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Good News!!!

Posted on 2007.05.19 at 16:32
Woohoooo! After a year and 2 months of working at Teh Evil I finally got a new job- doing customer service (phone-based) with Centrelink in Moorabbin. Thank God. It was such a relief to get the news on Friday afternoon, after having had an interview Wednesday morning, a medical on Thursday morning, and then having to listen to Amanda doing my reference on Friday morning. I am sooooooooooooooooo happy- a contract, a 'people' job, and some time to relax at long last. I'll only have to endure 2 weeks of copping shit from the idiots at work, and then I'm out of there. I even indulged to buy a new 'work uniform' to start with. What's amazing is that I'm one of 15 people hired, out of 1500 applications- something to feel good about, I suppose. The other people being interviewed were really nice, so I'm hoping that some of them got through as well. It will just be such a relief to have a workplace that doesn't tolerate the sort of garbage that was rife at Amcor- the bullying (especially of new or younger workers), the overt racism and sexism etc- or at the very least has reporting channels to go through. That, and having had to rely on Centrelink before, I know how important having a sympathetic Centrelink person on the phone can be, so while I don't buy the 'change from within' argument about the public service, I do know that there are ways and means of cutting red tape, or making sure the right thing gets done.

That's really about all I have to say!!!! :)

EDIT: Oh, and I have promised myself a new tattoo as a reward!


Wicked little town

Posted on 2007.04.13 at 21:13
Current Location: home
Current Music: Hedwig and The Angry Inch- Aus soundtrack
*Sigh* What a week: I finally put in my application to join the public service: the first step in getting out of my hellish job and moving towards feeling a hell of a whole lot better than I have since last March. Might also help with the creative side of things a lot as well- at least that's what I'm hoping. I haven't had much of a chance for writing this week, having had some wonky teeth problems that were driving me around the bend with worry, not to get started on the discomfort. But, all fixed now: or at least, looked at and, as I've been told, nothing to worry about.

Tomorrow Damien and I are off to see "Exit the King" (Geoffrey Rush *double sigh*) in the afternoon, after looking into graphic novels etc in the morning. I've been waiting for over a month now :) Then 'Becoming Jane' and lunch with Belinda on Sunday.

Upcoming: a long dissertation on feminism...


Snurched from dragonbat2006

Posted on 2007.04.06 at 21:31
Current Mood: amusedamused
I promised myself I wasn't going to do memes but I love this one:

Copy and paste this list into your journal, using bold text to show the things you have done. Put in italics the things you haven't done but would like to do.

01. Bought the whole pub a drink
02. Swum with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain.
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables.
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby’s nappy
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb .
36. Enacted a favourite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
- okay, it wasn't midnight, it was 2am but same diff
38. Taken an ice cold bath 
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse of either the sun or the moon

41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 US states
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government’s official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your books
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day

73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to “Let’s Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theatre
80. Done something you should regret, but don’t regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who’s not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman - well, it was my own honour and in year 7 but hey
89. Played D&D for 6 hours straight

90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie 
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn’t have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo --
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on

103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
105. Gotten flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat situation
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship -
121. Spoken more than one language fluently -- French- prior to moving to Australia
122. Gotten into a fight/argument while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a cheque
124. Performed in Rocky Horror -. Magenta, in Year 10!  It was for a talent show
125. Read -and understood- your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy
128. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written to your MP (senator, yes)
133. Picked up and moved to another city just to start over
134. …more than once?

135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an aeroplane
144. Pet a stingray
145. Broken someone’s heart
146. Helped an animal give birth- if you count my mouse when I was about 7 
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone 
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced 
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol --
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than there are U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents

166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper - the front cover of The Canberra Times thank you!
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name --
178. Pet a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. …and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196: Dyed your hair
197: Been a DJ
198: Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199: Written your own role playing game
200: Been arrested
201: Had sex on the beach during a lightning storm
202: Been widowed


Good Friday etc

Posted on 2007.04.06 at 11:03
Current Location: home
Current Music: Love Outside Andromeda- Achilles

Yesterday was spent running around buying up the last of our Easter presents: a chocolate bilby for Dad, eggs in a bowl painted with chickens (evidently the Chinese makers of said bowl think we think that chickens say bzzzzz- because that was written coming from the chicken's beak, with a few musical notes around it), and a sexy chocolate bunny for Damien ;).  On the way back, a woman came running out of Dymocks and bumped into me.  She apologised, and put a hand on my elbow, which surprised me: I love physical contact, but these days everyone seems so cautious that it never ceases to shock me a little when someone does that.  

Played squash until 8, which was wonderful- came home with a nearly full moon hanging over the city, and the metal fence posts glimmering like frost.

Today is a day for quiet, Damien is playing Neverwinter and I'm switching between writing (which I may post soon) and fiddling with LJ or checking hobgoblin.  We're having ham, cheese and tomoto toasted sandwhiches for lunch, and having an Italian feast of garlic prawns, bruschetta, toasties with home made tapenade.  Sigh.  Four days of freedom! 

Posted on 2007.04.04 at 20:03
Current Mood: tiredtired
A long day at work today, but only one more working day until Easter!  I can't wait for the break, and the opportunity for home cooked food and curling up in a huge, warm bed.

Tomorrow I'm submitting my membership for the Victorian Writer's Centre- I haven't been a member of any writing elated things in a very long time, so I'm hoping it will  help push me forward a little.  It's a joy, trying to force a big idea into something manageable, researchable and eventually do-able, but it's getting there.  Easter (and not being sick) should help get things a bit more in order :)

Posted on 2007.03.12 at 15:55
Current Mood: soresore
Well, it's been another long gap between entries- nothing unusual I suppose. What is unusual is the amount of stuff happening in the interim: wedding, wedding reception, honeymoon etc. I won't go into great detail, simply because it was shared with all the people who are reading this journal on a semi/regular basis, but suffice to say that it was a wonderful day, and I've never been happier.

Oh, and never go to Adelaide- this piece of wisdom stems from passing through said 'city' on the way to our honeymoon on Kangaroo Island.

Also, I had a call on Friday last week from the detective in charge of a court case I may have to witness for (the case relates to my old job at the Migrant Resource Centre). Acoording to him, the case was to go to trial on Tuesday and they were planning on flying me out to Canberra sometime in the morning. He was meant to be calling me back today- has all three of my phone numbers- but so far...nothing. I suppose I can safely assume by now that I won't be needed, but I have this sinking feeling that at the last minute he'll call and say that he wants me to come out anyway. I can only hope that they've decided it would be an utter waste of time and money- personally I don't think my evidence is all that vital anyway- but who knows. While I feel honour bound to carry out my responsibility, I won't be heartbroken at being able to leave it all in the past.

Apart from that, I have been tinkering with my writing (on and off), watching Bollywood, and trying to nurse Damien back to health with a 'Asian' soup (minced pork, noodles, capsicum etc) in a broth made from chicken stock, gen mai cha and tamari. Tomorrow: back to work :(


Shalom indeed...

Posted on 2007.02.16 at 23:26
Current Location: home
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Tags: ,
This morning's Sydney Morning Herald contained a rather disturbing article regarding Islamic immigration to the country, by Dr Raphi Israeli.

It's disturbing to see the (formerly) more intelligent and balanced newspapers carrying incendiary garbage like this, with little to no qualifying of Raphi Israeli's background, such as this charming quote taken from Jews Sans Frontieres:

"The Arab mentality is made of "a sense of being a victim," "pathological anti-Semitism," and "a tendency to live in a world of illusions," said Prof. Rafi Israeli, a lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at Hebrew University [!!!], on the witness stand yesterday, adding that the Arabs neglect sanitation in their communities. "Most of the Arab villages are dirtier, physically - it's a fact," he [the professor]said."

I would like to ask how it is possible that we have reached the point where a person with so biased, and so hateful an opinion can become a respected front pager, but this has been coming for a long time. It is common enough that we fear the 'other', and unsurprising in the current round of racial/cultural/religous tensions, but to suggest radically cutting Islamic migration (absurd in the face of the simple fact that Australia is already extremely selective in its acceptance of 'foreigners') so as to avoid the difficulties that Europe has faced is ridiculous- particularly because the problems in Europe stem from a huge variety of causes: from the (supposed) end of colonialism, to class issues and ghettoisation of religous/racial groups and the basic 'clash of cultures'.

I can only imagine what the future holds.

Posted on 2007.02.15 at 11:50
Current Location: home
Current Mood: sicksick
I'm not quite sure whether the heat is from the laptop perched on my knees, or the actual temp outside- either way it's oppressive.

I decided (at last) to take the day off work today and stay at home relaxing- have had a sore throat for the past couple of weeks, and decided that today could be a day of rest.

I'm cravins some sushi for lunch, and maybe writing for dessert if I can bend my mind to it, but for that I'd have to brave the sunlight to wander up to the shops. Funnily enough, it's gorgeous up there at the moment: every shop has red lanterns hanging up for Lunar New Year, and the grocers and candy stores have tables out the front piled with red packets and lollies, wall hangings and so on. It'll be strange to leave all this behind when we move next year, but so it goes.

Posted on 2007.02.12 at 08:46
Current Mood: cynicalcynical
Current Music: John Lennon
Almost night time, 12 days and counting until the wedding.

The cat has fallen asleep in her little basket- it's only taken her a year to deign to step inside it. She's even ignoring the whirring of the fan (possibley because it's the only cool thing on yet another extremely hot day).

It was a long, boring day today- typing invoices, ignoring the usual snark and waiting for work to finish. I'll be so glad when the wedding is over and I can settle down to looking for yet another new job. Well, at least it's paying the bills, I haven't had to fall back on Centrelink (and D hasn't become a 'wallet'), and I can still claim the moral high ground in my pitched battles with Mother In Law.

I've started on the latest KJ Parker novel on the train, interupted only briefly on the way home to talk to a guy sitting opposite me reading 'The God Delusion'- which I've just finished. Like everyone I know so far the opinion was 'preachy, with some good points'.

In other news Howard Steps Up Obama Attack. I don't know where he's gotten the idea that he has a right, or any capability whatsoever, to critique US politics but our dear little man seems to be like a pit bull on a pant leg at the moment. Does he really think we're so important as an ally? Is he seeing the tragic end to his beautiful love affair with GB? Who knows, perhaps he's feeling threatened by Rudd and Co sneaking up on him in the polls. Whatever it is, I'm cheering Obama.