Thursday, 29 September 2005

ah, serenity

just saw serenity with the baddeleys at fox studios la premiere. how lovely to have friends who treat you to the movies in such style!

such a good movie. makes all other recent sci-fi pale into comparison, and shows it is possible to make a sci-fi movie where you actually care about the characters, where you're not entirely sure what's going to happen, and where the special effects don't dominate. it's well-written, has excellent characters, is perfectly paced, and the setting is very plausibly realised. typical joss whedon with sudden plot twists and jolts. it's gritty and dark and funny and was one of those movies i didn't quite want to leave. i can't quite tell what it would be like for someone who hadn't watched (and loved) the series firefly, but i'm pretty sure it doesn't lose anything in the transition. go and see it!

also, in non-serenity related news, i have a flatmate! i now have another friends addict in the house, so the torch has been ably passed from camilla to ali.

(heath chooses seinfeld as the sitcom to base life on. not saying friends is a life-choice by any means, but it's disturbing how after watching a lot of it in one go, it seems strangely normal and you start saying things like "I KNOW!" really emphatically in response to everything like monica does...i've had to start watching more scrubs to kind of balance it. i could always just not watch anything, but...nah)

so welcome ali. it's nice to have someone else around, and someone who wasn't a complete stranger (her cousin goes to my church and she recently started coming to the evening service). so my melodrama from a few posts ago has dissipated, a solution found, and a new friend has been made! hurrah!

Friday, 9 September 2005


i just watched dirty dancing at mum's place with mum and dave. i said, with a kind of shameful pride, "you don't know how many times i've seen this movie", to which mum replied "dave just said he's seen it more."

i like that. a young man who can admit he has seen and enjoyed dirty dancing. we had fun bagging jennifer grey and patrick swayze and the implausibility of the whole thing, all the while tacitly loving every second of it.

also, the quote of the night would have to be mum saying "I don't remember this! I don't remember them having sex!" i questioned her wisdom at having let me watch it so many times at an impressionable age. she later admitted she probably had blocked a lot of it out. :)

Friday, 2 September 2005

some things that don't make it so bad, in no particular order

  • the freesias i bought this morning that smell amazing, and are all mottled and look like a painting. i don't think the teapot i'm using as a vase does them justice, although there is something vaguely margaret olley-ish about it (even though i don't think she ever painted freesias)

  • firefly. i absolutely love this and have become a gushy nerd about it. but only in like-minded company, you'll be pleased to know :)

  • having a great kids plus this afternoon, and having time to pray as a group afterwards

  • ben folds' songs for silverman which is delightful in many ways, not least the backing vocals and harmonies. i still can't decide what my favourite song on this is, and am so glad i got to see him live a few months back.

  • teaching scripture at kenso public

  • discovering i can still cook

  • being reminded of God's grace

  • oddly enough, a glass of kriek beer. cherries. who'da thought it?

  • discussing Christianity with my brother and not letting his cynicism defeat me

  • hearing from a friend that my MA co-supervisor said i was "such a good writer"

  • psalm 51

  • watching bethany play basketball

  • hugs from my goddaughter

  • my study - realised since cam moved out i had left the spare room empty. amazing how much better i felt when i moved my desk and all that stuff back into the study.

  • having an easy, relaxed conversation with a friend who i thought i might have lost.

  • getting out of the ezekiel readings and into john (using encounter with God SU notes).