election

Watching this coming off the back of not really getting why some secular Jews are pissed off about the election date.

*blinks*

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Election 2010.

July 9, 2010

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And, relief sets in

November 24, 2007

The election is over. Obviously the Senate still has to play out. But John Howard is gone, Kevid Rudd’s Labor is in. And now we just have to see how Rudd will actually play out, and see what we really have voted for here.

Bring on the next 3 years!

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Votes are Cast

November 24, 2007

I did my thing at around 9 this morning, toddled off to the primary school down the street, discregarded the “how to vote” cards I was handed, and was pleasantly surprised at there being only 4 names on the House of Representatives ballot paper, which I quickly numbered through, and only 16 below the line for the Senate paper.. so with that one I took my time, mostly just so I didn’t stuff up my numbered, and for the first time did the below the line vote. That way I don’t have to worry that my preferences will flow to some Fred Nile group person (not that I saw them there for the ACT) or to Family First, wh I don’t remember being there either. Maybe they’ve given up on Canberra, and realise that there’s no point standing here as the PPP (politics, pornography and pyrotechnics) have long taken hold and really, we have no “family values” that they speak of left. :) Such a shame. It made figuring out who went last really quite hard.

I bit dissapointed at the attempted “cake stall” at the school. A couple of trays of rocky road… where were the lamingtons and toffee? Why did I even get up this morning?

It’s out my hands now. In about 8 hours I’ll have dragged out the tv (or be camped out in front of it on the bike at the gym) watching the start of the count. It could well be a close one, and that makes me nervous. I’m not really sure that I want Labor and Kevin Rudd in, but I know I don’t want John Howard’s Liberals around anymore. I so hope he loses Bennelong.

We shall see.

edit: Nikkiana was perplexed by our preferential voting system, so I shared for her this how to vote link (sound required). Here’s the how to not vote one, too. I don’t know if it helped her any, but she tells me the Australian male voice is enthralling.

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Cut Up

November 23, 2007

Is it wrong to be excited about getting my first ever stitches? Or that I had to get a mole removed? I guess it can be exciting so long as it comes back clear from pathology, right? :p I got a little one removed from my left shoulder/back this afternoon – just starting to feel it now, though when I got the needle, I could then only feel the little tugs of the stitches as they went in.

A bit of a frustrating afternoon though. I had the appointment for 1pm, so I could just ake a little longer for lunch, but when I got to the doctor’s at ten to, I was then told that actually, my appointment was at 1:30 (the girl last week who wrote it down was apparently not useful enough that she was able to read the time off the computer screen and then write it on a little card for me correctly).. and that, as is usually the case, they were running behind. Perhaps I should go for a walk for about an hour? *sigh* Gave me a chance to browse the bookshop though and the Manuka boutiques and homewares. Saw a $110 box of Christmas Crackers in one shop *faints* They were pretty, but seriously, they’d have better have had some awesome gifties in them!

Had a bit of a sore throat/headachey/ear achey thing, so even though I got myself back to work at 3 (passing the numerous banners and signs along Adelaide Ave near the lodge proclaiming all sorts of things like “Greens = Taxes” and “Don’t vote the Unions in” – yes I’m looking forward to voting for both the Greens and Labor tomorrow!) I hung around for an hour doing some notes and stats, but left soon after… I think a lot of people were also over it… Fridays can be hard!

Canberrans don’t know how to drive when it rains. Itseems that when it rains, that means it really IS time to tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, oh and push well past the posted speed limit. Because it’s still safe, right? *sigh*

*ahem*

In follow-up to saturday night, when discussing my bruises:

Rish says:
until you put your arms in your own vomit…then i used a modified full japanese wrist lock to hold you up

All those years of martial arts training had to be useful for something, right?

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Recovery

November 18, 2007

Well, I’ve had a great couple of days, barring the end of last night where things went down hill really quickly. :)

Last night was the Hen’s night – Pole dancing was fun (if short). I’m now covered in bruises from it, including a nice one of the top of my right foot, from banging into the pole many times over :) I was so not sexy, but it was fun, I wasn’t completely crap at it (thank you to Rish and his killer gym sessions which mean I now have a little bit of upper-bdy strength to hang off the pole with, rather than just relying on my legs). I should definately look into seeing if we can do it in Newcastle for my sister’s hen’s – her wedding’s in February, and I think I have a duty as an older sister to make her shimmy around a pole :p

Dinner was lovely -went to the Haig Italian restaurant. Dinner was yum, and Suz’a sisters had organised party games and the like… I think I have a bag full of condoms and lubricant in assorted flavours eee. Had wine. No, had a lot of wine…. was merrily tipsy until we hit town, and though I hadn’t drunk anything in about 30 minutes, all the stuff before that suddenly hit me, causing a trip to the gutter. Oh dear. But hunted Rish down and the wonderful Matt and Hannah, and they let us crash on their floor. Ugh. I feel good now, but certainly did not at the time.

Is there a point where I’ll actually figure out my alcohol tolerance levels, or will I just push past that boundry again??? You think I’d have it figured out by now. Maybe if I’d actually had a pasta or something heavy, rather than the lightish chicken breast and polenta I had, I’d have been better off. Or maygbe I just shouldn’t drink so much! :p

This of course comes after telling my doctor on Friday that I’d probably only drink a couple of nights a week… she says to this “SO how many would you have? 1 or 2?” I pause “um” “3 or 4?” she asks. I say “let’s go with that”. Hehe. But it was a good appointment – got my pap test, the first Gardasil shot, heart checked (“I thought I heard a murmur, but I didn’t”) and found out that I’m to have my first mole removed next Friday. It had to happy sometime, with my fair skin, excessive amounts of moles and freckles and the Australian sun. So in a way it’s good because I know the others are fine, even it annoying raised on on my neck! At least my exercise regime was approved of :)

Speaking of which, I’m down my personal trainer (aka Rish) for the week, as he’s just left for Newcastle. Riding up – at least 5 hours, maybe 6 the way he’s going. So I have to motivate and entertain myself for seven days! By the time I see him again, we may finally be rid of John Howard – that’s if the election can be declared to someone that quickly – I was reading the other day that because of the vast number of pre-poll/postal/absentee votes (about 20% of Australians vote that way) adn the marginal seats, it may not be able to be declared until a couple days after. But I’m looking forward to voting this year – my first in the ACT so I’m definately going to vote below the line for the senate! There’s no way I would have attempted that in NSW – not with the hundred r some extereme number of candidates I’d have to number against! I’d surely miss a number and then they’d scrap my vote :( Look! You can practise voting online if you want to hear about how to vote in Australia :p

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