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A Survivor's Tale
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With the cat run operational, the cat flap unsealed, and the cat litter prepped and raked into the soil, I've been trying to get the cats comfortable with the new setup. Obviously we'd be idiots to take away the litter trays before the cats are pooping outside with confidence. At this juncture I'll note that this entire entry will NOT be focusing on cat poo, so just skip the next three paragraphs if the poop thing bothers you. :D

So my plan was to use scent as a lure. I waited until Beckett made a particularly stinky contribution to the litter trays, scooped it up with a small shovel I found BURIED in Richard's garden (I know, right?? I was hoping for treasure) and dropped it through the netting (that almost went unimaginably wrong) into the litter-dirt.

Curiously, it's Sawyer who is adapting fastest. He turned up, sniffed the offering, and promptly buried it. Then he proceeded to walk about the place digging various holes, not to use them, just 'cos he seemed to get a kick out of it.

This morning, as Joe and I scampered out the door to work, we spotted Sawyer in the garden again, and watched with baited breath as he dug a small hole, positioned himself, adopted a look of intense concentration, and PEED OUTDOORS. Angels sang. I made a note to apologise to Sawyer for all those times I've told everyone he's "the dumb one". (He still is, but I'm going to be more respectful for a while!)

Onto non-poop-related matters: The Wii purchase has suffered a setback. Joe's weekend Ekka shifts, which were previously going to make him a "thousandaire" (his term), were given to a new recruit who needed the experience. Around the same time, I rang the Gatehouse backpacker lodge at Jenolan to make my booking and was informed that the room cost has DOUBLED since I made my enquiries a month ago. As you can imagine, I'm kicking myself for not scraping together the funds and booking it then.

So the upshot is that the Wii has been put back to early September, as it's all savings and my Jenolan trip between now and then. To make up for lack of Wii, Joe and I planned a weekend of dazzling adventure which, to be honest, is probably going to be a lot more fun and memorable than hours of Super Smash Bros Brawl anyway.

On Friday night we're repeating our Spirit Walk to the old site of Amazons water park, now a bunch of factories which, though less fun, are no less awesome late at night when you're a long stone's throw away from sober. If we can get Sarah Grey to come along, all the better.

On Saturday we're hitting the stormwater drains at Coopers Plains once again, this time with Rose (rosequoll) in tow. This is mostly because she complained, upon reading the previous entry re: stormwater drain exploration, that nobody she knew ever did awesome stuff like THAT with her, so now we're going to prove her wrong.

Joe has been using Google Maps to chart various things, such as our Spirit Walk route, sites of interest in Brisbane, and entrances and exits to the stormwater drains. I'm not going to link any of those here, however, as he hasn't updated his journal in months and this will give him an excuse to do so. Go, Joey, go! Time is of the essence!!

Saturday night we'll go up to Joey's parents farm, eat his mum's delicious cooking, steal a few pumpkins again and watch some shooting stars.

Sunday we maaaay be going to the Ekka with my dad, if Jeanne gives him the go-ahead... he called before wanting to make plans and I could hear her in the background saying, "Oh, but we've got to do this, and this, and that..." SHUSH, CHATTY MONKEY! ( <-- +10 cool points if you get that reference.)

Either way, we have great plans for Sunday night: along with my gorgeous-boy Hammond, we're going on a tour of the Doulos (http://www.doulosdownunder.org.au/) which is an internationally-travelling library-on-water... basically, an immense old liner which is now run by a charity and travels the world selling awesome old books at great prices. Rosa said she picked up the entire Sherlock Holmes collection for ten dollars. As you can imagine, having heard that, nothing can stop me going to see if I can find the same! Either way, apparently the books are cheap, the tour is interesting and SERIOUSLY, FLOATING LIBRARY? WHY AM I EVEN EXPLAINING THIS?

Today I bought a new, very ancient-looking, very large parchment-style map of the world off Ebay. I also sourced a sheet of cork roughly the same size, and will be attempting to either source some thin MDF, plywood or veneer to use as backing, and possibly some sort of frame just to ensure the edges stay flat and undamaged. Essentially, I'm creating an enormous pinboard map, into which I'll be sticking map pins of various colours as I plot my world domination travels. I figure all up the setup will only cost me about $60 plus my time, which is drastically cheaper than what it would cost were I to have it done professionally.

In other news, Joe got his first real haircut since the Airforce (I don't include the times I shaved him) and he looks hot.

I spent a good portion of the day laughing at the news that when Stephanie Meyer released her final Twilight novel, legions of fans returned it to their bookstores in disgust.
16 have fought ~ fight the power!
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marko_the_rat From: marko_the_rat Date: August 5th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I would love to beg to come stormwater draining exploring too (it seems the perfect activity for a rat) but I'm already booked this Saturday.
tania From: tania Date: August 5th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're almost certainly going back again sometime in the next few weeks so that Hammond has a chance to come too, I'll make a note of it in my journal when we know the next date! :)
marko_the_rat From: marko_the_rat Date: August 6th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Eee! That would be great! Thank you!
rainbow_gash From: rainbow_gash Date: August 5th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Stormwater drains? What? Where? CURIOUS MINDS WANT TO KNOW.

Also: The Twilight novels make me lol. They're like Anita Blake novels, but worse... as horrific as that is to contemplate. Have you read any?
tania From: tania Date: August 5th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Under Coopers Plains - we went last weekend, there's a rambly journal entry about it a couple of entries back. :) The entrances are in the large local park/reserve there... more info forthcoming when Joe updates his journal with links!
uniformgrey From: uniformgrey Date: August 5th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I had the unfortunate luck of heading into a Chapters (big chain bookstore in Canada) the night of the books launch.. ugh is the kindest thing I can think to say about it. I've never seen so many nits together squealing and squeaking and just... wtf? There was art scrawled on the windows in paint and they made booths where you could make ballroom masks? I've no problem with the treasure hunts etc. for it - all in good fun for those who care about the book, but its not such a great idea for your other customers to NOT be able to get to the shelves they want to get to because screaming teens and hot glue guns are pressed up against the shelves.

If it wasn't that, it was the idiot 14 year olds in line that after purchase stood there in front of the check out counter chattering and not moving even though there was a line up of other people waiting to pay... and then there were the teens at the Starbucks (Starbucks are in Chapters now) who are jittering as it is ordering "can I have another of whatever this is? *points to her large triple espresso drink*".

I don't get the fascination with the book - I've never read it personally, have only heard how laughably bad it is and have seen the trailer for the movie that looked like some horrible Mary Sue adventure.. only it wasn't fanwank. The idea that people RETURNED the book... should surprise me more than it does.

PLEASE be careful on your adventures - stormwater drains aren't the safest places in the world to be.
tania From: tania Date: August 5th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You poor bastard! I can imagine nothing worse than a bookstore packed with Twilight fans (except perhaps a coffee shop packed with Twilight fans) :D

We'll be careful in the drains - we only go if there's been no rainfall for a couple of days, and Joe spent years frolicing around in there with his sisters, so he's a good guide to have with us. :)
hammond From: hammond Date: August 5th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Combine Joe's mapping with Google Street View now available in Australia and you have awesomeness! If I may, could I come along on Friday perchance?
hammond From: hammond Date: August 5th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and would you be able to book? I don't want to miss out on a good tour. I'm a definite, Adam's a maybe. Probably aim for the last/penultimate of the night...?
tania From: tania Date: August 5th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a can-do, buddy! I'll call today and find out the available times; if there's any doubt as to practicalities (eg if it's an evening time) I'll call you before I make a booking. :)

And as per sms last night, we would love to have you along on Friday night!
tania From: tania Date: August 5th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
...only if you promise to stop putting Sandra Oh in my journal though. D:
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: August 5th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I coined the term "thousandaire" years ago!

LAWSUITE!
tania From: tania Date: August 5th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
FAILE!

Let's add 'e' onto the end of everything, it makes our conversation sound classier. ;)
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: August 5th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Verilye wee muste!
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tania From: tania Date: August 6th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right, curse you!

I've seen you bait Jangles with your tongue. ...whoa, that could really be misconstrued.
niaid From: niaid Date: August 8th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
twilight is epic win!!

so crappy! so deliciously crappy.
i read breaking dawn online, because i hadn't been paid. it's... amazingly bad. utterly wonderfully amazingly bad.
she names the character's daughter renesmee.
16 have fought ~ fight the power!