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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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I can't think of a better way to spend the Australia Day weekend than on the roof of Australia. With Australia Day falling on a Thursday this year, Andrew and I decided to take the Friday off. A road trip beckoned and we decided to cross "Climb Mt Kosciuszko" off our "Things to do before we die" list.

On our four day weekend, we played Taboo, Poker and Round the World Table tennis with the Forsyth Crew on Australia Day, on Friday we drove to Jindabyne, we climbed Mount Kosciuszko on Saturday, and on Sunday we browsed through the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. (photos)

Things we learnt on our weekend:
From weakest to strongest, the ranking of Texas hold 'em poker hands is: high card, one pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, royal flush.
As the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko is one of the 7 summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. However, at only 2,228m (7,310 ft) it's more of a hill than a mountain. Some argue that Kosciuszko should be replaced with Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m / 16,023 ft) in Indonesia. Carstensz is the highest mountain in Oceania.
The spelling of Kosciuszko was changed in 1997 from Kosciusko. Imagine how many signs they would have had to correct!
Jerrabomberra is NOT pronounced jer-rah-BOM-ber-rah. Andrew spent his teenage years in the Southern Highlands and loves to laugh at my pronunciation of the towns in the area.
There are 51 "big" things in Australia according to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. This includes the Big Merino in Goulburn.
During WWII, Vegemite was rationed to ensure that there was enough to send to the troops. Back home, Australians were asked to deny themselves the yummy, black stuff, "unless you required it medicinally". If so, you could get a prescription from your doctor. Who needs Vegemite medicinally?
Andrew said I had to say that "I've taken my frisbee playing to new heights". Yes, we carried a disc up to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. We are dags...

jess - 6th Feb 2006, 11:11 tags: australia_day ausday06

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I've always been a bit of a chronicler. I like to record the things that happen in my life, which is probably my main reason for maintaining this website. Before FuShMuSh I had year books. Each year, I would write down all the movies we saw, the sayings we used, and a description of each event we attended. I stuck souvenirs and mementos into my year books: photos, tickets, brochures, a chunk of Georgia Pascal-Hayes' hair. I also asked my friends to write a summary of "their year" in my year book.

I find it very interesting (and also slightly amusing) to flick through my year books now and see what was important to me when I was 15. Some events I remember instantly (ask me about Stone the axe murderer) and others I'm left wondering at the real story behind cryptic descriptions.

I like to think of myself as a modern-day Pliny the Younger. The events that I record might not be as spectacular as a volcanic eruption, but they are important to Andrew and me. I know that one day my children will enjoy looking at my books and will laugh at Mummy's funny hairstyle and horrible fashion sense. Who knows, in the future my books might end up in a museum, as an account of life in the 20th Century.

Self Portrait Tuesday was initiated by redcurrent. Each Tuesday post a self portrait on your blog. January's theme is 'personal history'.

jess - 31st Jan 2006, 11:11 tags: photography

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