while i'm not happy that i'm not travelling, i am so so happy to be back in australia.
the weather is beautiful. my friends are lovelier than ever. the garden at the house i'm living in is in bloom. i'm doing yoga regularly. i'm riding my bike.
life is good.
needless to say, i saved $12 on shipping, but i still don't have my display. and because i was waiting for the display, i don't have RAM or a videocard either.
weeks and weeks of free time and i didn't have a computer! and now, the thursday before uni and work starts, my oh so slow supplier tells me that my display may be in tomorrow.
so so annoying.
it's annoying that time just passes by so quickly. i have done some of my and THEN... list, as i'm riding my bike places, i've started to work out how to set up a darkroom, i've completed a piece of embroidery i started in 2001 and i actually started practicing the four chords i learnt from mike.
possibly the last huge lot of holidays i will ever have has passed me by. and i've just sat around in a return from travel stupor, without much money to do a lot of the stuff i wanted to do.
oh well, by the end of the week i should have my computer set up and then i'll be redesigning, studying and marking. it's far easier to get everything done when you have a lot to do.
i haven't even started my first class of my seventh and final year of my initial degree, and i'm already looking up potential postgraduate study options.
i should panic about giving up study when the whole graduation thing gets much closer. such as when i've actually finished all of my subjects.
it seems like it's a good day for budget photo ideas...
on the topic of bargains, in my eyes blogger has always come under the banner of good value. even though i upgraded last year to movable type, i hold a soft spot for the system that helped me to kick start my website into something which was frequently updated. and so, it's probably a good thing that google have purchased blogger's parent company pyra labs as it will make blogging a whole lot more accessable.
i've got work tutoring at university this semester, which means that i'll have money to live on. (well, for 13 weeks of the year!)
i'm going to have to save up at least $100 every week.
some people might ask, why buy a dyson? why don't you just leave vacuuming well alone?
over the years, i've watched my mother continuously replace vacuum cleaners, as she complained about their lack of cleaning power. well, last year she bought a dyson, and she has been so happy with its performance.
and now that i've moved to my grandma's old house i am unable to regularly use the dyson, and a dyson would be useful, as my room has cream carpet. and my grandmother's old vacuum is pathetic.
i also have figured that only saving up for travel and digital cameras and new computers is not the best way of using my money. i need to have something to return to after my travel, apart from cool shoes, magazines and a sleek black computer with spiffy lcd display.
so a dyson. a big investment. but it removes dust well. and an accepted purchase within pete'svery few, very expensive / good things theory.
some more quick looks, i'm so jealous! if only i'd gone to thailand!
oh well, there is always the end of the year and my three months in south-east asia plans (should i save up for a digital camera too?) and a couple of months in which to use my new computer (when i get all the components) and make a sweet new design.
some major components for my computer (lcd display, ram, videocard, modem, keyboard, mouse) haven't been delivered to the store yet, so i haven't got a computer at my new place / grandma's old place.
but the time i would be spending on my computer has been taken up by practical things... cleaning up my grandma's boxroom, taking down a horrid canvas blind from the porch, riding my bicycle around the unley park area and disposing of the dead kitten which was unfortunately squashed outside my driveway.
hopefully i'll get the computer set up soon, but in the meantime i'm going to
i'm also going to work on some designs to screen print and i'm going to clean up the laundry and start blacking it out to set up a darkroom. [inspiration]
is lomo trying to send me poor?
is america denying australia's right to free speech?
i considered purchasing a new laptop and making use of my stepfather's salary sacrifice options. after looking at the prices i'd have to pay and the medium level power that i'd get, i've decided to buy a new desktop system and lashout and invest in a flat panel display.
the main reason that i wanted a laptop was so i could save desktop space, but i think that this is a good compromise. (i'm going to have 512mB of RAM, the laptops i would have been able to afford only had 256mB!)
uh oh. i was meant to enrol in the WEA introduction to drawing class, but today i went to enrol only to find out that the class is full!
it's not the drawing thing that i'm annoyed about, i can, 9 years after my last formal art class, draw relatively well. it's just that aidan and i were meant to be doing this class together as an initiation into the world of life drawing and the new world of us being Just Good Friends.
not a particularly good start.
i meant B is for professional bludging. i've effectively been bludging for the last 3 weeks.
i have a killer headache. and my car hasn't come back from having airconditioning installed so i can't move my final load of random possessions down to my grandma's house.
at least i have a new place to live.
i could make up a non-technical resume to use for job applications. but i can't be motivated. i want a super cool web developer job for the next year. not a boring getting paid half my previous wage not doing anything challenging kind of job.
but i need to. i have no income.
tomorrow is my day of action.
i'm going to go fax off my resume to a couple of non-tech jobs which are listed at careerone. and i'm also going to fill in an application for youth allowance.
i've never claimed youth allowance before. my parents' assets have always exceeded the maximum limit set by centerlink and i've never earnt enough to count as independent.
but tomorrow is B day. B for bludging.
it appears that i have settled back very comfortably into my old adelaide mode of existence.
i knew that i was going to have to come back to adelaide at the end of six and a half months away. so when i decided to come back a month earlier, it didn't really make a huge difference.
i chose to skip the thailand leg of my trip. i'd have gone into debt for that extra month, and i'd rather work to save up for a new trip, rather than to pay off an old one.
not that i actually have got a job yet! but my plan is to head off to south east asia at the end of the year for about three months.
and then? i don't know.
copenhagen, berlin and prague all keep on calling me back.
but my return to adelaide has made me realise how lucky i am to live in such a beautiful city in such a marvellous country. europe can wait a year or two.