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Jan. 6th, 2006 @ 04:28 pm First Post in Ages (Again)
Current Mood: blankblank
It is, once again, my first post in ages. I've had another one of those no-journal periods, brought about by somebody else's disapproval of my throwing of privacy to the winds.

So, a few quite interesting things have happened.

I got back from Victoria/NSW rather uneventfully, to finish off where my other journal entries left. I went to Daylesford with the Pipe Band, and we competed in a Highland Gathering, which we came second in. Other highlights of the trip were playing deadly games of snap and spoons, (which fuelled the new userpicture,) and driving all day there and all day back in five-star-coach comfort.

Performed the Middle School plays, (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Jungal Book and The Witches.) Two 11 in the morning matinées, consisting of two of the plays, and two 7:30 in the evening performances with all three. Personally, I think three plays in one evening was a bit much, but they were good plays. I was Aslan and the Professor in Lion/Witch/Wardrobe and Mr Jenkins/The Smoke Machine Operator in The Witches. Vastly enjoyed bashing cymbals and making witches go up in clouds of smoke while conversing with other people on the headsets. One downside was that Kate Matthews cursed two of our performances by saying Macbeth. Bad Kate.

Had Christmas, got Lord of the Rings on DVD, lots of CDs, amazingly cool little teapot, stuff like that. Had new year, etc, nothing much happening.

Will be leaving for Coffin Bay tomorrow, but some other time I'll try to update those written entries that I never posted from my last holiday to Victoria/NSW.
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Oct. 10th, 2005 @ 05:38 pm NSW/Vic Holiday #3 - The Steepest Train in the World
Current Mood: happyhappy
Watched 'The New Poseidon Adventure' last night with only dad, as Mum fell asleep. 'Twas not too shabby. But it went on FAR too long, when I was, strictly speaking, supposed to be in bed. Sheets had been tucked in so tight that I had to crouch against the wall and insert myself into bed like a piece of paper.

Breakfast. Next morning. Included in resort package price. BEST BREAKFAST EVER. Complete buffet with EVERY breakfast food ever. Sausages, scrambled eggs, bacon, muffins, tomato, toast, cereal, hash-browns. Juice of every type. Orange, tomato, grapefruit, apple, mango, pineapple. And best of all, MINI TEAPOTS with every type of tea! After two cups of tea I felt significantly more invincible than I did yesterday.

Pottered around resort for the morning while mum was at her conference. Lost pool against Dad, played pinball, went in pool and spa. And, of course, did Sudoku. Mum came out of her conference, and we boarded very cool double-decker London bus.

We went to the top of one of the valleys and took the steepest train in the world to the bottom. 52 degrees. Felt more like 78. Me and sisters were in front row and through all the ride Mum was worried that Bethany was going to fall out the bottom.

After a walk, we took the cable car back to the top, which was amazing. After ice creams at NSW prices, ($1.70, would have been $0.70 in Adelaide,) sent astrid an e-mail in overpriced, business/entertainment room. Watched the Simpsons. All good.
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Oct. 9th, 2005 @ 07:08 pm NSW/Vic Holiday #2 - Buses and Trains
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
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Finally made it to the resort, but it hasn't been the most problem-free trip.

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Dinner of pasta. Hooray for simplicity. I'm going to bed now.
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Oct. 9th, 2005 @ 08:26 am NSW/Vic Holiday #1 - Worst Landing Ever
Current Mood: nauseatednauseated
Just arrived on a plane from Adelaide. Now in Sydney, miles away from my computer, but for the rest of my Blue Mountains holiday, I'll just write entries by hand (shudder), and then backdate them into the website when I get back home. Which should be approximately in a week and a day.

The landing was, agreeably, the worst landing Mum and I have ever sat through. Mum just got back from the bathroom, recovering. We both nearly threw up. And I've never felt too sick on a plane landing before. This one was:

-Really long (I think the plane went too high so we had to double back)
-Really bumpy (stupid Sydney breezes)
-And just really BAD.

Got up at four in the morning this morning to catch a taxi, to catch a plane. Everything going smoothly. Taxi due at 4:45. But it didn't come. 4:50 . . . still nothing. 5:00, dad rings the taxi service. The taxi finally arrives half an hour late, and the mystery is solved. Elderly asian driver, puttering along at a healthy 7 km/h. Hooray.

Got to the airport with about one minute left to check in. And, in accordance with Murphy's law, the queue was so long that, to be at the end of it, I had to stand in the doorway, causing the door to open, shut, open, shut, open, shut, annoying the hell out of me.

And now to board a train for the mountains themselves! Or, as it were, probably two trains and a bus.

In other news, I have become addicted to Sudoku puzzles, and have so far completed three (easy ones.) Sudoku is king. All hail Sudoku. Went to newsagent yesterday and purchased Lovatt's Sudoku Magazine. It has about a hundred puzzles, some of them in miscellaneous novelty fun form. Hooray for miscellaneous novelty fun! Anybody who wants a Sudoku tutor, I'd be happy to teach you the basics. I swear, it's the funnest logic puzzle on the planet!
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Oct. 6th, 2005 @ 01:54 pm At Dad's Work With Fast Internet
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Jakal's Den Podcast for Saturday October 1st 2005 #29 - Jack
Nothing much happening today. I'm at Dad's work on my laptop, connected to his work's fast internet connection, which opened up a few possibilities. First of which was doing all my software updates. Talked on MSN with people for a while, and I just tried to play runescape, (first time ever,) which was a failure, as it was unbearable laggy. I don't think I'll be doing that again.

Had lunch with dad and his friends, which was a vegemite and cheese roll/sandwich. Yummy.

Have discussed possibilities of meeting with jk_rockin, and we have decided that perhaps it would be a good idea to have breakfast together before she goes to school. I hope that works. Breakfast is good.
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Oct. 5th, 2005 @ 07:45 pm Many Many Simpsons Episodes and Dinner Out
Current Mood: happyhappy
Day at home today. Parents at work. Sister Bethany went to have allergies tested. Rachael and I stayed at home for the first part of the day and had a DIY Simpsons marathon with the 12 DVDs that we have. We watched . . . a surprisingly small percentage: 11 episodes, then Melissa came. Rain stopped, we went outside, and played handball, in which everybody ganged up against me. Outnumbered by girls. I just can't win!

To celebrate my sister not being allergic to egg any more, we went out for dinner, and I had CEASAR SALAD! Which was a little hyper-salty, because of too much bacon, but very nice, also because of too much bacon. On way to pick up Dad from work when argument ensued over gameboy.

Bethany wants to use Rachael's gameboy. Rachael says she doesn't want Bethany using it at the moment, which is understandable, because Rachael is tired and stressed and doesn't want to have to help Bethany every 2 minutes with a level she can't do. Mum gets cross with Rachael and confiscates the Gameboy. Bethany grizzles for 10 minutes straight before Mum gets angry with both of them.

A dispute not, I think, settled fairly.

And eragon_elite have STILL not replied to my request to join. Ah, woe is me.
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Oct. 4th, 2005 @ 07:08 pm Trip To David's House
Current Mood: fullfull
Went to David K's house today, which was fun. Watched The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which is the BEST MOVIE EVER. Watched Mythbusters. Watched the Simpsons. Went to Marion and looked around shops and went to Intencity. All good.

That's pretty much all that happened today. eragon_elite have STILL not responded to my request to join.
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Oct. 3rd, 2005 @ 07:42 pm Sixteen . . . Sixteen . . . Sixteen . . .
Current Mood: thirstythirsty
Current Music: Jakal's Den #Episode 29 - jakalsden@gmail.com
Whole family went on a car trip into the hills, down to Caracalinga, or however you spell it, for breakfast at a cafe, which was nice. Except for the car ride there. Bethany insisted on counting all the red cars. This would have been OK, except that between the cars, so that she didn't forget the number, she would say it over and over again until another car came. So after we got up to 16, and no car came for ages, all we could hear from the back seat was 'sixteen . . . sixteen . . . sixteen . . . sixteen . . . sixteen . . . sixteen . . . sixteen . . .sixteen . . . sixteen . . .sixteen . . .sixteen . . .sixteen . . .sixteen . . .' and it got infuriatingly annoying. We made the following suggestions to her:

-Why don't you remember the number in your head?
-You don't have to count the cars.
-We could remember the number for you.

None of these worked. We also tried:

-That is quite annoying.
-Can you please stop that?
-Bethany, shut up!

All of these were drowned out by 'sixteen . . . sixteen . . . sixteen . . . sixteen . . . sixteen . . .'.

I had Eggs Benedict, and that was yummy.

And eragon_elite hasn't replied to my request to join yet. I hope they will soon. I really want to get started!
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Oct. 2nd, 2005 @ 07:53 pm Working in the Garden
Current Mood: okayokay
Have been working in the garden today and yesterday, my precious first two days of holidays. What a way to spend the first two days of holidays. This is one of the prime reasons why I hate summer. As we go further into the horrid season, my journal, it is inevitable that you will hear infinite whinging about how much I really hate summer. But as I was saying, one of the reasons I hate summer is because summer is full of 'nice days.' On a nice day, my mother likes to say, "Oh! It's a 'nice day'! You should all be outside working in the garden! Go on, off with you!" If we eliminate summer, thereby eliminating 'nice days', we eliminate this unpleasant experience.

So, because my mother is stressed, because the house is falling down, and the garden needs weeding, she is in a bad mood, and she sends dad outside to do the weeding. When Mum is in a bad mood, I cannot at any time be seen to be enjoying myself in the slightest, because if I am, she immediately rounds on me and takes all her stress out on me. One of her favourite ways to do this is yell at me, then tear the book that I am reading/writing/deciphering out of my hands, and then yell at me some more, and then kick me outside, just because it annoys me and it will prevent me from enjoying myself. Again, I will say that the possibility of being kicked outside is eliminated by the absence of 'nice days.' I HATE SUMMER.

The law of the house is thereby as follows:

If the dominant female, i.e., the mother/wife is in a bad mood, for whatever reason, nobody else in the house will be happy. If anybody else in the house breaches this law, the dominant female reserves the right to MAKE them unhappy.

It is INCREDIBLY annoying and unfair.

In other news: I have applied to join a community known as eragon_elite. It looks REALLY good, but is only in its first stages. I am quite excited about the prospect of being a part of it, possibly securing a position high up because of my presence in the early days. So . . . we'll see. I await an e-mail. Silly northern hemisphere people, they're so BACKWARDS! Sleep at the wrong times, christmas in the wrong season . . . I don't know.
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Sep. 30th, 2005 @ 08:38 pm Holidays!
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Well, I no longer have glup in my throat. In the time since I last posted, my symptoms have passed through dry, infrequent painful cough, to semi-dry frequent non-painful cough, to not-dry very frequent not-painful cough. I do, however, feel that I am over the summit of the hill and running down the other side.

And it's holidays today! YES! Freedom! And if Astrid is reading this, she has to contact me pronto, because . . . I might have a chance to meet up with her in the holidays! Which would be awesomely awesome beyond the awesome boundaries of awesome awesomeness.

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Watched 'Sleepover' tonight with my two sisters. Hey, I had nothing else to do. It was a typical 'chick flick.' But it was quite well written and the humour was not lame, and I was sitting there laughing at a lot of the stuff because (a) it was true or (b) it was just so ridiculous. Also, as a bonus, it gave the stereotypical impression that all guys are one of the following:

1. Fat and nerdy.
2. Stupid and unco.
3. Hot

Well, I may be referred to as nerdy by some people at my school, but I know from medical examination that my weight is bang on average, (probably less, it's been a while,) for my height, so that rules out number 1. And I may be unco, but, with all modesty, I don't think I'm stupid, and any IQ test will verify that. Which brings me to option three. The only possible remaining option.

Thus I deduce that I am HOT. Iceberg out.
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