Thursday, 27 November 2008

Sad things Mikey, sad things...

Okay, crazy times at the moment. It's a shit storm at home I tell ya. Last week I discovered that Sloppy had an ulcer on her left eye, first off the vet gave me ointment and antibiotics, that didn't help much, when I took her back for her check up, it had started to go necrotic - translation, she had a black spot on her eye that was stopping it from healing. So I took her in the next day and they did a proceure where they try to scrape the dead bits off and then sew the 3rd eyelid over the ulcer, then sew the whole eye shut and leave it for two weeks, with hopefully good results.

So now she had two weeks of wearing a cone and having to stay inside the house. She's already showed me how she feels about this by making me bleed this morning, pretty little petal that she is. I feel terrible for her, she doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain and the drugs I give her each morning is supposed to help with that, but fingers crossed it works, because if it doesn't, the next step is to see a specialist - which will cost $1000 at least. On the plus side her antics in getting used to the cone are making me laugh, she's very cute trying to navigate with it.

While this was happening, I had to go to Adelaide for the weekend as my Poppa, who we thought had Alzheimer's, actually has a brain tumor. To be more precise he has a Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is 4cm by 6cm and is inoperable. It is the most common and most aggressive type of primary brain tumor, accounting for 52% of all primary brain tumor cases and 20% of all intracranial tumors. It has knocked us all for six, on the weekend we though the prognosis, while terminal was pretty good, 6 months to 2 years, but we found out yesterday, he may have as little as two weeks, something I'm still not fully comprehending. Hence I think, the reason I'm here at 1 am in the morning, rather than at home, eating my dinner :)

It was amazing to see the difference in him Saturday, which was the first full day after the initial steroid was administered. The swelling had gone down, allowing him to eat a little and to communicate, answering our questions coherently and actually adding to what we were saying. Sunday was even betterm with him feeding himself and drinking tea by himself, which was such a joy to see, especially after seeing him lying there, not doing anything. It so sad, he's our last grandparent left and he's so great, the best Poppa you could ask for. He's always been hands on with us and some of my fondest memories of Poppa is watching him when he was working, (he was a photographer) and us kids dressing him up and putting make up on him at Christmas time - the guy has some seriously wicked eyebrows, which you could do some great things with, lol.

I'm just really sad he'll be gone soon and that his great grand children won't get a chance to know him, because he's just brilliant. He certainly began my love afair with the 'Classics', as he's a huge Charles Dickens fan, and so it became a bit of a tradition each time I visited to read some Dickens. Anyway, I'm wallowing and I still have to do some stuff, which will involve me talking to actual people so I'm going to stop here before I make myself cry. My little vent is over (for now).


Friday, 14 November 2008

Friday night's alright for fighting

It's that time again peoples, the weekend! Although, I don't get to experience it in it's full glory as I have to work this weekend. But that's not stopping me - I'm looking forward to kickin' ass tonight at Trivia, we've reformed Jenny's Friends and we've entered into an intense trivia training program...who am I kidding!! So far our training has consisted of me playing 'Eye of the Tiger' and thrusting the trivia book up in the air in time with the beat, with a few questions peppered in there for good measure. But hey, we haven't trained so far and we've either won or come second each time so why mess with the formula.

Plus, on the teeve tonight is a most excellent movie 'Shark Swarm', it's about a town that is terrorised by crazed killer sharks after they are poisoned by toxic waste (or there abouts). Sounds like an excellent serve of 'C'-Grade crappola if you ask moi and I can't wait...VERY cited I am.

I'd love to say I'll be having a leisurely weekend, but sadly if I'm not working, I'll be doing schoolwork, I'm still not entirely convinced a summer class was a good idea. I've got a lot of reading to do on a subject I'm not terribly interested in - Library Management, don't get me wrong, it's interesting in small doses, but I've already done 2 management classes and I'm totally happy being a pleb. I want more fun subjects, too bad I only have 2 library electives left to do, but I guess then I have my non library majors to do...argh, now I'm giving myself a headache. I just have to keep telling myself 2 more years and I'm done.

Okay, now I've had my little meltdown/rant, I'm off to do some more work, enjoy your weekend, whatever your doing have fun! No doubt I'll be posting over the weekend, what else am I gonna do????


Wednesday, 12 November 2008 of lifes certainties

Well I haven't really mentioned any authors that have died on my blog yet, but with Michael Crichton's recent passing I thought I would pay tribute to some of the authors that will be sadly missed from the literary world.

Michael Chrichton - He lost his battle with Cancer on the 4th of Nov. He gave us Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Timeline, ER, State of Fear and Next (these are just a few of his works) and will be sadly missed. I always enjoyed his books, full of action suspense, I quite enjoyed his foray into sci fi. His works were translated into 36 different languages and he has won a number of awards and in 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

Arthur C. Clarke - Died on the 19th of March, he was probably best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey. I've never read any of his books, but I really think he's to be admired. He is a writer of both fiction and non fiction and has also won a number of awards, along with writing he was also an inventor.

Colin Thiele - Died on 4th Sept, as a kid we had to read a number of his books for school, they were always such fun. I loved Storm Boy, Sun on the Stubble, Seashores and Shadows, he was a fantastic Australian author, who wrote about the country he loved. I loved reading animal stories when I was younger, so Colin Thiele's books were always good to read.

I know there are a lot of other authors that have died this year, it's always sad to lose someone who has the ability to create such beautiful work, to be able to bring people together by using words, it's a truly fantastic ability and these authors will be sadly missed.


Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Remembrance Day

The explaination of Remeberance Day was taken from Wikipedia.

Remembrance Day
– also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

I thought I would dedicate today's post to Rememberance Day - it's the 90th anniversary this year. I was reading in the paper today that there are only a couple of men who served in WW1 left. It's often easy to forget the sacrifices that our men and women of the armed forces make, both in the past and present, which when you think about it is very sad. Many of them gave their lives for us and I often think that this fact isn't truly appreciated or understood. So here's my little tribute to you. Because if you really think about it, if it wasn't for you guys , I probably wouldn't be blogging, speaking my mind and living as a free citizen!! So thanks again, for your sacrifice, I get to truly live my life how I want to without having to answer to anyone. I'm free and that really puts a smile on my face.It is also the 233rd birthday of the US Marines, so Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a truly fantastic celebration worthy of 233 years! I'd like to give a special shout out to my first adopted solider, A. - although thankfully he is now safely home and to my new adoptee, M. (although I'm not sure that she's a Marine), but not to worry, she gets a BIG thankyou anyway!!!! :) Smiley faces all round bar keep, (a few brewski wouldn't go astray either).

If you would like to adopt a soldier click here: Soldiers Angels , that way you too can let a soldier know that you care :) Right on.


Monday, 10 November 2008

It's not noice and it's not really unyewsyuall

I finally watched the first two episodes of the US version of Kath & Kim and I have to say - what a disappointment. It really was lacking in yumor and I can totally see why 7 axed it after two weeks. It just wasn't funny. I know that the original creaters went over and helped produce the show but it seems like they lost 'it', whatever that may be. Kim wasn't ocker enough and she's not supposed to be good looking, she needed to be more 'trailer park'. Kath just reminded me of Peggy Bundy from 'Married with Children'. Although I must admit her workout outfit did get me cracking a smile. I thought I'd get a laugh out of the show, even comparing it with the original, because I don't usually get bothered by the whole remake thing, but it wasn't funny. The characters/timing just seemed off. So I guess I'll just have to stick to the original version, skipping the movie and last season because they weren't really that funny.

On the plus side I watched 'Doomsday' with Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Malcolm McDowell etc. I really enjoyed it, super gory but I started watching this thinking that it was a zombie movie, preparing to be scared, but wasn't, there are a couple of jumpy outy bits, but you kinda know they're going to happen so you're prepared for it. The grossness factor is right up there though...ewwww is all I can say, there's exploding bits and medium rare long pig, it's all a little icky. This is from the guy (Neil Marshall), who did Dog Soldiers and The Descent, both of which I liked. I was well chuffed that the guy from Dog Soldiers (Darren Morfitt) was in it and he didn't die - yay! I think this had caught a lot of flack for not being very original and I have to say I kept on waiting for Tina Turner to pop out and start singing 'We don't need another hero', I could see heaps of other movies as I was watching - Mad Max, Resident Evil, 28 Days Later, Underworld, but I didn't really care, I was having a ball. Rhona Mitra's character (Mjr. Eden Sinclair), has a glass eye which she uses to her advantage and is pretty nifty and I must say - I feel very sorry for the poor bunny :( Overall, I didn't care that it didn't have fantastic dialogue and that it wasn't completely original, cause seriously - how can any movie be 100% original? I had fun, lmao, cringed and it had a hot boy, so I was happy :)

Okay that's enough of my opinion for the day, it's off to book group for me, enjoy your day.


Friday, 7 November 2008

Library Stereotypes

It's weird how even today we are still dealing with the same sterotypes of the traditional librarian, none of the ladies that I work with come close to it!! We are the rowdiest bunch you'd ever find, and we all love noise in our library. I don't think I've ever shushed anyone, although I must admit, I've asked kids 'where the fire at?' when they've been running.

I do remember the librarian at my old library when I was little was a bit of a scary grouch, but for the most part I think libraries today are trying to promote themselves as places for everyone to enjoy. I particularly liked the New Zealand, (I think), advertising campaign of 'libraries being the living room of the city', which is something that we have tried to embrace at our library.

For you're viewing pleasure, I've added a different kinda library chick, because it seems that there's two kinds of librarian: the bun toting, twin set & pearl wearing, shushing spinsters or the naughty, but sexy BDSM librarian, who just wants to punish you for having late books, ( I don't know if you guys have seen Tom Cats, but there is a very funny scene involving some late books and a paddle).

My friend always sends me funny library pictures - and I have to say I'd much rather be looking like this, than as a dowdy librarian, although I must admit, I have on occasion rocked the twin set & pearls :) Either way...Librarians rule baby!


Thursday, 6 November 2008

Bauer's a bad pony.

Well my horse came second on Tuesday, so he's not totally bad, I negelect to mention the others because they're even crapper!! But I made a profit of $6 so it's all good.

I guess the big news is Obama winning the election...which I'm glad about, I wanted him to win. I like his views on stuff, particularly education & health. I think it's important to provide the best for your kids - after all, they're what's going to be left when it's all said and done. But I by no means have any real idea of what life under his power will mean, hopefully it will be better for everyone. I guess everyone has to wait and see. All I know is that Sarah Palin scared the crap outta me and I'm so glad that she is nowhere near the white house. It's also conpletely irrelevant, but I like the fact he's young. I don't get why it always has to be old men running the country.

Anyway, that's my little rant, not really anthing at all but just thought I'd share. Have a smashing evening lovlies :)


Monday, 3 November 2008

Post Halloween Round up, just in time for Melbourne Cup Day

I hope everyone's Halloween was smashing!! Mine was rather mellow, but I did manage to partake in some very tasty Haigh's...I'm so in lust with their Cappacino Bars...sooooo good :p I also got to see the new version of Prom Night, which actually wasn't too bad, I'll have to put a review up in the next couple of days. Anyway, I opened Saturdays Garfield comic strip and it was so cute I thought I'd put it on here too...
Well tomorrow is Melbourne Cup day, I hope you've all got your horses backed, I've got a little sweep at work on: Master O'Reilly, Bauer, Prize Lady & Moatize. I must admit, I'm totally ignorant about this years horses, but seriously - how can a horse named after Jack Bauer lose, he'll have time to win the race, save the girl, kick all the bad guys asses and still look good for the cup photo!!

Mumma and Barry are off to Spain tomorrow, (lucky ducks get to go on holiday for 3 months - I still have to wait nearly a year, damn it), so I'd better get home and help with dinner, have a great day off tomorrow, hope at least one of my horses wins, if not at least I'll be consoled by The Transporter (I'm off to see Death Race tomorrow as well), and lets not forget...HOT BOYS...tonight 9:30. Poor Dean get haunted by a ghostie. Oh to be a ghostie, cept I don't think I'd be picky, I'd haunt 'em both!! :)


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