Mar. 2nd, 2013

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Mar. 2nd, 2013 06:57 pm
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It's the beginning of March and I'm finally starting to unwind after the Cruel Summer (what with the floods and theft and death, oh my!) so it's about time to post here. No, I'm not dead, but you would be forgiven for not noticing.

The rain continues to fall. I wish that were a metaphor, but no; it's not stopped raining for more than three days together since the end of January. This is important to me because my job involves the physical provision of care to people living in their homes, and so floods are a hazard to my job. I don't like it! Which is distressing because I used to really like rainy days. (Mostly because of my eyes. A part of my shortsightedness is a mild sensitivity to bright light, and sunny days can hurt.) But now I really want to see the sun!

Uncertainty is so dominant in my life right now. My company's CEO just left (two different emails were sent out about it, and it's not entirely clear whether he left or was pushed, but either way a one-year CEO doesn't look good), several higher-ups have left, and us on the lower rungs have been warned to watch our chairs... it's worrisome, especially as we're getting a large influx of clients. Still, I'm not going to panic... just yet.

I'm watching a new anime (well, new to me): Kimi ni Todoke. Kuronuma Sawako is a shy, polite girl in her first year of high school, who also bears an unfortunate resemblance to Sadako from The Ring so her classmates believe she's bad luck and avoid her. In a chance encounter, she meets and attracts the attention of Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular boy in class, and through him, begins to develop relationships with her classmates. It's interesting, because Sawako fits several of my favourite tropes (yamato nadeshiko, introverted bookish loner, painfully honest with herself and others) while at the same time hits several of my annoyance buttons (hesitates overmuch, extends second chances well beyond reason, misses painfully obvious social cues), but I'm still enjoying the series. I think it's for two reasons: firstly, while the romance is a big part of it, the series spends an equal if not greater amount of time on the friendship Sawako develops with her two closest girl friends, and secondly, this time, the girl is the clueless one (Kazehaya knows he's falling pretty much from day one and is clearly trying to win Sawako over in the nicest/best way possible).

Plans for Uluru continue apace; I have booked the camping tour and my accommodation in Alice Springs, so now all I have to buy are the airline tickets to get there. In less than two weeks, my holiday will be completely paid for and all I'll have to do is turn up at the airport at the right time. Now that's the challenge.

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