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Rookie Mistake

Last night my brain refused to shut up until after 3AM. Irritating to say the least. Especially as my exhibition proposal package is due Friday and we have a scheduled power outage all day tomorrow. Therefore, my schedule today is as follows:


Me via Instagram

Here’s hoping I cross it all off. And don’t die of caffeine poisoning (is that possible??)

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Life Update and Today’s Academic Accountability Schedule

Life Update

  • 24-26/2: Spent a faboo weekend at Karingal campsite with some lovely ladies from the NSW and ACT Olave Program (more to come on that – possibly on a dedicated blog/journal for my Guiding)
  • 26-27/2: Spent a fun night at the farm (and was given a bunch of estate sale finds from my MIL – win!)
  • 28/2-3/1: Visited Canberra (a whirlwind tour) with Daniel and caught up with more people than I thought possible
  • Wrote my action plan for my OBP award (more to come on that)

Academic Accountability (plus some for the home)

My goals for today:

  • Listen to the audio/video references I’ve bookmarked for my exhibition proposal
  • Read current references for exhibition proposal
  • Read articles on wall labels >> start drafting some wall labels for exhibition proposal
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Re-file the documents we took to Canberra (because losing a birth/marriage certificate is annoying!)

To remember

Requested from ANU library via the Off-Campus Service:
Muir, Marcie. A bibliography of Australian children’s books. Deutsch, 1970.

Academic Avoidance

Lately I have been procrastinating. A lot. I have a million excuses I keep using for avoiding my school work:

  • I’ve just had a week away at ‘school’, I need to relax and unwind
  • I’m having another week away (Girl Guides conference and then a medical interview for Dan in Canberra), I need to relax and unwind before all of that travel
  • I’ll just watch the end of this DVD – I hate leaving a video half-way through in case someone rewinds it and I lose my place (except that excuse is redundant nowadays but still in use!)
  • The sun’s out, I should go outside and play with Charlie
  • I want to finish my quilt, I better work on that
  • We haven’t been to the farm in weeks, let’s spend a long weekend there
  • The kitchen really needs cleaning, I’ll do that for a few hours
  • Then I’ll do the bathroom!!

And so on and so forth.

It’s so hard to drag myself away from DVDs and YouTube and trashy day-time TV. This month of travel (past and future) has messed up my academic routine to no end and is frustrating the heck outta me!

The next component of my summer school assessment is due on Friday (the same day I leave for my Girl Guides conference) and I need to get it done by tomorrow at 6pm (which is ‘computer shut down time’ for me). Today I have been doing the basics for it, which can then be fleshed out in the final draft.

It makes me feel like I have, maybe, finally started to accomplish something (beyond sitting on the couch all day). I think having posted my ‘to do’ list to Instagram (and subsequently Twitter) really helped me with my accountability (it’s, you know, out there now, so it has to be done).


Source: Me via Instagram

I have about an hour before I wake Dan for the evening and in that time I want to WILL complete the first draft of this assessment (basically, a written exhibition concept proposal).

Pre-Departure Panic

I am leaving for Canberra tomorrow to attend my week-long summer school classes. And yes, I am having a mini panic attack about it (what we call a ‘kitty meltdown’ in our house).

Panic attack symptoms in women: fear, breathlessness, choking sensation, palpitations of the heart, restlessness, increased muscular tension
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I am stressing about:

  • Driving to Canberra (and the fact it will most likely rain along the way — I hate the drive out of town in the rain and there are a lot of back-country roads that are horrid wet also)
  • Navigating in Canberra (I have not been everywhere I am visiting with my class and my satnav has karked it so HELP! and buy me a new one)
  • Being alone (with no Dan, kitties or puppy to hug when I need a hug)
  • Attending classes (they run, typically, 10-5.30 and I am having a lot of trouble getting rested lately and not being exhausted in the morning – and coffee is not the solution as 1) it makes me have the panics, and 2) it makes me ‘wheezy’ which means I need to take a hit from my puffer and that gives me double panics!)
  • Not having time to see people while I am in Canberra (long days + readings and resting = no time for catch ups = boooo!!!!)
  • Getting up on time (see the point above about exhaustion)
  • Ridiculously, my hair (I am not convinced by my new haircut some days and today it is being especially flopsy and uncooperative — but I think I just need to avoid conditioning it, maybe)
Cartoon image of the Soft Kitty song
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I just remembered I have not packed my teas — cannot survive without them!!

PS: I know I gave up on the Winter Challenge halfway through. I have had a bit of a rough week preparing for next week (stress related) and did not really get dressed very well each day. I will try and document my outfits while I am in class via What I Wore Today.

Winter Edition: Day 5 > Pattern Mixing


Top, Sportsgirl; Skirt, Skirting Around; Necklace, Disney for Diva

I am pretty sure I have worn this outfit a hundred times. I love it. It is comfy and makes me look ‘finished’ without being an overly complicated outfit. And heck, anything that involves pattern mixing gets a big thumbs up from me!

Today I am catching up on my blogging and #AcWri commitments, in between running errands. If you follow me on Instagram (or Twitter — @WiniC_SRPB for both) I try to photograph my daily ‘to do’ list in order to create some form of accountability.

And I promise. I do wear shoes. I just feel weird wearing them inside!

Winter Edition: Day 4 > Channel Someone

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Top, ThinkGeek; Bottoms, home made!

Today I channelled Penny from The Big Bang Theory – my current night time telly craze. Penny always looks super cute, even when she’s having a day off (or an ‘off day’) in her pyjamas. Of course I had to wear my ‘Soft Kitty’ tee to complete this look 🙂


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I spent the day indoors (napping, eating, and texting my daddy) and only ventured as far as next door to do some cleaning (at which point in time I was wearing ‘cleaning clothes’ which do not require photograhing remembering).

Winter Edition: Day 3 > Embrace a Trend

My “middle of the Australian summer” take on the ‘coloured pants’ trend. And yes, I did wear that shirt yesterday. And yes, I did wash it overnight.


Everything, BigW
And this photo is a great portrayal of the constant shakiness of my hands.
(It was the best out of all of them!)

This was a day of walking and heat and procrastination. We had to take the car into the autoshop to be serviced. We walked home after we dropped it off, then later I walked down to pick it up. And it was hot. Hot, hot, hot.

I procrastinated by making the kitties a new playhouse:


Patch || Daphne || Daphne
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Winter Edition: Day 2 > Monochrome


Bracelet, Swarovski (staff product); Shoes, Rivers; Everything else, BigW

Monochrome: blue — blue is Daniel’s favourite colour and one of mine too. My engagement ring has (blue) sapphires and diamonds, reflecting our sameness and differences.

I have  never had a big shopping budget. Sure, I have a few more expensive ‘staple’ pieces in the wardrobe, but the majority of items were purchased from inexpensive chain stores. This isn’t to say I buy ‘cheap’ items — I still scrutinise every item I purchase for quality and wearability (these items have all been in my wardrobe 1+ years) — but my lifestyle and budget require me to be a little more savvy with all purchases I make.

Today I am running errands in town and then hitting the books. I printed my first day’s worth of reading materials for summer school yesterday afternoon, in preparation for a productive #AcWri day today.

Winter Edition: Day 1 > Layer it


Can you tell I am a pro at self portraiture?
Yoshi tee (JayJays); white hoodie (Mambo); denim skirt (BigW)

We drove to Merimbula today for our weekly shopping extravaganza. I knew it would be a cooler-ish day, but also sunny, so I went with a skirt and then layered a long sleeved (light-weight) hoodie under my (fave) Yoshi tee. I like to drive with the sleeves down, so then I do not get any sunburn.

Right now I am drinking Lady Grey tea and eating almonds. Daniel has gone to bed, I have a pile of papers to start reading (for summer school), and my hot water system has finally been fixed.

Avoiding Reading 13.1.12 (plus some notes)

So, I have officially wasted yet another perfect study day due to procrastination. “Perfect study day?” you ask. Yes — the perfect study weather (slightly overcast and cool enough to rug up), no noisy neighbours, and a sleeping husband.


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Things I have done today:

  • Running errands in town (we booked haircuts for both of us and an eyebrow wax for me, and then we had to pick up Dan’s pay, which was of course followed by the exciting weekly visit to the post office and then brunch at the cafe)
  • Watched YouTube videos (generally titled “How I Organize my Planner” and “What’s in my School Bag” — I’m a nerd/geek/loser, get over it.)
  • Tried on outfits to wear to summer school (I want to look like me, but professional too — and many of my summery dresses feel too short for that description!)
  • Started writing a shopping list for when I visit Officeworks (nerdily excited to spend my birthday money from Dan there)
  • Taking Charlie to the beach (but not for long due to massive winds down there today — boo!)

Thesis Thoughts

I am lucky I have already hit on the broad topic I want to research for my thesis. But this is also a bit troublesome for me, due to the fact I now feel a little overconfident, and like I have already achieved my January academic goal. Really, I should be reading more and trying to narrow my focus! Especially as I am beginning to feel passionately about ‘curating for kids’ (in such a way I am hoping to do well enough to do my PhD after my MA — whereas earlier in my MA, I was not convinced I would ever be at that point, and would just keep doing odd courses to get pieces of paper).

I already feel better about my thesis topic than I did the whole year of my Honours.

And, to add something productive to my day, please indulge some random mind dribble regarding ‘curating for kids’:

  • Any interviews, surveys, etc. I want to do need to be decided upon pretty ASAP re: ethics need to be put through
  • Look into UN ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (CRC) >> Articles 12 & 31 primarily re: child’s rightsto ‘cultural citizenship’
    • “…Article 12 – the right to participation – and Article 31 which defines participation in the arts contexts…” (Mai & Gibson, 2011)
    • I could look at this in general, and then see how it is/n’t implemented in Australian institutions (above article mentions QAG as a good start — can toooootally have a study holiday there haha — and NGA and NGV are easy trips also), and then move on to howit could be implemented by these institutions and others
      • Look at how these institutions have been designed by and for adults, and how they can be adapted to suit the needs of children? >> Not sure. I know the NGA had a reworking of the gallery floor when they remodelled, meaning the children’s gallery was removed (and now only seems to ‘reappear’ in blockbusters, and even then it is behind a closed door!)
        • The words ‘segregation’ and ‘integration’ come to mind here >> loaded words but they certainly seem correct

I really need to read at least one article this evening before I wake Daniel up for dinner.