Mmkay, it's a while since I updated... lyke, four days!
Sunday: Seem to have done well with the sermon- even the deafest of the congregation could hear me; no one was upset; Roger got so enthused he offered me all his old bible study notes from his Wesley College days.
For my own records, since i seem to lose .doc files over time: ( sermon under here, you really don't want to bother with it )
Then went and saw El for the afternoon. She seems pretty good- breakup with Zain still in the painful and indecisive stages, but otherwise OK. I asked her if she'd noticed Will becoming unusually huggy lately, and apparently not. So either it's just special for me, or it's special NOT for El. *shrugs*
Went to church with El's parents. I think they thought it a bit odd because I wasn't going to the party she was going to, along with most of our other friends. Kris kept thinking I was invited. *snort* just shows he doesn't think- why would i get invited to Jemimah's party? :P
Church was their carol service... Niel did a Santa impersonation, informing us, among other things, that the sleigh needs new cushions 'cos his hemaeroids are giving him trouble; the sleigh first began to fly when he was at a party and ate one too many wild mushrooms; and that Coke are responsible for imprisoning him in red and white fur. The last one is actually true.
Interesting story about the song 'Silent Night': it was written by an Austrian preist named Joseph Mohr. He composed it for guitar one christmas when the parish organ died.
After the service we all trooped over to the Duke for wedges and beer... just wedges in my case. Nicole gave me some of her ginger beer, and ooh it was foul. If i wanted yeast I'd eat bread dough! However, sweet chilli sauce on wedges is a Good Thing. Amy Baylek's started going down there... really interesting girl to talk to. She's having huge trouble with the Australian attitude to alcohol. Neil was making jokes about New Years and people getting pissed, and she asked me if people thought it was OK for ministers to drink. I was about to say 'not usually,' because in my stodgy old town that's the case. Something stopped me, and i told her that most people wouldn't feel right about ministers drunk
, but drinking is ok. Just as well, because both Nicole and Neil sat down to a big schooner after the service!
Monday: Chris came over, we went swimming and just hung around for a bit. Nothing terribly exiting.
Tuesday: I got the family photos printed, they look great
. It was going to be terribly expensive unless I got a 'value pack', so I ended up with a 6"x8" enlarged one of mum and dad. It's a good photo, I wouldn't have minded putting it up on my wall, but Mum suggested we frame it and give it to Nan & Pop. That too is a good idea. I think I might frame one of the spare small copies- sadly I only got one copy of the edited one- and give it to Nan T. Might as well use the frame I used to have Chris in.
Got a Christmas card and letter from Susanne, my first OS chrissy card for the year. :D It was gorgeous, as usual. She organised her work christmas party, apparently. She got all her collegues hiking through a forest in the snow for over an hour, before they could have their BBQ and Santa impersonator and so forth. Always been to outdoorsy for her own good, methinks. She's off skiing in Austria for her holiday this year.
Saw HP. Last minute decision, decided I was no longer so obsessive that I couldn't handle seeing it. I was right about that, too. I have no quibbles about anything they deleted! I thought the dragon chase was overdone, but on the other hand the graphics way outdid the early quidditch scenes. If you ask me, a duck-and-weave scene would have been much more thrilling and shown off much more of Harry's skill than a mad broomstick flight crashing into roofs and whatnot.
My God, can Emma Watson get any more gorgeous? and that dress.... *envies lots*
Bonus points to the casting team, too, for finding so many hot guys! Was particularly impressed with the Cossack-style Durmstrang lads, with their red uniforms and their gymnastic dances. Even Fred and George are hot these days!
Plus the bonus joy of a whole scene of Harry in a bath... I feel slightly peverted, the character being fourteen and all, but Daniel Radcliffe is sixteen or so, that's not so bad is it?
Ginny is pretty uninspiring, though. Pfft.
Then what... Mum and I wrote the Christmas pageant last night. We were going to just adapt one from a book she has, but there are so many changes its more like a whole new play with some plagiarised bits.( Christmas according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John )
aaand... today... Spent the morning writing the service sheets for Christmas Eve. You try fitting seven hymns, a welcome message, a closing message, and some clip art, onto two pages, and still having the text big enough for the old folk to read. Not only that but you also have to put things on out of order so that they make a booklet when printed out and folded once. BAH. Still, I managed it, with lots of going on the net to find lyrics (We Three Kings is not in the hymn book??) and pics.
Posted a last-minute christmas present to my dear Jenna ;) (hithluin
) An Aragorn bookmark from my own collection. Her response to this offer bears noting:
'OMGWTFBBQ!' What significance a cooking device has to anything, je ne sais pas. Anyway, she now owes me :P
I even found a Christmas card with a Koala on it, just for you Jen :D
Went around to Kim not-Brown-anymore's place to pick up a gingerbread house. Wasn't too sure about driving it up our track, I'd heard horror stories about them collapsing, so we took it to the Woolmers to store it till Xmas day. It actually looked pretty sturdy, when we got it, but I'd never seen one before and didn't want to take any chances.
My SS present still isn't here :( I'm very sad. In fact, I've only got three Christmas cards so far! Lai, Tock and Susanne. *feels neglected*
and as for birthdays... apparently my birthday card is still in Lukas' desk drawer, and Will still has a birthday present for me sitting on his desk! Lukas (gryphonvere
), remind me to introduce you to Kate. Forget being my
alter ego, you're now hers. :P
Ok, I'm finally going to make my next dissertation in this lengthy theological discussion I'm having with Az (rayneshadow
). Anyone else feel free to read ;) It might interest you Dave (lepsdavid
). (the begining of the discussion is in the comments for this entry
)( I'd put this in a comment but I'm using Semagic and not connected to the net so I don't have access to the comments box. I'll leave a comment directing you here next time I'm online )
whew. was that ever exhausting. *shakes head to clear it*
I'm apparently not showing up on people's Friends pages. Should I complain, do you think? mood:
my brain hurts. but other than that, i feel good :Dmusic:
George Thouroughgood, Bad to the Bone. But I've discovered lately how much i love 3 Doors Down.book:
After In the Fall I read 'Conversations with God', but Neil Donald Walsch. Exellent book, although I'm not sure how much I agree with him, especially in the areas on relationships. I like the way the logic works, the system of thought, at least.
Now reading: 'The Battle For God' but Karen Armstrong, which examines the phenomenom of fundamentalism in the three Monotheistic faiths, focusing on American Protestant Fundamentalism, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Sunni fundamentalism in Egypt and Shi'i fundamentalism in Iran.