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Recently, stuff has been going on. It's all been fairly low-key stuff, I think, by and large.

Rhi and I decided on a celebrant and have booked her services.
I've had further thoughts on my outfit for the wedding. I must pursue avenues of manufacture and purchase.
It's all coming together! Whee!

I'm now slightly more than two months into my new job. As of yesterday I'm the acting branch delivery driver, as the usual guy is on annual leave for the next month. It would appear that I am way better at his job than he is. I can't say I'm super surprised.

Worlds Apart hasn't been running very regularly. Between various people not being available, it's hard to get together enough people to make it worth running a session.
To be fair though, it's been able to get off the ground much more regularly than it's other-alternate-Sunday counterpart Outside of Time.

This weekend, for instance, Worlds Apart didn't go ahead. I spent the evening in with Rhi and watched the Steve Coogan/Jackie Chan Around the world in eighty days, which is, uh, different, from the novel.

I also replaced my clunking, non-functional PS2 with a new, sexy, sleek (and, most importantly, working) slimline PS2. Picked it up in a bundle with Singstar Legends, to my lady love's great excitement.
Hurray for having a working console again!

In other news: I love Rhi enough to never party with Jodie Foster ever again.
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Got up just after six today in order to get off to work by 8.
Work being in Matraville
At the crematorium.
I'm here for the next three weeks, relieving someone who's on leave.
It's pretty quiet right now, as there's not another service until three.

So rainy! It was hailing briefly over here.
It was pitch black when I got out of bed and hasn't brightened up much the rest of the day. I'm so glad that I did lots of washing yesterday. Mmm, nice, clean flannelette sheets.
This morning - besides chill and darkness - brought Rhi making porridge for breakfast to help coax me out of bed. 6 is more her hour than mine, so she was great for getting me going today. It would have been miles harder without her.

I greatly hope that early rising will become easier.

I only just realised quite how long it's been since I updated (May? didn't happen!).
Well, as may be somewhat obvious from my current situation, I signed up with a temp agency. This is the second job they've sent me to (the other was a single day, bundling computer peripherals; I'm liking this one more already).

So, uh, yeah... stuff.
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Looong time since last update, so it's about due.

Rhi and I celebrated our first glorious year on Monday. We combined a romantic (and rather swish) morning tea with scouting for a wedding location. Beautiful grounds and view, but a bastard to get to. It's off the list. Ah well, we enjoyed going, all the same.

Work still haven't given me a single shift. Bastards.

Got back a rejection from Fisher Library about the position for which I applied. No reply at all from anywhere else.

Sent off an email to a recruiter whom Tanith ([ profile] sad_frog) recommended. Maybe nifty things will come of that. Rhi says she has a good feeling about it, so here's hoping.

Necro was good fun. I had a great time helping Rhi run a reprise performance of Request the pleasure. I rather like running freeforms, they're just so much effort to write.

Played lots of top-shelf games over the long weekend, with my highest praises going to the two other previously-run games: Hydra and A third world war. Gripping stuff. I dug them.
The last dragon was outrageously 80s hijinks. Nice.
Born of fire and lightning has some cool experimental content, including unprecedentedly cool sets, very interestingly laid out and in-depth character sheets and a bardic wrap-up, which I thought was a particularly intgriguing experiment, which didn't quite come out right.
Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies! had a vanishingly (and disappointingly) small amount of the titular bunnies. We somehow avoided encountering the character for whom these bunnies were made mention. Ah well. Wacky Cremaine antics, as per Zombies, zombies, zombies. Character sheets could easily have been a lot more informative, though, as they really threw players new to Vampire in at the deep end with little to nothing to work with. Shame, that.
A new world was another fairly experimental freeform, with a very cool-looking version of random character allocation. Ended up a little too paper-chasey, but the concepts were kind of neat. I had an especially interesting typo on my character sheet, which suggested that I would gradually change from Hate into Love, over the course of the game. I was a little sad that this was not so, when I checked with the GMs, but c'est la vie.
James' ([ profile] sim_james) The bells was a stirling intro to the world of Stephen King's The dark tower, if a little linear. Jo - with whom we were playing - seemed to be railing quite hard against the linear nature, but it wasn't too problematic. Especially if one considers the themes of destiny present in the game and setting. I enjoyed it. Good to see Unknown armies put to good use. Gogo Hardened/Failed!
I also ran several games of Strange synery, at Riley's ([ profile] reborne) behest. It was fun to break that out again. Nice game.

Speaking of board games, last week I received three new ones: Snit smashing, Snits' revenge and King's blood. So far I've only played the latter. It's a fast card game of the "get rid of your hand" style, but includes forming genealogies, which meant I was able to very quickly get Rhi on-board to try it out with me. :)

Jaime's "crappy movies based on video games" day of last Friday was a good time, even if we did watch the deplorable trio of Mortal kombat, Mortal kombat : annihilation and Street fighter. Terrible. Just terrible.
It did mean I got to see Jaime and Alice's new place, plus see them for an extended duration.

I finally managed to run another session of Worlds apart : the same tree last Sunday. It was a little quiet, with no real "plot" per se, but people seemed to enjoy the chance to say "what the hell are we doing?". Even hoity nobles question the duty that comes with power, apparently.

Now, home, to prepare for dinner, I think.
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Rhi and I are almost finished our move into the flat. Over the last week or so, with van-driving assistance from [ profile] gytha_ogg and a family friend, plus the friendly hands-on help of [ profile] sim_james, [ profile] sad_frog and [ profile] furpants_tom, we've successfully:

  • Moved all of Rhi's stuff over from her old place,
  • Moved some of my stuff over from the Warehouse (still lots I haven't moved, but I'm not on a tight schedule),
  • Extracted LOADS of stuff from the flat,
  • Moved furniture in order to vacuum the carpet under it and clean the wainscotts,
  • Put in the new bed (Enormous four-poster! Comfy!),
  • Moved out the fridge from the flat to our neighbour, Russell's,
  • Moved Russell's old, very tired, fridge out for council clean-up,
  • Put the drinks fridge in the van (I'm moving it into the Warehouse this afternoon),
  • Installed Rhi's fridge in the kitchen

Yes, we moved four fridges yesterday. FOUR! We are so mighty. :)
Saturday, we moved the huge, mirrored wall unit into Russell's, too. It was heavier than any of the fridges by quite some way. Thankfully Tom had the incredibly clever idea of putting a screw into one of the holes in the side and looping a piece of cable he had around it, so I could lift it by that, rather than by the (almost hand-hold free) frame. This technique worked very well indeed. Hurray, Tom!

Theres still a few bits to do here and there (there's still some more stuff of mum's I'll take to the Warehouse, for instance), but we're in! Last night was our second night there.
It's good to live with Rhiannon.

Soon, I'll be able to turn the fridge on and we can keep food nice and cold. Hurrah!
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Had a sterling time yesterday on the putt putt course at Ryde, dressed to the nines with my fellow min-golfers. An awful lot of inclined planes with not enough interesting obstacles, sadly. The "water course" had precisely zero water features on the holes, which is one less than the "Jungle course". Odd.
Next time, definitely checking out the "Obstacle course".
And there WILL be a next time, mark my words1.

Much fun was had by all. We rotated groups so that people got to play with a variety of folks, which was nice. After our rousing couple of games we repaired to the [ profile] restaurantkiler reservation, where there was chocopolitan ice cream, Donkey Konga, Lego Star Wars and much rejoicing.

Eventually, we bid people adieu and I took Rhi home. Then I dropped into [ profile] casadelatoolia for the late section of their party. Apparently I missed the nudie run2 and subsequent arrest by about ten minutes. Had a nice time chatting with some groovy cats.

When the remaining forces started watching Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, I went home.

A fine evening. :)

1 I won a "bring a friend free" voucher, for getting a hole in one on one of the "magic number" holes.

2 That's right, Greg: naked!
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As it's now almost three weeks since I last produced an update that could be called anything other than a quiz - or "meme" if that's what you want to call them (that's not what they are, mind; though I don't so much mind them being called "me me"s) - I figured it was about time.

Things have happened. I've been doing stuff.
Being social is nice.

Getting the new series of Worlds Apart moving has been good, over the last couple of weeks.
Tonight's session wasn't quite as punchy as last, but that's to be expected, given that their big confrontation was last session.
Still, they sure did unearth stuff about these weird butterflies, all right. After chasing them around like loonies for a bit. Heh. Good times.
Yay, magic butterflies!
Also managed to get those poor suckers back out of Siberia, to civilisation. Which ends their poacher-hunting adventure and provides a good point for Kane's character to get off at the station, so to speak.
After Kane took Kristen home, the tone seemed to suddenly change (since they were now back in town and able to ponder such things) and now the game is suddenly "fantasy dating". There are those of you in the audience who know what that means.

Search for work: Little to no movement.
Asked Fisher for more information on their current opening. Recieved no reply. Bummer.
Talked to my old manager for advice. Her advice was to settle for whatever I can find, to get my name out there. I guess that's all I can really do.
Certainly if I can't even get further information on a job opening from something that sounds good.

TAFE has been vaguely okay so far. I made it to zero of my first week's classes, due to illness. Last week, not nearly such an issue. Classes seem possibly slightly less crappy.
"Events and Promotions" looks the most interesting so far.
"Database Searching" is dead last, for excitement.

Plans for moving are looking all right. Utilities stuff discussed. Mum found me my heavy gardening gloves (at least I assume it was her; I guess it could have been the Gardening Tool Fairy), so I can pull out this nasty patch of spiky, spiky weediness.
That'll be good. It'll feel like I'm really doing something.

Rhi, speaking of moving:
Obviously the couch-covering we need is the Couch dress!
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The engagement party was, I feel, a success. The foods provided by others were delicious (and much appreciated, as we were fretting that we would be understocked, larder-wise). Rhi's pizza and cheese bikkies were tasty (as were her ham and cheese scones, though those didn't get broken out until VERY late in the evening). I was pleased with my own fruit and veggie platter stocking. They went less molested than I'd hoped, but then again, there was a lot of vegetable matter and the fruit wasn't brought out for quite a while. Ah well.

Such lovely presents from such lovely company! They're sitting in a big pile, waiting for our move to the new flat. Yay!

It was so good to see so many friendly, supportive faces. People seemed to have a great time, which is important to me (a few have thanked me after the fact, for such a nice time, which is great).

There were so many more people we could have invited, but space and feeding logistics being what they are, we had to stick to a more modest number.

Many thanks to everyone who made this such a nice experience.
But mostly Rhiannon. :)
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Mostly for Bez: Alatriste

Stuff's been happening.

Helped Tanith ([ profile] sad_frog) and Phil move last Friday.
Their new apartment is nice. VERY close to uni, which is what Phil was looking for. A fair amount of space.

Then helped Greg ([ profile] sim_puyo) and Lucy move on Saturday.
Their new house is gorgeous. Some of the little fittings aren't what I'd choose myself (they look like they come from a trendy bar, rather than a real person's living room, for instance), but it's big and has beautiful hardwood floors and quite a pleasant, rustic-feeling kitchen.
I look forward to seeing more of them, now that they live here in the real world. :)

Saturday evening I went along to Age of Aquarius for Ordo Mundi.
Played the Rabbi Loew, which was fun. Toddled around trying to put together a mighty claw defender for my people.
Watched it all go to hell.

Lazy Sunday spent with Rhi, lazing about. I read and fiddled with things online, she played Pandemonium. All good.

Monday I frittered away the day, watching The Brothers Grimm, Flightplan and Gigli.

Monday evening was spent, as per usual, with Rhi, with us intent on catching Grey's anatomy.
Tennis precluded this plan, however, so we caught Supernatural instead.
It's not too bad. My GOD, but the elder brother is such a PC. He casually defrauds law enforcement officers and flees custody with nary a thought that this might be a bad idea in the long run. He's completely focussed, but completely flippant at the same time. Typical PC.

Tuesday, I went to Flodge for the first time in months, then went and saw Broken flowers with Andrew ([ profile] andrewaskew). Good film. Strange.

Yesterday, I was going to go and pick up my new washing machine, but Rodney (the guy in whose ute I'll be going) was unavailable.
Same goes for today.
*twiddles thumbs*
Should be tomorrow.
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This EndWeek was the best I've had in years.
Stayed over at Rhi's, then woke up to presents in the morning. We drove over to the flat (where mum, Jenn and I had decided that we'd hold lunch, as mum's place is a mess and mine is, well, a warehouse).
This worked very well, I think. The space was comfortably sufficient for the five of us (Rhi, mum, Jenn, Russell (one of our soon to be neighbours and a family friend), the table worked well, the food was delicious, the presents were pleasing and a good time was had by all.

Everyone seemed to like the things I got for them, which makes me glad.
I received cool stuff, which I can discuss later, if I feel like it.

After lunch (by which I mean about five), Rhi and I said farewell to the others and headed up to Blaxland, to spend the evening with Rhi's dad, Alex.
Had a nice dinner (mmm, avocado and balsamic) and chatted away.
Slept well, then continued outward, past Bathurst, to Wattle Flat, to spend a few days with Rhi's grandmother, Wendy, so we could meet one another.

I like Wendy, she's very friendly, was very welcoming and seemed to approve of Rhiannon's catch. :)
While we were out there, we lazed around a lot and I helped Rhi sort through some stuff she had in storage. She's brought back about 10% of it for keeping (mostly novels she'd been missing and gardening books, as we'll soon have a garden) and 10% to sell.
We got toured around and shown off to people around the area. Saw some gorgeous small holding gardens; Wendy's friend Laurel had this awesome, grape vine-shaded table and a windmill.
We bought a chicken.

New Year's Eve, we went to Sunnyside's party. Rhi reprised her Elizabethan dress (and was braver than I, in that heat), while I went as a leper gravedigger, as I figured a one-piece brown robe was liable to be pretty comfy.
Food was excellent (itemised here), company likewise. Had a high time.

Yesterday, Rhi stayed over and we played Pandemonium (one of her presents which I acquired for her) for much of the day. It was great.
Especially since we could shelter from the FORTY-FIVE DEGREE day.

Returning Rhi home this morn, I dropped by mum's to pick up some washing, to discover that last night's high winds pulled her fence down.
So I spent the rest of the morning sawing, shovelling, hefting, propping and roping the fence back into a semblance of order.
Mum took us out for lunch in Newtown.

Current book: We did nothing
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Had my last Information Industry class tonight.
Handed in both my assignments, which I finished yesterday, for today.
Had a mock job interview, which recieved applause. Heh.

Second-last class of the year. Hurray!

One left.

In even more pleasant news, beetroot is delicious!
Cherries: Likewise. :)
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-AoA: The swastika and the spear
Played what seemed to me to be the nicest, least extreme conservative of the lot. This wasn't saying all that much, as I was mostly surrounded by rabid, hardline Nazis, but - having signed up for a Nazi game - I was slightly disappointed to have got the most moderate character.
Who was also a bisexual jew.

Felt pretty uninvolved in everything that happened, just being a bystander to things unfolding.
The atmosphere was good, though.
Saw some excellent, fervent performances.
Also some good costuming. Definitely not the spectacle of the last game, but there's only so much spectacle one can manage in conservative suit-wear, as compared to lush Elizabethan garb. :)
I was reasonably pleased with my effort. I think I cut an okay figure.

-Job interview

I think I went fine. Not really anything else to say here.

-Collection maintenance exam

Did this today, instead of the two weeks ago it was meant to be. Finished twenty minutes early, having neatly covered a copy of Kaz Cooke's Get another grip and applied appropriate labels to a video cassette case.

I've just finished my Career Path Report, for my class tomorrow. Off it goes!

Giving Julia a break, I spent last evening with Rhiannon, watching Grey's anatomy and having dinner. It was lovely.
Work and TAFE feel oddly distant these last few weeks, even my social life, to an extent.
But not my Rhiannon. She is so bright and clearly in the middle of my world.
People probably don't need to hear me gush any more, so I'll stop now. :)

All in all, I'm pretty happy.


Nov. 3rd, 2005 05:57 pm
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Just about to head into web design. Hope it will be okay.

Tuesday, I went to the cinema by myself, for the second time ever. The first time was almost ten years ago and I disliked the experience so much that I'd eschewed it ever since.
I decided - for reasons that aren't completely transparent to me - to try and berak through what seemed like an almost phobic aversion, so after learning to cover books neatly in contact (and doing a damn fine job on my copy of Archangel, if I do say so myself) I trotted up Broadway and - after a fine lunch at the Landsdowne hotel - into the 1 pm session of Serenity.
Fine film, though I found the waft of Buffy slightly too rank. Enjoyed it a whole hell of a lot, all the same.

Yesterday, Rhi and I went out to lunch with her dad. She - like last time I met him - seemed to dread it more than I thought was really necessary, given how things turned out.
Sure, he likes to talk about the fencing scene a whole lot, but still, I had a pleasant enough time.
Got to see Rhi's old house, which was cool.
I shall be indelicate and say that it made me want to break out the garden shears, but that this is hardly a negative thing, as this domestic urge warms me.
Sure do want this Rhiannon lady in my life, hoo boy. :)

And now, if you will, Mister Music! )
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It's all happening, much though my LJ may not indicate as such lately.

Started my web design module for TAFE yesterday. Relief of reliefs, we're coding in HTML, not working with FrontPage, as I'd been told.
This makes me a much happier me.

Today, I put in my job application to change from casual to permanent part-time.

Tonight, going to a BBQ at Nichi ([ profile] vonwoof) and Charlie's with Rhi ([ profile] regency_rhi).

Most exciting:
Monday, celebrated six months with Rhiannon!
Six unbelievably joyful months already.
Still seems so hard to fathom.

Spent the day watching the whole first season of Coupling, eating cake and chocolate (well, we also ate sandwiches, but who wants to hear about that?), then I went off to work.
Afterward, I collected mum ([ profile] gytha_ogg), Jenn ([ profile] astridthemighty) and Rhi, then we went out to dinner (in aid of our engagement, our six months and my Birthday).
Went to Bogart - a really very nice Italian place snuggled away on Glebe Point Road.
Octopus was tasty.
Veal was yummy.
Tiramisu was scrumptious.
Rhiannon was radiant.
After hearing of our engagement, the host was very excited and insisted on giving us shots of homebrewed limoncello. Lemon sherbets, dissolved in paint thinner, I believe. Strong stuff.
A great night.
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A lot has happened since last time I updated.

Placeholder engagement ring )

Birthday/engagement weekend away )

La boheme )

Actual engagement ring )

Helping people move )

Dan and Jo's party )

Wrought iron and catgirls )

Work, Washing and Wock n' Woll )

Tonight, I get to see Rhiannon again.
Plus: Seeing Kane ([ profile] malinari86) and Kristen ([ profile] thebluefairy) for the first time since their wedding, as they're now returned from their honeymoon.
Plus: Going to see a play ("Emergence", I believe it's called) at the Opera House Playhouse. It has my friend Nick in it.
(above are in descending order of import)

Tomorrow, TAFE class starts back up again. I have a presentation to give. Meh.

"I like to go just like the rest,
I like my sugar sweet
But jumping queues and making haste
Just ain't my cup of meat
Everyone's beneath the trees feeding pigeons on a limb
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
All the pigeons gonna run to him"
-The mighty Quinn, Manfred Mann

What a day

Sep. 24th, 2005 12:10 am
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I feel so tired. Obviously smiling so much takes it out of one.

I am the happiest Benj in recorded history.

To those of you who saw the clues and guessed: Yes, you were right.

This morning (well, sort of yesterday morning, now) I asked Rhiannon if she would marry me.

And she said yes.

More than twelve hours later, I am still so abuzz that actually going to bed is proving very hard.
But I need to, because I have work in the morning.

I want to sing it to the world!
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Talking about Kane and Kristen's wedding in a separate post, because I refuse to think it as a related event to those of later in the evening.

In short, it was beautiful.
It was a brilliant blue day.
They both looked sensational (and a fair few of the guests looked rather good too, I might add).
The ceremony felt very right for the pair, to me. Reverent without being churchy, which gets a big yay.
Music for the wedding dance was Willy de Ville's Storybook love, from The princess bride.
Food was good.
Cake was good. Gluten-free, so it had a really interesting, fudgy kind of texture. Num num num.
Great hall: Gorgeous.
Andrew, the Master of Ceremonies, was mildly amusing without endangering the tone. Spoke quite well. I'm glad they were able to wrangle him doing it.
Much good company. :)
It felt slightly odd, having a formal reception, still in the Great Hall, then an informal after-party as well. Both were thoroughly enjoyable, however. Got to see lots of people who weren't able to come to the wedding itself.
Two of my good friends so fabulously happy.
And I got all this, with my radiantly lovely lady.

My heart is warmed by it all.
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Realising it's two weeks since I last posted (and even longer since I posted something meaningful), I'm now getting around to it.

Getting mugged )
Getting things back )

Yesterday, I frittered the day away, reading The fencing master, catching up on online correspondence (my fascination with Infinite Armies grows) and making notes for a TAFE assignment. Blerg.
Went to Flodge. Saw my beloved for the fourth day in a row, which was a joy. Also saw Marc ([ profile] talecrafter), which was cool, as he leaves tomorrow.
Also Tom! ([ profile] furpants_tom)

Norton ([ profile] eganra) didn't run his game last night, so I got to spend more of the evening with my darling, which was a grand surprise. I approve of the cosmos clearing paths for me to see this amazing woman more often, it's good. :)
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My computer decided to crash and eat my enormous post. There goes 45 minutes I'm never getting back. Sigh.

So instead of the glowing prose I'd intended, I'll do a little dance!
...or just sum up )

  • Today:
    I'm feeling many a furlong better.
    So far all I've done is risen, read a bit more of Blood music, written a verbose entry, had the computer crash and thrashed this little piece together.

    But later:
    • Shopping!
    • Cleaning!
    • Work!
    • An evening with my amazing lady!
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    In non-chronological order!: )

    "I like to wear white in the Winter time
    Pay my penance before the crime
    Have my reason without the rhyme"
    -How do y'all know?, Harry Connick, Jr.
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