Back with bling

Got back tonight from the station, weary and with over 400 photos to sort. Hopefully I’ll have at least four decent ones to share with you tomorrow, but I couldn’t face them tonight…

I needed a distraction and a distraction I received from both Frippery and The Modern Historian who both awarded me the lovely Arte y Pico Award for lots of lovely things – thank you both!

1) Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
2) Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog by so everyone can view it.
3) Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
4) The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the β€œArte y pico” blog (click on the image), so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) Please post these rules.

So without further ado…

Niki from Hot Water – Hot Water has just had a makeover but I’m delighted to say Niki’s warmth and acerbic wit haven’t.

James’s blog has also had a makeover to celebrate his long anticipated trip to Sweden. An Abba fan in Sweden is well… sweet really. Note the colours of the Swedish flag in the banner pic.

Berra Circular by Miss Fortune is the new look blog following on from her delightful Hobart Chronicles. I like the way she incorporates song lyrics into each post. She obviously crafts each post with care… it shows.

Reading Circles is another fave of mine – what I love most is Feline Groovy’s banner pics and her whimsical posts sometimes incorporating snippets from her “real” diaries.

And last but not least and do I really have to stop at five????? – firstperson thirdcat – because her writing is funny, pithy and you know I like whimsical. Classy stuff.

Me and Chas Licciardello

Claiming that my son is a huge fan and would be sick-makingly jealous if I had my photo taken with him, I stood next to the (surprisingly not tall) Chas Licciardello from The Chaser and smiled.

Chas and Me

Of course it’s me who is the big fan… and Hugamuga… but one doesn’t want to be so uncool. Oh except… um… I guess it’s pretty lame to then display the photo on your blog… And I don’t want to appear a stalker but that’s 2/5!

I took the family to The Chaser’s Age of Terror Variety Hour at His Majesty’s Theatre this week. I was amused, I laughed out loud, I sniggered, I wondered if we’re going to have a problem in the future recycling all those reusable green shopping bags…

A Green Shopping Bag

Hugamuga LOVED it.

It’s like a Uni Review crossed with the Chaser’s TV show. The demographic was young. It was fun.

Details of the show.

Speaking of things happening in Perth… apparently the World Blog Awards are in our fair city in August…

A moment in the sun

Meg at Blogpond has created a list for those of us who don’t quite crack the Top 100 Aussie Bloggers. And W00T!!!!* I made the list!

So I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you who have come here to read and maybe even comment.

The ranking is a combination of the Technorati and Alexa ratings.

And thank you to everyone -whether you’re on the list or not – you make my internet world friendly, fun and interesting. πŸ™‚

Champers for all?

*In an earlier edition of this post I revealed my complete dag – W00t now correctly spelled. πŸ™‚

Top 50 Australian Women Bloggers

Women Australian Bloggers

Hey guess what?! I’m on the inaugural Top 50 Australian Women Blogger list over at All for Women (thanks to Leigh and Meg). Yay me! And thank you for reading this blog and making it so.

Now the pressure is on to create interesting and erudite reading material for you… my fingers are flexed, my computer is buzzing… πŸ™‚

In the meantime, your correspondent thanks you for your advice on mobile phones.

The Orchid Hunter (my boy) now says he won’t have a mobile phone if he has to use my munted old one.

Well!Γ‚ Of all the cheek! Should be grateful to get one at all.

(Oh that’s right it’s me who wants him to have one)

Apparently there are only two other kids in his class who don’t have a mobile phone. Isn’t that amazing?

Can you remember when they first came out? They were so special and only really high-powered executives seemed to have them. The rest of us sneered and said we wouldn’t want to be permanently on-call while secretly wishing we had one too. We couldn’t justify getting one ourselves and work didn’t see the need. Now I couldn’t imagine not having a mobile. Or a computer. Or a blog. Or a digital camera.

I can lose the PDA though. In fact, I have lost it… πŸ™

Sweetly smiling (even at the worst pick up lines)

Blogpond’s Meg awarded me the You Make Me Smile Award! Thank you. It made me smile. πŸ™‚

You Make me Smile

I’d like to pass this back across the Nullabor to Carol, whose exploits in a Sydney Swans commercial really did make me smile, to I Drew whose witty observations are appreciated, and also to Feline Groovy because she always cheers me up – and introduced me to saying “Shhhhh” everytime we go past the turn off to Secret Harbour on the way down south. πŸ™‚

I went out last Friday night.

Yes I know you think it’s amazing and it was because I rarely go out to a pub on a Friday night – or any night for that matter. In fact to illustrate how rare it is, I started off at the wrong pub.

I thought I was meeting my friend at Black Toms in Subiaco… at the Vic right. But Black Toms hasn’t been there for four or five years. Oh no. It’s been on Ord St in West Perth. So I’m standing around looking out for my friend in the wrong suburb.

Which leads me to my entry into “The Best Pick-Up Lines Contest” on The King Speaks.

I was standing with my friend leaning on the piano, as you do, at the real Black Toms some half an hour later. Holding a rather nice Shiraz and looking if not hot, at least more relaxed when a fairly well sauced (and by that I mean he’d been on the sauce for a while) mining type came up to me and said (this is my entry):

Hey! Where have you been all my life?

He held my attention until he started bagging Perth. I mean, you don’t have to like it – but I don’t want to hear it. Not when I’m out to have a good time without you. I don’t want to spend my Friday night defending my home town to some inebriated idiot from Brisbane. Don’t like it? I’m sure you know where the airport is. (Whoops, starting to rant again…)

So the line did get him a (short) conversation…

Have you ever been to a Parliamentary press gallery? I was up at Parliament House in Perth today (just down the road from Black Toms incidentally) and wandered in to admire the view.

What amused (and a little appalled) me was the graffitti on the press gallery bench. The long wooden shelf was covered in names, obscenities (though admittedly some were quite clever ones) and commentary.

I was amused because I saw so many names belonging to my colleagues or former colleagues many who have done great and good things with their careers.

And I was a little bit appalled because it is such a beautiful building, it felt sacreligious to have defaced it.

On balance though I’m glad it’s there as it has turned into a rich multilayered work of art. An anthropological survey of Parliamentary journalism through the decades.

It also goes to show how boring Parliament must be sometimes!

I wonder who was the first to write their name?

Halloween Treat

halloweentreat2 Trish has given me a Halloween treat which is a really cute idea from Hootin Anni who is handing out treats to “Make NEW friends by choosing random visitors!!!”

When you think about it, it’s very much like Halloween itself… when there’s a knock at the door by some kid you’ve never seen before (or never seen dressed like that before – definitely random)… and you hand out a treat.

Thoughtsparks, SueBlimey and Joe Duck – here is your treat. πŸ™‚

No tricks now!

Warm and Fuzzy

When I was about 12 my mother, always innovative and looking for self improvement, discovered transactional analysis, and as is her way with everything, delved into every aspect of this philosophy. We read TA for Tots, TA for Kids and TA for TeensΒ and learned about Adult to Adult communication. This is the kind of story in the books.

The things I remember from nearly 30 years ago are avoiding the word “should” when talking to others – “should” is a parent word and has no place in adult to adult conversation as it forces your correspondent into the child – “I want” is the child speaking and strokes. I hear a mental bell go off in my head when I say the word should even today, and search frantically for alternative phrasing.

The other thing I remember from those kids books is the feelings strokes can give you… they can be cold and prickly or (you guessed it) warm and fuzzy. We as humans crave strokes – whatever kind – but the latter make us feel great.

Today, Joh gave me a warm fuzzy by awarding me a “Nice Blogger Award”. Thanks Joh and may I say you have fine taste in books – Lian Hearn is a favourite of mine too. πŸ™‚ Joh also wins my unofficial award for most clever blog title! I love it.

So now I get to give a warm fuzzy to someone else! Β Oh the suspense… who will it be… requires some thought…