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Hi all!

Hope you're all getting into the swing of the new year.  

Must apologise for not getting around to sending out Chrissy cards this year - was away before and over Christmas on the cruise... however, I did get a chance to write a few quick postcards, so hope those of you whose address I had handy with me received it okay....


THANK YOU SO MUCH to you lovely folk who sent me Chrissy cards, that was very thoughtful.  Even a few that were sent to my old address and I somehow still received them!  Smart switched-on postie, perhaps.  

(p.s:  Cate, I hope you received my reply SMS thanking you too.  Cutest French Cavalier ever!  Ty so much :D)

I'm also just (finally) getting over the flu (the Summer flu has been going around this year more than ever before so I'm guessing that's what it was) or possibly a virus of some sort that I've had since the day after getting back from New Zealand.  

I'm only left with an annoying cough now.  I didn't even unpack my suitcase for over a week because I had zero energy to lift my arms or walk.  Glad that's over.  So much for getting my flu vac/shot in winter!  

Once I get a chance to sort through all my photos from the cruise, I will post a few on here to give you a bit of a glimpse of New Zealand.  

Take care all xxx

summer holiday musings

Feel that Christmas spirit in the air yet folks?

It's gonna be a bit of a different Christmas for me this year.  I'll be having Christmas at sea!  Yep, not the traditional place to be on Christmas Day, but the 2 week cruise I'm going on with my family goes over Christmas Day (and my birthday for that matter) so it'll be kind of interesting to do something different as my extended family don't do the massive Christmas thing anymore... and we're not even that close with one side of the family/relatives (one of my Aunties/Uncle and one set of cousins I don't even really see anymore) and also some of my family live overseas... so... Christmas is not the huge affair that it used to be when I was younger.

Anyway, it's a Princess cruise, on the Dawn Princess, around... yes, I do mean around, New Zealand.  I can't wait to check out all the different cities... it docks at pretty much all the major cities, except Christchurch unfortunately, due to the damage to the pier from the earthquake. Would've been good to be able to go there but there's an alternative port that's not very far south of there that we get to go to instead.

Plus, the nice bonus is that it's usually quite a few degrees cooler in NZ than here, for obvious reasons, lol, particularly on the South Island, so that'll be nice... even though it's supposedly not even expected to be that hot here over Chrissy anyway.

So, I'll be leaving in a few days, from Port Melbourne.  Yayz!

We haven't even put up a Christmas tree this year! lol... we've only put up one strand of lights and some big light-up stars on one of the front windows. hehe, lame effort I know - but we won't even be here over Chrissy to enjoy it... but that's okay...

...coz me likez boats!  Boats are fun. XD  

Now all I need to do is check if there's any nice sturdy railings on the back of this thing and go hang around on 'em and wait for my very own Jack Dawson to show up.  hmmm...or not... that shit got messy!  XD 

Oh, and my new iPhone 4S finally arrived!  My trust old iPhone 3G was letting me down so it was time to finally upgrade - I waited a few models before getting a new one until they improved the camera and I was glad I did. The internet speed on the new one is actually usable as well and goes to show how slow the old one had gotten.

Never thought you'd actually be able to talk to your phone to set your alarm one day! Magic, I say... magic!

So, what are you guys doing for Christmas?  Let me know your plans.  Hope you all had a nice weekend too.

Well howdy all - remember me?

Howdy folks...

Well, guess I better update this journal sooner or later 'ey?

I've been slightly slack on the LJ front lately but I promise I'll keep up with it a little better going forward.  Forgive me?  Hope so.

Anyway, here's a few happy snaps - 

I got a new camera a while ago so I've been playing around with it a fair bit.... it's a digital SLR but it's what they call a 'bridge camera' so basically it's smaller than the regular bigger digital SLRs (but almost as much price-wise which is kinda weird, oh well, the lens is good and it still fits in my handbag so...!) it's just easier to carry around (as I'm not a photographer or anything I don't fancy lugging a massive, bulky backpack with me just to have a quality camera on hand) and it's also easier to use for those of us lacking in the serious photography knowledge department!  *raises hand*.  I did it in high school but never really took to it any more than just capturing cute things and preserving moments, I'll never be into the science of it or the technical side of it, it's just not my thing.  All I like is a camera that can take a decent shot for me.

I just like taking fun snaps without having to obsess too much over settings and such but it is nice to have this slightly bigger camera because the lens is better and wider angle of course than your everyday point-and-shoot digital cameras and it is also a 'super zoom' camera which I wanted because my previous camera had a crappy low amount of zoom and this one features 24X zoom which is beyond awesome to have!  I just love that.  

It's also got a pretty wicked range of settings and features on top of just your regular Auto mode.  I love using the Sunset feature; it makes the sky look breathtaking colour-wise!  I reckon these sunset snaps that I took off the balcony over the past few weeks look pretty cool...


Pretty, right?  The colours of the sunsets lately as the weather warms up have been ahh-mazing!

Um, what else?  Oh yes, I have to post some piccies of the choc chip cookie dough cupcakes that I made... I've made these so many times but this time I baked them in shiny purple cups and boy were they cute and yummy!... not to mention they reminded me of Cadbury chocolate blocks with the purple wrappers. 

Yes, they are *filled* with cookie dough.  It's unbelievably wickedly delish.  XD  Taken with my old camera but hopefully the deliciousness still comes across... then again, no image can do these babies justice. 

See, the pure yumminess of cookie dough filling!  *food.porn.drool*

Some more random piccies...

Have a great weekend everyone :D

I've been made a maintainer?

Oh, how did I become a Maintainer of the geoffrey_rush community?

Dunno who assigned me to that but I love ya anyways.  ;D  

Also dunno what I can do with this *power* but I like it.  hehe.  

Rush on the 7PM Project

Geoffrey was on The 7PM Project once again this evening... much randomness to be had... Eye of the Storm, meeting the Queen and the F Cups of Lady Bracknell!  

Wish they had've let him talk a little bit more though, but as usual Dave Hughes and Charlie Pickering are complete chatterboxes.  Was quite a good watch though as I was cooking dinner.  

Hope it gets put on YouTube soon.

Not cool

Need to see Eye Of The Storm but just found out it's not showing here yet (well, the 2 closest cinemas to me, that is)... wtf?  Why the hell would a film like this get any sort of Limited Release?  They better freakin' pick it up soon or I'll be annoyed.  This is one I really wanna see.  Lykkk, nowww.  


Ugh - the G.Rush group on Facebook is just getting too much... so much content all at once there's no way I can keep up with it.  Does anyone have time for that amount of stuff every couple of minutes?  

I don't even think I can be bothered following it anymore, think I'll probably just UnLike it soon.  I hate stuff cluttering up my Facebook like that... that's what's so good about LiveJournal - you come on here when you want but it doesn't spam up your personal Facebook or overload you... there's just too many sites to keep up with these days; I just prefer things to be kept as uncluttered as possible - except Twitter and Tumblr - they were made for clutter!  hehe.

Tumblr cave-in

There... look... I caved - I got a Tumblr!  

So far it's been hilariously fun, I have to admit.  

I was turned off it at first 'cause it just looked like a jumbled mess of randomness... and really, that's what it is!  But it's a lol-tastic one, believe me! I'm already a little bit hooked so far... I can't help it though, there's just so many unique macros, lolcats and interest/fandom-specific goodness on there that I was finding it difficult to pass up having my own slice of it.  

What better way to waste hours on the computer on a Sunday with a mild case of the flu.

I've followed a few of you on there already but if any of you other lovelies have a Tumblr as well and wanna check out my reblogging Tumblr madness - you can check it out at -


My first ever 'welcome' post at:  

* Follow me, bitchyaz ;D 

I'm a Tumblr lurker...

lolz.  I don't think I'll ever cave and get a Tumblr... but boy do I love lurking the lolz on there!

And I am once again also lurking Titanic videos on YouTube... oh how very fun it is to play the amusing "I put the diamond in the coat.... and I put the COAT on HERRR!!!" videos a tad too loud in the computer room.  XD  Such a Friday thing to do.

*sigh* Ah, I've never truly left the Titanic fandom of my youth... always in my heart.  As little kids at school we would spend the entire recess or lunch time acting out scenes from the movie and yelling out quotes at random times to major lols from onlookers.  And on school trips where there was *any* kind of water or boat involved, we would of course take the opportunity to play out the jump scene or the "I'm flying" scene in very lame primary school manner.  Or heck, even if there was no water, just use the giant slide!  

Ah, the good ol' days, how I miss being a kid.  

Fun viewing

Just showed my Mum 'Bran Nue Dae' earlier ... she adored it.  And I fell in love with it all over again... it was truly just as fun as the first viewing. Such a feel-good flick!  

Then... sooo glad I stayed up yet again 'til the early hours of the morning to see Cadel Evans win the Tour De France! (yes, they ride into Paris tomorrow but this last time trial that he did has secured it for him)   Yay!  First Aussie to win as well... no more 2nd places for Cadel! Such a great Tour this year.  

Hope everyone's having a nice weekend.