Sad.

Nov. 7th, 2008 04:27 pm
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Feeling all a bit sad and blue today.

I can think of a few reasons. All of which make perfect sense.

Mostly lately I've felt somewhat at arm's length from the things that have plagued me. It's been great. I suspect it's the Lexapro. Leaves me wondering though, whether it's simply giving me a taste of how normal, non neurotic types go through life or not. Do they have some other way of feeling that I don't have, even with the Lexapro?

And of course, if you take on experiences and make choices because you have that sense of distance and resilience, what happens when you stop taking the drug that allows it?

Anyway. I'm back to feeling too much again. But also feeling like there's things I can't afford to push out of my conscious mind anymore.

So, about the big wide world: is this not scary and horrifying?

From The Age:
Climate change refugees to be resettled in PNG

Posted Wed Nov 5, 2008 5:00pm AEDT

The world's first climate change refugees will be relocated from their Pacific island home to Papua New Guinea by March next year.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says 40 families from north of Ontong Java in the Solomon Island's Malaita Province will be relocated to Bougainville.

Flooding has made parts of their islands completely uninhabitable and the islands are expected to be fully submerged by 2015.

The relocation is estimated to cost the Autonomous Bougainville and PNG Government millions of dollars over the next six years.

One third of the 1,500 residents have refused to leave the islands.


It's real, it's happening and it's happening now. So easy to look at the things immediately around me that might bring me down, yet feel like it's impolite or inappropriate somehow to talk about these bigger issues - too much like talking about politics and maybe it's pointless to talk about stuff you can't control - but what must it feel like to be one of those people? And how wrong is it that we aren't yet doing enough to stop this?

But what's happening in the world is driving me batshit insane and it's not happening out there anymore. It is personal, whether I can influence it or not.

Sad.

Nov. 7th, 2008 04:27 pm
splodgenoodles: (Default)
Feeling all a bit sad and blue today.

I can think of a few reasons. All of which make perfect sense.

Mostly lately I've felt somewhat at arm's length from the things that have plagued me. It's been great. I suspect it's the Lexapro. Leaves me wondering though, whether it's simply giving me a taste of how normal, non neurotic types go through life or not. Do they have some other way of feeling that I don't have, even with the Lexapro?

And of course, if you take on experiences and make choices because you have that sense of distance and resilience, what happens when you stop taking the drug that allows it?

Anyway. I'm back to feeling too much again. But also feeling like there's things I can't afford to push out of my conscious mind anymore.

So, about the big wide world: is this not scary and horrifying?

From The Age:
Climate change refugees to be resettled in PNG

Posted Wed Nov 5, 2008 5:00pm AEDT

The world's first climate change refugees will be relocated from their Pacific island home to Papua New Guinea by March next year.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says 40 families from north of Ontong Java in the Solomon Island's Malaita Province will be relocated to Bougainville.

Flooding has made parts of their islands completely uninhabitable and the islands are expected to be fully submerged by 2015.

The relocation is estimated to cost the Autonomous Bougainville and PNG Government millions of dollars over the next six years.

One third of the 1,500 residents have refused to leave the islands.


It's real, it's happening and it's happening now. So easy to look at the things immediately around me that might bring me down, yet feel like it's impolite or inappropriate somehow to talk about these bigger issues - too much like talking about politics and maybe it's pointless to talk about stuff you can't control - but what must it feel like to be one of those people? And how wrong is it that we aren't yet doing enough to stop this?

But what's happening in the world is driving me batshit insane and it's not happening out there anymore. It is personal, whether I can influence it or not.
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According to the usage graph on the bill, in the March-June quarter we used more electricity than for the same quarter last year.

Which sucks, because I would have thought we'd have used less. In fact, when I first glanced at the account I misread it as having used less and figured that made sense on account of a few things we've changed. And I felt really pleased!

Most of our lights are now compact fluoros, the TV and associated items are on a powerboard with individual switches so we now turn them off properly rather than leave them on standby. Ditto the washing machine. 10B turns his monitor off at night.

And we've hardly used the heating at all on account of the absence of winter.

But there's the pump for the greywater system. This is the only major change I can think of.

Swings and roundabouts!

Other possibilities: leaving the electric blanket on night and day for our geriatric cat, the fan heater in the bathroom (but that's only intermittent), my propagation tray (which I'm pretty sure doesn't pull much power). We're watching a lot more telly....

I only got my motorised scooter a year ago - Bazza is permanently connected to the charger. That might be doing something.

The quarter we are in now is the biggest use period for the year, according to the little chart on our bill.

So now I'm wondering what we can do next.

~~~

At some point, we'll get a new fuse box and when we do, the airconditioning goes on its own fuse, so we can turn the darn thing properly off for half the year at least (it's a standby system). But that's in the future.

Still need tumble dryer.

I'm not prepared to unplug Bazza, even though he doesn't see daily use. I want him there when I need him. Certainly not convinced it would be wise to unplug the greywater system either - we are using the greywater.

All I can really think of is that we be more fussy about switching lights off, but I can't see that achieving a whole lot.
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According to the usage graph on the bill, in the March-June quarter we used more electricity than for the same quarter last year.

Which sucks, because I would have thought we'd have used less. In fact, when I first glanced at the account I misread it as having used less and figured that made sense on account of a few things we've changed. And I felt really pleased!

Most of our lights are now compact fluoros, the TV and associated items are on a powerboard with individual switches so we now turn them off properly rather than leave them on standby. Ditto the washing machine. 10B turns his monitor off at night.

And we've hardly used the heating at all on account of the absence of winter.

But there's the pump for the greywater system. This is the only major change I can think of.

Swings and roundabouts!

Other possibilities: leaving the electric blanket on night and day for our geriatric cat, the fan heater in the bathroom (but that's only intermittent), my propagation tray (which I'm pretty sure doesn't pull much power). We're watching a lot more telly....

I only got my motorised scooter a year ago - Bazza is permanently connected to the charger. That might be doing something.

The quarter we are in now is the biggest use period for the year, according to the little chart on our bill.

So now I'm wondering what we can do next.

~~~

At some point, we'll get a new fuse box and when we do, the airconditioning goes on its own fuse, so we can turn the darn thing properly off for half the year at least (it's a standby system). But that's in the future.

Still need tumble dryer.

I'm not prepared to unplug Bazza, even though he doesn't see daily use. I want him there when I need him. Certainly not convinced it would be wise to unplug the greywater system either - we are using the greywater.

All I can really think of is that we be more fussy about switching lights off, but I can't see that achieving a whole lot.
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Our local council has just started a campaign to get everyone to replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-saver compact flouros. They come round and replace them for you. Free.

I heartily approve except I wish they'd started this a few months ago. We've replaced half already. Mind you, we have six normal lights left - the toilet, bathroom, pantry and bedroom plus two lamps that are still to be changed. There's one standard lamp that I'd like to keep an incandescent in for the time being. The outside light out the back is a flood light, not sure what to do about that one.

And for my next trick, I've got to get hold of some powerboards that have individual switches on them.
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Our local council has just started a campaign to get everyone to replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-saver compact flouros. They come round and replace them for you. Free.

I heartily approve except I wish they'd started this a few months ago. We've replaced half already. Mind you, we have six normal lights left - the toilet, bathroom, pantry and bedroom plus two lamps that are still to be changed. There's one standard lamp that I'd like to keep an incandescent in for the time being. The outside light out the back is a flood light, not sure what to do about that one.

And for my next trick, I've got to get hold of some powerboards that have individual switches on them.
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The Australian Broadcasting Commission, in a brave attempt to prove it's not biased, is looking around for documentaries that don't foment Trotskyite rebellion.

I have this theory that if a man's out of luck and can't work out how to get a blow jobwomen to fawn all over him, all he has to do is tell a perfectly normal woman that she's been acting like a hairy-legged feminist.

But I digress.

This is an interesting bit of information about The Great Global Warming Swindle. If you watch it, bear in mind that Professor Wunsch has asked that his contribution to the documentary be removed as he was duped into being interviewed and his words were taken out of context.

Interestingly, the doco has spawned further research to test out the beliefs that it presents.
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The Australian Broadcasting Commission, in a brave attempt to prove it's not biased, is looking around for documentaries that don't foment Trotskyite rebellion.

I have this theory that if a man's out of luck and can't work out how to get a blow jobwomen to fawn all over him, all he has to do is tell a perfectly normal woman that she's been acting like a hairy-legged feminist.

But I digress.

This is an interesting bit of information about The Great Global Warming Swindle. If you watch it, bear in mind that Professor Wunsch has asked that his contribution to the documentary be removed as he was duped into being interviewed and his words were taken out of context.

Interestingly, the doco has spawned further research to test out the beliefs that it presents.
splodgenoodles: (Wonderwoman!)
Just back from our drive to Ballarat.

Biggest trip I've done in what...one and a half years? Maybe longer. I panicked about what to pack (really, it's been a looong time) and even took my knitting (no I didn't knit). We played music, we stopped at a roadhouse. I regretted not taking my camera and then remembered it was, after all, only a trip to Ballarat which isn't really a big deal to most people so no loss there. I had a piss in Caroline Springs**(it improved the place greatly, I assure you). We turned the music off when my brain got full. We turned it back on again when my brain felt better. I played with an ipod for the very first time and said the volume control made me think of vibrator controls (more specifically, those ones that come with a wire to a separate hand held control) and 10B, once he got his concentration back, told me about the g-pod.

I'm intrigued but can't really imagine it'd do that much really.

Oh and we picked up the greywater tank as planned.

We detoured via Casa del Cranham for company and food which is why we're only home now. I was offered sex a greasy hamburger and chips but declined (5 minutes? Piss off!) because I am good that way and really do prefer high quality steak, and bad jokes were made by all.

Let's see how I am tomorrow.

*crosses fingers*


~~~

**Nightmarish housing estate on the fringes of Melbourne for the aspirational working class types who earn considerably less than skilled tradesman and think considerably less in the course of a day, but who believe themselves to be socially superior because they work in call centres.
splodgenoodles: (Wonderwoman!)
Just back from our drive to Ballarat.

Biggest trip I've done in what...one and a half years? Maybe longer. I panicked about what to pack (really, it's been a looong time) and even took my knitting (no I didn't knit). We played music, we stopped at a roadhouse. I regretted not taking my camera and then remembered it was, after all, only a trip to Ballarat which isn't really a big deal to most people so no loss there. I had a piss in Caroline Springs**(it improved the place greatly, I assure you). We turned the music off when my brain got full. We turned it back on again when my brain felt better. I played with an ipod for the very first time and said the volume control made me think of vibrator controls (more specifically, those ones that come with a wire to a separate hand held control) and 10B, once he got his concentration back, told me about the g-pod.

I'm intrigued but can't really imagine it'd do that much really.

Oh and we picked up the greywater tank as planned.

We detoured via Casa del Cranham for company and food which is why we're only home now. I was offered sex a greasy hamburger and chips but declined (5 minutes? Piss off!) because I am good that way and really do prefer high quality steak, and bad jokes were made by all.

Let's see how I am tomorrow.

*crosses fingers*


~~~

**Nightmarish housing estate on the fringes of Melbourne for the aspirational working class types who earn considerably less than skilled tradesman and think considerably less in the course of a day, but who believe themselves to be socially superior because they work in call centres.

Awake.

May. 28th, 2007 06:20 am
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I've slept really well. I went to bed early. Yay.

I'm now sitting in the study, naked. A few minutes ago I opened the back door to check on OutsideCat. It's slightly chilly but not uncomfortably so. The Bureau is predicting 'a shower or two' and 19.

It's May.

I should be bitching about the cold. In fact, even though I'm awake I should be in bed huddled up against 10B, with the cat on top of us both, because it's so fucking cold.

It's eerie having heat and warmth with the miniscule amounts of sunlight we're getting. And it's that golden winter sunlight that I simply don't associate with heat.

The long range forecasts are not bleak, but they've not been bleak for a while now and the weather's still fucked. It seems people are hoping for a La Nina to bring above-average rain, but given we were already in drought and on water restrictions when last year's El Nino popped up (ie - we were already in a drought when the harbinger of drought came along), I'm not sure it's going to make a whole lot of difference. We'll need a few years of La Ninas. Not bloody likely.

I've had volunteer tomatoes sprouting. And sweet corn. But then stuff just dies because there's no water.

I wonder if the main focus of our lives will end up being not all our little hopes and activities and aspirations, but how to survive in the face of the biggest disaster in human history.

I used to think if this happened it would be because of war. Hmmm. Always claimed to have been environmentally aware and all that, but didn't quite see it catching up this fast or right now.

Am even more flabbergasted at people doing the whole 'we can't adopt green strategies because they're bad for the economy' line. Have they looked outside lately? bugger all water = bugger all economy.

Actually no, scrub that. bugger all water = a very good economy if you happen to control what water there is.

Cynical, moi?

Awake.

May. 28th, 2007 06:20 am
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I've slept really well. I went to bed early. Yay.

I'm now sitting in the study, naked. A few minutes ago I opened the back door to check on OutsideCat. It's slightly chilly but not uncomfortably so. The Bureau is predicting 'a shower or two' and 19.

It's May.

I should be bitching about the cold. In fact, even though I'm awake I should be in bed huddled up against 10B, with the cat on top of us both, because it's so fucking cold.

It's eerie having heat and warmth with the miniscule amounts of sunlight we're getting. And it's that golden winter sunlight that I simply don't associate with heat.

The long range forecasts are not bleak, but they've not been bleak for a while now and the weather's still fucked. It seems people are hoping for a La Nina to bring above-average rain, but given we were already in drought and on water restrictions when last year's El Nino popped up (ie - we were already in a drought when the harbinger of drought came along), I'm not sure it's going to make a whole lot of difference. We'll need a few years of La Ninas. Not bloody likely.

I've had volunteer tomatoes sprouting. And sweet corn. But then stuff just dies because there's no water.

I wonder if the main focus of our lives will end up being not all our little hopes and activities and aspirations, but how to survive in the face of the biggest disaster in human history.

I used to think if this happened it would be because of war. Hmmm. Always claimed to have been environmentally aware and all that, but didn't quite see it catching up this fast or right now.

Am even more flabbergasted at people doing the whole 'we can't adopt green strategies because they're bad for the economy' line. Have they looked outside lately? bugger all water = bugger all economy.

Actually no, scrub that. bugger all water = a very good economy if you happen to control what water there is.

Cynical, moi?
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Actually, the organisations in question don't have to be that large.

An interesting thing about organisations that are central to whatever you're into, be it illness support, or religious-social action activity, or whatever, is that the people that leave are the ones who become fringe.

The organisation itself continues and it's the remaining members that set the agenda and that ultimately create the history.

~~~

After a great 3-4 days, today has been a total shitfight. No one thing wrong, just a day with too many mental gear changes right when my little brain needs a smooth ride. I've been really active the last few days and had planned to do fuck-all nothing today. All this activity happened precisely because I have been feeling well and the post-exertional malaise has not been kicking in. However, I thought it would be prudent to make today a day of rest.

But then I rather imprudently decided that as I wasn't feeling nearly as crap as I expected, I would try and get a couple of things done(...just a couple, honest...), and that when one of those things turned out to involve a bit more phaphing around than expected I decided to keep trying when I should have lain myself down on the couch with a pillow on my head and gone back to Plan A.

But now that the phaphing appears to be over and I'm not working to a deadline anymore (getting something to the Post Office before it shut), I actually do feel capable of doing the small bit of computer work I need to do to get the main bit moved along a bit more. So long as I don't have to really think and so long as I can stay right here in this chair.

~~~

This upswing was really astonishing. I'm not complaining, I just really wish I knew why.

~~~

Still at least the weather's good, in that it's cold and wet like it should be. The only problem with this is that last spring, in a fit of organisational excess, I got a carer to pack most of my serious winter gear(beanies and stuff) into one of those vacuum pack things so I could fit it under my rather overloaded chest of drawers. The vacuum seal was not perfect so since then it's slowly expanded so I'm really not looking forward to trying to drag it out. Might be a job for 10B.

Also, I have to do something about my tights drawer. I own several million pairs of black tights - pairs of every thickness and in every state of decay for every occasion - and it's getting distressingly difficult to find any when you need them especially since they've congealed into one giant black mass.

It's the demons that keep leaping out and scaring the cat that really piss me off.

Actually the increasing availability of other colours (seriously, black was all there was for a while) may be the only thing that can saves me from an early grave. It's nice, we haven't had really had lolly legs since the 80s and it's not like you can buy that sort of legwear when it's not fashionable because the companies just don't make it. Must stock up so I can look like a frumpy bag lady in 5 years when everyone's back to flesh, grey and black.

~~~
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Actually, the organisations in question don't have to be that large.

An interesting thing about organisations that are central to whatever you're into, be it illness support, or religious-social action activity, or whatever, is that the people that leave are the ones who become fringe.

The organisation itself continues and it's the remaining members that set the agenda and that ultimately create the history.

~~~

After a great 3-4 days, today has been a total shitfight. No one thing wrong, just a day with too many mental gear changes right when my little brain needs a smooth ride. I've been really active the last few days and had planned to do fuck-all nothing today. All this activity happened precisely because I have been feeling well and the post-exertional malaise has not been kicking in. However, I thought it would be prudent to make today a day of rest.

But then I rather imprudently decided that as I wasn't feeling nearly as crap as I expected, I would try and get a couple of things done(...just a couple, honest...), and that when one of those things turned out to involve a bit more phaphing around than expected I decided to keep trying when I should have lain myself down on the couch with a pillow on my head and gone back to Plan A.

But now that the phaphing appears to be over and I'm not working to a deadline anymore (getting something to the Post Office before it shut), I actually do feel capable of doing the small bit of computer work I need to do to get the main bit moved along a bit more. So long as I don't have to really think and so long as I can stay right here in this chair.

~~~

This upswing was really astonishing. I'm not complaining, I just really wish I knew why.

~~~

Still at least the weather's good, in that it's cold and wet like it should be. The only problem with this is that last spring, in a fit of organisational excess, I got a carer to pack most of my serious winter gear(beanies and stuff) into one of those vacuum pack things so I could fit it under my rather overloaded chest of drawers. The vacuum seal was not perfect so since then it's slowly expanded so I'm really not looking forward to trying to drag it out. Might be a job for 10B.

Also, I have to do something about my tights drawer. I own several million pairs of black tights - pairs of every thickness and in every state of decay for every occasion - and it's getting distressingly difficult to find any when you need them especially since they've congealed into one giant black mass.

It's the demons that keep leaping out and scaring the cat that really piss me off.

Actually the increasing availability of other colours (seriously, black was all there was for a while) may be the only thing that can saves me from an early grave. It's nice, we haven't had really had lolly legs since the 80s and it's not like you can buy that sort of legwear when it's not fashionable because the companies just don't make it. Must stock up so I can look like a frumpy bag lady in 5 years when everyone's back to flesh, grey and black.

~~~
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Ooookay.

So I'm trying to switch to a green energy plan.

The Nice Lady at the call centre of our current provider has just spent 20 minutes explaining that she can't tell me where the green energy is sourced from because that's a technical question, but it has all been generated(!) since 1997, which means its classified as 'new energy'.

Erm, quite.

I pointed out that for one of their packages, they assure you that it's 100% wind power (ie - that the amount of power you consume is purchased from a wind farm), and that in their other packages they are able to tell you how much of your bill will be sourced from "green" sources. And that I was just asking for a breakdown of how much from which green source.

Which is when we got to the fact that it's nice new energy that's been generated since 1997 and I wasn't quite sure whether I should just ask her if the old energy goes stale if it's not kept in a sealed bag.

(Oh and I should add here that what she means is that they come from plants built since 1997. But she seemed convinced that it was about when the power is itself generated).

I tried for a compromise: a list of their green energy providers. Um no. Too technical, but it means things like wind and hydro and landfill. (And this is why I'm asking. I'm not so sure about hydro. Ever heard of Lake Peddar? Sounds like it was a nice place. Ever been to the Franklin? Bloody good thing the dam never got built. Next they'll be claiming nuclear power is green. *coughs pointedly*)

This company now also has a plan for green energy at no extra cost (in fact you get a discount if you pay on time), but it's 'not accredited'. So although she said they wouldn't be allowed to advertise it if it wasn't green, I suspect the 'not accredited' bit has probably been checked by legal people who've assured the company that it can include coal. In other words I suspect it's bollocks. Why are they suddenly able to source green power at no extra cost, but with the same startling lack of information about its source? It was all a bit weird.

*le sigh*

So I'm now checking out other suppliers. And also thinking I might call back later and hope I don't chance on the same person twice.
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Ooookay.

So I'm trying to switch to a green energy plan.

The Nice Lady at the call centre of our current provider has just spent 20 minutes explaining that she can't tell me where the green energy is sourced from because that's a technical question, but it has all been generated(!) since 1997, which means its classified as 'new energy'.

Erm, quite.

I pointed out that for one of their packages, they assure you that it's 100% wind power (ie - that the amount of power you consume is purchased from a wind farm), and that in their other packages they are able to tell you how much of your bill will be sourced from "green" sources. And that I was just asking for a breakdown of how much from which green source.

Which is when we got to the fact that it's nice new energy that's been generated since 1997 and I wasn't quite sure whether I should just ask her if the old energy goes stale if it's not kept in a sealed bag.

(Oh and I should add here that what she means is that they come from plants built since 1997. But she seemed convinced that it was about when the power is itself generated).

I tried for a compromise: a list of their green energy providers. Um no. Too technical, but it means things like wind and hydro and landfill. (And this is why I'm asking. I'm not so sure about hydro. Ever heard of Lake Peddar? Sounds like it was a nice place. Ever been to the Franklin? Bloody good thing the dam never got built. Next they'll be claiming nuclear power is green. *coughs pointedly*)

This company now also has a plan for green energy at no extra cost (in fact you get a discount if you pay on time), but it's 'not accredited'. So although she said they wouldn't be allowed to advertise it if it wasn't green, I suspect the 'not accredited' bit has probably been checked by legal people who've assured the company that it can include coal. In other words I suspect it's bollocks. Why are they suddenly able to source green power at no extra cost, but with the same startling lack of information about its source? It was all a bit weird.

*le sigh*

So I'm now checking out other suppliers. And also thinking I might call back later and hope I don't chance on the same person twice.
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So humid today - it's making me all drowsy. But not as hot as it has been, hooray.

It's been raining on and off again today. I swear I can feel the grass growing, now it's only a matter of days before everyone starts frantically ringing 10B and begging him to mow their lawns and he can auction off his services to the highest bidder I'm sure.

But I'm not joking about the grass: lately grass has been dry and straw coloured, but not actually dead in most places round here, just struggling. Not at the awful stage where the topsoil gets blown away by the wind, except in spots where it was damn nearly dead to start with. It doesn't take much rain to get it growing again. (Honestly, if people round here do want green lawns, they can have them by using the right species with a bit of greywater and not a whole lot of greywater at that. Unless you're trying for a bowling green, grass is easy to grow round here.)

(Oh and for those about to make sensible comments about the virtues of not having grass lawns: yes I know grass is not part of the happy little permaculture wonderland of which we all dream, but it's better than the current fashionable alternative of wall to wall paving and brick courtyards. Especially since you can easily have a lawn that requires bugger-all supplementary water as already discussed. Yeah, I'd love it if everyone got into seriously environmentally sound gardening but in the absence of that....)

Although I'm going to be secretly disappointed if business starts to boom again: 10B and a Good Friend have been tossing round some ideas about alternative ways to make a living in the current climate and came up with a few I really liked. Not brand new ideas, but old ideas with new perspectives - and they work well as a team so I reckon where one person would find the various projects overwhelming, the two of them together would piss it in.

I'm off to have a snoooooooze.
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So humid today - it's making me all drowsy. But not as hot as it has been, hooray.

It's been raining on and off again today. I swear I can feel the grass growing, now it's only a matter of days before everyone starts frantically ringing 10B and begging him to mow their lawns and he can auction off his services to the highest bidder I'm sure.

But I'm not joking about the grass: lately grass has been dry and straw coloured, but not actually dead in most places round here, just struggling. Not at the awful stage where the topsoil gets blown away by the wind, except in spots where it was damn nearly dead to start with. It doesn't take much rain to get it growing again. (Honestly, if people round here do want green lawns, they can have them by using the right species with a bit of greywater and not a whole lot of greywater at that. Unless you're trying for a bowling green, grass is easy to grow round here.)

(Oh and for those about to make sensible comments about the virtues of not having grass lawns: yes I know grass is not part of the happy little permaculture wonderland of which we all dream, but it's better than the current fashionable alternative of wall to wall paving and brick courtyards. Especially since you can easily have a lawn that requires bugger-all supplementary water as already discussed. Yeah, I'd love it if everyone got into seriously environmentally sound gardening but in the absence of that....)

Although I'm going to be secretly disappointed if business starts to boom again: 10B and a Good Friend have been tossing round some ideas about alternative ways to make a living in the current climate and came up with a few I really liked. Not brand new ideas, but old ideas with new perspectives - and they work well as a team so I reckon where one person would find the various projects overwhelming, the two of them together would piss it in.

I'm off to have a snoooooooze.
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I wish to find myself a new default icon but so far nothing has sprung out and said "I am a suitable representation of you in cyberspace" or even "This will make people think you're hott and weigh 10 kilos less and maybe that you're 10 years younger too."

Alas.

Suggestions welcome so long as you won't take it personally if I gag and ask you what the hell you were thinking.

~~~

It's raining here. We've been awake since about 5:30 ish (dawn, anyway) because we went to sleep (comparitively) early and then got woken by cats fighting outside our window. Not ours, I might add. Both interlopers.

And then we stayed up because it was rainy and pleasant.

I'm off to have breakfast and then go back to bed because if I don't, I'll be non-functional by noon and if I sleep then, I'll feel ghastly all day and not be able to sleep until very late tonight thus losing the possibility of maintaining this early night thing. I might not be able to keep it up anyway, but I want to maximise my chances.

Trust me, I've tried all the possible options and it works best this way.

Also, I'm going out this arvo (dental thing), so I do in fact need to be awake.


I must say, this concept of water falling from the sky is really very appealing. It's like all my plants are having a shower. A girl could get rather fond of this but prudence suggests I just savour the moment and stick to my routine of no more than two buckets of water per daily wash and only flushing when stricly necessary.

*le sigh*

(Actually, please don't tell anyone but I had a bath yesterday).
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I wish to find myself a new default icon but so far nothing has sprung out and said "I am a suitable representation of you in cyberspace" or even "This will make people think you're hott and weigh 10 kilos less and maybe that you're 10 years younger too."

Alas.

Suggestions welcome so long as you won't take it personally if I gag and ask you what the hell you were thinking.

~~~

It's raining here. We've been awake since about 5:30 ish (dawn, anyway) because we went to sleep (comparitively) early and then got woken by cats fighting outside our window. Not ours, I might add. Both interlopers.

And then we stayed up because it was rainy and pleasant.

I'm off to have breakfast and then go back to bed because if I don't, I'll be non-functional by noon and if I sleep then, I'll feel ghastly all day and not be able to sleep until very late tonight thus losing the possibility of maintaining this early night thing. I might not be able to keep it up anyway, but I want to maximise my chances.

Trust me, I've tried all the possible options and it works best this way.

Also, I'm going out this arvo (dental thing), so I do in fact need to be awake.


I must say, this concept of water falling from the sky is really very appealing. It's like all my plants are having a shower. A girl could get rather fond of this but prudence suggests I just savour the moment and stick to my routine of no more than two buckets of water per daily wash and only flushing when stricly necessary.

*le sigh*

(Actually, please don't tell anyone but I had a bath yesterday).

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