Pride and Prejudice
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I love Pride and Prejudice. It was one of the first real romantic novels. It has a bit of everything - drama, romance, and comedy.  I have ended up with 2 copies of it somehow, and really enjoy re-reading it.

And I love most of the movie and tv versions I have seen of it - from the really old BBC version from the 80s (watched on video) to the Colin Firth version from 1996. I liked the version with Keira Knightly, but it wasn't a favorite.

The bollywood version Bride and Prejudice was amazingly done. Anyone that can sing a song about "No life, without wife" and keep a straight face is awesome.

But the latest version of Pride and Prejudice is wonderfully done. It is a modern re-telling through a series of video blogs made by Lizzie Bennett, and post grad student, and her best friend Charlotte Lu, her sisters, Lydia and Jane, along with impromptu visits by George Wickham, Bing Lee, Fitz, and finally (after 60 episodes) Darcy.

Lizzie is a wonderfully flawed character who sees the world from her own unique viewpoint, which her friends and family accepts is "just Lizzie".

The way the story is told reinterpreted through the world of social media is so well done, with not only the actors having their own twitter accounts, each of the characters does as well, and you can friend and follow everyone on twitter. There is a facebook page, and on Tumblr and their is a LBD blog (however whenever I see LBD I think little black dress, not Lizzie Bennett).

If you haven't seen it, here is the first episode:


Baby max

Long time no post.

I am still working at the same place and I am planning on moving in January as the house we are in is scheduled to be knocked down and being turned into 4 itty bitty town houses... Sigh... So the current plan is to move in with the boyfriend and see how that goes. We may drive each other insane or it could be fine... Will see.

Anyway, I really need to get packing again.

I have had a break from stitching, but I want to get back to it. I partly blame the fact I am not doing so much on my own disorganisation plus the fact I seem to be playing on my iPad a lot. Brilliant but bad!

Anyways hope everyone is going well.

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Good medical intervention vs. too much?
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I have to ask, now that they are planning to bring in new criteria regarding gestational diabetes screening, how much we can actually should control for through medical intervention.

I worked in the health industry and I wondered about it. Now I don't work in the industry and am planning to move into alternative medicine I wonder about it even more.

How much should and can we control for? Can we actually get it down to no risk, and in reality should we? The human body is a complex organism.
An example or a rant about how things go to farCollapse )

Okay, so ethically, intelligently, who should be drawing the line in the sand regarding medical intervention, and how much is too much? And should we have the ability to control how much is done to our bodies?

Another example, very quickly, that I have never agreed with (mostly because I come from a family with allergies) is the number of immunisations they give infants at once nowadays. Yes, most of them are important, but seriously, giving injections that cover 8 diseases at once doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Firstly, if there is a severe reaction to one of the immunisations, you have no idea which one. Secondly, it compromises the baby's immune system for about 6 weeks. 6 weeks!! Where you should actually be limiting their contact with anyone as their immune system struggles to deal with having to deal with producing antibodies to 8 diseases. Some of which aren't deadly, have limited protection (take meningococcal C - the non-deadly one- which infants are immunised against with the hope it will help them deal with exposure to meningococcal B), or could be provided at a later date and still be effective.

I have always maintained, even if I have to pay for it, if I have kids I would love to be able to get each immunisation needle (I say this as there are combined immunisations in each needle) done weekly for 4-5 weeks (without looking it up I can't remember how many shots there are). That way I can monitor them and determine whether they have a bad reaction to any of them.

In the end, how far do people think that medicine should intervene?

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Baby max
Had the weirdest conversation about 3D movies today. I don't do 3D simply because my brain doesn't interpret things the same as the 99.9% of the population.

Anyone who has met me can see I have a wonky eye (otherwise known as a squint). It is just normal for me. I have 20/20 vision in both eyes, but I don't have normal binocular vision. My right eyes turns inwards, and means my right peripheral vision isn't as good as it should be.

Anyway, I said something about having a wonky eye meant that I couldn't see 3D movies, and hadn't he noticed. He said he had "but the other one is straight".

That made me laugh!

Anyway, my baby nephew seems to be developing the same issue... most doctors say it should be a direct inheritance and one of my parents should have a squint, however the only picture of someone we can find with it is a great, great aunt. So it is some kind of random recessive gene. On the other hand, my nephew has beatiful blue eyes.

I should go sleep. It is almost 6... and I am working again tonight. Day 3 of 7 is DONE!

I know I am procrastinating... but meh...
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As soon as I finish writing this post, I am going to go rearrange the house so I can keep packing without going too mad..

Packing??? Well, yes. The lease in our comfortable little house is up, and so we have to move. I possibly have found us a place but I am waiting to hear from my sister. She is on holidays... in the USA... and currently her phone is either a)off, b) has no reception or c)is just playing up and not working. So I have to wait and see what she says when she gets the sms, or gets onto facebook next.

So far I have managed to pack most of the linens, the books and some of my clothing. I really need to make a run down to storage, but first I am going to rearrange my room and stack all the boxes that are ready to go up so they are out of the way.

I also need to clean and things. THAT is never ending.

Max is being his usual helpful self. He decided yesterday that I needed to be awake earlier than I wanted to be. It wasn't good.

There isn't a lot else happening here. Just work, and moving.

My oldest sister is turning 40 in May and there was an idea that she would like all of us to go to Bali for her birthday. Unfortunately, at this stage, she is not sure she is going. She is a pilates instructor and has a studio in her back garden. In the past 2 months it has flooded twice, which has meant that she has had to get it dried out, replaced the carpet, and then dried out again. And now she is getting the drainage re-done so that hopefully water will have somewhere to go the next time there are bad storms. All that has meant she has lost money from her holiday savings. It is very sad.

Okay, coffee is drunk, and enough with the procrastinating. I know I will feel better when I can see more progress.

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I find it so funny... a short conversation about organising what we are doing tomorrow turned into a two hour conversation about everything and anything...This one is good... I can tell...

The rough plan is going to Phillip Island for a drive and a look see :D

Dermatitis/ Hives
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Really annoy me!!! My hands are so itchy. I have no idea what is causing it, but I have had an antihistamine.

I get them so oddly - on the back of my left hand below the index finger, and up the side of my middle finger. My right hand rarely is effected. The side of my middle finger blister.

I don't understand why it only hits the back of my left hand.

Pharmaceuticals in Australia
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I don't know what pharmaceuticals are like in the rest of the world, but in Australia, you can buy either the original or the generic drug. The generic tends to be slightly cheaper (for prescription roughly $3). Yesterday I found out that if the doctor hasn't prescribed the original then you don't get asked what you want.

I stick with the original for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the fillers in the generics are different, and although they are not supposed to interfere with the activity of the drug, they can do. Secondly, there is greater variation in percent of active ingredient - some studies have found that up to 94% of generic brands don't actually meet the concentration they are labeled as. And thirdly, Epilepsy Australia has basically told everyone with epilepsy to steer clear of generics. If an association is telling us that, then there must be something wrong with it.

Finally, the thing that has really made me stay away from generics is my experience with generic amoxycilin. I have taken amoxycillin in the past with no side effects, until I tried a generic brand, and then I ended up with huge side effects. It was bizarre! Insomnia and weird dreams. Generally, if I am sick, I sleep like a log unless i have a cold where I am coughing a lot, and then I tend to cough myself awake, but insomnia - thoughts racing and just unable to sleep - is not normal for me.

Anyway, I went to the pharmacy with a script for roxithromycin, and they tried to give me the generic, and when I asked for rulide (the original branded one) they didn't actually have any in stock. If they had just asked in the first place, I would not have waited 20 minutes to find this out. Mind you, while I was waiting they were doing a big trade in generics - everything from antihistamines to major prescription drugs. I ended up at the pharmacy close to home. Much better! I know the government is encouraging generics, but for the $3 extra I will stick to the original!

Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays
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What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Holiday movies... There are a lot of them!! I don't have just one that I think is a must see. So in no particular order:

It's a Wonderful Life
While you were Sleeping
Die Hard 1&2
Love Actually
Muppets A Christmas Carol (this is usually on TV).

Baby max
I wonder sometimes if the world is dumbing down the English language. Part of it is probably because of where I work. Many people use F**K as an adjective, when there are about a million other adjectives out there.

And FAIL. How many times have I heard that in recent history. "That is such a fail", "massive fail" or simply just "fail".

We have a fabulous language, with so many descriptive words. We should use them. Even some of the older words. For example:

Some of the casino patrons are avaricious.

Sometimes my cat gormandises, especially leading up to winter.

The television series Primeval is full of anachronisms.

What do people think? Are we limiting our use of words?


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