Sunday, May 1, 2016

The A-Z Meme

Busy day. Busy weekend. Children's parties and assignments - and lots of cake making.

Good cakes, eh (Batman and Spiderman themes at the parties)

A) What does the last text you sent say? And to whom?

To my friend saying that I will see her tomorrow night to pick up her cat.

B) What does the last text you received say? And from whom?

From my friend saying she was hitting the wall after a few long flights and she won't pick up the cat until tomorrow night.

C) What time do you wake up most mornings?

Somewhere around 6.30 am.

D) Are you afraid of walking alone at night?

Not really. Depends where I am, but if it's well lit, generally no.

E) What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day?

Read, write, go see a movie, watch telly. Very fond of seeing a movie on Friday evenings.

F) Where did your last kiss take place and with whom?

Blarney gave me a kiss on the cheek on the way out tonight after helping with the party today.

G) Do/did you get into trouble a lot at school?

No, I was a goodie-goodie.

H) Do you enjoy your job? If unemployed, are you content being so?

For the most part, I like what I do.

I) Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos?

Unfortunately, yes.

J) Have you ever been offered drugs but declined?

I was offered drugs in Bali the time before last. I ran quickly in the other direction.

K) Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking?

Yes. My therapists of the past have been great for that.

L) Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted?

Only from the doctor. Sorry, too many risks around recreational drugs.

M) Tell us something weird that turns you on.

Is chest hair considered weird in this world of man-scaping?

N) When did someone last admit romantic or sexual feelings for you? Was the feeling mutual?

Quite a while ago. It was mutual. Not saying anything more than that.

O) What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately?

The assignments which are due next Monday.

P) When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation?

Last night. I have one friend who it's just better to nod and agree or else it ends in tears. Love him dearly, but we don't agree on a couple of things (politics). Easier to shut up.

Q) Do you usually initiate hugs?

Quite often. Sometimes not, but I like to hug.

R) Are you a very affectionate person?

Yes. Don't tell anybody.

S) Can you roll your own cigarettes?

No - and I don't smoke so this is a daft question.

T) What are you looking forward to?

Having these assignments finalised and over. I'm not a natural screenwriter.

U) Do you have any tattoos. Do you want any/more?

I have a very small Chinese symbol on my hip. I love it. Forget it's there most of the time.

V) Are you mentally strong?

I like to think so.

W) Are you physically strong?

As women go, yes, I'm strong. Stronger than a lot of men.

X) Do you think you’re a good person?

I like to think I am.

Y) Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now.

It would be lovely to have a functional love life - and a bit more money in the bank. I can change the latter.

Z) What do you usually eat for breakfast?

At the moment, coffee and a protein shake is the way during the week. On weekends, its eggs.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Ask Questions, Yo Meme

Late again. I'm supposed to be studying today. Hasn't happened.

Today's questions come from Sunday Stealing - as always.

1. Are you a very open or private person?

Though I'm pretty open, I am really very private. It's not in what I do say, it's in what I don't say.

2. Change one thing about the world what would it be?

I'd severly limit ultra conservative politicians and shoot all climate change deniers.

3. Live in any country/city, where would you choose?

I'd love to live in London again.

4. What perfume do you wear?

I mix it up a bit. Lady Vengeance, Issey Miyake and Green Tea in summer.

5. How are you feeling right now?

Good. Just been to the movies.

6. If money was no object, where would you move to?

I'd love a big house with a garden in the suburb I currently live in.

7. Who was the last person to make you cry?

Oh, some wally. He's not in my life any more.

8. What age do people usually mistake you for?

Often I'm thought to be in my mid to late thirties. I'm 47.

9. Is there a song which can bring you to tears instantly?

Yeah, this. Doesn't matter what version.

10. Do you play video games?

The odd game on my phone, that's all.

11. What do you think about before you go to bed?

Normally what I'm supposed to be writing about for uni.

12. Have you ever online dated?

Yes. Some good times were had. Some really awful ones too.

13. Do you get cranky when you’re hungry?

Yes, I get really hangry (as it is known over here - angry when hungry)

14. What drink did you last consume?

Turkish apple iced tea with dinner. Yum.

15. Have you ever tripped while walking up the stairs?

No. I drip going downstairs. My black butt cheek is testament to this.

16. Is there something you’re happy about at the moment?

I'm in a good spot with my assignments this term.

17. Are you a shy person?

Strangely yes. I get laughed at when I say this, but I really have to work at not being shy.

18. Were you happy when you woke up today?

Yes, I was about to go to the gym. It was nice.

19. Do you like rain?

I'm grew up on a farm - I love the rain.

20. Can you go a day without music?

Yes. But I prefer day's with music - even if it's a backing track on the telly.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The 25 Large Meme

Here is the rub. It's 7.15 am. I have a left butt cheek that has the lump the size of a tennis ball on it which is both painful and making it hard to sit. I have a lot of study to do. I won't make pump because of the large lump the size of a tennis ball on my left butt cheek (not that it hurts to walk, it's a bit uncomfortable). I was going to cook lunch for the week, but I don't have any paprika - I have all the other spices, but not paprika. I have a lot of study to do.

It'scome down to doing this meme, courtesy of Sunday Stealing, or going to get some paprika. And icing my arse cheek and taking some nurofen (advil).

Travel anywhere, where would it be? 

At the moment, I'd love to do a few days in Siem Reap to go and visit Angkor Wat. Maybe later in the year.

 Meet anyone, who would it be? 

Clive Owen, please.

Bring anyone dead back to life, who would it be? 

I don't believe in bringing people back from the dead, but I really wish Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alan Rickman didn't die. I mourn the films they never made,

I also wish that my niece could be happy and healthy and still on the planet. She died four months ago. It feels like days in some ways, years in others. 16 is not a life.

 Be anyone for a day, who would it be? 

I like being me, thank you very much. That will do.

 Get anything for free for the rest of your life what would it be? 

Ice cream. I'm a simple soul.

 Change one thing about your life what would it be? 

There is a part of me that would love to be happily married. Not on the cards, but I'd love to see what that is like.

Have any superpower what would it be? 

I'd love to have the power to heal cancer.

Be any animal for a day which would you be? 

I'd love to be a well loved cat. That would be great.

Date anyone who would it be? 

Clive Owen

 Change one thing about the world what would it be?

I'd love to get rid of every loopy far-right wing politician about. The moderates can stay, but the Tea Party and the Uglies of the Australian Parliament have to go.

 Live in any fictional universe which would you choose? 

Can I please go be a teacher at Hogwarts?

 Eliminate one of your human needs which would you get rid of? 


 Change one thing about your physical appearance what would it be? 

I am working on being 20 kgs lighter than I am now.

 Change one of your personality traits which would you choose? 

I wish that I was not such an over-achieving perfectionist sometimes. Just sometimes - but that makes me who I am.

 Be talented at anything instantly what would you choose? 

I'm currently wishing I could channel Charlie Kaufman. I'm not a scriptwriter. My papers are due in 21 days.

 If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?

Clive Owen would be nice. I'd also love to meet Charlie Kaufman (or one of the Cohen brothers) for some tips on this bloody script.

 Erase an event from history (make it so it never happened) which would you choose? 

I know it shaped the world and helped bring on a heap of inventions but I'd love to erase World War II. Getting rid of the invention of the gun would also be a good thing.

 Have any hair/eye/skin color, which would you choose? 

I'm a green eyed, pale skinned brunette - I'm fine with this mix.

 Be any weight/body type, which would you choose? 

I'd love to be two inches taller and a lot less chunky.

 Live in any country/city, where would you choose? 

I'd love to live well in New York for a few months. I'd also love to live well and permanently in a good suburb of inner London. Love the latter with all my heart.

 Change one law in your country, which would you change? 

Seriously Australia, it's time to legalise gay marriage. Get with the program.

Be any height, which would you choose? 

5'8" (170 cms) would be just fine thanks.

Have any job in the world, which would you choose? 

A writer. Oh wait, I am a writer.

Have anything appear in your pocket right now, what would it be? 

A cure for leukaemia that was fail safe and not a burden on all.

 Have anyone beside you right now, who would it be?

Clive Owen would be nice. Or one of the Cohen brothers to help me with this bloody script.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Ask, Ask, Ask Meme

As always, it's do a bit of this and do a bit of that on a Sunday, after a lovely, lazy Saturday. So, it's do a question, write a bit of my tute paper.

Have I told you how much I love study?

Questions, as always, come from Sunday Stealing.

1 -If you were stranded on an island, who do you wish to be with?

Clive Owen. Next. Somebody practical and with a sense of humour would also be good.

2 - What do you feel right now?

Rather good, thank you.

3 - What chocolate is your favorite?

I'm a white chocolate sort of girl, so white Lindor balls always hit the sopt.

4 - Why did you create a blog account?

Many years ago I wanted to run a marathon and I started this blog to document that journey. I've run a number of half marathons, but the 42.2 kms remains elusive.

5 - Who is your favorite blogger?

Sunday Stealing, of course. I'm rather fond of The Plastic Mancunian as well - he makes me laugh.

6 - When was the last time you cried? Why? 

Yesterday. Somebody touched a nerve. It wasn't a big cry.

7 - Who is your best friend?

Blarney and Jonella are my best friends. They serve very different functions and I love them both dearly. My work husbands all have a special place in my heart too - I have a plethora of work husbands.

8 - What kind of music do you listen to?

Quite a bit of rock and something known as Adult Alternative - where you get music like this:

9 - Do you have troubles sleeping at night? 

Not, not often. I'm normally a good sleeper.

10 - What do you prefer, jeans or shorts?

Jeans - I don't have the legs for shorts. Too old.

11 - Did you try to change for a person?

No. If you can't take me for me, go away.

12 - Are you in a good or bad mood? 

I'm in a lovely mood - though I do wish this tute paper would write itself.

13 - Name someone you can’t live without.

Clive Owen. Maow Maow - not that Maow Maow is a person, but he makes life better - gives the best cuddles.

14 - Do you have a grudge against anyone? 

No. Grudges are pointless. Waste of emotional energy.

15 - Are you a crybaby?

Sook is my middle name - though I'm a lot more contained than I used to be.

16 - When people praise you for your looks, what feature do they praise?

My hair gets a lot of comments.

17 - What hair color do you prefer?

I love cobalt blue and pillar box red and all the teal like colours. I just like colour.

18 - If you can change anything about yourself, what is it?

I'd love to be a little taller and ness"heavy boned" I can work on the latter.

19 - Can you live without internet?   

Yes, but it would make life difficult.

20 - Have you ever experienced being hysterical?

Yes. I  really don't like the feeling of being that out of control.

21 - Did you have an accident last year?

No, thank goodness.

22 - What are you thinking right now?

I really need to finish that tute paper before I check out from this wonderful hotel. And I must go check on the bath.

23 - Have you been hurt so bad that you can’t find words to explain how you feel?

No. As a writer, I'm good at putting words around things like this - unfortunately most of these words are expletives.

24 - Do you have trust issues?

Yes. Huge ones. Goes hand in hand with my fear of commitment and intimacy. Lots of work with some great therapists have helped a little.

25 - Who’s the person who first comes to your mind when someone mentions “love”?

Clive Owen. Maow Maow.

26 - Do you believe in the phrase “If it’s meant to be, it will be”?

To a point. Then what is meant to be doesn't happen.

27 - Do you believe in destiny?

Also to a point. I really believe you make your own luck and destiny.

28 - How do you look right now?

Like the Wreck of the Hesperus. Hotel dressing gown, hair everywhere, no makeup. It's a bit of a sight.

29 - Did you ever feel like you’re not good enough? 

You're talking about the first 35 years of my life. Thank goodness for therapists.

30 - Favorite city?

Toledo, Spain, followed closely by London. Melbourne is my favourite Australian City - and I love Wellington in New Zealand too.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Survery 2123 Meme

It's Sunday. I've worked out that I've spent nearly $600 on Tupperware in the last two months (Bad Panda) I think I'll be cooking from home for the next two years to pay for the stuff - mind you, the Tupperware microwave pressure cooker cooks things up a treat.

Anyway, while I'm writing my tute paper for this week while considering these carefully considered questions courtesy of Sunday Stealing.

Is your birth year an odd or even number?


Which one of your friends is the most outgoing?

I have a friend in book group who's a classic extrovert - she's up there. Jonella's partner, Stav is up there too.

Have you eaten any of your favorite foods today?

I had my regular "Eggs on Fire" for breakfast after the gym today. It's scrambled eggs with chilli, spring onions on Turkish Toast. yum. I have not had any ice cream, thank goodness.

When did you last find yourself in an awkward situation?

The other day. I had to make a small comment about a personal hygiene issue at work. Awkward but dealt with using a lot of tact.

When was the last time you ignored, or went against, someone’s advice?

I rarely listen to other people's advice. I'm known for it.

What happened?

Nobody's told me "Told you so."

How many different towns/cities have you lived in?

Hmmm, here we go, Adelaide, Myponga, London, Melbourne and Mykonos for a few months. I've lived in various locations in Adelaide, London and Melbourne.

When was the last time you had Nutella?

A couple of months ago I had a Nutella donut. I can't have Nutella very often - too much of it and I get a migraine.

Who is your favorite character in“The Big Bang Theory”?

I don't watch Big Bang very often, but I rather like Leonard and Amy Farrah Fowler.

What are your parents’ middle names?

Mum doesn't have a middle name - she was named after her uncle who died in World War I. Dad's middle name was Geoffrey.

Name someone with a sexy sounding voice.

Kenneth Branagh. I loved Alan Rickman and Philip Seymour Hoffmann's voices too - what a pity they're no longer around. Most English actors have great voices. Makes up for their bad teeth.

Are your eyes the same color as your sibling’s?

No. My sister's eyes are a lighter green than mine.

How many pets do you have? Would you like any more?

I don't have any pets - but I do borrow friend's cats when they go away. I have Ms White Thing staying with me at the moment. I would love a cat of my own.

Is there a song you can’t stop listening to atm?: 

I've been doing an eighties challenge in the last week. I need to post this one soon.

Is there a song that you’re fed up of hearing?: 

I'm over hearing this at the gym.

Did you have a strange or interesting dream last night?

No, but I did a few nights ago. Horror movie stuff. A woman sitting on a bed with a young boy - the room was full of smoke.

Name 3 things that are in your refrigerator atm.

Milk, Mexican Pulled Chicken. Carrots.

Which friend do you confide in most?

Probably Jonella or Blarney. Depends on what it's about.

What was your most recent reason for smiling?

I heard this song.

And this song:

And this song:

Music makes me smile.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Easter Meme

I'm having a quiet and peaceful Easter. Catching up on some study after a huge week of stuff that I couldn't get out of.

Anyway, it's a nice quick Easter Meme from Sunday Stealing today.

Which is good, as I'd like to get my tute paper for the week out of the way.

Five Things I have A Passion For: 

Cats (actually change that to all animals - love most of the animal kingdom)
Good Food
High Thread Count Cotton sheets
Red Lipstick

Five Things I'd like to Learn Before I Die: 

Spanish (makes things easy to travel around South America)
How to cook the perfect roast lamb (Never cooked a roast before)
How to overcome this dread of commitment.
How to ride a motorbike.
How to grow old gracefully. I'm not sure I'm managing it at the moment.

Five Things I say A Lot: 

Yeah....nah..... (Good Australianism)
The Pixies are God!
Captain Corelli's Mandolin is one of the best books ever.
"If you want to know what we're reading next month in book group, check the Facebook Page"
I barrack for two teams. The Adelaide Crows and whoever is playing Essendon.

Five Books and/or magazines I have Read Lately: 

A Fortunate Life by A.B.Facey
The Lovesong of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Poems of T.S. Eliot
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Five Favorite Movies: (I have a lot more favourite movies, but here are a few)

Bull Durham

V is For Vendetta

Little Miss Sunshine


The Princess Bride

The King's Speech

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Currently Meme

Okay, I'm in a bit of a state at the moment - too much on, a lot of challenges, so this has come at the right time. What is going on at the moment.

Meme, as always, comes from Sunday Stealing.

Currently, I am...


A.B.Facey's "A Fortunate Life". Rather good it is for an Australian Classic.


This meme, my tute paper for the week and in the background, the great Australian dystopian novel.


Scared. My blanket fort made up of the ironing board is still covered with blankets there for me to hide under.


A wonderful interview with Kerry O'Brien interviewing Clive James. Love Clive James.


To work out why so much is going on in my life at the moment.


Nothing at the moment - I'll cook something once Monday is over.


Strawberry milk. yeah, I know - I find strawberry quick comforting.


Mum - but she's been out all morning.


The odd recipe.


Nothing - I really don't use Twitter.


Just finishing a baby blanket for Georgie and Thom's soon-to-be-here bairn.


The procrastination thing. I have too much to do, should really not be writing this - or organising the Tupperware party I'm hosting in a few weeks.


Slighty batty, but there is nothing new there.


Dr Blake. Please don't tell anybody, but I'm a closet romantic.


The Neo-Con politicians and religious right who are dominating our politics at the moment. Horrible, horrible people.


The joys of Talking Heads.


Listening to Clive James. Tis a pity he may not have too much longer on the planet.


About how we might get rid of some of the religious right out of our governments.


Rather overwhelmed. I should be right after tomorrow night, once the ceremony is over (I'm being made Grand Poobah of our lodge - this is doing my head in)


The feeling that I'm in control of things.


That everything goes well tomorrow night.


To Clive James reading from his translation of Dante's Inferno - the man is a genius.


My first Tupperware Party. It only took 47 years.


Currently wearing Issey Miyake perfume. Nice.


My Guardian Angels that I'm still here - nearly got T-Boned yesterday while driving home from meditation. Some idiot ran a red light. It's left me rattled.


Running away and joining the circus. Just have to get through tomorrow night...


Another novel. A new journey. Yay.