Forgive me for the dismal postings the past couple of weeks. I’ve been very busy with a new job and pretty uninspired on the blogging front, but it’s full steam ahead from here on in. Here’s what I’ve been up to the past week, and I haven’t had time to scratch myself!
As I start a new job*…
*Not a factual depiction. (Image via Fanpop.)
… A dear colleague goes into retirement.
Annie, who’s been with my company for something like thirty years, retired last week. That’s her on the right in blue. At nearly 70, I think she’s earned it!
To be honest, I was in a shit mood last Thursday night and didn’t really appreciate the unexpected rock show that was Aqua’s—yes, of “Barbie Girl” fame—Australian tour. But it was a really good show, much better than Vengaboys and no doubt better than S Club and Big Brovas who are completing the ’90s (though technically S Club is 2000, and who they hell even knows who Big Brovas are?!) nostalgia tour this year.
Birthday board games.
Image via April Bonnick.
Images via April Bonnick.
For April’s birthday a bunch of us engaged in a heated tournament of Pictionary where the birthday girl and I were accused of cheating, yet again, because we awesomely won another three games. There was also some Trouble, Spicks & Specks and head shaving to round out the night.
Sweets festival at Immigration Museum.
Image via Tatiana Mauri via Facebook.
I was expecting a lot of the sweet treats on offer at the Immigration Museum as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival to be free, or at least samples, but I suppose people have to make a living. Speaking of, I was pretty much on rations as I segued from one job into another, so I spent $2 on some Turkish coffee (bitter!), and $3.50 on a delicious cannoli. Well worth the steep cost, according to Deb! The free Mauritian biscuits on entry and some Ribena served from a Turkish urn evened out the cost.
On Tuesday and Wednesday nights I went to back-to-back presentations at the Wheeler Centre. Tuesday night was an Intelligence2 debate about whether we should be eating meat and What Men Really Think About… Fatherhood on Wednesday, which I had high expectations for but was a total waste of time, not money as it was a free event. I’ll be writing more about the meat debate next week, but I’ll quickly recap the fatherhood talk as I won’t be revisiting it.
The event was hosted by What Men Really Think About… founder, Kim Farrant, who spoke about how she loved her father so much it was hard to reconcile that love with the fact that he began to molest her as a teenager. I wished she had’ve touched on that more, but instead she went to read a letter to her partner from their future unborn child, which was quite moving. Timothy O’Leary and Martin Flanagan read stories about their experiences as fathers and of their fathers, while Kevin Fitzgerald, co-founder of SIDS Research Foundation and creator of the game Best, Worst, Funniest, spoke about the death of his eight-month-old boy from SIDS, his divorce and remarriage in a supremely touching way. His story made the hour-long talk worthwhile.