Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Brithday Highlights

What a nice day yesterday. Highlights included 15 of us going bowling for nearly 3 hours, my friends getting me the Arctic Monkey's album, and my personal best of 111 at bowling. I've never been that great at bowling as a kid and 111 is probably average for most of you. But I am finally getting the hang of it and I was well proud of myself yesterday. 111!!
But that wasn't quite the highlight of the day. Surprisingly that came in my Maths lecture...

...At the end I was surprised with a cake and a chorus of 'Happy Birthday.'
How sweet.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Appreciating a tree

Good Morning. How are you today? I'm feeling a bit mischevious today.
Quiet night last night so I (nearly) finished reading, 'The Magician's Nephew' by C.S. Lewis. Yeah I know it's a kids book but I hadn't read it for such a long time - infact probably not since I was learning to read. My Mum would read one page and I'd read the next.
It's the first book in the Narnia series and is about the creation of Narnia by Aslan. It reminded me again about how little I appreciate my surroundings and the wonder of creation, the beauty of a tree and all that. My Mum (Hi Mum) would say to me as a kid to appreciate where you live in hills of West Sussex cos she grew up in a suburb of London, where the surroundings were a bit less er, beautiful?
Jon Webb's blog the other week pointed out that God showed his sense of humour when he created the platypus. Now that is something that I can appreciate! And what about putting the tortoise's house on his back?!
Have a nice day. I'm off to appreciate a field and some trees.

Monday, January 23, 2006

The students start to the year

I'm not mentioning the football today. One was not amused. So here's a pic from Saturday's meal out instead. You can also see the waitor who obviously didn't like me.

Other than the footy, yesterday was quite a day - I guess you could say God was up to something. In the afternoon I found myself back in the prayer room. Oh by the way, I expect some of you have been to some prayer rooms in some strange places. A University bedroom is my wierdest yet. Anyway, I found myself reading back through my DNA journal and there was so much that I'd forgotten about. So many experiences, challenges and things that I'd learnt. They're so easy to forget and I'd really recommend all 2005 DNAers to read back through their journal. Right now. Do it! Grrr.
And then I went to City Life Church in the evening. 2 and a half hours just flew by! We were looking back at 2005 and dreaming dreams for 2006. It was an excellent reminder that there is so much exciting stuff happening outside of my little bubble. You just have to jump on board, join in and play your small but significant part! Come on. Grrr.
So I suppose it was a day of reminding myself of the bigger picture - of looking back and looking forward. Sounds like it should have been January 1st really! Oh well, students are always a little late.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Bring on the weekend

Hello. Here you are again browsing the blogs. So what do I need to tell you? Not much - or not much I want to tell you about anyway. Oh dear, you could read anything into that!
Anyway, it's a chilled out day today - need to go and get some milk and then I might go and browse some DVD's. Do you recommend any?
Then there's a fair bit happening at the weekend. Homerton college are praying non-stop this weekend with a 24-2! So don't forget to check us out on the website. I'm signed up for midnight on Sat and really looking forward to it.
We've also got the big one on Sunday. Man Utd v. Liverpool. As Gary Lineker suggests we should take Chelsea out of the league and then this would be HUGE.
Til next time.
Keep smiling like you mean it.
Pete

Thursday, January 12, 2006

LOST

I know I'm well behind everyone else but I have finally been sucked in by 'Lost.' It's intriguing and addictive. I've only dipped in and out of the first series and yet, especially after last night's series finale, find my self enjoying it more and more. Most of the time I don't have a clue what's going on ... but does anyone? and isn't that point??
... I even wonder whether the writers are making it up as they go along.

One thing I do know is that when the second series returns it will become a weekly fix. And if I can get hold of the episodes I missed from the first series I'm sure there'll be many more fun-filled Uni nights where I'm intrigued by the feeling of 'lost'-ness.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Further thoughts for 2006

I seem to have been doing a lot of thinking at the start of 2006 without really realising it. Now that I'm settled into my rhythm of life for the next 3 years I suppose I'm ready for some fresh dreams and visions which develop on what excited me in 2005.
At the moment 2006 is a bit of a blank page for me at the moment - which is a good place to start but it can't stay like that. I'm looking for something to work towards and look forward to. Just one aspect of this has been thinking about what I'm going to do in the summer.

Recently I've made a collage for my wall, and it will be travelling with me to Cambridge on Sunday. It's of a poem called, 'The Vision' and it really inspires me. During 2006 I'd love to be able to just grab hold of one small aspect of this poem during the year and actually put it into practice into my life.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

A glimpse into how I feel at the start of 2006

Worked in Bunces today and that's really tired me out. Students just aren't used to 9to5.
I've got to get back into the Maths work now after a few weeks away for Christmas. The first step seems to be the hardest. I've even taken to dusting my room in an attempt to avoid the sums just that little bit longer!
Back at Uni on Sunday week. I know it sounds silly but the holiday has been far too long. I'm more than ready to go back and looking forward to seeing so many people. Crazily I'm only at Uni for exactly half the year, which means I virtually live a double life. It does feel very strange but I s'pose I'd better get used to it.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Back to Bay - Bye Bye 05

With so much of 2005 spent in Herne Bay I suppose it was fitting that I finished the year with a visit to Herne Bay and Canterbury.
Thanks to everyone who welcomed me into their homes over the last couple of days and thanks for the chats over mugs of tea and pint glasses. You truly are all special people, and each of you have helped, encouraged and inspired me in so many ways. Thanks.
Very special indeed, and here are the pics to prove it.