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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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A history of Australian fandom 1935-1963

The journals of Captain James Cook, edited by J.C. Beaglehole


Sep. 13th, 2006 04:58 pm
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I'm wrapping up my third day in my new job. Matter of fact, I'm posting from the stack, deep in the dungeons of Town Hall House.

Today was my second day out on the home library runs. Tomorrow I get my uniform.

Irritatingly, I'm not allowed to do anything involving Horizon (the library's circulation software) until I've done the official in-council training for it. So I can't do, for instance, any circulation work until then. Bah.

I've now visited Surry Hills, Waterloo and Haymarket libraries, plus the "links" at Town Hall House and Pyrmont. Only six to go!

People have been very nice. I think I'm going to like it here.
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As the subject mentions, I must rush, as I'm off to the opera.

I got a call from the library today.

I got the job.

As of Monday after next I shall be reporting as the new full-time Library Assistant (Community Living).

I'm feeling very good about myself right now. :)

PS. I wish I had an infinite number of tanks.
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It's my second day and they're already saying they'd rather keep me than have the regular guy back.

Yesterday (after I posted) water started sluicing through the ceiling, through one of the light fittings in one of the chapels, directly over the coffin space. Thankfully the remains had already been cremated so they just had a box, which they were able to put on a table in front of the curtains.
Looks like it rained so hard that it broke through the cement of the roof and into the ceiling cavity.

Today I attended a morning staff meeting and got to meet more of the cemetary team. They seem like fun people, especially Peter, the grave seller. He's a very cheerful guy. He gave us a lift back to the crematorium because it was raining so hard.

Lots of paperwork. Impressed all with my mail merging/direct faxing skillz.

Pretty good day.

Two more sleeps 'til pie day!
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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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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 man who japed wasn't really engaging my interest.
The Princess bride, however...

Work is a little dull this afternoon.
I'm looking forward to this evening.
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Happy Birthday, [ profile] malinari86!

I've had the car window replaced. They were really very good: I got out of there in an hour and it was only $155, which is about $200 less than last time this happened.

I got called in to work unexpectedly, yesterday. That was good.

Did a little more present shopping. I still have a little more to do, but not much.

Today, I've done very little of the things I'd intended.
I have finished reading Paycheck and started reading the Man who japed, though.
And ate cashews.
And done stuff online.
So it hasn't been a complete loss.

Work, then James' ([ profile] sim_james) Ghostwalk campaign in the evening.
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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.
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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
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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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    Monday, you can hold your head )

    Tuesday, Wednesday stay in bed )

    or Thursday watch the walls instead )

    it's Friday I'm in love )

    "I believe
    In the faithful and true
    And I believe in silly things
    Like everlasting love"
    -Let me die young, Taxiride
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    As it's been more than two weeks since I actually updated, I thought I'd post before I wink out of existance. :)

    More... )
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    Time for an actual update, hey what what? )
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    Previously, on ... whatever this show is )

    That's my day, as planned.
    Now, sleep.
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