susan smitten (chu_hi) wrote,
susan smitten


あけましておめでとうございます!Happy 2005, peeps! Hope it's great.

(Am I late?)

My start to the year was mostly business, but here's what I got.

Chris, Steve, myself, and Joe. Sydney, Australia.

Bruce Willis, Ernest Hemingway, and Celine Dion: This Wharf's For You.

Here I am with Canadian Steve in front of a mandatory Sydney sight.

Not a great photo, but it's all I got of Auckland.

The guys in the first picture are pilots, if you can't tell just by looking at them. Joe, I'm sorry I cropped your face, but I'm no longer the skilled autophotographer I once was. Maybe it has to do with the 13 hour flight we were just on, or the two full minibars we consumed before heading into town without a nap. Note eye circles and lopsided smile on your narrator. Hey, it was the first of January.

The second time I was in Sydney (two days later), I went to this fantastic garden near the opera house. There were so many flowers, trees, birds, and even insects that I had never seen before. And wouldn't you know, I forgot my camera. I saw "strangler fig" trees for the first time and they are just amazing. (As seen on The Private Life of Plants.) I searched for some pictures on Google that would convey what I saw, but found nothing even close.

In between was Auckland. Last time I was in Auckland was July, or the dead of winter, and January is the height of summer there. So why was the weather exactly the same both times? It was a little cool and overcast. And the exact same flowers were still in bloom. Does it change?

In other random ponderances, why is there a disproportionate number of commercial pilots named Steve?

SYD-AKL-SYD-DXB was a 5-day party in the sky. I think it was a good indicator of the year to come.

This was my chance to be original - oh, but I wasn't. Instead I was introspective. Next time!

TEN Random Things About Me
10. I have three distinct personalities. Anyway, they are distinct to me.
9. I love to laugh. And I never get mad.
8. My job takes me all over the world, but when I'm off duty, I don't leave the house.
7. Sometimes I forget to eat.
6. I removed two items I had originally listed here.
5. I have the power to alter time.
4. I love all animals, including snakes and rats and pigeons.
3. I don't know where I stand on a lot of issues, because I see the valid points to either side.
2. I love to dance, but you'll probably never see it.
1. I don't get bored. I just... don't.

NINE Places I've Visited
9. Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney
8. Sacramento, to see my boyfriend's family
7. Several bohemian cities on the Danube
6. A friend's grave
5. Much of Europe, the UK, and Asia. I'd rather list places I haven't visited. Like Africa! And South America!
4. San Antonio, one of the best cities in Texas for atmosphere and culture.
3. Comedy Company in NYC, like, a million times
2. The Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan
1. The Underworld

EIGHT Things I Want To Do Before I Die
8. Get old. (Didn't see that one coming, did you?)
7. Get wasted with someone famous (hopefully whom I admire)
6. Be reunited with all the old friends I've lost track of
5. Have my face appear somewhere in a movie
4. Meet John Flansburgh
3. Be a published author
2. Save somebody's life
1. One more, hmm.. see Earth from space?

SEVEN Ways To Win My Heart
7. Cook amazing food
6. Give foot massages
5. Be artistic and logical and multi-talented
4. Be a better photographer than me
3. Build things and fix things
2. Have a soft, squashy belly
1. Love me

SIX Things I Believe In
6. Cats are smarter than us.
5. The Judeo-Christian/Islam, etc, prophets were probably right, but their teachings have never been accurately recorded.
4. People are the same everywhere. They're basically good.
3. People are the same everywhere. When faced with an unfamiliar situation, they become dependant, predictable, almost moronic blobs of jelly.
2. Cooked food is good for you; those raw-foodist people are wrong.
1. Friendship requires effort, especially after high school.

FIVE Things I'm Afraid Of
5. Sharks
4. Jellyfish
3. Being really far underwater and not having any air
2. Losing my memories
1. Losing people I love

FOUR Of My Favourite Items In My Bedroom
4. My bed! Love the bed! (Can you believe I went three years without a bed?)
3. The aura of calm, protective coccoon-ness
2. All my dresses and clothing stuffs
1. My boyfriend, antivert. He's in bed now, but here is a picture I took yesterday of him sleeping on the loveseat.

THREE Things I Do Everyday
3. Stretch
2. Sing to myself
1. Skim 23,542,858,357,273 message boards

TWO Things I Am Trying Not To Do Right Now
2. Be lazy
1. Be vain

ONE Person I Want To See Right Now
1. There are a lot more than one. How about my best friend, Beth?

Here is the one where you post the first line of the first post of every month in 2004. Only thing is, I hardly used my LJ from the months of March through September, except to save emails I got. Pretty boring stuff.

January: We arrived home an hour ago, after two nights in Tokyo.

February: Shin-Kobe Station, January 2004.

March: It's easy to spot the new inductees.. we skip through the 21st Century Tower and the Aviation Training College, smiling and chattering.

April: My first flight is tomorrow!

May: I've decided that I <3 flying.

June: I hardly ever get on the net, so I'm really sorry about the 1000's of emails I haven't answered, and the stagnation of my blog.

July: Hi Susan!!!

August: I have pictures to show you from all over, and from now on I resolve to post consistently.

September: On my second trip to Singapore, I headed straight for the flea markets, where I snared some antique statues and a few odd paperbacks.

October: TMBG are absolutely full of songs.

November: I started a new LJ to keep track of all that wine I drink: chu_hi_wines.

December: I had plans to pay up my sleep debt in New York, after a drink or two in the hotel with crew - and what a loss it would have been if I had.

Wow, this really isn't very intriguing without the pictures!

One more thing: You've probably already seen Garden State but if you haven't, you know what to do.
Tags: auckland, australia, new zealand, sydney

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