02 November, 2010

Time Wasters

I've been a bit distracted .... for a couple of months. I'm not too sure where the time went but I know I've be busy doing .... errr ... something.

Today is the day I get back into studying. It's not only my blog which had been left neglected. I haven't look at the books for six weeks and I'm starting to get "are you still alive?" emails from my tutor.  I'm having trouble concentrating and I've found myself doing all sorts of stupid things today to avoid the books.  I have listed 10 of my best distractions for today:-

1. Read the newspaper...
Today is a very important day to know what is going on in the world ... or more specifically, Melbourne.
   Who is the current favourite for the Melbourne Cup?
      Is it raining?
         Have there been any late scratchings?
                Are the frocks spectacular?
All vital information for someone contemplating a wager on the nags. Sadly I'm not going to place any bets this year because    I HAVE TO CONCENTRATE AND DO SOME STUDY!

2. Check Facebook
Only a small number of my friends still bother posting anything to Facebook anymore but you never know when some gem of wisdom will be unleashed on the world. I certainly don't want to be the one who misses it.
    .... Nothing new on Facebook today. Just as well, because I should be studying.

3. Ring my mother
I haven't spoken to my mother for a while so I though I should do the good daughter thing and give her a call. She wasn't home.  Now I think about it, I recall she was planning a holiday to Europe. Bugger, I hate it when parents leave the country and don't tell you. Mum probably didn't want to phone and disturb me while I was studying.

4. Find the missing grey pen
I have a set of a dozen brightly coloured pens that I use to take notes with when I'm studying. I lined them all up neatly so I could use them in the correct sequence and to my horror ... the grey pen is missing. I can't possibly do any work with only eleven brightly coloured pens. Turn the house upside down until it is found. Just between you and me, I don't really like the grey pen and when I find it I probably won't use it.

5. Put flea killer on the cats
This is not a job to be taken lightly. The first cat is easy, she's asleep and never sees you coming. It's the second cat which is the problem. She has been woken by the banshee wail and the sound of the first cat and I rolling around on the floor while I try to hold her long enough to get the tiny drop of flea stuff behind her head. Second cat is not dumb and she heads for the hills. Ahhh, but I am smarter than that - all exits have already been sealed. Now if I could take some of those smarts and apply them to my assignment ....

6. Check Facebook again
I have this theory that sooner or later someone will be in desperate need of help and the only way they can reach anybody is via Facebook. It is a civic duty for me to check frequently to ensure there isn't anybody out there crying out for my assistance.
So far, so good. Nobody needing to be rescued today.

7. Have pointless conversation with someone on FaceBook
Since nobody had posted anything thing interesting on Facebook today it was up to me to post my status. Happily for me this triggered a pointless conversation with my nephew about ethics, Pamplona and yellowcake uranium. My nephew should also be studying. Misery love company.

8. Learn to play a song which I don't really like.
I play the guitar [very badly] and sometimes it can help me to focus if I play a few songs. I'm still learning so my choice of songs is somewhat limited. Generally songs which are easy are not the songs I like. Puff the Magic Dragon is a song I loathe. Even as a child I hated it. It makes me gag. Today I spent an hour learning to play Puff the Magic Dragon.

9. Catch up on the blog-a-sphere

Not only has my own blog been neglected, I've fallen behin in reading about everybody else out there. Bad Vicki. Time to catch up with everybodys blogs.

Only 715 posts to go. Good grief, you lot are prolific.

10. Dust of the blog and tell the world about my day.
I concede defeat. Studying is not going to happen today. I was gallant in my attempts but sadly I failed dismally but it seems I can find the time to tell you all about it.

Maybe I'll have a better day tomorrow.  I wonder what is on telly?

15 September, 2010

Watery Wednesday: Theseus slaying a Minotaur

The Archibald Fountain is located in Hyde Park in the centre of Sydney.  Theseus is one of the classical figures and represents sacrifice for the good of humanity.  Rain was teeming down when this photo was taken and the water on the bronze made it shine.

Archibald Fountain

13 September, 2010

Macro Monday: Jonquils

Happy Macro Monday!  I took this photo about a month ago when my bulbs were all coming to life.  I didn't like the photo but when I looked at it again this week I had a change of heart.  There had been a frost overnight.  The ice had melted leaving tiny drops of water on the flowers.


Visit Macro Monday at Lisa's Chaos for more close-up photography.

12 September, 2010

Sundays In My City: Festival of the Winds

At the beginning of spring every year the Festival of the Winds kite festival is held at Bondi Beach.   This year hundreds of kites ranging from tiny home-made paper kites to huge flying octopus battled for air space on a beautiful spring day.

Everywhere I looked were kids running along the beach trying to get there kites to fly. So many dads were reluctant to give up control of their kite to the kids once they had finally managed to get them airborne.  Seems is wasn't just a day for the kids.

Flying Octopus
Giant kites dominated the air.

Dueling Kites
Two kites dances in the sky in tandem.

Felix the Cat
Felix the cat struggled to get in the air.

Kite Fail
Some kites were not so successful.

Bondi Sunset
Bondi Beach sunset.

Have a look at the great posts at Sundays in my City.

08 September, 2010

Help me Chuck Norris!

Have you ever needed to disappear for a while? Life went a little nuts for me in August and I found myself circling the wagons.  Nothing bad, but I was busy ... ridiculously busy.  I've needed Chuck Norris to come to my rescue. 

August was always going to be crazy.  There were several trips away and some major birthdays to deal with.  Add to this the surprise and unwelcome news that the course I am currently studying is being phased out and replaced by another course. 

The timing of this truly sucks.  I can't transfer over to the new course without having to repeat many of the subjects I have already done.  My only option is to complete the old course as quickly as possible while still in the transition period and hope for transfer credits on the completed work. 

So that has been my life for the last few weeks.  Endless assignments, research and handing in sub-standard work in the hope that nobody will notice I was too tired to run a spell check.

Speaking of Chuck Norris, I want you all to go to Google and type in Search for Chuck Norris in the search thingy and have a look at the first result.

I know, it's an old joke but it still always cracks me up!

02 August, 2010

Macro Monday: Feather

Macro Monday

Somewhere in Sydney there's a cockatoo flying around missing a few feathers.  I found this one lying on the edge of the river near home.  Something a bit different from the flowers I've been posting lately.


31 July, 2010

Scenic Sunday: Woronora River

Dear Winter,
I'm through with you.  Please go away.

Not so kind regards,


I got sick of waiting for a clear day to take some photos, so I decided to try capturing the river near my house as it was covered in fog.  The fog was starting to clear as I arrived so I probably missed the best shots, but it was cold and I didn't want to get out of bed.

Woronora Bridge
Woronora Bridge disappearing into the fog.

Woronora River
Woronora River as the sun breaks through the fog.
Have a wonderful Scenic Sunday
I'm off to watch the rugby.  GO WALLABIES!