 5 months time. Before this fabulous opportunity came up I knew next to nothing about Norway, so I've been looking up random things about the country, and thought I might gradually share them with LJ.

Today's trivia:
Norwegians drive on the right. Their blood alcohol limit is 0.02, which means essentially that you don't drink at all if you're driving. And the speed limit shopping and school areas is 30km/h.
I've finally done the third border on this centre. This border is so late - I received it nearly a year ago and it was supposed to be done in six weeks. It's been weighing on my conscience for a long time too. I was so sick last year that projects got put on the back-burner. It's nice to finally be able to get these things finished.

Here's what was sent to me:

rr quilt border3 - before
Originally uploaded by pyrrha17

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I'll be sending it off ASAP, just checking the address. I'm so glad to have this done.

Finished Lone Star Quilt
Originally uploaded by pyrrha17

I've just finished the binding on the quilt for baby Kynan, Ruth and Woody's son. About to do the label.

Those of you that wanted to contribute and haven't given me money yet, I'll be happy to accept it soon :) I'll message you with my bank details if that's easier. Thanks!
Your rainbow is strongly shaded brown and blue.


What is says about you: You are a tranquil person. You appreciate the roughness of nature. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. You feel closer to people when you understand their imperfections.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Actually sounds pretty apt for how I'm feeling at the moment.
I was just trying to share my recipe for vegan cheesecake, and it's disappeared from the internet! So I'm putting it here for safe-keeping. Or something...

Vegan Cheesecake

* 3 tubs Tofutti plain vegan cream cheese
* 1 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 2 tsp vanilla
* 1/4 cup flour
* ready-made pie crust

* Mix the "cream cheese", lemon juice, vanilla and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Once smooth, fold in the flour, mixing well.
* Pour into pie crust
* Bake at 180deg for 30-40 minute, until the top just starts to turn brown. Refrigerate overnight.
* Sprinkle with dutch cinnamon and serve.

Note: If vegan pie crust is unavailable, a vegan crust can easily be made by mixing a packet of plain biscuits (eg. Nice biscuits) with Nuttlex or other vegan margarine.

I make my own base in the blender first, and press it into a lined and well greased spring-form tin. Then using the same blender (without washing it!) I make the cheesecake part - saves on dishes.

* Berry cheesecake - scatter frozen berries over the base before pouring on the cheesecake mixture. For extra effect, then take a 1/4 cup berries and blend them with a stick blender, carefully swirl it through the cheesecake before baking. The swirl below was made by carefully dripping the berry juice onto the cheesecake mixture using a teaspoon, forming a spiral. Then I used a chopstick to drag the swirl: starting at the centre, drag the stick to the edge. Do this 6-8 times, evenly spaced. Then midway between the existing drag lines, starting from the edge, drag the stick to the centre. Look at the piccy if that made no sense!
* Chocolate fudge - I once made up a batch of vegan chocolate fudge (must find that recipe too) and put a layer of fudge on top of the base, and similarly swirled some though after pouring. I seem to remember it was hard to cut but incredibly tasty :)

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
Meme from giggly_crunchie. I think it's a lovely idea :)

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions so please read:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
- What I create will be just for YOU & you are allowed to make requests (and I will try to honour them).
- It will be done before 2011.
- It might be cookies, a mix cd, a necklace, an original haiku, a scarf, who knows!*
- You'll need to PM me your mailing address if you're one of the first 5.

In return, all you need to do is repost this on your LJ and offer to make 5 things for 5 other people.

*but some of those are unlikely from me! I'm very unlikely to write someone a haiku, for example.

Edit: I have my 5 people now :)
I don't usually follow the memes, but I like this one.

Melbournites only, sorry!

Would anyone like to purchase a tray of mangoes? They're selling them as a fundraiser for school, $25 for a tray of 17. I need to know numbers by Wednesday 11 November, and delivery is planned (though may be subject to change) for Tuesday 1 December.

If I (or Bron) don't see you before Wednesday, we can pay for you and then you can pay us back when we meet to hand them over. Delivery will be to me here in Mount Waverley, so getting them to you could be fun - if I have enough interest I may take a long drive and come visiting on Tuesday night :) Especially happy to drop in to MonUCS!