Thursday, July 26, 2007

My fasting reflections

So I ended up fasting last Friday, missed breaky and lunch and just had something very small for dinner. Wasn't because I couldn't resist the hunger, but just wanted to not be starting Sat morn with a completely empty stomach.

It's kinda funny, cos when I fast, I don't actually find it that spiritually helpful at all, I often just find myself hungry and thinking too much about food. I just find myself generally annoyed. I do think a bit about God a bit, but not as much I'd envisaged.

But it always seems that afterwards, like in the couple of days after, I seem to be more aware of what's going on for me God wise. It's really hard to explain, but I often just find myself more spiritually switched on.

I just really like it as a way of placing God as my number one priority, and I think in an age where there's so much hunger, it causes me to reflect on those issues as well.

So in summary, I don't really know why, but it's a helpful practice for me and one I plan to continue.

Keep your old letters

Man I had such an enjoyable morning this morning. Was the only fun part of all this moving business.

I had a drawer at home with all my old letters and cards from the last few years, which I decided to sort through and throw out anything that was no longer worth keeping.

And so to do that I had to read all my old cards and letters, man so many good memories! Birthday cards from people I no longer see, love letters from high school (man I'd forgotten how immature I was back then!!) encouraging notes from people, letters from friends who I used to write to, man it was great.

In some ways, it was a wasted morning as it totally slowed down my unpacking and re-packing, but in another way was the best morning ever!

There was a dearth of encouraging letters from two people in particular, reminded me how important encouraging others is, I'm so the worst ever at it!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Just as bad

When you go to hug someone and they go to give you a kiss, and end up kissing your bearded neck!
Not as bad is when greeting a male and somebody goes for a different form of crazy handshake/hit the rock/secret society handshake to you, always results in confusion.

The worst of all is when meeting a guy for the first time and you stuff up your handshake, or he gives you a limp fish handshake. No good at all!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Relationship awkwardness

I think everybody in the world should sit down and work out how they will greet and farewell each other. Yesterday I saw another female friend who i didn't know to kiss, hug, shake hands with or wave n smile awkwardly. Would be so much easier of there were set rules on these things!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Fasting dilemmas

One of the things a few of us crew from the Huddle have decided to do this week is to try a bit of fasting, for a number of reasons I won't go into now. Basically it seems like something Jesus said was a good idea-but more on that another day.

But then, the problem for me is when? Because I'm so often sharing meals with people, which is something I really value, I don't want to miss out on that because I'm fasting. Particulalry if I'm going to somebody's house or them to mine. Not just because I like eating food with friends, but sharing meals with people is something I know Jesus said was important.

Another factor is having footy tomorrow, is it a good idea to go into footy ona fairly empty stomach? And should that even be a factor?

Will see how it goes...

Make Poverty History DVD in Sat Herald Sun

Should be a great video, well worth watching, with some footage of some pretty sweet bands playing, plus you'll probably see my dreadlocks bouncing about near the front row for John Butler and Missy Higgins, plus the MPH shirt he's wearing is mine, so that was sweet.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Rise of Teenage Affluenza

Stuffed up the link last time so thought I'd repost it here. Great vid-get on it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Funeral Home Visit

This morning I had my first experience-other than for a funeral, of checking out a funeral home and speaking to the people there about what's invloved with preparing and running a funeral, about what needs to happen after somebody dies, about burial and cremation options and learnt a bit about the embalming process.

All very fascinating stuff. Answered lots of questions and left me feeling a lot more prepared for when i have to deal with that, which is hopefully not anytime soon.

But it just highlighted the importance of dealing well with grief, we so rarely do in our culture, it's massively swept under the carpet. And the importance of good pastoral care, and the sensitivity required when preparing a funeral, they're all so different.

Was interesting hearing them talk about what people say at the funerals of 'dodgey' people, and how it's actually important to not just gloss them up, but acknowledge they may have done some pretty bad stuff in their life.

The main thing the funeral celebrant left us with was the importance of people's stories, a funeral should be like 80% their stories, was just affirming of the role and importance of stories in people's lives. A morning well spent.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

You know you're a 90's kid if...

You can finish this [Ice Ice _ _ _ _ ]

You remember watching:
- The Bugs Bunny Show
- Ren & Stimpy
- Pinky and the Brain

You just cant resist finishing this . . . "Iiiiiiin West Philidelphia,
born and raised . . ."

You remember:
- Playschool with Monica
- Step by Step
- Family Matters
- Dinosaurs
- Boy Meets World

You remember when it was actually worth getting up early
on a Saturday to watch cartoons. (Saturday Disney, anyone?)

Paul Jennings and Andy Griffiths were the funniest authors of all time.

You watched Round the Twist!

You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.

You said "NOT" after (almost) every sentence . . . not

When everything was settled by:
- Rock, Scissors, Paper.. ROOCK OFF!!!... some of us 90's kids still do it :P
- Dip dip...
- There's a party by the pool, would you like to come?
- Eeny, meeny, miny, mo!

When we played Tiggy, Safe, 40/40 and Hide & Seek until our legs grew numb.

You used to listen to the radio all day long just to record your FAVORITE
song of ALL time.

Tazos owned chip packets.

The Spice Girls had serious girl power...

...and the Backstreet Boys simply ruled.

Captain Planet. He's a Hero.

You remember when Super Nintendos and Sega Genisis became popular.

You remember watching Home Alone 1, 2 , and 3 . . . and tried to pull the
pranks on "intruders"

You remember watching:
- Agro's Cartoon Connection
- Sale of the Century with Glen Ridge & Nicky Buckley (hopefully only
with your parents).

You remember when Yo-Yos were cool.

You remember those Where's Wally books.

You remember eating Warheads.

You remember watching:
- Ninja Turtles *first and the best!!!*
- Jurassic Park
- 3 Ninjas movies

You remember Push Pops and Lucky Dips.

And YoGo gorilla... and the original Cocoa Pops monkey: "It's just like a
chocolate milkshake - only crunchy!"

Tamagotchis had to be banned in school because of their popularity.


Basketball cards and the arguments as to whether fleer or upperdeck were
the best ones.

FastFoward was the greatest sketch show on TV.

You haven't always had a computer, and it was cool to have the internet.

"Emo" didn't exist.

You watched the original shows of Rugrats, Power Rangers, and Ninja
Turtles. None of that modern manga crap.

You knew Michael Jordan was the best all-time basketballer who played for
the Chicago Bulls, even though we don't follow NBL basketball.

World 4 Kids, before Toys R Us.

The original five dollar notes.

You understand when I say "Cheez TV".

You collected all the Troll dolls.

If you even know what a walkman is.

You know the Macarena off by heart.

"Talk to the hand" . . . enough said

Before the MySpace frenzy . . .

Before the Internet & text messaging . . .

Before iPods . . .

Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX . . .

When light up sneakers were cool.

When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.

When petrol was $0.65 a litre & Caller ID was a new thing.

When you had to be one lucky kid to get a mobile phone before you were 16.

When we recorded stuff on VCRs.

When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off of our walkman.

You had slap bands!

Way back.....
When you could fly on Ansett to Melbourne and get the kangaroo creek gang
fun packs with your meal!!
When roller blading was more popular than skateboarding.
Sega mega drive was awesome as well as master system.

Korn and limp bizkit were hard core and when there was a good balance of
music genres between rap and rock.

When drinking red eye energy drinks were as legally close as you could
get to being pissed.

Who would have thought you'd miss the 90s so much!!!!!

The rise of Teenage Affluenza

Found this video today, thought it was pretty sweet, so check it out. I love affluenza as a word, brilliant.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Moving home sucks too

For a number of reasons:
1-it's long, boring and time-consuming.
2-it makes me realise how much crap I own.
3-I have to face the fact of how much crap I hoarde!

Anywho, enough whingeing, will write a prpoer post when finished said moving.

I hate having no phone!

It freaking sucks! I'd struggle to organise a piss up in a brewery at the best of times, but i can't do anything at the moment. Not really having a permanent home means I only ever use my mobile, so am pretty much lost without it!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

07 Roadtrip-Smashing it.

Great times all round, far more than I can write at this time of night, but it has been quality times! And I do actually feel we have achieved stuff on a couple of different levels, which has been great.

Also interesting to note how much your readership goes down when you don't write for a week! has literally halved! Ah well, it's all good, that stuff doesn't bother me these days.