Archive for January, 2011

Boy. is it HOT! One of the very few scorching hot days we’ve had this Summer. It’s been one of the coolest Summer’s we’ve had in my memory. Crazy weather .. I’ve got the blanket I wrap around my feet on cold nights sitting atop the fan I use when it’s hot. I’m alternating regularly between the two.

I stayed at my mum’s place last night. Another of my “things I’m doing more of in 2011′. She suffers from severe depression and I have resentment issues with her. A normal mother-daughter relationship, no? :) Anyway, I love her and I want her to feel better and if spending more time with her does that, then I can manage it. I enjoy it for the most part. She has THE best shower in the world .. plus, her view of the stars out in the backyard is phenomenal. I used to laze on the swing out there with my pup .. staring up at the stars in the sky. I miss him. I took her to lunch and a movie today. We saw ‘Black Swan’. It was the “intense” everyone said it was .. I didn’t really enjoy it though. It was different, I’ll give it that. But the last five minutes were appalling. If there is one thing I can’t handle about american cinema it’s the schmaltz. Cheesiness. I just can’t do it. And the last five minutes of Black Swan are revoltingly cheesy. Natalie Portman was lovely .. as was Mila Kunis. Awesome actresses. In all, a fairly decent movie, just not that enjoyable.

A movie I saw in the last week or so that I TRULY enjoyed was ‘Dispicable Me’. I let mum take my nieces to see it at the movies because it didn’t look particularly good on the ads .. but I saw it on DVD at my sister’s place .. and I LOVED it! Amusing, great graphics, interesting story. Excellent flick!

So .. what else good happened this week?…. Oh! I applied for a job this week. I believe it closes in a week or so, so I won’t hear back for a while, but I’m all fingers crossed for an interview. It’s in Geelong, so it would mean a move – which is fantastic. I’m a nomad at heart and I tend to gypsy my way around Melbourne fairly regularly. It’s been two and a half years here, so it’s about that time.

I’m doing my gym assessment tomorrow night. I’ll be glad to get moving on that. I have to wrap my head around the concept of “beneficial use of time”. I have it somewhere in my head that if I don’t have a certain amount of couch time at night then i won’t feel like I’ve rested. This is clearly, a load of crap. Couch time is WASTED time. I need to keep reminding myself of that.

Right. So. Time for bed. I’m hoping the exercise thing will jolt my sleeping patterns back into whack. I used to have it down beautifully! I know I can do it again. Sleep is more important than I give it credit for most of the time.

With Mars in your sign, you’re feeling a great urge to replace talk with action and theory with practice. That’s not just an appropriate impulse… it’s an essential one.


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One’s ability to stop kidding themselves, is what brings about the greatest breakthroughs, fastest comebacks, and happiest feet.

No goat jokes, please –
The Universe

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Fernwood, for the non-australians, is a chain of gyms specifically for women. In honour of my 2011 “determinations” (not resolutions), I joined the gym! Again!

I was a part of the fernwood family a couple of years back – when i was a healthier version of myself. I was what one might call a “gym-bunny”. I worked out at least 5 times a week (plus i swam as many times again) and I was a happy, healthy little vegemite.

I had a bit of a relationship-breakup-breakdown in 2005 and i took a nosedive into what i realise now, was a severe depression. I completely and utterly lost any interest in maintaining even a semblence of health. I over-ate and under-exercised. Actually, when I say “lost interest”, i guess it would be more accurate to say i didn’t have the capacity. I was in a dark place.

It’s only been about a year since the fog lifted. I know it’s an awfully long time to have let a relationship breakdown “rule” one’s life, and I truly am embarrassed it took me over for that long, but I can’t beat myself up for it. It was what it was. The main thing is now. Right now.

Right now, I’m ok. I’m not in shape and I’m over-weight, but I’m ok. I am able to recognise that I need to get back to health. I’ve actually been a member of a local gym for a year. It’s one associated with my work and it’s for men and women. I never thought I would be the type of person to mind going to a gym for both sexes, but it turns out i do! Mostly it’s because it’s full of muscle-headed guys who hog the weights machines for hours at a time. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed fernwood back in the day, so i’m going to go back to what i know.

My assessment is a week from Monday. I’ve lined up a “gym-buddy” and I’m ready to go!

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sunset 20 jan 2011

… taken through my car windscreen on the way home tonight. The full moon this evening is pretty spectacular also! I attempted a picture, but the camera on my phone isn’t fabulous and I couldn’t get anything decent. It’s a beautiful night – it’s still warmish outside and the smell of the pine trees is divine. It would be nice if you could take a “picture” of all the smells, the warmth, the general “feel” of the scene. Surely technology such as this isn’t too far away?!

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brian weiss workshop

I am eagerly anticipating this workshop … April will be here in no time at all. I really want to do the Toni Reilly 3 day workshop, too .. but 800$ odd is probably too steep. I’m still thinking about it.

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The Sun and Mars arrive back in your sign this week so you’re going to have more staying power to chase your dreams that you’ve had in about two years. But beware that it will be an intense week and Mars is an intense planet with a very bad temper! Try not to allow the energies to see you boiling over when staying cool would probably serve you a lot better. If you’re angry, do some exercise!

Hm. If the blowout argument I had with my boss on Friday afternoon is any indication of the upcoming week, I’m going to be an exercising FIEND.

How long ago was the Big Bang? What was there before it? What happened to all the anti-matter? Scientists love to debate such questions. Yet they don’t have answers and explanations that are any more convincing than those offered up by the world’s various religions. We are, though, all entitled to believe what we want to believe… as long as those beliefs do no harm to others. IS your life now being shaped and even squashed by someone else’s very rigid belief about what’s right, what’s wrong and what needs to happen next? You are entitled to question this and even rebel!

My stars this week really are pointing to a bit of an eventful week. I am ready for a new job. I am ready to feel good about my workplace. I am ready to leave behind the childish behaviour I have to deal with from my boss – the know-it-all, rude attitude. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to not feel anxious or depressed going to work everyday. Which is no way to live 5 out of the 7 days of one’s week.

Love Focus: We all want, or think we want, a peaceful life. We want things to go smoothly. We don’t want stress, conflict or drama. Just prosperity and contentment. Er… don’t we? It’s a funny thing really, but we have a strange, love/hate relationship with tension. In one way, we like it when issues are unresolved or unreasonable situations are developing. We get excited. A challenge – just as long as it is one we stand a half decent chance of rising to – is almost a promising prospect. Coming events may create quite a bit of upheaval and require you to think fast on your feet. You’ll love (almost) every minute.

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My sister, her family and I took my mum and cousin to dinner and a movie last night. My brother-in-law took my two nieces to see ‘Tangled’, while my sister, mum, cousin and I saw ‘Burlesque’.

Cher was, as usual, beautiful and a brilliant actress. Christine Aguilera has a powerful voice – not one that appeals to me particularly, but obviously fantastic. Eric Dane was as delicious as ever, Kristin Bell unusually dramatic and Stanley Tucci, amazing. The movie was all razzle dazzle with a decent storyline .. the dancing was mesmerising! It certainly wasn’t my choice of movie, but fun nonetheless.

It was a great night out with my family!

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