Back to Sydney :)

Back to Sydney :)

After loads of work in Melbourne I’m now back in Sydney. Yesterday was pretty crazy, I crammed in as many interviews and chats as I could, even photographed the gorgeous mural in the lab hallway, didn’t have a minute for myself and was sooo short of sleep. Then my flight was delayed and was flying circles in the air for an hour (!!) because of the shortage of traffic controllers, then had dinner with Craig and spent the night with him… a very long but very happy and manic day!

Night before I had a long walk in the city of Melbourne after work.. had the best curry in the world, photographed public sculptures, walked in the rain and chatted and flirted with the cutest ever lesbian in a sex shop for a whole hour! Hehehe.

Now I’m back at home and catching up on sleep, emails, photos, chores and food. Baked some cookies, read a lot and now I’m chilling, blogging, listening to podcasts and catching up with Tamsin. Tomorrow we’ll get our hair cut together at my hairdresser and I’m getting new streaks 🙂 Then spend more time with Craig and plan for the week ahead.

I’m really looking forward to a more relaxed work routine, getting back to swimming and Pilates, going to the poly discussion group, catching up with friends and reading and writing lots.

Interviews & meetings in Melbourne

Interviews & meetings in Melbourne

I’m in Melbourne for 3 days to interview quantum physicists about their work, sit in on meetings and write up fieldnotes for our case studies at work (UNSW). We are looking at how research work comes together, how breakthroughs happen, what role creativity and institutional conditions play, how authorship conventions play out and how the organisation we study is facing its structural challenges when there are significant changes in funding structure, research aims and personnel.

Weather’s gloomy, admin is sometimes rough and I have little easy net access (gee do I have an addiction now!) but otherwise everything’s going really well. I’ll be in a meeting the whole day tomorrow taking lots of notes and writing and planning stuff in my head 🙂

Gotta catch up on sleep though, I truly HATE the timetable that the ‘normal’ world dictates, doesn’t suit my constitution at all… so I’ll now read The Age and go to bed 🙂

Über party

Über party

Well those boots got used last night!

Craig and I went to a private party at Über and had a great time. Funky DJ, great space, full catering, interesting and very international mix of people (I mean where do you meet a Bulgarian-German, a Zimbabwean, a South African, Spanish etc in one place?)… kinksters, lovers of fetish clothes, silly party people, swingers, intimidated but brave newbies, people high and happy. Lots of wonderful equipment around but this was mostly a dance party so they were more just interesting props for at most light play.

We met some really fun and interesting people and strengthened some existing bonds with like minded wonderful freaks 😛

My new camera got great use… everyone admired the streaky goodness of the shots. Here are a few cute ones 🙂

I konked out badly when we got home and got sick, but Craig and I still had a wonderful time and enjoyed lots of cuddles and PDAs 😉

Now I have to sleep then pack up for my Melbourne work trip tomorrow.

Craig’s birthday

Craig’s birthday

Took a day off and headed to the city with Craig. We got him a pair of really nice fetishy boots, similar to these but without the chunky metal heel. No more whingy pre-party dressing ups, he’s now got it all… actually we are just getting ready for Russell and Deborah’s party in Chippendale.. should be nice and fetishy with lots of people we’ve never met 🙂

It’s also the topping on Craig’s birthday.. after the boots and the candle-lit bath last night… hope to have fun and meet new people and spend some beautiful time with my shiney monkey 🙂

A new president

A new president

When the euphoria of the Obama win settles it makes sense to contemplate the reality of a new president. A very different kind of president beautifully describes and analyses Obama’s characteristics.

He most certainly wants to be the leader who can guide the US through storms and crises. After a mumbling red-neck idiot Americans have elected a black man from the North who was once an accomplished legal scholar, an intellectual. He likes dissent and likes to debate issues then synthesize and swiftly make strong decision. His campaign strategy has shown that Obama is good at staying with the big picture instead of focusing on sound-bites that create a good impression for the day only. Not least he’s also a super-cool character under pressure and no doubt this will be tested.

It seems Obama is good at making allies out of his opponents which will serve him very well in a governing situation where he does not have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. This bit is going to be very interesting to watch. Obama is also promising early changes in legislation: stem-cell research, oil drilling, Guantanamo, financial manouvres. I can’t wait to see what he does when he’s finally sworn in!

On a funnier note, here’s the Onion’s take on the Obama win: 🙂
‘Nation finally shitty enough to make social progress

I really love this photo of Bush welcoming Obama into the White House presidential quarter which was built by and later serviced by slaves. What a moment in history!