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2 Jun

Hey, I’m not sure if you remember me? I’m Jen, I used to blog here about a million years ago…

So, I am very almost done with the first semester of uni. All in all, it wasn’t a great idea. I don’t have the time to study full time, I’m not sure why I thought I did, but I really don’t. Even dropping one subject didn’t make a massive difference, however, I made it through and next semester I’ll be studying part time (and hopefully externally, if I can find any of my subjects that offer it) so the hideousness of the last few weeks should never be repeated.

El Photog and I are super loved up. Like truly, madly, deeply. I think for all intents and purposes we basically live together, it’s a stretch if I stay at my own house two nights a week these days. I just don’t get sick of her. There are very, very few people who don’t start to shit me after a while, but she is just one of them. It’s all new for me, I’ve never been this loved up before. It’s only been a couple of months but happily ever afters have already started to be discussed, not even in the “LoLz, let’s get married, hahahah” kinda way but in the “I really want to wake up next to you every morning until forever” kinda way. This weekend I met her entire extended family, it was very much a “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” occasion being the only vego in the room, but thankfully a friend of ours also came for a while to help with the photo shoots (yep, I told you it was big) and he’s vegan so I had someone to take the heat off 😉 I had a really fun time, I think there was more people in that room than there is in my entire family tree and it turns out Greek people are super loud so I had kind of a dull headache by the end of the evening, but not a bad word to say. I was welcomed so warmly, THANK GOD!

Business/arty stuff is really starting to pick up. The benefits of dating a photographer (aside from touching boobs) is having my product photos done…they aren’t done yet, but they will be soon so I will have a fancy new Etsy store to sell from. I’m in another exhibition in a couple of weeks. I’ll be showing five papercuttings and the most exciting bit about this one is that it will be on a while, so people can come and see my work AND I get the chance to sell them! It’s potentially a chance to make some phat cash, which would be awesome! I’ve been doing a monthly market and have inquired about a weekly one starting up soon. I’ve also been in talks about getting some space at a studio in the Valley and also having my work sold in a gallery shop, so please keep your fingers crossed tightly!

I guess that’s it for now? I thought for a long time I’d just delete my blog but now, having written a post, I think I remember why I like doing this. I actually miss it, so rather than promise to blog more often and feel bad when I don’t get a  chance to do it, I’m just gonna say “Hi” and please know that I am around the traps, I miss you guys and I do want to blog more regularly so you just might be hearing more from me!

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3 weeks!

29 Apr

God, it’s been over three weeks since I last updated! Not cool.

Uni is super busy, I just recently dropped one subject and it’s making life far better. Three subjects is still full time but next semester I intend to just do two subjects. It means it will take longer to finish my courses but I am down with that, at the moment, I have no time to do anything so it’s not working for me.

I am still all loved up. El Photog is super busy at the moment being all talented and successful but I still stay over at least 3/4 nights a week. Last weekend we went away to her housemate’s parents house in the hinterlands near Byron Bay. It was totally amazing. Gorgeous weather, a super amazing place to stay and just heaps of time chilling together, it was so fantastic. Even more amazing, after almost three days of each others company 24/7, there was no fighting or nit picking! It’s just awesome, she is awesome, I am very happy at the moment 🙂

Business stuff is also going well, I’ve got another market coming up which should be cool. I had one the other month which was pretty good – aside from being as hot as fuck and wildly uncomfortable but this time the weather should be a little cooler and I have invested in some low beach chairs, so comfort levels will be better as well. El Photog is incredibly wonderful to me and is going to help me get a product catalogue sorted and shoot my things for a new online store. I would really like to start getting stocked in stores by the end of this year, so a product catalogue will be very useful for that. Brisbane is also getting an In.cube8r, so I wanna grab a cube when that opens too!

What else? Fam is good, friends are good, I’ve booked to go to Japan later in the year, once with the Fam and a few weeks later with Ramz-o-saurus. No real idea how I’m going to afford these trips just now, but I am hopeful it will sort itself out.

I’ve just registered as a Qld Teacher, I figured almost 2 years after I graduated is a good time to actually get it done, plus it means I can get relief work in schools. Relief teachers get paid silly amounts of money, and if there is anything I like a whole bunch, it’s silly amounts of money! It also means I don’t have to work at the Magic Store anymore. It stresses me out in a massive way, not the work so much, but the dude I work with. It’s not worth the amount of stress I get as a result of working there.

Right now I have to run because I have an appointment with an oral surgeon. After years and years and years of dodging the fact I need to have my wisdom teeth out, I’ve bitten the bullet and started making moved towards having it done.It terrifies me, but it’s getting a little bit ridiculous now, so it’s time…

I am a shit blogger #8763

27 Mar

Dudes, hi! I am not sure if you remember me, I’m Jen. Yep, the girl who you’ve been reading for years, the girl who was once a dedicated post-a-day blogger…. yeah, that’s me. Anyways, rather than telling you I’m sorry (yet again) for being neglectful, I’ll update you and then tell you what’s the new plan.

Ok, so you know how I said I didn’t expect to meet anyone? Yes, well, that’s normally a big invitation for the Universe to come along and kick you in the face and make you realise that you don’t control everything, and this time was no exception. So, I’ve kinda met someone… let’s call her El Photog. So, as you might be able to deduce from her cryptic blog name, she’s a photographer. A pretty good one, in fact. If you pick up any street press* in Brisbane the odds are very good you’ll see her work, not to mention all the other projects she works on.

Anyways, aside from being really good at what she does, she’s also just really nice, super smart and just a pleasure to be around. She cooks, comes Greek heritage so she has olive skin and eyelashes that inspire fits of jealousy but she totally gets my deep and passionate love of haloumi, she also owns her own business and gets what I do. The other night we were lying in bed talking about invoices and BAS statements (I know BAS statements is the same as ATM machines, try and deal). It’s pretty new so I can’t tell you heaps more simply because I don’t really know, we have plans to see each other fairly often, so let’s just say we are seeing each other? If nothing else, the quality and composition of the photos I post are bound to improve somewhat 😉

So the other news is, I am going to commit to weekly posts, at the very least. There is no real reason I can’t do this, aside from the fact I tend to piss away non-uni time so I end up with no time. The blame lies quite heavily on “Bouncing Balls” on FB, it’s becoming a problem. I should probably just cut myself off from it like I had to do with “Crystal Balls” and “Bejewelled”. I’m a fairly non-competitive person, but if someone beats me at a FB game it becomes a blood spot to regain my title. Clearly time that would be better spent on more worthwhile pursuits. I’m going to Japan twice in September and October of this year, so making some money from said pursuits is rather paramount. Watch this space for my new Etsy store!

*I know anyone who is involved with street press tends to loathe it, and it’s considered the lowest common denominator in any professional circles, but you know what? I love it. I love it’s free, and accessable and a really tops way to get a bunch of cool perspectives on stuff. Not to mention the fact you can actually get your work in print. Call me old school, but there will be epic squealing when I get published in street press. It thrills me!

Quick Dots

10 Mar
  • There was a pair of underpants on the floor of my lecture theatre this morning. Girl underpants. Worn ones, I could tell because they were kinda rolled up like they get when you take them off. I’ve thought about them most of the day (is there any way I can say that without sounding like a total fucking nutter??) I just wonder if they’d fallen out the bottom of someone’s jeans, caught up in the leg from last time they were worn and wriggled their way out during the lecture. Did someone realise you could see them through a white skirt or dress and shimmy out of them? Or, most horrifyingly, was someone getting busy in a lecture?? Lectures aren’t that dark, and there is someone standing up there talking on a microphone and considering they were in the fixth or sith row, that’s pretty fucking close to the front. Not to mention to 500 or so other people in the theatre and the fact they RECORD THAT SHIT. Nothing says romance like incredibly public sex…
  • I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it, but I am off chocolate at the moment. Since the start of the month, in fact. I haven’t even cheated! It has been incredibly difficult, chocolate is second only to air in my life, so not eating it has been a pretty big deal. For the first couple of days I would have licked it from underneath someone’s fingernails but now it’s easing off and becoming a bit more manageable. I am knee deep in wicked PMS at the moment and I still haven’t eaten it. I really do have an addiction, I am not sure if I will be able to eat it again. Like how alcoholics can’t just have one drink at a party, I don’t think I can just be a casual chocolate eater, so the healthier option is just not to eat it at all.
  • I have at least one piece of assessment due each week between now and the end of semester. For those playing at home, that’s a fuck load of assessment. They are mostly little shitty bits but they aren’t so small it’s worth not doing, so it’s just enough to bump up the stress levels and add that extra bit of pressure.  Awesome!

All Filler, No Killer

5 Mar
  • I know, I know, this is not quality blogging by any stretch of the imagination. Let’s go ahead and assume that I’m a once a week blogger now.  I’ll give you a big update about everything and then maybe next time it will be more exciting…or not. It could go either way…
  • Second week of uni is almost over. I’ve got a piece of assessment due today,  a couple of things due next week and then it’s fairly steady for the rest of the semester. Crazy, no? Turns out double degrees are a bit of work. If I had to choose, I prefer Business faculty over Creative Industries. Business gets shit done, the websites for each subject are well padded with readings and lecture notes and things and C.I. subjects have few to no readings, no lecture notes, nothing. It’s frustrating. Because of work I can’t make my C.I. lectures, one is podcast which is tops but the other (ironically, for a Film and TV subject) isn’t filmed/podcast nor do they even put up lecture notes. Three out of four subjects being fairly reasonably isn’t so bad, I guess?
  • So, work. I don’t love it. It was good when I didn’t have uni…or Grace…and my business wasn’t so busy but now, it’s long and inflexible. A couple of weeks ago I gave noticed and the dude I worked with convinced me not to and that we can swap days or drop down to one day, then when I mentioned it earlier in the week he told me it wasn’t possible. Dude, really, it was your fucking suggestion. I want to stop working there. I don’t want to start getting behind with uni when it’s only first semester, first year. My business is picking up and I don’t want to start turning away customers for the sake of working at someone else’s business and I am busy with writing. I’d like to be paid to write one day so that means doing a whole lot of unpaid writing until someone thinks I’m good enough to be paid, not to mention the fact I really like to do it. I will still have to do some work to supplement my income, but I’d prefer to just do a day or two of casual teaching which will be better money and far more flexible.
  • Friends and other peeps? I don’t forecast meeting uni friends this semester. I’ve had all but one of my tutes so far – in two of the three I am the oldest person and in one I am the second oldest person. I don’t mean like six months older than the other peeps either, I mean of the thirty kids in a tute, twenty five of them are fresh outta high school, four have done a  year of something else at Uni or TAFE and the one is me.  It’s fabulous feeling like the crypt keeper every time I venture onto campus. It’s funny to see which kids won’t be around by week six. While most of them are very, very young a few of them have realised that uni is actually a bit hard so it’s worth buying textbooks and not just coming to campus to piss around and have coffees and pretend to be an adult. Constrast this to the giggly twits who wear messy buns, denim hotpants and didn’t know there was essential readings for the class on the subject website. It really makes you wonder what gross administrative error resulted in their enrolment because God knows they do a very nice job of appearing to be as smart as a box of hair. I’m all for being a bit slack at uni, but there is a difference between putting in an 73% effort when you know you could probably do better and just really showing up purely to fuck around and meet “hot guys”.
  • LOL, I just realised I missed the “other peeps” part, but that’s because there are no other peeps. No one on my radar. Miss Jones will possibly be back at the end of the month so that will be weird. Not bad weird, just weird because I am so used to her being gone now so it would be weird if she was around. Dish is still not interested or unavailable or whatever you wanna call it, so nothing there. I am over the single thing again. I don’t have the time or energy to pursue anyone or anything so, fuck it all. I’d rather like a partner in crime again, but what are you gonna do, right? My horoscope for this month makes it sound like each day is bubbling with romantic possibilities and the party I am going to tonight was the same party I first met Miss Jones at last year, so I suppose you just never know.
  • I think that is all for now?  If anything exceptional happens tonight, I promise a weekend update but if no update you can go ahead and assume the ordinariness continued. Stay cool, chickens. Catch you in a week.

Up to Date

21 Feb

I am becoming a poor blogger again! Writing for Grace, Samesame, working, going out and sleeping and shit doesn’t leave a huge amount of idle blog time. I was already thinking that I was becoming overdue for a post, but then on Friday night Dish asked me to update. It’s poor form when a reader asks you to update, right?

I don’t really know what to tell you about? For the sake of keeping everyone on the same page, I’ll tell you more about what is happening with Dish. Nothing. That essentially covers it, but I will give you a bit more than that. A few weeks ago, and about four days after the inital pash-fest Dish decided she didn’t want to do it anymore. She said she was an all or nothing sorta gal, and she wasn’t looking for an “all”. I won’t lie, I’m a little heartbroken. I like her a bunch and she is just so fun to hang out with, but what can you do, right? I am glad she was honest, it’s better than her just going along with things for the sake of it. We still hang out. At the moment I’m really trying to remind myself that we are only friends and will be only friends and not to think things are anything more than that. Just for something different, I’m trying not to fall for someone who isn’t interested. It’s really hard, but I know that when she meets someone else or whatever it won’t be that “slap in the face” feeling so it’s better to get it sorted now.

What else? I’ve been pretty busy with business stuff. I do a fair few custom pieces and I’m working on building stock for a market stall. With uni and everything else, the time involved in the online store is a bit crazy so I’m going to try having a fortnightly stall and just work online for custom work and stuff. I don’t want to do a half assed job of things, so I’m trying to figure out how to best manage it all. I seem to be pretty half assed  in every aspect of my life at the moment, so I am trying to sort out things piece by piece. Nothing is bad but nothing is great either, I am confident I can improve things though.

That said, it’s midday on Sunday and I am yet to brush my hair. Nor have I showered or changed out of PJs. I can’t even blame it on being hungover, I am just lazy. Hey, at least I am honest though, right?

P.S. I have a desperate urge to make things with gingerbread man motifs at the moment. For some reason, I just want clothes adorned with them, I’m thinking a tshirt with a gingerbread man collar. You heard it here first kids, gingerbread men for Winter 10. It’s all I’m saying.

Jen Teaches You Shit

11 Feb

Yesterday morning I wanted to cook some eggs for breakfast. I can poach eggs the normal way, but Dish cannot and I had heard about this cling wrap method so I decided to try it and see if it really works* and to document the process so Dish, and all of you, can try it yourself.

1. Wake up and decided to eat eggs.

Yep, this is really me, 30 seconds after hopping out of bed actually rubbing the sleep out of my eyes. I know, I know, who wouldn’t want to wake up to this?

2. Assemble your ingredients. You’ll need some cling film (make sure it’s ok to be heated, most are but I believe some don’t go well in the microwave, so just check), a bowl, however many eggs you’d like and a pot of gently boiling water. If you’d like toast then I’m gonna go ahead and assume that you’ll be ok to sort that out yourself.

3. Ok, so you get a bowl, then tear off a big piece of cling film. Lay it over the bowl and poke it down in  the middle a little bit so there is a little well. Crack the egg into the cling film.

4. Go ahead and gather up the cling film, making a little bag around the cracked egg. See if you can pinch a little bit of air into the bag and pinch all the ends together well. You can twist tie it all together, but I just gave it a bit of a twist and it was ok.

5. Drop that sucker into the water. Try and keep the water from going inside the pouch, you can just pull up the ends to keep it all bobbing upright every now and then. I try and stop them from touching against the sides of the pot, in case they melt. Make sure it’s not boiling too hard or you’ll melt the cling wrap **.

6. Let them hang around like this for a few minutes. It depends how runny you want them. I hate runny white bits so I left them for like four or five minutes, checking occasionally and pulling the plastic so they bob upright again.

7. Dunzo! Fish those suckers out and peel away the film. You might find a little bit of the egg sticks to the cling film, but that is ok. Make sure all the plastic is off and then dive in! Easy as pie!! Nomnomnonm.

* It worked beautifully yesterday morning. I went for a repeat performance this morning and it was an epic fail. I believe the water was boiling too hard and it ended up melting the cling film into the egg itself. I diced them, don’t eat cling film, it could be very bad for you :/

** This morning I sprayed some oil spray on the cling film before I put the egg in, as suggested by some sites. I won’t say it was the oil that made things go weird today, but just in case, I’d skip it next time. The film came away from the egg pretty well without anything yesterday morning, so i reckon you don’t need it….and watch the water temperature!!