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24 June 2011 @ 17:28
. . . is there any point to anything any more?
25 May 2011 @ 09:27
At my old (and my brother's soon-to-be-old) school, they send a text message to a nomimated mobile phone number (preferably one belonging to the parent/guardian) asking why your child is absent. They also send messages regarding important events, such as the fact that your child's report is available for collection. When the system was first implemented, I was the only one in my family who had a mobile phone, so naturally I put my own number down. This came in handy when I got a text message on my mobile asking why I hadn't shown up to school when I was actually AT school. Cue running to the school office.

Anyway, so because all the messages are sent to my phone, it's up to me to send a reply back. Usually, this is what I send:

My son Michael x of roll class a.b was absent on 25/5/11 as I gave him permission to stay at home today due to the Athletics Carnival. Yours Sincerely, (my mum's name).

Here's some messages I wish I could have sent:

My brother Michael x of roll class a.b. was absent on 25/5/11 as he couldn't be bothered to go to the Athletics Carnival, EVEN THOUGH IT'S HIS LAST ONE - EVER. Oh, and he isn't going to his formal either. WTF? Yours Sincerely, Wendy x.


My brother Michael x of roll class a.b was absent on (date) as he has gastroenteritis. Yours Sincerely, Wendy x.

Oh, wait. I DID send that one once, complete with the proper spelling of gastro! Only under my mum's name and he really DID have gastro. Hope the office ladies who were reading the messages enjoyed that excuse!

Where: Bedroom
Feeling: soresore
16 May 2011 @ 08:40
Hey, nose.

Remember last year at the MCA Zine Fair how you kept leaking to the point where I had to go to Priceline to buy more tissues? I probably infected a dozen people there, too. You better not do that this year, especially since I have work right after.


Yours Sincerely,


Where: Bedroom
Feeling: coldcold
20 March 2011 @ 21:36
The voice is used to tell someone that you hate/love them. To yell at your family members. To ask your customers what they would like and to tell the sales assistant why you need to return what you just purchased. To argue a brilliant point and to gossip on the sly. To sing along to your favourite songs and to let out your frustration.

But if your voice can't do all that, then what's the point of having one at all?

Where: Bedroom
Feeling: depresseddepressed
31 August 2010 @ 08:08

All the DVDs I've yet to watch. Movie marathon, anyone?

Being the nerdy person that I am, I have an Excel spreadsheet of the books, CDs and DVDs I've purchased. It comes in handy when I want to see what I've bought throughout the year at a glance and can be shocking when you've discovered that you managed to spend $230 last financial year on 22 books - and that's just the books that were purchased in Australia, GST inclusive - despite the fact that you don't have a job.

I was typing my latest purchase into my spreadsheet (a pre-order of Röyksopp's Senior), when I discovered that so far this year, I've bought more DVDs than I've bought CDs. As someone who loves their music more than they do their movies, I found that strange. Very strange, considering that last year, I bought a grand total of three DVDs. This year so far, I've bought seven DVDs, compared to six CDs - and I know why. See, with the kind of music I like to listen to, it's rare that I end up paying less than $20 for a CD purchased in Australia - and that's when my preferred online entertainment supplier has a 10% off sale or sends online vouchers or if I'm lucky, both. DVDs, on the other hand, are guaranteed to go on sale within four months of it being released e.g. An Education (which I'd buy if I had more money at the moment), or in the case of older titles, will go on sale one day, if you can wait (which surprisingly, I can). Out of the seven DVDs I've bought this year, all but two were on sale; I was lucky to get Marie Antoinette and The Jammed for $6.95 each. They're not blockbuster or insanely old movies, either. Perhaps the reason why DVDs are on sale more than CDs is that they've already made their money in the cinemas.

(It's going to take me FOREVER to get through that stack of DVDs - it took me THREE years before I got around to watching the version Macbeth with Sam Worthington in it! There's a few titles there that were purchased back in 2008 . . .)

Where: Bedroom
Feeling: thoughtfulthoughtful
22 August 2010 @ 19:48
Oh, Röyksopp. I think that anything you create is the bee's knees. The day you announce that you come to Australia will make me very happy indeed (and I will assume I have died then, because it feels like there's no way that you'll come to Australia while I'm still alive). Every time I'm required to fill out the favourite music/musicians/noises section in my profile, you are always listed first. But what's with the artwork for Senior?

It's the opposite of great. Is this the reason why no designer has yet to be credited with the design? The photo of the two of you as elderly people is cool, but what on earth is with the top and the bottom? Is the top supposed to be a chandelier? Crystals? It's the bottom that kills it the most, however. To put it bluntly - THAT FONT IS HORRIBLE. Now, I'm not a graphic designer (I leave that to my friends), but I do appreciate good album artwork - and good album artwork this is not. Leave the artist and album name off it (as is the case with at least half a dozen albums I own on CD), and it'll be fine. If you need to have the details on it, that's what stickers are for. To borrow from Robyn's Don't Fucking Tell Me What To Do (whose singing I loved on The Girl and The Robot from Junior and really, should be made into a SingStar song), that font is killing me. If you want to know how to do dark, minimalistic album covers, take a look at Pet Shop Boys' Fundamental, as a Facebook fan of yours suggested.

That being said, I cannot WAIT for Senior. An instrumental album by my favourite duo? HELL YES!

Love, Wendy.

Personally, I don't think any album artwork of Röyksopp's could beat the amazement that I felt when I examined the CD of their second album (and my favourite album when I'm awake) The Understanding:

Cut for size and brillianceCollapse )

(For those who might not be able to spot it, the ö in Röyksopp is the centre of the CD. I love it when the designer takes the object into account and works their way around it!)

Where: Bedroom
Feeling: disappointeddisappointed
22 August 2010 @ 11:10
So I got tagged by rebeccasaurusx to do this quiz. I'm not normally the kind to fill out these quizzes, but I haven't written in ages, so why not? The rules stipulate that I tag eight people as well, so here we go: pheeohz, eminish, red_phenomenon, snokokoro, summerandcallie, platysseus, willl and loved_jay.

first: if you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.
second: tag eight sexy people. don't refuse to do that like a pansy. unless you really don't want to of course. and if you're not tagged and you want to do it, then do!

Favourite song right now?
Fairmont - All Dreams Are Nightmares

Last album you bought/downloaded?
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1

Last movie you watched? Did you like it?
Babe. Surprisingly, I did - except for those goddamn singing mice.

Three things that are super-annoying at the moment?
1. My room - a dusty freezer
2. Lack of monetary funds
3. Recycled festival lineups where the same acts always tour Australia

Three random facts about yourself?
1. I'm also allergic to cefaclor monohyrdate
2. I really like pretty clothes, but think they look weird on me due to my physical appearance
3. I have an addiction to strawberry-flavoured liquorice

What makes you happy?
Music, paper of all sorts and junk food.

If you were a crayon what colour would you be and why?
Red - red goes faster.

Top five words/phrases you use?
1. Goddamn
2. Dang
3. Really
4. Awesome
5. Pulchritude (no, not really; I wish I did!)

Two things you're excited for this year?
The new Röyksopp album.
The Dymocks Christmas Shopping Event they have at the end of November.

Your favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla. (Did you expect me to say strawberry? *shifty*)

Guiltiest pleasure movie?
Honestly, I don't think this applies to me; I tend to watch arthouse and Studio Ghibli films. Oh, and the Harry Potter ones. I guess they would be it. *laughs*

What movie have you seen the most?
Probably Mean Girls.

If you could rescue any animal, what would it be and would you keep it?
Hippopotamus. I'd like to, but I'm sure it'll eat me up; you can't domesticate hippopotamuses.

Worst movie you've ever seen?
The Love Guru. Waste of my two hours. (Who picked that?)

Best way to relax?
Reading and sleeping - in that order.

Favourite quote/lyric?
"And I sat down/Said I don't want to suffer/But she told me/She had nothing to offer no more" - from The Girl From Back Then by Kings Of Convenience

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter?
Autumn. Still hot enough, but not cold enough to freeze your toes off. Plus, it's Easter Show time!

Say something to the person who tagged you:
A brilliant photographer!
Where: Bedroom
Music: Boards Of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy (Odd Nosdam Remix)
10 August 2010 @ 12:48

Taken while in IKEA Homebush Bay, July 14 2010.

Where: Bedroom
Feeling: busybusy
23 July 2010 @ 10:11
Last Friday, I got dressed in order to go to the RTA with my brother to fix up his licence, which was claiming that he was two days younger than he actually was; why he didn't do this earlier probably had something to do with our parents. Went downstairs, only to find a group of my brother's friends at the door, inviting him to go bike-riding. He ended up going bike-riding, leaving me all dressed up and nowhere to go . . . Except to Parramatta. I had been meaning to go to see if there was a chance I could knock something off my uni booklist with the Borders 30% off one full-priced book coupon while it was still valid. So off I went by myself to Parramatta, and unexpectedly came home with the following (with italics linked to the product in question):
  • A copy of The Cat Returns on DVD from JB Hi-Fi. Last time I bought a Studio Ghibli DVD for $20 was My Neighbor Totoro in December 2007. I've been stalking JB Hi-Fi ever since, waiting for another Studio Ghibli $20 sale. Even so, I was THIS close to missing out on this sale, which ended on the 19th, since I hadn't stalked JB Hi-Fi in a while. I actually jumped up and down when I saw that the DVDs were on sale, which I'm sure looked very dignified. *laughs* I had put myself on a DVD ban since I was buying all these movies, but not watching them until much later. But for a Studio Ghibli sale? Like hell I was going to miss out on that!
  • Three Popular Penguins books. Original intention was to buy Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (from the new set of 75 Popular Penguins for uni) with the 30% off coupon for Borders. The store computer said they had two copies, but neither I nor the sales assistant could find a copy. Same with a Nietzsche book (difference being that I looked for it myself without any help, and there was only one copy). The sales assistant said that they only got six titles from the new collection in, which I thought was pretty hopeless. Later wandered into Dymocks to see their Popular Penguins range - way more impressive than that of Borders! They seemed to have every single one of the 174 titles in stock, including Alice, Playing Beatie Bow and Dangerous Liaisons - all from the new collection of 75 titles and the latter two being on my books wishlist. With Dymocks offering a Popular Penguins tote bag with the purchase of three titles, I gave in, bought them - I REALLY wanted that tote bag when I saw it on the front cover of the latest Booklover magazine - and subsequently broke my book ban (which was imposed for the same reason as the DVD ban). But it was totally worth it for the bag. *dances*

  • A packet of tissues. I was walking back to my car when I saw a giant liquid dispenser:

    COOL! Not so cool when it turned out to be advertising Lifebuoy, which I swear has suddenly exploded onto the market; I'd never heard of the brand until a few months ago. I wasn't going to say no to a free packet of tissues, though. (I was expecting a hand wash or a hand sanitiser when the lady said 'free samples'.)

One thing's guaranteed - I sure won't be buying any more books or DVDs for at least a month . . .

Where: Bedroom
Feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
Supposed to be cleaning my room at the moment - I can see what my desk looks like again - but I need a break; I've been cleaning my room since 7 a.m. and nowhere near finishing . . .
  • The lady who stole my parking spot at Westfield Liverpool at the post-Christmas sale in 2006, then told my brother (whom I sent out to negotiate as I couldn't abandon my car in the middle of the carpark) to respect his elders. How can you respect someone who just drives in without checking to see whether anyone's waiting for that spot? Age is not a consideration.
  • The idiotic postman from last year who bent my picture book in an attempt to wedge it into my mailbox, despite the fact that it was packaged in cardboard. THERE WAS A REASON IT WAS IN CARDBOARD - TO PROTECT IT FROM DAMAGE! DUH!
  • The fact that Marion and Jonathan got eliminated from MasterChef. Marion was bad enough, but to see Jonathan - who, after Marion left, was the best cook left in the competition - go in the next elimination, made me depressed, considering he was my favourite. Who knows who can win now . . . but you can guarantee I'll be in a fit of rage if it turns out to be Jimmy.
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Where: Bedroom
Feeling: dirtydirty
Music: ATB - The Summer (Instrumental Clubb Version)