Sunday, September 30, 2007

A first dance song...

Anyone got a suggestion or two for an "alternative" wedding song? Anyone who knows me I am not into stereotypically mushy ones or whatever so don't suggest James Blunt's "Beautiful" or a Michael Bauble song.

I have had some great suggestions so far from Depeche Mode (Somebody) through to Lamb (Gorecki). Got an amazing song you think might fit the bill?

This wedding dance is awesome... had me in stitches...

This one came in a close second...

Expanded post.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Vanilla bean cupcakes.

You asked for it...

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
also known locally as “these cupcakes are amazing!”

What makes a great cupcake?

250g softened butter
1¼ cups caster sugar (superfine)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
4 eggs
2¼ cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk

How do I get them all golden and not gooey?

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees (Celsius)
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy
Gradually add eggs one at a time
Sift flour and baking powder.
Beat until combined
Fold through the milk
Divide between cupcake tins
Bake for 15-20 mins or until cooked (soft and bouncy but not hard)

My favourite icing of the moment…

Dark Chocolate Sour Cream

200g dark chocolate chopped up
1/3 cup sour cream

Combine chocolate and sour cream in a small saucepan
Heat over low heat – don’t be tempted to speed things up with heat as you will burn the chocolate.
Whisk until combined and everything is smooth.
Remove from heat and let cool a little.
Swirl over your cupcakes…

Expanded post.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Wedding plans.

The date is set: 7 Feb 2009
The church is booked: Sherwood Uniting Church
The venue is booked: Victoria Park Golf Club - Alabaster Room

Now I just have to sit and wait....

Expanded post.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Facebook rant...

So I finally succumbed to this FaceBook phenomenon and joined. I was getting strange looks whenever I asked people so what is this FaceBook thing anyway??? Then just recently in the newspaper there has been discussion about prisoners accessing FaceBook and other online social networking sites.

So I got my butt online and had a little snoop around.

It really is a strange little world. I located girls I went to school with in grade nine, but it really doesn’t tell you if they are still as nasty as they were then.

On thing that scared me a little was that most people around my age – be that people I went to school with or university – were all holding up their newest little baby in their photo. I think the song goes “time keeps on slipping”. Ahhhh… that wondrous item in most thirty-something female’s wardrobe - a biological clock.

So I have located friends I haven’t seen in a while, but am I likely to strike up that “long lost friendship” again? Frankly – don’t expect an awful lot from my FaceBook. If you mean something to me I would have already sent you an email or text every now and then to remind you of my existence. Acknowledged - I may well not be the best at communicating – heck look at how often I update my blog – but I do send out the sporadic email to those I care about.

I read a funny article recently about FaceBook recently written by a grad student at University of Kansas and I loved these quotes:

“When I was in an undergraduate, we didn’t have FaceBook. We had to talk to people in real life. It worked pretty well, but we sort of had the feeling we were missing out. It was always so annoying when I would meet a perfect stranger and they wouldn’t know my favourite movie, or even my “about me.” Can you imagine?”

“In my day you went to a party to meet new friends. Today if you are at a party and don’t put any pictures of it on FaceBook, did you go to that party? Does it even exist as far as FaceBook is concerned? No, it does not, and you are a liar.”
Something I learnt very fast - apparently a FaceBook poke is used to find a sex partner or to flirt when you have nothing better to say – this is something they need to explain to you when signing up. I thought it was an annoying game my sisters used to inflict on me as a child.

So now I have worked out what FaceBook is can anyone tell me about Bebo?

Expanded post.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


So I thought I had better give everyone an update as to where I have been for little while…

Work is giving me the irrits at the moment as it is becoming routine, boring and not in the least bit challenging. Time for a change me thinks. So I have been applying for a few jobs and have an interview for one on Friday. If I get it this one will be a bit of a different move for me. It is a Program Coordinator role in the Department of Education, Training and Arts (DETA) looking at skills formation strategies and community consultation. So think participatory community appraisals on a grand scale and you will have it just about there.

The funny part is that I currently work with my sister in the Dept of Primary Industries (DPI). She works for DETA but her project is located within DPI so she is housed in my work unit. Should I get the job at DETA I will be working for her work unit so we will still be working together! Got it? Confused? Don’t worry everyone else in the department gets us confused anyway – ever worked with two sisters in the one work unit?

My boss is really encouraging – her comment this afternoon of “look after yourself because the DPI certainly won’t” was certainly very supportive. Huh? Oh well… fingers crossed one of these jobs comes through for me soon.

Although I will admit I will miss some of the conferences I go to as part of this job. Who can complain about a conference in the Bunya Mountains where – should you tire of the business sessions – there were 10 massage and beauty therapists brought in for free massages and facials. I did partake of an hour massage when all the talk got a little bit too much to handle. That conference was hilarious – beading, hat making and tai chi workshops every afternoon to chill out.

Overall life is passing me by in a real flurry of activity. A few things have had to give recently including Nia. I simply cannot put 100% of myself into everything and this is one thing that I cannot commit myself to. Zonta has been a real learning journey recently – being the President has made me reassess how I manage people and take a step back. I have actually had to let other people do work while I sit back and watch. For those who know my control freak tendencies you know how hard this has been for me!

I have a recent beautiful arrival of a new niece – Holly Marie Cox. She was an eager beaver to get out and came along 6-7 weeks early. However she weighed in at a very comfortable 5 pounds 10 ounces – can you imagine how big she would have been at full term? She is completely adorable – and I am sooooo not biased in the least.

Oh before I forget – MARK THE DATE! My wedding will be held on Saturday 7 February 2009. A little earlier than planned and not all that far away. We have just about booked a venue – the Victoria Park Golf Club is the current favourite. We are looking at the Alabaster Room. We like it primarily because it has a lounge area for the kids to play and sleep in while we eat and somewhere to chill out after the meal.

Expanded post.

A photo project

I was sent this in an email yesterday and I was completely inspired. It is the most amazing photo project in which a couple have taken a single passport style of photo every year on the same date since 1976 - the year I was born. Diego and Susy share there passing of time here: The Arrow of Time.

Whenever I think about it I can't help but be amazed that one single photo, capturing one second of time each year has such a dramatic impact.

Amazing stuff yet so simple.

PS: How many sleeps until Andrew and Anth get to see Erik and Leah? Jealousy factor is sky high. Love you all very much and can't wait to see the pictures of two of my favourite families together.

Expanded post.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


I recently bought this:
It is filled with yummy cupcake goodness. I have started to develop a love for cupcakes. I have the best vanilla bean cupcake base recipe. I should type it out tonight and post it for you all. I think I want a cupcake wedding cake. I also want my cupcakes I make at home to look even remotely like these:

Expanded post.

Monday, June 25, 2007

My life in summary...

I’ve been a little quiet recently. This is in terms of both electronic communication and general lifestyle.

Work has been crazy busy. I have taken on a promotion for 2 months which is evident through a substantial pay increase and inversely proportionate reduction in social interaction. Lunch hours have become non existent, ability to exercise has been reduced and sheer level of tiredness at the end of each day is pretty high. Yet increased stress has resulted in 1.5kg weight loss…

Then to top it all off I went to give blood last week to find that I am anaemic (MCV - varying between 107-116). The MCV is not too low, with the cut off being 120 but low enough to be not allowed to give whole blood – also contributing to exhaustion levels.

So enough about my woes. I have to admit life is pretty good.

For the first time in a long, long time I have saved a significant amount of money. This may seem like a small achievement, but for me this is a big pat on the back! There is a downside to this however. It appears that I am quite the miser when it comes to money. Who would have though that?!?

Now I have some money put away for a rainy day I am really worried about the amount of money my future wedding is going to cost us. Andrew and Anth – delay responsibility at all costs, it is what creates wrinkles I swear! I’m sure I was looking substantially younger a few months ago.

I have taken the advice of a mentor of mine who told me last week that “Go for it – and you do know it’s never a good time but when you have your big day, you’ll have a great time!” and in a later email said “Hmmm, the expense – I know what you mean, but it won’t get any cheaper. Start entering comps to win a dream wedding!! Campfire on the farm maybe?” I still have a few years to look for cheaper options and negotiate costs so we’ll have to wait and see what eventuates.

Who would have thought that a renting a beach house, inviting friends and family over for a BBQ and dancing until the sun comes up would have been so hard to organise. Apparently there are very few beach houses willing to let you do this and the ones who do allow this want to charge you about $5000 for the privilege. So far I have found a great location between Noosa and Eumundi that is flexible enough to allow me to supply our own alcohol and bring in my choice of caterers - Villa Alba. The Boathouse Restaurant at Noosaville is also coming in a strong favourite.

This would be a dream option: The Angkasa – the pricing is a little on the “ouchy” side. This was my initial “this is where we are going to get married” dream location – Lennox on the Beach, but they were straight out “no can do” when I asked them.

I just had the best weekend which centred around our couch, “Love in the Time of Cholera” and lots of napping. I have to admit “Love in the Time of Cholera” is surprisingly good. Who would have thought taking literature advise from “High Fidelity” would have paid off?

“Hey, I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I'm certainly not the dumbest. I mean, I've read books like "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Love in the Time of Cholera", and I think I've understood them. They're about girls, right? Just kidding. But I have to say my all-time favourite book is Johnny Cash's autobiography "Cash" by Johnny Cash.”

So far so good. I think I understand it and yes Rob… It is about girls.

Expanded post.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

A not so big secret...

I have big news...

Mark took me out for dinner last night and asked me to be his wife. I'm still a little shell shocked, but very happy.

Find out more here: The ring...

Expanded post.

Monday, May 21, 2007


Don't know quite how I feel about this place: Kep Luxury Villa

While traveling through this area I mentioned to many people how amazing it would be to renovate some of the amazing villas laying about in poor states of repair.

The results of this renovation of a Van Molyvan villa is amazing and beautiful, but is it worth £8,720 per week? This translates to AU$20,888.25 per week for the entire villa. I admit that the villa sleeps 22 but this still works out to £400 or AU$958.18 per person!

I have to admit I find this more than a little offensive! Can you imagine the people that would be attracted to paying $20,000 per week for a villa? Great to know the roof top has a helipad so you don't have to witness the bad Cambodian roads or actually experience - even by simply viewing it from your Hummer - culture to get there.

Grumble, grumble, grumble...

Expanded post.

Friday, May 11, 2007

So cool...

This is the first ever photographs of a wild leopard with young in Cambodia show that a pioneering project is helping to conserve wildlife and support local livelihoods there. The photographs were taken by the animals themselves when they triggered camera traps that had been set up by WWF wildlife biologists working with local community rangers. The leopards are living in the Srepok Wilderness Area of Mondulkiri in north-eastern Cambodia.

Expanded post.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Hello Adelaide

WB Grad Celebration - Steph
Originally uploaded by Kratzy.
What a crazy couple of weeks. I finished my Nia White Belt training last Sunday, then spent Monday doing a Nia class, sleeping and doing as little as possible. It is called an Intensive for a reason. I have never gone through training with so much emotional intensity. I was a wreck at the end of the week. Thank goodness I took Monday off work. I have posted some pics to my flickr account. Here is my graduation photo - don't you love our big cheesy grins?

Tuesday I was back at work. For about 3 hours that is... Tuesday I ended up in a half day workshop. The Wednesday I was off at 5:30am to catch a plane to Adelaide for a 3 day workshop for work. It has literally been a complete blur. So tonight I am in Glenelg for the second evening.

I went to Haigh's chocolates on the way back to the hotel. That place is lethal, but ohhhh so good!

Tomorrow night I am finally heading home for a 3 day long weekend. I get home at 10:30pm. I think this weekend will be sleep, DVDs and as little as possible. Sounds like bliss!

Expanded post.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Exhausted, tired, buggered...

Any other acronyms for simply worn out? The past week has been - for want of a better word - intensive. My Nia White Belt intensive training was completely draining. Speaking to a few others it was more emotionally charged than the average White Belt so by the end of the week it was a matter of "enough already!!".

I needed to take today off to regroup, get my thoughts together and not be as much of an emotional wreck as I have been over the past week. I am not an openly emotional person, yet this week pushed buttons I didn't know I had.

But it is completed now. I am officially a licensed trainer in the Nia technique. My first routine is White Belt Dreamwalker. Big deep breath and it is time to start my bars...

1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 and...

Expanded post.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

NIA White Belt - One day down 6 to go...

So I have finished day one. Last night I came home and was completely exhausted - physically and emotionally. It was really full on. Mark said to me "what's going on" but I can't really explain what was going through my head. I think it was the exhaustion that made me a more emotional. If you know me you know I VERY RARELY express my feelings - EVER! So it is really hard to explain to people the sensations and the feelings that are going through me at the moment.

We only covered 2 of the 13 principles in the first day, but it went much more in depth than I expected it would. I have been told that it is called intensive for a reason, but really didn't have a concept to what level this would be taken.

Highlight of Day One: Dancing Chains and Connections routines with Ken our trainer. The energy in the room was like something I have never experienced in a NIA class. I have done the Chains routine a number of times and normally it is pretty energetic and we have a great time, but last night people were pushing themselves and loving it. I got to dance next to my normal trainer, Sophie, which was really nice - to dance with her instead of following her. People were moved to tears by the energy in the room and the Joy of Movement.

So it is now 6:46am and I am getting ready to embark on Day Two of my NIA journey. The brain, bones and muscles are more than a little weary, but there is so much more to look forward to and explore.

Here goes...

Expanded post.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Today I start my NIA training.

I'm not sure if I am excited or worried about commencing my NIA White Belt trianing this afternoon. One this is clear - I am regretting the 2.5 hours I spent at the gym yesterday. Boy oh boy my thighs are killing me!

So I start my white belt this afternoon at 5:30pm... Bring on the next 7 days, 11-12 hours a day, of physical training, theory and spirituality. Not sure exactly what to expect on the spirituality side of things, but apparently it is a "personal journey". I know there will be a lot of chakra and harnassing ch'i energy type of thing. But apart from that I am really not too sure what to expect.

The description is...
Nia White Belt Training: Joyful. Transformational. It is unlike any other educational training you have ever experienced.

I did a chakra test this morning to see where I need to do more work on during this week. The results are:

Root: under-active (-6%)
Sacral: open (19%)
Navel: over-active (69%)
Heart: over-active (81%)
Throat: open (38%)
Third Eye: open (38%)
Crown: under-active (13%)

An explanation of this can be found here. I was quite surprised as these results were different from another chakra test I did a few weeks ago in a workshop. But I guess it is just that they are constnatly moving asnd changing according to what is happening within and around you. Although the root chakra result didn't surprise me one little bit!

I have to admit I have ALWAYS been very, very sceptical about ch'i and chakras, but the more I learn the more I am open to the idea. Funnily enough I was talking to a farmer a few weeks ago and I have no idea what we were talking about but he got talking to me about how he harnesses his energy when hammering or doing something that requires very specific forces. He looked at me and said that there must be something in all that ch'i energy stuff because if he concentrates his focus and directs his energy he gets the result first time. It completely blew me away that this person who I looked at and always thought of as a "typical farmer" came out with this. So it got me thinking and I have to admit that there is something in what he said.

Anyhow... got to do the grocery shopping and washing before I head off to class this afternoon.

I hope everyone is healthy and happy. Wish me luck as I take a huge step into the unknown and embark on my NIA training.

Expanded post.

Remember - Nirvana were just a band... Minor Threat were just a band...

Lula Fortune posted this great video from You Tube. I love it!

Do yourself a favour... Watch it!

Expanded post.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A snap from Jo and Dion's wedding.

Steph and Mark 2
Originally uploaded by Kratzy.
Ain't this a sweet photo? Looking our loveliest at Mark's cousin's wedding last weekend.

Expanded post.

Hayden photo on Easter Monday

Hayden Finlayson 2
Originally uploaded by Kratzy.
This is my friend Wendy's little guy, Hayden.

I have to admit it is my favourite photo in a little while! What do you think would be going through Hayden's head?

Expanded post.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Flickr photo upload tool test...

17 March 07 - Max (5) Sml
Originally uploaded by Kratzy.

Testing my "blog a photo" option in Flickr... Here is my little guy waking up from a sleep.

Expanded post.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Jos and Gareth's wedding.

Yesterday we had Jos and Gareth's wedding. It was one of the nicest weddings I have ever been to and I am eternally greatful for being allowed to be a part of their day. The wedding ceremony was personal and loving. The reception was small and informal with the room filled with great friends and closest family. I cannot express how wonderful it was to be a part of their special day as their bridesmaid. Today I plan on doing little or nothing... Maybe a trip to the movies is in order! Here is a picture of the day. I will try to upload all of them to flickr soon.

Expanded post.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Sometimes you just want to say enough already!

Life gets too hectic at times. You feel as though you have 10 balls all in the air. Little by little one ball gets dropped, then another and it all starts to fall apart.

I have a terrible habit of "Let me just do it myself, at least I know it is done to my standards then". I don't delegate well. I don't communicate well. It is my lot and it is who I am.

The first ball to fall recently is my housekeeping, then came socialising, then my diet, followed closely by exercising and then my general ability to get up in the morning. All the important things keep happening, but the little things start to fall off. Unfortunately it is these little things that make my life fun and worth living.

So tomorrow I have a day off work to try my hardest to get everything back on track again. I aim to clean the house, do some weights and get in some shopping I have been meaning to do for a while - like groceries! Fingers crossed everything will be back on track soon.

On the upside my eggplants and watermelons are growing like crazy. Everything else is being devoured by baby grasshoppers. Note to self - add "make a chilli spray" to list of things to do.

Expanded post.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Jon Auer @ The Troubadour

One word... WOW!

It was completely amazing to see someone sing the songs that made up the soundtrack of many moments in your life including my final year of high school and most of the time I lived in Cambodia. Each occasion was via a different band and to have one person up there playing the music from the two bands that had a huge impact on me was mind blowing.

I got to hear a few of my fav Posie tracks that made my Year Twelve so much better. Bigstar blew my mind in 2004 when I was discovering a new side to me. While it was only one Bigstar song it was indeed a goodie - Thirteen. It was also great to hear the new solo album songs - yep that is one heck of a perky album huh?

One gig that has made it into my Top Ten of all time.

PS: Michelle - asked Jon to pass onto you a big hello from me! I guess he gets a lot of girls coming up to him going - "Hi Jon - can you say hi to your wife for me?" :o)

Expanded post.

Friday, February 16, 2007

This weekend...

Vegie garden update: So the rain didn't really stop all week and my poor little baby seedlings suffered considerably. I'm not too sure how many will survive. I think I will do a little work over the weekend to see if there is anything I can do to save the ones that look the strongest.

Tonight I have Jon Auer at the Troubadour. Everyone cross your fingers that I may get to hear at least one Big Star song tonight. I am thinking of requesting What's Going Ahn? or Thirteen, but don't know what my chances would be.

Tomorrow I start the day with a Nia class and then a trip to the flower markerts. From there I am off shopping for last minute items for Josie's kitchen tea I am hosting on Sunday. The rest of the day and some of Saturday night will be spent cooking up yummy treats for everyone to share at the kitchen tea and cleaning the house.

Sunday will be spent preparing for, hosting and then cleaning up from the kitchen tea.

Phew... In between times I think I am going to breath. Oh... and I have to write a 40 min key note speech for a conference the following weekend at some point as well.

Expanded post.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Vegetable garden update.

I need to take a photo, but haven't had a clear, sun-shiny day since planting - which is a great thing! We needed the rain!

It rained on Saturday night so I got up bright and early on Sunday to plant while the moisture levels were up a bit. I spent the morning planting out my 4 square-metres of vegetable garden. We now have growing some lettuce, celery, capsicum, a green chilli bush, tomatos, eggplant and watermelon. I think we have lost the watermelon as the bed they are in has extremely high nitrogen levels due to a blood and bone mishap while preparing the soil.

Then it rained on Sunday evening and has been pretty much constantly rainy since! After a long, long while without good rain it was certainly welcomed. I couldn't have planned it better if I was a fortune teller.

The right hand bed had - accidently - 20kg of blood and bone fertilizer placed into the soil mix. Which is about ohhh.... 100 times the level of blood and bone we were meant to add - 200g. Needless to say nothing is going to grow in there anytime soon as the nitrogen levels through the roof. We are planning - as soon as the rain ceases - to dig it all up and start again. At least everything we dig up will make a very rich top dressing when the beds need a little pick me up.

On the up side... The left bed is looking really good. It is basically a layer of mulch, then newspapers, a layer of soils/sand/manure mix, a layer of newspapers and then another layer, about 100mm (roughly 4 inches), of mulch on top to prevent moisture loss and weed growth.

As soon as I fix the right bed we will be planting a different type of tomato, beans or snow peas, garlic, chives, parsley, spring onions and a few other bits and pieces.

I will take some photos soon - as soon as the sun is shiny - to share with you my horticultural joy.

Expanded post.

Friday, February 09, 2007

People - now I am generalising pretty badly here - have lost a sense of community, politeness and giving. I do a lot of work with a couple of different community groups, mainly looking at women’s issues - this sort of thing is starting to drive me crazy.

Warning - I sound like a grumpy old woman in the following post.

Case One: People don't offer to billet anymore. When you are travelling to a small town or a place you are not sure of for a conference or whatever people used to billet you. I am going to a small town to deliver a key note address at a conference and I had to ask on of the organisers to sort out a billet for me rather than stay at a hotel. The main reason I did this was to save the event organisers - a small community group - money as they were paying all my costs to attend. I also do it to meet new people and I get to stay in wonderful homes as opposed to sterile hotel rooms. I am now staying with a lovely lady who said in an email to me - I have 2 spare bedrooms, of course you can use one. Hello - I just saved your organisation $200 in accommodation and, because I took it upon myself to call another speaker to car pool, another $200 in travel and fuel.

Case Two: People don't RSVP. It is POLITE to say the least. But it also allows you to better manage an event in terms of who is coming, mixture of people, catering etc.

Case Three: People don’t give up seats on public transport to elderly or pregnant women or mothers etc etc etc... Grrrrrr…..

Case Four: If you have excess – give to others, not just the poor or needy, but in general. I am excited because I am finally planting out my vegetable garden this weekend. I was talking at work to a group of women at morning tea and said – “it will be great, if I have extra I’ll bring them into work”. One of the women actually asked “why would you do that?” What??? Did I hear right??? What else am I going to do with the excess? Throw it out?

Case Five: I enjoy cooking, especially for others. People at work are constantly shocked when I bring in a batch of muffins, a cake or something to share for morning tea. I enjoy cooking people – eat, enjoy and stop giving me grief. Stop thinking there is an ulterior motive in it. I simply enjoy it.

Vent is now complete…

Expanded post.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Funniest thing I have seen in a while...

Check out what you can buy on Ebay these days...

List of Single Men in Phnom Penh

This is so hilarious. It was the topic for many a conversation around the pool at Elsewhere... Where are the eligible boys? Well this enterprising person has proof they do indeed exist and you can buy the proof. The auction closes today (22 Jan) and the price is currently the low, low price of $1.25.

Expanded post.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Melbourne and stuff.

Work up today feeling completly blurrggh for no reason whatsoever. Not sure what is the cause, but hey... some days are better than others. Maybe it is because I have had a week off from work and I am about to head back tomorrow.

An example of good days is a recent trip to see my one of my best friends on this planet Andrew and his girlfriend Anthea. I received relationship advice a while ago (5:30am, Handspan office, Tamarind Cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam) from the last person I would ever expect to get relationship advice from who said that you should only ever grant the status of "best friend" to your current partner. While I agree that Mark is indeed my best friend, I have other best friends who fill other roles in my life.

Andrew is one of these. I miss him like crazy when he is not around so I treasure the moments we get together when he is in the same country as me.

Here is the lasting image I have of Andrew (with Anthea) from our latest catch up doing his best "goat face" impression - al-la Miss Bec.

Mr Benoy - you better keep up your blog so we know where you are and what you are up to. Your present will be in the mail soon - well... as soon as I get it. It is still lost in the US postal service enroute to Australia.

Another pic of my life at the moment - here is a pic of Max the Wonder Cat hugging his rat doll.

Expanded post.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Max the Wonder Cat

Meet Max the Wonder Cat. He is a new addition to our family - we adopted him this morning from the RSPCA. Max is 10 months old and a bit of a softy. He loves his cuddles.

The only downside is that my allergies seem to extend to cats - something I was unaware of. So we will need to work on an allergy management process for me.

Expanded post.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Today I found my first free book through It was a copy of an Australian teen novel called "Breakaway" by Phil Cummings. It doesn't look like my cup of tea, but I will give it a go.

I couldn't have found it at a better time. I was cleaning out over the weekend and I have a box of books that were destined for the needy bins. I think they deserve to be circultated through the world and released. Keep an eye out for a released book everywhere you go.

Expanded post.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Funny thing I found on the weekend.

I found this note while going through a few boxes of my past over the weekend. It was left on my bedroom door in 1996 by my flatmate at the time - Claire. The funny thing is I finally saw the movie last Friday night and I found this on Saturday. So Claire - I have finally seen this movie, 10 years after you wrote me this note.

Expanded post.