A Travellerspoint blog

February 2009

Happy birthday Clinton!

Thursday 5th February 2009 - 2 months, 20 days

Clinton, you’ll be relieved to know I don’t have time for a lengthy birthday piece today, but I think this will make you laugh (probably with triumph):

Tormentor of my feminist soul that you are (you bastard), I still have to thank you for coining the term ‘grumpy feminist’, as it has come in handy many a time. Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

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Wednesday 4th February 2009 - 2 months, 19 days

If I am going to be sick one week out of every month this year, it’s going to be difficult to get my assignment objectives done. Not least because I will be grumpy from being sick.

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I miss all these insignificant things

Tuesday 3rd February 2009 - 2 months, 18 days

I was checking out www.livejournal.com/community/canberra this morning and saw that they’re doing public consultation for refurbishment for Bunda Street. Now I am terribly, awfully homesick for Canberra. Specifically, Canberra at this time of year. Yesterday was my five year anniversary of starting in the public service, and I know the Multicultural Festival will be on again soon.

I miss the cafes! I miss walking down the street through the terribly expensive Canberra Centre to the terribly expensive SupaBarn! I miss those awful deciduous trees with their green green late summer leaves!

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Happy birthday, Dad!

Monday 2nd February 2009 - 2 months, 17 days

Happy birthday to my DAD, who is one year short of a very important birthday. I am going to take the opportunity to say some things I love about my Dad, not only because he would not stand for me to say anything like this in person (in Timor I am safe from his wrath, haha), but also because most of my friends who read this haven’t met you, Dad, and I would like them to know a bit about you. :)

Dad, I love the way you really get into telling a story or anecdote, with great enthusiasm, emphasis, gestures and your way with words.

I totally admire your ‘green thumbs’ and I like seeing the new things you’ve done to the garden at the new place each time I come home. I would also like to apologise at this point because this is something I somehow completely failed to inherit from both you AND Mum!

And, I love that as a Baby Boomer you break the mould, and then some. Other baby boomers take up Sunday drives; you and Mum continue to ride the motorbike across Australia with the other Ulyssians, ‘growing old disgracefully’. People complain that baby boomers have irresponsibly used Australia's resources and land, but you (and Mum, I gotta give her credit too) were my first example for being responsible about environmental issues.

Probably this would have been more fitting for your ‘big birthday’ next year; however, I’m enjoying my kick of telling people what I like about them on their birthdays, so I see no reason to wait, and I can write you a different one next year anyway.

Happy birthday Dad!

Love Kate

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Saturday 31st January – Sunday 1st February - 2 months, 15-16 days


It has only taken ten weeks for me to be trained into thinking that rain only ever happens after 4pm. Yesterday it rained at 2pm and it’s been raining since 9 this morning and I am Rudely Shocked! Doesn’t the rain know it’s not supposed to happen until late afternoon, so I can go buy a mop, vegies etc before it rains?

Being away

Today (Saturday) I missed my friend’s funeral and my cousin’s 21st (happy 21st Sar! I will write you a birthday entry on your actual birthday in March).

I note these things, and I missed them both because I was in Timor, but if I was in Australia I would have missed one or the other, because the funeral was in Canberra and the party was in Coraki. Living in Canberra means I am used to missing stuff like this, because I can’t afford the time or money to go home for every family event, so I am not as cut up as I could be, I guess. Call me cold-hearted if you like, but I don’t think I am, I’ve just made my peace with these things. Plus, I made sure to write a message to be read out at both. I like this idea – the way people used to send telegrams to people having weddings – in recent years I’ve seen friends read out emails at weddings, and the most touching thing I’ve heard at a funeral of another friend was a message sent from a best mate who was overseas.

So I wrote messages for happiness and sadness and cried over both. :)

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