Tuesday, October 31, 2006
What I've got on my plate right now...
  1. Stupid idiot students who put up pictures of themselves in uniform trashing the school on the internet. They put their full names and some actually have their addresses. Then they give me crap when I tell them to take that bull off or they will be expelled (as per the message from the principal).
  2. Today is TFG's birthday!!! Seeing as I have been celebrating it since saturday I'm a little 'YAY for TFG''d out. It has been hard for him since he doesn't have very many friends here so send him some birthday wishes that would be sweet.
  3. I'm leaving Australia in 2 weeks.
  4. Writing this post has made me 20 minutes late for work but I don't really care.
  5. I had my review from my school and she could hardly say anything to me because all the other teachers kept coming up to her to talk about how fabulous I am. No pressure.
  6. I still don't have a placement in Canada so I don't know where I will be living/ when I need to move in (each school would need me to start at a different time).
  7. No one here cares about halloween. Probably because it's bloody hot and beautiful out.
  8. I should probably go to work.

Saturday, October 28, 2006
I'm still floating...
In an attempt to make every weekend before I leave (2.5 weeks and counting) TFG and I went to Byron Bay and stayed here
TFG did some diving and saw sharks, turtles and rays while I was lazy reading my book by the pool. To top off out luxury weekend, I treated TFG to a half day at a spa (for his birthday). We went all out and had the "Romantic Celebration"

Allow us to create a truly romantic time for you and your partner with this exquisite package. A complete body exfoliation using a mixture of exotic herbs and spices,
followed by a tranquil soak in a scented bath. A relaxing Swedish Massage with an intoxicating blend of essential oils continues this sensual indulgence.
To conclude this divine package, relax on the Balinese day bed with a glass of champagne and a glorious fruit platter.
To top it all off we had a 2 foot long lizard come in (he was attracted to the heated hardwood floors) and we decided to share some kiwi with him.

"I love Australia note of the day"

When I first got here it as snowing these beautiful flowers called "frangipani"(I know I've mentioned them before)

Last week they started blooming here and I found my first one on the ground.

If only I could plant a Frangipani tree in my backyard in Canada, I would be a happy girl.

Thursday, October 26, 2006
Well then...
Yesterday the country was all a flutter with talk of Australia's most influencial Muslim leader and his comments that women who go out "uncovered" are like uncovered meat, and you can't blame a cat for coming around and eating. He was refering to the "awful" sentence of 65 years for Muslim boys that gang raped a woman in Sydney.
I was somewhat hesitant to get outraged over this because all I could think of were the Pope's comments and the reaction that incited.
But then I read a transcript and there doesn't seem to be a way to get around the fact that he is blaming the women for the gang rape:

Satan sees women as half his soldiers. You're my messenger to achieve my needs. Satan tells women you're my weapon to bring down any stubborn man. There are men that I fail with. But you're the best of my weapons.

"The woman was behind Satan playing a role when she disobeyed God and went out all dolled up and unveiled and made of herself palatable food that rakes and perverts would race for. She was the reason behind this sin taking place.

Personally I think this whole thing is offensive to men and women. The last time I checked men are capable of rational thought and aren't incited into acts of violence because a woman flashed some ankle.

That's all for now, off to work.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
While my mother is counting down the days until my return (I get emails every other day letting me know just how many days I have left) I am not so happy. As much as I LOVE getting to move around, uproot my life and reformat it like TFG's shitty computer (feel the sarcasm) I forgot that one thing that is even worse then packing up and leaving is having to go back. There are people that I will be leaving here who (as I found out over the weekend) will be immensely sad when I depart.
TFG and I have made a little life for ourselves, our people at the bank know our name, our grocer knows us, the guy at the movie store doesn't ask for our PIN and we are just generally cozy. It's like "west end" Brisbane is our own crazy little town from "Gilmore Girls".

So why should you care about all of this? Good question.
With my leaving in 22 days, I have been spending as little time as possible in front of the computer and as much time as I can enjoying my last summer in Brisbane (for a while anyway).

I've decided to start a list of things I love about Australia and it will continue to grow long after I leave and start missing it...

  • I love that I know what "Hotter then a Gold Coast Meter Maid" means.
  • I love that most aussies I know are aware that vegemite is the shit they scrape off a beer barrel (the stuff they can't put in the beer) and they still spread it on toast.
  • Ilove that I lived in "Brizney Land" aka "Bris-vegas" aka Brisbane and I didn't know that until I went to Melbourne.
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE Passion fruit

Saturday, October 21, 2006
So Sue Me
I'm bored and wanted to post, but I just put up that brilliant post on baseball curses and the evil that is Bill Buckner, so I thought I would come over here. It seems as though our dear Miss Knit has been a busy little bee lately, so surely she won't mind if I put a little sumthin' sumthin' up on her special area. By which I mean blog. Come on people, try and keep those thoughts pure for, like, 5 minutes.

Entendre aside, in 2004 Kansas voted for George Bush by a 2 to 1 margin. It's not a surprise really, Kansas has been a Republican state for a long long time. I didn't vote, because voting is stupid. (just kidding, calm down) But recently a strange trend has started to occur, despite what everyone sees on the news, our idiot Board of Education banning the theory of evolution, Fred Phelps picketing the funerals of dead soldiers blaming homosexuals for their deaths and what not, Kansas is becoming more and more moderate as time goes by. We elected Kathleen Sebelius, a democrat, governor in 2003 and more recently we had 9 state representatives change their party affiliation from republican to democrat.

Mark Parkinson was the former chairman of the Kansas Repuclican Party and he switched his party affiliation to run for lieutenant governor alongside Sebelius and was recently quoted in the Wichita Eagle as saying "I reached a breaking point, I want to work on relevant issues and not on a lot of things that don't matter." Parkinson favors stem cell research, evolution in the schools and a woman's right to choose.

Unfortunately we're not quite over the hump yet. Not with people like Phill Kline on the loose. Kline is a staunch supporter of Creationism in schools, he has fought to publicize the names of women who have had abortions, regardless of the circumstances and most recently was found to be soliciting churches in the Wichita area to support him and raise money via their clergy, which is a direct violation of Section 501(c)(3) of the US Tax Code. These churches stand to lose their Tax Exempt status by violating the IRS Regulation the prohibits churches from supporting any political candidate. Incidentally, Kline is our incumbent Attorney General. I know, right?

Kline is neck and neck with Paul Morrison, one of our new democrats, who swiched sides in attempt to oust the terrifying Kline.

The political landscape in Kansas is not quite as bad as the national news portrays us, but it's still unfavorable if you are gay, a woman, a minority or any combination of those. However, with Gov. Sebelius, Howard Dean and a slew of new democrat's help we're slowly getting better.

This message paid for by Citizens For Recreational Lesbianism.

Gotta end it classy.

Thursday, October 19, 2006
Go forth!
Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
Go right now and wish Tits McGee the Birthday wishes she deserves.

Need reminding about why Tits rules? Check out my ode

Monday, October 16, 2006
Why My Weekend Rocked.
Seeing as my last post apparently made me sound like Helen Lovejoy, I thought I would tell you about my fabulous weekend.

It all started on Friday when I got to go to bed at 8 pm. Being a student teacher, especially on the first week is stressful and tiring, so getting to sleep from 8pm until 9 am was fantastic.
On Saturday morning TFG and I went to the best fresh produce market EVER! Here are just some of the fabulous things we bought:
We had such a lovely time at the market we decided to be super lazy and read by the pool followed by a "nap". We woke up just in time to have friends over for my latest experiment of polenta with fresh prawns, sun-dried tomatoes, locally grown olives and a variety of other lovely things.

There was many a round of mojitos (because we had fresh mint) and our favourite card game, WIZARD!!!

We made it to bed around midnight and had a fantastic sleep since it was a cooler night. On Sunday we had a nice breakfast followed by another "nap" then off to our local coffee shop called "The Three Monkeys".
It is most certainly the "most atmospheric cafe in Brisbane" and I love it for the massive-fuck-off coffee.
there was a great picture of me sipping it but there was massive amounts of cleavage and while I am the kinda girl that shows off her tata's at the coffee shop, I would rather not have them broadcast on the Internet.
Anyways, back to the massive coffee, I mean it comes in a bowl!!!
After coffee we buzzed back home, did laundry (god I love clean sheets) and I made another fantastic dinner. It all started with a mango-capsicum salsa,

Then a curried couscous with raisins, shredded carrot, chopped nuts and other lovely, tasty things.... Brought together with a delicious Mahi-Mahi steak and a DVD of "Whale Rider"
I was beyond glad to have one of my last weekends in Australia (I go home Nov. 15th) be so fantastic, but now its back to the daily grind of teaching in an all-girls catholic school, more on that later!

Thursday, October 12, 2006
The Pros-ti-tots are at it again
While it seems like a natural progression (encouraging young girls to dress like whore to providing them a quick means to act like ones) it still sickens me.

What's worse? That the store I got this image from is sold out of them? Or that it says on the box "suitable for ages 6 and up"?

ick ick ick...

Monday, October 09, 2006
Ya don't say?
Posh Spice felt the need to share how awful she looks naked.

I'm inclined to believe her.

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