Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Ultimate Christmassy Episode List

1. Vicar of Dibley - The Christmas Lunch Incident
"Right... you carry on!" One of my fave eps by the Vic, flavoured by the realistic concept of the possiblity of this actually happening.

2. The OC - The Best Christmukkah Ever
Classic OC with Seth being nerdily cool and Ryan being hot and brooding. It almost makes me wish I was part Jewish too, except if Peter Gallagher was my dad I'd have to wax my eyebrows more often.

3. Seinfeld -  The Strike
They really should have retitled this episode as The Festivtus, what, with Mr Costanza's Feats of Strength and Festivtus Pole, nonetheless one of the greatest Seinfeld episodes, and without a doubt, the most Christmassy of them all.

4. The Late Show - Shop Santa
Robert de Niro's early work - scaring children while dressed as Santa... "Will that make you happy, is that what you want?" Classic.

5. Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
"Give me a P!" "P!" You can always rely on on Bart to ruin some special occasion, this time by burning down the Christmas tree.

6. Vicar of Dibley - Happy New Year 2005
Another one, but a goody - the crew buy Geraldine a speedating session with rather... uhh... interesting results. They had good intentions, really.

Horrible Mention: Degrassi Junior High - Season's Greetings
The worst Christmas episode is also the worst flashback episode ever. Whenever I think of corny flashback TVs, I first think of The Simpsons, and then of this revolting episode. Degrassi gets most things right, this was one of their few mistakes. On the upside, we do get to meet Emma (Spike's daughter) for the first time <3

TV Midnight Movie: Beaches
Now, not strictly a Christmas movie, but still some great carolling scenes and some crying at the end. "You are the wind beneath my wings..." Baaah, it gets me everytime.

Friday, 8 July 2016

From the Archives 2009: Floorfillers Playlist for NOR

In honour of the NOR crew and my dancing queen Terri I've compiled my list of my floorfillers. Enjoy.

1. Be Faithful: FatMan Scoop
2. Mickey: Toni Basil
3. Work It: Missy Elliott
4. Tubthumping: Chumbawamba
5. Superstylin': Groove Armanda
6. I Like The Way Your Move: Body Rockers
7. Yeah Yeah: Usher
8. Toxic: Britney Spears
9. Love Don't Let Me Go: David Guetta
10. Tambourine: Eve
11. Teardrops: Womack and Womack
12. I like to move it: Reel2Reel
13. Poker Face: Lady Gaga
14. Star2Fall: Cabin Crew
15. Call on Me: Eric Prydz
16. The Bongo Song: Played-A-Live
17. Thunder in My Heart: Meck feat. Leo Sayer
18. Good Luck: Basement Jaxx
19. Heya: Outkast
20. Push It: Salt and Pepa
21. Here's Johnny: Hocus Pocus
22. Satisfaction: Benny Benassi

Dishonourable Mentions:
1. Absolutely Fablous: AbFab
2. Mr Boombastic: Shaggy
3. Macarena: Los Del Rio
4. Crocadile Rock: Elton John
5. Poision: Alice Cooper
6. My Sharona
7. I'm Too Sexy: Roght Said Fred

The Ride Home from the Pub/Club Songs:
1. Born Slippy: Underworld
2. Night of my life: Damien Leith
3. Paradise by the Dashboard Light: Meatloaf

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Letters from the Inside - quick thoughts (and maybe some spoilies)

Some tidbits from my forum posts:

About Letters from the Inside by John Marsden:
I really enjoyed the reading by John Marsden, but now I am also a bit mad at the old fella too!
In all seriousness, Marsden's plots tend to be amazing. Like the 'Tomorrow' series, the fact that he writes characters who are masterminds behind guerilla attacks, who are also exploring relationships, getting excited about Iced Vo-Vos and come up with other ways to deal with the pain of war is amazing. The fact that Ellie and Fi especially can become so distracted about their romantic entanglements astounds me, but the war side of things feels genuine because of it.

What I actually wanted to do was talk about Letters from the Inside, which I have a very tattered and well loved version of. Until I read this passage, I truly believed that Mandy stopped writing to Tracey because of Tracey's nightmare at the end of the book. That would be an okay thing to believe, and less far fetched than some of the other suggestions. I am really glad Marsden did not put the scenario into the text, though it would have explained a lot more - he could have done it by pasting a newspaper article or similar at the end. But it looks like he wants us to figure it out. Marsden himself found clues after he had written it, and that's not overly surprising (in my opinion, if you enjoy rereading your own stories, it is a good sign). He made it a lot more palatable to younger readers which is a good thing in many ways.

I had always wondered how he knew so much about prisons, so his time in Risdon explains it. I had wondered why he had a shout out to it in this novel (the quote is something like 'What's the postcode for Risdon?' 'SUX'), and it's also used in the Tomorrow series.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

From the Archives 2009: A really quick review of 'He's just not THAT into you'.

Okay, so I read 'He's Just Not That Into You' for the first time this week. I remember seeing this book in Myer when I was 19 and thinking that it was a load of crap, not chasing guys?? WHY?? Maybe if I had read this book I would have avoided a hellva lot of bad relationships, breakdowns and stupidity which has haunted my love life still about now.

I also reckon that EVERYONE should read this book. Even if you are in the best relationship in the world. It has made me realise that I deserve to be treated a lot better than I was. I also learnt something kinda cool:

any guy I have actively chased, tracked down, longed for for months on end hasn't been worth it. The relationships I had with those guys were horrible. I don't speak to any of them now.

any relationship I have been chased, tracked down, flirted with by a guy was great while it lasted. and the best thing I guess is that I still speak to those guys and have a lot of respect for them.

This is part of my fave chapter and it's for a few people who need to hear this.

he's just not that into you if he's a selfish jerk, a bully or a really big jerk.
Chapter review:

- Life is hard enough as it is without choosing someone difficult to share it with

- You deserve someone who is nice to you all the time (you have to be nice to them, too)

- There's never any reason to shout/yell at someone unless they are in imminent danger (ie about to be hit by a bus)

- Freaks should remain at the circus, not in your apartment

- You already have one asshole. You don't need another.

- Make space in your life for the glorious things you deserve

- Have faith. What other choice is there?

Friday, 29 April 2016

From the Archives 2008: My favourite Christian joke

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge,
about to jump off. So I ran over and said, "Stop! don't do it!"

"Why shouldn't I?" he said.

I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!"

He said, "Like what?"

I said, "Well...are you religious or atheist?"

He said, "Religious."

I said, "Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?"

He said, "Christian."

I said, "Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?"

He said, "Protestant."

I said, "Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?"

He said, "Baptist!"

I said, "Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?"

He said, "Baptist Church of God!"

I said, "Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed
Baptist Church of God?"

He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God!"

I said, "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879,
or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?"

He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!"

I said, "Die, heretic scum", and pushed him off.

Monday, 25 April 2016

When people walk away. Or actually, drive out of your driveway.

Fifteen years ago, almost to the day, was the worst day of my life.

I have had awful days since, but all of them were expected and explained. This particular one really hurt. Maybe because it was the first of its kind, and the first cut is the deepest. And the silly thing was, it was just the end of the end of a friendship.

Sometimes friends drift out of your life, even when you don't want them to. And this, for me, was the end of the drifting. For a long time I didn't know how to cope. So I just became super busy (it was a speed I kept up all through high school to be honest). I distracted myself. I trash talked my ex-best friend, and yet, desperately wanted to talk about him too. This went on for three or four months. And all I did was show anger. I was so angry with myself, and with anyone else I could blame, that I was really not a very nice person when I had to have my mask up.

I don't really know how it happened, but one night at church I found myself confiding in an older lady who taught me that I was actually in a period of grief. She said even though my friend hadn't died, the loss of a friend and a friendship is an okay think to grieve. And she gave me the book Good Grief, which talks about about little and big grief. This one was little, and it basically said it was okay to be mad and sad.

I'm not sad and mad anymore. And a few weeks after that chat, I reconciled with my friend, but, of course, it was never ever the same again. I didn't want it to go back to where I had been six months ago, because that me had changed too much. Not all of it for good, but enough that said, there is so much more out there.

As life went on, I have faced this again and again. Friends for a season, and friends for a reason, they have all come and gone, none so dramatically, but enough for me to lament about it every now and then.

Has it been easier though?

If I could tip my chair back and think for five minutes, I'd probably have the same answer.

Yes, and no.

Sometimes I really miss certain times in my life. I have written about YITS a lot, and I miss my friends I had then. But now we are all very different. We don't have hours between lectures to spend together. Everyone is at a different point of their life and their faith journey, and it wouldn't be fair to say 'I'd like to be friends with ____, circa 2005'. I miss my friendships from high school, but we're not friends because that common interest and knowledge has slipped away. I miss being super close with some people, but distance, and gender and relationships all make a different. And it is okay for those people to put in boundaries.

On the other hand, on that day all those years ago, I had really put all my eggs in one basket. I was waiting for someone who a) wasn't waiting on me and b) didn't want any eggs in the basket anyway. I think sometimes about how lucky I was that that time of my life ended when it did. I started feeling okay about working Saturday nights, which I loved, or I went to my other youth group at Eastside, where I made some wonderful friends.

I often failed to see the negative side of my friendship. My friend could be bitchy and nasty at the best of times. He didn't like any of my friends at school. It was always just us, or one other person, and the isolation wasn't a good thing. When the end of the end happened, I had spent an entire school holidays waiting for him to come and see me, which he promised to do. The one time I was not dragged out of the house or had to do errands he came around.

That, my friends, had to be fate or karma, or something.

I often miss certain seasons or days or weeks of my life. As in, if time travel was available, I'd go back and revisit. This is one of the times I wouldn't go back to. I learned many a lesson the hard way through this friendship, and so I am grateful for that.

Good Grief says that when you go through a grief experience, you will come out a different person, whether that be for the best or the worst. I like to think the best of me is what was left.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

From the Archives 2011: God Calling - A Devotional

I am here. Fear not. Can you really trust me? I am a God of Power, as well as a Man of Love, so human yet so divine.

Just trust. I cannot, and will not fail you. all is well. Courage.

Many are praying for you both.

(How cool is God?)

My devotional book atm is God Calling by the Two Listeners. I've been at it since I started teaching and it is amazing. The book was first printed in the 1930s, and is now available online. (I have the book, onlione reading isn't anywhere near as appealing.) What an encouragement this book has been.