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Monday, January 16, 2006
so long, farewell...

In approximately 5 hours, I shall be on a flight to Melbourne and then I'll be hitting Sydney and Los Angeles before firmly planting myself in Seattle for the next 4 weeks.

I'm also lucky enough to be headed for Hawaii for 10 nights and given the slight disaster that was my previous 2-night stay, I'm looking forward to the opportunity of creating new memories!

If summer boredom has hit any of you as hard as it has hit me, I urge you to turn to these two shows for premium entertainment:

1. Little Britain
Matt Lucas and David Walliams are pure genius!! If you haven't cottoned on to this brilliant British skit show, do it now and do it fast! You can buy the DVD sets for about AUD $30 (and they sell well on eBay if you decide you're one of those and don't like it) or you can hire it... whatever you do, just watch it! Season 2 in particular is just gold. See the official site for video clips and information about the characters. Favourite part: I have several faourite characters but at this moment, Harvey takes the cake. He's a mid-twenties man still breastfeeding from his mother and occasionally his grandmother -- "Bitty...". Also hilarious is Bubbles DeVere (fat suit, anyone?) and Marjorie, who runs the Fat Fighters meetings -- "Okay, I've gotta go, I have my fatties here...". Daffyd is also a classic -- he's an "out gay man" with an outrageous dress sense and a deluded determination to be the only gay in the village.

2. Chappelle's Show
A tad more controversial, this is another brilliant skit show starring the daring Dave Chappelle. You can catch it at least once a day on Comedy Central (Foxtel) or you can view big clips here. Favourite bit: Dave as Samuel L. Jackson promoting the new "Samuel Jackson" beer in season 2 -- "NO I CAN'T STOP YELLING, COS THAT'S HOW I TALK!" and the Niggar Family (a white family with the last name 'Niggar').

Enjoy. And for those few that actually take my advice, please drop me a line and let me know what you did and didn't like.

Au revoir, until I settle down in Seattle.

xx

Saturday, January 14, 2006
missing Melbourne...

I'm thoroughly enjoying flicking through the beautiful photoblogs that are around (for my faves, see my blogroll to the right) and I still plan on taking a photography class some day. I think taking photos is a fabulous, soothing hobby to have.

Melbourne was always one of my favourite blogs and while posts are scarce these days, the link I just posted takes you to a page of Collins St photos. The first photo from the left is actually my exact view when I look out the window of the Starbucks I worked at in 2005. It causes giddyness to bubble up through my chest; I can't wait to return to Melbourne!

Thursday, January 12, 2006
Just call me 'Eleanor'

Since our cat Velvet died a few years ago, several neighbourhood cats have cottoned on that out backyard is now 'no man's land's, so to speak. So many, actually, that I'm beginning to feel like Eleanor aka Crazy Cat Lady from The Simpsons:



She likes to throw cats at people in Springfield and generally act like a mentally deranged cat lover.

I'll try to take some photos but I've noticed at least 4 different cats that make a regular appearance. My closest encounter so far is of one cat that I like to call Satan -- I was taking a quick dip in our pool when I glance to the bushes and see these two green eyes staring back at me! Satan was just sitting there watching me and basking in its own evil glow. I later saw said cat perched on top of our shed, with a bird's eye view of all of our activities :|

UPDATE: I found this site full of hilarious clips of said Crazy Cat Lady. She really is funny, if a little disturbing (Clips only work when you right-click and "Save as...").

Peckers for everyone

We were at the Grand down at Glenelg last Saturday night and we saw at least 2 different Hens' Nights blow past us throughout the night. One of them was the perfect cliche, complete with a veil for the bride-to-be and embarassing dares and being too young to have ever been to a hens' night, I was a bit mesmerised by the madness! Anyway, we proceeded to make fun of the hens and discuss which one of us would supposedly get married first (my name was put forward because I'm a tad obsessed with weddings but seems somewhat unlikely given my last blog entry!)... we decided it would be hilarious if we were to pretend that we were all on a hens' night: designate someone to be the bride to be and watch the curiosity and/or horror on people's faces when we tell them that our 18 yo friend is to be married next week!

So, at Schutzenfest this Saturday night, we're all going to have our HENS NIGHT there!! It will be good for a few laughs, if nothing else... tomorrow we're going hens' night shopping. Yup, we're going to enter the tantalising world of tacky cliche novelties where everything is euphemistically named "pecker ____" or "____ peckers". Like these little babies -- pecker straws!! These ones happen to also glow in the dark.. I sure do hope we can find some to sip our potent cider/beer through on Saturday night!

Another one of my faves would be this "bum pincher":



Stay tuned for a detailed account of my very first hens' night ;)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
melting moments
I've been saying this a lot but I think I am actually melting! *checks face* Adelaide recently had the hottest December since 1939 (or something) and it's my firm belief that you just can't cope in 35+ degree (celsius) heat without a trusty air conditioner. But I don't want to talk about the weather.

I've been thinking about love and relationships a lot lately. Not because of any developments in my own life but because at the moment I am living vicariously through my friends; my best friend has been dating a guy for over 2 months and he seems to be making her infinitely happy and.... whole. My other friend is in a largely destructive on-and-off-again relationship with the love of her (albeit short) life in what seems to be right up there with the passionate but mostly ill-fated star-crossed lovers like Buffy and Angel and Carrie and Mr. Big.

My thoughts dwell more on the latter, only because it is more fascinating -- much like tragedies are always more talked-about than happy endings. These two have been having a tug-of-war for about 5 years now and no matter how much pain and anguish they cause each other, they're still coming back for more. I can't help but feel like she is lucky to have found someone to obsess over, love, hate and generally drown her thoughts in.

I've never had any kind of proper relationship with a guy but not because I don't want one. In the past I've told myself it's because I'm not a size 8 (or 10.. or 12...) or because I just haven't had the right opportunities but I've now realised it's because I just don't know how to relate to guys. I'm not comfortable around most of them, unless I'm plied with alcohol of course. The only good male friends I've ever had have either been a) too gay to function or b) in denial about being too gay to function! And I'm not exactly sure how to fix that and I'm scared that I won't figure out how in time.

Ok - end psycho-analysis of self. I didn't make any New Year's Resolutions but it never hurts to have goals as long as they're achievable -- Starbucks calls them SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. But hey, I don't work there anymore so forget the crap :P I resolve to become good friends with a straight guy this year. Sounds simple, huh?

"Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing." -- Alexander Wolcott
Sunday, January 08, 2006
i'm back!

So, the summer boredom has driven me back into the world of blogging... I've had a few variations of blogs and websites in the past, mostly in 2004 when I had barrels of time to spend on it.

You may remember me from such defunct blogs as Heifer No More, Games That Play Us and my melo [end Troy McClure voice]. Or not. Either way, here's a short summary of my life as it stands on January 8th, 2006:

I've made the move from my home town of Adelaide, South Australia to Melbourne, Victoria. The official reason is for my university degree that is now 1 year in (double of Law/International Relations at La Trobe University) but really it was a combination of factors that I find difficult to shove into a sentence. Moving in to Glenn College on campus was possibly one of my best moves in my short life (moving interstate and living in college is definitely not as common as it is in the US, where it is practically a given)! I am having an absolute ball and I'm basking in the knowledge that these will probably be the best years of my life.

During my first year in Melbourne I refused to spend all of my time hidden away in the suburb of Bundoora, so I went out and got myself two jobs in the city: as part of the retail staff at Telstra Doma for footy matches (that's real football: AFL) and my favourite, as a Starbucks barista in a smaller CBD store with plenty of regulars to keep me entertained.

I have less than a week left in Adelaide (I've returned for the summer) and then I'm off to Seattle, USA for 4 weeks to spend some time with my mum, stepdad and baby sister (6 years old in May). Mum and I are also going to spend 10 nights here in beautiful Hawaii and I can't wait to add memories to my short two-night stay in Honolulu back in January 2004.

Keeping it short(ish) and sharp,

s.


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Stefanie/Female/16-20. Lives in Australia/South Australia/Adelaide, speaks English. Eye color is hazel. I am also independent.
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