I'm back... kind of.

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!

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!

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.

The Church - Sunday 18th Oct

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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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!

Cake and Champagne - 9pm this Friday (21st) at our place...

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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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!