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Monday, June 26, 2006

och it's a wee doggie!

I finally felt the urge to stop reading about other peoples crafty pursuits and have a go at something of my own again! It's been crazy busy round here with work + friends + cleaning gardening and showing prospective replacement tenants through the house, so there doesn't feel like much time for crafting, but this little girl only took a few hours last night.

Scotty Dog

My old friend goooogle taught me to blanket stitch, though I figured out the lazy daisy on my own. Jenny's sweet pattern can be found here on her blog Allsorts - see another little Tasmanian pup here by Kali and the rest of the family here at flickr.

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

a few more things

More on my list of 100 things about me....

17. Ok, I am still 27, until 20 September this year. Whoops - see what I mean about not remembering my age very well?
18. I have a new favourite TV show - The Chaser's War on Everything (ooh I think they have fun stuff on their website too!)- makes me laugh out loud and not much on TV does that for me at the moment.
19. I have a small collection of teapots. I like that it's small - I don't think I need any more.
20. I live with a Ford nut, and have a friend who is a Doctor Who aficionado, and another who loves Buffy, and one who collects frogs, and another into elephants, but I don't really have any consuming passions of my own - at least that I've discovered yet.
21. Sometimes I think more money would actually make me happier.
22. Then I think about how lucky I am really and kick myself.
23. I have always done varying amounts of volunteer work and nearly all of my good friends have shared in these experiences. I love that the important people in my life care so much about others and see volunteering as a way of life like I do.
24. I don't have any piercings and even the thought of getting my ears pierced grosses me out.
25. Most days I don't wear any jewellery (not even a watch).
26. I don't wear perfume either.
27. I think it's because jewellery and perfume make such a statement about a person - and I am not sure what type of person I am - or what type of person I want to portray.
28. I would like to wear chunky groovy jewellery.
29. I use Enjo.
30. But not as often as I should!

Gosh this is really hard - it's going to take me forever to get to 100! Do any of you out there (dear readers) have one or two to contribute? I know that some of you know me very well.... or perhaps if you don't know me there is something you would like to ask me about?

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

show and tell


My feet are snuggly warm in new koigu leaf lace socks from my sock saviour Amber. The pattern is amazing and so beautifully knitted. They're the perfect size but I haven't worn them too long yet because I'm afraid none of my shoes are nice enough to go with them! I think they will be great sitting-in-front-of-the-heater, staying-indoors, reading-or-knitting socks.

They are certainly good inspiration to pick up the needles again. After swearing off socks, now I feel like I want to knit myself a whole wardrobe (sock drawer?) of hand-knitted footwear! And Amber so kindly included some soft red Lisa Souza yarn in my sockapalpackage to get me started again :)

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

sock saviour

Wooooooooooo hoo! I have new socks!! Sock saviour Amber has sent me the most gorgeous pair of mottled green lacy leafy socks! The sock pal who was knitting for me originally dropped out for some reason and 'saviours' are people who have volunteered to make an extra pair so noone misses out. They are so soft and lovely, I feel very spoilt! Stay tuned until the weekend when I can take some decent pictures of them in daylight. Thanks so much Amber!

(I haven't heard if my socks have made it to their destination yet, though I found out just after I posted them that the person I was knitting for has dropped out too. A bit disappointing but hopefully they made it to her safely and she will get some use out of them!)

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

100 things

I have seen this '100 things about me' on other blogs... in the interests of sharing a bit more of myself and generally being reflective about life I thought I might give it a go. It might take me a few days to get up to 100 though!

1. I'm 28 years old.
2. I always have to think about it for a second when someone asks me how old I am.
3. I've lived in Tasmania all my life and don't think I'll ever live anywhere else.
4. I love new stationery.
5. I've just started wearing contact lenses and I'm suprised how easy it's been to stick my fingers in my eyes every day.
6. Roast lamb is my favourite home-cooked meal, I think. With lots of vegies.
7. I had a really good Mee Goreng at the Vegie Bar in Melbourne years ago and I still think about it.
8. I have a science degree and I majored in botany and environmental science.
9. Now I work in PR and I'm not sure how that happened! I think you just need a bit of common sense and creativity to do my current job really.
10. I don't like to say I work in PR, I think 'communications' sounds less wanky.
11. I'm a perfectionist in some areas of my life and a total slob in others.
12. I'm nearly always late.
13. I'm a little bit afraid of the dark. I don't go outside at night if I'm home on my own. And even sometimes if I'm not.
14. I'm a Virgo and I really think I am a good example of the sign.
15. I have a cat, Stella. She is a very assertive creature (she has 'boundaries') but also very snuggly and I worry sometimes how attached we are to each other.
16. I love a good book and lately I've been reading Jane Austen, Jodi Picoult, Paulina Simons and Marian Keyes.

I actually splurged on a new book today (ok then, two books) as a special treat and I think now's the time to retire to bed and read a few pages. I'll be back to continue....

Monday, June 05, 2006

moving right along

After choosing that title I've got the Muppets song in my head. Kermit and Fozzie.... "Movin' right along! Doog-a-doon, doog-a-doon, we'll learn to share the load, we don't need a map to keep this show on the road..."

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My workplace moved offices today - it all started on Friday actually, and I helped out over the weekend as well, but we are in our new digs now and I am amazed at how I am suddenly feeling a lot more enthusiastic about my job! Funny how a change of environment can inspire a real change in my thoughts and motivation. The picture above is a sample of the view from our lofty level two offices. Really gorgeous in the morning light and also as the sun was setting tonight.

Today was just a good day - for some reason I felt really valued and part of the team. I don't think it's a good idea to talk too much about work on a public forum like this, but to put me in context a bit, I look after communications and PR for a health and medical research organisation.

Some parts of my job are really fascinating and engaging. Sometimes I really don't like work. Work in general I think, not just my particular job. Perhaps I haven't found the perfect thing to spend my time on - my true vocation. (Sometimes I think my real vocation might be raising a family of my own. But that is a a whole other story eh. And not something I can think about too much.) But for now, work (and life) is about trying to accentuate the positive, be my own cheer squad and get stuck into things. This new vista is going to help I think!

(Unfortunately that mountain view is out the opposite side of the building to me - but I get to check out some really cool chimneys and buildings - and wave to my friend Kathleen across town on the 10th floor! Hi Kath!)

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