Sunday, September 27, 2009


It's remarkable that I woke up at 7:30 this morning.
It's also remarkable that I'm still awake at 11:30.
But the most remarkable thing happened at about 8:00pm.
Ben was playing football after church when my brother jumped on his little toe. I don't think it was on purpose but that wasn't very comforting to Ben as he was in excruciating pain and his toe was jutting out at a strange angle. It looked so painful. It's weird. I couldn't imagine how much it hurt but I could definitely tell it did. I dunno about you but a strange sensation comes upon me when someone is in agony. I can't handle it. Heebyjeebyies.


Tonight I went to three 21sts. THREE! That's a ridiculous amount for one night.

Anyhow, I got home rather late and as I jumped into bed I noticed that mum had washed my sheets, made my bed AND put my electric blanket on.

It's my favourite part of the night. Almost.

The best was when the guys danced for Kelly. It was freaking hilarious. Words cannot describe, I'm sorry. You will forever be in the dark.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Today Dan was at Barbershop and I needed the car but he had parked it just by school so I walked to go pick it up.
It was so weird walking the same route as I used to every morning. I felt oddly nostalgic. I can't say I miss it really. All I could think was to wonder why I didn't get more fit walking up all of those hills and stairs.


I went to a gig tonight. A whole load of NZ bands played and it was really quiet cool.
My favourite by far was The Artisan Guns. They are so lovely. I loooove his voice. Honestly, I could listen to it for hours.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Baking is so much fun. I baked mini muffins this afternoon. They came out so weird. They were boysenberry, banana and white chocolate but the bananas had been frozen so they made the batter kind of brown and then when I added the berries it went the most foul colour.
They came out as a greeny, bluey, brown colour. It was really very odd.
They tasted yum though.
Mini muffins are fun. They are very cute.
But you have to be careful because it's so easy to eat a lot of them.


The glorious sun wash shining this afternoon.
I was either half an hour late for a lecture or half an hour early for a tutorial. It depends what way you look at it really. Glass half full or half empty kind of thing.
Anyway, I used my spare half hour to chill outside in the sun. It was warming my back as I sipped on my peach nata with pearls from Momo's. It was a lovely feeling.
Every time the sun creeped behind a cloud I shivered but it wasn't long until it emerged out the other side and heated me up.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Tonight we didn't have band practise because it's school holidays. Sometimes it's very refreshing to just take a break. Even if you spend it watching a bad film (Smart People).

Monday, September 21, 2009


This morning was chaotic. We had a food frenzy party at Promiseland. It was so much fun. We played many food-related games, iced biscuits, made funny faced desserts, and managed to get sprinkles everywhere. It was great.
I knew that the morning would be absolutely crazy so I just chilled and let it all unfold. It was great not to get panicy. We just had fun.
ALSO, the best part was when John gave the gospel message and there were six kids who responded. How cool is that!? That's the most exciting part.


Today I picked up Michelle and we went to church to make up 19 packets of instant dessert. Don't worry, we didn't eat it all. It's for Promiseland in the morning.
It was loads of fun making so much mess and just getting to hang out.
Michelle is really cool and she's easy to chill with. It was heaps of fun. And I got to help her procrastinate from doing homework. Wins all round.


I think it's good to start the day early. It puts you in the right frame of mind. I got up early and caught the bus into town. I was there at 7:30! This is amazing.
Things are just different at that time in the morning. The air is crisp, ready for the sun to come out and warm it up. The shops aren't open yet. Even the people are different. Hardly any students are up and Queen St is bustling with people buying coffees before work.
I was early for breakfast with Sarah so I bought a hot chocolate (with marshmallows) and just watched people rush by.
It was really most interesting.

Friday, September 18, 2009


Isn’t that period of time when the sun is preparing to set and the air turns slightly chilly so amazing. I love it..
I was in Albert Park this afternoon and it had been beautifully sunny all afternoon. All of a sudden at around 4:30 I noted the air change.
As I was walking through it felt so good to be outside and walking about. There were flowers and leaves on the trees and just the right amount of crispiness in the atmosphere.
Summer is coming!


As I was walking down Shortland St I saw a bunch of about 40 police men and women getting their photos taken in a little courtyard. When I got closer to them they started crossing over to my side of the road. I met up with the mob as we all turned into the entrance to the escalators to take us to the bottom of town.
It was so incredibly weird to see my reflection in the mirrors as we travelled down the escalators. I stood out so much. I was wearing red in a sea of blue.
It's not every day that you are surrounded by 40 odd police on your way home.
Maybe if you had just escaped from prison.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Tonight at Lifegroup a couple came to visit and share their wisdom. We were talking about what it really means to be a Christian, especially in our culture.
I loved just discussing current issues and learning about what they thought. Even though they are slightly older (a bit older than my parents) they were really contemporary, they understood where we are coming from. It was so great just to get some advice on how we can live out our faith.
Calling yourself a Christian is a HUGE responsibility. People already have preconceived notions about what the word means so you have to be careful how you use it.
I mean, it's bearing God's name. It's like having a different surname. Kind of. But yeah. You have to be so careful.
I think what it really boils down to is being able to say, like Paul, "follow my example as I follow the example of Christ."
How cool would it be to be able to say that and be confident in what you were saying.


Uni is back.
But it wasn't actually so bad. I felt pretty proud at getting through the whole day.
It was really nice to see everyone and to feel like I was part of the uniness again.
I'm going to make more of an effort to like it.
Here goes...


I was scrubbing the shower this afternoon and I was reminded of a time when Sundays used to be do-things-around-the-house day. We used to be knocking walls down, watching Dad dig trenches, banging nails in or just doing chores on Sundays when we were little.
I felt oddly reminiscent as I was squirting Shower Power everywhere. It felt kinda good to have that feeling back. Family Sundays are well-spent Sundays.


Isn't it great to hang out with old friends.
Tonight Esther came around and we drooled over Gerard Butler in The Phantom Of the Opera. He has an amazing voice. His face isn't that bad either, apart from the weird thing his lips do when he speaks.
Anyhow, my point is that it's nice to just be so comfortable with someone and so truthful. We talked for aaages before going to sleep. It felt great to have a good old heart to heart. Once in a while it's lovely to share everything with someone.


CAUTION: Parts of the following may or may not have been embellished c/o Daniel Ward.

My brother was awesome to me today. It's nice to know I'm related to pure fabulousity.

But no.

I watched The Kite Runner today. It's one of the best films I have ever seen. It was amazing. Just so beautiful. I feel like I understand the Arab culture a bit more. The kids are so gorgeous.
I love the way it was filmed too. The cinematography was subtle but it was beautiful.


Today there was a package come in the post. Mum brought it into my room and said it was addressed to me. I knew what it was and told her that I actually got it for her.
A month or so ago I was in a cafe in Mt Eden where I picked up a magazine all about chairs. I thought to myself, "Mum would really enjoy this because she loves chairs a hang of a lot."
Since then I did some research and tried to find out what the magazine was and where I could get it from.
Turns out it's called Design Folio and it was the first issue of the NZ magazine. It's pretty cool.
Giving it to Mum was the best though. It's so nice to surprise someone. Especially because I had put the effort into finding and ordering it.
Gift-giving is splendid.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


This evening I had a terrible headache. It came from staring at a screen too long. It was the kind behind your eyes and in your temples.
It felt so good to lie in bed and close my eyes and feel the darkness surround me and my pain fade away.
Sleep is definitely the cure for square eyes.


Today I went through the prayer box we have at Promiseland and I always love reading what's really going on in the kid's hearts and minds. Today was no different.
There were some questions like "why dose God love us" (spelled like that).
There were prayers of thanks for healing in response to ones a week or so ago asking for healings.
There were prayers of thanking Jesus for being their "forever friend."
There were prayers thanking God for a bed and a house and family.
I love hearing them ask God for things but even more I love that they can recognize the blessings too.
Reading their prayers is so encouraging.
It's what makes me so excited to do my job.


Tonight at band everyone was not focussing at all. They were really all over the place. I let them be. It was actually quite fun. Barry kept being trouble and making everyone laugh when we were trying to do devotions. I couldn't be caught finding it too humorous or he'd try it again.
He did anyway.
Ahh well.
Sometimes it's good just to have fun and laugh together even if we don't get all that much practising in.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Father's Day!

I gave my dad a little package of goodies.

I also went to see my poppa who is in hospital because his legs won't move when he tells them to walk. I hate hospitals. They are so depressing. Especially on Father's Day. I only went to see him for a wee while and we were just chatting. It was so horrible telling him that it was time for me to leave. He tried to keep conversation going. Poor Pops. Hospitals aren't much fun. Not even with a remote for the bed which moves up and down. The novelty must wear off. He really appreciated the visit, I could tell. It felt good that I did end up going. I was trying to talk myself out of it because I hate hospitals so much. I'm glad it didn't work.


I am no longer a fiery red head.
My hair is a rich dark brown.
I quite like it. It's a change but it looks cool.
I love dying my hair. I thought it would be annoying once I started. I love the idea that it can make a person look so different.
Plus my hair was looking so terrible what with the regrowth so it was refreshing to have nice hair again.
Next colour = platinum blonde.


Everything I said yesterday is true. My life is consumed by Alias. I keep thinking there are agents lurking everywhere.

Anyhow, today I went to the bank and gave them the biggest cheque of my life. In truth, I'm not meant to spend it. It's for paying back uni fees BUT it still felt very cool.
I've been carrying it around for far too long. Now I can't lose it because its in the bank.


I started watching Alias today. It is amazing.
I used to watch it when I was at intermediate. I loved it. I would have to have silence while I watched it. If anyone so much as cleared their throat I would tell them not so politely to leave the room.
Nothing has changed.
Each episode is full of plot twists, intrigue and many cliffhangers. Oh the cliffhangers kill me.
When an episode finishes I cannot help but click into the next one. I can tell that my holidays are going to be consumed with Alias.
There are five seasons.


Giving gifts is such a cool thing to do.
Just ones which say thanks.
I did that this morning.
It felt really good to appreciate someone in that way.
It went down well too.
It just made me feel like I'd done something nice and people like to know that they are being recognized for what they do.

Friday, September 4, 2009


Today I have had the worst day of my life. That may seem melodramatic but it sure feels that way.
I dunno what went wrong. My theory is lack of sleep + hormones. It doesn't equal something fantastic. I've been so snappy and I even cried. What the heck!
Anyway, in an effort to calm myself down I put on the soothing tones of Taylor Swift and I made myself a hot vanilla drink. It was so amazing how much I calmed down.
Who woulda thought Taylor would have that effect

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Tonight we had people over after church. It was so good to be doing that again. We watched Changeling and just hung out.
We used to do it all the time but then it just stopped so it felt good to be back in the swing of things.
Just chillin' is awesome.


Today, driving home from Sarah's I was stuck in traffic and I was crawling onto the onramp. Normally I would be doing 100km/h over that spot and it struck me how different things look at that speed.
I looked ahead of me and a few cars up someone was taking a photo. I looked at what he was photographing and I realised that it was beautiful in that spot with the cars and the city and the trees. I would never have seen it if I was going 100.
That's kind of an analogy for life too. Especially at the moment. Sould Out camp helped me to stop and find the beauty in people and in nature. It seems silly but everything has been going so fast lately.
There's my little spiel.


Tonight I stayed over at Sarah's flat. It was so funny. When we finally got to bed it was like our fourteen year old selves took over. We got all giggly and we talked about boys. It was quite hilarious.
I secretly think that whenever you have a slumber party it's like you get transported back into your early teens. We did anyway.


This morning when I woke up I had the best prayer time ever. I'm starting a prayer journal. I really hope I'll be able to keep this up. Morning devotions don't work easily but maybe I can get in a pattern.
They just start your day off on the right note and put you in such a good attitude for the day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I discovered Little Boots today.
Every time I find a new artist or band to love I can't stop listening to them for a few days.
It's going to be like that this time.
She's so cool.
I love her popiness and her lyrics are sweet.