Friday, August 27, 2004


Check out the latest post over at the Teejmahal for some excellent Friday afternoon Olympian humour...

And for some entertaining commentary on the Games, wander over to Going for Gold.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

No Milk Today

Argh!!! There's no milk in the fridge at work! No morning coffee for me! How am I gonna wake up and be able to concentrate??!

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Mr Postman

I had forgotten what a lovely surprise it is to receive a real letter in the mail, amidst all the bills and junk mail that usually flow in. I guess letters are pretty much obsolete now, in an age of instant communication with email, internet and mobile phones. So that makes it even more special when you do receive the rare letter. Thanks go out to BigAl :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Love this city

Have I mentioned before how much I like Melbourne? I really like Melbourne. It's got such a great vibe about it - so much friendlier and more relaxed than Sydney, and so much more vibrant and happening than Perth (and, dare I say, Canberra). And it's only an hour from Canberra, flying on a little Dash-8. [Incidentally, you get a great aerial view of the whole of Canberra from a Dash-8 - it looked just like a sculpted map, and I could point to my house!]

I spent Wed, Thurs and Fri at a work conference, and stayed at the Stamford Plaza, which is rather nice (the baths have spa jets in them!!). It was good to mix with young lawyers from some of our other offices, including some of my colleagues from Perth (and good to catch up on all the Perth goss!).

I stayed on for the weekend and Monday with a friend from high school, who lives in a sharehouse in Kew. We spent most of the weekend shopping and eating (so many great restaurants!), and on Saturday night, she took me to a heavy metal club for a farewell for one of her friends. I must say my expectations were not very high, but it wasn't as bad as I expected - the music was a bit "lighter" than I thought it would be (they even played a bit of Cypress Hill!), and there were refreshingly few skimpily clad teenage girls in the crowd, and not too many really scary types. But a few hours was definitely enough for me :)

My friend was working on Monday, so I had to find my own way around. I'm proud to say I caught the tram from her house in to the city all by myself! ;) Spent the day wandering through the CBD, discovering hidden laneways, obscure shops and soaking up that wonderful Melbourne atmosphere.

And now I'm back at work...*sigh*

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Good Mornin'

I would really love to be a morning person, like my flatmate, who spends an hour at the gym every morning before getting to work at 7.30am, instead of being a night owl and an habitual sleeper-innerer. I always feel great when I do manage to get up earlier than usual and make a good start to the day. There's something cool about being the first one to arrive at get to switch on all the lights (how exciting! ;), use the coffee machine first, and start work in peace and quiet without the distractions of ringing phones, beeping emails and noisy people in the area.

On the rare occasions that I do manage to get into work early, I feel like I'm getting a head start on everyone else, and I plan to achieve SO MUCH in the extra time that I have. But inevitably I am totally unproductive, and don't get anything done - because I feel so good that I made the effort to get up early, and think I can afford to spend a bit of time surfing the net and emailing. This morning, I got in to work at the ungodly hour of 7.30 (very early around these parts!) as I caught a lift to work with my flatmate. And have I managed to get through all the work I wanted to before leaving for Melbourne (for a conference and a weekend of culture and shopping - wheeeee!!)? Not a bloody chance. But I have managed to read several news sites, catch up on a few blogs and emails and do a bit of internet banking.

Pah, I think getting up early just encourages inefficiency :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Chained to the wheel

Have you ever seen something that was at once awful and yet just hilarious?

Picture this...

You're out for dinner on a Saturday night with your significant other, in a trendy part of Canberra. You finish up an enjoyable meal and coffee, decide it's time to head home and make your way back through the cold Canberra night to the multi-storey car park where you left your car...and find that it is PROPPED UP BY BRICKS AND MISSING FOUR WHEELS.

This was the experience of some unfortunate Canberrans who had a night out in Manuka on the weekend. We had been out to dinner at a Turkish restaurant, and were driving out of the carpark at about 10pm. On the ground level, there was a green Subaru, its side balanced precariously on two stacks of bricks and its nose leaning against the car park wall. It must've been a crack team who removed the wheels, coz the car was in a pretty obvious spot - they wouldn't have wanted to waste any time getting in and out - they must have been prepared and looking for an easy target.

Anyone looking for some hot mag wheels??

Friday, August 06, 2004

Still Cruisin'

There may be hope for me yet...just have to work out a plan of attack!!


Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Men are not nice guys

Hidey hi...I am back after a nice week's break from work spent showing my sister all of the lovely sights of Canberra, amidst her complaints of "it's so cold here!!" (OK, so it was 2 degrees, raining and blowing a gale at 5pm yesterday...but really, that's no cause for complaint...soft Perth people, I dunno!)

We did lots of touristy things around Canberra:
- a tour of the War Memorial (which is pretty amazing and incredibly sad - did you know that 10 million people died in WW1, and 50 million in WW2??! I'm on the lookout for a good book on WW2 now - interested in all the politics that led up to the war)
- a ski trip to Perisher Blue! More about that later...
- a sunny day at Bateman's Bay - the first time I've seen the sea in months! And it was 10 degrees warmer than Canberra - bee-yew-tee-ful!
- a tour of Parliament House, and we sat in on Question Time yesterday. Was kinda cool to see all the pollies in action - Mark Latham was giving Johnny a hard time about the Free Trade Agreement and whether the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is going to suffer because of it. And in response, Johnny accused the opposition of not being able to make up their mind about the FTA and whether it's good for Oz. Big Kim Beazley was welcomed back to the front bench also - he's recently been appointed Shadow Minister for Defence and was looking pretty comfy back in the front line.

Thanks to my sis for visiting and putting up with the shocking weather, and with me...and happy birthday wishes to her! (she's a big 35 today!)

[If you're wondering about the title of the post - there's no story behind it except that I heard the song on the way to work this morning, and it's been stuck in my head ever since...and, of course, it is always a valid comment:)]