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I'm back... kind of. [Apr. 28th, 2011|11:54 pm]
Saphron
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |complacentcomplacent]
[music |Silence... because Kim is alseep.]

It has been well over a year since I updated here and probably around a year since I stopped reading. I couldn’t check my friends’ page form work due to two uncut porn posts and it just kind of dropped out of my online routine. But I miss having ranting space so I’m going to try to come back and post at least once a month. I’m not really sure anyone still reads LJ? But maybe that makes it an even better testing ground for my thoughts and ideas – who knows.

I am currently working fulltime (as a side note I’ve been promoted again – mostly yay). I’m also studying part time and writing a dissertation on neoburlesque. This is going pretty well so far. I’m a lot more together these days. I think having an office job has taught me a lot about time management (she says writing an LJ entry at 11:45 on a work night).

These two things combine to mean I don’t really have much of a life. I really wanted to go to a gig tonight – it was going to be great Vostok Lake, Swampy Tonk, Drag queens and burlesque – but instead I stayed in and wrote about other people watching burlesque… There should be something wrong with that picture. But I’m happy. I’m boring but I’m not bored – which I suppose is the operative issue.

Work is good. Stressful at the moment, what with exams coming up, but good. I have a new assistant who hasn’t worked at the University before. She reminds me a bit of me when I first started – poor thing! But she is nice and she is smart so I think it will work out well so long as I don’t screw up all her induction. And I’ve got another new person starting in a few weeks too. Big learning curve but hopefully I’ll get through it and so will they (at least the other new one is part of a pair so the already trained person can help me in training the new person).

I’m on a Women in Leadership programme this year on top of the new job and the dissertation. So a very big year for me really. I have to keep a leadership journal as part of it. I wonder if that is part of what has driven me back here.

That, and the need to say more than “OMG, I’m so stressed, waah” all the time (via FB one is rather limited). I like the networking aspects of Facebook and being able to keep up with the lives of the acquaintances and people I don’t see very often. But I miss the expressiveness that can potentially come with more space to write. I only came back here to clean up the spam. But glancing back over the last NINE years’ worth of journal entries has made me nostalgic.

Well that really is where I’m at right now. Let’s see if I can add yet another 1000 words a month to my already overbalanced workload.
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Lemurs + Tamarins = Best Birthday Ever! [Dec. 16th, 2009|01:56 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

On Sunday Kim and I went to the zoo for my somewhat belated birthday treat. But we did not only go to the zoo we went behind the zoo on a Zoom Tour. The first time we went, on my actual birthday, we were rained out and our second trip was cancelled due to my illness (I didn't want to risk infecting any cute little primates) but on Sunday the 13th we finally got to go on our tour and it was totally worth the wait. The day was lovely (and I remembered sunscreen!) which meant that while some zoo animals (including the keepers and other humans) were feeling a bit lazy in the heat the tamarins and lemurs were both out and about.

First we got taken through one of the back areas of the zoo to see the zoo kitchens and fetch mealworms for the Cottontop Tamarins. We were amused by signs and notes all over the many fridges like "Have you remembered to put out Doris' meat?" and "ONE banana per orang-utan". We also got to see the insect breeding rooms and the tarantula room! Then we were off to the back of the old polar bear enclosure to make our way in to meet the tamarins.

Our guide had been a keeper at the zoo for 19 years and still remembered the poor old polar bears so he told us about the history of their enclosure and how they were 'cared' for back in the day. It was quite sad and a stark contrast to the newer enclosures and the conservation focus of the modern zoo. The Cottontop Tamarins are now in the old breeding/separation quarter of the polar bear pit. We went in with our mealworms at the ready and we were swarmed! They were very curios not just about our treats but about our presence in general. They were amazing! We got right up close and saw their little faces - they have very strong bone structure and very intelligent little eyes. We were in there for quite a while even after they got sick of our snacks. And after they started to feel full they just jumped around us and investigated us. One even held my finger in his little hand!

Then while we were on our way to the lemurs we got to look in the newish giraffe house and said hello to the giraffes as well (from ground level rather than from above).

On our way to the lemurs we went underneath the rainforest area and got to see the privacy runs for the Spider Monkeys which run under the walkways. One of the spider monkeys came over to the door and reached out to us. The tour guide thought she would be interested in my hair but she was more interested in my shirt and hands. We also got to see the new gibbon who isn't out in the main enclosure yet! She was also very pretty - the boy gibbon hasn't met her yet but he can be heard calling for her from all over the zoo. We also got to see lots of the enrichment objects (which made us want to play zoo tycoon!) for the primates which was also very interesting.

Then it was off to the lemurs! We picked up our bananas from a portable zoo kitchen and then we were off. Lemur love was easily bought with mushie banana. Two of them even climbed up on Kim at one point. I also managed to break their enclosure by trying to feed three lemurs at once on a branch which then snapped! This resulted in some very cute confused lemur faces but I was soon forgiven when it was found I had more banana. We managed not to sing to the lemurs about moving anything.

Pictures can be found here.

In summery Kim wins at birthday! And I have no idea how I can even try to top this. It was totally amazing and I now want to move to Madagascar and be a professional lemur cuddler (even more than I did before)!
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This Sunday! [Nov. 18th, 2009|01:29 pm]
Saphron
This Sunday is my birthday - and it also happens to be the next Church gig at Whammy Bar.

Courtney has agreed to create cake (although I take no responsibility for what form this may take) and Mary has agreed to dance and Erika is going to sing! I am so lucky to have all these talented people in my life and I can't wait. Because of the hours I work during the exam period I've not had much time to devote to organisation. And I’m still sorting out Djs - it seems there is a punk gig clashing which I didn't know about which has caused some issues with the regulars and other tentative line up but I'm sure I'll get it sorted.

Also, most thrillingly, on the day itself Kim and I are going to the Zoo and we're going to feed LEMURS! I am really excessively thrilled by this prospect.

Anyway all welcome! Church details below:

The Church
Sunday 22nd November 2009
9pm to late
Whammy Bar
Downstairs, Saint Kevin's Arcade, 183 K'rd
Free entry!

For anyone interested I'm turning 25.
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The Church - Sunday 18th Oct [Oct. 10th, 2009|01:08 pm]
Saphron
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[mood |busybusy]

I know I've not updated in ages. And now I am only doing so to spam you all - sorry!

Whammy Bar (in St Kevin's Arcade on K'rd) have started up a new goth night and I am Dj/entertainment herding and, it seems, advertising it. If anyone has time and ability to help out with the graphic design it would be appreciated as I have neither the talent nor the time to make pretty flyers.

Anyway details:

The Church: Whammy Bar Goth Night
Sunday 18th October
9pm - late
FREE entry
Whammy Bar, Saint Kevin's Arcade, 183 K'rd


Morgan (Spiggy) and Richard Griffiths will be the guest Djs and Craig and Nick Freeman are our regulars.

FB event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152146616204&index=1

So far the gigs have been really relaxed and fun and a bit nostalgic. They were on Thursdays but with a name like The Church (nothing to do with me) the Sunday option needs to at least be tried!

It looks like the November gig will be on the day of my birthday. I'm not yet sure how I feel about this but as it is important to me to get keep this going and try and get a regular night (i.e. third Sunday of every month or something) I suppose I'll just have to combine the two events.

Suggestions and comments welcome. I'm keen to know if the Thursday or the Sunday is a better option. If we can get a good regular turn out then there may be the option of moving it to a Friday or a Saturday later next year (but I suspect we would also have to do a cover charge - which would go to the bar).

Proper update to come.
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Masquerade Ball [Mar. 27th, 2009|03:51 pm]
Saphron
Kim is mean. Dopes anyone want to go to this: http://www.masqueradeball.co.nz/ with me tomorrow night? I already have tickets. Please call or email me ASAP if you are interested. If I can't find one person to go with I will consider selling both tickets.
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Iron Maiden [Feb. 19th, 2009|01:28 pm]
Saphron
There are still a few $40 (Sanctuary) tickets to Iron Maiden available here: http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=IRONMAID09

And if you are wondering how the hell you are going to get to Mt Smart look here: http://www.maxx.co.nz/events/iron-maiden.html for free public transport to the event.
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House! [Jan. 14th, 2009|09:03 am]
Saphron
Hurrah! We have found the perfect new flat. I am feeling much less stress for obvious reasons. It is at the top of our price range but at least it isn't above it and it has a working fireplace! And a bath and two bedrooms and is on a direct bus route to work etc etc. So that is all very exciting.

Apart from moving house life is continuing on as usual. I DO still read and care about everyone else's lives I just don't post much. I normally don't get the chance from work I'm afraid. I am still happy and alive and all other such things.

Oh and happy New Year everyone!
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Cake and Champagne - 9pm this Friday (21st) at our place... [Nov. 18th, 2008|05:52 pm]
Saphron
I just realised that I put this on facebook but not here:

It is my birthday this weekend. So I'm having a party this Friday from 9pm. Bettie Page (our cat) shall be kindly allowing us to celebrate at our house (email me for the address - denerose at gmail dot com).

I will be baking and providing bubbly and some other booze. Best BYO or come early just in case though.

I am intending to dress up but am not enforcing a theme at this point (as much as I love the excusses people find to dress as they always do). I do encourage you to join me in full formality though. As with every year prior I shall be dusting off the tiara (and probably drinking far too much).

Anyone who knows and likes me is welcome as are partners etc.
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2008|06:52 pm]
Saphron
I am in Wellington. I am here with my nanna and my two small cousins (10 and 5) and I am SO tired. This has reaffirmed my desire to never breed. That said they are very sweet but I am so glad I can give them back on Thursday. I have learned that travelling with children and tissues go together much like hitch-hiking in space with towels. ANyway, more to follow... I mean it!
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(no subject) [Sep. 5th, 2008|10:02 am]
Saphron
Why I don't support farming. If I ever needed more of a reminder of why I should go fully vegan that would be it.
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(no subject) [Jul. 12th, 2008|11:42 pm]
Saphron
I has a Macbook! It is so pretty... even though I'm not a total convert yet (the PC and the Dell laptop are still on hand if any urgent Simcity or Windows file compatibility is required). It is pretty! I do fear that Kim will try to steal it and make me sad though.
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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2008|11:34 am]
Saphron
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Working 70 hour weeks is bad for me... BUT I did just get a promotion! I'm too tired to celebrate right now but I am sure I will be very pleased just as soon as Exams finish.
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Re: Couch - free to good home! [Apr. 7th, 2008|09:49 am]
Saphron
I've bought a new couch. This means that our old one needs a new home. It is old and small but very pretty. I'm picking up the new couch on Sat morning so if anyone wants our old one then you would probably need to pick it up one night this week.

It is a high wingback two-seater in burgundy plush. Think 70s faux Victoriana. I kept meaning to re-stuff the cushions but never got around to it but it doesn't absolutely need that. I think it would be better for someone wanting it in their bedroom rather than as we have it for an actual lounge couch (if we had the room this is what I would do). But that said it has served us well for over a year.

I'm sure you all know how to contact me.
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Powerless [Apr. 4th, 2008|01:30 pm]
Saphron
[Current Location |work]
[mood |boredbored]

We have no power at home. This means that our landline (it is a cordless phone and doesn't work when the base is out) is not working and my cell is about to die :/

It died around 8pm last night. The power company man turned up at 11pm. He went out and flicked a switch in the big central power box thingy. Low there was light and music and phone charging! Then as the power man was getting back in his van it went out again. So half of our block and half of the black over the road is without power... the rest of the flats are fine... all very odd.

Of course either way I have no phone because Kim keeps forgetting to put credit on it for me (he hates me obviously and wants me to be isolated from all contact)... Sorry to those of you I've not replied to. Email is probably the best way to contact me atm.
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Graduation [Mar. 27th, 2008|12:06 pm]
Saphron
I am going to be a graduation marshal/usher and I get to pick which ceremonies I attend. Is anyone graduation from The University of Auckland during the May graduations? I'm already going to the second Arts graduation to see Catherine... Anyone else?
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Overlocker [Mar. 20th, 2008|12:56 pm]
Saphron
Does anyone have an overlocker I could borrow next weekend or the weekend after?
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Land of the living. [Jan. 13th, 2008|01:33 pm]
Saphron
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |complacentcomplacent]
[music |Kim playing Zelda]

I'm afraid I've been very busy and not had much to show for it. Well actually I do have some stuff to show for it but I haven't had much to report on.

Still have lovely boyfriend, great flat, cute cat and interesting job. All very sickeningly twee and happy over here so nothing thrilling or dramatic on any front really. I do apologise for being dull.

Just letting you all know that I am still alive and well. I do generally get to read Lj at work but not always so do forgive if there has been some great upheaval in the last few months of which I should be but am not aware of.
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I can has job! [Oct. 12th, 2007|10:14 am]
Saphron
[mood |excitedemployed]

Yay. I have just accepted a job at the university examinations office! I got the offer last night, I've thought about it and I'm really excited! It is going to be a big change from my this and that, here and there lifestyle and I can't wait. It is going to be nice to have a set schedule and not to mention a set salary. I'm jumping in the deep end though with Exams (note the capital) starting at the end of the month! Eeeee!

Courtney and Natalie be warned: I will be hunting you down to consume caffeinated beverages with me on a regular basis.

Even better I don't have to change my doctor. The uni doctors' office had just decided to stop treating alumni and now I won't have to go through the hassle of finding a new doctor. I love Dr Mauger she is the only doctor I've ever had who seemed to give a damn AND realise that people have different immune systems.

Yay!
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(no subject) [Sep. 30th, 2007|05:46 pm]
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20 Years Ago, I...Collapse )

Ps: Everyone who has not done this yet really aught. I know I am finding it very interesting to see what things people pick.
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World Vegetarian Day [Sep. 29th, 2007|11:08 am]
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Auckland Vegetarian Food & Lifestyle Festival

Sunday September 30th 10am to 4pm
Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Balmoral
(opposite Potters Park)

$2 entry (free between 10-10.30am)

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day with us. Come to our Festival for fabulous food, free tastings, information, lifestyle products and cooking demos – great for non-vegetarians too!

Come and see cooking demonstrations by vegetarian chefs, including internationally renowned chef Peter Chaplin, and author and 'New Zealand Gardener' food editor Alessandra Zecchini.

Mmmm food....
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2007|09:26 pm]
Saphron
While I do actually find the latest little meme very interesting I have to express my happy about something first:

I am getting free super fast internet!! Yay. With an estimate of 10mps... I'm told that is very fast. Yay for Vodafone buying Ihug, yay for central city location practically on top of the exchange. Yay for sexy geek boyfriend. Yay for super fast internet... it hasn't kicked in yet of course but still.... ooooooer!

Now I need to find something to DO with all that internet speed... Other than instantly find out what all of you have been up to of course.
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Baaa etc [Sep. 17th, 2007|02:57 pm]
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Careers QuizCollapse )
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Confidance vs Self Consciousness [Sep. 16th, 2007|11:33 am]
Saphron
Thank you all for your comments on my last entry. Unfortunately I think my sleepy rambling didn't really get across my concern. While I do think it is odd that confident women are somehow scary to others this isn't something that I am willing to compromise on. My worry is the callousness that I can sometimes display simply out of lack of awareness. In the same way that shy people can be very self obsessed, thinking that everyone is looking at and judging them, I have the opposite where I tend to forget that what I do could mean anything to someone else, such as gestures or who I talk to, unless it is a direct action to them. While not being self conscious is probably a good thing it has its draw backs - at least it does if you still give a damn about other people in any way. I often lack awareness at all of how others might be viewing me which is what leads to misunderstandings.

Also the "fat day" thing which is the perfect example really. I do have days when I don't feel well/happy etc (I am after all lacking a regular level of happy hormone in my head so I probably have them much more often than most) but I just don't tend to project that on to my body. When I have a waah day, where nothing looks or feels right, I will generally try and blame it on outside things such as the heat or the cold or my diet. Also I do retain water on occasion, like any girl, so there are days when I am physically bigger than normal but if I even notice (I would probably have to put on tight gloves or something) I tend to shrug it off and warn my partner that I may have PMS in the next few days. So it isn't that I've not had a "fat day" just that I had never thought of it in that context until it was pointed out to me.

I just never learned to think of my body like that, which I think is good, but at the same time part of that is forgetting about how other people might see me. The body is important as is self presentation. Obviously I care a bit and care enough to have adopted a sub-cultural aesthetic (most of the time). Mannerisms and body language as well as self presentation all affect the way that others see us and communicate things to the world. I tend to forget this at times because I never learned that external awareness in the usual way. I also tend not to think of myself or others in physical terms. I have a few friends who find very fat people almost personally offensive which I simply can't comprehend but I think is probably kind of common. I also think that it is a hint at the way "most people" perceive others (through other bodies) in that our self presentation and display is a social communication. I read a very good article on fat actually and how that body was part of representing and supporting social values. So, anyway, by being fat, a socially unacceptable position, you are somehow rejecting social values and judging people who WORK to stay thin - I think that this is how my confidant attitude becomes perceived as offensive because I am somehow seen to be judging the less confident or putting myself above others. So it is just another way in which I am insensitive to how I'm being perceived and how my way of being or actions may upset others. It is an example, among many, of how I tend to forget that I have any affect or effect on others when I don't mean to - which is just as selfish as a shy person who thinks that everything they do matters to others it is just the other extreme.
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(no subject) [Sep. 8th, 2007|06:40 pm]
Saphron


I didn't have anything to do with organizing this! It is going to be sooooo good. I'm going to arrive late, get all boozy and dance and then go home hours before closing! Yay!
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Innominata [Sep. 3rd, 2007|02:20 pm]
Saphron
Yay! That went well! My final sums have been done and we raised $62 for Auckland Cat Rescue!! And I basically broke even (I didn't make back a few small costs but those I'm happy to pay, venue fees and advertising have been recouped and that is the main thing). And most of all everyone seemed to have a really good time which really is the main thing. Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fantastic night.

It was particularly yay to see the bridal couple and congratulate them even though they must have been exhausted! Thanks for making the effort guys.

Room Noir were, as expected, absolutely beautiful and their music was amazing too :p
I also think my last moment go-go girling was not too bad?? I didn't actually get to SEE or hear much of Vostok Lake what with being back stage struggling in to my costume and hunting for a lost go-go witch! But I did get to bounce around to her Iron Fist cover which I find highly amusing.
Djs did an awesome job and after Catherine and I managed to start the dance floor moving it continued to do so for most of the night. Yay!

My photographer has a horrid horrid flu and couldn't make it which is sad especially as the main part of the costume prize was meant to be framed prints of choice :(
So if anyone has photos PLEASE email them to me at saphron[AT]acerbussonitus[DOT]org so I can put them on the website - even if you think they suck I can get mum to fiddle with them and make their subjects more apparent if you want (she used to be a professional photo retouching lady once upon a time).

So all in all I think the night was a success. Thank you again to everyone involved and everyone who came along, looked gorgeous and most of all had fun!
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