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9th-May-2009 12:16 am
appalling_cynicism: (Theatre is better when girl on girl)
I got an e-mail from C today. It was a real kick in the stomach, it just reminded me how very much I miss her. I miss her a lot.

I watched the ANZAC Test with my cousin tonight. It was actually a lot of fun. We had fish and ships, and talked about how we wished people were more open-minded. I'm the first to admit that I don't know my extended family that well, so it was a really nice surprise. Not that I thought she was closed-minded, I just didn't really expect what I found out tonight. She is actually thinking about moving into the empty room, which I think would be nice.
5th-May-2009 04:46 pm - Yay!
appalling_cynicism: (A knight in shining armour)
I scored 74% on my second last undergrad essay. I did not see that coming. Give the half-arsed nature of the assignment, I was expecting about 55%. This has made an already pretty good day a whole lot better.

I've started looking into TESOL courses I can do before I go to Japan. I'm torn between a cheap one that can I afford to pay for on my own, or a good one that I would have to sweet talk my parents into. I know they would willingly pay the difference if it made a difference, but I'm not sure it will. If I were looking to make teaching overseas my life, then hell yeah I'd do the CELTA course, but I just don't know if it is necessary for what I want to do.

I hate making decisions.
11th-Apr-2009 11:19 am - I freely admit I suck at Japanese, but...
appalling_cynicism: (The sun after the shadowlands)
I went out to brunch with a big group of friends and friends-of-friends this morning. I just have one thing to say - the next person who says that "they're European and speak a bajillion languages and seriously, learning kanji can't be that difficult" dies. Learning kanji is not like learning a European language, the are fricking ideograms with different readings and different meanings in different contexts. So piss off and stop assuming I am just an idiot.

Essay is almost done. I can't find any resources about corporate re-structuring though, so I'm going to leave it for a while and come back to it.

M*A*S*H is so much better with the laugh track off. I just wish they hadn't screwed us so much with the DVDs. I bought all the seasons separately and special feature-less, but now for slightly less than what I paid there is a lovely box set with special features. Uncool, M*A*S*H. I stand by my claim that Trapper is one of the most interesting characters on the show. Most fans disagree, obviously Hawkeye is, but I think Trapper has a lot more depth than fandom gives him credit for.

Oh, would you look at that. Cardinal Pell has come out supporting the Pope's 'condoms make the AIDS crisis worse' claim. Catholicism, sometimes you seriously fail. Like a lot. Also, this is an interesting read. It's about the actual environmental impact of farming v the perceived environmental impact. It has a very bad reputation in Australia, and I would assume in a lot of other countries as well.
9th-Apr-2009 01:42 pm
appalling_cynicism: (Theatre is better when girl on girl)
Thanks to the Takarazuka secret on FS, I am now having a bit of a craving. Should I watch something that is properly good, like Elisabeth, or something trashy and fun, like Copacabana? I really wish I had Pimpernel. That would make this decision so much easier because Pimpernel is awesome.

This is probably not going to help with my post-JET recovery, but dammit, I don't care. What are a few more tears. Actually, about that, I should maybe clarify. I did not get rejected outright, I was made an alternate. I'm still not sure whether to accept it and remain in limbo for potentially another 7 months, or to just chuck it in and move on.

In some good news, I've picked up another couple of hours a week tutoring an ESL student. It is a little terrifying though, he wants to learn from the ground up and I am not that experienced. This is helpful, though, I don't like the whole dependent on my parents business.
7th-Apr-2009 10:17 pm - Things will be better in the morning
appalling_cynicism: (A house of cards)
Well, that's the end of that dream, I guess. What the hell I am going to do now, well, that's anyone's guess.

You'd think after all these years, my friends would have some idea of how to cope with me when I'm devastated. Apparently, no. Apparently, they completely fail at common decency sometimes. Apparently, their idea of how to make me feel better first involved me cooking dinner for the five of us, then when I objected changing to they'll cook dinner but they will invite someone I absolutely can't stand. That does not seem to me like the best plan, but hell, what do I know? I am seriously considering just making an excuse, staying home, and watching sad movies.
6th-Apr-2009 12:25 pm - I'm coping with the wait better than some people I could name...
appalling_cynicism: (The last sane man)
So, JET letters come out tomorrow. Okay, JET letters are posted tomorrow, so I guess they come out on either Wednesday or Thursday. This is okay. This is tolerable. It was driving me a little crazy not knowing, so this little bit of info is very good. I know it means that I have at least 2 days to wait, but at least I have a time frame now.

I can't find any resources for my assignment. This may prove problematic.

Also, for [livejournal.com profile] broncobabe007 I have a 200 word Mal/Simon drabble.

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25th-Mar-2009 09:39 am - A collection of uninformed opinions.
appalling_cynicism: (Default)
Er, yes, you can still be misogynist if you are a lesbian. If straight men can hate women and still want to sleep with them, why wouldn't you be able to?

I think Turnbull is going to tank soon. His numbers just keep getting worse and worse, he may yet beat Brendan Nelson. I think it is a safe guess that Costello will step in when the time comes, which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. As conservatives go, he is quite moderate.

So we may have another bikie war in Australia. That is just what we need. Actually, what Victoria really needs is its own Fitzgerald Inquiry to deal with some of the rife corruption.

Gen Y is not actually at fault because they have never experienced a recession before now. They are not actually to blame for the prosperity of the fairly recent past. Hell, the less economically aware ones wouldn't even realise that said recent prosperity wasn't actually abnormal. Furthermore, give us a little credit, please. We adapt, it's what we do.

C leaves for Japan tonight. I won't see her again until August. I do not like this at all.
30th-Aug-2008 01:00 am - Finally shaken the flu!
appalling_cynicism: (The sun after the shadowlands)
I have a hugely bruised hand because I managed to throw up for a week and ended up on a drip for 5 hours. I also managed a couple of fevers high enough to cause hallucinations. Now we're back to exhaustion, headaches, and a sore throat. I figure lots of sleep will fix it right up...that and learning to eat again. A week of no food and now I can't eat any significant amount of food.

I am passing the time between naps and studying with Grey's Anatomy. I love Grey's Anatomy. It's trash, but so very good. I can even stand the faux-losophic narration, if I can sit through Mohinder's in Heroes I can certainly sit through Meredith's. His is much, much worse because the horrible butchering of science that goes with the poor attempts psychology. I'd kind of forgotten how awesome some the characters (mostly Burke and Izzie) were in season 1. Bailey has always been awesome and may actually be entirely made of awesome. There is no Addison yet, which makes me sad. Everything is better with Kate Walsh. I suppose I can make do with my slight crushes on most of the female cast. The boys...not so much.

I've been thinking about Japan next year. It's quite scary and I have no idea what I'm doing. Everything I've read has told me something different about the eikaiwa and being an ALT. Ideally I would rather avoid teaching adults, but kindy through high school would be good. I think I'd be good with the little kids. I think I'd like to go to Kobe. I love Tokyo and Kyoto, but cannot afford to live in either of them. I am not fond of Osaka, except for Takarazuka. I've never been to Kobe, but I kind of want to. I want somewhere I can actually have holidays, I am going to live there but when all is said and done, I'll still be playing tourist. I am more concerned with holidays and hours than wages. Minimum wage is more than acceptable.

I am back to seriously considering a paid account now they are on sale. Given current trends, I'll wait and see what happens with the Aussie dollar. It seems to be getting better.
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