Monday, April 09, 2007


So I'm really sick of writing this blog...or more to the point, I can't be bothered thinking of new things to say. So, what is better when one is sick of blogging than to start a new blog?! I'm moving to Antiques in Melbourne to write about - guess what - antique stores in Melbourne and other antique-related things (since I visit a fair few antique stores).

So change your links if you want...update your feeds...I hope to see you at Antiques in Melbourne some time!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Kitchen wishlist

I don't want a perfect, designer kitchen. But seeing as I like to cook, I would like a kitchen with the following improvements to my current kitchen:
1. An oven that works.
2. A stove that is level, so all my pots and pans don't end up burnt on one side
3. Cupboards that don't ooze sap when it gets hot.
4. Benches that are high enough so I don't have to bend to my waist to chop things or do the dishes.
5. Speaking of dishes, a dishwasher would be great (but this would really be a luxury)
6. A servery that is high enough to see through when standing up, and so it's possible to pass dishes through without bending in half.
7. More than one powerpoint.
8. A window that stays open without the need of a bottle to prop it open.

In short, I want a normal, functioning kitchen, like the sort that normal, functioning people have. Nothing super flash. Just...functioning.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

reference question of the day

Patron: "can you recommend any films with scenes set in petrol stations?"
Me: *blank look* "ahhhh, not off the top of my head but I'm sure a lot of road trip movies would have scenes in petrol stations"
Patron: "no, I need *really important* scenes in petrol stations, you know, that are crucial to the movie"
Me: "Hmmm...I can't think of anything now but I'm happy to take your details and have a look once my desk shift is over" (we were really busy at the time)
Patron: "no. That's OK, I was just wondering"

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Some parts of North Melbourne smell like dog food

The dry stuff you buy from the supermarket.

That is all.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

New addition

Thanks to the lovely Jen at Ghoulie Babies, we have welcomed this pirate kitty into our home:

I think he is the cutest kitty ever. Not quite the real thing, but almost as good! And he has real porcelain teeth!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Tips for travelling on Connex

...despite the fact that they have apparently returned to normal timetabling...

1. Work out what time you need to catch the train.

2. Aim to catch the train 30 minutes before that.

3. Get to the station, find that your train has been cancelled.

4. That's OK 'cause you're there early, so wait for the next one.

5. Get on the next one after it arrives 7 mins late.

6. Attempt to move into the train only to be pushed up against some stinky man with nowhere to stand.

7. Attempt to not fall over despite having nothing to hold onto except the ceiling.

8. Get squashed further into the train as more and more people try to get on at other stops.

9. Get off to change trains to get into the city.

10. Wait about 7 minutes 'cause that train is late too.

11. Repeat steps 5-8.

12. Arrive at work 5 minutes late.

13. Swear at Connex, particularly those annoying "Connex apologises for any inconvenience caused" announcements.

14. Rinse and repeat on the way home.

It is somewhat ironic that the day I get an SMS from Connex telling me that services are back to normal I also get about 4 SMSs telling me that trains have been cancelled in the afternoon/evening...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Meme taggery

Juice tagged me for a the meme that's currently running rampant around the library blogs. I'm going to answer it, but I'm not going to bother tagging anyone else since I'm pretty sure everyone else in the world with a library blog has already answered it. That, and I'm pretty lazy. But feel free to answer it yourself it you're into the whole meme scene.

I'm meant to tell you all 5 things my blog readers don't know about me. This is tricky as some of my blog readers know me *in real life*, so I don't want to be divulging any messy secrets....

1. I love shopping at the Queen Victoria Market but I can't do it every week because I would spend all my money in the deli section. Last time I went, I came home and had a lunch of marinated octopus, Polish sausage and some olives. Apparently this isn't a healthy diet.

2. I get enormous satisfaction when the computers go down at work and I can't do anything for anyone. Although I am always outwardly apologetic for the computers, I'm secretly laughing when I say "I'm sorry, I really can't look that up for you. No, I can't do that either."

3. My TV isn't connected to the TV aerial, it's only connected to a DVD player. But we do have a cable so we can attach it when Eurovision is on - literally the only thing we watch on TV all year.

4. I am very bad at recommending books to patrons since the only fiction I read is junky crime novels. I am, however, very good at recommending to uni students which edition of Foucault's Discipline and punish is the best. I can also heartily recommend Allan Bloom's translation of Plato's The Republic.

5. Continuing on the book theme, I've read *all* of Agatha Christie's crime novels at least 3 times each and I almost always forget their endings. I think this is a good thing because it means I can read them again and again and still be surprised when the criminal is revealed.