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It's that time of the year again, Great Amazing Race Pursuit (or whatever they're calling it this year, I forget.). [livejournal.com profile] kirstenfleur was unfortunately (for me, not for her) overseas at a wedding, so I teamed up with [livejournal.com profile] astrocave to form "Hadron's Weasels". The team name came from this incident of course where weasels managed to short circuit the LHC by chewing wires. I thought this was hilarious. Still do.
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Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] kirstenfleur and I competed in another mini-Amazing Race Pursuit. There was a bit of a kerfuffle starting the day before when we belated realised that the plans we had made were not in fact going to work - doing these races has become increasingly complicated as our children start participating in Saturday activities!! Fortunately Dean and [livejournal.com profile] kirstenfleur's sister-in-law were able to help out and so we headed off, leaving two children with Dean at home and one child with the sister-in-law at jazz ballet. We made good time into the city, especially considering there was football on, and arrived at our start/finish point at Federation Square roughly half an hour early.
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So a couple of weeks ago [livejournal.com profile] kirstenfleur and I met up to run as "Mum's Day Out" again in The Great Amazing Race.Read more... )
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So I went to see 50 Shades of Grey. Don't judge me. )
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After our very sucessful mini-race I somewhat ambitiously entered [livejournal.com profile] kirstenfleur and myself into the competitive category of this year's Great Amazing Race. The idea was that we had months to train. Naturally we didn't. This was due to a number of things, including both of us managing to injure our knees at different times, children, life and general disorganisedness. I did think about changing our category after my knee injury, but decided, what the heck, let's just go for it. So we did.
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Out of the blue I got an e-mail from Amanda, the personal trainer, asking me if I'd seen the Scoupon Amazing Race offer. No, I hadn't, yes, I was interested. It was a promotion for a mini-Amazing Race event being run by the same company but sold entirely through Scoupon and another similar company. Instead of 6 hours it would be 4 and they were running 6 of them on different dates. I promptly bought tickets and e-mailed [livejournal.com profile] kirstenfleur to ask if she wanted to come and partner me and ask which dates suited her. She did, and we settled on the 17th May as being free for both of us.
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I really like The Amazing Race.Read more... )
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So way, way back in 2010 [livejournal.com profile] kirstenfleur and I competed in The Great Amazing Race around Melbourne. Read more... )
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Oh Canada! First time since... the Family Edition (TAR 8) actually I think that any version of the race has had a leg in Canada.
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Oh Canada! First time since... the Family Edition (TAR 8) actually I think that any version of the race has had a leg in Canada.
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I haven't read any of "50 Shades of Grey", nor do I plan to. Up till now the most I'd read was the synopsis in the Sunday Herald-Sun, which made me laugh. That writer didn't like the book at all - but nowhere near as much as this writer, who absolutely hates them, not least because she is active in the BDSM scene. The books are allegedly set in that scene. Allegedly. She started tearing them to shreds here, in a totally not-safe-for-work-or-children way. Also a totally hilarious way. So far my favourite quote is:

"He palms my clitoris" What, like a basketball? How big is your clitoris, Ana?

Yes I admit this made me laugh out loud.

Another site that's had me laughing out loud is Sleep Talkin' Man, which is a collection of recordings of one man's nocturnal sayings. Recorded and published by his wife. I have no idea why his dream life is so vivid but it is frequently hilarious (and again NSFW or children.)

Some random quotes:

"It's NOT a fat ass. I suffer from Hippo-bottom-mass. You should feel sorry for me."

"Okay, Jesus, if you are the son of God, wave your hands in the air... Ha ha. Didn't think so."

"Okay: On three, I'm gonna change into a dinosaur. One… Two… MEOW. Oh fucking cat! Always cats."
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I haven't read any of "50 Shades of Grey", nor do I plan to. Up till now the most I'd read was the synopsis in the Sunday Herald-Sun, which made me laugh. That writer didn't like the book at all - but nowhere near as much as this writer, who absolutely hates them, not least because she is active in the BDSM scene. The books are allegedly set in that scene. Allegedly. She started tearing them to shreds here, in a totally not-safe-for-work-or-children way. Also a totally hilarious way. So far my favourite quote is:

"He palms my clitoris" What, like a basketball? How big is your clitoris, Ana?

Yes I admit this made me laugh out loud.

Another site that's had me laughing out loud is Sleep Talkin' Man, which is a collection of recordings of one man's nocturnal sayings. Recorded and published by his wife. I have no idea why his dream life is so vivid but it is frequently hilarious (and again NSFW or children.)

Some random quotes:

"It's NOT a fat ass. I suffer from Hippo-bottom-mass. You should feel sorry for me."

"Okay, Jesus, if you are the son of God, wave your hands in the air... Ha ha. Didn't think so."

"Okay: On three, I'm gonna change into a dinosaur. One… Two… MEOW. Oh fucking cat! Always cats."
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TAR standings updates:
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Amazing Race Australia season 2 is on. Some impressions behind the cut: )
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Amazing Race Australia season 2 is on. Some impressions behind the cut: )

Quake!

Jun. 21st, 2012 12:05 am
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There was an earthquake in Melbourne last night. This was the first time that I've experienced an earthquake and realised that that was what was happening while it was still going on. Mind you it took us a couple of goes - initially we thought it was high winds (sound wasn't quite right), then we wondered if it was an explosion at the local barracks (too long and no sound), and then the rippling floorboards and shaking couch finally clued us in. Then we spent the next 30 seconds looking nervously at the cracks in the plaster on the wall and wondering if we should go outside (neither of us had shoes on, so we would have had to grab them too).

Then, just as suddenly as it had started, it all stopped again. No damage here, nothing even fell down. Weird.

We don't get many earthquakes in Melbourne, obviously.

The actual earthquake listing is here - the epicentre was down in Gippsland, so it's quite a surprise how far across Melbourne it was felt, and as far north as Tocumwal.

What amused me the most was that facebook and twitter immediately lit up with people asking if that was an earthquake - most Melburnians are like me, we've no idea what it's supposed to feel like! - and the local government website which monitors earthquakes promptly crashed as we all tried to access it at once to find out what was happening, where the epicentre was and whether St Kilda was going to be hit by a tsunami at any moment. Heh.

Given that it was only a 5.2 or 5.3 magnitude quake it was, of course, very small potatoes compared to Christchurch, Japan, Aceh, Haiti or basically any of the other quakes that have made the news in recent times. Which is a good thing I think - talking to Michael's nurse this morning she admitted to wondering (a) if the hospital was rated for earthquakes and (b) what the evacuation plan was. Given that she could feel it on the 5th floor I could see why she was concerned.

Michael, on the other hand, slept through the entire thing. Probably a good thing. Hopefully that's the most exciting quake I experience!

Quake!

Jun. 21st, 2012 12:05 am
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There was an earthquake in Melbourne last night. This was the first time that I've experienced an earthquake and realised that that was what was happening while it was still going on. Mind you it took us a couple of goes - initially we thought it was high winds (sound wasn't quite right), then we wondered if it was an explosion at the local barracks (too long and no sound), and then the rippling floorboards and shaking couch finally clued us in. Then we spent the next 30 seconds looking nervously at the cracks in the plaster on the wall and wondering if we should go outside (neither of us had shoes on, so we would have had to grab them too).

Then, just as suddenly as it had started, it all stopped again. No damage here, nothing even fell down. Weird.

We don't get many earthquakes in Melbourne, obviously.

The actual earthquake listing is here - the epicentre was down in Gippsland, so it's quite a surprise how far across Melbourne it was felt, and as far north as Tocumwal.

What amused me the most was that facebook and twitter immediately lit up with people asking if that was an earthquake - most Melburnians are like me, we've no idea what it's supposed to feel like! - and the local government website which monitors earthquakes promptly crashed as we all tried to access it at once to find out what was happening, where the epicentre was and whether St Kilda was going to be hit by a tsunami at any moment. Heh.

Given that it was only a 5.2 or 5.3 magnitude quake it was, of course, very small potatoes compared to Christchurch, Japan, Aceh, Haiti or basically any of the other quakes that have made the news in recent times. Which is a good thing I think - talking to Michael's nurse this morning she admitted to wondering (a) if the hospital was rated for earthquakes and (b) what the evacuation plan was. Given that she could feel it on the 5th floor I could see why she was concerned.

Michael, on the other hand, slept through the entire thing. Probably a good thing. Hopefully that's the most exciting quake I experience!
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Goodness me, I've now been blogging for ten years and totally failed to notice the anniversary. Well, "blogging" - I think blogs in general are supposed to have a coherent theme whereas this is just me alternately ranting and rambling. Which is sort of thematic, but not in the way that, say, fashion and food blogs are.

Still. I'm a little surprised that it's been a decade already. At least I can get a rough idea of what I was doing with the time... heh.
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