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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Weekend update

Sorry about duplicating the previous post - it will be fixed as soon as i can get to a computer.

this past weekend was fantastic. Saturday was pretty much a non-day, so that leaves sunday. I sang at church in the morning, then headed off into the city. The purpose for the trip into the city was to meet Randy Elrod and his beautiful wife Chris for afternoon tea at tara tea room. The tea room is located in the george st markets in the rocks district. It was a fantastic afternoon - good people, good conversation, perfect weather and home-cooked food.

One of the many things discussed, of course, was Blogging. I mentioned to Randy that even though we'd never met before, we were talking like we'd known each other for years - which i think is due to reading each other's Blogs - you gain an insight as to how a person thinks, without actually meeting them in person.

But as Blogs are publically accessible, there is a responsibility to the Blogger regarding what is posted on your site. Thankfully, There's only been one time (so far) when a post has landed Me in trouble. I didn't remove the post, but i have become slightly more cautious regarding the content of my posts.

well, i'm nearly at my station. I may finish this off on my way home this afternoon.

bruce, did you and ruth have a nice holiday even though uncle Bono didn't come?

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Random and assoc

Thank you to everyone for their kind comments about my new job. So many people are excited for Me - it's so encouraging. The store opens on monday, which is slightly scary, but the busyness will start when the new catalogue comes out in a week and a half - complete with new store details and opening specials.

i bought some new shoes today, under advisement from my sister, who has worked in retail for 5 years; They're Homy ped's, and she swears by them. They're definitely comfortable, so we'll see how they go on monday.

i spent a lazy saturday night at home with our puppy and the history channel tonight, and learned about the danish monarchy. It was pretty interesting, as it links into many other european monarchies, including the british, russian and greek royal families. It all seems a bit incestuous (sp?) sometimes!

tomorrow afternoon i have the privilege of having afternoon tea with Randy elrod (of 'Ethos' fame), and his wife Chris. He mentioned on his Blog (there is a link in the side bar) a while back that they were coming to sydney as part of their world holiday, and so i mentioned that i'd love to catch up with them while they were here ... And he took Me up on it! So he you live in sydney and read randy's Blog, the details for the afternoon tea are on his Blog.

jess, from your comment, an i to assume that you also work for WORD? And rodney, i'm not sure about any more reviews - it's a little frustrating posting via a mobile, but for what it's worth, check out shawn mcdonald's latest album 'ripen'. It honestly hasn't left my cd player since it arrived in the mail.

My top three cd's at the moment:
1. Hillsong United - We Stand
2. Shawn Mcdonald - Ripen
3. Nathan Tasker - More to Life

Good night!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

First day

originally posted 22 march.

Well That's done.

My first day at my new job is over - and all i want to do is go home and crawl into bed (after a nice hot bath!), but alas! That will not be the case for this weary commuter, for I have easter production rehearsal tonight!

Hopefully There's only another 30 minutes left on the train ride home, so i'll have time to pick up some stuff at home on my way to rehearsal.

apart from being totally exhausted, i had a great day at work today. There's something to be said about working with people who are interested in the same things as you, and even understand my obscure joking about authors and recording artists! And, i finally get an official lunch break! My boss asked me if i enjoyed my first lunch break in 12 months :-) we've got a really great crew working in the store (well, those that I've met) and i'm really excited to see what we can make of the store.

as i mentioned in my previous post, i'll be Blogging via my mobile for the time being, so if you need to contact Me for whatever reason, just leave a comment, and it will be sent directly to my mobile.

Monday, March 20, 2006

good news!

I now have a new job! On Wednesday I will be starting at the brand new Word Bookstore in the city. Officially, I'm a sales assistant, but unofficially (at the moment), I'm acting manager, which was a big surprise when they told me that!

Now comes the fun part of clearing my desk - in 2 days. Good luck to me.

Also, Wednesday marks the start of my life as a commuter. I'll be getting the train at 7:40 each morning to get to work on time. The 50 minute ride in to the city should be enough time for me to get a decent amount of reading and study done!

So if you're ever in Sydney, come past and say Hi! The new store is located at 1 Angel Place, Sydney.

And, I'll now be blogging from my mobile, so please forgive me in advance for the lack of photos and in-depth posts. Hopefully I'll be able to get my own computer (that's less than 2 years old) soon!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Hillsong United's "We Stand" is now #5 on the iTunes top albums list. Good work!

Had my first night teaching at LSCA, and so far so good. It's hard coming in after the students have had an unreliable teacher. The students mentioned last night that they haven't had a class for 6 weeks! I've definitely got my work cut out for me.

Tomorrow I'm taking the day off, as I've got a job interview in the City. I really want this job, so please keep me in your prayers! (The interview's at 3:45). If you want to know more about the job, just ask :)

Monday, March 13, 2006

my week of new things

This week is the week of new things for me. (apart from my old flu, which I'm still fighting!). I picked up Nathan Tasker's new cd at his concert on Saturday night, and hopefully tomorrow I'll get the new United album, and also Shawn McDonald's new album, Ripen.

I'm also starting my new teaching job at LSCA this week on tuesday, which is still a bit scary.

Then on wednesday, I'm driving into the city for the first time (I'm usually a train person when it comes to the city) to see my friends' band play at night. That's a bit scary too.

Well at least it's not a boring week!

just noticed this on iTunes - not bad for 1st day on sale!

Nathan Tasker

Saturday night 7 of my friends and I attended a Nathan Tasker concert at Northshore Church in Chatswood. I'd only heard a couple of his songs before, but that was enough for me to go and see him live. And I wasn't dissapointed. The band sounded incredible (I couldn't fault the mix at all!), and they were incredibly talented as well. There was more than one time where I was just sitting there amazed by their skill.

the moment, Nathan Tasker is one of the bigger stars in the Australian Christian Music Industry, an accolade which I think is highly deserved. His song writing ability is incredible. During the concert, there were times when Nathan's lyrics alone almost brought me to tears.

His new album, "Must Be More" is fantastic, and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes good quality music. Recorded in Nashville over a few months, produced by Charlie Peacock and Scott Dente, and featuring vocals by Steve Mason on one of my favourite tracks, "Thief in the Night", the album sounds incredible. Most times an artist sounds completely different on their album to their live sound, but this is not really the case with this CD - which is a credit to Nathan and his live band.

Nathan is currently touring, so if he's anywhere near you, make sure you make a point of going to see him!

Here's a couple of pics of me with Nathan and his band :)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

it can't be true...

but unfortunately it is. Due to the serious illness of a family member, U2 have postponed all of their Australian shows. The promoters recommend holding on to our tickets in the event of an eventual re-scheduling of the shows, or for a refund.


related info/articles:

Music Australia
ABC online
Sydney Morning Herald


maybe I'll just go and see Steven Curtis Chapman in melbourne or brisbane instead....that would be fantastic!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

abortion ban

According to Brock Gill, abortion has now been made illegal in South Dakota. It will be interesting to see the repurcussions. This is a very brave (and positive) step made by the legislators in that state.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Well, things are certainly getting hectic around here again! I'm in the process of applying for a new job, so please keep that in your prayers. It seems to be "perfect" - in the field of work I want, and a field I'm familiar with. I'm also starting my new job at LSCA next week, and I'm still creating the syllabus for the course! Easter rehearsals start tomorrow night, and it turns out that I've double booked myself for a few nights in the coming weeks. Ah - the dramas of not having a diary. Maybe I should just go and get a diary. That should sort some things out!

Some "real" posts are still on the way, but due to work restraints, I will be "pre-blogging" my posts at home, then posting them at work...so it just depends on if I'm actually home
as to when these posts will get done :) As of next week, the only time that I'll be home is on a saturday...

well, back to work :)


got a
new haircut the other day, thought I'd post some pics:

Friday, March 03, 2006

united - we stand

Back in October, before I went to Fiji, I took my brother and sister to the Hillsong United live recording. That album is due to be released on March 11, but for all those with iTunes, you can purchase the pre-release EP for $4. The EP features two tracks - "From God Above", and "The Stand" (which just happens to be one of my fave songs from the recording). This album is one that I'm going to get as soon as I can - it's slightly different to the previous albums, in that there was a lot of "space" - times of reflection and spontaneous worship. On the listing, those times are listed as "Selah" - the night was structured like one continuous song - so I suppose it was like a psalm, and calling the interludes "selah" would be appropriate!

(Also, the album's being released in SPANISH! Yes, that's right.)

Thursday, March 02, 2006


Dr Karl on Sunrise this morning made an interesting statement:

"if only there was an absolute truth that stays the same for all eternity!"

Oh but there is, Karl, there is!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


...that's why there's been nothing updated for a bit...so here's a quick catch up for you:

Friday night @ Insight - we were introduced to "The Ron & Don Show" - they're fabulous and suave, and they're our fashion gurus for the year. That's going to be interesting. Worship at both Urban and Insight was incredible, and Ps Luke (Reid) preached up a storm - not bad for someone who'd just flown back from Chicago. Simon did Coldplay's "Fix You" (featuring yours truly on backing vocals", which was extremely well recieved (and we rocked it hard!).

I've taken a new position with LSCA (Liverpool School of Creative Arts) as their vocals teacher for beginner students. Very scary, but very good. I'm in the middle of creating a syllabus that I have to present next week. I start teaching 2 nights a week on Marck 14.

And as of last night, I've got a lovely little thing called the flu. I was going to try and get my work done before noon so I could go home, but I forgot that I left my car at the crash repairer again this morning, and I can't pick it up until after 5. So I guess I'm stuck here until then. (the car's ok, just some adjustments required after all the repairs).

I purchased tickets for Lano & Woodley's "Good Bye" show yesterday - we're going on Saturday 13 May. A bit of a wait, but it will be worth it.

It's 1 month exactly until we're at Telstra Stadium at the U2 Vertigo show. Can't wait!

At cell/life/connect group (pick a name, any name!) we've just started a study on the book "Shattering Your Strongholds" by Liberty Savard. It's confronting, challenging, and fantastic. We're taking 20 weeks to complete the study - 1 week read/study the chapter, 2nd week, complete the related study, etc.

I've got a few other things I'm going to write about soon, but I need time to think about them first, so keep your eyes peeled!