Wednesday, December 07, 2005

oh no more bloggy things!!!

You Are a Skin Deep Sweetheart

You may be supermodel gorgeous or a plain Jane.

It really doesn't matter, because you're confident and secure.

You don't go out looking like a slob, but you are low maintenance.

You have better things to worry about than whether your nails are the right shade!

yeah I know.....I need to get a life!!!

More blog things

Your Ideal Relationship is Casual Dating

Maybe you're looking for love...

But mostly you're looking for fun.

You could get serious with the right person.

For now, though, you're enjoying playing the field.

Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me


Read what you like into that one!!!

Nah really it's this really great flash animation.....

Check it out-------->Here

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Oh no! Not again!!!!!!

Your Blog Should Be Purple

You're an expressive, offbeat blogger who tends to write about anything and everything.

You tend to set blogging trends, and you're the most likely to write your own meme or survey.

You are a bit distant though. Your blog is all about you - not what anyone else has to say.

Yet another quiz.......

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.

Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.

In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.

You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.

And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Torrens over floweth

Adelaide experienced the biggest rains in the last couple of days, so much so that we've received double the November average in the last 8 days!!!! The last couple of days they were saying that Adelaide had the most rain at this time of the year in 120 years! Well, it's hard to say whether or not it's true but it has been pretty torrendous!

On the way home from work, I was surprised by the traffic slowing down on the River Torrens bridge on Henley Beach Road. So much so that I'm surprised to hear that there hasn't been any accidents, what with the slow traffic and the people all over the place. The bridge was crawling with people and the banks were covered as well.

Last week we went for a bike ride in this very same spot, sat near the banks and had a picnic tea. 5 days later and we couldn't even get near the area where we were only last week.

The kids and I went mad snapping pictures with the phone so here's a few.....

River flooding

The path here runs below the cycle path, but was a little way back from the river bank, the tree you can see is on the edge of the bank.

River flooding

It's hard to see here but the dark blobs in the middle of the water are trees and bushes from the edge of the river bank. The water in the river is usually a little below them.

Park bench

Eilish and the park bench, again usually further back from the bank. You can't see it here but the high water mark is about halfway between Eilish and where the water is now.

Park bench

Eilish and the park bench again!

River Torrens Bridge

Breandan in front of the bridge, you may not be able to see very clearly, but the cycle path that leads under the bridge is completely underwater! There is not so many people on the bridge now but only an hour earlier the entire side there was covered with people. As for the cycle path, there were more people walking and cycling along than I have ever seen along here before.

Wetlands weir

Where the kids are standing is the top of the stairs above the weir next to the bridge. There are several steps down to the normal level of the river to a weir that you are able walk across....Not now!!

Caution Blind Spot Ahead - Blind Cyclists!!!

We are on the other side of the bridge now, looking north. And yes what you can see is a couple of silly cyclists who decided to have a go at getting through! They didn't get very far and one went a little further along the bank and lowered his bike from the shoulder of the bridge. The water reached 3/4 of the way up the handle bars, it was so deep.

Cycle path under the bridge

A closer shot of the cycle path where it disappears under the bridge, you can see the tracks of where the intrepid explorers went in... and the fence along side of the path has debris hanging off of it.

River flooding facing north from the bridge

A shot of Eilish looking north from the bridge. Now usually you can see the artificial wetlands and weir created to cleanse the river. Even with the most rain we've had you could always see where the water was tumbling over the weir, now it's so high there is no obvious indication of the wetlands.

River sign - no fishing, no swimming

I believe that this sign in the middle of the river is one of the ones on the edge of the bank saying that there is to be no swimming in the river or something of that sort. Of course now you can't even get close enough to read it!

River bend

This would have to be my favourite shot. It's absolutely gorgeous and you wouldn't know that there are houses right next to the river, behind the tree on the left hand side (you might be able to see the fences just below the bend in the branch). It reminds me of the River Murray, but much higher up stream. This section of the river is only 200 - 500 metres up river from the bridge, but being much narrower the speed of the water racing through is amazing!!!

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Monday, November 07, 2005

A couple others and then it's off to bed!!


Your Beauty lies in Contradiction. Controversial, unpredictable, and
never what anyone expects.You appearance and your personality are two
opposite things. Even your appearance sends different signals to different
people. To some you may look innocent and sweet, to others you look mysterious
and intimidating at the same time. No one ever knows what to expect with you.
You are a little bit of everything all mixed together. You can be watching
the football game with the guys one minute and the next out shopping at the
mall. You seem to be almost a different person every time you meet someone, but
at the same time you know exactly who you are and there is always that one
thing that makes you you. You enjoy keeping people guessing and people love how
completely unpredictable you are.

Some ThingsThat Represent You:

Element:Fire, Water Animal: Chameleon Color:
Dark Tones, LightTones Song: Everything by Alanis Morriesette

Gemstone:Opal Mythological Creature: Gryphon,
Half-breeds Planet: Mars Hair
Red Eye Color:Brown

Quote:"Appearances can be deceiving."

Where Does Your Beauty Lie? ..::Detailed Results::..
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Mildly amusing, I find that a lot of these are not really worth posting and don't really reflect what I think I am like, but I still love them LOL

You're a Mystical. You don't fit in in any way and
most people just find you weird, but you are in
a group. You are respected by everyone, even
though you're just really different.

What kind of group person are you?
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I must admit though, I love anyone that tells me I'm it out, I don't know why, jut it feels right :-P

Yes I have been quizzing again!!!

I know it's such a silly little thing to do but I just love em!!!

Here's the latest I have done:


You're just the happy go-lucky type. You might have
your pet peeves, but other than that, you're
mainly calm. Blending in with your
surroundings, you're the type of person who
everyone likes. Usually it's you who cracks
jokes at social gatherings - after all,
laughter is the best medicine. Sometimes you
pretend to be stupid, but in all actuality, you
could be the next Einstein.

What Type of Soul Do You Have ?
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This one's great and quess what??? She even looks like me.....well if you take away the blonde hair and have short dark curly hair with a blue streak, and add green eyes, and I've got a feeling that I'm bustier than her LOL the funky glasses are just right though!

But you get the point, yes???


Dark magician. You love the dark because of it's
beauty and just the life that no-one else sees.
Mysterious, calm, quiet... But that doesn't
mean you're not friendly!

What kind of dark person are you?
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Well this one is just plain cute, which is a word I seriously don't use around myself. I am not cute!!!

Well it's that time again!!!!

Yes that's right Shannon has been on one of her funks again!

I have been having quite a lot of trouble doing things these days, just getting out of bed is often more of a hassle than anything. Like today, I woke up with this massive headache and could barely move without my head pounding. So, what do I do??? Stay in bed of course!!! And then when it finally goes away I stay in bed as there is no real reason to get up.


There is a reason for it of course, just it's not a pretty one. I have depression and it seriously fucks up my day. So I try to do things that are fun and think of fun things to do just to make the day a little sunnier.

This is why I don't post here as often as I would like to. I have this then about writing about things in my life. I don't see most of my life as being particularly fantastic and have a thing about writing about ordinary things that happen daily, but because they are ordinary to me doesn't mean that they are to anyone else. But I don't think that writing about them is a particularly great thing to do. Also writing about how crap things are or I feel is not a subject that I would like to read about and also being a very private person, I find it very difficult to put such personal thoughts down in a public sphere where anyone could read them.

So I'm trying to get over this bug of mine and work on something that is positive for all of us!!!!

Wish me luck!!!


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Mercedes Lackey ----> A Feminist???? Part 2

I decided to research this a little further. At work, it being a feminist library, they are very careful about what goes on the shelf. And Misty's works are considered by one of the collective as too fluffy and not serious enough. Well, obviously I don't agree otherwise I wouldn't be writing this. I for one, when I am reading for pleasure, don't like to read anything that is based too much on reality. So crime, drama etc are out. I want to escape to a world that reflects how I would like to see my life, or my world. A place where your face is not your calling card. Where you are taken at face value and valued for your abilities.

Yes I could dream on a little more but I think that it would be a problem if I got too caught up in the fantasy and forget about reality!

Out of interest, I have been searching for sites that discuss feminism and Mercedes Lackey and Have been having a great deal of trouble finding anything that is recent.

But anyway here is what I have found so far.....

A review from dated 8/13/95.

This site also seems to have a great mailing list for the discussion of feminist sci fi and fantasy....great!!!

"Because of the prominence of female and homosexual characters in her high fantasy works, she has been criticized for writing "fluffy" fantasy novels which bear little or no resemblance to real or pseudo-real history. Given that fantasy is an escape from reality, the relevance of this criticism is somewhat questionable."

Quoted from a great encyclopedia article on Misty which is very similar to Curious.....

Well enough of that now, I have looked for a while to find stuff on Misty and feminism and can't seem to find much at all, and even less that has been written in the last 3 years.

That is simply sad.

It's not beer o'clock yet, cyberbludger

Good old Aussie linguistic culture is alive and kicking, thanks to terms like
dunny budgie, pash rash, cyberbludger and beer o'clock.

For the
uninitiated a dunny budgie is a blowfly, a pash rash is the result of excessive
kissing, a cyberbludger plays internet games on the boss's time, and beer
o'clock is any time you feel like a drink.

All have become official
entries in the latest version of the Macquarie dictionary.

Wow! Just what we've always wanted!!! A dictionary with all those aussie phrases that drive every other English speaker nuts!

Seriously though, it is very heartening to finally start to see true Australian language showing up in our dictionaries, I, for one, am getting rather sick and tired of the American bias that our culture is slowly assuming.

check out the full article ~

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Yet more Quizzes!!!

Try this one, I got goth, which is just what i prefer out of the two anyway!

You're Gothic.  Thanks for taking my quiz.  Please vote for it.
You're Gothic.
Alone, cold, and distant, you're typically the
social outcast. You often find yourself in a
crowd full of people, while being the lonliest
person in the world, wanting something more
from life. Besides that, you're a damn
creative person, and you're always drowning in
your next "project." You're life may
seem dark and gloomy, with out much detail, but
in reality, it is quite the opposite. You
choose to keep your life rich by burying you
head in books that require thinking, and
writing people that confuses the common folk.
The world is a cold place--And you understand
that to the fullest.

Punk or Gothic?
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And here's another one!

Your a vampire congrats! YOu live for the darkness
because you can't go in the live of
blood but you don't kill when feeding(only if
your evil you will)Being immortal is a a very
lonely road,but somehow you deal.YOur rich and
money is not an object since if you wanted to
you could rob a bank!(that would be so cool!)
Your saying:Bite me and I'll bite back.

What creature of darkness or you?(COOL PICS)CHANGED
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True Confessions.....Quizzes

Ok Yes I will admit it, I have a shocking weakness for quizzes, especially those of a personality kind.

I have just found 4 different ones that are new to me and and three of them are on Fruit Basket characters. That's right I like Fruit Basket!! Both the manga and anime!!!

So here are the 4 quizzes I found and my results.....

You're orange. You're strong and have the reflexes
of a tiger. You're overly protective, and
those skills come in handy... You're a natural
person, with a taste for natural foods (I mean
organic, here.). Well, that's not true.
...Just food in general! You're as
quick-witted as your reflexes, and sometimes
painfully logical. You love wild animals and
pets. (Preferably wild animals!) You're a
natural person, and a true child of Gaia.
You're a stimulating, and outgoing person. You
enjoy making people think, especially with your
infectiously spontaneous attitude. You're a
generally optomistic person, with a love for
showing off all of your good traits. Although
many people may see you as strung-out, or just
plain weird, you're very down-to-earth and
humble. You're incredibly sweet (as this
color's other name!), and you care about people
in general. As this color would describe,
you're energetic beyond all human
comprehension. You've got a nack for drawing,
and you enjoy it, too. When it comes to
school, you're a good listener with an even
better memory. You're studious... At least
when you need to be!

What color are you? (Amazingly detailed & accurate--with pics!)
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You're Ayame - the snake.

Which Fruits Basket Character Are You?
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You are the very weird Ayame Sohma.You love to hang
around with Hatori he is your basically role
modle.You also love to be very weird with your
cousin and best friend Shigure.other than that
you have a lot of emtional problems inside.You
didn't really know you had a little brother
untill later and when you did you just brushed
him off.You now wish that you had differently
and want to close the gap between you two and
with the help of Tohru you might be able to get
really close.

Which fruits basket character are you inside?
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Ayame Sohma
You're Ayame Sohma!
You have a weird relationship with your family...
then again you're kind of weird yourself...

What Anime Fruits Basket Character Are You?
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Guess what the irony is???

Aya is one of my two favourite fuba characters!! Along with Shigure of course!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Breast Cancer Myths Part 2

I find it amazing that women don't go and have their breasts checked when they find something wrong/different!

When I was 19 I found a lump and went straight to the doc and had it looked at. Just as well as three months later, after seeing the specialist, it was removed. It was a very frightening experience and one I don't care to repeat. Fortunately it wasn't cancer but something entirely different, but it still had to come out.

Please, please, please, go see your doctor if there is anything different about your breasts!!!

Breast cancer Myths

Survey shows breast cancer myths persist

Wednesday Sep 28 18:00 AEST
By Sheryl Taylor
National Nine News medical reporter

Breast cancer kills 2500 Australian women each year, but the results of a national survey on women's' knowledge about the cancer show that many are ignoring risk factors and delaying early detection tests, putting their lives at risk.

The survey of 3000 women found myths are often believed ahead of lifesaving facts.

"It's frightening," says Professor Don Iverson, from the National Breast Cancer Centre.

"Not just because it's the biggest cancer killer, but because it's the program we spent the most money on."

Half the women surveyed thought breast cancer was a young person's disease.

"But the risk of breast cancer increases with increasing age," says Dr Helen Zorbas, from the centre.

For full article Click Here

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Mercedes Lackey ----> A Feminist????

I don't know but the book I read last night makes me question.

A bit of background....I have always loved Misty's books, They have a heart, soul and are just great reads. But most importantly she is woman friendly. Her stories are either about women or are based in a world were equality is an accepted reality. I love the way Valdemar doesn't have a state religion and that there is no one true way, but many. Misty's books are like a balm for the soul, especially the Valdemar ones. Now I'm not saying that there is no nasty stuff in them, because there is. And not every book ends in a traditional happy ever after, but every time I read one of her books, I put it done with a smile on my soul as she reaffirms everytime, my beliefs in true equality. The kind of equality were no one is judged by their gender, race, religion or any other kind of bias, but by their own personal abilities and actions.

Anyway to get back to my fist comment, last night I finished reading The Serpent's Shadow, one of her fairy tale books. And in one of the chapters there is a section where the main character is talking/thinking about the suffragette movement and how she agrees with them. It does go on for a while, instead of being "a fleeting thought" which makes me ask the question...Is Mercedes Lackey a feminist??? And if so, then why haven't we seen more of the "feminist dogma" in her works??? Or is it just because her works are based in the ideal feminist utopia, that is why I have always liked them anyway???

I am not so much confused as curious, I must admit but whilst I have always recommended her books as a wonderful place to go to, I have never actively thought of her and feminism in the same heartbeat.

As I work in a feminist library, I often have "discussions" about whether or not an author is feminist, and what is it that makes an author a "feminist writer"? Is it the fact that they are a writer and a feminist, or because they only write feminist tracts???? My understanding of feminism is that it is all about equality and there is a difference between women friendly books and those that are separatist and those written by men that are not so women friendly. A lot of the fantasty/science fiction written by men, in the earlier years not so much now, were not particularly friendly towards women. They were placed in very low positions within the societies, or were property, or in some cases didn't feature in the books at all. But then having said that, there are some feminist fiction out there that have done exactly the same thing to men, so what does that say about the women???

Can a book only be feminist fiction if it is woman friendly and has a woman as it's main character??? Or can a book be considered feminist even if the main character is a man???

It bears thinking about I think, and it is one of those loverly questions that needs to be raised.

Friday, September 30, 2005

The Life and Times of a Forgotten Mat

You have got to see this blog........I have never seen such an aimless piece of writing (we're not counting my own here). Well aimless is probably not a good word to use, but I love the Alien growth and the writers imagination is great!!!

If you want a giggle about a couple of wondering door mats then this is the blog for you!!!

Awesome act of honesty

"Some people believe other people's money will never bring them good luck. Jitendra Chirag is one of them, so when he found $10,000 neatly stashed in an unsealed envelope on his walk to the train station on Wednesday, he immediately knew he would hand it in to police."

I couldn't believe it when I read this article, I suppose it raises all these questions about what would you do If you found that much money just laying around.

I'm not sure exactly what I would do but I hope that I'm never put in the position of having to find out!!!

For the full article go here

The Fool from Kaleidostar

My kids and I are going mad over this great show we have discovered!


I even love it which is saying something as it is made by the same people that made Sailor Moon, and I am not the biggest fan of that one.

A quick run down of what it is about... Sora is a 16 year old (I think) Japanese girl who flies to America to take part in an audition for Kaleidostage, a Circ De Soleil style circus.

She misses the audition and the story just runs from there. There are lots of other loveable characters in the show. Most adorable being Ken who is in love with Sora.

But I would have to say that my most favourite character has to be The Fool, the Spirit of the Stage. He is so stylish, full of himself and just great! I can see dolls of him because he is so gorgeous. Well, at least I would buy one if there were any here in Australia.

The new website for work

I have been working very hard lately. One of the projects I have been working on is the new website for the library in which I work. the current site can be found here. But I am working on a newer version which can be found here.

I hope that it's gets approved by the collective, so that we can put it up on the real site.

One of the things that I'm really pleased with is the fact that we now have our own blog. It can be found at the library site but here's the direct link!!!

I used one of the premade templates available on Blogger and everyone so far that has seen it has been rapted in it!

Of if only the good things happened all the time!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Oh My God!!! It's been nearly a year since I last posted!

I can't believe that it has been so long!!! Things have just been moving for me since the last I posted.

I had a bit of a blip in my love life! I met a loverly guy who just did things for me!!! LOL well lets say on the shag-o-meter he hit Oh My Gawd! But such is life *sigh* we are no longer seeing each other as he wouldn't accept that I had different priorities in life. He wanted to be No. 1 and couldn't accept that he was No. 1..... behind the kids & work!!!

Oh well no great loss. But we have remained friends so that's not so bad!