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Monday, February 28, 2005

re: I know....

Well, an update on my extremely busy week/10 days...
...let's just throw in a car that...
...well let's say...
...it's died, and there's no chance of a resurrection.


Friday, February 25, 2005

found this...

...on Ps Phil's blog...

…And thus we rust Life's iron chain
Degraded and alone:
And some men curse, and some men weep,
And some men make no moan:
But God's eternal Laws are kind
And break the heart of stone.

And every human heart that breaks,
In prison-cell or yard,
Is as that broken box that gave
Its treasure to the Lord,
And filled the unclean leper's house
With the scent of costliest nard.

Ah! happy those whose hearts can break
And peace of pardon win!
How else may man make straight his plan
And cleanse his soul from Sin?
How else but through a broken heart
May Lord Christ enter in?

Oscar Wilde, 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol,' Paris, 1897

the new bond...

Last night, a few of my friends and I were discussing who we thought was going to be the new James Bond. Personally, I don't think anyone can top Pierce Brosnan, but hey, they might surprise me!

We suggested one of the guys in the room should be the next bond, to which he then replied that he'd be called "Wog Bond".

Then...some intellectuall wondered aloud that if the next bond were to be a black man, would he be known as "ColorBond"?

Imagine the product placement! Watches, cars, ColorBond roofing, fences, garage doors...!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

I know...

I've been busy.

I just checked my diary, and i'm booked SOLID through until mid march.

It makes me tired thinking about it.

At least it's not all work....

Coming up, it looks like: meeting, meeting, massage, meeting, meeting, meeting, meeting, concert, rehearsal, production, meeting, party, meeting x3.

That gets me through until approx march 10....

Thursday, February 17, 2005

more more british comedy...

I can't believe I forgot these two:

Absolutely Fabulous
The Vicar of Dibley

mushy brain

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

First Day!

** I thought I'd keep this - better late than never! **
Well I'm now half-way through my first day at my new job.
Thankfully, I'm busy, but it's not the frantic, controlled chaos of my old job! It feels strange for me to not have the phone running off the hook...
I've got my own desk (one that's not a reception counter), a cool and comfy chair, and a nice computer with a flatscreen monitor and broadband! What more could one ask for? Nice pay? Got that too! Yay Yay Yay!
All I can say is PRAISE GOD!!! I can remember praying about a new job, and I said that I would like a job with good pay, that involves numbers, people (less than I was currently encountering), and a quiet, pleasant work atmosphere....and I got everything I asked for. (But that's because I'm his favourite ha ha)
Well, happy valentines day everyone, and enjoy your day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Life Groups 05

We had our first official Life Group meeting for the year last night. My cell leader shared her vision for the year, which basically consists of us knuckling down and doing everything that we said we were going to do last year.

Next week we're beginning a 6 week group study of the Phillip Yancey book "What's so Amazing About Grace?", which I'm really looking forward to.

After that book, we begin "How to Succeed at Being Yourself" by the fabulous Joyce Meyer, however this book gets interrupted half way through, when my church begins the "40 Days of Purpose" campaign. Once the campaign is over though, we kick straight back into the book.

When we've finished that book, we start on my cell leader's favourite: "Intimate Friendship with God through Understanding the Fear of the Lord" (what a mouthful!) by Joy Dawson. For a small book, it's pretty intense.

After Sherli shared her vision for our cell last night, I can't wait to see what God does in and through our cell!!!

Bring it ON!

My Second Day...

I sent through a post yesterday (aptly titled "My First Day"), but alas, it's gone missing again. Probably what happens when you try and use a different computer hey?

Well, as you've probably guessed from the title, today is my second day at my new job.

So far, so good!

I've got my own desk (one that's not a reception counter), a great computer with a sweet little flatscreen LCD monitor, and a lovely executive chair. And, I can get up from my desk whenever I want to, and not have to find someone to cover for me while i'm making a cuppa! YES!!!!

This job truly is a God-send (now you all have to remind me of this when I start complaining about it...as I always do...). A few months ago I was praying about a new job, and the conditions that I remember asking for were as follows: good pay, good hours, less people contact, maybe even a little bit of finance work thrown in, etc. And, I've got ALL of it! Praise God!

Mum & Dad are happy, as it means that they can shut the back door to their bank account where money seemed to fall out of constantly (with their permission and knowledge of course!), and it means that I can afford to fly home for holidays, and maybe even be able to go to things like Hillsong Conference (because now I don't have to cover for other staff that want to go to conference!) YAY!!!

Friday, February 11, 2005

My last day

Hello there!

Well sorry for once again neglecting everyone, but I've been flat-out tying up loose ends at my old job and training my replacement!

Today's my last day at work, so I'm not really planning on doing anything except supervise my replacement! Yay!

We had a farewell morning tea for me here yesterday, and guess what they gave me as a farewell present - tickets to Switchfoot!!!! They're playing at the UNSW Roundhouse on March 1. How great is that?!

I've just spent the last two nights at my friend's studio recording "easter carols" - parts for the songs we're using for our easter production. It's called "His Majesty", and the production covers from the creation of the world, to Christ's death and resurrection. So we're even singing a christmas carol! (Christmas carols in an easter production?!) The production's going to be held on Good Friday night and Resurrection Sunday night, so if you're free on one of those nights and you live in Sydney, feel free to come along!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

more british comedy faves

My last post got me thinking about my favourites....here's some of them:

Father Ted
Red Dwarf
Black Books
The Goodies (yeah...I know, Old school)
My Family
The Brittas Empire
Thin Blue Line
Little Britain (I've only seen a few eps, very irreverent, but funny!)


One of my weaknesses is (good) British Comedy. For the last few years, I've been addicted to a show called "Coupling". When I try and explain it to my friends (who mostly watch american sitcoms), I tell them "It's like 'Friends' mixed with 'Seinfeld', but WAY BETTER" (because I'm not really a fan of either show...) and now, a couple of my friends are hooked on it too!

I must admit though, when the current series started with out Jeffery, I was dissapointed. He was one of my favourites...even to the point where one of my friends (we discovered the series at the same time), started saying "excellent" exactly the way that Jeffery did.

Gosh this is sad! haha

4 days to go

Thankyou to everyone who keeps checking my blog...only to find nothing's changed!

I've only got 4 days left here at work, so things are getting chaotic...I'm trying to tie up all the loose ends, prepare a procedure manual and make sure everything's ready for the new receptionist, AND still do all my regular duties as well! AAHH! Oh well. I'd best just buckle down and get on with it and stop complaining....

Easter rehearsals start tomorrow night. Actually, rehearsals do start tomorrow night, but I'm not going to be there because I'll be in studio on Wednesday and Thursday night recording vocal parts for all the songs. I can't believe it - it's our second week back in CM, and we're kicking straight into rehearsals for easter! Where's the year gone (already?!).

Our children's ministry had a fun day on sunday - the first week back for the bus kids. They had a fire truck - complete with firemen (in uniform too...!) so needless to say, there were quite a few "older kids" who had a fun day on sunday as well (sorry....couldn't resist!).

Friday, February 04, 2005

Melissa's funeral

A girl I know, Melissa, was buried today.

She was part of the CM Choir at church; she was diagnosed with cancer a few months after I met her, nearly 2 years ago. The tumour was in her stomach, wrapped around a major artery, and inoperable. I'm still not sure why, but Melissa opted not to undergo any form of treatment - not even chemo or radiotherapy. As the tumour grew, Melissa looked like she was expecting a baby - but there was no baby, just the cancer. We were all believing with her that God was going to heal her, but nothing happened. For a while there we thought that the cancer had stopped growing, but then it would begin to grow again, and grow with a vengeance.

However, now she's whole again, and free from all pain and discomfort - she's in Heaven, with God, and no doubt trying to sing louder than the angels! (as any good alto should attempt to do!)

Her funeral was held here, at my church. It was a sad time, but also a time for celebration - a celebration of Melissa, and her life. People were encouraged to wear bright colours - Melissa's son wore a hawaiian shirt, her mum wore a hot pink top, and the flowers on the coffin were an array of multi-coloured gerberas. A salvation-call was given during the ceremony, and PRAISE GOD - 3 people responded!

I wasn't able to go to the cemetery, but my friend said that they gave everyone brightly-coloured balloons, and at the end of the ceremony, they were all encouraged to let the balloons go - and let Melissa go as well.

God Bless You Melissa, and I know we'll see each other soon!

I'm a tech-head...


I've always thought that I was fairly technologically-minded. That is, until I started this blog. Sure, I know how to find almost anything on the www, but as for creating and maintaining a blog (with all the extras), I was a newbie.

That's why I'm so happy with myself. It took me a while, but I've finally worked out how to get a blog counter and the blogroll to work - AND to appear on my blog!!! Woo Hoo!

(It's pretty quiet at work today!) - One week to go. Now it's starting to sink in.


Found this today over on Ps Phil Baker's blog:


Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

There's more here.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

move aside batMAN, batDOG's on his way! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

back to normality

Well following the extremely slow January that I had at work, it now seems as though we're making up for lost time! I've barely had time to think since 8:30 monday morning. Oh well - at least the day goes faster.

We had some bad news yesterday - a girl who was part of our CM Choir died in the early hours of the morning. She'd been fighting cancer for some time now, so it is a relief that she's no longer in pain, but of course, it is a sad time for her young son and her family. We're expecting the funeral to be quite large, but also for it to be a real celebration of her life.

It's now a week and a half until I start my new job. It's still scary, but I know that God's got it all worked out.
I start on Valentine's Day...that's a nice present hey?