January Summary

I’ve decided to sum up each month here on my blog. I hope that I remember to do this at the end of every month. I think it’s a good way to take stock of the month and to remember how much or how little can happen in 4 weeks.

January

It’s actually hard to believe that it’s almost the end of January. I mean, it feels like days ago that we saw the new year in. Thankfully though, despite being a quick month, I have managed to get a few different things done.

Well – I bought a new car on the 2nd of January. And I moved out of Tasmania House a week after that. Who knew that cleaning a 3 bedroom unit could take so long! Then a week after that I moved into my brand spanking new place, well new for me. It’s awesome.

Books Read: New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Myer (yes I caved and read all of the other Twilight books – not bad hey), Sophie’s Heart by Lori Wick, Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman, Becoming Me, It’s My Life & Who I am by Melody Carlson, Life Without Strife by Joyce Meyer, The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia, Threads of Silk by Linda Lee Chaikin and all of the Narnia Chronicles except for the Silver Chair and the Last Battle by C.S Lewis

Clothes Bought: Plain Black t-shirt and some jewellery. I did well this ‘christmas sales’ season and haven’t bought much in January.

Consumed Music: I got the One Tree Hill Soundtrack: Friends with Benefit. It’s pretty good. And I’m loving Paramore lately.

Films Watched: Twilight and Bride Wars. I think I’ll just do ones I’ve seen at the movies, watched too many others.

Recipies Mastered: Zero

Lessons Learned: People are offended easily, parents can become even more addicted to pop culture than you can, change is nearly as good as a holiday and money makes most of the world go around.

So I am doing well on my books resolution, but not so much on my recipies.

Hoping your January was swell and wishing you a better February.

Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway

Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway

For the love of Tegan

My best friend Tegan Churcher, is in Tasmania right now. Not only is she my best friend, but she’s also been my housemate for the last year, and a damn good one at that.  I talked to her on the phone today (ashamedly the first time since she’s been in Tasmania) and it was like weights were lifted off my shoulders. I’m in a stellar mood right now simply from talking to her. Is this friendship — I think so! We also talked about how in our old age, we aren’t becoming softie’s but in fact are getting worse at expressing our emotions. (We forgot to say love you and miss you at the end of the conversation). So in an effort to redeem myself, and express more of my undying affection for a great friend. Here’s a tribute, in words and picture, to one Tegan Maree Churcher.

Tegan

Tegan has great fashion sense. You wouldn’t think it was possible to look that good considering how little she spends.

19th Birthday

Tegan is a committed friend. The above picture is from my 19th birthday dinner in QLD, even though Tegan currently lived in Tasmania. She also does a brilliant fish face.

Ikea

Tegan is a great shopping partner. This is us at Ikea – she’s also really great a home decoration kinda stuff. And curtseying with her shorts.

Designing Women

She loves Jesus, a lot. This picture is some proof, us at the Designing Women conference at Northside church.

Us

She’s easy to talk to. Sometimes, too easy. And we talk long into the night when we should be asleep. Great conversationalist.

Christmas

She really loves Christmas. Tegan is Christmas, almost. I always planned my trips to Tasmania at Christmas time, because Christmas isn’t the same without her. I love singing carols with her, Christmas shopping with her and Christmas eating with her.

Teegs and Steff

She’s supportive. I think that’s really important. I always feel loved and supported, like she’ll always be on my side. Unless I’m flat out wrong – then she’ll tell me. 🙂

sandgate

She is seriously, seriously good looking. Not many smiles better than that one you see above.

tegan-and-mikhail

She loves her boyfriend Mikhail a lot. Despite the fact that he burnt her with an iron.. (it’s not what it sounds like – but still!) Oh and look at that hair.. hot!

cold-rock

She enjoys some good cold rock – where the rocks are cold. Tegan is great with personal jokes, we have countless personal jokes, including cold rock.

Tegan and Steffany

She’s my best friend. And I love her a lot.

All things Fashion

As I’ve previously mentioned, I love Chictopia. And I really love one of my ‘favourite chictopians’ Marielle. I noticed her on Chictopia, and then made my way onto her blog. She’s gorgeous and has gorgeous taste in clothes and shoes.

toosexyformyshirt

Looking at fashion picture is depressing, there’s so many things I want to spend my money on, but I need to spend it on paying off my car etc.

Jimmy Choo

I’m also purchasing a macbook. My old laptop is in serious need of a replacement and I was looking at getting one. A friend is selling their 2007 black macbook at like a really great price. So at the end of this glorious long weekend, I will be the proud owner of a new (to me) macbook.

I’m so excited about this weekend. Tonight I’m going putt putt golfing with Fusion and then later hanging out with the lovely Jade Shanley who is heading off to Japan soon. I haven’t seen her in so long so that will be lovely. Then I’m getting a hair cut, something I haven’t done in so long. I’m growing my hair, but thinking of something similar to the pic below. Maybe a tad longer.

Haircut

Then an Australia Day service practice (not so exciting) and then seeing Bride Wars with Bec later on that evening. Then the next two days I don’t have much planned.. just some serious chilling and book reading.

Also, pretty sure I’m everyone’s favourite person in the office, at least today. It’s Steve’s birthday and I’m in charge of buying and setting up for cake time. I must have picked a good one today. Everyone loves me.

My New House

I moved into my new place last weekend. It’s lovely. I’ve put in a picture of my new bedroom. You can’t see all of it. But I think you get the idea.

my-bedroom

To the left is my reading chair – it’s so comfortable! And straight ahead, that’s my tv cabinet. And you can sort of see my bed. You can also see the curtains blowing as I get such a nice breeze through there.

Jealous much? If you aren’t.. it’s because the photo isn’t doing the room justice, I haven’t finished decorating and because you haven’t seen the rest of the place. I shan’t want to move out in a year.

Chronicles of Narnia

C.S Lewis is amazing. I’m just reading through the Chronicles of Narnia now and I’m really loving it. I’m fairly positve I’ve read all of the stories before, but it’s been such a long time, and I’m really enjoying the re-read.

I think for once, they actually did a good job of turning books into movies. I went and saw Prince Caspian twice.. and both times, I actually sort of forgot I was at the movies. I felt like I was in Narnia – and it was wonderful.

Skandar Keynes portraying Edmund in Prince Caspian

Skandar Keynes portraying Edmund in Prince Caspian

My favourite quote from the movie:

King Miraz: Tell me, Prince Edmund…
Edmund Pevensie: King.
King Miraz: I beg your Pardon.
Edmund Pevensie: It’s King Edmund, actually. Just King though. Peter’s the High King.
[awkward pause]
Edmund Pevensie: I know, it’s confusing.

I love Edmund actually. I know he’s probably the most selfishly annoying character, especially in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe — but he’s so easy to indentify with. And he totally redeems himself later on. What a guy, or boy.

five stars

Thankfully ungrateful

Do you think that there is a word that exists to describe when you are a true blend of opposing emotions. I guess that’s just like being conflicted or something. I find myself at one of these points in my life. There are so many things I am thankful for yet so many things I am frustrated over.

Perhaps this is how everyone actually feels. Perhaps this is how we are supposed to feel? We need to be content enough to enjoy the things in life that are good – but find the rest of life frustrating enough that we get off our butts and do something.

I only wish the frustrating things had an answer, a solution. That all the running around, the fussing, the emotions weren’t in vain. I think that most of life’s, or at least my life’s, great problems don’t actually have answers. At least not answers I’ve been included in.

I’m really thankful for my new house, my new car, the holiday I’m taking with Bec in March (66 days baby!), good food, The Office. I’m not going to the list the frustrating things for fear of becoming frustrated and ruining the semi peaceful mood I’m in.

I read this book on Friday at work by Joyce Meyer about Strife. I never really considered myself to be a person who wasn’t at peace, but the more I read it, the more conflict and strife I realised I had in my life. Now more than ever I’m craving that peace. I’m prepared to get rid of almost anything to have it.

However I think a month’s long cruise through the Carribean would settle the strife in my life? Don’t you think?

Carribean

Levels of Success in a Workplace

I’ve figured out the three levels of influence in a workplace so you can easily determine when you’ve made it!

Level 1 — You make your own tea and coffee but also make it for other employees

Level 2 — You make your own tea and coffee’s

Level 3 — Someone else (normally a level 1) makes your tea and coffee for you. Sometimes a level 3 can also manage to have lunch bought for them and if they are very influential, or scary, have their dry cleaning done.

Photo curtesy of Blaine Swanborough

Photo curtesy of Blaine Swanborough

I look forward to the day where I am level 3, right now I would be content with a level 2.

Long Way Down

Finally! I finished the last book from 3 books in 3 weeks, which turned into more than 3 weeks, but still.

A Long Way Down is very different from most of the books I read. It’s essentially a travel book, written by Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor (who I’m a fairly big fan of), about the trip they take on motorbikes all the way through Africa. Long Way Down

I found this book a little hard to read, although very interesting. They met with a lot of organisations, like UNICEF, and got to see first hand the great things that organisations like that are doing throughout Africa. I enjoyed hearing all the stories, and it made me want to travel, although I definitely wouldn’t do it on a motorbike. Ewan and Charley also made me laugh – which is always good. I don’t normally laugh out loud when I read books, even if they are funny, but this one had me laughing.

The swearing (which there was a lot of) was a little bit frustrating, although I got used to it and I think the only reason I didn’t love love it was because it was different to what I would normally read. However I think it’s good to expand your reading and your book collections, so I think this was the best book out of the three.

Maybe more of a boys book though? Read it if your into Africa, Motorbikes or Ewan McGregor.

3 stars

Worth the effort

Despite normally being a ridiculously busy person, while I’m on uni holidays, there isn’t a whole lot for me to do at work. So I fill my time with lots of different websites, blogs and online communities. It’s a bit crazy how many different username and passwords I have to remember. The mind does indeed boggle. Here’s a handful of my favourites at the moment.

Shelfari is really great if you’re really into books.

Best thing about Shelfari is being able to organise all of my reading from years past to current readings.

Toni Snell’s Blog is a fairly new discovery.

I like it because she photographs weddings so beautifully, and has done a fair few people that I know

Chictopia is a website for people who are really into fashion, those willing to share their insight, or those willing to gain insight.

The worst thing about Chictopia is feeling the need to upload photos of yourself in very fashionable clothing and sometimes feeling a little, well, unfashionable.

I discovered youversion.com because Sarah Starrenburg showed me how great it was for online journalling.

Greatest features on the website would probably be the ability to make journal notes or contributions private or public, and being able to choose which version of the bible you’d like

This is a favourite because despite the exchange rate, I still find shopping for books and dvd’s online a lot easier

The worst thing about amazon.com is forgetting to think about postage costs and paying more than you thought

I enjoy lauraandfriends because it is regularly updated, varied, funny and helps to keep me up to date with the inner workings of Laura

The thing that would make it a better website would be more frequent posts.