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Archive for January 2014

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The journalling reads:

As a teenager I wanted to maximize my sleeping time, but also not be late for work and school so this ‘alarm clock’ was devised.

Each night before I went to bed I’d set the clock to the time I needed to be up, and then I’d sleep like a baby (or more accurately a teenager) knowing that if I overslept Mum would wake me at the necessary time.

This arrangement worked extremely well – apart from making sure I was up when I needed to be, this system allayed Mum’s worries about me not being up when I should be.

And on a weekend it kind of acted like a peace-keeper: I could stay in bed as long as I wanted, but [there was tacit agreement that] normal house noises could commence after the time on my clock.

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This year I’m doing Stacey Julian’s Inspired Scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes and the theme for January is seasons.

My favourite season is Winter, lots of cosy moments without a lot of being hot and sweaty.

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The journalling reads:

I grew up in a household that didn’t use electric blankets, so I’ve never thought about getting one for my own place.

I love climbing into bed in winter, all warm and the sheets are cool and crisp. I tend to run hot, so the bed warms up quickly, no electricity required. Such a cosy feeling.

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I’m not a summer person. It’s rare that you’ll catch me outside in the height of summer. Last week the temperature in Sydney was over 30 degrees celcius almost every day. Normally in summer I’m only out of the air-conditioning just long enough to get from place to place and I rarely wander.

But this week there is a momentary lull in the inescapable summer heat and humidity, it’s 24 degrees and overcast at uni. So I felt the urge to wander and ponder the details. As a biologist I naturally gravitate towards things of the natural kind, so here’s a selection of shots of life on campus.

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Normally I walk past these plants without a second thought, they are just a green background wherever I’m walking. But today I walked this same path, but with intention. I opened my eyes to see what is always right there.

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It amazes me how many interesting colours and textures I notice if I really stop and look. There are so many greens and so many patterns. Yes, the flowers are pretty and give a nice highlight, but it’s really the broad range of shapes and shades of green that capture my imagination.

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I even saw some things I wasn’t expecting to see, just because I stopped and took a moment to look. The blackberry (?) plant with the vicious looking spines poking out of the plain, sensible hedge made me think it was trying to escape the insane asylum. The spider web formed into a tunnel left me wondering if that part of the web is designed for the prey to go in, or for the spider to be able to get out? And I did a double take at the bit of bark that had popped off the smooth tree, making it look that like a butterfly or an open pipi shell.

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All through my childhood my parents shared a lot of English comedy with my brother and me. I have very fond memories of us all laughing ourselves silly at Fawlty Towers (Mum’s favourite anagram was Farty Towels!).

When my brother was old enough he became a devoted fan of Monty Python and the Life of Brian video (yes video) was well used.

So as a tribute to our family favourite, here’s another installment from my childhood memories SMASH book.

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The journalling reads:

‘The Ministry of Silly Walks’ is a comedy sketch performed by John Cleese (as part of Monty Python).

My Dad was a huge fan of Monty Python and Mum appreciated John Cleese’s humour so somehow The Ministry of Funny Walks (as [we] call it) became one of our family jokes. Whenever someone would say ‘walk this way’, meaning ‘follow me’, we deliberately misinterpret it and take it as ‘walk in this manner’ and do our version of a silly walk.

It’s funny when I accidentally forget myself and do it with people outside my family: most people just look at me as if I’m weird, but occasionally there’s someone who appreciates what I’m doing and we have a little giggle about it.

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The image above is a screenshot of the Monty Python sketch (thanks to Wikipedia) – search ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’ to see a YouTube clip.

Back in 2009 my Dad’s 60th birthday was approaching and I wanted to do something special to mark the milestone. There were so many ‘famous’ stories in my family about the fantastic times he had with all types of friends – school, work, family, card nights, football and the rest – that I thought it would be fabulous to get them all together.

I enlisted the help of Mum to surreptitiously get the contact details of all the friends and invited them to my place (with a warning for secrecy of course!). Mum and I hatched a plan that she would tell him we were going out for a special birthday dinner and picking me up on the way (and she dropped some hints about seeing my brother so Dad would think that was the surprise).

When they got to my house I didn’t come out when they beeped the horn, so of course they had to come in to get me. Dad got all the way to the front door without realising something was up. I love the photo under the word ‘surprise’ – that’s the moment he cracked up laughing just inside my front door with Mum reveling in the ‘we got you!’ moment!

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All around the walls of my living room Mum and I had created displays of photos from Dad’s life, so as a follow up to the party I created a scrapbook with the 60 year span of photos followed by the photos from the party and the 60th birthday cards – I gave this scrapbook to Dad for his 61st birthday (that’s how long it took me to create the whole thing!). This layout is an overview of the night for my 2009 scrapbook as I can always look at the birthday scrapbook for more shots.

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It’s also my first foray into using sequins on a scrapbook layout… now I’m hooked.


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