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I haven't written in this for SO long!

My apologies for not having written for so, so long, but you see, right after that last entry I was abducted by a tall, thin man who calls himself 'the Doctor' and travels around the universe in a blue box that's bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside.  So I've been travelling all over the universe with him for the last 8 months or so.  He meant to drop me off right at the time he'd picked me up, but obviously this was as close as he could get.  So, here I am, back again.

And if only a word of that were true.  I do have a little TARDIS-shaped USB hub sitting next to my computer on the desk, but that's about as far as it goes.  I've been very, very busy recently, working and the like.  I was offered a job at my old primary school in a Grade 1/2 class, but unfortunately I found out that I'm really not suited to an early years class, so together with my principal we came to the mutual decision to end my contract early and I'm going back to CRT work next term.  It's school holidays at the moment, so I have some time to figure out what I want to do, where I want to go, etc.  She also suggested that I might want to think about some junior secondary work, so that I could also use my computer skills.  Early years primary doesn't really require them, see.  So I shall go around the secondary schools after the school holidays, as long as I don't find something sooner that I like even better.  We'll see where we get to, eh?

Not much else has really been happening, most of my time having been taken up with planning for school and such.  Curtain Call did recently put on their annual show, which I was in, of course.  It was called Once Upon a Time, about a Prince and Princess (Cinderella's son and Snow White's daughter) who are about to get married, but are separated by the Wicked Witches, East and West.  The story's about them trying to find their way back to each other, meeting all sorts of fairytale characters along the way.  Great, great fun, but I was exhausted after the rehearsals and three shows.  Was a very packed few days.  I'm sick at the moment, actually, but fortunately I seem to be getting over whatever it is I've got and Mum seems to have caught it now.  I seem to have been sick a lot this year, probably from working so closely with the kids.

About the most exciting other thing that's happened was that Mum and I went to see Wicked in June with Curtain Call -- it was AWESOME, and anyone in Australia who hasn't seen it yet, go and see it when it gets to you.  We got both the lead Elphaba (Amanda Harrison) and her understudy on the night we went, because evidently Amanda wasn't well, so the understudy took over after interval.  She was good too, though.  Lucy Durack was very good as Glinda, too.  Was thinking her voice might annoy me a bit, but it didn't in the end.  Think my favourite songs would have to have been 'Defying Gravity' and 'Popular'.  I love singing the former, although towards the end it gets a bit too belty for me.  I loved seeing the origins of the Scarecrow and Tin Man too -- very clever.  I might write up a proper review at some stage, if I can ever be bothered.

This weekend I do believe we're off to Melbourne.  It's Grand Final weekend and we're going to watch it with some friends.  Well ... Mum and Dad might.  I've never been all that interested in football, but I don't know about Jenny and Paul's kids; they might want to watch it.  I'll have to make sure I take a book or some pencils and paper with me.  I leave you now, with an icon of my favourite Doctor (David Tennant) and the promise to start writing in this more from now on!
  • Current Music
    'No Good Deed' -- Idina Menzel (Wicked soundtrack).
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Pointless post, but I'm bored.

Blah.  I'm sick with a rotten cold and my Facebook Scratch and Win application won't let me in!  I think I might watch a movie tonight instead, or maybe I'll work on that Heroines moodtheme.
  • Current Music
    'Under the Sea' -- Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid soundtrack).
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News, news, news.

To meganina, girl__upstairs and ladyoz: Happy Australia Day!  *waves our flag*

Now, how to begin ... was most saddened on Wednesday to hear of the untimely death of rising star, popular Aussie actor Heath Ledger.  Although I would not count him among my favourite actors, there was no denying his great talent, and it's always sad to see someone pass away so young, being only 28.  I also feel terribly sorry for his little daughter.  He will be sorely missed.

As I said above, today is the day that all proud Aussies celebrate, so I was up at the crack of dawn (ie 7am) to get to the Lion's Club hall for the Australia Day breakfast, at which the band were playing.  It's usually pretty good, I enjoy playing the few Australiana songs that we have, and we get a free breakfast thrown into the bargain, so it's worth getting up early for.  And now it feels like it should be about 4pm, when in reality it's only 1:20pm, and therefore also almost time for me to start watching the tennis, I think.  It's the women's final today; should be good.

On the subject of the tennis, it's really been a surprise!  Lleyton was knocked out by Djokovic, of course, and Casey was knocked out by ... was it Jankovic?  I can't remember now.  Anyway, they're both gone, and the last two nights the top two men's seeds were knocked out, Rafael Nadal by UNSEEDED Jo Wilfried Tsonga and last night Roger Federer by Djokovic.  I take some comfort at least in the fact that the guy who beat Lleyton has now made it all the way.  I do have to support Tsonga now, though, because Lleyton was knocked out. :P  My lucky father gets to go to the final tomorrow with work, so he'll have a good time watching, while I'll just have to be flicking between the tennis and the cricket on the couch at home!  Why's it all on together?  Although to be fair, the cricket should have finished by the time the actual men's final comes on.

I think I've finally got my computer back to the way I wanted it after I had to do that complete system restore at the end of November.  There are still a couple of games that I want to install and a few things to sort into various folders to tidy up the desktop, but I'm happy with it now.  I just gotta be careful what I download to make sure that it doesn't catch a virus.  S'good for now.

Right, lunch and the women's final calls, so I'll be off.  Will post again soon if I have any news.
  • Current Music
    Nothing at the moment; I'm off to watch the tennis.
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I don't have a problem, I swear!

Just because I've installed a Facebook slots application and was playing an online slot machine all night last night while I was watching the tennis doesn't mean I have a problem!  *giggle*  They can be a little addictive, though -- I can understand how people can lose so much money on them.  You just press that button waiting for the next big payout.  Of course, I wasn't playing with real money -- I would never do that online, but it was an okay way to while away the time while I was watching the tennis, though I'd get bored sitting at a machine for hours in a casino.

And speaking of the tennis, I can't believe the match I was watching finished only about half an hour after I finally went to bed!  I was watching our best hope, Lleyton Hewitt (although Casey Dellacqua plays tonight, who's been wonderful during this tournament so you never know how far she might get) play Marcos Baghdatis and gave up after four sets (which wasn't until almost 4am) and found this morning that it only finished about 4:30am.  I might've been able to last another half an hour, but never mind.  He won, so that's something -- and now he plays Novak Djokovic (sp?) tomorrow night, I think.  So glad I'm on holiday right now, so I can watch it all!

Ack!  deathcomes4u, your icon is still coming.  Sorry!  And kidcool, so is your banner.

Not much else happening at the moment.  We lost the cricket yesterday.  Parents have been at the tennis today and yesterday, so they'll be back tonight, and Christopher's out somewhere, so at the moment I'm home alone, currently watching Serena Williams about to start her match against Nicole Vaidisova.  I have some Disney villains icons to make for a challenge too, so I might go grab something to eat and get on with those.  Will write again soon, I hope, if anything exciting happens.  Otherwise I'll just keep you all updated on all the latest tennis scores instead.
  • Current Music
    The tennis on the television.
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Just an update; like anyone's interested.

Hello!  It's been a few days since I last posted an update in here and I have a little time today, so I decided I'd write up a little something.  I'm actually in the midst of re-working my teaching application after my brother's girlfriend's mother came over the other night to help me out with correcting what was wrong with my old one -- she's been a principal for many years now, and is responsible for hiring new teachers, so why I didn't think to use her before I've absolutely no idea.  But anyway, she's given me loads of notes to think about, so I'm having to re-work my application.  Unfortunately although there were a couple in the paper yesterday due at the end of next week, the majority of jobs up at the website I've been looking at are for colleges/high schools, which I'm not qualified to teach.  I do hope I'll find something before school goes back.

So what else have I been up to?  Ooh, I got my hair cut on Friday.  Not just trimmed as usual, but cut.  So it's shoulder-length now.  I also had it layered.  I think it'll be much easier to look after now, and it's not so hot during the summer weather.  Rather a scary step to take for me, having not had my hair this length since Grade 5, which'd be ... ooh, 15 years ago.  But I like it.  I've also made a buncha new icons which can be found at this post over at my capping and graphics journal.  I've made a few more Sweeney Todd icons that need to be added to this post, and a couple of Cats sets need to be posted, but I'll get there.  I'm also 86 images of the way through a 132-image new mood-theme.  My previous Disney Heroines moodtheme (which can be downloaded from here, and which I use myself) has been downloaded over 100 times now, so to celebrate, I'm making another!  The last theme features Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Mulan, Megara and Esmeralda.  The new one features more "classic" heroines, with Alice, Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, Eilonwy and Wendy represented.  I don't know how much call there'll be for it, but I have such fun making them!  I also have a Boston Legal theme in the works, but that one'll take longer because there's so much more to go through, with all of those episodes about.

Much gaming has also been taking place.  Can you tell I've got waaaaay too much free time on my hands at the moment?  I need to find a job.  Thanks to the magic of DosBox and various other emulators, I've been able to catch up with some very old friends from Nintendo and Sega games, such as Sonic, Mario, the hero from Faxanadu, Chun-Li and all her friends, Dave and the kids who explore Maniac Mansion ... the list goes on.  It's so great to be able to play all those old games when your console doesn't work anymore, which neither the Sega nor Nintendo do.  I also found the PC version of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time while in Blockbuster the other day.  I've played in on the Playstation and love it, but it's a pain to have to drag out and set up the console when I want to play.  This way I can play whenever I want.  And it was VERY cheap.  The box on the shelf was marked $10, but when I took it up to the counter it was only $6.65.  Considering new PC games are around $70-$80 usually, sometimes more, that's a REAL bargain.  I've yet to install it and see if it works (and if it doesn't I can't take it back -- store policy on the new games), but I plan to do that this afternoon.  Maybe computer controls will be easier than the Playstation control.  I shall just have to find out when I install it this afternoon.

And now because I'm a terrible procrastinator and I don't want to work on my application right now (hey, it's Sunday!), I'm going to go and snag something to eat from the kitchen, clear up my desk because it's an absolute mess and I hate working on a messy desk, see how Dad's getting on with putting up the new kitchen door and continue with this mood-theme I'm making.  I have all of Wendy's images to find, and a few from each of Snow White and Aurora.  Alice, Cinderella and Eilonwy are completely done.  Right, I don't think there's anything else to report right now, and there's nothing exciting happening in the next few days at least, I don't think, so I'll leave it there for today.  Oh, and Alex, I did get all your e-mails with all those images, but I haven't yet made the icon.  Will do that today too, or at least in the next couple of days.  Sorry.
  • Current Music
    Nothing at the moment; I really should put something on.
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Don'tcha just love presents?

*glomp*  deathcomes4u, I got your present!  I loffs it!  I see icon-making in my future ...

Umm ... yeah, not much else happening at the moment.  Watched Long Way Down with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman last night, which was pretty good, and have been out shopping today.  Found Merlin, Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks cheap on DVD, so I bought them.  Now I'm off to write another role-play post, catch some of the cricket and wait for my Scratch and Win credits to come in.  More coming tomorrow, if anything happens.  Adios.
  • Current Music
    'Panis Angelicus' -- Josh Groban (YouTube clip, thanks to Steph).
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Festivities and Facebook.

It's been a little while since I wrote anything in here, properly, I mean, so I thought that tonight I'd update you all on what's going on in my little corner of the world.  So, here we go, peoples.

We'll start with Christmas and New Year.  Despite being far too hot, both were very pleasant.  I did quite well at Christmas: chocolate, a desk lamp, a bag, a watch, some shower gel/soap/hand cream, an iTrip (to listen to my iPod through my car speakers), a little money and a lovely blouse that'll come in very handy for any interviews and for when I'm actually teaching.  We opened presents at home, then spent Christmas Day at my Uncle and Aunt's in Melbourne, but we were only there for the afternoon because Mum had to work Christmas night, so we had to come back.  That weekend we spent at Balnarring with some friends of my parents, and that consisted of Wii bowling and tennis and Sambuca. :D  The Wii is SO MUCH FUN!  Had a bit of a sore arm afterwards, though, 'cause I had to do everything with the one arm.  New Year we spent here, again with the afore-mentioned friends of my parents and their children, and a work colleague of Mum's and her partner.  Much fun.  Food, dancing and more Sambuca, then party poppers, blower things and sparklers at midnight.  I just loove the Christmas-New Year holiday.

Let me tell you, though, that not going to bed until almost 3am then having to get up to be in Maryborough (about an hour's drive away) at 10:30pm is NOT fun.  Especially not in the hot, hot weather we had yesterday.  Add to that the heat playing havoc with our tuning and the wind playing havoc with our music, and you might get a sense of what it was like.  Playing out in the middle of the oval in the full sun (it must have been almost 40 degrees, I think) is NOT fun.  But we survived and I had an ice-cream thrown into the bargain, so it was a good day overall.  I slept late this morning, though!  And the only problem with having New Year here is the mess that we have to clean up, which was done today, in the much cooler weather, before it's supposed to get hotter again tomorrow.  This weekend, although I'm not sure it's actually been arranged yet, I think we're going to Balnarring again, which should be good.  Maybe (if we go) I'll take my bathers with me and go for a swim, because the house is very close to the sea and it's supposed to be very hot on Saturday.  Being by the sea, however, it's not quite as warm as it would be at home, but I'm not too picky on how hot it is to go for a swim.  I'm sure it will be warm enough.  More Wii bowling and tennis may be incorporated in there too.  Fuuuuuuuuuuun!

My current online obsession is this evil website known as Facebook.  I spend much more time on there than must be healthy, but it's very easy to keep in touch with friends who are on there, and it's put me back in touch with two of my very best friends from primary school who no longer live around here and whom (one in particular) I have missed and haven't seen in years, so it can't be all bad.  Two of the applications in particular are a lot of fun: a game called Mental Blocks and an application called Scratch and Win, which is basically online scratch tickets and is FAR too addictive.  I'm currently over there selling back a lot of prizes for more tokens to buy more prizes.  I'm sure I've added all those from LJ that I know have an account, but if there's anyone who doesn't, go and join, or if you already have, look me up.  If you search for my e-mail address (sapphiresnitch@yahoo.com.au), you'll find me.  I've also been on a bit of an icon-making spree of late, so be sure to check out this post over at my capping journal for many musical theatre icons (with more to come) and keep an eye out for a couple of new sets coming.

Right.  I've said all I wanted to; I'm off to go spend these tokens and maybe wander out to see what's on television tonight.  Or I might just play Mental Blocks ... stupid addictive games. XD
  • Current Music
    'Beyond My Wildest Dreams' -- Kerry Butler (The Little Mermaid CD).
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Forums re-done (again).

Yes, I have once again re-done the forums over at the Study.  I was getting really tired of all the bots signing up.  We had over 1200 members, and barely any of those were real members.  So I deleted those forums and I have re-installed a new version of phpBB, which I hope will be more secure and prevent all those sign-ups.  Anyway, I wanted to let you know in case you were a member before, and wish to rejoin.  It's all still very much a work in progress, but the Games Room is up, with role-plays currently available for Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Labyrinth, Disney and Harry Potter.  And if you don't like the selection provided, request one!  There's a special thread for you to suggest forums you'd like to see, so suggest your own favourite show/musical/movie and you'll most likely get a game set up for it.  The forums may be found here: The Study's Forums, so head on over, join up, introduce yourself and join in what I hope will be a lot of fun.  There are many more boards on the way, so stick around, eh?
  • Current Music
    'Christmas in Killarney' -- Bing Crosby (Mum's Christmas CD).
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Me rite good, speak English proper.

How does one prove in writing that one has excellent oral communication skills?  It's one of the key criteria on a job application here.  Okay, so written are included there too, and I think the application itself should mean you would be classed as having excellent written skills ... but oral?  How do you know if someone has excellent oral skills unless you actually speak to them?

Anyway, moving on ... I'm not feeling as good as I should be at the moment, for some reason.  Tomorrow is the last day of my final block placement, it's only just over a week until my 25th birthday and therefore Phantom-ness, and Elizabeth told me today that she'll pass me (just, admittedly, but a pass is a pass nonetheless), I see no reason I would fail any of my other classes, so I'm not sure why I'm quite so down as I am, but there you are.  I'm sure things'll get better.  Going to have some fun with the kids tomorrow: just looking up some games that I can play with them for an hour or so after lunch.  Gonna make up a parcel for 'Pass the Parcel', and am just trying to decide what else we could play.  Maybe I'll get them to suggest some games.

Block placement could have been better, but as I've said, I shall pass, and that's all that matters to me right now.  I've had some fun, and the kids have been good.  Elizabeth thinks that they genuinely like me, so that's something.  So it's definitely not my way with the kids themselves that's troubling my marks.  But anyway.  I've had fun.  I went to the cricket with the 5/6s on Friday, the Kanga 8s that the school was playing in, because they were short.  I got terribly sunburnt, but it seems to have cleared up now.  Initially my face went totally red and my eyes went all puffy and sore, but I now think that it may have been a reaction to the cream I was using, because as soon as I switched creams the redness went and the swelling went down very quickly.  So I'm almost back to normal now, aside from a bit of peeling, and even that's not bad.

By the way, for anyone O/S who doesn't know (if you care), Kevin Rudd won the election. (YAY!)

I had to completely restore my computer the other night (ie back to factory settings) because I think it caught a virus that I couldn't find and some of my programs were going wonky.  So I spent the next couple of nights transferring everything to discs and I'm now in the process of re-installing and re-transferring everything.  I'm getting there, but it may take a little while.  I have the most important things re-done, and I'm still working on it.  Unfortunately this means I've lost all my e-mail contacts and messages because I had to re-install my mail program, so it's lost everything, including all the lovely filters I had set up.  I can still read role-play messages on the group site, so Steph, there's a post coming, I swear, but Megan, could you e-mail me, please?

And I think that's it from me for tonight.  Think I might head off and watch some television or something, maybe keep working on getting everything back onto my computer.  Seems to have fixed it, though -- the memory was going down by itself without my installing anything, but it's all good now.  Just a pain to have to re-do everything.  Ah well.  Nighty-night for now, my dearies.
  • Current Music
    'Epiphany' -- Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd -- from some new YouTube clips).