Well, looks like we were not chosen in the member ballot. Even though we get official notice tomorrow, the lucky ones have already had their credit card charged yesterday. So we’ve missed out on the opportunity to pay $400 each for Grand Final tickets.

I should have expected this outcome as I am spectacularly unlucky when it comes to having my name drawn from a hat.

So, we’re not going to the Grand Final.

I’m pretty sad about it.

But hey, we’re still going down to Melbourne and we’ll be $1,600 richer.

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no double dates

Having a rotten cold did nothing to prevent me from heading out to watch the Ducks win a victorious victory last night … and we’re into the Grand Final! Hurrah!

Given that we’d already booked our flights and accommodation to Melbourne next weekend, this was a pretty good outcome.

Now all that remains is to score actual Grand Final tickets in the member ballot.

Even if we don’t get tickets, we’re going down anyway to soak up the atmosphere and get a bit of shopping in.

We were exceptionally lucky to find a really gorgeous (and very affordable) house on airbnb – any accommodation is ridiculously difficult to find. This will be our first airbnb experience (though we have stayed in similar kinds of pre-airbnb things), and the host has been really lovely to deal with.

We could not bear to put the adorable beasts in KittyGaol, so Joan and Ajax will Kitty/Palace minding. I’m preparing a long list of instructions (don’t put the good china in the dishwasher, kitties will wake you at 5:30am and demand feeding, wifi passwords &etc).


Tomorrow is the 8th anniversary of our first date! Holy!Goodness!

We generally remember this one much better than our actual wedding anniversary (which is sometime at the end of December) because it is AFL finals time and we had our second kind-of date the evening after our first at the Ducks v Freo preliminary final in 2006.

In terribly cute news, tomorrow is also the first anniversary of Bessie and Fireman.


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I have a cold.

It is very unpleasant.

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too much fun

I was lazing about in bed reading the tablet on Saturday morning when I received an email from imdb saying they had reset my password (I have an imdb account?) because “as part of [their] routine monitoring, [they] discovered a list of email address and password sets posted online … [they] believe your email address and password set was on that list”.

I casually mentioned this to Don, thinking it was some sort of weird phishing thing, and he was all like, “yeah, did you not hear about that thing?” I hadn’t. Clearly I’ve changed my InformationSuperHighway reading habits because once I was the one who would have known all about the thing.

And yes, mine was on that list of the 5 million email addresses and, given that I had not updated my email password for rather longer than is prudent, I spent the most of the morning updating just about everything. Tiresome.

I then spent the afternoon painting the trim upstairs glossy white (two coats!), which was tedious, but now looks genius. We’re motivated to continue on the third floor landing – possibly next weekend (golf-dependent).

Afterward I was completely exhausted and with a Very Very Sore Neck. But worth it for the Achieving!

Sunday morning we were out to get bits and pieces and look at bedheads. I am not sure if I have confessed that we are using our GiantTelevision box as a bedhead? And have been doing so for over a year. It is definitely time for something proper, but we have specific requirements that apparently do not exist in anything outside my head.

And in the afternoon I worked and worked on SML work. Much dullness, but also, more Achieving!

I also ran a very short distance, let’s just say it was not my best outing.

And so I creep ever closer to being that high-achieving-go-getter I dream of being.

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projects 2014: 8 months in

Already, we’re 1/4 way into September, but let’s review August’s results:

  1. Project 2014: Running – get back to running 15km on a regular basis.
    FAIL!: But I know what I am doing wrong and Holy!Goodness! I am determined to work my way back – sensibly and slowly!

  2. Project 2014: Frugality – buy nothing unnecessary in 2014
    ACHIEVED!: I am pretty sure that I bought nothing – really August was kind of a blur.

  3. Project 2014: Foodz – try a new recipe twice per month AND document it
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED!: New things were tried, documentation was lacking.

  4. Project 2014: Micro-travel – Go away for (at least) FOUR weekends
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED!: No weekends in August, but only one weekend to go for the FY.

  5. Project 2014: Education – Diploma of Advanced Manageressing
    FAIL!: Pastoral care at my institution touched base with me last week (a mere 9 months after I enrolled). I spoke of my dilemma (ie. I have 3 months to finish and this is not realistic). They are investigating my extension options. If I want this alleged amazing SML opportunity, I think I am going to have to complete this.

  6. Project 2014: Escape – make plans for getting the heck out of SML
    FAIL!: Well, 1 September brought surprises which means this project is now (temporarily) abandoned.

  7. Project 2014: Try New Things – one new thing per month
    ACHIEVED!: Used a pilates reformer machine for the first time

  8. Project 2014: Romance – do one couple-y/date-y thing per fortnight
    FAIL!: No dates

  9. Project 2014: Watching – watch good film and television regularly
    FAIL!: Does footy count? As a fam, we’ve been watching Jonathan Creek (

  10. Project 2014: Sobriety – don’t drink too much alcohol
    FAIL!: Hahahahahaha, no.

  11. Project 2014: Reading – for every trashy book I read for teh lulz, read something proper
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED!: From the dregs of my most excellent epubs file, I randomly selected Claire Bertschinger: Moving Mountains, it was very worthy, but kind of hard going and I did not have my usual rip through it to the exclusion of all else approach. Fortunately I’ve picked up a few Much Superior things for September.

Can we say totes boring? Fortunately September has already proved a little more interesting.

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all stations to …

Took off early on Friday to catch up with Dishy(ex)Boss for boozy lunch. Because he now works quite far away from the CBD, and because I am Very Nice, I volunteered to catch the train out to meet him in the wilds of suburbia.

I was glad of my kindle because it felt like, as Joe/Frank would say, the TOML (trek of my life). In reality the train ride was probably quicker than my normal daily drive+walk to SML, but there is no way I would wanting to be doing that train commute on any sort of regular basis.

Anyway, it was gorgeous to see him. We barely drew breath for hours and didn’t even cover half of our conversational topics. He now has a job with really very enviable conditions, conducive to excellent work life balance, but he is quite miserable at work – mainly because there is no-one to talk to. This is quite amazing as we all consider him someone who could talk to anyone. I can relate a little because most of my old SML pals (including him) have left accompanied by giant sacks of money. I love Heather to death, but those conversations are confined mostly to gossip, snark and waspishness.

Of course D(ex)B completely led me astray and we drank rather too much wine. I was quite seedy the next day.


On Saturday Don, Joe/Frank and I were on a train in the same direction to see the Ducks beat Freo in the first round of the finals. Another TOML. I would much rather watch footy at the SCG, as would I think every other member, but despite this they always schedule finals at Olympic Park.

Our seats were excellent and not inexpensive. Sitting in front of us at the game was the coach from our biggest threat to winning the Grand Final. I like that everyone around recognised him and was totally intrigued with what he was looking at (both through his binoculars and on his phone), but totally left him unmolested. That was until he got up to leave, then everyone shouted “goodbye” and waved.

I think of it as very Sydney that you just let people get on with it. Though on reflection perhaps this is not such the case anymore?


This morning Don and I wrote a large list of Action Items.

The events of last week had been so unexpectedly unexpected that we had no time for a lot of things, including grocery shopping, so we had to cover that off. Fortunately not too painful.

And I went for a run outside! Just my normal 3km route because I am trying to correct my right foot strike and overall technique (less of the shuffle, more of the kicking up at the back) so I did not want to go too far, plus I haven’t run for ages and don’t want to overdo it.

To my complete amazement I ran my fastest 3km ever (19:19) and my second fastest 1km (5:40!). I had no intention of running fast so this needs some intervention. The treadmill has me all over the place with no sense of my speed.

It was encouraging though.

We have other much more tedious things on the list, like painting the upstairs trim so we can move things back against the wall and a couple of hours of SML work as penance for sneaking out on Friday.


Now I feel as though a cold is coming on – I blame getting outside my bubble (or the prospect of a spending the afternoon with spreadsheets).

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so, what is it that you do all day?

Of course, as is the way with SML, things do not go quite as smoothly as planned.

And so, for the time being, because she ramped up the ExtremeCrazy to 11 (okay, 11,000,000), AnxiousMum is not my direct report. Rather she will be reporting to MrT – (even more) bwahahaha, because we know how that goes.

But let us just say that in the not too distant future it is expected that the functions of her area will be mine.

But, despite the crazy, I am still promoted, with a nice salary increase – and with slightly less crazy to deal with (though I am still heavily involved), what’s not to like?


In excellent news, tonight I graduated from RelentlesslyCheerfulPhysio!

AND he says I am okay to go back to the FatController as long as we don’t get too extreme!

Full of win!

Unfortunately RCP also had to tape up my shoulder with much magic blue tape, give me an excruciating massage and my first taste of acupuncture (achievement unlocked!1) for the horribly sore upper right arm/shoulder which I’d been carrying since yesterday afternoon.

Of course this was all the result of the Action and Excitement of the week. I totally wear my stress in my shoulders|neck and it is full of the agony.

1RCP: “We could do acupuncture, or we could do [other thing]“. Me: “well, I’ve never actually had acupuncture”. RCP: “So you choose that?”. Already, he knows me too well.


This evening I’ve been revisiting our Ancient RealLife flickr pix (and while I was at it ImaginaryFriended an excellent ImaginaryInternetFriend) and marvelled at how awesome and sparkling our photos were.

Really, we need to get back outside with the GiantCamera.

Or indeed, get back outside.


And today MrT hinted that there will be an enormously huge opportunity available in around 18 months and that it is totally within my grasp (though I might have to DeathCageMatch Heather or Knut for it).

Holy!Goodness! With the power of powerful things, I am very motivated to make that happen.

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