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My Life on Mars fanfic can be found here (Updated 09/01/2011.)

Fic for other fandoms can be found here (Updated 09/01/2011.)

Loz Cola

Dear Livejournal...

I am still alive.

1. I'm still walking a lot. Still trying to teach myself how to run. I recently participated in the Zombies, Run virtual race. It was awesome.

2. I'm hoping to lure Life on Mars fans back to lifein1973 for the 10th year anniversary of the first series airing, January next year.

3. I am going to become an aunt early next year AND I am planning on going back to England for a holiday. I have the money, I'm about to get the passport, and I have the will.
Loz Cola

Song lyric title, or witty pun?..

Things I have done in June and July:

1. Most of the time I have followed my self-prescribed routine, although lately sleep has been difficult again. I'm back at school after a leisurely 2 week break, so it's probably stress keeping me awake. As soon as I settle back into school and work on some behaviour management stuff with my students, exhaustion will take over.

2. I've been trying for a year and a half to kick my coke zero habit, so, I may only have one can a day. This works until the weekend, at which point I'm a flake.

3. In attempting to stop drinking soft drink, I have bought a metric butt-tonne of tea! A specialist order came today with such tea titles as: terrific toffee (which I just had a cup of, and which was delicious), Adelaide breakfast, orange zing and morning red. I already have my favourite english breakfast and a few fruit tisanes.

4. Cauliflower crust pizza. That's the entire dotpoint. Cauliflower crust pizza. Pizza on a crust of cauliflower! When I finally discover how to stop it sticking at all as opposed to half the time, I'll be ecstatic.

5. I wrote a fic and completely changed the ending from that which I had originally intended, because I couldn't do it to the characters or the readers. I couldn't do it at all. I felt physically ill and headachey at the idea of ending it the way I thought I would. I think I've become a soft touch. I almost can't believe I ever wrote Palimpsest, Keep Me Hanging On or Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes. I can't end on tragedy, ambiguity or bittersweetness anymore, it seems. I'm trying to decide if this is a good or bad thing.
Loz Cola

Ow ow ow ow ow...

My older brother bought a place of his own, so for the first time in a year I have my house all to myself again. It is awesome. \o/

My parents and I helped him move yesterday and today I am in so much pain, it's incredible. I feel like I've been placed through a meat grinder. I also really, really want to drink some coke zero. I've been trying hard to quit soft drink, but damn, my body keeps telling me I shouldn't. I don't like the taste of coffee and my body wants caffeine.
Loz Cola

A small drop in an ocean...

In one of the rambling conversations we managed to have last week, Lovely M recommended that I listen to the first episode of Wil Anderson's podcast Wilosophy. I absolutely love the Gruen shows Anderson hosts and I went to see him live at the Adelaide Fringe, but I have listened to parts of Anderson's other podcast TOFOP, and didn't really find it something I wanted to put any effort into listening to again. This episode of Wilosophy with Todd Sampson was really interesting, however, so I'm glad I followed Lovely M's advice.

(I recommended Warhorses of Letters to M. I immediately regretted it, although he must surely know I have an odd sense of humour by now. I have offered to murder for him multiple times in the last couple of years.)

One thing that Wil Anderson and Todd Sampson talked about was this idea of everyone having 5 or 10 people who have influenced them so strongly that their lives will never be the same again. Todd called them 'nodes'. These might not even be people they know, but their impact has been indelible. Todd initially talked about it as being a positive experience, but Wil then pointed out that sometimes it can be a negative one. So it got me thinking --- who would be those people for me? Will I ever be that person for someone else? Have I already been that person and don't know it? As a teacher, aren't I automatically in a place where I have the potential to influence, inspire and connect people to possibilities they may never have thought of before? I've always thought of myself as ultimately inconsequential and insignificant, but I feel like some of the people who are my nodes could have thought of themselves as ultimately inconsequential and insignificant too, which is a fascinating thought --- just what unknown impact will I have?
Loz Cola

Things in the life of Loz...

1. I have started my new T-shirt collection. It is aces. And 17 t-shirts strong already. I'm very proud of myself. I actually rebought three of the tees I had before, because I love them so much.

2. I've been expanding my musical repertoire, thanks in part to walking and needing to have a wider array of things to listen to. I'm really in love with Stromae, Mø, Sivu, Autoheart, and a near-monthly compilation of indie rock songs that frequently delivers tracks that are awesome to walk and drive to. But I'll always come back to this song. (This version is possibly my most favourite. Yeah. I mean, I miss Steven's voice in it, because his is one of my favourite ever voices, but the simplicity and yet beauty of this gets me. Plus, it's Bruce. Bruce is the best.)

3. I am on Easter holidays for two weeks. I really enjoy my new class most of the time and I don't have major behaviour issues with them at all, but boy did we all need this break.

4. I bought myself a slow cooker and it is wonderful. The smell of a delicious dinner awaiting me when I get home from work is joy making. I've still been making different cakes/sweet things each month. This month was jam doughnuts. The first go was an unmitigated disaster, but I wasn't going to let myself be defeated, so I went for another recipe, and gosh, the next batch turned out perfectly.

5. Under the cut you'll find discussion of weight loss, body image issues, me rolling my eyes about fatphobia, and some reflection. Collapse )
Loz Cola

Too cool for school...

I'm back at school! Things aren't the smoothest they could be. We've had a major technological meltdown which is causing several of my colleagues troubles and strife. I feel wholly unprepared for a new lot of little monsters. But! It should be an interesting and rewarding year.