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I've finally started reading A Game of Thrones. I like it. It's intriguing and enjoyable and isn't difficult to read. But I'm having trouble keeping up with all the switching between characters. Does it ever stop? I was having a hard time sorting out who's who between them all until I did the stupid thing and started watching the TV show as well. That made it easier to keep up with each of the characters, making the story line as a whole more put together and fluid for me. After watching the first four episodes it made going back and continuing the book a lot easier and I also enjoy having a face to put to each of them. It's probably what makes keeping the characters straight a bit easier as well. Still haven't gotten that far though. I find that I've got too many things I'm trying to keep up with at once.

Since John bought me the Wii, I've been trying to finish each of the games. I already finished The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and that was back before Christmas. I play Mario Kart every now and then. And now I've started on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess which is my favourite Zelda story line to date. But since it was a Gamecube game to start with, the transition to the Wii isn't as...good? The sword movement kinda sucks. But I still like it. Skyward was made for the Wii so the interactive game play is great. Looking forward to going back to it. Then John went and got me a Spyro game. It looks interesting enough so I'm hoping it will be able to hold my attention. I've never played a Spyro game before. Definitely want to get the Donkey Kong Country Wii game. Is there a Wii Pokemon game out yet? That would be cool. =P After that...who knows. Maybe I'll get the WiiFit stuff.

Went to the doctor last Thursday. She confirmed my UTI and prescribed antibiotics. Then we talked about trying to get pregnant and that was all well and good. Went over my symptoms and she asked me again if I was sure I wasn't pregnant. Getting my hopes up but probably all for naught. She ordered a urine sample and blood tests. Went in for blood tests on Monday. They took 7 vials! O_O I cried like a little baby. I seriously hate needles. The worst part is that even though they always say "Just a little sting" and I know it's coming, I freaking JUMP when they prick me. I'm lucky they haven't missed when it happens. And that they didn't need more than 7 vials. And silly John. He actually stood there and watched her take the blood, watched it spurt out of my arm and into the vials. Almost fainted the poor dear. We'll go back in on Friday. I'm expecting the worst, that I've got some weird disease or diabetes or cancer and that I'm definitely not pregnant. John went and googled diabetes symptoms and says that I don't have any so I don't have diabetes. We have no reason to think it's cancer that's just me being a paranoid idiot. And as for some weird random disease, I blame that on catching up with my House episodes. I'm still only on Season 6.

14/02 was uneventful as usual. John keeps saying that I'll cave one year and we'll celebrate it. I don't understand it. It's a needless, consumer-driven day. People choose other days of the year to show loved ones that they love them. Anniversaries, birthdays, other holidays... why do we need this extra special day to buy things for people? It should happen every day, or on some spur of the moment, not because it's dictated by whoever decided to make it a holiday. I barely see happy people celebrating it anymore, it's all about singles bashing it now. Don't just take the man out of romantic, just take the romance out all together and let's do some holiday bashing (and not the good kind either) while we're at it.

Okay okay, no more V-day ranting. The day is over. On to bigger and better things. February is almost over and March will be upon us. March is one of the big birthday months of my year. Lots of birthdays, my own included. I'll be 29 this year. One more year til 30. I'm hoping by this time next year I'll have a little bubby. We'll see.


Dec. 30th, 2010 09:17 am
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So, Facebook's being weird and not loading for me, which is really annoying because I'm a loser and really wanted to play my games... Oh well.

Christmas. Christmas was interesting. Nothing like I'm used to at home because family dynmics and holiday plans differ for the Brandons here in the land down under from what my parents do back home. I suppose the whole summer Christmas vs. winter Christmas makes a big difference, especially in the gift department, but it's still weird. I feel like a bad person for having that "I want to go home..." feeling when I've got so much for me here... But there's still so much that I miss and it's only been a year and a half... I can't be expected to just forget about the past 26 years of my life, can I? Maybe I'll be used to it after another 26 years... Of course, in 26 years I'll have kids to be accustomed to as well, hopefully...

Anyway, like I said, Christmas was interesting. I made a turkey! After my parents came out for Thanksgiving and showed me how they do it, I copied and tried myself for Christmas. The kicker? Everyone said my turkey was greeeeeeat. =P And lol John yelled at me for giving away the "secret recipe". His mother kept saying that even though I left the turkey in the oven for too long that it was still more moist than hers was. I, of course, immediately blurted out that it's because I stuck a whole stick of butter in it... =P I do that a lot, just blurt out things when I didn't know what I was doing at the time... Why can't I be that person who just smiles and looks like they know what they're doing? Meh. So yes, I made turkey and dad's recipe for mashed sweet potato and his stuffing which everyone loved. I put too much bread in it though, and it came out far too dry but it's a learning process, right? Next year hopefully I'll do it better. I'm thinking about making it a couple times during the year in a much smaller amount to see if I can't get it done better...somehow...something...stuff.

So John's family does a bigger family thing with extended relatives on Christmas Eve, and that was fun. All four generations of the Alexander family--John's mum's side--were there and Uncle Jeff dressed up as Santa and distributed gifts early so it was amusing to see the kids shying away from Santa and to find out who were the really brave ones. It's also really weird to hear a Santa speaking with an accent.

After that it was home time and then John and I woke up ridiculously early Christmas Day: 7:45am! lol. He was talking about how he always sleeps in on Christmas Day and then I woke up that early and since I did he decided he should wake up too I guess... So he had his coffee, I had some orange juice and then the family showed up! I can't beleive they were going to wake us up, but we spoiled the surprise and beat them to it. So it was open presents time and I got some really nice gifts. John splurged and got me a Nintendo DS because I've been talking about how I like Nintendo better than xBox, silly boy. I don't mind his xBox but now I have Pokemon! And it plays Gameboy Advance games too, so he found a bunch of games on e-Bay and wrapped them all individually (ugh!) and so I've got Super Mario World and a few different other Mario games (yay Mario!!) but my first goal is to get through my Pokemon SoulSilver first before I go buying more games. =P Even though I wants so many of them. I wants them!! And then his parents bought me a pen that, funnily enough, I already had because dad bought it to sign the guest book at the wedding. It's a blinged out mini-pen. Funny stuff. But then they also got me a diary for 2011 and some hair clips that I also already have. They're those ones that stretch across the back of your head and are made of elastic and do lots of different things...But it's nice to have more because they do work well and I've stretched a few of the elastic bits too far so some of them have broken but they're stil far from throw away status. The Pokemon game was a gift from my brother-in-law James (Jimbo!) and his girlfriend Amy. John's sister Tina (must stop referring to everyone as John's this or John's that and saying "MY") is a fundless college student so her present was her presence. =) My mother-in-law's mother even got me a gift, this little diffuser bottle of rose and patchouli(sp?) scented oil and it smells sooooo good. I'm sad that it's just a small bottle because it just smells sooooo pretty. And then of course my parents. They got me a bottle of perfume, sillyheads, which they do every year. I need to tell them to stop because I'm not much of a perfume person. I still have imps from BPAL that I bought long long ago that have still never been opened except to test the smell back when I first bought them. Anyway. My parents have a set amount of money that they spend on each of their daughters every Christmas. So instead of buying stuff with that amount of money like they do every year, they bought us a few things for the house and gave us the cash, put in a card in an envelope wrapped in a gift, of course. But still. Too much! The lovelies. But it's weird because I can't spend hardly anything because all of our holiday money is going toward the house, because we still need to put our fencing up and that shit's expensive. So my spending is curbed until probably birthday 2011. Wheee March.

New Year's our plans are to go fishing. Overnight. In a boat. If the weather stays nice and warm and my health doesn't go stupid--I'm getting a sore throat and have been coughing for the past three days but I don't feel siiiiiiiiiiick--then we're going! It's going to be scary for sure because John's never driven his boat in the dark before, but his dad's gone on overnight fishing trips so that doesn't scare me as much. It'll be the most interesting thing I'll ever do on a New Year's Even that's for sure. Hopefully--if John lets me go--I'll catch something interesting, but if I catch a shark in the dark I dunno how we're gonna take care of it... O_O But if my cold doesn't get better John's not going to let me go and then I have no idea what we'll be doing for the holiday. He did mention something about a whole day in bed. And he meant it. He was talking about pulling a mattress out into the family room and just watching movies all day, candlelight, ordering in for lunch and then making a romantic dinner together later in the evening... And of course...other things...

We'll see.
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No, I think the correct phrase would be "I'm so laaaaaaaaaaaaaame" because I can't keep up a 30-day meme to save my life!  =P

As it goes, it's even harder to try nowadays since I don't have INTERNET.  I'm currently on my mother-in-law's computer using her internet because the company we applied to hasn't gotten back to us yet...and it's been almost three weeks!  *sigh*  I love Australia but there are some things that just aren't quite up to speed yet...  =(

My married life so far?  October 14th is coming up and that will be John's and my 6 month anniversary.  Married for six months and it doesn't feel like much is changed...  Is it bad that it's coming up and I don't feel like it needs to be anything special?  The fact that we don't have that "newlywed sparkle" is worrying me.  But we're happy and content with each other and our lives together that I don't feel the need to make it that spectacular celebratory thing...  Maybe it will be though.  John has a habit of surprising me when I least expect it.  Sweetie that he is.

Things to look forward to:  Spring!!  Spring has started in the southern hemisphere and here in Australia that means FISHING!  Fishing season has started up again.  Gone fishing in the boat twice this past month and haven't got much to show for it, except a metre-long carpet shark on each trip.  Good to catch, not so good to keep.  They apparently don't taste very good.  Without the autumn flare Halloween doesn't have the same feel and Australians--at least in my little corner of Australia--don't really celebrate it very much either.  Not so bad for me because I've never really felt the desire to dress up, but I do miss the opportunity to get together and party with the friends.

After that, November!!  John's birthday is on the fourth, and while I've already bought him his birthday/Christmas gift: a brand spanking new shiny as hell XBOX that came with two games.  I still want to do something for him, though I'm not sure what...  He'd be happy if I did something small like cook him dinner, because I can't cook for crap, and he's been trying to teach me so that might be nice.  He doesn't work during the day though so it's not like I can surprise him with it when he gets home from work or anything.  Just letting him spend the day being lazy playing the XBOX and then making him dinner is an idea though...we'll see.  John's decided to let me have a Thanksgiving.  We didn't do it last year and since it's not an Australian holiday it wasn't really thought about until after the fact.  I missed Thanksgiving last year how crap is that?  An opportunity to pork out on yummy foods and delicious goodies and I missed it!!  lol I'm such a food junkie it's gross.  But it'll be fun teaching some of the Thanksgiving foods of my family to the natives.  Mom and dad might be coming out too, they haven't said anything specific yet but they mentioned they were thinking about it.

December!  Christmas in summer...  We'll see what happens.  I went back to the states for the Christmas and New Year's holidays last year so this one will be the first without my family.  That's going to be weird.  No staying over at mom and dad's Christmas Eve...no waking up for Christmas morning breakfast...no spending the day with the usual family and friends...  But it's still a couple months away so there's time to figure things out.  And then New Year's...that's apparently a big celebration (aka "drinking time") for the aussies and I'm not much of a drinker anymore so it'll be interesting.

I've started working at the bakery two days a week, and every other Saturday.  It was a bit odd because they kinda threw me in there without any real training.  But it's pretty simple and easy to do, just constantly working, like the restaurant was but not as busy in it's busiest time.  It's a popular bakery, full of typical Aussie (and English) foods and whatnot.  Meat pies of various types, pasties, sausage rolls and smoke-o's, slices and tarts and yummy things, some of them not so yummy.  It's a good introduction to what John will be expecting for his bakery once he starts it up so it's a good experience.  =)

I think that's it for now...deciding whether or not to have another wedding ceremony and reception here for the aussie side of the family.  If we do, we'll do it in April as a re-dedication of our vows for our one year anniversary...what to do what to do!!
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So... the last time I did this 30 days meme was December 17th. It is now 11:43pm on December 24th. I have a lot to catch up on!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all!! =)

Days 1 and 2 )

Day 03 → Your favorite television program

I don't really have one. We don't watch a lot of tv in Australia. Back when I did watch a lot of tv it was Charmed or Buffy the Vampire Slayer...

Day 04 → Your favorite book

Currently? The Twilight Saga. I know, I'm horrible. But I'm picky about my books for some reason and I can't seem to get into a lot of them. I also don't have access to a lot of my own books to reread so that I can figure out which one really would be my favourite.

Day 05 → Your favorite quote

"People try to tell us who we're meant to be, but it's up to us to decide if the label fits... - Kyle XY"

I think it should be added to though, to say that not only is it up to us to decide if the label fits, but also to make it our own. Labels are generalisations, but we are all individuals...it's our extra bits of personality that make us all unique. =)

Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy

Why is a raven like a writing desk? =P

Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy

I wouldn't say it makes me happy...but it makes me giggle every time I see it.

Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad

I haven't really seen any photos that make me angry or sad except for the ones other people have posted through this meme... I guess I don't explore the world of photography eough...

Day 09 → A photo you took

Part of thewaterfall where John proposed. =)

Other days )
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It's December! Yes I realise that it's already the third day in and I'm just now posting that little announcement. For the first time in the past 7 years I look forward to the holiday season with complete happiness instead of a mix of self-loathing and insecurity. I blame that on my fiancee. So weird to say that...

We've settled on a date, which has actually become dates, plural. I'm having a winter wedding. And a summer wedding. All in one month. Ahhh the wonders of crossing the equator. Saturday August 7th will be our "official" legal wedding here in Australia with all of John's family. It's going to be extremely informal, more like a family party, which is just the way I would like my wedding to be...I think. The second will be August 13th--yes that's a Friday--and we'll be winging our way stateside for that one. That will be a little more lavish, as I will be the first of four girls to get married. My parents are more excited about it than I am I think... They sounded so disappointed when I told them that I really just wanted something small and informal. And that if I did have a somewhat more pronounced ceremony and whatnot that I really didn't want a lot of flowers and the "usual" wedding stuff. That about killed my dad I think because he used to do floral arrangements as a side hobby for a while way back when. So...with this double ceremony/reception thing John and I will get ours and my parents will get their's. It works, right? Of course, it did get to the point where I was threatening John with not having a wedding ceremony at all and just getting married at a courthouse, which I still believe that I would be completely fine with. As it is, it's going to be weird enough trying to coordinate two celebrations between now and then, all on top of the holidays, going home for three weeks then coming back for another week of vacation here, and then trying to find a job, figuring out the whole getting a new visa thing and whatnot, trying to get a loan for my own car, finalising stuff with the house, moving into the new house, furnishing the new house...there's so much to do... I'm very lucky that my parents want to pay for a lot of the wedding stuff on their end or I'd be absolutely batshit insane.

I know they say the wedding is supposed to be all about the bride, but what happens when the bride really doesn't care all that much? I mean, I was the girl who didn't even think about getting married when I was growing up. I told people I was going to be the successful single woman! I was eight at the time, but seriously...kids really kinda do know what they want sometimes. And now I'm going to attempt to plan two weddings, one of which I am on a completely different continent from. And it's not like Europe and Asia and Africa where I could quite literally walk from one continent to another if I were close enough to the border. No, there's an ocean there... And I can't have two dresses, so I need to find one that will fit with a possibly cold winter wedding but also not be too warm for a summer wedding... I'm thinking accessories FTW!!

But people, if there were ever a time when you were debating on commenting on my entry, this is that entry! I want your dreams and hopes and ideas and everything you ever thought you wanted for your dream wedding!! I'm seriously at this big huge loss here and instead of browing through millions of webpages and photos on weddings and dresses and everything else--though I have already been doing that as well--I want to know what real women who I know and talk to have to say! PLEASE!! *puppy dog eyes*


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