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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 10:09 pm
In fabulous news G. only had aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphoma and we're now in cycle 3 of 6 of chemotherapy - did you know you're not supposed to kiss babies when you're full of chemo drugs? I've now been to the Emergency Department of three different hospitals and hung out in four - very good knitting opportunities. I feel like I should get frequent flyer points or a 'patient transfer' sticker for my car or something.

We're in the market for a good henna painter / tattooist what with the hair loss and excellent canvas space emerging. Any recommendations?
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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 10:48 pm
In a burst of unwelcome news my close friend G. got diagnosed with aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphoma ("cureable") and possible double hit lymphoma ("poor prognosis"). We're waiting on further analysis to find out which one it is. On the plus side G. is stage 1, the specialist is kind of awesome, and it turns out you can access life insurance in these kinds of situations. We're about to embark on the Good Ship Chemotherapy - at least G. is. I plan to hang out in a supportive way, knit amusing hats and mine the internet for the last 10 years worth of adorable animal videos.

We spent most of today in hospital for an unrelated health emergency which resulted in [personal profile] maharetr collecting G.'s car from where it was left this morning, and the QFHC realising to our dismay that none of us can figure out how to put it in reverse. *hums relevant song* We managed to get it tucked away on our verge using the Elvish power of Shoving (thought to be lost before the end of the Second Age) and are experiencing a small amount of car related shame.

I am pulling back on 'stuff' in general and volunteer activities in specific since between job hunting, doing my last MBA unit and supporting G.  I'm feeling stretched.

If you have any good suggestions for knitted or crocheted hats I'd love to hear them.
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Saturday, July 20th, 2013 10:52 pm
  • Ran 3km, v. exciting, am easing back in gently as hamstring injury still not entirely better
  • Kiba and Kenobi flung themselves into the swamp and subsequently radiated sudsy, soggy misery at me in the shower. I dried Kiba first and kicked him out to concentrate on Kenobi then Kiba tried to break back into the bathroom because someone was having fun without him. My puppy ladies and gentlefolk
  • Playing A Dark Room, I blame [personal profile] maharetr who is an enabler of the worst kind
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Monday, July 8th, 2013 03:26 pm
  • Sneezing, coughing and the usual symptoms = woe!
  • Cast 'summon brownies' at [personal profile] maharetr. That helped <3
  • hitRECord #3 arrived in the mail - still fabulous - the NPH and JGL bit was amusing
  • Kiba has eaten half of one thong, about 3 socks, and licked my foot lovingly. I clearly taste EXCELLENT
  • TEEN WOLF
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Monday, July 1st, 2013 07:44 am
  • GP says 8-12 weeks for hamstring to heal (this is week 7) and advised v. gently stretching in all planes of rotation.
  • Melbourne trip involved good food, good company, a trip to CERES, cuddles, the Monet's Garden The Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris exhibition (some v. nice security staff) and more cuddles. Was most excellent to see [personal profile] littleboot, [personal profile] transcendancing[personal profile] japester[personal profile] skud and others and talk shop where 'shop' covered knitting, sourdough, database design, gardening, travel, careers, personal evolution, gender fluidity, social justice and much, much more.
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 07:21 am
  • Resigned from OTW Board
  • Tore/strained left upper hamstring. Took a week off work to avoid chairs and now slowly recovering. Ugh
  • Switched to an ergonomic right-handed mouse - so much easier to use, still lefty at home
  • Week #5 of Marketing Principles - text still v. boring, lecturer still excellent
  • Trialled warming pad dog bed again this winter - we bought two but Kiba promptly ate one so we've embedded the other in the couch nearest my bedroom door. I come out each morning to find them both snuggled up on it = success!
  • TEEN WOLF OMG, had v. low expectations, am pleasantly surprised
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 08:56 am
I accidentally typed 'dead diary' and well, I've not been updating much.
  • GP sanctioned experiment with meds to reduce headaches through reduced dosage aborted due to significant drop in ability to cope / give-a-damn. Sadness. The fact that headaches are now a normal part of my reality is no fun, would not mind having my libido back either, at least I think I wouldn't mind since how would I know?
  • Arrow still enjoyable.
  • Grimm still enjoyable.
  • Read a metric ton of Teen Wolf fic.
  • Gym a work in progress, left knee and left shoulder have issues that are being carefully worked around.
  • Haircut! Am spiky in the morning and fluffy late at night. I keep trying to take the (now nonexistent) ponytail off in the hope it will stop the headache.
  • Swept front yard and 1/3 of backyard = major achievement \o/
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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 09:07 am
  • Swancon was most excellent, I got the Stargate there without injury to it or me or [personal profile] chaosmanor plus we won a Tin Duck for the Stargate \o/
  • Much love to brother J who loaned out his ute to make transport possible.
  • Visited the gaming room, met some lovely people, went to some panels... Gail Simone on writing genderfluidity was interesting as was a retrospective of Disney's 'Renaissance' years and a look at the last five years of Rebel Empire.
  • Spent some time with family, which for the most part was excellent. Will never again attempt to explain why the internet is not a magical land where people are gender neutral because they can't see each other. Ah who am I kidding.
  • Kiba accidentally bit me while wrestling for a ball, waiting to see how much it's going to purple up. I am going to retaliate with embarrassing clothes for woofers.
  • Am trapped between Blood Donor clinic who won't let me donate because I have a note on my file from 2008,and my GP who refuses to clear me because he doesn't know what they are worried about... *sigh* so much effort to get stuck full of needles.
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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 10:45 am
  • Flu shot left impressive welt in my arm and a nice hot spot, am waiting for effect to wear off
  • A Good Day to Die Hard was disappointing. I wanted, well, plot, chemistry and character development. My bad. Beanbag cinema makes up for a lot.
  • Managed to burn the tip of my finger on a molten chocolate chip. I have a blister; most embarrassing injury for ages.
  • Mastered a mini-quiche recipe and made 24 \o/
  • Up to date on Arrow, seriously, how are you so good?
  • Teen Wolf fans should totally be reading this: Reading On Fire so You Don't Have To
  • Swancon this weekend \o/ My personal challenge: move a 3m Stargate 12 km North.
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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 08:31 am
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Monday, February 18th, 2013 09:32 am
  • Two of my beautiful yarn purchases arrived so we broke in [personal profile] maharetr 's ball winder. Now all I need is some 2-3mm circs and I'm good to start knitting again. Will use the Cerise - Hand dyed Wool-Cashmere Laceweight Yarn for my test knit then the Luxury Iris Lace Pure Silk Yarn - Hot OOAK for my final.
  • Big OTW week, Seven weeks so far… emotional labour significant. Thank goodness for [personal profile] cupidsbow who is thoughtful and calm at me.
  • Up to Ep 05 in Elementary, still enjoying it a lot.
  • Need to find time to watch Ep 03 of Bletchley Circle
  • Played a lot of Kingdom Rush
  • Have now seen a lot of rings - some preferences developing. Explained to father this is probably the closest I will ever come to being engaged / married - he is v. supportive although a bit weirded out.
  • Not as weirded out as the dude in the jewellers who asked what we wanted the rings for (engagement! marriage!) and who was getting them (all of us!) and then finally worked out we wanted them similar or themed.
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Thursday, February 14th, 2013 10:48 pm
...I mean it's not like we can legally get married but it feels right. It really does. We all discussed it a few days ago then went shopping to see if we could find something we all liked and took ourselves out for dinner.

Happy Valentine's Day QFHC <3
Valentines Day
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Monday, February 11th, 2013 11:39 am
  • Kenobi and Kiba mugged a 2yr old last night :( He had a very seductive yellow ball, they picked it up off the ground and we gave it back but there were kiddy tears of ball stealing distress. *winces*
  • Life seems to be composed of tiny things right now. I've cleaned most of my room and eaten a lot of fruit and read a lot of fanfic.
  • I have a new, fluffy pillow and one of those banana ones for reading with - it's great!
  • I've ordered a bunch of yarn from Etsy and I'll hopefully find out what it actually looks like soonish. I feel some knitting coming on and I totally blame [personal profile] littleboot for this.
  • I replaced the AC adaptor that Kiba ate - ironically it was the recharger cable for the phone+tablet battery recharger thingie - which took me multiple attempts and an eventual actual electronics store (Altronics) who were excellent.
  • I've survived yet another week of OTW stuff Six weeks so far… and that's taking a lot of my energy right now.
  • The sunrise is lovely right now, I can see soon I'll be getting up in the dark but not yet!
Sunrise this morning
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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 07:57 am
  • Hobbit again last night with zorana - made better by giant beanbags. Still fun, Thorin's constant smouldering makes me giggle though.
  • Doing all the personality quizzes! Colour Personality Enneagram
  • OTW update: Five weeks so far… did I tell you I have a manifesto?
  • The Redcaps are blossoming again \o/ I also saw a tiny little cocoon - hard to photograph in the wind but so delicate! So precise!
Redcaps are starting to blossom Cosy little home
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 10:55 am
  • ROAD TRIP TOMORROW!
  • Kenobi's lumps were all benign, the site of the tummy stitches is all wobbly and under observation (by me and by [personal profile] chaosmanor). He is also peeing with less abandon (ie, not on everything we walk past) which makes me nervous.
  • Cleaned, washed, tidied
  • Hung Stargate properly in living room - looks good
  • OTW'd, a lot. [Board] Three weeks so far… [Development & Membership]
  • Watched Episode 1 of The Bletchley Circle, will watch the rest (four female code crackers from WWII come together to hunt a murderer)
  • Watched Episode 1 of Elementary, will watch more - female Watson! Holmes is less sociopathic and more emotionally available in this
  • Still watching The Secret Circle, it's melodrama but has three generations of women interacting, many female witches and JR Bourne as a witch-hunter which given he's playing a werewolf hunter in Teen Wolf is kind of delightful.
  • Watched E01S03 of Lost Girl, that's a v. dodgy plot-line they ran with and v. rarely handled well (not handled well in this case) but am still loving Kenzi and the relationship writing. Yay Lauren!
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Monday, January 14th, 2013 08:13 am
  • Dentist has replaced a 15 yr old filling, it takes ages for me to go numb so we chatted a fair bit. They think the fact that a tooth now vibrates when I call the dogs post-braces coming off is hilarious and then I TOTALLY blew his mind by pointing out that Tolkien says dwarf gender is not visually distinguishable and that half of Bilbo's travel companions are probably women. I know dwarf women were actually 1/3 of the dwarven population and rarely traveled but since they are post-war refugees I think anything goes.
  • Beach with woofers was sad for Kenobi - on leash until stitches come out .. soon... sooon
  • Lunch in Freo with [personal profile] lilysea in which we lay about in various desirable locations and chatted - lovely, hot day.My Saturday lunch date
  • Home with some very dodgy email reading when the traffic lights were red, followed by some rapid email sending and bolting out the door again
  • Furniture shopping with [personal profile] cupidsbow 
  • Accessibility Design, & Technology Meeting (AD&T) plus Board Meeting Two weeks so far...
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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 07:57 am
Sunset
  • Pre-storm skyline was amazing yesterday - that tiny black dot in the left-middle is Kenobi running back to me. I took this using the IOS6 panorama feature three times then using Autostitch to sew the three layers together
  • Kiba is getting better at coming when he is called but is far from reliable. He also hates thunder and spent last night vocalising on my bed
  • Home from work today due to no sleep last night. Bleh
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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 07:31 am
  • Recovery from laproscopy proceeding, have failed to adhere to 'no heavy lifting for a month' rule but that was never going to happen
  • Cheque from grandmother's estate surprisingly hard to deposit, this felt very final. I have not been able to delete her contact details from my mobile either.
  • If you scotch-guard your finger, your iPad will not work as well. Don't ask.
  • Kiba likes red apples and green beans, the fruit bowl is not safe :(
  • WTF PerthWTF Perth
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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 01:00 pm
  • Pride march was fun, we did dinner on a restaurant on the street and N. brought MANY streamers, post march bands were deliciously bouncy
  • Christmas craft project is going well, entire household is invested and work-shopping both is ongoing and fun
  • Met [personal profile] grouchiegrrl's baby who is tiny and baby like and sleeps while being handed around - v. useful quality in a baby
  • Saw much family on the weekend which was good
  • Melb Cup was a whole office event with food and hats - much fun to be had
  • Best visualisations/tools for US election so far: 512 Paths to the White House and The United States of Congress by xkcd
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Monday, October 22nd, 2012 10:37 am
  • had a cold for the past week - no fun at all, cough still progressing.
  • did the 2012 Rotary Ramble on Sunday with [personal profile] zorana and [personal profile] maharetr and learned many interesting things about Perth.
  • Kenobi had four more weekly Zydax injections and seems more bouncy as a result.
  • Took [personal profile] zorana to a Perth Glory vs Brisbane Roar football game - crowd is v. entertaining, clearly AFL crowds have something to learn... or don't have to compensate for less interesting, low scoring games.
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 07:57 am
  • Have achieved 85% functionality (which is enough to go to work and do small tasks) with the aid of an antidepressant. Alas, the dose high enough to be effective means headaches which makes me sad. My GP failed to mention difficulty having an orgasm was a side affect then called me a Martian when I brought it up *sighs* He is otherwise a good GP and the flowery euphemisms that eventuated did make me laugh.
  • The commune bought a Scooba and she is the BEST. THING. EVER. Seriously, she cleans floors, she cleans under couches, I can see reflections in the floor. We have named her Maria.
  • Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks. No. Just no.
  • Grimm still making me happy
  • Awake was a precious gem and I shall order the DVD
  • We're watching Wonderfalls and it's gorgeous, funny and enjoyable
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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 09:56 pm
  • Still sick, still home (day 33). Hoping to go back to work next week, if you haven't heard from me that's because I've been conserving energy ;)
  • The woofer is not yet sick of me despite my taking revenge for all the times he's flopped on me, his tummy is very gurgly
  • Having said that I've done seen a bunch of things (most of which involve sitting down) including
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Monday, July 2nd, 2012 09:40 pm
  • Still sick, still home (day 19 now). Have watched all of Once Upon a Time, most of Grimm, Iron Sky (again, still good) and read all the fanfic. Pls to be writing more now
  • Yay for buying groceries and watching Fremantle lose to Collingwood from my brothers' couch on Saturday (v. exciting, first trip more than 200m from house in quite some time
  • Yay for chicken soup (thank you mama)
  • Applying to withdraw from uni this trimester
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Thursday, June 21st, 2012 05:08 pm
  • Happy Birthday to me
  • Still sick, was home today, will be home tomorrow. Yay medical certificates. Please, please, please let this be something I can rest into submission reasonably quickly.
  • iPad dieded-ish, it's all green-ish and weird - on the plus, my desktop looks amazing.
  • iPad sad colour experience
  • *crawls back to bed*
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Monday, June 18th, 2012 02:29 pm
  • Braces adjusted again last Wed, maybe this is the last one… maybe
  • Bought ankle boots and replacement sunglasses for ones cruelly abandoned... somewhere
  • Visited middle brother (who totally judges me for turning into the kind of person who makes their dog wear clothes). That second storm took off their porch roof and severed a gas pipe. Exciting times
  • Sick and sore for Thu night through Sunday – lovely, lovely painkillers = somewhat foggy brain function
  • Birthday dinner with mother and baby brother. Middle brother could not attend as there’s some sort of +30% XP DDO event on. I have ordered him a “Looking for Group… never mind, I can solo this one” shirt. He may claim not to be a geek, but if XP is more important than my birthday he can darn well wear it in my honor
  • Finished Game of Thrones, I watch it by wandering back into the room every 10 mins. Finally saw Farscape pilot and Babylon 5 pilot both of which are sort of part of my cultural landscape and I keep meaning to watch them, Farscape is winning slightly on account of Claudia Black
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