Friday, August 31, 2007

mememememememe

Shirl finds the best quizzies :)

Your Kiss is Black

Your kisses are amazing. You put a lot of effort into your kissing technique.
You are a perfectionist, and you never leave any kissing detail to chance.
When you're kissing, you like to be in charge. You don't enjoy someone else taking the lead.
You know you're the best kisser. In fact, you're often disappointed by how other people kiss.

Kissing Type: Thoughtful

People See Your Kisses as: Amazingly unreal

You Kiss Best With: A Pink Kisser

Stay away from: A Green Kisser


Ummmm...

Freudian Inventory Results
Oral (43%) you appear to have a good balance of independence and interdependence knowing when to accept help and when to do things on your own.
Anal (43%) you appear to have a good balance of self control and spontaneity, order and chaos, variety and selectivity.
Phallic (76%) you appear to have issues with controlling your sexual desires and possibly fidelity.
Latency (43%) you appear to have a good balance of abstract knowledge seeking and practicality, dealing with real world responsibilities while still cultivating your abstract and creative faculties and interests.
Genital (56%) you appear to be somewhere between a progressive/openminded and regressive/closeminded outlook on life.
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Even though it is Friday, I'm going to follow Julie's lead and do Thursday 13

Things I like beginning with R:

1. Red - Clothes, shoes, hair, food - If it is red, I will love it (except capsicum/peppers)
2. Reading - I cannot understand people who don't read!
3. Real coffee - None of that instant rubbish for this caffeine fiend.
4. Real people - Fake plastic celebrity wannabes make me wanna puke.
5. Raspberries - yum, yum, yum, yum!
6. Red wine - but only in small quantities
7. Running amok on the internet :)
8. Really expensive French perfume - especially when I can find it at a good price :)
9. Rubbing a freshly shaved scalp or chin - not that it happens very often :(
10. Running through a pile of fallen autumn leaves and hearing that satisfying crunch.
11. Rolling over and going back to sleep when I wake up early and then remember that I'm on holidays.
12. Running into old friends who have been absent for a while and renewing the friendship.
13. Reaching the end of this - it was tough to think of 13 things!

and Friday Fill-In

1. The last time someone flirted with me was the cab driver previously mentioned.
2. I am SO glad that I am on holidays.
3. Where in the world are my 2004 tax papers?
4. Long weekends are sanity savers.
5. Coming up next: A nap on the couch.
6. I adore my new camera.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching a DVD (Restoration), tomorrow my plans include going to the staff ball and Sunday, I want to sleep in!

I had lunch with HarryO and MattR at the pub at Coogee today. I drank maybe one too many ciders so now I'm off to the couch for that nap :)

art auction/sale @ the mori gallery to save sandon point

a flickrfriend, tapperboy, left me a comment about this art auction/sale to raise funds to help the fight to save sandon point - read here and here for more details. i went along wednesday morning to have a look at the art works and the people organising the event were still hard at work, getting it all set up. i figured that while i was there and there were things to be done, i might as well lend a hand. i had a lot of fun with these lovely dedicated people and ended up going back again thursday. i'm not sure i'll be able to attend the auction on saturday but if i can reschedule my day, i'll be there! if you can make it, that would be great!


details:
3pm, saturday september 1st, 2007
mori gallery
168 day street, sydney - (bottom of bathurst street, turn left - don't walk all the way up four flights of stairs to find out that the gallery is on the ground floor - i did!!)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Weekend Roundup

We finally went on our road trip to Palm Beach on the weekend. Despite the Saturday afternoon traffic on the way out of suburbia, it was a lovely day for a drive. I have not been up that way for about 30 years and I was happy to see that it has not become overly built up. We had a lovely lunch at the Sugar Palm restaurant - the dessert was divine :)

After lunch we went for a drive through the Kuringai National Park to a place called Akuna Bay. It has a marina where there are heaps of fancy boats moored and it has a rather amaziong rack and stack where boats are stored in a big barn on three stories and loaded and unloaded from a forklift/crane. I'm not a really a big fan of boats and all that water stuff but I enjoyed our visit enough to suggest we return and hire a boat for a day.

Saturday night was spend with my friend from work, Mav. She had her 25th birthday last week and celebrated in style by hiring a stretch hum-vee to drive around the city for an hour before making a celebrity entrance at a nightclub. It was so much fun, helped along by a few bottles of bubbles.

Sunday was a much quieter day. I did most of the housework and then went to see No Reservations with Miss E. I've added Aaron Eckhart to my lust list :) and thoroughly enjoyed the film - I agree with Shirl and give it 3/4. Sunday night, I used my Filmink freebie to go and see Once with Mr Wednesday Night. He seemed a bit ambivalent about it but I liked it a lot, especially the music and give it 4/4.

I'm a bit late for Unconcious Mutterings...

Uneven :: wonky
Wonder :: Stevie, bra
Spider :: little miss muffett
Emma :: Bunton
Swing:: out Sister
Orbit :: bar
Flirt :: Um, that would be me :)
Donation :: organ
Veil :: seven
Atmosphere :: The Kármán line

...but I'm right on time for Monday Madness!

Otto says 'Here are some weather-related questions.... Thank you for playing and have an awesome week! =)'

1. Where you live, what kind of weather (or weather-related tragedy) do you fear the most? The truth is, where I live, the worst I can worry about is a really bad thunderstorm. The bushfires that can be so distressing in our hot summers don't come close enough to be a concern (and if they did, it would be a pretty bad fire season.)
2. What kind of weather do you MOST enjoy? Just like it is this week - late Winter, coming up to Spring, with temps between 21° & 25°C with blue skies and crisp mornings. The best part is, I'm on holidays!
3. What kind of weather do you LEAST like to drive in? I don't drive but I hate being any any vehicle without air-conditioning when it is hot and humid.
4. What is the scariest weather-related experience you've had in your lifetime? The worst I can think of is being caught in the rain without an umbrella. Worse still, making a detour to buy an umbrella only to get outside and the rain has stopped - you would not believe how many brollies I own due to this quirky weather phenomenon :)
5. Share a "weather picture" with us! how about this one :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Engaging

Today was a good day. My friend Jennifer, works for the same company, in the same building yet we hardly ever see each other. She came to visit today to give me an udpate on her sick kitty, her gorgeous 4 year old son and the new home that her and James are renovating. I also had lunch with Tash, the girl who used to sit next to me - she moved to a new job at a different company back in June. The good bit is, she now works in the building right next door :)

I did some overtime tonight - If we work past 7pm, we get a taxi home, on the company account. I usually get into the cab, tell the driver where I want to go and there is usually no more conversation until I get to my street. Tonight's driver was a very chatty and quite cheeky as well. He was very engaging and we had a rather interesting conversation about age, beauty (mine) and relationships. By the end of the trip, he was keen to convince me that I need a toy boy, specifically a 24 year old taxi driving toy-boy. While he was cute (tall, dark curly hair, italian, mmmm), I did not take him too seriously.

I do have his card with his mobile phone number - just in case I ever need a cab. Believe me, that will be the only time I'll be calling that number.

It must still be Monday somewhere in the Universe, so I have to have a go at Monday Madness!

1. How many desktop computers in your home? Just one, unless I count the old one that still sits in the junk room, nearly three years after the current one was purchased...
2. How many laptops? Only the one that appears when I sit down and disappears when I stand up...
3. What kind of internet service do you have? (i.e. phone modem, dsl, etc.) ADSL
4. Do you tend to use more than one email account regularly? Yes, I have way too many email addresses...
5. Do you use email as a main source for communicating to your family and friends? Friends? Definitely. With my sisters, 99% of the time. With my parents, always by phone - Dad has no idea how teh internets works and my mum is hopeless with email :) With my nieces and nephews, mostly by Facebook and MySpace.
6. What kind of computer monitor do you own (flatscreen, or other)? A lovely flatscreen that was donated by my dear friend, HarryO :)

Poddy: Songs From The Big Chair / The Hurting - Tears for Fears
Dogs: 3
Minis: 1
Feeling: Pretty darn good :)

p.s. Those universal signposts have come back. I'm hoping that this time I don't get waylaid by self doubt and wander off the path again.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sunshine

I've had a fairly quiet weekend - the weather has been rather miserable. There were plans to drive up to Palm Beach with MattR, HarryO and MissE but that was put off until a sunnier day.

It has been so long since I have done the regular blogthing, I don't quite know what to tell you. Looking back at previous posts, I can start with the weight loss. Since March, I've hit very long, flat plateau where I've gained and lost the same kilogram or two every week and I lost my motivaton for a while. I went for my first weigh-in in seven weeks last Wednesday and was glad to see the scales register a 0.7kg loss. In those seven weeks, I hardly did any exercise and ate way too much stuff that I should avoiding. The loss gave me the motivation to start again.

The friendship with Mr Wednesay Night is good. Despite some pretty ordinary behaviour on my part, we have survived and I'm happy with that.

Have not done this for a while...

Unconcious Mutterings - I say ... and you think ... ?

1. Darling :: river
2. Majesty :: HMAS
3. Pebble :: quartz
4. Fate :: destiny
5. Instant :: karma
6. Screen :: test
7. Unplugged :: acoustic
8. Dairy :: milk
9. Benefactor :: sugar daddy
10. Market :: paddington

audio: lastfm radio
video: the illusionist, little miss sunshine, hot fuzz
feeling: pretty good :)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Yes! Yes!

I know I've been nominating every year for the last few years as 'the year that everything will change for the better' but at last, I think that year has finally started.

I don't have to worry about the contingency plan... As of next week, I'll be credit card free. Still in debt but only up to my nostrils, paying way less interest and no credit card to tempt me into buying things I don't need! I have even managed to save $200 - not much you might think, but it is a record for me. To celebrate this turn of fortune, I have doubled the amount I have been putting into my nest egg account each payday. Once I have settled into the new financial pattern, I may even increase it some more. (After cutting up my credit cards [the recently expired and it's shiny replacement], I almost chucked the little pieces in the bin but I have saved them and plan to use them to make a mosaic of some sort.)

On another tangent, I allowed myself to be talked into going the staff ball on September 1st. This will mean having to dress up and perhaps even wear make up... I have to tell you, I so rarely dress up and even when I do, it is never very flash. Gah, how did I manage to get roped into this!

It is hard to imagine, but I think everything is going to be OK.

Poddy: The Hurting / Songs From the Big Chair - Tears for Fears
Dogs: 5
Minis: 2
Feeling: Cheerful

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yes!

No, I have not abandoned my new digs! I have been suffering from a rather unattractive stomach bug for the last few days. I'll spare you the details and just say that I'm feeling much better :)

Today marks another step forward in sorting the neglected areas of my life and re-establishing my identity. I have a personal loan and an almost maxed out credit card with a sky-high interest rate. I visited my credit union with an application to consolidate the two debts into one and if all goes well (pray for me!), I'll have one debt, less interest to pay and enough left over to get my passport renewed, submit my tax returns for the last four years and sort out my health insurance. If I'm really lucky (and I don't end up with a staggering tax bill), I might even use that passport to go somewhere interesting when I'm on holidays at the end of this month.

For now, I'm keeping a positive mindset on the application and will only worry about what I will do if the answer is no, if it happens.

Poddy: The Hurting - Tears for Fears
Dogs: 8 - with bonus points for the lovely doggie I met at lunchtime
Minis: 3
Feeling: Better, positive

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Boo!


For the few visitors so far, yes, the template has changed - the other was too narrow and sometimes you're going to need a broad mind to read this blog. At some stage, I will shed some light on why I've been withdrawn from the world in recent months. Right now, it is still a little hard to do.

I was asked today why I started a new blog (by a non-blogger). I replied that a blogger would understand - it is like moving house and making fresh start. I want this one to be a positive and regenerative effort - there was not much of that happening for that girl I used to know.

Too tired to link and illustrate so I'll just list :)
Poddy: Power, Corruption & Lies - New Order
Dogs: 0 :(
Minis: 3
Feeling: Tired, lethargic, hormonal but still kinda happy :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Why?

Why 'Skiing in Bolivia'?

I was talking to my dear friend HarryO the other night and he expressed concern at my lack of blogging. I decided that if I was going to blog again, I'd have to start afresh but had no idea of what the name should be. Later on, while tossing and turning, trying to sleep, a fragment of a drunken conversation from London 1990 came back to me - my Canadian/English friend Mike was talking about going skiing in Bolivia and while I knew there was something fundamentally wrong with the location, it took me forever to work out that he actually meant Bulgaria. With the blog naming dilemma de-horned, sleep came easy.

Today:
lastFM
What's on the Pod Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
How many dogs did I see today? 2 How many minis did I see today? 3
How am I feeling today? Surprisingly, quite happy :)

Welcome...


...to my latest attempt at the subtle art of braindump. I'll be posting random thoughts, vague recollections, painful honesty and whatever else needs to put out into the universe.