month on parade : november ’12

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November in Brisbane, this year, was a steamy affair. It seemed to go for a week without rain, and then we’d have a downpour. Despite the weather, and in a post-thesis glow, I feel like I managed to achieve a wonderful amount in the past month (being on holidays has most certainly helped!), punctuated by numerous French-press coffees, end of semester celebrations, and iced tea. The photos in the post are of our newly rejuvenated garden, which after a few months of neglect is now blooming and growing faster than I can follow. The cats seem to like it too.

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Events and other little things:

  • A day trip with our friends Liss and Michael through northern New South Wales: Nimbin, Nightcap National Park, Byron Bay and Kingscliff.
  • A Sunday afternoon drive with Adam around Mt Tamborine.
  • A first class honours.
  • A rejuvenated garden.

Books

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. One of the funniest stories I have read – the characters are dark and delightful, and you can’t help but be absorbed by the desperation and humour of their situation.
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. A wonderfully written novel – his characters are so well-developed, you feel surrounded by them.
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Another great novel (there was something in the water this month, clearly). Emma is so knowable, you both love her and despair for her at the same time.
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen. Lovely.

Movies

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Great ensemble cast and wonderfully true to the era.
  • Skyfall (2012). Clearly a thing for British spy movies – nevertheless, I enjoyed the latest Bond instalment.
  • Quantum of Solace (2008). And again – perhaps not as great a villain, but still good!
  • Brave (2012).
  • Up (2009).
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010). I love a thoroughly conceptual, creatively driven sci-fi, so I really enjoyed this movie.

Music

  • Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man (2012). I’ve really been loving this album – something about the tone of her voice, and the sweeping music.

Food

  • I know it’s not technically food, but French-press coffee. Leftovers, over ice, after lunch is a must.
  • Homemade iced tea.

And now it’s nearly Christmas – who can believe that it is only three weeks tomorrow – I feel the final few weeks of this year picking me up and pulling me along in their current – family and friends to see and celebrate with, our engagement party (!), and a new year’s trip to Sydney await. It’s exciting, and it’s really hot, but I guess I can deal with that.

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