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March 2009

Entries about work coming up

Wednesday 4th March – Friday 6th March 2009 – 3 months, 16 - 18 days

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were memorable for happenings at work. Since a few people have asked about what my work here actually is, I’ll write about it. (I’ve avoided it unconsciously up until now, thinking (a) that golden rule according to www.dooce.com – never write about work! And (b) work is boring. For others to read about, not for me to do, that is - I love my job. So skip this if you aren’t interested.)

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Timor Times: something for everyone!

Tuesday 3rd March 2009 – 3 months, 15 days

How to scare me: Email me and tell me that my uncle is reading my blog. Wait, let me clarify, for I have many uncles (and aunts). This uncle is particularly well-travelled and used to be a highschool English teacher. Now I am obsessively reading back over my entries and wondering if the fact that I am very picky about spelling and punctuation will outweigh just how silly and clearly self-absorbed I appear / am. O deer.

I started writing this blog because I love writing blogs and I thought it would be a nice way to keep my parents informed about what I’m up to, and now wayyyy more people are reading this than I thought would (which was originally about, oh, five people tops). It’s lovely that people are interested, lovely, it's so nice to know people are reading it. But it is also slightly hair-raising!

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Things that make me happy

Playing swing music on the computer while I do stuff. It puts me straight back into Macgregor Hall, or Albert Hall, or the UniPub, dancing, watching my friends; a space where you can get away from all your cares for a bit.

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Electricity

This is one of the things I find difficult because I can just take it for granted in Australia - or in Canberra anyway - blackouts were pretty normal in Broadwater, although they didn't happen too often.

I should just learn that if the electricity is on, I shouldn’t arse about on the laptop playing spider solitaire and wasting precious time, I should write blog entries, read stuff for my thesis, etc.

I hate it when the electricity goes off. And the water. (The water usually goes off when the electricity does.) It’s too hot to stay in the bedroom (it’s like our little oasis), I worry about food in the fridge going off, I can’t charge my phone etc, and the amount of things to do is reduced to pretty much reading paperbacks (which I don’t have many of) or studying Tetum, because I don’t like running down the battery on my laptop to write blog entries, or read for my thesis or read ebooks. Hmph.

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Just stuff :)

Monday 2nd March – 3 months, 14 days

1. Pay day today! – from AVI, anyway. AVI pay me every three months. Since I can’t operate on this freewheeling basis, transferring and withdrawing cash willy-nilly, I pretend that it is like the public service in Australia, and I ‘pay’ myself onto my travel debit card, yes, on public service payday, every second Thursday.

2. Fun fact: It is not actually more ‘correct’ (politically or otherwise) to call East Timor ‘Timor-Leste’. Like ‘East Timor’ is the Anglo version of the name of this country, ‘Timor-Leste’ is actually the Portuguese version. ‘Timor Lorosa’e’ is Tetum and apparently means ‘Land of the rising sun’, but really this could also be seen as another reference to the fact that ‘Timor’ means ‘east’ (‘timur’ in Bahasa Indonesia).

So no matter what language we’re using, we’re pretty much calling it ‘East East’ (and the West Timorese are the West Eastese).

3. Electricity: I should just learn that if the electricity is on, I shouldn’t arse about on the laptop playing spider solitaire and wasting precious time, I should write blog entries, read stuff for my thesis, etc.

4. Things that make me happy: Playing swing music on the computer while I do stuff. It puts me straight back into Macgregor Hall, or Albert Hall, or the UniPub, dancing, watching my friends, the space where you can get away a bit.

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