It's snowing. A lot. How weird is that. We've had fantastic weather the whole winter, and just as it starts nearing the end of spring, it starts snowing. (I'm in the southern hemisphere, for all you confused northerners who are living in summer right now!) Apparently it's going to be the biggest snow storm since 1992, and I'm sitting here at university wondering if I should go home in case I can't get back later. I think I'll risk it because it all seems very romantic! I'll let you know what happens.
Phew, just had a very interesting evening yesterday. I voted for the first time ever yesterday morning, in my country's elections (which was extremely exciting), and I watched the coverage of the results coming in from about 7pm to 12.30am! The weird thing about this year's election is that both major parties are really, really close - Labour is on 40.6% and National is on 39.6%, as far as I know right now. They're still waiting for special votes, and they have to start organising coalitions with the minor parties, and nobody knows who has won, and nobody WILL know for at least a week or two. How bizarre. There might even have to be a second election--I hope not though. I am so sick of campaigning all over the media, even at my university.
It's Monday morning again, and I am tired and I don't want to go to class. Even though I generally like it. :) Silly me. I should get more sleep. I had a nice weekend; my friend Eva and I took two of my nephews to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was so excited because I've really been looking forward to it and it definitely lived up to the expectations. Johnny Depp was fantastic as Willy Wonka, the Oompa Loompas were cool, the boy (Freddy Highmore???) who played Charlie Bucket was also really good. I thought the four other children's parts could have been done better - not necessarily acting-wise, but script-wise, but all the same, I loved it overall. I was so glad it stayed much closer to the book than the previous version, which I never really liked.
On Sunday I went to a lunch at someone's house for the small group from my church that I am in. Of course I ate way too much... as did three other people there, and then one of them made us all laugh really hard and it was incredibly painful. When one is hungry, one forgets how painful food can be.
This week I have decided to START PREPARING for essays that will be due in three or four weeks. I've spent the last week cruising along doing nothing except tutorial homework and now I regret that I will have to get down to business. Sigh. I am so lazy. I also have to finish reading Hamlet. Double sigh. It's actually great but I just can't be bothered anymore.
Before I forget, I'd just like to advertise the fact that I and some other writers in a group I am in have put together an e-zine of fiction and poetry. It's very exciting as we have just published it for the first time! So please go have a look at it, and if you have any comments, let me know. It's www.halfwaydownthestairs.net Our current theme is fairy tales/mythology... in a very broad sense! We are accepting outside submissions for our next issue, so if you're interested in writing, have a look!
There's something about getting to uni early and printing tutorial homework off the computers that I still haven't done and is due in two hours time that makes me very tired. I am one of the laziest people I know. I love to procastinate. But from NOW ON, I am going to do my homework at least two days in advance!
I was on the cover of a lift-out from the newspaper today, for the local TV station. How embarrassing. It is from the school choir competitions last year, in which my school's choir did a jazzy piece called Putting On The Ritz, which would have been okay if we hadn't done a particularly embarrassing dance with sparkly hats. I am pictured with several other choir members waving my hat in front of me looking bizarrely happy, given the circumstances, with my mouth wide open, bursting forth in song. What a great way to wake up this morning.
I was flicking through a book in the comedy section of the university bookshop yesterday which was called 'The Little Guide to Social Avoidance'. One of the tips was, wear a t-shirt that says 'Cannibals have rights too'. :) Haha!
I actually gave my blog address to someone the other day (hello Sez!) so I thought that maybe I should get back into writing it. This is what used to happen with my journals; I'd write and write and write so much at first and then I'd get sick of writing and writing and writing and go off it for a while... kind of like cereal (does anyone else ever get totally bored with whatever they eat for breakfast every now and then?).
Just so you know: U2 might be coming to NZ!!!! I am very excited, because I had been planning to go to Australia to see them, if I could get tickets. So yeah, IF I can get tickets (which is a big if, even though I've got membership at U2.com) I will be so happy. Apparently they're going to Wellington if they come, which isn't my home town, but that's okay.
I guess the biggest issue with me right now is that I'm thinking about changing my major to Linguistics. I went to a women's missions evening last weekend, and I chose as one of my options to hear a Bible linguist speaking. She went to Papua New Guinea for a year and worked on analysing one particular language so a Bible can be translated for it. Apparently there's still 800 languages there that don't have any of the scriptures whatsoever. I found it SO exciting because it is definitely the sort of thing that I could do! I just don't know though; I had been planning to be an ESOL teacher, and I could still do missions work with that. So basically I really have no idea what God wants me to do right now, and it's kind of different, because I think I'm going to have to trust him to show me the right way a whole lot more than I normally do. So much for cruising along doing a BA with no big decisions... that was how I felt less than a week ago.