Sunday, December 17, 2006

Random and Scattered Thoughts

This week has been extremely busy, hence the random, scattered thoughts I'm having. On Friday evening, while I was out for a walk, I saw a Koala for the first time ever in the wild. When I say in the wild, I mean in my local park where I walk pretty much every day. I was just walking along and awakened from my quietude by a rustling in the leaves off to my right and I saw what looked like either a rabbit or something oddly grey and furry kind of hopping along. I stopped to investigate and was rewarded with an amazing sight...a koala slowly climbing a tree and staring stright at me! WOW! How cool! How lucky am I?

So far, I have seen a Goanna which made it's home under the cement walkway through the park until recently. I haven't seen him in a couple of weeks, so I assume that he's found a better home. There is also a family of Kookaburras and many Galahs, as well as, Cockatoos. The last link has most Australian birds pictured there, and there are quite a few of them.

It's just amazing being here with the myriad of wildlife that I see all the time, or at least know is out there to be seen. Kangaroos do roam the country, though the only one I have seen in the wild had been, unfortunately, killed by a car. In this part of Queensland we generally have Grey Kangaroos. The big Red ones live out west. Kangaroos are mostly seen as pests and many people eat the meat of culled 'roos. We even have dingoes running around here but I have only seen 2 in a zoo. I didn't even get lucky enough to see one on Fraser Island where they promote dingo sightings as a tourist attraction.

Last night was C~'s uni graduation ceremony. Good grief was I tired! I started my new job last week, but this week I worked full-time, finishing up the 45 hours or so at 12:30 Saturday afternoon. So, I got home, rested a bit then got ready to leave home about 4:30 to arrive 2 hours early for the ceremony, as C~ needed to be there to pick up his robe & cap, and have pictures taken beforehand. It lasted until about 8:30 and by the time we got home we were both exhausted and irritable and didn't want to do anything but sleep...well, sort of lol. We put Clerks 2 on and I fell asleep about half an hour into it and managed to sleep until 8:30 this morning. I'm still not entirely awake and it's after lunch. I don't need coffee I need about 4 or 5 more hours of sleep. Think I'm going to take a nap.

Yep, that's what I'm going to do...nap and sorta watch The Cricket. The Aussies are gonna win The Ashes back from England this year, I just know it! I know, I could I possibly like Cricket, excuse me THE Cricket *wink* as everyone calls it. It's a long and many times boring game, slower than baseball and about as fast as golf. The Test Matches last (on average) 5 days, and then there are the One Dayers and Day/Nighters, but the most exciting are the 20/20 matches which last about 3 hours and very, very fast and exciting. I don't know how I got hooked on it, I just did. I can't explain it so I won't even try. Yeah, I'm still an American Football fan, but American Football is only played on ESPN on Foxtel here in Australia and the games that are shown are the choice of whomever chooses the programs for that channel. So one week I might get to see the Colts and the next it might be The Saints, there's no rhyme or reason to it. Also, the bad thing is that the games are shown in real time which means they're on tv at about 10 am here...and I'm generally working, so I can't really keep up with who's doing what.

Time for a nap, 'nuff said.


skinnylittleblonde said...

Wow! How awesome is that to see a koala at the park!
Much better than the stray dog or cat, occasional possum, feild mouse or chipmunk seen at the park here in southern USA.
Congrats to the graduate & heres's to hopes that the ceremony went well!

Yaussie Girl said...

That is very cook. I remember the first time I saw one, it was in my friend's backyard!

Genilimaa said...

(I always start my comments here with "wow", don't I? I'll try something new.)
WOW! Australian wildlife is really something else.
My mom went to some zoo when she was there, came to the pen that said "Wombat" but didn't see anything. But then there was the sound of someone passing gas - from inside a piece of a concrete pipe - and there it was!
(Now why is that a lot funnier when she tells it..?)

Mooselet said...

So far I've had two 'roos hop in front of my car while driving, the most recent being in my own neighborhood! I'm lucky to live on acreage and we would get them visiting the dam when we had water in it.

Sorry, can't get into the cricket no matter how hard I try. I am a rugby league fan, however, so there's my Aussie sport!