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I spent this evening writing a grant application to the City of Yarra to fund a "edible garden" project at Cubbies.

It asks:

What are the aims of this project.

I wanted to write:

We want to get kids to grow their own food because gardening is fun and educational, and research (and common sense) shows that kids that have more fun and are smarter are less likely to go to jail, do drugs, commit suicide, torture people, mug old ladies, kill kittens or commit genocide later in life.

what I wrote was something like:

This project aims to engage youth in a positive and educational activity that will engender a sense of empowerment and self-reliance, while strengthening social networks and confidence.

Or something. I actually can't remember

EDIT: I found the text:

The Cubbies Garden Project will:
• encourage young people and children to participate in a positive and healthy activity.
• foster a sense of independence and control in young people by allowing them to design their own garden and control their own space
• equip children and young people with skills and provide education about sustainability, health and horticulture.
• increase the capacity of Cubbies in the long term, opening up a whole new kind of activity for young people to enjoy in the playground for years to come.

I like the first one better. The grant-maker would probably disagree....
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As many of you know I work at the Fitzroy Adventure Playground. Here is probably the best summary of it:

http://indolentdandy.net/fitzroyalty/2009/01/12/fitzroy-history-cubbies-adventure-playground-on-condell-st/.

So, the kids we work with have got a thing for a Brazilian dance/martial arts technique called Capoiera. There's a show on at the moment called "Warriors of Brazil" that is an all singing all dancing Capoiera spectacular.

So I emaield them last week saying "Hey, on the off chance this is possible, could some performers meet our kids? We're taking them to see the show on the weekend!"

They're coming tomorrow.

Win.
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I spent the afternoon wondering around campus at Melbourne Uni, singing excerpts from 'Where is my Brand' and 'Can you See' around North Court, South Lawn and the Concrete lawns....

That took me back.

And then I lost track of time and was responsible for Chris being late to work :(. D'oh!

Insane day

Feb. 16th, 2009 05:05 pm
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Rehearsal has been good - we actually ran what we've done so far today, and we've covered most of the show! Which is nice. It took up less of my time this weekend than I thought it would, but we've got a kind hearted director that doesn't want people sitting around doing nothing, which is nice.

I haven't been talking too much about my experience of Melbourne Model the Musical, as it's been kind of low key so far. But I think things will ramp up nicely very soon! So yeah. Woooo!! More info will be forthcoming closer to the time.

Now I'm at work, and (due to panicy thoughts running through my head), I've done what I have to do to prepare for a committee meeting this evening, and I can chill for a few minutes to get my self back together.

So yeah.

I antincipite that tonight's will be a shitfight of a committee meeting. So hopefully it all goes okay. Or as okay as possible....
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There is a bizzare convergience of significant moments in my life at the moment.

On Friday, for the first time in 3.5 years I will no longer have stable, regular full time employment. This is scary, but I think it is both worthwhile and exciting. I will be a double casual! Yay!. And then there's other stuff.

I turn 28.

Lysistrata happens, which also means that little theatre company I helped found at Melbourne University in 2003 is no longe ra Melbourne University theatre company - it's something else.

I have to start making decissions about if I want to go back to school next year, and if so what will I be doing?

Interesting times ahead.

This year, the tides of change and development have swept over me. I live with Chris. I have 2 cats. I've moved house. I've bought furniture. I've changed career path....

But right now, it can all fuck right off. I'm tired.
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Tonight I get to go look around my new work again!!!! And probably start some wheels turning.

I'm really looking forward to the change and the challenge.

Details!

Aug. 27th, 2008 10:47 am
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After my last, brief post, I figured I'd flesh out the detail.

I've taken a job here that I spoke about in an earlier post. So now, I have resigned my full time position at the City of Melbourne, after 3.5 years.

I've worked literally 4 jobs since starting in Feb 2006. Starting off in customer relations (frontline as it was called), moving to Docklands Transition in an Admin Role, then into Community Development as the 'Community Hubs Officer' - which meant promoting, administering, maintaining and managing a community venue in Docklnads. More recently I've been in libraries (only for the past 5 weeks mind you) plugging staffing gaps and learning the ways of the Melbourne Library Service.

So the new plan: 3 days a week in Fitzroy (21 hours) and then about 15-20 hours working as a casual in the relief staff pool at the libraries. It'll be good, it'll be fleixible and it'll be rewarding.

And it all starts on September 15th.

Only 2.5 weeks away.

And the show is only 4 weeks away.

Yay!

FUN!

Aug. 25th, 2008 04:01 pm
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I just resigned.
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http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/member/directory_details.do?orgId=30332

Got a job interview for these folks now...

See how it goes! I applied for the job some time ago, can hardly remember the details....
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Last night peace was declared and the Peloponnesian War ended.

That's the bit I'm up to. Crappy literal translation will be done by the end of the week at this rate. Then I start the editing, and Auditioning people on the week of the 28th of July!

I'm also highly bored, doing translating on the sly at work, and in spite of early morning energy, am now feeling lethargic. I blame work and the desk and stuff.

I really wish I had access to my omniprop email at work. I mean, I have real work to do...

Work.

Jun. 26th, 2008 12:18 pm
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Anyone know of any good jobs out there?

I'm looking now.

Sigh.
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Gridjit.com is down, so I can't tweet. I'm sure that's a relief to many of you.

But.... I did want to mention that we had a hole open up in the work spam filter this week. I think I received something in the order of 1600 spam messages since very late Saturday night.

Go the internet.

They've alledgedly fixed the problem now (and nothing else has come through, so that's a good sign).
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This is too funny:

Go team justice!
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Why did Dixon, the employment agency, just call me about [livejournal.com profile] rin_tin_tin_ when she's already been placed by them?

One of life's mysteries......

My go!

Apr. 18th, 2008 11:07 am
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01. Your mobile phone? Silent.
02. Your significant other? Beauteous.
03. Your hair? reduing.
04. Your mother? Well-meaning.
05. Your father? Anxious.
06. Your favorite thing? Drama.
07. Your dream last night? Forgotten.
08. Your favorite drink? Coffee.
09. Your dream/goal? Attention.
10. The room you're in? Hub.
11. Your ex? Caged.
12. Your fear? Adequacy.
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Stage.
14. Where were you last night? Home.
15. What you're not? Studious.
16. Muffins? Delicious
17. One of your wish list items? Lysistrata.
18. Where you grew up? Balwyn.
19. The last thing you did? Worked.
20. What are you wearing? Work.
21. Your TV? Solid.
22. Your pets? Kitten!
23. Your computer? Gaming.
24. Your life? Content
25. Your mood? Distractable.
26. Missing someone? No.
27. Your car? BIKE!
28. Something you're not wearing? Tie.
29. Favorite store? None.
30. Your summer? Lazy.
31. Like someone? Most.
32. Your favorite color? Earthen.
33. When is the last time you laughed? Always.
34. Last time you cried? Friday.
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I may have whinged about this at various points in recent history

Well today, installation took place. Today a sign was erected, and today I can confidently say that the number of people who can't find Docklands' very own community centre will be reduced significantly.

I was talking to Johanna, a co-worker who's our branches communications adviser. She was responsible for getting it rolling in the first place. Her first comment:

'We're not a bureaucracy at all! Are we?'.

This then lead to a discussion about problems with 'internal service provission'.....

Sigh...
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It seems to be a crap couple of weeks for the crew at Melbourne:

My manager's son has a kind of lymphatic cancer, and is currently undergoing Chemo Round II.
My Co-ordinator Lynda's mum is in hospital with pneumonia
My Colleague Kara lost her nan weekend before last.

Sigh....
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Yes I'm able to drink again.

But that's not the point. The point is that I've had a stunningly wonderful weekend with a beautiful and wonderful girl who's shared a whole year with me. Olinda was everything we wanted it to be. Calm, relaxing, delicious and enchanting. Even if the Cuckoo is a bit eccentric, and we got lost - it's all fun!.

The cottages were a dream, the food was excellent everywhere we went, and the air is cleaner up there.

Yaaaay!

And then last night I got to spend a really pleasant dinner with two of my dearest friends, who are getting married next week, and who have deigned to have me share the moment in a very special way.

Life is good.

Work sucks - due to hecticness - but life is good.
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Yesterday I was meeting with a guy called Ben who works at the City Baths (it's a gym/pool near RMIT that's run directly by the council).

They're moving their School Holiday program down to The Hub (my little community centre) to try and get stuff going in Docklands, and they'll be using my building as a base.

The program was run in concert with Visy (the paper recycling company) - basically they're HR department subsidises the cost for their employees so they can get the kids out of their hair during school holidays (and stay at work)

This time around the program will be opening it up to the general public, and another company has come on board.

That company is Melaleuca......

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