Sunday, 30 August 2009

In Family News

My Mum and sis stopped by and we discussed all the family news that has happened since I saw them last. The main details:

- Apparently, my Mum's heart murmur (which my dr said mine was, rather than the same type as what my Dad's is) can cause lungs to fill with blood. I expect that that would be extra bad for someone who has asthma and lung damage. It is very bad when we are stressed. Apparently beeing told that my lungs could fill with blood should not be stressful.
- My cousin Tyrone is a paraplegic after a car accident. His girlfriend died.
- My brother John-Wayne decided to formally invite his girlfriend Paige into the family. No, they are not getting married. (They're both 18.) They did think that she was knocked up. Then they found out that she had ovarian cancer. She's been operated on, and she is fine. It apparently developed almost identically to mine from when I was ten, but because of the pregnancy scare got caught even earlier, so she only had one ovary taken out, and none of her womb.
- My other brother Robert went to China. But leaving the country doesn't keep my family out of hospital! He had a tussle with the wardrobe. He lost. He is now missing a chunk of his face / side of his head, has had 6 stitches, and sees 3 specialists every few days. They will be deciding whether or not to evacuate him out sometime tomorrow, though it will probably be another day or two before he is likely to be in Australia. They are worried about flesh eating bugs.
- My Dad doesn't want to celebrate Father's Day. I already bought him a present, so he's not getting out of things that easily.
- My Mum is about to have kidney failure. This is genetic, and I'm not doing too well on the genetic front. I need to have these tested sometime soon.
- Julie (my sis) is getting to breed chickens this semester.
- One of my Aunt's had another baby. I don't remember which one. I expect it was Jill or Sally. Although if it is Sally she'll be up to 14 by now. Which I wouldn't have a problem with, except that there would be over 10 different fathers. At least with Jill's lot there are only 2.
- The mafia have not yet killed Uncle John. I think someone's lost money on that one. Possibly my Mum.

On a serious note, I am the only Christian in my family, with the exception of the Matriarch of the Mess, my Nanny (in my family, Nanny is a grandmother, Granny is a great-grandmother). So please pray that they accept Christ as a result of... well all of the above.

Incidentally, I saw my Mum and sister last about 5 weeks ago. What can I say? We act fast.

Orange Art

State of the Art Orange

Basketball Orange

Edward Cullen


He wants to tell you he's happy

How Much Vicariousness Is Too Much?

I don't have much of a "love life". Okay, I have none at all. I make up for this by living vicariously through other people. Okay, through one starting-up couple. Some of you know who they are, and some don't so if you know, shut up, because they're shy!

The thing is, I tell people who don't know them - including people at work. Toddler Erin (i.e. the Erin who works in the toddler room and not in the kinder room) is very interested. She presses me for details, tells me to tell them to spend more time together, etc.

So Erin is living vicariously through my living vicariously.

And then Erin told me, "And my Mum said that they need to hurry up and become official already!"

Saturday, 29 August 2009

I Wonder

Kal and I were shooting the breeze, as per usual, when we brought up te fact that most modern female singers... have multiple "friends". We don't actually know much about any of these people.

Kal then said, "And Lady Gaga! What's with her? The main thing I know about her is that she wears gold undies."

She paused and thought for a moment. "Unless I'm getting her mixed up with Wonderwoman."

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Thanks Taj

Next week I start working part-time, 12-5. I've been explaining to all the kids that I've been sick and so I need to sleep in at home.

Lucy M wanted to know how I was sick. Taj quickly told her,

"Sam was very sick a long time ago, and now she has a hole in her brain."

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Big Lunch Photos

Had lunch with Wesley friends, plus Steph and T's friends. Here's some photos:

I examine food lables with Winnie looking on:

Me being me (and Winnie looking on:)

Hoang too:

Steph + Erica

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Next Year

I'm thinking about what I want to be doing next year. I thought I'd get everyone's comments, and posting here is easier than going to everyone seperately. If you want to talk to me rather than comment, fine, but this is easier for me.

As most of you know, I'm having some substantial problems at the moment with work, partially due to them and partially due to me being 3/4 asleep at any moment of time. So I'm seriously considering whether I should be continuing there. Here are the different things I'm considering:

- Continuing at my centre, but on reduced hours - probably 3 days a week. I'd use the other 2 days to rest, take harp lessons, rest, and learn a language (Hebrew being my top choice at the moment)

- Going back to uni, either full time (doing honors in Arts) or part time (probably getting Early Childhood qualifications, and continuing to work at my centre). I would be paid more for doing the Early Childhood, but I'm not particularly interested. If I do Arts, I'll be writing on Shakespeare and ballet.

- Working at a new centre

- Applying to teach in a sessional kinder

- Teaching in a school. Holidays, shorter hours, more pay. Sounds great! Within this there is several choices:
1) Working in a Christian school
2) Working at my old school
3) Working in a government school
4) Working in a semi-rural government school near my Dad's. Free rent, beach, and the lovely one of my parentals. The churches nearby leave a bit to be desired, though I've only been to 3 of the 7, so maybe another one is ok
5) Working in a rural government school

- Travel. The nice thing about my job is that I can take time off and come back to a job any time, though obviously the leave would be without pay. There are some places I would like to go, and I have vague but specific plans in each that I have in mind. Here are the countries:
1) Africa. Specific I know. Two countries in mind, but I'm not going to be more specific. Sorry
2) Israel
3) Scotland

So, why am I asking for opinions? Well, I do like to talk things over with others, but also - these choices will effect YOU! Think about not seeing ME for a month or however long while I am overseas! Tragical, I know. If nothing else, you will get to choose what you're going to hear me whinge about for the next year or so!

Saturday, 15 August 2009

For Kal

n 1984 and 1986, Starr narrated the children's series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, a Britt Allcroft production, which was first shown on Central Television and subsequently across the ITV network. He was unsure about taking the role at first, having never previously read the books by Reverend Awdry, and at the time he felt that children would be more interested in "dinosaurs with lasers."

Interviewer: At the end of the song Elizabeth Reigns—which is a balanced view of the queen and company—you say, “Well, there goes me knighthood”.
Starr: There goes me knighthood—yes, I think it has gone, well and truly...
Interviewer: Does that bother you at all?
Starr: No, I don’t want to be a Sir. I want to be a duke or a prince. If they come through with that, I’ll consider it.

(Both from Wikipedia)

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


Erin M:
Lizard now has a name: Jack. Much better than tree star! Haha. Hope you are having a fun week off! I almost killed George M today - he said he wanted you when I was telling him off.

That's my boy. :/ Having a good time, can't wait to be doingthis permanently - or at least 9 months :)

Erin: You are too funny. Maybe you should use this time off to hunt? Hang at some local haunts where Christian boys go.

Like church? Where else?

Does anyone have any ideas? I got myself until Monday. Then I'm due back to the place of doomnation.

Steiner Dolls

Last Tuesday, I went to a PD on making Steiner dolls.

First, we sewed up a tube, and stuffed it.

Then we divided it into two sections. In my later doll I used a rubber band, but for this one we used tapestry thread.

Then we cut a hole in the middle of a small piece of satin, and put it on the doll like a petticoat. We stitched it on the doll.

Then we cut a hole in a piece of muslin and put it also on the doll, then stictched it in place. We added another piece of muslin, doing the same thing, and arranging the top piece so that all of the petticoat is covered before stitching this second piece into place.

We chose a hair-piece, and stitched it to the middle of the head. We only need to cover the front of the head, as there will be a head-piece covering the back of the head.

Sew the hair to both sides of the head.

Fold up a smaller piece of muslin, and arrange into a head-piece shape that you want. It might be like a peaked cloak, or like a bonnet, or however you want. This doll has a peaked cloak hat, my next doll has more like a bonnet (picture later).

Decorate the head-piece as you like. This doll has lace flowers with sequins in the centre. Pretty! Decorate the neck band, and any other parts you want.

Draw or stitch on the eyes and mouth. Steiner dolls have no nose, a straight line for the mouth, and small stitches for eyes. The point is that children can project any kind of emotion onto the doll that they want. In order to get the eyes etc in the right spot, use pins as markers and check to see that you like the expression.

That's it!

Here's the doll I made today. I used the scraps from the holes in the middle of the muslin and satin pieces to make the flower..

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

It's Been A Hard Days Night

Been watching the movie on youtube. So awesome!

"I fought the war for you lot."
"I bet you're sorry you won."

"What do you call that hairstyle?"

Ringo is a FERAL! Lennon is completely random and slightly feral. And they are all teenage boys! Except, unlike Edward, they don't smell.

Actually, I think they're in their 20s here.

One Day I'll Have A Life...

But it's not today...

Song of the Day Again

Without the screaming fans - better sound!

Question: which Beatle do you think is the best? I'm voting for Paul! He's so hyper! He's awesome!

Another Day

Today was pretty good, aside from health issues. I have an infection, which has made my nose swell quite interestingly. I never liked my nose, but now it's red and puffy. Plus more than slightly painful. I want my old nose back.

I went to a Martha Stewart scrabooking demo, and got nearly $100 in freebies. Freebies make Sam happy. I also bought a princess costume. There will be fairy-tale dress-up days at work at least once a year, and I want to be a princess. And I will be a princess at multi-cultural day and for general dress ups. SAM WILL BE A PRINCESS, AND ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE WILL BE KICKED.

Aside from that, I did some knitting. I finished my ball of plastic wool, and only finished one side of the bag I made. I also painted a tiny scrapbooking bookshelf (so cute!) and attempted to knit a head-scarf. Made 3 attempts, and the third one is the best. I'm not going to be wearing it any time soon.

While knitting, I listened to more Vision Forum CDs, and watched another 2 episodes of a Beatles doco. Song for today is below. Been singing it to the Rebel all day. I think she thinks I'm crazy.

Monday, 10 August 2009

More Random News

- Sam is a now a cheap drunk. Alcohol mixes with my meds. I'd be sad, but I don't drink often, and mostly with Kallie.
- Note to self: don't drink around boys.
- Kal and I and Brenden and Rob got invited to a dinner with Ivan and Ida. What do you notice about all of us? That's right, we got the whiteness happening.
- Kallie and I debated what their purpose was. Favourite ideas - killing us all off or picking our brains to evanaglise Aussies.
- Actual reason - they're Bananas, and wanted to have dinner with people who don't think they're evil for bringing out a bottle of red.
- You know what that means? Kallie and I got to have dinner with Mohawk Baby. He smooshed bolognase all over his face. He was SOOOO cute. And someone who carries babies around like they're hand-bags wasn't there. Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!
- Sam is clearly very mature.
- Vision Forum has changed their international postage costs. Happy. SO MUCH CHEAPER!
- Sam is forbidden to show Stephen Vision Forum videos such as this.
- This DVD and this DVD are however allowed.
- Sam has the week off. She spent today listening to CDs like this. Just finished the CD on Martin Luther. Very interesting. Though I expect everyone else I know would be less interested.
- Song of the evening.
- Sam's ancestors were clearly about as mature as Sam

What's news with you guys? Comment please!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Sam Gets Beaten Up...

By a three year old girl.

Ingrid was about to belt one of the Isa's, so I picked her up and moved her. She ran back, and re-hit Isa, so I picked her up angain and held onto her.

She chucked a wobbly.

I have:

- Bitemarks on both legs (fading - not too bad)
- A bitemark on my tummy (fading - not too bad)
- Bitemarks on both arms, most of which have developed into bruises
- Some hair missing
- Vivid scratches on my face, particularly around my eyes, where Ingrid tried to claw my eyes out

- A bite on my thumb that required ice-pack, time not with the kids, and is probably infected. She not only broke the skin, but ripped it away, had the area around the bite turn purple, and resulted in me thinking many many swearwords.

Her mother came in early to pick her up because we phoned, but couldn't talk due to noise (she teaches too), and saw me and asked, "What happened to Sam's face?" Erin was like, "Your daughter happened."

We have permission from her to do whatever we see fit.

My Friend, The Hulk

I was tidying up, when Jae Hong looked at me with the air of someone making a great confession.

"Sam," he said, "I like Power Puff Girls."

"That's all right Jae Hong," I said. "I have a friend who likes them too."

Jae Hong looked at me, and asked, "Is he a girl?"

"No Jae Hong, he's my friend who eats the silk worms."

"Oh," said Jae Hong. "Is he a kid?"

"No, he's bigger than me. But he is younger than me. But he's a grown up, more or less."

Jae Hong thought about this, then asked, "Is he bigger than the Hulk?"