• Covid contact tracing – a glimpse into the lives of others

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Permalink

    We’ve been really lucky here in Australia as we’ve had very few cases of the Coronavirus and our state governments, in particular, have gotten onto any COVID cases or ‘outbreaks’ (as we call them with some good ol’ Aussie exaggeration) very quickly. The latest in my state of Queensland – four community contracted cases announced yesterday – resulted in a lockdown of our state’s capital and increased distancing requirements throughout the rest of the Queensland while contact tracing goes ahead.

    Because our cases have been pretty sporadic, details involving most individual cases are lapped up by the media. I’m conscious that wouldn’t happen if we had hundreds or thousands of cases but just a few means that our health departments and media outlets diligently share the movements of those testing positive.

  • Childhood dreams

    Monday, March 1, 2021 Permalink

    This meme / image* was doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter over the past week or two. People were commenting with their childhood dreams or aspirations.

    Most responses were career-oriented. Some seemed happy they’d pursued their passions. Some had a sense of regret or perhaps resolution. Others realised their childish fantasies were exactly that. Childish. Fantasies.

  • Life and lemons

    Monday, February 15, 2021 Permalink

    I was cruising along quite nicely until a couple of weeks ago. And when I say cruising I mean unemployed, overweight, unfit and feeling a tad unfulfilled in general. But… in the overall scheme of things I wasn’t throwing myself onto my bed in fits of depression or moaning TOOOOO much on social media.

    I had an assignment due for university that was well in hand. I had accepted a paying editing gig (editing a novel). And I was finally back at my exercise class after multiple injuries.

  • Doing nothing on purpose

    Monday, February 8, 2021 Permalink

    I often talk here about my navel-gazing. My pondering. My prevaricating. So obviously I ‘think’ a lot. I’m certainly an overthinker which I think can be a good and bad thing.

    But as I live alone (and have done so for 30+yrs) I only notice how much I do it when I’m around others for extended periods of time. Which is the case at the moment.

  • Self assuredness: I’ll have what she has

    Monday, January 25, 2021 Permalink

    I’ve talked in the past about the difference between envy and jealousy and I tend to think the former feels less negative or nasty than the latter.

    Recently however I’ve been pondering something in between. Not quite envy, but a wistfulness about something someone else does or has that we wish we did.

    I get that ‘I’ll have what she has’ feeling about a few people.

  • Out on the water

    Monday, January 18, 2021 Permalink

    It’s very weird that I’m so averse to the beach – by which I mean the ocean, sand and sun – because I love being out on the water.

    I think there’s some kind of selective memory thing happening because I forget [that] until I’m out there. And some of my favourite memories over recent years feature boat trips.

  • A holiday or a break from oneself?

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 Permalink

    I’ve talked about this before. A year or two after my seachange I joked about the idea of going on holiday to some nice apartment in a coastal town somewhere, when—in fact—I lived in a nice apartment on the beach in a coastal town. Of course I’m not ‘right’ on the beach now, but have my beach views so many would opt for my house as a holiday destination.

    Location aside, it occurs to me the whole idea of a holiday is kinda ironic. I mean, isn’t it?