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I've had a pretty good day today, despite early morning lectures (to which the lecturer was late, damn it could have slept longer) on Labour Day. Although, I did crash at home when I settled down to read. Naps are lovely. So happy I didn't have to work.

I had my own moment of 'what are you doing Lauren, just freaking start talking - you do that enough it shouldn't be this hard' in my long break. Sat down in the campus centre and couldn't help but overhear the intelligent debate going on next to me between this *really* attractive guy and a couple of his friends. WANTED TO BUTT IN SO BADLY. But chickened out. Gah. I need to put myself out there more. Yep. New mission. XD Get over that pronto.

Other than that, I did the tiniest amount of practice tonight - this week's been horrible for that for me. Not sure why. Kind of writing it off, even when I try it just fails. I'll get there.

music meme! )
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In other words, THE REST )
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 18. Do you drink sodea more often than milk?
My initial response was a resounding 'yes' because I don't drink milk on it's own. However, I make myself iced coffees at home a lot and that's mostly milk so... I don't drink soft drink as much as I used to nowadays. When I'm at home I'm more likely to drink juice.

19. The initials of your crush(es).
Heh. No prizes for guess who that is.

20. Do you wear glasses? If so, what are they for?
I used to, just for reading. I ignored them though, and now I don't wear any at all. I probably should get my eyes checked at some point in the near future though, just in case I just don't know I need them.

21. Your favourite subject to study.
Music and Indonesian. Pretty basic, really. It's what I'm studying and there's a good reason I study them - I love them!
I like them in different ways though.
With music, I mean violin. Even then, like everyone, practice drives me mental sometimes. I'm not the most disciplined of students out there.
Indonesian is another fascination of mine, and our class at uni is so much fun it's ridiculous. =D
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 17. Your thoughts on Ugg boots.

Don't get me started... do not wear them out. Geez. Just don't do it.
I may or may not own a pink pair. shut. up.

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 16. Your favourite Disney Princess movie.

Beauty and the Beast. For sure.
Mainly because Belle is smart, and is a bookworm like I was. Honestly that library is the best present EVER.
Helps that the music in that film is particularly amazing. Gaston is brilliantly stupid and horrible and he cracks me up so much.

And, well, this. Just this.
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 Father Bob Maguire - you are awesome. Yep.

I love that his 'clarification that he didn't say he would marry a gay couple' ended up being closer to 'I can't because the law says I can't but I would provide pastoral support to any same-sex couples who wanted me to say a few ritual words' and so on. So, basically, 'I can't until it's legal but I have no problem participating in ceremonies for anyone'

People like him give me hope. <3

For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, he's a Catholic priest in Australia who has essentially come out and said the above.  And is getting a whole lot of media coverage.
The way he said it, he obviously still values the work he does as a priest and as a part of the Catholic church, made me ridiculously happy. <3

And now that I've rambled about that, I will tell you that I saw Ame today, bought those English books, and am now going to settle down into doing a couple of memes. So this will end up quite long, I assure you. HAHAHA Oh I just remembered, one of the books I had to buy was Hamlet. On the cover, there is a picture of Jude Law. It was a bit epic.

Oh! Last night I actually cleaned out my 'I-don't-know-where-it-goes-so-it-goes-here' drawer. At 2am. There's probably something wrong with me, I clean late at night far too often.

Now, because I have been tagged by two separate people, I'm actually going to do this. (btw this also has a lot to do with the fact that I ended up not having to go to work tonight. sweet!)

Meme number one )

Last.fm meme! Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] kimberry531 

Meme number two )

Kudos to anyone who got through all that. Now, I am off to read the new chapters of two of my favourite fics.
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 15. Tell us your favourite junk food.

I like lots of junk food, but I'd say my favourite just has to be chocolate. Pretty predictable, huh XD

... Yeah not much else to say about that. As an example, I bought two pretty big blocks of chocolate a couple of days ago and it's all gone. I have zero self control when it comes to it.
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 You sick of me yet? Meme catch-up post coming right up, so I hope not.

7. How you came across tumblr livejournal.
Well, it's all thanks to this person called [livejournal.com profile] pebblegosling . She got one, pestered me to check her entries, and then made me make an account. So I have her to thank for finding you lovely people on my f-list, and for giving me an outlet to vent/write/rant/flail.

8. Are you a fitness guru or couch potato? Talk about your exercise habits.
Habits? What habits?
The mere thought of me as a fitness guru is laughable. Laughable.
Yeah, exercise, what is that?

9. Favourite meme at the moment.
Not sure I have one, actually. XD

10. Talk about your pets, or the pets you would like to have.
I have two dogs, called Coby and Anchor. They're crosses between Cocker Spaniels and Beagles and they are pretty cute. Even if 'they don't move' according to snuggle_monster. They are getting a bit old now. Let me see if I can find a picture.

The top photo is Coby, who is 'mine' and the bottom one is Anchor. So named for the patch of fur on his back that resembled one when he was a puppy. Now it looks more like a star. They are brothers from the same litter, and suffer from intense separation anxiety when one of them has to leave for whatever reason. Not for us, mind you, they're perfectly happy to be left alone - just god forbid one of them needs to go to the vet...

11. Your top 3 favourite bands/artists.
Newton Faulkner.
The Jezabels.

The first two without question. The last, well, I don't think I've ever fallen in love with a band so fast. And that INCLUDES Washington. It took me about a line of the first song and that was it. I was totally speechless.
Before anyone says it, yes, Darren Criss would be up there but he's not at the top. =P

12. Your thoughts or opinions about Harry Potter.
Harry Potter. The first fantasy series I ever got into, properly. I grew up with the books, and the movies, and okay I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE LAST MOVIE!
My favourite book is the 3rd, followed by the 6th and my least favourite is probably the 5th.
The best movie by far was the one that was just released. Intense. But still with it's amusing moments, of course.
I'll stop my disjointed rambling now. Have a video that pebblegosling posted a little while ago, it sums up the series perfectly in my eyes <3

13. Your thoughts or opinions about Mean Girls.
A good chick flick, the last movie starring Lindsay Lohan that I enjoyed, but I've only seen it once and that was enough for me. Unlike the obsession so many people seem to have with it (particularly at my school).

14. Do you have siblings? Talk about them, or talk about what it's like to be an only child.
I have one younger brother who will always be my 'little brother'. It vaguely freaks me out that he's turning 18 this year. I need to think of a present, actually. We actually get along now that we're both a bit older - which is great. 3 years is a gap that's just big enough to mean we fought ALL the time over stupid stuff, but small enough that now it works. He has a really sweet girlfriend who I get along with well enough, and they're pretty adorable.
Now I'm up to date, and I'll stop posting today. Promise.

Day 6 of 30

Feb. 4th, 2011 03:24 pm
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 6. Your favourite season, and why.

I think it's Autumn. It's not too cold, but not too hot. I love each season for their own reasons but I'd have to say Autumn just edges the others out.

Heh. Woot one line answer XD

Day 5 of 30

Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:39 pm
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 Yay I'm still on track with this!
I'm too pleased with myself for that...

5. Tell us your three favourite colours.

Green, blue, and purple.

I am obsessed with green and have been for a couple of years now. Especially when it comes to clothes. Oddly enough though, I don't actually own all that many pieces of green clothing. Although anyone who sees me regularly will know I have one green dress that I wear to death.
Blue I have always liked - many many different shades of it. And well, cross blue/green to get sort of teal colours and they are ideal for me.
Purple I like but am not quite as crazy about. Looking at my room will tell you that I like these colours, actually. My carpet is a really nice blue, my curtains are dark blue satin with lighter blue strips across it, my bedspread is purple (with pink ang gold) There's not much green anywhere, but if you come shopping with me you'll notice that I am drawn to it like a moth to a light. One of the reasons my friends tell me my choice in clothes is so predictable.


Day 4 of 30

Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:56 pm
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 4. Write about your closest friend(s)

Oh the timing, it kills me. I have a few very close friends who know who they are so shall remain nameless for the moment. They tend to have a lot in common...

1. Being awesome. Yup.
2. Share my love of Disney
3. Share my love of musicals
4. Listen to me rant
5. Love me enough to be honest with me <3

It's odd to think that all these people I call my closest friends I have met in the last two years. Crazy how life can change sometimes.

Day 3 of 30

Feb. 1st, 2011 11:18 pm
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 3. Your favourite television program.

I really don't watch much TV any more, and the shows I watch I follow online.
Right at this moment, the only ones I follow are How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, and Glee. As you may have guessed, at the moment the one I obsess over is Glee. However, there is an entire question later on regarding Glee so I'll go on another rant then.

Instead, questions within a question woot!
Going to do this for each show.

How I Met Your Mother
Favourite character: Marshall. He's a giant teddy-bear.
Character I relate to: Ted mostly, except he's even sappier than I am... XD
Favourite pairing: Marshall/Lily is the canon no-brainer, they're adorable but I LOVE Robin/Barney so much.
Favourite season: 5th if I absolutely had to choose. I think.
Reason I love it: It's hilarious, but can be poignant - often at the same time. The friendship between the main characters always seems so real.
Problem with the show: sometimes I think it's so sex-focused that it is annoying, but then, I'm good at ignoring that because it is pretty funny.

The Big Bang Theory
Favourite character: Sheldon. I mean, seriously.
Character I relate to: Apparently I am like Leonard. XD
Favourite pairing: Heh. If Raj/Howard were actually canon I would die. Sheldon/Penny exchanges are amazing too.
Favourite season: 2nd, once it had a rhythm and before it started playing around with Penny/Leonard.
Reason I love it: It's damn funny. Sheldon has the best one-liners ever.
Problem with the show: good at developing drama, not so good at resolving anything... (start of season 3, anyone?)

Favourite character: Kurt.
Character I relate to: I think one of the reasons I love this show so much is that I can relate to different characters at different points in time. I can't narrow it down to one.
Favourite pairing: Kurt/Blaine.
Favourite season: Loving the second so far. Less 'Rachel Berry Show' and more 'Kurt Hummel Show'
Reason I love it: It can be funny, serious, moving, realistic or clichéd, and it's based around a music group. *grins*
Problem with the show: Inconsistency. And not giving enough solos to the people I want to hear =P
Enough rambling about TV now. Mhmm.
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2. Talk about your piercings or tattoos, if you have any.

I have all of two piercings, one in each earlobe. Boring. I wanted a second one in one ear when I was about 15 but I never ended up getting one. Kind of glad I didn't, I have them so I can wear nice jewellry - and not because I think piercings in themselves are cool.
No tattoos. Maybe one day, but not for a while XD
Actually both of these things I tend not to find attractive - unless they are well-chosen, mean something specific or really really suit the person =P
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 I have been insanely moody, and ridiculous all day and have been watching Glee clips and reading fanfic to cheer myself up. It's working, mostly. But for now, I am going to start this silly, pointless 30-day meme I've had saved for a week or so. Just a bit of fun! I will try to post part of it every day, and will do 'catch-up' posts when I miss days. Otherwise this will end up way longer than a month, and that's just boring.

I'll be posting these separately, any 'real' posts will be in addition to this. So f-list, prepare for the spam.

1. Your middle name, and how you feel about it.
2. Talk about your piercings or tattoos, if you have any.
3. Your favourite television program.
4. Write about your closest friend(s)
5. Tell us your three favourite colours.
6. Your favourite season, and why.
7. How you came across tumblr livejournal.
8. Are you a fitness guru or couch potato? Talk about your exercise habits.
9. Favourite meme at the moment.
10. Talk about your pets, or the pets you would like to have.
11. Your top 3 favourite bands/artists.
12. Your thoughts or opinions about Harry Potter.
13. Your thoughts or opinions about Mean Girls.
14. Do you have siblings? Talk about them, or talk about what it's like to be an only child.
15. Tell us your favourite junk food.
16. Your favourite Disney Princess movie.
17. Your thoughts on Ugg boots.
18. Do you drink sodea more often than milk?
19. The initials of your crush(es).
20. Do you wear glasses? If so, what are they for?
21. Your favourite subject to study.
22. Do you play a sport? Tell us about it. If not, talk about a different hobby you may have.
23. Your opinions on Lady Gaga.
24. Tell us about the last movie you saw in theatres.
25. Tell us about the last book you read (for leisure or for school)
26. Name one place you would love to visit one day.
27. List your three favourite girls names, three favourite boys names, and your three favourite names for a pet.
28. Your first celebrity crush.
29. Your opinions on the television show Glee.
30. Take a picture of yourself right now and post it, or post the most recent picture you can find.

My middle name is Elizabeth. I like it, and I like how my whole name sounds. Having said that, glad that my parents went with Lauren as my first name. I can't see myself as a 'Liz' or a 'Beth' - can you? XD
And no, there is no one I'm named after or anything. My parents just thought the names were pretty. My brother got the meaningful (well, his middle name) one.

Fitting that I'll finish this just before I start uni again, don't you think?
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I got the job! I am so so so happy and excited right now - I mean, this is what I want to do with my life. I can actually make money off my violin. Okay, so it's not perfect. Yet. The guy who runs the music school is this sweet older Indonesian man (I will never get over how happy Indonesians get when they hear you speak even a bit of their language) and he told me on the spot that he wanted to offer me the position, starting this week. Only problem is, he wants me to do Saturdays. Which coincides with my shift at the pharmacy - so I'll have to reshuffle it. At least he did say that if I do a couple of weeks and speak to the parents, I might be able to change days. He was also really pleased to hear I can also teach piano - so I may end up with another day as well. I really want to do this, so off to speak to Dad I go...

Creepy voices, dirty humour and obsession with musicals )

One Thing )

PS. Congratulations to Chris Colfer on winning the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor on a TV show, TV movie or mini series!! Eeee! So well-deserved, he is an amazing actor. He also looks gorgeous in that suit. Whoa.
This is absolutely adorable. I love how the cast is such a little family. Just, naww.

"But mostly importantly [a thank you] to all the amazing kids that watch our show and that our show celebrates and are' constantly told 'no' [by] people and environments and bullies at school, that they can't be who they are or can't have what they want because of who they are, well, screw that, kids."
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 After a pretty rough start, I've actually had a really great day. I woke up utterly exhausted because I went to bed too late and my mind was racing, and then overslept. Of course.

I headed up to the major country town where harpisan has been staying with her Dad, and just chilled in the cafe she's working in learning how to make coffee. She's doing rather well at it, I might add! Yum! I also ate a delicious focaccia and drank tea - none of which the cafe owner would let me pay for. She was so sweet! <3

Then I ended up having dinner with N, which he shouted. I feel very very spoilt. He's definitely in my good books now ;)

Three Things )

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 I've had an insane couple of days since I last posted. On Thursday I went into the city to see pebblegosling before she heads off to the beach for a while, spent about an hour at home before going to meet another friend who I haven't seen in a while, another half hour at home and then heading off to the show. Not sure if I've mentioned this specifically amongst all the excitement of actually playing in it, but it takes me an hour one way to drive there. It's kind of exhausting.

Yesterday I went to the movies to see Tangled with harpisan. Much-needed silliness ensued. After the movie we got coffees and tried to escape the heat for a while, and then headed back to her place so I could 'help' her clean out her wardrobe. Not sure I helped very much - but I did end up with a gorgeous coat that she was getting rid of, as well as a cute red skirt and 2 cardis.

Tangled! )

So here's some more of the meme for you. This part is only difficult because there aren't enough spots for all of the people I would list if I could.

Five Things )

Alright so now I probably won't be able to post until at least Monday. Today and tomorrow promise to be utterly insane. There are two shows today, with dinner with the orchestra between them. As well as snuggle_monster coming to the show tonight, and possibly meeting me a bit early to chat for a while. I've promised myself I won't pike out of drinks tonight - I have fun when I do but most of the time I'm so fixated on getting home that I can't be bothered. Before I go I'm going to try and pack away the masses of clothes strewn across my room (actually, I need to do a clean out myself). Tomorrow is closing night ... afternoon. So it's bump out, pack up, not that I'm sure exactly what we orchestra people have to do, and then an after party. I am going to crash so badly after that!
But yes, off to clean. Bye!
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 Wow guys, the response to my last post was incredible! Thank you!

I've actually been meaning to post an actual update for about a week now, but then real life actually did get in the way. A lot of my time has been taken up by this production, but I now have a couple of days off which is nice. I ended up going to see the New Years Eve fireworks with pebblegosling, wolfielove, a_new_divide and a couple of other friends, which was great fun. Very exciting, as I had never brought in the new year in the city before. So many people! Can totally understand why we've never been now, Mum hates crowds.

The randomness that is my life. Again. )

And now - onto the meme! Which I have been neglecting, mainly because this part of it is difficult for me. I am the sort of person who traces each event in my life to who I am now. Anything that I would change, would change who I am now dramatically, and honestly, I like where I am in life right now.

Six things )

And that's it for today! I have a fair few plans for February, but almost none for the next few weeks - which is a nice change of pace. I won't get any extra shifts at work, January is dead, so I think I'll sit at home, watch movies, catch up with harpisan (hopefully!) organise my music to go onto the ipod I just bought off snuggle_monster, fixing up my lj tags (going to take me a while...), go shopping because I can, and the like.
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 Um, guys. Look what popped up in my facebook newsfeed today.

Still not my favourite version, but it's my favourite artist singing my favourite carol. Exciting stuff!

Real life is real and awesome )

I've let this go for a while, but here we are again with the meme.
Seven Things )

And lastly, but certainly not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! To [livejournal.com profile] pebblegosling .
Have a great day!

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 Yesterday and today I have been at work for normal people hours. Work is insane at the moment because of Christmas, but even when it's that busy it reminds me why I like that I'm headed into a profession which has no such standard hours. Much more interesting.

Having said that, there are a couple of funny moments I want to share from today. The first was a conversation that went as follows (well, in my ears anyway)
Guy: Do you have quickies?
Me: *thinks: EXCUSE ME?* Sorry, what did you say?
Guy: Do you have Quick-eze here, for indigestion.
Me: *stifles a laugh* Oh, of course. Over here.

The other was that a total pain in the arse customer ended up yelling at a colleague for something that she could do nothing about ... and then another customer (who I happen to know because she taught the hip hop class I did in year 9, ... oh shut up) totally ripped into her saying stuff like 'if you had come in 3 weeks ago they would have been able to help you, the staff are lovely here and don't deserve people like you making their life difficult' or something to that effect. It was all I could do to not to grin like an idiot.

Eight Things )


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