Richard is in Sydney! It’s so cool that I have a visitor in Sydney! I’m very excited, hence the exclamation marks! Richard was flown here on work for his company, so I only have him evenings, a Friday and much of Saturday, but I’m so glad to see him.

G was working last night, so I played hostess to our guests, then I ran down to the train and met Richard at Martin Place. You know the scene from The Matrix where the woman in the red dress walks by… that’s where we met.

And the night was charged with electricity and there were sparks! Of course, by electrical charge, I’m referring to the lightening I spied on my walk to the station. And by sparks, I mean we happened to be looking across the harbour as we stood on the top stairs of the Sydney Opera House when a lovely fireworks display occurred. I’m still unsure of the occasion, so I declared it a firework display to celebrate Happy Wednesday and to welcome Richard o Sydney.

We walked all over Sydney Harbour, had a lovely meal, walked some more, then I escorted him to his hotel and walked back to the train station. I pumpkined somewhere along the way and zombie marched my way home from the station.

I also made the connection tonight that Richard is the mysterious [livejournal.com profile] hirdrac who friended me and then never told me he even created a journal! Tricksy, you are! Maybe now that I know who you are, you’ll be inspired to actually write in it from time to time. *narrows eyelids* Right?
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miladycarol: (Telescope antics)
( Apr. 17th, 2006 08:41 pm)


Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen. That is a maple reflecting the seasonal change to autumn.

Autumn.

Autumn in April.

I'm so confused.
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( Apr. 16th, 2006 01:58 pm)
It's a really odd thing to know it's Easter, a holiday rife with spring-time bliss, fresh lilies, tulips and the smell of impending warmth and sun, yet to be experiencing a shortening of daylight, a coolness in the air and watching the herbs go to seed. *boggles* I feel backwards.
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miladycarol: (Mafia fist)
( Apr. 13th, 2006 11:33 pm)
Today, it rained a bit. I look upon that as a sign of cleansing and the hope that this next few weeks will be focused and productive. I say this as I pop wasabi-coated macadamia nuts into my mouth with a gusto that can only be described as “chain munching.” Clearly, I am in trouble. Nothing should be this addictive. I had better stop before I gum up the keys with wasabi powder. Well, maybe just a few more…

Okay, I’ve tucked them away. I’m free, for a while. *shakes head sadly* I am weak. *hangs head*

On the woes of insomnia. )
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Okay, it’s time for another Australian lesson.

Today, we will discuss the word “dag.” Sunday, at Lorinda’s house, she donned a well-loved sweater – or jumper, as they call them here – with holes and worn spots. She apologized for wearing such a daggy jumper. She then felt the need to explain the word's origins to me. Apparently, a dag is a piece of feces that has latched onto the hair on the backside of a sheep and formed a hardened turd cocoon. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a dag. To my mind, this made sense. She apologized for wearing a sweater that was a bit on the worn and messy side. Not sightly. I get that. Turd cocoons are not sightly, the sweater wasn’t the prettiest. I made the connection and was happy to move on, but she immediately continued by further explaining that dag could be a compliment to a person. “Oh, you’re such a cute little dag.”

Here, I paused.

So, let me get this straight. A dag can be a compliment. What you really just said was, “Oh, you’re such a cute little hair encrusted piece of shit.”

Compliment.

Hmmmm…

Am I the only one who doesn’t follow this? This tracks very closely with my theory of how international wars begin over slight cultural indiscretions. If my interpreter just translated your comment into my language while we were discussing strategy over a pot of tea as, “You’re so funny, what a cute little hair encrusted piece of shit you are!” Well, you may imagine the pot of hot tea could very accidentally be poured into said delegate’s lap. Quite by accident, I assure you. Hey, wars have been started for less. I heard WWII was begun because someone loaded one too many pieces of straw on a camel’s back which, in turn, broke the camel’s back. One may only assume that this was a prized camel. A very important dromedary. Hey, it started a war.

So, what lesson do we learn from this story?

A. One simply cannot trust an Aussie to say anything straightforward, after all, historically, it was a giant penal colony.

B. Aussies don’t know the difference between a compliment and an insult… and simply don’t care because, hey, they have the Great Barrier Reef and Fairy Penguins.

C. Aussie colloquialisms are just cute no matter what they mean because they have that really sexy accent so they can say whatever they want as long as they keep talking.

Remember, the Aussie word of the day is dag. Thank you for your time.
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I was reminded today that I missed the first Saturday Market of the season. I can barely believe how long I’ve been away from home. I’ve never been away this long. It’s been five months.

Five.

Months.

*swoons*
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miladycarol: (Pointing at marble buns)
( Apr. 4th, 2006 12:05 pm)
Quote of the day by G explaining how he has a multi-pronged marketing attack: “And because we have an extra sleeve up our shirt…”
At that point I couldn’t hear what he was saying because my laughter drowned out his words. Bwa-ha-ha! He’s soooo cute!
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... and yet, I memed.

It's kind of eerie how accurate this little question thingies can be at times.

Your Five Factor Personality Profile

Extroversion:

You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."

Conscientiousness:

You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.

Agreeableness:

You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.

Neuroticism:

You have medium neuroticism.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.
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I’m feeling very cushy in the moment. I’m curled up on the couch with the laptop propped up on a big orange crate (a crate that had carried the citrus fruit and also happens to coincidently be largely orange in colour… go fig *grin*), my feet are propped on the coffee table, my new USB keyboard is across my lap, my USB mouse is happily scurrying atop my notebook beside me, and my neck is gloriously not hunkered forward in a distressing and painful way. My upper back has been achy ever since we brought the laptop home. I’m just not built for petite machines. So, while we were in the city today, we outfitted me with a keyboard to take some stress off my poor spine.

It’s been nippy here in the mornings and evenings. All afternoon I was traipsing about in a t-shirt but I needed a sweatshirt both at the end and beginning. I’m going to have to think about transplanting some of the garden herbs into pots and take them inside. I don’t know how long I’ll be here and I don’t want to run out of herbs. *shudders at the mere thought*

Somehow, my days slip by quickly but I really haven’t done anything of note. Well, unless one thinks of the gardening, the dishes, hand washing the clothes, doing some work for the new venture online and a bit of errand-running in the city as notable. I tell ya, watching me wash my laundry is uber-stimulating, edge of the seat kind of stuff. You’ll never look at wringing out dripping napkins the same way twice. *rolls eyes*

Since I have a decided lack of interesting things to report, I shall merely send my love and retire for the evening.
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miladycarol: (Smiling in AU)
( Apr. 2nd, 2006 09:46 pm)
Today we turned the clocks back an hour. Welcome Autumn. Today was crisp and cool. The early morning and late evening were downright chilly. Tis almost time to think about plugging the space heater in the bathroom to warm it up for showers. It's really hard for me to want to strip off my layers when I can see my breath. It's not quite that cold yet, but it's only a matter of time.

This morning we took Paul to Yum Cha then sat for hours at a café discussing marketing and business ideas. We’ve been refining our venture even more. Again, I want to thank everyone who participated with their opinions. In an effort to not abuse my LJ, I’ve located a few communities that I hope will not mind giving us opinions, as well. I still plan to let you all know where this venture is going as soon as we’ve really cemented it. It’s hard to decide what is best when we’re so close to the project. We already know what we like, but really, it’s your opinions that count the most. See how important you are? *smiles warmly*

At the end of the day, we retired to Morvan and sipped tea until Paul drove home. I must say, I really love to exercise my brain like that. I’m not an entrepreneur, nor a marketer, but it’s fun to play like I’m one. Tee hee.

Even though I’m no where near as popular as [livejournal.com profile] zevhonith, I thought I’d post my humble LJ findings regardless.

[livejournal.com profile] miladycarol's LiveJournal popularity rating is 3.53/10.
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Yesterday, I had Gisela and her husband, Gerry, over for lunch. It was great fun to cook for someone again. I love to plan meals for others to enjoy. It’s really hard cooking for G’s family because they have a very set expectation of how food should taste and be cooked. I don’t operate the same way. I take some of aMa’s practices and adopt them, but I always improvise.
Since I can’t cook as well as her for their tastes, it’s stressful. I like to just create in the kitchen and toss it at people to see what they think. I’ve missed that. So, I spent 2.5 hours in the kitchen making lunch and I have leftovers galore. I wish I could invite everyone else over to share them.

After they left, I just about collapsed from my aches. I have had some back pain for a couple days, but I’ve been managing it. I held it together all day, but once they left, I keeled over. Within a couple of hours, I had spiked a fever and ached all over. I am still trying to understand why. I’m better this morning, but sheesh. It was all very unexpected. I have had allergy mornings for the past week, but I didn’t think that would turn into a fever. Ah well, I feel better, and that’s the most important thing.

I was tagged by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] lurkitty to do this. So, here it is.

Name ten of life's simple pleasures that you like most. )
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( Mar. 28th, 2006 09:25 am)
We'll be back in Sydney this evening. We'll stop at the Family's house for dinner and to pick up the van. I'm not sure of our schedule for the rest of the week, but I forsee sleeping in tomorrow morning. It has been great to get away for a bit. We went to Movie World yesterday. G was in his element with all the big scary rides. I'll write more about that and post pictures tomorrow. I should give him back the computer so he can do his work, in the moment. I think I'll head for a walk on the beach before I shower and pack.
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( Mar. 27th, 2006 10:53 am)
Yesterday we went to Sea World. I guess I was expecting an Aquarium, not an amusement park. It was fun, though. There was a seal show, a dolphin show, an awesome fairy penguin display, and the ever popular polar bear display. Polar bears. In Australia. Humph! Who’d have thunk? I could watch polar bears for hours. I have. When I was living back in RI, the zoo there had a really nice polar bear display. I would go on the free admission weekends with a lunch and just sit and watch the polar bears. They rocked my world. I had to restrain myself, though, as there was a lot of territory to cover. There was also an amazing 3-D animated movie that was incredible. They’ve actually come a really long way in 3-D technology. I don’t remember it ever being so good before. And they had rigged the theatre to augment the experience by adding mist and shaking the ground in the right places. It was super cool to watch all the people in front of us reaching up to see if they could touch the movie critters as they seemed to literally be popping off the screen. Amazing.

Today, we’re going to Movie World so G can ride all the nasty rides. Afterwards, we have a dinner date with the Clarksons.

Pictures behind the cut. )
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( Mar. 25th, 2006 05:01 pm)
We arrived in Gold Beach, Queensland yesterday morning. We’re here to meet the Clarksons for business. Our little apartment is two blocks in from the beach. This morning I walked to the beach for my morning constitutional. This surely doesn’t suck. I’ll take the camera tomorrow morning and take a few pictures for you.

And now, the Friday Five.
1) Of the various cultures, ethnicities or nationalities you belong to, which most strongly do you consider yourself?
Primarily to the French, secondly to the Italian.

2) Is there a culture you cannot claim heritage from but which you feel quite close to?
This is a good question. I think I’ve totally embraced my European heritage. I feel like I could easily belong to any of them and love it.

3) What's one language you wish you knew fluently?
Hee hee. That would have to be the language my in-laws speak. I feel so left out and it’s very difficult for me to learn. If only I married a Frenchman. *rolls eyes*

4) If you could move anywhere in the world and be guaranteed a job, etc., where would you go?
I’m not sure. I am so in love with my verdant little valley, I wouldn’t want to live permanently anywhere else. There are lots of places I wouldn’t mind living for a month or two, but I’d always look forward to going home. While Australia is a great place, I still don’t like living in Sydney. It’s just not a MiLady-like city for living. I miss my mountains, rivers and tall green trees.

5) If you had a time machine, and could witness any one event without altering or disturbing it, what would you want to see?’’
All of it. I’ve often thought my perfect version of the afterlife would begin with a tour of everything that ever happened in the Universe from its conception. I’d sit like a viewer with a remote control and control the speed and zoom features so I could relive everything to my curiosity’s content.
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( Mar. 21st, 2006 06:59 pm)
We’ve been working hard on developing our new business venture. It is evolving and changing on a daily basis. I only hope the programmers are able to keep pace with us. *smiles* We have some amazing people contributing and collaborating with us. I feel honoured they’ve all jumped aboard.

On a more personal note, we spent Sunday with Lorinda and Gisela. They are the two magnificent women who sat next to me on the first day of the Internet conference. We very much enjoyed ourselves that whole day and, with each succeeding day, discovered how much we have in common. They are both very spiritual and healing women and we share many interests, right down to our desires to build an intentional community using all the eco-friendly means at our disposal. Isn’t’ it amazing how the Universe places the coolest people in our paths when we least expect it?

So, Sunday we spent the day at Lorinda’s house where I participated in my first fair-dinkum Australian barbeque! Pretty cool, eh? I’m still saying it counts regardless of the fact that I didn’t actually eat anything that went on the grill. Gisela had prepared a wheat-free baked tofu dish for me (she has a celiac child) and she even brought a soy ice-cream for desert. I felt so loved!

That evening we spent working with Paul on branding our new venture. Paul is very kind and meditative. I enjoy his insights and calming presence. I really believe this will be a very special company.
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( Mar. 20th, 2006 11:57 pm)
Today was a lovely day. A perfect temperature, a perfect mix of clouds and sun, a perfectly yummy Yum Cha lunch, all combined with a fun time with Adam and Belinda. After Yum Cha, we drove to the Northern beaches of Sydney where the Harbour meets the Pacific. We walked around Manly, bought freshly squeezed juice and enjoyed their Saturday Market. We also watched a sculptor building a sand castle. We finished the day with a family dinner. *contented sigh*




This is a view of Sydney Harbour from the Norther Beaches.
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What an intensive week or two. Where do I begin?

I am well and happy in the land of Oz. Things are going well. The Family has been great, G and I have been busy working on a new business venture, the weather is still fine, the garden is fertile and tasty, I have ordered some beading supplies to keep my mind and hands sane, and we have this spiffy new laptop so we aren’t constantly fighting over who deserves cyber-time. Life is good.

If that wasn’t enough, there is more. Last weekend, G and I attended a big Internet Marketing conference in Sydney at the Olympic Stadium. This came about because our 1ShoppingCart.com partner, Rob, mentioned another associate, Ted, was hosting this big show. We chatted with Ted and he invited us to attend as his guests. Cool, eh? We had a blast. It was like a breath of fresh air. We were surrounded by inventive, exciting people who are highly motivated and eager to network. Not only that, G was introduced the first day as the founder and inventor of 1ShoppingCart.com, which easily over 2/3 of the room already used. He was a celebrity! Is that cool, or what!?! I’m so proud! It’s rough for him, sometimes. His family really doesn’t understand what he has accomplished. He tries to explain, but I don’t think they really grasp the scope of it. It’s too intangible. At this seminar, he was recognized as one of the Founding Pioneers of Internet Marketing. Seriously! Amazing, huh? Finally, my man has reached the status he richly deserves. People were swarming him. At the end of the four days, we left with an amazing array of people in our network. Many of them have, in the past week, contributed in some form to G’s new business venture. It’s all very exciting. More on that later in another post. It’s 11:42pm and I need to go to bed. I must rise bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for tomorrow’s events.


Hey! Check it out! I figured out how to add a picture of my famous husband! Woo hoo! This is on Fraser Island on Christmas Day. Cool, eh?
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( Mar. 16th, 2006 12:46 pm)
I'm broadcasting live from the new laptop! We're still loading all the appropriate software into her, setting up all the functions and it will take me a while to really customize her with all of my preferences, but she's up and running. I'm calling her, Daintree, after the atavistic rainforest in northern Australia. Hopefully, Daintree and I will be the best of friends and you will all hear from me more often.

There is so much that's happened in the past couple of weeks, I'm excited to tell you all about it, but I have to go dress for my 1:30 meeting. I'm sure they don't want to see me arrive wrapped in my sarong with my ballet slippers for shoes. Sydney is a little more conservative in its dressing habits. *snerk*

Love to everyone, and special birthday hugs to [livejournal.com profile] cmdr_zoom on this day!
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( Mar. 15th, 2006 06:47 pm)
We have the new laptop in our hot little hands! G and I are setting it up, as I type. We'll be back in a few hours to finish. I'm so excited! I'll be back on the net! Yay!
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( Mar. 11th, 2006 05:59 am)
G and I are attending the World Internet Summit held here in Sydney this weekend. It's really cool to be reunited with some of the same people with whom we attended those Internet conferences back in the days of 1ShoppingCart.com's infancy. The energy there is great fun... plus there is the learning. *smiles* I'm underslept and very tired, but enjoying it. More on this after I've decompressed.

In other news... yesterday was G's birthday. Yay, Honey!

Also, I'm jealous. It's snowing back home! I am green with the envy of it all! I want to be home to watch Aldina run around in the rare stuff like a little maniac while Morgana pokes her head out the doggie door, sniffs the air, and turns her nose in distain at the stuff, refusing to go out and grace it with her precious pee. My little princess. *beams with love* I miss taking G out and building snow sculptures until his nose runs and his hands become too cold -- which doesn't really take long (he's Australian, after all). I usually end up finishing the sculpture myself and transporting it to the deck so we can watch it melt. *heavy sigh*

Home.

Sick.

To.

Death.

*takes deep breath*

Okay, I'm off to begin my day. It's already past 6am. Must motivate!
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