venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Lazy, exhausted post-Christmas days combines with ridiculously sticky internet has resulted in me saving myself the frustration and just reading books. But I must say Happy New Year to you all! May 2016 be happy, healthy, stress-free (or at least low-stress) with good reading and good friends, cute animals and cooperative internet!



venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
It's almost the new year so before the fireworks start, I'm wishing you all good health and much happiness in the coming year.



I hope to post more this year but don't I always hope that? But I do have a new laptop (my first!) as of today so if I can figure out the start-up ...
venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Well, I could say that 2012 was a crappy year in which I spent much time feeling rotten and exploring the various kinds of headaches (my friend Rena: "I didn't know there were different kinds of headaches!" Me: "Ahaha, yeah, there are. And my body seems to want to take me on a tour of every single kind." My doctor also said it's unusual for someone to experience all the major kinds of headaches. There are times when I am happy to be unusual. This is not one of them.) This meant the year was spent with much brainfog and exhaustion, so there was little writing or substantial reading or even interesting cooking going on, much to my frustration. Also, my dog died.

However. Day to day life may have been crappy but good things did happen. Very good things.

*I saw My Chemical Romance live in concert. Twice!
*We went to Canberra to see the Renaissance exhibition at the National Gallery which was glorious. We also saw the Nurses at War exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.
*Went with friends to see Sir David Attenborough at the State Theatre - and he is utterly delightful. And we had an excellent dinner at Spanish restaurant beforehand.
*Went to the movies 4 times, including seeing The Avengers for the second time in a Gold Class cinema (wow, comfortable seats!)
*Went to GenreCon, my first con and had a great time. Plus, there was an afternoon tea for the Smart Bitches fans the week before.
*Had a couple of other enjoyable outings to the city, even if they did involve going to the allergist.
*Saw The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest and Twelfth Night performed by Sport for Jove.
*Even when I was feeling my worst, I still managed to leave the house every two weeks to go to the farmer's market and I enjoyed that. And for several months there was usually a dog show of some kind going on in the next field so there was puppy time as well.
*Didn't get to see my friends very often but I did get to see them.
*There were several secondhand booksales.

So hey, good things! And the headaches are improving so that's a good start for the new year. Also, fandom. Fandom is great. Bandom and Avengers and getting sucked into random things that make me go wait, what, what just happened? And the contribution fanfic makes towards keeping me sane during times of brainfog is considerable.

It was 39C today. I think that was all the coherence I had.
venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)

I've mostly been asleep since Christmas Day, hence my sudden silence but since it is almost midnight and the start of a new year ...

2012 Year In Review aka the one where you post the first line from the first post you made each month:

Read more... )
*shakes head* Not my healthiest year. And I still miss Lady Muck. But while I am awake and relatively alert, I wish you all a happy and healthy (or at least healthier) 2013.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

venetia_sassy: (MCR // Best smiles!)
Mum and I saw in the new year in our living room - which is now so much more comfortable and attractive with its new rug, etc - watching the ever more spectacular Sydney fireworks (seriously amazing this year!) on tv, while I nursed a lousy headache.

Kind of sums up the good and the bad of the Year That Was. *rueful*

I wish you all a healthy, happy and non-apocalyptic 2012!

*many, many hugs* I'm very happy to know you all.
venetia_sassy: (101 Dalmatians // happy puppies!)
2011 Year In Review aka the one where you post the first line from the first post you made each month:

January: May it be a better year than the last! (Oh please. No more cancer, please.)
February: I have another nephew!
March: I didn't read that much this month.
April: I have trimmed my hair for the first time!
May: I didn't do all that much in April thanks to exhaustion/reaction but I did manage to read a decent amount of non-fiction.
June: When our dalmatian was a few months old, we had a party for my brother's 21st.
July: I FAIL COMPLETELY at making flaky butter pastry.
August: There was an article in this weekend's Herald about Game of Thrones (which I still haven't seen because while it is now screening here, it's on pay TV. Which I do not have and do not want. DVDs please!)
September: I woke up with a nasty headache and knew it wasn't one I could ignore until I went back to sleep, so I got up to take some pills and decided I might as well stay up.
October: I think I'm recovered.
November: The dogs greeted Mum with wild enthusiasm.
December: Did you know there is an excellent way to neutralise dog fart odour?

Okay, the last one cracks me up. Let's see, books, cooking, dogs, feeling like hell ... not a lot of surprises there! But overall, I'm better at posting regularly than I used to be. Now, if I can just keep up with commenting ...

And no more cancer for Mum. That's a good aspect to the year!
venetia_sassy: (Adam // glitter and stars)

May it be a better year than the last! (Oh please. No more cancer, please.)

I spent the last day of 2010 trying not to melt in the heat (and trying not to think about tomorrow which is supposed to be even hotter. And I have to bake a cake! Eep), reading a bit of non-fiction, a bit of fiction and trying not to fall down the rabbithole of Bandom fic (again), watching the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo and then Casablanca. And then Sydney Harbour fireworks which were pretty damn spectacular this year.
 

Casablanca )

Well, do I have a resolution for this new year? Hmm. Let's see ... remain open to opportunities. Learn new things. Persevere whenever possible. Be happy for what I have. Remember friends and family. Enjoy life!

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
    The flying cloud, the frosty light:
    The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
    For those that here we see no more;
    Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
    And ancient forms of party strife;
    Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
    The faithless coldness of the times;
    Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
    The civic slander and the spite;
    Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
    Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
    Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

I wish you all a very happy New Year. May it be a good one for us all.


 

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