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Mar. 21st, 2007 | 07:45 pm

Procrastination.

1. What is your best friend's Dad's name?

I realise I DO know people's dad's names. Dunno how. But here's one: Laurence (for you Amanda! apologies if it's the wrong spelling)

2. What body part do you hate?
My valgus knees

3. Who was the hottest teacher you ever had?
NEGATIVE hot teachers OR lecturers

4. What body part do you wash first?
My hair

5. Do you have any piercings?
Earlobes. Dabbled with the thought of getting my tragus pierced, but happy for now.

6. Is your driveway steep?
Nop

7. What's your favourite flavoured Pringles?
Salt n Vinegar

8. Have you ever been tied up?
I feel like this is an experience I've had, but cannot remember any instance of this happening. A dream?

9. What was the worst thing you ever got grounded for?
Pfft grounded.

10. Have you ever had two dates in one night?
Nop

11. How many times have you been cursed at?
Many! By friends, by randoms shouting from cars whilst I'm riding, by drunk ppl in N'bridge

12. Which shoe do you put on first?
Much of a muchness; whichever shoe is closest to reach.

13. How old do you wish you were?
Retirement age, so I can enjoy Grey Tuesdays with my silver-haired friends. 18/19 to re-live the uni days of making friends with anyone and everyone. and yes, like Amanda, add one more year so I can finally start earning the mooonies.

14. Have you ever had any Friends with Benefits?
Most of my friends come with Benefits!

15. Is there one thing all of your love interests have had in common?
I've taken "love interests" to include "lust interests/crushes" - the eyes the eyes look into the eyes, not around the eyes, into my eyes...and skinny/slim ;p

16. Did you french kiss before you were 16?
Limited male contact during high school ; didn't consider girls as an option.

17. Have you ever been cow-tipping or snipe-hunting?
I don't live in America!

18. Who is the last person you usually think about before you fall asleep?
I don't remember!

19. Have you ever had a song written about you?
Personally, nop. But wouldn't that be awesome-o, even if it has hate-filled lyrics! "Gu-us, you are a fucking bitch, I wish were..passed out in a ditch!" *guitar riffffffff*

20. If you had to choose to not ever wash your bed sheets again or not wash your bath towel ever again, which would you choose?
Stupid question

21. Have you ever found anything in your parents' bedroom that was questionable?
ditto, condoms have been discovered. this was ages ago and i've never snooped again for fear of what may still be there.

22. What was your childhood nickname?
Gus!

23. Have you ever peeked in the opposite sexes locker room?
Don't think so...wouldn't hesitate if the situation arose.

24. What's the weirdest thing you have done while driving?
Hmm don't know if it's weird, but I spent 30 seconds trying to swipe a gigantic spider off the inside of my windshield with a piece of scrap paper, upon which I forgot to focus on the road (this was at night on my street)

25. Have you ever bitten your toenails?
FEET ARE GROSS. FIN.

26. How do you normally eat your Oreo cookies?
Dunk it in milk, eat.

27. Name something you do when you're alone that you wouldn't do in front of others?
haha besides master debate? hmm pick my nose. and big satisfying farts!

28. How many drinks does it take before you get drunk?
2-3 drinks and the merriness would've hit.

29. Why are you doing this survey?
Filling in time before Heroes starts (yesss I still watch episodes on TV ok) and procrastinating from Neuro study

30. Do you scrunch or fold your toilet paper?
Halfway. A really messy fold.

31. Do you have any strange phobias?
I cannot touch or hold dead or unconscious animals. Eg during Rat Labs in 3rd year neuroscience, I had to get Tegan to hold our rat once the anaesthetic hit cos it just felt so warm and WRONG in my hands. If I had a choice to hold a beloved pet in my arms as they were put down, I would refuse!

32. Have you ever stuck a foreign object up your nose?
Nasogastric tube. We had to practise on each other during Cardio labs; everyone's eyes were watery and bloodshot by the end of it!

33. What is the stupidest thing you've ever done at a bar?
Hmmm nothing that I can remember, other than spend/drink too much.

34. Have you ever called your love interest by another girl/guy's name?
I called Trent "Keith" once but Keith was standing next to him at the time ;p Trent's called me Cherise on a handful of occasions ;p

35. Have you ever gotten caught sleeping while on a date?
I am not narcoleptic.

36. Have you ever played naked Twister?
Negative.

37. Have you ever been drunk at work/school?
Hell yes! Last day of uni last year, our whole year hit the tav; had the BEST cardio lecture ever afterward (no-one understood it but we didn't care! weee!)

38. Have you ever found your date's/lover's/crush's brother or sister attractive?
Trent's sisters are nice girls....

49. How many Bryce's do you know?
One, by association. <---I know the same one! Mr Kidd. Dreddies. Failed 2nd yr. At Notre Dame now.

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so this is how it goes

Mar. 19th, 2007 | 10:54 pm

ok well i've neglected this journal for a bit, time for a quick update.

life thus far:

- i am currently on my 3rd out of 5 week prac in the S,troke Unit at RP.H. Things going well, although I found it a bit daunting and lonely being the only student on the ward (usually there's 2 of us) initially, but things are alright now.
- my supervisor is awesome, i dub her "miss sunshine" cos she's just so damn nice.
- the senior PT is a feared and respected woman with a million yrs experience in the area. i have learnt to jump out of her way when she is on the warpath. then she switches back to nice and caring mode with lots of laughs and jokes. i am learning to adapt to these changes in emotions!
- other PTs on the ward are nice, the OTs are nice, some nurses are nice, OTHERS ARE NOT, and one of the consultants is the nicest guy ever (apparently he dances on tables when he's drunk)
- speech therapists are very glamorous.........maybe that's why C Judd's girlfriend is studying that?
- the Reg wears cologne that makes me swoon.....**note this does not translate to the Reg making me swoon....only his cologne...hear? ***note2: he wears a wedding ring anyway
- my clinical tutor is the same one i had for my 3wk placement last yr...the same one who makes students cry...i get along well with her *phew* and i might just have to ask her to be my reference *gulp*
- my supervisor gets me to talk during Team Meetings....again, I find it incredibly daunting especially as I am the only student a room full of experienced medical and allied health professionals. sigh. but since there are children starving in Africa I will not harp on about this, although i will say it is getting easier, and it's a "good experience".
- oh yeah my patients; cute old women, adorable old men, rude and inappropriate man. more to come, ppl just keep on having strokes!

- lessons in life: there are some ppl who i've called "friends" for 6 years, who i've never really considered friends. they know little to nothing about me, and me about them. if i never saw any of them again for the rest of my life, there will be no pang of loss or sadness. i will feel nothing. nothing except letting something that never meant anything, go. i'm currrntly trying to think of a metaphor, but i'm fucking tired, thus can't. note: i've known this for about 3 years now, but it is only now i'm actually happy to completely sever ties. ok maybe not sever ties, but just not make an effort. mehmehmeh.

- my laptop has not had internet connection for a while, and that's where i upload all my photos, so i can't transfer pictures easily onto flickr etc. i have awesome pics that you want to see, trust. in time, my friends, in time.

- i am going to Shanghai for the whole of August; I will be working with Cerebral Palsy kids in an NGO rehabilitation hospital. it is most likely going to kick ass.

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first day back

Feb. 19th, 2007 | 10:39 pm

I'm tired.

but Good Vibes was awesome, for so many reasons - the MUSIC, the PEOPLE, the DANCING.
i won't mention the disgusting toilet block which was flooded with sewerage and when you flushed the toilet, it all came rushing out the bottom. ew. oh wait, consider it mentioned.

but back at uni, which consists of an intensive 1 wk Management course and Research and assignments. Our first day back required us to read 9 journal articles as pre-reading.

photos soon.

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A question

Jan. 24th, 2007 | 11:57 pm
mood: pensivepensive

Baby-sitting.

What does it mean when you walk into the parents' bedroom to find the almost-5 year old under the covers; and when you lift the covers up he is wearing his mum's bra?

Discuss.

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brothers

Jan. 24th, 2007 | 03:50 pm

So as I mentioned before, one of my uncles and his family recently came over to visit/help my cousin settle in for another year at Tommy More College and 5th year med.

My [other] cousin and I had great fun laughing at the subtle yet familiar mannerisms shared by our fathers. These included:

- distinct smacking of lips/cleaning teeth sound after every meal
- loud clearing of throat when annoyed
- SNORING
- weird facial thing when listening to something and showing interest
- when drinking water/tea after meal, rinsing a few times before swallowing
- when settling back into chair at dinner table to chat, putting the same arm hooked over the back of the chair and the other arm extended to rest on the table
- using their hands to speak (especially my uncle)

We also managed to catch a few comical mirror images on camera.Collapse )

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family fun times

Jan. 22nd, 2007 | 09:52 pm
mood: peacefulpeaceful

Just had a fun-filled sleep-deprived week with the relatives from Malaysia.

They left yesterday and although the house feels a bit empty now, it's still nice to have peace and quiet and your own space.

What I plan to fit in the next 4 weeks (in no particular order):
- buy pants and shoes for uni
- buy new pair of black thongs (gave my old pair to my cousin)
- buy good pair of sneakers/joggers
- buy new pair of sneakers
- read
- watch new DVDs
- babysitting x4
- work
- CNY!
- Oz Day
- Family friend's wedding
- Good Vibes (still pending...)
- bake and cook
- catch up with various people currently in my life

aaah. i really am gonna miss idle holiday periods.

*stretch* the guided classes in yoga; that's what i'm talkin' about. perspiration to the max!

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Let's spice things up...

Jan. 7th, 2007 | 08:37 pm
mood: peacefulpeaceful

Mmm cinnamon. I made a carrot cake today and it required ground cinnamon....smelt delish!

Aaaaanyway, this journal has been neglected YET AGAIN for far too long, so I'm going to make up for it by adding some photos!

Recently attended (and played a major role in setting up on the day, phew) my godsister's wedding. The ceremony was held at Green Place Reserve in Mosman Park, a quaint little piece of foreshore overlooking the Swan River. It was a really beautiful ceremony, the weather was perfect and the vibe was not boring or soppy, but Happy, joyful. My godparents would've been so delighted. Kris's people from Simon's played an exceptional role in the waiterperson's position, dishing out champers and OJ for the thirsty crowd and helping me and Trent set up and pack up.

The reception was at Matilda Bay Restaurant, upstairs in the Function centre, once again over-looking the Swan River. My uni mates and my parents (me and Trent were stuck at the Reserve waiting for tipsy guests/bridal party to finish their goddammed champagne so we could get back the glasses) also did a fantastic job with the table decorations, putting out the favours, scrolls, wedding trivia boxes, blacknwhite disposable cameras (great idea) etc.

All in all a great night, met some cool people at our table, boogied a bit to baaad tunes, thoroughly exhausted and sunburnt by the end of the night.

Click me, pictures to please your eyes...Collapse )

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Nov. 23rd, 2006 | 11:41 pm

Anddddd it's over (for now at least).

Here's my weekend:
Friday: Haircut --> shop for presents --> work --> EOSS
Saturday: Felicity's engagement champagne brekky --> Escape to the Park
Sunday: work --> Elly's bday --> K&S's housewarming
Monday: start 3 wk clinical placement at RPH SPC, Neurosurg/Ward1 with possibly the most pedantic clinical tutor ever.

Somewhere in there I've got to put important Neuro-related stuff into my A5 clinical notebook, so I don't look like a complete idiot when I start, work out what electives I want to do next year and what rural placements I want to do (Shanghai baby! [note: modern bustling city, shitty health care, thus classed as "rural"] or Kununurra. preferably somewhere FAR AWAY).

NO TIME TO BREATHE, HELP.

This seems to be a recurring pattern, for example this time last year, I finished exams on Friday --> EOSS Friday night --> LaserSports (M&F's pre-wedding thing), GamesWorld Xmas Dinner, M's 21st on the Saturday --> Busso Ironman 8 hours of massaging on the Sunday.

Phew. So glad I'm not doing the retail thing this Christmas. SO GLAD!

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Too Much

Nov. 17th, 2006 | 01:15 am

Yesterday morning, 2am, she jumped.

http://students.curtin.edu.au/notices.cfm#3495

From the 3rd or 4th floor of the Eng building; so she must have jumped head-first.

Someone found her in a pool of blood under the balcony.

I didn't know her, but the shock that goes through a university community when something like this happens on campus, is still reverberating through me. [Mind highly emotionally fragile post-4 tough exams]

I keep wondering what went through her mind before she jumped. I wonder if she was scared of the pain to come. I wonder if she felt like she'd made the right choice as she lay there for those final minutes.

Why do things like this fascinate me? I am intrigued. And was she pushed? Probably not, but always a linked scenario. Oh so macabre.

I really feel not only for the family and friends, but for the guy who found her. Gosh.

Totally weird, cos as I was tossing and turning last night before another futile attempt at sleeping, random thoughts always enter my head. One particular thought last night was a brief consideration of someone from uni dying, from a traffic accident or something [see, my brain goes psycho during exams]. Total spin-out when C told us the news on the way to the exam today.

RIP
2006, who's next?

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KNUCKLE-DOWN

Oct. 28th, 2006 | 01:33 pm
mood: determined

Ok kids it's the time of the year again.

Gus's Plan of Action:

- 2x sets of group notes to write up (Cardio, Neuro)
- 1x Neurology Masterclass writeup (5%, perspective mang)
- 1x group research presentation (Symposium on Tuesday)
- 1x group journal article (4000 word limit, we're over by 300 words minus discussion)
By next Wednesday, I should FINALLY be able to start studying for exams:
- Monday 13th: GHI & Gerontology
- Tuesday 14th: Neuro
- Wednesday 15th: Musculo Specialisation
- Thursday 16th: Cardio
17th-19th November I will be doing practice OSPEs in preparation for:
- Monday 20th: Musculo Specialisation
- Tuesday 21st: Neuro & Cardio
FINISH!

It's such a nice change from 12 exams we had last semester last year. Ridiculous.

Oh, and then 1 week break until
- 27th November to 15th December: RPH SPC Neurosurg/Ward 1 --> 3 wk full-time clinical placement! Possibly have the most intense neuro supervisor ever (why are you doing that? why? and why is that? why? why?) But should be good, L will be in the same ward as me, and A & R are at Shenton Park as well.

Party-time on the 15th! woo!

The past week has seen a mixture of events. Have been missing driving my car due to it being sick, took it in on Wednesday and Friday; $430 later it has new radiator parts and fixed oil leak, cleaned, polished, vacuumed and back home. Fully recommend RAC AutoRepairs in Balcatta, really friendly service n stuff. Tuesday night was Staff-Student Dinner at Buddha Bar. Any years can go, but it's traditionally a 3rd year/staff thing, where the students and staff do skits of each other.

The skits were HILARIOUS. I haven't laughed so hard in so long! Everyone who impersonated a lecturer/tutor did it so perfectly, the mannerisms and quirks were so accurate. If you're bored, you can see snippets of some that W put up on YouTube, though you probably won't understand why everyone is in constant hysterics ;p I recommend watching Kent though, just cos you'll find the subject matter amusing (Women's Health).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39TFKnJ46oc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyAmwh8y4dc

AManda's bday drinks were last night at Cap S, good catching up with everyone and making fun of people's MySpace (oh god i think we no i mean I was a little TOO loud on that one hehe). A noteable amusement factor was Joel's puppydog eyes at Robin and Rob probably totally oblivious to it. Lol.

Ok! Time to knuckle down! Got work tomorrow morning for 3 hours, then uni [on a Sunday!] in the arvo to finish off Powerpoint. BARRRRRRRRHHHHHH I HATE THIS TIME OF YEAR!

p.s. Napolean Dynamite is god.
p.p.s. GOOD LUCK to all who have exams/final assessments too :) Chin up, summer's on it's way!

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