Saturday, January 24, 2015

No, I haven't died...although some may be forgiven for thinking so. I haven't posted here for years...the reason, or rather reasons, is a story - a very long story - for another day. 

Suffice to say that life has a tendency to get in the way of mortals' the point of derailing them completely.  But as I said, that story is a novella on it's own and will take some pulling of threads, sorting of strands and weaving together before it's ready to be told.

There are many eloquent writers in the blogosphere who are able to masterfully string words together in brilliant literary style...I am not one of them, so I won't be pretentious enough to even begin to emulate them.

Until the aforementioned little 'trifle' is ready to be published, if ever.....I present, for your amusement (hopefully) this silly little autobiographical piece....just remember it is written whilst in that state of not-quite-sane sleep deprivation which turns even the most sensible person a little whacky and other words, please don't judge it too harshly.

- oOo -

The Story of the (Almost) Worst-Three-Night’s Sleep and the Saga of the Eight Legged Dread

She remembered just how beautiful and luxurious sleep was after just two nights of crap sleep…actually, she realised it after the first but didn’t think much of it because there was always the thought that that night, without the summer heat (even though it was still only Spring), she could sink into a deep, uninterrupted, blissful, billowy, or was that pillowy…hmmm doesn't the mind do strange things….billowy sleep…and catch up on the sleepless, sweaty, sheet entangled joke-of-a-night’s-sleep that was Sunday’s.

 Of course that scenario didn’t happen…bloody mind…all day…wondering what to do with her shawl project…like a dog with a bone…a terrier…a bulldog…the sort that when it’s jaws are fastened on something, it won’t let go…even when you throw a bucket of water over it or threaten it with a rolled up newspaper…and on into Monday night…the same question…Bloody Mind: ”what shall we do with the shawl?”...Her: “You’ve gotta be kidding me…you’re gonna do this AGAIN…NOW…at 3 bloody a.m? For fuck’s sake!” …Bloody Mind: “Never mind that now – here’s what I think…”[and on it went - idea after idea...and she had to admit some of them were pretty damn good…although…maybe anything would look good at that time of the morning]. 

So….Tuesday was kind of fuzzy and trippy…and yes she did work out what she would do with this panel of the shawl…to her satisfaction…or at least satisfaction at the time, which may not be saying much since she was so tired…she felt she would be forever thankful that that was sorted…she might get some sleep after all…third time lucky and all that…

Huh! When did the world ever work like that?

The Man had been out with clients all day and had gone on to an evening training course…so with The Boy asleep…she shut the cat in the laundry and got ready for bed. Everything was gloriously quiet…it was time to lock the doors and leave sufficient lighting for The Man to safely navigate his way through the house. Bloody mind…tired mind…human mind…all the crises in the world and it goes for…”hmmm which light should I leave on?...not living room [click]…dining room? [click]…not dining room [click]…living room [click]…betttt….AAAAAAAAAAARGGH…shit, shit, shit…[mental, in all senses of the word, sirens going off] Spider on the floor! SPIDER ON THE FLOOR!...that’s the biggest effing spider I’ve seen….bloody hell it takes up half the room”…well, not really….but she still thought it was pretty big. The Heroic Spider Rescuer wasn’t home so she resorted to primal instinct…she retreated to the kitchen to retrieve her weapon of choice -the MegaAwesomeAnybug-That-Moves-FastSquisher a.k.a. the fly swatter…would it work on such a ginormous arachnid?...would the beast still be there when she got back? was…but …[WHACK] in keeping a safe distance, which was still incredibly-too-close-for-comfort, of course her reach fell well short…lucky spider! [said ginormous arachnid scuttled beneath the armchair]….Oh hell!…She calculated the distance from the chair to the wall and decided the proximity of one to other excluded a peek around the back to see if the monster had mounted the wall….shaking, heart in mouth, she got to the floor and peered under the chair…determining that it was too dark to see, it was time to get out her weapon of second choice, the UltraExpensiveNothing’sGonnaEscapeThisSuperSuckingDevice, which she was sure took sadistic pleasure in becoming extra scarily loud in suspense filled moments like these….mwahahahahaha it roared. With near-mortal-terror she got down on the floor and pushed the nozzle under the chair, all the while being hyper vigilant for the slightest movement that would indicate the monster had evaded death and was taking an obliquely angled escape in her direction. She knew she hadn’t succeeded…the thing was so big it was bound to have rattled along the tubing if she had…Damn it!…There was nothing for it…she’d have to wait for the return of The Spider Rescuer…she sent frantic psychic messages to the spider – please stay in the living room, please don’t suddenly decide you need to come to my bedroom…and sent even more frantic messages to The Rescuer - please HURRY UP!!!!

So much for an early night…she sat on her bed with the lights out, put her ear buds in and chose her 'Let’s Meditate to Om' Ipod playlist (yes, it really was called that)…yeah, well, that wasn’t going to work with all that adrenaline still charging through her system….finally, she heard The Rescuer’s car pull up in the driveway. She flew downstairs…well, not really 'flew' coz she had to stop and turn on the light and scan the wall and stairs in case the spider-from-hell had not heeded her pleas to stay put…she nevertheless flew in a not-very-fast way to greet The Gallant Rescuer and beg that he undertake the dangerous and harrowing quest to drive out the Eight Legged Dread from the castle…after many long seconds-that-felt-like-hours and with weary steps (he’d had a long day) he finally reached the living room…lifted the armchair away and revealed The Dread’s actually-quite-beautiful form (which is a well known and extremely disconcerting quality of otherwise terrifying monstrous monsters).....clinging to the wall, thinking itself safe in the shade of the vast leather monolith. Having completed his reconnaissance, The Gallant Rescuer returned to the armory and selected his unbelievably-reckless-and-out-of-her-league weapon.....


...Oh Brave and Noble Rescuer! 

Together they advanced to the living room.....having reached the battle field…oblivious to her distress, The Rescuer related an annoyingly relaxed and if-it-had-been-any-other-time-it-would-be-funny tale of his adventures of the day. Trying not encourage him by responding much to his story, she kept flicking her eyes to her nemesis on the wall in the vain hope that her Rescuer might get the message and hasten in his quest. Aggravatingly slowly he finished his tale and then…with an anticlimactic, quick pounce-and-slide, captured The Mighty and Terrible Dread.

Complying with her pleas to do so, The Rescuer braved the balmy night and released the poor thing back onto the wild black plains of ...The Road…well away from the castle and motorised chariots. completed…one more task and she could level-up to A good night’s sleep. She settled in front of the tv with The Man and watched with glazed eyes until she decided the adrenaline had sufficiently left her body…bed, at last.

Dear reader, you may think that this ends our tale. Alas, no…not quite....

In the quirky laws of this world and despite the administration of melatonin, which was supposed to secure a restful sleep for The Boy…at 3 bloody a.m. (because that is its correct term) she was woken by the familiar but unwelcome thud and muttering of The Sleepless Boy...Oh no, not tonight!

If you've ever stayed in her house, you'd know that The Boy owns a special clock...not only does it tell the time, it also has a face display that indicates clearly whether it is sleep time....or time to get up - which is definitely not 3 bloody a.m...which is why, knowing he should be sleeping and having noisily opened his bedroom door, he quickly closed it again - just as noisily.

She lay there hoping, but not really believing, that he would just go back to such luck of course...again The Boy opened his door and again he shut it. She went into his room to investigate the problem...Her: "Are you okay? What's the matter?" TSB: "My eyes are stuck together"...oh great, conjunctivitis...Her (peering closely): "No, they are fine. TSB (with eyes open): I can't open them! Her: Sweetie, your eyes are open, I can see they are open. Put a bit of water on a tissue and wipe them, they'll be fine." TSB: "Okay." Eyes duly wiped, she kissed him goodnight and invited him to try sleeping. After spending several minutes reassuring him that his eyes were indeed open and that they were perfectly alright she backed out of the room, wondering which Gods she had offended...please let The Boy go back to sleep.

Could a bed ever feel as comfortable as the one she now lay on? Sleep finally came but not nearly enough of it...6am and The Boy bounced out of bed...*sigh*

Ah well, perhaps tonight.

- oOo -

P.S. I went looking through Google images with search parameters "sleep deprivation" and came across this....

I can't make up my mind...someone sick and twisted is taunting me?....I'm doing it wrong?....someone has never been sleep deprived?....this is an illustration of the antonym? ...whichever way....aaaaargghhhh.



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

They call it intensive for a reason

Phew! Back from the Latin Intensive School (formerly called residential school)..... 9am -5pm  Latin for 3 days. 

Our lecturer supports the immersion method of language acquisition so all our text and a great deal of the teaching was in Latin. And of course we had to answer as much as we could in Latin - OMG!!! I must say though, I had a ball. I much prefer Latin over Linguistics or English so far.

What an interesting weekend..... 

Accommodation wouldn't have been a problem if I'd been going alone; I could have just stayed in one of the colleges but...... Huon is going through an anxious phase (he's afraid to be on his own and afraid that either Ian or myself won't come home) so we all drove up together very early Friday morning.

Apparently it was an auspicious date for holding events as, in addition to the Intensive, there was a music in the vineyard style concert which meant that every motel room and stable had been booked since December on the Saturday night. We were able to find a room Friday but had to head 40km out of town to find a room Saturday night. The motel on Friday night was close to the main road through town so not only did we have the local hoons squealing tyres and revving engines we also had lorries going past. Tired doesn't come close to how I felt for Saturday's class. 

You couldn't have swung a cat in the second motel room and quite unintentionally, I'm sure, it was back in vogue, being seriously vintage....including the bed. So, feeling as if I was living in some slightly out of phase reality I made it back for day 3. I was so tired at this point that I cared not a jot whether I made an ass of myself so I actually did better than previous days.

On arriving home, Sunday night, I all but passed out fully clothed on my beautiful, glorious, ever-so snuggly bed.

Today I nearly feel normal (whatever that is).

Monday, March 5, 2012

Deer in the headlights

I knew that uni was going to be a lot of work but....holy shit! I'm doing a 75% load and that still requires 45 hours a week. That's 9 hours a day if I only work 5 days or 7.something if I spread it over 6.  Jeeeeezus I'm glad I didn't sign up for the 4 unit trimester gig.

Studying by distance does have it's advantages but if I had a choice I think I'd rather be an on-campus student. We have forums where we can post questions or discuss the subjects and all the lecturers except one are really good at checking in at least once a day but I think it's a poor substitute for face to face input.

There appears to be a problem with our Classical Languages dept. or rather someone in the uni has caused a problem for them. I have no idea of the politics or whatever but our poor lecturer is having to teaching all the Greek and now the Latin stream as well. Why the uni wouldn't allow the prof that was going to take Latin to do so is anyone's guess.

When I'm not feeling like a deer in the headlights, I am really enjoying getting stuck in and ****brag alert**** we had the first of four Linguistic quizzes today.......results 23.75 out of 24. Only worth 10% but it's a start.

It's all go, next up is res school for Latin  - which should be loads of fun (and I'm not being sarcastic).

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

My very good friend and belly dance teacher Jade has awarded me the Liebster Blog award. Wow! My poor blog is such a starved and neglected little thing, I never thought anyone would think of awarding it (or is that affording it) more than a passing glance.

The conditions of receiving this award are that I mention Jade , that I leave her a comment and that I award 5 other blogs with less than 200 followers. 

So (drumroll please) here they are:

  • Cotswold Peeps (gorgeous photos of the Cotswolds that make me homesick for England)
  • Expvlsion of the Blatant Beast (although this blog is by invitation only and I'm not sure how its author will feel about accepting it. I feel it may be just a little too cheesy. I'm sure I'll be told. :) )
It's a shame that I can't nominate Notes from the Fae Side or Moonlight and Hares but they have too many followers to be eligible.

Thank you Jade.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Life as a Student

Well, the first steps have been taken. The excitement on receiving a letter of offer in response to my admission application has worn off. The enrollment is done and I am now officially a student. Books have been ordered - I just hope they arrive before teaching starts. Now I am just nerves, nerves and more nerves.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012, here I come

Couldn't resist this image

Happy New Year! If I can still be saying that at this late stage of January. Let us hope that 2012 will shine as an outstandingly good and happy year for us all.

Those that are in the business of prophesy, scrying, card reading etc have promised a year of great changes. Well, the year has certainly started that way for me. I have made a decision that, had you told me a month ago, I would have thought you mad.

Having been disappointed in my attempts to gain even an interview let alone employment (despite what I think is a very good resume), I have decided (cue drum roll) to go to uni. I understand from the media that I am not alone in changing careers at this seemingly late stage. I'm hoping to enroll in a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching course but am yet to hear whether my application for admission has been accepted. I should know by Friday - fingers crossed.

OMG! A fortnight of trawling the internet, of hair tearing and gnashing of teeth over poorly designed websites and worrying over my application and all I end up with is one tiny paragraph. *sigh*  The bureaucratic hoops that have to be jumped through are enough to put all but the most fervent future student off study forever and I admit that the Centrelink application form for Austudy was sufficient to bring me to tears. I dare say that it won't be the last time either.

"Why be happy when you can be normal?"

There's a book I want to buy. It's author is Jeanette Winterson and I've borrowed its title for this post. Despite the recommendations made by friends, I have never read any of her work......that is until today. An edited extract appeared  in the magazine section of today's paper and it was this question that struck a chord. Except that I would (and have) asked it the other way around "Why be normal when you can be happy?"

 It was this question that had me leave the corporate world and Sydney and move to a little town in regional NSW where no-one looks askance at hippies, ferals or any other non-normal person. Art and music proliferate and there is a grass roots movement to a more positive, sustainable, community centred approach to life. Yes, it's all very idealistic and the competition for who has the biggest income/superannuation fund/house etc has been replaced with who has the most sustainable lifestyle, who buys the most organic and how big your permaculture vegie patch is and whether you have your own chooks*.......(sigh) Nevertheless, I am happier here than I ever was in the city, wearing the corporate uniform and playing the role (which I think I did quite well) while in my quiet moments I felt lonely, out of place and living a lie. I wanted to grow my hair long and let it knot into dreads (not that I did), I wanted to wear tie-dye dresses and leave my face devoid of make-up, throw my basic black courts in the bin and run barefoot and wild along beaches and take dips in almost pristine creeks and feel that I had found my "tribe". To an extent I have succeeded. 

So it saddened me the other day when I went shopping for an interview outfit to find, despite my stated intent to buy bright and colourful clothes that could pass for appropriate office wear, myself back in the corporate uniform and immediately feeling the heaviness and dread from memories of that earlier time.

Colourful is, I suppose, another word that could be used to describe this town - most of the time. As a result of visioning workshops run by Transition Bellingen we now have a new festival. One to celebrate the river that runs through our town. It was held last Saturday, a perfect Spring day. There were canoe races, entertainers, musicians, storytellers, interactive circus for the children and in the evening there was a loy krathong ceremony (which, unfortunately, we missed) and lantern parade led by carnivale style drummers and dancers.  We had a great day and I for one hope they hold it again next year

(This post was meant to be put up in October 2011)

*Chickens, for those not up with Aussie slang. Googs are what they lay, (Don't ask, I have no idea.)