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I must get those wedding thank you notes out by the end of the financial year.
Have you ever had the feeling that you have uttered a phrase for the first time in human history? A couple of days ago, I said to my parents that I had to get my wedding thank you notes out by the end of the financial year. I have finally finished most of them, and will post them tomorrow.
For those who don't know already, for our wedding, Rebecca and I asked for a donation to Care Australia in lieu of a gift. A large number of our guests did, and we raised about $4000. A side effect of this, though, is that it also means that we had to send out receipts, preferably by the end of the financial year. So we put them in with the Thank You notes.
And that was how I spent yesterday.
More accurately, that was how I spent part of yesterday, in amongst routine acts such as cooking a curry, buying jeans, doing the washing, fixing up my website etc.
Yesterday evening, Rebecca's parent came to visit us because it had been Rebecca's mother's birthday during the week. I quite like my in-laws. I also quite like making mother-in-law jokes, so if I do make any, I hope you will appreciate that it is not meant personally. On second thoughts, maybe I should just not make any.
Also, if you hear me saying that Rebecca's in-laws are so much better than mine, that is not an insult to her family... It is a pathetic attempt at humour.
We took them out to dinner, and the conversation was that collection of sports, politics, economics and business which I quite enjoy. (Really? You hadn't noticed?) And ended with the familiar battle to pay. Rebecca won this time.
After dinner, we got back home and I got back to work. I wrote a program to try to analyse the masses and masses of data which I had collected for each data point to make sense of it. I managed to have it written and debugged, and I am currently procrastinating from actually analysing the results, but then, it is 12:30 (in the middle of the day) on a Sunday and I think I am quite entitled to a bit of relaxation. Besides, I'm running a virus scan on my computer for the first time in a while, and I don't want to use any serious resources while doing it.
Today I gradually woke up, did a bit of reading before getting up not a long time before noon. I finally finished Patrick White's Voss. I must admit that the beginning bored me and the end was uninteresting, but somewhere in the middle I found it almost worth reading. Apparently it is loosely based on the life of Leichardt, who explored Australia in the 1840s.
Now, as a good young Australian, my knowledge of Australian history goes something like this (I recommend 1066 and all that, for anyone who wants to understand how history works):
But, of course, Leichardt doesn't appear anywhere in that list of stuff, so he must not have really existed. I'll review Voss in a later post, because otherwise this gets a little long. (Too late). If you know of any other history, feel free to email me, and we can gradually develop a comprehensive list of Australian History.
My favourite procrastinations
The Head Heeb - Jonathan provides a balanced view on various Israeli and (former) colonial states in less developed regions of the world.
The Bladder - a sports satire site. Well worth a look.