Tag Archives: Canberra

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.

5.5 years, not one mention

I spent approximately five-and-a-half years in Canberra (uni, working, uni) and not once did I hear about death cap mushrooms. Now I turn on the news and hear that two people have died after they were collected in the ACT and served at a NYE dinner. The doctor speaking on behalf of the Calvary Hospital stated that the existence of death cap mushrooms in Canberra is common knowledge in the region — but I have never heard of them before. Clearly not the best public awareness program has been instigated in the ACT.


Source: jkirkhart35
Death Cap (Amanita phalloides)