6 years agoMineIsAnEvil
6 years agoMineIsAnEvil
So, it has been a while again. Life has been very busy. Sister has been in England for a while, she is loving it. I graduated my Masters a week ago, which was fun. I start work in a few weeks, which is exciting, and a bit scary, and I wish I had more holiday time. :P
We have moved house, to a fantastic place in Ballarat, which is where my new job is. More space, brand new, actually has a dishwasher. Lots of plusses. Also, we have pet friendly landlords. We don't have enough space for a dog. So instead we have adopted something else. Meet Ashe (left) and Jax (right).
Jarrad and I had a deal that if I didn't get grumpy for the week before we moved, he would consider us getting a pet rabbit. I didn't get grumpy, so was allowed to start looking. I planned on adopting one desexed boy rabbit. Didn't want one with lop ears. Which it seems to be the one type of rabbit that most of Victoria breeds / has. So that cut the options down. I had heard of a breed called Rex rabbits, which have a different coat to normal - the longer hair is short, so the coat is a lot shorter, and very fine, basically like velvet. But they seem to be fairly rare in Victoria. Even more rare in adoption places. So I wasn't expecting to get that type. Then I was looking on an adoption website, and saw a really cute rabbit at the RSPCA. And it turned out he was a desexed rex. When reading the information about him, it said he had to be rehomed with another rex rabbit, because they were bonded and in love. Another rabbit had something similar on his profile page, but sadly the rabbit he had been bonded with had been adopted, and he hadn't and I felt really really bad for him. I didn't want the same thing to happen to this one. Jarrad and I had talked about possibly getting another rabbit down the track. So I asked him about speeding that up, so these two could stay together. He agreed. So I called up about them, turns out they were still there, so I drove the two hours to go see them. Fell in love, the adoption officer agreed that we would be good owners, so I was allowed to bring them home with me. And the rest is history. They were fairly shy the first day, but since then have come out of their shells. They are friendly, come over to see what we are doing all the time. And they are very very funny, especially when they do their happy bunny dances jumping and racing around stupidly. Jarrad has absolutely fallen in love with Ashe, and is being a lot more involved (he thought they would be boring and just sit there, and was pretty much just letting me get them for myself).
They enjoy ripping up newspaper, digging at the rug we have put under their playpen/ at ripped up newspaper in a box / at grass in a bag, chewing on things they shouldn't (such as the hidey hole we got for them), running through some play tunnels we got for them, and sitting up on their back legs to see/hear what we are doing. Typical rabbit behaviours really. But luckily I knew these sort of behaviours are normal going into it. I can imagine if you weren't aware, you could get quite annoyed at these sort of things :P
They also like sitting and looking like little ducks:
See? In love. :) They love to snuggle and groom each other, and are adorable. <3
6 years agoMineIsAnEvil
So, I know it has been a long time, and I don't have time to sit down and write a whole lot.
- Life is good.
- Uni is crazy busy. 6 months left. Can. Not. Wait.
- How are you all?
Okay, now that is done. This is specifically for those of you in the UK (or, I guess, if you have ever been).
My sister is coming over for student exchange in August for about 4 months. She will be staying / studying in Chester. Archeology / Lara Croft / Indianna Jones type stuff (awesome, I know). I think her plan is to go on trips on weekends (depending on how much money she has :P). She is interested in all the old history type stuff, castles and the like (seeing as we have none of that sort of stuff here).
Anyway, a couple of things.
- What are the things that she HAS to see/do while she is over there? She is trying to write a list of must-see / must-do things so she doesn't forget.
- Would any of you be interested in possibly meeting her / going places / having her come to your area and you showing her around? If you are, I can give her some contact details or something. If not, that is okay. I don't blame you, she is fairly insane. :P
I think those were the main things. I just figured I have contacts who live over there, I may as well see what you all had to say :)
8 years agoMineIsAnEvil
So, it seems to be about the time of my six monthly update (although technically it has only been 5 months since my last one =P)... Anyway, here I go.
Going on from my last journal, I did finish my presentation and it all went well, which was nice. I got a good mark, graduated, and got to wear a silly gown, all of which went very well (I didn’t even fall over when going up/down on the stairs or anything!). I got accepted into both my PhD in the lab where I studied last year, as well as into Masters in Audiology (for people who don’t know what audiology is, it is basically the people who do hearing tests, and work with people with hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants etc).
I had a really hard time choosing between the two courses, as they would both have been awesome. Plus the PhD came with an added scholarship. But when I started reading about Audiology, I could really see myself doing that in the long term. While I really enjoyed research, and loved the hospital (and especially the people in it), I was a little concerned about the stability of jobs, and having to constantly grovel for more funding/grants. Jobs in audiology are more consistent, stable, and I like the idea of being able to help people directly, rather than being tucked away in a lab (which I love), but having results that never really get applied into the real world. Plus it lets me avoid doing animal studies (which are hard, because I love animals). So I chose the audiology course. I have been back at uni now for just over a month, and have already been on a bunch of clinical placements (including one in the very first week). So far, I am loving it. I am a bit scared because it is going back to coursework, exams and tests etc which I have NOT been missing at all. Also, the course is really intense – they need to teach us such a HUGE amount, in such a small time, it is quite intimidating. But so far, I am handling it, which is a good start. Not sure what I will be saying in a few weeks when more assignments and tests start rolling around, and I start falling behind in my revision... But at the moment, it is all going okay. =)
Now, to the more interesting part of this journal...
Last year, after I finished my course, Jarrad and I went to America for six weeks. Which was amazing. We started planning the trip at the start of the year, and saved like crazy, so we were really fortunate to be able to do everything we wanted to when we were gone.
So, over the next while, depending on how I go uploading the photos) I am going to try and get some journals up about it...
In the mean time, here is a sneak peek...
8 years agoMineIsAnEvil
My honours year is nearly over.
I just handed in my thesis. Now I just have a 15 minute presentation to do in two weeks.
Then I am finished my undergraduate life forever!
How scary and awesome. Now I have to decide what to do next...
Just thought you guys would like to know.
Also, super super excited about America. Not long to go now!
*insert squees of excitement here* XD
8 years agoMineIsAnEvil
So, I am currently writing an assignment and preparing an oral presentation. This means that most of the day, every day, I am working on my computer.
I have some music on my hard drive, but as I am bored of most of it, I end up finding music on youtube... Recently I have been listening to the Dr. Horrible songs and the popcorn song on high rotation.
I also read the staff blogs on here. Thanks to Monty, I have now become obsessed with two songs. Also, I think his dead fantasy stuff is fantastic, but that is another story.
Anyway, I just wanted to share these. Srsly. You may or may not like them, but they seem to grow on you.
Adoreable Korean girls singing... What more can you want?
9 years agoMineIsAnEvil
So so pretty! Now I just have to wait til Jarrad gets home so I can play... Why did I promise him that? =/
In other news, I've been pretty busy and doing exciting things, but haven't really had time to write. Stonesword reminded me the other day that it has been about 4 months since I last wrote a journal. In short over the past couple of months I:
~ Got the xbox back, but bought a PS3 in the meantime. We still use both pretty much every day, so it was not a waste of money =)
~ Turned 21, had a great party, got some awesome presents- drawing tablet, jewelery, books etc. I did write a big journal about this, but forgot to upload it. Oops. =P
~ Finished my degree, but am about to start my honours year (more later) so I postponed my graduation. No certificate for me just yet.
~ Had a great Christmas in Perth with some of Jarrads family, and new years in Adelaide.
~ Got my full licence. No more remembering to put those pesky P-plates up when I want to drive.
~ Start honours next week. Really looking forward to it, but also scared. BSc honours is a notoriously hard and stressful year. The lab I am going to be in is a really good one, and my supervisor is great, so hopefully she will help me get through the year successfully. =)
~ Have been playing lots of games (finished BioShock again waiting for BioShock 2, Fallout 3, Assassins Creed 2, System Shock 2, Borderlands, etc etc), watching lots of shows (Dollhouse and true blood at the moment). Sat down and watched the entirety of Firefly, then Serenity over two days... Still as good as the first time I saw them.
It took me ages to get into holiday mode, and now that I only have a week left of holidays, I don't really want to go back yet (or ever =P). I enjoy the whole relaxing, not having any deadlines or stress. But at the same time I am really excited to go into a lab and start doing real work, rather than just being at uni. My honours project is titled "the role of gut peptides in obesity related hypertension". For those of you who don't understand what this means, it is really interesting, okay? =P
~ In just over a month, I will have been married for a year. It has been a fantastic year. Being married rocks, and I am a very lucky person. =) Also, it is really nice to be at this stage of the year, and not stressing or running around crazy trying to plan a wedding like I was doing last year. And I think Jarrad really appreciates that as well. =) It was a fantastic day, and one which I will treasure the memories of forever, but boy am I glad we don't have to do it regularly. ;)
Anyway, I'm sure there have been heaps of other things happen, but these are the main ones I can think of. Besides, I want to go stare at my big, pretty bioshock box some more.
Hope everyone has been having a good time. =)
9 years agoMineIsAnEvil
Okay, so here is part two of the day, I may as well just straight into itÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ =)
As we were on our way to the chapel (everything was held on the same site, they had everything there, which was one reason we chose them) we were intercepted by one of the ladies who worked there. Turns out the CD we provided didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work in their CD player (and no one had checked before hand- we tested it in ours, and it worked fine). So I had to stand in the lobby while she found another CD, much to the amusement of a couple of people sitting in there having cups of tea. Eventually she found one, but it did mean our ceremony music wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as we chose it- one of the small hiccups of the day, but none were too bad. Just a little disappointing that I had to walk down the aisle to Ã¢â‚¬Ëœgeneric wedding musicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, rather than what we chose, which was more 'us'. Oh well, nothing we could do about it. =) Speaking of the siteÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Here are some pictures Jarrads mum took:
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have any pictures of anyone walking down the aisle. Josh had control of the camera by this stage, and he and mum walked in as part of the ceremony, so no one could be taking pictures. Once they got there, I think he just forgot for a while that he had the camera, too many other things to look at =P It is so weird walking into a room, and having so many eyes on you. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how I managed not to fall over, but I am sure I looked the demure bride, staring furiously at either the floor, or Jarrad as I walked down, not looking at anyone else. Not to mention blushing. I am not good in the centre of attention it would seem =P
Edit: I have managed to get some photos off other peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ so here we go.
And finally, the moment you have all been waiting for... A picture of Jarrad! (this was taken after the ceremony)
And he was waiting for me! That was a relief! =P Once I got up on the little stage bit next to him, I felt a bit better- I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite so much the centre of attention any more, it was shared around a bit more ;) (not to mention there had been talk of him upstaging me in numerous ways, from wearing a dress, to not being there when I got there, and parading in after me, to changing the music I was walking in toÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ many ideas got thrown around, and I was just a little relieved that none of them were used =P)
Girls looking gorgeous.
And the boys looking gorgeous also. I had no idea what the suits looked like, so I had a pleasant surprise ;) (There had been threats of pink suits, brown and gold ones, and everyone wearing dresses, so everything worked out nicely) =P
Vows (We wrote our own, and yes, we both stuffed up (Me twice! XP) but nothing major)
Rings- with Jarrad looking away as I put his on for some reason, not sure why there was that pose there =P
And now me planning our escape if zombies were to attack
Through the roof:
Or through the floor:
I never did choose which would be best, so it is just as well we werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t attacked!
We had our kiss, and then got told by the celebrant that we should do it againÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
I never realised how many of those damn forms you had to sign until now. They just kept coming!
Look, Mike and Sarah got married too! (being our witnesses)
Does has pretty and official looking paper? Yep =)
Then we walked out, and had a large group photo. While we were getting family photos taken, it started bucketing down again. The bridal party hid in a gazebo that was conveniently located where we were having photos taken. Most of the guests disappeared at this time. Luckily we had big umbrellas ready with us, so we could go in groups back into the chapel, where Jason (the photographer) took us for more photosÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Including some interesting ones (like him telling the groomsmen they had to kiss me on the cheek, only to have two of them do it, and the other two standing further away just looking bewilderedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ And another of Jarrad licking my face, then looking disgusted at the taste of the makeup, only to do it again laterÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ He will learn eventually =P) After a variety of pictures in there, the rain eased off, so we went back outside to do more family ones. We then sneaked into the reception area, to have a mock cutting of the cake.
Which you will see next instalment!
10 years agoMineIsAnEvil
So, as everyone no doubt knows, Jarrad and I have just gotten married. We thought we should share some of our day with our friends on hereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ The ones with photos will be friends only, so you guys can feel extra special ;)
THE DAY BEFORE (Friday)
I had uni for an hour in the morning (I figured it was better to go then, than try to catch up on an extra class later). So I went off to uni, while Jarrad stayed home, packing bags, and going shopping for the honeymoon. Once I finished uni, I went home, frantically ran around trying to remember everything I needed, certain I was missing thingsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Then eventually we headed off with Jarrads cousin Stevie, who was one of the groomsmen, and had stayed with us the night before. Of course we managed to hit peak hour traffic. We contemplated turning around and going back home for a while to let it settle down, but I was too excited, and wanted to get there. We made it eventually, and got our rooms- Jarrad and his groomsmen had two rooms, and myself and my bridesmaids (all my sisters) had the flat at the hotel- it had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge, and a kitchen. Very handy the next morning for getting ready in! ;)
We went out that night to tea with a large group of friends and family, many of whom were staying in the hotel with us, as they had travelled quite a way.
After tea, I said goodnight to Jarrad, and he went off with the boys, and played Nintendo 64 until all hours of the morning. I had a much quieter night, just talking, and watching spiderman 3 (not planned, my brother who also stayed with us that night turned on the tv and it was on, so he watched it). Attempted to go to sleep earlish, but instead just lay there, like it was the day before Christmas! =P Eventually I drifted off, only to be woken early the next morning by Sarah, who thought it was time to get up (at about 4 oÃ¢â‚¬â„¢clock) ><
See the next exciting instalment, in the next journal! (This one may even contain pictures! =P)
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