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Obviously this took longer than I'd intended, mainly because I wasn't really able to remember much of anything that seems worth recording, even in this medium. The Monday section was written about a week ago and the rest tonight while I watched "The Bourne Supremacy"

Monday
Arriving at the conference in the afternoon meant we had to park in the far away car park and walk into the meeting area. This year there was no need to go line up and collect our tickets though, they had been sent to us previously. Once again (like last year) we had been assigned seats in the middle level (with all the other groups) and there right at the side of the stage so we looking down on the musicians/speakers from an angle the others didn't like. I decided early on in the week that I preferred it location wise as I was closer to the stage than sitting straight on would have been and the lights/sound weren't as distracting to me.
Robert Barriger was the speaker at the 1630 rally and (with the assistance of the internet) I remember him talking about how we should continue to do 'good' things even without being thanked for them. Doing things to help others and then getting no thanks can lead to disinclination to help again later.
Filming for the Church (RBC) video news happened between sessions and as I was eating I managed to not be a part of it. Apart from the fact lighting wasn't good and it was filmed as though it was the end of the week it turned out well if reactions on Sunday morning are anything to go by.
Judah Smith was the speaker in the 1900 rally and what I remember of what he spoke about is how if we really see God/Jesus then we'll have to respond by giving our all to serving him. An important issue when so many Christians are like me in that we only seem to serve when it's convenient.

The rest of the week
I don't really remember any specifics about any of the sessions, either morning or night, and the Children's Ministry elective I went to was seemingly focussed on selling their (Hillsong church) resources to delegates. Some of what I heard said was worth hearing, and I took notes on my Palm Pilot, but most of it had no bearing on me that I could tell. The rest of the afternoons between Morning sessions and Evening rallies I spent mostly alone, largely walking around or sitting somewhere reading. Around an hour before the first of the evening rallies were to start again I would find myself joined by the others and we'd wait to be allowed into the arena again. Once inside the other's headed elsewhere to our assigned seating so they could get 'better' seats and I sat with strangers. The same thing happened when we went into the second rally each evening although a couple of times we didn't meet up between sessions.
I did sit with the others on a couple of occasions in the evenings but decided that I wasn't interested in going to the effort of sitting elsewhere when I didn't consider the other seats they wanted to sit 'better'. I also found myself less self-concious when I wasn't with them, which led to me doing more than just singing more of the time the 'Worship' was taking place.

After the Thursday elective I ended up heading north from the main conference area, partway to the pier that we'd only realised was near Olympic Park on the Sunday beforehand. After heading back to the conference through another car park I decided that I'd probably go for a walk all the way to the pier on Friday. That changed when I was told that Judah Smith was going to be talking at one of the other electives and one of the others in the group was going to go. He was so popular however that the people already in line when the two of us got there were numerous enough it seemed obvious we wouldn't get in. As such the two of us went elsewhere, so she could possibly get some food or coffee. After deciding that those lines were to long as well we ended up on nearby lawn reading books until we figured that the other two would have finished in their session. Not to long after that point the four of us met back at the pillar we'd been meeting at for the week. It seems that everyone besides me gets a lot out of the "Moving in the Spirit" sessions that happen on Friday afternoons.
The second of those evening sessions was the one that normally goes later than expected and because it was the one I'd been least comfortable at the previous year I left when the first speaker came up. With the way things went later that evening I ended up waiting for about an hour in the cold for the other three to come out before we headed back to the motel for our last night in Australia.

Saturday morning we were all ready to go earlier than we needed to be even after sleeping in later than intended and so after getting all our stuff back in the car we headed to the DFO that we'd been driving past all week. After our first walk around we had lunch and I stayed back at the car to finish my last book and then try to sleep. After about another two hours shopping the others returned and we headed to Koorong at which the others purchased a number of other things.
By the time we were done there, there wasn't really time for us to do anything more than head back to the airport and get ourselves back to NZ. It was about 30 minutes into our time at the airport that I started feeling ill again. There wasn't any singing on the flight back this year, probably because there weren't as many from Hillsong heading back to Christchurch as there had been last year.


As I said in each of the past two posts, I'm not going back next year. There's two main reasons, the first being that the changes to how the conference will be run mean that I don't think it will provide as much benefit to me and when I'm not really aware of benefit anyway lessening what there is seems like a very bad idea. The second reason is that I'd rather spend the approximately $1500 that the trip ends up costing on other things, like visiting my sister and brother-in-law for instance. Unlike how things would have been previously it's not an issue of travel anymore, while I still don't travel as well as would be nice I don't get sick like I used to.
avron: (hanging)
I think I'd be wanting to leave a little later in the morning next time I went to Australia if I was going back to Hillsong. With my persistent tendency to stay up later than I know I should, early flights start my trips on a bad footing. Getting up at 3:30 to get a lift to the airport, an then needing to wait around for about an hour after getting checked in and stuff wasn't good. I do admit that arriving in Sydney around 7am and being out of the airport by not much after 8 was good though, we had plenty of time to do things during the day.

Saturday
The first thing was to head to the Hotel we'd be staying in the first couple of nights so we didn't need to keep carrying bags around, particularly important for she that didn't have a bag with wheels. We actually made more use of the public transport to get to the Hotel this year, no walking for ages because we didn't know how far it actually was. Once we'd stored our bags we headed into Darling Harbour and after a short walk around some of it decided to go to the Maritime Museum. I have now been on another warship, this time the HMAS Vampire, and while I don't remember any real details of the tour I'm happy to have spent the time being shown around it. Just after that the four of also went through the HMAS Onslow which is a submarine from the same time period. All of us agreed that serving on the ship would have been preferable.
After getting lunch the other three decided that they would go to the IMAX and see the "Grand Canyon" experience. Instead of that I went for a walk to the two game stores I was wanting to visit and ended up getting the 1910 expansion for Ticket to Ride and the Abbey & Mayor expansion for Carcassonne. Once we all met up again we went and checked in properly to the Hotel before going back to the museum to look over the Endeavour replica they have there. I don't know where from, but I'd picked up more info about the time time period than the other three seemed to have over the course of our respective lives, not to surprising when I'm older than each of them. I'm not much taller than a person would have had to have been to walk around the middle deck at the stern comfortably.
We went out in the evening to eat, at the "Blackbird Cafe" again. This time everyone but me ate Kangaroo, I had another pizza. Once we'd all finished eating we took a slow walk back to the Hotel and ended up spending about 90 minutes in the gym/pool. I should have taken shorts with me, exercising in trousers isn't really comfortable. I did spend some time on an uncomfortable exercise bike though, and I proved myself weak as far as lifting weights is concerned. I was also told I have no "core" strength when I was unable to hold myself stable on one of those large squishy balls. I did go swimming, sort of, when the others did, something I hadn't really expected to do even though I made the effort to pack togs.

Sunday
Pancakes on the Rocks for breakfast, I'm sure I ate more than I did last year but still felt wasteful. Once we'd finished eating we heading across to The Rocks and walked through the market that was operating on one of the streets. I have a new wooden gift for my parents, a castle that expands out when shaken the right way.
Once done with the market we found the ferry that would take us to Manly and ended up spending about an hour on that beach, with the two younger members of our group fighting over their individual sandcastles and then working together on a third. It seems that I've mostly got over the issues I had with travel, the ferry ride was calm and I felt fine, as was the actual flights.
That evening the three I was with headed out to the nearby casino buffet for their evening meal while I stayed in the Hotel eating my leftovers and watching TV after I finished the first of the four books I took over with me. I saw the new Doctor Who episode that I had thought I was going to miss, as well as most of a program about cars and the need for renewable energy for them.
That evening most of us went to the gym/pool again and while I didn't spend any time on the gym equipment I did swim a little again and spent some time in the spa.

Monday
After getting up later in the morning than we intended we checked out of the room and left bags in the storage area like we had before checking in. After making our way into the main city area again from the Hotel we went and rented a car which we then proceeded to leave on the side of a street while we went walking. The court house that we went into is quite old, and has original sewer pipes visible in a couple of places through clear flooring. We also went into a rather large church, that I think is significantly bigger than the Christchurch Cathedral, maybe 2 or 3 times the size.
Getting back to the Hotel in the car proved to be a little difficult as the map reader had a little trouble working out where we were, but mostly because there are a large number of intersections that don't permit right hand turns and those weren't shown on the map we had. I think we ended up at Bondi beach (it was the one I kept hearing had signs up saying "No Fun") before we actually got back to the Hotel, collected our bags and headed out to get checked in at our Motel. That ended up being a little difficult as well, none of could remember the street name the motel was on. After getting past the turn-off we should have taken the street was remembered, directions were found and we made our way to where we were going.
There wasn't really anything else before the Conference began besides us deciding that the room was bigger than what we'd had last year and I think it was then we realised that we weren't given enough towels, 3 for the 4 of us.

Part 2 of this should be up tomorrow I expect, there isn't much to it as I wasn't as aware of things this year as I was last year.
avron: (door)
I've just spent about an hour catching up with some things online and unsurprisingly haven't really made much headway yet. After eight days without accessing the internet at all I've got email to check through (most of it spam or automatic notifications of things), Facebook updates to check, forums to read through, everyone's LJ updates (as well as the feeds and communities I read), updates to make to LibraryThing and AllConsuming etc.
And of course, I want to make a proper post here about how things went during my week away.
That's going to require more thought and time than is possible right now, I want at least a chance of getting to church in the morning so this entry is going to be very brief.
The most important thing is that I won't be going back next year, I decided on the second day that I wasn't interested anymore and the fact they're cutting back/changing things just confirmed it for me. The expense (close to $1500 all up, for eight days of stuff) was also a big issue when that's only just less than I earn (before tax) in a typical month. I doubt many will be surprised to learn I'm not going for a third year though, I was never able to give a reason for why I signed up to go to this year's conference while still at last years.

Impending departure

2008-Jul-04, Friday 07:00 pm
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There's been something of a change in my plans regarding travel. I will be leaving my flat at some point very early tomorrow morning instead of around now like I'd been intending to. (Helpful when I delayed my packing longer than I should have and don't yet have everything sorted.) After that I'll be away for just under eight days, hopefully enjoying the warmer weather that Sydney is supposed to have this coming week (highs of about 19 compared to 6 here).
After paying my phone bill this afternoon I went and purchased a new piece of luggage, that has wheels, so I won't be required to carry all my stuff the way I was last year. It is also smaller than the bag I took with me last year but with the small backpack I'm taking as well I've still got more room than I need (and should be able to buy a game or two). I hope I haven't forgotten anything important, only starting to pack a few hours before one leaves makes that a higher probability. (Anything important like a Passport for example, which I only remembered I'd need to find while writing this entry.)

Over the past couple of weeks I have been able to talk online (Skype is good) with a friend I no longer get to see, she has been very busy and I don't leave the house much apart from work and church and Wednesday night gaming. After getting used to thinking that I might get to see her again soonish I've been informed that she may be moving to Auckland. Why do so many people want to move to Auckland? It's crowded, the traffic is exceedingly unpleasant a lot of the time and things are more expensive up there.

Games on Wednesday this week was good, I got to play five different games, all but the last were six player (a couple of whom were young women, which is almost never a bad thing). Once again I was called on for rules explanations which still strikes me as odd, especially when the host was playing as well and it was him wanting me to explain things. The shorter games were definitely better (for that night) than longer ones would have been, but now I'm wondering if I'd prefer to play one long game at the start of the evening and then a couple of short ones. There's no pleasing some people.

It seems unlikely that there will be any phone posts this year, the Australian access number that I used last year has been removed from the list.
avron: (red face)
I had another afternoon with some of my younger friends from church, I would even have eaten while there if not for the food I ate at church beforehand. A lot of the time I was watching a few of them play basketball, watching because I didn't feel like joining in the running around. While people were playing in the yard (which has a trampoline, swing and flying fox) I climbed the rope along the length of the flying fox, mainly to prove I could, partly because someone else had climbed partway shortly beforehand. (Video now at youtube and my facebook profile.) There was also a pair of stilts made by the youngest family member that I was walking on a little, not as difficult as I remember stilts being but not something I'll be doing lots. I played a couple of games of pool later on as well, both games ended with the wrong person sinking the black. As always, for all my 'years' of experience, I made some shots that seemed extremely skilled and missed other 'gimme' shots. If I remember, and the person who took them is willing, I'll be getting a copy of videos made and photos taken so I can put them online.

Tomorrow will be the third Monday I have had off work in a row. The first was because of Queens Birthday, the second because I was house-sitting and it didn't seem worth the effort to inconvenience someone for a ride, tomorrow is because work has finally become a little sparse. A noticeable change from the routine that had developed for most of this year, working almost every weekday except Thursdays and the public holidays.

Looking back over the past few months I'm definitely spending more time away from home, work and church than was happening last year. The single biggest change has been me going to play games most Wednesday nights (and a few other days) since the end of January, even with a few missed weeks that's still about 20 trips to the north of the city (and one other that went north-east). I've also made a little effort to visit a couple of other friends that I no longer see on a regular basis since I (and they) stopped attending night services at the Spreydon Baptist Church.

Played Game 350 should happen this Wednesday night, as long as gaming does occur then. With me only starting to keep track at the beginning of 2006 and never counting any of the online games I play that works out to about 11 games a month with physical pieces on average. Meaning that I'm playing a lot more now than I was when I started keeping track as I've played 24 over the past 30 days.

Three weeks from now I'll be in Sydney, possibly eating out and probably regretting not doing something over the past couple of days. Whether that will be not going with the others to the Bridge or Opera House or simply not getting to spend time in a store I want to I expect there to be something I change my mind about later on.

House-sitting

2008-Jun-10, Tuesday 10:30 pm
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I spent almost all weekend away from my home, house-sitting for friends. I even took yesterday off work, only partly because it would have been difficult to get to work from where I was staying without inconveniencing someone. Over the nearly three days I was there I managed to start and finish "Ratchet and Clark: Tools of Destruction" although I hadn't managed to obtain all the extras. I also watched four movies, two of which are on the IMDB top 250 and one that I'm sure used to be. On Sunday morning I watched season one of "The Big Bang Theory" instead of sleeping before church and hope it will be broadcast by one of the networks here.

Last night I realised that it was only going to be four weeks until I'm in Australia again. We still need to organise a few things I think although the most important aspects have been taken care of. Basically, decisions about how we're going to spend Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning could do with more thought. Apart from actually visiting the Opera House and Harbour Bridge this year I don't think anyone has specific plans. Although one of us wants to swim in the Hotel pool this year after missing out last time because she flew in nearly 12 hours later than the rest of us, and I want to go visit the game shop I got Wits and Wagers from last year.

I won't be getting a credit card, my income is insufficient for the bank to allow me a card. Which makes me wonder why my previous bank was sending me application forms every few months (my income now is almost double what it was then, if not more). This is probably a good thing, I'll be less likely to spend money if I can't buy things online with ease.
avron: (hanging)
Three months from now I will be in Australia, probably as part of a crowd of 20,000 or so if my memory of last year is accurate. Hillsong conference is coming up again and I'll have spent much of the prior two days in central Sydney, maybe even looking at the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and other similar 'sights'. This year there is only four of us going over from my church, and while I'm going to be the oldest of us I don't have much to do with the organisation, which I'm grateful for.

I have now watched the entire 5 season run of Babylon 5 and the five tele-movies, over the rest of this week I'll watch the Crusade series and then may stop watching DVDs for a while. The DVD player on my desktop PC has started having a little problem with sound though, about halfway through the fifth season the sound became corrupted with what seemed like static to me. Having just purchased the first season of Monk as well as the Back to the Future movies and Superman Returns it won't surprise me if I do continue watching DVDs though.
I started bidding on PS2s which (assuming I can connect a PS2 to one of the TVs here at this flat) means I'll be able to watch DVDs on a decent sized screen as well. If that doesn't work out, and I do actually get a PS2, I may also look around for a LCD of some sort as well.

As to where else my money is going, I'm going to try and remember to ask Mr B. (the host of the board game group I started attending in January) what prices I'd be able to get particular, various games for so I can know ahead of time whether I should pick them up at Armageddon. And then I'll probably wait until my time in Oz is up and I've had a chance to look around the game stores there.

Thank you to the friends that have been there for me recently, looking out for me, asking about changes, answering questions and all the rest. It's good to know that people care even (especially) when I hide myself away.

I was busy yesterday.

2007-Aug-05, Sunday 10:54 pm
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Hello anyone reading this at Facebook. Come on over to LJ to read the entirety of the entry with intact links if you're interested. (Just click the "View original post" link above.)

I spent almost all of yesterday between waking up and midnight either at my church, or the house next door. Today's service was the Hillsong Conference recap and we (the six of us that went over to Hillsong Conference and a couple of others that chose to help) spent yesterday setting up and preparing for it. That involved a short script writing session, most of which had been done by the time I was 'abducted' from my home. I let my pessimistic tendencies out to play a little in my description of the conference, mentioning a few things I hadn't liked (only 4 of the 7 things I'd managed to list through the week), but then said that I was still going back. My intention was that even with things I didn't like I still want to go back so it must have been good even if I can't explain what was good about it. I don't know how well that came through. The others that were involved thought the video was funny when we got to see it completed, that took a while due to needing picture in picture at a couple of points and intermixing the audio/video from the two takes.
While we were waiting for final rendering to take place a few of us amused ourselves by doing silly things. Including me proving that I am still capable of supporting my body weight for a while solely on the back of my head and my heels. Something that I first did at my first night attending the Gore Baptist Church Youth Group back in late '96 I think, although I wasn't able to stay up as long Saturday night. I also proved myself capable of winding my way around a chair to bite a biscuit placed upon a glass by the back leg on the far side to that which I was moving around from. There was also a less than fully committed effort to get four of us sitting on each others' knees/laps.

I got invited to the mall just a little after church finished this afternoon, once I'd watched people eat again we ended up in Farmers looking at children's toys. It's been a while since I did that and looking back on the afternoon I am a little surprised to have not really thought about any of those other occasions while there. After that it was just two of us and I ended up wandering along behind/beside her the way I tend to when I'm with any of my female friends in a mall. Getting taken into Strandbags ended up costing me $30 though, after about two months I've finally replaced my wallet, which was no longer holding coins securely. Once we went our separate ways I went to do my grocery shopping and ended up getting one of those 4c off fuel coupons, the first I've had at any point since the offers came into effect.

I watched The Pianist on Friday night / Saturday morning. Another movie like Rabbit Proof Fence in some ways, I'm not sure how I feel after watching it. I don't think I want to watch a lot of depressing movies, regardless of the reasons for watching them. Watching it while tired and needing to go to sleep probably wasn't the wisest idea though.

Goals 3, 4, 5 and 6 may all be taken care of somewhat sooner than expected. I've been pointed in the direction of prezzy cards and once I get money back from my previous flat (something I should have dealt with months ago) I will have the funds available to be taking care of those things. I've also got myself somewhat closer to having a proper cleaning schedule (86) worked out, not to the point of being able to follow one but closer. I cheated a little and asked a LiveJournal community in a poll about a week ago.

Hillsong conference

2007-Jul-21, Saturday 10:55 pm
avron: (long hair)
I'm not really going to putting forth much detail about most of what happened during the week at the conference. I didn't take many notes and my memory is so bad I was barely able to recap things just after the electives. But here goes anyway.

Monday. )

Tuesday. )

Wednesday. )

Thursday. )

Friday. )

Saturday )

And that's about the extent of my week away. To the extent I can remember anything worth recalling anyway. If I'd updated closer to the time I got back I might have managed more detail but what's done is done.

Short highlight videos are available on YouTube. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
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I'm not enjoying the change in weather I've been experiencing for the past 24 hours. Before heading away to Australia the current temperature in my room would have seemed quite nice, now it feels cold. Having acquired a cold on Thursday or Friday isn't helping with things either, although it seems quite likely that my feeling of illness on the flight home was the result of the cold, not the travel. Coming home to practically no food (I had some Weet-Bix, sausages and frozen mixed vegetables left from before heading away) wasn't great either, I had to go out this afternoon to buy food and felt far colder with more clothing.

Saturday morning. I woke at about 0430, in the spare bed at a friends (A) place to make getting a ride to the airport easier. Only five hours of sleep to begin my week away, and the rest of the week wouldn't be a lot better as far as sleep was concerned. We got to the airport on time, met up with t and then spent an hour or so getting organised and another hour or so waiting around before being allowed on the plane. Surprisingly I was okay on the flight and didn't really feel ill at all, although I was tired. After getting off the airport and through the final stuff there, we (A, t and myself) headed to the train station and I became quite glad to not be traveling on my own, things went a lot smoother than they might have because I was with someone that had done it all before. We got from the airport station to the central station without difficulty and then, due to a misinterpretation of distance made by t and I (having not been before) we ended up walking for at least 30 minutes, with luggage we had to carry. We got to the hotel and put bags in the storage room before heading out to explore the city a little.
Saturday afternoon. Unsurprisingly there was a lot of Chinese restaurants in the Chinatown area of the city and the three of us were convinced to eat at one of them as we were walking through it, we even got free soup. A trip to the Australian Opal cutters occurred at some point early in the afternoon, during which A managed to pick the most expensive item from practically all the trays she was shown.
I can't currently manage to put things in proper chronological order for the rest of the afternoon, but basically, the three of us that had flown over together returned to the suite at one point and were unable to get into the room we were to be staying in. The couple (C and K) that we would be staying with over the course of the week had managed to get checked in while we were out and their cards had been set as new for the room instead of additional. As near as we could all figure out we had possibly crossed paths in the elevators at some point because we hadn't seen them come in the front of the hotel even after being there for around an hour waiting for someone.
Saturday night. A matter of minutes after getting the key cards sorted out and returning to the suite a message was received indicating that the last of our group (a) had arrived at the airport and would be waiting for us, about 2 hours earlier than expected. The three of us that had flown over together headed back to the airport and after meeting up with a we all headed back to the hotel, this time taking the monorail from the central station to right near the hotel. Once back a while was spent with everyone catching up on each others days before us 'younger' ones went out to the 'Blackbird' restaurant for dinner. With kangaroo on the menu A and t chose that while a and I split a pizza, I also decided to drink alcohol, for the first time in a long time and suffered mildly for it. The rest of our evening was spent walking some of the distance around Darling Harbour before heading back to the hotel so we could all try and minimise the problems sleep deprivation was going to cause us.

Sunday morning. No one got up really early although I was awake earlier than wanted, partly because of the light on our window and partly because I rarely sleep longer than eight hours. My first breakfast consisted of the piece of pizza I hadn't eaten the night before and the Krispy Kreme donut I hadn't eaten from those purchased at the airport. Second breakfast was pancakes at Pancakes on the Rocks with A, t and a where I was foolish enough to think I might be able to eat the complete meal after having already eaten that morning. After walking across the Pyrmont Bridge we returned to the hotel, and then caught the Monorail to Paddy's market, which we didn't leave for about five hours. I spent $5 on a small bag, my friends spent far more on clothing.
Sunday afternoon. After finishing at the market we headed off again and I split from the group to try and find a game store that I had found in the yellow pages while they were going to look through the mall we'd found ourselves at. The game store was closed though, so I just headed back to the hotel, managing to catch up with my friends at the next monorail station.
Sunday evening. After spending more time at the hotel catching up a little more with C and K the rest of us headed out again, this time to visit the Wildlife world and Aquarium across the harbour. On our way there we happened to pass a small store that sells imported British candy, I spent almost $30 NZ. Unfortunately it was dark by that stage of the day and so we saw less at the wildlife world than we might otherwise have but it was still fun to be there. The aquarium was also good but I failed to find something I had thought existed after seeing photos from the holiday Spreydon friends took for a wedding. (Photos that were taken in Melbourne.) Walking around under the pools with seals, sharks, sting-rays etc was quite interesting although seeing what appeared to be a dead turtle was less than fun. Once we'd got through the two of those attractions we headed to the nearby McDonalds (I got Subway instead) and then played in the nearby playground for a while before again returning to the hotel.

Monday morning. One of the first things I did on Monday morning was head back to the Game store, which, while closed when t and I arrived, opened not to long after. Unfortunately I was unable to find either of the games I was quite keen on at least looking at but I did find a copy of Wits and Wagers, which I'm hoping will get some play at an R18 type meeting due to the party nature of it compared to the "Euros" that I tend to play on games nights. While t and I were at the store I got a message saying the rest of the group had headed to the "Aboriginal Museum"? and thus the two of us headed back to that part of the city to try and find them once I'd paid my money. It was while walking around there that I found a climbing wall (found as in finally saw after walking past it a few times) and spent a few dollars to have a go. Even after a few years (maybe as many as 10) I didn't find it difficult although my fingers did feel odd for the next 30 minutes or so. (Goal 33 underway.)
Monday afternoon. t and I headed back to the hotel to meet up with everyone else about noon and then waited around while a rental car was organised. As foolish as it now seems (and did from shortly after we set out) the three of us that had never been to Hillsong before (a, t and I) headed off to catch trains to Olympic Park and try and get ourselves registered and everything else while the other three went to get some groceries and check in at the motel we'd be staying at for the following week.

I'll continue my recap of last week in another post, dealing with everything that happened during the week at Hillsong proper.
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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.

Delays in posting

2007-May-05, Saturday 11:42 pm
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I'm trying to work out how best to phrase what could be a lengthy post about some problems I have. After not really getting anywhere, even with it being in the back of my mind all week (especially while I was at work) I'm not expecting to get things sorted out any time soon.

Four days of work at my new pay rate and under the new contract provides me with only $11.04 less than five days was providing me through the temp agency. Admittedly some of that is due to getting holiday pay paid immediately instead of having it accrue for use later. Regardless of that I'm unsurprisingly happy with the change. Not getting paid for ANZAC day isn't good however, I don't know whether it was an oversight on behalf of payroll or something else. I do know that I would have been paid for the public holiday if I'd still been with the temp agency as I got paid for both of the Easter holidays. Questions have been asked and I'm hoping to find out when I get back to work on Tuesday, I have a three day weekend due to insufficient work on Monday.
After managing to avoid needing to buy lunch for about a month (helped by the café not really being available for a couple of weeks) I have started spending money there again although it's not everyday and I think I'm still eating as much other food as I was. That may be helping me to gain weight slowly, something I get comments on from people in many areas of my life. Even if I do decide to make my lunch next week I still need to remember to take some money with me to work, my boss has told me I can have his old cell phone for $20 and as I'm beginning to see more problems with the one I've been using for nearly 4 years I may be due for something new anyway. (Even if it won't actually be a new phone.)

I now have just under eight weeks until I make my first trip outside of New Zealand, and only my fourth out of this island. I'm a little curious to know when the realisation of that will actually hit me, so far there doesn't seem to be anything. Actually having my passport arrive may be enough, although I wouldn't be surprised to find that it's only when I start packing properly that I lose the calm I'll likely have for most of the next eight weeks.

Now that there is a permanent account sale coming up I have to decide whether I'm going to want to save up and get one or simply get paid account time again.

Do you think you can read my mind? )
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I'm going to be away for the weekend, visiting my parents, as my sister and brother-in-law are going to be down during their visit to New Zealand. I may be back in the city for a couple of Church services on Friday and Sunday mornings but apart from that will likely be away until I need to be back for work. Which may soon be more permanent, I may be applying for a position at the place I work instead of being there through a temp agency.

Once again my lack of forethought has hurt someone that was close to me and another relationship is over. I'm beginning to think I was better off when I didn't spend time with people, no one was hurt by me (as far as I knew anyway) and I didn't feel bad because things weren't going wrong with friends. I'm likely to be quite depressed for the next week if not more due to this one.

It seems more and more likely that I'll be in Australia during the first week of July. Hillsong Conference is coming up and there's a number of people making it easier for me to attend. All things considered it seems likely that I'll get far more out of this year than I would have had a chance of doing so previous years when I was invited to go.

Things progress

2007-Feb-09, Friday 09:12 pm
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I've had a good 10 days since shifting in here.
- A full week of work this week (taking into account that Tuesday was a public holiday) and the people I know have been sympathetic about my recent break-up as well as welcoming me back. Being a competent worker is a big part of that, when many of the temps seem unable to grasp simple instructions someone that knows what they are doing is a welcome change.
- Time to sort out my room last week, which took a while as it's quite a bit bigger than I've been used to and I 'inherited' a big bookcase the day I shifted in as someone else is leaving and doesn't want to take it to Wellington. Including having to deal with a lack of cutlery and crockery for longer than expected as it wasn't in the box my father bought up with some stuff specifically so I would have my cutlery/crockery.
- I found out last Sunday afternoon that someone was willing to buy two seasons of my Farscape DVDs at the Buy Now price so I'll be sending those away tomorrow after not using the internet between then and now to know that my email had been replied to.
On that topic, I'm using my flatmate's PC at the moment as it's the one connected to the internet. My room is at the other end of the house and has it's own connection for ADSL but no network exists as yet. Getting right down to it, I don't miss the hours of surfing I used to do as much as I would have expected to. Instead of spending hours online I have continued to read a little and play PC games that had been largely unused since purchase.
- After the game session last week discussions were had about small group plans for the year, I've been prodded to budget such that I can head to Hillsong this year. It certainly seems more likely that it did this time last year. Even it I don't go, the prodding is welcome, as is everything else that a certain group of people are responsible for.
- A friend I continue to see far less of than I like got in contact with me a week before I shifted in here, and I've seen her at her place of business. Hopefully we'll get to talk in person more often again.

The only bad news I can think of is that I'm still not sleeping the way I should be when I have work. And I'm not yet eating as well as I could be (both a lack of meat/vegetables and a surfeit of chocolate etc.)

Edit: I did have my address here but since deciding to make the rest of the entry public I have chosen to remove that info.

I also think I found the journal of a High School friend quite some time ago but the birthdate didn't seem to fit. Now I've friended this person I'm expecting 'something' at 'some point'.

This is also entry 334 here (which means my birthday 2013 could be entry 1000).

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