Sunday, 25 December 2005

tidings of good cheer

merry Christmas everyone, for another 10 minutes!

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" - which means, "God with us."

Matthew 1:21-23

we had a really quiet Christmas this year. usually we have a full house, with family and people who didn't have anywhere to go along for lunch. this year it was just me, mum and nic and somehow we didn't really calibrate the amount of food that needed to be cooked. we had heaps and heaps of lovely roast turkey and vegetables, a little bit of pudding. tomorrow we're catching up with linda and she said she didn't mind Christmas leftovers so i'm sure it's going to taste wonderful the day after.

it was a good day actually. church was great, as it usually is on Christmas day. john and i sang a colin buchanan song as an item (an elvis-style ditty called 'angels singing glory') - a lot of fun but a little sad, as it's the last time i'm ever going to sing or play with john at church (he leaves for gunnedah later this week). we ate lunch quite late in the day (nic had slept in, as is his wont), played scrabble (i finished first but mum had the most points, as usual), watched when harry met sally, and generally lay around listening to harry connick jnr and michael buble.

present-wise, i totally cleaned up this year - i'm so lucky. i don't ever remember getting such a huge pile of Christmas presents. it's amazing and totally unexpected. thank you everyone!!!

(i tried to get a photo of the beautiful earrings kieran made for me, but my camera is so unbelievably crap and i can't be bothered fiddling to make it work. you'll just have to take my word for it - they're gorgeous, like icicles or really delicate Christmas decorations.)

and this is the one that made me whoop with laughter:

ironmanmeet my ironing board.

it says he's called ironman on the box, but i shall have to think of a better name for him. isn't it great? i think this is possibly the only time in my life i'm ever going to get excited about being given an ironing board for Christmas. but, as you well know, i do like my whimsy and mum got it just right.

nic made some crack about finally having a man in my life...well, he helps with the ironing and makes me laugh, so that's already a bonus. (heath - what does this add to your bit about 'next boyfriends'?)

so merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. i hope you all had a great Christmas with friends and/or family, that you were comfortable and well-fed, and that you were able to think about the amazing miracle of Jesus being born to save us.

oh, but before i go, in case you happen to run into him on the street:

ironman in disguise
ironman in disguise.

Tuesday, 20 December 2005

eat jonah!

here is a still from the highly anticipated Kids Plus rap video, jonah, which had its premiere screening on sunday night at the Carols by Glowstick at St Martin's. the crowd loved it.

this was legoman's first underwater shoot, and he said although the shoots were complicated and tiring, he always had a smile on his face and loved working with stuntfish 1 (pictured). "he was always a professional and i feel that i have learned so much from him."

(let me know if you want to see the video, it's lots of fun)

Monday, 12 December 2005


i have no idea where this hippo came from originally, but he sings 'the lion sleeps tonight', and i got it from jonathan who has been with the AFES mission team at our church over the last week.

it makes me laugh. don't know if it's just because I'm tired, or for the general whimsy of it, but i keep watching it over and over and i never seem to get sick of it. i think it's important to have things that just make you laugh for no reason.

edit - okay, i had a look on google, which was sad enough, but there are people out there who got really quite obsessed about this thing (and it's been around for the last couple of years). the hippo (and accompanying dog) are called pat and stanley and are the creations of a french animator called pierre coffin. so there ya go.