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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, December 18th, 2011 08:26 pm
The Feminist Housing Collective would like to declare the Commune open for business (partying) on New Years Eve. We won't have moved in, but we'll have fridges, couches, a BBQ, a lot of paper plates and possibly some cool, festive decorations!

Bring a chair, food for the BBQ and if you want to crash maybe a sleeping bag.

ETA: 6pm BBQ why yes, I am awake now.

Enquire within for address.
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Thursday, December 15th, 2011 08:46 am
  • House [1] building inspection and pest inspection plus bank valuation booked, I am so working from home this afternoon
  • House [2] monster Feminist Housing Collective Meeting (we need a shorter name for this but let it be known that having it in a restaurant over dinner and taking minutes via iPad worked well for me) covering utilities, internet provider, insurance, renovations, moving schedule and budget. Phew. Let's do that infrequently. My poor brain is fried; when I'm less tired I am going to reflect on the difference in the way we process numbers / images etc. and how that informs how we behave
  • letterboxd account! this may not get a lot of use given my pathetic movie watching habits but it looks like it could be a lot of fun
  • have joined the International Institute of Business Analysis and have a series of workshops lined up for 2012 - work has paid for workshops which is very nice
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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 11:09 am
I adore these tiny, delicate things and get excited when they come up.

Pictures! )
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Friday, April 29th, 2011 08:25 am
  • remove painting gear from living room and move furniture back in to prepare for Friday night gathering and [personal profile] chaosmanor. Split tools into 'essential' and 'won't use in the next three months' and box the latter, thank you to [community profile] fandom_joints for kicking off the 'essential kit' conversation
  • move contents of shed to storage facility?
  • finish painting living room, paint foyer, prepare for painters coming to do kitchen ceiling on Tuesday by removing everything from kitchen (again), talk to painters about doing kitchen walls as well
  • work out approximately what we are disposing of (by volume) and get quotes for skip bin for bulk rubbish disposal - it turns out there is a website for this *loves on the interwebs* so I can book a skip bin for the weekend
  • take boxes of books I haven't managed to give away to friends to Elizabeth's for sale / donation and take steadily increasing pile of recyclables to Salvation Army (include books Elizabeth's definitely won't take?)
  • clean own bedroom until anxiety levels acceptable: need tiny haven of order from chaos. do not clean anything with a toothpick.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 11:00 pm
  • Removed ALL furniture from kitchen including the fridge in anticipation of new ceiling. [personal profile] chaosmanor employed great courage and removed the dead mouse
  • Refused to cook food and went out with [personal profile] maharetr and [personal profile] chaosmanor for hot greasy crack instead
  • Received Surprise! The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber tickets from [personal profile] mr_booboo  - much love for songs from Phantom, Evita and Cats.
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Monday, April 18th, 2011 03:29 pm
  • Car was rifled through; person obviously has no taste as no items were taken despite awesome kayaking torch, straps and woofer toys
  • House & garden fixing weekend followed by book sorting weekend (have boxed all the books I wish to keep, many remain)
  • Have requested quotes for hiring of storage for furniture and miscellaneous ‘stuff’
  • Did not get SR job *sadface* called interviewer for feedback which was useful
  • Did not get house we put an offer on, am OK with this as we were not willing to pay more, plus Incipient Commune showed excellent communication skills.
  • Did put in application for voluntary severance package, am horribly nervous
  • Old Man Emu Rogaine!
  • People coming to fix the kitchen ceiling Wed/Thu; must remove 'all furniture' from kitchen tomorrow, will not have use of kitchen for 2 days
  • Handed in final assignment for Leadership Effectiveness, got marked assignment #2 back - as I basically vomited up my soul for this assignment I am relieved I got a decent mark for it.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, April 17th, 2011 08:23 pm
I'm rationalising my book collection and in one of my many bookcases I have found ones I do not recall owning - are they yours? [personal profile] transcendancing?
  • Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
  • Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy
  • Coyote Dreams by C.E. Murphy
  • Thunderbird Fables by C.E. Murphy
  • The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod
  • Quirkology by Richard Wiseman
Tell me please! I will give them back and not add them to the massive pile of books to give away or recycle. Also if I have your books and they are NOT listed tell me and I will dig them out or, you know, get you more books :p

[personal profile]
sarren I have your Raffles DVDs
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 08:31 am
Found stuck to my work monitor this morning, it would be faintly creepy except [personal profile] japester now works in the building.

Found stuck to my work monitor this morning

One of the unexpected side affects of doing Leadership Effectiveness this Trimester is that I often drive home reflecting on how awesome [personal profile] maharetr and [personal profile] chaosmanor are. By the time I got home last night the only way I could think to express it was to cuddle them.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 03:35 pm
  • Broker evaluated my house, am thankful the verdict was to clean up but not to engage in any major repairs
  • Visited a new (to me) native nursery and bought plants with G.
  • Acquired presents for Housewarming / Engagement party (very nearly kept basil plant, it smelt fantastic)
  • Visited father and talked meditation, house buying, house selling, career, travel and the durability of Selleria radicans as a ground cover
  • Housewarming / Engagement party! Ironically this was for people I know through my brothers but neither of them were there so I caught up madly with all the lovely people I also know through them
  • South Korean Adoption: A friend has recently become involved with a program to offer language and cultural education to children adopted out to non-Korean families. I think this is sponsored by the Korean Govt. I was saddened to hear how affecting it was for them - they recently discovered both their birth parents are still together plus they have two full sisters which was a cause of both pain and joy
  • Birthday picnic in Kings Park - such a lovely day for it!
  • Home open visiting with [personal profile] cupidsbow and [personal profile] maharetr - we saw three houses and now all of us have had a chance to see the first one we've all liked enough to consider buying
  • Insurance company says much of the damage to the kitchen ceiling (tiles, insulation, lights, ceiling itself) from the overflow from cyclone Bianca should be covered - yay!
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, March 14th, 2011 08:20 am
  • The IKEA trip resulted in 2 hours of assembling, a small amount of cursing and deep gratitude I am ambidextrous enough to switch out the tools when one hand got tired. My stuff is organised!
  • Played rather a lot of Battleheart on the iPad
  • Spent most of the weekend either working on my next assignment or avoiding working on my next assignment
  • I discovered our scanner will do multiple photos at once and knows to save them as separate images. Whee! I have scanned over 250 images from the family photo albums (which reside in a large shoebox most of the time) and will continue to work on them. I’ve been meaning to do this for ages.
  • [personal profile] giglet has started a home renovation community [community profile] fandom_joints  for discussing the tribulations of home repairs, geeking out over tools and dipping in for the first time.
  • Operation Queer Feminist Housing Collective has progressed further. We went through half of the legalese in the Co-Ownership contract and will hopefully do the other half next time we meet - there was much laughter and discussion about how we’ll handle things. We made it easier by substituting ‘Martian’ for ‘Co-Owner’ when we read it out loud.
    • 4.2 The Martians agree that after Completion, subject to any other provision of this Deed, each of the Martians will have, together with the other Martians, the quiet enjoyment of the Property, including the right to:
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, February 14th, 2011 12:59 pm
  • Did laundry, changed sheets (is grown up)
  • Picnicked overlooking Kings Park with [personal profile] maharetr, [personal profile] chaosmanor and [personal profile] cupidsbow and further planned our commune
  • Ordered Co-Ownership Agreements documents *meeps*
  • Called Solar Hot Water people and indicated I am not keen on their customer service or the state of my Solar Hot Water System
  • Applied for yet another job
  • Did readings for Leadership Effectiveness
  • Too hot to think, can’t brain
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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 11:30 am
  • Cleaned the gutters with [personal profile] chaosmanor as our contribution to managing cyclone and fire danger - it’s warm up there on the roof!
  • Discussed a plan of attack for the blown kitchen lights with my father who knows things (water and electrical damage methinks). I foresee some crawling around in the ceiling with a torch, some silicone glue and a pair of pliers in my immediate future but need to find a good time. I think both House Martians should be home to provide moral support and turn things on and off (and call an ambulance if things go horribly wrong). Also I kind of want a full body suit with a hood since last time I was up there I had a powerful urge to burn EVERTHING I was wearing after.
  • Braces tightened… it’s been five days and I’m still not back to solid foods *practices self pity* (realistically I'm already quite good at self pity and would benefit more from practicing say, Spanish or maybe Relentless Optimism). On the plus side I have blue elastics \o/
  • Discovered our awesome new hanging chairs can be used as hammocks if you put your feet in one as well. PLUS if you get your knees right when the woofer drops a tennis ball in your lap it falls straight out again.
  • Skipped Big Day Out, was sad but hit physical discomfort limit and wasn’t going to be able to enjoy it, got a bit mournful when baby brother starting texting me things like RAMSTEIIIIIIIIIIN and coped by sending him random German words from my pitiful German vocabulary - mostly learned from said baby bro who gets excited *loves*.
  • Went house hunting with [personal profile] chaosmanor and [personal profile] cupidsbow - we agree on the kind of house we want to live in - now narrowing down what locations are acceptable. Operation: Queer Feminist Commune is Go! *drowns in finance paperwork and co-ownership contracts*
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 03:49 pm
Is just making herself felt, the temperature went from 41C to 26C in a couple of hours and the woofer is a pathetic wuss when it comes to crossing roads when they are calf deep in water. [personal profile] chaosmanor and I have responded to the rain and lightning by dancing about in the rain, buying hammock chairs (mine is pink) and unplugging everything except the wifi.

The view from the back porch is particularly excellent when it is raining on my feet.

* swings gently back and forth*
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 11:27 am
OK I want it badly enough that keeping it in a big pot and gloating over it will totally suffice until I have a house where I can plant it. Further to that, enough people have asked what the difference is that I have inveigled [personal profile] chaosmanor into taking photos of the new tree (Black English Mulberry), the old tree (Hicks Fancy Mulberry) and the neighbour's tree (Weeping Mulberry).

*grins* We also just repotted all the big plants and a bunch of impatiens I impulse bought for the pretty colours.

Pictures of trees )
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 08:51 am
Don't get me wrong, gardening is being done by our household but in pots. The rest of the time we manoeuvre around the massive weeds or, well, manoeuvred because A. has been taking out his horticultural frustrations on our yard. We now go out and stand in previously inaccessible parts of the yard and say things like '...it's so big' in awestruck tones... FYI I can do that in 7 languages.

Poor A. encountered our tap though and I came home on Friday to the water off at the mains after it had snapped off the pipe and tried to irrigate the backyard. Kudos for fast thinking and being able to find the water mains as it's under the aforementioned massive weed collection. I presume this is some sort of competitive thing with the Eastern states. We're supposed to be on FIRE, not FLOODING.

The plumber, who was kind of adorable and sadly not available until the following morning, said 'go for it' when I asked if he minded my crimping the pipe so we could have water on overnight. A. did the hard work and I provided tools and what I am going to call 'inspiration.' It didn't leak at all after the first, tiny trickle when we turned to mains back on. Please admire the remains of the support post and it's extreme age.

Oops, temporary plumbing fix

Stage 2 was R. the plumber fitting a new copper pipe and me sourcing a new post, digging it in nice and deep and screwing the new pipe fitting to it. Success!

No more emergency

I was momentarily overcome with lust at the hardware store which is also selling BLACK MULBERRY trees for $139 since I wants one like burning and they could not be had for any price back when I bought the house - I have regretfully come to the conclusion that the one I bought originally is a fine tree and an excellent fruiter but not the tree I was fantasising about.
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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 11:45 am
  • Installed aircon in [personal profile] chaosmanor's bedroom so she doesn't accidentally dessicate this summer - would be the Best Mummy Ever but prefer her hydrated
  • Fixed leaking toilet pipe problem. Well, plumber fixed, I just annoyed plumber with lots of questions about plumbing.
  • Wrote 1504 and 2379 word essays for Negotiation and handed them in then edited Ethics down to 3257 and sent to group for comments *brain melts out ears*
  • Upgraded iPad from 3.2.1 to 3.2.2 and successfully jailbroke it again \o/
  • Bought a spray skirt for Carolina, a dry bag and some gloves (fear of sunblock). Have been paddling many times, it’s fantastic and intend to do it a lot more
  • Ordered Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 - choice partially dictated by being able to get it for $160 but picture quality, weight and optical were also factors
  • Finalised maps and clue sheets for Rogaine, I admit to a tiny amount of anxiety about how it is received - bring on Saturday!
  • Have two books waiting for me to finish the Trimester so I can read again, oh reading, I miss you so
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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 05:04 pm
My walk home from work is past a fruiting mulberry tree, it's a good way point. I survive the HAZARDOUS remaining 600 meters knowing my own darling little tree is also fruiting and in a moment of genius [personal profile] chaosmanor suggested a smoothie. My life, it is awesome.

Walking home from work  Mulberry smoothie
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 09:51 pm
My second warning from Western Power recently arrived informing me in no uncertain terms to cut back tree limbs that may impact on power lines in storms. Alas, my three attempts to lure brother J. into helping me were devastated by his current work schedule - he has a ute, an extension ladder and the fabulous quality of being about 6'3" (he has many other fabulous qualities as well).

I managed to get to the first tree by putting a stool on my very sturdy letter box and standing on it. This got me higher than [personal profile] maharetr's much appreciated stepladder but the second tree was an inside job. I climbed stupidly high carrying a saw, wedged myself in a suitable fork and patiently sawed through a critical branch as the rain started up, or rather down. I tried to enjoy the view, the patter of raindrops on the leaves, my inexorable progress and the gift that is ambidexterity when you're trapped in a tree with a handsaw. Below me, the woofer tried to convince passers that he and his tennis ball had been abandoned and were in need of loving attention.

Me (2), Trees (0)
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 11:19 am
  • Assisted [personal profile] maharetr  and her father to convert bath to shower; showered in it.
  • Fixed three of our sticking doors – they no longer stick! We opened and closed them a lot and giggled. [personal profile] maharetr  took flattering photos of me up a ladder.
  • Cleaned out the library room and turned it back into a bedroom (the books remain but the massive, hidden storage depot was cleared)
  • Have 4 boxes of stuff to take to op-shop
  • Have pile of stuff that friends may want before I op-shop it – mostly sewing/craft related.
  • Walked 10.5km around the bridges with Pip, [personal profile] prk , [personal profile] maharetr  and the woofers – was good fun
  • Acquired the fabulous [personal profile] chaosmanor  as a housemate :)
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Friday, February 5th, 2010 05:11 pm
Our wasp nest has been vacated, leaving behind a little work of geometric glory.

Wasp nest

Wasp nest closeup

I have also learned valuable things about how to get enough light to reflect up to be able to take photographs.
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 12:25 pm
  • Launched AO3 Open Beta and helped coordinate some bug fixes
  • Fixed the shade sail that wore through it's mooring
  • Did a 3 hour exam and finished my first MBA unit (1/12th of an MBA done!)
  • Delivered birthday presents to brother J.
  • Avenue Q - saw with no prior knowledge at all and loved it
  • Monthly slash gathering - have now seen pilot for White Collar and fully understand the enthusiasm
  • Holiday in one week!
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 08:46 am
  • Power failed last night but *after* assignment draft was safely emailed to the world
  • I am not very good at making porridge in a microwave (work)
*waits for electrician to call back and announce ETA*
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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 06:31 pm
The council is putting in a traffic calming feature and have dug up my driveway and left some fascinatingly symmetrical tyre marks on the sidewalk in front of my house.
Wird type patterns on my driveway
(Yes, I have the ball)
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Sunday, August 9th, 2009 08:43 pm
  • Had one of those shivering moments of rage at work where for a second, the alternatives seemed to be demonstrating the versatility of the word 'fuck' or bursting into tears. I settled for explaining exactly how I felt to someone who could fix it, turns out I speak in numbered lists when I'm that wound up
  • Been wrestling with work and UWA on the subject of communications technology, UWA have launched a new email interface called MyUWA which has a rather primitive (currently broken) planner function; work won't give me access to Gmail+ Gcalendar because it's a bandwidth hog and anyway UWA have provided a perfectly good alternate service - except of course it's broken. I'm thinking an iPhone may be the best answer to this dilemma
  • Leverage 2x04 was silly and fun
  • Shaved [personal profile] maharetr's head
  • Personal Milestone! Have finished knitting 2 x jumper sleeves and started the front (or back) piece, I have 2 more winters to finish knitting this to replace my favourite jumper - it should finish disintegrating about then
  • I planned to take Saturday off, can't quite recall the sequence of thoughts but by 11am it seemed perfectly logical to go buy paint and start prepping my ceiling. It took 4 coats to subdue the awful Purple Walls of Doom and I've only done half the room (rest of the room over the week in stages methinks)
  • Coraline in 3D - was magnificent and I strongly encourage people to see it