Thursday, September 30, 2004

New day

I am at work right now :)

Yes, I am WORKING! Or at least I hope they wouldn't kick me out after training day (which is today for 2 hours). I was punctual and arrived (with a smile as Jamie instructed me to on the bus) even as i was nearly drenched with rain and had to fumble around with an umbrella and two loads of books which i am going to sell today! Money rolling in... time to reimburse all that shopping and second year books. If I get the job, it'll be 50 hours paid probation. I hope to work 10 hours a week (approx.) so looking good. I have a tax lecture later, followed by a tax tutorial, during which I will hopefully find out who my personal tutor is for the year. Had D J Hayton for Trusts yesterday and I wish he were my grandad; a very cool one he'll make, storytelling and the lot. My attention span however is as flighty as the most flighty thing you can think of.

Better dash for induction to work. Might get back to you lot later about Spanish Fiesta the night before when my books are sold :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

More happenings

I have time to spare before my next lecture so I thought, "Why not?" Some read in the library, some take notes, some blog.

If my Property lecture is cut short today (even though Tax was not), I will enjoy high tea in St David's room. If not, I shall enjoy wine after debating. It was quite amusing to see freshers frantically buying books in Blackwells. Although I do not assume that they will study less than I did, I do wonder how many times they will actually look into that heavy and expensive chunk of processed tree after this week. What I really mean is, "Just buy my books." Got a few more numbers, shook a few more hands, saw a few more faces and guided in advance, a few more people in the direction of St David's and free food. I am so hungry.

Updated my CV, walked about rather aimlessly, I have to shamelessly admit. I'm just getting used to the whole students-being-around thing again and at least this year I know that there are people who might actually know less than I do. Ahh, stop being pessimistic. Be optimistic, be daring, ride a bike. My watch is screaming 3.34 and I should go down and mingle with other legal folk.

Officially...

My 'first' day and I had a dappy looking lecturer and a humdrum in my head - migraine on the attack and an electric drill in the background did not do me any favours in Tax today. People tell me that you can either love or hate a lecturer, namely Leslie Turano. I think I quite like her. During attendance, she was making passing comments to her students in order to help herself remember us - as I do too - and she took one look at me, said "small" and moved on. Cool. I have to go off to the bank later to get money out for Freshers' Ball and put much needed money in. I'm also stalking the streets for unsuspecting first years who would be willing to buy my last year books as a current past time. Will email a fresher who has just buzzed to get a list of books of me and I have just contacted Waterloo for an interview to a position they offered my voicemail during Trusts. My next lesson today is at 4pm in FWB after which, debating will commence at 6 and CU will be served after. Tomorrow morning I get a horrendous 9am followed by a day of shopping and a Spanish Fiesta at night.

I'm so excited that I'm going to be in contact with so many non-Christians this year - so many more than last year. It truly is a privilege to be sent out even if doubts creep in and I falter. Am studying 1 Peter this term for my one-to-one and coincidentally, the teaching at CU this term will also be from 1 Peter. For me personally, the main themes of 1 Peter including our identity in Christ and our call to persevere has deeply stirred and encouraged me and so this double whammy is a most welcome helping of Scripture.

Am off now. Will probably publish more if something crops up but til next time.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Yo ho, yo ho

First day of school/ college/ university/ university second year - same thing.

Went to St H for my one-to-one at 1pm. Ate a chicken and mushroom pie. Walked to college for my first lesson of the day and the year - Moral Philosophy at four (the time of day when I'm least philosophical excluding early mornings - only, it would have been my first lesson if the tutor had shown up but he didn't so my first is yet to come... and apparently my tutor's Welsh. This is gonna be exciting.

Pre going to St H, Elena and I had the jitterbugs about going back to college so she chilled out in a bath and I gave my little bro a call and cleaned the kitchen :)

I have to sell my old books off, get money in to but my new books and flip a coin about whether to entrust the selling of my books to the committee. It would be so much easier but would I get a good deal? The power of persuasion (in light of the hundreds of exes wanting to sell off books) can only really work in person. I also have to chat with last year's King's Bench editor to see if she still wants the post this year. If she does, I'll do sub-editing and join the debating society and if she doesn't King's Bench will be all mine for the next two years... muahaha. I have to update my CV as well to distribute to unsuspecting prospective termtime (and some holidays) employers.

I'm going to the Freshers' Party/ Ball next week. Got my dress, need some dancing heels and it should suffice. It's been a whole year since I have been a student at King's. Last year's Freshers' Ball saw my toes getting stepped on and dubious sniffing going on not to mention I was most uncomfortable in a party dress and had the product of Aimee's cosmetic skill plastered on my face - not that she did a bad job, in fact, she did brilliantly. This year, I'm slightly less uncomfortable, or maybe it's just me pretending to be grown up :) The art of pretense is an amazing skill to acquire.

Swing when you're winning and when you're not winning, swing anyway so that the world will think you're still winning and thinking as such, you might actually win.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Life's little mysteries...

1. First Name: Deborah
2. Were you named after anyone? Probably either the judge in Judges or Rebekah's nurse, both from the Bible.
3. Do you wish on stars? Occasionally.
4. Which finger is your favorite? No favs. They're all pretty cute.
5. When did you last cry? Memory is fuzzy at the moment.
6. Do you like your handwriting? Yup :)
7. What is your favourite lunch meat? Iranian barbeque.
8. Any bad habits? Sticking my tongue out trying to taste something that isn't there.
9. What is your most embarrassing CD on the shelf? No CDs on the shelf.
10. If you were another person, would you be friends with YOU? If I were another person, I wouldn't know me so yeah, I'd be friends with me.
11. Are you a daredevil? Pure chicken.
12. Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell? I don't swear.
13. Do looks matter? Important but not the most important.
14. Have you ever misused a word and it sounded absolutely stupid? I make new words up all the time so most of my words sound stupid anyway.
15. Do you think there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Hopefully.
16. Do fish have feelings? Yeah, that's why they look sad all the time.
17. Are you trendy? I try stay out of fashion.
18. How do you release anger? Bottle it all in - I tend not to release private formalities.
19. Where is your second home? London.
20. Do you trust others easily? No.
21. What was your favorite toy as a child? Which stage of childhood? Probably books more than toys...
22. What class in school do you think is totally useless? Registration time.
23. Do you keep a journal? It's online and you're reading it.
24. Do you use sarcasm a lot? I'm learning.
25. Have you ever been in a mosh pit? What's a mosh pit?
26. What do you look for in a person? I assume this question refers to males. I used to have a tangible list of 222 things but now it's all mental.
27. What are your nicknames? Debs, Debbie, Deb, Debo, Debster, Debbuh, Debbers, Deeba, Debibo, Haribo, Bebo...
28. Would you bungee jump? What do I get in return?
29. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? No laces to untie but if they had laces, no.
30. Do you think you are strong? No.
31. What's your favorite ice cream flavour? Anything chocolate, coffee, Baileys, pralines, NO strawberry or any fruity type ice cream.
32. What is your favorite colour(s)? Red, White and Black are tones, not colours.
33. How many wisdom teeth do you have? 4 I think.
34. Are you in love with someone? All the time.
35. How many people have a crush on you right now? Hopefully none.
36. Who do you miss most right now? My brother. Awesome dude.

You wouldn't believe it...

The darn computer erased my entire blog - all 1000 plus words of it so I have to tell you my story all over again. I'll do it in bullet point form. Aaaaaaahhhhhh.....

I am still sick - not puking sick - just flu sick. It's been a month now since Bertorelli with Dekkie. It's due to a malnourished diet, not enough sleep, a locomotive hive of activity and a hereditary stubborn streak. One nostril has ceased functioning.

The first CU of the year was last Tuesday. I had yummy ham sandwiches and cheese Wotsits. Gwilym asked me if I needed stabilisers for my bike then 'apologised' later - a first for anyone making fun of my (lack of) height. I hope to become one of those invinsible bike riders who can crash into a bus and still live (and without the help of life-sustaining machines).

Last Tuesday I also went to see Jo the whole day to keep her company while she interviewed prospective housemates. Knitted quarter of a new scarf in the process. Hot pink and black. Kissed 2 horses outside the Horse Guards Palace.

Elena has been 'commisioned' to design the new CU hoody. I asked her to use Jonah 2:10 as a pivotal point, "And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land." I was clinically sane at the time. Although Elena has yet to create the official CU hoody design, we have decided we are going to make custom-made 'Christian' sweaters for ourselves with plain sweaters and fabric paint with the words, "Save your ass" courtesy of Noah's Ark. Quite crude although it will possibly get the message across thus, not seen as the official hoody motto. Could be the new house slogan though...

Am going to see Law freshers and indulge in free food at Knight's Templer tonight and drag them all to CU. Will probably give them all the flu first but they'll thank me for it later.

Got my timetable for this year. Only ONE 9am lecture, Mondays start at 4pm(!) and 12 hours altogether per week. This means I can start arranging one-to-one timetables, fortnightly fish and chip/ free food at Bertorelli luncheons with various people and my working timetable at Student Union. Tim Macklem is not going to teach me Moral Philosophy :( but something in the air tells me all will be well. My one-to-one leader said I take on too much on board. Should I hire another boat?

Carly's birthday this Saturday so everyone who knows her, text or ring to say HI!

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Open House

London is having an 'open house' weekend for peeps to go visit and oooh and aaah at big fancy buildings like the Gherkin. Although I did consider going for this once-in-a-year opportunity, the visible waiting list deterred me from my initial plan and I found myself having lunch in St Andrews and being stuck in the middle of two grown men squabbling over my left-over dessert.

BBQ last night was cool or awesome or whatever other positive adjective you would prefer use. After all, the main point of it was to introduce St Helens peeps I know to other St Helens peeps I know who don't know one another. Now they do. We have enough fried onion, grated cheese, crisps and chocolate brownies/ smoothies/ cake/ Galaxy chocolate to last quite a long while...

It's strange how it's that time of the year again when all my activities are lined up for the year and I seem to have time for everyone but myself. I'm not great with time management in the sense that it's either time all to myself or no time to myself. Call it my naturally extreme tendencies infiltrating another aspect of my life. Productive? Yes. Progressive? I'm planning to cut down last year's CU activities in favour of church service although I still hope to be active in CU. I definitely need more study time this year as well. The year starts in a week and I still have documents to complete, obligations to attend to and friends to catch up with. Sometimes I wish I could still be as naive and trusting as the kids I am charged with in Sunday School. Life doesn't get any easier, that's one thing I know for sure and it definitely will change more often than not, in the most ironic of circumstances, whether I want it to or not. It's awful that I'm always fighting change. I can't win, I get bruised, I get mad but it's my own fault. Stupid.

The BBQ last night for example. I was genuinely pleased that Christians could interact and fellowship with one another but for me personally, despite being genuinely joyful, there was an underlying current of deep dissatisfaction, restlessness and regret and for a split second, I wondered what it was all worth for and whether it was worth anything at all. I flopped into bed after cleaning but woke up about 2 hours later feverish yet wracked with cramps. Question. When one is switching hot and cold, should one make up a hot water bottle and stick on thick woolly clothing to ease the cramps and risk increasing the feverish pitch or throw off the duvet and chill to the bone? I was in pain the whole night until I thought, "Enough of this rubbish" and crouched by the side of my bed and prayed or rather, groaned out. I have a bit of paper in my wardrobe wall that reads Wisdom: It is not in studying nor through experience alone but by communing with God, the source of all wisdom. In a way I felt that God was calling me 'back' to Him after my foolish and impetuous notion that I just didn't want to be a part anymore. Reinstating me, if you like. Reaffirming his love for me. Renewing my mind. Sobering stuff.

Puts a new spin on things in a certain respect, for example in reaching out or fellowshipping with friends who have fallen away from the faith. It's difficult trying to share someone's sorrows or troubles or doubts when there is no idea what they are going through emotionally and spiritually and the high-handed approach of, "If you're really a Christian, you shouldn't feel that way," is tried. However, it's very different when we have been there, done that and still have the Spirit in our hearts after we emerge from the valley of the shadow of death. We will walk through the valley of the shadow of death many times in our short life span and we will be tried and tested in obvious ways and subtle ways. But stand firm because the prize is worth more than the pain of being a stranger in a land that hates us and the reward more precious than the taste of water in a parched and cracked land.

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

Friday, September 17, 2004

Gherkin

I still don't really know what a gherkin looks like - I only have the Swiss Re building to remind me that it looks a bit oblongish. however, I have dealt my deck of cards, looked into my little black book and am going to see the inside of this weird building that graces the skyline of London this weekend. Anyone up for it? Or maybe not. Maybe I'm the only one nutty enough to prance around the cafe at the top of the rocket in my green and blue scuba shoes which are miserably broken at the sole - split asunder.

Am now at the student union to get my student bus stuff sorted, have to mail a letter to Ben Lacey, get new shoes from somewhere, get charcoal from Tesco, compost from somewhere else, flowers to plant, etc etc and I don't have much time to do them either. Elena's not feeling too well after last night's pub antics in conjunction with Daryl's birthday. I might have been in a similar situation today, but luckily I gave it a miss and stayed at home and watched Dirty Dancing instead. Tonight I'm going to get me a rich choc-iced smoothie from Joe's and tomorrow it'll be clean, clean clean the house in preparation for BBQ D-Day.

By the way, I quit ROAR today.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Sigh...

The cough is still rampant.

I met Pav and James today by pure chance - 2 birds with one stone in a day - and said goodbye to Seneka :(

Helped prepare stuff, serve and wash up at RML Leaders Training last night. The menu comprised mushroom+chicken+sweetcorn with rice and salad and chocolate/ vanilla mousse or fruit. There was only one person I served who didn't eat salad - finally, someone who agrees with me! Washing up was glorious! It's not everyday I get to drown my arms, elbow deep in hot, bubbly, orange-smelling water in a massive sink. In half an hour's time, I've to get my butt back to St Helen's for a session of one-to-one. We're gonna rip through 1 Peter this term, which should be interesting and I can hardly wait.

After one-to-one, I might go to Lewisham to pick up stuff for BBQ and hopefully find a pair of shoes that will last the next year. To bike or not to bike? To bus or not to bus? So many questions, so many options but shouldst I take the road not taken and less I do would it make all the difference (paraphrasing Robert Frost)?

Monday, September 13, 2004

A little quiet

Everything seems more subdued in the cyber world. People don't email as frequently, most don't blog daily and even then, no one checks mail or reads journals. A thing of the past? Ah well, it'll still be my 'private' dormain and thus, as I still exist and did not for one second treat this as a fashion accessory, I shall still blog and read my blogs and learn from past ramblings. Elena and I made our 'Top 50' Christmas wish lists today. Whilst hers included a Mini Cooper, a chocolate factory and round the world trips, mine was slightly less extreme (for once).

1. Blender
2. Laptop
3. Digicam
4. Holiday abroad
5. Sailing
6. Hippo
7. A day with Father Dougal
8. Disc-man
9. CDs
10. Shopping spree - not necessarily clothing
11. Polar Bear poster
12. Selection of cheese
13. Car - BMW Z3/ BMW 4WD/ Mercedes SLK-350/ Audi
14. A day with a dog - preferably a big dog
15. A night in a castle ( must include tapestries and a lighted fireplace)
16. Reindeer
17. Selection of chocolate - no raisins
18. Scents - Gucci/ Armani/ Keiko/ CK
19. Furry socks
20. A ride on the London Eye
21. Horse riding
22. A ride on a merry-go-around
23. Trip to the zoo
24. Picinic
25. Jewellery
26. Books and more books or just a book
27. Harp
28. Board games
29. Punching bag
30. Samurai sword
31. Crossbow
32. Starbucks venti chocolate cream with cream frap
33. Unicorn
34. Harrods doughnuts
35. Tickets to Phantom of the Opera/ Lion King/ any other musical
36. Animal mug
37. A white Christmas
38. A homemade present
39. LUSH products
40. Photo album with photos in it
41. A year's supply of instant noodles (no bacon flavour)
42. Quirky things
43. Hair dye
44. Gary Rhodes to cook for me - no salmon or asparagus
45. Bicycle
46. Long bow and arrows
47. Dinner on Thames River Cruise
48. Swim with a killer whale
49. A room in the Tower of London
50. Discretionary

Someone in front of me is browsing a website with big lettering on it saying 'Jesus.' Wonder if I should go up and chat? Am off to see Seneka one last time before he leaves for Banlgadesh. I think he's goona buy Chicken and chips for me tonight :)

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Polar bears, fish and killer whales

I helped out in Sunday School this morning; actual teaching shall commence after training in October. There's also going to be a SS Christmas party on December 4th, the same day as Benson's birthday. I wonder whether I'll be around for it or whether I'll be home for Christmas... My bro spoke to me a few days back and asked me to go home - so I might just oblige him. After all, I can't remember the last time my family was together for Christmas. If I do go home for Christmas, forget the turkey, I want good ol Malaysian food!

Activity time in my group today comprised colouring Adam, Eve, the snake and the garden then sticking on clothes onto the peeps and putting an angel by the tree. I thought the snake looked like a fish and said so and got a few weird looks but ahhh, it had to be said.

Part of my mouth is swollen and it looks like I've got 'semi-mumps' but don't worry, I don't. The swelling is because my sore and itchy throat has been in dire need for cough drops to prevent retching and I have generously supplied it 24/7, even at night thus, sleeping on it, resulting in a very bruised inner cheek. Can't chew anything too hard - had a banana for lunch.

Went into Lewisham yesterday to find me a jacket and a pair of walking shoes. My current pair has holes in the soles and if one looks closely, one will actually be able to see my sock poking out. I bought everything but. I really do like the pair I have now so I have decided to buy loads of inner soles and superglue them together instead. Unless, I feel like treating myself one day... or if I found a pair I really, really liked and they were affordable.

It's official, I'm going on to my second year. I passed my exams and am pretty chuffed about it although I did plan for all the what ifs. So I can start buying my Wordsworth classic books off Amazon, get my hands on a bike, crash helmet and start reading up on Property, Trust, Taxation and Moral Philosophy.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Pictures...

I need pictures in here. Only I don't know how to. Joe said I could borrow his digicam - thank you soo much - but how do you go from camera to photos in a blog? Argh. Time to go browsing and learning more about tech related methods again...

You're un-be-leee-va-ble

If I see the phrase 'not yet ratified' one more time... I am, right at this moment, waiting for my results to be posted on the net. Waiting, waiting...

Last night some peeps came round for turkey pie and dodgy instant mash potato that I tried to bake but didn't quite turn out right - should have left it in there for longer. Luckily Wes brought lemon cheesecake and so dessert was sorted. Yum. Joanna bought me host of things from Turkey - I love getting presents - including a gorgeous, blue, 'evil eye' bracelet, Turkish Delights, Turkish spices and an assortment of Turkish tea. We tried the apple tea from my shot glasses - apparently that's how you're supposed to drink it.

I got my rota for teaching Sunday school yesterday and I'm a polar bear! Yayyyyy! The Sunday school teachers are divided into groups and those teaching the 4+'s are polar bears. Polar bears are sooo cool. They're so big and pretty with their black eyes and nose and they swim and eat seals. I want a poster of a polar bear now. I actually bought polar bear Christmas cards early this month so perhaps it was a pre-whatever thing that I was gonna be a polar bear too! Hahahahaha.... I'm a polar bear, I'm a polar bear!

My cough is still rampant and I've gone through about 3 packets of Strepsils in the past 2 days - even while I'm asleep. The flu's simmered down and I can hear again - sort of. Maybe I've got a furball down my throat. Maybe ants are building empires in my brain. Maybe a spider went up my nose and is webbing in my windpipe.

I'll be seeing Jude at 2.15, then to Joe's to welcome a fresher to Kings. Freshers' week is sooo soon. Free food everyone! Free food! Especially if you're a law student :)

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

I want oranges and lemons

in my tea (or honey) to soothe my esophagus and as much Vicks (or the equivalent) rubbed over my sore throat, hidden in my sore neck and tissues that will not cause blisters on my sore nose. Other than that, life is looking pretty positive. Am gonna meet up with friends I haven't seen in ages, friends I haven't seen in a while and friends in general. Busy's good, no? I drifted off to sleep last night with a massive cough drop between my teeth - could've choked - and gone to heaven!

I actually don't even know what to blog cos my head's quite clogged up at mo but will be seeing Joanna this Thursday!!!!! Vic, your present still hasn't arrived yet, Bryan, if you're reading this, please get me CJ's add or phone number, Sarah Hole I will try call you tonight, Sonia we must spend some time together before the freshers invade, oooooh - so many things going on, driving my muffled brain giddy - "Man is a giddy thing" (Benedict, Much Ado About Nothing). I've finished reading 3 books of the lot that I bought and am reading another 4 simultaneously - Sacre blue, can such a thing be done (Lumiere, Beauty and the Beast)??!!?? As you can see, my curent state of mind is one that projects itself based upon things of interest. Last night I dreamt that I was cycling to college with 2 punctured wheels and my lion poster on the wall, although at one point in time appeared to looke horrifyingly like Homer Simpson, took on a different shape last night. That of a certain Mr Pierce Brosnan, James Bond. I'm assuming the startling visual illusions I've been having is due to an intense imagination fuelled by a desire to assert myself over my imagination. I don't think that made any sense whatsoever. James Bond and Homer Simpson. Interesting.

My exam results are not out yet but in true 'objective' fashion, I have mapped out (so far) three possible options with further rerouting if necessary, should I fail to meet the required standards to go on to my second year. I have yet to decide how to divide up my mountain of precious books, although I will definitely take most of them with me. I wonder if there's a purpose of me being sick at this point in time. Possibly my brain, numbed with flu will react in a slightly less erratic way and thus, be less consternated.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

I need...

an air-conditioner.

"As much as the sun brings life," I wondered today, "I'm so glad there're things that exist like air-conditioners, fans, ice packs, cold smoothies and thick curtains to block out the sun's rays and unbearable heat." Almost instantly I thought, "Do non-Christians think that as much as the Son brings life, they're glad that there're things in this world like materialism, other religions and illusions to (supposedly) shelter them from responsibility?"

Woke up at 4.15am to see Kat off, then went back to sleep till noon. The heat from the sun held me there; the cool side of my pillow(s), the darkness under my duvet, the smell of eucalyptus on my bed. I was told that summer was going to last all the way through October. Ouch. Laundry's happy but I'm growing more and more uncomfortable in my own skin. I browned at the end of June and that's more than enough for me. It looks like I have use for the SPF 60 bottle yet. I thought Tinseltown's smoothies were awesome but the chocolate smoothies that come from the Joe's new blender are far beyond. Thicker, richer, icier, bad, bad, bad :)

Tonight Heath Ledger is on C4 at 9 with Knight's Tale. Watched him on DVD last night - 10 Things I Hate About You. It's interesting to watch actors, finding out why people are so fascinated by them but it's harder to get an 'objective' perspective when you only have one version of the man; one side of the coin. So he's good looking and has brown curly hair, but are girls attracted to that alone or to his character of Mr Bad Boy of the school? Actors take on a million different personas - a persona within a persona - so do they bring part of their personality into work or do they check it all at the door to recollect when they get their paycheck? What happens when your whole life becomes an act? Acts that fall into one another and get mixed up with reality. If a person tells himself that he is as such long enough, he will evolve, he will change, he will become his imagination. And when he has, he will look for another act to follow his first act because in his head, he is not transformed and so is always trying to transform. Just a few thoughts from the top of my head.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Red-nosed reindeer

I've had the flu for 2 days now. Sleeping's hard, eating's hard, breathing's hard, walking's tiring, staying up is almost an impossibility... body's going into dormant drive and I'm still trying to push it a little further. For example, tomorrow morning I'm gonna wake up at 4.30 AM to make sure Kat gets her tube in time and prepare some sort of breakfast... Karen's friend from Canada, Katherine is staying over for a day or two cos she needs somewhere to crash before starting term in Brighton. Took her out for a look-see; her first adventure of London and England. Walked along the Thames and did 'tourist' things like snapping photos of Big Ben and stopping to stare at the human 'statues' along the way - very dubious fun but nevertheless, fun. Went to Leicester Square cos we were supposed to meet up with Victoria for Chinese but we met Tom Cruise instead (and so did several hundred people and we did meet Vic in the end) outside the Empire cinema. Katherine was sooo excited that there was a celebrity so close by so I let her go off to try take pictures.

Sarah's gonna come in later and will be staying till Monday. I wonder when she'll ever move in permanently... I have received information about my Amazon books and apparently the pricelist featured is not dodgy as previously suspected, so it looks like Amazon's gonna be my new bookshop. I'm also currently, in my fuzzy-minded state, contemplating buying a laptop. To think, the girl who could only use a hole puncher can now even consider an instrument of technology as complex as a laptop.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Cheaper by the dozen... and more.

For an hour last night I had the privilege of looking after 12 kids, yes, twelve.

Aaron
Tristan
Jake
Franky
Thomas
Scott
Bobbi
Kery
Sophie
Marko
Sebastian
Jafaar

When I was 14, I thought having 12 was a nice number, not to mention a homegrown football team. Now that I've had to care for 12 from ages 5 -11 (plus 2 more ages 14 - David and Hayder - not that I had to actually care for them), I think it'll still be a nice proposition. There are the usual bits and pieces that goes with taking care of a massive brood though. Within that one hour, I had to see Tristan's dad, soothe a tantrum, help Aaron take of his sweater that had seemingly stuck to his body, get used to thundering feet up and down the stairs, put the 'Monica' within me aside, deal with exaggerations of "Jake broke a window!" and made sure they weren't dehydrated from all their playing. I also discovered, after they had all gone home, why men's toilets stink so. Their aims were nothing short of extraordinary. My bed was jumped on so that I wonder why the springs didn't give way and 6 of the kids are significantly bigger than I am. In fact, they thought I was 15.

My head is still a little sore today and I've just met Carly in FWB. Will be going back to hers then to Summerlink tonight. Gave Ernie a huge turkey drumstick to give to Benson and tried to boil rice in a pot instead of in an electric rice cooker for lunch but lack of experience reduced my rice to porridge. So turkey porridge I had.