Things look different.

2007-Jun-09, Saturday 11:05 pm
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Practically everything in my room except my desk and drawers has been moved today, mainly so my bed would no longer be right by the two windows that it had been by since I shifted in at the end of January, when the weather was warm. If my bed was about 5cm shorter I would have had it against the internal wall instead of at 90° to it against the external wall, but one deals with the situation as it presents itself. When I get rid of the monitors I still have from when I left my previous flat and find somewhere to store my bag of bags there will be enough floor space in my room to set up a model train set. Except, I don't have a model train set.

I was out past midnight again last night, after playing three games of Cities & Knights. The first of those was played by four people, something that hadn't happened for quite a while. I remember all three games being close which is undoubtedly part of the reason the three games took us nearly five hours total. I'm a little disappointed to have not got to use either of the expansions I have for it but when one of the group has barely played I was quite understanding of her desire to not introduce new things. I seem to have a better record online at the AsoBrain site than what I've been managing on those times I play with the physical set. Although, when I'm not actually keeping track of any table-top stats myself I could well be mistaken.

Bed building (and furniture assembly in general) would be much easier with instructions most of the time I think. I went out on Thursday afternoon to help a friend put up a bed for a temporary guest. All the pieces were there, there was even a couple of extra bits (that I think actually were extra, the screw holes were a distinctly different size) but without instructions it took a while to realise where each of the pieces was supposed to go. And then it took a while to disassemble it somewhat to insert the slats that had been missed. A fun hour, where fun = oddly interesting.
I had been 'abducted' the night before by the two involved, and taken to the prayer meeting at RBC. During which meeting I was told I have a nice voice and basically told not to worry about not having a clue what I want to do with my life. The woman that told me each of those things had not figured out what she wanted to do until her mid 30's or so and while I won't be realising that is what I should be doing it could, I suppose, be similar. She is a mother now.

My last.fm profile has started deviating from the mass of podcasts that was getting put through it over the past month or so. I've finally started listening to my CDs again. I will probably start listening to Rhema again soon though, while I was cleaning this morning/afternoon I wanted nothing but music instead of the news/advertising/talk back that happens on radio.

[livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive - 8 June 2007
  1. Remember the scene with Molly Ringwald putting lipstick on by holding it in her cleavage? Name one really bizarre thing you know how to do. No matter how small. Yes. Hanging upside down from the upper side of my feet is kind of bizarre.
  2. What's your favourite way to pass the time? Playing board games.
  3. What's your favourite restaurant and why? Cobb & Co. I actually eat when I'm there as opposed to almost all the other restaurants that I've been to and had no appetite.
  4. Which TV/Radio show did you like that's not aired any more? Babylon 5
  5. If you had a choice of learning another new language, what would you choose? What do you think that reflects about you? Hebrew, or Klingon. I want to be able to read the OT Bible in it's original language, and that I'm a geek/nerd/whatever.

I have moocards. [livejournal.com profile] moocards even. It took just under two weeks from my initial order for them to arrive and if I had money and means to actually order more I think I would.
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After having been away from my flat for three Monday nights in a row I have not seen StarGate Atlantis, Mythbusters and Heroes for almost a month. As it was I only remembered to turn on the TV halfway through Atlantis tonight and I've decided to not watch Heroes because of the amount of information I've no doubt missed over the past three episodes. That and the fact I'm probably going to miss next weeks episode as well.

I have 5 weeks left of work before I head off to Australia and the Hillsong Conference. One thing I need to try harder at is working every day that I have the option to do so. Case in point, last Friday. I'm also going to have to figure out what and how much to take with me when I go over, clothing and whatever else is essential. Leading on from that is the fact I'll I have to figure out the weight of what I'll be taking so I can know in advance how much (if any) stuff I can buy while over there without it causing problems with limits. Stuff like board games maybe.

After reading about a library book sale last week on my friends list I had thought I would head there on Saturday morning before watching TV that afternoon. Instead of that I ended up spending around 5 hours with a friend as she wanted to go buy some stuff at a number of places. I came close to not buying anything while we were out but ended up getting a couple of CDs at the Christian Superstore; All Things New and Veggie Tales: Silly Songs With Larry.
After around 3 hours at a few shops we got back to her place and I helped to clean it up a little to surprise her flatmate that was away. I also got something of an impromptu piano lesson after sitting down at her piano to see what I was able to remember from my minimal lessons in music class early in High School. My biggest problem, if I bother to try again, seems likely to be keeping time, especially when there are variable note durations.

Yesterday morning at Church the children got to play games, some testing their knowledge of what had been taught over the past few weeks. They've managed to remember more than I have I think and I find this a little worrying. Especially when I've been at almost all the sessions.

[livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive: 25 May 2007
  1. What is your favourite board game? Currently, Ticket to Ride. Up until about 6 weeks ago it was the Cities & Knights expansion to Settlers of Catan and as a child/teen probably Poleconomy.
  2. What is your favourite card game? Samba, which is three pack Canasta.
  3. Do you like to play games on the computer or on a gaming system? Yes, sitting on a couch tends to be a little more comfortable though so all other things being equal I'd likely prefer a console.
  4. If so, what is your favourite game to play? Heroes of Might and Magic as far as PC games, although StarCraft is better for multiplayer. As far as console games go, I'd be willing to drop almost anything to play Guitar Hero with the right people.
  5. Do you like to play games with people or to play them alone? With people is preferable most of the time, not always but most of the time.

Long weekend

2006-Oct-02, Monday 12:44 pm
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I went to a "Thomas the Tank Engine" thing on Saturday morning, out by Orana Park, with Tamara & her daughter and Tamara's sister & her boys. Apart from not actually seeing Thomas it was good, and I didn't even go on any of the rides. We also saw the husband of one of Tamara's closest friends and I was surprised to hear very few comments about the still new relationship.
After leaving that because we'd all done what we wanted to, Tamara, her daughter, and I went to the playground at Hagley park, and met up with my parents. They seem somewhat grateful that I wasn't "High energy" as a child, although I was informed that I set my sister up for trouble on a somewhat regular basis.

It might be just as well I've spent so much time over in Linwood recently, I had not realised that Daylight Savings was coming into effect. If I'd been in my bed yesterday morning instead of on the couch over there I'd likely have been late to church. And Tamara and her daughter would likely not have been at my church which was very nice. I'm going to be at theirs this coming Sunday unless things go wrong between now and then.

I was scheduled for work all this week coming after not even getting to talk to the woman that organises shifts when I rung on Friday. When the lady that answered initially went to transfer my call she got some sort of message to tell me I was booked for the entire week. After only getting three days during the week just been and having been told I was scheduled for all of it I was not really surprised to receive a call yesterday afternoon around five or so to say that today's shift had been cancelled.

After purchasing the second season of "The Dead Zone" last weekend I have yet to sit down and watch any of it. Hopefully that will serve as a disincentive to me purchasing more DVDs for a while. Me having watched none of it yet is not really surprising when you get down to it, I still haven't watched more than a single disc of "Firefly" since I got that a month ago. Although I did watch all of Firefly when it was airing on TV so I have at least seen it already, I haven't seen any of the Dead Zone past season one when it aired on Prime at least three years ago.

thefridayfive - 29 September 2006
  1. What TV show(s) do you find yourself watching the most? Science fiction ones typically, although there is very little I'm watching at the moment. And that's not just because I'm spending so much time away from my flat.
  2. What if any TV shows do you own on DVD? The first five seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the first of both Deep Space Nine and Voyager, the complete runs of Babylon 5, Farscape and Firefly as well as well as some of Angel and almost all of the first season of Mutant X.
  3. Can you name your favourite TV show theme song (I would encourage you to make a phone post and sing it to us)? I don't believe I have one, I'm probably capable of singing along to a large number though.
  4. Have you ever been on TV and if so for what? Maybe? When I was about 10 there was a "Top Ten" thing in my home town and I was one of the many children that were part of the opening ceremony, I may have been seen as a part of that group.
  5. What is your favourite YouTube video (feel free to post a link)? I don't YouTube.
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This week wasn't as full of work as it had seemed likely to, my Tuesday and Thursday shifts were cancelled. No prizes for anyone guessing where I spent significant portions of those days instead. I played Rapidough there on Wednesday night, Tamara and I beat the other pairing.

While at a wedding reception Saturday afternoon/evening my throat, which had been annoying me for a couple of days, actually got me to the point of feeling tired and blah. I'm feeling better at the moment but it still hurts a little. Apart from that aspect it was very good to see both halves of the happy couple after they'd been in Auckland for about six months. I got to hold two babies after the actual wedding service as well, a good afternoon there. Apart from the reception being outside and therefore cold by late afternoon that was mostly good as well. I was 'harassed' by someone new and may be dealing with such at subsequent church services as well.
Upon mentioning that I hadn't had a cake for the past 12 or so birthday's I was informed that at my next birthday I would have a cake, even if it needed to be sent somewhere.

A friendship that once seemed gone may be back. We've talked again, for a while, and while I doubt we'll be as close as we were it seems likely that we can get on well from now on.

I've been blessed by more things and (more importantly) people than I currently have time to list here. When I'm not as ill and not waiting to see my girlfriend that may change, I've heard it's good to count one's blessings.

thefridayfive - 22 September 2006
  1. Given a choice, and imagining that money and time were no object, would you rather cook dinner, eat out or order in? Cook, if I was doing so with someone that could cook properly.
  2. What is the most elaborate meal you've ever prepared yourself or purchased at a restaurant? I don't do elaborate.
  3. What food do you find yourself making and/or eating way too much? Chocolate.
  4. What was your most disastrous cooking/eating out experience? A pseudo double-date that I was unable to eat at due to feeling ill. I ended up spending at least half of that meal outside walking around while my "date" and the others ate their meals.
  5. Would you rather cook for someone else or have them cook for you? Have them cook for me. I expect the meal would be more interesting.
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Church in the morning with a large number of Girl Guides attending the service and children's church. We also had a Sunday Funday meeting afterwards at which I agreed (volunteered actually) to do the meet and greet before the service.
I then had a four hour period here at my flat during which I was domestic enough to put washing on the line, wash dishes, get the washing back in and make my bed after sleeping the night simply huddling under a couple of blankets. There was also a lot of internet surfing of course.
A small number of people from church had their final netball game of the season tonight and I went along to it. (And forgot to thank she that provided me with transport :( which I hope to rectify tomorrow.) I then spent a very short space of time with the group as they started a practical joke before heading to the nearest bus stop.
The Evening church service was much like normal. (Although I got roped into passing the offering plates around.) After that was over I ended up with a friend for about an hour, dropping a couple of people home and then talking for about 30 minutes.
Now, it's too late to do much of anything except go to bed.

thefridayfive - 25 August 2005
  1. What book or books were special to you in your childhood? The Warriors Apprentice, I also read and enjoyed a large number of the Danny Dunn books that one of my teachers owned.
  2. What was particularly special or memorable about those books? T.W.A. was one of the first books I read that wasn't a children's book. The D.D. books seemed to be more thought provoking than most of what else I saw as children's books.
  3. Have you re-read any of them as an adult? Every year or two since I got it I've reread T.W.A. On the other hand I haven't even seen any of the D.D. books since leaving that Primary school.
  4. If so, were the books as good as you remembered them? I probably don't enjoy T.W.A. as much as I did the first time, because I now read it faster and know what's coming. If it wasn't still good though I wouldn't be rereading it so often.
  5. What do you think about movies being made out of children's classics (like the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of The Rings, etc.)? It's probably a good thing, when the movie is true to the book. I expect there will be quite a number of people that have read those books that otherwise wouldn't have, largely because of the movies.
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I'm going back to a four day work week, for a while at least. After almost missing the start of my shift Tuesday morning and then leaving a little late yesterday as well it seems obvious that I need more sleep than I'll get during a five day work week. That's even with the two hours or so that I napped in the afternoons after wasting some time here at my PC. While at work today the operator for the machine I was assigned to noticed the small pile of stuff I had placed near me and questioned the lack of a Star Trek book. That isn't surprising considering the past week saw me with a different book there each day.

This afternoon as I headed home I finally found the motivation to see about getting myself a bigger, better jacket. What I have currently is nine years old, somewhat damaged because of my job and not long enough to cover my knees as I walk to work. This means that when it rains in the morning I arrive at work with wet legs and cold wet knees. The place I was going to go into had apparently closed for business so I went into the Warehouse instead and because I was unable to see any jackets larger than the one I already have I purchased DVDs instead. I now have "The Magnificent Seven" which I've been thinking about buying for quite some time and "Star Trek: Generations" which should surprise no-one (and which I've already watched).
On the topic of jackets, does anyone know a good place to find long coats, big jackets or some similar means by which I can ensure that very little of my legs will be exposed to the rain on the unpleasant mornings I have to walk to work? Without requiring a large expenditure? Until I can control my spending a little better I don't have tons of disposable income.


thefridayfive - 18 August 2006
  1. Do you really make wishes when you blow out the candles on your cake? I don't remember doing so for a long, long time. (I don't think I've actually had a cake for a long, long time either.)
  2. Have any of the wishes ever come true, if yes? I'd be fairly surprised.
  3. How do you feel about birthdays? (e.g., love the attention, just another day, don't want anyone to know my real age, etc.) On the whole, I just don't care. Taking it from an extreme view point, it's simply a celebration that a person avoided dying for a whole year.
  4. Tell us a favourite gift you've received, or something you'd really like for your next birthday. I was given Star Trek DVDs a few years back, more recently I received an expansion to a game I quite enjoy which was also nice.
  5. What flavour cake? Chocolate.
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One of my flatmates is celebrating his 21st tonight and I gather there's going to be a large number of people here over the course of the evening. As with the other 21st that occurred here recently I'm likely to spend most of the evening here in my room, keeping my distance and avoiding the loud that's likely to happen. I also have to finish the book I started reading on Tuesday afternoon so I can return it to it's owner tomorrow morning at church. Once I'm done with that I'll either start the next Star Trek book I want to read or spend more time with the lists of Star Trek books I have been adding to Lists of Bests.

It's now been 10 days since I had any work available which has led to me sleeping later than I should have been. At least half the days over that time have seen me waking around noon if not later. A minimal cause for that has been me chatting online most evenings with a friend, something I have rarely done in the past.
Even without work I have been out of the flat every day this week except Tuesday. Last Sunday I went to church both morning and evening although I left the evening service almost as soon as it was over to try and get home in time to watch Underworld. Monday night was the first R18 meeting we've had for quite some time thanks to Alpha and changes are on the way. Wednesday night I was at a very different 21st to what's happening tonight, much more my sort of thing. Thursday I went and paid my phone bill and bought more junk food at the supermarket, getting some of that new, tiny money in the process. Friday night [livejournal.com profile] arkore, [livejournal.com profile] shuffler and myself went out and played a game of Cities and Knights which Steve won and a game of Carcassonne in which shuffler and I tied for the win.


The Friday Five - 4 August 2006
  1. How much time do you spend on the Internet daily? If I don't have work, it's as much as twelve hours or more. If I do have work (or church) it's somewhat less than six.
  2. What are your favourite 3 websites? AsoBrain games, Memory Alpha, and the combination of All Consuming and Lists of Bests.
  3. Do you eat at your computer? Yes, and it's probably a good thing as well. I'd almost never eat if I didn't eat while here.
  4. Pick one and why - Reading the news online or in a newspaper? I don't really have much interest in the news either way but I'm more likely to read the news in a newspaper, mainly because it's there when I take my lunch break at work.
  5. How many people are on your instant messenger buddy list? Which list? I've got 24 on MSN (only half a dozen or so actually get talked to), 9 on ICQ, 5 on Yahoo and 3 on AIM. There's also 2 on my Skype list but without a working microphone I don't use that.

Lots of Church things.

2006-May-20, Saturday 04:39 pm
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I ended up not going to Spreydon last Sunday. During the afternoon I decided that with the weather being so unpleasant I didn't want to be out in it. One of the two people I'm most inclined to spend time with while I am there wasn't going to be around anyway so I didn't really miss as much as I might have.

I've been to morning church three times already this week and that doesn't include going to see "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" tonight or actual proper church tomorrow morning. The Alpha course seems to be of some benefit so far but not much if anything of the video on Monday was new to me. The repetition of things could be enough to make my attendance worthwhile though and as R18 proper isn't happening while Alpha is I have no better plans.
Tuesday afternoon I headed to the church to do some typing for the Easy Worship program so there isn't always the mad rush on a Sunday morning. I also spent about half an hour playing Mah Jongg with some of those attending the Chinese Club and belatedly realised that they weren't allowing chicken hands when I tried to go out with no points.

I only worked a couple of days this week so I'm happy to have been told that this week coming is going to be busy and that I'm likely to be at the good machine. The new binder is much like the old one apart from a slightly increased pace and the small change in movement required. That difference is enough that I think I prefer working on the old one, which isn't going to be an possibility for very much longer, especially with me typically elsewhere.

About when I would have got home from work on Wednesday if I had been working that day I started rearranging my room again. My bed has been warmer since then as it's no longer along the big window that my room has. It has however left me needing my desk to be up on the higher level again which means the door is largely blocked any time I'm here at my PC. I got distracted a few times the way I do and still haven't really finished sorting things out although the piles are far more contained than they have been on other occasions when I have shifted things.

Thursday night my flatmates and I headed to the other side of the city to have dinner with friends who had for some reason unplugged their freezer and thus needed to eat prematurely thawed meat. Unsurprisingly I didn't help much in that department but it was all consumed eventually. Games were played after food was eaten and we didn't end up leaving until early morning so the night counts as a good one in my books. Comments about myself and one of the two of them persisted but that is to be expected and as long as I find it amusing I won't be complaining. Going with her to the movie tonight won't lead to any lessening of those comments from flatmates but at least some of those from church that would make similar comments are away in Hanmer this weekend so that's a small blessing.

thefridayfive - 19 May 2006
  1. What type of mood are you generally in on a rainy day? A little more depressed than normal.
  2. What are your favourite things to do when the weather is gloomy? Play video games and read in front of the fire.
  3. Have you ever been kissed in the rain? No
  4. After the rain stops, do you continue what you were doing, or do you run outside to do something else? Continue on, inertia is a big part of my life.
  5. What is your favourite drink/food to have when it's raining outside? Milo.

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2006-Apr-07, Friday 11:56 pm
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  1. Do you like chicken? It's okay, like most food I don't really care all that much.
  2. What is 1 food you can't live without? I seem to have developed a dependency of sorts on chocolate over the past couple of years, I always liked it but now I really don't like going a week without.
  3. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Night owl, if not for work I'd be awake until 2 or 3 in the morning and still in bed until noon most days.
  4. Chocolate or vanilla? Depends. Assuming it's ice-cream that's being discussed then vanilla, chocolate flavoured ice-cream doesn't really taste like chocolate to me.
  5. Are you more of a cat person or a dog person? Cat person, I can hardly stand being near dogs most of the time.

I had been intending to attend the "Not the Perversion Party, Party" that is currently happening but will be getting up early tomorrow to meet my parents for a little while so think I should sleep instead of drinking. That means that my cider is probably going to just sit in my room for another couple of months before I get the opportunity to drink it in a social setting.

After spending the weekend thinking I was pretty much done with being sick for this time around I ended up feeling so bad on Tuesday morning that I left work two hours after arriving. I still managed three full days of work this week though (plus those two hours) so being ill hasn't really had a huge impact on me.

On Monday night R18 was quite small after the wall climbing got cancelled. Instead of that there was no more than a dozen show up and watch "Luther" which is about Martin Luther and the split from the Catholic Church that occurred around 450 years ago.

There was another table-top game of Cities and Knights played on Tuesday night which was very close for the last half dozen rounds. After that we had a game of basic Carcassonne, as Steve didn't seem keen on learning the Inns and Cathedrals expansion. I'm thinking that it would be very good to arrange an afternoon over Easter weekend to get a few of the R18 group to play games.

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