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So hermiting wasn't a success this weekend... I guess there is always next weekend...

:-)

Oddly enough the human contact turned out to be good and soothing so perhaps the universe delivered what I needed after all.  Also, I got to provide some much needed support for a friend in the midst of large and drastic change. So maybe I did good.

I'm off to Adelaide for work this week.  No time to catch up with friends there I am afraid but I'll take a camera or two just in case...

Then one more week and I'll be in Sydney and then New Zealand.  I'll revive the travel blog for that exercise, mostly to keep Mother and my other non-social media friends happy.  

The guesthouse we are staying in has free wifi so I'll post in the evenings when I'm laying in bed exhausted from all the fun I plan on having!!
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Breakfast...
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Ooooooooooh! you have some nice breakfast places there. (and much respect for being sociable at breakfast!)
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Once upon a time...

I'm drowning in pain right now and I just don't know what to do with it...

so a dark fairytale

My mother sent us to school one day... she could see the bus stop from the kitchen so she sent us together... I was not yet 5 years of age.  It was misty that day (we were in the mountains) and she lost sight of us for a moment... and then I was gone, my brother screaming for my mother...

A classic story... a man.. a car... a story about parents sending him

only I don't remember

I was gone for a time and then appeared again at school...

that night my mother fed me dinner and started to question me about what happened.  My father, angry, threw his dinner plate across the room (so I'm told) and demanded that I be "left alone"

and so I was taught silence... a silence that allowed me to be revictimised... again... and again...

I have no memory of what happened to me... but I have vivid memories of later events...

each time some inadvertent action or event lands on a trigger point I have the urge to open a vein... to watch myself bleed... to see my pain manifest

but I will not.

I'd like a "they all lived happily ever after"

but we all know how that works 

if it helps... I lived... and I was loved...

and I do OK...
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Smell of smoke in the air
Cooking teacher: "Well done!"
(Muffle voice): "They're a bit on the dark side..."
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Mum's best friend...

She's never had YumCha before :-)
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She was much happier than she looks lol
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I'd have fewer issues with religion if it wasn't for the things he speaks of... and a whole bunch of other things that are done in the name of religion.

I still would not believe in god but I'd have fewer issues with religion
Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.
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Well that was a fun little ride on the bipolar anxiety depression express...
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Chocolate
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The universe has an evil sense of humour...

I was all set to hermit all weekend when Mum's best friend calls and says she's in town and asks me to take her to Yum Cha...

So anyway... I love Mum's best friend and I love Yum Cha.... Assuming I'm not dying of some dreaded disease, I'll take break from hermiting :-)
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I got autoawesomed...

This is an apartment building I passed on my way to breakfast this morning.  I want to buy it, do it up and install all my friends in it...
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Count me in! (Just kidding but who knows...)
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So my hermiting plans seem to have been thwarted but I find I don't mind so much

My mother's friend was in town and asked me to take her for Yum Cha because she's never been.  She very much enjoyed the experience and I suspect she'll want to go again next time she is in town. She also insisted on paying which was sweet.

She then requested good coffee and (because I have a reputation to uphold on that front AND I also love good coffee) I found the perfect place 

She's a lovely woman and lovely company and I very much enjoyed myself.

I guess some days you just have to go with what the universe dishes up!
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Good morning!

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Delicious!
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OK... if I'm going to enter the Art Show...

Which photo??

I can't even begin to choose??
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thankyou +Charles Strebor!
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My local community is running an art show.... There's a photography section...

Just for fun...

Yes or no??
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I am... curious.. eclectic... fascinated...

I am... the survivor of unmentionable things... 

I am... refusing to be defined by my diagnosis

I am... a public servant... an analyst... a "whatever you need me to be right now" because I like a challenge and I love to learn

I am... constantly evolving because to stand still might just be to die (metaphorically at least)

I am... loved by some of the most amazing people and I DO choose to be defined by that

I am... nothing like perfect... would not want to be... 

I am... Growing all the time

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