Saturday, September 24, 2011

California here we've come

G'day all!

We've been in California almost a week now and I have neglected the blog in favour of catching up with a few people and umm, doing lots of shopping...  Just as well we only brought one suitcase with us cos I had to go buy another one.

You want pics?  I only have pics of NYC.  I have some from the coast here and a couple of sunset and some from a bay cruise up out of SF but you don't come to San Jose for the scenery.

We are about to take off for the weekend to visit the Sierra Nevadas, Lake Tahoe, etc.  If I am lucky, I might see some aspens in their fall colours.  I love aspens.  I've seen them naked, in first flush of leaves, in full leaf but never really in their yellow fall party dresses.

I have to run - we are picking a friend up from the station in an hour and we are by no means ready yet.


Friday, September 16, 2011

We have escaped New York

G'day all!

We have escaped New York city.  It is a most fabulous place but totally OTT.  I have pics to share but not until we have real internet.  And I had a lovely time meeting up with my crazy fiber lady friend (links later) and a Ravelry BC mate.

We have left our teensy hotel room (apparently they used to be girls' dorms from way back when) and now are lounging in comfort in a Holiday Inn.  We appear to have a king size bed with a pillowtop or maybe memory foam.


(Excuse me whilst I roll around on it, enjoying the support and softness.)

Apparently I am about 60-70, or at least my body appreciates some good old fashioned comfort.

(Our $368/night plus fees and taxes and charges bed was like a rock.  Me and rocks don't get along too well.  Also the bathroom was so small in the previous hotel that I wanged my head on the wall trying to get out from under the water jet aka the shower and you could not sit straight on the toilet - you hit your knees on the wall.  Here you'd have to be a giant to hit your knees there's so much space!)

We are now in the wilds of Pennsylvania for the PA Energy Fest.  It looks like a cross between a hippy festival and a serious renewable energy fest.  Should be interesting!

Only one more day and a bit to good internet (well I hope it is ADSL or something).  I thought I needed a cord to make the camera talk to the laptop but I believe the work laptop has an SD card reader.  Hooray!  Then I can load some pics onto flickr.  Double hooray!

Time for beddy byes.  We are still jetlagged, if you can't tell from my writing, and need a good night's sleep or two.  Alas tomorrow night will not be it - we have to be up at 4am to drive to Philadelphia to catch the plane to San Jose.

Do you know the way to San Jose, do do do do do dododododdodo?


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New York, New York

G'day all!

Sorry, no pics yet.  Our internet allowance is minute, rather like our hotel room.  But I'm in NYC and it is very NYC.  Lots of traffic, lots of noise, lots of horns and squealing tyres (I have no idea how they manage to squeal tyres when it is bumper to bumper traffic).  Lots of people.

I have not seen too much in the way of people cutting back on spending.  There are people shopping until they drop.  Wholefoods was doing a roaring trade.  (Oh how I've missed you, Wholefoods!  Your glorious $1.99 a pound organic apples... your beautiful cheap organic produce (organic veg in Oz is expensive) ... your huge range of gluten and dairy free icecream... your gluten and dairy free frozen meals... rice chips... and today I even found some decent fresh GF and DF bread!  But our minute hotel room doesn't have a fridge or a microwave so I have to hold off until we are in San Jose.)  Then again I guess I am in one of the most expensive cities in the world, at least this end of it is.  (I'm near Central Park and not far from Times Square.)

Anyone want an I<3NY tshirt?  I can get them pretty cheap 8-)  I only passed about 20 stalls selling them in my 20 block walk.  20 blocks in NYC is not really very far - the blocks are longish but narrow, unlike Melbourne's square blocks.  Sydney has long blocks too.

Time for me to go back out into the humidity again.  It is 80-something F and quite humid.  I think I should go for a walk in Central Park.  Tomorrow I meet up with a friend, and on Friday with a raveller I've never met.  Then we are off to Pennsylvania on Friday night, and then San Jose on Sunday.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Onwards, outwards, upwards

G'day all!

Looks like the big G is having a few issues at present - I can't post under the new Blogger interface and then when I provided feedback as to why I've swapped back to the old version, the Google doc failed.  So some lucky engineer somewhere has to sort that out.

Wonder if this post will go through.


I am looking forward to visiting friends in the States.  They'll notice a few changes - I'm wrinklier and my hair is somewhat shorter and darker (though given it has not had a chance to sunbleach yet and I've done the chemo thing, it isn't that surprising).

(Rosa laevigatum has beaten all the roses to flowering)

Spring is definitely sprung here - over the last two weeks, the trees have suddenly sprouted beautiful lime green leaves.  I love spring green.  The wisteria is in flower as are the crab apples.


But I am feeling a bit flat.  My story writing has slowed down quite a bit and I feel a bit lonely.  Odd that I should miss characters that are like imaginary friends but they have run out of story for the time being.  I've still got quite a few notes to transcribe, which is nice.

I'm also feeling a bit old and shabby.  Last year I was in emergency mode and coping magnificently with things.  Emergency mode is no longer required, instead I am finding the new normal.  In finding the new normal, I'm finding that I am vain.  I did not know that having long blonde hair was how I thought about myself, though I know I was rather resistant to getting it cut off.  Or long eyelashes.  Or relatively dark eyebrows.  I've never been an amazingly pretty chickie babe, but I'm not particularly ugly either.


Now I have short, dark blonde hair with reddish lights in it.  My eyebrows have come in anywhere from invisible blonde to about 20 darker ones and somewhat thinner (of course I have plenty that are growing where I don't want them but I've lost the monobrow ones!).  And my eyelashes are piss weak, to be honest.  My face seems to have gone insipid.  And wrinkles have bloomed like flowers.  9 months without hormones will do that to one it seems.

And I miss being able to pass for a few years younger than my real age.


People tell me that character and cunning grows over the years and can make a woman more attractive than she was at say 20.  I should have plenty of character then and even more attractiveness.  I've dealt with enough, and I keep dealing with plenty of crap too.  But it doesn't mean that I don't miss some things like occasionally turning heads and being valued for something shallow like appearance.

Funny, isn't it that I am learning more about my depths but miss the shallow stuff most.  I always knew I had depths.  At least noone thinks I am a brainless blonde bimbo any more - I should look on the bright side!


And mostly I do.

BTW, it's DH and my 7th wedding anniversary today.  I would love to say seven years of wedded bliss but as in most marriages, it has its ups and downs.  I'm glad to have made it through another year :-)

(Pics of sunsets from around here - I go out every day and take pics.  It fascinates me, probably dull as dishwater to other people though)


Friday, September 09, 2011

I can haz haircut

G'day all!

I had my first proper haircut this arvo. I got rid of the duck's butt/mullet, and have a style cut.

Is skeered now.

Is looking like my mother. Except my photo is skewed again... It must be a bug in mobile blogger.

Is very skeered.

But the haircut is pretty cute.

Must work out what I am taking to the usa...  We leave on tuesday!

This extremely shallow post brought to you by poet's day.


Wednesday, September 07, 2011

She sews socks by the seashore

G'day all!

I am sure some of you have entirely forgotten I started this blog to share my knitting conquests. It has gone a little sideways from there over the last while, and I fear it will go more sideways yet.

But at last I have found the pics I took of the Tardis socks, though they are not the Best Evah shots. I embroidered on half the Tardis markings whilst sitting on a park bench at Glebe Point. tardis_socks

Do you like the view the socks (and I) had? That's the Anzac Bridge with the Sydney Harbour Bridge underneath it.  I admit that there isn't too much of the seashore there, more just a border of rocks but it is still a very pleasant place.

The finished socks do not have Police Box embroidered on them as the sock yarn was too thick.  As it was, I bollocksed up part of it trying to write police box on and had to duplicate stitch over the manky bit...  Shhh, don't tell anyone, ok?  :-)


Hmm, blogger has a new interface and I am not sure I like it as much as the old one.  Of course I've been using the old one for years and one does get set in one's ways.  It would be very nice if the editor didn't get stuck at pictures.  I might have to provide some feedback about that!

Now speaking of seashore, earlier today I went for a walk along the promenade along the harbour down the bottom of our street.  I know that we have skinks around our block of flats - I've taken pics of them before and yesterday nearly stood on one when I was walking back from the laundry.  Today I saw about 15 skinks sunning themselves on the rocks along the harbour front.  I'm guessing most of them were common garden skinks but two were rock skinks, which can grow up to 30cm long!

Here's me crawling along the edge of the harbour (ooh me back!  I've done my SI joints again and my lower back is a bit crabby), gawping at skinks.  They are almost as good as crawdads, though crawdads usually will have a go back rather than running away....  Anyway, I am the biggest kid you'll ever see.  If it's a critter of almost any sort, I'm so there!  Unless it's a leech.  Leeches squick me out.