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Currently waiting in Prahran to get my second vaccine dose. I guess the outbreak has worsened since my first dose because the procedure to get in has got a lot more rigid. Looking forward to getting my jab though!

Greville St Prahran, with a queue of waiting people, a mural and a road devoid of traffic

Gidget’s box was sagging where she’s been sitting on it every day, so it was time to tell it goodbye. She was not happy to see Vivian take the box out front and fold it up for the recycle bin. She later cheered up when she remembered how much other cat furniture she has 🐱

a tabby cat in 3/4 view, looking alarmed

Currently watching the AFL Grand Final (or the half-time entertainment) with Viv – the second year in a row that it’s been at night, in a different state from its traditional “home” at the MCG, and we haven’t even been allowed to see our loved ones to watch the big game together, as we usually would 😔

Not really fussed who wins, although I’ve been glad to see the Bulldogs wage a fightback to make it more interesting 😆 As someone who’s neutral, I definitely prefer to watch an exciting game! (Now when the Swans are in it, I wouldn’t find seeing a one-sided game with us winning… but haha as if that would ever happen.)

Hopefully by this time next year we’ll be able to see it with others once more 😌

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was waiting on new keycaps that would align properly even when I arranged them as per the Dvorak left-hand layout. Well, today they arrived! I’m pretty happy; they look good, and my hyphen key is no longer obnoxiously tall 😅 If anyone’s curious as to the details: I got them from YMDK(external link), and they’re XDA profile, dye-sub PBT, and the colour scheme seems to be called “9009”. I can really see why people might have fun customising their own mechanical keyboards, but I think this is where I’m likely to leave mine (…for now).

a keyboard seen top-down, keycaps largely shades of light grey, some pink and green accents the same keyboard seen in profile view; the tops of the keys all lie flush (relatively)

Just a few minutes ago we had a minor earthquake! Gidget was freaking out, while the neighbour’s dog was just excited everyone was having a gathering on the driveway, hahah. Usually the tremors we get are so minor I don’t even notice them, but this one was very noticeable.

Looks like(external link) it was a magnitude 5.7 quake, about 125km ENE of Melbourne, at a depth of 2km. Although Geoscience Australia(external link) has it at more like magnitude 6, at a depth of 10km.

Thanks to the easing of restrictions a few days ago, I was able to see this scruffball (and my dad) and go on a walk to the beach! Hopefully Gizmo’s regular dog groomer will be back in business soon, because he looks like he could really do with a session 🐶

a scruffy white dog in a tartan jacket grins at the camera, standing on some grass

Victoria’s lockdown restrictions will be easing slightly from this weekend(external link) as we hit 70% of adults with a first vaccine dose. The 5km limit on movement will be increased to 10km, two adults from different households will be allowed to exercise together, and groups of 5+ adults, plus dependents, from two households will be allowed to socialise outdoors if all of them have had two vaccine doses. On a macro level, I guess I’m concerned about how much spread will result from people realising they’re very unlikely to have to prove their vaccination status and just catching up regardless… but on the personal level, I’m excited that I might get to see my family again. It’ll be late October before Viv and my sister get their second doses, but even being able to catch up with one family member and take Gizmo for a walk on the beach would be awesome 😃

Viv got an exciting phone call today – a job offer for an ongoing full-time position that he applied for, and interviewed for, a couple of months ago. And we don’t even have to move to Canberra! The position is here in Melbourne. Until now he’s only ever had contract or casual gigs, so permanency is a big step up for him. Super excited 😃

Tonight I found Gidget rifling through the crap on my bedside table because she realised I keep hair ties there. She kept coming back to rummage through it some more each time I carried her away! So one of the hair ties is hers now. We’re playing fetch with it 🐱

Twenty Years Since 9/11

I’m writing this post on September 12, but that’s accurate actually, because by the time the 9/11 attacks happened it was already September 12 here. I was a kid, home sick from school at the time, and so I had nothing to do all today but watch the looping news reports, the footage of those planes going into the towers again and again.

My first reaction, really, was that this was a …

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a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.