Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
It's quite a spectacular sight, next to the overgrown weeds pushing through surrounding properties.
Today as I walked past, I noticed a piece of paper stuck to the fence, above a bit of empty soil.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS PLANT??
(picture of a Waratah)
If not, it means some dirty criminal has stolen it.
KARMA IS COMING TO GET YOU!
So.. my message to you is this: watch out potential plant stealers... the Stanmore Plant Thief is going to get their cumuppance!
*How low can you go? stealing someone's plant!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I think it's only fair, because after the movie I was bombarded with hand-holding, hair touching, couples. Wednesday night must be date night or something. It was pretty crazy. I felt a bit of a pariah, being single, alone and people watching. But it's what I do best ;)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"You're ingenious and just a little bit mad"
Your practical, can-do attitude and ingenuity mean that the Peckham Space Pod is your ultimate Grand Design. This compact, clever design speaks volumes for your common sense, high intelligence and problem-solving ability. You also have taste that, while not always popular with the mainstream, is undeniably unique and 'you'.
What are you?
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I don't mean comfort as in "no change", but comfort as in - "I will do the things that make me feel good", and live within that zone.
I have a hard time getting out of my comfort zone. Drop-in is probably the most out of comfort I get, because I'm serving people way out of my usual demographic. And funnily enough, it is one of the most rewarding things I do. Getting out of my comfort zone, while it seems hard, is a beautiful thing.
I'd like to do it more often, but my usual excuse is a lack of energy - emotional or otherwise.
Going to Orange was an out of comfort zone experience, and it was one of the best things i've ever done. Going into ministry for two years has also been an out of comfort zone experience, and it's teaching me heaps.
However, it doesn't take long for the thing which used to be uncomfortable, to become comfortable, does it?
What do you think are other 'drugs' for our/your generation?
Poketo commission internatinal artists to do original limited edition artworks, to feature on their wallets, which are covered with clear PVC. They call them 'living artworks. They're very light-on in terms of pockets and space, but I figure that's a good thing. It'll force me to be both frugal, and space-saving.
This is the outside
This is the inside. You fold it in half.
On the right is the coin pocket, on the left the card holders.
The round thing on the right is the badge that came with it.
It is designed by Betsy Walton, from Portland, OR. There were so many to choose from at Made, and even more from Poketo's online shop. It was hard to choose, but I loved the whimsical sketches of girls growing antlers and wearing cute hoodies.
Poketo also commission artists to design their tshirts, plates, stationery and much more!
ps.I just uploaded some photos of the storm we just had on The Land Itself.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I am paying for it today...
You can drive/walk/ride two suburbs away and find 12 delicious steamed dumplings for $5.
Why city living is not awesome:
You have to eat your dumplings in less than 10 minutes so you can move your car before the place you're parked becomes a clearway and you get booked.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
1. From the wonderful Able and Game who brought you those cool valentine's cards ('we've been married for ages and I still have a massive crush on you'), comes three new sets: Mother's Day cards (see below), beautiful bird themed greeting cards and the Wedding Bells collection.
2. A fun post on Poppytalk about vintage mirrors. I was driving down through Sydenham today and spotted a creaking old furniture shop which had a plethora of vintage mirrors for sale on the footpath. I almost had a car accident I was staring out the window for so long at them. So I guess if you're in Sydney and want a vintage mirror - the used furniture shop on Railway Rd, near the Princes Highway is for you.
3. A free pattern for this buttercup bag, found through WhipUp, but actually the pattern is from Made By Rae.
4. Catherine Buca's stunning photography.
6. Design Sponge's fascinating 'Before and After's'. Even better than a makeover show. This one is quite simple, but fun.
7. One Poet's Notes: reflections on John Updike and John Cheever.
Edward Byrne reminds us of Cheever's advice to young poets:
I also am tempted again by the advice Cheever offered young writers in our brief conversation three decades ago, something I repeat to my students in creative writing classes each semester I teach, that one ultimately must continue to write as well as one can, produce innovative and imaginative stories with a regard for integrity in the way one presents the plot or portrays the characters, and one ought to do so without too much worry of eventual publication or recognition by others.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
What bugs me is that I know if I just do a little bit of ordering/putting away each day, it won't get to this stage, but because cleaning is the last thing I feel like doing (always), I never bother, until it's so bad I can't function.
Sigh... why, why, why can't I get the motivation to clean my room gradually!?
Fellow sufferers, unite!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
b) I sent an email to the bookseller from Amazon, and they said I can keep the book free! AWESOME.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I opened it to find a book on poetry by Mary Oliver that had travelled all the way from Elizabethtown, TN. I had ordered it on Amazon, and then changed my mind when I realised it would be the same price to buy from Gleebooks (wanted to support local bookstore etc etc), and had received a refund.
So I was now in the possession of a book I hadn't paid for. What would you have done?
I did make a decision, but I'm interested in knowing what your instinct would be: a) meh it's their mistake, keep the book b) I don't own it, should send it back c) I owe them money, so will pay for it d) I should probably pay/send it back, but can't be bothered.
As part of the study, I have to go in for a blood test tomorrow at 7:30 AM! And to do the test properly I have to fast from food and fluids (including water!) for 12 hours. So after 7:30pm tonight, I can't drink or eat anything.
The food thing is fine, although I hope I don't faint tomorrow morning - I always eat breakkie. It's the water thing I'm most worried about. I usually swallow heaps of water when I brush my teeth, and drink something in the morning.
Has anyone does the fluid fast before? How did it go?