Friday, December 24, 2004

Homeward Bound

Well, I'm on the 7pm flight from Canberra to Perth tonight...looking forward to 10 days of catching up with fam and friends and spending some quality time at the beach!

The only downer is having to temporarily abandon Oscar - I dropped him off at lunch time to a Pet Motel, and it just about killed me to do it. By the time I finally got him in the pet carrier, we were both completely stressed out, I was covered in ginger and white fur, and he was wailing like he was being tortured. I've only taken him in the car a couple of times before, and only for short rides - this time, it was a 30 minute drive. He was so traumatised that he started panting with his mouth wide open, and he peed in the carrier :( I just hope he will eventually forgive me!

Anyhoo, on that happy note, I hope y'all have a super dooper Christmas and New Year! Will be seeing you in 2005.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004


There's been lots happening recently that I could write about, but that would take more effort than I can be bothered to put in at the moment. So instead, I'm copping out and jumping on the bandwagon of a meme that's been going through livejournal circles recently - the rules are as follows:

Step 1: Put your media player on random.
Step 2: Pick your favorite lines from the first 25 songs that play.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song the lines come from.
Step 4: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

I also decided to only have one song per artist, and to have a fairly balanced selection of songs. Shouldn't be too hard to guess - most are songs that are fairly well known…So guess away in the comments!

1) Oh Mario, why if this is nothing
I'm finding it so hard to dismiss
If you're what I need, then only you can save me
So come on baby give me the fix

2) Interpret signs and catalogue
A blackened tooth, a scarlet fog.
The walls are bad. Black. Bottom kind.
They are sick breath at my hind

3) I got my head but my head is unravelling
Can't keep control, can't keep track of where it's travelling
I got my heart but my heart's no good
Coz you're the only one, that's understood

4) There's always a siren
Singing you to shipwreck
Steer away from these rocks
We'd be a walking disaster

5) I did not believe the information
Just had to trust imagination
My heart was going boom boom, boom
Son, he said, grab your things, I’ve come to take you home.

6) In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him
’til he cried out in his anger and his shame
I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains

7) See my eyes, they carry your reflection
Watch my lips and hear the words I'm telling you
Give your trust to me, look into my heart
And show me, show me what you're doing

8) Do some people wind up with the one that they abhor
In a distant hell-hole room third world war
But all I see is films where a colourless despair
Meant angry young men with immaculate hair

9) Free me, leave me
Watch me as I'm going down
Free me, see me
Look at me, I'm falling and I'm falling.

10) It’s no use pretending
’cause I understand
The hide and seek we play with facts
It changes our demand

11) I am, taffy stuck and tongue tied
Stutter shook and uptight
Pull me out from inside
I am ready I am ready I am fine

12) Why don't you ask him if he's going to stay?
Why don't you ask him if he's going away?
Why don't you tell me what's going on?
Why don't you tell me who's on the phone?

13) Gonna have to be content
To stare at yer baby photos til it makes some sense
Were you ever mine anyway
Speak up as I drop away

14) The chain that fell off my bike last night
Is now wrapped round my heart
Sometimes I think that fate has been against us from the start

15) I saw you again today, oh what a surprise,
You opened the door to me, you'd dyed your hair from brown into bright white
I always said it looked good like that.

16) You tell me I'm a real man
I try to look impressed
Not very convincing
But you know I love it

17) She came out of the water
Into my horizon
Like a cumulo nimbus
Coming in from a distance

18) I'll never wash these clothes
I want to keep the stains
Your blood to me is precious
Nor would I spill it in vain

19) I swore
I swore I would be true and, honey, so did you
So why were you holding her hand?
Is that the way we stand?
Were you lying all the time?
Was it just a game to you?

20) In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your sky all hung with jewels

21) I'll take all the blame
Aqua seafoam shame
Sunburn, freezeburn
Choking on the ashes of her enemy

22) I paint pictures
To remember
You're too beautiful
To put into words

23) You drove me, nearly drove me,
Out of my head;
While you never shed a tear.
Remember, I remember,
All that you said;
You told me love was too plebian,
Told me you were through with me...

24) I'm standing on the edge of time
I walked away when love was mine
Caught up in a world of uphill climbing
The tears are in my mind
And nothing is rhyming

25) I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away...

Well, there're a few there that I thought people would guess, but you guys did pretty well... the ones that went unguessed are bolded. Thanks for playing!

1)Pavlov's Bell - Aimee Mann

2)The Mercy Seat - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

3)The Perfect Drug - Nine Inch Nails

4)There There - Radiohead

5)Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel

6)The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel

7)Take My Hand - Dido

8)Summertime - the Sundays

9)Not an Addict - K's Choice

10)Burn for You - INXS

11)Colorblind - Counting Crows

12)Tusk - Fleetwood Mac

13)Damage - You Am I

14)The Only One - Billy Bragg

15)Change in Me - Monique Brumby

16)You and Me Song - the Wannadies

17)When You Come - Crowded House

18)You Made Me the Thief Of Your Heart - Sinead O'Connor

19)Linger - the Cranberries

20)The Killing Moon - Echo & the Bunnymen

21)All Apologies - Nirvana

22)Good Fortune - PJ Harvey

23)Cry Me a River - Julie London

24)Mandy - Barry Manilow

25)More Than a Feeling - Boston

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

My Obsession

Anyone who's spoken to me in the last month or two will probably know that I've recently developed somewhat of an addiction to the greatest, cleverest, sexiest, most entertaining and heartrendingly awesome TV show ever - Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yeah, yeah, I realise that I'm a few years late to the party - somehow I missed ALL SEVEN SEASONS on TV. I caught glimpses of a couple of episodes, but was never really drawn to it, I guess because none of my friends were huge fans, and it seemed like a stupid fantasy show that just involved some chick killing lots of monsters and vampires.

But, after randomly picking up the second half of Season 5 on DVD at a ridiculously cheap price a couple months ago, I have become well and truly hooked. I've driven my flatmates insane with huge overdoses of Buffy - have torn through Seasons 6, 7, 1, 4, and have Season 3 lined up to go. I can't get enough of it - it is just such a well-written and acted show - the sharp dialogue and 'humanness' of the characters and their interactions, and the every day situations the show deals with are just done so well and are so relateable. And, of course, it's great to see an ass-kicking FEMALE heroine for once! (I'm thinking Buffy really paved the way for shows like Alias and La Femme Nikita). The show also features some great music - lots of alternative/previously unknown bands get some great exposure.

To feed my addiction, in addition to watching an ep nearly every night, I've gone out and bought one of the soundtrack CDs (highly recommend it!), and have done a bit of fanfic reading. Came across an absolutely brilliant fanfic series, set after the final episode of Season 7 - easily the best I've read so far - called "As the Romans Do" and available here READ IT if you're a Buffy fan. I'm looking forward to reading more of the author's stories, in fact, off to do just that now!!

Friday, December 10, 2004

The Drugs Don't Work

Worst things about being having a cold:
- Sore throat
- Drippy nose
- Headacheyness
- That painful sensation of being about to sneeze only resulting in sneezes 1/4 of the time
- Feeling guilty for calling in sick even though I really *am* sick
- The ever growing pile of work on my desk awaiting my return...

Best things about having a cold:
- Lots of sleeeeeep
- Mooching around home in PJs
- Not having to work!
- Buffyfest - watching 15 episodes of Buffy in 2 days (how much does Buffy rock!!)
- Catching up on 'quality' daytime TV like the Bold and the Beautiful (how is Ridge's son Thomas now 18??? And involved with Amber??!)

On balance, I think the good outweighs the bad. For a day or two, anyways. Had Wednesday and half of yesterday off work, but I think I'm almost over it now - and not a moment too soon, since we have our work Christmas party on tonight! Alcohol has a therapeutic effect, right??

Monday, December 06, 2004

High and Dry

The fine art of hover-pissing is something that all women should be familiar with. Just this weekend, I bitterly remarked to Dave that "you guys have got it so easy being able to stand up when you pee". This was after I'd waited for 20 minutes in a queue outside a porta-loo at Homebake only to find that there was no toilet paper, and pee all over the toilet seat and the floor. I guess it's to be expected when there are 20,000+ people sharing around 30 toilets - but it doesn't make the experience any more pleasant! So, cheers to the hover-piss. It saved my ass (*boom boom*).

Aside from toilets and too many people crammed into too small a space, Homebake was fantastic. There are so many talented Aussie musicians around - our music scene totally rocks. Standouts for me were Xavier Rudd (SUCH a brilliant guitarist - perfect mellow music for relaxing on the grass on a sunny day) and Missy Higgins (who was much better live than you'd think from listening to the album. I can't believe she's only 21 - makes me feel so old!!). But as for Jet - big yawn. They were a huge letdown, and I wish I'd opted for Pete Murray or the Hilltop Hoods instead. Arias, schmarias. They're totally overrated.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Naked and Sacred

On a completely different note, how bizarro is The Naked News?? I know I'm a little behind the 8-ball here, but I stumbled across it for the first time on the weekend (on Foxtel). The presenters were all introduced, wearing bras and undies, and then the breaking news stories were read out by the two anchors in the studio:

"And news just in from the Middle East"... Slide down left bra strap
"Palestinians allege that Israeli soldiers have killed three Palestinian militants"...Slide down right bra strap
"in the West Bank town of Hebron."...Remove bra completely
"The Israeli army has refused to confirm the incident"...Down come the undies

??!? What. The. Hell?? How can these women be stripping down to their birthday suits while reading real, serious news stories?? And who watches this show?? Surely not anyone who has an actual interest in current affairs - how could they concentrate on what the newsreaders are saying?? And surely there are more 'stimulating' shows or videos for those who are hanging out for a bit of nudity??


A couple of semi-related links that I'm throwing out there for thought...

This one is a metafilter thread from a couple of days ago - the discussion is kicked off by a link to the blog of Ben, a 22yo DCer who is gay and is "turning away from homosexuality and turning towards God". Some interesting discussion in the thread about whether it is good that Ben is making his own 'choice' about his sexuality vs it is sad that his beliefs make him feel that he cannot be 'himself'.

This one is an article from the New Zealand Herald - talking about a recent report confirming mainstream Australia's attitudes towards gays and gay marriage. The only positive note for me in that article is that WA is (surprisingly) somewhat more progressive than the rest of Australia - being the only state that (legally) treats same-sex couples the same as married couples (aside from not recognising same-sex marriage). Though Tasmania (??!) is not too far behind.

EDIT: Ah, yes. When there's a good thing going, you can count on the Liberals to stuff it up. Colin Barnett has announced that if (most likely, when) the Liberals win the WA election (likely to be Feb), they will roll back WA's gay law reforms, and will increase the age of consent to 18, and bar same sex couples from adopting. Won't that be something to look forward to. You can read Colin Barnett's words of wisdom on the matter here. I'm not going to rant about it but needless to say his comments make me so angry - especially when he claims that the changes would not discriminate against same-sex couples but are rather aimed at protecting the institutions of society. Grrrrr, small-minded, bigoted people!