The bright side of dark evenings

30 10 2012

I am not a fan of winter. I like days when they’re hot, sunny and long! Leaving work in the dark this week has made me sad.

However, today I found a happiness in it so I thought I’d share!

As I left work, the sky wasn’t quite black, but a navy blue, and as I drove up the hill away from work the lights of the cars, buildings and street lights against the inky sky were so pretty – it looked like Christmas! 🙂

Even in the misery of the dark, there’s prettiness


20 10 2012

PSHE is a school subject, not a common one, but one that is compulsory in schools these days I think. It stands for Personal, Social and Health Education.

When I was at school
We had these lessons once or twice a year, and they covered probably only 3 basic areas: 1) sex education, 2) don’t get drunk, 3) don’t smoke

They were trying to explain it on the radio this week and they said it included learning life skills, things like how to write a cheque

Things it should include
How to change a loo roll.
So many places seem to have toilet rolls finished and the next one started without them being changed – maybe this is a life skill to be taught in schools?!

What other life skills do you think need to be taught in schools?

Only a boy named David

14 10 2012

At housegroup this week we were looking at Nehemiah 4, and opposition. As an example of a type of opposition we looked at the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

I don’t know about you, but there’s a lot of stories we learnt in Sunday school, that when I read again now I notice so many new and different things it’s like reading them for the first time! So thought I’d share some bits we picked out…

  • As a child, we’re taught that Goliath was a giant, or a big man, but what does that mean in numbers? Turns out this guy was 9 feet tall, that’s getting on for 3 metres!
  • We remember that David picked “five smooth stones” from the brook. I think I always translated this as five small stones, but we found in the footnotes of a study bible that each of these stones was larger than a cricket ball!
  • David smacked this guy square on the forehead in his first shot, not only this, he did this while running with a bag of 4 other heavy stones and his moving target running back at him!
  • When David finally convinces Saul to let him go and fight Goliath, Saul says “Go, and the Lord be with you”. We think this is great that Saul thought that God was what David needed to be able to win, but read on. The next line: “Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armour on him and a bronze helmet on his head.” Essentially, “God be with you, but just incase that doesn’t work, have all this stuff that stops you being able to move!”
  • Oh, and when it was all done, he chopped of Goliath’s head with a sword, anyone else remember that?!

As per usual, just a random collection of thoughts more than anything else 🙂

Oh, and then of course I couldn’t get this Sunday school classic out of my head all evening! Enjoy 🙂

Friday five favourite: Simpsons episodes

12 10 2012

Got this in just before Friday is finished!

In this theme, I also have to mention the Ned Flander’s Hymnal from Greenbelt – brilliant! Essentially well known songs but Christianised!

But here’s links to my top 5 episodes, as always, not in order! With a few clips to make you smile 🙂 Apologies for the awful quality, it seems there isn’t much decent Simpsons stuff on YouTube!

Each title is also a link to the Wikipedia article on the episode for further blurb 🙂

The Father The Son and The Holy Guest Star
This one seems to be a bit too new to find any clip of at all!

Marge vs The Monorail

Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum_Doodily

Lisa’s First Word

The Regina Monologues aka The Simpsons go to the UK!
This wasn’t the clip I wanted, I was trying to find Tony Blair greeting them at the airport with a jet pack, but it doesn’t seem to be on the internet 😦

[EDIT: Others I forgot are posted in the comments!!]

New Years Resolutions – review #3

1 10 2012

I last reviewed my New Years Resolutions in March, so I guess I’m long overdue!

Who can really remember their resolutions by October anyway? The only reason I know mine is because I minuted them on this blog!

Anyway, with a third of a year to go, here’s how things are going.

  • Quit Corrie – Done and done! Catch the occasional episode when I’m at my parents, but those times I also catch an episode of Gardeners World – That doesn’t make me a Gardeners World watcher!
  • Watch less tele – The long version of this one was to watch less tele for the sake of tele and only put it on to watch things I want to watch. This has gone very well. In April we moved house and went a while without tv and internet at which point I got very into TV box sets. Over the summer, barring the Olympics, I’ve barely watched any tele as there was so little on. The last couple of weeks a lot of the good tele has started coming back, with Strictly, Buzzcocks, QI etc, but I’m still not watching the trash between them, which is good.
  • Exercise – err… I started swimming regularly at the beginning of June. I went once!
  • Violin & Piano – Since the move I have a lot less space, so the keyboard has gone to live at mum and dads, and the violin is safely tucked away at the back of my bed. I’d like to get it out one day, but the house is rarely empty.
  • Sewing – Again, no space, so the sewing machine is safely tidied away.
  • Reading – I blogged about the books I’d read so far in May, the book at the bottom of that list lasted me a long time, I’ve finished one more book since then and am on another now, which again is a thinker and going a bit slowly, but I’m enjoying it. Not reading as much as I have at some points this year, but I think that’s mainly down to busyness, and to falling asleep at night before I can read much
  • Less of the irritating chattering – up to you guys!
  • Reduce time spent on social media – I removed the facebook app from my phone this week. Partly a memory issue, but partly to limit my use of it to when I’m at home. But my evenings are pretty social media heavy when I’m not out at things…
  • All a little more personal

  • Learn to love God more
  • Learn to think better of myself
  • Have a more positive outlook

And, I’m still going on the 5yearDiary!