Reaching goals! I filled my change tin and rushed to the bank with it, chucked it all into the sorter and found a US five cent piece amongst the coins, (?) still not sure how that happened. But, I deposited the money straight to my savings account and it got me to a new savings goal!  Excellent.

The love of a man, I don’t know if will ever enjoy singledom now that I have been in a long term relationship, my favourite time of the week is weekends when I can spend time with him and cuddle at night. He drives me MENTAL but I also adore him.

Up and Go’s: I only just started drinking these now, but man, they’re tasty…especially Vanilla Ice. (Ice Ice BABY! Who on earth named this drink?! haha) I really do need the vitamins and minerals and it’s probably not the best place to get them but it helps me out because my diet is pretty ugly these days and I need to get in as much as I can. It’s my train beverage, and it’s good.

Blistex lip ointment, this stuff is amazing and I am a fan forever….it’s cooling, tingling and it smells and tastes great and it’s fantastic for hot OR cold weather, cause my lips chap at every opportunity, I also have a licking and chewing problem, which I cannot stop! It’s such an ingrained habit! So, I need something like this at hand all the time. I’m trying to use it to train myself, if I can taste it, it means I must be chewing! STOP! But, it’s really magical.

Thinking about what direction this blog should take: I’m trying to decide, mostly I just sway back and forth from the two topics of goals and love, but I always intended for there to be more to this place, but I am working on some ideas. Which is a lot of fun!

A tripod: My boyfriend purchased a tripod so he could pursue some photography projects, rather random projects, such as creating GIFS of his video game consoles. I’ll totally have a post of some of the photos sometime, but I do not have links at this time, unfortunately! He has one of his collection of Gameboys moving about, which sounds weird but it’s pretty cool…and slightly seizure inducing. But, he is borrowing my camera to use with the tripod, so I claim some rights to this product! I’m pretty excited to use it, hopefully start up some photo stuff of my own, or maybe get my own and use it with my fathers camera. I used to participate in threesixtyfive, which was a daily self portrait project, and the only thing that really held me back was inspiration and how to pose without holding the camera, or finding somewhere to sit it, and a tripod would have completely saved my sanity.  I didn’t really know how to…buy one, and never really bothered to ask, but when I found out how easy it was and that all cameras fit tripods, it opened up a world of new ideas in my brain!

Have a lovely day!

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I read numerous blogs, books and articles on vegan diets (which often mention health foods I have never heard of and wouldn’t know how to use properly) religiously…

…but I eat pizza flavoured biscuits for breakfast.

I agonise over whether a particular juice or smoothie contains enough vitamins…

…while carrying an entire basket of chocolate dipped cereal bars and potato chips.

I complain about never ending dentist bills…

…but I could never rationalise cutting out my Coke Zero obsession.

I clean my desk at work after I finish each little job, like sweeping away loose staples, throwing away papers I don’t need and putting things away…I leave work each day with a perfectly clean desk, everything in the drawers to the point where all I have on my desk is the things I cannot put away…like monitors and my phone.

…but my desk at home is so crammed with junk that I have difficulty finding room for a plate on it at dinner time. I also have a leaning tower of papers, DVD’s and books which is becoming a challenge to add to.

I am more than willing to blow hundreds of dollars a month on food, McDonalds, (doesn’t really count in the food section! haha) bits and pieces (a bottle of coke when I already have cans at home) and spend twice as much as I should be spending on internet credit… (because I can’t commit to a plan)

…but I am so stingy with my savings that I refuse to touch it and pretend it doesn’t exist incase I waste it.

I’m painfully self conscious of my skin and complain to the mirror constantly…

…but I am too tired and lazy to do frequent face scrubs.

I want to be different and original…

…but I am too afraid people will notice.

But a good thing? While looking for a photo for this post, I went to my Flickr which I don’t visit much anymore and found this old collage I made and reminded me that I used to love making them. So, maybe I should create some more.

917 days left, 25% complete, 20 goals.

Alrighty, i’ve got the best songs on loop and i’m feeling inspired so i’m going to review my goals, what I have added, what I have completed and what I have avoided entirely:

Fill a money tin to the top with change: It’s almost there! Coins stand up when you put them in the slot now, after a shake they fall in, so it’s really getting close to my favourite part, cashing in and finding out the total!

Complete all of the scanning that is in the storage boxes at work: DONE! basically scanning is what you think it is, scanning pieces of paper, so instead of a hard copy, you can look up any archived file on a computer database. It’s a great idea in theory, but not so flash when no one knows what to call documents, where they want them, or even…what they are. I thought it would never happen, there were so many client files to create and SO many difficult documents that made so little sense in the beginning, but after a slight brain break and tonnes of investigation and work, it’s all done. The storage room is empty and I received praise and applause at the last staff meeting. Yes, applause…I was informed that the previous scanning staff member never received praise or applause. I am dependent on staff delivering new scanning to me now, which means I have more time to assist other people with whatever needs to be done, so I feel useful now, and can wander to reception and work on newsletters, help with mailouts and do other great stuff.

Find out my blood type: I have absolutely no idea what it is…no one has ever told me, and I never felt the need to ask…now I am curious! So, that’s easy.

Buy Japanese for Dummies and learn a few phrases: In my last post about goals I mentioned this one, but this has been edited to get a good Japanese textbook because my boyfriend thinks learning to read AND speak would be the best route and we’re looking into texts which can help with this…we found a fantastic one, but of course it was a well over my price range, so we had to leave it for awhile.

It’s taking a long time for me to select goals and reach 101 but I think that’s a good thing because i’m making ones I really want to achieve…not just stupid stuff I will ignore.

Has anyone else started using this website? I find most visitors click on the link for it on this blog, so I think it’s a winner.

Inspired by TiLT, but never on Thursday!

You can like comments now! Don’t you just love when you think to yourself, “hm, it’d be great if you could do that…hm,” and then someone actually decides it’s a good idea? Yeah, well, that happened when I found out you could like seperate comments on Facebook…normally i’d comment back and be like, “oh man, if I could like that…IT’D SO BE HAPPENING UP IN HERE!” and now, I can just like it and my notifcations have tripled. Win.

My boyfriend is a video game collector…it’s starting to get quite big and his current focus is Game Boys, I love everything about video games and their consoles…mostly it’s aesthetic for me, I just love the pop colours and design. Finding new ones he needs at markets or shops is a great feeling. I found the gold Gameboy Light, which was only sold in Japan originally but was mystically at a Cash Converters in the eastern ‘burbs of Melbourne. Even looking at updated photos is exciting…man, he needs to put these on a Flickr or something. I can never remember his URL’s for them all. His collection is beautiful to me. Click the pic!

Love & Sequins: Oh, christ, I am addicted…I can’t stop buying these podcasts. I’m currently listening to number 7, which is all about blogging. I always feel so inspired after listening to her content.

New shelves: I recently bought a new bookcase and set it up in my room, threw out an old desk and chucked out a lot of junk I didn’t need anymore. I then set up the shelf with toys, books and other lovelies. I really don’t act my age, because the top shelf is filled with my old stuffed toys and a Lego house which I adore, oh, and my Yoshi figurine. I’m so glad it’s done and dusted, also, it covers a frosted window which leads to the bathroom, and for the first time in my life, I am not woken up when someone goes into the bathroom to take a shower, because it blocks the light. Miracle! My house used to be much smaller and it was a window that led to the outside, then they extended and added a bathroom and an extra bedroom but left the window there. Luckily you can’t see anything except for light through it!

MS Office 2010 is here…oh, yeah…I spose that makes me an epic admin nerd that I am excited about that, yes? I was literally excited and jumping about thinking that they might have changed the standard font…seriously! But, I love that.

My mother just started learning how to SMS: It’s pretty funny…she got the caps stuck on and does not know how to turn it off, today I got a message which looked exactly like this “HOW ARE YOU FEELING                                                JACINTA” Yes, with those spaces…she always gets so shocked when I respond so quickly with two paragraphs of information, and I can’t help but giggle at that too, hey, i’ve been doing this for a decade  now! Oh my god, I have been texting for a decade?!

Was this early or late? I’m going to say early! Show me the links to your loves, so I can read away!

So,  I am platformer at heart, I love cutesy, side scroller video games and I always have…titles like Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario Bros and anything sweet where I need to rescue a beloved character by adventuring through a beautiful land. So, you can imagine how excited I was when Nintendo announced Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Possibly the most beautiful game I have EVER seen. The release date hasn’t been announced yet but I am so excited for this I could burst! Click the pictures to see them full size to really take in the glorious detail!

Bad jacinta! So, it’s been a few weeks since I did this last…my computer decided to blow up and I had to  invest in a new one, (which is so shiny) and now I am free to write about those things I love. I might as well start with the laptop! It’s my first big investment, I worked hard to pay for this and I am very proud of that.  I decided which one I wanted from sorting through catalogues and circling things with a purple highligher. After much comparing and thought, I knew I wanted a particular one, and I walked into the store to point at it and ask if any were available, when I noticed…it had a very cool bumpy pattern on it. In the catalogue it looked like a shiny, black plain laptop. In real life it has a fantastic looking pattern texture all over it. I can’t stop touching it.

Staying in on a Saturday night without being stuck worrying about entertaining anyone, watching Legally Blonde on Foxtel and drinking Cokes. Best way to spend a night, i’d say. Dad sits down in the lounge to find me saying each line perfectly: “yeah, you’ve seen this a few too many times now.” I am not ashamed. I also love that I have a father that is more than happy to watch this sort of movie with me, he is the best man in my life. Boyfriends just don’t get it…my boy would be complaining and whining in the corner of the room while cowering infront of a computer monitor. And…the next movie on the TV guide is 10 things I hate about you. WIN!

Harvey Birdman, attorney at law is one of the best cartoons ever and I can’t stop putting the DVD’s on and watching episodes, because they’re just so damn funny. Peanut and Phil Ken Sebben are the best characters ever.

[Looking for his keys] Let’s see, gum wrapper, pocket lint, lighter… Ooo! Flamethrower! Ring of power, dunno what that is, roll of quarters… Wait, that’s not a roll of… Ah! Here they are! [tries to unlock his door repeatedly, without success] Okay… All right… Here we go… Aaaand, opening. On one. Next time. Spatial relationships. Okie-doke! Come to papa! Male end, female end…” – Phil Ken Sebben.

Diet Coke. I am vibrating around and loving it…all week I am very careful to not drink caffiene at night so I can get to bed early…to wake up early to drag my sorry arse to work. I love Coke. So, being able to relax and drink it in the evening on the weekends is awesome. Speaking of delicious things, hot chips and gravy to go with those Cokes. I had a fantastic dinner.

I have been working on a scanning project at work, they wanted someone to scan all of their archived documents, there was a huge stack of boxes to be done, and I made a goal to finish them. Before leaving work yesterday evening, I realised I have about four documents to go before all of the old stuff is done. One more day, and it will all be done and I am going to be so PROUD! I will be able to tick off another goal on my day zero project. Might be too early to love it, but I was really happy to see that I am close to the end.

One: Nintendo DSi XL…I just got a DS lite and now I already want the newest one because of the pretty colours, (I am favouring the bronze variety) huge screen and stylus that looks like a pen. I like new things.

Two: Heart locket Pandora bracelet charm. I recently got a bracelet and one charm as a gift, and I have been eyeing off this charm for awhile now, I used to own a bracelet with a charm just like it when I was a kid, so when I saw it I told myself I had to have it.

Three: Nokia X6, it looks oh so pretty and every time I see it in a catalogue or on a website I want it a bit more, I have a very old phone that refuses to charge on a regular basis. I need an upgrade.

Four: A new Lego house…any Lego house really, I have had a constructed one sitting on my desk for awhile now, I could deconstruct it and make one of the other varieties (it’s a three in one house) but i’d rather get a new one with different colours and plants and people and build that too. I love Lego.

Very belated!  I have just started a job and have been feeling like I don’t even have enough time to do basic day to day stuff when I get home, so I haven’t been writing anything, but I have some spare time and a few things in mind to write about, so now is the time!

Delicious chippies and cheap drinkies: So, I started a job in a small suburb with barely any shops and not much worth going to…I have only taken two minute noodles twice and I am already sick of them, so I decided to walk up the street and go to Red Rooster for some chips. They were the best chippies I have had in ages. I also bought a drink from there, I am always in pursuit of the cheapest 600ml Coke zero I can find, my milkbar had the record for $3.20, the next was Woolworths for $3.25…Red Rooster has them for $2.75. TWO SEVENTY FIVE! Sadly, it was the most elated I had been in weeks. But, still a great thing.

DVD’s: I found season six of Sex and the City at Cash Converters for fifteen bucks and I have been watching a disc a night after work, good stuff.

DS lite: I have had an unhealthy relationship with the stacking machines they have in shopping centres and arcades. You know the ones, with the blue squares and you need to press the button to stop them moving, and stack them to the top to win a prize. On the weekend, I WON THE MAJOR PRIZE! I was so happy I screamed and people stared, and I didn’t care at all, because I picked an Nintendo DS lite as my prize, so now I get to play Mario on the train. Okay, so I had to buy a game, but still, EPIC WIN! I am considering trading it in to save on the new DS XL…

Haircuts: I got a great haircut and I love having a tiny ponytail again, I had really heavy, thick hair and it feels great to have it fixed up again.

Routine: I have worked out a great routine for my mornings and I am so used to it now, I love being able to get to the station at the exact same time every morning and everything is so familiar and good. Then, I do my maths training, get to a certain stop when it’s done, and then put my earphones in and music it up until my stop. I’m weird like that.

Now, to start watching some SATC before I get ready for bed!

Here we go!

3D view on Google maps: Dude, I thought this was just an April fools joke, but the little, happy orange man is still showing off his 3D glasses and everything is still a fun, blue and red tinge. I love Google. I spend way too much time on maps finding where my next interview is, or exploring foreign countries, so this was a surprising and very cute touch.

chocolatiers Australia eggs: Oh, they were so good…I wasn’t going to have any chocolate this easter, I thought of maybe buying some when it was on sale after the weekend, but Dad came home with some of these eggs for me and they were ever so yummy. Especially the Abstract Heaven one, it was pretty much just a marble one with a bit of white chocolate amongst regular milk chocolate but it really made my weekend. Yes, food can make a weekend.

Still using Metcards: So Myki is flailing and flopping around on the floor…and if someone doesn’t throw it into the water soon, it’ll die. Well…that’s probably a poor example regarding ticket machines. I love Metcards and I am so glad they haven’t put Myki into place yet, and everyday I have to press in daily concession, zone 2 into a machine to have it spit out a blue piece of cardboard, I will be happy. It’s nostalgic to me, it’s pleasant, and it’s one thing in this world that just…works. So, why replace it?

90’s music: So, I buy a lot of CD’s, I just go to through JB and grab as many $9.99 titles as I can, and this is a relatively cheap way to get all of the music I used to listen to back in the day. I recently bought Nsync, Bon Jovi, Pink and Christina Agulera,  but don’t tell my boyfriend, he just wouldn’t understand. Bye bye bye!

YouTube knows me: So, YouTube never really ‘got’ me, I would visit and there would be suggestions for me on the homepage that just didn’t make sense, oh yeah…I can’t wait to see that sporting event highlight…but lately it’s been really catering to my needs. I have been looking everywhere for the shortened version of a song, not the extended clip that goes for nine minutes, just the song…without all of the story in between. So, YouTube finally finds it for me. Also, thanks for all of the walk through videos for Final Fantasy VII, it’s making me want to play it again. Good website, good!

Great interview: I had a pleasant interview this week, and this is a very rare occurence, normally I walk in and am attacked with behavioural questions, and analysed on a level I simply don’t understand, while a panel smirk at me. But, I had a lovely chat to a nice boss, saw where I would be working, a nice private spot with plenty of desk space…and the questionnaire I DID have to do showed great results when I was talked through it, and it was actually a self-confidence boost! Also, it’s a job i’d really be comfortable doing, so wish me luck that I hear good words from them! I think I did well, so I am just happy with that.

…and then a day after writing that, I got offered that job. So that belongs in here too!

Hope you all had a great week.

I have recently joined the Day Zero Project. The basic gist of it is, to complete 101 goals in 1001 days, and because I need to work harder on creating and completing goals, one of my goals is actually to WRITE the 101 goals. I’m up to 15 currently but I am carefully chosing things that are of the utmost importance. It can be difficult to write a goal that is easy to measure and tick off, while being something you really wish to change, I couldn’t quite understand why people would write goals like, “drink more water” to be completed by 2012.  By the time I reach December 2012 I won’t remember that I drank water every single day for the 1001 days. So, it’s better to formulate something like, “drink a litre of water everyday during April 2010.” and then by May, I can either tick it off and make a new goal with (maybe with an increase of water intake) for May, or hide from my computer. Something measurable is more likely to be completed. You can read through a directory of the goals other people have formulated for themselves, and while some seem fair to me, (get my licence) others just aren’t workable, and will most likely be procrastinated and ignored, especially if you’re going for a 1001 day project (exercise everyday).

Some of the goals I made for myself that I am pretty excited about are: “fill a money tin to the top with change,” I recently did this and decided to buy a new tin, and make it a goal because it felt great to pour a gigantic pile of change into a sorting machine at the bank and watch the number grow and grow on the little blue, glowing screen. I reached a saving goal I have been waiting for, for about two years, thanks to that extra change! Normally I would have spent the coins on bits and pieces, because I used to have a little box I kept change in, and I would open it whenever I wanted change for something that I really didn’t need. So, when I bought a tin that could only broken into with a can opener, it was easier to keep away from the change, and to instantly deposit it into my bank account was fantastic.  I think if they gave me cash,  I would have chipped away at it by buying food and train tickets.

‘Buy beautiful lingerie,’ well, this one is self explanatory I guess…it might be easier to seduce a long-term boyfriend in something pretty, and NOT my pink, flannel pyjamas with owls printed on them. I have also never really owned anything like that before, just practical undergarments, and not fun enough!

‘Buy Japanese for Dummies and learn a few phrases,’ all my life I have wanted to go to Japan, it started when I was young and my Dad and I always planned go to, but we just never had the money for it and didn’t win the lotto, so it sort of died out after a while. Lately I have been thinking about it as a possibility later in my life, even though I have never been overseas before, or even left the state I currently live in, it’s somewhere I want to go before I die. So, I thought i’d start getting a grasp on some words, how to ask for things, and learning a few essential travel tips now, instead of later when the trip is booked and I am panicking about not knowing how to ask where the bathroom is.

‘Maintain a blog of various topics,’ well, so far so good!

‘Print and frame best photos on camera,’ once I moved to digital photos, I stopped framing them because I had either buy ink and photo paper, or pay a fortune at Kmart and fight with a machine (they’re so frustrating…I nearly punched one once…) to get some prints. So, i’d just admire photos on my phone, computer, whatever I could transfer them to…but I want something a little more special. I am going to fight those HP machines for my right to frame pictures of my loved ones. It had to be a goal, and not just a to do thing…because I really do hate those machines. I can’t stress that enough.

As time goes by I will finish the list and have some things done, and I am quite hopeful for an impressive percentage completed by the end of it. I know I don’t have many people viewing this blog just yet, seeing as it is so new, but does anyone have any goals set or are you using any other great websites I should know about?

Tomato and cheese sandwiches, (I really like them, but if they’re not your thing, best wishes!)

Jacinta