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Monday, September 19th, 2011
6:57 pm
I'd like to thank the scientific community out there for antidepressants. Because I don't want to know how I'd feel right now if I wasn't on them. Bleh.
No need to comment, I'm fine. Just.... down. And feeling like despite therapy and medication that my issues are still the intangible things they were before this. Bleh.
Friday, August 12th, 2011
8:06 am
New job?
My new job! Freaking out continues in a different direction. But also the squeeing!
Sunday, July 18th, 2010
9:43 am
I think I'm a stereotype
Just got back from a farmers market buying food to eat during the film festival
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm
Still no internet. Sad.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
9:16 pm
:(
I feel bad telling people all the time "maybe" and "well, too late, you've missed out now, a deadline is a deadline." While intellectually I know I'm in the right and probably teaching these kids about the real world and things don't always work out, currently I just have a headache about it all.

Plus it's too hot.

Just needed to sook a bit really. Much too apathetic to rant.
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
9:14 am
Mmmm turkey cranberry sandwich for breakfast. Mmmm... Just proves that miss_rynn gives excellent turkey making instructions.
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
8:55 am
I dreamed...
I dreamed that I was being chased by LRP monsters, so really just some guys with giant head piece things on to make them look like monsters. So I made OTHER LRP monsters for random passers by to wear and distract the other ones.

Merry Christmas all! I recieved tshirts and much fabric and ate much food. Sherlock Holmes I really enjoyed and then successfully drove in the correct lane at 110km for three hours and DID NOT DIE. Sometimes that's a more awesome fact than at other times.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
8:21 am
Hmmm
I won a turkey! So um, now I need to think about what to stuff up its butt and how to cook it. I know people out there have cooked turkey before... any suggestions?
Thursday, December 17th, 2009
1:29 pm
Slow day at the office....
It seems ages since I was at school, though it wasn't. I've been trying to think about "what shall I do with it all" but haven't managed to find a solution yet, but maybe eventually. My sewing machine was put away for a whole week before I dragged it out again - to make something for ME! Very excited even if I did sloth out and buy a pattern. I did however make a mock up to fit it properly at least.

Other than that I have been wined and dined quite a bit (fish!) and baked waay too many things involving much butter and pastry from my shiny french cooking book by Julia Child.

Work has improved of late, though I am waiting for that to change again. I seem to cycle. But I do get a Christmas break this year and at the Christmas party next week I may win a ham or a turkey. I don't get to leave early like most of Monash, but I might win a ham. This concept pleases me as I have never baked a ham myself or ever cooked a turkey. *fingers crossed*

Goals of late (as I'm early in my "end of year" type thoughts) include:
losing weight/get fit! I did lose some weight early in the year when I was doing the c25k running program but that all ended with full time work pretty much and then I gained all the weight I lost back plus some to the point where I'm now as heavy as I was in first year uni. Bleh.
Acquire some more clothes! I bought two patterns on Monday. One for a v-necked summery dress which I shall make in both knee and ankle length. The green knee length was fitted on Tuesday and cut out last night. The other pattern hopefully fits as it's for a wrap dress, another different dress, a skirt, a wrap style top and another top. I already have some fabric and if I can get the pattern to fit there's my summery work wardrobe done. Except for shoes.
Save money! Speaks for itself really.
Cook more! Goes nicely with the saving money though so far not so well with the losing weight. I'm trying to not go out or buy instant for something I can make so easily and so far I've made a lot of baked goods of fattening. I'm hoping to extend that into healthier things.

So really in the coming year I seem to want to make my own clothes and food, while running, to distract myself from spending money I don't need to.
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
7:45 am
School is over!
I'm not sure I'm excited or anything, but I have finished school with Styling and Couture marks of 92% for the corset, 90% for the ballgown, and 90% for my jacket (which I will post pictures of eventually). My average millinery mark was roughly 75%, dragged down by my appalling "workbooks" which were made worse looking by the effort others put in. Two a4 sheets with hand scrawled notes do not compare to work books full of progress/how to photos and actually design theories. Bah. I made a hat first and then threw words on a page and still got 75%.

Now I can clean my living room of bits thread and pins. Maybe even put my sewing machine in it's case for awhile. Go out and do things! What did I do before school? It's been two years, I'm kind of hazy about it.....

Also, I bought myself a 'class is over so I'll probably make things for me at some point' present - an Singer 5 thread overlocker. For $50. Yay!
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
7:48 am
Back
Back from my long weekend at GenCon Oz. Well, I got back Sunday night, but stuff, it is always happening. The con was good. I played my first freeform in a really long time and still managed to get a character set on finding a husband. proxy_ryan was a great talking head style speaker. He and his posse of guys almost made me think about gm-ing something or at least writing a game. Almost. The fiction writers who were there mostly annoyed me with their speaking skills, but did inspire me to write. If only to do better than one of them.
A larger review, with much horror at cosplay, to come.
Sunday, September 13th, 2009
4:06 pm
Bike!
I have a shiny new hybrid bike, a helmet, pump, gloves, a fancy cycling top and wrap around sunglasses. Now to start riding.... after my holiday.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
4:50 pm
So my meeting went perfectly fine, which the sane part of my brain knew it would. My robot boss is the type of person to tell you problems the moment the arise rather than saving them up for my end of probation period meeting. But still, I'm paranoid apparently. Result was I am good, but need to use this "down time" to learn all the things that I'll need to know for the busy time at the end of the year. *blink* I shall talk to other person in my job about what I should be knowing tomorrow. But yes, perhaps I do fill idle moments with things other than re-reading the manual 1001 times.

I have been considering riding a bike to work. It's about 10km each way, so a good work out once I get up to riding that far. Problems with this plan include (1) no bike (2) haven't ridden in traffic ever so paranoid (again) (3) no shower at work. Point (3) is no longer an issue. I asked another team if there was a shower up their end of the building. General Manager happened to be in the vicinity, told to ask him, did so. An hour or so later passing his office he called me in to say that I'd inspired him to fast track putting in a shower for people. In a couple of weeks we shall have a shower at work. Now to cure my paranoia.....

But I really need to start exercising more. A girl at work is a cook. She often gets paid to make manymany cupcakes and things for weddings. On Monday there was chocolate ganache tart and a nut crumble tart from her weekend of learning pastry secrets from the pastry chef from brunetti's. Today was green scones. Pandang I think, with bits of nut. Not precisely scones but very tasty. And there was coconut honey jam stuff. Oh. My. God. Yum. Must find! *ahem* so yes, need to get some more exercise happening.
Monday, August 31st, 2009
3:41 pm
My friends page is very quiet
Not many people are updating lately so I thought I'd stop whining about how nothing happens when I hit refresh and write something myself.

Last week I worked on my own as the other girl was off having minor surgery. This meant last week was good. Apparently I enjoy autonomy. I'm not sure I'd be good at working for myself, but given a modicum of direction and left to my own devices apparently I get the job done.

I've had a lovely two weeks off of school. Last weekend I went to Spotlight and helped people with sewing and then had many drinks. Sunday was breakfast at the lovely Fig Jam Cafe on Koornang Rd. This weekend just past started with shopping with the girls on Friday, breakfast at the Fig Jam on Saturday, then coffee back at the Fig Jam when we met people while grocery shopping. Yes they laughed at us. But they also do great coffee. Then I made pizza from scratch using the recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It was hailed as a success. Then a birthday party and more drinking. Hangover breakfast at, you guessed it, The Fig Jam and much chores to prepare for the coming week.

A large portion of my preparing for the week was in making hard boiled eggs in moulds like these and yaki onigiri shaped like this
Is food shaped like an animal's head cute? Apparently it is in Japan.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
8:30 pm
Challenging myself
I'm going to participate in a 5km run/walk on Sunday. www.runmelbourne.com.au. I'm trying to raise money for the WWF. Which is a great cause. But my online donation page Because sponsoring the Sea Shepherds wasn't an option is actually secretly wanting to sponsor the Sea Shepherds. Which wasn't an option. So can I raise my target of $100 by Sunday? I have no idea! Can I actually make it 5km? No idea! I'll tell you Sunday night while clasping my race kit containing the Sunday Age and some Corn Thins.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
10:12 pm
Due to popular demand
Well, due to mysterymandy's demand, here are pictures of my first millinery assignment - a felt hat.
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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
5:23 pm
I have another job interview on Friday. At Clayton Monash Residential Services. A realm of little/no parking. It's an okay walk from the bus loop on campus, but my usual interview shoes are heels. Going to have to be interviewed with my runners in my handbag. Tres classy.

In other news my gluten allergy seems to have wandered off someplace, which means I've been BAKING! There was rock cakes and tea cake and pizza base and a boiled chocolate cake. The pizza base was from Smitten Kitchen's blog (yum!). It was easy and awesome and I am so making it again. The chocolate cake is delicious. Except that most of it decided to stay in the pan because I was lazy and didn't line it. Still good though.

Soon (probably Monday) I shall have my first ever hat marked and returned to me so I can show it off. Yay! Corset making is a slow process (too slow, the whole class has been given an extension). But only a fortnight or so away I think. Stay tuned....
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
5:34 pm
Neighbours
In the beginning of the year I moved house. It's a perfectly nice house, if a little 70s mission brown trimmed to be perfect. It's actually half of a duplex! Yay! Double yay when the kids next door are learning to play the piano and the cello. Woo! I think it's good to teach kids music. I put my parent's neighbours through violin, flute, piano and clarinet, so frankly, I figure i'm owed some scales at 7am on a Sunday.

BUT OH MY GOD STOP PLAYING SILENT NIGHT!
Monday, April 27th, 2009
2:16 pm
My Monday
Today I had a job interview at CLayton Monash for general customer assisting and adminy goo. It went okay I suppose. My new interview outfit was good, which is important I think. Then after lunching with Monash people I came home and my mobile phone rang. It wasn't job people (*sad*) but was someone from TRUenergy. I feel bad. I was snarky at him and it turns out they were giving me money. But from the house I lived at before I moved in with mousebane and jilavre, so about five years ago. So while I am cranky at myself for being mean to the soft spoken Indian boy, HE WAS A SOFT SPOKEN INDIAN BOY!! From a company that has had my money for five years apparently!
But I have chai now, so am feeling calmer.

This post was brought to you by the two coffees I had today, which is two more than usual.

Current Mood: hyper
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
7:47 am
Hat making continued.... can you see my stitches?
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