Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Mmmm.... Medicine

At work today, Erin and I were told that we were very sick, and we needed to go to hospital. We duly lay down, had our injections, and then, the doctors told us that they would have to give us medicine.

"Here's your medicine. It's Easter Eggs Sam. Eat them all up, or else you'll get sick."

Why aren't doctors with a degree like that?

Friday, 27 March 2009

Paper!

Hi all,

My room has started going through MASSES of paper - over three times the amount as last year. And we are running out!

We use used paper, so something like old rosters from church, handouts from uni, etc etc, that have printing on one side only are perfect. I've already brought all of mine in, but I thought - I know a lot of uni students. I bet they have lots of old paper.

So if you do, please pass it on to me!

Thanks!

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Things I'm Itching To Say

- Women should not have children after 35. Thirty-five children is enough.


Are They All Yours?
- Only the good looking ones.
- Yes, and there are _____ more at home!

Do You Know What Causes That?
- Yes, and clearly my husband and I like it very much.
- No, please explain.
- Well, when a man and a woman love each other very much...

Just a Reminder

Please be praying for my lungs. The bushfires and the cold weather have been hard on them, and I am beginning to go into the state I was in last year (i.e. wrecked). I am hoping to make it until June before having to take time off work, but I am actually worse than this time last year.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Shakespeare

I enjoy Shakespeare. I know, I'm an Arts student, with a lit major, but I do. And recently I've gotten Kal into Shakespeare. So far we've watched:

- Henry V
- Richard III
- Much Ado About Nothing
- As You Like It (possibly the trippiest movie I've seen recently - certainly the most loved-up)

Which is not bad. I think we're likely to watch Twelfth Night next - I've got three different versions, only one of which I've seen.


Reb came in whilst we were watching Richard III, and looked at the screen. "Richard III," I explained.

She looked sceptical. "I didn't think he was around in modern times," she said.

"He wasn't; it's Shakespeare."

"Why the costumes?"

"It's post-modern," said Kal.

"A nod to Facism and other totalitarian rulers," I added. Then I paused, and said, "Plus, we get to see guys in 1940's army uniforms."

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

I miss my Art


Art isn't with me. I miss him. Yes, I left the stick insects, and the cricket (Texty girl died) at work, but I left Art too, in the CD player. And I miss him.

The first time I listened to the CD, I was like, oh, that's pretty, but none of it is his own stuff, and so he's hardly a patch on Simon. But, you see, at work we have 3 CDs on on a cycle all day, so I got to listen to it again. And then, I started to appreciate some of the interpretations of the songs. Seriously, Let's Fall In Love (link is to the lyrics) is so georgeous it hurts. And I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face is the best rendition I've ever heard - and I love the musical My Fair Lady, both the movie and the stage play, but this...

Seriously, you NEED to listen to it.

And more to the point, I NEED to get Reb to help me to update my ipod. Simon, the Bugs, and Art are all not on it. :(

Dear All

You are slackers and evil. Please comment. I am sad.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Did I ever mention that I love Reader's Feast?

For those of you who haven't been there, Reader's Feast is in the city, on the cornor of Swanston and Bourke sts. It publishes more independant books than Borders and Dymocks etc, and a lot more 'intellectual' books than most other independant bookstores. They are a little left wing for me mostly, but they have some awesome books.

While you're there, sign up for their points/rewards scheme. Seriously, I spend about $15, and get a $5 voucher. Which goes towards my next $15 purchase. Did I mention that I love Reader's Feast?

Anyway, they send me their catalogue in the mail. Only 4 a year, and so it's chunky and has lots of interesting books. They recently added a 'classics' section, where the staff review old favourites - very amusingly. Here are the two best:

The Twelve Caesars. Suetonius was a shameless gossip. I like that. Donna.

The Last of the Mohicans. I read James Fenimore Cooper's epic tales of frontier life in my early teens and was totally captivated. Forget literary merit - tall dark silent uncorruptable types dashing about the dangerous woods saving the incompetent and misplaced. What more could a girl dream of? Uncas, my hero. Helen M.

The movie of the Last of the Mohicans is one of my favourites.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Our Costumes For Multicultural Day

Contrary to popular belief, my culture was not 'school-girl'. I am also not 'cute'. People who say so may just die.



Also contrary to popular belief, Kallie is not bruised. She has industrial soot on her face. She is poor urban English.



On other notes, Shaun wore a skirt, Alicia dressed as a Hawaiian chick (complete with coconuts and grass skirt), Joab wore a Chinese style shirt, and Joce didn't dress up, which was very sad.

Desperado stayed home.

Desperado Lives!

Our house has, as you might have realised by now, a mouse. We called him Desperado, after Despereux. Today I thought he passed away in the rain, but Kallie claimed it was his inbred cousin Frankie the Rat.

It would appear that Kallie is right, and that Desperado has started his own blog. Welcome to the blogging world, Desperado!

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Kal and I are Clearly Awesome Dancers

I got Kal to come with me to Scottish last night (Friday), and she did really well, and had fun.

Today we went swing dancing, and before the class, one of the boys came up to talk to us. He started to invite us to every single thing he could think of. He was really pushing for us to go. I'd like to point out, he looked mostly at Kallie. Which means that we are both awesome dancers, and that Kal is, in my friend Adam's words, "Hot".

That means that church boys are going to have to get their act together, or else the beautiful Kal will slip through their fingers.

Man, Kal, we are awesome.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Shaun is the Winner

Only Shaun and Kallie answered my quiz - and Shauns answers were very funny. I attempted to bake a prize for you, but the food won't transport well, so you'll have to wait. On the other hand, they taste good, so I get to eat them!

Shaun's answers:
- What was William the Conqueror's nic-name before he was "the Conqueror?"
William
- Which king commanded the waves to go back?
King Nebuchanezzar, or God
- What was King George the 6ths real first name?
Sam
- Who requested that no king ever have that first name? And why?
King George the sixth. Because he thought the name was dodgy. (Meanie!)
- Which king is the only monarch to have both a mother and a son executed for treason, and a grandson deposed for the same reason?
the one who wanted kids of his own
- Which king signed the Magna Carta?
the one who made the Magna Carta
- Who is the only English king with his own fan club?
Elvis, I'm pretty sure he's English
- Name the king who got captured twice in the Holy Land, making the English people (twice) pay a ransome, and yet he remains a popular hero.
the emperor with no clothes
- Name a king who was never crowned.
King Henry the headless
- Who was the first English Prince of Wales?
Prince of Wales the first
- King James the 1st of England is the same as king James the what of Scotland?
Last
- Which king did I dream about?
the king of strawberry land
- Edward 1st, the ______ of the Scots?
pansy

The Real answers
- What was William the Conqueror's nic-name before he was "the Conqueror?"
William the Bastard
- Which king commanded the waves to go back?
Canute
- What was King George the 6ths real first name?
Albert
- Who requested that no king ever have that first name? And why?
Queen Victoria, who went into mourning for her husband, Albert.
- Which king is the only monarch to have both a mother and a son executed for treason, and a grandson deposed for the same reason?
James 1st of England (6th of Scotland)
- Which king signed the Magna Carta?
King John. (AKA Prince John of Robin Hood fame)
- Who is the only English king with his own fan club?
Richard the 3rd (AKA the Hunchback of Shakespearean fame)
- Name the king who got captured twice in the Holy Land, making the English people (twice) pay a ransome, and yet he remains a popular hero.
Richard the Lionheart
- Name a king who was never crowned.
Edward 5th
- Who was the first English Prince of Wales?
Edward 2nd
- King James the 1st of England is the same as king James the what of Scotland?
- Which king did I dream about?
Charles 1st
- Edward 1st, the ______ of the Scots?
Hammer

There are awesome stories connected to most of these figures. Like Edward 1st, after he conquered Wales and killed Luewellen the last native prince of Wales, promised the Welsh a prince born on their own soil who spoke not a word of English. He presented his new-born son, Edward 2nd, who spoke not a word at all. The story is a legend and didn't happen, but it's an awesome story, none-the-less.

Moving Again

We're all moving again. Reb was already planing to, but the land lord is selling (wh you would be selling now I don't know, but still) and so we are all moving. We're looking for places on Sat.

Oh well. Much as I hate moving, it means that I go through my stuff and have a good declutter. Which is always nice.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Dancing

Clearly, the best thing to do a week after being injured (and a day after taking still more time off) is to go dancing. And then to go dancing again the next day.

So, I went dancing (Scots) ast night, and had lots of fun. We danced Shiftin' Bobbins among other dances. I love Shifting Bobbins; it flows so beautifully.

Then today Kal and I went to Swing. That woud be where I did my injury in the first place. I don't remember what the step was called. But it was fun, and I don't think I'm injured, although my legs are sore.

The funniest thing is, after class, Kal and I discuss the different dancers - which of the guys were easy to dance with, which were difficut, etc etc. I said that I found one of the guys called Rodney to be the easiest person to dance with. Kallie said, "No way! He was way too tall!" I replied that I didn't find that to be a problem. I like tall, even in dancing partners.

English Monarchs Quiz

Because you are all idiots, I'm writing a quiz on English history. Amusing answers are allowed, and I'll give you extra points. Person with most points for accurate / funny answers get a prize. Not sure what.

- What was William the Conqueror's nic-name before he was "the Conqueror?"
- Which king commanded the waves to go back?
- What was King George the 6ths real first name?
- Who requested that no king ever have that first name? And why?
- Which king is the only monarch to have both a mother and a son executed for treason, and a grandson deposed for the same reason?
- Which king signed the Magna Carta?
- Who is the only English king with his own fan club?
- Name the king who got captured twice in the Holy Land, making the English people (twice) pay a ransome, and yet he remains a popular hero.
- Name a king who was never crowned.
- Who was the first English Prince of Wales?
- King James the 1st of England is the same as king James the what of Scotland?
- Which king did I dream about?
- Edward 1st, the ______ of the Scots?

Answer or else I'll be very cross.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Yay! I get to be a slacker again! and other tidbits...

For those of you who don't dance, you may be surprised to realise that it's not easy to dance with an injury. Consequently, I bowed out of multi-cultural day celebrations. I offered to play harp / whistle, but they didn't mind. Which means I'm going back to being a slacker. Which is a pity in some ways. I was sounding ok on the harp. My tunes actually sounded like tunes, my chords were all actually being played at the right time, and I was finding the right string fairly quickly. I'm expecting a general lack of practice to change that.

I also had a minor breakdown at church. Kal attributes it to a lack of bakery goods, and I'm going to have to agree. Shaun noticed me leaving crying, and asked if my foot was ok. It was fine. I was not. So I started walking home. Justin called out after me, but I ignored him, then he chased after me in the car, first to offer to drive the injured girl to the station, then to give me an umbrella because it was spitting, and finally bringing Kallie. I did not get in. I was worried that he would want to talk to me. Justin on the other hand, was apparently worried that I would want to talk to him. I don't talk when I'm distressed. I just cry.

On an entirely different note, I had another weird dream last night. Joab and Adam were talking. I was trying to work out what they were saying, but I couldn't. Then I realised, THEY WERE SPEAKING CHINESE. So I threw nearby books at them. Even awake, it seems to be a perfectly reasonable response. Incidentally, I'm fairly certain Adam doesn't speak Chinese. He speaks English, Polish, a bit of French, probably some Russian and some Yiddish, but no Chinese. Go figure.

Oh, and Ps Ian told us all to blog. Obviously, I'm obedient.