THeRe'S An AnGeL On My ShOuLdEr...
Thursday, April 29, 2004
It's the quick or the dead, isn't it? I was going to post this absolutely priceless link to a Slightly Used Wedding Dress, but Danny beat me to it. It's a 'must read'.
I've considered selling my own wedding dress, but the cleaning cost would probably more than I'd get for it. Also, it's quite unique in that it's an '80's Wedding Dress that is NOT made out of satin, with leg-of-mutton sleeves, is covered in pearls & sequins and has a train longer than the Ghan. It was very simple & quite tasteful, even if I do say so myself :D
To any that were wondering, no it doesn't fit me any more (but not by much).
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Just got a call out of the blue from a dear friend of mine. A pleasant & unexpected surprise as I haven't heard from him in quite a while. He has just returned from a stint overseas in Bhutan (below China & near Tibet) where Yak features regularly on the menu. I think I'd become a vegetarian. He thought I sounded happy, and he has always been a very good barometer of my 'mental state'. I can't put anything past him. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
Last night, while trawling Ebay, I came across a auction for a 'Padded Bra, size 14D'. WTF???? Why the hell would anyone with 'D' sized tits want extra padding????
I was going to pick up on Sharn's entry where you go to page 23 of your nearest book & enter line 5 in your blog. As the only books I have handy at the moment are 'The Australian Paedophile and Sex Offender Index' or a large research paper on 'Contract Killings in Australia', I think I'll pass on this occasion, for which I am sure you will all be grateful.
It's hazy outside & looks like there might be a fire about the place somewhere. Being in airconditioned comfort (yeah right!!! it's f**king freezing!!!), I can't smell anything.
Got a Report to do so I'd better shuffle off for now.
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Came across this article the other day about Bullying in high schools. The article talks about physical and sexual assaults, verbal and sexual harrassment and labels it as 'bullying'. What I find interesting is that much of these incidents are actually the commission of criminal offences - Indecent Assault, Offensive Behaviour, Rape, Common Assault, Sexual Harrassment. However, very rarely are they ever reported as such. Why is it that society seems to think that you can only be guilty of such offences if they have not occurred on school premises? Or unless you are no longer a student? Perhaps this is where some of the problem lies? That we are not actually making it clear that such behaviour is actually ILLEGAL, rather than just undesirable. We have Legislation against Sexual Harrassment in the workplace, which carries penalties, yet nothing that seems to apply to the students of the Teachers to which that applies.
Perhaps such behaviour would be reduced if some of these kids actually got charged with the offences they are actually comitting? I'm not neccessarily advocating it, but it's interesting to contemplate.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Another night of very little sleep. I was beginning to think that Danny might be right and that my house is haunted. Not long after I hit the sack, I started to hear all kinds of noises, but had no idea where they were eminating from. I got up several times, much to the annoyance of Jet who was trying to get to sleep, curled up on my bed, but still couldn't figure out where all the noises were comming from. All was revealed in the morning when I woke, very early (5am - outrageous!!!) and found not one, but TWO furry felines curled up asleep in the middle of my small double bed. I didn't even think Merlin was inside. The reason for that was that he was in my wardrobe, on which I shut all the doors just before going to bed. The noises, it seems, were Merlin's attempts to get out! Clever Kitty!
Was trawling the Government Classifieds this morning, as one does when they cannot get at all enthusiastic about work, looking for a Queen Sized Mattress. There wasn't one, but I found this little gem;
Date Placed: 6/4/2004
Give Away: Female Donkey
Female Donkey. Great paddock mate and enthusiastic lawn mower. Never worked a day in her life but fully able. Paddocked near Clare.
Contact: Vicki, 0419 869931 (AH)
So, there you go. If you want an environmentally friendly lawnmower, give Vicki a call.
Ahhhhh, poor embattled DPP Mr Rofe. He's getting it from all directions isn't he? Hm...the things I could tell you. Of course, I can't, I'd have to shoot you afterwards. You've probably heard it all before anyway.
As part of my W.A.S (Work Avoidance Strategies), I stumbled across this. It made me realise how many movies I have yet to see and how many I'd really like to see again. I should put the list up on the fridge & cross them off as I get to them. Then there was this list of the 50 Worst Songs. I actually didn't mind some of the ones on the list, but I'm not quite game enough to admit which ones they are.
I want some new lingerie. Haven't worn anything new for quite a while now. Any suggestions folks? What takes your fancy in the lingerie stakes?
Time to extract the digit & get my arse into gear
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
You have a mysterious kiss. Your partner never
knows what you're going to come up with next;
this creates great excitement and arousal never
knowing what to expect. And it's sure to end
in a kiss as great as your mystery.
What kind of kiss are you?
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It looks like I might now have an incentive to clean out my spare room.
I found out today that it looks like my brother and his wife might be splitting. I'm in shock somewhat, but at the same time, I'm not surprised.
At the moment I'm lost for words
I made the most god-awful cup of tea this morning! I like it strong, but even I couldn't drink it. Practice makes perfect....apparently.
Moseyed along to the meet-up last night for a couple of much-needed drinks. It was good to put some faces to the names/blogs, even if it was only a very small gathering. I must admit though that I felt a little like Danny and somewhat superfluous and 'out of it', possibly for many of the same reasons. However, I'm going to resist the urge to over-analyse it as I often do.
Good to hear that Dida is back in the workforce once again doing something she enjoys.
I really have nothing to say today. I have lots of things on my mind, but nothing I can really talk about in this forum.
So, on that note, I shall bid you adeiu
Monday, April 19, 2004
It was a bit of a strange weekend. If it weren't for the fact that others felt the same, I would have thought Friday's events would have been to blame.
My day started on Friday with me dislocating my ring finger on my left hand at 2 knuckles. OUCH. It hurt more & more as the day went on. Then there was the Major Incident that you would have all heard about on the news. As a result, it was mayhem and chaos for the next 24 hours. Fortunately, I wasn't there for the full 24 hours, but it felt like it. Late Friday night I just crashed.
Saturday was fairly quiet was punctuated with an afternoon nap. Something I rarely do. Saturday night it was out for dinner & then slothing around watching the crows get done - again! Sunday was a little melancholy. Went out and about for a bit then off to visit my parents who I hadn't seen for a couple of weeks as I've been spending quite a bit of time elsewhere. It was good to catch up & find out all of the latest family gossip & a full run-down of the traditional Easter family picnic which I didn't make it to as I had other plans. Then on the way home I had an overwhelming desire for Hungry Jacks, so I succumbed. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I don't do that too often. For the first time in a while I sat in front of the computer for a while. I want to resist the temptation to get back into that bad habit though and at the first sign of real tiredness, at 8.30pm, I took myself off to bed. Despite being dog-tired, I had a lousy sleep. Perhaps it was because I wasn't used to sleeping in my own bed. I dunno, but having Jet try and sleep on top of me didn't help that's for sure.
Feeling a bit out-of-sorts at the moment. Hopefully I'll be in fine form for the meetup later. See you there....
The sound of me jumping on the bandwagon of the questionnaire that Danny & Sharn have on their Blogs
What is your favourite Web Site?
I have so many, but one of them is Danny's
What is the one CD you would take on a Desert Island with you?
Assuming the obvious, it would probably be Physical Graffitti by Led Zeppelin
What was the worst job you ever had?
Working For the Government.
If you could be anyone else, who would it be and why?
Easy. Audrey Hepburn. She had so much natural charm, beauty, grace, warmth and intelligence.
What was the strangest or most embarrassing story you've heard or that happened to you?
The details of an incident we had to deal with at work about a dog that was found Fu*@ing an itinerant man up the ar@*! ewwwwwww
Tell us the weirdest dream you ever had?
That would have to go to the the one I had fairly recently about all the birds half burried head-first which were still flapping about while they were slowly dying.
What is the strangest name of someone you know?
Well, I don't actually know him, but I know of him. Homer Duff-Beer. Yep, I'm being deadly serious.
Tell us the most outrageous thing you ever did for money?
Work for the government.
What is the most embarrassing CD/Record/8 Track in your collection?
A video of versions of Stairway to Heaven, including that of Rolf Harris.
What is the best/worst nickname of someone you know?
Horse, for obvious reasons. Though in my humble opinion........
What is the most bizarre thing you've ever seen?
The guy that was arrested wearing crotchelss undies, garters, a mesh bustier and a netball skirt.
What is the stupidest thing you ever bought that seemed like a good idea at the time?
An electric toothbrush for my (then) husband. The sound of him brushing his teeth for 15 minutes twice a day drove me insane!!
What is the best/worst pick-up line you've heard or used?
"Who's place would you like to go to for dessert?'
What is the weirdest food you've eaten?
The slops dished up at Modbury Hospital. To this day I couldn't tell you what it was.
Tell us about the worst roommate/guest you've ever had?
Fortunately, I've managed to avoid them so far
What is your best/worst animal or pet story?
Refer to the previous entry relating to the dog & the itinerant man
What is the stupidest thing you've ever done?
Married my first boyfriend.
What is the most memorable bumper sticker you can think of?
Can't think of any, which indicates just how memberable they were.
What is the worst surprise you ever found in your food?
A rubber band
What is the most misunderstood song lyric in your opinion?
Every Breath You Take by Sting. There's nothing romantic about stalking.
What is the strangest phone call you've ever received?
Too numerous to mention & usually from my now ex-husband. He would launch into things half-way through a story assuming (incorrectly) that I knew what the fuck he was on about.
What is strangest hallucination you've ever had?
Being a bit of a control-freak as far as mind altering substances go, I can honestly say I can't remember ever having one.
What is the one movie you've watched most times?
Gone With The Wind. I'm not a sap, really I'm not!
What is your favourite line from a movie?
An expression rather than a line. That moment just before Harrison Ford Shoots the Machette weilding Arab in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Priceless.
What is your favourite Freudian slip, word mix-up or dyslexic mess?
"Ragged Jocks". As an innocent (yes, I was once) child on holiday in the Flinders with my family & referring to the Jagged Rocks in the gorge.
What is the best insult or 'would be insult' you've heard or used?
What's the longest you've ever been single since you started dating?
Fave fashion statement?
Have you ever been in a band?
Your kidding aren't you?
Your first car?
Technically, My Red Hyundai FX Coupe.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Paving the Way by Simpson Newland in 1919 & somewhat politically incorrect now, but very interesting
Last movie you saw at the cinema?
When was the last time you saw a play?
Yonks ago. It was Jesus Christ Superstar - in the Round - with Jon Stevens (yum) and John Farnham etc..
What song is playing at the moment?
in my head it's 'Thank You' by Led Zeppelin. Natalie took her radio with her when she was made redundant & now we have no music at work.
Have you left school?
Depends on your definition
What are your all-time favourite Simpsons quotes?
Believe it or not, I have only recently become a fan. I don't yet have a fav.
What events have made you realise who your real friends are?
Going into emotional, physical and mental hiding as a result of several various stesses and events in recent years. Those that persisted in breaking down my walls are still here. They may be few, but they are precious to me.
Thursday, April 15, 2004
I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance
I'm feeling deprived. Both Danny and Sharn have strangers visiting them in their dreams. I can't remember ever being visited in my sleep by a dark, handsome stranger. Perhaps that is a good thing. Heaven only knows I don't need more things to screw with my (now clearing) head.
Today I am phoneless. Totally without phone. I hate the bloody thing & more often than not, don't even answer it, but for some bizarre reason I feel lost without it. I think I'm going to have to take a short trip home to fetch it. There is an advantage to living 10 minutes drive away from work. The disadvantage to working at 'Horrible Hill' as it is affectionately known, rather than the city, is that I can't meet people for coffee. Danny has put out an open invitation, but i can't partake. It made me realise how much I miss doing it. When I worked in the City, I would meet my Brother for a coffee every week. We are more mates than siblings and would talk about all kinds of things concerning life, love & the universe. I know he misses it too. I'm going to have to plot and scheme to set up a recurring appointment in the city each week me thinks.
For the first time in a number of years, I don't want to come to work. Things are changing and many of the changes are being implemented without any consultation whatsoever. I'm not happy with the current state of affairs. If it weren't for the fact that my personal life is pretty damn wonderful at the moment (hope it stays that way), I'd be sorely tempted to just do my block & check myself into Glenside!! Fuck 'em. There's more to life than work. It's all about attitude isn't it?
Had cause to drag out my faithfull brolly today. Now, anybody that knows me would know that this is not your ordinary, everyday, garden variety black brolly. It is lined on the inside with images from the Sistine Chapel. I love it. Unfortunately, after 8 years, it is starting to fail & needs repairing. Anyone have any idea if there is a brolly hospital? I can't bear to part with it.
Well, I'm off to fetch my phone & see if anyone loves me
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
The last few days have been absolutely wonderful! They were very relaxing and, as many of you will have noticed, totally PC free. Not that I did anything particularly earth-shattering, but I had lovely company and was (and still am) feeling more positive and happier than I have in a very long time. I consumed far too much caffeine, but that being the worst I got up to I needn't feel too guilty. My boys, Jet & Merlin, however were not terribly happy as i abandoned them for most of the last week, popping by only to feed them & give them a quick cuddle. I'm sure they will forgive me in time.
One of the topics of discussion over the weekend was family holidays. This brought back many a fond memory. My family often went away, caravan in tow, to various places on our magnificent continent. One holiday that sticks in my mind is our trip to The Grampians in Victoria in the September school holidays when I was about 7 years of age. Now, this is going to have to be a Readers Digest version, because it was an action packed week! Things were travelling nicely with Mum & Dad, myself & my older Brother & Sister and caravan in tow, until Mum (though she denies it to this day) gives Dad the wrong directions. I should tell you at this point that this is one of the wettest school holidays we have ever seen & it had been raining cats & dogs for weeks. Anyhoo, this wrong road we were on was far too narrow to do a u-turn with a caravan, so Dad decides to pull into a farming property to execute the turn. All was fine & dandy until he deviated from the track from the gate to the house whereupon the said caravan became bogged, and stayed, for the next few hours! We arrived at the caravan park as the sun was setting. Due to all the rain, the caravan park was more like a marina, with caravans instead of boats. Mum thought it a good idea that I get some wellies to keep out the water, so we trooped off to Horsham to get them the following day. The first thing she tells me is "don't go playing in the puddles". What was the first thing I did? Yep, I did. It was great fun & my feet stayed dry. I couldn't see what the problem was. Caravans are always fun to stay in aren't they? Especially when you have a tall family. Being the Kid that I was, I insisted on sleeping on the top bunk. I was allowed to, despite having fallen off & cutting my lip (I still have the scar) on a previous holiday. The first night, as expected, I fell off. I woke everyone up except myself. The second night, same thing happened. They had to wake me to put me back to bed. Third night, sme again, though this time I somehow flung myself into the bottom bunk & landed smack bang on my brother! Mum had lost her patience at this stage at being so rudely awoken (no concern for my wellbeing - I was obviously fine) and promptly made me sleep in on the kitchen table-come-bed together with my Sister. I was pissed off & didn't speak to anyone for 12 hours! There is much to see at The Grampians, and it is still one of my favourite places. On day we went to McKenzie falls, to find that there was an additional waterfall, running down the steep stony steps that you have to traverse to see them. That was a bit hairy. It remained wet & cold for the entire week. On one particularly freezing afternoon, we drove to the top of the mount to find that it was snowing!! We had never seen snow before, this was great. That is until my brother decided to try & scare my Sister by throwing a snowball at the window of the car. Now, snow is cold, very cold. The car, was warm (the heaters in the holden Premier were VERY effective) and of course the sudden change in temperature caused the window to shatter! So, the following day, we trooped off to Horsham again to try and find a new window. There was none to be found & we had to wait until we got back to Adelaide. The piece of plastic that Dad found had to suffice. In spite of all the dramas, it was one of the best holidays we have had as a family. it was certainly memorable, albeit for all the wrong reasons!
Time for me to get back to work folks......
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Well, I finished the bloody assignment. At 3.30am! It's utter crap once again, but should be enough to pass (I hope)
As you will see from the addition of my '100 pieces of useless information' over here on the right, it took me a while to get back into 'assignment mode' once I got back from my 8yo nieces' birthday dinner. She got some cool presents, with the most popular being the Hula Hoop my other niece bought her. Gotta love the Hula Hoop - even I had a play! Some days I wish I could be 8 again, don't you?
Now that I've finished my assignment, and have almost recovered from my cold, I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do with myself today. I really need to do some housework, Jet & Merlin have shed enough fur this week for me to be able to knit a decent sized scarf. That's if I could knit of course.
Like Dida, I'm in the market for a new phone. Anyone who knows me would wonder why I would bother, as I rarely answer the damn thing. I just want a new one just because I can. Speaking of mobile phones, I came across this story about a car thief with a concience. So, crooks are human after all? Well, bugger me! Just when my faith in humanity was restored somewhat, I came across this story about one of the Sydney Gang Rapists losing two of his appeals. Good to see justice does prevail sometimes. A slow, painful death is too good for people like him.
Did I tell you I bought some FM boots the other day? They aren't exactly what I want, but they will do until I find the very thing. They only came in full sizes though & I'm a 9.5 (bigfoot). I spent half an hour swapping between the 9 & the 10 trying to decide whether to get the ones that felt a bit snug and hope they stretched a bit because they were a firmer fit on my calves, or go for the 10, which was definately more comfortable, but which might fall down after a few wears because my calves aren't fat enough. Also, I'd probably have to wear thick socks with them & that's not a sexy look at all!! Needless to say, I went for the snug 9's & currently have them stuffed with newspaper to stretch them a little. I wonder if they'll live up to their reputation as FM boots. Hope so. For some very strange reason which I am yet to fathom, studying tends to get me a little...well...um.....never mind.
Back to work folks, nothing to see here....
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
The feeling of impending disaster has gone & I'm feeling good again. Yay!! Don't know what that was all about. I couldn't pinpoint anything specific that was troubling me at the time. My Doc has increased my dose of AD's & I'm still playing with the timings. I think I might have taken the daily top-up dose a little too early & it all wore off before I shut my brain down for the night. Practice makes perfect they say. I shall take it an hour later today and see how that goes. Stay tuned.
Read this article with interest. It relates to an incident where a man accused of raping horses, yep, that's what I said, raping horses, walked away because the animals suffered no physical harm. What the....? Without the legislation, what action can you take though? Unfortunately moral grounds don't really count for much these days. A couple of years ago one of our detectives had a similar dilemma when he had to deal with a man who was having sexual intercourse with a dog (who we will call 'Max' to conceal his identity). Now, you're all thinking that the guy was fu*king Max don't you? WRONG! In this case, Max was the one doing the penetrating! Ewwwwwwwwww! What to do though? Charge Max with Rape? Well, obviously you can't do that, because he's, well, a dog. Not only that, but the act was consensual it seems. Hmmm......In the end, the guy was charged with Offensive Behaviour. Would have loved to have been in court to hear THAT one!!
Now that you are all thouroughly repulsed, I shall toddle off & finish my assignment.
Monday, April 05, 2004
Well, the 'feeling good' bit was somewhat shortlived. It died off late last night & I ended up having nightmares again. I shall have to practice thinking positive thoughts today to fight this weird feeling of impending disaster I have. Why do I have this feeling? I'm not really sure. Call it Gut Feeling or Intuition. Sometimes it's a blessing, but not now. I hate surprises.
My assignment is shaping up ok, even though I did leave it until the last minute. I should make the deadline with something passable.
I need to start saving up so that I can move house again. I just don't feel right here. I still feel unsettled. It doesn't feel like home. & apparently it's haunted. I'd like to be somewhere where people feel comfortable to come visit, somewhere that is 'Me'.
Time to hit the books again folks...
Sunday, April 04, 2004
I feel good!
Just thought I'd let everyone know that. :-)
Thursday, April 01, 2004
"you make me want to be a better person."
I love that line in the film. I love that scene.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to hear that from somebody one day? I think I would be overwhelmed. Do we really have that much infuence over others? I think we do. I don't think we realise just how much we do sometimes. I have met people that have made me want to be a better person, but I have never told them. I think the reverse is also true. I may be wrong, but I'm going to continue to think that I have been able to inspire others anyway. I think it's important that we tell them, don't you? I think I will from now on.
I am now so aware of how much impact positive comments and affirmations have in terms of one's self esteem, though my awareness has largely come as a result of the absence of them, leading me to question my self-worth in spite of my insecurities being illogicical.
It's time to be positive
It's time to move forward
Is it too late?
People who leave an online chat session & log off without saying goodbye. It's just plain rude. It's like being hung up on. It's not on, is it?
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