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So I'm not dead yet...

Still working and seeking more stable employment. Moving back home for a while, I'll be staying in my parents' guestroom until such time as I have a bit more certainty. Oh, and I've been keeping a non-personal blog over at - craft and book reviews mostly. How have you all been?
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I fear I'm about to be extremely boring...

Sorted out two small jars of buttons bought at a charity shop. Asides buttons (ranging from oooh! to eeeew...) I found:

2 cufflinks (not matching)
1 charm of saints and the pope
1 Mikolaj Kopernik buttonhole ornament
1 clip-on earring
37 pins (22 sewing, 4 safety and 11 drawing)
11 press dud parts
9 small silver belt buckles
9 paperclips
2 needles
2 washers (one round, one u-shaped)
2 keys
1 thimble
1 bolt (small)
1 nut (large)
1 valve (?)
1 hook
1 picture hanger
5 other additional mystery items

Uh... that' all.
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A week ago Mum told me "It must be Fringe season. The buskers are good". And it certainly was a fantastic fringe season. Adelaide has the second largest fringe festival in the world - but it's grown exponentially this year - watch out Edinburgh!

In my new house I can jump on a bus that comes every twenty minutes and be in the heart of the city ten minutes later. Consequently any time I've wanted for anything to do in the last month I've just hopped on a bus to see what's on!

The Garden of Unearthly Delights celebrated its tenth year this fringe - it was enormous. A footbridge that's normally right near the back of the garden was almost at the front this year - they had so many more venues this time! With multiple shows starting every fifteen minutes in the evenings and very affordable pricing you never wanted for something to do.

Elsewhere the fringe was very much in evidence - this year was an Adelaide Festival year as well, but it was thoroughly outshone by the Fringe. Writer's Week, WOMAD, Soundwave and the Clipsal 500 also seemed to have shrunk in comparison. I suspect most of them actually grew, just not so much.

If you were a visitor to Adelaide you could be mistaken for thinking it's a quiet city with not a lot going on - unless you come in late February or the first weeks of March. Then you'd realise we've just shoehorned so much culture into four weeks that we're suffering from a sort of arts hangover for the rest of the year.

My favourite shows this year were Morgan & West, Time Travelling Magicians and Craig Hill - both were absolutely brilliant. Morgan & West pulled me out of the crowd as an audience volunteer and it was fantastic - though I did have to kill that poor balloon dog. Awww... Craig Hill was the funniest comedian I've seen in years. I laughed non-stop throughout and had a fantastic time - he worked a lot with material from the audience, and then he found out that Adelaide has a suburb called Kilburn - I believe he had a lot of fun with that. Tina C was a drag queen country music diva parody which was fun - and had everyone dancing, and Slapdash Galaxy was a fun shadow puppetry show with puppets that mostly appeared to be made of junk but made fantastic shadow effects - at one point using the shadow of a bald man's head as a planet to go in orbit around...

I honestly could not say that any of the shows I saw were bad, I had fun with each and every one of them. The four above, particularly the first two, were a cut above though. A little request to the comedians: every single one of you had a lot of content based around our accent and the suburb Elizabeth. It gets old after you've seen half a dozen comedians do the same thing. Find something new.

One day while walking home from the fringe I found a perspective chalk drawing under way - it was very sketchy but there was enough to identify a Doctor Who theme going on. I went past it again several times - the photo above was on my final visit. It doesn't look like there are many people in the mall - but there were. They're ALL behind me waiting to get into the best spot to get a view from the point where the perspective works best!

I had an amazing fringe this year. The biggest one I've had yet and the biggest Adelaide has had yet. I can't wait for the next one!
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I have been getting a little stressed for the last couple days - I was about ready to have a good (friend locked) rant here but I went for a bike ride tonight and suddenly I feel so much better. So you'll be spared the rant.

Since netball stopped I haven't really been getting much fitness in. So about a week ago I started cycling again. I'm hoping to keep it up regularly - mostly not particularly ambitious distances but a few longer trips in there too.

So far, so good. The first couple days I did around 5km, I have done two longer rides at 30km and 26km and tonight I did about 12km. I think that that kind of distance I could happily keep up very regularly. I'm seeing some improvement already - I'm measuring distance and speed with my GPS and my average speed has increased, I'm also feeling less pain after finishing and the hills aren't killing me *quite* as much.

Just imagine what I might be able to do after two weeks...


Jan. 22nd, 2012 12:38 pm
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One of the things I missed most when I moved here was having roses in the garden - Mum and Dad got me a rose for Christmas but as it was well into the flowering season I didn't expect to see any until October - but when I went to water the rose this morning I found a bud! There's another smaller one too. I'm thrilled to bits! I'm very much looking forward to this one opening up in the near future.

This has been a very bloggy weekend but I had to share this. Now I'm off to work - I've been called in and must get moving!
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I've been meaning to review a book I read recently - "Cold hands, warm heart" by Jill Wolfson. It arrived in the library for cataloguing and caught my attention so I thought I'd give it a read. It was time well spent - this book deals with a number of intertwined issues, a cast of well-defined characters and several narrators concisely and effectively. The book focuses around a heart transplant and views it from many angles and points of view in a believable way that neither judges the characters nor patronises the reader. The transplant donor and recipient(s) and their families have complex emotions to deal with and none of these are neglected or simplified - the recipient is very much aware that someone healthy died, and it is only because of this that she could continue to live. The transplantation process is well portrayed and not glamorised or made to appear a simple fix - the downsides of living with ongoing medications and the consequences of rejection are not left out or glossed over.
I would happily recommend this book for anyone - even if you are unable to relate to the story it is told well and is very thought-provoking.


Also, I went to the post office to send one of my long overdue parcels - it seems that the post office opening hours I googled were out of date - that'll teach me to just take the first search result. I should know better than that. Bad librarian! Bad!

I guess I'll try to get there during the week...
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I've lived in this area for a few months now so it was high time I explored Prospect Road - I've driven down it and went to the tour down under opening a week ago, but I really haven't seen it properly yet.

I set out on foot and walked down to Cafe Komodo for breakfast - who knew it was such a lovely retro-ish place? It's behind a row of shops and looks to be part converted shed, part outdoors, part converted garage... and all wonderful. The breakfast I had - Turkish Breakfast Bread - definitely scores my recommendation. To top it all off it was so friendly there... I'll be back for sure.

I wandered further along and found a really nice second hand bookshop - Prospecting for books - not so much the recent relase reselling kind of second hand bookshop but the could-be-anything kind. That's the best kind I think. I found some books of Australian poetry I'd been seeking - I had almost given up on finding them without a trip to the CBD but at last I succeeded. I'll be back to this bookshop too.

I wandered back homeward past the op-shops and antique and vintage sellers and generally had a wonderful time looking about. I've made it home in time to shelter from the hottest part of the day, so all is very much well.

Living here has been working very well for me and I had no trouble at all adjusting to things - I've even got used to the seventies floor coverings!

Work has put some challenges and less-than-wonderful things in my way lately but it continues to be a job I really, really enjoy and I'm going to get an opportunity for some fantastic training starting next week so, on the whole, things are quite positive there.

Oh, and I have a sewing machine now. So I think I'm going to go and find something to sew. It's been far too long, and I feel the need to get crafty!
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Okay, so I'll have to get into the habit of posting when I have something to show/say instead of thinking "I must do a journal post about that"

That way my post ideas might actually get up here. Er. Oops?
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Then on the 27th, I did 38 geocaches in one day - 26 of which were on the APM challenge route - one cache representing each Prime Minister Australia has had so far. I found all of them and another dozen extras. The photo below was taken near one of the side trips - I couldn't get further back to take a wider photo, the banks were steep and a bit treacherous-looking. Not many creeks have water in them at this time of year. There were other nice and unusual things to see along the way - I saw a lot of cellar beetles (harmless, sometimes kept as pets (not by me, thanks)) and thistles that had grown improbably large. I had no idea they got that big. I also learnt a lot about driving on dirt roads with loose surfaces - particularly about acceleration and steering. Fear not, no disasters. Just a few interesting learning experiences. The roads were very quiet - most people stick to the sealed roads. I was exhausted at the end of the day but it was quite an adventure!

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I've come to the realisation that although going to the end of the year is a nice idea, my daily photo journal has run its course and has just become a source of stress. So instead of going on with that, starting now I'm going to aim to post something new at least twice a week. It might be a photo, something that's happening, a book review, a craft project, something cool I've found... anything really.

And thank you Katie. Your parcel arrived in the mail today and it is truly wonderful. I promise the bookmark will tour many wonderful books and when one is worth writing about I will write about it here.

Today it's something I found while reading my RSS feeds, this is from

A Girl You Should Date

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
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I'll run a catch-up post soon, but not tonight.

The photo journal will continue to the end of the year with a photo for each day (if not posted on the day) but as 2012 dawns... I'm going to find myself a new challenge. My heart just isn't in this one anymore.


Dec. 5th, 2011 11:14 pm
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I have a few days to catch up on and I'm afraid I'm keeping the text brief. I was going to write quite a bit more but I confess there have been better days than today (but the world's still turning so I'll cope!)... but I don't want to leave the catchup longer. This photo was taken when a co-worker from another site had a day off so took the litter of puppies they were puppy-sitting a couple places for socialisation and cuddles. They really brightened that day!

Craftiness and more )

Back to the wedding again for today's photo... they had a photobooth set up at the reception with lots of props. It was all kinds of fun! There were a lot of great and fun photos that came out of that booth but this one of Mum and Dad is my personal favourite.


Nov. 30th, 2011 01:20 am
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A bit of a catch-up I'm afraid. Apologies for all of this in one hit. These were the fish at the restaurant the other night. I'm not sure how well you can tell but some of the fish in there are HUGE.

Sunday night we went down to the beach after dinner - probably should have been all responsible and headed straight home but... it was so NICE there!

Aaaaand this is Amy and Barnaby's veggie patch. It's coming along quite well I think :D


Nov. 27th, 2011 01:19 am
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Friday was the work Christmas party - it was a lot of fun but the only photos I got were of the fish tank and even those are on my phone which is charging in the other room so... the other thing that happened was that Skyrim finally arrived in the mail. Waiting for installation, patching on a connection that was behaving patchily and getting some basic until-the-next-patch-comes-out fixes put in I finished this book. A good read... it's also published under the name 'Eon'. I have to go find the second book next week!

Skyrim itself, once some control and graphics fixes were put in, has been good so far. I can't honestly say it's as quite up to the standard of Oblivion or Morrowind, but they do set one heck of a high bar. I'm looking forward to playing more of it, these games do tend to grow on me :)


Nov. 25th, 2011 12:50 am
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This is a travel bug - I've got it ready for a new geocache I'm placing. I'm awaiting review so there's a chance it won't make it but I really hope this one does go through :D I'm rather pleased with it. Only time will tell though :)


Nov. 24th, 2011 12:19 am
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Pretty bears. Which looked much less fuzzy on the smaller screen on my camera. Sleep now. *klunk*


Nov. 22nd, 2011 02:28 am
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Two photos from my first trip overseas in 1999 on choir tour - the first country (England) and the fourth and last (Thailand). :D Love old photo albums. I get to reminisce AND see how far my photography has come. These are some of the better examples... a few others might clean up well with some work one day.


Nov. 20th, 2011 01:44 am
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Early nineties extremely American version of Trivial Pursuit - we were playing around with the question cards late at night. Sometimes the questions are more fun than the answers :D

Today I did some geocaching, placed a new geocache, and picked up the new Dresden Files Fool Moon comic hardcover bindup from Pulp Fiction Comics. It's very, very pretty :D


Nov. 18th, 2011 01:45 am
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Last night I was having more "fun" with the connection here so two days in one hit again. I took this photo while out geocaching - I was waiting for people in the other direction to disappear so I could thoroughly examine something without looking absurdly suspicious.

Also, someone at work was taking part in a mango fundraiser. I split a box with another friend from work - already eaten one. It was delicious. The rest will ripen over the next week or so then face similar fates.


Nov. 16th, 2011 02:35 am
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I spent most of the day relaxing - a day off is a wonderful thing... this is a flower from Mum and Dad's garden - I dropped over there this evening. There's always something looking great there.


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