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Today I helped Mum worm Jules. (We knew he needed worming as a) he was suddenly very hungry and b) he ate whatever we fed him instead of his normal picky and inconsistent approach to food.) To do this we weighed him, and he is 8.4kg!
(I am going to digress here for people who have not seen Jules. Jules is 8.4kg because he is taller and longer than most cats, but he is in proportion.
Cut for illustrative diagram )

Anyway, back to the worming. It did not go entirely smoothly! Mum accidentally sprayed the first tube all down my side, onto my Heart hoodie and jeans (Mum wants it noted that it was also all over a) the bench b) the floor c) herself d) my shoe...) because it turns out it was spring loaded! After some minor drama when we thought it wouldn't come out it was all good and nothing was permanently stained. Then it came to actually getting the worming paste where it was supposed to go, ie the cat. This went much more smoothly due mostly to the surprisingly affable approach of Jules and the spring loading of the tube (which when deployed as intended works quite well).

I was in charge of holding Jules down and I was not very effective at this. There was a lot of manhandling and at one stage Jules walked away and I had to go and retrieve him - I am surprised he didn't just run for it. It is a credit to him that he didn't bite or scratch us because he had ample opportunity. Fortunately finally I held him while Mum shoved the tube into his mouth and dispensed it, and the spring loading catapulted it down his throat before he (or we!) really knew what was happening.

Achievement unlocked:
Wormed the cat.
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This evening I spend most of my time baking rainbow cupcakes.

Picture behind cut )

It was quite time consuming but I am pleased with the result!
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Today my Melb Heart scarf and jersey arrived in the mail! Completely unexpected, I thought they weren't arriving until September. My membership pass etc must be arriving then. Pretty stocked. I'm going to wear my scarf to work tomorrow, it's all snuggly and warm.

Saw on Twitter that the Matilda's goalkeeper and Melb Heart's goalkeeper are going to be hanging out with the Heart goalkeeping coach. ♥

Also exciting is this surprisingly detailed behind the scenes look at Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon choreographing the Australian Ballet's new version of Romeo and Juliet. From about 2.20 on you get to see quite a bit of the dancing, and it looks amazing.

I am so excited for this show.



I would like to go play some more Alice: the madness returns but instead I am going to look after myself by going to bed. Was going half an hour ago but Steph got her boyfriend to come around and help her move her stuff back next door so I was chatting to him. He seems nice at least, hopefully he's less of a douche than her previous boyfriend (not hard!)
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I just plugged our interwebs back into the wall and the rolling plains of the internet have returned to me. Amazing how that works.

Today I bought a new copy of FIFA 2010 World Cup (for the xbox) for just under $8, which is a sweet deal. However I currently have my xbox tv in the living room downstairs and it is hard to work out what's going on when people are talking... it's definitely a game with a learning curve. On the upside, I can tell that knowing more about football makes me a better efootball player.

It's something I was thinking about while watching the world cup - the difference in my knowledge of the game really comes out in how much more I enjoy the midfield passing now.
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Today Julian was sitting behind me while I read the football news in the paper, protesting the clearly inadequate nature of his provisions by emitting periodic sad meows. At one point, I shifted my feet slightly and he meowed in a fashion completely identical to all his previous utterances, and I looked down to discover I was standing on his tail. Being fed terrible food = completely the same amount of distress as having your tail trodden on.
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My commute to work this morning was very strange. I was going to get to work a little early but instead when I got to the carpark it was full of cars (not normal that early anyway, but especially not given that now school holidays have started the carpark is noticeably emptier most mornings) and there was a bus spilling passengers who had embraced their inner lemming all over the road.

So I missed the first train I was going to catch, and went and parked in the possibly even larger and definitely less well known carpark over the other side of the freeway, which had buckets of parking (it is a longer walk to the station and for me at least a further drive, which is why it is less popular) and walked over to my normal side of the station.

There was a sign saying β€˜all Melbourne trains depart platform 2’ and then a huge bunch of people standing around a bored looking guy in a fluro vest, presumably waiting for a bus. I was all, hmmm, and then went over to check out platform 2 where there was a mostly empty Flinders Street bound train, so I hoped on. It was meant to depart at 8.46. At about 8.44, a bus pulled up over near platform one and disgorged a number of passengers who wanted to go to the city, and as they were walking across the pedestrian bridge towards the train the time ticked over to 8.46 and the train closed its doors and left, still mostly empty. *facepalm*
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I have been super busy and tonight a video project I have been editing has been super stubborn and then crashed when I asked it to save my work and took a substantial chunk of my progress with it; ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH no jules I will not feed you now is a bad time.

Anyway, the upcoming week is also super busy so rather than writing a post with actual content, I will note a couple of things that have amused me recently.

1. The guy who stood directly in front of the train door, blocking the way out for everyone getting off, only to spring inside, take one step to the left and stand right in the doorway of the train where everyone was trying to get on. I'm glad you were in such a hurry to get in everyone's way, dude. That was a prime spot that someone might have taken, and not, say, exactly like the unoccupied other side of the train.

2. The other day at work I got an email which in the history had an email from someone called Filomena (or something like that, not sure if I've remembered the spelling right). It was pretty late and all my coworkers had gone home, so I absently started singing Though Philomena lost her love which is good fun to sing and quite earwormy, and also has a lot of 'fa la la's in it. So I am singing, and I have sung a reasonable amount of the song and several fa la las, not loudly but not quietly either; indeed at a volume readily audible from about two meters away, where it turns out there was someone else sitting on the other side of the partition from my desk. I had forgotten they might be there. Oh dear.

3.
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Sunday 16th October: Heart v. Perth, AAMI, 5.00 p.m.
Saturday 22nd October: Victory v. Heart, Docklands, 7.45 p.m.
Saturday 12th November: Heart v. Newcastle, AAMI, 5.30 p.m.
Sunday 4th December: Heart v. Wellington, To be confirmed, 3.00 p.m.
Friday 23rd December: Heart v. Victory, AAMI, 8.00 p.m.
Wednesday 4th January: Heart v. Adelaide, AAMI, 3.15 p.m.
Sunday 15th January: Heart v. Perth, AAMI, 4.00 p.m.
Saturday 21st January: Heart v. Brisbane, to be confirmed, 7.45 p.m.
Saturday 4th February; Heart v. Victory, AAMI, 7.45 p.m.
Friday 17th February: Heart v. Gold Coast, AAMI, 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 26th February: Heart v. Central Coast, AAMI, 5.00 p.m.
Saturday 10th March, Heart v. Wellington, AAMI, 5.30 p.m.
Saturday 17th March, Heart v. Sydney, AAMI, 7.45 p.m.

I may also try to get along to the regional game and the first and last matches of the season, where we are away:
Saturday 8th October: Newcastle v. Heart
Wednesday 18th January: Heart v. Central Coast – Regional – no time fixed yet
Friday 23rd March: Adelaide v. Heart
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Tonight I went to the gym and while I was walking I watched the Australian version of the Amazing Race, which was pretty entertaining to walk to (I think I will go again at the same time next week).

Anyway, at one point all the contestants had to dress up in formal wear. There were two guys whose thing seems to be wearing akubras, and they were dressed in their tuxedos but left their hats on, and one turned to the other and said, 'hey, we look pretty smart in these' and I said 'Apart from the hats' as I realised I was still at the gym with my headphones in and no-one else was watching the same show I was. So I am all ! and then *furtive looks* and everyone else around me is all *serious business walking* with their headphones in and there is no. reaction. At all. It was hilarious.
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Via [personal profile] shehasathree:

The Sciences Sing a Lullaby

Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you're tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They'll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.

Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren't alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren't alone. Go to sleep.

Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
and
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.

~Albert Goldbarth



Apart from the specific mention of America, I find this poem so charming and soothing. This is a style of poetry I really enjoy.
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A book published in 1939, this is a 'boys own adventure' book that is amusing because of its mild badness, by which I mean it has dated somewhat and is very much a book of the Id.

Spoilers abound this review. They also abound in the blurb of the book, which is a textbook case of how not to write a blurb:
Cut for length )

After having read part of the blurb and thus knowing the plot of over half the book before got past the first page, I began reading. However, it was still entertaining, partially for the language and partially for the way that everything happily fell into place for Roger, the Hero of the book. (Bill is only there as an accessory, really, and appears and disappears as necessary.)

Firstly, the language. This includes gems such as The next two hours passed more quickly, now that he felt the warmth and glow of the strong Navy cocoa inside him (Navy cocoa - breakfast of champions?) and 'By the living jingo' snapped Devereux. (Devereux is actually pretty awesome.) There were quite a few phrases that have dropped out of use, including 'He certainly seemed to know his onions,' Roger agreed.

Roger Saves the Day )

Happily, it turns out you can beat some sense into people )

The Author Educates the Reader )

I shall end my review with a short account of my favourite part of the book, wherein Roger is a Spy and Saves the Day, for the Good of His Country and World Peace.

So Roger is stationed on Malta (which is described in such a way that I am now interested in going there, so that part was nice), and there is concern that all these ships are going missing, and it might kick off another World War (WW2 not having happened yet; it gives the book a note of sadness whenever they talk about trying to prevent it from happening.) And Roger is approached by what turns out to be a spy from Shinaea (a made up country, set on throwing the world into war!) and to cut a long story short, ends up undercover on their pirate hideout, from whence they are dastardly destroying ships to stir up paranoia and international suspicion. While escaping, he is shot in the shoulder, a painful wound that makes it difficult for him to sail the boat but is miraculously healed when he is rescued by a British ship and given a clean pair of grey flannels, where upon he is able to deliver reports and lead expedition parties to eradicate the pirates without any futher pain or discomfort.

I can't in all good conscious say it was a rollicking good read, but it certainly was rollicking.
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This morning I wandered down to the park at the end of the street and went looking at the pond and the plants in the light fog. There were a lot of birds around - the most exciting ones were the rainbow lorikeets (so pretty - there were about five of them, and one flew right by me, about a foot away) but there were also magpies, pigeons (hearing pigeons now makes me think of assassin's creed, lol), a diving egret type of bird, moorhens (so elegant) and of course ducks (I find the gentle quacking sounds they make very soothing, although mum reckons it's because she took me down to feed the ducks to cheer me up as a small child, and other people aren't that fond of them.)

I also ran into a neighbour and had a nice chat. It was one of life's better moments.
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So for some time I have wanted to make two cakes - a treasure island/pirate cake, and a Melbourne Heart/football cake. I have slowly accumulated the necessary decorations to make them, and have been waiting for an occasion where a cake is warranted.

This weekend, [personal profile] mawaridi is having a dessert birthday party1 where people bring along baked goods. Clearly this is the perfect opportunity to make one of these cakes. (And excellent fun. I still think fondly of the mini mars bar cakes I made for the last one she hosted; totes delicious.) The question is, which one should I choose to make?

I am probably slightly more excited about the football/Melbourne Heart cake. However, there is a problem with this, and I have made a graph to illustrate my point:
Cut for image )

So I suppose it will be the pirate cake. It will be amazing, people. (I hope.)


1My co-worker suggested I should make a cake shaped like a camel, and say that I thought it was a desert party. Hee.
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Completing my retrospective of my tumblr, here are my top three photos from March. I've really enjoyed doing this, so it's a bit sad this is the last post.

Here are the top three photos from my Tumblr in March 2011 )

You can see all the all of the other photos from March, as well as all the other posts I have made on my Tumblr over the past year, at my Tumblr archive.


And if you want to keep seeing my Tumblr posts without checking on Tumblr, you can subscribe to a feed of my Tumblr here, at the descriptively named [profile] dzurlady_tumblr.
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Continuing my retrospective of my tumblr, here are my top three photos from February. (This month was particularly hard to choose from!)

Here are the top three photos from my Tumblr in February 2011 )

You can see all the all of the other photos from February, as well as all the other posts I have made on my Tumblr over the past year, at my Tumblr archive.
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Continuing my retrospective of my tumblr, here are my top three photos from January.

Here are the top three photos from my Tumblr in January 2011 )

You can see all the all of the other photos from January, as well as all the other posts I have made on my Tumblr over the past year, at my Tumblr archive.
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Continuing my retrospective of my tumblr, here are my top three photos from December.

Here are the top three photos from my Tumblr in December 2010 )

You can see all the all of the other photos from December, as well as all the other posts I have made on my Tumblr over the past year, at my Tumblr archive.
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Continuing my retrospective of my tumblr, here are my top three photos from November.

Here are the top three photos from my Tumblr in November 2010 )

You can see all the all of the other photos from November, as well as all the other posts I have made on my Tumblr over the past year, at my Tumblr archive.
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Continuing my retrospective of my tumblr, here are my top three photos from October.

Here are the top three photos from my Tumblr in October 2010 )

You can see all the all of the other photos from October, as well as all the other posts I have made on my Tumblr over the past year, at my Tumblr archive.
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