Poll time

May. 18th, 2006 01:07 pm
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[Poll #731096]
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  • Go to dentist and spend a lot of money to get troublesome tooth removed
  • Come home and die
  • Type up [profile] new_atalanta article for next week - and find a better title than "A Survey of Modern Girls Fiction"
  • Try and get my head around my wing swing fic
  • Work on other articles and fics
  • Tidy house - vaccuuming . .
  • Washing?

An Update

Apr. 26th, 2006 09:06 am
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1. I feel like I've been away for ages. My new modem's dead, so I'm using Matt's computer at the moment. My chair is more comfortable.

2. Alas this means that I'm not on chat :(

3. I went to the Queensland Ballet's Vis-a-Vis program on Saturday night. If you live in South East Queensland and have even the slightest interest in ballet, I suggest you look at attending one later in the year. Details of Saturday night's performance )

4. I've had a couple of lazy days. Unfortunately I haven't done any of the writing I wanted to do. As for Wing Swing - I don't seem to have anything.

5. [livejournal.com profile] aldenmacrae has contributed a great essay to [livejournal.com profile] new_atalanta about The Chalet School - You can read it here. It's very readable even if you don't know the series. The community's makeover seems to be going great so far - but we'd love some new members - we're so close to 100 members!!

6. Yesterday was ANZAC day, which I know is an iffy/ho hum day to most Australians on my friends list. However, my sister had a great post here.

7. I'm about 7 books behind on reviews. I'll get there *g*


Off to write. I must write. I will write . . .
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Congratulations Jacinda!!!

My little sister received her black belt in karate yesterday after more than six years of hard work and wince-inducing bruises.

Go and congratulate her here

Go now!

Graduation

Apr. 12th, 2006 07:03 am
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So, it seems that I received my Bachelor of Education yesterday *g*

I rocked up and got the robes etc, before hanging around with all the people from uni who I haven't seen in months. The main topic on conversation - who's had work and who has work for the rest of the year.

Then we all found our seats, did the walking, doffing etc, and were officially graduated.

It felt a little like we were second-rate graduates in the eyes of the uni though - we're the only discipline who graduate en masse at these particular graduations (the only others are those who finish in summer semester) - all the officials in the official party were 'acting' - acting chancellor, acting vice chancellor, representative of the registrar etc - and most of them didn't seem to know what they were doing. And the guest speaker was absolutely useless - when facing a group of educators, she basically told us that we were protectors, police, pseudo parents, comfortors - basically everything but teachers. And all the while it felt like she was reading a brochure about the legalities of duty of care. We were so inspired. Also annoying was the fact that for a group of graduate entry students - most of them a bit older - the officials kept thanking just parents and friends - and no one thanked partners/wives/husbands or children.

But it's all over now - I should have some photos soon - and now we've all just got to find some work . . .
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I walked to Strathpine today in a mad attempt to find something to wear to my graduation tomorrow. I don't want anything too dressy or formal - it's my second graduation, and I've done dressy already - just something nice that will look good under the robes.

It seems that Strathpine is not the fashion centre of South East Queensland. I saw Ugg Boots, tight belts with flab spewing out over the top, and some of the ugliest patterned materials ever to be made into clothing.

So I'll be wearing clothes I already own to the graduation *g*
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I've been feeling strangely weepy/emotional today. I believe it's probably the result of resting after a huge week. It's very annoying though.

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My sister and I went and saw A Streetcar Named Desire last night, performed by the Queensland Theatre Company. All I knew before walking in was two lines and Ned Flanders singing. I enjoyed the play, but the first act seemed to go on forever. Luckily the second act was rather redeeming.

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[livejournal.com profile] sangerin has heralded our new start over at [livejournal.com profile] new_atalanta. We're turning it into a group blog - so if you're interested in 'Girl's fiction' come on over - we'd like to have a lovely strong community.

Which is a gentle poke to me, because I have a rough draft to finish before Easter

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Ooooh, new icon. Look!
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I'm watching the special features on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Emma Watson is less annoying as herself. And Snape in the additional scenes owns my heart.

And Dan is gorgeous in the dancing scenes.

Today's agenda - go to the old place and throw out rubbish, then 8 hours of workplace from hell *g*
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So, after two days of shifting, half a house full of stuff (where on earth did we get so much stuff?), several pieces of furniture put together (Allen Key = love), and one frustrating day trying to get my internet to work again . . . I'm back.

The place is great but still a mess, though the tv and DVD player are set up in my study. I also have a deboxed Lindsey Lohan doll sitting on my desk, so all is well with the world. (Her eyes follow you all around the room).

Now to find a better job so I can leave the insane hell hole where I currently (don't) work.

Address in a locked post to come

Ugh

Mar. 23rd, 2006 08:53 am
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Crappy work is going to be even crappier today. Big Evil Boss of Doom will be there for a good part of the day. I must remember to bite my tongue and not walk out the front door.


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On a happier note - have I ever told you how much I adore The Yoko Factor? Drunk Giles, fighting Scoobies, Angel and Riley fighting. (BTW is there any Riley/Angel fic out there?)
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I had a day of supply at a nearby school yesterday, and I have 2 more days today and tomorrow at the same school!!!!!!!


Yay! Teaching + money - crappy soul sucking job. There's nothing wrong with this equation.
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I'm Back! I finally got a new modem, so I'm back to posting from my own computer, rather than Matt's. Glory!

I'm sure I had something else to say too. Something about no-good train drivers with their 'passive-aggressive sickies' strike which left me on a train that was half an hour late and crowded as peak hour. Something about nightclubs with girls outside who are less dressed than the girls outside strip clubs. And nightclubs with deafening techno, leering males, overpriced drinks, and scantily clad female bar tenders.

But I have a Sunday all to myself, so I am merely cheerful.

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I bought the Pride and Predjudice DVD on Friday. Darcy is still dreamy and vshhoooom-y (tm [livejournal.com profile] lizbee; Keira Knightly doesn't bother me, like she does some people; the American ending is a travesty, and overall it was a good DVD with some nice extras.
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March 8th is International Women's Day. So I offer a few links, before I go and don my purple and green ribbons.

Overall:
Global Messages for International Women's Day

Celebratory:
The Wikipedia entry for Christine Nixon - the Victorian Chief Commissioner of Police.

What needs to be done still:
South Dakota Governor Signs Away Women's Rights - I know I have people on my friendslist who are against abortion - but I doubt they are against abortion in the case of incest or rape.

Current Women's Rights Issues in Australia (Democrats site)

Women's Rights Campaigns Around the World
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1. I caught the end of Desperate Housewives last night. Which meant I got to see Felicity Huffman dancing to Boogie Shoes again! Best choice of music ever.

2. I saw Cloudland on Sunday (The Queensland Ballet), which was simply amazing. I haven't got enough superlatives to describe how good it was - needless to say I could have sat through another two hour performance easily. Two very 'Brisbane' bits - the fight between US and Australian soldiers (mirroring the Battle of Brisbane) and the boos and hisses that went through the audience as the Deen Brothers (or the dancers playing them) walked on stage. If you ever get a chance to see this ballet, go and see it! (It's running next Friday and Saturday in Brisbane, then moving to the Gold Coast after that)

3. Commander in Chief. Meh. Still hate the titles. Less Clinton bashing which was nice.

4. I have no four. It's just a nice number
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1. I hope someone has written Commander in Chief/West Wing crossover, because Allison Janney/Geena Davis would be so very pretty (and hot. and shiny)

2. I hope the rain will shut the stupid roadworks up for a while (Aren't residents supposed to be notified when roadworks are going to completely disrupt their lives? And their sleeping patterns?)

3. I hope that the truant people go to my work on Wednesday when I'm trying to survive another 8 hour shift. Because it would be funny plus less work for me. (Though my teacher voice worked a treat on the 15 year old who decided to smoke while asking for tokens. He left as ordered and did not return)

4. I hope I get a lot of work done tomorrow. Real school type work. Which, when I get to teach it, I get paid good money for.

5. I hope I get to write some fic tomorrow.
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1. You don't have to taste every wine in the winery (ok, yes you do, but you can pretend you don't)
2. Never let Matt order lunch for me again (a plate of lettuce is not good for soaking up wine)
3. Chooks = good
4. Sleeping on the bus = good
5. Make sure the bus driver has a map. And a bus that can get up hills. And around corners.


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In other news, I'm back to the soul sucking place of hell today. Give me some wacky ideas about how I can pass the 8 hours quicker. (I might write up some books posts, at which I'm massively behind. And some spelling lists for school. And maybe do some knitting.)
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Guess who just got her first day of teaching!!!!!

I had a fantastic day with a great bunch of grade 2s today!!
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Happy Valentines Day to those who do and those who do not celebrate.

Matt and I are celebrating in a very low key way with small presents and a nice dinner. It should be a nice night.

I applied for three tutoring jobs today. If anyone in Brisbane knows someone looking for a primary school tutor, I'm very available.

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Liz and/or Amanda - want to do something tomorrow? I'm free all day. You can sms or email me *g*
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After my stunning pass of my driving test yesterday (stops to admire the shiny yellow edged license again), I'm seriously looking at cars. At the moment I'm thinking about mid to late nineties (and maybe an early 2000) Holden Barinas, Holden Astras, Honda Civic and (my personal favourite) Toyota Corollas.

If I could have any car, I'd like a 2004/5 Corolla please *g*

Next week I'm going to look at finance, and then go car shopping! So very excited.
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Guess who passed her driving test?

Only two minor errors (missed one shoulder check, and made a minor mess of one right hand turn), and a really fun test. I'm now a licensed driver!!!!!!!

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