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Updated to reflect job change... I’m a Greens member of the Legislative Assembly from Canberra, Australia. Here for progressive policy-making, environment, inequality issues. Also into roller derby and other sports. If I post lots about baking, I’m probably stressed. If I post lots about my dog, I’m probably happy.

Here is a mystery which I shall continue to contemplate while I half watch Insiders…..

Where do all the old lip balms / chapsticks go? I never use them up. I just buy new ones because I can’t find the old one. So somewhere out there, there’s a whole lot of half used old chapsticks. What are they doing?

A nice thing happened this week. I was going through the main email inbox at work looking for something, and came across a request from a teen in Northern Ireland who wanted a postcard or something from our Legislative Assembly for his democracy collection.

I was able to write back and tell him I’d quoted Bobby Sands in my first speech. And he then wrote back to say his dad has huge admiration for Sands and was really happy to think his words still mean something all this time later, on the other side of the world.

So that felt nice.

If anyone is finding the news really hard to read, I can highly recommend the Good News page in the ABC News app.

I just read a lovely story about a Brisbane grandma who volunteers at the hospital to sing lullabies and give cuddles to babies in Special Care Nursery when their parents can’t be there.

Also a pony named Jess that is turning 42 years old and does equine therapy with kids. All good, wholesome stuff.

Think I might go get a PCR today so I can come out of iso on Tuesday.

We went to Mulligan's Flat for a Twilight Walk tour tonight. It was brilliant. We spotted quite a few of the critically endangered Eastern Bettongs, several Common Brushtail Possums (which for us are very common), as well as Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Red-necked Wallabys, Bush Stone-Curlews, a Tawny Frogmouth, some Wolf Spiders of various types, and some unknown sleeping birds which we could not ID.

#AustralianWildlife #Night #photo #nature

gonna start a Tumblr about cursed and forbidden statistical analysis and call it Strange R Things

Fire, food, wine 

TGIF. Sangiovese and toasted marshmallows.

Selfie with coffee mug 

I realised today that the mug the Uni of Canberra gave me is a lefty mug. That means when I’m holding it with my left hand, the decoration is visible to whoever I’m in a meeting with (instead of only visible to me as I pick up the mug). It’s the only lefty mug I own. Being somewhat ambidextrous, this makes me quite happy. On the days when I wake up left-handed, I’ll have the right mug!


Yay only two more business days left of working from home before I’m allowed back in the office! (Assuming nobody else in my house tests positive and puts us back to day 0)


French Earl Grey gin (Canberra distillery) and tonic while I wait for the in-house chef to make pizzas. Being in plague house isolation is not so bad on a cold winter night.

TISM reuniting for one last paycheque. Lauren Jackson getting selected for the Opals at 41. The Nineties Are Back Babbey.

I saw someone mention having spoons earlier and it reminded me that our awesome designers at $volunteer association have done up some fabulous spoon-related designs on Red Bubble.

I thought it'd be fun to share in case anyone was interested - we're a migraine charity but spoon theory is definitely much broader.


Dog, work from home in iso 

Today’s puppy is much calmer than yesterday’s puppy, who was way too excited that I came home in the middle of the work day and then just didn’t leave. No pillows have been destroyed today, much snoring has been done during meetings.

Note he is hugging his favourite chew toy.

Started a week of COVID iso today (I don’t have it, household member does) and it took 13 minutes of me being on the phone for the dog to do this.

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