Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ch-ch-ch-changes....

ooooh, blogger's changed its look and feel... takes a while to get used to the new layout etc.... it looks a lot more like google+ now - that makes sense though seeing as how it's a google product... but i was soooo familiar with the way it looked previously when i opened it up - guess i'll get used to it soon enough...

that's when i'm able to get into it! i'm having a helluva time with my internet at the moment... it's dropping out soooo very often, it's driving me crazy - has been for the last couple of months and i find myself abusing telstra more often than normal... but then there has been a lot of new comings and old goings from the flats i live in so maybe there's something new interfering with my signal... hopefully that will change when i move - i may even go with a different provider!!!!


a move? yes, i'll get to that, but... it was my birthday on saturday - turned 57 - and being up early i decided i'd go along for a tram ride into the city with brann while he collected something from his work - what possessed me? i haaaate the city, so many people!! and on my birthday to boot!!! but while there we had a lovely birthday breakfast... then it was off to prahran market to visit mister nice guy cupcakes to get some birthday treats - they make the most incredible cakes, so moist, so delicious - everything is vegan and we bought 18 mini cupcakes in 9 different flavours...


later in the day - and after much self-discipline refraining from getting too stoned and eating too many munchies in the form of cupcakes - it was off to soul mama's in st kilda for dinner - it's a place i can go as a vegan and know i don't have to worry about 'cross-contamination' with rancid, decaying flesh from brutally slaughtered animals - now their food can be pretty bland if you don't know how flavours work with each other, and you do need to get a few things and share, rather than be bored by one dish... so we had japanese gyoza dumplings with a mirin, soy & ginger dipping sauce, thai green laksa noodles with asian vegetables and fried tempeh, and spicy marinated tofu on beautifully cooked asian greens... deeeeeeeelicious - everything just balanced each other perfectly!!! and of course, then it was off home to enjoy some cupcakes - what can i say, between two of us we polished all of them off over 2 days (and didn't even feel sick afterwards)!!!!!

it was a lazy day on sunday... i finished a wonderful book, "the ghost of lily painter" by caitlin davies, which i'll review some other time... on monday, just out of curiosity, i decided to check online and see what houses were available for lease at a price we may be able to afford... i'd noticed one open for inspection on saturday but with all we had to do we didn't get to the property in time to view... it was still showing as available on monday so i decided it was worth a phone call to see if there had been any applications and was pleasantly surprised that i could collect the key and go and view it... fortuitously as it turned out, brann had gone to work on a rostered day off and had rung to see if there was anything he could pick up on his way home - that meant we could both go and view it with no expectation that we would apply... but on viewing it we decided we had nothing to lose by putting in an application...


it's a quaint little 2 bedroom victorian cottage with a wonderful open plan kitchen and dining area with double doors leading out to a great little backyard and we were 'sold' - it would suit 2 adults and 1 cat perfectly, with room for a small rescued dog in the near future (yay, i can feel that dog-shaped hole in my heart getting closer to being filled!!!)


so after working out if we could come up with the money for bond, rent and the move, while paying the next months rent here and giving notice (that would take us up until the end of the lease - what timing!!) we decided to go for it, we had nothing to lose... so the applications went in late monday evening, and we got the phone call on tuesday afternoon - it was ours!!!!!! everything just fell into place...

so my blogging will probably be a tad erratic for the next few weeks while we do the 'hard yakka' now - packing, cleaning, organising utilities, the physical moving.... i'm looking forward to the end result, but not the lead up to getting there...

it's a public holiday here in australia today, being the 25th april - 'anzac day' - so i'll acknowledge all those killed, maimed, mutilated, tortured, abused, injured, psychologically damaged and displaced in wars everywhere - innocent human & non-human animals alike - but if you're at all interested in my views on the day itself, you can read my previous post 'the making of a myth'...

i think that's it for now folks... but how could i call a post 'ch-ch-ch-changes' without leaving you with a clip of david bowie performing it...

 


5 comments:

parlance said...

Congratulations on the move. I hope it goes well.

I read your blog from the past about Anzac Day and I agree with the essayist's sentiments and with yours.

A household member was slumped in front of the tv this morning and I could hear men mouthing platitudes about Anzac, so I went to ask why on earth he was watching that stuff. It turned out he had mentally tuned it our and was reading all the other little boxes that scroll down the side of the screen. (Not my idea of how to watch tv, btw.)

We switched to another channel so I didn't have to listen to the glorification of war by men who probably have never seen how horrific and destructive it must be.

When will Australia grow up and devise a real celebration of life on this great continent?

proud womon said...

thanks parlance... marilyn lake's article resonated with me and i definitely share her sentiments...

and yes, tv is so much a part of our lives these days that it's on, but we're able to tune out and either visually, aurally or even subconsciously grab those sideline things that interest us... oooh, is that a bit like 'sidespying' the world around us?

Anonymous said...

sounded like a fabulous birthday was had, sorry I forgot to call/write (blame it on sickness).
good luck with your move.
Amanda

Rod Foglio said...

I never knew Bowie sang that song.

proud womon said...

rod foglio, is that a 'tongue in cheek' comment? otherwise dare i ask "what planet do you come from?"