Wednesday, December 27, 2006
By the way, sorry about the lighting and the quality, hope you can all see it ok!
- Did very well in the present stakes, including many books, some DVDs I'd been after, a specky bag, and a gift voucher for a beauty salon. (And I'm going to kill my mum for spending so much on it!!)
- Went to my aunt's place at Paxton where the rest of the tribe had congregated. We had a Brazilian, Shaz and Rob who have just moved back from England, Rob's brother David and his wife Daisy who live in Hong Kong, Rob's mate Garry had also come out from England, and Rob and David's mother Iris is from Wales. So we had a very multicultural Christmas.
- Spent most of the day with my little "neice" Breanna.
- Was tossed in the pool. Fully clothed. Also joining me was Den & Bunk (cousins), Jade (brother), Garry, Liv, and they even got my mum in.
- Gave myself a really nice bruise on my knee which has now turned a lovely shade of purple, yellow, and green.
- Liv and I actually sang "the leopard" song so much that Breanna can now sing it, and she's never even heard it!
- The boys were teaching us how to crack a whip, and I really suck at it. Jade did better, but he also managed to give himself two welts on his back!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
- Bubbles/bubble blowers (and an oxygen tank with mask for Leeanne so she doesn't pass out from hyperventilating like the Fluffy Bunny evening)
- Glitter in any form
- Chocolate (I never said they had to be good for you!)
- Things with feathers on them
- Trees and flowers and shrubs (and grubs! Sorry, just threw that in coz it rhymed!)
- Chou cream and senbei (Shann's fave Japanese delicasies)
- Flattering swim suits and jeans
- Reality-challenged people such as myself
- People who read for pleasure (ie not just the morning newspaper)
- Friendliness and understanding (or even just common courtesy) towards our fellow earth-bound citizens (whether, furry, scaly, biped, feathery or slimy)
- Pink or purple things (especially crystals and feathers- see above)
- Bloggers (join the madness, come over to the dark side!)
- Big squishy doonas (yes, this is an obsession of mine)
- Confidence and belief in ourselves
Friday, December 22, 2006
Did the grocery shopping today, and the check-out chick was quite amused at the way I sorted items as I took them from the trolley so they could be packed in the right bags. I'm not incredibly anal about it, I just find it easier when I get home to unpack if all the cold stuff is in one bag, all the stuff for the pantry in another, and so on.
That's all from me really, just the usual pre-Christmas rushing around.
Love you all
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Christmas party for the pole dancing class will be on Wednesday. Drinks and nibblies, followed by a bit of a play on the poles. Yes, I will be taking the camera, and assorted drunken behaviour and fallings off pole will be documented and reported!
Just want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to my mother. I know she will never read this (being technologically challenged), but she is one of the strongest women I know. And she is responsible for the person I am becoming, and for that I want to thank her.
Took the exchange student dancing (latin) on Friday night, to see if she could learn how to samba. Imagine, a Brazilian who can't samba, and can't wax. I think we got a defective exchange student! Anyway, we all had a blast, and Liv picked up a few moves- I thought she looked great!
Anyways, I should get back to work. Got a few things to do. Love you all!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
A big thank you for everyone who sent/posted birthday comments, I love you all!
Managed to get my pole up. Took a little bit of rearranging. I was planning on putting it upstairs in the loungeroom, but that would mean I'd have to put it up and down everytime I wanted to use it. (And please keep the cheeky comments to yourselves!). So I decided I would put it downstairs where I could leave it up, and then just take it down if I needed to. So the pole is now up, and it's absolutely wonderful! I've already had a bit of a play on it. I'm teaching the exchangfe student, and mum has already had a bit of a swing on it. I think it's a great pole, not just coz it's a pole but it's really grippy which is good for me because I prefer grippy poles. It just can be a bit of a pain (literally!) when it's grippy on my legs and I'm trying to slide! I'm also a bit paranoid about going upside down because our ceiling is a bit lower than the one at the studio, so i have to be careful that I don't hit my feet on the ceiling. I haven't yet, so I'm not really sure if I can, or if I'm just being careful (and I have no idea what I just meant!)
(Well it is now Friday, but shall continue post anyway!)
Learnt/perfected 3 moves at pole class last night, am very proud and have the bruises to show for it!
Am not happy at the moment as "operation pole" is being sabotaged. But will carry on the battle and will prevail!
As I think I am the only Mary not to have posted pics of the Festivus bush, here are a few of mine. (Don't worry, we have a proper tree too!)
I am really hanging out for this Macbook so I can blog anytime I want, and I don't have to fight Livia and Jade for internet time!
Anyway, love to you all, and rest assured that if I don't blog for a while that I'm not dead, I'm just on the losing end of the battle for internet time!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
The other one, I'm still in the process of learning, and it's called the Cleopatra. It's basically a different way of getting upside down. Instead of standing next to the pole (like I usually do) you stanhd in front of it and flip up that way. I never thought I'd be able to do it because I'm not that flexible in the shoulders, but I was actually getting pretty close, and a lot closer than I ever thought I would! So that was my adventure for the night. I was so happy to do a (semi) acceptable Venus. I has really been p!ssing me off. But now I'm happy again. Yay!
What is not shmick though, is I am getting waxed tomorrow, and I think I'll have a few bruises on the inside of my legs, and that is going to cain! Very NOT SHMICK!!
I might go watch my DVD!
Love you all
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I want to go back to HV Gardens coz I had so much fun there with mum. So I'm going to gather up the clan, the boy, and the best friend and take a trip up there. Most of the problem came from timing. We couldn't do it Thursday or Friday because some people wouldn't be able to go, but I'm worried if we go on the Sarurday that it will be too busy. Oh well, will leave that up to the Universe. I'm just going to go and enjoy myself, and have fun hitting golf balls into the lake!
Have got most of my Chrissy shopping done, I think. But next week sometime I'll probly remember someone I need to buy for. Isn't that always the way!
I am going to make a conscious effort to put more piccies on the blog. I've noticed I hardly ever do that, and I'm sure you've noticed too. Not sure what this will accomplish, but at least my blog will look more speccy!
Oh just for the record, by birthday is December 9, so this Saturday coming!
Anyways, catch you all later!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
First off, I have my very own pole! It is still sitting in its box in the living room though. I have decided I'm not going to open it until my birthday. I can just imagine spending half of my birthday trying to figure out how to put the damn thing up!
On Thursday, my brother and I took my mum, our exchange student and our aunt up to the Hunter Valley Gardens for my mums birthday. Thought I'd share a few of the photos with you all, then you can see where the "crazy gene" comes from!
Brother decided to take a family picture, but since we don't have a tripod, he stuck the camera in a tree. This was the result!
Livia solving one of my problems!
My mum, classic!
Typically Jade decides to show everyone up!
Liv and I had a go, but ours doesn't seem as impressive!
The obligatory pole dancing pic. They wanted me to climb it, but it didn't look very sturdy!
And me deciding to get athletic
Hope you enjoy!
PS yes there will be many a pic coming up of me playing with my new friend!
Saturday, December 02, 2006
This time thought, it has to do with my birthday. Not the whole "quarter-life crisis" thing (I'm over that), but my birthday always seems to cause so much trouble. I never really have much of a party, because a lot of my friends live in Sydney, and it's just a pain for them to try to come up. This year seems to be no different. I had given up on the notion of trying to get friends up for a party, and was content just to spend some quality time with my family and close friends, but I seem to be having some trouble managing that as well. Despite that fact that it is a weekend, I had something planned for Friday night, have my bday on the Saturday, and lunch with a friend on the Sunday, but then I'm back to work on the Monday, and it just doesn't seem to be working out.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I spent 3 years doing a degree but have no immediate plans to do anything with it.
I am still living at home with my parents (in a single bed)
And recently I have begun to think about having kids. Not planning to have kids of course, but just the whole idea. And for some reason I'm worried that I might not be able to have kids. I can't think of a single reason why I couldn't, but it's there all the same. And along with that is, when would I have kids? In 2 years time I will be 25, 5 years after that I'm 30. I guess I'm falling into the trap of thinking my "young life" is coming to an end.
Anyway, not sure that this really accomplishes much, and most of you are probly just thinking "what the hell is this girl on?" but some opinions (or even just reassurance) would be great.
Lisa- you always seem so certain, and I love the way you mother everyone, regardless of age.
Renata- a very wacky sense of humour- melds perfectly with mine.
Deb- lol you come up with some cracking one-liners!
Leeanne- the most wicked laugh, and a fabulous dancer. (And I wish I had your boobs! (Just kidding!))
Jacqui-I love sharing a joke with you
Kathleen- so very, very wise
Helen- so much knowledge on so many topics
Michelle- the hair, oh my god, the hair!
Larry- what's not to love? Gives great hugs
Diana- always looking out for people
Jonathon- his obsession with heavy metal- absolutely adorable!
Carolyn- makes me laugh (and have a guess how!!)
Friday, November 24, 2006
Had 2 pole classes last night (I had to make up a class that I had missed) so I got 2 hours of playing in. Am starting to work on some moves that make even me nervous. I'd put some photos up here, but I'm not too good just yet, so I generally prefer the person watching to be helping me and not pointing a camera at me waiting for me to fall on my ass (actually, I'd be falling on my head, but lets not quibble!)
Have started the very daunting task of trying to figure out what to get everyone for Christmas. Mum is generally pretty easy to buy for, but my brother and father are a nightmare. Plus we also have an exchange student to buy for. Usually I'd get her jewellery, but she's from Brazil and has already told us that it's very likely to get ripped off. Literally! And don't get me started on my best friend- she's actually worse than my father when it comes to Christmas presents, if you can believe that. Also need to find something for the boy. Gift vouchers are sounding pretty good right about now!
Unfortunately I have to admit I'm not much better to buy for. There isn't really anything that I desperately want (except a new laptop, but I can't see that popping up under the tree!)
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Of course I would buy Mary Raihn a laptop, fly her to a private dinner with Jackson Browne in Rome (or maybe Paris-more romantic!).
I would buy many many wonderful drums from Sacred Drums and give them out to people.
I would go absolutely nuts buying crystals on ebay (of course I do that anyway, but I'm kind of constrained with regards to funds!)
Give everybody at the cottage a blank IOU that they could fill out for whatever they chose.
Whew! I am a busy Mary!
Feel free to appropriate the "wish list" idea Rylah. I'd love to see some of the things on your list. The complete boxed set of the X - Files perhaps? Oooh, or a cat playground for the kitties? (Sorry, this is your wish list and you can put anything you want on it!)
Last night was a shocker at work. Not only was it really really hot, but there was a bushfire somewhere and the wind was just blowing the smoke all over the place. We had to close all the windows to stop the smoke getting in, and the kids were worried they wouldn't be able to get home (bless them!).
Had a minor catastrophe with the computer this morning. (They seem to be going around, don't they?) I was told that I could unplug our ADSL modem and plug it inot the back of my laptop. So I yoiked the plug out of our desktop computer, and went to plug it into my laptop. The problem was, my laptop is so ancient (it actually has a floppy disk drive!) that there was no ethernet port on it! So I plugged it back into the other computer and tried to open a web page. No dice. I freaked out and rang the boy, who while trying to calm me down, was also trying to figure out what I had done to the poor computer. None of that worked so I rang Dodo, who told me they'd be able to get back to me within 24 hrs. So gave up on that and tried my brother's mate. We finally got it working, and I really should say here that what he suggested was also suggested by my honey, but I hadn't actually tried it. So, crisis averted and am now able to blog in peace.
Am really really thinking about getting a new laptop (preferably a Macbook) that I can actually access broadband with! Once our accountant gets his finger out, I should have a tax check coming (god knows when that will be though!), and depending how much it is, I might put some of it toward a pretty new laptop.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
What Shann would buy if she had the money:
A Macbook and an Airport (Apple’s wireless router) so that I could sit in my room and blog any time I want, without having to fight my brother for the computer. Plus I could watch TV at the same time!
A Corolla Ascent hatchback. I have a 1983 Corolla at the moment, and I love it to bits, so if I was to get a brand-spankin-new car, it would be this one.
A double bed with a squishy down doona. I really need a double bed. I like to spread out when I sleep, but that’s kind of hard in a single bed. And Jonathon has a really nice down doona that’s so nice to sleep under. I find my current doona really heavy.
My tattoo. I really want to get it, but I still need to get the design sorted out.
One of those huge amethyst geode things. (And yes, that is a technical term!)
A couple of holidays all over the world. Starting with
A guitar for my honey, and 2 tickets to an Iron Maiden concert in any city in the world he chose.
A couple of nice houses in countries all over the world.
(You see we’re really starting to get away from reality now!)
That's all I can think of for now, but I'm sure I'll come up with some more later!
We had a few speeches, then we had some nibblies. I decided that I couldn't have dinner with the Consul General and not get a photo, so here we are:
And if you look closely, you might be able to see the dress I am wearing, and yes it is the same one that my borther squeezed into for the Miss Relay event.
While I'm at it, here are a few photos of the residence:
So that's what happened on Friday night.
On Saturday the boy and I went to the Mind Body Spirit festival at Darling Harbour, and I spent waaay too much money! I did end up getting the outfit that I previously posted, so that's where a lot of the money went! Lol, ran into Dean at the Goji stand and got busted getting free samples!
And while I'm at it, I may as well fill in the rest of what has happened up till now.
Went to work on Monday at Singleton and was told to set up in the hall. Was then told (by a different person) that I couldn't set up there because they had to use the hall for practise, so I set up outside. After lunch., the first person came back and asked why I had set up outside! Grrrr!
Yesterday I was working from 12:30 til 7:00 in that heat. I don't think I've ever drunk so much water! Working again today, but at least it's not as hot!
Anyway, that's pretty much it for me. See you all tonight!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
This is the view from the Consul Generals residence. (And am letting everyone know that I have just been interrupted for the 3rd time while trying to write this blog!) It has taken me 2 days to get this far! So I think I may just post this bit, and the rest can be done when I have more time. (Now that will be going on my Xmas list. - "Dear Santa, please send me MORE TIME for Xmas. Love Shann")
Love you all, will finish up later!
Friday, November 17, 2006
The drumming circles we did were absolutely amazing, and each one was unique in its feel. After we had finished, I could still feel the energy swirling all around the room. Jacqui and I were both alomst falling over. Of course, each of us was trying to lean on the other, so that might not have helped!
The random jamming that came afterwards was so infectious everybody was dancing, and I think they heard us all in Merewether! Got to meet some Marys in the flesh which was a treat, and people have still not forgotten my internet debut! On that note. last night I paid for my new pole and I should be getting it shortly. So once I get hold of it (which may be later rather than sooner if my mum wants to make it a Chrissie present), there will be a lot more photos and videos for everybody to laugh at and for teenage boys to send to their friends.
Pole class wasn't the best last night. It was loads of fun as always, but there was a beginners class in before us and when we went to get on the poles, they were so slippery! And no matter how much we wiped them down, we couldn't get any grip. So som of the tricks were a bit harder than usual. I haven't taken a photo of my latest trick yet, but when I do, I'll post it here. It involves hanging off the pole by only my legs! (Upside down too I might add!) So I'm sure everyone will be eager to see that one.
Am going to an Inauguration Ceremony tonight. I am part of an organisation for returned Rotary exchange students who went to Japan. So I have to get dressed all snazzy, and then find my way through Sydney. if I manage to take any photos, they too will be posted.
I really need to find some pics to put here. Everyone else has pretty photos on their blog. Of course the last time I posted things like that on my blog I got myself into a heap of trouble!
Am going to the Mind Body Spirit festival on Saturday. Am really sad to be missing out on the Angelic Raihn healing workshop, but I'm hoping there might be another one in the new year sometime. (Lisa, are you listening? Pretty please??)
Am hoping to get a pretty skirt I saw when I was there last year. My problem will be deciding what colour I want! But I like this one the best.
But it's quite expensive, so maybe just the skirt!
Anyway, just waiting for the boy to finish his meeting, then I might go get some coffee.
Love you all
PS Starbucks is evil!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Ok, here we go:
Monday- work at Singleton- couldn't use the hall because of art show and we all got stuck outside, and it was raining. Then back to Newie for more work.
Tuesday- work. A school from 1:15 to 3:30 then from 3:30 to 7:15
Thursday- down to the boy's for the weekend. Had to get the early train because otherwise it would have been nuses, and I hate buses.
Friday- well earned bumming around
Saturday- Shopping and coffee in Bowral, and found a fantastic shop- but it's bloody expensive!
Sunday- back to Newcastle. Got driven to Campbellton. Then train to Central, had coffee, then bus all the way from Central to Broadmedow.
Monday- Singleton again. Hall still out of action so I set up on the grass. Then it got windy and dusty, then it got wet and rainy. Then went home, had a shower, and back at work for 5pm to 7pm.
very brief I know, but everytime I try to get on the net and blog, the pages load so slowly. So brief it must be as I am again off to work in about 20 min and I still have to have lunch, and pack something to eat between classes!
Love you all (despite my very long periods of absence!)
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Girl's Night In was quite a success. I'd like to give a big shout out here to my mum who helped me get organised, and to Leeanne for such a wonderful dance. I don't know how much money we raised yet because I haven't counted it yet, but as soon as I know, I'll let you know.
Also a big shout out to all who came, you made the night absolutely wonderful, and of course, it couldn't havce happened without you!
I'm glad everyone enjoyed my chocolate cake (a la Naomi via Martha Stewart), and my impromptu pole dancing.
I am a little bit worried as during the belly dancing my next door neighbour told me she was going to the toilet and then we didn't see her for the rest of the night. Her car wasn't there went we got home either, so mum said she'd probly got called into work, but I don't know why she left without saying goodbye. I was seriously freaking out last night, thinking that something had happened to her, but the car was there this morning so she probably did get called into work. But I still want to know why she left without saying goodbye. Isn't it funny the things you can get hung up on? So I was also thinking that something might have been said to offend her, but I know all you girls, and can't imagine such a thing happening. I think my mind is just going berserk on me.
I was thinking that next year I might have next year's Girls Night In at my pole studio. And I'm going to take a blog poll. Who, out of the RC regulars do you think would be first to have a go? (And I don't count!) I'm going to say Renata.
Worked 8 hours today and did 5 birthday parties. And I think maybe the less said on that, the better!
Back up to Singleton tomorrow. Am soooo going to conk out on Tuesday. Just remembered the full moon circle tonight. Would love to go and share a slave, but I think I might just sit at home and veg.
Love you all!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Ok Shann, just breathe, is all good. Don't mind me, just freaking out. It's probly not as bad as I'm making out. So don't worry!
Pole classes are going all over the place. No class tonight (big bummer) and then maybe will still haveclasses on Thursdays, but I'm going to the boy's house next Thursday so I may have to miss that one too.
Getting Girls Night In organised. Have to go to Moonan Flat tomorrow, organise then have Girls Night In on Saturday, doing birthday parties on Sunday, and then back to Singleton again on Monday.
Seriously guys, I know I must sound really traumatised, but I'm all good. Just need to sit and breathe. Drinking less coffee might help too.
Love you all!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Shame it was cancelled
Hope you feel better Mary-Raihn
Would love to volunteer for the Rose Cottage Association of Filler-Innerers
Why are toenails so disgusting? And why haven't I started painted them more often sooner? (sorry, Shann-speak for more regularly- I think)
Want to get my fingernails done too but never seem to get to the salon. Hey, maybe I should paint them myself! (Squeals with glee!)
Except just remembered when it comes to painting my right hand, using my left hand, I really suck
New exchange student is supernice, and starts every rumble in the house (usually audible 3 streets away(
Told Jade that we are not to tickle her feet anymore, as she screams blue murder and someone may actually think we are murdering her.
Not even thinking about Xmas presents. I think I'll be giving everyone gift vouchers. Or calenders, that will make Mary-Renata happy.
The boy is coming up tomorrow!
Hopefully this time when we go to Govinda's it will be open!
Cheese spread on toast is so yummy. Ditto Tim Tams
Not together of course
My list of unfinished craft projects is thus: (in order of needing to get done right now!): box for raffle, cranes for summer solstice, surprise for RC baby (assuming I can figure out how to get it done- I don't actually have a pattern for this!), a crocheted blanket for mum, and then all the stuff for me- namely another crocheted rug, a tapestry, and a bag.
Note how I put all the stuff for me at the end. I have come to the conclusion that you always get stuff for other people done quicker than stuff for yourself. This is because if it's for someone else, you usually need it for a specific date (eg bday or Xmas), but if it's for yourself, it's not the having, it's the doing.
Am very ashamed of craft rant.
I have done roughly 120 cranes out of 1000. Wish me luck!
Why hasn't my broadband been connected yet?
I really really want a pole. But I can't put it in until mum has finished laying the vinyl down. And I have no idea when that will be.
Got a massage organised today, and omg will I be feeling better afterwards!
Decided I need my own live in masseus. (Hope I spelt that right!)
Thought I had crimpers and wire cutters and pliers from my brief attempt at suncatchers. Have misplaced these but need to get more to finish off my Ostara (and soon to be Beltane) sabbat cords.
Have rambled way too much
Love you all!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
This weekend was quite eventful. Saturday was the Relay For Life. It was hosted at the Hunter Sports Centre and it was loads of fun. It was to raise money for the Cancer Council and what happens is you get people to sponsor you and then you walk laps around the running track. Our team was the Wacky Witches so I went dressed in my good witchy dress, the huge pentacle from our fluffy bunny night, my stripey socks and boots. I also had a borrowed cape and Sorting Hat (thanks Aleks!). Although I have just been through the photos from the weekend and have realised that I haven’t got a photo of me dressed up on there, and I’m not quite sure how I managed that!
Mum and I managed 13 laps each. I tried to make my laps a bit more interesting. I did part of one lap in bear walks (on hands and feet, with straight legs). Unfortunately that one was captured on the video camera and not my digital camera so I’m not quite sure how to get it onto the computer so that I can put it on the blog. And one of the other girls and I did a whole lap of dance steps.
At 7:30 all the lights went out and we had the Candlelight Ceremony, where people had bought candles and put them in paper bags all around the edge of the track, in memory of loved ones who had lost the battle with cancer. It really reminded me of the Japanese festival of Obon, which is similar to Halloween, in that it is the night that the Spirits return to this realm. For the whole week, the Spirits roam the earth, and at the end of the week, lanterns are floated down the river to guide them back to the spirit realm.
They also had a “Miss Relay” competition where the teams nominated one of the guys to dress up in drag. My brother was the sacrificial lamb for our team, and Friday night he sat in the armchair in the lounge room while myself and the exchange student waxed his legs. And considering she is from Brazil, she is rather inept when it comes to waxing! Anyways, Jade squeezed himself into one of my dresses, got himself some high heels and some boobs, and set off to collect some donations. The “woman” who collected the most donations was the winner. Jade won that one because Mum put in $150 herself, but considering he sat and got waxed for it without (too much) complaint, I think he deserved it!
Friday, October 27, 2006
Then I went to pole dancing class last night and was told that the class will be on Wednesday nights for next term. They were going to make the class 6:00 or 6:30 but I wouldn't have been able to make it so they've made it 7:30 so that I can go. So I'll be missing Rose Cottage for a few weeks, and hopefully it will only be a short term arrangement. It doesn't come into effect until after next week, so I'll still be making Beltane. Yay! So that's what's been going on with me lately.
Before I go, I would like to give a big shout out to Mary Michelle and Mary Kathleen for their wonderful donations to the Girls Night In raffle. Thanks girls!
Love you all
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I've done kindergym twice this week, and the little kids are so cute! I've done kindergym before but today I was made to do a warm up and a cool down (as a fill in, I don't usually have to do this) but I think I went ok.
As of this afternoon I have 3 yeses, a maybe, and one no for my Girls night in, so keep them coming! I'd love to get a yes from everyone, but even if you can't make it, please let me know!
New exchange student at my place, girl from Brazil, she's heaps nice. Showed her a few of the photos from www.engrish.com and she nearly killed herself laughing, this girl will laugh at anything. I'm really hoping Leeanne will be at the Girls Night In because I'd love to introduce these two and see if I can make them laugh. That would be the best entertainment for the evening!
I may or may not be going in a ballroom competition. There is talk of me entering such an event, but whether I actually do remains to be seen. If I do, photos and embarrassing stories will be forthcoming.
Well that's it from me for now, and I'll be seeing most of you this evening. Actually, you'll probably see me before you read this, but either way is good.
Love you all
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
And another thing, if all you other Mary's are fluffy, does that make me "pointy"?
There's not much going on with me at the moment, I'm pretty much on here to fulfill my blogging duties, and so all the other Mary's don't call me sad for having a life.
And here are some randoms:
Why is caramel so yummy?
My dance partner rang me up on Tuesday night during Dancing With The Stars, just to ask me if I was watching the heel turns in the foxtrot. I don't mind the foxtrot, but I really suck (and therefore, hate) doing heel turns. It is not a natural movement for an ex-gymnast and ex-ballerina, who usually does turns on her toes. Plus I have never had a lesson in standard ballroom in my life. Anything that I have picked up in standard has just been a crash course- the operative word being "crash".
Dancing is a contact sport, football is a hitting sport.
You have to wonder why guys who get to dance with beautiful women are called gay, while men who go out and try to tackle other men are "real men".
Just wondering what everyone's Obsessive Compulsive thing is. We all have one, even if it's not a debilitating one. (ie washing your hands every 5 minutes). What thing are you obsessive compulsive about? It could be as simple as having to check the iron before you leave. Mine has to do with suede. All the pile has to lie flat, it can't be all messy. Hence why I will never be getting a suede lounge suite.
Going to pole class again tonight, and wondering what kind of acrobatics I will be getting up to.
Have to go finish watching buffy. It's on load from the library, it's due back tomorrow, and I'm only up to disc 3 of 6.
Love you all!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Back to work again this week- not that I ever really left, having nworked during the hols as well. Had my first day at Gymskools yesterday, and it went pretty well. Being first day back there was a bit of a shemozzle getting the kids and the classes organised, but it all worked out in the end. So I got up at 5:45am (and it is sooo unnatural!), drove to Singleton, then when I had finished at the school in Singleton I had to drive all the way back to newcastle, pick up my mum and then go to work at Glendale for the evening. Needless to say, I was cactus last night. back to work again tonight and I'll be working with the person who stole my Wednesday night shift off me. Well I guess she can't really steal it, seeing as it was hers to begin with, but I was getting quite comfy in her spot!
Looking at everyone else's blogs, I have to say I think mine is quite boring! of course I don't get on here as much as I would like, and when I do I never have anything to talk about. I think maybe I should start putting up some pretty pics and stuff. I'll have to see what I can manage.
I'm in the midst of getting broadband connected. It apparently won't come through for a few days yet (7-21 days they said) but in the meantime we have free dial-up access, so all is not lost.
On the weird and random side of things, I having some issues with my bed. I usually have a waterbed but a few weeks ago it got a leak and usually we'd just patch it, but mum decided that seeing as it was really old, we'd get a new bladder. So I've been sleeping in the spare room and taking advantage of having a double bed (it's amazing how much room I have to spread out in!) Well, we finally got the bladder organised and filled and ready to go. We plugged the heater back in and it was all good. Except that the bed is now waaaay to hot! It is on the lowest setting and I still had to sleep on top of the cover snad I was still sweating when I woke up! It is really annoying and I can't figure it out because it's never done anything like this before. Maybe this is the Universe's way of telling me I need a double bed. Mum also came up with the idea that I can have the spare room and we can make my room the spare room, but I like my room. It's painted the colour I want, all the furniture is how I like it, and it's my little space. It wouldn't be the same if I was in the other room. I've been in my room ever since we moved into this house. It's just not big enough to fit a double bed into.
Wow, did that turn into a rant or what? This blog is dangerous!
Lol, a funny thing occured to me the other day. I want to get a pole so I can practice at home. Now, when I get drunk, I like to start doing gymnastics stuff, and I can just imagine what would happen if I have a pole at home! I have already told my mother and my brother not to let me near a pole when I'm drunk because I will hurt myself!
Oh well I think that's about it for me. I am having a relaxing day (or as relaxing as I can) and working my way through Buffy Season 2 on DVD.
Love you all!
Friday, October 13, 2006
Let me know if it works/doesn't work
There may be a possibility of a pole at the girls night in, but we shall have to wait and see. I just realised that even if I do manage to get a pole I still need to sort out a routine! In the meantime, just thought I'd share this with everyone. And I assure you that if I ever do9 anything similar, it will be available for viewing.
That's it for me, and I'm going to have a very relaxing weekend because I have a big day on Monday. Ciao for now!
Thursday, October 12, 2006
New best friend Katie- went and got me Starbucks frappacino when I had to work
Can't type this evening- had to correct 3 already
Getting screwed over at work- it's all going down the toilet now
How very moody I was yesterday due to certain monthly problems
Wondering if I can actually get the pole to fit in Starbucks
Wondering if I dare wear the catsuit ( don't think it's going to happen though)
Just fixed my 6th typo
Think I'll quite while I'm ahead and while my head is still baked from today.
Love to all
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Upside-down-on-the-pole (the technical name is the "descending angel"!)
This one is called the black widow, and I have to apologize for the very (un)graceful getting-up-off-the-floor move.
This one is called the corkscrew and it's a very short vid( just 3 seconds) coz it's a really hard move to do and I'm not too good at it yet.
That's all I've got so far. One of the girls in my class still hasn't managed to get upside down on the pole by herself yet. She was so close last week and it was really frustrating her. I'm hoping she'll get it this week though.
Enjoy and please leave some comments and tell me what you think!
Monday, October 09, 2006
I was down at the library using their super fast internet to upload my pole pics but you only get an hour each day so I had to get off and I didn't have time to upload the video that i really wanted to show everyone. So I'll be doing that tomorrow, and hopefully you guys can see it soon.
The boy came up from Sydney on the weekend which is why I didn't have time over the weekend to try to upload this stuff. We didn't actually get up to much because we ended up helping my mum and brother demolish the house. Well we didn't demolish the house per se, we renovated the spare room and the stairwell. We ripped up the carpet and laid down new carpet squares, which involved moving all the furniture into the loungeroom. After we laid the new carpet down, we had to move everything back, and we almost lost the screw out of the bed frame- but we found them, luckily.
We had a few false starts over the weekend, actually, there were more than a few. On Friday, Jade left his light on at work and had a flat battery, so we had to drive out and try to jump start it. We actually melted the jumper leads! So then we tried to clutch start it, but that didn't work. luckily there was a Super Cheap Auto just down the road so we went and got some new jumper leads and finially got that working. Then when we got home, Jade was stirring up the dog and it hit him in the nose! He was so lucky that it didn't break anything.
We managed to do the spare room in one afternoon, and the next day we started on the stairwell. We had a few problems with this on. We had to replace the support beam under the floor, because after 19 years of Jade and I both landing with a huge thud at the bottom, the support had actually cracked. Jade went to Bunnings to get the timber, but he got the timber 20cm short. So Jono and I had to go back out and get the correct size. Then our drill almost blew up, so we had to got back to Bunnings and get a drill (a corded one because if we got a cordless one we would have had to wait while it charged). Then the slats we got to replace the floor didn't quite fit into place, but that was easily fixed.
Got my roster for next term today, and I'm not too happy about it. Last term I was getting about 14 hrs a week, and now I'm down to 9. I lost one of the shifts that I really wanted, and I'm going to be working with a person that I'm not too fond of. The same people are getting all the shirfts, and when somethgin happens to them (if they get sick or go on holidays) I'm one of the people they call in to fix it. I have to work Mondays which means that I can't do belly dancing, so I have to figure out how I can keep going with that.
Anyway, enough of me bitching, I'm gonna go, and hopefully the next blog will be a bit more upbeat. And it will probably include pole pictures!
Love you all
Saturday, October 07, 2006
And yet again I have been up to a whole heap of nothing that takes up way too much time! Still trying to get my "Girls Night In" sorted, but I'm being a bit lazy. Hoping the Moon in Aries will be giving me a big kick in the backside soon! Trying to blog more regularly, seeing as people go to thr trouble of visiting my blog, but there is never anything new to see. All that is about to change right now, and you will be glad of the break, because it is once again time for pole pictures. Actually they are pole videos so I'm hoping that no more 13 year old boys will be getting their hands on them. But I suppose you can't really say no to the fans. I am currently sitting here in Wallsend library waiting for these videos to load so that I can link them here. I am at the library because they have superfast snazzy internet, while I am still in the dark ages of dial-up. So I'm trying to fill in some time and get some blogging done in the meantime. I am also trying to figure out why I can't get onto this forum. It just redirects me, and it's giving me the sh!ts. They must be updating or something.
I'll get back to the videos (once the damn things load!). Last night at the Cottage was wonderful, a much bigger group than last time. Brooms were named and consecrated (the naming highlights being "Franken-Muff" and "Whoosh"). The Rose of Avalon Cricle was also cleansed and consecrated, which unfortunately for me involved moonwater. We weren't even drinking it! It was just poured on our hands and it still got me. I think Lisa was quite astounded at the effect it had on me, even without ingesting it! I have to admit though, it wasn't as severe a reaction as I usually get!
We also got some silver bangles to commemorate the first ritual in the circle. I still haven't decided what to do with mine- whether I want to put them on my alter or if I want to wear them. And I still need to make an Ostara sabbat cord, hopefully before Beltane, or I'll be 2 cords behind. I'm really hoping this Aries energy is strong because all of my tasks that I want to get done are short term, but the problem is there are so many of them to do!
I can't believe it, this video has been uploading for 25 min already, and I still have 2 to go! Can't wait till we get broadband at home. I should do a survey and just see how many people still do have dial-up. Surely I'm one of the last people alive to be using it!
I'll put the pole photos up later. I'm still waiting for one to load.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I tell you, working can really interfere in your social life, and it gives me less time to blog, something that was rather pointedly pointed out to me the other night. (But really, how else would you point something out, other than pointedly?)
Quite happy at the moment because I have not one, but two pole classes to go to tonight! yay! But I am going to be so sore tomorrow. Really need to see Carolyn and get my back fixed up. It is a sad state of affairs when you get up in the morning and you fell like a crone, but you are only 22.
I have been up to quite a lot lately, and it's the kind of "a lot" that doesn't include doing very much and isn't very interesting, but it takes up lots of time anyway. Well, I have been trying to get my "Girl's Night In" sorted out, and I am happy to say that it's coming along quite well. I have been working, of course, and I have also been trying to make 1000 paper cranes for my raffle. I've only done about 80 so far, but I think it's a good start. I do have something else in mind to donate to the raffle if I don't get them done in time.
Went to Rose Cottage and made a mess last night, and out of the mess appeared 13 besoms and 12 very straw covered witches. It was the shortest craft night we'd ever had (it not only finished on time, it actually finished early!), but I think we made up for it because it was also the messiest craft night we'd ever had.My besom is still on the back seat of my car where I put it last night so the glue didn't get everywhere. Besides, I think if I had brought it inside, the dog (or the cat) would have got hold of it. I swear, half the craft things I bring home end up being doggy chew toys. Then there was the memorable time when my cat chewed up my wax/crystal amulet. I was not happy with that, but at least the kitty had pretty white teeth. The dog also got hold of the St Brigit's Cross I made at Imbolc. Luckily I was able to save most of the raffia and all I haven to do is put it all back together.
Friday, September 29, 2006
He is not a BAD DANCER- he is OVERLY CAUCASIAN
He does not GET LOST ALL THE TIME- he INVESTIGATES ALTERNATIVE ROUTES
He is not BALDING- He is in FOLLICLE REGRESSION
He is not a CRADLE SNATCHER- He prefers GENERATIONALLY DIFFERENTIAL RELATIONSHIPS
He does not get FALLING DOWN DRUNK- He becomes ACCIDENTALLY HORIZONTAL
He does not act like a TOTAL ARSE- He develops a case of RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION
He is not a MALE CHAUVINIST PIG-He has SWINE EMPATHY
He is not affraid of COMMITMENT- He is MONOGAMOUSLY CHALLENGED
One puzzled student asked "What gender is a computer?" The teacher did not know, and the word wasn't in her French dictionary, so for fun she split the student into 2 groups, by gender, and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine or feminine noun. Both groups had to give 4 reasons for their recommendation.
The men's group decided that computers should be feminine (la computer) because:
1. No one but their creator understand their internal logic
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your pay on accessories for it
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masuline (le computer) because:
1. In order to get their attention you have to turn them on
2. They have a lot of data but they are still clueless
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realise that if you'd waited a little longer, you could have got a better model.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Santa is jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live! (By the way, I just figured something out- Santa=Satan!)
You're just jealous because the voices are talking to me
Caution: I brake for elves, fairies, gnomes, dragons, unicorn, and other invisible creatures only I can see.
Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things.
If a dog barks in an empty wood, is he still a bad dog?
If a man is alone in the woods and there are no women around, is he still wrong?
The gene pool needs more chlorine
If things get any worse I'll have to ask you to stop helping.
This one is my personal favorite:
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be amused.
What is it about crystals that call to us? Is it because they're pretty? (I think that's the case with me!) Do we crave the stable vibrations and peace that comes with holding them and being around them? Is it because they make us feel more balanced? It's probably a combination of all of these, and more! And how many crystals are too many? I used to think I had to many crystals, especially seeing as I never really did anything with them, they just sat there looking pretty. But after being at Rose Cottage, it is plain for all to see that I am a mere amateur when it comes to collecting crystals! It is also comforting to find out that I am not alone with my crystal addiction, there are many more who suffer from the same affliction, (some to a worse degree!), and we all tend to gather in Waratah. I wonder why that is?
Love you all!
Monday, September 25, 2006
Go to the bank and set up an internet banking account
Put money in savings account
Go to work
Fix up my mobile ringtone (Time to update!)
Download video of cute dogs playing together from camera to computer
Order magazines from library
Put photos from pole dancing on CD for teacher
Wow, is that all? Either I've forgotten stuff, or I don't have as much to do as I thought I did!
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Had a very lucrative weekend of work. I signed on at 7:30 am (which is so unnatural!) and worked till 11am. Was supposed to have a break until 12:15 but things started getting slightly out of hand. The coach who was supposed to do the early parties cut herself on a piece of equipment (I still haven't figured out how!) and needed to get stitches. I had gone over to Starbucks to get some lunch (and coffee to keep me going for the rest of the day!). I'd gone back to work early so I could sit and have some time-out before I had to start again. In typical Joyner fashion, it didn't quite work like that. The minute I walked through the door, they were asking me to clean up the blood spill, then because the other coach had to leave, they wanted me to do the 12:00 party- this was at 11:50! They then had to get someone in to do the late parties (the ones I was supposed to do) so mum ended up coming in to help. Things after that, thankfully were pretty normal, or as normal as it gets there.
I had myself a huge sleep in this morning and did as little as possible. I did, however, manage to drag my ass down to the shops to pick up "Take the Lead" on DVD. Haven't wateched it yet- that's tonight's entertainment, seeing as there is rarely anything good on TV these days. (Finding Nemo is on tonight, but I have that on DVDF and believe me, you really don't need me to watch that any more than I already have!)
Love you all
Thursday, September 21, 2006
If you think you should be on this list, I've probably just forgotten (not by any intention of course- but I have so many people to love!) just let me know and it will be remedied ASAP!
My parents, brother, other assorted family members and pets
Jonathon (& family)
Best friend Nay
Helen (& hatchling)
Moe & Komichi
Host families in Japan who put up with me for a whole year (especially the Kawai family)
The people at Starbucks Glendale, and not just coz they give me coffee!
I love you all, and remember if you're not on the list and you should be, please let me know!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Cirque Du Soleil was absolutely incredible- it’s amazing what some of these people can do. And there were quite a few who I was sure should not be allowed to put their bodies into such positions! We all spent up big at the souvenir stand- firstly we are all big believers in souvenirs, and secondly because everything was so expensive to begin with. I won’t tell you what we bought or how much we spent as it is likely to freak you all out- although not perhaps as much as finding out that a certain someone we all know (and it’s not me- seriously!) has spent $300 on a face cream! I will tell you about one item I bought- basically it’s a Big Top bag. At Cirque Du Soleil they recycle a lot of the things, including costumes and, so it seems, parts of the Big Top tent. When it gets worn out and they need to replace it they cut it up and use it to make bags and satchels- recycling at its finest. So we are all proud owners of part of the Cirque Du Soleil Big Top. They were quite expensive (actually very expensive) but I just think it’s so cool!
Other than that, not much has been happening. I’ve been really busy lately, but it’s one of those “busies” where you don’t actually do much- if you know what I mean. It’s mostly just been work and business as usual. I’ve started going out to schools with Jade for GymSkools and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be getting a fair bit more work over then next few weeks because, in addition to my usual shifts at the gym, I also have additional shifts filling in for one of the other coaches away on holidays, so lots of $ coming my way! (Which I am hopefully going to spend on a pole!)
I’ll be missing 2 pole classes due to having to work the nest two Thursday nights. Luckily this weeks class has been rescheduled due to my teacher attending the official launch of the International Pole Federation, so I really only have to make up one class.
And accepting the full consequences of my actions, here is the photo of me upside down on the pole:
That's about it from me at the moment. Got Ostara on at Rose Cottage tonight- I love sabbats!
Love you all!