Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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12 of 12, September 2017

A miscellaneous day, a dearth of ideas, and a feeling of being caught in chaos led to my desperate plan for this month’s 12 of 12: I could make “mess” my theme. I had a lot of it, all I had to do was to try and make it artistic.

I was not surprised that on the weekend the Scouts had managed to let some food “catch” on the bottom of one of the big pots. Oh joy.

There was also a big pot of left overs, now distributed to friends, family and freezer, but I haven’t yet washed up the serving spoon.

The day involved a load of washing.

I haven’t yet packed away some of the caching paraphernalia I retrieved from my recent trip to Victoria; this is the now-dried-out-but-previously-disgustingly-soggy log book from my damaged cache on Mt Charlie.

Also waiting further attention is my pair of bushwalking boots. They need a little bit of sole-cleansing, and then some leather treatment.

My garden needs work; this pile of twitch (an annoying weed) has at least been removed from the driveway bed.

These are useful for mess (although a few people who know me well will report that I hardly ever use the front one since my weekly rubbish pile is small enough to fit in a bread bag and so I usually sneak it into one of the neighbour’s bins).

Remember that comment about the garden needing work? I cleared this vegie bed of grass over summer. Sigh.

Lounge-room floor detritus, which is mostly Scout stuff.

And this Star-Wars-opening-credits-like-pile-of-text is associated with providing feedback on a PhD student’s work.

For some reason there is a pile of dilapidated sisal rope under the coffee table in the loungeroom. It has been there for far too long.

And then there’s the garage. Some of it is organised non-mess, but a lot is not.

I suppose I can take comfort in the fact that I felt I had run out of mess by the time I had taken 12 photos (although in my heart of hearts I know that I really haven’t!).

[The “12 of 12” project involves taking 12 photos on the 12th of the month. This provides the opportunity to get snapshots of different aspects of your life. I have been doing this since 2009 and this is the 97th such entry. It was also one of the duller ones.]

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