Posts Tagged ‘journal’



June 13, 2011

Originally posted at

Monday 13 June 2011

My life has been pretty hectic in recent months. However, approximately two weeks ago I managed to get a major monkey off my back (so to speak). The release from the burden of study has been incredible. Juggling parenting, my honours degree studies, and volunteer work has been incredibly exhausting. Along the way I effectively lost my social life, which for an extremely sociable sociology student equates to a living hell! It also meant no time to engage in creative pursuits.

The last fortnight has been an incredible and healing time: a chance to read some novels, write and draw. To catch up with old friends. To have visitors for the first time in maybe one or two years. To travel to the beach (yes, it is a very cold winter here but I love the wild solitude of the wintry Victorian beaches where the wind blows in from the Antarctic). To enjoy some live music, something I have not done in years. To take the time out to watch the clouds roll by, to watch the ladybird (beetle!) crawling along a blade of grass when I hung out the laundry to dry today, and to refresh myself spiritually.

As a result, I hope to soon upload some new writings and drawings to redbubble. I want to thank the customers over the last few months who bought stickers, gift cards and t-shirts. Every sale is greatly appreciated.

I’m not sure what the months to come will hold. I look forward to graduating, soon. And after that, who knows what might happen?


Thoughts for the day, 23 August: weddings, semi colons and pirates

August 23, 2010

I’ve been thoroughly immersed in homework and trying to maintain a house lately (all those fun motherly things that arise when the family is ill). So much has happened recently that I think my brain has been overloaded.

Things that I’ve been thinking about include:

  • Why isn’t the semi colon key on my PC work as well as normal? It feels a little gritty (just thought of this one right now).
  • Why do I find weddings so emotionally distressing? Don’t get me wrong, on a philosophical, moral and religious sense, I am for weddings. From a sociological sense, I am for traditional rituals as important and significant means of signifying life stages and transformations, marking the movement of time and age. (It probably, dare I admit it, comes down to plain jealousy. I feel so darn insecure when I attend other people’s weddings. It makes me feel like my own wedding was a failure.* I think of all the little details I wish I had paid attention to. Okay, okay – it was heading on for 9 years ago now. Time to get over it, right?)
  • I am studying environmentalism, vegetarianism, food and nutrition sociology and animal rights at the moment. I have lost count of the times I’ve said (as I read the material before me), “I am soooo glad I don’t eat meat.” Purely on the gross-out level. That alone is enough!
  • How will I best go about marking International Talk Like a Pirate Day? [19 September.]
  • I love postgraduate student benefits at uni – like the right to borrow more books. Woo hoo! I have only just reached the conclusion that it is entirely feasible for me to visit one of the nearby campuses of my uni (my home campus is almost 2 hours away) to borrow books. Goody!
  • Spring is in the air. Birds are singing and fruit trees are starting to blossom. Everything smells like wattle flowers. (Sneeze!)


*My marriage, on the other hand, is not a failure. It’s more like a success-against-difficult-odds testimony. As the marriage is clearly more important than the wedding itself, I guess I should celebrate this.


354. Girl Sketch

June 7, 2009



331. Pen Girl Sketch

April 20, 2009

20081216-brownbook-dec7Fine liner pen on paper, December 2008.


330. Pencil Girl Sketch

April 17, 2009

20081216-brownbook-dec61Pencil on paper, December 2008.


Sparrows + Doughnut

December 3, 2008


Tuesday 3 June 2008 – 9.53 am

When shopping, I often find myself observing the birds that have become trapped in the shopping centre. I wonder if they’re happy here or if it is a prison.


Local Park Hidden From One’s Mind

December 2, 2008

20080601-flokot-jun1footyovalSunday 1 June 2008 – 3.47 pm

First day of winter. We’re taking a walk around a massive parkland to give the cameras a spin. This place is just near our house – it backs onto our street. For some reason, I forget it’s here. And I think we scared off the teen boys on their bikes.


Jealousy vs Self Esteem – The Showdown

December 1, 2008


Saturday 31 May 2008 – 8.26 pm

Sometimes – well, most of the time – when I see popular and glamorous women, I find myself looking in the mirror and hating what I see. I wonder if anyone else I know feels like that? Time to fight the beauty myth!!


Wild Donkeys

September 29, 2008

10.02 am – Thursday 29 May 2008

The world is full of amazing creatures. Just read the Bible – Job 39 – for a sense of their wonder. This was inspired by Job 39:5-8. I’m drawing from memory. There’s many species and subspecies of wild ass, onager, donkey, etc., each unique and with incredible endurance and swiftness of foot… or hoof.

Random extra information: on this passage of Scripture!


Job 39

5 “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes? 6 I gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat. 7 It laughs at the commotion in the town; it does not hear a driver’s shout. 8 It ranges the hills for its pasture and searches for any green thing. (Today’s New International Version, from


From ICR’s Online Study Bible reference to Strong’s Concordance:

arp , peh’-reh: or pereh (Jeremiah 2:24) {peh’-reh}; from 06500 in the secondary sense of running wild; the onager:–wild (ass).

Job 39:5
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?


Wikipedia on wild asses…


290. Pastel Unicorn

September 19, 2008

Pastel pencil and pigment liner on tinted paper, April 2008.

Doing the more traditional cloven-hoofed, lion-tailed Unicorn vibe here. Unicorns represent for me strength, nobility, purity and all those wonderful knightly things that postmodern society has lost in its pursuit of hedonism-at-all-costs.


289. Pastel Girl With Big Eyes

September 17, 2008

Pastel pencil and graphite pencil on tinted paper, May 2008.

Mmm swirly…


4th Day Concepts

August 27, 2008

Thursday 29 May 2008 – 9.53 pm

Thinking about art concepts. Sometimes I get so full of ideas that it’s better if I sketch them roughly – using note paper and ball point pen.

Reading Genesis 1 – one of the chapters I’ve read more than any other in the Bible. This sketch is from verses 14-19 – the 4th day. Inspired by, that is.


Impossible Mountains

August 25, 2008

Wednesday 28 May 2008 – 10.10 pm

Images inspired by my over-active dreams. I keep meaning to draw them. Here’s one conceptual outline from a dream I had in recent months. Concept “girl riding draught horse past impossible mountains.”


Living Water

August 23, 2008

Wednesday 28 May 2008 – 10.02 pm

Contemplating the significance of water as a symbol of life in the Bible. There’s some rich truths bound to be discovered there

John 4:14…

…whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life… (NIV)


Hippy Towns

August 22, 2008

Saturday 24 May 2008 – 2.20 pm

At a cafe in a different town from usual. It’s in the mountains near our house. I love coming here, it’s a fascinating hippy and New Age town. Admittedly it would be hard being a Christian here, but it is a beautiful place nonetheless!


Herbicides And Sociology

August 20, 2008

Thursday, 15 May 2008 – 11.45am

Stuck at the shops while the neighbours coat their garden in herbicide. I don’t want to risk an allergic reaction. Oh well. I guess I can just sit in the coffee shop writing uni assignments – like every other 20-something here

– Me, attempting to analyse the social movements using cyberactivism

– My bored daughter


Winter Youth Group Population

August 18, 2008

Friday 9 May 2008 – 5.30 pm

Sitting here at the local youth group registration desk. There’s hardly a person in sight. Strange how the numbers drop right down in winter. In summer we get around 700 kids, right now, there’s barely 10. I suppose they;re snug and warm at home.


Beach Dreams

July 19, 2008

Tuesday 6 May 2008 2.57 pm

Trapped in the suburbs…

but thinking about the beach!



July 14, 2008

Saturday 26 April 2008 approximately 1pm

Yesterday – took a trip to the country. The cows were feeling agitated at us snapping photos of them. So, when one cow sneezed, the other leapt into the air in fright.

P.S. Is it a-choo or a-moo?


Knights In Urban Environments

July 12, 2008

Monday 22 April 2008 9.15 am

Yesterday, we went into the city to see an exhibition of mediaeval illuminated manuscripts. It was fun seeing all the people dressed up in costume – and the armoured knight whacking children with a foam sword.

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