Tuesday, 30 September 2008

I feel so unclean

Normally at work, I listen to Triple J thropugh my little radio on my desk. I need music/background blather to concentrate.

For some reason my little radio has betrayed me and is refusing to get a good signal of JJJ.

I am forced to listen to Triple M instead.

repeat after me...eeewww, commercial radio.

I'll need a good scrub when I get home.

I'm changing sides

I'm going from being PC to a Mac girl.
I have finally succumbed to teh lure of all that shinyness and ordered an iMac.

The fact that my laptop is dying and we don't have room for another monitor with box etc in teh house.

yesh, I know, justifications.

They're just sooo pretty. How can a girl resist.


Sunday, 28 September 2008


This article is interesting

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What do all these words have in common? Someone, somewhere, is using them with a disclaimer like "I know it's not a real word..."

found via LP


weee!, originally uploaded by Miss DV.

we went, we saw, we ate icecream.

Strathfield Spring Fair was on today and was chosen as our afternoon adventure.

We went on the suuuper slide and baby ferris wheel. Torby loved the 'clowns inna mouf' game (the one where you put the balls in the clowns mouth) and we ate fair food and came home with some balloons, a pinwheel and a few prizes.

A very entertaining afternoon.

post-wedding still-life, originally uploaded by Miss DV.

Our bedroom smells all nice from the flowers.

Just thought I'd let you know.

Soon it shall be time to venture out into the sunshine again. The Strathfield Spring Fair is on and it shall be our afternoon outing.

Torby made the cutest pageboy

He was very excited by his suit with 'necklace' (the bow tie) and 'matching flower' (the groomsmen and him had pink rose buttonholes).

He managed to deliver the pillow (with rings tied on very securely) to Unky Erik as practised. There was even a high-5.

I hope that there are photos of him and his two cousins (the flower girls) as they did their procession down the aisle.

He couldn't sit still during the wedding so I took him for a walk. Missed most of the official wedding bit but what I did see was lovely.

At the reception, he played with his etch-a-sketch thingy and books, he ate chocolate and chippes (mmm a well balanced meal) he took photos, he ran around with his pants around his ankles. Perfectly normal really.

The cutest moment was the three groomsmen having a conversation with him about their flowers and guessing what would come out of the sal & pepper shakers. All very serious and I am love that they took time to do it and treat him like a big boy.

There should be more weddings.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

musical meme from LJ

Guess the songs these lyrics come from. you knwo you want to. (what? avoiding real work? nooooo)

1. I turned to my friend and the look in his eyes said
2. Have you ever been close to tragedy
3. It doesn't matter what I say, It doesn't matter what I do
4. Don't the hours get shorter as the days go by
5. Happiness is just a gash away
6. We believe, in the grass in the trees
7. When I go for a drive I like to pull off to the side
8. Well she wants to be a singer in the band
9. Yesterday, the sky looked sweet
10. Marky got with Sharon
11. I think it's getting to the point
12. Hang up the phone, no need to cry
13. One time a thing occured to me
14. I want them to know it's me
15. Light touch my hands, in a dream of Golden Skans, from now on.
16. Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now
17. A heart of stone, a smoking gun
18. Good luck and don’t dare give up
19. My life was completely astrous when I met you
20. Go on and close your eyes, go on imagine me there

Wednesday, 24 September 2008


One on the nice things about the roadtrip was all the different colours that flashed past.
There were huge swathes of yellow from the canola fields, then all the different greens of the grasses and some surprising flashes of hot pink from random ornamental plum trees.

Was all very pretty.

Oh and here is a blurry photo of my beloved highway signs..

more photos on flickr (have a look at the sidebar over there and click on something to go there)

Picasso meets Cranach

Oh and I got a print of this chicky from the Art gallery.

I likes her

home again, home again, jiggety jog

well, we went, we had fun, we're glad to be home again.

Sapore was really yummy. no, really. We had the tasting plate for entree, I then had the beef with the yummiest truffled mas ever. Nw has the seafood linguine which was light and seafoodey and yummy. No dessert as we were a bit too full by that point. We'd spent most of the day lounging around in S&G's backyard having brunch and being amused by the antics of a 3yr old and a 14mth old. Oh and breakfast had been hot jammy donuts and a bratwurst from the Queen Vic Markets.

Yep, Sunday was all about the eating and drinking.

Monday, we went to the Art Deco exhibition at the NGV. Sooo much funky stuff to look at, such very sore feet by the end of it. We also looked at their collection on 14th-1thc stuff and then some of the later stuff as well. There was also a bit of wandering around town and showing Nw some of my favourite buldings.
Monday night we went and visited warcrack chums. Lots of fun and amusement ensued. Was very cool to see peoples in the flesh.

Tueday we caught up with MissDawn and Charlie for brekkie in Camberwell. Then Charlie, Nw and I hopped into the car for the trek back to Sydney. Roadtrips are never as exciting on the way home. Once I get the photos off my phone, I shall see if we managed to get a photo of my favourite road signs (Yawning? Powernap Now).

Bestest bit about Tuesday was seeing Torby again. I really did miss him a lot. Sooky mother that I am. Was also nice to sleep in my own bed and use my own shower and have my own stuff and pet Stampy again.

In summary..had a hoot, really glad we went, really nice to roadtrip it but soooo glad to come home again.

There will be photos soon. You have been warned.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

we have arrived! Let the rejoicing begin

After waay too many hours in the car with Nw and MissCharlie, we arrived safe and sound in exotic Melboure last night.

Well okay, the hours did kinda pass by quickly and we had a few stops on the way and conversation was amusing but, I was really really really gald whe we finally got to stop, get ut of the car and know that we weren't gong to be back in it until tomorrow.
My notes from the trip so far;

I feel all Australian now for I have seen the dog onna tuckerbox.

'Ye olde Australian music' makes me want to hack my ears off.

3 people grooving along to 'Don't blame it on the boogie' in the car gets extra funny when you are spotted by anouther car overtaking you on the highway. The look on the guys face as he troed to figure out what the hell we were doing, was priceless.

Victoria has the bestest road signs ever. 'Droopy eyes? Powernap now' is my favourite. I like the directness of them. Shall endevour to get a photo (because Nw won't let me steal one of the signs. soooo mean) on the way home.

We managed to break the trip roughly every 2-3 hours which was cuning. Being fed coffee and shown the cows and being entertained by the very chatty and amusing 8yr old daughter at our friend Adrian's house in Seymour was the bestest stop for me. I wanna live o a farm now. Yes, yes, I now I'd get realy bored really quickly, but still!

Before we left, we got the car washed. It was clean, it sparkled, now it's decorated with bug innards in a nice speckly pattern on the front. It's not as attractive as you might think.

Nw and I wandered down to have dinner last night after dropping MissC off. All you Melbournites should go to Touks. I'd been there before with MissDawn and it's still really nummy. We ate or ninner, had a bottle of wine, trotted back 'home for two days' an promptly fell asleep. That sitting in a car for a day really takes it out of you.

MissDawn's house (our home for two days) is even cuter than last time I saw it. Her budgie makes an almost Stampy substitute despite the fact that he doesn't coem over when I waggle my fingers. I do however miss Torby a wee smidgen.

Soon I shall go and wake Nw up and drag him to Queen Vic markets for hot jammy donuts and then there shall be wandering around and purchasing of baked goods for brunch with the girls (and guys) and then maybe a visit to here if we can covince MissImpish to come eat chocolate. *snort* and then maybe a wander around the art gallery or a nice park to build up an apetite for dinner.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008


Had one of those rare perfect moments late yesterday afternoon. Hanging with Nw and Torby cleaning up the front yard (such as it is). It was lovely weather, I had my boys with me, it's hard to explain but it was lovely.

Have wasted time at work doing googleymaps of our road trip.
Now I know how to get between home and Dawn's house on Saturday (via dropping Miss Charlie at her sister's house) then how to get from chums house in Glen Waverly (where we're staying after our nerdy warcrack night) to the cafe for brekkie with Dawn, to home again. Everything in between is unmapped and means we may get a wee bit lost.
I also have very little sense of direction in Melbourne, mountains are on the wrong side and the water isn't where it should be. Badly designed I say.

I'm really looking forward to the roadtrip. Will be nice to have MissCharlie's company in the car for extra conversation and to help Nw with driving. Then have lots of alone time and catching up with people and eating and walking and looking and squeeness.

I have a sneaking suspicion that we might miss Torbyboy a bit though. Just a smidge.

Oh and today is haircut day. Hooray for haircut day!

Monday, 15 September 2008

5 sleeps to go...

...till we're on the road on our way to exotic Melbourne... Squee!

Oh and sneezing when you have a thumpy thumpy headache is roolly roolly painful.
Just in case you were wondering.

Sunday, 14 September 2008


DrNik just sent me this link

Tales for the leet: Romeo & Juliet

It iz teh funnee

Saturday, 13 September 2008

A self portrait..or eleventyfive

Ovilah, originally uploaded by Miss DV.

Friday, 12 September 2008

oh, and..

8 sleeps to go!!

A decision at last!

Birthday/Aniversary dinner will be here

My son, the subtle one.

Torby loves going to the butchers so he can get some stamps on his hands (a red bumblebee and blue happy face).

We had discussed that we needed some lamb kebabs for dinner. We had also discussed that they migth not have any stamps and we would see.

So we arrive at the counter, I pop him up so he can see them and out comes 'six lamb babs and stamps please'.

The nice man laughed, a lot, and gave him his stamps and a kiss.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

must be Nw's child..

... he just sat on me and farted.

Horrid creature

Monday, 8 September 2008

The shoe gods are pleased with me

So I had a mission this afternoon to get a new pair of shoes. I had a budget. I had a plan..

Well, instead of one pair of shoes, I came home with 3 pairs and still under budget.

I got these in purple and bronze (they were down to 30- each, how could I resist!)

and a pair of Colorado shoes (Gerty) (Also on sale)

I am happy shoe piggy, hear me go Squee!


I left my mobile at home today and I feel so naked.

Reliant much?

In other news...12 sleeps till Melbourne!

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Heard during a TV ad for Sorbent 'Long Roll' Toilet Paper

"..so you can change the toilet roll less often and have more time in your busy day"

Excatly how long do they think it takes to change the roll?

Friday, 5 September 2008


I may actually be able to vote Labor in the next state election now.

Iemma & Costa are out!!!

Thursday, 4 September 2008

All the cool kids were doing it... well okay, just TOA, but still...

Your result for The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test...

9 - the Peacemaker

Thanks for taking the test !

you chose BX - your Enneagram type is NINE (aka "The Mediator")

"I am at peace"

Peacemakers are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union
with others and the world around them.

How to Get Along with Me

  • If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially
    don't like expectations or pressure.

  • I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this.

  • Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit.

  • Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge
    me gently and nonjudgmentally.

  • Ask me questions to help me get clear.

  • Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery.

  • Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings.

  • I like a good discussion but not a confrontation.

  • Let me know you like what I've done or said.

  • Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life.

What I Like About Being a NINE

  • being nonjudgmental and accepting

  • caring for and being concerned about others

  • being able to relax and have a good time

  • knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around

  • my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good
    mediator and facilitator

  • my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and

  • being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What's Hard About Being a NINE

  • being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive

  • being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline

  • being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally

  • being confused about what I really want

  • caring too much about what others will think of me

  • not being listened to or taken seriously

NINEs as Children Often

  • feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant

  • tune out a lot, especially when others argue

  • are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

NINEs as Parents

  • are supportive, kind, and warm

  • are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy

Discover the 9 Types of People

SanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

You liked the test?

so S P R E A D I T ! tell everyone!!!
(use Quick-Paste below)

you wanna know MORE?

so check out, what Wikipedia says about your type...

...even more you'll find in Google

or do you prefer to

You are not completely happy with the result?!

You chose BX

Would you rather have chosen:

  • AX (SEVEN)
  • CX (TWO)
  • BY (FOUR)
  • BZ (FIVE)

    Take The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test at HelloQuizzy

  • Wednesday, 3 September 2008

    i is techno leet gurl!

    I've managed to get haloscan installed and working - it does the recent comments thing.

    yay for me and my leetness!

    no wonder work wanted to keep me *grin*


    Well, my boss just called me to say that my interview technique dosn't suck and therefore I sill have a job. 
    Well, it's a few grades higher and has a slightly different name and I will still be working in a different department to where I should be (gotta love the public service), but it means that I'm still employed and dont have to do more applications and interviews for a long while.


    sleep is for babies.

    why am I awake?
    2am is a hateful time to be awake.
    not as bad as 3am, I'll grant you.
    but close.
    all cold and boring and wrong.
    well, would've been okay if I was awake after a raging night out instead of awake again after a nice nap in my warm and toasty bed with the warm and toasty husband next to me and the warma nd toasty cat near my feet.
    gah I say!

    Tuesday, 2 September 2008

    I is lucky

    Went to meet Miss J last night before she wooshes her way back to England. Despite her being out here for a month, due to a combination of sickness and feebleness and timing, this is the first chance I'd had to catch up with her.

    Got to laugh at MissCharlie and her Lord Nelson/Hero of Waterloo confusion. So similair in so many ways, just not in location of pub :)

    Got to catch up with lovely lovely chums and once again be made content by my friends.

    Got to watch the excitement as MrH broke his news to people. I do so love to see my friends happy and excited.

    Got to fall in love with Sydney again as I walked up Kent St from Wynard to The Rocks. Old little houses and glimpses of the water and the low sliver of a moon. Also when we got icecream and sat on a bench at Circular Quay and marvelled at the purtiness.

    Got to be amazed at the adventures people are going on. Wether it's moving o/s to be with a boy, moving house, yachting to another country, announcing a new relationship or a new step in a relationship to people, job interviews and making decisions about where your life is going. All adventurous and all brave and all good.

    It was a pretty cool end to a pretty cool day.

    Monday, 1 September 2008

    Get Some Freaking Perspective!!!

    There are many things that could be called child abuse.
    Beating, raping or starving them for instance.
    Putting them in childcare doesn't even come close.
    No matter what Mem Fox says.
    Comparing one to the other is insulting and stupid on so many levels.


    cross-posted at ForRattle


    Plans are slowly coming together for The Roadtrip of Dooooom!! (TM)

    We have a place to stay (thanks MissDawn. You're t'riffic) .

    We have recomendations of places to eat. Although if anyone can recomend a nice place in town, that would be good.

    We have an Art Gallery to visit.

    We have a breakfast and a brunch and a dinner organised where will get to catch-up with a variety of chums.

    We have a fabulous sister and bro-in-law to look after Torby. (hooray for family!!)

    We will soon have a cat feeder.

    We have 19 sleeps to go!

    Spring has Sprung

    Stuff what has made me smile this morning;

    That the first day of spring dawned warm and sunny aftter a wet and manky end of winter.

    All the jamine I pass on the way to the train station was fragrant and made me extra happy.

    My ipod only gave me happy, bouncy tunes to listen to.

    My train was pulling into the platform as I got there and there were flowers on my desk when I got in.

    All-in-all, it's shaping up to be a delightful day.