Thursday, December 31, 2009
My nye was packed - and not entirely in a good way. I started off by going to the post office ...but my local one was closed. Which i think is stupid since it wasn't even a public holiday!! So i had to hop back on the bus to a new supurb where the line in the post office was huge. Sigh. Then I had to go to my field site in La Parouse - cue a long bus ride and walk. And to top it off none of my limpets were where they were supposed to be.
Finally I got to do something new years eve-y. Meet up with friends for a picnic evening watching the fireworks. For me though - I don't really enjoy waiting hours (7 in total this year) in a cramped area, on a rug covered in damp patches of spilt vodca just to watch fireworks. But I did enjoy spending time with friends. And eating. Ate 3/4 of a packet of cornchips with salsa :) And drinking experimental punch. Had strawberry and cream tisane mixed with kiwi vodka and other things. Interesting. Finally got home at 3. Long trip home on the train - but at least we had a seat the entire way.
How was everyone's nye?
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I will try and put photos of holiday/wedding up soon but at the moment this computer won't let me upload them!!!
I hope everyone had a great christmas. Present wise I am reasonably happy. My mum gave me tickets to two Bell Shakespheare Plays at the Opera House (we go every year). Twelth Night and something else. I really enjoyed Twelth Night last time I saw it performed. She also gave me some new books (I rely on her giving me books each year). They were as follows
* The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
* The Lost Life by Steven Carroll (and it autographed ...yay)
* Love Song by Alex Miller
* Too much happiness by Alice Munro
all of which look great.
I also got some cds, a glass lizard, bracelet, fudge and a calender from other relatives. And my boyfriend...Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and something which is arriving in the post but has been delayed...still not shipped yet :( :(
With my Dad's family we donate money to charity instead. So all up we donated $1100 to UNHCR so I am happy with that
My christmas day was spent very quietly (apart from the excited noises and present playing of Kaia (Daria's son)). just relaxing. Watched lots of tv. Played trivia.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Also...sorry for lack of photos recently. The current computer I am doesn't seem to allow me to post them :(
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
All i got was - we can't do that - you will have to bring in your laptop (que pay us lots of money)
or...that will cost you $10-$15...to plug a cable in???? No thank you. To me that is a rip off
So I still have got no where :( :(
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Firstly, the cord connection on my external hard drive broke. This, though not necessarily the end of the world, upset me as it contains all the movies my boyfriend kindly put on there before he left. Fortunately I could just buy a new case for my external hardrive (~$30) and with a bit of help from my boyfriend over the phone managed to pull the original case apart and move the hard drive to the new case. Yay...return of movies.
But now to the more worrying issue. My laptop will now longer turn on. For a couple of weeks it has been getting worse and worse with having problems connecting it to a powersource...until i reached this point. The problem is most likely either that there is something wrong with the cable or with the connection in the laptop. I am seriously hoping that it is the former as then I will only have to fork out for a new cable and not an entirely new laptop!!!! Which obviously costs more money! And I have so much stuff on my laptop. Luckily I had backed up most of my uni stuff at uni :)
So how am I writting this when it would seem that this is at home hours...well i actually own to desktop mac computers so all is not lost. Though this computer is a bit slower ...and not so good at the internet...and drives me crazy sometimes...all is not lost thankfully.
Is anyone else being completely frustrated by computers at the moment??? Or is all the bad luck being funelled to me...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
So i get home and around 8.30 I strip to have a bath...and what...what is that on my back???? My entire is back is bright red!!! Somehow the sneaky sun had sunburned my through my t-shirt!!!! Ok Ok...i was wearing a white t-shirt...but stilll...I never though the sun was into piercing through your clothes to get to your skin. I even have a bra strip of whiteness!!!! So when I go for a swim next time in my halter neck bikini...i will have this weird tan mark! (not that I care too much...)
Another lesson learnt...
Friday, December 11, 2009
As part of accepting the award I must post ten things which noone on blogsville knows...so here it goes
- At high school i was the goalkeeper in indoor and outdoor hockey. And for the two years I played outdoor we won the comp one year and were runner up the following year (by overall goals throughout the season).
- I used to play the clarinet - and got to travel to Europe (Austria, Germany, Czech republic, Slovak republic and Hungary) and China with the school band.
- I love Iago from the play Othello. I think he is really cool and I love that he is so manipulative.
- I love the phantom from the phantom of the opera. This may partly be because i love the music from that musical!!! As you can tell a pattern for loving fictional characters is forming.
- Charles Darwin is my biologist hero
- If I could travel to anywhere in the world I would choose the Galapagas Islands. This is partly because of Charles Darwin
- I love Tintin comics. I also have the DVDs....I even did one of the comics as one of my supplementary texts (we got to choose some) for the HSC.
- I cross-stich. I wish I could do it more often but it is expensive.
- I hate sand. Very silly since I am currently a marine biologist who works on the intertidal region. (Well..doing my honours)
- I am missing 4 adult teeth. I was born without the things to have them! So currently I have a tooth which is really a baby one with lots of filling material on it to make it look big, and a gap (not one of the front teeth but the next ones along) where I have a plastic tooth hanging from a plate. The other two, the baby teeth were pulled out and the gap closed. I will eventually have an inplant where the gap is.
Well, I should pass this award on but Daria has given it to basically all the blogs I read!!!! So i will need to think of an alternative plan.
A new lesson learnt (which is really so common sense I am stupid for falling into the trap).
Do not drink lots at uni/work christmas parties if you have to do field work the following morning.
I am finding it so difficult to get up and I need to be at La Parouse by 9.30..by public transport.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thankfully - the cricket was on today. Australia vs West Indies. 4th day. I love the cricket..and I love listening to it on the radio. So i sneakily went onto the internet and listened to online with my headphones plugged in.
Ahh...saved me from dying at work :)
Daniel Vettori - my favourite cricketer ...and yes he is a kiwi...but i think he is kind of cute :) and good at cricket :)
Friday, December 4, 2009
I love to read. Every single day. Anywhere and everywhere. Here are some books I read when I want a cheering up or a relax or whatever.
Anything by Agatha Christie. I have read every single of one of her books! I think they are so clever. I even have about 20 of them as audio dramatasisations which I listen to at night before going to sleep. I really like the Dark is Rising sequence. I just find reading them very satisfying :)
Most things by orson scott card. Speaker for the dead is probably my favourite (the 2nd one in the Ender's game series). I also really like Ender's game, the rest of the ones in that series, The worthing saga. Pastwatch- Christopher Columbus the redemption, and Earthborn (5th in the Homecoming saga). I also like Maps in the mirror - I like how he talks about the stories in that and their inspiration etc.
I really like this book..and it improves on 2nd and third time reading. This is because when you first read it you are trying to work out what is happening etc...but the next time when you read everything is infused with the emotion of knowing the whole story.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I love to lie in bed watching dvds on my laptop or mini dvd player. Here are a few i love/cheery up dvds.
Yes minister and Yes Primeminister. This english comedy always make me laugh. I love seeing Sir Humphrey not winning!! I have all 5 series on DVD
Seachange!!! I recently got given the complete box set of this tv show for my birthday. I love watchning this drama...never tire of it. I like reminiscing about bits in episodes.
Joseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoat. I love this musical. We performed it at my school one year. I like to sing along to all the good songs. I also love Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar. I love the songs :)
I also enjoy watching chick flicks..though some are quite dodgy!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I love eating. Here are some of my food guilty pleasures.
Eating an entire mini wheel of camembert cheese in one sitting.
Microwave popcorn - so unhealthy but so tasty
Smoked salmon - I can eat strips of this stuff by itself.
Glutinous rice balls (the onese filled with seasame)
And salsa and corn chips (I can eat an entire packet of corn chips with salsa in a city as my boyfriend found out to his loss).
cheds (so good)
marinated eggplant, mushroom etc
CAPERBERRIES (not capers...but caperberries..there is a difference)
These are just a small sample of my foody guilty pleasures
What food guilty pleasures do you have?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I got up at 6.30 to go to my field site (that is early for me!). My second bus was late (grrr) and the bus driver was sooo slow. Like 40 Km the entire journey! And there was this noisy creaking noise the entire trip which drove me crazy and prevented me from reading!
Then when I arrive there...I was late..and to make matters worse I must have misread the tidecharts or something because the water was higher than expected! So I hurriedly glued labels on the my limpets and took some measurements...Then I had a couple of hours to waste there...so decided to go for a swim :) :) I hadn't brought my swimmers so stripped to undies and t-shirt...and splashed in..And boy did it feel good!!!! No one else around just me and suprisingly clear ocean. So cool and refreshing. Thankfully there were no old ladies glaring down from me from the golf course above my field site :)
(This is not from yesterday but from my holiday in the Northern Territory...but I think it illustrates the clearness and refreshing nature of yesterday's swim)
But it is all sorted now. They said I will get my money back. Yay!!!
So a not so nice end to my day
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Me walking through temperate rainforest.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Blackwood chopping board - smells so nice and is really smooth and gorgeous looking. I love things made from native wood!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Everytime I go out into the field I come back and the next day my back is so sore it is painful to move. This is because of the ultra ackward positions I have to get into to measure my limpets.
Now an alternative to going and paying for a massage every week woiuld be to buy ones of those massage machines - you know the ones you hold and they vibrate on your back type thing.
I can't stand the feeling of the machines vibrating in my hand. It drives me absolutely crazy.
So does anyone have any magical massaging advice?
Anyway that is my rant for today
Monday, October 19, 2009
- The wide range of food - you can get everything in the city - sushi, japanese bbq, yum cha, good indian, etc etc. Yes I could learn to cook things like this ...but I don;t think the quality or quantity would be up to scratch
- Libraries! - I love going to the library. Free books!! If i didn't have the abundance of libraries I would be spending a heap on books. I go through 3 or 4 a week quite often. Sometimes more. But there are ways to get around this in the country- cheap books over the internet, second hand bookshops, friendly local libarians ord
ering things in for you.
- Friends and family - I would miss everyone obviously. But i guess in this day and age so much is done over the internet or phone. And there is obviously letters.
So where would i go. I think Northen Australia is my current fantasy. I love the wet season - hot and wet at the same time. And the wildlife etc is great too. Not too crowded - lots of open spaces. And even good food in some places.
Sigh. I will have to wait a bit till I can venture on this particular journey. But it is nice to dream.
The pics on this post are ones I took whilst in the Northern territory and Western Australia. So beautiful up there!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Well I am.
I wake up in the morning and it is beautiful and sunny, but as the day progresses it gets colder, and cloudier, and eventually wetter! This has been happening for at least a week, every single day, and it looks like it will continue for another week! Really annoying me! Escpecially as to study my poor little limpets I need fine weather! If it is storming I can't even go to my site really! Grrrr.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Penguins? Well apart from the fact that they are pretty cute - especially baby emperer penguins - my boyfriend is shortly to depart for Antartica for a year - so they represent him. Just need to convince him to start his own blog. So expect to see lots of pictures of them :)
So this is going to be the year of Limpets and Penguins for me.