Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Simple Life Meme

Let's see if I can get this done before my ride to a performance of Shakespeare's Henry V comes along. I have about half an hour. I have just finished my penultimate tute paper for my Masters too - so I am feeling good. that I've also washed the floors in the kitchen and bathroom - even better.

Questions, as always from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

What are five things you would like to do more.

Read, swim, cook for others, Yin Yoga, travel.

What is your quote to live by.

"Be the change you want to see."  Ghandi

What was the best thing that happened this week?

I handed in my final major paper for my Masters degree. Anybody interested, it can be found at www.imaginaryagincourts.weebly.com.

What is something you are stressed about?

What I will be doing for a job after the end of January.

What book has influenced your life?

Dr Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese?" Seriously, it turned my life around.

Share a childhood memory

I used to like swimming in the watertank on the hill. That was cool.

What fictional character would you most like to be?

I'd still love to go to Hogwarts and I think I'd be a pretty reasonable Hermione Granger.

What is something you are proud of?

Finishing my Masters.

What was the last thing you celebrated?

I did celebrate my birthday in a small way in August. I will be doing some more celebrating in the coming months when I graduate in March. Finally get to wear a cap and gown.

What are weird things you like?

The smell of dogs' paws in the morning. Is that strange enough? And I LOVE Shakespeare.

What is your favorite song to sing?

This:



Name three things you do well.

Write. Massage. Laugh.

What are your priorities in life?

To be happy. To keep healthy. To have fun. To stay financially solvent.

What is something that scares you?

Right wing governments. Huntsman spiders.

Best book you read this year?

Probably Hanya Yahanigara's A Little Life. It was a slog, but gee it was fantastic. Zadie Smith's Swing Time was also really good.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

The First Things First Meme

Just home from a weekend away, which was wonderful. Highlights were seeing my Punjabi kid brother and seeing Thor:Ragnarok with him (very good fun) Then going to see the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective with a friend. It was a wonderful weekend.

So, it is late now and I have a big day ahead. Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

{1} First thing you would do/buy if you won the lottery:

A flat, preferably in a good  suburb near the city.

{2} First person you call when you get amazing news:

Normally my mum or Blarney.

{3} First thing you do when you've had a bad day:

Go for a walk, or go to they gym. That fixes most things. I get ice cream or have a G&T at a push.

{4} First movie you went to without your parents:

It might have been the Police Academy movie on my first date. Oh hell that dates me.

{5} First sport you played (Little League-style or in school):

Never really played sport. I had my legs in plaster in and out of primary school.

{6} First major injury:

Thankfully never really had one, but my sister clobbered me with a five iron when I was eleven. 5 stitches in my eyebrow.

{7} First product I use in the shower:

Clinique facial soap. Always.

{8} First apartment or house on your own (away from you parents!):

The flat in East Melbourne. Before that I was always with flatmates (and before that too many flatmates to mention)

{9} First Roommate(s): 

First flat mate after college was an absolute psycho. Don't want to think about it. I was warned.

{10} First Time Living Away from Home: 

University college when I was 17.

{11} First magazine subscription:

Dolly magazine. Used to love Dolly. The Australian teenage girl's bible for many years.

{12} First real piece of jewelry you owned:

I bought myself a Pandora bracelet when I was in my late 30s. I don't have any other real jewellery.

{13} First time staying home alone:

I was in my mid teens. That's all.

{14} First thing I reach for in the fridge:

Normally, milk for my coffee. Or my chilled Turkish Apple Tea which is in an old gin bottle in the fridge. Great stuff.

{15} First car accident or traffic violation:

I got my first red light camera ticket about ten years ago. It's the only one I've had to date. And thankfully the only bingle I had which was my fault was about five years ago, when somebody stopped suddenly in front of me - no damage to them, but their tow ball took out my radiator.

Bonus:  Toilet paper, over or under?

Over. Only philistines to do it the under way.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Monster Mash Meme

I am supposed to be writing my papers instead of doing this meme. We are getting there.

Also remember, I am Australian, we don't, as a rule, do Halloween - as it is a daft American custom

Anyway, the question have been supplied by Bev at Sunday Stealing.

Ghost: what would you like on your tombstone?

Nevertheless, she persisted.

Dracula: are you afraid of aging? or death?

Aging. This getting old thing is not for sissies. Everybody has to die, why be scared of it?

Nosferatu: what, as a child, did you imagine went bump in the night?

There were all sorts of things that went bump in the night when I was a kid. Monsters of all kinds were there.

Godzilla: what do you do when you are angry? are you ever destructive?

I seethe for a bit when angry, then let it simper away. I tend to go for a walk or a drive and let it blow out. I don't stay angry for long.

The Blob: do you collect anything? if so, what & why?

I collect ornamental elephants. I like elephants. But they have to be little. I have a shelf full o them

Zombie: when was the last time you trusted your gut? was it successful?

I always trust my gut - it is yet to do me wrong, even if it sets me on some interesting paths.

Mothra: what is something dangerous that attracts or fascinates you?

Motorbikes. Would never own one, can't drive them, but I love them.

King Kong: what are some questionable choices you've made lately?

Deciding to re-write Shakespeare for my last assignment.

Alien: what is your strangest feature?

I have web toes on my right foot and my pinkies stick up on both hands.

Cthulhu: do you like the ocean? why or why not?

Love it. I just love being near water - and in water.

Nessie: have you ever felt invisible to people -- the feeling of not existing?

All the time. I've been working on that one.

Mutant spider: what is one of your biggest fears?

Intimacy and commitment. Next.

Werewolf: if you could change into any nonhuman animal and back at will, what animal would you change into and why?

I would love to be a well loved house cat. I think that would be awesome.

Golem: if you could make up an imaginary friend, what would they be like and why?

I would have a punk rocker called Albert who would get me into all sorts of mischief.

Leprechaun: what is your "pot of gold" (or white whale, if you'd rather)

To write that bloody novel...

Sharktopus: what is something you've done that was ridiculous or a bad decision?

Ummm... some class A drugs in the nineties. I don't regret it, but yeah, I don't need to do ecstasy again. A handful of times 20 years ago is enough.

Robot: what is a habit you do without thinking?

I have a few of them - making the bed each morning, check the door each night, not leave the house without eyeliner and mascara. Brush my teeth twice a day. Nothing too bad at all.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Sleepy Ramblers Meme

Taking some time out from writing assignments.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.


Have you ever eaten at restaurant and you realized you forgot your money?

Thankfully not. Have I walked out without paying. Once or twice, but I've always managed to get back and sort things out.

True or false-you can pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time.

True. Joys of being ambidextrous.

Do you prefer to drink out of cans or bottles?

Out of bottles. Cans can be a bit sharp.

Do your socks match today?

I'm not wearing socks.

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

The last book I read was Leap by Myfanwy Jones. It was excellent. A very Melbourne book. A great exposition of the grieving process.

Are you currently borrowing something from someone?

Not at the moment. I try not to borrow things.

Write an extremely random statement.

The Louis the Fly song was composed by Bryce Courtney, a well know Australian author.



Are there any major holidays you don’t celebrate?

As an Australan, we don't do American holidays, but as an Australian, I don't celebrate Australia Day - or Invasion Day as I call it. Bring in the Republic I say.

What is one thing you will never understand?

The American healthcare system. Universal socialised medicine makes far more sense for all.

Have you ever stepped on a bee?

Yes. And been stung by said bee.

What helps you wake up in the morning?

A half hour lie in. I need to ease myself into the day.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

An omelette and a cup of coffee.

What is your favorite thing in your room?

My bed.

Who was your first kiss with?

That would be telling. A gangly, spotty youth. No idea what happened to him.

Do you worry about small things?

Far too often.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The What's a Crush meme

Blog time. I've had a lovely, but not very productive weekend. really do have to get on with the study.

Anyway, on with the questions, supplied, as always, by Sunday Stealing.

1. What do you find hilarious, but most people don’t find funny?

Death - a lot of the time.

2. What was the best year of your life so far?

This year has been pretty good. 2010 was good too.

3. What’s your favorite thing to do on the Internet?

Probably Facebook and blogging.

4. What fad have you held on to even tho it isn’t popular any more?

Pokemon Go. I still play daily.

5. What do you spend most of your time doing?

Working and writing.

6. What do you spend way too much money on?

Theatre tickets and makeup.

7. What event, large or small, has changed the course of your life most?

The death of my niece. The reverberations are still being felt.

8. Who do you have a hard time taking seriously?

Anybody who's a Liberal/National politician - horrid scumbags that they are (if you're American, think Republican)

9. What do you judge people for most often?

Liberal/National Politicians

10. What was the most beautiful view you have ever experienced?

The Scottish Highlands are amazing.

11. What is something you read or heard that has stuck with you for a long time?

Slaughterhouse Five has never really left me.

12. What’s your favorite thing to shop for.  Why?

Red lipstick. A girl can never have enough red lipstick.

13. What’s the best compliment someone can receive?

"You're really intelligent."

14. What’s something people go on and on about and you just can’t stand sitting through?

The "No" campaign for this marriage equality survey Australia is being put throught

15. What’s something you can do that most people can’t?

Use scissors left-handed.

16. When was the last time you tried to look cool and ended in embarrassment?

That would be most of the time. I am so not cool.

17. What is the most ridiculous rule you have to follow?

I'm not sure I agree with the blanket bike helmet rule we have around here.

18. What country do you not know the location of, even though you should?

Venezuela - I have a rough idea, but yeah, it's somewhere in South America.

19. What do you have a hard time with but most people find quite easy?

Using scissors with my right hand.

20. What’s the most impressive skill you have?

I write fairly well.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Getting To Know You Meme

Writing this from the airport food court. Was hoping to be writing this from the Qantas business lounge, but the upgrade didn't come through so I am here - also working on some stuff for uni and getting out some admin while I have the time. Ah well. There is some good people watching to be had as I wait for my flight.

Anyway, questions, as per usual, are from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Probably exercise and write.

What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?

I really love this white dress with red poppies on it. I need to lose some weight so I fit into it again, but I love that dress.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

Breeding large dogs. That would be awesome. Puppies!

What would your perfect room look like?

I have no idea - airy and spacious, but with the ability to block out light when needed.

How often do you play sports?

I don't, but I walk and go to the gym a lot.

What fictional place would you most like to go?

Hogwarts!

What job would you be terrible at?

Anything to do with dealing with the general public. I have no patience. I sucked at retail.

When was the last time you climbed a tree?

When I was about ten.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

Procrastinating

What skill would you like to master?

Writing novels that sell.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I'm hoping to walk the Camino de Compostela de Santiago next year by myself. That should be an adventure.

If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?

A big tree house - but with all mod cons - and very good air conditioning.

What state or country do you never want to go back to?

I still really have no desire to go to Perth, Western Australia after the last time I was at the airport there and they were so rude. Naples in Italy - don't want to go back there either.

What songs have you completely memorized?

Other than lots of kid's songs, I do a pretty good Bohemian Rhapsody.

What do you consider to be your best find?

Sam at the Benefit's Eyebrow bar in Myer Sydney. She gets my awful eyebrows just right.

Are you usually early or late?

I'm always late. There is a greatness to my lateness.

What pets did you have while you were growing up?

We had two dogs and two cats when I was a kid. We also had chooks (chickens) but they are stupid and not pets.

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Writing stuff. I fix up lots of writing stuff - resumes, cover letters, website text.

What takes up too much of your time?

The Freemasons. Thinking of leaving. Huge time drain for what seems like little in return.

What do you wish you knew more about?

The subtle art of really not giving a f*ck.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?

Is Keith Richards still alive?


Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Creepy Crawlies meme


Right, a long weekend, my team lost at the football and the only thing I feel like I have achieved is unclogging the vacuum cleaner and watching a lot of The Good Wife. My tutorial remains undone, but I have a few days on that.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.


1. You are walking down the road and you look down. There is a bug. Do you step on it? 

Depends on the bug - but I would probably walk over it. Spiders, on the other hand, get stepped on. Eww.

2. What is one fantasy that you want to come true more than any other?

World peace.

3. Someone knocks on your door. Do you look out the window to see who it is before you open it? Do you open it regardless of who it is? 

Yes, I look out the window. There are some people I don't open the door to - salesmen in particular.

4. Have you ever eaten Play Doh?

Yes, when I was a kid. Mum used to make it for us.

5. What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon as a child and why?

I used to love Hong Kong Phoeey and the Wacky Races. No idea why.

6. Are you a “people watcher”? 

Absolutely. It's great fun.

7. I have a bowl of fruit. There are apples, oranges & pears. You help yourself to one - which one do you choose?

Probably the apple. Pears and oranges can be messy to eat.

8. What is your biggest pet peeve in the blogging world? 

People who moan and grizzle all the time.

9. What is one religion that you could just never see yourself joining?

Any sort of fundamentalist group - this includes Christian fundamentalists. I'm just too easy going.

10. What word do you use far too often? 

Actually, actually.

11. How long do you spend in the shower? 

5-10 minutes. Depends on whether my hair needs washing.

12. If you were to write a personal ad about yourself, what would it say?

Eclectic,world-wandering writer chick seeks similar.

13. Your favorite flavor of soup is….? 

Mulligatawny.  (it isn't but I like saying Mulligatawny :) )

14. You are sitting on a bench in the park and a bug walks in front of your feet…. do you squash him?  (I am assuming this is a different bug from question #1)

I will still let the bug go om its way. I might say shoo or something to it.