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:: Friday, July 18, 2003 ::
Yesterday, after work, I took a free* ferry ride to Balmain and did the historical walk through the lovely suburb.

Then I met Andrea and walked to King's Cross to meet Michelle, Dominic, Victoria, Sabine and Bette for drinks at the World Bar (AKA: the teapot bar). The Pyrmont gang (ie: everyone except me and Andrea) left after one teapot and viewing my latest photos. Andrea and I stayed for another teapot (pots of shooters like Creme Caramel, Chocoholic, Tropicana...) and a bottle of wine.

We talked about our past loves and lusts, our crushes and how we were very happy to have met each other. These are the kinds of things you talk about when you're drunk.

Then we made a late night dash to the Coles Express to buy a big bag of Doritos to eat on our way home.

* note that this ferry ride normally costs about $4.50, but I'm a dishonest, horrible person and managed to get the ride for free by falling asleep in the sun and ignoring the ticket man when he came around.

:: Cathy 10:04 PM [+] :: 0 comments

Planning the next leg of my trip: Sydney to Byron Bay or Brisbane.

Option #1: find a ride with someone via hostel notice boards
Pro: cheap (only have to share the cost of petrol).
Con: you take your chances on who you drive with and if you'll find someone going your way.

Option #2: OzExperience
Pro: Hop on/off options to places that I might not otherwise go see, but are interesting, with a tour guide driver
Con: Young party-seeking backpackers that I might find annoying, stopping in places I might not really WANT to stop in, a bit more expensive since it is like a tour ($226)

Option #3: Greyhound/Pioneer/McCafferty's bus
Pro: cheap ($80), reliable
Con: boring, might miss interesting things, maybe no hop on/off option

:: Cathy 9:03 PM [+] :: 0 comments

Happy Birthday Dad!!

(His birthday is actually on the 18th, but due to timezone differences, it wasn't yet his birthday when I was online yesterday.)

I miss my dad a lot. We do get to talk on the phone sometimes (like last weekend, we had a nice long chat), but it's not the same, nor can I call any time I feel like it. Plus, I can't even help him eat his birthday cake!

:: Cathy 6:53 PM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Thursday, July 17, 2003 ::
It started out as a good day... opened the coffee shop, as usual. Finished work at 12:45 and picked up Andrea at her hostel. Bungled our way to Olympic Park, Homebush Bay.

Walked to Bicentennial Park after a few wrong turns. Did the Mangrove Boardwalk, took some nice photos.

On the way back, Alex called to let me know that Sharon had been laid off, along with 8 others at Infinet! I was shocked! I hurried home to find out who else among my many work friends...

Sarah had emailed me.
Subject: I got laid off today

My mouth gaped open.

What does one say to that?

I wanted to say "one day you will thank your lucky stars this happened" but she might not be ready to hear that yet.

I want to call her, but it's too early! I want to be there for her. And I'm not. I'm here. I wish I knew how to be the friend she needs right now.

Do they know what they've lost?
She deserves so much better.

She will move on to better things. I know she is destined for greatness. But she must discover it for herself. Just as I had to.

:: Cathy 3:52 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 ::
Went to Art After Hours at the Art Gallery. This time, went with Andrea and Michelle, Sabine, Dominic and Bette.

We saw the end of the Craig Scott and Jazz Ensembles performance on the main floor, amidst the Australian Impressionist paintings.

Then we went downstairs for the film: French Can-Can, circa 1955, I think. Next week is the original Moulin Rouge; Andrea and I are determined to go see it.

Today was another impossibly beautiful day. Sunny and 20+ degrees in WINTER!

:: Cathy 5:35 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 ::
Tonight I saw African Footprint at the Footbridge Theatre in Glebe.

It was worth the price! Probably the best show that I've seen in Sydney.

Toe-tapping, booty-shaking, chair dancing fun. And I got the shivers from this one woman's rich voice.

Went with Andrea and my friend Natasha from work.

At one point, 2 men strip down to their boxers and duel. Natasha and I looked at each other, eyebrows raised.

Yes. Please.

Ohmygosh the bodies on these dancers! It really takes your breath away. They were all amazing specimens of human beings. Although it made me feel pathetically, tragically unfit, it was also worth skipping the gym for.

:: Cathy 6:48 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Monday, July 14, 2003 ::
It's 22 degrees and sunny beautiful right now (on my lunch break from the Coffee Roaster).

And this is winter?

:: Cathy 7:45 PM [+] :: 0 comments

Today I gave my notice at The Coffee Roaster.

I told Joanne that I decided this weekend to move out of Sydney in August.

It was a tough decision, as I really love Sydney. But events have conspired to make this the right choice.

Joanne was really nice about it; told me that it's been fun having me. How sweet.

So now comes the difficult part:
- research/organize my getting OUT of Sydney (my next travel plans)
- packing up and sending some stuff home
- doing all the things that I have left to do in Sydney
- seeing and saying goodbye to all my friends here

I still have some time; about 3 weeks or so.

I'm part excited, part sad and part scared. I think that's a healthy mix.

:: Cathy 1:49 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Sunday, July 13, 2003 ::
The Aussie Rules game was great (not just because Sydney Swans won) with fantastic atmosphere and I learned a lot about the sport.

Yesterday I worked at Melograno and then took the bus to Bondi for the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee with Andrea, Michelle and Sabina.

We were supposed to meet at 1:30pm, but we were all late (thank god for mobiles) and ended up only starting the walk at 4pm.

That meant that half the walk was done in the dark. (Even the part through the cemetary.)

But the moon was full and it was a gorgeous, magical night. When we got to Coogee, we bought a bottle of wine and drank it on the beach.

Some weird coincidence brought our friend Martin to the beach at JUST that moment. He joined us, had a drink with us and then we all went home.

What a lovely day.

:: Cathy 2:22 PM [+] :: 0 comments

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