Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
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.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I'm up way later than I should be this evening. I will go to bed soon, I promise.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Happy Australia Day folks.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Well you could show it by getting me this book:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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.
Monday, January 19, 2009
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.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I have to tell you a little story about something that happened to me a few months ago.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
What is it with stationery?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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
I can't let the Golden Globes slip by last night without posting a commentary on the fashion. I just can't do it!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
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 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.
Friday, January 09, 2009
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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.