Friday, 22 December 2006
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
Cappucino at work in the morning. I always find myself glancing around for my coffee cup, only to realise with disappointment that it's been finished and the cup tossed (the action which motivated me to begin this post).
Walking down the residental streets in our neighborhood knowing that 100 years ago, people saw the exact same site...almost like stepping back in herstory.
Friday, 15 December 2006
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
Monday, 11 December 2006
Now, I know that the English have a tendency to drop over without ringing first, which is a difference in culture I'm told I'll have to get used to in Australia as well...but it seems the neighborhood cats have the same characteristic. This little guy came right on in when we opened the door the other night, then stuck around until we literally had to shove him out the door.
Sunday, 10 December 2006
Friday, 8 December 2006
(side note: I was jonesing for a bagel with cream cheese and my co-worker piped up with 'Get Philadelphia'. They don't call it cream cheese here; I bought the generic, which was Sainsbury's soft cheese.)
Anyhoo, the checkout lady seemed in a particularly good mood...calling everyone sweety and honey and whatnot, smiling away, then noted "Don't mind me. We just had our Christmas meal (wink wink). I can't believe they put me back on the til after three glasses of wine! I'll be lucky to make it til 3:30!!) Oh well---at least they get to work sitting down...
Thursday, 7 December 2006
Saturday, 2 December 2006
She recalled how she's complained to a classmate about what a nuisance it was to have to go the Post Office every time she wanted to mail something, and why didn't they have post boxes in the US. The classmate then pointed out to her a few of our big, blue mailboxes. I would assume a look of shock and horror crossed her face right before she spoke up an announced that she'd been throwing her rubbish in those bins for the last six months.
I quickly did a google search for her and asked her what she thought the outline on the boxes was, a trash bird. Not to mention the times of collection listed inside the opening, to which she recalled the McDonald's bags and leftover Chinese noodles she'd inadvertently dumped all over the mail. The poor postman...
- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Frosty The Snowman
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- It's A Wonderful Life (typical American propaganda, this is, but I still like it on xmas eve)
And my all-time favorite....
You'll shoot your eye out kid!!
Friday, 1 December 2006
Monday, 27 November 2006
We had a great turkey day meal yesterday, minus the turkey;) Turkey was sold out at the grocery store, so we bought a pre-seasoned chicken in a bag for £2.99 (you actually cook it in the bag and it turned out perfect, tender and juicy). Made green been casserole for the first time, which I loved. Couldn't make any pie, as I don't do my own crusts and both fellas I asked at the grocery store looked at me like I had two heads when I asked where pie crusts were (they literally didn't understand what I meant). Don't know if they have this in the States, but we got a bottle of Bailey's with mint...yum...had a nice Bailey's (instant) coffee with the package lemon meringue pie we bought in place of the oatmeal pie I was going to bake, which was surprisingly tasty.
Unrelated, but here is an interesting article I found on New Zealand.
Perhaps I'm just an unfriendly witch, but I hate this open plan work space thing. I like my walls and whereas before I would look at a row of cubicles with a certain amount of distain, I quite miss them here. All of our desks are fitted together in a bit of a rectangular shape and I actually have to face other people while working, which means I can't eat my lunch without comments about what it is and being told it smells good. ('Oooh, smells like din dins---what have you got!')
Wednesday, 22 November 2006
Upon receiving an email back which stated: "Yes, we have received your Step 2 documents for your Australian work holiday visa and on Friday, we will be sending them to Tasmania." I busted out laughing. Visions of cartoon characters danced through my head, but yes, it is a real place.
Factoid: Almost twice as many people in the US will be traveling over this Thanksgiving weekend as live in Australia;)
Tuesday, 21 November 2006
Friday, 10 November 2006
Friday, 3 November 2006
...or should I say -ised. Either way, crap. I'm reading something my grandpa had written and in the bit about his 1st wife, he says: "Further discord followed my mate's conversion to catholicism." I'm sitting here wondering why he's suddenly begun to talk about his friends...doh;)
Wednesday, 1 November 2006
Tuesday, 31 October 2006
Learning how to cook better lately has motivated me to compile a lost of other things I'd like to do/do better:
- Take a photo class
- Re-learn French, and do it better this time
- Take up gardening (landscape, plant some herbs & veg)
Sunday, 29 October 2006
Here's my gorgeous boyfriend, carving his first halloween pumpkin. He always gets shy when I call him gorgeous---rolls his eyes and calls me blind, silly man...
We went to a Halloween party Saturday night (my costume above). It was a bit lame--bunch of peeps making some attempt at costumes which ended up being none too creative, but I guess you can't blame them. Little did I know before coming over here that Halloween is essentially an American holiday, as far as being celebrated. The Australians, much like the Brits, don't do trick or treating or carve pumpkins much (at least Steve never has; the younger generation here are beginning to), therefore the peeps at this Halloween party didn't quite have the spirit of Halloween that we do. I don't think it is as 'magical' for them as they don't have the childhood memories to fall back on. It was more like a big drunk-fest, where, like everywhere else in Britain, the floor was covered in beer and everyone was staggering around by 11pm:(
Saturday, 28 October 2006
Tuesday, 24 October 2006
Could also do with some recommendations, so if anyone has any... I'm also considering taking on a project---gathering short essays from expats to Australia and editing a book. Not sure it is something I could get published, although I have seen and read similar things for other countries. I'm still working on the criteria for submissions and I have to figure out how to even start going about getting something published. It would most likely be a couple of years before it would be finished, partially due to the fact that I need some time in Australia myself before I can do this credibly!
Thursday, 19 October 2006
Australian Pete Jonas and American Erich McElroy moved to the UK with high expectations. They never imagined that the once mighty empire of Great Britain would be so, well, broken."
Thursday, 12 October 2006
- Volver (New film by Pedro Almodovar. Not as fantastic as Talk to Her, but a definite thumbs up.)
- Clerks II (Exceptionally crude at times, but hysterical. I'm not sure the Brits in the cinema quite appreciated the humour, but I was roaring.)
- Children of Men (Not out in the States yet. For some reason, this dismal and uneventful film is coming out on xmas day. Two words: don't bother.)
- The Notorious Bettie Page (Interesting, but it would have to be of interest to you ahead of time.)
- The Queen (Eh, so-so. Kind of like a tabloid paper turned into a film.)
Tuesday, 10 October 2006
So, I was reminded this past weekend of a horribly annoying little song I learned while in Girl Scouts...something to the effect of:
'Make new friends but keep the old
Some are silver and the other gold.'
Lame, ain't it? Anyway, one of my best girlfriends ended up coming to London last minute for the weekend. It was the most time we've spent together in many, many years...and we got to wander around as tourists during the day and have drinks altogether including our men at night. No one can replace an old friend...
Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Tuesday, 3 October 2006
I'm running out of interesting things to cook, so if anyone is willing to post some recipes for me....anything hearty, healthy, spicy or Mexican...or just plain good & simple...
Wednesday, 27 September 2006
There seems to be quite a bit of inefficiency in temp work here. The temp agencies send you on interviews with companies who are looking to fill positions of only two weeks in length! It causes a lot of slow down. I'm waiting to hear back on about three things from three different agencies, ranging from 2 weeks to 7 weeks in duration.
Thursday, 21 September 2006
We bought our airline tickets for Australia & New Zealand last night:)
Wednesday, 20 September 2006
This job may be over Friday, or may extend another week. I'm hoping to find something else, as it's only 32.5 hours a week and the rate of pay not as much as I'd like. I also found out I have to pay taxes, which I didn't expect as a student...you're normally exempt while working on holiday, but this agency won't accept my P38 (student tax form) as they think I am done with my program. Ah, temping...it's like dealing with car salespeople, honestly.
Monday, 18 September 2006
Wednesday, 6 September 2006
Wednesday, 30 August 2006
I'm out of here Saturday morning. Hard to believe it was a year as of yesterday. Been saying good-bye to people, trying to fill time, and doing a few last minute things. On to London...with job interviews lined up:) Here's a few pics from a few last get togethers.
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Now, they are charging passengers for the hand luggage they have to check as a result. Ryanair really needs to get with the program. Not that I'll have the opportunity anytime soon, but I don't plan to fly them again.
Wednesday, 9 August 2006
Monday, 17 July 2006
Wednesday, 21 June 2006
Tuesday, 20 June 2006
Monday, 19 June 2006
So, the next time any of ya'll ask me if I'm taking it slow or looking for a husband or anything along those lines...stick that in yr pipe and smoke it;)
Wednesday, 14 June 2006
when you try to stay up til 4am at almost 30;)
Last night was night five of a string of kitchen parties to say farewell to people who are moving out and on and home. I believe the above was night one or two;)
I'm off home for a few days next week, then off to Northern Ireland to do my dissertation interviews, as well as some travelling for about 10 days in July.
Wednesday, 31 May 2006
Tuesday, 23 May 2006
I went to the GP to get a prescription filled and asked for a repeat, as I knew I'd need a refill. They gave me a form to fill out and mail in with a SASE or fax in...I couldn't quite figure out how that worked (I mean, do they then send me another prescription?) so I asked the pharmacist, who told me I could sign up for some free prescription refill plan and then fill out my form (that the GP gave me), bring the form to the GP's office, and then the GP would send my prescription to the pharmacy. I don't get it...why can't they just do normal refills.
Next, I go to return a lipstick sharpener to a local department store. When I went to get it, I specifically brought in my lipstick pencil and they said it would be the right size; it wasn't. They told me they don't do refunds on cosmetics, so I argued until they spoke to three different managers and finally gave me my money back, in cash. I was about to threaten to just deny the charge with my credit card company, which I would have done. Not wasting $8 on something that I can't use. Anyway, when I asked for my original receipt back, they wouldn't give it to me. I give up.
Have I mentioned I love England?
Sunday, 21 May 2006
Friday, 19 May 2006
Thursday, 11 May 2006
Wednesday, 3 May 2006
Lydia: "Marco, I've always wanted to ask you, why did you cry the first night we met, after you killed the snake in my house?"
Marco: "It reminded me of another time I had to kill a snake. We were in Africa. She had the same phobia as you. She was terrified, and completely naked."
Lydia: "Is she the one for whom you slept on the couch?"
Lydia: "I hate that woman." (Kisses Marco) "What can I do to make you forget her?"
Marco: "Exactly what you are doing."
Hopefully that'll wet your appetite to rent the movie;) More background info re: the above:
Lydia ran out of her house screaming the first night she met Marco. He gave her a lift home. He went in to kill the snake, but she refused to enter the house again and went to a hotel. Part of the reason she didn't want to return to the house was that she just ended a relationship with someone she lived with there, it is assumed. He cried after killing the snake. He later told her he could no longer sleep in his bed after ending a previous relationship and slept on the couch for a week before deciding to buy a new bed.
When I was in high school, my bf at the time pointed out a former girlfriend to me who had hurt him. I can't really remember the circumstances, but i strongly disliked her thereafter. I disliked her even after he and I had split. I find it interesting that Lydia 'hates this woman'. He was hurt by her, but he ends up attending her wedding towards the end of the movie, and is finally over her, 10 years later. Anyway, any opinions on why Lydia feels this way...and what that says about the nature of women?
Friday, 28 April 2006
Thursday, 27 April 2006
Tuesday, 25 April 2006
-worked on my CV and cover letter
-wrote a letter to Teva to send in with my busted sandals, which shouldn't have busted so soon
-went grocery shopping
-drafted a letter to send in to all who it might be relevant to, after completing my course, of 'concerns' i have about issues i feel they need to do something about
-wrote another story for that cookbook i mentioned some time back
-watched a movie and listened to music while having a beer break;)
Monday, 10 April 2006
Wednesday, 5 April 2006
-people can't queue worth their lives, so it takes three times as long to board an airplane
-they lose your luggage than act as though you're bothering them when you ask them to look for it instead of just filling out a claim form
Ok, enough of the ranting. I got to sleep in my own bed last night, ahhhh. Mom killed the fatted calf and made steak, mash, spinach, guacamole and cheescake topped with cheeries. My kitty acted as though I never left and rolled all over my clothes when I unpacked, then took a sleep on my suitcase.
Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Monday, 27 March 2006
Friday, 24 March 2006
Saturday, 18 March 2006
Tuesday, 14 March 2006
Tuesday, 7 March 2006
Monday, 6 March 2006
"Nothing’s more dangerous than a girl under the age of twenty five. That’s not a misogynistic statement mind you. It’s just a fact. Ask any guy over thirty. For that matter, ask any girl."
Thoughts? Why is the age of 25 important? When did things change for you? Do you know what he means? Or is this the rambling of an old fill-in-the-blank?
Modified to add: I think this one much better, from the next post:
"Sometimes men and women get hung up on each other’s sharp edges.
But sometimes they get hung up on each other."
- Good food and American sized portions!!! Mexican, Ethiopian, and who knows what else.
- A good haircut that doesn't cost me $80 and lasts more than a month
- A nice hot bath
- A proper pedicure in a massaging chair with a whirlpool tub (possibly...)
- The usual...seeing friends, family and cat
Thursday, 2 March 2006
- Prague (will be checked off the list in April)
- Paris (been twice, but it's a repeat visit destination for sure!)
- Northern Ireland, including bits of ROI I haven't been to before, such as Donegal and the Aran Islands
- Isle of Man (found a good article on it while researching a presentation yesterday...how I get sidetracked!)
- Perhaps a quick weekend trip to Cornwall
- Maybe: Spain, Greece (although these almost definitely won't fit into my time/budget here)
And speaking of marching, our university's tutors will be going on strike next week, as will many others at other universities in the UK. At the moment, they only have one day of picketing planned, but who knows. The strike is over (lack of) fair pay increases and the students have the opportunity to go out and support them on the picket line, so a few of us will be there.
Tuesday, 28 February 2006
Was just about to post about Friday's night out bowling with classmates and tutors, and then thinking about whether or not it is ok to post pics of other people on your blog without asking them first. I guess in this day and age of technology, one would assume pics of themselves might end up on the net, but what is the etiquette around these things I wonder. Regardless, here are some pics...if anyone is sensitive about having their pic up, I'm sure they'll let me know;)
Finally got a good grade back. Got a 68 in Marketing; looking forward to having the paper returned with some feedback. That one was a real bitch to complete, so glad it was worth something in the end. As much as I say I don't care about my marks, well...it is nice to get a good one;) Also found out that some of my frustrations/concerns around my dissertation research may be unfounded and got some research done on a presentation due in a couple of weeks, so today ended up a productive day:)
Friday, 24 February 2006
Thursday, 23 February 2006
Killing time procrastinating on finishing my dissertation proposal. Oy vey, I think an MA in English lit would be so much easier than all this research on tourism. Give me Camus or Lessing over this any day!!!
Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Got back this evening from a weekend in Amsterdam with Steve. Most of you should know he's the fella I met in Ireland over xmas, from Australia. So this makes three countries we have now had "dates" in, and five separate occasions so far we have spent time together;) Fantastic weekend, and a great city with a wonderful atmosphere.
Tired, so more laterz...
10 hours of sleep later, let's hope I can speak more coherently:) Amsterdam really is a wonderful city. The people are vibrant and friendly, many riding around on bicycles (they actually have bike parking lots that hold up to 2,000 cycles!). On our first night in, while trying to locate our hostel, we got directions from a nice older man and his grandaughter (?). He even took out his newly bought reading glasses and ripped off the tag so he could read the address I had and walked us over a bridge saying "follow me and then i'll tell you more." Everyone seems to speak English there, even if it is not fluently.
The weather was the most chilly I've encountered since being away from home, but that didn't stop us from enjoying some Haagen Daaz ice cream on Sunday. They had a fantastic posh shop (Aunt Liz, you would have loved it...will attach a pic soon!). Got some excellent food every day, really, from Mexican (finally...been missing that), Greek (seriously orgasmically good lamb in tangy yogurt sauce), to Irish pub grub, and even a great sandwich on the flight home. KLM is the bomb. Hmmm, I think the only Dutch food we tried, if I am remembering correctly, was baked goods:) Well, actually, we went to a local-ish pub the first night and had some nice meat and potato dishes.
As far as sightseeing goes, we did a lovely canal cruise and saw the Anne Frank house, and just generally did a lot of walking around. Good stuff and highly recommended...
Edited to add:
Ladies, the things we whine about but often take for granted... Fully enjoyed the fact that I could rely on someone else to figure out directions for how to get around the city while in Amsterdam. And had loads of help in planning the trip. Again, good stuff :)
And a funny...to point out more linguistic differences. Here, and in Australia I guess lol, jelly means jello. Imagine what some peeps must think when imagining a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That was a great laugh!!