Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I got an unexpected pay rise during my annual review today. I had assumed the economic downturn would mean no extra money for anyone, but we're getting a minimal increase to keep up with inflation. I'm not complaining. See, having low expectations can make you happy.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Gee, I love the internet.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I signed up for Postcrossing a few weeks back. I have sent five postcards (which travelled a total of 81,630 kms) and I got my first postcard today, from Germany. Yay! This is fun!
Monday, June 15, 2009
As you may know, I love the State Library so I'm keen to stick my nose behind its closed doors.
I'm also eager to have a look at the boardroom of the National Mutual building. It was on the program for last year's open day, but the crowds were huge and I didn't get my foot in the door. Better get there early this time.
* Thank you anonymous blog reader
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I know I've waxed lyrical about the Royal Botanic Gardens before, but this is my blog and I'll do it again if I want to, dammit!
I wandered through the gardens on my way home from the gym today. I just love how I can still find new things to delight me...or perhaps rediscover things that I'd forgotten I knew about.
I was walking around with my camera taking photos of flowers when I passed through Fern Gully and saw the Fern Gully Rest House (above). How cute is that little gazebo? Look at the moss-laden shingles!
While I was taking photos of the mossy shingles, I saw a little patch of tiny fungi growing on the edge of the roof.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I made soup this week. When winter approaches, I try to prepare myself for it by thinking of the good things about cold weather, which include nice hot, homemade soup. And then I never make any.
But not this winter! I made some cream of vegetable soup. I even made the stock. It's a not-very-appetising snot colour, but it's palatable, nutritious and also low allergy.
Next up I'm thinking...cream of brussels sprouts soup. Really! Stop gagging. I love the tiny cabbages.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
And now to bed. It's just started raining again. Aaaah.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I found it last year and my love for it was still strong, so I bought the CD on Amazon and had it shipped over from the US. Why, yes, I long ago abandoned any pretence at coolness.
Such is my adoration that when my favourite Big River tunes pop up on my iPod, as they did today, I feel a little choked up with happiness. For anyone who knows the musical, my favourite songs are Muddy Water, Waiting for the Light to Shine and Free at Last (if you click on the Big River link above and scroll down you can listen to them...not that I expect you will!)
Long, long weekend
I have an extra day off tomorrow, on top of today's public holiday. Wheeee!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
That's my rubber band ball, with soy sauce fish for size comparison, which is fitting since my sushi habit has helped create it. If you don't know how big a sauce fish is, the ball is about the size of a grapefruit.
Anyway, I started the ball about three years ago. It's surprisingly and pleasingly bouncy.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Somewhere else on this blog I ruminated on how little the word "monger" is used these days, and when it is, how it is often in a negative sense - such as hatemonger or gossipmonger.
Well, today I found Sushi Monger in The Causeway in the city. I like.
Something else I found today
Monday, June 1, 2009
I took this photo on my way home from the city at close to midnight Sunday night. I love seeing a big yellow moon hanging low in the sky, reflecting on the glassy black surface of the river.
It's a half-moon, which is hard to see because of the quality of my photo but also because of the light cloud blurring the edges of the moon.
I know this is going to sound strange, but I like walking along or across the river in the dark on my own on a clear, fine night. It's so quiet and peaceful and the city is a beautiful sight. Needless to say I'm not scared of the dark nor do I worry about what might be lurking in it.