Monday, November 22, 2010

A Sunday by the Sea

New Hair!! Last week I got my hair cut a little shorter and dyed it for the first time ever! It is a pretty subtle change, but exciting to try something new!

Yesterday we ventured down to the harbour and clambered onto a ferry with gazillions of other people to get to Manly. I wore a skirt I inherited from my mum. It has a matching top - she used to wear to parties in the 70s. It is a pretty magic shape - and what a print!

I always try to take a parasol when we head out in the sun. My skin was really not made for Sydney and it's evil ozone hole. I burn WITH sun cream. It is horrendous. This parasol is one I brought back from Cambodia a few years ago. It has phoenix(es?) and dragons!

 This is a what I looked like to Caiti through her magical sun glasses. I like it! I can't wait to get a bit more red into my locks.

The ever-photogenic Sophia looking like summer on the ferry. I think this is a ready-made Ad campaign - just need to add a slogan.

We got to Holly's place, lounged in her garden, ate a BBQ lunch and drank fake Coronas. Caiti made the most incredible mini cheese cakes. What could be better than adorable AND delicious?

 Eventually we got back on a ferry...
 And went back to the city. Gosh Sydney - you are pretty stunning. Check out the guy who was next to us on the boat: he is wearing a sailor hat!! Ian was impressed/jealous. It was kind of amazing.
 Obligatory tourist shot.

And Ice cream!! It was such a gorgeous day with wonderful people. Now back to work!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Musical Diversity

I have been playing clarinet since I was a wee little thing. I haven't really played very much in the last few years, until some friends formed the Inner West Community Band this year. It has been great fun - I think I forgot how much I enjoy music. That is a picture of my clarinet - Hermione - say hello!

Last night was our end of year concert 'Musical Diversity'. I tried to record it for you guys, but haven't quite worked out how to upload the files here. In the meantime - have a listen to the soundbites on the website. I play second clarinet with Maddy (when we are not giggling at our mistakes and squeaks) listen hard for us!

 This is my god mother Linda, who also plays clarinet in the band, which is pretty rad. She only picked it up a few years ago and it already a pretty top player.
Apologies for the crappy picture quality. My camera doesn't like night or darkness. We rehearse (and perform) in a converted church (hence the cross). The building itself is pretty amazing. It has the most incredible ornate stone facade. I will have to post some pictures sometime.
That's me in the second row of clarinets - check out the new hair! Proper photos of that coming soon :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prom Night on Planet Earth

This weekend I put on my party dress for 'Prom Night on Planet Earth'. The party people responsible for this one are known for some pretty amazing themes - Zombies vs Geeks, Nautical Noir, The Pope Party - So I tried to cook up something good.

The dress is an '80s monstrosity I thrifted a year ago for an '80s themed night. It is pretty special! The best thing about it, is the label inside that says "Polyester/Foil: This is a luxury fabric please follow instructions carefully". Oh yes - I love a good luxury foil. The hat was my craft-a-noon project, inspired by a 50s topper and mixed with some alien chic (or so I thought anyway).

All dressed up I was ready for the Prom. Unfortunately my date was afflicted with post-wisdom tooth extraction pain and left me flying solo (poor boy!)
I arrived to a terrace transformed! Pete made the lounge room floor into a school gym and Karl had gone wild with the streamers!
I love how this photo managed to capture Holly's feet... but her body must still be materializing from another planet.

 Amy and Raph beamed in, ready for action.

 Soph and Rob brought sophistication and sparkle. (check out the corsage!!)

 The ever stunning Holly - reminded me of this song - such a glamorous alien.
 Gazillion balloons for prom goodness.
Alex and Haidee looking pretty excited for the big night! (I really wish I had been around to see Alex ride his bike home in this)

And a few more photos of yours truly! It was a night for every space-girl and boy to remember.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday Flowers

 Ian informs me that my last post was  very boring and that I need to put up some pictures. So here we go... pictures!!

Yesterday Ian got his wisdom tooth out in the city. So I met him afterwards and we went on a quest for jelly and custard. We passed the new Westfield shopping centre and noticed a lot of the shops had put up some fancy displays for the opening. How amazing is this floral arch outside the shoe store? Real lilies and dancing lady orchids!

And below - one of the incredible Jacarandas on campus at the moment. Just magical this time of year!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


At the end of October I had grand intentions to spend November in a frenzy of writing productiveness. I signed up with NaNoWriMo, signed up to Andrea's NaNo group and though "this is it... here we go!" My NaNo plans were to write a 6000 word conference paper and put together a 20 minute presentation for the Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society conference I am heading to in early December.

Unfortunately October Bec, forgot that November Bec had not done much to clear her calendar for this joyous month of writing. Oops!

I often forget the importance of preparation. Often it causes the early death of a project. Getting things ready before beginning is essential. When sewing (pre-wash that fabric!) or cooking (have you actually got the ingredients?) you need to be ready. Writing is exactly the same.

I have been reading a lovely little book by Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath called How to Write History that People want to Read. They have a full chapter devoted to writing habits - and tell us about the different writing habits they have found successful. The thing that is common to them all (and also exemplified by Andrea) is that they find space and time to write. I think I kind of shot myself in the foot before I even got started on my NaNo project, because I didn't make that time, or plan the space that I needed to write.

My progress so far?
Last week was a good writing week - but not on the NaNo project. In preparation for a meeting with my supervisor this week I needed to get a 10,000 word draft of my thesis proposal finished (essentially a big detailed blue-print of the project). Again, October Bec had grand plans that this would be done weeks ago so that I could move on to my Nano project, but there is no denying I am a last-minute maniac, and was writing until the 11th hour to get it done.

This week I have completely fallen off the band wagon. My brain was fried by the mammoth effort last week, PLUS we moved house, PLUS I have 80 essays and 20 exams to mark, PLUS I have 2 days of Research assistant work I owe, PLUS I am working at my switchboard job 3 days this week. No space + no time = no writing.

So... I think I have joined the NaNo-Lame-o group instead and have to modify the plan.

For the next three weeks I will devote one full day a week to writing the conference presentation, and drafting the paper. I will also do a weekly post to update you on my progress and some thoughts on writing. (I already have one in the works about editing, after marking some truly terrible student essays!) If it is fun pictures you are after... fear not! They will plod along as usual.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Goodbye, Farewell

This weekend Ian and I moved house. I can't say I enjoyed a weekend of packing, moving and cleaning, but we were really lucky to have my dad and Ian's folks around to help.It all went surprisingly smoothly. I am determined to keep up the momentum and get our new place organised asap! I will have to give you a sneak peaks as it emerges from the dust and boxes.

I persuaded a very tired Ian to take some photos as we did the final 'clean-for-our-bond' and spent our last moments together in our first apartment. I was not looking particularly glamorous (eek banged-up bruised legs!), but this little romper made me feel like a cross between Pippi Longstockings and a super-hero house mover. It was pretty great.

Goodbye cute art deco details, high ceilings and reading in the sun room, farewell 42a... We will miss you!

romper - from funkomavintage (etsy)
t-shirt - supre
shoes - wittner
head scarf - thrifted
super attractive key-necklace - my keys on a ribbon (born out of the combination of no pockets and a desire not to get locked out while weighed down with boxes.)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Farewell Lounge Room

Looking at these photos now makes the weekend feel far away. The weather has turned to rubbish and I have been struggling to write a 250 word conference abstract all day. Who ever knew writing half a page could be so tough?!

Yesterday Ian took these photos in our living room for my series farewelling our apartment. It was an absolutely glorious day- the sun was streaming in and the roses I bought to pretty-up the place for our inspection were heavy with scent. I think they might be Mr.Lincolns, the smell is just amazing but they are thorny as hell (have you noticed that? The ones with the best smell are always the spikiest too... I'm sure there is a Chinese proverb in that somewhere).

You might remember this fabric from my post on the fifties fair. I finished making this New Look dress and am pretty pleased with how it turned out! I had to change the bodice quite a lot to get the fit I wanted. I followed Gertie's tutorial for paper fitting, but I also ended up adding darts to make it sit right. I am sure there is a more sophisticated way of fixing the fitting problems - but I like to invent solutions, and adding darts worked a treat. I also changed the neck a bit because I thought the pattern was frumpy.

But back to the lounge room... these are a few glimpses of the place. Luckily my big red chair is coming with us, because it is probably what I have enjoyed most about this room. I will not miss the fact that the windows look strait on to our neighbours and I could also have done without the weird broken boarded-up fire place in the top shot - covered nicely by the portrait Emily did of me. Also, do notice the 'achievement award' on the mantle piece. Ian bought it at a bargain store and insisted I present it to him when I thought he deserved it. Tee hee! Good bye loung room!!