Friday, January 26, 2007

Of Mice & Men

Well just mice really...............

I was sitting in our back room on the computer on Wednesday night when out of the corner of my eye I saw something moving.

Yes. It was a mouse.

Big girl's blouse that I am, I screamed.

I'm such a woose !! I don't mind mice usually - as long as they aren't running across the floor. And he was quite cute. My mum sadist that she is got the torch out so she could have a look at him - the wee thing was quivering with fright behind the computer speakers. So the traps have been employed, complete with Mars Bar. I'd borrow my friend Ali's cat George, but she maintains that he's too stupid to catch a mouse. The traps have been down for 2 days - so far - nothing. This is one clever mouse.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

33 Names of Things You Never Knew You Had Names

So got this link from Youth Specialties weekly mailing. It reads thus:

1. AGLET - The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.

2. ARMSAYE - The armhole in clothing.

3. CHANKING - Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.

4. COLUMELLA NASI - The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.

5. DRAGÉES - Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.

6. FEAT - A dangling curl of hair.

7. FERRULE - The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

8. HARP - The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.

9. HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER - A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)

10. JARNS,



13. and QUIMP - Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.

14. KEEPER - The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.

15. KICK or PUNT - The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.

16. LIRIPIPE - The long tail on a graduate's academic hood.

17. MINIMUS - The little finger or toe.

18. NEF - An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.

19. OBDORMITION - The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is `asleep'.

20. OCTOTHORPE - The symbol `#' on a telephone handset. Bell Labs' engineer Don Macpherson created the word in the 1960s by combining octo-, as in eight, with the name of one of his favourite athletes, 1912 Olympic decathlon champion Jim Thorpe.

21. OPHRYON - The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.

22. PEEN - The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.

23. PHOSPHENES - The lights you see when you close your eyes hard. Technically the luminous impressions are due to the excitation of the retina caused by pressure on the eyeball.

24. PURLICUE - The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.

25. RASCETA - Creases on the inside of the wrist.

26. ROWEL - The revolving star on the back of a cowboy's spurs.

27. SADDLE - The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.

28. SCROOP - The rustle of silk.

29. SNORKEL BOX - A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.

30. SPRAINTS - Otter dung.

31. TANG - The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.

32. WAMBLE - Stomach rumbling.

33. ZARF - A holder for a handleless coffee cup.

Don't tell me you knew all that already.......

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Why I Do What I Do

Found this quote from Tony Campolo.

"We do not take God into places where He doesn’t exist;
we join God where God is already at work."

This reminds me why I work with young people & families in tough situations.

Remind me Oh God afresh when I forget or lose sight of Your picture.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Best of List of 2006

So, I 'borrowed' this idea from Marko (YS fame) and decided to produce a shorter version of my 'best of 2006'.

Best Book (s)

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Both books challenge my theology & lifestyle. Highly recommend reading them both.

Best Music

Live Lounge Album (Various Artists)

Best Movie

Without doubt it has to be Little Miss Sunshine. Wins hands down. Have already blogged about it - enuff said.

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Closest Book Game

Is that how you spell close-est ??? I'm not sure.... anyways, here's what you gotta do:

The rules are:
1. Grab the nearest book (either beside your computer monitor or your bed !)
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest!

Have been meaning to do this for a while now. Haven't had a book sitting beside the computer monitor to play, but came down tonight with book in hand, so here goes.....

The book is "Velvet Elvis" by Rob Bell:

(have had to go for page 124 as 123 is a blank page)

"As his movment gathered steam, this Jewish man came to be talked about more & more as God, fully divine as well as fully human. As his followers talked about him and did what he said and told and retold his stories, the significance of his life began to take on all sorts of cosmic dimensions. They realised that something much bigger was going on here, involving them and the people around them and all of creation."

OK I cheated & copied an extra line so it'd make sense. This is one of my books of the year (will blog about this later). Rob Bell has challenged me often over the past few months through this book & through his teachings (download his sermons at Mars Hill Bible Church website). For me especially, he has challenged me to take my faith & all I've been taught & examine it for myself rather than accepting my parents/ friends/ churchs view without question. He has taken me back to the Bible & encouraged me to read Jesus' teachings in light of the culture of the day & in knowledge of how His words & actions (& those around Him) relate to the Old Testament and the signifance of this.

I encourage everyone to read this book.

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