Year: <span>2003</span>

Couldn’t resist.

Some wisdom from children:

When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?’ Don’t
Hannah, age 9

Never tell your Mom her diet’s not working.
Michael, age 14

Don’t pull Dad’s finger when he tells you to.
Emily, age 10

When your Mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your
Taylia, age 11

A puppy always has bad breath even after eating a Tic Tac.
Andrew, age 9

Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time.
Kyoyo, age 11

If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.
Naomi, age 15

Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.
Joel, age 10

When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when
she’s on the phone.
Alyesha, age 13

Never try to baptize a cat.
Eileen, age 8

Never trust a dog to watch your food.
Patrick, age 10

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I’ll be about tomorrow but have lots to do so I thought I’d take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas then enjoy your day off. If you don’t have a day off.. emmm.. sorry..

I’ve gotten today’s posting out of the way for the most part (scroll down) and will be here on a random basis over the next few days.

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(If you want an impromptu game, grab me on MSN Messenger: snowgoon2206)

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There is something wrong about being in work this close to Christmas. It’s the first time in about 5 years I’ve done it and it’s just not right.

Mind you, there is a perverse pleasure to be gained watching people scurry about at lunchtime, panic etched on their faces, consulting hastily scrawled lists or mobile phones.

Ahhh yes, the well-earned joy smugness that comes with having finished your Christmas shopping (ok, minus three things but we know what they are and they aren’t needed until after Christmas).

So, the countdown begins. Tonight I’ll wrap Louise’s presents, endure another day of work tomorrow and then it’s home for a few glasses of wine and the Muppets Christmas Carol (it’s tradition). Christmas Day we pick up my Gran and spend the day at my Mum’s. Then off to Louise’s sisters at night for drinks. Boxing Day is dinner at Louise’s brothers, then it’s the Christmas gathering of friends on the 27th. Out for a few beers on the 28th, and recovering on the 29th. Hic.

I’ve been toying with doing a recap of the year but will leave it until after Christmas I think. I’ll be working mucking about with new designs for a couple of other websites, adding a feature here and generally lounging around come the 29th December. So that’ll give me plenty of time to come up with a Troubled-Diva-esque posting about 2003. Or not.

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We were at the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Concert: Carols by Candlelight, tonight. It was more classical than I thought, but I knew all the pieces. Stand out was, of course, the chorus singing Stille Nacht, a wonderfully soft, harmonised arrangement which I’ve heard before.

In fact I was surprised, as was Louise, at how many of the more traditional carols I knew. Mainly from church as a youngster, but a few, particularly the choral arrangements from attending concerts with my Mum, watching my Dad sing for a local choir. It brought a lot of memories flooding back, and a tear to my eye. Wonderful.

Only let down was Handel’s Messiah. Needs a full orchestra and choir to really do it justice I think, although maybe our seats (in the Choir Stalls) didn’t help.

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So I thought I’d take a quick skim through the other ‘almost’ winners of THAT competition (which I really don’t wanna say any more about as I fear I’ve already upset Gert – still luv ya sweetie!).

(“sweetie”? WTF?)

I happen across the runner-up: apparently nothing at all, and see there is a Powershot S30 gallery. “Ohh that’s the same as my camera”, I say (in possibly a bit too girlie a manner), “I wonder how what the photo’s are like”.

So I go and visit the aforementioned gallery. Then, after spending 10 mins idly clicking around, I wish I hadn’t.

Same camera. Vastly superior photographer behind the lens. Some wonderful photos in there. Puts me to shame.

So item number one for my New Year’s resolutions is:
1. Become a better photographer (in fact become a photographer is probably more accurate, at the moment I’m no more than a ‘snapper’ even on my better days).

(Strictly speaking this is item number two, but take it as written that I’ll be trying to lose weight again next year).

(By the way, how are these parentheses working for you? Should I just stick to italics?).

(Too much, right?)

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Blogging, defined? (via Fembat)

Not sure I agree with this to be honest, think it’s possibly more aimed at forums. 😉

(I’m trying to be ‘ironic’ OK, I think it’s scarily, and funnily, accurate)

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