Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Skiing, Lent and AngelSpace

So we've been back from our week of skiing for a few days now, but we're both still quite sore. Yup, its only our second skiing outing and we're both sporting injuries... although neither were technically whilst skiing. I slipped on some black ice on the way up the village to collect our skis on Friday and pulled a ligament in my knee - ow. I still SO disappointed because my goal for the week was to get onto a red run (green, blue, red then black) and Gina did a red with our class on the day I was resting my poor knee!! Aarrggg. I was also very excited about skiing down the mountain in the dark after a surprise birthday party for our host at a restuaruant on one of the pistes, which I didn't get to do since I had stuffed my knee. I ended up walking down the mountain... in the dark... along the piste... with a damaged ligament...

Which brings us to Gina's injury. She was walking down with me and she (not me with the injury.. which is probably a good thing) slipped on an icy bit and has damaged her coccyx (thats the little end bit of our backbone - think ex-tail ... see below). I reckon she's broken it, but its like breaking a little toe... super painful, but there's not a lot you can do... just take it easy and wait for it to heal.
So we are both a little sore, and I am very disappointed to have missed out on two whole days of skiing!!! aaarrrggg
I have added a link to the Ship of Fool's Website on the right. They always put up a list of what you can do for Lent, if like me, you think that giving up chocolate is not really going to change the world. They have an idea for everyday of Lent, so have a look. you still might not change the world, but you might just change your own attitudes or perspective!

Lastly, this weekend is the first AngelSpace.

The Crypt of the Rochester Cathedral is going to be transformed into a cafe church. We're planning an evening of creative and dynamic worship in a relaxed and informal setting. The idea is that you sit at a table, sing, chat, discuss, reflect, create, pray, drink coffee, and engage with the myriad of prayer and reflection installations thoughout the crypt. its going to be awesome!!

Well there we are... another term, another injury another post

Friday, February 09, 2007

SA Politics

I realised this morning that the only way I keep up to date with SA politics is through the cartoon media. If it wasn't for Madam & Eve and Zapiro I wouldn't know what was going on. So here is todays installment. I thought I would share them so you don't have to go to each site yourselves... cos I did.

I agree with Edith... now that would be good politics!!

The downside of this method of keeping in touch is that I actually have no idea what was or wasn't said by Mr. Mbeki... oh well...

Monday, February 05, 2007

Bible Quiz: Keeping up with the Jones'

Holy Phil posted his results so I thought I couldn't be outdone... but as Phil says... its really not hard!

You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Bloggin' 'n Stuff

I think the reason I don't blog so much is because I very rarely feel I have anything profound to say. That and the fact that I've always had a "I'm fine" approach to life. Its difficult to say more than "I'm fine".
But I'll try for all my dedicated readers. *cough cough*

Gina has been promoted cos she is a clever bunny. She is now the joint head of Sixth Form at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. All very posh, don't you know.
I am stupendously proud of her, cos like I said, she is such a clever bunny! The down side is that means a little more work come next term. Shame
On the up side we now have a second car ... yay! Which means that I don't need to get up so early to drop Gina at the station (I was dropping her at 7am every morning - sheesh), but that means that my little workaholic wifie is going to be tempted to stay later at school to finish marking,lessonplans,reports,examsetting etc. So I'll be cracking th ol' whip to keep her at home as much as possible.
The new car is in fact a very old car. Some friends of ours were about throw their third car away (literally) and offered it to us assuming it would pass the MOT (roadworthy for the South Africans out there - which every UK car has to pass once a year to stay on the road), which it did, well just. So I am now driving a 1991 BMW 316i. Not too shabby, I mean its still a Beamer right? Its growing on me, the first couple of days I was sulking cos I prefer the far more zippy Daihatsu Charade saloon.
Anyhow there we are.
Our next travels are back to Vaujany in the French Alps for another week of skiing. YAY! I am super stoked to be going back to the slopes, it really is the most fun you can have, even if it does make the Credit Card cry.
And then at the end of Feb I will find out what (or rather how long) my future is at Brenchley. It seems that I will be offered another two years, but I'm cynical enough to reserve all judgement until I hear from my boss on about the 21st Feb. So its all good!

To end: I know most of you out there (is there anybody out there?) have been very worried about my PC. It took four weeks to sort out, including three hours (in one hour sessions) with Dell's support call center in India (apparantly its cheaper to route all calls from here to India and back than running a call centre in the UK - go figure), a replacement memory chip-set thing, and about seven or eight attempts on my part of reinstalling Windows, but my PC is finally back up and running. Its actually much better than it was, cos I don't have all the crap that they send out automatically installed. But I'm still not quite finished transferring all my stuff back onto the PC. On the up side, my tedious copying of files one-by-one (yes thats right) using my limited DOS cammand knowledge paid off, cos all my important files were still hidden safely on the harddrive.
So there you have it: Murray's extended version of "I'm fine"