beauty and the beast

January 20, 2007 at 10:17 am (beauty)

Being a woman is very expensive.¬† It’s lucky I have two jobs.

I just ordered for $350 worth of Objai skin care – the best skin care on earth according to my friends who use it.

Last week I brought $130 worth of hair care (but my hair is much happier and shinier now)

Tonight I will go to the hairdresser for cut and colour touch up – $150-200.

Tomorrow is the beautician $150-200.

I hope it helps ūüôā

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long distance love

January 19, 2007 at 11:31 pm (dating, relationships)

What do you think about long distance relationships?  Can they work?  Are they a way of avoiding intimacy or just bad luck for the participants?

My friend’s boyfriend lives in the UK.¬† She lives in California.¬† Neither of them will move.¬† I think that’s crazy.¬† She would be able to get work in the UK in her industry.¬† She won’t.¬† She doesn’t want to leave the US.¬† So five years on they are stuck in the stalemate of a trans-atlantic love affair.¬† She doesn’t date anyone else and I’ve never met him but I’m assuming he doesn’t, so what’s the point?¬†

It’s a classic way of avoiding intimacy, if you ask me.

What would you sacrifice for love?¬† What if ‘the one’ for you lived in Siberia?¬† Would you go?¬†

¬†Another friend met a woman in Finland when he was there on business.¬† They stayed in touch and she came here three months later.¬† They have lived here for a few years but she can’t work.¬† They have a 2 year old child and are heading back to Finland because they can both work there.¬† He will get a transfer with his company.

My best friend is Irish and met her Australian husband in Israel and now they live in the US.¬† Life is funny ūüôā

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are you a lesbian?

January 17, 2007 at 10:19 pm (dating, relationships)

Last night I went to the pub with L to hear her sing Karaoke.  It was a gay pub and prediminately a gay crowd.

Some guy was doing his best to pick me up.¬† At one point he said to me “So are you Australian?”¬† I said “Of course, are you?”

He looked shocked and said “No, I’m straight!”

Then it dawned on me that what he actually said was “Are you a lesbian?”

Lucky I didn’t say “Of course.¬† Are you from New Zealand?” like I was going to.

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eek!

January 16, 2007 at 1:56 pm (self care)

My pants are tight so I have decided to go back to keeping a food diary.¬† It’s gobsmacking to realise how many calories are in some of the tihngs I have been consuming routinely lately.

Especially when you consider that a glass of wine has about 120 calories.¬† Yesterday between 12pm and 12am, I probably had a bottle and a half of wine – at lunch, after work drinks, dinner and then at Karoke.¬† That’s like a LITRE of alcohol and more than 1000 calories.

Crikey.

I looked into joining the gym near my house but their weights area is paltry and I think it would be very crowded after work.

I need to get up and walk in the morning but it’s ccccccold!

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ommm…

January 13, 2007 at 9:18 am (self care, spiritual)

Most people I talk to think meditation is hard.¬† They think it’s about clearing the mind and having no thoughts.¬† Good luck with that!

Meditation is not about having ‚Äėno thoughts‚Äô.¬† The nature of the mind is to think as the nature of a fish is to swim.

 

Meditation is not identifying with, or getting caught up with, the thoughts you have during a period of meditation.

 

You might have thoughts but the thoughts aren’t you.  They are just like leaves floating on the river of your conscious mind.  Why do you pay so much attention to the leaves?

 

There is no one right way to meditate.  The most important part of meditation isn’t how good you are at it (how would you measure that, anyway?), but how faithful you are to the practice.

 

I don’t do it because I want to, or because I enjoy it.¬† Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.¬† I meditate because I have to.¬† It feeds my soul.¬† It frees my soul

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lettuce yodel

January 12, 2007 at 2:31 pm (Uncategorized)

Mr Kitty’s mommy¬†is cultivating an impressive range of lettuce.¬† I watered them with interest before realising it had rained during the day, thus rendering¬†the watering¬†redundant.¬† Oh well.

Last night I met up with some former work colleagues for dinner.¬† We went to a bavarian restaurant in the city.¬† I am not sure why.¬† There was some issue with yodelling and a man with an accordian played happy birthday to Jason.¬† It wasn’t really his birthday but we pretended it was.

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cat and mouse

January 11, 2007 at 12:18 pm (pets)

I’ve been cat sitting.¬† Mr Kitty was cross this morning because I wouldn’ t let him out.¬† It was pouring rain and I didn’t want him to be stuck outside in the cold all day his mommy and daddy came home!

Last night I was sitting on the sofa reading the paper and he put his paw on my thigh.  I was thrilled but played hard to get.  Eventually I put the newspaper down so he could jump on my lap.  He sat on the newspaper.

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i see dead people

January 10, 2007 at 7:51 pm (spiritual)

One of my clients works at a tv station.  She invited me into the studio audience to see John Edward being interviewed.  We were able to write down questions for him.  The first question was mine!   The host asked me to put my hand up and she asked John the question, which he answered in detail. 

Then she asked me if I had another question.¬† My brain froze in horror.¬† I had no idea was I going to be expected to actually speak. I just shook my head.¬† Then she said ‘So John do you pick up anything about this lady.”¬† I nearly died on the spot.¬† I wish a big hole would have opened up in the ground.¬† Fortunately he said he didn’t pick anything up.¬† But then he said a bit later “I don’t know why come to these things if they don’t want a reading.”¬†

Ha!¬† I guess he really is psychic ūüėČ

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no sparklies?

January 9, 2007 at 11:43 am (dating, relationships)

Today I went with Bride¬†to see the wedding venue.¬† It’s lovely.¬† I can visualise how it will all fit together now.¬† We were both a bit tired.

When I got home I had a sleep (woke up at 9pm!) and checked my email.  There was an email from MG asking to see me.  I am not sure what I will do yet.

I miss him, but frankly all this time, if there isn’t the prospect of something sparkly on my left hand, I am not hanging around any longer.¬†

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office zen

January 4, 2007 at 7:59 am (career)

I’ve been an Executive Assistant for more years than I care to recall.¬† If there’s one thing I am, it’s organised.¬† Here are my top tips for being organised at work!¬† What’s yours?

  1. If you don’t need it, get rid of it.¬† I’m a visual person, and visual clutter is painful to me.¬† Don’t be afraid to purge.
  2. If it’s not a job requirement, don’t check your email every 10 seconds.¬† Use it as a ‘sanity’ break every half hour or hour.¬† If it will take less than 30 seconds, reply right away.¬† Otherwise, drag it to a folder marked ‘!today’ or something similar and set aside time once or twice a day (say before lunch and mid-afternoon) to deal with the rest.¬† Unless it’s from the CEO, you probably don’t need to drop everything and deal with it right away.
  3. Keep a ‘bring forward file’.¬† This is simply either 5 files labeled Monday through Friday or 31 files labelled 1 through 31.¬† Use it to drop reminders in (ie bills to pay, rsvps) the day BEFORE it’s due.¬† Check the next day’s file each afternoon as you prepare for the next day.
  4. In the afternoon, check your managers schedule for the next day.  Send emails or voicemails confirming meetings, pull out the necessary files, confirm meeting room or restaurant bookings, car park requirements etc. 
  5. Keep a ‘pending’ file.¬† This should contain everything you are waiting for people to get back to you on before you can proceed.¬† Set up an email box as well as a paper based file/drawer.

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