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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gone already

I think it is interesting the way that you prepare for Christmas, stress about what you will do for Christmas, worry about where you will be for Christmas, freak out that everyone important will be considered for Christmas and then it happens and it is over. Now all that is left is to apologise to everyone you missed on the day, clean up the glasses, wrapping paper and nut shells and hopefully get some sleep. Oh and I forgot to mention... count down for 365 days because it is going to happen again. I know it has been said by many before me but Christmas is hard work. Even for someone like me who has virtually no responsibilities to children or family (because they are so far away) and I do everything in my power to make it as easy and relaxed as possible, I still forget the vital Christmas obligations. Darian and I didn't even buy presents for each other this year because we left it to the last minuet and just didn't. Not to mention the friends and relatives I forgot to call on the day due to a little too much passion pop. Sorry by the way, poor form on my behalf but I have had a big year and to be honest Christmas caught me unaware. Normally I am much better organised! I have the cards written and the groceries and Christmas shopping bought and sent, mostly on time anyway. This year I just got back from overseas, lost the company laptop (whole other story) and am still coming to grips with my new and challenging job so I haven't had much time to do anything. Darian arranged the Christmas tree and we decorated it before Christmas day so I think all in all it was a success. For all of my complaining I really like Christmas, I turned up to work twice with a hangover and was let off the hook mostly because it is that time of the year and that is what people do. Everything is shinier, more exciting and colourful. A little melancholy because I miss my family like crazy this time of year but happy because it is nice to relax for the long weekend and think about how much we have achieved this year! It has been wild.

I am working on my new years resolutions. I wonder what next year has in store.

xox I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas

Love to all

Real tree | Sparkle | Passion Pop | Vege Sausages | COD | Fitch

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I love Xmas because:









































































- Posted on the road



Monday, December 14, 2009

Back!

I think the last time I checked in I had only been in Singapore for a couple of days so I wanted to tell you about the rest of my trip! I went to Sentosa on the first Saturday of my trip. Took the monorail out to the beach and wandered around for most of the day. First impressions: Disney World resort under construction. So much stuff going on! First of all I had a coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (I know I should have tried somewhere more exotic but I missed breakfast because I was chatting with mum and dad on Skype and by the time I got to Sentosa I needed a coffee more than I needed to breathe!!) As I was drinking my coffee I could see a man hiding in the bushes. On closer inspection it turns out he was wiring Christmas lights. Not very safe in the rain (in my humble opinion).

I ventured out to the southern most point on the Asian continent by crossing a very long rope bridge. I sat on the edge watching the boats out at sea for a while. Singapore is strange like that... even the ocean is developing... buildings on land and ships/oil rigs just off the coast. In fact a great deal of land has been reclaimed so there are buildings in the sea too. Funny concept I think: Reclaiming land from the sea, taking it back like we were just leasing it to the ocean for a while. Next stop was lunch, giant Merlion and souvenier shopping and finally cocktails on the beach with my book until it was time to traipse back to the hotel. Nice day all round I thought.

Interesting observation of vegetarian food in Sinagpore. The term is used in a very general way because it can mean that you don't eat beef but pork and chicken is ok. Or that you don't eat red meat, just white. I do not consider myself a strict vegetarian (I am not a vegan and I think they are strict) but the girls inform me that I am. I don't find it terribly difficult: if it has eyes I don't want to eat it. The other problem is that for every meat product there is a "faux" or substitute. Like tofu ham or bean curd chicken or vegetarian beef-texture. In the end I just order what looks good, check with the store person "is this vegetarian" if they nod and say yes I order it and hope for the best. Better to fuss over which bangle to buy from the markets *giggles* I know silly priorities and all that.

I saw so much in Singapore! It was a work trip so I think that makes me very lucky that I got to see so much while I was there. I will upload photos as soon as I can.

So now I am back and it is back to reality which I have decided is not really very nice at all. Pain in the a** really. Do you want to play the ratherbe game with me? I will start (you will get the hang of it really quickly: I would ratherbe at the beach drinking cocktails. Now you go... Nice work! Told you you would get the hang of it.

Reality is demanding my attention so I will leave it at that for now.

Love to all!
xox
Jane

Missing Darian | Real Xmas tree | 100k emails | Weather change | Diet | Window watching

Friday, December 4, 2009

Photos





Here are some sights I wanted to share (Sorry but I am not a photographer so you will have to bumble along through my blurred vision... can I say also that the humidity fogs up the lens so if there are some bad ones I am gonna blame that!)
I made a wish on a giant white beach ball... hundreds of them have been put in the water at Merlion Park. I will try to get a photo of them when I go back later next week.

There are two Merlions in Merlion Park. This is the smaller one and is quite pretty.

And this one is bigger. I am going to Sentosa tomorrow and I hear that there is an even bigger one there!

This was taken from the building where I work. The taxis are blue, yellow and red so from up there they look like toy cars.

I am going to bed now because I have a big day planned tomorrow. I will be all by myself which is lame but I will take some photos anyway. May as well make the most of being in another country by myself or not.

xox Love to all!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Merlion

I feel so tiny in this City! My plane (ok not my plane but you know what I mean) touched down in Singapore at 6.30pm (Singapore time... in Melbourne time that is about 9.30pm). The flight was not very long and with all the people in the terminal I still didn't feel like I was in another country until I walked outside. When I stepped out of customs, a smiling Singaporean guy with a card with my name on it was waiting for me (easy done!) to take me to the hotel. He was very friendly and did his schooling in Melbourne so I found him pleasant and chatty.

The first hint that I am not in Australia any longer drove past me as I was waiting for the driver to bring the car. A ute with an open tray packed with about 15 people drove past. Try driving out of an Australian International Airport with people sitting unrestrained in the back of a ute and see how far you get. Didn't look that dangerous maybe we are being to paranoid? I guess it would be a different story if said ute hit something. The other difference worthy of note was the humidity. Darian would hate it! On a scale of 1-10, Melbourne at its worst is a 2, Brisbane is about 5, Gladstone can get to 7 but I think this place could get to 10 without blinking. If you could breath underwater I think this is what it would feel like. The air is thick. Hard to explain! I quite like it and could instantly feel my skin softening.

I checked into my hotel with very little fuss, dropped off my bag and went for a walk (to find food mostly without success). I ended up back at the hotel where I ordered food at the Mooi Chin. Yum Watermelon juice and vegetable noodles. I have to make an effort to order something that I haven't had at home (I want to be adventurous... the worst that could happen is that I don't like it and even then I have learnt not to order it again). I did have a look at the "Western Cuisine" section just to see what was there... Ox Tongue? Who really eats Ox Tongue? I am absolutely not eating that... ever.

I have been here now for 3 days. I am here for training and have been learning heaps which is good... productive anyway. I can't help being super excited being in another country. I went to see the Merlion who is far larger than I thought he would be. One of the ladies from work took me for a walk to the aqueduct where it stands over the water. Yesterday I went to Orchard Rd shopping district. I think you could walk from one end of Singapore to the other without ever leaving the shopping malls they are so expansive and interlinked. Just amazing! I wish I had more money because I would have bought so much stuff!!!

Anyway I am at work now and the girls have just arrived so I had better go and learn some more.

Love to all!

Jane

Merlion Shopping mall Big city Darian's B'day Spicy food Cold room!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

So many layers of awsome

Just a short post because I want to show you this clip Darian found which is awesome on many levels.




Love to all,

Jane

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monotony

Let me tell you a story about monotony... A web page with 50 icons. Each icon opens a window containing 3 separate files. You cannot download the files in one go and it is impossible to send the website to make the client do it themselves because it is in a restricted area. "Jane can you download every single file and put it on a disk for said client?" Yeah sure... that is 150 individual files that I need to download... I am up to 50 and it took most of today (in between all the other stuff of course. And that my friends is a story about monotony.

On lighter news I am running around like a crazy person trying to get everything together for when I go away. So excited about my trip! Which is why the story above is so frustrating... and why I should be working and not blogging!

Love to all!

xox

Singapore Big a/c minimal skill Apples Umbrellas New Stationary Sleep in!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Your goal today is:

Your goal today is to stay in the room for 90 mins. You might feel uncomfortable, dizzy or naseated but that is all completely normal.




What am I signing myself up for? Some of my girlfriends and I decided to try Bickram Yoga. The process, which just for the record involves 90 mins of yoga in a room not unlike a sauna set to 40 degrees C, is supposed to rid the body of toxins. I am not completely convinced that sweating out all the water in my body is the same as releasing toxins and to be honest, when taking into consideration all the bad stuff I put in my body, the fact that I am still alive suggests that my body is getting rid of toxins just fine without me stuffing with it. Still as an absolute test of human endurance this was a fun experience and I will absolutely do it again. I do remember staring at the roof during the program and thinking Oh sh*t how much longer? I am never doing this again! As soon as it was over and I was in the cool down room I wanted to do it again... go figure? Have to say though that all I wanted after was salt and water... maybe I lost a little too many electrolytes (Sorry I don`t actually know what an electrolyte is).



This is all in aide of my new job, new outlook, new fitness regime, which I am sure I will stick to this time. I have been to the gym even! Yeah I hope you are impressed. I discovered that the treadmill has inbuilt TV and I did a little damage to myself because I wanted to finish the episode of Neighbours that I was watching (don`t judge me!) so ran for an extra 15 mins when I am normally super lazy. After all this *health* stuff I am absolutely exahsted.



Since leaving the big T (... Thank got for That because I wont have to Take another angry customer Telephone call ever again and That makes me Terrific Thanks for asking!) and starting my new job, I have been praised for a job well done, given a new laptop (and an old one that converts to japanese characters for no apparent reason and for some reason does not appear to have a double quotation mark?), no one has said a curse word (not even cr@p!) and I haven`t wanted to cry once! I don`t know really what to do with myself because my training doesn`t start until the week after next but I am liking the job already! So far I have just been doing normal admin stuff like buying lunch for a board meeting, putting newsletters in envelopes etc. I have been told that I am not a secretary and making coffee will not be part of my normal duties but for now I don`t mind doing it. Lots of reading on company policy and anti-law-breaking guidelines. After 81 slides on compliance I am feeling a little sleepy.

Anyway that is what is new on this front.

xox Jane

Old Shoes New Job Sweat WoMD Swimming lessons TFIF!

Friday, November 13, 2009

New job

I took my last call at 3.30pm yesterday which has made me a very very very happy girl! I truly hope that that marks the last day in a call center for me ever! My new job starts on Tuesday next week so I am looking forward to my new adventure!

Darian and I went to the Christmas parade today. We went to the same spot as last year up above the parade on the balcony of a Chinese restaurant looking over the street. We had lunch and a beer while the parade was going on beneath us. We only got back 10 mins ago and now all i want to do is have a nana nap. Have to concentrate on my assignment first then I can sleep.

I wanted to share this photo with you just for the look on the dogs face.


Wish me luck on my new adventure next week!

xox
Jane

New Job | The Tall | Darian's wet feet | Parade | Java | Stressless

Monday, November 9, 2009

Funny Simpson Quote

"He got me $60,000 and I was driving drunk in a grave yard" - Dr Nick from the Simpsons


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Well well well....

Look who's watching junk TV because Darian is doing his boy-sport-class or BSC for short. I am actually impressed with the sheer quantity of stuffing around that I do when I should be doing more important things. I could have 2 degrees and a severe psychological disorder by now if I didn't procrastinate!

Soaps are so dramatic and I am curled up with the cat on the couch in my simple non-dramatic life. Its nicer that way even if the cat does get in the way of my keyboard. I have been a little creative these last couple of weeks. We need art in our house so I made some paintings for the lounge room.

Next I want to make a sculpture to send home for mum. I have been promising her that I would make something out of Hebel. I will take some photos and post them as I go, unless of course it ends up being rubbish in which case its going to sleep with the fishes... if you know what I mean. I think it is bio-degradable.

Love to all!


Jane

Creative | Resignation | Stressful | Procrastination | Bewitched | Bad-Hair-Year

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Love You Tube

This is brilliant:


Nerds unite!


Love to all,

Jane

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Camping


We went camping on the weekend in Sorrento. Very fun time! We went with some people from work and had fun in the sun and on the beach. Water was too cold to swim I don't care what everyone else says. Its funny because our tent was so ridiculously small compared to everyone else's but it was nice. I really enjoyed our trip, got really sun-burnt so had to go to work today looking like a lobster and super cranky that I wasn't still on holidays!

We get the day off work tomorrow which is nice. For the Melbourne Cup. Speaking of work... I handed in my resignation on Friday and am now just hanging out for my one months notice (which by the way is very annoying... how can they ask a whole month? There are 200 other people doing my job in my center I would be surprised if they even noticed if I didn't show up). I start the new job early December. Haven't exactly signed the contract yet so I am hoping that it works out Ok... *laughs* not like me at all. I will keep you posted on the developments there as they happen.

I dropped my phone in the toilet... maybe it is better if you don't ask... and am now considering buying a new phone. It did dry out but I still want a new one. I've been looking at different networks and pricing etc. working for a telecommunications company really hasn't taught me much about shopping around for deals... if anything it has taught me to stick with a good thing if you get it otherwise... well you get the idea and there is no point looking a gift horse in the mouth. Do you think that means that if someone gives you a gift horse you shouldn't inspect it for bad teeth? Sorry I digress... The point is that I haven't signed up for a new phone because that would mean staying with the same carrier for the next 2 years. Which is cool for me but it also means that Darian feels obligated to go with the same. We have the same carrier now and I think it saves us sooooo much money because we call each other virtually for free. Now I just have to wait for Darian to decide which carrier we should go with. This involves many complex and important issues. Here is one such example: Who is more likely to upgrade their HSDPA network (or mobile internet for non-geeks)? Who is less likely to act like jerks? Who will have android phones available? Who is the cheapest?

The answer to all of those questions is: "whichever" and as such makes the decision that much harder... Hopefully my toilet phone will continue working for the next 6 months or maybe more. Wish me luck *giggles*

xox Love to all!

Jane

Toilet phone | Cooking laundry | Sand | Lobster | Washing | Upgrade

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Stressful weekend

This weekend has been so stressful! My uni materials have been largely unaccessible due to system outages and Darian almost killed himself with our security gate. Levels of stress obviously larger in the latter part. We had to go to the doctor to have Darian's head sewn back together and he is fine just the shock of the gate crashing down and not being able to see him but knowing that he was somewhere under it was the scariest thing I have ever had to deal with. He is completely unaffected by the incident but I don't think I will ever get over it! *laughs* I am such a drama queen! Now I have to hand my assignment in and cannot concentrate on what I am doing. I feel like I am working with half the tools that I need too because I can't access the materials online.

That is enough whining for one day!

My fish had a near death experience the other day as well. I used a hair net to cover some stuff in my fish tank and he got caught in it (the visual that comes to my mind is like a dolphin caught in a fisherman's net but in miniature). I had to cut him free and tore his little fin a bit. I thought he was a gonner for sure but he is tough and still swimming around as if nothing happened. Lucky for me otherwise I would be very upset with myself for being so silly!

Such a traumatic weekend. Still my assignment is starting to look the way it is supposed too which is good. I hope to have it finished tonight.

Wish me luck!
xox
Jane

NDE | LawSuit! | Breakfast | Daylight savings | Resistance | Walking Club


Monday, October 5, 2009

IT will be over soon!

Back at work tomorrow. I have been staring at this screen all day! So much for a day off... Still I have progressed with the assignment due this weekend (even though I was supposed to finish it today). Darian has been on the phone with his mum this evening teaching her how to use email. I bought coffee and jelly beans and have had a lovely time trying to make my table do what I want it to do with html. Stupid uni! This is my first semester studying IT properly and can I just say that the f-around factor is really high! Not that it isn't enjoyable but one semi-colon instead of a colon and the whole program doesn't run the way I want it to! I will have finished my degree hopefully in the next 2 years so the key is to keep at it! Then I will get paid to pour over lines of code seeking out the cheeky semi-colon in disguise.

My dad is in hospital at the moment. Nothing serious... well serious for him I guess. He slipped a disc (we think) so he is all pain-medicated and feeling better. No surgery or near-death experiences so he will be back to normal soon. My mum called and left a message on my answering machine. I hate the "H" word in voice-mail form... always followed with "nothing serious" or "nothing to be worried about, which is cr@p honestly. If it wasn't serious or worrying they would not be in the hospital in the first place. Still he is in good spirits and complaining that the extra night is because the machine that goes "Ping" isn't working. (Semi-abstract reference to Monty Python which you would need to see to understand and so I will provide it here).


I sent him an email with my favorite You-Tube funnies to keep him occupied. He didn't like Peanut Butter Jelly Time... I guess that isn't that surprising *laughs*.


Ok, enough fun and games I have to get back to my assignment.

Love to all!
xox Jane

Ocelot babies! | Back on diet | Duckweed | work... sadface | Trial | Assignment

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Little things

Can I just say... a horrible... and I cannot express how horrible in words but it was horrible... shower can become an amazing shower just by changing the shower head. Darian was Mr. Fix-it and changed the shower head in our new bathroom for a $25 Bunnings shower head thingy. It is glorious! We have only been in our apartment for a couple of weeks and I have to say that it was the worst shower I have ever had (keep in mind that I lived at a college with 20 other people all using the same showers often with little or no hot water and this one was still worse). Now it's luxurious and perfect. My advice... if you hate your shower but don't want to fork out on a new shower head... you are an idiot... do it because you won't regret it.

Work had an awards evening on Friday night. I wrote myself off with free bubbly and woke up yesterday wishing I was dead. Why do I do it to myself? After spending some quality time hanging over the toilet I was feeling a little more human, followed by lots of juice (for vitamins) and then a good nights sleep (on our beautiful new bed) last night has made me feel great today! I got so much done! Finished an assignment four hours before it was due. Normally they are still being submitted seconds before the cut off time. I have tomorrow off as well so I will get started on the next assignment. Nice to feel in control of things for a change. We are almost 100 percent settled in the new apartment too with only a couple of little things that we would like to get set up.

Love to all!

xox Jane

Daylight Savings | Html | Spring | Alice | Shower power | Metal Gear Solid

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Spider!?

You are not going to believe this! We were watching SBS news and there was a clip with the Pope talking. I think the topic was something to do with the Czech Republic finding their Christian roots. Completely lost on me because the clip unfortunately features a little black spider crawling all over the Pope's white robes. I am not making this up! Check it out!

That's it from me tonight, I am supposed to be studying.
Hope you are all well!

Love to all
Jane

New Bed | Spider | Grilled | Hot chocolate | Css Sheet | Sun Kitty

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Funny happenings

Funny happenings this week. As I have already mentioned, we have been to Ikea lately buying furniture. Probably the bit I left out is that we have a 2 door Ford Festiva. If you have never seen one, imagine a kids toy car with a little less boot space. So walking out of Ikea in front of everyone with a giant trolley full of flat pack coffee table, bed and bookcase to our tiny little clown car and then filling it. We were there so long that they read our licence plate out to ask us to please move our car because it is a loading zone only not a parking spot (shame!). As we pulled out practically buried by a mountain of flat packs there were people laughing and pointing. Darian points at a box in the back and says "If we stop suddenly, that box will go through my head". Sorry mum and dad, but I am dating a lunatic. All I can say is I am most impressed that we got it all home and the car in one piece and we didn't get pulled over! Tonight we just brought our mattress home (same deal stuffed in the back of the clown car... seriously we are getting at least a 4 door next time). Parked at the traffic lights a guy glances our way and then looks straight ahead. A look of puzzlement comes over his face as he is processing the information his eyes have just supplied. "No" a frown appears... then he turns to look at us with a completely baffled look that said just so much. Not even ashamed of staring at us in the tiny car with this giant marshmallow like mass filling every spare inch. Such a crack up.

Our new apartment is so cool!

And in other news. Darian had a bit of a fright at the bakery the other day. He was asking about "Moon Pies" that are being advertised. I wasn't there but this is how I imagine the conversation went:

"So... what are in these?" says Darian
"Lotus" says the girl behind the counter
"What?" says Darian
"Lotus... you understand? Lotus" she would have been very patient about this
"Oh... OH! Yeah I understand." says Darian, a penny dropping somewhere in his head.

This is the part of the story where I come in... "Jane... you won't believe what is in those Moon Pie things! You can't eat them" I guess because I am a vegetarian? So I am thinking what is he talking about? "The girl said they are made with lotus." He says with a scrunched up face.
"Umm... yeah that's not so bad, they are just flowers." At this stage I think I know where he is going but its too funny to st correct him straight away.
"No... lotus..." he slows the words down just in case I don't understand what he is trying to tell me
"No... locust..."

You tell me if you can tell the difference?



Love to all,

Jane

Locust | Lotus | Juice over soft drink | Squishy car | New bed | Sunshine

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Finally relaxing!

Today has been a day of unpacking and reflection. Plus a bit of study thrown in there for good measure. My days soundtrack started with "In the night garden" the trippiest little kids show ever that I love because it is adorable and kind of spun actually. For the rest of the day it has been the "Little Big Planet" sound track. Really easy to listen too! Especially this one: "Volver a Comenzar - Cafe Tacuba" Can't understand a word they are saying but it is a really cool song!

I have been reading a little about html and css style sheets for uni and have found that it is quite easy to follow (which is good!). I came across this page while researching css style sheets and wanted to share it because it made me giggle: A List for those of you who can't be bothered going to the website it says:

"Something has gone horribly wrong

Sorry, partner. The page you requested is not in our database. You may have followed a bad external link, or mis-typed a URL. Or you may have encountered one of the dead ends our system throws up like drowned cats.

Kindly do not contact us about these frustrating dead-ends. We know them by name and by heart, and we have wept hot tears over them in long watches of the night. These errors will end when we launch the new CMS.

For now, you may want to load our home page or visit the articles department to consider the many fine works we have stored for your pleasure.

It’s scarcely the best place to mention this, but...

A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. Explore our articles or find out more about us."

*giggles* nerd humour!


And in other news, we are officially in our new apartment. I had to take the day off work so that the maintenance people could come and fix the carpet and holes in the wall - makes me sound like I am in a slum but I think it is more representative of how strict the real estate are! Telstra came to connect the phone too so I will have internet tomorrow! The apartment is absolutely perfect! The sun has been shining in all day through the big glass windows. The cats have been hanging out in the sun and the fish are... well the fish are fish and don't seem to be that interested in anything outside their glass world. I am moderately happy to report that we only had one casualty during the move - he was a Borneo catfish - unfortunately the water is a little too alkaline and he got a bit of a shock. Actually I guess from his point of view it was more dramatic than a bit of a shock but the others seemed to cope OK. We went semi-crazy at Ikea on the weekend and came back with a bookcase, coffee table and finally a bed. Yes! We are off the couch! Not yet because they had sold out of the mid-beam and we don't technically have a mattress yet but definitely in the right direction.

I wanted to share my quote of the week:

"Coffee [is] only a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your slightly older self" - Terry Pratchet

Does he know that he has the most twisted mind in the world? I have been reading heaps of disc world and I think Darian is getting sick of hearing about the ins and outs of Ankh-Morpork.

P.S. if there is anyone in the QV building with the same isp and modem as me will you please change your password because it is the same as mine and is confusing my computer. *laughs*

xox Love to All!

Jane

Disc-world | Exhausted | Web Development | Boris | 1 Suckerfish down | Coffee

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Miscellaneous adventures

I have been a very slack blogger over the last fortnight… sorry I mean month... so I really need to catch you all up. Here is a run down of my latest adventures:
1) three weekends ago we went to Docklands "Wonderland" - don't be fooled by the name it wasn’t really a land of wonder but there were some cool things. We paid $6 to go on a ride called "Sim--something or other--". Basically it is a booth on hydraulics and you sit in front of a big dodgy screen ("The resolution is horrible!" was Darian's contribution) You watch an image on the screen where you are in a truck and it goes up and down on the track kind of like a roller coaster but less exciting while the booth is thrown around and moves about. The door kept flying open and shutting the ride down so we got our $6 back (which was good because the sim thing wasn't as good as it looked) and went on the dodgem cars. Dodgems were fun. I chose the red one because it goes faster. Darian chose yellow because I don't think he knows the red-principle. Two Innocent looking girls took the pink ones and basically terrorised me the whole time. They looked sweet with their piggy tails and little dresses but inside they were evil geniuses who pinned me in the corner laughing maniacally. Looking back Darian was a bit of a jerk too. I spent most of the time stuck in the corners. Even the little kid on his dad's lap had a crack. Docklands is really nice but very windy. We had a good day all round!

2) two weekends ago we went for a drive to Kingslake which is where all the fires were last summer. I was very unwell due to a very big night the night before and unfortunately I was not very good company! It was amazing to see the way the trees were regenerating. I cannot believe how they are able to survive after such chaos has completely decimated the scenery. Very pretty new green shoots growing in stark contrast out of the charcoal black trunks.

3) last weekend we went to our storage unit and almost emptied it. We have put in our notice and will completely shut it down this weekend. That is a bit of cash saved but more than that it will be so much more convenient because we won't need to drive all the way to Richmond to get the odd stuff that we don't use all that often.

The reason for clearing the storage unit is that we have a new apartment that we move into in a fortnight. A bit of a relief that we have somewhere to move into now that this place is sold. So that is about it. Seems like a little sad for a whole month. It has been pretty flat out though. Looking forward to the weekend after we move so that I can have a lazy weekend,.

Love to all!

Jane

Cute doggy | Waiting... waiting | New Apartment | Dodgems! | Floating plant | Diet... again

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Speachless

Thanks to my dad I have a healthy interest in science. Don't snicker... This takes my breath away. Very beautiful!



In the words of Monty Python:
"And now for something completely different!"



Words just do not... umm I mean I have no words... Ahh I just don't know what to say?!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Work rambling


I have been venting a little at work... here are my stories *laughs* (I have been watching a lot of Law and Order lately)

July 27th:
I went for lunch in the shopping centre next to my building today. Yummy sushi!
I love the blue-tooth-phenomenon. A guy is leaning towards a table and unfortunately his lunch was in a shape and colour remarkably similar to a hamster standing on his back legs. Not only is his lunch a hamster but he is having a really animated conversation with it. From where I was standing I swear it was a Dr Doolittle moment come to life. As I got closer the hamster morphed back into lunch where it should have been to start with and the guy was not crazy (despite first impressions) but talking to his blue tooth. I guess I felt a little let down. Why can't I meet someone who can talk to animals? I would settle for someone who can talk to lunch, honestly.
Ah ha… it is almost 5.30pm. That means that I am going home in half an hour YAY!

July 28th:
I rode my bike to work today - is 'rode' a word? Try it this way --> I came to work today on my bicycle… Better? Sorry, I digress... I have a really nice run into work, along the bike track on the Yarra river all the way so no scary cars or trucks. Serenity! *laughs* hard work though because of the hills. B@rstards stole the milk so I had to go hunt for some on the other floors and now I don't have time to drink my coffee. I think I will go and buy a proper one on my break. In the meantime my customers are annoying me today. I am so close to just hanging up and marching down to buy a pack of cigarettes. I will smoke every one of them until I am too sick to come back. I am going to buy food for lunch because I deserve it. No protein shake for me!
Ok I have had half an hour break now and I have to say I feel a lot better. I can't wait till home time! There is a movie called Clock Watchers. I remember hiring it from the video store (back when they were still videos) with my friend because it looked interesting. It wasn't. I don't really know what the story line was… or even if there was a story line. All I remember is it is about office workers who spend the whole day watching the clock, waiting for 5 o'clock so that they can go home. I don't think we ever finished the movie because it was so boring. There was a mildly amusing clerk with a giant ball of rubber bands and I think that he was the highlight of the film. How depressing… Realism at the expense of cinema where this film was concerned. Sorry if anyone reading this liked the movie… it was rubbish and I think you are nuts but each to his own... Right? The point is that I never wanted that for my own life and now I am that boring!!!! Sucks. I have put blue tack over the little clock in the bottom of my screen so that I can't see it.

July 29th:

Bored..... bored.... soooooooo bored

July 30th:

Bored.... Still bored.... Mum reminded me that I am getting paid to be bored and as such I will make an effort for the last 20 mins.
Wooohooo I got a complainer.... they make time fly! Going home now :) Darian and I are going out for dinner.

July 31st:

All I have to say is: RDO's are the best days ever especially when they are given on a Friday! Wooooooot! 3 day weekend :)


George Michael|Happy Coffee|Blues and Jazz|TMNT|Nandos|Dolly workin' 9 to 5

Saturday, July 25, 2009

50th Post

Some people are designed for early starts (the girl in the adjacent cubicle for example started at 7am but had been at work since 6am because it was… and I quote "So great! I love it!"). I am not one of those people. So here I sit in my cubicle farm with a cup of coffee and a chocolate muffin. Sorry Darian I know it is against our diet but it had to be done! And it was awesome! Speaking of diet… I watched a new reality TV show the other night called Dance your Ass Off. Random observation: "Reality TV" is an oxymoron kind of like "Fun Cancer". If you have ever seen the TV series Becker with Ted Danson he says that "Reality TV is the worlds petrie dish where we grow our idiots" and this program is no exception. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it but it was rediculous. I would recommend it for it's lava-lamp qualities (sorry about the abstract Simpson's reference).
It is lunch time now and I have to say I am feeling better than I did this morning. Not having much luck on the sales front but at least I don't feel like curling up under my desk with my doona pretending the world isn't here. Possible reasons for this change of heart: Copius amount of coffee consumed... proximity to home time… the fact that Darian is at home waiting for me?
All good!
I received the following email from Darian's sister and I wanted to share:

BEFORE THE "F" WORD
The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison," and he said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease." "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "on whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about." - Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?" - Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." - Abraham Lincoln

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." -Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright

"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure." Jack E. Leonard

"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt." - Robert Redford

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." -Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts.. . for support rather than illumination. " - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening but this wasn't it." -Groucho Marx


Xox Love to all.

Call control|Chocolate muffin|Viva Pinata|Missed point|Controversial Wrap|Red Underline!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hello Kitty?

I have a scary Hello Kitty poster staring at me from the shop across the aisle from where I am sitting. I am studying my Database Admin course at the moment. I have my feet on a chair and a giant coffee on the table. Could life get any better than this? The answer is yes... If only I could do this all day every day!

"Charge your glasses to no work and all play!!!!"

xox Hope you are all well.

Hello Kitty|Supposed to be studying|National Geographic|DB Roles|Rude people|Wake up late

Saturday, July 18, 2009

ROCK BAND!

“Are you sure we have the right place?” I looked at the printed receipt in my hand. “Yes, I think so, it says Trades Hall doesn't it? This is Trades Hall” Darian frowned and pulled his mobile phone out of his pocket. After a brief conversation to the event organisers we were directed back the way we had come staring at the big front doors of the Trades Hall. Upon closer inspection a door tucked away behind some large pillars lead us up a few flights of stairs and into a room with high ceilings and a small stage. Rows of chairs were set up in front of the stage and around 20 or 30 people were wandering around finding themselves seats. I saw the bar out of the corner of my eye and headed towards it. Darian caught my arm and steered me towards the chairs. “Do you want to sit at the front?”
'What I really want is a drink' I thought but decided to focus instead on finding a seat, plenty of time for booze later... “I don't really mind where we sit” After a bit of back and forth about where to sit, I found myself staring at the little stage in the very front row waiting for Darian to bring the drinks (see? Worked out for the best in the end).
As I mentioned I was staring at the stage, not really knowing what to expect, the tickets were cheap and it was a last minuet decision by Darian so we basically just rocked up. People behind me were saying “It is supposed to be the best rock band in the whole world...”. 'Is it?' I thought staring at the drum with the pink dots all over it. Staring at the stage there was something not quite right. Darian arrived with two glasses of white wine for me and two beers for him “The bar closes when the concert starts”. We looked around the room at all the people... arty people, probably vegans, lots of scarves, berets and boys with long hair. So far there wasn't much to indicate a rock concert. Never make assumptions, but the hall didn't look like it could support a rock concert anyway. Darian pointed out the tiny guitars propped up against the back wall and suddenly it became clear exactly what was strange about the stage. The drum kit was about half size and the guitars were made for kids (training guitars). Are they serious? Darian had mentioned that it might be a comedy but at this stage the door was wide open, it could be anything.


I hope I set the scene well enough. The name of the band is: "Die Roten Punkte" and they were hillarious. Darian got in trouble from Astrid (the female singer/drummer) for checking his phone (so sitting in the front row maybe not the best decision after all) which was funny. Overall great night. I would definately recommend if they are in your area to check them out.

Other than that, not a lot going on at all. I hope everyone out in blog land is going along ok!

xox Love Jane

Hunny Ryder|Fireman pants|Work *frown*|Low Fat Chips|New Bicycle|Rasberry Beret

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Don't Wear Fur

It is rare for something online to shock me as much as this website has. I read a lot of terrible stories and I have a borderline sick fascination with clicking on links that say "Do not click here unless you have a strong stomach". I think I have a strong stomach but this reduced me to tears! I cannot believe how cruel human beings can be! Please do not click on the link if you are at all squeamish. I mean that seriously because it is horrific, in fact don't click if you have a soul. The true message is DON'T WEAR FUR! There are plenty of fabrics which look better and don't cause any pain at all. I take that back... the real message is: Don't be a jerk. How does someone justify this to themselves, its not wearing fur that is the problem but people like that who are completely indifferent to the suffering of these creatures.


I am sorry to bring this sort of negativity to my page but I don't know what else to do. There has to be a way to stop this from happening! With only 10 minuets of research I have found an absolute bucket load of information on this issue. This one mirrors my opinion on the matter very closely.

Before today, I didn't know what a Raccoon Dog was but now I am going to make it my life mission to rescue one! I mean look at these things!



Please Darian? Can I please have a raccoon dog?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The art exhibition



Good afternoon!

It's only 4:30 but feels a lot later. It is cold in here so I have had to drink my coffee at break neck speed in order to prevent it from going cold. I have only had marginal success.

We went to see Dali on Saturday! It was phenomenal! I really enjoyed the exhibition. There were a few paintings that I have seen online and in books. It was weird that they were so close I could have touched them if the security guards weren't standing right there. We had to que for most paintings because there were so many people but it meant that we had time to listen to the audio tour. Very interesting character! I think that was the point but I can appreciate what he was trying to do.

Please check this out, it is called Destino and it is a collaboration of Dali and Walt Disney. It wasn't completed until recently but it is so beautiful! I am looking to buy it but as yet can't find it so if anyone has any ideas leave me a comment?


How funny, I think I am going to be a surrealist now! Same thing happened when I saw Warhol, I was dead set going to be a Pop Artist. Oh and there is an ice skating rink in our local shopping centre at the moment. I know what you are thinking: I know it's cold in Melbourne but it isn't that cold... So I took a photo to prove it!




Told you so!

I feel a little silly right now. There is an add for cranberry juice on TV. There are two people standing in a river with heaps of cranberries floating on the water. I keep watching it thinking "Why are they in the water?" I thought maybe it was just being cute or interesting or maybe even ironic. It isn't! Apparently this is how you harvest cranberries! I didn't even know. I have added this You-Tube video to show you what I mean but I have only seen the first two or three seconds so don't feel obligated to see the whole thing:



Ok guys, That's enough for now!

Have a great night, I hope you all had a brilliant weekend.

xox Love to all!

Salvador Dali|Uncertain Horizons|Footy - Yawn|Directionless|Career Trapped|Darian Sleeping (with Cat)- Aww!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Worst Day Ever

I am really annoyed after a less than spectacular day at work. Anyway in the interests of not bringing everyone down with me I will pursue other topics.

I have heard a weird question asked twice today, first by someone at work and then after work a homeless person on the tram: "Do you know the exact time of your birth?" Not exactly a normal question and for that matter not a normal way of saying it. Such a strange coincidence that I thought I should note it in some way. Maybe I need to find out the answer?

These made me smile:


So hopefully tomorrow will be better. It is Friday after all!

Cranky with boss|kitty cuddles|Darian cuddles|Healthy walk home|New motivation|Weekend here I come!!!!!!!!!

Love to all

Jane

Monday, June 29, 2009

Morning rush rush !

I am on the train this morning on my way to work. I just read some notes my friends left me on Facebook. I hear that in Brisbane you have access to the internet on the train. It will be sweet when Melbourne has the same thing. In the mean time, I cannot reply to my friends. A lady was asleep in front of me. She just woke up and got off the train. How do people do that? What if she had missed her stop? I guess she would get off and go back the way she came. Still she seemed quite calm so it was almost as if she woke up at her stop, on que!

So I finished my book last night at Starbucks. I feel a little despondent today. Not that I wouldn't like to be blogging but normally I would read to work. It has taken me the better part of 2 years to read this series and now it's gone, I don't know why but I feel a little empty.

I still have heaps to do though like change trains because they reset at Flinders and then do whatever they like despite the name of the town they firstly claimed to take you too. Frustrating! Even though I was in a hurry I still felt that I needed to stand behind the lady with the big bags just incase she fell down the escelators (as if I am the person capeable of
catching her?). In hindsight I should have shown her where the lifts were. I did some snooping though and it looks like she is from Sweden judging by the foreign can of drink poking out the top of her bag.

Which should I take? the Frankston or Packenham? They both go past my stop but Packenham
is due to come sooner. Damn it, wrong choice I should have taken the Frankston. Instead I got to see it leave with barely a passenger while I squish into my train with a whole heap of people who have been waiting for the overdue train. Almost at work, that is all that matters. Looks like I will be on time today too!

Train|iinet dude|swedish lady|MX|my station!|Work :(

xox Love to all!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Where were you?

I heard someone say that this is one of those events that you will remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard for the rest of your life. Like 911 or when Steve Irwin or Heath Ledger passed away. I have been looking for something worthy of note because I feel that this event should not go by un-marked in some way. I am a child of the 80's so I have listened to Michael Jackson since I was small. The first album I saved up for and bought was Dangerous and the first song I can remember dancing too was Billy Jean. I found this You-Tube video and it made me smile. I hope it does for you too:



Friday, June 26, 2009

Feeling Sooky

What is it about cold weather that makes me so pathetic? Normally I am a big fan of Saturdays but not today. I went out for some drinks last night and instead of being hung over like I normally am... ie. headache, queasy stomach, general fragility... I am emotionally hung over. Not at all normal for me! I am sitting on the ground because I can't get comfortable on the couch with my blanket listening to Korn, NIN and Iron Maiden because I am in a less than sparkling mood. I don't even like Iron Maiden that much. I am happy that I don't feel sick, maybe because of the midnight Subway sandwich on the way home and the bottle of water I forced myself to drink before I went to sleep but this emotional hang over is doing my head in. Like I mentioned I am listening to my cranky music and I am also trying to study. *laughs*

Wow I am in a really foul mood today... apologies in advance but I have been staring at this screen for a while now and every time I think of something nice to say I can't put it into words. Poor Darian... bet he is really looking forward to coming home to this. Ok in an effort to bring myself out of this I am going to listen to Barbie Girl on repeat until I am happy again. That will work. If not I think I will buy a ticket to Queensland so that I can sit in the sun that I miss so much on a beach with sand and sunscreen and salty water. That will definitely make me feel better!

If you haven't seen this before, I recommend you check it out, it definitely caught my attention.


It's funny and horrible at the same time that those people are messing with them with the umbrella.

RIP MJ| Drinking with new friends| Cold weather, warm snuggie| Subway with heaps of olives| Single weed| Tribute

Love to all!
- Jane


Friday, June 19, 2009

Ha ha the phones are down

This is pretty rediculous. I am blogging on paper - when I originally wrote this post anyway, now I am typing it up.
My job is so inconvenient not being able to blog at work! When else do people blog? Spare time? No way, I have heaps of other things to do in my spare time. Next time I am typing this into an email and I will send it to myself at home. Cut and paste silly! Call centers are so strickt with my time. The only reason I had time for this in the first place is because the phones went down for almost an hour and a half. No complaints here except that I had no internet access, just a blank screen in my little cubicle.

Latest developments for me lately:

Dad was here a couple of nights ago. We had dinner on Lygon St. Yum Pizza and Pasta! Our bed sprung a leak as I mentioned a couple of posts ago, so we have been on the couch. I tried to repair it with a tyre repair kit but haven't managed to do this successfully just yet. So this meant that the only place we could put dad was the couch (not the slowly deflating air bed obviously). So where were we? Yep you guessed it... the slowly deflating air bed. As usual, by about midnight, the air bed had leaked so much that Darian and I are squished in the middle with big billowy pillows of loose air bed over us. Imagine a jumping castle collapsing on you, and not in a fun way! No fairy bread at this party that is for sure. Instead of doing what I would have done... pump the thing up again for another 2 hours of comfort... Darian decided that letting all of the air out was the best course of action *laughs* Ok so I think it is funny now but at the time not so much. This is honestly the worst way of dealing with an air bed... EVER... We slept on the hard ground with lumpy flat air-mattress under us. Darian is hereby banned from making sleep based decisions until further notice.

Looks like we will be on the couch for a couple more months yet. It looks like our apartment has been sold. Damn! I hate renting with absolute passion! We have 2 months or something to find another place and I am not ready to leave. Can't buy a bed for the next 2 months, otherwise we will have to move it to the next place. As if we need more stuff to move. I wonder how I am going to move the fish tank intact? I am going to buy a trolly with wheels. Ok problem solved. I will get onto that asap!

Ok guys I want to finish with something I saw on twitter today. One of the tweets I follow has an interesting layout. It is made up of 6 or so things that made up their day or the time since their last tweet. So here is mine:

Dad Visit| Cranky sleep on floor| Good sales at work| Hunny was funny| Giant coffee while blogging| Potential new career


Love to you all!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Creature of the week



I am watching David Attenborough's Life of Mammals. High Def is so cool! I can see the individual hairs on the monkeys face! The most amazing creature I have ever seen was climbing a tree and I had to get more information on it. It is a Pygmy Marmoset, the smallest monkey apparently.


I know! Cute right?

Stupid Melbourne weather, it is so cold at the moment. Lucky me, Darian is bringing dinner home so I don't have to go outside today. He is such a good man! It is his fault that I am cold though seeing as he is the one who wanted to move here.

On the topic of Melbourne, I have been to a few more places which have made a good impression on me lately. I went to a place called Miss Libertine on Friday for pizza and beer. Cool place but the clientele are so interesting! Three girls in hoodies, introduce themselves to a group of guys sitting close to where we were. "Hi. I'm Fi, this is Bludge and she is Bogan". *laughs* Enough said? There were hoodies everywhere! I don't even hava a good analogy to describe it but you know you are in another world when even the girls are wearing a hoodie and are proud of the nickname 'Bludge'.

So hungry right now! I think the cold weather makes me piggy! Can't wait for Darian to get home with dinner. In the mean time I am going to get back to my studies.

Love to all!
Jane

Friday, May 29, 2009

Cube Project

I am really cranky with my html skills at the moment. I need to do some work on trying to get my Cube Project photos in a slide show of their own. Instead I keep sending them to my "Random Photo's" window. At least you can see them there though.

I am just uploading the photos to another program so I will see if that works. It's a bit scary how many times I have "Signed Up" in my life. "Sign up now for FREE! It's easy... just follow these three easy steps!" *laughs* reminds me of Danos Direct (it has been so long since I watched late night TV I don't even know if it is still Danos Direct! Surely it is, hadn't changed for 10 years since I watched it last so I think I am safe). "Just 3 easy payments of $99.99. Call in the next ten minuets and we will give you one of these completely useless gifts for FREE!"

I act high and mighty but if I had my own credit card when I first moved out of home I would have 2 complete sets of knives which cut through boots. Not that I would have been able to afford the boots in order to put the claim to the test. I wonder if that is what they were counting on?

I had the day off today. Lucky because I have an exam on Wednesday next week and I needed to brush up on what I am going to be tested on. I played Viva Pinata and watched TV instead but I definitely intended to do something constructive today. *laughs* That isn't entirely true, I got through all of the slides. I think I will be ok for the exam... a little worried about remembering formulas. I will see how I go. So far this semester I have blindly meandered through this subject. I don't think I understood any of the concepts so far (dodgy I know)! But I am sitting on a very average C at the moment so as long as I don't bomb out in the exam I won't have to do the subject again. (Even if I do I am tempted to write to the uni and request special consideration seeing as my brain is threatening to walk out on me if it sees another demand or supply curve... Seriously!)

I think I am beginning to develop a drinking problem! The problem is: small body, large number of friends and family as well as social obligation to have "just a couple of drinks" with them when they come to visit (or when I finish work, have spare time or have a weekend). The result? Semi-alcoholism. Darian's sister is here this evening and my cousin was here a couple of days ago both of which are perfectly reasonable excuses to have a "couple" of drinks. Add to that the fact that I had a new team to crack into (which means drinks after work), my Melbourne friends require friend maintenance (ie. dinner and coffee etc.) and then there are the little victories that come with being alive such as finishing an assignment, finishing training, my first day on the phones, my first weekend after being on the phones, almost finishing an assignment (study break). As you can see, the list could go on forever and for the last two months it has! I sound like I am complaining, I am not really. I am just glad that since I moved here to Melbourne I have found a really good circle of people. Still there is a little pang of homesickness. Lucky I am going drinking tonight! (just joking!)

Ok there appears to be a situation with my upload so I will maybe have to do this another night. In the meantime the 'Cube Project' photos are flicking through the slide show on the right so feel free to have a look if you are interested. I will have to put up a background story for it when it has it's own slide show.

xox Love to all




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