May 29, 2004

Weekend slackness

Well today I had plans to do a bunch of school work. Instead I finished a Garth Nix book (Grim Tuesday) and had a nap. I like naps in the weekend. For some reason if I am at home and not doing much around 3.. I feel desperately sleepy. Then I sleep for about an hour. It's a pretty fabulous time waster.

Tomorrow I am heading up the coast for some roleplaying, mixed with shopping and visiting Jenni's parents for lavender. I am looking forward to this. It will be good. Also I will buy some Bee's Knees and some Yummy Ice cream. Ooooh yes. I hope it all lives up to my expectations.

Currently I am at Beau's house. Soon we will have dinner. I love having dinner here as the food is always yummy and I don't have to do any dishes. I should do some sometime tho as his parents are always great to me. I like his family alot.

Of course the previous statement about Beau's family is probably because I am annoyed with mine. Specifically, my Mum, who told me off for Bossing Beau too much, as well as showing him off, as well as treating him like he's stupid. Apparently this is what my Thai family said I did while he and I were in Thailand together on holiday. I'm sure they are doing it for my sake.

Anyway, feel free to comment. I loves them. Special kudos to phreq who did a massive 3 comments one 3 different posts in what appears to be one sitting. YOU ROCK! ;)

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May 27, 2004

Giffy Interrupted

Argh! Y11 (fifth formers) last period are never a good idea. Especially as the end of the week approaches. I was trying to teach them about heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation) and they kept talking to one another! ARGH! All the time! and the same ones again and again. Then, a pair of them got into a giggling fit. Laughing and laughing. I just stared at them til they stopped (one of them kept hiding her face under her blazer to stop herself, how it helps I don't know). Then one of them apologised and said they weren't laughing at me or anything. Which in turn caused the rest of the class to start laughing. ggrrr argh! I was reading Matt's blog and he has funny stories about things his students write. I have none. Boo.

Something that is cool is that my year 9s are doing a BIOTECHNOLOGY unit. Which is a bit fluffy, but then they are only Y9. Anyways, they get to extract essential oils from plants and then make them into balms or ointments or whatever they can think of that might be a herbal remedy (except nothing to be ingested). They also have to find somebody to test it on. It is pretty cool. My class are about to get up to the experimenting stage where they get to do some hands on stuff with the still and infusing oils. I want to do it and try to make soap. I've been thinking that my tupperware forms will probably be awesome for it as you can flip the soaps out easily. Yay.

What do you think about home-made herbal remedies? Or do you even know any that work well?

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May 25, 2004

its all alright + food

biddley bee(p)

Everything is OK. School is going steadily. We are almost half way through the term right now. My y10 and y11 classes have been going well this week. It's kind of scary. They had been giving me some grife, but seem sorted. We'll see if that continues for the week.

Seen Beau everyday for the past few days which is nice. It's partly because I did some laundry at his house (we don't have a dryer) and then I left it there so had to go back and get it. Sometimes I am struck by how great a match he is for me. Awww.

Jonno is going on section at a school near mine so am giving him a ride into the hutt. I'm not very generous. If I was I'd get up an extra 25minutes earlier so that I could drive to his house and pick him up. But I won't. Getting up at 6.30 (ok I 'snooze' for another 6min at least) is already bad enough.

Giffy in the (early) morning is not sociable. She does not like to be broken out of a routine. So that I can sleep in the maximum amount but still hit the motorway by 7.20am, I try and get as much ready the night before as the first 15-20 min I am not awake. Thus I will just roll out of bed, grab clothes (always at least partially selected, if only to make sure I have socks and underwear for the day ahead) and clomp to the bathroom (sometimes i feel sorry for sis who sleeps beneath me and doesn't have to get up until 2+ hours later) turn on fan heater and brush hair for a good 3min. If it is a really slow moving morning I sometimes get distracted by my hairbrush and spend a few minutes cleaning it. I then get changed and brush teeth, wash face, go back to bedroom to get any other clothes I might have forgotten (extra jerseys for the cold), moisturise, grab bag and go downstairs. I am still not ready for other people, normally not until I have got my lunch ready. Then, when my toast is in the toaster and I've had a drink, I am ready to say Hi and goodmorning.

Jonno showed up before I was ready yesterday. I was annoyed at him for no good reason (apart for he had toast in the toaster when I wanted to put mine in). He was a bit later today. Clever man.

People liked it when I blogged about food. So here is some more. Tonight for dinner we talked about having steak (yum!) but Blondie isn't going to be in. So the flat will have to sort something else out. Beau is coming over as well, so we'll eat non-flat food. I am voting for pizza. Especially because when I went to Beau's house yesterday they had some! I wants! They had Hell, and thinking about it I don't think I've had Hell since April (so over three weeks!!). I want a Grimm, chicken and pinenuts yum. But then... they had Lust *Homer Simpsons style drool* all.. the... meeeeaaat.... and also Brimstone, it has spicy chicken and guacamole and I haven't had it before!!! I am soooo hungry. I told Jonno that i'd hang around til 5 at school so that I could give him a ride, but instead, I want PIZZA!! NOW!!

Wa-ah i've been looking at the menu some more and I also want lemon pepper wedges and Pina Colada Ice cream and moooore. ALso they have these little devils running around the bottom that you can pick up and throw with your mouse! Neat!

I better go eat one of my yogurts instead..... how did this turn into a post all about food?

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May 23, 2004


Yesterday at my house a discussion came up as to how people got their nicknames. Giffy is my foetus name. I was called it before I was born. In thailand pretty much everyone has a nickname which they are called all the time. For example if I was a teacher in Thailand I would be called Khunkru (teacher) Giffy, or perhaps Gif. Anyway because this is how it is in thailand, my cousins had this list of what their future cousins would/should be called (that's what Dad says anyway) and they were up to Gif (sounds like gip) on their list and Dad anglicized it to Giffy.

When I was little (maybe 7 or younger) I asked my mum what Giffy means. She told me "talkative". The lies!

What is your nick? and Why?

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May 21, 2004

Fluffy things

A blog entry to make me feel better after yucky afternoon friday lessons. Inspired by Jenni.

Marion Keyes Novels
Anne McCaffrey Novels
Y9 Biotechnology unit
Polarfleece clothing
Our Principal
Good Scrambled Eggs
Whipped Cream
Sis's Baby Hair
Fluffy Duck Cocktail
Cotton Plants
Me on Homework
Blonde/grey thoughts
Unit Standards
This Blog

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May 20, 2004

Now we're cooking with Rice

Thank Jenni again.
Last night I got home earlier than expected. The year 12 soccer team I am semi in charge of was supposed to have a game, but the other team called it off... So we're over 3 weeks into the season and have yet to play, 1st week it rained and other team cancelled. 2nd week was a by (is that how you spell it?). So, I went home to find out that all the other flatmates were out and I would have to fend for myself. Luckily we had left-over rice in an oh sooo handy tupperware container. Thus I made the dish one must with left over rice, Fried Rice!!

It had rice, bacon, spring onions, brown onion, garlic, brocoli and an egg, plus sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and pepper for flavouring. yum yum yum. I like fried rice and I like it even more when it is ALL for me! What I would also have liked to add but didn't 'cause of laziness, or lack of ingredient, was lime, capsicum and tomato. yum yum yum.

I am hungry for dinner now. I should stop blogging about food and instead plot a way of getting some!

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May 18, 2004

Why I read

brought to you by Jenni

Reading for me is a form of escapism. I started reading novels after living in Pakistan around 8 years of age. While living in Pakistan I had started to read Archie comics. Friends of the family had stacks of them all in the 'digest' format. Those were already the size of novels so it wasn't hard to move onto childrens novels. I don't remember or know what the first "book" as opposed to story, I read was. I do remember reading Jane Eyre at age 10 tho. A friend of mine had read it and was lending it to people so I read it too. I also read most of the Anne of Green Gable's series before I was 13. My granny used to buy them for me.

Mum used to have to call me to dinner quite loudly when I was in the middle of reading. As the oldest of 4 you soon start to develop defence mechanisms to deal with the noise of younger siblings and when I was reading I was able to ignore sound with relative ease. It used to bug Sis I remember as she would ask me questions and I'd reply yes or no and then after a few moments I'd be like... what did you say? If I replied at all.

I still read to escape. For me reading is a form of stress relief as I can get a break from my everyday life. That is why I think I like to read fantasy. It is soo seperate from my world. I don't just read fantasy. It just depends what