Thursday, June 30, 2005

Make Poverty History

Dear all,

Poverty may never be eradicated but there's no shame in trying.
At the moment campaigns around the world are in full swing trying to raise awareness of a very real and significant issue - Poverty.

Why is it that so much of our tax money can be so easily committed to war, weapons and useless investigations but it is so hard to allocate a greater amount to really important things like eradicating poverty? - And I am not talking just about poverty in places like Africa and Central America but in your own backyards in Australia, Sweden, USA, Norway, UK...

If you want to make a difference, there is no need to chain yourselves to a tree or donate all your income - visit either of these sites and sign the petitions, it is as simple as that.

http://www.one.org
Make Poverty History

If you want to learn about what the purpose of it all is, read:
What we want

If anything, you will learn something new.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Good luck cat!

My husband is, at this moment, making a presentation which will result (I hope) in the end of his university days as an undergraduate student.

He has been at university for as long as I have known him, which is 7 years...a very long time if speaking about careers other than medicine.

But here he is now, about to finish his degree, and I could not be prouder.

He has worked very hard and his results have reflected that - I mean, how many people out there consistently score 90% and above throughout university?

Me? I was happy just to get over 60% :-)

I know it has been hard for him at times and I have had to play coach throughout his university life - encouraging him and supporting him. So, although this is the end of an era for him, I also feel it will be the end of an era for me. More importantly though, this means the start of bigger and better things for the two of us - minus the dark and heavy cloud of 'uni' hanging over our heads.

Congratulations Oyvind!



This is one of the countless sweet drawings my husband sends via MSN Messenger on a daily basis - A Picasso indeed :-)

Friday, June 24, 2005

High School Reunions

A couple of days ago, an old high-school buddy of mine informed me that a 10 year high school reunion was being organised for the Class of '96 (do you remember that old TV show? Gillian Anderson (aka Scully) featured in one of the episodes).

Anyway, I was naturally excited about it all. I have not really kept in touch with many people from high-school because when I went to University I was the only one from my school doing my degree. So, I figure this high school reunion will be a fun way to catch up with people I have not seen in 10 years...

In high school I was a bit of an interesting character - I belonged to no 'crowd' but I was friendly with them all - must be the diplomat in me. I don't think I made anyone's life 'hell' but I guess I'll find out next year, when the reunion takes place. I really enjoyed high school - humiliations and all. I mean, how many of us had the 'perfect' experience?

Standouts include:
Year 7: allowing my mum to cut my hair right before school photos were taken...I was left with a 60s do gone very wrong! (She has not touched my hair since).

Year 8: having a HUGE RED ZIT on my nose that no amount of make up could disguise and so being called 'Rudolph' by a very mean girl (she got a nasty surprise the following year when she developed pretty bad acne that lasted beyond high school).

Year 9: finding out that my boyfriend at the time had cheated on me - nuff said.

Year 10: rekindling an old 'relationship' with a little boyfriend I had in year 8 (we had both determined in year 8 that we were too young for all this boyfriend/ girlfriend stuff).

Year 11: Being dumped, via letter, by aforementioned boyfriend from year 10 - and then bumping into him and his new girlfriend 2 weeks later after he had told me that the breakup was not due to a third-party. Also taking part in the school musical 'Grease' in the role of Cha-cha.

Year 12: Having the best year of my high school life - getting good marks, kissing new guys and on formal (prom) night attending as a free and single gal, and not being bothered by it in the least.

I think high school can be a defining moment for many people but not for all - thankfully! What you did then does not necessarily have to have a direct effect on your life now but I think that the values and beliefs you developed then certainly do...

I look forward to having a blast, sharing old stories and being proud of those who have succeeded. Naturally, I am going to check out "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" right before the event for inspiration :-)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Wedding Photos

On Tuesday night, Oyvind and I went to pick up our professional wedding photographs.

Whilst it was fun to look at pretty pictures of ourselves and of our beautiful family and guests, a thought dawned on me - I am going to have to go through these albums many more times with family and friends over the next couple of months, at least!

Looking at the photos was not as exciting anymore.

BUT then I remembered that this was going to be much like when Oyvind and I have to tell the story of 'how we met'.

You see, when we first meet people they always ask us how we met. This is because I am a Salvadoran-born Aussie and Oyvind is Norwegian so they figure there is an interesting tale behind it all.

We try to take turns when we tell the story because it is a little complicated...and there are always lots of questions. And frankly, we are a little tired of telling it over and OVER again...

Every once in a while though, it strikes me that our story is very much 'out of the ordinary' and I try to look at it from a third-party perspective - it always impresses me. I bet if I heard our story for the first time I would think it quite unbelievable.

And so this attitude keeps me sane when I tell our story for the 100th time.

I am hoping this approach will work for wedding photograph showings too...

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Forgive me friends, it has been 12 days...

since my last update!
What is up with that? Let me summarise...

Ok, so on Saturday the 11th of June, my hubby, my dear friends S and J and S's husband A, headed to the lovely town of Bowral for some much needed R and R (That's rest and relaxation...)
We booked ourselves into Links House, located a few minutes' drive out of Bowral town centre, for a couple of nights.
On Saturday we had a hearty lunch at the Briar's Inn and chatted away. Catching up on life and fixing up the world's problems...Isn't that what you normally do when spending time with friends?
That evening, we headed to the movies to catch Brangelina work their stuff in Mr and Mrs Smith. Now this movie was not a masterpiece but just what you need when you don't want to think too much - agree?
On Sunday we headed to Wombeyan Caves, which are very beautiful limestone caves. The drive there was very..errr...interesting! Our drive, A, fancied himself a rally driver so we bounced around a lot. It was not so much fun after 40kms though. We had to stop a couple of times whilst some of us got our natural colour back...haha Nevertheless, it all proved much fun - we did, however, take the LONG and STRAIGHTER road back to our bed and breakfast.
That evening we ate a delicious dinner and the creme brulee crowd struck again (We are all creme brulee fans and tend to eat that whenever we gather) - they served a delicious creme brulee with rhubarb that went down a treat wit us...mmmmm!
Monday, our last day found us roaming Bowral town and playing Chinese Poker once again (just as I predicted, we all became addicted to the game by the end of the weekend). We then went to the movies again and this time watched Madagascar. This is very much a kids' movie but very cute and really, it is so much fun to go to the movies with dozens of kids laughing their heads off at exactly the same things you still find funny after all these years...
And so with that, our long weekend away was over. We had a great time - plenty of food and plenty of fun.

Last week was not much fun - work was busy as there were many people sick and on Thursday I succumbed to it all. I sent myself home and did not get back until today (Tuesday). I have spent my time in a haze of drugs and light-headedness, in and out of sleep. I tried to convince myself that it was all a cold but when I finally took myself to the doctor yesterday he chucked that theory out the window...I was diagnosed with a respiratory infection - what the?! So, onto antibiotics I was immediately placed. Can't say that I am feeling 'much better' but I am here at work, no longer contagious and being at home was boring the hell out of me.

Grego, thanks for your kind thoughts and wishes!

Oh, I have some exciting news but I'll save them for later...

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Book review

Ok, not really a review because my brain is fried at the moment and I want to go home ASAP but let me tell you a bit about the latest book I have read.
I finished it last night just before 1am and it is called "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult.

It is not one my favourites and something I probably wouldn't normally read but boy, was it an interesting tale. Basically, it is about a 13 year old girl who was designed specifically as a donor for her older sister who has a rare form of leukemia. The girl has undergone numerous procedures in order to save her sister time and again but now she has come to a point where she does not want to do it anymore. Catch is - her sister will definitely die if she stops donating.

This is, naturally, an oversimplified version of the events.

My least favourite character is the mother. She has a one-track mind, in my opinion. I am not a mother but I was amazed at how she could care so much about one kid and not the other two. How she could focus so entirely on one thing and neglect so much was beyond me. Perhaps it is because that I am not a mother that I don't understand.

naturally, the book makes you consider - what would you do in such a situation? Would you conceive a baby for the sole purpose of saving your other daughter's life? When is enough, enough? Could you live with a decision that causes death to others? What is morally and ethically right? Is there such as thing as absolutely right? or Fair even?

I did not cry reading this book, although I had expected to do so. Most of all, it made me sad. I hope to never be faced with such a situation as what the characters all went through but most of all, I hope to be strong enough to deal with things like this, should they ever come to pass. Knock on wood.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Nala

Monday, June 06, 2005

And her name is...

Nala - yes, our new car has a name.

Nala, you may remember, is Simba's friend in 'The Lion King'. My new Astra resembles her - she is golden and gorgeous...ahhh I am in Love :-)

Photos will be posted ASAP. In the meantime, you'll just have to take my word for it...

Thursday, June 02, 2005

I'll be around until I am 98.9

So, I have just completed a 'Healthspan Calculator' at www.agingresearch.org/calculator.

Based on my answers, it looks like I'll be alive and kicking until I am 98.9 :-) Not bad news I suppose although I would have loved to hit the 100 mark...hehe

Anyway, why don't you give it a go and let me know your results? It will be interesting to see what everyone else gets..

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Wednesday

Not much to report today. Got up super early to attend a breakfast seminar in the city - this meant that I was on the train before the sun was fully up. I do NOT miss train travel.

Looking forward to going out for a long walk this afternoon after work - and then once I have exercised my body, exercising my brain at Trivia Night - wish me luck!

PS. Did actually do something quasi interesting last night - rented 'Eternal Sunshine of the spotless Mind' - what a good film! I really enjoyed it. It was bittersweet and what I got out of it is that even messing with destiny/ God/ etc does not guarantee that certain things can be completely avoided or erased - did I get it right?