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Well, what a huge weekend that was!

Saturday morning started when I was gently woken by [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and told I'd got an sms on my mobile, it was [livejournal.com profile] vox_diabolica- his plane had landed and he was on his way to Melbourne. I jumped in the shower then in the car- via my bedroom so I'd have clothes on- and with Seamus in tow and collected Mark from Spencer st station.

[livejournal.com profile] vox_diabolica decided following me round a farmers market in the humidity offered less charms than an air-conditioned cinema (crazy lad) so left after a nice cup of tea and catch up. I dragged [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo down to Flemington Racecourse only to find that the market I wanted to visit was infact a Sunday market. Bollocks. So instead we walked down Racecourse rd to Verb for breakdfast, stopping in at the pet supply place along the way and discovering they had a very good cat tower there, which we went back for with the car yesterday, pictures of cats enjoying it under the cut Cat tower cuteness ).

Once we got home I got dressed up and [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo put his suit in the car, then we headed out again, me to [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly's mum's place to do Eva's make-up and Seamus to see [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus and help him out before the wedding.

Make-up done, I headed in to uni with Eva and her mother and went up to the U-bar, along with Penny I put Eva in her dress, which was stunning and made all the more stunning by the person in it :-) We brought her down the stairs of Union House with Shayne waiting at the bottom of them, then the two of them went off for photos and Penny and I did the sensible thing in the heat and went to the pub until it was time for the wedding.

The wedding itself was beautiful, and the weather held off. [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster sang the song she and [livejournal.com profile] fnoo had written for the event and it sounded spectacular. I had Shayne's camera and had a lot of fun taking happy snaps, which stopped me from bawling like a baby which was good.

Once we all got back to the U-bar the weather broke and it poured with rain, and as anyone who was in Melbourne last Saturday night knows, it did not stop for about 15 hours. I was very grateful for the sails over North Court as I stood out on the balcony in the freah air.

The reception was great, lots of friends to catch up with and dancing and fun. Plus the jolt I got when people were talking about the next wedding they would attend and I realised for me it would be my own... Oh! And [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo requested Sunlight in a Jar and danced with me to it, which was pretty special as I'm going to walk down the aisle to it in about 5 months.

Getting home in the rain was hilarious and fun and special, then Seamus and [livejournal.com profile] vox_diabolica went on a Hungry Jacks run, so I finished the night with fries, good conversation and a fuzzy warm feeling.

The wedding was amazing, I am so, so, so happy for Eva and Shayne, they are two of the most fantastic, generous, loving people in the world and them being married makes so much sense.

The next day, just when you'd think they'd want to rest and be alone, Eva and Shayne came round to pick us up and take us to Eva's sister Katie's place for a BBQ and "Wedding Wind-down" I helped them open presents and played with Jasper, Eva's 5 month old nephew, and chatted to Katie and her husband Joel about permaculture and carpentry. It was a lot of fun, and I felt very priveleged to be hanging out with Eva and Shayne the day after their wedding.

I'd moved my shifts around to accomodate the wedding, so my weekend finished with me doing the night shift at work on the Sunday, which was good as it was very quiet and I was forced to sit in front of a computer until I finished my bloody essay. My essay was on Samson and Delilah which I'd seen earlier this year, and very luckily when we got home we discovered that it would be on tellie in 15 minutes for the first time, so I got a refresher before work. It was a really interesting topic, but quite depressing (substance abuse in remote indigenous communities, hooray!) so I was glad at 5am to put it aside, finally done, and go to sleep for an hour and a half.

I got home about 9am Monday morning and found poor [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo up, but with an awful head cold. The reason he was up? A courier had just arrived with my bridal veil. I got it out and stuck it anyhow in my hair and looked in the mirror... and a bride looked back. It's amazing what a huge difference it made for me. One of my friends (I think it might have been [livejournal.com profile] thewoozel once mentioned to me that it was her bouquet that made her feel like a "bride" but it could be different things for different people, and I think I just found mine. It was a nice feeling.

I slept until midday, then Seamus drove me to uni to hand in the essay (which I looked over before handing it in, since the final draft had been completed at 4am and it's entirely possible I wasn't completely with it- actually it was pretty good!) and we went to Fitzroy so he could duck in to work and I could play in the Friends of the Earth shop. I bought misshapen beeswax dining candles for $3 each, a bottle of natural insect reppellant and made friends with a small child who wanted me to read the labels on every single bottle to her.

The rest of the day past very pleasantly, we went to the pet supply place and picked up the cat tower, then spent an hour or so putting it together. Once again I was reminded of why I love Seamus, he makes doing that sort of thing fun. As I'd just completed the semster with my essay being handed in I got to pick dinner. Out of a choice of White Lotus restaurant, Limeflower Thai or fish'n'chips I... picked fish'n'chips. My excuse is it's the least diet friendly and therefore at the moment it's the most indulgent.

Today life has returned to normal. I pottered around the house and online before heading in to work.

I really did have a fantastic time last weekend, and I'm so very very lucky to be me and have firends like mine.

Wow

Nov. 20th, 2009 05:22 pm
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"The second issue identified by the Select Committee was that petrol sniffing threatened to destroy completely the Aboriginal social system. In the past, drug use has been portrayed as being a threat to entire nations (Kohn,1987), and white observers have long been predicting that alcohol use threatens to make extinct the Aboriginal population (Spencer,1988). However, as Kohn observes, while there is a pervasive notion that drug use will somehow lay the body politic low from within, societies do seem ‘to display extraordinary resilience in the face of mass intoxication’ (Kohn,1987:28). A contributory element to the notion that Aboriginal people might ‘die out’ as a result of drug or alcohol use, is the myth that mood-altering substances were unknown before white contact (the formal invasion and settlement commenced in 1788). The historical record shows otherwise. Not only did Aboriginal people use powerful indigenous tobaccos, they chewed pituri (see Pamela Watson in this volume), and ingested a variety of ‘stupefying’ roots and concoctions, but they also (in some regions) prepared intoxicating beverages made laboriously from Eucalyptus sap, blossoms and wild honey, and the soaked cones of the grass tree (Plomley,1966; Carr & Carr,1981; Thomson,1939 .


Brady, M. (1992) Heavy Metal: The Social meaning of petrol sniffing in Australia. Canberra Australia: Aboriginal Studies Press

Did not know that.
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I have not looked at livejournal at for almost ten days, that has to be a record for me!

I had a wonderful birthday party, followed by a wonderful birthday. I had much fun at the most recent UHAN. I have spent most of this week quite stressed about, among other things, essays and money. I have joined a gym and started yoga lessons at [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo's work. My body aches but in a good way.

I'm so tired, but I need to write at least 1000 wrds tonight.
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I finished all the essays due this week! And with 45 mins to spare! (silly group work having to be handed up together- means stuff has to be done the night before it's all due)

Still got two for next week, but I'm not thinking about them til Monday.

Yaaaaaaay!
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I've been under the pump today, trying to complete essays for which I thought I had extensions (and probably in fact do, but there are complications, longish story). I have been snappy and difficult to get on with. [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo hand fed me chocolate when I started to panic last night, then today let me use his laptop as I'm more comfortable on a Mac these days and at around 1pm asked me if I was hungry. I replied, rather distractedly, that I was. Seamus said he'd make me a sandwich. I said thank you, mind already back on the essay. Five minutes later this appeared next to me, this is his idea of a sandwich:

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Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!

Chris- so very, very spoiled.

(And that's not even going into the bbq'd salmon I got for dinner!)
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Is anyone else having a few issues with Gmail today? Nothing major, just normal shortcuts not working and text going awry?

Uni update: 1 & 1/3 essays completed, 1 & 2/3 to go (Of the ones due by Friday- which actually means Thursday- anyway) Woot!
I am breaking at 6pm for Simpsons and general mental health.
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I love my OCD.

It is especially good when one has to write an essay about aspects of Ancient Rome and present this work to a class of Arts Management students, not Classical students. I keep catching myself assuming knowlege I really shouldn't, and I catch myself by reading the OCD entry and thinking "Oh yeah! Not everybody knows that!"

This icon will come in mighty useful during The Bacchae.

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