Saturday, December 30, 2006

NYE

Happy New Year!

I'm about to move house... well only for a week ;) House sitting again! :)
Having a veeeeery slow day...had a great session at the gym, and then everything has been crazy or slow... it's already 1.30pm and I still haven't moved house!
Ok, I'm going now.

Have a great New Year's Eve! :)

Friday, December 29, 2006

Christmas Day

Wow! What a COLD Christmas!!!

We had about 16degrees celsius... apparently another record since about the 1930's...

At least it made it a better Christmas for many firefighters! :) :) :)

We went from wearing tshirts and skirts to wearing our jackets! I guess it's better than sweating in the heat and not wanting to eat much of the Christmas feasting because you're too hot! ;)

I just figure the cold Christmas was a huge gift to many people this year :)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Lily O'Briens Irish Chocolate!!!!!

I can't NOT post about this AWESOME product!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I bought 2 chocolate sticks in Dublin airport - 1 for an O'Brien :p and one for me to see what I was giving ;)

It was the BEST Chocolate ever!!!! It was so good I was sad I would have to go back to Dublin (or at least outside Australia) to get more... so I managed to savour my 5 small chocolate blocks (in the packet)....

and about 2-3 weeks ago I was in Safeway Mill Park...and A WHOLE SHELF OF LILY O'BRIENS CHOCOLATES was staring at me!!!!!!!!! WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! abt 4-5 different varieties! :o

So yeah, if you see them, even though they're not cheap....they're tying with Lindt at the moment in my favourites list ;)

More about Christmas

Christmas is a season of love and goodwill... and I have to admit amidst all the crazinesss, I have come across some wonderful people. I spend a few hours shopping...and some of the shop assistants have been awesome. Some of them you feel like making faces and saying, "Smile" just to give them something to laugh at...and others you could stand there for hours, holding up the line just chatting...to a complete stranger!

A nice lady held up the line yesterday because her item had no tag... they had to get somebody to confirm the price...she apologised! That was a pleasant surprise. I wouldn't have thought anything of it if she had said nothing... I just take it as part of the joys of shopping...

Before that I joined the slow line...and then realise the product I was purchasing wasn't in good enough condition so went back and exchanged it... THEN I joined my 2nd bad line...which was the one just mentioned... It seemed it wasn't my day for good line choosing! haha!

I think maybe people are beginning to relax...

Its coming so fast to Monday...Christmas Day... the day where JESUS is the focus... all this craziness is for Christmas...but how much of it is about Jesus? I think we get so caught up in the craziness we forget to acknowledge the REASON for the season...the REASON we celebrate Christmas...the reason we buy gifts for each other...the reason for the love and goodwill... and he patiently waits for us... to acknowledge him... and if we don't, he waits til next year, on the chance you may remember him... and if not then, the next year...he just waits... and waits... he's a gentleman. He won't force himself into your life, but once you decide to acknowledge him, he is so excited to be a part of your life.

Christmas holds so much more meaning when you know the reason for the celebrations. It's not about presents and trees and food... all these things help us enjoy each other more, but its simply about that baby born in humble circumstances... the son of God... and with the love of this amazing man comes the joy of gift giving and trees and food... we WANT to celebrate and enjoy each other. But without this ONE simple foundation, Christmas seems to lose its meaning...

Ok...I could type forever!
Have a specaial Christmas remembering the one who made it all possible...and enjoying the festivities and love he gives.

The Season of....

hahaha! I'm in a super sarcastic mood!

Just all the thoughts of this time of love and goodwill towards man... and the thought that if I used my car horn EVERY time I was cut off or tailgated or just following another car whose driver's brain is not screwed on properly... my horn would have worn out by now!!!! hahaha!

But fact is my head also hasn't necessarily been screwed on properly either... but I won't drive if my head is that loose!! Everybody is in such a hurry...or in no hurry at all...

My head is so full! I have heaps going on in this brain of mine...commitments here, commitments there.... gifts to buy...wondering if work will call me in... break up parties...work... another friend to catch up with... another card to write... I just seem so BUSY!

But I'm sure that's how most people are feeling at this "festive" time... and when it comes down to it, even though we're so busy, I still value all the people I have to find time to see. So I enjoy the break up parties and card writing and gift buying etc... it just seems that after Monday so many peoples bodies are going crash...

and....I'M ON HOLIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :)
I go back to work on 2nd and start house sitting Saturday week.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas

Is it just me, or is Christmas seemingly either still coming, or just not here....or people have just lost the spirit....

I remember going shopping and hearing Christmas music everywhere... seeing Christmas displays... just FEELING Christmas... and this year it seems people are too afraid of offending people who don't believe in Christmas... the shops seem to have MINIMAL decorations...even Bourke St Mall in Melbourne city seems a little 'drab'...

I was in Kmart the other night with David, and to get into the 'spirit', he found all the singing Christmas toys on the top shelf and pressed all the buttons.... so we had reindeer singing in rounds for us! Was embarrassingly fun! :p (this was a Kmart in an area where many muslims live, so its understandable Christmas isn't very big there...)

So yeah...where did Christmas go????

I've felt like punching everybody who crosses my path in the shops... it's like they're all too busy trying to shop to care about respecting anybody... I've had my handbag pushed many many times by a person too interested in moving through me than asking me to move aside...

I've had numerous pedestrians walk out in front of me while I was driving...

and then there are those few shop assistants who I am able to have a laugh with... they don't have "I hate this job" written on their faces... what is going on in this world...people are too busy to smile...

Is that what it is... people are just too busy trying to survive that they forget to live...
I just miss the Christmas feel... I love finding gifts for friends and family... hearing the Christmas carols/songs in the shopping centres... just the festivity of it all...and this year it seems people have forgotten to enjoy it...

Oh well...it's not over yet :)

One good thing that I've experienced is the Myer Christmas Windows Display was actually based on the Nativity this year :) It was about an Australian book about a Wombat who couldn't find his part in the Christmas Nativity play because he was too big, too small, too this, too that...until eventually the last role was baby Jesus...and after all that waiting to find out what he COULD do...he was given that role. I thought it was a cute story.

Maybe people are just tired at this time of year...
Personally, I'm tired and would like some changes in my life, but I still want to enjoy Christmas! I'm looking forward to going to church with David and his 'mum' (his real mum is in another state, so this lady is like his mum too), then going to my nonna's for an Italian family lunch... then going to his 'mum's place for a visit and to give gifts...then who knows! It will be an exciting day!

My favourite part is giving gifts :) I love being in that atmosphere where everybody excitedly gives their gifts, and waits for the receiver's reaction. That's the fun part... then we all just enjoy each others' company.

Actually, since my nanna died Christmas hasn't been the same...she was the one who had the Christmas RECORDS playing, the tree up...the 'traditional' Christmas dinner... although the cold version ;) And just the family getting together and enjoying their company...then the cousins would excitedly give presents to everybody... that was fun... and nice... but she's been gone nearly 2 years now, so that is a memory... but a good memory :)

Ok, I should stop talking... have a great day ;)

Bushire thougths...



Hello again!

I've told my friends in a Christmas letter I will be posting about my holiday soon... just seem a little too busy with all the commotion (or lack!) of Christmas at the moment....but rest assured, I have plans on writing about my adventure!

Oh well... my current thoughts are about the bushfires in Victoria... apparently they are the worst since the 1800's! And not going to stop burning for "a few months".

It's really sad when you walk outside your front door and all you can see is smoke... and the fires are about 2-5hours away! Couldn't see the sky for the last 2 days...in which we had one of our hottest days on record! 40+degrees Celsius... so we're in the worse draught in decades, the hottest day in decades.... and the worst fire in decades... and all we want is some rain...

It's even sadder when we've had many firefighters come over from New Zealand to help control the fires...which could possibly all join into one big fire...

Well, what can you do apart from pray...