Friday, August 01, 2014

Friday Funny


Repeat after me: I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will never complain about my job ever again.

I will NEVER complain about my job EVER AGAIN!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Recent Outings and Visitors

What we've been up to over the past couple of months:

My oldest friend Rachel graduated as an Enrolled Nurse in June, and I was privileged to be invited to the ceremony.  She worked her butt off amidst full-time work as a carer (including lots of night shift), and I know she will make a fantastically caring nurse.

Receiving her diploma

Giving an hilariously funny speech on behalf of her graduating class.
I did drama with her at high school and she should be a stand-up comedian.

Rachel's partner Tim filmed the speech and Rachel put it on YouTube:

Our goddaughter Aria and her mum Sam came to visit us on the farm:

A few weeks ago we headed to Perth for Duncan's uncle's 80th:

Playing with second cousin Ruby (who is a month younger).

Our friends Ali and Emma came to visit which coincided with Duncan's birthday (and a yummy winery lunch).

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5 Sequels That Should Never Have Been Made

It's always disappointing when you see a great movie and it's popularity is capitalised on by making a dreadful sequel.  It kind of ruins the original then.

There is no point even considering a sequel if the actors from the original don't want to be a part of it.  It's silly when a couple get together in the first movie, but have broken up by the sequel because one of the actors didn't want to reprise their role.

1.  Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

2.  Speed 2: Cruise Control

3.  Scream 2

4.  Home Alone 3

5.  The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter

Which do you think were some of the worst movie sequels ever made?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dishwashing Deros

When it comes to wishing dishes by hand (no dishwasher here, folks....I AM the dishwasher), I do not understand some people's strange dishwashing habits.

Why do they:

  • Wash the dish and then place it in the rack without rinsing it, leaving a mountain of froth on it?
  • Not dry it and instead place it back in the cupboard dripping wet?

The first is why I politely refuse some people's offer of 'help' when it comes to washing dishes (or insist they dry and I'll wash).

The second...well, I had a housemate in student housing who did that.  The cupboard where she kept her dishes had puddles in it which would leak out through and down the cupboard doors.

Weird...just weird.

I don't get it.  Please explain....

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Friendships with 'Ministry People'

Duncan said to me a few weeks ago, "We're just not popular people."  It was said in the context of my frustration about my seeming inability to get people to commit to events I invite them to (I'm not insisting they come, but I'd like them to say 'yes' or 'no', rather than simply ignore me).  In contrast, we have friends who can organise a last minute event and get hoards of people along.  These, are what Duncan calls, 'popular Christians' - individuals, couples or families who know everyone and everyone knows them (in Christian circles).  They get invited to everything, you namedrop and everyone knows who you're talking about, they have 500+ friends on Facebook....

Ok, I suffer from the green-eyed monster occasionally because it doesn't seem fair.  We feel isolated partly because of where we live.  I'm not well known in Christian circles at family isn't Christian for a start!  Duncan's family is slightly more well-known, partly because his brother did MTS, and his parents know a lot of people.

But then I remember that, although a lot of people seem to have forgotten us a bit, we have some really good friends who always make the effort to head south from Perth to visit.  We are very blessed.

In recent years I've tended to avoid intentionally forging friendships with people who have lots of friends and acquaintances.  My reasoning has been that their lives are already chockers with people, they don't need any more people clambering for their time, and they don't have the time to be a good friend to me.  By me not pursuing their friendship, it is one less burden on them, and I don't get disappointed about a lopsided friendship.  I've tended to avoid friendships with those in full-time ministry because I've often wondered in the past if they actually like me as a friend, or if they're just spending time with me out of duty, because I'm one of those people they HAVE to minister to.  Maybe they're not reading the Bible with me because they enjoy it, but because they're being paid to, that they actually think I'm a pain in the butt!  That's not me being paranoid; I've actually talked to ministry people who have admitted that there are 'challenging' people in their I one of those people? (I wonder if it was just 'ministry' if they or I leave the church and we don't keep in touch).  I know those in full-time Christian ministry are already stretched to the limit regarding time and people, so I felt it was easier not to add to kind and loving, but not pursue a deep one-to-one friendship (obviously this would only be with women).

But last year, I came to the realisation that, although being a well-known Christian looks exciting and cool, it has its drawbacks.  Several friends in full-time paid ministry (or married to those who are) have said that being a pastor, pastor's wife, missionary etc. can actually be very lonely.  They often can't share their hearts with those they lead because they might use it against them if there is a church conflict later on down the track.  They might KNOW heaps of people on a surface level, but they don't really KNOW and are KNOWN by heaps of people, if you get my drift.  Maybe lots of people have assumed, like I did, that their lives are already full of great friendships, so they don't need anyone else.  Then they don't have anyone pursuing a proper friendship with them, they just have lots of acquaintances who come and go.

I have repented of that wrong thinking.  While it's true that Duncan and I have drifted apart from friends who have become 'popular' in Christian circles, there are others in full-time ministry who we value deeply and have genuine friendships with.  These friendships keep on enduring because it is more than 'ministry'.  And now I want to reach out to those in full-time ministry, to let them know they are valued as people, and not just for their Bible teaching.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
- Maya Angelou

Friday, July 18, 2014

Save A Place To Call Home

Grrr Channel 7, what's with axing one of the best shows on TV?  Are you seriously wanting to destroy Australian TV and deny fabulous actors, like Marta Dusseldorp, their chance to shine?

Yes, yes, I know, it's all about saving money.  Import cheap overseas crap and promote terrible reality TV, like What Really Happens in Bali (I, and probably many others, do not give two hoots about what stupid things Australians do in Bali).

If you're a fan of this show, sign the online petition so we can see the third season which has already been written. 

Maybe it won't achieve anything, but we'll never, never know if we don't give it a go!

Image from here.