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March 12th, 2011


06:32 pm - long time no see!
Wow! So it's been almost 2 years since I last posted. CRAZY!

Quick update: I graduated with a BAtchelor of Arts and a Grad. Dip in Counselling. I moved to Japan with my partner Gretel and we are still here.

Japan has been a fantastic adventure, though we could have done without the recent earthquake and tsunami. though I know everyone could have done without it. We were worried about friends but they are OK. So are we.

We'll be back home to Tasmania in 2 months (May). Looking forward to it.

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July 15th, 2009


07:34 pm - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
For the next 13 weeks I'm going to try to juggle, 2 jobs, fulltime uni and assignments, japanese adult ed., a committed relationship and bootcamp 3 mornings a week. I'm feeling run down and tried already. Just need to power through and think of the ending. I just don't know how I'm going to do assignments when I'm already feeling so tired. I need a couple of days off fully. I might take them next week.

Things are going ok though. Just.so.tired.

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June 18th, 2009


08:00 am - exams
I got up way too early for my exam today. I'm prepared so I didn't need to wake up at 6 and get up at 6.30am! meh. I have a fuzzy head but I'll be fine today. Counselling skills 1 exam, won't be that hard if the questions are similar to last year (which I think they will be).

So sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy! I had too much caffine yesterday so took me awhile to pass out last night, even tho I was really tired.

better finish off this revision tho.

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June 16th, 2009


03:37 pm - I challenge you to a game of procrastination!
I'm at uni at the moment. In the library, crunching loudly on rice crackers while everyone is trying to study. It's not completely silent so it's not too awkward. I've procrastinated most of the day away, although I've written out a few of my lectures, I'm yet to commit them to memory completely. I'll get to it after this post and I go get some more water.

Yesterday was a hat trick in terms of awesomeness. I got a call back about a job I applied for at a Rehab centre run by the Salvation Army. I got the job, which I thought I would as I felt I did well in the interveiw. I go in Monday morning to sort stuff out. Then I got my role play feedback back from my counselling skills 1 course and I got a high distinction (80%). One of the top marks in the class worth 50% of our overall mark. We have the exam on Thursday so I should sort my shit out and get on with the study! Then finally I got another assignment back and got a semi-average mark but gretel and I went for a run which makes up the rest of that crap mark to get a hat trick day of awesomeness.

I'm so glad I got another job. Holidays are on their way and I get very apathetic/bored if I don't have stuff to do... Although I really REALLY need to vacum the house. It's disgusting. The job title is night supervisor at the Bridge centre. Shifts are 5pm - 11pm and 11pm - 7am. Which isn't too bad. Job involves breath testing and urine testing, handling crisis calls from the clients and brief intervention. Clients are 18 - 75 but most are between 24 - 48. I really like the set up of the program, which has been successfully run for years now, and can't wait to get my experience bar up before I go to Japan... I felt pretty grr arg the past week or so. I just wanna get up and out of here. This new job should give me something to focus on other than leaving though.

On another side note. I did something to my knee and the chiro strapped it up with material tape. Awesome. I got the BIGGEST, reddest, rawest, ITCHIEST rash from it ever. So just incase you're with me when I have an accident and I'm knocked unconcious please let the medics know I'm horribly allergic to material bandaids.

Tax times soon! I hope I get money back or don't have to pay any more!

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April 23rd, 2009


10:08 am
YAY! Thank you Kevie for stimulating me so appropriately. I got myself an msi wind that is loading on the bed behind me! I got it from www.tech4u.com.au. OMG why would anyone buy stuff from Harvey Norman, Dick Smiths or the like? The netbook I got was $150 cheaper than all the stores I went too ($620 for the msi wind U100. Now I can jump on whenever and maybe I might update more regularly... who knows?? It will be awesome when Gretski and I travel, that's for sure and I can pretend to be listening to my lectures drone on when really I'm wasting time on teh internetz...

yay!

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March 29th, 2009


10:36 am - just filling in non facebook time.
So I haven't really started posting things as much as I wanted to but maybe I'm just a little over the internet. *GASP* never! My sister pulled through her operation and is doing well. Chemo to come now but I think she will be ok. It's pulled our family closer together.

Uni is easy and work is great but I might not have a job in 6 weeks as our program might not get funded for another year. MEH to the community sector and no job security... Ah well I can always go back to bar work if needs be. I really love Youth Beat though. We've had some really interesting and crazy shifts lately proving how much we're needed out there during times when other businesses are closed.

and I thought this was pretty funny www.youtube.com/watch

I hope people turned their lights off for earth hour last night too!

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March 24th, 2009


08:42 am - FB annonymous
I quit facebook... It's liberating and I have so much free time now to waste on LJ instead. So I'll start doing proper updates and commenting once again soon!

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December 10th, 2008


03:39 pm - because I'm bored
In an hour I'm on the plane to Melbourne to see MGMT tomorrow night. WOOT! It's gonna be so fun! YAY! Not much happening this way other than that.

1. Heard a kookaburra in person
2. Slept under the stars
3. Seen a koala.
4. Visited Melbourne
5. Watched a summer thunderstorm
6. Worn a pair of thongs (flip flops for you in the UK!)
7. Been to Uluru (Ayer's Rock).
8. Visited Cape York
9. Held a snake
10. Sang along with Khe San
11. Drank VB
12. Visited Sydney
13. Have seen a shark

14. Have used Aussie slang naturally in a conversation
15. Had an actual conversation with an indigenous Australian (aboriginal).
16. Eaten hot chips from the bag at the beach
17. Walked/climbed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (a bit too touristy for me)
18. Used an outside dunny, and checked under the seat before sitting down

19. Seen Chloe in Young & Jackson's.
20. Slept on an overnight train or bus
21. Been to Sydney's Mardi Gras
22. Have gone bush-bashing
23. Taken a sickie

24. Been to see a game of Aussie Rules football
25. Have seen wild camels
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Had a Tim Tam Slam
28. Ridden in a tram in Melbourne
29. Been at an ANZAC day Dawn Service.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Held a wombat
e
32. Been on a roadtrip of 800km or more
33. Seen the Great Australian Bight in person
34. Had a really bad sunburn
35. Visited an aboriginal community

36. Seen a redback spider
37. Have watched Paul Hogan

38. Seen Blue Polls in person
39. Wandered barefoot in the bush/outback
40. Eaten Vegemite
41. Thrown a boomerang
42. Seen the Kimberlies
43. Given a hitch-hiker a lift
(yeah when I've thought they looked desperate)
44. Been to Perth (born in perth)
45. Have tried Lemon, Lime and Bitters
46. Tried playing a didgeridoo
47. Seen dinosaur footprints
48. Eaten Tim Tams
49. Been to Darwin
50. Touched a kangaroo
51. Visted the Great Barrier Reef
52. Listened to Kevin Bloody Wilson
53. Killed a Cane Toad

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Have read and own books by Australian authors
56. Visited Adelaide

57. Know the story behind "Eternity" (excuse me?)
58. Been camping
59. Visited Brisbane
60. Been in an outback pub
61. Know what the term "Waltzing Matilda" actually means

62. Gone whale watching. <--------- Just seen 'em
63. Listened to Slim Dusty
64. Own five or more Australian movies or TV series
65. Sang along to Down Under
66. Have stopped specifically to look at an historic marker by the side of the road.
67. Eaten a 4'n'20 pie
68. Surfed at Bondi

69. Watched the cricket on Boxing Day
70. Visited Hobart
71. Eaten kangaroo
(dad tricked me into it! but it was tasty!)
72. Seen a quokka
73. Visited Canberra
74. Visited rainforests
75. Used a Victa lawnmower
76. Travelled on a tram in Adelaide
78. Used a Hills hoist
79. Visited the Olgas
80. Used native Australian plants in cooking
81. Visited the snow
82. Chosen a side in Holden VS Ford
Ford!
83. Visited the desert
84. Been water skiing
85. Read The Phantom
Is The Phantom written by an aussie author?
86. Visited Parliament House
87. Gone spotlighting or pig-shooting
88. Crossed the Nullarbor (couple of times)
89. Avoided swimming in areas because of crocodiles <-------- Come to Darwin!
90. Listened to AC/DC.
91. Called someone a dag <--------- Only affectionately, more often got called one
92. Voted in a Federal Election
93. Have been swimming and stayed between the flags
94. Had a possum in your roof <--------- GRRRRRRRR
95. Visited the outback
96. Travelled over corrugated roads.
97. Hit a kangaroo while driving
98. Been well outside any mobile phone coverage
99. Seen an emu
100. Have woken to the smell of bushfires

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November 29th, 2008


04:54 pm - It's good to be sane.
So much keeps happening but I just don't feel like writing about it. I've been keeping up with reading friends posts though.I'm still about.

I headed to Queensland for the week last week. As soon as I stepped off that plane I felt 100% better and less stressed. Gretel and I wasted the first day inside playing wii, watching DVD's and sleeping. It was AWESOME. First full day we've been able to waste doing nothing together in months! We've both just been working our little butts off. Gretel works Mon - Thurs and I work Fri - Sun so it makes it hard to get a full day together. Ah well that will change soon! The school year finishes soon and g-star will be freeeeeeee! YAY! I'm also putting in for some different work in the community sector so fingers crossed I get that and won't have to work weekends any more.

We got our results on Friday and I SMASHED my exams... ok didn't smash them but I got 3 credits and a distinction, which for me is smashing since two of the them were the hardest subjects I've done yet (human neuroscience (distinction) and cognition and memory). Now I graduate on the 18th Dec. WOO HOOOOOOO!! I've been accepted to do a grad dip in counselling but if I get a full-time job in the sector then I might just give it a miss. I've lots of saving to do next year as I want to go to Japan and teach end of next year then do some more travels after that. Plus the experience I'd get from working rivals that of the grad dip. Although I do like the idea of extra training... hmmmm. It's hard to decide. People say I could get the jobs I want without that extra bit of training and that might be so but I don't think I'd be able to do the jobs as well without that training.

Anyway things are going really well, although we're on a break from Boot camp for 2 months till our trainer comes back from holidays. It's ok, I'll get pudgey over the christmas hols then spend next year working it off!

Hmmm I'm hungry, I wonder what we'll have for dinner... Curry?

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November 5th, 2008


11:47 am - I'm done, done like a dogs dinner.
I fell down the stairs today. It really really hurt. But maybe it was more the shock/fear of falling the whole 20 stairs and killing myself that made me cry like a baby.

ooo above sentence I found saved in a restore draft thingy... anyway...

I JUST FINISHED MY FINAL UNDERGRADUATE EXAM EVER... Could I feel any better or happier? I could almost cry again. It's taken me so long and been such a MASSIVE journey of discovery. Now it's at an end. I'm done. My last exam the hardest, I smashed and it felt so FUCKING good when the lady said 'pens down'. Now that's it! I've an interview in an hour for masters of counselling for next year. Gives me the official qualifications to register as a counsellor. Oh god I actually finished and accomplished something a part from getting my drivers licence. HOORAY!

2 weeks and we get our results.

I'd like to relax now but I have to work this weekend and we have a house inspection on monday and the house is a pig sty. Damn exams.

YAY! YAY YAY YAY YAY! I'm not a failure! (not that I count my worth by my accomplishments but damn it feels good to be able to haha!)

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