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Beautiful Kreativity: Two Awards and a Meme

Several days ago, the ever-innovative and inspirational Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe passed onto me the Beautiful Blogger and Kreativ Blogger awards, which I feel honoured to receive. After bundling these awards together, Johanna came up with the idea of also combining their memes, and so I’m duty-bound to tell you Seven Creative Facts about myself. As I’m writing these words that I’m writing right now (and now, and now, and again, now) I’m not entirely sure that I’ll be able to think of seven things. But then again, wordiness has long been an… erm… trait of mine, so let’s see where a stream-of-consciousness approach takes me.

1. I have, I admit, already told you about my super-sexy (sigh) cross-stitching hobby. But before you jump down my throat and disqualify this fact as mere repetition, allow me to distract you with a new photo showing how the cross-stitch has progressed during this past month of surgery-stillness and internet-less-house-sitting. For comparison’s sake, three weeks ago the cross-stitch looked like this, and now it looks like this:

Cross-stitch

2. Growing up, I always wanted to be a writer. I wrote fiction vociferously. Such fiction ranged from illustrated children’s stories to poetry and my pièce de résistance, an over-150-page-typed unfinished manuscript about a group of 13 year old girls, which included just about every kind of tragedy imaginable. To be honest, I think the main reason I never finished it is that I ran out of crises to throw at the poor girls.

3. I did, though, once receive an award from The Taronga Foundation Poetry Prize and was subsequently published in this book. Pages 78-79, if anyone’s interested. I’d like to think that it’s at least a few lengths shy of emo… Telling you this fact has also reminded me that I wrote my first (non-joke/limerick) poem in a very long time the other night, and while I doubt I’ll ever show anyone, it felt good to write again.

4. I have tried to learn knitting several times, but I always fail. I have a huge amount of respect for people who can clickety-clack away, without looking at their hands, and somehow produce wonderfully warming scarfs and gorgeous fabric creatures. Though perhaps the reason I enjoy cross-stitching is that Attention Must Be Paid*, and so it’s a task I can set myself when I need to stop my mind anxiously whirling and spinning and jiving and jittering and shabonkadoobelling**.

5. I have absolutely no drawing/painting/generally artistic skills whatsoever, and creating storyboards at school always made me want to scratch my eyes out.

6. I have never taken singing lessons but have been lucky enough to garner solos in most vocal groups I’ve been a part of. My one Idol-esque claim to fame is being the voice of The Oak and The Ash on my clarinet ensemble’s CD. But lest you think I have a big head, I’d like you to know that I didn’t even get a call-back when I auditioned for an a cappella group at UVA. (By the by, UVA, what’s the deal with your recent spate of murders? Not cool.)

7. Well lookee here, I made it to seven! What should I do for the last? Hmm. Let’s make it a wish for creativity in the future: I’d like to start cooking more creatively at dinner-time. I always intend to, and then end up making nothing but tried-and-true one-pot stews and mashed-potato-topped pies. (A particular favourite is what I call Fisherman’s Pie, which involves a tandoori tuna and spinach underneath and an herb-flecked crispy potato top.)

Rice pudding with kinako and stewed rhubarb.My creativity tends to come into play more with desserts (is anyone surprised?), with this particular number being a coconut rice pudding topped with stewed rhubarb and kinako. Sure, I probably should have swirled the toppings, but in all honesty I wasn’t sure how the combination would work and wanted people to be able to remove said toppings if they so desired.

Now, the lovely and creative people I’m passing these awards onto:

Amber at Almost Vegan, because there’s nothing that girl can’t do with nuts.

Camille at CroqueCamille, because every week she makes fantastical dishes out of her mystery fruit and vegetable box.

Whisperinggums, because she so creatively made me.

Kath at Gone Chocco, because she dares to try Australian chocolates that I’m scared of.

Conor at Hold the Beef, because she’s instilled in me an intense craving for mini Mars Bar slices.

Vaala at Twilight and Shadow, because you’d have to be creative to mentally survive long runs.

Laura at Hungry and Frozen, because she can always find a lyric to suit her needs.

And, of course, Theresa at The Tropical Vegan, because she sent me a cheer-up-while-house-sitting present of delicious homemade chocolate peanut butter cookies. I was going to do a separate post thanking her for these, but I ended up eating all the cookies without taking photos. Whoops.

*Death of a Salesman, anyone?

** Supposedly this isn’t a real word. I defy you, English language.

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  1. Johanna GGG

    great meme – I need to come back when I have more time to check out those you have passed the award on to –

    am impressed your poetry prize ended up in a book unlike mine where they wouldn’t even publish the student rag it was meant to be in – sigh!

    love how your cross stitching is coming along – I love my knitting but need to find more time – at the moment I am getting into the bad habit of laptop in front of the telly instead of knitting so sylvia’s scarf will never get done

  2. Johanna GGG

    great meme – I need to come back when I have more time to check out those you have passed the award on to –

    am impressed your poetry prize ended up in a book unlike mine where they wouldn’t even publish the student rag it was meant to be in – sigh!

    love how your cross stitching is coming along – I love my knitting but need to find more time – at the moment I am getting into the bad habit of laptop in front of the telly instead of knitting so sylvia’s scarf will never get done

  3. Johanna GGG

    great meme – I need to come back when I have more time to check out those you have passed the award on to –

    am impressed your poetry prize ended up in a book unlike mine where they wouldn’t even publish the student rag it was meant to be in – sigh!

    love how your cross stitching is coming along – I love my knitting but need to find more time – at the moment I am getting into the bad habit of laptop in front of the telly instead of knitting so sylvia’s scarf will never get done

  4. Johanna GGG

    great meme – I need to come back when I have more time to check out those you have passed the award on to –

    am impressed your poetry prize ended up in a book unlike mine where they wouldn’t even publish the student rag it was meant to be in – sigh!

    love how your cross stitching is coming along – I love my knitting but need to find more time – at the moment I am getting into the bad habit of laptop in front of the telly instead of knitting so sylvia’s scarf will never get done

  5. Lauren

    UVA a capella groups are more about snapping and be-bopping, anyhow.

    My only artistic claims to fame: In 5th grade, I won a national contest and my drawing was placed in the National Gallery of Art for a night. In 6th grade, my drawings of Harry Potter were printed in the Washington Post’s KidsPost and I won … a t-shirt. A neon green one, at that.

    Ever since I passed 5 feet, it’s all gone downhill for my artistic career.

  6. Lauren

    UVA a capella groups are more about snapping and be-bopping, anyhow.

    My only artistic claims to fame: In 5th grade, I won a national contest and my drawing was placed in the National Gallery of Art for a night. In 6th grade, my drawings of Harry Potter were printed in the Washington Post’s KidsPost and I won … a t-shirt. A neon green one, at that.

    Ever since I passed 5 feet, it’s all gone downhill for my artistic career.

  7. Lauren

    UVA a capella groups are more about snapping and be-bopping, anyhow.

    My only artistic claims to fame: In 5th grade, I won a national contest and my drawing was placed in the National Gallery of Art for a night. In 6th grade, my drawings of Harry Potter were printed in the Washington Post’s KidsPost and I won … a t-shirt. A neon green one, at that.

    Ever since I passed 5 feet, it’s all gone downhill for my artistic career.

  8. Lauren

    UVA a capella groups are more about snapping and be-bopping, anyhow.

    My only artistic claims to fame: In 5th grade, I won a national contest and my drawing was placed in the National Gallery of Art for a night. In 6th grade, my drawings of Harry Potter were printed in the Washington Post’s KidsPost and I won … a t-shirt. A neon green one, at that.

    Ever since I passed 5 feet, it’s all gone downhill for my artistic career.

  9. L-Izzle

    Between us, we can create one very creative meal, and one very boring one! I am exceptionally creative with dinner (god, I wish you’d been here last night…), but tend to be quite boring with dessert (well, not BORING – I don’t consider chocolate bars and ice cream BORING – but perhaps…I just don’t put in much effort/am usually not particularly inventive).

    I’m jealous of your published claim-to-fame. When I was 8, I wrote a poem and sent it to the Canberra Times Saturday kids’-section-thingamajig (which was probably called something like “CC Kidz Korner”)..it was all about being sick. And, surprisingly, how I did not enjoy it. I still remember the following lines….

    “Oh, how I hate to be sick!/Rushing to the doctor quick!/The doctor pokes his fingers down my throat/I throw up enough to make a castle’s moat!/I have a head ache,/I’m stuck in bed,/Wondering if I’ll soon be dead/Oh, how I hate to be sick!”

    …they.. uhh… didn’t publish it.

    My parents insisted it was because it was SO GOOD the editors probably thought it wasn’t original. I still comfort myself with this notion.*

    I like to think “Sick” was just too graphic and edgy. Philistines.

    *and, to be fair, it’s probably a reasonable assessment. I distinctly remember kids sending in well-known poems as their own work and getting them published. And 14 year olds sending in “I love my cat/She doesn’t wear a hat/But she sits on a mat/And that’s why I love my cat”.

  10. L-Izzle

    Between us, we can create one very creative meal, and one very boring one! I am exceptionally creative with dinner (god, I wish you’d been here last night…), but tend to be quite boring with dessert (well, not BORING – I don’t consider chocolate bars and ice cream BORING – but perhaps…I just don’t put in much effort/am usually not particularly inventive).

    I’m jealous of your published claim-to-fame. When I was 8, I wrote a poem and sent it to the Canberra Times Saturday kids’-section-thingamajig (which was probably called something like “CC Kidz Korner”)..it was all about being sick. And, surprisingly, how I did not enjoy it. I still remember the following lines….

    “Oh, how I hate to be sick!/Rushing to the doctor quick!/The doctor pokes his fingers down my throat/I throw up enough to make a castle’s moat!/I have a head ache,/I’m stuck in bed,/Wondering if I’ll soon be dead/Oh, how I hate to be sick!”

    …they.. uhh… didn’t publish it.

    My parents insisted it was because it was SO GOOD the editors probably thought it wasn’t original. I still comfort myself with this notion.*

    I like to think “Sick” was just too graphic and edgy. Philistines.

    *and, to be fair, it’s probably a reasonable assessment. I distinctly remember kids sending in well-known poems as their own work and getting them published. And 14 year olds sending in “I love my cat/She doesn’t wear a hat/But she sits on a mat/And that’s why I love my cat”.

  11. L-Izzle

    Between us, we can create one very creative meal, and one very boring one! I am exceptionally creative with dinner (god, I wish you’d been here last night…), but tend to be quite boring with dessert (well, not BORING – I don’t consider chocolate bars and ice cream BORING – but perhaps…I just don’t put in much effort/am usually not particularly inventive).

    I’m jealous of your published claim-to-fame. When I was 8, I wrote a poem and sent it to the Canberra Times Saturday kids’-section-thingamajig (which was probably called something like “CC Kidz Korner”)..it was all about being sick. And, surprisingly, how I did not enjoy it. I still remember the following lines….

    “Oh, how I hate to be sick!/Rushing to the doctor quick!/The doctor pokes his fingers down my throat/I throw up enough to make a castle’s moat!/I have a head ache,/I’m stuck in bed,/Wondering if I’ll soon be dead/Oh, how I hate to be sick!”

    …they.. uhh… didn’t publish it.

    My parents insisted it was because it was SO GOOD the editors probably thought it wasn’t original. I still comfort myself with this notion.*

    I like to think “Sick” was just too graphic and edgy. Philistines.

    *and, to be fair, it’s probably a reasonable assessment. I distinctly remember kids sending in well-known poems as their own work and getting them published. And 14 year olds sending in “I love my cat/She doesn’t wear a hat/But she sits on a mat/And that’s why I love my cat”.

  12. L-Izzle

    Between us, we can create one very creative meal, and one very boring one! I am exceptionally creative with dinner (god, I wish you’d been here last night…), but tend to be quite boring with dessert (well, not BORING – I don’t consider chocolate bars and ice cream BORING – but perhaps…I just don’t put in much effort/am usually not particularly inventive).

    I’m jealous of your published claim-to-fame. When I was 8, I wrote a poem and sent it to the Canberra Times Saturday kids’-section-thingamajig (which was probably called something like “CC Kidz Korner”)..it was all about being sick. And, surprisingly, how I did not enjoy it. I still remember the following lines….

    “Oh, how I hate to be sick!/Rushing to the doctor quick!/The doctor pokes his fingers down my throat/I throw up enough to make a castle’s moat!/I have a head ache,/I’m stuck in bed,/Wondering if I’ll soon be dead/Oh, how I hate to be sick!”

    …they.. uhh… didn’t publish it.

    My parents insisted it was because it was SO GOOD the editors probably thought it wasn’t original. I still comfort myself with this notion.*

    I like to think “Sick” was just too graphic and edgy. Philistines.

    *and, to be fair, it’s probably a reasonable assessment. I distinctly remember kids sending in well-known poems as their own work and getting them published. And 14 year olds sending in “I love my cat/She doesn’t wear a hat/But she sits on a mat/And that’s why I love my cat”.

  13. Simply Life

    Congrats on the award!

    Have fun on your fancy dinner out! 🙂

  14. Simply Life

    Congrats on the award!

    Have fun on your fancy dinner out! 🙂

  15. Simply Life

    Congrats on the award!

    Have fun on your fancy dinner out! 🙂

  16. Simply Life

    Congrats on the award!

    Have fun on your fancy dinner out! 🙂

  17. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Now I have to say that with your dessert, I would have expected the French flag to fly! Blueberries perhaps?

  18. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Now I have to say that with your dessert, I would have expected the French flag to fly! Blueberries perhaps?

  19. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Now I have to say that with your dessert, I would have expected the French flag to fly! Blueberries perhaps?

  20. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Now I have to say that with your dessert, I would have expected the French flag to fly! Blueberries perhaps?

  21. croquecamille

    Thank you! I shall display my new awards proudly.

    Also, I feel I need to tell you that I had a poem published, too! And I used to write these loooooong (don’t think I ever finished one) stories with endless misadventures for my protagonists. Crazy. Unlike you, though, I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. I tried to learn the piano and guitar and never got very good at either. And forget singing. That’s for in the car and the stereo is sure to drown me out. 🙂

  22. croquecamille

    Thank you! I shall display my new awards proudly.

    Also, I feel I need to tell you that I had a poem published, too! And I used to write these loooooong (don’t think I ever finished one) stories with endless misadventures for my protagonists. Crazy. Unlike you, though, I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. I tried to learn the piano and guitar and never got very good at either. And forget singing. That’s for in the car and the stereo is sure to drown me out. 🙂

  23. croquecamille

    Thank you! I shall display my new awards proudly.

    Also, I feel I need to tell you that I had a poem published, too! And I used to write these loooooong (don’t think I ever finished one) stories with endless misadventures for my protagonists. Crazy. Unlike you, though, I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. I tried to learn the piano and guitar and never got very good at either. And forget singing. That’s for in the car and the stereo is sure to drown me out. 🙂

  24. croquecamille

    Thank you! I shall display my new awards proudly.

    Also, I feel I need to tell you that I had a poem published, too! And I used to write these loooooong (don’t think I ever finished one) stories with endless misadventures for my protagonists. Crazy. Unlike you, though, I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. I tried to learn the piano and guitar and never got very good at either. And forget singing. That’s for in the car and the stereo is sure to drown me out. 🙂

  25. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Aw, thank you for the award, my dear! I am not the least bit surprised that you are a [published!] writer; we were downright destined to be blog-buddies, I think. Perhaps, if you ever wanted to share, we could be poetry buddies too :] I look forward to seeing/reading about your upcoming dinner adventures!

    PS—Giveaway announced on my blog today! Yay! 😀

  26. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Aw, thank you for the award, my dear! I am not the least bit surprised that you are a [published!] writer; we were downright destined to be blog-buddies, I think. Perhaps, if you ever wanted to share, we could be poetry buddies too :] I look forward to seeing/reading about your upcoming dinner adventures!

    PS—Giveaway announced on my blog today! Yay! 😀

  27. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Aw, thank you for the award, my dear! I am not the least bit surprised that you are a [published!] writer; we were downright destined to be blog-buddies, I think. Perhaps, if you ever wanted to share, we could be poetry buddies too :] I look forward to seeing/reading about your upcoming dinner adventures!

    PS—Giveaway announced on my blog today! Yay! 😀

  28. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Aw, thank you for the award, my dear! I am not the least bit surprised that you are a [published!] writer; we were downright destined to be blog-buddies, I think. Perhaps, if you ever wanted to share, we could be poetry buddies too :] I look forward to seeing/reading about your upcoming dinner adventures!

    PS—Giveaway announced on my blog today! Yay! 😀

  29. Kath Lockett

    Aw shucks, Hannah. I’m sitting here on a cold and sunny Saturday morning with (now) slightly moist eyes and a big goofy grin!

    …..is it OK if I use this for Blurb from the burbs (www.blurbfromtheburbs.blogspot.com) instead of GoneChocco?

  30. Kath Lockett

    Aw shucks, Hannah. I’m sitting here on a cold and sunny Saturday morning with (now) slightly moist eyes and a big goofy grin!

    …..is it OK if I use this for Blurb from the burbs (www.blurbfromtheburbs.blogspot.com) instead of GoneChocco?

  31. Kath Lockett

    Aw shucks, Hannah. I’m sitting here on a cold and sunny Saturday morning with (now) slightly moist eyes and a big goofy grin!

    …..is it OK if I use this for Blurb from the burbs (www.blurbfromtheburbs.blogspot.com) instead of GoneChocco?

  32. Kath Lockett

    Aw shucks, Hannah. I’m sitting here on a cold and sunny Saturday morning with (now) slightly moist eyes and a big goofy grin!

    …..is it OK if I use this for Blurb from the burbs (www.blurbfromtheburbs.blogspot.com) instead of GoneChocco?

  33. Hannah

    Johanna: I bet the editors decided that your poem was so amazing that it would put everything else in the issue to shame, so they decided not to publish at all 😀 I too fall into the laptop-tv trap, so I guess that’s one good thing that came out of the house-sitting: lots of cross-stitch!

    Lauren: Gosh, thought you were going to say snapping and be-heading for a minute there 😉 And a Harry Potter win? That trumps all, for sure.

    L-Izzle: I have recently been making my speedy way through Paddlepop’s new Moo bars at dessert-time. They taste kinda weird, but are super high in calcium – my bones likey. I, too, once sent in a poem to that Canberra Times section. It was about a weeping willow, inspired by an afternoon at Weston Park. MIne was published, though (*nose in air* :P) I also remember wanting to write in and complain when Dolly published the “Do not stand at my grave and weep / I am not there, I do not sleep” poem that some girl had sent in pretending it was hers. I still feel cranky about that.

    Simply Life: I will! T-minus four hours and I should be perusing the menu 🙂

    Lorraine: Allons enfants de la Patrie / Le jour de gloire est arrivé! 😀

    Camille: Where should I go to uncover your poetic prowess, pray tell? And gosh, our poor, poor literary heros/heroines. What a tough, yet adventurous, life they led 😀

    Amber: I think the internet has led me to believe in fate 🙂 I’d love to be poetry buddies! I don’t have a whole lot to show at the moment, though, as the creative noggin is only just creaking back into gear 😀

    Kath: Absolutely! Your brilliance is not limited to your chocolate blog 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you write!

  34. Hannah

    Johanna: I bet the editors decided that your poem was so amazing that it would put everything else in the issue to shame, so they decided not to publish at all 😀 I too fall into the laptop-tv trap, so I guess that’s one good thing that came out of the house-sitting: lots of cross-stitch!

    Lauren: Gosh, thought you were going to say snapping and be-heading for a minute there 😉 And a Harry Potter win? That trumps all, for sure.

    L-Izzle: I have recently been making my speedy way through Paddlepop’s new Moo bars at dessert-time. They taste kinda weird, but are super high in calcium – my bones likey. I, too, once sent in a poem to that Canberra Times section. It was about a weeping willow, inspired by an afternoon at Weston Park. MIne was published, though (*nose in air* :P) I also remember wanting to write in and complain when Dolly published the “Do not stand at my grave and weep / I am not there, I do not sleep” poem that some girl had sent in pretending it was hers. I still feel cranky about that.

    Simply Life: I will! T-minus four hours and I should be perusing the menu 🙂

    Lorraine: Allons enfants de la Patrie / Le jour de gloire est arrivé! 😀

    Camille: Where should I go to uncover your poetic prowess, pray tell? And gosh, our poor, poor literary heros/heroines. What a tough, yet adventurous, life they led 😀

    Amber: I think the internet has led me to believe in fate 🙂 I’d love to be poetry buddies! I don’t have a whole lot to show at the moment, though, as the creative noggin is only just creaking back into gear 😀

    Kath: Absolutely! Your brilliance is not limited to your chocolate blog 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you write!

  35. Hannah

    Johanna: I bet the editors decided that your poem was so amazing that it would put everything else in the issue to shame, so they decided not to publish at all 😀 I too fall into the laptop-tv trap, so I guess that’s one good thing that came out of the house-sitting: lots of cross-stitch!

    Lauren: Gosh, thought you were going to say snapping and be-heading for a minute there 😉 And a Harry Potter win? That trumps all, for sure.

    L-Izzle: I have recently been making my speedy way through Paddlepop’s new Moo bars at dessert-time. They taste kinda weird, but are super high in calcium – my bones likey. I, too, once sent in a poem to that Canberra Times section. It was about a weeping willow, inspired by an afternoon at Weston Park. MIne was published, though (*nose in air* :P) I also remember wanting to write in and complain when Dolly published the “Do not stand at my grave and weep / I am not there, I do not sleep” poem that some girl had sent in pretending it was hers. I still feel cranky about that.

    Simply Life: I will! T-minus four hours and I should be perusing the menu 🙂

    Lorraine: Allons enfants de la Patrie / Le jour de gloire est arrivé! 😀

    Camille: Where should I go to uncover your poetic prowess, pray tell? And gosh, our poor, poor literary heros/heroines. What a tough, yet adventurous, life they led 😀

    Amber: I think the internet has led me to believe in fate 🙂 I’d love to be poetry buddies! I don’t have a whole lot to show at the moment, though, as the creative noggin is only just creaking back into gear 😀

    Kath: Absolutely! Your brilliance is not limited to your chocolate blog 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you write!

  36. Hannah

    Johanna: I bet the editors decided that your poem was so amazing that it would put everything else in the issue to shame, so they decided not to publish at all 😀 I too fall into the laptop-tv trap, so I guess that’s one good thing that came out of the house-sitting: lots of cross-stitch!

    Lauren: Gosh, thought you were going to say snapping and be-heading for a minute there 😉 And a Harry Potter win? That trumps all, for sure.

    L-Izzle: I have recently been making my speedy way through Paddlepop’s new Moo bars at dessert-time. They taste kinda weird, but are super high in calcium – my bones likey. I, too, once sent in a poem to that Canberra Times section. It was about a weeping willow, inspired by an afternoon at Weston Park. MIne was published, though (*nose in air* :P) I also remember wanting to write in and complain when Dolly published the “Do not stand at my grave and weep / I am not there, I do not sleep” poem that some girl had sent in pretending it was hers. I still feel cranky about that.

    Simply Life: I will! T-minus four hours and I should be perusing the menu 🙂

    Lorraine: Allons enfants de la Patrie / Le jour de gloire est arrivé! 😀

    Camille: Where should I go to uncover your poetic prowess, pray tell? And gosh, our poor, poor literary heros/heroines. What a tough, yet adventurous, life they led 😀

    Amber: I think the internet has led me to believe in fate 🙂 I’d love to be poetry buddies! I don’t have a whole lot to show at the moment, though, as the creative noggin is only just creaking back into gear 😀

    Kath: Absolutely! Your brilliance is not limited to your chocolate blog 🙂 I look forward to seeing what you write!

  37. theresa

    Hey thanks! I’ll have a closer read through your facts and think of some of my own tomorrow, when I should be marking essays 😉

  38. theresa

    Hey thanks! I’ll have a closer read through your facts and think of some of my own tomorrow, when I should be marking essays 😉

  39. theresa

    Hey thanks! I’ll have a closer read through your facts and think of some of my own tomorrow, when I should be marking essays 😉

  40. theresa

    Hey thanks! I’ll have a closer read through your facts and think of some of my own tomorrow, when I should be marking essays 😉

  41. Hannah

    Theresa: That definitely sounds like a more productive use of your time 😀

  42. Hannah

    Theresa: That definitely sounds like a more productive use of your time 😀

  43. Hannah

    Theresa: That definitely sounds like a more productive use of your time 😀

  44. Hannah

    Theresa: That definitely sounds like a more productive use of your time 😀

  45. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Mmmmm mini Mars Bar slice.

    Thanks, sweets, what an honour! 😀

    You’ve actually reminded that I got some of my poetry published when I was in school, too! I totally forgot! Oh, we could have been tortured poets, what a waste.

  46. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Mmmmm mini Mars Bar slice.

    Thanks, sweets, what an honour! 😀

    You’ve actually reminded that I got some of my poetry published when I was in school, too! I totally forgot! Oh, we could have been tortured poets, what a waste.

  47. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Mmmmm mini Mars Bar slice.

    Thanks, sweets, what an honour! 😀

    You’ve actually reminded that I got some of my poetry published when I was in school, too! I totally forgot! Oh, we could have been tortured poets, what a waste.

  48. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Mmmmm mini Mars Bar slice.

    Thanks, sweets, what an honour! 😀

    You’ve actually reminded that I got some of my poetry published when I was in school, too! I totally forgot! Oh, we could have been tortured poets, what a waste.

  49. Hannah

    Conor: It’s never too late! Why don’t we each down a bottle of absinthe then hop in our cars and drive towards each other horizontally across Australia, meeting midway with our compositions about the experience. Mine shall be:

    Flat, flat, flat as a pancake / my melancholy emptiness echoes in the cold dark cold of the flat sandy flat road that goes on and on / across AusTRAY-YA / there was was a man from Nantucket / inside, i am outside, i am your postmodern car without punctuation on the Nullabor.

    Thoughts, fellow tortured poet?

  50. Hannah

    Conor: It’s never too late! Why don’t we each down a bottle of absinthe then hop in our cars and drive towards each other horizontally across Australia, meeting midway with our compositions about the experience. Mine shall be:

    Flat, flat, flat as a pancake / my melancholy emptiness echoes in the cold dark cold of the flat sandy flat road that goes on and on / across AusTRAY-YA / there was was a man from Nantucket / inside, i am outside, i am your postmodern car without punctuation on the Nullabor.

    Thoughts, fellow tortured poet?

  51. Hannah

    Conor: It’s never too late! Why don’t we each down a bottle of absinthe then hop in our cars and drive towards each other horizontally across Australia, meeting midway with our compositions about the experience. Mine shall be:

    Flat, flat, flat as a pancake / my melancholy emptiness echoes in the cold dark cold of the flat sandy flat road that goes on and on / across AusTRAY-YA / there was was a man from Nantucket / inside, i am outside, i am your postmodern car without punctuation on the Nullabor.

    Thoughts, fellow tortured poet?

  52. Hannah

    Conor: It’s never too late! Why don’t we each down a bottle of absinthe then hop in our cars and drive towards each other horizontally across Australia, meeting midway with our compositions about the experience. Mine shall be:

    Flat, flat, flat as a pancake / my melancholy emptiness echoes in the cold dark cold of the flat sandy flat road that goes on and on / across AusTRAY-YA / there was was a man from Nantucket / inside, i am outside, i am your postmodern car without punctuation on the Nullabor.

    Thoughts, fellow tortured poet?

  53. croquecamille

    I honestly couldn’t tell you. It was a poetry contest for college students in autumn of 1996, and the book was called something totally generic like “In Our Own Words” or “In Their Own Words” or something like that which yields entirely too many results in a google search. I have a copy of it somewhere, prbably in storage with a bunch of clothes I should have gotten rid of 10 years ago. 🙂 I actually have a better idea about where the original can be found…

  54. croquecamille

    I honestly couldn’t tell you. It was a poetry contest for college students in autumn of 1996, and the book was called something totally generic like “In Our Own Words” or “In Their Own Words” or something like that which yields entirely too many results in a google search. I have a copy of it somewhere, prbably in storage with a bunch of clothes I should have gotten rid of 10 years ago. 🙂 I actually have a better idea about where the original can be found…

  55. croquecamille

    I honestly couldn’t tell you. It was a poetry contest for college students in autumn of 1996, and the book was called something totally generic like “In Our Own Words” or “In Their Own Words” or something like that which yields entirely too many results in a google search. I have a copy of it somewhere, prbably in storage with a bunch of clothes I should have gotten rid of 10 years ago. 🙂 I actually have a better idea about where the original can be found…

  56. croquecamille

    I honestly couldn’t tell you. It was a poetry contest for college students in autumn of 1996, and the book was called something totally generic like “In Our Own Words” or “In Their Own Words” or something like that which yields entirely too many results in a google search. I have a copy of it somewhere, prbably in storage with a bunch of clothes I should have gotten rid of 10 years ago. 🙂 I actually have a better idea about where the original can be found…

  57. Hannah

    Camille: In your brilliant mind, right? And I now have an image of a poetry book nestled amongst sequinned-denim capri pants inspired by the Spice Girls, midriff tops, and those little sparkly butterfly hairclips (were they ever popular in the States?)

  58. Hannah

    Camille: In your brilliant mind, right? And I now have an image of a poetry book nestled amongst sequinned-denim capri pants inspired by the Spice Girls, midriff tops, and those little sparkly butterfly hairclips (were they ever popular in the States?)

  59. Hannah

    Camille: In your brilliant mind, right? And I now have an image of a poetry book nestled amongst sequinned-denim capri pants inspired by the Spice Girls, midriff tops, and those little sparkly butterfly hairclips (were they ever popular in the States?)

  60. Hannah

    Camille: In your brilliant mind, right? And I now have an image of a poetry book nestled amongst sequinned-denim capri pants inspired by the Spice Girls, midriff tops, and those little sparkly butterfly hairclips (were they ever popular in the States?)

  61. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Hannah I love it! Let’s do it!

    You totally deserve a dimly lit stage in a room thick with smoke and tortured minds. Speaking of tortured, here’s my contribution:

    My love is like the country / sunburnt, stinging with each heavy sigh / I am girt by you and yet / hollow like an empty éclair / You mock like the lost cream

  62. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Hannah I love it! Let’s do it!

    You totally deserve a dimly lit stage in a room thick with smoke and tortured minds. Speaking of tortured, here’s my contribution:

    My love is like the country / sunburnt, stinging with each heavy sigh / I am girt by you and yet / hollow like an empty éclair / You mock like the lost cream

  63. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Hannah I love it! Let’s do it!

    You totally deserve a dimly lit stage in a room thick with smoke and tortured minds. Speaking of tortured, here’s my contribution:

    My love is like the country / sunburnt, stinging with each heavy sigh / I am girt by you and yet / hollow like an empty éclair / You mock like the lost cream

  64. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Hannah I love it! Let’s do it!

    You totally deserve a dimly lit stage in a room thick with smoke and tortured minds. Speaking of tortured, here’s my contribution:

    My love is like the country / sunburnt, stinging with each heavy sigh / I am girt by you and yet / hollow like an empty éclair / You mock like the lost cream

  65. Hannah

    Conor: I bow down to you. Together, we will take over the world with our discombobulated yet emotion-laden stanzas of pain, love, and cake.

  66. Hannah

    Conor: I bow down to you. Together, we will take over the world with our discombobulated yet emotion-laden stanzas of pain, love, and cake.

  67. Hannah

    Conor: I bow down to you. Together, we will take over the world with our discombobulated yet emotion-laden stanzas of pain, love, and cake.

  68. Hannah

    Conor: I bow down to you. Together, we will take over the world with our discombobulated yet emotion-laden stanzas of pain, love, and cake.

  69. croquecamille

    Heh. Probably more like Levi’s 501s that will never fit again. (Though I did know some girls with crafty moms who made them some very cute embellished capri jeans of which I was a bit envious at the time.) (And now that I think about it, probably a pair of Doc Martens that I wouldn’t mind having back. And I really hope I didn’t get rid of the Jughead shirt…) Sparkly butterfly hairclips may have been popular, but they would never have stayed in my hair.

    I would definitely attend that poetry reading!

  70. croquecamille

    Heh. Probably more like Levi’s 501s that will never fit again. (Though I did know some girls with crafty moms who made them some very cute embellished capri jeans of which I was a bit envious at the time.) (And now that I think about it, probably a pair of Doc Martens that I wouldn’t mind having back. And I really hope I didn’t get rid of the Jughead shirt…) Sparkly butterfly hairclips may have been popular, but they would never have stayed in my hair.

    I would definitely attend that poetry reading!

  71. croquecamille

    Heh. Probably more like Levi’s 501s that will never fit again. (Though I did know some girls with crafty moms who made them some very cute embellished capri jeans of which I was a bit envious at the time.) (And now that I think about it, probably a pair of Doc Martens that I wouldn’t mind having back. And I really hope I didn’t get rid of the Jughead shirt…) Sparkly butterfly hairclips may have been popular, but they would never have stayed in my hair.

    I would definitely attend that poetry reading!

  72. croquecamille

    Heh. Probably more like Levi’s 501s that will never fit again. (Though I did know some girls with crafty moms who made them some very cute embellished capri jeans of which I was a bit envious at the time.) (And now that I think about it, probably a pair of Doc Martens that I wouldn’t mind having back. And I really hope I didn’t get rid of the Jughead shirt…) Sparkly butterfly hairclips may have been popular, but they would never have stayed in my hair.

    I would definitely attend that poetry reading!

  73. Hannah

    Camille: I was always envious of people with Doc Martens, and surely would have yearned for sparkly capri pants had I known they existed. Actually, I think I once had a pair of jeans with embroidered flowers on one thigh… good times, good times.

    I hope you realise that you’ll be called up on stage at the poetry reading? Good, that’s settled then. 😀

  74. Hannah

    Camille: I was always envious of people with Doc Martens, and surely would have yearned for sparkly capri pants had I known they existed. Actually, I think I once had a pair of jeans with embroidered flowers on one thigh… good times, good times.

    I hope you realise that you’ll be called up on stage at the poetry reading? Good, that’s settled then. 😀

  75. Hannah

    Camille: I was always envious of people with Doc Martens, and surely would have yearned for sparkly capri pants had I known they existed. Actually, I think I once had a pair of jeans with embroidered flowers on one thigh… good times, good times.

    I hope you realise that you’ll be called up on stage at the poetry reading? Good, that’s settled then. 😀

  76. Hannah

    Camille: I was always envious of people with Doc Martens, and surely would have yearned for sparkly capri pants had I known they existed. Actually, I think I once had a pair of jeans with embroidered flowers on one thigh… good times, good times.

    I hope you realise that you’ll be called up on stage at the poetry reading? Good, that’s settled then. 😀

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