Saturday, January 31, 2009

A gloat, if I may

After posting a photo of my chubby 13 year old self, I feel like I must vindicate myself. Which I did yesterday when I went through my boxes of clothes.

I still fit into my graduation dress, bought when I was 15 years old (by then I'd lost a bit of that 13 year old puppy fat!)



I still fit into my 'Felicity Shagwell' costume, bought for my 20th birthday party. Yes, you're seeing it right, it is an all-in-one playsuit thingy made out of pleathery-vinyly goodness!



I still fit into this size 8 (that's a US 4 for any internationals among us) dress



And, perhaps most proudly, I still fit into these size 8 jeans, bought at the peak of my skinnyness as a 19 year old who moved away from home not really knowing how to cook, and survived on two minute noodles, pizza, and meals cooked by others who took pity on me!



Obviously, I'm not 15, 19, or 20 anymore and perhaps the clothes fit a little differently to the way they used to (some would argue better...most probably wouldn't...) but this is a proud moment. Geez...I really need to get out more...
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Friday, January 30, 2009

Argh, too much cute!!!

He was born in Victoria last year!



I want one for my mini menagerie - no, it's not a small menagerie, it's a menagerie of miniature animals!

And look - baby sloths!!!



And finally, I saw this video on the Ellen show (yes, I'm unemployed and can watch daytime tv!)...too much cute!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My Mecca

This is gold - Katie introduced me to the wonderousness that is the Abercrombie & Fitch store in New York. A guy is paid to stand shirtless in the doorway, and all the staff are impossibly gorgeous. This improv group paid a visit...

Trash and Treasure

This is one of the treasures I found going through my childhood stuff last night - it's a badge that my Granddad painted



Told you I was chubby (look at those cheeks!!!)....meanwhile, Erin turned into a six foot supermodel...



I can't believe this photo was in the newspaper...or that I had 3 copies of it...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Trippin' down memory lane

I got a surprise call from the removalists this evening, letting me know that the boxes from Canberra will be arriving tomorrow...about 5 days earlier than expected. This spurred me into action - there were a few smaller boxes that had been sitting in a cupboard at home for a number of years, awaiting my sorting.

Wow. So many memories - many of them straight into the bin, but a lot of precious things that I'll keep forever. There were packets and packets of photos...a lot of them went in the bin too, but not after a lot of laughs. I was such a chubby chook in my early teens!!

There's still a lot of bits and pieces to go through tomorrow, with plenty of distractions (hello year 12 yearbook, and "Glamalot" script) to sidetrack me I'm sure.

As my old friend Chaz would sing in a very high pitched voice..."mehm-reeeeeees...like the corrrrrr-ners of my miiiiiiiiiiiind"

Monday, January 26, 2009

Heroes in a half shell

This "Carly for any occasion" business is really taking off (except, I'm not getting paid for it). Julie had mentioned that she really wanted to go camping, but no-one was interested in going with her...sounds like a job for a certain Carly we all know and love...

The decision was made to head north (about 5 hours) to Mon Repos, on the coast off Bundaberg, home to a 1 point something kilometre stretch of beach which attracts a large number of nesting turtles every year. Our aim - to see some baby turtles!!

We drove through 3 huge storms before reaching Bundaberg, where the rain let off considerably. This cheered us up, as the prospect of putting up the tent in the rain wasn't one we welcomed. Of course, as soon as we pulled up to our camp site, the rain started again. We got a bit wet, but the tent went up remarkably easily. And we made sure we camped in the "unsafe" area (after Mum had made the laughable comment about making sure we were in a 'safe area')...tehehe



Julie had cleverly booked us into 2 nights of turtle watching, just in case our first night was unsuccessful. Even though we had to wait a good three hours (with little entertainment and hard seats) we were super excited when they told us there were hatchlings!! Yea!!!!



They were so cute, there were about 95 of them, which the rangers put into a temporary holding pen so they could bring a couple around for us to touch. Leathery. We then formed two lines to help guide the little dudes down to the water. The ranger asked for some volunteers with small flashlights, and I eagerly volunteered my LED torch. I got to stand (mostly with children) in the middle of the lines, tunnel ball style, to provide a direct beam of light for the turtles to follow.

They crawled over my feet! Those who know me will know that my toes are the only ticklish part of my body, and they were flapping all over them. It took quite a bit of concentration to not move my feet...didn't want to trample any turtles!! It was a very special moment. After getting back to the tent around midnight (and having got up at 4am to get my flight back from Canberra) I was absolutely shattered and thought nothing short of nuclear war would wake me. All if took was one massive thunderstorm, and the constant fear that the tent was going to flood...thankfully it didn't!

No trip to Bundaberg is complete without a visit to the Bundy Rum distillery. We couldn't be bothered doing a tour, so we took a couple of photos and got the hell out of there...bogan central...



Our second night turtle watching was even more successful (we were in the first group down to the beach), 145 hatchlings!! They are so cute, and it was really interesting to talk to the ranger about how they survive and breed etc. The rangers have to allow them to make the walk (flop?) down to the ocean on their own, as they align themselves to the Earth's magnetic field, so they know where to come back to when it's time to lay their eggs...cool huh!



Unfortunately my thumb covered the turtle, but suffice to say, it was a great experience. Camping with Julz was a lot of fun, if not because we camped luxuriously - I'm talking a blow up mattress each (Julie's was even king size!), a fan, an ipod dock...much more luxurious than any other camping trip I've ever been on!! We're already planning the next camping trip...south somewhere.

Oh yeah, somehow my mobile escaped from the confines of the tent to somewhere in the camp ground. But luckily, someone handed it in and the lovely camp people are posting it down to me. So, in case you were planning on calling or texting me in the next couple of days...hold off!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Jazzy goodness

I've made it to Canberra, a trip I've been excited about for a couple of weeks now. There are a couple of reasons for this excitement - catching up with friends I haven't seen in over a year, finally sorting out my life that's been in boxes for over a year, but perhaps, most excitingly, going to Jazzercise!! It's also been over a year since I last got to a Jazzercise class, and boy had I missed it.

For those who don't know (who must only be random people to have stumbled across this blog, because everyone who knows me would have heard about Jazzercise by now!), firstly, there is no 'jazz' involved. It's an exercise class, that involves half an hour of cardio fitness (it's kind of aerobics, kind of dance) and then half an hour of muscle toning and strength work. And I love it. I was training to become a Jazzercise instructor before I left for Bangladesh, but my career put an end to my instructor dreams. Anyway...

I was a bit worried about going to Jazzercise, as it's been so long since I've done any real exercise, but I guess all the walking I did throughout my trip paid off. I did pretty well...for those in know, that means I did high intensity, high impact for the whole class. Yea me. And more importantly, I found myself smiling throughout the whole class. It was good old fashioned fun. And wonderful to see Jo and Leah (the instructors) and a host of other familiar faces again.

Jo, having kept up to speed with my adventures in Bangladesh was quick to tell me about the availability of Movenpick ice-cream at the nearby shops, so my next stop was a tub of swiss chocolate ice-cream...to make up for all those calories I'd just burnt off!!

What a fantastic day - free upgrade on the hire car, a lovely walk through the botanical gardens, jazzercise, pizza and beer, swiss chocolate...and "About a Boy" on tele...perfecto!!

Oh yeah, and Sam the cat hasn't run away in fear from me...amazing!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Do as Andre 3000 says!

I came across the Poladroid website this evening...minutes of entertainment...

The originals



Development in progress (you can even shake them if you want to)



And the finished product



Polaroidy goodness!

A Carly for any occassion

It's a funny thing, this being at home business. My friends swivel between treating me like a guest who should be pandered to and spoiled, and a piece of the furniture. I admit I prefer the latter. I'm also considered the go-to girl for anything - need someone to go to an exhibition no-one else wants to go to? Done. Need someone to go to the movies with because everyone else has seen the movie you want to? Done. Need a car companion for a late night trip to the back of beyond to see some glow worms? Done.

And that about sums up the awesome weekend I had in Briz Vegas. Poor Adam, the nerdy geek (or is it a geeky nerd?) really wanted to go to the GAME ON exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art, however no-one else was interested in going with him. Enter Carly, who thinks it's a totally rad idea, and an awesome time is had. The exhibition traces the history of computer games, from major works of infrastructure powering a weird cathode raytube looking thing (on which you played a space game - and don't pull me up on a cathode raytube looking thing, there probably actually WAS a cathode raytube in there somewhere, I was just trying to sound technical), to the X-box 3 billions that are currently out now.



And of course, there were plenty of games to play, from old school arcade Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, to a weird Japanese version of Pong (which was also there in it's original form) which involved throwing food at the opposition, to a computer set up with "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" game - the one where you enter DOS text commands.

Well, I didn't do too well (only 10 points), so after Adam and I got home, we switched on the interwebs and had another go. Between four of us, we still couldn't get very far, which is when I announced that we should get the movie out and look for tips. And what fun that was! We resolved at the next possible opportunity to try again. Julz and I went back to her place, and put on our old favourite, "Bio-Dome", a cinematic classic, and quite possibly Pauly Shore's finest work...tehehe "free Mahi Mahi", "shave poochy poochy"...

Sunday was another successful outing to the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) near the airport for Julz, Vardy and me. (Go on Steve, just try to challenge my grammar on that one...) I love a successful (cheap) shopping trip. In the afternoon (after Julz and I spent some time reaching a grand old score of 30 on HHGTTG) Julz and I went to see "Twilight", as everyone else had already seen it, and it seemed like a good way to kill a couple of hours. It was ok. The book is much better, but at least now my memory is refreshed as I just acquired the sequel to read.

To bring the weekend to a close, Julz asked me if I wanted to go and see the glow worms. The glow worms live out at Natural Arch, in the Gold Coast hinterland, and I hadn't been out there in years. So why not!! It was a bit of a hike out there, it's a good 30-odd minute drive from the highway, and then a nice trek by flashlight down to the cave where they live, past group after group of Asian tourists. The glow worms aren't numbering as highly as they used to, which is sad...

Now, you have to look quite closely, perhaps try squinting and tilting your head to the side a bit, but there are in fact glow worms in the photo...



No flash photography was used and therefore no glow worms were harmed in the making of this photo...

Awesome weekend.

Anyone else need a Carly to do something with??

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A visual representation



Where I've Been




Svalbard
Spain
United States of America
Antarctica
South Georgia
Falkland Islands

Bolivia
Peru
Ecuador
Colombia
Venezuela
Guyana
Suriname
French Guiana
Brazil
Paraguay
Uruguay
Argentina
Chile
Greenland
Canada
United States of America
United States of America

Israel
Jordan
Cyprus
Qatar
United Arab Emirates
Oman
Yemen
Saudia Arabia
Iraq
Afghanistan
Turkmenistan
Iran
Syria
Singapore
China
Mongolia
Papua New Guinea

Brunei
Indonesia

Malaysia
Malaysia
Tiawan
Philippines
Vietnam
Cambodia
Laos
Thailand
Burma
Bangladesh
Sri Lanka
India
Bhutan
Nepal

Pakistan
Afghanistan
Turkmenistan
Tajikistan
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan
Japan
North Korea
South Korea
Russia
Kazakhstan
Russia
Montenegro
Portugal
Azerbaijan
Armenia
Georgia

Ukraine
Moldova
Belarus
Romania
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Serbia
Bosonia & Herzegovina
Turkey
Greece
Albania
Croatia
Hungary
Slovakia
Slovenia
Malta
Spain

Portugal
Spain
France
Italy
Italy
Austria
Switzerland
Belgium
France
Ireland
United Kingdom
Norway
Sweden
Finland
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania

Russia
Poland
Czech Republic
Germany
Denmark
The Netherlands
Iceland
El Salvador
Guatemala
Panama
Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Honduras
Belize
Mexico
Trinidad & Tobago
Puerto Rico

Dominican Republic
Haiti
Jamaica
The Bahamas
Cuba
Vanuatu

Australia
Solomon Islands
Fiji
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Djibouti
Somalia
Kenya

Uganda
Tanzania
Rwanda
Burundi
Madagascar
Namibia
Botswana
South Africa
Lesotho
Swaziland
Zimbabwe
Mozambique
Malawi
Zambia
Angola
Democratic Repbulic of Congo
Republic of Congo

Gabon
Equatorial Guinea
Central African Republic
Cameroon
Nigeria

Togo
Ghana
Burkina Fassu
Cote d'Ivoire
Liberia
Sierra Leone
Guinea
Guinea Bissau
The Gambia
Senegal
Mali

Mauritania
Niger
Western Sahara
Sudan
Chad
Egypt
Libya
Tunisia
Morocco
Algeria




Map Legend: 9%, 24 of 263 Territories

I've been here



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Friday, January 9, 2009

Bye Bye Em

Em's off to work in Burma for 6 months...



I thought give Emma some sage advice by transcribing a haiku poem I wrote when I was about 10 years old, for a school project I did on Burma (we must have just learnt about haiku poems, as this is the only explanation for a Japanese poem in a project on Burma):

Burma Myanmar
Is exactly the same place
So don't be confused

Sage advice indeed!!

OMG

Grandma Svensto just ran into Albert Einstein!!!

An absolute gem

I was browsing through one of my favourite sites The Daily Coyote the other day, when I found a link to the author's grandmother's blog, Svensto. It's absolutely brilliant. I've just started reading from the start, and have probably only read about 10 posts, but she writes so well. She was a Swedish immigrant to the States in the 1930s and just writes stories about things that happened throughout her life, like the boat trip to New York, on which she met Greta Garbo.

Check out Grandma Svensto here

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Colour fuller

Hmmmm, after spending quite some time selecting the perfect tones to complement my lovely non-offensive green background, I opened up my blog on my Dad's mega huge computer screen. It was bright green. And quite offensive.

Is anyone else's screen colour way way better than mine, causing a lovely pale green to shop up offensively bright green? I.e. should I be changing the colour??

Come on, I'm unemployed now, it's not like I have anything better to do...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Gone in 60 seconds

Never doubt the power of the interwebs to deliver a few minutes of father-daughter bonding time...

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

1 Coffee Mug
4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) some nuts (optional) Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well . Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high.

The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to share!)

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

And it only takes a minute to eat!!