Sunday, 10 December 2017

Babysat young Evie whilst her talented mama de-installed her amazing grad exhibition. We drooled, we walked, we rocked and she threw ALL THE BABY SHADE every time I tried to snap a picture.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

3.5 hours driving
0.5 hours at the post office filling in bloody mail re-direction forms
6 hours unpacking and organising LB's room whilst she moaned about how much life sucks

TEN HOURS I'M NOT EVER GETTING BACK


(Yes, I am a bad daughter but after more than 18 months of this shit, I have no fucks left to give)

Friday, 8 December 2017

I'd known I'd have to walk around the office today looking like a freak with a band-aid on my nose I might not have scheduled the skin cancer clinic appointment for last night.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Being up half the night with food poisoning and then having to work all day isn't actually an ideal way to spend the day...

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Finally met my (honorary) great-nephew tonight.

HE.

IS.

ADORBS.

Not that I'm biased or anything.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Got a serious case of the bah humbugs that doesn't seem to be shifting... even though today I had my first Starbucks Gingerbread Latte of the season...

Monday, 4 December 2017

Ended up taking the day off to finish the essay.

Ducked out to the opening of a mate's exhibition around 6pm, but still managed to get the essay in an hour before the deadline.

Maybe I'm not as hopeless as I think.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

These are really the two most relevant gifs in my life right now.

#allday
#erryday
#aintevenreligioustho



Saturday, 2 December 2017

Right, so I've now re-read the entire novel and made notes specific to the assignment on it... think I might call it a night and get cracking on the actual essay tomorrow.

Friday, 1 December 2017

The date was bugging me all day until just now when I realised it's the birthday of my former Bestie and mother of my (I guess former?) godchildren, who I've still not heard from since she suddenly stopped talking to me over 6 years ago. Whatever she's doing, I hope she's well and happy.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

10.30pm already and I've done fuck all study or other work I intended to do tonight. Ugh.

Also, can this cool change/epic thunderstorm just come already?! I'm schvitzing.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Managed to make it home just in time for the last half of my online class... I really am putting in the bare minimum with this unit. Not good.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to put some of the techniques outlined in Lifehack Bootcamp's F.A.S.T. program into effect.

I managed to actually get some shit done today for a change.

Monday, 27 November 2017

I can't be the only person in the world who gets abnormally excited when their diary for the next year finally arrives in the post, can I?!


Sunday, 26 November 2017

Almost 11pm and I've STILL not done a scrap of study today.

ALL THE FACE PALM EMOJIS.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Another VERY long day up in Ballarat. Can I crawl into a hole now and stay there until after Christmas please?

Friday, 24 November 2017

Fully expected that I would need to consign my old telly to the next council clean up... on a whim put it up on Gumtree and scored $150 for it tonight. 

That covers last night's Gap shopping spree (and then some).

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Another crazy busy work day, followed by a detour home via Gap and their closing down 50%-70% off sale.

Two more dresses purchased. 

🤷🏻‍♀️

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Well this has been a crazy ass day from hell. Didn't leave work until almost 8pm and even then I could've easily stayed for another hour or three.

Now, do I have the energy to do some studying or should I just call it a wash and go to bed?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Something that's been bothering me for a while... no one says thank you anymore. Like, really. It's that fucking difficult to send a text or email or pick up a phone when someone does something nice for you? Like I know that's not the point of doing something nice for someone but still, sometimes I wonder why I even fucking bother.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Really need to get my shit together. So much time wasting going on right now because everything is so overwhelming...

Sunday, 19 November 2017

So I managed to do laundry today.

That's an achievement.

House is still a disaster. All of LB's paperwork is still piled up in the study waiting to be sorted. All my readings for uni are sitting on the desk waiting to be read. LB's still in hospital and may have to have major surgery tomorrow.

But hey, I got to be up the front at the Take That concert on Friday so life is still pretty fucking awesome.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

So of course the morning after one of the greatest concerts of my life, I am brought crashing back to earth by the news that LB has been rushed back to hospital.

BECAUSE APPARENTLY THAT'S HOW LIFE WORKS IN 2017.


Friday, 17 November 2017

So, ummmm... Britney's sister-in-law was sitting down the front at Take That in Sydney. The two seats next to her were empty, so she came and moved Sarah and I down to sit with her.

Row C. Dead centre. Closest I've ever been at a concert (that I wasn't working at).

Needless to say, I well and truly lost my mind.

I am forever in her debt.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

I really didn't need a new pair of shoes, but I really did. Oh well. It's only money, right?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Probably some of the shittiest seats I've ever had a concert (that I paid for), but Take That are awesome from any angle.

Plus I get to go again on Friday night - WINNING!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Super excited for tomorrow when I see Take That (for the second time ever, but the first time on Australian soil and the first time this week because I'm going again in Sydney on Friday because a mate bought me a ticket to see it with her and also why the hell not).


Monday, 13 November 2017

Some days you wake up only to discover that what you really need to do instead of putting on a brave face and going to work is stay home, sleep a bit longer and then desperately try and get your shit together so you don't feel like a complete failure in the life/good daughter stakes.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Unit emptied and cleaned. ✔
LB's stuff moved to her new place. ✔
Things unpacked at my house ...

Ummmmm... my house *may* look like a disaster zone for a while yet. Busy week ahead.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Thank whatever-higher-power (because I don't believe in god) is out there for my LB's cousins/my godparents (yeah, I know that makes no sense).

They have been absolute champions in helping with LB over the last 18 months. If it weren't for them I would be curled up in a fetal position on the floor sucking my thumb.

Parenting an elderly, mentally ill parent is a fucking nightmare and anyone who says otherwise is delusional.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Oh of COURSE I get insomnia. When we have a huge day of packing up LB's unit and moving stuff to my house and moving her into full-time care and I need all the rest I can get.

Brilliant. Thanks, overtaxed brain.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Refer yesterday's post...




It's GOT to get better at some point, right?





Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Bet $27.

Won $31.

Came out $4 in front. Better than a slap in the face with a wet fish.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Honestly, some days I reckon I'll go before her, with the amount of stress she's causing me.

Parenting your parent is the absolute WORST and hats off to anyone who has the misfortune of being in this situation.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Finally watching Stranger Things.

OMG.

WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!?!


Friday, 3 November 2017

An unexpected visit from the SFAM and dinner with the GBF has readied me for the stress of tomorrow.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Hijacked from working tonight with phone calls from mates... but that's ok because it's nice to catch up with them all.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Another late night... but at least it was doing something productive for a bit of extra cash... which will pay for the new living room rug.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

October writing challenge for 750words.com completed.


Monday, 30 October 2017

Biting off more than I can chew, AGAIN.

When will I learn?!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

10pm and I've STILL not done any study.

Hopeless.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Have not left the house all day - not even to put the rubbish out. Shocking.

Still. Got a little bit of reading done. And suffered through several long phone conversations with LB, who is going backwards at a rate of knots.


Friday, 27 October 2017

Bloody funny film this one... not nearly enough Jason Isaacs, who stole the show, but still. Bloody funny.






Thursday, 26 October 2017

Exhausted after yet another round-trip to Ballarat. At least I got a few things sorted. My shoulder though... ugh.  All I want to do is sleep for the next month.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

So nice to be back doing a subject that has a weekly 'virtual classroom'. It's a little hour out of each week where I feel like I'm actually using my brain...

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

I hate Centrelink.

I hate bureaucracy.

I hate having to be the one that has to deal with all this shit.


Monday, 23 October 2017

I think I must sound waaaaay more stressed than I feel because everyone today keeps asking me if I'm ok. 

Which I am. I mean, I would rather not have to deal with parenting my parent and just go and sit on a beach reading books for a month, but I'm fine.

Really.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

So many things I was supposed to do today but honestly, IDGAF. All I want to do is be a hermit.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

ANOTHER fall... this time it's a broken arm.

Honest to god, my mother is doing her goddamned best to shorten MY life expectancy via stress.

Friday, 20 October 2017

One of my co-workers started cleaning her desk... before you know it, we were ALL cleaning. Then I discovered the Dymo labeling machine.

OCD much?

Thursday, 19 October 2017

HDs for BOTH my subjects, and a score of 91% for the essay where I manage to equate politics in Hollywood using Hunger Games as a reference point to the evil of the current Trump administration. Who'd've thought comparing Donald Sutherland's character to Mike Pence would score so highly?!


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Me all this week... and it's only Wednesday.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Well. And. Truly. Over. It. Today.


Monday, 16 October 2017

Just scraped in an HD for my overall mark for Fantasy Literature.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

When you're volunteering at your ma's retirement village open day and there's a BBQ going just across from where you're standing, it's totally acceptable to eat ALL the sausages, right?!?

Friday, 13 October 2017

Finally got the 'no pet clause' lifted from my lease agreement (the least they could bloody do seeing as they're upping my rent AGAIN).

Now the question is do I just foster for a bit or do I go the whole hog and get me a Westie?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

My new workplace does good functions, that's for sure. 

#allthecanapes #allthewine #allthefreebies

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

I really do love my new workplace. Never would've thought I'd have the opportunity to listen to, ask questions of, and then engage in a one-on-one discussion on the current state of politics in America with the man who headed up Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns in Nevada.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

My Hickies arrived today.

I really am a total geek, aren't I???*






* That question is rhetorical. I am well aware of how geeky I am thank you very much.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Me every damn time I have to speak to my mother nowadays...


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Up at sparrows, did two loads of laundry, took breakfast over to the G-K's and met their adorable three-week-old, dropped the car off to get cleaned, WENT TO THE GYM*, picked up the car, bought some chiyogami paper, came home, painted two chests of drawers whilst listening to HRC's audiobook, wrote my 750 words, read a huge chunk of a novel I need to read for next trimester, called my mother, hoovered the house, about to be in bed by 10.30pm.

I don't even recognise myself.




* This is the bit I find most shocking.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Random burst of energy this evening has had me starting the painting job I was planning to get started on tomorrow.

I'm contemplating going to the gym with the spare time this will create tomorrow.

WHO AM I AND WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MYSELF?!?

Thursday, 5 October 2017

It's not to early to go to bed, is it?

Like, I'm not a lame old lady by putting my pajamas on the second I walk in the door, am I?



THE ANSWER TO BOTH OF THESE QUESTIONS IS 'YES' BUT I REALLY DON'T GIVE A RAT'S. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Got my gym program done tonight. She's got me doing weights with the bros upstairs who like to lounge around on the machines looking tough.

NOT ON MY WATCH, BROS. If I see you sitting there on that machine talking on your phone between reps, you'd best watch me kick your ass outta there. This bitch is on a SCHEDULE.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Farewell Tom Petty, staple of my teen years and oft-revisited throughout my adulthood.



Monday, 2 October 2017

My uncle just told me I have 'the patience of Job' when it comes to dealing with my mother's antics.

I beg to differ.

SHE. IS. DRIVING. ME. BONKERS.

Yes, I am a terrible daughter. This is also why I am not a mother.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Slept in, got some work done whilst listening to Hillary's audiobook, then trawled the house for things to chuck out for the bi-annual hard rubbish collection. Just a lazy Sunday.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Barely slept last night and Daylight Saving starts tonight. Grrrr for losing sleep, but yay for no longer driving home from work in the dark!

Friday, 29 September 2017

One day, I might actually be able to visit Ballarat and not feel exhausted, frustrated and cranky AF.

Today is not that day.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Hitting the gym at 7.30am for an "assessment". 

Not only am I a good 15kgs heavier than I was this time last year (thank you family stress, middle age and juggling work and study) but my strength and flexibility are rubbish. 

Time for an overhaul.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017

I have my life back. Sorta. For a few weeks anyway. Time to start watching The Handmaid's Tale and freak myself out at the state of the world.



(I couldn't watch it before as it was one of the novels I was studying for uni and I didn't want to taint my reading of the book)

Sunday, 24 September 2017

When you think you've got 5 minutes to submit but then realise you've LEFT OFF THE KEY FUCKING SOURCE FROM YOUR WORKS CITED LIST AND HAVE TO GO BACK TO FIX IT... 


Saturday, 23 September 2017

Really not feeling the inspiration for this essay right now... but thanks to a sunny, 29C day I have all my laundry done! Yay for clean sheets!


Friday, 22 September 2017

English essay submitted at 7.30am this morning. Should now be smashing out the next one but have zero motivation to do so...

Also, I'm apparently the name oracle... was a great privilege being asked to adjudicate on the potential names for KJG's new daughter!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Determined to smash the rest of this essay out tonight and GET. IT. DONE.

Then it's on to number two over the weekend and as of Monday, my life is my own again. For a few weeks at least.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

It's past 10.30pm and I've done fuck all study. At this rate I'm going to have to cancel my Friday night plans.

Why do I always leave shit to the last minute?!?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Exhausted and it's only 8.30pm (and I still have two assignments to write).

I really don't have time to be tired.


Monday, 18 September 2017

So I'm super stoked that Kate McKinnon won another Emmy and was teary when she thanked HRC, but I am SUPER PISSED that Sean Spicer presented and was treated like a king. The man openly lied on behalf of cheeto don for MONTHS and he's suddenly the most popular guy in the room?


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Slow going on the studying front today. I think if I had to describe how this week will turn out...


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Late night Fringe shows where you catch up with a bunch of ex-students and colleagues that you haven't seen in forever are the best.

Friday, 15 September 2017

So full of Greek food and wine... the upsides of having out of town guest insist on Hellenic Republic dinner dates. 

The downside is my waistline has expanded even further. 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Today is R U OK? Day, so we had a yellow themed afternoon tea at the office. Yellow food. Crisps, tortilla chips, yellow dip, cheese, lolly bananas, yellow cupcakes, yellow lamingtons, honey joys, yellow donuts.

Honestly, this new job is one constant eating-fest.


😋

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Finally got my first pay for the new job today. Actually being paid decent money for a change = debts will shrink faster than I thought was attainable = weight off my shoulders.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Happy release day, Hillary!

Too busy to actually read the hardback for a couple of weeks, but thankfully since I now drive to work, I can listen to her read it to me on my daily commute.


#StillWithHer


Monday, 11 September 2017

For someone who could barely drag herself out of bed this morning, I sure did have a truckload of energy when I got home... although for hoovering and mopping, not studying.

Sigh.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Anytime this cough wants to disappear is fine with me. I have a hugely busy week ahead.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Have not left the house all day. 

WTF.

(I have actually watched a couple of lectures and done all the laundry, so there's that at least)

Friday, 8 September 2017

So this afternoon in a meeting I was at the tickle-in-the-throat-that-makes-you-cough-so-hard-you-throw-up stage and tonight at dinner I was at the pass-me-all-the-napkins-so-I-can-blow-five-gallons-of-snot-out-my-nose stage.

A jug of water and three lozenges did nothing to help the meeting problem, and two extra strong margaritas, spicy wings and quesadillas did nothing to help the dinner problem.

THERE IS NO FIX. AM DOOMED TO BE ILL FOREVER.*


*Shut up, I'm also at the 'when will this all end' stage.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

I'm all outta DayQuil AND NyQuil.

They don't sell it in Australia, no will Walgreens et al ship it to me.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GET RID OF THIS COLD?

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Still sick.

Still went to work.

On the upside, I started doing Lite'n'Easy this week so I don't even have to contemplate cooking... just have to shove a box in the microwave.

You say lazy, I say efficient.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Was thisclose to taking a sick day today and probably should have but it's only my second week in the job so by the grace of a truckload of DayQuil and some VERY strong black coffee, I managed to struggle through.

What's the bet I collapse into bed at 9pm and then wake up at 3am bright as a button?

Monday, 4 September 2017

Just give me ALL the cold and flu medication you have. Now.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

I have no time for this throat infection that seems to have reared its ugly head.

NO. TIME.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Saying sayonara to one of my Melbs crew who, after four years has decided to head home to Sydney...


Friday, 1 September 2017

Rollin' into the new month like...


Thursday, 31 August 2017

As much as I'm enjoying my new job, I am fucking exhausted. 5pm Friday cannot come quick enough.

Also, 20 years ago today I was hiking in a rural part of Portugal when I learned the news about Princess Diana's death. Such a vivid memory for me - that and later the same year the moment I heard about Michael Hutchence's death (standing outside on the ledge of my huge picture window in my flat in London, cleaning the glass). Iconic moments in history.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Went to watch my neighbour's son in his primary school production of Peter Pan... he was adorable but OMG. Imagine being a parent and having to sit through that shite all the damn time. I couldn't do it.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

When your essay for a cinema subject at uni is marked by someone you used to watch on the telly as a kid...


Monday, 28 August 2017

First official day done and dusted.

Time for bed. Knackered I am.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

OK, prepare yourselves. I'm going to go on an epic rant about people in art galleries (I went to the Dior exhibition at NGV today and it was great, but I wanted to throttle people).

1. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE A PHOTO OF EVERY SINGLE FUCKING EXHIBIT

2. BUT IF YOU INSIST, THEN AT LEAST HAVE THE DECENCY TO:
  • TURN OFF THE FUCKING FLASH
  • TURN THE SOUND OFF SO WE DON'T HEAR THAT INFERNAL CLICKING SOUND
  • NOT STAND FIVE FEET BACK FROM WHAT YOU'RE PHOTOGRAPHING AND THEN GET HUFFY WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO FRAME BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY WANT TO, YOU KNOW, USE THEIR FUCKING EYES TO LOOK AT THE EXHIBIT INSTEAD OF TAKING A SHITTY PHOTO OF IT
  • NOT THEN STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF A THOROUGHFARE WHILE YOU UPLOAD THE SHITTY FUCKING PHOTO TO INSTAGRAM/TWITTER/FACEBOOK/SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM OF CHOICE.
3. DON'T LET YOUR KIDS TOUCH THE EXHIBIT. Little Joey might really want to know what the grey tulle train on that amazing Galliano couture gown feels like, but guess what? HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO USE HIS FUCKING IMAGINATION INSTEAD OF PUTTING HIS GRUBBY LITTLE PAWS ON IT.

4. TIRED? WANT TO TAKE A BIT OF A BREAK AND CHAT TO YOUR FRIEND? DON'T LEAN AGAINST A FUCKING CABINET OF EXHIBITS, THEREBY PREVENTING OTHERS FROM LOOKING AT IT AND THEN GET SNOOTY WHEN THEY POLITELY ASK YOU TO MOVE.

5. ALSO, RE ABOVE CABINETS. DON'T PUT YOUR GRUBBY FUCKING HANDS ON THE GLASS. YOUR SHITTY FINGERPRINTS NOW ARE ALL OVER GLASS RIGHT ABOVE THE DESIGN NOTES PEOPLE MIGHT LIKE TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO READ.


~ FIN ~

Saturday, 26 August 2017

I maybe really didn't need to stop off at the DFO on the way back from the airport... oh well. I'll be earning decent money from tomorrow. Every now and again it's important to...


Friday, 25 August 2017

When friends come to visit and you discover fab new wine bars a brief stumble away from your house...



Thursday, 24 August 2017

God love my acupuncturist. Went to town with needles, cupping, scraping, moxa... just to make sure I would be in tip top shape for starting the new job.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Orientation day at the new job. The people are lovely, I think the work will be challenging but interesting, and I have an office with a view. HURRAH!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

IPL and waxing still hurt like a mofo, even when you've popped four x 1 gram paracetamol. This I know for a fact.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Final two bookcases in the study finally painted. Study reno is complete and looking AMAZING.  Should probably take a pic, but need to make space on my phone first...

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Planning out the week. So much to do, so little time. Relatively speaking.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Impromptu lunch dates in random locations with mates you've been meaning to catch up with for ages are the best kind of lunch dates. They also serve as a distraction for your ma when she's driving you batty because you've spent the last 24 hours straight dealing with her crazy.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Happy [would have been your 81st] Birthday, Dada.

We miss you.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Well, that's it. Chapter closed. Four years done and dusted.

I'll miss a bunch of the people, but I won't miss the bullshit, untenable workloads and job uncertainty, that's for sure.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

So many handover notes...

No one's yet bothered to find someone for me to hand it all over to.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Kicking off the final week at work with post-work drinks. My liver is going to hate me by Thursday...

Monday, 14 August 2017

Gearing up for my final week at work... hopefully it will be a calm wind down and not a stressful race to the finish...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Submitted the second essay with 12 mins to spare. Probably would've done a better job had I not gone out for an epic lunch at Hellenic Republic with my pals, but hey ho. It's done. Might be a good idea to get cracking on the final two assignments now though, so they're not a last-minute rush come September.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

I'm a GREAT Aunt! Well, I've always been a pretty good one, but now I'm a great one!

Welcome to the world Archer Thomas. You've broken the boy drought in our crazy combined family and I can't wait to see you grow.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Once again, Procrastination Penny reared her ugly head and I grossly underestimated how long it would take to finish my essay. Submitted it 50 seconds late.