Monday, December 27, 2010

Early musings for 2011

It's not New Year yet. But I've got the time to reflect now.

What can I change?
What should I aim for?

Once again, the idea of monthly goals appeals.

For January:
Buy nothing new.

Not an original goal, but not one I've tried before.

To remind myself of the world beyond the material. Of the limited resources we share. Of my blessings in having access to so much of them.
Plus, I'm moving interstate. I need to downsize somewhat (in a month?! Yeah, right.) And I have spent the last few years railing against clutter with only mild success. Here's another way to tackle it.

Well - roughly along the lines of the Compact. Food & drink is ok - but buying consciously, aware of what I already have in the pantry. Cleaning products - but only if I've truly run out or don't already own an alternative (three different types of shampoo, anyone?) Second hand is ok if I really need something. My exceptions will be: 1. Repairs - my shower screen needs fixing, and 2. Experiences are ok. I believe that spending money on experiences add depth to life in ways that Stuff does not.

Why only a month?
Because I'm afraid of commitment. And I believe in baby steps.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Circle of security

The freedom to leave to explore.
The safety to came back.

Simple, no?

Friday, August 13, 2010

I said to you the one gift which I'd adore
a package of the next ten years unfolding
But you told me if I had my way I'd be bored...

Indigo Girls, Language or the kiss
Lost my inspiration.

Supposed to be writing about measles. Due in 2 days. Not getting anywhere.

Headspace is full with lots of other stuff - jobs. 2011. finishing up. sunshine. motivation. personal politics. overseas.

how to prod myself into action?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New job, new pace

New place
New patients
New problems

Just started in the community clinic. So far the timetable seems to be child psych, autism, learning problems, ADHD, child safety issues. With the odd trip to the outback for good measure.

So i'm gearing up for the next learning curve... from managing up to 20 people to managing just one.


Monday, August 02, 2010

Flying visits

Well, am thankful to be back in the ville. In once piece (mostly).

Wedding the first: Hobart. Footless tights & long gown - perfect. 3 days with cousin - awesome. Dancing with aunt - very cool. All in all, a success.

Travel: airport singapore noodles is the best cure for a cold.

Friday: bell ringing skills thoroughly honed.

Wedding the second: made it to the church on time. Afternoon chilling. Evening dancing. Vodka shots. The sunday was somewhat less than dignified.

And yes Mum, I did make it to work today.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


So, the last couple of years have been a time of new things.

Ultimate frisbee
Deep dives
Managing people
Hiking & liking it
Building a veggie garden
Flying to work

Today I'm sore from a few hours of hula. With my own hoop, to my own rhythm, with a bunch of fun people. In public, no less!

Never would I have dreamed that I'd have the co-ordination, let alone the willingness, stamina and ability, to cruise around hooping for a couple of hours. And to do it whilst soaking up the sea breeze, watching the yachts and reveling in the sunshine of a Sunday afternoon is brilliant.

Townsville rocks!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cool new procrastination tool

Sign up, sign up, to join the internet revolution in health surveillance... is a program designed to track seasonal & possible pandemic influenza through 2 simple questions.

Do you have fever?
Do you have a cough?

They have been able to identify the lift-off point for the flu season with amazing accuracy - and 10 seconds of volunteer's time per week.

The whole concept is fascinating - use volunteers and modern day connectivity, simplify as much as possible to keep them engaged, and every week you have data from ten thousand people - and results in less than 24 hours. By comparing vaccinated vs non-vaccinated, they can sift out the true flu over the background sneezing.

Now what else could be done with that power?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Reading log 2010

I wrote down every book I read from about 1992 to 2006... and then tailed off.
But would like to restart.
So: a post to be edited as the year progresses.

Was there another, to start the year?
First Among Sequels - Jasper Fforde
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer (yes, Dot, I "jumped on the bandwagon"!)
The Tall Man - Chloe Hooper - finally finished, with a vastly different picture of Palm Island in my head to when I started (through experience, not the book so much)
New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
The Fox - D H Lawrence
Smoky Joe's Cafe - Bryce Courtenay
Started Long Walk to Freedom somewhere about here...
The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
Thud - Terry Pratchett
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
Dream Angus - Alexander McCall Smith
Unseen Academicals - Terry Pratchett
Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer (yes, there are that many "e"s). Noticing any themes?
Juliet, Naked - Nick Hornby
10 Short Stories you must read in 2010 - Various
The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
Addition - Toni Jordan
Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela (finally finished!)
The Postman - Antonio Skarmeta

19. Maybe can squeeze another in before year's end? Am halfway through the last vampire book...

February goal

The sleeping thing is going ok. Not quite four nights a week, but at least three, and most earlier than it would have been. So close, but no cigar (or ridiculous pen, as my reward was to be).

For February:

Meditate 3 times per week.

1 down thus far. Will see how I go!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Overcoming resistance

I have done 2 things today of which I am rather proud.

I got an autoelectrician to look at my car.
And I drafted an article for hopeful journal publication.

The two things have been my biggest procrastination problems in recent months. The article has been in process, in theory, for about 20 months. That means that, whenever I thought about it, my heart would sink. My old boss would email me every 2 months or so to check on it - and my heart would sink further. It became an enormous mental hurdle to even think of it - and hence I avoided thinking about it at all costs.

Which made it worse.

So today, I spent LESS THAN 2 HOURS and finally sat & wrote it.

That's less time than I've spent avoiding thinking about it.

But at least, I can celebrate that it's done.

A draft at least.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The sleep thing

So, in the spirit of staying on track - how is my January goal going?

I received a gorgeous calendar from a friend for Christmas, just in time for the relaunch of the gold stars. Thus far, there are 5. Which, given there's been 6 "school nights", I'm pretty happy with.

I've also got rid of 2 large boxes of shredded paper - mostly due to a frantic scramble to find a form that will determine 6 months of my training.

It was due on the 31st of December.
I didn't find it.

I finally bit the bullet & called my supervisor to request a re-do, six months late... and he thankfully pointed out that we never did the form in the first place. Which made me feel like slightly less of a disorganised muddler.

And now there's several kilos less paper in my life - big yay!