In Memoriam of My Mother, by David Nicholas
All gather round and I’ll give you some ideas
‘Bout a fiery, buxom maid God named Maria
Cooks with great gusto, to produce real gems
Dare I say it, she’s the chef’s crème de la crème
Eager with advice more useful than tarot
Forever makes sure we’re on the straight and narrow
Goes through hell to help, to keep us all smiles
Has a knack for bargaining, and thrifty styles
I truly am thankful to have her be my guide
Judicious and just, she took discipline in stride
Keenly dealt inspired ways to keep me in line
Loved spoiling me too; she struck a balance fine
Made sure she helped me control my attitude
No words will ever express my sheer gratitude
Only saints could be so resolved and serene
Perhaps she’s a woman who’s few and far between
Quite heavy though my praise is, I’ll never deny
Rarely times pass where we don’t see eye-to-eye
Stubborn and steadfast, she insists on being right
Trying to convince her will only lead to fights
Ultimately though her record’s near perfect
Virtually it means she’s owed some real respect
Whether I’m young or old, I hope I really can
‘Xalt her virtues that helped me become a man
Years will tick by, and perhaps she’ll drive me mad
Zinger being, her gracing my world makes me glad.
Hey gang, it's AussieDidge here with another long-overdue update on what's going on into my life and the lives of those around me. Tonight, it's high time I discuss why I've seemingly been away from DeviantART the past few days, stuff regarding my third year in university, and any other major updates I feel necessary to add.
As a few of you may remember, I wrote a piece at the beginning of the month giving you the skinny on what it felt like to be back home on Australian soil, after a five-month exodus in Alaska to further my education.
Since then I've all but settled in, and gotten myself prepared for what will be my third year at La Trobe University. This included grabbing books, setting up tutorials and creating timetables, just like I've done every semester since 2012.
So what has happened since my last entry? Well, pull up a chair and allow me to regale you...
- My new computer is here!
Yes, it was after three weeks of anxious waiting and anticipation that I was finally able to take my custom-built machine home from MSY and set it up. Although my dad and I worked for at least 2 hours sorting out the bells and whistles, even working on it after dinner, eventually it was all sorted out and programmed to go.
About one week in, programs installed and all, and my final verdict is, it was $3,000 absolutely well-spent. I've never seen my Internet go so fast before and the 24-inch monitor looks utterly gorgeous, giving me a crystal-clear view of everything. As an audiophile, the sound coming from the PC and headphones are magnificent, even despite the niggling issue that sometimes my audio drivers fails to be recognised and nothing comes through the headphones.
My recent purchase was of Poser 10, the latest in casual 3D animating software, and down the line I have plans to purchase CyberLink Powerdirector 12 and the ultimate in creative software, Adobe After Effects. I have so many projects in mind to go with my poetry (maybe even a combo of both) that I don't even know where to start. But I know one thing, I'm looking forward to that first step.
- Rediscovering Runescape - oh boy...
About six to twelve months ago, give or take, my old computer started to experience connectivity issues with one of my favourite games, Runescape. Try as much as I could, the game could never seem to log me in, and sad as it was, I was forced to cancel my membership and let the account die out. A real shame, considering the friends I made as part of clanship and the fun things I did from time to time.
With the new computer came a faster bandwidth and now, an ability to start anew. I've already leveled two skills past 50 in preparation for membership, and now with the new Bonds feature in place, I really look forward to earning my memberships in place of paying for them.
If you happen to play and want to have a chat, I'll be known as, you guessed it, AussieDidge, around World 108 (least for the time being). Could sure look forward to company while I mine a thousand ores a day...
- Mena's condition
So, with regards to my Nonna's dog Mena, she continues to surprise us with her resilience. The vet doctors gave her just one week, she's been going on strongly for four weeks and counting. :zeal:
In fact, compared to before, she actually seems more happy and energetic, although that could be due to the massive shift from hot to mild weather as of late.
Thank goodness she doesn't think too much about what she eats; for one, it makes my mum's job a lot easier to feed her her heart tablets inside a nice juicy piece of ham (Come to think about it, does that sound a little ironic to you?)
It was only a while ago I declared her to be at Death's door, but never would I expect her to put up such a ferocious fight against such a powerful creature. I can only hope she continues fighting death, to prove that anyone, man or beast, can conquer death.
Amazingly, the time has just flew past, and as it stands, only three days separate me from my third year doing Accounting/Economics at La Trobe. It seemed only yesterday I touched down after 35 hours of flying and spent two weeks just recovering from the jet lag, and yet, here we are.
The preparation began with collecting my books from the Co-Op Bookshop on campus. Inexplicably, I left with all but one book that was neither listed or even seemingly heard of at Co-op, perhaps a first and only time it would happen. Thankfully, I had one book all ready for use since last year, and the purchase went through without any hitches.
The family stopped off at a favourite eatery on campus before leaving, The Eagle Cafe, with its friendly staff, tasty food and affordable prices. I had my favourite meal, a Chicken Parma, my dad helped himself to a classic "Steak Sanger" and my mum opted for a healthy kind of dish.
Afterwards, I had to book in some tutorials on the OASIS system, and just forty minutes after opening, an extraordinary amount of classes were already filled leaving me with little choice for good times. But lo and behold, I found them, and prepared a timetable which, compared to the last year or so, actually turned out for the better.
I suppose now there's not much to do but wait for the third year to begin, but after such a successful semester, all I can say is, in the words of a man I highly respect, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson... "JUST BRING IT!"
- Any other thoughts...
Not much in this section, but if any of my active watchers are still around (I guess that means, not many), you know that in just one month, I'll be 22 years old. The double-deuces are an age I'm kinda grateful to approach, and odds are, I'll be enjoying me some devil's drink and dinner with my family on the day.
Perhaps I'll take a while yet to gain any sort of notice on an art site already bursting with incredibly creative and talented people, but like always, I can try and try.
And with that, that marks the end of another month's worth of updates. Stay tuned for my animated milestones and additional works of poetry, as I guarantee there'll be more soon... provided I can break the grip Runescape has over me. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and I'll wish you all the best from whichever side of the world you're from. Ciao!