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23 June 2005 @ 03:56 pm
The Good: All my bills for the month are now paid off -- credit card, phone bill (both were bigger than I would have liked, oops), health insurance, car loan, board to parents, car is full of petrol, etc etc.
The Bad: I don't have any money left for the next 2 weeks... and payday was just today. Yikes.

The Good:It is exactly 3 months today until I leave (!!!)
The Bad: ... I am really going to miss some of the people here at work.

The Good: I got a great magazine at the newsagency called In London - it's actually a free monthly magazine all over London, aimed at backpackers and working holidayers, but there's a new magazine that's just been released here in Australia, for people going over there. Anyway, it's absolutely perfect (plus it was only $ 5.95). I'm so thrilled to have found it 'cos I loved those free magazines (In London, TNT etc) when I was over there - they are so informative and full of great resources, websites, and other relevant information.
The Bad: Now I really don't want to do any more work, I just want to sit here and read my backpacker magazine ;)


I was in the bookstore at lunchtime (travel section, of course), and I heard a girl asking a sales assistant about White Oleander. The sales assistant looked on the shelves and said, "you must mean White Gardenia, there is no White Oleander." And the girl said, "it's the one from the movie" and I couldn't help myself, I just had to speak up: "It's by Janet Fitch". The girls looked over at me and I had to say, "it's my favourite book". They found it and the girl stopped to talk to me about it ("is it as good as the movie?" "oh, it's much better, the movie left so much out") and she looked thrilled to have the copy in her hands; walking down to the cash registers at the front of the store hugging her copy to her the way I do when I find something special. It's silly, but when they said White Oleander, I just felt such a connection with that book, I couldn't not speak up. I really hope that girl enjoys reading it as much as I did. I think she will though.

yes anastasiaconcertina__ on June 23rd, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
oooooh that book means the world to me.
i am so excited about you going overseas, reading about it makes me want to travel so, so much.

Ivana Stabbitch_please on June 23rd, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
I was so glad I took Sonja's advice and read White Oleander. It really changed my views on writing and breaking perfect sentence structure rules and everything. It was so beautiful. The movie doesn't even compare.
d-elicate: Frankahandsdown on June 23rd, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
I just got that book off my bookshelf today because a friend asked me if I had anything she could read. I love that book, I meant to write an entry about it awhile ago, Ingrid can be so like my own mother. Anyway, love the book.
art, crafting & domestic bliss!sagiegirl on June 23rd, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to read White Oleander!
♥Lokaha Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu♥: OMjupitersiren on June 23rd, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
It's a good feeling to have the bills paid but a sad one when all of the money went to bills.
MIxed feelings...argh!
Goodness, I haven't read White Oleander or Prozac Nation. I am adding a large collection of books to purchase. Any other favorites you could recomment?
Much love