lucky sevens

28 November 2007


Miss Sally, aka djbebe, has tagged me for a meme. So here we go:

:: the rules:

  1. Link to your tagger (see above), and also post these rules on your blog.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself (random or weird) on your blog.
  3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog.

:: seven random or weird facts about me

  1. I hate seafood.  Really hate it. Prawns, oysters, mussels, crabs – hate ’em all.  Fish is OK, but anything else that once lived in the sea – no.
  2. I have a scar on my left thumb.  I cut it with the big carving knife when I was 8, after I was expressly forbidden to use said knife.
  3. I once sat next to Ewan Macgregor on a plane.  He is just as spunky in real life, and his wife was very air-sick
  4. I wish I had a dog.  Preferably a schnauzer, but any medium-sized dog with a happy furry face would do.
  5. I can juggle.  This skill, however, has not been of practical use in the last 14 years.
  6. I prefer to drive barefoot.  I’ve heard this is illegal, but I’ve never bothered to find out if that’s true
  7. I haven’t completed my KPIs for this week and I don’t think I actually care that much.  Sorry to anyone who was hanging out for another little chart.

:: I tag…..

A random selection of people who’ve commented lately (that’ll teach ya!)








 :: which makes me wonder…

Are there any blokes reading this?  Chaps?  Fellas?  Men?  Boys?  Guys?  are you too shy to comment?  or hiding behind a female psuedonym?  Do speak up – we’re very inclusive here at machen/machen.


friday five

23 November 2007


:: smug bags, presents for friends on sunday

Today’s friday five is the “breathe in – breathe out” edition, because I have a severe case of election anxiety.

  1. 10 simple ways to save yourself from messing up your life
  2. office yoga
  3. how’s the serenity?
  4. pills to make you happy
  5. “… not putting an extra sixpence into somebody’s pocket, or making somebody Prime Minister or Premier, but  a movement bringing something better to the people, better standards of living, greater happiness to the mass of the people. We have a great objective – the light on the hill – which we aim to reach by working the betterment of mankind not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand.”

For those of you not in Australia, we’re having an election here tomorrow.  We have had an ultra-conservative government for 11 years, and there is a real chance that tomorrow, the government will change.

I want it to change.  For selfish reasons (my career options are somewhat limited under the current government’s policies), and other reasons, like social justice and the importance of looking after the planet.

I have a nice bottle of wine for tomorrow night, and a box of tissues and a slab of chocolate, just in case.  Whichever way it goes, the world will still keep turning, and I’ll still be off to a beach picnic on Sunday to farewell some dear friends.

I hope your weekend is everything you hope for too.

wednesday KPIs

21 November 2007


::  Last week’s goals

  • get shirt to 80% -NOT DONE (didn’t touch it)
  • complete 50% of second sock – NOT DONE (managed about 25%)
  • add 5% to [secret project] (yes I know that’s getting tedious, but 5% fits the increments quite nicely, and I have to get it done before the recipient gives birth, or at least some time around then) – DONE AND MORE (did 9%)
  • add 20% to swap tea cosy (NOT DONE – did about 10%)
  • do something fun and new and easy and pretty (WENT TO BEACH, GOT FACIAL – does that count?)

Also, you will note above that the skirt dropped off the list.  I decided I couldn’t be bothered fixing it live with it not being perfect

:: This week’s goals

  • second sock 60% complete
  • add 5% to [secret project]
  • teacosy 80% complete
  • make three shopping bags (seeing some people this weekend who want ’em)

friday five

16 November 2007


:: 5 things on my mind this week:

  1. will there be enough rain?
  2. learning to use my new rolled hem foot
  3. I think I’ve finally found my ultimate brown boots
  4. the election
  5. those crazy creative nederlandischers!

needlz all gones :(

14 November 2007


I looked everywhere you suggested (yes Martine, even in my undies drawer, just on the offchance) and I still can’t find the bloody things. I know they’ll probably turn up next time I move house, somewhere really obscure.

(This is not the first time something like this has happened to me, putting something carefully away and losing it. I think this trait comes from my father because he does the same thing- he once carefully put his wallet in one of the hanging baskets on the verandah while he went off to do something round the farm, and it wasn’t found till 6 months later when my mum lifted the basket down to re-pot the plant)

In the mean time, I bought another set, because I have socks to finish damnit. Thanks for your help and if you haven’t lost your needles, you can knit the cute kitty above from a pattern here.