Saturday, January 31, 2009
I'm a bit slow on the uptake - this article's a few weeks old, but it's pretty surprising.
An athiest who grew up in Malawi, commending the work of missionaries in Africa.
Read the Times article here.
Friday, January 30, 2009
i have found what you are like
(Who feathers frightened fields
with the superior dust-of-sleep. wields
easily the pale club of the wind
and swirled justly souls of flower strike
the air in utterable coolness
deeds of gren thrilling light
--in the woods
And the coolness of your smile is
stirringofbirds between my arms;but
i should rather than anything
have(almost when hugeness will shut
*** argh, sorry for the multiple edits, it keeps de-formatting, so the shape isn't present...
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Do you guys have any favourite healthy snacks and meals?
Tonight I made fritatta with whatever was in the fridge, and it was pretty good, and we've done a few stirfries, a few meat and three veg nights, vietnamese spring rolls, sang choy bow.
For snacks i like vegie sticks with dip, or a piece of fruit, but that gets a bit boring. I also made apple oat bran muffins, which were good - but more of a treat.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The Party Blues
What comes over her
as the party approaches
is close to implosion.
and argyle shorts
of a dry
while all around her
Play a dirge,
stomach anything else.
The h'or douvres
in an hourglass.
After reading their last chapter, "An approach to Style" you could be forgiven for thinking prolixity should be a punishable crime.
Muddiness is not merely a disturber of prose, it is also a destroyer of life, of hope: death on the highway caused by a badly worded road sign, heartbreak among lovers caused by a misplaced phrase in a well-intentioned letter, anguish of a traveler expecting to be met at a railroad station and not being met because of a slipshod telegram. Think of the tragedies that are rooted in ambiguity, and be clear! When you say something, make sure you have said it. The chances of you having said it are only fair.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
INTJs direct their energy towards the inner world of thoughts and emotions. They
use their imaginations to come up with new ideas, possibilities and perspectives. They often organise their lives on a logical basis, and produce plans and strategies to put their ideas into practice.
Innovators use their imagination to create new and different ideas and
perspectives. They observe the world around them, then use their imaginations to
consider what they have observed from a number of different perspectives, and
dream up new ideas and insights. Innovators often produce radical solutions to
problems, develop long-term vision and demonstrate an apparent understanding of
what cannot be clearly known.
I woke up at 11AM! Took a while to get round to showering, then went grocery shopping, played phase 10, read etc. Then had a friend for dinner, and stayed up till midnight chatting. Ahhh goodtimes...
I feel pretty unpatriotic, but it was awesome!
I made a berry smoothie. It was lovely and filling and hopefully healthy. This was my recipe, which I invented.
One frozen 200ml tub of vanilla Forme yoghurt (low fat and sugar), stabbed and poked into smaller pieces.
100ml or so of skim milk
handful of frozen berries
half a banana
a teaspoon of honey
WHIZZ and ready
yum. so gooood - I never knew how good home made smoothies could be!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
-carrot and capsicum sticks with dip
-borrowing classy magazines that I can't afford from the library
-welcome wagon, the guild league, catpower and more
At the moment I am not so loving:
-lack of clean clothes
But all in all, stuff's good.
What are you loving?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Today, I had to register my car. You might think my disappointment was because of the bill at the mechanics, or the chore of having to organise it all, or being under 25 and the resultant mistrust of insurance companies.
You'd be wrong. What I was most disappointed about, insightful readers, was the colour of the sticker.
Jenny from the design department at the RTA must've had a field day choosing the colour - "So, what do you think? Mushroom? Eggplant? Mud bath brown? Nah, let's go with poo brown."
And so it is, that tomorrow I have to plaster the offending sticker on my car and live with it for A WHOLE YEAR.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
But, I've somehow found myself making semi-unconscious resolutions. This is the first time i've conscoiusly written them down:
*Walk to places, when I can: to work, to church, to the shops, the library, maybe even to uni. It's been great living so central to all these places since we moved. I will use my car a lot less.
*Eat healthier - only a week so far, but hopefully I'll stay on track.
*Be more sociable - i've been pretty sociable this week, but I'll need to keep scheduling people in otherwise it won't happen.
*Be more creative - i've just learnt how to sew, and I'm taking my camera out more. I'd like to do more crafting, but it's kind of expensive, so we'll see.
Have you made any unconscious resolutions that you're starting to make conscious?
Friday, January 16, 2009
And because I'm impatient, here are the answers:
1. Raymond Carver - Would you Please Be Quiet Please?
2. Don DeLilo - White Noise
3. Jim Wallis -God's Politics
4. W. Somerset Maugham - The Moon and Sixpence
5. Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot
6. James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
7. Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything Is Illuminated
8. Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
9. Les Murray - Fredy Neptune
10. Richard Flanagan - Wanting
For a free mp3 go here to their label's website.
-Daryl Hall & John Oates - Rich Girl (single)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The instructions are:- Take ten books, and transcribe the fifth sentence from page fifty six.- Make sure that at least five books are fiction, provide five hints, and pass the meme on to six other bloggers.
You're meant to guess what the books are... through my hints. I haven't actually read all these books through myself! haha
1) "He got up shaking his head."
Hint: From a collection of short stories an American who's famous for minimalism. The quote is a pretty good example, really. This collection was his first, first published in 1976.
2) "There were little holes in the cuffs of his thermal undershirt."
Hint: The author of this postmodern 80s novel went onto to write "Underworld", the runner-up on the New York Times' survey of the best work of American fiction in the last 25 years.
3) "Yet according to a study released in late 2003 by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, people who attend church more than once a week vote Republican by 63 percent to 37 percent; people who seldom or never attend vote Democratic by 62 percent to 38 percent."
Hint: The man who wrote this book about politics and Christianity is married to the woman who inspired the TV series, The Vicar of Dibley.
4) "I tried to persuade myself that an obscure feeling of revolt had been gradually coming to a head in his slow mind, but to challenge this was the undoubted fact that he had never shown any impatience with the monotony of his life."
Hint: this is actually from page 57, as 56 was blank.
This novel is based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin, and is written by Somerset Maugham.
5) "ESTRAGON: At the very beginning."
Hint: From a play by Samuel Beckett.
6) "But he thought they were the portraits of the saints and the great men of the order who were looking down on him as he passed."
Hint: A semi-autobiographical novel by James Joyce.
7) ' "Please" he said, attempting to remove her."
Hint: The quote refers to a dog, by the way. This acclaimed debut novel written by a young Jewish man, was adapted into a film starring Elijah Wood in 2005.
8) "The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistable."
Hint: Only Oscar Wilde would know..
9) "Scared the Black Flu might strike them, some confused even their families: people singing out Mum? Here I um- But my family, they aren't there."
Hint: This is a novel in verse, by Les Murray, about a sailor, Friedrich, Boettcher.
10) "The sylvan forests and sublime beaches of western Van Diemen's Land."
Hint: This is the last book I read. Regulars at this blog should know the answer...
I tag: Ben, Ruth, Nixter, Aimee. If you too, have a bout of insomnia!!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
**okay so work's not always like this, especially when the uni year starts, but lots of the time it is!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The exhibition I saw at the State Library
One of George Caddy's photos of people doing Beachobatics
Giant hanging chandeliers on Hunter street (the photo doesn't do them justice)
Incredible shelving and display methods at a boutique shop in The Strand. I really like it, however pretentious it is. Reminds me of either DNA strands, or a circuit board.
This pretty much sums up George Street for me...
Reading material for the bus; the summer issue of The Monthly which I haven't got round to finishing yet.
Yesterday, having read a bit more about Harvey Cushing on the internet, I decided on impulse to visit the State Library and have a read of his biography. It was really fun, going "into town", filling in my request slip, and then retrieving the book and having a good, long read while taking notes with no deadline or feeling of "I ought to be doing something else".
While I was there, I also took at look at the current exhibitions: Bondi Jitterbug - a collection of fun pictures taken by George Caddy on Bondi Beach in the 30s and 40s, and The Magic Pudding watercolours by Norman Lindsay.
Fun! You should do it sometime!
I even took some photos on my crappy phone camera, to celebrate the last day of my photo diary... but I'll post them separately.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Oh, there are hours of fun ahead...
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Am I the only one?
the crops are decimated,
eaten from within
by a silent army.
This morning, when you pretended to hear me,
really hear me
as I told you a story,
the fields, they swayed in mourning.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
These are antique cotton reels that my grandmother used. I never really knew her as she died when I was 1, so it was a thrill to find these in mum's sewing cabinet.
My holiday is now almost over - it's been a busy few weeks- Christmas, New Year, Canberra, learning to sew, spending time with family and friends. It's been great! The last few days I plan to catch up with a few more people, sleep in and finish unpacking.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
So, what did it all mean for me?
Family: still here
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Diner in Goulburn
View from Black Mountain
Outside Parli House
On the roof of Parli House
In the Senate (in nerd bliss)