Back to Reality

I am back in Mallacoota after just over a week in Canberra for summer school. And wow, it was a blast! It was an amazingly packed week with a group of people who were passionate about the topic and happy to indulge my (great) desire to talk about everything.

I will post more about what happened each day, as well as discuss my assessment task (exhibition proposal plan), but for now I will leave you with my favourite photo from the trip:


At the National Museum of Australia’s Eternity exhibition;
me with the flower clock and Benita from 1990s Australian Playschool

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.

Daily Update 27.1.2012

I have put my thesis thoughts on the back-burner as I am leaving for summer school in a week. This means I am intensively analysing resources, preparing to write lots, and planning what to wear.

Today I have: finished looking at/reading/listening to/watching most of Day 1’s resources. This does not sound like much, but there are 23 resources provided for Day 1.  I also did some running around and errands for home.


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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.

Summer School Update 20.1.12

I just logged onto Wattle (ANU’s online teaching forums, etc. — easiest explanation, I am sure your university has its own version) and saw that my summer school course has been updated. I popped into the class and found a fully detailed course outline (syllabus) ready and waiting for me. I now know about:

  • The times, locations, and dates of my week of classes (as well as the topics being discussed)
  • The dates, marking guidelines, and outlines for my assessments
  • The readings required for my week of face-to-face classes

CUE illogical PANIC ATTACK

I am at that “oh my gosh, everything is totally overwhelming, how will I ever achieve all of these outcomes in this class, and still do well and run a family and a household at the same time?” point in the ‘semester’.

I am also stressing over: how I will get to each location, meeting and talking to new people, surviving the museum/gallery trips (which last up to 3 hours) without eating (and really should not be drinking either), not having Dan/kitties/dog waiting for me in the evenings, etc. etc. etc.


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Scripture

Stop. Breathe.
I have done this all before,
I can do it all again.

Mind Mapping 19.1.2012

We all know I love a good stream of thought dialogue, but that technique was not appropriate for me today when I was brainstorming some thesis topic thoughts. So I turned to (my beloved) mind-mapping:

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My first mind map of the day
The pencil was during a Skype chat with my mum

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Second mind map of the day
Starting to refine my ideas further; working towards a specific topic

Daily Goals Update

After talking with Jenn, I have decided that my current #AcWri goals need to be tweaked a little. I will read two articles a day, but I will also spend time working towards my monthly goal (refining my thesis topic to something more specific). Once I  have gotten approval for my topic, and can start research towards it, I will re-tweak my #AcWri goals.