Sunday, March 30, 2008

Daylight savings ends next week

We need a party somewhere to reset the toddlers' body clocks.

I don't expect I'll have a problem getting him to go bed an hour later but I'd like to somehow get him to wake up an hour later too. I expect I'm not the only one with this impending dilema.

The solution - keep him up late on saturday night.

I'll hold a party if no one else wants to. Meg and Snerg have the best backyard for a BBQ though... (hint, hint)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Yep. That was pretty damn frightening!

Hi everybody, this is crossposted from my LJ

So there we were, Persmonster and I, in IKEA and a really bloody big IKEA at that. 2nd largest in the world, apparently.

She's walking with me really well, so I wasn't too worried about having her in the trolly or attatched to me with the funky backpack she has. For the anti-leash people in the peanut gallery, I have a dicky knee. If she bolts, I'm screwed.

She bolted.

I took off after her and just as I had her at my fingertips, I dropped my wallet. So I quickly paused to pick my wallet up (I would be really screwed with no wallet in a place where I cannot communicate effectively) and when I stood up again, she was gone.

I couldn't find her and it's not as if I can just ask someone which way she went, or could anyone help me. So I started to panic, but it only attracted attention from people who could see I was distressed, wanted to help, but didn't know how.

And then an angel appeared in the form of an English speaking Chinese lady. And she said "Calm down, it's ok. This place is really secure, she won't get out. Tell me what she looks like". I gave her a description and she relayed the information to the IKEA staff and moments later, there was a big commotion and I was shuffled along and reunited with the escapee. I thanked the lady and she said "Besides, honey, you kinda stand out here. Where are you from?" I said "Sydney". She grinned and said "I used to live in Strathfield."

So after I got myself together, we got a few things, checked out and headed home.

And it hit me again that I'm not in Kansas anymore, when I passed a local who had a mattress and half a dozen flat packed boxes on his bicycle. Damnit! Where is the camera when you need it?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I don't think I'll be buying this one.

can anyone explain this?

I think a 'what' and a 'why' is needed.
perhaps a teenager can help.
perhaps I feel older now.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Book pr0n

From a friend of mine who works in Elizabeth's Bookstore, Newtown (the one with the quotes on the blackboard outside.) I thought passing on this juicy juicy piece of gossip to you bunch of incurable nh-herds would cause a stampede ...
______________________________________ ill all's here about my heart...

We also got in a really big pile of fantasy/supernatural themed romance novels. They are hilarious. Who knew vampires, werewolfs and shape-shifting dragons yearned for love as well? My personal favourite, though was 'Succubus Blues' - about a succubus, who, when she isn't stealing the souls of men through their wangs, works in a bookstore and has a crush on a 'sexy writer' named Seth. Bridget Jones et al. think they have problems - how much worse is it when you can't get a guy, not due to ugliness or social ineptitude like the rest of us, be because when you touch him you will suck out a piece of his SOUL. *dies*

Lastly, for all the zombie nyyyerds out there, we got in a book called 'Drawing and Painting the Undead'. I think no further comment is necessary.

Monday, March 17, 2008


HMAS Sydney which was sunk of the WA coast in 1941 has been found.

This is what 7% Brendan Nelson had to say:
"Finding Sydney and finding the site of where it was lost will mean an enormous amount to Australian families, to the Royal Australian Navy and to our nation.
"It means in finding it that the very deep wounds in Australian families, in our navy and in our nation can begin now to heal."

And yet he didn't want to apologise to the Stolen Generation.


Sunday, March 16, 2008


" Here is the first For Battle! - China photo. I haven't gotten to know
the city well enough to buy some chopsticks and it was a bit windy for
rice grains, so a hand drawn poster just had to suffice.

This was taken today in Tiananmen Square with the gate to the
Forbidden City right behind me. As you can see, it was a great day for
an adventure around Beijing.

The local constabulary are a tad twitchy, especially at the moment for
some reason. They came by in a bus to check me out and see what I was
doing and they were far from impressed by the dumb, stupid
Westerner... don't say I don't do anything for you!

(Needless to say, I won't be doing that sort of thing in that exact
location again and I was glad I'd packed a spare pair of gazundas).


Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Will shamble for brainzzzzzzz

another brilliant snowboarding career cut down in its prime

Well, it sounds like they've got the ladies covered...

But it sounds like kind of a cool movie as well:
Three actors will step into the breach to complete the shooting of Heath Ledger's last film, director Terry Gilliam has confirmed.

Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law will replace Ledger, who died from an accidental prescription drug overdose on January 22 with the filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus still to be finished.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Not Jacob

Wandering wearily to bed after watching Australia's last Hopes (one for the cricket tragics) be dashed I settled in for a good night's snoring. Briefly I woke to pull a small child in pink pyjamas into the bed so she didn't yell in my ear all night and then turned over and went back to snoring. At about 11.20pm my SMS went off. Climbing groggily from bed I went to see what it was. Family emergency? But wouldn't they just call. LMH and harry drunk again, more likely but it is a school night so maybe not. No, it was someone looking for Jacob. The message was "Hey jacob you go to uni tomorrow?" My return message was terse and to the point - "Not jacob". I felt it summed up my feelings on the whole - not Jacob, was asleep, bugger off.

You would think that that might make them check the number they had for Jacob. But no, not long after I was back in bed, the SMS went off again. I sneered that Jacob had given them the wrong number and didn't like them, removed the baby from my pillow and fell asleep. This morning I checked the second message: "Will you be home tomorrow? I want to get the notes. Thx man." Will he/she ever get the notes? Could this be the end of a beautiful relationship? Will Jacob deny all knowledge of a text message? Why aren't they speaking in text speak? Should I send a message asking if Jacob was surprised, since you know, you sent the messages to me and I'm not Jacob? Should I pretend I have left the notes somewhere for them? The possibilities are endless. Inspired by TJ.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

OMG! I'm like, so TOTALLY white

Stuff White People Like Blog

Mind you it's a toss-up as to what's more amusing... the posts or the commentators who Just.Don't.Get.It.