Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ebay Australia

Just wanted to point out the awesomeness of the greeting on the Australian version of popular internet auction website eBay:

I noticed on other versions, it merely says "Welcome" or "Hello" or "Hi".

[insert part where I rant about how wonderful and homely it feels when websites make you feel at home by using your local colloquialisms here]

That's all for now I guess. Bigger post later :)

Posts Left until I reach 100: 4

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday the fifteenth. A day to remember...

For these reasons*:
  • I went out with my sister for the first time in ages. We went to the Queensland Art Gallery to see and exhibition on American Impressionism and Realism, which looked at the impressionist movement as a whole, and showed how American and Australian artists contributed and influenced the next generation of artists.
  • I read on twitter while waiting to meet up with my sister before going that Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Such a shame. Then, later, I hear that TV-chef-whom-i-previously-had-never-heard-of had also lost his battle with cancer. Really not a good day for celebrities with cancer.
  • I finally discovered the problem relating to why I couldn't upload my SnailMates video. It is, if i am not mistaken, in the process of uploading as I type, and will probably be up by the time you read this, so if you're keen to watch me read Sean's letter, click this link.
I'm pretty sure the rest of the day's events were fairly run-of-the-mill. Dan Brown's new book The Lost Symbol came out today. I preordered my copy from for cheap, so i'll be expecting its arrival quite soon. I actually liked Brown's first 4 books, and enjoyed the level of intrigue and suspence he so eloquently employs in order to compell you to keep reading. What i didn't like were his controversial claims about christianity. I know, I know, you've all heard this debate a million times, so I won't go into it, but at least now you know where i stand.
But yeah. Rest of the day, as i said, run-of-the-mill. Got home, showered, tossed a salad, ate in front of the TV, came into my room to check twitter and try for the nth time to upload the video, which is now, JUST THIS SECOND, successfully uploaded. You have no idea just how relieved i am**.

Ok. I'm about ready to post this now, since it is an obscenely late hour for someone like me who has to work in the morning, and also since i've run out of things to say.

Posts left until I reach 100: 5 (omgomgomg)

*YAY dot-point blogs!
** Well, maybe you do... i really shouldn't assume that you don't... how rude of me... so, if you've ever had that thing where you try something a million times and it doesn't work, and then you discover that the problem was a tiny one that was easy to overlook, and then fix it and FINALLY after all that get it to upload, well then i guess you know how I feel :D

Friday, September 11, 2009

That last one didn't count

Ok, since the last post was a questionaire, I feel like i cheated you guys out of an ACTUAL post about my life. Truthfully, that makes me feel kinda bad. So, if only to eliminate the guilt hanging over my head, here is another, PROPER* blog post.

So today has been fairly good, as far as days off work go. I woke up, decided to check my twitter on my phone, realised my computer was left on overnight when skype went off, spent a good hour and a half chatting to the other two thirds of my collab channel SnailMates before indulging in beef flavoured 2 minute noodles, kept switching back and forth between chatting on skype, checking twitter, watching videos in my sub box and reading blogs until i decided it was about time to film myself opening Sean's letter, went about doing that, watched tv for a while with my sister, tore myself from the screen as my stomach demanded sustainence via a low and dissatisfied grumble, made and ate food as we watched neighbours, the 7PM project and 2 episodes of the simpsons, and then came in here to edit, but decided to procrastinate through the medium of blog post. Longest sentence ever? You decide.

So i was just mentally running through all the possible ideas for a blog post, and realised i don't really have all that much to share. I made a video today, which i have yet to edit and upload to the collab channel. I also, in the past week, finished both The Hunger Games and its sequel Catching Fire. I really badly want to review them as well, but that will have to wait a few days. I don't like reviewing immediately after i finish reading something, because i tend not to look at it objectively enough. For example, I loved the twilight series just after i'd finished reading it. Now, i can't stand the sight of it**. It's always a bad idea to review something just after you're done experiencing it, be it a concert, a play, a movie, a book, or any other creative experience.
As far as my life goes, not much of it is really worth chronicalling here, seeing as it bores even me to think about it. I actually had a friend ask me the other day what i do with my free time, and i shamefully didn't know what to tell him. Like, "oh yeah, i spend hours of my free time reading books, and watching videos on youtube made by people on the other side of the world, and, um, on twitter." It seems like, between travelling to and from work, eating, sleeping and thinking about what to do with the years of my life i still have left ahead of me, there's really not that much else there. Now don't get me wrong. I love all my friends I have online. I guess in a way, i tell you guys more than i'd tell people i know in person.

BUT enough about what i will NOT be writing about here. HERE is supposeed to be the place where I tell you guys MAGICAL and WONDERFUL things from the land down under... with the occasional insect-related anecdote thrown in. Also, i'm meant to inform you guys of NEWS and other things of informative nature that you might display a mild interest in.

Instead, here is where i'm going to end my poor, sorry excuse for a blog post, and hope that maybe, tomorrow's will be better. For, hopefully, i will be back again tomorrow. I actually have a reason to come back here tomorrow and TELL you guys about THINGS that happen in my LIFE. You know, that LIFE thing that i HAVE.

That's about as far as this blog post will allow itself to be drawn out, anyway, so I bid thee farewell.

Until tomorrow.

*DISCLAIMER: blog post may or may not be as proper as originally intended
**which, by the way, i happen to see almost daily, since the pharmacy i work in is across from a bookstore.

Nerdfightastic Questionaire

Ok, so i know this quiz is a few weeks old, but i thought i'd give you guys my answers anyway.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 11:15am to the sounds of Skype going off.
2. How do you like your steak?: juicy medium rare.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Harry Potter 6, originally on my own, but then i ran into another friend from High School who was also seeing it by herself, so we saw it together :P
4. What is your favorite TV show?
ugh. So many to choose from. At the moment, NCIS still tops my list... but i REALLY wish they'd fasttrack season 7 already.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I've been contemplating this for a while, but I would have to say that splitting my time between Brisbane and say London or New York in such a way that I will never have to live through another winter again would be awesome :D
6. What did you have for breakfast?
2 minute noodles. Beef flavoured. yeugh.
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Italian or mexican and some indian
8. What foods do you dislike?
Olives, anchovies, and beef flavoured 2 minute noodles. :P
9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Fasta Pasta
10. Favorite dressing?
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Landcruiser Prado (my mum's. I promise I am NOT a soccermum.) BUT when I get a car, i want a Suzuki Swift :)
12. What are your favourite clothes?
i'd say my togs, but i lack the body confidence, so i'll stick with spring dresses :D
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
America and England
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Most of the time i have half full tendancies, but if a lot of things are getting me down, i find it hard to ignore.
15. Where would you want to retire?
somewhere along the Queensland coastline.
16. Favorite time of day?
early afternoon
17. Where were you born?
Brisbane, Australia
18. What is your favourite sport to watch?
National Rugby League (NRL)
22. Bird watcher?
On occasion.
23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Night owl by nature, unless work requires me to be up at an early hour, in which case i have to force my night owl to become an early bird.
24. Do you have any pets?
The family owns a dog and a cat. Currently I don't have any pets of my own, but I've had my fair share of guinea pigs
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
I just applied for the diploma of Graphic Design that i want to start next year. Yay?
26. What did you want to be when you were little?
when i was three i wanted to be a ballerina
27. What is your best childhood memory?
My first trip to the Ekka (aka the Royal Brisbane Show) (ekka = exhibition)
28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Cats are easier to share a bed with, and they make great hot water bottles
29. Are you married?
30. Always wear your seat belt?
Of course. Me, break the law? Never...
31. Been in a car accident?
32. Any pet peeves?
Too many to name. Mostly related to customers. You get that in retail, i guess.
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Hawaiian or Vegetarian.
34. Favorite Flower?
Anything that is not stuck on the back of cars (ie. frangipanis) :P Frangipani stickers on cars? Australia says NO
35. Favorite ice cream?
Love Potion 31 from Baskin & Robins
36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Hanaichi (japanese) or Salsa's (mexican)
37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
I failed the learners test twice by one point each time.
38. From whom did you get your last email?
Probably YouTube :P.
39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Well, for one, i don't have a credit card (probably a good thing) and secondly, i wouldn't even if i did. I has a monie smartz.
40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Not really. I'm a monotonous kinda girl.
41. Like your job?
It's nice enough.
42. Broccoli?
No thanks. I thought we were trying to SAVE the trees.
43. What was your favorite vacation?
Stradbroke Island. Best. Ever.
44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Saddest thing ever? I don't remember the last time i went out for dinner.
45. What are you listening to right now?
The freeway and my dad and sister talking in the kitchen.

Monday, September 7, 2009

General Catch Up and Other Business

So. I'm sure you've all experienced the sensation of falling out of the swing of things at some point. And I'm sure you are all well aware of just how much harder it is to get back into the swing of things than it was to gain the momentum the first time round. Yeah. So, that's my excuse. It's hard to get back into the swing of things.

Ok. I hear you. "Shush, Lucy. Less Excusey, More Bloggy." I very much agree. Let's get to it then, shall we?

Right. So. I'll start with work, since I actually have things to say about it for once. We have a lovely new girl at work. She's very friendly, quite bright, and a real pleasure to work with. But, do you know what the best part is? (no, of course you don't. That's why I'm about to tell you) The BEST part is that her sister works for the local radio station, and as a result, she frequently meets celebrities and goes backstage at concerts. I bring this up, because today she informs me that one of my more liked (i won't say favourite... I reserve that status for a select few) bands, The Cat Empire, was playing a free gig in town last night. And she asked me if I knew of them. And I said yes. I love them. And she said "Oh really? I could have gotten you backstage after to meet them if I'd known!"


Yeah. I know, right? My jaw dropped and my brain exploded simultaneously. So the lesson I have learned from all of this is from now on, I should tell this workmate EVERY SINGLE BAND/MUSICIAN/SINGER that I am in love with, and hope that ONE day, I may score a free gig :P. I mean, DUDE!

Ok, mmmmoving on!

Do you guys like the new colour scheme? I had a play around with it and I like this one MUCH better. The one I had before was getting boring (as much as I am a girlygirl, sometimes even I need a change). Also, I had to make it match the new banner I made. I promise, ONE day, I will be a skilled designer. As yet, I can even make a banner that fits my page. Ah, who cares? It was fun. Let me know what YOU guys think, anyway, seeing as you guys are the ones who will be looking at it. [leaveitinthecommentsplzkthxbi]

ANYway. Um. I had something else I was going to blog about..........

I might just post this, and post again later when I remember what it was I wanted to post. When I do FINALLY get back into the swing of things, hopefully, my posts will be a lot less messy. But, I don't know, maybe you guys LIKE messy. Who knows.

Aaaaand I am again on the verge of prattling on and on about nothing in the futile attempt to keep writing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Time for another insect anecdote !!

~Reader's Note: this post was written a few days ago, but failed to upload. For contextual purposes, the night I am talking about is Sunday 30th of August~

So, last night, my dad got back to Brisbane after 2 weeks working in Papua New Guinea. It was then decided that we would go to our cousin's place for a cup of tea.
After my cousin finished preparing tea for everyone, my mother was on the verge of taking a sip when a fly, out of nowhere, divebombed into her tea.
Apparently, this fly had been buzzing round the room all day, getting slower and lazier as the day went on. As the discussion wore on, it was decided that this fly was a bogan fly. You know, the kind that sit on the couch wearing singlet, stubbies and pluggers, drinking beer all day in front of the footy.

Said Bogan fly has no name.

We wondered what compelled this fly to divebomb in such a fashion. Had he lost the will to live? Did the honey in mum's tea attract him so strongly his weary mind could not resist?

Anyway, boganfly, along with the rest of the tea, was washed down the drain. And there he stays to this very day.

Dearest readers, I wish to honour this fly. If you can think up a suitable name for this sad critter, please leave it in the comments. I seem to have made a habit of naming all the critters I come across, so this time, I'm letting you guys in on the fun :P I'd make it a competition but I got no prize :(. Well, none other than your suggestion will be chosen as the new name for NoNameFly.

Happy Suggesting :)

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