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Friday, August 19th, 2005
10:11 am
Photos of Paris, the French countryside and Dublin are up on my website now...

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Thursday, June 30th, 2005
9:26 am - First update in a while
I am leaving for Paris tomorrow! Yay!
It's bucketing down with rain. Who would have thought?!

current mood: excited
current music: Frank Black

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Sunday, May 1st, 2005
10:45 am - Birthday girl...
It's Chardy's 5th Birthday today!!! Awww...

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Thursday, April 14th, 2005
9:59 am - Alone
My parents have been overseas for 11 days now, and it's weird not having them around. Not that I'm complaining. But I am really really tired, as I have to get up every day to let Chardy in when she bangs on the door. Today she banged at a very reasonable (but still early) 6:50am, unlike yesterday when it was 5:20am. Poor Chardy. She's been a bit miserable due to mum and dad being away.
Plus, I'm working on an assignment, which is really pissing me off, especially as I got my first assignment back yesterday, and didn't do quite as well as I would have like to. Although I guess there's still nothing wrong with a high credit. Still, I'm feeling stuck. Even though I'm only doing two subjects this semester, and things are a little bit more laid back, that doesn't make the assignments any easier. I'll try to get it finished today, but there are no guarantees.
I just want to get all my work done as soon as I can, then prepare for my trip to Paris in July. That's ultimately what I'm aiming for. Although I'll miss the first week of next semester, I'm trying not to think about that. I know I can catch up when I get back (as soon as I'm over the jet lag).
Hmmm, this has been my first entry on blurty for ages. I just don't have anything to write about. My life revolves around Chardy (which isn't a bad thing), and uni, which isn't uni in the usual sense of the word, because I study from home. Hence, my life is boring...

current mood: tired
current music: the sound of silence

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Friday, February 4th, 2005
10:21 am - Woohoo!!!
No exams for me this semester!

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10:08 am - A trip to the doctor
We took Chardy to the vet yesterday for her yearly check-up and vaccination. The poor thing. She was so excited that we were going somewhere in the car, but when we got there, she wasn't very happy. Before we owned her, she had injured her back legs, and it was touch and go for a while, so she spent some time at the vet's. So now the place has very bad memories for her. I had to drag her in the door (it doesn't help that the floor is all slippery and dogs can't walk on it), then she went straight under the chairs in the waiting room, and she was literally trembling all over. Once we got into the examination room, she just wanted to hide in the corner. The vet ended up having to examine her on the floor, because she kept squirming when he tried to pick her up, and she did try to bite him (lol).
The good news is, the vet is very impressed with Chardy. He had expressed concerns about her back legs, but was surprised that they have healed up well, and since she jumps up on them (something she never used to do), they are clearly not bothering her anymore. Plus, she's at her ideal weight. So he basically said for us to keep doing what we're doing, and Chardy should be healthy for a long while yet.
Then he gave her some schmackos for being good. Awww!

current mood: blah
current music: jjj

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Monday, December 6th, 2004
12:46 pm - Whinge
So much for that happy feeling. I don't know what it is – lack of sleep probably – but I'm feeling a bit pissed off about things. I can't update my site (grrr! Why do these things always happen to me?); I'm trying to work on some art ideas, but I'm too tired, or nothing works the way it is supposed to, and I don't have much else to do. So, once again, I have that lost feeling, where I don't know what I'm doing, or how to get out of this mess. I'm sure this is just temporary, but there's only so much I can withstand.

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Sunday, December 5th, 2004
10:55 am - Not happy
Yesterday I tried to edit my website, only to find that geocities won't work on our new mac. I am very pissed off. Unless we get our older computer back online as well, I won't be able to update my website at all. And as yet, there are no other free sites that I am aware of that would be suitable, or would even work.
I give up.

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Saturday, December 4th, 2004
10:25 am - Something I wrote in October 2001 and only just rediscovered
I had an artificial night
stretching a year.
And I stayed inside,
for there was no moon.

I lost myself,
and I couldn't find SHE.

I wanted to laugh
'cause I thought I was angry,
and now the Blue Boy
flits above my head.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
10:53 am - All Tea Partied out
The Tea Party gig was on Monday night. They were...let me think about this one...hmmm...fucking awesome!!! I've seen them three times now, and they just keep getting better. They are definitely one of the best bands around – they make amazing, original, unique, beautiful music – and they can really perform live. Plus, for a three-piece band, they make a lot of noise, that is, they sound more like a five-piece.
So, they played some songs off the new album, Seven Circles, but also played a lot of their classics, which was perfectly fine with me. Songs like Sister Awake, Fire in the Head, Save Me and The Halcyon Days just cannot be beaten. I love the Enmore Theatre too. It's not too big, not too small, and being so close to the stage made it so intimate. I can't believe I was there...
Anyway, now that I'm on holidays (yay!) I have a lot of spare time. I have completed a painting which will eventually end up on my website, and I have some other plans for artworks in my head. It's just a matter of attempting to get them down on paper/canvas/whatever, and trying to achieve something and make them somewhat successful. It's just that I haven't done any art for so long that putting pencil to paper can be a bit scary. I was definitely very tentative with the painting I just finished, although it turned out okay in the end. I just need to build my confidence up again (something that I seem to have to do all the time. It's not fun).
I'm going down the coast for a few days in a couple of weeks, and taking Chardy. Then there will be the whole Xmas thing. Then I want to go and see the Bill Henson exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Apart from that, I have no other plans at present. I need to save up some money for the Paris fund, so I can't spend too much money.
Anyway, apart from still being tired from Monday night (it rocked!), I am feeling pretty happy at the moment. Exams are over, and I have all summer to relax. Yay!

current mood: cheerful
current music: Mike Patton - Peeping Tom demos

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Friday, November 5th, 2004
10:16 am - News:
In July I will be in Paris...

current mood: ecstatic/tired/content/anxious

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
10:37 am - The Tea Party – Seven Circles
here, here we are
shelterless souls
lit by the stars
and here, here we stand
divided by lines
we've drawn in the sand

as the world keeps turning
and we keep on searching
for seven circles twisting

here, here and now
something must be
sentient somehow

because the world keeps turning
and i keep on searching
for seven circles twisting
around these moments of our lives
dancing on the edge of night
everything we've lost is coming back again
all i see
all i see
will always be

see what we are is limitless light
reflecting the stars

because the world keeps turning
and i keep on searching
for seven circles twisting
around these moments of our lives
dancing on the edge of night
everything we've lost is coming back again
all i see
all i see
will always be
and i don't know why

she said come back
the world is waiting for you
don't cry
i will still be here
come back
because the world is waiting for you
don't you cry now
because i will be there to hold you

current mood: ambiguous
current music: Mike Patton - Peeping Tom demos

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Monday, November 1st, 2004
10:39 am - In the springtime of his voodoo
I haven't updated in so long. That's me being lazy.
Anyway, things are progressing. I have finished all my uni work, and now it's just a matter of revising and re-reading in preparation for my exams in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to be on holidays.
On Thursday I'm going to see iOTA again (for the 4th time), which will be great, as usual. And then after exams I'm going to see The Tea Party (the 3rd time is a charm)! I can't wait.
And I'm happy because we have now had Chardy for a year, and it's nice to know that she has become fitter and healthier since we got her. And I think perhaps happier too.
I'm looking forward to being able to use my holiday time for as much art as I can handle. It's been so long since I have been able to do anything creative, so I am feeling deprived. It's frustrating. But at least I only have to wait a few more weeks...

current mood: tired
current music: Mike Patton - Peeping Tom demos

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
10:26 am - Results, snow and Chardy
I got my results last week and was really surprised and happy because I managed to do quite well, despite being sick and barely being able to study. So now I feel a bit of a weight lifted, and I can get on with second semester without worrying too much.
It snowed last saturday night, so there was a light covering of snow on the ground on sunday morning. It hasn't snowed here for a few years, so it was nice to see. So pretty. And Chardy was acting like it was nothing out of the ordinary. I guess it's in her blood being a huskie.
Also, the elderly couple who used to look after Chardy when her first owners were away, popped in to see her on Friday. They were very pleased with her progress, seeing as she's so much more active now. And they were surprised to see her jump up on her back legs to catch a ball, because they had never seen her do that (she had problems with the joints in her back legs when she was younger, so it was probably too painful for her to put all her weight on them). So, they were very happy that she is happy, and fitter than before. It's taken us a while to get her like this though, but clearly it has been worth it.
Anyway, I'm just getting back into the swing of studying now - Australian Art from 1939, Irish Literature, and 20th Century Australia. Three subjects instead of four should make things a bit less stressful. I found last semester just a bit too much for me (even though I did well in the end), and I didn't want to go through that again, so I decided to drop one subject to take some of the pressure off. I'll do that subject in second semester next year.
So that's about it really. I'm going through a bit of a hard time at the moment, but it's just one of many hard times I've had and will go through, so I'm fine with it. I'm just doing my work, taking Chardy for walks, and yes Pandora, I have started to do a bit of art - just small things, but it feels good to actually get something done. I had wanted to use my holidays for lots of art, but I've just felt so drained lately. It takes me ages to get over my cold, and then just when I think I'm better, I get another cold. It's all very frustrating, but I can't help thinking that things are looking up. I always think that, and then it never happens, but I guess there's always a first time for everything. You never know, maybe it will happen this time. I just have to get through this year, and then I'll make good use of my summer holidays - I'll try to get a lot of creative things done. Maybe I shouldn't speak too soon... Anyway, that's all for now.

current mood: drained

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Saturday, July 10th, 2004
10:29 am - Thanks everyone - it worked
We've had a few drizzly days so far. Not much rain to speak of, but every little bit counts, considering we haven't had rain for weeks (and probably haven't had a good downpour for months).
Anyway, thanks everyone who sent rainy vibes this way. It worked!

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Monday, July 5th, 2004
10:25 am - Rain dance
It's kind of strange having a winter without all the gloom, mist and general cloudiness. It's nice having the sun out everyday, but when the front lawn has almost turned brown, I think there's a general feeling that we need some rain. Make that a lot of rain. (Not that the front lawn is all that important. It will grow back after all. I'm never going to be one of those snobby people who has to have a perfect, lush green lawn, just to keep up appearances.) If this drought keeps up, we're going to have one of the worst fire seasons ever, come summer. Having the house burn down is one of my worst nightmares.
So, everyone send some rainy vibes this way.

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Thursday, June 24th, 2004
10:26 am - The long wait is over
I have finally finished my exams, but it was all a bit of a nightmare. I was sick before and during the exam period, so I couldn't study much. I just couldn't concentrate on anything. I applied for special consideration, so hopefully, all that will be taken into account when my exams are marked. Anyway, it doesn't matter much. I'm doing this degree simply out of interest (and because I want a degree in something), but I have no plans for what I will do afterwards.
On a happier note, at least Chardy is happy. Because of exams and being sick, we haven't been going for our usual morning walks, so I think she has been a bit grumpy. She actually refuses to go for a walk with anyone else. She probably likes me the best because I'm too soft on her. She gets away with a lot.
So, I have about four weeks off before the next semester. What I'll do, I don't know, but probably some art, some reading, some sleeping, and generally not doing much at all. Yay!

current mood: relieved

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Friday, June 4th, 2004
10:18 am - I can't wait until 11.30am on 23 June...
Submitting my last assignment. Now that is a good feeling. Although I'm still freaking out because I have a lot of studying to do. But I'll be okay. I got my history essay back yesterday - 27/30 = 90% - I was surprised, and very happy, because I don't have to worry too much about the exam now. I'll still do my best of course, but I know I can get a credit minimum, so I'm happy.
I'm not so confident about literature. It's not that I don't know about the texts, it's just that this subject seems to focus a lot on context - the history, social aspects, etc - it's not just about interpreting the texts. So, I don't know how I'll go in the exams, and I won't know how I did in the second assignment for a few weeks.
Art history won't be too hard. And I'm not worried about philosophy. It's not really that important anyway. It's just one of my electives.
Then, as of 11.30am on 23 June, I will be on holidays. I'll have about four weeks off. I might try to go to the art gallery, seeing as the Sydney Biennale will be on, and try to do some art. I just can't wait until next year. There will be so much less pressure. This semester I was under a lot of pressure at times. The work load has been a bit insane. So next year will be so much easier.
It's so sad that my life seems to revolve around uni. Eh, I don't mind. It'll be worth it in the end of course...

current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004
10:39 am - Nothing like a swirling muscle of flesh and scale to make you contemplate your life...
...I and time stood still as death crawled by. ~iOTA

Okay, so I haven't updated in a while. I've been pretty busy with assignments, but am happy to say that I only have two more to do - Philosophy and Literature. Then I will have to get ready for exams.
So what has been happening in the meantime? Well, there was the family easter thing (nothing special); my birthday (once again, nothing too special. Just watched some movies, listened to some music...); 1st May - Chardy's 4th birthday (awwww!); apart from that I watched some dvds during the holidays, have spent a lot of time reading. All boring as usual.
I have decided though that I am going to switch to part time study next year so I can do my last year over two years instead. That should give me some more time to do other things, like my art for instance. And it should take some of the stress off.
Okay, so my world isn't that interesting, but it's all I've got at the moment. And nevertheless, I'm quite happy with it at the moment.
Pandora, I look forward to getting your letter. It will probably arrive next week. Be happy.

current mood: blank

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004
10:28 am - Strange days
From what I had read/heard, I thought that Huskies couldn't bark. It turns out they can, but just don't.
So, my Chardy has barked twice now - once at something that was on the roof (a bird or something), and once at the lawnmower. It's just quite strange seeing as most of the time, she hardly makes a sound (unlike those two dogs down the street. They never shut up.)
I am now half way through my assignments. Four done, four to go. I just submitted my poetry anthology for literature - 32 pages of Australian women poets. It was actually quite a fun assignment. Pandora, I will print out a copy for you and send it with my next letter. I'm sure it will interest you to read some Aussie poetry.
Having relatives over on Easter Sunday. Chardy will be happy with the extra people around. It should be fun. Some time off at last (even if it is just a couple of days).

current mood: content
current music: my sister playing guitar

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