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Life roundup - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
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Life roundup
I've been having trouble keeping LJ updated due to no real internets at home - I have a little portable 3G modem but not much download on it, so I need to save that for TAFE studies. I have an LJ app on my phone, but once I write an entry of more than a couple of paragraphs it becomes impossible to get back up to the top of the written part and edit it - maybe there's some touch-command on the iPhone I'm unaware of, I'm not sure.

At any rate, have an entry now!

Studying is going well; I'm getting awesome grades across the board. Am studying a 2-year Diploma of Professional Writing & Editing. Given how easy a lot of these assignments are, I probably could have applied for recognition of prior learning and skipped the first year, but it's too late now - and besides, the Editing subject is new to me, so I couldn't have skipped it. And I wouldn't have wanted to; it's difficult compared to the rest. I'm comfortable in doing all this from the start. I'm still chasing them for my enrolment paperwork despite being most of the way through the first semester, and that's becoming urgent, as I need to provide it to Centrelink ASAP.

I've almost reached the end of my novel's draft 2, act 1. Trying something different, I'm going to go back and do an initial edit when I hit the end of act 1, see how short I can get it. Length is worrying me. I recently submitted the first three chapters to Hachette's YA department (they allowed unsolicited submissions for a brief period) but I don't expect to hear back for months, I doubt I'll be lucky enough to get serious consideration this early on, and I'd be more comfortable getting an agent before a publisher anyway. Still, it's an opportunity and I grabbed it.

Finances are variable, as always. Neither Joe or I have a full-time workload. I average 20-25 hours per week, he averages 30-35, so we have good weeks and bad weeks, but we get by. I can't work any more than I do, as I'm supposed to be studying full-time (ha!). Fortunately I have nearly no debt - just the mortgage on my little block of land, which is an investment, and some overdue rates for the same) and I seem to have all the equipment and shinies I want/need and enough money to write in cafes a couple of days per week, so I'm content.

Joe is thinking about going back to uni next year to study surveying. It's a three-year full-time degree built on a mixture of science and practicality that appeals to him. There's tons of work for it down here (and everywhere you find urban development, construction and mines) and entry level wages amount to more than I'll ever earn in any creative job, without question. So as you can imagine, I'm fully supportive. Actually, I honestly don't know what we'll do if one of us starts earning decent money; it's not a situation we've ever faced. We're not really into luxuries. Cars, for example... given unlimited money we'd still probably buy a year-old secondhand ex-government-fleet vehicle. We would, however, like a little cottage on a block bordering wilderness. Down here, even that won't require much money. Joe's taking the rest of this year to get his head together and make sure this is what he really wants to do. Three years is a big commitment, but in this case it comes with big rewards.

My fitness drive is going nicely; I'm down to 65kg, so I've lost roughly 13kg so far. Got about ten to go. My lowest weight was 53kg but I don't anticipate going that low again; I've got a lot of muscle mass these days from all the weights. Accordingly, and judging by old photos, I look better at 65kg now than I did at 53 back then. My skin then was saggier, no real muscle tone, just skinny and wan. Fitness-wise, taking up weights was the best decision I ever made. My metabolism burns faster, my whole body works better, I can lift heavy things and open jars, and I'm starting to like the way I look nekkid.

Speaking of naked, I stopped wearing bras a couple of months ago. You'd think, given my DD boobies, this would be an unmitigated disaster... but it's actually been awesome. My back and shoulder pain has decreased, my breasts sit higher, my nipples are tougher and they look and feel better. Apologies for the TMI, but I think this knowledge is worth spreading around: you don't NEED to wear a bra (although I'd recommend one when jogging, haha). According to recent research, bras are actually making our boobs saggier because the muscles meant to support them are weakening due to bras carrying the load - similar effect to what happens to your eyes if you constantly wear glasses when you don't need them.

Joe's sister Lucy is coming to stay with us for a week, starting tonight - so that'll be fun! Last time she was here we carried a picture of Patrick Swayze to the top of a snow-covered mountain, used it as a toboggan, then hung it in the ski shelter as a parting gift to others. Good times.

Due to the whole 'internet mostly on mobile phone' situation, I'm primarily active on Twitter these days. My username there is 'TaniaWalker'.

That's all I've got for today. Much affection, my LJ-friends. :)
18 have fought ~ fight the power!
Comments
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 3rd, 2011 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I can send that TMI right back, I've also gone braless and I too am noticing a difference :) I only really wear a bra for exercise (sports bra) or for certain shirts, but for my regular t-shirts and non see through button-downs, I'm noticing they're not as "floppy" and loose feeling, but that could also have just been in my mind XD
tania From: tania Date: May 3rd, 2011 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG!! I'm so happy for you! Also when we finally meet I can point at your chest and loudly announce, "See those rockin' tits? I partially INSPIRED those puppies!" ;D

Also because my internet is so slow your userpic only just loaded... I LOL'd.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 3rd, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Better yet I'll just make a shirt with "Inspired by Tania" slapped across the front XD
tania From: tania Date: May 8th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to design little flags to attach to boners.

Not really related, just awesome. :D
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: May 3rd, 2011 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Always good to hear a nice thorough update like this! ^v^ Happy Sprintime to ya'all!
leggz From: leggz Date: May 3rd, 2011 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I always type my entries into my email client on the PC and email it to myself (an account I can access on my iPhone), copy it and paste it into the LJ client.

I'm still intrigued re: the breasts study! Hayden has been briefed but he can't get past the image of African indigenous women with bad cases of sag..

Edited at 2011-05-03 09:08 am (UTC)
tania From: tania Date: May 8th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Everyone keeps saying that! For a starters, the sag is an age thing and Western women of that age have the same sort of thing going on - we just don't notice 'cos it's all covered up and such. Besides, a half-remembered photo is not a good basis for decision making, not without some context. I'm willing to bet those women have lived hard lives with loads of sun, variable nutrition and heaps of physical hard work.

This is an excellent discussion (with references) on what impact bras actually have on sagging. (The scientific conclusion is: none) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassiere#Bra_impact_on_sagging
martes From: martes Date: May 3rd, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking of naked, I stopped wearing bras a couple of months ago. You'd think, given my DD boobies, this would be an unmitigated disaster... but it's actually been awesome. My back and shoulder pain has decreased, my breasts sit higher, my nipples are tougher and they look and feel better. Apologies for the TMI, but I think this knowledge is worth spreading around: you don't NEED to wear a bra (although I'd recommend one when jogging, haha). According to recent research, bras are actually making our boobs saggier because the muscles meant to support them are weakening due to bras carrying the load - similar effect to what happens to your eyes if you constantly wear glasses when you don't need them.

I would believe that... except photos of natives in National Geographic gives extremely graphic proof of what happens to women who go braless their whole lives. I really have no interest in my boobs hanging down to my navel and looking like flat pancakes. I guess it's ok if you're young and perky, but once you hit middle age gravity is an inescapable foe.
tania From: tania Date: May 8th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
You're absolutely right - gravity is inescapable. But bralessness doesn't make sag worse, not according to science: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassiere#Bra_impact_on_sagging
jesskat From: jesskat Date: May 3rd, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
The bra thing sounds interesting. I would try it, but I don't know how else to cover up aroused nipples during cold weather, lol. :P
earthminor From: earthminor Date: May 4th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, this is exactly my problem.
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: May 4th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Wear a slip or shift (is that what they are called?)?
jesskat From: jesskat Date: May 4th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never even heard of those. What are they?
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: May 4th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoops, I was slightly off. A slip is an option but not what I was actually thinking of. It was actually a Camisole that had come to mind earlier.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slip_(clothing)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camisole

alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: May 3rd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
. . . You're doing TAFE? UPDATE MOAR. :E

Maybe I should try going braless, I might get some of the receptionist positions I've applied for.
tania From: tania Date: May 8th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Bahahaa, good call. This comment totally cracked me up the other day. :D Sorry it took me so long to reply, I'm a louse. But yeah. Thanks for the lulz (and weird mental image, oh god.)
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: May 10th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome job with the weight loss, button! I've abandoned myfitnesspal and have started on weight watchers (have lost about 5kg with about another 5 or so to go), mainly training for a 5km race and lots and lots of skating for derby. Are you still thinking of doing it? You should, it's awesome!

I will endeavour to be better at twitter, I just always forget that it exists.
tania From: tania Date: May 11th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
BUTTON!!1!11 I have missed you this much! (picture big wide arms.)

Way to go on the weight loss! I've heard WW is the bomb. Can't wait to see you; with your wee little height 5kg would have to be a hell of a difference!

I'm defs still thinking of doing Derby, in part so I can call myself 'Bruise Campbell'... heehee. Recently I got in touch with the Convict City Rollers, and they're not doing a Fresh Meat intake 'til midyear, but they told me I'm welcome to come skate with them at their informal sessions in the meantime. And that is a good idea, because skating is kind of like riding a bike... you never really forget how, but man, do you ever stiffen up and freak out during the 'remembering' phase.

Which race are you going in? I've been wanting to do something like that, but I keep only finding out about the races down here after the event because I am lame.

YES. Tweet! I command it!
18 have fought ~ fight the power!