March 18, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-Up: Movies, Melting and Maternity

Filed under: Health, movies — liberrydwarf @ 2:05 pm

The week that was!

One Good Thing: Saw “The Adjustment Bureau” on Tuesday – highly recommended, very enjoyable. Not sure it’s quiet “Bourne Identity Meets Inception” as the trailers seem to indicate, but a great story and very entertaining.

I wish I was Emily Blunt - she's so gorgeous!

One Bad Thing: It’s still horribly horribly hot. It’s almost the end of March, and still sweltering. Yuk!

One Thing I Learned: Apparently my husband is terrified of me going into labour. Like, keeps-him-awake-at-night terrified. And would insist on a caesarean, all side-effects notwithstanding, 100% to prevent the whole labour thing. But he won’t tell me why…


February 18, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-Up: Heroes, Herbs and Hairdresser Gossip

Filed under: Children, Health, Librarian, Nature, Scouts, TV — liberrydwarf @ 4:52 pm

The (2) week(s) that was! (Or were, rather. It’s been an exhausting fortnight. You can have a double concentrated dose.)

1) Two Good Things: Rediscovering Heroes: Season 1. And watching it with hubby this time (rather than alone) and he’s really enthusiastic, it’s kind of cute… 🙂

On the other hand, it's really going to suck when it gets crappy and breaks his heart...

Also got to attend a follow-up session for a conference I missed (apparently big fat preggos don’t fly interstate real well) and catch one or two of the presentations I was really sore about missing. Of course, with one more week of work there’s not a whole lot I can actually DO with all these cool new ideas, but at least I now have them. Fodder for daydreaming, at least.


2) Two Bad Things: All my lavender has, through a combination of drowning and drying out, died horribly. 😦

Was aiming for this. Needless to say, do NOT have this.

Also, apparently nobody makes children’ s face paint anymore. It’s impossible to get. And despite one’s best efforts to improvise with water-based acrylics and baby lotion, apparently today’s children are far too fussy to have their faces painted, delicate little flowers that they are. What is this sad world coming to?

3) TwoThings I Learned:

Pretty much every intimate detail about the shopkeepers who were flooded out at our dearly-departed local shopping centre – who was insured, who’s coming back, who was going bankrupt anyway. Apparently dog groomers are much like hairdressers are in the human world, and know EVERYTHING.

Nothing like what actually happens. Nothing to do with this story at all, really. But amuses me nonetheless...

Also – Do not wear Mary Janes when you’re pregnant, or a Sumo Wrestler will swap feet with you when you’re not looking and you will end up with scary jelly ankles and be forced by your colleagues to lie down with your feet in the air for most of the afternoon.

February 4, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: Board Games, Blood Pressure and Biting One’s Tongue

Filed under: games, Health, I.T — liberrydwarf @ 11:30 am

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Picked up a lovely old copy of 221B Baker Street: The Boardgame at BookFest. It’s amazing what serendipity sends your way occasionally…

Don't even get me started on the expansions which have been out of production for decades...

2) One Bad Thing:  I now have blood pressure drugs. I was trying very hard not to have to resort to medication there. Well, not trying hard necessarily – I think it’s pretty much out of my control. Probably just hoping really hard. I’m sure there’s absolutely no earthly reason to feel that way, but I’m disappointed in myself now…

3) One Thing I Learned: Well, that I’m not getting a work iPad. Which, given that I’ve got less than a month left to work, wasn’t a big surprise. But that since they’ve got the iPads, they appear to have forgotten about the old iPod Touch devices we all got. And according to a work friend, if I’m very quiet and don’t mention it they probably won’t ask for the iPod back while I am on leave for a year (maybe 2). Mum’s the word…

January 28, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-Up: Labour, Leaving and Lamb

Filed under: Australia, Food, Health, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 11:33 am

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Got the nice comfortingly comprehensive list of drugs they’re perfectly happy to give me in the delivery room. Feel lots lots better (and haven’t even been given any of them yet!)

2) One Bad Thing:  Said farewell to a good friend and colleague at work – ostensibly for a 12-month secondment, but I’m pretty sure nobody would be surprised if he never came back. It’s always the fun, intelligent, proactive and passionate ones that get soul-destroyed and leave you, isn’t it?

3) One Thing I Learned: Despite rumours to the contrary, if you’re an Australian who doesn’t eat lamb on Australia Day you do NOT spontaneously combust. Myth  Busted!

Despite what the Lambassador would have you believe...

January 21, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up: Floods, Flick-Offs and Floors

Filed under: Health, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 5:22 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: The waters have subsided, the roads are open, and the buses are free…

2) One Bad Thing:  Going back to work was every bit as awful as I though it would be. Going on holidays and being pregnant apparently means that I no longer warrant my own desk, and that for my remaining 5 weeks of work, I have to report in every morning to find out who’s away so I can sit at their desk. Way to feel wanted and valued…

3) One Thing I Learned: Much more about pelvic floor muscles than I ever cared to, and far more than I ever plan to share 🙂

October 22, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Performance, Proofreading and Pre-eclampsia

Filed under: Education, Health, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 1:44 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Had a nice annual performance review, lots of praise from the boss. Performance reviews mean next-to-nothing at most places, and even less at ours given we have to redo them in January anyway because of our restructure-by-any-other-name, but it was nice to hear that people think I’m doing a good job.

2) One Bad Thing:  I got the date wrong for my students to submit their assignments (typo-wrong – and discovered early so it’s not a big drama.) But not only are they now of the opinion that I’m a brainless twit, they now also have an extra 2 day extension to make up for the typo, which gives me less time to mark their work and I’m going to use up all my weekend time now 😦

3) One Thing I Learned: far too much about pre-eclampsia. Now I am stressed out about it, since I have pretty rubbish blood-pressure to begin with and run a pretty high risk of it getting worse. None of which helps the blood pressure. Vicious cycle!


October 1, 2010

Friday wrap-up: Crashers, Colds and Curtis

Filed under: Celebrities, family, Health, Humor, Travel — liberrydwarf @ 12:10 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Mum’s back, and she brought with her an awesome story of her mistakenly gatecrashing an official OPEC function while holidaying in Europe. Told in fits of laughter while proudly wearing her OPEC cap and polo-shirt received in the press-pack she got because they thought she was a journalist, instead of just a tourist who can’t read timetables properly…

2) One Bad Thing:  Have dreadful head-cold. Facing weekend filled with working and marking. Sleeping poorly as a combination of the aforementioned. Not fun.

3) One Thing I Learned: That Tony Curtis died. Made me kind of sad. Vale, sir…

September 10, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Blood, Besties and Bokomatens

Filed under: Health, Librarian, Science — liberrydwarf @ 4:38 pm

1) One Good Thing: Excellent blood pressure results when I went to see my specialist today. Close to normal, for the first time in about 3 years. I’m sure there’s an explanation for this, and once  I can confirm it I’ll gladly share with the class…

2) One Bad Thing: Said goodbye to one of my best friends at work – the restructure we’re having at the end of the year probably would have cost her her job, so she’s found something else at another university. I’m more than a bit sad at this, and reasonably angry at MPOW for letting someone energetic, passionate and enthusiastic go rather than fighting to keep her. Especially considering all the dead weight around here…

3) One Thing I Learned: we’re apparently getting one of these at work. It’s like a snack vending machine but for textbooks. I remain unconvinced…