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A Survivor's Tale
Still kickin'
I think I use variations on "I'm still here!" for my title way too often lately.

Anyway, I'm still here! Feeling a bit better compared to the previous entry, and prepared to stick it out at work longer. No, I feel no attachment to the work, but I haven't for a long time... I think the real problem was that I lost my mojo for working on creative projects outside of work, and that always gets me down after a while. I've got it back now.

What else have I been up to...

Viewed another van on the weekend. T'was crap - great engine but a body full of rust. No-go. The original van was NOT sold when the owners said it was; Joe and I suspect they were trying to bait us into offering the price they wanted. We've re-offered the same price we offered back then, but I'm pretty sure the owners don't want to go that low. It's $500 less than what they counter-offered us. I was sure to leave the offer open... they've had virtually no other interest in two months (few people buying vans and planning travel in the current economic climate, and their price is set too high) so I'm hoping they get desperate and reconsider.

In the meantime, we're on the lookout for other possibilities, but it looks bleak. Still, no rush. I sorted out the Melbourne / Tasmania trip - bought plane tickets to and from Melbs. It added another $300+ to the holiday but it's totally worth it, if I don't get some time away from work I'm a-gonna bust out the murderous rampage. :D My leave's been approved too!

In sadder news, the lump on my leg has made a return. Made a doc's appointment for tomorrow after work to get onto some more hardcore antibiotics. Must stock up on natural yogurt. :(

Joe and I have been playing with a program that enables non-3D-trained people to manipulate a bunch of settings on 3D heads to create pretty much any face. It has a couple of limitations, but many great features (including Joe's favourite: the ability to scan in front and profile photos of people for auto-conversion to 3D). I spent Sunday chilling out on the couch with Joey watching 'Green Wing' and creating models of the characters from my book.

Saw 'Star Trek' with work buddies and Susie and Jason on Thursday. Was awesome, better than I expected! I don't want to be one of those 'ohmigod Spock is HOT!' fangirls because that's just embarrassing, but... let's face it... Spock is hot! Great casting aaaalll over that movie. Followed this with 'Wolverine' (again with coworkers) on Friday night, and I gotta say, I wish I'd done it in the reverse order, because after Star Trek, Wolverine was a bit ordinary. Still, can't say no to naked Huge Jackman gallavanting about the countryside.

Also, to get to Southbank where we were seeing Trek, I walked from Taringa with Mark and Joey. We would have made it in under an hour, but we stopped to watch an ibis swim in from the middle of the river. Ibis are not swimming birds. When it finally made it to shore we realised one of its wings was badly broken. I called Pelican Rescue but the woman on the phone didn't seem to understand our directions too well (she called back for clarification and Joe really spelled it out to her). After the movie I turned my phone back on and found, to my dismay, a message from her saying she'd got totally lost, a couple of hours before, and never did find the ibis... primarily because she'd ended up on the WRONG BANK OF THE RIVER. So yeah... I expect by then the ibis had succumbed to shock, cold or a predator. It was a sucky end to the tale.

Today at work I had a bluescreen of death that killed half an hour of work I didn't enjoy the FIRST time 'round, and I was all 'argh', but Joe chose that moment to text-invite me to dinner in the City tonight, and then called up just a couple of minutes later just to tell me he loves me.

So in the face of that, it was hard to stay 'aargh', and then my workmates got their skintight lycra superhero costumes in the mail, and of course had to put them on, transforming into an 'Emo Spider-Man', 'The Flash' and 'Captain Asia' (which is the Captain American costume worn by a muscular Asian animator), after which we got carried away and pulled a costumed prank downstairs, forgetting beforehand that there are only two people down there with an actual sense of humor. Heh heh heh. It was totally worth it though.

Me, I'm on the lookout for a Wonder Woman costume, but if I can't find one I'm going to the same supplier my workmates used (it's a Zentai suits mob trading through Ebay - longtime readers may remember the epic "Worst of Zentai" LJ post I made the first time I found their wares) and pick up either a Rogue or a Fantastic Four suit. I'm not that keen on Fantastic Four but I do like the costumes.

Holy shit! It's 4pm! I can leave! Hahaha, so long jerks! That's all you get out of me for today!
7 have fought ~ fight the power!
dreamsofglass From: dreamsofglass Date: May 11th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The fact that you say 'spock is hot' makes me feel better about the fact that one of my facebook profile pics makes me look like Sylar ;P
tania From: tania Date: May 12th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why would that fact ever make ANYONE feel BAD in the first place?
dreamsofglass From: dreamsofglass Date: May 13th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I haven't been watching heroes this season but last I checked Sylar is creepy and eats peoples brains :P
tania From: tania Date: May 13th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed, but as far as I can gather, that somehow doesn't stop an army of fangirls drooling over him.
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: May 12th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
best of wishes getting that leg healed once and for all.... *HUG*
quillblade From: quillblade Date: May 15th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Hugs! I've been out of touch on LJ for a while (three weeks of no internet connection does that, plus I had an operation of my own last week so I was feeling rather sore and sorry for myself) and then Simon mentioned your leg and I was all WTF? o_O

At least they ruled out leg ulcer, right? <_<;; My uncle had one of those for about two years before it finally cleared up. Antibiotics do suck, but if the ones you're on are making you feel ill and, moreover, don't seem to be effective on the leg, you should probably ask about being prescribed something different.
tania From: tania Date: May 15th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, how you doing girl? What was the op for? Was it that thing we discussed a while back?

They ruled out leg ulcer, it's definitely a staph infection, though they don't really know how it got in there - I'm inclined to blame hair removal technology, which is why I'm going au naturale these days... though if I do start removing again (I like to shake things up once in a while) I'll probably go with waxing, apparently there's less risk of ingrowns and thus infection that way.

ANYWAY. Yeah, those last antibiotics gave me horrendous stomach pain. This lot seems much better - I was a bit meh yesterday afternoon but I'm great now, and halfway through the course! And the infection is clearing up much better this time; looks like they won't have to cut. :)

All else is fab - we're edging our way towards buying a van (if we can find one we like for sale, we're choosy bastards!) and at the end of the month we're going on an epic Melbourne -> Tasmania holiday. We're also cleaning out the study and garage with the plan to declutter our life and make room for all the books we keep impulse buying. ;) Friggin' books, why do they have to be so awesome.

Joe's going back to TAFE in the midyear intake this year to do a 6-month certificate 3 in IT. Apparently even the lowliest helpdesk serfs in that industry can start on $60k. Dayum... we picked the wrong line of work, girl. :)

How are you keeping other than soreness?
7 have fought ~ fight the power!