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New modem router. [Mar. 12th, 2015|03:39 pm]
New modem router. Now I have wireless internet in every corner of the house (and garden)!  Should have done this long ago - but I suppose the price point for this technology only became more reasonable late last year.
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2015|10:39 pm]
Doing Carla Coulson's 4day photography masterclass this week has, I think, ruined my guilty pleasure of Tinder browsing. Now, I can't look at a head shot without critically assessing its composition, expression and light. 99% of the time, the pictures are terrible! Tinder now for me, is no longer about silly male profiles, but ugly portraits!

Probably just as well that she has cured me of this addiction.
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bitch please [Aug. 14th, 2014|01:42 pm]
It's interesting that a beautiful, intelligent, composed, confident woman who doesn't care much whether she is liked by others or not, pursuing what she feels is true and correct, without stepping too much on others' toes, is a heroine in the eyes of Julian Fellows or Stephen Moffat but is cast as a villain on Australian reality tv and by lots of other women.

I'm team Laurina all the way for this year's season of The Bachelor Australia. (Last year, my heart went out to Rochelle) http://www.popsugar.com.au/celebrity/Interview-Sam-Talks-Laurina-Bachelor-Australia-2014-35423533#photo-35423549

A woman who is self assured, confident, knows what she wants and goes after it, is threatening to other (insecure) women. Sadly, there are a lot of insecure women in this world.
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Lesson to my 20 year old self [Jun. 29th, 2014|12:41 pm]
Went to Pat's house warming last night night. Hot pot and watching "If you are the one". I realised that I am brilliant at reading other people, what kind of partners they would go for, what kind of partners that would be [i]good[/i] for them. But I am terribly blinkered when it comes to myself.

Also Di and I came to a consensus last night, that the secret to future happiness is picking a norm core guy. Forget money, flashy cars, good looks, arresting confidence.
A. those men won't pick you
B. other women will be throwing themselves at those guys. You can trust the guy, but temptation is an uphill battle. And because he's so confidence, he might even think he could get away with it. Have his cake and eat it too. Danger, ladies. Danger.
C. If they're so Alpha and driven in their life and career, imagine what they'd be like in their personal life! They will have high standards, expectations and it will be exhausting to keep up! I'm lazy and pretty easy going. If I let the balls drop just one time, see point B.

That's why, dear reader, ignore what Disney and romance books have been telling us all of our lives. Just pick a normal (non-crazy, uber ambitious) guy, who cares for you (that's really important. No one selfish, narcissistic. Must be supportive and want the best for you), and make you laugh now and again. He just needs to be tolerable looking and can be charmless. Because reader, a man helping out with housework is the best aphrodisiac.

All that rubbish about trying to make yourself uber successful, uber beautiful, classy etc in order to attract and bag an uber Alpha man... forget it. Lean in, be ambitious, do all of these things, if you want, for yourself. Don't do it for a man. Don't do it in the hope you'll become attached to that evasive Mr Big.

Just find yourself someone dependable that you can get along with. Someone who is conscientious, positive and has grit to weather the travails in life. Then be fabulous. Leverage off each other's strengths to build a wonderful happy, stable life together. Flirt all you want with the hot shot playboys who wouldn't give you the time of the day when you were single, break their hearts, show them what they missed out by being callous douchebags, and know that you got the best prize of them all.
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Golden Slipper 2014 [Apr. 6th, 2014|12:49 am]
Another big win at the Golden Slipper, without leaving the home computer. Okay, I did step out momentarily for a stroll when the anticipation for the race 8 Golden Slipper results got a bit too stressful. I made over $250 today, so I've recovered my losses from my short-lived and ill-fated flutters at rugby and football betting.

My takeaways from today's betting experience is:
1. big races attract good quality information. Do your research. Study the form guide. What is the health condition of the horse in the leadup? Starting barrier
2. horses are more likely to perform at their actual peak capability at big important events than underperforming. Of course, it doesn't guarantee a win because another horse might decide it is their moment to shine. But they typically tend to run well.
3. Big races also attract more favourable bookie odds for places.
4. Keep calm, chill out. Once you've submitted your betting slip, forget that you've got hundreds of dollars potentially on the line. Go take a walk!

I'm celebrating by splashing on some Groupon meal vouchers.
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"Don't be sad that it's over, be happy that it happened." [Feb. 19th, 2014|04:56 pm]
I think I typed this here to console myself a year ago. Now, it's ever so much more comforting. Be happy that it happened.
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RIP Jimmy Waites [Feb. 12th, 2014|10:05 pm]
My favourite theatre critic, James Waites, died today. Although we'd never met, we'd exchanged a couple of emails and sms's. He was busy, juggling a couple of projects with looming deadlines. He made me promise to get in touch with him once that passed. I forgot. Today, learning his death (possibly suicide), I feel so sad and hollow.

I knew, from his blog and through a mutual friend, that he'd been sick for some time - not to mention being bashed on a train, an incident from which his body never fully recovered.

I am glad to have come across his writings. I am glad that he came and saw me on stage at Carriageworks last year, and enjoyed the performance. I am glad that I emailed him afterwards to express my giddy glee of having him in the audience, regret that I didn't get to say 'hi' to him after the show, and that I have admired his reviews for years. Writing theatre reviews, especially on a personal blog, is an arduous and mostly thankless task. James puts so much effort into his, because he loves theatre and recognises the importance that it should be recorded.

Life is short. Don't put off telling someone how much you admire them, or a chance to meet an idol. Carpe diem.
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the curse of hypergamy [Feb. 3rd, 2014|03:46 pm]

"But the dominant feeling I got was that the love of Harold and Antonia, which was passionate and ­intense, was based on the mutual force of their characters. Early on, just after their affair had got under way in 1975, Antonia was warned by her brother, Thomas: "You have a special problem. You are a woman and a strong character­ yet you want your husband to be stronger. Women with strong characters who want to dominate are always fine because there are plenty of weak men around. Also plenty of strong men for weak women. But yours is a special problem." Actually, Antonia concludes, "He's quite right in a maddening way."
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Grossmith - Phul Nana and Hasu no Hana [Nov. 22nd, 2013|08:33 pm]

I finally ventured into the city to smell the Grossmith perfume range. I didn't even realise it was available in Australia. Nose-bleedingly expensive, over $500 for 100ml, but the stocklist (Cara and Co) was having a relocation sale, and so discounted all of their Grossmith perfumes by 50%. Almost enough to tempt me to plonk down my hard won dollars if I fell head blindingly in love with one, but only if it was a BIG LOVE. Thankfully for my bank account, it wasn't to be.

Phul Nana smells just like Bal a Versailles, albeit with more expensive quality ingredients. Phul Nana recently featured in Downton Abbey, when Edith bought a bottle for Dowager Countess Violet (Maggie Smith). Apparently, Phul Nana was the Chanel No. 5 of its day, and I can totally imagine Violet wearing it - powdery, oakmossy, fecal. Now, because I already own a bottle of Bal a Versailles (which is much much more affordable btw), I didn't need Phul Nana to fill my fragrance wardrobe.

Now, Phul Nana to Hasu no Hana is what Shalimar is to Jicky/Apre L'ondee. I'm using the Guerlain analogies because both fragrances smell Guerlainesque - even though they predate the Guerlain creations by about fifty years. Hasu no Hana has that sharp, radiant quality with a cinnamony vanilla powdery iris drydown. Phul Nana is what Lady Edith would have bought for herself.

As for Shem-el-Nessim, well, I ran out of arm testing space. The Grossmith juice, being of vintage formulation, are quite potent, so I daren't combine more than one perfume on each arm.
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(no subject) [Nov. 14th, 2013|06:02 pm]
Personal best on the beep test. 9.1. Not bad after a tough weekend. I reckon I could have pushed it to 9.5.
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