Monday, January 26, 2015

Random Lyric Long Weekend

I haven't done this for years.

It's a long weekend. My Facebook page is peppered with seemingly random lyrics for no apparent reason. Sometimes people "sing along" with the songs, or ask questions as to why the inclusion of the lyrics. It's something I've done in the past.

So, here's the commentary on this Australia Day, of the random lyrics found on my Facebook Page. Some obscure, some mainstream, some controversial.

Just a word of warning, there are a few expletives peppered through this post. I'm not apologising, just letting you know. I get a bit lippy when I'm provoked.

1."It's the wrong time for somebody new, It's a small crime and I've got no excuse."

Damien Rice, 9 Crimes

Damian Rice is on my work playlist. Moody, Irish and easy to listen to without getting too caught up in the lyrics. I first heard this song on an episode of "True Blood" but then worked out that one of my other favourite tunes came from him as well. ("The Blowers Daughter" is wonderful).

So 9 Crimes it was this morning.

2. "God Save the Queen. The Fascist regime. They made you a moron."

The Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen

This morning Australia woke to the news that in the Australia Day Honours, Tony Abbott, our Prime Moron,  has made Prince Philip a Knight of Australia. Prince Fucking Philip! Okay, Rosie Batty, Australia of the Year, brilliant - could not have picked better. Angus Houston - okay, I get that one - done a lot for the Defence Forces. Fine.

But Prince Fucking Philip. Seriously.

So the Sex Pistols came to mind immediately.

3." Look inside your tiny mind, Now look a bit harder, 'Cause we're so uninspired, so sick and tired of all the hatred you harbour"

Lily Allen, "Fuck You (Very Much)"

Still on my Anti-Abbott rant, threatening to move anywhere else this song came to mind.

Our gaffe ridden government with an Environment Minister who intent on destroying the environment, an Education Minister who thinks that education is only for the rich, a Treasurer who seven months on still hasn't passed the budget, nor has an idea what tax is about, an Immigration Minister who makes Goebbels look tame and a Communications Minister who things that we should go back to using a crystal set radio.

And then there is his Royal Lord Clusterfuck, Tony Abbott.... don't get me started.

Lily Allen is good for times like this.

4. "I hear all the people of the world in one bird's lonely cry, See them tryin' every way they know how to make their spirit fly"

Daryl Braithwaite, "The Horses"

Blame the supermarket for this one. After the gym, after breakfast, doing my weekly shop, this comes over the tannoy.

Giving Coles it's dues, Coles Radio makes doing your weekly shop a bit more enjoyable with the in house radio station. Most of the songs they play are hits of the eighties and nineties which people of my generation. This was playing as I wandered around the cereal aisle. I've always loved this song.

5. "An under water guy who controlled the sea ,Got killed by ten million pounds of sludge, from New York and New Jersey"

The Pixies, Monkey Gone to Heaven

It's not a Random Lyric Long Weekend without a song from the Pixies.

6. "Other evidence has shown, That you and I are still alone, We skirt around the danger zone, And don't talk about it later"

Suzanne Vega, "Marlene on the Wall"

Have always loved this song. Feels a little bit pertinent at the moment.

7. "Tin Roof. Rusted."

The B52s. Love Shack

It took me over 30 years and the joys of the internet to find out what these words really were. I had no idea. The B52s being one of my favourite bands in uni, I can still sing most of their first album.

"Everybody goes to parties... they dance this mess around.... They do all sixteen dances...."

8. "I've unwrapped all this other junk and there's nothing that I like."

Kevin Bloody Wilson, "Hey Santa"

Best Christmas Song ever. For those with delicate constitutions or those in public, probably wise not to play the clip. (Plastic Mancunian, I think you'll like this one.)

9. "But now it's just another show, You leave 'em laughing when you go and if you care, don't let them know, Don't give yourself away "

Joni Mitchell, Both Sides

Something mellow before going to bed (and I have an eight o clock meeting tomorrow - joy.) I've always loved this song. You get different things from the lyrics as the years go on.

Well, there goes another public holiday with a whole heap of random lyrics.

I leave you with something that's doing the rounds at the moment.

No lyrics required.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Easy A-Z Meme

You'd think that Sunday Stealing would have an Australia Day Meme to celebrate Australia Day - but no.

But these questions aren't too bad - so I'll give them a go.

A. What are your favorite smells?

We covered this last week.

B. Can you go a whole day without caffeine?

Yes - I've been forced to give it up - and I'm managing really well. I miss it, but I'm not as testy.

C. Who knows more about you than anyone else?

Hmmm. Probably the girls in my dream group, Jonella and Blarney - but they know different things.

D. What song did you last listen to?

I still have Alanis Morrissette playing in the car - and the last song that played was this:

E. Do you wear socks to bed?


F. Can you change a car tire?

Yes - I grew up in the country - I can do these things - though I'll normally call the RACV (Auto Club Roadside Assist) if I'm in the city. I pay for it, may as well use it.

G. If you could choose one color to wear for a whole year, what color would you choose?

As much as I wear mostly black, if I could find stylish clothes in Peacock Blue, I'd go for it.

H. Do you cook often?

Not as much as I'd like to. Still cook 2-3 times a week. Made tiramisu this morning - turned out a treat.

I. What’s your least favorite season? 

Summer. Living in Australia, it gets too hot sometimes - those over 40 degree days (try 108 Farenheit) are just too much.

J. Can you sew?

Yes - not well, but I can do mending and use a sewing machine for easy jobs.

K. What is your favorite fruit?

Strawberries and mangoes

L. Are you health conscious?

In the gym 3-4 times a week, watch what I eat, don't smoke, don't drink much, don't use drugs - I think that's a yes.

M. Do you think you’re very conscious of the feelings of others or more self oriented?

I try to be conscious of the feelings of others. There are lapses, but I try.

N. Do you curse a lot?

One of the greatest things about being a middle aged woman is knowing the value of a well placed expletive. Bloody oath I do...

O. Do you remember lyrics easily?


P. Can you roll your tongue?


Q. Is there a certain food you often crave for no reason?

Only ice cream.

R. What was the last book you purchased?

For book group and on the Kindle - Lily Brett's "Lola Bensky". On paper, Michel Faber's "The Book of Strange New Things". Love both of these authors.

S. Where was your last vacation?

I went to Tasmania for Christmas, but my last proper holiday was last March when I went to Bali for a fornight.

T. Last movie you watched? Did you enjoy it?

I went and saw "Wild" last night with Jay. And I really enjoyed it . (Birdman and The Imitation Game are excellent too)

U. Think of your oldest friend. If you met them now do you think you would still become friends?

Geetangeli is one of my oldest friends. I reckon if we met now we'd be friends - she tells me I'm the female version of her husband.

V. Paris, London and New York… which one would you live in, which would you visit for a day, which would you visit for a fortnight?

I would live in London again - I'd like to live in London again.
I'd love to spend more time in New York, but I'd give that one a day.
My proviso for spending a fortnight in Paris is that I go with a lover or significant other. Love Paris. Just love Paris.

W. Do you usually sleep with your closet door open or closed?

I prefer it closed but it really doesn't bother me.

X. Have you ever broken a bone? If so, how did it happen?

Just a toe. Collected it on a door frame about 25 years ago. Was horrid.

Y. How do you like your eggs?

Poached. Or Benedict. Or in Shakshuka sauce with feta an olives on sourdough - but plain old poached is great too.

Z. What was your last argument about and who with?

I really can't remember.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Name Your Favourite Meme

Finally, I have energy to do more than sit on the couch and knit. Yay.

This week Sunday Stealing is looking at our favourites. Hmmm. Something nice to talk about for a change.

Here we go - lets see if I can get the ironing done while doing this. One favourite, one piece of clothing ironed - sounds like a fair trade.

Favourite Person:

I don't have a favourite person, I have favourite people. A few of these include, Blarney, Dave and Kaz, Glen Waverley and Merijn, Lachlan... I have lots of favourite people. I'm lucky.

Favourite Colour

That's a tossup between Pillarbox Red and Teal.

Favourite Food

Ice cream - that's easy. Good ice cream. Pity I'm off it for the month.

Favourite Smell

Oh, I'm really smell driven. Here are a few of my favourites:

Freshly baked Cookie Man Cookies
Dogs and cats paws in the morning
Clean man
Roast Lamb
Fresh mint
Coffee just after you've opened a fresh packet.

Favourite Book

I'm going to make this my favourite books from last year - because I have lots of favourite books.
In the last year, the three books that really got to me were:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Can't recommend them all highly enough.

Favourite Movie

Again, too many to think about - however I'm sitting here watching "The King's Speech" as I write this and iron.

I've also got a great spot spot for "Little Miss Sunshine", and Argentinan film called "The Secret in their Eyes", "Bull Durham" and "Gosford Park".

Favourite Music artist

The Pixies

Favourite thing to do when bored

Read or exercise - one or the other.

Favourite genre of literature

I'm a lit head - the modern novel

Favourite magazine

Currently I'm reading a lot of The Monthly. Great for current affairs in Australia. I don't really read magazines.

Favourite texture

Satin - always has been.

Favourite time of day

First thing in the morning

Favourite day of the week

Probably Sunday, though Friday afternoon is normally pretty good

Favourite thing to learn about

History - particularly English History. I love learning about anything really - learning is one of my favourite things.

Favourite thing about yourself 

I'm lucky that I like myself - but I do like my eyes and my ankles.

Favourite lifehack (a time saving, efficiency technique for life)

Do all your ironing in one go in the evening - that way you never fret about leaving the iron on during the day.
Walk out of the house with your keys in your hand - always - you don't get locked out that way.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The 2014/2015 Blog Part II

It appears that Sunday Stealing is up to his normal tricks and has found some more questions to ask about last year.

Something more to think about:

26.What experience would you love to do all over again?

Not that I could, but I'd watch the lunar eclipse coming over the MCG from the footbridge on the Yarra once again - that was phenomenal.

27.What was the best gift you received?

I didn't receive many gifts last year, but I loved the Fargo DVDs I received for Christmas.

28.How did your overall outlook on life evolve?

I think my outlook is still positive.

29.What was the biggest problem you solved?

I think I've worked out how to save money at last.

30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?

Seeing Alice dressed up as Columbia at the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Still get a giggle about that. And when I think about "The Grand Budapest Hotel." "Get your hands off my lobby boy!"

31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?

A plane ticket and accomodation in Bali for two weeks. I really needed that holiday.

32.What one thing would you do differently and why?

I might have handled how I tacked leaving that penultimate role. I was miserable. I should have spoken up sooner.

33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?

Going back to university. Learning to be nice to myself.

34.What activities made you lose track of time?

Knitting, binge watching a couple of shows. Reading.

35.What did you think about more than anything else?

Now that would be telling.

36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?

Strangely, that would be Military rape during World War II in South East Asia - a tragic, morbid topic, but I still reckon the subject of "Comfort Women" is one of the most underplayed stories that have not been told from WWII.

37.What new habits did you cultivate?

I've got a lot better at eating only when hungry, changing my earrings and wearing sunscreen.

38.What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could?

If you're not happy. speak out earlier rather than later.

39.Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?

No - all is very much the same. The love life is looking up a bit.

40.What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?

Going back to school has had a huge positive impact on me. Meeting Kaz and Dave at the second job of the year was positive - we got each other through some hard times.

41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be?

Happiness, peace, success and joy. I'm open to all of these things.

42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?

I'd love to see a new country at some stage, if not a new country, some new places.
I'd also love to explore what it's like to be in a relationship. I think I'm ready for this one even if it scares the pants off me.

43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015?

I still want to spend time with my friends - and maybe somebody special. We will see.

44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?

I'd like to get my writing to a better state. And I'd like to start running again - just 5 kms, but I'd love to do that again.

45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?

I'd like to see if I can strengthen my patience tolerance. It's not bad, but it could be better.

46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?

Calm, secure and peaceful.

47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?

I'd like to shed the comfort eating thing - I really need to get over that one.

48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?

I just want to stay happily, productively and lucratively employed in work I like with people I enjoy in an environment I find enrichig - just like where I am now.

49.How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?

The year that my life changed irrevocably for the better - here's hoping.

50.What is your number one goal for 2015?

Umm, that would be telling. Other than obtaining at least one High Distinction at uni and remaining happily and gainfully employed. The big one I will keep to myself. That's in it's planning stages at the moment.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The 2014/2015 Meme

Finally I'm coming out of my ear infection funk and looking forward to the year at last. It's only taken four days, a course of antibiotics and a lot of knitting to make this happen.

So here is Sunday Stealing's welcome to the new year. Some interesting questions here for a change. Let's see how we go.

1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?

I will never have grandchildren. Step-grandchildren maybe but I won't be having grandkids. If I was to have grand kids I might tell them about Christmas in Tasmania and the dancing people at the picnic ground. I might also tell them about Craig McLachlan playing Frankenfurter in the stage version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

2.If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?

Frustration. Tenacity. Hope.

3.What new things did you discover about yourself?

I'm getting better at giving myself a break.

4.What single achievement are you most proud of?

Most probably making it into the Masters program in July. I was quite chuffed to be admitted really quickly after applying.

5.What was the best news you received?

Being notified that I'd got my current job was great. I was miserable in the role I had before that.

6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?

We had a brilliant time in Tasmania at Christmas - so this goes to Northern Tasmania. I want to go back and explore some more.

7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

I think my inate chirpiness has seen me through some pretty ordinary situations - nothing major, but I'm glad I look on the bright side of things.

8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?

I don't rely on people as a rule. I'm glad my friends are around the place and the inner circle are always there to give counsel, but really, other than the inner circle (Blarney, Jonella, Teddie, Dream group...) there isn't one go to person.

9.Which new skills did you learn?

I can now knit cables - that was something I've always wanted to be able to do. It's not that hard.

10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?

I'm thankful for my health, my friends and my tenacity.

11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?

My life would make a very boring film, however it would be a light drama with a romantic undertones to it.

12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?

Not so much learned, but reinforced - seeing the bright side of things can get you through pretty much anything.

13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?

The obsessive need to lose weight. Yes, I'm overweight - but I'm fit and healthy and I don't need to beat myself up for being overweight. I will do it and I will enjoy it - until then, I'm enjoying my body, big as it is.

14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?

Fairly easy.

Blarney and family - always fun.
Jonella and Teddy - my single girlie friends who I see a lot of
Jay, Elle, Em and the girls from the gym - as well as Slap - my now ex personal trainer (Ex because he's moved to Perth, not because I sacked him)
My former work husband, Davey. He made a bad job great (actually the whole team helped make the job palatable)

15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?

One of two things. Starting the Masters in Writing - that may be a breakthrough - we are yet to see.
Also taking a step back to Tech Writing from Instructional Design was a great thing to do - feel much happier in my current role.

16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?

Stayed at the status quo. No major hiccoughs. We're Methodists - we don't fight.

17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?

Easy. Hannah Kent's "Burial Rites". An amazing book, stunningly written about an unsavoury topic. Thing is, Hannah Kent is a 28 year old upstart from Adelaide. If she can do something like this - so can I. This book is the reason I started my Masters journey.

18.What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?

"You could crack walnuts with your bum cheeks they're so hard." Not bad for a forty-something.

19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?

Walking, cuddling the cat (when he comes over - Maow Maow is a lovely boy) eating mangoes naked in the shower.

20.What cool things did you create this year?

As a creative I make lots of things. Birthday cakes,cat blankets,short stories, poems, berets - I'm always making stuff. I like to think I've created a bubble of calm around me most of the time too.

21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?

Slightly exasperated

22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?

Told somebody I loved them - words that could have been said 20 years ago.

23.What was your favourite moment spent with your friends?

Christmas was wonderful this year. Calm and relaxed for three straight days.
I also loved the night out we had at the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Oh, and watching the full eclipse from the footbridge on the Yarra - that was a really special night indeed.

24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?

A possible literary career
And maybe a relationship

25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?

That I'd be unemployed for long periods of time - I was very lucky indeed - and long may that luck remain.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The New Year Starts Next Week

It is not the new year yet because I said so.

Give me a week off and what do I go and do - get sick. Not just a minor head cold either.

See, in this week off I was looking forward to going to the gym every day.
There was the cleaning out of the cupboards.
And the writing.
Maybe catch a couple of films.
Get the flat sorted out.
Take a ten kilometre walk every day.

None of this happened.

Okay, until Wednesday, I had the snuffles. A functional cold as I call it. You can do most things with a head cold. Fine.

Thursday, New Year's Day, I got up and went for a walk with Jay. Did a lap of the Botanical Gardens, grabbed a juice. Jay, a doctor, mentioned that I had a bad run this year with minor colds and flu. Actually it's not been great. One bout of full on flu, one bout of pleurisy, but a couple of other sniffles and snuffles. I thought this would be just another cold.

Pig's arse.

Got home from the walk and my ear began to ache. And ache, and get worse.
An hour later, I'm on the bed with a hot water bottle strapped to my head, waiting for the panadol to kick in.
And hour after, blood and pus are coming out of my right ear.

Fun times!

On the bright side, this is not the first time this has happened - third time I think - the ear drum burst fairly quickly this time - a blessing in some ways as the pressure goes and most of the pain stops.

So yesterday, I make an appointment for the doctor. Somehow, after a night of getting up and down, finding my temperature was sitting at 38 degrees (100.5 in the old language) taking cool showers and asking the cat for help, I got up, dressed and made my way down the road.

The doctor is a lovely, practical, rather stern woman, one of many at my lovely doctor's practice (Once you find a good doctor's practice hang on to them) She took one look at me, at my ears, throat, glands, took my temperature and smiled.
"You know me. I don't hand out antibiotics unless I really have need to. You needed these yesterday. You, take this prescription down to the chemist. These will knock you around, but they'll fix your ear."she said.
"What do you mean knock me around."
"You might get thrush or the runs."
"I'll live with that. But you don't give out antibiotics."
"Yeah, well if you don't take them you could be in all sorts of bother. Come back next week, I want to check that you've healed properly too."

So there you go. I'm sick. Ear infections suck big time. I know why kids scream when they get them. They're brutal.

So for the last two days I've been sleeping and knitting and talking to the cat. The flat is in a state. I find that popping down the street takes all my energy. The cocktail of painkillers keeps the aches in the face at bay. I'm rather glad I haven't seen anybody.

Not how I wanted to start the new year.

So the new year starts next week, when I'll look to my resolutions, challenges and tasks - when the ringing in my ear has gone and I feel like there is a purpose to life once again.