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I was recently given the book Change the World for Ten Bucks through Bookcrossing. The book lists 50 actions that you can do to make the world a better place. These actions don't take a lot of time to do, they don't inconvenience you in a big way and they don't cost you any money (some of them actually save you money).

I've decided to make a concerted effort to complete three actions, from the list of 50, that I haven't done before. They are: I'll keep you updated on my progress. Why don't you review the list and see what you can do to make the world a better place?

jess - 24th Feb 2006, 11:11 tags: wearewhatwedo

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Click to watch a Hang Glider take off

Life is a bit crazy at the moment. Work is very busy, we're playing a lot of Frisbee and we're trying to fit in a social life somewhere as well. When it all gets too much I like to think back to my last truly, relaxing day. A few weeks ago, Andrew and I had lovely trip home from our southern camping adventure. It was one of those halcyon days; the sun was shinning, the sky was blue and I was happy to be alive and spending such a beautiful day with the boy I love.

Our return journey was filled with lots of my favourite things. We browsed in Berry and picked up baked goodies from The Original Berry Bakery for lunch. We ate lunch in a park in Kiama and threw the Frisbee around in the sunshine. I had a scoop of Stairway to Heaven from the Kiama ice creamery. We marvelled at the number of Vintage Cars travelling in the opposite direction. We took the scenic route home and used the new bridge road at Coal Cliff. We stopped at Stanwell Tops to watch Hang Gliders and Paragliders take off and soar through the air (click the thumbnail to the left to watch a hang glider take off). And best of all, when we got home, I had an afternoon nap.

The memory of that day is helping me through some of my more stressful moments.

jess - 22nd Feb 2006, 11:11 tags: misc

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Last weekend, Andrew and I played in a two-day tournament in our Nation's Capital (photos). I could give you a detailed account of the weekend's games; tell you who the hot teams were and expound on the plays of the tourney. However, I'm feeling a little burnt out. Three days of Frisbee a week, combined with a weekend tournament and I've hit the wall. So, I'm going to tell you the "results" of the party instead.

Event: Disco Inferno
The Southside girls put on a good showing on the dance floor, with a polished but original style. The Canberra teams were out in force and the Fakulti boys, obviously very secure in their own manliness, boogied and sang along to Kylie and Destiny's Child. We hardly left the dance floor as we employed the "we'll get a drink when the next bad song comes on" system. There are no bad songs when classics such as Billy Jean, Blame it on the Boogie, and Tainted Love are on offer. Special mention must go to Rhys, who knew ALL the words to ALL the songs (Billy Jean, Bootylicious... you name it), and to Eugenie for helpfully pointing out the French songs to us ("THIS IS A FRENCH SONG!!!").

Event: Brain Cell Cull
Southside girls are hardcore. They started the party early, with shots of Tequila and Grappa in between games of ultimate (can we say "Crazy"?). Each registered tournament player was given a $5 drink voucher to use at the official party and Southside were first in line to claim our FREE drink. Em carried the torch for Wildcard, Andrew represented Dregs and Dowley was there for Fakulti B. So guys, what did happen to the three envelopes full of drink vouchers?

Event: Twister
We challenged our opposing teams to a game of Twister at the end of every game of ultimate. Our Twister representatives, Viv, Lisi, Bel and Carlie, fared well winning all games bar one. However, the "Bend like Pretzel" Twister Trophy must be awarded to Bel. Not only did she bring the game along for the weekend, she also challenged anyone and everyone at every opportunity. She even won two games out of three of drunken twister against Andrew, in spite of an injury. Quick! Send her to the Twister Olympics.

jess - 15th Feb 2006, 11:11 tags: ultimate southside

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I made heart-shaped pancakes for my boy this morning in celebration of Valentine's Day.

I know a lot of people think that Valentine's Day is a rort. I often hear comments like "it's hallmark holiday" or "why do I need an official day to show my love?". I don't officially celebrate Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean I can't do something nice for my boy on the day. I didn't spend a lot of money; I just got up a little earlier this morning and cooked his favourite breakfast.

jess - 14th Feb 2006, 11:11 tags: vday vday06

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The trick to Australian slang? Just add an "ie" or "oh" sound to the end of every word. That was Duncan's advice to Ian, his Canadian friend, on our camping trip last weekend. For example: "ie" sound - Barbie, Biccies, Brissie, Chewie, Esky, Greenie, Mozzie, Nuddy, Pokies, Sickie, Surfies... or "oh" sound - Bottle-o, Nasho, Rego, Smoko, Vego, Yobbo. Then, all you need to do is throw in a g'day mate, strewth and fair dinkum every now and again and you're talking like a dinky-di Aussie.

We were appalled when we discovered that Ian was yet to try a Tim Tam. We immediately rushed out and bought a packet of original Tim Tams. We gave Ian a lesson on Australia's favourite biscuit, which included a tutorial on the Tim Tam slammer.

Step 1: Bite off Corner
Take a small bite to remove one corner of your Tim Tam.
Step 2: Bite off diagonally opposite corner
Take another small bite and remove the corner which is diagonally opposite to the first corner.
Step 3: Slammin' time
Using your Tim Tam as a straw, drink from your beverage (Coffee or Hot chocolate works best). Only drink for a few seconds, as your Tim Tam will begin to disintegrate. Quickly shove it in your mouth, and delight in the melty, chocolatey goodness.
Thanks to my wonderful model Sue (she took time out from her duties on the Price is Right for the tutorial *G*)

Happy Birthday Duncan. Hope you had a relaxing, fun-filled birthday camping trip. (photos)

jess - 8th Feb 2006, 11:11 tags: food duncan birthdays sue

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