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Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

I am fairly narcissistic and quite a bit of a nerd and so a lot of my life is out there online, it still feels odd to write an introduction – it was odd to write the About page way back whenever I started blogging (and however many revisions have gone on since then), but if you think about it Introductions are awkward and it’s fairly universal.

Job interviews are introductions, as are first dates, meeting ‘the parents’, a first day at a new school or university, moving home, public speaking… all awkward.

There have been a lot of introductions in my life. Make what assumptions you like. But since we are starting out, here is a meme. Which is a cheaters way of blogging and I really shouldn’t (as that is quite against the point of this exercise)

Name: Rebecca

Married: 3yrs and a few days to Geoff

Kids: No

Religion: Christian (although I generally roll with one of those mantras about it being more about relationship than religion however there is still merit and value in tradition (some) and liturgy (also some))

Whereabouts: Melbourne, Australia

Grew up: Solomon Islands

Family: Parents + twin + 2x little sisters + inlaws

Job: Graphic Designer

Drink: Coffee, Gin & Tonic, Tea (other things too)

Eat: Food (pies, lamb shanks etc… hearty food is best)

Guilty Indulgence: Terrys Chocolate Orange, Hot Jam Donuts… Gilmore Girls

Do: write, photograph, read, read, read, hunt for bargains, design, cafes

Love: God, Geoff, The Hobbit, sleeping, thinking, reading, friends, blogs, vintage bargains

Yes, that was sufficiently a post to demonstrate bump, bump, bump and the awkwardness of introductions. If there’s anything else you wish to question or have me expand on, here I am (as I have already explained): slightly narcisstic and a nerd and so will readily reply to your comments.

This post is part of the 100 Theme Challenge

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I am reading the most excellent book at the moment: ‘To See Every Bird on Earth” – Dan Koeppel I had a short fling when I was younger with the whole bird watching thing. It lingers in different forms… the ‘Beside Book of Birds’ – which I love for both the book design and the content. But really it’s the collecting thing. The listing. The organisation. The categories… I must go back to the museum again soon.

My mother is a big lister. She writes them in her spare time. Things like: Words that rhyme with xyz. Odd. Not just one here and there. Lots. And me: Font collections. Books. RSS subscriptions. Posterous. Collections fascinate me.

It’s incredibly satisfying being a ‘big lister’ in some way shape or form (if I can stretch the bird watching definition further, as Koeppel does anyway). I do hope that this book continues to resonate. Blair, I believe this is my ‘I get you Nick Hornby’, because, ‘I kind of get you Richard Koeppel’.

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  1. My husband is lovely
  2. Coffee is momentarily not as appealing as it often is, tea is winning – although it feels wrong to order tea when out.
  3. I am sleep deprived
  4. I have subscribed to too many blogs and don’t have the energy to cull them down
  5. I would like it if someone were to invent a method of transport that is instantaneous
  6. I should write something more creative in some way shape or form
  7. I would quite like a sewing machine and after suggesting I probably would never sew my own clothes I would like to give some things a good crack
  8. I am nearing the end of 23 and about to progress to 24
  9. Our current bookclub book is dreary (Madame Bovary)
  10. I would like a holiday – although it feels rather unreasonable to feel such
  11. G & I watched a whole disk of How I Met Your Mother tonight
  12. I am still job hunting despite having a job – mostly because this current job is not why I studied design
  13. Beetroot tastes earthy and it’s pretty much the most legitimate way to eat something flavoured like dirt (it’s good stuff!)
  14. I followed a cocktail party with an early morning meeting (fool)

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Everything about Bookhou is glorious. But these wooden clouds… my goodness. I wish I were more handy with a jigsaw (perhaps I can con my dad into doing something like this…)

The Four Quartets – T.S Eliot

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
The inner freedom from the practical desire,
The release from action and suffering, release from the inner
And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded
By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving,
Erhebung without motion, concentration
Without elimination, both a new world
And the old made explicit, understood
In the completion of its partial ecstasy,
The resolution of its partial horror.
Yet the enchainment of past and future
Woven in the weakness of the changing body,
Protects mankind from heaven and damnation
Which flesh cannot endure.
Time past and time future
Allow but a little consciousness.
To be conscious is not to be in time
But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden,
The moment in the arbour where the rain beat,
The moment in the draughty church at smokefall
Be remembered; involved with past and future.
Only through time time is conquered.

IOGraphica – Make art while you’re using your computer.

I was wandering around Savers (which is a huge opshop) today and thinking about why I like op shops so much and figure it must be part of my collectors gene (mothers side) coupled with a bargain/value gene (fathers side and mother’s side). I think this collection gene is some of what attracts me to graphic design, and to work like Anthony Zinonos.

And gosh Spagat Design is lovely

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