Archive | March, 2011

Those things that go bump in the night

15 Mar

I am having a hard time not thinking about the earthquake in Christchurch and Japan and also the horrific tsunami and nuclear melt down.

The way the internet is. It is so constant and in your face. There is no where to go but to the pages and videos and blogs and tweets and facebook updates and news stories that detail the disaster. My heart is sad and my mind is heavy.

I am not one to post such intimate feelings on my blog, but I can not escape how this moment in mind, as well as the next moment and the moments since the middle of February have been. Sad for those who suffer from loss. Sad for those who suffer from no where to live.

It is important that we grieve and that we remember. But how do you grieve the loss of life and homes and memories and sense of self of the people you have never met. Never seen. Never will.

If it comforts you at all, know that my prayers and thoughts wake up to you and fall asleep with you. And life goes on.. .


Just So I am In The Know….

8 Mar

My lovely husband. What a guy. Oh how I love him. I especially love (and find a wee bit frustrating) that I have known him for so long and still have a hard time figuring out what exactly he does.

Example 123

Me: “So what did you do at work today babe?”

Darren: “I worked on what I am going to write for my grant.”

Me: “Oh really, and what is it?”

Darren: “Pumping Silicon micro-resonators via a quantum cascade laser to generate a mid-Infrared optical frequency comb.”

Me: Blank stare

Maybe after we have been married a few more years I will get it through osmosis?

In the mean time, who wants watermelon?

The Love of My Life

Darren says hi Mom!

A Bite, A Snap, and A Hold On To Your Hat!

6 Mar

A few weeks ago two lucky people (read: Darren and I) were invited on a photography expedition with the Balmain Camera Club. But not just any ol’ regular expedition, a harbour cruise with aims to eat gourmet burgers whilst capturing the beautiful Sydney cityscape at night. Oh yea, and we were not supposed to get eaten at Shark Island while doing it.

You can imagine the club’s enthusiasm when we showed up not with flashy SLRs, but with our new and oh so fun iPhones (I have really been missing out!). And, I brought along our handy Cannon party cam to make up for the… err… lack of bulge.

Me Mate Amanda -- True Blue Camera Crew

We were surprised when we went to Shark Island, I mean, What A Treat! We were in the middle of the Sydney Harbour, cool wind blowing in our hair, salty sea breeze on our lips and nothing but peace (and the sound of Rihanna gone techno because of the massive party boat adjacent to us). But I like Rihanna, and I like being in the open air. And I absolutely love hanging out with the cool kids who hook you up with nights like this. The only catch… FLESH EATING CATERPILLARS!

Danger Danger!

Darren and Amanda, and a few others, fell victim to their venomous sting. Saying that they are killer may be overstating it, but they definitely have a kick to their bite.

Note: the burn cream expired in 1994

Anyhow… everyone survived and lived to share the pics and stories. And we went home two happy Sydneysiders.


iPhone (which was taken today on the Sydney Harbour):