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Archive for December, 2007

91 – Old Year’s Night

A-haaa… the most sensationalised night of the year!!!

Happily I gave up on high expectations of the night many years ago and always plan small.  So its always fun! 

After a day tidying my bedroom (in the hope that that it would stay tidy for the next year…) I travelled down to mumsie’s for a Papa’s chicken burger special and some tv before heading to the party central of Ava Street.  I loved that a nervy night turned out really well and mucho fun-o was had.

See ya 2007.

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90

Hurrah for new people joining blogland!

Today I met the delightful grandchildren of a couple from church.  Four of them: three boys and a girl, aged between 14 and 22.  Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen siblings get along like they did.  No beastly banter, no picking on the baby girl of the family, no rude ungratefulness to the grandparents…  Only good chat and pleasantness.  It was great to meet them.  And discuss worship-leading with the oldest (who loves his CU – yessss!).

The warmth of a real fire.

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I actually played Bingo tonight!!!  I found a ridiculous sense of pleasure when he called ‘all the eights, eighty-eight’ cos I knew that I’d be able to use it in my blog for yesterday!  Also a ridiculous sense of disappointment when he didn’t say ‘legs eleven, number eleven’.  The whole bingo caller thing reminds me of an end of uni year girly trip with two good friends over to Alton Towers.  We spent a whole evening saying things like ‘Me and You, fifty twoooo!’.  One of those things that we nearly wet our pants over for hours that no-one else will find funny at all.  I enjoyed the reminder.

Incidentally I also enjoyed the Bingo.  Don’t worry mum, I won’t make a habit of it…

It was a hen night – not just a “I know I’m a loser already so why not get the bingo wings out early on in life?”  It was a great night in all with a good atmosphere. good food and a great chat in the car on the way home with my buddy.

Also a random phone call from my sister and her (probably slightly tipsy) friends who had spent part of the evening listening to my CD!  Ha ha ha ha!

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All the 8’s – 88

A homecoming to my home from home.  I’m so thankful to be able to say I have two places I’m comfortable in to call home (and home home).

Today I felt so privileged at the insight the whole 365 thing gives me into the lives and loves of others.  I loved, loved, loved reading about the thankfulness which people felt this Christmas.  Particularly that some were tinged with the bittersweetness of people missed.  Again, not because I’m a sadist but rather that this whole thing really does help us see the small things we’d usually overlook, or at least never name.   Plus, the pain somehow validates the record of the pleasure – rather than it just being a trite ‘I loved today’.

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87

Another lie-in to be grateful for and a brunch of bananas on toast – one of those simple pleasures we often forget!  With real butter too!  yum yum…

A late afternoon jaunt to Junction One with mumsie and a Chinese feast on return!

A catch up with church friends over a game of Cranium (I am SUCH a rulebook lover…) and victory was MINE!!  Well, ok – ours.  Then an unexpected late night chick flick with mum and sister no 2 accompanied by crisps and dips… hurray for Christmas!

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86

I sat in my jammies til close-to-obscene time today and revelled in the fact that I could do it!  Holidays rock.  I also enjoyed loading up music onto my brand-spanking new ipod.

I felt a measure of pressure in catching up my Christmas 365 days, because of the incredible stuff others have recorded – made me feel all fuzzy and warm inside!  The pure joy of friendship expressed by hearts full of gratitude.  It is thus that I add my highlight of today: an evening spent with my bestest friend in the whole wide world.  Banter, board games, honesty and acceptance without terms.  Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude….

Getting to sleep in a real bed after two nights on the sofa.  It was in the room where I spent the latter of my teenage years and as I turned out the lights, I was pleasantly surprised by the starlight of glow-in-the-dark stars I’d put there years before and forgotten about.

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85 – Christmas Day

Seeing kids cycling, dribbling footballs and scootering up the middle aisle of the church in the middle of the service!  The minister of my home church has an interesting approach to including the children!  Its really fun and creates a homey family atmosphere.

The unveiling of my very first official(ish) CD of my own songs and giving copies of it as gifts to those who got me the recording studio time in the first place.  It was funny cos most of them just thought it was a Christmas Card and so I loved that they’d go home, unwrap it and get a lil surprise!  It was also cool to get lots of texts later saying they liked it. (and thus the reason for me being a diva)

 A great Christmas dinner cooked by my chef-tastic sister followed by snoozing and a game of 2nd edition Cranium.

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84 – Christmas Eve

Getting to sing along to “Driving home for Christmas” as it played on the radio as I was driving home for Christmas!!!  Yeeeeoooooo!

The safe arrival of my sisters and one of their boyfriends (not that they have a hundred collectively or anything – just one each and only one came).  A crowded house for the holiday season is annoying because you can’t (at least in my house) stretch out on the sofa as laziness requires, but that is far outweighed by the enjoyment of easy banter of family.

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83

I’ve had one of those days where up until the waning moments of the day you think you’ll have trouble doing a 365.  But tonight I am so grateful for friends who allow me to practice community with them even with the imminent arrival of the artist currently known as ‘Bump’.  Grateful for company on a ‘all-my-housemates-have-disappeared-for-Christmas-and-I’m-sick-of-being-alone-in-the-house’ kinda day.  Grateful for comfortable silences between stimulating conversation on all levels of the depth spectrum.  Grateful to have somewhere to voice endless ridiculous nit-picky questions without them feeling they have to have all the answers.

I’m thankful for 365s that give historicity and scope to otherwise insignificant daily occurences.  Thankful for the beauty of writing and creativity and freedom of expression.

Thankful that tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I get to go home home.

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82

Called in with Mum for a little spell, nice wee visit!  Also had a wee chat on the phone with an older friend from my home church.  She’s been nominated as an elder in church and she’d be an absolute legend.  I’m so glad to call her my friend.  And now she’s going to support IFES too!  Yessssssss!

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