12 July 2012

Question Time ...

First up, how is it that yet another week has gone by?

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Is it bad that I don't remember a large chunk of my walk to the station the other morning? I clearly remember standing at the end of the driveway and deciding to turn left to the train station instead of right to the bus stop and I remember the last few hundred meters ... but nothing in between.

apparently a black hole as well a park

Is it wrong that I find this comic so amusing? I seem to be surrounded by pending first time parents at the moment ... but this sums up how The Sparky and I feel so very well!

Is it just a coincidence that this quote landed in my Reader on the same morning that this post from Hannah did? Or is it the universe speaking to me? Not that my current dream involves dropping everything and touring the US and Canada (wouldn't complain if it happened but it's not on my agenda) but it does involve great leaps of faith and a fair amount of hard work and just the thought of it is nauseating ... but then the thought of staying here in my comfort zone kind of makes me want to shoot myself, metaphorically speaking of course.

apropos of nothing, I just like this picture

How in the world do I motivate myself to get back into eating properly and exercising? I need to. In fact I really, really need to. We're in the process of making my work out space a bit more Winter friendly which should definitely help, the room is an ice block at the moment! I know that ultimately the motivation needs to come from within but any suggestions would be most appreciated ... I'm thinking of maybe posting about it again as the accountability certainly helped but it also makes for fairly boring reading.

I will start by reaffirming my to walk down the scary concrete steps at work instead of taking the lift.

Am I too old to still want one of these, particularly so long after the movie?

Finally, what should I read next? As a general rule it takes me about a week to read a book on the train, less it it's 'can't put it down' good and therefore gets read in my lunch break as well. This generally means that I'm scrounging around for something new to read early in the morning when I should be trying to get out the door! For the first time in the eight and a half years that I've been commuting into the City I am in a position where I actually have a selection of books to choose from. This is in part because I went on a blogger recommended buying spree with my Christmas bonus earlier this year. So, the candidates are -

  1. Into the Silence by Wade Davis
  2. The Zero Option by David Rollins
  3. The Guns of August by Barbara W Tuchman
  4. Shock Wave by Clive Cussler
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Assegai by Wilbur Smith
  7. The Shooting in the Shop by Simon Brett
  8. Out Lady of Pain by Elena Forbes
  9. Micro by Michael Crichton
  10. Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  11. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  12. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by E. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. a selection of more mature Roald Dahl books


  1. I am absolutely the same with not being able to remember chunks of my day. I often leave the house, walk half way down the street then have to return because I can't for the life of me remember if I locked the front door. Where does the memory of that 100m of walking go???

    In terms of reading, I haven't read most of the books on your list but can definitely recommend Jane Eyre. Happy reading!

    1. Katie, I feel so much better knowing I'm not the only one! Most of the time when it happens the memory comes back if I think hard but that chunk has just completely gone ...

      I read a children's condensed version of Jane Eyre many years ago and so have an idea of the story line, I'm hoping I enjoy the full version as much.

  2. I vote The Night Circus, because that's what I'm taking to Rutherglen with me tomorrow :)

    I can't remember almost all of June. I came out at the end of working 17 days straight and had no clear memory from anything after June 10. It terrified me.

    1. Oh Rutherglen (in fact any part of country Victoria) will be just delightful at this time of year, enjoy!

      That is rather scary ...

  3. I hear ya! Something weird has happened in the last month where time has literally vanished...not sure as to where! Very hard to find the motivation to exercise and eat properly...especially in this weather! I found that if you're paying for exercise, then you sort of feel like you have to go...but I hate paying for exercise!
    I haven't read any of the books on your list, so you will have to let us know if they're worth reading!

    1. As concerning as it is, I am taking some comfort from the fact that so many people are experiencing it!

      Paying for exercise is one thing I won't do, partly because with a treadmill, bike and mat at home I can do just about anything I need to, partly because I'm not good at doing things in public and partly because getting too and from a gym is just even more time that I don't have.

      I've thought about book reviews in the past, I'll try to get onto one or two and see how it goes.

  4. This past week has been insane. I've had to cancel pretty much everything that I could because time was just passing me by. Good luck with your exercising plans and good for you for thinking about it now rather than in summer when most of us do!

    1. I think about it a lot ... it's the doing something about it that I have trouble with!

  5. I find it very very difficult to want to do anything in the winter other than curl up with blankets and my cat and watch the episodes of Gilmore Girls that make my heart so very happy. Eating well most of the time isn't a problem, but exercise? No way. Still, my outdoor exercisability is often limited by, oh, say a meter of snow. It's not my fault!

    Are you referring to your desire to move to the countryside in the above sentiments about making a choice? Big decision, for sure. The hardest part about our current living situation is trying to make friends. There are still plenty of people around us, but they just don't seem overly friendly. Or inclined to want to know us. Oh well, I guess.

    My baby rabies is back. I need to quell it, in a major way :P

    1. Eating well most of the time isn't much of a problem for me either ... the problem at the moment is that I need weight-loss eating rather than just healthy eating. A metre of snow is definitely an acceptable excuse, and now I feel like a wuss! :)

      Sadly no, a move to the countryside is still a dream rather than a potential reality. I was referring to a desire/need to move away from long hours in an office ... a potential reality that requires, among other things, a fully qualified Sparky before it can happen. Given my total social awkwardness, the making of new friends is definitely my biggest concern about a move of any sort.

      On the other hand a mother's group would be a good way to make friends ... :D

  6. I need to get into the exercising routine too. Still yet to find my way =( Summer is coming up too fast!!!

    1. It is isn't it. I feel like I'm in this weird place at the moment where Winter will last forever but at the same time Summer is just around the corner ... clearly I think about it too much! :)

  7. LMAO!! we feel the same way about the Stork!!

    1. Goodness, you certainly had a look around. Thank you, and welcome!