Friday, July 13, 2007


I was walking down the road today, the sun was out, I was listening to old school songs on my MP3, and for a moment there I forgot it was winter.

To be honest, I'm one of those people who gets a bit depressed when the weather is dreary, but this winter I'm trying to make a concerted effort to not let that happen (even though a close friend recently told me that it was a physiological deficiency of Vitamin D that gets us down, which almost gave me an excuse to rationalize it!).

So, join with me in dwelling on the good things in winter: hot chocolates, cosying up under the blankets, getting to stay inside and read, the occasional beautiful cloudless days that are so crisp, not feeling way too hot, actually wanting to exercise because it warms me up, and always having something to look forward to - summer!


So here are my top ten novels, so far! This list was hard for two reasons: Firstly, unlike CD's, I don't own the majority of books that I've read and enjoyed! And secondly, it's soooo hard to choose! But seeings as this is my blog, I make the rules. So more than one book by an author IS allowed. Mwahahaha!

So here goes...


1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
3. Magician - Raymond E. Feist
4. Emma - Jane Austen
5. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. JPOD - Douglas Coupland
7. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
8. Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller
9. The Whale Rider - Witi Ihimaera.
10. Velvet Elvis - Rob Bell

Close by:
Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
Hey Nostradamus - Douglas Coupland

The list obviously excludes short stories, poetry, and plays -maybe I'll do more lists!
I'll blatantly rip off Rhett's recent idea and say: reply with your own top ten novels lists!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Well, I got through Term One with very few scratches, the occasional stress melt down and more addicted to caffeine than was previously! And still smiling!

Over the two week break I moved house, relaxed, read Jane Austen's 'Persuasion', and bought and loved Dave Dobbyn's CD 'Available Light'. Also celebrated Rhett's birthday, caught up with friends and family, and even went for a run! (Just the one though....)

All in all this year is shaping up to be a good one!

And lo and behold I checked my poor neglected blog and realized I have a comment! Hence my conscience persuaded me to post. My apologies for the lack of enthralling subject matter, but I figure some of you might like to know what I've been up to lately.

So hopefully more people will comment, and more posts will occur!

I hereby do not promise that the comment:post ratio will be highly relational, but I will try my best!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What's your theological worldview?

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan.

You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Emergent/Postmodern 75%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 75%

Neo orthodox 64%

Classical Liberal 54%

Roman Catholic 36%

Reformed Evangelical 32%

Fundamentalist 29%

Charismatic/Pentecostal 29%

Modern Liberal 25%

Thursday, March 15, 2007

What's your personality type?

You Are An ENFP
The Inspirer
You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.You are also unconventional, irreverant, and unimpressed by authority and rules.Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're qutie the storyteller!
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

Some of this is probably true, other bits are questionable...... A politician? Really?

Monday, January 08, 2007


Happy New Year!

As of the 1st of January, Rhett and I have been "people of leisure". Meaning: on holiday! The crazy amount of spare time has been relaxing, and strangely unnerving for someone who is usually trying to do ten things at once. But I am now adjusting to the comfort of sleeping whenever, cruising through the day, and randomly pursuing leisurely whims.

Last weekend we went camping with a group of friends in the Waitakere Ranges. We all had a really great time, it felt weird camping and still being in Auckland! Made me wonder why we don't do it more!

New Years was awesome! We'd been invited to a friend's and had a really cool time, and a little past twelve we mosied on down to the beach to light some fireworks. Good way to start what will hopefully be an awesome year!

In a little under a month I will finally begin my teaching career, what I've spent the last 4 years (plus) aiming towards. It's a really good feeling to have made it.

Rhett goes back to study at Carey this year, something that he can't wait to do, so that's another reason why this year should rock!

I have made quite a few New Year's Resolutions, of which I won't mention all, however one of these is to learn how to play guitar a bit better and write some songs. We'll see how it goes.

Overall I am seriously looking forward to this year!