Friday, October 31, 2008
But c'mon today was just a joke! The wind was like a heater.
I feel for Dominic up north WA and Jon and Cathlin in Burkina Faso, and Ashlee in Jakarta (how hot does it get there).... I can't actually imagine 10 degrees hotter than today. It was 36, with massively hot winds from the desert.
Quite bizarre considering it was freezing last week.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Basically, they massacred the plot. They introduce one of the love interests WAY too early, and completely disregarded the plot as it flows in the novel/telemovie. It was still a good movie, I just think it failed to do justice to the original - guess that's the way with all adaptations.
Like I expected, the focus was on the love triangle and their Catholicism, but in a very crude, two dimensional kind of way. The story lost the complexity, for the sake of brevity.
They also failed to develop Sebastian's character.
On the positive - I did enjoy the actor who played Charles, he seemed more realistic. Charles in the telemovie is very quiet and sedate, a little too so.
Has anyone else seen it? What did you think?
Yesterday it was raining and so I didn't want to go for a walk, and today I had an 8:30 meeting, and I couldn't just couldn't motivate myself to get up earlier than I needed. Perhaps tomorrow...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The benefit was I had an hour to get some stuff done before heading off to church, which is a very rare thing. I always sleep as long as I can!
Monday, October 27, 2008
He’s helped fund some bus advertising designed by the Humanists’ Association in the UK which says “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
I reckon it’s a pretty interesting move. I have no opposition to their freedom to fund and take part in such a campiagn, but I think Dawkins’ comment that thinking is anathema to religion is well… pretty thoughtless.
It’s a throwaway comment with no basis in fact. Most modern universities began as theological colleges, whose sole purpose was to explore the meaning of life, in particular the possibility of a deity. I’m pretty sure there’s a great amount of thinking that’s gone on across the centuries… hence people like Augustine, Calvin, Luther etc
Christians have never run away from thinking and education, in fact christians have historically been at the forefront of education - they have an interest in people being able to read, and therefore read the bible. And theological colleges are thriving places of philosophical thought.
I think it’s a really naive comment to make, but not all that surprising. It’ll be interesting to see how the bus campaign goes - hopefully it’ll spark a bit of debate and conversation about belief in God.
*Note: I perfectly understand people’s desire to enjoy life, and I think you can enjoy life and believe in God - I’m living proof! Plus Jesus said he came to bring life, and life to the full.
ah Monday, monday.
Anyway, today is monday, and it's really hot. That is all.
* I just edited this post because I accidentally wrote the carpenters. It's all goofy folk pop to me! And funnily enough the carpenters have a song "Rainy Days and Mondays"... mm I'm sensing a trend.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I love the contrast between the image of God's people kept at arm's distance when God appeared at Mt Sinai, with the situation now - that by Jesus' blood, people of all nations can be in God's presence in his Kingdom. It's from Hebrews 12.
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning
with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice
speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to
them, 20because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal
touches the mountain, it must be stoned." The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the
city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in
joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in
heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous
men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the
sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
I've interviewed them both while working for the ABC. They're as bad as one another.
Anyway, it's like what I wrote about yesterday, only on the national stage. Infighting is not cool people!
My shoes smell like a graveyard
And in fact, they are;
of the whitest beach,
the loudest band,
I put them on
and lace them up
ignoring the torn edges
and cracked sole.
How did I
How did I
come back here
knowing it all
how it works
what people say
How did I
leave this place
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I started well in the holidays, reading What is the What by Dave Eggers - a semi-fictional biography of a Sudanese refugee, and England, My England, a collection of short stories by D.H Lawrence.
But since resuming work I've been terrible, and have hardly progressed at all. I have no patience for reading when I'm around the house. Strange. It's weird because I'm really enjoying both books. I think I just don't have a good "reading spot". Imagine having a day bed to lie and read on... mmm
I have one in particular.
Whenever I asked my mum what we were having for dinner, she would answer : "A wigwam for a goose's bridle."
I think there's something in that for all of us...
A friend of ours who is part of Christians in the Media is campaigning for the left/moderate group, and they were represented by the green t-shirt wearing guy, while the other dude was from the Socialist Alliance and wearing a purple t-shirt.
We listened politely to their cases, but they ended up arguing in front of us about who they were allied to.
"You are so tied to the right wing of the Labor party.."
"No we're not...! Well, you're tied to the Socialist Alliance."
They would roll their eyes at each other and bicker incessantly. It was really bad, and didn't at all convince us of the merit of their arguments. It just made me realise how important it is that you listen to people, instead of ranting at them, and that you don't allow yourself to be pulled into a petty argument if you want people to listen to you!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It's like an insight into another world...
I just thought this interview with her was interesting, actually discovering how someone makes it in the magazine industry. Soph R I thought you might be interested too.
Her constant networking sounds exhausting! Work is her life.
I have no aspirations to be a fashion/lifestyle writer, but I do dream of writing features (Good Weekend/The Monthly/New Yorker Style) one day. It's just interesting to see how people make it.
Pretty soon I was pulled up on Canterbury Road, with a flat tyre.
I rang the NRMA, and told them I had a pumped up spare in my boot. I bought this car in April, second hand, and I knew there was a tyre in the back.
The NRMA man comes, and assesses the situation.... soon he discovered I had a flat tyre... in the boot, as well as on the car. DOH.
Anyway, so he wasn't particularly comforting. In fact, his words were "have you been at the club?" Meaning the Canterbury/Hurlstone Park RSL... I couldn't work out what he was asking. Did he think I looked drunk!? Was I that dumb.
And then he said "Because it smells" And i'm like, what? Dude, please just tell me something reassuring about my car.
Anyway, I pointed to the dumpster next to my car and said "That's what smells". I still don't get the club comment, but he seemed to laugh as he said it, maybe it was a joke... not sure of the punch line.
He did eventually reassure me, and get me back on the road. Next day I got two new tyres at a shockingly expensive price, but I guess them's the brakes... or is that, them's the tyres.
Monday, October 13, 2008
So I made a ricotta and chive filling, and sealed them up. And made a dressing for the stuff with basil, garlic, olive oil, and a squeeze of orange juice. They worked out pretty well, very quick to make and not that expensive. I reckon it's something I'd cook for a dinner party.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
These are American exchange students from all over the US, but all of them miss certain fast food chains that they eat from at home.
They've mentioned Taco Bell, Applebee's, Cracker Barrel and other weird sounding places. It also seems that these places are their favourite restaurants to go to. That just seems bizarre to me!
I just googled cracker barrel. It's described as an "Old country store and restaurant" and is advertising the new Kenny Rogers album. Go figure. Their food sounds weird too:
Sorry, what is sawmill gravy and grits!??!
Harvest Breakfast Sampler
This fall enjoy the season of plenty with two eggs
cooked any way you like them, bacon, sausage and your choice of country ham
or sugar cured ham, hashbrown casserole, fried apples and a sweet apple
raisin square. Served with sawmill gravy, grits and buttermilk biscuits.
They also say the portions are much bigger in the US when you eat out.
I'm wondering if when a town get's an Applebees or a Cracker Barrel it's considered civilised, in the same way that in the country in Australia, a town is a real town when it gets its second supermarket, and really civilised when it gets an Aldi?It also made me wonder how it is Australia's escaped the influx of more chain stores. Like obviously we have KFC, Macca's, Hungry Jacks and Subway... but why not all the others? Is it that our population can't support such a diversity? Or that we're just not a fast food nation?
I like to think we're a bit more refined in our eating habits, but probably not. I know for sure our coffee's better - although they wanted to disagree on that!
Did anyone else watch Jamie's Ministry of Food last night on TV? He's so funny, the way he thinks he can help the whole of england cook. I do hope he brings some confidence and pride to the people he meets though..
PS. I told them we have a Chili's in Sydney, in Campbelltown and they were all desperate to go there! That's another american chain store.
I know it's not really a surprising or uncommon weakness, but I'm pretty bad! I usually make sure we include a block in the weekly shopping, and get through it by the end of the week.
Are there any other chocolate fans out there? And when I say "fan" I think I'm avoiding the term addict.....
At the moment I'm enjoying a bit of kitkat in block form. Pretty nice.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
That was slightly weird. He handed me a brochure and told me of the delights down at the bar, heralding the start of Oktoberfest. The disconcerting thing was that he had not a hint of laughter in his voice. He was just giving me information, in a very straightforward "reporting the facts" kind of way. But he was wearing Lederhosen. I'm sorry, that just doesn't work!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
But I want to keep it real.
So here are somethings about myself that i'm not so proud of.
# I'm impatient
Often I may not seem outwardly annoyed or frustrated, but inside, I could be feeling those things. I avoid conflict by storing up the things that annoy me instead of communicating them. This frustrates me. Tonight I hinted to my housemate we needed to wash up (so bad that we'd run out of forks), and I was standing at the sink washing up loads of cutlery getting frustrated that she hadn't joined me to help. The fact that she'd only just got home and had dinner and was exhausted after a 10 hour day didn't enter my head until it was too late. When I realised I was getting frustrated over something so small I reminded myself of these things and took a deep breath. Within seconds she was in the room drying up. Man I hate myself sometimes!
# I'm envious
I'm really not proud of this. And it's not that my entire life is envy, but I know that I often dream of being more stylish, or owning cooler things, or being more creative, or being better at this or that. Of course this just means I end up dissatisfied with myself and the things around me, which isn't good on any level.
Even tonight, I've been reading some amazing indie art and craft blogs (as found on http://www.indie.com.au/), and I can't help but wish I were more creative and oozed cool like the people who sell kitschy stuff at the markets in Fitzroy. It's just silly and not worth pining after.
# I'm stubborn
I have things I like, and things I don't like, and I try to get my way most of the time. If someone disagrees with me on something, I'll argue my case till the cows come home, usually in a very ungracious manner. Sometimes, if I realise what I'm doing, I'll swallow my words and slump back in my chair and eat some humble pie (hah mixing lots of metaphors). But generally, I like to be right, and encourage others to agree with me on things.
# I'm prone to forgetting the needs of others
I wish I was one of those people who was keenly aware of others' needs and really good at loving them. I can sometimes perceive people's emotions, but ususally don't fully empathise. And most often, I completely fail to see the practical way I can help them (eg. asking them how they are/having a cup of tea with them etc), until it's too late and I'm too embarrassed to offer. I feel like I missed the 'caring' gene! I have some friends who are amazing care givers and I hope I will grow to be more like them.
I know there are heaps more, but that'll do for now. I'm already feeling sick at the thought of these four failures...
but I want to keep it real. So there you go.
And cute dog
We (Jane, Jo and I) went to the beach (I couldn't see under the hat)
And to a historic home
Things I didn't get on film were: reading lots and lots, baking impossible pie and a cake, watching Vanity Fair, and trying to finish 600 minutes of Brideshead Revisited. We didn't quite achieve it. We're only four episodes off though!!