Saturday, January 31, 2009

And Thus You Have My Sense of Humour


Friday, January 30, 2009

Blooming Incredible

I have a couple of ideas/subjects kicking around in my head that I'd like to blog about, but I'm not quite my normal self yet after my bout of whatever it was I've had over the past 24 hours that had me puking and weird.  So just a simple show and tell for this blog.

This week, the moon flowers bloomed in my yard.  I don't know much about this plant, only that it's an ugly looking succulant thing that has crept along the far fence for years, looking rather hideous, until it's moment to bloom comes, and then it's INCREDIBLE.  Take a look at it:


Stunning huh?  And it's about the size of a dinner plate across the flower part (white petals) when in full bloom.

You can see a little bit of the actual plant itself  behind the plant there at the bottom and the lighter, flat green bit across the top (not the smaller, darker leaves, they're something else).  It's an ugly critter when it's not in bloom.

This plant is pretty amazing in that it only blooms at night, and only blooms like once a year or something.  I think it only blooms at new moon too, as the ones here bloomed on Monday night (Australia Day) which was new moon.  I wonder if it's lucky when they bloom on Chinese New Year?


I must admit, I do have thoughts of the "mean green mother from outer space" whenever I see the thing in bloom.  Don't you reckon it's got a little bit of the Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors look about it?  I love that movie, and the soundtrack is fantastic.  I can just hear Levi Stubbs' (RIP) voice coming out of that big moon flower bloom.  "I need blood and he's got more than enough..."

I think I need to dig that soundtrack out, I need some Levi Stubbs and Ellen Greene!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I'm up way later than I should be this evening.  I will go to bed soon, I promise.

But until then, let's talk about wants.

I want some things.  I want an iPhone.  I want a Mac laptop.  I want a bicycle.  I also want a good quality digital SLR camera.

I don't need any of these things, but I want them.  My life won't be better if I do have them, but they will make me feel good.  I will enjoy them and the sense of achievement for having obtained them.

I've made the decision that I shall have all of those things by the end of 2009.  And once I've made up my mind, it will happen.  Dunno how, dunno when, but it will.

That's how my trip to the  US happened.  I made the decision that I was going to go to the US for my 35th birthday, and that I was going to spend the whole holiday season there, from my birthday in late October through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.  I just made up my mind.  And to this day I still don't know how I quite wangled it, but I did and it was the trip of a lifetime.

I am a firm believer that once you put your mind to something, you can make it happen.  Of course, it doesn't just happen miraculously on it's own, you have to have some input into the deal, but once you've made that decision the input is much easier.

I didn't always believe this.  Until a few years ago, I believed the whole of life was about fate and luck and that I had really bad luck.  But I had a shift in my thinking and started believing I could put my mind to anything I wanted and needed in life, and since I have, it's mostly worked for me.  Of course there have still been big challenges that cropped up, but I've found that when I've made the decision to deal with those challenges or make changes, then they tend to shift and change around me.

How do you feel about the things you want in life, be they material, emotional or general life goals?  Do you feel like you have any control over the likelihood of those wants being realised?  Do you believe it's up to fate?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Australians All Let Us Rejoice...

Happy Australia Day folks.

It's been a very quiet Australia Day for me.  I'm on energy-save mode at the moment, re-charging the batteries a bit as I've been really busy of late.  Instead I made sure I watched an Australian film today, and the one I watched was The Black Balloon.  An exquisite film, if you can, do see it.

There is something that bothers me a bit about the way Australia Day seems to be evolving over the past few years.  My case in point is the advertisement for lamb that can be seen here.

Does it make anyone else very nervous that this ad seems to be pushing that everyone should be the same in Australia?  That if you don't fit the "norm", you're un-Australian?

Then there is the growing habit of people wearing Australian flags, usually young guys wearing them as capes, to be hurling abuse at anyone that doesn't "look like an Aussie".  My case in point, this article from the Daily Telegraph about violence in Manly in Sydney, drunken young guys chanting "Aussie Aussie Aussie" and other so called "patriotic" slogans.  It looks like the same thing happened in Burleigh here in Queensland according to the Courier Mail.

If the behaviour exhibited by the rednecks in Manly is Australian, I'm quite happy to be called un-Australian.  Because frankly this behaviour is embarrassing to me and I believe to the rest of the country.

Now correct me if I'm wrong, aren't we supposed to be the country that is proud of our cultural diversity?  Aren't we the country that promotes the ideal of the "fair go" for everyone?

I didn't celebrate much this weekend simply because I needed some time out, but when I did go out on Friday night I thought it fantastic to go to a Chinese New Year celebration.  I thought it was a great way to celebrate all that is rich and diverse in this country.  I loved that the Chinese community could put such a great party on that co-incided with Australia Day this year, and that it was part of the New Year celebrations to include the luck of living in this beautiful country.

I love that this country is so diverse that I can find food, music, films, art, fashion and all other forms of culture without having to look far.  I love that this country generally does have an open heart and mind when it comes to those less fortunate than us that decide to come here to make a better future for them and their families.  I love the ideal of a "fair go" for everyone, because in general, most people are good and only want a good life.  I also love that on this special day, we hold citizenship ceremonies to welcome MORE people to this lovely country.

But when it comes to these people who behave like this in the name of patriotism, and advertising like that for the lamb industry that I believe just incites more of it, I do feel a deep sense of shame.  I can't bear that anyone else in the world would look at this stuff and think that it's what we're really about.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Do You Love Me?

Well you could show it by getting me this book:

ISBN: 9781921332401

I have the copy out from the library at the moment, and it's AMAZING.  Chock full of facts, photos, inside information, quotes and fabulous Mythbusters info.  It's just MythGeek heaven!  I want my own copy to go on my shelves permanently so bad.

And in celebration of this awesome book, here is the awesomeness of Jamie Hyneman, thanks to Adam Savage's tweeted photos (Link):


It's Stache-Man!!  Or MythMan!  Hyne-Man!  Good GOD he is total awesomeness.  You would never guess that he is a man of 52 years old, would you?  I'm serious.  Born in 1956.  I sometimes wonder if he is the bionic man or something.

Love ya work Jamie!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The CLAW!!

Yes, right now I look like The Claw. Or somewhat like The Claw anyway. I went back to the doc this morning after a week on anti-inflammatories for the soreness in the joints in my right arm, and she's decided it's most likely Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

All I know is that it is very sore around the wrist and fingers. I did have some pain in the elbow and shoulder but anti-inflammatories helped that, so she thinks it was those muscles over-compensating for the damage in my wrist and fingers.
I now have a LOVELY wrist/hand brace that cost me $40. Yes, FORTY DOLLARS. Ugh. It's ugly. Beige, lumpy and ugly.
Any suggestions on how I can modify it to make it cute/elegant/fun?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Stuff and Nonsense

I was just reading this article about a 77 year old woman who was found dead in her house, crushed by the mountains of stuff she had purchased.  Apparently she was known for her addiction to shopping, and her best friend Roy, also 77, reckons she had over 300 scarves, let alone anything else she had in her house.  Poor Roy, I think perhaps he wanted her attention, not just for the shopping.

I'm kinda glad I'm de-cluttering my home at the moment.  I don't want to end up like this lady in 4o  years time.  I've only just started to realise how much STUFF I've got.  Nowhere near the lady in this article, but still far too much stuff I'm hanging on to, and what for?  Clothes that I don't wear, videos that I'm no longer able to watch because I don't have a VCR, all kinds of stuff I really don't need.

So I've been chucking out, sorting and donating all over the place.  I'm picking away at it slowly because if I try to do it all at once I'll lose interest.  Mostly I want to reclaim my spare room as a spare room, not a walk in storage unit.  And I want to shed a bunch of stuff that has no meaning to me any more, and display the stuff that DOES mean something to me.

Then there was this article about the 107 year old woman who is looking for a husband... is the universe trying to tell me something?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Inky Business

I have to tell you a little story about something that happened to me a few months ago.

Now, let me just tell you, I have tattoos.  Three in fact.  Two of them are rather noticeable, those two being the most recent ones I had done.  On the top of my left foot there is a big pink lotus flower.  On the inside of my right forearm, I have a kind of balloon heart with a string in pinks.  I also have a Gary Larson "Far Side" cow on my back, above my  left shoulderblade, but people don't normally see that one.  I do intend to get more tattoos in the future.

So anyway, about three or four months ago, I got in the lift at work, and there was a woman already in there.  For a moment she looks down at my foot, and I feel her look me up and down.  I'm wearing tailored navy pants, a turquoise top, low heeled court shoes and those fishnet "socks" (for wearing under pants).  No wild outfits, no wacky hair-do's, just you're average local government corporate worker.

So she looks at my foot again and says "Is that a real tattoo?"  I smile and say "Oh yes, it is." (she isn't smiling).  She replies "Did you get that when you were young and stupid." in a tone that implies only people who are young and stupid would get tattoos.  My smile is now gone, and I say in a flat tone "No, I got it three months ago." to which she replies "Oh..." and hurries out of the lift.

Unfortunately there are still people in the world that assume that having tattoos is either a massive mistake you have made when you're young, or you're some kind of trouble making rough neck.  People don't realise that just like clothing or jewellery, they're a form of self expression, only ones that are permanent.  Part of you.  They can't understand that a mature, hard-working, intelligent person would choose to get something permanently marked on their body.  They're also the kind of people that can't see tattoos as works of art.

When I was planning my two latest tattoos, I told a colleague (who has tattoos herself) that I planned to get the one on my foot done to cover most of the top of my foot.  She suggested that I opt for something smaller so that "You can cover it up."  I kind of wonder what the point of getting a tattoo is if you have to cover it up and hide it away from the public eye.  It's not like I have some pornographic or violent image tattooed on me, it's a beautiful lotus flower.  I'm proud of it, I love the artwork of both it and the one on my arm and I WANT them to be seen.

I understand wanting to have something tattooed in an intimate area that is special for only yourself and your partner perhaps to know about, but I don't understand tattooing the rest of the body only to cover it up because of what other people might think.

My tattoos are part of me, and they do reflect on my personality, but not in any negative way.  They're items of beauty, they're symbols that reflect who I am, and if people don't like to see the art on my arm or my foot, that is THEIR problem, not mine.  It would be different if the designs were something offensive, like sexual or violent images, but it's a flower and a heart balloon.  Get over it people - it's just INK!

Do you have tattoos?  Are they somewhere that can be seen in everyday wear?  Or have you got them somewhere that you cover them up?  If you cover them up, why?  And have you had any negative experiences because of other people's attitudes towards your tattoos?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Yet Another Obsession

What is it with stationery?

Why does it suck me in?  I just lashed out and bought a packet of GORGEOUS pastel markers yesterday.  I just couldn't leave them in the shop.  I don't need them, I don't know what I am going to use them for (I am not in any way arty or crafty) but they're so beautiful I just had to have them.  They even have pretty names:

Pink Flamingo
Oceanview Blue
Peach Parfait
Cloud Nine Grey
Tranquil Teal
Lemon Bliss
Polynesian Purple
Margarita Green

DELICIOUS!!  Hang on, let me take a photo...


See what I mean?  Delicious.

Is anyone else addicted to stationery?  Do you like pens and paper and folders etc?  Do you have stacks of markers in all kinds of colours, pretty crayons and loads of coloured or patterned paper?  Do you have boxes or packets full of stickers?  Dozens of journals and diaries?

Do you actually use them?  Or are you like me, and buy them and hoard them?

How can I encourage myself to actually use all of this stationery in a creative way?  Bear in mind that I can barely draw a stick figure, and have all the craft ability of a mollusc.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Microsoft Get it VERY Wrong

I don't know about you, but this does not make me want to buy Songsmith one little bit.

All it does is make me cringe!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Totally Girlie Blog Post

I can't let the Golden Globes slip by last night without posting a commentary on the fashion.  I just can't do it!

I'm not really interested in the awards or the movies nominated or anything, but I do love the frocks and suits and accessories of all of those big red carpet events.  The best and worst dressed of the night, the dodgy make-up jobs and the hair that looks divine.  So I've collected some pictures from various sources online to share with you.  I think I'll start with the best bits.

My favourite of the night was Anne Hathaway:

Total old school glamour, a colour that suits her milky complexion and dark hair and eyes perfectly, and she was rocking some delicious curves.

My second favorite was Drew Barrymore:


Before I saw the photos, someone described her as looking like she'd been drinking.  I will agree that she's got the whole tousled bed head thing going there, but when you look at her close up, she looks divine!


Fresh, youthful, fun and she's totally rocking that Marilyn Monroe-esque hair style.  Love it!  I also really love the lush red clutch purse she's carrying.

Melissa George got a bit of a caning for this one:


But I like it.  It's retro, very art deco, the makeup and hair is soft and glamorous, she works the black and white well and it has a lovely shape.

Another who did understated glamour really well was Kate Winslet:

But then Kate always does.  I love the detail of the bow on her waist with the jeweled piece.  Just gives it a bit of bling for a special occasion.

Then there was Salma Hayek:


Actually the dress wasn't anything special, she's just GORGEOUS and carries her curves better than any other woman does!

Another one I heard really slammed was Jennifer Lopez:


Ok, I will admit, it does look like she's just taken a length of fabric and expertly (and carefully) draped it around her body.  But you can't tell me she isn't carrying it PERFECTLY.  The lady is a true diva, she just works her thing like no other.  Look at her:


She simply carries herself like a goddess.  Her makeup is soft and fresh, she's glowing all over the place, she's let her dress and skin carry the outfit without over accessorising (look at the rock in her earlobe!) and her hair is sleek and understated.  She's gorgeous.

Now for the bad.  First cab off the rank, Lisa Rinna:


Baaaaa!!!  Mutton dressed up as lamb if I ever saw it.  Too much collagen in the lips, botox in the brows, fake tan and she needs to pull those boobs into line.  Age gracefully honey, beauty isn't about trying to look younger than you are.

Speaking of mutton dressed up as lamb, Cameron Diaz is heading rapidly into that territory too.


I couldn't get a decent close up shot, but the makeup looks like slap, it's really pasted on, heavy around the eyes and the wrong colours.  Soft makeup flatters the signs of ageing far better than a ton of slap does.  And the dress looks like a doona cover, even if it is a pretty colour.

Speaking of doona covers, what was Rachel Griffiths thinking?


She's a really beautiful woman, always regal looking and has a fantastic figure, but this looks like a cheap 70's sateen sheet.  Her hair and makeup is lovely though.  I bet she had nice shoes on too.

One of the weirdest outfits of the night goes to Marisa Tomei:


It's like she just threw on anything from her wardrobe that she could lay her hands on.  It just looks all wrong.  Yet there is a lovely shape underneath that.

But the WTF?!?!? award definitely goes to Renee Zellweger:


I mean between the fright wig hair and that BIZARRE bodice of her dress, what the... frak was she thinking?  I remember how gorgeous she looked in that yellow vintage dress at the Oscars a few years back and then I see this monstrosity... who told her this was a good idea?

Now don't think only the ladies get a mention in this post.  I wanted to post a picture of Mickey Rourke for you all, but it was too frightening to actually paste into the blog.  Go search for it yourself, but make sure you don't let any children, pregnant women or the elderly see it.

Instead, here's the prize for the most ludicrous skin tone of the evening...


I think Pierce has been bathing in carrot juice again.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Remember Press Gang?

I've been going a bit retro with my DVD watching this weekend. I joined Bigpond Movies recently and found that I could get the great English TV series from the late 80's, Press Gang. It was the launching pad for Julia Sawalha, who you'd also know from Absolutely Fabulous (Saffy) and the 1995 BBC series version of Pride and Prejudice (Lydia).

I think a lot of people wrote it off as a kids show, but DAMN it was good. Great storylines, a flawless cast of talented kids, and very believable. In particular, it had some REALLY cute boys in it, most notably the very beautiful Dexter Fletcher. God that kid was gorgeous. All huge eyes, dimples and soft lips.


It's really hard to find pictures of him back then, but he really was a good looking kid. And cheeky cute too.

For a show aimed at teenagers, it had some of the best dialogue you will ever find in television. Really quick, witty and treated it's audience as intelligent. I loved it then and I've discovered I really love it now. So glad I can watch the whole run of the show thanks to Bigpond.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I've Been Awarded!

I just found out today that I've been given an award! How special!

My friend Megan awarded me for this one over on her blog Doing What the Cool Kids Do.


Now what I need to do is -

Here are the rules to follow through when you receive the award:

1. Post a copy on your blog.

2. Mention who gave you the award.

3. Pass the award onto 6 others.

4. Leave a message on their blog letting them know the award has been bestowed upon them.

I'd like to nominate, in no specific order:

Katagal Kapers - my lovely friend and colleague Kerri, who is always so positive and upbeat.

Terri's Ramblings - I have only met Terri in person once for a few days, but she's like a sister that I never had!

Morphine Dreams - Jacqueline is just too cool for words.

Random Thoughts and Rambles - Jules is an open hearted lady, always around to lend an ear to her cysters.

The Bruising Adventures of Girl Clumsy - A thought provoking and often hilarious lady.

Mandie's World - Another fabulous cyster who I only met in real life for a few days, but it was an AWESOME few days.

Congratulations friends!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Game On!

Gaming in Libraries
Originally uploaded by Shanachietour
This is a photo that the Shanachies took on their recent trip to Australia, here in Brisbane. It's a sign advertising the Game On exhibition at State Library of Queensland. I think it's a fantastic quote they've used there.

Game On is an exhibition of the history of video games. I have a free ticket to go and see it, but need a buddy to go with. Anyone want to go with me? I'm happy to split the cost of the other ticket.

7 Random Things About Me! (MEME)

My friend Terri tagged me in her blog, so it's my turn. These are getting hard for me because I've done them so many times before.

1. I cannot stand the smell of lavendar. It gives me a headache and makes me want to gag.

2. If I could, I would live six months of the year here in Brisbane (from April to September) and then the other six travelling the northern hemisphere for the colder climate. I cannot bear heat.

3. I would love to find a job where I could just surf the net all day every day! My current job is close, but I need to get rid of a whole pile of crap tasks. I'm a geek, I know!

4. As I get older, I'm falling in love with my curly hair. I used to HATE it and torture it straight every day.

5. I want to write my Grandparent's stories.

6. I am completely and obscenely in lust with a guy at work. (Not one of MY colleagues though - ew!) If he knew the lewd and lascivious things I thought about him...

7. Prozac is my best friend!

I'm not going to tag anyone, cos I know not everyone digs these. But if you want to do it, go for it, and please link back to me if you do!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

You'd Betta Work!

Why is it infinitely more exhausting to teach someone your job than to just do it yourself?

At the moment, 'Berto is on two week's leave. We have the lovely Luke in to help out, and instead of totally freaking him out with 'Berto's job, we've kind of mashed his job and mine together, I'll do all the complex bits that take a long time to kind of get into, and Luke is doing the bits I can just show him how to do and let him run with it.

He's great, picking things up at lightning speed, using lots of common sense and is really keen to have a go.

But I'm worn down to a nub! It's exhausting me to explain what I do and step out how I do it. Mostly because I'm not used to actually thinking about it, I just get in there and chug along and do what needs to be done.

It's good though, because it highlights just how complex the work that we do is. Plus I love the opportunity to "convert" people into understanding why we harp on about the things we harp on about. When seen from our perspective, it's understood that we're not being pedantic, or making procedures and policies just for something to do. When you're the one who has to correct hundreds of records in a database every week, you start to get a bit narky about people not entering them correctly in the first place. When you have to track down millions of dollars worth of assets, following procedural steps to receipt new stock and dispose old stock is of vital importance.

I booked some leave for March today. Three whole weeks off work, which the boss has approved. I don't plan to do a real lot, spend some time with my Grandparents but the rest shall be swanning about doing all the things I seem to never have enough time to do. Lots of reading, some socialising, some relaxing, some movies... just generally recharging the batteries.

Bring on March I say!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Best and Worst of 2008

My friend Kathryn in Chico, CA sent me this via email for herself, so I thought I would blog it. Here are my Top and Bottom 10 things about 2008. I'll start with the crap things so I end on a high note.

Worst of 2008

1. Trish being diagnosed with cancer
2. Being treated like crap by a man I trusted.
3. Dealing with a bully at work.
4. Working too much and playing too little.
5. Ali leaving BCCLS.
6. Seeing so many of my IT buddies suffering under their current conditions.
7. Summer.
8. Dealing with a weirdo on MySpace who went ballistic because Obama got elected and spamming me with hate.
9. Cysters United being ditched because the Forumsvibe service got shut down.
10. Christmas.

And the Best of 2008

1. Getting a promotion!
2. Buying a washing machine.
3. My friend LukeyB. He's adorable.
4. The tail end of my trip to the US.
5. New Years Eve.
6. Wordscraper (used to be Scrabulous on Facebook) - I'm addicted!
7. The crackwhore moving out of my building.
8. Spending a weekend on the Gold Coast with Janna.
9. The Shanachies visit.
10. Gus's coffee.

There are actually a lot more good things than bad, but I just reeled 10 off the top of my head. I had to think about the 10 bad, so that's a positive note!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Carpet or Linoleum?

I spotted this article in my web travels today. It asks what is more attractive, hairy chests or polished pecs.

I have to say I am a hairy chest gal. I find smooth chests, particularly those that have been shaved or wax highly unattractive. It just seems so... pubescent to me. Or gay. I used to know a very creepy gay guy who would wax his chest. Yuck.

But a man with a good sprinkling of hair on his chest... mmmm.... oh to run ones fingers through that lovely hair.

All my favourite men have got hairy chests. I mean, look at William McInnes:


Then there is Jamie Hyneman:

And Hugh Jackman:


What about Campbell Brown:


And this guy:


No, this is not a blatant excuse to post pictures of hot guys, it's a serious debate. Shut up.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

My Dice with Death - Part 2

Well I'm not dead. I had really hoped to wake up this morning as Spiderwoman, but no, I still need my glasses, am not all buff and fit, and can't shoot web from my wrists (which I am REALLY disappointed about).

However, I have a little festery wound (about 5mm long, 2mm wide) where the two puncture marks were, and it's REALLY sore. No swelling or soreness on the rest of the finger, but that little spot does really hurt far more than I think it should.

Here look:


Now it's not very big but since I took this photo it has got more... yucky and as I said, it's very sore. I'm no wuss with pain, I've been tattooed three times.

I hope it isn't one of those spider bites that rots and then you get gangrene until you have to have your finger chopped off. Yeah thanks Kerri for your Facebook comment to put THAT idea in my head.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

My Dice with Death

I got bitten by a spider today. At least that's what I'm pretty sure it was. I had two small puncture wounds on my finger, and it stung like crazy.

I was actually asleep on the sofa at the time. I had put a DVD on, was mooching on the sofa and drifted off, only to be woken by my hand really stinging. I looked down to see the bites, leapt up and hunted through the sofa for the culprit, but couldn't find it. Of course then I began to worry just WHAT bit me, as with all this rain all sorts of bitey things are coming inside. So I popped down to my friend Di's (she lives in my street) for a cuppa and to have someone around to make sure I didn't pass out or anything. I don't mess around when it comes to bitey things.

A good dose of antiseptic cream, a cuppa and a couple of hours passing by has assured me that my hand isn't going to drop off and I don't think I'm going to die.

I would have been really pissed off if I'd suffered any kind of real damage. I mean, I was doing the safest thing in the world... sleeping on the sofa! For God's sake, if one can't sleep on the sofa in safety... what hope is there in this world? It's not like I'm out in the bush, braving nature at it's fiercest.

How dare anything jeopardise my sloth time?

Friday, January 02, 2009

First Words of the Day Post

I cracked my new word-of-the-day calendar today. I have two days to use of course because I wasn't at work yesterday with it being a public holiday and all.

The first word was one I am very familiar with, skylark. My Grandma uses that word a lot. "If you weren't skylarking around you wouldn't get into such trouble." She also uses the word lairising. You don't hear that word any more. "Stop lairising around and do your homework!"

The second one was ad hominem. It means attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument. A new term to me, though I know a LOT of people who do that. "He couldn't justify his behaviour, so he attacked me ad hominem."

I'm quite looking forward to expanding my vocabulary with this little datebook!

100 Things To Do Before You Die

This is a bit of a blog meme doing the rounds. I don't in any way think that you should HAVE to do anything, but these are things you could pick from to enrich your life. You could make your own hundred things you want to do or have done (or both) that is important to you. I may add a few more to the bottom:

1. Started my own blog- yes, several
2. Slept under the stars- many times.
3. Played in a band- yes, badly
4. Visited Hawaii-no
5. Watched a meteor shower- yes.
6. Given more than I can afford to charity- Yes, but also not given as much at other times.
7. Been to Disneyland/World- no
8. Climbed a mountain- yes
9. Held a praying mantis- yes and it was creepy.
10. Sung a solo- yes, and sounded like a goose farting in the fog.
11. Bungee jumped - and I never, ever, ever will
12. Visited Paris- Not yet
13. Watched lightning at sea- Yes, plenty of times.
14. Taught myself an art from scratch- yes, several
15. Adopted a child- no.
16. Had food poisoning- yes. Terrible when you don't know what end it's gonna come out of.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty- No, but I've been past her on a boat.
18. Grown my own vegetables- yes
19. Seen the Mona Lisa- no.
20. Slept on an overnight train- Several times.
21. Had a pillow fight- yes
22. Hitchhiked- yes. Used to do it quite a bit in my youth. Never on my own, I had a large, male hitch buddy.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill - who hasn't?
24. Built a snow fort- no, not enough snow when I was in the US.
25. Held a lamb- yes.
26. Gone skinny dipping- yes.
27. Run a Marathon- No way Jose.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice- nope
29. Seen a total eclipse- Yes, and several partial ones.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset- yes
31. Hit a home run - no but I have hit a six in cricket.
32. Been on a cruise- Nope.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person- not yet.
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors- yes, cos it's not far from here. Not the other side of the family though.
35. Visited an Amish community- no, I missed that on my trip. Next time.
36. Taught myself a new language- yes, Spanish.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied- I only ever wish for "enough".
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person- no.
39. Gone rock climbing- yes
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David- no
41. Sung karaoke- only once when drunk. Hate karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt- no
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant- Yes
44. Visited Africa- no
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight- yes
46. Been transported in an ambulance- yes, when I slashed open my right arm on a louvre window at school.
47. Had my portrait painted- nope.
48. Gone deep sea fishing- no
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person- no
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris- no
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling- Not sure my ears would let me.
52. Kissed in the rain- no.
53. Played in the mud- yes
54. Gone to a drive-in theater- yes
55. Been in a movie- Nope
56. Visited the Great Wall of China- no
57. Started a business- yes
58. Taken a martial arts class- no
59. Visited Russia- no
60. Served at a soup kitchen- yes
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies- no, but was a brownie and sold their biscuits.
62. Went Whale Watching- yes
63. Got flowers for no reason- only ones I've bought myself.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma- yes
65. Gone sky diving- no
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp- no, but I will one day
67. Bounced a check- yes
68. Flown in a helicopter- no
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy- yes
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial- No.
71. Eaten caviar- yes - gross
72. Pieced a quilt- no
73. Stood in Times Square- yes
74. Toured the Everglades- not yet
75. Been fired from a job- never
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London- no
77. Broken a bone- yes, toe and nose
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle- yes
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person- no
80. Published a book- not yet
81. Visited the Vatican- no
82. Bought a brand-new car- no
83. Walked in Jerusalem- no
84. Had my picture in the newspaper- Yes, for a few things.
85. Read the entire Bible- yes
86. Visited the White House- Seen it from the train
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating- Yes
88. Had chickenpox- yes
89. Saved someone’s life- several times
90. Sat on a jury- no, but probably will before long.
91. Met someone famous- yes, several.
92. Joined a book club- yes
93. Lost a loved one- yes
94. Had a baby- not yet
95. Seen the Alamo in person- no
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake- no.
97. Been involved in a law suit- no
98. Owned a cell phone- many
99. Been stung by a bee- yes, a couple of times
100. Ridden an elephant- no

So there's my replies to the list someone else created. Here's a few others I have done and think would be great experiences others could do if they haven't already:

  • Swam in Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island
  • Taken a boat tour of the San Francisco Bay
  • Eaten echidna
  • Had a job that you love and are passionate about.
  • Started a community radio station.
  • Laughed some beverage out your nose.
  • Eaten a hot dog from the street vendor in New York City.
  • Read a whole book (a proper novel, not a little one) in one single session.
  • Bought yourself a bunch of roses, just because you wanted them.
  • Had a white Christmas.
  • Learned a new word every day for a whole year.
  • Eaten frogs legs.
  • Visited at least three other states/provinces in your country.
  • Taken a tram in Melbourne.
  • Had a champagne at the Sydney Opera House.
  • Seen a quokka at Rottnest Island.
  • Owned the entire catalogue of one author and one band/singer.
  • Been to a movie marathon all night.
  • Asked your grandparents, or elderly parents, or some other person over 70 about their life.
  • Been completely obsessed about something that you've researched and kept notes on and collected.

I have lots more, but those are a few that just pop into my mind. What are things that you want to do, or have done and have been vastly enriched by, that you could put on a list of important things to do?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2009. It's my aim to post at least 365 blog posts here this year. Every little bit of creativity helps me expand my skills and abilities, so I'm going to keep working at it. Even if it's just to share a video or photo, at least one per day. Cheer me on folks, leave comments!

I don't have my word of the day calendar here at home with me, so I will just have to use two words on some days. I took it to work so that I could share the word of the day with my colleague and friend Marlene, who is a book lover and word collector like me.

One of the great joys of New Years Day for me is cracking open all the new diaries and calendars. I love them. I've got a gorgeous purple one that looks like it's coated in purple spun sugar as my personal diary. On my desk here at home is a "Cupcake a Day" calendar that my friend Janna gave me for Christmas. I have a big calendar with lovely big squares for each day so I can write stuff on there. It's going on the wall in my room. I also have a big planner thing that came from the local MP, which I am going to cover the boring (ugly) bits with stickers and stuff. At work I have the word a day desk calendar, as well as a rather dull BCC issue diary. And a SeaWorld calendar by the desk. I love cracking open a new diary or calendar and sitting down to write birthdays and holidays and other important dates in there. Of course, I NEVER open a calendar before January 1st.

I started to watch I Am Legend today. But it got too scary so I bailed out on it. I don't do scary movies. I went back to watching Mythbusters, which is more my bag.

Hey, wanna hear something cool? Stephen Fry is following me on Twitter. I think he found me through Girl Clumsy.

It's bloody hot again today. 8.30pm at night and I'm still sweltering. I think I'm going to move to Canada.