January 19th, 2009



I didn't sleep very well last night. I was wired by the time I turned the lights off at 1 am and then I tossed and turned and then there was a thunderstorm and some odd dreams.

Yet I am not remotely tired this morning.

But here are my two current reasons as to why I like Facebook:

1. My sister is on it all the time and comments on all this stuff on my page that she otherwise wouldn't know or say. And she saw I was getting ready for my date last night so messaged me to see if I wanted her to come over. I acquired her spare (travelling) hair straightners which I am allowed to take with me to Brisbane. It was lovely to have someone there to chat to and have watch you change clothes five times and have opinions on the hair (she always hates how I do my hair) and you know, leave a house that wasn't quiet and unremarkable. She brought her dog - not unlike the dog in Marley and Me ... though to be fair, my sister is not unlike that too what with the spilling of her coffee on the carpet in my bedroom which was not the puppy's fault even though I guess she was trying to get pup out from under my bed where she found a discarded lip balm pot and was chewing it.

Needless to say, that's a moment in time I'm glad I had and wouldn't have without Facebook.

2. My roomate from when I worked in Israel between my two degrees found me last night!!! We got lost you see and I always wondered what happened to her. She was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in real life, born into a Muslim Arab family and was studying to be a doctor in Israel. She was a bit younger than me but had seen a lot more of the world than me at the time ... if you catch my drift, and in many different senses. Anyway, we had a most fantastic time rooming together for about 6 months and we tried to keep in touch.

Gosh I am glad she found me again! Yay Facebook!



I have a post to write but I'm not in the mood to write it right now.

I started my new job today. It felt much like the old one. Cept I have to move all my folders to another part of the network and start my own workload spreadsheet. Not sure why, given I have the same manager but at least it looks like self management ... whack it on the cv and all that.

Somehow it feels like we have made big strides in A Book of Endings since we have finally nailed down the Table of Contents which will feature 21 stories in total, including 6 new works.

And we are closer still to nailing down the New Ceres Nights Table of Contents. And details on the book launch. And have begun discussions on the artwork.

It's amazing the progress you can do when you show up and work.



So I've spent two weeks trying to drink more water and less coffee in an attempt to raise my hydration percentage on the new scales.

*Finally* today I have made inroads - I have shifted in 0.4% upwards. Seems like nothing, especially when I have to shift it *a lot* higher. But on the other hand, it's required a lot of effort to turn around my personal habits to remember and then to consume more water. I think also when you have been chronically moderately dehydrated for a long period of time, it's not something you can turn around in a week or two. (I'm also drinking to replace electrolytes etc)

It's kinda sad how I got here ... it's one of the last bastions of the OCD but it shall soon be conquered too. I look forward to not having headaches, neck aches and sometimes my kidneys hurt. And I am hoping I will think faster and more lucidly and perhaps procrastinate less - one can dream can't one?

I'm encouraged by finally shifting the percentage. But also ... I've lost weight. Yeah it turns out mostly you're thirsty and not hungry. And if you're busy filling your stomach up with water, you're not hungry. And you need to be hydrated to actually burn fat - remember my complaining how hard I was working out last year and not shifting any weight?

As usual, it's the obvious solutions that I overlook, most of the time.