September 6th, 2008

Willow

Happy Election Day!

I just exercised my democratic right to vote.

I LOVE voting. Seriously. It makes me very happy. And even though I had two kinda lamearse choices in my electorate, and even though the two main parties suck and are uninspiring, unoriginal, lack mandates, forethought or ideas ... I still got my kick out of voting. Because I love the process. I love that I - as a person, as a woman, as a Jewish person, as an unmarried woman ... - can walk proudly up to the school (I love that schools masquerade as polling places) and can vote. I love it! I know not everyone on the planet has that right or is allowed to exercise that right and I know those who have gone before me have not always been allowed that right so I do it proudly and happily. And everyone is always so nice and helpful.

I just love voting.

Though I do hate the hucksters out the front with all their paper. I vote GREEN for heavensake, don't give me paper that has been bleached and dyed, will be used for 5 minutes and discarded to landfill to pollute groundwater for years to come. Grrr... that's my only gripe.

I love also that they never actually verify you at the desk - you tell em your name, they cross you off, ask you if you've voted elsewhere today and hand over the papers. It's that simple. I love also that Australians are too apathetic to be bothered to rort that system.

I love that so many people I know are out here today helping out to make sure it all goes to the letter of the book.

I love elections!
Willow

Happy Day

Ever since I quit sea rescue, weekends feel so much longer. I didn't realise just how much that was cutting into my life - in terms of time to run errands being squeezed into two Saturdays a month. It's made a big difference in terms of having more time to catch up with people, to catch up with myself and my house. Maybe it's that spring is coming but right now, I am *finally* washing my woollens - I am terrible with those. I wear them the first sign of cold weather and then never get round to washing them so I can wear them again since you can't wash wool with normal washing and I barely get time to wash the main load in a week.

This week was quite crazy and I lost my hold on my house. I was getting quite bummed about it cause I thought that meant that I really wasn't on top of things at all and that systems I had in place were only managing day to day and not really helping with getting ahead or coping with overloaded weeks. But then I slept for 9 hours last night and still managed to get up and do a quick whip around and the place was reasonably decent. So maybe it was all just surface disorganisation and I am really getting somewhere in a broader sense on the war of Me versus The House.

Last night I had dinner at kathrynlinge's with calla_s and idling. It's been such a long time since we all caught up - so long in fact that I got a birthday present! It was something fantastic that I hope to use lots now that the weather is warm and I also got the buzz of Ooh Birthday! So that was fun! Anyway. It's been a long time and it was so nice to sit there and catch up - I kept thinking how nice it was to have all the family back together again! It was the start of a regular thang which has been late in getting started but I think will be a much treasured activity from now on. Although, planeterry and exp_err were missed!

And this morning I met M for brunch at Cottesloe. Was lovely to finally catch up with her and it's such an exquisite day today. The air was so crisp and clear you could see Rottnest very clearly. And the water was so blue. We sat in a cafe and fed our souls and our stomachs. And caught up. M always gives me such great advice and motivation and inspiration. Pretty much the best way to start a day and a weekend.

My phone has been going red hot. I was delegated the task of gift buying for Dad. Which I executed well, I think. We'll see. But a few people are going to pop past tonight which is nice - not that I was worried. A good election can be enjoyed on its own as well as with loved ones (I refer to the Ruddslide). And others wanting me to text em results as they come to hand.

Done the food shop and soon I will start putting things together for that. And now I am at home in my patio sitting at my very own cafe-esque table with free wifi in the sun.

Life is good!!
Willow

Man!!!!

I just got the: go online and google it answer from editormum for my question: what recipe would you follow if you wanted to make cranberry muffins? (And my request for chocolate chips after telling her I definitely didn't need anything and 15 minutes after she's left the shops)

Duh! I can't believe I just got told to google something!! I'm always telling people to do that! lyndahawryluk, I'm thinking of you!!!
Willow

well then

That's fucked on a whole series of levels.

I have dealt with it by getting considerably drunk.

It's gonna hurt a lot tomorrow. Wonder how my pain will match the brother in laws who is at a bucks night.