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18 October 2006 @ 10:40 am
More tales of drought-related woe...

Drought set to wipe billions from exports

Drought Puts Bite on Farmers

I saw this in the paper this morning, and it really hit home to me. I lived in Swan Hill myself for a few years when I was a kid, and have been reading stories about farmers up there commiting suicide when their crops have failed yet again... I'm worried for the people I used to know who may still live there, and I'm worried for their families.

In all seriousness, Evan and I are planning on moving out of Australia for good in a few years time. I love Australia dearly, but we really think that with the effects of global warming and peak oil, it's really going to become a more and more unsubstainable place to live. We'd like to be semi self-sufficent, grow our own food and keep some hens, but there's no worth in rain water tanks and a garden if it never rains. Victoria's rainfall has been steadily declining over the last ten years. We talk about 'the drought', but in reality it's just our rainfall patterns that have changed. The rains won't be coming back.
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17 October 2006 @ 04:40 pm
One more thing to look forward to, as I sit here clutching my handkie...

Ragweed is a plant of concern in the global warming issue, because tests have shown that higher levels of carbon dioxide will greatly increase pollen production.


Hot, dry, windy days are more likely to have increased amounts of pollen in the air than cool, damp, rainy days when most pollen is washed to the ground.

Current Mood: hayfeverish
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I received a letter from Melbourne Uni a few days ago about reenrolement for 2007 - but I'm finishing this semester. So I rang student administration, who told me that the reason they had sent me the letter was because the Faculty of Arts has my completion date listed as June 2007, and I have to talk to them about it. Of course, the Arts office is ever elusive, and I've been trying to get onto them for the last two days to make sure they're actually going to let me graduate this year. I'm sure I'll get an email eventually telling me they can't do it via email, that I have to come into the office. That, or they'll send me back to student admin again and I'll spend days being shuttled between offices trying to find someone to fix THEIR mistake. *grrrr*
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06 October 2006 @ 06:16 am
Tonight: Dinner with Miriam, then out to see Shuffle Club at the Fringe Club.

Tomorrow: MTC Garage Sale, market shopping, supermarket shopping, buttermilk scones, dinner with my parents and an attempt to squeeze in some research on the aboriginal art market.

Sunday: More research. Baking cupcakes. Cleaning the bathroom. I'm telling myself I'll go to see the Gillian Wearing retrospective but it's not going to happpen. Evan's parents arrive home from four months overseas and we're cooking them dinner.

Monday: Uni classes, and my friend Kate visiting from Sydney. Dinner with Kate at our place, then off to yoga.

Somewhere within all this I might actually find time to sleep.
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05 October 2006 @ 03:31 pm
I went along to the 'Art after Dark' night at the NGV last night to see Picasso: Love and War. The exhibition closes on Sunday, so I thought I should actually make the effort to go, having been procrastinating for the last three months.

I've got to say I didn't really get into it. I'm not a huge fan of Picasso at the best of times, and this exhibition included an awful lot of prepetory sketches and prints - the only really well known work in the exhibition was his Weeping Woman. There were whole walls which were hung with eight different versions of the same print, which is to say, they were literally the same image, just lighter and darker variations according to the amount of ink that had been used.

The point of Picasso: Love and War was to explore Picasso's relationship with Dora Marr, a French photographer who did a lot of commercial work, and who (of course) was a beauty. There were a few examples of Dora Marr's work included, and I have to say that I enjoyed looking at her work much more than I enjoyed any of Picasso's work.

I'm not sure I like these 'Winter Masterpieces' blockbuster shows that the NGV puts on each year. Of course, they've managed to bring out some fabulous work, and I just adored the Dutch Masterpieces, but they're just too big. After looking closely at every work in the first two rooms of any exhibition, I begin to succumb to a severe case of exhibition fatigue. I think that once a ticket is purchased, it should allow one to return for as many viewings as desired. I feel I'd get a lot more out of these huge exhibitions if I could become slowly acquinted with them over the course of a few months, rather than being subjected to such visual overstimulation.
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03 October 2006 @ 11:46 am
Evan and I went to a new begninner's yoga course last night, which runs for the next five weeks. I've done yoga before, but it's been a while, and I feel like I need to ease back in gently. The style we're doing is Iyenger - it's a fairly strenuous style and uses 'props', like straps, ropes, blocks and bolsters. The style I used to do was Ashtanga, which is probably the most strenuous of yoga styles, but it is a beautiful, flowing style of practise. The teacher we had was very blokey and down to earth - he looked like a footballer. He was great, and a lot of fun to learn from, which was quite a change from some of the more serious, medative classes I've been to in the past. My body feels great today, really loose and tall. Evan seemed to do okay too, even though he is one of the most unflexible people I've ever encountered. He can't even sit with his legs straight out in front of him, let alone touch his toes!

I was pretty down last week because I feel like my life has become really boring - I feel like I have become really boring. You know, all work no play makes Grace a dull girl. I put this down largely to being so damn poor. I just can't afford to do much, and I haven't bought new clothes in so long. I know it's shallow, but I think part of the reason I haven't felt like going out much is because I feel so daggy - all my clothes are getting so old and faded.
Anyway, rather than moping I've decided I need to do something about this sorry state of affairs, so I'm actively trying to get out of the house more, and have been allowing myself to dip into my meagre savings for a bit of fun. So yeah, there's the new yoga course we've started, I'm going to see the Picasso exhibition on Wednesday night after work before it closes, on Friday night we're going to see The Shuffle Club at the Fringe Club, and on Saturday morning we're going to the Melbourne Theatre Company garage sale. I'm secretly hoping I can buy a crinoline. Not that I'd ever find an appropriate place to wear it, but what an acquisition!

I'm looking for fulltime work to alleviate my state of poverty. If anyone knows a good, arts related job that will pay me more than $32 000, please send all info my way.

Did you realise I'm getting married in TWO AND A HALF MONTHS????
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26 September 2006 @ 12:55 pm

The last one is with Nat, my brother, and a new Dad!
She's just adorable - she actually looks a lot like Nat did when he was a baby.
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26 September 2006 @ 11:17 am
Trisha (my sister-in-law) had her baby on the 23rd. No pictures yet, but this is the email Nat sent me:


The Jenkins-O'Reilly Management Team are pleased to announce the signing of an outstanding rookie talent at 7:45pm on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006.

All the way from Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan, representing Australia and the USA... give a warm global welcome to CELESTE JENKINS-O'REILLY. Weighing in at 8 pounds and 13 ounces, standing 19.5 inches tall, Celeste fills the vacant team position of first-born child, sporting the pink number onesie.

Coach Nat and President of Birthing Operations Tricia are taking a hard-earned time-out.

I'm so excited! I won't get to meet her until December when Nat, Trisha, and Celeste come out here for our wedding.
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22 September 2006 @ 04:43 pm
Evan and I had been thinking of trying to conceive in November.

Yesterday I posted this in naturalbirth.

Needless to say I think we should reconsider our decision to conceive before our wedding. Which means I'll probably end up having my period on our wedding day. DAMN.

::Knitting Update::
Remember those baby pants I started ages ago? Still haven't finished them. I haven't done anything on them since I bought wool for this jumper for myself.

The wool I have is a medium, purplish blue, and the neck contrast wool is purple, blue, and cream. I would put up a photo, but the sample photos on the Paton's website are terrible - they're nothing like the real life colours.
I'm working on the back, and have just reached the armhole shaping. It took me ages to do the purl rows at first, but now I can purl almost as fast as I can knit.

ps. Look, I finally worked out how to use pictures! But how do I make them appear in the centre of the screen instead of the side?
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21 September 2006 @ 12:09 pm
I was so frustrated last night. I'm so sick of my boring, unfulfilling job, and can't handle waiting to conceive any longer. Five more weeks to wait. I think I would have talked Evan into trying last night if I hadn't known that I wasn't fertile anyway.

More positively, I've been keeping the house really clean, and I've been doing the preconception yoga from The Natural Way to Better Babies everyday - I'm really starting to see a difference in how flexible my pelvis is.