Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I was very sceptical when a friend invited me to join. I thought, "Hmmm, another timewaster. I already have my blog....that's enough."
At first it just seemed too weird. Adding strange applications such as aquariums, gardens, buying drinks for people (yes, I'm serious - people actually pay real money to buy their friends a virtual drink) and doing things to people such as karate chopping them, hugging them and throwing sheep at them.
But Facebook sucks you in...slowly but surely.
The things I like best about it is that it helps you keep in touch with people and find long lost friends. Just yesterday a girl whose name I didn't recognise invited me to be her 'friend' on Facebook. It turned out it was an old friend of mine from primary school whom I hadn't seen pretty much since then. She's now married (that's why I didn't recognise her name) and is living over east, in Newcastle. I recognised her by her photo. It's great for stuff like that. Sharing photos online is good too.
It also has its drawbacks. I read Facebook is costing workplaces millions of dollars in time wasted by their employees. I guess, as a Christian, I want to use my time wisely. Facebook is good but it's a bit sad if I spend all day on there. It's also sad if I only ever talk to my Perth friends via Facebook instead of catching up face to face.
I went out to dinner a little while ago with a friend who is also on Facebook. We agreed that it's such fun finding people on there and seeing what they're up to and that it's sad when they set their profiles to private - then we can't stalk them hehe.
Do you use Facebook? Do you like it? What do you reckon are it's pros and cons? Or are you one of those who couldn't care less? I've tried to get Duncan to join but he refuses.
Monday, September 24, 2007
(Don't worry I'm not about to reveal any plot spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this post. It's safe to read ahead :) )
It was the first time I'd ever lined up with the fanatics for the 7am bookstore rush. Being the cheapskate that I am, I used to wait until the book was available in paperback and therefore cheaper. But this year I had an Angus and Robertson voucher so I went to the Belmont Forum where I was out in 10 minutes.
Apparently it was a different story at the Carousel - queues of more than 45 minutes.
Duncan doesn't see what the big deal about Harry is and since we had his birthday gathering on his actual birthday, he put a ban on anyone being unsociable and reading Harry Potter instead of joining in the party.
I'm jolly glad I've now finished it cos now no-one can ruin the ending for me. It has taken me a while and I'm not normally a slow reader but I was so BUSY that I didn't have time to sit down and read sizeable chunks in one go. Every week my pastor's wife asked me if I'd finished yet so we could discuss the ending and a few weeks ago I was finally ready to talk about it.
Last week, I was talking to Emma on the phone and she hasn't read the last book yet but she mentioned that some people have already given away part of the plot to her. She's had the endings of the past three books ruined for her by big mouths - poor love.
Why must people do this? I told a friend that she wasn't to tell me ANYTHING that happened (she was further ahead than me at the time) and she said "Oh no, please I just want to tell you one thing."
I roared "SHUT UP."
Silence! Zip it! Shut your trap!
Far out, I wanted a surprise. Why do people want to ruin the surprise for others?
I got to the end without anyone giving away the ending and I don't intend to ruin it for anyone.
It's a shame there are no more books but I'm sure Duncan will be glad Harry won't be stealing my attention ;)
Friday, September 21, 2007
One of the reasons we chose our venue was that they were not one of those greedy mongrels that make you pay to set the room up the day before.
Then I got a call from my mum saying they had suddenly brought in this new fee, charging us an extra $450 (approx.) to hire the room for half a day the day before to set up. They had not mentioned this fee when I first checked the room out and when we tentatively booked it. It was not mentioned on any of the leaflets we were given. They had just suddenly decided to screw us over for more money.
To say I was angry was an understatement. I hate being ripped off and taken for a ride. I don't care if they'd only decided to charge us an extra $20 - it's not the amount, it's the principle of the thing. I'm not one of those types who'll just lie down and pay the extra money.
Dunc and I drove around madly a few Saturdays ago looking for an alternative venue (which we didn't find).
Luckily I have a very sweet talking mother who rang them up and convinced them to drop the fee. She can charm the birds out of the trees when she wants.
So all is good again, we can keep the 12th April as our wedding date and our reception place has avoided a name and shame on my very public blog haha.
We also ended up going with WA Spit Roast as our caterer. Their prices are good and they have been recommended to us by two other people who have used them for weddings. We chose our menu online - easy!
If you're planning a wedding - beware! A lot of companies will just hear the word 'wedding' and try and rip you off!
Obviously I'm Dorothy from 'The Wizard of Oz'. If I had a dollar for everytime someone asked me why I wasn't wearing ruby slippers, I'd be a very rich woman ;)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
If any AFL player deserves a big thumbs up it has to be David Wirrpanda (pronounced Wirrpunda).
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
THE ORIGIN OF PETS
Adam said, "Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me."
And God said, "No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will know I love you, even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish and childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself."
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased.
And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, "But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and all the good names are taken and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."
And God said, "No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG."
And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that Adam's guardian angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no-one has taught him humility."
And the Lord said, "No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not worthy of adoration."
And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam.
And when Adam gazed into Cat's eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Adam learned humility.
And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved. And Dog wagged his tail.
And Cat did not give a toss one way or the other.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Weeks ago I told Duncan over the phone that I wanted to take a one-week sabbatical. I just felt like I needed to take some time out by myself and he understood. It wasn't that I didn't wanted to spend time with him (he couldn't come down during the week anyway) but I just needed to spend some time 'pottering'. Female readers, I can see you nodding.
Some men don't understand women's need to potter. But us women need to do it. I needed to take some time to chop things off my 'to do' list because life gets so cluttered with work, commitments and 'busyness' (especially in the city) that I don't have time to get little jobs done. One of workmates recently took some leave and she told me she had a week of pottering and reading Harry Potter. I was jealous ;)
I've been asked what is 'pottering'? What do women do when they potter? Well it's just like doing little chores and errands that you don't normally get time to do. My original plan was to take a week off but stay in Perth and potter. I planned to tell no-one (except Duncan) that I wasn't at work because otherwise I'd get sucked into socialising during my pottering time. I scrapped that plan because I wanted to save some of my leave so I decided to have a shorter pottering sabbatical and spend it in Albany. That way I was away from the busyness of Perth and could spend some time with family and friends down here as well.
Over the past few days I have:
- Mended my clothes that had holes in them.
- Written and post thank you notes to people who have sent Duncan and I engagement presents.
- Watched some TV shows I'd recorded because I didn't have time weeks earlier.
- Went op shopping for costumes for a 30th birthday that Duncan and I are going to on Saturday night (that was an unfruitful quest).
- Shopped for new sneakers (also an unfruitful quest).
- Got a haircut.
- Had my car serviced.
These are things that I would have delayed for weeks had I not taken my pottering holiday. One may ask 'isn't resting the whole point of a sabbatical?'. But it has been restful. I haven't been stressed at all. I've got stuff done and had a great time catching up with people.
I highly recommend all women take a pottering sabbatical if they possibly can.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
How ironic I just blogged about this the other week. In short, I was 14, I lived in Albany with my parents and brother and was a Year 9 student at Albany SHS. For more details see my post 10 Years On.
2. What were you doing one year ago?
Feeling quite down actually. Wondering where my life was going, what God had in store, should I make big changes, were there any men left for me and would the Eagles make the Grand Final?
3. What are 5 snacks you enjoy?
* Dove or Cadbury Milk chocolate
* Chicken Crimpy biscuits
* Drinking chocolate powder with just a little bit of milk so it's like a thick chocolate sludge. YUM!
* Barbecue Samboy chips, Chicken Twisties or Burger Rings
* Spearmint Mentos or Kool Mints
(Healthy aren't I?)
4. What are 5 songs that you know the lyrics to?
* Climb Ev'ry Mountain
* The Sound of Music
* Do Re Mi
* I Have Confidence
(Gee I wonder what my favourite movie is ?)
5. 5 Things you would do if you were a millionaire?
* Support missionaries
* Support bible translation organisation
* Support struggling local churches
* Support TEAR Australia
* Give to my friends/family in need
6. 5 bad habits
* Getting stressed out
* Inappropriate language (yes I know..... I'm BAAAAD)
* Watching too much TV
7. 5 things you like to do
* Live for God and learn more about him
* Catch up with Duncan, friends and family
* Chill out and watch movies
8. 5 favourite toys?
* Beads and all the accompanying tools.
* TV and DVD/VCR player
* My Golly I got in Victoria.
* Digital camera
9. 5 things you would never wear?
* Low cut or see through tops
* Too short skirts
* High heels (I can't balance)
10. 5 things you hate to do
* Clean my house
* Ring up people I don't know well
* Stranger/walk up evangelism
* Waste things
Now I tag James from Middo's World, Dodgy Pete from Longfur, Rodney from The Journey, Scott from Scott's Simple Life and Iris from Double Half.