February 28, 2005

Fangirl JOY!

My Dad got me a ticket to see Off-The-Wire. Which to some may seem weird as it is a radio programme on National Radio, however they record it in halls with an audience and on Wednesday I shall be a member of that audience. Hooray!

It's going to be from 6 to 7 at RNZ house. I think you can still book tickets. If you want to try to get tickets call 4741999!

I am really happy about this!

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February 27, 2005

Been Bugging me!

So, saw Vanity Fair. It was all very nice with sumptuous costumes but I was all WHY DO I KNOW THAT guy?? I'm talking about the guy playing Rawdon. I was all confused 'cause I seemed to remember him being evil, but also being good. I also remembered him being in another period drama, and yet also in something modern. BUT I couldn't remember WHAT!? That is why I love google. Especially checked his name in the credits, James Purefoy.

He is a "baddie" in Maybe Baby, a modern drama/comedy.
He is a "goodie" in A Knight's Tale as the "Black Prince".

Anyway I like the look of him in big boots. Actually, quite like the look of him in nothing but a sheet too!

Oh, and Reese Witherspoon was actually pregnant during the filming. Huh!

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February 26, 2005

Blinky Bill

Even tho I slept over eight hours last night I am feeling tired. Went to Sekhmut and Hivemind's last night for the drinking party. I was "sober driver" so while I had a couple of drinks with my dinner I was on water for the last 3 hours we were there. It was fine, it was my tiredness more than anything else which made me drive "slowly" home.

Getting up before 6.30 is kinda hard, but it is harder when you then work all day and then stay up til almost 3am! I am a such a nana. School was fine altho my Y12s after lunch had NO energy, unfortunately neither did I. It was a pretty uninspiring lesson. Because I am teaching some classes the same as last year I am being pretty slack with my planning, but I really have to "Pull finger" with the Y12s. I haven't taught Y12 Chem before and I need to get a better idea of what I am doing. Poot.

Afterschool we had staff drinks (usual and the 3rd time this week, didn't have alcohol and any of them tho) and they had purposely bought rice crackers for me and JT as we have both sworn off chippies for Lent. That was sweet of them. I then convinced a bunch of the staff that we had to go watch the Senior Volleyball team. I'd gone to watch them last week and they were pitiful. I mocked them about it on Monday and one of the students in the team today said I had to watch to make for it. Well, they seem to have gotten a coach and improved, altho they were still severely beaten. Next time?

Drove "home" and picked up Beau, then picked up Zeph and her J and we headed to the party (via a liquor store). It was cool hanging out with them all, esp Z as I feel like I haven't been seeing her that much and I love her so (I also know she'll read this and has presents for me!!!). Also got to see Sok, which is great as haven't seen her since we moved out of the flat. It's weird 'cause I used to see her every day! She also bought her J so it was all good.

Sekhmut and I had heaps of fun discussing being bridesmaids for our darling Jenni. However neither of us are head maid and Jenni wasn't there so we couldn't do any actual planning. It was still neat to talk about it. We both feel really happy and lucky to be chosen.

So in summary, I am tired, but pretty danged happy.

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February 22, 2005

Ho-Hum and a mini-rant on getting involved with School Life

A bit tired, mainly blah-ish in general. I've been getting pretty tired from having to get up extra early to drive to school from Island Bay, plus having to drop Beau off first, also means I arrive about 10 minutes earlier than I normally would. When I arrive at school it is normally still locked up!

I meant to go swimming yesterday but then I remembered that I had told some Y11s that I would be their "coach/supporter". It's only a social team and they just want to have fun, so they don't actually want any coaching. So I dragged Beau along too and we watched them play.

The funny thing is that there were at least 3 other teams from my school there. I didn't realise female touch rugby was so popular in highschool. I knew some students in all of the teams and it was weird/cool 'cause they got all excited to see me come to watch them play. Anyhoo, my team lost 2-7, but we were really proud to have scored anything. They're already better than the Y12 social soccer team I "coached" last year.

Those girls, now Y13, want me to "coach" them again. With this Y11 team and last years Y12 team, it really hits home to me how much difference it makes to my relationship with the students just turning up and cheering for them 10 hours a term can make. They really appreciate it and I can't encourage other teachers enough to take part in an extra-curricular activity with your students.

It might not be sport (I find it funny that I'm helping out with sport), it could be the school production, or debating, or whatever, but spending time out of class with the students shows them that you care about them and that you see them as people, rather than a zombie who can't balance ions. It also helps them to percieve you as more than the harridan who forces them to do boring/hard/unappealing schoolwork. When you go the extra mile for your students, they are more likely to go the extra mile for you.

It's probably true for people other than students too!


On a completely different note, I am going to try making croquettes with rice instead of potato and with canned tuna instead of mince. I'm also going to put a chunk of cheese in the middle. I'm told it will work out well and to me it sounds Delicious!

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February 20, 2005

Having Fun and Feeling Groovy

I've had a good weekend so far. On Friday went to work drinks and then watched the Senior Volleyball team get thoroughly beaten. Then went and played pool badly, although I managed to be in the winning team both times. In one game I sunk 4 of the other sides balls! We then had dinner at the Khmer Noodle house and I had noodles so that was good.

Yesterday was pretty much fun-filled. I tried out my culinary skills using a japanese recipe booked borrowed from the ALT at school. I made "Potato Croquettes" with their special sauce and everything. Here is my (slightly altered to produce larger amounts) recipe.

Ingredients:

6 potatoes 250g mince 1 onion 1 egg
1T vege oil flour for dusting breadcrumbs for coating
oil for deepfrying salt pepper
3T worchester sauce 2T red wine 2t sugar
4T tomato sauce

Method:

Cut the potatoes up into "1 inch" chunks and leave to soak in water. Then mince up the onions and sautee them with the oil, add the mince when the onions are turning translucent and cook that too. Season with salt and pepper (I also added dashes of chilli powder and paprika). Leave it and cook the potatoes. When they are cooked, mash them, then mix in your onion/mince mixture. While it's cooling you can set up your flour, egg (beaten) and bread crumbs. I would then suggest getting the deep fryer or whatever ready. You then shape your potato mixture into little portions (I liked little triangles over the traditional "hash brown" shape, I also made a heart for Beau and a fish shaped one which was for me, but which his sister ate!) you dust it with flour, then dip it in the egg, then cover in bread crumbs. Once they are ready start deep frying them (temp around 175 degrees C) until they are a golden brown colour. Mix and then heat all the sauce ingredients (wine, w.sauce, t.sauce, sugar) in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then it is all go. Eat and enjoy!

After the cooking went and RPed in the fabulous buffy-esque game run at Svend's new and awesome house. All went well. Then played board game "Betrayal" (Sp?). All good.

Gotta go walk around Karori Wildlife Sanctuary now. Should be awesome!

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February 17, 2005

a Happy D'oh moment

When I was a tween (or thereabouts) I read a "Cinderella" story. I remember enjoying it, but I could never remember the title of the book, nor the name of the author. I remember talking to a librarian about it a few years after reading it, but they couldn't help me, all I could remember was that the princess in the story had many many names and one of them was Amethyst and so, she was called Amy.

It was only today at the library that I thought, Princess, Amethyst, Amy are perfectly valid search terms on google now! I searched it, found it online, found it at the library and I will take it home and read it tonight, I hope I still enjoy it.

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye.

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Random Foodtown Visit

Today I popped into Foodtown thinking that I just wanted some packet soup for my lunch and to get out $10 that I owed a workmate for curry last night. I ended up buying a whole bunch of random stuff including 2x1.35kg dumbbells (only $3!), a Swiss Ball, socks and a chocolate rabbit. I almost bought a 4-pack of that sugar free V but remembered the whole no-fizzy-drinks for Lent thing (which I have accidently broken twice, nevermind).

I think I'll be giving away some of the stuff I bought, in particular the chocolate bunny. Today is my little brother's 21st birthday! Muggle and I have got him a tent and a Pounamu, well, Muggle has hopefully bought them and I will be paying her back, but I helped with the present choosing! Honest! Anyway, my brother doesn't even know about this blog as far as I know but I will still send him lots of love and birthday kisses.

I love you Pepe!


As an aside, Beau and I have been watching an episode of Lost each night before bedtime and I am getting seriously freaked out by it. We just watched episode 10 last night. SOOOO freaky. Brrr.. I don't think I'll want to watch one tonight... But I must know what happens next!

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February 14, 2005

V-Day Madness

In the week leading up to Valentines day I found out about 3 couples engagements. It is crazy how many people decided to get engaged at the same time. This basically means that I should have a round 4 weddings to attend next year. That is actually pretty cool.

Another cool thing is that I get to be a bridesmaid! Awesome! It'll be my first time. So cool. Thanks peeps!

Another cool thing is that Muggle and I have talked to one another and to Sass and we've all managed to convince ourselves to flat together in our house. Yay, the girl flat continues!

I'm tired but my neck is almost completely better, just have to remember not to turn my head to fast. Thanks for all the support. Lesson starting, must go teach!


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February 11, 2005

Why I didn't go to school today

This moring I got up per usual. Went to bathroom, got dressed, then I started brushing my hair. It's quite long and kind of tugs on my head and probably on my third stroke my neck...cricked. I thought it was one of those temporary neck clicks that takes a couple of seconds to wear off. I was wrong.

After 15mins I still couldn't move my head around much or there were shooting pains down the left hand side of my neck. Beau eventually came downstairs and saw me looking pained in the kitchen. At that stage I thought I could at least drive to school, albeit carefully. However, I have never had anything like this happen to me before and telling him how it hurt made me start crying. It was kind of freaking me out. So I called in sick at school and we drove to the A&E.

I never realised just how much you need to look around when driving. Luckily Beau helped. It was also about 7.15am when we left so there wasn't much traffic. The early time also seemed to mean that the A&E was pretty empty. Did you know that neck strain is one of the major signs of meningitis? I got seen pretty quickly.

The doctor in charge was Beau's cousin and the doctor who examined me was a girl (ahem) woman that I knew from my first year at Otago. We stayed in the same hostel. After poking and prodding and making me move they said it's just muscle strain. All my other limbs are fine, but moving the head is a kind of important thing to be able to do also, I am apparently a pain pussy and it REALLY REALLY HURTS!!!

Hopefully it will wear off by tomorrow. I have now have so much respect who deal with such pain every day of their lives.

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February 10, 2005

Monkey Food


Options for food there.

Cocktail food Menu

Selection of Breads & Dips $45
Ficelle, Ciabatta, Foccaccia, Pita & Grissini
With: Walnut & Blue Cheese Pate
Sundried Tomato & Macadamia Pesto
Mediterranean Basil Pesto
Hummus

Cheese Board $45
Kikorangi Blue, Feta, Tasty Cheddar, Brie
Wax Robed,
With: Pate
Dips: Walnut & Blue Cheese Pate
Sundried Tomato & Macadamia Pesto
Mediterranean Basil Pesto
Breads

Antipasto Platter $45
Kransky Sausage, Salami, Pastrami, Chicken
With a Selection of Breads, Cheeses, Dips & Crudites

Pacific Oysters $25
In shell with smoked Jalapeno salsa & lemon

Crudites $30
A selection of crisp fresh vegetables
With a selection of dips

Prosciuttio $45
Rolled with Prunes & Mediterranean Basil Pesto

Steamed Dim Sims $45
With Honey Sesame Soy Dip

Steamed Spring Rolls $45
With Sweet Chili Soy Dip


Also, because Zibibo is just upstairs

Z I B I B B O C A T E R I N G


P I Z Z A M E N U

$15 per pizza
excluding GST


Pizza can be ordered on its own, or included with our other menus


Chicken, Cranberry and Brie
Crispy BBQ Pork with Bok Choy, Spring Onions and Hoisin Sauce
Portobello Mushroom and Pepperoni with Artichokes
Satay Chicken with Spinach, Tomatoes and Spicy Peanut Relish
Rotisserie Chicken with Peppers, Spinach, Mozzarella and Red Onion Relish
Spicy Italian Sausage with Roasted Capsicums, Fresh Thyme, Feta and Oregano
Hawaiian Retro - Honey Glazed Ham, Pineapple and Portobello Mushroom
Smoked Salmon with Capers, Dill, Red Onion Salsa and Sour Cream
Capricosa - Roma Tomatoes, Anchovies, Capers and Mozzarella
Potato and Rosemary with Blue Cheese and Caramelised Onions
Four Cheese - Mozzarella, Blue Cheese, Feta and Fresh Parmesan
Classic Margarita - Roma Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and Olive Oil
BBQ Shrimp with Wilted Greens, Roasted Eggplant and Mozzarella
Americano - Pepperoni, Mozzarella and Oregano
Skillet-roasted Mussels with Spring Onions and Lemon Garlic Aioli

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February 09, 2005

Party Organisation

I'm currently in negotiations trying to organise my 25th birthday at Monkey Bar. I'm trying to get an idea of numbers as they want to know if I want the private room (50) or the main venue (120). I'm getting a Jazz Band (the wellinton heads
) and will welcome anyone who knows me and any friends they might bring. It'll be on Holy Thursday evening eg the night before Good Friday. (24th March). Also I have the option of getting a special license so that it goes later than midnight.

So, what do you think? Would you come? Would you bring friends? I need some help here!

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February 08, 2005

proto-headache!

School has been good so far this week. It's nice not being a new teacher. Funniest thing happened today in my last period class. It is soo crazy I couldn't believe it. I have 15 year old children in one of my classes who did not realise that chickens are hens and roosters AND that hens lay eggs!!! I honestly kid you not. It was mad! MAD! The rest of the class couldn't believe it. It was really difficult trying to explain it to them. They were just not getting it. It was really just two kids. They both seemed to have the idea that chickens and hens are different species of animals. Seriously. I am aghast. How can I teach them Chem, Phys and Bio if they don't even know that hens and roosters are chickens? I suspect with some difficulty.


In other news, two of my bestest friends got engaged on Waitangi Day. They were on holiday (in Leigh) when he popped the question. It was their 6 year anniversary! So Congrats to Tash and the Patch!


Today is my wonderful sister Puggle's Birthday! Feel free to comment fabulous birthday wishes to her on her LJ account. I love you Muggle!


I was virtuous today and went to the gym at school afterschool. I only did 30 minutes, but considering the weather that was heaps! I've also picked stuff to give up for Lent. I never have before and I'm wouldn't define myself as even vaguely christian, but I thought I'd give it a go. Beau says that nowadays the Catholic church is more about doing extra good things than it is taking away other things, but anyway, I've decided to give up fizzy drinks and chips for Lent. By chips I mean hot chips as well and chippies. Sugoi! I don't know if I'll manage it but I'll try.


oh yeah, the name of this post is due to the lack of sleep I've been getting. Also,I was told I could stay at my aunt and uncle's Bach on the weekend, but, they've doubled booked and since the other person had asked earlier today they get it. Nevermind. I'm really keen to get away this weekend and spend some time with just Beau, but I guess it will have to be constrained to a kapiti-day-trip or something.

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February 07, 2005

Blink Blink Zzzzz

So tired. The whole moving out thing didn't end until after 9!

Puggle's Boyf is a total honey and stayed until the bitter end, even wiping down the floors in the kitchen and living room while puggle and I shipped stuff to Karori. I am sure that Puggle and I will be helping him with his move in a couple of weeks. BTW, he doesn't have a flat yet. Anyone know of a good one?

Beau was pretty good, helping some Saturday and then Sunday...until he had to go to roleplaying. That was at 5pm so he did well.

Svend did awesome work cleaning out the cupboards and wiping them down. We were a bit cut however, when we opened the cupboard under the sink and that still had stuff in it and hadn't been wiped, but it was mostly cleaning stuff and not much of it so easy to deal with.

Sok was a legend doing almost all her packing on her own, except for the help of an intrepid gigglybunny, who was there for a big chunk of the weekend helping out her sis. Sok also did hellamounts of cleaning. Amazing.

Talking of Sisters, Puggle's and my Baby sister, Bambi, actually helped move things. She wasn't super efficient or helpful, but the fact that she came is amazing.

Puggle herself only slept about three hours on Sat..morning.. staying up to pack the night before then "napping" and getting up to pack and sleep more.

I felt slack compared to the amazing flatmates, cleaning the oven helped me to feel better.

Sass and HP are also awesome, coming and helping and cleaning and fetching. Thanks you guys! You were both amazing to help out.

Jen also finally got her land legs back and also made her way over to hang out, catch up and entertain. Thanks hun!

Also a shout out to my Dad who drove a trailor backwards and forwards and even took some stuff out to the dump.

I'm really tired (fell asleep around midnight, alarm went off at 6am) but I guess it means we're that much closer to our house.

Love


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February 06, 2005

Moving Madness while other things remain the same

So today is the major moving day. Svend was gone pretty much by Friday, but Sok, Muggle and I are not so organised. Plus, we don't want to pay for movers. What cheapskates! Yesterday a pretty large amount of packing occured, but little to no moving. It was really great to get help from HP and Sass. They will also hopefully be coming and helping this afternoon-evening. You guys ROCK!

We had some alcohol to drink so invited ppl to come over. Some did, some didn't even reply to the texts, some were surprised to hear that we were moving. It does seem to be happening pretty quickly, plus starting back at school, I've been slack about informing people who don't read blogs.

School hasn't been too bad. There are HEAPs of brand-spanking-new teachers. Last year there was only me and AA who were 1st years, plus AA is heaps older and I didn't know her at all. This year there are like 6 of them and they all went to TCol together. It's kind of changing the social dynamic of the school.

My new form class all seem small and sweet but I can already tell that there are a few who are intending to make trouble for me! ARGH! One thing that is kind of cool is that I've actually taught a fair amount of their sisters. In fact, at the "concert" one Mum came to say Hi to me and I'd taught her daughter last year in Y11 and she'd done really well. She seemed very pleased to be see me. Cool!

Anywho, I should probably either go and eat some food. I'm just waiting for Beau to finish at church so that I can move some stuff. Then I will go and do some more moving.... honest!

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