deathpixie: (road)
No matter how tired or meh I am, I always take joy in the achievements/happy times of my friends. Well done, all of you, no matter how small that achievement or how silly the reason for the happiness might seem to you. Your happiness makes me smile.
deathpixie: (so very tired)
So, I'm just over half-way through my paralegal course, and still going strong. Tired most of the time, but strong. *wry* We're ploughing through Small Claims Court (Civil, for the Aussies) and it's pretty much the same structure as I learned in the court job, just different terminology. Oh, and representing clients instead of swearing them in. But yeah, still chugging along.

I am finding I have very little free time. Classes have been finishing later than before, usually 9:30/10 pm, sometimes later, and then it takes me an hour to get home. So I usually only have about half an hour of downtime before I go to bed - I tend to toss and turn too much if I go straight to bed, planning my next day. It's kind of isolating, but to be honest, I'm too tired to even feel that lonely. I only see my roomies on the weekends or when they pop down. I kind of wish I had someone to fix me my evening snack and perhaps rub my shoulders, but I make do with microwaving leftovers ([Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] has been awesome about stocking my fridge with tupperware) and having cats walk all over me and snuggle into my lower back when I go to bed.

Oh, and the Law Society website has the sign ups for the qualification exam! I'll probably do my electronic version on Monday, which is Canadian Thanksgiving public holiday and which I'm planning as my "relax and recharge after various social things" day.
deathpixie: (Emily)
I have another talk, this one without powerpoint and with a strict 3-4 minute time limit and with the requirement I do research/cite sources. So something a little less light-hearted and more social education-y, I think. Or at least something serious I can get animated about. Any way, I need a topic asap for the talk on Monday and I'm stuck. Those who know me and what I'm into, any suggestions?

RIP

Apr. 22nd, 2013 10:21 am
deathpixie: (don't mess with red)
Divinyls Singer Chrissie Amphlett has died.

The linked article is a very good one from the ABC news site.

I remember seeing the Divinyls for the first time on Countdown and being wowed by Chrissie's energy and passion, even as a 12 year old. And contrary to what the news sites might tell you, they had several hits other than "I Touch Myself". This one's one of my favourites:

deathpixie: (concrete sky)
Yep, survived the death cold from hell. Seriously, it was a nasty one. I still have a cough and a runny nose, but I'm not longer as deathly as I was.

Of course, I wound up having to reschedule a couple of my interviews for the paralegal course - fate likes to kick me in the face like that. Decide to be proactive, have something happen that makes it impossible to follow-through straight away. *rolls eyes* Any way, one is rescheduled for this Saturday, I have one on the 20th and one on the 26th and one more to reschedule.

Amazingly, work did not explode while I was gone. There was a bunch of emails to go through and my filing is in serious backlog mode, but otherwise, things are pretty stable. Hooray. And my croaked, 'sounds like hell' voicemail obviously worked, since I had no messages to respond to. ;)

Any way, yep, I'm back in the land of the living and trying to get stuff done. This is good, since I've spent a week pretty much inactive. Who'd have thought lying on the couch watching TV would get boring? ;)

Kickstart

Nov. 7th, 2012 12:12 pm
deathpixie: (gap in the clouds)
No, not an actual Kickstarter program, but I've finally stopped saying "I'm going to" and actually started doing something. A while ago I might have mentioned doing a paralegal course as a way of increasing my skills and marketability (and pay bracket!) - this week I finally got around to looking up courses and making enquiries. I have an information session at one tomorrow, another on Saturday and then two more the week after. All are accredited with the Law Society and will prepare me to take the accreditation exam required to be able to practice.

None of this would be possible without an offer of a loan from [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com], and I have no way to ever thank her enough for it. Cost is another thing I'll be asking questions about, as well as prior learning, the ability to study part time/in the evenings and credit for work experience (there's a section on Consumer Law, which made me laugh so much. I think I can ace that one already!). Once I get the info, I'll need to sit down with my advisers (otherwise known as my roomies!) and work out the best option.

So yeah, that's me doing something proactive in my life for the first time since I had to stop therapy. I'm just so tired of the monotony of work, the pressure of living paycheck to paycheck and going into debt every time I do anything fun and, to be honest, I'm tired of where I am. I'm at the top of my pay grade as an assistant and there's not really a lot of options for me as I am. Getting qualified as a paralegal extends those options.

Of course, I'd be happier about all this if I wasn't in the middle of the insane headcold from hell. The bronchitis seems to have eased off, only to be replaced by head congestion and a sore throat. And since I've taken 3 days off sick last week, I just have to soldier through it. Ah well. Aloe vera tissues and some cold meds at lunchtime.

Finally, I've been amusing myself with my Twitter feed this morning. Especially the Romney supporters threatening to move to Australia because of our Christian, male President. As per a comment I saw - this is what you get when you pay more attention in church than you do in school.
deathpixie: (are you stupid or something?)
It's been a while since I did more than a meme or a whinge post, so here I am with another of those perennial updates of mine. In point form 'cause life is, in fact, very busy lately and it feels like I don't have a lot of time for myself.

1) Work: She Who Shall Not Be Named (aka, the lawyer who treated me like a moron) has left, and we have a rotation lawyer for three months, who is awesome. We had lunch together at the sushi place yesterday, even. It also means I have tonnes of work, between case reassignment of the old lawyer's piles o' stuff, four lawyers all needing me to do things and catching up from my four weeks' vacation in January-February. We've also had a time docketing system instituted for the admin staff, which means I have to account for all of my time. Right now I'm "answering emails". ;) It does mean things are tenser here, tho', which is always wearing. The more established staff are unhappy about the whole deal, which leads to griping and bitching.

(Case in point re the busy - I started this post two hours ago and then got swamped by work again)

2) House hunting: Yep, that's right, we're looking to move from the apartment. The roomie and the pretty girl are wanting to move in together and because they are nice, awesome people, they want me around too. So we're looking for a house in the area, preferably with two living spaces - the main house and then a separate basement/attic apartment dealie for me and my two boykits.

It's not actually that easy. *sigh* I let myself think we'd found something earlier this week, only to have it be rented out from under us. I hate disappointment. I'm also getting my Spring Relocation Twitch on, which is like when normal people do spring cleaning, except I have the urge to put all my stuff in a box and move to a new house. So the time it's taking is frustrating me too. Also, note to rental advertisers - if the basement apartment is not available, don't advertise it! It's really annoying to find somewhere that's perfect, only to be told the basement apartment isn't available. :P

3) Miscellaneous. Since work is not getting any quieter, everything else ends up in the last bullet point. Life is generally good, although I'm worn out a lot because of aforementioned lack of me time/space. I have an appointment on Friday to get my face checked for skin cancers (it's an Aussie tradition!) and I'll ask him to look at the Incredible Bleeding Lip as well, in case it's something like that. I took tomorrow off for that, and for giving myself time to actually do some of the things I've been wanting to do for me. Still working on getting to the pool, as there was another bout of bronchitis after I got back from Australia and allergies up the wazoo, plus the house hunting thing eating my brain.

Roomie and Pretty Girl are on a cruise at the moment, getting back on Saturday, so I'm cat-sitting. I spent last night up at L's place keeping Eliot company, so he's a lot more settled this morning. Tonight will be cleaning all the kitty litter in the world. After viewing another house.

Oh, and last weekend we played D&D with the London crew, plus the Toronto folks. A lot of fun, even if Hope killed me in the end. Curse you, twin!

Any way, winding up now before I have to stop mid-way again and forget what I was doing.
deathpixie: (mallet of logic)
I saw this film Sarah in the Dark on the plane from Vancouver to Sydney. It's a ten minute short, but if you ever have the chance to see it, I highly recommend you do.

It's the story most of my friendslist will recognise. A woman, bullied by her own fears and insecurities, finds herself too demoralised to do think she can ever be successful. She's in a job she hates, she's too afraid to talk to anyone for fear of appearing stupid and socially inept and every moment is punctuated by abuse from her inner voice, in the film portrayed as a kind of invisible friend that no-one else but her can see and hear. It would be a hugely depressing film, only at the end, she faces her fears and she fights back, telling her version of Captain Paranoia to shut up - and amazingly, he does. And from that moment, her life changes for the better.

It's a regular staple on the short film circuit, so keep an eye out. Sarah in the Dark. It's awesome.

(also, as of today I have officially paid off the Aussie credit card and I am now going to put it with the passport and use it only in Dire Emergency, which, for the record, doesn't include any kind of shopping. ;) )
deathpixie: (moment of stillness)
Because Neil says it much better than I can...

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] officialgaiman at My New Year Wish
posted by Neil




May your coming year befilled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read somefine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don'tforget to makesome art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.


...I hope you will havea wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously,that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, thatyou will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will havepeople to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (becauseI think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the worldright now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that youwill always be kind.

And for this year, mywish for each of us is small and very simple.

And it's this.

I hope that in this yearto come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are makingmistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things,learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing yourworld. You're doing things you've never done before, and moreimportantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you,and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Makeglorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worrythat it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art,or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you'rescared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, nextyear and forever.




Labels:  Happy New Year
deathpixie: (buster!)
In the process of reading about Lego's new 'girl' range (ugh!), I saw mention of Lego dinosaur sets. My niece Zoe loves dinosaurs. So I thought, "hey, why not see what's around for kids her age?" and hit Google. Results turned up the most amazing Duplo sets, basically zoos with dinosaurs, which was just perfect. Except...

Except these sets are incredibly rare, largely not in stock any more and incredibly expensive (we're talking around $250 here, so I'm not being cheap). So I have the perfect Christmas/Birthday gift for Zoe, only I can't get it for her. Bah.

I think I'll still get her the zoo set, maybe the one with the baby animals, since she loves animals too. But still, totally unfair, internet, to dash my hopes so. :P
deathpixie: (unexpected)
Some of the folks on my friendslist might have heard about this already, but over the past year, various libraries in Edinburgh have been gifted with the most amazing paper sculptures, made out of various books. The sculptures, ten in all, have all been left as gifts by the same mysterious person, obviously a fan of books, writing, libraries and Ian Rankin, among others.

I've been following this story on and off over the past year, with a thrill of excitement and pleasure. I love little mysteries like this and the idea of someone going somewhere and leaving something so beautiful for the joy of it really hit something in me.

I'm a bit sad it's over now, but the sculptures are all safe and will be displayed by their recipients, which is also kind of awesome.

And if you want close up photos of all of the sculptures, follow this Flickr stream. They really are amazing works of art.

In Brief

Nov. 21st, 2011 02:54 pm
deathpixie: (do you have a flag?)
Today I:

1) Got a 'flu shot;

2) Won a United Way fundraising raffle at work where the first prize is two nights at any Delta Hotel/Resort in Canada.

I think I know which one I like better!

Catch up

Nov. 9th, 2011 10:28 am
deathpixie: (butt monkeys)
It doesn't take much to make me happy. Today the cafeteria had my favourite coffee flavour available, so I have a nice big mug of it sitting on my desk, along with a bowl of non-fat yoghurt with some trail mix and honey thrown in to make it flavourful.

One of my tension headaches yesterday (still having twinges today), which means no writing of any kind. So today is my WRITE ALL THE THINGS day - catching up on NaNo, posting to various tags, that sort of thing. After breakfast and filing, that is.

The lawyers have mostly been out of the office this week, attending a conference. I've been using the time to catch up on various things - like filing, bleh - but I keep getting stuff coming in. Most annoying. Don't they know ALOC week is quiet time? Also, office politics stink.

I have Friday off - Remembrance Day - and I've taken Monday off as well, to get my passport renewed and do some various other errands. I'm planning Friday to be a WRITE ALL THE NANO day (or at least, try and hit the 25,000+ mark, maybe higher), before joining the Write In at Starbucks that evening. I'm up to 12,600 words, even with last night's break, so I'm on schedule, at least. Things are coming together pretty well, too - I've just introduced my last main character, Angus, the Fae rookie cop. He's a lot of fun.

Tonight is Catching Up With Chores - two batches of kitty litter to scoop, taking out the garbage, putting away the dishes. Making dinner. All that good stuff. At some point I need to photograph the clothes I'm trying to sell on the [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] community, but I'm guessing that might have to wait until the weekend. We're going to London on Saturday for [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]'s birthday, but Sunday should be free.

And Lawyer Who Left is here to sort out some outstanding issues, so that's me done. Later, peeps.

Random

Aug. 12th, 2011 12:12 pm
deathpixie: (question your reality)
So, I'm in the elevator on my way to get coffee, when a couple of other people get on. I'm not paying much attention when one of them says: "So, this is the Friday uniform, is it?"

I look up, and there's a guy wearing jeans, red sneakers and a blue-and-blue striped shirt.

Which is exactly the colours I'm wearing today.

O.o
deathpixie: (Simon's Cat)
So, somewhere along the line, my last post about the DDoS attacks went viral. My inbox was full of pingback messages today, from people who had boosted the signal, and I'm up to 13 comment pages of pingbacks on the post itself.

Cue my o.O face.

Of course, now the pressure is on to be witty and relevant and all the rest. And, also of course, all I can think of is today is the last day of Freakangels, my brain is kind of mush from X-Project Wiki updating and my cats were really cute this morning.

Uh, hi?
deathpixie: (drunk)
Thanks to [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com], I have found the best cooking show EVER.

MY DRUNK KITCHEN.

She really is adorable. :)
deathpixie: (vegemite toast)
So, after my awful last couple of days of work last week, this weekend pretty much rocked.

Saturday - birthday dinner party at Mindy and Johnny's. I was going for low-key this year, given the two big parties on for May, and decided on a small group of friends and roasted animal parts. ;) The food was amazing and the company relaxing and comforting and all those good friend things. :)

Menu

Appetiser: Braised rabbit on a potato pancake with a mustard-rosemary-tarragon sauce, provided by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]. Beautifully cooked, professionally presented and amazing to eat. :)

Entree: Braised lamb with roasted vegetables (carrot, potato and brussel sprouts, whee!) and gravy by Mindy. The lamb was so tender you barely needed to chew and the vegetables were perfectly done.

Dessert: Frozen key lime pie, again by [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]. I don't do the chocolatey type desserts, so my birthday 'cake' tends to be a pie. This one's my favourite, all limey and tangy and good, with a graham cracker crust. Also, I got a candle to blow out.

After food and wine, we headed up to the Griffin (of course). Johnny was actually playing a gig upstairs and kept popping down to say 'hi', and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. In the words of the roomie, imitating Gary Oldman on the Harry Potter set: "I've had rather a lot of gin."

Sunday was wet and rainy and blah. Perfect movie weather. :) The roomie and I headed out to see Thor, because we are big geeks and the roomie is honour-bound to watch anything Kenneth Branagh has been involved in.

Thor is, to be 100% honest, not the most in-depth material. The comic is a mythological boy's own adventure, with plenty of swashbuckling and godly battles and defeating monsters larger than life. However, the cast and crew of the film managed to take that and make a film that wasn't any kind of masterpiece of writing, but two and a bit hours of entertainment. A true 'popcorn movie', in the sense that it wasn't going to satisfy any intellectual need, but it was a great way to switch off for a while. I was particularly impressed by Chris Hemsworth, a relatively unknown Aussie actor who has very much Heath Ledger's grin and sense of fun (and looking at his IMDB page, he's in Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods, which is finally showing at Cannes this week, awesome). I'll be looking forward to seeing him in some other stuff. :)
deathpixie: (climbing)
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.

Leroy "Satchel" Paige, baseballer.

All the times I've heard that one or seen it written, I never knew where it came from. Now I do.
deathpixie: (one day I'll fly away)
Oops, got a bit behind on this due to Busy. So, three posts in one.

Day 11 – Your siblings )

Day 12 – What’s in your bag )

Day 13 – This week )

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