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-Woke up with no voice after yesterday's 16 hours of sleep deprived hell at work
-Revived over husband-cooked breakfast, strepsil and asproclear
-Walked to the primary school and, after a long queue, voted
-Decided it was too muggy for coffee and too early for sausage
-Crossed road to Scout Hall
-Bought raffle ticket from nice scout mother who was my teacher in year 7 (Religion I think, neither of us could remember)
-Picked up the Christmas tree we'd pre-ordered from the scouts (actually, [profile] mc_shamo picked iot up, and carried it home too)
-Got home, placed tree in stand with water, put it in the most attractive position and plan to try to ignore it until Wednesday when we both have the day off work and will put up the decorations
-Drove to Icehouse
-Skated on my BRAND NEW ICE SKATES! Seamus gave them to me for my birthday. I was lots of fun, but breaking them in will take a while. I'm going to try to go back once a week until after Christmas to break them in before I take any lessons. Anyone who would like to come with me it would be great to have company!
-Went to CostCo across the road for a cheap lunch, then bought a beautiful hand made gourmet Christmas pudding, a proper one that has "Best Before 2013" on it. We'll probably have my Dad's family around to our place before Christmas as I'm working Christmas day, and that is afternoon tea sorted :-)
-Came home and got dinner together than headed off for work!

Day off tomorrow, I plan to sleep, do some housework, sleep, bake, sleep, sleep, sleeeeeep...

Weekend

Aug. 2nd, 2010 09:42 am
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Breakfast with husband and mother-in-law at Ceres.
Stack of goodies borrowed from Libary.
Went to a Sudanese festival in Sunshine, watched the dancing, ate yummy food and got my hand henna'd. [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ and [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo also helped some children rescue their toy from a basketball net.
Worked the Saturday overnight, which was better than a pke in the eye with a hot fire brand, but not much better.
Attended my cousin's bellydancing concert.
Picked Seamus up from work.
Failed to make nice canneloni.
Went to bed at 8pm and slept through til morning.

My Weekend

Jul. 19th, 2010 07:43 am
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SATURDAY
-Sleep in,
-Baked cake,
-Light housework,
-Played with cats,
-wrote in card,
-"wrapped" present (tied a ribbon round it),
-Made dinner,
-car pooled with [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster who has been away, yay!
-Will and Rose's engagement party
-"Twistmas in July" dancing at Trades Hall (WAY too crowded, but still fun for a little while)

SUNDAY
-Sleep in,
-Queen Vic Market,
-Jam doughnuts for breakfast,
-Early afternoon nap,
-Made dinner,
-Iced cake,
-relaxed with a book while Seamus mopped and vacuumed
-Made wasabi bread (like garlic bread but with wasabi butter)
-Parents and brother came over, nice dinner,
-Cleaned up and reassembled table after dinner, then relaxed with book and cup of tea and jazz cds
-Worked overnight, did two hours of paperwork but didn't receive a call

Friends, family, baked goods, nice house, not-much-work= pretty darn perect weekend.
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Friday:

Went to Mr McClelland's Finishing School for [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly_'s birthday. Had a great time. Discovered that the Melbourne alternative/hippy/arty scene for the 24-35 set is a bit too small for comfort.

Saturday:

Went to Bunnings and bought a water tank. Accompanied [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo into Highpoint proper and helped him choose a shirt in which to wed. Tried to buy bras in Myer but got scared and ran away. Worked in the afternoon/evening/night.

Sunday:

Was presented with a pot of mini growning red roses by [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo for Valentine's day; so much nicer than roses that will die in a week.

Went to breakfast at Brezioz in Williamstown- croissants and pain au chocolat and orange juice and hot chocolate for me, the same for Seamus except coffee instead of hot chocolate.

After Seamus went to work I made my way to the Simone Perele store in Brunswick and confirmed that I have indeed changed bra sizes again, so replaced my still newish 12C bras with 12/14Ds. As much fun as it is buying new lingerie I kind of hope this is it for a while- this growth spurt of my chest region is getting a bit expensive and I've noticed that once one passes the D-cup mark the variety of bra available drops dramatically (also I've had to actually start worrying about the whole support issue, which never bothered me from age 14 to 25 as a comfortable B-cup).

After a nap at home that went a bit longer than intended I drove to Northcote for Anita's triumphant exhibition opening. The Exhibition is called "Dearest Beloved" and is at 235A St Georges Rd. It was very impressive and I'm very proud of her.

I met Seamus at the Asian Kitchen Restaurant on Racecourse rd for an indulgent Thai dinner then we went home and shared the lovely dessert wine [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly and [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus gave us and snacked on Koko Black dark chocolates while watching Kiss Me Kate, a 1948 Cole Porter musical that was a lot of fun.

Next weekend, Sorrento!!
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Yesterday was pretty awesometastic.

I woke up at about 8:15am, nicely rested. Seamus and I got up, dressed and were out of the house by 9am. We went to Ceres and woke up properly over coffee and orange juice, then a big breakfast each. My God, the beetroot relish was heaven. I love early morning breakfast as Ceres, it's fun to watch the kids running round and the dogs playing :-)

We made out way up to their farm market and bought our fruit and veggies for the week, and ducked into the organic shop for honey and yoghurt. It was fun waiting in line for the fruit and veggies, I watched the chickens and goats and sheep milling around in their enclosure and smelled the wonderful food being cooked nearby.

I had a quick look around the not-food market and bought a second had shirt (because clearly I don't have enough clothes) then joined Seamus in the nursery where we umm-ed and ahh-ed over two different tomato plants and then decided to get both.

By this stage it was nearly half past eleven, so we hopped in the car and drove to East Melbourne so Seamus could go to work. I had a chat with the librarian who reccomended a new (to me) author's books after I told her what I liked and so far I'm very impressed (Donna Leon Suffer the Little Children) If anyone is interested these days my relaxing reading is gory crime novels by middle-aged female British ex-public servants. It's a bigger field than you'd suspect, including Minette Walters, Val McDermid and Lindsey DAvis who is the least gory but the most funny, and she writes books set in Flavian Rome that are by and large historically accurate- what's not to love?

I bid Seamus farewell and drove home, unloaded the shopping and the books, decided that before I hit the housework I'd lie down with a book and... fell asleep for three hours. Ooops! So, gym kinda didn't happen, instead I raced through the housework and went down to Tonik to confirm my booking for my birthday and pay the deposit. When I came out who should I run into but Seamus on his way home from work. We went to the supermarket to pick up supplies for dinner, then came home. I made up some vanilla and berry puddings for dessert and Seamus set himself up for making Moussaka.

Eva and Shayne came over at about 7:30pm for dinner, which was lots of fun. Oysters and lemonade and wine and Moussaka (which was AWESOME!) and pudding and good friends and conversation, perfect! Then we all piled in the car and headed over to Lisa's for the last ever Kent st pub.

Kent st was the last sharehouse I lived in and the last of the MUCAAS sharehouses, so it was a little sad to know it was going to stop being a MUCAAS house. I slipped out the back to the veggie patch to talk to my kitten, Menelaus, who is buried there, and I was surprised that I started crying. I am still upset about his death and wish I could have prevented it, but it's impossible to keep a cat inside that house with the windows the way they are he was always going to get out, and he had a good eleven months, and his death was quick.

Seamus came out and stood with me, and told me not to be silly when I said I was embarrassed to go back inside. he brought me tissues to wipe my eyes and blow my nose and we went back in. I'm glad I talked to him one last time and said goodbye. I just wanted him to know that I couldn't come by anymore but that I'll still think of him and love him.

The rest of the night was great, people were talking and laughing and having fun. It was a smallish gathering, but very very nice. I drove Eva home and got to play with Jezebel and Albert the dogs before heading back.

Today involved sleeping in, wandering down the street for tea, getting a few supplies we forgot yesterday and then coming to work. So far this shift is going alright.

I think I might go have another cup of tea...

Whee!

Oct. 23rd, 2009 07:49 pm
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I have a Saturday off tomorrow, without having pulled a double the day before (well, I'm working 11 hours today straight but shush), without having an essay due next week, without a major house/family thing to do. I am looking forward to it immeansley.

Here is what I plan to do with my day:

Sleep in til at least 8:30am
Go out for breakfast at Ceres
Go food shopping, maybe at the market at Ceres!
Catch up on the housework I missed today
Potter in the garden
Go to a Pump class at the gym
Eat a marvellous moussaka for dinner prepared by my fiance
Go to the last ever Kent st pub

Okay, it's not the most exciting day in the world, but it sounds like bliss to me!

Sunday

Oct. 5th, 2009 09:04 am
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After several shift changes (about 5 in all I think!) I ended up working from Saturday 3pm right through to Sunday 7:30am. It sounds bad but it was actually quiet for a Saturday night (I actually checked the phones were working at one point!) and it meant that I got yesterday completely OFF!

I got home about 8am and slept until midday. Luckily as I thought I'd be working I'd already made lunch for [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and I in advance, so all I had to do was stumble down the stairs and revive over a chicken salad.

After lunch we decided it was too nice a day to stay inside. We also looked at our "Gardening" fund and found it had enough money in it for a compost bin. With these factors combined we decided to make our way to Ceres in Brunswick. We ran into [livejournal.com profile] hespa there in the queue for coffee and said hi to [livejournal.com profile] aurellia who was there with her family, then I sat on the lawn sipping chai and watching two of the cutest little girls ever playing chasey, and a gorgeous hyperactive dog running around and around and around the cafe, all while lazily discussing the future with Seamus and enjoying the sunshine.

After a walk around looking at the animals and bikes and stuff we made our way to the nursery. We lusted after the native plants for a while then chatted to a lovely bloke about our composting needs (two people house with bugger-all garden, trying to grow herbs and sick of "wasting" food scraps) who suggested we get a Worm Cafe and took us through how to use it in detail. We bought one and 1000 worms to start our wormfarm. In the car home we decided the worms were our new pets. They are all called Leslie.

Once home we set up the worm farm in the garage (it's meant to be completely out of the sun, and let's face it, we're never going to clear enough space in our garage to park the car there anyway!) and made sure the Leslies were comfy. Inspired by our new purchase we set about clearing the front garden of grass and weeds, we've made a significant dent, and we're thinking of planting some native plants there with the landlords' permission- which I'm sure we'll get as our landlords are my parents and they're very easygoing.

In the evening I made spicy indian roo burgers and tandoori vegetables and we went for a walk around the neighbourhood, enjoying the dusk and the birdsong. Then we realised we'd completely forgotten to do any grocery shopping for the coming week, so high-tailed it to Coles.

And we've also planned our next mini holiday, on Wednesday the 28th of Oct we're going to leave Melbourne proper about 5pm and spend the night in Healesville, then the next day have a look around and visit the Sanctuary as I've never been. We'll be doing this on the cheap this time, so not looking for the luxury of the last holiday, but I realised how much better I feel after a break, no matter how short, so I plan to take them more often in future.

By the way, anyone who can get the Thursday off work is more than welcome to join us!
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Couldn't anyone have TOLD me that it's the non-teaching period?

I've had this bloody cold/virus/infection for over two weeks now, which means I've missed classes week one and two of the social work semester, which starts later than normal Melbourne Uni semester two. So yesterday I dragged myself in, had a long and frustrating talk with the admin person (if I knew where the lecture theatre was, I wouldn't be asking if it was in this building, would I?) and then caught sight of my lecturer, "Hello Lou!" said I, "Great! I'll just follow you to class" to which she replied that on the contrary, there were no classes this week or next and she was just off to grab a coffee.

Both Lou and the admin lady were very nice to me as I appeared dismayed at my mistake. It probably helped that my voice was going, my eyes were teary (in the "sneezed too much" way not the "I'm heartbroken not to go to class way") and I was obviously not on top of my game. They told me to go home and go to bed, which I did, after taking a slight detour to Call Me Madam and finally purchasing the Ultimate Black Dress which I've wanted ever since I saw [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly's one. Now I have a nice dress to wear this weekend!

Which brings me to the topic of this weekend, [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and I are going away! It's his birthday on Saturday and to celebrate I've booked a weekend away at a Secret Location (I know where it is, he does not) I've been planning this since March, so hopefully it all goes well and we have a lovely relaxing time, and I'm fully over this cold!

Right now I'm on hold to the local bulk bill doc, the hold music is techno. I'm starting to wonder if I really need my scripts filed or if I should just hang up...
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Last night I was too tired to go dancing which was a bit sad, but meant I got some quality time with [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo while we took the piss out of a crappy movie on tv. I also cooked something that made Seamus go "wow" which makes me happy (a pasta bake with red onion, bacon, swiss mushrooms, whole grain mustard, parsley and a very small amount of evaporated milk to bind).

Last week Seamus cracked it with our crappy matteress and bought a new one, it arrived today. I know that Seamus is the man for me because together we moved a crappy, bulky queen-sized matteress down stairs, through the house and into the garage and then did the reverse with the new matteress (harder as new matteress not-crappy which means not-bendy and we were going up stairs) and it was fun. At one point I nearly collapsed laughing (I think that was when we were trying to convince the cats they wanted to go in the study so we could open the doors downstairs- they were too excited to be picked up so we were literally trying to herd cats, it took a while!) and now we have a decent matteress that does not sag in the middle and still has fabric all over it, yay!

Sleeping on the new matteress really brought home to me how much we neded it- I slept the night through! And woke up comfy! Fantastic!

This morning we had an earlyish breakfast then headed off for a gym session before I met up with my cousin Emily, [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster, [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly (my bridesmaids!) and [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus (not my bridesmaid) at fraus for crepes and chatting, then bade Shayne farewell as the rest of us tottled into "Call me Madam" to appraise the dresses for bridesmaids-worthiness. I think the verdict was that we'd keep the dress in question in mind and definitelly keep an eye on the shop (such preeeeety things!) Then Kate, Emily and I went on an adventure to Brunswick st so I could buy a new swimsuit (a gym one, not a beach one) I got a very plain black swimsuit, one-piece with legs coming down into shorts, which is actually what I was after last time I bought a swimsuit too! I also got a perfume spray because it smelled divine and like summer-inna-bottle.

I managed to do all this and get back home for lunch by 1:30pm, then get showered and changed and presentable for work, where I am now.

And I'm cheerful, I'm peppy, I'm perky- I'd go as far as to say I'm chipper.

Wish me a quiet shift!
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Friday night we crammed as many people as possible into our house, then crammed in as many people as weren't possible and had a party to celebrate our engagement. It was a lot of fun. Thank you to all who came, in particular to Mark who made a surprise visit having come down all the way from Canberra, to Anna the awesome who came despite being in the middle of hideous sounding Law exams, and to ex-housemate-Penelope who came despite having had a major operation. I had a wonderful night, was left at the end with a vague feeling of disappointment and guilt because I'd not managed to spend quality time with everyone (actually, with anyone) but I think that is the nature of hosting a large party, and I imagine the wedding will be even worse. All in all a fantabolous night, and one from which I had a milder form of hangover having stuck to mulled wine most of the evening and only derivating the once with a glass of champagne. I think my highlight of the night was when Seamus asked Ed, Dave and Shayne to be groomsmen- they all seemed quite chuffed.

Saturday we had a hangover breakfast with the more or less usual suspects then came home for a snoze before I went to work. Weirdly that was when the worst of my hangover actually hit, it was like it had a delayed onset or something. Still, it wasn't too bad, and I got through my shift with relative ease.

Sunday was awesome. We took a train into the city, got off at Spencer st and checked in to The Grand Hotel. It was a very nice room with a fantastic use of space. We dumped our overnight bag and headed out to catch the 3pm matinee of Avenue Q!

I can honestly say that Avenue Q was the first big-budget musical I've seen in my adult life that I've thought was worth the price of the ticket (I realise this may cause some of my friends to jump up and down in outrage but Wicked and Spamalot and that Johnny O'Keefe thing? ALL A RIPOFF! And I'm glad that I didn't pay to see any of them- working at Ticketmaster and having friend into musical theatre helps). Avenue Q was fun, still witty, well acted, well choreographed and the set wasn't just there so people could go "Wow, look at the set, it must have cost a lot" it was actually justifiable in my opinion and intergrated well into the action (Wicked's set i did not feel was justified, I would have preferred a cheaper set and the remaining money to be spent on acting lessons for the cast) I went in expecting to be disappointed as I'd been told by friends who had seen it in the UK that it wasn't that great live and was very pleasantly surprised (it makes me wonder about the UK cast- everyone I know who saw it in the US loved it, Everyone I know who's seen it here loved it, but the four or so people I know who saw it in the UK didn't). So yes, I came out with a big smile on my face, the soundtrack in my handbag and a song in my heart- best not to ask which song :-)

We had a nice earlyish dinner at Tsindos on Lonsdale st which was amazingly yummy, then headed back to the hotel where we indulged in a room service cheese platter and relived our highschool years by watching Nicolodeon on Foxtel- which seems to show nothing late at night but mid to late 90s cartoons.

Woke up this morning in a very comfy bed and had room service breakfast. A tip for anyone else staying at the Grand Hotel- one of their "Grand Breakfast"s will feed two people- in hindsight we should have just got one and an accompaniment and shared. Still, really good food!

We left via the lounge where we had tea and relaxed in the big leather armchairs, then slowly and pleasantly made our way home.

I definitely think I needed that little microbreak, and definitely plan to do something like it again!
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On Sunday evening I was picked up from home by [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ and Stevie and we three drove to Bendigo. As much as I'd like to say it was a spur of the moment road trip performed by three mid 20s women in search of wacky adventure to a kickin' 90s soundtrack it was in fact a pre planned event. We were meeting [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo, Helen and Sharon there and in the morning were going to perform Aeschylus' Persians for 70-odd VCE students. The others had already been at a rehearsal camp for Mostellaria all weekend, so were a tad worse for wear...

We managed to find our way to the YHA despite Bendigo's ludicrous amount of one-way streets. The YHA was really nice, we got an 8 bed room for the six of us all to ourselves and one of the lower bunk beds was a double, which was welcome as Seamus had been on rehearsal camp the night before and we'd missed each other. It sounds silly but I don't sleep well without him anymore. We sat and watched the multi media part of the play (John- the messanger- had been pre-recorded to appear as a news-report-cum-documentary) then as Sarah and I were getting noisier and noisier about our desire for dinner we all headed out to a local Chinese place where the staff were incredibly nice and possibly too ready to bend over backwards for us (no, really, what's on the menu is fine, we don't need the chef to make things up...). We then realised we'd prepared nothing for breakfast, silly us. So we asked the lovely Chinese lady about supermarkets and discovered we were a mere block from Coles, awesome.

The Coles, and it's carpark, was surrounded by teens and extremly young adults, most of whom had spilled from old cars with P plates on them. Many were still in the cars and engaged in driving very fast for very short distances. we had to walk through them, it was mildly disconcerting. Once out of Coles we had to walk through again, and we nearly jumped out of our skins when from a car parked near us there came a shriek of "Christina!!!!!" and a slim blonde girl jumped out- my cousin Heather. We hugged and I explained what I was doing in Bendigo and why I had not come to visit her family (feeling incredibly guilty as I did so) she was waiting for her boyfriend to come out of Coles and I would have liked to have met him, but by now it was past 10pm and we still needed to run the show before the next day, so with a final hug and directions to send my love to her family we left her among the youth of Bendigo.

Back at the backpackers we stumbled through a few lines runs before succombing to exhaustion and piling into beds. Best. Sleep. Ever. Oh lordy were we all tired! (Well, except Stevie, who sensibly had brought a book and a reading light) There wasn't even any chat after the lights went out.

The performance the next morning went very well considering. The kids were quiet and seemed absorbed, though turned shy afterwards and didn't ask questions until most of them had left, then a few came up to talk to us. I was feeling a little grumpy as Seamus had accidentally grabbed my ear instead of my hand to fling me across the stage (an easy mistake to make in the circumstances, though hard to explain on paper, and I was not grumpy with him just grumpy it had happened) and it bloody well hurt. We also chatted to one of the teachers who seemed really interested in what we'd done, especially with the concept of comedy within tragedy, with the idea that some of the lines can be comic. He was expecting the scene between Queen Atossa and the ghost of King Darius to be high drama I think, and instead we gave him a squabbling domestic tiff. I think he really liked it, and hopefully we get asked back again!

We walked through the park after the performance and hit the second hand books and clothes shops with a vengence before discovering that the brewery we were planning to lunch in (and drink in) was shut for the day. Bollocks. So we searched and search for a closeish decent pub, found one and walked in. Only on actually being inside did we discover that we'd managed, like the homing pidgeons we old MUCAAS types are, to end up in a Pugg Mahones.

A very nice few hours then passed, til we realised it was nearing 3pm and Seamus had to be back in Melbourne by 5:30. So we walked back to the cars and with a little too-ing anf fro-ing and organising of luggage we were off back to Melbourne, where I has the fun of driving un-accompanied through the city to get home after dropping seamus and Sharon off!

I got home, fed the cats (who had been fed that morning by the obliging [livejournal.com profile] _bounce_, thanks again!) and was just contemplating my own dinner when I received a very welcome text from [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_astor, asking me to come around, watch dvds and have Thai take away. And thus an evening was very pleasantly passed. :-)

The next day I blitzed through errands and housework like some sort of domestic goddess. I can breathe in my own home, oh joy!

Altogether a wonderful weekend, I'm so glad to have finally had a proper one. It makes up for the fact that I am now halfway through my hell-run at work (Thursday overnight, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning shifts- with only 8 hours between them).

Only three weeks til my next weekend! I think I may have to plan to do something fun with it...

WEEKEND

Mar. 22nd, 2009 12:40 pm
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Hosted a Buck's night on Friday that kicked on til 6am Saturday.

Woke up at 11am, was provided with Berrocca in Bed by my adorable boyfriend.

Had brunch at 1pm on Racecourse Road with the usual suspects.

Lay in bed and moaned to the cat about my hangover for a few hours.

Had dinner in South Melbourne with my family and [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo to celebrate my brother's birthday.

Went from South Melbourne to Northcote and saw the Lucksmiths who played very well and had an awesome set, even if it didn't include T-shirt Weather. I am glad the audience was pumped and receptive (and young! lots of under 20s) because apparently they'd had a bad gig in Sydney the night before that had left them demoralised. This proves Melbourne is superior.

[livejournal.com profile] fnoo and I nearly had heart attacks when it appeared his car had been vandalised- turns out it was another car the same make, model, year and colour, parked about ten metres from [livejournal.com profile] fnoo's car.

Got home at 1am.

Got up this morning at 5:50am.

Have been at work since 7am.

Need sleep.

Will be home by 7pm at the latest I think, and sleep shall happen. Possible after some take-away food of some sort.
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I sit here at work, with 90 minutes left on shift, after one huge weekend.

On Friday I worked til 11pm, then went dancing, getting homeat 2am. This was very generous of my darling [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo as it meant he got way too little sleep.

Saturday morning I vaguely remember stirring as Seamus kissed me goodbye and left for work. I woke up properly and mucked about at home before taking my new Eeepc back to the shop as the apostrophe key didn't work, rendering the bloody thing pretty useless. I dropped it off, dropped in to the Chinese grocery to get some veggie sasauges and then made my way to the engagement party of [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly and [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus.

The party was a retro bbq, and I seriously think that Shayne, Eva, [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ and [livejournal.com profile] ragedc missed their decade being born now, because they all looked fabulous in their 70s gear :-) I went 50s, A-line skirts for the win.

We left the party in the early hours of the morning, and I'd drunk rather a bit. I managed to roll out of bed for breakfast at Hot Poppy by 10am, which I was impressed at. I went to the city to get my laptop back (safe, sound and working, yay!) then went home. Shayne and Eva proved once again how awesome they are by giving me a ride to work. The hangover has been replaced by epic tiredness.

35 mins left now.

First day of classes tomorrow! I'm almost too tired to be excited. Almost :-)
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Does anyone know where I can buy some fair-trade, sustainable, eco-friendly etc. excersize books? The only ones I can find online are either buy-in-bulk for offices/schools or beautifully decorated nepalese journals for $42 a pop.

I'm at work today, and it's nice and slow, only one call since 7am. Not a bad way to spend a warm day really, kind of a drag having to be here at 7am both days of the weekend. Still, I try not to think of the fun I could be having outside and instead try to get in a more mercinary frame of mind (time-and-a-half today and double time tomorrow, woot! Lets pulverize that vet bill and have money for textbooks, woot!) Actually speaking of text books, as someone who did classics and was able most of the time to tottle down to the 2nd-hand bookshop and pick stuff up for under $10 (It helps when your textbooks are things like the Iliad and have been around in one form or another for well over two millenia) I've got to say the cost of my social work textbooks has come as a bit of a nasty shock! I know it's no where near what science and commerce types have to deal with, but $90 books still make me blink. Thank goodness I have a full-time job!

I've been playing with the student portal and looking at my classes for next semester, and I'm actually getting psyched! Even if they have decided to start classes during O'week (Don't worry, as far as I know it's only Nursing and Social Work doing this, everyone esle should be safe! Though come to think of it, these days not that many of you are still at uni, and if you are you're the ones teaching the classes...), meaning I will either miss some or have to scramble to change my shifts. Oh! And I have a new student card with a new photo, which is awesome as I look very little like my 18 year old self. Not so awesome is that it was taken yesterday after I'd just walked from Drummond st to the Med building so I was a tad red and sweaty. Ah well, I'll look at it and always remember it was taken on the last of three days in a row of over 43 degree celcius heat. Hurrah! I have a new card to celebrate my post-grad-ness and mid-twenties-ness! And it's valid til 2013, unlike my last one which was valid til Feb 2007 despite my receiving it in March 2007, University of Melbourne Admin strikes again!

Right, since I have nothing else to do I'm going to go play on ebay, in the safe knowlege that the second I attempt to bid for anything my internet will kick me off the site (this is the first time I've actually approved of one of these net-nanny things in the workplace by the way).
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It's 10:08pm and apparently still 37 degrees celcius outside. I'm almost glad I'm at work. Unfortunately I forgot my book :-(

I have discovered a wonderful thing about my work's internet access. I can go on Ebay and look at stuff as much as I want, but I cannot sign in, therefore cannot bid. This means that if I like it enough to bid for it I have to wait until I get home, thus preventing impulse buying.

Work was constant and very very busy until about 8:30pm. I think we've hit the lull before we end up with calls about people doing silly things in the overnight cool slightly-less-warm. I walked to volunteering and then from there to the tram today by the way. At 1pm. So all up I walked from my place (in Kensington near the racetrack for those playing at home) to Flemington rd. It sucked. I sweated right through my clothes.

Last weekend was much fun, breakfast at Breizoz in Williamstown was great, as was [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ and [livejournal.com profile] ragedc's party in St Kilda on Sunday night. We ended up hanging out at home on Monday, then had [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus and [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly over for dinner.

Yesterday I worked, then collapsed on the couch. Today I went volunteering then came to work. Tomorrow I picked up some overtime and will work from 9:30am to 11pm. Friday I have the day off. I have nothing at all on, at all (unless I can organise a beach trip). I like this whole having a day off thing.

Saturday and Sunday I'm working, but with penalty rates plus overtime things are looking good to pay off the Loki-bear's vet bill as quickly as possible, then we can start saving for all the other stuff we want!

Things I want after Loki's vet bill is paid off:
-non-smelly compost bin from Ceres (feel free to ask me for compost once we've got it by the way, we have no garden to put it on!)
-new sandals from veganwares (current sandals I can feel the ground through)
-new black high heels from Veganwares for [livejournal.com profile] jpom40's wedding
-joint savings fund with Seamus for a holiday
-pay off credit card and Other Bank Account (technically these count as part of paying off Loki's vet bill as that is where the money went, but it's important to pay off the bit we've got on loan first)

I have a headache, this isn't good.

Hey, only 1 hour left to go! Yay!
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Today: Hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo, then gym tonight with [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster, possibly followed by pizza and dvds.

Tomorrow: Work 3-11pm, planning on a sleep in!

Sunday: Breakfast with friends at a French creperie, then a party in the evening to celebrate the return of [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ and [livejournal.com profile] ragedc from their honeymoon. I believe this party shall contain vodka hippos or somthing like that.

Monday: [livejournal.com profile] mis_en_abyme's place for Triple J's Hottest 100

Delicious!
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Well, I seem to have struck a lull, so while I wait for more work to come along (which it just did, I started to type this an hour ago, but have again hit lull) I may as well update about my weekend.

Friday I went to [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly’s place after work and hung out with her and [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ for a bit before Sarah nicely drove Eva and me to gym where we went to Pump. Getting home proved interesting as it was pouring with rain and the taxi we called didn’t show. Once we did get home with pizzas and junk food we and [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus had dinner and watched through to the end of Press Gang (Don’t worry [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster, by the time you’re back and in the swing of gym etc. again I’m sure I can persuade people we need to go back for you to watch the eps you’ve missed!).

Saturday [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and I braved the horrible weather to meet [livejournal.com profile] _bounce_ and go to the Artist Market on at the local Scout Hall. This was silly in retrospect as the weather was truly bloody awful. Still, I got some pot holders and tea towels for various relatives for Christmas, and I think Lisa did well too. We all caught the train into the city and I got drenched waiting for the 86 tram to take me to Fitzroy, where I picked up my new shiny boots which are Made of Awesome.

Once I made it home I decided going out again would be a really stupid thing. I texted [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus to beg a lift to the party that night then sat and played with my new toy guitar for a couple of hours before my parents and brother dropped in on their way home from my grandparents’ place. It was nice actually, Mum and I just sat and chatted while dad occasionally woke from his doze enough to join in.

I wore my new boots to [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ and [livejournal.com profile] ragedc’s housewarming. I had a great time. I also wore my old green dress, and old favourite- unfortunately a combination of my diminished daring and my more-developed chest meant I was slightly uncomfortable with the neckline. It was a lot more risqué than I remember it being when I was younger (as I said, either that or I didn’t care so much at 19) All in all, I’m glad it was a MUCAAS party with not too many people I didn’t know very well! I was on a nearly empty stomach, which I then filled with beer, shapes and corn chips... but mainly beer. I talked to lots of people and had a good chat with [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster who is going off to do fieldwork for a few weeks in other bits of Australia. I also got a mite bit tipsy. When [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus and [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly very kindly gave [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo, Kate and I a lift home Kate and I were sufficiently intoxicated to be incapable of putting on our own seatbelts without collapsing into helpless giggles and confusion. In the end Eva had to get out of the front of the car, come around and buckle us in like children.

I was profoundly grateful that the next morning involved our new traditional Hot Poppy hangover breakfast.

I was supposed to go to the gym with [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_ on Sunday afternoon, but I cried off when I realised I had the increasingly rare opportunity of spending a whole afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo without distractions or anyone present or something pressing to do. It was pleasant. Then he left and I played with the guitar some more, I can’t remember Under the Bridge or Stairway to heaven to save my life.

And then last night I made vegetarian sweet and sour pork which worked extraordinarily well and prawn crackers and [livejournal.com profile] impostinator and I ate it while watching Spaced and drinking pomegranate and cherry juice. We discovered pomegranate and cherry juice is much enhanced by the addition of either vodka or gin, and my hot chocolate recipe (my real one with real chocolate and cinnamon sticks and cloves) is enhanced by a healthy dose of Franjelico and Crème de Cacao. Yum.

So: friends, gym, good food, alcohol, party, cats, beloved, boots.

Weekends are nice.
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On Friday I was too sick to go to work. I staid home apart from when I was dragged out for food by the ever patient [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and from when I saw a doctor. I was given a medical certificate and a script. Woot! I piked on Sam's play, on the reasoning that if I got worse walking out would be a distraction, and i wouldn't be able to concentrate, and I went to the very relaxed and laid back MUCAAS pub for Rusty the car and sat not saying much to anyone but profoundly grateful for the good company. Goodbye Rusty, I enjoyed the rides :-)

Saturday I still felt rotten. I had to pike on going out with [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo to the Fringe Festival awards night. By the afternoon I felt so bloody rotten I rang the doctors to see what I should do since they were closed. I then found out something very useful to know; outside normal working hours there is a locum doc in the area who makes house calls if you produce your medicare card. Fucking score!

So instead of spending my Saturday night in a hospital emergency room waiting area I sat in comfort in my own lounge room with [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly and [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus (and later [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster and [livejournal.com profile] fnoo) and ate Mexican take-away and watched Press Gang until a very nice young doctor turned up at my door to treat me. Awesome! He gave me peregnisolone (sp?), a steroid I've been given before that works like magic on my lungs. Unfortunately by the time he got here it was quite late (which was fair enough, as with me asthma attacks are usually not too dangerous as long as I don't try to move, so I was happy to sit and gently wheeze a few hours while the doctor dealt with more urgent patients) so the steroids kept me awake until about 2am. Ah well, that's what Saturday nights are for eh?

I woke this morning around 11am and felt a million, trillion times better. I love steroids, they're awesome :-D
I texted [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster on the off chance she and [livejournal.com profile] fnoo felt like brunch since [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo was going out with his father. They did, so we had brunch at Kitchen on Racecourse rd, which was great as it's one of my favourite places and I got to introduce it to Michael and Kate. We then went to the chemist so Michael could get stuff and I could get more precious, precious steroids. While there Kate and I found a large and thorough Elizabeth Arden make-up kit in colours that suited both of us, since our colouring is so similar. Now most of my make up falls into the following categories: Old and Crappy, Cheap and Crappy, Old and Cheap and Crappy, and finally, Stage Make-up. Therefore I was interested. I then noticed three things:
1. The kit had originally been $210, and was marked down to $49 (I assume because the colours are no longer in fashion, darling)
2. I had $49
3. I was now in possession of a plastic bag with the makeup kit in it and no longer in possession of that specific $49.
Funnily enough the same thing happened to Kate...

We drove to Northcote and met up with [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo had a drink in the social club, then went for a walk before the Guild League gig. We found a funky clothes shop. I found a dress I liked but thought would be too small, I decided that my self esteem and body image etc. were in good enough shape to take the hit if it turned out the dress was indeed too small and tried it on. I felt it was too tight across my hips and bum, however when I exited the change room to get a better view in the mirror (there was a mirror in the change room but the change room was a bit dark) I was told in no uncertain terms by Seamus, Michael and Kate to buy the dress. I think my confidence will have to be high the first time I wear it, it's very tight and completely backless, the back starts at just above where the waistband of hipster jeans would start.

We then went back for the gig, and Michael and I managed to not squeal when we were served at the merchandise table by Tali White. I got a Guild League Singlet anf badge, I'd picked up the album on the way in.

The gig was very, very awesome, and I really like the album. Yay Guild League! Yay album launch!

After the gig Seamus and I went to Fitzroy and had dinner at The Veggie Bar with my parents and brother, which was actually quite pleasant.

I would like it on record that I am extremely grateful for the no smoking laws, as otherwise with my health being what it is I would not have been able to do most of the things I did today was there still smoking in restaurants, pubs and venues.

So, from what started as a rather woebegone weekend I am now happy, calm and feeling a lot better. This is due in no small part to my wonderful friends and boyfriend.

Happysigh.
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Blah, tired. But I'm glad I did the stuff I did on the weekend!

Friday night I went to the gym on my own, on the downside it was a little lonely and there was no one to chat with, but on the upside I was able to keep really focussed and/or drift off inot my own world. Then [livejournal.com profile] _audhumla_, [livejournal.com profile] cows_might_fly and [livejournal.com profile] clappamungus came over and watched Press Gang with me. I think we're just into the third season now.

Saturday I went to a pro-choice rally, which was fun, and interesting. I don't think I'm a socialist, but I find myself on the same side of the fence as them quite often these days. I picket up a copy of a radical feminist magazine, which I'm sure I'll get around to reading soon.

Afterwards I had lunch and hung out in the city with [livejournal.com profile] greenpea33 who came to the rally with me, and [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo rocked up.

At about 4pm I said goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo who was goingt o check out our theatre space at Trades Hall. I headed off to Port Melbourne, met up with [livejournal.com profile] impostinator and went to her place via an awesome organic/health shop of serious awesome, where I spent far too much money on tea and chocolate. I'm glad I don't live as near it as [livejournal.com profile] impostinator does, I'd be permanently broke! However, I'm glad it's near her place so I can pop in whenever I'm around :-)

We had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] impostinator's dad and [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo at a cosy little Japanese place. Tempura, yuuum!

Sunday was a bit of a scramble. Puck wet our bed (again... sigh) so I fished my sleep on the couch. Seamus had a shower as Puck had been on his side of the bed. I woke up when he went out to meet his dad, and I spent the morning dealing with laundry, trying to get as much of it done as possible (particularley the bedding, since thanks to Puck we'd completely run out) and doing housework until Andrea came over with some props for Lysistrata. These props are long, red, latex and, well, alright yes, they're strap-ons. They look hilarious! If she ever reads this, Andrea, you did a fantastic job making them!

[livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo sister kindly drove us to the city and we got to go into the Arts Centre and rehearse. Omniprop in the Arts Centre! Wow! We did our first full run of the play. I hate first full runs of plays, but that's ok, because everybody hates them, they have to be done!

After rehearsal I was meant to meet up with my parents but they piked, so I convinced [livejournal.com profile] vivienne_aster that a trip to the gym would be a good thing to do with our Sunday night (mind you, I really had to twist Kate's arm on that one...) and came home afterwards pleasantly exhausted, flopped on the couch, complained loudly and often to [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo about my sore throat and cuddled up to him to watch Midsomer Murders before bed.

About the sore throat, my body is under strict orders not to sucumb to sickness this week, next week there is a strong chance I'll be unemployed, at least for a few days, so it can get sick all it wants then.
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I had a weekend, it was fun.

On Friday night we had a small bunch of people over to eat dinner and watch Press Gang while comsuming junk food. It was cosy. Loki came out and played with [livejournal.com profile] fnoo and then curled up under the coffee table, seemingly content to be in the room with six people as long as we weren't moving about too much.

On Saturday [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and I had a lovely breakfast outside at Hot Poppy, then made out way leisurely through the Queen Vic Markets. [livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo bought cacti (yes [livejournal.com profile] impostinator, from the same bloke we bought cacti from all those years ago!) and a kitty leash, and some no-scratch spray for Loki, I bought a rather fetching beret and four cheeses from the deli (including stilton, yum!). We also got seafood, I braved the meat part of the market, I felt quite proud, and a bit sick.

We got home and put away our purchases and I headed out again for the gym, which took up a few hours, then came home through the cold and rain and decided a hot bath would be just the thing, with Radox Muscle Soak and Epsom salts. It was fantastic. I spent the next hour and a bit slowly getting ready to go out, then decided to test if I could walk from our house to the station in high heels. I can.

I met up with [livejournal.com profile] fin and we had dinner before heading over to the Regent Theatre for Wicked, which was better than I expected and grew on me, though I still don't see why there is such a huge fuss. I did enjoy it, and the hot chocolates we had after, and was very grateful when [livejournal.com profile] fin went completely out of his way to walk me to the tram and get me safely on it. I do not like Melbourne after midnight on a Saturday, I don't like feeling afraid to walk on my own, it makes me mad.

Unfortunately by the time the train got to my stop it was pouring again, and it's a ten minute walk usually home from there, it's fifteen in the shoes I was wearing, I'm glad I was wearing my long leather coat or I would have been soaked to the skin by the time I reached home. As it is I have a sniffle, but no worse ill effects.

[livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo and I went out for breakfast again the next morning, and I was punished for my decadence in having two breakfasts out in a row by the fact that one of the eggs served to me was off, and I didn't realise til I'd put it in my mouth and bit down. Ew. Ew. Ew. My God, it tasted revolting.

[livejournal.com profile] mc_shamo went out with his Dad and I finally attacked the study (it still had boxes from when we moved in) It is now tidy. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] insomnius, the job was made a lot less boring by all the Daria you gave me which is now on the computer in the study. I also cleaned and scrubbed the bathroom and both toilets and when Seamus got home he swept, vacuumed and mopped.

I fiddled around downstairs and got the place looking quite nice, then my parents came over to have a look at it and take us out for dinner. They really liked it, which made me happy, especially I was glad they didn't mind that we'd taken down a shelf, and I don't tink they even noticed the stair-rail was gone (for those playing along at home, my parents are our landlords).

We had dinner at a restaurant called Mexicali Cantina. It's run by the same people who run Mexicali Rose in Richmond and is just as nice. It was a pity they were understaffed, but everywhere I ate this weekend seems to have been understaffed. I wonder if it's that people can't afford to work as waiters anymore because they don't get paid enough to live, or if the cost of wages is too high for businesses? It's interesting, and disturbing (and- completely selfishly- means shoddy service because the staff that are there are overworked and frantic)

So yes, all up, a great weekend. It was very relaxing, lots of friends and family and boyfriend and kitten.

I'm doing ok :-)

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