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 Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous TwentySeventeen!

Upon reading rahirah's info about LJ moving its server to Russia, and the possibility of LJ disappearing, I have backed up my LJ account to Dreamwidth (which I had all but forgotten about), so I'm here now as well if anyone wants to add me here - same bat-name, same bat-time.

And last but not least, the latest shot of Kaylee, the dingo-dog, now 6 months old and truly settled in.

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When last you heard from me, it was suspected that my mother may have had another stroke.  Upside was - no, just another infection that knocked her for a six, plus heat related dehydration etc.  Downside - my brother felt it may be time to look at a more permanent 'alternative' care solution as Mum's ability to care for herself adequately seemed to be declining.  He started the process as he has enduring guardianship ( able to make health and well being decisions on behalf of Mum), as well as Power of Attorney.  A unit became available at the local Multi Purpose Service (the nursing home section of the local hospital) and she took up residence in late March.  BM and I visited her over Easter and she seems quite happy there.  My brother visited her last weekend for Mothers' Day and also seems to think she is content.  She has gained weight which is good news, as she was looking very frail before the move.  As she has entered as a 'high care' resident we were not required to pay a residential bond so we are keeping her house as a base for visiting for the time being.  One of us tries to visit every 4 to 6 weeks, and we have a 'floating' cousin who pops in every fortnight or so, and spends a few days at the house, as well as visiting Mum.  For a long time she was very reticent about going to the MPS - in her mind, if you went there you died - so the MPS was 'killing' everyone.  Whereas in reality it is indeed the last stop on life's journey for most residents through natural attrition rather than a health system deadly plot.  It is also in her hometown so she continues to receive all of her usual visitors, as well as having the other 20 or so residents as company whenever she wants.  I do think that loneliness was a major part of the blues she felt in her own home.  Old people become more confined as their mobility lessens and those hours alone can become impossibly depressing.  Anyway so far, so good.  BM and I will again visit on the June long weekend (when we celebrate the Queen's Birthday, even if her birthday is in April) and get to enjoy the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts as well.

May has been a bit of an up and down month for me, much as it was last year.  May 3 marked a year since my brother Richard's death whilst May 10 was the anniversary of the purchase of our home.  Richard's loss is still hard, and I suspect always will be.  My niece, of course, finds it harder as so many little things constantly remind her that he is no longer a part of her life, or her children's - swimming carnivals, pick up from school, buying books/dvds, painting for them, just being there.  I'm not so sure about time being a great healer - it's now 30 years since I lost my dad and I still miss him in so many ways - once again it's the little things you miss, his wicked sense of humour (like the time he revealed his t-shirt during a game of lawn bowls in the heart of rural conservative NSW that read "Don't Blame Me, I Voted Labor"), arguments about politics, watching a game of footie with him.

The house is starting to become a home now after a year.  My shrubs are blooming and the native birds are flocking to them.  I enjoy sitting here at my computer looking out to the backyard watching the wattle birds snack on the grevillea blooms and then have a good splash in the bird baths.  We have a resident skink who enjoys sun bathing on the retaining walls around the yard.  BM finally painted the study so we have now removed all traces of the hideous blue and pink rooms.

Jake is doing well.  His general health is improving all the time as he is able to maintain an exercise regime.  He wasn't able to doing anything too strenuous for a number of months as his internal bits and pieces continued to heal but he was given the go ahead by the Professor (his doctor is actually the head of the liver and gastroenterology unit at RPA) to resume exercising at his last visit.  So he visits his gym (downstairs in one of the garages) most days and has resumed walking regularly, although not with the dog.  He tried to take Anya a couple of times but got too frustrated with her 'I'm an old dog now' walking style which entails quite a few rests during the actual walk.  As Anya turns 11 next month I think he should cut her a little slack!  He has returned to his studying - deciding on a new career path after his own experiences in the past few years.  He is studying psychology, hoping to enter into youth counselling.  He is being very harsh on himself considering what he has been through in terms of his grades but he's averaging around 70% in his subjects so I think he is doing very well but then again, I'm his mum, of course I'll think that ...

I myself will be returning to my studies at the end of June.  That area has sort of been on the backburner for a number of reasons (oh, what could they have been) but as John Lennon said (supposedly) 'life it what happens while you're busy making other plans'.  My subject will be COMM325/525 - Television Studies : Television Crime Drama as the ‘new frontier’: from Nordic Noir to The Sopranos and beyond, where apparently we will study "Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake and move on to consider influential Nordic Noir Crime series (The Bridge and The Killing),  then on to HBO programming, focusing on The Sopranos as our case study, and looking at the ways in which this type of Crime Drama has changed the face of the genre (think The Shield, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, True Detective)". Hmm, sounds interesting, I think.

BM is mostly happy in his new job, at least he no longer commutes to Sydney and now only has a 15 minute drive to his office.  Of course, he'll now need to work to 70 before he gets the pension, thanks to our wonderful Federal Liberal government, but don't blame me, I voted Labor - could have told you Abbott is a great, big, dirty liar, but that's a rant for another time.

Still tossing up what to do with my small superannuation payment I'll receive this year once I turn 55 in July.  We keep tossing up between a trip to New Zealand or going all out and touring selected parts of the USA.  I'd be happy to go to Tasmania - at least it's overseas!! Well, that's about it for now.  I'm going to try to be a better LJ friend and actually reply to entries/comments rather than skimming and moving on.  Hope is all with everyone's worlds, and if not, hope things are improving.

Now a few photos to bore as well as my words.

Here be photos )
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 A big thank you to ANONYMOUS (you know who you are, and strangely I don't) for the virtual hugs gift.  Made my day start in a good way.

Also am doing some culling to my flist - people no longer on LJ, or whom I think don't need to see my boring blatherings - so nothing personal, just a little tidy up.
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Happy Birthday to


[profile] caraway_ and SuperGirl.
Hope you both have a fabulous day.
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For those who asked about the Buffy reunion:

The event was held at the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) in LA (I think) on April 20. I’ve put some links below, [personal profile] sweet_ali  especially has a heap of links to articles, pictures and videos (I’ve checked with her and it’s fine to link to her post – she says she’s going to update soon with more links as well). Enjoy the Buffy love!!!
 - Scroll down to March 21 – articles start from there.
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We collected J's new computer (notice how it's suddenly J's computer) and set it up in his room.  When we moved the study desk back into the study and set the humungous old clunky CRT monitor on the desk, there was no desk left.  BM said bugger it, and sent me off to buy a 19" widescreen LCD slimline monitor.  It's very pretty.

My meeting went very well with my new Honours Supervisor.  She has actually taught a course which included Buffy at her previous uni (Deakin).  The course was called Myth and Ideology: Supernatural and Superhuman, so she seems to have a handle on the whole thing.  She is also happy for me to go in a popular culture theory bent rather than just concentrating on post-feminist theory.  I'm happy with that.

The university in its infinite wisdom has changed the enrolment system for Honours students, but sort of failed to inform people of said change.  In the Arts Faculty enrolment was all done by the Honours Co-ordinator, now we are supposed to enrol online.  I didn't.  Now supposedly I have to pay a $100 late fee for late enrolment.  I'm not very happy.

Back to tidying.  The advent of this new computer has meant movement of three items of furniture (computer desk, study and a wardrobe), which invariably leads to cleaning, chucking out of stuff etc etc etc.

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Time zones flummox me, so hopefully I'm somewhere in the location, timewise anyway:

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With less than an hour to 2007 in the LandDownUnder, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my flisters a Happy New Year - may 2007 be all that you wish it to be!

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BM and I are heading off today, up to Sydney tonight for a pre-Xmas barbie with some mates, and then on to my Mum's place tomorrow for Christmas.  As I won't have internet access for the next few days, just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all the best for the festive season. 

P.S.  A big thank you to [personal profile] slaymesoftlyfor my stack of virtual pressies!!  It was a lovely thought, and made my morning.

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I've just received notification via my uni e-mail that David Hick's US military lawyer, Major Michael Mori, will speak and answer questions on the topic of "Legal Protection in the 'War on Terror' - Guantanamo Bay, Military Commissions and David Hicks" at Wollongong Uni this Friday at 3:30pm in McKinnon Building 67.107.  

I wish I knew what I could do to help this situation - there is no way that David Hicks is a 'war criminal', but the least I can do is attend this event.
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I have been heavily resisting the direction that the Powers That Be want me to go with my Honours thesis.  I'm not really happy about writing 15000 words on why Buffy and Veronica fail as feminist icons.  I'm totally re-thinking the whole me as an Honours student, cutting and running, and just doing the whole graduation bit with a BA (no Hons) and putting academe behind me.  However, before I do that I may speak to some CCS (communication and cultural studies) lecturers (which has now apparently mutated to MACS, Media And Cultural Studies).  I did a double major - CCS/MACS may be the direction I need to go in to get the result that I want.  Plus I've just looked at the selection of English Honours subjects for next year - OH MY GOD!  - Modernism's Others (WTF), Turning Points: An Introduction to Post-Colonial Literary History (sigh - we do however get to both read and watch The Last of the Mohicans for that subject), US Literature: Modernity and Post-Modernity (which I've already withdrawn from once) and Contemporary Life Writing (this sounds mildly interesting).  I have to do 3 out of the 4 offered.  Meatloaf reckoned two out of three ain't bad, I'm thinking 3 out of 4 is very, very bad.

I'm not saying anything about the cricket because that may be considered gloating, and who knows, a miracle may happen tomorrow.

Damien won Australian Idol - yay the Irish!! 
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Pardon me my UK friends, but I just want to say, just as well the Poms have Freddie.
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When we recently visited my mum, I came across a photo I had never seen before of my dad and his RAAF squadron when they were stationed in New Guinea during WWII.  My dad was a Warrant Officer and flew in a crew of four in Beauford aeroplanes.  The photo is slightly damaged and I am going to see how well photoshopping works on it, or I'll get it restored by a professional.  Anyway here's the picture (downsized for LJ):


Dad never talked much about 'what he did in the war', and refused to go to any Anzac Day ceremonies, but it is interesting to have some sort of documentation of his time in the Royal Australian Air Force.

I'm now girding my loins for a trip into town to commence Christmas shopping ::shudder::
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Today is the 6th anniversary of J's friend Tarlo's disappearance.  As we know now, it is actually the anniversary of his murder. 

This morning I was reading our local weekend newspaper, and was startled by an article about our murdered friends K & G.  They bred Shire horses (great bloody big horses, similar to draughts) and they had embarked on an embryo transfer programme to continue the breed, the first time in Australia.  They were murdered in January, the foal was born this month.

Two totally random events, but today they coincided.

Time doesn't heal.

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It could have been worse.  As expected a small multitude turned up for the free feed but could only stay 30 minutes or so.  I had problems with the projector connecting with my laptop, so Charlotte went first.  By the time she had finished half the audience had to leave, including the Head of English Studies (praise be for small mercies - yes, Caraway that's the strangely humoured French-Canadian).  Thankfully ClogMan (the Honours Co-ordinator - he wears clogs OK!) rushed off and got his laptop wish was happy to talk to the projector, and so I could show my PowerPoint presentation.  In appreciation of ClogMan's help I'm going to loan him my S1 Veronica Mars and S2 Deadwood boxsets - there's a man who appreciates the finer things in life.  On the other hand the lecturer who is guiding me through my first chapter thinks that VM is a little hard to believe!!!  No wonder I am finding his suggestions re my thesis direction so hard to cope with ... which leads me to my complaint of the day.  I'm finding it hard to cope with the multi-directional pulls from my supervisor and Research Methods lecturer on where I want to go with my thesis.  I already feel that I have veered severely from my initial premise, and I don't know whether I'm happy about that.  I do realise that PS (research methods lecturer) has my best interest at heart, but I don't know whether I will be happy writing the thesis that he wants me to write.  However as he said to me today if I follow his advice it could be the difference between a second class honours degree, or a first class ... I guess that is definitely something that has to be considered.

In the  meantime I now have to reflect on female icons of the second wave of feminism era (1960s-1970s), think Mrs Peel, WonderWoman, and how they differ from Buffy and Veronica in the post-feminist/third wave/GirlPower era ...  ... any thoughts, any suggestions ... Bueller, Bueller, anyone ...

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Crikey! Russ wants to play Steve.

Suddenly he's an Aussie again - strewth, I wish he would make up his mind!

Life stuff

Sep. 24th, 2006 12:23 am
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  1. St George-Illawarra lost - I have no words ::sob::
  2. J's girlfriend seems very nice - for the 10 seconds I got to speak to her.  BM amd I are dealing with this new stage in our parental life, but we have survived the first boyfriend/girlfriend overnight stay - how cool are we?.
  3. I'm panicking about my first chapter.
  4. I've suddenly become addicted to "Bones".  Why is it that I'm hapyy to watch DB in a non'BtVS/AtS role but I can't watch JM in any role that isn't Spike?  
  5. I have nothing else to say.

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