My Old Red Gem

This post is part of the 31 Days of Writing for October. Click here for my previous posts or click here if you would like to join in.

Day 2: Do you remember your first car? Did you give it a name? Tell us about your first car or what it was like when you learned how to drive.

I decided to give this post prompt set another try. I wasn’t too keen on the September prompts but think some of the October ones could be fun so here goes..

Do I remember my first car? Of course I remember my first car! Is there anyone that doesn’t? I feel like many people think fondly of their first car, regardless of whether it was a rusting heap of junk or something fancy and new. My first car was a red Holden Gemini, 1981 model.. it was older than me but I still loved it. It was (and still is) the only car I ever liked to drive.

My car looked a lot like this – except mine was cooler!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of my actual old car, but it looked a lot like the above image but it was lowered, had a little spoiler, tinted windows, a black interior and a sun roof. Probably not the best car for a P plater to be driving around in, I got pulled over by the cops a few times until they realised I was a 17 year old girl and not a 17 year old boy. I know I know, massive stereotype but given the boys I went to school with.. it’s pretty accurate.

We had a lot of adventures together, good and bad.. like the time where I had a car load of friends in the car and drove out to a party in the middle of no where.. I don’t think my car was made for that type of weight. It struggled and I wondered whether it was going to get stuck on a bump or in a pothole. We made it home alive though, although I do remember having to do a roll/clutch start around a round-a-bout on the way home that night as it randomly decided to stall on me. It did that a lot, I got really good at those.

I did name my car, it’s true… her name was Ruby. Very creative I know, Ruby being a red gem. I remember friends yelling “Come on Ruby, you can do it!” whenever it sounded like she was about to stall, in hopes that she wouldn’t. She probably did.

Fortunately, when I was a learner, the stalling problem hadn’t started happening yet otherwise it would have been no fun at all trying to learn hill starts. There were many a fight between my Dad and I on those lessons. It reminded me a lot of this scene in Looking For Alibrandi:

I probably didn’t swear at my Dad though… probably. I think I’d have remembered the consequences of that.

I haven’t driven much since my beloved Ruby died and was towed away to the wreckers back in 2003, I didn’t have my licence for 10 years up until earlier this year. Since then I’ve only driven once too, so now it’s like I’m learning all over again. I don’t think it’ll be quite the experience it was last time though.

For the love of TV

It may come as a surprise to people but I really like watching TV. Like, REALLY! I can take or leave movies but would hate to be without tv shows in my life. They’re so much better than movies because they don’t end after 90 – 180mins or have terrible sequels (even if they do generally have terrible seasons after the 5th) that ruin everything! I’m looking at you The Matrix..

I took a look through my tags and over 4 years I have only ever tagged 6 posts as TV. Considering the amount of time I spend watching TV shows (and that I’m a moderator on a TV forum), it’s really not enough.. more than that I’ve never even mentioned Gravity Falls which is one of my favourite shows ever! How could this be?

So I thought today I’d give you my 3 favourite shows that are currently still running.

1. Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls is an animated show on Disney (but don’t let that put you off) about twins Dipper and Mabel’s summer with their Great Uncle Stan (Gruncle Stan) in Gravity Falls, a place of mystery and some down right creepy things. Unlike a lot of animated shows targeted at kids, Gravity Falls has an ongoing storyline throughout the episodes to find out all the mysteries that Gravity Falls is hiding.. and there are a lot! Many people say Gravity Falls is like an animated LOST.. you know, if the LOST writers hadn’t been winging it for much of the show.

Even though it is considered a kids show it definitely is a lot of fun for adults too as we’re the ones that will get all the jokes.. plus there is an episode on time travel! What’s not to like.

2. Rick and Morty

Another animated show but this one is definitely not for kids! As with Gravity Falls there is a storyline.. although it’s lost a bit in the weirdness of each episode but there is continuity which I like. This show isn’t going to be for everyone.. it’s pretty out there and sometimes just plain stupid but it’s hilarious all the same. 

Rick and Morty is about, well.. Rick and Morty. Rick is a mad scientist and Morty is his grandson that Rick brings along for his adventures and sometimes he keeps the family at home distracted by gadgets they’ve never seen before. Currently there is only 1 season but the 2nd is meant to air later in the year/early 2015. So you have time to catch up and be somewhat confused at how this became a show and think about how awesome it is.

3. Doctor Who – NewWho

I’m not sure I really need to say what Doctor Who is about, it’s been around forever, everyone should already know. Just in case though, Doctor Who is about a Time Lord who travels through time and space in his Tardis (basically a spaceship that can go anywhere, anytime.. although sometimes it’s really bad with navigating time) and usually has a companion along for the ride. 

I prefer the older seasons and David Tennant (Ten) was my favourite doctor. The video above isn’t the first episode, or his first episode, but is one of the best of the series. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely give it a try!

All of the Things

It’s been nearly a month since I last posted. I was able to write 9 posts in July, even though I anticipated 15 this is still much more than I’ve posted in a long time. Having the SITS girls prompts were really helpful and in some cases I ended up not needing them.

I wanted to use them again for August but for most of August I still had a cold. Up until last week I was still sick from back then, it held onto me for about 5 weeks which drove me pretty crazy.

During that time I mostly just watched tv, did things on YouTube and ate a bunch of junk because that’s what I needed to feel better. I also started posting more regularly on Previously. TV which is an awesome site for all things current TV and some things older TV. They have a pretty decent forum which I’m now a moderator of! I haven’t been a mod of a forum for about 10 years so it’s a bit strange and fun at the same time. If you like talking about your favourite TV shows then you should go and take a look.

I also went up to Sydney for work at the beginning of August and I’m going back next week. Last time we went up in a mega stretch limo, in theory that is awesome, in reality not so much. It was pretty uncomfortable and took hours to get to the hotel. After that we had 2 very long days, we checked in at 4PM, left for the pre-arranged dinner at 6 and that started the sleep, work, dinner, sleep cycle for those days.. very long and exhausting, probably why I ended up being sick again when I got back. I’ll probably have a post dedicated to my Sydney visits when I get back next week.

Mostly I considered blogging but didn’t have the energy to do it, I just wanted to sleep for much of the time but hopefully I am full recovered from that now and can get back into it all for September.

I have a new phone!

So, I haven’t done so well on the writing prompts front. I’ve been sick for the last 2 weeks (the longest I can remember being sick, ever) and lacked motivation but my new phone gives me lots of motivation.

On a side note, if you have any remedies for sore throats and blocked noses I’d love to hear them.

Anyway, you might recall I recently decided to buy a new phone because my HTC was driving me a bit crazy. I got a good response of answers about what phones everyone recommends but mostly it was just ‘get an iPhone’ and well, no. I wasn’t willing to spend $800 on an iPhone (I did consider spending that amount on an HTC One M8 though) because Apple. I only use Apple products when it’s free (like the iPad I won).

In the end I decided on a Nexus 5 which, being a Google phone, comes with KitKat installed. It’s also super light at 130gm which feels like nothing in comparison to my old phone. I have been playing with settings and apps and while KitKat is nice to look at, it’s missing some of the things I liked having like swipe and pin security, for example. With the Nexus 5 you can choose wither swipe or pin, if you set the pin delay it just doesn’t lock the phone until that time is up.. Fortunately I found a app that will do that for me.

All the pretty of my home screen

All the pretty of my home screen

I’m pretty pleased with how my home screen looks! Getting used to 3 buttons instead of 4 has been difficult, and these ones are on screen buttons too not physical. I have been missing the Settings button, but given this phone doesn’t crash, it has 4G and is super light and pretty, I haven’t missed it that much.

I am also looking for a new twitter app. I’d like it to be able to zip/mute tweets, have a proper conversation view (no blue lines thank you very much!) and, preferably, be free. Let me know what you use.

One other thing I decided on as part of getting a new phone was finally moving away from Vodafone and becoming a Telstra customer. I always said I’d never change to Telstra but their coverage and speed is just so much better than the competition that it seemed like a given I’d one day change. Funnily enough, the plan I have now has  more and costs less than what I was on with Vodafone. For those not in Australia, it’s very rare for Telstra to have competitive pricing, they rely on having a better service to get customers generally. 

If you are in Australia and looking to move to Telstra but find their plan pricing is too high go into a store or give them a call and ask for their cheaper Casual Plans. You’ll need a BYO phone for this but their casual (month to month, no contract) plans actually start at $25/month rather than the $55/month advertised on their website.

I decided to go in store to sort this out. It was really busy and I thought I’d be waiting forever but a floating employee asked me a few questions and found a sales person for me. As I already knew what I wanted and had the required information it was a really quick process and the sales person was very friendly and helpful.

When I looked into porting my number across online it said it would take anywhere from 24 to 72hrs to happen. I asked the person in store how long it’d take and he said it was pretty fast and more likely up to 24hrs but I’d get a message from Vodafone when they had received the request. I walked out of the store, noticed I already had the text and went to message Jarrod to say I was on my way to meet him for lunch.. I wasn’t fast enough though as it ported within about 2 mins of me checking my phone. I was pretty amazed at how fast it happened.. and also how fast my internet on my new phone/with Telstra is.. delicious 4G.

Long story short, I have a new phone!

5 things I found on the internet – #1

This week, while I’ve been idling looking at things on the internet, I found some cool and unusual things and I thought I’d share them, because everyone else should see these as well.

So, here they are, isn’t the internet a weird and wonderful thing?

1.Squirt
Squirt is a cool little bookmarklet that takes all the hard work of reading websites and makes it easy and lazy. It “reads the web, one word at a time” and you can set the speed and font type that it uses.
I wasn’t sure how well this would work but I did a few demos and it’s actually really neat and makes me wish I could read all things that way from now on.

Speed read the web, one word at a time

Speed read the web, one word at a time

2. Kama Sutra Chocolate Box
So, I was looking for a moneybox to go onto my new shelf and I found Firebox which claims to be ‘not for everyone’ which by the looks of it, is probably true. One of the results of my search for ‘Money box’ was ‘Kama Sutra Chocolate Box’ – that’s sort of the same thing.. so if you’ve ever wanted to get some inspiration while eating chocolate this might be for you. I’m not sure how I feel about sucking on chocolate genitals though.

Kama Sutra Chocolate poses

Kama Sutra Chocolate poses

3. Images You Should Not Masturbate To – 
So, because I happened to look at chocolate people doing it, I was then recommended the book ‘Images You Should Not Masturbate To’ and now realise that this post might be forming a trend. Squirt, chocolate sex, masturbation…

The blurb for this book is as follows:

“Choke the chicken, spank the monkey, charm the snake-however you refer to it, none of the images in this book will encourage you to pleasure yourself. This deceptively simple and strangely addictive book presents a laugh-out-loud collection of random pictures virtually guaranteed to dampen the urge of even the strongest libido.”

I assume some might take that as a dare.

On a related note, Amazon suggests buying ‘How to live with a Huge Penis‘  which looks like it gives some useful advice and, if nothing else, the reviews are pretty good!

4. The UNT mug
Part of me wants to buy this however, another part of me doesn’t want to get fired. Maybe if I came up with a clever acronym and act clueless when I’m questioned about it “Oh you’ve heard about the United National Trust? I thought I was the only one!” It could work, right?

The UNT mug - with a lovely black handle

The UNT mug – with a lovely black handle

5. Bacon Today 
Uhm, did you know there is a website that keeps you up to date in the world of bacon? Seriously! Is there nothing bacon can’t do? Apparently the answer is nothing, because there is an alarm clock that cooks your bacon, all you need to do is set your alarm and place a piece of frozen bacon into the slot, 10mins before your alarm is set to go off, it starts cooking and you wake up to the smell of delicious bacon. Apparently,  it’s been around for years! Why have I never heard of this before?

Cute and cooks you bacon!

Cute and cooks you bacon!

If that isn’t enough, they also sell Maple Bacon Lollipops  which are, unfortunately, named Man Bait. This has put a bit of a dampener on the bacon love.

I hope you are more enlightened now for seeing this and perhaps own a new book or some chocolate.