May 19th, 2011required reading

My birthday card from the Griffs is actually a book that everyone should read…

It’s super cool. I’m not sure if it would be a copyright violation to photograph all the pages and upload them.

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May 17th, 2011placebo

Green tea and Manuka Honey is my magic feather.

You can know something is placebo and still have it work for you if you believe in placebo. I don’t actually think green tea is strong enough to keep me from getting a cold after running in the rain, but the belief that it will work as a placebo keeps me healthy.


Got any placebos you believe in?

May 13th, 2011special peeps

I’d been thinking about writing one of those silly but popular posts I use to do where I make fun of quirks in my friends.

Instead here’s a list of things I love about you guys…

(There’s a dozen ways I could get in trouble here, so let me give two disclaimers; if you’re not on the list it doesn’t mean you’re less important, I randomly chose people, second, the things I listed here are not necessarily the most loved attribute of the person, just something unique. :) )

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April 1st, 2011the kick

This is now my alarm tone. How cool is that?!

March 30th, 2011love this one

You might have seen this before, but I like it.

March 22nd, 2011macintosh

My friends tell me if I get a Mac it will help my business, I’ll get more clients, make loads more money, my websites will rank higher on Google, people will love me, my confidence will go up (is that even possible?), the media will start writing about me, I’ll be better behaved,  my car will need less fuel to run, and I’ll get a lovely wife.

(They’re not sure if it will make me taller.)

I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for.

March 16th, 2011hopscotch

At breakfast this morning we were talking about something Becky said a few weeks back. It prompted me to draw this piece of art of the incident. Seeing Becky is away at the moment, I thought I’d share…

(Click on the pic to see it larger.) (As if this size isn’t already an assault on your eyes.)

April 13th, 2010pick a car

(Seeing we turned of the life support for the forum, we may as well talk here.)

Your Question: You’re buying a car somewhere in the  1997 – 2002 range, what do you buy?

I’m upgrading and it will take a lot to pull me away from something European. I’m leaning towards changing my 3 series BMW 4 door into a 3 door. But it’s so hard to find a second hand manual. I struggle to see the point of buying 2 litres of beautiful German engineering if you don’t actually get to drive the engine.

Anyway, what would you pick?

March 29th, 2010velociraptor bunk bed

So normally I don’t do stupid quizzes, but how could I resist this one…

How long could you survive chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor?

February 7th, 2010change of plans…

you be Granny!

(This is one of those boring posts about life changes. It does not contain teasing or pictures of my remarkable family and friends or controversy. Sorry.)

Tomorrow Dad will officially have bought Wildwoods. This is the division of Chris Brauchli’s company that builds architectural interiors (kitchens, bathrooms, libraries, wardrobes, home theatres, studies, etc) for homes at the top end of the market.

This is really cool! For a long time we’ve been praying and looking at a possible family businesses. Dad, Zac and I will be working in it.

Dad’s going to carry on with his job for a while longer, until things are more established.

Zac will be working part time towards a civil engineering degree, and part in the workshop.

I’ll probably be working in the workshop (and doing the marketing for Wildwoods) close to full time, and I’ll try and do some marketing consulting for clients in extra time. ;)

Mum tends to think we only got the business because of the tools. (Kind of true, it’s a glorious workshop.) MrT thinks Dad just had to get a bigger shed than his new one. (nod)

I’m super excited to be getting into this. I love woodwork, so this will be a little bit like building the boats but getting paid. :) The last year with the honey was really interesting (high on experience but low on profits) so this could be a lot better. ;)

You know Proverbs 3:5-6. I feel it applies well. We do a stumbling job of acknowledging Him, but He is so faithful to guide us. I can look back and see how He has looked after our family and blessed us all through my life.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

January 24th, 2010the mind of the wolf

I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but I copied this out of Bonnie’s diary before she left…

Dear Diary,

Went in the CAR today! I am staying at the Foster’s for TEN DAYS. Just BITING my lead. 9ine people to eat! YAY! I wanted to drink out the toilet but they said no. Ha, I just saw my tail…

I’m dizzy. Gonna find something naughty to do!

Bonnie Killer Fangette Prickly Thorne

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January 1st, 20102010

Happy New Year!

This is what the sky looks like in 2010.

November 16th, 2009scam

Jesse pig bone evolution 1

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November 3rd, 2009not always right

In the words of Dilbert, “I explain things to idiots.” That seems to be my calling in life.

In that vein here’s my favourite site for the week (for anyone who has to explain things to nutty customers):

I thought I had to deal with all the crazies (usually by email), but reading this site makes me feel better.

I was going to post some favourites, but there’s too many. (BTW, don’t visit site if you’re suppose to be busy with something else.)

October 23rd, 2009who is this person?

I do some silly things.

But today I realised I was standing out in the paddock, missing lunch, looking for a four leaf clover that I didn’t believe existed, all because some girl, who I’ve never met, who lives in the other hemisphere,  said I should.

A girl who says things like this…

Nicole, I am pretty

I mean it’s great that she’s a self assured girl and all, but please, someone tell me.

Pixar is to movie studios what the Earth is to planets… by far the most beautiful, compelling and emotive.

So here’s my attempt at a spoiler free review. (Yes, it finally came to New Zealand. I think they must have sent the film via a boat load of tiny ants who had to row it across the Pacific.)

After the romantic heights that WALL•E soared to last year, I expected Up to be the film of the year for me. Sadly it isn’t. At least not on the first viewing.

Up is beautiful and rich and just teaming with life. The characters are compelling. Everything looks wonderful.

The opening ten minutes – and this is a big thing to say – are possibly the best ten minutes of film I’ve ever seen. It grabs your heart and leaves finger marks. You yearn for the chance to grow old with someone close. It made me cry earlier than any other movie.

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