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|Wednesday, February 9th, 2011|
|Writer's Block: The winning ticket
What would be your first purchase if you won the lottery?
A new trombone, plus cup, straight and plunger mutes, plus spare mouthpiece.
Then, if there was any money left, I'd buy new undies.
|Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010|
|2 am is too early for a concert
But you'll never convince Laura of that.
Sunday night, from 2 am to 4 am, we had "Laura's Showtunes Extravaganza".
I staggered in at 2.30am, after what sounded like a medley of Playschool's Greatest Hits to ask "What are you doing?" (answer "I singin!") and to tell her to stop it ("No!") and that it was too early ("Laura come into big bed? An have bweakfast?" Me: "NO GO BACK TO SLEEP"). and she was quiet for 15 minutes. Then, just as I was drifting off to sleep, came "Yes my name is Igglepiggle" followed by "Wombat Stew" followed by the Playschool theme song followed by "Down by the Station" followed by I don't actually know because I put my head under the pillow at that point.
I wonder how one convinces a nearly 3 year old that she should not be keeping nightclub hours.
Oh, and our car blew up on Friday (argh) and we had to leave it in Pakenham (very long story) and I couldn't actually get most of the stuff I needed out of it because I had to take the train back to Warragul. So Monday we stopped by and I retrieved the Wombat Stew soundtrack (gah, I hope we don't have more concerts) and the curtain samples I had to take back and Laura's portable toilet seat, which I gave to her to hold while I wrangled the curtain samples.
Laura, of course, waved it on high and bellowed "I GOT MY TOILET SEAT! YAY!"
There were chortling mechanics wherever I looked! Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, March 11th, 2010|
|Friday, July 17th, 2009|
That is all.
:D Current Mood: jubilant
|Sunday, April 5th, 2009|
So I entered Run for the Kids well before deadline, and trained hard and steadily, and was all set to conquer the 14.1km course today!
And then Friday I came down with a tummy bug which wiped me out.
Even if I was able to run 14.1km on no fuel (I kept down 1 piece of dry toast & 1 bowl plain rice between Friday and Sunday morning) the dehydration was taking me down.
I paid for a tshirt, too! And now I can't wear it, I'd feel like a fool.
Woe is me. Current Mood: sick
|Wednesday, February 18th, 2009|
We got a complaint letter through our feedback box at work, which was typed. We won't be responding to it, not least because it's anonymous, but we've gotten so much amusement out of it that I thought I'd reproduce it here. All grammar is original.
There would be no one but me who able to make such potent and adequate comments.
WHEN YOU GET RESULTS Current Mood: amused
|Monday, February 2nd, 2009|
|Any more unflattering comparisions?
I used to be indignant when Mum said Laura looked like Peter Costello, that unlamented ex-politician and winner of Smarmiest Smirker award 12 years running. She doesn't
look like him; Mum is just insane. And now, it would seem that Marcus has not only joined her in insanity, but surpassed her!
So yesterday I had Laura dressed in a stripy singlet with a loveheart on the front and purple shorts and her sparkly butterfly sandals, and I thought she looked lovely. Marcus looked consideringly at her and said "You know, she looks like Daffyd."
"Who?" I asked.
"You know, the bloke who was the Only Gay in the Village on Little Britain. She looks like him in that outfit."
I am outraged
Also, it was a singlet, not a muscle top!
huh. Current Mood: amused
|Monday, January 19th, 2009|
Current Mood: amused
You Are "alt"
Some people might find you to be strange, mysterious, and even a bit off putting.
You tend to be drawn to and influenced by alternative lifestyles. You're definitely not normal.
Once people get to know you, they realize you're interesting, intriguing, and very intelligent.
You have a lot of knowledge stored in that big brain of yours. Most of it is useless knowledge, but some of it is very useful.
|Wednesday, January 7th, 2009|
Current Mood: bored
|I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm a|
Romantic Traveling Tree Hugger
|Sunday, December 21st, 2008|
I'm an aunty!
Tess Ada Campbell Coventry arrived at last, 1 week 6 days overdue, weighing in at 6lb 15oz (after her first enormous poo, before that she was 7lb.)
Arrived via emergency caesar, after 18 or so hours of posterior labour. Ow ow ow. Poor Leonie. And Tess had the cord wrapped around her neck, silly child!
What a relief. :) Current Mood: happy
|Thursday, November 27th, 2008|
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Early Christmas meme, taken from hnpcc.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper. We generally buy the new stuff, being irresponsible. Not to mention Laura is going to be destroying most of it.
2. Real tree or artificial?
Artificial; we got sick of trying to pick up all the pine needles. We had a real one in a pot two years in a row but then it died. This year we may have a titchy one on the mantlepiece that Laura can't pull over.
3. When do you put up the tree?
Hopefully, we'll get it done this weekend and have it up all through Advent.
4. When do you take the tree down?
Some time in early-mid Jan. Before Australia Day at least! (kept hnpcc's reply as fitted situation exactly.)
5. Do you like eggnog?
No idea. Offer me some and I'll tell you.
6. Favorite gifts received as a child?
7. Hardest person to buy for?
Marcus, closely followed by Dad. Mum, although she's a Grinch, is actually easy to buy things for.
8. Easiest person to buy for?
My daughter. :)
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes, it's painted on the side of my largest Christmas tree ornament..
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
I attempt to mail them...
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Hairdryer. I never blowdry my hair.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Don't really have one.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Never as soon as I should.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
No. I tend to think that that would be rude.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Vanilla cheesecake with cinnamon crust and berry topping. Yuuuummmm.
16. Lights on the tree?
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Mistletoe & Wine, Cliff Richard.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Usually some travel involved. This year I think we're off to Dromana.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Rudolf, Prancer, Blitzen, Dasher, Donner, Dancer... clearly I can't.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
It used to be one present in the morning and the rest after lunch. Now it's all after lunch.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Entertainers massacring various Christmas carols and then being played ad nauseum in shopping centres.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Roast beef and many veg, followed by cheesecake, preceded by soup.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Clothing vouchers mainly. :( Current Mood: cheerful
|Friday, November 14th, 2008|
It's 4am and I'm awake.
Laura is asleep.
Marcus is asleep.
Footlets, even, is asleep.
I have to go to Mt Gambier tomorrow- 6 hours drive, at least, in an unairconditioned car. And no sleep.
Argh. Current Mood: awake
|Tuesday, September 9th, 2008|
Jennie's had her baby!
Jack arrived at 8am this morning, and all are well. 8pound 6oz, apparently. :) Current Mood: happy
|Friday, September 5th, 2008|
|Saturday, August 9th, 2008|
Also, happy birthday Lee!
Laura just walked from her pushy thing to me! Five unassisted steps!!
Woo! Current Mood: ecstatic
|Sunday, July 6th, 2008|
Your result for The Deep and Meaningful Winnie-The-Pooh Character Test...
"Correct me if I am wrong," he said, "but am I right in
supposing that it is a very Blusterous day outside?"
"Very," said Piglet, who was quietly thawing his ears,
and wishing that he was safely back in his own house.
"I thought so," said O-wl. "It was on just such a
blusterous day as this that my Uncle Robert, a portrait of whom
you see upon the wall on your right, Piglet, while returning in
the late forenoon from a-- What's that?"
You scored as Owl!
ABOUT OWL: Owl is considered highly educated because he can spell his own name (WOL) and he can even spell Tuesday... although he doesn't always get it right. Owl is a good sort, really, although he can be a bit of a stuffed shirt, and he tends to overlook the smaller details in life - like the fact that his bellpull is actually someone's tail.
WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are confident and you feel capable of dealing with whatever life throws at you. You know that you can handle just about everything... mostly because you know how to delegate the job of actually handling things to the people around you. You aren't one of those Bisy Backsons, who rush around trying to do everything at once. You prefer to stay at home and reflect on life, rather than go out and live it.
Sometimes, you know, you need to stop waiting for things to come to you and go out and get them. You need to go enjoy the weather, smell the fresh air, and pay attention to the little people in your life. They may not be as great as you... but maybe they could use your help.
Take The Deep and Meaningful Winnie-The-Pooh Character Test at HelloQuizzy Current Mood: amused
|Sunday, June 29th, 2008|
The power to half the house has gone.
It's the half with the stove, microwave, washing machine and dryer in it.
And there's a load of laundry in both the washing machine and dryer.
And there's a load of dirty nappies waiting to be washed.
And the gas heater in the lounge room keeps mysteriously losing the gas supply.
And Laura is deadly tired and I have tried to put her down three times and judging by the way she's howling, her cot has turned into an Iron Maiden when I wasn't looking.
And I haven't made it out of my pyjamas yet.
And I missed church.
And Marcus has gone running.
And I'm so tired I think I'm going to cry. Current Mood: sad
|Friday, June 27th, 2008|
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 The Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
- (yes, I really have read all of it. Don't remember much of it, though. Parts of it are vastly more important to me than other parts.)
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
(I really don't like depressing stuff)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
(the minister saying that the unbaptised baby would not go to heaven has made me hate it evermore.)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
(Mum read this to me when I was nine and I've loved it ever since)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (never heard of it)
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
(would like to read this one again, as haven't touched it since I was thirteen)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
(Toad of Toad Hall!)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
(David is a whiny brat, but Betsey Trotwood is ace)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
(Isn't this a repeat of #33?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (do I WANT to read this?!?)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
(he should have had Miriam and the hero hook up!)
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
(A classic, this one. utterly horrifying though)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (I read about half and gave up. Is it meant to be boring?)
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
(I saw the film first)
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Fair number there. Current Mood: sleepy
|Sunday, June 15th, 2008|
|In descending order of importance
1. Happy Birthday to hnpcc!! Hope it is happy and fun and you get precisely what you want. And that there is cake.
2. Marcus and Laura and I ran the Eastlink fun run this morning. 6.2 km in 46 mins for me and 29 mins for Marcus and Laura (she was in her pram.) I was not expecting it to be hilly but of course it went through the tunnels, under the creek. Oh my legs!
3. I will be returning to work the week beginning July 7th. Egads. At least I have precisely the job I wanted. :)
4. Laura is pulling herself up on all the furniture she can find, and has bruises all over her forehead. Sigh.
5. Hawthorn and Essendon both won the footy! Yay! Current Mood: cheerful