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Funtimes with Friends: Katoomba Visit

After all the clamour of Christmas and New Year a bunch of my friends and I decided to take a long weekend holiday. After some confusion with booking accommodation we all piled into cars and made our way up to Katoomba and stayed at ‘Alta Mira’, or as we liked to refer to it, ‘Casa del Fiesta’ (it means castle of dreams). The house was amazing, with a ridiculous shower that looked like it came out of a steampunk catalogue, so many rooms that I kept worrying I’d get lost, and an impressive garden.

I brought my camera with me, and took photos of… plants, mostly.

(clicking on the photos will bring up bigger versions, by the way)

 

On the Sunday most of us went for a walk to look at the 3 Sisters, and I took photos of… plants, mostly. I feel like there might be a bit of a theme here. It was a gorgeous area, and interesting to explore the bushland rather than just sitting around the house or looking at shops. It also was really sunny and hot, and I was not the only one who got sunburnt that day.

We also had a frequent visitor named Shinto, who seemed pretty interested in the inside of Alta Mira, and getting pats from us, and generally being completely adorable. The other cat visited occasionally and the two of them had a fluff-off; the other cat was obviously older and had no time for Shinto’s attempts at intimidation.

Everyone agreed that it was an awesome weekend, and that we should do it again. Maybe next time I will take photos of something other than plants and cats?

Photo Spot

Public holidays always throw my schedule out of whack. We had the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and so it feels like a Monday (and also kinda like a Friday, but I think that’s just because I want to go back to relaxing) and I meant to post these photos on the weekend but that just didn’t seem to happen. I cleaned the house instead, which I guess is more important really. I’m trying to get back into the habit of taking a photo a day so I can post them on here as a more regular thing. I already failed over the weekend, but that’s because I didn’t really do anything photo-worthy, so it’s a work in progress. Either way here are my photos I took during the week last week:

 

Pretending I'm on an island holiday, rather than at work. @lunchbawx is hard at work!
Acting innocent won't help you, Neddy. I bought myself a present! I love presents!
Thank God it's the weekend. I thought home time would never come.
I had a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, and Neddy seemed confused by me sleeping in, but he also took advantage of the situation and snuggled up with me until I finally got out of bed. He’s growing up so quickly! Both the cats have gotten snugglier since the weather’s gotten cooler, which is cute, but also annoying in the middle of the night when I try and rearrange myself and encounter cats in every direction. They probably get just as annoyed at me accidentally kicking them as I am with them getting in my way.

 

Ben and I are going to Melbourne next week for my birthday, so I probably won’t make a post on Monday because I’ll be on a plane. But that means there should be another big Melbourne post when we get back. I’ll put it up eventually, I promise! We’re going for a whole week this time so I’m really looking forward to it.

Grown Up Life

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I keep meaning to update this more regularly, but at the moment it just feels like all I’ve been doing is working and watching Korean tv shows, which isn’t that interesting to talk about.

Getting used to full time work is something that is taking a while to adapt to. I am ok with getting up and going to work every day (although now that the mornings are getting colder it’s more of an effort to get out of the nice warm bed), it’s just that I feel like life is kinda passing me by. During the week our day consists of getting up, going to work, then relaxing in the evenings before going to bed and repeating the process. Then on the weekends we just want to relax, which means sleeping in and hanging around the house. At most we will go to a cafe for lunch and have a bit of a wander, but that’s about it. I always wonder how people can have interesting lives while working full time; do they just have really packed weekends?

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That being said, the past few weekends have been slightly more interesting than usual. Last weekend was Mother’s Day, and because Ben’s Mum’s birthday was then too, we had a big lunch in Newtown with Ben’s family, his sister-in-law’s family, and my family all there. It was the first time Mum and Ro saw Ned in person, and he was suitably cute and endearing. Scout hid under the bed the whole time they were here. We had Thai and Mum got to put some faces to names that I have mentioned in our talks. She also got to show off her new car, which was suitable new and fancy.

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This weekend was also exciting because we went to Marrickville for the first time since we moved to Stanmore, and we’ve also started letting Ned outside for a little bit. He has a collar now (which he hates) so I’m a bit more willing to let him wander without strict supervision. I still worry about him wandering off, but I just didn’t want people to think he was a stray because he’s still pretty small. Scout seems to get a bit confused about Ned when they’re outside; twice he went up to her and must have caught her by surprise because she puffed right up and tried to fight him. I don’t understand how she didn’t recognise him, seeing they’ve spend every day together for the past month.

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He is such a photogenic cat. I busted the good camera out for the first time in ages and all the photos I took came out nicely. Now if only he wasn’t so bitey.

Employment Opportunities

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the news on the block is that I have a new job. For a while I technically had two jobs and they overlapped for two weeks. I was essentially working 7 days a week for that time; I wouldn’t recommend that anyone try that out, because it sucked balls and had to go back to drinking coffee in the mornings to be able to survive the days.

I went back to QBF when I found out one of the girls there was going overseas because I was really starting to stress about my unemployment and going back there meant I didn’t have to actually apply anywhere and get trained or any of that. It was a job of convenience more than anything else. Two days after I started back one of the other girls got a proper job so we were going to have to employ someone new anyway. The next day I had a job interview and was asked to start as soon as possible. So much for going back to retail for a while! Nat was upset that I was leaving basically as soon as I came back to the QBF Crew, but understood that I would be an idiot to give up this job to stay in a retail job that I didn’t overly like.

Proof I’ve been hard at work.

So now I am working at the gaming company that Ally (remember my old housemate?) has been working at for a few years. I am a Production Assistant, which at the moment means answering messages that people send in when our facebook game isn’t working properly, general admin stuff and a bit of game testing to see if the developers have fixed the bugs they say they have. Most of the time they haven’t and I get a strange satisfaction from being able to consistently break the game.

The view from out my office window

I’ve been here for about a month now and I’m really liking the place! My coworkers are all really nice and friendly (also most are super nerdy so I feel cool around them) and the atmosphere is pretty laid back. My bright hair and piercings are not an issue in any way and there isn’t a dress code, which means when I don’t feel like putting in an effort in the morning and wear tights as pants no one cares at all. Even when I dress like a slob I tend to look more put together than half the staff. If Mr “Socks and Slip-On Sandals” can get away with wearing his trademark ensemble then I’m pretty safe with my fashion choices.

My desk buddy!

The office is just down the road from Ben’s work, so we travel back and forth together which is nice! Sometimes we get lunches together too, but most of the time we do our own things during the day and meet up after work to travel home. I’m still getting used to this 40 hour work week deal so most of the time it is hard to get out of bed in the mornings, but Ben is worse than I am so it makes me feel good that I manage to catch the train on time every day (unlike him). I also seem to beat Ally to work every day too, but apparently everyone beats her to work some days. When I meet up with Ben in the afternoon we normally buy stuff to cook for dinner (we’re not that great with planning ahead for these things) then catch the train home. Afternoon trains are almost always old unairconditioned trains, which sucks, but I guess that won’t be so bad once the weather starts cooling down again.

Another boat photo!

I feel sorry for poor Scout. Now she’s left alone all day she seems to have gotten even more clingy than before. She’s taken to laying in front of the door whenever we’re in the lounge room just in case we weren’t aware that she didn’t want us to leave. I have tried to find things to entertain her when we’re out, but she doesn’t seem to notice her toys most of the time so it’s no use. Hopefully once this lease runs out we can get a slightly bigger place now we can afford a bit more rent and get Scout a friend to help keep her company during the day. I saw one up for adoption that I’m wishing we could get now, but I’ve been told I’m not allowed.

 

So that’s my latest life update! Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go and catch up on the sleep I’ve missed since having to get up at 7 every morning.

Friday is for Photos: Stanmore Cat Edition

One thing I have noticed about this area is the abundance of cats that wander about. I’m pretty happy about this, because it means I get to pat new kitties, but sometimes it can be an issue when I have to get somewhere on time. Yesterday I was going to see a band play nearby and there must have been something in the air because I saw so many cats on the way; I took maybe twice as long to get where I needed to go because I kept stopping to say hello. I managed to take photos of some of them, but missed out on the three gingers that were hanging out in some front yards.

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There was also a Siamese named Basil who the Bengal in the second photo wanted to play with. Basil was too busy getting pats from me to be photographed well, but this fella was too shy to come close so I got a good photo of his/her marking. Bengals are such gorgeous cats.

I also got to hang out with Rusty yesterday while doing the washing. We have a little concrete area where the laundry is, and our local nomad cat Rusty likes to hang out there sometimes to bask in the sun. He and Scout have had some issues in the past, so I brought her out to see if they’ve gotten friendlier and there wasn’t a fight where I would have to intervene, so I’m going to chalk that up as a success. There was a moment where I think she tried to play with him; She arched up really tall and pranced over to him like a kitten would, but Rusty just hissed at her and she backed off. Poor Scout, no one will play with you.

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Rusty is such a chill cat, you can tell he just doesn’t care about anything. He’s king of the area, for sure.  He’s the perfect cat to take photos of in that respect.

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Scout ended up just lying down nearby (but still far enough away to feel ‘safe’) and watched him while he slept. I think she’s bored and misses Tiger more than we realised, because she’s been really eager to go outside since she saw Rusty. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna end up getting another cat when we move (hopefully a ginger).

IMG_3079IMG_3084Look at those eyes. For all that I complain about how noisy she is, I do love my Scoutface.