28 July, 2007

24th July 2007

My grandmother died; July 24, 2007
She lived at home with my parents and I. She was old, real old; 97 years old in fact. Like many old people something inside her decided that she had had enough and she died.
She stopped eating and refused to eat (except, like a true diabetic she would have a spoon full of ice-cream).

Gran had a petite frame when she was in her 20's and 40's and she was even smaller in her 80's and 90's but when she started to refuse to eat she shrank away even further. There are many things that I could say about her but none of those things matter anymore - you'll never meet her - the memories I have can't really be compressed into a blog post. And on some level they shouldn't.

What I am willing to tell you? Just a little about the few days after her death.

A trip up to Brisbane had been booked by my older sister, her husband and myself for the 30th birthday of my cousin. We were all going paint balling; it was going to be amazing! When Gran died Mum and Dad felt that the three of us should still head to Brisbane for the three days we had planned. That it would be good for us. Because if anything Gran wouldn't want us to be just sitting around doing nothing (one of her many catch phrases).
So we went.
I was on a different flight to the other two and so I flew into Brisbane two hours prior to them. Which really meant that I was waiting four hours to meet up with them when you include the waiting time at the Melbourne end too. Thankfully the two hours waiting time in Melbourne passed quickly as I had a 6am coffee and croissant and Mum waiting with me.
The two hours in Brisbane didn't pass that quickly at all. Sitting on a plane by yourself after someone has just died... well I don't recommend it (though large headphones so no-one talks to you helps tremendously).
In that time, while having no-one to talk to and not wishing to speak with a stranger, I did pull out a sketch book. Something I had only picked up by chance on my way out the door at 5am that morning.

I didn't know what I was sketching. But slowly my page started to resemble something more than just lines.
It was me. With a single tear rolling down my cheek. It was me.

By the time my older sister and her husband had arrived I had finished the sketch. I had also decided that I knew exactly HOW I would grieve the lose of Gran's life.
I would get a sticker made. And I would put that sticker ALL over Melbourne! And most likely any other city/country I go.

19 July, 2007


with the recent addition to a friends family, i decided that a present was in order. i love giving presents but this time its for a real reason!
my thought - a hippo! hippo's are cool, everyone loves a hippo. But you know what? Hardly anyone makes hippo soft toys! why?!
after spending the last 30 mins looking at every possible kids soft toy website I've got nothing! I wouldn't normally care, to get worked up about a hippo seems a little ludicrous but now I just need a hippo. it's in me now. i wont be happy till i get a hippo! I couldn't care if the child pucks all over it and it has to be thrown out the next day - i just need a hipp; it's become a challenge.

17 July, 2007

drinks and street art

spent some good times with an old friend over the weekend. i never get to see her that much anymore; she's married so its hard. We hang out at Kent St on Smith St - they serve mulled wine, nice! They also have a really chilled out atmosphere, video feed of the street outside and some tasty beets to bring it all together.
After a while it was time to amble down the road for some grub but instead walked into Hogan Gallery. They had the 'Back Up' show on display, very cool. The weird part was that we'd been talking for a large chunk of the evening about street art and graffiti - if it wasn't for the knowledge that we were going to another gallery the next day for the express purpose of buying some works, I think we would have bought a couple then and there - very impressive.
You can check out some of the works that we saw on display over at everfresh studio.

If your bored, and can get Smith St, check out the show its up for another two weeks - I think.

snow jacket

i bought a new snow jacket last week. it's pretty sweet. you can see from the spec's that it should be good not only for snow action but also for some UK, Irland adventuring. Now all I have to do is learn how to board...

16 July, 2007

it begins...

i never thought this would happen. to become one of the masses that blogs... so many jokes made - the best was done by O of Commissioned comic (i'll find the comic and let you know what number it is. let's get back on track though. what am i gonna blog about? hmmm i guess the same thing as everyone else - the things i like the stuff i'm into; that sounds like as good a place as any. then hopefully, if i actually continue with this, it will envolve into something... decent.
lets see.