Archive for September 2012

It’s all about me!

I’ve had an insanely busy week, and the fortnight ahead is not looking much better. I’m not sure that I’m not getting something because I ache all over, and I feel exhausted.

So, I decided today would be for me. I am going to spend this afternoon doing “me” things. After getting the important things accomplished (meeting, and then Doctor Who) I’ve reached a problem. I’m so far behind I have a list a mile long of fun stuff I want to do that I’m a little overwhelmed and have no idea where to start, so I’m in danger of either sitting on the couch doing nothing, or wasting this opportunity on something like housework!

  • Baking (any one of about eight cakes I have planned. Or even just a cake Because I Can!)
  • Mass Effect replay – I was hoping to get through this series replay by next Friday (new game day) but that is so not going to happen!
  • Sleep (Because why not?)
  • Blogging (WW series, the Cupcake adventure or a few other posts…oh, hey, guess what?!)

Now what?

Add a comment September 30, 2012

Winging It: S1.1 Pilot

It’s been twelve years since The West Wing premièred, and I never finished the whole series. I think we were dedicated watchers up until about season four,or maybe five, and then for some reason we stopped.

I’ve been meaning to get back to it ever since. I know its a great series – I loved it when we did watch, and so many of my friends still rave about it. So since I happened to pick the series up quite cheap (go the staff discount!) I figure I should utilise some of my public transport commute time and watch it.

As expected from the opening minutes of a new show we’re introduced to the cast.

  • Sam – ladies man
  • Leo – pedant
  • CJ – klutz
  • Josh – workaholic*
  • Toby – serious

*Well, the initial moments with him asleep at his desk kind of lead you to think that, but as the story progresses you realise it’s probably more worry about his foul up.

I remember: Almost the only thing I remember from this episode was Sam sleeping with a call girl, particularly his line regarding POTUS being his boss, not his friend, and then who POTUS is. I know it’s the first time I had ever heard the term, and the way the scene is delivered makes me think it wasn’t in general use before that…is that right?

Biggest surprise/discovery: That Laurie, the call girl, was Cuddy! Also Mandy. I don’t remember her at all! Not in the entire series. When I think WW cast, she just doesn’t exist. Are we sure she was always in there, or was she maybe photoshopped in later? 😛 Actually, on review, I wonder if that was because she isn’t introduced until after all the main staff and even the admin staff.

Favourite moment/s:

  • Leo: True or false, if I were to stand on high ground in Key West with a good pair of binoculars I’d be as informed as I am right now?
    Josh – That’s true.
  • Mrs Landingham telling Leo off for how he speaks in the Oval Office
  • The President giving a serve to the  religious right.

Observations: And the first political issue they’re dealing with  is “boat people” – different countries, a decade apart,  but the reactions of individuals are still the same.

And I can’t help wondering how POTUS’ bike accident would have been handled in this age of Twitter.

1 comment September 20, 2012

I Know a Valley…(With pictures and MOAR PICTURES)

…I know a valley, My Secret Valley the world has to see

Yesterday was one of those rare moments of near perfect alignment of rosters and health and weather and free time – so (almost) on a whim, we seized the moment and headed to Araluen for a picnic.

We’d been as far as the tea house across the road for my cousin’s wedding a hundred (13) years ago, but had never made it to the gardens themselves.

The day was glorious, and the setting is stunning! Meandering along winding paths, laying in the sunshine. Admiring the poppies and tulips. Oh, the tulips…

Araluen is set in this gorgeous valley, and was originally a youth holiday camp, starting in the 1930’s, so it is very Secret Valley-esque.

But instead of being all native bush,

and wildlife,

waterfalls, both natural,

and cultivated,

there are large gardens of roses. velvet green lawns, and stunning fields of tulips


I’d been told the tulips this year are particularly magnificent, and I have to agree.




Hmm…that’s probably enough of tulips for now.

There were also stone cottage ruins, and carved log thrones scattered around the place.


The upshot is, if you haven’t been, then GO. And now is a good time, because, TULIPS. Another warm weekend or two and it might be too late.

Add a comment September 14, 2012


I’ve Said It Once…

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