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"Where Are You In Life" meme


1) Name:

Tania Leanne Walker. I don't really go by internet pseudonyms, though sometimes people insist on calling me by my LJ or DevArt username, and it always throws me a little. At some point I decided that there's enough confusion and unreality online without me purposely adding to it.

2) Age: 26

3) Location:

Joe and I rent two rooms in a gorgeous little house in Kenmore (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia). Kenmore is a green, hilly suburb on the southwest side of the Brisbane River. It's lovely and quiet. I wouldn't mind buying a house here, but it's one of the more affluent suburbs of Brisbane and far beyond my capacity.

Brisbane itself is a really nice laid-back city built around a river. It still has the feel of a large country town; there's a 'two degrees of seperation' effect here and chances are when you go into the City or to one of the major regional shopping centres, you'll bump into someone you've met before.

Queensland is the northeastern state in Australia, and we're in the southeastern zone of it - to put it into perspective, Sydney is a day's drive south, and the Great Barrier Reef is a couple of days drive north. I don't think non-Australians generally realise how enormous this country is, and how much of it is just bush and empty space.

Australia is great. I'm content here, and though I'd like to travel, I have no desire to leave for good. We've got socialised health care, decent minimum wage level, a current government I'm actually pretty stoked about, a variety of beautiful environments, a wealth of opportunities to change your life however you please, and people who on the whole are friendly and laid back. My only real complaint is with housing affordability. Also, I'd like it if we took a leaf from the Brits' book and extend the scope of our socialised healthcare.

4) Occupation:

Graphic Artist. I'm one of a team of three artists, three animators and one Art Director. We do the art for gaming machines / pokies. Bound by an NDA, I'm unable to tell you what I'm working on, but I've had the opportunity to paint objects, people and backgrounds in a magical semi-realism style lately and it's been fantastic fun. The job doesn't sound as impressive as working for Disney did, but the conditions blow that and all my other previous jobs waaaayyy out of the water. I love this job and hope to stay put here for a long time.

5) Partner?

Joey Ford (inc_b). We've been together two and a bit years now, though we've given up trying to name an anniversary, as our relationship had a rocky, will-they-or-won't-they start. Turned out that breaking up for six months last year was exactly what we needed. Our relationship feels completely different now.

Joey is adorable... a little crazy, a lot of fun, silly and sexy and sometimes frustrating, but always interesting. He is even more curious than I am, and where I have a tendancy to develop deep knowlege on a few topics, he tends to develop shallow knowlege on a huge range of topics. He's always reading, learning, and presenting me with shiny new tidbits of information. He has insane black curly hair, brown eyes, broad shoulders and a slightly Italian look (according to my dad, anyway, who cracked a 'wop' joke upon meeting him... thanks dad, thad.) He swings between wearing dodgy Hawaiian shirts and three piece suits, depending upon what mood takes him.

We're not married. We're not religious, and due to certain aspects of marriage that are archaic and/or linked to religion, Joe doesn't believe in it. Both he and I would prefer another method of becoming bonded in the eyes of the law (aside from the current system of just living together for so long that the government ruefully says "Oh alright, you're bloody married in common-law terms, geez already...") but as one doesn't presently exist, we've plonked ourselves into the same boat as most queer couples. Never mind though - chances are either the law will change, or we will.

6) Kids:

We'd both like kids someday, but (here's the twist!) I won't have them outside of marriage, or some sort of formal bond - in my mind, marriage is kind of a test-run for the committment it takes to devote at least eighteen years of your life to raising kids.

7) Brothers/Sisters:

One 'little' brother, Chris, who is almost a foot taller than me. He's making me an auntie soon! Way to go, kiddo. :)

8) Pets:

Three cats. Stopped at three because that's teetering on crazy-cat-lady-hood. Nami is a female burmese, a sweet girl but a little neurotic and very desirous of hours of cuddling. Sawyer is a (slightly inbred, I suspect) Burmilla boy who is sweet as sugar but seriously does not have two brain cells to rub together. Jangles is a moggy boy (suspected parts include Siamese, Manx, and Everything) with a stunted, stumpy hook-tail and he's a sweetheart: well-balanced, affectionate but not needy, but he was at the back of the line when Meows were handed out, and can only vocalise in a series of high-pitched squeaks.

9) List the 3-5 biggest things going on in your life:

1. The most recent thing was a move from West End to Kenmore. The move itself was very smooth and done in less than a day, but other aspects of the move were messy, stressful and complicated. The dust is settling now and we're happy we made the move, the new place is amazing.

2. My three-month review is coming up at work. This is where they formally decide whether or not to keep me on, and also review my pay grade. Nerve-wracking!

3. The project I've been doing since I started this job is drawing to a close, and I'll be starting a new one soon, with a theme I'm REALLY excited about.

4. I'm paying off WAY more towards my land than I need to. Joe is going to head back into full-time employment soon and we're thinking about buying a house, using one of our wages to put entirely toward the mortgage (in order to pay it off faster) and living off the other pay. We already know we can do this because we've just about been doing so since Joe's been at uni. So that's pretty exciting! The idea is to spend the rest of this year clearing our debts, saving a deposit and researching our options, and then start moving on it next year. No rush, just taking it slowly and carefully.

5. There's not really much else! Everything's going smoothly, knock on wood. I've got good friends, fun times, a few adventures planned, and things look to be getting better all the time.

10) Where and for what did you go to school?

Bachelor of Animation, QLD College of Arts. I didn't finish. To be absolutely honest, I don't really believe university is a necessary part of a successful career-- *ducks flying rocks* I do see the benefits in many cases, but if you're someone who works in the creative industries, sometimes university can just slow you down - it did for me. If I'd stuck to that degree I'd never have gotten into Liquid, never have made it to Disney - my whole career would never have gotten off the ground. I left because I knew I could learn more on the job (jobs multiple, actually) than the slow, dusty degree was ineffectually teaching me. And I have never looked back.

I also don't approve of the amount of pressure put on schoolkids to go to uni. University simply doesn't suit some people. There's bookish intelligence, emotional intelligence, practical intelligence and many other kinds, and few of them are suited for the rigours of a degree - ESPECIALLY straight out of high school. Pressure kids into going to uni and you end up with a skills shortage in trades and a bunch of kids with HECS debts and low self-worth because they dropped out of the degrees they hated.

That's my rant for the day. Go about your business! :)

11) Parents?

Mum is Team Leader for an agency that places abused kids in halfway houses and foster care. She's a short, stubborn woman (very much like me in many ways; we think alike) who is sensible, down-to-earth, but also has an almost schoolgirl silliness about her sometimes, which is good, because the rest of the time she's also like me in that she tends to take herself too seriously. She's dating an expat Canadian nurse called Geoffery, who is great fun, and she lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, in an utterly tiny country town.

Dad is a Health & Safety Officer for the retail union in Brisbane. Part of his job is to inspect shops and make sure they're not doing dangerous stuff that'll risk the lives of the poor high school and uni students who're in paid slavery for 'em. He also goes to court as a witness in cases where employers are responsible for the injury or death of a worker through lack of adherence to Health & Safety laws. Dad's a very kind, gentle man with an absolutely awful sense of humor (worst jokes EVER) and is easygoing until his temper gets triggered, at which point he blows up, but calms down within the hour and generally apologises. He seems to be ageing faster than mum, falling into a very habitual, careful lifestyle where mum's is still dynamic. They divorced back in 2003, when I was working at Disney. Dad is also dating a nurse (good to know both my parents will be looked after in their dotage, eh?) called Jeanne, who is a Very Sensible Country Woman from North Queensland. She packrats food, their pantry has like FIVE of everything and is overflowing, and whenever I visit she gives me a bag full of their excess food.

12) Who are some of your closest friends?

I have lots of good friends - regulars at the Tuesday Club are all good friends. hammond is my best friend. Amy (tengukun) is my other bestie, though we've never met in person. She lives in Arizona. We've known one another for ten years now, and she probably knows more about me than anyone else bar Joe. I'm her son's godmother. We hope to meet and continue our friendship in real life sometime soon. Rachel (earthminor) and Vicki (quillblade) are my oldest friends, online and off - we originally met online but rapidly brought our friendships into the real world. Both live in Australia, Vicki about two suburbs away (I ran into her at Indooroopilly shopping centre last night!) - we've also all known one another for ten years. Oh my god, you guys... ten years!

13) What do you do for fun?

At the moment? Watch a lot of Doctor Who with Joe. ;) Everyday fun stuff generally involves hanging out with people, whether it's over coffee or at a park or a party (I've got two parties this weekend and I seem to be pre-buggered...), but mostly what I like doing is having adventures. These generally involve getting a couple of close friends (it usually winds up being me, Joe, Hammond and Adders) and doing something we've never done before. One night it was borrowing Hammond's flatmate's father's convertible (with permission) and taking it for a late-night spin down to the Gold Coast. Another time we went and checked out glow-worms in caves on the GC hinterland and discovered an old WW2 artillery tunnel... This weekend Joe and I, and possibly others, will be exploring an abandoned nursing home for the mentally ill... another weekend soon we're making a pilgrammige to the awful Steve Irwin statue up on the Sunshine Coast, and then to Underwater World. Basically, if you do something interesting you've never done before with a group of friends, it can't help but turn into an adventure.
8 have fought ~ fight the power!
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earthminor From: earthminor Date: June 13th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
10 years!!! *_*;
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peterchayward From: peterchayward Date: June 13th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

You have taken me entirely by surprise!

I...the...bu...what are you doing here!?
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tania From: tania Date: June 16th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You have taken me entirely by surprise!

You two know each other?? That is SO right.
peterchayward From: peterchayward Date: June 13th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Woooah.

also don't approve of the amount of pressure put on schoolkids to go to uni. University simply doesn't suit some people. There's bookish intelligence, emotional intelligence, practical intelligence and many other kinds, and few of them are suited for the rigours of a degree - ESPECIALLY straight out of high school. Pressure kids into going to uni and you end up with a skills shortage in trades and a bunch of kids with HECS debts and low self-worth because they dropped out of the degrees they hated.

I think I'm in love with you.
peterchayward From: peterchayward Date: June 13th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Also: I'm stealing this meme.

He swings between wearing dodgy Hawaiian shirts and three piece suits, depending upon what mood takes him.

I think I'm in love with Joe, as well.
tania From: tania Date: June 16th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Also: I'm stealing this meme.

Kinky. ;)
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