What the Michelle?

I haven’t written much lately about what I’ve been up to. What have I been up to? Lots of things!

A new member of staff in my team started this week. She’s very sweet and settling in well. I don’t know where I’d be without my trusty sidekick 2IC to take care of things when I’m constantly rushed away. He’s been looking after her really well when I haven’t been here. Teaching her how to do things etc.

Last night on the bus home (yes, I had to bus home) I went through my notebook, well, the book I cart everywhere at work and write all my notes and meeting minutes in etc. And I looked through it and pulled out all the action points and tasks which need completing and there were over 40 -_- So I printed out some info on how to use Outlook tasks, because I really need to figure that out! I can use the calendar and email and contacts fine, but the task thing gets me every time! :p

Also been asking lots of people everywhere for some idea on what to use as an RSS reader, but I haven’t heard anything. And I can’t find any good review sites either. If you do have any ideas (which is all four of you which read this blog) then please let me know!! We use IE6 as our browser here and they don’t like to use browser plug-ins, so we can’t have anything like that. And it has to be freeware :)

I had lunch with P again yesterday. Ha-ha! God so crass ;) What did he talk about last time? Well we were talking about medications and things because he’s epileptic (and I’m on some of the same medication as him o_O) and then we were talking about ages. And he was saying that as you get older it gets harder to have sex and how woman really piss him off because they are always shy in the bedroom. He said he doesn’t have time to stuff around because he can only go about three times in a session nowadays, not as much as he used to. I just stared at him, with my spoon half way to my mouth… O_O <-- that was me. Firstly because it was him, and I was grossed out and secondly because I put my spoon back down and went “THREE TIMES? I thought it was only once!” And he said I was being “short-changed”… *rolls eyes*. Unbelievable, I just don’t believe it. I was too impressed and shocked and impressed to be totally grossed out. And then I just started laughing and I couldn’t stop! -_- Hahaha, even now I’m laughing still and that was a few days ago. Shame he’s married eh, because he’s only 47, quite within my acceptable age limit (which is no more than twice my age thx) :p *shudders* no, no way. >_< *starts laughing her arse off again*. Today is our Knowledge Management Christmas function. So we leave here at 12.30pm and go to erm… I don’t know where we’re going, so I’m just going to follow others ;) But it’s to this place where you get lunch and stuff. I guess I’ll know more after I’ve been. But because we don’t have an MED Christmas function (no perks in the public service thanks) they do subsidise it. Other govt departments get Christmas functions so it’s only fair they subsidise the group ones right?! Kind of bummed though, I have lots of work to do and I forgot about it. I was relying on that time to get it done.

I’ve been doing a LOT of mountain biking lately. It’s been great fun. I’m a wee bit sore, but it’s getting better. Lots of crashing and burning ;) But it’s fantastic. And I haven’t just been doing over hills and up mountains by my house, sometimes it’s down at the riverbank and taking my dog for a run. And I have this little thing so I can throw Charlotte on the back and we can both go for a ride in Upper Hutt past the horses and cows and MOOO she says. Which is kind of cool, because it wears her out ;) And we stop and sit by the river and drink water and just talk. Well, I talk and she says random things. Also been doing a bit more running and walking n stuff. Just really want to be healthy is all. I love being inside, but I sometimes feel quite, claustrophobic is a good word. Or bored!? I love to sit with my PC and talk to everyone I love, but I get nagged, nagged, nagged and nagged to stop sitting on my arse. So instead of just standing up around my house, I feel I need to do something which isn’t cleaning the bathroom or something. I save cleaning the house for when I’m upset ;) When you’re upset you can clean about four times faster than normal, and you do it more vigorously! This is generally on a Sunday…

My skin is getting quite brown doing all this stuff outdoors, which is a worry, because after that whole melanoma thing I’m a bit nervous about the sun -_- Yes! After my op they took it for testing and found melanoma :o So I’m really lucky that I had it removed eh? It’s healing up nicely, I have the metal backed stitch thingy for another 3.5 weeks. So it’ll be coming off at Christmas. The doctor gave me the whole packet because he knew that I will probably rip them off in my sleep. I haven’t so far. But when I first got one on I was really itchy. I thought “Aw fuck, I’m allergic” just like I am with crappy metal jewellery but its okay now. I don’t know what metal it is in it, but it’s not making me break out in a rash or anything.

Last week I put my silver earrings back in to see what would happen. And sure enough, they turned black. My body doesn’t like to have silver in my ears apparently. O_O It’s done it since I was about.. 11 years old. I used to have 6 earrings in each ear, but I had to take a lot out so I could get a job ;) But I still have all the holes and I put all my silver ones back in, and they turned black! So I took them all out last night and put my white gold ones back in. I thought silver was fine, I’m not allergic to it, but it seems to be allergic to me. I’m sure the necklace for my ruby diamond necklace is silver, and I haven’t taken that off in two years and it’s not black. So I’m a wee bit confused. Did some Googling but to no avail. Gutted though, because I have some reaaaaaaaaaally cool fake jewellery and silver jewellery which you can dress up with, but I can’t wear it for more than a few hours or I end up with a rash for about two weeks. I think I’ll stick to white gold and platinum, or just gold. Mmmm white gold -_-

Yes, I have been reading the jewellery mail-outs ;)

Now I shall play some more Chicane and go find some breakfast! but first, a few messages:

Sergio: please email me back!
Hexie: ;)

George Bush shouldn’t be sleeping tonight

I wonder how long it will take the FBI to come to my door when I say I heard a conspiracy theory 9/11 was inside job so he could get his hands on the oil in Iraq, and it’s not completely fantastic, I believe that could be possible >:) We know people in desperate situations will resort to desperate measures. And it’s easy to resort to desperate measures when nobody knows who are you (read: the puppeteers).

I have found the perfect match with me and Disturbed. And their views on the “War on Terror”. Huzzah. This song isn’t about that conspiracy theory. It’s about how many people die and everyone goes “Yes, we must do something, re-elect that guy so he can save us”, and then he betrays everyone and forgets what the fighting was for, and they end up with more than they bargained for. (read: WTF does Osama have to do with Iraq?)

Disturbed – Deify

That’s what I believe that got him reelected
Is the people knew that you can believe what he said.
(Well that’s a request do that)

Our Country is strong… (how many people march I don’t know)
We go forward to defend freedom…(take the government’s side)
And all that is good.. .and just…in our world..

All my devotion betrayed
I am no longer afraid
I was to blinded to see
How much you’ve stolen from me…

You wanna know why…..I feel so horrified?
I let my innocence die…you wanna know why
I can’t be pacified…
You made me bury something
I won’t be sleeping tonight

I only wanted the blessing made
Now I been labeled the renegade
It seems so clear now what I must do
You’re no immortal
I won’t let them
Deify you
They view…you as the new messiah
Deify you
Renew…belief in some demented man

You wanna know why…it seems the passion’s died?
We’ve all been living this lie
You wanna know why….my will’s been fortified?
You made me hunger again
Good luck sleeping tonight

I only wanted the blessing made
Now I been labeled the renegade
It seems so clear now what I must do
You’re no immortal
I won’t let them
Deify you
They view…you as the new messiah
Deify you
Renew…belief in some demented man

All my devotion betrayed…
I am no longer afraid…..
All my devotion betrayed
I am no longer afraid
I was too blinded to see
How much you’ve stolen from me
I was too blinded to see….
All my devotion betrayed
I am no longer afraid
I was too blinded to see
How much you’ve stolen from me

Deify you
They view…you as the new messiah
Deify you
Renew…belief in some demented man

Deify you
(All my devotion betrayed)
They view…you as the new messiah
(I am no longer afraid)
Deify you
(I was too blinded to see)
Renew…belief in some demented man
(How much you stolen from me)

In some respects being a New Zealander is a good thing. We go around with our first-aid kits fixing people after the bombs have dropped. I think it’s a much more noble job.

Blue Beanie Day

Today is the official Blue Beanie Day! Here’s a nerdy reason why:

November 26th has been named Blue Beanie Day, in honor of Jeffrey Zeldman’s photo, donned in a blue beanie, on the cover of his book, “Designing with Web Standards.” It’s a day to stand up and show our solidarity around accessible web development using Web Standards.

I don’t have a blue beanie, I only have a black one and a maroon one o_O I will have to get it into Fireworks shortly and tweak a photo ;) If you have Facebook then you can go and attend with me! MY PROFILE

I guess it’s only the 26th here in NZ and Australia at the moment. But looks like we get to do it first, as with everything, so whee.

So there, is an event in Facebook with more info o_O, plus a Flickr album.

Yes, I’m a die-hard web standards fan -_-

Govt Wiki? ;o

We have a wiki! :D Govt Web Standards Wiki! YAY YAY!
Wooohoooo! Now we can have feedback, knowledge sharing and everyone can contribute to improving the web standards, not just a select few. Still, having a govt wiki is kinda risky. I wonder if anyone outside govt can see it, let me know if you can or can’t. Moderation of wikis and blogs is a huge issue we have, as everything has to be monitored. We aren’t allowed to host anything for even a second that says anything bad about govt ;) Or has swear words…

I just wanted to say that bunnzy annoys the crap out of me. She’s irritating me… FLIPPANT WENCH!

Eight lives to go…

Wow, talk about a close call? So I got that thing cut out of my face, and I went to the doctors today to get my stitches removed. To be honest, there was only one stitch left ;) Seems I had another restless night and ripped out another stitch, sheesh!

Anyway, it came back from the labs and my doctor was very surprised to tell me that it had Melanoma o_O FREAKY!

I don’t know why I got it removed. They were concerned and said maybe I should think about it, and I thought “fuck it, let’s do it now then”. Glad I made that decision eh? Especially after delaying it for so long. I could have ended up with half my face having to be cut off. >_< But the lab said they looked all over it and the cancer was on the inside and hadn’t spread to the outside, so it’s contained. Very nasty business ;)

How exciting :o Terrifying, but totally exciting. Oosh!

Such a dreamer?

I have had the strangest night.

Firstly I dreamed of Oyn, and it was a really bizarre dream. But also a very nice dream, involving trucks, turbo boosting across the desert and sunsets.

The second was not so nice. I think it was because of a conversation from last night. It was my heart continually breaking over and over again as Gareth committed suicide again and again and again and again… I don’t know how you can do that. And I was watching that Sensing Murder show again, with the psychics. And I kept waking up and I kept thinking he was there. Now I have the paranoid being-watched feeling. And I’m reminded that my heart still hurts, even after all this time. I don’t know what to do.

Soo, how about those Red Sox?

I hear there is a high of 21C today, and then 22C tomorrow. Now that is something. Wonderfully warm. Though the mornings start off overcast and the wind comes in strong, then blows the clouds away and settles down. It’ll clear for a nice run at lunch time.

Oh, the first other thing I checked this morning (besides checking I was alone in the room) is that I still have two stitches in my face! I ripped one out last night by accident, and it hurt like a motherfucker >_< * bunnzy np: Claire Voyant – Love Is Blind – 06 – He is Here